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Islands possibly added to Compensation Fund

Victims of violent crimes in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba might very well become entitled to damages from the Compensation Fund of the Dutch Government in the future. Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur on Thursday promised to look into this possibility and discuss this next …

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Focus on youth organisations at Saba Day award ceremony

As is customary, a number of persons and organizations were awarded tokens of appreciation by the Government of the Public Entity Saba during the official Saba Day 2016 celebrations Friday in St. John’s for their dedication to Saba and its inhabitants. Governor Jonathan Johnson gave an award to board members …

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Reflections and future prospects on Saba Day

Saba marked its national holiday Saba Day during an official ceremony Friday morning at St. John’s. Thursday evening an ecumenical service was held in The Bottom. On that occasion Island Governor Jonathan Johnson delivered his traditional Saba Day speech. In his official address for the 41st celebration of Saba Day, …

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Coral reef assessments conducted in Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten

Conservation organisations from Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten recently joined a research expedition organised by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the WAITT Foundation. The research aims to monitor coral reefs around the windward Dutch Caribbean islands, gathering valuable data on coral reefs and fish populations. From November 7 …

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Minister Bussemaker satisfied with progress of Saba Education

Minister of Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker expressed satisfaction with the progress made in education during her visit to Saba on Tuesday and Wednesday. Accompanied by Commissioner of Education Bruce Zagers, Dutch Government Representative Gilbert Isabella and a delegation of education civil servants from The Hague and the Caribbean …

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SCS first vocational MBO institution to achieve basic quality in education

The technical stream of Saba Comprehensive School is the first vocational education MBO institution in the Caribbean Netherlands to achieve basic quality in education. Minister of Education, Culture, and Science Jet Bussemaker announced this on Wednesday morning when she visited the school’s Leather Factory at Cove Bay, where instruction in …

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Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance does first shark-tagging exercise

Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) caught and tagged a total of 22 sharks in October as part of a region-wide “Save our Sharks” project. Little is currently known about the status of shark populations in Dutch Caribbean waters, and tagging studies are a pivotal first step in determining which sharks …

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Minister Bussemaker visited schools on Saba

Minister for Education, Culture and Science, Jet Bussemaker, paid a visit Saba on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and has expressed satisfaction with the progress, which has been made in education. On Wednesday, accompanied by Commissioner of Education Bruce Zagers, Kingdom Representative Gilbert Isabella and a delegation of education …

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Invitation to Saba Day 2016

To All Businesses, Foundations and to the Community of Saba, The Executive Council of the Public Entity Saba would hereby like to invite you to attend the 41st Annual Saba Day Celebration on December 2nd 2016, which will be hosted at the Saba Comprehensive School in the village of St. …

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Second Education Agenda signed on St. Eustatius

Minister Jet Bussemaker of OCW (Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Education, Culture and Science) and representatives of the Caribbean Netherlands educational institutions signed the ‘Second Caribbean Netherlands Education Agenda 2017 – 2020– Working Together On The Next Step’ during the Third Education Conference. The signing of this new education agenda was …

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Warning: 2 new cases of Zika on Saba

After a few months without confirmed cases, two new positive results came in this week. The patients have no travel history before getting sick, which means that the Zika virus was transmitted locally. Over the last weeks the family doctors at Saba Health Care Foundation have seen a rise in patients …

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People's Choice Awards winners in Saba known

Sabans again voted for their favourite personalities in the categories of music and art, sports and education, and business and economy in the annual Saba People’s Choice Awards. The awards in music and arts went to: Best Band, Believe In The Youth Academy (BYA); Best Female Singer, Abianne Saul; Best …

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Social security benefits on Saba will increase in 2017

Every year the determination of the amounts of contributions and benefits takes place in the Caribbean Netherlands. This effects, e.g., the legal minimum hourly wage, the General Retirement Insurance (AOV), the Widow and Orphans Act General Insurance BES (AWW), the special relief, the child benefit and the maximum daily wage for …

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Minister Jet Bussemaker (OCW ) visits the Caribbean Netherlands

From November 27th, till December 1st, Jet Bussemaker, Minister of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) pays a working visit to Caribbean Netherlands. On November 28th she will open the third Education Conference of the Caribbean Netherlands on St. Eustatius. Participants in the conference are the commissioners of education of the …

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Cost of internet remains an issue.

Recently, The Daily Herald reported that Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk informed the Dutch Parliament, that the construction of the optic fibre cable that connects St. Eustatius and Saba to the international optic fibre cable in St. Maarten, St. Kitts and St. Barths was successfully …

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Dutch Caribbean archives digitalised

More than half a million historical books, documents and photos from the Dutch Caribbean islands have been digitalised as part of the project Dutch Caribbean Collections up to 1954, and will become accessible for education and research purposes. The project is a cooperation of several institutions in the Netherlands and …

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Christmas in the Park 2016

Season’s Greetings, give thanks! I am happy to inform you that a committee has been established by the Public Entity Saba to oversee the preservation of the Queen Wilhelmina Park in the Bottom. And we are pleased to announce that this year we will once again be hosting Christmas in …

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Saba Aims to Build a Stronger Tourism Connection with St. Barths

Last week, the Commissioner of Tourism Bruce Zagers visited St. Barths with a delegation of four persons on a mission to facilitate building a stronger touristic relationship between Saba and St. Barths. During the visit the delegation met with some key stakeholders of the tourism industry in St. Barths. These …

