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THE INFORMER


INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE ISLAND GOVERNMENT OF ST. EUSTATIUS


Volume I, Issue 10


June ISSUE, 2010


STATIA FISHER MEN DISAPPOINTED IN GOVERNMENT ACTIONS


St. Eustatius- The Fishermen of
St. Eustatius organized a general
meeting at the fishery at lower
town on June 22nd 2010. The gov-
ernment information service was
on the scene to witness this as-
sembly of the fishermen. The fish-
ermen are displeased about a
number of unfair actions taken by
the island government without
their input. The fishermen feel that
government does not support their
cause or even try to understand
what the bottle necks are that they
face on a daily bases. The Fisher-
men are upset about three sepa-
rate cases which are all relevant to
their livelihood.
1.) an area was designated for
fishing South of the terminal jetty,
from Tumbling Down Dick to White
Wall, by the Island Government.
2.)Stenapa was established in
1996 and new agreements were
made without the input of the fish-
ers. The marine ordinance was
adopted by the island council,
which overruled the initial decision
taken by the Executive Council.
3.) Since November 2009 govern-
ment promised to establish a com-
mittee to look into the situation
which the fishers brought forward
in their complaints to government.
The local Fishermen are authorized
to fish in the Marine park which is
all water surrounding the island up
to 30 meters in the dept. Line, or a


half a mile from the coast line
that is considered the marine
park territory. The forbidden ar-
eas for fishing is in the Marine
reservation. This area starts
South West of the break water
(pier) a half a mile from the
coast line a 30 meter water dept.
Line.
Presently an anchorage zone is
established is three locations:
A: Quarter of a mile South of
Statia terminal jetty and a half a
mile from the coast line.
B: West of Smoke Alley restau-
rant
C: west of Statia Ports Jetty
(continue to page 15)


Statia Fishermen disappointed 1,15,18
in Government Actions

Secretary General of Education 2,11,12,
visit educational facilities

Judge gives Oath civil registry 3

Conference Economic Zone 6,10
Netherlands Antilles

Reda Sosial Financed Statia 7
Museum roof

Results Dutch Elections 8

Job opportunities 20,21







VOLUME I, ISSUE 10


SECRETARY GENERAL OF EDUCACATION STEENINK GETS FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE
OF EDUCATION FACILITIES ON ST. EUSTATIUS


The Planning Bureau of the Is-
land Government of St. Eustatius
is doing the preliminary work of
having a number of schools reno-
vated and expanded with financ-
ing from the Dutch Government
through O.C.W. (Onderwijs Cul-
tuur en Wetenschap) this is Edu-
cation Culture and Science. On
Tuesday, June 22nd 2010 the
Secretary General, Mr. Koos van
Steenbergen of Education Cul-
ture and Science visited a num-
ber of schools to review the edu-
cation facilities on the island. He
was accompanied by the Quarter
Maker, Mr. Hemmie van Xanten,
Ms. Fleur Lagcher, Mr. Erik Kool
and Mr. Gerard Maas. He visited
the Bethel and Golden Rock Ele-
mentary schools on Tuesday
June 22nd 2010. The other ele-
mentary schools, Day Nursery
and secondary schools were
scheduled for Wednesday, June
23rd 2010. At the Bethel Method-
ist School Mr. Ellis Woodley, the
school Principal welcomed every-
one to his school and did the
honours of introducing the speak-
ers. These were: Commissioner
Roy Hooker, Mr. Koos van
Steenbergen and Mr. Maldwyn
Timber. Mr. Maldwyn Timber
called on Mr. Elroy Aventurin to
sign the contract for the construc-
tion for the second wing at the
Bethel Methodist School. Com-
missioner Roy Hooker held the
introduction speech, explaining to
the youth what will be happening
at Bethel Methodist School. He is
complimented for the way he was
able to bring the information over
to the youth on their level. Man-
power Services provided a
bucket truck to transport the dig-
nitaries to the roof to lay the cor-
ner stone for the second floor.


The Golden Rock School was vis-
ited by the delegation. The dele-
gates were introduced to the Princi-
pal, Mrs. Debbie Clarke-Brown. She
gave them a tour of the premises .
They entered the class rooms re-
viewed the content, storage area
and kitchen to get an idea of the
facility. At the end of the day a re-
ception was held at the Youth &
Family Center for the school boards
and management. In the speech of
the Secretary General Mr. Koos van
Steenbergen, he confirmed that the
Dutch government will play their role
in improving the level of education
and the educational facilities on the
island.

The Secretary General had a busy
schedule during his visit to St.
Eustatius. On June 23rd 2010 he
visited the S.D.A., Governor de
Graaff and Gwendolyne van Putten
School. The S.D.A. school held a
mini programme for his visit. Upon
Arrival the Secretary General of
Education, Mr. Koos van Steenber-
gen was welcomed by the children
and the school principal Mrs. Lavern
Davis-Duggins. A welcome word
was done by the principal, while the
students sang songs. Mr. Steenber-
gen addressed the youngsters and
informed them of the purpose of his
visit to St. Eustatius and in particular
to their school. He was given a tour
of the school and got first hand in-
sight of the facility in and outside the
class room. He was presented with
a Give-a Away from the students of
S.D.A. This was a Cd with the stu-
dents of the S.D.A. school singing
Christian music. The Governor de
Graaf school was also visited and
they kept private discussions with
the Secretary General.

The Gwendolyn van Putten School
was also included in his visit. Mrs.
Camelia Berkel, Management of the


school, Mr.Hans Odijk, Staff Ex-
ecutive and Mr. Siem Dijkshoorn
Secretary of the School board
were present to welcome Mr.
Koos van Steenbergen. He
asked about the situation at the
school with regard to the ten-
sion experienced between man-
agement, teachers and school-
board. The participants ex-
plained that lack of communica-
tion was the major contributor to
most of the issues with which
they were confronted, however
they explained that they are
working on resolving many of
these matters. They have estab-
lished a staff council to resolve
issues between board, manage-
ment and staff. The poor school
results were also discussed.
The representatives of the
Gwendolyn van Putten School
recognized the language of in-
struction as a major compo-
nent to the poor results. The pri-
mary and secondary levels are
all focusing on extra Dutch les-
sons, English and Math. Other
discussions were about the
master plan which is essential
for all the schools on the island.
This master plan will focus on
areas like: the future vision in
Education and a housing plan. A
tour of the school was given and
the shortage of class rooms was
also highlighted at said point.
The Gwendolyn van Putten
delegation explained about the
four class rooms at the Gover-
nor de Graafschool, which will
be utilized by the Gwendolyn
van Putten school for the new
school year. Overall Mr. Steen-
bergen got first hand knowledge
of the school facilities by visiting
and talking to stakeholders.
(See photos on pp 11, 12)


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ONGOING UPGRADES WITH KEY PERSONNEL IN GOVERNMENT BY BESTUURSACADEMIE
Story by Nadjeska Jack


In the Netherlands Bestuursaca-
demie, (University) exist for over 40
years, they are known to be the
greatest trainer for local govern-
ment, a full service provider, active
in all policy areas and all functions
within the public administration. It
provides a very complete package of
training and practical courses. In
the interview with the Representa-
tives of Bestuursacademie, Mr.
Harry Ploeg and Ruud Koopman,
G.I.S. learned that in the Nether-
lands Bestuursacademie resolves
around much more than training. At
the university they gave knowledge
according to specific learning needs,
which leads to competence. They also
help people and organizations inno-
vate and develop.

At a certain point bestuursacademie
also assisted the Netherlands Antil-


les, in sharpening their skills to
prepare one to find a suitable job
within the Public Administration,
like freelancing and project man-
ages to facilitate and organize train-
ing projects. From the philosophy
"of working together for a good gov-
ernance" the Bestuursacademie is
sincere of it's service available to
sustain the Changes best possible
support in the Kingdom. Creating
local foundations are a number of
objectives: First they organize the
working objectives for you, they
have a lot of knowledge, expertise
and skills. The expertise of bestuur-
sacademie will be available for the
civil Servants on Boanire Saba and
St. Eustatius. Besides compiling
and providing training programs
you can also find you're Bestuursa-
cademie personnel recruitment,


personal development and many other
opportunities for expansion and devel-
opment of knowledge, skills and abili-
ties. Bestuursacademie will offer their
services and they build together with
you a good "governance of your coun-
try.


JUDGE GIVES OATH TO CIVIL REGISTRY CIVIL SERVANT


On Tuesday June 8th 2010 the Act. Lt.
Governor Mr. Louis Brown stood in the
Vincent Astor Lopes legislative hall to
witness the Oat given to the Head of
the Census Office Mr. Ricardo Tjie-A-
loi by the substitute judge Mr Andre
Mijnssen. Mrs. Elfrieda Maduro of the
office of registry looked on while this
ceremony took place. Unlike the regu-
lar civil servants who take an oath
from the Lt. Governor, the Civil ser-
vants of the Civil registry are given an
oath by a judge because, they are re-
sponsible for performing marriages,
registration of divorce, birth, death,
acknowledgment of children and adop-
tion. Moving forward the country Neth-
erlands Antilles will cease to exist. It is
therefore important that measures are
taken for the civil Servants who are
taking on the task of the civil registry
in the new constellation to know
whether they would have to re-take
their oath after 10.10.10. Presently
they are operating under a different
Civil code of law of the Netherlands
Antilles and we will becoming a Public
Authority of the Netherlands.


VOLUME I, ISSUE 10


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AMBASSADOR ACS AT PRIME MINISTER OF THE NETHERLANDS ANTILLES


Source: Public Relation officer of the The ambassador, Mr. Luis
Council of Minister, Mr. Norman E. Fernando Falla will partici-
Serphos
Serphos pate in the seminar on Re-
Translated by Mrs. Malvern gional Integration, which is
Dijkshoorn-Lopes. organized by the Caribbean
The ambassador Mr. Luis Export Development
Fernando Falla is presently Agency, the European Un-
(June 10th 2010) in Curacao ion and the Director of Eco-
for a working visit. He is the nomic Affairs.
Secretary- General of the As- Te D o t
The Director of the Bureau
sociation on Regional Inte-
sociation on Regional Inte- of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carel
gration. In the line of his de Haseh ws
de Haseth was responsible
working visit he payed his for acg te
for accompanying the am-
respect through a visit to the bas r d g hs vt
Prime Mi e o te N bassador during his visit at
Prime Minister of the Neth-
Fort Amsterdam. R
erlands Antilles, Mrs. Emily Fort Amsterdam.
de Jongh-Elhage. ...


THE ANTILLES REMOVED FROM STATIA LOCAL TELEPHONE COMPANY HIRES TEMPORARY
HUMAN TRAFFICKING LIST DIRECTOR
(Source Paradise FM)


The Netherlands Antilles is
no longer on the Watch list
for human trafficking in per-
sons based on the report of
the United States of Amer-
ica.(Tip) (see report on pages
6 and 11). The award should
be given to Miloushka Ra-
camy for her work as coordi-
nator of human trafficking
for the Netherlands Antilles.

The Netherlands Antilles is
presently subdivided in the
second Tier category. This
means that the islands do not
meet all the minimum re-
quirements, but will dedicate
their efforts to make im-
provements.


The President of the Eutel Su-
pervisory Board of Directors,
Mrs. Maxine Spanner-Suares
signed the contract with the
temporary Director Mr.
Emanuel Benjamin. The entire
Supervisory Board was present
for signing ceremony. Mr. Ben-
jamin is hired through M.G.C.
Consulting. The Supervisory
Board of Directors introduced


Mr. Benjamin briefly to the Eu-
tel staff. Mrs. Spanner -Suares
shared with G.I.S. that she
hopes that Eutel would make
good use of his knowledge, exper-
tise and network which he has
build up over these years. They
look forward to a constructive
working relationship with Mr.
SBenjamin. There are a number of
projects on the table which his
expertise and years of network-
ing can be of positive support to
the company and at the same
time make a difference making it
a reality. One of these projects is the
fiber optic cable. Although discussions
were held with the Quarter maker of tele-
communication about working together to
make this project a reality, Eutel is also
looking at options of getting St. Kitts,
Saba, St. Maarten, St. Barths aboard.
Eutel has taken the necessary steps by
having a feasibility study done.


