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UN chief “alarmed” by violations of UN-backed ceasefire in Libya

September 22, 2018 No comments

UN chief “alarmed” by violations of UN-backed ceasefire in Libya

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2018, Peace and Security - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stated on Friday that he is “alarmed by the increasing number of violations of the ceasefire” in the capital of Libya, Tripoli, which has led to the death of dozens of civilians.  Violence escalated in the city in August, with rival militias fighting and with tanks and heavy artillery deployed into residential neighborhoods. News reports indicate that, to date, over 100 Libyans have been killed in the violence and dozens more injured. The Secretary-General extended his condolences to those who have lost loved ones and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured as a result of the continuing violence.   In addition, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), hundreds have been displaced by these...

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As Yemen conflict rages, ‘all too abundantly clear’ millions of civilians are the ones losing – UN relief chief

September 21, 2018 No comments

As Yemen conflict rages, ‘all too abundantly clear’ millions of civilians are the ones losing – UN relief chief

INTERNATIONAL, 21 September 2018, Humanitarian Aid - Raising the alarm over the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, the top United Nations relief official on Friday underscored the need for all parties to avoid further military activity around Hudaydah port – the vital lifeline through which food and fuel flows into the war-torn country. “It is far from clear that the recent intensification of fighting is producing any winners,” Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the Security Council on Friday. “It is, though, abundantly clear, all too abundantly clear, who the losers are: millions of Yemenis civilians, most of them women and children, whose lives are right on the line.” Bleak humanitarian situation Across Yemen – which was already among the world’s poorest countries...

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Afghanistan: Short-term emergency can ‘derail’ years of progress, warns UN official

September 21, 2018 No comments

Afghanistan: Short-term emergency can ‘derail’ years of progress, warns UN official

INTERNATIONAL, 21 September 2018, Humanitarian Aid - Even though Afghans today have better prospects for a semblance of peace than at any time in the past few years, immediate risks facing the country can seriously jeopardize progress and derail aspirations for a peaceful, secure and prosperous Afghanistan, a senior United Nations official warned on Friday. Speaking to the press at the UN Headquarters, in New York, Toby Lanzer, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, highlighted major achievements in the country, including economic progress for the third year in a row as well as upcoming parliamentary elections in October and presidential elections in April next year. However, alongside these Afghanistan also saw the killings of 13 journalists on the job – the highest number in the...

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‘Faith and inspiration’ of late Kofi Annan needed now more than ever – UN chief Guterres

September 21, 2018 No comments

‘Faith and inspiration’ of late Kofi Annan needed now more than ever – UN chief Guterres

INTERNATIONAL, 21 September 2018, UN Affairs - At the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday led tributes to former UN chief Kofi Annan, who died on 18 August at the age of 80. Outlining Mr. Annan’s key achievements, the Secretary-General pointed to the mobilization of a global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, that led to millions of lives being saved. He also pointed to the ground-breaking Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest, and have been credited with cutting world poverty by half. The MDGs, said Mr. Guterres, provided the blueprint for the 2030 Agenda, “today’s ambitious blueprint for a better world.” Referring to current attacks on multilateralism, Mr. Guterres called Mr. Annan “principled and...

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DR Congo: Amid renewed risk of spread, Ebola virus leaves more than 150 children orphaned

September 21, 2018 No comments

DR Congo: Amid renewed risk of spread, Ebola virus leaves more than 150 children orphaned

INTERNATIONAL, 21 September 2018, Health - New Ebola virus hotspots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are threatening progress made in tackling the deadly disease and increasing its risk of spreading, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday. To date, there have been 142 cases of Ebola in the country’s north-east, with 97 deaths. According to WHO, the cities of Beni and Butembo, in North Kivu, have become the new hotspots for the disease. “Significant risks for further spread of the disease remain,” WHO Spokesperson Fadela Chaib told reporters in Geneva. “Continued challenges include contacts lost to follow-up, delayed recognition of [the virus] in health centres, poor infection prevention and control in health centres, and reluctance among some cases to be treatment in...

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165+ Volunteers Collect Two Tonnes of Waste on Coastal Clean-up Day

165+ Volunteers Collect Two Tonnes of Waste on Coastal Clean-up…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Each year for over 30 years,...

September 21, 2018 No comments

Rainforest Adventures Rockland Estate Receives 2018 Cruise Innovative Shorex of the Year Award

Rainforest Adventures Rockland Estate Receives 2018 Cruise Innovative Shorex of…

SINT MAARTEN (CUL DE SAC) – Rainforest Adventures is pleased...

