News from Curacao:
December 10, 2013
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...
December 5, 2013
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...
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...
November 15, 2013
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...
November 14, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- While Curacao’s minister of justice, Nelson Navarro, is accountable in Parliament for the death of Luigi ‘Pretu’ Florentina in police custody and the investigation surrounding this case, he will not resign. Pretu was the second suspect in the murder of the late political leader and...
November 12, 2013
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Head of The Bahamas Renewable Energy Association has called on the government to “stop delaying” advances in renewable energy generation in this nation, in response to a new report indicating that The Bahamas ranks 26th out of 27 countries in the region for its “progress and prospects”.
November 6, 2013
PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- King Willem-Alexander and wife Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will begin their first visit to the Dutch Caribbean Islands as king and queen on November 12, 2013, with St Maarten being the first stop. St Maarten Governor Eugene Holiday will host the royal couple.
September 30, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The first Gay Pride event in Curacao has been cancelled. The Curacao government had set additional conditions in the granting of the permit for the event on the island, which was supposed to be held in downtown Punda, the old town of Willemstad, on Saturday.
September 25, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Almost 2,000 volunteers cleaned up 498,350 kilos of waste on Saturday during the Curacao Clean Up Day. By way of comparison, a Boeing 747 weighs 178,800 kilos. The organisers said that this event, the first edition of the island cleanup, took place at about forty locations.
September 24, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Caribbean Bowling is organising the largest bowling tournament of the last five years in the Caribbean on Curacao. Curacao will serve as a host to more than 60 international bowlers competing to win their share of US$20,000. PBA professional Amleto Monacelli, along with...
September 23, 2013
WILLEMSTAD. Curacao -- At a press conference with minister of justice, Nelson Navarro on the investigation into the murder of the late political leader, Helmin Wiels, prosecutor Guillano Schoop explained that there were three new arrests made during raids at various addresses in Curacao.
September 21, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- “Bon Bini” to Curacao! More Canadian visitors than ever will be saying those words as they touch down in Curacao beginning this October. That’s when the first of three airlines will begin additional flights from Toronto to Curacao.
September 9, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Luigi Florentino, a suspect in the murder of Curacao politician and political leader Helmin Wiels, has committed suicide in his cell. His body was found overnight Friday, the prosecutor announced. Florentino had just been transferred from a heavily guarded naval barracks.
September 3, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The second night of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival was spectacular. The festival was opened by the Curacao musicians Pernell Saturnino and Friends featuring Miguel Zenon. They were followed by the unstoppable singer Paul Anka.
September 2, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Blues, soul, rock, pop, jazz and salsa. It was all part of the first night of the fourth edition of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival (CNSJ). Local singer Kris Berry opened the evening with her sultry Caribbean voice, followed by Toto, Gladys Knight, New Cool Active...
August 16, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Music superstar Prince will be headlining the impressive roster of performers for the highly anticipated Fourth Annual Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. Prince replaces Usher, who was previously scheduled to perform. Prince, who has produced ten platinum albums...
August 9, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- In response to a request for comment about recent claims of drones being stationed in Curacao and Aruba that could be used to attack Venezuela and other countries in South America, the US Consulate in Curacao has denied the reports.
August 8, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former Venezuelan vice president, Jose Vicente Rangel, has warned of a possible US drone attack, stating that the drones had entered Venezuelan airspace. “These drones, airplanes without pilots, which have been used by the United States of America as a military weapon...
August 6, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Police in Curacao have arrested a 43-year-old woman in connection with the murder three months ago of Helmin Wiels, a popular local politician and, at the time, leader of the largest political party, Pueblo Soberano. The woman was arrested on Saturday and she is the second suspect...
July 26, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The southern Caribbean island of Curacao, one of the most welcoming Caribbean islands for gay travelers, has joined the LGBT community in celebrating the recent decision to overturn the “Defense of Marriage Act”. Curacao has long welcomed the world’s LGBT community.
July 19, 2013
BELLEVUE, USA -- Expedia, the world’s leading online travel agency, has revealed its Expedia Insiders’ Select 2013 list, an annual ranking of the very best hotels on Expedia sites from around the world, predominantly determined by Expedia customers. Four hotels in the Caribbean ranked...
July 9, 2013
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (BGIS) -- Efforts are under way to encourage other nations in the region to join the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and, thereby, strengthen it. This was disclosed by Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, when he met with the media as the curtain came down on the 34th regular...
July 8, 2013
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) sub-regional headquarters for the Caribbean will convene the sixteenth meeting of the monitoring committee of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee this week.
July 6, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CFU) -- Caribbean Football Union (CFU) teams Cuba and the Dominican Republic made significant gains to remain inside of the top 100 of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, according to the July edition. Cuba leaped nine places to 82nd in CONCACAF.
June 22, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The US Department of State has published the 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report for Curacao. According to the report, Curacao falls under Tier 2. Curacao is a source, transit, and destination for women, children, and men subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour.
June 19, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Music superstar Usher has been announced as one of the headlining acts for the highly anticipated 4th Annual Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. He joins an impressive roster including some of the most popular artists on the planet: legendary divas...
June 18, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Friday affirmed its 'A-' long-term and 'A-2' short-term sovereign ratings on the government of Curacao, and revised the outlook to stable from negative. "The outlook revision reflects a series of measures taken by the government...