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End discrimination against women and children affected by leprosy

January 26, 2020 No comments

End discrimination against women and children affected by leprosy

INTERNATIONAL, 26 January 2020, Health - Governments must put an end to the informal segregation and institutionalized neglect of hundreds of thousands of women and children affected by leprosy, an independent UN human rights expert said on Sunday, World Leprosy Day. “Too many women and children affected by leprosy – also known as Hansen's disease – are victims of stereotypes, physical and verbal abuse, delays of diagnosis and lack of adequate care”, declared Alice Cruz, UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members. The UN expert expressed concern over the “complete lack of specific plans by States to address the particular needs of women and children affected by leprosy and to end discrimination and violence against them”. Today is #WorldLeprosyDay....

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UN heath agency: The time is now to 'act as one' in fighting infectious coronavirus

January 25, 2020 No comments

UN heath agency: The time is now to 'act as one' in fighting infectious coronavirus

INTERNATIONAL, 25 January 2020, Health - Following confirmed cases of the Novel coronavirus in Europe, the United Nations health agency released a statement on the  need for the international community to work together as one to combat the infectious disease.  The evolving outbreak that began in China is “a sign that every country needs to be ready to timely detect and manage outbreaks of any type”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday.  Virus infections have now been reported on four continents, including in Australia, France and the United States, among recent travelers to China. Several other countries in Asia have reported cases as well. WHO’s Regional Office for Europe has officially been notified of the first novel #coronavirus cases in Europe. Three cases have been...

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A busy year in the UN Security Council: more openness, diversity mark 2019

January 25, 2020 No comments

A busy year in the UN Security Council: more openness, diversity mark 2019

INTERNATIONAL, 25 January 2020, Peace and Security - With over 240 public meetings and a wider range of civil society briefers, the UN Security Council continued its push towards more transparency in 2019, a year marked by widespread popular uprisings and the erosion of hard-won international treaties. Here are some key figures for the world’s top peace and security body last year: 243 public meetings held­ – an average of 21 per month 93 meetings on situations in Africa 52 resolutions adopted 25 meetings on Syria crisis 2 new field missions established (support for the ceasefire in Yemen; an integrated UN Office in Haiti)  1 new agenda item added (‘the situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’) On three occasions last year, sharply divided delegations presented competing draft resolutions, which resulted in the rejection of six proposed...

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Deadly earthquake kills dozens in Turkey, UN stands in solidarity and offers support

January 25, 2020 No comments

Deadly earthquake kills dozens in Turkey, UN stands in solidarity and offers support

INTERNATIONAL, 25 January 2020, Humanitarian Aid - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres was deeply saddened by the “loss of life and destruction of property” caused by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey on Friday night.  Secretary-General @antonioguterres deeply saddened by earthquake #Turkey's Elazig province, extends condolences to the victims' families, as well as to the people and Government of Turkey. Full statement here: https://bit.ly/2RIOXvS Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction of property in the wake of an earthquake in Elazig province, Turkey. The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the un.org “The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Turkey”, UN...

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The drive for quality education worldwide, faces ‘mammoth challenges’

January 24, 2020 No comments

The drive for quality education worldwide, faces ‘mammoth challenges’

INTERNATIONAL, 24 January 2020, Culture and Education - Aligning inclusive, quality education with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was centre-stage on Friday, as the President of the UN General Assembly held a high-level interactive meeting for the International Day of Education.        “The education sector is wrestling with mammoth challenges worldwide”, said Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, in his message for the day. As a former teacher, I know the life-changing power of education. Universal access to quality and, now, life-long education is a right, and a necessity. #EducationDay Listing them, he said there was a “precipitate decline” in the quality and standards of education; a widening knowledge gap between students in technically advanced societies and those in developing countries; a crisis of learning in conflict zones; growing...

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Come celebrate the 40th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta on the official Spectator boat

Come celebrate the 40th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken…

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Ready to experience the St....

January 27, 2020 No comments

BUILDING CAPACITY AND STRENGTHENING SXM NPO’s/NGO’s – REGISTRATION OPEN

BUILDING CAPACITY AND STRENGTHENING SXM NPO’s/NGO’s – REGISTRATION OPEN

SINT MAARTEN (SAUNDERS) - World NGO (Non-Government Organizations) Day is...

January 26, 2020 No comments

Heyliger-Marten: "Big Supermarkets should be customer friendly, not just profit-driven

Heyliger-Marten: "Big Supermarkets should be customer friendly, not just profit-driven

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The road to recovery for St....

