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Once a week (on Sundays) I do a recap of the most recent news out of Aruba.

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News Out of Aruba Information

Staying up to date with happenings on the island means you need to read the local news. But that’s hard to do if you don’t understand the local language – Papiamento.

Having a way of getting news out of Aruba in English is essential if you want to stay connected with what’s happening with your home away from home.

So where do I come up with the information for news out of Aruba and how true are my observations about paradise?

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.

During the end of the week, I do some writing for my newsletters…

I pick the most relevant news out of Aruba that you can relate to and translate it into English, so you can stay up to date about what’s happening on the island.

Today’s (March 19, 2017) recap for news out of Aruba is dedicated to Aruba’s flag day!

Because yesterday the entire island celebrated flag day…

Dia Di Himno Y Bandera

Yesterday (March 18, 2017) Aruba celebrated its flag and national anthem.

Locals dress in their favorite Aruba t-shirt displaying their sense of pride for this day!

The official national holiday is celebrated with different events around the island (including cultural song festival, local games, museums, sport events or just spending the day with the family at the beach).

And of course, what can’t be missed is – local food and drinks. From sopi oester (oyster soup) and pastechi to keshi yena and carni stoba (goat stew) – just delicious!

More About The Flag & Anthem

In 1972 a well known politician (Betico Croes) proposed that Aruba should have status aparte (special status – to be a separate autonomous island within the dutch kingdom).

Then came a referendum by political parties, that left the locals to choose whether they wanted to join a federation or be a independent autonomous within the dutch kingdom.

The majority of local people who were allowed to vote at that time decided for independence. A total of 2.147 people signed the status aparte document that was sent to the dutch government.

But in 1976 the dutch government refused to negotiate (and to give) Aruba a separate position within the dutch kingdom.

On March 18, 1976 that Betico Croes declared Aruba’s independence with the inauguration of the Aruban flag and our national anthem – “Aruba Dushi Tera”.

Ultimately on January 1, 1986 Aruba was granted status aparte!

Aruba’s national anthem (Aruba Dushi Tera) was composed by three well known men in Aruba (Padu del Caribe, Hubert Booi and Rufo Wever). Only Padu is still here with us, the other two already passed away – unfortunately.

What’s interesting to know is that Padu del Caribe was one of the 2.147 people that signed for Aruba’s independence!

Honoring Our Arubans

On March 17, 2017 the government organized a special candle ceremony for all the 2.147 people that signed for Aruba’s independence at the “status aparte” monument in the downtown area.

Friends and families of those who signed were invited to light a candle of each of these men and women (in total of 2.147 candles).

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Family members lighting a candle.

Inauguration of Plaza Padu

The government made a special monument for the three men that responsible for composing Aruba’s national anthem.

The new monument is called – Plaza Padu. Which is right behind the current parliament building not far from the Renaissance Hotel.

Plaza Padu is a must see on your next trip to Aruba.

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New monument statue on plaza padu.

Besides patriotic flag day celebration, some other things happened in Aruba, like…

Aruba Tourism Authority Supports ESTA

The CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority, Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, agrees with the introduction of ESTA in Aruba.

During a meeting with the department of immigration, she stated that ATA supports ESTA, because it safeguards the islands frontiers.

As a native islander, I also agree with the new system, because it allows for better management of who exactly is coming to Aruba and why…

I think the new ESTA system is going to become an important factor to stop the flow of people with bad intention to enter the island.

But there’s also a online ED Card…

Isn’t that confusing…? Should you fill in both?

According to the CEO of ATA, the ESTA form is comparable with the online ED card that was introduced a couple of years ago.

However, there is a small difference, the ESTA is focuses more on pre-screening.

The new system is still not finalized, so it still needs to be integrated with the current online ED card.

As soon as the ministry of justice gives more information about the new ESTA system I will notify you about it in my newsletter.

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The CEO of ATA, Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes

Plans To Expand Aruba’s Airport

Aruba’s airport is big and beautiful, but there’s still plans for expanding which is known as the “entrance to paradise” among travelers looking for a relaxing beach getaway.

According to the chief operation officer, Jurgen Benschop, the amount of travelers that use the airport has grown in the past 2 years. The current building has been designed to accommodate about 2 million passengers and now about 3 million visitors have visited in the past two years.

Expanding the airport is the only way to maintain the award winning quality of service that Aruba’s airport is known for.

The Current Plan….

Jurgen Benschop mentioned during an interview that they are still in the brainstorm part of the project.

At the moment they are focused on creating a plan to expand the airport that can accommodate the growth of passengers for the next 20 years ahead.

Right now the check in terminal is divided into two sections – the US and all other destinations.

But the current plan is to combine these two terminals into one big check in area.

All luggage’s will pass through one screening and will be divided afterwards according to the traveler’s destination.

The whole idea is to eliminate, the part where you have to recollect your luggage to check in at the immigration.

Is Isla Di Oro Really in Danger?

There is a big impasse between a local environmental non-governmental organization “Aruba Bird Life Conservation” and Grupo Isla, which is the leader of the isla di oro project.

The isla di oro project is an upcoming plan for a new wellness eco-resort in the mangrove area near Pos Chiquito. The resort is going to have bungalows style rooms all over the lagoon.

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bungalow style hotel in Aruba

However, I have a mixed feeling about this project…

On one hand this development is going to destroy a piece of nature in Aruba. But on the other hand it “could be a positive” development for tourism and luxury.

The project is currently in a deadlock…

So in an effort to “get the right to build”, Grupo Isla did a study (that costed about 500 thousand dollars), that proves that the mangroves are in danger and need to be protected.

However, I don’t think destroying a piece of nature and building another hotel is going to do the mangroves any good.

It looks like they’re trying to throw the local community a “fastball” to get us to agree to build.

The mangrove area near pos chiquito is not the cleanest compared to other locations on the island. There is no circulation of water and there’s a lot of bugs also. But the area can be cleaned up and maintained without having to build a bungalow eco-resort.

These investors are looking for a possible cooperation with the government, which in my personal opinion – I disagree with.

So is isla di oro really in danger?

I don’t believe so, every time I pass around there, the trees seem greener than ever.

However, I do agree that it needs to be cleaned up and the circulation issue needs to be fixed.

Listen to Franz Sydow (one of the investors) as he explains the results of the investigation they made…

News Out Of Aruba About CITGO

During the past couple of weeks there has been a lot of progress in regards to the new refinery in Aruba.

