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January 10, 2019

Saba

BES(t) 4 Kids child care program agreement signed for Saba

Source: Saba News Commissioner of Social Affairs Rolando Wilson and State Secretaries Tamara van Ark of Social Affairs and Labor, and Raymond Knops of Home Affairs and Kingdom… Link: BES(t) 4 Kids child care program agreement signed for Saba

Press moment with Van Ark, Knops and Johnson.

Source: Saba News Joint press moment, Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 with state Secretary Raymond Knops of the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations, State Secretary Tamara van Ark… Link: Press moment with Van Ark, Knops and Johnson.

Knops and Van Ark conclude visit to Saba

Source: Saba News State Secretary of Interior and Kingdom Relations (Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties), Raymond Knops  and State Secretary for Social Affairs and Labour (Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid),… Link: Knops and Van Ark conclude visit to Saba

State Secretary Knops impressed with harbor project

Source: Saba News Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops received an update on the Fort Bay Harbor project on Monday, January 7. The… Link: State Secretary Knops impressed with harbor project

Doppers for Saba to reduce single-use plastic bottles

Source: Saba News The Public Entity Saba intends to drastically reduce single-use plastics through several actions. The new water bottling plant, the reusable large water containers with dispensers,… Link: Doppers for Saba to reduce single-use plastic bottles

State Secretary Knops updated on Saba airport project

Source: Saba News Upon his arrival in Saba on Monday, January 7, Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops received an update on the… Link: State Secretary Knops updated on Saba airport project

Opinion: suggestions for improving the pond at Cove Bay

Source: Saba News Dear Editor, The new stone and soil retaining wall at the swim pond at Cove Bay has apparently reduced the inflow of floating seaweed (I… Link: Opinion: suggestions for improving the pond at Cove Bay

High rents leave tenants in Saba with few options

Source: Saba News SABA—The lack of affordable housing remains a major chal­lenge for persons renting a house in Saba. “There is no informa­tion whatsoever available from the government… Link: High rents leave tenants in Saba with few options

More people are eligible for special social relief

Source: Saba News The income threshold for receiving special social relief has been increased to 120% of the statutory minimum wage from 1 January 2019. The RCN unit… Link: More people are eligible for special social relief

New national park protects Saba’s precious nature, artifacts

Source: Saba News Protected animals species such as the Saba black iguana, the bridled quail-dove, the red-billed tropicbird, the Audubon shearwater, the brown trembler bird, the red-bellied racer… Link: New national park protects Saba’s precious nature, artifacts

Firework display ignites bush fire at Flat Point

Source: Saba News The fire works display at Flat Point organised by the Public Entity was stopped in the middle of the event because of a bush fire… Link: Firework display ignites bush fire at Flat Point

Saba’s Firework Display: December 30th 2018

Source: Saba News On Sunday December 30th 2018, the annual Saba firework display will occur at 7pm on the Airport Road. The Public Entity Saba wishes the community… Link: Saba’s Firework Display: December 30th 2018

Seasons Greetings 2019

Source: Saba News Seasons Greetings 2019 The post Seasons Greetings 2019 appeared first on Saba News. Link: Seasons Greetings 2019

Saba completes important actions in disaster management

Source: Saba News In an effort to continuously improve disaster management on Saba, the Public Entity Saba completed two important actions last week: a training for the information… Link: Saba completes important actions in disaster management

Saba continues to improve water distribution

Source: Saba News Saba Commissioner Bruce Zagers met with Vitens-Evides International (VEI) representative Fred Elgers in the Netherlands last week to discuss the remaining part of the water… Link: Saba continues to improve water distribution

Saba civil servants salary to increase per January 1

Source: Saba News Employees of the Public Entity Saba will receive the maximum benefit from the 5 per cent reduction of the employer’s premium per January 1, 2019.… Link: Saba civil servants salary to increase per January 1

