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Once a week (on Sundays) I do a recap of the local Aruba newspaper.

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The headlines in the newspapers shocked the community of Aruba.

Policeman Dies In The Line of Duty

This week a local policeman was killed in the line of duty by a man suffering from mental illness.

The police received a call that there was a family dispute at a house in the district of boegoeroei. As the policeman arrived and tried to mediate, the man suffering from mental illness attacked him with a large brick.

His partner opened fire on the attacker ending fatally for him.

The ambulance rushed the officer to the hospital, but unfortunately he passed away from his head injuries.

This is the first time in history that a cop dies during his line of duty on the island.

It was his first day on the job after a vacation. He was assigned surveillance in the district of Noord in Aruba, but he and his partner were called to assist in this family dispute, because all the other police officers were occupied with other incidents at the moment.

I understand you have many questions and so do I.

What happened exactly that the situation escalated to this magnitude?

Did the aggressor only hit the police once or numerous times?

Why did his partner take too long to shoot the aggressor ?

How come this mentally ill person was not institutionalized?

Why was there only one police car dispatched to boegoeroei, if they know this person is was mentally ill and already has a history with police?

One might think his partner didn’t shoot the aggressor at first because of Aruban laws, but that’s not true – the police law regarding weapon use states that an officer can use their weapon, if necessary – even without a warning shot.

It’s up to the officer to give a warning or not, which can be done verbally or with a “warning shot”.

Much is not known about what happened exactly, because the case is under investigation by detectives.

According to fellow officers, they lost a colleague due to bad leadership by the commissioner within the police force.

They are unhappy because they don’t have the right materials to deal with certain cases, and they don’t have enough manpower in the surveillance department.

Constantly one of their colleagues are being rotated from their duties to do surveillance work leaving many officers working double shifts to bring security to all of us on the island.

The labor union representing the officers sent a letter to the police commissioner to express their concerns.

They also demanded a meeting with the minister of justice to evaluate the situation within the police force and bring solutions to prevent this from ever happening again.

This incident was tragic and unfortunate, we’re not used to this in Aruba.

Condolences to both family members who lost someone dearly to them.

Man Dies After Getting Hit By Bus

A local man unfortunately died after being hit by a bus this week.

The accident happened on the highway near the area of Balashi beer factory.

People who saw what happened say that the man stepped out of a shuttle bus, and crossed the road without watching for traffic, and a large bus hit against him.

He wash rushed to the hospital by an ambulance, but he passed away within a hour after the incident.

It’s the first fatal traffic accident for 2017.




Travel Ban Scare

The public ministry announced a travel ban for locals who owe taxes.

This news went viral on the island and had many people worried, particularly those who owed the government money.

The travel ban brought confusion towards the public, but the minister of finance clarified the situation during an interview shortly after the initial announcement.

According to the minister, the public misinterpreted the news, because the travel ban is only for people who are planning to abandon Aruba.

Aruba has a income tax law (since 1947) that states, if you have a unpaid taxes, you are required to pay it before you abandon the island.

The press release by the public ministry was not directed to people who are going to be traveling during the summer, but only for people planning on leaving the island for good.

Phew – what a scare!

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Government Elections

September 22, 2017 is the date that we as locals have the chance to vote for which political party is going to lead Aruba for the next 4 years.

According to the civil service and population register service a total of 70.751 people are eligible to vote this election.

Out of the total amount of voters 33.943 are women and 36.808 are men. A total of 50.238 are born in Aruba, and the rest are born in different countries, but they have dutch nationality.

At the moment there’s two big political parties, MEP and AVP, which the latter is in office now.

New political parties have been formed recently, but one that stands out is POR.

The leader of POR is the former minister of tourism (AVP) that abandoned the group and formed his own political party.

They have a big following, but not a massive one like AVP and MEP.

AVP lead the island for 8 years but I’m not sure they will stay in office this time around – I predict that MEP will win in the end, because people want a change.

The biggest hurdle AVP has with the people is the mega debt they created by borrowing money to renovate the island infrastructure.

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Update on New Hospital

This week the director of Aruba’s hospital gave the prime minister a tour of the new hospital buildings that have been build recently.

The prime minister was impressed with the modern building and the technological advances.

It’s estimated that in the month of August the first patients will be transferred from the old hospital into the new one.

The old hospital has 7 emergency rooms for patients that need urgent care, but the new building has a total of 17 emergency rooms.

According to the director of the hospital, the additional rooms in the urgent care section will shorten the waiting time considerably.

There’s also new x-ray rooms, delivery rooms with options to give water birth, a whole new floor for people that suffer from neurological problems, a separate floor for kids and more space to handle urgent cases.

A handful of students that went away to study medicine also returned to the island with their diplomas and got a job in the new hospital.

The grand opening will be soon, and we’ll have a look into the new hospital.

Government Signs Contract To Renovate John F Kennedy School

The government signed a contract with the AIB (Aruba Investment Bank) to start the much awaited restoration of the old Kennedy school.

The building was named after one of the most popular presidents of America and was one of the most outstanding technical schools in Aruba.

According to the prime minister, after the school is renovated, it will be used for the department of education.

The renovations will be in the hands of Bohama Aruba N.V.   

According to the local construction company the building will be finished end of 2018.

What About Mio

The minister of telecommunication gave mio until the end of July to pay off their debts – in arrears that go several years back amounting up to more than 7 million dollars.

Mio didn’t pay the government on time and the minister of telecom revoked their license.

The government already started the process to disconnect mio, and the company is responsible for removing its own cell sites – which should happen within a week.

