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Libya: Heavy shelling and civilian deaths ‘blatant violation’ of international law - UN envoy

April 17, 2019 No comments

Libya: Heavy shelling and civilian deaths ‘blatant violation’ of international law - UN envoy

INTERNATIONAL, 17 April 2019, Peace and Security - Heavy shelling overnight on Tuesday which hit a densely-populated neighbourhood of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, was condemned “in the strongest terms” by the head of the UN Mission there, after “scores” of civilians were reportedly killed and injured. “Horrible night of random shelling of residential areas”, tweeted UN Special Representative Ghassan Salame on Wednesday, after the Abu Salim district was hit. “For the sake of 3 million civilians living in Greater Tripoli, these attacks should stop. NOW!”  Khalifa Haftar, leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), which controls much of eastern and southern Libya, has waged a two-week military campaign to take Tripoli from fighters loyal to the UN-recognized Government.   According to initial medical reports, civilian casualties from the overnight attack, include women...

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Violence on the rise in Darfur following Sudan military takeover, but UN-AU peacekeeping mission maintains ‘robust posture’

April 17, 2019 No comments

Violence on the rise in Darfur following Sudan military takeover, but UN-AU peacekeeping mission maintains ‘robust posture’

INTERNATIONAL, 17 April 2019, Peace and Security - Security across the volatile Darfur region of Sudan has deteriorated since last week’s military takeover in Khartoum, the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday, but the peacekeeping mission in Darfur has “remained vigilant” in the face of rising violence.  Jeremiah Mamabolo,  Joint Special Representative for the UN-African Union Hybrid mission, UNAMID, updated members on events since the ousting of former president of 30 years, Omar al-Bashir, with news reports suggesting on Wednesday that he had now been transferred to prison.  Mr. Mamabolo said that with one General already forced out of office in the face of continuing protests, the daily curfew has now been lifted, and political detainees are due to be released, with a nationwide ceasefire now in place.   “Yesterday,...

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Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report

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Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report

INTERNATIONAL, 17 April 2019, Human Rights - Torture is likely still widespread in Afghanistan’s State-run prisons for detainees linked to ongoing conflict there, the UN said on Wednesday, while also noting an “encouraging reduction” in the level of abuse since 2016.  Based on interviews with more than 600 detainees and published jointly by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), their latest report on the treatment of prisoners indicates that an average of nearly one in three, provided “credible and reliable” accounts of suffering.  In the previous reporting period, covering 2015 and 2016, the ratio was closer to four in 10.  Beatings represented the most common form of torture and ill-treatment, according to the data, which also noted...

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Turn toxic e-waste into a source of ‘decent work’, UN labour agency urges

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Turn toxic e-waste into a source of ‘decent work’, UN labour agency urges

INTERNATIONAL, 17 April 2019, SDGs - A “toxic flood of electric and electronic waste” that is growing by the day across the world, should be urgently converted into a source of decent work, that can also protect populations from its harmful effects, the United Nations labour agency said on Wednesday.  Governments, workers and employer organizations reached agreement at a meeting of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, urging that “at all levels”, countries should look to increase and invest in better waste management infrastructure and systems to deal with “the rapidly growing flows of e-waste in ways that advance decent work”.  “Every stage of the reuse, recycling, refurbishing, resale” process, when it comes to technology “has to be looked at in much more systematic ways”,...

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UN Security Council condemns Taliban offensive as a blow against ‘sustainable peace’

April 16, 2019 No comments

UN Security Council condemns Taliban offensive as a blow against ‘sustainable peace’

INTERNATIONAL, 16 April 2019, Peace and Security - The United Nations Security Council has condemned the announcement by Taliban militants in Afghanistan of its spring offensive, saying it will result in more “unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people”. Recognizing citizens’ “strong desire for sustainable peace in Afghanistan”, the Council underscored that “calls for more fighting will not advance the goal of making a sustainable peace”. According to news reports, the announcement, which came as the UN lifted travel bans on the Taliban’s senior leaders to facilitate United States-led peace talks, signals that although negotiations are gaining momentum, fighting is likely to intensify around the country. “Seize the opportunity to begin an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations that result in a political settlement”, the Security Council urged...

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Ki-mani Olivacce Recognised with a Paul Harris Fellow

Ki-mani Olivacce Recognised with a Paul Harris Fellow

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – “It was with great pleasure that...

April 18, 2019 No comments

Easter Holiday Message from Minister of Culture Smith

Easter Holiday Message from Minister of Culture Smith

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – On Thursday Minister of Education,...

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NV GEBE Supervisory Board completes Good Governance training

NV GEBE Supervisory Board completes Good Governance training

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The NV GEBE Supervisory Board of...

