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Another 170 migrants disappear in shipwrecks, UN agency reiterates call for an end to Mediterranean tragedy

January 19, 2019 No comments

Another 170 migrants disappear in shipwrecks, UN agency reiterates call for an end to Mediterranean tragedy

INTERNATIONAL, 19 January 2019, Migrants and Refugees - The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, stated on Saturday that “no effort should be spared” in saving lives at sea, following reports of two new shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea, in which some 170 people either died or went missing.  “The tragedy of the Mediterranean cannot be allowed to continue,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.  According to various NGOs, about 53 people died on the Alborán Sea, in the western part of the Mediterranean. One survivor is understood to have been rescued by a passing fishing boat after being stranded for more than 24 hours at sea and is receiving medical treatment in Morocco.  According to UNHCR, Moroccan and Spanish rescue vessels have been searching for the boat and...

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Mexico: UN chief saddened by pipeline blast in which dozens were killed

January 19, 2019 No comments

Mexico: UN chief saddened by pipeline blast in which dozens were killed

INTERNATIONAL, 19 January 2019, Peace and Security - The United Nations' Secretary-General, António Guterres, learned with sadness of the deadly explosion of an oil pipeline on Friday in Hidalgo State, Mexico, and extended the UN's assistance to the national authorities, his Spokesman said on Saturday. According to news reports, the explosion was caused by fuel thieves who punctured the gas pipeline north of Mexico City.  Fuel theft has become a growing occurrence in the country over the past few years, adding to other security issues. UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said in his statement that Mr. Guterres was saddened by the incident which killed over 60 people and injured dozens. The UN chief expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in this tragic event and wished the injured a speedy recovery. The Secretary-General also...

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UN agency chief calls Ethiopia’s revised refugee law ‘one of most progressive’ in Africa

January 18, 2019 No comments

UN agency chief calls Ethiopia’s revised refugee law ‘one of most progressive’ in Africa

INTERNATIONAL, 18 January 2019, Migrants and Refugees - Ethiopia has revised its existing refugee law, making it easier to obtain work permits, drivers’ licenses and access primary school, a move being hailed by the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).  “The passage of this historic law represents a significant milestone in Ethiopia’s long history of welcoming and hosting refugees from across the region for decades,” said  Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He said the move makes Ethiopia “a model” for other refugee-hosting nations around the world. In a statement released one day after the Ethiopian Parliament adopted the revision, UNHCR called it “one of the most progressive refugee policies in Africa.”  Ethiopia hosts over 900,000 refugees, primarily from neighbouring South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea, as...

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UN rights office calls on Zimbabwe Government to end ‘crackdown’ in response to fuel protests

January 18, 2019 No comments

UN rights office calls on Zimbabwe Government to end ‘crackdown’ in response to fuel protests

INTERNATIONAL, 18 January 2019, Human Rights - In Zimbabwe, violence and the reported use of live ammunition by State security officials against protesters that has led to “a number of deaths” should be investigated thoroughly and transparently by the Government, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday. “We are deeply troubled by the socio-economic crisis that is unfolding in Zimbabwe and the repression of large-scale protests in the country, following the Government’s decision to increase fuel prices,” said spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani. “We call on the Government to find ways of engaging with the population about their legitimate grievances and to stop the crackdown against protesters.” Speaking to journalists in Geneva at the regular biweekly press briefing, Ms. Shamdasani called on the authorities to ensure that...

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UN rights expert calls for civilian protection as fighting escalates between military and armed group

January 18, 2019 No comments

UN rights expert calls for civilian protection as fighting escalates between military and armed group

INTERNATIONAL, 18 January 2019, Human Rights - Calling on the Myanmar Government to “immediately reverse its decision not to allow access to all humanitarian organizations”, the United Nations expert on human rights in the South-East Asian country said on Friday, that “it’s vital that assistance is able to reach those who have fled violence in the region”. Voicing alarm at the escalating violence in northern and central Rakhine state and Chin state, the UN Special Rapporteur on human Rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, urged all sides, including the State military and ethnic armed groups, to show restraint and protect civilians. In a statement, Ms. Lee added that “blocking humanitarian access is a serious violation of international humanitarian law”. On 10 January, a letter was sent by the...

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Winair passes with flying colours in Air France/KLM Code Share renewal audit

Winair passes with flying colours in Air France/KLM Code Share…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - According to internal policy and international EASA...

January 19, 2019 No comments

USM continues to visit exam and pre-exam high school students

USM continues to visit exam and pre-exam high school students

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Throughout this week, the team...

January 18, 2019 No comments

Sarah Deems IPKO a Success. Consultations Should Always Be with End Goal In Mind

Sarah Deems IPKO a Success. Consultations Should Always Be with…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – “I wish to again congratulate all of...

