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THE INFORMER


INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE ISLAND GOVERNMENT OF ST. EUSTATIUS


Volume I, Issue 3


NOVEMBER ISSUE, 2009


'PIPE' DORMOY GIVEN A WORLDWIDE FLIGHT AGAIN


in walked the management of the
Post Office. The subsequent talks
and discussions that day led to the
Foundation submitting a request to
have a series of stamps issued in
honor of aviation pioneers of the
three islands.
Statia's Lieutenant-Governor, Mr.
Hyden Gittens, was able to make a
surprise announcement as that same
morning, the Executive Council of
Statia confirmed that they are open
and interested to talk to the Founda-
tion about their role in making possi-
ble a flight school in Statia.
(continue on page 5)


Official launch of the stamps -from left: Franklin Sluis (Nieuwe Post NA), Elly Delien,
Brenda Wathey, Patsy Johnson, Terrance Rey, Walter Hellebrand


Article by Walter Th. Hellebrand
Long time St. Eustatius resident and a leg-
end in his own time, the late Jose 'Pipe'
Dormoy, has been immortalized on a stamp
thanks to an initiative of the Statia based
Aviation Pioneers of the Caribbean Founda-
tion. The stamp is one of a series of three
issued by Nieuwe Post Nederlandse Antillen
N.V. in cooperation with the Foundation.
The series was launched to recognize the
aviation pioneers of the Windward Islands
who opened up the islands and thereby
contributed to their development. The
other two stamps feature 'Freddy' Johnson
from Saba and 'Chester' Wathey from St.
Maarten. The stamps and special first day
envelopes, were presented to the families


of the honored pioneers and to represen-
tatives of the governments of the islands
by Mr. Franklin Sluis, General Managing
Director of Nieuwe Post N.A., during a
special event on 10 November in St.
Maarten. Statia's Lieutenant-Governor
Mr. Hyden Gittens accepted a specially
framed presentation of the first day en-
velope on behalf of the island territory.
Mr. Terrance Rey, managing director of
AirStMaarten (a company specializing in
private charters throughout the Carib-
bean) and current president of the Avia-
tion Pioneers of the Caribbean Founda-
tion, looked back on the lunch he had in
Statia with Ms. Elly Delien, who started
the Foundation. While discussing ideas to
honor aviation pioneers of the Caribbean,


Pipe Flies again I


Health issues 2


Tenth EDF 3


Water Distribution on Statia 7


Statia Day in Review 8-16


Water Crisis 17


Vacancies 20








VOLUME I, ISSUE 3


THE INFORMER


DIABETES A LEADING DISEASE ON STATIA


Monthly Health updates with
Dr. Sharda Baboe-Kalpoe.


In the shedding Light programme
with Dr. Baboe-Kalpoe talked about
diabetes and the foot care pro-
gramme. Although she already cre-
ated a leaflet with this information at
the Public health Department, we
decided to promote this information
which she created.

WHAT IS DIABETES ?
It is a disease that is characterized by
chronic(long duration) hyperglvcemia
high bloodsugar) and
disturbances in processing carbohy-
drate(carbs),lipid(fat),and protein in
the body due to defects in
insulin secretion and / or insulin ac-
tion.
Simply said : it is an illness that oc-
curs as a result of problems with the
production and supply of
insulin in the body.
Most of the food we eat is turned into
glucose, a form of sugar. We use glu-
cose as a source of energy to provide
power for our muscles and other tis-
sues.Our bodies transport glucose in
our blood. In order for our muscles
and other tissues to absorb glucose
from our blood, we need a hormone



paired glucose tolerance is a level of
blood glucose which is higher than
normal, but not high enough tobe in
the range where doctors classify this
as diabetes.


SYMPTOMS /CLINICAL
PRESENTATION:
ACUTE Hyperglycemia:
CHRONIC Hyperglycaemia:
- lots of drinking /thirsty feeling
(polydipsia) generally in



DIFFERENT TYPES OF DIA-
BETES:
- TYPE 1: JUVENILE ON-
SET:usually occurs in children and
young adults,but can affect people of
any age;
these people need daily in-
sulin injections in order to control the
levels of glucose in their blood.
If people with type 1 diabe-
tes do not have access to insulin, they
die.
TYPE 2 : ADULT ONSET: is most
common in people older than 45 who
are overweight. However, as a


called insulin.
Without insulin, our bodies cannot
obtain the necessary energy from our
food.

Insulin is made in a large gland be-
hind the stomach called the pancreas.
It is released by cells called beta cells.
When a person has diabetes, either
their pancreas does not produce the
insulin they need, or their body can-
not use its own insulin effectively.

