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President of USM Suspended for In-appropriate Behavior.

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President of USM Suspended for In-appropriate Behavior.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The board of the University of St. Martin (USM) suspended the institution's President Annelies Oliver van den Assem last Saturday. According to information provided to SMN News van den Assem signed a contract with the University of Curacao (UNA) in 2013 for them to provide a Business and Accounting course at USM for a period of two years.
According to the information SMN News received is that van Assem did not consult with the board prior to signing the two year contract which costs USM some $6,000.00 per year, furthermore the contract she signed clearly stated that the students will not get an accredited certificate when they complete the program.
The source said that the Dean of the University found the signed contract sometime in July and he alerted the board. Ever since the discovery the board of USM has been in touch with UNA to see if they will find a proper solution that would allow the 17 students that are participating in the course to get an accredited certificate when they complete the program. However, negotiations with UNA is still ongoing. SMN News could not get an official comment from the Chairman or vice Chairman of the board of USM up to the time this article was published. As soon as more information becomes available SMN News will bring you up to date.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 August 2014 14:30 )


COM Meets with Company that provides Emergency and Lifeguard Services.

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COM Meets with Company that provides Emergency and Lifeguard Services.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Council of Ministers (COM) received a presentation from Geovanni Sprott, Executive Advisor/Director of TuckSpro N.V. regarding services provided by the company, which possibly complement Government responsible services.
TuckSpro N.V. provides emergency and lifeguard services, as well as, medical transport services; all personnel employed are certified.

For its lifeguard project, TuckSpro has presently 15 lifeguards certified by the American Lifeguard Association. Sprott stressed the importance of constructing lifeguard towers manned by lifeguards and emergency service workers, as most beaches on St. Maarten have 'swim at your own risk, no lifeguard on duty' signs.

This initiative will provide additional safety and service to tourists and visitors in general, as well as to school children while on field trips and Jet Ski users in particular. In overall it will aid in the improvement of the St. Maarten tourism product by providing sufficient and timely emergency and safety services.

Concrete proposals on the various services are to be provided by TuckSpro and presented to the Council of Ministers in order to determine how Government can assist.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 22:44 )

Ministry VROMI announces Road closure section Union Road vicinity entrance Princess Port de Plaisance up to Causeway Roundabout.

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PHILIPSBURG:--- Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby announces road closure from the entrance of Princess Port de Plaisance up the Causeway Bridge Roundabout.

This road works is a project from Windward Roads BV to finalize placement of hot asphalt on the intersection Union Road/Causeway roundabout.

These works will start Monday 25th August 2014 at 4:00am and will end on the same day 25th August 2014 at around 8am.
Traffic coming from Union Road will be diverted onto the new concrete road right of Union Road and will continue and end up in the roundabout which will continue their normal route. Road users have to pay keen attention and follow the traffic signs.
Traffic coming from Marigot or from the Causeway Bridge can go via Union Road through the roundabout taking a right turn on the same concrete road and end up on the Union Road.
Due to the nature of the works there will be no special measures for any of the Emergency Services during the duration of these works.
Motorists and residents are requested to be vigilant and pay keen attention due to the fact of various heavy machinery being used on the road during the civil works.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 20:23 )

Port St. Maarten Donates Towards Save the Zoo Campaign.

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Port St. Maarten Donates Towards Save the Zoo Campaign.

POINT BLANCHE:--- Representatives of Port St. Maarten this week made a donation to the St. Maarten Zoological and Botanical Garden Foundation in connection with its "Save our Zoo," campaign.
The Zoo is facing bankruptcy, and has embarked upon a campaign to save the establishment from possible closure.
Port St. Maarten sees the added value of having a zoo for the children and youth to enjoy. The port sees its donation as a corporate social responsibility and part of the company's philosophy of giving back to the community.
Port St. Maarten has assisted the St. Maarten Zoo in the past with various projects and activities.
Port St. Maarten objectives are to facilitate with marquee tours which is very important for the cruise sector and the cruise passenger destination experience.
The St. Maarten Zoo is seen as a marquee tour with great potential for especially cruise passengers who travel as a family with kids. The port assisted with the development of the Iguana Park as a project that profiles the aforementioned.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 20:21 )

Minister Patricia Lourens-Philip Shares Message of UNESCO SG on International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition.

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GREAT BAY(DCOMM):--- Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Hon. Patricia Lourens Philip supports the message delivered by UNESCO Secretary General in connection with International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition which will be celebrated and observed on Saturday, August 23 and would like to share it with the people of Sint Maarten.

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, 23 August 2014

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is particularly significant in 2014, year of the 210th anniversary of Haiti's independence and the 20th anniversary of UNESCO's educational and cultural programme the Slave Route Project, a pioneering project that has helped to accelerate research and raise awareness of the history of slavery and its consequences.

The history of the slave trade tells not only of the suffering endured but also of the ultimately victorious struggle for freedom and human rights, symbolized by the slave uprising in Saint-Domingue on the night of 22 to 23 August 1791. That struggle has lastingly strengthened awareness of the equality of all men and women, which we have all inherited directly. That emancipatory vision should guide us in our efforts to build a culture of tolerance and respect. UNESCO's educational and cultural programmes and support for historical research are intended to highlight the wealth of the traditions that African peoples have forged in the face of adversity – in art, music, dance and culture in its broader sense, creating indissoluble ties between peoples and continents and irreversibly transforming the face of society. This heritage is invaluable for living in peace in our globalized world on the eve of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).

Transmission of this history is an essential condition for any lasting peace based on mutual understanding among peoples and full awareness of the dangers of racism and prejudice. It also helps us to continue mobilizing against modern forms of slavery and trafficking in human beings that still affect more than 20 million people worldwide.

True to the words of Aimé Césaire, who said of the Citadel in Haiti: "for these people brought to their knees, a monument was needed to make them stand", UNESCO is contributing actively towards the design of a Permanent Memorial to and Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, to be established at the United Nations Headquarters. I call on all Member States and partners of UNESCO, in schools, universities, the media, museums and places of memory, to mark this International Day and redouble their efforts to ensure that the role played by slaves in winning recognition of universal human rights is better known and taught more widely.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 20:24 )

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