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Statia News No. 16

Statia News No. 16

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INDEPENDENT NEWSLETTER
STATIA NEWS
VOLUME 1,
ISSUE 16
INDEPENDENT NEWSLETTER
STATIA NEWS
VOLUME 1,
ISSUE 16

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INDEPENDENT
 
NEWSLETTER
 
O
CTOBER
13, 2009V
OLUME
1,
ISSUE
16
S
TATIA
N
EWS
 
E
DITORIAL
 
When
 
I
 
watch
 
Gerrit
 
Krol
 
on
 
BVN,
 
he
 
always
 
says:
 
“Lekker
 
weer
 
op
 
de
 
boven
windse
 
eilanden,
 
onbewolkt,
 
geen
 
kans
 
op
 
regen”
 
and
 
I
 
always
 
have
 
to
 
laugh.
 
Gerrit
 
Krol
 
thinks
 
we
 
don’t
 
like
 
rain.
 
We
 
love
 
rain!
 
Yesterday
 
night
 
and
 
this
 
morning
 
some
 
rain
 
fell.
 
It
 
was
 
about
 
time,
 
because
 
all
 
the
 
grass
 
was
 
brown.
 
Now
 
you
 
see
 
some
 
green
 
coming
 
up
 
again.
 
Statia
 
is
 
a
 
beautiful
 
place
 
to
 
live
 
and
 
let
 
us
 
hope
 
it
 
will
 
stay
 
that
 
way.
 
In
 
politics,
 
some
 
strange
 
things
 
are
 
going
 
on
 
in
 
the
 
cabinet
 
in
 
Curacao.
 
Let’s
 
hope
 
they
 
make
 
a
 
good
 
decision
 
about
 
the
 
candidate
 
for
 
our
 
new
 
Gezaghebber.
 
Bijleveld
 
says:
 
“Ik
 
zie
 
met
 
vertrouwen
 
de
 
voordracht
 
van
 
de
 
regering
 
van
 
de
 
Ne
derlandse
 
Antillen
 
tegemoet.”
 
Let’s
 
ho
pe
 
the
 
Antillean
 
cabinet
 
will
 
take
 
their
 
responsibility
 
serious.
 
It’s
 
great
 
to
 
live
 
on
 
an
 
island
 
like
 
this.
 
You
 
worry
 
about
 
it’s
 
future,
 
you
 
talk
 
politics
 
all
 
the
 
time,
 
and
 
still,
 
every
 
day,
 
you
 
enjoy
 
living
 
in
 
this
 
beautiful
 
unspoi
led
 
fertile
 
part
 
of 
 
the
 
world.
 
Unspoiled
 
if 
 
we
 
clean
 
up
 
the
 
dump
 
and
 
fertile,
 
that
 
is,
 
if 
 
enough
 
rain
 
falls...
 
Enjoy
 
Statianews,
 
Annemieke
 
Kusters
 
 Marihuana, page 2St. Eustatius Bene-volent Foundation, page 2 Apna, page 3 Education, page 4First and Last stop, page 5Statia, we are po-werful beyond mea-sure, page 6  Letter to the editor, page 7  My Best Friend Project, page 7  Announcements, page 8
Knip
 
Trees
 
are
 
giving
 
fruit
 
now
 
 
M
ARIHUANA
 
P
AGE
2
L
OCAL
N
EWS
 
S
TATIA
N
EWS
 
Joshua
 
did
 
not
 
agree
 
with
 
that:
 
“Marihuana
 
doesn’t
 
make
 
you
 
steal,
 
when
 
you
 
smoke
 
a
 
 joint,
 
you
 
have
 
a
 
nice
 
meditation,
 
you
 
eat
 
something
 
and
 
you
 
go
 
to
 
sleep.
 
That
 
is
 
not
 
what
 
happens
 
if 
 
you
 
drink
 
alcohol.
 
He
 
thinks
 
that
 
if 
 
everyone
 
is
 
aloud
 
to
 
have
 
5
 
marihu
ana
 
plants
 
in
 
their
 
yard,
 
 just
 
like
 
in
 
Holland,
 
there
 
would
 
be
 
no
 
reason
 
to
 
steal.
 