Since the refurbishment of the refinery started a few months ago, the government already managed to hire and place 350 local employees in key positions to complete the rehabilitation.

The 350 employees are working for contractors and others have a contract directly with CITGO. In the coming months more people will be contracted to work in the refinery.

The new plant is going to be an upgrade style refinery that will run on natural gas, so they are also creating a pipeline at the moment to transport gas from Venezuela to Aruba.

The gas pipeline is projected to be finished in the first half of 2018!

Natural Bridge Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

Five decades ago a local family started a refreshment shop in the area of natural bridge.

There was no electricity or access to water.

Slowly but surely the family expanded the little shop into what is now known as one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Aruba.

However, the local family recently sold the facility to Palm Tours, which is a locally owned excursion company in Aruba (I used to work there in my teen years as a tour guide).

Palm Tours invested money to renovate the building completely.

They refurbished the entire building making it look just like a traditional old cunucu house.

Natural Bridge is celebrating its one year anniversary since palm tours took over and renewed the building.

The area of natural bridge has no electricity (or water), they use generators that runs 24/7 all the time. A truck delivers water every day at the site so that the toilets can work.

If you want to use the bathroom they will charge you 1$ to help pay for the generator and transportation of water to use the bathroom.

If you get a chance, visit the natural bridge to see it’s new beauty!

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New entrance sign from Natural Bridge

Aruba Weather Forecast

If you’re looking for perfect weather condition to get away from the cold weather, it’s Aruba!

The island has the most sunniest days out of every Caribbean island in the region.

This weeks weather forecast doesn’t have any strange occurrences other than the normal breezy winds with sunshine (and maybe with some clouds).

Only on Thursday a brief shower is expected.

Today is perfect weather to head out to the beach with the family on a Sunday!

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5 day weather forecast

 

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Recent News Out of Aruba Information

Reading the local news about your favorite place in the world keeps you up to date about what’s happening on the island.

But how true are my observations about paradise?

Well I get my info from watching the news on TV.

I also read local newspapers (online and some in print). And on my way to work I listen to the radio station locals call to discuss what’s happening in Aruba.

At the end of a happy week in paradise I pick the most relevant island happenings that you can relate to and translate it into English.

So let’s start this week’s recap of recent news out of Aruba for March 12, 2017.

Royal Visit From The Netherlands

This week’s recap starts out with good news, because Princess Beatrix is visiting Aruba at the of end March.

What’s the cause for the royal visit?

The princess will be officially transferring the area known as Spaans Lagoon to Arikok (Aruba’s National Park) in an effort to safeguard nature in Aruba.

Arikok is part of a regional network of protected area, so if Spaans Lagoon falls under Arikok it will be automatically protected from that day forward…

Protecting the lagoon is important, because it’s known for beautiful mangrove trees and unique variety of birds.

She’s also going to visit bubali plas in noord (very important habitat for animals).

And princess Beatrix is also going to visit the University of Aruba to witness debates organized by students, with themes like economy vs nature and tourism vs identity.

This years royal visit is highly anticipated by the locals and especially children who hear about the princess at school, but never saw her in real life…

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Princess Beatrix

Aruba’s Flag Day

If you’re on the island this week, you’re lucky – because we’re going to be celebrating Aruba’s flag day (and you can join the celebration).

Aruba’s official flag day is on March 18, 2017 – however, there are going to be some pre parties happening during this week to celebrate this important day.

On the March 15 there’s going to be a poetry night at Fort Zoutman (near Seaport Cinemas, in the downtown area).

The government is also going to officially open plaza padu (near the Aruba’s parliament) to reveal a new statue for “Padu Lampe” (known as the father of culture in Aruba, because he created Aruba’s national anthem).

The event is going to be held on March 17, 2017 on plaza padu , which is close to the Renaissance Marina Hotel. There’s going to be a great ambiance with folkloric music, dancing, local food and drinks.

Other Activities on Flag Day

It’s a tradition in Aruba that different activities will be organized all over the island.

For example, there is going to be an event in San Nicolas called “experience Aruba” at the Museum of Industry (starting from 12.00 AM until 18.00 PM).

Entrance will be 1 Aruban guilders (less than one dollar) to enter the museum and a dollar extra if you want to participate to win door prizes during the event.

There’s also going to be a super soup event at Cas Di Cultura (near Talk of the Town Hotel).

They’re going to be selling soup from different restaurants on the island (for example Barefoot, Casa Tua, Daniel’s Steakhouse, Driftwood, Aquarius and Taste of Belgium). And all proceeds are going to be used to fix the building of Cas Di Cultura.

If you’re going to be in Aruba on flag day, buy a shirt with Aruba’s flag on it (sold everywhere on the island) and join the different events, just like the locals…

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Flag Day Event Schedule in San Nicolas.

Aruba’s Airport Wins Service of Excellence Award

During a press conference held last week, Barbara Brown, the chief commercial officer of Aruba Airport Authority (known as triple A), proudly announced that Aruba’s airport won a service of excellence Award.

The prize was given by the Airport Council International that represents airports all over the world.

Every airport represented by the ACI had to give travelers a questionnaire.

Travelers were asked questions like, how they found the check in process, immigration, security, facilities to buy food and drinks. And most importantly how they found the overall service at the airport…

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View of Aruba’s airport

More recent news out of Aruba about the Airport…

Triple A wants to invest in new buses to transport travelers.

Why?

Because the problem is that the airport can accommodate 20 planes during this moment, but there’s not enough gates for all aircraft…

Investing in more buses to transport travelers, while the airport is being further expanded, is going to be the key into maintaining the quality of service.

Aruba’s airport is beautiful, but far from done, because different departments are currently being renovated…but it’s till worthy of an award of this magnitude.

Plastic Ban Awareness Project

The Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association together with a local owned company named Welcome Media Marketing shared reusable bags at the airport last week to make travelers aware about the plastic ban in Aruba.

Welcome media has been sharing out goody bags to travelers in the arrival hall for years.

Maybe you’ve received one of these little Switzerland bags with information on where to eat, tips on things to do for fun and coupons in them once already.

AHATA is doing a good job spreading the word about “no more one time use plastic bags campaign”. Hopefully more tourist (and locals) will know not to use plastic bags!

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Sharing out reusable bags at the Airport.

Flip Flop Festival Breaks Records

The 7th edition of Aruba’s Flip Flop festival has broken records already!

