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‘Never give up’: UN chief’s message for 2018 UN Day

October 23, 2018 No comments

‘Never give up’: UN chief’s message for 2018 UN Day

INTERNATIONAL, 23 October 2018, Peace and Security - Marking the 2018 United Nations Day, which falls on 24 October, Secretary-General António Guterres is urging the men and women of the UN, and those they serve, to “never give up” tackling the world’s many challenges. In a video released in advance of UN Day, Mr. Guterres said that, despite the odds and obstacles, and growing inequality “we don’t give up because we know by reducing inequality we increase hope and opportunity and peace around the world.” The UN chief made clear the Organization’s determination to implement climate action, fight for human rights and the life of peace that everyone deserves to enjoy: “On United Nations Day, let us reaffirm our commitment. To repair broken trust. To heal...

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‘Many challenges to overcome’ at UN, in fight against abuse: victims’ advocate

October 22, 2018 No comments

‘Many challenges to overcome’ at UN, in fight against abuse: victims’ advocate

INTERNATIONAL, 22 October 2018, Human Rights - The UN is committed to recognizing the rights of victims of sexual exploitation by UN personnel but, when it comes to preventing and responding to abuse, there is a still “a long way to go, and many challenges to overcome,” says the UN’s first-ever Victims’ Rights Advocate Jane Connors. Ms. Connors’ post was established by the UN Secretary-General in 2017, a year that saw 62 allegations of abuse by UN personnel. Her role –  ensuring that the rights and dignity of victims are at the forefront of the fight against sexual exploitation and abuse – is part of António Guterres’s strategy to transform the UN’s approach to preventing and combating sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staffers. Her work has been supported...

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Many deaths can be avoided with better data: UN deputy chief

October 22, 2018 No comments

Many deaths can be avoided with better data: UN deputy chief

INTERNATIONAL, 22 October 2018, SDGs - Speaking at the opening session of the UN World Data Forum on Monday, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed highlighted the life-saving impact that data can have, noting that better data and forecasting could have averted many deaths from natural disasters. “While it is clear that the data revolution is having an enormous impact, it has not benefited everyone equally,” said Ms. Mohammed, adding that, to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), better and bigger data is needed: “With accurate, representative, inclusive and disaggregated data, we can understand the challenges we face, and identify the most appropriate solutions for sustainable development. The UN deputy chief outlined other ways that data can improve lives: “It means students can find out about job opportunities and women can learn about...

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Governments, businesses ‘walk the talk’ for investment in sustainable development: UN forum

October 22, 2018 No comments

Governments, businesses ‘walk the talk’ for investment in sustainable development: UN forum

INTERNATIONAL, 22 October 2018, SDGs - Business and government leaders from around the world have gathered at a major United Nations conference in Geneva, in search of innovative and strategic solutions to complex investment and development challenges. The 2018 World Investment Forum, organized by UNCTAD, the primary UN agency on trade and development, comes against the backdrop of declining investment flows around the world and concern over how that is affecting sustainable development, according to the agency. It is now time “to walk the talk” and scale up private investments in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) said UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi, welcoming over 6,000 participants from more than 160 countries, to the Forum. “The remarkable turnout at this year’s Forum bears witness to the critical need for this global platform to...

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Ebola in DR Congo: UN chief ‘outraged’ by recent killings of civilians and health workers

October 22, 2018 No comments

Ebola in DR Congo: UN chief ‘outraged’ by recent killings of civilians and health workers

INTERNATIONAL, 22 October 2018, Peace and Security - The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres said on Monday he is “outraged by the continued killing and abduction of civilians by armed groups” near Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu region, which has been grappling with an Ebola outbreak since August. Mr. Guterres condemned Saturday's attack in the town of Mayongose on the outskirts of Beni, in which at least 11 civilians were killed, and several more were injured and abducted. He said he is also “deeply troubled” by reports that on Friday, two Congolese health workers helping to combat the Ebola outbreak, were killed in Butembo by armed militia. Such attacks continue to hamper humanitarian access in the conflict-torn region and prevent health workers from tackling...

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Phase One Reconstruction Works Begin at SXM Airport Terminal Building

Phase One Reconstruction Works Begin at SXM Airport Terminal Building

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) – Following the successful mold remediation...

October 22, 2018 No comments

Missing Brazilian couple. Possibly traveled to Tortola by boat

Missing Brazilian couple. Possibly traveled to Tortola by boat

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Force of Sint Maarten...

