Gilbert Isabella on Saba

Gilbert Isabella on Saba

Incoming Kingdom Representative Gilbert Isabella met with the Executive Council of the Public Entity of Saba. The new Kingdom Representative is on his introductory visit to the island. During the meeting Executive Council and the Kingdom Representative had the opportunity to exchange ideas. Tomorrow the Executive Council along with the delegation will visit several projects on […]

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Chris Johnson Statement start of 2014 - 2015 School-year

Chris Johnson Statement start of 2014 – 2015 School-year

Commissioner of Education, Chris Johnson issued a statement at the start of the 2014- 2015 school year. In his statement he wished students, teachers and parents at the island’s primary and secondary schools a “positive and productive school year”. He encouraged students in particular to strive for excellence in their studies, while asking parents to […]

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Purchase Orders for Recycling Plant Equipment signed

Purchase Orders for Recycling Plant Equipment signed

Commissioner of Public Works Bruce Zagers, recently signed 19 purchase orders for specialized equipment that will be used at the soon to be built recycling plant that will be situated at the landfill in Fort Bay. With the assistance of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (I&M) the island government has mapped out a […]

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Police office KPCN Saba moves to The Bottom

Police office KPCN Saba moves to The Bottom

On Thursday, August 21st , the employees of the Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland (KPCN) move to the new police station on Saba from Windwardside to The Bottom. The relocation started on Monday, August 18th  and will be completed on  Thursday, August 21st . As of January 1st , 2015 the current office in Windwardside will […]

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Gilbert Isabella to visit Statia and Saba

Gilbert Isabella to visit Statia and Saba

New Dutch Government Representative Gilbert Isabella will be paying an official visit to St. Eustatius, Saba and Bonaire from today, Tuesday until Saturday, writes The Daily Herald. Isabella will be starting his visit to acquaint himself with the Caribbean Netherlands on Statia today. He will be welcomed by Island Governor Gerald Berkel at F.D. Roosevelt […]

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Opinion: SCS not ready for the future.

Opinion: SCS not ready for the future.

Dear Editor, First of all, thank you Rene, for bringing some light in this darkness out of Statia. It seems that miracles work. Reason for this is because here on Saba we are still in the dark and not knowing which course we should sale. The school board promised us in July that all teachers […]

Durk Hiemstra is the new Chief of Basic Police Care on Saba

Durk Hiemstra is the new Chief of Basic Police Care on Saba

Effective August 1st, 2014 Durk Hiemstra is the new Chief of Basic Police Care on Saba. He is the successor of Coenraad Swormink who has held this position for six months. Hiemstra will perform this task for one year. This is not the first time Hiemstra is holding this position. “To once again have the […]

Opinion: Not all new teachers are present at school start

Opinion: Not all new teachers are present at school start

Dear Editor, The attached letter was sent to Saba Educational Foundation Board on Thursday, August 14, 2014, and up to now we haven’t received a response from the school board. I went to the school this morning and found out that the new teachers are not in school today, only the Care Coordinator and principal […]

Island Council Member Rolando Wilson visits schools.
(Photo GIS Saba)

Rolando Wilson visists schools on first day

Island Council Member Mr. Rolando Wilson visited the Sacred Heart School and The Saba Comprehensive School to join the teachers, parents and guardians in welcoming students back to school. Mr. Wilson wished all returning students the best of wishes for the coming school year 2014-2015. He hopes all students enjoy a productive, fun and exciting […]

Coral reef monitoring group
(Photo RCN)

Coral reef experts from the Caribbean met at Curacao

Last week a group of coral reef experts from all over the Caribbean met on Curaçao to discuss the need for monitoring of the coral reefs of the region to ensure their effective management. Agreement was reached on the minimum amount and type of data that should be collected by all countries in the region […]

Installation of Saba Fit billboards

Installation of Saba Fit billboards

Saba Fit, the campaign that encourages young people to reduce the risks of childhood obesity by drinking water, regular movement and eating healthily, recently put up billboards island-wide. The campaign was launched in February, and consists primarily of promotional campaign videos featuring local youth advocating either of the three Saba Fit themes and activities in […]

Plasterk: “Referendum is island affair”

Plasterk: “Referendum is island affair”

The Island Councils in the Caribbean Netherlands have the authority to decide on holding a constitutional referendum, not the Dutch government. Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated this in his recent reply to a letter of the Bonaire non-governmental organisation “Nos Ke Boneiru Bèk” (We Want Bonaire Back). This writes […]

