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Voting papers arrive late abroad, on time on islands

The late or non arrival of voting papers of Dutch voters abroad has raised concerns. Democratic Party D66 candidate Eelco Keij is taking action and D66 Member of the Second Chamber Sjoerd Sjoerdsma is seeking clarity from the Dutch Government. The voting papers arrived timely in the Dutch Caribbean. The …

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No recent confirmed cases of Zika on Saba

After an increase in Zika patients over the last weeks of 2016, recently there have not been any confirmed cases on Saba, the Public Health Department said. Pregnant women are, however, still strongly advised to take measures against mosquito bites as it is too soon to say that there is …

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Fit Park Saba opens today

Saba’s one and only outdoor fitness park will be opening next to Queen Wilhelmina Library in The Bottom, today, Friday, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. At Fit Park Saba residents and visitors will be able to exercise whenever they want and pick their own dates and time to get fit. Over …

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No automatic childcare benefit for new siblings

The automatic payment of childcare benefit (“kinderbijslag”) for children after the first-born of parents in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will not take place, Dutch State Secretary of Social Affairs and Labour Jetta Klijnsma decided earlier this week. Filing a separate request for each newborn will remain necessary. The State …

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Recourt to Bonaire for election campaign

Candidate number 23 of the Dutch Labour Party PvdA Jeroen Recourt will go to Bonaire this Saturday to campaign for the March 15 Parliamentary elections in the Netherlands. He wants to urge the people of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba to vote. Recourt is known on the islands as the …

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CDA asks about high food prices on islands

The Christian Democratic Party CDA wants to know whether there is an agriculture and/ or food policy for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba to curb the high food prices and trade defi cit on the islands. CDA Members of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Mustafa Amhaouch and Jaco …

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INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH ELS MOMMERS

Saba resident Els Mommers was invited to present her work at the International Quilt Festival in Mexico City. Entries should be based on the motto: “Endemic flora and fauna Mexico”. Els selected the Mexican tree frog sitting on an enlarged banana leaf as her principal motif. She worked several months on this quilt …

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Leiden, islands want to strengthen job placement

The Dutch Municipality Leiden and the public entities Bonaire and Saba have established a cooperation to strengthen job placement on the islands. The intention is to add St. Eustatius to the project. The islands have the ambition to take job placement to a higher level, and want to make use …

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Carolien Giesen is the new “Press Judge”

Carolien Giesen is the new “Press Judge” in St. Maarten for the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, and Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. She will assume the position from March 1. Giesen will succeed Mauritsz de Kort in the position of the Court’s spokesperson. She will …

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