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December 17, 2017

Saba

Commander General of the Fire Brigade Caribbean Netherlands BKCN met with Saba’s Island Governor

Source: Saba News Commander General of the Fire Brigade Caribbean Netherlands BKCN Jair Tromp (cen­tre) and local Commander Julio Every (right) met with Saba’s Island Governor Jonathan Johnson (left) to discuss the hurricanes and future plans. The monodisciplinary evalua­tion report of BKCN was also handed over during this meeting. The Daily Herald. The…

Repairs started on damaged roofs

Source: Saba News Following the storms, and after the damage assessments were in, the Public Entity Saba funded temporary housing for all residents with severely damaged homes and an agreement was made to repair homes for the residents. The next step was to order the material and for the reconstruction to begin. The…

Education still a high priority for Public Entity Saba

Source: Saba News Commissioner of Education, Bruce Zagers has signed yet another Saba Government-College agreement, this time with the Lipscomb University, located Tennessee (USA). This agreement will grant Saban students who have been accepted into Lipscomb University, a scholarship of $18,410 per academic year, which matches the Duo grant. These students will, therefore,…

Relief efforts will focus on hospitality industry on Saba

Source: Saba News The business community of Saba will receive two payments from the 2 million euro relief fund, that will be available to the island after hurricane Irma. Companies who are not within the hospitality industry will not receive funds until further notice, due to the priority of the high season. Applications for…

CBS: “Trends in the Caribbean Netherlands 2017” is out

Source: Saba News “On 1st of January 2017, there were 24,439 people living in the Caribbean Netherlands” “The population density of Saba was 150/km2 on January 1st 2017” “On Bonaire the median disposable income in private households in 2015 was $23,6 thousand”  “In 2016 there was a 47% increase in value of goods…

Digitalization of land registers on Saba

Source: Saba News Currently, the upkeep of land registers on Saba is being done manually. This way of recording real property matters comes with several challenges, for example; difficulty searching for recorded documents and of course always the risk of deterioration of paper by time, fire or hurricane. Now, with the development of…

Hylkema and van der Horn–Plante Win Saba Day Run

Source: Saba News Alwin Hylkema and Sarah van der Horn – Plante won male and female first place, respectively, during Saba’s annual Saba Day Run for the 42nd annual Saba Day celebrations. The race, named “Sea to Scenery” and touted as the single most robust climb in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, had…

High cost of living remains an issue for families on Saba

Source: Saba News It’s been 7 years since Saba’s constitutional change to becoming the smallest special municipality of the Netherlands. With a population of 2000, some persons still continue to fight this island’s high prices, low salaries along with high taxes. Single parents are forced to work two or more jobs to survive…

Health insurance clients more often make verbal complaints

Source: Saba News Clients of the Caribbean Netherlands Health Insurance Office ZVK in St. Eustatius and Saba are less inclined to file a formal, written complaint about ZVK services and decisions. Instead, they often opt to complain verbally at the counter, which adds to the pressure on the staff. This is one of…

Knops faced with willing Saba and unwilling Statia

Source: Saba News During his visit to St. Eustatius and Saba last week, Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations was directly confronted with the large differences in approach between the governments of these two public entities. In Saba, the State Secre­tary found a committed government and a commu­nity that has…

Saba receives temporary electricity cost alleviation

Source: Saba News The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK) has approved a request to reduce the fixed tariff cost of electricity on Saba. Shortly after hurricanes Irma and Maria, The Saba Electric Company applied to EZK for interim relief for a large part of the non-subsidized kVA connections on Saba.…

Man held in custody for hitting woman

Source: Saba News On Sunday, De­cember 3, a man with initials R.R.J.J. was ar­rested at Fort Bay in Saba for disrupting pub­lic order and for physical abuse. The Caribbean Neth­erlands Police Force KPCN on Saba said the man had been taken into custody because he had hit a woman. The post Man held in…

Roy Smith person of 2017 in People’s Choice Awards

Source: Saba News The Malofi Foun­dation and Lorsim Produc­tions presented the 2017 People’s Choice Awards Thursday evening at Sun­ny Valley Youth Centre in The Bottom. Awards were handed out in a host of categories with Roy Smith being elected Person of the Year. Former employee of utility company GEBE Smith was presented with…

61.3 pound catch wins Wahoo Tournament

Source: Saba News Nicholas Johnson and crew of Briana Jamie, from Saba, won the Saba Day Wahoo Tournament with a 61.3 pound catch. A total of 21 boats feature 100 crew of which 90 were male, three female and seven were juniors com­peted in the tournament. The fleet included 10 boats from Saba as…

14th Saba idol competition at Scouts Place had great finalists

Source: Saba News On Friday 24th the finals of the14th annual Saba Idol Competition was held at Scout’s Place Hotel on Saba. Special sponsor and co-host this year was Dr. Soc from Radio 92 on St. Maarten. The three finalists consisted of the assistant professor of the Saba University school of medicine Emma Figures from the UK,…

King and Queen dive on Sababank

Source: Saba News The Dutch King and Queen have indulged in a spot of scuba diving during their three-day trip to the Caribbean. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were clad in scuba gear when the smiled for the camera on a boat at Saba Bank, off Saba Island. The royal couple then took…

King and Queen join Saba Day celebrations

Source: Saba News Sabans turned out in droves Friday to see King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, who graced the island with their presence during the 2017 Saba Day celebrations. Traditionally, the Saba Day celebrations are opened with an ecumenical church service, and this year’s 42nd edition was no exception. After attending the service,…

Public holidays on Saba in 2018

Source: Saba News The Executive Council of the Public Entity Saba would hereby like to inform you of the following. The Official Public Holidays for 2018 are as follows: • New Year’s Day- January 1 • Good Friday -March 30 • Easter Sunday – April 1 • Easter Monday -April 2 • King’s Birthday…

Special 2M-euro grant for Saba

Source: Saba News The Executive Council of Saba will receive a one-time spe­cial assistance grant of two million euros to cope with the damage caused by Hurri­canes Irma and Maria, Dutch State Secretary of Home Af­fairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops announced during his visit to Saba this week. The one-time special grant…

The Hague supports Saba

Source: Saba News On Tuesday November 28th the State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK), Raymond Knops, began a first familiarization visit to Saba. Upon arrival he spoke with Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, the commissioners and members of the Island Council. The talks were constructive.  As a result…

State Secretary Knops visits Saba and Statia

Source: Saba News New State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops will be paying a two-day in­troductory visit to St. Eusta­tius today, Wednesday and Thursday. His visit partly co­incides with King Willem-Al­exander and Queen Maxima who will also be in Statia on Thursday afternoon. “togeth­er with the King and Queen, Knops…

