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PHILIPSBURG:--- This week students of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School were given the opportunity to cast their ballots in a 'mock election', which was part of the Project Approach on Citizenship/Government. The Cycle 2 year 2 students along with their classroom Teacher Tracy Joseph worked diligently to create manifestos which highlighted the goals each party expected to achieve if they win the election.
The aim of this project was to enable students to be active learners as they demonstrate an understanding of some fundamental rights of the Dutch citizen, that is, the right to vote and be voted for. This activity also developed awareness of the election process and how a government is formed.
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 11:23 pm
ST. PETERS:--- Bullying continues to be a major issue that schools have to contend with. The Helmich Snijders Hillside Christian School (St. Peters) is taking a very proactive approach to deal with this issue. In collaboration with the PEACE IS Foundation, the school organized an anti-bullying week which began on Monday, January 19, 2015 and ended on Monday, January 26, 2015. Using funds raised from the PEACE IS breakfast which was held on November 11, 2014, the school was able to purchase the materials that were used during the week. It was quite a challenge for the school to source materials in Dutch, which is the language of instruction at the school, but those challenges were overcome through the persistence of the school management team.
The week kicked off with a special assembly on Monday, January 19, which included performances and presentations focused on bullying. There were performances by the students, including a puppet show. Former student Ms. Julie Alcin also shared a poem and there was a brief presentation by PEACE IS.
Throughout the week there were activities and discussions around the issue of bullying. Some of the topics that were covered included: who is a bully, bullying vs. teasing, different types of bullying including cyber bullying, accepting others even if they are different, how bullying affects the victim and what they can do, and helping the victim rather than being a bystander. The activities included role plays, watching and discussion of videos, poetry, singing, drawing, essay writing, storytelling and going through workbooks on bullying.
On Friday the 23rd, the PEACE IS Foundation held separate 30 minute sessions with groups 5-8. The sessions featured short videos on anti-bullying followed by interactive discussions with the students. The focus of the sessions was "Say Something". Everyone was encouraged to speak up, whether they were the ones being bullied or the bystander who witnessed the bullying incident. Even those who may have the tendency to be bullies were encouraged to say something; in this case, to reach out for help.
One new initiative implemented at the school is a box where the students could inform school staff of bullying issues amongst children of the school, whether on or off campus. During the first week, at least 20 messages were dropped in the box, and the reported issues are being actively attended to by the school management and the teachers.
During the closing on Monday 26th during the morning assembly, each group/class did a presentation such as poetry, performing a skit, singing, and dancing, all aimed at encouraging each other to say positive things and to stop bullying.
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 11:10 pm
PHILIPSBURG:--- Community Outreach Mentoring and Empowerment International (C.O.M.E.) Center, in collaboration with the St. Maarten Development Fund, will begin the third year of its Acquiring Basic Competency Literacy Program on February 3rd, 2015. ABC Literacy program is aimed at persons in the community who would like to improve their literacy skills; reading, writing, comprehension and communication.
The program is designed for individuals 18 years and older, and will consist of individual and small group sessions. A group of dedicated tutors will provide a one-on-one approach, using a wide range of recognized teaching materials, as well as other materials geared to the student's particular needs and interest.
C.O.M.E. Center is elated that the St. Maarten Development Fund has come on board to assist with eradicating a portion of illiteracy on St. Maarten. Our aim is to help members of our community become literate citizens of this society.
C.O.M.E. Center would like to thank the Rotary Club Sunrise for assisting with the program last year. C.O.M.E is pleased to announce that this Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 7:00 pm will be the graduation ceremony of some of the students who went through the classes last year. They will all receive certificates for completing various levels.
Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, at the Center situated in the Maynard Building, opposite FW Vlaun & Son on the Longwall Road, Philipsburg. For more information on Community Outreach Mentoring and Empowerment International (C.O.M.E. Center), please call 542-2575, 526-4236, 523-0901 or 580-8231 or email:
. If you know of anyone that is in need of this program, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Also slated for the evening, will be the graduation of the students from the Sewing Class which took place during last year, certificates of completion will be presented. If you are interested in learning to sew, please do not hesitate to contact the Come Center on the above mentioned phone numbers or email address.
Additionally, the C.O.M.E Center will launch a new free breakfast initiative as of Monday February 2. Every Monday thereafter, breakfast will be served from 7:30 am to 9:00 am while on Friday February 6, soup will be served from 11:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The soup kitchen will be open every Friday as well.
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 10:33 pm
GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, on Wednesday advised local family physicians to be observant with respect to measles.
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 3:15 am
PHILIPSBURG:--- Kids at Sea Foundation is extremely proud to announce that swift progress is being made by the Milton Peters College 3rd and 4th Form Carpentry Students on their Didi 26, Sloop Design, the first such racing sloop in the Build Your Future Program.
Posted on 29 January 2015 | 8:55 pm
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- The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) has appointed hospitality and tourism industry veteran Frank J. Comito as the new CEO and Director General. He assumes the post March 9, 2015.
