Press Release: Settlement Between Aruba Airlines And De Swart

ORANJESTAD – Aruba Airlines was established in 2006 by Mr. Onno de Swart. As part of Aruba Airlines growth strategy, an acquisition deal was signed in April 2012 between Mr. de Swart and Seastar Holding N.V.

ORANJESTAD – Aruba Airlines was established in 2006 by Mr. Onno de Swart. As part of Aruba Airlines growth strategy, an acquisition deal was signed in April 2012 between Mr. de Swart and Seastar Holding N.V.

The intention of this acquisition deal was to further capitalize the Company, by means of expanding its operation to be able to incorporate an Airbus A320 on the operations specifications.

Press Release: Settlement Between Aruba Airlines And De Swart
Press Release: Settlement Between Aruba Airlines And De Swart

This project was successfully realized, Aruba Airlines has three Airbus A320’s operating.

In 2016 some disputes have arisen between the parties which resulted in several court cases. In order to safeguard the existence of the company, parties have decided to conclude an amicable settlement and part their ways. Mr. Onno de Swart is no longer a beneficial owner and does not participate in any way whatsoever in the Company Aruba Airlines. Mr. Onno de Swart wishes the Company lots of luck for the future.
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The Home Repair project designed to assist the most vulnerable in our community to live in decent homes was launched Monday June 12th. The Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs (CDFHA), Youth Affairs, contractors and students have all come together in a win, win, win project to benefit the community. The students will gain valuable work experience that will equip them with valuable experience to enter the labor market as a skilled worker.

The Home Repair project designed to assist the most vulnerable in our community to live in decent homes was launched Monday June 12th. The Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs (CDFHA), Youth Affairs, contractors and students have all come together in a win, win, win project to benefit the community. The students will gain valuable work experience that will equip them with valuable experience to enter the labor market as a skilled worker. In anticipation of the launch, the contractors and participating students met last week Thursday for an introductory meeting before repairs on the first 12 homes commenced.
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Tropical trouble? Storms could spin up in Atlantic, Caribbean

Two separate systems — one in the western Caribbean, the other in the central tropical Atlantic — could develop into tropical storms within the next few days, the National Hurricane Center said.

Two separate systems — one in the western Caribbean, the other in the central tropical Atlantic — could develop into tropical storms within the next few days, the National Hurricane Center said.

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The center said there’s a 60% chance the Caribbean system will become a tropical storm within the next five days, and a 50% chance of development for the Atlantic one.

The first storm, a slowly budding tropical system now in the western Caribbean Sea, will slowly drift across the Yucatan Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico over the next few days, AccuWeather said. As it passes over the Yucatan, torrential rainfall and mudslides are possible in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.

After emerging into the Gulf, the storm could potentially move toward the U.S. Gulf Coast. The storm is not forecast to become a hurricane, which occurs when winds reach 74 mph.
“It’s not so uncommon to get a named storm in the Atlantic during June,” Weather Underground said, noting Colin and Danielle developed during the month in 2016 and were the earliest C and D storms on record.

“But it’s remarkable to have two potential tropical cyclones at the same time during mid-June,” the website added.

The next names on the list of tropical storms in the Atlantic basin for 2017 are Bret and Cindy, after Arlene formed in April.
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Bonaire Police Report June 14th to 16th 2017

Bonaire Police Report June 14th to 16th 2017
Politieberichten woensdag 14 juni tot en met vrijdag 16 juni 2017
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Bonaire – on Wednesday June 14th there was a report of a breaking and entry at a residence on Kaya Nickel Street.There were among other things, an Acer laptop, a Dell laptop, a camera, a mountain bike, large screen and cash stolen. The burglary took place between the morning and early afternoon.
In the evening it was again reported that an apartment had been burgled, this time at the Sabadeco Ridges. Between 8:00pm and 11:30pm items including passports and cash stolen. More Bonaire Politie Berichten

Bonaire Police Report June 14th to 16th 2017
Bonaire Police Report June 14th to 16th 2017

