Chris Meijvogel

Chamber of Commerce aims for direct Colombia airlift

The Chamber of Commerce of St. Eustatius and Saba wants to actively assist in setting up a direct airline service between Colombia and St. Eustatius, with onward service to Saba, and to get a shipping company interested in transporting goods from the South American country and the Windward Islands. St. …

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Subsidies for flights in Dutch Caribbean

Subsidised flights between the islands seems the only way to guarantee reliable air transport within the Dutch Caribbean. This can be deduced from a report by the Social Economic Research SEO unit at the University of Amsterdam on the problematic air connec­tions in this part of the Kingdom of the …

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Alarming report about Saba’s, Statia’s nature

Wa­geningen University in the Neth­erlands recently published an alarming report on the threat­ened natural resources in Bo­naire, Saba and St. Eustatius. Dutch Caribbean Nature Alli­ance (DCNA), together with lo­cal park organizations, urge the islands and the Dutch govern­ment to take measures to save nature above and below water. Loss of …

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Saba Electric Company goes 100 percent solar

In a historic moment for Saba Electric Company (SEC) and Saba itself, on Wednesday the entire island was for the first time powered completely by solar energy from SEC’s 2 solar parks and its battery storage system. For 2 hours from 3:00PM to 5:00PM, SEC’s diesel generators were powered down, …

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Statia airport failed to request permit in time

The medical evacuation helicopter that services St. Eustatius and Saba was hampered in its night-time emergency operations late January because Statia’s F.D. Roosevelt Airport did not request an exemption to the aviation law in time. Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops replied on Monday to …

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Health Dept. personnel of Saba and Bonaire on Statia for training

Vector controllers from the Saba and Bonaire health depart­ments are on St. Eusta­tius this week for training together with colleagues from the local health de­partment. The training is focused on the implementation of a computer programme that would help them get better insight into what is going on with mosquitoes …

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Caribbean Netherlands receives a new Wetboek van Strafvordering

Caribbean Netherlands receives a new Wetboek van Strafvordering. This is what Minister Ferd Grapperhaus of Justice and Security announces in the context of the deliberations in the House of Representatives of a proposed amendment to the current code. The changes provide that it is punishable on the BES islands to …

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Saba Comprehensive bans mobile devices

All mobile devices will be banned from Saba Comprehensive School as of Tuesday, February 12. This ban covers having mobile devices during transportation to and from school, during school hours and school-re­lated activities. The school said on its Facebook page it has seen an in­crease in online bullying and that …

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Central Voting Bureau ascertains candidates lists

The Central Voting Bureau came together in a public meeting on Friday, February 8 to ascertain (“vaststellen”) the lists that were submitted on Nomination Day, Monday February 4, 2019. Chairman of the Central Voting Bureau Island Governor Jonathan Johnson announced that no irregularities were found in the three candidates lists …

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