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UN chief advocates for a strengthening of peacekeeping in Africa

November 20, 2018 No comments

UN chief advocates for a strengthening of peacekeeping in Africa

INTERNATIONAL, 20 November 2018, Peace and Security - Citing the “encouraging progress” achieved by United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa – which hosts half of all ongoing missions – UN chief António Guterres on Tuesday called the international community to strengthen cooperation and commitment to peacekeeping, during an open debate held at the Security Council. Currently, half of all peacekeeping missions – seven out of 14 – and four in five UN ‘blue helmets’ are based in Africa. In addition, African nations provide nearly half of peacekeepers deployed worldwide, including almost two thirds of all women peacekeepers, and the majority of UN police officers.  “Peacekeeping in Africa continues to present some of our greatest challenges,” said Mr. Guterres. “United Nations missions are carrying out complex operations with multidimensional mandates...

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World Children’s Day: Millie Bobby Brown to #GoBlue as new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

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World Children’s Day: Millie Bobby Brown to #GoBlue as new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

INTERNATIONAL, 20 November 2018, Women - On this World Children’s Day, when kids across the globe unite for their rights, Emmy-Nominated actress Millie Bobby Brown has been named the newest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador. At 14 years old, this makes Ms. Brown UNICEF’s youngest person to ever take on the role. The British star of the Netflix series, Stranger Things, will use her global platform to help spotlight children’s rights and issues affecting youth, including lack of education, safe learning spaces, and the impacts of violence, bullying and poverty. “It’s a dream come true to become a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador,” said Ms. Brown in a statement marking the Day. “It’s a huge honor to join such an impressive list of people who have supported UNICEF over the years. I...

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UN migration agency builds temporary safe havens to shelter Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

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UN migration agency builds temporary safe havens to shelter Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

INTERNATIONAL, 20 November 2018, Migrants and Refugees - The United Nations migration agency said on Tuesday that it has upgraded structures in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps as temporary accommodations for emergency situations. Under the first phase of the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) project, which is supported by the European Union, 70 community buildings are available to temporarily shelter over 4,500 people. “IOM and partners have provided over 100,000 households with materials to help them upgrade their own shelters,” said Manuel Pereira, IOM’s Emergency Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar. “But,” he continued, “weather and environmental conditions in the camps mean tens of thousands of families live with the knowledge that their shelters could be damaged or destroyed at any time.”  The improved structures will allow IOM shelter and site management...

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Refugee and migrant children losing over 1.8 million school days, every day – UN report

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Refugee and migrant children losing over 1.8 million school days, every day – UN report

INTERNATIONAL, 20 November 2018, Migrants and Refugees - Migrant and refugee children to face incredible hardships attending schools and accessing education, a new United Nations report released on Tuesday has revealed, highlighting also structural weaknesses in national systems that can sometimes exclude children on the move. According to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), factors such as non-certified schools, language different and limited resources are keeping refugee and migrant children away from learning and prospects for a better future. “The right of these children to quality education, even if increasingly recognized on paper, is challenged daily in classrooms and schoolyards and denied outright by a few governments,” said the UN agency in a news release, announcing its new Global Education Monitoring Report. “In the two...

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DR Congo violence puts Ebola humanitarian response at risk, UN food relief agency warns

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DR Congo violence puts Ebola humanitarian response at risk, UN food relief agency warns

INTERNATIONAL, 20 November 2018, Humanitarian Aid - A spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned any violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that could slow down the humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in the vast country’s north-east, following an attack on a UN base and nearby hotels housing UN staff, in the city of Beni on Friday. Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, Herve Verhoosel urged all parties in DRC to respect international humanitarian law, adding that WFP cannot afford any disruption to its life-saving operations: “any setbacks due to insecurity threaten to slow down efforts to limit the spread of the virus. Therefore, we urge all parties to facilitate the life-saving work of our...

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Minister Johnson commends SXM Airport as #2 Most Popular Private Jet Destination

Minister Johnson commends SXM Airport as #2 Most Popular Private…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Minister of Tourism & Economic...

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Together for Children's Rights in the Kingdom

Together for Children's Rights in the Kingdom

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The countries and public entities of...

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CBCS presents Strategic Plan in Sint Maarten. Attendees pleased with what they heard

CBCS presents Strategic Plan in Sint Maarten. Attendees pleased with…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Recently, the Centrale Bank of Curaçao...

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SZV AND CPS HOST INFO SESSION ON MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR CHRONIC ILLNESS PATIENTS

SZV AND CPS HOST INFO SESSION ON MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances (SZV) and...

