Tiger Mosquito that could cause chikungunya infection

Region potential risk for Zika

The Health Ministry’s Collective Prevention Services (CPS) Sint Maarten is calling on the population to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds as the region is now a potential risk for the Zika virus, writes The Daily Herald. Eliminating mosquito breeding grounds can stem the spread of mosquitoborne diseases. The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) says the recent […]

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No unmanned aircraft for Coast Guard as yet

No unmanned aircraft for Coast Guard as yet

The Coast Guard confiscated 1,024 kilos of cocaine, 7.5 kilos heroin and 68.5 kilos of marijuana and five firearms in the Dutch Caribbean in 2014, writes The Daily Herald. Five illegals were arrested and the Coast Guard was deployed 200 times in Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, during which 49 persons were brought to safety, […]

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Joint Court President Evert Jan van der Poel (left) with quartermaster Jane Jansen.

Legislation to streamline administration of tax law

The contours of new legislation to streamline the administration of tax law in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom were presented Wednesday by President of the Joint Court of Justice Evert Jan van der Poel and quartermaster and project leader Jane Jansen. Since October 2014, Jansen has been responsible for the preparation of the implementation […]

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Jovan Robinson delivers a smash as Thomas Zorn looks on.
The Saba 2015 Volleyball is set to conclude with two matches
at St. John’s Gym Saturday. (Photo by Scott Kirkpatrick.)

Saba Volleyball season ends Saterday with balls

The Saba Volleyball Association championship will be decided at St. John’s Gym starting at 7:00pm Saturday, writes The Daily Herald. After two months of play, Strikers are top of the standings table of the seven team tournament. Strikers are 5-1. Currently second are Misfits and Medical School at four wins each. However Misfits have two […]

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Transition Coordinator Angela Dekker (left) receives, on behalf of RCN / OCW, the official confirmation of membership from the hands of Estellita Rene of CANTA.

RCN / OCW extraordinary member of CANTA

During the members meeting on May 11th this year in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the Dutch Caribbean part of the Ministry of Education (RCN / OCW) was accepted as an extraordinary member of the CANTA (Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies). The regular members of the CANTA are members of CARICOM. Because the islands of the […]

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Suchita Peeters.

‘Think positive’ at Saba Library

“Think positive, feel good” is the theme of an ongoing free public workshop, facilitated by Suchita Peeters, in the Queen Wilhelmina Library in The Bottom, reports The Daily Herald. This is a follow up of the “I love my body” programme. The workshop started on April 28 and will end on June 16. Sessions are […]

RBC blocks ATM cards

RBC blocks ATM cards

The Daily Herald reports that RBC Royal Bank introduced an extra layer of protection for local customers with an ATM/debit card. Today, May 21, the bank is blocking international transactions for all such cards, meaning customers can now only use them in Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, St. Maarten and Saba. “With this new measure we can […]

D66 wants Kingdom work group sustainable energy

D66 wants Kingdom work group sustainable energy

The setting up of a work group for sustainable energy will be proposed at the June 16 Kingdom Conference at the request of Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Wassila Hachchi of the Democratic Party D66, writes The Daily Herald. Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk responded positively […]

No change in medical referrals (Updated)

No change in medical referrals (Updated)

The policy of the Dutch Government remains unchanged: residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in need of specialist medical care will keep being referred to hospitals in Guadeloupe and Colombia. Dutch Minister of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports Edith Schippers sees no reason to reconsider the choices that were made in the past for […]

Representatives of the Caribbean Netherlands meet on St. Maarten

Representatives of the Caribbean Netherlands meet on St. Maarten

Monday and Tuesday, May 18th and 19th, all island representatives (Island-Governors, Commissioners, Island Secretaries, Registrars and Island Council members) of the Caribbean Netherlands came together in St. Maarten. There they discussed at length with each other, exchanged knowledge and experiences and followed work sessions in the context of administrative development. This unique meeting on St. […]

New guidelines for robbery with violence in effect June 1

New guidelines for robbery with violence in effect June 1

The Attorney- General has issued new guidelines to the Prosecutor’s Offices of Curaçao, St. Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands regarding “robbery with violence”, writes The Daily Herald. According to the new guideline, which goes into effect as of June 1, if a suspect commits extortion or robbery with violence within five years of receiving a […]

Opinion: Saba Guru gives update on SCS situation

Opinion: Saba Guru gives update on SCS situation

Dear Editor, After a period of quietness, it is time for an update on the SCS issues. Last time I wrote on Saba News was February 6th. Since then a lot of things have occurred, probably without noticing them since they want to keep things quiet. I mentioned the care coordinator in February as non-qualified […]

Members of the Executive Council along the board of SUPLUA and its advisors during the meeting.

