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Curacao wants its own central bank

April 3, 2014
Curacao wants its own central bank WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The most important resolution to come out of a recent meeting between the prime ministers of Curacao and St Maarten -- Ivar Asjes and Sarah Wescot-Williams – along with their ministers of finance is that Curacao wants its own central bank. Both countries agreed to start...

Curacao eases visa policy

April 2, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- An easing of Curacao’s visa policy will apply to people from Colombia, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Bolivia and the Schengen Areas starting May 1 of this year, according to the Minister of Justice Nelson Navarro. The reason given is the growth of the economy.

Caribbean investment promotion agencies visit Nicaragua

March 29, 2014
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and PRONicaragua, organized and executed a study tour to PRONicaragua in Managua, Nicaragua.

Major money laundering network uncovered between Curacao, Aruba and Colombia

March 28, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Colombian media have reported a major money laundering operation between Curacao, Aruba and the FARC in Colombia. According to reports, about two million dollars were laundered using the illicit cigarette trade. The cigarettes, which were intercepted...

Curacao government called on to save local airline

March 15, 2014
Curacao government called on to save local airline WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao Airport Holding (CAH), together with the Curacao Tourism Bureau (CTB) and the Curacao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA), believes that the government should help Insel Air with their dire financial situation. “Disappearance of the aviation company would be disastrous...

Jewish communities of the Caribbean documented in pictures

March 6, 2014
Jewish communities of the Caribbean documented in pictures NEW YORK, USA -- Now facing extinction, the Sephardic Jewish communities of the Caribbean were once so strong and influential that they helped fuel the success of the American Revolution, and finance the first synagogues in the United States, located in New York City and Rhode Island.

Venezuelan consular office in Aruba attacked; offices closed in Curacao, Bonaire

February 24, 2014
Venezuelan consular office in Aruba attacked; offices closed in Curacao, Bonaire WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Venezuelan minister for foreign affairs, Elias Jaua, has reported that the country’s consular office of Venezuela in Aruba suffered damage from a vehicle on Friday. “We want to make a call to those who have promoted this hatred, to those who have instilled this intolerance...

Curacao airline to halt flights to Venezuela

February 19, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Even though its flights to and from Venezuela are full, it appears that Curacao airline Insel Air will take drastic measures against the South American country. According to the morning newspaper Extra, Insel Air will halt its operations to and from Venezuela.

Italian court forbids mafia reference to reported associate of former Curacao PM

February 12, 2014
ROME, Italy -- The Court of Appeals in Rome has prohibited, in a recent ruling, the Italian minister of the interior and the DIA (the Italian equivalent of the FBI) connecting Francesco Corallo with the Mafia. Corallo has been connected with the former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte.

Curacao court rejects US extradition request

February 10, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Three individuals suspected by US authorities of drug trafficking will not be extradited to the United States, a court in Curacao ruled last week. The court based its ruling on infiltration and surveillance by US authorities without the knowledge of the public prosecutor.

Dutch 'fraud hunter' funnels thousands away through Curacao and Anguilla

February 7, 2014
WILLEMSTAD -- Former fraud prosecutor and prominent member of the Dutch political party VVD, Matthieu van Sint Truiden, paid himself in recent years almost a quarter of a million euro (US$340,000) through companies established in Curacao and the Caribbean island of Anguilla.

Curacao government to discuss financial assistance to local airline

February 1, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Coalition leaders in Curacao will discuss with the minister of economic development, Stanley Palm, the minister of aviation, Earl Balborda and the minister of finance, Dr Jose Jardim, the request made by the local airline Insel Air to the Curacao Airport...

Raid on former PM's house in Curacao requested by Italy

January 30, 2014
Raid on former PM's house in Curacao requested by Italy WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The raid that took place last month in Curacao at the home of former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte is connected with Francesco Corallo, a Sicilian businessman who runs a number of casinos in St Maarten and Curacao. Italian police had earlier raided Corallo’s house and found documents...

Undocumented Cubans protest in Curacao

January 20, 2014
Undocumented Cubans protest in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Some 41 Cubans marched on Friday morning to the Wilhelmina Square in Curacao because their residency papers are not in order. Most of them have stayed for eight years in Curacao without a permit, although such permits were promised to them by previous government leaders.

