Inspectorate files report on domestic-labour exploitation

Inspectorate files report on domestic-labour exploitation

Domestic workers in the Caribbean Netherlands are not always properly housed, do not always receive the agreed upon wages, and sometimes have to work for long hours without getting paid overtime. This was established during 30 inspections carried out last year by the Labour Inspectorate in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Five possible cases of […]

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Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur.

Detention rate Caribbean Netherlands comparable with other small islands

The prison population rates in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are comparable with those in St. Maarten and other small islands in the Caribbean, and are a little higher than those in Curaçao and Aruba, Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur stated in a letter to the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber. The […]

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Opinion: Why are certain things allowed on Saba

Opinion: Why are certain things allowed on Saba

Dear Editor, Here on Saba we have bars and restaurants that are now operating as discotheques. It is heartbreaking to see how our little 5-square-mile island is now becoming a “do what you want, how you want, when you want and nobody in authority seems to care. Sad to say, but that is the norm […]

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Chinese New Year’s fireworks display in Windwardside.

Saba ushers in Chinese New Year with a bang

The Chinese community in Saba, on Monday, welcomed the Year of the Monkey with a spectacular fireworks display in Windwardside, writes The Daily Herald. Chinese New Year’s fireworks display in Windwardside. Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world in communities with large Chinese populations. The New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is […]

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The CYF team: Social worker and family guardian Monique Wilson (left) with social worker and family guardian Tessa Alexander, behaviour specialist Sander Ulehake, new youth worker Jacques Heemskerk and new youth worker Caroline Teeuwen.

Youth and Family Centre launches new radio show

Centre for Youth and Family (CYF) introduced their new “Read with Me” radio show on The Voice of Saba Q93.9 FM, writes The Daily Herald. Every weekday after the 6:00pm news, an interesting and entertaining story will be read on the radio. On Wednesdays a Dutch story will be read. CYF encourages all parents and […]

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The Elmer Linzey Power Plant at Fort Bay just after ceasing power production

Historic Occasion as Power Plant on Fort Bay Goes Offline; Power Production Transferred to New State of the Art Plant.

At 8:42am on Monday, February 8, the Elmer Linzey Power Plant went silent for the last time. The power plant, which belongs to electricity provider, Saba Electric Company and had been in operation for the last 43 years was decommissioned as the new power plant located just a few hundred meters above the harbor went […]

Minister Kamp has confidence in water- and electricity management

Minister Kamp has confidence in water- and electricity management

Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp is confident that St. Eustatius and Saba will meet the quality standards in the concept Law Electricity and Drinking Water BES, writes The Daily Herald. Kamp expressed his confidence in a letter to the Dutch Parliament’s First Chamber, which still has to vote about the new law after it […]

Valeria Perez Cordero of the club on a photoshoot at Queen Wilhelmina Park in The Bottom.

Child Focus Saba Photography Club received desktop

Child Focus Saba Photography Club has received an Apple 21.5 inch iMac desktop computer this month with funding from Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, writes The Daily Herald. It will be used by club members to edit their photos using Adobe Lightroom software and expand their knowledge of photo and video editing programmes. The Club is […]

SUSOM students donated to Saba Conservation Foundation

SUSOM students donated to Saba Conservation Foundation

The fall 2015 honors society members raised funds through various fundraising activities. These funds are then donated to a community-based organization. The Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) received a donation for Education Activities such as Environmental Education in the Sacred Heart School, and the after-school Sea Scouts program. Leslie Revel accepted this award on behalf of […]

Psychotherapist Suchita Peeters.

Saba Initiative ready for kick off on February 15

An information evening was held Monday at Queen Wilhelmina Library in The Bottom about Saba Initiative, a training programme for everybody on Saba who is looking to develop his or her personal skills and lifestyle, writes The Daily Herald. Together with Body, Mind and Spirit, psychotherapist Suchita Peeters has developed Saba Initiative, which is sponsored […]

Commissioner of Constitutional Affairs Reginald Zaandam (right) presenting the ‘Gin House Declaration” to Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk, with from left, Commissioners Clark  Abraham (Bonaire) and Christopher Johnson (Saba).