Bonaire – Op woensdag 14 juni werd aangifte gedaan van inbraak in een woning aan de Kaya Nikkel. Er zijn onder andere een laptop van het merk Acer, een laptop van het merk Dell, een camera, een mountainbike van het merk Giant en contant geld weggenomen. De inbraak heeft tussen de ochtend en vroege middaguren plaatsgevonden.
In de avonduren werd weer aangifte gedaan van inbraak in een woning, dit keer aan de Sabadeco Ridges. Tussen 20.00 uur en 23.30 uur zijn onder andere paspoorten en contant geld weggenomen.
Boneiru – Riba djárason 14 di yüni a drenta keho di kiebro den un kas situá na Kaya Nikkel. A bai ku entre otro un lèptòp di marka Acer, un lèptòp di marka Dell, un kámara, un ‘mountainbike’ di marka Giant i sèn kèsh. E kiebro a tuma lugá entre oranan di mainta i oranan trempan di mèrdia.
Den oranan di anochi atrobe a drenta keho di kiebro. E biaha aki den un kas situá na Sabadeco Ridges. Entre 8 or i 11.30 or di anochi a bai ku entre otro pasport i sèn kèsh.

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Issues With AZV Care In Aruba Dwight Barran

Dear Sirs, Madams of 989.9 Cool FM Aruba,
My name is Dwight Barran born Aruba 30/12/52 and returned after some four plus decades being a pensioner I felt to return to the country of my nativity and to assist my 87 year old Aunt here.
I was assigned Dr. Essendaal by the AZV office when I went to inscribe for that card.

Dear Sirs, Madams of 989.9 Cool FM Aruba,
My name is Dwight Barran born Aruba 30/12/52 and returned after some four plus decades being a pensioner I felt to return to the country of my nativity and to assist my 87 year old Aunt here.
I was assigned Dr. Essendaal by the AZV office when I went to inscribe for that card.
Yesterday evening after my wife left work she complained of a severe pain in the neck and I took her to the HOH emergency dept.
We were told to go to the Doctor on duty after which he described a blood pressure of 159 over 95 which when I checked that on the internet it indicated that this was very high. This Dr told me to go to my house Dr. This morning I called Essendaal and the receptionist there was in first instance rude, unmannerly, abrupt and has an attitude. So I swore at her after which she hung up on me. I proceeded to call again but there was no answer. I personally went to the office and confronted her and met again with arrogance and unmannerly behavior with a worse attitude that on the phone. Dr. Essendaal then came out of his office and to my surprise didn’t ask what was wrong but told me not to make any remarks and to be quiet, I told him that I need medical attention but he said that I should look for another Dr. Is this how patients are treated here?
Who makes appointments with sicknesses, accidents, flues and or any other ailment? Then you have to call and get an appointment which is either a week or two later by that time the patient might have passed away or worse than the day of the medical complaint.
Several patients sitting in the waiting room concurred with me about the medical system which is NOT conducive to good and proper medical assistance and or care.
Now I have to look for another Dr while my wife is suffering from extreme blood pressure. I would have preferred to be interviewed by one of your staff in order to answer any questions you may have.
All in all it is clear to see that Aruba’s medical system leaves much to be desired of. It is NOT a system in benefit of the patient in no way manner or form.
I am ashamed of Aruba’s medical system and trust that someday, somehow, somebody and somewhere this awkward and malignant system will be corrected and or abolished and a new and better more effective treatment, care and patient friendly call-in system with qualified receptionist with phone etiquette will be employed to guarantee the ill with effective and customer/patient related service.
Finally, this malice will continue until Arubans stop complaining among themselves and unite in one front to confront and demand changes in this weird and worthless medical system.
Dwight J.O. Barran
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Attorneys of Corallo file complaint with European Human Rights Court

PHILIPSBURG–On April 20, the lawyers of businessman Francesco Corallo filed an official complaint with the European Court of Human Rights in Strassbourg, France, considering what they hold for “inhu

PHILIPSBURG–On April 20, the lawyers of businessman Francesco Corallo filed an official complaint with the European Court of Human Rights in Strassbourg, France, considering what they hold for “inhuman conditions” under which he is detained.
Attorneys Eldon “Peppi” Sulvaran, Paula Janssen, and Claudia Reijntjes-Wendenburg filed for summary proceedings with the European Court. “It has always been our position that problems within the prison system in St. Maarten (but also in Aruba and Curaçao may not come at the expense of detainees,” the three lawyers said in a statement.More Sxm News

Corallo was held on December 13, 2016, in response to a request by the judicial authorities in Italy for his extradition. He is suspected of tax evasion in Italy, misappropriation of money, money laundering, and membership in a transnational criminal organisation.

