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July 20, 2018

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Fighters will be banned from Carnival activities

Source: Saba News The board of the Saba Festival Foundation has decided that the Opening Jump Up and Jouvert Morning events will be halted immediately if anyone starts a fight “or any form of argument.” The Foundation will proceed to take legal action against the person or persons for dam­age claims, it was…

Rise in consumer prices on BES islands is highest on Saba

Source: Saba News In Q2 2018, consumer prices on Saba were on average 3.2 percent higher than in the year-earlier period; this was 2.9 percent in the previous quarter. The price development of telephone and Internet services had an upward effect on the development of consumer prices. The prices of these services were…

Parliament delegation has many questions after visit

Source: Saba News The del­egation of the Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Par­liament after last week’s visit to St. Maarten, St. Eu­statius and Saba has sent a list of no fewer than 44 questions on a wide range of topics to Dutch State Secretary of Home…

Disaster system individual units worked well in St. Eustatius, Saba

Source: Saba News   ~~But outside operation, coordination lacked~~ The indi­vidual components of the disaster management system in St. Eustatius and Saba functioned well before, dur­ing and after last year’s three major hurricanes, due to the great efforts on an island lev­el, but considerable improve­ment is needed in the coop­eration and coordination between…

Again positive audit review for Saba, surplus over 2017

Source: Saba News The Public Entity Saba has again secured an excellent rating for its public finances: the 2017 annual report, which the Is­land Council adopted last Thurs­day, received an outright positive audit review from the accountant. Despite the many challenges that the island government faced, 2017 was closed off with a posi­tive…

Regional cooperation discussed at Saba’s Tourism Conference

Source: Saba News Saba’s second Hos­pitality and Tourism Con­ference was an extended event with accredited cus­tomer-service training from June 25-27, followed by conference sessions on July 2 and 3. The customer service trainings, which focused on elements such as attitudes for service and managing customer expectations, were all well received by stakeholders within the…

12.5 million euros for Saba harbour project

Source: Saba News Saba gets 12.5 million euros for the Fort Bay Harbour expansion and renova­tion project. St. Eustatius gets 7 million euros to tackle the coastal erosion. The Dutch Council of Ministers on Friday approved the funds as part of the so-called Re­gional Envelope. In total, 30 million euros will be invested…

Strict rules emplaced for operating drones on BES islands

Source: Saba News Drone owners on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are reminded to adhere to the rules when operating drones on these islands. Violating these rules, a drone pilot risk being fined, confiscation of the drone or jail time. This reminder comes after a recent verdict on Bonaire, where a drone pilot…

Town Hall meeting Thursday, July 12

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Islands’ drinking water facilities have improved

Source: Saba News The qual­ity and availability of po­table water in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba have considerably improved in the past few years thanks to the input of the islands, the subsidies provided by the Dutch government and investments that were made in the facilities and personnel. Minister of Infrastructure and Water…

Year report 2017 in Central Committee

Source: Saba News The Central Committee of the Island Council of the Public Entity Saba will be gathering for a meeting at the Government Administration Building in The Bottom on Thursday, July 12, starting at 10:00am. On the agenda for this meeting is the year report for 2017. Besides, the Executive Council will…

Contribution to the “Unspoiled Queen

Source: Saba News As yet another school year comes to an end, Commissioner of education Bruce Zagers (third left) attended the end-of the-year barbecue at Saba Comprehensive School. The students of the vocational sector handed over picnic tables and beach chairs they had made to the Public en­tity as their contribution to the…

SCS Prom Committee 2018 – Thank you sponsors

Source: Saba News The students from Form 4’s prom committee at the Saba Comprehensive School would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the following organizations for helping support the school Prom 2018: Big Rock Supermarket Island Flavor The Bottom Bean Satel Brigadoon Unique Supermarket Executive Council Winair Hideaway Windward Roads Juliana’s Hotel…

Saba Electric Company increases electricity tariff

Source: Saba News In accordance with the Electricity and Drinking Water BES Law, Saba Elec­tric Company NV (SEC) will increase its variable dis­tribution tariff. This new tar­iff and the applicable rates will be effectuated as per July 1, for the second half of 2018. The variable tariff will increase from US $0.3208 per…

