Saturday , July 20 2019

Saba News Archive: News Items

More obesity found in Saba's school children

In 2014, Saba Fit, the programme geared towards countering childhood obesity, measured the height and weight of all elementary school children for the fi rst time. Last month the measurements were repeated. The results show that many school children are still overweight. In 2016, 28 per cent had an above …

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Dutch Ombudsman looks into Statia pension debacle

The Dutch National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen announced on Thursday that he has started an investigation into the pension premiums of a number of (former) St. Eustatius civil servants and teaching employees. The investigation focuses on the non-supplying of information of the St. Eustatius Government to the Caribbean Netherlands Pension …

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Sunny Valley Youth Center available as community center

On Friday July 1st, at the Eugenius Johnson Center, Windwardside, Saba, the signing of a lease took place between Public Entity Saba and the Saba Reach Foundation, with respect to the Sunny Valley Youth Center.   The Sunny Valley Youth Center is located in the capital village, The Bottom, of …

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Video presentation about slave trade and slavery

On July 1, from 1 pm – 5 pm, the Dutch Museum Saba will have video presentations of about 20 minutes about slave trade and about slavery on sugar plantations. Reservations and mentioning preferences of hours are recommended because of the limited number of chairs.

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Plasterk needs heart surgery

Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk (59) will be undergoing heart surgery next week. He immediately stopped working yesterday, Wednesday. The Dutch Government announced this in a short press release on Wednesday. The Minister’s heart problems were recently detected. According to his spokesperson, the Minister will …

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Filmmakers finishing documentary about Saba's conservation efforts

“The Unspoiled Queen,” a documentary showcasing Saba and its people’s efforts to conserve the island’s natural treasures will feature four Saba residents, who will show the incredible beauty the island has to offer both above and below the waves, writes The Daily Herald. Filmmaker and multimedia producer Nick Zachar is …

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Wilson wants boost for Saba agriculture

Saba’s newly appointed Commissioner Rolando Wilson wants to enhance the agriculture on the island, writes The Daily Herald. Saba, with its good quality soil, is very suitable for agriculture. In the past the population relied much more on local products which were even exported, such as sweet potatoes, tanya and …

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Senate adopts basic needs social minimum motion

Eleven of the twelve parties represented in the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, on Tuesday, voted in favour of a motion to set a social minimum in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, that is based on the amount that a person needs to live a decent life. The motion, …

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Islands more involved in new Education Agenda

Stakeholders in the educational sector and the governments of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will be actively involved in the drafting of the new Caribbean Netherlands Education Agenda 2016-2020, which will be established later this year. Dutch Minister Jet Bussemaker and State Secretary Sander Dekker, both of Education, Culture and …

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New portfolio division in Saba

Saba’s Executive Council has determined the new portfolio division following the departure of former Commissioner Chris Johnson who has been appointed the new Dutch Government Representative in St. Maarten, and the appointment of the new Commissioner Rolando Wilson, formerly a Member of the Island Council. The new portfolio division puts …

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Zagers in St.Maarten to talk about tourism

Tourism Commissioner Bruce Zagers will be in St. Maarten today, Tuesday to meet with several key stakeholders on the sister island, including St. Maarten Tourism Minister Irania Arrindell, writes The Daily Herald. Zagers, who has been put in charge of tourism under the new portfolio division, will be travelling to …

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New version of online wage sheet available

Belastingdienst (Tax Department) Caribisch Nederland has recently made considerable progress in its service provisions to companies by engaging the users (employers) in the development of the new version of the online Collective Wage Sheet (Verzamelloonstaat, VZLS). Their wishes and recommendations resulted in an application which is more user-friendly. The online …

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Evaluation report on first Education Agenda submitted to Second Chamber

Policy consultancy firm Ecorys submitted the evaluation report on the first Education Agenda for the Caribbean Netherlands. This Education Agenda dates from 2011 and is the guiding principle for the educational improvements between 2011 and 2016 on the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands (CN). The evaluation was performed by Ecorys …

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RCN gives present to education personnel Caribbean Netherlands

In the course of last week the department of OCW within the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN) offered a luxury tumbler to all personnel from the elementary schools, the Saba Comprehensive School (secondary education), Foundation FORMA and Saba Reach Foundation (Social Opportunity Programs for youth on resp. Bonaire and Saba), and …

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