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Volume 2, Issue 12 THE INFORMER St. Eustatius The Island Territory of St. Eustatius was provided with a new commissioner in the form of Mr. Carlyle Tearr. The sworn-in ceremonies with the in-coming Commissioner took place at the V.A Lopes legislative hall, where an Island Council meeting was held. The Island Council of St. Eustatius unanimously accepted the appointment of the incoming Commissioner, Mr. Carlyle Tearr on Thursday December 13th 2012. He now forms part of the Coalition government with Democratic Party (DP) and the Independent Island Council Lady honourable Millicent Lijfrock. Each member of the Island council extended constructive remarks and pledged their support to the incoming commissioner. After Mr. Carlyle Tearr was sworn in he got the opportunity to address the members on the floor of the island council. He started off expressing gratitude to the island council for endorsing his appointment unanimously. He gave a short summary of his background and his intentions. I come from a background where modesty is a virtue. But the modesty is about demeanor, not about vision and goals. It does not mean the lack of commitment or leadership. Rather, it is quiet determination in action to get things done without so much fanfare. Indeed, our Organization is modest in its means, but not in its values. We should be more modest in our words, but not in our performance. The true measure of success is not how much we promise, but how much we deliver for those who need us most. Given the enduring purposes and inspiring principles of our Organization, we need not shout its praises or preach its virtues. We simply need to live them every day: step by step, program by program, mandate by mandate. My defining mandate is to strengthen the island so that the community may be better served amidst new challenges. As Commissioner, I will make the most of the authority invested in my office by the council and the mandate you give me. I will work diligently to materialize our responsibility to protect the most vulnerable members of the community and stability. Commissioner Sneek also congratulated him in his new function and look towards a good working relationship. This reshuffling of commissioners was a result of the lost of confidence of Council Lady Lijfrock in former Commissioner Glenville Schmidt. The former commissioner was asked to tender his resignation in and he complied. The incoming commissioner had a audience of family and friends present at the sworn in ceremonies at the V.A. legislative Hall. (see pictorial on page 8 ) December ISSUE 2012 Island council Unanimously appoints new Commissioner 1+8 Lifting of Preliminary Supervision New Years Gift for Government 2 Statia to get possible support from Port Rotterdam 3 Statia Government starts road repairs 4 Government Info Page 7 Job Opportunities 9 UNDP sponsored workshop oil 12, Inside this issue: INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE ISLAND GOVERNMENT OF ST. EUSTATIUS STATIA S ISLAND COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPOINTS NEW COMMISSIONER BLESSINGS OF THE SEASON We count your friendship among ours on this joyous occasion. Our very best wishes to all.
THE INFORMER PAGE 2 VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 LIFTING OF PRELIMINARY SUPERVISION IS NEW YEARS GIFT FOR STATIA GOVERNMENT St. Eustatius In a one on one interview on G.I.S.-TV on Monday December 11th 2012, the Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Koos Sneek, expressed his happiness for reaching to the point that the prior supervision is lifted. He talked about the actions taken within the government administration to assure that, government did not spend what they did not have. The measures taken during the financial supervision to drastically cutback on spending, resulted in government ended up with a sur-plus which will now be used to repair a number of roads, like the bay road and the road adjacent to mansion hardware. The news of the lifted supervision came as Christmas and New Years gift for the Island Government. When asked what government will do to assure that this situation does not reoccur, he reiterated that we should not spend what we do not have. In the same interview he informed the community that the Preliminary Supervision will be lifted by January 2013. The Public Entity of St. Eustatius was informed by Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations, Mr. Ronald Plaskerk, that the island of St. Eustatius was under this preliminary supervision based on the law Finbes article 35 member 5. According to Minster Plaskerk, there is no need for extending the supervision, since the island territory complied with the conditions set fourth by the commission for financial supervision (CFT). On December 4th 2012 the Minister of Kingdom Relations was advised by CFT not to extend the preliminary supervision, because the Island Territory of St. Eustatius complied with the 