Saba's, Statia's children meet U.S. Hurricane hunters

Saba’s, Statia’s children meet U.S. Hurricane hunters

The U.S. Air Force Reserve “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft touched down on F.D. Roosevelt Airport in St. Eustatius on Friday afternoon as part of a preparedness mission in the Caribbean. School children from Statia’s five primary schools and Gwendoline van Putten secondary school visited the reconnaissance aircraft and met with crewmembers. There was also a delegation […]

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Investigation into death of medical student suggests a crime

Investigation into death of medical student suggests a crime

The investigation with the codename Hector into the death on April 15th of a young woman found dead in The Bottom, Saba has intensified this week by the Police and the Public Prosecutor’s Office. At the Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) in Rijswijk this week an autopsy was carried out on the woman’s body and the […]

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State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma

Caribbean Netherlands’ child allowance for the benefit of everyone

At Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, child allowance will be introduced. This income-independent allowance will replace the compensation through taxes, the so-called ‘children’s discount’. Due to the change, which the Council of Ministers agreed upon today, especially parents with the lowest incomes will benefit. This way, State Secretary Klijnsma (Social Affairs and Employment) hopes to […]

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Nearly 200 nationalities call Netherlands home

Nearly 200 nationalities call Netherlands home

There are nearly 200 nationalities living in the Netherlands. More than 1.8 million people living in the Netherlands were not born in the country. This is according to the Multi-culture map done by Tubantia based on information from Statistics Netherlands. According to the map, the largest groups of people with at least one non-Dutch parents […]

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Saba posts record performance in 2015 U.S. and Canadian residency matches

Saba posts record performance in 2015 U.S. and Canadian residency matches

Graduates of Saba University School of Medicine posted a record performance in the 2015 U.S. and Canadian residency matches, earning coveted appointments at top medical centers across both countries. “We saw many outstanding placements in 2015,” said Dr. Joseph Chu, President of Saba University School of Medicine. “How well our students do in obtaining residency […]

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“Saba Electric Company endeavors to go green”

“Saba Electric Company endeavors to go green”

In their press release of March 16, The Saba Electric Company announced their efforts to go green and reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. The Saba Electric Company (SEC) N.V. is endeavoring to make prodigious, and sound, investments in renewable (solar) energy. Such an investment will contribute to the sustainable development of Saba and the […]

The "I love my body" team and supporters.
(Photo SHCF)

“I Love My Body” closed for 2015

The SHCF announced that last Tuesday afternoon was the final session for I Love My Body 2015. It was a great get together joined by the weekly participants and a special visit from the Commissioner of Health Mr. Bruze Zagers who in his speech congratulated all the participants for successfully completing the program. He also […]

Joint Court puts focus on quality in its annual report

Joint Court puts focus on quality in its annual report

Quality is the theme of the Joint Court of Justice’s 2014 annual report, writes The Daily Herald. In the report, which was presented to the media in Curaçao on Wednesday, the Court also provided information on the number of court cases handled in the Dutch Caribbean. The Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao and […]

Six new members join Saba's Lions

Six new members join Saba’s Lions

The Daily Herald writes that six new members were inducted into Saba Lions Club International Tuesday evening at Eugenius Johnson Centre in Windwardside. Prior to Tuesday, there were 34 active Lions and one honorary member on Saba. The newly inducted members are Melisa C.B. Juana, Mary C. Thielman, Glenn Pileo, Joseph Louimaire, Germain Bermane and […]

From left: Saba Health Care Foundation’s Director Joka 
Blaauboer, Nurse Shemiqua Blackman, Gael Emiliano 
Simmons, Katherina Casallas Lopez, Shalimar Simmons, 
Dr. Gina Boorsma and Nurse Aileen Tindoc.
(Photo SHCF)

Saba welcomes first 2015 baby

Saba Health Care Foundation (SHCF) announced the birth of the first baby for 2015 on Saba, writes The Daily Herald. Gael Emiliano Simmons was born at A.M. Edwards Medical Centre on Monday, April 13, at 6:12am. His parents are Katherine Casallas Lopez and Shalimar Simmons. Doctor Gina Boorsma assisted in delivering the baby. In a […]

Kingdom receives little attention The Hague and Dutch press

Kingdom receives little attention The Hague and Dutch press

Caribisch Netwerk reports that the Kingdom gets little attention in the Dutch media, but also not in the general political scene in The Hague. This is because the administrative relationships are complicated. This can be concluded from a survey of MPs, charged with Kingdom Relations. Roelof van Laar (PvdA): “It is difficult to get the […]

Saba represented on the Kingdom Boat during Gay Pride Parade in Amsterdam

Saba represented on the Kingdom Boat during Gay Pride Parade in Amsterdam

The Telegraaf writes today, that a Kingdom Boat will participate in the boat parade of Gay Pride Amsterdam on Saturday, August 1st . The Kingdom Boat is an initiative of interest groups from Curacao, Aruba, St. Maarten and the Netherlands. The groups want to use the boat in a positive way to draw attention to […]

