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The Daily Herald comments on The Saba Islander

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Former politician Will Johnson has launched his own weblog named “The Saba Islander.” After retiring from politics after the 2007 election, the elderly statesman (71) became the advisor of his Windward Islands People’s Movement (WIPM) party and of his son Christopher, who took over the baton.

Stressing that he is no computer expert and “just experimenting,” Johnson said the idea to launch his own website sprouted from him “spending a lot of time” on social network Facebook. He said he decided to open website: “So I decided I might as well have my own instrument… out of despair to voice my opinion on issues of importance to the indigenous people of Saba,” Johnson said, who wants to make his site into a counterbalance to other media.

“As a Saban and former editor of the Saba Herald for 25 years, I and others are prepared to defend our local people against any and all unfair criticism against our indigenous people. I am already getting encouraging signals from many of our positive-minded people who want to hear both sides of the story and not just unfair and underhanded attacks on the Saba government and its qualified people,” Johnson said.

The problems with water supply and plans for a new home for the aged are some of the subjects addressed on the site, which further consists of several of Johnson’s trademark accounts on Saba’s history. The amateur historian said him launching his own website would not bring an end to his series of historic accounts in The Daily Herald’s supplement WeekEnder every Saturday. “My fans in the Eastern Caribbean would hang me if I stopped that column. You cannot imagine the response I get from all the islands around and that keeps me going,” Johnson said.

Source: “The Daily Herald” 2013-04-05

Saba Winners of the “Oranje Fonds Kroonappels”


The Oranje Fonds supports social initiatives in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, by funding money, sharing knowledge and contacts.

The Prince of Orange Willem Alexander, and Princess Máxima are very active in this initiative and have been the patron and patroness of the fund from the very beginning. Besides the annual presentation of the ‘Appeltjes van Oranje’, they regularly visit noteworthy initiatives that are supported by the fund. Their last visit to Saba was in November 2010.

We recently received the following communication:

Geachte heer Will Johnson,

Na een spannend stemweekend is bekend welke organisaties doorgaan naar de volgende ronde van de zoektocht naar de Oranje Fonds Kroonappels. Wij hebben deze organisaties inmiddels op de hoogte gebracht, maar we kunnen ons voorstellen dat u ook benieuwd bent!

De winnaars in Saba zijn:

Saba After School Care Program van Saba Girls and Boys Sports Society info
The Organoponics Farm van Foundation Social Workplace Saba info
Helpende hand
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Er volgen nu twee stemrondes waarbij winnende organisaties en deskundigen hun stem uitbrengen. Uiteindelijk zijn er drie winnaars, zij worden op 18 april bekend gemaakt. De winnaars ontvangen uit handen van de nieuwe Koning en Koningin een Appeltje van Oranje én een geldbedrag van €50.000,=.

We willen u hartelijk danken voor uw deelname aan onze zoektocht naar de Oranje Fonds Kroonappels. Door uw kennis en voorkeur kunnen we ons beschermpaar de weg wijzen naar de mooiste, beste en succesvolste sociale initiatieven in het Koninkrijk!

Helpt u het Oranje Fonds om sociale initiatieven in het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden te ondersteunen? Hierdoor is er minder eenzaamheid en voelen meer mensen zich hier thuis. Word Vriend van het Oranje Fonds. Elke gift besteden we voor 100% aan onze doelstelling. Alvast veel dank voor uw steun!

Met vriendelijke groeten,

Ronald van der Giessen
directeur Oranje Fonds

Oranje Fonds (SM)

The Goats of Saba

The Dutch settler wants to have a policy on Saba like in South Africa where it is one settler one bullet. He is advocating one goat one bullet and laying the blame on the politicians. Saba people have their own history and goats have been and will continue to be a part of that history. When a hurricane passes and I see a goat I see food. If the Dutchman don’t like goats then obviously he is in the wrong place, and should he leave MANY MANY people will be saying GOOD RIDDANCE!! More people should be keeping goats and not less.

The Boer goat was developed in South Africa in...

The Boer goat was developed in South Africa in the early 1900s for meat production. Their name is derived from the Dutch word “Boer” meaning farmer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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