Netherlands strengthened Pension fund PCN with 31 million USD

Government employers involved and the Stichting Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN) have agreed on measures to strengthen the pension fund Caribbean Netherlands The most important measure is that fund capital is strengthened by a total of $ 31 million. The agreement is the result of talks between PCN and the Ministry …

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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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Last flight CN-Express to Bonaire on June 29th

The last flight of the CN-Express is scheduled for Friday, June 29. The temporary air connection between Bonaire and the Windward Islands has been operational for a month longer than initially planned. Starting the first of July, Winair will include the connection between the Windward Islands and Bonaire in their …

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Funds to improve children’s rights on islands yield results

The 3 mil­lion euros the Dutch gov­ernment made available between 2015 and 2017 for projects to strengthen chil­dren’s rights in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba have yielded positive results. There is much more aware­ness of children’s rights in schools and in the com­munity, children in vulner­able positions are getting assistance …

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