Online CXC store launched

Online CXC store launched

The Daily Herald reports that the Caribbean Examinations Council CXC in collaboration with Macmillan Publishing will launch CXC’s online commercial presence called the CXC Store at www.cxc-store.com on Friday, November 7, during a concert in Jamaica. The launch will be held at Jamaica College auditorium starting at 10:00am with more than 350 students from schools […]

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Opinion: The Daily Herald on yesterdays's plane crash

Opinion: The Daily Herald on yesterdays’s plane crash

Editorial The Daily Herald: Questions were being asked following Wednesday’s plane crash off the St. Maarten coast in which one person was killed and another still missing up to press time last night. Some people wondered whether it had been responsible to take off from Princess Juliana International Airport SXM in the first place with […]

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The body of a young man was found and brought back to the Coast Guard Headquarters.
(Photo The Daily Herald)

Fedex aircraft crashes after take-off from St. Maarten

The Daily Herald reports that one man is confirmed dead and another one was still missing at press time, after a small FedEx aircraft crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Princess Juliana International Airport SXM around 6:45pm yesterday. The double-engine SH36 aircraft, which was said to be en route to Puerto Rico, had […]

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Accessibility of programmes of the Dutch Public TV-stations, NPO

Accessibility of programmes of the Dutch Public TV-stations, NPO

The Daily Herald writes that the Dutch public TV broadcasting company NPO has agreed to place Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba on the so-called white list, enabling people on the three islands to have access to its website and to see the TV programmes of this broadcasting company. Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom […]

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1955 visit of Queen Juliana to the Netherlands Antilles and Suriname

1955 visit of Queen Juliana to the Netherlands Antilles and Suriname

A few days ago Saba-News reported that Sabarc had published a link to a movie presenting the visit of Queen Juliana to Saba. Click here to read this post again. This movie was an excerpt of a much longer movie giving a full report of the visit of Queen Juliana to the all the islands […]

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Annual report 2013 SHCF presented

Annual report 2013 SHCF presented

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Saba Health Care Foundation (SHCF) Sydney Sorton and SHCF Director Dr. Joka Blaauboer presented the foundation’s annual report 2013. The 2013 report is the first official annual report from the foundation since its establishment on January 1, 2011, and is now available to the public. The report gives detailed […]

Pacemaker service available on Saba

Pacemaker service available on Saba

The Daily Herald writes that Saba Health Care Foundation (SHCF) welcomed a new visiting specialist this week. Pacemaker technician Steven Alvarez from Boston Scientific is the latest addition to a long list of specialist visiting the island to provide specialty care locally, in his case, pacemaker service. With the Zoom Latitude programming system, Alvarez can […]

Burglar of Big Rock Supermarket arrested

Burglar of Big Rock Supermarket arrested

On Tuesday, October 28th , 2014, around 5.15 AM, the police received report of a burglary at Big Rock Grocery in Windward Side. The police immediately went to the location and has been able to detain a suspect in the act, who matched the description. It concerns  a 34 year old man, with the initials […]

Tiger Mosquito that could cause chikungunya infection

St. Maarten can now test for chikungunya

The Daily Herald reports that the St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS) is now testing for the mosquito-borne illness chikungunya virus CHIKV. The test is done using a fluorescent microscope. Since the first CHIKV case surfaced on the island in January of this year, St. Maarten has been sending its chikungunya tests abroad. However, about a […]

Dutch start understanding the impact of cutting care costs

Dutch start understanding the impact of cutting care costs

Support for the government’s efforts to the costs of care by getting people to do more for themselves and rely less on official sources of support is fading, the Volkskrant reports on Tuesday. The ‘participation society’ concept, officially launched in September 2013, is supported by just 35% of the population, with 40% opposing the idea, […]

Referendum on constitutional status Statia on December 17

Referendum on constitutional status Statia on December 17

The Daily Herald reports that voters on St. Eustatius will have the opportunity to give their opinion on the island’s preferred constitutional status in a referendum on December 17, the Island Council decided. The electorate will be able to choose from four options: public entity (“status quo”); independent country; autonomous territory within the Kingdom; and […]

Police arrests 2 men from Venezuela buying gold on Saba

Police arrests 2 men from Venezuela buying gold on Saba

On Friday, October 24th , 2014, around 6:00 PM, two men were arrested for the illegal  buying of gold. These men went  to the homes of inhabitants of Saba to buy old gold while they did not keep continuous records and also could not show the police a register upon their first request to do […]

People’s Choice Award

People’s Choice Award

Malofi Foundation and Lorsim Productions hosted their annual People’s Choice Award 2014-2015 last Saturday evening, during which the population’s choice of who they considered the “best-of-the-best” on Saba was announced. The people of Saba selected their favourite “idol” in the categories music, art, sports, education, business and economy. This writes the Daily Herald. In the […]

