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Darfur: AU-UN mission urges restraint after clashes at camp for displaced persons

September 23, 2017 No comments

Darfur: AU-UN mission urges restraint after clashes at camp for displaced persons

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2017 – The joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur today urged “the utmost restraint” by all parties after clashes between government forces and internally displaced persons at the Kalma camp led to the death of at least three IDPs and injuries to some 26 others. “I call upon everyone involved in this situation to restore calm as soon as possible. A peaceful resolution of differences is the only way forward for the Darfuri people,” said Jeremiah Mamabolo, the Joint Special Representative and head of the AU-UN mission (UNAMID). A medical team from UNAMID is currently at Kalma camp, located in South Darfur, to assist local authorities in treating the injured. The mission is also engaging with the state government...

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UN scales up response as number of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar nears 500,000

September 23, 2017 No comments

UN scales up response as number of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar nears 500,000

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2017 – With the number of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar arriving in south-east Bangladesh edging towards half a million, United Nations agencies are stepping up delivery of life-saving aid to two official refugee camps, where the health concerns are quickly growing.  At the request of Bangladeshi authorities, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is speeding up the distribution of plastic sheeting to get as many people as possible under at least minimal protection from monsoon rains and winds.  “On Saturday, we plan to begin distribution of kitchen sets, sleeping mats, solar lamps and other essential relief items to an initial 3,500 families who have been selected by community leaders,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told a press briefing in Geneva.  Refugee...

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Torture during interrogations not just wrong but also counterproductive – UN rights chief

September 23, 2017 No comments

Torture during interrogations not just wrong but also counterproductive – UN rights chief

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2017 – The torture and ill-treatment of persons suspected of crimes is not only “deeply wrong” but, from an interrogator's perspective, also counterproductive, the United Nations human rights chief said today at an event held in New York.  “Abundant scientific and historical evidence demonstrates that the information yielded by people who are being subjected to violence is unreliable,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said at the event, entitled “Torture during Interrogations – Illegal, Immoral, and Ineffective.”  The torture of detainees, who are captive and cannot defend themselves, also creates enormous rage among their larger communities, he added. “By feeding the desire for vengeance, torture produces more hatred and more violence.”  Today’s event, organized by the High Commissioner’s Office...

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UN officials hail establishment of Technology Bank for world’s poorest nations

September 23, 2017 No comments

UN officials hail establishment of Technology Bank for world’s poorest nations

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2017 – United Nations officials today hailed the establishment of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which will go a long way in addressing one of the major challenges facing the world’s poorest nations.  The Bank, to be headquartered in Gebze, Turkey, also marks the achievement of the first target of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, namely SDG 17.8.  “This achievement is not only highly symbolic but also of great strategic importance to the LDCs in the overall achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.  There are currently 47 countries on the list of LDCs, comprising more than...

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Funding shortfall jeopardizes humanitarian response in Yemen, UN aid chief warns

September 23, 2017 No comments

Funding shortfall jeopardizes humanitarian response in Yemen, UN aid chief warns

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2017 – Efforts to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, currently the world’s largest, are being hampered by insufficient funding and other challenges, the top United Nations relief official warned today. “Despite the extraordinary scale of the suffering linked to the brutal conflict, including the threat of famine and the world’s worst cholera outbreak, Yemen does not receive the international attention it deserves,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock told a high-level event held in the margins of the General Assembly. Mr. Lowcock, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, noted that nearly 21 million people are in need of emergency aid or protection, most of them children, and that this year’s humanitarian response plan for Yemen is just...

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NV GEBE Generator Catches Fire. No Injuries Reported

NV GEBE Generator Catches Fire. No Injuries Reported

CAPE BAY - This evening at approximately 5.50 p.m. the Emergency Center...

September 22, 2017 No comments

Judge extends pre-trial detention for suspects in dual murder case. Looters detention extended

Judge extends pre-trial detention for suspects in dual murder case.…

PHILIPSBURG - The investigation “MARS” was treated “pro-forma” on Thursday...

September 22, 2017 No comments

Roof Repairs at Power Plant will lead to Stable Power Supply. Short circuit causes blackout

Roof Repairs at Power Plant will lead to Stable Power…

PHILIPSBURG – NV GEBE announced at a press conference on...

September 22, 2017 No comments

President of Parliament pushes for urgent meeting of Parliament about hurricane Irma

President of Parliament pushes for urgent meeting of Parliament about…

PHILIPSBURG - The president of Parliament, Sarah Wescot-Williams, has convened...

