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April 23, 2018

Saba

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Worries about outdated criminal law on islands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…

CBS: 1 in 3 residents of Saba is highly educated

Source: Saba News Among the three islands comprising the Caribbean Netherlands, Saba has relatively many highly educated inhabitants: a share of 33 percent among 25 to 74-year-olds. On Bonaire and St Eustatius, the respective shares of highly educated inhabitants are 18 and 20 percent. Popular study programmes in local higher education include law,…

Saba number 5, St. Maarten 9 in global airport landing poll

Source: Saba News Saba’s Juan­cho Yrausquin Airport and St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Air­port made the top 10 of the 2018 global travel poll of the world’s most scenic air­port landings. Saba made number five in the poll, and St. Maarten number nine. Saba won Most Scenic Airport Landing in last year’s poll,…

It’s Autism Awareness Month

Source: Saba News It’s Autism Awareness Month. The students showed their support with the puzzle pieces. We want to share with all the readers of Saba News, how important it is to raise the Autism Awareness. Sacred Heart Primary School The post It’s Autism Awareness Month appeared first on Saba News. Link: It’s

Police reports: hit and run on Fort Street

Source: Saba News On Saturday, April 7th , a hit and run took place on the Fort Street on Saba, in the vicinity of the ATM in Windwardside. A car parked there was hit by another car and had damaged the bumper, the right front tire and right headlamp of the parked car.…

Dutch supervision on banks in BES islands

Source: Saba News The Finance Ministry in The Hague is look­ing into the possibility of improving the oversight on com­mercial banks in the Caribbean Netherlands. The banks in the three overseas special bodies Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (also known as BES islands) are all branches of banks established in Curacao, so in…

Transfer of tasks to Saba a step closer

Source: Saba News On the insis­tence of the Second Cham­ber of the Dutch Parliament, State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Rela­tions Raymond Knops will look into the possibilities of transferring the authority of issuing work permits to the Public Entity Saba. This commitment was made during a debate of the Sec­ond Chamber’s…

Kingdom affairs gets an “own” Directorate-General

Source: Saba News The Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations has de­cided to transfer the King­dom Relations file to a separate Directorate-General. Henk Brons has been appointed as quartermaster for the new department, which will focus entirely on matters relating to the coop­eration of the Netherlands with the other countries of…

Dutch Government lifts ban on Insel Air

Source: Saba News Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management has lifted the flight ban imposed on civil servants in February 2017. The minister follows the advice of the Dutch Inspectorate of Environment and Transportation (ILT). At the request of Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA), the ILT has provided support during…

From April 10th two dentists work on Saba for 4 months

Source: Saba News The Health Care Insurance Office Caribbean Netherlands (ZVK) is pleased to announce that as of April 6th, two dentists – Thomas Kleijn and Mona Maru – will settle on Saba for a period of 4 months. They will be operational from the 10th of April on, children and young persons…

Winair, Liat and Air Antilles are looking for Regional Cooperation

Source: Saba News Three important regional carriers, Air Antilles, Liat and Winair are working on an initative to make interregional traffic more efficient with the potential help of European funding. Under the name ‘Caribsky’ the three carriers want to provide better connections to travellers accross the English, Dutch and French speaking Caribbean. The…

Two town hall meetings on human rights in Saba, Statia

Source: Saba News Chairperson of the Neth­erlands Institute for Human Rights Adriana van Dooijew­eert will visit Saba and St. Eu­statius April 9-13, to discuss human rights during town hall meetings with people on the islands. During these meetings, Van Dooijeweert will explain why human rights are important in the relationship between citizens and…

Motion Calls for Conversion of Libraries CN Into Develop Centers

Source: Saba News According to the newssite Bonaire.Nu, MP Antje Diertens of D66 has submitted a motion last Wednesday in the Second Chamber, calling for the conversion of libraries on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba into more multi-faceted development centers. “Libraries also need to be the place on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba where…

Close to 145 island residents took to Ombudsman in 2017

Source: Saba News The Nation­al Ombudsman received 142 requests and/or complaints from residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in 2017. National Ombudsman Rei­nier van Zutphen and Chil­dren’s Ombudsman Mar­grite Kalverboer presented the 2017 annual report to the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Wednesday. The combined 63-page report of the Om­budsman…

Parliament supports transfer of tasks to Saba

Source: Saba News The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament is encour­aging the Dutch Govern­ment to arrange the transfer of tasks to the Public Entity Saba. The Second Chamber’s Per­manent Committee for King­dom Relations on Thursday requested State Secretary of Home Affairs and King­dom Relations Raymond Knops to have a consulta­tion with the…

CBS: less air passengers for Saba in 2017

Source: Saba News In 2017, there were nearly 21 thousand aircraft movements to and from the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands, a 5 percent increase on the previous year. On Bonaire and St Eustatius, the number of movements rose by over 10 and over 7 percent respectively. Saba with the smallest airport of…

