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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

Chairpersons of the First and Second Chamber visit Saba

Chairpersons of the First and Second Chamber visit Saba

The Chairpersons of the First and Second Chamber, Ankie Broekers-Knol and Anouchka van Miltenburg began their working visit to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom on Sunday October 19th on Saba. They were warmly received by Island Governor, Jonathon Johnson and Kingdom Representative, Gilbert Isabella. Later in the evening there was a meeting with the […]

Second chamber backs integrity screening on St. Maarten

Second chamber backs integrity screening on St. Maarten

The Daily Herald writes this morning that the liberal democratic VVD party, the Labour Party PvdA and Socialist Party (SP) representing a majority in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament fully support the decision of the Kingdom Council of Ministers last week Friday to order a more thorough screening of St. Maarten’s candidate ministers. […]

Opinion: Editorial The Daily Herald

Opinion: Editorial The Daily Herald

In their Editorial of today, the Daily Herald writes that it appears that the incoming UP/DP/Marlin-Romeo coalition plans to fight tooth and nail the instruction by the Kingdom Council of Ministers regarding the screening of nominees to become minister. Today’s Parliament meeting probably will lead to some type of action in that sense. It will […]

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Kingdom government orders tougher screening St. Maarten ministers

The Daily Herald reports that the Kingdom government has ordered a more stringent screening of St. Maarten’s incoming Council of Ministers. The Kingdom Council of Ministers decided on Friday to give St. Maarten Governor Eugene Holiday an instruction to hold off on the appointment of the ministers and prime minister until it is absolutely certain […]

2.5 million people in the Netherlands live below the poverty line

2.5 million people in the Netherlands live below the poverty line

Dutch News reports that in total, 2.5 million people out of almost 17 million live below the poverty line in the Netherlands – that is 14% of the population – according to a new report. But despite the economic crisis, this is only an increase of 1% over the past five years, says the report […]

No tax relief for Saba hotels

No tax relief for Saba hotels

The Daily Herald reports today that the hotels in Saba will not obtain a reduction on real estate tax in 2015, Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated in a letter to the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament The Chamber Committee for Kingdom Relations had asked the Minister for a response […]

State Secretary Sander Dekker (second from left) with Members of the Second Chamber
Paul van Meenen of D66 (left), Chairman of the Kingdom Relations Committee Jeroen
Recourt (second from right) and Roelof van Laar, both of PvdA. (Suzanne Koelega photo)

Dekker lauds Saba and Statia for cooperation in education

The Daily Herald reports today that Statia and Saba have shown that they are willing to cooperate to improve education on their island and to solve the problems at their secondary schools. These islands will receive additional funds. Bonaire on the other hand is not cooperating and has been warned that it might face financial […]

Fireman J. Hassell rappelling down the side of a building
(Photo RCN)

Training for CN Firefighters on Saba

Fire fighters of the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department are on Saba attending two weeks training in rappelling from high elevations and learning various rope techniques. Three fire fighters from Bonaire two from Saba and St Eustatius each are undergoing the two week long intensive training. Firefighters attending this training are required to train their colleagues […]

Chairpersons First and Second Chamber to visit the Caribbean Netherlands

Chairpersons First and Second Chamber to visit the Caribbean Netherlands

The Chairpersons of the First and Second Chamber, Ankie Broekers-Knol and Anouchka van Miltenburg, will be jointly making an introductory visit to the Caribbean part of The Netherlands from October 19th through October 25th. The purpose of the visit is getting to know the six islands better. It is the first time that the Chairpersons […]

October 18th: the day against human trafficking

October 18th: the day against human trafficking

Human Trafficking is an international problem and is often invisible. What is human trafficking exactly? Human trafficking is (in the broad sense) the forcing of people to work, sexual exploitation or forced donation of  their own organs. What are the signals with this kind of crime? Signals concerning the crime of human trafficking are amongst […]

General Discussion Second Chamber about education quality in Caribbean Netherlands

General Discussion Second Chamber about education quality in Caribbean Netherlands

The education quality in the Caribbean Netherlands was the main topic of the so-called “Algemeen Overleg” (General Discussion) on October 15th, between the Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and State Secretary Sander Dekker (OCW) in the Second Chamber. The State Secretary was supported for this discussion by the Project Director Caribbean Netherlands, the director of […]

Heavy seas crashing over the breakwater at Cove Bay
(Photo GIS Saba)

Saba Left Relatively Untouched by Passage of Gonzalo

Saba suffered very few effects due to the passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo, which passed just north of the island in the afternoon on Monday, October 13. With the storm defying initial forecasts, which had it passing approximately less than 50 miles south of the island, there was much less impact from wind and rain […]

KPCN introduces Participation Council

KPCN introduces Participation Council

Elections were held at Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland (KPCN) for the Participation Council on October 8th . This council will consist of five persons, three of which will be from Bonaire, one from Saba and one from Statia. They represent the interests of the organization and personnel in the performance of business activities. The Participation […]

Government Offices to Close due to Passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo

Government Offices to Close due to Passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo

Island Governor, Jonathan Johnson, has decided to close government offices as of 11:00am today due to the imminent passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo. This is so that civil servants can go home and take the necessary precautions to safeguard their homes and other property. Government services will resume on Wednesday morning unless otherwise indicated. Due […]

No The Daily Herald due to Storm Warning

No The Daily Herald due to Storm Warning

The Daily Herald has decided not to publish a paper on Monday because SXM is under Tropical Storm Watch, with Gonzalo (wind now 40mph) expected to strengthen before is passes close by south early Monday. To safeguard our employees who work at night and especially including those who have to go on the street to […]

Tropical storm Gonzalo predicted to hit Saba

Tropical storm Gonzalo predicted to hit Saba

Tropical Storm Gonzalo… Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed this afternoon @1pm, and has caused the following islands to be placed under a Tropical Storm Warning: Guadeloupe, Desirade, Les Saintes, Marie Galante, St. Barths, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Saba, St. Eustatius, Barbuda, Antigua, Anguilla, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Puerto […]

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.