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Shipments of Russian oil to Curacao may break economic sanctions

October 21, 2014
Shipments of Russian oil to Curacao may break economic sanctions WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- It was recently reported that the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has purchased two cargoes of Russian Urals light crude from a unit of Petrochina, which is to be delivered to the Isla oil refinery in Curacao in early November. However, the environmental organization SMOC...

Venezuela buys two Russian crude cargoes for Curacao refinery

October 20, 2014
Venezuela buys two Russian crude cargoes for Curacao refinery WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA has bought two cargoes of Russian Urals light crude from a unit of Petrochina to be delivered starting in early November to the Isla refinery in Curacao, according to credible sources. The 1-million-barrel cargoes will be the second...

Netherlands says it has nothing to do with open skies between Antilles and Suriname

October 16, 2014
Netherlands says it has nothing to do with open skies between Antilles and Suriname WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- “The current aviation agreement between the Netherlands and Suriname is separate from the aviation relationship between Aruba and Suriname, and therefore contains no impediment for InselAir to fly between Aruba and Suriname directly,” the Dutch minister of foreign affairs...

Venezuela's PDVSA to import crude from Russia for test run through Curacao refinery

October 15, 2014
Venezuela's PDVSA to import crude from Russia for test run through Curacao refinery WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA plans to import from Russia between 750,000 and 1 million barrels of Urals grade crude to be processed in the 335,000 b/d Isla refinery in Curacao, a PDVSA source, who asked not to be identified, said on Monday to platts.com.

Curacao ranks number one in the world for cruise passenger growth in 2013

October 9, 2014
Curacao ranks number one in the world for cruise passenger growth in 2013 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The cruise port of Curacao has been ranked number one in the world by passenger growth for 2013 in the autumn issue of Cruise Insight magazine’s “World’s top 50 cruise ports of call ranked by passenger growth.” Curacao’s remarkable growth of 41 percent also...

Almost 340 tonnes of drugs intercepted by US Forward Operation Location in Curacao

October 7, 2014
Almost 340 tonnes of drugs intercepted by US Forward Operation Location in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Forward Operation Location (FOL), which is the US Air Force located in Curacao, has intercepted a total of 339,707 kilograms or close to 340 metric tons of drugs between the period of October 2012 until the end of September 2013. This is evident from an evaluation...

Tech experts talk regional cyber security at CaribNOG in Curacao

October 2, 2014
Tech experts talk regional cyber security at CaribNOG in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Cyber security was top of the agenda as over 80 technology professionals from 15 countries gathered in Curacao for the second day of a major regional technology conference. The meeting is the eighth regional gathering of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG).

Tech heavyweights network for Caribbean development

October 1, 2014
Tech heavyweights network for Caribbean development WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Caribbean people have an appetite for technology that rivals any other region of the world. But who is working behind the scenes to maintain and upgrade the Internet-based services on which we’ve come to depend? On Monday, the answer to that question was to be found in Curacao.

Pilot warned bosses of overloaded planes days before fatal Caribbean crash

September 27, 2014
Pilot warned bosses of overloaded planes days before fatal Caribbean crash BIRMINGHAM, England -- Just days before he died in a crash landing in the Caribbean Sea, a young British pilot had voiced concerns about flying overloaded planes. Captain Robert Mansell, 32, skillfully ditched his twin-engine aircraft in the water off Curacao after sending out a mayday message.

Venezuela state oil company willing to extend presence in Curacao

September 15, 2014
Venezuela state oil company willing to extend presence in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The government of Venezuela and the state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PdVSA) are willing to extend the contract for the operations of the Isla oil refinery in Curacao. This emerged during a meeting between representatives of the Isla unions Apri and PWFC and...

No place for criminal suspects in parliament, says Curacao coalition party

September 12, 2014
No place for criminal suspects in parliament, says Curacao coalition party WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A member party of the coalition government in Curacao, the Partido pa Adelanto i Inovashon Soshal (PAIS), is preparing a proposed bill that will make it possible to suspend a member of parliament if he or she is suspected of certain crimes.

Venezuela export ban creates shortages in Curacao

September 5, 2014
Venezuela export ban creates shortages in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- There is a growing shortage of items at the floating market at Punda in Curacao following Venezuela’s recently introduced ban on 21 products that may not be exported. Venezuelan vendors sell their goods directly from their boats at Punda’s famous market.

Dutch Coast Guard suspends Curacao and Bonaire patrols over violence

September 4, 2014
Dutch Coast Guard suspends Curacao and Bonaire patrols over violence WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The union representing Coast Guard personnel (NAPB) has reported that the Dutch Coast Guard in the Caribbean part of the kingdom of the Netherlands no longer patrols the territorial waters around Bonaire and Curacao. This is the result of increasing violence...

