What my mother should’ve taught me

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Mama taught me many lessons: humility, the art of knowing when to remain silent and the importance of love and respect for all beings. The most important lesson was to never let your titles, your job or position change who you are.

I don’t want to remember our petty fights, or empty threats she and I made in frustration, or the pains I may have caused her by living so far away when she most wanted me to be near.

I want to remember the feeling of protection I got climbing into her bed after a nightmare, or her patiently taking care of my wounds after tumbling down from the bike, or covering her when she dozed off in her rocking chair in front of the television.

Mama, you taught me many things. I’m very grateful. But mama, the one thing you didn’t teach me is how to cope without you.

Willemstad, Curaçao

E wega di kompra i benta di voto: historia di volmacht

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“Volmacht” ta un konsepto ku nos a kopia di Hulanda. E ta hasi posibel pa un hende ku derechi di voto ku no por ta presente pa vota riba dia di elekshon, pidi un otro persona ku tambe tin derechi di voto, vota p’e. Tur dos mester firma e dokumento, volmacht. E volmacht ta un solushon pa e persona ku ta den eksterior òf inkapasitá dia di elekshon.

Volmacht a keda usá promé biaha den elekshon di Staten di 17 novèmber 1941. Pa haña un volmacht bo mester por a proba ku ora di elekshon bo no ta riba bo isla kaminda bo ta vota i ku bo ta ousente pa no mas ku 6 dia. Den e promé añanan e kondishonnan pa un volmacht tabata transparente i stràk, ademas kada petishon pa un volmacht tabata keda investigá profundamente pa Registro Sivíl.

Gradualmente partidonan a trese kambionan ku a hasi hinter e sistema di volmacht un gol hanchu habrí pa tur tipo di kos robes. Por a pidi pa un volmacht pa motibu di malesa ku mester a keda firmá un luna promé ku elekshon. Segun sifranan di Kranshi, 6 mil hende na Kòrsou (10% di elektorado) tabata “sa” di antemano ku nan lo ta malu riba fecha di elekshon (19 mei 1967) i a pidi un volmacht. Boneiru a konosé un elekshon kaminda e kantidat di volmacht tabata 15% di e elektorado! E korant Algemeen Handelsblad di 19 yanüari 1967 a raportá ku na Aruba tabatin algun shen deklarashon di malesa ku tabata firmá pa e mesun médiko. Asta yunan di tera bibá na Hulanda pa hopi aña tabata risibí volmacht pa nan vota (mientras nan no ta parti di elektorado) segun Kontakto Antiyano, un plataforma pa yunan di tera na Hulanda.

Partidonan na mando semper a probechá mas di volmacht ya ku tabatin mas kos di parti (onderstànt, kas i trabou den aparato públiko) pues mas posibilidat pa kumpra voto. Na komienso di e sistema di volmacht, normalmente ta e kasá òf famia serkano di esun ousente na momentu di elekshon tabata keda apoderá. Na dado momento no tabatin ni mester di un deklarashon di un médiko mas den kaso di malesa. Aktivistanan di partido a probechá i tabata kumpra volmacht pa bai dilanti. Na 1967 tabatin 6031 volmacht di kua 3788 di aktivistanan di DP i 2074 di esnan di NVP. Pues solamente 169 di volmacht no tabata pertenesé na un partido. Korant Amigoe di 14 aprel 1971 ta raportá benta di volmacht na marinirnan Hulandes pa “Naf 5,- i un kaha di chukulati”.

E dos partidonan tradishonal semper a akusá e otro di ta mas korupto, pero tur dos a probechá ku eksepshon di Union Reformista Antiyano (URA), un grupo idealista i korekto ku poko despues a desaparesé. E preshon tòg na un momento dado a bira di tal forma ku Konseho Insular (KI) den un reunion tumultoso den febrüari 1967 a eliminá volmacht. Miembronan ku a vota pa kita volmacht mester a tende un la di zundrá serka nan hefe i spònsernan. Na mart 1967 e mesun KI ta reestablesé volmacht.

