Thursday , July 18 2019

Saba News Archive: News Items

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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