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Escalating Burkina Faso violence brings wider Sahel displacement emergency into focus

February 21, 2020 No comments

Escalating Burkina Faso violence brings wider Sahel displacement emergency into focus

INTERNATIONAL, 21 February 2020, Migrants and Refugees - Deadly attacks on villages in Burkina Faso have forced 150,000 people to flee in just the last three weeks, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, warning of a displacement emergency in the wider Sahel region. Amid a devastating surge in terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets which the UN says have risen five-fold in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger since 2016, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said that survivors needed safety, shelter, food and water “everywhere”. Help is particularly needed in northern Burkina Faso, where displaced families are staying with host communities who have little in the way of resources themselves. Some 4,000 people a day flee violence The new arrivals are “occupying whatever space is available”, the UNHCR official explained,...

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UN launches new project to address link between terrorism, arms and crime

February 21, 2020 No comments

UN launches new project to address link between terrorism, arms and crime

INTERNATIONAL, 21 February 2020, Peace and Security - Cheap and easily accessible small arms are increasingly becoming the “weapon of choice” for many terrorist groups, the UN counter-terrorism chief told an event on Friday aimed to raise awareness of the nexus between terrorism, organized crime and illicit small arms trafficking. “Insufficient international response in countering the illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons, the challenges that Member States face to detect and seize them, as well as porous borders, allow terrorists and criminals to move illicit weapons from one country or region to another,” said Vladimir Voronkov, UN Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism. It is widely acknowledged that the connection between terrorism and organized crime, including illicit small arms and light weapons trafficking, is a serious threat to...

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Situation in central Mali ‘deteriorating’ as violence, impunity rise, UN rights expert warns

February 21, 2020 No comments

Situation in central Mali ‘deteriorating’ as violence, impunity rise, UN rights expert warns

INTERNATIONAL, 21 February 2020, Human Rights - The growing violence has contributed to a deteriorating security situation in central Mali, with impunity being one of the aggravating factors, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Friday. “In central Mali, I observed an accumulation of security, judicial and administrative failures that facilitates mass violence with impunity. The Malian Armed Forces and MINUSMA (UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali) have failed to provide adequate security for the civilians of the region,” Alioune Tine, the UN Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Mali, said in a statement following his visit to the country. He said that civilians have been victimized by transnational criminal organizations, terrorist groups and armed militia which are grasping control of the region. The human rights...

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Cameroon: UN officials raise alarm over escalating violence, call for civilian protection

February 21, 2020 No comments

Cameroon: UN officials raise alarm over escalating violence, call for civilian protection

INTERNATIONAL, 21 February 2020, Peace and Security - Four senior UN officials issued a joint statement on Friday deploring the continued human rights abuses committed against civilians, including women and children, in the south-west and north-west regions of Cameroon. “We are deeply concerned about reports of violence, including the 14 February attack on Ngarbuh village in the Northwest region that left 23 civilians dead, including 15 children”, they said. The UN officials sounding the alarm were: Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba; Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten; Special Representative on Violence against Children Najat Maalla M’jid; and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng, UN Officials call for enhanced protection of civilians, including women & #children, facing escalating violence in #Cameroon - Joint statement...

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UN must continue to be a forum for dialogue on decolonization: Guterres

February 21, 2020 No comments

UN must continue to be a forum for dialogue on decolonization: Guterres

INTERNATIONAL, 21 February 2020, UN Affairs - With 17 non-self-governing territories remaining worldwide, the United Nations must continue to be the place where their concerns can be heard, the Secretary-General said in New York on Friday.  António Guterres was speaking at the opening of the latest session of the UN Special Committee dealing with decolonization, which he called one of the “defining mandates” of the global Organization.  “Decolonization is a process that has to be guided by the aspirations and needs of the communities living in the territories. The concerns of the peoples of the Territories are varied, and it is our collective responsibility to amplify their voices,” he said.  Territories facing ‘real and pressing challenges’  The UN was established in 1945 when nearly one-third of the global population – roughly 750 million people – lived under...

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Dutch and French sides Implement Plan to reduce car thefts

Dutch and French sides Implement Plan to reduce car thefts

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In an effort to reduce the...

February 21, 2020 No comments

Jeffrey Ziolhowski wins brand New 2020 Hyundai I10

Jeffrey Ziolhowski wins brand New 2020 Hyundai I10

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Presidente Beer and CC1 St....

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SCDF to present ‘Sons d’Amour’ Zouk concert for Carnival 2020

SCDF to present ‘Sons d’Amour’ Zouk concert for Carnival 2020

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development...

