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Top 9 News Headlines in Aruba

The island has been going through a lot of developments recently, since I published an Aruba news recap last week.

Here’s what happened on the island recently…

Another Oil Spill, Will Aruba Be Affected?

The local disaster council reported an oil spill in the area of Chaguaramas, which lies near the northwest peninsula of Trinidad.

Authorities in Trinidad noticed an oily substance in the water near the peninsula, but they don’t know the exact source of the leak.

According to the local disaster council, Aruba will not be affected by this recent spill, because the oil patches are drifting away from the island’s shores.

The damage of the previous spill in Trinidad & Tobago is still visible on the north coast of the island.

Local organizations had to pitch in to clean up the oil spill on the beach. The total cost to restore the beach up to where it is now is over $300.000. This includes cleaning materials, paying public workers to help clean and the revenue lost from the national park and boca prins restaurant due to being forced to close for over 3 weeks.

The expense report will be delivered at the government in order to send a claim for the company responsible for the spill.



Update About New Fishing Legislation

The local fishermen are trying to reverse a legislation that the department of nature and environment proposed a few weeks ago, banning the killing or damaging of various different animals and plants.

They are upset because the legislation alsl bans the capture of grouper, sharks, conch, sea stars, coral and Caribbean spiny lobster to name a few fish species.

According to fishermen a regulation on the fishing is better than banning. They would rather deal with fishing regulations, for example restricted fishing in certain zones, the amount of fish caught, the size and gender. Since it’s banned now to capture Caribbean spiny lobster, you’re next lobster on the island might be imported.

Local fishermen tried to undo the legislation by organizing a signature campaign and wrote a letter directed the government, however they still haven’t changed the minds of those in charge of disapproving the law.

Expect them to still try to save their profession and bread and butter with different further action against the government. 




A New Government

A coalition has finally been formed after almost a month since the government elections.

The coalition is going to be formed by 3 political parties, which one of them (MEP, a traditional party) has the majority of votes, but not enough to govern the island by themselves.

During a press conference all 3 leaders signed an agreement with the important issues they will focus on.

The list of priorities include: integrity and applying good governance protocols, restoring Aruba’s debt and solving social issues on the island. Other priorities of this coalition is lowering the retirement age, creating more sustainable projects, combating crime on the island, improve the island’s healthcare system, investing in education and creating more job opportunity are among the points that they will work on.

Now that a coalition has been formed, the next step needs to be taken, which is screening the members of the political parties to find out who will be in charge of different sectors like the economy, education, public health, energy, tourism, justice and infrastructure.

Aruba Art Fair 2017

History will be made in the main streets of San Nicolas as local and international artist transform several buildings with murals during “Aruba art fair 2017”.

The art fair is a 3 day event with a main purpose of exhibiting and selling art made by local and international artists.  

Not only is the goal to exhibit and sell art, but also to create awareness and educational art programs for kids to stimulate their talents.

It’s also great opportunity to see how the artist create murals from start to finish.

Over 10.00 people visited the art fair last year. This year promises to be bigger with more art, activities, contests and street performances.

The art fair will be on November 24 – 26, 2017 in the main streets of San Nicolas.

If you want to find and buy art made by local artists in Aruba, this is the place to be.

There’s also going to be a photography contest titled “Nature & Faces”. Judges will select 5 pictures out of all the submissions and the winners will be displayed during the art fair.



Bucuti Receives Award

A popular luxury and lifestyle travel magazine named Condé Nast Traveler recently announced Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort as one of the top 40 hotels in the Caribbean.

Over 300.000 Condé Nast readers casted their votes for the best traveler experiences and Bucuti received more than enough thumbs up to be nominated among the list of great hotels.

“Thank you to all our distinguished guests who voted Bucuti & Tara for being among the best resort in the Caribbean” said the GM of the hotel during an interview after receiving the good news.

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is an adult only resort and is a perfect place to stay if you’re in looking for a special getaway. There’s even a restaurant called Elements that has one of the most romantic settings to have a beachside dinner in Aruba.

Bushiri Hotel Dismantlement Bushiri

After many years of not being in use, the old bushiri hotel on L.G Smith Boulevard is finally being dismantled.

The contractors in charge of dismantling bushiri closed off the area with fences since the government announced the project about a month ago.

Step by step they are bringing down the building with the help of heavy machinery and equipment.

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The hotel is being dismantled step by step.

Bushiri hotel has been a ruin for over decades already, but it’s time for this old hotel to go. The government is going to turn this area into a public beach and recreational area.

Due to the works being done on bushiri beach there can be a lot of dust in this area.

It will take between 6 and 7 weeks to dismantle the building and clean up the area. 

High Season for Cruise Ships

High season for cruise ships in Aruba started this week as 5 ships were docked at the same time at the port this week.

More than 10.000 cruise passengers were shopping in the downtown area, spending the day at the beach and exploring the island by jeep tour.

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5 ships docked in the port, lots of tourist.

Having so much cruise passengers and ships docked at the same time on the island is a record breaker in terms of tourism. However, this is only the start of high season, so there’s going to be more cruise ships coming in the following months.

Expect the downtown area to be a bit busier than usual when the ships docked. If you want to rent a car in Aruba, send me an email and ask me for a car rental quotation.

Tourism Oriented Police

The Aruba tourism board started a Tourism Oriented Police unit, which is an visibility team focusing on safety for visitors in the area of downtown area.

TOP will be dispatched when there’s a large amount of visitors in the main street, in order to provide protection and assistance in case of any emergency.

Area’s that will be patrolled by the TOP are the cruise port, royal plaza, L.G Smith Boulevard, surfside beach, linear park and the central bus station.





