Chris Meijvogel

Commissioner Wilson speaks out against pension reductions

Commissioner of Social Affairs Rolando Wilson on Wednesday called upon Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk and on State Secretary of Social Affairs and Employment Jetta Klijnsma to reconsider their decision to cut the pensions of members of Pension Fund Caribbean Netherlands PCN. “As Commissioner of …

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WIPM calls for Island Council meeting on PCN pension cuts

The Windward Islands People’s Movement (WIPM) fraction in the Island Council has requested an Island Council meeting to be held Tuesday, April 18. The meeting is to discuss the recent 3.5 per cent reduction in the gross pension premium which was introduced on April 1, and the twelve per cent …

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New board member for Educational Foundation

As per April 1, Marva Donker has been appointed Secretary on the board of Saba Educational Foundation (SEF), after the resignation of La-Toya Charles. Donker is currently employed by the Island Government in the position of Head of the Personnel Department, which she has set up. During the past 31 …

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Child Focus presented ‘The Little Mermaid’

Child Focus Foundation’s Jitterbugs theatre group recently performed their own rendition of “The Little Mermaid” on Saba. The performance was showcased on five nights and each night was sold out to an audience of 90 people. The new version of the play was the brainchild of director Jackie Daley, who …

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Trade mission also to visit Saba and Statia

The 23rd trade mission “Connecting sustainable businesses from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Dutch Caribbean region” will be visiting St. Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius, on May 30, May 31, and June 1, respectively. The 23rd trade mission in the Dutch Caribbean is organized by Managing Director of …

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Pension cut is inevitable

The most feasible of the three options to solve the funding shortfall at the Caribbean Netherlands Pension Fund PCN is to lower the payable pension, Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk informed the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday. The three options are: having …

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Improved insurance for islands’ officers looked at

Police officers and other civil servants working in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba may in the future be better insured in case of a work related fatal accident. Authorities are looking into ways to arrange a fitting employer’s provision for Caribbean Netherlands civil servants who have a fatal accident at …

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Saba homicide suspect to appear in court April 13

The 31-year-old man, suspected of involvement in the homicide of a 24-year-old student at Saba University School of Medicine (SUSOM) on April 15, 2015, will appear at the Court of First Instance in Bonaire on April 13 for a so-called pro forma hearing, the Prosecutor’s Office stated. Suspect S.C. was …

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Road works for installation of fibre-optic cable on Saba

During the upcoming weeks, there will be construction forz some meter walls and fibre-optic cables to be installed by SEC and HES Con throughout Saba’s road infrastructure. This week, fibre-optic cables will be installed from Carl Hassell’s residence to Juancho Yrausquin Airport. From Friday, March 31, until Monday, April 3, …

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Senate demands speedy social minimum research

The Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations KOREL of the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, on Tuesday, urged State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Labour to hurry up with the research to arrive at a social minimum for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. “The State Secretary has not …

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