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Peacekeeping expectations ‘far outstrip resources’: UN chief

September 25, 2018 No comments

Peacekeeping expectations ‘far outstrip resources’: UN chief

INTERNATIONAL, 25 September 2018, Peace and Security - “Expectations for peacekeeping have so far outstripped its resources,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told Heads of State and Government on Tuesday, as he opened a High-Level meeting marking the 70th anniversary of UN Peacekeeping operations, at UN Headquarters in New York. Mr. Guterres outlined the impetus for his launch of the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative in March this year, citing the tragically high numbers of peacekeeping fatalities he faced during his first months in office, and the recommendations of the subsequent report, “Improving Security of United Nations Peacekeepers.” Peacekeepers must navigate complex conflicts on the ground, stalled peace processes and a rise in transnational terrorism but, said Mr. Guterres, one overarching challenge they face is the gap between aspiration and reality. UN Peacekeeping A4P...

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South Sudan: amid security challenges, aid workers delivering ‘against the odds’

September 25, 2018 No comments

South Sudan: amid security challenges, aid workers delivering ‘against the odds’

INTERNATIONAL, 25 September 2018, Humanitarian Aid - Mayen is South Sudanese. He was forced to flee his home when the conflict started in 2013. Five years later, his voice is resonating in one of the conference rooms of United Nations Headquarters in New York, on the margins of the 73rd General Assembly. In the video shown at the high-level event on South Sudan, Mayen is holding a book that he says was given to him by the UN. “It contains the rights of internally displaced persons, all those who had to flee from one city to another city. When I read this book, I realized that not even 10 per cent of my rights are met. So tell me, am I not a human being?...

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Afghanistan: Sunday airstrike killed 12 women and children from one family, UN mission reports

September 25, 2018 No comments

Afghanistan: Sunday airstrike killed 12 women and children from one family, UN mission reports

INTERNATIONAL, 25 September 2018, Peace and Security - Preliminary findings from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released on Tuesday, indicate that 12 women and children from a single family were killed in an airstrike that took place on Sunday, conducted by pro-Government forces. They were sheltering in a house belonging to the family in the village of Mullah Hafez, Jaghato district, Maidan Wardak, when it was destroyed by an aerial missile. “Ten of those killed were children whose ages ranged from six, to 15. Eight were girls”, said a statement from the Mission. “UNAMA is currently reviewing reports of civilian casualties from a number of alleged airstrikes in other parts of the country,” the statement continued. “UNAMA continues to work to verify whether Afghan or...

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‘Multilateralism is the only answer to the challenges we face,’ UN Assembly President tells world leaders

September 25, 2018 No comments

‘Multilateralism is the only answer to the challenges we face,’ UN Assembly President tells world leaders

INTERNATIONAL, 25 September 2018, UN Affairs - With a call to multilateralism and shared work towards sustainable development and equality for all, María Fernanda Espinosa formally inaugurated the seventy-third general debate of the of the United Nations General Assembly. Ms Espinosa, the President of the General Assembly, affirmed on Tuesday that the contribution of the United Nations to humanity has been immense, citing the principles that govern the international coexistence emanated from the forum she leads. “The reality is that the work of the United Nations remains as relevant as it was 73 years ago. Multilateralism is the only possible answer to the global problems we face. Weakening or putting it in question only generates instability and bewilderment, distrust and polarization,” she said.

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Ebola-hit DRC faces ‘perfect storm’ as uptick in violence halts WHO operation

September 25, 2018 No comments

Ebola-hit DRC faces ‘perfect storm’ as uptick in violence halts WHO operation

INTERNATIONAL, 25 September 2018, Health - A "perfect storm" of active conflict and traumatized communities in Ebola-affected areas of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could enable the deadly disease to spread, but there are “no plans” to pull UN workers out of the country despite concerns for their security, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. “We are now extremely concerned, that several factors may be coming together over the next weeks to months to create a potential perfect storm,” said Dr Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response. “A perfect storm of active conflict, limiting our ability to access civilians, distress by segments of the community, already traumatized by decades of conflict and of murder.” The senior WHO...

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TelCell Breakthrough winners launch “Can’t Bring Me Down” Music video

TelCell Breakthrough winners launch “Can’t Bring Me Down” Music video

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelCell’s 2017 Breakthough winners launched...

September 25, 2018 No comments

One injured in Tuesday morning traffic accident

One injured in Tuesday morning traffic accident

PHILIPSBURG - The police traffic department is presently investigating a...

