Thursday , July 18 2019

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Taxation and GEBE to be discussed in BES-Week.

Should the Saba delegation attending the so-called BES Week in The Hague be able to secure a meeting with Minister of Finance Jan Kees de Jager or with State Secretary Frans Weekers, Commissioners Chris Johnson and Bruce Zagers intend to discuss the tax structure and needed modifications, based on insights …

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Grocery price comparison to start on April 1

Note from the Editor: The article below has raised some discussion in the community. The head of the Bureau of Economic Affairs. Mr. Dave Levenstone, was so kind as to allow us to publish the English version of the law concerned: “Price Act BES”. You can click HERE to read …

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Opening buiding vocational school Cove Bay next week.

On the photo: Two students of Bonaire’s comprehensive school SGB are seen in front of the sign carrying the slogan they came up with for the campaign “Krea Bo Futuro” (Create Your Future) that was unveiled by Education Commissioner Silvana Serfilia. The intention is to improve the image of professional …

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A wide variety of issues to be discussed with Minister Spies

Before their departure to The Hague, Commissioners Chris Johnson and Bruce Zagers provided extensive insights into the many issues they plan to discuss with Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Liesbeth Spies. First to be discussed is the island’s free allowance or “vrije uitkering” indexation. The reference framework is …

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Second Chamber divided on voting rights on islands

The Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber is divided on whether to grant non-Dutch nationals residing in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba voting rights in Island Council elections. From the law proposal to change the Dutch Constitution to accommodate the constitutional position of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba as public entities of …

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Air burner technology could be solution for waste

Commissioner of Environmental Affairs Bruce Zagers has termed his recent trip to Aruba to investigate the viability of Air Burner technology as “very fruitful,” and said applying the technology here is “definitely a solution that can work.” While on Aruba, the commissioner was able to visit the operating company, which …

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“Positive thinking” workshops gain large following

Last week’s Positive Thinking lectures and discussions attracted fullcapacity attendance and resulted in long-term interest for a core group of Saba residents, at the Pearl House on Troy Hill. Workshop lecturer Devki Ramsahai is currently based in St. Maarten where she serves the Brahma Kumaris Centre in Front Street, Phillipsburg, …

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Caines to attend Train the Trainer

Lorenzo Caines, a local athlete and trainer, left on Friday to the Netherlands for a two week sports education course “Train the Trainer,” where he will be taught various methods of how to educate other instructors on the island to also train local athletes. The course is being hosted by …

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Meeting of people originating from the BES islands in the Netherlands

The Consultative Caribbean Dutch (OCaN) ( Overlegorgaan Caribische Nederlanders) holds a meeting on Wednesday, March 14 for Dutch people come from Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. During the meeting, among others, the lieutenant Gerald Berkel of St. Eustatius and Saba Jonathan Johnson will be present. “Purpose of the meeting to the …

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Fibre-optic cable layer in Fort Bay

RCN is investing a lot of money to provide high speed internet service to Saba by connecting Saba to St. Kitts by means of a fibre-optic cable. This is a cable that will be put on the bottom of the sea. On Saturday morning, the vessel that lays the cable …

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No fuss about International Women’s Day

With the Strong Women of Saba organization undergoing changes in leadership and board, International Women’s Day 2012 was only modestly marked by a banner on the government building and female employees wearing government issued pink T-shirts for the occasion. The T-shirts were financially supported by the Executive Council. A note …

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Delegation on a week-long visit to the Netherlands.

Governor Jonathan Johnson, Commissioners Chris Johnson and Bruce Zagers, Island Secretary Menno van der Velde and financial advisor Piet Gerritsen left Friday on a week-long visit to the Netherlands with an intense schedule of meetings during the so called “BES Week.” They are expected to return on March 18. The …

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EEZ Committee steps up monitoring Saba Bank

The secretary of the Dutch Caribbean Committee on Marine Biodiversity and Fisheries Paul Hoetjes clarified the challenges to be met by the different institutions involved in the implementation of the nature policy. Hoetjes is nature policy coordinator of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation working from the Rijksdienst …

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Positive thinking workshops

Artist Heleen Cornet will be holding workshop sessions on positive thinking. She is inviting the public to register with her for the events that will explore the power of the mind. The first session took place Thursday, March 8, with other sessions planned for today, Friday 9:00-10:30am, and 7:30-9:00pm, as …

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Peter Granger passes on at 94

Former member of the Island and Executive Councils of Saba Peter L. Granger passed away Thursday evening on Saba at Hon. Henry Every Senior Citizens Home, at the age of 94. Granger served in the Island Council of Saba for some 28 years and during 16 of those years, he …

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Media Authority to monitor radio and TV

Last week, the Dutch Media Authority or ‘Commissariaatvoor de Media’ (in Dutch) visited Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba for the first time. In accordance with the Media Act BES the Media Authority also has a task in the Caribbean Netherlands. The aim of this visit of the Dutch Media Authority …

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PvdA: delay change Constitution for islands

The Dutch Labour Party PvdA in the Second Chamber is not convinced that now is a good time to amend the Dutch Constitution to regulate the constitutional position of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The PvdA pointed out in its observations regarding the law proposal to change the Constitution that …

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New Board COC introduced to Executive Council

