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Dutch coronavirus death toll topped 24,000 at the end of January: CBS

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The death toll in the Netherlands from coronavirus reached 24,484 by the end of January, national statistics agency CBS said on Tuesday.

The figure includes 2,757 people who are thought to have died of Covid-19 but who have not been confirmed to be coronavirus deaths, the CBS said. In total, three in five of the people who had died of the virus were living in residential healthcare.

The death toll rose by 4,387 in January, the highest number since May last year. The CBS figures are based on death certificates received from local authorities, and include people who have not been tested for coronavirus.

This was particularly the case in the early part of the epidemic. According to the government’s coronavirus dashboard, which only includes people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus, there have been a further 3,267 coronavirus deaths since the end of January.

This would take the preliminary death toll to 27,751, over 10,000 up on the official coronavirus dashboard total of 17,189. However, this figure does not include people who died of coronavirus but were not tested for the disease between February and May 3.

(DutchNews)

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Traffic Alert: Partial road closure of Sucker Garden Road near the intersection of Guana Bay Road

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development, and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI), hereby announces a partial road closure of Sucker Garden Road on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

The partial road closure is in connection with road repair activities conducted by the contractor Windward Road B.V.

Motorists are advised to be vigilant, and observant of the traffic diversion signs. The Ministry of VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES RESUMES COMMERCIAL SERVICES TO/FROM BARBADOS

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines advises that its commercial flights destined to and out of Barbados will resume from 04 May 2021

Following is the initial schedule of operations: 

Flight

Route

Frequency

Departure Time

Arrival

Time

BW 225

Ogle, Guyana to Barbados

Tuesday, Friday

2:35 PM

4:35 PM

BW 225

Barbados to Grenada

Tuesday, Friday

5:30 PM

6:25 PM

BW 224

Grenada to Barbados

Wednesday, Saturday

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

BW 224

Barbados to Ogle, Guyana

Wednesday, Saturday

12:55 PM

2:55 PM

BW 227

Ogle, Guyana to Barbados

Monday, Sunday

2:35 PM

4:35 PM

BW 226

Barbados to Ogle, Guyana

Monday, Sunday

5:30 PM

7:30 PM

Kindly note that the borders of Trinidad and Tobago remain closed and only special Government approved services operate to and from Trinidad and Tobago.  

Customers impacted by the cancelled repatriation flights from Barbados to Trinidad and Tobago will be advised by the Ministry of National Security about their re-allocation to future flights. 

Passengers whose travel plans were affected due to the cancellation of flights between 09 April and 03 May, can have their flights re-booked with no penalty applied.   

Persons are encouraged to verify the entry requirements and other important travel information for their intended destination using the Caribbean Airlines Sherpa Tool at https://www.caribbean-airlines.com/#/the-travel-essentials-centre/plan-trip

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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES PARTNERS WITH DAYS FOR GIRLS INTERNATIONAL TO TRANSPORT HYGIENE KITS FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS IN GUYANA

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility program Caribbean Airlines transported feminine hygiene kits from Toronto, Canada to Guyana, for distribution to women and girls living in rural communities. 

The initiative was undertaken in partnership with international NGO, Days For Girls (DFG). 

The well-known NGO, works to increase access to menstrual care, providing cost effective sustainable supplies and products. Each hygiene kit contains uniquely designed washable, reusable DFG menstrual Pads, individually hand-sewn and designed to last up to 3 years. 

Since launching operations in 2008, DFG has impacted the lives of more than 2 million women and girls in over 144 countries. 

Allison Grant, DFG’s liaison in Guyana, expressed gratitude to Caribbean Airlines for joining hands with the organisation on this initiative. “I think it’s a wonderful gesture by Caribbean airlines to transport these kits and for helping to make the delivery of these kits possible.” 

She continued: “We are in a pandemic and many women and girls in the low-income communities of Guyana are at this time really in need of these hygiene kits and they are extremely thankful for these supplies. We would have handed the kits out sooner, but the global pandemic hindered our plans”. 

