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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...

New Caribbean shark sanctuaries boost regional protections

June 20, 2016
New Caribbean shark sanctuaries boost regional protections MAHO, St Maarten -- Sharks are safer across the Caribbean Sea with the announcement of four new shark sanctuaries in the region. Prime Minister William Marlin of St Maarten and Wayne Panton, minister of financial services, commerce, and environment for the Cayman Islands last week...

Venezuela refutes blame for food shortage and clarifies recall referendum

June 16, 2016
Venezuela refutes blame for food shortage and clarifies recall referendum KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- In two press statements issued by the Venezuelan embassy in St Vincent and the Grenadines, the embassy refuted a report that a Venezuela state governor had blamed Aruba and Curacao for food shortages and also stated what it described as “truths about...

CarPIF connects the people behind the region's networks

June 15, 2016
CarPIF connects the people behind the region's networks WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- It seems the region’s tech community is on to something that has eluded our politicians. Human networks are key to our development. And there is a unique group dedicated to getting the right people in the same place at the same time, so that the right deals and...

Venezuela state governor blames Aruba and Curacao for food shortages

June 14, 2016
Venezuela state governor blames Aruba and Curacao for food shortages WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Jose Gregorio Vielma Mora, a former general who is now the governor of the Venezuelan state of Tachira, has accused Curacao and Aruba of contributing to the shortage of food in Venezuela. According to the retired general, tons of illegal products...

Cuba and Curacao interested in strengthening commercial ties

June 11, 2016
Cuba and Curacao interested in strengthening commercial ties HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The interest in strengthening commercial bonds between Cuba and Curacao was highlighted in Havana, in the context of the visit to the island of Eugene Rhuggenaath, minister of economic development of that country, accompanied by representatives of...

Curacao and St Maarten conclude IMF consultation

May 27, 2016
Curacao and St Maarten conclude IMF consultation WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a concluding statement of the preliminary findings of IMF staff at the end of an official staff visit to Curacao and St Maarten as part of regular consultations under Article IV of the IMF's Articles of Agreement.

Aruba at heightened state of alert due to political situation in Venezuela

May 14, 2016
Aruba at heightened state of alert due to political situation in Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to a report by the Aruban news site NoticiaCla.com in connection with the current political situation in Venezuela, where protests and civil unrest are a concern, the Aruba Police Force, together with other relevant authorities, has decided to raise...

Ferry service between the ABC islands becoming a reality

May 10, 2016
Ferry service between the ABC islands becoming a reality WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The feasibility study for a ferry service between the ABC islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao – is almost complete and the government can then hold a public tender for interested companies to offer this service. The tickets for the ferry should be affordable...

Curacao records 13 percent tourism growth in March

May 10, 2016
Curacao records 13 percent tourism growth in March WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) has reported an additional 5,210 visitors in the third month of the year. Visitor arrivals in March 2016 recorded double digit growth of 13 percent compared to March 2015. Until now, it is the best performing month, where all regions...

Letter: I do not ever plan to return to Curacao

May 3, 2016
Letter: I do not ever plan to return to Curacao Recently, on March 25, 2016, I visited the island of Curacao, where I flew from Medellin, Colombia. I was to meet my girlfriend there who flew in from Germany and where we planned to spend a two-week vacation. After perusing my passport (from Mexico), the immigration agent refused...

Complaints still on the rise in Dutch Antilles, says national ombudsman

May 2, 2016
Complaints still on the rise in Dutch Antilles, says national ombudsman WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Dutch national ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen again had the chance to assess many official complaints during his latest visit to the Netherlands Antilles, which has now been concluded. All individuals who have a grievance with the government had the chance...

BP ships US crude to Venezuelan terminal in Curacao

April 25, 2016
BP ships US crude to Venezuelan terminal in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- BP (formerly known as British Petroleum) has shipped a cargo of US crude oil to PDVSA’s terminal in Curacao, the third one that the firm has sent since winning a tender along with China Oil last month to provide the Venezuelan state-run oil company with...

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