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Paramaribo car-free on Saturday

Paramaribo car-free on Saturday

By Chris Morvan There will be no cars moving in central Paramaribo on Saturday 18 October.  From 8am to 6pm the area bounded by Dr Sophie Redmondstraat, Zwartenhovebrugstraat, Keizerstraat and Waterkant will be closed to motorized vehicles except public transport. Car-free Day brings to Suriname a phenomenon first witnessed in the Netherlands and Belgium in 1956-7 when every Sunday from […]

October 17, 2014 · Business, Environment, News

MP’s want meeting on Ebola

PARAMARIBO — Members of the opposition in parliament have called for a public meeting of the National Assembly about the Ebola Virus and the threat it holds for public health in Suriname. In a letter dispatched on Thursday to National Assembly Chairlady Jennifer Geerlings, the Nieuw Front (NPS, VHP and SPA) MP’s point out that so far more than 10,000 […]

October 17, 2014 · Government, Health, International

Eight years for fathering children with daughter

PARAMARIBO — A man who claimed he only had sex with his teenage daughter after he got aroused from catching her watching porn, has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Joshua L. not only had sex with his daughter who was 13 at the time; he also fathered two children with her in 2011 and 2013. He was arrested […]

October 17, 2014 · Crime, Human Interest, News

Suriname closed for visitors from Ebola countries

PARAMARIBO – Suriname is closing its borders to people from “Ebola countries”. Health Department official Martelise Eersel told Times of Suriname daily that Suriname wants to prevent the epidemy that has so far killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa, to reach here. “It concerns people who have spent 21 days or more in Ebola areas and who want […]

October 16, 2014 · Health, International, News

Venezuelan Airline to start Suriname service

PARAMARIBO  – Aero Paraguana, a tiny airline based in Paraguana, Venezuela will start conducting flights to Suriname, it has been reported. The flights, part of tourism agreements between Venezuela and Suriname, will commence on November 27 according to the manager of the airline, Venancio Polanco. Polanco said that Suriname is a unique destination with a good tourism product; hotels, food […]

October 13, 2014 · Business, International, News
An intergalactic mystery tour

An intergalactic mystery tour

A space traveller from a planet far away across the universe takes advantage of a special deal to visit Earth. “It’s perfectly safe,” the man in the shop says. “You’ll definitely get to Earth, but the software isn’t perfect yet, so we don’t know exactly where you will land.” The traveler, an adventurous type, isn’t worried. He chooses the three-trip […]

October 13, 2014 · Opinion
Justice Minister faces criticism for rehiring deceitful police recruits

Justice Minister faces criticism for rehiring deceitful police recruits

PARAMARIBO — Justice and Police Minister Edward Belfort is facing criticism over his reversal of a decision by the Chief of Police to fire recruits who lied on their application forms about their criminal past. Tjin Liep Sjie recently fired seven recruits after corps management learned that they had lied during their application process. “They had denied ever having been […]

October 13, 2014 · Government, News

Poll: Zwarte Piet opposition grows, resistance to changes still fierce

AMSTERDAM — As this year’s Sinterklaas season nears, new research is showing that the number of people in the Netherlands who want a change to the Zwarte Piet character has increased from eight to 13 percent in one year. An overwhelming number of people in the country however are still against any changes to their beloved blackfaced tradition. The research […]

October 9, 2014 · Human Interest, International, News
The globetrotting sisters of Gompertstraat

The globetrotting sisters of Gompertstraat

By Chris Morvan PARAMARIBO — The multi-ethnic nature of Suriname means that many people’s story involves more than one country, and that is certainly true of Louisa and Angelique Tjon. Interviewing two people at once is n ever straightforward, and ironically, in this case, when I meet them out of business hours on a supposed ‘day off’,  it is complicated […]

October 8, 2014 · Features, Human Interest, International
Rob Perrée on Kenneth Flijders’ ‘Untitled I’

Rob Perrée on Kenneth Flijders’ ‘Untitled I’

Once every two weeks art critic Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This week  the work ‘Untitled I’, mixed media, 56 cm wide x 42 cm high, 2013 by Kenneth Flijders. Many artists hesitate to give their work titles. I can well imagine so. A title can easily come across as an […]

October 8, 2014 · Art