HOLLYWOOD, FL–(Marketwire – August 2, 2010) – Families looking for a late summer or fall getaway can indulge in Breezes Curaçao’s wallet-friendly “Curaçao WOW” promotion. Guests visiting the Super-Inclusive resort August 15 through December 15 will enjoy five nights in the Dutch Caribbean and pay for only four, starting at just $580 per person per stay. Children 12 and under stay free with paying adults.
For fun in the sun, Breezes offers a private white-sand beach and three swimming pools. While mom and dad enjoy some peace and quiet, little ones are kept very happy playing with their peers at the resort’s Kids Club. A daily nanny-supervised nursery for infants and toddlers up to 2 years old is also available on a complimentary basis. The inclusive resort also boasts an arcade and professional Circus Workshop for teenage guests and those young at heart, with flying trapeze and juggling lessons.
Those in search of serenity can escape to the tranquility of the on-site Blue Mahoe Spa, where varieties of à la carte treatments are available. For the active among us, Breezes offers guests a myriad of activities including snorkeling, pool volleyball, kayaking, basketball, sailing and more.
Breezes guests also have the opportunity to explore the island and Willemstad with free shuttle service. For an up close look at the island’s wonderful sea life, guests can visit the Curaçao Seaquarium, which is right next door to the resort. Here visitors can see dolphin and sea lion shows, pet a shark and even swim with giant sea turtles.
The all inclusive resort boasts five restaurants, including the beachfront Starlight Grill serving fresh fish, and the outdoor Munasan restaurant, where hibachi chefs cook dinner right in front of you. Breezes’ Bon Bini atmosphere pervades the evening entertainment with live music from resident bands, well-known local entertainers, and plenty of room on the poolside dance floor.
A three paid-night minimum stay is required for the “Kids Stay Free” promotion. When booking five nights or more, guests receive one night free as part of the “Curaçao WOW” offer. Trips must be booked by September 1 and travel is valid August 15 through December 15. To book your vacation at Breezes Curaçao all inclusive resort, please visit www.Breezes.com, call 1-877-BREEZES (273-3937) or contact your local travel agent. You must reference CWOW to receive this offer.
Filed under: Aruba News, Business and Economy, Oil Industry, Press Releases
Valero Energy (VLO) Tuesday said its Aruba refinery may resume operations after completing turnaround maintenance in September if it is profitable to do so.
Operations at Valero’s Benicia, California, refinery will return to full operating rates by late August following about 60 days of unplanned maintenance at a coker unit, the co. said Tuesday. The coker was shut June 19-20 and was originally expected to return to service by early August. Also, work continues to install an emissions-reducing scrubber at the plant; that project will be finished by the end of the year.
Valero will proceed with hydrocracker projects at its St. Charles refinery in Norco, Louisiana, to be completed in late 2013 and at its Port Arthur, Texas, plant that will be completed in late 2012, the co. said Tuesday. The FCCU at St. Charles will be revamped during the 2nd quarter of 2011. Also six coke drums will be replaced at Port Arthur.
And plant-wide turnaround is expected to take place at Valero’s Ardmore, Okla., refinery which will impact 1st quarter 2011 results.
Sunoco Inc. (SUN) Sunday shut the smaller of two FCCUs at its Philadelphia, Pa., refinery for one week of unplanned maintenance to repair a leak, a person familiar with operations at the plant said Monday.
A sulfur recovery unit at Pasadena Refining’s Pasadena, Texas, oil refinery will continue to operate Monday while repairs are made at an associated quench tower, a filing with environmental regulators said. The work to replace a valve at the tower will take approximately 12 hours.
Valero Energy (VLO) Friday reported maintenance at an exchanger in Complex 2 at its Texas City, Texas, oil refinery. The work, at an unspecified unit, started at around 10:00 p.m. Friday and will end at about the same time on Aug. 4, a filing to environmental regulators said.
THE HAGUE–Dutch Government announced on Friday that it has started the reorganisation of the backlog in payments of the Island Territory of St. Eustatius to the general Antillean pension fund APNA.
