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Ten UN peacekeepers killed in a terrorist attack in northern Mali

January 20, 2019 No comments

Ten UN peacekeepers killed in a terrorist attack in northern Mali

INTERNATIONAL, 20 January 2019, Peace and Security - Ten ‘blue helmets’ from the United Nations Stabilization Mission In Mali (MINUSMA) were killed on Sunday following a complex terrorist attack against the mission’s camp in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region, northern Mali.  The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, strongly condemned the deadly attack which killed ten peacekeepers from Chad and injured at least 25 others.  “MINUSMA forces responded robustly and a number of assailants were killed,” a statement issued by his Spokesperson read.  The Secretary-General conveyed his “heartfelt condolences to the Government of Chad, and the families and loved ones of the deceased”, and wished a swift recovery to the injured, paying tribute to the dedication and courage of the men and women serving in MINUSMA “at great personal risk...

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Another 170 migrants disappear in shipwrecks, UN agency reiterates call for an end to Mediterranean tragedy

January 19, 2019 No comments

Another 170 migrants disappear in shipwrecks, UN agency reiterates call for an end to Mediterranean tragedy

INTERNATIONAL, 19 January 2019, Migrants and Refugees - The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, stated on Saturday that “no effort should be spared” in saving lives at sea, following reports of two new shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea, in which some 170 people either died or went missing.  “The tragedy of the Mediterranean cannot be allowed to continue,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.  According to various NGOs, about 53 people died on the Alborán Sea, in the western part of the Mediterranean. One survivor is understood to have been rescued by a passing fishing boat after being stranded for more than 24 hours at sea and is receiving medical treatment in Morocco.  According to UNHCR, Moroccan and Spanish rescue vessels have been searching for the boat and...

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Mexico: UN chief saddened by pipeline blast in which dozens were killed

January 19, 2019 No comments

Mexico: UN chief saddened by pipeline blast in which dozens were killed

INTERNATIONAL, 19 January 2019, Peace and Security - The United Nations' Secretary-General, António Guterres, learned with sadness of the deadly explosion of an oil pipeline on Friday in Hidalgo State, Mexico, and extended the UN's assistance to the national authorities, his Spokesman said on Saturday. According to news reports, the explosion was caused by fuel thieves who punctured the gas pipeline north of Mexico City.  Fuel theft has become a growing occurrence in the country over the past few years, adding to other security issues. UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said in his statement that Mr. Guterres was saddened by the incident which killed over 60 people and injured dozens. The UN chief expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in this tragic event and wished the injured a speedy recovery. The Secretary-General also...

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UN agency chief calls Ethiopia’s revised refugee law ‘one of most progressive’ in Africa

January 18, 2019 No comments

UN agency chief calls Ethiopia’s revised refugee law ‘one of most progressive’ in Africa

INTERNATIONAL, 18 January 2019, Migrants and Refugees - Ethiopia has revised its existing refugee law, making it easier to obtain work permits, drivers’ licenses and access primary school, a move being hailed by the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).  “The passage of this historic law represents a significant milestone in Ethiopia’s long history of welcoming and hosting refugees from across the region for decades,” said  Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He said the move makes Ethiopia “a model” for other refugee-hosting nations around the world. In a statement released one day after the Ethiopian Parliament adopted the revision, UNHCR called it “one of the most progressive refugee policies in Africa.”  Ethiopia hosts over 900,000 refugees, primarily from neighbouring South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea, as...

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UN rights office calls on Zimbabwe Government to end ‘crackdown’ in response to fuel protests

January 18, 2019 No comments

UN rights office calls on Zimbabwe Government to end ‘crackdown’ in response to fuel protests

INTERNATIONAL, 18 January 2019, Human Rights - In Zimbabwe, violence and the reported use of live ammunition by State security officials against protesters that has led to “a number of deaths” should be investigated thoroughly and transparently by the Government, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday. “We are deeply troubled by the socio-economic crisis that is unfolding in Zimbabwe and the repression of large-scale protests in the country, following the Government’s decision to increase fuel prices,” said spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani. “We call on the Government to find ways of engaging with the population about their legitimate grievances and to stop the crackdown against protesters.” Speaking to journalists in Geneva at the regular biweekly press briefing, Ms. Shamdasani called on the authorities to ensure that...

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Ministers successfully negotiate 15-million-dollar bridge loan for the Airport

Ministers successfully negotiate 15-million-dollar bridge loan for the Airport

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Last week, Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin...

January 20, 2019 No comments

FCCA PAMAC Platinum Members on Cruise Summit to visit Destination

FCCA PAMAC Platinum Members on Cruise Summit to visit Destination

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Members of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association...