He
 
also
 
said
 
that
 
a
 
coffeeshop
 
would
 
help
 
get
 
the
 
smoking
 
of 
 
 joints
 
off 
 
the
 
streets
 
and
 
that
 
the
 
soft
 
drugs
 
policy
 
in
 
the
 
Netherlands
 
are
 
used
 
as
 
an
 
exam
ple
 
in
 
neighboring
 
countries
 
in
 
Europe.
 
On
 
today’s
 
press
 
conference,
 
Mr.
 
Roy
 
Hooker
 
and
 
Mr.
 
Joshua
 
Spanner
 
had
 
a
 
discussion
 
about
 
Marihu
ana.
 
Joshua
 
said:
 
“From
 
when
 
I
 
was
 
born,
 
alcohol
 
was
 
legal,
 
nobody
 
made
 
a
 
fuss
 
about
 
that.
 
People
 
die
 
from
 
alcohol,
 
but
 
alcohol
 
is
 
legal.
 
Statia
 
agreed
 
for
 
euthanasia,
 
which
 
is
 
assisted
 
suicide.
 
They
 
agreed
 
on
 
same
 
sex
 
marriages,
 
no
 
problem
 
with
 
that.
 
But
 
they
 
don’t
 
agree
 
for
 
the
 
free
 
purchase
 
of 
 
marihua
na.
 
The
 
effect
 
of 
 
marihuana
 
on
 
one’s
 
health
 
are
 
far
 
less
 
then
 
the
 
effects
 
of 
 
alcohol.
 
Mr.
 
Hooker
 
replied
 
that
 
mariahuana
 
tend
 
to
 
open
 
the
 
door
 
to
 
illiciet
 
drugs.
 
And
 
that
 
youngsters
 
are
 
stealing
 
to
 
get
 
money
 
for
 
it.
 
Oct. 13, 2009
New
 
York,
 
October
 
10,
 
11
 
Last
 
weekend
 
Lt.
 
Gov.
 
Mr.
 
Hyden
 
Gittens
 
was
 
guest
 
in
 
New
 
York
 
for
 
the
 
20th
 
anniversary
 
of 
 
the
 
St.
 
Eustatius
 
Benevolent
 
Foundation.
 
This
 
founda
tion
 
was
 
founded
 
to
 
help
 
Statia
 
after
 
hurricane
 
Hugo.
 
Before
 
that
 
time,
 
there
 
was
 
another
 
foun
dation:
 
The
 
Oranje
 
Benevolent
 
Foundation.
 
Mr.
 
Gittens
 
said
 
that
 
a
 
lot
 
of 
 
Statians
 
live
 
in
 
that
 
area
 
and
 
these
 
people
 
are
 
looking
 
for
 
ways
 
to
 
be
 
more
 
connected
 
to
 
Statia.
 
A
 
concern
 
is
 
that
 
the
 
second
 
generation
 
of 
 
Statians
 
living
 
in
 
that
 
area
 
need
 
to
 
get
 
involved
 
too.
 
He
 
is
 
hopefull
 
though,
 
because
 
some
 
young
 
people
 
are
 
willing
 
to
 
use
 
their
 
exper
tise
 
to
 
use
 
the
 
modern
 
technologies
 
like
 
internet
 
to
 
aim
 
to
 
this
 
goal.
 
Statians
 
abroad
 
could
 
be
 
part
 
of 
 
town
 
hall
 
meetings
 
for
 
example,
 
if 
 
we
 
use
 
sky
pe
 
or
 
some
 
other
 
internet
 
connection.
 
Nutricious
 
food
 
The
 
St.
 
Eustatius
 
Benevolent
 
Foundation
 
will
 
be
 
starting
 
a
 
youth
 
program
 
about
 
nutricious
 
food
 
in
 
the
 
schools.
 
Lenora
 
Cannegieter,
 
who
 
is
 
active
 
in
 
the
 
foundation
 
is
 
still
 
in
 
New
 
York
 
now,
 
we
 
hope
 
to
 
get
 
some
 
more
 
information
 
and
 
pictures
 
when
 
she
 
gets
 
back.
 
