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UNICEF appeals for end to ‘war on children’ in Syria and Yemen

August 13, 2018 No comments

UNICEF appeals for end to ‘war on children’ in Syria and Yemen

INTERNATIONAL, 13 August 2018, Peace and Security - Attacks against children caught in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen must stop, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, appealed on Monday. In a tightly worded statement, UNICEF pointed out that since Sunday, 28 children were reported killed in Idlib and western Aleppo, located in northern Syria. The death toll included an entire family of seven. Furthermore, three UNICEF-supported health facilities were also attacked, two of which are now out of service. “The war on children in Syria is putting at least one million children at risk in Idlib alone,” said the statement, attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. These latest incidents follow the deaths of 21 children in Yemen last week, killed when their...

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Somalia: UN urges steps to ensure future elections not ‘marred’ by rights abuses seen in recent polls

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Somalia: UN urges steps to ensure future elections not ‘marred’ by rights abuses seen in recent polls

INTERNATIONAL, 13 August 2018, Human Rights - In a report released on Monday, the United Nations urged Somalia to take steps to ensure future elections are not marred by the human rights violations and abuses committed during the 2016-2017 electoral process. “Insecurity, weak justice institutions, and an insufficient human rights protection system contributed to the lack of accountability for human rights violations throughout Somalia,” the report says, looking back at the 2016 polls and calling for prompt action to bolster human rights protections ahead of the 2020-2021 electoral process. The report – from the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the UN human rights office (OHCHR) – details violations and abuses by State security forces, including the police and intelligence agencies, and non-State groups, including...

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To beat hunger and combat climate change, world must ‘scale-up’ health of its soils – UN

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To beat hunger and combat climate change, world must ‘scale-up’ health of its soils – UN

INTERNATIONAL, 13 August 2018, Climate Change - Healthy soils are essential to achieve ‘Zero Hunger’ – and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – peace and prosperity, the United Nations agriculture agency chief underscored in Brazil at the World Congress of Soil Science. On Sunday, more than 2,000 scientists gathered in Rio de Janeiro under the theme “Soil Science: Beyond food and fuel,” for a week of exploring the increasingly complex, diverse role of soils; grappling with resilient agriculture practices to address environmental and climatic changes; and confronting threats to food security and sovereignty. “Soil degradation affects food production, causing hunger and malnutrition, amplifying food-price volatility, forcing land abandonment and involuntary migration-leading millions into poverty,” said José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organizaation (FAO), in a...

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Free and secure access needed in DR Congo conflict zone to tackle Ebola – WHO

August 12, 2018 No comments

Free and secure access needed in DR Congo conflict zone to tackle Ebola – WHO

INTERNATIONAL, 12 August 2018, Health - After seeing first-hand the complexities of the Ebola response in the conflict-affected region of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) called for “free and secure” access to the disease-affected people.  “All of those participating in the response must be able to move freely and safely in conflict areas to do the work that is needed to bring the outbreak under control,” said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO’s Director-General. “The population must also have access to treatment centers that save lives and stop the spread of disease.” While this is the country’s 10th Ebola outbreak, it is the first time that the disease has struck a densely populated active conflict zone. As was...

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FROM THE FIELD: Sailing a traditional and sustainable path in Fiji’s tropical waters

August 11, 2018 No comments

FROM THE FIELD: Sailing a traditional and sustainable path in Fiji’s tropical waters

INTERNATIONAL, 10 August 2018, Culture and Education - Young people in Fiji are helping to revive indigenous cultural practices of the Pacific Ocean island while learning about sustainable transport thanks to an initiative supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Uto ni Yalo Trust/Samuela Ulacake They are sailing the traditional 72-foot long Fijian boat, Uto ni Yalo, which translates as ‘Heart of the Spirit’ and which is navigating along ancient Pacific trade and migratory routes to help re-establish historical ties.  It’s also reviving significant cultural links between people all over the region. The boat is ferrying relief supplies to islands in the wake of tropical cyclones - demonstrating how low carbon sea transport can offset Fiji’s fossil fuel reliance and become a viable option for cargo transfer...

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APS to present investment strategy towards reconstruction of economy

APS to present investment strategy towards reconstruction of economy

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Algemeen Pensioenfonds Sint Maarten (APS), the...

August 13, 2018 No comments

Unknown Incident Causes Significant Damage to Nature Foundation Coral Reef Program

Unknown Incident Causes Significant Damage to Nature Foundation Coral Reef…

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - An unknown incident, more than...

