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South Sudan refugees in Uganda exceed one million; UN renews appeal for help

August 17, 2017 No comments

South Sudan refugees in Uganda exceed one million; UN renews appeal for help

INTERNATIONAL, 17 August 2017 – As the number of refugees from South Sudan in Uganda passes one million – the vast majority of whom are women and children – the United Nations refugee agency today reiterated its call for urgent additional support. “Over the past 12 months, an average of 1,800 South Sudanese have been arriving in Uganda every day,” said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a statement to the press. “In addition to the million there, a million or even more South Sudanese refugees are being hosted by Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic,” it added. More than 85 per cent of the refugees who have arrived in Uganda are women and...

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In East Darfur, UN refugee chief urges international support for Sudan

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In East Darfur, UN refugee chief urges international support for Sudan

INTERNATIONAL, 17 August 2017 – The United Nations refugee chief has called for international solidarity and resources to aid Sudan, which is one of the major hosting countries for refugees fleeing the conflict in South Sudan. “Sudan's generosity must be matched with international solidarity and resources. Much more donor support is required – and urgently – so that we can help the hundreds of thousands of refugees in the country and the communities that are hosting them,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said yesterday wrapping up his first visit as the head of UNHCR to Sudan. The UN refugee chief also reiterated his call on the international community to do much more to end the fighting in South Sudan, which is...

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UN rights experts warn new EU policy on boat rescues will cause more people to drown

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UN rights experts warn new EU policy on boat rescues will cause more people to drown

INTERNATIONAL, 17 August 2017 – The European Union's new policy on Mediterranean Sea rescues threatens life and breaches international standards, two United Nations independent human experts today cautioned. “The EU's proposed new action plan, including a code of conduct for organizations operating rescue boats, threatens life and breaches international standards by condemning people to face further human rights violations in Libya,” said the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, and the Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer. “The solution is not to restrict access to international waters or firing weapons to threaten boats, as Libya has reportedly done repeatedly. This will result in more deaths of migrants at sea and is in contravention of the obligation to rescue people...

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Latin America and Caribbean at difficult juncture as foreign direct investment shrinks – UN

August 16, 2017 No comments

Latin America and Caribbean at difficult juncture as foreign direct investment shrinks – UN

CARIBBEAN, 16 August 2017 – The United Nations Latin America commission has reported that foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to the region declined by 7.9 per cent to $167.043 billion in 2016, due to low commodity prices, sluggish economic growth and global trend of shifting investment in developed economies. The report on 2017 Foreign Direct Investment, published annually and launched late last week by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) , showed the region is losing ground as a recipient of FDI, with inflows reducing for the second year in a row to levels as six years ago. “Foreign direct investment has been an important factor for the development of export activities that are key to the growth...

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Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced in DR Congo – UN agency

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Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced in DR Congo – UN agency

INTERNATIONAL, 16 August 2017 – Food assistance will be provided to food insecure people displaced by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says the United Nations food agency. The World Food Programme (WFP) and its partner World Vision have launched an emergency operation to provide food assistance to 42,000 food insecure people who, due to conflict, have fled their villages in the country's Kasai and Kasai Central provinces. “We launched this emergency response as soon as funds became available,” said Claude Jibidar, WFP Representative and Country Director in DRC, in a press statement. “We targeted the most vulnerable among the vulnerable, and our access to these displaced people also depend on security conditions. However, with nearly one and...

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July Cruise Figures Surpass Expectations

July Cruise Figures Surpass Expectations

PORT ST. MAARTEN – For the first seven months of...

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Record number of talent hopefuls booked for TelCell Breakthrough auditions this Saturday

Record number of talent hopefuls booked for TelCell Breakthrough auditions…

POND ISLAND - Organizers say a record number of St....

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35 Participate in Digi-Summer Camp Media Lab

35 Participate in Digi-Summer Camp Media Lab

PHILIPSBURG - Digi-Summertime Summer Camp hosted 35 new inventors at...

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NV GEBE reacts to erroneous information published about Asia Power Week Conference. Sets the record straight

NV GEBE reacts to erroneous information published about Asia Power…

PHILIPSBURG - The Managing Board (“MB”) of GEBE has taken...

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Solar Eclipse: Protect your Eyesight and use proper eyewear

August 17, 2017

Solar Eclipse: Protect your Eyesight and use proper eyewear

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – According to the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS), a total solar ...

