Jorien Wuite appointed to Dutch Social Economic Council

PHILIPSBURG — Former member of the Dutch parliament Jorien Wuite has been appointed as a crown-member of the Social Economic Council (SER) in the Netherlands, dossierkoninkrijksrelaties.nl reports. Minister Van Gennip (Social Affairs and Employment) nominated Wuite and the Council of Ministers gave its approval on Thursday. Crown members are More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Aruba is dragging its feet with same-sex marriage legislation

ORANJESTAD — The Aruban Parliament is dragging its feet with the handling of an initiative law that aims to make marriage between partners of the same sex possible. Coalition-partner RAIZ and opposition party More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, February 10th, 2024

Island Council Bonaire grabs almost half a million with controversial decision

KRALENDIJK — The Island Council of Bonaire approved on October 3 a dramatic increase of $480,000 for its five factions but not everybody is happy with the 255 percent increase. State Secretary Alexandra van More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, January 21st, 2024

Appeltjes van Oranje offers big cash prizes

PHILIPSBURG — The Oranje Fund is inviting candidates for its 2024 Appeltjes van Oranje program. Three winners will each receive a cash prize of 25,000 Euros and a bronze statuette crafted by Princess Beatrix More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, January 10th, 2024

Een grondwettelijke dilemma

Met de naderende verkiezingen heeft een prominente politieke partij een voorstel naar voren gebracht in haar manifesto dat aandacht behoeft. Het voorstel pleit voor voorkeursbehandeling bij baantoewijzingen, met More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, December 20th, 2023

Dutch subsidy for Makana ferry service

PHILIPSBURG — The Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations (BZK) has made €1 million ($1.1 million) in subsidies available to support the Makana ferry service that connects Statia and Saba with St. More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, December 20th, 2023

St. Maarten hardly makes use of European support funds

PHILIPSBURG — There are twenty European funds St. Maarten could call on for financial assistance, it appears from a letter State Secretary Alexandra van Huffelen (Kingdom Relations) sent to the Dutch parliament. More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, December 20th, 2023

St. Maarten continues to ignore climate change threats

PHILIPSBURG — Climate activist Riddhi Samtani asked attention for St. Maarten during the recently concluded United Nations climate conference in Dubai, wondering why her island cannot get help from climate More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, December 3rd, 2023

KSA fines gambling operator Betent more than $3 million

THE HAGUE – The Dutch gaming authority KSA has fined online gambling company Betent $3 million ($3.27 million) for violating a string of requirements. Betent operates in The Netherlands under a sub-license More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, December 2nd, 2023

Dutch prison system also struggles with staff shortages

PHILIPSBURG — The Pointe Blanche prison is not the only facility in the Kingdom’s justice chain that struggles with staff shortages it appears from a letter Minister Franc Weerwind (Legal Protection) sent More...