CBS about multi-lingualism

CBS about multi-lingualism

Statistics Netherlands: Papiamento most-spoken language on Bonaire, English on Saba and St Eustatius According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands this week, most people on Bonaire speak Papiamento. On St Eustatius and Saba most people have English as first language. Only a small number of people have Dutch as a first language. On Bonaire Papiamento is […]

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Season gifts for Old Age Home

Season gifts for Old Age Home

Recently, Saba Day was celebrated with many different activities around the island, writes The Daily Herald. One of these activities was the famous Wahoo Tournament on Fort Bay. The Captain’s Briefing for this tournament was held on Friday evening, where a raffle took place and prizes could be won. Saba Roads and Construction BV.’s Director […]

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Court of Appeals: “No Equal pensions for Caribbean Netherlands”

Court of Appeals: “No Equal pensions for Caribbean Netherlands”

The Daily Herald writes that pensions for residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba may differ from pensions in the European Netherlands, the Joint Court has stated in the appeal case of three residents of the islands against the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment. According to the three appellants, their lower pensions are in […]

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Cabinet threatens to bypass senate

Cabinet threatens to bypass senate

Cabinet threatens to bypass senate if revised health reforms not backed The ruling VVD and Labour parties have reached a compromise deal to amend controversial health insurance reforms which were rejected by Labour senators earlier this week. The new look bill will be debated again in both houses of parliament but if it is again […]

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Tourism in the Caribbean Netherlands 2012-2014

Tourism in the Caribbean Netherlands 2012-2014

Just under 150 thousand tourists flew to the Caribbean Netherlands in 2012. In 2013 this was slightly more: around 152 thousand. This number includes both holidaymakers and business visitors. In the first half of 2014, 77 thousand tourists arrived at the airports of the Caribbean Netherlands. Most of the tourists came from the United States […]

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Reaction to Statia referendum asked for

Reaction to Statia referendum asked for

The Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament wants the Dutch government’s reaction to the results of the referendum in St. Eustatius. This writes The Daily Herald. The committee agreed on Thursday with a proposal of Member of the Second Chamber Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) […]

Plea to tackle Chikungunya

Plea to tackle Chikungunya

The Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament wants to know how the Dutch Government intends to tackle the Chikungunya illness in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, writes The Daily Herald. The committee approved a request of Member of the Second Chamber Roelof van Laar of the Labour Party […]

Call for action to improve children’s rights

Call for action to improve children’s rights

The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament wants the governments in the Kingdom to get moving with concrete projects to improve children’s rights in the Dutch Caribbean. Three parties, the liberal democratic VVD party, the Labour Party PvdA and the Democratic Party D66, made use of the opportunity to submit remarks and questions in a […]

PVV leader Geert Wilders will be prosecuted for inciting hatred

PVV leader Geert Wilders will be prosecuted for inciting hatred

The public prosecution department is to take anti-Islam party leader Geert Wilders to court for discrimination and encouraging hatred after he led supporters in an anti-Moroccan chant at a post-election meeting. ‘Politicians can go far in what they say, that is part of freedom of speech. But the freedom is limited by the ban on […]

Customs outlines November confiscations

Customs outlines November confiscations

The Daily Herald writes that the Dutch Caribbean Customs intercepted cocaine, cannabis, liquid assets, spirits and cigarettes in November. In a press release, the organisation gave an outline of its successes over the last month. The press release explains how the department executed a number of catches. Customs officers managed to intercept 1,521.8 grams of […]

Projects to combat poverty

Projects to combat poverty

Dutch State Secretary of Social Affairs and Employment Jetta Klijnsma earlier this week released an overview of the projects to help combat poverty in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. This writes The Daily Herald. Twelve projects for St. Eustatius and eight for Saba. The projects that are approved for St. Eustatius are in the area […]

Insufficient voters referendum Statia

Insufficient voters referendum Statia

The Daily Herald writes that the referendum held on St. Eustatius on Wednesday, December 17, to determine the future of the island drew insufficient voters to make the results binding. Of the 2,546 people eligible to vote, only 1,156 showed up, amounting to just over 45 per cent. At least 60 per cent, or 1,528 […]

