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‘We need to start now’ on road to peace, UN envoy says as Syria negotiations open in Geneva

February 23, 2017 No comments

‘We need to start now’ on road to peace, UN envoy says as Syria negotiations open in Geneva

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2017 – Welcoming the representatives of the Syrian Government and its opposition to the United Nations-facilitated negotiations that opened today in Geneva, Staffan de Mistura reiterated the need to work together for a political solution. “We face an uphill battle. It will not be easy,” the UN Special Envoy for Syria said, “but we must apply ourselves to this task.” “Let’s try to work together to end this horrible conflict and lay the foundation for a country at peace with itself, sovereign and unified,” he noted. Making reference to the Palais des Nations where the intra-Syrian negotiations are being held, he said the UN headquarters in Switzerland was a symbol “unifying all of us” given its history and could be the place...

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‘Turn the tide on plastic’ urges UN, as microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy

February 23, 2017 No comments

‘Turn the tide on plastic’ urges UN, as microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy

CARIBBEAN/INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2017 – Launching an unprecedented global campaign, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is urging everyone to eliminate the use of microplastics and stop the excessive, wasteful use of single-use plastic, to save the world’s seas and oceans from irreversible damage before it’s too late. “Plastic pollution is surfing onto Indonesian beaches, settling onto the ocean floor at the North Pole, and rising through the food chain onto our dinner tables,” Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of UNEP, said in a news release announcing the campaign. “We’ve stood by too long as the problem has gotten worse. It must stop,” he added. Through its Clean Seas campaign, the agency has urged countries and businesses to take ambitious measures to eliminate microplastics from personal-care...

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UN health agency reports depression now ‘leading cause of disability worldwide’

February 23, 2017 No comments

UN health agency reports depression now ‘leading cause of disability worldwide’

SINT MAARTEN/INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2017 – Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, the United Nations health agency today reported, estimating that it affects more than 300 million people worldwide – the majority of them women, young people and the elderly. An estimated 4.4 per cent of the global population suffers from depression, according to a report released today by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), which shows an 18 per cent increase in the number of people living with depression between 2005 and 2015. “Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life,” the WHO said. According to the report, which was released today ahead of April’s World Health Day, prevalence rates seem to peak in adults at...

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Security Council extends mandate of UN Guinea-Bissau peacebuilding office through 2018

February 23, 2017 No comments

Security Council extends mandate of UN Guinea-Bissau peacebuilding office through 2018

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2017 – The United Nations Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau, known as UNIOGBIS, and urged all political actors in the country to implement the provisions of the Conakry Agreement signed last October. The Council endorsed the Conakry Agreement – which carries the name of the Guinean capital where it was signed in 2016 following talks between political leaders, civil society and religious leaders – saying that “it offers a historic opportunity for national authorities and political leaders, as well as civil society, to jointly ensure political stability and build sustainable peace.” The 15-members of the Council welcomed and supported a high-level mission to the country that is...

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Yemen's health system another victim of the conflict – UN health agency

February 23, 2017 No comments

Yemen's health system another victim of the conflict – UN health agency

23 February 2017 – Acute shortage of critical medicines, limited fuel for electricity and specialized medical staff such as intensive care doctors and nurses having left Yemen have put innocent lives in danger, the United Nations health agency has warned. According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), only 45 per cent of the country's health facilities remain fully functional and accessible and at least 274 have been damaged or destroyed during the conflict. On top of this, drastic budget cuts have left health facilities without funds for operational costs and health care workers without regular salaries since September 2016. One such example is the 320-bed Al-Thawra Hospital, the main functioning health facility in Al-Hudaydah (Yemen's third largest city) and neighbouring governorates. Many health...

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S’Maatin International Mother’s Language Day a success

S’Maatin International Mother’s Language Day a success

POND ISLAND – On Tuesday February 21st, 2017 the Department...

February 23, 2017 No comments

ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN HOLDS SUCCESSFUL PUBLIC CYBER-BULLYING SEMINAR

ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN HOLDS SUCCESSFUL PUBLIC CYBER-BULLYING SEMINAR

PHILIPSBURG – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten recently completed...

February 23, 2017 No comments

YACHT CLUB AT ISLE DE SOL AND SIMPSON BAY MARINA TO SUPPORT THE NEW START FOR CHILDREN FOUNDATION

YACHT CLUB AT ISLE DE SOL AND SIMPSON BAY MARINA…

SIMPSON BAY – Yacht Club at Isle de Sol and...

February 22, 2017 No comments

Minister of Labour Lee meets with reps from WICLU about a number of issues

Minister of Labour Lee meets with reps from WICLU about…

POND ISLAND - Minister of VSA (Public Health, Social Development...

