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UN flag no longer offers ‘natural’ protection to peacekeepers, says report on mission casualties

January 22, 2018 No comments

UN flag no longer offers ‘natural’ protection to peacekeepers, says report on mission casualties

INTERNATIONAL, 22 January 2018 – The United Nations should change the way it does business in high-security risk peacekeeping operations, as the UN flag no longer offers ‘natural’ protection to mission personnel, according to a new report, which calls for better training for ‘blue helmets,’ more technology and greater freedom to respond to the threat posed by armed groups. “Unfortunately, hostile forces do not understand a language other than force,” warns the report, titled Improving Security of United Nations Peacekeepers, arguing that projecting strength is more secure for uniformed and civilian personnel than risk-averse approaches. Since 1948, more than 3,500 personnel have lost their lives serving in UN peace operations with 943 due to acts of violence. Since 2013, casualties have spiked,...

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Unemployment to remain high, quality jobs harder to find in 2018 – UN labour agency

January 22, 2018 No comments

Unemployment to remain high, quality jobs harder to find in 2018 – UN labour agency

INTERNATIONAL, 22 January 2018 – While the global economy has kept up modest growth, the total number of unemployed people will likely remain high in 2018 – at above 192 million – and it will be harder to find a decent job, the United Nations labour agency reported on Monday. “Even though global unemployment has stabilized, decent work deficits remain widespread: the global economy is still not creating enough jobs. Additional efforts need to be put in place to improve the quality of work for jobholders and to ensure that the gains of growth are shared equitably,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said. The World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2018, a flagship report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), examines employment and social trends...

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UN agency for Palestine refugee launches global funding push after US aid cuts

January 22, 2018 No comments

UN agency for Palestine refugee launches global funding push after US aid cuts

INTERNATIONAL, 22 January 2018 – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) launched on Monday a global fundraising campaign to sustain resources for its education, health and other assistance programmes. The campaign follows the announcement by the United States to withhold more than half its funding commitment to the UN agency. “I wish to confirm to all Palestine refugees that UNRWA schools […] will remain open [and] health care, and other services will be provided. It is a huge challenge, but it is absolutely imperative,” Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, said in Gaza, launching the campaign, ‘#DignityIsPriceless’. The UN agency said the reduction in US funding could have a significant impact on the daily lives of...

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Guterres urges Congolese security forces to exercise restraint amid reports six people killed in protests

January 22, 2018 No comments

Guterres urges Congolese security forces to exercise restraint amid reports six people killed in protests

INTERNATIONAL, 22 January 2018 – Amid disturbing reports that at least six people were killed on Sunday during political protests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged Congolese security forces to respect the people’s right to free speech and freedom of assembly. “The Secretary-General urges the Congolese security forces to exercise restraint,” said a statement issued this afternoon by UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, in the wake of reports which suggest that along with the fatalities, that 63 people were injured during the protests, which are calling for implementation of the 31 December 2016 political agreement. Mr. Guterres called on the Congolese authorities to conduct credible investigations into these incidents and to hold those responsible accountable. Similar demonstrations three weeks...

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Amid unprecedented needs, UN, aid partners launch largest consolidated humanitarian appeal for Yemen

January 21, 2018 No comments

Amid unprecedented needs, UN, aid partners launch largest consolidated humanitarian appeal for Yemen

INTERNATIONAL, 21 January 2018 – With the crisis in war-ravaged Yemen continuing to deteriorate, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners have launched a $2.96 billion response plan to reach over 13 million people with lifesaving assistance. Launched Sunday, the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is the largest consolidated humanitarian appeal for Yemen – where over two years of relentless conflict has left three quarters of the population in need of humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million in acute need who urgently require assistance to survive. “Humanitarian assistance is not the solution to the plight of the people of Yemen, but it is the only lifeline for millions of them,” said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, in a news releasing announcing the launch. “Today, humanitarian partners appeal...

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Minister De Weever visits Sint Maarten inmates in Curacao

Minister De Weever visits Sint Maarten inmates in Curacao

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - Recently appointed Minister of Justice, Cornelius De...

January 22, 2018 No comments

Port St. Maarten to discuss rebound and experiences at Caribbean Port Management Workshop

Port St. Maarten to discuss rebound and experiences at Caribbean…

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten Management and Operations...

January 21, 2018 No comments

Minister of Justice De Weever looking forward to productive discussions in Two-day Justice Conference

Minister of Justice De Weever looking forward to productive discussions…

POND ISLAND - Commencing on Monday January 22nd, 2018 Minister...

