Chris Meijvogel

Intentions confirmed for BZK Ministry to assume larger role

The Dutch gov­ernment confirmed on Tuesday its intentions to give content to the paragraph in the governing accord which says the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Re­lations BZK will get a bigger role in the area of Kingdom relations, in particular with the Caribbean Netherlands. State Secretary of Home …

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Van Raak proudly wears Saba flag

Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) wore a pin with Saba’s flag during Budget Day in The Hague on Tuesday. Van Raak’s main reason for wearing the pin was to seek attention for the need to establish a social …

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Soil investigation for the renovation of the Fort Bay Harbor started

Soil investigation for the renovation of the Fort Bay Harbor started recently. Geotron, a Dutch company experienced in geotechnical surveys with experience in the Caribbean region is carrying out the investigation. Geotron will determine the soil composition in the harbor by drilling cores from designated locations in the sea bottom. Supervising …

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Opposition in Parliament asks: Where is the social minimum ?

Where is the social minimum for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba? Members of the opposition parties in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament didn’t get an affirma­tive answer to that question dur­ing a debate on Thursday with State Secretary of Social Affairs and Employment Tamara van Ark and State …

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Internships on job placement, reintegration at city of Leiden

Eight employees from the Public Entities Bonaire, St. Eu­statius and Saba are following an internship programme at the Work and Income Depart­ment, reintegration company DZB and the City Bank of the Municipality of Leiden, the Netherlands. The aim of the exchange, which started Mon­day, is to increase knowledge about job …

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Saba govt. to remain open during TS Isaac’s passing

The Public Entity Saba has made the deci­sion not to cease any gov­ernmental services today, Thursday, and Friday, due to the passing of tropical Storm (TS) Isaac. Saba’s Disaster Manage­ment Organisation met on Friday and Monday, and based on weather informa­tion did not see the need to take measures at …

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Human Rights Council warns against BES islands fatalism

The Neth­erlands Human Rights Council has warned against an increasing fatalism among the poorer seg­ment of the population of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Concrete action of the Dutch government is needed to improve the standard of living on the is­lands and to raise the social minimum. “People who are …

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