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UN global education envoy urges new funding for ‘lost generation’ of children forced out of classrooms by conflict

February 19, 2019 No comments

UN global education envoy urges new funding for ‘lost generation’ of children forced out of classrooms by conflict

INTERNATIONAL, 19 February 2019, Culture and Education - A child’s “real passport” to the future – education – should be stamped in the classroom, not at a border checkpoint, UN Special Envoy for Global EducationGordon Brown said on Tuesday.  Ensuring that the world’s children have a place in school classroom is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which calls for quality education for all by 2030. Speaking to journalists at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Brown warned that “99 per cent of the world’s young refugees who are now becoming the invisible generation will never get a place in college or higher education; and only 20 per cent will get a secondary education”. “It’s time the world woke up to the horror of so...

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Not enough resettlement solutions for refugees worldwide, says UN

February 19, 2019 No comments

Not enough resettlement solutions for refugees worldwide, says UN

INTERNATIONAL, 19 February 2019, Migrants and Refugees - Despite record numbers of people forcibly displaced across borders, with 1.2 million in need of a new permanent place to call home last year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) released new data on Tuesday showing that only 55,700 of them – 4.7 per cent – were able to be resettled in 2018. Resettlement, which involves the relocation of refugees from a country of asylum to a country that has agreed to admit them and grant them permanent settlement, is available only to a fraction of the world’s refugees. Typically, less than one per cent of the 20 million refugees under UNHCR’s mandate worldwide are ever resettled. The data covers specifically UNHCR-facilitated resettlements and shows that the highest...

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UN rights chief ‘alarmed’ by upsurge in attacks against civilians in Syria’s Idlib

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UN rights chief ‘alarmed’ by upsurge in attacks against civilians in Syria’s Idlib

INTERNATIONAL, 19 February 2019, Human Rights - Civilians in Syria's north-western city of idlib continue to be used “as pawns”, caught in the crossfire of bombardments by the Government and its allies, and attacks by non-State armed groups, the United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, warned on Tuesday. Since December, the intensified ground-based bombardment of the city, located in the north-west of the country, coupled with a series of attacks by non-State actors, has led to numerous civilian casualties and left close to a million people, including hundreds of thousands of displaced people, in an extremely vulnerable situation, her statement explained. “Large numbers of civilians, including hundreds of thousands of displaced people, in Idlib and northern Aleppo are living an intolerable existence,” said Ms. Bachelet. “They are trapped...

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Myanmar and UN agriculture agency agree framework to improve nutrition and food security

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Myanmar and UN agriculture agency agree framework to improve nutrition and food security

INTERNATIONAL, 19 February 2019, Economic Development - The Myanmar Government and the UN’s agriculture agency signed on Tuesday a multi-year agreement that will create conditions to help improve nutrition and food security in the south-east Asian country, while safeguarding and sustainably managing the use of natural resources. “The agriculture sector has a major role to play in addressing [the] sustained rates of food insecurity and malnutrition through agricultural diversification and rural income generation,” Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said at the launch of the accord in Nay Pyi Taw. The Country Programming Framework (CPF) was signed by U Than Aung Kyaw, Director General, Foreign Economic Relations Department (FERD), Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic...

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UN rights chief ‘strongly condemns’ attack on Indian security forces in Kashmir

February 19, 2019 No comments

UN rights chief ‘strongly condemns’ attack on Indian security forces in Kashmir

INTERNATIONAL, 19 February 2019, Human Rights - The top United Nations human rights official has strongly condemned the suicide bomb attack against Indian security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February and has called on authorities to bring those responsible to justice. In Geneva on Tuesday, Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said the UN was also saddened by the further loss of life reported from subsequent gun battles in Pulwama yesterday, 18 February, which is reported to have claimed 9 more lives. “We hope escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours will not add further to the insecurity in the region,” he said. Mr. Colville said the High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, is also...

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Grisha Heyliger-Marten Calls Detention Theo at Philipsburg Police Station, a “Stab in the back”

Grisha Heyliger-Marten Calls Detention Theo at Philipsburg Police Station, a…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) – Grisha Heyliger-Marten, wife of Member...

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SMART 2019 Opens Early Bird Season

SMART 2019 Opens Early Bird Season

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Early Bird ticket season for the...

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Minister Smith congratulates G.I.F.T.E.D. ROYALTY AWARDS Nominees

Minister Smith congratulates G.I.F.T.E.D. ROYALTY AWARDS Nominees

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and...

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Sarah: UD Saddened by arrest.  Innocent until proven guilty

Sarah: UD Saddened by arrest. Innocent until proven guilty

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The leadership and members of the...