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Frederick presents Carnival official magazine to SCDF

Frederick presents Carnival official magazine to SCDF

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Creative Director of So Contagious Studious...

April 17, 2019 No comments

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Carnival Season Message from Minister Wycliffe Smith

April 18, 2019

Carnival Season Message from Minister Wycliffe Smith

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – With Carnival 50 to officially kick-off with the opening of Festival Vi...

NAGICO INSURANCES ASSUMES SAGICOR LIFE INC. PORTFOLIO IN ST. MAARTEN

April 18, 2019

NAGICO INSURANCES ASSUMES SAGICOR LIFE INC. PORTFOLIO IN ST. MAARTEN

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Effective 8 April 2019, NAGICO LIFE INSURANCE N.V. AND NATIONAL GENERAL...

Rice Hill Garden completes Phase 3A infrastructure works

April 18, 2019

Rice Hill Garden completes Phase 3A infrastructure works

SINT MAARTEN (OYSTER POND) - Rice Hill Gardens Development is pushing ahead with providing residenti...

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Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Takes Aim at Plastic Pollution

April 18, 2019 No comments

Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Takes Aim at Plastic Pollution

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Every spring, groups on islands all over the Caribbean celebrate the birds that live only in the region. These events are all part of the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival, ...

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Human Trafficking/ Smuggling Team of KPSM arrest two suspects

April 18, 2019 No comments

Human Trafficking/ Smuggling Team of KPSM arrest two suspects

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Wednesday, April 17th, 2019, the Human Trafficking/Smuggling Team of KPSM (Sint Maarten Police Force), together with the assistance of the Uniform Division arrested two...

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MPC students receive tour of St. Maarten Concrete. Informed about career opportunities and role in rebuilding the country

April 18, 2019 No comments

MPC students receive tour of St. Maarten Concrete. Informed about career opportunities and role in rebuilding the country

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Several students from the Milton Peters College (MPC) HAVO took a special trip this week to St. Maarten Concrete on Organ Pipe Cactus Drive in Sucker Garden. The purpose o...

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Family Fun Day, Village Cook-Up, Youth Extravaganza kick off Carnival activities

April 17, 2019 No comments

Family Fun Day, Village Cook-Up, Youth Extravaganza kick off Carnival activities

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will kick off the official part of the Carnival schedule with its Family Fun Day and Youth Extravaganza on Easter Su...

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Minister Lee participates in launch of report on Universal Health in the 21st century

April 18, 2019

Minister Lee participates in launch of report on Universal Health in the 21st century

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Emil lee r...

SHTA & JetBlue discuss on how to deal with "Active Shooter" Situations

April 18, 2019

SHTA & JetBlue discuss on how to deal with "Active Shooter" Situations

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - This past Tuesday, the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (...

PARENTS GET INFO ON SZV HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE

April 18, 2019

PARENTS GET INFO ON SZV HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - April is recognized by the SZV as Autism awareness month and in light o...

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Entrepreneur Coombs says Seatrade provided an eye-opening experience

April 18, 2019 No comments

Entrepreneur Coombs says Seatrade provided an eye-opening experience

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The overall winner Crystal Coombs of Cocomoods Concepts of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) ‘Business Pitch to Seatrade’ who was one of three business...

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Two arrested at the Airport with gun clip/ammunition in carry-on luggage

April 18, 2019 No comments

Two arrested at the Airport with gun clip/ammunition in carry-on luggage

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - On Wednesday April 17th a male and a female suspect identified with initials C.V. J. and M.M. H. were arrested by the Alpha Team at the Princess Juliana Internatio...

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SMMC to attend FRED Expo in Holland in ongoing recruitment drive

April 18, 2019

SMMC to attend FRED Expo in Holland in ongoing recruitment drive

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) – St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) will be attending the upcoming FRED Expo...

Large Influx of Sargassum Currently Making Landfall. Warning issued

April 18, 2019

Large Influx of Sargassum Currently Making Landfall. Warning issued

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) – There is a large influx of Sargassum seaweed currently making landfall on ...

Police advises vendors not to sell beverages in glass bottles during Opening Jump Up for Carnival 2019

April 18, 2019

Police advises vendors not to sell beverages in glass bottles during Opening Jump Up for Carnival 2019

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As we are all aware the 50th Carnival Grand Celebrations are rapidly ap...

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1421 Vehicles controlled by Bike Patrol Team in Philipsburg

April 17, 2019 No comments

1421 Vehicles controlled by Bike Patrol Team in Philipsburg

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During the  period of March 13, 2019 and April 12, 2019  the Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) Bike Patrol Team conducted a series of traffic controls throughout the Philip...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

April 17, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

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

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