The participants of the PrO Conference

Conference for more collaboration in PrO Education Caribbean Netherlands

Caribbean Netherlands educational professionals from the Expertise Centers for Education Care, the secondary schools and representatives of the Caribbean Netherlands Department of the Ministry of OCW (Education, Culture and Science) and the Dutch Inspectorate of Education recently met on Bonaire for the PrO (Praktijkonderwijs or Practical Education) conference. The purpose of this conference was to […]

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State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma

Extended maternity leave for islands not until 2017

The extension of maternity leave in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will become a fact in the future, but it can only go into effect per January 1, 2017, for budget-technical reasons, Dutch Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Jetta Klijnsma informed the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday. Klijnsma expressed sympathy for […]

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Catalog of Queen Wilhelmina Library is now on line

Catalog of Queen Wilhelmina Library is now on line

Head Librarian Joanna Simmons and her assistant, Tiffany Zagers, made the public presentation of the website of the Queen Wilhelmina Library. Take a look at Queen Wilhelmina library was founded in 1923. The library was named after the late queen Wilhelmina in 1923, when she celebrated her Silver Jubilee. Its present location is at […]

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Attorney-General Guus Schram (left) with new Prosecutor Henk Jan Starrenburg.

Attorney-General calls for inter-insular approach

Prosecutor for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba Henk Jan Starrenburg was officially installed Friday, during a session of the Joint Court of Justice in Bonaire. Starrenburg arrived in Bonaire in September. He was an Acting Prosecutor in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he obtained expertise in seizing criminal profits of convicts. Prior to that he was […]

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Chamber of Commerce holds election

Chamber of Commerce holds election

The election for board members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in St. Eustatius will be taking place at the Chamber’s office in the Norako Building at L.E. Sadlerweg on December 8, 9:00am-12:00pm, writes The Daily Herald. On Statia, there are two vacancies due to the so-called resignation schedule (“rooster van aftreden”). There are […]

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Opinion: Many issues in Saba Hospital

Opinion: Many issues in Saba Hospital

The Daily Herald published today the following “Letter to the Editor”: Dear Editor, Here are the points: Hiring nurses without diplomas and those with degrees cannot get an opportunity. Nurses being given positions and don’t know their head from their tail. When you complain about anything that you see or hear that’s not correct, your […]

Island Governor Jonathan Johnson (left) speaks with police as the fire department fights the blaze.

Saba community rallies around family after fire

The Saba community has opened it hearts and offered assistance and supplies to the Leverock family after their home in St. John’s was destroyed by fire Wednesday, writes The Daily Herald. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, the Saba Fire Department said Thursday. Pat Nation at Saba University School of Medicine is […]

PIVA platform held in Curaçao

PIVA platform held in Curaçao

Curaçao’s Civil Affairs Department hosted the twice yearly gathering of the Dutch Caribbean Platform for Personal Information Services PIVA November 9-11. Among the participants were representatives from the population registries of Aruba, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, Saba and the Dutch Government, who discussed a joint strategic vision, their work and registering students in the Netherlands. […]

St. John's home destroyed by fire

St. John’s home destroyed by fire

The home of Lillian Leverock in St. John’s, Saba, was destroyed by fire Wednesday, around 3:00pm, writes The Daily Herald. Although members of the Fire Department were on the scene very quickly, the house was fully engulfed by the time they arrived and there was little they could do other than control the fire and […]

Dutch Caribbean Representatives at the GCFI Conference in Panama City, Panama.

Sharks documentary on SSS islands wins top prize

“Sharks Demystified; Saba, Statia and St. Maarten,” a film about the conservation of sharks on St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba filmed by Chizzilala, was named the top documentary from a pool of 30 entrants at the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) meeting held recently in Panama City, Panama. The film, created this year, […]

Electricity, potable water law for islands approved

Electricity, potable water law for islands approved

The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved the Caribbean Netherlands Electricity and Potable Water Law, writes The Daily Herald. This law proposal regulates the production and distribution of electricity and drinking water in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. It aims to achieve dependable, sustainable and affordable electricity and potable water services […]

More and more educational institutions on St. Eustatius, Saba and Bonaire are achieving basic quality

More and more educational institutions on St. Eustatius, Saba and Bonaire are achieving basic quality

There are another five elementary schools, one school for secondary education, two expertise centres education care and one institution for social opportunity pathways for the young (SKJ) in the Caribbean Netherlands which achieved basic quality. This was established by the inspectors of the Education Inspectorate’s Caribbean Netherlands team following quality inspections which they performed on […]

From left: Saba Idol host Wolfgang Tooten with finalists Sheritsa Oleana (Saba), Joel Tellez (USA) and Mandy Zamani (USA).

Zamani, Oleana, Tellez finalists for Saba Idol

Sheritsa Oleana of Saba, Joel Tellez from the United States (US) and Mandy Zamani (US) have emerged as the finalists in the 2015 Saba Idol “Sabaoke” competition after Friday’s semi-final performances held in Scout’s Place. The finale of the competition, which is in its twelfth year, will take place on Friday, November 27, in Scout’s […]

Letter of education minister to Caribbean Netherlands graduates (corrected)

Letter of education minister to Caribbean Netherlands graduates (corrected)

Caribbean Netherlands graduates of the vwo, havo and mbo-4 programmes received a letter last week from Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Science [Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap (OCW)]. The letter contained important information about the choice of study, registration at higher education institutions and Studiefinanciering. In the letter the prospective students are strongly recommended […]

Work proceeds on solar parks for Saba and Statia

Work proceeds on solar parks for Saba and Statia

The solar panel park in St. Eustatius which will make twenty per cent of the electricity that is produced on the island sustainable should be completed in March 2016. A similar park is planned for Saba. In the meantime, research proceeds in Saba to generate geothermal energy. Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Melanie Schultz […]

Dean Michael B. Laskowski (right) reading a poem by Sherrie Ball during the Remembrance Day ceremony at Saba University School of Medicine on Wednesday, November 11.

