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UN Security Council calls for immediate investigation into recent violence in DR Congo's Kasai region

February 25, 2017 No comments

UN Security Council calls for immediate investigation into recent violence in DR Congo's Kasai region

25 February 2017 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent spate of violence in the south-central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), calling on the Government to “immediately dispatch a credible and impartial investigation.” In a press statement issued in New York yesterday evening, the Council expressed grave concern at the recent reports of serious violations of international humanitarian law committed by local militia in that region, including unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers, and of killings of civilians by members of Congolese security forces, known as FARDC, “all of which might constitute war crimes under international law.” Recalling that the DRC Government bears the primary responsibility to protect civilians within its territory,...

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Donors pledge $670 million at UN-backed conference to support aid operations in Lake Chad region

February 24, 2017 No comments

Donors pledge $670 million at UN-backed conference to support aid operations in Lake Chad region

INTERNATIONAL, 24 February 2017 – Giving voice to people affected by conflict and crises in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin, a global United Nations-supported humanitarian conference in Oslo today generated more than $670 million in pledges that will help sustain critical relief operations over the next two years and beyond across four counties where millions are in need of aid. Formally known as the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region, the donors forum also agreed on the need to address longer-term development requirements and to seek durable solutions for the crisis-hit countries in the vast Basin-region: Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon. “Without our increased support, affected communities will face a life of hunger, disease, gender-based violence and continued displacement,” said the UN Emergency...

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UN envoy and Church leaders in DR Congo condemn attacks against Catholic facilities

February 24, 2017 No comments

UN envoy and Church leaders in DR Congo condemn attacks against Catholic facilities

INTERNATIONAL, 24 February 2017 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the National Episcopal Conference of Congo, known as CENCO have called for an immediate end to the spate of violent attacks against Catholic facilities in several parts of the country. The UN Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) and CENCO, along with the Apostolic Nunciature said they are “deeply concerned” about recent attacks on parishes and other Catholic facilities. According to the Mission, the attacks were particularly violent in the provinces of Kinshasa, Haut-Katanga, Kasaï-Central and Kasaï-Oriental. MONUSCO chief Maman Sidikou, Monsignor Marcel Utembi, Archbishop of Kisangani and President of CENCO, and Monsignor Luis Mariano Montemayor, Apostolic Nuncio in the DRC, “strongly condemned” the violence,...

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UN reports more than 300 migrant deaths on Mediterranean crossing in first two months of 2017

February 24, 2017 No comments

UN reports more than 300 migrant deaths on Mediterranean crossing in first two months of 2017

INTERNATIONAL, 24 February 2017 – An estimated 366 migrants died at sea during their Mediterranean journey to Europe in the first 53 days of 2017, down from 425 of the comparable period of last year, the United Nations migration agency said today. International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported that 13,924 migrants entered Europe by sea through 22 February, sharply down from 105,427 a year earlier. These data include the death toll reported this week from a boat with as many as 133 passengers on board that foundered off Az Zawiyah, near Tripoli on this past Sunday. According to an IOM source at the scene, the human smugglers stole the craft’s engine and left the vessel drifting, telling passengers that authorities were en route to rescue them....

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UN rights experts urge action to curb 'invisible threat' of toxic air

February 24, 2017 No comments

UN rights experts urge action to curb 'invisible threat' of toxic air

INTERNATIONAL, 24 February 2017 – United Nations human rights experts are calling for strong, urgent action by States to ensure that people around the world can enjoy the human right to live in environments free from contamination. “Air pollution is a major threat to human rights worldwide and toxic air pollutants are associated with an increased risk of disease from stroke, heart disease, cancer and respiratory diseases, including asthma,” the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, said in a news release issued today by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Three million deaths each year are linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution, according to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO)....

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Island Gems donates art supplies to MAC Early Stimulation Centre

Island Gems donates art supplies to MAC Early Stimulation Centre

PHILIPSBURG - Island Gems Charity Foundation recently donated a significant...

February 24, 2017 No comments

SCDF wins court case against two disgruntled booth holders. New booth holders happy for opportunity

SCDF wins court case against two disgruntled booth holders. New…

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on...

February 24, 2017 No comments

RIGHTS & OBLIGATIONS OF ZV INSURED EXPLAINED AT SZV INFO SESSION

RIGHTS & OBLIGATIONS OF ZV INSURED EXPLAINED AT SZV INFO…

PHILIPSBURG — Social & Health Insurances SZV hosted a well-attended...

February 24, 2017 No comments

S’Maatin International Mother’s Language Day a success

S’Maatin International Mother’s Language Day a success

POND ISLAND – On Tuesday February 21st, 2017 the Department...

