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Baby foods high in sugar, inappropriately marketed in Europe, reveal two UN studies

July 15, 2019 No comments

Baby foods high in sugar, inappropriately marketed in Europe, reveal two UN studies

INTERNATIONAL, 15 July 2019, Health - Proper nutrition for newborn babies into early childhood is key to development and good health in later life, according to the Regional Director of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe, as she launched two new studies on Monday. The studies from WHO Europe show that a high proportion of baby foods are incorrectly marketed as suitable for infants under the age of six months, when in fact much of it contains inappropriately high levels of sugar. WHO’s long-standing recommendation spells out that children should be breastfed, exclusively, for the first six months. Moreover, its 2016 global Guidance on Ending the Inappropriate Promotion of Foods for Infants and Young Children explicitly states that commercial complementary foods should not be...

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UN highlights importance of skills development on World Youth Skills Day

July 15, 2019 No comments

UN highlights importance of skills development on World Youth Skills Day

INTERNATIONAL, 15 July 2019, Culture and Education - At UN Headquarters, and across the globe, events are taking place on Monday to celebrate World Youth Skills Day – marked each year on 15 July – to raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development. The Day is important because rising youth unemployment is seen as one of the most significant problems facing economies and societies in today’s world, for developed and developing countries alike. Some 73 million young people are currently unemployed, with 40 million joining the labour market each year. To tackle the problem, at least 475 million new jobs need to be created over the next decade. Skills for all However, data suggests that many graduates are ill-prepared for the world of work,...

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‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnating global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs

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‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnating global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs

INTERNATIONAL, 15 July 2019, Health - More than one in 10 children – almost 20 million worldwide – failed to receive potentially lifesaving vaccines in 2018, the UN said on Monday, citing obstacles including conflict, cost and complacency.  According to a joint study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 10 countries accounted for 11.7 of the 19.4 million under and non-vaccinated youngsters in the world, in particular Nigeria (three million), India (2.6 million) and Pakistan (1.4 million).  At the same time, global protection against four diseases that are regarded as a gauge of overall coverage - diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis  and measles - has “stalled” at around 86 per cent since 2010, the study found.   95 per cent coverage rate still eludes many countries  A far higher level of coverage is needed to protect against vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, UN health experts insist, noting that 118 countries achieved a 90 per cent coverage threshold last year. Ideally, it should be 95 per cent across countries and communities globally, they maintain.  “Vaccines are one of our most important...

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Over 820 million people suffering from hunger; new UN report reveals stubborn realities of ‘immense’ global challenge

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Over 820 million people suffering from hunger; new UN report reveals stubborn realities of ‘immense’ global challenge

INTERNATIONAL, 15 July 2019, Economic Development - After nearly a decade of progress, the number of people who suffer from hunger has slowly increased over the past three years, with about one in every nine people globally suffering from hunger today, the United Nations said in a new report released on Monday. This fact underscores “the immense challenge” to achieving the Zero Hunger target of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) by 2030, according to the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019. The report, launched on the margins of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) – the main UN platform monitoring follow-up on States’ actions to the SDGs – currently under way in New York, breaks down statistics by region, and shows that hunger has risen almost 20 per...

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With half of Somaliland children not in school, UNICEF and partners launch education access programme

July 13, 2019 No comments

With half of Somaliland children not in school, UNICEF and partners launch education access programme

INTERNATIONAL, 13 July 2019, Culture and Education - Access to education in Somaliland is extremely limited, with more than 50 per cent of children in Somaliland out of school. In an effort to address the problem, the UN children’s fund, UNICEF, has partnered with the government, and the global fund Education Cannot Wait, to launch a programme designed to help children affected by ongoing crises in the country. Drought, food insecurity, poverty and inequality are some of the challenges that hinder efforts to get more Somaliland children and youth in schools. The education prospects for children in rural areas, and school age Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Somaliland are particularly poor: only 26 per cent of children in rural communities, and 16 per...

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Minister Smith visits Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary

Minister Smith visits Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and...

July 15, 2019 No comments

SXM Shark Foundation launched with pledge to improve shark conservation

SXM Shark Foundation launched with pledge to improve shark conservation

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - Caribbean sharks have gained a new ally....

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Johnson meets COPA CEO: flight frequency to four weekly in December

Johnson meets COPA CEO: flight frequency to four weekly in…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Chief Executive Officer of International...