Medical School holds ceremony in honour of Remembrance Day

A group of approximately 20 persons, including Canadian and American veterans, current serving members, students and Dean Michael B. Laskowski of Saba University School of Medicine (SUSOM) commemorated Remembrance Day/Veterans Day at SUSOM’s gazebo on Wednesday, November 11, writes The Daily Herald. Island Governor Jonathan Johnson had a prior commitment but did pass on his […]

Second Chamber debates on islands' energy tariffs, subsidy

Second Chamber debates on islands’ energy tariffs, subsidy

The amounts of the water and electricity tariffs in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, and the energy subsidy of the Dutch Government dominated the debate in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on the Caribbean Netherlands Electricity and Potable Water Law Thursday evening. This law proposal, which regulates the production and distribution of electricity […]

From left: Melissa Spanner, Chief Prosecutor Henry Hambeukers and Communication Advisor at Government Service Caribbean Netherlands RCN Alida Francis at the Prosecutor’s Office in Fort Oranje.

New faces, new service at Prosecutor’s Office

Two new prosecutors have been appointed at the Prosecutor’s Office of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Recently, the work of Prosecutor Marleen Overmeer has been taken over by Antoinette Doedens and Henk Jan Starrenburg. Overmeer has been handling criminal cases on Statia and Saba for the past five years. Since 2010, the Prosecutor’s Office Bonaire, […]

counter clockwise Will Johnson, Latoya Charles, Franklin Wilson, Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, Chris Meijvogel, Alida Heilbron, Island Secretary Tim Muller, Senior Policy Advisor Koen van Laar
(Photo GIS Saba)

Governor Johnson installs Evaluation Advisory Committee

Island Governor of Saba Jonathan Johnson has decided to install an Advisory Committee to advise the Island Government on their input for the constitutional evaluation, which was received last month. The Committee, consisting of Chairman Governor Johnson and members Chris Meijvogel, Will Johnson, La-Toya Charles, Alida Heilbron and Franklin Wilson, met for the first time […]

Decisions Island Council meeting, November 10

Decisions Island Council meeting, November 10

PUBLIC NOTICE The Island Council of the Public Entity Saba hereby cares to inform the general public as follows: In the Public Island Council meeting on Tuesday November 10th, 2015 the following Island Council decisions were made in accordance with the Finance Law Public Entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (FinBES). Adopted: 2nd Budget Amendment […]

Minister Plasterk rejects Statia's appeal against higher supervision

Minister Plasterk rejects Statia’s appeal against higher supervision

The objections of the Executive Council against the imposition of administrative and financial supervision have been declared unfounded, Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated in a letter to the Executive Council on Friday. The Minister’s decision was based on the findings of the advisory committee, which held a public hearing on […]

SUSOM's South Asian Student Society celebrated Diwali

SUSOM’s South Asian Student Society celebrated Diwali

Saba University School of Medicine’s South Asian Student Society (SASS) celebrated Diwali Saturday evening, at Princess Juliana sports field The Bottom. Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights, observed in November. It is particularly associated with goddess of prosperity Lakshmi, and marks the beginning of the fiscal year in India. Despite the risk of rain […]

Island Governor Jonathan Johnson (left) wishes Edith Hassell-Lejunes a happy 100th birthday.

Saba congratulates newest centenarian Edit Hassell

Edith Hassell-Lejunes celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends, writes The Daily Herald. Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, members of Saba Health Foundation and Saba Lions Club joined in wishing the new centenarian a happy birthday. Hassell-Lejunes was born on St. Maarten, where she taught kindergarten before moving to Aruba where she worked at Standard […]

The St. Maarten nominees were all smiles before the 4th annual Dutch Caribbean Pearls Award show in Schiedam on Saturday. From left, John Sandiford, Kyle “DJ SPY” Brown, John Brooks, Cyriel Pfennings Melissa Gumbs and the Saba nominee Sue-Jeen Janga.
Missing from the photo were the nominees Thomassio Kelly, Jernaldo “Dr. Rum” Thielman, Ziggi Recado (St. Eustatius) and Angie Ignacio (Saba). (Suzanne Koelega photo)

St.Maarteners, Sabans disappointed at Dutch Caribbean Pearl Awards

Disappointment and shock swept over the seven St. Maarteners who had been nominated for a Dutch Caribbean Pearl Award when at the end of the 4th annual gala and award show in Schiedam Saturday evening it became evident that not one of them had won. All awards went to persons from Aruba and Curaçao. Seven […]

From left: skin cancer screening participant Ginno Romero, Dermatologist Dr. Johannes Van Duren, intern Carlos Quijada, volunteer health advocate Jackie Daley and Med School student Mehwish Siddiqui.

Free skin cancer screenings teach Sabans to be sun smart

A free skin cancer screening clinic, organized by Saba Public Health Department’s Dr. Koen Hulshof and intern Carlos Quijada was deemed “an overwhelming success.”, writes The Daily Herald. The “Iguana be Sun Smart” campaign encouraged as many people as possible to attend, as early detection of skin cancer gives patients a 95 per cent survival […]

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.