Twelve news places of detention build on Statia

Twelve news places of detention build on Statia

On July 28, 2015, State Secretary for Security and Justice (V & J) Klaas Dijkhoff sent a letter to the Second Chamber to formally inform them that twelve places of detention will be built on St. Eustatius. It is expected that this detention facility will be completed in 2017. Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen (DJI) has commissioned […]

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Nadia Turner

‘Sister Talk’ with ‘Idol’ Nadia Turner

Government Service Caribbean Netherlands RCN, in cooperation with local stakeholders will be hosting a back-to-school motivational programme for young girls in St. Eustatius and Saba, writes The Daily Herald. The “Sister Talk” motivational sessions will be facilitated by former American Idol finalist Nadia Turner, who is also a former Statia Carnival Queen. The mother of […]

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From left: 2015 Road March King Cirilio “Daddy Slim” Martin, Carmen Simmons, Culture Commissioner Bruce Zagers and Bob “The Man Bob” Morgan open the gate to Festival Village, marking the official opening of Saba Carnival Monday night. (STK photo)

Carnival pioneers honoured during 2015 season opening

The 2015 Carnival Season in Saba was officially opened with a balloon-lit jump-up and music entertainment by Grand Masters Band from St. Kitts on Monday night. Opening night again saw a large turnout like the pre-Carnival shows over last weekend, which is an early indication of continued positive turnout for the remainder of the week. […]

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Shortage of water is an urgent issue

Shortage of water is an urgent issue

Caribisch Netwerk writes that, many on Saba are currently suffering from the persistent drought. In particular, the companies feel the financial consequences. The current price for 1000 liters runs between 105 and 110 dollars. The cost of the water is 60 dollars and the remaining amount is for delivery, depending on the distance. For an […]

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Suspect in student homicide case is no longer in custody

Suspect in student homicide case is no longer in custody

The man who has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the death of the student who was found in April on Saba, has been released on July 27th, 2015. However the Prosecution considers him still as a suspect. The evidence on which he was previously in custody is still valid, according to the Prosecutors […]

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Inspections and traffic controls Saba

Inspections and traffic controls Saba

Before the start of Carnival, inspections were held by KPCN. On Thursday evening, July 24 and Friday, July 25 unannounced inspections were held at the harbor of Saba. Two ships were inspected by the Coast Guard, Customs, Police Force, KMar and Customs. Goods and persons were thoroughly checked. Nothing significant was found during this inspection. […]

Child Focus ends summer activities

Child Focus ends summer activities

Child Focus ended its two-week summer activities programme on Friday with its annual barbeque at Cove Bay for all participants, volunteers and youth leaders, writes The Daily Herald. A total of 103 participants ages six to 18 took part in various activities. Children between the ages of 6 and 7 made cookies for the elderly […]

Tropical Fusion parading through the streets of The Bottom.

More participants in Saba Children Parade

On the fortieth anniversary of Carnival in Saba, the island saw the participation of more children groups than usual in Sunday’s Children’s Parade, writes The Daily Herald. There were a total of three groups, namely Saba Cultural Mix, Tropical Fusion and Children of the Caribbean. The children had the streets of The Bottom for their […]

Saba’s 2015 Calypso King Bob “The Man Bob” Morgan (centre) receives his prizes from show organizer Cornelius Richardson (left) and Culture Commissioner Bruce Zagers (right). (STK photo)

‘Man Bob’ Saba’s 2015 Calypso King

‘Daddy Slim’ retains Road March title After a brief hiatus Bob “The Man Bob” Morgan came back and reclaimed the title of Calypso King at the 2015 ‘Best of the Best Calypso and Road March Competition’ Saturday night. Morgan’s song “Man”, which blamed mankind for all the world’s troubles, scored him 239 points and US […]

Revellers during the Grand Parade of 2013.

Saba Carnival ‘forty years long, still jamming strong’

From Saturday, July 25, up until and including Sunday, August 2, Saba will be celebrating 40 years of Carnival under the slogan “40 years long, still jamming strong.” writes The Daily Herald. Starting with Saturday’s Calypso Showdown and running up to the Second Day Parade of Sunday, August 2, Sabans will immerge themselves in nine […]

Statia's Island Council objects to financial supervision

Statia’s Island Council objects to financial supervision

The Daily Herald reported that Statia’s Island Council has released the objection letter, signed by Chairman Rueben Merkman and sent to Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk in the Netherlands, dated July 17, in response to his call for the island to be placed under higher financial supervision. Plasterk is being called […]

HYPE agendas for new academic school year

HYPE agendas for new academic school year

The Daily Herald writes that high school students in St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius will have easy access to a range of useful data, inspirational stories and lots of space to note down their important school related information and reminders in the 2015-2016 HYPE Agendas, coordinators said on Wednesday The 100 per cent locally […]

Controls on labor by foreigners

Controls on labor by foreigners

In early May, the Dutch Caribbean Police Force (KPCN) together with the Labour Inspectorate of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (SZW) and the Belastingdienst Caribisch Nederland (B/CN) carried out controls on labour by foreigners. The checks focused on the detection of illegal employment of foreigners and the conditions under which the foreigners work. […]

English version Multi-Annual Program Caribbean Netherlands 2015-  2018

English version Multi-Annual Program Caribbean Netherlands 2015- 2018

The Multi-Annual Plan that you find below can also be downloaded here as a pdf file. Multi-Annual Program Caribbean Netherlands 2015-2018 The Public Entity of Saba has indicated during the CN Week that, as for matters relating to content which specifically concern Saba, the Multi-Annual program (MAP) underlines the importance of the island’s further development. […]

Saba’s Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport.

