This Saturday night clocks in Europe went 1 hour forward

This Saturday night clocks in Europe went 1 hour forward

Don’t forget – the clocks go forward one hour at 2am this evening as the Netherlands and the rest of Europe moves into official summer time. The clocks go back again the last weekend in October

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Top of Police Union considers Congress too costly

Top of Police Union considers Congress too costly

The presidents of the general police union NAPB for Curaçao and the Caribbean Netherlands (Saba, Statia and Bonaire) believe that another format should be considered for the union’s national congress held annually, as holding it on a different island each year is very costly. President of the NAPB for the Caribbean Netherlands Charles Mercelina told […]

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Government outlined priorities

Government outlined priorities

The Daily Herald writes that the new Island Council of Saba was sworn in Thursday. The outgoing Island Council had its final meeting at 10:00am, with outgoing member Amelia Nicholson of Windward Island People’s Movement (WIPM) giving her farewell speech. Nicholson was an Island Council Member for four years. In the following meeting, the members […]

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Governors meet on good governance

Governors meet on good governance

Island Governors Gerald Berkel (St. Eustatius), Jonathan Johnson (Saba) and Edison Rijna (Bonaire) and Director Kingdom Relations of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Erwin Arkenbout are to meet Tuesday in St. Eustatius. This writes The Daily Herald. They will talk about the Administrative Development Programme, which is part of the multi-annual programme […]

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No pension gap for students of Caribbean Netherlands

No pension gap for students of Caribbean Netherlands

Students of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba who study in the Netherlands, continue in the future to build a pension. The Cabinet has approved a proposal by State Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Employment that is responsible. Now who is going to study from the Caribbean Netherlands in European Netherlands, is no longer under the […]

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Opinion: SCS risks bankruptcy due to lawsuits from former staff members

Opinion: SCS risks bankruptcy due to lawsuits from former staff members

Dear Editor, Several weeks ago I heard a rumor that was later confirmed, that the former director of Saba Comprehensive School and the three teachers whose contracts were not renewed have filed lawsuits against Saba Educational Foundation. Are the lawsuits common knowledge? Does anyone care that Saba Educational Foundation is being sued?  Especially in light […]

Arke Fly Services for family trips

Arke Fly Services for family trips

Princess Juliana International Airport SXM has expressed its commitment to the success of the new service that Dutch airline Arke Fly will soon start, and said it has offered to waive departure fees for any familiarization (fam) trips that the company may host, while granting complementary use of its Executive Lounge. The Daily Herald writes […]

Advice: Increase of free remittance for islands

Advice: Increase of free remittance for islands

The Daily Herald writes that the annual free remittance (“vrije uitkering”) of the Dutch Government for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba should increase by US $1.8 million for St. Eustatius, US $1.1 million for Saba, and US $4.9 million for Bonaire. Inflation correction should become standard. This is the advice of researchers who assessed the […]

Plasterk proceeds with integrity measure St Maarten

Plasterk proceeds with integrity measure St Maarten

The Daily Herald writes that the Kingdom Council of Ministers decided on March 6 to proceed with the establishing of an integrity supervisory body for St. Maarten through a so-called General Measure of the Kingdom Government (“Algemene Maatregel van Rijksbestuur”AMvRB). Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk confirmed in a letter to […]

Dutch primary schools will start foreign language teaching

Dutch primary schools will start foreign language teaching

Dutch primary schools will soon be able to conduct 15% of lessons in English, French or German in an effort to boost language skills, parliament agreed on Tuesday. Junior education minister Sander Dekker wants to extend the use of other languages following successful trials which show young children pick up foreign languages more quickly. It […]

WIPM held victory parade

WIPM held victory parade

The Daily Herald writes that Windward Island People’s Movement (WIPM) held their victory parade and celebrations on Sunday. On Wednesday, March 18, WIPM had won the Saba elections with a three-to-two seat win from Saba Labour Party (SLP). At approximately 3:00pm, 70 cars and motorbikes, all with orange flags and honking their horns, drove from […]

Official complaints about voting issues

Official complaints about voting issues

The Daily Herald writes that the Prosecutor’s Office received an accusation of voting fraud on Tuesday, March 17, the day before the election. The official declaration was made by Enrico Klaber, number three SLP candidate, and was backed by the entire SLP party. The alleged accusation states that a bribe took place to receive one […]

Official results of elections presented

Official results of elections presented

On Friday at 10:00am, the official vote results of the 2015 Saba Elections were presented by Governor Jonathan Johnson. The presentation was given in the courtroom of the government building. This writes The Daily Herald. The results are as follows: The Windward Island People’s Movement (WIPM) party 545 votes Saba Labour Party (SLP) 407 votes. […]

