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Economy at its strongest for 10 years but stagnant wages could temper growth

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The economy is predicted to grow at its fastest rate for a decade, but wage rises are lagging behind, according to the latest forecast from the Dutch central bank.

The bank expects growth of 2.5% this year, a more optimistic picture than that painted by the government’s economic planning agency CPB, which predicted a rate of 2.1% back in March.

Businesses are investing more, exports are up and consumer confidence is on the rise, meaning people are spending more, according to the bank’s analysis. The jobs market is also set to improve, with unemployment predicted to fall to 400,000 or 4.4% of the working population within two years.

However, the bank cautioned that wage rises had been more modest and could act as a brake on the economy if they fall behind the rate of inflation, as consumers are more likely to delay big purchases.

Job Swank, the bank’s executive director of monetary affairs and financial stability, said the main threats to the economy were from outside, such as Brexit and the Trump administration’s protectionist policies.

Another problem was the shortage of credit for small and medium businesses, said Swank. ‘Part of this comes from businesses investing more themselves because their profits have increased.

Additionally, banks are not allowed to take so many risks and have become stricter.’ The CPB’s next quarterly forecast is due out on Wednesday and will form the basis of the government’s budget in September. (DutchNews)

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Temporary interruption in traffic flow on Wednesday at Chin Cactus Road

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a temporary interruption in the traffic flow at the junction of the Keys Road and Chin Cactus Road.

This temporary disruption will be on Wednesday, June 14 from 7.00am to 12.00pm.

Motorists are advised to be observant of detour and directional signs especially at the Keys Road.

The aforementioned is related to the repair and cleaning of the drain box and grill on the Chin Cactus Road.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

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ICH Workshop Postponed

PHILIPSBURG - Due to unforeseen circumstances the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) National Consultation, organized by Culture Department and UNESCO Office, which was scheduled for Monday June 12th – Wednesday June 14th, 2017, has been postponed. 

A new date will be confirmed with the facilitator Mr. David Brown, and thereafter, the new dates and times will be made known. The intention is to host the workshops before the ending of June. 

On behalf of the Ministry ECYS (Education, Culture, Youth and Sports) and the UNESCO Office, we apologize for the inconvenience caused and we look forward to reconfirmation of the attendees to the National ICH Consultation.

For any further questions/information/clarifications, contact Secretary General of UNESCO, Ms. Marcellia Henry via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Cell #520-3051; or Sharine Allamby-Duncan Policy Worker of Culture Department This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Tel. 542-2056. 

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Reminder of Complete road closure on June 12 of a section of Back Street and side streets

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), would hereby like to remind motorists that part of Back Street and certain side streets will be closed on Monday, June 12.

The closure is in connection with the asphalting of the newly repaired section of Back Street.  The street will be closed from Gevangenis Street (Angelo’s Boutique) up to Ch. E. W. Voges Street. The works will be carried out from 6.00am to 3.00pm.

The side streets that will be closed on Monday, June 12 are: Gevangenis Street (area of Angelo’s Boutique and the Anglican Church), Wilhelmina Street (House of Parliament), and Hendrick Street (Court House), will be closed off from 6.00am to 3.00pm.  The closure is in connection with the placement of bricks and the asphalting of the intersection.

Motorists are advised to be observant of detour and directional signs.

The contractor responsible for the works is Windward Roads.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

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Jobs market gets tighter as vacancies rise and unemployment falls

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Unemployment in the Netherlands is falling while the number of job vacancies grows, shrinking the number of jobless per vacancy to 2.7, the national statistics office CBS said on Friday.

A year ago, there were 3.9 people without work for every vacancy. However, before the start of the economic crisis, the figure was just 1.4. All parts of the country are benefiting from the surge in job vacancies, the CBS said.

The growth has been sharpest in Zeeland, where the number of available jobs rose 40%. There are now just 1.8 jobless per vacancy in Zeeland and Utrecht. In Groningen, by contrast, there are four unemployed people for every vacancy.

The construction and education sectors have the most jobs on offer in the Northern Province. (DutchNews)

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Steve Jobs school revolution fails to catch on in the Netherlands

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – More than half the schools which have adopted or considered adopting an educational philosophy based on iPads and online education have switched back to regular educational styles or never made the transition, the Volkskrant said on Friday.