September 25, 2018 No comments

Seatrade Cruise Med 2018 attendance a Success. Much interests in Homeporting

Seatrade Cruise Med 2018 attendance a Success. Much interests in…

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten representatives recently returned...

September 25, 2018 No comments

HEINEKEN REGATTA ANNOUNCES 2019 HEINEKEN REGATTA VILLAGE VENUE

HEINEKEN REGATTA ANNOUNCES 2019 HEINEKEN REGATTA VILLAGE VENUE

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The organizers of the St....

September 24, 2018 No comments

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Price of diesel fuel increases on Thursday. Gasoline remains the same

September 25, 2018

Price of diesel fuel increases on Thursday. Gasoline remains the same

PHILIPSBURG – On Thursday, September 27, fuel pump prices will be adjusted for gasoline and diesel. ...

Agreement signed for Terms and Conditions of Employment of Teaching Staff

September 25, 2018

Agreement signed for Terms and Conditions of Employment of Teaching Staff

SABA - On September 20th, 2018, the commissioners of Education, the deputy Kingdom commissioner, sch...

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library Needs a New Home, URGENTLY – Pt. 2

September 24, 2018

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library Needs a New Home, URGENTLY – Pt. 2

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - It's September 22, 2018. Saturday, 11:00am in Great Bay. There's no spa...

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Les Fruits de Mer Highlights Heritage to Boost Local Education

September 25, 2018 No comments

Les Fruits de Mer Highlights Heritage to Boost Local Education

SINT MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER) - Les Fruits de Mer is launching new initiatives to help teachers and young people. The non-profit association has provided education about St. Martin wildlife...

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STAT begins 2018 Labour Force Survey

September 24, 2018 No comments

STAT begins 2018 Labour Force Survey

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Department of Statistics (STAT) started today with its annual Labour Force Survey (LFS). This survey is used internationally and locally to collect recent labour marke...

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Daycare costs set to soar next year as new rules for baby care come into effect

September 25, 2018 No comments

Daycare costs set to soar next year as new rules for baby care come into effect

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The cost of regulated childcare in day care centres or creches is set to rise by some 7% because of new government rules, childcare groups say in Tuesday’s AD. Sector u...

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Three in 10 teen suicides had immigrant background: study

September 25, 2018 No comments

Three in 10 teen suicides had immigrant background: study

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Of the 81 youngsters who committed suicide last year three in 10 had an immigrant background, a study by health officials has shown. The study also found that an averag...

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POSITIVE & ELEKTRALYETS FOUNDATION’s: PINK PARADE

September 25, 2018

POSITIVE & ELEKTRALYETS FOUNDATION’s: PINK PARADE

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The 9th annual Pink Parade is scheduled for Friday October 5, 2018.  Th...

Persons with Respiratory Challenges should take precautionary measures from Saharan dust

September 24, 2018

Persons with Respiratory Challenges should take precautionary measures from Saharan dust

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Sahara dust that has been plaguing the North eastern Caribbean in...

Jewelry store robbed on Saturday

September 24, 2018

Jewelry store robbed on Saturday

PHILIPSBURG - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place ...

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Youth club fined €7,500 after boy, 15, gets drunk and is killed by car

September 25, 2018 No comments

Youth club fined €7,500 after boy, 15, gets drunk and is killed by car

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A youth club in the village of Guttencoven near Sittard in Limburg has been fined €7,500 for allowing a 15-year-old boy, who was killed while walking home, to drink alco...

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Dutch trade unions are getting grayer, fewer youngsters are joining

September 25, 2018 No comments

Dutch trade unions are getting grayer, fewer youngsters are joining

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch trade union federations are failing to recruit enough younger people and 21% of members are now past the age of 65, according to new research by demographics insti...

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament about amendment to several draft laws

September 25, 2018

Central Committee meeting of Parliament about amendment to several draft laws

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Wednesday, Septembe...

Joint efforts by Customs and Police underway in drug investigation

September 24, 2018

Joint efforts by Customs and Police underway in drug investigation

POINT BLANCHE - On Saturday 22nd the Customs Department during their controls at the container termi...

CBS starts Labour force survey on Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba

September 24, 2018

CBS starts Labour force survey on Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - From the end of September until the end of November of this year, Statistics Ne...

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MEPs can keep their expenses secret, European Court of Justice rules

September 25, 2018 No comments

MEPs can keep their expenses secret, European Court of Justice rules

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – MEPs do not have to publish details of how they spend their monthly expenses allowance of €4,300 a month because it would be in breach of their privacy, the European Cou...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

September 25, 2018 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) September 26, 2018 WEATHER:   Tonight through We...

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