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Accountability for rights abuses in South Sudan 'more important than ever,' says senior UN official

April 23, 2017 No comments

Accountability for rights abuses in South Sudan 'more important than ever,' says senior UN official

INTERNATIONAL, 23 April 2017 – A lack of accountability for crimes perpetrated during the ongoing conflict in South Sudan remains one of the country's “biggest challenges,” the Human Rights Director for the United Nations Mission (UNMISS) said today as he wrapped up a visit to the north-western Wau region. Violence earlier in April led to the death of 19 Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers and at least 28 civilians, according to State officials. The killing of civilians in Wau town followed the ambush and killing of the SPLA soldiers by suspected SPLA-In Opposition fighters. According to a news release, the Human Rights Division of UNMISS has interviewed 43 individuals, including eight women and two children, from 11 April, to collect information...

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UN and World Bank sign new partnership to build resilience for the most vulnerable

April 22, 2017 No comments

UN and World Bank sign new partnership to build resilience for the most vulnerable

INTERNATIONAL, 22 April 2017 – Building resilience for the world's most vulnerable people by reducing poverty, promoting shared prosperity, enhancing food security, and sustaining peace in crisis-affected situations will be the focus of a new partnership framework agreed by the United Nations and World Bank. According to a joint statement, the framework, signed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, is in response to global calls for the two institutions to work more closely together on prevention and reducing needs, risks, and vulnerability as the world faces a spike in violent conflict. The Secretary-General has been at World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., for the past two days for the Spring Meetings convened annually by the Bank and the...

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Mother Earth Day: Environmental and climate literacy vital for a cleaner, greener planet, says UN

April 22, 2017 No comments

Mother Earth Day: Environmental and climate literacy vital for a cleaner, greener planet, says UN

INTERNATIONAL, 22 April 2017 – Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs, the United Nations is emphasizing on Mother Earth Day. International Mother Earth Day, marked annually on 22 April, is celebrated to remind everyone that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. It also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the landmark 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity. The International Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around...

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UN welcomes release of 26 Qatari abductees in Iraq

April 22, 2017 No comments

UN welcomes release of 26 Qatari abductees in Iraq

INTERNATIONAL, 22 April 2017 – The United Nations has welcomed the release and return to their country of 26 Qatari nationals abducted in Muthanna governorate, Iraq, in December 2015. “We understand that the Qatari nationals were released unharmed. We are grateful to the Iraqi authorities and to all who contributed to the safe release of the abductees,” said a statement issued yesterday evening by UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric. According to media reports, the 26 Qataris were kidnapped from a desert camp in Iraq's southern Muthanna province in mid-December 2015.

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UN food relief agency air-lifts food, medical supplies to 31,000 famine-stricken Somalis

April 21, 2017 No comments

UN food relief agency air-lifts food, medical supplies to 31,000 famine-stricken Somalis

INTERNATIONAL, 21 April 2017 – As the drought intensifies in south and north-eastern Somalia, the United Nations emergency food relief agency today airlifted to Mogadishu enough high-energy biscuits to assist 31,000 people for three days. The shipment, made on a Boeing 747 donated by the UPS Foundation from Dubai, also included medical assistance on behalf of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “A rapid response is crucial to support drought-affected families across Somalia,” said WFP Representative and Director of Gulf Office Abdallah Alwardat. “This airlift is a great example of WFP and its partners coming together to reach those furthest behind with life-saving assistance.” The food is meant for the most vulnerable people – particularly children – who are displaced from their homes without access...

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Doncher-Arrindell breaks ground on Backstreet repairs

Doncher-Arrindell breaks ground on Backstreet repairs

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher...

April 23, 2017 No comments

CPS Holding Preparatory Meetings and Steps up Surveillance for Yellow Fever

CPS Holding Preparatory Meetings and Steps up Surveillance for Yellow…

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a...

April 23, 2017 No comments

APS TO HOST PENSION SEMINAR ON PENSION REFORMS, APS INVESTMENTS AND APS COMMUNICATION STRATEGY

APS TO HOST PENSION SEMINAR ON PENSION REFORMS, APS INVESTMENTS…

PHILIPSBURG – St. Maarten’s general pension fund administrator, APS, has...

April 23, 2017 No comments

New Dutch government won’t have as much cash as expected

New Dutch government won’t have as much cash as expected

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The four parties currently discussing forming...

