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Saba Roads and Construction to start resurfacing Fort Bay road

Saba Roads and Construction B.V. (SRC) will commence with resurfacing of the Fort Bay Road on Monday, May 16, 2016. This project consists of the full resurfacing of the road approximately 1250 meters uphill. The scope of this project also includes the construction of 2 cisterns and installation of 3 …

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Successful Search & Rescue on North Coast trail

On Monday morning around 8.00 AM the Dutch Caribbean Police Force (KPCN) on Saba was notified that 4 persons (one female and three males) were feared missing. A preliminary investigation showed that the four hikers of American and Canadian origin were missing since Sunday. The Dutch Caribbean Police Force in …

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Successful Search & Rescue

On Monday, May 9th a call was received that four persons (one female and three males) hadn’t returned from a hike on the North Coast Trail. The hikers had left on Sunday afternoon and up to Monday morning their families hadn’t heard from them and contacted the relevant authorities. Immediately …

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Zika registration mandatory in Caribbean Netherlands

Formal registration of the Zika virus will become mandatory for Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba and the Netherlands as of September 1, but not for all Zika patients. Dutch Minister of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports Edith Schippers stated this in a letter that she sent to the Second Chamber of …

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New US Consul General for Dutch Caribbean

Margaret Hawthorne has been appointed as the new United States Consul General to Curaçao, and Chief of Mission to Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. Hawthorne is a career member of the US Foreign Service with 25 years of experience as a diplomat; assumed her duties as …

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May 4th 2016 wreath laying

  Government officials on Saba gathered at the monument in The Bottom dedicated to those who lost their lives during World War II. Members of the Island and Executive Councils as well as the Police Force laid wreaths at the monument. The laying of the wreaths was preceded by a …

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Basic quality for entire primary school education in Caribbean Netherlands

All 12 schools for primary education in the Caribbean Netherlands meet basic quality. This was established by the inspectors of the Education Inspectorate’s Caribbean Netherlands team following (quality inspections and) progress meetings which took place on St. Eustatius, Saba and Bonaire during the past two weeks. State Secretary Sander Dekkers …

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Saba Reach hosts exchange with Turkish High School

Saba Reach Foundation (SRF) hosted a cultural and educational exchange between a group of twelve Saban participants and their three group leaders and a group of twelve Turkish participants and their group leaders. The participants were a mix of students from SRF’s Youth Opportunity Path Programme, Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) …

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Rolando Wilson to become Saba's new Commissioner

Current Director of Own Your Own Home Foundation Rolando Wilson will be replacing Chris Johnson as Commissioner in Saba’s Executive Council on behalf of Windward Islands People’s Party (WIPM), writes The Daily Herald.   Johnson will be stepping down as Commissioner as of June 1 to take up a new …

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Impatient Parliament sets date for evaluation debate

In anticipation of the formal reaction of the Dutch Government to the report of the Caribbean Netherlands Evaluation Committee, the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament decided to set a date for a debate. Parliament’s Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations is clearly getting impatient waiting for the promised cabinet’s response …

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National Ombudsman: “Number of complaints still rising”

National ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen again had the chance to accumulate many official complaints during his latest visit to the Caribbean Netherlands, which has now been concluded. All individuals who have a grievance with the government had the chance to make these known to Van Zutphen and his team. ‘We …

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SEC purchased parcel of land for solar park

On Friday the 29th of April 2016, at the offices of the civil law notary Ms. Faride Tjon Ajong, located in Philipsburg St. Maarten, the closing took place with respect to a parcel of land in the district of lower Zion’s Hill in Saba.This parcel of land is situated near …

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Commissioners discussed Dutch Cabinet's standpoint on Spiess report

The Commissioners of Constitutional Affairs of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba met on Bonaire earlier this week to discuss the draft Dutch Cabinet’s standpoint on the Spies Committee re port, on the evaluation of five years on new constitutional ties between the three islands and the Netherlands. Saba’s Commissioner of …

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BKCN trainee shift leaders train in Europe

In order to ensure that all fire fighters can perform their job well and safely, BKCN invests a considerable amount of time and money in the professionalism of its staff. BKCN started the shift leaders’ training course in January. This is one of the toughest and most difficult training courses …

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Former SUSOM student gets six months for arson

A 29-year-old former student of Saba University School of Medicine (SUSOM) was sentenced Tuesday, on appeal to six months for attempted arson, mistreatment with a weapon, and threats directed against the life of a person. The Court of First Instance sentenced Peyman Homayouni-Nejad, who is of Iranian descent, to four …

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Man gets fine for traffic accident in Windwardside

The Court of Appeals, on Tuesday, sentenced a 23-year-old resident of Lower Hell’s Gate to payment of a US $168 fine, for causing a traffic accident in Windwardside on March 3, 2015, writes The Daily Herald. The suspect had appealed his conviction by the Court of First Instance, which had …

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Human Rights Institute calls for more proactive approach in Caribbean Netherlands

The Daily Herald reports that the Dutch Government and the public entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba should assume a more proactive approach to improve human rights for the people of the Caribbean Netherlands. The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights states this in a report that was published on Monday, titled “To a human rights acceptable level of provisions (“voorzieningenniveau”) for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba” …

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Earth Day Island Clean Up Success

