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Symposium Dutch as a foreign language with Professor Jim Cummins.

November 24, the Taalunie is organizing the online symposium "Dutch as a foreign language", in collaboration with educational partners on Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, and Saba. The symposium is for everyone involved in Dutch language teaching on the islands, so for teachers and other educational professionals, parents, and students. The aim of this event is to allow participants to reflect on and discuss the position of languages, in particular Dutch, in education on our multilingual islands.

 Almost everyone on our Caribbean islands speaks and understands multiple languages, including Dutch. However, for most of us, it is not our mother tongue but a foreign language. Dutch is a compulsory subject at every school. In many schools - especially in Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire it is even the language of instruction. The language teaching approach for Dutch is often still the traditional (mother tongue) approach, whereas this does not meet the needs of most students. That is why more and more schools are switching to the Dutch as a foreign language (NVT) didacts; a similar approach as for the other foreign languages taught at school.

Symposium program
The event starts at 3 pm with the workshop "NVT in my classroom". This workshop is for teachers, education managers, and curriculum developers. The (bi-lingual) public session will take place from 4 PM - 6 PM. Everyone involved in education in and of Dutch is welcome, from teachers and other educational professionals to students and parents, and other stakeholders. The focus of the symposium is Dutch as a foreign language in a multilingual environment. Keynote speaker is Dr. Jim Cummins, professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, with the theme: "mother tongue-based multilingual education". In addition to the focus on NVT, there is also an introduction to the concept of the “Language Friendly School” - schools that recognize and embrace the multilingualism and cultural background of their students.
Finally, there will be ample opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts in the language teaching of the islands

NVT network and NVT Core network: The NVT Core Network is part of the NVT Network. The NVT Network is formed by educational stakeholders from the six islands involved and aims to share knowledge and best practices upon NVT. The Core Network NVT is the more policy-based part of this network, which is committed to greater awareness and broader application of NVT didactics in the Caribbean. The activities are part of the project network NVT that is financially supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science (OCW).


Design Like a Boss with Canva Webinar This Sunday.

Interactive Workshop for Entrepreneurs

Trending SXM, a local media, marketing, and production company, is set to host a live virtual webinar this Sunday, November 22nd at 6 pm for business owners who wish to elevate their graphic design skills in Canva to create eye-catching graphics for their business. Canva is an online graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, flyers, posters, documents, and other visual content. Used by millions around the world, it is the go-to tool for small businesses and has been dubbed the design tool for non-designers. It is very accessible for all as it has a free version available for anyone anywhere in the world to utilize.
“Holidays are right around the corner and taking the current economic situation into account, many business owners may not be able to outsource their graphic design work for their business. That’s where we come in! As marketers, our webinar aims to guide business owners through the Canva design tool so that they are able to produce professional, beautiful designs and guide them through the process of producing content that optimally represents their brand because you can turn out beautiful graphics but it may not be aligned with your brand” explained the owners. The webinar will take the form of a live interactive demonstration where the hosts will share their screen and demonstrate throughout the session so that attendees can comfortably follow along. Besides the actual webinar, attendees will also get the replay of the webinar and a Canva Cheat Sheet (a business guide to Canva). The price of the webinar is $35 and if you wish to attend or get more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call them at 554-3353.
Trending owners Janelle and Kimberly, both born and raised in St. Maarten, own and run Trending SXM. Both with a Marketing and Communications background, they started Trending SXM to deliver innovative and creative media, marketing, and production services for companies locally and around the world. “We describe what we do as just two creative marketers with even bigger personalities on a mission to help businesses elevate their marketing and get those sales. Every week, we go live for an hour on our social media pages giving business owners free tips and tricks on marketing. We dedicate our social media pages as a resource for business owners to keep up with global business/marketing trends” stated Trending. Services include marketing consultancy, marketing coaching for business owners, digital products (such as this webinar), and video production. Trending just wrapped up their first video production project entitled “Dare 2 Work” where they visited local businesses and actually worked as an employee at the establishments for the day and documented their experience. For more information on Trending SXM, check out their Facebook or Instagram page, @trendingsxm.

 Like many of us business owners, finances may be tight and you can't afford to hire someone to do your graphic design for you. We got the most feasible solution for you!
Design Like a Boss with Canva webinar will show you how YOU can create those eye-catching designs for your social media content and ads, ALL ON YOUR OWN.

With social media being the new forefront for business and e-commerce exploding to new heights, it is so important to put out graphics and content that represent your brand image
Owners Janelle and Kimberly, both born and raised in Sint Maarten, are excited to offer such a course to entrepreneurs here and abroad with the goal being to assist

 The webinar will take the form of a live interactive tutorial where the hosts will share their screen and demonstrate throughout the session so that you can comfortably follow along. The learning objectives of this webinar are:
Introduce attendees to all the tabs and features of the Canva interface.

