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Small and sustainable: “Tiny houses” could be solution to world’s housing problems

July 17, 2018 No comments

Small and sustainable: “Tiny houses” could be solution to world’s housing problems

INTERNATIONAL, 17 July 2018, SDGs - They’re small, self-sustaining – and they could revolutionize the way we think about housing around the world, as building materials become scarcer. Measuring just about 22-square-meters, or some 200-square-feet, a demonstration unit for the eco-friendly and affordable housing, debuted on the UN Plaza in New York this week. This structure is a type of “tiny house” which is traditionally comprised of one room with a loft or pull-out bed, complete with hidden storage, and condensed amenities, such as a kitchen, that maximize the space available to live in. The design, created by UN Environment and Yale University in the United States, in collaboration with UN-Habitat, is meant to get people thinking about decent, affordable housing that limits the overuse of natural resources...

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‘Unlock full power of business’ to achieve Global Goals, UN deputy chief tells forum

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‘Unlock full power of business’ to achieve Global Goals, UN deputy chief tells forum

INTERNATIONAL, 17 July 2018, SDGs - Businesses can contribute in important ways to the realization of a world free of poverty and hunger by 2030, including through job creation, technological innovation and the provision of finance resources, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General said on Tuesday. “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have captured the imagination of leaders and general public alike,” said Amina Mohammed at the SDG Business Forum, one of the hundreds of events being held during the 9-18 July gathering devoted to development issues, known as the High-level Political Forum, organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). “The private sector brings both agility in delivery and new approaches to SDG implementation”, she added. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals were adopted by world leaders in September...

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New import, export restrictions risk triggering ‘dramatic deterioration’ in Gaza, says UN Humanitarian Coordinator

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New import, export restrictions risk triggering ‘dramatic deterioration’ in Gaza, says UN Humanitarian Coordinator

INTERNATIONAL, 17 July 2018, Humanitarian Aid - Following further restrictions on goods and supplies that can be moved across the border of the Gaza Strip, the top United Nations humanitarian official there has called for urgent measures to prevent an already critical humanitarian situation from getting worse. “As events over the weekend demonstrate, the situation in Gaza is extremely precarious,” said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, after visiting the Gaza Strip. “I am deeply concerned about the imposition of further restrictions at Kerem Shalom, which is the lifeline for Gaza’s population,” he added, referring to the key border crossing with Israel. “Should they continue, these additional restrictions risk triggering a dramatic deterioration in an already fragile situation and desperate humanitarian conditions,...

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UN marks 100 years since Mandela’s birth with a vow to continue struggle for equality

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UN marks 100 years since Mandela’s birth with a vow to continue struggle for equality

INTERNATIONAL, 17 July 2018, Human Rights - Taking stock of his “vast” legacy for mankind, the United Nations will mark 100 years since the birth of the late anti-Apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, on Wednesday. “Nelson Mandela was a towering global advocate for justice and equality”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his video message for Nelson Mandela International Day, annually observed on 18 July, which was inaugurated by UN General Assembly in November 2009, in recognition of his global contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. Mr. Mandela, who died in 2013, was the first democratically-elected president of South Africa and the country’s first black head of State. He had been in prison for 27 years on charges of sabotage before being released and eventually elected...

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Nicaragua must end demonstrator killings and seek political solution in wake of ‘absolutely shocking’ death toll: UN chief

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Nicaragua must end demonstrator killings and seek political solution in wake of ‘absolutely shocking’ death toll: UN chief

INTERNATIONAL, 17 July 2018, Human Rights - The United Nations Secretary-General has called on the Nicaraguan Government to end violence against demonstrators which has cost an estimated 280 lives, and begin a national “political dialogue” to end the crisis which has gripped the country for nearly three months. Speaking in neighbouring Costa Rica on Monday night, António Guterres said that it was “an essential responsibility of the State to protect its citizens, and this basic principle cannot be forgotten, especially when, unfortunately, we have a death toll that is absolutely shocking.” At least 12 people were killed over the weekend, mostly as police and paramilitary supporters of the government confronted demonstrators who have been protesting proposed reforms to the pension system across the country, since 18...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean Remains Dedicated to Community

CIBC FirstCaribbean Remains Dedicated to Community

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Six community initiatives received financial support from CIBC...

