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UN honours peacekeepers who ‘paid the ultimate price’, for the sake of others

May 24, 2019 No comments

UN honours peacekeepers who ‘paid the ultimate price’, for the sake of others

INTERNATIONAL, 24 May 2019, Peace and Security - Ever since the UN deployed the first of its 72 peacekeeping missions back in 1948, more than 3,800 peacekeepers have lost their lives, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday, at a wreath laying ceremony in honour of those “brave men and women” who serve. Speaking of “the true cost of peacekeeping”, the UN chief called for a moment of silence for those who “paid the ultimate price” to protect others and “to give war-torn countries a chance for peace and hope”. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned –Secretary-General Hammarskjöld “Today, in 14 missions around the world, our peacekeepers serve heroically to preserve...

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Around 600,000 Afghan children face death through malnutrition without emergency funds: UNICEF

May 24, 2019 No comments

Around 600,000 Afghan children face death through malnutrition without emergency funds: UNICEF

INTERNATIONAL, 24 May 2019, Humanitarian Aid - In Afghanistan, children suffering from the most serious form of malnutrition may die, unless $7 million in funding is found within weeks, UNICEF said on Friday. Speaking in Geneva, UN Children’s Fund spokesperson Christophe Boulierac, likened the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country to “one of the worst disasters on earth”. And he warned that increased violence and last year’s severe drought have left hundreds of thousands of under-fives, critically vulnerable in the west and north of the country. “There are two million children in the country which suffer from acute malnutrition, among them 600,000 children that suffer from severe acute malnutrition,” he said. “A child that suffers from acute severe malnutrition is a child that needs urgent...

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‘Great cause of concern’ UN chief tells Security Council on 'bleak' state of civilian protection

May 23, 2019 No comments

‘Great cause of concern’ UN chief tells Security Council on 'bleak' state of civilian protection

INTERNATIONAL, 23 May 2019, Peace and Security - Marking 20 years since the UN Security Council added the protection of civilians to its agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres told the chamber on Thursday that while safeguards were stronger, “compliance has deteriorated”.   “We are rightly critical when assessing the state of the protection of civilians, for there is great cause of concern”, he said.  The UN chief walked members through 20 years of progress, saying that a “culture of protection” had indeed “taken root” that encompasses a comprehensive framework based on international law, and becoming one of the peace and security body’s “core issues”.   Also, in the plus column, he credited deploying specialist advisors in peace operations and reinforcing humanitarian agencies’ work to strengthen child protection...

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DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator

May 23, 2019 No comments

DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator

INTERNATIONAL, 23 May 2019, Health - With the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations on Thursday announced measures to strengthen its response, with the Organization’s newly appointed Emergency Coordinator (EERC) declaring there is “no time to lose”. Amidst a surge in new cases, the epidemic has claimed more than 1,200 lives and threatens to spread to other provinces in the east, as well as neighbouring countries. A third of those infected have been children; a higher proportion than during previous outbreaks.  Up to the middle of this month, the number of cases, according to UN figures, stood at 1,847 (1,759 confirmed and 88 probable). In total, there have been 1,223 deaths (1,135 confirmed and 88 probable)...

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End ‘shame, isolation and segregation’ of fistula sufferers, urges UN reproductive health chief

May 23, 2019 No comments

End ‘shame, isolation and segregation’ of fistula sufferers, urges UN reproductive health chief

INTERNATIONAL, 23 May 2019, Women - Although obstetric fistula has largely been eliminated in developed countries, more than two million women and girls still live with the painful and disfiguring condition, according to UN data. Marking the International Day on 23 May to end the almost entirely preventable condition, the head of the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, said that sufferers continue to “face devastating social stigma”.  “Shame, isolation and segregation are among the indignities faced by the hundreds of thousands of women and girls worldwide who suffer from obstetric fistula”, said Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA’s Executive Director, in a statement issued on Thursday.  Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious injuries that can occur during childbirth, leaving a hole between the birth canal and...

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General Audit Chamber 2018 Annual Report Now Available Online for Public Review

General Audit Chamber 2018 Annual Report Now Available Online for…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The General Audit Chamber issued its...

May 24, 2019 No comments

Caribsky partners continue alliance discussions

Caribsky partners continue alliance discussions

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Caribsky alliance members met in...

May 24, 2019 No comments

Generation New Status STM band performs at AUC Commencement in Miami

Generation New Status STM band performs at AUC Commencement in…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Thirteen band members of the Generation...