VOLUME I, ISSUE 10


THE INFORMER


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NETHERLANDS ANTILLES, COUNTRY NARRATIVE IN THE 2010 TIP REPORT NETHERLANDS ANTILLES


(Tier 2)*

The Netherlands Antilles is a semi-
autonomous entity within the King-
dom of the Netherlands. The King-
dom Charter divides responsibility
among the three co-equal parts of the
Kingdom based on jurisdiction and
matter. For the purpose of this re-
port, the Netherlands Antilles is not
a country to which the minimum
standards for the elimination of traf-
ficking in the Trafficking Victims
Protection Act apply. This narrative
reflects how the Antilles would be
assessed if it were a separate, inde-
pendent country.*

The five islands of the Netherlands
Antilles are a transit and destination
area for women and children who are
subjected to trafficking in persons,
specifically forced prostitution and
for men and women who are in con-
ditions of forced labor. The women in
prostitution in the Netherlands An-
tilles, regulated and illegal sex
trades are highly vulnerable to hu-
man trafficking, as are unaccompa-
nied minors traveling to or through
Curacao. Local authorities believe
that men and women have also been
subjected to involuntary domestic
servitude and other forms of forced
labor in the agriculture and con-
struction industries. Groups vulner-
able to this labor trafficking include
foreign males in the agriculture, gar-
dening, and construction sectors.
Some migrants in restaurants and
local businesses may be vulnerable
to debt bondage.

The Government of the Netherlands
Antilles does not fully comply with
the minimum standards for the
elimination of trafficking; however, it
is making significant efforts to do so.
The government over the last year
made progress in prosecuting and
punishing trafficking offenders; it
also boosted victim identification
efforts. Comprehensive anti-
trafficking legislation remained
pending, and there were few special-
ized services available for trafficking


victims.

Recommendations for the Nether-
lands Antilles: Enact legislation
criminalizing all forms of human
trafficking and prescribing punish-
ment commensurate with other se-
rious crimes; vigorously prosecute
and convict sex and labor traffick-
ing offenders in all five islands of
the Netherlands Antilles; continue
to build capacity for assisting traf-
ficking victims throughout the
Netherlands Antilles; expand
awareness activities, including con-
sideration of ways to educate clients
of the sex trade and ultimate con-
sumers of products resulting from
the use of forced labor about the
causes and consequences of traffick-
ing; and explore the possible devel-
opment of a hotline accessible to
residents on all five islands.

Prosecution

The Government of the Netherlands
Antilles improved anti-trafficking
law enforcement efforts during the
reporting period. The government
has not yet passed comprehensive
legislation prohibiting all forms of
trafficking; however, during the
reporting period, the government
prosecuted at least 11 people in Cu-
racao for human trafficking offenses
and convicted nine trafficking of-
fenders a significant increase from
the one conviction reported last
year. The average prison sentence
imposed on the eight offenders was
21 months. The government did not
report any human trafficking prose-
cutions or

convictions in St. Maarten, St.
Eustatius, or Saba during the re-
porting period. There were no re-
ports of trafficking-related complic-
ity during the reporting period.

The Curacao anti-trafficking coordi-
nator provided training for law en-
forcement officials during the re-
porting period. Officials partici-
pated in a Kingdom-partnership


training for Curacao, St. Maarten, and
Bonaire law enforcement and immigra-
tion officials on identifying and treat-
ing victims of trafficking and investi-
gating trafficking crimes.

Protection

The government made limited progress
in providing specialized services for
trafficking victims but improved its
efforts to identify victims. The govern-
ment enhanced victim identification
capability through training and, in a
positive step, identified 16 trafficking
victims during the reporting period.
Curacao's anti-trafficking coordinator
formally trained officials, including
health officials working with women in
a government-regulated brothel com-
pound in Curacao, on identifying traf-
ficking and providing victim assistance.

The Bonaire anti-trafficking working
group provided training for immigra-
tion officials on identifying trafficking
victims. The government implemented
a special trafficking victim referral
mechanism to guide officials in refer-
ring potential trafficking victims to
services. Government officials referred
identified trafficking victims to limited,
short-term assistance provided by a
combination of government agencies
and by NGOs that received government
subsidies and to government-run care
facilities for crime victims. The govern-
ment placed child trafficking victims in
facilities with their parents or in an
institution for abused children. Gov-
ernment health care providers were
available to assist foreign trafficking
victims. The government did not offi-
cially offer access to legal aid for vic-
tims during the last year, though it had
provided legal aid to some victims in
the past. The government maintained a
policy of encouraging trafficking vic-
tims to participate in investigations
and prosecutions of trafficking offend-
ers; the legal system allowed witnesses
to trafficking crimes to provide anony-
mous testimony or testimony from
a b r o a d
(Continue on page 11)


VOLUME 1 ISSUE 10


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PAGES







VOLUME I, ISSUE 10


Conference Management
and Aruba

St. Eustatius- Following from a
promise made by the Dutch
Minister of Agriculture, Nature
and Food Quality to the House
of Representatives, a plan is
currently being devised for
managing marine biodiversity
and fisheries in the Netherlands
Antilles and Aruba. The aim of
this management plan is to es-
tablish a strategy for sustain-
able protection of the area's Ex-
clusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Work began on the plan in De-
cember 2009, and the first draft
has now been completed and
distributed for comments. We
hope to have the definitive plan
in place by September, prior to
the dissolution of the Nether-
lands Antilles.

Statia Delegation

Commissioner Roy Hooker;

Mrs. Monique Brown of Legal
Affairs;

Act. Harbourmaster Mr. Austin

Van Heyningen.

Place:Bonaire

Period: May 31 thru June 3rd
2010

Discussion by relevant parties
from the different islands to
form the basis for the definitive
plan. EEZ management com-
mission composition and re-
sponsibilities where tabled at
the conference. The composition
of the commission
(representatives from the is-
lands) was one of the main top-
ics especially concerning the
Saba bank management. The
objective of the commission -
responsible for implementing
the management plan.


plan Exclusive Economic Zone Netherlands Antilles


Main tonics:

Law enforcement ; fishery con-
trol, issuance of fishingpermits;
navigation maritime transpor-
tation and anchoring; EEZ-(B)
Saba bank; synchronisation
with authorities and stake
holder involvement; acquiring
of PSSA status for Saba bank;
composition of the commission
for managing EEZ areas.


(Commissioner Hooker in active dis-
cussion)

** PSSA (Particularly Sensi-
tive Sea Area) status for SABA
bank gives legal basis which to
regulate or fully ban anchoring
on the bank by large vessels

Port Development
In connection with the 9th EDF a
delegation visited the island in
the first week of June, to evalu-
ate a expansion project expan-
sion of container lay down area
and shore protection.
The Port of Sint Eustatius has
seen an increase of larger ves-
sels calling to it's port over the
last two years and more frequent
calls of inter island vessels. As
part of the port development
plan focus has been place on
the improvement and expansion
of the basic infrastructure of the
port.


(Filled in for expansion of container lay-
down area)

Objective is to provide calmer and
safer berth and anchorage for ves-
sels in the harbour. This will also
boost economical development sur-
rounding the Port.

Improvement of basic infrastruc-
ture:

* Repairing and improving of ex-
isting Ro-ro platform
* Extension of current breakwater

* Placing of mooring dolphins ex-
tending out from the city pier

* Shore protection erosion con-
trol.

* Dingy dock facility yachts; dive
operations; local fishing vessels

* Upgrading port security;
* Introduction of Vessel Traffic
Control Services

The Netherlands was part of the
Navigation Dead Weight Water
Treaty
The Netherlands is a part of the
International Treaty for control and
management of Ballast water and
sedimentary of ships, simply the
dead weight water treaty.
(Continue on page 10)


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VOLUME I, ISSUE 10


THE NETHERLANDS SIGNED MULTI-LATERAL TAX TREATY


Source: Public Relations Officer
of the Council Of Minister of the
Netherlands Antilles, Mr. Nor-
man Serphos.

Translation: Mrs. Malvern
Dijkshoorn-Lopes

On May 27th 2010 the Nether-
lands signed the change in the
WABB treaty. Countries that
enter the treaty may acquire
and exchange simple fiscal in-
formation with Holland, the
Netherlands Antilles and
Aruba.

The WABB treaty provides
rules about information ex-
change and mutual assistance


in tax affairs. The changes go
hand in hand with the Interna-
tional discussions about ex-
changing of fiscal information
and thereby blocking the se-
crecy of the bank. Countries
that were not members of the
Organization for economic co-
operation and development
OESO of the Council of
Europe, now have entry per-
mission to the treaty. As a re-
sult hereof, development coun-
tries may now exchange fiscal
information easier and content
is given to the appeal to the
G20 and OESO to support
these countries with the im-
provement of their levying of


taxes and tax collections.

The Netherlands is supporter of
the change and played an active
role in the realization. The treaty
fits the fight which the Minister
Jan Kees de Jager of Finance is
leading against savings that are
not taxed and it is an addition of
the series of treaties which de
Jager recently concluded. The
Dutch representative of the
OESO conclude the treaty on be-
half of the Netherlands Antilles
and Aruba.


STATIA MUSEUM RESTORES ROOF WITH REDA SOSIAL FUNDING


The president of the St. Eustatius
Historical Foundation, Mrs. Lynne
Kennedy signed the contract for the
replacement of the roof sheets of the
museum. This project was submitted
in march 2010 to Reda Sosial. The
company contracted for this project is
Patrick Construction Company N.V.
Mr. Siem Dijkshoorn prepared the
scope of works for the museum while
Mrs. Malvern Dijkshoorn-Lopes
Board Member of the Reda Sosial
was also present for the signing cere-
mony. This project cost a total of Nafl
52.000,00. The intention is to get this
project started within 3 weeks. Tak-
ing the hurricane season into consid-
eration a decision has been made by
the contractor to do this project in
small bits. This could well be one of
the last project financed by Reda
Sosial for St. Eustatius, since we are
in the process of a Constitutional
Reform. The constellation as we
know it will change on 10.10.10. The
Reda Sosial is in the process of re-
ducing it's involvement in projects in
the soon to be former Netherlands
Antilles.


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Conference Management Plan Exclusive Economic Zone Netherlands Antilles and Aruba
(continued from page 8)


As the dead weight water treaty
goes into effect, ships will have to
meet certain requirements, this
will go in phases, but should be
accomplished by 2016. These
ships are required to manage an
installation in which the ballast
water will be purified of harmful
organisms.
The Ministry of Traffic and Water
management are preparing to
implement tuning in for the
involvement of parties as harbour
managers,ship owners,
environmental groups, producers
of dead weight water treatment
systems. Etc.
The ship owners and harbour
managers are pleased that the
Netherlands is supporting the
dead weight water treaty, but


they have a few point of
attention for the implementation.
Soon there will be International
talks with burning questions
like: How will the present
upholding Institutions choose
the best monsters, how would
they review if the rules of the
treaty is applied. They will also
evaluate which conditions and
which safety environmental
methods can be selected to
provide exemption for ships.

Registration local vessels
Reminder for local boat owners
that in accordance to article # all
vessels owners must comply by
having their vessels registered.
Coast Guard NA&A will be con-
ducting vessel inspections. Op-
erators on un-registered vessels


can and will be fined as stipulated
by law.
Article by Mr. Austin van Heyn-
ingen, Act. Harbor Master


Notices
The Port Authority will be step-
ping up control and inspection
of all vessels. Special attention
will be given to inter island
passenger movements.
All local boat owners are ad-
vise to pay attention to local
weather- and sea advisories.
This in connection with the
2010 hurricane seasons.


DUTCH RIGHTWING PARYTHE BIGGEST IN DUTCH PARLIAMENT


St. Eustatius- The people of
Statia were glued to their televi-
sion in the evening of June 9th
2010. Although many were not
eligible to vote in the Dutch
election they were curious to the
outcome of these elections.
Many Statians wondered what
effect the outcome of this elec-
tion will have on the ongoing
constitutional reform for the
islands. As the results came in
from the different municipali-
ties the community looked at
BVN-TV. (The Best of
Vlaanderen & The Netherlands)
to get first hand knowledge of
the outcome. The fraction leader
of the VVD Mr. Rutte was over-
whelmed with the outcome of
the election. He addressed his
supporters immediately after
the results were known. This
was the first time in the VVD
party that they experienced


such a victory for the parlia-
ment.

An Informateur, that is a poli-
tician appointed to explore the
options for forming a cabinet.
The person presently trying to
accomplish the formation of a
cabinet in the Netherlands is
Mr. Roosenthal. He concluded
recently, in a press briefing
that his initial effort for VVD,
PVV and CDA to form the par-
liamentary majority will not
happen. The other 2 options
will have to be reviewed by Mr.
Roosenthal. These are a Purple
Government: VVD, PVDA,
Groenlinks and D-66. The sec-
ond option is VVD, CDA, and
PVDA.

