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Winair celebrates 55 years of service to surrounding islands

Local airline Windward Islands Airways Winair hosted a cocktail reception in honour of its 55th anniversary at Sonesta Maho Resort and Casino on Friday evening. Governor Eugene Holiday, Prime Minister William Marlin and Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger were among the guests at the event. Managing Director Michael Cleaver said …

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Dozens get free glaucoma tests

World Sight Day, which was observed on October 13, was marked on Saba with a series of free glaucoma tests offered by Saba Lions Club together with Eye Care Optical, Body, Mind and Spirit, Saba Healthcare Foundation, and the Public Health Department from October 15 to 22. Some 58 persons …

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Coast Guard intercepts ten illegal immigrants

The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard intercepted a transport of illegal immigrants in the vicinity of St. Maarten and Saba. The immigrants have been handed over to the Police and Immigration. The Coast Guard ship Poema stopped a sailing vessel between St. Maarten and Saba on October 31. During the inspection …

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The Kingdom Representative Gilbert Isabella with the first iLanders

iLanders is a project that aims to stimulate young professionals with a Caribbean Netherlands heritage, who live overseas, to return to their roots. With their recently acquired knowledge and competences, iLanders can provide new impulses to the social and economic development of our islands. Last month RCN has welcomed its …

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Saba fails to capture Nature Area award

Saba and surrounding sea did not win one of the three awards of the Most Beautiful Nature Area of the Netherlands. In fact, Saba came out last of the thirteen nominees with a mere 2,666 public votes. The Dutch Wadden Area, the Veluwe and National Park Hollandse Duinen (dunes) were …

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Disaster Management exercise HUREX 2016 was a great success

During October a multidisciplinary hurricane exercise took place on Saba. The Emergency Services and Safety partners trained together with the Dutch Military, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and the Dutch Weather Services, KNMI. The goal of the exercise was to improve cooperation between various partners. Unfortunately, this year, a …

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Saba volleyball team heading to World Qualification Tournament

The Saba Female National Team will participate in the World Championship Qualification Volleyball Tournament on St. Maarten this weekend. The Commissioner of Sports and Culture was at the airport to wish them well. Jarmila Berkel ,Christina Hassell, Movida Williams, Joyann Robinson, Sheritsa Oleana, Aureanna Nation, Erica Hassell, Nakeisha Leverock and …

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Preparations start for 41st Saba Day

Preparation for the celebration of the 41st anniversary of Saba Day on December 2, is “now in full swing,” announced Saba Culture Commissioner Rolando Wilson on Thursday afternoon. A detailed programme for the official ceremonies and celebration is being finalized. This year’s theme for Saba Day is “Hold My Memories …

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Two motions adopted to reduce islands' poverty

The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday adopted two motions with the aim to alleviate poverty in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba through the establishing of a so-called child bound budget (“kindgebonden budget”) and setting a social minimum that is based on the cost of living. The Labour …

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Senate approves change to Constitution for islands

The First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, the Senate, on Tuesday approved the proposal to amend the Dutch Constitution to secure the constitutional position of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The law proposal to establish an Electoral Council (“Kiescollege”) was also approved, which means that residents of the islands will …

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Gas explosion in home in The Bottom

On Monday October 24th at approximately 11.30 AM Police on Saba received a report of a loud explosion in a residence on Samuel Charles street no. 8 in The Bottom.  Police and Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.  The Fire Department entered the dwelling and concluded that the loud …

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Haitian community, Saba Red Cross held donation drive

The Haitian community on Saba, together with Saba Red Cross team, held a donation drive on Saturday to collect goods for the survivors of Hurricane Matthew, which killed more than 800 people, and left many homeless and without basic necessities. The Haitian community representatives plan to personally see that items …

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Air-soft guns no longer permitted

So-called air-soft guns will no longer be permitted on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES-islands) effective January 1. The reason is that they look too much like the real thing and can effectively be used in robberies. Customs has already been confiscating these items brought in at the airport and …

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Saba Releases New Disaster Preparation App

The Executive Council is releasing a disaster preparation smartphone app. The app contains, for example, information on what to do during various disasters, how to prepare for the disasters and emergency numbers. Before, during or after a disaster, the app will have the latest information from the Public Entity Saba …

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Minister tries to keep second ATM in Saba

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem promised on Wednesday that he will look into the possibilities to keep open the automatic teller machine (ATM) of the Windward Islands Bank (WIB) in The Bottom, Saba. The Minister stated this in response to written questions submitted by Members of the Second Chamber of …

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Winair bans Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices

With immediate effect, Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices will not be permitted in checked or carry-on baggage and may not be carried on board any Winair flight, according to a statement from the airline on Tuesday. Customers travelling with this device will not be permitted to travel. The phones also cannot …

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Plasterk promises more attention to exploitation costs.

