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Minister to publish pension plan next week, most funds will avoid cuts

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees will tell MPs next week what he intends to do to help pension funds avoid reducing pension payouts next year, sources have told the NRC.

Opposition parties GroenLinks and Labour, and the FNV trade union federation, have said they will withdraw their support for plans to reform the Dutch pension system if the government does not give assurances no pension will be cut in 2020.

A number of funds have warned that pension cuts are likely under current rules. And central bank president Klaas Knot has also said cuts cannot be avoided without passing the risk on to younger generations.

In June, unions, ministers, political parties and employers agreed plans to overhaul the Dutch pension fund system, which would reduce the pressure on funds to keep their assets topped up.

That new system is due to come into effect in 2022, meaning the funds have two years to bridge before they face more relaxed financial requirements.

Despite Koolmees’ willingness to reach an agreement on pension cuts, some funds will have to reduce payouts because their assets only amount to 90% of their obligations, the NRC said.

However, the risk that the big four funds, including the giant ABP civil service union, will have to make cuts will be removed when Koolmees makes his statement, the NRC said.

(DutchNews)

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Woman armed with hammer and knife and shot by police has died

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The woman shot by police in Alkmaar on Wednesday after she charged at them with a knife and a hammer has died of her injuries in hospital.

The 48-year-old woman had been roaming the streets, armed with the knife and hammer and had smashed several windows when the police were alerted. One officer reportedly shot her after she refused to obey instructions and ran towards them.

The shooting, which took place close to a primary school, is being investigated by the public prosecution department. The woman is said to have caused problems for years.

‘We have made at least 200 reports,’ one neighbour told local broadcaster NH Nieuws.

A spokeswoman for the housing corporation which owned the property where the woman lived has confirmed she was visited by officials but declined to say what, if any, action was being taken because privacy concerns.

(DutchNews)

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INTERVAL TO SERVE AS INTERNATIONAL TITLE SPONSOR OF SHTA CRYSTAL PINEAPPLE AWARDS

SINT MAARTEN/MIAMI, FL - Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, is the main international sponsor of the 12th Annual Crystal Pineapple Awards Fundraising Gala. Organized by the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the event is scheduled for November 23 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Casino & Spa. The awards gala honors excellence in the hospitality and trade sectors and is resuming its tradition after a two-year hiatus due to the 2017 hurricane season impact.

"We are pleased to recognize the outstanding individuals who work across a range of businesses and contribute to St. Maarten's vital tourism industry by demonstrating their commitment to exceptional hospitality," said Neil Kolton, Interval's director of business development for the Caribbean and Southeast U.S. "These professionals have helped drive the island's impressive recovery and demonstrate the resilience of the shared ownership industry in this beautiful location."

"We are grateful for Interval's support of our association and our members who work tirelessly to promote St. Maarten's tourism and business experience on the local and international stage. These collaborative efforts will continue to heighten the profile of the country's offerings as a destination to potential guests," said Wyb Meijer, executive director, SHTA.

As a board member of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Education Foundation and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Scholarship Foundation, Interval has been a long-time supporter of the tourism industry in the Caribbean. Since 2000, Interval and its participating Caribbean resort clients have donated approximately US$800,000 to the CHTA and CTO foundations for the education of Caribbean nationals.

About Interval International

Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market since 1976. Today, Interval's exchange network comprises more than 3,200 resorts in over 80 nations. Through offices in 14 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and approximately 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs.

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Dutch government to appeal against IS children repatriation ruling

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The cabinet is to appeal against a court ruling ordering the Netherlands to do all it can to bring back IS children from Syrian prison camps.

Justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus and foreign minister Stef Blok told MPs on Tuesday that the ruling raises a number of issues ‘which may not have been considered sufficiently, including international relationships’.

By appealing, the cabinet hopes to gain clarity on these issues, the ministers said in a short letter to MPs. In the meantime, the government will start preparing to fulfill the court’s order to do its best to bring the children home, the ministers said.

Judges in The Hague said on Monday the Netherlands must ‘make all possible efforts’ to repatriate some 56 Dutch children in refugee camps in Northern Syria but is not required to bring back their mothers unless that is unavoidable.