Dutch political landscape more divided than ever

Dutch political landscape more divided than ever

With six political parties all winning between ten and sixteen per cent of the vote in the provincial elections in the Netherlands, the Dutch political landscape has never been so divided, writes The Daily Herald. The results of the vote, which saw the VVD remain the largest party, will also make it difficult for the […]

Safety measures for volcano

Safety measures for volcano

Various safety measures have been taken to monitor the volcanic activity of Saba’s Mount Scenery and to deal effectively with a possible disaster. This writes The Daily Herald. A second and third seismic metre will be installed in June this year, as well as a Global Positioning System (GPS) later this year. A disaster management […]

Editorial in The Daily Herald: “Never a dull moment”

Editorial in The Daily Herald: “Never a dull moment”

Wednesday’s Island Council elections in the Caribbean Netherlands produced some intriguing results. Especially Bonaire’s three-way tie in seats caught the eye, but developments on St. Eustatius and Saba also were exciting, to say the least. On Bonaire it looked for a long time as though PDB was headed for a solid victory and perhaps even […]

CFT financial improvements at different paces for each island.

CFT financial improvements at different paces for each island.

The Daily Herald writes that according to the second semi-annual report for 2014 of the Board of Financial Supervision CFT, the public entities develop themselves at different paces. At times Bonaire has difficulties with keeping the budgeting process in control; St. Eustatius struggles with internal procedures while Saba expects a positive accountant’s declaration soon. CFT […]

Islands’ delegation learns about vocational education

Islands’ delegation learns about vocational education

As part of the transition to English as the language of instruction on St. Eustatius, an educational delegation from the Caribbean Netherlands recently paid a two-day visit to the headquarters of National Council Technical Vocational Educational Training (NCTVET) in Kingston, Jamaica. This writes The Daily Herald. The visit was primarily intended to provide a good […]

Elections in Holland: what the papers say

Elections in Holland: what the papers say

Dutch News reports that the ruling coalition in the Netherlands will be faced with the difficult task of putting together a new alliance to ensure controversial legislation gets passed in the senate following Wednesday’s provincial elections. With over 97% of the votes counted, the VVD and Labour are on course to win just 21 seats […]

SLP wins but WIPM still the largest

SLP wins but WIPM still the largest

The Daily Herald wites that the streets of Saba turned orange and blue on Wednesday as the elections for 2015 finally took place. The Windward Island People’s Movement (WIPM) defeated the Saba Labour Party (SLP) with a preliminary voting count of 545 votes against 407 votes for the SLP. This was announced at the Administration […]

Area in The Bottom prepared for the Solar Park

Update on Petition to relocated the “Solar Park”

The “Solar Park” petition has been emailed to the Executive and Island Councils Tuesday evening.  It contains 107 signatures. The Saba Merchants Association would like to stress that this is not a tactic to influence the elections as petition was started since February 13. The original text of the petition is quoted below:   Dear […]

Electoral Colleges proposal ready before summer

Electoral Colleges proposal ready before summer

A proposal to establish Electoral Colleges for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will be ready before the summer of 2015, Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk told the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday. This reports The Daily Herald. A vast majority in the Second Chamber is in favour […]

Final meetings political parties at Topo Gigio

Final meetings political parties at Topo Gigio

On Sunday a Monday the two political parties on Saba held their final meetings at Topo Gigio bar and restaurant, before Election Day. On Sunday evening, the candidates of the Windward Island People’s Movement (WIPM) party were showing their colours and held their speeches. On Monday evening, it was the Saba Labour Party, which had its […]

Opinion: Solar Power for Saba is not the obvious solution

Opinion: Solar Power for Saba is not the obvious solution

Dear editor, This article is in response to the Saba Electric Company (SEC) statement printed in The Daily Herald of Monday, March 9-2-015. The main theme of the article concerns the consideration to attempt to use Solar Photovoltaic Panels (SPP) in order to generate electrical power using direct sunlight. At issue is the last part […]

SBA awarded Patrick Hassell

SBA awarded Patrick Hassell

The Daily Herald writes that Saba Business Association (SBA) recently awarded Patrick Hassell with the Entrepreneur of the Year (EOTY) 2014 title. Hassell owns and manages “Patrick’s Auto Detailing” located on the outskirts of Windwardside. Wolfgang Tooten, president of the SBA, announced feeling proud to be able to award the EOTY 2014 to one of […]

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.