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UN Envoy ‘confident’ deal can be reached to avert further violence around key Yemeni port city

June 21, 2018 No comments

UN Envoy ‘confident’ deal can be reached to avert further violence around key Yemeni port city

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2018 - The United Nations envoy for Yemen expressed confidence on Thursday that a solution can be found to prevent further violence in and around the port city of Hodeida. Fighting between Houthi rebels who control the city, and government forces backed by a Saudi-led military coalition, has put hundreds of thousands of civilian lives there at risk. Martin Griffiths, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, was in the capital, Sana’a at the weekend, for talks to try and resolve the crisis. “My priority now is to avoid a military confrontation in (Hodeida) and to swiftly return to political negotiations,” he said, according to a statement issued in Amman to correspondents. I am confident that we can reach an agreement to avert any...

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Strong multilateral institutions key to tackling world’s dramatic challenges, UN chief says In Moscow

June 21, 2018 No comments

Strong multilateral institutions key to tackling world’s dramatic challenges, UN chief says In Moscow

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2018 - In Moscow on Thursday, Secretary-General António Guterres said multilateralism was vital to tackling climate change, terrorism and other dramatic challenges, and that the United Nations and Russia would continue working together to make global institutions stronger and better able to serve the public good. “Facing dramatic global challenges, we need a global capacity to address them that reaffirms the importance of multilateralism and the importance of a rules-based set of international relations, based on the rule of law and in accordance with the UN Charter,” said Mr. Guterres, wrapping up a two-day trip to Russia during a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “We had very constructive discussions about all the situations that are of course worrying us...

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Myanmar: New UN envoy offers to serve ‘as a bridge’, recognizes ‘positive steps’ over Rakhine state

June 21, 2018 No comments

Myanmar: New UN envoy offers to serve ‘as a bridge’, recognizes ‘positive steps’ over Rakhine state

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2018 - Focussing on “listening to all sides” the new United Nations Special Envoy on Myanmar praised “recent positive steps” taken by the government and United Nations to try and ensure the eventual voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees, to their homes in Rakhine state. In a press statement to journalists released by the UN Spokesperson’s office on Thursday, as she concluded her first visit to the country, Christine Schraner Burgener said that in all her discussions with national leaders, she had “underlined the importance of accountability” which was “essential for genuine reconciliation.” She called for “credible fact-finding measures and highlighted the readiness on the part of the United Nations and the international community to cooperate in this regard,” said the statement. More than...

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Peacekeeping chief highlights challenges facing UN Police

June 21, 2018 No comments

Peacekeeping chief highlights challenges facing UN Police

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2018 - Top cops from across the globe are meeting at United Nations Headquarters this week to chart a vision for the police components deployed to UN peacekeeping missions. They are taking part in the two-day UN Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS) which aims to build up the relationship between UN and national policing efforts, strengthening the overall response to transnational threats to peace and security, among other objectives. More than 11,000 officers from 89 countries currently serve as part of 16 UN operations worldwide; just 10 per cent of them are women. In his address to the opening ceremony on Thursday, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, shone a spotlight on the heroism and bravery of these...

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First-ever global conference of national counter-terrorism chiefs will strengthen cooperation, build ‘resilient’ States, says top UN official

June 21, 2018 No comments

First-ever global conference of national counter-terrorism chiefs will strengthen cooperation, build ‘resilient’ States, says top UN official

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2018 - Heads of counter-terrorism agencies from across the world will be meeting at UN Headquarters in New York next week for the first time, to pool expertise, resources and ideas to fight back against the growing scourge of international terrorism. In an interview with UN News ahead of the landmark forum, the official who heads up the world body’s Office of Counter-Terrorism - which came into being just a year ago - said that it would give those leading the fight from a local to international level, the chance to “show our unity” and speak with “one professional voice”. Under-Secretary-General of the Office of Counter-Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov, said that defeating terror groups such as ISIL, otherwise known as Dae’sh, which has been...

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Police seeking help in Guadeloupe criminal investigation

Police seeking help in Guadeloupe criminal investigation

MADAME ESTATE - Detectives are still busy investigating a criminal...

June 21, 2018 No comments

Prime Minister’s address to Parliament on National Recovery & Resilience Plan

Prime Minister’s address to Parliament on National Recovery & Resilience…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Prime Minister and Minister of...

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LEE ELABORATES ON PROCESS FOR RECONSTRUCTION WORK PERMITS

LEE ELABORATES ON PROCESS FOR RECONSTRUCTION WORK PERMITS

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In the Council of Ministers...

