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‘Progress under threat,’ warns UN chief on twentieth anniversary of chemical weapons convention

April 26, 2017 No comments

‘Progress under threat,’ warns UN chief on twentieth anniversary of chemical weapons convention

INTERNATIONAL, 26 April 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today warned that progress made in eliminating the world’s declared stockpiles of chemical weapons is threatened by belligerents in the Middle East. “The recent attack in Syria was a horrific reminder of the stakes,” said Mr. Guterres in a video message to the commemorative ceremony for the 20th anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) held in The Hague, Netherlands. The OPCW is the implementing body of the Convention, which entered into force in 1997. As of today OPCW has 192 member States, who are working together to achieve a world free of chemical weapons. “Nearly all countries are party to the Convention – and the Organization has helped eliminate...

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Six months into battle for Mosul, water and trauma care are key UN and partner priorities

April 26, 2017 No comments

Six months into battle for Mosul, water and trauma care are key UN and partner priorities

INTERNATIONAL, 26 April 2017 – Safe drinking water is a major concern in Mosul, where a battle has been underway for the past six months to retake the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the United Nations humanitarian arm has said. Some 450,000 people are currently displaced and the number continues “to increase rapidly,” the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Iraq said. Humanitarian partners are trucking water to eastern Mosul at a rate of 2.3 million litres every day. Nearly 28 neighbourhoods now have access to clean drinking water in the east. However, “in newly retaken areas of western Mosul city, water trucking has already begun on a small scale, but significant increase in scale is...

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Turning problems into progress: UN celebrates ‘risk-takers’ on World Intellectual Property Day

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Turning problems into progress: UN celebrates ‘risk-takers’ on World Intellectual Property Day

INTERNATIONAL, 26 April 2017 – On World Intellectual Property Day, the United Nations is spotlighting innovation – “future-shapers and risk-takers” – exploring how it is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable, turning problems into progress. Marking the Day at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva, UN Secretary-General António Guterres noted that while the world is facing enormous changes and challenges, including new technologies and shifting labour markets that will impact people’s lives, WIPO has an essential role to play. “Your organization can be a central tool of the UN to be able to cope with these challenges, to provide us with the knowledge about what is happening, to give us the ideas, the suggestions of how we can organize ourselves at different levels...

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Inequalities between rich and poor temper broad success of immunization – UNICEF

April 26, 2017 No comments

Inequalities between rich and poor temper broad success of immunization – UNICEF

INTERNATIONAL, 26 April 2017 – Even though billions of doses of vaccines for children across 100 countries around the world were supplied in 2016, millions of children – especially those in conflict zones – still miss out on life-saving inoculations, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. “All children, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are, have the right to survive and thrive, safe from deadly diseases,” Robin Nandy, the Chief of Immunization at UNICEF, said in a news release. Access to immunization has led to a dramatic decrease in deaths of children under the age of five from vaccine-preventable diseases, and has brought the world closer to eradicating deadly scourges like polio and measles but despite this progress,...

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DR Congo: UN seeks $64 million to tackle humanitarian crisis in Kasaï region

April 26, 2017 No comments

DR Congo: UN seeks $64 million to tackle humanitarian crisis in Kasaï region

INTERNATIONAL, 26 April 2017 – The United Nations has appealed for $64.5 million to respond to the urgent needs of 731,000 people over the next six months in the Kasaï region, the latest “humanitarian hotspot” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “The Kasaï crisis is an acute crisis of massive proportions in a country that is already going through one of the world's most relentlessly acute humanitarian emergencies,” the Humanitarian Coordinator in DRC, Mamadou Diallo, said in Kinshasa. “We are facing a new challenge that requires additional resources to respond to the needs of thousands of displaced people and host families as our current capacities are being outstripped,” he added. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more...

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Generous PJIA donation makes USM Hospitality Management Student trip possible

Generous PJIA donation makes USM Hospitality Management Student trip possible

POND ISLAND - Just before University of St. Martin’s (USM)...

April 26, 2017 No comments

Minister of VROMI to respond to questions regarding pipes and pumps in/at Great Salt Pond

Minister of VROMI to respond to questions regarding pipes and…

PHILIPSBURG – “The matter of the water pumps in the...

April 26, 2017 No comments

Miss Mature Donate Costumes to the Sister Basilia Center

Miss Mature Donate Costumes to the Sister Basilia Center

ST. JOHN’S ESTATE - Miss Mature Carnival Queen 2017-2018; Ms....

April 26, 2017 No comments

Dutch Travel Agents and Tour Operators arrive for Carnival Fam Trip

Dutch Travel Agents and Tour Operators arrive for Carnival Fam…

SIMPSON BAY – On Tuesday afternoon, a group of Dutch...

