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Increased challenges in police work Caribbean Netherlands

Since 2010, the circumstances under which the Caribbean Netherlands Police Force KPCN has to work have changed: the population on the islands has grown, more tourists are visiting and vio­lence/crime has increased. Dutch Minister of Justice and Security Ferd Grapper­haus stated this in a letter that he sent to the …

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Dutch defence forces to hold Caribbean exercise

The Dutch Navy, Air Force and Army will all be participating in a “Caribbean Coast” hu­manitarian assistance exer­cise in St. Maarten, St. Eu­statius, Saba, Curacao and Bonaire, September 9-19. The training will also ad­dress structuring good cri­sis communication as well as maintaining order and security in case of a natural …

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Ombudsman researchers in Saba, Statia next week

Researchers of the National Om­budsman for the Caribbean Netherlands will be available in Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire to assist people with any problems they may have with the government. There will be consultation hours, the researchers will visit people’s homes to discuss the problems they have and, wher­ever possible, …

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Bosman seeks clarity on decolonisation process

Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament André Bosman of the liberal democratic VVD party on Monday submitted a series of technical questions to the Dutch government about the decolonisation process of the Dutch Caribbean islands. The so-called “Written Statement of the Kingdom of the Netherlands” of February …

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Questionnaire on single-use plastic ban on Saba

The Public Entity Saba is developing a ban on single-use plastic and Styrofoam, to be implemented in 2020, with the aim to reduce the overall amount of plastic waste and limit environmental pollution. The input of the local community will help to determine the final set-up of this ban. We would very much appreciate …

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Van Ark confirms commitment to social minimum benchmark

Dutch State Secretary of Social Affairs and Labour Tamara van Ark says establishing the benchmark for the so­cial minimum for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba is a next step to make the life of people on the islands bet­ter. “The benchmark for the social minimum gives a di­rection to our …

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Two suspects convicted of soft-drug possession

Two men were on trial in Saba on Tuesday for possession of soft drugs. Both suspects had previ­ously been convicted for possession of drugs. Both men were convicted by the judge in the Court of First Instance. One man was sentenced to 60 days in prison, with deduction of the …

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Five approved auditor’s reports in a row for Saba

The public entity Saba has received an approved auditor’s report on its 2018 annual account, the Committee for Financial Supervision CFT noted in an August 7 letter in response to the second execution report. This is the fifth consecutive year that Saba has received an approved auditor’s report on its …

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Coast Guard collaborates in search and rescue operation

Last Thursday the Rescue and Coordination Center of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard received a notification from substation SXM that a vessel with the name ‘INTEGRITY’ had sunk between SXM and Anguilla. The vessel was light blue in color and onboard was one male who had gone missing. A Metal …

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