January 26, 2020 No comments

Port Working Closely with FCCA and Cruise Partners Regarding New Coronavirus

Port Working Closely with FCCA and Cruise Partners Regarding New…

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The cruise industry is closely monitoring...

January 26, 2020 No comments

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CBCS is addressing concerns – “marketing conduct” of Commercial Banks

January 27, 2020

CBCS is addressing concerns – “marketing conduct” of Commercial Banks

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Insurance Brokers Association (SIBA) welcomes the assu...

2020 draft budget submitted to CFT on January 22

January 26, 2020

2020 draft budget submitted to CFT on January 22

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The 2020 draft Budget has been submitted to the Board of Financial Supe...

First meeting between Carnival Foundation and Police in preps for Carnival 2020

January 24, 2020

First meeting between Carnival Foundation and Police in preps for Carnival 2020

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) and members of Sint ...

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Minister Christopher Wever attends Marine Conservation session

January 26, 2020 No comments

Minister Christopher Wever attends Marine Conservation session

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday, January 22nd the Minister of VROMI, Christopher Wever attended an informative session on Marine Conservation organized by the St. Martin division of Sea Shep...

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Two arrests in shooing investigation made

January 24, 2020 No comments

Two arrests in shooing investigation made

SINT MAARTEN (MIDDLE REGION) - On Thursday January 23rd, 2020, two arrests were made of in connection with an ongoing shooting investigation which took place in October 2019 in the vicinity of Middle ...

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Lions and Asses

January 26, 2020 No comments

Lions and Asses

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY - By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert) - I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. I had to it read again. Then I looked at his picture and gave it another inspection. Almost everyone knows the ...

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Jehovah’s Witness abuse victims unhappy at lack of care, report shows

January 24, 2020 No comments

Jehovah’s Witness abuse victims unhappy at lack of care, report shows

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A report by Utrecht University researchers into sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witness community in the Netherlands has found that most victims are unhappy at the way...

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Ministry of Health Section CPS Closely Monitoring new flu respiratory virus 2019-nCoV

January 24, 2020

Ministry of Health Section CPS Closely Monitoring new flu respiratory virus 2019-nCoV

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Si...

Nature Foundation Discovered Single-Use Plastics are the Biggest Beach Polluter

January 24, 2020

Nature Foundation Discovered Single-Use Plastics are the Biggest Beach Polluter

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Nature Foundation St Maarten first brand audit cleanup results reveale...

Teen Times sounds alarm over increasing use of vaping by teens

January 24, 2020

Teen Times sounds alarm over increasing use of vaping by teens

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Teen Times on Friday sounded the alarm for parents and school officials...

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On Holocaust Memorial Day, Dutch PM apologises for government role during WWII

January 26, 2020 No comments

On Holocaust Memorial Day, Dutch PM apologises for government role during WWII

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Prime minister Mark Rutte used his speech during the national Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony in Amsterdam on Sunday to apologise for the actions of the Dutch government...

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Utrecht and Rotterdam to test for lead water pipes

January 24, 2020 No comments

Utrecht and Rotterdam to test for lead water pipes

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Utrecht and Rotterdam councils have told the NOS broadcaster that they plan to test their buildings for lead pipes. Lead found in significant levels in drinking water is...

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KNMI experts meet Island Council, discuss earthquake, volcano monitoring

January 24, 2020

KNMI experts meet Island Council, discuss earthquake, volcano monitoring

SABA - The Saba Island Council on Thursday, January 23 met with representatives of the Royal Netherl...

SMDF Director visits Mental Health Foundation

January 24, 2020

SMDF Director visits Mental Health Foundation

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) Director Ms. Makhicia Brooks was given...

Statia enters new administrative phase in preparation for elections

January 24, 2020

Statia enters new administrative phase in preparation for elections

SINT EUSTATIUS - On February 15th Mr. Marcolino Franco and Mr. Mervyn Stegers will both end their te...

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Executive Council Saba announces Muller as new Bonaire Island Secretary

January 24, 2020 No comments

Executive Council Saba announces Muller as new Bonaire Island Secretary

SABA - The Executive Council of Saba on Friday, January 24, announced that Island Secretary Tim Muller will start as Island Secretary of Bonaire per May 1, 2020. Muller said that the decision to leav...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

January 26, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Sunday, January 26, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) January 27, 2020    WEATHER:  Tonight through Monday e...

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