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Accident with motorcycle

On Friday, October 8th a unilateral collision with a motorcycle took place on the Lambert Hassell Road. The driver lost control of the steering wheel and crashed. During this he hit his head against a wall. The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance for medical treatment and was later …

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Laura Linzey Day Care Center on Saba Celebrates 20 Years

The Laura Linzey Day Care Center celebrated its twenty year anniversary on October 1st 2016. Twenty years ago, the commissioner at the time, Christina Woodley Charles, along with the Foundation of Early Childhood Care Saba, whose members were Dave Levenstone, Amorelle Granger, Franklin Wilson and Edwarda Richarson, made the dream …

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Positive Developments for Tourism in Saba

September 27th 2016, is World Tourism Day, and as a part of this special day, we would like to highlight some positive developments in the tourism industry of Saba. In August, a Tourism Action Plan was finalized, which outlined goals for the upcoming two years in this industry. Already there …

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Zika Update for Saba, week 38

Since the last update in early August 4 more patients tested positive, adding up to a total of 9 confirmed Zika cases; 4 imported and 5 local transmissions. The graph shows that a few weeks have passed without new confirmed cases. Even though this promising, it is too soon to …

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Fewer funds earmarked for public entities in 2017

The Dutch Government is reducing its expenditures for and in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba by some 25 million euros next year. The so-called free remittance in the BES Fund and the contribution of the Dutch Ministries will all slightly go down next year. The BES Fund, the financial component …

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Autonomy activist visits Statia, Saba

Chairman James Finies of Foundation Nos Ker Boneiru Bek (NKBB), or “We want Bonaire Back” in English, visited St. Eustatius and Saba from Thursday through Sunday in a bid for solidarity and support among the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands. NKBB submitted a request with the United Nations Special Committee …

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Automatic registration for child's allowance assessed

The assessment to introduce an automatic registration for a second child and subsequent children to receive child’s allowance (“kinderbijslag”) in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will be concluded this year. Dutch State Secretary of Social Affairs and Labour Jetta Klijnsma stated this in a letter that she sent to the …

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Marine Mammal Research on the Saba Bank

The Saba Bank was equipped with two acoustic noise loggers in 2015 and 2016 to support marine mammal research on Saba Bank. Humpback whales don’t just sing songs- they compose with the whales around them, singing a song that evolves over time. Scientists didn’t know this until they started recording …

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Sabans get trained in disaster management

Saba’s disaster management organisation had three days of training last week to be better prepared for incidents and disasters. With the assistance of Head of the Disaster Management Department of St. Maarten Paul Martens, the focus of the training was on sharing information and collaboration between the different safety partners. …

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CBS: Purchasing power BES islands

On average, the purchasing power on St Eustatius fell by 0.8 percent in 2014, whereas Bonaire and Saba saw purchasing power improve by 1.2 and 2.7 percent respectively, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). The changes are consistent with the contracting economy on St Eustatius and the economic growth on Bonaire, …

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Focus on cottages during Saba Monuments Day

This weekend, for the first time, Saba will be joining the Open Monument Days which have been organised in the European Netherlands since 1987. A wide variety of monuments ranging from historic forts, churches, dwellings and industrial monuments will be open to the public for an entire weekend. Cooperation between …

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Kick off for second Saba Fit-The Course

Monday evening, September 5th, was the kick off night for the second edition of a program on Saba that aims at helping children and their families to live a healthier lifestyle. Saba Fit-The Course is a ten week program, which is an an initiative of Saba-Fit, the Public Health Department …

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First operational permit in Saba issued to Long Haul Grill b.v.