The children ‘did not opt ​​for the caliphate, but now they have to deal with torture, abuse and lack of facilities’ the court said in its ruling, giving the Netherlands two weeks to make progress on the issue.

The US ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, has reiterated that the US is willing to help bring the children, and their mothers, back to the Netherlands. ‘If the Netherlands asks for American help with repatriating the women and children, then we will do all we can to make that possible,’ Hoekstra told broadcaster NOS.

The issue has divided the cabinet and both minister’s parties – the VVD and CDA – are opposed to bringing the children, most of whom are under the age of 6, back. ‘We don’t want these children back,’ VVD MP Dilan Yesilgoz said.

‘It is dangerous to bring these children back.’ CDA parliamentarian Madeleine van Toorenburg said on Twittert the verdict was full of risks. ‘The parents will have the right of return through the children,’ she said. ‘I think we should focus on the victims of the genocide.’

(DutchNews)

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We People vs Them People?

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY – By Adonis Cyntje) - Dear Editor, I’d like to point out the fact that we had an amazing array of activities and events for our 60th St. Martin Day Celebration. People were having a good time; cultural wears displays, organized orchestras and the traditional Johnny cakes and chicken leg. But we need to embrace all facets of our culture including our Dutch aspects. 

When we think about a lot of Dutch people coming here for jobs and opportunities, we must keep in mind there are a lot of our people including our students who go abroad to the Netherlands to seek job opportunities and tertiary education. As much as we expect integration there in the Netherlands, they expect integration here in St. Maarten. Therefore, we should foster such a relationship with the Netherlands. With this I encourage our political leaders to foster an amicable and working relationship with the Dutch in the best interest of our people. 

Remember that the rest of the world are joining up as seen in the European Union. It would be pointless if a small island like St. Maarten goes on its own without a sustainable plan. What a great multi-lateral relationship with all kingdom countries looks like? Open communication, exchange of resources, common goals, and most importantly trust.  

Even though there are some challenges dealing with our kingdom partner, there are also benefits, such as low-cost loans with low maturity as well as access to the European development funds. Should St. Maarten not have this accessibility we would then have to be mindful that St. Maarten would have to compete on the international market for loans in which we would have to prove our credit worthy. And given our credit standards, this may prove to be difficult. Hence, given our credit worthiness and political instability our credit loan would be questioned.  

But I see the light at the end of the tunnel. If we as a people can see ourselves as one, including our French neighbours, and our Dutch counterparts, then we can grow this nation and strive in the best interest of the people. I believe we can do it! 

Adonis Cyntje

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Court says Dutch state should bring IS children home – but not their mothers

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch government must ‘make all possible efforts’ to repatriate some 56 Dutch children in refugee camps in Northern Syria, but is not required to bring back their mothers, judges in The Hague ruled on Monday.

The children ‘did not opt ​​for the caliphate, but now they have to deal with torture, abuse and lack of facilities’ the court said in its ruling. The group of 23 Dutch female jihadis and their children had gone to court to force the Netherlands to repatriate them from prison camps.

The courtroom was packed with families of the women themselves. Law firms representing the women and children said that by not bringing them back, the Netherlands is acting against international human rights treaties because conditions in the camps are so dreadful.

‘If the Netherlands does nothing, Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad will soon have the blood of children in his hands,’ said lawyer Tom de Boer, who represented some of the women. On Friday it emerged that the Dutch counter terrorism agency NCTV believes bringing the children back would be better for national security in the long run.

‘Not bringing back these children carries more security risks within,’ the NCTV said in a memo seen by the Volkskrant. The children are still young and have not been indoctrinated and if they are not brought back, they could pose a risk in the future, the NCTV said.

Safety

The cabinet has repeatedly argued it is not safe to send officials to the prison camps to bring back children, although several children, including orphans, have been helped to leave.

Some 55 adults and 90 children are currently being held in Syrian detention camps, according to the Dutch security service AIVD. In January, the Dutch children’s ombudsman renewed her call to the government to bring back children who are stuck in camps in Syria because their parents supported IS.

‘The development of these children has been seriously threatened by their parents’ choices,’ the ombudsman said. ‘If parents cannot protect their children, the government should step in.’

