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Former Curacao PM calls for criminal suspects to be suspended from parliament

February 12, 2016
Former Curacao PM calls for criminal suspects to be suspended from parliament WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to former Curacao prime minister and now leader of the political party Pro Korsou, Ivar Asjes, members of parliament and ministers who are considered suspects in a criminal case should in future be suspended or dismissed from their public function.

Oil refinery to remain open, says Curacao PM

February 6, 2016
Oil refinery to remain open, says Curacao PM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- During a hastily called press conference, the prime minister of Curacao, Dr Bernard Whiteman confirmed that the government has decided not to renew the lease of the oil refinery with the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, which expires in 2019, under the same...

Curacao government will not renew oil refinery lease with Venezuela

February 5, 2016
Curacao government will not renew oil refinery lease with Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- In a letter to the leader of the coalition party PAIS, Alex Rosaria MP, the minister of public health, science and environment, Siegried Victorina, has indicated that the Curacao government will not renew the oil refinery lease agreement with the Venezuelan state oil...

Zika virus may be more easily transmitted than thought

February 4, 2016
Zika virus may be more easily transmitted than thought WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Last week, the new minister of public health, Sigfried Victorina, noted two cases of the zika virus present in Curacao and, given the proximity to Venezuela, Suriname and Brazil, the island may find its borders more than a little compromised. In addition, it is now...

US supplies OPEC with oil in Curacao after 40-year export ban

February 4, 2016
US supplies OPEC with oil in Curacao after 40-year export ban WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to Bloomberg Business, the US is now supplying OPEC with crude oil through Curacao. Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) received a cargo of West Texas Intermediate crude at the end of January at a terminal in Curacao, where PDVSA operates...

BVI participates in EU funded regional study on diversification

February 2, 2016
BVI participates in EU funded regional study on diversification ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands is participating in a regional study on diversification of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The study was launched on November 26, 2015, and is being conducted by the European Union funded Caribbean Overseas...

Emergency meeting convened to address 'explosive' spread of zika virus

January 29, 2016
Emergency meeting convened to address 'explosive' spread of zika virus GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting for Monday on the “dramatic” rise in Zika virus infection – strongly suspected of causing birth malformations – warning that its “explosive” spread could eventually infect up to four million people.

Tourism generated $448.2 million for Curacao in 2015

January 23, 2016
Tourism generated $448.2 million for Curacao in 2015 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) has reported three percent growth in stay-over arrivals in the year 2015, generating some US$448.2 million in tourism revenue. In total, 468,442 stay-over visitors were welcomed in the course of the year; with nearly 14,000 additional...

Curacao's economy grows; St Maarten's contracts

January 21, 2016
Curacao's economy grows; St Maarten's contracts WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- “Economic developments differed between Curacao and St Maarten. While Curacao recorded a modest expansion of 0.3% in real output, St Maarten’s economy contracted by 0.3% in real terms in the third quarter of 2015,” the president of the Centrale Bank...

Curacao delaying Netherlands Antilles assets distribution, says St Maarten minister

January 16, 2016
Curacao delaying Netherlands Antilles assets distribution, says St Maarten minister PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The transfer of St Maarten’s share of the assets and liabilities of the dismantled Netherlands Antilles has again been delayed because of new questions raised by Curacao about the value of real estate. This was announced by St Maarten’s finance minister...

Netherlands expresses interest in trading with Cuba

January 15, 2016
Netherlands expresses interest in trading with Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Guido Landheer, deputy minister for foreign trade relations of the Netherlands, expressed on Tuesday in Havana, Cuba, his country’s interest in trading with Cuba in areas such as renewable energy, water resources and agriculture. Landheer is part of a Dutch mission that...

Netherlands issues new warning to those traveling to Venezuela

December 30, 2015
Netherlands issues new warning to those traveling to Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Dutch ministry of foreign affairs has tightened its travel advice for Venezuela. According to the advisory, Venezuela is among the most violent countries in the world and it does not recommend Curacao citizens travel to the neighbouring country. The foreign ministry noted...

Curacao lottery fraud case to be heard in March

December 24, 2015
Curacao lottery fraud case to be heard in March WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Common Court of Justice in Curacao decided on Wednesday that the trial in the case against lottery boss Robbie Dos Santos and three of his firms on charges of money laundering and forgery will be held in the week of March 7 next year. The court accepted the...

Curacao lottery boss made his own lottery tickets, no one could win

December 21, 2015
Curacao lottery boss made his own lottery tickets, no one could win WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao lottery boss Robbie Dos Santos was arraigned on Friday morning on 16 alleged offences, according to the Public Prosecutor (OM). The OM indicated that the lottery boss would fabricate his own lottery tickets and sold these. No one could then win the lottery.