September 21, 2018 No comments

Minister Johnson visits St. Maarten House says “strengthening TEATT’s NL link is vital

Minister Johnson visits St. Maarten House says “strengthening TEATT’s NL…

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE (The Netherlands) - Minister of Tourism, Economic...

September 20, 2018 No comments

Leo Club hosts Unity walk-a-thon Sunday

Leo Club hosts Unity walk-a-thon Sunday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Leo Club, the...

September 20, 2018 No comments

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MAKING THE WORLD SWEETER FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

September 21, 2018

MAKING THE WORLD SWEETER FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Honey Sheridan, M.S., BCBA of S...

SSSD ROLLS OUT RETURN TO HAPPINESS TRAINING

September 21, 2018

SSSD ROLLS OUT RETURN TO HAPPINESS TRAINING

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Educati...

TelEm Group upgrading Helpdesk, fewer lost calls already reported

September 19, 2018

TelEm Group upgrading Helpdesk, fewer lost calls already reported

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Customers calling TelEm Group’s main number and especially the company’...

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UPDATE: 11th storm of the season is named Tropical Storm Kirk

September 22, 2018 No comments

UPDATE: 11th storm of the season is named Tropical Storm Kirk

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – An area of thunderstorm activity on Saturday morning off the coast of Africa near the Cabo Verde Islands has been upgraded to the 11th named storm of the season, Tropical Stor...

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Schiphol warns of delays, cancellations due to westerly storm

September 21, 2018 No comments

Schiphol warns of delays, cancellations due to westerly storm

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Schiphol airport is warning passengers that flights will be delayed or cancelled on Friday because of a westerly storm. Dutch flag carrier KLM said on Thursday evening i...

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More solar power in the Netherlands but networks may be unable to cope

September 21, 2018 No comments

More solar power in the Netherlands but networks may be unable to cope

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch electricity network is unable to cope with the growing amount of solar power in the country and this may hamper the growth of this alternative source of energy...

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Hundreds of village schools face closure if new pupil number rules are applied

September 21, 2018 No comments

Hundreds of village schools face closure if new pupil number rules are applied

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Education council Onderwijsraad and the government could find themselves at loggerheads over a new pupil number norm introduced this year, RTL Nieuws reports. Over 900 ...

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International Day of Peace on September 21 Peace and Justice for All

September 20, 2018

International Day of Peace on September 21 Peace and Justice for All

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Each Year on September 21th, the United Nations (UN) celebrate Internat...

Prime Minister Romeo Marlin oversees a responsible and legal reorganization of PSS

September 20, 2018

Prime Minister Romeo Marlin oversees a responsible and legal reorganization of PSS

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In recent years, the Postal Services St. Maarten NV (PSS) has found its...

Minister Geerlings encourages students to stay in school

September 20, 2018

Minister Geerlings encourages students to stay in school

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Finance Minister Perry Geerlings received a group of students from the ...

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Parents jailed for one year for snatching child from foster mother

September 21, 2018 No comments

Parents jailed for one year for snatching child from foster mother

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Parents who snatched their baby from a foster parent in January last year and took the child to Germany have been jailed for 12 months, four suspended, by judges in Den ...

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Big brother is watching your car: tax office to get new powers to snoop

September 21, 2018 No comments

Big brother is watching your car: tax office to get new powers to snoop

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The tax office is to be given new powers to check car owners have paid road tax by scanning every car on the Dutch roads and comparing the number plate to a data base, R...

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The All-New 2019 Hyundai Veloster Introduced To SXM – Live Loud!

September 20, 2018

The All-New 2019 Hyundai Veloster Introduced To SXM – Live Loud!

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Motorworld, the official local dealership for Hyundai, is proud to introdu...

Large Scale Joint Border Controls of 26 Vessels at Three Ports of Entry

September 20, 2018

Large Scale Joint Border Controls of 26 Vessels at Three Ports of Entry

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The KPSM (Sint Maarten Police Force) Alpha Team consisting of members of ...

Conference on approach to people trafficking and smuggling CN

September 19, 2018

Conference on approach to people trafficking and smuggling CN

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The Ministry of Justice and Security is holding a conference these days on huma...

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SGP chief still claims unemployment benefit despite college director job

September 21, 2018 No comments

SGP chief still claims unemployment benefit despite college director job

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The new chairman of the fundamentalist Christian party SGP has been claiming the special civil service unemployment benefit alongside his salary for 12 years, the Volksk...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

September 21, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL:  Saturday evening (18:00 LST) September 22, 2018 WEATHER:   Tonight through Sat...

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