Although it will take some time
before a government is formed
in the Netherlands, certain is-


sues regarding Boanire Saba and
St. Eustatius are proceeding, like
the third adjustments of the new
constitutional law as a Public Au-
thority within the Netherlands.
The Dutch community made a
large change in the way they nor-
mally vote if we review the chart
on page 18. The CDA turn out to
be the 1i--;-l loser of seats in
this election. The Prime Minister
of the Netherlands made an emo-
tional speech to his party sup-
porters. The opinion was voiced
in the Netherlands on many T.V
programmes that he should not
have participated in the last elec-
tion based on past experience of
his cabinet. The VVD programme
is focused on improving the Dutch
economy. In the debates prior to
the election they talked about the
cost cutting measures that should
take place to accomplish their party
programme. (Continue page 18)


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Netherlands Antilles, country narrative in the 2010 TIP Report


(continued from page 6)

The government has the authority to
issue temporary residency status for
foreign trafficking victims as an al-
ternative to their removal, though it
did not report issuance of such status
to victims over the last year. The
government has not developed a pol-
icy regarding longer term residency
for trafficking victims. The govern-
ment tried to ensure that identified
trafficking victims were not penal-
ized for unlawful acts committed as a
direct result of being trafficked.
Trained law enforcement officials
regularly visit prison and detention
facilities to prevent potential traf-
ficking victims from being punished.
The anti-trafficking coordinator con-
vened regular meetings with service
providers and law enforcement to
encourage anti-trafficking partner-
ships on victim assistance. Nether-
lands Antilles officials forged a part-


nership with Dutch authorities to
establish new procedures allowing
foreign women in Curacao's regu-
lated brothel compound to maintain
control of all of their travel docu-
ments. This was a significant devel-
opment as international organiza-
tions have expressed strong concern
about the working conditions
(including possible involuntary ser-
vitude) at this brothel.

Prevention

The government continued modest
efforts to raise awareness of human
trafficking during the reporting pe-
riod. The Justice Ministry added
anti-trafficking content to its web-
site. The public prosecutor and jus-
tice minister spoke publically about
human trafficking, and the Curacao
anti-trafficking coordinator gave
lectures and presentations to live
audiences and on television. The


government continued to provide in-
kind support for human trafficking
hotlines in St. Maarten and Bonaire.
The Netherlands Justice Ministry
funded a sex trafficking awareness
campaign at schools throughout the
Antilles and funded a six-week public
service announcement radio campaign
that resulted in a

significant increase in hotline calls and
two criminal investigations. Formal
interagency anti-trafficking working
groups operated in Bonaire, Curacao,
Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten
during the reporting period. The Cura-
cao anti-trafficking coordinator con-
ducted self-assessment meetings after
trafficking investigations. There were
no awareness campaigns specifically
targeting potential clients of the sex
trade in the Netherlands Antilles in an
effort reduce demand for commercial
sex acts.


ACTION PLAN TIP


--Since 2008, each TIP Report
narrative has contained specific
recommendations for a govern-
ment to consider for implementa-
tion over the coming year. This
year, in addition to the recommen-
dations within the TIP Report as-
sessment of your country, the De-
partment of State is providing your
government with a short action
plan that is derived from these
recommendations. The Depart-
ment of States wishes to empha-
size the importance of this action
plan as a key metric in determin-
ing the extent of anti-trafficking
progress for the upcoming 2011
TIP Report. Both the action plan
and related recommendations are
aimed at providing countries with
guidance to achieve compliance
with the minimum standards out-
lined in the Trafficking Victims
Protection Act.


Below are suggestions for a fa-
vorable tier ranking in the 2011
TIP Report:

--Enact legislation criminalizing
all forms of human trafficking and
prescribing punishment commen-
surate with other grave crimes.
Whether a country prohibits all
forms of trafficking is a key TIP
Report indicator.

--Vigorously prosecute and con-
vict sex and labor trafficking of-
fenders in all five islands of the
Netherlands Antilles.

The Report views convictions of
trafficking offenders with signifi-
cant jail time positively. In the
absence of a trafficking law, con-
victions obtained under other
criminal laws and statutes can be
counted as trafficking if the gov-
ernment verifies that they involve
forced labor, forced prostitution


or related trafficking offenses.

--Continue to build capacity for as-
sisting trafficking victims throughout
the Netherlands Antilles. Any devel-
opment of specialized services for
labor and sex trafficking victims or
success stories of victims rescued
and rehabilitated throughout the
year would be viewed positively.
Increased numbers of potential vic-
tims identified and provided assis-
tance is an indicator of success in
this area.

--Expand awareness activities, in-
cluding consideration of ways to
educate clients of the sex trade and
beneficiaries of forced labor about
the causes and consequences of
trafficking.

--Explore the possible development
of a hotline accessible to residents
on all five islands.


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TIP Report


NON PAPER
The U.S. Congress, through
its passage of the 2000 Traf-
ficking Victims Protection Act,
as amended (TVPA), requires
the Secretary of State to sub-
mit an annual Report to Con-
gress. The goal of this Report
is to stimulate action and cre-
ate partnerships around the
world in the fight against
modern-day slavery. The
USG approach to combating
human trafficking follows the
TVPA and the standards set
forth in the Protocol to Pre-
vent, Suppress and Punish
Trafficking in Persons, Espe-
cially Women and Children,
supplementing the United Na-


tions Convention against Trans-
national Organized Crime
(commonly known as the
"Palermo Protocol"). The TVPA
and the Palermo Protocol recog-
nize that this is a crime in which
the victims, labor or services
(including in the "sex industry")
are obtained or maintained
through force, fraud, or coercion,
whether overt or through psy-
chological manipulation. While
much attention has focused on
international flows, both the
TVPA and the Palermo Protocol
focus on the exploitation of the
victim, and do not require a
showing that the victim was
moved.
-- Recent amendments to the


TVPA removed the require-
ment that only countries with
a "significant number" of traf-
ficking victims be included in
the Report. Beginning with
the 2009 TIP Report, coun-
tries determined to be a
country of origin, transit, or
destination for at least two
victims of severe forms of
trafficking are included in the
Report and assigned to one
of three tiers. Countries as-
sessed as meeting the
"minimum standards for the
elimination of severe forms of
trafficking" set forth in the
TVPA are classified as Tier 1.
Countries assessed as not
(continue on page 16) fully


FAREWELL VISIT AMBASSADOR Horbach


Mr. Hans Horbach, Kingdom
Ambassador to Port of Spain
(Trinidad) paid a working visit
to the Prime Minister of the
Netherlands Antilles, Mrs.
Emily de Jong Elhage. His
visit was seen as a farewell,
since Mr. Horbach is trans-
ferred to the Embassy in To-
ronto. (Canada).

Mr. Horbach was accompa-
nied during his visit by the Di-
rector of the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs of the Nether-
lands Antilles, Mr. Carel de
Haseth and the Representa-
tive of the Netherlands Antil-
les of Port of Spain, Mrs.
mw. Louise de Bode-Olton.


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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DOLLARIZATION ON STATIA


A combine effort is made by
the Regional Service Center
and The Island Government of
St. Eustatius to organize a
Town hall meeting on dollari-
zation. The schedule for the
Town hall meeting is on July
8th 2010 at the Christen
Flanders Community Center
from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. As the
date of 10.10.10 draw nearer
people are curious about the
transition from the Dutch An-
tillean Florins to the US dollar.
We hope with this information
on the dollarization to have
you somewhat prepared for the
town hall meeting. The panel
for the discussions on dollari-
zation comprise of the Lt. Gov-
ernor of St. Eustatius, Mr. Ge-
rald Berkel, the Commissioner
of Finance, Mr. Roy Hooker
and Mr. Maarten Groenen,
Policy worker of the Ministry
of Finance. The moderator is
Ms. Alida Francis.

In the weekly radio pro-
gramme of the island Govern-
ment "Shedding Light", an
open discussion was held with
Representatives of the St.
Eustatius Business Associa-
tion about currency change. It
was an interesting discussion
because many Statians call in
to voice their concerns and had
a number of questions. One of
the many concerns brought for-
ward was who will be responsi-
ble for the control of prices.
Will government create a price
control officer to perform the
control of prices. Even today,
people are asking why Statia
did not maintain the Antillean
Florins instead of changing to
the dollar. These can all be an-


swered at the town hall meeting.
On November 19th, 2008 repre-
sentatives of the BES islands and
the Netherlands agreed that
within the framework of the new
constitutional relations the US
dollar will become the official cur-
rency and legal tender of the BES
islands. In accordance with this
agreement, the Minister of Fi-
nance and the State Secretary for
the Interior and Kingdom Rela-
tions recently submitted a bill to
Parliament for a "Wet geldstelsel
BES" (BES Monetary System Act).
This bill has not yet been at-
tended to. The Act is expected to
enter into force on January 1st,
2011. The "Wet geldstelsel BES"
stipulates that the dollar will be
the official currency on the BES
islands from the moment the Act
enters into force. At 0:00 hours
the banks on the BES islands will
convert all bank accounts auto-
matically into dollar accounts.
Citizens and companies don't
have to take action themselves.
The exchange rate that will be
used for this conversion is the of-
ficial rate that has been in force
since 1971 ($1=NAf. 1,79).
Existing agreements, decisions of
government bodies and other le-
gal instruments will also be con-
verted automatically: amounts in
guilders will, as a matter of law,
be considered to be amounts in
dollars. For this conversion the
same exchange rate will apply as
for the conversion of bank ac-
counts. With regard to agree-
ments, the conversion by law is
not obligatory. The parties in-
volved can chose to maintain the
guilder amounts in an agreement
and not replace them by dollar
amounts. They have to agree on
this explicitly, though. If they
don't, the amounts mentioned in
the agreement will be converted
by law. In the first month after


the introduction of the dollar
the Netherlands Antilles guil-
der coins and bills will con-
tinue to be legal tender as
well. Giro payments, how-
ever, will take place in dollars
from the very moment the
law comes into force. In order
to limit the period in which
the two currencies will be in
circulation jointly, effort will
be made to reach an agree-
ment with the business com-
munities on the islands that
customers will receive change
in dollars as much as possi-
ble, also when they pay in
guilder. After this dual period
the dollar will be the sole le-
gal tender on the BES islands.
Citizens of the BES islands
can no longer use the Nether-
lands Antilles guilders which
may still be in their posses-
sion as a means of payment,
but will be able to convert
them into dollars in a number
of offices that will be pointed
out specifically. This conver-
sion will also take place at the
exchange rate of $1=Naf1,79.
For companies, (not for profit)
institutions and organizations
the arrival of the new cur-
rency will lead to adaptations
of administrative and pay-
ments systems. The prepara-
tions for and the execution of
the adaptations take a consid-
erable amount of time, as fol-
lows from the experience with
the introduction of the euro in
the Netherlands. An agree-
ment has been reached with
the banks that they will take
care of the communication of
client oriented informa-
tion. It's important that the
parties involved start their
preparations for the introduc-
tion of the dollar as soon as
possible.


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STATIA FISHERMEN DISPLEASED WITH GOVERNMENT ACTION (continue from page I)


The fishermen talked about
where they were, and where
they are today. In the period
1983-1989 the Executive
Council comprised of Lt. Gover-
nor, Mr. George Sleeswijk, Mr.
Newman Pompier and Mr.
Julian Woodley. The fishermen
are of the opinion that the gov-
ernment created an expecta-
tion in said period for them to
fish in a designated area for
their livelihood and later with-
out considering the financial
consequences changed and
created legislation without re-
searching the effects on the
livelihood of the fishermen. The
fishermen highlighted that they
were not organized in those
days (even though efforts were
made to get this done) in an
association, and the then gov-
ernment understood their chal-
lenges, therefore actions were
taken. One of the fishermen
main complaints were the large
tankers that anchored and de-
stroyed the reef and sea beds
as a result of dredging anchors
chain. The Executive Council
informed the Fishers that the
Tankers were supposed to an-
chor North of Statia Oil termi-
nal jetty. The government held
discussions with management
to accomplish consensus on
the anchorage location for the
tankers. Today the fishermen
regard that initiative of 1983-
'89 of the island government
as a valid decision which was
overthrown without considering
them. They have accumulated
a number of documents in
which high ranking former gov-
ernment officials are testifying
to said decisions.

The fishermen are of the opin-
ion that with the establishment
of Stenapa there livelihood
should have been taken into


consideration. Although many
fishermen recognized the impor-
tance of having such an organiza-
tion on the island they also feel
that their knowledge of fishing
and their livelihood has been
trampled upon without considera-
tion. A fisherman explained that
they sometimes have up to 6
weeks that they cannot fish or
pull their traps on the Atlantic
side as a result of the high winds
and rough seas. When this hap-
pens it affects their livelihood, be-
cause they have financial commit-
ments with the Development
Bank. The fishermen argues that
they were allowed to fish fully on
the Caribbean side, today they
are confronted with limitations of
space to fish. The limitations of
space to fish are noted in the is-
land regulation, but a senior fish-
erman explained that the increase
of traffic on sea, in, out and
around the island also contributes
to this fact. Another fisherman
explain how they try to keep on
top things in their field. They go
to neighboring islands and dia-
logue with fishermen about their
systems used. Although many
Statian may not know, the fisher-
men are trying to improve their
product. In sister Caribbean is-
lands many fishermen are sup-
ported in their efforts by their
governments. They are also con-
sulted when decisions are re-
quired in their line of work. Their
advise and voice carry weight in
their respective island territory,
unlike in the fishermen situation
of Statia.

