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Social medicine to be considered and discussed at Curacao symposium

January 31, 2015
Social medicine to be considered and discussed at Curacao symposium WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Netherlands-Caribbean Foundation of Clinical Higher Education (NASKHO) is presenting a three day symposium on social medicine in Curacao, commencing on Friday. According to NASKHO, the symposium has two prime learning objectives.

Meeting of Curacao parliamentary committee called to consider situation in Venezuela

January 30, 2015
Meeting of Curacao parliamentary committee called to consider situation in Venezuela WILLEMSTAD – Member of Parliament for one of the governing coalition parties in Curacao, Alex Rosaria, has submitted a request for a meeting of the standing committee on Kingdom Relations, Inter-Parliamentary relations and External Relations of parliament. Rosaria is vice chairman of this committee.

Is there oil and gas in Curacao territorial waters?

January 29, 2015
Is there oil and gas in Curacao territorial waters? WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- One of the most discussed topics on the island of Curacao for years now has been the possibility of oil and gas in its territorial waters. This topic was also used by the first prime minster of Curacao after the new constitutional structure of October 10, 2010, to accuse those...

Curacao to host region's leading tourism forum in October

January 24, 2015
Curacao to host region's leading tourism forum in October BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Curacao Tourist Board have announced the dates for the region’s leading tourism forum, the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) 2015. Curacao will host SOTIC from 21- 23 October 2015.

Possible Ebola patient denied entry to Curacao

January 21, 2015
Possible Ebola patient denied entry to Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A Dutch man, who may be carrying the Ebola virus and has been living in the United States, is not allowed to travel to Curacao, the Ministry of General Affairs announced on Monday after a meeting between the Council of Ministers and epidemiologist Izzy Gerstenbluth.

New delights await travellers to Curacao

January 21, 2015
New delights await travellers to Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- In the lower reaches of the Caribbean, the Dutch island of Curacao sports a healthy tourism economy fueled by a growing mix of cruise passengers and hotel guests. The latest hotel to open is ACOYA Hotel Suites & Villas, located not on a beach, but in a pleasant residential...

Strong indications of natural gas reserves in Curacao territorial waters, says PM

January 17, 2015
Strong indications of natural gas reserves in Curacao territorial waters, says PM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- During the weekly press conference of the Council of Ministers, Prime Minister Ivar Asjes emphatically stated that there are strong indications that there are natural gas reserves in Curacao’s territorial waters. Asjes said that his objective is to be very transparent in this matter.

Aruba opposes Curacao's request for visa exemption for Colombians

January 14, 2015
Aruba opposes Curacao's request for visa exemption for Colombians WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Aruba has objected to the waiver of the visa requirement for Colombians visiting Curacao, minister of justice, Nelson Navarro, said. Previously, the Netherlands had objected to this petition from Curacao. Such a request by Curacao must first be approved by the Netherlands.

Mechanism to be set up to prevent administrative conflicts with former Netherlands Antilles

January 13, 2015
Mechanism to be set up to prevent administrative conflicts with former Netherlands Antilles WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- After a week of meetings in Aruba, delegations from the parliaments of the Netherlands, Curacao, Aruba and St Maarten decided last Friday that there needs to be a mechanism by which future disagreements between the countries of the kingdom can be solved.

Netherlands Antilles parliaments to discuss sensitive issues in Aruba this week

January 7, 2015
Netherlands Antilles parliaments to discuss sensitive issues in Aruba this week ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- The political crisis of 2014 is one of the themes that will be discussed this week at the Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Consultation (IPKO). This consultation, which takes place in Aruba and lasts four days, will have the participation of parliamentarians from the Caribbean countries.

Curacao drug smugglers detour to Dusseldorf

January 2, 2015
Curacao drug smugglers detour to Dusseldorf WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Cocaine transshipped through Curacao destined for the Netherlands is increasingly being intercepted at Düsseldorf Airport in Germany. Up to the end of November this year the airport police intercepted 130 kilos of drugs, twice as much as in 2013. The airport has become...

Netherlands and Curacao working to strengthen law enforcement

December 31, 2014
Netherlands and Curacao working to strengthen law enforcement WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- In cooperation with Curacao and St Maarten, the Dutch ministers Ivo Opstelten of justice and security and Ronald Plasterk of kingdom relations are working to strengthen the justice apparatus in both countries and in Aruba. Opstelten reported this at the request of the Lower House of...

Dangerous criminals transferred from Curacao to Netherlands

December 29, 2014
Dangerous criminals transferred from Curacao to Netherlands WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Two reportedly dangerous criminals incarcerated at the SDKK prison in Curacao have been transferred to the Netherlands because of a perceived flight risk. The prison has also been guarded since Friday by heavily armed soldiers brought in from the Netherlands.