As a result, people with diabetes cannot use
enough of the glucose in the food they eat. This
leads to the amount of glucose in the blood
increasing. This high level of glucose or "high
blood sugar" is called hyperglycaemia. High
glucose in the blood can lead to serious com-
plications
AT PRESENT THERE IS NO CURE
FOR DIABETES

WHO ARE AT RISK ?
- a first-degree relative with diabetes
(parent or sibling)
- overweight (BMI 25) or who have
central obesity (around the belly)
with a normal BMI(18.5-24.9)
- habitually sedentary lifestyle :


older people with lethargy
- often urinating of large quantities
of urine (polyuria) (drowsiness)
and fatigue (exhaustion)
- weight loss
- disturbance/impairment of growth
- sometimes excessive appetite or
eating susceptibility
to infection
- blurred vision
- slow wound healing
- itching


physical inactivity
- have delivered a baby weighing > 9 lb (4
kg), have experienced unexplained peri-
natal (around birth)
death, or who have been diagnosed with
diabetes during pregnancy (gestational
diabetes)
- hypertension (high blood pressure) >
140/90 mmHg
- high cholesterol
- damage of the organ (pancreas) that
produces the insulin (e.g., infection, alco-
hol abuse ,drug or
chemicals
- impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)
A healthy person's blood sugar is usually
between 70 and 110 mg/dL (milligrams of
glucose in 100 millilitres of blood) or, in
millimols.between3.9 and 6.0 mmol/L. Im-


- Fasting blood sugar test
- Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) :
test after administering a certain amount
of sugar
- Glycosylated hemoglobin (HbAlc) :this
test is being used for monitoring glycemic
(bloodsugar)
control(over a period of 3 months)

NORMAL FASTING BLOOD
SUGAR : 85 -106 MG /DL (3,5-6,1
MMOL/L)


HOW TO SCREEN:


consequence of increased
obesity among the young, it is becom-
ing more common in children
and young adults. Type 2
diabetes accounts for 90-95% of all
diabetes.
- GESTATIONAL DIABETES : DEVEL-
OPS DURING PREGNANCY
- DIABETES DUE TO DESTRUCTION
OF THE INSULINE PRODUCING
PANCREAS

TREATMENT:

Today, there is no cure for diabetes,


but effective treatment exists. If you
have access to the appropriate medica-
tion, quality of care and good medical
advice, you should be able to lead an
active and healthy life and reduce the
risk of developing complications.

Good diabetes control means keeping
your blood sugar levels as close to nor-
mal as possible. This can be achieved by
a combination of the following:

CONTROLLED DIET:
Food raises blood sugar levels. People
with diabetes have the same nutritional
needs as anyone else, that is to say, a


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THEME: Building Capacity for Co-ordinating and Managing European Community


The European Union Commission
and TAO jointly organized through
the Department for Development
Cooperation (deputy-Territorial Au-
thorization Office) a one week work-
shop in Saba from November 9th
through 13th.


This workshop is a sequence of earlier
organized workshops held in Curacao
and St. Maarten. The main objectives
of these workshops are: To build island
level awareness and knowledge on is-
sues related to EC-OCT cooperation,
including challenges and opportunities
for the new upcoming entities; To build
commitment and cooperation of the
relevant authorities in the further for-
mulation and implementation of the
10th European Development Funds; To
identify good practices, processes and
mechanisms to strengthen the pro-
gramme management capacities of the
newly-designated EC focal points and
other island authorities in St. Maarten,
Curacao, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and
Saba.


Statia participants at work in Saba


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M. Timber at work in Saba


Simmons, Alida Francis, Maldwyn
Timber and S. Dijkshoorn. One of the
major changes in the 10th EDF is the
switch from project aid to budgetary
aid. The General Island Government
budget must reflect the focal sector
priority. The 10th EDF will stimulate
the budget based on policies. It is sig-
nificant for Government to maintain a
good financial administration. The
Island government will be financially
accountable to the European Union for
result based on the budgetary aid.
This new financial aid is welcomed in
our community to support the island
in the structural developments.


Participants at the Oth EDF workshop in Saba


Mr. Maldwyn Timber has been ap- The Statia team has done a tremen-
pointed as the European Union dous job at the workshop. The par-
technical focal point for St. Eusta- ticipants from Statia are: Winston
tius. Commissioner Roy Hooker is Tear, Myrurgea Schmidt, Ivan Bli-
the political Focal point for Statia. jden Austin van Heijningen, Derrick


VOLUME I, ISSUE 3


THE INFORMER


PAGE 3







VOLUME I, ISSUE 3


STATIA GOVERNMENT PRACTISING SLOPPY ADMINISTRATION


St. Eustatius- A motion was pre-
sented by the leader of the opposi-
tion not to extend the term of the
present Lt. Governor accompanied
with two names for the position of
Lt. Governor namely Mr. Frederick
Gibbs and Mrs. Monique Brown-
James, in an Island council meeting
of May 25th 2009. In the Island
Council Meeting of November 9th
2009, the members of the house
were astounded to learn that the
official document was not sent out
to the different entities such as
Prime Minister, of the Netherlands
Antilles,Mrs. Elhage; The Prime
Minister of the Netherlands ,Mr.
Balkenende; Commissioner of the
BES islands, Mr. Henk Kamp and
Statesecretary of Internal Affairs
and Kingdom Relations, Mrs.
Ank Bijleveld. An email of the offi-
cial motion was sent to the Gover-



Health Issues
(Continued from page 2)

well-balanced diet.

PHYSICAL EXERCISE :
Exercise lowers blood sugar. Like in-
sulin, it also helps your body use its
blood sugar efficiently. It may also
help insulin work more effectively.
Exercise will also help you to lose
weight

MEDICATION :
Insulin lowers blood sugar levels.
People with type 1 diabetes require
multiple daily insulin injections for



include sties and boils. Fungal infec-
tions include athlete's foot, ringworm
and vaginal infections.