The government declined assis-
tance according to one fisherman,
because they were not organized
in an official association. Today,
the fishermen are questioning the
consistency of government. In the
meeting on June 22nd 2010, the
President of the Fishermen asso-


ciation, Mr. Naldo Redan
gave some information about
the season when certain
fishes come to the warm wa-
ters and opposite. He talked
about, tuna, dolphin and wa-
woe, although they are avail-
able the whole year, the
catch is bigger in certain
seasons like spring and sum-
mer on Statia. These fishes
leave the cold water to the
warmth this means that they
basically migrate from
deeper to shallow waters.
According to Mr. Redan, in
the last mentioned season is
when the tuna, dolphin and
wawoe moves closer to the
shore line, because it is
much more murky, this may
be the reason that pull them
to the area. The lobster is
also available year around,
however, fishermen have a
major catch in Winter and
Spring, they too migrate
from the deeper to shallow
waters. Mr. Redan went to
this extent to explain about
season fishing on Statia be-
cause of his experience with
the job trainees of Stenapa.
He explained that the job
trainee often times have
know knowledge of what
they are looking for or what
exist in our areas. He went
on to explain how the job
trainee research the marine
life, in fish count. Fish count
is done all on the same day,
within a certain area and
time. The research is done in
a 3 months study. Mr. Redan
went on to explain that
fishes that doesn't end up in
the designated area during
research is not counted or
taken for specific data. This
makes the result of the re-
search inaccurate in his
view.(continue on page 18)


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Continued from page 13


complying with the minimum
standards, but making signifi-
cant efforts to meet those
minimum standards are clas-
sified as Tier 2. Countries as-
sessed as neither complying
with the minimum standards
nor making significant efforts
to do so are classified as Tier
3.
-- The TVPA also requires the
Secretary of State to provide -
---In the fiscal year following
the CSPA listing (starting Oc-
tober 1, 2010), governments
of countries listed as having
government or government-
supported groups using child
soldiers are subject to sanc-
tions on a broad range of se-
curity assistance and com-
mercial licensing of military
equipment, absent a Presi-
dential national interest
waiver, applicable exception,
or reinstatement of assis-
tance pursuant to the terms of
the CSPA. Six countries are
listed pursuant to the CSPA
in the 2010 TIP Report )
Burma, Chad, the Democratic
Republic of the Congo, So-
malia, Sudan, and Yemen.
Decisions on sanctions
and/or waivers will be made
no later than 90 days after the
release of the 2010 TIP Re-
port, in concert with the Presi-
dential sanctions determina-
tions made for countries
ranked as Tier 3 in the 2010
TIP Report.
--Reflecting Congressional
concern over countries


ranked for several consecutive
years on the Tier 2 Watch List )
which indicates a lack of real
anti-trafficking progress ) the
TVPRA of 2008 mandates that
any country that has been
ranked Tier 2 Watch List for two
consecutive years (beginning
with the 2009 Report) will be
ranked Tier 3 in the third year. A
country must be on Tier 2 Watch
List for two consecutive years
for this provision to take effect,
unless the country performance
improves enough to warrant an
upgrade. It would not apply if, for
example, a country was ranked
Tier 2 Watch List one year, Tier
2 a second year, and Tier 2
Watch List a third year.
Fifty-eight countries are ranked
Tier 2 Watch List in the 2010
TIP Report ) 37 of these were
also ranked Tier 2 Watch List in
the 2009 TIP Report (or, the
case of Swaziland, reassessed
to Tier 2 Watch List in Septem-
ber 2009) and therefore face the
danger of a statutorily mandated
Tier 3 downgrade in the 2011
Report unless they either: a)
show sufficient progress over
the coming nine months to war-
rant an upgrade to Tier 2 or Tier
1; or b) qualify for a presidential
waiver. The President may
waive the application of the
automatic downgrade provision
for up to two consecutive years
based on a determination that
the country's government has a
written plan which, if imple-
mented, would constitute signifi-
cant efforts to meet the TVPA,s
minimum standards, and is The
CSPA defines child soldier to


include any person under 18
years of age who takes a di-
rect part in hostilities as a
member of governmental
armed forces, any person un-
der 18 who is forcibly re-
cruited into governmental
armed forces, and any per-
son under 15 who has been
voluntarily recruited into
those forces. It further de-
fines child soldier to include
any person under 18 who
has been recruited or used in
hostilities by armed forces
distinct from the armed forces
of a state. For those children
not taking a direct part in hos-
tilities, child soldiers can be
serving in any capacity, in-
cluding in a support role,
such as a cook, porter, mes-
senger, medic, guard, or sex
slave.
-devoting sufficient resources
to implement that plan. If a
Tier 2 Watch List country has
been issued a Presidential
waiver for two consecutive
years but has not made im-
provements during this period
to warrant an upgrade, it will
be downgraded to Tier 3. The
normal process for determin-
ing if Tier 3 sanctions are
waived would then apply.
-- The text of the TVPA and
amendments can be found
o n w e b s i t e
www. state. gov/g/tip.
On June 14, 2010, the Sec-
retary of State will release the
tenth annual TIP Report in a
public event at the State De-
partment. (continue on pp 17)


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(Continued from page 16)
We are providing you an ad-
vance copy of your country's
narrative in that report. Please
keep this information embar-
goed until 10:30 a.m. Wash-
ington DC time June 14. The
State Department will also
hold a general briefing for offi-
cials of foreign embassies in
Washington DC on June 14, at
3:30 p.m.
-The Child Soldiers Prevention
Act (CSPA) of 2008 (Title IV of
Public Law 110457) requires
publication in the annual Traf-
ficking in Persons (TIP) Report
of a list of countries that have
governmental armed forces or
government-supported armed
groups that recruit or use child
soldiers (not including police
forces that are not involved in
direct hostilities). -- A key
theme of the 2010 TIP Report


is Progress through Partner-
ships, Ten Years after Pal-
ermo. Since The Palermo
Protocol's adoption in 2000,
there has been clear pro-
gress; 116 countries have en-
acted legislation prohibiting
all forms of human trafficking
and increasing numbers of
victims have been rescued. In
the spirit of continual innova-
tion and strengthening efforts
at home and in partnership
with other countries, this year
the TIP Report contains a
ranking and candid narrative
of U.S. progress in address-
ing human trafficking. We
hope this assessment will il-
lustrate that the United States
holds itself to the same stan-
dards to which it holds other
countries and will encourage
other countries to take a self
critical approach to their anti-
trafficking efforts. This year's


Report also addresses areas
where continued international
partnership is needed, such as
in eliminating forced labor from
supply chains and in protecting
domestic workers. Another
theme to be highlighted in the
2010 TIP Report is the feminiza-
tion of modern slavery, seen
through the disproportionate vic-
timization of women (particularly
migrants) in forced labor and
forced prostitution around the
world. best efforts to deny loans
or other utilization of funds
(other than for humanitarian,
trade-related, or certain types of
development assistance) with
respect to countries on Tier 3.

PLEASE KEEP STATIA CLEAN!
LETS MAKE AN EFFORT TO CON-
TRIBUTE TOWARDS THIS GOAL! A
CLEANER STATIA, CONTRIBUTES
TO A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT.


MUNICIPALITIES IN THE NETHERLANDS SUPPORTS BONAIRE, SABA AND ST. EUSTATIUS
(source: Amigoe)

The islands Bonaire, Saba Government. In the motion
and St. Eustatius have re- the \N(G is- calling on the
ceived support from the Dutch Go\ernment to take
VNG (Vereniging Neder- on a detained position. \\ith
landse Gemeenschap), that regards to imiposin neiw
is the Association for Dutch law-s and demands to the is-
Municipalities, during the g
VNG annual congress. At
said congress a motion was
accepted by the Mayors pre-
sent, in which they all agree
to give one's support to
strengthen the position of
Bonaire, Saba and St.
Eustatius within the Dutch


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Statia Fishermen Disappointed in Government Actions
(continued from page 15)


The Government Information
Service contacted the office of
Stenapa to get their side of the
story. Ms. Kate Walker was not
sure which particular research
Mr Naldo Redan referred to,
however she explained the the-
ory behind fish counts. The idea
is to get a snapshot of the popu-
lation and not to count every indi-
vidual. If you repeat the count
each year in the same place at
the same time then you can start
to see patterns developing in the
fish populations of that
area which can then be used as
an indicator for the whole popu-
lation, if the numbers in your
study site decline or increase


then this indicates that the popu-
lation as a whole will be decreas-
ing or increasing. We cannot
count each individual fish, its like
trying to count every cow on the
island its almost impossible. But
from counting things like number
of adults and number of juvenile
over a period of a few years then
you can start to build a broader
picture about what is going on
around the whole area. This is
what we are trying to achieve by
doing the fish counts. Controls
and checks are needed for cer-
tain species, many islands in the
Caribbean no longer have good
size populations of species like
lobster or conch and the fishing


industry suffers as a result. By
trying to figure out what we have
in the marine park by using fish
counts, we can work with the
fishermen to determine fishing
controls which mean that the
important species don't disap-
pear and that they can continue
to be sustainably fished for a
long time to come.
The island government will for-
ward their views on this matter in
the July issue. We will keep you
abreast of the latest develop-
ments surrounding this topic.


RESULTS DUTCH ELECTIONS


2006 2010

VVD 22 31

PVDA 33 30

PVV 9 24

CDA 41 21

Groen Links 7 10

D-66 3 10

CU 6 5

Pvd-D 2 2

SGP 2 2

TON 0 0

SP 25 15







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Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en
Date 14 June, 2010 Koninkrijksrelaties

Regionaal Service Centrum

Communication
Kaya Internashonal z/n
Kralendijk
Bonaire NA
P.O. Box 357
persbe cht Kralendijk

persbericht BonaireNA
Contactpersoon person
Alida Francis
+ 599 318 4989

CYF host 1st Summer Camp



Oranjestad- "Teens on the Move" is the theme of the fist summer camp being
hosted by the recently inaugurated Center for Youth and Family on St. Eusta-
tius. The youth camp prepared for youngsters between 12 18 years will be held
at the Christine & William Flanders Community Centre July 12 16. Youth
workers Ester Siegers and Minushka Woodley say "Teens on the Move" will
highlight educational, recreational and cultural aspects.



Limited space

Teenagers interested in attending the camp are required to make a contribution
of NAF 50, each for which they will receive two T-shirts, food and drinks. There
is limited space and registrations close on June 25th. "The number of participants
is limited in order to allow youth workers the opportunity to give each partici-
pant personal attention. Because this will be the very first "Teens on the Move"
activity hosted by the Centre for Family and Family it is important that we keep
it at a manageable level. When the summer camp is over we will evaluate and
decide on how to continue in the future", according to coordinators.



For registration and more information contact: Centre For Youth & Family


Minushka Woodley: 318-4986


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Ester Siegers: 318-4996







JOB OPPORTUNITY

De Stichting tot bevordering voortgezet onderwijs op Sint Eustatius
Zoekt voor de Gwendoline van Puttenschool, school voor basisvorming, HAVO, VSBO
(VMBO) en Praktijkonderwijs, voor het schooljaar 2010-2011 met ingang van 1 augustus
2010
Directeur
De werkzaamheden worden uitgevoerd binnen de Gwendoline van Puttenschool, de enige
school voor voortgezet onderwijs op het eiland, met 280 leerlingen. Wij zijn druk bezig een
verbeterslag te maken om te voldoen aan de richtlijnen van Nederland. De directeur behartigt
en vertegenwoordigt de belangen van de Stichting en levert een bijdrage aan het tot stand ko-
men van beleid in alle zaken betreffende de Gwendoline van Puttenschool. De directeur
draagt tevens bij aan de totstandkoming van strategische beleidsplannen van de school.

Functie-eisen
- verander en ontwikkel manager, die vanuit een mensgerichte visie aan een sterke string
op resultaten werkt;
- brede/ diepgaande theoretische kennis en inzicht van de ontwikkelingen in het onderwijs
van VSBO en HAVO;
- managementervaring in het voortgezet onderwijs;
- kennis van de diverse deelgebieden van de beleidsterreinen binnen het relevant onderwijs
(o.a. onderwijs, personnel), financing en van relevant aanverwante beleidsterreinen.

