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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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