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‘We need accountability’ to end the crime of chemical weapons use in Syria, says Guterres

April 21, 2018 No comments

‘We need accountability’ to end the crime of chemical weapons use in Syria, says Guterres

INTERNATIONAL, 21 April 2018 - The members of the United Nations Security Council need to find a way to unite and punish anyone found to have used chemical weapons in Syria, in line with international law. That was the message on Saturday from Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to reporters in Sweden, where he is hosting a retreat for Council members in the home which belonged to his predecessor in the 1950s, Dag Hammarskjöld; an inspirational leader of the world body, who was tragically killed in a plane crash in what is now Zambia, in 1961. Following the recent alleged use of chemical weapons in the formerly-besieged Syrian city of Douma, and previous instances verified by the UN since the brutal conflict began, Mr. Guterres said that a way had...

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“Path is open” to peaceful denuclearization of Korean Peninsula: UN chief

April 21, 2018 No comments

“Path is open” to peaceful denuclearization of Korean Peninsula: UN chief

INTERNATIONAL, 21 April 2018 - Following the leader of North Korea’s announcement that nuclear and missile tests are to end, the UN chief António Guterres said on Saturday that the “path is open for the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”. Kim Jong-un, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), otherwise known as North Korea, said earlier in the day - according to news reports - that after conducting a total of six nuclear tests since 2006, further missile tests as part of the country’s nuclear weapons programme, were no longer needed. In a statement released by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Mr Guterres welcomed the decision, describing it as “a positive step forward” which would contribute to building trust between DPRK and its southern...

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Health experts at UN meeting press for action to address ‘double burden’ of malnutrition in Africa

April 20, 2018 No comments

Health experts at UN meeting press for action to address ‘double burden’ of malnutrition in Africa

INTERNATIONAL, 20 April 2018 - Africa’s attempts to achieve health for all by 2030 could be threatened unless the continent address the twin challenges of undernutrition and obesity, experts attending a United Nations meeting in Nairobi this week have warned. Undernutrition occurs when people do not get enough to eat, resulting in conditions such as wasting, which is when a child becomes dangerously thin. On the other hand, people who are obese have body fat levels that may impair their health. The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa calls these two issues “the double burden of malnutrition.” Together with diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, they are leading to “catastrophic costs” for citizens, communities and national health care systems across the continent. A 2016 study...

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Do not send refugees back to the violence they fled from, UN agency urges Cameroon

April 20, 2018 No comments

Do not send refugees back to the violence they fled from, UN agency urges Cameroon

INTERNATIONAL, 20 April 2018 - Despite warnings, Nigerian refugees and asylum-seekers who fled Boko Haram violence continue to be returned from Cameroon, the United Nations refugee agency has said, underscoring the need to accord international protection to those in need. “We appeal once again to the authorities in Cameroon to refrain from further forced returns and to ensure protection to those fleeing insecurity and persecution in Nigeria, in accordance with Cameroon’s national and international obligations,” the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement. Since the beginning of 2018, 385 Nigerians refugees and asylum-seekers have been forcibly returned from Cameroon – the majority of them last month, including 160 on 10 April and a further 118 a week later. In total, the UN...

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‘Save peace while it lasts,’ says General Assembly President, ahead of UN summit on sustaining peace

April 20, 2018 No comments

‘Save peace while it lasts,’ says General Assembly President, ahead of UN summit on sustaining peace

INTERNATIONAL, 20 April 2018 - The world needs a new approach to peace, which is why the United Nations General Assembly will hold a major meeting next week to discuss ways to foster peace by focusing on conflict prevention, mediation, dialogue and diplomacy, the 193-member body’s President has said. “By preventing conflict, we save human lives and we also save billions of dollars,” said Assembly President Miroslav  Lajčák, in a recent interview with UN News. “Therefore, we have to focus on prevention of conflicts rather than consequences of conflicts. We have to save peace while it lasts, not to deal with the situation once peace is lost.” “There is no development, there is not protection of human rights if there is no peace,” Mr....

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20 Out of 21 Schools Achieve Basic Quality Education Level

20 Out of 21 Schools Achieve Basic Quality Education Level

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - During the Inspectorate of Education’s last visit...

April 21, 2018 No comments

Over the Bank and Fort Willem Communities Invited to Red Cross Information Sessions

Over the Bank and Fort Willem Communities Invited to Red…

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) – The St. Maarten Red Cross...

