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Drug waste dumps increase, traces of chemicals found in crops

THE NETHERLANDS - Drugs gangs manufacturing ecstasy and amphetamines were responsible for at least 177 chemical waste dumps in the Netherlands last year, according to new police figures. In 2015, 160 dumps were dismantled by officials and in 2012, just 69, the Telegraaf said on Tuesday.

However, the true size of the problem is likely to be far greater, because gangs are also dumping waste directly into the sewers and using other methods, the paper said. Gangs also appear to be shifting from the far south of the country towards the east following a police crackdown on synthetic drug production in some areas.

Last year fewer laboratories were closed in Limburg and there were fewer waste dumps in the southern province. Brabant still dominates, with 100 dump sites and 15 drugs labs last year. In some places, traces of drugs-related chemicals have been found in crops, such sweet corn, the Telegraaf said.

In Someren, for example, drugs waste had been dumped in a manure pit and the manure was later sprayed on fields as fertiliser. Christian Democrat MP Madeleine van Toorenburg told the Telegraaf that she planned to raise the problem in parliament. ‘Not enough has been done to tackle drugs crime and waste dumping,’ she said. ‘It has serious consequences for our society. Our food has to be safe.’ (DutchNews)

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Mobile solutions to empower, educate refugees and displaced people take spotlight at UN forum

INTERNATIONAL, 28 March 2017 – Several initiatives to improve learning through mobile technologies were presented during the Mobile Learning Week 2017, a recently-concluded five-day event held at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Mobile Learning Week, which wrapped up last Friday, hands-on education specialists, private sector and policy makers, and focused on the theme ‘Education in Emergencies and Crises.’

While smartphone apps and interactive workshops demonstrated how mobile solutions could meet some of the challenges faced by displaced people, two tents set up by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at the event facility gave participants an idea of the living and learning conditions faced by refugees, including the lack of Internet connection.

“While refugee learners face numerous obstacles, they also carry the potential to transform educational practices,” the Congolese university student and youth community activist Roland Kalamo told UNESCO. He lives and studies at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, and was one of the presenters at the event.

Mr. Kalamo is also the founder of Movement of Youth for Peace and Change, an organization that teaches young people at Kakuma about human rights, peacebuilding and conflict resolution through arts like cinema and music, language, journalism and sports. Through his organization, he seeks to empower the youth to be part of the solutions to their own problems.

Although lack or unstable Internet connection can be one of the multiple obstacles to refugee learners, mobile learning – which enables, through mobile technology, learning anytime and anywhere – can be an opportunity for them to invest in their own lives and future.

“When a refugee is using mobile learning, they enjoy the same rights as a normal citizen and no matter the circumstances,” said Mr. Kalamo, adding that: “If they’re alive and have access to internet, nothing will stop them from learning.”

According a report from UNHCR – which co-organized the event together with UNESCO and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – only 50 per cent of refugee children have access to primary education, while the global average is of more than 90 per cent.

Source: UNESCO (2014) | UNHCR (2015)

As these children grow older, there is an even larger gap: only 22 per cent of refugee adolescents attend secondary school compared to a global average of 84 per cent. At the higher education level, just 1 per cent of refugees attend university, compared to a global average of 34 per cent.

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Paint works on Sucker Garden Road and Belair Road Patch Work on Tuesday

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that paint works will take place on Sucker Garden Road on Tuesday, March 28.

Filling in of pot holes on the road in the vicinity of the entrance to Belair Hotel will also take place on Tuesday.

There will be a partial road closure for both.

The works will take place from 9.00am to 12.00pm. 

Since there will be a partial road closure, motorists in the aforementioned areas are advised to drive with caution and pay attention to workmen directing the flow of traffic.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

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Road Closure Intersection Walter J.A. Nisbeth Road/Percy Labega on Sunday

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a complete road closure at the intersection Walter J.A. Nisbeth Road/Percy Labega on Sunday, March 26 as road crews continue to paint traffic lines on the newly paved road surface.

The complete closure will take place from 7.00am to 5.00pm.  The project entails painting of the traffic lines on the road surface.

All traffic going to Philipsburg or Point Blanche will have to use the Longwall Road/Cannegieter Street or the Ring Road that comes out in the area of the Yellow Building.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

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Road closure of A.T. Illidge Road on Saturday

DUTCH QUARTER, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a road closure of the A.T. Illidge Road (Dutch Quarter) on Saturday, March 25.

The closure will take place in the vicinity of Nazareth Road from 7.00am until 11.00am.  The project is in connection with repairs to the sewage pump in the pit in the street.

Motorists are advised to pay keen attention to the traffic directional signs.

Motorists coming from French Quarter and Belvedere will use the Bishop Road and Sucker Garden Road to get to their desired location.