Maternity
 
Bed
 
The
 
Group
 
of 
 
Statians
 
in
 
Holland,
 
Friends
 
of 
 
Statia
 
is
 
of 
 
younger
 
age.
 
They
 
sponsored
 
the
 
maternity
 
bed
 
for
 
the
 
new
 
maternity
 
room
 
in
 
Statia’s
 
hospital.
 
This
 
ma
ternity
 
room
 
is
 
to
 
be
 
opened
 
soon.
 
Job
 
opportunities
 
The
 
next
 
question
 
is
 
if 
 
Statia
 
is
 
active
 
in
 
trying
 
to
 
get
 
young
 
professional
 
Statians
 
to
 
come
 
to
 
Statia.
 
Mr.
 
Git
tens
 
states
 
that
 
more
 
and
 
more
 
Statians
 
are
 
coming
 
back.
 
There
 
will
 
be
 
a
 
growth
 
of 
 
local
 
people
 
coming
 
back
 
to
 
Statia,
 
especially
 
when
 
health
 
care
 
and
 
social
 
securities
 
are
 
upto
 
par
 
after
 
the
 
transition.
 
He
 
says
 
that
 
all
 
the
 
vacancies
 
are
 
on
 
the
 
website
 
www.statiagovernment.com.
 
He
 
adds
 
that
 
most
 
of 
 
the
 
time,
 
younger
 
persons
 
go
 
through
 
an
 
initial
 
sacrifice
 
before
 
they
 
reach
 
to
 
a
 
good
 
position.
 
Statia
 
will
 
be
 
creating
 
 job
 
opportunities,
 
especially
 
since
 
the
 
invest
ment
 
officer
 
will
 
be
 
appointed
 
soon.
 
Mr.
 
Gittens
 
ex
plains
 
that
 
it’s
 
always
 
good
 
to
 
train
 
people,
 
but
 
for
 
some
 
positions,
 
like
 
head
 
of 
 
Stenapa
 
or
 
Secar
 
you
 
real
ly
 
need
 
people
 
with
 
a
 
specialized
 
university
 
training,
 
a
 
lot
 
of 
 
experience
 
and
 
a
 
big
 
network.
 
Not
 
a
 
lot
 
of 
 
Young
 
people
 
have
 
an
 
interest
 
in
 
that
 
special
 
field.
 
Educating
 
Statia’s
 
young
 
people
 
is
 
very
 
important,
 
he
 
adds.
 
 
S
T
. E
USTATIUS
B
ENEVOLENT
F
OUNDATION
 
 
A
PNA
 
P
AGE
3
L
OCAL
N
EWS
 
S
TATIA
N
EWS
 
first
 
weekly
 
press
 
conference
 
we
 
had,
 
that
 
the
 
2,1
 
million
 
NAF
 
Statia
 
still
 
owes
 
Apna
 
will
 
not
 
be
 
paid
 
by
 
the
 
Dutch,
 
but
 
has
 
to
 
come
 
from
 
local
 
taxes.
 
Now
 
a
 
lot
 
of 
 
people
 
have
 
been
 
paying
 
money
 
to
 
the
 
pensionfund
 
without
 
being
 
registered.
 
The
 
question
 
is
 
were
 
that
 
money
 
went.
 
APNA
 
problems
 
all
 
over
 
All
 
over
 
the
 
Antillean
 
islands
 
you
 
hear
 
strange
 
things
 
about
 
debts
 
to
 
Apna.
 
On
 
the
 
frontpage
 
of 
 
Monday’s
 
Daily
 
Herald
 
it
 
says:
 
“Bijleveld
Schouten,
 
through
 
her
 
spokesman
 
on
 
Monday,
 
confirmed
 
statements
 
by
 
Bonaire’s
 
leader
 
of 
 
government
 
Jopie
 
Abraham
 
that
 
she
 
stopped
 
payment
 
of 
 
NAF
 
52
 
mil
lion
 
to
 
pay
 
off 
 
debts
 
to
 
general
 
pension
 
fund
 
APNA.”
 
52
 
million?
 
To
 
APNA?
 
That
 
can’t
 
be
 
true!
 