February 22, 2017 No comments

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Minister of Education Jacobs addresses matters related to AUIS Medical University

February 23, 2017

Minister of Education Jacobs addresses matters related to AUIS Medical University

POND ISLAND - The inflammatory, defamatory and libelous remarks made by Mr. Milo Pinckney, represent...

Civil Aviation Dept. on Use of remote piloted aircraft (RPA)/Drones during the Heineken Regatta

February 23, 2017

Civil Aviation Dept. on Use of remote piloted aircraft (RPA)/Drones during the Heineken Regatta

SIMPSON BAY - The Department of Civil Aviation, - Shipping and Maritime Affairs would like to reiter...

InselAir Curacao and InselAir Aruba are airworthy and safe to fly

February 22, 2017

InselAir Curacao and InselAir Aruba are airworthy and safe to fly

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - Recent newspaper articles reported from various sources that both InselAir Cu...

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Another edition of “Boardwalk Market” during the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

February 23, 2017 No comments

Another edition of “Boardwalk Market” during the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

SIMPSON BAY - Regatta Organizers are again having an open air market for the 37th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta which takes place March 2 to 5, 2017. The “Boardwalk Market” is intended...

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SMCP: PARLIAMENT AND THE SCREENING OF CANDIDATE MINISTERS

February 22, 2017 No comments

SMCP: PARLIAMENT AND THE SCREENING OF CANDIDATE MINISTERS

PHILIPSBURG – “Today, two months after the new Council of Ministers was sworn in, we still do not have a Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication (TEATT),” the Leader of th...

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Speed bump replacement starts Thursday evening

February 23, 2017 No comments

Speed bump replacement starts Thursday evening

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that on Thursday evening, February 23, a number of speed bumps will be ...

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Heightened concerns regarding Point Blanche detention facility Law Enforcement Council with threefold inspection

February 22, 2017 No comments

Heightened concerns regarding Point Blanche detention facility Law Enforcement Council with threefold inspection

POINT BLANCHE – Conditions at St. Maarten’s Point Blanche prison facility continues to be a source of grave concerns. So says the Law Enforcement Council, following completion of a report presented on...

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Lagoon Authority advises Simpson Bay Lagoon boaters and other maritime traffic to be observant of channel markers

February 23, 2017

Lagoon Authority advises Simpson Bay Lagoon boaters and other maritime traffic to be observant of channel markers

SIMPSON BAY LAGOON – The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority (SLAC) is advising boaters and other maritime ...

TelEm Group technicians training on use of newly purchased fiber-blowing tools

February 22, 2017

TelEm Group technicians training on use of newly purchased fiber-blowing tools

POND ISLAND - TelEm Group recently took delivery of state-of-the-art fiber-blowing tools that techni...

St. Dominic High Interact Club is called to Share

February 22, 2017

St. Dominic High Interact Club is called to Share

SOUTH REWARD - On February 6, 2017, to kick off Catholic Schools week under the theme: We are called...

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NBA Joins forces with Rio Productions for the Lighted Parade 2017

February 22, 2017 No comments

NBA Joins forces with Rio Productions for the Lighted Parade 2017

PHILIPSBURG - Popular Carnival festivities organizer ‘Nothin’ But Alcohol’ (NBA) will be joining forces with Rio Productions this year and will form an integral part of the Lighted Parade, lighting up...

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

February 22, 2017 No comments

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

COLE BAY, (DCOMM) – More Movement for the Elderly, will take place on Friday, February 24.  Senior citizens are invited to I & I Fitness which is located on Welfare road (behind the I-Store in Col...

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Pedestrian crossing and speed bump painting on February 26

February 23, 2017

Pedestrian crossing and speed bump painting on February 26

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure...

Attention ALL GED Exam students April 7 Deadline to Complete GED Exams at USM Approaches

February 22, 2017

Attention ALL GED Exam students April 7 Deadline to Complete GED Exams at USM Approaches

POND ISLAND - As of May 1, 2017 the new General Educational Development (GED) Exam that has been rol...

Another suspect detained in Ostrich-investigation  related to trafficking and human smuggling

February 22, 2017

Another suspect detained in Ostrich-investigation related to trafficking and human smuggling

PHILIPSBURG - On Wednesday morning, February 22, 2017 the suspect B.B. (..) has been arrested in the...

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Wibo de Vries will be appointed as director of the Correctional Institution Caribbean Netherlands (JICN)

February 23, 2017 No comments

Wibo de Vries will be appointed as director of the Correctional Institution Caribbean Netherlands (JICN)

SABA/ST. EUSTIUS - As of March 1st   2017 Wibo de Vries will be appointed as director of the Correctional Institution Caribbean Netherlands (JICN). Since 2013 he has been working at the JICN as deput...

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Weather Forecast for Friday - Sunday

February 23, 2017 No comments

Weather Forecast for Friday - Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) February 24, 2017 WEATHER:Tonight through Frid...

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