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Top UN sustainable development forum closes with galvanized effort toward ‘empowerment, inclusiveness and equality’

July 19, 2019 No comments

Top UN sustainable development forum closes with galvanized effort toward ‘empowerment, inclusiveness and equality’

INTERNATIONAL, 19 July 2019, SDGs - In closing the High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Friday, President Inga Rhonda King assured participants that the session had contributed significantly to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  By “increasing awareness and galvanizing efforts towards empowerment, inclusiveness and equality”, the entire ECOSOCsystem has worked “to address gaps and challenges, provide integrated policy recommendations, and review progress”, which are all “at the heart of the 2030 Agenda”, she said.   Ms. King pointed out that the High-level Segment also included the ministerial segment of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which she referred to as “the premier global forum for follow-up and review of sustainable development”.  “I am confident that our deliberations on the theme during this cycle have...

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‘Indiscriminate blasts’ in civilian areas ‘must stop’, UN mission in Afghanistan stresses

July 19, 2019 No comments

‘Indiscriminate blasts’ in civilian areas ‘must stop’, UN mission in Afghanistan stresses

INTERNATIONAL, 19 July 2019, Peace and Security - The “deliberate targeting of educational facilities” during armed conflict is “a war crime”, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Friday after a bomb detonated near the entrance to Kabul University, in the country’s capital.  The University “was [the] intentional focus of attack”, UNAMA tweeted, saying that blast killed at least “eight civilians” and wounded 33 others.  News sources cited Kabul Police Chief Spokesperson, Ferdous Faramarz, in reporting that two vehicles caught fire after the blast, while police defused a second bomb near the explosion site.  Although no group has claimed responsibility for the Kabul bombing, UNAMA said that Taliban militants had claimed an attack in Kandahar, also on Friday, carried out against the National Afghan Police (ANP). Blasts in a residential area liked caused “major civilian harm”, UNAMA said.  “Initial findings show scores of...

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First men on the moon ‘came in peace’ to UN Headquarters ‘for all mankind’

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First men on the moon ‘came in peace’ to UN Headquarters ‘for all mankind’

INTERNATIONAL, 19 July 2019, Culture and Education - As the world remembers Saturday’s 50th anniversary of the “giant leap for mankind” made by all those involved in the pioneering Apollo 11 space programme, we take a look back at the visit made by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, to UN Headquarters in New York, just a few weeks after their historic mission.  It was a sunny day on 13 August, 1969, when the first men to land on the moon appeared in the main plaza of the UN General Assembly building, welcomed by the Secretary General at the time, U Thant, as “three great pioneers” on behalf of the entire human race.  Standing on a special outdoor podium, notably lacking any women in the front row,...

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‘Firmly united’ Security Council can bolster Colombia’s efforts to secure lasting peace, says UN envoy

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‘Firmly united’ Security Council can bolster Colombia’s efforts to secure lasting peace, says UN envoy

INTERNATIONAL, 19 July 2019, Peace and Security - The Colombian peace process is an outstanding example of how much support the United Nations can provide when the Security Council is ‘firmly united’, a senior UN envoy said on Friday, calling for the 15-member body’s continued commitment as the country works to overcome secure lasting peace.  Briefing the Council just days after its members returned from the South American country, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, the Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, said that “as you heard repeatedly during the visit, the Council's steadfast and unified support has been critical to these achievements, and the Colombian people and institutions are deeply grateful to the Security Council.”     A historic 2016 peace deal between the Colombian Government and Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) guerrillas brought the western hemisphere's longest-running conflict to an end.  Yet Mr....

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Zimbabwe: Droughts leave millions food insecure, UN food agency scales up assistance

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Zimbabwe: Droughts leave millions food insecure, UN food agency scales up assistance

INTERNATIONAL, 19 July 2019, Humanitarian Aid - Severe drought has rendered more than a third of rural households in Zimbabwe – or around 3.5 million people – dangerously food insecure, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) revealed on Friday.  Citing the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s recently concluded Rural Livelihood Assessment, WFPSpokesperson Herve Verhoosel, said that the situation was likely to last from now until September with a further deterioration into December that will widen the impact to more than 4.7 million people.  Moreover, WFP said that the hunger period will peak at the height of the lean season, from January through March 2020, when 59 per cent of rural households, or over 5.5 million people, will be food insecure.  “Given the scale and scope of the food insecurity in Zimbabwe”, Mr. Verhoosel said “WFP is planning to scale...

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Prime Minister to Act as Minister of Public Health, Social Development & Labor

Prime Minister to Act as Minister of Public Health, Social…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Following the resignation of Minister...