Saba wins two green destination awards

Source: Saba News Saba has again won two awards as a green, sustainable destination that caters towards eco-tourism. Commissioner of Tourism Bruce Zagers received the awards in the… Link: Saba wins two green destination awards

Mr. James Cyril Hassell retires

Source: Saba News On Tuesday, December 18, the Public Entity Saba gave special recognition to civil servant Cyrel Hassell, who is retiring on December 31, 2018 at the… Link: Mr. James Cyril Hassell retires

Saba continues to work on stronger tourism product

Source: Saba News Saba keeps working on strengthening its tourism product through promotion in the United States (US), Canada and the Netherlands, by attending trade shows abroad and… Link: Saba continues to work on stronger tourism product

Static Volleyball team wins SSS tournament

Source: Saba News The Sta­tia Female Volleyball team won the Saba, Statia and St. Maarten (SSS) High School Tournament. The competition was held on Saba Thursday and Friday.… Link: Static Volleyball team wins SSS tournament

First Saba Day celebration in the Netherlands a big success

Source: Saba News The first ever Saba Day celebration in the Netherlands on Saturday December 15 turned out to be a huge success. More than 250 people of… Link: First Saba Day celebration in the Netherlands a big success

Lights donated for Saba’s Cruyff Field

Source: Saba News The Johan Cruyff Foundation, in cooperation with the Signify company of the Netherlands,will donate the lights for the Cruyff Field on Saba, announced Saba Commissioner… Link: Lights donated for Saba’s Cruyff Field

CBS: Trends in the Caribbean Netherlands 2018

Source: Saba News What was the number of inhabitants onBonaire, St Eustatius and Saba in 2017? How many children attended primary school ,and how many students were in secondary education?… Link: CBS: Trends in the Caribbean Netherlands 2018

Netherlands seeks better coordination in disasters

Source: Saba News The Dutch government will engage in talks with Dutch Caribbean countries and the Dutch public entities about strengthening operational coordination in disaster and crisis management… Link: Netherlands seeks better coordination in disasters

Visit Nationale Ombudsman December 13-15

Source: Saba News The post Visit Nationale Ombudsman December 13-15 appeared first on Saba News. Link: Visit Nationale Ombudsman December 13-15

Saban Takes Home Top Prize in Saba Day Sea to Scenery Race

Source: Saba News In a close to Saba Day Weekend, a record number of participants took place in Saba’s annual Saba Day Weekend Run, the Sea to Scenery,… Link: Saban Takes Home Top Prize in Saba Day Sea to Scenery Race

St. Maarten airport terminal to reopen December 15

Source: Saba News The tents in use at Princess Juliana International Airport’s arrival and departure halls for some fifteen months will be demolished starting December 15, the scheduled… Link: St. Maarten airport terminal to reopen December 15

Saba celebrates 43rd Saba Day

Source: Saba News The historic contributions of Windwardside, the many positive developments happening on Saba and being a proud and resilient people were some of the themes that… Link: Saba celebrates 43rd Saba Day

Speech of Commissioner Bruce Zagers on 2018 Saba Day

Source: Saba News Good morning and welcome to this 43nd Saba Day celebration here on the beautiful grounds of the Harry L Johnson Museum. I would like to… Link: Speech of Commissioner Bruce Zagers on 2018 Saba Day

Speech of Commissioner Rolando Wilson on 2018 Saba Day

Source: Saba News There is a Chinese Proverb which states that: “To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.”… Link: Speech of Commissioner Rolando Wilson on 2018 Saba Day

Calibration inspections and training on Saba

Source: Saba News Inspections were carried out earlier this week at all locations on Saba that use weights and scales. In the same week a training took place… Link: Calibration inspections and training on Saba

Divi & Corendon start operating flights Curacao – St. Maarten

Source: Saba News BES Reporter announced that Divi and Corendon plan to execute 5 weekly flights between Curaçao and Princess Juliana International Airport of Sint Maarten and twice… Link: Divi & Corendon start operating flights Curacao – St. Maarten

