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‘Champion for multilateralism’ readies to hand over UN General Assembly gavel

September 16, 2019 No comments

‘Champion for multilateralism’ readies to hand over UN General Assembly gavel

INTERNATIONAL, 16 September 2019, UN Affairs - Through consultation, collaboration and consensus, the UN chief on Monday described outgoing President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, as “a champion for multilateralism” who had succeeded in making the United Nations “relevant to all”. In a fast-changing world, Secretary-General António Guterres noted that humanity’s most pressing issues “are increasingly interlinked”. “From the climate crisis to migration flows and rising inequality, from waves of intolerance to harnessing technology for good, one thing is certain: global issues require global solutions”, he stated at the closing of the 73rd session of the General Assembly. As “our universal platform to build consensus for the common good”, he said it had been his “privilege” to work with the Assembly under the leadership of Ms....

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One million facing food shortages, nutrition crisis after Mozambique cyclones: UNICEF

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One million facing food shortages, nutrition crisis after Mozambique cyclones: UNICEF

INTERNATIONAL, 16 September 2019, Humanitarian Aid - Such was the extent of devastation caused by two back-to-back cyclones in Mozambique earlier this year, nearly one million people, including 160,000 children under five, are still facing food shortages and a nutrition crisis, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Monday. UNICEF expects the number of affected children will rise to 200,000 by next February, while nearly 40,000 could become severely malnourished and at risk of death. Cyclones Idai and Kenneth struck central and northern Mozambique in March and April. The storms caused widespread flooding, destroyed nearly 780,000 hectares of crops, and displaced tens of thousands of families. “The agricultural devastation wrought by the two cyclones has made what were already high levels of child malnutrition even worse,”...

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Attack on Saudi facilities risks dragging Yemen into ‘regional conflagration’: UN Envoy

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Attack on Saudi facilities risks dragging Yemen into ‘regional conflagration’: UN Envoy

INTERNATIONAL, 16 September 2019, Peace and Security - Attacks against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, claimed by rebel fighters in Yemen, are a sign that the war-torn country could be drawn into even greater conflict, the top United Nations official there told the Security Council on Monday. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said there is “no time to waste” in ending four years of fighting between Houthi rebels and the internationally-recognized Government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, which has pushed the country to the brink of famine. The UN humanitarian affairs coordination office, OCHA, estimates roughly 80 per cent of the population—or 24 million people—require humanitarian aid. “The attack on ARAMCO facilities in Saudi Arabia this past Saturday morning, 14 September, which has caused...

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Ozone on track to heal completely in our lifetime, UN environment agency declares on World Day

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Ozone on track to heal completely in our lifetime, UN environment agency declares on World Day

INTERNATIONAL, 16 September 2019, Climate Change - At the current momentum, scientists predict the planet’s protective shield of gas - or ozone layer as we know it - will be completely healed as far as some regions of the planet are concerned, by the 2030’s, the UN’s environmental agency (UNEP) revealed on Monday. The phaseout of controlled uses of ozone-depleting substances has not only helped replenish the protective layer for future generations but is also helping guard human health by filtering harmful rays from reaching Earth, said UNEP shared in a statement. The recognition of this success comes on World Ozone Day, marked 16 September. This year celebrates “32 Years and Healing”; a commemoration of the international commitment to protect the ozone later and the climate under...

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Genocide threat for Myanmar’s Rohingya greater than ever, investigators warn Human Rights Council

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Genocide threat for Myanmar’s Rohingya greater than ever, investigators warn Human Rights Council

INTERNATIONAL, 16 September 2019, Human Rights - Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya who remain in Myanmar may face a greater threat of genocide than ever, amid Government attempts to “erase their identity and remove them from the country”, UN-appointed independent investigators said on Monday. In a report detailing alleged violations in Myanmar over the last year, the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission, insists that many of the conditions that led to “killings, rapes and gang rapes, torture, forced displacement and other grave rights violations” by the country’s military, that prompted some 700,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in 2017, are still present. Citing the lack of accountability for the perpetrators of these alleged crimes, as well as the failure by Myanmar “to investigate genocide...

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NA MP Irion: Enforce existing laws while working to enforce plastic ban

NA MP Irion: Enforce existing laws while working to enforce…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament...

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Rotary Clubs to date raise over US$14,000 for The Bahamas

Rotary Clubs to date raise over US$14,000 for The Bahamas

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Rotary Clubs of St Maarten/St....