Hadicurari Seafood Culinary Fest

Hadicurari restaurant is organizing another culinary secret fest.

This time guests will experience a mixture of seafood appetizers, main courses and wine.

The Chef at Hadicurari handpicked the best of what seafood has to offer and came up with some outstanding arrangements for the upcoming culinary fest.

He shared some tidbits about the menu – it starts with oysters. Followed by tataki,sashimi and sushi. And ending the fest with delicious cod filets, mussel, lobster, scampi, shrimp and a seafood paella!

The seafood fest is on October 27, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Seats are limited, if you’re on the island sign up quick!

Hadicurari is located between Marriott Surf Club and Moomba beach.

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Aruba celebrates its culinary heritage during the month of October with a “Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Week”.

This is a culinary event with over 65 participating restaurants.

Every restaurant will present their top local Aruban dishes (lunch and dinner) for reasonable prices. The dishes are priced as following: $15.00 for two course lunches and three course dinners for $30.00 or $40.00.

The event starts today, October 1, 2017 until October 21, 2017. If you’re on the island during the month of October, be sure to get a taste of locally inspired dishes by the best restaurants on the island.

You don’t need a special pass or voucher to attend this event – just visit your favorite restaurant that’s participating in the eat local program and enjoy a local dish on their menu.

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eat local in Aruba during October 2017.

Aruba Reef Care Project

Aruba reef care foundation is organizing their annual reef care project.

The goal of ARCF is to make the public aware on the importance to protect and keep the beaches in Aruba clean. They also want to establish a marina management system in the future.

Originally known as “Aruba underwater Reef Clean Up”, they have been unifying people that love Aruba to protect the island’s marine environment since 1994.

The beach clean up is today (October 1, 2017) and it’s the 23rd time ARCF is organizing the reef clean up event.

They kicked off the reef care project since March 2017 by educating the kids with presentations and lectures of Aruba marine life. An estimated 3.000 primary and secondary students were reached through the lectures by the ARCF. All schools were asked to adopt a beach that they will clean up during the year, in an effort to get the kids involved in conserving and protecting our pristine beaches.

The rest of the community and visitors have been informed about the importance of keeping our beaches clean with pamphlets and flyers all over the island (including hotels).

Volunteers will clean up the beaches starting from the northwestern point all the way to baby beach and the most southern part of the island. This includes in the back of California Lighthouse, Arashi, Boca Catalina, Malmok, Hadicurari, Palm Beach, Eagle Beach, Surfside, Mangel Halto, Baby Beach, Grapefield and Boca Grandi.

Divers will be cleaning the popular dive sites on the island.

At the end of the day all volunteers will get a certificate and have many chances to win different prizes.

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a group of volunteers cleaning up the beach.

Forming a Government After Election

The elections in Aruba are over, and none of the political parties received the majority of votes by the locals to govern the island alone.

In order to form a government between different parties, the Governor of Aruba had to meet with the different leaders of political parties to explore the available options to form a coalition.

The governor also consulted with the president of the parliament, president of the central bank of Aruba, chamber of commerce, and ex-Governor (Fredis Refunjol) for their point of view on the current situation and which parties they think should form a coalition.

After the meetings between different leaders in Aruba, there were priorities that were shared by the different parties and that were also important to the Governor.  For example, reducing debts, lowering the costs of products on the island, improving elderly care, reducing the age for pension and introducing good governance in the parliament (these are a few priorities in the list of many others).

But before a new government is formed, the Governor has to appoint a person as the “informador”. Which has been done this week, a well known lawyer on the island (Jacobus Andries Swaen).

His first findings are scheduled to be reported by the end of next week.

A New Government

In Aruba the government is formed by “asientos” – there are 21 asientos (21 seats in the parliament) and for a political party to govern alone, they have to have the majority of asientos, which is 11.

However, the results of the asientos of the latest elections are: AVP 9 – Mep 9 – POR 2 and RED 1, which means no party can govern alone, only by forming a coalition.

Both leaders of the biggest political parties (AVP & MEP) said they don’t want to work together.

The leader of MEP doesn’t want to govern with AVP, because they have different visions and priorities. MEP is willing to negotiate with RED and POR to form a possible government.

According to the leader of MEP they will be a innovative government that will reduce our debts, strengthen our economy in the future, invest in our education, reduce the crime rate on the island and make locals and visitors their main concern and priority.




Arikok and UvA Sign Mou

Aruba’s national park Arikok signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Aruba (UvA).

The president of the park and the director of the UvA signed the agreement in a local fashion under a tree at hofi shon shoco at Arikok.

The MoU offers the students the chance to internship at Arikok. This gives students a much better understanding on how to go about preserving nature in real life.

Students with a scientific degree will research ways to conserve the flora and fauna in Arikok. These investigations that are soon to take place by the UvA students are of much importance in the conservation of nature on the island.

The academic department of UvA will guide and supervise the progress of the students.

“A partnership between Arikok and UvA is fundamental if we want to continue to conserve the nature of Aruba in the 21st century” said the president of the national Park.

Heat Wave Like Weather in Aruba

The director of the meteorology department advised the community of a heat wave last week during a press conference, caused by the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean.

After another public announcement this week, he says that the same situation applies for the rest of this week.

Although the breeze is back again, the weather is still very hot during the day and at night.

In certain area’s of the island, where there’s less wind, the temperatures seem to be higher than normal.

If you’re on the island and rather seek shade at the beach than sit in a well air conditioned environment, remember to use sunscreen lotion between the hours that the sun is the hottest (that’s between 10:00 AM and 16:00 PM).

Drink lots of water and seek shade as much as possible.




