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Investing in rural women and girls, ‘essential’ for everyone’s future: UN chief

October 15, 2018 No comments

Investing in rural women and girls, ‘essential’ for everyone’s future: UN chief

INTERNATIONAL, 15 October 2018 - Women - Marking International Day of Rural Women, on Monday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on countries to ensure that women and girls living in rural areas can enioy their human rights as this would enable making “progress for all”. “The empowerment of rural women and girls is essential to building a prosperous, equitable and peaceful future for all on a healthy planet,” he said, stressing that “it is needed for achieving gender equality, ensuring decent work for all, eradicating poverty and hunger and taking climate action”. Rural women make up 43 per cent of the agricultural labour force in developing countries, in work that is often informal and poorly paid, offering little access to social protection or income security. As...

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World Health Organization calls crisis meeting over deadly Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

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World Health Organization calls crisis meeting over deadly Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

INTERNATIONAL, 15 October 2018, Health - World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has already claimed around 130 lives. The WHO has assessed the national and regional risk of the current Ebola outbreak in DRC as “very high,” although the global risk remains low and, so far, the UN’s health watchdog has not called for any trade or travel restrictions to be imposed. The Emergency Committee, scheduled for Wednesday at WHO headquarters in Geneva, will decide whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, and what recommendations should be made to manage the spread of the disease. This outbreak, the...

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Overseas investment falling, developing countries largely unscathed: UN trade agency

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Overseas investment falling, developing countries largely unscathed: UN trade agency

INTERNATIONAL, 15 October 2018, Economic Development - Foreign direct investment (FDI) has dropped 40 per cent year-on-year so far, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on Monday, but the $470 million decline is happening mainly in wealthy, industrialized nations, especially in North America and Western Europe. Overall, the global financial picture is “gloomy”, said UNCTAD’s James Zhan, Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise. He explained that foreign direct investment is important because it gives countries access to external capital, technology, market access and tax contributions. According to UNCTAD, the development is mainly owing to recent tax reforms in the U.S. which have encouraged big firms there to bring home earnings from abroad – principally from Western European countries. He said that the...

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Benefits of rural migration effect often overlooked, new UN report suggests

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Benefits of rural migration effect often overlooked, new UN report suggests

INTERNATIONAL, 15 October 2018, Economic Development - Agricultural policies should work to maximize the contributions of rural migration to economic and social development, while minimizing the costs, says a major new report released on Monday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The agency’s annual report titled, The State of Food and Agriculture 2018 (SOFA), points to migration as a choice, its costs and benefits, and lays out the implications arising from important investment decisions surrounding rural development. The objective must be to make migration a choice, not a necessity, and to maximize the positive impacts while minimizing the negative ones- FAO chief Jose Graziano da Silva FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said in his forward to the report, that “the objective must be to make...

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Violence will not deter Somali people in their pursuit of peace, says UN chief, in wake of lethal attacks

October 14, 2018 No comments

Violence will not deter Somali people in their pursuit of peace, says UN chief, in wake of lethal attacks

INTERNATIONAL, 14 October 2018, Peace and Security - Strongly condemning twin suicide attacks in Baidoa, southwestern Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has reiterated the Organization’s support and solidarity with the country’s people and Government. In a statement by his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. “He is convinced that indiscriminate violence and attacks will not deter the Somali people in their pursuit of peace and stability,” added the statement. According to media reports, at least 16 people died and 50 wounded after two suicide bombers attacked a restaurant and a hotel in the town of Baidoa on Saturday. Baidoa is located about 220 kilometres (130 miles) west of capital Mogadishu. The blasts...

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Sint Maarten Economy Real Growth Down by 8.4% in 2017

Sint Maarten Economy Real Growth Down by 8.4% in 2017

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Department of Statistics estimates that...

October 15, 2018 No comments

SMMC to hosts a World Bank Project Launch series

SMMC to hosts a World Bank Project Launch series

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - SMMC is hosting a “Project...

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Minister Johnson receives Maximum Price List 2018 Hurricane items Booklet

Minister Johnson receives Maximum Price List 2018 Hurricane items Booklet

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) – The Head of the...

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Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset reads at schools

Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset reads at schools

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – In recognition of Rotary’s Basic Education...

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Buncampers not guilty of 7 of 8 charges against them. Only fined for incorrect tax filings

October 15, 2018

Buncampers not guilty of 7 of 8 charges against them. Only fined for incorrect tax filings

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - After eight years of criminal prosecution and being accused of a pletho...

