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Terrorism survivors: ‘I lived in fear that I would be killed’

August 17, 2019 No comments

Terrorism survivors: ‘I lived in fear that I would be killed’

INTERNATIONAL, 17 August 2019, Peace and Security - To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism this coming Wednesday, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives. For this final story in our special UN News series, we’ll hear from Fati Yahaya, who is 24-years old and comes from the village of Koghum in the north-east of Nigeria. She and her two young children were taken by armed insurgents in 2015 and spent three years as their prisoners. She has been living in Minawao, a camp for Nigerian refugees in the Far North region of Cameroon,...

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Displaced by DR Congo violence, survivors’ testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia

August 16, 2019 No comments

Displaced by DR Congo violence, survivors’ testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia

INTERNATIONAL, 16 August 2019, Peace and Security - Two months since hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarians warned on Friday that armed militia continue to make their safe return impossible.  Briefing journalists in Geneva, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Spokesperson Babar Baloch, said that staff had heard numerous testimonies from people whose family members had been killed in Ituri province.  Severe underfunding for aid work and insecurity involving the Hema and Lendu groups have meant that increasing numbers are vulnerable and unable even to go home to pick up essentials, he added.  “These people are not even able to return,” Mr. Baloch said. “Many of them have reported people who have tried - or relatives...

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UN Security Council discusses Kashmir, China urges India and Pakistan to ease tensions

August 16, 2019 No comments

UN Security Council discusses Kashmir, China urges India and Pakistan to ease tensions

INTERNATIONAL, 16 August 2019, Peace and Security - The Security Council met to consider the volatile situation surrounding Indian and Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Friday, addressing the issue directly within the UN body dedicated to resolving matters of international peace and security, for the first time since 1965.  Although the meeting took place behind closed doors in New York, the Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Jun, spoke to reporters outside the chamber following deliberations, urging both India and Pakistan to “refrain from taking any unilateral action which might further aggravate” what was an already “tense and very dangerous” situation.  The Indian-administered part of the majority-Muslim region, known as Jammu and Kashmir had its special status within the constitution revoked by the Indian Government on 5 August, placing...

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Two years after exodus, Myanmar’s ‘desperate’ Rohingya youth need education, skills: UNICEF

August 16, 2019 No comments

Two years after exodus, Myanmar’s ‘desperate’ Rohingya youth need education, skills: UNICEF

INTERNATIONAL, 16 August 2019, Migrants and Refugees - The daily struggle to survive for Myanmar’s Rohingya people in one of the world’s largest refugee settlements, has caused “overwhelming” despair and jeopardized the hopes of an entire generation, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, said on Friday. In a report marking two years since the arrival of around 745,000 Rohingya civilians in Bangladesh - after fleeing State-led persecution and violence in Myanmar - Executive Director Fore appealed for urgent investment in education and skills training. ‘Mere survival is not enough’ “For the Rohingya children and youth now in Bangladesh, mere survival is not enough,” she said. “It is absolutely critical that they are provided with the quality learning and skills development that they need to...

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‘Quash’ convictions and release women jailed for protesting against wearing veils in Iran, urge UN rights experts

August 16, 2019 No comments

‘Quash’ convictions and release women jailed for protesting against wearing veils in Iran, urge UN rights experts

INTERNATIONAL, 16 August 2019, Human Rights - Decades-long prison sentences handed down to three women protesting the strictly enforced wearing of veils in Iran, have drawn alarm and condemnation from six United Nations independent human rights experts. “We are alarmed that the arrest and lengthy sentences handed to these women are directly related to the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly in the pursuit of gender equality in Iran,” the experts said in a joint statement on Friday. They called upon the Iranian authorities to quash the convictions and “immediately release all human rights defenders who have been arbitrarily detained for their work in advocating women’s rights, and to ensure full respect for the rights of women to freedom of opinion...

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TelEm Group aiming to stabilize Cable TV power issues

TelEm Group aiming to stabilize Cable TV power issues

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – TelEm Group technicians and engineers...

August 16, 2019 No comments

Man abducts one-year old child on Friday morning

Man abducts one-year old child on Friday morning

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday August 16 at approximately...

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UNICEF reminds community to involve your children during hurricane season

UNICEF reminds community to involve your children during hurricane season

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – “It is important to involve your...