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Port St. Maarten files notice of Complaint to the Court of First Instance

February 19, 2019

Port St. Maarten files notice of Complaint to the Court of First Instance

PORT ST. MAARTEN – On Friday, February 15, 2019, Port Sint Maarten filed a notice of complaint to th...

NA Board: Straight Forward with NA. Party Congress set for March 17

February 18, 2019

NA Board: Straight Forward with NA. Party Congress set for March 17

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Board of the National Alliance (NA) is pleased to announce that it wil...

Happy Bookers Celebrating 10 Years

February 18, 2019

Happy Bookers Celebrating 10 Years

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Ten years ago, an ad appeared in the Daily Herald and the Happy Bookers...

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Police vehicle damaged during routine motor bike controls. 10 Scooters confiscated, two arrests and seven fines issued

February 19, 2019 No comments

Police vehicle damaged during routine motor bike controls. 10 Scooters confiscated, two arrests and seven fines issued

SINT MAARTEN (DUTCH QUARTER) - A routine motor bike control in the Dutch Quarter area could have ended badly, on February Sunday 17th between the of 4:00pm -9:00pm when for unknown reasons a passerby ...

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Rotary Sunset Paint Peace Murals at Local High Schools

February 19, 2019 No comments

Rotary Sunset Paint Peace Murals at Local High Schools

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - On February 16th, members of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset gathered at the MAC High School and the St. Maarten Vocational Training School (SMVTS) to paint peace mu...

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Required to ‘inburger’ abroad? Your two-year-old should start school too, say MPs

February 19, 2019 No comments

Required to ‘inburger’ abroad? Your two-year-old should start school too, say MPs

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The children of parents who were required to pass integration exams before they came to the Netherlands should by law attend pre-school so their Dutch is up to scratch w...

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St. Martin at Cuba international book fair

February 17, 2019 No comments

St. Martin at Cuba international book fair

SINT MAARTEN/CUBA - St. Martin’s Lasana M. Sekou was among 57 authors, editors, scholars, translators, and publishers from around the world invited to the 28thannual International Book Fair of Havana,...

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TelCell supporting music concert for Domestic Violence awareness

February 19, 2019

TelCell supporting music concert for Domestic Violence awareness

SINT MAARTEN/ST. EUSTATIUS - TelEm Group’s mobile provider TelCell, is in neighboring St. Eustatius ...

Ashanti, Keyshia Cole, Ja Rule set to Headline ‘Soulful Company’ concert

February 18, 2019

Ashanti, Keyshia Cole, Ja Rule set to Headline ‘Soulful Company’ concert

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will present a l...

USM welcomes Multisectoral Research for Children’s Rights

February 18, 2019

USM welcomes Multisectoral Research for Children’s Rights

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The University of St. Martin, together with the Ministry of Education, ...

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SXM DOET RECEIVES GENEROUS DONATION FROM SXM FESTIVAL

February 19, 2019 No comments

SXM DOET RECEIVES GENEROUS DONATION FROM SXM FESTIVAL

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The largest volunteer event on St. Maarten has received a generous donation from the electronic music festival known as SXM Festival through a partnership that has been in...

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Trade deficit on St Eustatius down in 2018. Saba has largest trade deficit

February 19, 2019 No comments

Trade deficit on St Eustatius down in 2018. Saba has largest trade deficit

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - In 2018, the trade deficits of Bonaire and Saba rose while the deficit of St Eustatius declined. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on newly released figures. The Ca...

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Frequent 53-year old offender arrested in Pelican Area with stolen goods

February 19, 2019

Frequent 53-year old offender arrested in Pelican Area with stolen goods

SINT MAARTEN (PELICAN) - On Monday February 18th, 2019, the Sint Maarten Police Force arrested a sus...

Justice Committee of Parliament to meet about state of affairs of the Bureau Unusual Financial Transactions

February 19, 2019

Justice Committee of Parliament to meet about state of affairs of the Bureau Unusual Financial Transactions

PHILIPSBURG – The Justice Committee of Parliament will meet in a session on February 20. The Commit...

Government admits it was wrong on energy bill hikes, used outdated figures

February 19, 2019

Government admits it was wrong on energy bill hikes, used outdated figures

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The cabinet has admitted it used old figures when calculating the imp...

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament about UTS set for Wednesday

February 19, 2019 No comments

Central Committee meeting of Parliament about UTS set for Wednesday

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Wednesday, February 20.  The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of ...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

February 19, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED:  Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL:  Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) February 20, 2019   WEATHER:   Tonight through...

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