Chris Meijvogel

Shoreline repairs Fort Bay Harbor started

This week a start was made with the repairs of the shoreline at For Bay Harbor. Part of the coastline on the east side of the big harbor dam was heavily damaged during the passing of hurricane Maria. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has offered to assist with …

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Dutch Parliament supports hurricane-proof rebuilding

The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parlia­ment supports a hurricane-proof and sustainable construction of buildings in the Windward Is­lands in the reconstruction period after Hurricane Irma. Parliament adopted a motion to this extent on Tuesday. All parties in the Second Cham­ber, except for the Party for Free­dom PVV, supported the …

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Saba, Statia not forgotten in recovery, says Knops

Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops assured during the plenary handling of the draft 2018 budget for Kingdom Rela­tions in the Second Cham­ber of the Dutch Parliament that St. Eustatius and Saba will not be forgotten in the reconstruction efforts of the Windward Islands fol­lowing Hurricane Irma. “We have …

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Labour Inspection tightens illegal employment enforcement

The Labour Inspection’s enforcement regime will change as from January 1st, 2018. Where in the past the Labour Inspection issued a warning first, the Labour Inspection will now immediately issue an official report for violations of the Wet arbeid vreemdelingen BES (hereinafter Wav BES [BES Labour Law Foreigners]). The Labour …

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Saba payment deferral by no means a cancellation

A defer­ral to repay the interest-free loans for next year does not mean the Saba Government will not have to make any more payments at all. Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops stated in a letter on Tuesday in response to written questions submitted by Member of the …

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Jan Helmond appointed as acting Dutch representative

Former Island Secretary of St. Eustatius Jan Helmond has been appointed Acting Dutch Government Representative (Rijksvertegenwoordiger.) Helmond’s temporary appointment will start on Wednes­day, November 8. The Kingdom Council of Ministers ap­proved Helmond’s appointment on recommendation of State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops. Currently, there is no …

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Saba asks State Secretary to address urgent issues

Saba’s Executive Council is most willing to keep working on strengthening the ties with the Netherlands in the interest of the island’s residents, but there are a number of urgent matters that require State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops’ immediate attention. “Compliments and good working relations are not solving …

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Advice to suspend Saba 2018 loan repayments

The Committee for Financial Supervision CFT is advising a suspension of the repayments of the Dutch interest-free loans for Saba in 2018. It concerns an amount of US $440,000 which, in the opinion of the CFT, would put a strain on Saba’s cash position.  The 2018 draft budget of the public …

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