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As fighting in Libya escalates, so does number of children ‘at imminent risk of injury or death’

April 18, 2019 No comments

As fighting in Libya escalates, so does number of children ‘at imminent risk of injury or death’

INTERNATIONAL, 18 April 2019, Peace and Security - In and around Tripoli, an increasing number of children are “at imminent risk of injury or death” two senior United Nations officials warned on Thursday, citing a surge of aggression in crisis-torn Libya. General Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army, which controls much of eastern and southern Libya, has waged a two-week military campaign to take Tripoli from fighters loyal to the UN-recognized Government.   Calling the escalation in fighting “the worst in years”, Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, issued a statement reminding all of Libya’s warring parties that they are obliged “to protect children at all times in full...

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Stress, overtime, disease, contribute to 2.8 million workers’ deaths per year, reports UN labour agency

April 18, 2019 No comments

Stress, overtime, disease, contribute to 2.8 million workers’ deaths per year, reports UN labour agency

INTERNATIONAL, 18 April 2019, Health - Stress, excessively-long working hours and disease, contribute to the deaths of nearly 2.8 million workers every year, while an additional 374 million people get injured or fall ill because of their jobs, the UN labour agency, ILO, said on Thursday. In a new report underlining ILO’s message that no paid work should threaten your wellbeing, your safety or your life, the agency identifies several new or existing occupational risks of growing concern, that affect women more than men. These include modern working practices overall, world population growth, increased digital connectivity and climate change, which are believed to account for losses of almost four per cent of the global economy. Women at particular risk “The world of work has changed, we’re working differently, we’re...

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‘Foreign children’ in overwhelmed Syrian camp need urgent international help, says top UN official

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‘Foreign children’ in overwhelmed Syrian camp need urgent international help, says top UN official

INTERNATIONAL, 18 April 2019, Humanitarian Aid - Help is needed urgently from the international community to help some 2,500 apparently stateless “foreign children” at a camp for the displaced, in north-east Syria, a top UN official said on Thursday. Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis made the “special plea” to journalists in Geneva, noting that 75,000 people now shelter in Al Hol camp, after fleeing ISIL extremists. “Today I am making a special plea for the children,” Mr Moumtzis said, noting that UNICEF had estimated that they number around 2.500: “These children do have a father and a mother, and their father and mother have a nationality, and therefore a solution has to be found - particularly with this - for the children.” I...

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‘Vaccines are safe’ and save lives, UNICEF declares, launching new #VaccinesWork campaign

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‘Vaccines are safe’ and save lives, UNICEF declares, launching new #VaccinesWork campaign

INTERNATIONAL, 18 April 2019, Health - Amid a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on Thursday a new social media campaign, emphasizing that “vaccines are safe, and they save lives”. To inspire confidence in the power and safety of vaccines, UNICEF is using the hashtag #VaccinesWork for the global campaign, centred around World Immunization Week, which runs from 24 to 30 April. “We want the awareness that #VaccinesWork, to go viral,” said Robin Nandy, UNICEF’s Chief of Immunization. “This campaign is an opportunity to show the world that social media can be a powerful force for change and provide parents with trustworthy information on vaccines.” The campaign is part of a global, week-long celebration under the theme, Protected Together:...

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Service and Sacrifice: Ugandan 'Blue Helmets' support UN efforts to bring peace to Somalia

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Service and Sacrifice: Ugandan 'Blue Helmets' support UN efforts to bring peace to Somalia

INTERNATIONAL, 18 April 2019, Peace and Security - A contingent of 530 Ugandan “Blue Helmets” (63 women, 467 men) is playing a crucial role in the United Nations’ efforts to help bring peace and stability to Somalia. They make up the United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU, that is tasked with protecting UN compounds in Mogadishu in order to assist the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) to carry out their mandate.  The job does not come without risks.  An attack on the United Nations compound in Somalia in January this year is “still fresh in our minds” according to the commander of Ugandan peacekeepers who are tasked with protecting the base and its personnel.  Seven mortars landed inside the compound in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on New...

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40-Year old Scooter rider dies on the spot in traffic accident

40-Year old Scooter rider dies on the spot in traffic…

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Police Traffic Department is...

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Ki-mani Olivacce Recognised with a Paul Harris Fellow

Ki-mani Olivacce Recognised with a Paul Harris Fellow

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – “It was with great pleasure that...

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Easter Holiday Message from Minister of Culture Smith

Easter Holiday Message from Minister of Culture Smith

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – On Thursday Minister of Education,...

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NV GEBE Supervisory Board completes Good Governance training

NV GEBE Supervisory Board completes Good Governance training

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The NV GEBE Supervisory Board of...