October 22, 2018 No comments

UNICEF and MECYS celebrate After School Programs Recovery

UNICEF and MECYS celebrate After School Programs Recovery

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - On October 19, UNICEF in...

October 22, 2018 No comments

Shark Finning video from Curacao surfaces on internet

Shark Finning video from Curacao surfaces on internet

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - A video showing a group...

October 22, 2018 No comments

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Police commissioners attend working visit on Sint Maarten

October 22, 2018

Police commissioners attend working visit on Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Chief of Police of the Netherlands Mr. E. Akerboom and his delegati...

SMDF Updates COM about the work of 23 NGOs and Home Repair Schemes

October 22, 2018

SMDF Updates COM about the work of 23 NGOs and Home Repair Schemes

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Recently, St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) took a pause from its reg...

SMILE partners to launch SMILE National Business Card Document

October 22, 2018

SMILE partners to launch SMILE National Business Card Document

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Announcing the SMILE (Sint Maarten Innovation, Initiatives & Industries...

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The Caribbean Multihull Challenge 2019 – February 8, 9, 10. Celebrate the Difference

October 22, 2018 No comments

The Caribbean Multihull Challenge 2019 – February 8, 9, 10. Celebrate the Difference

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - In response to the remarkable growth in the multihull category, the Sint Maarten Yacht Club has designed an important annual event celebrating the differences between a tr...

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A Race Against Time: Climate Change, the Impact on the Kingdom Requires a Kingdom Approach

October 21, 2018 No comments

A Race Against Time: Climate Change, the Impact on the Kingdom Requires a Kingdom Approach

SINT MAARTEN - Building back better, was and still is the buzz word 13-months after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma to the country, classified as an extremely powerful and catastrophic Cape V...

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Dutch pension system leads world ranking, reforms still far off

October 22, 2018 No comments

Dutch pension system leads world ranking, reforms still far off

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch pension system is once again the best in the world, according to the annual Global Pension Index. Denmark overtook the Netherlands seven years ago and had led ...

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Religious observance drops below 50% for the first time

October 22, 2018 No comments

Religious observance drops below 50% for the first time

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Religion has become a minority pursuit in the Netherlands as the number of people identifying with a religious faith has dropped below 50% for the first time, according ...

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Bikers for BOOBS large turnout from the biker community

October 22, 2018

Bikers for BOOBS large turnout from the biker community

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Sunday October 20th over 150 bikers, supported the Bikers for Boobs ...

Dutch Quarter Project EU-EDF-10 Financed Project to Kick-off Wednesday

October 22, 2018

Dutch Quarter Project EU-EDF-10 Financed Project to Kick-off Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In anticipation of the upcoming start of the 10th EDF Project, VROMI Mi...

Police Officers give presentation on bullying at the SDA

October 22, 2018

Police Officers give presentation on bullying at the SDA

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) school is currently promoting October 2018...

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Councils offering PIN-only payment breach European rules

October 22, 2018 No comments

Councils offering PIN-only payment breach European rules

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Local authorities that only accept bank card payments for items such as passports and driving licences have been warned they are breaching European rules on accessibilit...

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Youths arrested for acting as go-between in online sales fraud

October 22, 2018 No comments

Youths arrested for acting as go-between in online sales fraud

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Police arrested 20 teenagers in Rotterdam at the weekend as part of an investigation into fraud by online traders on sites such as Marktplaats and Facebook. The youths,...

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Students of GvP School on St. Eustatius visit HNLMS Pelikaan. Not in Port for Military Intervention

October 22, 2018

Students of GvP School on St. Eustatius visit HNLMS Pelikaan. Not in Port for Military Intervention

SINT EUSTATIUS - Twenty students together with their teachers visited the HNLMS Pelikaan on October ...

CPO Josepha starts TAPS program at the St. Maarten Academy

October 22, 2018

CPO Josepha starts TAPS program at the St. Maarten Academy

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - On Friday 19th October Community Police Officer (CPO) Josepha has starte...

PWR Hour Celebrates 5th Anniversary on November 14

October 21, 2018

PWR Hour Celebrates 5th Anniversary on November 14

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - PWR Hour was launched on November 23, 2013 during Global Entrepreneurship...

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Competition cuts into petrol station profits; unmanned pumps on the rise

October 22, 2018 No comments

Competition cuts into petrol station profits; unmanned pumps on the rise

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Tough competition has led to a sharp increase in the number of unmanned petrol stations in the Netherlands, according to industry body Bovag. In 2003 there were 3,661 m...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

October 22, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) October 23, 2018 WEATHER:   Tonight through Tuesday e...

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