Registration Triathlon is open

Registration Triathlon is open

The Saba Triathlon Foundation is excited to announce that registration for next year’s annual Saba Hell’s Gate Triathlon is now open! Next year’s triathlon will be held on Saturday January 31st 2015. The track for next year’s triathlon will be the same as this year’s, an 800 meters open water swim in the Well’s Bay, followed […]

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Chairpersons of the First and Second Chamber visit Saba

Chairpersons of the First and Second Chamber visit Saba

The Chairpersons of the First and Second Chamber, Ankie Broekers-Knol and Anouchka van Miltenburg began their working visit to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom on Sunday October 19th on Saba. They were warmly received by Island Governor, Jonathon Johnson and Kingdom Representative, Gilbert Isabella. Later in the evening there was a meeting with the […]

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Second chamber backs integrity screening on St. Maarten

Second chamber backs integrity screening on St. Maarten

The Daily Herald writes this morning that the liberal democratic VVD party, the Labour Party PvdA and Socialist Party (SP) representing a majority in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament fully support the decision of the Kingdom Council of Ministers last week Friday to order a more thorough screening of St. Maarten’s candidate ministers. […]

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Opinion: Editorial The Daily Herald

Opinion: Editorial The Daily Herald

In their Editorial of today, the Daily Herald writes that it appears that the incoming UP/DP/Marlin-Romeo coalition plans to fight tooth and nail the instruction by the Kingdom Council of Ministers regarding the screening of nominees to become minister. Today’s Parliament meeting probably will lead to some type of action in that sense. It will […]

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Theo Heyliger

Kingdom government orders tougher screening St. Maarten ministers

The Daily Herald reports that the Kingdom government has ordered a more stringent screening of St. Maarten’s incoming Council of Ministers. The Kingdom Council of Ministers decided on Friday to give St. Maarten Governor Eugene Holiday an instruction to hold off on the appointment of the ministers and prime minister until it is absolutely certain […]

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2.5 million people in the Netherlands live below the poverty line

2.5 million people in the Netherlands live below the poverty line

Dutch News reports that in total, 2.5 million people out of almost 17 million live below the poverty line in the Netherlands – that is 14% of the population – according to a new report. But despite the economic crisis, this is only an increase of 1% over the past five years, says the report […]

No tax relief for Saba hotels

No tax relief for Saba hotels

The Daily Herald reports today that the hotels in Saba will not obtain a reduction on real estate tax in 2015, Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated in a letter to the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament The Chamber Committee for Kingdom Relations had asked the Minister for a response […]

State Secretary Sander Dekker (second from left) with Members of the Second Chamber
Paul van Meenen of D66 (left), Chairman of the Kingdom Relations Committee Jeroen
Recourt (second from right) and Roelof van Laar, both of PvdA. (Suzanne Koelega photo)

Dekker lauds Saba and Statia for cooperation in education

The Daily Herald reports today that Statia and Saba have shown that they are willing to cooperate to improve education on their island and to solve the problems at their secondary schools. These islands will receive additional funds. Bonaire on the other hand is not cooperating and has been warned that it might face financial […]

Fireman J. Hassell rappelling down the side of a building
(Photo RCN)

Training for CN Firefighters on Saba

Fire fighters of the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department are on Saba attending two weeks training in rappelling from high elevations and learning various rope techniques. Three fire fighters from Bonaire two from Saba and St Eustatius each are undergoing the two week long intensive training. Firefighters attending this training are required to train their colleagues […]

Chairpersons First and Second Chamber to visit the Caribbean Netherlands

Chairpersons First and Second Chamber to visit the Caribbean Netherlands

The Chairpersons of the First and Second Chamber, Ankie Broekers-Knol and Anouchka van Miltenburg, will be jointly making an introductory visit to the Caribbean part of The Netherlands from October 19th through October 25th. The purpose of the visit is getting to know the six islands better. It is the first time that the Chairpersons […]

October 18th: the day against human trafficking

October 18th: the day against human trafficking

Human Trafficking is an international problem and is often invisible. What is human trafficking exactly? Human trafficking is (in the broad sense) the forcing of people to work, sexual exploitation or forced donation of  their own organs. What are the signals with this kind of crime? Signals concerning the crime of human trafficking are amongst […]

General Discussion Second Chamber about education quality in Caribbean Netherlands

General Discussion Second Chamber about education quality in Caribbean Netherlands

The education quality in the Caribbean Netherlands was the main topic of the so-called “Algemeen Overleg” (General Discussion) on October 15th, between the Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and State Secretary Sander Dekker (OCW) in the Second Chamber. The State Secretary was supported for this discussion by the Project Director Caribbean Netherlands, the director of […]

Heavy seas crashing over the breakwater at Cove Bay
(Photo GIS Saba)

