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Political uncertainty forces tens of thousands people to flee The Gambia for Senegal: UN

January 20, 2017 No comments

Political uncertainty forces tens of thousands people to flee The Gambia for Senegal: UN

INTERNATIONAL, 20 January 2017 – At least 45,000 people – mostly women and children – have arrived in Senegal from The Gambia after former President Yahya Jammeh's decided to not step down, United Nations agencies today said warning that more people may leave if the political situation is not resolved peacefully. “Over 75 per cent of arrivals are children, accompanied mainly by women. They are staying with family members, host families or in hotels. Some families are hosting up to 40 to 50 people and will soon need support as they may quickly run out of resources,” said Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Briefing journalists in Geneva, Mr. Baloch said UNHCR and humanitarian partners are working to support authorities in...

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UN-backed disaster risk reduction guidelines to help tackle hunger in Latin America

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UN-backed disaster risk reduction guidelines to help tackle hunger in Latin America

INTERNATIONAL, 20 January 2017 – The United Nations and the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have together crafted a blueprint for making the agriculture, food and nutritional security sectors more disaster-proof so the region can tackle hunger in a sustainable manner. “This transition cannot be achieved without the development of sectoral measures for disaster risk management involving technologies, productive practices and sustainable use of natural resources, as well as considerable changes in terms of governance, legislation, policies and public and private investment,” said Jorge Meza, chief forestry officer of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Entitled Guidelines and Recommendations for the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Agricultural and Food and Nutrition Security Sector: Latin America and the Caribbean,...

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UN agency revises funding requirements to tackle Africa's worst displacement crisis

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UN agency revises funding requirements to tackle Africa's worst displacement crisis

INTERNATIONAL, 20 January 2017 – With conflict in South Sudan now entering its fourth year and its people facing dire humanitarian challenges, the United Nations refugee agency has revised upwards its funding requirements for 2017 to address new needs of those who have been displaced due to renewed fighting, increased violence and resulting food insecurity since July last year. The revised requirements now amount to $781.8 million, including support costs (seven per cent), some $297.9 million (61 per cent) higher than the earlier budget of $483.9 million. According to the Supplementary Appeal for the South Sudan Situation, launched by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), over three million people are estimated to benefit from the agency's interventions by 31...

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At Davos forum, UN chief Guterres calls businesses ‘best allies’ to curb climate change, poverty

January 19, 2017 No comments

At Davos forum, UN chief Guterres calls businesses ‘best allies’ to curb climate change, poverty

INTERNATIONAL, 19 January 2017 – Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for a new generation of partnerships with the business community to limit the impact of climate change and to reduce poverty. In an address this morning to a special session on cooperation for peace, the Secretary-General said he was particularly interested in the “alignment of the core business of the private sector with the strategic goals of the international community.” He spoke about the Paris Agreement, which the international community signed on to in 2015 with the aim of combating climate change by limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius. “The best allies of all those that want to make sure that the Paris Agreement...

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Turkey: UNICEF cites risk of 'lost generation' of Syrian children despite enrolment increase

January 19, 2017 No comments

Turkey: UNICEF cites risk of 'lost generation' of Syrian children despite enrolment increase

INTERNATIONAL, 19 January 2017 – More than 40 per cent of Syrian refugee children in Turkey are missing out on education, despite a sharp increase in enrolment rates, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today. “Unless more resources are provided, there is still a very real risk of a 'lost generation' of Syrian children, deprived of the skills they will one day need to rebuild their country,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth, speaking after a visit to southern Turkey. According to UNICEF, nearly half a million Syrian refugee children are currently enrolled in schools across Turkey. But over 40 per cent of children of school-going age – or 380,000 child refugees – are still missing out on an education, despite a...

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13-Year Old Boy Goes Missing for a Second Time. Community assistance needed

13-Year Old Boy Goes Missing for a Second Time. Community…

PHILIPSBURG - On Tuesday January 17th 2017 a missing person...

January 20, 2017 No comments

Council of Ministers hosts New Year’s breakfast meeting

Council of Ministers hosts New Year’s breakfast meeting

POND ISLAND - Recently, the Council of Ministers hosted a...

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Curacao & St. Maarten Ministers of Health Committed to Continued Cooperation

Curacao & St. Maarten Ministers of Health Committed to Continued…

POND ISLAND - Minister of Public Health, Social Development, and...