E fiesta di volmacht a sigi te na 1977 na momentu ku Staten ta kita e posibilidat di volmacht pero ta laga na keda teritorio pa kit’é òf no. A dura te 1982 pa nos isla eliminá volmacht definitivamente. Ku esaki benta i kompra di voto den su bachi bieu a pasa pa olvido i a kontinuá den otro forma modèrnu.

Willemstad, Kòrsou

Insidente Kòrsou i barku Ruso den nos awanan: 1982

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Na momentu ku un barku di peska Ruso mester a bandoná nos haf na komienso di desèmber 1982, ningun hende a premirá un insidente internashonal.

Barkunan di peska Ruso ku ta piska den awanan internashonal pafó di Sur Amérika, tin kustumber di bin Kòrsou pa bùnker. Esaki tabata e kaso e biaha ei tambe. Na momentu ku e barku ku tabata mará na waf di KNSM kier a bandoná nos haf, a manda lots de J. pa gui’é. Poko despues ku de J. a subi e barku sinembargo, e a mèldu kantor ku e no ta hasi e trabou ya ku “hinter e tripulashon ta pata pata”.

Outoridatnan portuario a disidí di manda un otro lots (M.) kende tampoko a haña responsabel pa saka e barku. E kapitan Ruso i outoridatnan lokal a kuminsá pèrdè pasenshi. A disidí pa manda lots K.S., un di e mihónan ku Kòrsou a konosé, ku ta logra saka e barku sin insidente. 

Problema ta surgi sinembargo ora K.S. no tin fin di bandoná e barku Ruso i baha den e boto di lots ku tabata ward’é pa regresá Punda. E barku Ruso ku destinashon Panamá a keda nabegá i e kapitan di e boto di lots ta bai tera i bati alarma ku e Rusonan lo a sekuestrá K.S.. Mientras tantu Kantor di Haf ta informá Gezaghebber Cassares kende na su turno ta papia ku outoridatnan di Gobièrnu Sentral i ta manda tres boto kargá ku polis armá ku karabina pa buska e lots. Kòrda, na 1982 mundu tabata tenso debí na guera friu.

Ora  polis a yega e barku ku ya tabata basta leu for di haf, a nota K.S. totalmente bou di su awa riba e barku. Aparentemente e a disidí di djòin e tripulashon den dalmentu di vodka i a lubidá di desembarká. Ademas, e no tabata kapas pa baha e trapi di kabuya. E úniko solushon tabata pa mara K.S. na un kabuya i ‘fir’é’ den un di e botonan kaminda polis a fang’é.

Gezaghebber despues di a papia ku esnan envolví ta primintí un investigashon ’profundo’. Haf sinembargo no a konsiderá e kaso un ‘big deal’ bisando: “No ta nada straño, ku un loods ta dal bitter, ora e guia un barcu. Bo mester corda ku e hendenan aki ta guynan di laman. E olanan ta pone cu nan ta haña gana di dal un drinks “ (Nobo, 4 desèmber 1982). 

Willemstad, Kòrsou

The new religion: conspiracy theories

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Conspiracy theories. We’ve seen them on social media or had someone convince us to believe them at face value. They come in all flavors. The moon landing was faked, yet somehow all the Russian and non-American astrophysicists weren’t able to pick up on this scam. The earth is flat even though we’ve known since at least Aristotle that it’s round. Beneath the Denver International Airport there’s a colony of flesh-eating human lizards determined to enslave the human race. And, if you look very carefully, these reptile humanoids like Madonna, Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie, involuntarily shapeshift from human to reptile to human again. Conspiracy theorists now claim that 5G transmits the coronavirus.

Why would anyone believe these stories? A recent study in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition sheds some light. Evidence is provided that delusion-prone, narrow-minded individuals and religious fundamentalists are more likely to believe conspiracy theories (CT) as long as these theories mirror their particular worldview. If you were brought up in an environment that loathes the Western World, it is easier to believe the CT that AIDS was created in the US and Europe to kill black and brown people. This is why a CT believer doesn’t believe all theories out there, he’s selective.