Health reforms cause political crises

Health reforms cause political crises

The Dutch cabinet crises caused by the decision of three Labour senators to torpedo key health reforms, continued on Wednesday with no sign of a solution in sight. According to the Volkskrant, VVD Health Minister Edit Schippers has told the Labour party to come up with a way out of the impasse by the end […]

Christmas tree lighted

Christmas tree lighted

The annual lighting of the Christmas tree took place at Eugenius Johnson Centre in Windwardside on Saturday. A great number of attendants were present at the event, which started with a children’s performance of “A Charlie Brown Christ- mas.” This reports The Daily Herald. Charlie Brown Christmas originally is an animated television special, based on […]

Figures 2013 of all BES-islands available

Figures 2013 of all BES-islands available

All figures about 2013 of each island have been published by CBS. For Saba for instance on the following pages Saba 45 Education 47 Energy 47 Health and welfare 49 Household amenities International trade 54 Labour 55 Population 58 Prices 63 Security and justice 66 Social security 70 Traffic, transport and tourism 71 A pdf-file […]

High Court sets limits to speech freedom of politicians

High Court sets limits to speech freedom of politicians

A new ruling by the Dutch High Court sets limits on freedom of speech for politicians and has implications for the case against anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders. This writes The Daily Herald. The Prosecutor’s Office is soon to take a decision on whether or not to press ahead with prosecuting Wilders for inciting hatred after […]

Senate shoots down plan to abandon freedom of choice in healthcare

Senate shoots down plan to abandon freedom of choice in healthcare

[Red: This news is in fact about the continental part of the Netherlands.] The upper house of parliament on Tuesday voted against cabinet plans to give more power to health insurance companies so they can restrict freedom of choice for patients. The government had struck a deal with three opposition parties to support the controversial […]

Haviser says that mango tree poses no risk

Haviser says that mango tree poses no risk

The cutting down of the mango tree in front of A.M. Edwards Medical Centre in The Bottom was prevented at the last moment by concerned citizens, who believed the tree was part of the cultural heritage, and those who simply did not see the need to dispose of the tree. This writes The Daily Herald. […]

“We need to advance together in Kingdom”

The Daily Herald writes that members of the Second Chamber wrote: “We should not get rid of the Caribbean part of our Kingdom, but realise advancement together. That is the best way to serve the people and increase bearing surface for the Kingdom. That demands a lot of politicians, on both sides of the ocean.” […]

Request to defer tax increase

Request to defer tax increase

The governments of St. Eustatius and Saba formally requested a postponement of the planned increase of the general sales tax ABB during a meeting with the Ministry of Finance in The Hague last week. This writes The daily Herald. Commissioners of Constitutional Affairs Reginald Zaandam of St. Eustatius and Chris Johnson of Saba handed over […]

Vernissage exhibition Els Mommers

Vernissage exhibition Els Mommers

Last Saturday was the vernissage of a new exhibition of work made by Els Mommers. Instead of writing an article about this event, you can see an amateur video made by René Caderius van Veen by a click on this LINK 

Islands’ separate tax figures to be supplied only one time

Islands’ separate tax figures to be supplied only one time

The Daily Herald writes that the Dutch Government has promised to supply the separate tax and premium revenues generated on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, but only one time. The figures will be released early next year, which is too late to comply with Statia’s request to do so before the referendum. Dutch Minister of […]

Expert called in to monitor safety risks of mango tree

Expert called in to monitor safety risks of mango tree

Commissioner of Health Bruce Zagers, Director of Saba Health Care Foundation (SHCF) Dr. Joka Blaauboer and Kai Wulf and James Johnson of Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) met Friday to discuss the planned cutting of a mango tree near A.M. Edwards Medical Centre. During the meeting, Blaauboer explained her reasoning about the decision to cut down […]

Shark migration study yielding first results

Shark migration study yielding first results

Saba is well-known for its rich marine life and many researchers have come in the past to investigate and publish their findings, writes The Daily Herald. The latest researcher who set foot on Saba is Dion Vink, who is studying Marine Biology at Van Hall Larenstein Higher Vocational Education in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Vink is […]

No Capital loans for BES-islands

No Capital loans for BES-islands

Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, public entities of the Netherlands, will not be able to get loans to finance investments in, for example, the infrastructure on short term. This writes The Daily Herald. Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk said this during a general debate with the Permanent Committee for Kingdom […]

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.