Age Bakker (Cft): ‘Saba runs a stable budgetary process’

Age Bakker (Cft): ‘Saba runs a stable budgetary process’

By setting up and implementing a balanced and organized budgetary process, Saba is able to control its public finances. This can be concluded from the first execution report and the budget amendment. The execution of the 2015 budget is going according to plan. On June 26th, 2015, the Board of financial supervision of Bonaire, Sint […]

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Students form 4 of SCS thank Saba businesses for support

Students form 4 of SCS thank Saba businesses for support

The students from form 4 at Saba Comprehensive School’s prom committee would like to express our sincere gratitude for the assistance that you provided to us in the form of donations, gifts or time spent on the evening of SCS Prom 2015. Without your support, our Winter Wonderland prom would not have been the roaring […]

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From l-r: IC Member Eviton Heyliger;  Member of Parliament, Ronald van Raak; IC Member Ishmael Levenstone: IC Member Carl Buncamper; IC Member Rolando Wilson; IC Member Monique Wilson; acting Island Registrar Menno van der Velde in The Netherlands. (photo: Nico van der Ven)

Island Council Members address issues facing Saban population while in The Netherlands

Recently all members of the Island Council of The Public Entity Saba traveled to the Netherlands to attend a workshop and participate in a congress and met with various Dutch delegations. During this lobbying/study trip the members met with a group of Saban students, met with the Island Councils of both Bonaire and St. Eustatius, attended […]

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Poker-tournament winner Michael Atkinson (centre) with organisers Robby Sahi (left) and Daniel Gomez.

Students organise poker tournament

Saba University School of Medicine’s (SUSOM) fifth-semester students organised a poker tournament Saturday at Topo Gigio bar and restaurant in The Bottom, reports The Daily Herald. Nine players participated in the event, which was won by SUSOM-student Michael Atkinson. The tournament was part of an ongoing fundraiser by Alpha Phi Omega Honour Society. Three students […]

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Sharon Kjellquist of TDC in St. Maarten (left) teaching the Microsoft Office Excel Level course.

Saba Reach Foundation holds computer courses

On Monday and also today, Tuesday, Saba Reach Foundation’s (SRF) Adult Education department organises two computer courses at Eugenius Johnson Centre in Windwardside, writes The Daily Herald. On Monday, the Microsoft Office Excel Level 1 course was taught to a group of 13 students, and nine more students will be taking the same course today. […]

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Public prosecutor revises statement about Aruban holidaymaker’s death

Public prosecutor revises statement about Aruban holidaymaker’s death

Dutch News reports that the public prosecution department has issued a revised statement about the death of a 42-year-old holidaymaker in The Hague at the weekend, which no longer states he became ill while in the back of a police car. Mitch Henriquez was arrested at the Night in the Park concert and died in […]

Draw ‘Ministerplaats’ students Caribbean Netherlands

Draw ‘Ministerplaats’ students Caribbean Netherlands

On Monday, June 29th , 2015 the draw was held for the ‘Ministerplaatsen’ available for the Caribbean Netherlands. Notary mr. Aniek Schouten conducted the draw in the presence of the students who had submitted a request for a ‘Ministerplaats’ and other guests. The Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, especially for students from Aruba, […]

Opinion: the use of Facebook by some individuals on Saba

Opinion: the use of Facebook by some individuals on Saba

Dear Editor, Facebook should be a social media where you communicate with long lost friends, share your views on topics, post your and your families pictures in order that your contacts can view them. Facebook should be used in a positive manner. However more and more we see how people are taking pictures of others […]

Direct Assistance Grant Schema workshop held in The Bottom

Direct Assistance Grant Schema workshop held in The Bottom

The Daily Herald writes that a “Direct Assistance Grant Scheme” workshop was held at the Saba Roads Conference Room in The Bottom on Friday. The workshop was intended for businesses and business service organisations who are interested in applying for a grant. The 10th European Development Programme started recently. This programme for all Caribbean overseas […]

Detention of Hector suspect prolonged by another 30 days

Detention of Hector suspect prolonged by another 30 days

Over the weekend, The Daily Heralds writes, Chief Prosecutor of Bonaire Henry Hambeukers, announced that the provisional detention of the suspect who was arrested on June 1 will be prolonged by another 30 days. This is the latest development after the magistrate extended the suspect’s detention by eight days twice before. Hambeukers said the investigation […]

Opinion: Solar farm needs public input

Opinion: Solar farm needs public input

Dear editor: I regularly stay in Hellsgate and, although I am a visitor, I contribute money regularly to the economy and love Saba the way it is. I understand that the future of Saba is ultimately up to the people who live there, even if the final decision might adversely impact tourism, which is surely […]

High Tea for school staff St. Eustatius
(Photo RCN)

RCN/OCW thanks school staff on Statia

Last Thursday teachers and other staff from the schools in Statia were treated to a high tea at the Lynch Plantation. The high tea was organised by RCN/OCW to thank the school staff for their efforts and dedication in the past school year. It has been a very busy year for the schools, especially considering […]

Evaluation Committee members Frans Weekers (standing at left) and Fred Soons talking with attendants at Eugenius Johnson Centre in Windwardside.