The new Board of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries for St. Eustatius and Saba was introduced to the Executive Council of Saba. Recently, Koos Sneek resigned from the Chamber Board after taking up his duties as Commissioner in Statia’s new Executive Council. Sneek has been instrumental in setting up …

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Little EU support for stricter immigration rules

Only two other European Union countries support Dutch Immigration Minister Gerd Leers’  proposals for stricter rules on family reunion for immigrants. Three countries reject the idea of changing European immigration law. The minister had asked all 27 EU countries for their views on stricter immigration laws. They had until 1 …

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Meeting on marine biodiversity hosted by Saba

The Dutch Caribbean Committee on Marine Biodiversity and Fisheries EEZ, gathered on Saba for a two-day session, establishing the way forward on a series of regional marine conservation issues. Commissioner Chris Johnson gave the opening remarks Tuesday, noting that, “Sometimes it is difficult to see cooperation among the members of …

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Not Saba and Statia but the Netherlands shareholder of Winair

Windward Islands Airways International (Winair) managing director Michael Cleaver said, “The shareholders of Winair are the government of St. Maarten with ninety-two per cent of the shares, and the Netherlands owns eight per cent. Saba and St. Eustatius gave their shares of Winair to the Netherlands when they achieved their …

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Oreo cookies’ centennial celebrated

Sacred Heart School (SHS) children celebrated the Oreo cookies’ centennial with a display of math, vocabulary and art contests early Tuesday morning. Teachers and children alike were involved in “celebrating the kid inside all of us,” which was the theme of the worldwide campaign for the iconic product. Those gathered …

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Petition against noise pollution

While the official date of the next Central Committee meeting has not yet been made public, a group of residents submitted a petition to the Island Council registrar, titled, “Make Saba Quiet Enough to be Enjoyed by Everyone.” Mark Johnson submitted the petition together with a letter stating the purpose …

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Substantial improvement in financial management required

A substantial improvement is required in the financial management of the public entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in the view of the Committee for Financial Supervision for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba CFT BES stated in its sixth halfyear report. The report was presented to Dutch Minister of Interior …

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EC2 trains teachers in Action-Oriented Approach

All educational institutions in Saba were present at a weeklong course on “Action- Oriented Approach,” implemented by Expertise Centre Education Care EC2. Attending the training were EC2 director and course organiser Henriette van Heijnsbergen, Sacred Heart School (SHS) internal guidance officer Jarmila Wilson- Berkel, Adult Continuing Education Centre’s cosmetology instructor …

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William Froelich Foundation supports organisations

William Froehlich Foundation president Beverly Hall presented several donations to grassroots organisations, during her recent visit to Saba. Over the years, the foundation has contributed to Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF), the Sea and Learn lecture series and the Saba Foundation for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (FPCA), among others. …

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New policy worker at Dutch Representative’s office

Koen van Laar started as new policy worker at the Bureau of the Representative of the Dutch Central Government, as per March 1. Van Laar is the successor of Elze Woudstra who, until December 2011, had held this position for three years. On his first working day, Van Laar was …

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Stricter rules for naturalisation

The Dutch Council of Ministers wants stricter rules for naturalisation for both The Netherlands and the Dutch Caribbean. Persons who want to obtain Dutch citizenship in the future will need to have sufficient income and education. The Council of Ministers approved a law proposal on Friday to make the Law …

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Bishop Secco officiates Sacred Heart youth mass Tuesday morning’s youth mass officiated at Sacred Heart church by Bishop Luis Antonio Secco and accompanying clergymen of the diocese of Willemstad, proved to be an event that reinforced belief in the continued strength of the Roman Catholic Church on Saba. Gathered for …

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Tests expand knowledge of hydrothermical activity

Dr. Thomas Pichler, one of the invited research lecturers during the last Sea and Learn series, recently contacted the Saba Conservation Foundation with details about the results of the tests conducted. Dr. Pichler had collected water samples during his stay to supplement his presentation on volcanic activity in Saba. The …

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Rovitch Florial (11) contestant in Book Week Pageant

Eight Oranje School pupils will compete in the school’s annual Book Week Pageant, which will be held at Philipsburg Cultural and Community Centre, this Sunday, March 4, from 2:00pm. The eight pupils will compete in five segments: Costume, Speech, Talent, Cultural Wear and Questions. There will also be entertainment by …

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Prince Friso is moved to London

Prince Friso, who has been in a coma for nearly two weeks following a skiing accident, is being moved by hospital plane to a specialist clinic in London on Thursday afternoon, according to various media reports. Queen Beatrix’ second son has severe brain damage after spending at least 25 minutes …

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Committments made to Nustar

State Secretary of Infrastructure and Environment Joop Atsma has sent a letter to the Second Chamber answering the questions posed at the consultation with the Kingdom Affairs Committee 30 January. In it he sums up the commitments made to Nustar and the planning for giving out permits. On the website …

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Private graveyard index published online

Creating an inventory of all small private graveyards may not be a very common retirement activity, yet this is exactly what Saba resident René Caderius van Veen has done in order to preserve a unique legacy. The initiator of the registry is a resident who worked as a volunteer most …

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Dog found with canine distemper infection

Representatives of the Saba Foundation for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Saba FPCA) Suzanna van den Elshout and Evette Peterson informed the public on a confirmed case of Canine Distemper infection in a dog recently brought to the island from St. Eustatius. The confirmation was made available by St. …

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