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‘Stand up for someone’s rights today,’ UN urges on Human Rights Day

December 09, 2016 No comments

‘Stand up for someone’s rights today,’ UN urges on Human Rights Day

INTERNATIONAL, 9 December 2016 – Upholding human rights is in the interest of all and are at the heart of the work and identify of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed ahead of Human Rights Day, calling on the international community to “stand up for someone’s right today, tomorrow and every day.” In his message on the Day, Mr. Ban recalled that over the decade of his tenure as UN chief, he has repeatedly stressed the interdependence of the three pillars of the Organization – peace, sustainable development and human rights. “Together, they form the basis of resilient and cohesive societies rooted in inclusion, justice and the rule of law,” he said, noting that human rights are also at the heart of the work of...

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In Vienna, Ban visits fusion restaurant that exemplifies ‘togetherness’ of refugees and locals

December 08, 2016 No comments

In Vienna, Ban visits fusion restaurant that exemplifies ‘togetherness’ of refugees and locals

INTERNATIONAL, 8 December 2016 – During his trip to Vienna, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today visited a restaurant where refugees work together with locals to serve Austrian-Arab fusion cuisine, using this opportunity to showcase the UN system-wide initiative to counter xenophobia launched in September. “I was very impressed having met the master chef and chef from the Philippines and Syria. Many people, millions of people, are suffering because of the Syrian crisis. This is a good way of integrating into Austrian culture,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks at the year-old Habibi & Hawara restaurant, which is run by a team of refugees and Austrians, aiming to help refugees become independent entrepreneurs. With millions of people on the move due to conflict, disasters and other...

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UN refugee agency reshapes protection ‘toolkit’ for a world on the move

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UN refugee agency reshapes protection ‘toolkit’ for a world on the move

INTERNATIONAL, 8 December 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency has updated its ‘toolkit’ for protecting vulnerable people on the move, in response to a sharp increase in global flows of both refugees and migrants in the decade since it was published. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued its original 10-point plan of action in 2006. “What this10-point plan on mixed movements does is collect practices, good examples, and ways and means to deal with the phenomenon of human mobility in all its dimensions – in its refugee dimension, but also its migratory dimension,” said UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Türk. Mr. Türk noted that, since 2006, the number of people on the move worldwide as a result...

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UN rights expert calls on countries to comply with laws that protect environment defenders

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UN rights expert calls on countries to comply with laws that protect environment defenders

INTERNATIONAL, 8 December 2016 – Governments must abide by the existing laws that protect indigenous and local communities who are stewards of key natural resources from which all humankind benefits, a United Nations human rights expert told the UN Conference on Biological Diversity today. “The law is clear. Governments do have obligations to protect the environment and human rights. The norms themselves are fairly well established, but there is an implementation gap,” said John Knox, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment at an event being held on the sidelines of the 13th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), also known as COP 13, in Cancun, Mexico. “The laws exist, but the problem is that many governments...

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UN agriculture agency to support land reforms at core of Colombia’s new peace deal

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UN agriculture agency to support land reforms at core of Colombia’s new peace deal

INTERNATIONAL, 8 December 2016 – With millions of Colombian farmers affected by the violent conflict that plagued the Latin American country for more than 50 years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will support a comprehensive rural reform strategy, aimed at strengthening food security and peace, including measures which address issues of land access and restitution. “There is no peace without sustainable development, and there is no sustainable development without peace, emphasizing that both have a fundamental precondition: that all citizens have access to a dignified life and food necessary to lead a dignified life,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said yesterday in a news release. The Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP), the main...

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Sint Maarten presents its progress to Convention for the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women

Sint Maarten presents its progress to Convention for the Elimination…

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - A delegation consisting of Ms. Joy Arnell,...

December 09, 2016 No comments

Winair and Unity Aviation Canada team Up

Winair and Unity Aviation Canada team Up

SIMPSON BAY/AIRPORT ROAD - Greg Kalinchuk Managing Director of Unity...

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INDIGO GREEN MODEL VILLA GRAND OPENING A NIGHT TO REMEMBER WITH SIR ROLAND RICHARDSON

INDIGO GREEN MODEL VILLA GRAND OPENING A NIGHT TO REMEMBER…

INDIGO BAY – Wednesday evening, hundreds of St-Maarteners gathered in...

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MLK Jr. Primary Receives 10 Tablets

MLK Jr. Primary Receives 10 Tablets

PHILIPSBURG - On Thursday morning the Dr. Martin Luther King...

