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1 THE INFORMER


INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE ISLAND GOVERNMENT OF ST. EUSTATIUS


Volume I, Issue I


SEPTEMBER ISSUE, 2009


Dutch Government Donates Schoolbooks


Recently the Dutch Government
through the Quarter-maker of educa-
tion, Mr. Hemmie van Xanten presented
schoolbooks to the school board of the
secondary education, in the presence of
the Dutch Inspection of Education and
employees of the regional service center.
These school materials were promised
after the Dutch inspection had evalu-
ated the education system on Bonaire,
Saba and St. Eustatius after which was
determined that the school level on all
three islands was below the expected
level. There were many feedback both
positive as negative about the Dutch
inspection report. The island govern-
ment was in the process of organizing
an educational conference which was
executed shortly after the results of the
Dutch report. Many Statians are open
minded and are following the develop-
ments within the educational system. A
committee was established during the
conference to evaluate the bottle necks
and come-up with solutions which were
contributed by the various stakeholders.
A number of positive actions were un-
dertaken to bring about the change de-
sired in education. A new school board


was installed for which members were
selected by parents, Mrs. Clarsina
Rivers-Berkel, Mrs. Pammela Pandt-
Brown, members representing the
Island government are: Mr. Charles
Lindo, Mr. Simon Dijkshoorn, se-
lected by the new school board,
(Continued on page 5)


RENEGOTIATION OF SOCIAL SERVICES
SYSTEM FOR ST. EUSTATIUS


The Island Government of St. Eusta-
tius disapproved the document pre-
sented by the Dutch government in
Bonaire in July 2009 for the Social
Services System once the islands are
re-structured. The island Government
is more focused on having research
done to determine the amount of
money essential to meet ones basic


livelihood. In an interview with the
Commissioner of Finance and Social
Affairs, Mr. Roy Hooker he explained
the meaning of Social Services, basi-
cally when somebody is not working
and government tries to assist them.
He went on to explain that Holland
(Continued on page 2)


Education I


Social Security I


Health issues 2


Beatification 2


Noteworthy events & Happen- 5
ings on St. Eustatius

Vacancies 6


Population Statistics 6


Photo by Mr. Gordon Spanner







VOLUME I, ISSUE I


THE DANGERS OF HIGH CHOLESTEROL


Monthly Health updates with
Dr. Sharda Baboe-Kalpoe.


In an interview with Dr. Sharda
Baboe-Kalpoe she talks about high
cholesterol and it's risk for progres-
sive disease called atherosclerosis.

She explained the importance of
knowing the meaning of the illness,
and the consequences once infected.

WHAT IS CHOLESTEROL?

It is a fatty substance also called a
lipid, normally found in your blood-
stream. Your body needs a certain
amount of cholesterol to function
properly. But high cholesterol can
lead to Health problems. LDL-C is
called bad cholesterol because if you
have too much in your bloodstream,
it can become a danger to your
health and can lead to potentially
serious conditions. HDL-C (High


density lipo protein) is known as a
good cholesterol because it may help
remove excess cholesterol. Common
health factors such as diabetes,
high blood pressure, smoking, obe-
sity, family history of early heart
disease, and age can make control
your cholesterol more important.
Some illness have complicated
names to pronounce but there
meanings are quite simple, take for
example atherosclerosis it is the
progressive buildup of plaque in the
arteries over time. One major cause
is high levels of LDL-C. (Low den-
sity Lipo protein) Other health fac-
tors mentioned for cholesterol also
play a role in the formation of
plaque in arteries.


BURNING HEALTH QUESTIONS

You don't need to waste another sec-
ond wondering and worrying. Dr Ba-
boe will take you right to the bottom
line Email your questions to
statiapublichealth@hotmail.com

COMING SOON HEALTH TIPS

Coming soon on channel 15 are health
tips from the Public Health Depart-
ment by Dr. Sharda Baboe-Kalpoe


TOURISM LANDSCAPING AND BEAUTIFICATION WORKSHOP


The Tourism Foundation Organized
a workshop from August 31st to
September 4th 2009 for landscaping
and beautification. This workshop
was given by Representatives of the
firm FAVACA in Florida. Many
members of the community partici-
pated in this workshop to enhance
their skills in this area. To support
that which was taught at the work-
shop, participants got the opportu-


nity to carry out that which they
learned, by beautifying a number
of areas in the Historic Core.