Dionne Ligoure, Caribbean Airlines’ Head Corporate Communications stated: “Caribbean Airlines is pleased to support this important initiative with Days for Girls International. The airline is committed to being an active and responsible Corporate Citizen and the pillars of our corporate social responsibility program which include: Education, Community empowerment and sustainability and Medical Travel Support, highlights the causes which we support. In keeping with our community empowerment theme, we were happy to transport these kits on behalf of Days for Girls International.”

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Temporary number in place to reach CPS Youth Health Care and the Baby Wellness Clinic

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), would like to inform clients of CPS Youth Health Care and the Baby Wellness Clinic, that the latter has been experiencing some challenges with the telephone network.

Clients of CPS Youth Health Care and Baby Wellness Clinic can reach both entities (temporarily) by calling 520-4163 between the hours of 8:30 AM to 5.00 PM (Mon-Fri) or persons can call 914 and request to be transferred to the Baby Wellness Clinic.

Both agencies apologize for any inconvenience caused and ask for your patience as the telephone system is upgraded.

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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES CARGO TO EXPAND FREIGHTER SERVICE

SINT MAARTEN (Caribbean Airlines Cargo will expand its freighter service from May 02. The airline will update its schedule and increase its weekly freighter capacity by 200,000 pounds to meet the growing demand for air cargo services on the Miami-Kingston-Miami and Miami-Trinidad-Miami routes. 

The schedule will include four (4) weekly flights between Miami and Trinidad as the carrier launches a new Monday flight. Caribbean Airlines will be increasing its capacity between Miami and Kingston on Tuesdays by upgrading the aircraft which operates the service. Additionally, the airline will move its Monday flight between Miami, Kingston and Montego Bay to Sunday. 

The carrier’s freighter schedule also includes a third weekly flight between Miami and Kingston and weekly flights on the Miami-Trinidad-Guyana-Miami and Miami-Barbados-Trinidad-Miami routes. 

In addition to the direct freighter services, onward carriage of cargo is available throughout the entire Caribbean Airlines network and beyond. 

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES CARGO FREIGHTER SCHEDULE

 

Day

Flight #

Route

SUNDAY

BW 8040
BW 8041

MIA – KIN – MBJ
MBJ –  MIA

MONDAY

BW 795
BW 794

MIA – POS
POS – MIA

TUESDAY

BW 791
BW 790

BW 8042
BW 8043

MIA – BGI – POS
POS - MIA

MIA – KIN
KIN - MIA

WEDNESDAY

BW 793
BW 792

MIA - POS - GEO
GEO - MIA

THURSDAY

BW 8038
BW 8039

MIA - KIN
KIN - MIA

FRIDAY

BW 791
BW 790

MIA – BGI – POS
POS - MIA

Visit https://cargo.caribbean-airlines.com/#/contact_customer for customer support contacts throughout our network or call: Trinidad & Tobago: 868-669-3000 option 4; International toll-free (US): 855-295-5000 or send email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament about National ordinance budget amendment 2020 & Pension regulation political authorities

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Wednesday.

The Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Finance will be present.

The agenda point is:

Draft National Ordinance amending the National Ordinance on the 2020 Budget and the Pension Scheme for Political Authorities (National ordinance budget amendment 2020 including the amendment of the Pension regulation political authorities) (IS/560/2020-2021 dated April 1, 2021) (Parliamentary Year 2020-2021-145).

Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building.

The parliamentary sessions will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, www.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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Caribbean Netherlands: more births in 2020

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - Last year, 818 new inhabitants were added to the population of the Caribbean Netherlands. This was mainly due to foreign migration. Both immigration and emigration declined due to travel restrictions related to the coronavirus crisis.