Second Round of ICH Consultations Planned for September 4-6

August 17, 2017

Second Round of ICH Consultations Planned for September 4-6

PHILIPSBURG - The Department of Culture in collaboration with St. Maarten National Commission (NatCo...

SMCP LEADER SMITH: A REPORT CARD FOR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

August 16, 2017

SMCP LEADER SMITH: A REPORT CARD FOR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

PHILIPSBURG – Leader of the Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) Wycliffe Smith said on Wednesday in ...

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Office of Disaster Management: Potential for Extremely Active Hurricane Season Ahead. Be Prepared

August 17, 2017 No comments

Office of Disaster Management: Potential for Extremely Active Hurricane Season Ahead. Be Prepared

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, who forecasted back in June about an above-normal 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, has up...

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Charlotte Brookson Academy Hosts Orientations for Teachers, Parents and Students

August 16, 2017 No comments

Charlotte Brookson Academy Hosts Orientations for Teachers, Parents and Students

PHILIPSBURG - The Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts held from August 7-11, 2017 an orientation week to plan for the new school year 2017-2018. It was organized by the management and s...

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As jobless total drops again, Dutch firms struggle to find staff

August 17, 2017 No comments

As jobless total drops again, Dutch firms struggle to find staff

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The official Dutch unemployment rate fell again in July to 4.8% of the working population, national statistics office CBS said on Thursday. Some 436,000 people are now ...

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Dutch Minister Plasterk meets with COM

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Dutch Minister Plasterk meets with COM

POND ISLAND – Dutch Minister of Interior & Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk, met with the Council of Ministers (COM) of the Government of Sint Maarten this week during his working visit to the Dutch ...

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Reminder Toddler Time at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library this Saturday

August 17, 2017

Reminder Toddler Time at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library this Saturday

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – ‘Toddler Time,’ which is part of the commemoration of World Breastfeeding Week ...

Anna Rabess-Richardson inducted as Director for Miss Teen International

August 16, 2017

Anna Rabess-Richardson inducted as Director for Miss Teen International

SIMPSON BAY - Mrs. Anna Rabess - Richardson, CEO and Founder of Posh Productions has been inducted a...

TelEm Group maintenance works in Betty’s Estate, Saunders and Almond Grove Thurs. and Sat.

August 16, 2017

TelEm Group maintenance works in Betty’s Estate, Saunders and Almond Grove Thurs. and Sat.

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group technicians will be carrying out important repair and maintenance works in...

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MPs return from holiday early to discuss contaminated egg scandal

August 17, 2017 No comments

MPs return from holiday early to discuss contaminated egg scandal

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Political party spokesmen on farming will return from their summer breaks early next week to debate the growing egg crisis amid further confusion about the timeline of t...

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Minister Jacobs hands over Back to School Drive materials to Ki-Mani Olivacce

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Minister Jacobs hands over Back to School Drive materials to Ki-Mani Olivacce

POND ISLAND - On August 11th, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) Silveria Jacobs, handed over the donations to the back to school drive to Ki-Mani Olivacce. The back to school dri...

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More Movement for the Elderly this Saturday at St. Martin’s Home

August 17, 2017

More Movement for the Elderly this Saturday at St. Martin’s Home

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Saturday, August 19.  Senior...

The Sint Maarten Youth Parliament begins training for new cohorts

August 16, 2017

The Sint Maarten Youth Parliament begins training for new cohorts

PHILIPSBURG - The Sint Maarten Youth Parliament will commence the training session for new members o...

SSSD hosts “How to Apply to Schools in the USA and Canada” workshop scheduled for August 31

August 16, 2017

SSSD hosts “How to Apply to Schools in the USA and Canada” workshop scheduled for August 31

PHILIPSBURG – Applying to schools can feel like an overwhelming process for students. If required d...

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Shops take proper action following the Labor Inspection's observations

August 16, 2017 No comments

Shops take proper action following the Labor Inspection's observations

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - During the period from September 2016 through April 2017 the Labor Inspection carried out an inspection project in the retail industry in the Caribbean Netherlands. The compan...

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Weather Forecast Thursday to Saturday

August 16, 2017 No comments

Weather Forecast Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) August 17, 2017 …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFEC...

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