September 22, 2017 No comments

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Clean-up of schools. Warning issued about trespassing, damaging and stealing of school materials

September 23, 2017

Clean-up of schools. Warning issued about trespassing, damaging and stealing of school materials

PHILIPSBURG - Hurricane Irma has left our island in a critical state. The education infrastructure s...

Community getting back on track. Police uses drone surveillance

September 22, 2017

Community getting back on track. Police uses drone surveillance

PHILIPSBURG - As the community of Sint Maarten is gradually getting back on track in the aftermath o...

Water plants operational. Seven tanks damaged

September 22, 2017

Water plants operational. Seven tanks damaged

PHILIPSBURG – The country’s water drinking infrastructure was damaged with the passing of Hurricane ...

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Police starts criminal investigations into looters based on reliable information

September 22, 2017 No comments

Police starts criminal investigations into looters based on reliable information

PHILIPSBURG - Based on reliable information, the Detective Department with assistance from the police forces of Aruba and Curacao, the Netherlands, Caribbean Netherlands, the Royal Marechausse, VKC, V...

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NV GEBE Discussing Relief. Simpson Bay Branch to Open Next Week

September 22, 2017 No comments

NV GEBE Discussing Relief. Simpson Bay Branch to Open Next Week

PHILIPSBURG – At Thursday’s NV GEBEs press conference, the company disclosed that some preliminary discussions have taken place with respect to some form of relief or grace period for its customers. ...

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Mosquito Fogging on Sunday. Schedule for Family Physicians. Pharmacy Opening Schedule for Sat & Sun

September 23, 2017 No comments

Mosquito Fogging on Sunday. Schedule for Family Physicians. Pharmacy Opening Schedule for Sat & Sun

PHILIPSBURG - The Collective Prevention Services Department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor informs the general public that in view of the noted increase of mosquitoe...

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Roadmap for reconstruction and Recovery of Sint Maarten. Work Group Established

September 23, 2017 No comments

Roadmap for reconstruction and Recovery of Sint Maarten. Work Group Established

POND ISLAND - Due to the severe damage that was caused by Hurricane Irma to both the social and economic infrastructure of Sint Maarten, the Government of Sint Maarten will develop a national recovery...

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CPS Information: Health Services during Curfew. Water and Food Hygiene. Mosquitoes. Breastfeeding your Infant

September 23, 2017

CPS Information: Health Services during Curfew. Water and Food Hygiene. Mosquitoes. Breastfeeding your Infant

PHILIPSBURG - This message is brought to you by The Collective Prevention Services Department within...

All TelEm Group personnel  report for work Monday morning

September 23, 2017

All TelEm Group personnel report for work Monday morning

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, is instructing all com...

Dutch Military carries out Night-time Reconnaissance Flights

September 23, 2017

Dutch Military carries out Night-time Reconnaissance Flights

PHILIPSBURG – The Dutch Military currently on the island assisting the Government of Sint Maarten af...

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Dutch cabinet talks: CDA and D66 fight over finance minister job

September 23, 2017 No comments

Dutch cabinet talks: CDA and D66 fight over finance minister job

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – CDA and D66 are both claiming the powerful finance minister position in the next cabinet because they have the same number of seats in parliament, the Telegraaf said on ...

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Dutch murder rate rises this year, with a boom in gangland killings

September 23, 2017 No comments

Dutch murder rate rises this year, with a boom in gangland killings

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of murders committed in the Netherlands this year has already reached the 2016 total, according to calculations by Elsevier magazine. Thursdays’ suspected ga...

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Curfew remains as is from 7 pm to 6 am to allow for clean-up campaign to continue

September 23, 2017

Curfew remains as is from 7 pm to 6 am to allow for clean-up campaign to continue

POND ISLAND - The Government of Sint Maarten in close consultation with the French side authorities,...

To all Public-School Staff: Meetings set for Monday as respective schools

September 23, 2017

To all Public-School Staff: Meetings set for Monday as respective schools

PHILIPSBURG - ALL teachers of the Leonald Conner School, Marie Genevieve de Weever School, Ruby Labe...

SZV PHONE LINES OPEN AS OF MONDAY

September 23, 2017

SZV PHONE LINES OPEN AS OF MONDAY

PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV would like to inform the general public that as of Frid...

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Student Support Services Division Staff Requested to Meet on Monday in Second Mandatory Meeting

September 23, 2017 No comments

Student Support Services Division Staff Requested to Meet on Monday in Second Mandatory Meeting

PHILIPSBURG – The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) within the Ministry ECYS in collaboration with the school boards is inviting all social workers, psychologists, counselors, and the student c...

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Weather Forecast Saturday to Monday

September 23, 2017 No comments

Weather Forecast Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) September 23, 2017   WEATHER: Tonight through Sat...

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