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‘Green economy’ pioneer Pavan Sukhdev wins 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

January 27, 2020 No comments

‘Green economy’ pioneer Pavan Sukhdev wins 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

INTERNATIONAL, 27 January 2020, Climate Change - Renowned environmental economist and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador Pavan Sukhdev was awarded on Monday the 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, recognizing his groundbreaking ‘green economy’ work.  Mr. Sukhdev, who received the award alongside conservation biologist Gretchen C. Daily, was the Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative, a major project launched by then-UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to demonstrate that greening of economies is not a burden on growth but rather a new engine for growing wealth, increasing decent employment, and reducing persistent poverty.   He was also appointed Study Leader (2008-2010) of the landmark initiative on ‘The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity’ (TEEB), a global UNEP-hosted study.   When the first TEEB report was published, during the peak of the 2008 global financial crisis, news outlets around the world began to dedicate headlines to the staggering cost of deforestation to the...

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Societies must unite against ‘global crisis of antisemitic hatred’, Guterres urges

January 27, 2020 No comments

Societies must unite against ‘global crisis of antisemitic hatred’, Guterres urges

INTERNATIONAL, 27 January 2020, Human Rights - Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, and the six million Jews and others murdered on Nazi orders during the Holocaust, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a ceremony in New York on Monday that the world must “re-commit to preventing any repetition of those crimes”. “Our solidarity in the face of hatred is needed today more than ever, as we see a deeply worrying resurgence in antisemitic attacks around the world, and, almost unbelievable, also around us here in New York”, he said on Monday, Holocaust Remembrance Day.   The Kaddish resonates in the General Assembly Hall as the United Nations marks the 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. #HolocaustRemembrance Noting a rising trend in antisemitic hate...

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Libya: UN report urges accountability for deadly attack against migrant centre

January 27, 2020 No comments

Libya: UN report urges accountability for deadly attack against migrant centre

INTERNATIONAL, 27 January 2020, Human Rights - Warring parties in Libya, as well as foreign governments supporting them, are being urged to investigate deadly airstrikes last July which killed at least 53 migrants and refugees at a detention centre in the northwest of the country.  The appeal was made by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN human rights office in Geneva, which on Monday published a joint report calling for accountability for the attack targeting the Daman building complex, which houses the detention centre.    “As I have said previously, the Tajoura attack, depending on the precise circumstances, may amount to a war crime,” said Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  “Libyans, migrants and refugees are trapped amid violence and atrocities that are in turn fuelled by impunity. Those guilty of crimes under international...

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End discrimination against women and children affected by leprosy

January 26, 2020 No comments

End discrimination against women and children affected by leprosy

INTERNATIONAL, 26 January 2020, Health - Governments must put an end to the informal segregation and institutionalized neglect of hundreds of thousands of women and children affected by leprosy, an independent UN human rights expert said on Sunday, World Leprosy Day. “Too many women and children affected by leprosy – also known as Hansen's disease – are victims of stereotypes, physical and verbal abuse, delays of diagnosis and lack of adequate care”, declared Alice Cruz, UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members. The UN expert expressed concern over the “complete lack of specific plans by States to address the particular needs of women and children affected by leprosy and to end discrimination and violence against them”. Today is #WorldLeprosyDay....

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UN heath agency: The time is now to 'act as one' in fighting infectious coronavirus

January 25, 2020 No comments

UN heath agency: The time is now to 'act as one' in fighting infectious coronavirus

INTERNATIONAL, 25 January 2020, Health - Following confirmed cases of the Novel coronavirus in Europe, the United Nations health agency released a statement on the  need for the international community to work together as one to combat the infectious disease.  The evolving outbreak that began in China is “a sign that every country needs to be ready to timely detect and manage outbreaks of any type”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday.  Virus infections have now been reported on four continents, including in Australia, France and the United States, among recent travelers to China. Several other countries in Asia have reported cases as well. WHO’s Regional Office for Europe has officially been notified of the first novel #coronavirus cases in Europe. Three cases have been...

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Entrepreneurs, Business owners/managers and public Invited to a Townhall Meeting

Entrepreneurs, Business owners/managers and public Invited to a Townhall Meeting

SINT MAARTEN (PORT ST. MAARTEN) – Port St. Maarten in...

January 27, 2020 No comments

COCI Reminds Entrepreneurs to Register for January 30 Grow Your Business Workshop

COCI Reminds Entrepreneurs to Register for January 30 Grow Your…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce...

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Come celebrate the 40th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta on the official Spectator boat

Come celebrate the 40th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken…

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Ready to experience the St....

