Chris Meijvogel

More Dutch funds for Caribbean Netherlands

With focus on good governance and the wellbeing of the people, the Dutch government has allocated about 388 mil­lion euros for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in 2020. This is 24 million euros more than in 2019. The increase is the result of measures announced in the course of 2019. …

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Saba participants complete calibration training

Jerome Mathew, Philbert Ryner, both of the Public Works Department, and Head of Economic Affairs of the Public Entity Saba Dave Levenstone successfully completed an extensive weights and measurements training facilitated by the Radio Communications Agency (‘Agentschap Telecom’) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK). The training took …

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Saba holds table top evacuation exercise

The Public Entity Saba organized a crisis management training on Thursday, September 12, with local authorities and members of the European Union Civil Protection Team EUCPT. During the so-called table top training, titled the Caribbean Coast Evacuation Saba, participants discussed the many logistic aspects that are involved in the event …

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Expert on Saba for goat control plan

Invasive species specialist Pete Haverson from England is currently on Saba to help with the drafting of a goat controlling plan. Haverson, who arrived on Saba on Wednesday, September 11 and will stay on the island until Sunday, September 15, has been requested by the Public Entity Saba to assist …

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MP Kuiken seeks clarity on Ombudsman poverty report

Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament At­tje Kuiken of the Labour Party PvdA is seeking clar­ity from the Dutch gov­ernment on the alarming report of the National Om­budsman about the severe poverty situation of many elderly persons in the Ca­ribbean Netherlands. Kuiken submitted written questions to State …

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EU team on Saba Thursday for disaster training

On Thursday September 12, a European Union Civil Protection Team (EU CPT) will be on Saba for a training in case of an emergency on the island. In the morning hours of September 12, the team members will be performing damage assessments during an exercise. They will be clearly visible, …

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National Ombudsman: Many elderly live in ‘bitter’ poverty

Elderly who live on or below the poverty threshold in the Caribbean Netherlands face several problems. They have too little money to cover their basic needs, there are too few (care) facilities and they do not know which ar­rangements they are eligible for. That is the conclusion of National Ombudsman …

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ZVK officials meet with Executive, Island Council

Officials of the Caribbean Netherlands Health Insurance Office ZVK met with the Executive Council and Island Council on Monday, September 9, 2019. The future merger of ZVK with the Caribbean Netherlands Youth Care and Family Guardianship JGCN, the upcoming townhall meeting on Saba and logistical matters were discussed. ZVK Director …

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St. Maarten, Statia, Saba cooperate in training for vocational teachers

“Sharing is caring” has been the ada­gio of the network in voca­tional education between St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba in the past three years. The network has already resulted in two inter-island conferences at which profes­sionals in vocational educa­tion shared their experiences and gained inspiration. The C-vet committee, con­sisting …

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More purchasing power

The Caribbean Netherlands once again recorded a rise in consumer purchasing power in 2017. With a median 2.6 percent increase, the highest gain was on St Eustatius. Mainly low-income households benefited there, due to the additional increase in minimum wages and social benefits in 2017. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this …

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