4 conditions set fourth by the CFT. These 4 points are: An approved balance amendment to the 2012 budget; A balance budget for 2012, timely approved by the island council A timely submission of the annual statements over 20122 approved by the island council The preparation of a plan of approach concerning th improvement of the financial management for 2013. The minister of Kingdom relations, Mr. R. Plaskerk extended compliments to the Island Government for their successful efforts to improve the quality of the supplied products. As a result of the Island Governments action the preliminary supervision for the 2012 budget is lifted effective immediately. St. Eustatius The Harbour master Mr. Austin van Heyningnen officially signed the certificate of sea worthiness for the harbour vessel Waterman on December 1st 2012 at the Ministry of Inspection. THE VESSEL WATERMAN IS OF FICIALLY SEA WORTHY
THE INFORMER PAGE 3 VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 STATIA TO GET POSSIBLE SUPPORT FROM PORT OF ROTTERDAM Statia harbour master gets firsthand knowledge of the functioning of Harbours in the Netherlands Story by Mr. Austin Van Heyningen St. Eustatius Since the recording of the three Caribbean Islands Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire as a public body in the Dutch administrative order, is the Minister of I&M (Innovation and environment) responsible for the nautical management around the Islands. The nautical management regulates, in short, safe and smooth settlement of the shipping traffic. From December 3rd through December 6th 2012 a delegation from St. Eustatius consisting of Commissioner Sneek, Island Secretary Jan Helmond and the port masters of St Eustatius and Bonaire at the invitation of DGB/Maritime Affairs/Seaports travelled to the Netherlands to participate in the national consultation of port masters. The purpose of the visit was discussing forms of support in the professionalization and possible empowerment of the ports in Caribbean Netherlands. On the first day introductory conversation were held with the Director of Maritime Affairs and Head of the Department of seaports. The topics discussed were: nautical traffic management and expected improvements in the Islands, the TZ (Territorial Seas). On the second day during the trip the delegation visited a number of locations like the Port of Rotterdam NV, World Port Centre in Rotterdam. They held conversations with emphasis on; main tasks, functions and responsibilities of a port business as port of Rotterdam NV. and possible support in the direction of their counterparts in the Caribbean Netherlands. In addition contact talks where held with the Marine Pilotage Organization. This organization is responsible for pilotage in Netherlands divided in region Noord, AmsterdamRotterdam-Rijnmond and IJmond, Schedemonde. Commissioner Koos Sneek, Island secretary Jan Helmond and Rob Gubeling
From R to L : Carla van Konink, Alida Francis, and Malvern Dijkshoorn-Lopes. THE INFORMER PAGE 4 VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 RCN COMMUNICATION TEAM VISITS COUNTERPART ON STATIA St. Eustatius In the beginning of December 2012 the office of the Government Information Service was visited by Mrs. Carla van Konink, Communication Advisor for RCN stationed in Bonaire accompanied by Ms. Alida Francis Communication Advisor at RCN stationed in Saba. We were happy to welcome Carla to Statia and at the same time give her an introduction and tour of the mini studio at the G.I.S on Statia. Although staff members of G.I.S met with Carla in Bonaire in August 2012 for the workshop held for International Day of the Press, we were pleased to show her our working environment. Carla and Alida were visiting the island for the media training which was a follow up of the workshop held for International day of the Press in Bonaire. This media training was organized by RCN and was planned for Statia and Saba. The instructor which was used for the media training in Boniare, Mr. Rob Harms was also responsible for the training in the Windward Islands. The G.I.S. hopes to organize a similar training in the near future STATIA GOVERNMENT STARTED WITH ROAD REPAIRS St. Eustatius The road project commenced with quick repairs of certain roads which were in a deplorable state. The road on the bay in front of Mazinga has been restored. An area was left open in the middle of the road to separate the roads. Formerly an old large tree was located in the middle of the road creating that division. One wonders if Government will utilize this open space with the placement of a monument or something significant to the island. Another road that will be repaired shortly is the road adjacent to Mansion Hardware. The island government is aware of the poor state in which the roads are, and it is a priority to repair a number of Roads in 2013 with funds from the Island Government Budget. We will follow up on the road project in the new year and highlight the improvements.