Prime minister Mark Rutte said the government would study the judgment closely. André Seebregts, a lawyer for the families, said he expected more clarity in the next two weeks about how the judgment will be implemented.

But he cast doubt on the idea of sending the children to the Netherlands without their mothers. ‘The Kurds have already made it clear several times that they don’t want to separate the children from their mothers,’ he said.

Deportation

The Guardian reported on Monday that Turkey has started deporting foreign IS fighters who are currently living in refugee camps there.

One US citizen has been sent back and seven Germans are scheduled to be sent home on Thursday. ‘Turkey is not a hotel for foreign terrorists,’ the Turkish interior minister said.

(DutchNews)

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Miss St.Tosia Pageant

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY – By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert) - St.Tosia stopped in freeze-frame this week when their newly elected unmarried Miss St.Tosia Pageant, Rosa Malosa, suddenly announced that she would relinquish her title due to pregnancy. She became very beloved on the island for her dazzling dance performance titled “if you have it once, you want it twice” as part of the beauty contest. No one could have known her reign would last just one week. In general, the islanders are very forgiving because of the human fact that anyone could become pregnant at any time. And so, the dust settles, and the queens move on wearing their kitschy rhinestone tiara, wearing their title on a shiny ribbon and by being a good-looking crowned chick. Rosa refrained from immediately naming the father.

Yet, the inquisitive reporters of the St.Tosia Courier found out through the bush telegraphs that she was pregnant by the current Chairman of Parliament who had also fathered a child with his former wife who was Miss St.Tosia three years ago. The news stunned the island’s high social order and had raised eyebrows in political circles. In the past, unmarried beauty queens were quietly having their babies for decades. Either nobody seemed to notice, or nobody cared. But in this case…? Yet, it is common knowledge that male dignitaries generally have the first pick of beauty queens for wives, and many high-profile politicians on the island were already beneficiaries of some of St.Tosia's most bewitching beauties. There is a belief that being empowered by the charms of a titled queen is the formula for rising to rapid stardom.

The Miss St.Tosia Pageant is not a Miss Something-Or-Other. It shows the world that the Caribbean has so much more to offer than just sun, beautiful beaches and delicious cocktails! Not just any body can represent St.Tosia. The contestants are ultra-good-looking women with bra sizes often bigger than their intelligence quotients. The Pageant is about pretty women who are for real and are parading around in pretty dresses and swimsuits while smiling all the time. St.Tosian beauties are among the most beautiful in the Caribbean because of their baffling exotic ethnic mix! The first question that comes to mind is “what ingredients does this callaloo have in her?” For instance, Justine Jobert, last year’s Miss Tosia, is what you might call a rainbow person who has a bit of everything there is to find on the island: French, African, Indian and Chinese. Her late father, may his soul be blessed, lived 45 years on the island; he strongly believed in diversity and Justine was one of his 13 children of almost just as many mothers. No one really knows exactly and although nothing is proven, at his funeral there was a striking large following of crying women in black veils.

Besides Rosa Malosa, there were five more candidates who were participating in the contest and in an official announcement almost immediately after the abolishment of Rosa’s throne, the Miss St.Tosia Pageant Committee stated that the first runner-up, Eulalia Muddermoore, would become the new Miss St.Tosia. Eulelia made jaws drop and tongues wag in the “Bikini and Whole Piece Swimwear Segment” that was held Friday a week ago at the St.Tosia Imperial Yacht Club. She paraded in a creatively styled swimsuit that was hand sewn by her 80-year old grandma Eunice and it wholly showed her physical fitness and enhanced her personality. Grandmothers in that age sometimes don’t get all the pieces together anymore and that worked just perfectly for Eulelia’s swimwear. Her appearance brought her so much ahead in the scoring that although she tripped in her floor length gown during the Evening Wear competition on Saturday night, sending her stumbling right up to the flower decoration at the edge of the stage, the judges choose to see past this insignificant flaw. “Ooops, ‘forgot to scuff the bottom of my shoes.” she said, then got right back up and laughed it off with a million-dollar smile and started clapping her hands above her head and the audience joined in with a thundering applause.