Curvin George new director Youth care and Family Supervision

Source: Saba News As of January 2018, Curvin George has been appointed as the new director of Youth care and Family Supervision Carbibbean Netherlands after a thorough selection procedure. He is currently director of the Guardianship Council CN. He has fulfilled this position since July 2013, before that he worked as senior council…

Ombudsman’s researchers holding open office hours

Source: Saba News Two researchers of the Na­tional Ombudsman’s office in the Netherlands are cur­rently paying a working visit to the Caribbean Nether­lands. Daniel Anon Parreia and Yvonne Kraan are hold­ing open office hours on Bo­naire, Saba and St. Eustatius to handle complaints about government. Since 2011, residents of the three islands who…

Prince Bernhard Culture Fund awards prize to Will Johnson

Source: Saba News Every two years the Board of the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund Caribbean Region PBCCG awards a prize on each of the six Dutch Caribbean islands in recognition of outstanding efforts in the fields of art, culture and nature. This year, William “Will” Stanley Johnson was bestowed with the 2017 PBCCG…

Road closures around Saba Day

Source: Saba News No parking alongside Church street and S.A. Charles street in the Bottom from November 30, 4 p.m., until December 2, 12 p.m. due to Saba Day activities (streets from Public Works Building to Governor’s House) . Roads in The Bottom will be closed for traffic for short periods of time on December 1, between 8 a.m.…

Preventive check of police

Source: Saba News On Friday, November 24th , in the evening hours, a preventive check was held on the Park Lane Street on Saba, where several people were checked for compliance with the Opium Act and (fire) Weapons Act BES. Among other things, a small amount of drugs and a pocket knife were…

Three years asked for suspected involvement in student’s death

Source: Saba News The Prosecutor’s Of­fice has demanded a prison sentence of three years for the man suspected of in­volvement in the death of a 24-year-old student on Saba and of possession of child pornography. S.C. from Bosnia (32) is a suspect in the so-called Hec­tor investigation in the death of Saba University…

Bonaire police officers perform traffic check on Saba

Source: Saba News On Thursday November 23rd , in the late afternoon, a group of 6 police officers from Bonaire who are giving support to their colleagues on Saba, carried out a traffic check on the Lambert Hassell Road. During this check, 72 cars, 1 scooter and 2 motorcycles were checked. A total…

PCN representative postpones November visit to Saba

Source: Saba News By means of this notice PCN rep. Ingra Bennett would like to inform the public that the November month work visit has been postponed. However, she will be back on Saba for the last time for 2017 around December 18 or 19. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. If…

Seminar on the prevention of money laundering, terrorism

Source: Saba News On Thursday, November 28, the Ministry of Finance together with the Financial In­telligence Unit in the Netherlands FIU-NL will be hold­ing a seminar on Bonaire on the prevention of money laundering and the financing of terrorism in the Carib­bean Netherlands’ islands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The seminar, intended for…

Saba’s library donates in aid of Philipsburg Jubilee Library

Source: Saba News   Philips­burg Jubilee Library has received a US $900 dona­tion from Saba’s Queen Wil­helmina Library. Saba’s library organized a fundraising drive on Mon­day, October 23, to assist St. Maarten’s Library after the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria and damage to the Library’s structure. The much-needed funds will be used…

Island Electoral College elections in March 2019

Source: Saba News Residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba with Dutch nationality will be able to vote indirectly for the Dutch Senate in May 2019 via the Electoral College on their island which will be elected on March 20, 2019, on the same day the Island Council election will take place. The…

Ombudsman returns to St. Eustatius and Saba

Source: Saba News The representatives of the Nation­al Ombudsman will return to St. Eustatius and Saba once again. They will be on Statia on Monday, November 27, and on Tuesday, November 28, and on Saba on Wednesday af­ternoon, November 29, and Thursday, November 30. The National Ombudsman is an independent institute that handles…

Research vessel to visit islands in Feb. & March

Source: Saba News A Netherlands Maritime Research Institute NIOZ research ship and a team with almost 100 scientists will visit the Windward Islands during part of February and March 2018 to conduct research in the sea surrounding the islands. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO recently announced the seven-month voyage of NIOZ’s…

Bonaire Hosts International Meeting on Protection of Sharks

Source: Saba News From November  20-24th, 2017 a group of international shark experts is gathering at Captain Don’s Habitat on Bonaire to discuss measures for the international protection of sharks. Countries ranging from the Philippines to Saudi Arabia, from the United States to Australia and from Costa Rica to Chile have sent experts…

Building materials and durable goods for Saba have arrived

Source: Saba News During the course of last week and this week two flat racks of building material and one container of durable goods have arrived on Saba. The building material is for the repair of homes that were severely damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The cargo consists of besides wood, zinc…

Shoreline repairs Fort Bay Harbor started

Source: Saba News This week a start was made with the repairs of the shoreline at For Bay Harbor. Part of the coastline on the east side of the big harbor dam was heavily damaged during the passing of hurricane Maria. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has offered to assist with…

King and Queen visit Saba on December 1, Saba Day

Source: Saba News His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima will visit the islands of Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom from Thursday 30 November to Saturday 2 December. The royal couple will be accompanied on this trip by the State Secretary for the…

State secretary  Knops visits St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba

Source: Saba News State secretary Knops (Interior and Kingdom Relations)  is visiting the three Windward Islands from Monday, November 27 th, until Sunday,  December 3rd .The visit is divided intwo parts. From November 27th until November 30th, the State Secretary first has his own program. Afterwards, he accompanies his Majesty the King and…

Dutch Parliament supports hurricane-proof rebuilding

Source: Saba News The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parlia­ment supports a hurricane-proof and sustainable construction of buildings in the Windward Is­lands in the reconstruction period after Hurricane Irma. Parliament adopted a motion to this extent on Tuesday. All parties in the Second Cham­ber, except for the Party for Free­dom PVV, supported the…

What happens with your tax money? – RCN explains

Source: Saba News The RCN launched the first video of a series of four in which they explain the cash flows of the Central Government in the Caribbean Netherlands in a short way. The post What happens with your tax money? – RCN explains appeared first on Saba News. Link: What happens with

Santa arrives on Saba on December 17th

Source: Saba News The post Santa arrives on Saba on December 17th appeared first on Saba News. Link: Santa arrives on Saba on December 17th

