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Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom elected to top UN health post

May 23, 2017 No comments

Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom elected to top UN health post

INTERNATIONAL, 23 May 2017 – The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the United Nations health agency, today elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). “Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017,” WHO said in a statement following the afternoon vote. Among his previous positions, Dr. Tedros was Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and, prior, Minister of Health. He also served as Chair of the Global Fund and of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board (RBM), where he secured “record funding” for the two organizations and created the Global Malaria Action Plan, which expanded RBM’s reach beyond Africa to Asia and Latin...

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With funding ‘down to a trickle,’ UN agency renews warning over Burundi refugees

May 23, 2017 No comments

With funding ‘down to a trickle,’ UN agency renews warning over Burundi refugees

INTERNATIONAL, 23 May 2017 – The United Nations refugee agency has increased its funding appeal by $36 million to support Burundians fleeing their homes in what could become the third-largest refugee crisis in Africa. “Arriving refugees continue to cite hunman rights abuses, fear of persecution and sexual and gender-based violence as reasons for fleeing,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. Since April 2015, some 410,000 refugees and asylum-seekers have been forced to flee their homes. With no sign of improvement of the political situation, the total refugee population is expected to grow to over half a million by the end of this year, making it potentially the third-biggest refugee situation in...

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UN chief strongly condemns terrorist attack on Manchester concert

May 23, 2017 No comments

UN chief strongly condemns terrorist attack on Manchester concert

INTERNATIONAL, 23 May 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack targeting crowd gathering for a concert in Manchester, the United Kingdom. According to media reports, a suicide bombing killed at least 22 people and injured many at Manchester Arena, at the end of a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. Mr. Guterres conveys “his profound sympathy and solidarity with the people and Government of the United Kingdom” and “conveys his condolences to the families and friends of those killed, and wishes the injured an early and full recovery,” said a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric. “The Secretary-General hopes that those who...

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Despite progress, life for children in Myanmar's remote areas remains a struggle, UNICEF warns

May 23, 2017 No comments

Despite progress, life for children in Myanmar's remote areas remains a struggle, UNICEF warns

INTERNATIONAL, 23 May 2017 – The benefits of Myanmar's economic growth, reform and reconciliation efforts have not yet reached children in the country's remote, conflict-affected areas, leaving an estimated 2.2 million children in need of better humanitarian assistance, a United Nations report has revealed. “Myanmar faces a real challenge in ensuring that children everywhere – and not just in urban areas – gain from the country's rapid development,” said Justin Forsyth, the Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). “There is a risk that many children and their families are excluded. This is especially the case for poorer children living in remote areas or trapped in situations of tension and conflict,” he added. The Child Alert report issued today by UNICEF attributed unresolved...

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On International Day, UN agency urges 'hope, healing, dignity' for fistula sufferers

May 23, 2017 No comments

On International Day, UN agency urges 'hope, healing, dignity' for fistula sufferers

INTERNATIONAL, 23 May 2017 – Obstetric fistula has largely been eliminated in developed countries, but more than two million women and girls still live with the condition, the head of the United Nations women's health agency today said, calling for investment and support to eliminate the debilitating and stigmatizing condition. “With strong political leadership, investment and action, we can end this scourge in our lifetime,” the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Babatunde Osotimehin, said in his message for the Day. “Join us in standing with the world's poorest, most marginalized women and girls.” Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by obstructed labour. Women who experience obstetric fistula suffer constant incontinence, shame, social segregation and health problems. The condition, which affects...

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Doncher-Arrindell grants historic economic permit to SXM Airways

Doncher-Arrindell grants historic economic permit to SXM Airways

POND ISLAND - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa...

May 23, 2017 No comments

Police Chief John attends International Drug Enforcement Conference in Punta Cana

Police Chief John attends International Drug Enforcement Conference in Punta…

PHILIPSBURG - Chief of the KPSM (Sint Maarten Police Force)...

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National Institute of Arts Recapping a Year in Medals

National Institute of Arts Recapping a Year in Medals

PHILIPSBURG - As the National Institute of the Arts (NIA)...

May 23, 2017 No comments

Tourist Bureau calls on all Chefs to Register

Tourist Bureau calls on all Chefs to Register

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB)...

May 22, 2017 No comments

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TelEm Group assisting with much-needed seniors bus repair

May 23, 2017

TelEm Group assisting with much-needed seniors bus repair

POND ISLAND - Kind-hearted volunteers with the Helping Hands Foundation were recently on the receivi...