Old Age Home Sounding Board gives its views on current events

Old Age Home Sounding Board gives its views on current events

The Sounding Board (SB) committee for the Honourable Henry Every Old Age Home, located in the Bottom, recently gave a personal interview to The Daily Herald. The committee, which was introduced in November 2014, consists of three members, the Reverend Vernon Liburd, Franklin Wilson and Shelly Zagers. Zagers was not present for the interview. The […]

Statians speak their mind about state of their island

Statians speak their mind about state of their island

The Daily Herald writes that Statians of all walks of life gave their opinions on the state of the island five years after it became a public entity of the Netherlands during two round-table discussions organised by The Netherlands Institute for Social Research SCP at Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute. A broad variety of residents gave […]

Islands in charge of supervision

Islands in charge of supervision

The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament approved on Tuesday, a change to the Caribbean Netherlands Commodities Law (“Warenwet BES”), which transfers the supervision on the quality of consumer products to the Executive Councils of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The law proposal, which still has to go to the First Chamber for approval, transfers […]

Child Focus Foundation receives several donations

Child Focus Foundation receives several donations

The Daily Herald reports that Child Focus Foundation (CFF) has received several donations from many local businesses on Saba last month. CFF offers a full programme of physical, creative and educational activities for all school-going children ages 4-18. These activities are run by youth leaders, who offer their time and effort on a voluntary basis. […]

Law change to secure Saba, Statia electricity subsidies

Law change to secure Saba, Statia electricity subsidies

The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament will shortly be handling a change to the Caribbean Netherlands Electricity and Drinking Water Law, which will regulate, among others, an effective use of subsidies to maintain affordable utility prices and the supervision on the boards of the utility companies in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. writes The […]

Opinion: Energy from wind has preference over solar power on Saba

Opinion: Energy from wind has preference over solar power on Saba

Dear Editor, Further to my earlier letter on the issues with the generation of electricity from solar power the following. There was a public comment on the content of my article, reading: “Even with clouds (that are mainly hanging quite high around the top) solar panels are producing electricity. That is not the case with […]

Arrest related to an assault with a weapon

Arrest related to an assault with a weapon

On Sunday, April 19th around 23:45 a woman with initials E.B.M. was detained in a house at the Gladiola Street related to an assault with a weapon. Press release KPCN, Monday April 20, 2015

Regional commission to assess cannabis use in the Caribbean

Regional commission to assess cannabis use in the Caribbean

Regional heads of government in the Caribbean have agreed to establish a regional commission on cannabis to conduct an enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding cannabis use in Central America and the Caribbean and to advise on possible changes in the current drug classi­fication of cannabis, reports the Curacao Chronicle. Recently, […]

Students watch in shock when the body of the 23 year old student is carried out from her apartment in The Bottom.
(Photo Hazel Durand)

Dead student’s body flown to Netherlands for autopsy

The Daily Herald reports that the investigation into the death of Saba University School of Medicine’s student K.G., who was found dead in her apartment in The Bottom on Wednesday, April 15, continues under the code name “Hector,” the Caribbean Netherlands Police Force said during the weekend. The police stated that there is no indication […]

New Chez Bubba bistro opens in Windwardside

New Chez Bubba bistro opens in Windwardside

Chez Bubba bistro in Windwardside officially opened on Saturday, at the location of the former Eden restaurant, writes the Daily Herald. The new French menu is made by Chef Johan de Jager, who was formerly working as sous-chef at Queen’s Gardens Resort. The menu is designed to cater to everyone’s taste with fish, meat and […]

Students watch in shock when the body of the 23 year old student is carried out from her apartment in The Bottom.
(Photo Hazel Durand)

Investigation into death woman on Saba – Update April 18, 9 pm

Update April 18: 9 pm Press release RCN: In the investigation with the name ‘ Hector ‘ into the cause of the death of the woman found dead Wednesday on Saba a judicial forensic autopsy necessary. Given the circumstances in which the woman was found, as reported, there is no indication of the cause of […]

The cutting of the water melon.
(Photo Antilliaans Dagblad)

Bonaire: PDB and UPB form coalition

The Antilliaans Dagblad reports that, yesterday, Bonaire witnessed a historic moment. What everyone thought for years to be impossible, finally happened anyway. The Partido Demokrátiko Boneriano (PDB) and the Union Patriotico Boneriano (UPB) have jointly signed the coalition agreement. During the years, at times, Red (PDB) and green (UPB), the two oldest parties in Bonaire […]

Covenant signed with Dutch IND

Covenant signed with Dutch IND

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) of the Netherlands and the Office of the Attorney General for Curaçao, St. Maarten as well as Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba signed a covenant which describes the cooperation between IND and the Public Prosecution on procedures for the adoption of Dutch nationality (Article 17 Kingdom Act Citizenship), reports […]

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.