Chris Meijvogel

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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New Board for Saba Red Cross

The Red Cross branch on Saba has a new board. Antonio Hughes and Janet Wilson welcomed three new members on the board. Mark Zagers joined as its treasurer, Marva Simmons as the new secretary and Gerald Simmons–de Jong as its new chairman. Hughes and Wilson will stay on as board …

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Customer service training

On Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4, some 20 employees of the Public Entity Saba took part in a short customer service course which focused on how to deal with difficult people and situations. The course, which covered two half days, was facilitated by Dr. Natasha Gittens and Catherine …

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Delegation to weights and measurements training in the Netherlands

Three persons of the Public Entity Saba are currently in the Netherlands for a weights and measurements training facilitated by the Radio Communications Agency (‘Agentschap Telecom’) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK). Head of Economic Affairs of the Public Entity Dave Levenstone, and Jerome Mathew and Philbert …

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