Detainees put a strain on the police

Detainees put a strain on the police

The Daily Herald writes that the pres- sure that the housing of detainees in the police cells on St. Eustatius and Saba puts on the capacity of the local police force has the attention of Dutch Minister of Safety and Justice Ivo Opstelten. The minister stated this in a recent letter to the Second Chamber […]

Saba Comprehensive School students compete in mini-triathlon

Saba Comprehensive School students compete in mini-triathlon

On Friday October 24th, Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) students competed in a mini-triathlon held at the Fort Bay. The multi-disciplinary sports event was organized by the Saba Triathlon Foundation in collaboration with Saba Fit and the Centre for Youth and Family. In teams of six, the students had to complete a track that started with […]

Tiger Mosquito that could cause chikungunya infection

Account of a chikungunya infection

Caribisch Netwerk published the story of Michelle da Costa Gomez from Curacao who contracted chikungunya. She shares her experiences: It began on 23 July. That day, I felt  a bit queasy. The next day in the morning, working I worked on the computer. Around noon I got a headache. I decided to lie down for […]

ZVK director Nico de Jong at the opening of his new office.
(Photo Hazel Durand)

ZVK has new office in The Bottom

Caribisch Netwerk reports that the Health Insurance Office (ZVK) has opened a new office in Saba. The new office has private consulting rooms and offers more privacy for its clients. “At this location we can give better service to the Saban community. We know that there are still questions and complaints about the daily routines […]

Sabarc shows film of visit Queen Juliana in 1955

Sabarc shows film of visit Queen Juliana in 1955

Saba’s  Archaeological Center – Sabarc – has published a short film from the famous 1955 visit of HM Queen Juliana and her husband HRH Prince Bernhard to Saba. The film was discovered in the archives of the Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid Click here to watch the film on the Sabarc Facebook page Many […]

Children of Sacred Heart School visit new police station in The Bottom

Children of Sacred Heart School visit new police station in The Bottom

In September 2014 Community Officer, Paula Klomp, gave an introduction lesson to the children of the groups 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Sacred Heart School. During these lessons were topics such as bullying, respect and manners discussed. In October 2014, it was the turn for the children of the Sacred Heart School to […]

No Dutch nationality without birth certificate

No Dutch nationality without birth certificate

Just 6,000 of the 27,000 people who made use of a 2007 amnesty for asylum seekers have taken Dutch nationality, according to refugee organisation Vluchtelingenwerk.The ruling, which applied to people whose cases had taken more than six years to process, also states they have the right to a Dutch passport after a five year residency […]

Opinion: The Daily Herald editorial on re-colonisation

Opinion: The Daily Herald editorial on re-colonisation

In its editorial The Daily Herald writes today: MAN leader Charles Cooper did the right thing by apologising for saying “blood will flow” should the Kingdom Government try to apply in Curaçao the same instruction given to the Governor of St. Maarten on the screening of candidate ministers (see related article). He explained later that […]

Project leader Remco Noordermeer (standing) presenting the new recycling campaign on
Saba during Sea and Learn.
(Photo The Daily Herald)

Recycling programme to start in January 2015

The Daily Herald reports today that, last Friday, the new campaign to introduce and promote recycling on Saba was presented to the public during a Sea and Learn session. Friday’s presentation at the annual environmental awareness event was given by project leader for Waste Management at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment Remco Noordermeer, who […]

Bosman will not keep quiet on integrity issues

Bosman will not keep quiet on integrity issues

The Daily Herald reports today on the motion in which Members of Parliament (MPs) of St. Maarten unanimously adopted on Wednesday a motion rejecting the instruction handed down by the Kingdom Council of Ministers to Governor Eugene Holiday for the execution of a boundless and limitless investigation into the backgrounds of candidate ministers, their families, […]

Judge Jacob Wit

Judge Bob Wit to advise Referendum Committee on Statia

The Daily Herald writes today that the Statia Island Council needed a special meeting on Sunday, October 19, to decide on the request of the Referendum Committee to hire three external experts for advice on the options on the ballot for the planned constitutional referendum. Only one out of three candidates, Judge at the Caribbean […]

St Maarten’s MP was offered $ 2M for his seat, others denied to have been paid

St Maarten’s MP was offered $ 2M for his seat, others denied to have been paid

The Daily Herald writes that National Alliance NA) Member of Parliament (MP) Christopher Emmanuel said on Monday that he had been offered US $2 million for his parliamentary support as he stressed the point that St. Maarten had an integrity issue. Speaking in Parliament on Monday, Emmanuel said he had been offered $80,000 in 2010. […]

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.