Source: Saba News | Electrical bills to increase for 20% of Saban consumers Roughly 20 per cent of electricity consumers on Saba will see an increase on their electrical bill per July 1, as a result of an increase in tariffs. In a town hall meeting on May 16, the Authority for Consumers and Markets
Source: Saba News | Ladder Bay Trail closed during ‘Elsa’ salvaging The lower section of the Ladder Bay Trail will be temporarily closed and the dive-site buoy will be temporarily removed during the salvaging process of motor yacht Elsa. A public notice issued Friday by the Public Entity of Saba reads that due to precautionary
Source: Saba News | Information meetings Subsidy regulation “Opportunities for all children” successful Last week, the social organizations on Saba, Bonaire and St. Eustatius, were informed during information sessions about the new funding scheme “Opportunities for all children”. From 2017 until 2021, one million euros will be made available, with the aim to provide all
Source: Saba News | Formal response by the Saba Educational Foundation St. John’s, May 22, 2017 Re : Invitation Town Hall Meeting Dear SCS Stakeholders, By means of this letter we respond to the information we received last Friday, May 19, 2017, about the Town Hall Meeting. On May 11th, The Saba Educational Foundation (SEF)
Source: Saba News | Bradley Johnson with second largest Mahi Mahi in IWW Mahi Tourney The St. Maarten Sport Fishing Foundation hosted their fourth annual Island Water World Mahi tournament on Saturday at Bobby’s Marina in Philipsburg. There were 16 registered fishing teams from both sides of the Friendly Island, Saba, St. Barth’s, and St.
Source: Saba News | Process to amend Constitution resumes, despite protest Statia The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament has started the process of the second reading to amend the Dutch Constitution to embed the constitutional basis of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba and to establish an Electoral Council for the islands, despite Statia’s objections.
Source: Saba News | Opinion: We need to know what is going on at the SCS Dear Editor, I am one of many concerned parents that have a lot of questions since the two letters were given out by the schoolboard of Saba Comprehensive School last month. The seriousness of these letters is quite alarming.
Source: Saba News | Open Invitation to SCS Stakeholders to inform the parents: Town Hall Meeting Monday, May 22 Dear Editor, Please see below an urgent invitation signed by 50 parents/guardians requesting for the SCS school board and other stakeholders to attend a public meeting on Monday May 22, 2017 at the Sunny Valley Youth
Source: Saba News | Violations Saba Bank persistent Violations by the maritime sector at the Saba Bank remain a problem. Ship owners keep trespassing in the restricted area, and the number of violations has not decreased last year. The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard wants harsher measures against multiple offenders. The trend in which authorities noted
Source: Saba News | No compensation for pension loss Retired civil servants of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba receiving a pension will not be compensated for the 3.5 per cent reduction of their monthly pay-out by Caribbean Netherlands Pension Fund PCN. “The Dutch Government is not considering flanking policy in the form of compensation of
Source: Saba News | Include Saban English at school, says Ted Johnson To mitigate the threat to Saban English, more attention should be given to this unique island dialect in schools. Author Theodore “Ted” Johnson made this call during the presentation of his book “A Lee Chip, A Dictionary and Study of Saban English” at
Source: Saba News | Book week 2017 Commissioner Wilson officially opened Book week 2017, on Monday May 15th at the Sacred Heart School. The Commissioner encouraged each student to read daily, as this will broaden their vocabulary and knowledge. Book week is an annual event, hosted by the Queen Wilhelmina Library that promotes literacy (reading&writing).
Source: Saba News | Plasterk gives Stern warning to Statia Government Outgoing Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk on Friday sent a stern warning to the St. Eustatius Government: it has to abide by the law, and cannot just toss aside valid legislation and legal decisions. The Minister made it very
Source: Saba News | Town Hall meeting on Electricity & Drinking water law: Tuesday, May 16 Effective July 1st, 2016, a new Law Electricity and Drinking Water BES went into effect for Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire. Following consultation with relevant stakeholders, The Authority for Consumers & Markets (Autoriteit Consument & Markt, has set new
Source: Saba News | CoC and SBA support Business EXpo event on Saba, May 31st Dear all, The Chamber of Commerce and in an effort to stimulate business on the Island in collaboration with the The Business Association is seeking your participation in the following: This year is the 23rd Inter Expo organized by Mr.
Source: Saba News | PCN explained pension fund situation on Statia Monday, May 8th, the Pension Fund Caribbean Netherlands, PCN, held an informative meeting on Statia for pensioners and (former) contributors to the fund about the recent pension reduction of 3.5 per cent. PCN’s board members Valdemar Marcha and Roy Hooker spoke on various topics related
Source: Saba News | Island and Executive Councils sit down with SCS board to discuss financial situation On Monday, May 8th, the Island, and Executive Councils sat down with the Saba Educational Foundation board(SEF). The SEF provided an update to the Island and Executive Councils, where they thoroughly explained the financial situation at the school
Source: Saba News | Island and Executive Councils sits down with Saba Comprehensive School board On Monday, May 8th, the Island, and Executive Councils sat down with the Saba Educational Foundation board(SEF). The SEF provided an update to the Island and Executive Councils, where they thoroughly explained the financial situation at the school and what
Source: Saba News | Preparations underway for Saba Carnival 2017 On Monday May 8th, members of the Saba Festival Foundation (SFF) met with safety stakeholders facilitated by the Public Entity Saba, to discuss their safety plan. In attendance were Julio Every (Chief of Fire Department), James Hassell (Fire Department), Koen Hulshof (Public Health), Krijn Pons
Source: Saba News | KPCN made arrest in connection to domestic violence On Friday, May 5th at approximately 11.30 AM a man with initials J.L.S.F. was arrested on the Samuel A. Charles Street for domestic violence. Press release KPCN The post KPCN made arrest in connection to domestic violence appeared first on Saba News.
Source: Saba News | Invitation to meeting Central Committee: Thursday, May 11 Public Notice The Central Committee of the Public Entity Saba will meet on Thursday May 11th, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Government Administration Building. The agenda for said meeting is Opening Approval of the agenda Approval of the Minutes from the Central
Source: Saba News | EU offers grants for young entrepreneurs: ERASMUS for Young Entrepreneurs A not-to-be-missed “Learning-By-Doing” opportunity is on offer to a national from any Overseas Country and Territory* (name OCT – see list below) in Brussels, Belgium, to work with an experienced business person whose specialization is innovation. This is a great opportunity
Source: Saba News | Memorial Day 2017 Today as we commemorate Memorial Day, Government officials of Saba, civil servants and SCS students gathered at the monument in The Bottom. This is the monument dedicated to those who lost their lives during World War II. Members of the Island and Executive Councils, along with the SCS
Source: Saba News | Grants for children groups in Caribbean Netherlands Organisations in the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) which have projects to boost children socially, via sports, culture and at school can apply for grants stemming from the one million euros extra per year made available by the Dutch Cabinet until 2021
Source: Saba News | PCN Pension reduction informative presentation Saba The post PCN Pension reduction informative presentation Saba appeared first on Saba News.
