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Ongoing settlement activities undermining Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, warns UN envoy

September 26, 2017 No comments

Ongoing settlement activities undermining Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, warns UN envoy

INTERNATIONAL, 25 September 2017 – Continuing settlement expansion, most notably in occupied East Jerusalem, is making the two-State solution increasingly unattainable and undermining Palestinian belief in the international peace efforts, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.  “In addition to illegal settlements, the practice of demolishing Palestinian structures in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and displacing Palestinians undermines the prospects of peace,” said Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.  Briefing the 15-member body on the latest developments, Mr. Mladenov reported that since June, Israel’s illegal settlement activities have continued at a “high rate,” a consistent pattern over the course of this year. Activity during this period was concentrated primarily in occupied East Jerusalem, where plans were...

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New UN report details grave human rights violations in Crimea

September 26, 2017 No comments

New UN report details grave human rights violations in Crimea

INTERNATIONAL, 25 September 2017 – The human rights situation in Crimea has significantly deteriorated under Russian occupation, a United Nations report says, detailing how residents there were affected when Ukrainian laws were substituted by those of Russia, including the imposition of Russian citizenship.  “Grave human rights violations, such as arbitrary arrests and detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment and torture, and at least one extra-judicial execution were documented,” notes the report published today by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).  “The citizenship issue has had a major impact on the lives of many residents of Crimea,” High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a press release.  “As the report states, imposing citizenship on the inhabitants of an occupied territory can be equated to...

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In Bangladesh, UN refugee chief warns influx of Rohingya outpaces capacities to respond

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In Bangladesh, UN refugee chief warns influx of Rohingya outpaces capacities to respond

INTERNATIONAL, 25 September 2017 – The United Nations refugee chief today called for ramped-up support for an estimated 436,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last month, warning that the massive influx of people seeking safety far outpaces capacities to respond. “Their situation remains desperate, and we risk a dramatic deterioration if aid is not rapidly stepped up,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a press release, following a visit yesterday to Kutupalong refugee camp and other areas along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border where people have made their own shelters on tiny slivers of land. “Despite every effort by those on the ground, the massive influx of people seeking safety rapidly outpaced capacities to respond, and the...

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New lab will boost UN efforts to keep harmful insects at bay

September 26, 2017 No comments

New lab will boost UN efforts to keep harmful insects at bay

CARIBBEAN, 25 September 2017 – The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today opened the doors of a new laboratory to help countries use a nuclear technique to keep harmful insects, such as mosquitoes and fruit flies, at bay. The modern Insect Pest Control Laboratory (IPCL), located in Seibersdorf, Austria, will boost the Agency’s ability to assist Member States in applying the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) to combat insect pests that spread disease and damage crops. “With new and modern facilities, the IPCL will in future be able to do even more to help Member States control insect pests that endanger our crops, our livestock and our health,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said during the inauguration ceremony. The environmentally-safe SIT, a form of insect...

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Storm-ravaged Dominica in urgent need of food and water, finds UN assessment team

September 26, 2017 No comments

Storm-ravaged Dominica in urgent need of food and water, finds UN assessment team

CARIBBEAN, 25 September 2017 – A United Nations disaster assessment official visiting the small island nation of Dominica, which was battered by Hurricane Maria, said today that an estimated 60,000 to 65,000 people, or 80 per cent of the total population, have been affected and that food and water are the most immediate needs.  “There is a big, big urgency to get water and food,” said Sergio Da Silva, UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team leader, who spoke to reporters in New York by phone from the ground, adding that inaccessibility to remote areas has made it difficult to ascertain just how many people have been affected. “And when you fly over, you see all the trees are down…debris everywhere and...

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Public Schools to Reopen on October 2nd. Minister Impressed with Readiness

Public Schools to Reopen on October 2nd. Minister Impressed with…

PHILIPSBURG - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport...

September 26, 2017 No comments

Minister of Education Jacobs thanks USAR NL for assistance

Minister of Education Jacobs thanks USAR NL for assistance

POND ISLAND - In an effort to realize the October...

September 26, 2017 No comments

Port St. Maarten Reopens Cargo Operations over the Weekend

Port St. Maarten Reopens Cargo Operations over the Weekend

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Cargo operations at the Captain David...

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Detectives arrests three persons for looting

Detectives arrests three persons for looting

COLE BAY - On Saturday September 23rd, 2017 three suspects...

