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In Senegal, UN General Assembly President calls for sustainable management of marine resources

March 28, 2017 No comments

In Senegal, UN General Assembly President calls for sustainable management of marine resources

INTERNATIONAL, 28 March 2017 – Visiting a traditional fishing community in Senegal, the President of the United Nations General Assembly has called on the countries in the region to prioritize conserving and sustainably managing their marine resources. “I learned a lot today about how ocean issues like acidification, rising temperatures, overfishing and marine pollution affect the daily lives of fishermen,” said Assembly President Peter Thomson. Mr. Thomson is currently in Senegal as part of his visit to several African countries to build momentum towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of which specifically deals with the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources. “Understanding and acting upon the perspectives and expectations of artisanal fishers is an...

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Half of all health facilities in war-torn Yemen now closed; medicines urgently needed – UN

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Half of all health facilities in war-torn Yemen now closed; medicines urgently needed – UN

INTERNATIONAL, 28 March 2017 – More than 14 million people in Yemen have no access to health services, the United Nations health agency today said, warning that transportation of medical personnel and treatment for the injured is getting increasingly difficult as this week the fighting enters its third year. At least 7,719 people have been killed and 42,922 injured since 19 March 2015, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported, but the actual numbers are believed to be higher. “More than half of all health facilities are closed or functioning only partially,” Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesperson, told journalists in Geneva. Mr. Jasarevic, who was in Yemen in February, said that at least 274 health facilities had been damaged or destroyed as a...

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Supporting Syrian refugees not only an act 'of generosity' but also of 'enlightened self-interest' – UN chief

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Supporting Syrian refugees not only an act 'of generosity' but also of 'enlightened self-interest' – UN chief

INTERNATIONAL, 28 March 2017 – Visiting the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan that is hosting about 80,000 Syrian refugees, the United Nations chief urged the parties to the conflict in Syria and the countries that have influence over them to realize that the crisis is not only a tragedy for Syrian people but also a threat to regional stability and global security. “This is the moment for all countries that are involved, directly or indirectly in the conflict, to put aside their differences and understand […] the common interest from the fact that they are all threatened by the new risk of global terrorism,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters at a press conference at the camp. “Solidarity with Syrian refugees is also a way to...

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Around 22 million children could soon starve without urgent aid, UNICEF warns

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Around 22 million children could soon starve without urgent aid, UNICEF warns

INTERNATIONAL, 28 March 2017 – Millions of children are on the brink of starvation in the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned, urgently calling for nearly $255 million to respond to immediate needs in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. “Time is running out,” UNICEF said, noting the threat from famine, drought and war. Some 22 million children are hungry, sick, displaced and out of school in the four countries, according to the UN agency. Nearly 1.4 million are at imminent risk of death this year from severe malnutrition. “We learned from Somalia in 2011 that by the time famine was announced, untold numbers of children had already died. That can't happen again,” said Manuel Fontaine,...

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Mosul: UN rights chief urges civilian protection as sniper fire, airstrikes kill dozens

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Mosul: UN rights chief urges civilian protection as sniper fire, airstrikes kill dozens

INTERNATIONAL, 28 March 2017 – The top United Nations human rights official today deplored the massive loss of civilian lives in the western sections of Iraq’s Mosul city in recent days due to actions by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorists as well as airstrikes by the Government forces. “ISIL’s strategy of using children, men and women to shield themselves from attack is cowardly and disgraceful. It breaches the most basic standards of human dignity and morality. Under international humanitarian law, the use of human shields amounts to a war crime,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a news release. “The conduct of airstrikes on ISIL locations in such an environment, particularly given...

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Tourist Bureau/KLM sweepstakes attracts more than 120k participants

Tourist Bureau/KLM sweepstakes attracts more than 120k participants

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) iFly Sweepstakes,...

March 28, 2017 No comments

Independence Foundation to Host Conference under Theme: ‘Severing Strings’ this Friday

Independence Foundation to Host Conference under Theme: ‘Severing Strings’ this…

GREAT BAY - The Independence for St. Martin Foundation will...

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USM to host 2018 International Island Conference Island States and Island Territories

USM to host 2018 International Island Conference Island States and…

POND ISLAND - The First “International Conference on Small Island...

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60 Solar Paneled Bus Shelters coming in Third Quarter of 2017

60 Solar Paneled Bus Shelters coming in Third Quarter of…

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Winair re-introduces fuel charges as of April 10

March 28, 2017

Winair re-introduces fuel charges as of April 10

SIMPSON BAY – Due to increasing world oil prices Winair will reintroduce a fuel sur charge on all ti...