Because more than 2.000 early birds tickets have been sold…

Early bird tickets started out at $15.00 dollars and sold out in a couple of days. The next batch sold out at $20.00 and now you can get your tickets for this years flip flop fest at $30.00 or you’re going to have to pay more at the door.

If you love urban music you should definitely visit Aruba for flip flop!

The fest starts out with an introduction party on March 31 at club emotions with DJ duo Shermanology. And on the 1st of April the main event with Konshens, Morgan Heritage and Rick Ross. To cool off there’s going to be a pool party at Renaissance Marina on April 2, 2017. 

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Flip Flop Stage

New Chef At Sunset Grille

There’s a new chef in town at sunset grille located in the Hilton Hotel.

His name is Lij Heron…

He’s a new chef in Aruba, but has a lot of experience, because he previously worked at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Dubai. If you ever went to Dubai, and ate at Peacock Alley, Camelia Lounge or Lexington Grill, you might of heard of him.

Born in Jamaica, with a degree in electrical engineering, Lij Heron decided to follow a career in culinary field after discovering a passion for cooking.

During an introductory press conference he said that he accumulated a lot of experience as a chef and promised to bring the most delicious dishes at sunset grill.

Chef Lij Heron is known for his steaks and seafood.

Have you ever tried sunset grill?

If not you’ve got something to look forward to this trip!

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This is Chef Lij Heron

Elite Membership At Alhambra Casino

There’s new a reason to visit Alhambra Casino on your Aruba trip, because they just announced their Elite membership program.

If you’re used to playing at the Alhambra Casino you know you already get discounts as a member, but if you reach 12.000 player points within less than a year, you have the privilege of joining the elite club and enjoy more benefits!

Alhambra casino is now offering the following to their elite members…

  • Premium drinks
  • Double points on selected days
  • Special invitations to exclusive parties
  • 20% discounts at selected divi restaurants
  • You also get a gift on your birthday
  • Specials on hotel stays (including complimentary rooms)
  • 20% off at the divi links golf shop
  • And much more…

If you like to gamble in Aruba, you should visit Alhambra Casino and take advantage of the elite membership.

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View of Alhambra Casino

Renovations At The Mill Resort & Suites

Management of The Mill Resort & Suites recently announced via a press conference that the hotel is going to close soon due to renovations (and change of owner)

The new owner of The Mill is going to be courtyard by Marriott.

Courtyard by Marriott caters mostly to business travelers, but they are planning to remodel the Mill to accommodate families also.

The hotel will be partly closed from April 30, 2017 until the end of 2017.

But the official renovations are planned to start April 1, 2018.

If there’s any update by the Mill, I will mention it on future recaps of recent news out of Aruba….

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View of The Mill Resort

Gas Price Reduced

Finally after a couple of months of paying about 180 cents per liter for gasoline – it drops to 178 cents per liter (not a big drop, but better than nothing).

This is the official price on all gas stations on the island since March 8, 2017.

It’s always smart to plan your gas budget ahead, before you rent your car. So keep the new gas prices in mind when planning to rent a car in Aruba.

If you’re looking for a car rental check out our cars here.

Traffic Light At Balashi Out Of Service

The traffic light on the highway from Balashi beer factory (and ex drive inn) will be out of service beginning of March, 13 2017 until further notice.

The disruption in service is caused by repairs being done on new highway – the green corridor.

The highway is also going to be partly closed next week for all vehicles…

Alternative routes will be notified after the government publicly mentions it.

Official Election Day Set in Aruba

The prime minister of Aruba has officially signed a document stating the upcoming election day.

The people of Aruba will know its new political leaders on September, 22 2017.

The current government AVP (Aruban People’s Party) also signed an agreement that every political party needs to deliver their new official lists of members on August, 4 2017.

AVP has been governing the island for 8 years already (sitting 2 terms).

Are they going to lead Aruba for four more years?

I guess we just have to wait and see what happens…

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Prime Minister Signing Agreement.

Ministry of Justice Signs ESTA Agreements

The ministry of justice (Arthur Dowers) recently held a press conference where he signed a contract and announced the introduction of ESTA in Aruba.

Arthur Dowers signed an agreement with a company named Gamma research that develops the system for ESTA.

ESTA will increase safety in Aruba by screening anyone who wants to enter Aruba – if you’re visit is undesired you will be denied entry in Aruba.

A couple of weeks ago the ministry of justice announced that they are looking into the ESTA system, but now after signing an agreement it will soon become a reality.

The new system will be officially introduced in less than 8 months according to the ministry of justice.

I will keep you posted on more news about this ESTA system in future editions of recent news out of Aruba..

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Ministry of Justice signing ESTA contracts

Did You Feel the Ground Move?

On March, 9 2017 something unusual happened on Aruba – an earthquake (including aftershock on the following day).

A lot of people claimed to have felt the ground move, walls shake and heard their roofs sounding strange.

I also felt the earthquake…

It was the first time I really experienced an earthquake.

To be sincere, it was quite a scary feeling I must say…

Luckily no one (or buildings) suffered damage by this earthquake.

The earthquake measured on 5.6 on the Richter scale.

Our neighboring island Curacao also felt the earthquake and suffered some damage (mostly to buildings.)

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Location of the Earthquake

Rey Di Djampou

On March, 18 2017 there’s going to be a djampou (a native Aruba fish) fishing tournament held by Spaans Lagoon.

The person who catches the biggest one is going to be crowned rey di djampou “King of Djampou”.

The tournament has more than $1400.00 in prize money.

If you’re into fishing and are on the island next week you should join this fishing tournament.

The event starts on 4:00 AM in the morning and ends the following day in the afternoon.

If you’re interested, ask the front desk of your hotel how you can also join the tournament…

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Fisherman holding a big djampou

Aruba 5 Day Weather Forecast

The most recent daybreak scan shows no significant features around Aruba. This week is going to be generally dry on the island with a lot of sunshine…

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Aruba Weather Forecast for today March, 12 2017

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Every week (on Sundays) I post the most recent Aruba news that pertains to you.

I write this newsletter, because I know how hard it is to find recent Aruba news in English.

Recent Aruba News Source of Information

You might be wondering where I get my information from…

I watch the news on TV, read all the different local newspapers online (and some in print) and occasionally listen to the radio station locals call to discuss what’s happening in Aruba.

I hand pick and translate what you can relate to, so you can get the most recent Aruba news in English.

