10500 paid jobs on the BES islands

10500 paid jobs on the BES islands

In 2013, 10,500 people in the Caribbean Netherlands were in a paid job. In total, workers in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba occupied more than 9,000 jobs. The vast majority of these jobs, some 7,500, could be found on Bonaire; it emerged from figures published Thursday by Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). In its research, […]

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What the papers say - A day of national mourning: the day after

What the papers say – A day of national mourning: the day after

The day of national mourning to honour the victims of Malaysia Airline flight MH17 dominates Thursday’s newspapers, with most carrying a full page photograph of the ceremony. Dutch News gives an overview of  newspapers in the Netherlands. ‘Day of mourning gives the dead their dignity back’, is the Volkskrant’s headline. ‘Black plastic body bags have […]

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MH17 dead remembered in moving ceremony

MH17 dead remembered in moving ceremony

The highlights of the official ceremony on Wednesday’s national day of mourning for the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Diplomatic offensive to secure MH17 site Dutch News reported that The Netherlands has begun a major diplomatic offensive to send possibly hundreds of soldiers and police forensic experts to Ukraine to investigate the downing of […]

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 Flags at half mast as the Netherlands mourns MH17 air crash dead

Flags at half mast as the Netherlands mourns MH17 air crash dead

Flags on government and private buildings are at half mast in the Netherlands on Wednesday at the start of an official day of mourning to remember those who died on flight MH17. It is the first time the Netherlands has declared a day of public mourning since the death of queen Wilhelmina in 1962. In […]

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Wednesday, July 23, official, national day of mourning for MH17 victims

Wednesday, July 23, official, national day of mourning for MH17 victims

Dutch News announced that Wednesday July 23 has been designated an official day of mourning to remember those who died on flight MH17, says prime minister Mark Rutte. Flags will be at half mast on government buildings and church bells will be rung for five minutes prior to the landing of the first plane bringing […]

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Photo Bastiaan Janssens

Annual Saba Hell’s Gate Triathlon scheduled for January 31, 2015

The Saba Triathlon Foundation, the organizers of Saba’s toughest athletic challenge the Saba Hell’s Gate Triathlon, announced that it will host next year’s annual event on January 31st 2015. This  year the triathlon on Saba was revived after being dormant since 2009. This year’s race was considered a great success, with some 50 participants including veterans of triathlons on several islands throughout the region including St. Maarten, Guadeloupe and Curacao taking […]

Saba Carnival 2014 is approaching

Saba Carnival 2014 is approaching

In the Daily Herald of today Patrick Geans is looking forward towards 2014 Carnival. Up from The Bottom to Zion’s Hill; down from Hell’s Gate to the slopes of St. Johns; from the quaint shops and homes of Windwardside to the deep blue shores of Cove Bay; from the top of the kingdom’s highest peak […]

King Willem-Alexander: Air disaster has left a 'deep wound' in Dutch society

King Willem-Alexander: Air disaster has left a ‘deep wound’ in Dutch society

Dutch News reports that King Willem-Alexander has spoken of his sorrow at the death of so many Dutch nationals in last week’s air disaster in Ukraine. Speaking to the nation after he and queen Maxima met relatives of those who died at a special gathering in Nieuwegein, the king talked of the inner strength which […]

Frits van Ham, president of VBIS.
(Photo Belkis Osepa)

Bonaire supermarkets: prices are not very high, but salaries are the problem

Caribisch Netwerk reports that the supermarkets on Bonaire are of the opinion that their prices are not at all very high. “The problem is the income of the people”, says Frits van Ham, the president of the Bonaire importers and supermarkets (VBIS). Yet the supermarkets are willing to reach a hand. They propose to compile […]

Child Focus completes summer activities

Child Focus completes summer activities

The Daily Herald writes that Child Focus summer activities programme 2014, coordinated and organised by Stacey Simmons and Suzanne Guido, came to a close on Friday, July 11, with a fun-filled barbeque at Cove Bay. Their goal was to create a variety of enjoyable activities giving participants an opportunity to experience and learn about local […]

Opinion: Is It Time for Saba Educational Foundation Board to Go?

Opinion: Is It Time for Saba Educational Foundation Board to Go?

Is It Time for Saba Educational Foundation Board to Go? I’m following all the articles in the Daily Herald and Saba–News along with all the commentaries and my question is, “is it time for the board to go?” Parents and residents feel left out and without a voice in how their children should be educated. […]

MP’s ask questions about Statia rejecting Isabella

MP’s ask questions about Statia rejecting Isabella

Members of the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber of Socialist Party (SP) and Party for Freedom PVV have posed questions to Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk concerning the motion against new Government Representative Gilbert Isabella, which was unanimously adopted by the Island Council of St. Eustatius on Tuesday. This writes The Daily […]

Parents will hold community meeting on Saturday

Parents will hold community meeting on Saturday

The Daily Herald writes that a group of concerned parents will be holding a community-wide meeting at Eugenius Johnson Center in Windwardside at 6:00pm Saturday. The group, informally called Saba Parents Association (SPA), said it is holding the meeting to openly address the concerns of parents and community members alike that were not able to […]