Long-term complications:
- eye disease retinopathyy) : visual
impairment; blindness
- kidney disease nephropathyy) : kid-
ney failure
- nerve disease (neuropathy) : lack
of sensation/pain in the feet, in the
hands and problems with
func-
tioning of different parts of the body
- disease of circulatory system : coro-


nor of the Netherlands Antilles,
Excellency Frits Goedgedrag, by the
honourable Lt. Governor Mr. Hyden
Gittens in June 2009. The mem-
bers of the council in the Island
Council Meeting of November 9th
2009 were outraged when they
learned that the documents were
not officially sent out. It is still un-
clear to everyone how this blunder
could have occurred.

It was clear in this Island Council
Meeting that a number of assump-
tions were misinterpreted simply
because the motion was not sent to
the designated individuals. The
community depends on the island
government to lead by example. We
need to shape up and civil servants
in general need to take their re-
sponsibility more serious. Moving
forward we hope to improve on the


survival.
People with type 2 diabetes may re-
quire oral hypoglycaemic drugs to
lower their blood sugar and some may
need insulin injections at some point.

It is important to achieve the right
balance of the above elements. Too
much or too little of either can impact
upon how you feel. Achieving this bal-
ance is a life-long commitment on the
part of the person with diabetes.


nary heart disease
- amputation

For more information contact the Public
Health Department at telephone number
3182891.

NOTICE

Soon the doctors & nurses of the
Q.B.M.C. will start with a diabetic

Foot Care Program.

This program will be carried out
in the Q.B.M.C


Monthly updates with
the Commissioner of
Constitutional Affairs,
Mr. Julian Woodley


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level of service which we share to the
people of Statia.


COMPLICATIONS :

Diabetes is a chronic, life-long condition
that requires careful control. Without
proper management it can lead to various
complications such as cardiovascular
disease, kidney failure, blindness and
nerve damage.

Short-term complications:
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
-Bacterial /fungal infection:People with
diabetes are more prone to bacterial and
fungal infections. Bacterial infections



BURNING HEALTH

QUESTIONS

You don't need to waste another
second wondering and worrying.

Dr Baboe will take you right to
the bottom line Email your

q u e s t i o n s t o
statiapublichealth@hotmail.com


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VOLUME I, ISSUE 3


'PIPE' DORMOY GIVEN A WORLDWIDE FLIGHT AGAIN

(continued from page 1)


Aviation Pioneers
Windward Islands


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The special first day envelope with illustration from Jose Dormoy's logbook


Establishing such a school is one of the
goals of the Foundation. Mr. Gittens
added: "We hope to talk to Elly and
Terrance shortly so that we can build
on this and make it possible and in
this way continue the legacy of these
three great men and other pioneers of
this era."

As secretary and resident historian of
the Foundation I was asked by Elly De-
lien to speak on her behalf and ac-
knowledge the recognition shown to
Jose Dormoy, her partner of many
years. I was not the only one to speak
of his feats and commitment to the
people of Statia and Saba. St.
Maarten's commissioner for aviation,
Mr. Frans Richardson, recalled how
Dormoy would take off from the taxi-
way instead of using the runway,
something he found difficult to believe
until Henkie Rivers (then Winair pilot)
showed him how 'Pipe' had taught him
to do the same. And senator Will John-
son from Saba told the audience how
he even became the subject of ser-
mons on Saba, when Father Jacobs
explained the difference between


hope and certainty: "When you got in
a plane and you saw 'Pipe' in the cock-
pit you were certain you would reach
your destination while with other pi-
lots you could only hope and pray that
you would get there."


And now 'Pipe' will be flying around
the world again on letters, packages
and postcards. The stamps are avail-
able from all post offices in the
Netherlands Antilles and also
from postal agents such as Maz-
inga Store in St. Eustatius, where
the special first day envelopes
can be ordered as well. I


Future projects include education material
for schools, a TV documentary and book.
Donations to the Foundation can be made
on the account of the Aviation Pioneers of
the Caribbean Foundation nr. 105805306
at the Windward Islands Bank. Also,
checks can be mailed to the treasurer,
Elizabeth M. Delien c/o Mazinga Gift Shop,
Mazinga Square, St. Eustatius.


The stamps are the latest project
of the Foundation. Earlier initia-
tives are displays at Saba's airport
and Winair's sales office in St.
Maarten. And last September a
comprehensive, twelve panel
display highlighting the aviation ii
history of Saba, Statia, St. Barth's For the full story of local aviation history, you can
and St. Maarten was unveiled in visit the 12 panel display at Statia's airport
the departure lounge of Statia's
airport.


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VOLUME I, ISSUE 3 THE INFORMER PAGE 6


TAX INFORMATION

Information Center of Taxes Sint Eustatius.

Assistance in payment of your We can help you if you contact
tax arrears us.

Over the last period of months The Island Government of St.
many citizens of Statia have re- Eustatius, through the Planning
ceived assessments regarding to INSPECTORATE OF TAXES WIND-
back/ outstanding taxes. (Income WARD ISLANDS Bureau is inviting the entire com-
back/ outstanding taxes. (Income
munity to a Town Hall Meeting
tax, Turnover tax, Wage tax and INFORMATION CENTER
Profit tax.) ST.EUSTATIUS about the Development Plan for
St. Eustatius.
In cases where it is not possible for Date: December 1st 2009
you to pay the taxes within the H.M.Queen Beatrixstreet (former Time: at 7.30 pm
stipulated period of time, we urge GEBE office) E v Pu
you to get in contact with us at the Oranjestad
information center. St.Eustatius Center (a.k.a. Lions Den)
Tel:3183325/26 The consultant bureau RBOI will
We will then make an appointment Fax:3183327 present their Preliminary findings
where we will consider, along with
to the Community and everyone
you, what is the best way to pay the email-address:
outstanding taxes. informationcenter@taxes-windward.com wil get the opportunity to contrib-
ute ideas of how you would like to
see your Island develop