The Bottom, Saba – On August 18th, the Long Haul Grill B.V., located in the Windwardside on Saba, received the very first Operational Permit (‘exploitatievergunning’) in the history of the Dutch Caribbean Islands. This Operational Permit was granted to the Long Haul Grill by the Governor of Saba, following their …

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Commissioner Wilson to visit Bonaire next week

Commissioner Rolando Wilson will be traveling to Bonaire on Sunday for an official working visit to the island. On Monday morning, he will be paying an official visit to the medical facilities of Fundashon Mariadal, to be followed by a meeting with the Executive Councils of Bonaire and St. Eustatius. …

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Restaurant Week Saba takes off this Sunday

Restaurant Week Saba, a recurring culinary event with the intention of spotlighting the local restaurants, and encouraging all inhabitants and tourists of Saba to dine out and enjoy the good food the island has to offer, will start this Sunday, and last until September 11. For eight belt-busting days, food …

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Economic growth on Saba, contraction on St.Eustatius

On two of the three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands the value of the Goss Domestic Product (GDP) increased in 2014, Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) reported on Tuesday. On Bonaire the increase was 4.1 per cent, and on Saba 1.8 per cent. According to CBS, St Eustatius was the …

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Saba Electric Company proud of new power plant

“It goes without saying that the people of Saba can be proud of the achievement accomplished here today,” said Saba Electric Company (SEC) NV’s Managing Director Charles D. Johnson at the opening ceremony of Elmer Linzey Solar-Diesel Power Plant on Monday. This milestone in the realization of reliable, durable, safe …

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Kamp pledges his support for entrepreneurs on Saba

Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp pledged his support for business people on Saba at the end of his two-day visit on Monday. “Entrepreneurs do not have it easy on Saba due to the small scale on the island, and also because of its difficult connections with St. Maarten and …

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Still no access to TV programmes

Residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba still have little or no access to Dutch TV programmes. Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Roelof van Laar of the Labour Party PvdA wants clarity. Van Laar submitted written questions to Acting Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations …

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Saba takes bull by the horns to boost tourism

The number of visitors to Saba has declined over the past years, which is the reason for the Saba Government and Tourism Commissioner Bruce Zagers to assume a hands-on approach to boost the visitor figures. The result is the Tourism Action Plan 2016-2018, a copy of which was presented to …

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Saba's new power plant is 'success story', says Kamp

The official opening of Saba Electric Company’s (SEC’s) new Elmer Linzey power plant is a “wonderful occasion,” because the new plant is a “success story,” as it serves all four goals of the national energy policy, Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp said Monday. Before an audience comprising Members of …

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Minster Henk Kamp starts his visit of BES Ilands on Saba

On Sunday August 28th Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr. Henk Kamp, and delegation arrived on Saba as part of a 5 days working visit to the Caribbean Netherlands. Shortly after his arrival on Saba the Minister held a meeting with island Governor, Jonathan Johnson. Sunday’s activities further included a special …

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Free roaming goats in and around The Bottom will be killed

Public Notice 32 The Executive Council of the Public Entity of Saba hereby informs the public of the following: Based on the Island Ordinance of Identification and Registration of livestock and domestic animals (nr.2004.1), article 7 c.a., as of Monday August 29th, 2016 designated hunters will be hunting the free roaming …

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Saba realises long list of investments in 2015

The 2015 annual report of the Public Entity Saba shows a long list of investments and implemented actions that directly benefited the Saba people. A lot of attention was given to the elaboration and implementation of the comprehensive development plan for Saba. Funding was secured to hire a children’s rights/domestic …

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Saba again receives positive audit on financial statements

The 2015 financial statements of the Public Entity Saba has received a positive audit, again. This is the fourth time in a row, a milestone which has not been accomplished by any other Dutch Caribbean island. The Saba Island Council discussed the 2015 annual report and related documents in the …

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VVD seeks clarity on closure WIB in Saba

The Dutch liberal democratic VVD party is seeking clarity on the announced closure of the Windward Island Bank (WIB) branch in Saba. VVD Members of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Aukje de Vries and André Bosman submitted written questions to the Dutch Government on Tuesday. The questions by …

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Saba hosted 2nd Annual Tweedaagse Conference

On August 15th and 16th, Saba was proud to host the 2nd Annual Tweedaagse conference, which is a conference meant for the fostering of cooperation among the islands and to learn how each island has been managing within the new constitutional system. This was a conference for the Governors, Executive …

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Executive Council of Saba Meets with WIB Management

When the Executive Council of Saba learned of the Windward Islands Bank’s (‘WIB’) intention to close their branch in Saba, they sent a formal letter to the Ministry of Finance in the Netherlands. This Ministry is responsible for a healthy financial market on the BES. Awaiting a formal reply from …

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