Curacao has huge water pollution problem, says minister

September 3, 2014
Curacao has huge water pollution problem, says minister WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The pollution problem with regard to the Curacao waters is enormous. This is according to health, environment and nature minister Bernard ‘Ben’ Whiteman during the continuation of a Central Committee of Parliament. According to Whiteman, it is currently still safe to eat fish...

Media development in Curacao is below standard, says UNESCO

September 2, 2014
Media development in Curacao is below standard, says UNESCO WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- During a recent presentation on the media in Curacao, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) indicated that journalists and reporters on the island are generally low skilled and poorly paid. UNESCO also indicated...

Life sentence in Curacao political assassination case

August 30, 2014
Life sentence in Curacao political assassination case WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Elvis Kuwas, aka ‘Monster’, the principal suspect in last year’s assassination of Curacao political leader Helmin Wiels, has been found guilty of three contract killings, including Weils’ murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

IMF concludes consultation discussions with Curacao and St Maarten

August 28, 2014
IMF concludes consultation discussions with Curacao and St Maarten WASHINGTON, USA -- On July 30, 2014, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund concluded the 2014 Article IV consultation discussions with Curacao and St Maarten, two autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and considered and endorsed the...

Suriname seeks confrontation with Aruba and Curacao, says airline

August 23, 2014
Suriname seeks confrontation with Aruba and Curacao, says airline WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to Edward Herenveen, the director of international affairs of the Curacao aviation company Insel Air, Suriname is seeking a confrontation with Aruba and Curacao over air routes. He made this statement in an interview with De Ware Tijd.

Curacao political party speaks out against discrimination towards gay people

August 22, 2014
Curacao political party speaks out against discrimination towards gay people WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A member party of the coalition government in Curacao, the Partido pa Adelanto i Inovashon Soshal (PAIS), has spoken out against any form of discrimination against homosexuals on the island. According to party officials, the declaration came in response to recent statements...

Aruba opposition boycotts tripartite parliamentary meeting

August 19, 2014
Aruba opposition boycotts tripartite parliamentary meeting PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- A tripartite meeting of the parliaments of Aruba, Curacao and St Maarten was due to start on Monday in St Maarten but was not likely to count on the participation of the Aruban opposition party MEP. Leader of the party, Evelyn Wever-Croes, indicated that her party cannot...

Parliament calls on Curacao government to take action against crime

August 18, 2014
Parliament calls on Curacao government to take action against crime WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Parliament in Curacao has unanimously adopted a motion that calls on the government to come up with a national plan against crime, among other things. The 21 MPs agreed that the government must act against crime. Parliament wants the government to introduce...

Trial of suspects in Curacao political assassination gets under way

August 5, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Four murder suspects were due in court on Monday in Curacao in connection with the murder of the late political leader and member of parliament, Helmin Magnus Wiels. The “mega-trial”, as it is called, will take place in the high security courtroom of the Common Court.

Former Curacao minister stays in custody, lottery boss freed

August 4, 2014
Former Curacao minister stays in custody, lottery boss freed WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On Friday, the judge in the court of first instance of Curacao ruled that, at this stage, there is sufficient suspicion against the accused former minister of finance, George Jamaloodin, in relation to last year’s murder of political leader and former member of parliament Helmin Wiels...

JetBlue to launch nonstop service from New York to Curacao

July 31, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways will launch a new route to Curacao International Airport (CUR) from JFK International Airport (JFK) on December 2, 2014, subject to government approval, providing the only nonstop service from New York. The twice weekly service will operate on...

Venezuela used military and economic threats to release drug trafficker

July 30, 2014
Venezuela used military and economic threats to release drug trafficker ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- A top official in Aruba said on Monday that Venezuela used economic and military pressure on two Dutch islands in the Caribbean in order to secure the release of accused drug trafficker General Hugo ‘Pollo’ Carvajal, who had been arrested in Oranjestad.

Curacao lottery boss arrested in murder probe

July 30, 2014
Curacao lottery boss arrested in murder probe WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- At 6:40 on Tuesday morning, Curacao lottery boss, Robby dos Santos, the owner of Robbies Lottery was arrested by the investigation team in charge of the probe into the intellectual authors of the murder of the late political leader and former member of parliament Helmin Wiels.

Venezuela accuses Netherlands of disturbing regional relations

July 28, 2014
Venezuela accuses Netherlands of disturbing regional relations CARACAS, Venezuela -- The Dutch government has “torpedoed” good relations between Venezuela and Aruba and the other former Netherlands Antilles, according to the president of the Venezuelan parliament and vice president of ruling party, Diosdado Cabello. The Netherlands is, Cabello claimed, behind the arrest of...

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