January 20, 2017 No comments

Minister Jacobs meets with staff and management of the Leonald Conner School

Minister Jacobs meets with staff and management of the Leonald…

POND ISLAND - The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and...

January 19, 2017 No comments

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Tortola, BVI meets with Winair, Air France and KLM teams regarding opportunities

January 20, 2017

Tortola, BVI meets with Winair, Air France and KLM teams regarding opportunities

SIMPSON BAY/AIRPORT ROAD – On January 9, 2017 Winair, Air France and KLM held a joined Sales & Marke...

13 singers, two bands vying for Rumer’s Roadmarch crown

January 20, 2017

13 singers, two bands vying for Rumer’s Roadmarch crown

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) announced on Friday that 13 ind...

Minister Lee commends SZV for Increased Collections

January 20, 2017

Minister Lee commends SZV for Increased Collections

POND ISLAND - Minister responsible for Public Health, Emil Lee took a moment to commend Social and H...

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Town hall meeting held at MPC. WhatsApp Group Established for Residents

January 20, 2017 No comments

Town hall meeting held at MPC. WhatsApp Group Established for Residents

REWARD - On Thursday January 19th the Town Hall meeting organized by the Community Police Officer (CPO) Felix Richards was held at the Milton Peters College. Many invited residents of these neighbor...

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Asher Otto & Itchyfeet to perform at the 37th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

January 20, 2017 No comments

Asher Otto & Itchyfeet to perform at the 37th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

SIMPSON BAY - The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has secured Antiguan musicians Asher Otto & Itchyfeet for the 37th edition. The performance marks the second time the band has performed for the event. ...

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Processed foods drive surge in obesity rates in Latin America and Caribbean – UN-backed report

January 19, 2017 No comments

Processed foods drive surge in obesity rates in Latin America and Caribbean – UN-backed report

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN, 19 January 2017 – Obesity and overweight are on the rise throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and are prevalent particularly among women and children, according to a new...

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CBS: Inflation rate Caribbean Netherlands still low

January 18, 2017 No comments

CBS: Inflation rate Caribbean Netherlands still low

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports inflation rates remained low on the three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands over Q4 2016, based on the consumer price index (CPI). Inflatio...

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Chamber steps up to Ban Plastic Bags

January 20, 2017

Chamber steps up to Ban Plastic Bags

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) in support of the ban of plast...

Changes in leadership BearingPoint Caribbean

January 20, 2017

Changes in leadership BearingPoint Caribbean

PHILIPSBURG - José Jardim and Avinash Grootens appointed as Managing Directors Willemstad - BearingP...

More Movement for the Elderly this Saturday at St. Martin’s Home

January 19, 2017

More Movement for the Elderly this Saturday at St. Martin’s Home

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Saturday, January 21.  Se...

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“Man to Man- Straight Talk” Panel Discussion slated for January 28

January 18, 2017 No comments

“Man to Man- Straight Talk” Panel Discussion slated for January 28

POND ISLAND – The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, as part of its I AM KING Program, is organizing a male empowerment panel discussion entitled “Man to Man – Straight Talk, A No-Holds ...

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New report offers global resource on using the law to improve health

January 18, 2017 No comments

New report offers global resource on using the law to improve health

SINT MAARTEN/INTERNATIONAL - Soda tax in Mexico. Salt limits in South Africa. Plain tobacco packaging in Australia. National health insurance in Ghana. Mandatory motorcycle helmets in Vietnam. Health ...

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Closure of Pondfill road from January 22 to 24

January 20, 2017

Closure of Pondfill road from January 22 to 24

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure...

Temporary road closure of Front Street Seaview Hotel Area on January 23

January 19, 2017

Temporary road closure of Front Street Seaview Hotel Area on January 23

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure...

Baker elected to represent Small Business Sector on Chamber Board

January 19, 2017

Baker elected to represent Small Business Sector on Chamber Board

PHILIPSBURG – The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) elections took place on Thursday...

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Working Conference Social Security was constructive. Social benefits to increase March 1

January 19, 2017 No comments

Working Conference Social Security was constructive. Social benefits to increase March 1

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - On January 16th, 17th and 18th, 2017 a Working Conference "Social Security Bonaire",  took place at which representatives of the Public Entity of  Bonaire, stakeholders and the  K...

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Weather Forecast Saturday to Monday

January 20, 2017 No comments

Weather Forecast Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) January 21, 2017 WEATHER: Tonight through Satur...

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