Letter to the Editor by Chris Russell Despite a time of Covid, big fines of up to USD 1200 are being levied by the Immigration & Naturalisation Service (IND) on airport departing visitors from St. Eustatius who have overstayed their statutory three months period. Last week, one such passenger, Chris Russell who is a pensioner and married to a Statian was told that he had exceeded his stay by 99 days and was duly fined US 800 - … [Read more] about Big fines for family visitors leaving Statia
By Adnan Hassan In a world of globalisation, no island is an island. Bonaire is no different. We are being impacted by events around the world. And this impact will only increase. I see the changes daily. When I pick up my kids after school from … [Read more] about Opinion: Globalisation and Bonaire
Welcome Dutch caretaker State Secretary to Statia where you are likely to open a roundabout that communicates with about ten lonely vehicles per hour per day. Never have we seen on Statia such magnificent progress from you and your local civil servants and … [Read more] about Mister Knops: It is time to reorganize ZVK!
The Bonaire Tourism Recovery Plan has taken great strides in spelling out three main objectives that willsupport keeping Bonaire natural. “The 3 main objectives: Target existing markets and increase average expenditure: Efforts geared towards getting … [Read more] about Letter to the Editor: Bonaire 2021 | Tourism Recovery Plan
By Dick Drayer The investigation into possible violations of integrity at the Board for Financial Supervision (Cft) will be wrapped up smoothly, as far as President Raymond Gradus is concerned. We are to believe that violations of integrity -even excessive … [Read more] about No Fire, but quite some Smoke when it comes to CFT Integrity Assessment
Dear Editor, On February 1st, 2018, the Dutch Government adopted a bill providing for administrative intervention in Statia, after the Committee of Wise Men, in their report, concluded that the then PLP/Merkman led Government was accused of ‘gross neglect’ … [Read more] about Opinion: The Failed Statian Experiment
By Harald Linkels It is commendable that Government in Bonaire is doing its best to keep the Covid-19 virus out as much as possible. Especially when it comes to combating dangerous mutations, which can make an already precarious situation even more … [Read more] about Are some high-risk countries more equal than other high-risk countries?
Is anyone in a position responsible for enacting or enforcing measures to protect the population during this pandemic following the numbers? So far in 2021, active cases have increased by 421. That is an average of 6 each day, and an approximate 3,200 … [Read more] about Letter to the Editor: Bonaire Needs Competent Leadership
Dear Governor Rjina, Maybe it’s me, maybe I’m the only person on Bonaire frustrated by the vaccination program’s progress? Maybe this virus is not that serious, but we’re in lockdown so it must be, right? Then why is the vaccination program lacking any … [Read more] about Open Letter to Governor Rijna: ‘Frustrated by Vaccination Program Progress’
By Harald Linkels While it is positive and encouraging news that St. Eustatius will be represented in Dutch Parliamentary elections by no less than four(!) local candidates, it seems that especially the Ubuntu party with three Statians on it -Kenneth … [Read more] about Analysis: Ubuntu party and Statian Candidates need to Dramatically step-up Communication.