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Minister Jacobs successfully negotiates an extension of the MOU with Monroe College.

monroerenewal24052016NEW ROCHELLE,NY/PHILIPSBURG:--- Notwithstanding, the ever increasing college and university tuition costs in the United States, St. Maarten students attending Monroe College in New York will continue to benefit from discounted tuition, housing and meal plan rates as Minister of Education Silveria Jacobs successfully renegotiated an extension of the MOU between the Government of St. Maarten and Monroe College.
For the Fall and Winter semesters St. Maarten students will receive a 28% discount on tuition, fees, dormitory and meal plan. Taking into account the Government of St. Maarten’s financial contribution of US$ 7.500,00 per semester, this means that the parental or students’ own contribution will be merely US$1.250,00 per semester. For the Spring or Summer semester students will receive a 54% discount on tuition, fees, dormitory and meal plan. The parental or students’ own contribution will be US$ 580,00.
During her visit to Monroe College, Minister Jacobs met with the president of Monroe College Dr. Stephen Jerome and received a tour of the New Rochelle and Bronx campuses. The Minister had the opportunity to receive a demonstration of the Criminal Justice and Nursing simulator training programs. The Minister of Education also met with St. Maarten students currently attending Monroe College. During this meeting the students informed the Minister of their study progress, concerns, and exchanged ideas and views on current matters in an open and frank discussion.
Monroe offers a range of certificate, Associate, Bachelor's and Master's Degree programs including new programs such as Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Sports Management. The College stands out for many reasons, and one of those reasons is its faculty. Monroe’s Professors are more than just Instructors. They are mentors and motivators who take time out to help their students to achieve their very best. Most Professors (former NYPD detectives, business leaders, chefs or nurses) bring invaluable experience into the classroom and they make sure their students benefit from their practical knowledge. At Monroe College, there are no huge lecture halls, with small classes and many opportunities for practical application of material learned. Monroe College is ranked ‘Most Affordable Private College in New York State’ by U.S. News and World Report and ranked third in New York in Online bachelor’s degree programs.
On behalf of the Government of St. Maarten, Minister Jacobs would like to thank Mr. Marc Jerome (vice president of Monroe College), Craig Patrick (VP of Admissions), Gersom Lopez (Dean of Admissions), Karenann Carty (Dean of Academics) and Lorraine Meyers (Manager Caribbean Region). A special thank you is extended to Mrs. Kimarah Isaac, Special Projects Coordinator, who worked tirelessly with Mr. Calvin Mardembrough to facilitate this visit and the MOU.

Shoot hoops not guns continues with its campaign.

shoothoops24052016St. Peters:--- Shoot Hoops Not Guns campaign continues to uplift communities as there was a rewarding weekend of community projects in St. Peters. After listening to the community’s dreams, projects were started around the Community Center, basketball court and nearby playground. The residents were pleading to have environments that are safe for their kids to play. The youths of the vicinity took the lead as the areas were cleaned of debris, the grass was cut, trees pruned, donated plants from a community resident were planted around the playground with flower pots created from used tired. Gardening tools and cleaning supplies were provided by Robelto & Sons and Jazz General Construction. Signs were made from old pallets reminding the public to keep the surroundings clean. It was also arranged for the lights around the court and on the playground to be repaired immediately. The nets on the basketball rims were replaced by nets constructed by the children as part of the project and a garbage bin placed near the court.

A wall of the Rupert Maynard Community Center's property facing the main road was painted with the slogan “We Love St. Peters” and smeared hand prints of the volunteers decorated the wall with paint donated from Kooyman and Sherwin Williams.

The areas were transformed in a weekend and shows how a unified community can achieve anything. The campaign concludes with an all-day event on May 28th; a 3 vs 3 basketball tournament and three-point shootout for the district residents for ages 12-17 and 18-26. There will be entertainment and activities for all ages. The residents of St. Peters are encouraged to come out and celebrate unity through community and support their athletes.

Minister Lee congratulates Dr.Jolles on his appointment as President to the Council of Public Health.

councilpublichealth24052016PHILIPSBURG:--- The Minister of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor Emil Lee, congratulates Dr. Theodorus Jolles on his recent appointment as the President/Chair of the Council of Public Health.
The Council of Public Health is a crucial entity that solicits requested and un-requested advice to the Minister on matters concerning public health. Members are representatives of the private health sector and patient organizations.
Minister Lee also extends congratulations to the newly appointed secretary Drs. Bas Van den Bosch, who replaced Mr. Reinke Bram.
The members of the Council of Public Health are : Dr. T.Jolles-President, Dr. A. Van der Waag, Vice Chair, Mr. Bas Van den Bosch- Secretary, Mr. O Van de Gevel, member on behalf of health insurers, Mrs. Boetekees, member on behalf of the healthcare institutions, Dr. M. Mercuur, member on behalf of medical professionals, Mrs. S. de Cuba and Mrs K.E.A. Eusebuis, members on behalf of patient organizations.
“Together the members provide unbiased professional guidance on decisions regarding public health, and I thank each member for their time and contributions,” stated Minister Lee.

SER Suriname visits Sint Maarten counterpart.

sersurinam24052016HARBOR VIEW: --- Chairwoman of the Social Economic Council (SER), Oldine Bryson-Pantophlet, welcomed the Chairman of the SER of Suriname, Ferdinand Welzijn on Tuesday May 17th. The Chairwoman congratulated him on being the latest addition to the family of social economic councils in the Caribbean and Latin America region.

As of April 2016 Suriname has re-established its SER. 2010 was the last year that the SER was active, during the tenure of former president of Suriname, Ronald Venetiaan.
The current President Desiré Bouterse installed the new members last month. Five members are nominated by the government (independent experts), four by the unions (employee representatives) and four members represent the business community (employer representatives). The council consists of 13 permanent members. Each member has a substitute.

The meeting between SER Sint Maarten and SER Suriname is the first official meeting between the advisory bodies. The Secretary-General, Gerard Richardson gave a presentation about the work method of the SER, its composition and its role in Sint Maarten’s society.

Mr. Welzijn expressed his appreciation and is looking forward to a fruitful cooperation between the Councils.

Minister of Justice renews contract with NFI.

nfikpsm24052016PHILIPSBURG:--- On Tuesday May 24th the Minister of Justice of Sint Maarten Edson Kirindongo and Mrs. Judy van Overveld, representative of the Nederlandse Forencisch Instituut (Forensic Institute of the Netherlands) during a brief meeting signed the renewed working contract between both entities. The NFI is the institution that has been working closely with the police force of Sint Maarten for numerous years, conducting many in depth and complicated forensic investigations. With the renewal of this contract allows both the KPSM and the NFI to continue to work closely together in solving many serious criminal investigations.
kpsmnfisigning24052016After the signing of the contract Mrs. J. van Overveld presented the Chief of Police Carl John with a token of appreciation as a symbol of the very good working relation which exists between the Korps Politie Sint Maarten and the Nederlandse Forencisch Instituut. The police chief gladly accepted this token on behalf of the KPSM.

KPSM Police Press Release.

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