Aruba Endurance Festival

After their inaugural triathlon event last year,  the organizers of this sporting event will kick off another one on October 22, 2017.

Endurance festival is a 3 day event which includes a food and music event, seminars and a main triathlon challenge.

This year the event has been expanded with more activities, like Fit Ville Caribbean (CrossFit Games), Aruba Kids Splash & Dash and a 5km Run-Walk.

The main race will be held in the downtown area, Oranjestad. Different races that are available for registration are half-triathlon, half-triathlon relay, sprint triathlon and sprint-triathlon relay.

Registration closes on October 20, 2017. If you want to register visit their website

St. Maarten Thanks Red Cross Aruba

Red Cross Aruba received tremendous support from the local Aruban community which donated first necessity items to those affected by the hurricane in St.Maarten.

With the help of locals, organizations, schools, hotels, restaurant, wholesalers and supermarkets the red cross managed send the island of St. Maarten: canned food, water, rice, pampers, ensure drinks, toilet paper, strollers, car seats, baby food, clothes, hygiene products, and many more first necessity items.

Over 20 red cross volunteers have been dispatched to St.Maarten to help and they will be the ones who will receive these items and distribute them to those in need.

This week a dozen more volunteers  will be going to St.Maarten in order to provide further assistance.

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New Algae Pilot Plant

The government officially opened a pilot plant near the refinery to cultivate algae on the island.

The project is a sustainable one, also innovative and commercially good for Aruba, because the algae market is a 100 billion dollar market, which can potentially grow our economy.

According to the strategic adviser of the pilot plant, the project is still in its first phase.

This means that they are currently investigating which type of algae is the best to cultivate in Aruba.

Most likely they will be growing a micro algae called spirulina arubensis.

This type of algae is not easily visible to the eye and can easily be grown during the whole year in Aruba using carbon dioxide.

The next step of the project is to optimize the cultivation process, to maximize the amount of algae that can be produced within a specific period.

The first batch of algae will be sold and used by local businesses that are interested.

After they scale up the production of algae, they will start exporting the end product internationally.




Watch Out For Fake 100 Guilder Bills

The central bank of Aruba made a public service announcement to warn the public that there are fake 100 guilder bills in circulation on the island.

It’s important that locals as well as visitors take notice of these fake bills, and know the difference to spot them right away.

According to management of central bank of Aruba, the fake 100 guilder bills are easy to spot, if you know what to look for.

The main difference between a real and fake 100 guilder bill is the quality of paper used to make these counterfeit bills and the green which is not identical.

You can also spot a fake 100 guilder bill by checking out the serial number, if the serial numbers are 0822322538 and 0836336552 they’re fake.

False 100 guilder bills don’t have a watermark, and the logo from central bank Aruba isn’t visible.

When you hold a real 100 guilder bill against the light you notice a divi divi tree or watapana tree, however the fake bills have these trees directly printed on the paper bill.

If you get caught counterfeiting money in Aruba, you can get a prison sentence of up to 9 years.

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Fake 100 guilder bill.

Gas Price on the Rise

The price of gasoline and diesel increased again on September 13, 2017.

Gasoline is now 5,4 cents more expensive – 183 cents per liter ($1.00 is valued at 1,75 Aruban Florins – 175 cents).

Diesel will now cost you 147.6 cents per liter – an increase of 6 cents.

If you’re renting a car, take note of these changes for the price for petrol into consideration for gas money budget.

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New Office For Refinery Of Aruba

Refinery of Aruba makes some major moves by establishing their own office in San Nicolas, close to the refinery.

It’s the first time in over 75 years that the government and local people own the refinery.

The name of the company is RDA (refenaderia di Aruba) and the government is leasing the refinery to citgo to boost our economy.

There’s different departments in the RDA office, such as fuel marketing and supply Aruba, Aruba Safety Council, department of labor and government.

The new office gives locals who want to work in the refinery to easily apply for jobs.

There’s already over 500 people working in the refinery at the moment.

During the last couple of weeks 39 more locals have been hired for different positions like unit supervisors, area maintenance supervisor, shift supervisor, administration, and other technical functions.

At the moment engineers are busy with inspection of the all the machinery in the refinery, before they partially startup the refinery.


New Office For Public Ministry

The minister of justice officially opened a new building for the department of public ministry.

They nicknamed the new office for the public ministry “safe house”.

The safe house is considered as a new system of working to combat crime on the island, but it’s also the “house” where all the departments that work together to combat crime are located.

According to Aruba’s general prosecutor they got the concept and method of combating crime from the Netherlands.

The new system for the safe house is to focus on people who break the law, domestic violence, youths that show violent tendencies, people with mental issues and people who have already been detained once.

Moving Into The New Hospital

Aruba’s hospital got expanded with two new buildings, which are ready to use, but the patients need to be transferred from existing hospital building to the new ones.

That’s why all nurses are following series of training to successfully transfer all patients from the existing hospital the new ones.

The staff at the hospital have to learn the correct way to transport different type patients.

They trained different scenarios, like entering and exiting the elevators, testing out the new nurse calling system, figure.out how the new beds work and how to receive patients in the new emergency rooms to name a few of the long checklist that they have to cover before actually making the move.

According to a manager the nurse training sessions are to make sure that the staff gets used to the new buildings, get orientated with all departments and rooms and to introduce them to a new method of working.

The difference between the two new buildings and the existing one is that the new buildings are bigger and more spacious and have newer equipment.

Because the buildings are spacious, the distance between patients and nurses are are bigger. This means that the nurses also have to get used to and practice to get to the patients as soon as possible.