THE INFORMER PAGE 5 VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 STATIA HARBOUR ADRESSING THE BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT And most of all special thanks to the team of the Harbour Department for their tireless drive to realize this part of the project and their commitment. The staff at the Harbour Department also extend our support to the Tourism Foundation for the work they are doing in upgrading and beautification of the lower town round about. Story by Austin van Heyningen St. Eustatius The harbour had again embarked on a beautification project to enhance the experience of first timeand returning visitors to our port. The overall frame work of the project is to: a. Beautify the lower town area of which phase I will cover the area from the harbour to the newly build pavilion area. b Creation of parking area. c. Creation of a boardwalk setting stage I. Phase I of the project was made possible with the cooperation of the following parties: TRICO NV supplying of material and equipment; Dep. of Agriculture Animal husbandry and Fishery: The St.Eustatius Tourism Foundation; Eardly Woodley, Gershon Lopes (donation of coconuttrees). EVERY CHILD IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY St. Eustatius -With the upcoming change of the Governor de Graaff school becoming a Foundation and relocating to a new building and area, we hope for a better environment and quality of education that will benefit our students in achieving their goals in life. The School started nearly a year ago with a Breakfast project. Serving a healthy breakfast helps the brain and body to function better, gives energy and stimulates better preformed in school. We of the school and school board are very happy with our government to have sponsored this project. We do hope that they will continue to finance it and take it to the next level by implementing this pass tradition in serving all students, a healthy nutritious breakfast, with the goal to avoid fast food products. Which can play a big role in preventing obesity? On Holy Thursday we served coloured Easter eggs for breakfast, which turned out to be very exciting for our students, as they were part of this colouring event. From day one Sandbox Tree Bakery have sponsored all our daily bread, along with parents that occasionally donates fruits, cheese. We had a $200, donation from the D& R Enterprises for the utensils (cups, bowls and plates). The school board donated a $50, pots etc., the Lions club is donating as of December 2012, every month a case of oranges and last but not the least our voluntaries ( parents, teachers and students ). We hereby wish to thank all our sponsors, parents (PTA), our teachers and staff who help carry out the task in preparing the breakfast everyday for their students. We also pray and hope that our governments will continue to see the necessity of this project. Once more many thanks for your cooperation and we wish to take this opportunity to wish everyone a blessed Christmas and a Happy and prosperous 2013 in our new school building. The Governor De Graaff school board Photo by Austin van Heyningen
THE INFORMER PAGE 6 VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 Peace on Earth. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a New Year filled with peace and happiness The Island Labour Office MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED 2013 It has been a Pleasure Serving you in 2012 It is around this time of year that we wish to thank all those Who encouraged and helped in 2012. Thanks from the dept of our hearts. The Culture Department St. Eustatius The Government Information Service & Protocol extends Warm and Sincerest wishes to all her readers, colleague, visiting friends and The entire community of St, Eustatius for a very Christ filled Christmas and a New Year which is resplendent with bright Health and Prosperity for us all Mercedes Lopes-Spanner, Mikchael Spanner, Nadjeska Jack, Jennette Davis & Malvern Dijkshoorn -Lopes SEASON GREETINGS On behalf of the staff of the St.Eustatius Harbour Department, We wish every one a MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2013 ST. EUSTATIUS HARBOUR
PAGE 7 THE INFORMER VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 St. Eustatius GOVERNMENT INFO PAGE www.statiagovernment.com NOTICE NOTICE The Head of the Finance Department, Mr. Rudy Poell, is informing the general public that the Finance Office will be open half days on : Thursday December 27th12 pm from 08.00 12.00 (only morning hours) Friday December 28th 12pm from 08.00 12.00 only morning hours Mr. Rudy Poell, Head of Finance Department Public Entity Sint Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean Tel.nr.: 599 3182741 Fax.: 599 3182265 Mobile: 599 318 5884
PAGE 8 THE INFORMER VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 SWORN IN CEREMONIES INCOMING COMMISSIONER CARLYLE TEARR
