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Safe drinking water, sanitation, are ‘basic human rights’: new UN Water Development report

March 19, 2019 No comments

Safe drinking water, sanitation, are ‘basic human rights’: new UN Water Development report

INTERNATIONAL, 19 March 2019, SDGs - Safe water and access to proper sanitation are essential to eradicate poverty, build peaceful societies and ensure that no one is left behind on the path towards sustainable development, according to the 2019 UN World Water Development Report, launched on Tuesday in Geneva.  In collaboration with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the World Water Assessment Programme, the report Leaving no one Behind, stresses that waterfor all is “entirely achievable”.  “Access to safe, affordable and reliable drinking water and sanitation services are basic human rights”, the report spells out. And yet, billions still lack these facilities.   UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme coordinator Stefan Uhlenbrook launches 2019 UN World Water Development Report in Geneva, Switzerland, March 2019., by Screen capture The report underscores that exclusion, discrimination, poverty...

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First peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo ‘an extraordinary opportunity’ for advancing rights

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First peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo ‘an extraordinary opportunity’ for advancing rights

INTERNATIONAL, 19 March 2019, Human Rights - The election of President Felix Tshisekedi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), marks “an extraordinary opportunity” for the country to advance civil and political rights, said a senior UN official, on Tuesday at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights (OHCHR), Andrew Gilmour, welcomed Mr. Tshisekedi’s inaugural speech in January, in which he made a “clear commitment” to respect citizens’ rights and end discrimination. The president’s recent decree ordering the release of all political prisoners was also to be welcomed, Mr. Gilmour said, in anticipation of their actual release and the closing of all unofficial detention centres.  Mr. Tshisekedi’s unexpected election win on 30 December, despite a week’s delay due to logistical concerns, coming on...

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Cyclone Idai: emergency getting ‘bigger by the hour’, warns UN food agency

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Cyclone Idai: emergency getting ‘bigger by the hour’, warns UN food agency

INTERNATIONAL, 19 March 2019, Humanitarian Aid - The full scale of the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai in south-west Africa is becoming clearer, the UN said on Tuesday, warning that the emergency “is getting bigger by the hour”. Five days after the storm made landfall in Mozambique, causing widespread damage and flooding, at least 1,000 people are feared dead there alone. Victims are reportedly trapped on roofs and clinging to trees awaiting rescue, UN agencies said, while across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, tens of thousands of people have lost their homes, while roads, bridges and crops have been washed away. “We are talking about a massive disaster right now where hundreds of thousands -in the millions of people – (are) potentially affected,” said Jens Laerke...

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UN launches ‘South-South Galaxy’ knowledge-sharing platform in Buenos Aires

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UN launches ‘South-South Galaxy’ knowledge-sharing platform in Buenos Aires

INTERNATIONAL, 19 March 2019, Economic Development - When countries of the Global South forged an historic technical cooperation deal among themselves 40 years ago, digital technology was a thing of the future, but developing nations have come a long way since then. China, for example, has managed to send an exploration vehicle to the dark side of the Moon, while India has a satellite orbiting Mars. A new digital tool launched on Tuesday, just ahead of the Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation, aims to strengthen the ways countries share their technology, to benefit developing countries. The “South-South Galaxy”, is a global knowledge sharing and partnership platform, officially launched in the city hosting the “BAPA+40” conference – the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires - by the UN Office...

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What is ‘South-South cooperation’ and why does it matter?

March 18, 2019 No comments

What is ‘South-South cooperation’ and why does it matter?

INTERNATIONAL, 18 March 2019, Economic Development - This week in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, over one thousand people, including high level government delegations and representatives from the private sector and civil society, will gather for the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation, or BAPA+40. The Conference marks the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Technical Cooperation Among Developing Countries, which was also held in Buenos Aires. The central theme of discussion will be how South-South cooperation represents an opportunity to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the globally-agreed blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who will participate in opening ceremony of the event, strongly believes in the importance of South-South cooperation to generate both new ideas and concrete projects and...

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The Hunt for Theo and the Stifling of Sint Maarten’s Growth

The Hunt for Theo and the Stifling of Sint Maarten’s…

SINT MAARTEN (GUANA BAY) - “People of St. Maarten, we...

March 19, 2019 No comments

Police, Ambulance, and Fire Depts. practice drills

Police, Ambulance, and Fire Depts. practice drills

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG)—The national emergency services, namely the Fire Department,...

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Minister Geerlings address Consumer Coalition’s allegations

Minister Geerlings address Consumer Coalition’s allegations

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Finance Minister, the Honourable Perry...