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GVS committee installed. SZV to save Naf.6 million on medicines

GVS committee installed. SZV to save Naf.6 million on medicines

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Three members of the recently...

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St. Maarten Concrete launch five new concrete Mixer Trucks

St. Maarten Concrete launch five new concrete Mixer Trucks

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Concrete launched its newest...

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YACHT CLUB PORT DE PLAISANCE READY FOR THE YACHTING SEASON 2018/19

August 13, 2018

YACHT CLUB PORT DE PLAISANCE READY FOR THE YACHTING SEASON 2018/19

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Yacht Club Port De Plaisance, General Manager, Jesse Peterson, announce...

Nature Foundation Calls on Businesses to use Biodegradable and Reusable Products

August 13, 2018

Nature Foundation Calls on Businesses to use Biodegradable and Reusable Products

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation is calling on all businesses, stores, b...

Ombudsman commences Open House Project “The Best School Ombudsman”

August 12, 2018

Ombudsman commences Open House Project “The Best School Ombudsman”

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Bureau of the Ombudsman has embarked on a project geared towards th...

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BPW Back to School Message

August 13, 2018 No comments

BPW Back to School Message

ST. MARTIN (MARIGOT) - Business and Professional women Concordia St. Martin (BPW) is wishing all Pupils and Teachers of Sint Maarten a Successful 2018-2019 School year, BPW Danielle Chance-Glasgow (VP...

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Be The Change volunteers beautify marketplace stalls

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Be The Change volunteers beautify marketplace stalls

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The wooden marketplace stalls located behind the Courthouse received a much-needed facelift from a group of approximately 80 volunteers over the course of six days.  The ...

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Dutch MPs says Turkish weekend school plan is ‘worrying’

August 13, 2018 No comments

Dutch MPs says Turkish weekend school plan is ‘worrying’

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch MPs say they are ‘extremely concerned’ at reports that the Turkish government is planning to fund weekend schools in the Netherlands. The schools would teach chil...

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Dutch health insurer to pay for depression treatment based on results

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Dutch health insurer to pay for depression treatment based on results

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch health insurer Menzis is changing the way it pays for treatment for some forms of depression, so that invoices will be paid on the basis of results, not the number...

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Young United Women Book Club: The Importance of Reading

August 13, 2018

Young United Women Book Club: The Importance of Reading

ST. MARTIN (MARIGOT) - The Young United Women Book Club (YUWBC) in a press release stressed the impo...

Boat owners advised to review hurricane season preparatory plans

August 13, 2018

Boat owners advised to review hurricane season preparatory plans

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Boat owners are being advised by the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) to rev...

Back to School Message: President of the Sint Maarten Youth Parliament

August 12, 2018

Back to School Message: President of the Sint Maarten Youth Parliament

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – “Summer vacation has come to an end, and it is time to face our sad but...

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Man dies on unmanned railway level crossing in Groningen

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Man dies on unmanned railway level crossing in Groningen

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A man has died when his car was hit by a train at a level crossing without barriers at Scheemda in the province of Groningen. The train driver escaped unhurt, public bro...

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Woman dies, man serious injured in fire as the shed they live in catches fire

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Woman dies, man serious injured in fire as the shed they live in catches fire

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A 32-year-old woman has been killed and a man aged 30 serious injured in a fire in what is described as a shed where they were living in Etten-Leur, near Breda. A two-y...

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Finance Committee of Parliament to meet about effects of Irma on the pension fund

August 13, 2018

Finance Committee of Parliament to meet about effects of Irma on the pension fund

PHILIPSBURG – The Finance Committee of Parliament will meet on Tuesday, August 14. The Finance Comm...

ARIN Elects First Board Member from the Caribbean

August 13, 2018

ARIN Elects First Board Member from the Caribbean

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Regenie Fräser, the former Secretary General of a regional trade association...

Orientation Week Schedule for SMVTS

August 13, 2018

Orientation Week Schedule for SMVTS

REWARD - The Management of the (SMVTS) St. Maarten Vocational Training School hereby would like to i...

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KLM pilots threaten strike over pay, work pressure: Telegraaf

August 13, 2018 No comments

KLM pilots threaten strike over pay, work pressure: Telegraaf

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Pilots for Dutch flag carrier KLM are threatening to strike over pay and work pressure, according to a letter from the pilot’s union VNV to its members, the Telegraaf re...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

August 13, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, August 13, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) August 14, 2018 WEATHER: Tonight through Tuesday eveni...

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