Emotions run high during evaluation meet-and-greets

In the ongoing investigation into the positive and negative changes Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba endured after October 10, 2010, Evaluation Committee members Frans Weekers and Fred Soons returned to Saba, writes The Daily Herald. This time, the Evaluation Committee arranged a meet-and-greet on Wednesday evening at Island Flavor restaurant in The Bottom and at […]

Saba provides temporary assistance to St. Maarten for re-calibrating fuel meters

Saba provides temporary assistance to St. Maarten for re-calibrating fuel meters

The St. Maarten News Network reports that the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Hon. Claret Connor announced on Thursday that Ministry TEATT will be purchasing two fuel calibration tanks that would be used to test and re-calibrate fuel meters to make sure customers are getting what they purchased from a […]

Participants during last year's Island Wide Cleanup

Island Government to host island-wide cleanup

The Public Entity Saba will be hosting an Island-Wide Cleanup on Tuesday, June 30th. The purpose of the cleanup is to pick up trash that has accumulated in hard to reach areas and also to bring attention to the problem of littering on the island. Participating in the cleanup will be civil servants, students of […]

Photo: Nico van der Ven.

Island Council attends Local Democracy Development Training

Recently all members of the Island Council of The Public Entity Saba traveled to the Netherlands to attend, amongst others, a workshop/study day called D1000.   During this D1000 study day the island council members together with more than 750 colleagues, mayors, commissioners, employers and inhabitants were inspired to think about local democracy and developed […]

Dutch Senator Ruard Ganzevoort of the green left party GroenLinks (left) in conversation with Aruba Member of Parliament Desiree Croes of the AVP party (right) and Senator Nanneke Quik-Schuijt of the Socialist Party (SP) at the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultations in The Hague late last month. Quik-Schuijt has left the Senate in the meantime. (Suzanne Koelega photo)

Ganzevoort new Chairman of Kingdom Relations Committee

The Daily Herald writes that member of the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Ruard Ganzevoort of the green left party GroenLinks is the new Chairman of the Senate’s Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations. Ganzevoort (50) was recently appointed by the Presidium of the First Chamber for four years. A fair division of the portfolios […]

Saba Festival Foundation holds first pre-carnival Jump Up

Saba Festival Foundation holds first pre-carnival Jump Up

Saba Festival Foundation (SFF) will host a pre-carnival Jump-up on Saturday starting at 8:00pm in St. Johns and ending in The Bottom. Entyce Band will lead the festivities. After the Jump-up, revellers will be entertained in Carnival Village by DJ Outkast from St. Maarten, and for the first time ever Asa Bantan from Dominica. SFF […]

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Dutch researcher visits Saba for psychological programme

On behalf of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) based in Leiden, the Netherlands, Stacey Mac Donald visited Saba for a week, writes The Daily Herald. Mac Donald is conducting research as part of the Confronting Caribbean Challenges (CCC) project initiated by KITLV. This project looks into the effects of […]

Plasterk responds to SMA letter

Plasterk responds to SMA letter

The Minister of the Interior and Kingdom relations, dr. R.H.A. Plasterk, has responded to a letter from the SMA. A copy was send to the Second Chamber. You can read this below (translated from Dutch). Dear Ms. Johnson, Thank you for your letter in which you express the problems that the Saba Merchants Association (SMA) […]

Prosecuter's Office struggles with 'high workload' and 'vulnerability'

Prosecuter’s Office struggles with ‘high workload’ and ‘vulnerability’

The Daily Herald writes that the Prosecutor’s Office in the Caribbean Netherlands was faced with a large increase in investigations into more serious and debilitating forms of crime, the Bonaire- based organization said in presenting its annual report over 2014 and its annual plan for 2016. “Our inflow in recent years has almost doubled and […]

New directive for 'opium offences' effective July 1

New directive for ‘opium offences’ effective July 1

The Attorney- General has issued a new directive for opium offences for the Prosecutors of Curaçao, St. Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius), writes The Daily Herald. The new directive goes into effect as of July 1. It focuses on drug traffickers, intermediaries, street vendors, organisers of drug shipments, merchants, hemp […]

Opinion: OCW representation on BES lacks quality

Opinion: OCW representation on BES lacks quality

Dear editor, Thanks to your medium we all know now that Hans Kuilders is no longer the OCW representative on the BES islands. This actually means that the over 12 complaints made by teaching and non-teaching staff in 2012/2013 at the labor office on Saba, and reported to Mr. Kuilders, have probably ended in the […]

Opinion: Time to make use of all the tools at our disposal

Opinion: Time to make use of all the tools at our disposal

Dear Editor, With much interest I read the letter by some of the leaders and lecturers of the University of St. Martin (USM) on the opinion page in The Daily Herald of Saturday, June 20. I believe it is a good initiative whereby an objective view is given on what is happening in Statia by […]

The new Saba Lions Board of Directors with from left, seated: outgoing president Paula Mayers-Childs and incoming president Jessica Gumbs seated next to her.

Youngest Lions president ever appointed on Saba

The Daily Herald writes that the Saba Lions Club installed its new president and board of directors Friday evening, at Eugenius Johnson Centre in Windwardside. Jessica Gumbs is the newly appointed president and at 29 years of age also the youngest Lions president ever on Saba. Gumbs replaces Paula Mayers-Childs. The newly appointed secretary is […]

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.