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Register today for the next Free Breast Exam & Health Screening scheduled for September 21

Register today for the next Free Breast Exam & Health…

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Saturday, September 21, the...

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Sarah: “US Preclearance More Than Just a Presence at PJIA”

Sarah: “US Preclearance More Than Just a Presence at PJIA”

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Now the issue that is polarizing...

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Broken leg and fractured facial bones due to head-on car and scooter accident

September 16, 2019

Broken leg and fractured facial bones due to head-on car and scooter accident

CUL DE SAC - The traffic department of KPSM (Sint Maarten Police Force) is presently investigating a...

CPS hosts Mortality and Morbidity Digital Coding System Workshop

September 16, 2019

CPS hosts Mortality and Morbidity Digital Coding System Workshop

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Mini...

USP MP Frans: Govt. infighting, contradictions blocking any development of airport

September 16, 2019

USP MP Frans: Govt. infighting, contradictions blocking any development of airport

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party on Monday said that the cur...

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Pre-St. Maarten Day World Kickboxing Competition on Track with New Date and Venue

September 16, 2019 No comments

Pre-St. Maarten Day World Kickboxing Competition on Track with New Date and Venue

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Preparations are well underway for the Better Opportunity for Talent (BOFT) pre-St. Maarten Day World Kickboxing Competition. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the date and...

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Minister of VROMI Wever foils creative attempt to light dump with flare gun

September 15, 2019 No comments

Minister of VROMI Wever foils creative attempt to light dump with flare gun

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Hours after giving a presentation on the Philipsburg Dumpsite, Minister of VROMI Christopher Wever foiled what appears to be an attempt by unknown person(s) to start a new...

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ODM: Are You Ready? Review Your Personal & Family Disaster Emergency Supply Kit

September 16, 2019 No comments

ODM: Are You Ready? Review Your Personal & Family Disaster Emergency Supply Kit

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Fire Chief and National Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson, is calling on the Sint Maarten community to use the time now to review their personal and family disast...

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Minister Johnson receives Maximum Price List 2019 Hurricane items Booklet

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Minister Johnson receives Maximum Price List 2019 Hurricane items Booklet

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Head of the Inspectorate in the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT) Lucien Wilson, recently presented TEATT Minister the Honourab...

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Remember to pay your fines! Grace period is almost over!

September 15, 2019

Remember to pay your fines! Grace period is almost over!

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Justice in conjunction with the Prosecutor’s Office, an...

Man UP & Check UP Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign kicks off with a BLUE BANG

September 15, 2019

Man UP & Check UP Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign kicks off with a BLUE BANG

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Napa Auto Parts and Cole Bay came alive as the St. Maarten Medical Center ...

LU hosts annual fire drill exercise

September 15, 2019

LU hosts annual fire drill exercise

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Learning Unlimited Preparatory School (LUPS) held its annual Emergency Fir...

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Fire Department Caribbean Netherlands organizes training week on Bonaire

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Fire Department Caribbean Netherlands organizes training week on Bonaire

BONAIRE - The Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department (BKCN) is organizing a training week on Bonaire from September 16th through 20th with practical exercises of major fires and other calamities. BKCN...

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Inspectorate continues to seek feedback from driving candidates and schools

September 15, 2019 No comments

Inspectorate continues to seek feedback from driving candidates and schools

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Inspectorate of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT) has taken note of the public relations campaign launched by some...

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Burglary at a Billy Folly road residence

September 16, 2019

Burglary at a Billy Folly road residence

PELICAN - The patrol of Simpson Bay was directed to the Billy Folly road on the morning of Sunday Se...

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES FLIGHT DISRUPTIONS DUE TO RUNWAY WORKS AT THE ANR ROBINSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

September 16, 2019

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES FLIGHT DISRUPTIONS DUE TO RUNWAY WORKS AT THE ANR ROBINSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines advises that due to scheduled maintenance work being cond...

THE ROTARY CLUBS OF ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN, ANGUILLA AND ST. BARTHS EXTENDING RELIEF EFFORTS

September 15, 2019

THE ROTARY CLUBS OF ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN, ANGUILLA AND ST. BARTHS EXTENDING RELIEF EFFORTS

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, which ravaged throu...

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Parliament publishes Annual Report 2018-2019

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Parliament publishes Annual Report 2018-2019

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Annual Report 2018-2019 of Parliament is now available to the public. This report contains information about Parliament, the work done by Parliament, the meetings held...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

September 16, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, September 16, 2019 @18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) September 17, 2019 …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY WILL B...

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