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ISIL ‘down but not out’ in Iraq; UN envoy urges efforts to defeat group’s extremist ideology

November 22, 2017 No comments

ISIL ‘down but not out’ in Iraq; UN envoy urges efforts to defeat group’s extremist ideology

INTERNATIONAL, 22 November 2017 – The military victory against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) is only one component of a complex battle that addresses the root causes of extremist ideology, the United Nations envoy for Iraq said Wednesday. “Da’esh remains able and determined to continue devastating random attacks against the Iraqi civilian population, against civilians globally,” Ján Kubiš, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), told the Security Council. “Da’esh is down but not yet out even in Iraq,” he stressed, adding that “only by defeating its loathsome ‘takfiri’ ideology, choking off its external support, and addressing the causes that prompted so many Iraqis to join or tolerate Da’esh can this terrorist organization...

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With access to modern, clean energy, poorer countries look to power ahead through innovation – UN report

November 22, 2017 No comments

With access to modern, clean energy, poorer countries look to power ahead through innovation – UN report

INTERNATIONAL, 22 November 2017 – Energy is key to global development, but the world’s poorest and most vulnerable nations fare up to six times worse than their more industrialized counterparts when it comes to accessing the vital resource, the United Nations warned on Wednesday. In its 2017 report on the world’s 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs), focused on Transformational Energy Access the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said that only four of them were on course to achieve internationally agreed targets on energy distribution by 2030. While they have made great strides in recent years, achieving the global goal of universal access to energy by 2030, the finish line for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will require a 350 per...

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UN agency gravely concerned by lack of medical services in Syria’s eastern Ghouta

November 22, 2017 No comments

UN agency gravely concerned by lack of medical services in Syria’s eastern Ghouta

INTERNATIONAL, 22 November 2017 – Despite escalating violence and increasing humanitarian needs, life-saving medicines, medical equipment, and surgical supplies are being prevented from entering eastern Ghouta in Syria and the plan to transfer critically ill patients to hospitals elsewhere has not been approved, the United Nations health agency has warned. “Continuous and unimpeded humanitarian aid to eastern Ghouta is urgently needed, and medical evacuations of critically ill patients are long overdue,” said Elizabeth Hoff, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Syria. “Life-saving health supplies are available, and WHO, along with partners, stands ready to respond to health needs once access is granted,” she added. In eastern Ghouta of Rural Damascus, local health authorities report that in just four days through 17 November, 84 people were...

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UN urges action so women and girls everywhere can live free from all forms of violence

November 22, 2017 No comments

UN urges action so women and girls everywhere can live free from all forms of violence

INTERNATIONAL, 22 November 2017 – Achieving gender equality and the full empowerment of women is the answer to ending violence against women, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday, calling for collective global action on this cause. “Violence against women is fundamentally about power,” Mr. Guterres said in his remarks alongside UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at a special event held at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is annually observed on 25 November. “It will only end when gender equality and the full empowerment of women will be a reality,” he stressed, adding that his policy on gender parity in the United Nations is one step towards achieving this goal. Mr. Guterres noted that...

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UN hails conviction of Mladic, the 'epitome of evil,' a momentous victory for justice

November 22, 2017 No comments

UN hails conviction of Mladic, the 'epitome of evil,' a momentous victory for justice

INTERNATIONAL, 22 November 2017 – Welcoming today’s conviction of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic on multiple counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by an international tribunal, the United Nations top human right official said that the verdict is “a warning” to perpetrators of such crimes that they will be brought to justice. “Mladic is the epitome of evil, and the prosecution of Mladic is the epitome of what international justice is all about,” underscored Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement Wednesday. “Today’s verdict is a warning to the perpetrators of such crimes that they will not escape justice, no matter how powerful they may be nor how long it may take....

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St. Maarten presides at 11th EDF Caribbean OCT Meeting. EC suggests redirecting monies to disaster fund

St. Maarten presides at 11th EDF Caribbean OCT Meeting. EC…

POND ISLAND – St. Maarten is among Caribbean overseas countries...

November 23, 2017 No comments

Port, Government and Private Sector take Evaluation Tour in Effort to Ensure a Positive Cruise Experience

Port, Government and Private Sector take Evaluation Tour in Effort…

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Representatives from the Ministry of Tourism,...

November 23, 2017 No comments

At UN, over $2 billion pledged to help hurricane-affected Caribbean nations ‘build back better’

At UN, over $2 billion pledged to help hurricane-affected Caribbean…

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN, 22 November 2017 – The international community mobilized...