So let’s start this week’s recap of recent Aruba news for 5 of March 2017…

Big Festival Announcements

This week Aruba Tourism Authority announced 3 big festivals that are going to be held during the coming months.

Here’s what’s one schedule regarding festivals in Aruba…

Flip Flop Festival

After announcing dancehall artist Konshens and reggae sensation Morgan Heritage as the two main acts last week during a press conference, the organizers of flip flop came out with another surprise announcement.

They added a hip hop superstar to the line up – Rick Ross!

This years flip flop is a must attend event if you enjoy dance hall, reggae or hip hop. It will be held on 31 March until 2 April. With the main event being held on 1 April (Morgan Heritage, Konshens and Rick Ross).

The party will kick off with dutch DJ siblings – shermanology in club emotions (31 March).

The last day of flip flop is a pool party with DJ Outkast at Renaissance Hotel (2 April).

You can still buy your early birds tickets at any gas station in Aruba for $20 (there’s not much early bird tickets left, 95% already sold).

I still have to buy mine, for the main event of course!

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Flip Flop conference.

Soul Beach Music Festival

One of the biggest festivals in Aruba is back again for 2017!

Soul beach music festival is just what the name says it is – soulful!

This event is popular because of the caliber of R&B artists that are known to perform on stage. And this year promises to be bigger than ever with artists like Mary J Blige, Faith Evans and Usher!

Soul beach is also known for it hilarious stand up comedy nights.

This year on of the “Kings of Comedy” – Cedric the Entertainer is going to be on stage!

The organizers of soul beach also said during a press conference that there will be an app that you can download to see everything about soul beach (I will update you on any news from the app).

This year promises to be a big year for R&B in Aruba – are you going to be here for it?

Aruba Summer Music Festival

It’s official – Aruba summer music festival has been officially announced (including artist who are performing).

If you’re going to be in Aruba in the end of June you should put this fest on your to do list.

This years Latin flavor music festival features the reggaeton duo from Puerto Rico – Zion & Lennox.

Artists like Maluma and Juan Luis Guerra are scheduled as main performers.

The festival dates are 30 June and 1 July 2017.

If you like Latin music, you should visit for the weekend fest

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Organizers from Aruba music festival at a press conference.

The End of Aruba’s Carnival 63

The 63rd edition of carnival is finally behind of us.

It was a nearly 2 months of ongoing festivals, queen elections and parades. This years carnival started with a traditional torch parade right in the first week of January and ended with the annual grand parade in the downtown area of Aruba last week.

I have to say I enjoyed myself during this carnival season, because it was the first time I participated in it.

I went in for Lighting Parade in San Nicolas! It was amazing (I can’t wait for next year).

Now I know why thousands of people fly from all over to participate in Aruba’s carnival.  

If you’ve always wanted to go in Aruba’s parade, please do so, you won’t regret it!

Check out this movie from Aruba’s grand parade 2017.

Safety Training for Employees at Playa Linda

12 employees from different departments of Playa Linda including the entire loss & prevention team recently completed a safety training successfully.

Where did the idea come from?

The main goal was to have a first response group from different departments of the resort (including the loss & prevention department) – “in case something happens”

The moment a calamity presents itself there is supposed to be more colleagues to help the guests than just the security guards. – this is what the HR director of Playa Linda, Linda Kelly, said during an interview.

What must they know about safety?

Security and safety means much more than catching thieves.

The new employees that have been trained by this safety course must know…

  • All the emergency exits
  • The resort floor plan
  • Must know how to remain calm
  • And give first aid help

The director of the loss & prevention department, Fernando Fecunda, was one of the employees who suggested this safety training to management.

He also mentioned during his interview that he’s glad management decided to take him up on his offer, because now the Playa Linda is better prepared in case of anything!

Two thumbs up for Playa Linda for providing more safety to their guests.

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Selected employees for the safety team.

Neighborhood Watch Solves Crimes

A neighborhood watch created in the city of Wayaca (near the airport) was essential in catching thieves in the act of robbing a house.

A couple of months ago there was a slight increase in crimes committed inside homes from locals. After the government examined these cases it was clear that most of them were committed by Venezuelans (with no good intentions).

The reason why?

Because the situation in Venezuela is getting worse by the day with the current crisis they are dealing with.

Aruba is close to Venezuela and gets undesired visits by undocumented travelers who come here with bad intentions. They are happy to find 50 dollars in a break in, because american dollars are worth much back home.

However, the local community is starting to fight back…

They’re taking safety and security in their own hands by starting neighborhood watches via whats-app. If anything strange is happening outside, someone send a whats-app and every one is alerted. The police are also continually notified by these groups and use the information they receive as tips to solve any committed crimes.

Neighborhood watch is something normal in the US, but entirely new here in Aruba. It’s starting to pick up more between locals on the island and getting a life of it’s own.

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Flyer for the neighborhood watch Aruba.

The Fight Against Mosquitoes

The company in charge of combating mosquitoes in Aruba “Gele Koorts Mosquito Bestrijding” recently did a control around Aruba to get an index of the amount of mosquito breeding places on the island (and to destroy them of course).

The mosquito’s they are particularly after are aedes aegypti, which are known to cause dengue, chikungunya and zika.

The control was one with intention to remove all the existing breeding grounds they encountered. And also make house owners aware who had mosquito breeding nest in their yards on how they can prevent mosquito breeding nest. They also shared pest control products to locals to help kill the mosquitoes.

Like I mentioned in an article before the government is taking an active role into combating mosquitoes and zika.

Click here to read why you should travel to Aruba despite zika warnings.

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Busy with breeding ground examinations at a locals house

Man Dies During Diving

Unfortunately an American tourist passed away near nikki beach while he was diving.

It was during the midday that beach goers saw a body floating near nikki beach and they called the police (and ambulance). The authorities took the man out of the water and tried to give him CPR, however not even a hour after he was pronounced dead…

I’m not sure how he died, but there are stories that he had a heart attack while diving.

They most likely do an investigation into what exactly happened to him.

Condolences to the family members and friends this person left behind…

Take note that the currents are a little strong during this season in Aruba, so be careful when you’re snorkeling (or diving). Don’t go too far out if you can’t swim (and avoid going alone)!

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Man unfortunately dies while diving.

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At the end of the week I pick out the news that you can relate to and I translate it into English so you can read every Sunday!

So, how accurate are my words?

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Because if I read the newspapers, see the same thing on tv and hear it on the news, it must be accurate!

