ORANJESTAD – A selected group of foreign citizens requesting their first living Aruba permit can now remain on the island while their docs are being processed. The new policy was announced by DIMAS director Kathy Paskel, in charge of handling island permits. The selected few are people who are no burden to the labor force, and who have made a positive contribution to the island. Paskel referred to investors, renter, pensioner, trainee and others married to a local. They are allowed to remain in Aruba while their documents are being processed. Others need to adhere to the regular integration policy, which states that people need to wait abroad for their permit.
ORANJESTAD – Aruba Deportation statistics on deported people have increased drastically this year says immigration chief Gerald Vingal. According to Vingal, it’s a first for the island, having deported more than 1000 illegals of the island. Vingal also confirmed an increase in ‘tourists turning into illegal aliens’. These are people that arrive as regular tourists, but never leave the island. They ‘blend’ into the workforce and are later ‘captured and deported’ during raids. The immigration chief assured that they are handling the situation with ‘ a strong hand’.
ORANJESTAD – The Aruba CITGO refinery-refurbishing process has a 6 to 9 month delay said Refineria di Aruba CEO and president Alvin Koolman, the refinery owner during NoticiaCla LIVE Facebook show Monday. Koolman remains confident however, that the refinery could still make the October 1st 2020 startup deadline. A delay in startup is ground for a breach of contract says Koolman, although it shouldn’t get that far. Initial planning called for the refurbishing phase to take 18 to 24 months after the refinery takeover documents were signed in October of 2016. With delays announced in two occasions earlier this year, the latest developments further delay the process, Koolman thinks. The refurbishing process is delayed by 6 to 9 months taking us will into 2019 before actual work can began, preparing for the startup on October 1st 2020. Koolman feels positive that even with the latest possible delays, CITGO can still make the October 2020 deadline. .
ORANJESTAD – The recent arrest of the top CITGO petroleum officials in Venezuela hampered the Refineria di Aruba (RDA) loan financing process, its CEO and president Alvin Koolman told to NoticiaCla LIVE’s Facebook show. Koolman hereby confirmed previous statement by Aruba prime minister Evelyn Wever Croes, that the government would not get the pending settlement money as previously promised. Koolman however clarified that the pending money would be paid, but with a delay. Hesitation from local financial institutions wanting ‘assurances’ that CITGO’s monthly lease payments were not in jeopardy is the holdup, Koolman continued. A meeting planned between RDA and CITGO officials this week would clarify any issues pertaining to the matter, Koolman assured this website.
ORANJESTAD – Aruba authorities arrested a 41-year-old Chilean national at the airport as he was trying to flee the country. They caught him with 14 credit cards, 32.757 Dollar and 5000 Chilean pesos. As he had no credible explanation how he obtained the money and credit cards, he was arrested and credit cards were confiscated. The suspect ‘disowned’ the content. The monies collected will be transferred to the so-called criminal funds, used to fortify law and order on the island.
ORANJESTAD – The Aruba maritime police Tuesday rescued a boat and its only crewmember, as he experienced engine problems 500 meters from the harbor. The boat and crewmember were located 45 minutes after the sos call. Boat and crewmember were towed into the yacht harbor at Nautical Club.