sore of FAVACA


RENEGOTIATION OF SOCIAL SERVICES SYSTEM FOR ST. EUSTATIUS


(Continued from page 1)

was asked to support the islands in
a number of areas, education,
healthcare, social security (including
a number of components, like Pen-
sion, minimum wage, etc.) In the
government's radio program
"Shedding Light' he elaborated on a
number of issues, like the pension,


social security. The Dutch proposed
to take the highest minimum salary
of Bonaire and use it as the point of
departure. The same idea applies for
the pension. i.e. Presently the Cen-
tral Government pays Nafl. 650,00
old age pension, but an individual
pension may differ in amount
(certain people lived abroad for


many years). When the Nafl. 100,00
from the Island Government is added
to the old age pension, it totals
Nafl.750,00. During the negotiations
the proposal was made to use the
Nafl. 750,00 for Statia as point of de-
parture. According to commissioner
Hooker the entire report needs to be
renegotiated.


THE INFORMER


PAGE 2







VOLUME I, ISSUE I THE INFORMER

QUARTER MASTERS OF BONAIRE SABA AND ST. EUSTATIUS


Finance

Quarter Master of
Finance,

* Mr. Joop Wijnhoff

Joop.wijnhoff@rsc-bes.nl

Quarter Master of
Taxes,

* Mr. Hans visser.

Hans.visser@rsc-bes.nl

Internal Affairs and Kingdom
Relations.

* Quarter Master of Police, Mr.
John Schagen




Quarter Master So-
cial Affairs and Em-
ployment,

Mr. Johan van der
Graaff,

johan.graaff@rsc-bes.nl

Quarter Master for
Traffic and Water
Management,

* Mr. Pieter Lange-
Baerd

Pieter.langebaerd@rsc-bes.nl

Quarter Master for Social Hous-
ing, Spatial Planning and Envi-
ronment,

Mr. Jozef van
Brussel

Jozef.brussel@rsc-
bes.nl


St. Eustatius Regional Service Center
Office Manager, Sander Dijkstra
Mazinga Complex A, B
Fort Oranjestad, St. Eustatius
Tel.nr.:318 -3370
E-mail:san der.dijkstra@rsc-bes.nl


Quarter Master, for
Fire Brigade for com-
bating calamity,

* Mr Wim Goedhart,

wim.goedhart@rsc-
bes.nl

Quarter Master for
Immigration and
Naturalization,

* Mr. Jan de Jong,

jan.dejong@rsc-bes.nl

Quarter Master for
Youth and Family,

* Mrs. Marga
Drewes


Inspection Quarter Master for
Bonaire,

* Mr. Manfred Beckman

Quarter Master Saba/St. Eusta-
tius,

* Mr. Wim Hofman

Wim.hofman@rsc-bes.nl

Public Health, Welfare and Sport

Quarter Master for Privatizing

Public Health Care,

* Mr. Maarten Stoffels.

Marten.stoffels@rsc-bes.nl

Quarter Master for
Health Care desk,

Mr. Dido Kalma

dido.kalma@rsc-bes.nl


Saba Regional Service Center
Office Manager Michel Deurloo
The Bottom Saba
Tel.nr.: 0416-3934
E-mail: Michel.deurloo@rsc-bes.nl


Marga.drewes@rsc-bes.nl

Quarter Master for
Education Culture
and Science,

c Ms. Fleur Lag-
cher, I

fleur.lagcher@rsc-bes.nl

Quarter Master Social Affairs
and Employment

Quarter Master for Social Af-
fairs and Employment,

Mr. Hans Bor, Hans.bor@rsc-bes.nl







Quarter Master for Financial
Health Care Desk,

Mr. Koen Jansen

Koen.jansen@rsc-bes.nl

Commissioner for
Bonaire, Saba & St.
Eustatius,

Mr Henk Kamp,

henk.kamp@rsc-bes.nl

The St. Eustatius Festivity Commit-
tee is in the process of organizing
another Grand Week of Activities
working up to Statia Day November
16th 2009. Members of the commu-
nity are encouraged to submit a writ-
ten request to participate in the cul-
tural Exchange.

