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UN rights experts call on Russia to release Ukrainian film-maker whose life is in ‘imminent danger’

August 15, 2018 No comments

UN rights experts call on Russia to release Ukrainian film-maker whose life is in ‘imminent danger’

INTERNATIONAL, 15 August 2018, Human Rights - A Ukrainian film-maker whose outspoken criticism of Russia’s continued annexation of Crimea has landed him in jail, prompted United Nations human rights experts to call on Russian authorities for his immediate and unconditional release on Wednesday. “We urge Russian authorities to unconditionally release him as a matter of urgency,” the UN experts declared. Oleg Sentsov was arrested by Russian authorities in May 2014 in Crimea, and convicted to 20 years in a Russian prison, as a Russian citizen, on charges of terrorism. The Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea was annexed by Russia earlier that year, in contravention of international law. In March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on States not to recognize changes in status of the...

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Monsanto lawsuit ruling a ‘significant recognition’ of victims’ human rights, say UN rights experts

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Monsanto lawsuit ruling a ‘significant recognition’ of victims’ human rights, say UN rights experts

INTERNATIONAL, 15 August 2018, Health - The court decision to award nearly $290 million to a terminally-ill man from the United States who claimed his cancer was caused by a herbicide in a commercial weed killer, has been welcomed by two United Nations human rights experts as a “significant recognition” of the responsibilities that chemical companies have to consumers. Special Rapporteur Dainius Pûras. A court in California on Friday ruled that chemical giant Monsanto should compensate Dewayne Johnson, a school groundskeeper, after a jury found the company did not place a warning label on its weed killers, stating that their widespread use could cause terminal cancer. Mr. Johnson, 46, had regularly used Monsato products RoundUp and Ranger Pro in his work, according to media reports. He was...

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Afghanistan: top UN official denounces ‘extreme’ suffering of civilians in Ghazni

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Afghanistan: top UN official denounces ‘extreme’ suffering of civilians in Ghazni

INTERNATIONAL, 15 August 2018, Peace and Security - With the death toll rising after days of intense fighting for Afghanistan’s second most populous city, Ghazni, the Head of the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMA) said on Wednesday that the situation was “unacceptable” and called on warring parties to lay down their arms and seek a political solution to the conflict. “The Taliban’s attack against Ghazni city, and the subsequent fighting in densely populated urban spaces, has again caused terrible suffering to civilians caught in the conflict,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, in a statement. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), when the fighting began, about 270,000 residents were trapped in the city, which is located about 150 km south-west of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. Many...

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INTERVIEW: ‘Defend the people, not the States’, says outgoing UN human rights chief

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INTERVIEW: ‘Defend the people, not the States’, says outgoing UN human rights chief

INTERNATIONAL, 15 August 2018, Human Rights - For four years, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has been taking governments across the world to task, exposing human rights violations and robustly advocating for the rights of victims. His appointment by the Secretary-General back in 2014 was a landmark: he became the first Asian, Muslim and Arab ever to hold the post. Before that, Zeid had already enjoyed a long and distinguished career, both at the UN and as a Jordanian diplomat. He served his country in several capacities, notably as Ambassador to the United States, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, with a stint as President of the Security Council in January 2014. Governments are more than capable of defending themselves....

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Caspian Sea deal an invaluable step towards easing regional tensions, says UN Chief

August 14, 2018 No comments

Caspian Sea deal an invaluable step towards easing regional tensions, says UN Chief

INTERNATIONAL, 14 August 2018, Peace and Security - António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, has welcomed the historic signing of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, which took place on Sunday, marked by a ceremony which brought together the leaders of the five countries bordering its coastline. The region has been a subject of dispute, ever since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Up until that time, the Caspian - the largest enclosed body of water on earth - was shared by just two states, the USSR and Iran. Today, Iran has to share it with Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, all of which have different, and divergent, interests as far as the sea is concerned. Furthermore, one major sticking point has been whether...

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SMDF Hands Over Homes to Seniors

SMDF Hands Over Homes to Seniors

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - It was a great day in...

August 15, 2018 No comments

COCI Seeks Public Discussion about the reduction of commercial interest rates

COCI Seeks Public Discussion about the reduction of commercial interest…

PHILIPSBURG – The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry...

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Nature Foundation Researching Pollution Related Algae Bloom in Simpson Bay Lagoon

Nature Foundation Researching Pollution Related Algae Bloom in Simpson Bay…

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY LAGOON) - The St. Maarten Nature...