Saba Executive Council meets with health office

Source: Saba News Acting Island Gov­ernor of Saba Franklin Wilson, Commissioners Rolando Wilson and Bruce Zagers, Acting Island Sec­retary Raquel Granger, and Policy Advisor Piet Gerritsen met with repre­sentatives of Health Insur­ance Office ZVK to discuss several complaints recently made by patients who have travelled abroad for medi­cal treatment. These complaints ranged from the…

Substantial improvements for residents BES islands

Source: Saba News Residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba need to get better. The costs of basic expenses such as rent, food and drink are high now for many people, in relation to their income. That is why the government is taking concrete measures to reduce poverty and improve employment. These measures…

Full house at lecture by Oostindie, Veenendaal

Source: Saba News Kingdom relations specialists Gert Oostindie and Wouter Veenendaal of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Carib­bean Studies KITLV drew a large audience during a lec­ture at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Rela­tions BZK in The Hague on Thursday. KITLV Director and pro­fessor at Leiden University Oostindie…

Chamber of Commerce not happy with discontinuation Qredits loans

Source: Saba News Thuesday’s news of the discontinu­ation of the Qredits Soft Loan programme has led to dis­appointment among entrepreneurs and small businesses in Saba and St. Eustatius. “This programme has been a major alternative to requesting business loans through the com­mercial banks on the islands, where the possibility of receiv­ing loan assistance…

Second Chamber to Windward Islands

Source: Saba News Nine members of the Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Par­liament will visit the three Windward Islands from July 11 to 15. Key components during this extraordinary visit will be the reconstruction of St. Maarten after Hurricane Irma and the situation in St. Eustatius after…

Islands present at Dutch municipalities congress

Source: Saba News Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba attended the annual congress of the Association of Dutch Municipalities VNG in Maastricht earlier this week. On Tuesday, Saba Island Governor Jonathan Johnson gave a presentation about the crisis and disaster management plan of the Saba government, a plan that has received much praise for…

Giles Quarter cleaned

Source: Saba News From June 21 until June 23, the Dutch Marines were in Saba for their annual hurricane exercise in the region. Dur­ing this period, the Marines along with a group from the Public Works Department and civil servants of the Public Entity Saba cleaned up debris down at Giles Quarter. The…

No authority for Saba as yet to grant work permits

Source: Saba News Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops sent a letter to the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday about the work-permits procedure and the reduction of bureaucracy in Saba that seemed in direct contradiction to the Saba government’s endeavours to assume responsibility for granting work permits. In the…

Drugs confiscated

Source: Saba News On Tuesday June 26, 2018, the police department of Saba conducted a house search in a house situated in The Bottom, Saba. During this search the police confiscated a small amount of drugs. A man with the initials E.A.H of 33 years of age has been detained for further investigation.…

Qredits discontinues soft-loan programme

Source: Saba News Qredits, a social enterprise supporting entrepre­neurs, says it is forced to discon­tinue its soft loan programme for (starting) entrepreneurs in St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius. Qredits received a budget for 90 loans from Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK as part of the Early Recovery projects post-Hurricane…

Decision-making on islands’ child allowance is pending

Source: Saba News The deci­sion-making process regard­ing an increase in the child allowances for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba has not been concluded as yet, and should be seen as separate from the one billion cures re­served to augment these al­lowances in the Netherlands per January 1, 2019. Dutch State Secretary of Home…

Calypso Sound Splash at Juliana Sports Field

Source: Saba News Calypso Sound Splash will take place at Princess Juliana Sports Field in The Bottom on Saturday, June 30. The show, organized by Mor­gan Entertainment Foun­dation, headed by Saba’s reigning Calypso King, Bob “The Man” Morgan. is not a competition but a display of local and regional Calyp­so talents. Calypso Sound Splash…

Cooperating Funds conclude working visit to Saba, Static

Source: Saba News The project advisor of the Coop­erating Funds for the Dutch Caribbean (Samenwerkende Fondsen Cariben (SFC)) in St. Maarten, which cater to St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius in providing funding op­portunities for social endeavours, hosted a working visit and funding-information sessions on Saba and Statia. SFC was set up more…

Minister lauds Windward Islands law enforcement

Source: Saba News Dutch Minis­ter of Justice and Security Ferd Grapperhaus on Thursday ex­pressed his deep appreciation for the law enforcement personnel in the Windward Islands, but also for the St. Maarten people who have shown such resilience after Hurricane Irma. He shared his positive message during a general debate with the Permanent…