April 20, 2018 No comments

SMCP REMAINS COMMITTED TO A COALITION WITH UD DESPITE COURT VERDICT REGARDING MP BROWNBILL

SMCP REMAINS COMMITTED TO A COALITION WITH UD DESPITE COURT…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP)...

April 19, 2018 No comments

Nature Foundation Launches Reduce and Reuse Project Aiming to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Consumption

Nature Foundation Launches Reduce and Reuse Project Aiming to Reduce…

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Nature Foundation organized a...

April 19, 2018 No comments

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Philipsburg Jubilee Library Organizes Special Story Telling Activity

April 20, 2018

Philipsburg Jubilee Library Organizes Special Story Telling Activity

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library might be destroyed but is still alive. ...

NA MP Doran calls on government to assist the people. Says time is of essence

April 20, 2018

NA MP Doran calls on government to assist the people. Says time is of essence

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) Egbert Jurendy Doran s...

Low Ticket Price for Hit Makers Show Ends Sunday

April 19, 2018

Low Ticket Price for Hit Makers Show Ends Sunday

SINT MAARTEN (MIDDLE REGION) – With one week to go before one of the biggest shows this Carnival sea...

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A Climate of Change for the Caribbean Internet

April 21, 2018 No comments

A Climate of Change for the Caribbean Internet

SINT MAARTEN/MIAMI - Spring storms with winter qualities clobbered North America this week, threatening Canada with slow-moving storms, and pounding the United States with near-record snowfall in the ...

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Dutch pensioners live in their own homes for longer

April 20, 2018 No comments

Dutch pensioners live in their own homes for longer

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The percentage of people over the age of 85 who are still living independently at home went up from 65% to 72% between 2012 and 1016, according to research by the Dutch ...

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Dutch doctors work on better skin cancer treatment

April 20, 2018 No comments

Dutch doctors work on better skin cancer treatment

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch doctors believe that they have found a more successful way to treat people with skin cancer, according to the Telegraaf on Friday. It reports that doctors from th...

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Record numbers stop smoking but one third of young Dutch adults still light up

April 20, 2018 No comments

Record numbers stop smoking but one third of young Dutch adults still light up

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – In 2017 a record 110,000 people in the Netherlands stopped smoking, taking the percentage of adult smokers in the population to 23.1%, according to new figures from nati...

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Five years after being sworn in, the Dutch king and queen are good for business

April 20, 2018

Five years after being sworn in, the Dutch king and queen are good for business

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima are good value for money and h...

Traffic temporarily back to normal along W.G. Buncamper road

April 20, 2018

Traffic temporarily back to normal along W.G. Buncamper road

PHILIPSBURG - The Police Department in consultation with the Ministry of VROMI is announcing the fol...

15-years demanded for 21-year old in Diamond Hill stabbing

April 19, 2018

15-years demanded for 21-year old in Diamond Hill stabbing

COLE BAY - The Public Prosecutor (OM) requested a lengthy prison sentence of 15 years for A.L. (21),...

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Dutch urged to revise laws on dual nationality by Brexit-hit expats

April 20, 2018 No comments

Dutch urged to revise laws on dual nationality by Brexit-hit expats

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch nationals living in Britain and British expats in the Netherlands have urged the Dutch government to make good its pledge to modernise the law on dual nationality....

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Food inspectors to get tough on water in meat product labeling

April 20, 2018 No comments

Food inspectors to get tough on water in meat product labeling

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch food safety board has given the meat industry until July 10 to come clean about how much water it adds to packs of meat and fish sold in supermarkets, the Volk...

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70 million people to be vaccinated as part of Vaccination Week in the Americas

April 20, 2018

70 million people to be vaccinated as part of Vaccination Week in the Americas

SINT MAARTEN/AMERICAS — More than 70 million people will be vaccinated against a variety of dangerou...

Public Prosecutor’s Office to set date for Public Auction

April 20, 2018

Public Prosecutor’s Office to set date for Public Auction

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) has taken the decision to donate a number of uncla...

NCSU says Up to 18-named storms and an active 2018 Hurricane Season ahead

April 19, 2018

NCSU says Up to 18-named storms and an active 2018 Hurricane Season ahead

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – This week researchers from the North Carolina State University (NCSU) said ...

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Markets watchdog raids dating websites in hunt for fake profiles

April 20, 2018 No comments

Markets watchdog raids dating websites in hunt for fake profiles

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch consumer and markets authority ACM has carried out dawn raids on a number of companies running dating websites as part of a campaign against fake profiles. Th...

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April 21, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Saturday April 21, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) April 22, 2018 WEATHER:  Tonight through Sunday evening...

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