Montreal-Curacao flights start January 1

December 29, 2014
Montreal-Curacao flights start January 1 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The first flight on the new Air Canada route from Montreal to Curacao starts on Thursday, January 1, according to the Curacao Tourist Board (CTB). The additional flight from Canada was announced in late June. There is already a flight to and from Toronto.

More protection needed for Chinese in Curacao

December 26, 2014
More protection needed for Chinese in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Chinese consul general in Curacao has called on the police to do all in their power to tackle violent muggers. This call is following the death of a 30-year-old Chinese supermarket owner who was the victim of a robbery last Sunday. In just the past two weeks...

St Maarten approves aviation regulations, Curacao none yet

December 22, 2014
St Maarten approves aviation regulations, Curacao none yet WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- In 2011, a safety assessment audit was completed of the Curacao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to assess CCAA’s safety oversight capabilities. This was after the FAA indicated that Curacao, as a new country...

Insel Air expands flight operations to Guyana

December 20, 2014
Insel Air expands flight operations to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The flagship air carrier of Curacao, Insel Air has expanded its flights to and from Guyana. This was formally conveyed to President Donald Ramotar when he met with senior company officials including director of international affairs, Edward Heerenveen on Thursday.

Media reports of chikungunya in Curacao cause alarm in Holland

December 19, 2014
Media reports of chikungunya in Curacao cause alarm in Holland WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- News of the outbreak of chikungunya virus in Curacao has now reached the Dutch media. De Telegraaf reported earlier this week about the “killer mosquito” and Dutch TV news broadcasts drew attention to the problem. Outside the Netherlands, the press also picked up the news.

InselAir adds Trinidad to route network

December 17, 2014
InselAir adds Trinidad to route network WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On Monday, Curacao airline InselAir relaunched Trinidad as its 20th destination with an festive early breakfast at Curacao International Airport followed by the inaugural flight to Piarco International Airport in Port of Spain. The flight was operated with a Fokker 70.

Premiers of former Netherlands Antilles boycott Kingdom Day event in Holland

December 12, 2014
Premiers of former Netherlands Antilles boycott Kingdom Day event in Holland WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The prime ministers of Curacao, Aruba and St Maarten are boycotting the celebration of Kingdom Day in Holland. They have refused to travel to Amsterdam to attend the traditional Kingdom Concert in the presence of King Willem Alexander. According to a reliable source in The Hague...

Curacao airport employees on strike - chaos at the airport

December 5, 2014
Curacao airport employees on strike - chaos at the airport WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- There were long lines and large crowds on Thursday morning at Hato Airport in Curacao, following a strike held by the staff of Curacao Airport Partners (CAP). Doors were locked so no one could go inside or to the aircraft. Checked luggage remained on the conveyors.

Dutch MPs at odds over Caribbean territories

December 3, 2014
Dutch MPs at odds over Caribbean territories WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Dutch ruling party PvdA is opposed to a proposal of its coalition partner VVD to enter into a new form of relationship with the former Netherlands Antilles. The VVD prepared, together with another party, the SP, an initiative note that was discussed on Monday in the Dutch parliament.

JetBlue adds Curacao to America's largest Caribbean network

December 3, 2014
JetBlue adds Curacao to America's largest Caribbean network NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways has launched twice-weekly flights to its latest Caribbean destination, Curacao. The airline now offers up to 121 daily flights from the US to the Caribbean, of which up to 56 daily flights are nonstop from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and...

New structure for former Netherlands Antilles under discussion

December 2, 2014
New structure for former Netherlands Antilles under discussion WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Lower House in the Dutch Parliament started discussions on Monday on a possible new structure for Curacao, St Maarten and Aruba, with the parties involved indicating that the former Netherlands Antilles islands have to choose whether to tackle their problems of...

House search of casino boss in St Maarten linked to former Curacao PM

December 2, 2014
House search of casino boss in St Maarten linked to former Curacao PM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The house of casino boss Francesco Corallo was searched by the local authorities in St Maarten at the request of the Italian public prosecutor. Corallo is also known as the financier of former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte. The Criminal Investigation Team also conducted...

More than 8,000 cases of chikungunya reported in Curacao

November 24, 2014
More than 8,000 cases of chikungunya reported in Curacao The chikungunya epidemic in Curacao is still not at its peak, according to the Public Health Department (GGD). The first patient in Curacao was reported in August. Now, in late November, there are more than 8,000 cases of chikungunya on the island. And if that is not enough, there are about 1,000 more...

Curacao hotel seized by tax collector and social insurance bank

November 15, 2014
Curacao hotel seized by tax collector and social insurance bank WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The director of the Social Insurance Bank (SVB), Phillip Martis has confirmed that Curacao’s Plaza Hotel and Casino, located in the heart of downtown Punda, has been seized by the tax collector and the SVB for outstanding debts.  Chairman of the trade union Horecaf...

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