SAFE Applauds Churches Call to Action, Suggests Shift of Focus

March 28, 2017

SAFE Applauds Churches Call to Action, Suggests Shift of Focus

PHILIPSBURG – It was with mixed emotions that the St. Maarten LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transge...

Last 250 T-Shirts on sale for the lighted parade 2017

March 28, 2017

Last 250 T-Shirts on sale for the lighted parade 2017

PHILIPSBURG – On Monday, the 27th of March, the last batch of T-shirts that give access to the Light...

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Kingdom Council of Ministers may decide Friday on Curacao’s National Decree to Cancel Elections

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Kingdom Council of Ministers may decide Friday on Curacao’s National Decree to Cancel Elections

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO – The Kingdom Council of Ministers in an anticipated meeting on Friday, March 31, is expected to handle the national decree regarding Curacao’s national elections that were schedu...

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President of Parliament meets with Electoral Council on draft initiative law Electoral Ordinance

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President of Parliament meets with Electoral Council on draft initiative law Electoral Ordinance

PHILIPSBURG – President of Parliament, Sarah Wescot-Williams met recently with the Electoral Council to hear the Council's views on her draft initiative law, amending the Electoral Ordinance.  With ...

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Protecting human rights essential in promoting sustainable supply chains – UN experts

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Protecting human rights essential in promoting sustainable supply chains – UN experts

INTERNATIONAL, 28 March 2017 – The only way to achieve socially sustainable supply chains is if human rights are protected and respected, a group of UN experts said today in an open letter addressed t...

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Coral Reefs and Economic Diving Sector under Threat from Climate Change, Our Response

March 26, 2017 No comments

Coral Reefs and Economic Diving Sector under Threat from Climate Change, Our Response

SINT MAARTEN/COMMENTARY - Global temperatures set yet another record last year and the world witnessed exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, according to the World Met...

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Curacao Supreme Electoral Council refuses to suspend preparations for April 28 Elections

March 28, 2017

Curacao Supreme Electoral Council refuses to suspend preparations for April 28 Elections

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO – The Curacao Supreme Electoral Council (SEC) apparently is not recognizing the...

Former MP Marlin-Romeo says over 100 screened for sickle cell at weekend health fair

March 28, 2017

Former MP Marlin-Romeo says over 100 screened for sickle cell at weekend health fair

PHILIPSBURG – The Sint Maarten Sickle Cell Foundation deemed the annual Lion Rudy Hoeve Health & Wel...

UP Board and Leader Congratulates Team Gibbs on Election Win

March 27, 2017

UP Board and Leader Congratulates Team Gibbs on Election Win

PHILIPSBURG – The United People’s (UP) Party Board and Leader the Honorable Member of Parliament (MP...

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Preparations underway to Observe World Health Day – Depression: let’s talk.

March 27, 2017 No comments

Preparations underway to Observe World Health Day – Depression: let’s talk.

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – World Health Day (WHD) is celebrated on the April 7 every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO).  A specific health topic of conc...

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3RD ANNUAL PINEAPPLE PETE OPEN SINGLES TOURNAMENT SET FOR SATURDAY. REGISTRATION ENDS MARCH 30

March 27, 2017 No comments

3RD ANNUAL PINEAPPLE PETE OPEN SINGLES TOURNAMENT SET FOR SATURDAY. REGISTRATION ENDS MARCH 30

CAY HILL - The St. Maarten Tennis Club (SMTC) is hosting its third annual Pineapple Pete open singles tournament, which is scheduled to commence on Saturday April 1st and the finals will be held on Sa...

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Easyjet enters Dutch energy market with ‘low cost’ electricity

March 28, 2017

Easyjet enters Dutch energy market with ‘low cost’ electricity

THE NETHERLANDS - Easyenergy, the latest in the Easyjet stable of cost-cutting companies, launched o...

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

March 28, 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, March 31.  Senior...

CXC Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch visits St. Eustatius and Saba

March 27, 2017

CXC Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch visits St. Eustatius and Saba

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch of the examination Council of the CXC (Caribbean ...

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Drug waste dumps increase, traces of chemicals found in crops

March 28, 2017 No comments

Drug waste dumps increase, traces of chemicals found in crops

THE NETHERLANDS - Drugs gangs manufacturing ecstasy and amphetamines were responsible for at least 177 chemical waste dumps in the Netherlands last year, according to new police figures. In 2015, 160 ...

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Weather Forecast Wednesday to Friday

March 28, 2017 No comments

Weather Forecast Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) March 29, 2017 WEATHER:  Tonight through Wedne...

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