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‘We all must step up’ collective action on disability inclusion – UN deputy chief

December 07, 2019 No comments

‘We all must step up’ collective action on disability inclusion – UN deputy chief

INTERNATIONAL, 7 December 2019, SDGs - The international community has agreed truly ground-breaking frameworks to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, including in the context of development, but there remains a significant gap between these ambitions and the reality experienced daily by millions of persons with disabilities, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a conference in Doha on Saturday.  With 181 State Parties, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is among the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaties and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development makes a firm commitment to ensuring that persons with disabilities are not left behind in the international community's quest for peace and prosperity on a healthy planet.   But wide gaps remain between these ambitious steps and the daily reality faced by...

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Denouncing attacks against Baghdad protesters, UN warns ‘violence risks placing Iraq on dangerous trajectory’

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Denouncing attacks against Baghdad protesters, UN warns ‘violence risks placing Iraq on dangerous trajectory’

INTERNATIONAL, 7 December 2019, Peace and Security - The top UN official in Iraq has strongly condemned the shooting of unarmed protesters in Baghdad on Friday night, which left a high number of deaths and injuries among innocent citizens, calling for the perpetrators to be “identified and brought to justice without delay”.  “The deliberate killing of unarmed protesters by armed elements is nothing less than an atrocity against the people of Iraq,” said Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the Secretary-General's Special Representative in the crisis-gripped country.  She also urged Iraqi Armed Forces to spare no effort to protect the peaceful protesters from violence by armed elements operating outside State control, and at the same time called on peaceful protesters to cooperate constructively to ensure the peaceful protests can be duly...

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UN evaluates progress in improving peacekeeping performance

December 06, 2019 No comments

UN evaluates progress in improving peacekeeping performance

INTERNATIONAL, 6 December 2019, Peace and Security - The international community on Friday took stock of action to improve UN peacekeeping in line with a Security Council resolution aimed at enhancing performance at all levels, both at Headquarters in New York and in the field.  The UN welcomes opportunities to review its effectiveness, Secretary-General António Guterres told the meeting on Resolution 2436, adopted in September 2018. div class="tcu-imageWrapper tcu-image-1202963259789365248 js-cspForcedStyle" data-style="background-image: url( Improving Peacekeeping Performance: A Year Since UN Security Council Resolution 2436 UN Web TV @UNWebTV To strengthen performance and effectiveness, we are increasing the number of women in peacekeeping at all levels. In @UN_CAR, women soldiers on patrol have helped reduce the number of cases of conflict-related sexual violence. #A4P #UNSCR2436 #PKPerformance “Across all missions, we have introduced new systems and tools to evaluate performance. These include regular military and police unit...

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UN agency hails Brazil ‘milestone’ decision over Venezuelan refugees

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UN agency hails Brazil ‘milestone’ decision over Venezuelan refugees

INTERNATIONAL, 6 December 2019, Migrants and Refugees - Brazil’s move to recognize thousands of refugees from crisis-wracked Venezuela through a new accelerated procedure, has been welcomed by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.  The decision by Brazil’s National Committee for Refugees (CONARE) on Thursday to accept asylum-seekers on a “prima facie basis”, gave immediate relief to around 21,000 Venezuelans, waiting for applications to be processed. From now on, they will no longer need to wait for an interview.  Brazil recognizes thousands of Venezuelans as refugees. https://www.unhcr.org/news/briefing/2019/12/5dea19f34/unhcr-welcomes-brazils-decision-recognize-thousands-venezuelans-refugees.html … div class="tcu-imageWrapper tcu-image-1202961258124861441 js-cspForcedStyle" data-style="background-image: url( UNHCR welcomes Brazil's decision to recognize thousands of Venezuelans as refugees UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes Brazil’s move to recognize thousands of Venezuelan asylum-seekers as refugees on a prima facie basis. Some 21,000 unhcr.org “This move constitutes a milestone in refugee...

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UN rights chief ‘extremely concerned’ over deadly crackdown on protesters in Iran

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UN rights chief ‘extremely concerned’ over deadly crackdown on protesters in Iran

INTERNATIONAL, 6 December 2019, Human Rights - In the wake of recent protests in Iran, the top United Nations human rights official expressed alarm on Friday over multiple human rights violations which have reportedly taken place across the country. She highlighted a continuing lack of transparency concerning casualties, the alleged mistreatment of thousands of detainees and continued arrests reported throughout Iran, after weeks of protests which began over major increases in petrol prices. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that at least 7,000 people have reportedly been arrested in 28 of Iran’s 31 provinces since mass protests broke out on 15 November, saying that she was “extremely concerned about their physical treatment, violations of their right to due process, and the possibility that...