So let’s start this week recap for the latest news from Aruba…

Line Up For Flip Flop Festival 2017

This years flip flop festival promises to be bigger than ever, because of the artists that are performing.

The first two artists who are going to be in the line up at flip flop are Konshens and Morgan Heritage (both artist are from Jamaica).

Konshens is known in the dancehall music scene for his hits like, bruk of ya back, gal yu a bubble and Mr.Policeman.

And the Grammy award winning band, Morgan Heritage, formed by the reggae artist Denroy Peter Morgan will delight us with their musical tunes.

Flip flop will take place on 31 march until 2 april 2017.

If you’re in Aruba and want to go you can buy your early bird tickets for $15 at all gas stations in Aruba.

During the next couple of weeks the organizers of flip flop will announce the other remaining artists that will be performing.

Are you going to flip flop this year?

Try Some Italian Ice Cream by Marriott

A new shop just opened in Marriott Stellaris & Casino that sells gelato.  

It’s an Italian company named Gelato & Co.

Have you ever heard of it?

I didn’t…

But the company is known to make their gelatos (Italian ice cream), sorbets, cakes and other fresh desert with natural ingredients. They use no artificial flavors, preservatives and coloring.

We all have to live healthy to live long to keep on enjoying Aruba…

So this new place sounds like a healthy option if you’re looking for a refreshing ice cream.

You can find Gelato & Co in the lobby from Marriott Stellaris & Casino. It’s open from 10 AM to 12 AM.

I might have to visit them soon because I enjoy eating ice cream…

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New Gelato shop in Marriott.

Eagle Beach Again in Top Ranks

According to the Travelers Choice Awards by TripAdvisor, eagle beach is in the top 3 for “beaches in the Caribbean”.

The top beaches were chosen by reviews from travelers on TripAdvisor during the last 12 months.

A lot of travelers commented that eagle beach is beautiful because of the long stretch of white sand and turquoise water (a perfect destination for a beach getaway).

Arashi beach also was nominated in the top 25 beaches in the Caribbean.

The beach at Arashi is popular because you can snorkel, bathrooms are available, there’s a snack bar, great shade from palapas and is easily reached by car and public transportation.

How do you feel that one of your favorite beaches in Aruba ranks best in the Caribbean?

Way to go Aruba!

Aruba’s National Bird

The government decided to make the prikichi the national bird from Aruba.

The decision came a few weeks after the group from Aruba Bird Life Conservation went with the prime minister of Aruba to a bird life conservation festival in Colombia. 

Out of more than 200 species of birds in Aruba, the prikichi and the shoco (owl – Aruba’s national symbol) are the only two birds that are native to the island.

What’s interesting is that the scientific names for these two birds contains the word “Arubensis” which means that they are from Aruba, of course! 

I remember admiring the bright yellow and green birds when I used to play in the cunucu (yard in Papiamento) as a kid. I could recognize them without seeing them, because they made a distinct chirping sound…  

However, I noticed a decline in the amount of prikichi and shoco that are on the island.

This is because of boa constrictor snakes that are eating these birds. It’s the way of mother nature, and if we would like to preserve the prikichi and shoco we have to protect them.

So after this announcement, the prikichi (and shoco) is now a protected bird!

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A prikichi sitting on a tree branch.

Sterilizing Stray Dogs on Aruba

Animals are fun and amazing to have.

A lot of locals have dogs and cats here in Aruba, but some of them don’t know how to take care for their pets.

This negligence of animals is resulting in a high amount of stray dogs in Aruba.

The situation is getting out of control, because there are too many dogs wandering around looking sick, emaciated and full of disease.

Last year veterinaries together with bucuti and tara beach resort started a program to sterilize dogs and cats. The resort was paying half of all costs for sterilization for the locals.

Since the program first started a total of 6000 dogs and cats were registered and almost 4000 of them got sterilized.

The total amount subsidized by bucuti and tara resort until now is about 380.000 Aruban guilders (which is about 217.000 us dollars).

The sterilization program is currently ongoing and proving to be successful, but it’s only a small part of the solution.

The other part of the solution is to teach pet owners how to take care of their dogs (or stop people that can’t take care of pets from getting one).

If you’re ever interested in adopting a four legged friend, you’re welcome to do so at one of our veterinaries.

Bushiribana Gold Ruins Graffiti

This week someone wrote “Aruba Pro Pedofiel” on the walls of the gold mine ruins (what was this person thinking?)

However, this not the first time that they wrote this slogan on the gold mill walls (it’s the 4th time).

It all started with one father whose daughter was molested and began writing “Aruba pro pedofiel” all over the island. Now a few more angry parents are also starting to paint this slogan around the island, because of a recent child molestation case. They are mad because the child molester didn’t get a long enough jail sentence. 

I understand that they want to voice their opinion, but damaging local property and a tourist attraction is not the solution…

I hope this trend stops and that the government starts giving longer sentence for child molesters.

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This is not the way to resolve this.

Archaeological Museum Closed

If you have a visit to the archaeological museum planned when in Aruba (in the first two weeks of March) you’re going to be disappointing, because they’re going to be closed on 28 of February 2017.

The reason they are closing is because they are installing a new air conditioning system.

So if you had planned to visit the archaeological museum you have to reschedule…

They said it will be known publicly when the museum will open again.

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The museum is going to be closed for renovation

Too Much Tourist Getting into Accidents

This week a lot of accidents took place with tourists in the mix.

Many of them which are unfortunate and some could of been completely prevented.

The first accident happened between a local and two tourists in the downtown area.

The rental car involved in this accident failed to give the other party preference and caused the accident. They were not hurt severely, but needed to be taken to the hospital for observation.

Another accident happened this week with a lady that was speeding in a residential area and lost control of her rental car. She managed to turn over the car, knock down a traffic sign and hit full on into a house that was under construction.

It was a miracle that she came out of the accident without any major injuries.

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She completely turned over the car.

A couple parked their car near Malmok beach to go snorkeling.

But when they returned to their car, they were shocked to see that someone broke into their car and took their belongings.

I don’t know if they left their belongings visible, but if that was the case, this could of easily been avoided.

This is enough to give anyone with a bad intention the impulse to break in…

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Police taking notes of what happened

If you’re going to drive in Aruba always be careful (while driving and parking).

They will break in your car, anywhere in the world, even in broad daylight, if you leave your belonging visible.

