Police made arrests related to Fort Bay incident

Police made arrests related to Fort Bay incident

The police made ​​two arrests on Monday, September 29th, in the morning in an investigation regarding public violence and abuse, which took place in the Fort Bay Harbor of Saba on Sunday night, September 21st  2014 around 7.00 P.M. Two men, the 26-year-old, A.A.R.J. and the 23-year-old R.R.J.J., were arrested in The Bottom and transferred […]

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Saba Reach Students graduate at third Banana Salsa Party

Saba Reach Students graduate at third Banana Salsa Party

The Daily Herald writes that Saba Reach Foundation (SRF) held its third annual Banana Salsa Party at Eugenius Johnson Centre on Wednesday, September 24. Every year, the foundation hosts this event to highlight a specific theme and bring the community together in celebration of its initiatives. Wednesday’s event started with the graduation ceremony of the […]

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Imports: Bonaire $ 165 million, Saba 17 million, Statia 41 million

Imports: Bonaire $ 165 million, Saba 17 million, Statia 41 million

In 2013 the value of imported goods into Bonaire was 165 million US dollars (120 million euros). This writes The Daily Herald. Nearly a quarter of this amount regards machinery and transport equipment. This share of import is comparable to that of the European part of the Netherlands. On Bonaire the import value of food, […]

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Draft budget 2015 shows positive balance

Draft budget 2015 shows positive balance

The 2015 draft budget Saba, approved by the College Financial Supervision CFT, shows a positive balance of US $807,000, which will mainly be used to repay interest-free loans of the Netherlands. This writes The Daily Herald. The CFT concluded that the draft 2015 budget, which shows a revenue total of US $10.34 million and a […]

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Second Chamber tells Plasterk to look at island’s Electoral College

Second Chamber tells Plasterk to look at island’s Electoral College

The Daily Herald writes that the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, on Wednesday, requested Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk to research the possibilities of establishing an Electoral College for the Caribbean Netherlands to elect members of the First Chamber, the Senate, as well as a separate Electoral College for Dutch […]

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Police made arrests and is looking for witnesses (update)

Police made arrests and is looking for witnesses (update)

Arrests The Police Force Caribbean Netherlands recently made two arrests in unrelated cases, a press release stated. Both arrests were made in The Bottom. A man with the initials E.L.M. was held for an offence of trespassing and attempted burglary on Monday, September 22, around 3:30pm. The suspect and the victim were known to each other […]

Second Chamber decided to start investigation in "Kiescollege".

Second Chamber decided to start investigation in “Kiescollege”.

Today the Second Chamber decided that Minister Plasterk has to investigate the possiblilities for a “Electoral College” for the islands Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba. The Second Chamber wants that the inhabitants of the islands get the same influence by voting for the parliament as the inhabitants of the continental part of the Netherlands. The implication is […]

“Brighter Path” objects to evaluation committee

“Brighter Path” objects to evaluation committee

The Daily Herald writes that Brighter Path Foundation (BPF) objects to the composition of the evaluation committee, which is to supervise the evaluation of the new constitutional status for the Dutch public entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. BPF is disturbed by the fact that no persons from Saba and Statia have been appointed to […]

Wrong message

Wrong message

In an opinion in The Daily Herald one can read as follows: Today’s plenary debate in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on the proposal to take away the voting rights of foreign residents in the Caribbean Netherlands promises to be interesting. At least two opposition parties oppose such and strongly are suggesting alternatives. […]

D66 and SP object to taking away voting rights of foreign island residents

D66 and SP object to taking away voting rights of foreign island residents

The Daily Herald writes that opposition parties the Socialist Party (SP) and Democratic Party D66 in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament will be objecting to the proposed law change to take away the voting rights of foreign residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba during its handling in the Second Chamber today, Wednesday. […]

Working visit of Kingdom Representative

Working visit of Kingdom Representative

New Kingdom Representative for Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire Gilbert Isabella has paid his first working visit to Saba since he recently took office on September 1. This writes The Daily Herald. He arrived September 14 and paid visits to the Kingdom Department for the Dutch Caribbean (RCN) Departments; Customs, Tax Office, Fire Department, Health […]

Commission appointed to evaluate impact new  Constitutional structure Caribbean Netherlands

Commission appointed to evaluate impact new Constitutional structure Caribbean Netherlands

An independent Evaluation Commission headed by Mrs. Liesbeth Spies, former Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, will evaluate the impact of the new State structure of the Caribbean Netherlands. The Council of Ministers has agreed herewith based on a proposal by Minister Plasterk of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. The other members of the […]