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TelCell, SCDF, Xtratight Entertainment teaming up for Night of the Hit Makers Carnival extravaganza

TelCell, SCDF, Xtratight Entertainment teaming up for Night of the…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – TelEm Group management and staff have...

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NCB Global seeks opportunities for financing in St. Maarten

NCB Global seeks opportunities for financing in St. Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Finance Minister, the Honourable Perry...

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SZV welcomes Dr. Ruth Douglass as control doctor

January 20, 2019

SZV welcomes Dr. Ruth Douglass as control doctor

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV has welcomed Dr. Ruth Douglass as a new ...

Speeding and under the influence leaves motor bike rider with serious injuries

January 20, 2019

Speeding and under the influence leaves motor bike rider with serious injuries

SIMPSON BAY - The Police Traffic Department is presently investigating a serious traffic accident in...

Limited Tickets for ‘Night of the Hit Makers' on Sale. "Xtratight Hit Makers Early Bird Special"

January 20, 2019

Limited Tickets for ‘Night of the Hit Makers' on Sale. "Xtratight Hit Makers Early Bird Special"

SINT MAARTEN (MIDDLE REGION) – A limited number of tickets for this year's TelCell's 'Night of the H...

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Johnson announces new CPI System to calculate Basket of Goods and Services

January 20, 2019 No comments

Johnson announces new CPI System to calculate Basket of Goods and Services

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Economic Affairs on St. Maarten the honourable Stuart Johnson has announced that the Department of Statistics has a modernised CPI methodology and system to pr...

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150 Cars Inspected and 60 Fines Issued during Basic Police Trainees Traffic Control

January 20, 2019 No comments

150 Cars Inspected and 60 Fines Issued during Basic Police Trainees Traffic Control

PHILIPSBURG - As part of their training on Thursday the 17thof January 2019 class 2 of the Basic Police Training was given the task to organize and execute two traffic controls, police said in a state...

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CCSU Committee of Unions reviews parts of function book Immigration & Police

January 19, 2019 No comments

CCSU Committee of Unions reviews parts of function book Immigration & Police

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Committee of Civil Servants Unions (CCSU), formerly known as the GOA held a consultative meeting with the honorable Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever on Friday J...

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Winair passes with flying colours in Air France/KLM Code Share renewal audit

January 19, 2019 No comments

Winair passes with flying colours in Air France/KLM Code Share renewal audit

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - According to internal policy and international EASA standards both Air France and KLM were obliged to perform the Codeshare renewal audit at Winair, the latter said in a p...

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Tourism minister announce 350K subsidy for Heineken Regatta

January 20, 2019

Tourism minister announce 350K subsidy for Heineken Regatta

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Perhaps the second largest single event for St. Maarten each year, the ...

Emergency Services Incident Managers hold First Meeting for 2019

January 20, 2019

Emergency Services Incident Managers hold First Meeting for 2019

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The annual for 2019 OvD (Incident managers) meeting was held on Wednesday ...

Chief of Security suspect in accepting $10,000 bribe and allowing money/precious stones to enter the country

January 19, 2019

Chief of Security suspect in accepting $10,000 bribe and allowing money/precious stones to enter the country

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the Anti-corruption Taskforce (TBO) of ...

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Minister Johnson congratulates Radio Broadcaster Bill D on 10th Anniversary Milestone

January 20, 2019 No comments

Minister Johnson congratulates Radio Broadcaster Bill D on 10th Anniversary Milestone

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson extends congratulations to SOS Radio 95.9 FM Director and Host Jacques ‘Billy D’ Hamlet and radio station staff on hi...

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RIVM to assist VROMI with air quality measurement surrounding the landfill

January 19, 2019 No comments

RIVM to assist VROMI with air quality measurement surrounding the landfill

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - From 21 January 2019, a team from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) will travel to Sint Maarten for a period of 2 weeks, to assist ...

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Beyond Kultura's Last Call for Hurricane Poems

January 21, 2019

Beyond Kultura's Last Call for Hurricane Poems

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Beyond Kultura Events (BKE) Foundation is calling up all children and a...

Urgent Plenary Public session of Parliament regarding the Airport

January 20, 2019

Urgent Plenary Public session of Parliament regarding the Airport

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public meeting on Monday, January 21.  ...

USM continues to visit exam and pre-exam high school students

January 19, 2019

USM continues to visit exam and pre-exam high school students

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Throughout this week, the team at USM has been going into the different...

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La Sangre Llama by Loekie Morales published

January 21, 2019 No comments

La Sangre Llama by Loekie Morales published

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - ‘Finally, Overseas Bloodlineis published in Spanish, the language of the main character in the book, Adelaida Morales, my beloved grandmother’, says Loekie Morales, author of th...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

January 20, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED:  Sunday, January 20, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL:  Monday evening (18:00 LST) January 21, 2019 WEATHER:   Tonight through Monday e...

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