Opinion: Businesses suffer from Injustices Being Imposed On the Private Sector

Opinion: Businesses suffer from Injustices Being Imposed On the Private Sector

Dear editor, For the past 5 years it has become increasingly clear that the private sector on Saba stands alone when it comes to fighting for changes in the laws that have severely hampered economic growth. Members of the Saba Merchants Association (SMA) have attended countless meetings with Dutch delegations and sent numerous economic documents […]

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Opinion: ZVK Saba- who does this cater to and who does it belong to?!!!

Opinion: ZVK Saba- who does this cater to and who does it belong to?!!!

Dear Editor, Lately, on Saba, people are complaining about the elections and politics: WIPM this, SLP that, or about the weekend fights, who is locked up, who is speeding and the list goes on. We complain about politicians and whatever (give all this a rest). We tend to forget that there are other serious matters […]

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Basic quality still lacking at islands’ secondary schools

Basic quality still lacking at islands’ secondary schools

Dutch State Secretary of Education, Culture and Science Sander Dekker is satisfied with the improvements made at primary schools in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, but he is less positive about the results of the secondary schools where he says the basic quality is still lacking. This writes The Daily Herald. The state secretary sent […]

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SLP meet & greet last Tuesday

SLP meet & greet last Tuesday

The Daily Herald writes that the Saba Labour Party (SLP) held a meet and greet event on Tuesday evening at the Zion’s Hill Community Centre from 7:30pm until 10:30pm. Around 50 attendants gathered to witness the candidates of the SLP not only give a personal introduction but also answering questions from the public. Questions ranged […]

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Accident near Windwardside - Update press release Police

Accident near Windwardside – Update press release Police

The Daily Herald writes that three vehicles were involved in an accident Tuesday on the road between The Bottom and Windwardside in Saba. As a result of an alleged street race between two cars, a pick-up truck that exited Patrick’s Car Wash just outside Windwardside was hit by the two street racers. Nobody got hurt, […]

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Opinion: Carl Buncamper responds to questions from Janelie Barnes

Opinion: Carl Buncamper responds to questions from Janelie Barnes

Dear Editor, On March 2nd, I was on Facebook and I saw a set of well-articulated and important questions regarding the current political campaign by Ms. Janelie Barnes. Each and every question touched down on important issues that I feel many in the community want to know but few have asked. I applaud Ms. Barnes […]

WIPM Party to host its first meeting

WIPM Party to host its first meeting

The WIPM Party will be holding its first public meeting this Thursday March 5th in the in Zion’s Hill at the Zion’s Hill Community Center. During the meeting the nine candidates on the WIPM list will be giving their first public speeches. During their speeches the candidate will elaborate on the message of the WIPM […]

First Chamber persists on discussion about Electoral Collage

First Chamber persists on discussion about Electoral Collage

The Daily Herald writes that the special Electoral College (Kiescollege) for the Caribbean Netherlands to secure the voting rights of Dutch citizens in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba for the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament without any influence of foreign residents of the islands is still on the radar. The First Chamber, or the […]

Election Information Campaign of RCN is in full swing

Election Information Campaign of RCN is in full swing

The information campaign for the Island Council elections is in full swing on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Advertisements can be seen in newspapers and on TV, and heard on the radio. The campaign is active on the Internet and on Facebook. Residents of the Caribbean Netherlands also will receive an information folder at home. […]

Saba Parks Manager confirms excellent state of Saba moorings

Saba Parks Manager confirms excellent state of Saba moorings

On February 27 we published a letter from Mr. LaFrance to “those responsible”  about the assumed unreliable state of Saba’s moorings. Saba Park Manager, Kai Wulf, has responded to Mr. LaFrances concerns by email. He has authorized us to publish this response on Saba News as well, so that the message can reach the wider […]

Insel Air: Stimulate regional air traffic

Insel Air: Stimulate regional air traffic

In a press release Insel Air communicates their concern that airlines and passengers are currently taxed and charged disproportionately by governments, causing ticket prices to rise and consequently resulting in a decrease in the number of arrivals. The carrier of Curaçao and Aruba therefore supports the policy being carried out in other countries including Brazil, […]

National Ombudsman will again listen to complaints

National Ombudsman will again listen to complaints

As announced earlier, the National Ombudsman will be visiting Saba and St. Eustatius from March 9 until March 12. Past visits have been well received by the population and were deemed very successful by the National Ombudsman team. This writes The Daily Herald. On Statia, the number of complaints lodged last year totalled 44. The […]

Kids enjoying the movie and their snacks at the Eugenius
Johnson Centre
(Photo The Daily Herald)

