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Climate change takes toll on Zimbabwe’s natural habitat, UN deputy chief observes

February 23, 2020 No comments

Climate change takes toll on Zimbabwe’s natural habitat, UN deputy chief observes

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2020, Climate Change - Alongside the human population, Africa’s animals are suffering greatly from the effects of climate change, United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mahommed saw first-hand on Sunday in Zimbabwe. As global temperatures continue to rise and the world seeks solutions to stem the tide, the deputy UN chief visited Hwange National Park, which, at 14,651square kilometres, is almost half the size of Belgium. "We have seen what climate change is doing to our environment and livelihoods”, she said. “We saw how the park is hounded by climate change; the way in which Hwange is hot, the water, and even animal migration and people”.  A privilege to visit #Zimbabwe’s largest national park—its rich population of mammals & bird species are...

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Ten new migratory species protected under global wildlife agreement

February 22, 2020 No comments

Ten new migratory species protected under global wildlife agreement

INTERNATIONAL, 22 February 2020, SDGs - Asian elephants, jaguars and great Indian bustards were among 10 new species added to a global wildlife agreement on Saturday.  The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) concluded in Gandhinagar, India, with resolutions and decisions adopted to help conserve migratory species globally.  “With COP13, the important role of CMS in protecting nature around the world has been strongly embraced”, affirmed CMS Executive Secretary Amy. In addition to Asian elephants, jaguars and great Indian bustards, all slated to receive the strictest protection under Appendix I, Bengal floricans, little bustards, antipodean albatrosses and oceanic white-tip sharks also made the cut.   Meanwhile urials along with smooth hammerhead...

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Afghanistan: Civilian casualties exceed 10,000 for sixth straight year

February 22, 2020 No comments

Afghanistan: Civilian casualties exceed 10,000 for sixth straight year

INTERNATIONAL, 22 February 2020, Peace and Security - More than 10,000 civilians in Afghanistan were killed and injured last year, according to a new United Nations report that details record-high levels of civilian harm in the ongoing conflict. "Almost no civilian in Afghanistan has escaped being personally affected in some way by the ongoing violence,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA),  said  on Saturday.  UN: Anti-Government Elements (Taliban, ISKP & other) responsible for 62% of civilian casualties in 2019. Pro-Government Forces (Afghan security, international military & other) responsible for 29%. More: http://bit.ly/37TXVwJ. #ZeroCivilianCasualtiesNow #Afghanistan The report, entitled Afghanistan Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: 2019, documents 3,403 civilians killed and 6,989 injured –...

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UN chief welcomes South Sudan’s Unity government, lauds parties for ‘significant achievement’

February 22, 2020 No comments

UN chief welcomes South Sudan’s Unity government, lauds parties for ‘significant achievement’

INTERNATIONAL, 22 February 2020, Peace and Security - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed on Saturday the establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) in South Sudan.  In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the UN chief commended the parties for the “significant achievement in the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan”. “The Secretary-General applauds regional and international efforts that contributed to this result”, the statement continued.  Radio Miraya@RadioMiraya "This [swearing-in] action signifies the official end of the war and we can now declare a new dawn in South Sudan. Peace has come to stay, not to be shaken ever again in this nation" - Pres Kiir #SSOT #SouthSudan @unmissmedia Mr. Guterres also called on the TGoNU members to “fully...

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Escalating Burkina Faso violence brings wider Sahel displacement emergency into focus

February 21, 2020 No comments

Escalating Burkina Faso violence brings wider Sahel displacement emergency into focus

INTERNATIONAL, 21 February 2020, Migrants and Refugees - Deadly attacks on villages in Burkina Faso have forced 150,000 people to flee in just the last three weeks, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, warning of a displacement emergency in the wider Sahel region. Amid a devastating surge in terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets which the UN says have risen five-fold in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger since 2016, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said that survivors needed safety, shelter, food and water “everywhere”. Help is particularly needed in northern Burkina Faso, where displaced families are staying with host communities who have little in the way of resources themselves. Some 4,000 people a day flee violence The new arrivals are “occupying whatever space is available”, the UNHCR official explained,...

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Winair and Windward Roads donates to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Winair and Windward Roads donates to the St. Maarten Heineken…

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The 40th St. Maarten Heineken...

February 23, 2020 No comments

Quintet of young artists perform at the library

Quintet of young artists perform at the library

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In the new series of mini...

February 22, 2020 No comments

Dutch and French sides Implement Plan to reduce car thefts

Dutch and French sides Implement Plan to reduce car thefts

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In an effort to reduce the...