Posted on 29 January 2015 | 1:50 pm
St. Maarten – The Ministry of Justice had no reason to fire attorney Ellen Knoppel in 2014, the Court in First Instance ruled yesterday. On Friday the court ruled in summary proceedings that the previous Minister of Justice, Roland Duncan, had granted the attorney a permanent labor contract under the so-called departure policy, which made the […]
Posted on 26 January 2015 | 2:16 am
St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance adjourned the trial of Customs officer Alexander Maximilliano Ernesto L. yesterday until February 25 to give the defense the opportunity to present documentation to substantiate the defendant’s medical condition. L. is a suspect in the January 30, 2014 transport of 268 kilos of cocaine into St. Maarten on […]
Posted on 26 January 2015 | 2:15 am
St. Maarten —Criticism leveled at the Governments Counterpart policy has resulted in Independent Member of Parliament Cornelius De Weever coming to the defense and making it clear that “the counterpart legislation is a law and not just a policy.” MP De Weever explained that the ministry used the law in one case. “The company took us […]
Posted on 26 January 2015 | 2:14 am
St. Maarten —A vote of no confidence in almost its entire slate of candidates in the 2014 elections has unwittingly been expressed by the United People party, according to leader of the One St. Maarten People Party Lenny Priest, who explained that this is his conclusion after noting that out of the 23 candidates on the […]
Posted on 26 January 2015 | 2:12 am
St. Maarten – Parliament met Friday to discuss the draft national budget from 9:00am. The draft 2015 National Budget is set at Naf.445.000.000 with investments and capital goods set at Naf.111.031.451. Members of the budget were also able to download the draft budget from the parliament site. The site was down for reconstruction but is anticipated to be […]
Posted on 26 January 2015 | 2:10 am
St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance adjourned the trial of 32-year-old Carlos Adolphus I. yesterday to allow time for hearing a witness and for a forensic investigation of a knife. The defendant was involved in a fight in a bar on October 22 of last year whereby the eventual victim had been assaulted with […]
Posted on 26 January 2015 | 2:07 am
Labor conflicts like the one involving attorney Ellen Knoppel show how the inner workings of the government apparatus sometimes shortchange people who mistakenly think they have a steady job. Knoppel went on a rollercoaster ride whereby her one-year contract first became permanent, before she was fired for no apparent reason at all. In summary proceedings […]
Posted on 26 January 2015 | 2:06 am
St. Maarten —The results are in and Peggy Ann Brandon is the president of the Executive board of the Chamber of Commerce and industry following the election on January 20th. The Vice-President of the board as per the election results is Stanley Lint, with Anastacio Baker as the treasurer. The other board members are Sidharth “Cookie” […]
Posted on 26 January 2015 | 2:04 am
St. Maarten – Winair has taken the initiative and decided to pass its savings from the reductions in international fuel prices to its customers. “Winair will be decreasing its fuel surcharges by 30% for travel after February 1, 2015. This is due to ongoing developments on the international level, where crude oil has been experiencing price […]
Posted on 26 January 2015 | 2:02 am
St. Maarten – Xtratight™ Entertainment presents its 3rd edition of TelCell night of the hit makers—carnival’s premier dance experience and show– offering an Xtatic experience for St. Maarten Carnival 2015. Xtratight™ has brought a blend of artist together that according to organizers, guarantees to set the dance floor in Carnival Village on “fyah”. This year the […]
Posted on 26 January 2015 | 2:01 am
- In 2007 the whole of the Government of Montserrat investment portfolio was moved from the Office of the Premier to the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC).
– TelEm Group has announced that it will be carrying out the second in a series of maintenance works on the company's DSL internet services Friday.
GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM)
– Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, on Wednesday advised local family physicians to be observant with respect to measles.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten
– Island 92 (91.9) FM Radio today announced "The L.A. Lloyd Rock Countdown" will premiere this Sunday, February 1st at noon to 3pm, as a new addition to the Sunday program lineup.
PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten
– Minister Plenipotentiary Hon. Josianne Fleming-Artsen recently met with the board of St. Maarten Student Support Services (S4) to get an update with respect to S4 activities for 2015.
PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten
– The Central Committee of Parliament will meet in public session on January 30 at the request of the National Alliance (NA) faction.
- In follow-up to the launch of the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CESI) in June 2014, the Vice President, Secretary of Energy Moniz, other senior Administration officials, Caribbean Heads of Government, multilateral development banks, and other international partners participated in the Caribbean Energy Security Summit January 26 in Washington, D.C. to work together in support of Caribbean energy security.
- Talks are continuing this week between the Government of Montserrat and officials of the UK Department for International Development (DfID) on Montserrat's 2015-2016 Recurrent Budget and related issues.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten
- The Mental Health Foundation, in cooperation with the Public Schools and Catholic Schools, is in the process of bringing a prevention program called 'Zippy's Friends' to the children of St. Maarten.