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Conference on benchmark minimum subsistance on Saba

On Friday November 18th the Ministries of Interior & Kingdom Relations, Social Affairs and Employment and the Executive Council of Saba have concluded a two-day’ work conference regarding the benchmark for minimum subsistance of inhabitants of Saba. Parties held frank, open and sometimes tough discussions regarding income, care and social …

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Saba Starts Campaign to Stimulate Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the best start in life for babies. It protects against infections and also reduces the risk of obesity and diabetes later in life. Breastfeeding helps the mother to build a strong emotional bond with the new-born, as well as helping them to lose weight, and reducing the risk …

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Children's Ombudsman sets off on islands visit

Children’s Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer during her visit to Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba this week and next week wants to hear from children on the islands how they experience life and where things could be improved. Kalverboer will start her first working visit in Bonaire today, Thursday. She will be …

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No increase of social benefits on January 1st

The social benefits in the in the BES islands will not be increased on January 1. This is in contrast with an announcement made earlier this year. Nevertheless, the required budget has been reserved. However,  State Secretary for Social Affairs, Jetta Klijnsma, has decided that she first will await the …

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Sexual abuse under investigation on Saba

The Dutch Caribbean Police Force arrested two male suspects, S.M.M.A. and E.G. on Saba, Saturday, November 12. The arrest order was given by the Prosecutor after suspicion arose, based on a complaint filed, that the suspects had sexually abused a victim who is considered not competent. In the meantime, the …

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SRF organizes 'Working Toward Quality' courses

Saba Reach Foundation (SRF) recently organized two management courses through the Netherlands based organization MDF. The courses were held from November 2 to 9 in the Sunny Valley Youth Center in The Bottom. Each of the courses were attended by 12 professionals representing the Sacred Heart School, Saba Comprehensive School, …

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First Children’s Week Saba

The first Children’s Week Saba will take place from Sunday November 20th until Saturday November 26th. During the week entertainment, lectures and educational activities will be provided for different age groups, all linking to children’s rights. The week will kick-off on Sunday November 20 with a potluck event at Cove …

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Child Focus semi-finalist for Appeltje van Oranje

Child Focus Saba is one of the semi-finalists for the Appeltje van Oranje prize awarded by the Oranje Funds for social initiatives within the Dutch Kingdom. This year, the theme is “Powerful Children” and it is focused on initiatives that are committed to children who are growing up in vulnerable …

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Realistic hope for increase in social benefits, minimum wage and AOV

On December 6 the  Committee for Kingdom Relations of the First Chamber will meet with State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Employment and Minister Ronald Plasterk of the Interior about defining a minimum for the social subsistence in the Caribbean Netherlands. The Senate urged the Cabinet already for …

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Accessible Ventures started special transportation on Saba

Transport Company Accessible Ventures started providing special transportation for persons on Saba, insured by BES Healthcare Insurance Office ZVK, as of November 7. ZVK has contracted Accessible Ventures to provide transportation to and from medical or other treatment centres for persons, who on the indication of a general practitioner or …

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CFT advices positive on Saba's 2017 budget

The Committee for Financial Supervision CFT of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES) earlier this week gave the green light for the draft 2017 budget of the Public Entity Saba. The budget is balanced and complies with the legal requirements. CFT Chairman Age Bakker informed Chairman of Saba’s Executive Council …

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Miss Saba competing in the Miss International Elegance Mothers Pageant

The seven contestants competing in the fourth edition of the Miss International Elegance Mothers Pageant arrived in St.Maarten on Wednesday to participate in the competition which will be held on Saturday, November 12, at the St. Maarten Festival Village in Philipsburg. Participating countries are Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Saba, …

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Saba Healthcare, Public Health sign a cooperation agreement

A Cooperation Agreement between Saba Health Care Foundation (SHCF) and the Public Health Department (PHD) was signed on Monday. The agreement formally defines the cooperation between both organisations. The roles of the two organisations are complementary and overlap at times, and as a simplification the PHD’s main task can be …

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Ombudsman, Children's Ombudsman visit islands

The National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen and the Dutch Children’s Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer will visit Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba this month. Van Zutphen and Kalverboer will first visit Bonaire, on November 17 and 18, then Saba, on November 20 and 21, and finally St. Eustatius on November 23 and …

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SEC finalizes employee labour agreement in new policy manual

“The HR Policy Manual is the Holy Grail for SEC [Saba Electric Company N.V. – Ed] employees,” said SEC Supervisory Board Chairman James R. Hassell, on Thursday, at the official presentation of the newly established labour agreement to SEC’s employees. “It is a document for the employees, by the employees,” …

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Saba writer Angie Ignacio publishes children's book

The next publication of Saba writer Angie Ignacio will be a children’s picture book. Baby Toucan touches on relevant topics such as adoption, discrimination and making friends despite differences with others. “Being adopted as a child gave me insights I now want to share with adopted kids, and their parents …

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Jamaal Klaber names Best Junior Angler in Wahoo tournament

Altair, from St. Barths, was crowned champion of the 9th edition of the Budget Marine Wahoo tournament Sunday. Altair jumped out to an early lead landing 11 wahoo for a total of 427.2 pounds of fish, Saturday. Sunday Altair only added four more wahoo to the tally for 528.2 pounds. …

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