The number of both births and deaths was up on previous years. The direct effect of coronavirus on mortality was minor: last year, Bonaire registered 3 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, while no COVID-19 deaths were recorded on St Eustatius and Saba. This is evident from new population figures on the Caribbean Netherlands, released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Bonaire’s population grew by 830 inhabitants last year. There was hardly any population growth on St Eustatius, while Saba recorded a population decline. The most notable rise was seen in the number of births on Bonaire and St Eustatius. The reason for this increase has not been investigated. However, a number of socio-economic support measures have been implemented over the past two years which were aimed at reducing the cost of childcare.

Saba: fewer international students

On Saba, the population fell by 15 to a total of 1,918 inhabitants last year. Natural growth was negative; there were fewer births and slightly more deaths. The island saw a significant drop in immigration. The main reason for this is that the Saba University School of Medicine only offered online tuition; on balance, significantly lower numbers of students therefore arrived on Saba from the United States and Canada compared to previous years. Emigration declined as well.

St Eustatius: immigration halved in 2020

On St Eustatius, the population rose by 3 to a total of 3,142 inhabitants. The number of births was high relative to previous years: 50 in 2020, against 30 in 2019 and an average of 32 in the period 2016–2019[1]. The birth rate on St Eustatius increased most notably among inhabitants in their thirties.

Net migration was negative. Compared to previous years, immigration nearly halved. The drop in immigration was seen among multiple origin countries, particularly the Dominican Republic.

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More young women giving birth on Bonaire

Bonaire’s population increased by 830 to 21.7 thousand inhabitants last year. This is comparable to 2019, but it is high compared to the growth over the past five years. In 2020, there were 228 births on the island against an average of 192 over the years 2015–2019 inclusive. Women in the age group 25 to 29 years in particular had more children.

Mortality was relatively high with 111 deaths; this is more than in the previous year and also exceeds the average over the period 2015–2019 inclusive. Mortality was up among people in their sixties and seventies in particular. In 2020, Bonaire registered 3 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. Up until mid-April 2021 inclusive, 12 confirmed COVID-19 deaths have been recorded.

In 2020, immigration into Bonaire was higher than in previous years. It was higher out of the European Netherlands and Curaçao while there were fewer immigrants from the Dominican Republic and Peru. Emigration declined, to Curaçao and Aruba in particular, and to a lesser extent to the European Netherlands.

RCN Bon pop dynamics

RCN LIVE BIRTHS

 

(RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

Sources:

StatLine - Caribbean Netherlands; population, births, deaths, migration

https://opendata.cbs.nl/statline/#/CBS/en/dataset/83774ENG/table?ts=1619120345090

https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/current-information/covid-19-weekly-epidemiological-update-for-caribbean-part-of-kingdom

https://www.bonairecrisis.com/

[1] In 2015, a clean-up of the population register (PIVA) was carried out on St Eustatius. This resulted in a ‘distorted average’ of the figures over that year. For that reason, Statian population figures have been based on the average over 2016-2019.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cable & Wireless Communications Calls for More Girls in ICT

SINT MAARTEN/MIAMI, Florida – Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W), parent company of Flow, UTS and BTC, in the Caribbean, is calling for more girls to pursue studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as the company observes International Girls in ICT Day today.

The company is kicking off several activities across the region to encourage female students to consider careers in Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) industries. The ICT space continues to rapidly evolve, opening up a plethora of career opportunities, yet there are still concerns about the low representation of females in the sector.

“Globally, the percentage of females following a course of study in STEM education remains low. Girls in ICT Day is therefore an opportunity for us to continue connecting with our girls, to provide mentorship, and showcase careers in the sector, while connecting them to female pioneers in the industry.

“As we champion greater inclusion and diversity in the workplace, we are mindful of the need for more balance and female representation in our industry, and so our activities this year are geared towards that purpose,” said Inge Smidts, CEO of C&W, a leading communications and entertainment provider and one of the largest employers of ICT, engineering and other technical workers in the region.

C&W will stage a video essay competition for female students, aged 12 - 15 years old, across the region. Participants will be asked to submit a 2 - 3minute video on the topic: “Why is it important for girls/women to pursue a career in ICT?”