What about mio’s customer base?

The government doesn’t have a say as to who goes where – everyone who’s connected to mio needs to decide whether they want to switch to Setar or Digicel.

Mio sent a message on facebook saying their goodbye’s and sharing the letters they got from the government to close up shop.

According to the company they can’t afford to pay the license, which is one million dollars a year fixed for 10 years.

The company wasn’t making enough money, breaking even every year.

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Two Local Fisherman Catch Biggest Fish In History of Aruba

During a fishing competition organized on July 2, 2017 –  “dia di piscado” (fisherman’s day), two fishermen caught a humongous fish called djampow (pronounced jam-pow) by locals on the island.

The fish was so big it couldn’t fit in their small boat and had to be dragged by a jet ski.

After the two fishermen brought the big fish ashore, they were told that it’s the biggest one ever caught in Aruba – weighing a total of 186 kilo.

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Would you snorkel next to this big fish?

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Aruba Local News Updates

Elections are just around the corner (September) – if you read the local newspaper, you’ll only notice political propaganda. One has to read between the lines to find out what’s happening on the island, outside of politics.

This Aruba local news update will get you up to speed with what’s been happening on the island recently….

Another Oil Spill

Just when we thought everything was coming to an end with the oil spill that washed upon our shores from Trinidad a few weeks ago – another oil spill happened in Aruba, but this time it didn’t have the same negative impact like the previous one.

It’s estimated that 1 barrel of oil has spilled into the ocean during a routine work by CITGO employees on a reef near Comandeurs Baai (in the district of Savaneta).

The workers from CITGO immediately notified the oil spill experts at the refinery, who managed to contain the oil spill and remove it from the ocean.

Airport Renovation Project

A section of Aruba’s airport is going to be renovated in the following months. 

What exactly are they going to renovate?

The plan is to fix two of the parking spots for airplanes, add a new fuel hydrant system and building 2 new bridges to accommodate passengers on larger planes.

The project is set to be finished in December, 2017 and is projected to cost around 7 million dollars.

If you’re visiting the island soon, be aware that some gates are going to be closed due to the renovations.




Government Shuts Down Mio 

The minister of telecommunication gave mio until the end of June, 2017 to pay their licensing fee’s. If they didn’t show up with the money on time, he promised to revoke the company’s license.

June is already gone, it’s July now, and it look like mio is closing – for real.

How long is it going to take? The minister didn’t say a time frame….

One thing is for sure, all of mio’s clients will be disconnected from the network and the employees won’t have a job anymore.

What’s going to happen to the customers?

I’ve heard that there’s a possibility that the government is going to split mio’s customers into two groups and award them to the two major phone companies in Aruba (Digicel & Setar).

There’s a total of 6000 mio customers on the island.

The department of telecommunications in Aruba is in charge of “pulling the plug” on mio and their customers. They already received thumbs up from the minister of telecommunications to shut down mio’s network.

What’s mio saying about this?

According to mio, they shouldn’t be charged the same licensing fee as Digicel or Setar, because they are a smaller company compared to the other two phone providers – they can’t afford to pay the million dollar licensing fee.

In my opinion, mio’s claims are understandable, why should they pay the same licensing fee that a big company pays, if they don’t have half as much clients as they do.

Phone providers in other countries are being charged licensing fee’s according to how much customer’s they have, but the laws are different here on the island – unfortunately for mio.

The licensing fees are fixed, and this was one of the company’s disadvantages.

New Police Cars

The police squad just received 3 new Hilux pick ups.

What’s new in these cars?

They’re made specifically for all terrains on the island – the police can reach anywhere they need to provide assistance, even if it’s in the roughest terrains on the island, like the north coast or the way to the natural pool.

These new pick ups are part of a fleet of new police cars on the island – a few weeks ago the police received two Rav4’s.

When I drive around the hotel zone I always see these new police cars patrolling the area – it definitely increases the visibility of the police around the island and makes their jobs more effective. 

The Bridge Is Almost Done

The new green corridor bridge is almost done.

This week the prime minister inspected the final works being done on the bridge – joined by the minister of infrastructure – they witnessed as the workers added the first layer of asphalt on the new bridge.

According to the minister of infrastructure, the green corridor is going to bring a significant change and safety to Aruba’s traffic system.

For the first time in the island’s history there will be a 4 lane road (2 separate roads next to each other) to both directions from the airport until pos chiquito.

Green Corridor Bridge

Controlling illegals

The police doesn’t have the right to control illegals anymore, but they want the authority back to ask people for their documents and find illegal people on the island.

The government that ruled 3 terms ago decided to take away the rights from the police to check if someone is illegal or not.

Why did they do that? They didn’t let the public know the reasons behind their decisions back then.

Now the police’s hands are tied, because they can’t spot check for illegals anymore, they have to leave this to the department of foreigners.

The decision that was made over 10 years ago has certainly crippled the effectiveness of the police in regards to controlling for illegals.

At the moment, there’s talk in the parliament to update this law to give back the police the authority to control for illegals on the street. 

Taking Out Taxes From Public Transportation

After several meetings with taxi drivers and workers from other public transportation, the government is thinking about taking off taxes (BBO) from off the public transportation (bus, taxi and small shuttles).

They want to implement this new rule to promote and sustain a better public transportation.  

If this law passes, you will be paying less for taxi or bus.

Maybe they should also adjust taxes for rental cars? What do you think?

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New Millionaires in Aruba

The biggest jackpot in Aruba’s history has been won this week.

There wasn’t only one winner, but a bunch of them. The first winner is a young man (in his early 20’s) – he won a cool 700 thousand dollars, which is over a million guilders in Aruba.

