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‘Surge in financing’ needed to transform the world: UN chief

September 24, 2018 No comments

‘Surge in financing’ needed to transform the world: UN chief

INTERNATIONAL, 24 September 2018, SDGs - A “surge in financing and investments” is needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations plan of action agreed by Member States, to transform the world, the Secretary-General said on Monday. António Guterres was speaking at the opening of the High Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda, at which he launched his Strategy to support Financing the 2030 Agenda. He was joined by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), several Heads of State and Government, as well as senior representatives of leading companies – including the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates – and philanthropic foundations. The financing needs of the 2030 Agenda, said Mr. Guterres, are immense, in the order of between $5 and $7 trillion per...

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Youth2030: UN chief launches bold new strategy for young people ‘to lead’

September 24, 2018 No comments

Youth2030: UN chief launches bold new strategy for young people ‘to lead’

INTERNATIONAL, 24 September 2018, Economic Development - The United Nations Secretary-General launched a new partnership strategy with the world’s 1.8 billion young people on Monday, to help put “their ideas into action”. Noting that it was “a rare treat” to see so many young faces at the UN, to launch the new “Youth2030” strategy, UN chief António Guterres highlighted a list of challenges “the largest young generation in history” faces today. He noted that “globalization, new technologies, displacement, shrinking civic space, changing labour markets and climate impacts,” were putting huge pressure on youth everywhere, adding that more than one-fifth of young people are not in employment, education or training; a quarter are affected by violence or armed conflict; and young people remain excluded from...

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At UN, countries pledge to be guided by Mandela’s legacy in working for a better world

September 24, 2018 No comments

At UN, countries pledge to be guided by Mandela’s legacy in working for a better world

INTERNATIONAL, 24 September 2018, Peace and Security - The United Nations General Assembly on Monday honoured Nelson Mandela with a pledge to build a just, peaceful and prosperous world and to revive the values for which the former South African President and anti-apartheid campaigner stood. At the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, held in New York, Member States adopted the first resolution of the General Assembly’s 73rd session, “committing to demonstrate mutual respect, tolerance, understanding and reconciliation in [their] relations.” “We resolve to move beyond words in the promotion of peaceful, just, inclusive and non-discriminatory societies, stressing the importance of the equal participation and full involvement of women and the meaningful participation of youth in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security,” read...

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Global spotlight on world drug problem ‘is personal’ says UN chief a high-level UN event

September 24, 2018 No comments

Global spotlight on world drug problem ‘is personal’ says UN chief a high-level UN event

INTERNATIONAL, 24 September 2018, Health - The United Nations focused a global spotlight on the world-wide drug problem during a high-level counter-narcotics event on Monday in which Secretary-General António Guterres flagged that this “is personal.”  Drug addiction is “more than just a policy issue. It is personal.”  Mr. Guterres said at the event, noting that “the reality is that drugs and addiction are not abstract issues.” “All of us have stories” and “it is our duty to act – and act now,” underscored the UN chief. He highlighted that he had lost a friend to drugs “at an unbearably young age, and also described how his sister had spent many years working as a psychiatrist at a drug treatment centre in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. “I saw...

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Yemen: Tackling the world’s largest humanitarian crisis

September 24, 2018 No comments

Yemen: Tackling the world’s largest humanitarian crisis

INTERNATIONAL, 24 September 2018, Humanitarian Aid - With three-quarters of the population requiring some form of basic assistance to survive, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, now in its fourth year, has reached unprecedented levels of need. On Monday, ahead of the United Nation’s 73rd General Assembly high-level debate, a special event will focus on the humanitarian response across the country, its major achievements and its daily challenges, in an attempt to galvanize more international support. The figures of the crisis are staggering and near-impossible to grasp: 22.2 million in need of assistance, 8.4 million people severely food insecure, and a further 10 million that could fall under the same category by the end of the year, if action is not urgently taken.“It is bleak”, UN humanitarian...

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HEINEKEN REGATTA ANNOUNCES 2019 HEINEKEN REGATTA VILLAGE VENUE

HEINEKEN REGATTA ANNOUNCES 2019 HEINEKEN REGATTA VILLAGE VENUE

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The organizers of the St....

September 24, 2018 No comments

Coca-Cola donates picnic tables to several public schools

Coca-Cola donates picnic tables to several public schools

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - CC1 St. Maarten, the distributor...