At that Saturday night event in the Windhole Resort and Beach Hotel in Puerto Olvidar, the finals came alive when the exotic St.Tosian beauties competed in the additional segments Cultural Wear, Evening Wear, Performing Talent and Question and Answer Session.  

The flamboyant flavor of the luscious ebony Esperanza Fammagusta evoked a rare combination of mystery and sensuality. With her perfectly chiseled face and her graceful neck, the nearly six-foot tall statuesque built beauty has an impeccable sense of style. She had legs to die for and she could sashay without a bounce, a smooth walker gliding glamorously – and gliding carefully as if she had a fishbowl with a goldfish on her head. The slower Esperanza glided, the longer she is on stage, the longer she is exposed to the judges and keeps them in a state of suspense. She knows how to stretch it like the week between Christmas and New Year.

Charmaine de Sinsanque wowed the male judges and audience with her grace, and her dark, sexy and sultry looks. She went out to prove to every man in the audience who she beguiles that she's got two of everything. She made eye contact with the President of the Jury and Former Prime Minister of St.Tosia, Spencer Llewelyn, who is notorious for being an avid admirer of beauty and who has the reputation of having not much in the head but from there on down…, gangbusters. Charmaine had that certain “Yes, I'm looking at you and don't you think you should be looking at me too?” which she topped off with an eye wink that didn’t go unnoticed by the other judges. Llewelyn was totally smitten and gave her 10 points for her performance whereas the other judges only gave her 6.4, 6.7, 6.5 and 6.3 points. On them, she may have made too much of an impression of being self-centered, hedonistic and sometimes sexually promiscuous.

But everyone was totally astonished when Spencer Llewelyn who appeared to still be in a daze, again rewarded Charmaine with ten points for the answer she gave in the Question and Answer Session when she was asked to name an expensive feature in a car and she answered “Uhhhhhh…, a Rolex radio!”

The sweet settling of scores came in the Q&A session when Llewelyn asked the next candidate, Jodie Willmoth, what the purpose of life is, and she responded: “The purpose of your life is to serve as a warning to others!” That response visibly brought him out of concept. Jodie noticed it and tried to correct the situation by saying: “If you want a different answer, ask a different question.” Jodie only scored a meek 5.9 points from Llewelyn but was awarded four times ten points by the other judges on the panel.  

The 5ft 6 blue-eyed blonde Jodie Willmoth was a bit of dark horse candidate at first sight, and she appeared somewhat demure and homely. But she did show a fierce catwalk on the tune “Baby Elephant Walk” from the film Hatari; the music that Jodie had chosen for her modeling. She was the prototype female to prove that the worth of a woman takes a lot more than just maintaining a great face and physique and that strength and intelligence are priceless qualities. If you would play chess, backgammon or any other game with Jodie, you would lose big time for sure. She is the type of girl whose favorite dish is mashed potato and gravy. She may be short of the oozing sex appeal of the other contestants, but she outperformed them all with her outstanding communication skills and she marveled the audience with her confidence and wit. When the other contestants smiled it appeared as if they wanted to show that they are brushing their teeth four times daily with toothpaste containing peroxide and whitening microcrystals. When Jodie, with her pretty little dimples smiles or laughs, her nose wrinkles and she snores.

From the moment Cynthia Bird came on the stage, everyone was mesmerized by her stunning figure.

She may have lacked facial beauty but definitely had other bigger assets. Cynthia wore a black satin offensively almost-see-through top and had the most lifelike frontal acreage. She could have won any evening wear competition hands down. When Cynthia competes, boy, she knows how to compete! She transformed herself into a veritable pin-up girl who displays passion and ambition. She was bedazzled by the photographers calling her name and the flashlights went off like fireworks. Instantly she became the darling of Eleston Riddle, the St.Tosia Courier staff photographer, who seemed to make the best photo shoot of his life although these pictures were never published in the St.Tosia Courier, not even in the online picture gallery of the event.

