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Survivors of ISIL terror in Iraq want justice, not revenge, says head of UN investigation team

July 15, 2019 No comments

Survivors of ISIL terror in Iraq want justice, not revenge, says head of UN investigation team

INTERNATIONAL, 15 July 2019, Peace and Security - The scale and barbarity of the crimes committed by ISIL have ultimately served not to divide but to unify, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, head of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (UNITAD), told the Security Council on Monday.  Mr. Khan was delivering his second report on the activities of UNITAD, during which he confirmed that his team has made “significant progress” in implementing its’ mandate, and that he expects investigators to provide concrete support for at least one case before the national courts, marking an “important milestone” in the delivery of their mandate.  The team, he said, had heard harrowing accounts of “mass killings, of entire families erased and of women and girls...

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‘We won’t get to zero cases of Ebola without a big scale-up in funding,’ UN relief chief warns

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‘We won’t get to zero cases of Ebola without a big scale-up in funding,’ UN relief chief warns

INTERNATIONAL, 15 July 2019, Health - Deadly, attacks on health workers in Ebola-hit areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including one at the weekend that left two dead, are an indication that combating the disease outbreak will require far greater international support, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said on Monday.  Speaking in Geneva, Mr. Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, insisted on the need to “be honest with ourselves” on tackling the haemorrhagic disease …unless there’s a big scale-up in the response, we’re unlikely to be successful in getting to zero cases”.  At his side, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirmed the attacks in Beni and the identification – for the first time – of an infected patient in Goma, a city of one million people bordering Rwanda.  According to WHO, almost 3,000 health workers have so far been vaccinated against the disease in Goma.  Insisting that he...

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‘No hope’ global development goals can be achieved without women, says UN Assembly President

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‘No hope’ global development goals can be achieved without women, says UN Assembly President

INTERNATIONAL, 15 July 2019, Women - Without the full participation and leadership of women, “we have no hope” of realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly told gender equality leaders on Monday. “This is an obvious point to make, but it is, sadly, one that we cannot repeat enough”, she said, opening the day-long discussion at UN Headquarters in New York to identify best practices aimed to knock down barriers hindering women’s full participation and leadership, in what she called “our shared mission this year”.    As the fourth woman in UN history to ever preside over the General Assembly, the Organization’s main and most representative deliberative body, María Fernanda Espinosarecognized that women decision-makers must lead by example to safeguard achievements...

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Baby foods high in sugar, inappropriately marketed in Europe, reveal two UN studies

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Baby foods high in sugar, inappropriately marketed in Europe, reveal two UN studies

INTERNATIONAL, 15 July 2019, Health - Proper nutrition for newborn babies into early childhood is key to development and good health in later life, according to the Regional Director of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe, as she launched two new studies on Monday. The studies from WHO Europe show that a high proportion of baby foods are incorrectly marketed as suitable for infants under the age of six months, when in fact much of it contains inappropriately high levels of sugar. WHO’s long-standing recommendation spells out that children should be breastfed, exclusively, for the first six months. Moreover, its 2016 global Guidance on Ending the Inappropriate Promotion of Foods for Infants and Young Children explicitly states that commercial complementary foods should not be...

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UN highlights importance of skills development on World Youth Skills Day

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UN highlights importance of skills development on World Youth Skills Day

INTERNATIONAL, 15 July 2019, Culture and Education - At UN Headquarters, and across the globe, events are taking place on Monday to celebrate World Youth Skills Day – marked each year on 15 July – to raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development. The Day is important because rising youth unemployment is seen as one of the most significant problems facing economies and societies in today’s world, for developed and developing countries alike. Some 73 million young people are currently unemployed, with 40 million joining the labour market each year. To tackle the problem, at least 475 million new jobs need to be created over the next decade. Skills for all However, data suggests that many graduates are ill-prepared for the world of work,...

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Curacao’s Economic Inspection Department similar to Sint Maarten's

Curacao’s Economic Inspection Department similar to Sint Maarten's

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs,...

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54-Year Construction Worker dies at Construction Worksite

54-Year Construction Worker dies at Construction Worksite

POINT BLANCHE - On Sunday July 14th at approximately 11.50...

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Minister Smith visits Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary

Minister Smith visits Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and...