CSMA to boost Saba taxi drivers during course

Source: Saba News In an effort to promote and amplify the ef­forts of the Saba Hospitality and Tourism Conference, Training Professional International Firm’s affiliate company Customer Service Mobile Academy (CSMA) will be spearheading a workshop on Wednesday, June 27, geared towards taxi drivers and their roles as ambassadors for the Saba community. In…

Telecom in Saba and Statia to be more stable during crises

Source: Saba News Telecommu­nication in St. Eustatius and Saba will become more reli­able in crisis situations with the placing of a satellite in­stallation for contact with the outside world in case a large natural disaster hits the Wind­ward Islands. Residents of St. Eustatius and Saba can rest assured that a means of communication…

Saba Lions Club installs new Board of Directors

Source: Saba News The Lions Club Saba held its annual turnover of the Board of Directors on Tuesday in the presence of club members, family and friends. The evening marked the be­ginning of a new Lionistic year for the incoming board. The 2018-2019 Club Directors are President Malusca Baker, Secretary/Treasurer Jessica Gumbs, Vice…

Man convicted of scumming three Peruvian women in Saba

Source: Saba News The Joint Court of Justice, on Wednes­day, sentenced a 51-year-old man to three months sus­pended, 100 hours of com­munity service, and payment of a US $4,500 fine for scam­ming three Peruvian women, who were staying illegally in Saba. Dozlyn Ira Pouchie Pouchie from Honduras was sen­tenced in November 2017 to…

Poverty high on Saba delegation’s agenda

Source: Saba News Poverty and establishing a social minimum for Saba are high on the agenda of the Saba Island Council delegation visiting The Hague this week. Creating more awareness of Saba’s social ills among Members of the Dutch Parliament and Dutch government officials is a key component.. To illustrate the issue of…

DCNA visits Saba to promote sharks

Source: Saba News Representa­tives of Dutch Caribbean Na­ture Alliance (DCNA) visit­ed Saba last week in relation to Shark Week. DCNA Am­bassador Jorgen Raymann and Secretary Ron van der Veer also visited Aruba and Curacao to raise awareness of the vital role that sharks play in the sea’s eco-system. While in Saba, Aruba and…

Saba to host Second Hospitality and Tourism Conference on July 2-3

Source: Saba News On July 2nd and July 3rd, Saba will host its second Hospitality and Tourism Conference. During the conference, topics that will be highlighted are the strengthening of regional relationships, an update from the tourism sector of St. Maarten, Saba’s recent agreement with Green Destinations and upcoming plans for becoming a…

Restoration pension rights education sector completed

Source: Saba News The “Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland”, PCN, has completed the investigation for the recovery of the individual pension rights of employees in the education sector. It concerns the pension rights which were partly not, or not properly, mentioned in the administration of the former pension fund APNA. After completing an extensive investigation,…

Statia, Saba on the right track with green energy

Source: Saba News St. Eusta­tius and Saba are doing well in the area of generat­ing energy in a sustainable manner. In St. Eustatius 46 per cent of the electricity is sustainably generated and in Saba this percentage is currently at 20, but will in­crease to 40 by early 2019. The second phase of…

Parliament wants to know why islands were left out

Source: Saba News The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parlia­ment demanded clarity from the Dutch government on Tuesday as to why the families in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are not benefitting from the additional one billion euros that will become available for the child allowance, the child day-care allowance and the child-related…

Directors and board members Caribbean Netherlands in The Hague

Source: Saba News Last week, board members and directors of the educational institutes of the Caribbean Netherlands visited The Hague. The purpose of the visit was to talk with various policy advisers about the further improvement of the quality of education on the islands. Minister Arie Slob of OCW also joined. Eveliene Coenen,…

Realtor Saba Island Properties opens shop in Windwardside

Source: Saba News It is four years ago now that realtor Saba Island Properties installed their first display case at ‘Swinging Doors’ in Windwardside. The company is growing and expanding with Rentals and Sales of Land and Homes.   This required  renovation and they expanded their space with a new boutique. They have installed new, bigger, state-of-the-art…

