Thursday , July 18 2019

Saba News Archive: News Items

Suspect arrested for break-ins

Saba’s Chief of Police Lt. Durk Hiemstra said investigations into two recent attempted burglaries and one home invasion had resulted in the arrest of a twenty-six year-old suspect. The suspect is a Dominicano man residing in The Bottom. The first incident took place during the night of March 5, in …

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Johnson questions The Hague’s loyalty

Saba Commissioner Chris Johnson is questioning The Hague’s loyalty towards the Dutch “public entities” Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius by wanting to include a permanent differentiation clause for the islands in an amended Dutch Constitution. “We have come to a point where we ask whether we are truly part of …

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No commitment to raise islands’ free allowance

The Reference Framework report (referentiekader rapport) might have established that the free allowance (vrije uitkering) for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba is too low, but The Hague cannot commit as yet to a possible increase. If the sole purpose of the trip of the delegations from Bonaire, St. Eustatius and …

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RCN launches intranet

On March 15 the Kingdom Service Caribbean Netherlands RCN launched its own intranet. The launch was made known by workers with a special video clip. RCN wants to use this modern communication tool to bring its workers closer together and keep them abreast of all sorts of matters within the …

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Extraordinary Island Council meeting for late Peter Granger

An extraordinary public meeting of the Island Council of the Public Entity of Saba took place at the Government building in The Bottom, March 13, in memoriam of the late Peter Leicester Granger. Not all Island Council members were able to attend the meeting called on short notice. The meeting …

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St Maarten seeks resignation of GEBE Supervisory Board

The Council of Ministers (COM) of St Maarten has dispatched a letter to the GEBE Shareholding Foundation Chairman Ralph Richardson requesting that the foundation seek the immediate resignation of GEBE’s Supervisory Board members. The letter was dated March 12 and signed by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot- Williams on behalf of …

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RCN lost court procedure landing fibre optic cable on St Maarten

Kingdom Service Caribbean Netherlands (RijksdienstCaribisch Nederland (RCN)) has lost the court procedure in its quest to obtain a fibre optic cable landing permit in St. Maarten, Judge René van Veen of the Court of First Instance said Wednesday. RCN has started laying fibre optic cables in Saba, St. Eustatius and …

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Island Governments must comply with quality standards by 2015

The Governments of Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius have to comply with certain quality standards by 2015. The government apparatus must have integrity, government’s financial household has to be in order and citizens have to become more involved. These goals are stated in the list of criteria that will be …

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State Secretary of Finance suggests an interdepartmental study

State Secretary of Finance suggested conducting an interdepartmental study to chart the economic situation on Bonaire and the other two public bodies St. Eustatius and Saba. The results of this study could be reason to implement tax adjustments. As of October 1st 2011, in anticipation of the results of this …

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Youth Week joint effort of several organisations

Local non-governmental and non-profit organizations joined efforts in organizing a week of youth oriented activities. The joint platform brings together the coordinating efforts of Expertise Centre Education Care (EC2), the financial support of AIDS Support Group Saba Foundation (ASGS), the involvement of Child Focus Foundation and Juliana’s Hotel in providing …

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Late Peter Granger laid to rest on Saba

The funeral of late former Acting Lt. Governor, Island Council Member and Commissioner Peter Leicester Granger took place at St. Paul’s Conversion Church in Windwardside on Monday morning. The solemn ceremony brought together family, friends, officials and the community at large, with eulogies read by Former Lt. Governor Sydney Sorton, …

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Commissioners to point at new-status related problems

In upcoming meetings with Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Liesbeth Spies, Commissioners Chris Johnson and Bruce Zagers also hope to bring up research conducted by Deloitte on local purchasing power. The report recognizes the limited leverage of the Island Government in raising revenue, while facing huge local inflation. …

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