E-mail: euxfest_cmte@yahoo.com
Mobile: 318 -1402 Carla Duinkerk

Bonaire Regional Service Center
Kaya International z/n
Postbus 357, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Tel.nr.: 0717 833
Fax: 0715 8330
E-mail: info.rsc@rsc-bes.nl


PAGE 3







VOLUME I, ISSUE I


What is up with the Ambulance


The concern has been expressed sev-
eral times in the radio pro-
gramme sl., .,ii,._. Light about the
Government ambulance. The observa-
tion was made of the consistent use of
the Red cross Ambulance. One won-
ders why the Island Government is
not making an effort to purchase a
new ambulance. Recently, something
happened that should not have oc-
curred. While transporting a patient
to the airport to catch a flight, the
ambulance stopped. Today, we can
look back on this situation with a
sense of relief because it did not end
in a disaster. This situation should
not re-occur. In an interview with Mr.
Ricardo Courtar of the Red Cross, we
learned that the Red Cross ambulance
has a number of technical problems.
He told the G.I.S. that the fuel-gage
and battery are two of the major prob-
lems. The gage gives a different read-
ing than what appears on the gage


box. This problem is solved by always
refilling the ambulance after one or
two usage. Ricardo went on to say
that the information regarding the
technical problems was conveyed to
the staff at the Queen Beatrix Medi-
cal Center. According to information
released in one of the Island Council
Meetings, it appeared that the Queen
Beatrix Medical Center was in the
process of acquiring an ambulance
through an agency found on the inter-
net. Unfortunately, this contact
turned out to be a not trustworthy
source, what we call locally a
scam.


SHEDDING LIGHT


Join us weekly on Wednesday
morning, at 9 Am sharp, on the
Government radio programme
Shedding Light, for a day of self
discovery, sharing information, re-
viewing developments in our com-
munity, questioning our elected offi-
cials about important issues. If you
have ideas, suggestions contact the
host, Malvern on 318-2745 or
Malvern.gis@statiagovernment.com


Honour where
Honour is due


We encourage Statians and resi-
dents alike to submit names of
persons in the community that
do exceptional or outstanding
services in the community. The
information of this person can be
submitted to the office of the Lt.
Governor, Mr. H. Gittens.
Tel.nr.: 318-2552
Fax. 318 2324


Monthly Press Conferences


The Government information Ser-
vice is hosting monthly press confer-
ences at the V.A. Lopes legislative
Hall. These sessions will be held on
the second Tuesday of each month.
The first session is on Thursday,
September llth 2009. The first ses-
sion was postponed from Tuesday,
September 8th 2009 due to a num-
ber of factors beyond the control of
the Government Information Service.


Tax Information Center St. Eustatius


The Information Center of Taxes
located on the H.M Queen Beatrix
road, is encouraging members of the
community to acquire as much in-
formation as needed to comply with
the request of the Inspectorate of
taxes of the Windward Islands. If
you haven't submitted tax forms for
years and you are lacking behind
due to matters beyond your control,


you are advised to come in and
share your information, no matter
how grave you may think it is, they
will work along with you to find a
solution in the interest of both par-
ties. Not appearing to the office
while you received a summons to
submit your tax return form for
2004- 2007 is not a solution. If you
do not appear an estimated assess-


ment will be imposed. The tax center
is also offering the opportunity to
teach interested persons how to fill out
a tax form. To apply for this service
you need to contact the office and
make an appointment. Tel.nr.: 318-
3325/26 Fax: 318 -3327
E-mail: informationcenter@taxes-
windward.com


MESSAGE TO THE
YOUTH!

A MESSAGE TO ALL THE
YOUNGSTERS OUT
THERE FROM THE DE-
PARTMENT OF GIS,
FIGHTING TEENAGE
PREGNANCY PROVES TO
BE AN UPHILL STRUG-
GLE..... DON'T LET AN
EARLY PREGNANCY
STEAL YOUR FUTURE
AND YOUR LIFE!


THE INFORMER


PAGE 4













































JOB OPPORTUNITIES


Population Statistics


The Island Government of St. Eusta-
tius, Personnel Affairs Department
acknowledged that there are a number
of vacancies within the Government
Administration that is presently va-
cant. These vacancies are:

* Head of Welfare Department

* Head of Sport Department

* Head of Economic Affairs Depart-
ment

For more information regarding the
conditions for each vacancy applicants
are advised to contact the Head of the
Office of Personnel Affairs. Ms. Flor-
ence Marlin.