Airport renovation project on Saba progressing as planned

The Daily Herald writes: The renovations of Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport on Saba are going as planned, said project manager of the renovation of the airports of the Caribbean Netherlands Ton Franssen. The experienced engineer, working for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, and his team of experts have been on Saba for three days […]

Historical Museum guide Misha Spanner (left) handing over the fragments to archaeologist Joost Morsink, who will bring them to St. Maarten and Saba.

‘Days of Slavery’ exhibition travels to St. Maarten, Saba

The “Days of Slavery on St. Eustatius” exhibition, put together by St. Eustatius Historical Foundation (SEHF) and St. Eustatius Centre for Archaeology (SECAR) for the Historical Museum, is travelling to St. Maarten and Saba, writes The Daily Herald. A scaled-down travelling version of the exhibition will be on show, first at the international conference of […]

Contract signed for a 2 MW solar park on Statia

Contract signed for a 2 MW solar park on Statia

The Daily Herald reports that the St. Eustatius Utility Company STUCO signed a contract Wednesday, with Sunshine Real Estate for the engineering, procurement and commissioning of a two-megawatt solar park. For this project Sunshine partnered with ECO Energy, SMA and Schletter to deliver a turnkey project. “With this project STUCO has officially embarked on a […]

Commissioner Johnson(2nd right) and Senior Policy Advisor, Koen van Laar,(1st right) meeting with representatives of Lipscomb University.

Commissioner Johnson looking to strengthen relations with Lipscomb University

Commissioner of Youth Affairs, Chris Johnson, met with representatives of Lipscomb University from Nashville, Tennessee this week to discuss opportunities to strengthen and expand the relationship between the university and Saba. Since 2003 Lipscomb University has been visiting Saba every year and organizes a full program of activities for the youth of Saba during their […]

Commissioner Johnson pleased with reduction of tariff for work permits

Commissioner Johnson pleased with reduction of tariff for work permits

Based on the request of the Executive Council of The Public Entity Saba and economic stakeholders from both public and private sectors, State Secretary of Security and Justice, Klaas Dijkhoff, has decided to lower the tariff for work permits on the Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire, as of October 1st 2015. On January 1st of […]

Statistics Netherlands: Inflation Caribbean Netherlands declines further

Statistics Netherlands: Inflation Caribbean Netherlands declines further

According to figures released today by Statistics Netherlands, inflation according to the consumer price index (CPI) on all three islands of Caribbean Netherlands was down further in the second quarter of 2015. On Bonaire and St Eustatius inflation was actually negative for the second quarter in a row. On Bonaire inflation fell for the third […]

PCN not positive about pension indexation in the next few years

PCN not positive about pension indexation in the next few years

The Daily Herald writes that the pension fund for the public, education and health care sectors in the Caribbean Netherlands PCN has taken measures to secure its financial position as much as possible under difficult circumstances. Due to the low funding ratio the outlook for indexation of pensions in the coming years is not positive, […]

Kingdom Representative delivers 4th progress report (corrected)

Kingdom Representative delivers 4th progress report (corrected)

Fourth Progress Report 2014 concerning the public entities Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba in the Dutch Caribbean G.P. Isabella Kingdom Representative Introduction Before you is the fourth progress report of the Kingdom Representative for the public entities Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. This report discusses the developments that took place on the three islands from […]

Student Support Group Saba creates Facebook page

Student Support Group Saba creates Facebook page

Three Saban students have formed a support group in particular for students from Saba who are already studying in Holland or are planning to go there shortly. One of the founders is Nataly Linzey. In 2011 she went to Netherlands all by herself. “As a ‘free-mover’ I understand now how difficult it is to adapt […]

The evaluation committee discusses the information collected during the visit to Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba late June

The evaluation committee is grateful for the cooperation of the people of Bonaire, Statia and Saba

The independent evaluation committee that implemented the evaluation on the effects of the new constitutional structure since 10-10-10 on Bonaire, Statia and Saba, would like to thank everyone that have already participated in the evaluation, for their time and effort. Mrs. Spies, the Chairwoman of the Evaluation Committee: “Thanks to your participation in the group […]

Recycling in Saba starts at the front door.

Recycling on Saba, four months later

The Daily Herald writes that the recycling plant in Fort Bay harbour area on Saba was opened Friday, February 27. From that moment Saba was the first of the three Dutch Caribbean islands to recycle waste material. Four months later The Daily Herald met with Government Information Service Officer Vito Charles for an update about […]

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.