Saba, Statia not forgotten in recovery, says Knops

Source: Saba News Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops assured during the plenary handling of the draft 2018 budget for Kingdom Rela­tions in the Second Cham­ber of the Dutch Parliament that St. Eustatius and Saba will not be forgotten in the reconstruction efforts of the Windward Islands fol­lowing Hurricane Irma. “We have…

Durable goods arrived for Statia hurricane victims

Source: Saba News Durable goods to help victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria arrived recently on St. Eustatiusnday. The Unit of Social Affairs (SZW) has started the immediate distribution of the goods (refrigerators, beds, fan and stoves) in the second week of November to those persons who have already completed the application process.…

Fundraising creates a new horizon for Maritsa

Source: Saba News Maritsa Riley is one of the unfortunate residents of Saba, who lost her roof and most of her belongings during Hurricane Irma. Maritsa lived in her house in St. Johns with her one year old son and eleven year old daughter and another cousin she was taking care of. Sea…

Labour Inspection tightens illegal employment enforcement

Source: Saba News The Labour Inspection’s enforcement regime will change as from January 1st, 2018. Where in the past the Labour Inspection issued a warning first, the Labour Inspection will now immediately issue an official report for violations of the Wet arbeid vreemdelingen BES (hereinafter Wav BES [BES Labour Law Foreigners]). The Labour…

Microfinancing from Qredits now available for Saba

Source: Saba News The Chamber of Commerce Saba and Statia is happy to announce the introduction of Qredits on Saba. Qredits is a foundation that supports you as an entrepreneur to successfully start or invest in your business. This they accomplish by providing unique tools for writing your business plan, personal mentoring and the…

Saba payment deferral by no means a cancellation

Source: Saba News A defer­ral to repay the interest-free loans for next year does not mean the Saba Government will not have to make any more payments at all. Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops stated in a letter on Tuesday in response to written questions submitted by Member of the…

CBS: On Saba 27% of working population employed in Public Sector

Source: Saba News CBS: Public sector largest employer Caribbean Netherlands According to a survey by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the Caribbean Netherlands’ largest employer is the public sector. The Caribbean Dutch government employs more than 1.9 thousand people, i.e. 15 percent of all people in work on the three islands. In 2016, 10.7 thousand…

Reconstruction of damaged houses on Saba will start soon

Source: Saba News Yesterday, Monday, November 6th, the Island Governor met on behalf of the Executive Council, with the homeowners and tenants of homes which sustained the most damage during hurricanes Irma and Maria. The meeting was aimed to inform them about the procedure for reconstruction. This week, the planning bureau will have…

Annual report Kingdom representative 2016 (in Dutch)

Source: Saba News   Inleiding Voor u ligt de voortgangsrapportage over het jaar 2016. Een jaar dat in het teken stond van de bevindingen van de ‘Commissie evaluatie uitwerking van de nieuwe staatkundige structuur Caribisch Nederland’, de commissie Spies, die haar rapport in oktober het jaar ervoor had gepresenteerd. De commissie deed geen aanbevelingen, maar maakte de balans…

Jan Helmond appointed as acting Dutch representative

Source: Saba News Former Island Secretary of St. Eustatius Jan Helmond has been appointed Acting Dutch Government Representative (Rijksvertegenwoordiger.) Helmond’s temporary appointment will start on Wednes­day, November 8. The Kingdom Council of Ministers ap­proved Helmond’s appointment on recommendation of State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops. Currently, there is no…

Traffic controls  Saba

Source: Saba News On Wednesday, November 1st, between 7:00 and 8:45 in the morning, traffic checks were conducted at The Fort Street and E.A. Johnson Road. A total of 21 vehicles were checked and a total of 9 fines were issued for, among others, failure to show a valid insurance certificate and a…

Saba asks State Secretary to address urgent issues

Source: Saba News Saba’s Executive Council is most willing to keep working on strengthening the ties with the Netherlands in the interest of the island’s residents, but there are a number of urgent matters that require State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops’ immediate attention. “Compliments and good working relations are not solving…

Advice to suspend Saba 2018 loan repayments

Source: Saba News The Committee for Financial Supervision CFT is advising a suspension of the repayments of the Dutch interest-free loans for Saba in 2018. It concerns an amount of US $440,000 which, in the opinion of the CFT, would put a strain on Saba’s cash position.  The 2018 draft budget of the public…

Saba disappointed that relief takes longer than expected

Source: Saba News During the first Central Committee meeting of Thursday, October 19, the first meeting since the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria, Commissioner Bruce Zagers on behalf of the Executive Council up­dated the Committee and the public about the state of affairs concerning the re­construction efforts in Saba. “During these extreme…

Constitution change for islands now a fact

Source: Saba News The amendment to the Dutch Constitution to provide a constitutional basis for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba and to establish an Electoral College has become a fact with the consent of the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday. The Senate unanimously approved the legislation proposal to amend the…

Quick fix for small pier in Fort Bay

Source: Saba News The Public Entity Saba has deemed/considers the small pier to be structurally damaged. While plans are being finalized for the harbor master plan, a quick fix of this dock is in progress to facilitate our local fishermen, boats and the arrival of various cruise lines. The Commissioner with the responsibility…

Saba recovering with Dutch pre-financing

Source: Saba News The Government of Saba has re­ceived approval to start reconstruction works following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. An amount of US $500,000 is being made available as pre-financing. Preliminary es­timations set the damage in Saba at US $27 million. The Committee for Financial Supervision CFT ap­proved an amendment to Saba’s 2017…

Ollengren, Knops start as Minister, State Secretary

Source: Saba News Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk relinquished his tasks on Thursday and transferred his portfolio to the new Minister Kajsa 0llongren and State Secretary Raymond Knops. During a short ceremony at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations, Plasterk (Labour Party PvdA) and 0llongren (Democratic Party D66)…

Saba: Support from local government

Source: Saba News In a recently held public Central Committee meeting, the Executive Council gave a detailed account of what has been done and ongoing before during and after the hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria. One of those things being, helping residents with the rebuilding of their damaged homes. The Public Entity Saba…

DUO offers relief plan for ex-students

Source: Saba News Residents of Saint Martin, Saba and Sint Eustatius are affected by the effects of hurricane Irma. The Education Executive Agency (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs /DUO) understands that for ex-students on these islands it may be difficult now to pay their monthly installments. Therefore, DUO offers a relief plan for the upcoming…

