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Netherlands Antilles prepares for cyber attacks

May 26, 2015
Netherlands Antilles prepares for cyber attacks WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Citing renewed evidence that cyber terrorists and hackers are now heavily targeting the Caribbean region, a three-man team of ethical hackers and cyber security trainers are expected to fly into the Netherlands Antilles next month to hold a two-day training workshop.

Chinese delegation on fact finding mission to Curacao

May 20, 2015
Chinese delegation on fact finding mission to Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A delegation from China is visiting Curacao to seek more information about the state of the oil refinery and future plans. On Saturday, the delegation toured the facility and the management of the Curacao Refinery Utilities (CRU) also gave a presentation on the growth opportunities...

Lehman Brothers firm in Curacao one of first to complete bankruptcy and close down

May 18, 2015
Lehman Brothers firm in Curacao one of first to complete bankruptcy and close down AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- With the final cash distribution to be executed on 19 May 2015, Lehman Brothers Securities NV (LBS) in Curacao will be one of the first Lehman Brothers companies worldwide to finalize its bankruptcy proceedings. The final cash distribution to the creditors will be made...

Commentary: Good governance in the Caribbean SIDS

May 13, 2015
Commentary: Good governance in the Caribbean SIDS During a Master Class Corporate Governance, a participant asked me: how does the governance of Curacao compare to the other Caribbean islands? How can we compare them? Is there a universal system to compare them? Before that we should answer the question what is good governance?

InselAir to launch service to Havana

May 5, 2015
InselAir to launch service to Havana WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Starting July 3, 2015, InselAir, the largest Caribbean-based carrier, will start two flights per week, on Monday and Friday, to Havana, its 23rd destination. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at any InselAir ticket office, via InselAir’s Contact Center and via local travel agents.

Netherlands seeks to strengthen Caribbean ties

May 4, 2015
Netherlands seeks to strengthen Caribbean ties WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Dutch minister of foreign affairs, Bert Koenders, will visit the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom and three Latin American countries in the region from May 4 until the following Monday. He will in turn visit Aruba, Curacao, St Maarten, Cuba, Guatemala and Mexico.

InselAir adds Puerto Rico to its destinations

May 2, 2015
InselAir adds Puerto Rico to its destinations WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- InselAir has introduced another destination to its network. Starting July 2, InselAir takes you from Curacao, via its hub on Aruba, to San Juan in Puerto Rico on Thursday and Sunday. InselAir now serves 22 destinations and offers passengers the largest network in the Caribbean.

Royal visit to Curacao Museum leads to censorship controversy

May 1, 2015
Royal visit to Curacao Museum leads to censorship controversy WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands on Saturday, May 2, will open the exhibition ‘Guera na Kòrsou’ War in Curacao 1940-1945 at the Curacao Museum. However, one part of the exhibition, sponsored by the Foundation for Rehabilitation of War Victims Curacao (SEOC)...

Curacao prime minister fed up with insinuations by Dutch MPs

April 29, 2015
Curacao prime minister fed up with insinuations by Dutch MPs WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Some politicians in the Netherlands continue to criticize Curacao without knowing what they are talking and Prime Minister Ivar Asjes indicated during his last press conference that he is fed up with these politicians. When he was asked for his reaction to the motion adopted...

CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people

April 25, 2015
CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of health of the United Mexican States, through the Federal Commission for Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). The aim of the MoU...

Curacao reports 11 percent tourism growth in March

April 23, 2015
Curacao reports 11 percent tourism growth in March WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) has reported an additional 3,986 visitors in the third month of this year. Visitor arrivals in March 2015 increased by double digit growth of 11% compared to March 2014, continuing the positive development reported at the start of the year.

Curacao and St Maarten learn from Jamaica's experience with immigration kiosks

April 22, 2015
Curacao and St Maarten learn from Jamaica's experience with immigration kiosks KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Immigration and airport personnel from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao as well as a member of the St Maarten legislature were in Jamaica recently on a fact-finding mission to observe the island’s use of automated immigration kiosks at its main international airports.

Is Curacao's harbour ready to become a hub for the region?

April 22, 2015
Is Curacao's harbour ready to become a hub for the region? WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The harbour in Curacao has been the topic of debate during recent parliamentary meetings. The private company Curacao Port Services (CPS) has been at the centre of these debates. According to various members of parliament, CPS, which has the monopoly...

Air Canada expanding Curacao service

April 21, 2015
Air Canada expanding Curacao service WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Air Canada is expanding its service to Curacao in time for the summer season. The carrier announced that it would be expanding its seasonal service to year-round flights, with a nonstop Toronto-Curacao flight every Friday. It’s the latest addition to Curacao for the company.