Gin House declaration signed and delivered

Commissioner of Constitutional Affairs Reginald Zaandam and his colleagues Clark Abraham from Bonaire and Christopher Johnson from Saba assembled in the Old Gin House hotel in St. Eustatius on Monday. Their mission was to sign and present Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk with a joint letter. This “Gin House Declaration” […]

Stakeholders in the new We Can Young campaign.

Saba organisations launch We Can Young campaign

Body, Mind and Spirit has partnered up with Saba Comprehensive School (SCS), Centre for Youth and Family and the Public Health Department to reach Saba’s adolescent youth with the new “We Can Young” campaign about how respect and personal boundaries work. We Can Young is a spin-off campaign from the global We Can campaign, which […]

Cutting the ribbon at Saba Heritage Center are, from left: Tourism Director Glenn Holm, Commissioner Chris Johnson, historian Will Johnson, Father Simon Wilson, Corinne Hofman (Leiden University) and Jay Haviser (SABARC). (Bastiaan Janssens photo)

Opening Saba Heritage Center marks new era of appreciation

A large representation of the Saba community came out for the opening of Saba Heritage Center in Windwardside. This centre was the original concept of Corinne Hofman from Leiden University and Commissioner Chris Johnson, which was later assisted with actual implementation by Saba Archaeological Center SABARC. Funding, logistics and cooperation for the creation of the […]

'Overall winner Gregory Pigeon crossing the finish line in record time.

Saba Triathlon 2016: the results – Update

Gregory Pigeon wins in record time Gregory Pigeon from Saint Martin won the annual Saba Hell’s Gate Triathlon on Saturday January 30th 2016 in an impressive record time of 1:30:05. Last year’s winner Bas de Haan came in second in 1:41:16, and Brandon Kingston, student at the Saba University School of Medicine took the third place in […]

Dr. Koen Hulshof of Saba Health Care Foundation addresses the crowd on Zika.

Saba ramps up its Zika defence

The Department of Health and Department of Vector Control hosted a public information session titled “Zika: what you can do to stop it.” Growing fears from the World Health Organization and the international community have brought Zika to the front page of every news provider, primarily based on an alarming connection to a neurological birth […]

Dahlia M. Hassell and Jelle van der Velde of Saba Conservation Foundation and Hannah Tannah of Broadreach USA opening the trap.

Snorkelers rescue two nurse sharks

Saba University School of Medicine four semester students Chelsea Beveridge and Lara Kirkpatrick, along with Lara’s husband Scott and members of Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) saved two nurse sharks that were trapped inside a lobster trap off Saba’s coast Friday afternoon. Beveridge and the Kirckpatricks take study breaks on Friday afternoons and go snorkelling off […]

Captain's Quarters today
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Captain’s Quarters will be for touristic purposes only

On Friday, the Executive Council of Saba  confirmed that the property of the former Captain’s Quarters in Windwardside will be sold for tourism purposes only. While an initial statement on the presentation of a memo to the Island Council by Island Governor Jonathan Johnson erroneously mentioned plans for a hotel and/or restaurant, a cultural or […]

Pension premiums have increased

Pension premiums have increased

The Pension Fund Caribbean Netherlands PCN announced the pension premiums have increased per January 1 to the maximum level, as a result of people living longer also in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES). This means an extra amount of 25.6 million US dollars must be reserved. In addition, the low interest rates on world […]

Eigen Kracht seminars now available to the Dutch Caribbean

Eigen Kracht seminars now available to the Dutch Caribbean

The ability to create a plan together with relatives and friends in difficult times. Moreover the ability to have a say and maintain direction, amidst the involvement of government and aid organizations. Soon residents of the Dutch Caribbean in such situations will also be able to request an Eigen Kracht seminar. On January 27th Glenn […]