CTs aim to calm the human fear of the unknown and come up with non-scientific reasoning of what seems to be unexplainable. These theories were never meant to find the truth, but to give us a temporary sense of relief from the distress in our lives. A brutal dictator may want to promote the theory that the abject poverty in his country is not due to his own mismanagement, but a result of blood-drinking human reptiles.

Proponents of these theories want to control the behaviors of their victims and push their own political or ideological agendas. CTs can wreak havoc on society. We’ve seen that with the destruction of 5G antennas, a surge in measles, the recent Pittsburg synagogue massacre, killing of albino children in some parts of Africa and many more.

CTs are not unlike religions. In ancients times, people invented a god to explain things people didn’t understand. Different societies, each with a different set of experiences and explanations had different god(s). They were never interested in the scientific truth. We’re seeing the same thing happening as conspiracy theories permeate in larger sections of societies. CTs are taking on the role of religion and they are feeding fundamentalist beliefs.

Like religions, CTs don’t just emerge in a vacuum. They aim to simplify things and provide believers with a sense of reassurance in a fast changing world. We should avoid belittling them but at the same time we can’t afford to ignore CTs. They have become too mainstream now. What can truth seekers do? Confront all believers with factual evidence (fact checking). But caution, it may not work, especially when dealing with fanatics who blindly believe what they want to believe.

Willemstad, Curaçao

Baha salarionan astronómiko; e lei a pasa na 2016

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Hopi hende ta gosa ku Aruba a kòrta gastu den e ámbito públiko i ta lamentá ku aki nos no a hasié. Ta lamentabel, sigur si nos realisá ku tin un lei kla pa atendé ku empreasan ligá ku e sektor públiko. For di 2016 e ta kla, pero no a publik’é. E lei no a drenta na vigor.

Ta trata di e lei Optimalisatie Overheidsgelieerde Entiteiten ku entre otro ta baha e salario di e personal na e instansianan menshoná. Apesar di preshon polítiko i wèlga general, e lei a pasa Staten na ougùstùs 2016, djis promé ku elekshon.

E lei a keda introdusí pa motibu di prekupashon grandi pa e peso riba nos finansa públiko. Su metanan ta drecha kalidat di servisio, baha salario i e kostonan haltu di operashon i minimalisá e riesgo pa finansa públiko: 

✔️Algemene regels bij het plaatsen van opdrachten waarbij marktwerking en transparantie worden bevorderd;

✔️normen voor specifieke kostenposten (uit efficiëntie en om misbruik te verkomen);

✔️richtlijnen voor de personeelskosten (formatierapporten en variant Balkenendenorm);

✔️rendementseisen en dividendbeleid;

✔️handhavend toezicht vanuit de overheid.

Despues di 3 aña e lei ta ketu bai den lachi. Fòrti a laga sa -apesar di (menasa di) “aanwijzing”- ku mester ahustá algun punto. Te leu ku mi sa, no a bisa kua ta e ahustenan nesesario i dikon nan ta asina grave pa laga un lei drumi 3 aña largu.

Fòrti mester bai Staten awor i disidí ku ta ehekutá  e puntonan ku no tin nesesidat pa keda adaptá den e lei ya menshoná. Antó e puntonan ku mester di ahuste, ta warda te ora bin un teksto nobo. Mester buska un manera rápido pa por lo ménos atendé ku e salarionan astronómiko den empresanan ligá ku e sektor públiko. Kisas tin un otro kaminda pa kana, pero nos mester aktua rápido i asumí nos responsabilidat komo pais outónomo.

Covid 19 diariamente ta pone un spil nos dilanti i ta demostrá ku ketu bai nos ke sigui biba riba nos forsa, stèns riba Hulanda pa plaka i no tuma e medidanan ku nos sa ku ta nesesario.

Willemstad, Kòrsou

Revisá e Pakete di Alivio

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Ta opvio ku kos a bai robes ku e pakete di reskate ekonómiko. Tin asta un kaso den Korte den preparashon. Ta di lamentá ku a yega asina leu, pero no ta lat pa drecha e fayonan. 

