‘We are the first culture in human civilization that eats routinely unpronounceable food; we are the first culture in human civilization that eats food that you can’t make in your kitchen. Have you ever tried to make high fructose corn syrup in your kitchen?’ This is one of many quotes of Joel Salatin, the famous American farmer who wants to rekindle your relationship with food. Following his advice, Roland van Reenen and Gianne Balentien, are leading a young movement of local farmers in Curaçao who maintain integrity in the food they produce.
First there is no easy two sentence answer for this question. A few factors come into play: the strength of the quake, the direction of the temblor's motion and the topography of the seafloor.
Confidential documents show that Shell sounded the alarm about global warming as early as 1986. But despite this clear-eyed view of the risks, the oil giant has lobbied against strong climate legislation for decades. Today we make Shell’s 1991 film, Climate of Concern, public again.
A long term lease agreement between Curaçao Airport Holdings (CAH) and C-MCC Development Group LLC, was signed in Curaçao recently. The agreement provides for the Airport Terminal Building, and 200 additional acres – 81 hectares – for the development of the Curaçao-Multi Commodities Centre (C-MCC) Worldwide Free Trade Zone. The C-MCC will be the economic engine to spur development in Curaçao’s Airport City as well as stimulating trade throughout the Americas.
Wellness is one of the world’s fastest-growing, most resilient markets. It is the next trillion dollar industry. And yet, the majority of opportunities in wellness still await the individual entrepreneur.
Willemstad - Curaçao aims to become a top wellness travel destination. The current Minister of Economic Development Eugene Rhuggenaath (PAR), Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Suzy Camelia-Römer (PNP), former Minister of Health, Environment and Nature Siegfried Victorina (SP) and former Minister of Finance Jose Jardim (Pais), signed a national decree on the development of an Economic Zone for non-medical treatments and wellness initiatives.
Willemstad - Today's linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and is a model that is reaching its physical limits. Through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powering the system with renewable energy. Next Tuesday the University of Curacao is the venue for a training workshop on Circular Economy and inherent business opportunities
Willemstad- The Curaçao Hotel and Tourism Association has welcomed Miles Mercera (28) as successor of CHATA President & CEO Lizanne Dindial who stepped down after 5 years in the post. Shortly before leaving Dindial signed a Sustainability MOU with Bedrijvenplatform Milieu (BPM), reinforcing the efforts of CHATA’s Sustainability Task Force to enhance sustainability in Curaçao through the tourism & hospitality sector and CHATA Members.
Willemstad – Curaçao undersigned the landmark Paris agreement on climate change, which entered into force on Nov. 4, 2016. A coalition of the world's largest polluters and small island nations threatened by rising seas pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. Curaçao, one of the world’s biggest polluters per capita, has yet to produce a policy program document and action plan.
A study from the University of Texas has found that increased breastfeeding decreases ear infections among nursing children. The researchers followed 367 babies between 1 and 12 months old from 2008 through 2014.
According to Native American legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters who only grow and thrive together. Early European settlers would never have survived without the gift of the Three Sisters, which has sparked the annual Thanksgiving celebration. This year’s Thanksgiving Day marks the 24th of November.
Seeking intelligent solutions for the reuse of wastewater. The Government of Curaçao wants to put an end to the discharge ofwastewater into the sea. Together with the Curacao Business Council for Sustainable Development the country is hosting a conference on wastewater management, to seek intelligent solutions to safeguard coastal waters andmarine life. ‘Our economy and health depend on it,’ says Tim van den Brink, secretary to the Business Council. ‘Taking responsibility for wastewater is the sustainable way to go.’
The question of what you want to own is really the question of how you want to live your life, says Marie Kondo. The Japanese cleaning consultant takes tidying to a whole new level with the KonMari Method, defined by a category-to category approach. If you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again, she promises.
Twelve gorgeous girls from Curaçao go to England to start their modeling career. And a group of children in Curaçao gets help and guidance to develop their skills and a sense of self. Two projects to be crowdfunded with the option to win the painting ‘Selebra Bida’ made by Richard Doest.
Selenium is an essential trace mineral, needed for repair of DNA. You only need a small amount, but even the smallest amount is not part of the average daily diet.
Dragon fruit is a fast growing, vine-like, tropical cactus with fleshy, succulent fruit. When growing naturally, dragon fruit attaches branched stems to trees or rocks via adventitious roots. If you want to grow it in your garden, providing some means of support is essential.
Supplier and installer of solar panels Eco Energy lost almost all of its business in Curaçao, after the introduction of Sun Tax in 2014. Nonetheless the company acknowledges the need for this monthly fee for the use of solar installations. ‘The fee itself is not the issue,’ says general manager Eelco Baak, ‘but we do think it is too high.’
Mangroves can contribute to risk reduction in many coastal settings, according to a report by Wetlands International and The Nature Conservancy, offering guidelines for policymakers. ‘In some places this role of mangroves can be enhanced by combining the protection benefits with other risk reduction measures, making them part of a wider coastal defense and disaster risk reduction strategy. ‘
Over the last eight years, the Curaçao Business Council for Sustainable Development has successfully raised awareness, seeing its membership grow from 6 to 60 companies. ‘Now we feel the time is for action,’ says John Amarica, chairman, who emphasizes the importance of adherence to international standards. ‘If we continue to use resources irresponsibly — if we continue to waste food, water and energy — we are not even in the race.”
Shimaruku. Kadushi. Chuchubi. These are Caquetio words, Gerard van Buurt explains in his book on Amerindian words in the Papiamentu language. The first inhabitants of the island left us words for mostly plants and animals; Shimaruku meaning a small tree or shrub with orange-red, Kadushi is the name for a columnar cactus and Chuchubi is a tropical mockingbird. Words with ‘shi’ are believed to be original Caquetio words.