My advice to you is…

  • Never speed (stay in the driving limit)
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Never drive and text on your phone
  • When leaving your car hide all personal belongings out of sight.

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Security Cameras

The government is going to use technology to bring down the crime rate on the island.

Minister, Arthur Dowers wants to put cameras on certain areas of the island to increase security for locals and tourists. They are currently running a few tests with these cameras positioned near the hotel and downtown area. Because some area’s for example by the pelican pier are reported to have locals selling drugs to tourist. They are a molestation for people who are not interested (and it’s against the law)…

With the help of these cameras the government is planning to catch these drug dealers red handed.

If the cameras prove to be successful more will be added (there are talks that about 600 cameras will be placed all over the island).

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security camera near the beach in Aruba

Latest News From Aruba about CITGO

The rehabilitation of the refinery is finally starting to take place after the government signed a contract with CITGO in 2016,

About one week ago more than a 100 people were contracted and officially given a badge to enter the refinery.

Today there are more than 200 people who are working to recover the refinery.

This week the government announced that about 200 specialists from Trinidad & Tobago will be contracted to help rehabilitation process. 

It seems that a lot of foreign workers are being contracted, but that was part of the deal. More foreigners than locals would be contracted to rehabilitate the refinery. But, after the refinery is in full swing, 80% of the employees have to be locals. 

When the rehabilitation of the refinery is completed those who were contracted from away have to go back and locals are going to run and maintain the refinery.

The director of Aruba investment bank, Frendsel Giel said that the refinery will yield more than 340 million dollars annually for Aruba. The majority of this money will go to workers, local contractors and the government. And the city of San Nicolas will be booming again!

The reopening of the refinery will definitely give a boost to Aruba’s economy.

Green Corridor Bridge

Last week the director of ODINSA (an infrastructure company from Colombia), Carlos Zubieta Uribe, shared a positive update about the developments of the bridge that they are in charge of constructing during a press conference.

He said that the construction of the bridge is on schedule and everything is going according to plans.

After they complete the structure they will move to the next phase of the project that includes adding lights to the bridge, putting road signs and putting asphalt on the road.

The deadline of this bridge is set to be in August of 2017.

The bridge is part of the green corridor project, which is a renovation of the existing highway and creation of a new one from the airport to the area of pos chiquito (and savaneta) including several new roundabouts.

Soon you will be able to drive on the new highway and bridge of the “green corridor”.

 

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Green Corridor Bridge

 

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Grand Opening Barcelo Aruba Casino

This week we start the Aruba breaking news with a wonderful casino opening at Barcelo Aruba.

Their new casino was revealed for the first time.

The new name of the casino is – LIV.

They celebrated by inviting guests only that were staying at Barcelo Aruba.

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LIV casino logo

It wasn’t too long ago that the Occidental Grand closed its doors (including its casino – named Aura).

After a battle with the ex employees from the Aura casino – the new owners of the hotel and from the casino (Island Gaming) decided to take 26 of the 46 employees back into service.

The rest of the employees decided to take 4 months pay and left.

Despite all the drama in the court between Barcelo Aruba and the ex employees, they ended up with a beautiful casino.

Do you like to gamble?

If so, are you looking forward to try your luck at LIV?

Cleaning Up Old Bushiri Building

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Serlimar cleaning up the place at Bushiri

A local waste collection company (Serlimar) is in charge of cleaning the area around Bushiri hotel.

They acted so fast I could’t believe it…

Not even a week after the Prime Minister decided to bring down the old building they already cleaned the front area of the hotel.

In the meanwhile that the cleaning is being done planning is being made to see how exactly they will bring down the old structure.

It’s going to take a while before this becomes a recreational area for locals (and a public beach).

But things are moving pretty fast so it might be done before we expect it.

Aren’t you glad it won’t turn into another hotel or condominium?

What’s Happening in Oranjestad

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Welcome Plaza near cruise port.

The downtown area of Aruba is being renovated right now (around cruise port).

The government is constructing a welcome plaza right next to the cruise port that includes a couple of new kiosks and local snack shops.

Right now the kiosks are stationed near the central bus station, but the sight isn’t nice.

Re-positioning the kiosk will make this area more beautiful and attractive.

The exact date that the new plaza will be finished is not yet known.

However, the construction workers are pretty fast so I’m sensing an inauguration of Welcome Plaza very soon.

A New Tower for Alto Vista Chapel

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Placing the new copper tower

The Alto Vista Chapel is Aruba’s birthplace for Catholic religion.

The chapel is an important place for locals.

It’s a church where they come to pray in case of illness or any kind of problems their facing.

Recently the pastor in charge (Pader Santiago) said that the chapel needed a new tower (and a few shingles on the roof needed to be replaced).

The tower was made in Venezuela and a local engineer placed the new copper tower in place. The total cost (including fabrication, transport and placement) was around $8000.

Pader Santiago said that it’s been almost 10 years that any renovations has been made on the chapel.

This renovation came in a timely manner and the end result is beautiful.  

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Airport Arrival Enhancement Project

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Minister Arthur Dowers (middle) presents new arrival hall

The department of immigration in the arrival hall was reopened after being completely renovated.

The problem of the old arrival hall was that it was too small for the amount of passengers and not many immigration booths available.

This caused stagnation making for long waiting time.

The project included..

  • new set of equipment
  • a new booth for inspections
  • more e-gates
  • new floors
  • a transition ramp for the baggage claim area.

Due to construction only a third of the arrival hall was open.

Passengers were inconvenienced by taking other routes to immigration due to the magnitude of this renovation.

The CEO of Aruba Airport Authority (James Fazio) gave a welcome speech during the grand opening.

He mentioned that the investments in new equipment and facility in the arrival hall will help the personal of the department of immigration to better safeguard Aruba’s frontiers and manage the flow of passengers.

The estimated costs of the entire renovations was around 2 million Aruban guilders (that’s about 1.2 million US dollars). 

Now their are more electronic gates where you can pass through making the process easier and faster. However, some nationalities are still required to pass trough the normal booth by immigration.

Isn’t this great news? No more long lines and waiting…

Introduction of ESTA in Aruba

The government is going to introduce a new way to control and screen who comes into Aruba (or not) with the help of a ESTA system (Electronic System for Travel Authorization).

Everyone needs to fill it in (only travelers with a dutch passport don’t need to).

It’s a new technology similar to the ED card. However, the difference is that the ESTA has the power to keep someone from entering Aruba. 

Travelers will be screened before given a “green light” to enter the island.

