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UN chief urges Hamas and Israel to ‘step back from the brink of another devastating conflict’ in Gaza

July 21, 2018 No comments

UN chief urges Hamas and Israel to ‘step back from the brink of another devastating conflict’ in Gaza

INTERNATIONAL, 21 July 2018, Peace and Security - Voicing deep concern over the latest flare-up of violence around Gaza, the United Nations chief on Saturday urged all sides to “step back from the brink of another devastating conflict”. “I am gravely concerned over the dangerous escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel,” said Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement. “I deeply regret the loss of life. It is imperative that all sides urgently step back from the brink of another devastating conflict”, he added. On 30 March this year, Palestinians in Gaza – controlled by Hamas, a militant Palestinian faction – started a mass protest against a blockade of the enclave imposed by Israel since the early 1990’s. The confrontation between the sides has since escalated. On...

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Colombia: New Congress marks rebel group’s transition ‘from weapons to politics’, says UN

July 21, 2018 No comments

Colombia: New Congress marks rebel group’s transition ‘from weapons to politics’, says UN

INTERNATIONAL, 21 July 2018, Peace and Security - Celebrating the holding of the first session of a new Congress in Colombia, the United Nations has said that the inclusion of former rebels in the legislative body marked their transition “from weapons to politics”. In a press release issued Friday, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia and other UN operations there said they “celebrate the installation today of the Colombian Congress resulting from the most participative and peaceful legislative elections in decades”. They added that the inclusion in the Senate and House of Representatives of the political party of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC-EP) “marks this group’s transition from weapons to politics and the country’s transition from conflict to the search for reconciliation”. In 2016, the Government and the...

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E-Governance: A powerful tool to combat, mitigate and sustainably manage disaster risks

July 20, 2018 No comments

E-Governance: A powerful tool to combat, mitigate and sustainably manage disaster risks

INTERNATIONAL, 20 July 2018, Climate Change - E-governance plays a critical role in building inclusive, resilient societies both before and in response to disasters, according to a United Nations report issued this week. The 2018 E-Government Survey highlights the complex challenges and varied opportunities of deploying e-government services. Contributing to the global report, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) highlights that the use of information and communications technology during all phases of disaster risk management presents “substantial opportunities to reduce disaster risks, enhance coping capabilities, and provide inclusive preparedness and response.” Several regional case studies illustrate that it is critical to integrate emerging innovations in digital technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), social media, space applications and geospatial information for e-resilience efforts. To...

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UN agriculture agency digs in to help forests and farms build resilience to climate change

July 20, 2018 No comments

UN agriculture agency digs in to help forests and farms build resilience to climate change

INTERNATIONAL, 20 July 2018, Climate Change - Millions of small-scale farmers will be better equipped to withstand the negative impacts of climate change while at the same time improving livelihoods, thanks to a new global push by the United Nations agriculture agency announced during World Forest Week. On Friday, the Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) and partners launched the second stage of a successful international partnership that supports forest and farm producer organizations across Africa, Asia and Latin America during the gathering, known as COFO 24. The Forest and Farm Facility initiative, or FFF, began in 2013 as a way to help rural women’s groups, local communities and indigenous peoples’ institutions, among others, bolstering their technical and business capacities to fight climate change and improve food...

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Refugee health services on track despite record level of displacement, says UN agency

July 20, 2018 No comments

Refugee health services on track despite record level of displacement, says UN agency

INTERNATIONAL, 20 July 2018, Health - Despite record numbers of people fleeing conflict and natural disasters globally, vital health services have been largely able to cope, the United Nations refugee agency has said; although communicable diseases, anaemia and stunting remain areas of concern. The annual review of health cover in dozens of emergencies and ongoing operations, published by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), depicts the trends in the agency’s 37 key operations. In 2017, a year in which wars and persecution drove global forced displacement to a new high, the mortality rate for children under five in post-emergency situations averaged 0.4 deaths per 1,000 refugee children every month, sustaining the declining trend observed since 2011. There have been improvements in reproductive health service cover. Out of...

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TelEm Group rejects BTP fines of alleged poor service

TelEm Group rejects BTP fines of alleged poor service

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group says it is...

July 20, 2018 No comments

Prime Minister Romeo Marlin reacts to statements by Dutch Minister Blok

Prime Minister Romeo Marlin reacts to statements by Dutch Minister…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Government of Sint Maarten...

July 20, 2018 No comments

DEES RESEARCHES THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE ARTS

DEES RESEARCHES THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE ARTS

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Curator, producer and writer Sasha...

