From Work permit policy Saba eased for high paid vacancies - Update Dec 4on
its a start!
From Invitation to Central Committee meeting on Wednesday December 19thon
Why is there no link to agenda points 3 and 5?
From Beautification initiative to prepare for Saba Day, tourist seasonon
Just a thought…. Some of the trails are in poor condition. Tourists want to hike but if they go on some of the lesser trails they will be met with difficult hiking. Tara’s Ground, Bud’s Mountain to name two… the steps to Crispeen overgrown and with rockslides.
From Saba: insufficient money for necessary maintenanceon
That is why on Saba the road tax, that is very low, should get higher.
From Greenhouses to be constructed at schoolson
Years ago there was a hydroponic garden.
From PCN requests a "Proof of life Declaration" (ADV)on
When at last will that be automized just like it happens in the Netherlands?!
From Seven out of ten Saba residents identify traffic nuisanceson
There is a dangerous speeding problem on The Road. Traffic cameras should be installed and speeders ticketed. Otherwise it’s only a matter of time before someone gets killed.
From Windward Islands will not have coastal radar system before 2021on
The persons living on Saba should note that because the Coast Guard is trying to detect boats and ships, the best location for such a radar is on top of the Cable and Wireless tower on Mount Scenery.
From Material transport for renovation runway to finalize sooner than anticipatedon
I am glad to hear about the runway resurfacing with concrete. I hope they do install Centerline lighting.
Centerline lighting reduces the required decision hight by the pilot from 2600 feet to 200 feet under a basic CAT 1 system.
Note: Saba can not go above CAT 1 to the more advanced CAT 2 or CAT 3 , because CAT 2 and CAT 3 are currently only Instrument Landing System technology.
Saba must use a Transponder Landing System CAT 1, which is used primarily by the military and small airports.
The pilot landing the plane can not tell any difference between ILS and TLS, he/she only sees that the runway landing system is CAT 1.
Centerline is nice to have, even if no future airport navigation improvements or upgrades are planned.
From Saba to relocate waste burner, end smoke issueon
It’s very annoying that these plans are going to be realized on land that does not belong to the Saba government. Very strange that this all can happen like this. The ground belongs to families who live on Saba and abroad.
In the European Netherlands this would never happen this way. In fact, it would cause a big scandal. Before such projects are realized in Holland a thorough investigation need to be performed concerning the properties that could be affected by the project. There are investigations on the consequences of the project for the environment, and for the owners of the properties concerned and the surrounding properties. In the European Netherlands all owners of properties need to be correctly and timely informed about plans the government has near their property and/or on their property. Owners and those who will be disadvantaged get the chance to react, get compensations and/or can take legal actions before the project is realized. In close consultation and via clearly defined procedures Government and owners try to come to mutually acceptable agreements. The government will compensate the owners of the land and the owners of land surrounding the project who will have negative consequences of the governments decisions.
I did not see any indication that such procedures have been followed in the underlying case.
It seems that the Saba and Dutch governments want to avoid these obligations towards the community of Saba. And all of this seems to be done with the approval of the Dutch government.
Is the central government in the Netherlands really informed about what all is going on on Saba? I’m always hearing and reading about the wonderful cooperation between Saba and the central government. Could this be caused by the selective focus of the central government when working together on projects with the Saba government?
I want to strongly advise the central government to change this approach and better consider the rights and interests of the Saba n community.