January 27, 2020 No comments

BUILDING CAPACITY AND STRENGTHENING SXM NPO’s/NGO’s – REGISTRATION OPEN

BUILDING CAPACITY AND STRENGTHENING SXM NPO’s/NGO’s – REGISTRATION OPEN

SINT MAARTEN (SAUNDERS) - World NGO (Non-Government Organizations) Day is...

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Sailors wanted! Crew Slots Galore Available for Sailors Seeking Berths for Historic 40th Edition of Regatta

January 27, 2020

Sailors wanted! Crew Slots Galore Available for Sailors Seeking Berths for Historic 40th Edition of Regatta

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The historic 40th running of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is rapidl...

CBCS is addressing concerns – “marketing conduct” of Commercial Banks

January 27, 2020

CBCS is addressing concerns – “marketing conduct” of Commercial Banks

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Insurance Brokers Association (SIBA) welcomes the assu...

2020 draft budget submitted to CFT on January 22

January 26, 2020

2020 draft budget submitted to CFT on January 22

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The 2020 draft Budget has been submitted to the Board of Financial Supe...

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Heyliger-Marten: "Big Supermarkets should be customer friendly, not just profit-driven

January 26, 2020 No comments

Heyliger-Marten: "Big Supermarkets should be customer friendly, not just profit-driven

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The road to recovery for St. Maarten is long, but many solutions are within reach according to MP Elect Grisha Heyliger-Marten. In keeping with the need to improve our cit...

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Minister Christopher Wever attends Marine Conservation session

January 26, 2020 No comments

Minister Christopher Wever attends Marine Conservation session

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday, January 22nd the Minister of VROMI, Christopher Wever attended an informative session on Marine Conservation organized by the St. Martin division of Sea Shep...

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Lions and Asses

January 26, 2020 No comments

Lions and Asses

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY - By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert) - I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. I had to it read again. Then I looked at his picture and gave it another inspection. Almost everyone knows the ...

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Jehovah’s Witness abuse victims unhappy at lack of care, report shows

January 24, 2020 No comments

Jehovah’s Witness abuse victims unhappy at lack of care, report shows

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A report by Utrecht University researchers into sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witness community in the Netherlands has found that most victims are unhappy at the way...

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Port Working Closely with FCCA and Cruise Partners Regarding New Coronavirus

January 26, 2020

Port Working Closely with FCCA and Cruise Partners Regarding New Coronavirus

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The cruise industry is closely monitoring an outbreak in China of a new Coronavir...

Ministry of Health Section CPS Closely Monitoring new flu respiratory virus 2019-nCoV

January 24, 2020

Ministry of Health Section CPS Closely Monitoring new flu respiratory virus 2019-nCoV

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Si...

Nature Foundation Discovered Single-Use Plastics are the Biggest Beach Polluter

January 24, 2020

Nature Foundation Discovered Single-Use Plastics are the Biggest Beach Polluter

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Nature Foundation St Maarten first brand audit cleanup results reveale...

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On Holocaust Memorial Day, Dutch PM apologises for government role during WWII

January 26, 2020 No comments

On Holocaust Memorial Day, Dutch PM apologises for government role during WWII

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Prime minister Mark Rutte used his speech during the national Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony in Amsterdam on Sunday to apologise for the actions of the Dutch government...

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Utrecht and Rotterdam to test for lead water pipes

January 24, 2020 No comments

Utrecht and Rotterdam to test for lead water pipes

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Utrecht and Rotterdam councils have told the NOS broadcaster that they plan to test their buildings for lead pipes. Lead found in significant levels in drinking water is...

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Renewed covenant Care and Security House Bonaire

January 27, 2020

Renewed covenant Care and Security House Bonaire

BONAIRE - On January 24th, 2020, the chain partners who collaborate within the Bonaire Care and Safe...

Department heads participate in integrity and leadership course

January 27, 2020

Department heads participate in integrity and leadership course

SABA - Department heads and managers of the Public Entity Saba on Monday, January 27 started a five-...

KNMI experts meet Island Council, discuss earthquake, volcano monitoring

January 24, 2020

KNMI experts meet Island Council, discuss earthquake, volcano monitoring

SABA - The Saba Island Council on Thursday, January 23 met with representatives of the Royal Netherl...

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Executive Council Saba announces Muller as new Bonaire Island Secretary

January 24, 2020 No comments

Executive Council Saba announces Muller as new Bonaire Island Secretary

SABA - The Executive Council of Saba on Friday, January 24, announced that Island Secretary Tim Muller will start as Island Secretary of Bonaire per May 1, 2020. Muller said that the decision to leav...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

January 27, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) January 28, 2020    WEATHER:  Tonight through Tuesday...

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