News from Curacao:
October 23, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao wants to get rid of the Netherlands-appointed governor, who must in turn approve ministerial appointments by law. A parliamentary motion has been filed to this effect and, with this, the way will be open to appoint ministers to posts without being screened for integrity.
October 21, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- It was recently reported that the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has purchased two cargoes of Russian Urals light crude from a unit of Petrochina, which is to be delivered to the Isla oil refinery in Curacao in early November. However, the environmental organization SMOC...
October 20, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA has bought two cargoes of Russian Urals light crude from a unit of Petrochina to be delivered starting in early November to the Isla refinery in Curacao, according to credible sources. The 1-million-barrel cargoes will be the second...
October 16, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- “The current aviation agreement between the Netherlands and Suriname is separate from the aviation relationship between Aruba and Suriname, and therefore contains no impediment for InselAir to fly between Aruba and Suriname directly,” the Dutch minister of foreign affairs...
October 15, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA plans to import from Russia between 750,000 and 1 million barrels of Urals grade crude to be processed in the 335,000 b/d Isla refinery in Curacao, a PDVSA source, who asked not to be identified, said on Monday to platts.com.
October 9, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The cruise port of Curacao has been ranked number one in the world by passenger growth for 2013 in the autumn issue of Cruise Insight magazine’s “World’s top 50 cruise ports of call ranked by passenger growth.” Curacao’s remarkable growth of 41 percent also...
October 7, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Forward Operation Location (FOL), which is the US Air Force located in Curacao, has intercepted a total of 339,707 kilograms or close to 340 metric tons of drugs between the period of October 2012 until the end of September 2013. This is evident from an evaluation...
October 2, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Cyber security was top of the agenda as over 80 technology professionals from 15 countries gathered in Curacao for the second day of a major regional technology conference. The meeting is the eighth regional gathering of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG).
October 1, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Caribbean people have an appetite for technology that rivals any other region of the world. But who is working behind the scenes to maintain and upgrade the Internet-based services on which we’ve come to depend? On Monday, the answer to that question was to be found in Curacao.
September 27, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, England -- Just days before he died in a crash landing in the Caribbean Sea, a young British pilot had voiced concerns about flying overloaded planes. Captain Robert Mansell, 32, skillfully ditched his twin-engine aircraft in the water off Curacao after sending out a mayday message.
September 15, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The government of Venezuela and the state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PdVSA) are willing to extend the contract for the operations of the Isla oil refinery in Curacao. This emerged during a meeting between representatives of the Isla unions Apri and PWFC and...
September 12, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A member party of the coalition government in Curacao, the Partido pa Adelanto i Inovashon Soshal (PAIS), is preparing a proposed bill that will make it possible to suspend a member of parliament if he or she is suspected of certain crimes.
September 5, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- There is a growing shortage of items at the floating market at Punda in Curacao following Venezuela’s recently introduced ban on 21 products that may not be exported. Venezuelan vendors sell their goods directly from their boats at Punda’s famous market.
September 4, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The union representing Coast Guard personnel (NAPB) has reported that the Dutch Coast Guard in the Caribbean part of the kingdom of the Netherlands no longer patrols the territorial waters around Bonaire and Curacao. This is the result of increasing violence...
September 3, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The pollution problem with regard to the Curacao waters is enormous. This is according to health, environment and nature minister Bernard ‘Ben’ Whiteman during the continuation of a Central Committee of Parliament. According to Whiteman, it is currently still safe to eat fish...
September 2, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- During a recent presentation on the media in Curacao, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) indicated that journalists and reporters on the island are generally low skilled and poorly paid. UNESCO also indicated...
August 30, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Elvis Kuwas, aka ‘Monster’, the principal suspect in last year’s assassination of Curacao political leader Helmin Wiels, has been found guilty of three contract killings, including Weils’ murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment.
August 28, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- On July 30, 2014, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund concluded the 2014 Article IV consultation discussions with Curacao and St Maarten, two autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and considered and endorsed the...
August 23, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to Edward Herenveen, the director of international affairs of the Curacao aviation company Insel Air, Suriname is seeking a confrontation with Aruba and Curacao over air routes. He made this statement in an interview with De Ware Tijd.
August 22, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A member party of the coalition government in Curacao, the Partido pa Adelanto i Inovashon Soshal (PAIS), has spoken out against any form of discrimination against homosexuals on the island. According to party officials, the declaration came in response to recent statements...
August 19, 2014
PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- A tripartite meeting of the parliaments of Aruba, Curacao and St Maarten was due to start on Monday in St Maarten but was not likely to count on the participation of the Aruban opposition party MEP. Leader of the party, Evelyn Wever-Croes, indicated that her party cannot...
August 18, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Parliament in Curacao has unanimously adopted a motion that calls on the government to come up with a national plan against crime, among other things. The 21 MPs agreed that the government must act against crime. Parliament wants the government to introduce...
August 5, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Four murder suspects were due in court on Monday in Curacao in connection with the murder of the late political leader and member of parliament, Helmin Magnus Wiels. The “mega-trial”, as it is called, will take place in the high security courtroom of the Common Court.
August 4, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On Friday, the judge in the court of first instance of Curacao ruled that, at this stage, there is sufficient suspicion against the accused former minister of finance, George Jamaloodin, in relation to last year’s murder of political leader and former member of parliament Helmin Wiels...
July 31, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways will launch a new route to Curacao International Airport (CUR) from JFK International Airport (JFK) on December 2, 2014, subject to government approval, providing the only nonstop service from New York. The twice weekly service will operate on...
July 30, 2014
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- A top official in Aruba said on Monday that Venezuela used economic and military pressure on two Dutch islands in the Caribbean in order to secure the release of accused drug trafficker General Hugo ‘Pollo’ Carvajal, who had been arrested in Oranjestad.
July 30, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- At 6:40 on Tuesday morning, Curacao lottery boss, Robby dos Santos, the owner of Robbies Lottery was arrested by the investigation team in charge of the probe into the intellectual authors of the murder of the late political leader and former member of parliament Helmin Wiels.