The lecture series is aimed at informing and educating the general public of Sint Maarten in different areas of the law, namely, court system, criminal, international, tax, fiscal, real estate, civil code and others. There are four lectures scheduled for this year.
“This joint venture,” Head of DCOMM Rodney Richardson said, “will be very informative for the public. The speakers will provide information on a specific topic, and the audience will have an opportunity to be interactive and discuss the topic with the speakers and other audience members. So the public will get to learn more about the law than a superficial glance.”
President of USM Dr. Francio Guadeloupe said that “the lectures will be like a mini law lecture, aimed at bringing the subject of law closer to the people. For the people to get acquainted with the law intricate details, it is important to provide the information to the public. With these lectures and communication activities, the topic of law should become more common place to the different segments of the population.”
The Keynote Speaker for this first lecture will be Judge Mauritsz de Kort, who will speak on the Joint Court of Justice & the Legal System on Sint Maarten, including its structure and functioning.
The event is scheduled at the University of St. Martin on March 29, 2016 at 7pm at the USM, room 202.
BES Islands - Early March a report was filed against a police officer with initials L.C. on account of assault.
In response, the Public Prosecutor asked the State Investigation Department to investigate.
The concerning police officer has been suspended due to the investigation.
Given the current investigation no further information can be shared at this moment.
BES islands - During the past few weeks policy consultancy firm Ecorys performed an evaluation of the Education Agenda for the Dutch Caribbean on Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius on the instructions of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science [Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap (OCW)]. The Education Agenda dates from March 2011 and is the guiding principle for the educational improvements between 2011 and 2016 on the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands (CN).
The objective of the evaluation is to back and provide insight into the effectiveness of all activities in the framework of the Education Agenda. However, it also is intended to look to the future.
The main objective of the Education Agenda was for the 21 educational institutions in the CN to achieve basic quality. The reports of the Education Inspectorate, which visits the local educational institutions twice a year, show that most educational institutions have reached basic quality by now. The evaluation by the agency Ecorys emphasises the question how these results were reached: what works well and what instruments are less effective? The evaluation should also show whether the results have been safeguarded adequately for the future.
In order to realise this Ecorys has conducted many interviews. They spoke to many stakeholders on the islands of the CN and in the European Netherlands. On each of the three islands they concluded the evaluation round with a round-table meeting with representatives of all institutions involved. During these meetings the Ecorys researchers presented the information which they had obtained from the interviews and the translation thereof to points of attention for future cooperation. During group assignments the participants contributed to refining these points of attention.
In April Ecorys representatives will present the results of the evaluation to the parties involved on the islands and in the European Netherlands.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The “8th Annual Lion Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair” organized by the St. Maarten Lions Club on Saturday, March 5th 2016 at the Festival Village can once again be termed a great success.
Lions Health & Wellness Fair Organizer Lion Wally Havertong stated; “The Lions Club would like to thank through this medium all stakeholders who took part in the Fair for offering their expertise, information and services to the public of St. Maarten free of charge.
The club would also like to thank the general public that came out in great numbers to make use of these services, information and various tests that were offered. Compiling all the results from the various stakeholders took some time and for that reason this press-release is finally being released at this time”.
All participants in the Fair have expressed their satisfaction as all did well, with some doing better than others. For the newcomers to the Fair, it was a great experience and most have already signed up for next year’s Fair in 2017. This year the Fair has seen quite some additions in particular where it concerns the Wellness part of the Fair with four speakers who filled the conference rooms at the Festival Village.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) in collaboration with the University of St. Martin (USM) will be hosting their annual puppet show for children ages 4 to 10 year old at the library on Tuesday 15th of March 2016, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
The puppet show is an assignment from the USM’s Children’s Literature Class.
The students teachers have not only learn how to prepare and execute puppet shows but also how to perform in front of a live audience.
Findings has suggest that puppet shows may be an effective means of reinforcing existing knowledge and communicating new information.
The aspiring student teachers will be preforming a total of 4 shows:
“From Bully to Friendly”: performed by Sharina Kalmera- Bryson,
Esther Louis-Jean, Tashana Samuels, Victoria Nelson, Audra Hyman.
, “Bring back my Booker” performed by: Oneida Arrindell, Vania Maynard, Miranda Richardson, Ahlina Gario.
, “Little Red Riding Hood”: Lucinda Gumbs, Chelsea Richardson,Sandrine Labardy, Reshma Khudan
“Why frogs have no tails”:Lerissa Rey, Shevonne Richardson, Dionela Casperson, Kiran Manglani.
Children on St. Maarten are not usually exposed much to puppet shows and literacy on all levels is our core components and with these goals in mind the interactive performance will be taken place this Tuesday March 15th. We are encouraging all children to come out and enjoy this event.
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