The Public Entity Saba trained enforcers

Source: Saba News The Public Entity Saba had some of the employees trained to become enforcers. These employees took the so-called “Buitengewoon Ambtenaar van Politie” (special agent of the police) course. In the upcoming weeks, they are expected to be appointed as a special agents of the police. The Public Entity now has…

Islands’ teachers’ pension rectified

Source: Saba News The pen­sion rights of some 150 (partly retired) teachers and other employees of schools in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba have been restored thanks to the Dutch Min­istry, of Education, Culture and Science which has made 2.7 million euros available for this group. Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and…

National Ombudsman to Windward Islands

Source: Saba News Showing his support and having the best interest of the people of the Windward Islands at heart, Dutch National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen will be visiting St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba starting this Sunday. Van Zutphen, who vis­its the islands regularly because as National Om­budsman he is responsible for…

Saba hosts Lions and Leos Zone 2B meeting

Source: Saba News Lions president Glenn Pileo hosted the third Advisory Zone 2B meeting his past weekend on the ‘Unspoiled Queen.” More than 63 Lions and Leos from Zone 2B, including St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius and Anguilla, came together for informational meetings, fellowship and a strengthen­ing of already tight bonds. Li­ons from…

Training project for Saba, Statia school management

Source: Saba News School principals, vice-principals and management team members in Saba and St. Eustatius have com­pleted a training project for school management and were awarded certifications in management, leadership and coaching for high perfor­mance. The course was facilitated by Natasha Gittens of Training Professionals International (TPI). The Primary Education Council PO-Raad initiated…

Netherlands strengthened Pension fund PCN with 31 million USD

Source: Saba News Government employers involved and the Stichting Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN) have agreed on measures to strengthen the pension fund Caribbean Netherlands The most important measure is that fund capital is strengthened by a total of $ 31 million. The agreement is the result of talks between PCN and the Ministry…

Islands’ Penal Code on rape to be updated

Source: Saba News The Ca­ribbean Netherlands Pe­nal Law will be adapted to make it punishable for rape and sexual abuse suspects to harm their victims while the latter’s consciousness is di­minished by the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Dutch Minister of Justice and Security Ferd Grap­perhaus announced this in a letter he sent…

6 in 10 Caribbean Dutch are overweight

Source: Saba News One in six inhabitants of the Caribbean Netherlands are smokers, one in eight are heavy drinkers and over six in ten are overweight. Half of the population are getting sufficient exercise. Women smoke and drink much less than men, but are more likely to be obese and exercise less. These…

Opinion: Social minimum for Caribbean Netherlands

Source: Saba News Eight years after 10-10-10 it is clear that the present Dutch coalition govern­ment is prepared to finally establish a social minimum. While the responsible state-secretary Van Ark has re­cently announced that the presentation of the study into the social minimum to parliament will be delayed, the chairman of the King­dom Relations…

Knops positive about Saba harbour project

Source: Saba News The prepa­rations for Saba’s Fort Bay Harbour multimillion-dol­lar project have received praise from Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops after his two visits to Saba in May. The state secretary men­tioned the extensive proj­ect which is in the plan­ning phase during a recent debate with…

Caribbean Netherlands urged to pay attention to new GDPR

Source: Saba News Businesses and residents on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba were urged to take note of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that went into effect on Friday for the European Union (EU). Al­though the current data-privacy legislation will remain in effect in the Caribbean Netherlands, the effects of this…

Schedule Saba Summer Festival 2018

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Last flight CN-Express to Bonaire on June 29th

Source: Saba News The last flight of the CN-Express is scheduled for Friday, June 29. The temporary air connection between Bonaire and the Windward Islands has been operational for a month longer than initially planned. Starting the first of July, Winair will include the connection between the Windward Islands and Bonaire in their…

Funds to improve children’s rights on islands yield results

Source: Saba News The 3 mil­lion euros the Dutch gov­ernment made available between 2015 and 2017 for projects to strengthen chil­dren’s rights in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba have yielded positive results. There is much more aware­ness of children’s rights in schools and in the com­munity, children in vulner­able positions are getting assistance…

Positive result employment examination new fireworkers

Source: Saba News Recently 11 cadets of the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department (BKCN) have successfully passed the appointment verification. The trainees, 7 from Bonaire, 3 from Saba and 1 from St. Eustatius, are busy with the training for Manschap-A since January 28th .They learn all about fire control, technical aid and accidents involving…