Details will be shared when the competition opens on April 26 and winners will be announced at the company’s Girls in ICT Forum on June 8, 2021. “Moving the needle on the number of females in the ICT sector will require our collective efforts.

At C&W, we are doing our part to create a more balanced industry by supporting our girls and young women across the region as they make critical decisions about their career path. Through this video essay competition and during our Girls in ICT Forum, we hope to raise awareness of the opportunities available to young women and girls, provide resources to help them on their career journey, and share experiences from senior female leaders across the industry,” Smidts continued.

Over the years, C&W has staged various activities and partnered with a range of organizations on Girls in ICT Hackathons as it strives to increase the interest of female students across the Caribbean in the ICT field. Girls in ICT Day 2021 is being marked under the theme, “Connected Girls, Creating Brighter Futures!”

The day is an initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which is geared at empowering and encouraging girls and young women to pursue STEM education, inspiring them to work in STEM careers, and also engaging the community while promoting collaboration through partnerships.

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Inflation rate on Bonaire -3.2 percent in Q1 2021

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - In Q1 2021, consumer goods and services on Bonaire were 3.2 percent cheaper than one year previously. The inflation rate was still -5.2 percent in Q4 2020. Prices also decreased on St Eustatius and Saba, by 2.8 percent and 1.2 percent year-on-year respectively. This is reported by CBS on the basis of the consumer price index for the Caribbean Netherlands.

The low inflation rate in the Caribbean Netherlands in Q1 2021 is mainly attributable to the allowances[1] for electricity, drinking water and internet, which have been provided by the government as of 1 May 2020.

Prices on St Eustatius slightly higher than in previous quarter

In Q1 2021, consumer prices on St Eustatius were 2.8 percent lower than one year previously. The year-on-year decrease was 3.2 percent in Q4 2020.

In Q1, consumers paid 0.7 percent more for goods and services than in the previous quarter.

The variable usage tariffs for electricity were up by more than 10 percent. Petrol and diesel prices rose as well, by 1.7 and 3.9 percent.

Consumer prices on Saba stable compared to previous quarter

On Saba, consumers paid 1.2 percent less on average in Q1 2021 than in the same quarter last year. In Q4 2020, the inflation rate still amounted to -0.8 percent.

In Q1, goods and services were 0.1 percent cheaper than in the previous quarter. Food and toiletries went down in price, while the variable usage tariffs for electricity increased by over 26 percent relative to Q4 2020.

Throughout Q1 2021 as well, the coronavirus crisis had an impact on how the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was compiled for the Caribbean Netherlands. Especially the lockdown on Bonaire in March resulted in substantially fewer in-store price observations that month.

The low inflation rate on Bonaire is mainly due to the reductions in the fixed usage tariffs for electricity and water on Bonaire as of 1 May 2020. In Q1 2021, electricity was 14.3 percent and water 16.0 percent cheaper than one year previously.

Relative to the previous quarter, in Q1 prices on Bonaire rose by an average of 1 percent. This was mainly caused by higher variable usage tariffs for electricity and water. Although the variable tariffs increased quarter-on-quarter in Q1, the total rate (the sum of fixed and variable tariff) remained below the level of one year previously.

Average food prices remained fairly stable in Q1 relative to the previous quarter. Prices of poultry fell by nearly 3 percent, while fresh fruit prices rose by 1.5 percent. In addition, women’s clothing became 4.6 percent more expensive. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

Provisional figures

Figures over Q1 2021 are provisional and will become definitive upon publication of the figures over Q2 2021.

Papiamentu

A Papiamentu translation of this news release can be obtained from Statistics Netherlands’ office on Bonaire by sending a request via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sources:

StatLine: Caribbean Netherlands; consumer price index

https://opendata.cbs.nl/#/CBS/en/dataset/84046ENG/table?dl=22EB4

 

[1] News article regarding the allowances for electricity, drinking water and internet: https://english.rijksdienstcn.com/latest/news/2020/may/5/reduction-in-costs-for-households-and-companies-caribbean-netherlands

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