The amount of the money is NAf. 6,686,652.15, almost 2.3 million euros, and involves the backlog up to and including 2005. The backlog in payments of 2006 and 2007 will also be paid as soon as the Council for Financial Supervision CFT renders a positive advice. The amount for 2006 and 2007 is NAf. 1,384,667 (55,280 euros).
The debts of the Island Territory of Curaçao will also be paid of the Country the Netherlands Antilles, it was announced in a press release issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK on Friday.
The reorganisation of Curaçao’s debts was agreed upon in the most recent Political Steering Group (PSG) meeting on December 9, 2009.
In the near future, an amount of more than NAf. 43 million (some 15.5 million euros) will be paid to Curaçao so the debts of Study Financing Foundation Curaçao SSC, the garbage collection and waste processing company Selikor, the drug rehabilitation foundation FMA, the educational centre Feffik, the road fund Stichting Wegenfonds Curaçao and the bus company Autobusbedrijf Curaçao could be paid.
The Netherlands is reorganising the debts so the new entities, Countries Curaçao and St. Maarten, and the BES islands – Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba – as part of the Dutch Constellation, could start with a clean sheet when the Country the Netherlands Antilles is dismantled October 10, 2010.
As agreed upon in the Final Declaration of November 2006, there are conditions attached to the debt reorganisation, such as financial supervision and good governance codes. State Secretary of Kingdom Relations, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, has ceased payments to Bonaire “because it is unclear whether the island wants to stick to the earlier agreements,” it was stated in the press release.
Bijleveld-Schouten starts a five-day visit to Aruba and Curaçao this Monday. On Monday, she will first visit Aruba where she will meet Governor Fredis Refunjol, several members of the cabinet, Chairman of Parliament Andy Lee and the faction leaders of the political parties. On Tuesday, she meets with Aruba’s Council of Ministers and will visit the Police Force.
On Wednesday, Bijleveld-Schouten will be in Curaçao. The main agenda point during that visit will be the progress of constitutional reform in the Kingdom. On Thursday, there will be a political consultation with the Country the Netherlands Antilles, Curaçao and St. Maarten.
On the agenda of the PSG will be the cooperation of the police forces of the new countries and the corps for the BES islands, as well as the joint facility to combat organised and international crime. Bijleveld-Schouten will return to the Netherlands on Friday.
SAN NICOLAS — The refinery at San Nicolas will become partially operational again. In this, owner and operator Valero wants potential buyer PetroChina to observe the refinery’s operation and its status. The starting up of facilities will take approximately three weeks.
The definite decision on whether the Chinese state-owned oil company will take over the refinery will be made after the observation. Meanwhile, Valero is looking for contract-workers to operate the relevant partial facilities.
It was only last week, when persistent rumors had circulated that Valero and PetroChina had agreed on the sale. Representatives of PetroChina had visited Premier Mike Eman last Thursday. He had indicated that the number of Chinese employees, which PetroChina required ‘was less than anticipated’. He had no indication on the Chinese wishes regarding tax arrangements.
Former-premier Nelson Oduber (MEP) had announced not so long ago that the negotiations with PetroChina had foundered, as the Chinese company had requested the employment of a substantial number of their own workers. In addition, PetroChina had supposedly demanded the same tax advantages and environment exemptions, which Coastal as Valero’s predecessor had enjoyed at the time.
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Just in Time for Summer Vacation: Curaçao Offers $200 Per Person Airfare Rebate, a Free Night’s Hotel Stay
WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Already offering a wealth of savings, the island of Curaçao, the Caribbean’s Hidden Treasure, is making it more cost-effective than ever to travel to the island this summer! By booking travel via the island’s popular Curaçao Now promotion, travelers will now receive an additional $100 per person airfare rebate, a free night during their five night vacation, plus other value-added savings. The deals could not come at a better time as North American travelers gear up for their anticipated summer vacations. But they must book soon in order to enjoy these incredible rates and free offers.
Travelers must book by July 15, 2009 to receive all of these Curaçao Now deals:
* $200 per person credit on airline tickets
* Free night at the 17 participating hotels
* $140 food & beverage credit
* A free dive day
* A free car rental day
* Discounted admission to Curaçao’s many museums
* Half price attractions, tours and transfers
* High value shopping discounts in downtown Willemstad, Curaçao’s capital
Curaçao Now is valid for U.S. and Canadian residents for travel between May 1 to July 1, 2009 and August 15 to December 15, 2009. To book your vacation and learn more about Curaçao Now visit www.curacao.com/now. Visitors can also book through their preferred travel agents.