Foreign workers receive information during Anti-Human Trafficking Day

Source: Saba News On October 18th, the Dutch Caribbean Police Force [KPCN], the Public Entity Bonaire and the Labour Inspection provided information to foreign nationals who are working in the Caribbean Netherlands. This information was provided in the context of the fight against human trafficking. Police officers and inspectors of the Public Entity…

CBS: Purchasing power Saba up again in 2015

Source: Saba News In 2015, the median purchasing power of Saba’s local population improved by 2.2 percent. This was the lowest increase since 2012, when measurement started. Both people in employment and benefit recipients saw a median increase of 2.2 percent. People up to the age of 40 saw the most substantial increase:…

2018 Saba Hell’s Gate Triathlon scheduled for January 20th

Source: Saba News The newest edition of the Saba Triathlon has its official date: January 20th, 2018. The date was set in conjunction with many local and regional partners, and is aimed for maximized participation. “The racing event has become an attraction for both locals and off-island athletes alike, and we couldn’t be…

Knops State Secretary of Kingdom Relations

Source: Saba News The Dutch Caribbean will get a State Secretary for Kingdom Relations in the new Dutch Government in the person of Raymond Knops of the Christian Democratic Party CDA, it was confirmed on Friday. Knops (45) is a Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, where he has been…

Electricity prices down on St. Eustatius, up on Saba

Source: Saba News In Q3 2017, consumer prices on St. Eustatius were 2.1 percent higher compared to one year previously. On Bonaire, the price increase was 0.6 percent. By contrast, consumers on Saba paid 1.3 percent less for goods and services relative to Q3 2016, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports. Consumer prices on Bonaire…

Kajsa Ollongren may be new Kingdom Relations Minister

Source: Saba News Amsterdam Deputy Mayor and Alderman Kajsa Ollongren may very well become the next Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Re­lations in the new Dutch Govern­ment, the Dutch media reported on Wednesday. According to reliable sources, Ollongren (50), a member of the Democratic Party D66, has also been asked to take up the…

PCN visits Saba on Tuesday, October 31

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 Tuesday October 31st, 2017 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…

Day against Human Trafficking

Source: Saba News Worldwide, people will reflect on human trafficking on October 18th, and so will we in the Caribbean Netherlands. The word ‘human trafficking’ may sound grave to you. Human trafficking is a violation of human rights. Human trafficking also occurs in the Caribbean Netherlands in the form of labour exploitation. The…

Social Affairs and Labour expands provisions

Source: Saba News The Unit of Social Affairs and Labour (SZW), in recognizing the needs of residents of Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire, is hard at work to expand its provisions to the fullest extent possible within the limits of the law. Because of this, special provisions are being made. One of the…

Dutch charity event to support St. Maarten, Saba & Statia

Source: Saba News The singer, songwriter, Kizzy, was the initiator of ‘Schiedam Steunt St. Maarten’, a charity event she set up to collect donations and goods for Saba, St. Eustatius and especially St. Martin which was hit the hardest by hurricane Irma. The show hosted by Marco Spruit Bleeker aired LIVE on Popup…

St. Kitts could be promising supplier for Saba, Statia

Source: Saba News The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis seems to be an attractive and realistic alter­native to St. Maarten when it comes to importing food items. This emerged from a recent study carried out by consultants of Ecorys and Curconsult, as commissioned by Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs. St. Kilts…

October Down syndrome awareness month on Saba

Source: Saba News Remedial/special education teacher at Saba’s Sa­cred Heart School (SHS) Helen Hassell gave a brief ex­planation about Down syndrome to all pupils on Monday, October 2. This was mainly to acknowledge the existence of Down syndrome among children and to eliminate existing barri­ers between these children and their peers. It was also…

Saba elated with reopening of Princess Juliana Airport

Source: Saba News For about a month, Saba has been almost inac­cessible. Although Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is functioning and did not sustain much damage from Hur­ricanes Irma or Maria, the island’s dependency on St. Maarten as hub for almost everything made accessibility an issue. Saba Government was therefore very pleased to be…

Saba is ready to welcome guests again

Source: Saba News For about a month Saba has been almost inaccessible. Although our airport is functioning and did not sustain much damage from lrma nor Maria, our dependency on St Maarten as hub (for almost everything) made accessibility an issue. Saba Government was therefore very pleased to be in contact with St Maarten’s Directer of…

More engagement with the islands

Source: Saba News The Govern­ing Accord of the new Dutch Government titled “Confi­dence in the future,” which was presented on Tuesday, dedicates three paragraphs to Kingdom Relations. The new Dutch Government is showing more engagement with the islands. “The Netherlands is con­nected to the Kingdom parts in the Caribbean through a long-shared history.…

“Beachcomber II” to Saba for dredging

Source: Saba News Motor vessel Beachcomber II has gotten off Boardwalk Boule­vard after lounging there for more than a month and is off to do some important work in Saba. The boat was shoved onto land by the power waves of monster Hurricane Irma that battered the country on September 6. The waves…

25th international conference “Sustainable business between the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Caribbean region and South/Latin America”

Source: Saba News Interexpo Curacao has been organising business match-making and theme conferences geared towards doing business in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Caribbean islands and Suriname for 25 years. In 2017, Interexpo will organise the 25th international conference “Sustainable business between the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Caribbean region and South/Latin…

ZVK flies 25 patients back to Statia, Saba

Source: Saba News A special Insel Air charter flight flew 25 Health Insurance Office Caribbean Nether­lands ZVK medical patients to St. Eustatius on Wednes­day, October 4. These patients from Statia and Saba and their compan­ions were forced to stay in Curacao due to conditions in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Eight…

GDP increased in 2015 in Caribbean Netherlands

Source: Saba News On all three islands of the Car­ibbean Netherlands, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ex­panded in 2015. The highest growth rate was seen in Bo­naire with three per cent, rising to a total GDP value of US $415 million. On St. Eustatius, the GDP value increased by 2.1 per cent to $102…

Lions Club of Saba partners with Comprehensive School

Source: Saba News The Saba Lions Club has partnered with lo­cal high school Saba Com­prehensive School (SCS) in getting students of Form 1 and Pro, to sign up for LEO Club-based activities. LEO stands for Leadership, Experience and Opportunity and LEO Club is an activity of the Lions Club. Director of Saba Compre­hensive School…

Saba reefs incur limited damage after hurricanes

Source: Saba News After the passage of hurricanes Irma and Ma­ria, staff of dive operators Saba Divers, Sea Saba and Explorer Ventures are as­sisting Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) with the assessment and immediate restoration of impacted coral reefs in Saba and Saba Bank National Marine Parks. Their efforts are being sup­ported by Dutch…