Updated-2:  193 Dutch nationals killed in Air Malaysian crash over Ukraine

Updated-2: 193 Dutch nationals killed in Air Malaysian crash over Ukraine

Dutch News reports that at least 154 Dutch nationals were on board the Malaysian Airlines plane thought to have been brought down by a rocket over Ukraine. Note Editor: The nationality of all passengers has been established now. !93 Dutch nationals have died in the incident. The dutch minister of foreign affairs, Mr, Timmermans has […]

Traffic surveillance in St. Johns
(Photo KPCN)

Police Saba again conducts traffic surveillance

On Thursday morning, July 17, 2014 Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland (KPCN) held a traffic surveillance on Saba in the context of the enforcement task. This inspection took place between 6:30 am and 9:00 am at the J. Sawyers Ridge Road in St. John’s. During this inspection, more than 90 vehicles were checked, from which 25 […]

Comments on the CoC BES-week document of last month

Comments on the CoC BES-week document of last month

The Daily Herald writes about comments on the document presented to officials in the Netherlands last month.“People on the island feel like the Dutch are not paying attention and in the long run it will cost them more to rebuild the economy,” said SBA President Wolfgang Tooten. “On a small island like this, you can’t […]

Statia says no to the appointment of Isabella as Rijksvertegenwoordiger

Statia says no to the appointment of Isabella as Rijksvertegenwoordiger

The Daily Herald reports that Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk received further rejection Tuesday of his appointment of Gilbert Isabella as the new Dutch Government Representative. The Island Council of St. Eustatius unanimously passed a motion expressing discontent with the followed selection procedure and the resulting appointment of Isabella, a […]

Saba school board and parents meet, resolve to move forward

Saba school board and parents meet, resolve to move forward

The Daily Herald writes that Board members of Saba Education Foundation (SEF) Board and Saba Parents Association (SPA) met on Monday and agreed to move forward after several contentious weeks following the Board’s April decision not to renew the contracts of Saba Comprehensive School Director Hemmie van Xanten and three teachers. Nolly Oleana of the […]

Chamber of Commerce St. Eustatius and Saba: Vision on Economic Development

Chamber of Commerce St. Eustatius and Saba: Vision on Economic Development

The following  text depicts the vision of the Chamber of Commerce St. Eustatius and Saba about the economic development, mostly concerning St. Eustatius, but also meant for Saba. It was made available to the executive council for the CN week in The Hague. It was also presented (in Dutch) to the ministries of Economic affairs, […]

Angry parents last Friday when the meeting with the SCS Board was postponed.
(Photo Hazel Durand)

Saba Comprehensive School hires 5 new teachers

Hazel Durand reports on the site of Caribisch Netwerk that the Board of the Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) has hired five new teachers. It still lacks a new teacher for  Dutch. This says Wingrove Baker, one of the parents who was able to participate last night in a meeting with the SCS school board. In […]

And again: bored by the board

And again: bored by the board

It was agreed that there would be a meeting with the board of the Saba Education Foundation (SEF) yesterday, Monday the 14th of July 4:30 pm at the Sunny Valley Youth Centre. Again a group of parents, teachers and other people who were worried about what had happened at the Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) showed […]

From l-r Commissioner Bruce Zagers, Frankelly Wilson, Shurendy Winfield and James Granger
(Photo GIS Sab)

Young Saban Athletes Travel to Philadelphia

Two young Saban athletes have traveled to the Philadelphia 76ers basketball camp from July 13th to 18th. Shurendy Windfield and Frankelly Wilson are traveling along with their chaperone James Granger to Philadelphia where they will take part in the camp which aims to enhance the skills of young athletes. While at the camp the young […]

Opinion: Bullying Isn’t Only Done by Children.

Opinion: Bullying Isn’t Only Done by Children.

Dear Editor, I was talking to a parent a few days ago and she told me that prior to Hemmie Van Xanten’s arrival the situation at SCS was deplorable.  Gangs, bullying, fighting and calling the police were the norm and since he became the director all that stopped.  I think some of the credit for […]

Concerned residents to meet SEF board today, Monday, at 4:30pm

Concerned residents to meet SEF board today, Monday, at 4:30pm

The Daily Herald writes that a group of about twenty concerned residents, parents and educators are looking forward to a long sought-after meeting with Saba Education Foundation (SEF) board members, purportedly scheduled at Sunny Valley Youth Centre in The Bottom today, Monday, at 4:30pm. The group showed up to a Friday meeting scheduled with the […]

Small turnout for health fair

Small turnout for health fair

More than twenty local residents came out for free medical screenings at the annual Saba University School of Medicine (SUSOM) Health Fair on Saturday in The Bottom. This reports The Daily Herald. Organizers said although attendance was somewhat down this year, they were still pleased to provide the annual public service. “I think it went […]

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.