If the youth are the future, then the future is now Dennisio Duzong tells Parliament

May 23, 2017

If the youth are the future, then the future is now Dennisio Duzong tells Parliament

GREAT BAY - “We often say that the youth are the future. Well, the future is now.” This statement by...

Homeowner Shot in Middle Region on Tuesday. Culprit still on the run

May 23, 2017

Homeowner Shot in Middle Region on Tuesday. Culprit still on the run

MIDDLE REGION - On Tuesday May 23rd at approximately 2.00 p.m. several police patrols, Forensic Depa...

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SMCP LEADER SMITH: IS PARLIAMENT SERIOUS ABOUT INDEPENDENCE?

May 23, 2017 No comments

SMCP LEADER SMITH: IS PARLIAMENT SERIOUS ABOUT INDEPENDENCE?

PHILIPSBURG - Last week Wednesday, the Central Committee of Parliament, once again, invited the Independence for St. Martin Foundation (ISMF) to give a presentation regarding holding a referendum to d...

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TelEm Group offices closed Thursday and Friday

May 23, 2017 No comments

TelEm Group offices closed Thursday and Friday

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group would like to inform the general public of its office closing hours for the Ascension Day holiday. In keeping with observance of the day, all TelEm Group offices, with the...

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In final address, UN health chief urges world body to ‘remember the people’ behind the facts and figures

May 22, 2017 No comments

In final address, UN health chief urges world body to ‘remember the people’ behind the facts and figures

INTERNATIONAL, 22 May 2017 – The outgoing chief of the United Nations health agency today highlighted the relevance of the World Health Organization (WHO), and offered its decision-making body parting...

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On Day for Biological Diversity, UN says tourists must protect nature that draws them

May 22, 2017 No comments

On Day for Biological Diversity, UN says tourists must protect nature that draws them

INTERNATIONAL, 22 May 2017 – Tourism must not undermine the nature that attracts tourists in the first place, said the head of the United Nations-backed treaty on biological diversity, marking Interna...

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Martial Arts Federation First Annual Spring Competition a Success

May 23, 2017

Martial Arts Federation First Annual Spring Competition a Success

COLE BAY - Saint Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) proudly presented its first annual spring c...

High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for illness and premature death

May 23, 2017

High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for illness and premature death

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Sint Maarten’s calendar of health observances is to promote particular local or...

Governor’s Symposium 2017 entitled ‘ICT Governance – Shaping our Future’

May 23, 2017

Governor’s Symposium 2017 entitled ‘ICT Governance – Shaping our Future’

HARBOUR VIEW – Today, the Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday, announced deta...

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Dutch super blood donor retires after 333 litres

May 23, 2017 No comments

Dutch super blood donor retires after 333 litres

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands’ most generous blood donor has given his last gift of blood, having provided enough to almost fill three bathtubs, local broadcaster L1 reported. Frans...

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Police plan mass dna test to find cold case killer of boy, 11

May 23, 2017 No comments

Police plan mass dna test to find cold case killer of boy, 11

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The public prosecution department is preparing a massive DNA research project in the hunt for the killer of an 11-year boy almost 20 years ago, officials said on Tuesday...

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CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN NAMED BEST RETAIL BANK IN BARBADOS

May 23, 2017

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN NAMED BEST RETAIL BANK IN BARBADOS

SINT MAARTEN/BARBADOS – CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has been named the “Best Retail Bank ...

More Movement for the Elderly this Friday at I & I Fitness

May 23, 2017

More Movement for the Elderly this Friday at I & I Fitness

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Friday, May 26.  Senior c...

Information meetings Subsidy regulation “Opportunities for all children” successful

May 22, 2017

Information meetings Subsidy regulation “Opportunities for all children” successful

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Last week, the social organizations on Saba, Bonaire and St. Eustatius, were in...

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Coalition talks stall: ChristenUnie and D66 decide not to work together

May 23, 2017 No comments

Coalition talks stall: ChristenUnie and D66 decide not to work together

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Liberal Democratic Party D66 and the minor Christian party ChristenUnie have decided they cannot work together in a coalition government. Party leaders Alexander Pecht...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

May 23, 2017 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL:  Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) May 24, 2017 WEATHER:  Tonight through Wednesda...

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