Chris Meijvogel

Shark finning legislation for Caribbean Netherlands

The Dutch government is preparing legislation to forbid the finning of sharks and the trading of this animal in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Minister of Agri­culture, Nature and Food Quality Carols Schouten announced on Monday in response to written ques­tions from Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch …

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JGCN breaks silence during Week against Child Abuse

“See, Say, Stop!” is the slogan of Youth Care and Family Guardianship JGCN during Week Against Child Abuse which will be taking place from today, Monday, November 19, until Sunday, No­vember 25. JGCN wants to break the silence around child abuse, be­cause no child deserves to be mistreated. “Almost every­one …

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PCN indexes pensions by two percent on January 1

Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN) will increase the pensions with 2% per January 2019. This was decided in a Board meeting which took place last week on Bonaire. In the meantime, the intended increase has also been approved by the Supervisory Board and the Advisory and Accountability Council (AVO). The decision …

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Kas Sigur training for Saba and Statia professionals

The Welfare and Society Directorate launched the Dare2C­are Safe Statia campaign to bring more awareness on domestic violence at the Mega Musical Experi­ence in February. This was followed by the Kas Sigur training, arranged by the Ministry of Justice and Se­curity for Saba and Statia professionals on Statia last week. …

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Senate proposes to work with benchmarks for islands

The First Chamber of the Dutch Par­liament has proposed to the Dutch government to implement a temporary al­ternative in anticipation of the establishing of a social minimum for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in 2020. The Senate’s Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations on Tuesday de­cided during a procedural meeting to …

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Heleen Cornet book signing at Five Square Art Gallery

Artist Heleen Cor­net has been living on sev­eral islands of the Dutch Caribbean for forty years. During those years she has made thousands of paint­ings, around four hundred of which are shown on a hundred pages of her new book titled “Artist on Saba – 40 years, 400 paintings”. The …

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Three secondary schools join Technique Region

In October, the directors of Gwendoline van Putten School in St. Eustatius, Scholengemeenschap Bo­naire SGB and Saba Com­prehensive School signed a collaboration agreement to proceed together as a Tech­nique Region. These three schools join hands to make youngsters acquainted with technique and to encourage more stu­dents to choose a technique …

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Caribbean Netherlands: income inequality lowest on Saba

Of the three Caribbean islands, Saba had the lowest income inequality in 2016. According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the distribution of incomes was most uneven on St Eustatius, whilst Bonaire was in the middle range. The disparities in standardised disposable income – income adjusted for differences in household size and …

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Coralita: pretty in pink or pretty out of control

Coralita: if nothing is done, biodiversity may be gone, that is the winning slogan from a contest held by the Coralita Girls during Science Cafe hosted by Ca­ribbean Netherlands Sci­ence Institute (CNSI) last week Thursday. Botanist Elizabeth Haber and social scientist Jetske Vaas, jointly known as The Coralita Girl, presented …

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Saba Electric Company starts its second solar park project

Months of planning, scheduling and preparation culminated past Friday in the start of the installation of Saba Electric Company’s (SEC’s) second solar park project. With a 1.142 Megawatt peak (MWp) solar park already in place, this second park is a continued effort by SEC to increase its shares in renewable …

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