July 20, 2018 No comments

Dutch Representative, SMDF and WIB Partner for Foster Home

Dutch Representative, SMDF and WIB Partner for Foster Home

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In a true community-driven inititaive, the...

July 19, 2018 No comments

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“Rio goes Green” – regular plastic cups banned from the 2018 Lighted Parade

July 21, 2018

“Rio goes Green” – regular plastic cups banned from the 2018 Lighted Parade

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The 7th Annual Lighted Parade - “Destra Edition” which will take place ...

Minister Johnson visits demolition site. Checks on vendors

July 19, 2018

Minister Johnson visits demolition site. Checks on vendors

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As demolition of the old Fire Station next to the Philipsburg Market st...

Minister Geerlings discusses issues of mutual interests with US Ambassador

July 19, 2018

Minister Geerlings discusses issues of mutual interests with US Ambassador

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The United States, US Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands Pete...

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Yannick Hodge awarded First Competent Communicator by Toastmasters Club

July 20, 2018 No comments

Yannick Hodge awarded First Competent Communicator by Toastmasters Club

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In a press release from The Power to Serve Toastmasters Club, President Ahisha Nunes congratulated the club first Competent Communicator (CC) Toastmaster Yannick Hodge who...

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Contractors and builders advised to have plans in place to have building sites storm-ready

July 19, 2018 No comments

Contractors and builders advised to have plans in place to have building sites storm-ready

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The rebuilding of Sint Maarten is underway post hurricane Irma. There is a lot of construction activities taking place around the country. Construction materials can be found aro...

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Regulated marijuana trial plans should be bigger, says Council of State

July 20, 2018 No comments

Regulated marijuana trial plans should be bigger, says Council of State

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The government’s highest advisory body, the Council of State, has thrown its weight behind criticism of plans to begin trials of regulated marijuana production. The org...

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Heatwave ahead – no sign or end to the drought, and it’s getting hotter

July 20, 2018 No comments

Heatwave ahead – no sign or end to the drought, and it’s getting hotter

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The temperature in eastern parts of the Netherlands could top 35 degrees for several days next week, according to weather bureau Buienradar. ‘All forecast models point ...

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Man files complaint after car hit by bullets fired by unknown persons

July 20, 2018

Man files complaint after car hit by bullets fired by unknown persons

FORT WILLEM - On July 18th, 2018, a man filed an official complaint with the Detective Department st...

Tzu Chi distributes rice for hurricane relief to 300 families in Cay Bay

July 19, 2018

Tzu Chi distributes rice for hurricane relief to 300 families in Cay Bay

SINT MAARTEN (CUL DE SAC) - The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation is continuing its aid to provide much...

Rotary Club Mid Isle Making a Difference in our Community

July 19, 2018

Rotary Club Mid Isle Making a Difference in our Community

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Making a difference in the community and bringing smiles to faces was t...

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Public prosecutor closes investigation into suicide powder group

July 20, 2018 No comments

Public prosecutor closes investigation into suicide powder group

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The public prosecution department has closed its investigation into the Last Will co-operative, which had been planning to distribute a ‘suicide powder’ in the Netherlan...

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IMF: Netherlands among most affected in the event of a hard Brexit

July 20, 2018 No comments

IMF: Netherlands among most affected in the event of a hard Brexit

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is one of the countries which will be most affected in the event of a ‘hard’ Brexit, the IMF has warned. Should Britain pull out of the EU without any fi...

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Prudential Tax Services Starts Monday 23rd with Free Tax Express Event

July 20, 2018

Prudential Tax Services Starts Monday 23rd with Free Tax Express Event

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Natasha Manuela-Gumbs, Senior Tax Consultant of Prudential Tax Services...

TelEm Group CEO Kendall Dupersoy calls for fair action by PJD-2 Radio

July 19, 2018

TelEm Group CEO Kendall Dupersoy calls for fair action by PJD-2 Radio

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, says a...

JIFE Music Signs Trinidad and Tobago Artist D’ Furnace

July 19, 2018

JIFE Music Signs Trinidad and Tobago Artist D’ Furnace

SINT MAARTEN/ST. KITTS - St. Kitts-based gospel music record label JIFE Music has officially signed ...

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Strict Protestants go to court to have Alkmaar Sunday dance party banned

July 20, 2018 No comments

Strict Protestants go to court to have Alkmaar Sunday dance party banned

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A group of strict Protestants who believe Sunday should be a day of rest are going to court on Friday to have a festival in the centre of Alkmaar banned. The Vereniging...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

July 21, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

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

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