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Workshops for delegations of Civil Registration offices

Delegations from the Civil Registries offices of the six islands of the Dutch Caribbean as well as from the Dutch Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations and the Bureau for Personal Data in the Netherlands are convening on St. Eustatius for three days of workshops. This writes The Daily …

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Disaster Committee meets at start of hurricane season

The Daily Herald writes that Saba Disaster Committee met last week ahead of the start of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which began June 1. The meeting was chaired by Island Governor Jonathan Johnson and attended by various other members who carry out emergency support functions. Every year, the Disaster …

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Saba’s tourism figures

Tourism Caribbean Netherlands 2012 Published Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Source: CBS In 2012, a total of 112 thousand tourists arrived by plane to the Caribbean Netherlands , including 40 per cent from the Netherlands and 20 percent in the United States . Of these, 82 thousand tourists flew to Bonaire …

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Executive Councils to meet Dutch parliament

The Daily Herald writes that the Executive Councils of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will be meeting with the Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on June 17. The representatives of the islands will be in the Netherlands that week for the so-called …

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First meeting of Sacred Heart School Representative Advisory Council

The first elected Representative Advisory Council (Medezeggenschapsraad) of Sacred Heart (SHS) primary school met Friday morning for a working brunch at Scout’s Place to get acquainted with each other and discuss the statutes of the entity and its responsibilities. This writes The Daily Herald. The council is a replica of …

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Saba Fit organized Body Mass Index measuring

The Daily Herald writes that Saba Fit organized the measuring of all primary school children’s Body-Mass Index (BMI) Wednesday morning at Sacred Heart School (SHS) in St. John’s. The activity was implemented by Saba University School of Medicine (SUSOM) students, supervised by faculty Dr. Ramona Dumitrescu, community physician Dr. Gina …

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Students furious as agreement is reached on scrapping grants

Dutch News reports that Ministers and two opposition parties on Wednesday reached a deal to abolish  student grants from the start of the 2015 academic year, freeing up €1bn to spend on improving educational standards. Describing the move as the most important educational reform in 30 years, education minister Jet …

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Third Workgroup evaluation Caribbean Netherlands

On Thursday May 29th the third meeting of the workgroup evaluation Caribbean Netherlands took place on St. Eustatius under the chairmanship of Commissioner Reginald Zaandam. Present were the Commissioners of Constitutional Affairs and island Secretaries on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba and a delegation of the Ministry of Home Affairs …

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Also on Saba D66 is the winner in the EU election.

Centre democrat D66 of former Minister of Government Reform and Kingdom Relations Alexander Pechtold emerged as Saba’s winner in the European elections, writes The Daily Herald. The elections for Members of the European Parliament were held throughout the Dutch kingdom on Thursday, but the official results for Saba were not announced until Monday. For the …

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MP Roelof van Laar fights injustice

Since he succeeded Pierre Heijnen a year ago as a member of the Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, Roelof van Laar of the Labour Party PvdA has stirred things up with his candid statements about poverty, children’s rights, education and his critical …

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Centre for Youth and Family bids farewell to Errick Spence

The Daily Herald writes that Youth and Family (CYF) on Saba organised a well-attended farewell cocktail reception for outgoing social worker Errick Spence on Monday evening, at its office in The Bottom. Social worker Tessa Alexander facilitated the introductions, after which the ceremony stared with a steel pan rendition of the …

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Trade mission visited Saba

Focussing on connecting sustainable business initiatives, the 18th trade mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean region visited Saba Saturday, writes The Daily Herald. InterExpo Caribbean brought together over 20 speakers to promote business matchmaking initiatives between business leaders on both sides of the Kingdom’s Atlantic shores. …

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Statia dancers and musicians performing on June 7

The Daily Herald writes that the Aloei Historical Dancers and Statia Young Musicians will be travelling to Saba to host a dance and music show at Princess Juliana sports field on Saturday, June 7, at 8:00pm. The cultural extravaganza features young musicians under the age of 18, compromising trumpet, saxophone, …

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Oranje Straat is ready

Oranje Straat, the road leading to the Old Age Home has been resurfaced and the work was finished last week. This work has been executed by The Department of Public Works and is financed through the budget of the Island Government. Commissioner of Public Works, Bruce Zagers, stated that plans …

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Policemen protest against changes of salaries

The Daily Herald writes that all policemen of the Caribbean Netherlands Police Force walked out of the police stations on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba at 3:15pm on Friday in protest of the changes to the harmonisation of salaries and benefits. At the same time as they  walked on Saba and Statia, their colleagues on Bonaire …

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Kingdom Youth Parliament presents solutions

Members of the first ever, three-day-long Kingdom Youth Parliament (KYP) presented the conclusions of debates, as well as their plan of action to Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Beatrix in the presence of her entourage and various Kingdom Government officials at the University of St. Maarten on Thursday. “You can …

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Expenditures of Dutch ministries on islands increased