Before the end of 2017 all patients will be transferred to the new hospital buildings and the existing one will be renovated.




Funding Dog Sterilization Campaigns

Stimami steralisami (which means if you love me, sterilize me) is a organization that helps other foundations with the sterilization of stray cats and dogs in Aruba and they received good news from their sponsors.

They have been funding the costs to sterilize these stray animals for about 2 years now since they started their awareness campaign in 2015.

The main sponsors for stimami steralisami during these 2 years have been Aruba Tourism Authority, Aruba Tourism Product Enhancement Fund and Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort.

They recently announced that they will be continue to support the efforts of stimami steralisami to stop the stray animal situation in Aruba.

Since stimami steralisami opened its doors they already sterilized 4.500 dogs and cats.

Their goal is to sterilize 11.000 stray animals within 5 years.

Ley Seco in Aruba

The government approved a temporary law on government election day –  supermarkets and bars can’t sell alcohol during election period.

This law is known locally known as “ley seco”.

Ley seco officially starts on September 21, 2017 until September 23, 2017.

All bars and supermarkets that are located inland are prohibited to sell alcohol to locals.

Some bars are even forced to close, because they only sell alcohol. Supermarkets are allowed to stay open, but they have to close the alcohol section.

Places that have exceptions to sell alcohol are restaurants, mini markets and bars within the low and high rise area.

Ley seco doesn’t count for visitors, so you can buy alcohol at supermarkets like price smart, superfood, ling & sons with no problems during ley seco.




The Fight To Protect Nature

Since the government announced that 16 areas around the island will be protected by Arikok, they only made one of these 16 areas officially under the protection of the national park.

To get more areas under the protection of Arikok, the organization Aruba bird life conservation sent 2 petitions to sit with the government and discuss the status of the rest of the 6 nature area’s that should be protected by national park Arikok.

According to the director of Aruba bird life conservation they made the first petition on July 4, 2017 and the second on August 23, 2017.

However, they haven’t heard a response yet from the government….

I am sure the government has our nature at mind, because without it Aruba wouldn’t be this beautiful. But with the current elections, the government is distracted by the current  political campaigns and their focus is different.

After the election which is (September 22, 2017) is when all other priorities, such as the areas still needed to be officially announced under protection of Arikok.

According to ABC, these 16 areas are very important to Aruba for many reasons, as well as locally and internationally.

For example the mangroves are important for birds during migration.

The government made plenty positive choices after voting to protect these 16 nature areas. For example, they stopped destroying nature areas around the island and are more green conscious.

Aruba bird life conservation also received support by the locals by getting got over 11.000 signatures to protect these nature areas.

The only area officially protected by Arikok at the moment is spaans lagoen.

Charity Dinner At Tango Argentine Grill

Local artist Edith Mensonides and the chef at tango Argentine grill are preparing a delicious charity lunch paired with wines called “taste of art”.

Edith Mensonides is a local artist who specializes in abstract and figurative paintings.

She will be decorating and painting plates for everyone attending the charity lunch as a memory.

You’re invited to attend the charity lunch on September 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM – 15:00 PM.

The menu for the taste of art charity lunch, is an appetizer of escargots, green shell mussels with lemon sauce and cherry tomatoes.

Followed by salmon, croutons and cream cheese.

For the main dish, one can enjoy a savory land and sea plate, served with halibut, steak, sweet mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables and gravy.

There’s going to be chocolate and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

The price for taste of art culinary experience is $60.00 plus 15% service charge.

All the profit of the charity lunch will be donated to an elderly home in Aruba, called SABA.

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Free WiFi in Downtown Area

The government started a new project to install free WiFi in the downtown area.

During a press conference in the main street, the prime minister introduced the new WiFi project. The press, minister of economy, the president of Oranjestad business improvements were present during the ceremony.

The vision of the prime minister is to make the downtown area digital – adding offers, deals, promotions available via websites and apps. According to him, the new WiFi project connects good with the vision they have for commerce in the main street.

WiFi is going to be free for locals and visitors in the downtown area, this includes entire Caya Betico Croes and Plaza Daniel Leo.

The government partnered with Setar (a local phone provider) to install WiFi in the main street.

With the new WiFi project the prime minister hopes to attract more people to visit the downtown area.

According to the prime minister the downtown area of Aruba has a bright and positive future, because of the recently renovated main street and the addition of new technology in the form of WiFi.

The prime minister also explained his vision for the downtown area during his speech, for example transforming the second floors of certain stores into apartments and condominiums.

He also wants to add more restaurants and bars to attract more people to the downtown area.

There’s aso plans to add colorful canopy style cloths to provide shade in the downtown area and music provided by surround systems.

Restoring Important Church Document

20 years of historical documents from the protestant church in Oranjestad are going to be restored.

The department of national archives started a project named “20 years of Protestantism”.

It all started when the national archives of Aruba decided to restore all the archives of the protestant church in the downtown area.

They are going to be restoring documents dating back to 1822 (about 195 years old), which totals about 154 boxes full of papers.

The restoration project has 2 goals – first to educate the public on how important it is to value and conserve documents that are part of our history, culture and heritage.

They also want to successfully restore the all the church documents and conserve them for many more years.

The project is funded by Prins Bernhard Culture Fund Caribbean, which will buy all the materials necessary to restore the old documents.

After they restore the documents, they will be place them into a digital format.

Expect an exposition of all the restored protestant church documents as soon as they are finished.  




Update About CITGO

Engineers and contractors are performing a crucial part of the start up phase this month in the refinery.

Last week they started inspection of all the machinery in the refinery.

The inspections are being done by an international contractor called YTT, which is an association of Technip France and Y&V Engineering and Construction.