He bought the winning ticket, with a “loco draw” this means the machine just randomly picked his numbers.

The other winners are a group of friends who all chipped in to buy a ticket and ended up winning 1.4 million dollars.

The winning numbers were 02-03-19-22 Mega Ball 06.

I was pretty close to winning it also, my numbers were 01- 03 – 17 – 19 and mega ball 13 – well not so close, so better luck next time.

Aruba Summer Music Festival

This weekend thousands of visitors came to Aruba to experience the summer music festival, which is a Latin music festival.

People came from all over the world to see artist like Juan Luis Guerra, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Maluma, Silvestre Dangond, and Zion & Lennox!

I didn’t go to this two day concert, but I did pass by to feel the vibes, and let me tell you on the first night with Juan Luis Guerra on stage, the place was full.

Aruba features different festivals during the year, from various music genres, turning the island into one of the top spots to visit for a festival.


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Latest News About Aruba

This week a lot has happened on the island – let’s start with one of the most important news in Aruba….

New Traffic Laws

The minister of justice introduced new traffic laws this week that you should know about, if you plan on driving in Aruba.

Now there’s a law that you can’t use your cellphone to text while driving in Aruba.

You might be thinking, only to text, can you still use it to call while driving?

No, because if the police notices that you have your phone in your hand while you’re driving, they are allowed to pull you over and give you a fine, whether you were using your phone or not – the fact that you have your phone in your hand is enough reason for police to fine you.

There was already a law against using cellphone while driving in Aruba, but it was too general.

This new update on the law specifically states that it’s prohibited to have a phone in your hand while driving a car.

According to the minister, most people cause unnecessary accidents by using their phone while driving (calling & texting), but texting is the predominant cause of accidents on the island.

Another law introduced by the minister of justice is directed to drivers who cause accidents, and leave the scene without waiting on authorities to arrive.

People who cause hit and runs will be prosecuted and punished more severely.

Depending on the severity of the accident you caused, the maximum jail time you can get is 4 year, before the new law it was 2 years.

Take this notice as a warning – don’t get caught with a phone in your hand by the police while driving in Aruba.

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Update On Oil Spill

The communications manager of Aruba’s national park (Arikok) announced that the oil spill isn’t considered a crisis anymore.

This means that all the beaches (including natural pool) in Arikok have been declared open again!

Yes, share the great news with all your friends that are coming to Aruba.

However, they’re still monitoring the beaches for any oil patches that might be drifting our way.

Volunteers and public workers will keep cleaning the beaches until July 20, 2017.

The beach clean up can take longer than expected, because the amount of oil that spilled in the sea and still needs to come our way is unknown.

It could take weeks and months before tarballs stop washing up on our shores.

One thing is for sure, the beaches on the north side of the island (including natural pool) is open again for the public.

What’s Going To Happen To Mio?

A few weeks ago the minister of telecommunication gave MiO (phone provider) until June, 30 2017 to pay their licensing fees, which have been reportedly unpaid for almost two years.

What’s the total amount they owe the government?

Word around the island is close to 8 million dollars!

According to the minister of telecommunications, in a previous interview, he will “pull the plug” on the company if they don’t pay their debts in a timely manner.

MIO tried to find a solution with the minister, but nothing MIO could come up with were satisfactory for the government to agree on.  

What’s mio’s side of the story? We don’t know – because no one released any information yet regarding their case with the government.

During a recent interview, the minister of telecommunication mentioned that the licensing fees for phone companies are straightforward – if you want to open a phone provider on the island, you need to sign a contract for 10 million dollars for 10 years (1 million a year).

The time frame of the contract can’t be changed – this count’s for either a small phone company or big one.

So what does this mean for you, if you’re used to using MIO to get internet?

There are other alternatives, like Setar and Digicel.

I have experience with Digicel, you can buy a chip or a device to connect to the internet.

Where can you find a Digicel?

There’s a Digicel in the arrival hall at the airport and two other offices in the downtown area.

Trash Burning Pilot Plants

Last week there was a big fire at one of Aruba’s landfills (Parkietenbos).

The government announced that they will be closing the dump as soon as possible – something the inhabitants from parkietenbos wanted for years now.

However, is the announcement of closing the dump just a political stunt – to get votes for the current election?

Whatever the government’s intention behind it is, the employees from one of Aruba’s waste management company (Serlimar), which is responsible for managing the landfill, didn’t take the news lightly and demonstrated in front of the parliament his week.

According to a spokesperson for Serlimar, the government signed a contract with Serlimar and one of the agreement is that the government can’t make any decisions about the landfill without including Serlimar in it.

The good news is that the government assured the employees from Serlimar their jobs, even though they plan on closing the landfill.

So what’s the government going to do with Aruba’s waste, if they close the landfill?

One of the alternatives the government came up with is to partially burn the trash in special incinerators – and recycle the leftover trash or process it for a different end use.

The government hired several local companies to experiment with burning the trash from parkietenbos and finding ways to minimize the fumes that will be released in the process.

The government will give an update on the landfill situation this week – if they’re going to close the landfill or not….

Petition To Stop Hotel Construction

A few weeks ago the minister of infrastructure announced that two hotels will be constructed in the area of San Nicolas (sero colorado).

According to the minister, both hotels will be all inclusive and 500 rooms each.

Locals didn’t take the news well and expressed their dislike on social media.

A local journalist started a petition to stop the construction of the hotels in sero colorado.

She started the petition against the government, because sero colorado is a unique place on the island and should remain untouched.

