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At UN, youth activists demand bold climate action, vow to hold leaders accountable at the ballot box

September 21, 2019 No comments

At UN, youth activists demand bold climate action, vow to hold leaders accountable at the ballot box

INTERNATIONAL, 21 September 2019, Climate Change - Students and young activists on Saturday threw down the gauntlet to world leaders heading to United Nations Headquarters next week for high-level climate talks, demanding that they “stop wasting time” and work harder to curb carbon emissions, “or we will vote you out.” “We have been waiting for you!” Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Youth Envoy, said, welcoming the boisterous crowd of young climate leaders, who made it clear from the very start of the day-long event that global political leaders are now on notice: they must make radical changes to shift the world away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy, protect our oceans, and promote sustainable consumption. This first-ever UN Youth Climate Summit follows Friday’s global ‘climate strike’, which saw millions of...

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UN chief urges restraint following reported Saudi-led assault in Yemen

September 21, 2019 No comments

UN chief urges restraint following reported Saudi-led assault in Yemen

INTERNATIONAL, 21 September 2019, Peace and Security - Amid reports of a Saudi-led coalition airstrike near Yemen’s port city of Hudaydah, Secretary-General António Guterres expressed concerns for the attacks in a Saturday statement attributable to his Spokesperson, Stephane Dujjaric. An early morning strike on 20 September in the vicinity of the Al Hali District of Hudaydah governorate-in the country’s western coast- was carried out by a Saudi military operation, according to media reports.  The assault comes after Yemen-based Houthi rebel forces launched two drone attacks on  major Saudi oil facilities on 14 September, a violation of UN ceasefire agreements reached at peace talks in Sweden last year.  “The Secretary-General continues to urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint and ensure adherence to the terms of the  Hudaydah Agreement of...

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UN chief calls for ‘a fair globalization’ with first-ever Global Goals Summit

September 21, 2019 No comments

UN chief calls for ‘a fair globalization’ with first-ever Global Goals Summit

INTERNATIONAL, 21 September 2019, SDGs - “We need more investment, more political action, more priority for a fair globalization”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in an interview on Thursday, when asked about his expectations for the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit, on 24-25 September at New York headquarters. Mr. Guterres emphasized that, with just over 10 years to go, the world is not on track to hit targets related to sustainable development, and urged world leaders to “take the decisions necessary, in order to come together more effectively to make sure that the 2030 Agenda is successfully implemented”. Accelerating progress towards a better future In 2015, the Member States of the UN adopted the landmark 2030 Agenda, which provides a blueprint for the transition to a healthier...

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World’s 1.8 billion youth must ‘have a say in the future of the planet’

September 20, 2019 No comments

World’s 1.8 billion youth must ‘have a say in the future of the planet’

INTERNATIONAL, 20 September 2019, Climate Change - It is “crucial” that the world’s 1.8 billion young people have a say in the fight against climate change and ultimately “the future of the planet” according to the UN Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake. Young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs and change-makers are due to gather at UN headquarters in New York at the Youth Climate Summit on Saturday 21 September to put pressure on global leaders to take action to prevent climate change. Ms. Wickramanayake will be there, and UN News asked her why young people are so important to the climate action debate. UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, speaking to some of the members of the 4th Batch of Trainees following their Graduation Ceremony in Chamen, Gambia. 5...

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INTERVIEW: Guterres urges world leaders to ‘do what is necessary’ for peace and the planet

September 20, 2019 No comments

INTERVIEW: Guterres urges world leaders to ‘do what is necessary’ for peace and the planet

INTERNATIONAL, 20 September 2019, SDGs - As global leaders prepare to convene in New York next week to debate the best way forward for the planet, Secretary-General António Guterres  is urging them to “do what is necessary” to ensure that “we are able to solve the dramatic problems we face.”  The UN chief is urging Member States to bring “concrete plans” to the 74th session of the General Assembly, in hopes of bolstering the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the ambitious goals that are the bedrock of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.   In a special interview for UN News conducted this week by newly-appointed head of Global Communications, Melissa Fleming, Mr. Guterres lamented that “we are not on track” to meet a 2030 deadline in many aspects, highlighting that the first-ever SDG summit on 24 and 25 September, will inject more momentum.    The UN chief told Ms. Fleming that “more and more of the crises...

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EOC Deactivated. Community should remain vigilant

EOC Deactivated. Community should remain vigilant

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - Prime Minister Hon. Leona...

September 21, 2019 No comments

Two injured from Gas Explosion. Child also treated at the scene

Two injured from Gas Explosion. Child also treated at the…

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - On Friday September 20th, 2019...

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KOOYMAN JOINS MAN UP CHECK UP PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

KOOYMAN JOINS MAN UP CHECK UP PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Positive and Elektralyets Foundation...