Movie night about bullying

The Daily Herald writes that a movie night with free popcorn was organised at the Eugenius Johnson Centre in Windwardside last  Saturday.  The movies shown were a documentary called “Bully” and the movie “The Hunger Games.” The event was organised by Body, Mind and Spirit (BMS) also known as AIDS Support Group Saba Foundation (ASGS), […]

New recycling facility opened in grand style

New recycling facility opened in grand style

The grand opening of the new recycling facility in Fort Bay harbour on Friday afternoon drew a great number of attendants. The new plant is developed through cooperation between the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and the Saba Government. This writes The Daily Herald. The total cost of this project lies around US $1.8 […]

Opinion: State of moorings affects Saba tourism - Updated

Opinion: State of moorings affects Saba tourism – Updated

Dear Editor, We have sent the following email to  Dozlyn Pouchie a Saba Bank National Park Officer and to your local Chamber of Commerce. We are concerned cruising sailors and do not want to see Saba hurt by something that can be easily fixed. We discussed the decrease in tourism and resulting decrease in tourist […]

Elections for SCS-representatives UNICEF

Elections for SCS-representatives UNICEF

The Daily Herald writes that recently, elections took place to appoint two representatives of the Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) to the steering committee of UNICEF Saba. Two pupils, Jody Morgan and Michel Hassell were elected out of seven possible candidates. The elections took place last Tuesday, at the SCS, where official ballot boxes were used. […]

The new recycling facility at Fort Bay.
(Photo GIS Saba)

Opinion: the Saba recycling program

Opinion article published in The Daily Herald: Dear Editor, Thank you for allowing me this space in your well read newspaper. Today, February 27, the Island Government of Saba will open its new state-of-theart recycling facility, and officially launch the Recycle for Saba programme. This project will reform not only the way we think about […]

Updated Island Guide Caribbean Netherlands online

Updated Island Guide Caribbean Netherlands online

The island Guide Caribbean Netherlands was recently updated on a number of aspects. The guide was published for the first time in December 2014 en was delivered door to door on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. In the meantime a new Kingdom Representative and a new island governor on Bonaire took up their posts. They’ve […]

Statia'a Old Museum now

Lieutenant Governor of Statia reported to public prosecutor

The Island Governor of St. Eustatius has been reported to the Public Prosecutor for his order to illegally demolish the first protected monument of the island. The legal offenses are now being investigated by the office of the Public Prosecutor of the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba). The case was filed by the St. […]

Free online introduction to Dutch by Groningen University

Free online introduction to Dutch by Groningen University

Learn to speak, write and understand basic Dutch, with this free, three-week, introductory foreign language course. About the course Are you planning to visit, or work or study in the Netherlands soon or just want to speak Dutch? This free online course is perfect if you have little or no prior knowledge of Dutch, but […]

Area in The Bottom prepared for the Solar Park

Petition to Saba Government to rethink location “Solar Park”

On request of the Saba Merchants Association we publish  the text of the following petition. This petition can be signed in My Store in The Bottom. Dear Members of the Executive and Island Councils, Petition The Saba Merchants Association, its members, members of the business community and the general population of Saba expressed herein would […]

Dad sentenced for beating his son with a belt

Dad sentenced for beating his son with a belt

The Daily Herald reports today that, on St. Maarten, a 42-year-old father was sentenced by the Court on Wednesday to three months suspended with three years’ probation and sixty hours of community service for mistreating his underage son with his belt. The Prosecutor’s Office considered it proven that the man had mistreated his son by […]

Monique Wilson, SLP’s sixth candidate, talks about her
plans for a better Saba
(Photo The Daily Herald)

Breadline Plaza turned blue on Tuesday night

The Daily Herald reports today that more than one hundred attendants gathered at the Breadline Plaza on Tuesday evening to witness the Saba Labour Party (SLP) present their views on Saba’s progression. Each of the nine candidates held a speech to bring across their views on how to better Saba. Two of SLP’s board members […]

The new recycling facility at Fort Bay.
(Photo GIS Saba)

Information for “Recycle for Saba” Campaign started today

The new recycling initiative “Recycle for Saba” of The Public Entity Saba begins today when the first residents receive their recycling information packages along with their baskets. The information packages contain the information that is needed to for residents on the island to begin recycling. The information package explains the new basket and bins that […]

Highest incomes in Caribbean Netherlands in 2011 were on Statia

Highest incomes in Caribbean Netherlands in 2011 were on Statia

Statistics Netherlands: Highest incomes Caribbean Netherlands on St Eustatius For the first time, Statistics Netherlands has surveyed incomes in the Caribbean Netherlands. In 2011, the average disposable household income  on Bonaire was more than 19 thousand dollars, on Saba nearly 21 thousand dollars and on St Eustatius 24 thousand dollars. The income differences on the […]

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.