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Ongoing insecurity in Darfur, despite ‘remarkable developments’ in Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief

October 17, 2019 No comments

Ongoing insecurity in Darfur, despite ‘remarkable developments’ in Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief

INTERNATIONAL, 17 October 2019, Peace and Security - Despite major political developments at a national level, which have led to the establishment of a civilian-led government, the security situation in the Darfur region of Sudan remains unstable, UN peace chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix briefed the Security Council on Thursday. from a visit to the country, the Under-Secretary-General said that the effects of talks between armed groups and the Sudanese government have yet to be witnessed on the ground, and that with the shift of attention by the authorities towards security challenges in the capital, Khartoum, incidents of criminality in Darfur have increased. Camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been particularly affected, and there has been an increase in the number of farms destroyed, and...

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Concerned over Haiti’s political crisis, Guterres promises ‘continuous commitment’

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Concerned over Haiti’s political crisis, Guterres promises ‘continuous commitment’

INTERNATIONAL, 17 October 2019, Peace and Security - In the light of on-going instability across Haiti and this week’s transition away from fully-fledged peacekeeping operations, the UN chief on Thursday promised “the continuous commitment” of the Organization “to support the Haitian people on their path to peace and development”. This would be in the form of “a new partnership” said Secretary-General António Guterres, recognizing the substantial contribution made to the Caribbean island nation, through 15 years of UN Stabilization Mission, MINUSTAH, and the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH). In a statement, Mr. Guterres said that the new UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), which started operations on Wednesday, and the UN country team that has operated continuously in Haiti, “will integrate their activities...

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Yemen conflict: 'Fragile’ hopes rise, as violence decreases and life-saving humanitarian funding surges

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Yemen conflict: 'Fragile’ hopes rise, as violence decreases and life-saving humanitarian funding surges

INTERNATIONAL, 17 October 2019, Peace and Security - There are “small signs” of hope for Yemeni civilians caught up in fighting, following a reduction in violence, coupled with a 20 per cent increase in funding for the UN’s humanitarian response, the Security Council heard on Thursday. The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, together with relief chief Mark Lowcock, told members there was “cause for optimism” but still a long way to go, to decisively end more than four years of fighting between the Saudi-led coalition supporting the southern-based, internationally-recognized Government, and Houthi rebels who control the capital, Sana’a, and other key areas. Mr. Griffiths said the signs are “fragile, and in need of our diligent care and attention”. He highlighted the initiative from the Houthis,...

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Record-high number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan: UN Report

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Record-high number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan: UN Report

INTERNATIONAL, 17 October 2019, Peace and Security - Afghanistan has seen record-high levels of civilian casualties in the third quarter of 2019, stemming mainly from the violence between rival political party supporters, the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) revealed in a report published Thursday, which concluded that more must be done to protect the country’s people. In just the first nine months of 2019 overall, UNAMA counted more than 8,200 civilian casualties - 2,563 killed and 5,676 injured - similar to figures in the corresponding nine-month periods from 2014 onwards. But the last three months, has seen an “unprecedented number of civilian casualties”, UNAMA said. UNAMA News@UNAMAnews United Nations figures released today show record-high levels of civilian casualties in #Afghanistan and indicate an urgent need for all...

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Tuberculosis infections declining, but not fast enough among poor, marginalised: UN health agency

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Tuberculosis infections declining, but not fast enough among poor, marginalised: UN health agency

INTERNATIONAL, 17 October 2019, Health - A staggering 1.5 million people died from tuberculosis (TB) last year, the UN health agency said on Thursday, in an appeal for far greater funding and political support to eradicate the curable and preventable disease. Caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis, TB commonly causes persistent coughing, fatigue and weight loss. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and its latest Global TB Report, around 10 million people developed TB in 2018 and three million sufferers “are not getting the care they need”. Countries where people suffer most are China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and South Africa. Highlighting some good news, WHO also pointed out that Brazil, China, the Russian Federation and Zimbabwe - all of which have...

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Ombudsman meets with SG of Ministry VROMI to discuss concerns

Ombudsman meets with SG of Ministry VROMI to discuss concerns

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Ombudsman Gwendolien Mossel held a meeting...

October 17, 2019 No comments

Port to Launch its New Tech PCS Single Window  Next Month

Port to Launch its New Tech PCS Single Window …

PORT ST. MAARTEN – More than 300 delegates including representatives...

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FLO RIDA to bring the party for the 40th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta!

FLO RIDA to bring the party for the 40th St.…

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The organizers of the Caribbean’s...

