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UN chief notes ‘with concern’ report holding Russia liable for downing airliner

May 25, 2018 No comments

UN chief notes ‘with concern’ report holding Russia liable for downing airliner

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2018 - Following the conclusion of an investigation that holds Russia responsible for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane in 2014, the United Nations chief said on Friday that he “has taken note with concern of the latest report”. On Thursday, according to media reports, the Dutch-led international investigation team announced that it was Russian military personnel who had deployed the Buk surface-to-air missile, that shot down the plane. Russia has denied any involvement in the plane’s destruction. Speaking to journalists on Friday at UN Headquarters in New York, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said that Secretary-General António Guterres underlined a prior Security Council resolution demanding that “all states cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability”. “In such instances, establishing the...

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France: New terrorism laws may undercut human rights and freedoms, says UN expert

May 25, 2018 No comments

France: New terrorism laws may undercut human rights and freedoms, says UN expert

INTERNATINAL, 25 May 2018 - While commending efforts by the French government to combat terrorism, a United Nations rights expert has raised concerns about the effect recent counter-terrorism laws are having on fundamental human rights there, including freedom of movement, religion and association. Fionnuala Ni Aolain, the UN Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights said she was particularly concerned that tough new security laws passed last November, may disproportionately stigmatize and further marginalize Muslim citizens.  She said it was clear that Muslims in France “have been the community primarily subject to exceptional measures both during the state of emergency and the new law, in tandem with other counter-terrorism measures,” Ms. Ni Aolain said, highlighting the example of mosque closures as an encroachment...

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‘What is good for Africa is good for the world’ says UN chief on International Day

May 25, 2018 No comments

‘What is good for Africa is good for the world’ says UN chief on International Day

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2018 - Praising efforts by African countries to alleviate poverty and build more stable societies, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres pledged his on-going support for ending conflict and building peace across the continent. “Peace and sustainable development are two sides of the same coin – one cannot be achieved without the other,” said Mr. Guterres marking Africa Day. “To promote peace, the UN will continue to support prevention,” he added. Commemorated annually on 25 May, Africa Day marks the founding in 1963 of the Organization of African Unity, now known as the African Union (AU). In his message, the UN chief applauded the continent’s leaders for reaching agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area just a few months ago, thereby creating one of...

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Death of Ebola patients who fled DRC hospital highlights dangers: WHO

May 25, 2018 No comments

Death of Ebola patients who fled DRC hospital highlights dangers: WHO

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2018 - The escape of three patients infected with the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the hospital where they were being treated is “not unexpected”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, underlining the need to step up efforts to explain the dangers of the deadly disease to affected communities. Two of the three patients died after leaving an isolation unit in Wangata hospital in Mbandaka city in the last week, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic confirmed. He said that both of the deceased had been given a safe and dignified burial and added that “it was only human” that sick people wanted to be with their families “in what could be the last...

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AU-UN mission in Darfur extra-vigilant in wake of attacks on civilian camps

May 25, 2018 No comments

AU-UN mission in Darfur extra-vigilant in wake of attacks on civilian camps

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2018 - Following a series of armed attacks on camps hosting displaced Sudanese in central Darfur, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission there has urged all parties to respect designated humanitarian areas, which it says should be free of weapons, threats, and violence. “The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) expresses deep concern about recent attacks on three different internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Central Darfur state, which took place between 21 and 23 May 2018, resulting in a number of civilian fatalities and injuries among IDPs,” said a press release issued by the mission on Thursday. Last year, the UN decided to reduce the number of peacekeepers in Darfur but made an exception for Central Darfur state, where rebels...

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VSA EXPANDS SOCIAL SUPPORT REACH WITH COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAM

VSA EXPANDS SOCIAL SUPPORT REACH WITH COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAM

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In the month of April,...

May 25, 2018 No comments

USM to Retake Law Programme Initiative. Hopes to start in September

USM to Retake Law Programme Initiative. Hopes to start in…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - A team of lawyers and...

May 25, 2018 No comments

Forecasters predict a near- or above-normal 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

Forecasters predict a near- or above-normal 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - NOAA’s (U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) Climate...

May 25, 2018 No comments

VOICES foundation to host Cultural Ancestral Emancipation Day July 1

VOICES foundation to host Cultural Ancestral Emancipation Day July 1

SINT MAARTEN (EMILIO WILSON ESTATE) - Our hearts are saddened...