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Carnival Season Message from Minister Wycliffe Smith

April 18, 2019

Carnival Season Message from Minister Wycliffe Smith

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – With Carnival 50 to officially kick-off with the opening of Festival Vi...

NAGICO INSURANCES ASSUMES SAGICOR LIFE INC. PORTFOLIO IN ST. MAARTEN

April 18, 2019

NAGICO INSURANCES ASSUMES SAGICOR LIFE INC. PORTFOLIO IN ST. MAARTEN

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Effective 8 April 2019, NAGICO LIFE INSURANCE N.V. AND NATIONAL GENERAL...

Rice Hill Garden completes Phase 3A infrastructure works

April 18, 2019

Rice Hill Garden completes Phase 3A infrastructure works

SINT MAARTEN (OYSTER POND) - Rice Hill Gardens Development is pushing ahead with providing residenti...

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Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Takes Aim at Plastic Pollution

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Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Takes Aim at Plastic Pollution

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Every spring, groups on islands all over the Caribbean celebrate the birds that live only in the region. These events are all part of the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival, ...

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Human Trafficking/ Smuggling Team of KPSM arrest two suspects

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Human Trafficking/ Smuggling Team of KPSM arrest two suspects

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Wednesday, April 17th, 2019, the Human Trafficking/Smuggling Team of KPSM (Sint Maarten Police Force), together with the assistance of the Uniform Division arrested two...

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Detectives request public assistance in Oyster Pond murder investigation

April 18, 2019 No comments

Detectives request public assistance in Oyster Pond murder investigation

SINT MAARTEN (OYSTER POND) - In the early morning hours, on December 22nd, 2018, two men were shot in a vehicle on the property of adult entertainment club “Casa Blanca”. One of the victims with initi...

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MPC students receive tour of St. Maarten Concrete. Informed about career opportunities and role in rebuilding the country

April 18, 2019 No comments

MPC students receive tour of St. Maarten Concrete. Informed about career opportunities and role in rebuilding the country

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Several students from the Milton Peters College (MPC) HAVO took a special trip this week to St. Maarten Concrete on Organ Pipe Cactus Drive in Sucker Garden. The purpose o...

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Minister Lee participates in launch of report on Universal Health in the 21st century

April 18, 2019

Minister Lee participates in launch of report on Universal Health in the 21st century

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Emil lee r...

SHTA & JetBlue discuss on how to deal with "Active Shooter" Situations

April 18, 2019

SHTA & JetBlue discuss on how to deal with "Active Shooter" Situations

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - This past Tuesday, the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (...

PARENTS GET INFO ON SZV HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE

April 18, 2019

PARENTS GET INFO ON SZV HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - April is recognized by the SZV as Autism awareness month and in light o...

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Entrepreneur Coombs says Seatrade provided an eye-opening experience

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Entrepreneur Coombs says Seatrade provided an eye-opening experience

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The overall winner Crystal Coombs of Cocomoods Concepts of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) ‘Business Pitch to Seatrade’ who was one of three business...

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Two arrested at the Airport with gun clip/ammunition in carry-on luggage

April 18, 2019 No comments

Two arrested at the Airport with gun clip/ammunition in carry-on luggage

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - On Wednesday April 17th a male and a female suspect identified with initials C.V. J. and M.M. H. were arrested by the Alpha Team at the Princess Juliana Internatio...

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CPS provides advice to avoid dehydration over Easter Holiday Weekend. Safety first, prevent drowning

April 18, 2019

CPS provides advice to avoid dehydration over Easter Holiday Weekend. Safety first, prevent drowning

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluid than you take in, and this E...

Dutch national caught carrying over €800,000 in Aruba

April 18, 2019

Dutch national caught carrying over €800,000 in Aruba

SINT MAARTEN/ARUBA – Police on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba have arrested a Dutch national ca...

SMMC to attend FRED Expo in Holland in ongoing recruitment drive

April 18, 2019

SMMC to attend FRED Expo in Holland in ongoing recruitment drive

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) – St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) will be attending the upcoming FRED Expo...

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First Foster Care Café for Foster Parents

April 18, 2019 No comments

First Foster Care Café for Foster Parents

BONAIRE - On Thursday April 11th, Jeugdzorg & Gezinsvoogdij Caribisch Nederland (JGCN) organized the first café for foster parents on Bonaire. Director of JGCN Curvin George informed the foster parent...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

April 18, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED:  Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL:  Friday evening (18:00 LST) April 19, 2019   WEATHER:   Tonight through Friday ...

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