Chris Meijvogel

Parliament wants to know why islands were left out

The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parlia­ment demanded clarity from the Dutch government on Tuesday as to why the families in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are not benefitting from the additional one billion euros that will become available for the child allowance, the child day-care allowance and the child-related …

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Islands’ teachers’ pension rectified

The pen­sion rights of some 150 (partly retired) teachers and other employees of schools in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba have been restored thanks to the Dutch Min­istry, of Education, Culture and Science which has made 2.7 million euros available for this group. Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and …

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National Ombudsman to Windward Islands

Showing his support and having the best interest of the people of the Windward Islands at heart, Dutch National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen will be visiting St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba starting this Sunday. Van Zutphen, who vis­its the islands regularly because as National Om­budsman he is responsible for …

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Saba hosts Lions and Leos Zone 2B meeting

Lions president Glenn Pileo hosted the third Advisory Zone 2B meeting his past weekend on the ‘Unspoiled Queen.” More than 63 Lions and Leos from Zone 2B, including St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius and Anguilla, came together for informational meetings, fellowship and a strengthen­ing of already tight bonds. Li­ons from …

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Training project for Saba, Statia school management

School principals, vice-principals and management team members in Saba and St. Eustatius have com­pleted a training project for school management and were awarded certifications in management, leadership and coaching for high perfor­mance. The course was facilitated by Natasha Gittens of Training Professionals International (TPI). The Primary Education Council PO-Raad initiated …

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Islands’ Penal Code on rape to be updated

The Ca­ribbean Netherlands Pe­nal Law will be adapted to make it punishable for rape and sexual abuse suspects to harm their victims while the latter’s consciousness is di­minished by the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Dutch Minister of Justice and Security Ferd Grap­perhaus announced this in a letter he sent …

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6 in 10 Caribbean Dutch are overweight

One in six inhabitants of the Caribbean Netherlands are smokers, one in eight are heavy drinkers and over six in ten are overweight. Half of the population are getting sufficient exercise. Women smoke and drink much less than men, but are more likely to be obese and exercise less. These …

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Opinion: Social minimum for Caribbean Netherlands

Eight years after 10-10-10 it is clear that the present Dutch coalition govern­ment is prepared to finally establish a social minimum. While the responsible state-secretary Van Ark has re­cently announced that the presentation of the study into the social minimum to parliament will be delayed, the chairman of the King­dom Relations …

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Knops positive about Saba harbour project

The prepa­rations for Saba’s Fort Bay Harbour multimillion-dol­lar project have received praise from Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops after his two visits to Saba in May. The state secretary men­tioned the extensive proj­ect which is in the plan­ning phase during a recent debate with …

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Caribbean Netherlands urged to pay attention to new GDPR

Businesses and residents on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba were urged to take note of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that went into effect on Friday for the European Union (EU). Al­though the current data-privacy legislation will remain in effect in the Caribbean Netherlands, the effects of this …

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