Tuesday , June 25 2019

News

DCNA Birding Trail Guide Training with Dr. Adrian Delnevo

From the 14th to 19th of November 2016, the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) hosted bird expert Dr. Adrian Delnevo to lead a bird identification training. Bird watching has become a multi-billion dollar industry in the Caribbean alone, from which the SCF hopes Saba can benefit. With the intent to take …

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Saba’s Firework Display December 28th 7 pm at Cove Bay

On Wednesday, December 28th 2016, the annual Saba firework display will occur at 7pm on the Cove Bay. This date was chosen as there are many festivities occurring closer to the new year and the Public Entity wishes to make it possible for everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy …

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LIAT passengers stranded at St. Maarten for days now

Scores of passengers traveling to the various Caribbean islands from St. Maarten are stranded at St. Maarten for the past four days and there is no LIAT agent such as a supervisor on duty to provide passengers accurate information. One passenger Tamara Gumbs who was supposed to leave St. Maarten to …

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Dutch election programmes dedicate attention to islands

Several Dutch parties, but certainly not all, are dedicating attention in different degrees to the Dutch Caribbean islands and the role of the Kingdom in their programmes for the March 2017 Parliamentary elections> The liberal democratic VVD party and the Socialist Party (SP) advocate a commonwealth construction, while the Christian …

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Best wishes from the Royal Family

Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous new year Een gezegende kerst en een gezond en voorspoedig 2017 Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo Folle lok en seine yn it nije jier Un pasku yen di bendishon i un próspero aña nobo WA en Máxima  

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Dutch Museum Saba receives donations

The first instalment of a collection which included antique Dutch tiles and oriental rugs were officially donated to the Foundation Dutch Museum Saba last week, in addition to the substantial investment donated personally by Museum curator René Caderius van Veen for creating and starting the Museum. The tiles date from …

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Saba, Flagler College formalise agreement

Commissioner of Education Bruce Zagers, last Thursday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the President of Flagler College William Abare in St. Augustine, Florida. This MOU is to provide a more affordable opportunity for Saban students who wish to attend Flagler College. Starting in the Fall of 2017, students …

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Statia population going down, growth on Saba and Bonaire

Between January 2011 and January 2016, the population of St. Eustatius declined by 13 per cent to 3,200 residents. On January 1, 2015, Statia still had 3,900 inhabitants. In that year, the Civil Registry of the island was cleaned up and the number of residents was revised downwards as a …

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UTS launches 4G LTE in Saba, St. Eustatius

As of Tuesday, December 20, 4G LTE mobile Internet service is commercially available for Chippie mobile customers in St. Eustatius and Saba. The new service replaces NET ON 2G mobile Internet service in both islands. The launch of the new mobile Internet service will also coincide with the introduction of …

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Integrity still high on KPCN agenda

Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur will ask the new Chief of the Caribbean Netherlands Police Force KPCN Jose Rosales to keep a keen eye on the execution of the trajectory to further improve integrity in the Police Force. The integrity trajectory has to be given …

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Law Enforcement Council reports to receive follow-up

Two reports of the Law Enforcement Council about the treatment of persons with a psychiatric disorder or addiction in the justice sector and the prevention of youth crime in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will receive the necessary followup from Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur. …

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Stabbing in Windwardside

On Sunday, December 18th , at approximately  00.45 AM, a stabbing took place in a venue on Park Lane Street in Windwardside. A man was stabbed twice by another man. Cause of the stabbing is probably a personal problem between the two men. The victim was taken to the hospital …

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Direct flights between St. Barths and Saba will boost Tourism

On Tuesday December 13th 2016, with the cooperation of Windward Island Airways (Winair), a delegation from St. Barths visited Saba for a day on a familiarization trip. This delegation included Vice President Nils Dufau, Director of the Tourism Committee Marie-Laure Belzic, Port Director Ernest Brin, representatives from the Easyway travel …

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CFT: Saba still has its affairs well in order

Saba still has its public finances in good order, and although the budget execution in 2016 did not go entirely according to plan, Saba managed to maintain its budget balanced, said the Committee for Financial Supervision CFT for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba after a recent visit to the island. …

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Financial support for studying in Canada will become available

Good news for students from Caribbean Netherlands: the study financing system BES will be adapted. Thanks to the adaptations students will also be able to study in Canada. The Second Chamber has discussed this Bill on December 15. Saba had requested to make the study financing system BES also applicable to studies in Canada …

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The Hague seeks new Acting Island Governor for Statia

The Dutch Government has started the process to appoint a new Acting Island Governor for St. Eustatius, who will temporarily replace the current caretaker Julian Woodley. This new person may very well be someone from the Netherlands. This was announced in a meeting of the Second Chamber of the Dutch …

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SCS students assist Dutch Museum Saba

The Foundation Dutch Museum Saba was already very grateful when they were contacted by Ms. Michelle Martie and Ms. Esther Schasfoort about participating in “Community Serviced Day, 2016”. Students from the Saba Comprehensive School have been serving on several places to assist as volunteers and also in this museum. Early in …

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Saba Reach certifies computer students