During the next months they have to complete the inspection of the plant successfully, to find out which equipment are in good conditions and which ones not.

They will be repairing all equipments that are of high priority and order parts that take a long time to deliver.

All works are on schedule, within a few short years the refinery should be completely rehabilitated and running as a up-grader for crude oil.

Local Fishermen Concerned

Aruba’s local fishermen are concerned with a new law that the department of environment wants to implement.

The law that has these fishermen concerned is the banning of catching various species of fishes.

After hearing the news, the department of agriculture and local fishermen organization hadicurari also don’t agree with the new law, because they weren’t involved in the decision to create the list of endangered fish species.

Management of hadicurari had a meeting with the president from the department of environment to discuss the new rules they plan to implement.

The result of the meeting was that the law hasn’t been approved by the government yet, so the law isn’t official yet.

Local fishermen want a meeting with the prime minister, to demand that the department of environment sit with them to consult and ask for advice to create a fair list of endangered fish species that will be protected.


Aruba Helps St. Maarten

The government sends members of red cross and the military to give a helping hand to those affected by hurricane Irma.

They will be giving assistance at shelters, ambulances, elderly homes and hospitals.

All red cross volunteers form part of the national intervention team and have different expertise like, vulnerability capacity assessment, psycho-social support, water and sanitation team and emergency medical technicians.

The military will stop people from looting and give assistance and order where necessary.

Hurricane Irma caused enormous damage to St. Maarten, and reportedly left over 10 people dead.

Locals in Aruba also gave a massive helping hand by donating food, clothing, kids toys and other necessary products.

A total of 67 dialysis patients from St. Maarten have came to Aruba by plane to receive proper care, because the hospitals have been partially destructed.

Practically every building has been destroyed during hurricane Irma, there’s also nearly no communication possible at the moment in St. Maarten.

Kiosk Owners Are Concerned

Kiosk owners near the central bus station are concerned about their chances for moving to the newly constructed kiosk area near the cruise terminal.

The government didn’t inform the kiosk owners when they will move into the new kiosks since construction has been completed.

They are concerned that the government will transfer the new kiosk to other people, which wouldn’t be fair.

So, what’s the hold up with the opening of the new kiosk?

One of the representatives of the kiosk owners explained that they reached out to the prime minister and other concerning departments, but haven’t heard any reply from them as of yet.

According to the kiosk owners they have been living like nomads, because they have been relocated numerous times during the years.

According to the government, the newly built kiosks are still closed, because they still have to finish up on contracts and paper works before they open them.




Law Against Expired Products

The government just approved a new law that will give the department of public health more authority while they regulate products in supermarkets.

With the introduction of this new law, workers of the department of public health have more flexibility and authority to apply sanctions against supermarkets who don’t make use of proper packaging or sell expired products.

The issue before the introduction of the new law was that when a auditor from the department of health recognizes a expired product in the supermarket, they can’t take it off the shelf if the product still has a label on it.

Another issue that the department of public health had was to take measures against product that have been recalled. Because supermarket vendors (especially Chinese stores) remove the serial numbers from products and when a certain product gets recalled, it’s hard to recognize it and take it out the market.

Now it’s possible for auditors to take action.

They can now identify and stop the circulation and elimination of expired products in supermarkets on the island.

New changes in the law include that it’s not possible for supermarkets to promote expired products, or sell products without their original packaging.

If the language on the packaging of a product is not common in Aruba, a label (in English, Papiamento, Spanish or Dutch) containing additional information about the origin of the product and who imported it has to be added.

It’s also not allowed to alter the label or expiration date of any product without a valid reason.

According to the minister of public health the new law will take effect in 2018.

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Air Navigation Services Aruba

This week Aruba’s airport inaugurated a new radar system to regulate air traffic.

All guests that were present for the revealing of the radar system got a glimpse of the new air traffic surveillance system on two big screens in the control tower.

This new radar system has advanced features that standard radars don’t have and it’s the only one in the Caribbean and Latin America.

According to the director of air navigation services Aruba, the new radar system will bring more security in our air traffic.

It also gives the air traffic controllers more tools to safely guide and allocate more planes, even during high season.

The project started in 2015, when local air traffic controllers went to Spain to follow courses on how to work with the new radar system.

In 2016 they started installation of the new system at the airport after signing a contract with the manufacturer of the radar.

During the month of May 2017 management started with theoretical lessons, management and supervision of the radar.

In the following months all local air traffic controllers will be receiving extra lessons and trainings by a certified professional.

At the end of January 2018 all local air traffic controllers will be certified to work with the radar system.


New Orthopedagogy Clinic Aruba

This week the minister of justice officially opened the new orthopedagogy clinic.

After several years of planning and construction, the new clinic is finally opened.

During his opening speech, the minister of justice explained that the clinic is a benefit to the community, because it’s the only place where youths who have social, mental and emotional issues and who form a risk to the community can go for help.

The new clinic is opened in the district of Dakota.

Accident At Natural Pool

Yesterday a man drowned at one of Aruba’s most popular attraction conchi (natural pool).

The police received a call that someone was in trouble at the natural pool.

When the police arrived at the scene, they found a man with no signs of life.

After a doctor arrived, they confirmed that this man drowned during swim at the natural pool.

At first it wasn’t clear who the man was, but after investigation, the man turned out to be a local born in 1970.

The exact reason why drowned isn’t clear, because the police didn’t release any information.

So why would I publish this news about natural pool.

Take this a warning to be cautious and alert when visiting the natural pool or any other beaches near the rough coasts of the island

Because the natural pool isn’t dangerous by itself, but if one is careless, accident can happen

Don’t do anything dangerous in these areas and always pay attention to your surroundings, and take care of yourself when visiting the natural pool.