And
 
if 
 
it’s
 
true,
 
what
 
did
 
happen
 
on
 
Statia?
 
How
 
big
 
is
 
our
 
debt
 
to
 
APNA?
 
Vervangend
 
Pensioen
 
Mr.
 
Hooker
 
said
 
a
 
laborer
 
that
 
has
 
worked
 
for
 
30
 
years,
 
will
 
get
 
150
 
NAF
 
“vervangend
 
pensioen”
 
if 
 
he
 
never
 
was
 
registered
 
and
 
never
 
paid
 
for
 
his
 
pen
sion.
 
He
 
also
 
said
 
that
 
some
 
people
 
have
 
to
 
buy
 
back
 
their
 
pension,
 
because
 
they
 
haven’t
 
paid
 
enough
 
over
 
the
 
years.
 
He
 
reassured
 
that
 
if 
 
any
 
one
 
has
 
been
 
paying
 
for
 
their
 
pension,
 
they
 
have
 
a
 
right
 
to
 
that
 
money
 
after
 
retirement.
 
Last
 
week
 
in
 
Shedding
 
Light,
 
Mr.
 
Roy
 
Hooker,
 
our
 
commissioner
 
of 
 
Finance,
 
gave
 
some
 
explanation
 
about
 
pensions.
 
Today,
 
on
 
the
 
weekly
 
press
 
confer
ence
 
with
 
the
 
executive
 
council,
 
again,
 
the
 
APNA
 
was
 
mentioned.
 
An
 
example
 
To
 
explain
 
the
 
situation,
 
it
 
is
 
good
 
to
 
voice
 
the
 
con
cern
 
of 
 
some
 
people.
 
There
 
is
 
for
 
example
 
one
 
teacher
 
at
 
the
 
Gwendoline
 
van
 
Puttenschool,
 
who
 
has
 
been
 
working
 
there
 
since
 
1995,
 
and
 
who
 
has
 
been
 
paying
 
Apna
 
money
 
for
 
his
 
pension.
 
This
 
man
 
is
 
retiring
 
now,
 
only
 
to
 
find
 
out
 
he
 
was
 
never
 
regis
tered
 
in
 
the
 
pension
 
fund.
 
When
 
asked
 
about
 
this
 
specific
 
situation,
 
Mr.
 
Hooker
 
said
 
that
 
this
 
man
 
has
 
a
 
right
 
to
 
his
 
money
 
and
 
after
 
his
 
registration,
 
he
 
will
 
get
 
his
 
money.
 
He
 
also
 
said
 
that
 
this
 
is
 
the
 
re
sponsibility
 
of 
 
the
 
board
 
of 
 
that
 
school.
 
Teachers
 
and
 
pensions
 
is
 
a
 
difficult
 
matter.
 
Mr.
 
Hooker
 
said
 
that
 
a
 
lot
 
of 
 
teacher
 
stay
 
here
 
for
 
two
 
or
 
three
 
years
 
and
 
they
 
have
 
to
 
make
 
sure
 
that
 
their
 
pension
 
money
 
will
 
be
 
paid
 
out
 
after
 
their
 
retirement.
 
If 
 
you
 
can
 
prove
 
you
 
paid
 
the
 
money,
 
you
 
must
 
be
 
able
 
to
 
receive
 
it.
 
The
 
debt
 
to
 
APNA
 
About
 
the
 
debt
 
Statia
 
has
 
to
 
Apna:
 
It
 
remains
 
a
 
mystery.
 
It
 
said
 
in
 
the
 
Daily
 
Herald
 
that
 
the
 
federal
 
government
 
received
 
3,2
 
million
 
NAF
 
was
 
to
 
pay
 
off 
 
Statia’s
 
debt
 
to
 
Apna
 
from
 
1999
2005,
 
and
 
in
 
the
 
13,2
 
million
 
debt
 
relieve
 
that
 
Statia
 
got
 
from
 
Hol
land,
 
the
 
debt
 
to
 
Apna
 
from
 
2006
 
 –
 
2008
 
was
 
in
cluded.
 
I
 
remember
 
Mr.
 
Hooker
 
saying,
 
in
 
the
 
very
 
Oct. 13, 2009

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