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LOEKIE MORALES nominated for CERTIFICATION OF HONOR

LOEKIE MORALES nominated for CERTIFICATION OF HONOR

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - This year, nice things are happening...

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Ortega and Baker says Sports Tourism a niche for the country. Welcomes Kickboxing Pre-St. Maarten Day Event

October 17, 2019

Ortega and Baker says Sports Tourism a niche for the country. Welcomes Kickboxing Pre-St. Maarten Day Event

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) commends the initiati...

Spelling Bee Set to Start this Sunday

October 17, 2019

Spelling Bee Set to Start this Sunday

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The 8th Annual Rotary/Rotaract Spelling Bee 2019 will kick off on Sunday O...

MHF Happiness Event a Success

October 17, 2019

MHF Happiness Event a Success

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Last week, on international World Mental Health Day, October 10th, the ...

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SHTA ANNOUNCES 2020 EVENT CALENDAR, CALLS FOR SENDING IN EVENTS

October 17, 2019 No comments

SHTA ANNOUNCES 2020 EVENT CALENDAR, CALLS FOR SENDING IN EVENTS

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - SHTA in cooperation with Carib Beer are excited to announce their 2020 national event calendar. As the country is still recovering from the 2017 hurricane season, the cale...

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Police fire shots in attempt to apprehend three-armed Front Street Casino robbers

October 17, 2019 No comments

Police fire shots in attempt to apprehend three-armed Front Street Casino robbers

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Special Unit Robbery is investigating an attempted armed robbery that took place at the Rouge Et Noir casino on Front Street, during the hours of 00:30am early Thursda...

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Port Maintenance/Cargo Personnel Complete Spreader Certification

October 17, 2019 No comments

Port Maintenance/Cargo Personnel Complete Spreader Certification

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Additional staff members working at Port St. Maarten Cargo Operations recently completed training with one hundred per cent passing grade in the maintenance and full-operations of t...

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Hospital staff plan nationwide strike in November in support of better pay deal

October 17, 2019 No comments

Hospital staff plan nationwide strike in November in support of better pay deal

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Hospital workers nationwide plan to stop all non-emergency work on November 20 in support of their campaign for a better pay deal. The four big healthcare unions FNV, F...

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Johnson rejects “false claims” regarding new casino license

October 17, 2019

Johnson rejects “false claims” regarding new casino license

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The claims that Minister of TEATT the honourable Stuart Johnson issued ...

Amuseum Naturalis Reopens for the 2019-2020 Season

October 16, 2019

Amuseum Naturalis Reopens for the 2019-2020 Season

SINT MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER) - Amuseum Naturalis has reopened after its break and is ready for visit...

Kooyman, Positive and Elektralyets welcome 400 women to Paint it PINK

October 16, 2019

Kooyman, Positive and Elektralyets welcome 400 women to Paint it PINK

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Kooyman is happy to once again team up with the Elektralyets and the Posit...

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DCNA Convention to be a Symposium for and by Nature Experts, Researchers, Managers and the Youth

October 17, 2019 No comments

DCNA Convention to be a Symposium for and by Nature Experts, Researchers, Managers and the Youth

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - The upcoming convention of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) will be taking place on Bonaire this year and will focus on youth participation, marine park management, co...

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NAGICO distributes over 2,500 free reusable shopping bags island wide

October 17, 2019 No comments

NAGICO distributes over 2,500 free reusable shopping bags island wide

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - NAGICO Insurances has decided to help create awareness about being environmentally friendly by providing an opportunity for persons to reduce their usage of single-use plast...

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Statia and Aruba embark on inter-island exchange project

October 17, 2019

Statia and Aruba embark on inter-island exchange project

SINT EUSTATIUS/ARUBA - The Mega D Youth Foundation, St. Eustatius Department of Culture and St. Eust...

PJL Library returns to original opening hours November 1

October 17, 2019

PJL Library returns to original opening hours November 1

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As of November 1, 2019, Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) will return t...

First cases completed by the Medical Disciplinary Court Dutch Caribbean

October 17, 2019

First cases completed by the Medical Disciplinary Court Dutch Caribbean

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The Medical Disciplinary Court Dutch Caribbean (Medisch Tuchtcollege Caribisch ...

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Man arrested on drugs charges

October 16, 2019 No comments

Man arrested on drugs charges

CAY BAY - The police patrol arrested a man with the initials N.G, who is suspected of drugs possession. The arrests took place on Tuesday evening approximately 05.30 pm in Cay Bay, police said on Wedn...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

October 17, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) October 18, 2019    WEATHER:  Tonight through Friday...

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