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Marines in Saba

A contingent of Dutch Marines from St. Maarten was in Saba on Monday to assist with a large cleanup, mostly of mangos that were a nuisance due to the large number lying on roads. The Marines, who came over by boat, also climbed Mount Scenery as part of the exercise. …

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Saba and St. Maarten Youth Participate in Inter-Island Games

On Saturday, June 10th, the Child Focus youth soccer team from Saba traveled to St. Maarten on the Dawn II for a friendly competition against soccer teams from St. Maarten. The invitational games were organized by Child Focus Foundation and the St. Maarten Football Association. The teams played three games …

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IPKO talks about the Caribbean Netherlands

“I feel your pain,”‘ Chairperson of the St. Maarten Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams said Thursday. addressing representatives of Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire. “Continue your efforts for issues that are important to your people. Nobody knows these issues better than the people who were elected. In St. Maarten we also hear …

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Solution for Pension Fund coverage is being worked on

On Thursday June 15th, consultation took place between the Board of PCN (Pension Fund Caribbean Netherlands)  and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the Director of  Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN), the latter in their capacity as coordinating employer. Central in this meeting was the urgent problem which …

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Saba street racers sentenced in court

The Court of First Instance on Tuesday, June 6, imposed severe penalties on two young Sabans. Both young men were on trial for street racing. The Prosecutor charged them with dangerous driving. One of the suspects also drove in a car that was uninsured and had incorrect licence plates. The …

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Health Study kicks off on Saba

On Monday morning, June 16th, the Commissioner of Health Rolando Wilson opened the large health study that will take place on Saba over the next week. 1000 residents of Saba were randomly selected and invited to participate at one of the two study centers. They will be asked to fill …

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Saba faces challenges, but remains steadfast

Despite the many fi­nancial challenges that Saba Government finds itself con­fronted with. it has remained steadfast in its approach to achieve its goals. with or without a well-financed bud­get. Finance Commissioner Bruce Zagers stated this dur­ing the handling of the 2016 Year Report in the Central Committee and the Island …

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Information session Lindenwood University

On May  23rd, Esmeralda Johnson, a Saban students studying abroad conducted an information session about the college she attends, Lindenwood University in the state of Missouri. At the session was Commissioner of Education, Bruce Zagers; Island Secretary,  Tim Muller; students of Form 4 of Saba Comprehensive School, their parents, and …

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Saba Lions club marks four decades of service

The Saba Lions Club marks its 40th anniversary of its Charter as club today, June 6. This is a milestone celebrated by all Lions, who have embraced the goals and core principles of Lionism as a means of humanitarian service for four decades. The Club, like no other locally, has …

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Blessings for Electoral Colleges BES Islands

The Dutch Election Council (“Kiesraad”) in principle agrees with the law proposal to establish separate Electoral Colleges (“Kiescolleges”) for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (so-called BES islands) so their residents can vote for the Senate. The Election Council on Thursday published its ad­vice on the establishing of the Electoral Colleges …

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Saba Electric Company purchases land for second solar park

In its continued effort to go green, Saba Electric Company N.V. (SEC) took one step closer to establishing a more renewable form of energy production in Saba by purchasing additional land for the development of a second solar park. This comes as a result of the decision to reduce the …

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Plasterk asks patience of islands’ pensioners

Saying that he shared the concerns about the socio-economic situation in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Dutch caretaker Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk has asked the islands’ pensioners to be patient in the process of reaching a solution for the pension cuts. “The Dutch Government is …

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Workshops on Dutch as foreign language

Dutch Taalunie organized a “Dutch as a Foreign Language Nederlands als Vreemde Taal NVT” workshop on St. Eustatius and Saba last week. The participants were all teach­ers of primary and second­ary education, who teach Dutch. The objective of the workshop was to iden­tify questions and needs regarding NVT education. The …

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Financial prospects for Saba positive

The Public Entity Saba is going steady financially. Government expects a surplus of US $440.000 by the end of 2017 to pay off interest-free loans, and the Committee for Financial Supervision CFT has approved the first budget amendment. The Execution Report of the first quarter of 2017. sent to CFT …

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Child Focus Foundation at award ceremony at the Noordeinde Palace

Child Focus Foundation project leader Stacey Simmons and co-founder/chairperson Henriette van Heijnsbergen attended the Appeltje van Oranje award ceremony at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague on May 18.   In November Child Focus presented their After School Activities project in Curacao to a panel of Oranje Fonds representatives. Child …

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Plasterk appoints Statia Committee of Wise Men

Dutch caretaker Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk has announced the start of the Committee of Wise Men for St. Eustatius. Members of that committee will be former Aruba Governor Fredis Refunjol and Member of the Council of State Jan Franssen. In order to assure an objective, …

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Electrical bills to increase for 20% of Saban consumers

Roughly 20 per cent of electricity consumers on Saba will see an increase on their electrical bill per July 1, as a result of an increase in tariffs. In a town hall meeting on May 16, the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) and the Saba Electric Company explained the …