Executive Council and SUPLUA Form Technical Committee to look into New Salary Structure

The Executive Council of The Public Entity Saba and the Saba United People Labor Union Association(SUPLUA) have agreed last week to form a technical committee to look into the consequences of the salary structure that was introduced in October of last year. The new salary structure went into effect after the negotiations with the unions […]

Ed Smith, Acting Director P-Direkt and Jan Helmond, Director Rijksdienst Dutch Caribbean (RCN) seals the cooperation with a handshake. 
(Photo RCN)

RCN and P-Direkt offering a total of 15 new jobs

Rijksdienst Dutch Caribbean and P-Direkt are offering 15 new jobs to create more employment on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The 15 vacancies for contact centre assistant are open as of today. P-Direkt stands for delivering an efficient and high-quality payroll and personnel administration for the 120,000 civil servants (of the central government) in the […]

Saba medical students receive threatening e-mail messages

Saba medical students receive threatening e-mail messages

For over a week, students of Saba University School of Medicine (SUSOM) have been receiving e-mails and I-messages from an unidentified individual, who often impersonates as one of the deans of the school, reports The Daily Herald. The first false e-mail was sent May 9 with the sender’s name “Pether Johnson,” which is a misspelled […]

Koen Hulshof

Public Health Department has started Facebook page

The Public Health Department of Saba now has a brand new Facebook page. Visit this link to read the introduction and to like this new page to receive its updates. The link is also available in our Saba-Online section. My name is Koen Hulshof, I am a Public Health Doctor. I moved to Saba two […]

First step for islands' free-trade zone at Kingdom Conference

First step for islands’ free-trade zone at Kingdom Conference

The Daily Herald writes that the four countries of the Dutch Kingdom are planning to sign a cooperation agreement in the area of competition at the Kingdom Conference in Curaçao on June 16 in anticipation of a Dutch Caribbean freetrade zone. The website “Doing Business in the Kingdom” will be launched to facilitate trade with […]

The 14 member Hector team.

Police continues investigation into homicide of student (2)

The 14-member Hector-team of Caribbean Netherlands Police Force is still investigating the homicide of 24-year-old-student Kavya Guda from the United States in Saba, writes The Daily Herald. The lifeless body of the student of Saba University School of Medicine was found in her apartment in The Bottom on April 15. Persons with information or tips […]

New faces at SMART 2015 Surinam Airways and Mets
Travel & Tours representatives.

SMART hosts 14th annual tradeshow

The on-going fourteenth St. Martin/St. Maarten Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART), dubbed the most important tradeshow of the Northeastern Caribbean, hosted its main day of activities at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino yesterday, May 14. Although attendance was not as high as the 2014 event, which boasted one of the best turnouts in years, even […]

Nurses at the Roman Catholic Church in The Bottom with Dr. Joka Blaauboer (left),
Rosetta Riley (middle) and Bruce Zagers (right)

Saba nurses celebrate their accomplishments

Several days of activities were held leading up to and on Nurses Day on Saba, writes The Daily Herald. At the centre of the celebrations were nurses of Henry C. Every Home for the Aged and A.M. Edwards Medical Center. The kick-off was on Friday, May 8, with a pre- Nurses Day walkathon starting in […]

Judge Katja Mans

Judge Mans appointed Court vice-president

The Daily Herald writes that St. Maarten based Judge Katja Mans has been appointed Vice-president of the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten and of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The Kingdom Council of Ministers on Wednesday approved Mans’ appointment per August 1, based on a proposal of Dutch Minister of Justice […]

Dr. Jessica Vance Roitman (left) and PhD student Stacey Mac Donald of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies KITLV in Leiden. In the background a historic photo of Saba’s Fort Landing before the harbour was built. (Suzanne Koelega photo)

Social, cultural history study of Windward Islands starts

The history of St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba will get a much-needed revisit in a new project which focuses on the social and cultural history of these islands in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a particular emphasis on the dynamics of migration, governance and regional entities. Dr. Jessica Vance Roitman of the Royal […]

Qredits will provide "micro credits" in Bonaire

Qredits will provide “micro credits” in Bonaire

Bonaire.nu reports the Dutch provider of microcredits, Qredits, announced that they will start developing activities in Bonaire. The objective is to provide approximately 25 loans in 2015/2016 from an average of $ 15,000. Qredits has prepared an action plan with the Public Entity of Bonaire. The aim is to help new entrepreneurs with a good […]

From left: Commissioner Chris Johnson, Government Information Services (GIS) representative Vito Charles, Commissioner Bruce Zagers and Island Governor Jonathan Johnson showing the new Government website.

Government of Saba launches new website

Saba Government officially released its new sabagov.com website on Tuesday. The initiative to develop a new user-friendly government website for Saba was initiated about a year ago. First, the Saba government logo had been modified by local artist Malachy Magee, who presented different concepts after which the Executive Council decided on a subtle change in […]

Carnival slogan judges from left: Kelly Johnson, Glenn Holm, Elsa Peterson-Heyliger, Saba Festival Foundation President Stanford Johnson and Carmen Simmons.

Festival Foundation selects Saba Carnival 2015 slogan

Saba Festival Foundation (SFF) has held an official judging on Tuesday to choose the slogan for Saba Carnival 2015, writes The Daily Herald. The winner of the slogan contest will be selected during the first fundraiser to be held at the end of this month. The judges’ panel consisted of Carmen Simmons, who is one […]

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.