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Dutch Caribbean Vaccinations Moving At A Rapid Pace. In Saba Approx. 89% Of Adults Have Been Fully Vaccinated

THE HAGUE – Vaccinations are fast on the islands in the Caribbean Netherlands. On Saba, approximately 89 percent of the adult population and almost all healthcare workers have now been vaccinated. On St. Eustatius, more than 30 percent of the population has had an injection and that share will quickly increase.

On Bonaire, 65 percent of the over-60s and healthcare personnel have received a first injection. From the end of this month, all young adults can also make an appointment for a vaccination. The cabinet has decided to speed up vaccination because of the rapidly increasing infections compared to the limited care capacity – there are only 6 ic beds on Bonaire. The number of infections is also high on Aruba and Curaçao. Here, the elderly and vulnerable are currently being vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. Younger adults will be next in the coming weeks.

Due to the increasing number of infections, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has adjusted the travel advice for Curaçao. From now on, a quarantine obligation also applies to Curacao and Aruba. The islands were already on ‘orange’, meaning unnecessary travel is discouraged.

Just In From The Tweede Kamer, The Hague: Members of Parliament Kuiken And Diertens Questions The Legitimacy Of COHO. Knops Never Ran The Agreement By The Tweede Kamer first

The Hague Members of Parliament Attje Kuiken (PvdA) and Antje Diertens (D66) Question the Legitimacy Of COHO, they want to know from State Secretary Knops (BZK) why he did not ask the Council of State for advice in advance about the draft Kingdom Act on the Caribbean Body for Reform and Development.

Updated Breaking! Minister Knops Power Overrules The Council: COHO Controversy Fully Explained English & Dutch

On Monday, Dossier Kingdom Relations reported that the Council of State has passed a damning judgment on the draft Kingdom Act for the establishment of the Caribbean body for reform and development (COHO) that must direct and supervise the spending of loans that the Netherlands has on Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten will provide as well as the implementation of the required reforms. Today the sequel. In a way, the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations comes above the governments of the countries In its 20-page advisory report, the Council of State of the Kingdom of the Kingdom Act filters the Caribbean body for reform and development (Coho). It starts off nicely: The Advisory Division of the Council of State appreciates the intentions expressed

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs Commemoration Speech of the 373rd Anniversary of the Treaty of Concordia

Today March 23, 2021, though having special significance for me, as the day I became a mother for the first time, it is the day that we celebrate Treaty of Concordia Day. As Madam VP Valerie Damaseau said, “Since 2018, we have been working to make it more than about nice speeches.” As Melissa just said as well and as the youth said on Saturday, “Time for talk has finished.” Let today be the last day we only just talk about it.

Special Unit Robbery Detectives (SUR) with several police patrols arrested J.J.A. in St. Peters in the early morning of March 23 for his involvement in an attempted robbery

 Detectives from the Special Unit Robbery (SUR) together with several police patrols arrested a man with initials J.J.A. in St. Peters in the early morning of March 23 for his involvement in an attempted robbery on March 3, 2021, also in St. Peters.
On the evening of March 3, Police Central Dispatch received several calls about a shooting in St. Peters. Arriving on the scene, police officers found two men who were shot and in urgent need of medical care.
The investigation found that three masked men showed up at the scene and threatened the victims with a handgun and attempted to rob them of their belongings. The suspects were not successful in robbing the victims and proceeded to fire several shots at the men before fleeing the scene.
The suspect’s home was searched by police following his arrest. The suspect remains in police custody pending further investigation.

UPDATE: BREAKING! Dutch Supreme Court Upheld María Buncamper’s Conviction. Final Ruling Against Former Minister Sentenced to 18 months in prison, of which 12 months suspended and 240 hours of community service.

The Case
The politician was prosecuted by the Public Prosecution Service for evading tax for a number of years by not filing a tax return on time. This concerned income tax and company turnover tax returns. The Common Court of Justice sentenced the suspect on appeal to 18 months in prison, of which 12 months suspended and 240 hours of community service. The suspect lodged an appeal in cassation with the Supreme Court.

