Categoriearchief: Curacao Chronicle

CC | Motion adopted in Dutch Parliament: Curacao must comply with international rules for the protection of refugees

Motion adopted in Dutch Parliament: Curacao must comply with international rules for the protection of refugees

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – A large majority in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament is of the opinion that the Dutch Cabinet should strongly urge the Curacao government to adhere to international rules for the protection of migrants/refugees. Verder lezen

CC | CHATA Board elects new Chairman

Mr. Hans Slier, Owner & CEO of Papagayo Beach Hotel and Papagayo Beach Resort

WILLEMSTAD – Mr. Hans Slier, Owner & CEO of Papagayo Beach Hotel and Papagayo Beach Resort has been re-elected as the Chairman of the Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association. The CHATA Board elections took place on April 10, 2019 followed by a CHATA Board Retreat which took place on May 3, 2019.  Verder lezen

CC | Trust company directors failed to report unusual transactions

For these crimes, the STC directors both sentenced to conditional fines of NAf. 10,000 and 80 hours of community service, on two years’ probation | SoualigaNewsDay

PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – STC Administration and Management Service NV and Foundation Escrow STC’s directors Corinne de Tullio-Stamm and Jodi Lynn Garner were found guilty by the Court of First Instance on Thursday of violation of the Ordinance on Unusual Transactions. Verder lezen

CC | Several Curaçao-based online casino sites targeted by Danish regulator

Several illegal activities fromout Egaming datacenter Blue Nap Americas (UTS/ CTEX)

WILLEMSTAD – The Danish Gambling Authority Spillemyndigheden has blocked access to 25 sites, including several online casino sites, after petitioning the country’s telecommunications providers. Verder lezen

CC | Undersecretary Kingdom Relations to visit ABC Islands

The minister will make one-day visits to Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire from April 8 to 10

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – Undersecretary Raymond Knops of the Interior and Kingdom Relations will make a next working visit to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom in two weeks. Verder lezen

CC | CEO Liberty Latin America announces acquisition UTS

CEO Liberty Latin America announces acquisition UTS

DENVER, WILLEMSTAD – In a press release, the President and CEO of Liberty Latin America, Balan Nair commented that his company is excited to welcome the Curaçao telecommunication company UTS.
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CC | Volunteers Spread the Love Curaçao as part of Good Deeds Day

Good Deeds Day 2019

WILLEMSTAD – One hundred volunteers on Curaçao are expected to turn out on Good Deeds Day on Sunday April 7th, to do good for the benefit of others and the planet, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do a good deed, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively impact the world. Verder lezen

CC | Prosecutor demands 6 years for 350 kilos of coke

The captain of the boat says that they came through a navigation error near Curaçao, but the destination was Caracas | Foto archief

WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution (OM) demands a prison sentence of 6 years against a group of four Venezuelans and one Dominican. They are accused of importing 350 kilos of cocaine on December 8 last year. Verder lezen

CC | Completion new hospital building delayed

The target date is now November 15

WILLEMSTAD – The new hospital will not be completed in April this year. That is what Clifton Walle, responsible for strategic communication, indicated. Construction by Ballast Nedam has been delayed. Verder lezen

CC | Official start shot 6th edition KLM Curaçao Marathon

The occasion took place in front of the Iconic Penha Building, which also happens to be KLM Delft Blue miniature traditional Dutch house #85, issued at the 70th anniversary of the air link between Amsterdam and Curacao.

WILLEMSTAD – Mr. Kevin Jonckheer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Curacao Tourism Development Foundation (CTDF) and CEO of the Penha Duty Free Group, gave the symbolic starting shot for the official launch of the 6th edition of the KLM Curacao Marathon, in the presence of the press, partners and invited guests. Verder lezen

CC | Last week Friday Venezuela allowed locals to return to the island

The borders were opened just for a while to allow 1 flight to bring these citizens home

WILLEMSTAD – Last week Friday, the embattled President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro allowed several Dutch citizens from Curaçao to return to the island. Verder lezen

CC | SXM must sell its UTS shares same time as Curaçao or risk its shares being diluted

Het UTS hoofdkantoor op Curacao

PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – St. Maarten must make its decision on the sale of United Telecommunications Services (UTS) soon and sell its minority shares at the same time as Curaçao, or risk having its shares diluted. Verder lezen

CC | International banks file formal complaint at Central Bank against closure local bank accounts

International Bankers in Curaçao (IBA)

WILLEMSTAD – In a letter to the Interim President of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten, Mrs. Leila Matroos-Lasten, the Association of International Bankers in Curaçao (IBA) files a formal complaint against the closing of local bank accounts their IBA Members. Verder lezen

CC | RST management now formal task of Dutch Justice minister

Ferdinand Grapperhaus (CDA) | © ANP

THE HAGUE–The Dutch Minister of Justice and Security has formally been assigned the responsibility of managing and maintaining the special police task force, the Detective Cooperation Team RST in the Dutch Caribbean. Verder lezen

CC | Maltese bank says it can’t be forced to arbitrate $136m loan row initiated by Curaçao bank

Giro bank begint arbitragezaak tegen Maltese bank | Persbureau Curacao

MALTA, WILLEMSTAD – A Maltese bank urged a New York state court Monday to pause a $135.8 million arbitration initiated by a Curacao bank stemming from a dispute relating to a loan purchasing deal, saying it can’t be forced to arbitrate because it never signed the underlying agreement. Verder lezen

