Friday , January 22 2021

News

BBC reality check: Is climate change making hurricanes worse?

  Image copyrightNASA/NOAA The past year has been a busy one for hurricanes. There were 17 named storms in 2017, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes (category 3 or higher) – an above average year in each respect. The 10 hurricanes formed consecutively, without weaker tropical storms interrupting the sequence. …

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No prosecution for fatal car accident in June 2017

On June 11th, 2017, a fatal car accident took place on Saba in the vicinity of the Saba Electric Company. The driver (F.A.J., born on April 12th 1943) who was coming from the Windwardside, died in this accident. His wife (M.J. H. e/v J ., born on September 3rd 1941) …

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Adjustment of electricity tariffs effective from January 1st, 2018

Effective from January 1st, 2018 the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM, Autoriteit Consument en Markt) establishes the new maximum tariffs for electricity on Saba. It regards the fixed distribution tariff and the variable distribution tariff that Saba Electric can maximally charge the consumer effective from January 1st, 2018 in …

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5.2 Earthquake close to St. Barths, December 24, 2017

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of St. Maarten/St. Martin & St. Barths on Sunday morning, December 24, 2017 @11:12am. Although preliminary reports indicated it was a 5.5-magnitude ‘quake, after expert-analysis…it was reviewed at 5.2 It’s epicenter was located at 18.1°N 62.8°W or about 14 miles (23 km) East of Philipsburg, St. Maarten or 17 miles …

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Dutch renovating airports in Caribbean Netherlands

The Rijkswaterstaat De­partment of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management I&W is busy renovating the airports of the Caribbean Netherlands. This is considered a special project, because the Minis­try of Infrastructure’s De­partment normally does not engage in aviation. More­over, this is considered a worldwide cooperation, Ri­jkswaterstaat is stating on …

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K2 Student Jayden featured in Down Syndrome world

We, at Sacred Heart School, could not be more proud and excited to see K2 student Jayden of the small island of Saba featured in the fall issue of Down Syndrome World. Jayden’s mom was approached by Special Ed teacher Helen to submit a photo of Jayden to the organization. Without …

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Commerce Chamber board makes half-yearly Saba visit

St. Eustatius’ executive board members of the Chamber of Commerce St. Eustatius and Saba made a visit to Saba on Wednes­day, December 12, for their half-yearly face-to-face meeting. The board met with the Executive Council of Saba to discuss matters of inter­est to the business commu­nity and the island at large. …

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“CN Express” connects Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba

The Ministries of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Infrastructure and Water Management and the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland contribute to a temporary air connection between Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba that is made possible by Winair. The air connection starts at the beginning of January and is called “CN Express”. This …

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Repairs started on damaged roofs

Following the storms, and after the damage assessments were in, the Public Entity Saba funded temporary housing for all residents with severely damaged homes and an agreement was made to repair homes for the residents. The next step was to order the material and for the reconstruction to begin. The …

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Education still a high priority for Public Entity Saba

Commissioner of Education, Bruce Zagers has signed yet another Saba Government-College agreement, this time with the Lipscomb University, located Tennessee (USA). This agreement will grant Saban students who have been accepted into Lipscomb University, a scholarship of $18,410 per academic year, which matches the Duo grant. These students will, therefore, …

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Relief efforts will focus on hospitality industry on Saba

The business community of Saba will receive two payments from the 2 million euro relief fund, that will be available to the island after hurricane Irma. Companies who are not within the hospitality industry will not receive funds until further notice, due to the priority of the high season. Applications for …

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CBS: “Trends in the Caribbean Netherlands 2017” is out

“On 1st of January 2017, there were 24,439 people living in the Caribbean Netherlands” “The population density of Saba was 150/km2 on January 1st 2017” “On Bonaire the median disposable income in private households in 2015 was $23,6 thousand”  “In 2016 there was a 47% increase in value of goods …

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Digitalization of land registers on Saba

Currently, the upkeep of land registers on Saba is being done manually. This way of recording real property matters comes with several challenges, for example; difficulty searching for recorded documents and of course always the risk of deterioration of paper by time, fire or hurricane. Now, with the development of …

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Hylkema and van der Horn–Plante Win Saba Day Run

Alwin Hylkema and Sarah van der Horn – Plante won male and female first place, respectively, during Saba’s annual Saba Day Run for the 42nd annual Saba Day celebrations. The race, named “Sea to Scenery” and touted as the single most robust climb in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, had …

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High cost of living remains an issue for families on Saba

It’s been 7 years since Saba’s constitutional change to becoming the smallest special municipality of the Netherlands. With a population of 2000, some persons still continue to fight this island’s high prices, low salaries along with high taxes. Single parents are forced to work two or more jobs to survive …

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Health insurance clients more often make verbal complaints

Clients of the Caribbean Netherlands Health Insurance Office ZVK in St. Eustatius and Saba are less inclined to file a formal, written complaint about ZVK services and decisions. Instead, they often opt to complain verbally at the counter, which adds to the pressure on the staff. This is one of …

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Knops faced with willing Saba and unwilling Statia

During his visit to St. Eustatius and Saba last week, Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations was directly confronted with the large differences in approach between the governments of these two public entities. In Saba, the State Secre­tary found a committed government and a commu­nity that has …

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Saba receives temporary electricity cost alleviation

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK) has approved a request to reduce the fixed tariff cost of electricity on Saba. Shortly after hurricanes Irma and Maria, The Saba Electric Company applied to EZK for interim relief for a large part of the non-subsidized kVA connections on Saba. …

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Man held in custody for hitting woman

On Sunday, De­cember 3, a man with initials R.R.J.J. was ar­rested at Fort Bay in Saba for disrupting pub­lic order and for physical abuse. The Caribbean Neth­erlands Police Force KPCN on Saba said the man had been taken into custody because he had hit a woman.