Source: Saba News | SLP Island Council Members denied a Public Meeting regarding SCS challenges On April 18, 2017 the Saba Labor Party (SLP) fraction requested for a public meeting on April 26, 2017 to have the Executive Council address the Island Council regarding the recent developments pertaining to the high school, Saba Comprehensive School
Source: Saba News | Job shadowing for SCS students Choosing a career can place a lot of pressure on young people and at all time when they are trying to study. Most students are unaware of which career path to choose and what qualifications are required for their career choice of interest. That is why
Source: Saba News | Julieta Woods lucky winner Julieta Woods of Saba was the lucky winner of the CC1 St. Maarten Coca Cola St. Maarten Carnival 2017 promotion. She won an all-expense paid trip for two to St. Maarten. Her prize includes two roundtrip tickets to St. Maarten, one-week stay in Simpson Bay Resort, Carnival
Source: Saba News | Saba airport wins global travel poll Saba’s Juancho E. Yrausquin has topped a global travel poll of the world’s most scenic airport landings, conducted by the private jet booking service PrivateFly. The results were announced on Tuesday. St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport made number seven in the poll. A panel
Source: Saba News | CBS data a good indicator of how the islands develop As a neutral organisation the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) doesn’t get involved in political discussions on the issue of poverty in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Nonetheless, CBS Manager Henk van de Velden painted an interesting picture of the developments
Source: Saba News | Inflation at 0.1 per cent On the basis of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reports that the inflation rate on Bonaire slipped to 0.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2017. Year-onyear, prices of goods and services also decreased on Saba (1.0 per
Source: Saba News | Tiger sharks in Dutch Caribbean now tracked by satellite tagging During an expedition last year, a number of tiger sharks were caught on the Saba Bank and fitted with satellite tags to study how these animals move around the Caribbean Sea. This research provides invaluable information about shark migration and it
Source: Saba News | Saba signs agreements with three US schools Saba’s Commissioner of Education Bruce Zagers and Island Secretary Tim Muller recently returned from their extensive tour of United State colleges and universities which included visits to six schools in five states. Agreements that will benefit Saba students were signed with three schools. The
Source: Saba News | WIPM calls for more constructive debate in Island Council meetings On the heels of Tuesday’s Island Council meeting concerning the recent pension reduction, the WIPM party is calling for more constructive debate on the floor of the Island Council. The meeting which saw the passage of a motion urging the Executive
Source: Saba News | Number of foreigners working with proper permits down slightly Foreigners are frequently employed in the Caribbean Netherlands and such employment is regulated by law. The “Wet arbeid vreemdelingen” for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES) forbids foreigners to work in the Caribbean Netherlands without a valid work permit TWV. The law
Source: Saba News | Saba Island Council passes motion seeking to solve PCN underfunding Considering that the Pension Fund Caribbean Netherlands PCN is underfunded, which led to a reduction in the gross pension from April 1, 2017, to 3.5 per cent, that may be followed by a second reduction of approximately 12 per cent on
Source: Saba News | Traffic controls Saba On Thursday April 13th , between 11 AM and 12 noon a traffic check was held on the J.Z. Ridgeroad. A total of 56 vehicles were checked and 6 fines were written out for, among others, driving without a driver’s license, driving without a valid driver’s license and
Source: Saba News | Islands file more complaints at National Ombudsman The Dutch National Ombudsman received some 210 requests of Caribbean Netherlands residents in 2016. People of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are increasingly finding their way to the Ombudsman. The 2016 annual report of the National Ombudsman, which was presented on Wednesday, states that
Source: Saba News | Heleen Cornet exhibits in Arti Legi, Gouda, The Netherlands Arti Legi presents from April 6 to May 7, 2017, the exhibition “Weide en Wildernes” (Meadow & Wilderness). The works of three Dutch artists are presented. They use different techniques to express the beauty of meadows and wilderness. For decades, Heleen Cornet lives
Source: Saba News | Opinion: What can we do to keep the Unspoiled Queen unspoiled? Dear editor, April 22 is known as international Earth Day. This got me thinking…what is Saba doing on behalf of this Earth Day and is there anything that can be improved to keep the unspoiled queen unspoiled? So let’s ask
Source: Saba News | Commissioner Wilson speaks out against pension reductions Commissioner of Social Affairs Rolando Wilson on Wednesday called upon Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk and on State Secretary of Social Affairs and Employment Jetta Klijnsma to reconsider their decision to cut the pensions of members of Pension Fund
Source: Saba News | WIPM calls for Island Council meeting on PCN pension cuts The Windward Islands People’s Movement (WIPM) fraction in the Island Council has requested an Island Council meeting to be held Tuesday, April 18. The meeting is to discuss the recent 3.5 per cent reduction in the gross pension premium which was
Source: Saba News | New board member for Educational Foundation As per April 1, Marva Donker has been appointed Secretary on the board of Saba Educational Foundation (SEF), after the resignation of La-Toya Charles. Donker is currently employed by the Island Government in the position of Head of the Personnel Department, which she has set
Source: Saba News | Work permit policy rules tightened The Wet arbeid vreemdelingen BES (Wav BES) is intended to protect the local labor market and to prevent unfair competition between businesses and with regards to employment conditions. As of April 1st, the policy rules for the work permit (TWV) have been tightened. The tighter policy
Source: Saba News | Child Focus presented ‘The Little Mermaid’ Child Focus Foundation’s Jitterbugs theatre group recently performed their own rendition of “The Little Mermaid” on Saba. The performance was showcased on five nights and each night was sold out to an audience of 90 people. The new version of the play was the brainchild
Source: Saba News | Public Island Council meeting on Tuesday April 18th: reduction of pensions The Island Governor of the Public Entity Saba hereby invites the general public to attend a Public Island Council meeting on Tuesday April 18th at 10:00 am at the Government Administration Building. The agenda is as follows: Opening 5 percent
Source: Saba News | Trade mission also to visit Saba and Statia The 23rd trade mission “Connecting sustainable businesses from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Dutch Caribbean region” will be visiting St. Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius, on May 30, May 31, and June 1, respectively. The 23rd trade mission in the Dutch
Source: Saba News | Motor yacht Elsa declared to be a loss The vessel Elsa has now been deemed a loss. Because of this development, the responsibility for removal of the vessel has now shifted to a different party. This means that this new party will need to analyze the current situation of the vessel
Source: Saba News | 2017 Atlantic hurricane forecast: Possible El Nino to limit development of storms Experts are calling for a below-normal hurricane season this year, as a potential El Niño may limit the development of storms. AccuWeather meteorologists are predicting 10 named storms, five of which are projected to become hurricanes and three of
Source: Saba News | 2nd Restaurant Week Saba Sunday April 2nd was the start of the second Restaurant Week on Saba, which will conclude on the upcoming Sunday, April 9th. After the resounding success of the first Restaurant Week in September 2016, it was decided to make this a bi-annual event. This development was met
Source: Saba News | Pension cut is inevitable The most feasible of the three options to solve the funding shortfall at the Caribbean Netherlands Pension Fund PCN is to lower the payable pension, Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk informed the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday. The three
Source: Saba News | Self-defense class for special needs students On April 2, 2017, the special needs students from teacher Helen’s class enjoyed the Jiu-Jitsu class in the Peter L. Granger Sports Auditorium in St.John’s. The class was given by instructors from Renzo Gracie, JIU-JITSU, St.Maarten. This was the first time that the students experienced
Source: Saba News | Saba Commissioner of Education Visits US Universities & Colleges Commissioner of Education Bruce Zagers, along with Island Secretary Tim Muller, will be travelling today to the US on an educational mission to visit six different universities in five states. The universities which the Commissioner will be visiting are: St Thomas University
Source: Saba News | Klijnsma not sensitive to pension pleas State Secretary Klijnsa is not sensitive to pleas from the BES-islands, unions and pensioners to avoid a cut in pension benefits. In a letter sent to the Public Entity Bonaire yesterday, Klijnsma says that she is saddened by the measure, but that the cut is
Source: Saba News | Improved insurance for islands’ officers looked at Police officers and other civil servants working in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba may in the future be better insured in case of a work related fatal accident. Authorities are looking into ways to arrange a fitting employer’s provision for Caribbean Netherlands civil servants
Source: Saba News | Saba homicide suspect to appear in court April 13 The 31-year-old man, suspected of involvement in the homicide of a 24-year-old student at Saba University School of Medicine (SUSOM) on April 15, 2015, will appear at the Court of First Instance in Bonaire on April 13 for a so-called pro forma
Source: Saba News | Petition sent to Plasterk to mitigate announced reductions of BES pensions Effective April 1 st, 2017 the pensions for all pensioners and active members of the Pension Fund of the Caribbean Netherlands, PCN, will be reduced by 3.5%. Dave Levenstone has taken the initiative for a petition addressed to the responsible minister Plasterk,
Source: Saba News | Windward Islands Bank – FAQ Windward Islands Bank published the following information for their customers on Saba: The post Windward Islands Bank – FAQ appeared first on Saba News.
