PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, the Honorable Silveria Jacobs told journalists on Wednesday that the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) is one of her priorities.

The Ministers statement came during the Council of Ministers press briefing.

The Minister further indicated that her intention is to find solutions for the issues that are being faced by the management, staff and the students, and that her goal is to bring the school back to its original intentions.

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COLE BAY, St. Maarten - Women's desk in the observation of the sixteen days of activism for the elimination of violence against women held an Awareness Ensemble at the Rock House Port de Plaisance under the theme "the impact and influence of music and media on violence against women & girls.

The theme was demonstrated through the art form with moving and heart-stirring performances from the Charlotte Brookson Academy, Funtopia and the National Institute of Arts.

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Emil Lee, addressed a packed room focusing on “the impact and influence of Music and Media on Violence against Women and Girls”. Minister Lee touched on how the internet is radically changing the way we access information, evolving media continues to increase its influence and penetration into our societies. “In the past, parents could control access to media by controlling access to the radio and television. Now with mobile devices, laptops, tablets it has become almost impossible to stop our youth and citizens from accessing information.

The featured speaker for the event was Dr. Ronya Foy-Connor, coordinator of the Gender Division in Anguilla. A very eloquent, gifted, accomplished, yet humble Dr. Foy-Connor presented a well-researched and analytical presentation with great debt. She provoked thought and careful consideration of our present social situation as she linked and connected violence against women and girls with other social issues that are not always considered as contributing factors. The deliberate use of the media that provokes and encourages a culture of violence, a culture of disrespect, a culture of academic passiveness and a culture that dehumanizes the woman. She used very creatively known and celebrated entertainers which helped the audience to make realistic connection and which also shed light on the need for positive role models.

In addition she highlighted that social media places a vast amount of unnecessary pressure on individuals that has created a society of attention seekers and who when not gratified, resorts to low self-esteem and the like.

Media and music are very powerful socializing tools that has both positive but very destructive elements, Dr. Foy Connor recommended that greater awareness in the area needs to take place, collaboration, censorship of content that will be for public view and the importance of being that positive role models for the youth. The policy makers were also challenged to enact laws that protect public spaces from undesirable content.

Women's desk takes this opportunity to thank all those persons who in one or another have contributed to the success of this Awareness Ensemble.

“There is one universal truth applicable to all countries, cultures and communities that violence against women is never accepted, never excusable and never tolerable”

- US Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) will be hosting a general meeting on December 1, 2015 at Belair Community Centre at 7:30 pm.

This general meeting serves to inform the public about the objectives and goals of the party. Also, it is an opportunity for the public to ask questions and engage directly with the faith- based political party.

Founded by Mr. Wycliffe Smith, former Lt. Governor of Saba, policy advisor, and retired pastor, and Mr. James Edwin Arrindell, pastor of Christian Faith Ministries, the St. Maarten Christian Party is one of the new political parties recently created to contest in the snap elections scheduled on February 9, 2016.

Having fulfilled all of the requirements with regards to the party registration under the National Ordinance of Registration and Finances of Political Parties, SMCP is now able to properly inform the public of its plans to serve the people in a way that brings about true change.

SMCP is not an organization founded by a church but by concerned citizens who believe firmly in living a life of integrity and serving the people. Guided by Christian principles, the SMCP is focused on providing tangible solutions to empower the people of St. Maarten and by so doing, realize a vision of a better St. Maarten.

This will be explained in further detail at the general meeting. Other topics would include the party organization, committees, membership, and manifesto.

Though there has been much talk about a possible postponement of the snap elections, SMCP is prepared to contest in the elections at any given time and would like to inform and involve the public of its plans so that the people can make an informed decision.

Interested persons are invited to come to the Belair Community Center at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Snacks and drinks will be provided. For further information, please send email the Sint Maarten Christian Party at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Parlatino delegations from Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten pose for a picture before the start of the proceedings of the 2nd day of the General Assembly.


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Prime Minister Hon. William Marlin met with Secretary General Luis Brown and representatives of the Ministry of VROMI on Wednesday November 25th, 2015.

This introductory meeting was held to further discuss the location of the sewage plant in Cole Bay among other matters of priority within the Ministry.


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