January 21, 2018 No comments

NIA collaborates with Armelle Six to host How to Live Again on Thursday

NIA collaborates with Armelle Six to host How to Live…

PHILIPSBURG - National Institute of Arts (NIA) in collaboration with...

January 21, 2018 No comments

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NIA to host panel discussion TALK ART

January 22, 2018

NIA to host panel discussion TALK ART

PHILIPSBURG - National institute of Arts (NIA) to host panel discussion TALK ART featuring Broadway ...

SFC funds additional $370.000 in post Irma relief efforts for NGOs

January 22, 2018

SFC funds additional $370.000 in post Irma relief efforts for NGOs

PHILIPSBURG - Post Irma, ‘Samenwerkende Fondsen voor het Caribisch deel van het Koninkrijk’ (SFC) ma...

Prime Minister Romeo Marlin: World Bank Team Starts Preparatory Activities Monday

January 21, 2018

Prime Minister Romeo Marlin: World Bank Team Starts Preparatory Activities Monday

POND ISLAND - On Friday January 19th, Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin welcomed a delegation of the...

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Morales: Recovery of Sint Maarten more than restoring buildings & infrastructure

January 21, 2018 No comments

Morales: Recovery of Sint Maarten more than restoring buildings & infrastructure

PHILIPSBURG – “After every hurricane, there is a tendency to focus on the reconstruction of the damaged place, by restoring buildings and the infrastructure.  It seems a logical way of thinking direct...

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Father and son experience home invasion by armed robbers

January 21, 2018 No comments

Father and son experience home invasion by armed robbers

MIDDLE REGION - On Sunday January 21st   at approximately 02.45 p.m. the Emergency Dispatch received a call of an armed robbery which had just taken place at a home on Ellis drive in Middle Region whe...

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Rutte softens Mauritshuis criticism as ‘statues to slavery’ row rumbles on

January 22, 2018 No comments

Rutte softens Mauritshuis criticism as ‘statues to slavery’ row rumbles on

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Prime Minister Mark Rutte has tempered his criticism of the Mauritshuis’s decision to remove a statue of its founder from the foyer after the museum’s director said ther...

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Hub-spoke airlift in the Caribbean

January 21, 2018 No comments

Hub-spoke airlift in the Caribbean

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - A hub-spoke distribution network is a system of connections arranged like a wheel in which all traffic moves along spokes connected to the hub at the center. Since we are deal...

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Young Dutch women less likely to be economically independent: SCP

January 22, 2018

Young Dutch women less likely to be economically independent: SCP

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Two out of three young women under the age of 25 are working part tim...

Foreign tourist numbers to the Netherlands hit 17.6 million

January 22, 2018

Foreign tourist numbers to the Netherlands hit 17.6 million

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of foreign tourists visiting the Netherlands reached a new...

Police requesting assistance in connection with armed robbery

January 21, 2018

Police requesting assistance in connection with armed robbery

CUL DE SAC - The Special Unit Robbery is requesting assistance from the general public in connection...

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Coalition divided over repatriating children of Dutch jihadists

January 22, 2018 No comments

Coalition divided over repatriating children of Dutch jihadists

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Coalition parties are in dispute over plans to allow children of jihadist fighters to return to the Netherlands. Junior partners D66 and the ChristenUnie (CU) said the o...

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Inequality on the rise in NL as richest 1% claim 45% of new wealth

January 22, 2018 No comments

Inequality on the rise in NL as richest 1% claim 45% of new wealth

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The richest 1% in the Netherlands accounted for nearly half of the country’s increased wealth in 2017, according to a report by Oxfam Novib that shows the gulf between r...

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Finance Committee of Parliament to meet with Banker’s Association regarding financial challenges

January 22, 2018

Finance Committee of Parliament to meet with Banker’s Association regarding financial challenges

PHILIPSBURG – The Finance Committee of Parliament will meet in a session on January 23. The Finance...

Incoming COCI Board Members

January 22, 2018

Incoming COCI Board Members

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) would like to welcome its newe...

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN APPOINTS NEW CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

January 22, 2018

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN APPOINTS NEW CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

SINT MAARTEN/BARBADOS – Regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean recently announced the appointment of Esan...

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Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations to meet Tuesday

January 22, 2018 No comments

Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations to meet Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG – The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations (CKAIR), will meet on January 23. The CKAIR Committee meeting which was scheduled for October 26, 2017 will ...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

January 22, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) January 23, 2018 WEATHER:  Tonight through Tuesday ev...

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