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Rates for sending letters or packages will go up as of 1.1.2020

BES-Reporter announced that Postal Concessionaire for the BES-islands, FXDC, has announced that as of January 1, 2020, the rates for sending letters or packages will go up. FXDC points out that fares have not bee adapted since the year 2014, but that their costs have gone up. The postal organization …

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Saba’s Fireworks Display: December 30th 2019

On Monday December 30th 2019, the annual Saba fireworks display will occur at 7pm on the Airport Road. The road will be blocked near Alessandro Guido’s home starting at 6pm, to prevent cars from parking too close to the fireworks and to allow for the display to be set up. …

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Illegal immigrants sent back to their countries of origin

Four illegal immigrants who had arrived in Saba early December 13 were flown out from St. Eustatius to their countries of origin early Friday morning, December 20. Members of the Caribbean Netherlands Police Force KPCN and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee escorted the four individuals to chartered aircraft, one by one. …

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Stakeholders discuss Youth Policy Plan

On Monday, December 16th, stakeholders in youth care participated in a workshop, provided by the Public Entity Saba, to discuss the new Youth Policy Plan which is being drafted by Policy Advisor of the Saba Package Elsa Peterson. The Youth Policy Plan seeks to outline the obligations of the Public …

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Changes in BES Healthcare Insurance claims as of January 1st, 2020

Several elements of the BES Healthcare Insurance Claims Regulation (Regeling Aanspraken Zorgverzekering BES) will change as of January 1st, 2020. The changes concern several new claims, and clarification and further requirements for existing claims and provisions. New Medical Devices The claims for medical devices have been expanded with wheelchairs, shower …

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Saba fishermen unite and form the Saba Fishermen Association, SFA

Born out of concern about their future and the future of the fishing industry in Saba, the fishermen of Saba came together to form an association, the Saba Fishermen Association (SFA). The association is comprised of the commercial and recreational fishers that fish in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Saba, …

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Saba Day celebration in The Netherlands

Last weekend, Sabans in The Netherlands celebrated Saba Day in The Hague. In addition to partying and enjoying good food, they also discussed the situation on the island. For example, most party-goers hope for a better future for their island. In The Hague, in café “De Vriendenkring” sounds lively soca …

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Illegal immigrants from Saba flown to Statia

A number of persons who were de­tained in Saba for violating the immigration regulations of the Caribbean Netherlands were flown to St. Eustatius on Friday. The immigrants landed around 5:30pm and were seen disembarking in handcuffs. Four of the immigrants are citizens of the Dominican Republic. The Dominicanos were flown …

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Saba part of integral security plans pilot

The public entity Saba and nine municipalities in the Netherlands will participate in a pilot to assess integral secu­rity plans, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK announced last Thursday. With the assistance of experts in the area of integral security, the municipalities Almelo, Berkel­land, Breda, Dalfsen, Gooise …

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Christmas tree at top of Mount Scenery

This past weekend, a Christmas tree was placed at the top of Mt. Scenery, with 877m the highest point in the Dutch Kingdom. On Saturday, December 14, six persons climbed Mt. Scenery with a Christmas tree, with the roots still attached. Climbing 1,060 steps with a tree that measured about …

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Dutch press reports on visit Beatrix to Saba and Statia

The Dutch press reported on the visit of princess Beatrix to Saba and Statia. On Statia she even gave a short video interview with the press explaining why she made the trip and loves the islands. It was the first video interview in six years. (click images to link to …

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Saba welcomes Princess Beatrix

With a small delay and in the pouring rain, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands landed on Saba on Thursday morning, December 12. Clad in a grey rain poncho, she emerged from Winair’s Twin Otter and was greeted by Island Governor Jonathan Johnson and Island Secretary Tim Muller who both held …

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Two board members elected for Chamber of Commerce

Leonieke Zuiddam of St. Eustatius and Hermanus Van Xanten for Saba were duly elected on Tuesday as members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of St. Eustatius and Saba board. Announcing the result, the Chamber’s Public Re­lations Director Ebbie Schmidt congratulated the elected candidates and conveyed her best wishes …

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School bus drivers in the spotlight

The Public Entity Saba decided to put the school bus drivers and their team leader James Bennett “Benny” Johnson in the spotlight. A get-together was organized for the bus drivers on December 4 where the bus drivers received a certificate from Head of the Human Resources Department Miguela Gumbs. From …