Avior Airlines inaugurates flights from Valencia and Maracaibo in Venezuela to Curacao

April 20, 2015
Avior Airlines inaugurates flights from Valencia and Maracaibo in Venezuela to Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuelan carrier Avior Airlines on Friday started operating flights twice a week between Valencia and Curacao and on the same day between Maracaibo and Curacao. Avior has been flying to Curacao since 2006 with flights from Caracas, Venezuela. This will be an expansion...

Curacao and Aruba need to enter into cooperation agreements with Cuba, says Dutch ambassador

April 15, 2015
Curacao and Aruba need to enter into cooperation agreements with Cuba, says Dutch ambassador WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- With Washington and Havana working for the betterment of their relations, Curacao and Aruba should be proactive by way of cooperation agreements with Cuba to avoid being left behind when the American tourists rediscover Cuba, the new Dutch ambassador said.

Dutch company signs contract with Venezuela to install gas production platforms near Aruba and Curacao

April 15, 2015
Dutch company signs contract with Venezuela to install gas production platforms near Aruba and Curacao CARACAS, Venezuela -- Seaway Heavy Lifting has entered into a contract with Cardon IV in Venezuela for transportation and installation of the Perla project gas production platforms complete with tie-in of the subsea infrastructure. The Perla development consists of three gas production platforms.

Dutch minister supports investigation into gambling money flow in Antilles

April 10, 2015
Dutch minister supports investigation into gambling money flow in Antilles THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The Dutch minister of kingdom relations, Ronald Plasterk, said that he supports a Kingdom-wide investigation that is focused on the money flow within the gambling industry, drug trafficking and human trafficking in the Dutch West Indies. The initiative for...

Netherlands Parliament resumes debate on underworld connections in Dutch Antilles

April 8, 2015
Netherlands Parliament resumes debate on underworld connections in Dutch Antilles THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is not satisfied with previous answers from the Dutch government about the links between politicians and criminals in Curacao, St Maarten, Aruba and the Curacao Intelligence Agency (VDC). At the request of the Dutch MP for...

Dutch Labour Party calls for integrity committee for Curacao, St Maarten and Aruba

April 2, 2015
Dutch Labour Party calls for integrity committee for Curacao, St Maarten and Aruba WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) wants to set up a Kingdom Committee for the promotion of integrity in Curacao, St Maarten and Aruba. The committee would have the same functions as the Committee for Financial Supervision (CFT), but for the integrity of government.

Curacao PM 'unhappy' with Venezuelan consul

March 30, 2015
Curacao PM 'unhappy' with Venezuelan consul WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao Prime Minister Ivar Ajes did not have much to say about his recent conversation with the Venezuelan consul Marisol Gutierrez de Almeida. “It’s delicate. A discussion of this diplomatic level. I cannot say much about it. Except that the government is unhappy with...

Venezuelan consul summoned by Curacao PM

March 28, 2015
Venezuelan consul summoned by Curacao PM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – The prime minister of Curacao, Ivar Asjes, summoned the Venezuelan consul Marisol Gutierrez de Almeida on Friday morning in connection with a petition against US President Barack Obama, which is not only being promoted bt Venezuela in Curacao, but also in other countries.

Venezuelan consul went too far, says Curacao politician

March 24, 2015
Venezuelan consul went too far, says Curacao politician WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Alex Rosaria, leader of the coalition party PAIS, said in an official party statement that the Venezuelan consul has gone over the line with her appeal to the people of Curacao to sign a petition against US President Barack Obama. The consul was responding to...

Dutch intelligence service information leaked to criminals through Curacao

March 24, 2015
Dutch intelligence service information leaked to criminals through Curacao THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Information from the Dutch Intelligence Service (AIVD) has apparently fallen into the hands of criminals. This could have happened after a large data robbery at the Curacao Intelligence Agency (VDC), according to a Dutch MP for the Socialist Party (SP) Ronald van Raak.

Criminal proceedings are hateful witch hunt, says former Curacao PM

March 23, 2015
Criminal proceedings are hateful witch hunt, says former Curacao PM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The criminal case that began on Friday against former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte, is “a hateful witch hunt led by the Dutch,” said Schotte, the leader of the largest opposition party, Movement for the Future of Curacao (MFK), who is accused of money laundering.

Gambling and money laundering in Curacao and St Maarten again raised in Dutch parliament

March 18, 2015
Gambling and money laundering in Curacao and St Maarten again raised in Dutch parliament THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The Dutch Socialist Party (SP) MP Ronald van Raak has once again drawn the attention of the Dutch government to the gambling industry in Curacao and St Maarten. According to the Member of the Lower House in the Dutch parliament, who is also a member of...

Curacao to launch new International BlueSeas Festival in May

March 13, 2015
Curacao to launch new International BlueSeas Festival in May WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Following the success of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao will host its inaugural Curacao International BlueSeas Festival from May 7-9, 2015. The Curacao International BlueSeas Festival, a celebration of traditional and...

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