CC | Consular Corps of Curaçao gets new board

Consular Corps of Curaçao gets new board

WILLEMSTAD – A new Board of the Consular Corps of Curaçao was appointed at the recent annual general meeting. Karel Frielink, Honorary Consul of Germany, was re-elected as Dean. Verder lezen

CC | Eric Garcia to appear in court in April

Garcia is charged with embezzlement in the position of curator, forgery and money laundering | Extra

WILLEMSTAD – The former director of the Giro Bank Eric Garcia has been summoned to appear in court in April this year. After the treatment of the Astro case was postponed again last week, the date has been set for April 12. Verder lezen

CC | Blockade employees Selikor leads to traffic chaos

Selikor staking | Curacao Chronicle

WILLEMSTAD Employees of waste processing company Selikor have blocked the road this morning at Parera and at Nieuwe Haven. They did this out of dissatisfaction with the management of their company. Verder lezen

CC | Curaçao and St. Maarten should reinforce oversight on financial sector

IFG and CIFA associations 2017 | Chronicle

WILLEMSTAD – There is an urgent need to further reinforce financial sector oversight and monitor the risks from the withdrawal of CBRs. The authorities’ emphasis on strengthening the enforcement, addressing regulatory gaps, and collaborating internationally to alleviate CBR pressures are steps in the right direction. Verder lezen

CC | KPMG receives slap on the wrist for role in money laundering affairs at ING Bank

The Troya part of the Cymbal investigation continues at February 15 in court | FD

WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution (OM) accuses KPMG of having facilitated a company on the island, banking at ING and suspected of laundering $ 322 million in the period from 2004 to 2014, in criminal activities. Venezuelan clients bought credit cards for years with the Curaçao company (lingerie and medicines), but they were given US dollars, on payment of a commission. Verder lezen

CC | Bosman: My bill proposal won’t make it easier for the Netherlands to end the Kingdom relation

‘My bill proposal won’t make it easier for the Netherlands to end the Kingdom relation’

THE HAGUE – Member of Parliament for the Dutch party VVD clarifies his position about a bill proposal he has submitted for a debate in the Dutch parliament. The MP did this considering a recent article that appeared in Curaçao Chronicle written by Rene Zwart. Verder lezen

CC | KPMG loses Dutch Caribbean member firm following split

The Dutch Caribbean division of KPMG has exited the global KPMG and rebranded as KDC Interim as of January 1, 2019, putting an end to KPMG’s presence in the region.

WILLEMSTAD – The transition is based on a mutual decision reached between KPMG International and KPMG Dutch Caribbean, stated the global accounting and consulting firm in a press release. Verder lezen

CC | Vice President of the Council of State visits Curaçao Parliament

Mrs. Giselle McWilliam welcomes Mr. Thom de Graaf

WILLEMSTAD – On Friday, the Vice President of Parliament, Mrs. Giselle McWilliam and a delegation of faction leaders received Mr. Thom de Graaf, new Vice President of the Council of State of the Dutch Kingdom. Verder lezen

CC | Floris Suite Hotel is the most LGBT-friendly hotel of all warm weather destinations worldwide

Dramatic table for two in the pool? Why not!Floris Suite Hotel & Spa

WILLEMSTAD – With Valentine’s Day upcoming, the American Forbes Magazine has made a Top 5 of LGBT-friendly hotels that makes recommendations on where to stay during this romantic period. Floris Suite Hotel Spa & Beach Club is elected as number 1 hotel of all warm weather destinations worldwide. Verder lezen

CC | IPKO: Successful tripartite meeting

IPKO 2019

PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – Delegations from the Parliaments of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten met today for a Tripartite discussion. The goal of today’s meeting was to prepare for the Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultation as well as discuss topics of mutual interest. Verder lezen

CC | Official opening The Montessori School; The first authentic Montessori school opens in Curaçao

Official opening The Montessori School; The first authentic Montessori school Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD – Last Sunday, Curaçao’s first authentic Montessori environment was celebrated by staff, pupils, dignitaries and community stakeholders at the campus in Damacor. Verder lezen

CC | Offshore jurisdictions protest as Netherlands puts them on blacklist

“Let’s remember very clearly: The Dutch have been top of the pops when it comes to facilitating and allowing a corporate shifting of international profits, | Tjeerd Royaards/HH

WILLEMSTAD – The Bahamas call it “premature”, the Cayman “unjustified”, in the eyes of the Bermuda government it is “unfortunate” and the Isle of Man was caught by “surprise”. Offshore jurisdictions from all over are protesting as the Dutch puts them on blacklist. Verder lezen

CC | Curaçao mentioned in corruption case against former President of El Salvador

The former president has been accused of using front companies to launder $ 3.5 million in public funds

WILLEMSTAD – Former Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes has once again been accused of corruption. Funes, who governed between 2009 and 2014, allegedly laundered $ 3.5 million of embezzled state money in front companies in El Salvador, Panama, Switzerland, the Marshall Islands and Curaçao, the Central American country’s prosecutor’s office reported last Friday. Verder lezen

CC | Half million guilders in salary while operating one airplane

Without cashflow, the airline will not make it to January 15

WILLEMSTAD – Currently, InselAir pays about 500,000 guilders, about 300,000 dollars, in salary on a monthly basis. And this is to operate one aircraft. Verder lezen

CC | Venezuelan coast guard ship is missing

Venezuelaans-Nederland samenwerking bij de kustwacht | foto archief

WILLEMSTAD – Venezuela is looking for a ship of its own coast guard that disappeared from the radar after Christmas. The ship was on its way to the island of Las Aves. Verder lezen