November 23, 2017 No comments

Tzu Chi donates relief items to Pond Island residents

Tzu Chi donates relief items to Pond Island residents

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November 22, 2017 No comments

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SZV closed Thursday due to unforeseen incident. Services resume on Friday

November 23, 2017

SZV closed Thursday due to unforeseen incident. Services resume on Friday

PHILIPSBURG — Social & Health Insurances SZV had to close its doors to the public today (Thursday No...

Minister Jacobs expresses gratitude to various entities for aided goods

November 22, 2017

Minister Jacobs expresses gratitude to various entities for aided goods

POND ISLAND - On Wednesday November 22nd, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, began...

Alumna of St Dominic High School Defends her PhD thesis at Radboud Universiteit

November 22, 2017

Alumna of St Dominic High School Defends her PhD thesis at Radboud Universiteit

REWARD - Ekta Foster-Lachmandas a graduate of St Dominic High School’s Class of 2008 successfully de...

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Intensified cooperation between Police and VKS for Tourist and Christmas Seasons

November 22, 2017 No comments

Intensified cooperation between Police and VKS for Tourist and Christmas Seasons

PHILIPSBURG - The Chief of Police Carl John and the Commander of the VKS (Voluntary Corps Sint Maarten) Antonio Rogers met on Wednesday November 22nd for talks regarding the safety of the community of...

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Zinc, Car Wrecks and other metals will  be removed from the island

November 22, 2017 No comments

Zinc, Car Wrecks and other metals will be removed from the island

POND ISLAND - In a collaborated effort, the Ministry of VROMI and the Steelcrushers BV have embarked on a project to have all the zinc, car wrecks and other metals removed from the island in the very ...

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‘New and better deal’ needed for climate resilience in Caribbean, UN chief tells donor conference

November 21, 2017 No comments

‘New and better deal’ needed for climate resilience in Caribbean, UN chief tells donor conference

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN, 21 November 2017 – Caribbean countries need “a new and better deal” – one that includes access to concessional finance and adequate insurance – if they are to build climate res...

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WE NEED A SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL WELFARE TEAM!!!

November 19, 2017 No comments

WE NEED A SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL WELFARE TEAM!!!

SINT MAARTEN/COMMENTARY - Lately we have seen an increase in violence on our island. I believe it is a direct result of the hopelessness and post-traumatic stress which our people are experiencing. ...

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Support for traditional Piet declines, Dutch paper calls for a truce

November 23, 2017

Support for traditional Piet declines, Dutch paper calls for a truce

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Support for the traditional blackface version of Zwarte Piet is decli...

Man gets into altercation at SZV-office with two staff members and security guard

November 23, 2017

Man gets into altercation at SZV-office with two staff members and security guard

PHILIPSBURG - Police were called Thursday morning on November 23rd at the SZV- office, to intervene ...

UPCOMING CHRISTMAS CAR SHOW, MARK YOUR CALENDAR

November 23, 2017

UPCOMING CHRISTMAS CAR SHOW, MARK YOUR CALENDAR

COLE BAY – It’s all happening at Motorworld on December 2.  The public is invited to mark your calen...

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Groningen fraternity member gets community service for initiation ritual violence

November 23, 2017 No comments

Groningen fraternity member gets community service for initiation ritual violence

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A 24-year-old member of an undergraduate society in Groningen has been given 240 hours community service for his role in an initiation ceremony that left a fellow studen...

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Polish woman gets compensation after womb op due to language issues

November 23, 2017 No comments

Polish woman gets compensation after womb op due to language issues

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A Polish woman living in Limburg has been awarded almost €34,000 in compensation after her womb was removed by a local hospital without her express permission, local bro...

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Netherlands increasingly popular with foreign tourists, says CBS

November 23, 2017

Netherlands increasingly popular with foreign tourists, says CBS

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is increasingly popular with foreign tourists: 12.4 m...

Five Chamber of Commerce & Industry board positions to become available January 1

November 22, 2017

Five Chamber of Commerce & Industry board positions to become available January 1

PHILIPSBURG - Five (5) positions on the Board of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COC...

Minister Boasman meets US President Clinton at Pledging Conference

November 22, 2017

Minister Boasman meets US President Clinton at Pledging Conference

SINT MAARTEN/NEW YORK - While attending the International Donor's Conference in New York, coordinate...

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Amsterdam to build huge new residential area in western port

November 23, 2017 No comments

Amsterdam to build huge new residential area in western port

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam city council’s executive board has voted in favour of plans to develop a massive new residential district in the western port area of the city, which will appr...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

November 22, 2017 No comments

Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) November 23, 2017 WEATHER: Tonight through Thurs...

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