“Curaçao Now offers consumers the perfect opportunity to travel to our beautiful island at a price point they can afford. It is the ideal travel package for consumers across all categories: Friends, families and couples,” says Brenda Benjamin, Director of Marketing, Curaçao Tourism Board.
With its pristine dive sites, secluded beaches, championship golf and rich local cuisine, Curaçao offers a little something for everyone – from the adventure traveler to those who simply want to unwind (and enjoy its perfect climate). Curaçao boasts an eclectic mix of history and culture, welcoming visitors to this unique island paradise.
Special $199 per night opening rate is available through May 31, 2009
NEW YORK, May 6 /PRNewswire/ — The Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino, the newest full-service, branded resort to open on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao in more than 15 years, has officially opened its luxurious Aqua Spa facility.
The Aqua Spa is an 8,300 square-foot health and wellness center spanning three floors of the resort, which is located on Willemstad’s picturesque historic waterfront and connected to the legendary Rif Fort, a 19th century landmark and UNESCO World Heritage site. The Aqua Spa features a roof top relaxation area and an infinity pool hot tub overlooking the ocean and passing cruise ships.
The Aqua Spa utilizes unique Dutch Caribbean rituals which focus on healing through water, and are based on fundamental traditions of the Curacao’s natives. The spa offers nine treatment rooms, a rain-like Vichy shower, four relaxation terraces, a sauna with ocean views, a cold plunge pool, as well as a rich and varied menu of massages, facials, manicure, pedicure and hair treatments in a state-of-the-art salon. Other stand-out Aqua Spa features include signature wraps and mud treatments, tailored packages and bridal services.
Vacationers can experience the newly opened Aqua Spa in addition to all the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino features while also saving 40 percent off regular room rates by booking the resort’s special $199 premier rate. Perfect for a last-minute getaway, the rate is available through May 31, 2009 and is based on availability; taxes are not included.
Additional Resort Features
The Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino has 237 guestrooms, including 14 premium suites, a fitness center, a 15,000-square-foot Carnaval Casino, and a white sand “Eternity Beach” which sits above sea level. The “Eternity Beach” is located adjacent to the resort’s freshwater infinity pool; both offering spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. Additionally, the Renaissance Mall, the resort’s open-air shopping, dining and entertainment complex, boasts a six-theatre cinema, 50 upscale shops and additional restaurants, lounges and bars. For more information or reservations call (888) 778-4722 or visit www.renaissancecuracao.com.
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AMSTERDAM -(Dow Jones)- Van Lanschot Bankiers (30263.AE) Friday announced it has reached an agreement with ING Group’s (ING) ING Bank N.V. on the acquisition by Van Lanschot Bankiers (Curacao) N.V. of the private banking activities of ING Bank N.V. in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.
Van Lanschot has had a presence in Curacao since 1976, offering private banking, asset management and trust services. The acquisition will enhance Van Lanschot Curacao’s client base and increase its assets under management.
Van Lanschot Bankiers and ING plan to effectively transfer the activities as early as this year. The acquisition will go ahead subject to the approval of the regulator, i.e. the Central Bank of the Netherlands Antilles.
Company web site: http://www.vanlanschot.org
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (NNS) — USS Farragut (DDG 99) departed Willemstad Sept. 3 after five days of conducting theater security cooperation events with the Dutch Navy and the people of Curacao during Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2008.
POA 2008 is a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored program, implemented by 4th Fleet and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 40, designed to foster greater interoperability and cooperation between partner nations throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Farragut Sailors have participated in POA 2008 since April and worked with countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Ecuador. Farragut is currently participating in POA 2008 with USS Kauffman (FFG 59), their embarked LAMPS SH-60B Helicopter Squadron 42 Detachment 7 and DESRON 40.
“Theater Security Cooperation engagements ensure that partners in the region have the opportunity to work together to promote regional security and to ensure the free flow of commerce in the shipping lanes that our economies so heavily rely on,” said Cmdr. Scott Dugan, Farragut commanding officer.
