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May 23, 2018

Saba

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Audit (in Dutch: Algemene Rekenkamer) against the information security of the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland has been withdrawn.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…