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’ of duty. The report further stated that, “this neglect has had a harmful effect on the island’s people”. On February 7, 2018, State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations, … [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.
Kralendijk- Consultancy firm Linkels & Partners will, on behalf of the Public Entity Bonaire, be conducting a study into the feelings about vaccination against Covid-19. For the study, an online survey is combined with so-called face-to-face … [Read more] about Bonaire Government Executes Study on feelings regarding Covid-19 Vaccination
Dear Editor, The granting of financial liquidity support by the Dutch Government in the form of a $3 million loan has apparently already brought about something in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. The media, both in the Netherlands and in the Caribbean … [Read more] about Letter to the Editor: Financial support to WINAIR
Dear Editor, As of January 1, 2021, the responsibility for the land registers in Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius falls under the Cadastre in the Netherlands. Prior to the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles (on October 10, 2010), Statia’s Cadastre’s … [Read more] about Letter to the Editor: ‘Statia Cadastre now Cadastre Netherlands’
By Harald Linkels The 'Corona crisis' has led to many new developments and quite some challenges for companies who are fighting to survive. Some companies deal very well with these challenges and come up with innovations that make the Customer's life … [Read more] about ‘Corporate Bullies’ won’t last long in the New Reality- Not even in the Caribbean
Dear Editor, Hugo de Jonge as Dutch Health Minister needs to review the way responsible care is delivered by his civil servants from the ZVK (Care Insurance Office) on St. Eustatius and Bonaire. As a recent patient in need of support from these offices, I … [Read more] about Letter to the editor: A Lesson For ZVK and Minister Hugo de Jonge