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Caribbean Ties exhibition opened at Saba Heritage Center

The Saba Heritage Center in Windwardside since last week has become the temporary home for the “Caribbean Ties: Connected People, Then and Now” international exhibition, facilitated by Leiden University and the Saba Archaeological Center (SABARC). The exhibition will remain on Saba until May 2020. The exhibition, which was officially opened …

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Juliana’s Hotel opens Captains’ Suites

Juliana’s Hotel in the Windwardside on Thursday officially opened its new Captains’ Suites. Under the supervision of hotel owners Wim and Johanna Schutten, the once derelict building, formerly part of the Captain’s Quarter Hotel, was turned into four spacious suites. During a well-attended festive reception in the afternoon hours, Saba …

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17 children win single-use plastics ban poster contest

Last month pupils of the Sacred Heart school (SHS) were asked to make a poster about plastic pollution, the upcoming ban on single-use plastic and to promote recycling. A winning poster was selected from each grade. As grade five stood out in terms of creativity, two winning posters were selected …

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Looking ahead and back on Saba Day

Sabans and invited guests from the other islands turned up in large numbers to celebrate Saba Day in The Bottom on Friday, December 6. The 44th Saba Day ceremony featured messages by Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, Commissioners Rolando Wilson and Bruce Zagers, and several performances. The official part of the …

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SXM Sabans

A group of Sabans living and holding executive positions in St. Maarten recently gathered in recognition of the service of former caretaker Prime Minister and fellow Saban Wycliffe Smith. The group released a photo of their get-together to mark Saba Day and wish Saban people in Saba and abroad, a …

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Surinamese Consul-General Daniël visits Saba

Consul-General of the Republic Suriname to the Dutch Caribbean H. Agnes E. Daniël is visiting Saba this week. This is the first time that the Consul-General, who was appointed in October 2018 for a period of four years, visits Saba. Stationed in Curaçao, Mrs. Daniël represents the Republic Suriname on …

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UNICEF presents results 2019 situation analysis to Saba stakeholders

UNICEF Netherlands hosted a presentation on the 2019 situation analysis for stakeholders on Saba on Wednesday, December 4. During the presentation, representatives of UNICEF presented the key findings of the Situation Analysis Children and Adolescents in the Caribbean Netherlands and elaborated on the recommendations. The Public Entity Saba, as well …

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Survey on energy use Saba households

The Public Entity Saba and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) have asked Milieu Centraal, a Dutch consumer information organization that specializes in energy saving methods and sustainability, to carry out a survey on energy use in Saban households. Residents are asked to fill in a questionnaire. …

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Saba Day Sea to Scenery Run takes place Saturday

The toughest climb in the Kingdom of the Nether­lands is back this Saba Day Weekend. A record amount of people is expected to join this Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 7:30am, for the annual Saba Day run — Sea to Scenery. The course is 6km long, which winds up from …

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Knops sees options for structural funds for Saba

The Dutch government will look at the possibilities to bundle the multi-annual incidental funds and include these in the structural contribution to the public entity Saba, Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops stated on Monday. This will be done in order to reduce the administrative burden of …

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Saba hosts civil servant regulations workshop

The Human Resources Department of the Public Entity Saba on Tuesday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 27, hosted a workshop that focused on the technical implementation of the civil servant regulations (“arbeidsvoorwaarden ambtenaren”) The two-day workshop was attended by employees of both the Public Entity Saba and the Public Entity …

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KNMI sets up website for Saba, Statia volcanoes

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Services KNMI has developed a webpage dedicated to the volcanoes of Saba and St. Eustatius. The webpage called http://www.knmidc.org/volcanoes/ contains information about the monitoring and setting of the Mount Scenery and the Quill volcanoes. Visitors to the site can view the monitoring data. People are encouraged …

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Extra AOV for elderly people with a low income

From January 1st 2020, the old age pension (Algemene Ouderdomsverzekering, AOV) will be supplemented for elderly people with a low income and little equity. This is one of the measures taken by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment to increase incomes and benefits in the Caribbean Netherlands. Persons aged …

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Netherlands Human Rights Institute visits Saba

President of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (“College voor de Rechten van de Mens”) Adriana van Dooijeweert visited Saba from Saturday, November 23 to Wednesday, November 27 for meetings with local authorities and organizations to discuss human rights related topics. “We are your human rights institute too.” Accompanied by …

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