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Saudi Arabia in spotlight as UN-appointed independent investigator publishes full Khashoggi findings

June 19, 2019 No comments

Saudi Arabia in spotlight as UN-appointed independent investigator publishes full Khashoggi findings

INTERNATIONAL, 19 June 2019, Human Rights - Responsibility for the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi lies with “high-level officials” of the monarchy, a UN-appointed independent investigator said on Wednesday, in a renewed call for full State accountability for the crime.  In a 100-page report to be presented to the Human Rights Council next week, Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard discusses the circumstances leading up to Mr. Khashoggi’s death and considers steps that might have prevented his murder.  The prominent United States-based writer was last seen alive entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October last year.  Citing graphic audio recordings obtained by the Turkish intelligence services, Ms. Callamard - United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions - suggests that the crime was a “premeditated extrajudicial...

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Ripple effect of sexual violence in conflict threatens ‘collective security’, stains ‘our common humanity’, says UN chief

June 19, 2019 No comments

Ripple effect of sexual violence in conflict threatens ‘collective security’, stains ‘our common humanity’, says UN chief

INTERNATIONAL, 19 June 2019, Human Rights - Sexual violence in conflict is a “threat to our collective security” and a “stain on our common humanity”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, on Wednesday.  Calling the scourge “a tactic of war, to terrorize people and to destabilize societies”, he underscored that its effect can echo across generations through trauma, stigma, poverty, long-term health issues and unwanted pregnancy. He urged that survivors should be heard and their needs recognized.  “They are mostly women and girls, but also men and boys, calling for our support to access life-saving health services, justice and reparation”, he elaborated.   The day also honours those “working on...

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Record displacement shows ‘we're almost unable to make peace’, warns UN refugee agency chief

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Record displacement shows ‘we're almost unable to make peace’, warns UN refugee agency chief

INTERNATIONAL, 19 June 2019, Migrants and Refugees - A record 70.8 million people fled war, persecution and conflict in 2018, UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi said on Wednesday, appealing for greater international solidarity to counter the fact that “we have become almost unable to make peace”.  Unveiling new data indicating that global displacement numbers are at “the highest level” that the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has seen in its almost 70-year existence, Mr. Grandi noted that these were “conservative” estimates. In Venezuela, he added, only half a million of the four million people that had left that country amid an ongoing economic and political crisis have formally applied for asylum and refugee status.  Peru restrictions risks creating ‘bottleneck’ upstream  Amid reports that regional neighbour Peru had tightened restrictions on Venezuelans trying to cross its border after struggling to cope...

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Syria: Humanitarian disaster in Idlib ‘unfolding before our eyes’ says top UN relief official

June 18, 2019 No comments

Syria: Humanitarian disaster in Idlib ‘unfolding before our eyes’ says top UN relief official

INTERNATIONAL, 18 June 2019, Peace and Security - Unabating violence, destruction and a downward sprial in overall conditions for the desperate people trapped in north-western Syria’s Idlib were in the spotlight as the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Tuesday that “we are faced with a humanitarian disaster unfolding before our eyes”. “There is no denying the facts”, he stated. Mark Lowcock, also the UN Humanitarian Affairs chief, painted a grim picture of continuing violence involving Syrian Government forces and their allies, armed opposition forces, and the Security Council-listed terrorist organization Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). “Over the last six weeks, the conduct of hostilities has resulted in more than 230 civilian deaths, including 69 women and 81 children” he detailed in a briefing to the Council. “Hundreds more have...

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UN health agency steps up fight against ‘invisible pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance

June 18, 2019 No comments

UN health agency steps up fight against ‘invisible pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance

INTERNATIONAL, 18 June 2019, Health - As resistance to antibiotics grows, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the latest stage of its campaign to fight this deadly health risk – likened by the agency to an “invisible pandemic”– with the launch of a new online tool for health professionals on Tuesday. The AWaRe portal divides antibiotics into three groups – Access, Watch and Reserve – and explains which antibiotics should be used to treat the most common and serious infections (Access), which ones should be available at all times in the healthcare system (Watch), and those that must be used sparingly or preserved and used only as a last resort (Reserve). The campaign is designed to raise the proportion of global consumption of antibiotics in...

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LOOKING BACK AT RESULT-ORIENTED CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP

LOOKING BACK AT RESULT-ORIENTED CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) – (By Tatjana Obrazcova) Caribbean Aviation...

June 19, 2019 No comments

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN FETES ITS CLIENTS ON SPECIAL APPRECIATION DAY

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN FETES ITS CLIENTS ON SPECIAL APPRECIATION DAY

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – All across the region staff of...

