Tuesday , June 25 2019

Saba News Archive: News Items

Caribbean warned to prepare for increased and intensified drought

A new report from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is warning that climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean. And it’s therefore urging countries of the region to enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other extreme weather- …

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Public meeting Island Council, Wednesday, June 29

Please see the attached invitation to a Public Island Council Meeting on June 29th, 2016. You can also listen to the meeting on www.q939fm.com PUBLIC NOTICE The Island Governor of the Public Entity Saba hereby invites the general public to attend a Public Island Council meeting on Wednesday June 29th, …

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Pension losses to be supplemented

The Dutch Government is willing to supplement the possible losses in pension years of (former) civil servants and teaching personnel who worked in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba before October 10, 2010. Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated this during a debate with the First …

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Stand Up! Speak Out!

The Public Entity of Saba Summer interns- Elsa Peterson and Berline Germain held a “Teaser” to start the “Anti-Bullying Campaign” at the Saba Comprehensive School. Wednesday June 22nd, 2016, during the break , Peterson and Germain got fully engaged with the Students of the Saba Comprehensive School, and the 6th …

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Saba embarks on recycling campaign

The Saba Government has initiated a recycling campaign to promote the recycling of waste materials among private households and businesses on the island. Saba has a state-of-the-art recycling facility, and the Saba Government wants to further encourage the Saba people to separate and recycle their waste. A better separation of …

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Lee trying to resolve issues with emergency evacuation

Health Minister Emil Lee says he is trying to resolve some issues hampering the emergency evacuation of patients from Saba and St. Eustatius to St. Maarten. He said the logistical issues are mostly centred on the inconvenient location where helicopters that evacuate patients are required to land in Sint Maarten, …

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Senate implores Plasterk to set decent social minimum

The First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament during a debate on Tuesday tried to commit Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk to a promise to set a social minimum that covered the basic needs of the people of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba so that they …

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Ban sugary drinks in primary school, says food advice body

The government-backed food advisory centre Voedingscentrum has welcomed the decision by dozens of primary schools to ban sugary drinks on their premises, saying the measure will help cut obesity among children. The organisation says pupils in primary schools should be restricted to water and milk with their packed lunches in …

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Mrs. Lies is new member of the Supervisory Board of the SHCF

Today, the Saba Health Care Foundation announced the arrival of our new Supervisory Board member Mrs. Elisabeth Levestone-Timmerman, known on Saba as Mrs. Lies. After working in the field of healthcare in The Netherlands, Mrs. Lies came to Saba where she worked as a nurse in the A.M. Edwards Medical from …

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First case of Zika on Saba

The first case of Zika was confirmed on Saba last week, writes The Daily Herald. The patient has a travel history to an island where Zika is present in the days before her symptoms started, so she was most likely infected there, said authorities. To prevent further transmission of the …

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PCN rejects accusations

The Pension Fund Caribbean Netherlands PCN denied allegations made by the Dutch 50PLUS party about possible embezzlement reported on in Monday’s paper. Member of the First Chamber of Parliament in The Hague Jan Nagel had stated that hundreds of public employees in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES Islands) lost …

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Military exercise on Saba

In connection with the start of hurricane season, this weekend a military exercise took place on Saba. Our disaster management team, consisting of members of the public entity, fire department, police department, hospital, Satel, SEC, Red Cross, harbor and airport, participated and trained for a scenario of an approaching hurricane. …

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Annual statements due September 30

The Tax Service recently sent out invitations for submission of the 2015 financial annual statements. All entities established in the Caribbean Netherlands are obliged to submit their financial annual statements within nine months after the closure of the financial year, in accordance with the BES (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) …

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400 kg of cocaine intercepted

The Dutch naval vessel Zr.Ms. Groningen recently intercepted a shipment of 400kg of cocaine in the waters near the Windward Islands (St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba), writes The Daily Herald. The ship stationed in the Dutch Caribbean conducts operations there for the Caribbean Coast Guard. The Coast Guard patrol …

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Pension premiums of island civil servants disappeared

Several hundred, possibly more than 2,000 civil servants and teachers in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba have lost up to fifteen pension years because the premiums they paid up to October 10, 2010, have disappeared. The Dutch senior citizens party 50PLUS is upset and has sought clarity from the Dutch …

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