Merger  Benevolent Foundation Saba & Saba Health Care Foundation

Merger Benevolent Foundation Saba & Saba Health Care Foundation

As you have been informed; in November 2014 Benevolent Foundation Saba (BFS) and Saba Health Care Foundation (SHCF) signed an intention to merge. The Inspector of Healthcare for Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba visited the BFS and wrote in his latest report that the quality of the BFS had improved and therefore as of December […]

Sint Maarten: motion adopted expressing desire for high speed ferry

Sint Maarten: motion adopted expressing desire for high speed ferry

The Daily Herald writes today that the Sint Maarten Parliament expressed its desire for a high speed ferry service to link St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius via a unanimously adopted motion tabled by National Alliance (NA) faction leader Member of Parliament (MP) George Pantophlet in a plenary session on Wednesday, writes The Daily Herald. […]

Weather forecasts and warnings from the Dutch weather institute, KNMI

Weather forecasts and warnings from the Dutch weather institute, KNMI

Since January 2016, the Dutch weather institute. KNMI, is providing weather forecast for Saba & Statia, a maritime forecast for our sea area and warnings. Surprise: YES IT IS IN ENGLISH!!!! There is a special forecast for our sea area: and there are warnings for hurricanes and other significant weather. You can find the direct […]

Privacy Day dedicated to employers and employees.

Privacy Day dedicated to employers and employees.

Kralendijk, January 27, 2016 – On International Privacy Day the BES Commission for the Protection of Personal Data Privacy (the Commission) will focus its attention on the relationship between employers and employees. In doing so, it will stimulate both parties to engage in a meaningful dialogue about the rules that apply to the handling of […]

From left: Commissioner of Social Affairs and Labour Chris Johnson, State Secretary of Social Affairs and Employment Jetta Klijnsma and Communication Advisor Alida Francis.

Klijnsma announces increase in minimum wage on Saba

At a joint press conference with Commissioner Chris Johnson on Monday evening, State Secretary of Social Affairs and Employment Jetta Klijnsma announced plans to increase Saba’s minimum wage and discussed the new child allowance. Both issues stem from the historically high cost of living and low wages, making it difficult for people to afford to […]

Captain's Quarters today
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The Executive Council informs Island Council of Captain’s Quarter sale process. (updated)

The Executive Council of The Public Entity Saba informed the Island Council of the ongoing sale of the Captain’s Quarter property. In the memo to the Island Council Members which was presented by Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, it states that in June of 2004, the Island Council whose members at that time were Rolando Wilson, […]

About Saba, Dutch Caribbean

Saba is a Caribbean island and the smallest special municipality of the Netherlands. It consists largely of the potentially active volcano Mount Scenery, which at 887 metres (2,910 ft) is the highest point within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Saba became a special municipality within the country of the Netherlands after the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010.
The island has a land area of 13 square kilometres. As of January 2013, the population was 1,991 inhabitants. Its current towns and major settlements are The Bottom (the capital), Windwardside, Hell's Gate and St. Johns.
As the island is part of the Netherlands, Dutch is the official language. Despite the island's Dutch affiliation, English is the principal language spoken on the island and has been used in its school system since the 19th century. This is why English can be used in communications with the local government. Since 1 January 2011, the U.S. dollar has been the official currency.
The island of Saba is relatively new to the tourism industry, with about 25,000 visitors each year. The island has a number of inns, hotels, rental cottages and restaurants. Saba is known as "The Unspoiled Queen" of the Caribbean. The island is especially known for its ecotourism, having exceptional scuba diving, climbing and hiking. A non-governmental conservation organization, Saba Conservation Foundation, helps protect the nature and culture of the island.
About 150 species of fish have been found in Saba’s waters. A main draw for divers are the pinnacle dive sites, where magma pushed through the sea floor to create underwater towers of volcanic rock that start at about 300 feet (91 m) down and rise to about 85 feet (26 m) beneath the surface. The waters around Saba were designated as the Saba National Marine Park in 1987, and are subject to government regulation to preserve the coral reefs and other marine life.
For more information go to Wikipedia or visit the tourist information sections on SabaNews.