Source: Saba News | Road works for installation of fibre-optic cable on Saba During the upcoming weeks, there will be construction forz some meter walls and fibre-optic cables to be installed by SEC and HES Con throughout Saba’s road infrastructure. This week, fibre-optic cables will be installed from Carl Hassell’s residence to Juancho Yrausquin Airport.
Source: Saba News | Senate demands speedy social minimum research The Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations KOREL of the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, on Tuesday, urged State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Labour to hurry up with the research to arrive at a social minimum for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba.
Source: Saba News | CXC registrar visited St.Eustatius, Saba Registrar of the Caribbean Examinations Council CXC Glenroy Cumberbatch (standing) visited St. Eustatius and Saba (in photo) last week. Purpose of this visit after two years of work on the introduction of the CXC system was to gauge how far the islands are with the introduction
Source: Saba News | Saba Restaurant Week April 2017 Restaurant Week Saba is a recurring culinary event with the intention of spotlighting the restaurants of Saba and encouraging all inhabitants and tourists of Saba to dine out and enjoy the good food Saba has to offer. During the week, food lovers can enjoy great lunching
Source: Saba News | New ‘bundled’ services at Satel Satel, under the direction of Managing Director Jennifer Zagers, is proud to announce several exciting new products available immediately. At an open house for customers on Friday, March 24th, Satel celebrated a year-long effort on the part of the Technical Staff to make these new products
Source: Saba News | Saba Conservation Foundation and Public Entity Saba respond to second yacht stranding On Wednesday evening a second vessel ran ashore at Ladder Bay in Saba during this year’s yachting season. All passengers and crew were safely transported to the harbor and nobody got injured. These unfortunate incidents are rare, as many
Source: Saba News | Fire Department wets down new crash tender On Friday March 24th The Caribbean Netherlands Fire Brigade (BKCN) held a special wet down ceremony for its brand new crash tender at the Juancho Yrausquin Airport at Flat Point. This new fire vehicle was commissioned especially for operation at Saba’s airport and has
Source: Saba News | Fire Department wets down new crash tender On Friday March 24th The Caribbean Netherlands Fire Brigade (BKCN) held a special wet down ceremony for its brand new crash tender at the Juancho Yrausquin Airport at Flat Point. This new fire vehicle was commissioned especially for operation at Saba’s airport and has
Source: Saba News | Jeroen Recourt, driving force behind solid Kingdom relations, leaves Second Chamber “The driving force behind harmonious and constructive consultations, after years of conflict.” President of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Khadija Arib could not have said it better in her farewell words directed at Chairman of the Second Chamber’s Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations Jeroen Recourt. Recourt (46)
Source: Saba News | Research/Survey vessel Elsa drifted ashore in Ladder Bay Thursday morning the Research/Survey vessel Elsa ran ashore in Ladder Bay. Elsa is an 48 m vessel, gross tonnage of 353 t, registered in Bermuda. The conditions under which the vessel ran ashore are not yet know. Track information suggests that the vessel spent
Source: Saba News | Saba Government kicks off Good Governance Program On Tuesday, March 21st 2017, the Good Governance Program kick-off took place on Saba at the Sunny Valley Youth Center in the Bottom. Throughout the past year the Public Entity Saba, in close collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations,
Source: Saba News | National Ombudsman holds consultations on Saba, Statia Investigators of the office of the National Ombudsman will be visiting the Caribbean Netherlands late March until early April. They will be holding consultations on Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius to investigate complaints about Government. One of the most recent investigations by the National
Source: Saba News | Vocational Education Saba and St. Eustatius trained in CBET test In the past two weeks the first teachers of vocational education on Saba and St. Eustatius participated in an “Assessor training workshop”. The aim of the workshop was to train the teachers in the planning and use of testing, based on
Source: Saba News | CXC Registrar meets with parents at SCS All parents, including those with children in primary and pre-schools, are invited to come and meet with Caribbean Examinations Council CXC Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch at Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) on Thursday, March 23, 6:00pm- 8:00pm. Cumberbatch will be there, together with SCS school management,
Source: Saba News | S-Curve on Fort Bay Road is almost finished On Sunday morning, the reconstruction of the S-curve on Fort Bay Road was still in full swing. Take a look at the progress. The post S-Curve on Fort Bay Road is almost finished appeared first on Saba News.
Source: Saba News | French yacht salvaged from the rocks in Ladder Bay – Updated On Saturday morning a salvage team from St. Maarten salvaged a French sailing yacht from the rocks in Ladder Bay. On Monday the yacht had drifted of its mooring and stranded on the rocks. The crew, a family of five
Source: Saba News | Preliminary Saba results from the 2017 elections for the Second Chamber The preliminary results from the 2017 election of the members of the Second Chamber have become available. A total number of 385 were cast from from the set of 889 eligible voters. In 2017, the turn out on Saba was significantly greater than
Source: Saba News | Arnold Family donates Trail Shop Property to Saba Conservation Foundation The Arnold family has been an unwavering supporter of the Saba Marine Park and the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) since its inception. In fact, Mr. Edward Arnold, one of the SCUBA diving pioneers and original owner of the Saba Deep dive shop, was one of the
Source: Saba News | CXC Registrar Cumberbatch meets parents at the Saba Comprehensive School, March 22 The CXC registrar, mr. Glenroy Cumberbatch, will be visiting Saba from March 22nd to 24th to solicit information about the progress in the introduction of the CXC system, to get feedback from all involved and to provide general information
Source: Saba News | Elections bring about shift in Kingdom Relations Committee By Suzanne Koelega Wednesday’s elections brought major disappointment for two members of the Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament: Committee Chairman Jeroen Recourt and Roelof van Laar, both of the Labour Party PvdA, were not re-elected.
