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Myanmar military committed ‘routine, systematic’ sexual violence against ethnic minorities, UN experts find

August 22, 2019 No comments

Myanmar military committed ‘routine, systematic’ sexual violence against ethnic minorities, UN experts find

INTERNATIONAL, 22 August 2019, Human Rights - Myanmar’s military must stop using sexual and gender-based violence to terrorize and punish ethnic minorities, according to a new report released on Thursday by the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission. “Extreme physical violence, the openness in which it is conducted … reflects a widespread culture of tolerance towards humiliation and the deliberate infliction of severe physical and mental pain or suffering on civilians,” the report said. The Mission painted a picture of the brutal tactic being employed in Kachin and Shan states. It underscored that during the 2017 “clearance operations”, which led to more than 700,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh, the severity in Rakhine state became an indicating factor of Myanmar military’s genocidal intent to destroy the Rohingya...

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FROM THE FIELD: Argentina Preserving Pristine Forests

August 22, 2019 No comments

FROM THE FIELD: Argentina Preserving Pristine Forests

INTERNATIONAL, 22 August 2019, Climate Change - Thousands of species of animals and plants which are indigenous to a vast forest in Argentina could be saved thanks to a partnership between the United Nations and the South American country. The Iguazú Falls in Misiones, north-east Argentina, part of the Paranaense Forest.(file) © Fucundo Luque The Paranaense Forest which has been designated as a biodiversity hotspot is under threat from the expansion of agriculture, despite already suffering a loss of 95 per cent of its land area over the past 120 years. The plan, has been developed by UN-REDD, a UN body which focuses on reducing harmful gas emissions caused by deforestation. It has been working with the Argentinian authorities to establish sustainable forest management practices which will...

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World must stamp out persecution of religious groups, Guterres declares on new UN Day

August 22, 2019 No comments

World must stamp out persecution of religious groups, Guterres declares on new UN Day

INTERNATIONAL, 22 August 2019, Peace and Security - UN chief António Guterres called for an end to the persecution of religious groups on Thursday, the first ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion and Belief. The Day was created in response to an increasing number of attacks against individuals and groups, targeted simply because of their religion or belief, around the world. Examples, said the Secretary-General, include “Jews have been murdered in synagogues, their gravestones defaced with swastikas; Muslims gunned down in mosques, their religious sites vandalized; Christians killed at prayer, their churches torched.” Reject those who ‘spread fear and hatred’ Mr. Guterres declared that the Day was an opportunity to reaffirm support for the victims of violence based on religion...

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Kashmir communications shutdown a ‘collective punishment’ that must be reversed, say UN experts

August 22, 2019 No comments

Kashmir communications shutdown a ‘collective punishment’ that must be reversed, say UN experts

INTERNATIONAL, 22 August 2019, Peace and Security - End the crackdown on freedom of expression, was the strong call to the Government by India from five United Nations independent rights expert on Thursday. India and Pakistan both claim Kashmir as its sovereign territory. Since the Indian Government’s 5 August announcement revoking Kashmir’s special status, tighter central Government control has resulted with access to information and peaceful protests quashed. Reports have described a near total communications blackout in Jammu and Kashmir since the evening of 4 August, with internet access, mobile phone networks, and cable and Kashmiri television channels cut off. The experts expressed concern that the measures, imposed after the Indian Parliament revoked the Constitutionally-mandated status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, would exacerbate tensions...

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Relentless sequence of disasters in Asia-Pacific ‘sign of things to come’, cautions UN regional body

August 22, 2019 No comments

Relentless sequence of disasters in Asia-Pacific ‘sign of things to come’, cautions UN regional body

INTERNATIONAL, 22 August 2019, Economic Development - Changing patterns and worsening impacts of natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific, coupled with environmental degradation and climate change, are not only making efforts to predict such catastrophes more difficult, but are also a “sign of things to come”, the United Nations development arm in the region has warned. Issued on Thursday by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019 revealed that the annual economic losses due to disasters cost the region nearly $675 billion, about 2.4 per cent its gross domestic product. In addition to the impact of disasters on human lives, the economic losses also threaten to reverse hard-won development across the Asia-Pacific region. According to Armida Alisjahbana,...

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Smith Shares the Collective Vision for SMVTS wth Staff

Smith Shares the Collective Vision for SMVTS wth Staff

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth...

August 22, 2019 No comments

NA MP’s request correspondence between Government and SXM Shipyard N.V.

NA MP’s request correspondence between Government and SXM Shipyard N.V.

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament has been...

August 22, 2019 No comments

Tito’s Vodka donates $1500 to Be The Change Foundation for drinks sold during SXM Festival

Tito’s Vodka donates $1500 to Be The Change Foundation for…

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) – As part of their ongoing...