Winair starts commercial flights SXM-Saba on October 10

Source: Saba News Winair would like to inform our customers that our anticipated start up of commercial operations on Friday October 6th has been postponed to Tuesday October 10th. Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher has announced this morning that SXM Airport will be open to accept commercial flights per October…

Opinion: Building a new Caribbean

Source: Saba News Dear Editor, Having experienced two hurricanes cat. 5, having seen the devastation and been around to feel and understand the inconveniences, to just express it mildly; no water, no electricity or no telecommunication for an extended period. Lots of time though to think about what happened and who are suffering,…

Invitation to the Central Committee Meeting, October 19th

Source: Saba News Public Notice The Central Committee of the Public Entity Saba will meet on Thursday October 19th, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Government Administration Building. The agenda for said meeting is: 1. Opening 2. Approval of the agenda 3. Approval of the Minutes from the Central Committee meeting on August…

Executive Council of Saba gives post-hurricane update

Source: Saba News The Executive Council is very pleased with the way that the businesses and residents have come together to rebuild Saba after a second category-five Hurricane passed its shores two weeks ago. “We were fortunate that the majority of the island sustained minimal dam­age from Hurricane Maria, but Fort Bay harbour was…

First repairs Fort Bay Harbor to start this weekend

Source: Saba News For the past weeks, the Public Entity has been in close contact with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment {I&M) with regards to restoration of the harbor after the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria. I&M has been very helpful by making accessibility of Saba and especially the harbor one of their…

CBS: GDP Caribbean Netherlands increased in 2015

Source: Saba News On all three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands, gross domestic product (GDP) expanded in 2015. The highest growth rate was seen on Bonaire with 3.0 percent, rising to a total GDP value of 415 million US dollars. On St Eustatius, the GDP value rose by 2.1 percent to 102 million…

GIS Saba : Community Update 2 – October 3rd

Source: Saba News Two weeks ago a second category 5 hurricane passed our shores. We were fortunate that the majority of the island sustained minimal damage from Hurricane Maria, but the Fort Bay harbor was severely affected. While the community continues to be challenged by mother nature, Saba is proving that it is up for…

Curaçao-SXM emergency flights and onward to Saba

Source: Saba News As of Tuesday, emergency relief flights will be executed specifically for caregivers and freight from Curaçao to St. Maarten. The return flight will take patients and tourists who can demonstrate they have a reason to leave the country. Other travelers can access one of the flights to link the two…

CCC Newsletter 10

Source: Saba News This issue of our CCC Newsletter is late, for obvious reasons. As you will read, our team members had all written their usual updates in August. Jessica reports how she has contributed yet another article in her unrelenting quest to give the Dutch islands in the Northern Caribbean their fair…

Omnibus survey to kick off in Bonaire

Source: Saba News The Central Bureau of Statis­tics (CBS) will conduct the Omnibus survey in Bonaire during October and November. CBS interviewers will go to randomly selected persons to administer the ques­tionnaire. The survey will also be conducted in Saba and St. Eustatius starting January 2018. The Omnibus survey is a sample survey…

Dutch Museum reopens October 1st

Source: Saba News Dutch Museum Saba re-opened on the 1st of October and will – as always – be open every day from 1 pm to 5 pm. It features presentations (video) about the transatlantic colonization starting around 1600 in relation to the sugar trade. 
This is an activity within the framework of…

SXM government launches website to communicate with citizens

Source: Saba News The St. Maarten government has launched a special website through which they intend to communicate with their citizens: www.sxmemergency.org The post SXM government launches website to communicate with citizens appeared first on Saba News. Link: SXM government launches website to communicate with citizens

Editorial of Daily Herald summarizes good news for Saba

Source: Saba News There is some positive news for the people of St. Eustatius and Saba in today’s edition of The Daily Herald. They had not received The Daily Herald since it was first published after the passage of Hurricane Irma on Friday, September 22, due to flight complications. Temporarily, we have made…

Further pension reduction Saba, Statia seems to be off

Source: Saba News A further reduction of the elderly pen­sion of former civil servants and retired teachers in Bo­naire, St. Eustatius and Saba planned for 2018 might be off, due to the improved cov­erage degree of the Carib­bean Netherlands Pension Fund PCN. Dutch caretaker Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk…

Winair goes forward with limited service

Source: Saba News St. Maarten’s national airline Windward Islands Airways Interna­tional Winair relocated its aircraft to St. Vincent prior to Hurricane Irma and cur­rently the fleet is operating from St. Kitts, as fuel and security for their aircraft are not yet present in St.Maarten. The airline has performed more than 60 relief flights…

Irma causes millions in damage to airport – recovery takes time

Source: Saba News Hurricane Irma dealt a severe blow to Princess Juliana International Airport SXM on September 6, conservatively estimated in the tens of millions of dollars, according to a first-hand assessment of the damage. omplete recovery is expected to take 35 weeks. Minister of Aviation Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher told The Daily Herald this…

Question: “How do we get on or off the island?”

Source: Saba News Hello, My name is Frances and my son is currently studying at the medical school. I would dearly love to see his smiling face over Christmas. I was also going to book a visit to the island in February. Unfortunately with the destruction of Princess Juliana airport on St. Maarten…

Kingdom Representative visits Statia and Saba

Source: Saba News Kingdom Representative Gilbert Isabella visited St. Eustatius and Saba last weekend. The purpose of the visit was to take note of the situation on the islands after the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Isabella arrived on St. Eustatius on Friday, September 22th, the first stop of his visit to…

“Go-Fund-Me” page for assisting Saba

Source: Saba News Hello, my name is Tamella Hassell. I was on Saba during the hurricane Irma. I just started a GOFUNDME page for Saba, The Unspoiled Queen. You can find the page HERE. I hope that that people who don’t live there , but visit, can make a donation. All proceeds will go…

Grand Case airport on St. Maarten has re-opened

Source: Saba News Grand Case Airport is open again for commercial flights, just over two weeks after the passing of Hurricane Irma. Since Irma the airport has only been open for military or evacuation flights. Friday was also the last day for humanitarian flights to leave St. Martin from this airport. New Airport…

Second Chamber okays change to Constitution

Source: Saba News The con­stitutional embedding of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba is one step closer with the recent go-ahead of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament to amend the Dutch Constitution. The day before Hurricane Irma struck the Windward Islands, the Second Chamber met in a plenary setting to discuss the…

PCN visit of September is cancelled

Source: Saba News By means of this notice PCN would like to inform the general public that the monthly visit for September will not go ahead as planned. This is due to St. Maarten’s airport condition after Hurricane Irma. For urgent matters or concerns please call 4166860 or email at saba-office@pensioenfondscn.com.   The…