Source: Saba News | Child Focus Foundation is looking for an Instructor and Coordinator of the Arts Program Instructor and Coordinator of the Arts Program Job Opportunity (30 hours): Summary: Child Focus Foundation is an after-school activities center providing a wide array of activities for youth on the island of Saba in the Dutch Caribbean.
Source: Saba News | Community Officer Gregory La Croes is presented in Town Hall Meeting March 30 The Community of Saba, The Dutch Caribbean Police Force (KPCN) is herewith inviting the community of Saba to a Town Hall Meeting with the Community Officer, Gregory La Croes & Chief of Basic Police Care. Effective August 22nd,
Source: Saba News | Chickenpox outbreak not yet under control on Saba There are still many people with chickenpox on Saba. The Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is very contagious and as people are infectious before they have symptoms it is very hard to stop further spread. The virus is, therefore, expected to spread for some time
Source: Saba News | Many Sabans vote for first time in the Second Chamber election The majority of Sabans voted for centre-democrat D66 in Wednesday’s election for the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber. Saba saw a considerably large turnout of voters. With a population of about 2,000, almost 900 residents were eligible to vote and a
Source: Saba News | PvdA asks about insurance for island police officers Police officers in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba should have decent insurance in case something happens to them, according to Members of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Jeroen Recourt and Roelof van Laar of the Labour Party PvdA. Recourt and Van
Source: Saba News | Major Steps for International Protection of Caribbean Sharks Following Dutch proposal Great news for shark conservation in the Caribbean. Today it was officially decided to protect eight shark species under the international Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol following a proposal by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in cooperation
Source: Saba News | Road works for installation of fiber optic cable, March 27 – April 26 During the upcoming weeks there will be construction to some meter walls and fiber optics cable is to be installed by SEC and HES Con throughout the island’s road infrastructure. The predicted dates for this work are as
Source: Saba News | Let’s make our votes count, urges Zagers Saba Commissioner Bruce Zagers is urging the people to vote in this Wednesday’s elections for a new Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. “The Members of the Second Chamber are also our representatives. We have to make our votes count.” Zagers said on Monday
Source: Saba News | PCN cuts pensions per April 1 – PvdA seeks clarity Members of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Jeroen Recourt and Roelof van Laar of the Labour Party PvdA on Monday demanded answers from the Dutch Government about the pending reduction of the pension payments of the Caribbean Netherlands Pension
Source: Saba News | Elections Second Chamber 2017 – Wednesday March 15 Elections Second Chamber 2017 On March 15th, 2017 the people of the Dutch Caribbean will participate for the first time in the election of the members Second Chamber (Tweede Kamer – Dutch Parliament). The Second Chamber consists of 150 members; they represent the
Source: Saba News | Short term parking regulations will be enforced in Windwardside We hereby inform the public of the following: Parking in Windwardside Since March 1St 2016, new regulations regarding short term parking came into force in Windwardside. This message is a reminder of the applicable rules. The following parking lots are for short
Source: Saba News | New Child Focus production: The Little Mermaid Child Focus is happy to announce our upcoming play: The Little Mermaid Directed by: Jackie Daley This under the sea musical adventure follows the story of Ariel, a headstrong teenage mermaid who dreams of living on land the way humans do. In this
Source: Saba News | Invitation for Saba Festival Slogan Competition Commissioner of Culture, Rolando Wilson, would like to announce the launch of The Saba Festival Slogan Competition and invites the entire community to participate in this event. The slogans should focus on the 42nd anniversary of carnival and should be a catchy theme. Please submit
Source: Saba News | Fort Bay Road closed March 18th through March 19th The post Fort Bay Road closed March 18th through March 19th appeared first on Saba News.
Source: Saba News | Ties with islands important, says Amhaouch of CDA By Suzanne Koelega Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Mustafa Amhaouch of the Christian Democratic Party CDA is relatively new to the Kingdom Relations portfolio, but he is committed to the Kingdom, as is his party. “The connection with the
Source: Saba News | Education as basis for children’s rights The two-day conference “Education as a basis for children’s rights” took place on the 7th and 8th of March. The conference is an initiative of the Inter-Country Task Force for Children’s Rights organized by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in cooperation with
Source: Saba News | Senate presses for speed in social minimum issue The Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament KOREL is calling State Secretary of Social Affairs and Labour Jetta Klijnsma to the Senate on March 28 to discuss the plan for an objective methodology to establish a
Source: Saba News | Fireman James Hassell promoted to shift leader Veteran fireman James Hassell of the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Brigade BKCN was promoted to shiftleader Tuesday during a brief ceremony in which Commander of the Saba Fire Brigade Julio Every presented him with his decree and stripes. “At BKCN we invest a great deal
Source: Saba News | Saba to observe Women’s Day International Women’s Day will be observed in grand style on Saba with a church celebration and a reception today, Wednesday, March 8. On behalf of the Commissioner of Women’s Affairs, Saba’s “phenomenal” women over the age of 18 are invited to get together and celebrate their
Source: Saba News | Much progress in education on islands, but still vulnerable The quality of education in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba has greatly improved in the past few years, but the progress is vulnerable and a number of permanent risk factors remain. The position of vulnerable students requires more attention. Dutch Minister of
Source: Saba News | Commissioner Wilson opens Fit Park on Saba Commissioner of Health Rolando Wilson formally opened Fit Park Saba on Friday, March 3. The outdoor ﬁtness area is free for all and can be used any time of the day. The Public Health Department initiated the park as a new way to help
Source: Saba News | Public entities’ social welfare higher again The social welfare “onderstand” in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba has been increased per March 1, 2017, and is now 40 per cent of the legal minimum wage. Also, independent research will be carried out this year to establish the cost of bare essentials on
Source: Saba News | Voting papers arrive late abroad, on time on islands The late or non arrival of voting papers of Dutch voters abroad has raised concerns. Democratic Party D66 candidate Eelco Keij is taking action and D66 Member of the Second Chamber Sjoerd Sjoerdsma is seeking clarity from the Dutch Government. The voting
Source: Saba News | First online income tax returns already processed and assessed Last week, the ﬁrst digital tax returns were received and processed by the Tax Department, and assessments made for taxpayers in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. This means that some taxpayers have been informed already about the amount they have to pay
Source: Saba News | Central Committee of the Public Entity Saba will meet on Thursday March 16th Public Notice The Central Committee of the Public Entity Saba will meet on Thursday March 16th, 2017at 10:00 pm at the Government Administration Building. The agenda for said meeting is 1. Opening 2. Approval of the agenda 3.