Fiscale voorstellen voor de BES

Bron: Antilliaans Dagblad ste tariefschijf moet echter nog het nado's boven de 60 jaar zullen overi-
premiepercentage volksverzekeringen gens een voordeel genieten vanwege
Willemstad Hieronder volgt een worden toegevoegd. het lagere 3,6 procent tarief in de
weergave van de belangrijkste aspec- eerste schijf.
ten van de fiscal voorstellen voor de Het nieuwe tarief zal, aangezien ook
BES-eilanden, zoals in kaart ge- de premies nu pas worden geheven Hoewel in eerste instantie het
bracht door de belastingadviseurs boven de belastingvrije som, een las- voornemen bestond om vermogensin-
van PwC Nederlandse Antillen. tenverlichting betekenen voor inko- komsten niet te belasten, worden
mens van ongeveer ANG 20.000 tot vermogensinkomsten op basis van de
Inkomsten- en loonbelasting: ANG 25.000. Ook voor 60-plussers nu voorgestelde wetgeving wel belast,
Na advises van de Raad van State is betekent het een lastenverlichting, met uitzondering echter van onroer-
Na advies van de Raad van State is
besloten om voorlopig de Antilliaanse aangezien zij in de eerste schijf end goed omdat daarop reeds de vast-
besloten om voorlopig de Antilliaanse
.i en l ig te h slechts 3,6 procent verschuldigd goedbelasting drukt. De vrijstelling
inkomsten- en loonbelasting te hand-
zullen zijn. voor rente op
haven. Wel zal een nieuwe tarief-
structuur worden ingevoerd met een De aftrek voor studiekosten van stud- overheidsobligaties en het lage tarief
integrale heffing van inkomstenbe- erende kinderen blijft gehandhaafd voor rente op lokale banktegoeden
lasting en premies AOV en AWW en evenals de hypotheekrenteaftrek voor van 5 procent plus opcenten komen te
waarbij de bestaande heffingskortin- de eigen woning. vervallen. In plaats daarvan wordt
gen worden vervangen door een be- een vrijstelling ingevoerd voor de
lastingvrije som van USD 9.000, of- De penshonadoregeling komt te ver- eerste USD 5,000 aan rente en eve-
wel circa ANG 16.000. De kinderaf- vallen. Dit betekent dat penshonado's neens de eerste USD 5,000 aan divi-
trek wordt per kind gesteld op USD ook naar een tarief van 30,4 procent denden.
1.250, maar maximaal USD 2.500 per belast zullen worden. In de huidige
belastingplichtige. situatie bedraagt het tarief 10 pro- (continued on page 19)
cent vermeerderd met voor pensho-
Het tarief wordt gesteld op 3,6 pro- nado's jonger dan 60 jaar 14 pro-
cent voor de eerste USD 26.396 cent premies AOV/AWW tot een inko-
(gelijk aan circa ANG 47.500) en 30,4 men van circa ANG 75.000. Pensho- (continued from page 6)
procent voor het meerdere. In de eer-







VOLUME I, ISSUE 3 THE INFORMER PAGE 7

WATER DISTRIBUTION SOON TO BE A REALITY ON STATIA


The Planning bureau met with Mr.
Vogelesang from the Netherlands. He
is employed at Vitens Evides Interna-
tional, an advice bureau for the pro-
duction and distribution of drinking
water. He was on the Island from Oc-
tober 8th to the 16th 2009.


During this period he met with stake-
holders, like G.E.B.E, Statia Oil Ter-
minal and the Planning Bureau. He


advised the Planning bureau about
the aspect of the St. Eustatius
drinking water programme. He will
write the policy and business plan
for St. Eustatius. The discussions
with the Statia Oil Terminal was
among others to make assessment
of a possible cooperation to ensure
the supply of water in case of emer-
gency. The discussion was held with
GEBE because they are presently
operating the water plant. They are
also a possible candidate in the
future to take care of production and
distribution and collection. The com-
munity of Statia has been patiently
awaiting the establishment of the
water distribution network to get
clean running water from their fau-
cets. This has been a long road but
the people of Statia are resilient.
Despite the fact that Statia is an


island within the Country Nether-
lands Antilles, this aspect of having
running water was considered too
expensive for the people of Statia. In
2003 the Island Government held
the ground breaking ceremony down
at Gallows Bay. The temporary solu-
tion of the water supply was com-
pleted in 2004. It is comprised of
water tanks at lodi, two water
trucks for water distribution and the
building down at Gallowsbay. The
Island Government was responsible
for the establishment of a govern-
ment owned company to manage the
production and distribution. This
did not materialize, but presently
the distribution network is now in
progress. The Institutional aspect is
another area that needs to be put in
place. This project is financed by the
European Union 9 -EDF


WHAT CONSEQUENCE DOLARIZATION HAVE FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY


