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STB and FCCA treat students to holiday gifts, entertainment and refreshments.

stb19012017GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) in collaboration with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) hosted the annual FCCA Holiday Gift program at the Marie Genevieve De Weever Primary School recently.

All the students received gifts, kind compliments of the member lines of the FCCA. They were also treated to pizza/refreshments and entertained by several characters, such as, Sponge Bob, Ben 10, Patrick and Diego.

The aforementioned was sponsored by the STB. On hand to address the students was Michael Granger of the Cabinet of Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication.

Fuel prices increases as of Saturday.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Government of St. Maarten regulates the prices of petroleum products by imposing a maxImum price at which wholesalers and retailers can sell these products on St. Maarten. Due to the ongoing developments on the international market, the prices of crude oil have experienced adjustments upwards for ULG & Gasoil (diesel ). Given the aforementioned, the general public is hereby informed that as of Saturday 21st' January 2017 at 6:00 am the maximum
the consumer price of ULG & Gasoil (diesel) has increased as follows:

ULG 1.842 1.963
Gasoi l (diesel) 1.368 1.425


College or University 101: The United States System” workshop to be held on Jan. 26

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Prosecutor's Office will act more rigid against persons with a court sentence who do not perform their community service or do not comply with the conditions imposed

by the court in a conditional sentence. This good intention of the Prosecutor’s Office for the year 2017 led to the necessary efforts and successes in recent weeks.

In recent weeks, five (5) persons have been arrested who have not respected the conditions attached by the judge to a suspended prison sentence. The Prosecutor’s Office had ordered their arrest and they are currently detained (based on an execution order of the Court).
In recent weeks the Prosecutor’s Office has also sent letters to eight (8) other persons
with a court sentence to make them aware that they will be detained because they have not carried out their community service. Five (5) of these persons, after receiving the
letter, have decided to comply with their community service. One (1) person with a court sentence imposed in response to this letter, an objection to the Court, but that was dismissed as unfounded by the court yesterday. He will therefore still have to serve the alternative sentence and was detained right away by the police and is currently in prison.

The judge, of course, always takes into account the personal circumstances of the accused when determining the sentence. This may result in a suspect receiving a suspended sentence or community service. The suspect thus gets a chance and if he meets the conditions he will not go to jail. In case he does not take this chance, there are consequences to be attached. Otherwise, punishment is meaningless. The Prosecutor’s Office does not exclude more arrests in the near future.

Prosecutor's Press Release.

Aiming to inform students and parents.

College or University 101: The United States System” workshop to be held on Jan. 26

PHILIPSBURG – What is the difference between college and university? Why do students have to take the SATs? What are credits? What is Grade Point Average or GPA?
These are a few questions aspiring U.S. college students and their parents may have, coming from St. Maarten where the education system is somewhat different. Consequently, Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs is aiming to put students and parents at ease in regards to such questions in a comprehensive manner.
SSSD is organizing a free workshop entitled “College or University 101: The United States System” on Thursday, January 26, 2016 at SSSD’s office from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. SSSD’s office is located in the Amigo Building, across from the Police Station and next to the Windward Island Bank (WIB) in Philipsburg.
Students in their last two years of secondary school or recent graduates who are interested in studying in the United States of America (USA), and their parents, are invited to attend this free and interactive workshop.
The aim of the workshop is to ensure that students and parents walk away with a better understanding of the U.S. college and university educational system. The workshop will be covering aspects from the first year, where key differences in comparison to our own educational system need to be addressed, to the last year of college or university. Some social aspects will also be addressed.
“Anyone can research the questions about college and university and get answers but putting these answers in perspective in a comprehensive manner can make the world of difference,” SSSD officials said.
Persons interested in attending this workshop on January 26, 2017, are urged to contact SSSD at Tel: 543-1235 to reserve a spot as space is limited. Persons are also urged to be on time since this will minimize interruptions.
A similar workshop for students aiming to study in Canada is scheduled to be held on February 28, 2017.

Minister Jacobs meets with staff and management of the Leonald Conner School.

Pond Island:--- The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Ms. Silveria Jacobs met with the management and staff of the Leonald Conner School on Wednesday, January 28th, 2017 to disseminate information on the way forward. The management and staff of LCS have been dispersed at Dr. Martin Luther King School, Marie Genevieve de Weever School, Ruby Labega School and the Prins Willem Alexander School since November 2016, and the former Charles Leopold Bell School as of December 2016. The move was intended to last approximately 4-6 weeks, however, the independent studies and financial assistance for the repairs at LCS is taking longer than expected. The management and staff of the LCS voiced their opinions on the current situation as well as came up with some short term solutions to assist with the situation. Minister Jacobs sympathized with the management and staff as she understands the current struggles they are faced with and guaranteed them that things will improve.
Minister Jacobs informed the management and staff that during the Council of Ministers meeting with the various industrial companies situated in the Cay Bay area, that all companies pledged to assist financially with regards to the electrical updates and A/C installations at the LCS.
NV GEBE, one of the companies which pledged to finance the emergency repairs and has included it in their 2017 budget. The project is expected to commence shortly and is projected to take approximately 4-6 weeks for completion. The Ministry of VSA has also enlisted the services of PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) to conduct an in-depth independent study in the Cay Bay area to ascertain the possible health risks. NV GEBE has also conducted a study as to the air quality and is awaiting the final report, while the Ministry of VROMI has also pledged to conduct an independent study to this effect.
Minister Jacobs further expressed that the situation at the LCS and the Cay Bay area has the full attention of government and specifically is a priority for the Ministry ECYS as well as the Ministries VSA and VROMI.
The Minister ECYS will also visit the CLB school to get a first-hand view of the challenges the management and staff are faced with at that location.

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