August 22, 2019 No comments

Act. Minister of Public Health Romeo Marlin visits dialysis department at SMMC

Act. Minister of Public Health Romeo Marlin visits dialysis department…

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) – On Friday August 16th, Prime...

August 21, 2019 No comments

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Food Safety Tips that Minimizes Potential for Foodborne Illnesses

August 22, 2019

Food Safety Tips that Minimizes Potential for Foodborne Illnesses

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Are You Ready? The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) which falls under the Fi...

Kenty Lichtenberg off to Aruba for Curvy Weekend Seminar

August 22, 2019

Kenty Lichtenberg off to Aruba for Curvy Weekend Seminar

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Ms. Kenty Lichtenberg, Sint Maarten’s first and still only Plus Size Bl...

SLS Lab extend courtesies to  Act. Minister of Public Health Romeo Marlin

August 21, 2019

SLS Lab extend courtesies to Act. Minister of Public Health Romeo Marlin

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) – On Monday August 18th, Sint Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS) welcomed Leo...

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Fun Miles, Motorworld, Caribbean Auto partnered-up to offer St. Maarten more

August 22, 2019 No comments

Fun Miles, Motorworld, Caribbean Auto partnered-up to offer St. Maarten more

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Thinking of buying a new car? Think Fun Miles and car dealership giants Motorworld and Caribbean Auto! The three have penned an agreement to work together for the benefit the...

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The Hot Summer Car Show at Motorworld This Saturday Features Hot Deals on Hot Rides

August 22, 2019 No comments

The Hot Summer Car Show at Motorworld This Saturday Features Hot Deals on Hot Rides

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Motorworld, Caribbean Auto and Audi 6th Annual Hot Summer Car Show is highly anticipated as the biggest automobile showcase, with the best sales in the Caribbean. The Car...

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Dutch consider setting up €50bn fund to ensure economic growth

August 22, 2019 No comments

Dutch consider setting up €50bn fund to ensure economic growth

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch coalition government is considering setting up a billion-euro fund to guarantee economic growth in the long term, sources in The Hague have told the Telegraaf....

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More than quotas are needed to get more women into top jobs: report

August 22, 2019 No comments

More than quotas are needed to get more women into top jobs: report

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A quota to ensure more women are on the board of big companies will not help women in middle management roles, nor will it boost profitability, according to research by ...

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Worldwide enthusiasm about Caribbean Foiling Championships

August 22, 2019

Worldwide enthusiasm about Caribbean Foiling Championships

SAINT MARTIN (ORIENT BAY) - After the revelation of the first Caribbean Foiling Championships which ...

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August 22, 2019

SER Media Disclaimer

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOR VIEW) - In light of recent publications in printed and online media sites, the ...

Chamber organizers Grow Your Business Workshop Series. Sign-up for August 29 Workshop

August 21, 2019

Chamber organizers Grow Your Business Workshop Series. Sign-up for August 29 Workshop

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) has rolled out an...

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277,000 people flew from Brussels to Amsterdam last year

August 22, 2019 No comments

277,000 people flew from Brussels to Amsterdam last year

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Last year 277,000 people took the short flight between Brussels airport Zaventem and Amsterdam with Dutch flag carrier KLM, the Volkskrant said on Thursday. KLM is the ...

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Permits for new homes reach three-year low as housing shortage grows

August 22, 2019 No comments

Permits for new homes reach three-year low as housing shortage grows

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Despite the growing shortage of affordable homes in the Netherlands, the number of house building permits granted in the second quarter of this year has fallen to its lo...

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VROMI Ministry surprises Minister Giterson with farewell and pre-birthday gift

August 22, 2019

VROMI Ministry surprises Minister Giterson with farewell and pre-birthday gift

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - It was a bittersweet afternoon at the Government Administration Buildin...

Deedee Johnson joins the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary to Research Grant Systems

August 22, 2019

Deedee Johnson joins the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary to Research Grant Systems

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague, the Netherlands, in i...

Pre-order your copy ‘Love is Forever’ by August 26

August 22, 2019

Pre-order your copy ‘Love is Forever’ by August 26

PHILIPSBURG - Persons interested in pre-ordering Love is Forever..., the true tale of the love and r...

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Workshop August 29 on “Applying for a U.S. Student Visa or Canadian Study Permit

August 22, 2019 No comments

Workshop August 29 on “Applying for a U.S. Student Visa or Canadian Study Permit

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs will be holding an informative workshop on Thursday, August 29...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

August 22, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) August 23, 2019 WEATHER:   Tonight through Friday eve...

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