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Blog Caribbean 5.0


Posted on April 7, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (1303)

One of the most prosperous countries in the West Indies, The Bahamas relies on tourism to generate most of its economic activity. Tourism as an industry not only accounts for over 60 percent of the Bahamian GDP, but provides jobs for more than half the country's workforce.[33] After tourism, the next most important economic sector is financial services, accounting for some 15 percent of GDP.



Cruise ships in Nassau Harbour

The government has adopted incent...

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Curacao 3.0 and Green Town

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (589)


When the refinery arrived Curacao 2.0 started. Thanks to this Curacao has developed to what it is now. Discussing the possibility that the refinery will disappear is very emotional too many. Many people are afraid of the future. But the future is not in our hand. The refinery is the property of the government of Curacao. It is managed by a State Owned Company, Refeneria di Korsou NV (RdK). The refinery is leased to the Venezuelan State Owned Company PDVSA to refine Venezuelan o...

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Vision Curacao 3.0

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (874)



A vision is a mental picture of a desired future.  A shared I vision is when this is common for a group.  Often a vision is formulated in a statement. In this way,  it is externalized and shared, but the statement is not the vision. The statement should be short. The vision should be challenging but achievable. A vision is a powerful mental tool for individual, organizations and countries to achieve objectives.

Countries also apply vision as a go...

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Curacao 2.0 is in crisis

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (1367)

Crisis is the situation of a complex system (family, economy, society) when the system functions poorly, an immediate decision is necessary, but the causes of the dysfunction are not known.

a) situation of a complex system – simple systems do not enter crises. We can speak about a crisis of moral values, an economical or political crisis, but not a motor crisis.

b) poor function. The system still functions, b...

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Crisis Curacao 2.0

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (557)


On 25 February 2013, Elections in Italy. Many fear that this will worsen the crisis in Europe.  Crisis in Chinese consistent of two symbols: danger and opportunity. In this segment concentrates on the crisis on Curacao.


“The Chinese word for "crisis" (simplified Chinese: 危机;traditional ...

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Leadership and management

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (1601)


All problems in Curacao are leadership and management problems. Management is doing things right, and leadership is doing the right thing. Boeli van Leeuwen once said, in Curacao we are all chiefs and no Indians.



Leadership is the process in influencing people and providing an environment for them to achieve team or organizational objectives. Everybody is a leader. At least of their personal life.  Others are leaders of the nation....

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Curacao 3.0 is connected to the earth

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (415)

Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, and environmental design which develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained horticultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.[1][2]

The core tenets of permaculture are:[3][4]

Take care of the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.

Take care of the people:...

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Curacao 2.0 is broken

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (1648)

On 18 Februray 2013 the Interim Prime Minister of Curacao held is first national speech, after he was appointed on 31 December 2012, for a period of six months. Many stated that this is a too short period. The task of his government is to save Curacao from a financial disaster, caused by the previous government coalition. The problem is that his government is supported by one of the parties that was also part of the coalition supporting the previous government. On 10 October 2010 Curacao be...

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Education Curacao 3.0

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (5963)

The famous Curacoan musician Julian Coco, who passed away in Febuary 2013, had right: education is is the only salvation.

My Mom and Dad both were educators. It is the most common profession in my family. I have grown up surrounded by teachers. Let me mention a few of them: Testing, Broekhoven Kamperveen, Jean Pierre, Blijd, Shak Shie, Stuger, Jansen, Clementina, Falbru, Jonis. I, myself worked in education. I was associate professor at the University of the Neth...

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Mr. Etienne Ys will be on the talk show 2121 on Monday 28 February 2013

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (1036)

These are my notes to prepare for the show.  They will consciously change. 

Mr. Ys is former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles.

On 101010 Curacao obtained its current status as an autonomous part of the Dutch Kingdom.  The Kindom now consist of the following countries: The Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao  and Sint Maarten.

Curacao is a Caribbean SIDS (a small island developing states).  These states...

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