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Annual Year End Fireworks Display

The public of Saba is invited to view what will definitely be a spectacular fireworks show, when the skies over Hell’s Gate are lit up during the Annual End of Year Grand Fireworks Display. The pyrotechnic extravaganza will take place Monday, December 29 at 7:00 pm, at Cove Bay, allowing …

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High costs affect Caribbean share of tourism market

A study examining what is driving the tourism flows in the Caribbean has found that the region’s share of the global tourism market is declining. This writes The Daily Herald. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Working Paper titled “Revisiting Tourism Flows to the Caribbean: What is Driving Arrivals,” finds that …

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Scout’s Place elects employee of the year

For the fourteenth consecutive year, Scout’s Place hosted its staff Christmas party. This reports The Daily Herald. The event took place at the hotel, bar and restaurant itself, with the restaurant being closed during the celebration to honour all staff with presents, entertainment and a rich buffet. Scout’s new chef …

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Island Council approved third quarter budget amendment

The Daily Herald writes that the Island Council of the Public Entity of Saba met on Friday, December 22, to approve the third quarter budget amendment. In attendance at the meeting were Island Council Members Rolando Wilson, Carl Buncamper, Amelia Nicholson, Eviton Heyliger and Ishmael Levenston. The meeting was chaired …

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CBS about multi-lingualism

Statistics Netherlands: Papiamento most-spoken language on Bonaire, English on Saba and St Eustatius According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands this week, most people on Bonaire speak Papiamento. On St Eustatius and Saba most people have English as first language. Only a small number of people have Dutch as a first …

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Season gifts for Old Age Home

Recently, Saba Day was celebrated with many different activities around the island, writes The Daily Herald. One of these activities was the famous Wahoo Tournament on Fort Bay. The Captain’s Briefing for this tournament was held on Friday evening, where a raffle took place and prizes could be won. Saba …

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Cabinet threatens to bypass senate

Cabinet threatens to bypass senate if revised health reforms not backed The ruling VVD and Labour parties have reached a compromise deal to amend controversial health insurance reforms which were rejected by Labour senators earlier this week. The new look bill will be debated again in both houses of parliament …

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Tourism in the Caribbean Netherlands 2012-2014

Just under 150 thousand tourists flew to the Caribbean Netherlands in 2012. In 2013 this was slightly more: around 152 thousand. This number includes both holidaymakers and business visitors. In the first half of 2014, 77 thousand tourists arrived at the airports of the Caribbean Netherlands. Most of the tourists …

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Reaction to Statia referendum asked for

The Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament wants the Dutch government’s reaction to the results of the referendum in St. Eustatius. This writes The Daily Herald. The committee agreed on Thursday with a proposal of Member of the Second Chamber Ronald van Raak …

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Plea to tackle Chikungunya

The Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament wants to know how the Dutch Government intends to tackle the Chikungunya illness in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, writes The Daily Herald. The committee approved a request of Member of the Second Chamber Roelof van …

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Call for action to improve children’s rights

The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament wants the governments in the Kingdom to get moving with concrete projects to improve children’s rights in the Dutch Caribbean. Three parties, the liberal democratic VVD party, the Labour Party PvdA and the Democratic Party D66, made use of the opportunity to submit …

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Customs outlines November confiscations

The Daily Herald writes that the Dutch Caribbean Customs intercepted cocaine, cannabis, liquid assets, spirits and cigarettes in November. In a press release, the organisation gave an outline of its successes over the last month. The press release explains how the department executed a number of catches. Customs officers managed …

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Projects to combat poverty

Dutch State Secretary of Social Affairs and Employment Jetta Klijnsma earlier this week released an overview of the projects to help combat poverty in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. This writes The Daily Herald. Twelve projects for St. Eustatius and eight for Saba. The projects that are approved for St. …

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Insufficient voters referendum Statia

The Daily Herald writes that the referendum held on St. Eustatius on Wednesday, December 17, to determine the future of the island drew insufficient voters to make the results binding. Of the 2,546 people eligible to vote, only 1,156 showed up, amounting to just over 45 per cent. At least …

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Health reforms cause political crises

The Dutch cabinet crises caused by the decision of three Labour senators to torpedo key health reforms, continued on Wednesday with no sign of a solution in sight. According to the Volkskrant, VVD Health Minister Edit Schippers has told the Labour party to come up with a way out of …

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Christmas tree lighted

The annual lighting of the Christmas tree took place at Eugenius Johnson Centre in Windwardside on Saturday. A great number of attendants were present at the event, which started with a children’s performance of “A Charlie Brown Christ- mas.” This reports The Daily Herald. Charlie Brown Christmas originally is an …

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Figures 2013 of all BES-islands available

All figures about 2013 of each island have been published by CBS. For Saba for instance on the following pages Saba 45 Education 47 Energy 47 Health and welfare 49 Household amenities International trade 54 Labour 55 Population 58 Prices 63 Security and justice 66 Social security 70 Traffic, transport …

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High Court sets limits to speech freedom of politicians

A new ruling by the Dutch High Court sets limits on freedom of speech for politicians and has implications for the case against anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders. This writes The Daily Herald. The Prosecutor’s Office is soon to take a decision on whether or not to press ahead with prosecuting …

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Haviser says that mango tree poses no risk

