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Latest round of UN-led global consultations spotlights migrants’ contributions to development

July 24, 2017 No comments

Latest round of UN-led global consultations spotlights migrants’ contributions to development

INTERNATIONAL, 24 July 2017 – Although the net benefits of migration far outweigh its costs, the public perception is often the opposite, a senior United Nations official pointed out today, as the latest round of consultations on a global compact for migration began in New York. “Such public perceptions and attitudes negatively influence sound migration policy choices,” said Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration, in her remarks to the session, which wraps up tomorrow at UN Headquarters in New York. “This must be reversed so that policy is evidence-based and not perception-driven. Policies responding to false perceptions reinforce the apparent validity of these erroneous stereotypes and make recourse to proper policies that much harder,” she added. The consultation is the fourth in a...

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Afghanistan: UN condemns attack on civilians in Kabul

July 24, 2017 No comments

Afghanistan: UN condemns attack on civilians in Kabul

INTERNATIONAL, 24 July 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned today's bomb attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul, warning that attacks on civilians may constitute a war crime. In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres expressed his deepest sympathy to the families of those killed, and reaffirmed the UN's solidarity with the people and Government. He also stressed that “the deliberate targeting of civilians constitutes a grave violation of human rights and international humanitarian law and may constitute a war crime.” Also today, a senior official from the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) called the attack “cowardly.” “I am personally outraged by all attacks against civilians,” said Pernille Kardel, the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan. “The detonation of another large suicide device in...

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Australia's offshore refugee processing causes 'extensive suffering' and must end, says UN agency chief

July 24, 2017 No comments

Australia's offshore refugee processing causes 'extensive suffering' and must end, says UN agency chief

INTERNATIONAL, 24 July 2017 – Four years on, Australia's offshore processing has left some 2,000 people languishing in unacceptable circumstances – causing physical and psychological harm, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which today called for an immediate end to the practice. “Australia's policy of offshore processing in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, which denies access to asylum in Australia for refugees arriving by sea without a valid visa, has caused extensive, avoidable suffering for far too long,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said today in a statement. In light of the dire humanitarian situation that includes separating families, last November the High Commissioner's Office, UNHCR, exceptionally agreed to help relocate refugees to the United States following a bilateral agreement between...

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Back from visit to Myanmar, independent UN rights expert says situation 'worsening'

July 24, 2017 No comments

Back from visit to Myanmar, independent UN rights expert says situation 'worsening'

INTERNATIONAL, 24 July 2017 – While no one expects an overnight transition to democracy in Myanmar, there has to be real progress on human rights, an independent United Nations expert today said, highlighting reported killings, tortures, and an “ongoing humanitarian crisis” for the Rohingya people and other minorities. In a statement from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee accused national authorities of “presiding over a worsening security and human rights situation” in the country. Ms. Lee said she catalogued a list of concerns during her 12 day visit to the country, which was held at the invitation of the Government, which also included the use of human shields by security forces and deaths in custody. “I...

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UN chief condemns killing of peacekeeper in Central African Republic

July 24, 2017 No comments

UN chief condemns killing of peacekeeper in Central African Republic

INTERNATIONAL, 24 July 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the killing of a UN peacekeeper on Sunday in the Central African Republic, urging the country's authorities to investigate this incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. “The Secretary-General is appalled by attacks against United Nations peacekeepers,” saidFarhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in a statement issued overnight. A Moroccan peacekeeper of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) was killed in the south-eastern city of Bangassou in an attack allegedly carried out by anti-Balaka militias. Three others were injured. The Secretary-General “is deeply concerned” about the continued fighting in the country's southeast and calls on all parties to cease violence, the spokesperson said, noting that the UN...

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Minister: Increased tourism budget key to St. Maarten’s tourism product development

Minister: Increased tourism budget key to St. Maarten’s tourism product…

POND ISLAND - With the 2018 budget discussion upcoming in...

July 24, 2017 No comments

SUCCESSFUL INFO SESSION HELD FOR POTENTIAL STUDENTS SEEKING STUDY AT HAN

SUCCESSFUL INFO SESSION HELD FOR POTENTIAL STUDENTS SEEKING STUDY AT…

POND ISLAND - On Thursday, July 20th, 2017, Ms. Denica...

July 24, 2017 No comments

Chamber selects Baker as new Executive Director

Chamber selects Baker as new Executive Director

PHILIPSBURG - The Chamber of Commerce St. Maarten (COCI) welcomes...

July 24, 2017 No comments

Minister of TEATT Arrindell-Doncher returns with delegation from Caribbean Telecom Conference

Minister of TEATT Arrindell-Doncher returns with delegation from Caribbean Telecom…

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Telecommunication and Transportation...