Uw kwaliteiten
Onderwijskundig leiderschap: u bent in staat om samenhang en afstemming op onder-
wijskundig gebied te creeeren;

Inzicht in het functioneren van de organisatie; u bent in staat een heldere structuur
aan te brengen in beleid en organisatie binnen de school;


U hebt overzicht en U beschikt over een goed analytisch vermogen;

Vaardigheden in het opstellen van (beleids) nota's notities en rapportages;

Vaardigheden in het organiseren en begeleiden van werkprocessen;

Vaardigheden in het onderhouden van contacten en omgaan met conflictsituaties.


Resultaatgerichtheid
1. Leidinggeven, aansturen en verantwoordelijkheid voor de inrichting, uitvoering en evaluate van onderwijs en
beleidsontwikkelingen van de school;
(Continue on page 21


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JOB OPPORTUNITY

(Continued from page 20)
2. Zorgdragen voor de uitvoering van het onderwij s inclusief de ondersteunende taken binnen het be-
kostigingsstelsel;

3. Beslissingen aan het bestuur verantwoorden;

4. Vertegenwoordiging school in het lokale onderwijsveld c.q. relevant doelgroepen;

5. Mede richtinggeven aan professionaliseringactiviteiten van docenten en onderwijs ondersteunend
personnel;

6. Zorgdragen voor deskundigheidsbevordering binnen de school;

7. Leidinggeven aan de medewerkers van de school.

Communicatieve vaardigheden
U legt gemakkelijk contacten met leerlingen, personeelsleden en ouders; u durft anderen
aan te spreken op hun verantwoordelijkheid en u beschikt over relativeringsvermogen en
tact. U bent in staat personeelsleden te motiveren.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden
De aanstelling voor onderwijzend personnel is in principle een driejarig contract met
mogelijkheid tot verlenging.
Salaris inschaling volgens bezoldigingsregeling onderwijzend personnel St. Eustatius, 1999
nr. 16. Uitzendvoorwaarden volgens geldende regeling.

Sollicitatie
Zonder bevoegdheid heeft het geen zin te solliciteren.
Uw sollicitatiebrief inclusief c.v., referenties en pasfoto stuur u per e-mail v66r 4 juli 2010
aan de heer H. Odijk, staffunctionaris van het schoolbestuur: boardgvp(ygmail.com
Gelieve een copie van uw sollicitatiebrief te e-mailen aan mw. G. Smeulders, consulent
W&S van het Kabinet van de Gevolmachtigde Minister van de Nederlandse Antillen:
smeulders(dkgmna.nl

Informatie
Een uitgebreide informatiebrochure inclusief de uitzendvoorwaarden (reis-, verhuiskosten-
vergoeding enz.) en een folder met emigratietips kunt u opvragen bij: smeulders(akgmna.nl
Bezoek de website van de school: http//public.gvpschool.com
Voor nadere informatie kunt u zich richten tot mw. C. Berkel, directrice van de school:
avnschool( avahoo.com of telefoonnr. 005993182129.


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PHOTOS BY MALVERN DIJKSHOORN-LOPES


THE INFORMER







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. Gerald Berkel,
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.


THE GREATEST GIFT WE CAN GIVE TO OTHERS
IS A GOOD EXAMPLE!




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Volume 1, Issue 10 THE INFORMER St. Eustatius– The Fishermen of St. Eustatius organized a general meeting at the fishery at lower town on June 22nd 2010. The government information service was on the scene to witness this assembly of the fishermen. The fishermen are displeased about a number of unfair actions taken by the island government without their input. The fi shermen feel that government does not support their cause or even try to understand what the bottle necks are that they face on a daily bases. The Fishermen are upset about three separate cases which are all relevant to their livelihood. 1.) an area was designated for fishing South of the terminal jetty, from Tumbling Down Dick to White Wall, by the Island Government. 2.)Stenapa was established in 1996 and new agreements were made without the input of the fishers. The marine ordinance was adopted by the island council, which overruled the initial decision taken by the Executive Council. 3.) Since November 2009 government promised to establish a committee to look into the situation which the fishers brought forward in their complaints to government. The local Fishermen are authorized to fish in the Marine park which is all water surrounding the island up to 30 meters in the dept. Line, or a half a mile from the coast line that is considered the marine park territory. The forbidden areas for fishing is in the Marine reservation. This area starts South West of the break water (pier) a half a mile from the coast line a 30 meter water dept. Line. Presently an anchorage zone is established is three locations: A: Quarter of a mile South of Statia terminal jetty and a half a mile from the coast line. B: West of Smoke Alley restaurant C: west of Statia Ports Jetty (continue to page 15) June ISSUE , 2010 Statia Fishermen disappointed in Government Actions 1,15,18 Secretary General of Education visit educational facilties 2,11,12, Judge gives Oath civil registry 3 Conference Economic Zone Netherlands Antilles 6,10 Reda Sosial Financed Statia Museum roof 7 Results Dutch Elections 8 Job opportunities 20,21 Inside this issue: INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE ISLAND GOVERNMENT OF ST. EUSTATIUS STATIA FISHER MEN DISAPPOINTED IN GOVERNMENT ACTIONS

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THE INFORMER PAGE 2 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 SECRETARY GENERAL OF EDUCACATION STEENINK GETS FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF EDUCATION FACILITIES ON ST. EUSTATIUS The Planning Bureau of the Island Government of St. Eustatius is doing the preliminary work of having a number of schools renovated and expanded with financing from the Dutch Government through O.C.W. (Onderwijs Cultuur en Wetenschap) this is Education Culture and Science. On Tuesday, June 22nd 2010 the Secretary General, Mr. Koos van Steenbergen of Education Culture and Science visited a number of schools to review the education facilities on the island. He was accompanied by the Quarter Maker, Mr. Hemmie van Xanten, Ms. Fleur Lagcher, Mr. Erik Kool and Mr. Gerard Maas. He visited the Bethel and Golden Rock Elementary schools on Tuesday June 22nd 2010. The other elementary schools, Day Nursery and secondary schools were scheduled for Wednesday, June 23rd 2010. At the Bethel Methodist School Mr. Ellis Woodley, the school Principal welcomed everyone to his school and did the honours of introducing the speakers. These were: Commissioner Roy Hooker, Mr. Koos van Steenbergen and Mr. Maldwyn Timber. Mr. Maldwyn Timber called on Mr. Elroy Aventurin to sign the contract for the construction for the second wing at the Bethel Methodist School. Commissioner Roy Hooker held the introduction speech, explaining to the youth what will be happening at Bethel Methodist School. He is complimented for the way he was able to bring the information over to the youth on their level. Manpower Services provided a bucket truck to transport the dignitaries to the roof to lay the corner stone for the second floor. The Golden Rock School was visited by the delegation. The delegates were introduced to the Principal, Mrs. Debbie Clarke-Brown. She gave them a tour of the premises . They entered the class rooms reviewed the content, storage area and kitchen to get an idea of the facility. At the end of the day a reception was held at the Youth & Family Center for the school boards and management. In the speech of the Secretary General Mr. Koos van Steenbergen, he confirmed that the Dutch government will play their role in improving the level of education and the educational facilities on the island. The Secretary General had a busy schedule during his visit to St. Eustatius. On June 23rd 2010 he visited the S.D.A., Governor de Graaff and Gwendolyne van Putten School. The S.D.A. school held a mini programme for his visit. Upon Arrival the Secretary General of Education, Mr. Koos van Steenbergen was welcomed by the children and the school principal Mrs. Lavern Davis-Duggins. A welcome word was done by the principal, while the students sang songs. Mr. Steenbergen addressed the youngsters and informed them of the purpose of his visit to St. Eustatius and in particular to their school. He was given a tour of the school and got first hand insight of the facility in and outside the class room. He was presented with a Give-a Away from the students of S.D.A. This was a Cd with the students of the S.D.A. school singing Christian music. The Governor de Graaf school was also visited and they kept private discussions with the Secretary General. The Gwendolyn van Putten School was also included in his visit. Mrs. Camelia Berkel, Management of the school, Mr.Hans Odijk, Staff Executive and Mr. Siem Dijkshoorn Secretary of the School board were present to welcome Mr. Koos van Steenbergen. He asked about the situation at the school with regard to the tension experienced between management, teachers and schoolboard. The participants explained that lack of communication was the major contributor to most of the issues with which they were confronted, however they explained that they are working on resolving many of these matters. They have established a staff council to resolve issues between board, management and staff. The poor school results were also discussed. The representatives of the Gwendolyn van Putten School recognized the language of instruction as a major component to the poor results. The primary and secondary levels are all focusing on extra Dutch lessons, English and Math. Other discussions were about the master plan which is essential for all the schools on the island. This master plan will focus on areas like: the future vision in Education and a housing plan. A tour of the school was given and the shortage of class rooms was also highlighted at said point. The Gwendolyn van Putten delegation explained about the four class rooms at the Governor de Graafschool, which will be utilized by the Gwendolyn van Putten school for the new school year. Overall Mr. Steenbergen got first hand knowledge of the school facilities by visiting and talking to stakeholders. (See photos on pp 11, 12 )

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THE INFORMER PAGE 3 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 personal development and many other opportunities for expansion and development of knowledge, skills and abilities. Bestuursacademie will offer their services and they build together with you a good “governance of your country. In the Netherlands Bestuursacademie, (University) exist for over 40 years, they are known to be the greatest trainer for local government, a full service provider, active in all policy areas and all functions within the public administration. It provides a very complete package of training and practical courses. In the interview with the Representatives of Bestuursacademie, Mr. Harry Ploeg and Ruud Koopman, G.I.S. learned that in the Netherlands Bestuursacademie resolves around much more than training. At the university they gave knowledge according to specific learning needs, which leads to competence. They also help people and organizations innovate and develop. At a certain point bestuursacademie also assisted the Netherlands Antilles, in sharpening their skills to prepare one to find a suitable job within the Public Administration, like freelancing and project manages to facilitate and organize training projects. From the philosophy “of working together for a good governance” the Bestuursacademie is sincere of it’s service available to sustain the Changes best possible support in the Kingdom. Creating local foundations are a number of objectives: First they organize the working objectives for you, they have a lot of knowledge, expertise and skills. The expertise of bestuursacademie will be available for the civil Servants on Boanire Saba and St. Eustatius. Besides compiling and providing training programs you can also find you’re Bestuursacademie personnel recruitment, ONGOING UPGRADES WITH KEY PERSONNEL IN GOVERNMENT BY BESTUURSACADEMIE Story by Nadjeska Jack On Tuesday June 8th 2010 the Act. Lt. Governor Mr. Louis Brown stood in the Vincent Astor Lopes legislative hall to witness the Oat given to the Head of the Census Office Mr. Ricardo Tjie-Aloi by the substitute judge Mr Andre Mijnssen. Mrs. Elfrieda Maduro of the office of registry looked on while this ceremony took place. Unlike the regular civil servants who take an oath from the Lt. Governor, the Civil servants of the Civil registry are given an oath by a judge because, they are responsible for performing marriages, registration of divorce, birth, death, acknowledgment of children and adoption. Moving forward the country Netherlands Antilles will cease to exist. It is therefore important that measures are taken for the civil Servants who are taking on the task of the civil registry in the new constellation to know whether they would have to re-take their oath after 10.10.10. Presently they are operating under a different Civil code of law of the Netherlands Antilles and we will becoming a Public Authority of the Netherlands. JUDGE GIVES OATH TO CIVIL REGISTRY CIVIL SERVANT