The Public Entity Saba expands annual clean up campaign

Source: Saba News Annually the Island Government host a one-day island-wide clean-up in June. As of this year, the initiative will be expanded to an annual weekly event. The last week of May will officially be dubbed “Keep Saba Clean Week.” The hope is that during this week the community at large can…

Not all parents receive child allowance as yet

Source: Saba News There are still families in Bo­naire, St. Eustatius and Saba who are not re­ceiving child allowance (kinderbijslag). Fami­lies will be encour­aged to register their children, so they can receive this allowance. Dutch State Secre­tary of Social Affairs and Labour Tamara van Ark stated this in a letter she sent to…

Saba plans to buy modern waste-processing system

Source: Saba News Saba Commissioner of Infrastructure and Waste Management Bruce Zagers signed a letter of intent for the purchase of a new, state-of-the-art waste-processing installation for the island while in Canada last week. The finalisation of the purchase is pending further negotiations on the final construction of the installation and approval from…

Information security RCN will be tackled

Source: Saba News The objection made by the Court of Audit (in Dutch: Algemene Rekenkamer) against the information security of the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland has been withdrawn. In response to the objection, the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) immediately took measures to remove the most urgent risks. An RCN information…

Saba positive example of social housing cooperation

Source: Saba News Saba’s efforts to address social housing were mentioned as a positive example by Dutch State Sec­retary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops in his response to the struggle with Bonaire’s social housing foundation FCB and its director Ben Oleana. “In Saba, the public entity, the Own Your Own…

Saba Comprehensive School hosts workshop on Carnival Costume Design

Source: Saba News Saba Comprehensive School hosts workshop on Carnival Costume Design with CrepeArt Designs of the Bahamas-St Maarten. Students of Saba Comprehensive School’s Forms 1&2 and PrO 1&2 were granted the opportunity take part in a 2-day workshop in Carnival Costume Design organized by Project Leader Shaigan Marten and sponsored by the…

Rutte visit reaffirms spirit of cooperation

Source: Saba News In the spirit of further strengthening the coopera­tion with the Dutch Gov­ernment, Saba used the op­portunity of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s visit on Sunday evening and Monday morning to ad­dress a number of issues: poverty, finances, the eco­nomic structure, public or­der and crisis management, the division of tasks, and…

SSS Inter Island Basketball Tournament – Child Focus Basketball Team wins third place

Source: Saba News The Child Focus Basketball Team went over to Sint-Maarten from May 11 till May 13, 2018 for a friendly inter island competition between Sint-Maarten, Sint-Eustatius and Saba. The trip was made possible in collaboration with the Public Entity Saba, the Saba Sports Federation and Child Focus Foundation. As defending champs Saba played the first game…

PCN visits Saba on May 28-29, 2018

Source: Saba News Pension funds Caribbean Netherlands (PCN) Would like to inform the public of Saba that their representative Ingra Bennett will be on Saba on May 28-29, 2018 to answer questions, listen to concerns or handle issues pertaining to a PCN pension. To schedule an appointment please contact PCN office on Statia at 318-3218|416-6860 email…

Saba disaster plan serves as example

Source: Saba News   Saba’s suc­cessful implementation of the island’s disaster man­agement plan will serve as an example of how to act in times of crises during the annual congress of the As­sociation of Dutch Munici­palities VNG in Maastricht late June. Saba Island Governor Jonathan Johnson and Saba crisis management advisor Fanny de…

Packed programme during Rutte’s visit

Source: Saba News Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has several field visits and meetings as part of the packed programme when he and State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops are in the Wind­ward Islands on Sunday and Monday, May 13-14. The empha­sis will be on the islands’ recovery after Hurricanes…

Tourism in the Caribbean Netherlands down in 2017

Source: Saba News In 2017, inbound tourism on Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba declined by 5, 5 and 9 percent respectively. Although the first eight months of 2017 were good for tourism, on Saba and St Eustatius this positive development was completely offset by Hurricane Irma. On Bonaire, the decline in inbound tourism…

Cultural Heritage Inspectorate visited Caribbean Netherlands

Source: Saba News The Cultural Heritage Inspectorate visited Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius from April 16th to 26th. This Inspectorate supervises the management of public records and archives in both the European and Caribbean Netherlands. The purpose of the visit to the Caribbean Netherlands was to investigate the quality of public records management; and…