What do you think about the new ESTA system?

New Employees CITGO

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A few new citgo employees and ministers.

This week CITGO and refinery of Aruba welcomed its first workers!

The press was invited to witness 100 badges being handed to the first of many employees who are going to be working in the refinery.

Most of the selected workers are locals who already have experience in the former refinery Valero.

More people are going to be hired to work in the refinery, because contractors are actively looking for employees.

I’m happy to see that this is becoming a reality…

Aruba has The Top 10 Golf Course in the Caribbean
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Tierra del Sol golf course.

USA today named the golf course of Tierra del Sol among the top 10 in the Caribbean.

It was ranked #7 in the top 10 list by expert golfers.

The golf course at Tierra del Sol was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr II.

It’s the only 18 hole championship golf course (situated on the northwest point of Aruba).

The local trees, birds, and view of the north coast ocean makes this golf course special.

Aruba organized (in December 2016) the first Aruba Cup that featured various professional players from the USA, Canada and Latin America.

The Aruba cup was streamed live via Global TV, Golf Channel, Fox Sports and ESPN.

The second tournament of Aruba cup will be held in December of 2017.

If you like to golf (or would like to learn how to) you should visit the player shop at Tierra del Sol.

Local Food Fenders Still Using Plastic Bags

On the 1st of January 2017 plastic bags were banned.

Everyone was used to plastic bags when doing shopping, but now you have to bring your own reusable bag (or buy one).

However, some local food vendors are doing as if there is no plastic bag ban.

They are still giving out plastic bags to customers.

The government is taking notice of this and reminded them that the plastic bag ban is in full effect. And if they don’t comply with the rules they are running a risk into getting a fined ($6000 US dollars).

If you happen to buy food at local places and they give you a plastic bag give them back and tell them you support the plastic bag ban (and that they should also).

Aruba Flip Flop Festival 2017

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2017 Flip Flop – 31 March until 2 April

Flip Flop is a music festival that has grown immensely since it was introduced for the first time 6 years ago.

This years flip flop event will be held on 31 March until 2 April 2017.

However, this years flip flop will be different…

Different in the sense that the organizers are charging a fee for entrance (it used to be a free).

The representatives of flip flop said they are charging for entrance so they can bring artist of higher caliber.

And they are right, because this year Morgan Heritage will be the main act.

Paying for entrance to get artists like Morgan Heritage is a good deal in my opinion.

The prices for super early birds are now 25 Aruban guilders (not even 15 US dollars).

Tickets are available by citgo palm beach, boulevard, st.cruz and essoville.

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So naturally you would expect to only read “tourist” news.

However, if something “bad” is happening on the island I would also like to inform you about it. Just as much as I do the good things that’s going on in Aruba.

So here’s what is been going on in Aruba last week…

Be Careful in Aruba

There was two cases of tourists who lost their belongings.

Fortunately one of them was lucky to get all of his stolen items returned.

The first incident happened near the beach at Ritz Carlton – Fisherman’s Hut.

A family decided to go to fisherman’s hut since they were on a cruise stop on the island. They left their belongings behind unattended under one of the huts and went swimming.

When they returned they were surprised to find that all their belongings were gone.

The police was notified and came quick to the scene to find out what happened and brought the family back to the cruise port.

When they returned to the cruise port, they found their belongings back.

The person who returned the families belongings did the right thing.

The second scene happened at midnight.

A lady went for a late night swim on the beach in front of Hilton Hotel. After a while she spotted someone standing under the palapa where she left her belongings.

Before she could get out the water and find out what’s going on someone took her belongings. Left with here clothes and purse. The police found her clothes a few meters further from where the incident happened.

These two incidents could of been easily prevented.

Aruba is a safe place for tourist.

However, if you’re not going to be careful when traveling these things are bound to happen – anywhere.

Even in Aruba – Paradise!

My advice for you, whether it’s you’re first time or return visitor – be careful with your belongings.

Some tips for safety in Aruba are…

  • Don’t leave your belongings unattended
  • Don’t give out personal info about your credit cards
  • Avoid walking in dark areas at night
  • Don’t leave with all you’re cash at hand. (Leave money in the safe at the hotel)
  • Park your rental car in a safe place and always lock the doors
  • Don’t leave phones, wallets, tablets and money where it can be seen in the car.

Something new to do in San Nicolas

There’s a new initiative going on in San Nicolas to get the local community and tourists more in touch with the city’s rich culture and history.

It’s called “Experience San Nicolas”.

Experience San Nicolas is a unique way to get in touch with the rich culture of San Nicolas.

The culture of San Nicolas is a mixture of all the nationalities that live in the city. This mix of nationalities gave birth to a whole pot of delicious culinary dishes, art, music and it made history. 

Experience San Nicolas will be held on the first Sunday of every month.

Shops like WEMA, El Gallo Royo, Alankar, JM Enterprises, La Aruba, Joy’s Restaurant, Aruba Store and O’Niel Restaurant will have different deals and promotions.

Search for “Experience San Nicolas” on Facebook to see their page for updates.

Here’s the program for the 3rd edition of Experience San Nicolas, which is today 5 February 2017.

Experience San Nicolas Program for 5 Feb 2017

Giving Away Free Re-usable Bags

If you didn’t know it yet, plastic bags have been banned in Aruba.

The decision to ban plastic bags was made, because plastic bags cause damage to Aruba’s environment.

You usually see plastic bags that flew away stuck in the trees along the roads.

But plastic bags are gone for good now!

Following the ban on plastic bags AHATA (Aruba Hotel and Tourism Authority) gave away re-usable bags for free to people. They gave away the bags at two supermarkets where a lot of locals shop for groceries, Save a Lot in Noord and Hong Kong in Paradera.

Here’s a video of what exactly went on that day…

Aruba Bird life Conservation is on a mission

The members of Aruba Bird life Conservation and 15 kids traveled as special guests to the annual festival of birds in Colombia.

The prime Minister of Aruba, Mike Eman, was also on board for the trip.  

The mission of Aruba bird life conservation and the government is to learn from other countries how they protect their birds.  

Greg Peterson, of Aruba Bird life Conservation said the birds in Aruba are not protected as they should be. That’s the reason why this trip was essential in learning how Colombia protects their birds. So Aruba can implement these different strategies to conserve Aruba’s birds.

The kids and all invites learned how to analyze, observe and recognize birds they saw.