Source: Saba News | No recent confirmed cases of Zika on Saba After an increase in Zika patients over the last weeks of 2016, recently there have not been any conﬁrmed cases on Saba, the Public Health Department said. Pregnant women are, however, still strongly advised to take measures against mosquito bites as it is
Source: Saba News | Fit Park Saba opens today Saba’s one and only outdoor ﬁtness park will be opening next to Queen Wilhelmina Library in The Bottom, today, Friday, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. At Fit Park Saba residents and visitors will be able to exercise whenever they want and pick their own dates and time
Source: Saba News | No automatic childcare benefit for new siblings The automatic payment of childcare beneﬁt (“kinderbijslag”) for children after the ﬁrst-born of parents in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will not take place, Dutch State Secretary of Social Affairs and Labour Jetta Klijnsma decided earlier this week. Filing a separate request for each
Source: Saba News | Recourt to Bonaire for election campaign Candidate number 23 of the Dutch Labour Party PvdA Jeroen Recourt will go to Bonaire this Saturday to campaign for the March 15 Parliamentary elections in the Netherlands. He wants to urge the people of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba to vote. Recourt is known
Source: Saba News | CDA asks about high food prices on islands The Christian Democratic Party CDA wants to know whether there is an agriculture and/ or food policy for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba to curb the high food prices and trade deﬁ cit on the islands. CDA Members of the Second Chamber of
Source: Saba News | INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH ELS MOMMERS Saba resident Els Mommers was invited to present her work at the International Quilt Festival in Mexico City. Entries should be based on the motto: “Endemic flora and fauna Mexico”. Els selected the Mexican tree frog sitting on an enlarged banana leaf as her principal motif. She worked several months
Source: Saba News | Leiden, islands want to strengthen job placement The Dutch Municipality Leiden and the public entities Bonaire and Saba have established a cooperation to strengthen job placement on the islands. The intention is to add St. Eustatius to the project. The islands have the ambition to take job placement to a higher
Source: Saba News | Carolien Giesen is the new “Press Judge” Carolien Giesen is the new “Press Judge” in St. Maarten for the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, and Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. She will assume the position from March 1. Giesen will succeed Mauritsz de Kort in the position
Source: Saba News | Divers find packages with narcotics in waters off Saba Divers, on Wednesday, found a number of packages which could possibly contain narcotics in the waters off Saba. The Caribbean Netherlands Police Force KPCN seized the packages and has launched an investigation, which is led by the Prosecutor’s Office of Bonaire, St.
Source: Saba News | PCN visits Saba on Tuesday, February 28th Pension funds Caribbean Netherlands (PCN) Would like to inform the public of Saba that their representative Ingra Bennett will be on Saba on Tuesday February 28th, 2017 to answer questions, listen to concerns or handle issues pertaining to a PCN pension. To schedule an
Source: Saba News | Trade deficit up on Bonaire, down on Saba and Statia Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that Bonaire’s trade deficit has risen for the second consecutive year in 2016, whereas the trade deficits on St Eustatius and Saba declined relative to 2015. Since the first measurements were carried out in 2011, imports on
Source: Saba News | Tax Office Director files first online income tax return 2016 As of Monday, February 20, taxpayers on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba can submit their tax return for income tax of 2016 online. The director of the Caribbean Netherlands Tax Office Nichalin Martina filed the first online tax form on Monday.
Source: Saba News | Crime statistics Saba 2016 Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland, KPCN, has published today their crime statics 2016 for Saba. In summary: Traffic accidents increased significantly; Total number of violent crimes remained virtually unchanged: only one “Atrako” was observed. The number of property related crimes increased, in particular the number of domestic and commercial
Source: Saba News | Bubbas Bottles Saba’s very own wine room Recently, Chez Bubba restaurant proudly announced the opening of Bubbas Bottles, a wine room with exceptional specialty wines from the greatest vineyards across the globe. The wine room opened with a private showing on Saturday, February 11, with live tapas and wine flowing alongside
Source: Saba News | Share of solar power on the rise in Statia, Saba St. Eustatius and Saba are well on their way to become islands with the highest percentage of sustainable generated electricity in the world. The solar power trajectory is progressing steadily with wind and geothermal energy being a future perspective. The first
Source: Saba News | “Saba Through Your Lens” Photo Competition During the last months of 2016, the Saba Tourist Bureau held its first “Saba Through Your Lens” Facebook photo competition, which was open internationally. The competition consisted of 10 categories, which were: Nature, Underwater, Cuisine & Cocktails, Attractions, Culture & Heritage, Architecture, Sights to See,
Source: Saba News | No toxins found in fire on Saba landfill Emergency services were still busy controlling the fire at the sanitary landfill at Fort Bay on Thursday, which caused a huge amount of smoke on Tuesday. During the fire heavy smoke dispersed and spread to St. John’s and The Bottom. Residents of both
Source: Saba News | Labour Inspectorate to inspect dive shops in the 2nd quarter of the year On Thursday March 2nd, 2017, the Labour Inspectorate is hosting an information evening for all companies that deal with diving on Bonaire. The information evening is meant to inform employers about the inspection project ‘ dive companies ‘.
Source: Saba News | RCN starts information campaign for March 15 Second Chamber Elections On Thursday February 16th, Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN) launches an information campaign about the Second Chamber elections that will take place on March 15th on Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius. The campaign will run for four weeks. Its central theme is
Source: Saba News | Town Hall meeting on Medical Evaluation and Reimbursement of Sick-Leave Pay – February 20 The Community of Saba, As per January 1st, 2017 the Department of Social Affairs and Labour has implemented a policy change that concerns all employers within the private sector and their employees. This has been done mainly to facilitate
Source: Saba News | Statia wants to look into alternatives for ZVK The Island Council of St. Eustatius has instructed the Executive Council to investigate the functioning of Health Insurance Office ZVK. In an adopted motion the Island Council called for an investigation into the provision of healthcare insurance for residents of St. Eustatius. The
Source: Saba News | Big fire at the dump: The Bottom full of smoke On Monday morning a big fire started again at the dump. Thick smoke is filling the valley of The Bottom. The post Big fire at the dump: The Bottom full of smoke appeared first on Saba News.
Source: Saba News | Middle Island Trail is now open again Thanks to a great group of SUSOM students, the Middle Island Trail is open again from the beginning of February. The Middle Island trail is a heritage trail, with many cool features including remains of an old open cistern, impressive farm stonewalls, a cavern,
Source: Saba News | Saba Government announces 3 vacancies At the Department of Public Works & Sanitation there is a vacancy to be filled as a Maintenance Worker. The Public Entity of Saba in search of a hands-on Human Resource Manager, who along with colleagues, will implement policy and initiate development. With the management of the organization,
Source: Saba News | Vote for “Saba, most scenic airport landing” Saba has been nominated for “PrivateFly’s – Most Scenic Airport Landings” Last year Saba’s airport was placed 5th in PrivateFly’s “Most Scenic Airport Landings” poll; We’ve been nominated AGAIN and need your vote to WIN! Please VOTE so that our Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport gets the recognition it truly deserves!
Source: Saba News | Theft at the Upper Mountain Road On Sunday, February 12th a theft in a home on the Upper Mountain Road was reported. Here, among other items, a ladies watch of the Michael Kors brand, clothing and cash were taken. The theft took place between Friday, February 10th around 9 PM and
Source: Saba News | Government Information Newsletter – February 2017 Please wait for the newsletter to be downloaded. The post Government Information Newsletter – February 2017 appeared first on Saba News.