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PPA Arrindell: Where do we stand, which direction are we heading. Time for debate

September 26, 2017

PPA Arrindell: Where do we stand, which direction are we heading. Time for debate

PHILIPSBURG – Leader of the People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) Gracita Arrindell has heartfelt appr...

Guyana to assist citizens wishing to evacuate. Meeting on Wednesday

September 26, 2017

Guyana to assist citizens wishing to evacuate. Meeting on Wednesday

CUL DE SAC - There will be an urgent meeting for all citizens of Guyana, especially those wishing to...

Two new Garbage Trucks Arrive for the Ministry of VROMI

September 25, 2017

Two new Garbage Trucks Arrive for the Ministry of VROMI

POND ISLAND - Honorable Minister of VROMI Christopher Emmanuel, requested two garbage trucks from th...

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Curfew has been adjusted from 9 PM to 6 AM

September 26, 2017 No comments

Curfew has been adjusted from 9 PM to 6 AM

POND ISLAND - The Government of Sint Maarten together with the French Side authorities has decided to adjust the curfew from 9:00 PM till 6:00 AM as of today, Monday September 25th. The new curfew hou...

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Library closed due to Hurricane damage

September 25, 2017 No comments

Library closed due to Hurricane damage

PHILIPSBURG - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library regrets to inform all members and other library users that due to circumstances beyond our control the library is closed until further notice. The librar...

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Mosquito Fogging Activities; Schedule Opening Times of Clinics and Pharmacies for Tuesday

September 26, 2017 No comments

Mosquito Fogging Activities; Schedule Opening Times of Clinics and Pharmacies for Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG - The Collective Prevention Services Department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor informs the general public that in view of the noted increase of mosquitoe...

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POSTPONEMENT OF PARENTS MEETING – PUBLIC SCHOOLS

September 26, 2017 No comments

POSTPONEMENT OF PARENTS MEETING – PUBLIC SCHOOLS

PHILIPSBURG – The parents meeting which was scheduled for Tuesday September 26th at 8:00am, for the parents of the public-school students (Leonald Conner School, the Oranje School, the Dr. Martin Luth...

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Volunteers from Bonaire on Statia

September 26, 2017

Volunteers from Bonaire on Statia

ST. EUSTATIUS - Sunday, September 25th at 5.30 pm a group of volunteers from, among others, Rijksdie...

Mandatory School bus association meeting on Tuesday

September 25, 2017

Mandatory School bus association meeting on Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG— All members of the school bus association and current owners of school busses providing...

Garbage Separation & Disposal 

September 25, 2017

Garbage Separation & Disposal 

POND ISLAND - The Ministry of VROMI is reminding all residents of Sint Maarten to dispose their garb...

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Health insurer DSW cuts premiums by 50 cents a month

September 26, 2017 No comments

Health insurer DSW cuts premiums by 50 cents a month

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Health insurance company DSW, traditionally the first to announce its fees ahead of the new round of price hikes, said on Tuesday it will cut its premium charges by 50 c...

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Numbers of pensioner teachers add up

September 26, 2017 No comments

Numbers of pensioner teachers add up

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Four times more school teachers are working past pension age than two years ago, reports Trouw on Tuesday. At the end of 2016, there were 1201 primary school employees w...

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Client also responsible for counteracting illegal work

September 26, 2017

Client also responsible for counteracting illegal work

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Last week it was the first time that the Labour Inspection addressed a private ...

Kingdom Representative visits Statia and Saba

September 26, 2017

Kingdom Representative visits Statia and Saba

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Kingdom Representative Gilbert Isabella visited St. Eustatius and Saba last wee...

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN CANCELS WALK FOR THE CURE IN FIVE ISLANDS

September 26, 2017

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN CANCELS WALK FOR THE CURE IN FIVE ISLANDS

SINT MAARTEN/BARBADOS - CIBC FirstCaribbean organizers of the region’s largest cancer care and aware...

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CBS: Increase in flight movements to Bonaire and Statia. Saba sees drop

September 26, 2017 No comments

CBS: Increase in flight movements to Bonaire and Statia. Saba sees drop

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - Airplanes flew 5,190 times from and to the Caribbean Netherlands in the second quarter. Compared to the second quarter of 2016 this is an increase of 5.7 percent. The number of f...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

September 26, 2017 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) September 26, 2017   WEATHER: Tonight through Tues...

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