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Letter: When the going gets tough...

February 11, 2017
Letter: When the going gets tough... When the going gets tough, legal counsel Mr Anthony Astaphan gets going on behalf of the prime minister of Dominica. Why? Mr Astaphan himself will give you a clue on his private Facebook page. His favourite quote happens to be: ”When the President (or Prime Minister) does it, that means that it is not illegal".

Damen Shipyards takes position in the Caribbean

February 4, 2017
Damen Shipyards takes position in the Caribbean WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Following the agreement made between the government of Curacao and Damen Shipyards Group in September last year, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has taken over the management of the Curacao Droogdok Maatschappij (CDM) as of February 1, 2017.

Trade and investment agreement signed between Curacao and the Dominican Republic

January 20, 2017
Trade and investment agreement signed between Curacao and the Dominican Republic WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- An agreement was signed last Tuesday in the office of the consul of the Dominican Republic in Curacao; between ADECK; the Association of Small and Medium size business in Curacao and the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic.

Airbnb and Curacao sign tourism agreement

January 19, 2017
Airbnb and Curacao sign tourism agreement WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao’s minister of economic development, Eugene Rhuggenaath, and the minister of finance, Kenneth Gijsbertha, on behalf of the government, has signed an important agreement with Airbnb that will help to promote Curacao as a world-class tourist destination.

Aruba and Curacao parliaments want the Netherlands to pay more attention to Venezuela

January 13, 2017
Aruba and Curacao parliaments want the Netherlands to pay more attention to Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The parliaments of Aruba and Curacao would like to see more attention from the Netherlands to the relationship with the islands’ largest neighbour Venezuela. This was one of the topics that were discussed during the first day of the Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary...

Fly Allways Suriname to cease operations on January 15

January 6, 2017
Fly Allways Suriname to cease operations on January 15 PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- According to reliable sources, the owners of the Suriname airline Fly Allways will cease operation of the airline on January 15 of this year. Fly Allways officially started operations about a year ago on January 10, 2016, with the launch of its inaugural domestic flight.

New Curacao MPs take oath of office; coalition has a majority again

January 5, 2017
New Curacao MPs take oath of office; coalition has a majority again WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The seven new members of parliament were finally sworn in by the governor of Curacao, Lucille George-Wout on Wednesday. After a tumultuous start of the day, Parliament finally approved the credentials of these seven new MPs. This took place under heavy criticism...

Last remaining Curacao cabinet minister to be sworn in on January 9

January 3, 2017
Last remaining Curacao cabinet minister to be sworn in on January 9 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The last remaining member of the new cabinet in Curacao, Elsa Rozendal, will be sworn in as minister of education, science, culture and sport on January 9, according to the former ‘formateur’ and the new minister of finance, Kenneth Gijsbertha.

Constitutional crisis in Curacao: New government does not have majority in Parliament

December 29, 2016
Constitutional crisis in Curacao: New government does not have majority in Parliament WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The absence of minister of education-designate, Elsa Rozendal, from the swearing-in of the members of the new cabinet on December 23 has resulted in a constitutional crisis for the new government in Curacao. The vacant seats in Parliament of the seven new ministers...

New government takes office in Curacao

December 27, 2016
New government takes office in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The new government in Curacao, headed by the new Prime Minister Hensley Koeiman of the political party MAN, took the oath of office last Friday at the Governor’s Palace. There was previously some doubt as to the date on which the new government and Wednesday...

New Curacao prime minister promises to fight corruption

December 17, 2016
New Curacao prime minister promises to fight corruption WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao has a new coalition government agreement, but the island will have to wait a little while longer for the new administration because the screening and background check of the candidate-ministers has not yet been completed. On Thursday, the prime...

Fraud, forgery and money laundering investigation in St Maarten results in searches and seizures

November 30, 2016
Fraud, forgery and money laundering investigation in St Maarten results in searches and seizures PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- House searches and seizures have been taking place in St Maarten since early Monday morning in an ongoing tax fraud, forgery and money laundering investigation code-named ‘Emerald’. The special anticorruption taskforce TBO of the Kingdom...