Reports from Dominca after Maria passage

Source: Saba News Message from Dominica:  It’s 4 30am and I Just spoke with Prime Minister Skerrit via Satellite phone. He and family are fine. Dominica is not!! Tremendous loss of Housing and Public buildings. The main general hospital took a beating. Patient care has been compromised. Many buildings serving as shelters lost…

KNMI: TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 18 – Maria

Source: Saba News TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 18 Date: Wednesday September 20, 2017 Time: 06:44 local time Weather conditions are still extreme. Residents of Saba are advised to remain inside.  Saba is still experiencing wind and rain from hurricane Maria. So far no hurricane Maria related injuries have been reported to police or…

KNMI: TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 13 – Maria

Source: Saba News Listen to the latest address of the Lieutenant Governor, Jonathan Johnson, to the Saba residents: TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 13 WARNING MESSAGE NO. 8 Date: Tuesday September 19, 2017 Time: 11:33 local time Watches/warnings: The Strike Phase of the Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch continue to be in…

KNMI: TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 12 – Maria

Source: Saba News Listen to the latest address of the Lieutenant Governor, Jonathan Johnson, to the Saba residents:   TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 12 WARNING MESSAGE NO. 7 Date: Tuesday September 19, 2017 Time: 04:54 local time Watches/warnings: The Strike Phase of the Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch continue to be…

KNMI: TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 11 – Maria

Source: Saba News Listen to the latest address of the Lieutenant Governor, Jonathan Johnson, to the Saba residents:   TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 11 WARNING MESSAGE NO. 6 Date: Monday September 18, 2017 Time: 22:53 local time Watches/warnings: A Tropical storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch are in effect for Hurricane Maria for…

Saba GIS Bulletin September 18

Source: Saba News Two weeks ago, Saba and its sister islands were dealt a severe blow by Hurricane Irma. Our thoughts are with the community, especially those who have lost their homes or have damage to their property. We will continue to work to rebuild Saba and restore it to the Unspoiled Queen…

KNMI: TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 1

Source: Saba News TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 1 INFORMATION MESSAGE NO. 1 Date: Saturday September 16, 2017 Time: 11:27 local time Watches/warnings: There are no watches or warnings in effect at this time. At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the disturbance was centered near latitude 12.2 North, longitude 50.5 West. The system is…

Delivery of goods from SXM to Saba

Source: Saba News Message from ICS Hurricane Irma has left a path of destruction in St. Maarten and has not spared the harbor. However, we received some encouraging news that the Caribtrans containers that are currently in St. Maarten, are safe! That means our shipment is safe! Caribtrans St. Maarten is currently in…

Kingdom Council of Ministers meets about hurricane Irma

Source: Saba News Today, Tuesday September 12th, the Kingdom Council of Ministers met to talk about the current situation on the islands of St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius, which have been hard hit by hurricane Irma. In the Kingdom Council of Ministers maintaining law and order and the emergency relief to the…

Info provided by the Dutch Government concerning Irma

Source: Saba News On their website rijksoverheid.nl the Dutch government provides information for Dutch citizens on the various arrangements they have organized in the wake of hurricane Irma. The site is in Dutch only. Sort the items on “date”. Click here for access.   The post Info provided by the Dutch Government concerning…

King Willem Alexander will visit St. Maarten, Saba and Statia

Source: Saba News King Willem-Alexander will visit the hurricane-hit Caribbean island of Sint Maarten on Monday as part of a short visit to meet locals and assess the relief effort. The king and home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk arrived on Curaçao on Sunday where they were briefed about the aid effort so far.…

KNMI: Tropical cyclone bulletin 1 – Jose

Source: Saba News TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 1 INFORMATION MESSAGE NO. 1 Date: Thursday September 07, 2017 Time: 04:36 local time Watches/warnings: This is an Information Message for Hurricane Jose. A Tropical Storm Watch is likely to be issued for Jose later today (Thursday). At 05 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of…

SXM damage from naval helicopter and pictures

Source: Saba News Images collected by St. Maarten News Network: The post SXM damage from naval helicopter and pictures appeared first on Saba News. Link: SXM damage from naval helicopter and pictures

KNMI: Tropical Cyclone Bulletin 16 – Irma & Jose

Source: Saba News TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 16 Date: Wednesday September 06, 2017 Time: 23:13 local time Watches/warnings: *** NOTE: This Tropical Cyclone Bulletin is both an Advisory Message for Hurricane Irma and an Information Message for Hurricane Jose. A Tropical Storm Watch or Hurricane Watch will likely be issued for Jose on…

Saba Government on Facebook: no deaths have been reported on Saba

Source: Saba News As of 3.30 p.m. local time, no deaths have been reported on Saba and only a few wounded. There has been a lot of structural damage. Satel is working hard on restoring telecommunication services to Saba. Local landlines are slowly being restored. Outgoing international calls are reportedly possible. Saba seems…

Red Cross website for announcing yo’re safe and well

Source: Saba News After a disaster or emergency, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. This website of the Red Cross organisation is designed to help make that communication easier. You can choose for what situation you want to…

Livestream NU.NL from SXM (in Dutch)

Source: Saba News Images collected by St. Maarten News Network:   The post Livestream NU.NL from SXM (in Dutch) appeared first on Saba News. Link: Livestream NU.NL from SXM (in Dutch)

KNMI: Hurricane watch message 3

Source: Saba News   TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 4 WATCH MESSAGE NO. 3 Date: Monday September 04, 2017 Time: 04:27 local time Watches/warnings: A tropical cyclone watch is in effect. At 0500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.9 North, longitude 52.3 West. Irma is moving…

KNMI: Tropical cyclone Bulletin 5

Source: Saba News TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 5 WARNING MESSAGE NO. 1 Date: Monday September 04, 2017 Time: 10:36 local time Watches/warnings: A Hurricane warning is in effect for Saba and St Eustatius. At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.8 North, longitude 53.3 West.…

Kingdom Representative launches iLanders

Source: Saba News During the Day of the Press on Bonaire Kingdom Representative Gilbert Isabella launched iLanders. iLanders is an initiative of the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland to motivate young people and professionals with a Caribbean background to live and work on Bonaire, St. Eustatius or Saba. The Kingdom Representative would like to commit…