April 21, 2017 No comments

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SCDF wants ‘mess on Pondfill’ seriously addressed next year

April 23, 2017

SCDF wants ‘mess on Pondfill’ seriously addressed next year

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will seek a meeting with the Mi...

Youth Extravaganza night is almost here

April 23, 2017

Youth Extravaganza night is almost here

PHILIPSBURG–Youth Extravaganza is the only evening in Carnival Village this year that has no age lim...

Stolen container, one man arrested

April 21, 2017

Stolen container, one man arrested

POINTE BLANCHE - On Wednesday, April 19 a container was stolen from International Liquor and Tobacco...

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Female Taxi driver Ill-treated

April 21, 2017 No comments

Female Taxi driver Ill-treated

MAHO - On Friday, April 21, around 3am the police dispatch sent a patrol to Sonesta Maho where a taxi driver was ill treated by two men. When the patrol arrived the taxi driver claimed that the me...

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“It’s Story Time” at the Jubilee Library on Saturday

April 20, 2017 No comments

“It’s Story Time” at the Jubilee Library on Saturday

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – “It’s Story Time,” at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library on Saturday.  The story toddler time will take place on April 22 from 10.00am to 12.00pm.  Mitsha Giterson will do the readin...

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CAPT. DINO'S SIMPSONBAY CHICKEN SHACK

April 23, 2017 No comments

CAPT. DINO'S SIMPSONBAY CHICKEN SHACK

SINT MAARTEN/COMMENTARY - Closed down, victim of a possibly outdated, easily circumvented Government policy on vending licenses. That policy states (and I am paraphrasing) that vending licenses can on...

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New Philipsburg Promotional Board a Positive Development

April 19, 2017 No comments

New Philipsburg Promotional Board a Positive Development

SINT MAARTEN/COMMENTARY - Mid-March it was announced that a group of professionals and business persons came together and established the ‘Philipsburg Promotional Board Foundation (PPBF)’ who has as i...

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King’s Day set to be chilly and wet, but there may be some sun

April 21, 2017

King’s Day set to be chilly and wet, but there may be some sun

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The annual May holidays, which actually start on Monday, are set to b...

Attempted murder suspect arrested

April 21, 2017

Attempted murder suspect arrested

ST. PETERS - On the April 19, while on regular patrol in St. Peters, police identified suspect L.D.B...

Presentation of customs dogs on Bonaire

April 21, 2017

Presentation of customs dogs on Bonaire

BONAIRE - On Thursday, April 20th, the Customs / Tax Office Caribbean Netherlands (CN) presented the...

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Most Dutch health insurance policies include limits on payments, research shows

April 21, 2017 No comments

Most Dutch health insurance policies include limits on payments, research shows

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Three quarters of health insurance policies taken out by the Dutch only cover patients completely if they visit a healthcare practitioner who has a contract with the ins...

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Dutch businessman found guilty of war crimes in Liberia

April 21, 2017 No comments

Dutch businessman found guilty of war crimes in Liberia

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A Dutch businessman has been found guilty of war crimes and smuggling weapons into Liberia by the appeal court in Den Bosch in the latest twist in a legal case dating ba...

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CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN MAINTAINS PARTNERSHIP WITH UWI

April 23, 2017

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN MAINTAINS PARTNERSHIP WITH UWI

SINT MAARTEN/BARBADOS - The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus is expected to take a mu...

Armed robbery at Foo Hoo restaurant on Front Street

April 21, 2017

Armed robbery at Foo Hoo restaurant on Front Street

PHILIPSBURG - Last night, Thursday April 20th at 9:45 pm an armed robbery took place at The Foo Hoo ...

Be aware of Sexually Transmitted Infections

April 20, 2017

Be aware of Sexually Transmitted Infections

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Preventive Service’s (CPS) calendar of health observances, focus...

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Spirit Airlines Drops Cuba

April 23, 2017 No comments

Spirit Airlines Drops Cuba

SINT MAARTEN/CUBA – A third airline has decided to drop Cuba, namely, Spirit Airlines.  The latter is an ultra-low cost carrier US airline.  The reason for dropping Cuba is insufficient passenger load...

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Weather Forecast Sunday to Tuesday - High Surf and Small Craft Advisories

April 22, 2017 No comments

Weather Forecast Sunday to Tuesday - High Surf and Small Craft Advisories

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) April 23, 2017 …..HIGH SURF AND SMALL CRAFT ADVISOR...

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