Source: Saba News | Bouman claims high expenses for islands police force advice Former Dutch National Police Chief Gerard Bouman submitted more than 23,000 euros in declarations for air travel, lodging and local transportation as part of an advisory job at the Caribbean Netherlands Police Force KPCN in 2016. These expenses were extra to his
Source: Saba News | Predictive archaeological map of Saba available for download. Maaike De Waal and other archaeologist have published a book ‘Managing Our Past Into The Future – Archaeological Heritage Management in the Dutch Caribbean‘. A chapter of this book describes the creation of predictive map of potentially valuable archaeological sites. This fits well in the system of
Source: Saba News | Elections 2017: Koos Sneek, CDA candidate #49, visits Saba, February 9-12 2017 elections Second Chamber Koos Sneek is CDA candidate #49. He is visiting Saba on February 9-12 The post Elections 2017: Koos Sneek, CDA candidate #49, visits Saba, February 9-12 appeared first on Saba News.
Source: Saba News | Introduction of Canadian private school St. Maarten ,CIA, Eugenius Center, March 17. St. Maarten’s Caribbean International Academy (CIA) will be hosting an event for parents and students at the Eugenius Center Windward Side on Friday, February 17th at 7PM. The purpose of this event is to present a brand new boarding
Source: Saba News | Saba nominated as top scenic landing Saba’s Juancho Yrausquin Airport has been nominated on this year’s shortlist of the Most Scenic Airport Landings poll of the PrivateFly.com booking website for private jets. Commissioner of Tourism Bruce Zagers encouraged everyone to vote. Annually, PrivateFly.com, a United Kingdom (UK) based global booking service
Source: Saba News | SHS pupils protesting The grade four class of Sacred Heart School on Saba has been learning all about different rights. They had a lot of questions about current social issues, including many of the protests currently being held in the United States. The children wanted to have their own little protest
Source: Saba News | Two men arrested for Opium Law violation Two men were arrested on Saba over the weekend for violation of the Opium Law BES, the Prosecutor’s Office reported Thursday. A man with the initials M.M., who was born in the Dominican Republic, had about 50 grams of cocaine and crack in his
Source: Saba News | Deadline for payment of Saba vehicle road tax at March 15 The Island Receiver of the Public Entity Saba made known that the deadline for payment of the 2017 vehicle road tax has been set for March 15. All vehicle owners can purchase control stickers at the Island Receiver’s Office starting
Source: Saba News | Excess feral cats continue to endanger Saba’s tropicbird Continuation of the monitoring of the nests of the redbilled tropicbird in Saba and the removal of feral cats is of vital importance to prevent future extinction. Despite these recommendations by scientists, not enough is currently being done to protect the local breeding
Source: Saba News | BES fixed services lag behind mobile SEO Amsterdam Economics at the request of the Dutch Ministry of Economics conducted a study on the telecom and TV market in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES). The three islands have the status of special overseas municipalities known as the Caribbean Netherlands and fall
Source: Saba News | Increases in social support fall short of reality on Saba Responding to the announced increases in social support for residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Commissioner of Social Affairs Rolando Wilson said the increase would still not be enough for those residents on Saba who are most in need. From
Source: Saba News | Students, employers meet up to discuss job opportunities Some sixtyfive students and young professionals of Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Bonaire and Saba attended the “Connecting back home” event in The Hague on Saturday to meet up with employers and organisations from the islands. The successful and inspiring event was organised by
Source: Saba News | No fewer than 28 parties contesting general election In total 28 parties have made the final cut and will appear on the ballot box for the March 15 general election, the Electoral Council said. Three among the shortlist of 31 political parties failed to come up with the required 11,250-euro deposit,
Source: Saba News | Pocket- & clothing allowance for Pensioners in care institutions increased A change in the law per January 1st, 2017 makes it possible for persons who have an Old Age or who collect a Window & Orphan Pension and who live in care institutions to receive pocket – and clothing allowance. From
Source: Saba News | Dutch Caribbean Child Protection Agencies come together at One Day Conference The Child Protection Agencies of the Dutch Caribbean and Judges of the Joined Court of Justice of Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba held a one-day conference on St. Maarten, entitled “The Child as Focus of Attention
Source: Saba News | Charter service for ZVK clients Policyholders of the BES (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) Sickness Cost Insurance Office ZVK who are referred abroad for medical and/ or super specialist care as of now will be transported with special charter flights from Bonaire to Curaçao and Aruba. The flights will be provided
Source: Saba News | Confronting Caribbean Challenges: Febr. 2017 The post Confronting Caribbean Challenges: Febr. 2017 appeared first on Saba News.
Source: Saba News | Cases of skin cancer in the Netherlands continue to rise In 2016, 15,836 people in the Netherlands were diagnosed with some form of skin cancer making it the most common form of cancer in the country, according to new figures out on Friday. The rise of 1,100 over the year is
Source: Saba News | Temporarily, civil servants are no longer allowed to fly with Inselair Civil servants working or travelling in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom are temporarily not allowed to fly with Inselair for business trips. Questions were raised about the safety of this airline. At present there is no clear picture of
Source: Saba News | Request for preliminary rulings in Caribbean tax cases take effect As of March 1, judges in the Caribbean territories of the kingdom of the Netherlands will be able to request preliminary rulings in tax cases at the High Court in The Hague. This concerns the Courts of First Instance of Aruba,
Source: Saba News | Civil servants of Statia travel to policy writing/training workshop on Saba Eight civil servants left St. Eustatius on Wednesday morning to attend a workshop on public policy writing on Saba. Director of Planning and Infrastructure Roy Hooker said the Directorate of Economy and Infrastructure requested the training under the European Union’s
Source: Saba News | Traffic control on the Lambert Hassellroad on Saba On Monday, January 30th a traffic control was held in the morning hours on the Lambert Hassell Road. A total of 68 motorized vehicles were checked, of which 56 family cars, 9 trucks and 3 motorcycles. There were 17 fines issued for, among
Source: Saba News | RCN holds information session on changes in General Old Age insurance: February 7th The Community of Saba, The Community of Saba is herewith cordially invited to an Information Evening organized by the Unit of Social Affairs and Labour. There are a number of changes in the General Old Age Insurance (Algemene
Source: Saba News | Tax Office opens RBC bank account Personal payments to the Caribbean Netherlands Tax Office (Belastingdienst Caribisch Nederland) on Saba have now become possible at RBC Royal Bank. In anticipation of the proposed closure of the Windward Islands Bank’s branch on Saba, the Tax Offi ce has opened a bank account at
Source: Saba News | Saba Hell’s Gate Triathlon 2017 was a great success On Saturday January 28th 2017 the 10th edition was held of the Saba triathlon ‘where even the swim is uphill’. The overall winner of the triathlon was Gregory Pigeon, who won out of 60 participants from St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Eustatius,
Source: Saba News | Weekly Diabetic Clinic at Saba Medical Centre Saba Health Care Foundation (SHCF) proudly introduced one of its visiting specialists, Nurse Suzette De Cuba. Together with SHCF healthcare professionals, she will open the Weekly Diabetic Clinic at A.M. Edwards Medical Centre. The first Diabetic Clinic was held in September 2016 under the
Source: Saba News | Dr. Emiko Bird-Lake is Saba’s new cardiologist Dr. Emiko Bird-Lake is Saba Health Care Founda- lease issued Monday. tion’s (SHCF’s) new visiting cardiologist. As of January 24, patients have been able to make use of her services at SHCF. Dr. Bird will be visiting monthly at A.M. Edwards Medical Center and
Source: Saba News | WIB Branch Saba closes January 31st – ATM remains open The Windward Islands Bank will close its Saba Branch effective January 31st, but the ATM services remain. Kindly note that the following products and services will be maintained either directly or administered through WIB Bank branches in St. Maarten and St.