Minister Ronald Plasterk intends to give more attention to maintenance costs of projects in Caribbean Netherlands. He promised this during the discussion of the budget for Kingdom Relations. Questions about the tackling of poverty remained largely unanswered, because this is a responsibility of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. CDA MP …

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Saba Health Care signs agreement with SLS

A service level agreement was signed on Saba between St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS) and Saba Health Care Foundation (SHCF) on September 30 in presence of the Supervisory Board of SHCF. The service level agreement between the two organizations will enhance the SHCF’s laboratory quality and services provided to the …

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Raymann says: Vote for Saba

Wellknown Dutch comedian Jörgen Raymann is calling on everyone to vote for Saba in the “Most Beautiful Nature Area of the Netherlands” public election. Raymann, who is the ambassador of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), said he was impressed by Saba’s nomination as one of the thirteen candidates in …

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Shark Project places first satellite tag on tiger shark

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) “Save Our Sharks Project” started its Shark Research Initiative on St. Maarten two weeks ago, with renowned shark scientists and underwater videographers joining teams from Nature Foundation and Saba Conservation Foundation in researching and tagging various species of sharks in local waters and on …

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Saba Hyperbaric Chamber Operations Transition to a New Committee

The formation of the Saba Hyperbaric Society is complete, concluding a multi-year process to repair and transition Saba’s hyperbaric chamber operations. The creation of the Foundation and the Supervisory Committee was a critical and final step to the reestablishment of a functional hyperbaric program on Saba. “It was great to …

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Dear readers of Saba News: we’re back online

On Thursday, September 29 we were informed by our provider that they had experienced an important break-in into their servers. They could not easily assess the extent of the damage, so they decided to take the websites off-line that might have been compromised. The provider indicated that they have optimized …

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Motions submitted to help combat poverty

The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Thursday showed its commitment to fight poverty in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba with two motions to introduce the family bound budget (“kindgebonden budget”) and implement a decent social minimum. Poverty on the islands has been a source of concern of the …

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Kingdom complies with WHO health guidelines

The entire Dutch Kingdom, including the Dutch Caribbean, now complies with the international guidelines of the World Health Organisation to fight infectious diseases. Dutch Minister of Public Health, Welfare and Sports Edith Schippers stated this at a large international congress of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in Rotterdam on …

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Invitation to Saba Day 2016

Under the distinctive patronage of the Executive Council of Saba, you are hereby cordially invited to attend the official ceremonies marking the 41st anniversary of Saba Day, December 2nd , 2016. The official ceremonies will commence at 8:30 am and take place on the grounds  of the Saba Comprehensive School …

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Party for the Animals votes for Saba nature

The Party for the Animals in the Dutch Parliament has voted for Saba in the public elections of the Most Beautiful Nature Area in the Netherlands, stated Senator Christine Teunissen during a plenary debate on Tuesday. She encouraged others to do so as well. Teunissen made mention of Saba’s nomination …

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Constitutional basis public entities has Senate's consent

The constitutional securing of the position of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba as part of the Netherlands and the arranging the voting rights of Dutch nationals residing in the Caribbean Netherlands for the Senate are now one step closer. On Tuesday, the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, the Senate, …

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Statistics Netherlands: Higher inflation on Saba and Bonaire

The rate of inflation increased marginally on Bonaire and Saba in Q3 2016, but decreased on St Eustatius. The rates on Bonaire and Saba rose to 0.6 and 0.2 percent respectively. The CPI-based inflation rate on St Eustatius fell to -1.0 percent, according to Statistics (CBS). Saba The inflation rate …

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Saba in finals of Most Beautiful Nature Area

Saba is one of the thirteen nominees for the prestigious “Most Beautiful Nature Area of the Netherlands” elections. The nomination of “Saba and surrounding sea” was announced during the popular talk show “De Wereld Draait Door” DWDD on Dutch national TV Monday evening. Saba was one of twenty entries that …

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