PAGE 9 THE INFORMER VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 JOB OPPORTUNITIES THE LABOR DEPARTMENT HEREBY MAKE IT KNOWN THAT PETITIONS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED BY EMPLOYERS TO OBTAIN WORK PERMITS FOR FO REIGNERS IN SOME OF THE FUNCTIONS MENTIONED BELOW. ALL DUTCH CARIBEANS THAT ARE QUALIFIED FOR THE BELOW MENTIONED FUNCTIONS EMPLOYED/UNEMPLOYED, SHOULD APPLY AT THE LABOR DEPARTMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ASSISTANT PROFESOR OF NEUROSCIENCE Hours: 40 Education: PHD. degree BARTENDER Hours: 48 per week Education: Experience COOK Hours: 48 per week Education: certified SEAMAN/ DECKHAND 4 vacancies Hour: 40 per week Education: STCW-95 minimum 5 years sailing experience Dienst Arbeidszaken, De Graaffweg 13, St.Eustatius Caribisch Nederland. Tel: 599-318-2881. Fax: 599-318-3322. firstname.lastname@example.org
PAGE 10 THE INFORMER VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 PRE CHRISTMAS CANTATA BY THE COMMUNITY CHOIR
PAGE 11 THE INFORMER VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 Season Greetings Sherlene Berkel Compulsory Education Officer ALL THE BEST FOR THE SEASON The Commissioner of Education, Honorable Carlyle Tearr wishes the general public a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with Joy, Wisdom Strength and Happiness Commissioner Carlyle Tearr CHRISTMAS GREETINGS Commissioner of Finance, Honorable Koos Sneek wishes the Community Of St. Eustatius A Merry, Healthy and Prosperous 2013! MERRY CHRISTMAS Commissioner Koos Sneek MERRY CHRISTMANS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR From the Information Technology Office Mr. Derrick Simmons
PAGE 12 THE INFORMER VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 UNDP SPONSORED WORKSHOP ON OIL SPILLPREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE A delegation from St.Eustatius attended the National Worksh op on Oil spill preparedness and response in the Bottom, Saba on November 27-29th 2012. This workshop was organized and sponsored by, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Rijkswaterstaat Nederland and RAC/REMPEI TC-Caribe. Attending the workshop were delegations from: St.Eustatius, Saba, St.Maarten, Bonaire, Curacao, The Netherlands, Turks & Ca Isl., Montserrat and Anguilla. The purpose of the worksh op was to introduce and familiari ze response perso nnel in the properties fate and effects of marine oil spill. The Statia delegation consisted of the following participants: Austin van Heyningen Harbourmaster of St. Eustatius; Roy Lawrence; Cyrill Wood ley; Ted Hassel; Melvis Harigan (stagi er); Jessica Berkel (Stenapa), Edris Bennet-Merkman disaster liaison; Andr e Bennet St. Eustatius Fire Chief; and Mr. Luc van Osch resident shipping Inspector. During the workshop participants were actively engage in t opics covering: background of marine oil spills; international contingency planning; properties fate and effect of marine oil spills; health and safety; command and control; response strategy; shoreline treatment; Waste managements; Claims and compensations; media, public relations & awareness. The harbour vessel WATERMAN took part in the practica l exercises which covered t he deployment and retrieval of the Buster oil recovery system. Each island Saba, Bonaire an d St.Eustatius will be receiving such a system complete with support systems.
Join us weekly on Wednesday morning at 09.00 Am sharp, on the Government radio programme Shedding Light for a day of self discovery, sharing information, re viewing developments in our community, questioning our elected officials about important issues. If you have ideas, suggestions contact the host, Malvern on 3182745,or use the suggestion box near the entrance of the office or email email@example.com The Government Information Service is hosting weekly press conferences on Wednesday from 11.00 12.00 with Members of the Executive Council We encourage all the media to participate in these sessions. If you wish to gather information about a particular topic, please submit the questions to the office of the G.I.S. and we will bring it forward in the first following press conference. The Informer, is the St. Eustatius Government 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 Communication for the Island Territory of St. Eustatius Kennep Rd. z/n, Princes Garden, St. Eustatius, Neth. Ant. Telephone:599-318-2745 Fax: 599-318-2084 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Layout by D. Simmons Queries should be dire cted to the Office of the Island Secret ary or the Government Information Service. Tel: 318 2604 or 2745 Fax: 318 2084 THE GREATEST GIFT WE CAN GIVE TO OTHERS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE! Do you know anybody in your surroundings who do voluntary work, who render exceptional or outstanding service? The process starts with you recognizing that person, by submitting their name to the office of the Island Governor or Decoration Committee. We encourage Statians and residents alike to submit names of persons in the community. If you want to nominate someone for a Royal Decoration it is advisable to contact the decoration Committee or the cabinet of the Island Governor. They will inform 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 collected the necessary information. Tel.nr.: 318 2552 Fax: 318 2324 SHEDDING LIGHT Honour wh ere Weekly Press Conferences Honour is due GOODNESS IS THE ONLY INVESTMENT THAT NEVER FAILS!!! IT IS BETTER TO DESERVE HONOURS AND NOT HAVE THEM THAN TO HAVE THEM AND NOT DESERVE THEM! Be Thankful for what you have; You ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you dont have, you will never, ever have enough! Oprah Winfrey