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Renovating Centro Deportivo Libertador Betico Croes

The outside of one of the oldest sport centers in Aruba (located in the district of santa cruz) received fresh new paint job.

Lotto Aruba (the island’s lotto company) worked together with Aruba sports union and sponsored to paint the outside of this historic sports center and repair certain area’s of the walls that have deteriorated over time.

The sport center is dedicated to Aruba’s ex minister who fought for the island’s status aparte (special status).

At this venue different sport events have been organized, from fighting sports, to basketball, volley and ping pong.

The sports center is frequently used and maintaining it is essential.

Aruba’s lottery foundation (Lotto Aruba) supports sports on the island, they do this by sponsoring teams, renovating sport centers and also creating new places to play sports.

Ready For Elections

The census bureau printed and sent poll cards to all registered voters on the island.

A total of 69.803 poll cards have been sent over to the local post office in Oranjestad to be handed out all over the island.

According to the director of the census bureau, they are already received some poll cards back, because the voters probably moved to another address (or don’t live on the island any more, but still are registered in the system from the census bureau).

Everyone who is registered to vote also received a flyer along with their polling cards, which indicate all the rules and steps while in the voting booth to avoid invalid votes.

If you live on the island and are going to vote, remember to take your polling card with you and your identification.




Rituals in Aruba

There’s a new store on the island where you can buy home and body cosmetics.

It’s called rituals, a popular European store that sells a variety of scented candles, make up, creams, lotions and bath products.

The store is located in the downtown area (near plaza daniel leo), which can easily be reached with a free ride in the electric streetcar.

Lawsuit Against Company That Caused Oil Spill

The government started a lawsuit against the company who caused the oil spill.

All the organizations that helped clean up the oil spill have to make an expense report and deliver it to the government.

The expense report was scheduled to be finished on September 1, 2017 – but the government hasn’t received the report yet, so they can’t finalize the claim.

During a recent press conference, the minister of economic affairs explained that the expense report has to be revised before sending the final version of it, so it may take a while before they can continue with the lawsuit.

The beaches on the north coast of the island that have been affected by the oil spill are looking great again, however some areas still have some oil patches that are visible on the beach and coves.

According to an international company (oil spill response limited) that was hired to examine the oil spill, no one should try to remove any tar balls on the beach without the proper protection, because they can be toxic.

Funds For Developing Aruba

During a meeting in the parliament the government decided to allocate more money from a special fund called FDA (fondo desaroyo Aruba) – to invest into the betterment of quality of the departments within government.

For example the department of taxes, sustainability projects, safety projects, make certain education material digital and protection of our coral reefs are among the projects that the government wants to invest in.

A total of 9 million dollars is available, which of 5 million has been sponsored by the dutch government and the rest by the local government.

Green Corridor Bridge Finally Done

The bridge in spaans lagoen has finally been opened this week.

With the blessings of a pastor and cutting of the ribbon by the prime minister, everyone welcomed the new bridge into official opening.

With the help of elite productions (a local sound and lighting company) the bridge was turned into a concert arena with performances by local bands and a special guests band from Curacao.

The bridge will be available to drive on tomorrow (September 4, 2017).

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Drilling For Gas & Petroleum

The minister of energy announced that they will be drilling for gas and petroleum in 2018.

It all started 7 years ago in 2010 when the current government first conceived the idea to explore gas and petroleum under Aruba’s water.

In 2011 the government approved certain laws so they can work with other partners in this project.

Then the government successfully signed a product sharing contract with a company named repsol.

In 2012 the government signed a mou with a dutch energy company that would give them technical and economical advise.

Since then they have been doing seismic activity research under Aruba’s waters.

After all the research the government decided to start digging a well in 2017. In 2018 they will start drilling and exploring the well.

All partners including repsol will be investing 50 million dollars in exploring gas and petroleum in Aruba.

They will be exploring 4 areas in Aruba’s waters, beginning with the first one they nicknamed “bon bini” (meaning welcome in English).




Walking Tours Monument Day

Get to know the oldest district of Aruba during international monument day.

On September 9 – 10, 2017 you have the chance to get to know the oldest district of Aruba named – Rancho

Walk through the hanchis (alleys) of Rancho, also known as the origin of fishermen on Aruba in the 1980’s.

If you want to do something unique, take part of this tour that goes through alleys of rancho with a knowledgeable tour guide.

There are two tours on both days – starting at 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM and 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM.

Tours start at J.G Emanstraat 9, in the downtown area.

Entrance is completely free!

Citgo Upgrader 2019

At the end of 2019 the refinery must function as a full fledged upgrader.

Citgo recently gave an update about their plans for the refinery of Aruba.

During a press conference management explained their plans for start up sequence and human resources for the coming months and years.

This month (September, 2017) they will start inspecting the facilities around the refinery.

They are also building a man camp to house all the expats that will be working in the refinery. At the end of October 2017 a total of 400 rooms will be constructed and at the end of 2017 there will be a total of 1500 rooms available for expats.

The government signed a contract with citgo, following a 80/20 policy, where 80% of workers have to be locals and the rest can be expats.

The plan is for the refinery to partially startup at the end of 2018 and transformed into a full fledged upgrader in the end of 2019.

Downtown Area Temporarily Closed For Innovation

The downtown area will be temporarily closed for vehicles starting September 4, 2017.

Reason being that the department of public works is going to be removing tiles from the main street to install WiFi cables and surround sound installations.

They will start at the beginning of the main street, which is near la linda store and move to the end of the main street.

