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Mystery deepens over abrupt closure of money transfer outlets in Curacao

August 1, 2015
Mystery deepens over abrupt closure of money transfer outlets in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The sudden closure and continued shutter of practically all of the Western Union money transfer locations in Willemstad for more than a month has heightened local consumer concerns since there has been no public announcements surrounding the reason(s) for the closures.

Technology summer camp to teach Curacao's children to build their own Android software

July 28, 2015
Technology summer camp to teach Curacao's children to build their own Android software WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A three-day technology summer camp that will teach children in Curacao from as little as 7 to 12 years old how to build their own smartphone applications and software is slated to be held from the 10 to 12 August 2015 in Curacao. Sponsored by CWD Technologies, with...

Curacao cyber security and ethical hackers training project all set for next month

July 27, 2015
Curacao cyber security and ethical hackers training project all set for next month WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- After several weeks of delays, the Microsoft Learning and CWD sponsored Cyber Security and Ethical Hackers Training Conference is now set to be held in Curacao on the 13th and 14th August, 2015. Touted as a crucial training project for employees and IT professionals...

Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao's new best friend?

July 25, 2015
Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao's new best friend? Earlier this year, after hints of the possibility of new oil and gas pockets hit Venezuela elite executives in ALBA and MERCUSUR, a strategic move was made to capture much of the potentially oil producing area; in order to take advantage of smaller countries’ ignorance of the true worth of the natural resources within...

Region's premier tourism conference in Curacao to focus on growth through innovation

July 23, 2015
Region's premier tourism conference in Curacao to focus on growth through innovation BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A theme has been announced for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Curacao from 21-23 October. This year’s theme, Caribbean Tourism: Growth Through Innovation, reflects the need for Caribbean tourism to...

Colombia strengthens its medical services to the Caribbean market

July 18, 2015
Colombia strengthens its medical services to the Caribbean market BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Procolombia, the Colombian government agency that promotes international tourism, foreign investment, non-traditional exports and country brand, has been working closely with the health sector to best position Colombia as the world leader in highly complex medical services.

Visiting yachtsmen warned of thefts in Curacao

July 14, 2015
Visiting yachtsmen warned of thefts in Curacao SPANISH WATERS, Curacao -- Following the latest in a pattern of actual or attempted thefts taking place in Curacao, visiting yachtsman have been warned to be on the lookout for thieves and take appropriate security measures. Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) reported that last week...

American Airlines adds new routes to the Caribbean

July 14, 2015
American Airlines adds new routes to the Caribbean FORT WORTH, USA -- American Airlines plans to add eight new routes throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America later this year, further strengthening its position in these key regions and providing customers with increased options when traveling to these destinations. Expanded service includes...

An interview with Curacao's first and only independent payment gateway

July 6, 2015
An interview with Curacao's first and only independent payment gateway WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Caribbean News Now recently had the opportunity to interview a company that claims to be the first and only independent payment gateway that processes merchant transactions in Curacao, known as CX Pay BV. In an atmosphere where companies look for opportunities to...

Former Curacao minister released from custody, but still a suspect

July 1, 2015
Former Curacao minister released from custody, but still a suspect WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former minister of public health and current member of parliament for the opposition party MFK, Jacinta Constancia, was released from prison in Curacao on Monday. She was arrested just a week ago on suspicion of embezzlement, fraud, forgery and money laundering.

Curacao institute hosts e-commerce seminar

July 1, 2015
Curacao institute hosts e-commerce seminar WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao Innovation and Technology Institute (CITI) hosted a mini seminar entitled "Starting eCommerce in Curacao", on Tuesday at the Curacao National Library in Willemstad. There were approximately 55 persons in attendance at the CITI-hosted seminar that included six...

Analysis: Cuban president summons Curacao's prime minister? Curubacao Part1

June 26, 2015
Analysis: Cuban president summons Curacao's prime minister? Curubacao Part1 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Cuban President Raul Castro summons Curacao's Prime Minister Asjes? This could be interpreted as a headline, depending on how much information was released from that four-man private meeting in Havana, Cuba, or that the general public is led to believe or understand.

Former Curacao minister's detention extended

June 25, 2015
Former Curacao minister's detention extended WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former minister of public health and member of parliament for the opposition party MFK, Jacintha Constancia, will remain behind bars in Curacao pending the investigation into the so-called Dubnium case. Her detention has been extended by eight days, the Public Prosecutor reported.

Curacao health services paid $5 for ten-cent face masks in corruption case

June 24, 2015
Curacao health services paid $5 for ten-cent face masks in corruption case WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The investigation into the so called Dubnium corruption case in Curacao has taken a different course now with the arrest of former minister of public health and current opposition member of parliament, Jacintha Constancia. The case involves the purchase of 40,000...