Haarlem’s mayor in hiding after threats, hundreds show support at rally

October 15, 2018

Haarlem’s mayor in hiding after threats, hundreds show support at rally

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Hundreds of people packed into the Grote Markt in central Haarlem on ...

New Activities for All Ages at Migratory Bird Festival

October 15, 2018

New Activities for All Ages at Migratory Bird Festival

SINT MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER) - Despite the rain, over 150 guests of all ages found fun n...

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Members of Parliament tour Hurricane Shelters

October 15, 2018 No comments

Members of Parliament tour Hurricane Shelters

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament Egbert Jurendy Doran requested a tour of the hurricane shelters on Sint Maarten during the Central Committee meeting on August 3, 2018. The Prime Min...

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EPIC to Host Full Moon Kayak with Halloween theme

October 15, 2018 No comments

EPIC to Host Full Moon Kayak with Halloween theme

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - In anticipation of Halloween, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) foundation will host a “Spooktacular” kayak under the moonlight on the Simpson Bay Lagoon on...

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Aqua Mania Adventures raises over $3000 for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 14, 2018 No comments

Aqua Mania Adventures raises over $3000 for Breast Cancer Awareness

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Aqua Mania Adventures raised over $3000 with the Pink Sunset Sail held on Sunday September 30th for the Positive and the Elektralyets foundations. The check presentation ...

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AOV PENSION STATUS SURVEY FOR RESIDENTS OF DUTCH SINT MAARTEN

October 14, 2018 No comments

AOV PENSION STATUS SURVEY FOR RESIDENTS OF DUTCH SINT MAARTEN

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV will launch its AOV Pension Status Survey on Monday October 15th. Residents of Dutch Sint Maarten who are currently receiving AOV pension pa...

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Positive customer reaction to TelEm Group Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

October 15, 2018

Positive customer reaction to TelEm Group Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Breast cancer awareness campaigner and radio personality Elektra brough...

Communities reminded to prevent mosquito breeding sites after weekend of heavy rainfall

October 15, 2018

Communities reminded to prevent mosquito breeding sites after weekend of heavy rainfall

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a government department ...

CPS: Monday is Global Handwashing Day. Clean hands – a recipe for health

October 15, 2018

CPS: Monday is Global Handwashing Day. Clean hands – a recipe for health

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) – 15 October marks Global Handwashing Day.  The theme is “Clean hand...

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Investigation continues into shooting of business owner in the leg during high-day robbery

October 14, 2018 No comments

Investigation continues into shooting of business owner in the leg during high-day robbery

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Friday October 12th at approximately 3.30 p.m. at an establishment located behind of ...

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Motorworld Hosts Breast Aware and Car Care Workshop and Cocktail Event in Collaboration with Elektralyets and Positive Foundations

October 14, 2018 No comments

Motorworld Hosts Breast Aware and Car Care Workshop and Cocktail Event in Collaboration with Elektralyets and Positive Foundations

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Motorworld has collaborated with the Elektralyets and Positive Foundations to bring a new and creative workshop for the Breast Cancer Awareness month. Women and men are all i...

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Mentally ill man steals car and mistreats security officer at Mental Health Facility

October 15, 2018

Mentally ill man steals car and mistreats security officer at Mental Health Facility

CAY HILL/DUTCH QUARTER - Early Saturday morning October 13th a man on his first visit to the Mental ...

St. Dominic High School Organizes Information Evening on Wednesday about IB

October 15, 2018

St. Dominic High School Organizes Information Evening on Wednesday about IB

REWARD - The St.  Dominic High School will have an information evening on the International Baccalau...

SCDF producing coloring book of Carnival icons for 50th Anniversary

October 14, 2018

SCDF producing coloring book of Carnival icons for 50th Anniversary

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

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The “No Kidding” is DEFINITELY not kidding - Proper Waste Management and Recycling

October 14, 2018 No comments

The “No Kidding” is DEFINITELY not kidding - Proper Waste Management and Recycling

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In efforts to take the steps towards a more sustainable Sint Maarten, the No kidding with Our Kids Foundation (ASA), as of September 3rd, 2018, has embarked on an educatio...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

October 15, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL:  Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) October 16, 2018 WEATHER:   Tonight: Partly cloudy t...

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