The Miss St.Tosia Pageant organizers try to set strict fashion rules to make sure that the skimpy outfits of the beauty queens still manage to cover what should necessarily be kept from plain sight. Charmaine de Sinsanque, for instance, had been summoned during the rehearsals to cover up more by making her bikini bottoms wider. She started crying which broke the hearts of the stagehands and waiters at the Windhole Resort and Beach Hotel, who were actually rather pleased by the way things were. Cynthia Bird had already been given the warning by the Miss Pageant manager: "Don't forget your underwear", to which she had responded with: “Thank God, I’m very satisfied with the way the good Lord created me and I wouldn’t change a thing,” which left him speechless. And the cleaning lady who witnessed the moment when it was said, was making a threatening gesture with her cleaning mob to the manager: “Leh Sinty have she day. Left she alone. She beautiful and not fat like a lot of dem women in dis place.” At least, the beauty queen did as she was told, but her black satin lunatic daring reverted to now see-through top became known as “Cynthia’s Revenge”.

The St.Tosia school of thought of beauty may resolve a mind-body problem that can be traced back to Plato and Aristotle. St.Tosia Pageants hardly appear to qualify as culture. Contestants have no identifiable skills or recognizable talents. They are judged for the most part on those physical qualities-feminine beauty, grace, and poise-that are understood as the "natural" result of youth, heredity, and good breeding. St.Tosian beauty queens will never appear as technical workers, poets or academics. They realize they’ve got a lot more to gain than to lose from being in the pageant, by being more refined in body and not in mind. These emissaries of celestial feminine gorgeousness feel that they are destined to be the wife of a very important personality and will put their best foot forward, and not just their foot, as they endeavor to represent themselves first to the highest degree while showcasing a just diminutive sample of cultural elements of St.Tosia.

About the author.

The almost true stories and almost believable stories of St.Tosia are written by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert who claims that it is what he has experienced while residing on St.Tosia and monitoring what else is going on in the Caribbean.  

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Man who was being sought by police for ill-treatment arrested

PHILIPSBURG - The man with the initials R.N.G.S was arrested on Thursday afternoon approximately 02.00 pm in the area the Court House in Philipsburg by the police patrol.

The suspect who was arrested, is being investigated for his involvement in an ill-treatment case that took place by three men in the St. Peters area on July 7th, 2019.

There was an arrest warrant issued by the public prosecutor for the suspect who was seen on the Front Street by the police patrol.

He was arrested, brought to the police station and handed over to the detective department. The suspect was later questioned and incarcerated pending further investigation. (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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Quarter of Dutch hospitals lack skills for cancer ops: AD

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A quarter of Dutch hospitals are not experienced enough to carry out some operations for cancer, leaving patients at risk of post-operative bleeding, unremoved cancer cells and even death, the AD reports.

The paper, which publishes an annual hospital top 100, analysed hospital operation figures for eight types of cancer for which a minimum number of operations is required to ensure a sufficient skill levels.

The AD found that 419 cancer patients were operated on in hospitals which fell below one or more norms and had too little experience in the type of operation involved.

Seven hospitals did not have enough expertise to carry out bladder cancer operations and five fell short on the number for prostate cancer. In 2017 174 patients had a prostate cancer operation at hospitals which fell below the minimum of 50 operations a year.

120 bladder cancer patients were operated on in hospitals which carried out fewer than 20 of the annual number required. The paper said patients are much better off if they go to hospitals with more experienced surgeons.

For prostate cancer patients, for instance, the risk of irreversible incontinence is cut by 30% if the operation is performed in a hospital which carries out over 100 prostate removals.

‘The survival rate for patients operated on in a hospital with experienced surgeons is 40% higher, an enormous bonus,’ said Wim Schellekens, former health inspection chief and initiator of the norms.

Reasons

The eighteen hospitals cited by the AD offered different explanations, from falling just below the norm because of the planning of operations around holidays, to patients that could not be moved to another hospital because of their condition.

Nine hospitals realised they would not be carrying out the required number of operations and either stopped doing the operation or entered into some form of cooperation with a specialised hospital.

It is not easy to sanction underperforming hospitals, health minister Bruno Bruins said in a reaction, because hospitals cannot ‘simply and quickly take on each other’s patients and the matter is very complex’.

Magreeth Fernhout of the health inspection service told the paper hospitals that don’t achieve the norm will only be sanctioned if they underperform for three years in a row, during which improvements must be made. ‘In practice sanctions are never necessary,’ she said.