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Rice Hill signs Fiber Optic Exclusivity Agreement with TelEm

Rice Hill signs Fiber Optic Exclusivity Agreement with TelEm

SINT MAARTEN (OYSTER POND) - Rice Hill Gardens Development has...

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Shark expedition to the Saba Bank

July 15, 2019

Shark expedition to the Saba Bank

SINT MAARTEN/SABA - An international expedition for shark research to the Saba Bank in the Dutch Car...

Amuseum Naturalis Celebrates a Year at The Old House

July 14, 2019

Amuseum Naturalis Celebrates a Year at The Old House

SAINT MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER) - The public is invited to stop by Amuseum Naturalis for an end-of-sea...

USP MP Brison sets out to safeguard residents, tourists from bad liquor

July 14, 2019

USP MP Brison sets out to safeguard residents, tourists from bad liquor

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament Rolando Brison (USP) on Sunday said the very recen...

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WEATHER WATCH: Possible two storms to impact Lesser Antilles in early August

July 15, 2019 No comments

WEATHER WATCH: Possible two storms to impact Lesser Antilles in early August

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – The first hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic season Barry has fizzled out, but the season still has four and a half months to go and the peak of the season still has to come.  The...

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‘Tip of the iceberg’ as police officers fired after corruption and security inquiries

July 15, 2019 No comments

‘Tip of the iceberg’ as police officers fired after corruption and security inquiries

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dozens of police officers have been dismissed from the force in recent weeks following investigations into corruption and breaches of official secrecy, amid warnings tha...

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ChristenUnie, Socialists want restrictions to EU labour migration

July 15, 2019 No comments

ChristenUnie, Socialists want restrictions to EU labour migration

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands should be able to decide how many migrant workers it allows into the country from eastern and central Europe, according to two Dutch political parties. ...

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Amsterdam wants to bring in ‘no junk food zones’ around schools

July 15, 2019 No comments

Amsterdam wants to bring in ‘no junk food zones’ around schools

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Officials in Amsterdam wants to restrict the number of snack bars and fast food joints near schools in an effort to reduce obesity rates among the city’s children. A ca...

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Government working on a more effective juvenile crime strategy

July 14, 2019

Government working on a more effective juvenile crime strategy

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Although juvenile crime continues to decrease, recidivism among young...

USP MP Brison questions Smith’s lack of care for national monuments

July 12, 2019

USP MP Brison questions Smith’s lack of care for national monuments

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) Rolando Brison is calling on Minister of Cult...

CBCS presents prizes to the best graduates in Economics

July 12, 2019

CBCS presents prizes to the best graduates in Economics

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO – The Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) awarded 14 pupils from ha...

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‘Use natural pest controls to fight oak processionary caterpillars’

July 15, 2019 No comments

‘Use natural pest controls to fight oak processionary caterpillars’

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Council pest controllers have been urged not to use vacuums or poison to remove oak processionary caterpillars as they risk causing environmental damage. Conservation a...

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Founder of German cancer clinic guilty of causing deaths of three patients

July 15, 2019 No comments

Founder of German cancer clinic guilty of causing deaths of three patients

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The founder of an alternative cancer clinic where three patients died during treatment has been given a two-year suspended jail sentence for causing their deaths. Klaus...

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Attention for action against domestic violence and child abuse is still necessary

July 15, 2019

Attention for action against domestic violence and child abuse is still necessary

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Active efforts have been made with the “E no ta stòp di mes” project and the aw...

TelTV New York Prize is dream come true for mom Marinka, and son Christopher

July 14, 2019

TelTV New York Prize is dream come true for mom Marinka, and son Christopher

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Mom and son, Marinka Gumbs and Christopher Rogers, were over the moon T...

80% of St. Dominic High School IB Candidates Qualify for a Diploma

July 12, 2019

80% of St. Dominic High School IB Candidates Qualify for a Diploma

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - On July 6, 2019, fifteen students of the St Dominic High School Intern...

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Inquiry after Dutch boy boards transatlantic flight at Heathrow without a ticket

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Inquiry after Dutch boy boards transatlantic flight at Heathrow without a ticket

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A 12-year-old Dutch boy has sparked a major security inquiry at Heathrow Airport after he boarded a plane unaccompanied without a ticket, according to UK media. The boy...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

July 14, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Sunday, July 14, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) July 15, 2019 WEATHER:   Tonight through Monday evening: ...

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