From left: Evaluation Committee member Glenn Thode, Luc Verheij, Frans Weekers,
Liesbeth Spies and Fred Soons with Commissioner Chris Johnson at Monday’s meet-and-
greet on Saba.
(Photo The Daily Herald)

Evaluation Committee explains their mission

On Monday, November 17th, 2014. The Evaluation Committee, which was setup to study the effects on the constitutional transition introduced itself to the people of Saba. For those that did not had an opportunity to join the Meet & Greet, you can listen to what they said about their task. Please check out this video: […]

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Open Letter to Commissioner asking for progress report on SCS

Open Letter to Commissioner asking for progress report on SCS

We have been asked to publish the following open letter to Commissioner Johnson: Dear Commissioner Johnson, On October 9th, 2014 I wrote an article on Saba News, stating that the SCS was in big problems. The facts that I mentioned were based on evidence and no gossip. Now more than 6 weeks later I like […]

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State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma

Child Support vs Tax Credit being discussed with Executive Council

On the occasion of the budget debate Social Affairs in 2014, the Second Chamber adopted a motion of the member Schouten, which the government is requested to examine in 2014 the possibilities for the child tax credit in Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba in order to create a family benefit scheme. The basis for the […]

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Nanneke Quik-Schuijt

Senate worried about cuts in island’s health care

The new cut backs in the health care insurance package for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba has the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament worried, and in particular the Socialist Party (SP). This writes The Daily Herald. The Senate will further analyse these adaptations which mainly affect physical therapy and dental care. The First Chamber’s […]

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Barbara Tooten singing, accompanied by her husband Wolfgang
in the background.
(Photo The Daily Herald)

This Friday finals of eleventh Saba Idols at Scout’s Place

Saba is well-known for diving and hiking, but when it comes to nightlife there is another famous attraction which is, of course, “Sabaoke” (Saba and karaoke). Scout’s Place bar and restaurant hosts the annual Saba Idols Finals coming Friday, at 9:00pm. The Daily Herald announced that this is the 11th Idols competition, as it was […]

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Blijkerk and Gamarro
(Photo Belkin Osessis)

Immigrants on Bonaire fear for their future

Caribisch Netwerk reports today that many Latin American immigrants in Bonaire fear for their jobs. When they need to renew their work permit, priority will be given to locals. From February 1, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) will strictly apply the law that calls for a labor market survey. “This is causing […]

RBC Wealth Management out of Caribbean markets

RBC Wealth Management out of Caribbean markets

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is now the latest Canadian bank to cut its losses in the Caribbean, following a decision to close its Caribbean wealth management divisions and several international advisory businesses in North America.The move follows RBC’s sale of its Jamaican operations earlier this year and an announcement by The Bank of […]

Lockie Johnson want the medical school lien off table

Lockie Johnson want the medical school lien off table

The Daily Herald reports today that the Court of First Instance is to decide next month in a conflict between Lockie Jayne Johnson-McGehee and University of St. Eustatius School of Medicine (USESOM) in Cole Bay, which put a lien on Johnson’s liquid assets. Johnson and her husband, in their turn, claim approximately US $70,000 in […]

El Momo shop and Peanut gallery receive new names.

El Momo shop and Peanut gallery receive new names.

The Daily Herald reports that the new names of El Momo Folk Art Shop and Peanut Gallery at the centre of Windwardside were unveiled on Saturday at 5:00pm. A good number of attendants were present to hear Gerard “Gersh” Geenty’s speech, after which two new signs were shown carrying the name Everyt’ings for El Momo […]

Stress at work should be employers’ headache

Stress at work should be employers’ headache

Why should workers come up with solutions for workplace stress-related problems? It’s up to the employers to act, and a time management course won’t do the trick, say psychology professors Michiel Kompier and Sabine Geurts. Last week, home affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher proclaimed a workplace stress week, and not for nothing: stress at work is […]

Parking Windwardside
(Photo GIS Saba)

Saba secures interest free loan from BZK to Alleviate Parking Shortage in Windwardside

To alleviate the acute parking shortage in Windwardside the Island Government has received an interest free loan from the Ministry of Kingdom Relations through the so called BES Funds. This money will go towards the construction of a parking lot in the area adjacent to the former Corner Imports. The parking lot when constructed will […]

Government owned cistern in The Bottom
(Photo GIS Saba)

Executive Council Signs Covenant to Increase Quality and Quantity of Drinking Water

Commissioner of Finance, Bruce Zagers, recently signed a covenant with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (I&M) that aims to stabilize the supply of drinking water on the island. In the covenant both governments agree that it is necessary to improve the quality and quantity of the drinking water on Saba. I&M has made […]

