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One in four Iraqi children impacted by conflict, poverty; education key for lasting peace – UNICEF

January 19, 2018 No comments

One in four Iraqi children impacted by conflict, poverty; education key for lasting peace – UNICEF

INTERNATIONAL, 19 January 2018 – More than four million children have been impacted by extreme violence in Iraq, many robbed of their childhood and forced to fight on the frontlines, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Friday. “Last year alone, 270 children were killed,” said UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappelaere following a recent visit. “Some will bear the physical and psychological scars for life due to exposure to unprecedented brutality,” he added, pointing out that over one million children were forced to leave their homes. Today, Iraq hosts one of UNICEF’s largest operations in the world, responding with humanitarian and development assistance to the needs of the most vulnerable girls and boys across the country. Violence is not only killing and maiming children; it is...

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Central Africa’s iconic mammals threatened by poachers, armed groups – UN environment wing

January 19, 2018 No comments

Central Africa’s iconic mammals threatened by poachers, armed groups – UN environment wing

INTERNATIONAL, 19 January 2018 – Elephants, giraffes, rhinos and other magnificent mammals targeted in wildlife conservation areas of Central Africa are under threat of extinction, caught in the crosshairs of armed groups and highly-militarized poachers, the United Nations environment wing warned on Friday. “The importance of engaging local communities in fighting poaching, and of enhancing their alternative livelihoods, has now been widely recognized across various national, regional and global fora” said Bianca Notarbartolo of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “But such commitments have yet to be matched by enough effective implementation,” she added. UNEP’s warning comes in the wake of the release last month by the non-governmental organization Traffic of a report reflecting the grim reality the negative impact of armed groups on wildlife...

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More flee Cameroon’s English-speaking areas; UN concerned over safety of women and children

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More flee Cameroon’s English-speaking areas; UN concerned over safety of women and children

INTERNATIONAL, 19 January 2018 – As swelling numbers of people flee English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria, the United Nations on Friday expressed concern over the precarious situation of women and children, which make now up about 80 per cent of the approximately 10,000 registered refugees in eastern Nigeria’s Cross River state. “Some of these are boys and girls who fled to Nigeria alone,” William Spindler, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters at the regular press briefing in Geneva, adding that unaccompanied and separated children are particularly vulnerable. “UNHCR has received numerous reports that children have to work or beg to survive or to help their families,” he added. Many reported that they were unable to attend...

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UN chief spotlights potential offered by cooperation among countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan

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UN chief spotlights potential offered by cooperation among countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan

INTERNATIONAL, 19 January 2018 – The threats of violent extremism and transnational organized crime in Afghanistan reverberate across Central Asia and the world and countering them cannot be the responsibility of one country alone, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday, urging regional and multilateral cooperation, based firmly on human rights. “Regional cooperation offers opportunities to address common concerns, including counter-terrorist financing, improving border security, fostering dialogue with religious institutions and leaders, and countering human trafficking and drug smuggling,” said the Secretary-General, briefing a Security Council meeting on building regional partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia. Convened by Kazakhstan in its capacity as the President of the Security Council for the month of January, the ministerial-level debate was chaired by the country’s Foreign Minister, Kairat Abdrakhmanov. The...

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Syria: UN rights officials decry ‘devastating’ impact of surging violence on civilians

January 19, 2018 No comments

Syria: UN rights officials decry ‘devastating’ impact of surging violence on civilians

INTERNATIONAL, 19 January 2018 – Concerned over the devastating impact of escalating violence in Syria, where dozens of people in eastern Ghouta have been killed in recent airstrikes, and schools and hospitals are being deliberately destroyed, senior United Nations officials have underscored the obligation on all parties to the conflict, and the international community, to protect civilians from atrocity crimes. “We cannot stand by silently in the face of indiscriminate violence and violations of international human rights and humanitarian law,” said Adama Dieng the UN Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide, and Ivan Simonovic, the UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, in a statement issued Thursday. “We urge all stakeholders, including the Security Council, to condemn this violence, and we urge the...

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Winair commenced service to Haiti with new aircraft

Winair commenced service to Haiti with new aircraft

SIMPSON BAY – Winair commenced service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January...

January 21, 2018 No comments

Work Group formed within EOC to assess National Tsunami Preparations

Work Group formed within EOC to assess National Tsunami Preparations

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – A small Work Group (WG) within...

January 19, 2018 No comments

The 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Raises Funds for Local Foundations

The 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Raises Funds for Local…

SIMPSON BAY - In the wake of Hurricane Irma, organizers...