Disaster management exercise

Source: Saba News A disaster management exercise will take place on Saba during the week of May 7th through May 9th; the objective of such activities is to learn. This year we will be tackling infectious diseases. On May 10th, plans and procedures will be adapted based on the learning experience. All emergency…

SCS organises the first annual Mr. and Miss Pageant show

Source: Saba News The Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) organizes the first annual Mr. and Miss Pageant show that is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. The pageant competition was designed to critically assist the team at (SCS) institution in building the self confidence of their students, while working…

Public entities must play role in agriculture development

Source: Saba News The Dutch Government is willing to invest in an innovative ag­riculture programme in the public entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, but only if the local governments are truly committed to structur­ally developing this sector on their island. State Secretary of Home Af­fairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops alluded to…

New water pipeline inaugurated in Saba

Source: Saba News — Water transport system to be further expanded — Commissioner Bruce Zagers per­formed the official opening of the new water transport system from Fort Bay Harbour to The Bottom on Tuesday. The new waterline, which was built last year, will sig­nificantly reduce the water price to US $60 per 1,000…

Knops: Islands should become more self-sufficient

Source: Saba News Will Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius succeed in producing food themselves? The Dutch government in The Hague is of the opinion that the local governments in the Caribbean municipalities should do their best to support this. The islands are still dependent on expensive imports of, for example, meat, fruit and…

Officer Wingrove Baker promoted to Inspector

Source: Saba News On April 2nd , 2018 Police Officer Wingrove Baker was officially promoted to Inspector for Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland and on April 21st 2018 his stars were officially pinned on his shoulders. The promotion was honored by Inspector Baker’s family, friends and colleagues. Present to officially recognize the promotion with…

Dutch Museum Saba is open on May 1st

Source: Saba News Dutch Museum Saba always open Of course the Dutch Museum Saba will be open also on King’s Day and on the 1st of May as always every day from 13:0 to 17:00 and on request also on other hours. Just call 416 9432 or send an email to conservator@museum-saba.com.  …

The Royal Family Just Released Some Incredibly Modern Portraits

Source: Saba News King Willem-Alexander celebrates five years on the throne on Friday. He is more popular than ever, according to the annual ‘royalty survey’ carried out by current affairs show EenVandaag. Some 85% of the programme’s 25,000 strong panel said they had confidence the king is doing a good job, up from…

Child Focus organised international chess tournament

Source: Saba News On April 21, 2018 the Chess Clubs of Child Focus Foundation Saba C.N. and St. Dominic High School Sint-Maarten met for the third annual Chess Tournament. This year’s winner is Leroy Goocharran of team Saba. The second place went to Edward Zeagers of team Saba and Third Place went to…

CBS: consumer prices soaring on BES islands

Source: Saba News In Q1 2018, Saban prices of goods and services were on average 2.9 percent up year-on-year, versus 2.5 percent in Q4 2017.  The price increase is caused by price developments of a wide range of product groups. Food, clothes and household appliances, among others, went up in price compared to…

Repayment scheme offered for DUO study debts

Source: Saba News Some 1,000 ex-students live in the  Caribbean Netherlands and have received student grants from the Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (DUO) in the Netherlands. They were often insufficiently aware of the repayment possibilities of their student debt. Some therefore had to deal with a bailiff. In order to deal with the debt…

KPCN gets new uniforms

Source: Saba News KPCN will introduce the new operational uniform on Bonaire on April, 30th. Bonaire has the scoop, Saba and St. Eustatius will follow in the third quarter of this year. The basic color of the new uniform is dark blue, with yellow stripes in the outerwear. The uniform comes also with…

Do you know the new Elfin Forest trail?