September 24, 2018 No comments

Nature Foundation Applauds Legal Decision to Not Allow Parking on Great Bay Beach

Nature Foundation Applauds Legal Decision to Not Allow Parking on…

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

September 24, 2018 No comments

Minister Johnson applauds efforts to reduce nation’s environmental footprint

Minister Johnson applauds efforts to reduce nation’s environmental footprint

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Based on information provided by...

September 23, 2018 No comments

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The Philipsburg Jubilee Library Needs a New Home, URGENTLY – Pt. 2

September 24, 2018

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library Needs a New Home, URGENTLY – Pt. 2

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - It's September 22, 2018. Saturday, 11:00am in Great Bay. There's no spa...

POSITIVE & ELEKTRALYETS FOUNDATION’s: PINK PARADE

September 24, 2018

POSITIVE & ELEKTRALYETS FOUNDATION’s: PINK PARADE

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The 9th annual Pink Parade is scheduled for Friday October 5, 2018.  Th...

IT server upgrade glitch causing slow start to TelEm Group’s Monday opening

September 24, 2018

IT server upgrade glitch causing slow start to TelEm Group’s Monday opening

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group says an upgrade of IT equipment over the weekend caused som...

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STAT begins 2018 Labour Force Survey

September 24, 2018 No comments

STAT begins 2018 Labour Force Survey

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Department of Statistics (STAT) started today with its annual Labour Force Survey (LFS). This survey is used internationally and locally to collect recent labour marke...

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Road Paving/Patching Project progressing

September 24, 2018 No comments

Road Paving/Patching Project progressing

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – VROMI (Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure) Minister Miklos Giterson was updated on the progress of the ongoing road paving/patching project b...

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Dutch supermarket introduces ‘quiet hour’ for people with autism

September 24, 2018 No comments

Dutch supermarket introduces ‘quiet hour’ for people with autism

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Supermarket Albert Heijn in Sint-Michielsgestel has introduced a weekly ‘quiet hour’ for people with autism. On Tuesday mornings music, noise and light will be kept to ...

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Study of 70,000 girls finds cervical cancer vaccine is safe

September 24, 2018 No comments

Study of 70,000 girls finds cervical cancer vaccine is safe

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A vaccine that prevents cervical cancer is safe, the public health institute RIVM has concluded following a study of 70,000 girls. The research was carried out after the...

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3,144 POUNDS OF TRASH COLLECTED DURING ENGAGE CARIBBEAN GEMS TRASH RUN

September 24, 2018

3,144 POUNDS OF TRASH COLLECTED DURING ENGAGE CARIBBEAN GEMS TRASH RUN

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Engage Foundation had a mission to clean St. Maarten one run at a time....

Persons with Respiratory Challenges should take precautionary measures from Saharan dust

September 24, 2018

Persons with Respiratory Challenges should take precautionary measures from Saharan dust

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Sahara dust that has been plaguing the North eastern Caribbean in...

Jewelry store robbed on Saturday

September 24, 2018

Jewelry store robbed on Saturday

PHILIPSBURG - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place ...

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VVD senator criticised for ‘conflict of interest’ in social work reform

September 24, 2018 No comments

VVD senator criticised for ‘conflict of interest’ in social work reform

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A senator with the VVD party has come under fire for voting on a controversial bill to reform social work that was drafted with the help of her own advice bureau. Inves...

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Four dead, two children, in apparent family murder suicide in Papengracht

September 24, 2018 No comments

Four dead, two children, in apparent family murder suicide in Papengracht

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Police are investigating what they say appears to be a murder suicide at a family home in Papendrecht, just north of Dordrecht. The family, a 32-year-old couple and chi...

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament regarding insurance claim and/or settlement for the airport

September 24, 2018

Central Committee meeting of Parliament regarding insurance claim and/or settlement for the airport

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Tuesday, September ...

Joint efforts by Customs and Police underway in drug investigation

September 24, 2018

Joint efforts by Customs and Police underway in drug investigation

POINT BLANCHE - On Saturday 22nd the Customs Department during their controls at the container termi...

CBS starts Labour force survey on Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba

September 24, 2018

CBS starts Labour force survey on Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - From the end of September until the end of November of this year, Statistics Ne...

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UPDATED WEATHER WATCH: Kirk is no more. Being monitored in case of regeneration

September 24, 2018 No comments

UPDATED WEATHER WATCH: Kirk is no more. Being monitored in case of regeneration

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – Tropical Depression Kirk is no more. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Monday morning just before midday issued its last weather-related communique as Kirk lost its close...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

September 24, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, September 24, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) September 25, 2018 WEATHER:   Tonight through Tuesd...

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