In total, 46 primary schools had either begun as Steve Job schools or considered making the shift, the paper said. However, 12 schools have abandoned the concept and 13 never actually made the switch.

The cost of the new programme was the most important reason. The first Steve Jobs schools, named after the founder of Apple computers, opened in 2013. The schools do not have classrooms but open areas and there are no books.

Children may also work at home and there are no fixed hours. Founder Maurice De Hond says the school philosophy is based on the ‘toddler revolution’ in which all children are now growing up with tablet computers.

He believes those who go to an iPad school will grow up better equipped for the future because of their digital skills.

Costs

Schools told the Volkskrant than €9 a month fee per pupil was a major problem, because the payments easily mount up to some €20,000 per year. Others said that the system is ‘messy’ and that children did not do as well in tests as expected.

De Hond told the paper that the method does not work if schools are half-hearted in their approach. ‘You need a properly structured system, and that needs training and leadership. And that costs money,’ he said.

De Hond has since turned his attention to selling the Steve Jobs school concept abroad. The Netherlands has a tradition of embracing other sorts of education and already has Montessori, Jena Plan and Dalton schools, for example, De Hond said. (DutchNews)

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Complete road closure on June 12 of a section of Back Street and side streets

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that part of Back Street and certain side streets will be closed on Monday, June 12.

The closure is in connection with the asphalting of the newly repaired section of Back Street.  The street will be closed from Gevangenis Street (Angelo’s Boutique) up to Ch. E. W. Voges Street. The works will be carried out from 6.00am to 3.00pm.

The side streets that will be closed on Monday, June 12 are: Gevangenis Street (area of Angelo’s Boutique and the Anglican Church), Wilhelmina Street (House of Parliament), and Hendrick Street (Court House), will be closed off from 6.00am to 3.00pm.  The closure is in connection with the placement of bricks and the asphalting of the intersection.

Motorists are advised to be observant of detour and directional signs.

The contractor responsible for the works is Windward Roads.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

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GroenLinks rejoins big three parties for secret coalition talks: ANP

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Talks on forming a new Dutch government continued in secrecy on Thursday, news agency ANP said, quoting sources close to the talks.

The leaders of the two Liberal parties VVD and D66, the Christian Democrats and the left-wing green party GroenLinks met early in the morning at the prime minister’s official Catshuis residence.

The four parties, together with mediator Herman Tjeenk Willink, are looking again at whether they can start formal negotiations. Talks between the four parties fell apart earlier because of divisions over immigration policy.

VVD leader Mark Rutte and GroenLinks chief Jesse Klaver met with Tjeenk Willink at his home in Scheveningen on Wednesday. (DutchNews)

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Mingo's lawyer says he has committed no criminal offence

PHILIPSBURG – On Wednesday afternoon, June 7, Mark Mingo, Chief Executive Officer of St Maarten Harbour Group of Companies, was arrested by the TBO / RST.

A statement from Mingo’s attorney Hans de Jong said: “He denies to have committed whatever criminal offence. He is of the opinion that the arrest only took place for publicity reasons, given the fact that his attorney told the TBO that he was willing to report himself freely in case one would wish to interrogate him. He faces the future with complete confidence.” 

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Tourism sector has new sports bar: Replay Sports Pub

PELICAN - St. Maarten's newest sports bar, Replay Sports Pub, has just opened its doors and is inviting the general public to visit and enjoy their favorite games.

Replay Sports Pub is welcoming future patrons with 2-for-1 drinks and half-priced food items until June 21. The Grand Opening kicked off with the much-anticipated NBA Finals, in the presence of management and almost all guests of Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, where the bar is housed.

DJ Ridge and his team hosted the event, which included dancing, unique cocktails including signature drink "MVP", and must-have sports eats such as wings, burgers, loaded sandwiches, and the star dish, Chilli Bean Nachos.

The bar includes both indoor and outdoor seating, and is plastered with sports memorabilia and life-size images of athletic icons.

Located at the resort's Marina Plaza, Replay Sports Pub features expert mixologist Ivan, opens every day at 12 noon and closes when the game ends.

 

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