Residents of Nazareth Road and Union Farm will use the A. T. Illidge Road via Mount William Hill.  A detour can be via Nazareth Road through the Maccow’s property (cock pit) on the A.T. Illidge Road.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

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“Looking Beyond: Helping Your Child with Career Choices” workshop scheduled for March 30

PHILIPSBURG - As a parent, there are various ways in offering support to your child’s future career success. Understanding the importance of your influence is the key to his/her success.

The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports will be hosting an interactive workshop entitled “Looking Beyond: Helping Your Child with Career Choices”.

This free workshop aspires to provide parents of secondary school students with tips, strategies, and resources to aid their children in researching careers, exploring career options, and helping them decide on a career choice.

This workshop will be held on Thursday March 30th, 2017 at the SSSD’s office from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Persons interested in attending are urged to contact the SSSD’s office at 54-31235 and reserve their spot as space is limited.

The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) provides support services to students referred by the care team of their schools.

These services consists of psychological services, counseling services, social work services, educational diagnostic services, career services, speech language pathology  services and parent education sessions. SSSD also provides workshops for parents, teachers and school personnel.

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DOGA kicks off in Open House at USM

POND ISLAND - On March 18th, there was a DOGA open house at the University Of St. Martin.

Doga is the Art of Dance and the mindfulness of Yoga combine to give a truly rapturous experience while interacting with your breathing.

Experience movement and self-awareness the best pick me up, and calming experience to start the day. Excellent tips for the corporate women of today. We are so focus on getting things done that most times...we forget to breathe.

What you will learn

Practice body flow that will strengthen the body, create flexibility, release tension and create healing mind, body, spirit, connection.

 Requirements

•        There are no requirements for this course.

•        We recommend that you set aside some practice time so you can deepen your experience in order to bring higher levels of integration in physical and energetic levels.

•        An open mind and a good attitude.

•        No pre-requisite knowledge or materials required

•        Yoga mat

•        Eagerness to Learn about Dance and Yoga.

Created by Ms. Halley D’Oga is combination of dance movement, yoga poses and meditation designed to create an optimal movement and self-awareness experience.

Conducted by Directors of the National Institute of Arts Arlene Halley and Clara Reyes, Certified Yoga instructors and professional dance educators for the past 40 years.

Drawing from centuries old traditions of creating a union of body, mind, and breathe, D’Oga is the perfect greeting to a new day. Providing you with tools to calm mind, breathing exercise to flush the body of toxins and stretch and tone movement to create a balanced approach to your day.

D’Oga is the fusion of traditions in dance that that incorporates Dance techniques from the principals of Brain Dance, 5 rhythms of Gabrielle Roth, Traditional healing dances of Africa and the Caribbean as well yoga, breathe exercises and meditation.

Classes will run for 60 minutes where you will be exposed to various techniques. For More Information, please contact: https://www.facebook.com/NationalInstituteOfArts; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Tel: +721 543 0600; You can also contact The University Of St. Martin: 1(721) 542-5171 | 542-3156 | 542-3674 | Fax: 1(721) 542-5226.

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Paint works on Sucker Garden Road this Saturday

SUCKER GARDEN, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that paint works will take place on Sucker Garden Road on Saturday, March 25, and there will be a partial road closure.

The works will take place from 7.00am to 10.00am.  The project entails the removal of paint by the use of sand blasting.

Since there will be a partial road closure, motorists in this area are advised to drive with caution and pay attention to workmen directing the flow of traffic.

Windward Roads will be carrying out the works.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

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Plenary Session of Parliament about several draft national ordinances set for Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in a plenary public session on March 21, 2017. The Minister of General Affairs will be present.

The plenary public meeting has been set for Tuesday at 3.00 pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.  This session will be carried via Soualiga Newsday live video feed.

The agenda points are:

1.       Incoming documents

2.       Draft National ordinance amending the National ordinance on identity cards in connection with the introduction of an identity card for privileged (IS / 577 / 2015-2016 dated March 9, 2016) (ZJ 2015-2016-087)

3.       Draft National ordinance amending the Sanctions National ordinance to implement recommendation 6 of the Financial Action Task Force without delay to implement the restrictive measures and some technical legal adjustments (IS / 354 / 2016-2017 dated January 3, 2017) (ZJ 2016-2017-099 )

4.       Draft National ordinance amending the National ordinance on material civil service law to protect the status of public servants (IS / 974 / 2015-2016 dated July 25, 2016) (ZJ 2015-2016-089)

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.   

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

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SGB/MBO Sector Care and Welfare participate in Team Building Exercise

BONAIRE - On Saturday, March 11th, SGB/MBO Sector Care and Welfare organized a teambuilding exercise for students in the barracks of the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department (BKCN).

Several firefighters from the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department accompanied the teambuilding. The main purpose was to teach the students that they often work with patients in the Care and Welfare sector and that, no matter how difficult the situation may be, they must always remain friendly.

They participated in different activities (games) that focused on work of the Fire Brigade. In this way the Fire Brigade also wants to demonstrate what their daily tasks are.

In the pictures you can see some moments of the teambuilding at the barracks of the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department (BKCN). (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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