What makes this part of the island so special?

It’s rich in history – there’s Indian caves, water tunnels, phosphate mines and ancient paintings made by Aruba’s first inhabitants.

The leader of the movement is also worried that the construction of new hotels will damage the beaches in this area.

Locals don’t want another hotel in Aruba and hopefully the government gets the message!

Bushiri Hotel

While the minister of infrastructure is planning to build 2 new hotels in sero colorado, he also plans to bring down one hotel in the downtown area that has been unused for years now.

The minister of infrastructure announced that the Bushiri hotel will be brought down a few months ago. However, since the minister’s announcement, the public works company cleaned the area around Bushiri, but the building is still standing tall.

Many people are wondering when the Bushiri hotel is going to be removed.

The director of Aruba’s public work company announced that they received a petition from the government to bring down the building.

According to the director they are evaluating the project in regards to the technical and judicial aspects, before they accept the project.

They gave the government an estimate for the project just over half a million dollars.

After they accept the project and the government approves it, which can take about 2 weeks – they will have 45 days to bring down the building, pick up the waste, clean up the area and level the ground with sand.

The hotel might not be there on your next visit….

What do you think the government should build in this area?

New Cinema or not?

There’s a case being fought in the courts against the government and a commercial investor who wants to build a new cinema on a wetland area (locally known as Salinja) on the north side of the island.

Of course, Aruba Bird Life Conservation is against the new cinema because, the wetland is very important for the bird life in this area.

The commercial investor started a case against the government, because they are taking too long to transfer the wetland area to the investor, so he can start building the new movie theater.

However, the government doesn’t feel obligated to transfer the area as of yet, because they are not ready to do so – which is causing the impasse at the moment.

Aruba bird life conservation is speaking up for nature and is trying to stop the project.

The judge will give a sentence on July 5, 2017 whether the commercial investor is going to be given this piece of wetland or not.

You might be thinking doesn’t Aruba have enough theaters? One in renaissance, and the other two other ones in Paseo mall.

The problem is, the commercial investor is closing down the cinema in Paseo mall and wants to build a new one.

In my opinion, there’s no need for a new cinema, and certainly not on a protected wetland area.

Second Political Debate

A second political debate will be held after locals witnessed Aruba’s first debate a few weeks ago.

The next debate is going to be directed towards millennials and has been organized by a group of millennials.

All 10 leaders of the political parties have agreed to take part of the debate.

This year’s election is going to be different than all the previous years, because millennials are more involved with politics than ever, and politicians are fighting for their votes.

The debate is going to be focused on topics and issues our millennials are facing in society. .

Debate Format

It will be different than the previous one – the first change is that the debate is going to be held in two sessions instead of one.

During the first session all leaders have to answer the same questions, so the public can see their vision and ideas. The second part of the debate is going to be two politicians debating about several topics – I’m sure everyone is excited about the second part of the debate.

The event will be held on July 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM at Cas di cultura.

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Breaking News in Aruba

So what’s been happening on Aruba?

Let’s start with…

Robbery in Aruba

A robbery took place last week at a jewelry store (Kevin Jewelers).

The owner of Kevin Jeweler told the police that 3 Spanish speaking men entered the store, pointed their guns at the employee’s and held the manager hostage.

The robbers didn’t have any masks on, their faces were caught on camera.

Until now, the police can’t find the suspects yet.

Home Robbery

Three men robbed a home in the district of Madiki.

The robbers entered the house and tied a man and his son (9 years old). They took their belongings (phones, jewels, and money)

The police found the getaway car and arrested the owner of the car (a lady) – but the police didn’t find the robbers yet….

Could this be the same people who robbed the jewelry store?

Murder near Olde Molen Nightclub

The local community was shocked with the news that someone has been murdered near Olde Molen nightclub (close to The Mill Hotel).

The police got a notification that guns were fired near olde molen, and they immediately went there to check out the scene.

When they arrived they found a person on the floor, but already dead.

The victim was a 26 year old boy known as, Ralph De Palm, born in Haiti.

No one has been arrested yet for this murder – the police is still investigating the case.

There’s a suspicion that the murder is related to drugs.

This is not the first time for a shooting at olde molen nightclub. Because in December 7, 2015 someone shot a 37 year old man to death. The suspect was sentenced to 18 years of jail.

Previous to this incident, there were many other shootings and fights here.

As a local here on the island, I will not be going anywhere near Olde Molen Nightclub at night. It’s very dangerous there – take this as a warning not to visit this nightclub – ever!

Man Found Dead Behind California Lighthouse

The police was notified that a body was found near the coast of California Lighthouse, but the person wasn’t showing any signs of being alive.

Local forensics diagnosed that the man died because he drowned, and not because of a murder.

The victim was living in Aruba, but he was born in Curacao in 1970.

This is a very sad case – what was he doing at the coastline at night?

Be careful when visiting the rough coast of Aruba, because if you fall into the sea, the waves will crash you against the rocks – the results can be deadly.

Moratorium on Supermarkets

The government recently declared a moratorium on supermarkets in Aruba.

They did a research on supermarkets on the island. The results confirm that there’s a total of 185 supermarkets (and mini markets).

There’s about 2 supermarkets per 1000 inhabitants – which is too much according to the Aruban government.

In the past 5 years the total amount of supermarkets in Aruba grew from 90 to a total of 185, while the population didn’t change too much.

The Aruba Trade & Industry Association agrees with the decision of the government to declare moratorium on supermarkets, because the amount of supermarkets is excessive compared to the amount of people on the island.