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SXM Shark Foundation launched with pledge to improve shark conservation

SXM Shark Foundation launched with pledge to improve shark conservation

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - Caribbean sharks have gained a new ally....

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World Youth Skills Day Address by the Hon. Minister Wycliffe Smith

July 15, 2019

World Youth Skills Day Address by the Hon. Minister Wycliffe Smith

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In recognition of World Youth Skills Day, July 15 - for this year, the ...

Scooter robbers attempt to rob 42-Year Old Man Near Airport/Maho Beach

July 15, 2019

Scooter robbers attempt to rob 42-Year Old Man Near Airport/Maho Beach

MAHO - Detectives are presently investigating an attempted robbery which took place in the vicinity ...

Shark expedition to the Saba Bank

July 15, 2019

Shark expedition to the Saba Bank

SINT MAARTEN/SABA - An international expedition for shark research to the Saba Bank in the Dutch Car...

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WEATHER WATCH: Possible two storms to impact Lesser Antilles in early August

July 15, 2019 No comments

WEATHER WATCH: Possible two storms to impact Lesser Antilles in early August

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – The first hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic season Barry has fizzled out, but the season still has four and a half months to go and the peak of the season still has to come.  The...

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‘Tip of the iceberg’ as police officers fired after corruption and security inquiries

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‘Tip of the iceberg’ as police officers fired after corruption and security inquiries

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dozens of police officers have been dismissed from the force in recent weeks following investigations into corruption and breaches of official secrecy, amid warnings tha...

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Johnson meets COPA CEO: flight frequency to four weekly in December

July 15, 2019 No comments

Johnson meets COPA CEO: flight frequency to four weekly in December

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Chief Executive Officer of International Airline COPA, Pedro Hilebron announced during a meeting held on Tuesday last week with Tourism Minister Stuart Johnson that the ai...

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ChristenUnie, Socialists want restrictions to EU labour migration

July 15, 2019 No comments

ChristenUnie, Socialists want restrictions to EU labour migration

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands should be able to decide how many migrant workers it allows into the country from eastern and central Europe, according to two Dutch political parties. ...

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Government working on a more effective juvenile crime strategy

July 14, 2019

Government working on a more effective juvenile crime strategy

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - Although juvenile crime continues to decrease, recidivism among young...

USP MP Brison sets out to safeguard residents, tourists from bad liquor

July 14, 2019

USP MP Brison sets out to safeguard residents, tourists from bad liquor

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament Rolando Brison (USP) on Sunday said the very recen...

Rice Hill signs Fiber Optic Exclusivity Agreement with TelEm

July 14, 2019

Rice Hill signs Fiber Optic Exclusivity Agreement with TelEm

SINT MAARTEN (OYSTER POND) - Rice Hill Gardens Development has signed a Fiber Optic Exclusivity Agre...

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Theoretical part of Driver’s License Exam Digitalized

July 15, 2019 No comments

Theoretical part of Driver’s License Exam Digitalized

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT), Driving Exams Department (DED) has commenced with a soft launch of its ‘Digital Theory Driving E...

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School Bus Annual Inspection Starts on July 23rd

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School Bus Annual Inspection Starts on July 23rd

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Inspectorate of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT), Section School Bussing, would like to inform school bus owners and drivers that the Annual S...

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Attention for action against domestic violence and child abuse is still necessary

July 15, 2019

Attention for action against domestic violence and child abuse is still necessary

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Active efforts have been made with the “E no ta stòp di mes” project and the aw...

Amuseum Naturalis Celebrates a Year at The Old House

July 14, 2019

Amuseum Naturalis Celebrates a Year at The Old House

SAINT MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER) - The public is invited to stop by Amuseum Naturalis for an end-of-sea...

TelTV New York Prize is dream come true for mom Marinka, and son Christopher

July 14, 2019

TelTV New York Prize is dream come true for mom Marinka, and son Christopher

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Mom and son, Marinka Gumbs and Christopher Rogers, were over the moon T...

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Dutch State Secretary van Veldhoven visits Statia

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Dutch State Secretary van Veldhoven visits Statia

SINT EUSTATIUS - State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Stientje van Veldhoven, arrived on St. Eustatius Wednesday afternoon to a full programme of activities and site tours. Van Vel...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Wednesday

July 15, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) July 16, 2019 WEATHER:   Tonight through Tuesday evening...

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