All works will take place from 8:00 AM in the morning until 4:00 PM for 6 weeks long.

The department of public works apologizes for any inconvenience.

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Bushiri Beach Resort

Bushiri resort is finally being dismantled.

Both the prime minister of Aruba and the minister of infrastructure expressed their gratitude during a ceremony for the dismantlement of bushiri beach resort.

You may be wondering what the government is going to build here now….

There’s plenty of rumors going around that a new hotel and mall will be constructed in this area, but the truth is that the government plans on making it a public beach with a recreational area for sports, art and culture.

The dismantlement of bushiri beach resort brings up a lot of memories for locals and visitors who remember the good old times at bushiri beach resort (and mambo beach).

The government gave the company in charge to dismantle the bushiri beach resort 55 days to complete the job.

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Aruba beach resort in its glory days.

Green Corridor

Green corridor project is delayed, new deadline is November 15, 2017.

The green corridor project should of been finished on August 14, 2017. However, the company in charge of the project (ODINSA C.C.) ran into some issues, delaying the project.

The delay started when a contractor damaged an underground 60 KV electric cable from elmar (electric company).

Elmar had to fix the cable, which took over a month and all works on the green corridor had to be put on hold. However, the good news is that the green corridor project is in the final phase.

Once the new bridge is open for traffic, the existing bridge next to the new one will be converted into an area where locals can walk and cycle on.

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This is how it’s going to look!

CITGO ARUBA

The sanctions against Venezuela by the trump administration doesn’t have any negative effect for citgo in Aruba.

President Trump imposed economic sanctions on Venezuela recently.

One may think that these sanctions may have a negative effect on the refinery situation, since CITGO is partly from Venezuela.

However, the minister of economy mentioned during a speech that presidents Trumps sanctions against Venezuela will not hinder the rehabilitation of the refinery of Aruba.




Red Cross Aruba

Red Cross Aruba celebrated 60 years of existence with a health day.

Red cross Aruba celebrated their anniversary by doing what they do best – helping the community.

The health day was a successful one with the contribution of different organizations (Mary Joan Foundation & Wilhelmina Kankerfonds).

Anyone who wanted to know the state of their health at the moment was welcome.

A health bus was one site with doctors that offered free examinations (blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar, weight and help with other medical issues).

Animal Protection List

The government is creating a list of protected animals and trees.

Aruba has made what the dutch call a “landsbesluit” (country decision) to protect various species of flora and fauna o the island.

For example, the famous divi divi tree on eagle beach that has been photographed millions of times also belongs to the lists of protected flora and fauna.

It’s been about a week since the government announced this landsbesluit.

This week the prime minister announced during a press conference that his cabinet will sit with local fishermen to determine which fishes should be added to the list.

In many countries there’s over fishing, however Aruba doesn’t have this problem. However, there’s certain fish species that are special to the island, that we rather not risk losing them (for example the parrot fish, known as gutu between locals).

I will publish this list once the government makes this list public.

Police School

Over 60 new policies have been sworn in the police force.

Aruba’s police received reinforcement from new officers that completed the local police academy.

They had to take an oath to uphold the law in front of the minister of justice and police commissioner.

With the addition of these new policemen and women, the total police force of Aruba has about 700 cops.

Now there’s more blue on the road to protect locals and visitors on paradise..

Congratulations to all the men and women who decided to help and serve the local community.

Kiwanis Club Palm Beach Gives Back

The members of Kiwanis club palm beach did a clean up at a kids playground at surfside beach.

The area near Neptali Henriquez playground is beautiful, but the amount of grass has obstructed the view of surfside beach.

That’s why the members of Kiwanis club of palm beach approached the owners of neptali park to help clean up the area, and they accepted the invitation with open arms.

The beach area near the playground is clean and the view to the beach is beautiful!

The idea behind it is called “hand on project”, but the goal wasn’t only to clean up the beach, also to inspire new ideas for activities for youths on the playground.

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Hands on clean up at surf side beach.

Aruba International Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Aruba Tourism Authority is organizing a professional golf tournament at tierra del sol golf course.

On August 25 – 26, 2017 there’s going to be an international pro-am golf tournament on the prestigious golf course of tierra del sol.

The golf tournament is popular among golfers from latin america, united states, Europe.

It’s going to be the 23rd time that Aruba is hosting this pro-am golf tournament.  

A total of 28 teams will be participating this year (one team consists of 5 players, 1 professional and 4 amateurs).

Different countries will be represented during the tournament – from Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Curacao, Netherlands. Curacao, UK, Venezuela and of course Aruba also.




U-17 Women Soccer

Aruba’s women soccer team will be participating in a competition to classify for a place in the FIFA U-17 (under 17 years old) championship.

The team will be travelling to St.Lucia to represent Aruba in a classifying FIFA competition.

According to team captain (Isabelle Netto,) they started training 2 times a week since the month of March. They not only got physical training, but also had to prepare mentally for the upcoming matches.

They have to win all their games in St.Lucia to qualify for a chance to participate in the FIFA championships in 2018.

The minister of public health and sports was at the airport to wish the girls all the best.

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Aruba’s girls soccer team.

New Slot Machines At Marriot Stelaris Casino

Marriott stellaris casino just received two new slot machines.

The two new slot machines at Marriott stellaris casino are buffalo grands – they are award winning machines and very popular in casino at las vegas.

Since these two machines have been installed, locals and visitors are liking them, because of the payouts. The new slot machines offer multiple progressive payouts starting at $10.000 and other bonuses.

Within a week of being installed, slot players already managed to make the machine pay out!

However, no one won the big progressive jackpot as of yet, which is over $12.000 at the moment.