Curacao health officials take steps to combat chikungunya virus after detection in St Maarten

January 16, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The probability of the chikungunya virus in Curacao has increased now that the virus has been detected in the Dutch part of St Maarten and, according to Minister of Health Ben Whiteman, his ministry must combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito effectively.

Corruption row continues in Curacao involving Central Bank president

January 13, 2014
Corruption row continues in Curacao involving Central Bank president WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- President of the Central Bank, Emsley Tromp, has filed an action demanding a retraction from the “Fundashon Korsou Fuerte i Outonomo (KFO) (The Strong and Autonomous Curacao Foundation) of a previously published press release about him.

Dominica awarded third best Caribbean island for getaway vacation

January 11, 2014
Dominica awarded third best Caribbean island for getaway vacation ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Discover Dominica Authority on Friday announced that Dominica was voted as the third Best Caribbean Island to visit as a getaway by USA Today. The Discover Dominica Authority through its quest to reach 90,000 stay over visitors encouraged fans and citizens of the Nature Island...

Curacao airport and local airline resolve financial differences

January 9, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A meeting was held on Tuesday morning between the Curacao Civil Aviation Authorities, Curacao Airport Partners (CAP) and local airline InselAir International. The topic of discussion was the problems that have arisen between CAP and InselAir regarding a financial dispute.

Curacao airport issues payment ultimatum to local airline

January 8, 2014
Curacao airport issues payment ultimatum to local airline WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao Airport Partners (CAP) announced in a letter to local airline Insel Air that they will no longer tolerate the airline’s default towards the airport operator. According to the letter, Insel Air has not fulfilled its financial obligations for use of the airport for years now.

Curacao to fight crime with drone

January 7, 2014
Curacao to fight crime with drone WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Curacao Public Prosecutor (OM) and Curacao Police Corps (KPC) will use modern means to tackle the growing crime during the first quarter of the New Year. The Dutch department of defence has sent an unmanned aircraft called Raven to the island for this period.

Over quarter-million dollars paid for murder of Curacao politician

December 20, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- It was revealed during a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday in Curacao that 500,000 guilders (US$279,000) was paid for the murder of local political leader and member of parliament, Helmin Wiels. Elvis Kuwas, aka Monster, is considered to be the main suspect.

Suspects deny involvement in murder of Curacao politician

December 19, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Two of the four suspects charged with the murder of Curacao politician Helmin Wiels, who was shot dead on May 5, have denied having anything to do with the murder. “I’m innocent; I have nothing to do with it. I have become a victim of justice....

Travel demand for Curacao grows in 2013

December 11, 2013
BELLEVUE, USA -- The Expedia group, the world's largest online travel company, has reported that travel demand for Curacao has continually grown in 2013, with nearly 40,000 room nights garnered via the company’s platforms within the first three quarters of the year, with more than one-third...

Curacao authorities raid former prime minister's house

December 10, 2013
Curacao authorities raid former prime minister's house WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – On Monday morning, authorities in Curacao raided the residence of the island’s former prime minister, Gerrit Schotte. The raid was one of six that took place under the supervision of an investigative magistrate and in the presence of the Public Prosecutor. According to an official statement...

Dutch Antilles airlines face acute financial problems over Venezuelan payments default

December 5, 2013
Dutch Antilles airlines face acute financial problems over Venezuelan payments default WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuela still owes so much money to airlines in the Dutch Antilles that some of them are acute financial distress, according to sources in Curacao and Aruba. Tiara Air Aruba is in an especially difficult position. Curacao based InselAir is still surviving, though its partner KLM...

Belize, Curacao threatened with EU sanctions for illegal fishing

November 27, 2013
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Commission on Tuesday urged EU governments to hit Belize, Cambodia and Guinea with trade sanctions over illegal fishing, while warning Curacao, South Korea and Ghana they may be next. The European Union executive called for action against...

Curacao calls for help against organised crime

November 15, 2013
Curacao calls for help against organised crime WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The government of Curacao has requested assistance from the Netherlands and the other Dutch Caribbean islands to begin an offensive against organized crime. This is according to the minister of justice, Nelson Navarro. Navarro made the statement in response to the...

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