Wednesday, December 07, 2022

National Youth Deliquent Symposium PostAugust 26, 2021   Philipsburg –On Monday, September 6th to Wednesday, September 8th, 2021, the Honorable Minister of Justice, Ms. Anna E. Richardson, will be hosting Sint Maarten’s first National Youth Delinquency Symposium. The Symposium will serve as an opportunity for all stakeholders involved in youth care and prevention of youth delinquency to discuss topics related to their operations within the field of the youth with an emphasis on youth delinquency.

As the Minister of Justice continues to strive for the improvement of the Justice Chain, youth delinquency has remained an important aspect that warrants focused attention. The justice chain is the last resort where it pertains to the trajectory of the youth, meaning that by the time the youth have reached this point, prior interventions, parental upbringing, and schooling have not had their intended impact. To exacerbate this, the youth delinquency network of St. Maarten is very limited due to scarce resources and capacity. Notwithstanding that there is a need to ensure that our youth are kept out of the penal system.

The consideration for this symposium is based on the need to establish a comprehensive system that supports at-risk youth (and their families).  Moreover, youth delinquency warrants a layered approach to which government must ensure an array of initiatives are established to tackle this target group. This is achievable by utilizing and incorporating existing services, structures, agencies as well as capacity with the aim to reduce the number of youth in the Justice system and provide parents, youth service providers with alternative measures/programs and improve the network. The Minister is hopeful that this symposium will highlight the bottlenecks in the work method with at-risk youth and that it will be the start of clearing out those bottlenecks.

Minister Richardson has expressed the importance of this symposium, reiterating the positive impact that having all stakeholders work together can have on the youth of Sint Maarten. “I look forward to convening the first national youth delinquency symposium so that we can not only have this much-needed conversation but begin to brainstorm solutions together. In a collaborative effort with the Ministries of Justice and General Affairs, the aim of the symposium is to harness a connected and harmonious youth delinquency network as well as to discuss the state of the youth, challenges and solutions”, stated the minister.

The Symposium will commence on Monday, September 6thover a 3-day period and will be hosted virtually allowing for the actors and all stakeholders within the network including the youth to have the opportunity to interact, exchange and collaborate during the session. Furthermore, the symposium will be live-streamed on the Government of Sint Maarten Facebook page so that the public can follow the discussion and provide feedback through the chatroom.

Minister Richardson encourages the general public to join in on this discussion, stating that “this is a conversation to be had with all of us”. All information regarding the symposium can be found on the website and Facebook page of the Government, the Ministry of Justice and the Prime Minister. This is a call to action, for the state of our youth.

SXM Radio Online


September 7, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Michael K. Williams, who as the rogue robber of drug dealers Omar Little on “The Wire” created one of the most beloved and enduring characters in a prime era of television, died Monday. Williams was found dead Monday afternoon by family members in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment, New York City police said. He was 54. His death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose, the NYPD said. The medical examiner was investigating the cause of death. Little, a “stick-up boy” based on real figures from Baltimore, was probably the most popular character among the devoted fans of “The Wire,” the HBO show that ran from 2002 to 2008 and is re-watched constantly in streaming.

September 8, 2021 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ father filed Tuesday to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 years. James Spears filed his petition to terminate the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court. “As Mr. Spears has said, again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the document says. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.” Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move. Britney Spears attorney Matthew Rosengart said in an email the filing “represents another legal victory for Britney Spears — a massive one — as well as vindication for Ms. Spears.”

September 8, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — With Katie Holmes and Lil’ Kim on his front row and singer Marina on the mic high above his runway, Christian Siriano helped kicked off New York Fashion Week’s first big pandemic round of in-person shows Tuesday with a flurry of neon and lace-inspired in part by all the Italian women in his life. From ornate Gotham Hall, beneath a stained-glass skylight 70 feet up, Siriano’s commitment to size inclusivity was never stronger as he opened and closed the show with plus-size breakout model Precious Lee. She first walked in a stunning yellow trouser suit with wide loose pants and an asymmetrical jacket, a matching crossover bralette underneath.

September 7, 2021  VENICE, Italy (AP) — Paul Schrader knows he has a limited number of films left, so whatever he does from here on out is going to be for himself. At 75 years old, the writer of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” and director of “American Gigolo” and “Mishima” was even somewhat prepared to call it a day after his 2018 film “First Reformed,” for which he got his first Oscar nomination. He didn’t want to. He just knew it might be the reality. “I thought I would go back to this character again for about the fifth time,” Schrader said in a recent interview. By “this character” he means “the man in the room.” It’s Travis Bickle. It’s John LeTour. It’s Julian Kay. And it’s a formula he’s been working with for 45 years.

Business News

September 8, 2021  -Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street, where weak jobs data and pandemic concerns weighed on sentiment. Shares rose in Tokyo after economic growth for the April-June quarter was revised upward to an annualized 1.9% from an earlier estimate of 1.3%. “Any feel-good factor was ignored, though, given the climb was less than half of the 4.20% fall in Q1,” Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a commentary. “Japan will be lucky to break even this year as the current Covid-19 wave will almost certainly have weighed on domestic consumption,” he said.

September 8, 2021 NEW YORK (AP) — There will be something missing at two Whole Foods stores opening next year: the rows of cashiers. Amazon, which owns the grocery chain, said Wednesday that it will bring its cashier-less technology to two Whole Foods stores for the first time, letting shoppers grab what they need and leave without having to open their wallets. Cameras and sensors track what’s taken off shelves. Items are charged to an Amazon account after customers leave the store with them. But there will be an option for those who want to shop the old-fashioned way: Self-checkout lanes will be available that take cash, gift cards and other types of payment. Amazon first unveiled the cashier-less technology in 2018 at an Amazon Go convenience store and has expanded it to larger Amazon supermarkets. But it will be the first time it has appeared at Whole Foods, a chain of more than 500 grocery stores Amazon bought four years ago.

September 8, 2021  BEIJING (AP) — An avalanche of changes launched by China’s ruling Communist Party has jolted everyone from tech billionaires to school kids. Behind them: President Xi Jinping’s vision of making a more powerful, prosperous country by reviving revolutionary ideals, with more economic equality and tighter party control over society and entrepreneurs. Since taking power in 2012, Xi has called for the party to return to its “original mission” as China’s economic, social and cultural leader and carry out the “ rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation.” The party has spent the decade since then silencing dissent and tightening political control. Now, after 40 years of growth that transformed China into the world’s factory but left a gulf between a wealthy elite and the poor majority, the party is promising to spread prosperity more evenly and is pressing private companies to pay for social welfare and back Beijing’s ambition to become a global technology competitor.

Fashion News

“Representation Is the Bare Minimum”: Modeling’s Biggest Stars Speak Out