Source: Saba News For years, James “Crocodile” Johnson talked about reestablishing the trails that were used by previous generations of Sabans to get to their farms on the slopes of the mountain. In those days, men and donkeys did the backbreaking work of bringing home bananas, tanyas, cristophenes, cabbage, pumpkin and much more.…

Naturalis team studying mosquito diversity on Saba

Source: Saba News A group of Dutch mosquito researchers of Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Leiden University has arrived on Saba. In the past two weeks, the team of five students and two scientists have also visited St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. The main aim of this project is to determine which mosquito species…

Island secretary Tim Muller loves his job on Saba

Source: Saba News The Dutch quality newspaper Algemeen dagblad published an interview with Island Secretary Tim Muller. Before accepting the post on Saba he has been working in high level positions in The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. In the article he expresses his love for Saba and respect for the residents. Saba is…

SHS organised a self-defense class

Source: Saba News On Sunday, April 22nd, 2018, the students at Sacred Heart School on Saba who are attending teacher Helen’s class again enjoyed the self-defense class at the Peter. L. Granger Sports Auditorium. This special event took place in connection with Autism Awareness Month. The students learned several self-defense techniques and they had a…

House on fire in The Bottom, Saba

Source: Saba News A fire occurred Saturday night at a home in The Bottom on Saba. Members of the Fire Department, the Police and representatives of the Public Entity Saba were present at the scene. The Fire Department evacuated surrounding houses and got the fire under control. There were no injuries reported, according…

Dutch doctors work on better skin cancer treatment

Source: Saba News Dutch doctors believe that they have found a more successful way to treat people with skin cancer, according to newspaper the Telegraaf on Friday. It reports that doctors from the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (AVL) cancer institute in Amsterdam, who registered 50 of their melanoma patients for an international study, say…

Contract signed for Saba airport runway

Source: Saba News   The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Wa­ter Management and Rijk­swaterstaat have signed a contract with the combina­tion Saba Roads and Con­struction and Den Ouden Aannemingsbedrijf for the renovation of the runway of Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport on Saba. The con­tractor was selected after a bidding process executed by Rijkswaterstaat.…

Worries about outdated criminal law on islands

Source: Saba News Members of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Chris van Dam and Joba van den Berg, both of the Christian Democratic Party CDA, find it unacceptable that an out­dated criminal law can lead to acquittal of certain crimes in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The case in question con­cerns…

Caribsky brings Winair, LIAT and Air Antilles together

Source: Saba News It often takes less time and a more competitive price to cross the wide Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean than to get from one corner of the archipelago to another. These two facts are expected to take a hit with the launch of Caribsky, a new code-sharing of three regional…

The Public Entity Saba to address car wrecks on the Island

Source: Saba News The Public Entity Saba has been working on a project to address car wrecks on Saba. The Public Entity Saba, together with the Police Force of the Caribbean Netherlands, made an initial scan of the situation. This scan showed that there had been numerous car wrecks that are either discarded…

Survey: What is Saban culture?

Source: Saba News The Government of Saba will, on the initiative of Commissioner Rolando Wilson, conduct a so-called Cultural Survey. According to Government, Saba’s cultural environment is based on the people who have successively inhabited the island in the past, the present and will be shaped by those in the future. What is…

RCN-Social Affairs: do you need help?

Source: Saba News Are you unemployed or are you in need of special assistance and do have an income below minimum wage? Than you can ask for help, watch the video and contact RCN Social Affairs RCN   The post RCN-Social Affairs: do you need help? appeared first on Saba News. Link: RCN-Social Affairs:

Saba looking for volunteers in disaster management exercise

Source: Saba News Every year the various safety partners come together in Saba to perform a large-scale disaster man­agement exercise. In 2015 and 2016, the practice focused on a hurricane scenario. The exercises helped the emergency service in the preparation for and in the aftermath of Hurri­canes Irma and Maria in September 2017.…

More foster parents needed for St. Eustatius and Saba

Source: Saba News New Director for the Cen­tres for Youth and Family in St. Eustatius and Saba Curvin George has made a plea for more foster par­ents to come forward. “We need to find a local solu­tion for children, who are in a difficult or in an unsafe situation on the islands. Organizing…

New Chief Prosecutor for Statia, Saba and Bonaire

Source: Saba News Bote ter Steege will soon become the new Chief Prosecutor for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Based on the proposal of Minister of Security and Jus­tice Ferdinand Grapperhaus, he was appointed by the King­dom Council, the Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday. Mr Steege (1961) will start his new job on June…

SZW launches awareness Campaign on Saba and Statia

Source: Saba News On Monday April 16th the RCN Unit of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) will be launching a social media awareness campaign on Saba and St. Eustatius. SZW will be launching two infomercials starring local actors/actresses to increase awareness to the social relief (onderstand) and Special Assistance. These two services provided…