Lt. Governors BES Islands meet on Saba

Source: Saba News Saba Island Governor Jonathan Johnson on Thursday hosted a meeting with his colleagues Island Governor Edison Rijna of Bonaire and National Government Commissioner Mike Franco of… Link: Lt. Governors BES Islands meet on Saba

Ombudsman representatives visit Saba, Statia and Bonaire

Source: Saba News Representatives of the National Ombudsman will be visiting Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire this month, to assist people with any issues they may have with… Link: Ombudsman representatives visit Saba, Statia and Bonaire

New minimum wage and social allowances officially published

Source: Saba News The Dutch government on Tuesday published the new, higher amounts for the minimum wage, the old age pension AOV and the child allowance that will… Link: New minimum wage and social allowances officially published

First steps for new agricultural, hydroponic farm

Source: Saba News The Public Entity Saba is facilitating the setting up of an agricultural, hydroponic farm to give local-grown vegetables another push. On Monday, Commissioner of Agriculture… Link: First steps for new agricultural, hydroponic farm

Phase 2 Saba solar park project well on its way to completion

Source: Saba News Construction of phase 2 of Saba Electric Company (SEC) solar park projects next to the Juancho Yrausquin Airport is progressing as planned. The frames with… Link: Phase 2 Saba solar park project well on its way to completion

Five receive Certified Nursing Assistants certificate in Saba

Source: Saba News Five employ­ees of the Saba Health Care Foundation and Benevolent Foundation grad­uated as Certified Nursing Assistants on Friday, No­vember 23. The five completed a seven-month… Link: Five receive Certified Nursing Assistants certificate in Saba

Experiment mortgage guarantee on Bonaire, Saba misses out

Source: Saba News The Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) starts sometime beginning 2019 with an experiment on mortgage guarantee on Bonaire. The scheme must stimulate home… Link: Experiment mortgage guarantee on Bonaire, Saba misses out

BKCN organized Rope Rescue training on Bonaire

Source: Saba News From November 19th to the 29th, a group of twelve participants participated in the training ‘Rope Rescue, level 1 and 2’ and successfully completed it… Link: BKCN organized Rope Rescue training on Bonaire

Saba sets up legal desk

Source: Saba News Late February 2019 Saba will see the start of a most welcome pilot project for the island: the opening of a legal desk where people… Link: Saba sets up legal desk

Commissioner Wilson visits renovations at Saba’s hospital

Source: Saba News Saba Commissioner Rolando Wilson visited the renovation project at the A.M. Edwards Medical Center on Wednesday. On that day, the doors were opened to the… Link: Commissioner Wilson visits renovations at Saba’s hospital

PCN representative visits Saba on December 4-5

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 December 4-5, 2018 to… Link: PCN representative visits Saba on December 4-5

Immigration chain holds Mini Conference on Saba

Source: Saba News On Wednesday November 28th, the partners in the immigration chain assembled in an annual Mini Conference on Saba. For the first time this Mini-Conference was… Link: Immigration chain holds Mini Conference on Saba

Thom de Graaf to Dutch Caribbean

Source: Saba News New Council of State Vice-President Thom de Graaf will visit the three Windward Islands from January 20 to 22, 2019. De Graaf will start his… Link: Thom de Graaf to Dutch Caribbean

Beautification initiative to prepare for Saba Day, tourist season

Source: Saba News The Saba Government has started a general clean-up and beautification initiative in anticipation of Saba Day and the tourist season. In consultation with Commissioner Bruce… Link: Beautification initiative to prepare for Saba Day, tourist season

SCS students receive Student Handbook

Source: Saba News Fourth and fifth form students of the Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) on Friday received the Student Handbook 2018-2019, compiled by the Public Entity Saba, to… Link: SCS students receive Student Handbook

UNICEF leads Caribbean Netherlands Children’s Rights study

Source: Saba News In the coming period, UNICEF Netherlands, together with local parties, is conducting research into the rights of children on Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba, looking… Link: UNICEF leads Caribbean Netherlands Children’s Rights study