Former Curacao minister arrested on fraud and money laundering charges

June 23, 2015
Former Curacao minister arrested on fraud and money laundering charges WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- An investigation in Curacao into allegations of health care fraud has led to another arrest. This time it was the former minister of public health and current member of parliament for the opposition party MFK, Jacintha Constancia. She is accused of fraud, misappropriation of...

Former Curacao prime minister to be tried on money laundering charges

June 20, 2015
Former Curacao prime minister to be tried on money laundering charges WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte, must defend himself before the court starting on September 9 of this year, according to the judge on Thursday. Schotte is accused of forgery and money laundering. Schotte (40) is also accused of passive bribery and...

MVP title stolen in an arena full of eye witnesses

June 20, 2015
MVP title stolen in an arena full of eye witnesses WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Call the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security; this is a matter of national security, call President Obama to issue an executive order... Call Interpol, call the voodoo priest, call the Chinese witch doctor, call Jerry Springer, call Fidel Castro, call Sylvester Stallone, Rambo and the Expendables!

Curacao announces North Sea Jazz Festival line-up

June 18, 2015
Curacao announces North Sea Jazz Festival line-up WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Now in its sixth year, the popular Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival returns to the stage this September 3-5, 2015. This year’s festival will play host to some of the world’s most iconic musicians, including international superstars John Legend, Enrique Iglesias, Wyclef Jean...

Warriors disarm and overthrow the king and king's men; the kingdom has fallen

June 18, 2015
Warriors disarm and overthrow the king and king's men; the kingdom has fallen WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Warriors won the opening tip off and quickly dropped behind by a handful, but by the end of the first quarter Cleveland was down by 13 points with 9 turnovers. Cleveland started off the second quarter with the "Russian Mason" Mozgov building a house from three blocks...

Is Curacao 'King James' territory?

June 16, 2015
Is Curacao 'King James' territory? WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- His Royal Highness King Willem-Alexander ("The Great") is the supreme monarch of the autonomous glorious land of Curacao, but a battle is in the offing as another king approaches from the northeast, looking to take over the small Dutch Caribbean islands by his sheer will...

Curacao ethical hacking and cyber security training event rescheduled

June 15, 2015
Curacao ethical hacking and cyber security training event rescheduled WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- An internationally sponsored cyber security and ethical hacking training event that was originally scheduled to be held last Wednesday and Thursday (9 and 10 June) in Curacao has now been deferred to the 29 and 30 June. The event is being sponsored by Cyber Watchdog...

InselAir commences non-stop service from Curacao to Manaus and Puerto Ordaz

June 15, 2015
InselAir commences non-stop service from Curacao to Manaus and Puerto Ordaz WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- InselAir will start its Curacao-Manaus operations on July 3 on Mondays and Fridays. Puerto Ordaz flights start on July 14 and will be flown on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The largest Caribbean-based carrier offers its customers a total of 24 destinations and offers passengers...

Caribbean rum and rhythm comes to New York City

June 12, 2015
Caribbean rum and rhythm comes to New York City NEW YORK, USA -- The islands of the Caribbean are well known for their beauty, delicious food, the warmth of its people, and stunning beaches. But each island has something that is unique about it, and all have one thing in common: they excel in their respective cuisines. The month of June is when...

Venezuela is not a threat, but a risk, says Dutch foreign minister

June 6, 2015
Venezuela is not a threat, but a risk, says Dutch foreign minister WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuela is no threat to the former Netherlands Antilles, but it is a risk, according to Dutch foreign affairs minister Bert Koenders last Thursday after the debate on the tensions in the South American country. “The economic situation is very bad, even the political tensions...

Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean

June 5, 2015
Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean LYON, France -- Car parts, fuel, food, detergent, cigars, shampoo and steel were among fake goods worth nearly US$60 million seized in a two-week operation across the Americas and the Caribbean. Codenamed Maya II, more than 2,000 interventions by police, customs, investigators and...

Netherlands Antilles prepares for cyber attacks

May 26, 2015
Netherlands Antilles prepares for cyber attacks WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Citing renewed evidence that cyber terrorists and hackers are now heavily targeting the Caribbean region, a three-man team of ethical hackers and cyber security trainers are expected to fly into the Netherlands Antilles next month to hold a two-day training workshop.

Chinese delegation on fact finding mission to Curacao

May 20, 2015
Chinese delegation on fact finding mission to Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A delegation from China is visiting Curacao to seek more information about the state of the oil refinery and future plans. On Saturday, the delegation toured the facility and the management of the Curacao Refinery Utilities (CRU) also gave a presentation on the growth opportunities...

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