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Marva Sam-Arrindell. Serving others has been her life’s work

Marva Sam-Arrindell. Serving others has been her life’s work

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Marva was born in Aruba to...

December 08, 2019 No comments

Looking back and ahead on Saba Day

Looking back and ahead on Saba Day

SABA - Sabans, together with invited guests from the other...

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Ottley: Inspect all schools for mold as preventative measure

Ottley: Inspect all schools for mold as preventative measure

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Businessman Omar Ottley on Thursday said...

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Prime Minister Jacobs visits Emergency Services Staff to Allay Relocating Concerns

Prime Minister Jacobs visits Emergency Services Staff to Allay Relocating…

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) – Hon. Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs...

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17 children win single-use plastics ban poster contest

December 06, 2019

17 children win single-use plastics ban poster contest

SABA - Last month pupils of the Sacred Heart school (SHS) were asked to make a poster about plastic ...

MP SMITH NOT PLEASED THAT PARLIAMENT MEETING ON AGRICULTURE WAS POSTPONED

December 06, 2019

MP SMITH NOT PLEASED THAT PARLIAMENT MEETING ON AGRICULTURE WAS POSTPONED

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP), Wycliffe Smith, said that he is not pleased ...

Crew member receives fine for undeclared money

December 06, 2019

Crew member receives fine for undeclared money

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday the 06th of December 2019, during a routine check of the moto...

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CARTEL FORMATION

December 07, 2019 No comments

CARTEL FORMATION

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY by S. Kirindongo) - What is cartel formation? Cartel formation is the illegal cooperation between individuals and/or companies to prevent competition when undertaking activiti...

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Short Film on Domestic Violence Premiers on International Human Rights Day

December 06, 2019 No comments

Short Film on Domestic Violence Premiers on International Human Rights Day

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Department of Culture within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (MECYS) enthusiastically supports art initiatives that not only serve to entertain, bu...

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St. Tosia’s Art Scene

December 06, 2019 No comments

St. Tosia’s Art Scene

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert) – Duncan La Mar is a well-known painter on St.Tosia. He has a distinctive ponytail dreadlock Afro hairstyle under his straw hat and small but thick gold...

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Sint Maarten continues in a Race Against Time: Climate Change

December 05, 2019 No comments

Sint Maarten continues in a Race Against Time: Climate Change

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY - By Roddy Heyliger) - With the political campaign for decision day January 9, 2020 well underway, 2020 will usher in a new agenda of what we all would like to accomplish in t...

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Healthcare workers participate in intervention strategies workshop

December 07, 2019

Healthcare workers participate in intervention strategies workshop

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Healthcare employees from the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), White and Ye...

St. Dominic High School Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Cocktail Soirée

December 06, 2019

St. Dominic High School Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Cocktail Soirée

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - Throughout the 2019-2020 school year, St. Dominic High School is celeb...

Police embarks on Year-end Safety Traffic Controls. 107 vehicles controlled

December 05, 2019

Police embarks on Year-end Safety Traffic Controls. 107 vehicles controlled

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In carrying out the end of the year safety plan, the police of Sint Maa...

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Amsterdam youth threatened with deportation is released from jail

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Amsterdam youth threatened with deportation is released from jail

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Amsterdam youth threatened with deportation after discovering he was not Dutch has been released from prison pending a new application for a residency permit. Danië...

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Courts are getting tougher on violent crime and sexual assault: research

December 07, 2019 No comments

Courts are getting tougher on violent crime and sexual assault: research

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Judges are sentencing people convicted of violent and sexual crimes to longer sentences than they were 20 years ago, according to research by the Council for the Judicia...

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Police announces officially the Death of colleague Major Carolina

December 05, 2019

Police announces officially the Death of colleague Major Carolina

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - With great sorrow the police force of Sint Maarten would like to inform...

J.N.R.H. to serve 14-years for the death of a two-year old child

December 05, 2019

J.N.R.H. to serve 14-years for the death of a two-year old child

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The conviction of the individual who drove a vehicle into a group of yo...

UNICEF presents results 2019 situation analysis to Saba stakeholders

December 05, 2019

UNICEF presents results 2019 situation analysis to Saba stakeholders

SABA - UNICEF Netherlands hosted a presentation on the 2019 situation analysis for stakeholders on S...

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Presentation CAOP on Employee participation in collaboration with CGOA

December 06, 2019 No comments

Presentation CAOP on Employee participation in collaboration with CGOA

CURACAO - On Thursday, December 5, 2019, the Centrum Arbeidsverhoudingen Overheids Personeel (CAOP - Center for Labor Relations Government Personnel) organized a presentation on employee participation...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

December 07, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Saturday, December 07, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) December 08, 2019    WEATHER:  Tonight through Sunday...

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