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Iraq: Over 150,000 children endangered by ‘freezing’ temperatures, warns UNICEF

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Iraq: Over 150,000 children endangered by ‘freezing’ temperatures, warns UNICEF

INTERNATIONAL, 10 December 2018, Humanitarian Aid - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has ramped up efforts to provide warm clothes and life-saving supplies to more than 150,000 displaced children across northern Iraq whose lives are threatened by freezing temperatures. Many families in the region have been left with next to nothing after being on the move for years due to conflict and resulting economic hardship. It is “impossible” for them afford fuel for heating and winter clothes to keep their children warm, the UN agency warned. Flash floods last month worsened the situation, said Peter Hawkins, the head of UNICEF operations in Iraq. “The devastating floods have made this winter even more difficult for displaced children who are extremely vulnerable to hypothermia and respiratory diseases,”...

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Major UN aid operation for 650,000 gets underway across Syria-Jordan border

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Major UN aid operation for 650,000 gets underway across Syria-Jordan border

INTERNATIONAL, 10 December 2018, Humanitarian Aid - The United Nations began a four-week operation on Sunday, delivering lifesaving assistance to hundreds of thousands of Syrians in desperate need, from across the border in neighbouring Jordan. An estimated 369 trucks carrying over 11,200 metric tonnes of aid for over 650,000 people will be involved in the special aid operation at the Jaber-Nassib crossing with Jordan, which only re-opened in October. Six UN agencies and one international non-governmental organization (NGO) are participating in back-to-back trans-shipment deliveries that will provide one-month’s-worth of supplies. Anders Pedersen, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan, called it “a major logistical operation” to “mitigatethe Syrian people’s suffering.” “We greatly appreciate the cooperation of the Jordanian authorities for their full support and commitment in...

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Worldwide UN family celebrates enduring universal values of human rights

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Worldwide UN family celebrates enduring universal values of human rights

INTERNATIONAL, 10 December 2018, Human Rights - Across the world, the UN family has been making sure that this year’s Human Rights Day – which falls on Monday, and marks 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – succeeds in raising awareness of the principles enshrined in the document, which are as important and relevant today, as they were in 1948. Speaking in Marrakesh, where over 160 Governments signed up to the first-ever global migration pact on Monday, UN chief António Guterres said that the Compact is an important step towards safety and dignity for millions of people which “sets out in practical terms how Member States and other stakeholders can respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of all migrants, in line with the Universal...

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‘Going green’ is good business says private sector at UN’s COP24 climate conference

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‘Going green’ is good business says private sector at UN’s COP24 climate conference

INTERNATIONAL, 10 December 2018, Climate Change - Businesses across the world should no longer be viewed solely as greenhouse gas emissions culprits, but more as indispensable partners for climate action, who stand to increase profits from “going green”. That was the key message as the United Nations COP24 climate change conference went into its second week in Katowice, Poland. For years, sectors such as construction, transport, farming and retailing, have had the finger pointed at them for being major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions globally and for putting profit ahead of environmental protection. But increasingly, new technologies and models are transforming the private sector so that business leaders no longer have to choose between making money and taking better care of the planet. This...

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Governments adopt global migration pact to help ‘prevent suffering and chaos’

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Governments adopt global migration pact to help ‘prevent suffering and chaos’

INTERNATIONAL, 10 December 2018, Migrants and Refugees - The Global Compact for Migration was adopted on Monday by leading representatives from 164 Governments at an international conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in an historic move described by UN Chief António Guterres as the creation of a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos”. Speaking at the opening intergovernmental session, Mr. Guterres, said that the Compact provides a platform for “humane, sensible, mutually beneficial action” resting on two “simple ideas”. “Firstly, that migration has always been with us, but should be managed and safe; second, that national policies are far more likely to succeed with international cooperation.” The UN chief said that in recent months there had been “many falsehoods” uttered about the agreement and “the overall issue of migration”. In order to dispel...

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'Divi Divi Air' makes its inaugural flight to St. Maarten via Curacao

'Divi Divi Air' makes its inaugural flight to St. Maarten…

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs,...

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SMMC medical center releases first World Bank project tender

SMMC medical center releases first World Bank project tender

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC)...

