Wednesday , January 17 2018

Saba News Archive: News Items

Complaints about firework

Officially fireworks can only be sold in the Netherlands for four days prior to the New Year celebrations. Fireworks can set off between 10.00 hours on December 31 and 02.00 hours on January 1 with those who break the rules facing a €100 fine. However, over 15,000 complaints have already …

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Flamingo Express ready for postal services

The Daily Herald writes that Flamingo Express Dutch Caribbean FXDC – the new concessionaire for postal services on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba – is ready to start functioning per January 1, 2014. FXDC and current license holder NPNA are in the final phase of reaching a transfer agreement. This …

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Annual End of Year Fireworks Display on Saba

Saba Government Information Service                December 27, 2013 Everyone 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 30th …

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Gmail ‘blocks’ Wilders’ anti-Islam sticker mail account

Email system Gmail has blocked an account set up by Geert Wilders to distribute an anti-Islam sticker, the Dutch politician claimed on Friday. ‘Unbelievable but Google has blocked the account islamsticker@gmail.com. So Mohammed Rabbae’s complaint was successful,’ Wilders said using the microblogging service Twitter. He was refering to a complaint …

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Sorton presents “An Inside Look”

The Daily Herald writes about an autobiographic tale of the life of a little boy, born May 23rd, 1946, on the five-squaremiles Island of Saba, which had some 900 inhabitants at that time. This is the plot of a book written by Raphael A.M. Sorton, who grew up to become, …

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Social Housing is a real need

The Caribisch Netwerk reports that on December 16 some twenty families received the keys to their house from the Own Your Own Home Foundation ( OYOHF ). Some families have waited ten to twelve years for this moment and sixty families are still on the waiting list .
Although Saba is …

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King makes debut Christmas speech, talks of human relationships

King Willem-Alexander has made his first Christmas address to the nation, in which the relationships between people took centre stage. Seated in front of a fire at his home in Wassenaar, with photographs of his children, wife Maxima and parents behind him, the king spoke of the importance of working …

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A fierce thunderstorm hit Saba on Monday night

Hazel Durand of Caribisch Netwerk reports that, on Monday night, a major communications tower from the phone company Satel  night collapsed during a thunderstorm that swept across the island. According to the telephone company, it will take approximately one to two weeks before all phone lines are in order again. The …

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Police on Saba has new emergency number

On Monday January 23rd, telephone number 599- 416-3737 of the police on Saba has become inoperable due to lightning. The situation is serious enough that the local telephone company Satel NV had to be called in.  The Caribbean Netherlands Police Force (KPCN) meanwhile has a new number where citizens can …

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Journal NRC Handelsblad reveals more about Stolte

Wilbert Stolte , representative on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, again is discredited . He breached of the rules by agreeing to the appointment of a commissioner at the water and energy company Bonaire ( WEB ). According to the Code of Good Governance , the commissionar should not have …

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Plasterk: Interim “Rijksvertegenwoordiger” is possible

Minister Plasterk wrote in a letter to the Senate dated December 17, that the appointment of a temporary Rijksvertegenwoordiger (National Government Representative) for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba was an option. The Senate had asked to hold off on the appointment of a new National Government Representative until after the …

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Position of Cabinet Rutte is weak

Cabinet Rutte is not strong enough to go on without a good relation with D66, ChristenUnie and SGP, is the conclusion made in NRC Handelsblad.  Many people who voted for  the coalition parties conservative VVD and Labour party PvdA are not satisfied with the current political situation and said they …

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Victims of violence crimes can get financial compensation

The Daily Herald writes that victims of violent crimes on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will be able to get financial compensation from a special fund in the Netherlands in the foreseeable future, Dutch State Secretary Fred Teeven pledged in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament earlier this week. …

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Minimum wage up to $ 4.96

The minimum wage on Saba will be increased by 7.5 per cent to US $4.96 per hour, writes the Daily Herald. As a result, the social benefits such as unemployment allowance “onderstand” and pension allowance AOV on the island will go up by 6.1 per cent. The increase doesn’t apply …

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