Koos Sneek PUM-representative

Koos Sneek PUM-representative

The Daily Herald writes that Country coordinator for the Caribbean Netherlands for PUM Netherlands Senior Experts Marja Hendriksen recently visited St. Eustatius and Saba. PUM, a Dutch agency with a data base of more than 3,000 volunteer experts, has as its goal to connect entrepreneurs in developing countries and emerging markets with senior experts from […]

Kingdom representative Isabella with Saba youngsters
(Photo  Caribbean Netwerk)

Kingdom representative Isabella meets with Saban students

The blog Caribbean Netwerk reports that this week, Kingdom Representative Gilbert Isabella was again on Saba. During his visit, he focused on the needs of the youth. One of the challenges the young people of Saba are facing is the transition from the English secondary school to follow a study in The Netherlands in Dutch. […]

Next EU-election campaign more effective and "stemfies" not forbidden

Next EU-election campaign more effective and “stemfies” not forbidden

The Daily Herald writes that Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated on Friday that the low turn-out for the European elections on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in May this year is a source of concern. He wants a more effective information campaign for the next elections in five years. […]

Side jobs of members CFT published

Side jobs of members CFT published

Statia’s Executive Council approved on Wednesday, the publication of the side jobs of the members of the Committee for Financial Supervision for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. This writes The Daily Herald. The publication of the additional functions that CFT members Age Bakker, Sybilla Dekker and Hyden Gittens have conforms with the Laws Finances public […]

PUM received subsidy from Ministry Kingdom Relations

PUM received subsidy from Ministry Kingdom Relations

The Daily Herald writes that the organisation of Dutch senior experts PUM received a subsidy from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations in The Hague to assist entrepreneurs in the Caribbean Netherlands. A special introductory meeting was held at Captain Don’s Habitat in Bonaire, but the programme is also applicable to St. Eustatius […]

Update: Commissioner of Education’s Press Conference on Secondary Education.

Update: Commissioner of Education’s Press Conference on Secondary Education.

Update: The press conference of Commissioner Johnson is now available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7aRtHrEFvw Original article: On Friday, Commissioner of Education, Chris Johnson held a press conference on the ongoing developments at the island’s sole secondary institution, the Saba Comprehensive School, to address the concerns of the community. On Monday September 15th the two remaining members […]

Commissioner Johnson and SCS Director, Anton Hermans at Friday's Press Conference 
(Photo GIS Saba)

Updated: Chris Johnson to give update on educational developments during press conference

Dear reader, On request of GIS Saba, the press release that was published today has been replaced by a new one that you can read here.    

New helicopter for Health Care

New helicopter for Health Care

In a letter to the Second Chamber Minister Schippers writes that a new contract for a new helicopter has been made. She concludes: “After evaluation of the bids on price and quality, the contract is awarded to National Helicopters. It is a so-called Bell 430 placed next to the existing helicopter, which will be used […]

Letter from Commissioner Johnson to Saba Educational Alliance  i.o.

Letter from Commissioner Johnson to Saba Educational Alliance i.o.

Today, the Commissioner of Education of the Public Entity Saba, Chris Johnson, has made his letter to the Saba Educational Alliance public. Its contents are depicted below: Dear Members of the Saba Educational Alliance (in oprichting) and to all others addressed, Please be informed that I am in receipt of your letter addressed to the […]

Opinion: Commissioner Johnson prepares new education strategy without consulting parents

Opinion: Commissioner Johnson prepares new education strategy without consulting parents

Dear Editor, I’m sure everyone by now knows about the Saba Educational Foundation Board members have stepped down.  Some people say that they were forced to depart.  Does it matter under what circumstance they resigned?  No, it doesn’t but we had an opportunity to correct an educational system in desperate need of repair. On Monday, […]

Speech of King Willem Alexander

Speech of King Willem Alexander

On 16 September 2014, the King delivered the Speech from the Throne. The speech sets out the government plans for the coming year. Members of the States General, In the summer of 2014 freedom and security once again proved vulnerable – even in this part of the world, even in the Netherlands. On 17 July […]

Opinion: Towards a better school system for Saba

Opinion: Towards a better school system for Saba

Dear Editor, It is very sad to see where we have come since teachers and Mr. Hemmie were told we were no longer needed at SCS. The Board and the powers to be should have taken a hint from the protests of the students, the teachers and the community….but they did not. I wish you, […]

Dutch Caribbean and the 2015 budget

Dutch Caribbean and the 2015 budget

The website Caribisch Netwerk reports today that, according to the 2015 budget published yesterday, the Dutch Caribbean will receive 258 million euros. This is an increase of 6 million euros with respect to the 2014 budget. The largest sums are earmarked for health care, education and social affairs. The expected contribution of the BES islands […]

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.