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Demissionair-Minister Schouten explains details on the fight against poverty

Unfavorable weather conditions prevented Demissionair-Minister Schouten from physically reaching Saba. Instead,  she engaged in productive discussions with the Executive Council, Island Council, and the Saba Business Association. They discussed the critical issues affecting the region.  On Friday, Minister Schouten announced several significant measures aimed at improving the living conditions of …

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Upcoming increase in the minimum wage will be tax free

Employees in the Caribbean Netherlands do not have to pay tax on the upcoming increase in the minimum wage. A proposal to this effect by D66 and ChristenUnie received the support of a majority in the Second Chamber last night. The amendment by MPs Grinwis (CU) and Van Weyenberg (D66) …

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Dutch Caribbean motions all passed

— Kingdom Canon to be discussed — All ten motions regarding the Caribbean parts of the kingdom were passed by the Dutch Second Chamber of Parlia­ment on Tuesday. Eight of those were signed by Member of Par­liament (MP) Jorien Wuite from D66, a representative with a Ca­ribbean background who won’t …

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Second chamber elections on the 22nd of November 2023

Elections for the second chamber will take place on Wednesday, the 22nd of November 2023. The Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN) will be starting an information campaign this week in order to inform all inhabitants of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba about the elections and the voting process. The slogan for …

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Ferry services and flights to Saba disrupted by TS Tammy

The Makana Ferry will due to the passing of Tropical Storm Tammy ­not be travelling to Saba today. This was Friday, or tomorrow, Saturday, announced by Public Entity Saba on Thursday. Saba’s airport will also be closed on Saturday, which is when the tropical system is expected to pass near …

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Study into funding of childcare in the Caribbean Netherlands

In order to ensure that the future childcare compensation is realistic and organizations can continue to provide good childcare, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) commissioned a study into the costs of childcare in the Caribbean Netherlands. Based on this study, the research agency Amsterdam Bureau for Economics …

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Inflation down on Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba

In Q3 2023, consumer goods and services on Bonaire were 1.9 percent more expensive than one year previously. Inflation stood at 4.6 percent in the previous quarter. On St Eustatius, prices decreased by 1.1 percent year on year in Q3, while they increased by 3.3 percent in Q2. On Saba, …

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