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Sint Maarten House Organizes Informative Session Highlighting Ongoing National Recovery

Sint Maarten House Organizes Informative Session Highlighting Ongoing National Recovery

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary...

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Tourism Bureau to Launch Tourism Awareness and Codes of Conduct Programs

Tourism Bureau to Launch Tourism Awareness and Codes of Conduct…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau...

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Tallahassee delegation pays courtesy visit  to Prime Minister Romeo Marlin

Tallahassee delegation pays courtesy visit to Prime Minister Romeo…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – On Tuesday July 16th, a...

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SCDF submits engagement documents for SOAB audit

July 19, 2019

SCDF submits engagement documents for SOAB audit

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - President of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) Als...

SMMC to reduce Eye Care Clinic waiting list

July 19, 2019

SMMC to reduce Eye Care Clinic waiting list

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The St. Maarten Medical (SMMC) is implementing measures in an effort to re...

CASINOS JOIN WITH TPI FOR ORGANIZATIONAL STANDARDS

July 18, 2019

CASINOS JOIN WITH TPI FOR ORGANIZATIONAL STANDARDS

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Closure of successful international cooperation at Ministry of VROMI

July 18, 2019 No comments

Closure of successful international cooperation at Ministry of VROMI

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - During the first week of July 2019, the project "Technical assistance to the Ministry of VROMI" was successfully completed by VNG International (International Cooperation ...

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Sint Maarten continues to benefit from EISTP Human Resource Training Project

July 18, 2019 No comments

Sint Maarten continues to benefit from EISTP Human Resource Training Project

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - To date 1077 persons and counting continue to benefit from the Emergency Income and Support Training Project (EISTP) of the Sint Maarten Trust Fund. The Program currently ...

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Home ownership no longer a real option for the average person: Telegraaf

July 19, 2019 No comments

Home ownership no longer a real option for the average person: Telegraaf

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Buying a home is twice as expensive as it was in the 1990s, with homeowners now spending nine times their average salary on a property, Rabobank economists have told the...

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Pension cuts likely as low interest rates hit biggest Dutch funds

July 18, 2019 No comments

Pension cuts likely as low interest rates hit biggest Dutch funds

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The company pensions of some eight million people may be cut next year because the four biggest pension funds do not have the legally required volume of assets. The gia...

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100-year-old Carmen Hodge Carrington Proudly Holds a Copy of Her Love Story

July 18, 2019

100-year-old Carmen Hodge Carrington Proudly Holds a Copy of Her Love Story

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - 100-year-old Mrs. Carmen Eleanore Hodge Carrington is elated to hold a so...

Consumer prices up on Saba down on Statia

July 17, 2019

Consumer prices up on Saba down on Statia

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - In Q2 2019, consumer goods and services on Bonaire were 1.1 percent more expens...

Mental Health Foundation thanks St. Maarten Optical N.V.

July 17, 2019

Mental Health Foundation thanks St. Maarten Optical N.V.

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Faraja day treatment centre of the MHF, has about 30 clients, of which...

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Discrimination may cost companies council contract: Amsterdam

July 19, 2019 No comments

Discrimination may cost companies council contract: Amsterdam

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam officials are investigating if they can legally exclude companies that discriminate against workers from council contracts and will press ahead with using ‘mys...

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Public prosecution staffer arrested in Germany on drugs charges

July 19, 2019 No comments

Public prosecution staffer arrested in Germany on drugs charges

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A woman who works for the public prosecution department has been arrested in Germany on drugs smuggling charges, the German public prosecutor has confirmed. The woman, ...

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State Secretary Van Veldhoven present at official closure of landfill Morotin

July 18, 2019

State Secretary Van Veldhoven present at official closure of landfill Morotin

BONAIRE - State Secretary for infrastructure and Water management, Stientje van Veldhoven, also had ...

End to single use plastic in the Caribbean Netherlands

July 18, 2019

End to single use plastic in the Caribbean Netherlands

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Caribbean Netherlands bans the use of single use plastic. Therefore Saba, St. E...

Contractors and Builders, Are You Storm-ready?

July 18, 2019

Contractors and Builders, Are You Storm-ready?

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Construction activities continue as the country rebuilds back better, but this ...

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The Dutch are still satisfied with their lives, ethnic minorities are catching up

July 19, 2019 No comments

The Dutch are still satisfied with their lives, ethnic minorities are catching up

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch youngsters are slightly less happy with their lives now than they were at the end of the 1990s, but immigrants are much happier with their lot, according to new re...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

July 20, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Saturday, July 20, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) July 21, 2019 WEATHER:   Tonight: Fair to partly cloudy...

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