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Quarter of tested children need glasses

PHILIPSBURG - School children were lining up under a tent in front of the Belair Community Center on Thursday morning - the fourth day of the massive eye testing initiative launched by the Lions Club of St. Maarten for the second time under the...

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Dear Reader

According to a news report on, almost three in 10 youngsters aged 18 to 25 say they are addicted to social media and keep their phones with them at all times. This according to new research by the national statistics office CBS.

This is a sharp rise compared to three years ago, when 19% of young adults said they could not stop constantly checking their phones.

Young adults are also spending an increasing amount of time using social media. Some 29% say they are busy with social media websites for three to five hours a day and nearly 9% admitting to spending five to 10 hours checking their messages.

Some 34% of youngsters say they spend so much time on sites like Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat because they are afraid of missing something.

One in four say they are restless if they cannot read messages and 37% say being away from an internet connection is a major nuisance.

We highlight this phenomenon again as we also see this habit occuring in the workplace where young adults are constantly checking their smartphones for messages instead of doing their work.

It is already a tough job to keep young adults focused on doing their work, now it will get even tougher for employers as the addiction to social media increases. It is a double-edged sword, however, as businesses are increasingly using social media marketing to target.... exactly.... these same young adults.

Enjoy reading this newsletter on your smartphone. However, do remember moderation is the key.

Have a great day!

The Publisher

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UPDATE: Roland Bryson aka "Mi-Paben" in critical condition

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Drastic measures at the landfill

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Repairs to police station get priority

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Smile though your face is aching

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Region Urged to Boost Cyber Security As GDPR Goes In Effect

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Spike in Cyber Attacks on Regional Companies ...

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Cyber Security Courses to be taught in St. Maarten

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Data privacy tops Caribbean Internet conference May 21-23

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Irma-book focuses on resilience

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New patient monitoring for the SMMC the Pediatric ward

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MHF foundation signs Care Agreements with SZV

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Community service for fencing stolen scooter

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced a 17-year old kid to community service for fencing a scooter. The boy was involved in an accident on November 26 of last year with his two-wheeler and when the traffic department examined the...

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Court drops charges for firing flare gun

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Hammer-wielding police officer gets community service

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Bad birthday: arrested for gun possession

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Court finds no proof for ill-treatment

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Suspect in fatal hit and run traffic accident comes forward

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Police arrests two suspects in separate investigations

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Vocational Training School receives presentation from STB

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Civil Servants return from World Bank procurement training

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Sint Maarten co-signs Declaration of Intent at Conference

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Action plan child protection in the making

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EOC preparing for Atlantic hurricane season

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Starting the development of a resilient building regulation

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Sea Turtle Conservation Curaçao starts crowdfunding

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SMMAF Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition May 26

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Minister De Weever Congratulates those working in telco

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Two of three Schiphol baggage handlers agree to settle

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Young Dutch adults admit to being addicted to social media

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