Saba keeps progressing on waste management

Source: Saba News The Saba government is progressing with the further improvement of waste man­agement. A big step forward is the new, modern air bumer of ROI Envirosaver… Link: Saba keeps progressing on waste management

Patient Clinic moving back after Medical Center renovation

Source: Saba News During the renovation of the A.M. Edwards Medical Center our patient Clinic had been temporarily moved to the Healthcare Administration Building. The renovation has now… Link: Patient Clinic moving back after Medical Center renovation

Saba Electric Company employees pass electrical/mechanical course

Source: Saba News Last week Friday, members of Saba Electric Company’s (SEC’s) pro­duction department re­ceived certificates for their successful completion of a two-part training course as part of… Link: Saba Electric Company employees pass electrical/mechanical course

4 MPs to attend Saba Day Dec. 7

Source: Saba News Four Members of St. Maarten’s Parliament (MPs), one from each faction in parliament, will be travelling to sister island Saba for the Saba Day celebrations,… Link: 4 MPs to attend Saba Day Dec. 7

Shark finning legislation for Caribbean Netherlands

Source: Saba News The Dutch government is preparing legislation to forbid the finning of sharks and the trading of this animal in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Minister… Link: Shark finning legislation for Caribbean Netherlands

JGCN breaks silence during Week against Child Abuse

Source: Saba News “See, Say, Stop!” is the slogan of Youth Care and Family Guardianship JGCN during Week Against Child Abuse which will be taking place from today,… Link: JGCN breaks silence during Week against Child Abuse

PCN indexes pensions by two percent on January 1

Source: Saba News Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN) will increase the pensions with 2% per January 2019. This was decided in a Board meeting which took place last week… Link: PCN indexes pensions by two percent on January 1

The Week Against Child Abuse

Source: Saba News ‘See, Say, Stop!’, Is the slogan of Jeugdzorg en Gezinsvoogdij Caribisch Nederland (JGCN) during the week against child abuse that will take place from November 19th until November… Link: The Week Against Child Abuse

Kas Sigur training for Saba and Statia professionals

Source: Saba News The Welfare and Society Directorate launched the Dare2C­are Safe Statia campaign to bring more awareness on domestic violence at the Mega Musical Experi­ence in February.… Link: Kas Sigur training for Saba and Statia professionals

Knops and Rijna signed Government Agreement for Bonaire

Source: Saba News The website BES-Reporter announced that this afternoon, the Government Agreement between The Hague and Bonaire was signed by State Secretary Raymond Knops on behalf of… Link: Knops and Rijna signed Government Agreement for Bonaire

Senate proposes to work with benchmarks for islands

Source: Saba News The First Chamber of the Dutch Par­liament has proposed to the Dutch government to implement a temporary al­ternative in anticipation of the establishing of a… Link: Senate proposes to work with benchmarks for islands

Knops will take measures on Bonaire to improve local government

Source: Saba News The Netherlands will actively interfere with the government on Bonaire. A specially appointed ‘program manager administrative agreement’ will reorganize the financial management and the official… Link: Knops will take measures on Bonaire to improve local government

Heleen Cornet book signing at Five Square Art Gallery

Source: Saba News Artist Heleen Cor­net has been living on sev­eral islands of the Dutch Caribbean for forty years. During those years she has made thousands of paint­ings,… Link: Heleen Cornet book signing at Five Square Art Gallery

Three secondary schools join Technique Region

Source: Saba News In October, the directors of Gwendoline van Putten School in St. Eustatius, Scholengemeenschap Bo­naire SGB and Saba Com­prehensive School signed a collaboration agreement to proceed… Link: Three secondary schools join Technique Region

Caribbean Netherlands: income inequality lowest on Saba

Source: Saba News Of the three Caribbean islands, Saba had the lowest income inequality in 2016. According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the distribution of incomes was most uneven… Link: Caribbean Netherlands: income inequality lowest on Saba