(DutchNews)

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Forever blowing bubbles: innovative device launches to clean plastics from canals

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The canal is still, apart from some drops of rain. But underneath Amsterdam’s Westerdok quay, the world’s first barrier made of bubbles is silently harnessing plastic waste before it reaches the ocean.

At the tip of Amsterdam’s historic canal district, Dutch authorities and an innovative start-up have launched an experiment to try to clean the waterways of its hidden waste.

The Great Bubble Barrier, launched in Amsterdam on Thursday, consists of a 60m punctured pipe that runs along the bottom of the channel. Compressed air is pumped through and rises as a curtain of bubbles; thanks to its diagonal positioning and the river current, the bubbles push pieces of plastic and rubbish upwards and to one side.

Here, on the Westerdoksplein side, a small platform floats to capture the waste. The project will be on 24/7 and has been commissioned for three years. ‘This is an important milestone,’ said Francis Zoet, co-founder of The Great Bubble Barrier start-up. ‘This is the first project that is going to stop plastic from ending up in the sea.’

Hidden waste

Already, according to the regional water authority Amstel, Gooi and Vecht – one of the project partners – five rubbish boats in Amsterdam remove 3,500kg of waste a day from the waterways.

Each year, they take out 42,000 kg of plastic, but the concern is that small items and plastics at the bottom of the water simply slip through the net. ‘Plastic in our water is becoming an increasing problem [and] has profound effects on the quality of our water and therefore on everything that lives in or near the water,’ said executive board member Sander Mager, at the launch.

‘This is precisely why it is important for the water management board to collaborate intensively with others to make a stand against this socially urgent problem.’ At the event, where some 200 people huddled under a tent against the rain, enjoying a bubble machine, bubbly wine, and a choir performance, speakers stressed that cleaning up the plastic is only part of the solution.

Although every minute, the equivalent of a full garbage truck of plastic waste is dumped into the sea – according to The Great Bubble Barrier – reducing the waste takes more than a clean-up.

‘There is a systemic change needed, that we use single-use plastics less, and recyclable and up cyclable plastic more, and ensure they don’t end up in the natural world,’ added Mager.

Idea

The project – thought to cost at least €100,000 – is also co-sponsored by Amsterdam council. Marieke van Doorninck, head of sustainability, said it is committed to tackling the waste problem at every level. ‘If you think of the canals, it’s all a very romantic idea, but the fact that they are full of plastic is a lot less so,’ she said.

‘We are doing everything we can as a city to leave as little plastic as possible, because if it gets onto the street, it gets into the water.’ The project started as a crazy idea over a bubbly beer when three keen amateur sailors, Zoet, Saskia Studer and Anne Marieke Eveleens were in a canalside bar four years ago.

‘For sailors, you are confronted one on one with the effects of plastic pollution and that just sticks with you: we wondered why there was no system that could catch plastic without hindering fish or ships, because all of the objects were quite passive and object like,’ Studer told DutchNews.

‘Then the idea came: why is there no wall of bubbles that could pull it out?’ They reached out to a German naval architect and ocean engineer, Philip Ehrhorn, who was also working with the idea of walls of bubbles after being inspired by a cleaning stage at a wastewater treatment plant while he was studying in Australia.

‘We heard of each other via Instagram by a weird coincidence and saw we had the same target,’ he says. ‘Long story short, I decided to move to the Netherlands two years ago.’

Their project has won a series of awards, and pilot tests show it can collect plastic from 1mm from flowing waterways and intercept 86% of floating material on inland water. Its effects on microplastics are still being studied at a wastewater treatment plant.

Robert

The start-up team is keen to stress that as well as collecting plastic, they want to raise awareness and inspire change. ‘A lot of people are overwhelmed by the problem and feel they can’t use any plastics at all,’ says Ehrhorn.

‘So, start small and learn with it. There’s a sign in Berlin that says that if a lot of small people do small things, it makes something big.’ Studer adds that on Wednesday, when the bubble barrier was turned on for a trial five hours, the litter collected included a Starbucks coffee cup marked with the name ‘Robert’.

‘If Robert had taken a thermo cup with him, that would have been one problem solved!’ she adds. ‘Do what you can and be proud of it.’

(DutchNews)

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