The extradition case was heard in Court on May 16 and on June 6. The Joint Court of Justice is to give its advice about the permissibility of Corallo’s extradition on June 20, and about a fourth request filed by his lawyers for their client’s immediate release pending his extradition to Italy because of what they consider inhumane detention circumstances at the Philipsburg Police Station.

In their petition to the Human Rights Court Corallo’s attorneys point out that the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture or Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment CPT after visiting the cell block in May 2014 filed a very critical report in August 2015 in which the Kingdom of the Netherlands was advised “that persons should not be detained at Philipsburg Police Station in excess of three days and in any event never longer than 10 days. The facility is totally inappropriate for holding remand and sentenced prisoners, and the CPT recommends that they be moved to alternative accommodation as soon as possible,” it was stated in the report.

Also the Law Enforcement Council was critical about safety in St. Maarten’s houses of detention in its report of December 2014. According to Corallo’s legal team the detention situation is St. Maarten has not improved to date.

In the meantime their client has been held in detention at the Police Station for six months. Since then his lawyers filed requests for Corallo’s conditional release on December 19, 2016, and on February 2, 2017, and March 21, 2017, which were all turned down by the Joint Court.

Corallo claims that his delicate health, – he was treated of a malignancy to his tongue in 2015, and is suffering of high blood pressure –, and his business interests make it impossible for his detention to continue.

The Prosecutor’s Office is against a suspension of the detention because Corallo is considered a flight risk since he owns a private jet. In addition, multiple identity cards had been found during a search of Corallo’s premises.

Corallo protests the fact that he has been staying for three months in a cell which measured 16 square meters and which he often had to share with five, six or seven other persons. Furthermore, the cells were dark and unhygienic and there was a foul odour. The unhygienic circumstances caused a dental infection, Corallo claimed.More Caribbean Crime News

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UPDATE: Acting Island Governor ordered to sign Executive Council decisions

ST. EUSTATIUS–The Acting Island Governor is obligated to sign the decisions by the Executive Council of St. Eustatius that have been adopted by a majority of votes, the Court of First Instance

ST. EUSTATIUS–The Acting Island Governor is obligated to sign the decisions by the Executive Council of St. Eustatius that have been adopted by a majority of votes, the Court of First Instance decided Wednesday in the injunction filed by Commissioners Charles Woodley and Derrick Simmons against Acting Island Governor Julian Woodley.
These decisions concern the suspension of the Harbour Master, the signing of the Waste Management Agreement, the co-signing of a letter to the Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK, and the approval of an official mission by one of the Commissioners to The Hague.

The Court rejected a similar claim concerning the contract with NuStar Terminals N.V. pertaining to an agreement regarding harbour and pilotage related fees and services by the Public Entity, as the Commissioners had stated during the hearing that there are “new developments” which may lead to a new agreement.

According to the Court, which rendered its verdict at Mike E. van Putten Youth Centre and during a live broadcast on Radio Statia, that there is no basis in the law on the Public Entities Bonaire, Statia and Saba WolBES for the Acting Governor to refuse to sign decisions that were taken by the Executive Council with a majority of votes. The Acting Governor is, together with the Commissioners, responsible for a thorough preparation of decisions.

If the Acting Governor is of the opinion that the decisions are not in conformity with the law he, or the Dutch Government Representative, has the possibility to request nullification of the decision by the Kingdom Government. There is no basis in the law for the Acting Governor to refuse to put his signature on approved decisions, the Court ruled.

The Court did not attach penalties to its order to the Acting Governor to sign the challenged decisions. It is of the opinion that it should be a matter of course for the Acting Governor to adhere to Court decisions. The Acting Governor, however, has to pay court fees to the Commissioners to the amount of US $5,000.

In a brief statement issued via Dutch Government Service Caribbean Netherlands RCN, Governor Woodley said he respects the ruling and will sign majority decisions. He added, however, that he will submit decisions for annulment, when in his opinion there is a conflict with the law or with the general interest.

“Whatever the verdict, I am still obliged by law to obtain proper advice and that includes the advice of the Kingdom Representative,” Woodley told The Daily Herald.

Attorney-at-law Charles Rutte of HBN Law, who represented the Acting Governor in the injunction, said he had not yet been able to discuss the judgment with his client. Therefore, he could not give any comment at this stage.

When asked for comment about the case, Commissioner Simmons said: “I would like to thank our legal defence team for a job well done. Another one for the history books.” Commissioner Woodley repeated his statement that this situation should never have reached the Court.