July 17, 2018 No comments

Nature Foundation Reiterates its Call on Parliament to Ban Single-Use Plastics

Nature Foundation Reiterates its Call on Parliament to Ban Single-Use…

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation...

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1800 businesses covered by ECS. Survey extended by three additional weeks

1800 businesses covered by ECS. Survey extended by three additional…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Department of Statistics (STAT)...

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SXM Airport Terminal Building to Open November 2018

SXM Airport Terminal Building to Open November 2018

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - “It is quite a giant...

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Finance Minister clarifies claim of 2019 budget delay

July 17, 2018

Finance Minister clarifies claim of 2019 budget delay

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Finance Perry Geerlings has every intention of delivering t...

Free Open House at Amuseum Naturalis This Sunday

July 17, 2018

Free Open House at Amuseum Naturalis This Sunday

ST. MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER) - People of all ages are invited to visit Amuseum Naturalis at The Old H...

Discussions on the future of the EU-OCT partnership commence

July 17, 2018

Discussions on the future of the EU-OCT partnership commence

SINT MAARTEN/BRUSSELS - Tuesday July 17 the EU (European Union) representative for Sint Maarten, Car...

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“It is a jewel” – Schoolboy in Wartime reviewed in Netherlands newspaper

July 17, 2018 No comments

“It is a jewel” – Schoolboy in Wartime reviewed in Netherlands newspaper

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - With the music of Betty V’s Hold on and Neville York’s Sweet Salt playing in the background, about 75 book party guests were treated here at the Parish Hall to an evening ...

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Food wholesalers and warehouse depots requested to be storm ready

July 17, 2018 No comments

Food wholesalers and warehouse depots requested to be storm ready

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL), (DCOMM) – Food wholesalers and warehouse depots are requested to have their facilities storm/hurricane ready by having a plan in place to prepare and secure their properties i...

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Schiphol airport considers fees for dropping off passengers

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Schiphol airport considers fees for dropping off passengers

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport is considering introducing a fee for people who drop off friends and relatives by car, the Telegraaf said on Tuesday. ‘The available space ...

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Take shorter showers, water board says as drought continues

July 17, 2018 No comments

Take shorter showers, water board says as drought continues

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Households in parts of Friesland, Overijssel and Flevoland have been warned that they may experience lower water pressure than normal as the drought continues. The long...

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Ministers of Justice of The Kingdom have Constructive Meetings

July 17, 2018

Ministers of Justice of The Kingdom have Constructive Meetings

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - Today, the Ministers of Justice Grapperhaus (The Netherlands), Bikker (Aruba)...

Ministry VROMI warns Strict Enforcement of Building Ordinance

July 17, 2018

Ministry VROMI warns Strict Enforcement of Building Ordinance

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infra...

Tens of kilos of cocaine found hidden on Dutch marine base

July 17, 2018

Tens of kilos of cocaine found hidden on Dutch marine base

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Soldiers have found at least one sports bags stuffed with what is tho...

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Anne Faber’s killer jailed for 28 years, plus psychiatric prison

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Anne Faber’s killer jailed for 28 years, plus psychiatric prison

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Michael P has been jailed for 28 years to be followed by compulsory psychiatric prison for the rape and murder of 25-year-old Anne Faber last year. Anne disappeared on ...

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Fire chief received death threats from his own staff

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Fire chief received death threats from his own staff

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The chief of the Amsterdam fire brigade has been receiving death threats from a section of his own fire service, the public prosecutor has confirmed to newspaper Algemee...

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Prudential Tax Services: Free Tax Express Week

July 17, 2018

Prudential Tax Services: Free Tax Express Week

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The management of Prudential Tax Services (PTS) starts July 23-July 27 ...

Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Thursday

July 17, 2018

Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Thursday

PHILIPSBURG – On Thursday, July 19, fuel pump prices will be adjusted for gasoline and diesel.  The...

Old Fire Station to be Demolished on Thursday and Friday

July 17, 2018

Old Fire Station to be Demolished on Thursday and Friday

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

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Housing is a right, not a commodity: Amsterdam signs global declaration

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Housing is a right, not a commodity: Amsterdam signs global declaration

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam has signed up to a global declaration to the United Nations which states that ‘housing must first and foremost be considered as a right, not a commodity’ in or...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

July 17, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Tuesday July 17, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) July 18, 2018 WEATHER: Tonight through Wednesday mor...

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