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Maho Gives Thanks in a Celebration of You & Community

Maho Gives Thanks in a Celebration of You & Community

SINT MAARTEN (MAHO) – The Maho Group of Companies on...

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Bahamian Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace Shines at 2019 Caribavia on SXM

Bahamian Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace Shines at 2019 Caribavia on SXM

SINT MAARTEN (By Anne Salafia) - Journalists, pilots, and movers...

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CBCS hosts 3rd Central Banking Conference Supporting Inclusive Growth and Financial Innovation

June 19, 2019

CBCS hosts 3rd Central Banking Conference Supporting Inclusive Growth and Financial Innovation

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - On June 6 and 7, 2019, the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) he...

Coast Guard Recruitment Day is on Saturday

June 18, 2019

Coast Guard Recruitment Day is on Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard is recruiting youngsters to become Coas...

Three Cubans end hunger strike as UN Organization assists with relocation

June 17, 2019

Three Cubans end hunger strike as UN Organization assists with relocation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Wednesday June 12th, 2019, the Judge ordered the deportation of thre...

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Nature Foundation Gives Recommendation on the Proper Cleaning and Disposal of Sargassum Seaweed

June 18, 2019 No comments

Nature Foundation Gives Recommendation on the Proper Cleaning and Disposal of Sargassum Seaweed

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has issued recommendations pertaining to the proper cleaning and disposal of Sargassum seaweed from along the nation’s beaches. There is a ...

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Police seeking community assistance to apprehend two-armed robbery suspects. Woman ill-treated during home robbery

June 17, 2019 No comments

Police seeking community assistance to apprehend two-armed robbery suspects. Woman ill-treated during home robbery

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - On Friday, June 14th at approximately 10.30 P.M. Police Patrols and Detectives from the Special Robbery Unit were sent to a house in Sucker Garden to investigate an arme...

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MPs take the train to get to work, hybrid cars also popular

June 18, 2019 No comments

MPs take the train to get to work, hybrid cars also popular

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Two third of MPs take the train to get to work and electric cars are also popular under parliamentarians, according to a survey of 79 MPs’ commuting habits by the Financ...

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Fake History

June 18, 2019 No comments

Fake History

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY) - Fake news and weasel journalism are everywhere these days, even in St. Maarten apparently. And while it may be true that "democracy dies in darkness," it's also true that "...

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Johnson, Lee, Giterson & De Weever visit Flamingo and Royal Palm hotels

June 18, 2019

Johnson, Lee, Giterson & De Weever visit Flamingo and Royal Palm hotels

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Diamond Resorts in St. Maarten is expected to officially reopen its Fla...

18-months demanded by Prosecution in Sculptor Case

June 18, 2019

18-months demanded by Prosecution in Sculptor Case

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Court of First Instance issued the verdict in the Sculptor investig...

Nature Foundation Organizes Kids Shark Day on Saturday

June 18, 2019

Nature Foundation Organizes Kids Shark Day on Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - For the 4th year, the Nature Foundation St Maarten will organize a fun and...

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Part-time work more popular, 7% would like fewer hours

June 18, 2019 No comments

Part-time work more popular, 7% would like fewer hours

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Some 7% of working people in the Netherlands would like to cut their hours while 9% would like to work more, according to research by national statistics agency CBS. In...

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Wages rise 3.1% this year, FNV union is targeting 5%

June 18, 2019 No comments

Wages rise 3.1% this year, FNV union is targeting 5%

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Pay deals agreed in collective bargaining between unions and employers have resulted in an average rise of 3.1% so far, but the FNV trade union federation is setting its...

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Direct Supervision from Holland on Quality of Electricity and Drinking Water in the Caribbean Netherlands

June 19, 2019

Direct Supervision from Holland on Quality of Electricity and Drinking Water in the Caribbean Netherlands

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - From now on the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) will carry out the su...

June 19 is World Sickle Cell Day

June 18, 2019

June 19 is World Sickle Cell Day

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is the most frequent genetic disease worldwide.  SCD ...

N.V. GEBE sponsors the next big community event

June 18, 2019

N.V. GEBE sponsors the next big community event

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - All roads lead to the Belair Community Center on Wednesday, June 19, wh...

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Ministry VROMI Traffic Alert: Speed Bump Repair near Chesterfields and Bobby’s Marina

June 18, 2019 No comments

Ministry VROMI Traffic Alert: Speed Bump Repair near Chesterfields and Bobby’s Marina

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that maintenance works will be carried out on the traffic speed bumps a...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

June 18, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) June 19, 2019   WEATHER:   Tonight through Wednesday...

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