January 19, 2018 No comments

Prime Minister Marlin Romeo expresses sympathy to the Government and People of the Netherlands

Prime Minister Marlin Romeo expresses sympathy to the Government and…

POND ISLAND - Newly sworn-in Prime Minister Leona Marlin Romeo...

January 18, 2018 No comments

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German Ambassador pays Courtesy Visit to  Prime Minister Marlin Romeo

January 19, 2018

German Ambassador pays Courtesy Visit to Prime Minister Marlin Romeo

POND ISLAND - On Friday January 19th the German Ambassador Dirk Brengelmann paid a courtesy visit to...

Minister Wuite expresses condolence on the passing of student Kenrick Richardson

January 19, 2018

Minister Wuite expresses condolence on the passing of student Kenrick Richardson

POND ISLAND - On behalf of the Public Schools and the Ministry, Minister Jorien Wuite expresses her ...

CPS says use mosquito repellent to stop mosquito’s from biting

January 19, 2018

CPS says use mosquito repellent to stop mosquito’s from biting

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Min...

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THE ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN AND THE LIONS CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN ACCEPT LARGE DONATIONS FROM THE JUMP UP CASINO

January 19, 2018 No comments

THE ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN AND THE LIONS CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN ACCEPT LARGE DONATIONS FROM THE JUMP UP CASINO

PHILIPSBURG – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and the Lions Club of Sint Maarten proudly accepted large donations from the Jump Up Casino on Saturday evening at L’Isola Restaurant in Pelican Key total...

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Elektra and Cleaver CEO of Winair talk about recovery of Winair post Hurricane Irma

January 18, 2018 No comments

Elektra and Cleaver CEO of Winair talk about recovery of Winair post Hurricane Irma

PHILIPSBURG - Radio host Elektra was pleased to have Winair’s President & CEO Mr. Michael Cleaver in an interview in her new morning program Elektra Groovin on Oasis 96.3 started on January 8th 2018. ...

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Why is the Caribbean not a BRICS-M nation?

January 19, 2018 No comments

Why is the Caribbean not a BRICS-M nation?

SINT MAARTEN/COMMENTARY - The cruise industry makes half of its $40 billion in the Caribbean, Digicel makes over $3.5 billion off of its Caribbean pan America investments, the Caribbean airline indust...

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Storm damage to Dutch homes and cars put at over €90m

January 19, 2018 No comments

Storm damage to Dutch homes and cars put at over €90m

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Thursday’s severe storm, which battered the Netherlands with winds of up to 130 kph, has caused at least €90m worth of damage to private homes and cars, the insurers ass...

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Frans: "Leader" of the UD still trying to manipulate and confuse

January 19, 2018

Frans: "Leader" of the UD still trying to manipulate and confuse

PHILIPSBURG - Leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party MP Frans Richardson on Friday said the lea...

SDM introduces its fifth candidate Lewis to the community

January 19, 2018

SDM introduces its fifth candidate Lewis to the community

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Development Movement (SDM) in a press statement on Friday introduced t...

CPS: Advises persons at risk to get their flu vaccine

January 18, 2018

CPS: Advises persons at risk to get their flu vaccine

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Influenza, better known as the flu, is a highly contagious viral infection.  Un...

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The Hague police become rappers: ‘you’d better not fok with our beat’

January 19, 2018 No comments

The Hague police become rappers: ‘you’d better not fok with our beat’

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A group of police officers in one of The Hague’s poorer neighbourhoods have come up with a rap which they hope will help them to ‘connect at street-level’. ‘Our work is...

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Justice officials confiscate over €221m from convicted criminals

January 19, 2018 No comments

Justice officials confiscate over €221m from convicted criminals

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Justice Ministry officials in the Netherlands confiscated over €221m from convicted criminals last year, well above their target of €138m. The total is made up of cash ...

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USP town hall meetings start in St. Peters Tuesday

January 18, 2018

USP town hall meetings start in St. Peters Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG - The United St. Maarten (US) party will host the first of many town hall meetings for t...

Status Dia di Rincon

January 18, 2018

Status Dia di Rincon

BONAIRE - During the meeting of the Island Council on January 16th, 2018, questions were raised abou...

Introducing Solange Ludmila York-Duncan, #10 on the National Alliance Slate

January 18, 2018

Introducing Solange Ludmila York-Duncan, #10 on the National Alliance Slate

PHILIPSBURG – “The Disciple Peter said, “Use your God-given gifts to serve others”.  Solange Ludmila...

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Negotiation results in new CLA for Central Government workers CN

January 18, 2018 No comments

Negotiation results in new CLA for Central Government workers CN

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The Director of RCN has today reached a negotiation result with the trade unions about a new Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) for Central Government civil servants in the Caribbe...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

January 20, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) January 21, 2018 …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT...

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