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Roy Smith person of 2017 in People’s Choice Awards

The Malofi Foun­dation and Lorsim Produc­tions presented the 2017 People’s Choice Awards Thursday evening at Sun­ny Valley Youth Centre in The Bottom. Awards were handed out in a host of categories with Roy Smith being elected Person of the Year. Former employee of utility company GEBE Smith was presented with …

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61.3 pound catch wins Wahoo Tournament

Nicholas Johnson and crew of Briana Jamie, from Saba, won the Saba Day Wahoo Tournament with a 61.3 pound catch. A total of 21 boats feature 100 crew of which 90 were male, three female and seven were juniors com­peted in the tournament. The fleet included 10 boats from Saba as …

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14th Saba idol competition at Scouts Place had great finalists

On Friday 24th the finals of the14th annual Saba Idol Competition was held at Scout’s Place Hotel on Saba. Special sponsor and co-host this year was Dr. Soc from Radio 92 on St. Maarten. The three finalists consisted of the assistant professor of the Saba University school of medicine Emma Figures from the UK, …

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King and Queen dive on Sababank

The Dutch King and Queen have indulged in a spot of scuba diving during their three-day trip to the Caribbean. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were clad in scuba gear when the smiled for the camera on a boat at Saba Bank, off Saba Island. The royal couple then took …

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King and Queen join Saba Day celebrations

Sabans turned out in droves Friday to see King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, who graced the island with their presence during the 2017 Saba Day celebrations. Traditionally, the Saba Day celebrations are opened with an ecumenical church service, and this year’s 42nd edition was no exception. After attending the service, …

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Special 2M-euro grant for Saba

The Executive Council of Saba will receive a one-time spe­cial assistance grant of two million euros to cope with the damage caused by Hurri­canes Irma and Maria, Dutch State Secretary of Home Af­fairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops announced during his visit to Saba this week. The one-time special grant …

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The Hague supports Saba

On Tuesday November 28th the State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK), Raymond Knops, began a first familiarization visit to Saba. Upon arrival he spoke with Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, the commissioners and members of the Island Council. The talks were constructive.  As a result …

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State Secretary Knops visits Saba and Statia

New State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops will be paying a two-day in­troductory visit to St. Eusta­tius today, Wednesday and Thursday. His visit partly co­incides with King Willem-Al­exander and Queen Maxima who will also be in Statia on Thursday afternoon. “togeth­er with the King and Queen, Knops …

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Angel Bermudez new Head of Health Insurance Office BES (ZVK)

As of  December 1st  2017, Mr Angel Bermudez will assume the function as  the new Head of the BES Healthcare Insurance Office (ZVK). Mr. Bermudez is no stranger to the BES islands. Between 2011 and 2014 he was director of the Tax office for the Caribbean Netherlands. In recent years, …

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Curvin George new director Youth care and Family Supervision

As of January 2018, Curvin George has been appointed as the new director of Youth care and Family Supervision Carbibbean Netherlands after a thorough selection procedure. He is currently director of the Guardianship Council CN. He has fulfilled this position since July 2013, before that he worked as senior council …

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Ombudsman’s researchers holding open office hours

Two researchers of the Na­tional Ombudsman’s office in the Netherlands are cur­rently paying a working visit to the Caribbean Nether­lands. Daniel Anon Parreia and Yvonne Kraan are hold­ing open office hours on Bo­naire, Saba and St. Eustatius to handle complaints about government. Since 2011, residents of the three islands who …

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Prince Bernhard Culture Fund awards prize to Will Johnson

Every two years the Board of the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund Caribbean Region PBCCG awards a prize on each of the six Dutch Caribbean islands in recognition of outstanding efforts in the fields of art, culture and nature. This year, William “Will” Stanley Johnson was bestowed with the 2017 PBCCG …

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Road closures around Saba Day

No parking alongside Church street and S.A. Charles street in the Bottom from November 30, 4 p.m., until December 2, 12 p.m. due to Saba Day activities (streets from Public Works Building to Governor’s House) . Roads in The Bottom will be closed for traffic for short periods of time on December 1, between 8 a.m. …

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Preventive check of police

On Friday, November 24th , in the evening hours, a preventive check was held on the Park Lane Street on Saba, where several people were checked for compliance with the Opium Act and (fire) Weapons Act BES. Among other things, a small amount of drugs and a pocket knife were …

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Three years asked for suspected involvement in student’s death

The Prosecutor’s Of­fice has demanded a prison sentence of three years for the man suspected of in­volvement in the death of a 24-year-old student on Saba and of possession of child pornography. S.C. from Bosnia (32) is a suspect in the so-called Hec­tor investigation in the death of Saba University …

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