SCS starts building a sail boat

Source: Saba News On February 23, 2014 the Saba Islander wrote an article about boat building on Saba. In that article Mr. Will Johnson quotes Willem Agnew Paton, who wrote that the people of Saba are celebrated throughout the Caribbean Islands for the fishing boats they built in the oddest places. The Saba…

Civil Servants Take Oath of Office

Source: Saba News On Tuesday, March 27th, 2018, most civil servants of the Public Entity Saba took their Oath of Office in front of The Executive Council during a ceremony held in the auditorium of the Saba University School of Medicine. Those who were unable to take the oath on this day, due…

Adapted maritime border between St. Maarten, Saba

Source: Saba News The mari­time border between St. Maarten and Saba will be defined more precisely with an amendment to the 2010 Kingdom Law, giving con­tent to the treaty that was signed between the Dutch Kingdom and the French Republic in Philipsburg on April 6, 2016.   The Second Chamber of the Dutch…

Ombudsman team kept busy in Statia and Saba

Source: Saba News   The National Ombudsman’s team had suc­cessful consultations in St. Eustatius and Saba last week. The Ombudsman assured that people can always turn to his office when they have a complaint about their government. The team was in St. Eustatius on Monday, March 19, and in Saba on Thursday and…

Child Focus Teens win March Madness Basketball Competition

Source: Saba News In the weekend of March 16 – 18, 2018 Child Focus Foundation organized a teen inter-island basketball competition, with the support of the Public Entity of Saba. The Child Focus team played against a collaborative team of Sint- Maarten National Basketball Association and Island Hoops. A total of three games were played. The first game…

ZVK considering alternatives for treatment in Aruba hospital

Source: Saba News Due to circumstances of it tech­nical nature, Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital of Aruba has cancelled all surgical procedures for the coming days. In connection with this, Health Care Insurance Office for the Caribbean Netherlands ZVK has decided to tem­porarily postpone medical referrals of ZVK-insured par­ties to this hospital. ZVK said…

Low turnout in Saba for secret service referendum

Source: Saba News As expected, the turnout was low for Wednes­day’s referendum on the new law on the secret services, also known as “sleepwet” in the Netherlands. People, who did come out to vote, complained about a lack of information. Citizens could also vote by letter at the Dutch repre­sentations in Aruba, Curacao…

And the winners are… “The Terrible Two Sort It Out”

Source: Saba News On Sunday March 18, 2018 the Child Rights Film Premiere Gala was held at Queens Gardens Resort on Saba. This event was made possible by UNICEF Netherlands, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Child Focus Foundation. In total 9 children participated in the Film Project. The children had the opportunity to create two short films…

Prosecutor files for appeal in Saba manslaughter case

Source: Saba News The Court of First Instance in Saba last week heard the criminal case against G.C.G., who stood trial for stabbing a man in August 2017. The Prosecutor found it proven that she was guilty of stab­bing the man, which was considered a case of attempted manslaughter. The Judge, however, acquitted…

Covenant signed about joint fight against financial-economic crimes

Source: Saba News A covenant to strengthen the joint approach of financial-economic crime in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba was signed Monday in Bonaire by department heads of the Prosecutor’s Office, Carib­bean Netherlands Police Force KPCN, Kingdom De­tectives Cooperation Team RST, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Financial Intelligence Unit, Fiscal Intel­ligence and Investigation Service FIOD…

Crime numbers 2017 – Saba  

Source: Saba News On Tuesday March 20th, 2018, KPCN presented the crime numbers of 2017 to the Island Council of Saba. During this presentation police registered statistics regarding traffic, property crimes, violent crimes and drugs related crimes were discussed. The traffic numbers registered show that compared to 2016 there has been a decrease…

Commissioner Zagers met with Tourism Stakeholders

Source: Saba News On Monday, March 12th, 2018, Commissioner of Tourism, Bruce Zagers, met with hotel and dive shop owners to discuss recent updates within Saba’s tourism industry and upcoming projects for 2018. Included within the discussion was the upcoming plan for a redesigned Saba Tourism website, the upgrade of the building and…

PCN visits Saba on March 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 March 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 coral found to be in healthy state

Source: Saba News Saba made the headlines in the Netherlands on Thursday with the news that Dutch marine biologists during their research of the Saba Bank discovered a section of coral reef that was in a surprisingly good state. Scientists of Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and the Netherlands Institute for Maritime Research…

Saba gets approval for finalizing water project

Source: Saba News The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W) has approved Saba’s plans for finalizing the water project this year. During a visit from a delegation from Saba to the Netherlands, led by Commissioner Bruce Zagers, the plans for the remaining works were presented. The proposed plans are based on the…

PCN Establishes Investment Company Caribbean Netherlands

Source: Saba News Pension Fund Caribbean Nederlands (PCN) today has founded the so called  Participatiemaatschappij Caribisch Nederland (PMCN) at the office of Notary Public, Kenneth Arends. PCN wants to use the investment company to give shape to its local investments. “For strategic reasons, we have chosen to set up a local investment vehicle”,…