May 24, 2018 No comments

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ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN & WIMA HOST ONCOLOGY CONFERENCE

May 25, 2018

ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN & WIMA HOST ONCOLOGY CONFERENCE

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, in conjunction with the Windward Islands ...

TelEm Fiber team announce fiber cable network upgrades on Sunday

May 25, 2018

TelEm Fiber team announce fiber cable network upgrades on Sunday

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group’s TelEm Fiber team will be carrying out essential upgrade works on their u...

UPDATED: First pre-season Tropical Storm Alberto forms

May 25, 2018

UPDATED: First pre-season Tropical Storm Alberto forms

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – On Friday morning the first pre-season storm formed in the Western Caribbea...

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Cabinet of the Minister of Justice seeks rectification of newspaper story

May 25, 2018 No comments

Cabinet of the Minister of Justice seeks rectification of newspaper story

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Cabinet of the Minister at the Ministry of Justice has sent a statement to the Daily Herald newspaper seeking a rectification to a story that was published in the pape...

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TelEm Group Outside Plant carrying out underground cable repairs this weekend

May 25, 2018 No comments

TelEm Group Outside Plant carrying out underground cable repairs this weekend

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group Outside Plant (OSP) technicians are informing the general public of plans to repair and upgrade underground cables in several areas this weekend. The cables are being replace...

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Preparations underway for 3rd Vaccination Outreach this month

May 25, 2018 No comments

Preparations underway for 3rd Vaccination Outreach this month

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is preparing for its third Vaccination Community Outreach for the month of May. The outreach is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 from 9.00am...

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Minister Giterson Reappoints Nature Foundation as Ecosystem Authority

May 25, 2018 No comments

Minister Giterson Reappoints Nature Foundation as Ecosystem Authority

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Vromi-Minister Miklos Chomain Giterson signed the continuation of a service level agreement recently with the Nature Foundation appointing the organization as the Ecosyste...

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Father & Son Comedy Show “It’s a Family Affair” in honour of ‘Pa Ben’

May 25, 2018

Father & Son Comedy Show “It’s a Family Affair” in honour of ‘Pa Ben’

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During a press conference held on Wednesday at the John Larmonie Center...

DFS will be hosting its monthly general meeting on May 31

May 25, 2018

DFS will be hosting its monthly general meeting on May 31

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – DFS (Dominica Foundation Sint Maarten) is working relentlessly to unite...

WIB Online Banking to launch new Version of Personal Banking Service

May 24, 2018

WIB Online Banking to launch new Version of Personal Banking Service

PHILIPSBURG – The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) will be within short launching a new version of its Pe...

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Delegation leaves for IPKO in the Netherlands headed by Sarah

May 25, 2018 No comments

Delegation leaves for IPKO in the Netherlands headed by Sarah

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - From May 29 – June 1, 2018 delegations from the Parliaments of the Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten will be meeting in The Hague, Netherlands for the Interparl...

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Minister Lee participates in panel on Building a Better Tomorrow

May 25, 2018 No comments

Minister Lee participates in panel on Building a Better Tomorrow

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister Emil Lee recently attended the Caribbean Hotel and Resorts Investment Summit (CHRIS) conference in Miami, representing Sint Maarten as deputy Prime Minister, acco...

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Opening Soon: The GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR

May 25, 2018

Opening Soon: The GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - Fiery theatre director, Albina Matuzko is doing it again - taking a we...

Expansion for VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne on Aruba

May 25, 2018

Expansion for VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne on Aruba

SINT MAARTEN/ARUBA - On Tuesday 22 May 2018, junior associate Jovanca Frolijk was sworn in on Aruba ...

Two masked men enter home and assault and rob victim

May 25, 2018

Two masked men enter home and assault and rob victim

ST. EUSTATIUS - On Thursday May 24, 2018, a robbery took place in a house located on the Concordiawe...

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General Data Protection Regulation Goes into Effect Today

May 25, 2018 No comments

General Data Protection Regulation Goes into Effect Today

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS – Today Friday, May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect for the whole of the European Union (EU). The GDPR regulates how all organizations, large and ...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

May 25, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Friday May 25, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL:  Saturday evening (18:00 LST) May 26, 2018 WEATHER:  Tonight through Saturday evening:...

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