June 21, 2018 No comments

President of Parliament receives Ombudsmen Arduin and van Zutphen

President of Parliament receives Ombudsmen Arduin and van Zutphen

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - President of Parliament, Hon. Sarah A....

June 21, 2018 No comments

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US$2000 Reward offered for the identity of casino armed robbers

June 22, 2018

US$2000 Reward offered for the identity of casino armed robbers

PHILIPSBURG - On June 6th 2018 at approximately 12.10 a.m. an armed robbery took place at the Jump-U...

Early Thursday morning Fire at Carrefour Market contained by Fire Dept.

June 21, 2018

Early Thursday morning Fire at Carrefour Market contained by Fire Dept.

CUL DE SAC - On Thursday June 21st at approximately 7.35 a.m. the first call came into the emergency...

Nature Foundation Visits Several Elementary Schools for Shark Week

June 21, 2018

Nature Foundation Visits Several Elementary Schools for Shark Week

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Last week, during St Maarten Shark Week, Nature Foundation staff visited s...

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Mediation of conflicts: particularly important after Irma

June 21, 2018 No comments

Mediation of conflicts: particularly important after Irma

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Hurricane Irma’s destructive force and aftermath led to the closure of many businesses and consequently the regrettable dismissal of many of our citizens. The tensions th...

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Outgoing Minister of Finance Ferries gives Overview of State of Affairs

June 20, 2018 No comments

Outgoing Minister of Finance Ferries gives Overview of State of Affairs

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Outgoing Minister of Finance Michael Ferrier on Wednesday gave an overview of the state of affairs of the nation since he took up the position mid-January 2018 until now. ...

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Governor presents medals of appreciation to Dutch Armed Forces and Police due to Post Irma-Maria assistance

June 21, 2018 No comments

Governor presents medals of appreciation to Dutch Armed Forces and Police due to Post Irma-Maria assistance

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday was in The Netherlands on a working visit and during a ceremony in Nijkerk, he gave out medals of recognition and appreciation to ...

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Three teens receive conditional dismissal for drugs and weapons violation

June 21, 2018 No comments

Three teens receive conditional dismissal for drugs and weapons violation

PHILIPSBURG - On Thursday June 21st at approximately 11.45 a.m. three teenage students from two different secondary schools were arrested on the Boardwalk for the possession of illegal drugs and viola...

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State Secretary Blokhuis starts visit to the Dutch Caribbean on care and prevention

June 21, 2018

State Secretary Blokhuis starts visit to the Dutch Caribbean on care and prevention

SINT MAARTEN/SABA - State Secretary Paul Blokhuis (VWS, Health, Welfare and Sport ) will visit a num...

Shooting on Union road leaves one nursing gunshot wounds

June 21, 2018

Shooting on Union road leaves one nursing gunshot wounds

COLE BAY - The Detective Department is presently investigating a shooting which took place on Tuesda...

SMDF Continues Senior Home Construction & Repairs

June 21, 2018

SMDF Continues Senior Home Construction & Repairs

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) has been moving full speed ahead wi...

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Cft: Discipline with financial management Bonaire is troublesome

June 21, 2018 No comments

Cft: Discipline with financial management Bonaire is troublesome

BONAIRE - During its visit to Bonaire on June 19th, the Board of financial supervision Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Cft) expressed its concerns to the Executive Council and the Island Council. T...

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Sint Maarten represented at UNDP Crisis Preparedness and  Resilience Workshop

June 21, 2018 No comments

Sint Maarten represented at UNDP Crisis Preparedness and Resilience Workshop

SINT MAARTEN/BARBADOS – On June 13th, Rodney Richardson, Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin, represented Sint Maarten at the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) Crisis Prepare...

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ACM Adjusts maximum variable electricity tariffs on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba

June 21, 2018

ACM Adjusts maximum variable electricity tariffs on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The fuel needed to produce electricity has become more expensive. That is why t...

EPIC offering three educational programs

June 21, 2018

EPIC offering three educational programs

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Environment Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) Foundation is once again...

Two arrested in “Albacore” investigation. Two house searches and Ministry of Justice searched

June 21, 2018

Two arrested in “Albacore” investigation. Two house searches and Ministry of Justice searched

PHILIPSBURG - Two suspects, J.L.La P. (41) and M.J.P. (42) were arrested on Wednesday morning on cha...

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SFC concludes successful working visit and funding info session on Saba & Statia

June 21, 2018 No comments

SFC concludes successful working visit and funding info session on Saba & Statia

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The project advisor of the ‘Samenwerkende Fondsen Cariben or SFC’ (‘Cooperating Foundations for the Dutch Caribbean’) on Sint Maarten, whom caters to the islands of Sint Maarten, ...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

June 21, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

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

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