February 23, 2017 No comments

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UP MP Connor pays courtesy visit to Aruban AVP MPs

February 24, 2017

UP MP Connor pays courtesy visit to Aruban AVP MPs

PHILIPSBURG - Recently, Member of Parliament of St. Maarten, Honorable Claret Connor paid a courtesy...

Minister of Education Jacobs addresses matters related to AUIS Medical University

February 23, 2017

Minister of Education Jacobs addresses matters related to AUIS Medical University

POND ISLAND - The inflammatory, defamatory and libelous remarks made by Mr. Milo Pinckney, represent...

Civil Aviation Dept. on Use of remote piloted aircraft (RPA)/Drones during the Heineken Regatta

February 23, 2017

Civil Aviation Dept. on Use of remote piloted aircraft (RPA)/Drones during the Heineken Regatta

SIMPSON BAY - The Department of Civil Aviation, - Shipping and Maritime Affairs would like to reiter...

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Another edition of “Boardwalk Market” during the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

February 23, 2017 No comments

Another edition of “Boardwalk Market” during the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

SIMPSON BAY - Regatta Organizers are again having an open air market for the 37th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta which takes place March 2 to 5, 2017. The “Boardwalk Market” is intended...

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SMCP: PARLIAMENT AND THE SCREENING OF CANDIDATE MINISTERS

February 22, 2017 No comments

SMCP: PARLIAMENT AND THE SCREENING OF CANDIDATE MINISTERS

PHILIPSBURG – “Today, two months after the new Council of Ministers was sworn in, we still do not have a Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication (TEATT),” the Leader of th...

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Heightened concerns regarding Point Blanche detention facility Law Enforcement Council with threefold inspection

February 22, 2017 No comments

Heightened concerns regarding Point Blanche detention facility Law Enforcement Council with threefold inspection

POINT BLANCHE – Conditions at St. Maarten’s Point Blanche prison facility continues to be a source of grave concerns. So says the Law Enforcement Council, following completion of a report presented on...

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And now for something completely different. Serious professionals as you’ve NEVER seen them

February 16, 2017 No comments

And now for something completely different. Serious professionals as you’ve NEVER seen them

PHILIPSBURG, By Anonymous - For those of you familiar with the surreal “Monty Python” comedy team in Britain, the title above will surely ring a bell. Something totally different was certainly what Jo...

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Complete Road Closure parts of Cannegieter Street

February 24, 2017

Complete Road Closure parts of Cannegieter Street

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure...

Lagoon Authority advises Simpson Bay Lagoon boaters and other maritime traffic to be observant of channel markers

February 23, 2017

Lagoon Authority advises Simpson Bay Lagoon boaters and other maritime traffic to be observant of channel markers

SIMPSON BAY LAGOON – The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority (SLAC) is advising boaters and other maritime ...

TelEm Group technicians training on use of newly purchased fiber-blowing tools

February 22, 2017

TelEm Group technicians training on use of newly purchased fiber-blowing tools

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group recently took delivery of state-of-the-art fiber-blowing tools that techni...

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NBA Joins forces with Rio Productions for the Lighted Parade 2017

February 22, 2017 No comments

NBA Joins forces with Rio Productions for the Lighted Parade 2017

PHILIPSBURG - Popular Carnival festivities organizer ‘Nothin’ But Alcohol’ (NBA) will be joining forces with Rio Productions this year and will form an integral part of the Lighted Parade, lighting up...

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

February 22, 2017 No comments

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

COLE BAY, (DCOMM) – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Friday, February 24.  Senior citizens are invited to I & I Fitness which is located on Welfare road (behind the I-Store in Col...

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Road Closure of Tiger Road Cay Hill from Saturday to Monday

February 24, 2017

Road Closure of Tiger Road Cay Hill from Saturday to Monday

CAY HILL, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure ...

Pedestrian crossing and speed bump painting on February 26

February 23, 2017

Pedestrian crossing and speed bump painting on February 26

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure...

Attention ALL GED Exam students April 7 Deadline to Complete GED Exams at USM Approaches

February 22, 2017

Attention ALL GED Exam students April 7 Deadline to Complete GED Exams at USM Approaches

POND ISLAND - As of May 1, 2017 the new General Educational Development (GED) Exam that has been rol...

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Complete Road closure at Intersection Soualiga Boulevard/Arch Road on Saturday

February 24, 2017 No comments

Complete Road closure at Intersection Soualiga Boulevard/Arch Road on Saturday

MADAME ESTATE, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a complete road closure at the intersection Soua...

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Weather Forecast Saturday to Monday

February 24, 2017 No comments

Weather Forecast Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) February 25, 2017 WEATHER:Tonight through Satu...

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