The cutting down of the mango tree in front of A.M. Edwards Medical Centre in The Bottom was prevented at the last moment by concerned citizens, who believed the tree was part of the cultural heritage, and those who simply did not see the need to dispose of the tree. …

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“We need to advance together in Kingdom”

The Daily Herald writes that members of the Second Chamber wrote: “We should not get rid of the Caribbean part of our Kingdom, but realise advancement together. That is the best way to serve the people and increase bearing surface for the Kingdom. That demands a lot of politicians, on …

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Request to defer tax increase

The governments of St. Eustatius and Saba formally requested a postponement of the planned increase of the general sales tax ABB during a meeting with the Ministry of Finance in The Hague last week. This writes The daily Herald. Commissioners of Constitutional Affairs Reginald Zaandam of St. Eustatius and Chris …

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Vernissage exhibition Els Mommers

Last Saturday was the vernissage of a new exhibition of work made by Els Mommers. Instead of writing an article about this event, you can see an amateur video made by René Caderius van Veen by a click on this LINK 

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Islands’ separate tax figures to be supplied only one time

The Daily Herald writes that the Dutch Government has promised to supply the separate tax and premium revenues generated on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, but only one time. The figures will be released early next year, which is too late to comply with Statia’s request to do so before …

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Expert called in to monitor safety risks of mango tree

Commissioner of Health Bruce Zagers, Director of Saba Health Care Foundation (SHCF) Dr. Joka Blaauboer and Kai Wulf and James Johnson of Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) met Friday to discuss the planned cutting of a mango tree near A.M. Edwards Medical Centre. During the meeting, Blaauboer explained her reasoning about …

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Shark migration study yielding first results

Saba is well-known for its rich marine life and many researchers have come in the past to investigate and publish their findings, writes The Daily Herald. The latest researcher who set foot on Saba is Dion Vink, who is studying Marine Biology at Van Hall Larenstein Higher Vocational Education in …

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No Capital loans for BES-islands

Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, public entities of the Netherlands, will not be able to get loans to finance investments in, for example, the infrastructure on short term. This writes The Daily Herald. Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk said this during a general debate with …

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Evaluation Committee informed island commissioners about next step

The Daily Herald writes that the Caribbean Netherlands Evaluation Committee on Friday informed representatives of the governments of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba and the Netherlands, the principals in this exercise, how it will go about the research for the 2015 constitutional evaluation. Commissioners Reginald Zaandam of St. Eustatius, Chris Johnson …

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Chances for a job after MBO in the Netherlands

Youngsters in the Netherlands who complete a trade school (mbo) diploma will have a slightly better chance of finding work in years to come than those with a university or hbo college degree, according to a new guide to vocational training. The guide states that teenagers who have mbo stage …

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Square Art Gallery opens first exhibition

The Daily Herald writes that the recently renamed art gallery, “Five Square Art Gallery” on Saba, will start off its first exhibition of the season this Saturday. Renowned local artist Els Mommers will be opening her exhibition called “Splendour of the Caribbe-an” at the formerly known Peanut Gallery at 5:00 …

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Structured notary service for Saba and Statia

The Daily Herald writes that from January 2015, there will once again be structural legal notary services on Saba and St. Eustatius. The services became irregular almost two years ago, following the retirement of Notary Steeman, who serviced both islands for more than 25 years. The Ministry of Safety and …

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Representants from BES-islands in The Hague

Commissioner  Johnson and others from the BES-islands are in The Netherlands for the launch of Evaluation Committee. Commissioner  Chris Johnson is in The Netherlands to attend the official launch of the Evaluation Committee. The Evaluation Committee will kick off their work which is expected to be completed by the 10th …

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Saba Day celebrated in The Netherlands

Caribisch Netwerk reports that Saba Day was celebrated in exuberant manner in the Netherlands. It was singing the national anthem, eating pie and, after years again, seeing old familiar faces from Saba It is the first time that a public celebration for the Saban community has been held in the …

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Tax office to close cashier department

Tax Office Caribbean Netherlands will be closing its cashier departments as of January 1, 2015. As of that date, payments will no longer be accepted at the Tax Offices on Saba and St. Eustatius. Payments can be done through the banks on the islands using online banking or through deposits …

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Saba Day festivities all weekend

The Daily Herald describes that Saba Day festivities, which started with the official celebration on Friday, continued over the weekend with several events. There were two more soft- ball games played between the Saba Soldiers and the St. Maarten Controllers. On Sunday, there were also two soccer matches arranged by …

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FRISC marines joined Saba Day

On Friday, December 5, the Netherlands Royal Marines made good use of their two Fast Raiding Intercepting Special Forces Craft (FRISC) when they joined the people of Saba in celebrating Saba Day. This writes The Daily Herald It was an early rise for the six Marines, including Commander of the …

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Court lifts lien on Lockie Johnson

The Daily Herald reports today that the Court of First Instance in St. Maarten on Friday ordered University of St. Eustatius School of Medicine (USESOM) in Cole Bay to lift liens placed on the liquid assets of its former employee Lockie Jayne Johnson-McGehee. The medical school had put a lien …

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“One island, one vision” during Saba Day 2014

The 39th annual Saba Day celebration, themed “One island, one vision,” was held Friday. This writes The Daily Herald. The day started out with the ringing of church bells at 6:00am, after which an ecumenical service was conducted at Sacred Heart Church in The Bottom. This was followed by a …

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