Coralita: pretty in pink or pretty out of control

Source: Saba News Coralita: if nothing is done, biodiversity may be gone, that is the winning slogan from a contest held by the Coralita Girls during Science Cafe… Link: Coralita: pretty in pink or pretty out of control

Police warns: Be careful buying a car online in USA

Source: Saba News The Dutch Caribbean Police Force has received several reports of fraud via the internet in recent months. On the internet there are several advertisements of… Link: Police warns: Be careful buying a car online in USA

Public Island Council meeting on Monday, November 12th

Source: Saba News PUBLIC NOTICE The Island Governor of the Public Entity Saba hereby invites you to a Public Island Council meeting on Monday November 12th, 2018 at… Link: Public Island Council meeting on Monday, November 12th

Public Central Committee meeting on Monday, November 12th,

Source: Saba News Public Notice The Central Committee of the Public Entity Saba will meet on Monday, November 12th, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Government Administration Building.… Link: Public Central Committee meeting on Monday, November 12th,

Saba Electric Company starts its second solar park project

Source: Saba News Months of planning, scheduling and preparation culminated past Friday in the start of the installation of Saba Electric Company’s (SEC’s) second solar park project. With… Link: Saba Electric Company starts its second solar park project

2nd Edition Vocational & Trade School Conference to be held on Saba

Source: Saba News The Caribbean Vocational and Trade Schools network (C-VET) is organizing the second conference about vocational and trade school education. This second conference is the result… Link: 2nd Edition Vocational & Trade School Conference to be held on Saba

GroenLinks seeks 1M euros for Dutch Caribbean nature

Source: Saba News The green left party GroenLinks in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament wants the Dutch government to make one million euros annually available for… Link: GroenLinks seeks 1M euros for Dutch Caribbean nature

SCS Students start their internships

Source: Saba News November is Internship Month for the Saba Comprehensive School’s Vocational and upper-forms PraktijkOnderijs (PrO) students. They will be interning at various organizations around the island… Link: SCS Students start their internships

Decrease in employers premiums creates room for salary increase

Source: Saba News The new employers’ premiums for the Caribbean Netherlands have been published in the ‘Staatscourant’. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) will lower the… Link: Decrease in employers premiums creates room for salary increase

Saba has financial management, administrative stability in order

Source: Saba News Committee for Fi­nancial Supervision CFT for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba praised Saba dur­ing its Tuesday visit for the timely submission of bud­get documents and… Link: Saba has financial management, administrative stability in order

Sea & Learn closing night event Friday, October 26

Source: Saba News Last night, Sea & Learn 2018 organised its final event at Scout’s Place. For the 16th consecutive year, the program has brought a variety of… Link: Sea & Learn closing night event Friday, October 26

Four Special Government Enforcers (BAVPOL) sworn in on Saba

Source: Saba News On Wednesday, October 24th, four candidates namely; Alexandria Hassell, Judella Heyliger, Kai Wulf, and Randall Johnson took their oath and was sworn in as Special… Link: Four Special Government Enforcers (BAVPOL) sworn in on Saba

Saba: insufficient money for necessary maintenance

Source: Saba News Saba has insufficient financial resources to carry out necessary maintenance of infrastructure, buildings and public facilities. In the budget for 2019, 450,0000 dollars is reserved… Link: Saba: insufficient money for necessary maintenance

Saba businesses participate in client relationship course

Source: Saba News Members of the business community in Saba benefitted from a client relationship management course, which was facilitat­ed by President of Training Professionals International (TPI) Natasha Gittens… Link: Saba businesses participate in client relationship course

Enjoy Saba through the eyes of Heleen Cornet

Source: Saba News After forty years of creative work, Heleen has recently published a book depicting a summary of her paintings. It is amazing to see what the variety of… Link: Enjoy Saba through the eyes of Heleen Cornet