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PAGE 4 THE INFORMER VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 Source: Public Relation officer of the Council of Minister, Mr. Norman E. Serphos Translated by Mrs. Malvern Dijkshoorn-Lopes. The ambassador Mr. Luis Fernando Falla is presently (June 10th 2010) in Curacao for a working visit. He is the Secretary– General of the Association on Regional Integration. In the line of his working visit he payed his respect through a visit to the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, Mrs. Emily de Jongh-Elhage. The ambassador, Mr. Luis Fernando Falla will participate in the seminar on Regional Integration, which is organized by the Caribbean Export Development Agency, the European Union and the Director of Economic Affairs. The Director of the Bureau of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carel de Haseth was responsible for accompanying the ambassador during his visit at Fort Amsterdam. The President of the Eutel Supervisory Board of Directors, Mrs. Maxine Spanner-Suares signed the contract with the temporary Director Mr. Emanuel Benjamin. The entire Supervisory Board was present for signing ceremony. Mr. Benjamin is hired through M.G.C. Consulting. The Supervisory Board of Directors introduced AMBASSADOR ACS AT PRIME MINISTER OF THE NETHERLANDS ANTILLES The Netherlands Antilles is no longer on the Watch list for human trafficking in persons based on the report of the United States of America.(Tip) (see report on pages 6 and 11) . The award should be given to Miloushka Racamy for her work as coordinator of human trafficking for the Netherlands Antilles. The Netherlands Antilles is presently subdivided in the second Tier category. This means that the islands do not meet all the minimum requirements, but will dedicate their efforts to make improvements. Mr. Benjamin briefly to the Eutel staff. Mrs. Spanner –Suares shared with G.I.S. that she hopes that Eutel would make good use of his knowledge, expertise and network which he has build up over these years. They look forward to a constructive working relationship with Mr. Benjamin. There are a number of projects on the table which his expertise and years of networking can be of positive support to the company and at the same time make a difference making it a reality. One of these projects is the fiber optic cable. Although discussions were held with the Quarter maker of telecommunication about working together to make this project a rea lity, Eutel is also looking at options of getting St. Kitts, Saba, St. Maarten, St. Barths aboard. Eutel has taken the necessary steps by having a feasibility study done. THE ANTILLES REMOVED FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING LIST (Source Paradise FM) STATIA LOCAL TELEPHONE COMPANY HIRES TEMPORARY DIRECTOR

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THE INFORMER PAGE 5 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 training for Curacao, St. Maarten, and Bonaire law enforcement and immigration officials on identifying and treating victims of trafficking and investigating trafficking crimes. Protection The government made limited progress in providing specialized services for trafficking victims but improved its efforts to identify victims. The government enhanced victim identification capability through training and, in a positive step, identified 16 trafficking victims during the reporting period. CuracaoÂ’s anti-trafficking coordinator formally trained officials, including health officials working with women in a government-regulated brothel compound in Curacao, on identifying trafficking and providing victim assistance. The Bonaire anti-trafficking working group provided training for immigration officials on identifying trafficking victims. The government implemented a special trafficking victim referral mechanism to guide officials in referring potential trafficking victims to services. Government officials referred identified trafficking victims to limited, short-term assistance provided by a combination of government agencies and by NGOs that received government subsidies and to government-run care facilities for crime victims. The government placed child trafficking victims in facilities with their parents or in an institution for abused children. Government health care providers were available to assist foreign trafficking victims. The government did not officially offer access to legal aid for victims during the last year, though it had provided legal aid to some victims in the past. The government maintained a policy of encouraging trafficking victims to participate in investigations and prosecutions of trafficking offenders; the legal system allowed witnesses to trafficking crimes to provide anonymous testimony or testimony from abroad. (Continue on page 11 ) (Tier 2)* The Netherlands An tilles is a semiautonomous entity within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Kingdom Charter divides responsibility among the three co-equal parts of the Kingdom based on jurisdiction and matter. For the purpose of this report, the Netherlands Antilles is not a country to which the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act apply. This narrative reflects how the Antilles would be assessed if it were a separate, independent country.* The five islands of the Netherlands Antilles are a transit and destination area for women and children who are subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced prostitution and for men and women who are in conditions of forced labor. The women in prostitution in the Netherlands Antilles, regulated and illegal sex trades are highly vulnerable to human trafficking, as are unaccompanied minors traveling to or through Curacao. Local authorities believe that men and women have also been subjected to involuntary domestic servitude and other forms of forced labor in the agriculture and construction industries. Groups vulnerable to this labor trafficking include foreign males in the agriculture, gardening, and construction sectors. Some migrants in restaurants and local businesses may be vulnerable to debt bondage. The Government of the Netherlands Antilles does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government over the last year made progress in prosecuting and punishing trafficking offenders; it also boosted victim identification efforts. Comprehensive antitrafficking legislation remained pending, and there were few specialized services available for trafficking victims. Recommendations for the Netherlands Antilles: Enact legislation criminalizing all forms of human trafficking and prescribing punishment commensurate with other serious crimes; vigorously prosecute and convict sex and labor trafficking offenders in all five islands of the Netherlands Antilles; continue to build capacity for assisting trafficking victims throughout the Netherlands Antilles; expand awareness activities, including consideration of ways to educate clients of the sex trade and ultimate consumers of products resulting from the use of forced labor about the causes and consequences of trafficking; and explore the possible development of a hotline accessible to residents on all five islands. Prosecution The Government of the Netherlands Antilles improved anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts during the reporting period. The government has not yet passed comprehensive legislation prohibiting all forms of trafficking; however, during the reporting period, the government prosecuted at least 11 people in Curacao for human trafficking offenses and convicted nine trafficking offenders * a significant increase from the one conviction reported last year. The average prison sentence imposed on the eight offenders was 21 months. The government did not report any human trafficking prosecutions or convictions in St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, or Saba during the reporting period. There were no reports of trafficking-related complicity during the reporting period. The Curacao anti-trafficking coordinator provided training for law enforcement officials during the reporting period. Officials participated in a Kingdom-partnership NETHERLANDS ANTILLES, COUNTRY NARRATIVE IN THE 2010 TIP REPORT NE THERLANDS ANTILLES

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PAGE 6 THE INFORMER VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 Objective is to provide calmer and safer berth and anchorage for vessels in the harbour. This will also boost economical development surrounding the Port. Improvement of basic infrastructure: Repairing and improving of existing Ro-ro platform Extension of current breakwater Placing of mooring dolphins extending out from the city pier Shore protection – erosion control. Dingy dock facility yachts; dive operations; local fishing vessels Upgrading port security; Introduction of Vessel Traffic Control Services The Netherlands was part of the Navigation Dead Weight Water Treaty The Netherlands is a part of the International Treaty for control and management of Ballast water and sedimentary of ships, simply the dead weight water treaty. (Continue on page 10) St. EustatiusFollowing from a promise made by the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality to the House of Representatives, a plan is currently being devised for managing marine biodiversity and fisheries in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. The aim of this management plan is to establish a strategy for sustainable protection of the area’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Work began on the plan in December 2009, and the first draft has now been completed and distributed for comments. We hope to have the definitive plan in place by September, prior to the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles. Statia Delegation : Commissioner Roy Hooker; Mrs. Monique Brown of Legal Affairs; Act. Harbourmaster Mr. Austin Van Heyningen. Place:Bonaire Period: May 31 thru June 3rd 2010 Discussion by relevant parties from the different islands to form the basis for the definitive plan. EEZ management commission composition and responsibilities where tabled at the conference. The composition of the commission (representatives from the islands) was one of the main topics especially concerning the Saba bank management. The objective of the commission responsible for implementing the management plan. Main topics: Law enforcement ; fishery control, issuance of fishingpermits; navigation maritime transportation and anchoring; EEZ-(B) Saba bank; synchronisation with authorities and stake holder involvement; acquiring of PSSA status for Saba bank; composition of the commission for managing EEZ areas. ** PSSA (Particularly Sensitive Sea Area) status for SABA bank gives legal basis which to regulate or fully ban anchoring on the bank by large vessels Port Development In connection with the 9th EDF a delegation visited the island in the first week of June, to evaluate a expansion project “ expansion of container lay down area and shore protection. The Port of Sint Eustatius has seen an increase of larger vessels calling to it’s port over the last two years and more frequent calls of inter island vessels. As part of the port development plan focus has been place on the improvement and expansion of the basic infrastructure of the port. Conference Management plan Exclusive Economic Zone Netherlands Antilles and Aruba (Commissioner Hooker in active discussion) (Filled in for expansion of container laydown area)

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PAGE 7 THE INFORMER VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 taxes and tax collections. The Netherlands is supporter of the change and played an active role in the realization. The treaty fits the fight which the Minister Jan Kees de Jager of Finance is leading against savings that are not taxed and it is an addition of the series of treaties which de Jager recently concluded. The Dutch representative of the OESO conclude the treaty on behalf of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. Source: Public Relations Officer of the Council Of Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, Mr. Norman Serphos. Translation: Mrs. Malvern Dijkshoorn-Lopes On May 27th 2010 the Netherlands signed the change in the WABB treaty. Countries that enter the treaty may acquire and exchange simple fiscal information with Holland, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. The WABB treaty provides rules about information exchange and mutual assistance in tax affairs. The changes go hand in hand with the International discussions about exchanging of fiscal information and thereby blocking the secrecy of the bank. Countries that were not members of the Organization for economic cooperation and development OESO of the Council of Europe, now have entry permission to the treaty. As a result hereof, development countries may now exchange fiscal information easier and content is given to the appeal to the G20 and OESO to support these countries with the improvement of their levying of THE NETHERLANDS SIGNED MULTI-LATERAL TAX TREATY The president of the St. Eustatius Historical Foundation, Mrs. Lynne Kennedy signed the contract for the replacement of the roof sheets of the museum. This project was submitted in march 2010 to Reda Sosial. The company contracted for this project is Patrick Construction Company N.V. Mr. Siem Dijkshoorn prepared the scope of works for the museum while Mrs. Malvern Dijkshoorn-Lopes Board Member of the Reda Sosial was also present for the signing ceremony. This project cost a total of Nafl 52.000,00. The intention is to get this project started within 3 weeks. Taking the hurricane season into consideration a decision has been made by the contractor to do this project in small bits. This could well be one of the last project financed by Reda Sosial for St. Eustatius, since we are in the process of a Constitutional Reform. The constellation as we know it will change on 10.10.10. The Reda Sosial is in the process of reducing itÂ’s involvement in projects in the soon to be former Netherlands Antilles. STATIA MUSEUM RESTORES ROOF WITH REDA SOSIAL FUNDING

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PAGE 8 THE INFORMER VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 can and will be fined as stipulated by law. Article by Mr. Austin van Heyningen, Act. Harbor Master As the dead weight water treaty goes into effect, ships will have to meet certain requirements, this will go in phases, but should be accomplished by 2016. These ships are required to manage an installation in which the ballast water will be purified of harmful organisms. The Ministry of Traffic and Water management are preparing to implement tuning in for the involvement of parties as harbour managers,ship owners, environmental groups, producers of dead weight water treatment systems. Etc. The ship owners and harbour managers are pleased that the Netherlands is supporting the dead weight water treathy, but they have a few point of attention for the implementation. Soon there will be International talks with burning questions like: How will the present upholding Institutions choose the best monsters, how would they review if the rules of the treaty is applied. They will also evaluate which conditions and which safety environmental methods can be sellected to provide exemption for ships. Registration local vessels Reminder for local boat owners that in accordance to article # all vessels owners must comply by having their vessels registered. Coast Guard NA&A will be conducting vessel inspections. Operators on un-registered vessels such a victory for the parliament. An Informateur, that is a politician appointed to explore the options for forming a cabinet. The person presently trying to accomplish the formation of a cabinet in the Netherlands is Mr. Roosenthal. He concluded recently, in a press briefing that his initial effort for VVD, PVV and CDA to form the parliamentary majority will not happen. The other 2 options will have to be reviewed by Mr. Roosenthal. These are a Purple Government: VVD, PVDA, Groenlinks and D-66. The second option is VVD, CDA, and PVDA. Although it will take some time before a government is formed in the Netherlands, certain isConference Management Plan Exclusive Economic Zone Netherlands Antilles and Aruba (continued from page 8) S t. Eustatius– The people of Statia were glued to their television in the evening of June 9th 2010. Although many were not eligible to vote in the Dutch election they were curious to the outcome of these elections. Many Statians wondered what effect the outcome of this election will have on the ongoing constitutional reform for the islands. As the results came in from the different municipalities the community looked at BVN-TV. (The Best of Vlaanderen & The Netherlands) to get first hand knowledge of the outcome. The fraction leader of the VVD Mr. Rutte was overwhelmed with the outcome of the election. He addressed his supporters immediately after the results were known. This was the first time in the VVD party that they experienced sues regarding Boanire Saba and St. Eustatius are proceeding, like the third adjustments of the new constitutional law as a Public Authority within the Netherlands. The Dutch community made a large change in the way they normally vote if we review the chart on page 18. The CDA turn out to be the biggest loser of seats in this election. The Prime Minister of the Netherlands made an emotional speech to his party supporters. The opinion was voiced in the Netherlands on many T.V programmes that he should not have participated in the last election based on past experience of his cabinet. The VVD programme is focused on improving the Dutch economy. In the debates prior to the election they talked about the cost cutting measures that should take place to accomplish their party programme. (Continue page 18) DUTCH RIGHT WING PARY THE BIGGEST IN DUTCH PARLIAMENT Notices The Port Authority will be stepping up control and inspection of all vessels. Special attention will be given to inter island passenger movements. All local boat owners are advise to pay attention to local weatherand sea advisories. This in connection with the 2010 hurricane seasons.