September 20, 2019 No comments

Nature Foundation Announces Participants for Youth Environmental Exchange

Nature Foundation Announces Participants for Youth Environmental Exchange

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

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STORM ready for printing. Official launch to take place once books arrive

September 21, 2019

STORM ready for printing. Official launch to take place once books arrive

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Within short, STORM, the newest spiritual child of author Loekie Morale...

Organization of 2nd Annual SXMNBA Business Basketball Tournament. Deadline to register is October 23

September 21, 2019

Organization of 2nd Annual SXMNBA Business Basketball Tournament. Deadline to register is October 23

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten National Basketball Association will be hosting its 2nd Annual SXMNBA ...

St. Maarten Tourism Bureau in search of website developers

September 20, 2019

St. Maarten Tourism Bureau in search of website developers

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau is requesting proposals from agencies wi...

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Dutch State Secretary Knops visits the Caribbean. Meets with Sint Maarten Parliament on Wednesday

September 20, 2019 No comments

Dutch State Secretary Knops visits the Caribbean. Meets with Sint Maarten Parliament on Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Dutch State Secretary R.W. Knops (Interior and Kingdom Relations) will pay a working visit to St. Eustatius, Saba and St. Maarten from Sunday, September 22nd till Wednesda...

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Sarah awaiting the views of the Court, the Bar Association, and the Public Prosecutor

September 20, 2019 No comments

Sarah awaiting the views of the Court, the Bar Association, and the Public Prosecutor

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – President of Parliament Hon. Sarah Wescot Williams said in a press statement on Thursday that: “In my deliberations on the changes to the three Codes (Civil, Criminal and ...

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No Kidding with our Kids Foundation Receives Projector from CIBC FirstCaribbean

September 21, 2019 No comments

No Kidding with our Kids Foundation Receives Projector from CIBC FirstCaribbean

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - “Guiding and shaping the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow” is the motto of the No Kidding with our Kids Foundation.  The charity continues to live up to that m...

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Supermarkets, manufacturers ‘are not telling whole truth about wholemeal’

September 21, 2019 No comments

Supermarkets, manufacturers ‘are not telling whole truth about wholemeal’

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Supermarkets and manufacturers are misleading the public in the way they advertise some products as being ‘wholemeal’, the Dutch advertising standards authority said on ...

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Minister Geerlings signs settlement agreement with TelEm

September 20, 2019

Minister Geerlings signs settlement agreement with TelEm

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – On Wednesday September 11 the Minister of Finance Hon. Perry Geerlings ...

Breast Exam & Health Screening scheduled for September 21 Cancelled

September 20, 2019

Breast Exam & Health Screening scheduled for September 21 Cancelled

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The free breast exam and health screening activity that was schedu...

BTC, SFC, Business community help reopen Cay Bay daycare

September 20, 2019

BTC, SFC, Business community help reopen Cay Bay daycare

SINT MAARTEN (CAY BAY) – A joint initiative of Be The Change Foundation, Terre Plurielle Foundation ...

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Government advice body recommends 30% quotas for female leadership

September 21, 2019 No comments

Government advice body recommends 30% quotas for female leadership

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A government policy advisory group has called for compulsory quotas to make company leadership a fairer reflection of society. The SER on Friday published its call for ...

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Thin pickings for opposition parties in budget debate as Rutte holds firm

September 21, 2019 No comments

Thin pickings for opposition parties in budget debate as Rutte holds firm

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Prime minister Mark Rutte has made few concessions to opposition parties during two days of debate on the government’s 2020 spending plans and dismissed calls for more m...

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Tropical Storm Watch discontinued at 2.00AM. Jerry now a tropical storm

September 21, 2019

Tropical Storm Watch discontinued at 2.00AM. Jerry now a tropical storm

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS) reported that ...

Man arrested for theft and fraud

September 21, 2019

Man arrested for theft and fraud

SINT MAARTEN (OYSTER POND) - On Thursday September 19th, 2019, the police patrol from the Philipsbur...

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES SUPPORTS HER EXCELLENCY’S ‘KIND SOLES PROJECT’

September 20, 2019

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES SUPPORTS HER EXCELLENCY’S ‘KIND SOLES PROJECT’

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines continued its partnership with Guyana’s First Lady, Her E...

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Local councils unhappy about handing over public space to ‘messy’ 5G antennas

September 21, 2019 No comments

Local councils unhappy about handing over public space to ‘messy’ 5G antennas

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Local councils are sounding the alarm about the use of public space to accommodate 5G telecommunication networks, the FD reports. At least ten local councils, including...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

September 21, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Saturday, September 21, 2019 @ 06:00 LST (10:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday morning (06:00 LST) September 22, 2019 …THE TROPICAL STORM WATCH FO...

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