Dos siman pasá mi a bisa (https://alexdavidrosaria.blog/2020/04/09/curacao-needs-to-cushion-covid-19-pain-but-without-real-changes-well-be-back-to-square-one/) ku nos ekonomia ku ta den koma pa motibu di e pandemia covid 19, mester di sosten pa keda na bida. Hende sin entrada no por sobrebibí i negoshi (chikí) mester di kèsh pa mantené trahadónan, paga kuentanan i no bai fayit. Tambe mester invertí den salubridat públiko, sigur salú mental den e tempu aki di trouma.

Mi a atvertí sinembargo ku tur proyekto, ounke kon bon intenshoná, ta faya si no definí koutelosamente esnan ku tin mas nesesidat pa haña sosten (“targetting”). Esaki ta klaramente e kaso serka nos. Falta di dato i kòntròl ta pone ku hopi empresa ta inskribí den un sektor, mientras e ta hasi negoshi den un otro sektor. Tampoko tin kriterio definí ken ta bin na remarke pa sosten. Sierto negoshi a tende ku ounke nan no ta riba e lista nan por apliká tòg i “argumentá” pa asistensia kreando “willekeur”, “vriendjespolitiek” i kaos. Echo ta, sin “targetting” skèrpi, fondonan lo keda mal-aloká i lo no yega esnan mas vulnerabel. 

Mi di dos punto tabata e aspekto di ehekushon. E proseso pa apliká pa sosten no ta kana bon. No solamente pasombra tin hopi aplikashon (ku por a spera), pero pa motibu ku Fòrti ta insistí pa laga un aparato ku tin hopi tempu kaba ta chambuká, ehekutá e proyekto aki sin sufisiente ekspertisio i “benchmarks”.

No a yuda ku Hulanda su asistensia tabata ménos ku lokual Fòrti a spera. Tampoko ta yuda ku di e asistensia total di Naf 177, solamente Naf 42 mion ta pa sektor privá i  Naf f 135 mion pa sektor públiko. I, te ainda no a determiná  kon ta kòrta den e aparato i empresanan ligá ku e sektor públiko.

E proyekto di reskate por resultá un pesadia pasombra su formulashon i ehekushon ta laga di deseá. Sinembargo no por “afford” pa lag’e frakasá. E preis ta muchu haltu. Nos por remediá kosnan ku a bai robes dor di reformulá algun aspekto (ehekushon pober, falta di kritero, “benchmarks” i “targetting”) inkluí representantenan di sektor privá den e komishon.

Willemstad, Curaçao

 

Covid 19, the latest message from Mother Earth

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Mother Earth has been sending clear messages about climate change, man-made disasters such as deforestation, land-use change, intensified agriculture and livestock, pollution which destroy our planet and ecosystems at an alarming rate. Among others: the Australian fires, heat records, the worst locust plague and covid 19.

The planet’s ecosystems, human beings and all living species are scientifically proven to be interconnected. According to the UN, 75% of all new infection diseases that emerges in humans come from animals. A direct result of wildlife trade (bush meat), the way we treat livestock animals and poultry. The science is undeniable. The thing about science is that it is true whether or not you believe it.

Yet climate change deniers keep undermining public trust in climate science. I don’t want to paint with a broad brush, but ignorant politicians and project developers here have made it a hobby to make fun of environmentalists. Others use the Parliament as a platform to suggest we should shred the Island Development and Land-use Law (EOP).   

The UN has designated 22nd April as International Mother Earth Day and urges a call to action not only to governments but also you and me. Let’s respect nature and all living species. Let’s cut our meat intake and think about vegetarianism. Let’s petition to prohibit bush meat. Let’s reduce overconsumption and embrace minimalism. Let’s recycle, reuse and minimize waste. Let’s tell politicians to take this matter seriously. Let’s donate to serious environmental organizations. 

Let’s use this covid 19 pandemic to turn the corner. During the last two decades we have seen that the gaps between worldwide pandemics (SARS, Mumps, Swineflu, Mers, Zika) are getting shorter and deadlier. We cannot afford not to answer this wake-up call.

Willemstad, Curaçao

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