Starting January 2010 the US dol-
lar will become the official means
of payment on St. Eustatius. The
department of Economic Affairs
will have a significant role in pre-
venting price increase overall on
the island. The private sector will
have to adjust their administration
to meet the requirements set, like
pricing the groceries from the guil-
der value to the dollar amount.
The exchange rate of 1.79 which is
upheld by the central bank will


be used. Presently the islands of the
Netherlands Antilles use the fed-
eral ordinance to keep track of cer-
tain basic goods. This ordinance
will be used as point of departure in
the new constellation. The Vice
President of the St. Maarten Cham-
ber of Commerce, Mr. Ludwig Quen-
niche expressed his concern in the
daily herald of October 26th 2009 of
the dollarization. He said that a
study is needed to evaluate the ef-
fects of any changes in the present
monetary system on the way of do-


ing business of the various entities.
He said that history has proven
that quite often changes in the
monetary system come with an in-
crease in the cost of living and con-
ducting business. The island Gov-
ernment of St. Eustatius is in the
process of hosting a number of infor-
mative sessions and town hall meet-
ings to get feedback and answer any
questions from the community. We
encourage the business and private
sector to participate in these upcom-
ing sessions.


Finance Department Improving it's Image


The Island Government Finance De-
partment is in the process of making
a number of adjustment to improve
the level of service to the community
but also to create a better working
relationship internally with all gov-
ernment workers. They are in the
process of planning a week full of
events where they hope to give the
general public an idea of what their
new tasks are. An open house is also


scheduled with the intention that the
public come in and familiarize with the
workers and see what their new assign-
ments really entails, review out-
standing bills and come to an agree-
ment for payment arrangement. The
workers of Finance intend to do some
community service like visiting the sen-
ior citizens at the Auxiliary Home, sup-
porting senior citizens residing at
home, doing shopping, visiting the


schools to inform them about the work at
Finance and encourage them to enter
into that field of work. This initiative
with the goal to change the way people
may view the Finance Department.
Other activities are working on the col-
our of the building and adding some
plants to beautify the surroundings. If
members of the community have ideas
they are welcome so submit them to the
email address, info@statiafinance.com




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WATER DEMAND EXCEEDS THE WATER SUPPLY


The public pool at the cottage ball
field is closed to the public since mid
September up to the beginning of
November 2009 as a result of a vari-
ety of factors. The GIS in an interview
with Mr. Carlos Lopes learned that
the pool is inadequate for use because
the bottom of the pool is in a dirty
state and it is lacking water. Due to
the lack of water the workers were
unable to clean the dirt at the bottom
of the pool.






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When asked why await so late to
order water, we were informed that
the St. Eustatius Housing Founda-
tion (who is responsible for the Pool)
pre-pays for 20 loads of water per
month. Mr. Carlos Lopes averaged
out that 4 loads are needed per
week. The water arrangement is not
carried out which results is closure of
the pool. Government pays for a ser-
vice to deliver water, but it seems
that the business of water distribu-


Another factor for the dirt at the bot-
tom of the pool is the excavating
works on the field, like excavating
and moving 25 truck loads of dirt and
leveling the ball field. During the in-
terview the water truck was in the
process of delivering water.






BP

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tion cannot keep up with the de-
mand. According to Mr. Carlos Lopes
to meet the demand one cannot de-
pend on 1 truck with one driver.
Mr. Carlos Lopes went on to explain
the importance of the buffer having
sufficient water for the pool to be
operational. The pool is an Olympic
type pool, the water flows over both
sides when swimming to avoid waves
when one is swimming. If the pool is
not flowing over no water will go into
the buffer. In turns the pumps pump
it out of the buffer and filters it and
returns the water to the pool. This
process is like a circulation of water.


Photo displaying hole where buffer
is located.




If management was informed
about the work carried out at the
cottage ball field, they would have
taken the necessary action to pre-
vent the amount of dirt which
ended up in the pool. Sadly, some
of the pumps got damaged because
of the dirt content in the water.
Mr. Wim de Jong was able to ad-
just the situation for the pumps to
be operational.

The terminal is always willing to
give their support when the water
supply becomes a problem, but
sadly it is not permitted by govern-
ment.

CULTURE:

The great law of culture is;
let each become all that he
was created capable of be-
ing;

Thomas Carlyle


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SPORT



On November 1st 2009 Mr. Rob de tournaments and creating a sible for the organization of the
Waal started his employment as healthy environment where young Kingdom games in 2007 in The
Head of the Sport Department at and old are encourage to be active. Hague. Participants came from
Island Government. Mr. Rob de Waal is no new comer the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba
and the Netherlands. He worked at
to the Sport world. He was respon- and the Netherlands. He worked a
the University of the Hague as a
senior Sport Manager
There he worked with stu-
dents to organize great
events. He had the opportu-
nity to work with many An-
tillean youth. He is also the
Chair of a Foundation in
Curacao for the Develop-
ment of multiple Sport
Health complex. One of his
He looks forward to creating one many goals is to create the
unit with all the existing sport fa- same idea on Statia. He can
cilities at the ball field. He believes be reached on 318-2085.
as one force you can achieve so sport@statiagovernment.com
much more, like the organization of



