ORANJESTAD/CARACAS/THE HAGUE – The Aruba government expressed concerns Wednesday morning on statements made Tuesday night by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro on ‘breaking all comercial ties with the ABC islands”. Aruba prime minister Evelyn Wever Croes told NoticiaCla Wednesday morning in her first reaction, that given the fact that external relations is a Kingdom issue, she contacted the Dutch government and Kingdom government and is ‘monitoring’ the seriousness of the situation to avoid negative consequences for our community”. Additionally the prime minister said that the subject of contraband merchandise is a serious one that the Aruba government is dealing with, with great interest. “Merchandising contraband between Aruba and Venezuela should be dealt with in a swift manner,” Wever Croes continued.
ORANJESTAD – The Aruba government plans introduce electronic harpoon fishing permits, and amend the current list covering species prohibited to fish for in the Aruba waters according to Aruba justice minister Andin Bikker. He reminded the Aruba press during the weekly press conference of a July protest of Aruba fishermen asking to amend the list as it covered popular fishing species. Bikker promised to amend the list based on an international treaty. He also plans to introduce an electronic permit for those wishing to practice harpoon fishing.
ORANJESTAD – The decision whether to reopen the Oranjestad main street will be taken 90 days into the new year, prime minister Evelyn Wever Croes told press members Monday during the weekly press conference. Other pending issues such as ‘putting a roof on the main street, and the ever ‘popular’ parking meter issue will also be addressed then. Meanwhile Wever Croes assured everyone the committee installed last week is already working on revitalizing the main street. As for the remaining holidays, she appointed popular new kid on the block, Alexlindy Croes to lead the activities planned for the coming weeks.
ORANJESTAD – The driver -, an off duty cop, - who allegedly hit a little girl Zinnia Croes who later died of sustained injuries back in March of 2015, appeared before a local judge to give testimony. The mother of the little girl, local Michella Croes told NoticiaCla this was part of the appeal won recently on an ongoing case trying to find out what exactly happened on that sad Friday night. Prosecuting office in the past withdrew the case for lack of evidence back in September of this year.
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.