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There are 740 species of birds in Suriname

There are 740 species of birds in Suriname

By Chris Morvan Nature: it’s all around us in this lush, verdant country. And nothing exemplifies nature like birds. They get everywhere, largely ignored and taken for granted as part of the general backdrop, spending their lives flitting in and out of the picture with no apparent purpose, while we humans get on with things that matter, rather than just […]

September 14, 2014 · Environment, Human Interest, International
Reinventing Suriname

Reinventing Suriname

Whether by accident or design, this country with coastline but no beaches has an area which feels very much like a beach resort. I’m not talking about the attempts to turn riverside locations into coast by means of fences and imported sand, as pleasant as they may be as places to relax and cool down. The area that has that […]

September 12, 2014 · Opinion
Wanted criminal stopped by police bullets

Wanted criminal stopped by police bullets

PARAMARIBO — Police gunned down a wanted criminal Thursday morning, shortly after he committed a robbery in Paramaribo. Robert Apai aka Gowtu Tifi (Gold Tooth) and two accomplices were spotted by police around 11.00am as they were trying to flee after robbing a house at Powisie Straat in north Paramaribo. Police say the robbers were armed with guns. A firefight […]

September 4, 2014 · Crime, News

Dino Bouterse terrorism case prompts questions in Dutch Parliament

AMSTERDAM — Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans is facing questions from the Dutch Parliament on the criminal case against Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse’s son Dino.  Dino (42) was arrested in Panama last year and taken to New York where he is being held on drug trafficking, weapons and terrorism charges. He allegedly offered purported members of Lebanese terrorism organization Hezbollah […]

September 3, 2014 · Crime, Government, International, News
Madness on the streets of Paramaribo

Madness on the streets of Paramaribo

There’s a small black Toyota driving around Paramaribo at the moment that is highly distinctive. From the back it looks perfectly normal. It’s a bit dirty, but when you look at the front you’ll see why no one has bothered to wash it lately. It’s been restyled. By a bus. You know: one of those smallish buses with pictures and […]

September 3, 2014 · Opinion

Ronnie Brunswijk’s son held with drugs

PARAMARIBO — Ronnie Brunswijk’s son has been arrested for drug trafficking. The 28-year-old Elton Brunswijk, who lives in the Netherlands, was held at the Johan Adolf Pengel Airport Monday afternoon, about to board a flight with 5.5 kilograms of cocaine in his possession, police have confirmed. Wrapped in five packages, the narcotics were hidden in his suitcase. “I really regret […]

September 3, 2014 · Crime, News

Gov’t: no terrorist cells in Suriname

PARAMARIBO — Government has aimed to put distance between itself and President Desi Bouterse’s son Dino who last week pleaded guilty to charges of terrorism, weapons and drugs trafficking. “There are no terror cells active in Suriname … and Dino Bouterse lacked all authorities to help them set up operations here,” Government wrote on its website on Tuesday. Dino appeared […]

September 3, 2014 · News
Energy use slashed

Energy use slashed

PARAMARIBO — Electricity company EBS has said that its calls to residents to use less current and save energy is working. “There has been 17 megawatts less demand in the past couple of days,” EBS said on Friday. The company has initiated a campaign “Smart with Current”, calling residents to use 50 percent less energy, in response to an energy […]

August 29, 2014 · Environment, Human Interest, News
Dino Bouterse pleads guilty   

Dino Bouterse pleads guilty  

PARAMARIBO — In a plea deal with federal prosecutors for a possible lower sentence in his trial in New York, President Desi Bouterse’s son Dino has pleaded guilty to three of the counts stacked up against him. His plea deal came exactly a year after he was arrested by US authorities in Panama on drugs, weapons and terrorism charges. Dino […]

August 29, 2014 · Crime, International, News

Government turns off aircos as Suriname battles energy crisis

PARAMARIBO – President Desi Bouterse has announced that Government offices will start turning off their air-conditioning systems for four hours each day, to help face the energy crisis that has held the country in its grips in recent weeks. He called on all residents to use energy efficiently. “Government will start by giving the correct example. Civil servants have been […]

August 27, 2014 · Business, Government, Human Interest, News