COACHING COURSE IN THE NETHERLANDS



SNetherlands is a positive attribute to way. When you are doing scouting you
that what he is doing locally with the become knowledgeable by observing
youngsters. The coaching course was the players ability, meaning you need
for a period of one month at the to be able to detect which player is so
KNVB (The Royal Dutch Foot Ball improved that they can move to an-
Association). The participants came other level. He hopes that moving
from St. Eustatius, Aruba, Africa, forward the Sport department may
Bonaire and England. In the inter- play a more significant role in the
view with Wilfred he expressed his lives of the youth.
gratitude for the opportunity of being
able to coach both young and old at
the KNVB. Wilfred explained how .
intense it was daily to be involved in e. -- .
the coaching course. They started at
8.30 am until 12 o'clock. The break
was for an hour, after which they
Mr. Wilfred James known to the lo- were in training until 4.30 pm.
cals as Bonzo was given the opportu-
nity by the Island Government to do Wilfred looks back on this experience
an International coaching course in with much enthusiasm. He also
the Netherlands In August of 2009. talked about the occasion when he
Mr. Wilfred James is the sports went to the Netherlands for two
trainer at the sports department on weeks at the KNVB to do scouting.
St. Eustatius. He is actively involved Mr. Errol Santiago from Bonaire em-
with the youth soccer foundation. He played at KNVB organized the scout-
is on the ball field Mondays and ing on the job training. Wilfred says
Wednesday training the youth in the he is grateful to have been exposed to Mr. Elvin Henriquez President of the
age range of 6 to 9, and 10 to 13 years. this experience and looks forward to St. Eustatius Volley Ball Association
Having attended this training in the more opportunities that may come his (continued on page 21)







VOLUME I, ISSUE 3


Evenals wonder de huidige wetgeving is
sprake van een aanmerkelijk belang
indien een belastingplichtige 5 procent
van de aandelen of winstbewijzen heeft
in een NV of BV of een ander lichaam
met een in aandelen verdeeld kapitaal.
Inkomsten uit een dergelijk aanmerke-
lijk belang worden belast tegen 5 pro-
cent, een aanmerkelijke verlaging ten
opzichte van het huidige tarief van 15
procent plus opcenten. Voor werkne-
mers die een aanmerkelijk belang heb-
ben in de rechtspersoon waar zij in
dienstbetrekking zijn, wordt een ge-
bruikelijkloonregeling ingevoerd. De
werknemer wordt geacht een loon van
ten minste USD 20.000 te genieten,
tenzij aannemelijk wordt gemaakt dat
voor soortgelijke dienstbetrekkingen
een lager salaries gebruikelijk is.

Vastgoedbelasting:

De vastgoedbelasting wordt geheven
over de waarde van onroerend goed.
De waarde wordt evenals nu telkens
voor vijf jaar vastgesteld. De heffing
bedraagt 20 procent over een grond-
slag van 4 procent van de waarde. Ef-
fectief wordt derhalve 0,8 procent van
de waarde geheven. Vrijstellingen gel-
den wonder meer voor de tot
hoofdverblijf dienende eigen woning,
onroerend goed met een waarde van
ten hoogste USD 50.000 (de kunuku
woning), en ten behoeve van land- of
bosbouw bedrijfsmatig ge6xploiteerde
ground. Voorts is vrijgesteld onroerende
zaken die tot het ondernemingsver-
mogen behoren van een ondernemer in
de inkomstenbelasting, aangezien over
de inkomsten uit dit onroerend goed
reeds inkomstenbelasting wordt ge-
heven.

Opbrengstbelasting:

De opbrengstbelasting wordt geheven
over de opbrengst van aandelen en
winstbewijzen alsmede over uitkerin-
gen uit een stichting, doelvermogen of
fonds voor gemene rekening. Het tarief
van de opbrengstbelasting is 5 procent.
De opbrengstbelasting is van toepass-
ing op lichamen die op de BES zijn
gevestigd.

Teneinde te voorkomen dat de BES
een grote aantrekkingskracht zullen
uitoefenen op bedrijven om door
winstoverheveling de belastinggrond-
slag van andere landen (zoals Neder-


land, Aruba, Curacao, en Sint Maarten)
uit te hollen, wordt elk lichaam geacht in
Nederland te zijn gevestigd tenzij
voldaan wordt aan specifieke criteria die
moeten waarborgen dat er een zakelijke
binding is met de BES. Een lichaam
wordt op basis van de volgende criteria
niet geacht in Nederland te zijn geves-
tigd.

a. het is toegelaten tot een handels- en
dienstenentrepot;

b. de aandelen of het stemrecht zijn di-
rect of indirect voor ten minste 95 pro-
cent in handen

van een inwoner van de BES en het
lichaam neemt deel in een lichaam als
wonder a bedoeld, of in een lichaam dat
een beschikking van de Inspecteur heeft
als hierna wonder c bedoeld;

c. het beschikt over een voor bezwaar
vatbare beschikking van de Inspecteur
dat het geacht

wordt op de BES te zijn gevestigd. Een
beschikking wordt afgegeven indien:

1. de bezittingen doorgaans ten hoogste
voor 50 procent bestaan uit beleggingen,
deelnemingen, liquiditeiten, active waar-
van het gebruik ter beschikking wordt
gesteld aan personen buiten de BES, en
bezittingen die worden aangewend voor
het direct of indirect

financieren van personen buiten de BES;
of

2. het lichaam doorgaans blijvend werk
verschaft aan ten minste drie op de BES-
eilanden

wonende personen die zich zelfstandig
bezighouden met werkzaamheden die
betrekking hebben op de hiervoor wonder
le genoemde bezittingen en hun verant-
woordelijkheid in overeenstemming is
met de aard en functie; en het tevens
voor een period van ten minste 24
maanden een op de BES gelegen onroer-
ende zaak ter waarde van ten minste
USD 50.000 ter beschikking heeft voor
de activiteiten en daarin kantoor wordt
gehouden met faciliteiten die in de finan-
ci6le sector gebruikelijk zijn.