National Ombudsman to hold consultations in Saba, Statia

Source: Saba News At the end of March, the repre­sentatives of the National Ombudsman are coming to the Caribbean Netherlands. During consultation hours they will receive complaints about the Government agencies in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. They can assist residents with problems with, for exam­ple, the Dutch Caribbean Tax Authorities, the Prosecu­tor’s…

The Police notifies:

Source: Saba News On Saturday, March 10th a man with initials S.S.J.G. was detained on Saba, regarding (heavy) abuse. On Sunday, March 11th  a man with the initials W.B.G. was detained at a house at Under the Hill Road on Saba, regarding threatening with a weapon. KPCN The post The Police notifies: appeared…

SCS meets WeConnect

Source: Saba News Some 15 students of the 5th form of Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) were informed about studying abroad. Dahlia Hassell, a master student Marine Resources Management at Wageningen University and Research, visited her former high school during her holidays to give a personal lecture. She did that on behalf of Stichting…

New Satel communication bundles slash communication costs on Saba

Source: Saba News Satel NV introduces new bundled telephone/internet packages that offer great cost reductions to its Saba clients. The new packages include  more calling options like International dialing and *FREE* local dialing. For instance, by switching over from the previous basic package to the new one customers save to the new package offers a…

Saba starts preparations for big harbour project

Source: Saba News Preparations have started for what will be Saba’s larg­est infrastructural project ever: the expansion of the harbour at Fort Bay that in­cludes the construction of a second, larger pier. A so-called sub-soil study, which entails the testing of the sea floor in the direct vicinity of the new pier, is…

Saba keeps working on better accessibility

Source: Saba News The Saba Government keeps looking at ways to increase access to the island by sea and air. Not an easy task with the high airfares, the dependability on hurri­cane-hit St. Maarten and to a certain extent the re­luctance to cater to Saba’s wishes and needs. Accessibility to Saba is a…

Saba meets understanding for its issues in The Hague

Source: Saba News Saba Commissioner Bruce Zagers looks back at a very successful visit to the Netherlands. During the two weeks, Zagers and his small delegation, were able to table Saba’s issues and concerns at the various ministries in The Hague. “There is comprehension for Saba’s issues. It is a new, positive environment…

Saba steps up efforts as a green destination

Source: Saba News Saba is continuing its efforts to become an even greener eco-tourism destination. The agreement that Saba Commissioner Bruce Zagers signed with Green Destinations certification agency in the Netherlands on Thursday serves to confirm that objective. Some three years ago, Saba won a Green Destinations silver award, and now it wants to…

Saba Represented at Heineken Regatta

Source: Saba News This week, representatives from Saba’s tourism team are attending the 38th Annual Heineken Regatta at Port de Plaisance. Saba’s booth in the Regatta Village opened on the first registration day, February 27th and will remain open until March 4th. The representatives will be promoting Saba not only to the sailors…

Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland -RCN- has renewed its website

Source: Saba News On March 1st the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland officially launches its new website. You can access this online platform for all relevant information about the services and departments of RCN. You will also find the latest news, vacancies and more information about working at the government. Online visitors can easily find…

The Deposito Guarantee System of the DNB on the BES Islands

Source: Saba News Since October 2017, money held in bank accounts by residents of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba is protected up to USD 10,000 per person, per bank. De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), responsible for managing the deposit guarantee for the Caribbean Netherlands, considers it important that residents are aware of the existence…

Saba delegation meets Dutch Parliamentarians

Source: Saba News The Saba del­egation led by Commissioner Bruce Zagers met with several members of the First and Sec­ond Chambers of the Dutch Par­liament last week. The meetings were deemed constructive and inspiring. The Saba delegation met with members of the First Cham­ber’s Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations and with members of…

Commissioner Wilson makes plea for more cooperation in Caribbean

Source: Saba News Commissioner Ro­lando Wilson was among representatives of the Dutch Overseas Coun­tries and Territories OCTs of the European Union (EU), discussing OCTs future after 2020 with Eu­ropean Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica. On behalf of OCT, Saba Commissioner Wilson made a passionate plea for more regional coop­eration in the…

New hopes for Saba’s waste management

Source: Saba News Last week Commissioner Bruce Zagers and Island Secretary Tim Muller met with Director General (DG) Roald Lapperre at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W) in The Hague. Mr. Lapperre recently started as the new DG Environment and International Affairs. The Commissioner and Island Secretary had a pleasant introductory…

The Children of Saba Receive Swimming Lessons

Source: Saba News From February 16 until February 25, 2018, 30 children between the ages of 4 to 18 years old were offered the opportunity to receive swimming lessons by coach Nelson Manuel from Curaçao. “Swimming is an important skill for children to develop, according to Child Focus Program Manager Caroline Teeuwen. Swimming…