Walk attendees through the process of creating eye-catching content by demonstrating how to create social media posts/ads using the wide variety of templates, effects and features of Canva.

Demonstrate how to create video content in Canva.

Demonstrate how attendees can create, plan, and publish directly from Canva.

Justice Committee of Parliament to meet about the proposed Criminal Procedure Code and concerns with this draft legislation.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Justice Committee of Parliament will meet on November 18, 2020. The Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 10.00 hrs.
The agenda point is:
Analysis of the proposed Criminal Procedure Code and concerns with this draft legislation
Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building.
The parliamentary sessions will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the internet, and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten


Local Toastmaster, Melissa Harrison-Grinuva is the winner of Toastmasters International competition.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Toastmaster Melissa Harrison-Grinuva is the winner of the 24-hour World Table Topics marathon representing Division I of Districts 81.

During this event, which took place earlier in November, TM Melissa was given a topic to speak about for 2 minutes. Toastmaster Melissa spoke of her experience growing up in a strong and resilient single-mother household and the impact on her as a thriving adult today. She encouraged the audience to embrace their beginnings, show gratitude for the present, and be hopeful for the future.

TM Melissa is a chartered member of the Cupecoy Sunset Toastmasters Club and a member of the Disciples Toastmasters club.

This District 81 comprises the territories in the Caribbean and forms part of Toastmasters International. Division I covers the territories Martinique, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten.
Toastmaster Melissa competed against the other 9 Division representatives of the District, capturing the event for her Division.

The 24 hours Table Topic Marathon is organized by the Toastmasters #24hours Organized Committee. This committee comprises members from Toastmaster clubs all over the world. The event provides Toastmaster members with the opportunity to represent their Division to claim the District title. TM Melissa represented Division I which is one of the 10 Divisions in District 81. District 81 comprises Caribbean Territories from Haiti in the north to Suriname in the south, with representation from the French, Spanish, Dutch and English Caribbean. The District impeccably epitomizes true Caribbean unity. District 81 had 10 participants, represented by each Division within the district. The 10 strong speakers delivered well-structured, professional Table Topic speeches. TM Melissa is the 1st place winner of the District 81 session

Toastmasters is an international organization that specializes in honing the personal and professional development skills of communication and leadership for persons (young, mature, and otherwise) who dare to challenge themselves to grow in a dynamic and friendly learning environment. In return, these acquired skills foster the important attributes of self-confidence and personal growth necessary for public speaking, work, leadership or interpersonal communications.

CPS Reminder: Advises persons with underlying medical conditions to get their flu shot.

PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):--- It’s that time of the year when influenza, better known as the flu, becomes more prevalent, and the Collective Prevention Service (CPS) a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is advising persons with underlying conditions - at risk - to consult with their physician about getting their annual flu shot (vaccine).

Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection. Unlike the common cold, influenza can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis, which often require hospitalization, and more so for persons with underlying conditions.

The flu poses a risk and can be especially dangerous for certain groups such as the elderly (65-years and over), pregnant women, and very young children (aged six months and over), Health Care Workers, as well as for people with underlying medical conditions known as immunocompromised (such as severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity, and diabetics).

The vaccination offers effective protection against influenza. Immunity from vaccination wanes over time so annual vaccination is recommended to protect against influenza. Persons are also reminded to adhere to proper handwashing, cough and sneeze etiquettes. Vaccines need to be given each year as flu viruses are always changing.
Influenza spreads from an infected person to others through the air by droplets (secretion) as a result of coughing and/or sneezing, or by direct contact with the virus on hard surfaces or people’s hands that have the viruses on them then touching the mouth, nose or eyes.
The flu usually differs from a cold as symptoms develop suddenly and can lead to complications such as chest infections and pneumonia – particularly among the elderly and young children.
Flu symptoms tend to develop abruptly one to three days after infection, and can include: tiredness, high fever, chills, headache, coughing, sneezing, runny noses, poor appetite, and muscle aches.

Most people who get the flu will suffer from mild illness and will recover in less than two weeks. However, some people can develop longer-term health problems, including pneumonia, bronchitis, chest and sinus infections, heart, blood system or liver complications, which can lead to hospitalisation and even death.

As the island is also coping with COVID-19, it is important that vulnerable persons protect their health and that of their families by getting the flu vaccine.
Considering that COVID-19 carries the same general symptoms as the flu, it makes it difficult to differentiate from the annual seasonal Influenza (flu).
CPS request all persons who usually take their annual flu vaccine to call their physician and discuss their flu shot to ensure protection against the flu (influenza).
Apart from vaccination and antiviral treatment, public health management includes personal protective measures like: Regular hand washing with proper drying of the hands; Good respiratory hygiene – covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, using tissues and disposing of them correctly; Early self-isolation of those feeling unwell, feverish and having other symptoms of influenza; Avoiding close contact with sick people; Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth.

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