Saba Reach Foundation’s (SRF) Adult Education Department organized Microsoft Office Word and Excel levels one and two courses as a part of its fall 2016 term course offering. Each course began in September and consisted of nine one-and-a-half-hour sessions taught by certified instructor Nina Pedersen. Each course culminated with a …

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Fernando Simmons elected as Commerce Chamber President

The election for Board Members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of St. Eustatius and Saba, which was held on Tuesday, had a surprising outcome on Statia. Incumbent Chamber President and Island Councilman for the Democratic Party (DP) Nicolaas “Koos” Sneek was defeated by young entrepreneur V. Fernando Simmons. …

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Carlos Leverock's tombstone unveiled

On Tuesday, the tombstone for the late fireman of the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department Carlos Leverock was unveiled on Saba. Leverock, who was born on Saba, was a fire fighter in St. Eustatius for years. He passed away two years ago. On Tuesday, General Chief of the Caribbean Netherlands Fire …

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Two illnesses added to neonatal screening

Two genetic disorders will be added to the neonatal screening, the so-called “heel prick” in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Dutch Minister of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports Edith Schippers recently informed the Dutch Parliament. Per January 1, 2017, the illnesses alpha-thalassemia and beta-thalassemia will be added to the neonatal …

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Islands have special attention of Children's Ombudsman

By Suzanne Koelega. Convinced that children in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba deserve the proper attention and that the rights of this group have to be safeguarded, Dutch Children’s Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer will draft a report in the near future on how to best serve the interests of children in …

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WIB delays closure of its branch on Saba

Windward Islands Bank (WIB) has delayed its closure of its Saba branch until the end of January 2017. The bank had initially set the closure of its local branch for November 30. In addition, the Dutch Government has agreed to cover the cost of keeping the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) …

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UTS billing system upgrade completed without incident

United Telecommunications Services (UTS) has successfully completed an upgrade of its billing platform for its Chippie mobile services over the weekend. The upgrade was carried out between the hours of 3:00pm on Saturday, and 5:00am on Sunday. The system’s upgrade was carried out for the islands of St. Maarten, St. …

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Bosman seeks attention for islands' coral reefs

This week’s symposium on Caribbean coral reefs at the Royal Palace on the Dam in Amsterdam has raised questions by Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament André Bosman of the liberal democratic VVD party. Bosman sent four written questions to Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations …

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Statia detention centre in 2018

St. Eustatius should have a new detention facility by 2018 to facilitate local clients, as well as those of Saba. Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur and State Secretary of Security and Justice Klaas Dijkhoff stated this in a letter that was sent to the Dutch …

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COPPPAL protests re-colonisation BES

The Permanent Conference of Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean COPPPAL rejected by communiqué the possible attempts to re-colonise the so-called Dutch Antilles in violation of the agreement signed at the United Nations (UN) in 1954, and urged the Netherlands to initiate a process of decolonisation and self-determination …

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Intensifying of cooperation justice sectors in Kingdom

The Dutch Government will intensify the cooperation with the justice sectors in Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten. This is in the interest of the Dutch public entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, but also of the Kingdom as a whole. Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur …

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Focus on further development justice sector public entities

Specific measures for youth delinquents, continued focus on financialeconomic and border transgressing crime, combating of corruption and border security are some of the policy themes to further develop the security and justice sector in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur and …

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Baldauf Wins Saba Day’s Sea to Scenery Race

On December 3rd 2016, Kevin Baldauf won the Sea to Scenery race that was a part of the Saba Day Weekend schedule of events. Baldauf, who finished in 51 minutes and 30 seconds, ran the course along with 10 other participants from the Cove Bay, located just below the Juancho …

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Klijnsma promises Senate social minimum action plan

Dutch State Secretary of Social Affairs and Labour Jetta Klijnsma has partly given in to the wish of the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament to look at setting a social minimum for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba that is based on the benchmarks of the basic cost of living. …

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Results from Saba Day Wahoo contest 2016

The Saba Rock Sport Fishing Foundation, organizers of the “Saba Day Wahoo Tournament” are pleased to announce that this year we had a record breaking number of 28 boats take part in our event: 11 boats from Saba, 5 from Dutch Sint Maarten, 2 from French Sint Martin, 2 from …

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Dutch Caribbean heritage goes digital

~ Documents up to 1954 widely accessible ~ The Dutch Caribbean Digital Platform of the Leiden University and the University of Curaçao with more than half a million scans that were made of old books, magazines, articles, manuscripts, newspapers, photos, maps and charts went online on Saturday. With only a …

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Collision on Pasture Street

On Sunday, December 4th, a collision took place on Pasture Street. A family car crashed into a truck. At that time there was a person in the back of the truck and his hand was hanging out of the truck. His hand got stuck between the car and the truck. …

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Everyt'ings and Five Square Art Gallery Grand Opening

Despite showery conditions, a good crowd of more than 50 people gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Everyt’ings gift shop and Five Square Art Gallery shopping complex at the old police station in Windwardside last Thursday. The doors opened at 5 o’clock precisely, with some people having been waiting …

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