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Minister Jacobs surprised and dismayed

December 09, 2016

Minister Jacobs surprised and dismayed

PHILIPSBURG - On Tuesday December 6th, the management and staff of the Dr. Martin Luther King School...

80 percent of the teachers in St. Eustatius achieve their Cambridge Engels Certificate

December 09, 2016

80 percent of the teachers in St. Eustatius achieve their Cambridge Engels Certificate

ST. EUSTATIUS/SINT MAARTEN - Last Monday during a festive ceremony at the Gwendoline van Putten Scho...

SXM BJJ Conducts Largest Graduation Ceremony

December 09, 2016

SXM BJJ Conducts Largest Graduation Ceremony

COLE BAY - On December 7th and 8th SXM BJJ conducted the largest graduation ceremonies to date. Worl...

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SXM's Girls Night out launches their 1st Sip & Paint event- Jessie's Palette

December 08, 2016 No comments

SXM's Girls Night out launches their 1st Sip & Paint event- Jessie's Palette

MARIGOT/PHILIPSBURG - SXM Girls Night Out will be organising their 1st Sip & Paint event in memory of Jessika Simmons on: DATE:        Saturday, December 10th 2...

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Christmas season kicks off at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina

December 08, 2016 No comments

Christmas season kicks off at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina

PELICAN - Christmas season kicked off for members, guests and staff of Simpson Bay Resort & Marina on Wednesday with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The jovial event saw Santa and two elves ar...

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On International Day, top UN aviation official recalls contributions of civil aviation

December 07, 2016 No comments

On International Day, top UN aviation official recalls contributions of civil aviation

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN, 7 December 2016 – In a message on the International Civil Aviation Day, celebrated annually on 7 December, the head of the United Nations civil aviation agency underlined...

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In post-storm Haiti, UN responding with food security and assistance programmes

December 06, 2016 No comments

In post-storm Haiti, UN responding with food security and assistance programmes

CARIBBEAN/HAITI, 6 December 2016 – Responding to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, particularly to the agriculture sector, United Nations agricultural and emergency food rel...

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Information Session held on iSTEP for Public School Management

December 09, 2016

Information Session held on iSTEP for Public School Management

BELVEDERE – The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport held an information session on...

St. Peters house connection, Cupper drive and trench re-construction commences on Friday

December 09, 2016

St. Peters house connection, Cupper drive and trench re-construction commences on Friday

ST. PETERS - The Ministry of VROMI would like to inform the general public of St. Maarten and the re...

Four masked men attack homeowner

December 08, 2016

Four masked men attack homeowner

PELICAN - On Wednesday December 07, at approximately eight thirty pm (20.30) a resident of Agate roa...

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Recent gains made in Haiti cholera fight demonstrate additional resources can ensure 'cholera will go' – UN Adviser

December 07, 2016 No comments

Recent gains made in Haiti cholera fight demonstrate additional resources can ensure 'cholera will go' – UN Adviser

CARIBBEAN/HAITI, 7 December 2016 – A senior United Nations official has stressed that that recent successes in the fight against cholera in Haiti demonstrate that when the UN and Haitian authori...

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UN community makes New York's diversity more 'vibrant' – new report

December 06, 2016 No comments

UN community makes New York's diversity more 'vibrant' – new report

INTERNATIONAL, 6 December 2016 – Contributing to the 'vibrant diversity' of New York, the United Nations, its agencies and staff not only generated $3.69 billion in total economic output for the...

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Attempted Robbery Thursday afternoon of Prime Distributors

December 08, 2016

Attempted Robbery Thursday afternoon of Prime Distributors

COLE BAY - On Thursday December 08, at approximately five past four pm (16.05) patrols were dispatch...

St. Eustatius 2017 Budget not Approved according to Dutch Minister Plasterk

December 07, 2016

St. Eustatius 2017 Budget not Approved according to Dutch Minister Plasterk

ST. EUSTATIUS – Dutch Minister of Interior and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk has not appro...

6.2 Earthquake Rocks Caribbean

December 06, 2016

6.2 Earthquake Rocks Caribbean

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – A magnitude 6.2 earthquake was recorded late Tuesday afte...

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Partial road closure on Saturday of C.A. Cannegieter Street

December 08, 2016 No comments

Partial road closure on Saturday of C.A. Cannegieter Street

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a partial road closure on Saturday, December 1...

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Weather Forecast for Friday - Sunday

December 08, 2016 No comments

Weather Forecast for Friday - Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) December ...

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