The Earth Day Island Wide Clean Up held last Friday April 22nd, was deemed a success by organizers. The event which brought together over 150 participants saw volunteers going through the island’s villages picking up discarded litter which had been disposed throughout the built up areas and also below the …

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New board of Saba Festival Foundation ready for Saba Carnival 2016

Newly appointed President of the Saba Festival Foundation Vito Charles announces the formation of its new board. He announced that the appointed new Secretary of the board is Hazel Durand and Treasurer Bridgette Hassell. Also forming part of the board are Christina Hassell, Alexandria Hassell, Judella Heyliger, Julio Levenstone, Kebba …

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Chris Johnson to become new Dutch Representative

The Dutch Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations has appointed Saba Commissioner Chris Johnson (38) as the new head of the Representation of the Netherlands in St. Maarten as per June 1, reports The Daily Herald. In this capacity, Johnson will also be the Acting Representative of the Netherlands …

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Bouman back early from advisory work on islands

Former Dutch National Police Chief Gerard Bouman returned prematurely to the Netherlands from his advisory job in the Caribbean Netherlands. Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur confirmed during a debate in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday that Bouman had returned to the …

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Saba students on medical mission trip to Nicaragua

Seven volunteers from Saba University School of Medicine (SUSOM) travelled to Limon, Nicaragua, on the first medical mission trip for the school on April 16. The trip was approved as an official school event through the support of Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Vaughn Huckfeldt and Associate Dean Dr. …

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Members of Dutch Senate delegation meet Saba residents

On Wednesday April 20th , 2016 residents of Saba talked to the members of the delegation of the Dutch Senate currently on a working visit to the territories of the Kingdom in the Caribbean. During a meeting held at Breadline Plaza, Saban residents shared their personal experiences, concerns, wishes and …

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CoC Entrepreneurs training program participants received certificates

The Chamber of Commerce & Industry St.Eustatius and Saba together with the European Union funded COSME Programme, had launched a 3 day SME Start and Develop Your Business (SME-SDB) entrepreneurs training program in Saba, which is also implemented to all the other 11 Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). On …

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First Chamber delegation in Caribbean Netherlands

A delegation of twelve members of the Dutch Parliament’s First Chamber is currently visiting the Dutch Caribbean. The delegation, headed by Chairman of the Chamber’s Standing Committee for Kingdom Relations Ruard Ganzevoort, is paying working visits to all islands. The Dutch Parliamentarians were in Saba on Wednesday, and will be …

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National Ombudsman receives 126 complaints from islands

The National Ombudsman received 126 complaints from residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in 2015. Compared to the Netherlands, the ratio is much higher, reports The Daily Herald. The 2015 annual report of the National Ombudsman, which was presented in The Hague on Wednesday, showed that one request per …

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Price increase on all islands in Caribbean Netherlands

The average price level in the Caribbean Netherlands has risen in Q1 2016 compared to a year ago. The price increase comes after a period of negative inflation. On the basis of the consumer price index (CPI), Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that consumer prices rose on all three islands of …

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Dutch citizens still don't need USA visa

Dutch passport holders, including those who reside in Curaçao, St. Maarten, Aruba, Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire, continue to be eligible to travel to the United States (US) under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) by first applying for Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). ESTA is accessible online at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ …

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Consumers organisation Unkobon starts survey on money loans

At the request of the Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets (AFM)  Unkobon has  put out a survey regarding money loans on its website. AFM supervises the conduct of the entire financial market sector: savings, investment, insurance and loans. The AFM sees to it that financial institutions are professional and reliable, …

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Average active 2016 hurricane season forecast

The April forecast for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season calls for an average active season, according to Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray in association with the Colorado State University, Department of Atmospheric Science.  The professors released their forecast on Thursday. “We anticipate that the 2016 Atlantic basin hurricane …

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Senate delegation to focus on effects of new relations

The constitutional reform, how the new status of the islands has worked out in practice and the findings of the Caribbean Netherlands Evaluation Committee are focal points of the visit of a large delegation of the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, the Senate, to the Dutch Caribbean, April 16-23. …

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Saba economy developing steadily, Statia lags behind

The St. Eustatius economy in 2015 was marked by insufficient growth, reports The Daily Herald. In Saba, on the other hand, the economy showed steady growth last year, the Committee for Financial Supervision CFT reported in its annual report which was presented in The Hague on Wednesday. “Political tensions and …

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Island Wide Cleanup for Earth Day – April 22

The Island Government of Saba will be hosting its annual Island Wide Clean Up on Friday, April 22nd. This year the cleanup is being held on Earth Day. This is to highlight the importance of the island’s natural surroundings and keeping it clean. Another intention of the cleanup is to …

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Els Mommers wins 2nd price on international quilt festival in France

Our Saban  artist, Els Mommers, received a second price on the prestigious International quilt exposition “Biennale Internationale d’Art Textile” in Beaujolais, France. Els won the price in the category “large quilts”. The quilt, Reinaldo, is based on the memories of her many travels to the Kuna indians on the San Blas islands, Panama. Transport …

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Inter-island chess tournament in Saba

Child Focus held its second annual chess tournament with an invitation to competitors in St. Maarten to participate in the Senior Division on April 8, reports The Daily Herald. St. Dominic High (SDH) school responded to the invitation and sent two chess players to Saba accompanied by their math teacher …

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