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Ladder Bay Trail closed during ‘Elsa’ salvaging

The lower section of the Ladder Bay Trail will be temporarily closed and the dive-site buoy will be tem­porarily removed during the salvaging process of motor yacht Elsa. A public notice issued Friday by the Public Entity of Saba reads that due to precautionary measures, the Lad­der Bay Trail will …

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Formal response by the Saba Educational Foundation

St. John’s, May 22, 2017 Re : Invitation Town Hall Meeting Dear SCS Stakeholders, By means of this letter we respond to the information we received last Friday, May 19, 2017, about the Town Hall Meeting. On May 11th, The Saba Educational Foundation (SEF) held an informative meeting with both …

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Bradley Johnson with second largest Mahi Mahi in IWW Mahi Tourney

The St. Maarten Sport Fishing Foundation hosted their fourth annual Island Water World Mahi tournament on Saturday at Bobby’s Ma­rina in Philipsburg. There were 16 registered fishing teams from both sides of the Friendly Island, Saba, St. Barth’s, and St. Kitts. Fishing vessel Lorna Mae from St. Maarten, cap­tained by …

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Process to amend Constitution resumes, despite protest Statia

The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parlia­ment has started the process of the second reading to amend the Dutch Constitution to embed the constitutional basis of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba and to es­tablish an Electoral Council for the islands, despite Statia’s objec­tions. The proposal to amend the Con­stitution has …

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Violations Saba Bank persistent

Violations by the maritime sector at the Saba Bank remain a problem. Ship owners keep trespassing in the restricted area, and the number of vi­olations has not decreased last year. The Dutch Car­ibbean Coast Guard wants harsher measures against multiple offenders. The trend in which au­thorities noted a 50 per …

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No compensation for pension loss

Retired civil servants of Bonaire, St. Eusta­tius and Saba receiving a pension will not be compensated for the 3.5 per cent reduction of their monthly pay-out by Caribbean Netherlands Pension Fund PCN. “The Dutch Government is not considering flanking policy in the form of compensation of pension cuts that were …

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Include Saban English at school, says Ted Johnson

To mitigate the threat to Saban English, more attention should be given to this unique island dialect in schools. Author Theodore “Ted” Johnson made this call during the presentation of his book “A Lee Chip, A Dictionary and Study of Saban English” at the Aruba House in The Hague last …

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Book week 2017

Commissioner Wilson officially opened Book week 2017, on Monday May 15th at the Sacred Heart School. The Commissioner encouraged each student to read daily, as this will broaden their vocabulary and knowledge. Book week is an annual event, hosted by the Queen Wilhelmina Library that promotes literacy (reading&writing). The theme …

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Plasterk gives Stern warning to Statia Government

Outgoing Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk on Friday sent a stern warning to the St. Eustatius Government: it has to abide by the law, and cannot just toss aside valid legislation and legal decisions. The Minister made it very clear in a letter that he …

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PCN explained pension fund situation on Statia

Monday, May 8th, the Pension Fund Caribbean Nether­lands, PCN, held an informative meeting on Statia for pensioners and (former) contributors to the fund about the recent pension reduction of 3.5 per cent. PCN’s board members Valdemar Marcha and Roy Hooker spoke on various topics related to the reduction during the meeting. …

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Preparations underway for Saba Carnival 2017

On Monday May 8th, members of the Saba Festival Foundation (SFF) met with safety stakeholders facilitated by the Public Entity Saba, to discuss their safety plan. In attendance were Julio Every (Chief of Fire Department), James Hassell (Fire Department), Koen Hulshof (Public Health), Krijn Pons (Policy Advisor for Social Affairs), …

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EU offers grants for young entrepreneurs: ERASMUS for Young Entrepreneurs

A not-to-be-missed “Learning-By-Doing” opportunity is on offer to a national from any Overseas Country and Territory* (name OCT – see list below) in Brussels, Belgium, to work with an experienced business person whose specialization is innovation. This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic entrepreneur to learn more about the …

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Motor yacht Elsa declared to be a loss. Update May 6

On Monday, May 8, operations for the salvage of motor vessel Elsa will resume. The 48-metre luxury motor yacht ran aground at Ladder Bay on March 22. Rijkswaterstaat, an entity of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, has hired salvage company Koole-Mammoet to remove the vessel. This is the …

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Memorial Day 2017

Today as we commemorate Memorial Day, Government officials of Saba, civil servants and SCS students gathered at the monument in The Bottom. This is the monument dedicated to those who lost their lives during World War II. Members of the Island and Executive Councils, along with the SCS students laid …

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Grants for children groups in Caribbean Netherlands

Organisations in the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) which have projects to boost children socially, via sports, culture and at school can apply for grants stemming from the one million euros extra per year made available by the Dutch Cabinet until 2021 to increase opportunities for children. Organisations …

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Job shadowing for SCS students (updated)

Choosing a career can put a lot of pressure on young people when they are trying to study. Most students are unaware of which career path to choose and what qualifications are required for their career choice of interest. That is why Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) promotes job shadowing for …

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