February 21, 2020 No comments

Jeffrey Ziolhowski wins brand New 2020 Hyundai I10

Jeffrey Ziolhowski wins brand New 2020 Hyundai I10

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February 21, 2020 No comments

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CPS calls on Community to LIKE CARPHA Facebook Page to Catapult Sint Maarten into Winning Regional Mosquito Awareness Competition

February 22, 2020

CPS calls on Community to LIKE CARPHA Facebook Page to Catapult Sint Maarten into Winning Regional Mosquito Awareness Competition

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Student Erolene Mingo’s poster that was submitted to the Caribbean...

Tiger Tyson wins race of Day 2 of Caribbean Foiling Championships

February 22, 2020

Tiger Tyson wins race of Day 2 of Caribbean Foiling Championships

SAINT MARTIN (ORIENT BAY) - 16 year old professional kitefoiler from Barbuda, the sister island in A...

CPS: Early detection of many cancers have a high chance of cure

February 21, 2020

CPS: Early detection of many cancers have a high chance of cure

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer should no...

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The Aussies Ruled! The 53-foot trimaran Finn Takes Top Prize in Wild Second Edition of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge

February 21, 2020 No comments

The Aussies Ruled! The 53-foot trimaran Finn Takes Top Prize in Wild Second Edition of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY - By Herb McCormick) - The tradewinds blew, then they blew harder, then they blew some more. The second running of the annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge (CMC), which took ...

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First race of the 1st Edition of the Caribbean Foiling Championships kicks off at Orient Bay with 40 Competitors

February 21, 2020 No comments

First race of the 1st Edition of the Caribbean Foiling Championships kicks off at Orient Bay with 40 Competitors

SAINT MARTIN (ORIENT BAY) - A new event kicked off on Friday in Orient Bay about foiling, a growing sport for water sports enthusiasts from the region and beyond. 40 motivated competitors gathered up...

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What’s going on?

February 23, 2020 No comments

What’s going on?

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY - by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert) - Isn’t amazing that hardly anyone in a business or office environment really dares to say loudly and openly “Hey, what’s going on?” What does that ha...

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Gas free plans hit obstacles as politicians, grid operators raise questions

February 21, 2020 No comments

Gas free plans hit obstacles as politicians, grid operators raise questions

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Efforts to make the Netherlands gas-free have hit a potential blockage as politicians argue about whether households can be forced to comply, and current electricity net...

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Two separate early morning shootings leaves one dead

February 20, 2020

Two separate early morning shootings leaves one dead

SINT MAARTEN (MIDDLE REGION) - The Sint Maarten Police Force had a busy start to Thursday morning, w...

PDG donates work shoes to three Sundial Hospitality students who will participate in SKILLS Finals

February 20, 2020

PDG donates work shoes to three Sundial Hospitality students who will participate in SKILLS Finals

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Jahmarly Lake, Samir Stokkels and Gweldo Fontaine, three hospitality exam ...

Cft says Sint Maarten needs to make steady progress in various areas

February 20, 2020

Cft says Sint Maarten needs to make steady progress in various areas

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Board of financial supervision Curaçao and Sint Maarten (Cft) urges...

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Right-wing extremism on the rise in the Netherlands, incidents still rare

February 21, 2020 No comments

Right-wing extremism on the rise in the Netherlands, incidents still rare

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Right-wing extremism and racism are on the rise in the Netherlands, but racially motivated attacks are still rare, Trouw reported on Friday. The paper said a pattern of...

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Netherlands in EU top three for recycling, says circular economy report

February 21, 2020 No comments

Netherlands in EU top three for recycling, says circular economy report

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is in Europe’s top three for recycling, according to the latest figures published by the Dutch statistics office. A report on the ‘circular economy in t...

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Cft: Saba’s Structural tasks require structural financing

February 21, 2020

Cft: Saba’s Structural tasks require structural financing

SABA - The Board of financial supervision Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Cft) observes that the b...

TelEm Group’s TV15 to air Caribbean’s premier Soca festival event Friday

February 20, 2020

TelEm Group’s TV15 to air Caribbean’s premier Soca festival event Friday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – St. Maarten’s local Cable TV Channel, TV15, has secured rights to broad...

Taskforce formed to tackle forensic care concerns

February 20, 2020

Taskforce formed to tackle forensic care concerns

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Key partners tackling forensic care on Sint Maarten, recently sent a le...

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‘Noise nuisance’ neighbour leads family to sleep under foil, says policeman

February 21, 2020 No comments

‘Noise nuisance’ neighbour leads family to sleep under foil, says policeman

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A district policeman has posted an appeal on social media about an apparently desperate case of nuisance neighbours that has led one family to coat their home in silver ...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

February 22, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Saturday, February 22, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) February 23, 2020    WEATHER:  Tonight through Sunday...

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