Lichamen die niet voldoen aan deze cri-
teria, worden geacht in Nederland te zijn
gevestigd hetgeen tot gevolg heeft dat zij
onderworpen zijn aan de Nederlandse


vennootschaps- en dividendbelasting.

Algemene bestedingsbelasting:

De algemene bestedingsbelasting
(ABB) wordt ingevoerd als vervang-
ing van de heffing van invoerrechten,
alsmede de huidige OB op Bonaire en
de BBO op Saba en Sint Eustatius.
Het tarief zal 8 procent bedragen te
Bonaire en 6 procent op Saba en Sint
Eustatius. Voor verzekeringen is het
tarief respectievelijk 9 en 7 procent.
Voor auto's geldt een tarief van 25
procent, tenzij het gaat om een zeer
energiezuinige auto, in welk geval
het tarief nihil bedraagt. De ABB
wordt geheven over:

- levering van goederen door pro-
ducenten;

- levering van diensten binnen het
heffingsgebied;

- invoer van goederen.

Over de levering van goederen wordt
derhalve slechts eenmalig geheven,
namelijk bij de producent of bij in-
voer. De levering van brood is vri-
jgesteld, evenals nu het geval is.
Daarnaast worden ook de levering
van graan, aardappelen en rijst vri-
jgesteld. De overige vrijstellingen
zijn vergelijkbaar met die van de OB
en de BBO nu.

Overige wijzigingen:

De Overdrachtsbelasting wordt ver-
hoogd van 4 procent naar 5 procent.
Het onderscheid tussen Bonaire en-
erzijds en Saba en Sint Eustatius
anderzijds ten aanzien van de ac-
cijnzen blijft bestaan. Wel wordt het
benzineaccijns op Saba en Sint
Eustatius verhoogd naar het huidige
niveau van Bonaire, maar op Bonaire
wordt de bestaande accijnsheffing
nog verhoogd als compensate voor
het wegvallen van het invoerrecht,
dat nu niet wordt geheven op Saba
en Sint Eustatius.

Op Saba en Sint Eustatius zullen
evenals nu geen andere accijnzen
worden geheven. Op Bonaire zal de
heffing echter worden uitgebreid met
accijns op wijn, rooktabak, sigaren en
cigarillo's.


PAGE 19


THE INFORMER







VOLUME I, ISSUE 3


JOB OPPORTUNITIES


VACATURE

Bij de afdeling Financien op St.
Eustatius wordt een kandidaat (m/v)
gezocht die zal worden opgeleid tot:

MEDEWERKER INVORDERING

De medewerker Invordering zal
werkzaam zijn binnen het Ontvang-
kantoor van de Afdeling Financien.
Deze dienst heeft in hoofdzaak tot
taak de invordering van de belastin-
gen.

De medewerker invordering heeft tot
taak om met behulp van een geauto-
matiseerd system op efficiente en
adequate wijze de ter incasso ontvan-
gen invorderingsopdrachten uit te
voeren. Hiertoe behoort het in ont-
vangst nemen van betalingen en in
opdracht van het hoofd van de af-
deling Financien verrichten van be-
talingen alsmede het nemen van in-
vorderingsmaatregelen ten aanzien
van schuldenaren die niet uit eigen
beweging tijdig aan de vordering vol-
doen en het verlenen van uitstel van
betaling.



Taken en werkzaamheden:

* Het zelfstandig nemen van invor-
deringsmaatregelen bij openstaande
debiteuren;

* Het beoordelen van verzoeken om
uitstel van betaling en binnen het
geldende beleid verlenen van be-
talingsregelingen;

* Het beoordelen en adviseren over
complex invorderingsposten;

* Het bijhouden van een actiepun-
tenljst (to do lijst);

* Het bewaken van wettelijke termi-
jnen;

* In overleg met teamleider en deur-
waarder beoordelen op afwikkeling
van gelegde beslagen roerende
zaken.(openbare verkoop);.

* Het overleggen met inspecteur en
afdeling financing omtrent afdoening
van bezwaarschriften e.d.;


* Het voeren van correspondentie naar
klanten, andere overheden en bedrijven.



Opleiding.

De nieuw te werven medewerker(ster) zal
door "training on the job" opgeleid
worden aangevuld met een theoretische
opleiding. I, Ir. -. de opleidingsperiode
zal er sprake zijn van een directed bege-
leiding door ervaren college's.



Aan het einde van de opleiding en bij
voldoende resultaten is de medew-
erker(ster) benoembaar in tijdelijke di-
enst conform de bezoldigingsregeling van
het I. I .,i I-I. I... St. Eustatius. Na 1 jaar
goed functioneren is betrokkene benoem-
baar in vaste dienst.

Functie-eisen:

* MBO-opleiding of gelijkwaardige com-
binatie van opleiding en ervaring;

* Enige ervaring met de werkterreinen
van de overhead in het algemeen en de
belastingdienst in het bijzonder;

* Bij voorkeur ervaring met en kennis
van de Nederlands Antilliaanse fiscal
wetgeving en eilandelijke heffingen;

* Bij voorkeur ervaring met en kennis
van de invordering;

* Goede beheersing van de Nederlandse
en Engelse taal;

* Stressbestendig;

* Discreet;

* Klantvriendelijk.



