Dear Editor, Once again I dedicate a little of my busy schedule to share my analysis on some disruptive changes I perceive taking place on Statia. Let me first of all congratulate the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) under the leadership of Ms. Recheline … [Read more] about Virgil Sams: ‘Make Ammends and Build Bridges’
Dear Editor, The results of the Island Council Elections of October 21, 2020 came as a shock to many. Statements such as, “The population of Statia still longs for the old political situation”, and “The people want Clyde van Putten, the controversial leader … [Read more] about Letter to the Editor: ‘It is in our blood people’!
by Harald Linkels With the elections on St. Eustatius only a few days away, things are certainly heating up in local politics. Will the party who was pro-Dutch intervention win most votes? Or will the same PLP/Merkman coalition, which was so … [Read more] about Opinion: On the eve of upcoming elections, a lot is suddenly possible on St. Eustatius
By Virgil Sams I am happy to have entered the conversation as a silent reader and listener of the virtual political dialogues. I have decided to take time from my busy schedule to make use of the pen to strike as a vocal contributon my analytical thoughts … [Read more] about Letter to the Editor: “Return to the days of Leaders who stand for Principle and Moral Dignity”
The latest measures against the rapidly increasing Covid-19 infections on Bonaire leads to quite some discussion. Some are pro, others are very much against the measures implemented by Island Governor Edison Rijna. Together with the consultants of Linkels … [Read more] about Flash Poll: What is YOUR Opinion about latest Covid-19 Measures on Bonaire?
The recent decision to enforce a 14 day quarantine on travelers from Curacao is baffling. In the last 7 days the Netherlands has had an average of 1,382 new cases, or 8.13 new cases per 100k. Curacao, interestingly, has had an average of 13 news cases, or … [Read more] about Letter to the Editor: “14 day Quarantine From Curacao is Baffling”
By Harald Linkels These days Facebook and other social media are rife with ‘experts’ on how to deal with the Covid-situation, especially since the outbreak on St. Eustatius last weekend. Is the situation serious? Yes, it is serious. Then again, a … [Read more] about Analysis: Does Statia Government deserve so much heat for the current Covid-crisis?
By Harald Linkels Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, global aviation has hit an unprecedented turbulence. Even the two oldest airlines of the world, Dutch KLM and Colombian Avianca, both of which celebrated their 100th anniversary less than a year ago, … [Read more] about Who Defends the interests of the Local Airline Industry? (Hint: Nobody)
By Harald Linkels Philipsburg/The Bottom- The communication by the Dutch Representative in St. Maarten -and former Saban commissioner- Chris Johnson, that he too has contracted the feared Covid-19 virus can be considered both refreshing and important. … [Read more] about Chris Johnson’s Openness about Covid-19 infection is Refreshing
The Bottom, Saba- Sabans seem to be reasonably satisfied with the performance of the two commissioners forming part of the Executive Council. This is suggested by an online opinion poll performed by consultancy organization Linkels & Partners in … [Read more] about Sabans mostly satisfied with performance of Commissioners, EXCO