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St. Maarten Academy wins Best School Ombudsman

St. Maarten Academy wins Best School Ombudsman

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Bureau of the Ombudsman concluded...

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Romeo Marlin acknowledges 70th Anniversary Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Romeo Marlin acknowledges 70th Anniversary Universal Declaration of Human Rights

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - December 10th, 2018 marks the...

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St. Maarten Rotarians welcome District Governor

December 10, 2018

St. Maarten Rotarians welcome District Governor

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - On Sunday St. Maarten Rotarians welcomed Rotary District 7020 D...

The Regatta Art Competition 2019 has been kicked off

December 10, 2018

The Regatta Art Competition 2019 has been kicked off

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Last week, all Dutch schools and after schools received an assignment p...

Minister De Weever tells Youth Brigade: you are our future leaders of this country

December 10, 2018

Minister De Weever tells Youth Brigade: you are our future leaders of this country

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever delivered the following address...

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Mental Health Foundation and KPSM sign protocol to handle mental patient distresses

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Mental Health Foundation and KPSM sign protocol to handle mental patient distresses

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Monday December 10th the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) represented by Interim Director Mrs. Eileen Healy and the Chief of Police Carl John, in the presence of the poli...

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Memoire of 99 year old St. Martiner– Nominated for Eric Hoffer Award

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Memoire of 99 year old St. Martiner– Nominated for Eric Hoffer Award

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Carmen Eleanore Hodge Carrington, at 99 years old, may soon be helping to curb the growing trend in divorce and relationship disruption through her memoire, Love is Forever…...

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Doctors call for helmets to be compulsory on all scooters

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Doctors call for helmets to be compulsory on all scooters

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – More than 100 doctors have signed a letter calling for parliament to make helmets compulsory on mopeds. The doctors say dozens of people a year are killed on low-powered...

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Nurse accused of care home murders allegedly forged disclosure check

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Nurse accused of care home murders allegedly forged disclosure check

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A 22-year-old nurse from Rotterdam has been charged with murdering six patients and attempting to kill six more by giving them overdoses of insulin. Prosecutors investi...

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Few open spots left in K1 Britannia Second Chance Carpentry Apprenticeship Program

December 10, 2018

Few open spots left in K1 Britannia Second Chance Carpentry Apprenticeship Program

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The K1 Britannia Foundation’s Second Chance program has collaborated wi...

TEATT Committee still waiting on Tourism Minister four months later

December 10, 2018

TEATT Committee still waiting on Tourism Minister four months later

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Minister of Tourism Stuart Johnson has yet to appear for a single TEATT...

Effective law enforcement and community involvement necessary to disrupt and prevent serious crime says De Weever

December 10, 2018

Effective law enforcement and community involvement necessary to disrupt and prevent serious crime says De Weever

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – There has been a number of gun related incidents over the past months w...

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Minister of Justice de Weever: United Against Corruption

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Minister of Justice de Weever: United Against Corruption

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Sint Maarten is governed by the rule of law.  Corruption is found in all countries of the world, in public and private sectors.  Sunday, December 9 marks International Ant...

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Decomposed body has not yet identified. Police continues to seek community assistance

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Decomposed body has not yet identified. Police continues to seek community assistance

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Department has not yet been able to positively identify the person whose decomposing body was found in a shack in the bushes behind the Emergency homes (911 Pro...

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CBCS Financial Statements 2017 have been adopted

December 10, 2018

CBCS Financial Statements 2017 have been adopted

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - The 2017 financial statements of the Centrale Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarte...

Suspect arrested in connection with armed robbery of gas station

December 10, 2018

Suspect arrested in connection with armed robbery of gas station

CUL DE SAC - On Friday December 7th a male suspect identified with initials D.D. was arrested by pol...

Central Committee meeting of Parliament about implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS)

December 10, 2018

Central Committee meeting of Parliament about implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS)

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Tuesday, December 1...

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Dutch hospitals stop importing US body parts on ethical grounds

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Dutch hospitals stop importing US body parts on ethical grounds

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Two big Dutch hospitals have said they will stop importing human body parts for teaching purposes from two US firms on ethical grounds, news agency Reuters said at the w...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, December 10, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (06:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) December 11, 2018 WEATHER:   Tonight through Tuesday...

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