All petitions to open a supermarket will be denied, only the requests before May 23, 2017 will be processed.

The moratorium is for two years.

In my opinion the government should also control the supermarkets to watch if they are keeping their prices fair, and not charging too much on their products compared to other supermarkets.

Restaurant Hygiene Inspection

The police inspected restaurants in the district of San Nicolas and closed a lot of these establishment during their regular hygiene control, due to not having permits to run a business or not having good hygiene in the restaurant.

They closed House of Cake, Dos Reis Snack, Fruteria Dominicano and La Granja. But these restaurants are open back again, because they got their permit and hygiene back in order.

However, there’s a Chinese restaurant called wing wag bar that has been permanently closed, because they didn’t have a permit to run a restaurant.

The police are going to be inspecting restaurants in the area of Noord in the following months – let’s see which of our favorite restaurants will stay open and which ones will be closed down.

Info on Citgo

Bloomberg recently published an article saying that CITGO is basically a scam to process Syrian oil in Aruba and transport it to America.

According to Bloomberg, they have access to emails and other documentation as proof that the plan is to sell Syrian oil for a cheap price to Venezuela, which in turn will be processed at the “new refinery” –  CITGO.

The refined oil will be then be transported to America and distributed to all gas stations.

Bloomberg interviewed a Venezuelan oil dealer, and he admitted to play a part in the plan – but he also said that he has nothing to do with the situation any more.

Long story short – if it’s true what Bloomberg is saying – we’re caught in a big scam!

First Turtles

Last week the first turtle came out a nest located in Eagle Beach – it’s the first turtle for the year 2017.

It took exactly 63 days and 3 hours for the first egg to hatch. A few days later, two other turtles were spotted.

There’s a lot more turtle nest around the beaches of Aruba, so there’s plenty of turtles that need to make their way to the sea in the following weeks.

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Breaking News on Aruba

So what’s been happening on Aruba this past week?

Well a lot of new developments have taken place, let’s start with…

Protest Against Bringing Down Bushiri Hotel

The minister of infrastructure, recently announced that the old bushiri hotel will be brought down within 2 months.

There’s talks of constructing a new hotel, a recreational area for locals and a public beach.

However opposing parliament members don’t agree with the decision.

According to opposing party members, bringing down the hotel is destruction of capital.

Instead of bringing down the building, they find that the minister of infrastructure should do a study to find a better use for the building.

They recommended to transform the building into a nursing home for elderly people.

There’s many speculation to what’s going to happen to bushiri once it’s gone.

Hard rock hotel wanted to build, but couldn’t meet the financial requirements. Then Hyatt wanted to take over the building, but the government denied their petition.

I’m not sure what the plans are going to be exactly for the hotel.

But let’s see if the government is going to do what they promised – bring down the building.

Or if this is just another election stunt to get votes.

Taking Down a Crane

The giant crane next to cruise port is going to be toppled.

It was built in 1983, but in the recent years it hasn’t been used anymore and is taking up valuable space on the port.

There has been many attempts to pull down the giant crane, but it still stands tall.
If you want to watch the toppling, you can do so on Aruba ports webcam – portarubawebcam.com

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Bring Back The Wheel Clamp

Kiosk owners near royal plaza mall want the government to re-implement the wheel clamp.

Because they are starting to see their sales drop (almost 40%) – since the wheel clamp has been removed.

According to the kiosk owners, locals are occupying all the parking spots, leaving no space for visitors to park their rental car – as a result they don’t get clients.

There isn’t an official law yet to sanction those who park their cars incorrectly, so Aruparking can’t enforce any fines as a sanction. All they can do is tow your car, if you parked incorrectly(in yellow marked spaces, or on the sidewalk).

Not only the kiosk owners are being affected by this situation, but all the stores near the area of royal plaza are feeling the effect.

However, the store owners located in the main-street are happy that the wheel clamp is no longer being used, because it was one of the factors that stopped people from going in the main-street.

So what is the government going to do about the parking situation near royal plaza to help kiosk owners that sell Aruban souvenirs?


New Judicial Policy

The minister of justice presented a new policy judicial policy for the next 3 years.

The new policy focuses on creating peace, safety and security in local communities.

Also to add more integrity within all the departments of justice, and a new plan of approach to help addicts.

Before this new judicial policy, the minister of justice focused on…

  • Reducing cases of violence
  • Creating special programs for youths involved in crime
  • Combating burglaries and robberies.
  • Traffic Safety
  • Increasing fine rates
  • And educating the public how they can protect their self against crime.

During a press conference the minister of justice mentioned that the majority of crimes committed on the island, are from people who entered Aruba illegally. That’s why he introduced ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) a few months ago to control and safeguard Aruba’s frontiers.

Soon everyone who wants to visit Aruba (except Dutch nationalities) has to register before entering Aruba.

According to the minister of justice, the new ESTA form will help decrease undesirable (and undocumented) travelers to Aruba, who don’t have any good intentions.

The government is still working on the new travel system, but it will be officially introduced in September (2017).

Update on Toronto Suspect

A few weeks ago “Toronto murder suspect” Michael Teddy Gibson made international headlines when he got arrested during a police car chase.

He is being suspected of murdering a Canadian visitor in the district of Jaburibari.

There are more suspects in regards to the Jaburibari murder case (a total of 8), however 7 of them were recently released.

The only person still caught in the mix is Michael Teddy Gibson.

All the other 7 suspects were present during the crime, but according to investigation they had nothing to do with it and were released.

The investigation is still ongoing, and I’m not sure what’s going to happen to Michael – whether he’s going to be incarcerated here or deported to Canada.

