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Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica

October 1, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Matthew rapidly strengthened to a powerful category 4 hurricane on the Saffir- Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Friday and on its forecast track the centre will move north across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, and be near Jamaica on Sunday.

Matthew now a hurricane after leaving death and destruction in the Eastern Caribbean

September 30, 2016
Matthew now a hurricane after leaving death and destruction in the Eastern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm Matthew strengthened to hurricane force on Thursday after leaving one dead and causing widespread flooding and landslides as it slowly made its way across the Eastern Caribbean on Wednesday evening. Officials in St Vincent and the Grenadines confirmed...

Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea

September 29, 2016
Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea MIAMI, USA -- As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew formed early Wednesday as the system moved through the Windward Islands into the eastern Caribbean, bringing heavy rains and high winds and forcing the closure of government offices and schools in several islands.

Tropical cyclone expected to form in southern Caribbean Tuesday night or Wednesday

September 28, 2016
Tropical cyclone expected to form in southern Caribbean Tuesday night or Wednesday MIAMI, USA -- Reports from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft on Tuesday indicated that a tropical wave located about 250 miles east of Barbados does not yet have a closed surface circulation. However, the system is producing winds to near tropical storm force and...

Politics in Curacao is a nightmare...

September 27, 2016
Politics in Curacao is a nightmare... WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The 2016 Curacao Election Debate (CED-2016) on world affairs to be hosted by Caribbean News Now and moderated by Curacao correspondent, Josefina Josepha, takes place just 24 hours after the first Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton US presidential debate.

Curacao political candidates invited to participate in pre-election debate

September 26, 2016
Curacao political candidates invited to participate in pre-election debate WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- General elections are due to take place in Curacao on Friday and Caribbean News Now has invited the leaders of all 13 qualified political parties to participate in a public debate on Tuesday, a first of its kind in the Dutch Caribbean. Candidates have been asked to...

Poll shows that 90pct of voters in Curacao believe their vote doesn't make a difference

September 22, 2016
Poll shows that 90pct of voters in Curacao believe their vote doesn't make a difference WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The independent polling research for the 2016 Curacao general election conducted by Caribbean News Now indicates that almost 90 percent of those surveyed believe that their vote would not make a difference, compared to nine percent who believe it would.

Venezuelan state oil company will not renew Curacao oil refinery lease in 2019

September 21, 2016
Venezuelan state oil company will not renew Curacao oil refinery lease in 2019 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuelan state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA), will not renew its lease with Curacao's government to operate the 325,000 b/d Isla refinery when the current lease expires on 31 December 2019, the energy ministry said on Monday.

Curacao may be heading for another coalition government in 2016

September 20, 2016
Curacao may be heading for another coalition government in 2016 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The independent polling research for the 2016 Curacao election conducted by Caribbean News Now has indicated that, if elections were to be held today, the Democratic Party would receive the largest percentage of the votes, while still falling short of an overall majority.

Results of 2016 Curacao election independent polling research

September 19, 2016
Results of 2016 Curacao election independent polling research WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Independent polling conducted by Caribbean News Now demonstrated that, if elections were to be held today in Curacao, the Democratic Party (DP) would walk away with a greater percentage of parliamentary seats, followed by Movementu Progressivo.

Curacao court hearing to consider motives for political assassination

September 8, 2016
Curacao court hearing to consider motives for political assassination WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Who gave the order to murder the popular Curacao politician Helmin Wiels on May 5, 2013? The actual assassin was previously convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in August 2014. But identifying and prosecuting the sponsors of the assassination has...

Curacao MP named as suspect in murder probe

September 6, 2016
Curacao MP named as suspect in murder probe WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A Member of Parliament of the ruling party in Curacao, Pueblo Soberano (PS), Elmber Wilsoe, has resigned from parliament after a leaked document from the Investigation Cooperation Team (RST) named Wilsoe as one of the suspects in the 2013 assassination...

Initiatives sought for vulnerable children in Curacao

August 25, 2016
Initiatives sought for vulnerable children in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Children that grow up in vulnerable situations are the focus of the Appeltjes van Oranje 2017. With the theme Powerful Children in mind, the Oranje Fonds seeks organizations that devote themselves to these children. In order to be considered for this prize...

