Parliament demands clarity on Isabella’s appointment

The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament is demanding prompt answers from Dutch caretaker Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk about the term of appointment of Kingdom Government Representative (“Rijksvertegenwoordiger”) for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba Gilbert Isabella. On the initiative of Member of Parliament (MP) Ronald …

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CBS: Tourism in Caribbean Netherlands stable

In 2016, Bonaire received around 136 thousand tourists arriving by air. This number is more or less the same as in 2015. A total of 217 thousand cruise ship passengers visited Bonaire, down 6 percent on the previous year. Saba and St Eustatius saw little year-on-year change in tourist arrivals …

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SMMC confirms baby born with ‘characteristics of microcephaly’

St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) confirmed on Monday that a baby was born at the institution on Saturday, August 19, “with characteristics of microcephaly.” SMMC Medical Director Dr. Felix Holiday told The Daily Herald the hospital’s specialists cannot conclude at this point what caused the microcephaly. However, he said the …

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Henk Brons to temporary head Kingdom Relations

Henk Brons, currently Representative of the Dutch Government in Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten, will temporary head the Directorate of Kingdom Relations of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK per September 15. Brons will combine the temporary position with his work on the islands. However, the majority …

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Stabbing on Saba

One person is in Police custody after a stab­bing in Windwardside on Saturday evening. Police originally detained two persons in connection with the incident, but one was later released, accord­ing to the police report is­sued on Sunday. No further details have been given about the inci­dent.

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Partners declare to work together on “Safety Image BES 2017”

On Wednesday, 16 August 2017, a declaration was signed in Kralendijk (Bonaire) in which the Public Prosecutor (OM), Royal Marechaussee (KMar), Police Force of the Dutch Caribbean (KPCN) and the Public Body of Bonaire (OLB), have committed themselves to work together on a “safety picture BES 2017” (Veiligheidsbeeld BES 2017) …

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Tourism stays steady in Caribbean Netherlands

Tourism figures for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba remained stable in 2016, reported the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) on Thursday. The number of visitors arriving by air in Saba decreased by four per cent from 9,600 in 2015 to 9,200 in 2016; however, more visitors arrived by ferry – …

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Saba’s Tourism & Marketing Conference a Success

On August 14th & 15th, Saba held its first Tourism conference for stakeholders of both the private and public sector of the tourism industry on Saba. Attendance at the conference was high and much interest was displayed by the attendees. Topics highlighted were Customer Service, Digital Marketing, Team Work and …

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