Attorney Jason Rogers of Hoeve and Rogers Attorneys and Consultants said they were “very pleased” with the decision of the Court in First Instance. “As outlined in our petition on behalf of the commissioners, as well as during the hearing, there are no valid legal reasons for the Acting Governor not to sign decisions that have been taken by the majority of the Executive Council. His contention that said decisions are not in accordance with the law is not only incorrect, but not relevant as far as the procedural aspect is concerned,” Rogers said.Latest Curacao Schotte Update

“Should the Acting Governor be of the opinion that decisions are not in accordance with the law, he has the option – based on article 223 WolBES – to forward it to the Minister of BZK, via the Kingdom’s Representative, for annulment. Such should be done within two days. He would then also have to advise the Executive Council of such. However, the Acting Governor chose not to do so, but instead [decided – Ed.] not to sign off on decisions or to carry them out.”

By not signing or carrying out decisions taken by the majority of the Executive Council, the Acting Governor is handling unlawfully, and by extension stagnating the governance of the island, Rogers added. “Said actions are also contrary to his tasks and obligations under the WolBES, as we argued during the hearing”.

“In its judgment of today, the Court – in an extensive motivation of ruling – agreed with our arguments. Moreover, the Court indicated that based on the WolBES, the Acting Governor is charged with the promotion of unity of policies within the Executive Council…After taking all legal arguments, as well as all facts and circumstances into consideration, the Court ruled that the Acting Governor has in fact acted unlawfully and as such ordered him to sign the decisions that were taken by the majority of the Executive Council, as well as letters coming from said executive body,” Rogers said.

Rogers said his office’s clients may be very pleased with this decision, however, their focus still remains in working in the interest of the people of Statia. “As such, my clients – notwithstanding this legal procedure – remain open-minded in working together with the Acting Governor in the Executive Council for the interest of the island.”Source Daily Herald

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Former Prime Minister Sees Himself As A Victim Of Political Process

WILLEMSTAD – Former Prime Minister of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte said on Wednesday at the end of the appeal of his criminal case that he is the victim of a politically motivated process.

WILLEMSTAD – Former Prime Minister of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte said on Wednesday at the end of the appeal of his criminal case that he is the victim of a politically motivated process.

“Everything has been taken out of their context!” Schotte said that all he did was raise money and get donations for his political party MFK. According to the former Prime Minister, “no one ever expected anything in return.”

The Public Prosecution (OM) accuses him of corruption, bribery, forgery and money laundering. The Court of First Instance convicted Schotte of these charges. He received money from Francesco Corallo, an Italian businessman who lives in Sint Maarten and who is also behind bars awaiting his extradition to his home country.

The OM again demands the same punishment as in the Court of First Instance and the revocation of his passive voting rights.

Schotte’s life partner, Cicely van der Dijs, received 18 months of which nine is conditional.

Van der Dijs told the court it was “hard to see that my husband who is committed to Curaçao is being sentenced as a criminal.”

The court will pronounce sentencing on July 21.Source Curacao Chronicle

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UPDATE InselAir to undergo partial recertification after audit.

Update June 14th 2017 :Insel Air Aruba (8I, Aruba) is to undergo partial recertification after an audit conducted by the Dutch aviation regulator (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport – ILT)

Update June 14th 2017 :Insel Air Aruba (8I, Aruba) is to undergo partial recertification after an audit conducted by the Dutch aviation regulator (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport – ILT) revealed two findings in the carrier’s administration – one concerns procedural matters in the training department while the other is in quality control. No issues were reported at the carrier’s Insel Air (7I, Curacao) sister carrier.

In a statement issued last week, Insel Air said additional audits at its Aruban unit are to be carried out in the near future so as to complete its inspection and return the carrier to service.

Given the circumstances, Insel Air has begun transferring Aruban-registered aircraft to that of Curacao where the added capacity is being used to stabilize the carrier’s network. As previously reported, Insel Air was forced to wet-lease in a variety of equipment from carriers such as Estelar Latinoamerica, Swift Air (USA), Fly All Ways Airlines, and Dominican Wings to cover its own capacity shortfalls as a result of the ILT’s audits.

