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Envirodome shelter: a solution for hurricane victims

PHILIPSBURG - Hurricane Irma has inspired entrepreneurs to bring new products to the island. A prime example is the Envirodome, a portable shelter the Alaska-based company Intershelter produces. A model of the shelter can be seen on the parking...

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Dear Reader

A question we would like to pose to our legal minds is if a Co-operative can be set up legally on St. Maarten. In other words, if there is existing legislation in Country Sint Maarten to make a Co-operative or Co-op legally possible on St. Maarten.

Dutch banking giant, the Rabobank, famously stems from a Co-operative, namely the Coöperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A.. There are many more banks around the world that are Co-operatives, including the well-known Credit Unions.

With over 33% indicating in yesterday's poll that they do not know what a Co-operative is, we invite any of our legal minds to submit an article to on this subject matter explaining what a Co-operative is all about, the pros, the cons and if this entity could be a benefit to workers united in a Co-op in a post-Irma business environment.

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Tasyanna Clifton crowned Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean

Marigot-Miss Teen Saint Martin 2017-2018; Tasyanna Clifton, made history for being the first contestant from Saint Martin to be crowned Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Queen 2017-2018. In front of hundreds, Tasyanna demonstrated grace,...

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Arrindell's book cover design wins Graphic Design USA Award

GREAT BAY, St. Martin (January 3, 2018)-Language, Culture and Identity in St. Martin by Rhoda Arrindell, a leading St. Martin linguist, has won the Graphic Design USA Award according to Gordon Kay, editor of the GDUSA magazine. Carole Maugé-Lewis ...

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Winair unexpectedly pulls plug on CN-express

8 Kralendijk- The start of CN Express, the direct flight between Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, is experiencing an unexpected but serious delay. The connection between the three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands would originally have started ...

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State Secretary Knops visits Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao...

State Secretary Knops (Interior and Kingdom Relations) pays an introductory visit to the three Windward Islands from Monday January 8th till Sunday January 13th, 2018. During his first visit to Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, the State Secretary will ...

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Both Presidents of Dutch Parliament to visit the Caribbean

THE HAGUE - The Presidents of the First and Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, Ankie Broekers-Knol and Khadija Arib, will visit the Caribbean part of the Kingdom from January 6 to 13, 2018. They will visit the Windward Islands in particular...

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Poll Responses (17): " Do you know what a Co-operative is? "

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Rodolphe Samuel elected deputy leader of National Alliance.

Marlin gets astounding support from party supporters. PHILIPSBURG: --- The National Alliance board introduced seven new candidates that will be contesting the snap election called on February 26th, 2018. The NA held its congress Wednesday...

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Benjamin Ortega takes leave of absence from COCI board...

Through this communication the undersigned Mr. Benjamin Ortega hereby informs you that as of the 5th of January, 2018 until 26th of February 2018 a leave of absence from his duties as general member and Vice President of the Board of The St.

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Analysts are not hopeful about its chances

AMSTERDAM/ROTTERDAM - The first black party in the Netherlands is a fact. U-buntu Connected Front (UCF) registered in Amsterdam and Rotterdam for the municipal elections of March 2018. But whether the Afro party will be successful, Aziz El Kaddouri of the research bureau EtnoBarometer is doubtful.

The name of the party, U-buntu Connected Front, comes from Africa and means respect, solidarity and unity. "You are ubuntu if you have self-confidence and stand up for people who are humiliated or oppressed," explains initiator, Iwan Leeuwin. "Translated to the Dutch situation you end up in slavery and racism," says the former party chairman of GroenLinks in Amsterdam.

"You do not win seats with one theme such as discrimination"

However, Kaddouri, who is conducting research with EtnoBarometer on the electoral behavior of ethnic minorities in the Netherlands, sees little profit for UCF. "The party does not add anything to the political landscape yet. The party has themes that are also claimed by other parties. And you will not win seats with one theme such as discrimination."

Feel at home
Yet UCF supporters do not feel at home with other parties such as DENK or BIJ1 from Sylvana Simons. "DENK is for the Turks and Sylvana Simons is for Surinamese", says board member Ronald Schenkers. He himself comes from Curaçao. "Other political parties, GroenLinks, SP and the PvdA, only put immigrants on the list to attract immigrant voters. Those parties also do not stand up for issues that black Dutch consider important."

Because UCF has a limited target group, the number of votes to be gathered is also limited. Only 20-25 percent of the people from the target group of UCF will vote according to the measurements of Etnobarometer. "With the theme of discrimination in your program you are not interesting enough", according to Kaddouri. "Someone from Africa has other worries than someone from the Caribbean."

Broad platform needed
According to Kaddouri, new parties such as UCF only have a real chance if they have a broad platform with themes such as housing, care, public transport and employment.

"If Sylvana did not succeed, it will certainly not succeed as an unknown party"

UCF wants education to pay more attention to the Dutch role in slavery. Racism and ethnic profiling must be stopped. But we also need to work on the black identity of Dutch people with an African background. Schenkers thinks that pupils with a Caribbean or Surinamese background should be able to choose Papiamentu or Sranang at school. "Turks and Moroccans can speak Dutch well. We must prevent our languages ​​from being snowed under."

Strong party leader
And then there is the role of the party leader. "A strong party leader is certainly essential for a new party," notes Kaddouri. The list of UCF is headed by the Amsterdam old GroenLinks party leader, Iwan Leeuwin. "If Sylvana Simons in Rotterdam did not manage to get one seat with Article 1, then it will certainly not be successful for an unknown party with ditto leader", predicts Kaddouri.

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SMCU instructed its members to show up by TelEm at 8am

PHILIPSBURG - Seeing that the mediator Leroy Brooks is avoiding to bring Mr. Dupersoy to the table with SMCU to explain why the workers were locked out Jan. 2nd, the union has made the decision to bring all employees from Cable TV to Telem at 8am.

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Westerly storm batters the Netherlands with strong winds

A westerly storm battered the Netherlands on Wednesday morning with wind speeds of up to 110kph in coastal areas. The KNMI weather bureau had issued a nationwide code yellow alert but raised this to orange for Noord-Holland, Friesland, Flevoland...

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Community Bulletin Board Notices & Announcements

SCDF announced that its main office of operations, located on Illidge Road (WIB) will be open daily as of Monday, January 8th, from 9am to 5pm. The office will be open to handle payments for booths, season passes and other Carnival related business.

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The Netherlands closes all five storm surge barriers...

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Noah's ark breaks free as storm batters Dutch fishing town

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U.S. bars Chinese company from taking over MoneyGram

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Companies, consumers and social projects raise €233m...

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