ORANJESTAD – The recent collection action taken by a special taskforce on outstanding taxes and fines, was deemed a huge success by the prosecution office in Aruba. The taskforce successfully collected 57.695 florins in outstanding fines whereas for the tax department a much larger amount was collected. That amount was 259.188 florins. The amounts collected were in part a result of the recent publications of that department, informing the public of their outstanding fines and taxes, and that possible penalties would apply for non-compliance. The taskforce is a collective effort comprised of several departments such as prosecution office, police department, customs, tax department, coast guard and others. Any tips for collection can be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or thru tip line: 11141.
ORANJESTAD – Political party MAS is the first party to publicly show their party’s list, complete with names of all members on august 4th. This according to the official electoral bureau’s list which is posted on their website. The RAIZ party closes out the day at 3 with their list. Contrary to previous years, the political event (the kickoff of the electoral campaign, will be held at the Census office. On this day, 10 political party’s must officially hand over their list to the electoral body, in order to partipate in the upcoming parliamentary elections set for September 22nd. The two biggest political party’s, the AVP and MEP respectively will hand in their lists at 10:30am and 1:30pm respectively. Other parties also have a set time in between. As per census chief Sharin Luydens, political parties are usually pretty organized and have no need to switch times. Electoral law stipulates that parties may hand in their list between the hours of 9-4pm. “Thus, legally if a party changes their time, we cannot stop them” Luydens confirmed to NoticiaCla. Click HERE for the complete list.
Mexico City (CNSNews.com) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is actively considering asylum in Russia or Cuba as international pressure grows on his embattled regime and the country’s political crisis worsens, according to an international risk consultancy. Texas-based Stratfor say its analysts have “received persistent reports” over the past year that Maduro “has considered asking for refuge in Russia or Cuba.” Cuba is playing a key role in “indirect talks between Russia and the United States on Venezuela,” the consultancy said in a recently released report.
WILLEMSTAD – InselAir employees are giving management until Monday to either ‘resign or face the consecuences’. That was the message this week after meeting with their respective unions. “If management doesn’t resign by Monday, the company will be paralized’. That said, workers will decide concretely, what specific action to take come Monday. This action comes after management send a letter to all employees with a voluntary retirement offer. The company plans to reduce the current work force to only 180 employees; something the company fiercly oposses. Source and photo Persbureau Curacao
WILLEMSTAD – Plaza Hotel y Casino in Curacao was sold to John Burchan of Waterfront Hotel Group for 9 million dollars during an auction process this morning. This according to Curacao evening paper Amigoe. Burchan was the only bidding party at the auction. As the sale took place at the entry price, this was enough for the Giro Bank to cover the current outstanding debt of the hotel, declared bankrupt earlier this year. As for the 50 employees, they will now be laid off and be eligible for severance pay. The new owner has 10 business days to make the money transfer to the attending bank, Giro Bank. Source Amigoe newspaper, picture Curacao to Go .