Nataly Linzey speaking at the Childrens Right Conference in Leiden.
(Photo Tanja Fraai)

Saba’s voice heard on Child Rights conference in Leiden

In cooperation with UNICEF, the University of Leiden  held a one week conference to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Experts from all over the world came together to discuss different issues that affect today’s children life, such as poverty, child abuse/molestation and (illegal) immigration. On Thursday, November […]

National Ombudsman helped citizen when Government did not respond

National Ombudsman helped citizen when Government did not respond

The National Ombudsman of the Netherlands has investigated a complaint about the way Bonaire island authority (OLB) handled a compensation claim. This is the first report to be published concerning this authority. The complaint was lodged by a man who had claimed compensation for vehicle damage caused by a pothole. The authority failed to inform […]

Plans for a Free Diving School

Plans for a Free Diving School

The Daily Herald writes that Free diving is becoming more popular, and chances are Saba will be- come the new free-diving hotspot in the Caribbean. Luis Fonseca, a licensed scuba and free-diving instructor for thirty years, wants to start a free-diving school on Saba. Fonseca was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and started his professional diving […]

Senate postpones handling of island’s electoral law proposal

Senate postpones handling of island’s electoral law proposal

The Daily herald reports that the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament has suspended the handling of the proposal to adapt the Caribbean Netherlands electoral law, which regulates that only persons of the Dutch nationality have active and passive voting rights for the Island Councils of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba when these Island Councils […]

Labour market survey in case of extension of work permit on Bonaire has been postponed until  February 1st, 2015

Labour market survey in case of extension of work permit on Bonaire has been postponed until February 1st, 2015

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid, hereinafter SZW) has decided not to perform the labour market survey yet in case of extension of a work permit on Bonaire but to postpone this until February 1st, 2015. A labour market survey should be performed for each application for extension […]

Plans for airport renovation in final stage of preparation

Plans for airport renovation in final stage of preparation

The Daily Herald announced today that the airports on all three BES islands, Bonaire, Statia and Saba, will be the subject of a thorough renovation starting in 2015. Yesterday a team of engineers, specialists and project managers from the Netherlands visited Saba to meet with local contractors and with Island Commissioners Chris Johnson and Bruce […]

Lions help seniors making exiting christmas cards

Lions help seniors making exiting christmas cards

On Saturday, November 15th the Lions Club organised the first class for making greeting cards was held at the Eugenius Johnson Center in Windwardside . Lions Club President Paula Mayers greeted the participants, and volunteers from the Saba Lions Club and the community were there to assist everyone attending the class. The beautiful and creative […]

Children’s Rights Task Force presents first plan

Children’s Rights Task Force presents first plan

The Daily Herald writes that the Kingdom Task Force for Children’s Rights presented its plan of approach to improve children’s rights in the Dutch Caribbean on Thursday. The plan was released at the Children’s Rights Summit in Leiden and has been sent to the Dutch Parliament. Meanwhile, St. Maarten is setting up its own National […]

PvdA proposes family allowance for islands

PvdA proposes family allowance for islands

The Labour Party PvdA in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament will present an amendment next week to introduce an allowance for families with children (kinderbijslag) on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba of US $38 per month per child. This reports The Daily Herald. The proposal to introduce a family allowance came from PvdA […]

Households and Business to be Charged Garbage Collection Fee

Households and Business to be Charged Garbage Collection Fee

As of November 1st, households and businesses will be charged a Garbage Collection Fee. The fee is charged to compensate for the collection and processing of all the garbage on the island. It is in line with the Island Ordinance passed by Island Council in the meeting of October 3rd, 2014. The Garbage Fee will […]

Wim van Twuijver, Island Secretary
(Photo GIS Saba)

New Island Secretary Aims to Make a Difference in Civil Service

  “I look forward to working with the civil servants to achieve the goals of the organization.” This is the objective of incoming Island Secretary of Saba, Wim van Twuijver. The new head of the civil service takes up his post in the organization on Monday, November 24th and says he is looking forward to […]

Garbage Fee Saba comes on our electricity bill

Garbage Fee Saba comes on our electricity bill

The Saba Electric Company has send an email to its clients informing them about a decision of the Island Council. The letter reads as follows: As of November 1, 2014 the Garbage Fee Saba will go into effect. The Garbage Fee, which was approved by Island Ordinance in the Island Council meeting of October 3, […]

Antillians still top Dutch crime charts

Antillians still top Dutch crime charts

The Daily Herald reports today that persons of Dutch Caribbean descent, commonly referred to as Antilleans, still lead the crime charts in the Netherlands. Persons of the first generation of this ethnic group are more often a suspect of a crime than persons of the second generation born in the Netherlands. The figures and conclusions […]

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.