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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...

Former Curacao finance minister arrested in connection with murder of political leader

July 25, 2014
Former Curacao finance minister arrested in connection with murder of political leader WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former minister of finance George Jamaloodin was arrested in Curacao on Thursday morning as a suspect in the investigation into the murder of the late political leader and former member of parliament Helmin Wiels. His house was searched and some items were seized.

Curacao sees drop in US tourists, big jump from Canada

July 24, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Curacao experienced a 17.1 percent drop in tourist arrivals from the US in the first five months of 2014, but that number was offset slightly by a significant jump in tourism from Canada.

Two killed in shooting at Curacao airport

July 17, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Two men were killed in a shooting at the Curacao airport on Tuesday night. Six other people were wounded, police said. According to reports, a car drove in front of the arrivals hall and one of the occupants opened fire on a group of people.

Curacao sports bookmaker to accept million-dollar bets on World Cup Final

July 12, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Fancy a bet on the World Cup Final? How about staking $1million? That is the staggering bet limit on offer at online bookmaker, Curacao-based Pinnacle Sports, for Sunday's match in Rio between Argentina and Germany.

Dominican Republic women recruited for prostitution

July 11, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Last week authorities in the Dominican Republic dismantled a network that recruited Dominican women for prostitution in the region and beyond. The women were lured on the pretext that they were going to work as dancers.

Curacao economy shrinks 0.8 percent

July 5, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Economic development in Curacao declined in 2013 by 0.8 percent, according to a report from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Economic growth is calculated on the basis of the volume growth in the production and economic development.

Eighteen Caribbean hotels among the Top 100 List in 2014

July 3, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- On Tuesday, Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels...

Former Curacao PM accuses central bank president of bribery

July 1, 2014
Former Curacao PM accuses central bank president of bribery WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to a press release from the leader of the opposition party in Curacao, former prime minister Gerrit Schotte, there are shady transactions that, for many years, have been validated by the Central Bank. There are also wrongful actions that...

Air Canada to commence weekly direct flights to Curacao from Toronto

July 1, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Stanley Palm, Curacao’s minister of economic development, said on Thursday that, on November 7, Air Canada will start weekly direct flights to and from Toronto. As of January 2015, the Canadian airline will also start direct flights to and from Montreal.

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