January 18, 2019 No comments

MSC Magnifica Host Plaque Exchange in Second Cruise Ship Inaugural Call for the New Year

MSC Magnifica Host Plaque Exchange in Second Cruise Ship Inaugural…

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The cruise ship MSC Magnifica made...

January 17, 2019 No comments

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CCSU Committee of Unions reviews parts of function book Immigration & Police

January 18, 2019

CCSU Committee of Unions reviews parts of function book Immigration & Police

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Committee of Civil Servants Unions (CCSU), formerly known as the GO...

SENIOR CITIZENS UTILITY RELIEF PROGRAM 2019 STARTS JAN.21

January 18, 2019

SENIOR CITIZENS UTILITY RELIEF PROGRAM 2019 STARTS JAN.21

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - NV GEBE stated in a press release on Friday that the commencing of its ...

SXM Festival Announces Phase Two Lineup for March 13-17 Event

January 17, 2019

SXM Festival Announces Phase Two Lineup for March 13-17 Event

SINT MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN - Today SXM Festival, underground electronic music’s premiere destination ge...

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RIVM to assist VROMI with air quality measurement surrounding the landfill

January 18, 2019 No comments

RIVM to assist VROMI with air quality measurement surrounding the landfill

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - From 21 January 2019, a team from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) will travel to Sint Maarten for a period of 2 weeks, to assist ...

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USA Today nominates SXM for best Caribbean Island for Romance. ‘Johnson encourages the public to vote online’

January 17, 2019 No comments

USA Today nominates SXM for best Caribbean Island for Romance. ‘Johnson encourages the public to vote online’

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - St. Maarten/St. Martin lovers at home and abroad can now join thousands across the globe in voting for the island to be the USA Today’s “Best Caribbean Island for Romance....

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Dutch households will have more to spend, despite rising bills

January 18, 2019 No comments

Dutch households will have more to spend, despite rising bills

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Grocery shopping may be more expensive, health insurance premiums have gone up and energy bills are higher, but most people do have more disposable income in 2019, accor...

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Buried, burned or dissolved? Dutch modernise rules for dealing with the dead

January 18, 2019 No comments

Buried, burned or dissolved? Dutch modernise rules for dealing with the dead

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Rules and regulation surrounding burials and cremations will be changed in the coming year to accommodate the wishes of the deceased and the family, home minister Kajsa ...

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Chief of Security suspect in accepting $10,000 bribe and allowing money/precious stones to enter the country

January 19, 2019

Chief of Security suspect in accepting $10,000 bribe and allowing money/precious stones to enter the country

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the Anti-corruption Taskforce (TBO) of ...

Minister Smith voices support for UNICEF’s Child Rights Situation Analysis

January 18, 2019

Minister Smith voices support for UNICEF’s Child Rights Situation Analysis

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Early this week, the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, t...

GENESIS G70 NAMED 2019 NORTH AMERICAN CAR OF THE YEAR

January 17, 2019

GENESIS G70 NAMED 2019 NORTH AMERICAN CAR OF THE YEAR

SINT MAARTEN-COLE BAY/DETROIT - Today, the Genesis G70 was awarded the 2019 North American Car of th...

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Crime drops but sexual violence reports up: police figures

January 19, 2019 No comments

Crime drops but sexual violence reports up: police figures

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Total reported crime dropped 6% across the Netherlands last year, according to figures published on Friday by the Dutch police.  There were around 766,000 offences, a f...

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Possibility of extra money for AOV pensioners

January 18, 2019 No comments

Possibility of extra money for AOV pensioners

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The RCN-Unit of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) has introduced various measures to increase financial aid. For example, as of the 1st of January 2019 the benefits AOV, AWW and...

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Urgent Plenary Public session of Parliament regarding the Airport

January 20, 2019

Urgent Plenary Public session of Parliament regarding the Airport

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public meeting on Monday, January 21.  ...

OM issues Clarification on Fatal Road Accident

January 18, 2019

OM issues Clarification on Fatal Road Accident

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) would like to clarify a misundersta...

ECOPARK AND ARTPARK ADDED TO EXPAND THE REGATTA VILLAGE ACTIVITIES DURING THE ST. MAARTEN HEINEKEN REGATTA

January 17, 2019

ECOPARK AND ARTPARK ADDED TO EXPAND THE REGATTA VILLAGE ACTIVITIES DURING THE ST. MAARTEN HEINEKEN REGATTA

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Regatta Organizers are proud to announce two expanded initiatives to it...

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Job wages on Saba and Statia higher than Bonaire in 2017

January 19, 2019 No comments

Job wages on Saba and Statia higher than Bonaire in 2017

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - In 2017, the average remuneration per employee job on Bonaire amounted to 2,050 US dollars gross per month. On Saba and St Eustatius, the average monthly pay stood at 2,285 and 3,...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

January 20, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED:  Saturday, January 19, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL:  Sunday evening (18:00 LST) January 20, 2019 WEATHER:   Tonight through Sunday...

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