Insel Air

Insel Air is in a very sticky situation at the moment….

The airline owes more than 30 million dollars to a total of 240 creditors.

They also still need to pay their employees for the past 4 months – which adds up to almost a million dollars.

They haven’t been making any money recently, and have been banned to fly to certain areas.

A judge gave insel air protection against bankruptcy. But, the same judge added an ultimatum recently for the company to pay their debts (June 7, 2017) or present a plan to “restart” the airline company.

If they don’t pay or have a plan to make things better financially – insel air will be declared bankrupt.

New Flights To Aruba

Sun Country Airlines announced new seasonal flights to Aruba starting from December 23 , 2017 until April 8, 2018.

The flights will be weekly (on Saturdays) from St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis.

This is good news for those who want another option to fly direct to Aruba.

If I was you I would start checking airfare prices and book as soon as possible, because your trip to Aruba can’t come soon enough 🙂


Pos Chiquito Road

On May 22, 2017 until May 27, 2017 the main road at the roundabout from pos chiquito will be closed.

This will be done to restore the small bridge that people use to cross near the roundabout.

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The bridge is deteriorated and is very dangerous, it could fall anytime and hurt someone.

All traffic coming from Oranjestad will be deviated from the roundabout.

So if you’re on the island during these dates, you need to follow the road signs to visit the east side of the island (baby beach, Rodgers beach, zeerover and all other popular spots).

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Free WiFi

Aruba Tourism Authority recently placed free WiFi on the island, to enhance your experience during your vacations. Now when you take a picture or record a video, you don’t have to wait to get to the hotel to share it, you can do it right then and there – for free!

The locations where WiFi have been added are…

  • Eagle Beach
  • Mangel Halto Beach
  • Casibari Rock Formation
  • Plaza Turismo

Arts & Crafts Workshop

There’s a workshop you can attend at an art gallery store in San Nicolas called Cosecha.

The workshop focuses on conscious discipline, where all participants will learn to make a “Job Board” to help create responsibilities for their children.

This workshop is for parents, care takers, teachers, and anyone who wants to learn how to consciously discipline a child.

It’s on May 23, 2017 and starts from 7.00 PM to 9.00 PM.

Entrance for this workshop is $20.00 – if you want to register send an email to [email protected]

Read more about Cosecha and local art here.

Wine & Food Pairing Dinner

There’s going to be a wine & food pairing dinner at El Faro Blanco restaurant.

The wines introduced during this event are from Ruffino, made in Italy.

Dinner will take place on May 26, 2017 starting from 6.30 PM (right before sunset).

Price to attend this event will be $66.00 – if you’re interested send an email to [email protected]  

The dress code for this event is casual.

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Breaking Aruba News

Staying up to date with what’s happening on the island means you need to read the local news. But that’s hard to do if you don’t understand what’s written in the newspaper.

The reason I started this Aruba news bulletin is to keep you up to date with what’s happening on the island, because I know how much it means to you to stay connected with your home away from home.

Where do I get the information for breaking news in Aruba?

Well…

I watch the news nearly every day on tv, read local newspapers (online and some in print) and occasionally listen to a radio station locals call to discuss what’s happening in Aruba.

I pick the most relevant news out of Aruba that you can relate to.

Aruba Police Capture Toronto Murder Suspect

A murder suspect, wanted by the police in Toronto, has been caught by the local police – after a car chase that ended with the suspects SUV upside down in a ditch.

A local newspaper in Canada (Toronto Sun) confirmed the suspected killer is Michael “Teddy” Gibson after seeing his picture online.

There were also 4 other people arrested (2 women and 2 men).

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Michael Gibson is in custody of Aruban police.

Murder in Jaburibari

He remains in custody in Aruba, because he may be possibly tied to a murder of a Canadian visitor in the district of Jaburibari.

The local police haven’t released any information yet regarding both the arrest and murder case in Jaburibari.

Canada has an extradition treaty with Aruba, but he can’t be transferred yet, because he’s a prime suspect now on the island for the murder in Jaburibari.

Good Job!

Thumbs up to Aruba’s police.

The police were very attent, noticing the suspects car driving irresponsibly, run a red sign and ignored stop signs from the authority.

Police Catch Thief Who Robbed Tourist

The police was called to attend a robbery case in the district of Noord.

They were informed that a security guard near the Ritz Carlton saw a man rob a tourist and was trying to get away on his bike. But luckily, the security managed to catch him.

When the police got there, they found the man sitting on the floor and just had to put him in the dog catcher (police car in Aruba).

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Thumbs up to the security.

New Squad Cars

The minister of justice (Arthur Dowers) is expanding his police car fleet with more vehicles.

A couple of months ago they received 2 Toyota RAV 4’s, but this time they’re adding 3 new 4×4 Hilux pick-ups.

The new pick-ups were funded by the Aruba Hospitality & Security Foundation.

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New 4×4 pick up for the police.

Aruparking – No More Wheel Clamps

The prime minister announced that the wheel clamps are no longer going to be used, after a group of downtown area business owners manifested in Aruba’s parliament.

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Business owners protesting – no more wheel clamps!

According to the director of Aruparking, the removal of the wheel clamp doesn’t mean that you don’t have to pay for parking. It is still required to pay for parking, if you don’t your car will be towed.

The government is working on new sanctions for offenders. One of the way the prime minister explained they can do this is by sending a fine home.

The Reason for Aruparking

Before paid parking, drivers used to park their cars irresponsibly in the downtown area – bringing other people in danger.

In an effort to regulate and maintain order in parking, the government introduced paid parking.