April 25, 2017 No comments

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Motorworld a proud supporter of Carnival with $10,000+ in sponsorship funds

April 26, 2017

Motorworld a proud supporter of Carnival with $10,000+ in sponsorship funds

COLE BAY - The premier auto dealership of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, the Motorworld Group of Compani...

Hundreds Enjoy Local Wildlife at Endemic Animal Festival

April 26, 2017

Hundreds Enjoy Local Wildlife at Endemic Animal Festival

GRAND CASE - Hundreds of guests from St. Martin and beyond learned about local wildlife at the fourt...

Long queues at Schiphol are due to negligence: KLM director

April 26, 2017

Long queues at Schiphol are due to negligence: KLM director

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The long waits travellers at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport are current...

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PPA LEADER ARRINDELL: IS THERE A PERFECT STORM BREWING?

April 26, 2017 No comments

PPA LEADER ARRINDELL: IS THERE A PERFECT STORM BREWING?

PHILIPSBURG – Leader of the People Progressive Alliance (PPA) Gracita Arrindell states: “There’s a term often used ‘Might is Right’ that comes to mind after making the subsequent analyses of the many ...

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St. Maarten Sports and Olympic Federation delegation heads to Cuba

April 26, 2017 No comments

St. Maarten Sports and Olympic Federation delegation heads to Cuba

POND ISLAND - On Sunday April 23, 2017, a group consisting of seven athletes and seven delegates left for Cuba to attend the St. Maarten Promising Athletes (SPA) training camp, according to a press re...

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Status of declaration on indigenous peoples' rights in spotlight as UN forum opens in New York

April 24, 2017 No comments

Status of declaration on indigenous peoples' rights in spotlight as UN forum opens in New York

INTERNATIONAL, 24 April 2017 – Speaking at the opening of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, senior UN officials today underscored the need to do more to ensure that indigenous p...

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CAPT. DINO'S SIMPSONBAY CHICKEN SHACK

April 23, 2017 No comments

CAPT. DINO'S SIMPSONBAY CHICKEN SHACK

SINT MAARTEN/COMMENTARY - Closed down, victim of a possibly outdated, easily circumvented Government policy on vending licenses. That policy states (and I am paraphrasing) that vending licenses can on...

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Expansion of Liseo Boneriano has been launched

April 26, 2017

Expansion of Liseo Boneriano has been launched

BONAIRE - The execution of the ‘Expansion of Liseo Boneriano’ construction project in the Hato neigh...

More Movement for the Elderly this Friday at I & I Fitness

April 25, 2017

More Movement for the Elderly this Friday at I & I Fitness

COLE BAY, (DCOMM) – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Friday, April 28.  Senior ...

TelEm Offices Closed During Upcoming Holidays

April 25, 2017

TelEm Offices Closed During Upcoming Holidays

POND ISLAND – TelEm Group of Companies wishes to hereby inform the general public that its offices w...

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Dutch must improve investment climate, trade board says

April 27, 2017 No comments

Dutch must improve investment climate, trade board says

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – If the Netherlands is to continue to grow as an international trading country, then it must have the best fiscal investment climate in Europe, according to a report by t...

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Dutch tattoo artist recognised in king’s birthday honours list

April 27, 2017 No comments

Dutch tattoo artist recognised in king’s birthday honours list

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Tattoo artist Henk Schiffmacher is among the 2,819 people given decorations in King Willem-Alexander’s traditional birthday honours list. The awards committee said Sch...

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Highest point renovation San Luis School building

April 26, 2017

Highest point renovation San Luis School building

BONAIRE - Thursday April 20th, was celebration at San Luis Bertran School in Rincon, because the 'hi...

Funding Agency SFC Office Relocated to Madame Estate

April 26, 2017

Funding Agency SFC Office Relocated to Madame Estate

MADAME ESTATE - The ‘Samenwerkende Fondsen Cariben’ office on Sint Maarten, which caters to the isla...

MP Wescot-Williams pushes initiative to increase drinking age

April 26, 2017

MP Wescot-Williams pushes initiative to increase drinking age

PHILIPSBURG - It is parliament's policy that initiative draft laws presented to parliament and whose...

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COCI Closed During Upcoming Holidays

April 26, 2017 No comments

COCI Closed During Upcoming Holidays

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) would like to inform the general public that it’s office will be closed during the following upcoming holidays: •        Thursday, ...

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Weather Forecast for Thursday - Saturday

April 26, 2017 No comments

Weather Forecast for Thursday - Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) April 27, 2017 WEATHER:  Tonight through Thur...

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