Chris Meijvogel

Motion to set social minimum rejected

As expected, a majority of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday voted down the motion of Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party(SP) and Nevin Özütok of the green left party GroenLinks, to set a social minimum for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba without delay. The three …

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PCN to host congress on mandatory pension

Pensioen­fonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN) has organised a con­gress on Bonaire on No­vember 15 Chemed “Man­datory Pension.” PCN is responsible for the pension of government employees as well as those working in healthcare and education. However, this only concerns a relatively small percentage of the to­tal population on the BES islands …

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Saba: Social minimum delay is disappointing

Saba’s Executive Council is very disappointed in the stance of the Dutch gov­ernment not to set a social minimum for the Caribbean Netherlands at this time, and has informed The Hague of its discontent. The Executive Council sent a letter to State Secretary of Social Affairs and Labour Tamara van …

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Tax office uses new method to seize vehicles in Statia and Saba

The Caribbean Nether­lands (CN) tax office has devised a new system to prevent taxpayers who re­fuse to meet their fiscal payment obligations from using their vehicles. This new instrument, which is called a barnacle, will be­come an alternative to the wheel clamp. It consists of a shield which will be attached …

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Broad support lacking to set social minimum now

Hope on the islands to have a social minimum set for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in the short term to help alle­viate poverty was squashed during a plenary debate in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Wednesday. The current coalition par­ties Christian Democratic Party CDA, the Democratic …

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Support for Saba health and social care

Additional funds for health care and the transfer of the respon­sibility for the after-school activities of Child Focus to the public entity Saba were two of the pledges that Dutch State Secretary of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports Paul Blokhuis made during his visit to Saba late June. In a …

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Sabans reminded of ban on flying drones

The Public Entity Saba reminded the public that it is forbidden to fly drones on Saba due to the risks for flight operations and construction work The island government was informed last week about drones flying above and around the construction site at Juancho Yrausquin Airport. which is currently under …

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