However, the business owners in the downtown area said they suffered greatly for it.

More than 50 shops had to close during this period.

It’s clear that the paid parking had an effect on business in the downtown area, but it’s not the only reason why the main street is doing bad – business wise.

There are many other factors contributing to the situation of the downtown area, like…

  • Malls that are being opened outside of the downtown area
  • People shop online now a days
  • Because of the decreasing purchasing power of money.

A Better Solution

Paid parking definitely stopped people from visiting the downtown area, because they simply don’t want to pay for parking.

A better solution is to eliminate the paid parking and only fine drivers who park irresponsible (on the side road, on a corner and etc). Or tow their car.

Situation at Aruparking

The situation at Aruparking is not clear, and employees are afraid that they will lose their job.

If Aruparking gets into financial trouble, the government will step in, because they own it.

I will keep you updated on the parking meter situation in Aruba as it unfolds.

Hotels Not Happy With Beach Policy

There’s a new beach policy in Aruba, and the hotels don’t like it.

The new policy states that they have to have a permit to be able to place lounge chairs and palapas on the beach.  

Hotels disagree with the rate calculation for the permits, which is about $310.00 for one beach chair – a year. According to the hotels, rates for permits should be lower.

The government issued a deadline for permit payments, which was May 1, 2017 – however, no information has been released since then yet.

First Come First Serve

The beaches in Aruba is public, why not offer palapa on a first come first serve basis?

If hotels don’t want to be charged, they shouldn’t charge visitors either.

Let’s end the “palapa wars” in paradise.

Quad Racer Accident at Natural Pool

The local authorities (ambulance and police) were notified of an accident with a quad racer at Natural Pool.

A couple got into an accident with a quad racer on the way to the natural pool. They lost control when making a turn and hit against a pole.

According to members of the ambulance, the couple didn’t want, and even denied medical assistance.

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Quad racer accident near natural pool.

Be Careful….

Accidents can be right around the corner, be careful when operating any kind of motorized vehicle while on the island. The last thing you want in paradise is to get in an accident.

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Archaeological Discover in Aruba

Archaeologist discover funeral attributes in a cave near Sero Colorado.

They found 3 graves with skeletons next to each other (two adults and one child).

These finds will be further inspected, and end up in Aruba’s museum for display one day.

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Archaeologist by the caves in Sero Colorado.

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The Latest News of Aruba

You might be having a hard time understanding what is written in the local newspapers, because you’re not that fluent yet in Papiamento, or you just can’t find any real news, just touristy topics.

Whichever the case maybe, here you can get the most relevant and latest news from Aruba in English that pertains to you – for free!

Zika in Aruba

Zika is a topic that just won’t go away, just like the mosquitoes that are hard to get rid of.

Many people wonder how the zika situation is in Aruba and if they should postpone their trip.

In my opinion, you should come to Aruba, because the hotel area in Aruba has the best protocol in regards to keeping the zone mosquito free.

However, depending on your situation, if you’re trying to get pregnant, and don’t want to risk, you may consider postponing the trip for next year.

To help you make a better decision, I have the most recent information to share with you with regards to the zika on the island.

The Current Situation

The good news is, in comparison to the month of February and March, the amount of reported and confirmed cases of zika has reduced according to Dr. Wilmer Salazar.

He didn’t say the exact amount of cases, but assured the public that they are well below the minimum limit.

The decrease in the amount of zika cases is due to we’re going through a period of drought. No rain means no mosquitoes, which leads to lower cases of zika.

New Policy To Combat Zika

The minister of public health wants to create a new policy, so they can combat zika in Aruba with a different approach.  

During a press conference he said that from now on, during October and March, they’re going to assume that there’s going to be a zika outbreak, because of the “rainy season” on the island.

By assuming that we will be dealing with a zika outbreak, when rain is expected, will make the government’s efforts more effective.

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Minister of Public health Alex Schwengle during zika press conference.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of zika is an issue at the moment, because the symptoms of zika are not exclusive to the disease.

The other problem with the diagnosis is that it takes too long to confirm if a person has zika or not (it can take up to 4 weeks). So this means all results reflect the situation of a month ago and not the current state of order in paradise.

All tests to confirm the amount of zika cases are being done by National Institute for Health and Environment called RIVM in the Netherlands.

Prevention

Since last year ATA (Aruba Tourism Authority) teamed up with the department of public health to keep the hotels in Aruba mosquito free.

They have invested a lot in awareness projects for the locals, for their workers to inform the guests and manpower to continually sweep the hotel area for mosquitoes.

What Should You Do To Protect Yourself

Some people never have a problem with mosquitoes in Aruba, but the situation can be different for you. So what can you do to protect yourself?

During your trip you should avoid getting mosquito bites by…

  • Using insect repellents
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants

After your trip, visit your doctor for a check up, even though you might not feel sick.

What are the best insect repellents?

The CDC recommends everyone to use repellents that include DEET, picaridin, lemon oil or eucalyptus.

Here’s some of the best reviewed repellents on Amazon containing these required ingredients by the CDC.

New Road & Bridge Finished in July

“The new green corridor highway and the bridge over the spaans lagoon should be open for public use in the end of July” – according to Carlos Zubieta, the director of the infrastructure company in charge of the project.

During a press conference he mentioned that only 25% of the green corridor projects remains to be constructed.

The green corridor consists of several roundabouts, a two- way high road that starts  from the airport, and ends in pos chiquito – a total of about 7 kilometers. Including the reconstruction of a 13 kilometers long highway until San Nicolas and a 13 kilometer bike path.