SXM Airways got flat tire during testing

Source: Saba News This morning, Friday, October 19th, the airline SXM Airways was carrying out a test flight. During the third landing, the front tire of the aircraft… Link: SXM Airways got flat tire during testing

Consumer prices rocket on Saba: 4.4 % up in one year

Source: Saba News In Q3 2018, consumer prices on Saba were up by 4.4 percent year-on-year. This was still 3.2 percent in the previous quarter. Food products and toiletries… Link: Consumer prices rocket on Saba: 4.4 % up in one year

Winair invests in future: new ground equipment

Source: Saba News WINAIR recently took delivery of 3 new GPU’s (Ground Power Units) and 4 tugs to operate WINAIR flights and our growing  3RD party customers in St.… Link: Winair invests in future: new ground equipment

Greenhouses to be constructed at schools

Source: Saba News In regards to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle and stimulating interest in agriculture on Saba, Commissioner Wilson proudly announced that The Ministry of Education… Link: Greenhouses to be constructed at schools

Windwardside gets ready for Saba Day

Source: Saba News Commissioner of Culture, Commissioner Rolando Wilson announced  yesterday that preparations for the 43rd annual Saba Day Celebration are underway. This year the official ceremony will… Link: Windwardside gets ready for Saba Day

Motion filed for better child care in the Caribbean Netherlands

Source: Saba News Children in the Caribbean Netherlands deserve more attention and better care. In the past many plans have been made to improve their situation, but the… Link: Motion filed for better child care in the Caribbean Netherlands

PCN requests a “Proof of life Declaration” (ADV)

Source: Saba News The request for “proof of life” declarations have been sent out since the 10th of September 2018. It is mandatory for pensioners and persons receiving a… Link: PCN requests a “Proof of life Declaration” (ADV)

Caribbean Marine Park managers dive into management of fisheries

Source: Saba News Representatives from fifteen Caribbean marine national parks re­cently met on Saba to focus on their role in contribut­ing to sustainable fisheries. Hosted by Saba Conserva­tion… Link: Caribbean Marine Park managers dive into management of fisheries

Petition to The Hague: A social minimum is a human right!

Source: Saba News Every human being has the right to a decent existence. Since the Dutch government has become partly responsible for the well-being of the inhabitants of… Link: Petition to The Hague: A social minimum is a human right!

Saba’s airport runway reopens after 28 days

Source: Saba News After 28 days of rehabilitation of the airport runway and renovation of the airport building, Saba’s airport runway was ceremonially re-opened Monday afternoon with inaugural… Link: Saba’s airport runway reopens after 28 days

Airport re-opening ceremony – October 8

Source: Saba News The post Airport re-opening ceremony – October 8 appeared first on Saba News. Link: Airport re-opening ceremony – October 8

Seven out of ten Saba residents identify traffic nuisances

Source: Saba News This year, 84 percent of the people on Saba have reported nuisances in their living environment, similar to 2013. Road traffic nuisance is the most… Link: Seven out of ten Saba residents identify traffic nuisances

Oil-control material for Saba and St. Eustatius

Source: Saba News Company BDS-Harlingen in the Netherlands has re­ceived an order from the Rijkswaterstaat department at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to supply high-tech oil control… Link: Oil-control material for Saba and St. Eustatius

Motion to set social minimum rejected

Source: Saba News As expected, a majority of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday voted down the motion of Ronald van Raak of the Socialist… Link: Motion to set social minimum rejected

PCN to host congress on mandatory pension

Source: Saba News Pensioen­fonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN) has organised a con­gress on Bonaire on No­vember 15 Chemed “Man­datory Pension.” PCN is responsible for the pension of government employees… Link: PCN to host congress on mandatory pension

Saba: Social minimum delay is disappointing

Source: Saba News Saba’s Executive Council is very disappointed in the stance of the Dutch gov­ernment not to set a social minimum for the Caribbean Netherlands at this… Link: Saba: Social minimum delay is disappointing