KNMI – Tropical Cyclone bulletin

Source: Saba News Dutch Meteorological Institute – KNMI TROPICAL CYCLONE BULLETIN NO. 1 INFORMATION MESSAGE NO. 1 Date: Sunday September 03, 2017 Time: 05:09 local time Watches/warnings: There are no watches or warnings in effect at this time. At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude…

KNMI: small risk for tropical storm winds from hurricane Irma

Source: Saba News Royal Dutch Weather Institute – KNMI Weather forecast for Saba and Sint Eustatius Saturday 02 until Sunday 03 September 2017 Partly cloudy with a chance of a shower It is partly cloudy with a chance of a shower. High temperatures around 32°C, low temperatures around 26°C. Winds are east- to…

Saba searches a new dentist

Source: Saba News Commissioner of Health, Mr. Rolando Wilson, in a rebuttal to statements made earlier today by SLP fraction members Mr. Ishmael Levenstone and Ms. Monique Wilson, clarified that during the Central Committee meeting on August 21st an update was provided regarding news of the departure of the local dentist. Commissioner Wilson…

SLP Member Monique Wilson stresses for empowerment of the local market

Source: Saba News Saba Labour Party member Monique Wilson questions the Executive Council about the Island Government of Saba’s plan to empower the local youth market. Island Council Member Monique Wilson on August 21, 2017 during the Central Committee Meeting inquired about the Island Governments proposal to strengthen the local, young adult workforce…

Open Monuments days 2017

Source: Saba News Open Monuments days 2017 (weather permitting) In the weekend of 9 and 10 September, Saba will be joining the Open Monument Days which have been organized in the European Netherlands since 1987. Cooperation between Dutch Cultural Heritage Association Heemschut and the Dutch Museum Saba results for the second time in Open…

Isabella to stay until end 2017

Source: Saba News Kingdom Government Representative for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba Gilbert Isabella will remain in function until the end of this year, which is a few months longer than the original three years that had been agreed upon in 2014.Dutch caretaker Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk informed…

Captain Quarters sale purchase agreement executed

Source: Saba News On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, on the grounds of Captain Quarters, the sale purchase agreement was executed. Present was Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, Legal advisor Gerald de Jong, and GIS Saskia Matthew on behalf of Public Entity Saba and Wim and Johanna Van ‘t Hof on behalf of J.W. Hotel…

Statia police escort two prisoners by boat

Source: Saba News Members of the St. Eustatius Korps Police Caribbean Netherlands (KPCN) left St. Eustatius to Saba, on Saturday, August 26, around 4:00am to trans­fer two prisoners to Statia, where they were later flown to Bonaire. Senior officer Robelto Hodge told The Daily Herald that the prisoners were transferred from Saba to…

100% Passing rate for the SCS once again

Source: Saba News The students of the Saba Comprehensive School registered an exceptional performance at their May-June 2017 CSEC and Dutch Cambridge examination as the school procured a 100% pass rate once again. The Saba Comprehensive School offers the Academic and Vocational stream and is the only school for secondary and vocational education…

Parliament demands clarity on Isabella’s appointment

Source: Saba News The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament is demanding prompt answers from Dutch caretaker Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk about the term of appointment of Kingdom Government Representative (“Rijksvertegenwoordiger”) for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba Gilbert Isabella. On the initiative of Member of Parliament (MP) Ronald…

CBS: Tourism in Caribbean Netherlands stable

Source: Saba News In 2016, Bonaire received around 136 thousand tourists arriving by air. This number is more or less the same as in 2015. A total of 217 thousand cruise ship passengers visited Bonaire, down 6 percent on the previous year. Saba and St Eustatius saw little year-on-year change in tourist arrivals…

SMMC confirms baby born with ‘characteristics of microcephaly’

Source: Saba News St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) confirmed on Monday that a baby was born at the institution on Saturday, August 19, “with characteristics of microcephaly.” SMMC Medical Director Dr. Felix Holiday told The Daily Herald the hospital’s specialists cannot conclude at this point what caused the microcephaly. However, he said the…

Henk Brons to temporary head Kingdom Relations

Source: Saba News Henk Brons, currently Representative of the Dutch Government in Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten, will temporary head the Directorate of Kingdom Relations of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK per September 15. Brons will combine the temporary position with his work on the islands. However, the majority…

Stabbing on Saba

Source: Saba News One person is in Police custody after a stab­bing in Windwardside on Saturday evening. Police originally detained two persons in connection with the incident, but one was later released, accord­ing to the police report is­sued on Sunday. No further details have been given about the inci­dent. The post Stabbing on…

Partners declare to work together on “Safety Image BES 2017”

Source: Saba News On Wednesday, 16 August 2017, a declaration was signed in Kralendijk (Bonaire) in which the Public Prosecutor (OM), Royal Marechaussee (KMar), Police Force of the Dutch Caribbean (KPCN) and the Public Body of Bonaire (OLB), have committed themselves to work together on a “safety picture BES 2017” (Veiligheidsbeeld BES 2017)…

Tourism stays steady in Caribbean Netherlands

Source: Saba News Tourism figures for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba remained stable in 2016, reported the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) on Thursday. The number of visitors arriving by air in Saba decreased by four per cent from 9,600 in 2015 to 9,200 in 2016; however, more visitors arrived by ferry –…

Saba’s Tourism & Marketing Conference a Success

Source: Saba News On August 14th & 15th, Saba held its first Tourism conference for stakeholders of both the private and public sector of the tourism industry on Saba. Attendance at the conference was high and much interest was displayed by the attendees. Topics highlighted were Customer Service, Digital Marketing, Team Work and…

Invitation public meeting of Island Council – Monday, August 21

Source: Saba News Public Notice The Acting Island Governor of the Public Entity Saba hereby invites the general public to attend a Public Island Council meeting on Monday August 21st, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Government Administration Building. The agenda is as follows: 1. Opening and announcements 2. Approval of the agenda 3.…

Meeting with interns

Source: Saba News Most of the students that took part in the Public Entity of Saba’s summer-intern programme, gathered on Thursday at the Government Administration Building with their supervisors to meet with the Executive Council to discuss their six-week internship. The students shared their experiences, spoke of the many projects they carried out,…

Plasterk praises Saba approach

Source: Saba News Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations, Mr. Ronald Plasterk, began his farewell tour of the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands on Saba on Monday August 14th. In meetings with the Island Council and the Executive Council of the Public Entity of Saba, talks centered on the good working relationship…

New garbage trucks for Saba

Source: Saba News The Sanitation Division of Public Works, Public Works head Russell Thielman, Act. Island Governor Franklin Wilson, Commissioner Rolando Wilson, and Island Secretary Tim Muller assembled today, Friday, August 11th near the recently acquired garbage trucks. The Island Secretary Tim Muller and Commissioner Rolando Wilson on behalf of Commissioner Zagers gave…