July 23, 2017 No comments

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Wreath laid on the occasion of Dr. A.C. Wathey 91st birthday

July 24, 2017

Wreath laid on the occasion of Dr. A.C. Wathey 91st birthday

PORT ST. MAARTEN – On Monday, July 24, Port St. Maarten Management and Staff laid a wreath at the st...

Sarah: “CBCS and the Monetary Union, How Further and for How Long?”

July 24, 2017

Sarah: “CBCS and the Monetary Union, How Further and for How Long?”

PHILIPSBURG – “The invitation by officials of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS) for...

Kerai Kreative Style & Food, Fashion & Beauty Expo Host Girls Trip Movie Premiere

July 23, 2017

Kerai Kreative Style & Food, Fashion & Beauty Expo Host Girls Trip Movie Premiere

PHILIPSBURG - The long-awaited Summer release of Girls Trip is finally here. A film that is very rel...

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100% jobs for USM graduates of Bachelors of Elementary Education program. Proud teachers accepted to teach at the local schools.

July 24, 2017 No comments

100% jobs for USM graduates of Bachelors of Elementary Education program. Proud teachers accepted to teach at the local schools.

POND ISLAND - The University of St. Martin (USM) recently celebrated its 23rd commencement ceremony at the Maho Beach Resort with a total of 37 proud graduates. Amongst the graduates, a total of 12 t...

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PPA Leader Arrindell calls for immediate Government attention to flood prone areas

July 23, 2017 No comments

PPA Leader Arrindell calls for immediate Government attention to flood prone areas

PHILIPSBURG - Gracita Arrindell, Leader of the People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) stated in a press release on Sunday: “There’s a popular Dutch saying that goes as follows; ‘Als het kalf verdonken is...

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Eggs recalled after banned pesticide found on poultry farms

July 24, 2017 No comments

Eggs recalled after banned pesticide found on poultry farms

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch food and product safety board NVWA has shut down seven poultry farms in the Netherlands after a banned pesticide was found in eggs. Fipronil is used as an ins...

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Passenger tax - a tax on all their dreams

July 23, 2017 No comments

Passenger tax - a tax on all their dreams

SINT MAARTEN/COMMENTARY - What the Caribbean region needs is so simple: rapid, reliable mobility at reasonable rates. What makes it so difficult? It is almost as short and simple to explain. There are...

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Continue to take measures to eliminate mosquito breeding sites after rainfall to lower the mosquito population

July 24, 2017

Continue to take measures to eliminate mosquito breeding sites after rainfall to lower the mosquito population

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Min...

Dutch want a strong leader, but are not protest voters: survey

July 24, 2017

Dutch want a strong leader, but are not protest voters: survey

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The typical Dutchman or woman casts his or her vote more out of convi...

Independence for St. Martin Foundation Welcomes Statements by Dutch legislators

July 23, 2017

Independence for St. Martin Foundation Welcomes Statements by Dutch legislators

GREAT BAY - The Independence For St. Martin Foundation has taken good note of recent statements by m...

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Groningen strives to become first Dutch cigarette smoke free city

July 24, 2017 No comments

Groningen strives to become first Dutch cigarette smoke free city

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Lobby groups, local government sports clubs, schools and health experts have launched a campaign to make Groningen the Netherlands first smoke-free city. The project, p...

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The Netherlands is world’s biggest conduit to offshore tax havens: research

July 24, 2017 No comments

The Netherlands is world’s biggest conduit to offshore tax havens: research

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is the biggest conduit to offshore tax havens in the world, with almost a quarter of fiscal constructions having a Dutch link, according to researchers a...

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Schools break the rules with extra tuition fees for smart kids, parents say

July 24, 2017

Schools break the rules with extra tuition fees for smart kids, parents say

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The parents of children who have been classified as ‘extremely intell...

TelEm Group carrying out maintenance works in Madame Estate area Tuesday

July 23, 2017

TelEm Group carrying out maintenance works in Madame Estate area Tuesday

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group technicians will be carrying out important maintenance works to a company ...

Territory Must Reinvent to Stem Slumping Arrivals. Sint Maarten looked at as a successful cruise port example

July 23, 2017

Territory Must Reinvent to Stem Slumping Arrivals. Sint Maarten looked at as a successful cruise port example

SINT MAARTEN/ST. THOMAS - At a town hall last Thursday on the island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Isla...

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Roosendaal and Limburg have most drugs-related problems: CBS

July 24, 2017 No comments

Roosendaal and Limburg have most drugs-related problems: CBS

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – People living in the south of the Netherlands experience most problems with drugs and dealers, according to new research by national statistics office CBS. The CBS says...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

July 23, 2017 No comments

Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) July 24, 2017 WEATHER:  Tonight through Monday evening: F...

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