Meanwhile, The Daily Herald reports that Venezuela’s Aserca Airlines (R7, Caracas Simón Bolivar) and Colombia’s Avianca (AV, Bogotá) have already approached Aruba’s Minister of Transportation, Mike de Meza, over the possibility of taking over some of Insel Air Aruba’s routes for the duration of its downtime.

The Dutch government has indicated it wants to discuss such possibilities with both the Curaçaon and Aruban governments in particular the roles that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam) or other Dutch airlines can play in maintaining regular flights between Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.

The curator in charge of InselAir Aruba will ask the judge to declare the airline bankrupt this week. Jeanot de Cuba, who has been appointed by the Court as curator, has submitted a letter to turn the suspension of payment into bankruptcy.

The Court will hear the management of the airline this week and make its decision.

With this act, the curator will do exactly what she said she will do a few weeks ago which is pull the plug on the airline. According to NoticiaCla, the case will be treated in Court this Wednesday.
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INSELAIR ARUBA WILL BE DECLARED BANKRUPT THIS WEEK

June 8th 2017 :Since 2006 InselAir grew to be one of the best airlines in providing international flexible connectivity to North and South America as well as the Caribbean region. Due to frequent flights and a very short flight time between InselAir’s home-base Curaçao and its hub on Aruba, in combination with its extensive network of 26 destinations, InselAir provides passengers great connectivity within the Pan-American region. InselAir’s interline partnerships (which include, amongst others, Air Berlin, KLM/Air France, Winair, Avianca and GOL) and code shares (KLM/Air France) add further value to this connectivity, allowing its passengers to connect throughout the world.
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InselAir is the largest Caribbean-based airline and expects to carry 1.4 million passengers this year (2016), employs around 750 people, offers approximately 70 daily flights to 26 destinations and plans to grow to 30 destinations in 2016. InselAir’s fleet consist of in total 18 aircraft (7 x McDonnell Douglas, 3 x Fokker 70, 6 x Fokker 50 and 2 x Embraer Bandeirante) and is adding more aircraft to its fleet in 2016. InselAir’s passengers enjoy luggage allowance of one free checked bag and ample legroom. Comfort Class passengers enjoy, among others, pre-boarding, access to business lounges, extra legroom and extra luggage allowance. Destinations in South America include: Manaus, Georgetown, Paramaribo, Caracas, Barquisimeto, Las Piedras, Maracaibo, Valencia, Barranquilla, Medellin, Quito destinations in the Caribbean include Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Havana, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, Santa Clara, Camaguey, St. Maarten, Port-of-Spain, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Port-au-Prince, Kingston and Miami in the USA. Reaching Higher!

InselAir to undergo partial recertification after audit.

November 18th 2016 :KLM stopt code-sharing met InselAir

WILLEMSTAD – KLM schort de code-sharing met de Antilliaanse luchtvaartmaatschappij InselAir per direct op. Dat melden diverse afzonderlijke luchtvaartbronnen donderdag op Curaçao aan Reismedia. De maatschappij kampt al langere tijd met financiële en operationele problemen. De situatie is dusdanig verslechterd dat KLM heeft besloten de code-sharing op het Caribische netwerk van InselAir eenzijdig op te schorten,

Luchtvaartmaatschappij TUIfly maakt tussen de eilanden ook gebruik van InselAir, maar in mindere mate dan KLM. TUIfly bekijkt het inzetten van de maatschappij zorgvuldig.

InselAir krijgt veel klachten over de dienstverlening en de opvang en communicatie bij vertragingen. De directie ging daarvoor onlangs publiekelijk door het stof.

KLM werkt samen met InselAir voor het vervoer van passagiers tussen de eilanden om op deze wijze alle eilanden zeven dagen per week aan te kunnen bieden.

Beide maatschappijen hebben er vertrouwen in de samenwerking binnen enkele maanden weer te kunnen continueren, meldt het Antilliaans Dagblad.

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Passagiers die doorvliegen met InselAir naar Zuid-Amerika worden nu via Copa Airlines vervoerd via Panama.

Insel Air verkeert momenteel in financieel zwaar weer door onder andere een openstaande rekening van ongeveer honderd miljoen Antilliaanse gulden in Venezuela. Door de politieke en financiële crisis is dit bedrag nog niet betaald. InselAir heeft in de loop der jaren de frequentie richting het land afgebouwd vanwege een teruglopende markt en hoopt deze terugval op te vangen met nieuwe bestemmingen.
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Bron : Luchtvaartnieuws.nl

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