SSRP Income and Unemployment Support Application Open for April 2021

The SSRP Income and Unemployment Support online portal is now open for application requests for the month of April 2021. Both programs of the St. Maarten Stimulus and Relief Program disburse ANG 1,150 for the applicable month to approved persons who demonstrate a financial need for the support. In order to receive continued financial assistance, new and existing applicants must submit a support request monthly t

Nature Foundation Reminds Residents and Visitors to Take Care During Sea Turtle Nesting Season. St Maarten, The Caribbean

The Nature Foundation Sint Maarten encourages residents and visitors to protect adult sea turtles and their eggs by limiting lighting and disturbances along the shore, and reporting sea turtle activity to the Foundation. With the start of the annual sea turtle nesting season, three endangered sea turtle species are expected to lay their nests on many of Sint Maarten’s beaches from April until November and sometimes even as late as in December. The Nature Fou

Government of Sint Maarten Congratulates Curaçao on 2021 General Elections

Philipsburg – On behalf of the Government of Sint Maarten, the Council of Ministers hereby take this opportunity to congratulate the Movement for the Future of Curaçao (MFK), party, and particularly its leader Gilmar ‘Pik’ Pisas – with his overwhelming support from the population and winning the election held in Curacao on Friday, March 19, 2021, with 9 out of 21 seats. The people of Curaçao have clearly spoken, and congratulations are also extended to the PAR, PNP, MAN, KEM and TPK parties winning seats to represent the people of Curaçao.

Congratulations to Jorien Wuite – making history for SXM in the Second Chamber!!! 🇸🇽

Besides Jorien Wuite, who has served as Secretary General for two Ministries on St. Maarten and as Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague during the previous government, we are happy to see other persons of Dutch Caribbean descent enhance the diversity now reflected in the election of new parties such as BIJ1, which has representation from St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba in the persons of Quinsy Gario and Lysanne Charles. At a time when representation is so important, it is heartwarming to see that persons with an understanding from personal experience of living and working in St. Maarten will be able to stand for us in th

MP Wescot wants urgent meeting of the Decolonization Committee of Parliament.

MP Sarah Wescot is of the opinion that the longer the government pussyfoots around the division in the coalition on the topic of the UN petition, the more detrimental it gets.
MP Wescot elaborates: “By now, the Prime Minister should have received the Kingdom Council of State’s advice on the draft COHO kingdom law and while this advice should be treated with confidentiality, I highly doubt that the St. Maarten government and its coalition MPs in parliament will not discuss th

WORLD BANK JUST RELEASED – ALL 58 DOCS: Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund : Annual Report 2020 (English)

ALL 58 DOCUMENTS: Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund : Annual Report 2020 (English)
Sint Maarten, one of the four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is a small, high-income island state. On September 6, 2017, Sint Maarten was severely affected by Hurricane Irma. In April 20

Breaking! Moody’s downgrades Princess Juliana International Airports rating to B1 with a negative outlook. Approximately US$142.6 million of debt securities affected

$142.6 million (Approximate original issuance amount) Senior Secured Notes due 2027. Moody’s also confirmed PJIA’s Baseline Credit Assessment (BCA) of b3 and changed the outlook to negative. The rating action concludes the rating review that initiated on February 11th, 2021.The rating action follows Moody’s rating action in which the agency downgraded the Government of St. Maarten’s rating to Ba2 from Baa3 and changed t

KPSM: 124 traffic accidents for February. Police to crack down on wreckless scooter/motorbike driving Dutch Sint Maarten

124 traffic accidents for February. Police to crack down on wreckless scooter/motorbike driving
The Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) conducted a review of traffic accidents that took place on the island of Sint Maarten in the month of February. In total there were about 124 road accidents registered with the Sint Maarten Police Force between February 1 and the 28 2021, the police said on Monday in its traffic accident report.


Minister of Finance, Ardwell Irion and President of the Overseas Collectivity of St. Martin, Daniel Gibbs, together with their delegation, met on Friday March 19th to discuss how both sides of the island could achieve tax cooperation. With the support of the department of Foreign Affairs, both parties expressed the desire for research into areas of possible tax harmonization, highlighted gaps in the systems and

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