If you want to win the big bucks, you need to wager at least $3 per spin of the buffalo grands golden reels.

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Protecting Aruba’s Flora & Fauna

A new law that protects our flora and fauna has been introduced on August 15, 2017.

The new law forms part of the nature protection regulation created in 1955.

It protects animals and trees that are nearly in extension and those that have ecological value.

The new book that covers all the animals and trees that are protected was made by different departments that are dedicated to protecting Aruba’s flora and fauna.

Among the list of animals that are now protected are shoco (owl), prikichi (parrot), cascabel (snake), rabbits, Gutu (all types of parrot fish), fofoti tree and stoki (also known as mustard tree).

The fofoti tree is of ecological importance to Aruba, because it’s a tree necessary for other trees and animals in our ecosystem to could survive.

From now on it is prohibited to kill (hurt or cause damage) to these animals and trees on the protections list.

Government vs MIO

The minister of telecommunication started a legal case against MIO to get back the money they are owed.

It wasn’t too long ago that the minister of telecom decided to shut down MIO’s network, leaving the customers without service –  because the company owed the government more than 8 million dollars in licensing fees.

The minister of telecom is now banging on the doors of shareholders and the owners personally to get the 15 million dollars that the government’s own.  

MIO had until July 1, 2017 to pay the debt, but they didn’t follow through, so the government had to shut down their operation within a week after the payment deadline.

The company isn’t operational anymore, but MIO is still responsible for the debts.

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Hyatt Place Airport Hotel

There’s a new hotel being built adjacent to the airport.

It’s called Hyatt Place Hotel.

The hotel is going to have 116 rooms, perfect for guests who are staying on the island a few hours or a day, before continuing their journey.

There’s also going to be a food court, retail shops, casual dining restaurants and car rental facilities.

According to the minister of tourism, 95% of the hotels employees will be locals.

The hotel is a 35 million dollar investment and is projected to finish late 2018.

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31 Years of Korps Politie Aruba

Korps Police Aruba celebrated 31 years of existence on August 16, 2017.

The celebration is dedicated to the police school that was first inaugurated on the August 16, 1986.

The police force celebrated their day with a morning at the church, where they received the blessings from the pastor and were praised for their jobs by the head of the police and minister of justice.

Many more years to Aruba’s police force!


Partial Eclipse on Monday

There’s going to be a solar eclipse visible in Aruba on August 21, 2017.

An eclipse takes place when the sun, moon and earth are in a direct line, however the eclipse that will be seen in Aruba is going to be a partial one.

This means the sun, moon and earth are not exactly lined up, but still has an effect that the sun will appear to have a dark shadow on a small part of its surface.

The partial eclipse will be visible from 2:18 PM until 4:48 PM.

Remember not to look directly into the eclipse without proper protective eye-wear.

Carubbian Festival

The minister of tourism and the board members of Carubbian have been prepping up for the official revamped version of Carubbian Festival.

The concept of Carubbian has been polished and refreshed!

This time around locals and visitors will be entertained with a closer feel of the cultural heritage from san nicolas.

Everyone who visits Carubbian fest will get to know the stories that were the start of the foundation of sunrise city.

The show will be themed “the rising of san nicolas”.

Different places, monuments and stores will be participating in the Carubbian festival to share the districts story.

The kick off for the Carubbian festival is going to be on August 24, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Locals and visitors can walk through the promenade, go to restaurants like O’neill’s Caribbean Kitchen, enjoy artwork and murals made by local artist, pass by the food court to savor some local dishes and enjoy the music and shows presented by different groups on the main stage.

If you’re on the island on August 24, 2017 you should definitely experience this festival to get to know the sunrise city of Aruba.




Love Festival

This year the 4th edition of love festival will be organized.

The event promises good music, good energy, and positive experience on the island.

Love festival attracts thousands of visitors, not only for the musical experience, but also to get to know our island.

Every year the organizers from love festival change their concept, making the festival different each year. 

This years festival is going to have a Caribbean section added to the love and tech stage.

The Caribbean section is going to host various local dj’s and local artist, and carnival bands if you want to listen to local music.

There’s also going to be a entertainment zone and a food village to munch on snacks during the festival.

In addition to the festival itself, you can also enjoy various pool parties and other activities organized by love festival crew.

A total of 19 international DJ’s will be on the island during the festival,10 local DJ’s and 6 musical bands.

The dress code for love festival was always white, and this year is no different.

Love festival will be held during November 1 – 5, 2017, the location is going to be announced on another date by the organizers.

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A Culinary Journey To New India

Renaissance Resorts Aruba presents another pop-up restaurant next week.

The name of the pop up restaurant is “Chaska” and the chefs will be preparing delicious dishes from India, which are characterized for their spicy taste.

Chefs are also going to prepare small bite snacks for all foodies even for those that are vegetarian.  

If you have a sweet tooth you can eat some indian desserts….

The pop up restaurant will be located at the ex carpe diem restaurant (right in front of crystal casino on L.G Smith Boulevard).

You can visit them on August 25 & 26, 2017 starting on 12:00 PM until 10:00 PM.

If you’re on the island next week and are a foodie, you should definitely visit this pop up restaurant.  

Wine Tasting & Food Pairing

Restaurant hadicurari is organizing a wine tasting and food pairing event on August 25, 2017 (from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM).

The event is named culinary secrets – it’s a 3 course wine pairing event which will delight your palate.

It promises to be a nice evening with the best wines paired with 12 different type of cheeses.

Walk ins are not allowed at the culinary secrets event, you have to reserve your spot.

The price is $50.00 per person, plus 15% service charge. For reservations, email [email protected] or call 5862288.

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