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Venezuela accuses Netherlands of disturbing regional relations

July 28, 2014
Venezuela accuses Netherlands of disturbing regional relations CARACAS, Venezuela -- The Dutch government has “torpedoed” good relations between Venezuela and Aruba and the other former Netherlands Antilles, according to the president of the Venezuelan parliament and vice president of ruling party, Diosdado Cabello. The Netherlands is, Cabello claimed, behind the arrest of...

Former Curacao finance minister arrested in connection with murder of political leader

July 25, 2014
Former Curacao finance minister arrested in connection with murder of political leader WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former minister of finance George Jamaloodin was arrested in Curacao on Thursday morning as a suspect in the investigation into the murder of the late political leader and former member of parliament Helmin Wiels. His house was searched and some items were seized.

Curacao sees drop in US tourists, big jump from Canada

July 24, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Curacao experienced a 17.1 percent drop in tourist arrivals from the US in the first five months of 2014, but that number was offset slightly by a significant jump in tourism from Canada.

Two killed in shooting at Curacao airport

July 17, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Two men were killed in a shooting at the Curacao airport on Tuesday night. Six other people were wounded, police said. According to reports, a car drove in front of the arrivals hall and one of the occupants opened fire on a group of people.

Curacao sports bookmaker to accept million-dollar bets on World Cup Final

July 12, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Fancy a bet on the World Cup Final? How about staking $1million? That is the staggering bet limit on offer at online bookmaker, Curacao-based Pinnacle Sports, for Sunday's match in Rio between Argentina and Germany.

Dominican Republic women recruited for prostitution

July 11, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Last week authorities in the Dominican Republic dismantled a network that recruited Dominican women for prostitution in the region and beyond. The women were lured on the pretext that they were going to work as dancers.

Curacao economy shrinks 0.8 percent

July 5, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Economic development in Curacao declined in 2013 by 0.8 percent, according to a report from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Economic growth is calculated on the basis of the volume growth in the production and economic development.

Eighteen Caribbean hotels among the Top 100 List in 2014

July 3, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- On Tuesday, Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels...

Former Curacao PM accuses central bank president of bribery

July 1, 2014
Former Curacao PM accuses central bank president of bribery WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to a press release from the leader of the opposition party in Curacao, former prime minister Gerrit Schotte, there are shady transactions that, for many years, have been validated by the Central Bank. There are also wrongful actions that...

Air Canada to commence weekly direct flights to Curacao from Toronto

July 1, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Stanley Palm, Curacao’s minister of economic development, said on Thursday that, on November 7, Air Canada will start weekly direct flights to and from Toronto. As of January 2015, the Canadian airline will also start direct flights to and from Montreal.

Curacao called on to do more to combat forced labour, human trafficking and prostitution

June 27, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Curacao government has been called on to do more against trafficking and smuggling, and forced labour on the island. Some recommendations are the deploying of Spanish-speaking assistants in medical examinations of “legal” prostitutes and...

Cuban doctors abused in Venezuela, says US report

June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, recently published by the US State Department, claims that the 30,000 Cuban doctors working in Venezuela do this in circumstances that in some cases may even be considered forced labour.

Curacao must reform its economy, says IMF

June 18, 2014
Curacao must reform its economy, says IMF WILLEMSTAD Curacao – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes that Curacao has to reform its economy. Minister Ronald Plasterk of the Interior and Kingdom Relations indicates this in a letter to the Dutch Parliament. The results of the report by the IMF were presented at the end of May.

Curacao airline paid by Venezuela; 16 others still waiting

June 18, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- CADIVI, the Venezuelan foreign exchange authority, has paid a large part of the outstanding debt of $75 million to Curacao airline InselAir. This was confirmed by one of the directors of the airline, Edward Heerenveen. The exact amount is not known.

New Curacao development bank in the making

June 16, 2014
New Curacao development bank in the making WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Research is being conducted with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) into the creation of a new development bank, the Curacao Development and Financial Institution (CDFI). Minister of Economic Development Stanley Palm is expecting...