Saba Left Relatively Untouched by Passage of Gonzalo

Saba suffered very few effects due to the passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo, which passed just north of the island in the afternoon on Monday, October 13. With the storm defying initial forecasts, which had it passing approximately less than 50 miles south of the island, there was much less impact from wind and rain […]

KPCN introduces Participation Council

KPCN introduces Participation Council

Elections were held at Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland (KPCN) for the Participation Council on October 8th . This council will consist of five persons, three of which will be from Bonaire, one from Saba and one from Statia. They represent the interests of the organization and personnel in the performance of business activities. The Participation […]

Government Offices to Close due to Passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo

Government Offices to Close due to Passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo

Island Governor, Jonathan Johnson, has decided to close government offices as of 11:00am today due to the imminent passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo. This is so that civil servants can go home and take the necessary precautions to safeguard their homes and other property. Government services will resume on Wednesday morning unless otherwise indicated. Due […]

No The Daily Herald due to Storm Warning

No The Daily Herald due to Storm Warning

The Daily Herald has decided not to publish a paper on Monday because SXM is under Tropical Storm Watch, with Gonzalo (wind now 40mph) expected to strengthen before is passes close by south early Monday. To safeguard our employees who work at night and especially including those who have to go on the street to […]

Tropical storm Gonzalo predicted to hit Saba

Tropical storm Gonzalo predicted to hit Saba

Tropical Storm Gonzalo… Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed this afternoon @1pm, and has caused the following islands to be placed under a Tropical Storm Warning: Guadeloupe, Desirade, Les Saintes, Marie Galante, St. Barths, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Saba, St. Eustatius, Barbuda, Antigua, Anguilla, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Puerto […]

Statia to hold referendum before Island Council elections

Statia to hold referendum before Island Council elections

In a press release, Koos Sneek, President of the Democratic Party, announced that on Wednesday October 8th the island council of Statia has passed a motion to hold a referendum preferably before the end of this year. The motion was tabled and passed by four against one vote (DP voted against). The referendum was not […]

Chamber of Commerce  talks about taxes, economic backlog and an holistic approach

Chamber of Commerce talks about taxes, economic backlog and an holistic approach

The Chamber of Commerce together with the St. Eustatius Business Association met with the Secretary General of Kingdom Relations, Mr. Richard van Zwol, and Secretary General of Finance , Mrs. Manon Leijten. The topic of the discussions was the draft multi annual plan for Statia. Since according to the Chamber also other topics, such as […]

Commissioner Johnson Presents update Secondary Education Task Force

Commissioner Johnson Presents update Secondary Education Task Force

Commissioner of Education, Chris Johnson, earlier this week, presented an update on the continuing developments in the recently established Education Task Force. The ETF was established as there was no longer a board at the Saba Comprehensive School, the island’s only secondary education institution. Two members of the task force from The Netherlands, Wim Littooij […]

Inflation down on Bonaire, but up on Saba and Statia

Inflation down on Bonaire, but up on Saba and Statia

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, inflation on Bonaire was 1.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014. This is lower than the 2.2 percent measured in the second quarter. Prices of clothes and mobile telephony tempered inflation on Bonaire. On St Eustatius and Saba, on the other hand, inflation rose strongly: to […]

Non-Dutch nationals are soon eligible for being elected in Island Council

Non-Dutch nationals are soon eligible for being elected in Island Council

The Daily Herald announced in an article today that the road has been cleared for the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament to approve the law proposal enabling non-Dutch nationals in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba to vote in the March 2015 Island Council elections and to also be elected into the Island Council until […]

SG delegation Satia

Secretaries General conclude successful visit to Statia and Saba

Secretary General for the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Affairs, Richard van Zwol and Secretary General for the Ministry of Finance, Manon Leijten have concluded successful talks with the Public Entities of St. Eustatius and Saba as well as private sector representatives on both islands. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week meetings […]

Opinion: SCS in big problems

Opinion: SCS in big problems

Dear Editor, We all know that the SCS has gone through hectic times since August 18th. First we did not have all the teachers in place due to visa regulations etc. In a news letter the director applauded the Dutch colleagues for being here on time (THEY DID NOT NEED A VISA) and acknowledged the […]

from the ports of Saba, St. Eustatius and St Maarten; law enforcement agencies and other organizations at the Harbor Masters Consultation in Saba.
(Photo GIS Saba)

Harbor Masters Meet on Saba

Harbor Masters from the neighboring islands of St. Eustatius and St. Maarten recently met on Saba for their regular consultations. Also part of the consultation are the law enforcement agencies, including the Coast Guard, police immigration and customs from each island. Environmental conservation organizations for the various islands are present in the meetings as well. […]

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.