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Tourism Minister tours damaged properties with SMSPA President

Tourism Minister tours damaged properties with SMSPA President

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Tourism Minister Stuart Johnson recently met...

August 14, 2018 No comments

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MP JACOBS’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL ADDRESS 2018/2019

August 15, 2018

MP JACOBS’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL ADDRESS 2018/2019

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Chair of the Education Committee, National Alliance (NA) Member of Parl...

BIP SXM attends C.O.C.I business orientation

August 15, 2018

BIP SXM attends C.O.C.I business orientation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Chamber of Commerce Sint Maarten (Chamber) has started an initiativ...

Flights disrupted after air traffic control communication system crashes

August 15, 2018

Flights disrupted after air traffic control communication system crashes

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Flights to and from Schiphol and Rotterdam airports were disrupted fo...

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MP Egbert Jurendy Doran visits MPC. Encourages students of all schools on the Island to strive for excellence

August 15, 2018 No comments

MP Egbert Jurendy Doran visits MPC. Encourages students of all schools on the Island to strive for excellence

SINT MAARTEN (REWARD) – National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) Egbert Jurendy Doran, who is also Vice-chair of the Education Committee of Parliament, visited and spoke to pre-examination stu...

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The 5th Annual Hot Summer Car Show at Motorworld this Saturday!

August 15, 2018 No comments

The 5th Annual Hot Summer Car Show at Motorworld this Saturday!

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Motorworld, Caribbean Auto and Audi 5th Annual Hot Summer Car Show is highly anticipated as the biggest automobile showcase, with the best sales in the Caribbean.  The Ca...

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Parents jailed for locking son, 8, in a chest while living on a campsite

August 15, 2018 No comments

Parents jailed for locking son, 8, in a chest while living on a campsite

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A German couple who tied up and beat their eight-year-old son and locked him in a chest at night have been jailed for three years by a Dutch court. The incidents took p...

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Nearly 8 in 10 Dutch exercise at least once a week: Trouw

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Nearly 8 in 10 Dutch exercise at least once a week: Trouw

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch take more exercise than anyone else in Europe, with 80% cycling, walking, swimming, dancing or gardening on a weekly basis, according to European Commission fi...

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WEATHER WATCH: Tropical activity could start to increase end of August

August 15, 2018

WEATHER WATCH: Tropical activity could start to increase end of August

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – Crown Weather reported on Wednesday that the long-range weather model guida...

Minister of Finance Geerlings addresses Parliamentary Committee

August 14, 2018

Minister of Finance Geerlings addresses Parliamentary Committee

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – On Tuesday Minister of Finance Perry Geerlings made a presentation to t...

Nature Foundation First to Launch Online Marine Park Tag System

August 14, 2018

Nature Foundation First to Launch Online Marine Park Tag System

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Since 1997, the St. Maarten Nature Foundation, together with other islands...

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Dutch courts say Pastafarianism is not a religion, rule against colander headgear

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Dutch courts say Pastafarianism is not a religion, rule against colander headgear

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Officials in Nijmegen were right to refuse to allow a woman to use a passport photograph in which she is wearing a colander on her head, the Council of State ruled on We...

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Amsterdam police investigate four explosives and shooting incidents

August 15, 2018 No comments

Amsterdam police investigate four explosives and shooting incidents

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam police are investigating three separate incidents, two involving explosives, in the same street in the west of the city. A small explosion on the Johan Huizin...

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Fifth storm of the season forms. Ernesto no threat to land

August 15, 2018

Fifth storm of the season forms. Ernesto no threat to land

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – The fifth storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season formed on Wednesday i...

Fourteen new employees at P-Direkt

August 15, 2018

Fourteen new employees at P-Direkt

BONAIRE - P-Direkt Bonaire welcomed fourteen new colleagues on 1 August 2018. The new colleagues wil...

Former Prime Minister Gumbs to deliver key note address at JCI Link Up

August 15, 2018

Former Prime Minister Gumbs to deliver key note address at JCI Link Up

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - JCI St. Maarten to hold open house Junior Chamber St. Maarten is in the...

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Special centres for disruptive asylum seekers are barely used

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Special centres for disruptive asylum seekers are barely used

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Two refugee centres which were opened at the end of last year to accommodate asylum seekers who cause problems in regular centres have barely been used so far, the Volks...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

August 15, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) August 16, 2018 WEATHER: Tonight through Thursday ...

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