Dutch Caribbean islands get more say in foreign affairs

June 6, 2014
Dutch Caribbean islands get more say in foreign affairs WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Netherlands will involve three islands in the Caribbean in the foreign policy of the Dutch Kingdom, it was agreed during the Dutch minister of foreign affairs’ visit to Curacao, Aruba and St Maarten. Frans Timmermans’ visit to the Dutch Caribbean...

Process of division of properties and debts of Netherlands Antilles in final stage

June 5, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Efforts to formulate a balanced division of the properties and debts of the former Netherlands Antilles are entering their final stage. Faroe Metry, who is the chairman of the committee for the division of properties and debts, believes that in two months...

Curacao signs MoU with Venezuelan state oil company on refinery future

June 2, 2014
Curacao signs MoU with Venezuelan state oil company on refinery future WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The vice president of the Venezuelan state oil company PdVSA, Asdrúbal Chávez was in Curacao last week for a short visit. As confirmed by the refinery’s spokesman Kenneth Gijsbertha and Angelo Meyer, president of the refinery workers’ union PWFC,

Curacao prosecutor explains arrest and detention of former PM

May 31, 2014
Curacao prosecutor explains arrest and detention of former PM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The release of former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte, on Tuesday by a magistrate, following his arrest one week earlier on suspicion of money laundering and forgery, has apparently led to some misunderstanding in the community and/or speculation.

Former Curacao PM claims 'arrest is political persecution'

May 30, 2014
Former Curacao PM claims 'arrest is political persecution' WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former Curacao prime minister and leader of the Movementu Futuro Kòrsou (MFK) political party Gerrit Schotte has called his arrest political persecution and said that he saw it coming. He is also unhappy about the conditions of the detention centre where he was held in custody.

Former Curacao PM released from custody but remains a suspect in money laundering investigation

May 29, 2014
Former Curacao PM released from custody but remains a suspect in money laundering investigation WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former prime minister of Curacao Gerrit Schotte was ordered to be released from custody late on Tuesday by a local magistrate, after attorney Eldon ‘Peppie’ Sulvaran had filed for Schotte’s immediate release on Tuesday morning. “The magistrate indicated that in view of the...

A brief history of Curacao's embattled former prime minister

May 27, 2014
A brief history of Curacao's embattled former prime minister WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The recent arrest of former Curacao prime minister Gerrit Schotte, leader of the political party Movementu Futuro Kòrsou (MFK) and his girlfriend Cicely van der Dijs has prompted Dutch newspaper Antilliaans Dagblad to revisit Curacao’s history since Schotte became...

Former Curacao PM remains in custody, partner released

May 26, 2014
Former Curacao PM remains in custody, partner released WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte, remained in custody following his arrest last week on suspicion of forgery and money laundering. However, Cicely van der Dijs, his domestic partner, was released last Thursday, but is still a suspect.

Former Curacao PM remanded in custody after arrest

May 22, 2014
Former Curacao PM remanded in custody after arrest WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former prime minister and leader of the opposition party MFK, Gerrit Schotte and his domestic partner, Cicely van der Dijs were remanded in custody for at least 48 hours following their arrest and interrogation on Tuesday in connection with a criminal investigation codenamed ‘Babel’.

Former Curacao prime minister arrested

May 21, 2014
Former Curacao prime minister arrested WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte, was arrested on Tuesday morning. Also arrested by the authorities in connection with a criminal investigation codenamed ‘Babel’ was Schotte’s domestic partner, Cicely van der Dijs (36). According to the public prosecutor...

IMF concludes consultation with Curacao and St Maarten

May 21, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- Following consultations with Curacao and St Maarten, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that difficult but necessary reforms have put public finances on a more sustainable footing and, together with a more restrictive monetary policy, helped reduce ...

German customs sees increase in drug trafficking originating from Curacao

May 16, 2014
BERLIN, Germany -- The German customs has reported an increase in the number of drug smugglers from Curacao after 22 people were arrested in the first three months of 2014, according to a report by Caribbean Network. The 22 arrested were smuggling more than 20 kilos of drugs.

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