“The Dutch Navy is a leader in promoting security and countering drug trafficking here in the Caribbean, so we are very excited to have had the opportunity to learn from each other.”
Curacao is a part of the Netherlands Antilles and serves as a forward operating location (FOL) for the Dutch Navy to conduct counter narco-terrorism (CNT) operations. Consequently, Farragut’s crew, who will conduct CNT operations during the final month of POA 2008, had much to share with their Dutch counterparts. The Dutch Navy is highly adept at combating narco-terrorism throughout the Caribbean. In late August, while working in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard, Dutch forces made one of the largest drug busts in history, capturing more than four tons of cocaine.
Farragut Sailors commenced their cooperation with Dutch Naval forces Aug. 29, during a maneuvering exercise with the frigate HNLMS Van Speijk (F 828). The mission continued with a flight deck reception for later that evening, a subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) tour of the Dutch Command Center Sept. 1 and a community relations project Sept. 2. Additional events included ship’s tours for more than 25 people, a soccer match with teams from the Dutch and Brazilian navies and the commanding officer’s luncheon aboard the British fast fleet tanker RFA Wave Ruler (A390) with the ship’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Nigel Budd, as well as the consulate generals from Great Britain and the United States.
Farragut’s flight deck reception hosted several high-profile guests, including the Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, Fritz Goedgedrag; the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, Emily de Jongh-Elhage; Commodore P.W Lenselink, Commander Netherlands Forces Caribbean, and the U.S. Consul General of the Netherlands Antilles, Timothy J. Dunn; Afterward, guests enjoyed guided tours provided by members of the crew.
The tour of the Dutch command center offered Farragut’s department heads and senior operations leadership insight into the organization and operations of the Dutch Navy and Coast Guard’s Curacao command and control center
Lt. Andy Strickland, Farragut’s weapons officer, gained valuable insight during the visit.
“The two entities [Dutch Navy and Coast Guard] share a relationship much like our Navy and Coast Guard and work very closely with respect to the counter narco-terror mission. The visit was very informative, and their capabilities are extremely impressive.”
Farragut Sailors interacted with the community of Curacao during a community relations project and a Project Handclasp exchange. Project Handclasp supplies large pallets of provisions to various hospitals, schools, and other community groups to express the United States’ continuing commitment to partner nations. During the Curacao Project Handclasp exchange, 10 Farragut Sailors unloaded numerous pallets filled with medical supplies and children’s toys at the Christian Children’s Hospice Center in Siloam, Curacao, which serves as both a home for terminally ill children and an orphanage.
Later in the week, Farragut crew members painted three buildings; repaired fences; and did some landscaping at the Dr. Nelly Winkel School, which accommodates approximately 200 elementary level students.
Lt. Andre Trofort, DESRON 40 chaplain, coordinated both the community relations event and Project Handclasp events. He attributed the mission’s success to the hard work and willingness of Farragut Sailors and lauded the contributions of U.S. Air Force units stationed in Curacao.
“Their assistance in both the planning and contribution was a very great asset to the COMREL project,” said Lt. Trofort. “The principal welcomed and thanked us for coming. I believe our efforts were greatly appreciated.”
Not all interactions were work-related. The Farragut soccer team demonstrated their on-field diplomacy in a series of games against teams from the Dutch and Brazilian navies. Farragut’s team captain, Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Casey Lima, said the competition was friendly and productive.
“It was a great opportunity to be able to associate with players from other navies, especially when it involves playing a game we both love.”
Dugan said he believes the visit was a great success.
“Our visit to Curacao allowed our Sailors to support the theater security cooperation missions which are so important to our overarching objectives. TSC missions demonstrate that interoperability is essential to any form of progress, whether it be repairing a school or combating narco-terrorism.
“We are forging important relationships with our neighbors. As a result, we will be able to better work together to ensure maritime stability throughout the region.”
For more news from USS Farragut, visit www.navy.mil/local/ddg99
Filed under: Business and Economy, Oil Industry, Press Releases
WILLEMSTAD, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Several units at a 320,000 barrel-per-day oil refinery operated by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA on the island of Curacao were offline on Monday due to a power outage, a refinery spokesman said.