The prime minster said during a speech that there is plans of making a marine park in Aruba. This should be interesting, there’s plenty of places to build it.

I hope the marine park becomes reality.

It will be another fun thing to do in Aruba.

Aruba has over 900 different species of birds. And protecting them is going to be top priority from now on.

Accident At Mangel Halto

Last week a teenage boy managed to get the car he was driving into the beach at Mangel Halto.

The boy who was driving didn’t have a driver license and was under the age limit of driving. He was driving near the beach at Mangel Halto and somehow ended up in the sea.

The car that made it into the water.

Bystanders quickly notified the police and ambulance.

The authorities didn’t take long to respond and got to the scene quick.

Two other girls were also in the car.

They all got out without injuries and sent to the hospital for further check up. 

The boy probably took the car without his parents knowledge and this happened to him.

We all did things we weren’t allowed to do as kids and learned our lesson – this will definitely teach them a lesson.

Thank God none of them got hurt.

Carnival Casio & Soca Monarch Winners

It’s carnival season in Aruba and the biggest music festival during carnival took place last night.

Casio & Soca Monarch is the largest local music event featuring the island’s greatest music creators and bands of carnival.

The music event took place on 3 days featuring over a 100 song compositions by carnival bands and only 2 winners to be selected at the final day. One person as the Casio Monarch and the other as Soca Monarch (one person can also win both prizes, if their song is good enough)

The winners of this years Caiso Monarch is Mighty Talent Jr. (The son of Claudius Philips, you might know him from happy hour at La Cabana) and Blacky won the Soca monarch. He’s a talented singer from San Nicolas.

Click here to see the carnival schedule for 2017.

Might Talent Jr (Left) and Blacky (right)

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Aruba Local News 

This week a lot happened in Aruba.

So here’s some Aruba local news that you can relate too that stood out this week.

Let’s start by congratulating…

A New General Manager At Hilton Aruba

The Hilton Aruba announced the arrival of a new general manager.

The new manager is Hans-Georg Roehrbein. 

Before his new position in Aruba, he was general manager of the Marriott Hotel in Egypt. He supervised over a 1000 rooms, a dozen F&B outlets and 1600 employees.

He started his career as sous chef at the Marriott hotel in Miami and now has over 30 years of experience in the hotel industry.

I would like to wish him much success leading the Hilton Aruba.

80/20 Rule For CITGO

The reopening of Aruba’s refinery is in full swing.

A lot of locals and politicians want to ensure that the people of Aruba get most of the jobs in the refinery.

The minister of Labor, Paul Croes, stated and promised that 80% of the employees at CITGO will be locals.

He also said the unemployment rate is going to drop about 2% because of the reopening of Aruba’s refinery. 

The government is planning to work closely with high schools and universities in Aruba.

This will help students get into the economic and energy sector so they can get a job in the refinery. It’s a 25 year contract between CITGO and Aruba, so a good move to invest in Aruba’s youth and future leaders.

Finally Claimed Jackpot Lottery 3.1 Million

Many people have speculated why anyone hasn’t claimed the biggest Aruba lottery jackpot yet.

The reason no one claimed it for so long is because the winner went to a lawyer before they claimed the prize.

I guess the process itself was a long one since they won it, but they finally claimed it.

The winner wanted to stay anonymous, so the lawyer, Chris Lejuez was authorized to claim the check.

A remarkable fact is that the winning ticket was received as a free ticket they had won.

They only added 2 guilders to win the jackpot.

I’m glad someone finally claimed it.

I was beginning to think that they lost the ticket somehow taking so long to claim it.

Protest Against Car Insurance Payments

This week truck drivers protested by blocking the road in front of the parliament.

They were protesting against the government for forcing everyone to pay their car insurance in one time payment in 2017.

Previously you could of paid your car insurance quarterly. Now, there’s a new law that is going to change the rules.

The drivers parked their trucks in the middle of the streets in front of the parliament.

You couldn’t go near the downtown area ( or LG smith boulevard).

The truck drivers are protesting against Minister of Finance, Angel Bermudez, to stop the situation.

What’s going to happen to Bushiri hotel?

Minister of Infrastructure, Benny Zievinger, wants to bring down the remaining structure of Bushiri Hotel.

It’s an ugly site down the road in LG Smith Boulevard. It’s going to be a long process, before the government can bring down the building.

In the meantime there’s already offers to buy the land to build another hotel. There’s also interest in the private sector to build a malls or other commercial projects.

Child Breaks Hand at Bushiribana Gold Mill

This week a terrible accident happened at Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruin that could’ve been easily prevented.

A person who was there, told the police a family reached with ATV’s at the gold mill.

Afterwards the mother and father went to the coastline to see the beach.

They left their child at the gold mine without supervision.

The child decided to climb on the rocks, but the hard wind caused the child to a fall. 

The poor kid suffered a broken hand.

The police and paramedics responded quick after they were notified about the accident. They brought the kid to the hospital to get further treatment.

The parents are wrong for this one though, how could you leave the child alone?

If you’re travelling with kids in Aruba, keep them safe.

Aura Casino Is a Closed Case

There seems to be an agreement made between the new owners of Aura Casino (Island Gaming) and the ex employees.

In total there are 44 employees that were fired by their previous employers.

However, only 26 of them will continue to work at the hotel. 

The owners, Island Gaming, reduced the size of the casino during renovation by more than half of its original size.

It was impossible to take all 44 employees back, they only took back 26 people.

From the rest of the employees 15 chose a package (4 months of pay).

However, 3 of the employees opted not to accept anything the company offered.

They are still in process in the court about a possible solution.

I guess this case is finally coming to an end after months.

Faster Service in Aruba’s Airport

The CEO of Aruba’s airport, James Fazio, explained that they are going to eliminate one of the two points of control in the USA Hall.

The main concern is the baggage area.

The plan is to remove the baggage reclaim area which will automatically take out the need to control for a second time.

So eventually you will check in your luggage, go to the immigration department, continue to passenger screening on to the US pre clearance (in the crying room) 🙁

Smoking Going To Be Banned in Casino

The government is creating a law that will ban smoking in the casino.

The smoking ban is going to take a while to take full effect. Because all the casinos have to adapt their establishments to comfort both smokers and non-smokers.

For example the casino at the Hyatt is already making plans to create a room where you can smoke.

It’s going to take about a year for this smoking ban to become reality.

Do you like to smoke in the casino?

What are your thoughts on the smoking ban…

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