Curacao refinery operator in financial crisis

November 23, 2016
Curacao refinery operator in financial crisis WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Venezuelan state oil company PdVSA, operator of the Isla oil refinery in Curacao, is in financial trouble. According to the prime minister of Curacao, Dr Bernhard Whiteman, managers must hand in their cars and there is no money to fund the traditional...

Curacao government signs refinery agreement with Chinese companies

November 22, 2016
Curacao government signs refinery agreement with Chinese companies WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The government of Curacao, represented by Prime Minister Dr Bernhard Whiteman, together with the director of the public company Refineria di Korsou NV (Curacao Oil Refinery Inc.), Jose van der Wall-Arnemann, last Saturday signed a heads of agreement...

KLM suspends codeshare agreement with Curacao airline

November 18, 2016
KLM suspends codeshare agreement with Curacao airline WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Dutch airline KLM has suspended its codeshare agreement with Curacao carrier InselAir. This was announced by a spokeswoman for the company on the website Up in the Sky. KLM is doing this because of operational problems at the Curacao airline.

Massive corruption comes to light in Curacao

November 17, 2016
Massive corruption comes to light in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- There is massive corruption threatening to come to light in Curacao. From a leaked report of the Court of Audit for the years 2014 and 2015, it appears that ministers approved millions of guilders for projects when they did not have the authority to place their signature...

Formation of new government in Curacao stuck on division of ministerial posts

November 7, 2016
Formation of new government in Curacao stuck on division of ministerial posts WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The formation of the new government in Curacao has met a stumbling block over the distribution of ministerial posts between the parties MAN, PAR, PNP and Pueblo Soberano (PS), according to credible sources close to the negotiating parties.

Some regional central bank banks turn to SWIFT to combat de-risking threat

November 5, 2016
Some regional central bank banks turn to SWIFT to combat de-risking threat WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Eight regional central banks have signed up to adopt the sanctions screening service and Know Your Customer (KYC) Registry provided by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) in an effort to combat the threat posed...

Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series!

November 4, 2016
Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series! WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The 112th series of the US Major League Baseball (MLB) championship series featured a battle that came down to the line after a ninth inning rain delay in Game Seven between the Cleveland Indians, the American League champions, and the Chicago Cubs...

The Indians are taking over the world!

October 27, 2016
The Indians are taking over the world! WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Centre-stage on Tuesday night had all eyes pinned on Progressive Field, home of The Cleveland Indians as they hosted the Chicago Cubs in the MLB 2016 World Series Championship. Catcher Roberto Perez's two home runs assisted Indians in a 6-0 defeat...

Commentary: Why affordable and clean energy matters

October 25, 2016
Commentary: Why affordable and clean energy matters Why affordable and clean energy matters? This is a clever and important question, especially for the gem of the Caribbean islands: Curacao. We are in the century where the sky's the limit. Where we can achieve more than those who came before us could only dream of. Global warming is...

Venezuela to resume export of fruits and vegetables to Curacao

October 24, 2016
Venezuela to resume export of fruits and vegetables to Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The governor of Falcon State in Venezuela, Stella Lugo, has lifted the decree banning the export of fruits and vegetables from the state that had taken effect on October 1, 2016. The move was announced by Venezuela’s consul general in Curacao and the...

Four parties show willingness to form new coalition government in Curacao

October 12, 2016
Four parties show willingness to form new coalition government in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The MAN, PAR, PNP and Pueblo Soberano (PS) political parties have presented a joint letter indicating their willingness to form the next government in Curacao, representing a majority of 12 of the 21 seats in Parliament. The letter was presented to Governor...

Curacao elections result in another coalition government as predicted

October 7, 2016
Curacao elections result in another coalition government as predicted WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Wednesday’s general elections in Curacao produced yet another fragmented parliament that will require a new coalition to be negotiated from among the eight parties successful in gaining one or more seats to form the next government. The successful...

Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew

October 3, 2016
Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew MIAMI, USA -- Preparations were underway in Haiti and Jamaica on Sunday in anticipation of the approach of the powerful category four Hurricane Matthew on Monday. On Sunday afternoon, the interim president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, accompanied by several ministers and...

Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti

October 2, 2016
Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Matthew, which remained a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Saturday, is expected to approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday, bringing life-threatening rainfall to portions of Haiti. The government of Jamaica...

Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica

October 1, 2016
Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica 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.

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