De arbeidsvoorwaardenregeling voor het
overheidspersoneel van het I I i.. I-. I... I
Sint Eustatius is van toepassing.



Voor vragen over de inhoud van deze
functie en de rechtspositie kan contact
worden opgenomen met de heer
G.P.H.Meijer, telefoon 5816281.


Sollicitatie procedure:

U stuurt uw sollicitatiebrief met uit-
gebreid CV, kopie6n van diploma's,
een foto en referenties uiterlijk 27
november 2009 per brief, email of fax,
gericht aan mevr. Florence V. Marlin.

Adresgegevens:

Godet House, Fort Oranje

Sint Eustatius

Tel: 03182931

Fax: 03183391

Email: HR.goveux@gmail.com

The Labour Department hereby
makes it known that petitions have
been submitted 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 lan-
guage.

* Part Time Administrative
Clerk

The applicant should be able to
speak English and being able to ar-
ticulate 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


NOTICE

The Census Office is informing the
General Public
that
A new Dutch passport has been
introduced since September 21st
2009, containing finger prints and a
scanned photo of bearer.


THE INFORMER


PAGE 20







VOLUME I, ISSUE 3


Botanical Garden o0 Year Anniversarv


I wish to advise you of upcoming
activities at the Miriam C Schmidt
Botanical Garden to celebrate the
10 year anniversary in a few weeks'
time. We have daily tours of the
Garden from Sunday 29 November
at 9am. In particular, I hope that
many people will be interested to
come to the Botanical Garden for a
full moon tour at 6pm on Wednes-
day 2nd December, followed by
food sale (wonderful food by Ruth
Pandt of Ginger Chicken, Creole
Fish, green salad, plantain and
much more) from 7-8pm. Drinks will
be on sale on the night. Tickets for
the food sale (Naf 10) are on sale in
advance at the National Park Visitor
Centre, Intermezzo Coffee Shop,
and Mazinga Gift Shop.

We have a Children's Garden fete
with games, fun and prizes on Fri-
day 4th December, from 2.30-5pm,
including opening of the Children's
Garden at 4pm. The new Botanical
Garden guide book will also be
launched. Lastly, we invite you to
test your writing talents and enter
the competition. Looking forward to
seeing you at the Botanical Garden.

Regards
Nicole


1.999 2009
Statia's very own Botanical Garden celebrates her 1&'h anniversary
Come visit and celebrate with us!



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Photo by Michael Spanner


Commissioner R. Hooker in a
delegation including the Island
Council and the Lt. Governor
made an emergency flight to
Holland to discuss with the
State Secretary of Finance, Mr.
de Jager. Upon returning to the
Island Territory the Commis-
sioner in the Program of Shed-
ding Light gave preliminary in-
sights into the agreement. The
commissioner plans to have a
town hall meeting and other
publicity meeting to give addi-
tional insights. Please stay tune
for these.


(Continued from page 18) was
among the attendees at the two day
congress hosted by Guatemala Vol-
leyball Association in the city of Anti-
gua. Statia, St. Maarten, and Guade-
loupe will become full members of
the North Central America and Car-
ibbean Volley ball Confederation.
The territories will be able to repre-
sent themselves at the NORECA
congress and participate in all tour-
naments overseen by NORECA. In
the interview with Mr. Elivin Hen-
riqeuz he explained that we would-
n't have the right to participate in
the Olympic Volleyball Games. He
went on to say that this was a long
fought milestone reached. He con-
cluded expressing appreciation since
this decision came with many advan-
tages to develop volleyball.


THE INFORMER


PAGE 21


DIY L~IY Illlr *Y~ I ~
-r-lru-r~u ~r~r







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 Kennep Rd. z/n, Princes Gar-
den, 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

SHEDDING LIGHT


Join us weekly on Wednes-
day morning, at 9 Am sharp,
on the Government radio
programme Shedding
Light, for a day of self dis-
covery, sharing information,
reviewing developments in
our community, questioning
our elected officials about
important issues. If you
have ideas, suggestions con-
tact the host, Malvern on
318 2745 or email
malvern. gis@statiagovernment .com

Please put your suggestions
or opinions in the GIS idea
box at our office at Princess.


Honour where
Honour is due


We encourage Statians and
residents alike to submit
names of persons in the com-
munity that do exceptional or
outstanding services in the
community. If you want to
nominate someone for a Royal
Decoration it is advisable to
contact the Decoration Com-
mittee for relevant island terri-
tory or the cabinet of the Lieu-
tenant Governor. They will in-
form you whether the services
rendered by the nominee are
exceptional or outstanding
enough to warrant a Royal
Decoration. They will explain
you exactly what you need to
do, once you have collected the
necessary information.
Tel.nr.: 318-2552Fax.318 2324


Weekly Press Conferences


The Government informa-
tion Service is hosting
weekly press conferences at
the V.A. Lopes legislative
Hall. These sessions will be
held every Tuesday from
9.30- 10.00 am .We encour-
age all the media to partici-
pate in these session.

GOODNESS IS THE ONLY
INVESTMENT THAT NEVER
FAILS!!!

We apologize that we were
not able to host our weekly
press conferences for the
last few weeks due to the
absence of our local repre-
sentatives. Thanks for pa-
tience.


NEVER LOSE A CHANCE
AT SAYING A KIND WORD!




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