Tel.nr.: 318 2931

E-mail: HR.goveux@gmail.com


NEWS FROM CENSUS OFFICE:

Head of the Census office, Mrs.
Maduro reports the following:

BIRTHS

DATE : August 1lth, 2009

SEX : Female

NAME : D'shania Imaria h1i.Ii.\1. i

MOTHER: Spanner,
Derta Xiomara

FATHER: Fortin, Igmar Narcico

The Island Government is urging
animal owners to keep their don-
keys, cows, goats and sheep
penned in according to the Island
Ordinance of cattle registration


The Informer, is the St. Eustatius Gov-
ernment Information Bulletin

It is a monthly publication of the island
territory of St. Eustatius. The objective
is to inform residents of St. Eustatius
about the developments that are taking
place within Government and social
matters on the island.


Published by M.A. Lopes Chief Public
Relations for the Island Territory of St.
Eustatius Princes Garden, Oranjestad,
St. Eustatius, Neth. Ant.

Telephone:599-318-2745

Fax: 599-318-2084

Email: gis@statiagovernment.com

Malvern.gis@statiagovernment.com

Layout by D. Simmons

Queries should be directed to the Office
of the Lt. Governor, Mr. Hyden Gittens,
under which he has the responsibility
of Bureau Kabinet, St. Eustatius.
Tel: 318 -2552 Fax: 318-2324


THE WORLD IS FILLED WITH BEAUTY WHEN
YOUR

HEART IS FILLED WITH LOVE!!!


The Labour Department hereby makes
it known that petitions have been sub-
mitted by employers to obtain work
permits for foreigners in the functions
mentioned below.

* Full time Administrative clerk

The applicant should be able to work
with Quick books, Internet Explorer,
Taxation forms, book keeping, write
and read Dutch language.



* Part Time Administrative Clerk

The applicant should be able to speak
English and being able to articulate in
Spanish is a plus.

To acquire more information about
these vacancies you may contact the
Labour department by phone 318-
2881 to make an appointment.

Email: statia.labour@yahoo.com







VOLUME I, ISSUE I


EDUCATIONAL LAWS PRESENTED TO STATIA GOVERNMENT



The Commissioner of Education, Mr.
Roy Hooker was presented with all
the laws of the Netherlands Antilles
by Mrs. Jolanda Ng, (the Director of
the Ministry of Education Sports and
Culture on Central Level, compiled
all the laws in a book for the Nether-
lands Antilles. She also presented
CD's of the youth who participated for
the Kingdom Netherlands Antilles.
We learned through an interview with
Commissioner Hooker, that the edu-
cational laws will be used as the point
of departure, moving forward in the
new Constitutional Status. According
to Commissioner Hooker Cd's of the
Kingdom Cultural game in which the
75 youth, 25 from Aruba, 25 from the
Netherlands and 25 of the Nether-
lands Antilles participated. The
Games were hosted by Aruba in July Photo by Mr. Gordon Span
last.


Dutch Government donates schoolbooks



(Continued from page 1)

were Mrs. Arlene Spanner-Schmidt,
Mrs. Christina Woodley and Mrs.
Leonora Sneek- Gibbes. The school
board immediately undertook action
and hired Mr. Hans Odijk to sup-
port the Management and school
board.

Sch

Mr. Hans Odijk


WHAT'S GOING ON ST. EUSTATIUS


ner


loolboard Gwvp, Manage- ",
aent, Dutch Inspection


The Domino Association, El Dorado is
hosting the annual Domino competi-
tion on September 11, 12 and 13th
2009 on St. Eustatius. The visiting
participants come from Tortola, Anti-
gua and Anguilla. The first two nights
of the dominoes competition will be
held on Friday evening at 7 pm at
Local and the final game and cere-
mony is at the Old Gin House.


HAPPY HOUR, HAPPY HOUR

Every Wednesday night the hot spot
is at the Old Gin House .If you want
to relax and enjoy some Barbeque
along with live music, you are encour-
aged to visit the Old Gin House Bar &
Restaurant. Where weekly another
band entertains the guest.


Don't mist the opportunity every Friday
night to dine & wine at Smoke Alley
Bar & Restaurant. The weekly enter-
tainment is by a DJ.

NIGHTCLUB ENTERTAINMENT

Stone Oven Bar & Restaurant is the
place where one can party the night
away every Saturday night.


THE INFORMER


PAGE 6




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