Curacao launches online embarkation and disembarkation card

December 17, 2015
Curacao launches online embarkation and disembarkation card WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On Monday, December 7, the Curacao Tourist Board, together with the Immigration Department of Curacao, launched the online version of the embarkation and disembarkation card (ED-card). Completing the form digitally has two main goals, namely, a fast...

Expedia reports demand growth for Curacao

December 11, 2015
Expedia reports demand growth for Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, has announced that travel demand for Curacao hotels have increased on all Expedia group sites this year. The data indicate that the United States remains a key feeder market for Curacao.

New Curacao cabinet ready to finish parliamentary term

December 2, 2015
New Curacao cabinet ready to finish parliamentary term WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao has a new government: Cabinet Whiteman version 2.0. At the helm is Dr Bernard Whiteman as prime minister, who was appointed by the ruling party Pueblo Soberano (PS). Other PS ministers are Irene Dick, education, science, culture and sport...

Ask Nina: Kansas University outranks Curacao's business schools

November 26, 2015
Ask Nina: Kansas University outranks Curacao's business schools This week’s column is very different and highlights the performance of last week’s survey on business schools in Curacao. We at Ask Nina would like to sincerely thank all those who helped assisted and participated, half participated and “not at all participated”, your efforts were well noted by students...

Political parties sign agreement to form new government in Curacao

November 24, 2015
Political parties sign agreement to form new government in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- With the support of the former opposition party PAR, there is a new governing coalition in Curacao, based on the support of 12 seats in parliament. This government will complete the four-year term until the next election, ten months from now. On Sunday the leaders of the...

Curacao oil suppliers ask Venezuela state company for cargo prepayments

November 23, 2015
Curacao oil suppliers ask Venezuela state company for cargo prepayments WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Big oil suppliers at the Bullenbay oil terminal in Curacao have started requiring prepayment when selling cargoes of crude and refined products to Venezuela’s PDVSA, in an effort to limit potential risks from the state-owned company’s well-known cash flow woes.

Curacao tightens border controls

November 21, 2015
Curacao tightens border controls WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- After the terrorist attacks in Paris, a week ago on Friday, Curacao has also tightened its border controls, according to the outgoing minister of justice, Nelson Navarro. The authorities are stricter now with the entry of foreigners and also police action against illegal...

Ask Nina: Curacao's business schools perform disappointingly poor in survey!

November 19, 2015
Ask Nina: Curacao's business schools perform disappointingly poor in survey! I'm so glad that there is a column like yours that deals about the Caribbean region, LAC and Dutch Caribbean.  You are such a good person; the world needs more helpful people like you to become a better place for us all. You know, in our group we discuss your column...

New parliamentary coalition in the making in Curacao

November 17, 2015
New parliamentary coalition in the making in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Leaders of the former ruling coalition in Curacao, together with the opposition party PAR, were negotiating all weekend with the prime minister of Curacao, Dr Ben Whiteman, about the possibility of forming a new government based on the support of 12 members of parliament.

Education in the Dutch Caribbean: Interview with senior vice president of American Institutes for Research

November 17, 2015
Education in the Dutch Caribbean: Interview with senior vice president of American Institutes for Research WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- In this first of a two part interview with Johannes M. (Hans) Bos, senior vice president, education and international development at American Institutes for Research (AIR), headquartered in Washington DC, we start to take a look at education in the Dutch Caribbean.

Curacao governor gives prime minister another opportunity to form new government

November 14, 2015
Curacao governor gives prime minister another opportunity to form new government WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Following the resignation earlier this week of the Cabinet, the governor of Curacao, Lucille George-Wout, has requested Prime Minister Dr Ben Whiteman to explore the willingness of the political parties to form a new cabinet within the shortest possible time that can rely on...

Ask Nina: Gordita's Friend!

November 12, 2015
Ask Nina: Gordita's Friend!  I need your advice on a very serious situation. It's life or death! I have a friend, who has always been big in size, and her parents and sister are also big in size, as well. I myself, I'm an overweight guy, but my parents are not, they are as slim as a nail. Starting last year, my friend began to drastically lose.

Curacao government resigns

November 11, 2015
Curacao government resigns WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The prime minister of Curacao, Dr Ben Whiteman, has tendered his resignation to the governor in Willemstad. On Friday his four-party coalition lost its majority in parliament. Whiteman has been prime minister for just one month. Whiteman’s coalition was supported by 11 of the 21...

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