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Roadside construction in the district of Savaneta.

According to the director, the most important things are done (the bridge and the two way high road) – now they are working on a roundabout near sero thijsji, in mahuma (near the balashi beer factory) and in the area of kibaima.

There’s another project going to be started soon – 5 mini parks in the green corridor area. The parks are set to be done at the end of the year.

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An aerial view of the green corridor bridge.

Dog Sterilization Campaign

I know a lot of you are animal lovers and have pets. It’s hard for you to see the street dog situation on the island, and we locals don’t like it either.

Fortunately a wonderful team of veterinarians and surgeons together with united dogs Aruba are going to be sterilizing stray dogs in an effort to end stray dogs.

They will be focusing in the districts of San Nicolas.

During 4 days (May 3 – 6, 2017) they will be sterilizing a minimum of 100 dogs a day.

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Fight the good fight…

How They’re going to do it

They will have a mobile animal surgical hospital to operate on the dogs on site.

Volunteers are going to be in charge of the care of the animals before and after sterilization.

If you want to know more about their campaigns go to www.uniteddogsaruba.com

New Shooting Range in Aruba

There’s a new shooting range for the Aruba’s police force. It’s located near the wind parks of vader piet in San Nicolas.

The shooting range was constructed by a local general contractor and Aruba’s public works company. FDA (Foundations of Development of Aruba) funded the project, which costed about 1.5 millions dollars.

Chief commissioner Dolfi Richardson was present during the inauguration of the new facility and expressed his gratitude during a speech.

According to him the shooting range allows all personnel that carry a gun to work (police, money transfer workers, and security), a chance to train, educate and keep their self up to date with the latest’s shooting techniques.

It’s great to see that the government is investing into the police to sharpen their shooting skills to protect and serve locals and visitors.

Police Catch 35 Robbery Suspects

The police caught a total of 35 suspects of robberies committed in the first quarter of 2017.

In January they caught 5 of them, the following month they got 13 suspects and in March they managed to arrest 17. All of them are suspects in the crimes committed during the first for months of 2017.

I’ve noticed a crime trend in Aruba. A few months ago all robberies were directed toward taxi’s and elderly people at their home. Then it shifted towards tourists. After a while they were robbing lottery vendors. Now they are are focusing on homes and supermarkets.

Last week a house was robbed in the district of Santa Cruz during the day. The following day a robbery took place at a home in palm beach. The act was committed by 3 suspects. They went with $5.000, cell phones, and other personal items.

They duct taped the two people in their homes and took away everything. They reportedly came in through an open window and within a few minutes they left using the front door.

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The house that was robbed in Palm Beach.

The Amount of Crimes on the Island

The police didn’t mention the amount of crimes in the first quarter of 2017. However, to provide transparency they explained more details about what these 35 suspects were detained for.

All arrests have been made in connection with robberies at restaurants (La Granja), residences (in the district of Noord – Safir, Esmeralda and Palm Beach). Boardwalk Hotel, Blue Village, Club Arias, Dennis Bar and Hagemeyer (a home store) near Price Smart.

Nothing To Worry About

The crime rate on the island isn’t targeted at visitors at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that one should be careless. Very often people get robbed because they leave valuable items in the car, visible to everyone. Or leave their personal belonging unattended when at the beach.

Just be careful of your surroundings and never let your guard down while you enjoy your vacation. Because, everyone’s looking for a relaxing time in Aruba after all….

New Bargain Store in Aruba

There’s a new bargain store in Aruba.

It’s called “op=op” – they sells health products, cleaning products, personal care items,  by all major and international brands, with big discount prices. I’ve read more than 50% discount.

The concept behind the store is, the more you buy the more you save. It’s located in Savaneta on the main road. They opened last week, they managed to gather a big crowd for the opening.

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The crowd at the opening of the store.

If you like shopping at bargain stores, visit op=op in Savaneta to see what they have to offer, you might just get a good deal in Aruba for your favorite brand name products.

Gas Stations Closed on Monday

Fuels Marketing & Supply Aruba publicly notified that all gas stations are going to be closed on labor day (May 1, 2017).

All gas stations are going to close at midnight until and will open back on May 2, 2017 at 6:00 AM.

If you’re on the island, and you have a rental car, remember to refill on gas.

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Open Day at the Military Base

On labor day, Aruba’s military base is organizing their annual open day.

The event starts at 10:00 AM until 16:00 PM at the military base in Savaneta.

Open day allows visitors to get a experience of the daily life of local marine.

The proceeds from this event are going to be donated to an organization the island.

Entrance is free. Bring your kids for an awesome day at the military base.

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The military base during last years open day.

No More Rock Stacking

Recently the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association announced that they discourage the act of rock stacking near the north coasts of the island.

Rock stacking has become a popular activity among tourists, the area on the north coast of the island piled with rocks is called “Wishing Garden”.

Many people think stacking rocks will make your wishes come true. However, this is not true, it’s just a myth started by a tour operator.

The rocks are used by crabs, insects, lizards and other small animals that are looking for shelter between the openings of the rocks. However, if the rocks are being are being removed and stacked on top of each other, the small animals won’t have a place to seek refuge when they need it.

Every time you stack a pile of rocks, you’re taking away their natural habitat.

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Please don’t stack any more rocks.

Rock Stacking Demolition Derby

There’s a rock stacking demolition derby being held today (April 30, 2017) on the north coast of the island. The goal is to knock down as much rocks as possible to reverse the situation and preserve Aruba’s nature.

People who supported the movement on Facebook, signed up as volunteers and are going to restore the damage.

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