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PAGE 9 THE INFORMER VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 government continued to provide inkind support for human trafficking hotlines in St. Maarten and Bonaire. The Netherlands Justice Ministry funded a sex trafficking awareness campaign at schools throughout the Antilles and funded a six-week public service announcement radio campaign that resulted in a significant increase in hotline calls and two criminal investigations. Formal interagency anti-trafficking working groups operated in Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten during the reporting period. The Curacao anti-trafficking coordinator conducted self-assessment meetings after trafficking investigations. There were no awareness campaigns specifically targeting potential clients of the sex trade in the Netherlands Antilles in an effort reduce demand for commercial sex acts. (continued from page 6) The government has the authority to issue temporary residency status for foreign trafficking victims as an alternative to their removal, though it did not report issuance of such status to victims over the last year. The government has not developed a policy regarding longer term residency for trafficking victims. The government tried to ensure that identified trafficking victims were not penalized for unlawful acts committed as a direct result of being trafficked. Trained law enforcement officials regularly visit prison and detention facilities to prevent potential trafficking victims from being punished. The anti-trafficking coordinator convened regular meetings with service providers and law enforcement to encourage anti-trafficking partnerships on victim assistance. Netherlands Antilles officials forged a partnership with Dutch authorities to establish new procedures allowing foreign women in CuracaoÂ’s regulated brothel compound to maintain control of all of their travel documents. This was a significant development as international organizations have expressed strong concern about the working conditions (including possible involuntary servitude) at this brothel. Prevention The government continued modest efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking during the reporting period. The Justice Ministry added anti-trafficking content to its website. The public prosecutor and justice minister spoke publically about human trafficking, and the Curacao anti-trafficking coordinator gave lectures and presentations to live audiences and on television. The Below are suggestions for a favorable tier ranking in the 2011 TIP Report: --Enact legislation criminalizing all forms of human trafficking and prescribing punishment commensurate with other grave crimes. Whether a country prohibits all forms of trafficking is a key TIP Report indicator. --Vigorously prosecute and convict sex and labor trafficking offenders in all five islands of the Netherlands Antilles. The Report views convictions of trafficking offenders with significant jail time positively. In the absence of a trafficking law, convictions obtained under other criminal laws and statutes can be counted as trafficking if the government verifies that they involve forced labor, forced prostitution Netherlands Antilles, country narrative in the 2010 TIP Report --Since 2008, each TIP Report narrative has contained specific recommendations for a government to consider for implementation over the coming year. This year, in addition to the recommendations within the TIP Report assessment of your country, the Department of State is providing your government with a short action plan that is derived from these recommendations. The Department of States wishes to emphasize the importance of this action plan as a key metric in determining the extent of anti-trafficking progress for the upcoming 2011 TIP Report. Both the action plan and related recommendations are aimed at providing countries with guidance to achieve compliance with the minimum standards outlined in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. or related trafficking offenses. --Continue to build capacity for assisting trafficking victims throughout the Netherlands Antilles. Any development of specialized services for labor and sex trafficking victims or success stories of victims rescued and rehabilitated throughout the year would be viewed positively. Increased numbers of potential victims identified and provided assistance is an indicator of success in this area. --Expand awareness activities, including consideration of ways to educate clients of the sex trade and beneficiaries of forced labor about the causes and consequences of trafficking. --Explore the possible development of a hotline accessible to residents on all five islands. ACTION PLAN TIP

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TIP Report NON PAPER The U.S. Congress, through its passage of the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act, as amended (TVPA), requires the Secretary of State to submit an annual Report to Congress. The goal of this Report is to stimulate action and create partnerships around the world in the fight against modern-day slavery. The USG approach to combating human trafficking follows the TVPA and the standards set forth in the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United NaTVPA removed the requirement that only countries with a "significant number" of trafficking victims be included in the Report. Beginning with the 2009 TIP Report, countries determined to be a country of origin, transit, or destination for at least two victims of severe forms of trafficking are included in the Report and assigned to one of three tiers. Countries assessed as meeting the "minimum standards for the elimination of severe forms of trafficking" set forth in the TVPA are classified as Tier 1. Countries assessed as not (continue on page 16) fully tions Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (commonly known as the "Palermo Protocol"). The TVPA and the Palermo Protocol recognize that this is a crime in which the victims, labor or services (including in the "sex industry") are obtained or maintained through force, fraud, or coercion, whether overt or through psychological manipulation. While much attention has focused on international flows, both the TVPA and the Palermo Protocol focus on the exploitation of the victim, and do not require a showing that the victim was moved. -Recent amendments to the PAGE 13 THE INFORMER VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 Mr. Hans Horbach, Kingdom Ambassador to Port of Spain (Trinidad) paid a working visit to the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, Mrs. Emily de Jong Elhage. His visit was seen as a farewell, since Mr. Horbach is transferred to the Embassy in Toronto. (Canada). Mr. Horbach was accompanied during his visit by the Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Antilles, Mr. Carel de Haseth and the Representative of the Netherlands Antilles of Port of Spain, Mrs. mw. Louise de Bode-Olton. FAREWELL VISIT AMBASSADOR Horbach

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PAGE 14 THE INFORMER VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOU T DOLLARIZATION ON STATIA A combine effort is made by the Regional Service Center and The Island Government of St. Eustatius to organize a Town hall meeting on dollarization. The schedule for the Town hall meeting is on July 8th 2010 at the Christen Flanders Community Center from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. As the date of 10.10.10 draw nearer people are curious about the transition from the Dutch Antillean Florins to the US dollar. We hope with this information on the dollarization to have you somewhat prepared for the town hall meeting. The panel for the discussions on dollarization comprise of the Lt. Governor of St. Eustatius, Mr. Gerald Berkel, the Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Roy Hooker and Mr. Maarten Groenen, Policy worker of the Ministry of Finance. The moderator is Ms. Alida Francis. In the weekly radio programme of the island Government “Shedding Light”, an open discussion was held with Representatives of the St. Eustatius Business Association about currency change. It was an interesting discussion because many Statians call in to voice their concerns and had a number of questions. One of the many concerns brought forward was who will be responsible for the control of prices. Will government create a price control officer to perform the control of prices. Even today, people are asking why Statia did not maintain the Antillean Florins instead of changing to the dollar. These can all be anthe introduction of the dollar the Netherlands Antilles guilder coins and bills will continue to be legal tender as well. Giro payments, however, will take place in dollars from the very moment the law comes into force. In order to limit the period in which the two currencies will be in circulation jointly, effort will be made to reach an agreement with the business communities on the islands that customers will receive change in dollars as much as possible, also when they pay in guilder. After this dual period the dollar will be the sole legal tender on the BES islands. Citizens of the BES islands can no longer use the Netherlands Antilles guilders which may still be in their possession as a means of payment, but will be able to convert them into dollars in a number of offices that will be pointed out specifically. This conversion will also take place at the exchange rate of $1=Naf1,79. For companies, (not for profit) institutions and organisations the arrival of the new currency will lead to adaptations of administrative and payments systems. The preparations for and the execution of the adaptations take a considerable amount of time, as follows from the experience with the introduction of the euro in the Netherlands. An agreement has been reached with the banks that they will take care of the communication of client oriented information. It's important that the parties involved start their preparations for the introduction of the dollar as soon as possible. swered at the town hall meeting. On November 19th, 2008 representatives of the BES islands and the Netherlands agreed that within the framework of the new constitutional relations the US dollar will become the official currency and legal tender of the BES islands. In accordance with this agreement, the Minister of Finance and the State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations recently submitted a bill to Parliament for a “Wet geldstelsel BES” (BES Monetary System Act). This bill has not yet been attended to. The Act is expected to enter into force on January 1st, 2011. The “Wet ge ldstelsel BES” stipulates that the dollar will be the official currency on the BES islands from the moment the Act enters into force. At 0:00 hours the banks on the BES islands will convert all bank accounts automatically into dollar accounts. Citizens and companies don’t have to take action themselves. The exchange rate that will be used for this conversion is the official rate that has been in force since 1971 ($1=NAf. 1,79). Existing agreements, decisions of government bodies and other legal instruments will also be converted automatically: amounts in guilders will, as a matter of law, be considered to be amounts in dollars. For this conversion the same exchange rate will apply as for the conversion of bank accounts. With regard to agreements, the conversion by law is not obligatory. The parties involved can chose to maintain the guilder amounts in an agreement and not replace them by dollar amounts. They have to agree on this explicitly, though. If they don’t, the amounts mentioned in the agreement will be converted by law. In the first month after

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PAGE 15 THE INFORMER VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 STATIA FISHERMEN DISPLEASED WITH GOVERN MENT ACTION (continue from page 1) The fishermen talked about where they were, and where they are today. In the period 1983-1989 the Executive Council comprised of Lt. Governor, Mr. George Sleeswijk, Mr. Newman Pompier and Mr. Julian Woodley. The fishermen are of the opinion that the government created an expectation in said period for them to fish in a designated area for their livelihood and later without considering the financial consequences changed and created legislation without researching the effects on the livelihood of the fishermen. The fishermen highligh ted that they were not organized in those days (even though efforts were made to get this done) in an association, and the then government understood their challenges, therefore actions were taken. One of the fishermen main complaints were the large tankers that anchored and destroyed the reef and sea beds as a result of dredging anchors chain. The Executive Council informed the Fishers that the Tankers were supposed to anchor North of Statia Oil terminal jetty. The government held discussions with management to accomplish consensus on the anchorage location for the tankers. Today the fishermen regard that initiative of 1983— ’89 of the island government as a valid decision which was overthrown without considering them. They have accumulated a number of documents in which high ranking former government officials are testifying to said decisions. The fishermen are of the opinion that with the establishment of Stenapa there livelihood should have been taken into ciation, Mr. Naldo Redan gave some information about the season when certain fishes come to the warm waters and opposite. He talked about, tuna, dolphin and wawoe, although they are available the whole year, the catch is bigger in certain seasons like spring and summer on Statia. These fishes leave the cold water to the warmth this means that they basically migrate from deeper to shallow waters. According to Mr. Redan, in the last mentioned season is when the tuna, dolphin and wawoe moves closer to the shore line, because it is much more murky, this may be the reason that pull them to the area. The lobster is also available year around, however, fishermen have a major catch in Winter and Spring, they too migrate from the deeper to shallow waters. Mr. Redan went to this extent to explain about season fishing on Statia because of his experience with the job trainees of Stenapa. He explained that the job trainee often times have know knowledge of what they are looking for or what exist in our areas. He went on to explain how the job trainee research the marine life, in fish co unt. Fish count is done all on the same day, within a certain area and time. The research is done in a 3 months study. Mr. Redan went on to explain that fishes that doesn’t end up in the designated area during research is not counted or taken for specific data. This makes the result of the research inaccurate in his view.(continue on page 18) consideration. Although many fishermen recognized the importance of having such an organization on the island they also feel that their knowledge of fishing and their livelihood has been trampled upon without consideration. A fisherman explained that they sometimes have up to 6 weeks that they cannot fish or pull their traps on the Atlantic side as a result of the high winds and rough seas. When this happens it affects their livelihood, because they have financial commitments with the Development Bank. The fishermen argues that they were allowed to fish fully on the Caribbean side, today they are confronted with limitations of space to fish. The limitations of space to fish are noted in the island regulation, bu t a senior fisherman explained that the increase of traffic on sea, in, out and around the island also contributes to this fact. Another fisherman explain how they try to keep on top things in their field. They go to neighbouring islands and dialogue with fishermen about their systems used. Although many Statian may not know, the fishermen are trying to improve their product. In sister Caribbean islands many fishermen are supported in their efforts by their governments. They are also consulted when decisions are required in their line of work. Their advise and voice carry weight in their respective island territory, unlike in the fishermen situation of Statia. The government declined assistance according to one fisherman, because they were not organized in an official a ssociation. Today, the fishermen are questioning the consistency of government. In the meeting on June 22nd 2010, the President of the Fishermen asso-