The Daily Herald writes that expenditures of the Dutch ministries for the Caribbean Netherlands increased in 2013. In total the ministries spent some 227.4 million euros on the islands, in the form of extraordinary remittances (“bijzondere uitkeringen”), an increase compared to the 187.5 million euros that was spent in 2012. …

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Number of RCN-employees increased

The Daily Herald writes that the number of employees of the National Government Service for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (“Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland” (RCN)) has gradually grown from 488 in 2010 to 665 in 2013. This is stated in the 2013 Annual Report Business Operations of the Dutch Government that …

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First European parliament elections on Saba

The island had only one European Parliament election station set-up in Windwardside, open from 7:30am until 9:30pm, writes The Daily Herald. Voting bureau coordinator Nellie Peterson said the island government accommodated the first European Parliament election on Saba by issuing informational materials on the local television station, a video clip …

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Junior Rangers Bonaire enjoy adventures on Saba

The site Bonaire.nu reported that Stinapa Junior Rangers have paid a visit to Saba and have left a great impression on the Saban youth and adults with their knowledge and expertise in the field of nature. During the Easter holidays 5 young people traveled to Saba, supervised by three adults …

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Aruban Parliamentarians Visit Saba

A group of Aruban Senators visited the island on Monday on a fact finding mission. The purpose of the visit was to get information on the Saba Marine Park and other pending legislation. The Parliament of Aruba has a bill pending which would amend the Ordinance for Nature Conservation to …

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Gross Domestic Product Bonaire 21 thousand dollars per capita

According to a first preliminary estimate of the CBS the gross domestic product (GDP) of Bonaire resulted in 364.2 million US Dollars in 2012. As Bonaire counted 16,975 residents that year, the GDP per capita was equivalent to 21 thousand US Dollars. The GDP per capita is an approximation of …

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Opinion: Kingdom Youth Parliament brings inspiring hope

In their editorial The Daily Herald writes that yesterday’s opening of the Kingdom Youth Parliament debate being held at University of St. Martin (USM) was impressive. Not only is it the first-ever such gathering, but the presence of Princess Beatrix, all three Governors, PrimeMinisters and Parliament Presidents of Aruba, Curaçao …

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Princess Beatrix opened the Kingdom Youth Parliament

Princess Beatrix opened on Tuesday the Kingdom Youth Parliament (Koninkrijksjeugdparlement – KJP) on Sint Maarten. After a short speech the princess gave the presidential gavel to Trumane Trotman, the Sint Maarten student of 23 who will be the chairperson of the KJP. For three days 50 the youngsters from across the …

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Book Week 2014 activities

The Daily Herald writes that the annual Book Week organized by Queen Wilhelmina Library commenced Monday morning with an opening ceremony at Sacred Heart primary school in St. John’s. Island Governor Jonathan Johnson attended the ceremony as did Windward Islands People’s Movement (WIPM) Island Councilman Carl Buncamper and his counterpart …

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Burglary attempt and Collision at St John’s curve

Burglary attempt A police patrol caught a man red-handed as he tried to break into a store, Saturday, at approximately 1:15am. The man, however, managed to run away and could not be found. The burglar tried to take away a microwave and a container. The case is under investigation, the …

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Haitian Flag Day

In observing Haitian Flag Day, members of Saba’s Haitian community gathered at Princess Juliana’s Sports Field in The Bottom on Sunday to mark their identity and thank Sabans for their hospitality. This writes The Daily Herald. Haiti Association President Germaine Mermane and Joseph Louimaire spoke on behalf of those gathered …

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Princess Beatrix opens Kingdom Youth Parliament today

Members of the first ever Kingdom Youth Parliament (KYP) and National Committee got acquainted on Monday, May 19, and shared more about their aims and objectives prior to the official start of debates today, the Daily Herald announces. Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix is set to open the KYP this …

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Report confirms domestic violence as serious problem on islands

Domestic violence is a serious problem on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, with women and children being the main victims, reports The Daily Herald. For the original Dutch version of the report see under the announcements on SabaNews. Poverty is the main trigger. The Dutch Government wants to tackle this …

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Campaign of Caribbean candidates for EU-parliament

Nine candidates for the May 22 elections of a new European Parliament tried to convince the Dutch Caribbean voters of their importance during a debate in Rotterdam on Saturday, writes The Daily Herald. Candidates present were Maruschka Gijsbertha of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats/PvdA, Marc Frans of the …

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New labour union held first public meeting

Newly established Saba United People’s Labour Union and Association (SUPLUA) held its first public town hall meeting to inform the community of their efforts at the Anglican Community Canon Hassell Center on Thursday evening, reports The Daily Herald. SUPLUA President Ludwina Charles introduced the board, consisting of Vice President Antonio …

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Farewell party for Chief Prosecutor

The Daily Herald writes that Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Caribbean Netherlands bade farewell on Friday to David van Delft with a reception in the “Mangazina di Rei” on Bonaire. Van Delft has officially stepped down as Chief Prosecutor for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES-islands). For a period of …

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