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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

Plasterk: Focus in 2015 on islands’ evaluation

Plasterk: Focus in 2015 on islands’ evaluation

The focus in year 2015, when it comes to Kingdom Relations will be on the evaluation of the constitutional relations that went into effect on October 10, 2010, stated Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk on Tuesday, the day of the presentation of the 2015 budget. For the Caribbean Netherlands, this means […]

King and Queen greet the people after their ride in the golden cariage

3rd Tuesday in September: financial outlook to 2015

Traditionally, on the 3rd Tuesday of September the King opens the new year for the Houses of Representatives. Subsequently, the finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem,  presents  in the the financial outlook for the next year. “Cautious concerning additional spending, the burden on citizens and businesses, and statements about the future,” said Dijsselbloem, Finance Minister. “Whoever sees […]

Sustainable economic development for Saba and Statia plan agreed

Sustainable economic development for Saba and Statia plan agreed

The Daily Herald reports today hat at the close of the two-day Strategic Conference held at the CNSI office in Satia, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for St. Eustatius and Saba, the Executive Councils of Saba and St. Eustatius, Saba Business Association (SBA), St Eustatius Business […]

Jet Bussemaker

Minister says NO to Medical School on Statia

The Daily herald reports today, that St. Eustatius has received a no-go from the Dutch Government to its original request for a formal declaration regarding the status of the American University of Statia Medical School Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker last week informed the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament that […]

KPMG informs about taxes

KPMG informs about taxes

An informative talk on tax was given by Jaap Rutger Kos, a tax lawyer at KPMG Meijburg Caribbean, during the Strategic Conference held on St. Eustatius, which was attended by people from Saba, Statia and Bonaire. The Strategic Conference was organised by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for St. Eustatius and Saba. The conference […]

Opinion: trimming BES health insurance package is not a good ide

Opinion: trimming BES health insurance package is not a good ide

In their Editorial, The Daily herald writes today, that the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament member Ronald van Raak has taken a position that – for a change – truly seems in the best interest of the islands (see related article). His Socialist Party (SP) in cooperation with the Saba Labour Party (SLP) is […]

SP and SLP criticise trimming of health care package

SP and SLP criticise trimming of health care package

The Daily Herald writes that Socialist Party (SP), together with the Saba Labour Party (SLP), is questioning the move by Dutch Minister of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports Edith Schippers to partly remove physical therapy from the health insurance package in the Dutch public entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba per January 1, 2015. Member […]

Association (i.o.) of parents writes about resigned school-board

Association (i.o.) of parents writes about resigned school-board

In a letter to the Executive Council, the association of parents and other stake-holders express their demands regarding the elections of a new schoolboard, now that all former board-members have resigned. The letter can be seen here-after or can be downloaded at: http://www.sabaweb.nl/New%20SEF%20Board.pdf

Art in the Garden, a lovely event last Saturday

Art in the Garden, a lovely event last Saturday

Saba Reach Foundation (SRF) held its third annual Art in the Garden event on Saturday, September 13th at the Social Workplace Organoponics Garden in The Level. Consistent with the previous two Art in the Garden occasions, the event was organized in collaboration with local artist Heleen Cornet and several volunteering local artists that are guided […]

Fatal car accident on the Road

The Police reports that on Saturday, September 13th a fatal accident took place around 2:15 PM on Saba. The 80-year-old driver of a pickup supposedly became unwell and thus lost control of the steering wheel causing the vehicle to end up in the ravine. Despite that the firefighters acted swiftly, the victim sadly died en route to the […]

UNESCO meeting Intangible Cultural Heritage concluded

UNESCO meeting Intangible Cultural Heritage concluded

The Daily Herald writes that the fiveday United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) series of workshops focused on preserving Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) concluded Friday, September 12, at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort after a series of lectures, discussions and fieldtrips. The project concerned, currently being implemented, is called “Strengthening the capacities of […]

Union renewed Collective Labour Agreement

Union renewed Collective Labour Agreement

The Daily Herald writes that St. Maarten-based Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) has renewed its Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) with Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius. This is the second CLA the union has with the three islands. The three-year CLA, signed about a week ago, covers most of the civil servants on […]

Contract for recycling signed

Contract for recycling signed

With the signing of the contract for the civil works for the new recycling facility at the landfill, Saba is one step closer to introducing island wide recycling. This writes The Daily Herald. The contract to build the facility was signed by Commissioner of Public Works, Bruce Zagers and a representative of contractor Saba Roads. […]

Chamber of Commerce Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Chamber of Commerce Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Press Release by Chamber of Commerce Date:     Sept 8th 2014 Strategic Conference opened in St. Eustatius On Monday morning a two day strategic conference was opened by Mr. Koos Sneek, the chairman of the Chamber of Commerce St. Eustatius & Saba. The conference, which is held in the CNSI building, was a combined effort of the Chamber […]

Questions in parliament about giving up geothermic energy

Questions in parliament about giving up geothermic energy

Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp’s decision to hold off on researching the potential of geothermic energy on Saba for now has resulted in written questions by the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. Second Chamber Members Roelof van Laar of the Labour Party PvdA and André Bosman of the liberal democratic VVD party […]

Prescriptive rights of landowners in the make

Prescriptive rights of landowners in the make

The Daily Herald writes that the Executive Council of Saba is working on a framework policy on how the Public Entity will deal with prescriptive rights of landowners on Saba. In order to develop the framework with a proper legal structure, lawyers from the law firm VanEpsKunneman-Doorn have been retained to draft the policy. The […]

Dutch foreign minister to be EU president's 'right hand man'

Dutch foreign minister to be EU president’s ‘right hand man’

Frans Timmermans in an official portrait. Photo: foreign ministry website Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans is to be the new ‘right hand man’ to EU president Jean-Claude Juncker. Presenting his new line up on Wednesday, Juncker said Timmermans will be the ‘first vice president’ – out of a group of seven. The Netherlands had campaigned […]

Geothermal energy on Saba: absolutely within reach

Geothermal energy on Saba: absolutely within reach

(Opinion, published in The Daily Herald)  Dear Editor, Last Monday, the answer of Minister Plasterk on behalf of his colleague Minister Kamp directed to the General Assembly in the Netherlands was made public. He indicated in his answer that at this moment, the time and opportunity to explore geothermal energy is lacking. His leading argument […]

Henk Kamp: “Geothermic energy not a priority”

Henk Kamp: “Geothermic energy not a priority”

The Daily Herald reveals that researching the potential of geothermic energy in Saba, which would especially benefit St. Maarten consumers, is currently not a priority of Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp. Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated this in his response to the agreement list that was made […]

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.