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PAGE 16 THE INFORMER VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 Continued from page 13 complying with the minimum standards, but making significant efforts to meet those minimum standards are classified as Tier 2. Countries assessed as neither complying with the minimum standards nor making significant efforts to do so are classified as Tier 3. -The TVPA also requires the Secretary of Stat e to provide ---In the fiscal year following the CSPA listing (starting October 1, 2010), governments of countries listed as having government or governmentsupported groups using child soldiers are subject to sanctions on a broad range of security assistance and commercial licensing of military equipment, absent a Presidential national interest waiver, applicable exception, or reinstatement of assistance pursuant to the terms of the CSPA. Six countries are listed pursuant to the CSPA in the 2010 TIP Report ) Burma, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Decisions on sanctions and/or waivers will be made no later than 90 days after the release of the 2010 TIP Report, in concert with the Presidential sanctions determinations made for countries ranked as Tier 3 in the 2010 TIP Report. --Reflecting Congressional concern over countries include any person under 18 years of age who takes a direct part in hostilities as a member of governmental armed forces, any person under 18 who is forcibly recruited into governmental armed forces, and any person under 15 who has been voluntarily recruited into those forces. It further defines child soldier to include any person under 18 who has been recruited or used in hostilities by armed forces distinct from the armed forces of a state. For those children not taking a direct part in hostilities, child soldiers can be serving in any capacity, including in a support role, such as a cook, porter, messenger, medic, guard, or sex slave. -devoting sufficient resources to implement that plan. If a Tier 2 Watch List country has been issued a Presidential waiver for two consecutive years but has not made improvements during this period to warrant an upgrade, it will be downgraded to Tier 3. The normal process for determining if Tier 3 sanctions are waived would then apply. -The text of the TVPA and amendments can be found on website www.state.gov/g/tip. On June 14, 2010, the Secretary of State will release the tenth annual TIP Report in a public event at the State Department. (continue on pp 17) ranked for several consecutive years on the Tier 2 Watch List ) which indicates a lack of real anti-trafficking progress ) the TVPRA of 2008 mandates that any country that has been ranked Tier 2 Watch List for two consecutive years (beginning with the 2009 Report) will be ranked Tier 3 in the third year. A country must be on Tier 2 Watch List for two consecutive years for this provision to take effect, unless the country performance improves enough to warrant an upgrade. It would not apply if, for example, a country was ranked Tier 2 Watch List one year, Tier 2 a second year, and Tier 2 Watch List a third year. Fifty-eight countries are ranked Tier 2 Watch List in the 2010 TIP Report ) 37 of these were also ranked Tier 2 Watch List in the 2009 TIP Report (or, the case of Swaziland, reassessed to Tier 2 Watch List in September 2009) and therefore face the danger of a statutorily mandated Tier 3 downgrade in the 2011 Report unless they either: a) show sufficient progress over the coming nine months to warrant an upgrade to Tier 2 or Tier 1; or b) qualify for a presidential waiver. The President may waive the application of the automatic downgrade provision for up to two consecutive years based on a determination that the countryÂ’s government has a written plan which, if implemented, would constitute significant efforts to meet the TVPA,s minimum standards, and is The CSPA defines child soldier to

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THE INFORMER PAGE 17 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 Report also addresses areas where continued international partnership is needed, such as in eliminating forced labor from supply chains and in protecting domestic workers. Another theme to be highlighted in the 2010 TIP Report is the feminization of modern slavery, seen through the disproportionate victimization of women (particularly migrants) in forced labor and forced prostitution around the world. best efforts to deny loans or other utilizat ion of funds (other than for humanitarian, trade-related, or certain types of development assistance) with respect to countries on Tier 3. (Continued from page 16) We are providing you an advance copy of your country's narrative in that report. Please keep this information embargoed until 10:30 a.m. Washington DC time June 14. The State Department will also hold a general briefing for officials of foreign embassies in Washington DC on June 14, at 3:30 p.m. -The Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) of 2008 (Title IV of Public Law 110457) requires publication in the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report of a list of countries that have governmental armed forces or government-supported armed groups that recruit or use child soldiers (not including police forces that are not involved in direct hostilities). -A key theme of the 2010 TIP Report is Progress through Partnerships, Ten Years after Palermo. Since The Palermo ProtocolÂ’s adoption in 2000, there has been clear progress; 116 countries have enacted legislation prohibiting all forms of human trafficking and increasing numbers of victims have been rescued. In the spirit of continual innovation and strengthening efforts at home and in partnership with other countries, this year the TIP Report contains a ranking and candid narrative of U.S. progress in addressing human trafficking. We hope this assessment will illustrate that t he United States holds itself to the same standards to which it holds other countries and will encourage other countries to take a self critical approach to their antitrafficking efforts. This yearÂ’s Government. In the motion the VNG is calling on the Dutch Government to take on a detained position, with regards to imposing new laws and demands to the isThe islands Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius have received support from the VNG (Vereniging Nederlandse Gemeenschap), that is the Association for Dutch Municipalities, during the VNG annual congress. At said congress a motion was accepted by the Mayors present, in which they all agree to give oneÂ’s support to strengthen the position of Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius within the Dutch lands. MUNICIPALITIES IN THE NETHERLANDS SUPPORTS BONA IRE, SABA AND ST. EUSTATIUS (source: Amigoe) PLEASE KEEP STATIA CLEAN ! LETS MAKE AN EFFORT TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THIS GOAL! A CLEANER STATIA, CONTRIBUTES TO A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT.

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PAGE 18 THE INFORMER VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 The Government Information Service contacted the office of Stenapa to get their side of the story. Ms. Kate Walker was not sure which particular research Mr Naldo Redan referred to, however she explained the theory behind fish counts. The idea is to get a snapshot of the population and not to count every individual. If you repeat the count each year in the same place at the same time then you can start to see patterns developing in the fish populations of that area which can then be used as an indicator for the whole population, if the numbers in your study site decline or increase industry suffers as a result. By trying to figure out what we have in the marine park by using fish counts, we can work with the fishermen to determine fishing controls which mean that the important species don't disappear and that they can continue to be sustainably fished for a long time to come. The island government will forward their views on this matter in the July issue. We will keep you abreast of the latest developments surrounding this topic. then this indicates that the population as a whole will be decreasing or increasing. We cannot count each individual fish, its like trying to count every cow on the island its almost impossible. But from counting things like number of adults and number of juvenile over a period of a few years then you can start to build a broader picture about what is going on around the whole area. This is what we are trying to achieve by doing the fish counts. Controls and checks are needed for certain species, many islands in the Caribbean no longer have good size populations of species like lobster or conch and the fishing Statia Fishermen Disappointed in Government Actions (continued from page 15) RESULTS DUTCH ELECTIONS 2006 2010 VVD 22 31 PVDA 33 30 PVV 9 24 CDA 41 21 Groen Links 7 10 D-66 3 10 CU 6 5 Pvd-D 2 2 SGP 2 2 TON 0 0 SP 25 15

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THE INFORMER PAGE 19 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 CYF host 1st Summer Camp Oranjestad “Teens on the Move” is the theme of the fist summer camp being hosted by the recently inaugurated Cent er for Youth and Family on St. Eustatius. The youth camp prepared for young sters between 12 – 18 years will be held at the Christine & William Flanders Community Centre July 12 – 16. Youth workers Ester Siegers and Minushka Woodley say “Teens on the Move” will highlight educational, recreational and cultural aspects. Limited space Teenagers interested in attending the ca mp are required to make a contribution of NAF 50, each for which they will receive two T-shirts, food and drinks. There is limited space and registrations close on June 25th. “The number of participants is limited in order to allow youth worker s the opportunity to give each participant personal attention. Because this w ill be the very first “Teens on the Move” activity hosted by the Centre for Family and Family it is important that we keep it at a manageable level. When the summ er camp is over we will evaluate and decide on how to continue in the fu ture”, according to coordinators. For registration and more information contact: Centre For Youth & Family Minushka Woodley: 318 4986 Ester Siegers: 318 4996 Regionaal Service Centrum Communication Kaya Internashonal z/n Kralendijk Bonaire NA P.O. Box 357 Kralendijk Bonaire NA Contactpersoon person Alida Francis + 599 318 4989 Date 14 June, 2010

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PAGE 20 THE INFORMER VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 JOB OPPOTUNITY De Stichting tot bevordering voortgezet onderwijs op Sint Eustatius Zoekt voor de Gwendoline van Puttenschool , school voor basisvorming, HAVO, VSBO (VMBO) en Praktijkonderwijs, voor het schoo ljaar 2010-2011 met ingang van 1 augustus 2010 Directeur De werkzaamheden worden uitg evoerd binnen de Gwendoline van Puttenschool, de enige school voor voortgezet onderwijs op het eiland, met 280 leerlingen. Wij zijn druk bezig een verbeterslag te maken om te vo ldoen aan de richtlijnen van Nede rland. De directeur behartigt en vertegenwoordigt de belangen van de Stichting en levert ee n bijdrage aan het tot stand komen van beleid in alle zake n betreffende de Gwendoline va n Puttenschool. De directeur draagt tevens bij aan de totstandkoming van st rategische beleidspla nnen van de school. Functie-eisen verander en ontwikkel manager , die vanuit een mensgerichte visie aan een sterke sturing op resultaten werkt; brede/ diepgaande theoretische kennis en inzicht van de ontwikkelingen in het onderwijs van VSBO en HAVO; managementervaring in het voortgezet onderwijs; kennis van de diverse deelgebieden van de beleidsterreinen binnen het relevante onderwijs (o.a. onderwijs, personeel), financiën en van relevante aanverwante beleidsterreinen. Uw kwaliteiten Onderwijskundig leiderschap : u bent in staat om samenhang en afstemming op onderwijskundig gebied te creëeren; Inzicht in het functioneren van de organisatie ; u bent in staat een heldere structuur aan te brengen in beleid en organisatie binnen de school; U hebt overzicht en U beschikt over een goed analytisch vermogen; Vaardigheden in het opstellen van (b eleids) nota’s notities en rapportages; Vaardigheden in het organiseren en begeleiden van werkprocessen; Vaardigheden in het onderhouden van cont acten en omgaan met conflictsituaties. Resultaatgerichtheid 1. Leidinggeven, aansturen en verantwoordelijkheid voor de inrichting, uitvoering en evaluatie van onderwijs en beleidsontwikkelinge n van de school; (Continue on page 21

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PAGE 21 THE INFORMER VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 JOB OPPORTUNITY (Continued from page 20) 2. Zorgdragen voor de uitvoering va n het onderwijs inclusief de ondersteunende taken binnen het bekostigingsstelsel; 3. Beslissingen aan het be stuur verantwoorden; 4. Vertegenwoordiging school in het lokale onderwijsveld c. q. relevante doelgroepen; 5. Mede richtinggeven aan professi onaliseringactiviteite n van docenten en onde rwijs ondersteunend personeel; 6. Zorgdragen voor deskundigheidsbe vordering binnen de school; 7. Leidinggeven aan de medewerkers van de school. Communicatieve vaardigheden U legt gemakkelijk contacten met leerlingen, personeelsleden en ouders; u durft anderen aan te spreken op hun verantwoordelijkheid en u beschikt over relativeringsvermogen en tact. U bent in staat pers oneelsleden te motiveren. Arbeidsvoorwaarden De aanstelling voor onde rwijzend personeel is in princi pe een driejarig contract met mogelijkheid tot verlenging. Salaris inschaling volgens bezoldigingsregeli ng onderwijzend personeel St. Eustatius, 1999 nr. 16. Uitzendvoorwaarden volge ns geldende regeling. Sollicitatie Zonder bevoegdheid heeft het g een zin te solliciteren. Uw sollicitatiebrief inclusief c.v ., referenties en pasfoto stuu r u per e-mail vóór 4 juli 2010 aan de heer H. Odijk, staffunc tionaris van het schoolbestuur: boardgvp@gmail.com Gelieve een copie van uw solli citatiebrief te e-mailen aan mw. G. Smeulders, consulent W&S van het Kabinet van de Gevolmachtigde Minister va n de Nederlandse Antillen: smeulders@kgmna.nl Informatie Een uitgebreide informatiebrochure inclusief de uitzendvoorwaarden (reis-, verhuiskostenvergoeding enz.) en een folder met emigratietips kunt u opvragen bij: smeulders@kgmna.nl Bezoek de website van de sc hool: http//public .gvpschool.com Voor nadere informatie kunt u zich richten tot mw. C. Berkel, dir ectrice van de school: gvpschool@yahoo.com of telefoonnr. 005993182129.

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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, reviewing developments in our community, questioning our elected officials about important issues. If you have ideas, suggestions contact 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. The Government information 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 encourage all the media to participate in these session. 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 representatives. Thanks for patience. 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 Public Relations 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: gis@statiagovernment.com Malvern.gis@statiagovernment.com Layout by D. Simmons Queries should be dire cted to the Office of the Lt. Governor, Mr. Gerald Berkel, under which he has the responsibility of Bureau Kabinet, St. Eustatius. Tel: 318 –2552 Fax: 318-2324 THE GREATEST GIFT WE CAN GIVE TO OTHERS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE! We encourage Statians and residents alike to submit names of persons in the community 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 Committee for relevant island territory or the cabinet of the Lieutenant 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 have collected the necessary information. Tel.nr.: 318-2552Fax.318 2324 SHEDDING LIGHT Honour wh ere Weekly Press Conferences Honour is due GOODNESS IS THE ONLY INVESTMENT THAT NEVER FAILS!!!