Chris Meijvogel

State Secretary Van Ark, Commissioner Wilson launch pilot project

State Secretary of Social Affairs and Labor Tamara van Ark and Commissioner of Social Affairs Rolando Wilson on Wednesday launched the pilot project to increase cooperation between the Public Entity Saba and the Social Affairs and Labor SZW unit of the National Government Department RCN. The agreement entails that for …

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New Marechaussee Commander visits

Departing Commander of the Royal Dutch Marechaussee in the Dutch Caribbean Lt. Colonel Hans Vroegh and the incoming Commander Lt. Colonel Roland Scheltens visited Saba on Tuesday, June 25. Island Governor Jonathan Johnson received the Commanders at the Government Administration Building. Scheltens will officially succeed Vroegh per July 1. Vroegh …

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Update Island Council visit to the Netherlands

The Island Council of Saba has provided an update on its recent working visit to the Netherlands where the delegation, consisting of Island Council Members Eviton Heyliger, Vito Charles, Hemmie van Xanten, Carl Buncamper and Esmeralda Johnson, and Island Registrar Akilah Levenstone attended a number of meetings and a large …

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European election campaign under scrutiny in Saba, Statia

For the last five days, two independent researchers from Bonaire have been on St. Eustatius to find out what people thought of the information campaign prior to the European elec­tion last month. Given that for example on Statia voter turnout was less than nine per cent of registered vot­ers, feedback …

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New officers of Saba Lions Club installed

An installation ceremony for the incoming officers of the Saba Lions Club was held at Eugenius Johnson Centre in Windwardside on Tuesday. Lion Mary Thielman, who has been an active member of the club for the past four years, was elected Club President for 2019-2020. Lion Xiomara Coffie was elected …

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Prosecuter’s Office announces safety policy for Statia, Saba

~~Annual report: 900 cases filed in 2018~~ The Prosecutor’s Office of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba works increasingly and intensively with other par­ties to increase the effect of punitive intervention and to reinforce government action as a whole. The realisation of the Bo­naire Integral Safety Policy is an example of …

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More tasks to ZVK Saba to improve medical referrals

Dutch State Secretary of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports Paul Blokhuis confirmed on Tuesday that the Health Insurance Office ZVK in Saba will be granted more authority in the area of medical referrals. A number of tasks involving providing logistical services and information will soon be transferred to the ZVK …

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SP asks about ‘absurdity’ of dentist issue in Saba

The absence of a dentist in Saba was brought up by the Socialist Party (SP) during a debate in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament with three state secretaries on Thursday. Member of Parliament (MP) Ronald van Raak (SP) explained that while visiting Saba in January this year, the …

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More support for islands from Dutch municipalities

The initiative whereby Dutch municipalities made personnel available to assist St. Maarten after Hurri­cane Irma will be expanded and become more structural for the entire Dutch Canbbean. Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops confirmed, in a letter he sent to the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber …

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Repeated call to reduce cost of living, bureaucratic rules

The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, during a general debate on Thursday with three state secretaries present, repeated its call for a reduction of the high cost of living in the Caribbean Netherlands, and to arrange less bureaucracy and more leeway for Saba. All Members of Parliament (MP) present …

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