IMF concludes discussions with Curacao and St Maarten

August 24, 2016
IMF concludes discussions with Curacao and St Maarten WASHINGTON, USA -- On July 27, 2016, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2016 Article IV Consultation discussions with Curacao and St Maarten, two autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and considered and endorsed...

Youngest political candidate for Curacao's 2016 election presents her platform: Vision 21

August 20, 2016
Youngest political candidate for Curacao's 2016 election presents her platform: Vision 21 My name is Josefina Josepha, an independent; and leader of LKKK, Liberalismo Klasiko Komunidat di Korsou, and I am an Eu-Neoclassical liberalist offering myself for public service. The state of affairs of the country has led me to take on my Exploratory Committee for The Staten Van Curacao...

Businesses owned by former minister of finance raided in Curacao

August 16, 2016
Businesses owned by former minister of finance raided in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Justice department officials in Curacao on Monday morning raided two companies owned by former minister of justice George Jamaloodin, including a security company, Speedy Security, in Saliña. A house elsewhere in the city was also searched.

Call for write-in votes to be allowed in Curacao 2016 elections

August 16, 2016
Call for write-in votes to be allowed in Curacao 2016 elections WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, from 8 am to 8 pm throughout four polling divisions, Curacao's Primaries Selection Days (PSD-2016) may or may not produce a viable option to the six incumbent political parties for the representatives of the Second...

Curacao prosecutors suspect central bank president of fraud

August 12, 2016
Curacao prosecutors suspect central bank president of fraud WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Justice officials and police officers concluded extensive searches on Wednesday at the residence of Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten (CBCS) president Emsley Tromp and an office address of Gregory Elias in Curacao, on suspicion of tax fraud and money laundering.

Curacao-St Maarten anti-corruption raid targets central bank president

August 11, 2016
Curacao-St Maarten anti-corruption raid targets central bank president WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Officers of the anti-corruption unit (TBO) of the Kingdom Detective Cooperation Team (RST) on Wednesday raided the residence of the president of the Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten, Emsley Tromp. In addition to the raid on Tromp’s private home...

FATCA enforced in Curacao, what is it?

August 8, 2016
FATCA enforced in Curacao, what is it? WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- FACTA is now being enforced in Curacao as of August 3, 2016. What is FATCA? FATCA is the acronym for the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act passed by the US Congress in 2010, and its function is to “detect, deter and discourage offshore tax evasion”.

ABC ferry project struggling, while other Caribbean islands may soon be connected

August 8, 2016
ABC ferry project struggling, while other Caribbean islands may soon be connected WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- While various islands in the Caribbean are working hard on their connection with a ferry, the ABC islands ferry project is struggling. The ferry project to connect Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao by sea looked very promising but it appears that it might not crystallize.

US FATCA agreement now activated for Curacao

August 6, 2016
US FATCA agreement now activated for Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Model 1 intergovernmental agreement (IGA) signed between Curacao and the United States implementing the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is now in force, according to sources in Washington. The US Congress enacted FATCA in 2010.

Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union

July 27, 2016
Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The vice president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA), Bruce Blake, has secured a seat on the executive committee of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) after elections in Miami this weekend. Blake, who has yet to explain fully...

Chairman of Curacao electoral council discusses upcoming general election

July 12, 2016
Chairman of Curacao electoral council discusses upcoming general election WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Last Friday was the final day for voter registration in Curacao ahead of the upcoming general election on September 30, 2016. Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, are the primary selection days, when candidates vying for a seat in the next session...

Dutch government expects no mass influx of Venezuelans into Caribbean islands

July 1, 2016
Dutch government expects no mass influx of Venezuelans into Caribbean islands THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The Dutch government does not expect any mass exodus of Venezuelans to the Caribbean islands of the kingdom, such as Curacao, as the situation deteriorates sharply in Venezuela. However, Dutch MPs are worried about the consequences of the great political...

Caribbean weighs Brexit implications

June 25, 2016
Caribbean weighs Brexit implications GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has begun responding to the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union (EU). On Friday 52 percent of voters in a referendum in Britain opted out of remaining in the 28-member grouping.

Another warning issued that Venezuelans will flee to Caribbean islands

June 21, 2016
Another warning issued that Venezuelans will flee to Caribbean islands WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The mayor of Chacao in Venezuela, Ramon Muchacho, this weekend issued another warning in local media of a Venezuelan exodus to neighbouring Caribbean islands and Colombia. This may well be the case, especially for the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and...

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