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NIPA AND KIDZ AT SEA FOUNDATION PARTNERING IN OFFERING MARITIME COURSES

NIPA AND KIDZ AT SEA FOUNDATION PARTNERING IN OFFERING MARITIME…

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The National Institute for Professional...

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Sint Maarten participates at the OCTA Ministerial Conference

March 19, 2019

Sint Maarten participates at the OCTA Ministerial Conference

SINT MAARTEN/PAPEETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA – On Thursday, February 28, 2019, St. Maarten lead by the Dep...

COCI Offers Unique Opportunity to Business Community: All Expense Paid Attendance of SeatradeCruiseGlobal Conference

March 19, 2019

COCI Offers Unique Opportunity to Business Community: All Expense Paid Attendance of SeatradeCruiseGlobal Conference

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) Supervisory Board...

SCDF: St. Maarten hotels almost booked solid for Carnival 2019

March 19, 2019

SCDF: St. Maarten hotels almost booked solid for Carnival 2019

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Tuesday repor...

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Unity Jump-Up, Calypso Karaoke, pageant competitions on busy pre-Carnival weekend

March 19, 2019 No comments

Unity Jump-Up, Calypso Karaoke, pageant competitions on busy pre-Carnival weekend

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) and all Carnival lovers will have a very busy upcoming weekend. Three pre-Carnival events will be held this weekend,...

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Make a Museum and Plant Native Seeds on Saturday

March 19, 2019 No comments

Make a Museum and Plant Native Seeds on Saturday

ST. MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER)—Local association Les Fruits de Mer invites everyone on St. Martin to help make a museum together at the Amuseum Naturalis March volunteer day. Volunteers of all ages can l...

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Rent, health insurance and energy are eating more of basic salaries

March 19, 2019 No comments

Rent, health insurance and energy are eating more of basic salaries

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch households are spending more of their income on fixed costs, such as energy bills, health insurance, rent and mortgages increase, according to research by family s...

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Dutch are smoking less but half of population still overweight

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Dutch are smoking less but half of population still overweight

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch are smoking and drinking less, but official targets for improving health remain far off, national statistics office CBS and addiction monitor Trimbos Institute...

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Heineken Regatta raises over $40,000 for local foundations with Motorworld Car Raffle

March 20, 2019

Heineken Regatta raises over $40,000 for local foundations with Motorworld Car Raffle

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Organizers of the St Maarten Heineken Regatta are pleased to announce a to...

US ambassador calls for action on Schiphol pre-clearance checks

March 19, 2019

US ambassador calls for action on Schiphol pre-clearance checks

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Talks between the Netherlands and the US on introducing passport cont...

PROMOTION of THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE - Ti Jean & his Brothers in St. Maarten by YOUTHS of STAGES ANGUILLA

March 18, 2019

PROMOTION of THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE - Ti Jean & his Brothers in St. Maarten by YOUTHS of STAGES ANGUILLA

SINT MAARTEN/ANGUILLA - Stages Anguilla is a young Performing Arts Company comprising of Forty –Five...

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Low key campaign resumes ahead of Wednesday provincial vote

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Low key campaign resumes ahead of Wednesday provincial vote

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Political parties resumed campaigning for Wednesday’s provincial elections on Tuesday morning, after all but Forum voor Democratie called a halt in the wake of the Utrec...

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More backing for climate change plans after ministers’ carbon tax u-turn

March 19, 2019 No comments

More backing for climate change plans after ministers’ carbon tax u-turn

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch have become more open to the government’s plans to tackle climate change since the decision to include a carbon tax for heavy industry in the package, accordin...

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Utrecht shooter was out on licence ahead of rape trial, court confirms

March 19, 2019

Utrecht shooter was out on licence ahead of rape trial, court confirms

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The main suspect in the Utrecht tram shooting has a criminal record a...

Dept. of Sports launches its 2019 Sports Awareness Campaign

March 19, 2019

Dept. of Sports launches its 2019 Sports Awareness Campaign

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Department of Sports (DoS) in collaboration with NPOwer SXM is prou...

Reminder to Register by March 20 for the March 23rd Breast Abnormalities Screening

March 19, 2019

Reminder to Register by March 20 for the March 23rd Breast Abnormalities Screening

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Women across the country are being reminded to register by March 20 for the fre...

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Fundraising Movie Night for Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade on March 23

March 14, 2019 No comments

Fundraising Movie Night for Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade on March 23

PHILIPSBURG - The 1st St. Maarten Boys’ Brigade and the 2nd St. Maarten Girls’ Brigade cordially invite you to a Fundraising Movie Night: Walk by Faith. Date: Saturday March 23, 2019 Time: 7:00 pm ...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

March 19, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED:  Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL:  Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) March 20, 2019   WEATHER:   Tonight through Wedne...

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