Source: Saba News | Saturday January 28th: Saba Hell’s Gate Triathlon 2017 Saba will be hosting its 10th edition of one of the toughest short triathlons on Saturday January 28th 2017. This year 60 participants have registered for the triathlon from Saba, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Eustatius, USA, Canada and the Netherlands. During the
Source: Saba News | Vacancy for Construction Worker at the Saba Department of Public Works & Sanitation The Executive Council of the Public Entity Saba would like to inform the public of the following: At the Department of Public W orks & Sanitation there is a vacancy to be filled as a Construction W orker. Salary:
Source: Saba News | Vacancy for Agricultural worker at Saba Agriculture Department The Executive Council of the Public Entity Saba would like to inform the public of the following: At the Agriculture Department there is a vacancy to be filled as Agricultural worker Job scope: The Agricultural worker will be working along with the Agricultural Supervisor
Source: Saba News | First commercial helicopter on Saba Corail Helicopteres Caribbean had the honour of being the first commercial helicopter to land in Saba last Friday since the green light had been given by the Dutch Government a little over a week ago. Airport Manager Maegan Hassell, Acting Airport Chief Marcel Peterson and Island
Source: Saba News | Try-out with new uniform KPCN on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba As of January 26th, a tryout with the new operational uniform will be executed by the het Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. It is a uniform like that of the Police in the European Netherlands.
Source: Saba News | Traffic limitations due to annual Triathlon on January 28 The Executive Council of the Public Entity Saba hereby informs the public of the following: On Saturday January 28t 2017 Saba hosts its annual triathlon. We ask of your cooperation to limit traffic at: • Fort Bay Road: 8:15- 9:15 am • The
Source: Saba News | Car-Tax needs to be paid before March 15 Message from the Island Receiver The lsland Receiver hereby makes known that, starting January 3rd, 2017, all vehicle-owners can purchase their control sticker at The Receiver’s Office from: 8:00am – 11:30 am 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm PRICES CAR-TAX INCLUDING STICKERS ARE AS FOLLOWS: Per
Source: Saba News | Female employees in the Caribbean Netherlands are now entitled to 16 weeks of pre and post maternity leave. As of 1 January 2017, all female employees in the Caribbean Netherlands are entitled to 16 weeks of pre and post maternity leave. This used to be only 12 weeks. This has been made
Source: Saba News | Arjen Lubach: “America First, The Netherlands Second” Dutch TV presenter Arjen Lubach presents The Netherlands to Donald Trump. (English subtitles) The post Arjen Lubach: “America First, The Netherlands Second” appeared first on Saba News.
Source: Saba News | Animal Registration Fee 2017 is due The Executive Council of the Public Entity Saba hereby informs the public of the following: Based on the island Ordinance Identification and Registration of Livestock and Pets 2004, all animal owners are required to pay an annual identification and registration fee. The Executive Council has mandated the collection of
Source: Saba News | Public Central Committee meeting scheduled for Monday January 23rd is cancelled Public Notice Due to the funeral service of our colleague Mr. Carl Buncamper’s mother. The Public Central Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at 2:00 pm has been canceled. May she rest in peace The post Public
Source: Saba News | VACANCY DIRECTOR Saba Reach Foundation (Fulltime from April 1st, 2017) A proactive, analytical, results-oriented, and charismatic leader able to manage a dynamic organization in Saba’s social sector. Saba Reach Foundation (SRF) is a non-profit organization which serves to facilitate sustainable employment and participation opportunities for (young) adult residents of Saba…
Source: Saba News | Work conference on social security The Work Conference “Social Security Bonaire” took place on the island earlier this week, with representatives of the Public Entity and the Dutch Government as well as stakeholders in attendance. This gathering was termed “very constructive,” whereby it was agreed that a social- economic agenda will
Source: Saba News | Opening of New Classroom for Laura Linzey Day Care Center Saba On Monday, January 16th 2017, the official opening of the new classroom for the Laura Linzey Day Care Center on Saba, occurred. In attendance of the opening was Governor Jonathan Johnson, Commissioner of Youth Affairs Rolando Wilson, Island Secretary Tim
Source: Saba News | Harbour master plan Saba to be drafted A master plan for the Saba harbour will be drafted this year, a plan that includes short-, medium- and long-term goals to comply with a growing demand and to improve the general facility. Saba Commissioner Bruce Zagers in charge of infrastructure and tourism stated
Source: Saba News | CBS: Inflation rate Caribbean Netherlands still low Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports inflation rates remained low on the three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands over Q4 2016, based on the consumer price index (CPI). Inflation on Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba has hovered around 0 percent for nearly two consecutive years. Inflation
Source: Saba News | Murder suspect taken into custody The suspect from Bosnia, who was extradited by the authorities in the United States as a suspect in the socalled “Hector” investigation on Sunday has been questioned by a Judge of Instruction on Bonaire. S.C. (31) has been taken into custody pending the investigations in the
Source: Saba News | AOV improvement: everyone who has an AOV pension and is married to a younger partner may be entitled to a supplement Legislative amendments regulates AOV- partner supplement On January 1st 2017 several legislative amendments were implemented for the AOV [Wet Algemene Ouderdomsverzekering; General Retirement Insurance Act) partner supplement. This means that
Source: Saba News | Saba Hell’s Gate Triathlon swims, bikes and runs on January 28th It is almost here! The 10th Annual Saba Hell’s Gate Triathlon is fast approaching and will be held on January 28th, 2017. Join individuals from across the Caribbean, The Netherlands, Canada, and the United States by participating in Saba’s toughest
Source: Saba News | Volcanologist and Seismologists of KNMI will visit Saba At the end of January, a group of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute KNMI, consisting of a volcanologist and seismologists, will visit Saba. For years, seismological meters have been stationed on Saba. Currently, there are four so called seismometers on Saba, which send
Source: Saba News | Increased exposure for destination Saba Destination Saba is in the spotlight. Saba Commissioner of Tourism Bruce Zagers is optimistic. The Dutch Holiday Fair (“Vakantiebeurs”) in Utrecht went very well and the exposure to attract more visitors from the region and North America continues to grow. “In general, Saba is getting considerable
Source: Saba News | Go-ahead for Saba helicopter flights The Saba Government has received the green light for commercial helicopter landings, Saba Commissioner in charge of aviation and infrastructure affairs Bruce Zagers said on Monday. Zagers had a good meeting with representatives of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment I&M and the Dutch Inspectorate
Source: Saba News | Invitation to public meeting of Central Committee, January 23 Public Notice The Central Committee of the Public Entity Saba will meet on Monday January 23rd, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Government Administration Building. The agenda for said meeting is Opening Approval of the agenda Approval of the Minutes from the
Source: Saba News | Senad Cejvan a suspect in Hector case extradited to BES island A suspect has been extradited today, January 15th 2017 from the United States in the investigation called “Hector”. This is the investigation being conducted after the death of a student on Saba in April 2015. On Sunday, January 15th, 2017