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Three Young Professionals to represent SXM A.C.T.I.O.N at Leadership and Development Academy

Three Young Professionals to represent SXM A.C.T.I.O.N at Leadership and…

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August 15, 2019 No comments

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TEATT hire company to test fuel quality on St. Maarten

August 15, 2019

TEATT hire company to test fuel quality on St. Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication th...

New wind blowing at PJIAE, Phase II of Reconstruction works being planned

August 15, 2019

New wind blowing at PJIAE, Phase II of Reconstruction works being planned

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - There’s a new wind blowing at the Princess Juliana Internationa...

SOL SUPPORTS ITS LOCAL COMMUNITY

August 15, 2019

SOL SUPPORTS ITS LOCAL COMMUNITY

SINT MAARTEN (CAY BAY) - SOL ANTILLES N.V. presented 270 school bags filled with school supplies to ...

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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES IS THE OFFICAL AIRLINE OF THE WORLD INTERHASH “CARNIVAL OF HASHES” 2020

August 16, 2019 No comments

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES IS THE OFFICAL AIRLINE OF THE WORLD INTERHASH “CARNIVAL OF HASHES” 2020

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines is the Official Airline for the World Interhash 2020, which will take place in Trinidad and Tobago from April 23-26, 2020. The airline will welcome over 4,00...

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Princess Christina, sister of Beatrix, dies of bone cancer at 72

August 16, 2019 No comments

Princess Christina, sister of Beatrix, dies of bone cancer at 72

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Princess Christina, youngest sister of former Dutch queen Beatrix, has died of cancer at the age of 72. The announcement was made on Friday morning by the state informat...

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Biggest Dutch pension funds very likely to cut payouts next year

August 16, 2019 No comments

Biggest Dutch pension funds very likely to cut payouts next year

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The two biggest Dutch pension funds – ABP and Zorg & Welzijn – are now extremely likely to be faced with cutting pensions for teachers, civil servants and healthcare wor...

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Low-skilled worker life expectancy is five years less than for graduates

August 16, 2019 No comments

Low-skilled worker life expectancy is five years less than for graduates

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Today’s new pensioners with a college or university degree will live an average of four to five years longer than those with vocational qualifications, the national stat...

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LU staff goes through refresher CPR training

August 16, 2019

LU staff goes through refresher CPR training

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - With children under their care for hours a day, faculty and staff of the L...

Suspect arrested in Kangaroo Court break-in

August 16, 2019

Suspect arrested in Kangaroo Court break-in

PHILIPSBURG - In connection with the break-in at Kangaroo Court of which a video-clip was publicized...

DCOMM has already started airing Hurricane Season Awareness PSAs

August 16, 2019

DCOMM has already started airing Hurricane Season Awareness PSAs

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As part of the Government of St. Maarten Hurricane Awareness campaign e...

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Pollen, not pollution: Utrecht’s new bus stops are buzzing

August 16, 2019 No comments

Pollen, not pollution: Utrecht’s new bus stops are buzzing

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Utrecht’s bee friendly bus shelters are capturing the world’s imagination with media from across the globe reporting on a solution to urban pollution that is both simple...

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Student accused of killing dog walkers confesses, blames ‘voices’

August 16, 2019 No comments

Student accused of killing dog walkers confesses, blames ‘voices’

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The student suspected of murdering three people who were out walking their dogs earlier this year has confessed to the killings. Thijs H was appearing in court for a pr...

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U.S. State Department Announces Start of Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Fellowship Application Process

August 17, 2019

U.S. State Department Announces Start of Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Fellowship Application Process

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that applications for the...

PAHO WARNS REGION EXPERIENCING A NEW DENGUE EPIDEMIC CYCLE MOSTLY AFFECTING CHILDREN

August 16, 2019

PAHO WARNS REGION EXPERIENCING A NEW DENGUE EPIDEMIC CYCLE MOSTLY AFFECTING CHILDREN

SINT MAARTEN/WASHINGTON, DC - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns of the complex situa...

Suspect threatens security guard with knife

August 16, 2019

Suspect threatens security guard with knife

PHILIPSBURG - A suspect identified with initials O.S.I.V. was arrested by police on Friday 16th at a...

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More rail passengers as NS warns of looming capacity problems

August 16, 2019 No comments

More rail passengers as NS warns of looming capacity problems

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch railway company NS carried 4.6% more passengers in the first half of 2019 – more than double the expected increase. So many more people are using the railways tha...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

August 17, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Saturday, August 17, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) August 18, 2019 WEATHER:   Tonight: Partly cloudy, be...

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