May 23, 2019 No comments

Tamara Groeneveldt “literary ambassador” at St. Martin Book Fair 2019

Tamara Groeneveldt “literary ambassador” at St. Martin Book Fair 2019

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Tamara Groeneveldt leads the list...

May 23, 2019 No comments

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CPS surveillance system continues to monitor for diphtheria. Free Vaccination Outreach this Saturday for 0-17-year olds

May 24, 2019

CPS surveillance system continues to monitor for diphtheria. Free Vaccination Outreach this Saturday for 0-17-year olds

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in a recent epidemiological alert t...

COCA-COLA “RECYCLE TO WIN” CAMPAIGN EXTENDED

May 24, 2019

COCA-COLA “RECYCLE TO WIN” CAMPAIGN EXTENDED

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Since March 9th, every Saturday, empty cans were brought to the Coca-Cola ...

Be The Change Fd. Thanks Donors for their Support

May 23, 2019

Be The Change Fd. Thanks Donors for their Support

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Local advocacy group and promoter of non-profit causes in St. Maarten, ...

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Minister De Weever: Commends Police & Participants in Cops & Kids Programme

May 24, 2019 No comments

Minister De Weever: Commends Police & Participants in Cops & Kids Programme

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) concluded its Cops & Kids programme which is part of their year plan with sports day activities that concluded at the John Cooper/Jose...

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29-Year old Suspect in Cost Pro robbery arrested after lead from French authorities

May 24, 2019 No comments

29-Year old Suspect in Cost Pro robbery arrested after lead from French authorities

MADAME ESTATE - On Wednesday 22nd May the KPSM (Sint Maarten Police Force) police arrested one suspect who was involved in the armed robbery of Cost Pro supermarket, it was announced on Friday afterno...

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Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise inducts new members: Amanda Wever and Glenda Shillingford

May 23, 2019 No comments

Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise inducts new members: Amanda Wever and Glenda Shillingford

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Amanda Wever and Glenda Shillingford were officially inducted as the newest members of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise. Amanda Wever wife of 44 years and counting of M...

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Parents and Guardians Invited to bring their Children to the Vaccination Outreach this Saturday

May 23, 2019 No comments

Parents and Guardians Invited to bring their Children to the Vaccination Outreach this Saturday

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is inviting parents and guardians to bring their child (ren) to the Vaccination Community Outreach that will be taking place this Saturday...

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Thursday Morning Robbery at Mr. K Supermarket Under Investigation

May 24, 2019

Thursday Morning Robbery at Mr. K Supermarket Under Investigation

PHILIPSBURG - The investigating officers of KPSM (Sint Maarten Police Force) are currently busy inve...

Statia conducts survey on improvement of Wilhelmina Park

May 23, 2019

Statia conducts survey on improvement of Wilhelmina Park

ST. EUSTATIUS - The Directorate of Society and Welfare of the Public Entity St. Eustatius is carryin...

Hurricane Pass Application Process Starts May 24

May 23, 2019

Hurricane Pass Application Process Starts May 24

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The application process for the annual Hurricane Passes for the 2019 Atlantic H...

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Alice Walker “reading” Plastered in Pretty by N.C. Marks

May 23, 2019 No comments

Alice Walker “reading” Plastered in Pretty by N.C. Marks

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT Bay) - “I’m reading Pretty and I’m loving it. It’s fresh, you are writing for these times. I also like the fact that you spoke in your language,” said acclaimed USA author Alice Wa...

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SMMAF Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Results

May 22, 2019 No comments

SMMAF Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Results

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - St. Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) held their fourth and biggest event to date last Saturday, May 18th at the MPC Gym in St. Peters.  The event showcased two comba...

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TelEm Group to carry out cable maintenance on Friday

May 23, 2019

TelEm Group to carry out cable maintenance on Friday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – TelEm Group Outside Plant technicians will be carrying out maintenance ...

SMMC welcomes new Orthopedic Surgeon

May 23, 2019

SMMC welcomes new Orthopedic Surgeon

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) welcomes Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Nader Day...

Rotary Club Mid Isle Assist Dow’s Musical Foundation

May 23, 2019

Rotary Club Mid Isle Assist Dow’s Musical Foundation

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Ebony Steel Orchestra under the management of Dow’s Musical Foundat...

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Parliamentary Committee TEATT to meet at 2.00PM

May 24, 2019 No comments

Parliamentary Committee TEATT to meet at 2.00PM

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The parliamentary Committee Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications (TEATT), is to convene at 2.00pm in the House of Parliament on Friday, May 24. This m...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

May 23, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) May 24, 2019   WEATHER:   Tonight through Friday evenin...

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