Source: Saba News | Sneek is Caribbean candidate for CDA in upcoming national elections in March St. Eustatius Island Council Member for the Statia Democratic Party (DP) Koos Sneek will be attending the upcoming congress of the Dutch Christian Democratic Party CDA as candidate number 49 on the CDA slate for the March 15, 2017
Source: Saba News | Carlyle Tearr elected new Commerce Chamber Chair Former Commissioner of St. Eustatius Carlyle Tearr has been appointed new Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of St. Eustatius and Saba. Following the election held on December 13, 2016, the Board members of the Chamber of Commerce held its first meeting
Source: Saba News | Victim Compensation Fund expanded to public entities Victims of violent crimes in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will be able to get a compensation from the Dutch Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund (Schadefonds Geweldsmisdrijven) by mid-2018. Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur announced this on Thursday during his
Source: Saba News | Improving the position of victims in the Caribbean Netherlands Survivors or victims of violence in the Caribbean Netherlands will be able to claim compensation from the Schadefonds Geweldsmisdrijven (Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund) in the future. The Minister of Security and Justice, Van der Steur, announced this today during his working visit
Source: Saba News | Warning: Highly Effective Gmail Phishing Technique Being Exploited – impact is high There is a lot of hoax info floating through cyber space. Saba News received an important warning from our security service about a new, highly effective phishing technique targeting Gmail and other services. Over the past few weeks there have
Source: Saba News | Support for special care provision public entities The Dutch Parliament delegation that took part in the Caribbean Netherlands summit in Bonaire on Monday is supportive of setting up a special provision for persons in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba who require special assistance. The Netherlands has such an arrangement called the
Source: Saba News | Queen’s Gardens Restaurant is running in USA Today’s “Best Caribbean Restaurant” Competition Queen’s Gardens Restaurant, located in Troy Hill on Saba, has been nominated for USA Today’s “Best Restaurant in the Caribbean” competition. The competition will last for the month of January, with the last voting day being January 30th when
Source: Saba News | Windward Islands once more unite forces at Holiday Fair For the second time in a row St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba are uniting forces at the annual Holiday Fair (“Vakantiebeurs”) in Utrecht this entire week. With a combined, large booth, the three Windward Islands aim to get more attention of
Source: Saba News | Get to Know the new Chief of Police KPCN: Jose Rosales Thursday January 12 is the official installation of José Rosales as Chief of the Police Force Caribbean Netherlands (Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland). To get to know him better, a video production has been produced about the person and professional José
Source: Saba News | Poverty discussed at Bonaire summit, in absence of Statia The Caribbean Netherlands summit on poverty in Bonaire on Monday took place with the delegations of the Netherlands, Bonaire and Saba. Saba Commissioners Bruce Zagers and Rolando Wilson were absent with good reason with the island well represented by Island Secretary Tim
Source: Saba News | Saba represented on Vakantiebeurs in Utrecht, The Netherlands Commissioner of Tourism Mr. Bruce Zagers and Director of Tourism Mr. Glenn Holm will be representing Saba at the Vakantiebeurs, which is located in Utrecht, The Netherlands and is the largest annual travel fair in the Netherlands. The show will occur from January
Source: Saba News | St. Maarten implements automated border control with eGates Princess Juliana International Airport SXM and the Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) have successfully implemented an automated border control (ABC) clearance e-Gates solution at the Immigration zone of the Airport. The system was installed early this year. In fulfillment of the organisations’public/private partnership, the introduction of e-Gates is just one
Source: Saba News | Free Health Insurance Guaranteed for Students of Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustatius Studying in the Netherlands At the request of RCN Student grants, a service agreement is signed between the head of the health service office and the director of NNAM BV (Noord-Nederlandse Assurantiemakelaars BV). The slogan is ‘your health costs… our care!!’
Source: Saba News | Travel schedule Notary Mingo in January- July 2017 Notary Mingo will be visiting Saba on February 3rd, 2017 February 17th, 2017 March 3rd, 2017 March 17th, 2017 April 7th, 2017 April 21st, 2017 May 4th, 2017 May 19th, 2017 June 1st, 2017 June 16th, 2017 July 7th, 2017 (ONLY) For the
Source: Saba News | Orange Grove on Saba Before heading back to the Netherlands, Orange Grove will be giving one last show in the Dutch Caribbean on Saba on Sunday, January 8. The band’s very first performance on the “Unspoiled Queen” will be taking place at Tropics Café in Windwardside, starting at 4:00pm. Saba’s DJ
Source: Saba News | Jayla Jahrianna Leslian Hassell is the first baby born on Saba in 2017 The first bay born on Saba in 2017 is Jayla Jahrianna Leslian Hassell, 6 lbs. The baby girl was born on Monday morning January 2nd at the A.M. Edward’s Medical Center at 9.23 AM in The Bottom to Ms.
Source: Saba News | Heritage organisation Heemschut asked the Island Government for better protection of Saba’s heritage The Dutch heritage organisation Heemschut has asked the Island Government to look into ways to better protect heritage and to integrate heritage more in other policy fields. They suggest that Bonaire en Sint-Eustatius could be an example for Saba for
Source: Saba News | Long Haul Grill Cuisine: Multi-Cuisine Specialties: Serves breakfast, lunch, coffee and drinks Services: Takes Reservations Walk-Ins Welcome Good For Groups Good For Kids Take Out Catering Waiter Service Outdoor Seating Call +599 416 2013 Facebook: www.facebook.com/pg/LongHaulGrillSaba The post Long Haul Grill appeared first on
Source: Saba News | DCNA Birding Trail Guide Training with Dr. Adrian Delnevo EmailFrom the 14th to 19th of November 2016, the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) hosted bird expert Dr. Adrian Delnevo to lead a bird identification training. Bird watching has become a multi-billion dollar industry in the Caribbean alone, from which the SCF hopes
Source: Saba News | Saba Represented at NOAA’s Caribbean Coral Restoration Workshop EmailCoral reefs are home to more than 1 million species on this earth. They are some of the oldest and most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Reefs are also extremely important for the economy; they protect shorelines from waves and storms that cause
Source: Saba News | Family physicians Saba and Statia no longer the first notification point in case of illness As of 1 January 2017 the Family physisians will no longer be responsible for the medical assessment in the context of BES Sickness Insurance Act and the BES Accident Insurance Act. After a tender for the
Source: Saba News | Saba’s Firework Display December 28th 7 pm at Cove Bay On Wednesday, December 28th 2016, the annual Saba firework display will occur at 7pm on the Cove Bay. This date was chosen as there are many festivities occurring closer to the new year and the Public Entity wishes to make it possible
Source: Saba News | LIAT passengers stranded at St. Maarten for days now Scores of passengers traveling to the various Caribbean islands from St. Maarten are stranded at St. Maarten for the past four days and there is no LIAT agent such as a supervisor on duty to provide passengers accurate information. One passenger Tamara Gumbs