Judge Van de Ven to return to the Netherlands

Judge Van de Ven to return to the Netherlands

The Daily Herald writes that Koos van de Ven will be laying down his duties as a criminal judge at the Court of First Instance, as per October 1. Van de Ven will be returning to the Netherlands to resume his position as a judge at the Court of Amsterdam, the Joint Court of Justice stated Friday. Van de Ven started his job […]

Opinion: Death to prohibition: Why Bes Islands should decriminalize marijuana

Opinion: Death to prohibition: Why Bes Islands should decriminalize marijuana

(Opinion published in The Daily Herald) Dear Editor, The dissolution of the country Netherlands Antilles, and the constitutional transition known as 10-10- 10, came to us on Saba with much promise yet much uncertainty. We were excited to join the fold of the Netherlands as it meant greater benefits for our people in terms of […]

Finance Minister Dijsselbloem: Economic recovery “fragile”

Finance Minister Dijsselbloem: Economic recovery “fragile”

The NL Times reports that the recent figures from the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) show that the recover after the crisis in The Netherlands is definite, but “fragile”, Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem says. Coalition parties VVD and PvdA see the recovery as positive as well, though warn of uncertainties due to the international […]

Saba businesses in distress if tax exemptions are lifted

Saba businesses in distress if tax exemptions are lifted

Yesterday, NTR-Caribisch Netwerk reported that the last few months, several hotels in Saba had to close their doors because of the deteriorating economy and high property tax system introduced in October 10, 2010. Hotel owners that are still in operation, fear that they too may have to close in case the temporary tax exemptions are […]

Plasterk disappointed about objections to Isabella

Plasterk disappointed about objections to Isabella

Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated on Thursday that he is “disappointed” about the objections of St. Eustatius to the appointment of Gilbert Isabella as the new National Government Representative (“Rijksvertegenwoordiger”). “I regret that the Island Council of St. Eustatius beforehand has reservations about the suitability of Isabella as National […]

Saba on track with financial reports

Saba on track with financial reports

The Daily Herald writes that the three public entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba have all finalized the year 2013 with a budgetary surplus. But in the area of financial management their efforts need to be intensified. Saba is showing improvement, but Statia and Bonaire do not have their financial management sufficiently under control. These […]

Bizzy B’s founder and owner Entrepreneur of the Year

Bizzy B’s founder and owner Entrepreneur of the Year

The Daily Herald writes that Rachel M. Thijssen was awarded the second annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Saba Business Association (SBA) on Tuesday outside her shop at Breadline Plaza in Windwardside. “We are proud to give this award to Rachel, since we believe she showed real entrepreneurial spirit, took a chance and committed […]

Opinion: “I think communication was obviously lacking."

Opinion: “I think communication was obviously lacking.”

“I think communication was obviously lacking” was what Raquel Granger said in the article published in The Daily Herald on July 17, 2014, which recapped the long awaited meeting between the Saba Educational Board and the Saba Parent Association.  I think many of us would agree that communication was lacking.  No doubt about it, but […]

Opinion: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Opinion: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Dear Editor, There is an age old expression that actions speak louder than words.  The illustrious school board was slapped in the face today by the returning teachers.  Before, I get to the point you need to know that the board accused the former director Mr. Hemmie van Xanten, of having no control over the […]

No granting of Aruba’s preference

No granting of Aruba’s preference

The Daily Herald writes that the wish of a government within the Dutch Kingdom to appoint a representative of its choice in the Council of State for the Kingdom (Raad van State voor het Koninkrijk) isn’t automatically honoured. Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated this on Thursday in a letter […]

Opinion: “Costly error?”

Opinion: “Costly error?”

Opinion published in The Daily Herald. The questions posed by St Maarten’s Member of Parliament Johan “Janchi” Leonard (UP) about Winair (see Friday Daily Herald) deserve an answer. If indeed the government-owned carrier owes US $4.1 million to a company in Guadeloupe for wet-leasing an ATR plane, the former policeman’s concern is understandable. After all, […]

Opinion: Do we have our priorities straight?

Opinion: Do we have our priorities straight?

Statia News has published the following contribution from Mr. Koos Sneek, President DP Statia. It focusses on issues that also are being discussed on Saba. Dear Editor, There is a continuing discussion steered up by organizations such as Brighter Path Foundation, the Pro Statia movement and most political parties on the constitutional status of Statia. […]

Self-sufficiency of Islands

Self-sufficiency of Islands

This important announcement has been provided by Koos Sneek from Statia about a Saba-Statia Programme. At this moment all stakeholders such as Chamber of Commerce, Business Associations and Tourism Development Foundation are working together with the governments of both Statia and Saba to work out a program to stimulate business that will improve the self-sufficiency […]

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.