February 20, 2020 No comments

TelEm Group’s TV15 to air Caribbean’s premier Soca festival event Friday

TelEm Group’s TV15 to air Caribbean’s premier Soca festival event…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – St. Maarten’s local Cable TV...

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CPS: Early detection of many cancers have a high chance of cure

February 21, 2020

CPS: Early detection of many cancers have a high chance of cure

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer should no...

“FEEL LIKE HOME” AT CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN MORTGAGE FAIR

February 21, 2020

“FEEL LIKE HOME” AT CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN MORTGAGE FAIR

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – “Feel Like Home” at CIBC FirstCaribbean Mortgage Fair, this Saturday Fe...

Rotary Sunset and Rotary Sunrise host Joint Meeting

February 20, 2020

Rotary Sunset and Rotary Sunrise host Joint Meeting

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - On Monday February 10th, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset and the Rota...

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First race of the 1st Edition of the Caribbean Foiling Championships kicks off at Orient Bay with 40 Competitors

February 21, 2020 No comments

First race of the 1st Edition of the Caribbean Foiling Championships kicks off at Orient Bay with 40 Competitors

SAINT MARTIN (ORIENT BAY) - A new event kicked off on Friday in Orient Bay about foiling, a growing sport for water sports enthusiasts from the region and beyond. 40 motivated competitors gathered up...

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CPS calls on Community to LIKE CARPHA Facebook Page to Catapult Sint Maarten into Winning Regional Mosquito Awareness Competition

February 20, 2020 No comments

CPS calls on Community to LIKE CARPHA Facebook Page to Catapult Sint Maarten into Winning Regional Mosquito Awareness Competition

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Student Erolene Mingo’s poster that was submitted to the Caribbean Mosquito Awareness (CMAW) Competition 2019, has qualified the Sint Maarten Academy (P.S.V.E.) Schoo...

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Gas free plans hit obstacles as politicians, grid operators raise questions

February 21, 2020 No comments

Gas free plans hit obstacles as politicians, grid operators raise questions

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Efforts to make the Netherlands gas-free have hit a potential blockage as politicians argue about whether households can be forced to comply, and current electricity net...

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Abused children in post WWII care will now get compensation: NOS

February 21, 2020 No comments

Abused children in post WWII care will now get compensation: NOS

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The cabinet is to compensate people who were abused as children while living with foster families or in care homes in the post-WWII years, public broadcaster NOS reports...

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Two separate early morning shootings leaves one dead

February 20, 2020

Two separate early morning shootings leaves one dead

SINT MAARTEN (MIDDLE REGION) - The Sint Maarten Police Force had a busy start to Thursday morning, w...

PDG donates work shoes to three Sundial Hospitality students who will participate in SKILLS Finals

February 20, 2020

PDG donates work shoes to three Sundial Hospitality students who will participate in SKILLS Finals

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Jahmarly Lake, Samir Stokkels and Gweldo Fontaine, three hospitality exam ...

Cft says Sint Maarten needs to make steady progress in various areas

February 20, 2020

Cft says Sint Maarten needs to make steady progress in various areas

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Board of financial supervision Curaçao and Sint Maarten (Cft) urges...

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Right-wing extremism on the rise in the Netherlands, incidents still rare

February 21, 2020 No comments

Right-wing extremism on the rise in the Netherlands, incidents still rare

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Right-wing extremism and racism are on the rise in the Netherlands, but racially motivated attacks are still rare, Trouw reported on Friday. The paper said a pattern of...

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Netherlands in EU top three for recycling, says circular economy report

February 21, 2020 No comments

Netherlands in EU top three for recycling, says circular economy report

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is in Europe’s top three for recycling, according to the latest figures published by the Dutch statistics office. A report on the ‘circular economy in t...

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Cft: Saba’s Structural tasks require structural financing

February 21, 2020

Cft: Saba’s Structural tasks require structural financing

SABA - The Board of financial supervision Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Cft) observes that the b...

Taskforce formed to tackle forensic care concerns

February 20, 2020

Taskforce formed to tackle forensic care concerns

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Key partners tackling forensic care on Sint Maarten, recently sent a le...

Erasmus+ Funded Climate Movement Youth Exchange

February 19, 2020

Erasmus+ Funded Climate Movement Youth Exchange

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - The St. Maarten Youth Council Association is inviting all young people b...

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‘Noise nuisance’ neighbour leads family to sleep under foil, says policeman

February 21, 2020 No comments

‘Noise nuisance’ neighbour leads family to sleep under foil, says policeman

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A district policeman has posted an appeal on social media about an apparently desperate case of nuisance neighbours that has led one family to coat their home in silver ...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

February 21, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) February 22, 2020    WEATHER:  Tonight through Satu...

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