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Sint Maarten Signs Kingdom MOU for International Rights of the Child

November 20, 2018

Sint Maarten Signs Kingdom MOU for International Rights of the Child

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport, the Honourable Wyclif...

SXM Achievers’ Toastmasters Youth Leaders Graduate

November 20, 2018

SXM Achievers’ Toastmasters Youth Leaders Graduate

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - The SXM Achievers Toastmasters Club hosted a Youth Leadership Program ...

Minister of Justice de Weever: Tuesday is World Children’s Day

November 20, 2018

Minister of Justice de Weever: Tuesday is World Children’s Day

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Children are taking over and turning the world blue.  The United Nation...

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Economic Census Survey revealing. 80 per cent of businesses have five employees or less

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Economic Census Survey revealing. 80 per cent of businesses have five employees or less

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Department of Statistics (STAT) from the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunications, conducted an Economic Census Survey (ECS) from May 2nd to...

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Everything set for the Separation of Powers Council of Advice lecture on Thursday

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Everything set for the Separation of Powers Council of Advice lecture on Thursday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) — In an effort to increase awareness and understanding of good governance as well as stimulate the discussion amongst our population in the hope of promoting active citizenr...

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“Lasana M. Sekou Live @ 40th anniversary” concert: Poetry, stories, drama, and dance-theater performances at John Larmonie Center

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“Lasana M. Sekou Live @ 40th anniversary” concert: Poetry, stories, drama, and dance-theater performances at John Larmonie Center

SINT MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN - The 40th anniversary concert of St. Martin’s Lasana Sekou as an author of over 20 books, takes place on November 30 and December 1, 2018, at 8 PM, said Shujah Reiph, presiden...

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$2,000 Smart Home Grand Door Prize at “Wacky Telco Friday” event

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$2,000 Smart Home Grand Door Prize at “Wacky Telco Friday” event

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group has in store for a lucky winner, a state-of-the-art Smart Home connection as the Grand Door Prize for this Friday’s “Wacky TelCo Friday” fun sale. The Grand P...

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Minister Johnson congratulates Hazel on Winning Front-page photo of VISIT Destination Promotional Magazine

November 20, 2018

Minister Johnson congratulates Hazel on Winning Front-page photo of VISIT Destination Promotional Magazine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) recently anno...

USM host its 3rd annual Breakfast Round-table discussion with Counselors

November 20, 2018

USM host its 3rd annual Breakfast Round-table discussion with Counselors

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Friday November 16th the University of St. Martin (USM) hosted its 3...

GEBE wins Best Sponsor of the Year at 2018 Brown Pelican Sports Awards

November 20, 2018

GEBE wins Best Sponsor of the Year at 2018 Brown Pelican Sports Awards

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - NV GEBE is proud to have been named “Best Sponsor of the Year 2018” at ...

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PERIDOT FOUNDATION TO HOST EVENT WITH DR. FEY VAN DER DIJS AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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PERIDOT FOUNDATION TO HOST EVENT WITH DR. FEY VAN DER DIJS AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Founder of the Peridot Foundation stated Gracita Arrindell said on Monday in a statement: “November 25th upcoming is the official starting date of ‘sixteen days of activis...

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Minister Giterson visits Mental Health Facility

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Minister Giterson visits Mental Health Facility

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Last Friday, on November 16, 2018, the honorable Minister of VROMI Miklos Giterson visited the Mental Health Foundation MHF) which is in dire need of more space and an upgrad...

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Two Central Committee meetings of Parliament on Wednesday about Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2017 Annual Report Council of Advice

November 20, 2018

Two Central Committee meetings of Parliament on Wednesday about Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2017 Annual Report Council of Advice

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in a Continuation Central Committee meeting on Wednes...

15 & 17-Year old Youngsters in Back street fight investigation arrested

November 20, 2018

15 & 17-Year old Youngsters in Back street fight investigation arrested

PHILIPSBURG - Detectives at the Youth and Morals Department have reported that a third and fourth su...

Construction worker robbed by gun wielding robbers on a scooter

November 20, 2018

Construction worker robbed by gun wielding robbers on a scooter

PELICAN - Detectives of the Special Unit Robbery are presently investigating an armed robbery which ...

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Suspect arrested in connection with break-ins and vehicular theft

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Suspect arrested in connection with break-ins and vehicular theft

PHILIPSBURG - Detectives of the Robbery Division on Monday November 18 arrested a male suspect identified with initials K.B. in connection with two separate break-in investigations and the theft of a ...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

November 20, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) November 21, 2018 …THE SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR ST...

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