Statia, Saba Chamber discuss issues at mid-year meeting

Source: Saba News Two Saba members of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of St. Eustatius and Saba travelled to St. Eustatius for the mid-year meeting of the board on Wednesday August 9. Since the Chamber serves both islands, it was an initia­tive of the Public Relations Officer (PRO), that…

Saba to host First Tourism & Marketing Conference – August 14-15

Source: Saba News Saba’s Commissioner of Tourism, Bruce Zagers is proud to announce that on August 14th and 15th, Saba will host its first Tourism and Marketing Conference. This conference is intended to bring together the various stakeholders of Saba’s tourism industry to stimulate the industry with knowledge from experts in the fields…

Saba Carnival 2017

Source: Saba News Following Saturday’s Jouvert Morning and Grand Parade, and Sunday’s Second Grand Parade and Last Lap, Saba closed off 10 days of Carnival 2017 with the burning of King Momo on Sunday evening. Witnessed by many spectators in the streets, many among them from neighbouring islands, the Parades featured three groups:…

Ferry Big B Makes Maiden Voyage to Saba

Source: Saba News On Friday, July 28th, 2017, the ferry “Big B,” owned by Bobby Valesques, made its maiden voyage to Saba for an overnight visit during the last weekend of Saba Carnival. The ferry trip included the round trip ticket on the “Big B,” a ticket to the Friday night show of…

Bob Morgan crowned Calypso King

Source: Saba News   Once again, Bob Morgan (centre) was crowned Calypso King during Friday’s Calypso Show and Road March at the Carnival Village at Princess Juliana Sports Field in The Bot­tom. Morgan is sheer unbeatable. He already collected many crowns as Saba’s Calypso Monarch. Carnival shifts into an even higher gear tonight,…

T.R.A.V.E.L. 360 meets with Island Governor

Source: Saba News Members of T.R.A.V.E.L 360° (Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School Club) embark on their 9th Annual Educational trip to Sabatius (Saba & St. Eustatius) from July 12 – 22, 2017, which culminates and highlights the academic year (2016-2017) for T.R.A.V.E.L 360/History Club. Upon arrival, they got the opportunity to meet the Island…

Preventing underage drinking in focus during Saba Carnival

Source: Saba News Carnival is one of the biggest and most high­ly anticipated events on Saba with colourful cos­tumes, great music, and sensational parties. To en­sure that everyone can en­joy this event it is deemed important to be aware of potential hazards. This year, a campaign has been developed with the aim of…

Ten fun-filled days during Saba Carnival

Source: Saba News Under the motto: “Grab your best team, and Join the Scene for Saba Carnival 2017,” the Carnival season on Saba will be kicking off Friday, July 21, with the Calypso Show and Road March. A Foam and Wete Fete with TG Band is planned for Satur­day, July 22, starting at…

Stranded Motor Yacht Elsa removed

Source: Saba News On July 11th, the salvage company Koole-Mammoet, hired by Rijkswaterstaat, removed the last significant piece of the Elsa from our shore. Between July 11th and July 14th, the salvage company removed pieces of debris from the beach and the seabed. On Saturday, July 15th Saba Conservation Foundation made their final…

Governor Jonathan Johnson met with newly installed Brigade Generaal

Source: Saba News Island Governor Jonathan Johnson met with newly installed Brigade Generaal Peter Jan De Vin, the Chief Military Officer of the Caribbean responsible for Navy and Coast Guard, with hopes of making a better connection with all internal and external partners of the Dutch Caribbean Military. The governor addressed support of…

Dutch organisation to set up sports structure in Saba

Source: Saba News Huis voor de Sport Groningen, an organisation in the northeast of the Netherlands, has received a subsidy from the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport to promote sports and a healthy lifestyle among Sabans in the next two years. Saba has a relatively high percentage of unhealthy persons among…

CBS: Prices St Eustatius show highest growth rate

Source: Saba News On an annual basis, prices of goods and services rose by approximately 2.6 percent on St Eustatius in Q2 2017. St Eustatius has the highest inflation rate of the three islands in Caribbean Netherlands. According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), consumer prices on Bonaire were 0.4 percent higher and on Saba…

Ludwig Charles won silver medal in boxing tournament

Source: Saba News The Saba Amateur Boxing Association recently organized a trip to St. Lucia for the Creole Boxing Tournament from June 6-8, 2017. The competing islands were St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Maarten, Saba, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Martinique and Guadeloupe. We are elated to announce that Mr.…

Police Force invites community to Town Hall meeting July 13th

Source: Saba News The Community of Saba, You are herewith cordially invited to a Town Hall meeting of the Dutch Caribbean Police Force. This is a follow-up to the public meeting held by the Community Officer along with other stakeholders in February. During this event police and relevant stakeholders will highlight the safety,…

Saba explores innovative mosquito control technology

Source: Saba News The Executive Council of Saba remains dedicated to looking into all possibilities to eradicate the threat that the Aedes Aegypti mosquito poses on Saba. Today, Thursday, July 6th, a thorough risk assessment of an innovative mosquito control method, requested by Saba, was published. The RIVM (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu…

Children ask for more opportunities to grow

Source: Saba News Children’s Ombudsman presents islands’ report By Suzanne Koelega Young people in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES) on average are happy with their lives, but there is still much that needs to be improved. Poverty is a great problem, while children also want more opportunities to develop themselves and more…

More room for other languages in legal system on the islands

Source: Saba News Current legislation allows for the use of other languages than Dutch in cases where crime suspects are not well-versed in the Dutch language, caretaker Minister of Security and Justice Stef Blok said in reaction to a report on the consequences of multilingualism for law enforcement in the Caribbean Netherlands. In…

Vessel Elsa is being removed from Ladder Bay

Source: Saba News On June 9, 2017, the work barge and tugboat from salvage company Koole – Mammoet arrived on Saba. The salvage company has been hired by Rijkswaterstaat to remove the vessel Elsa with minimal damage to the environment. Since their arrival, the top decks of the stranded craft have been cut…

Saba hosts annual Public Health workshop

Source: Saba News Last week over 25 Public Health professionals, Vector Control Specialists, Laboratory Microbiologists and Health Policy advisors from St. Maarten, Curacao, Bonaire, St Eustatius, Saba and the RIVM came together on Saba for the annual meeting on the International Health regulations (IHR). The IHR are a set of agreements between countries…