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Syria: Ease suffering, save lives, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator tells Security Council

June 25, 2019 No comments

Syria: Ease suffering, save lives, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator tells Security Council

INTERNATIONAL, 25 June 2019, Peace and Security - “Week after week, month after month, year after year”, the Security Council has been briefed on Syria’s humanitarian suffering, and on Tuesday, the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator once again described “the latest horror facing civilians”, pleading for greater humanitarian access. “I repeat our call again today” to Syria’s warring parties, said Mark Lowcock, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs: “Ease the suffering, save lives, end the fighting [and] obey the law”. Speaking via video link, he noted that this was the Council’s fifth humanitarian briefing on Syria in the last eight weeks. He quoted High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in summarizing reports of hundreds of civilian casualties and destruction to infrastructure, including hospitals...

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Moratorium call on surveillance technology to end ‘free-for-all’ abuses: UN expert

June 25, 2019 No comments

Moratorium call on surveillance technology to end ‘free-for-all’ abuses: UN expert

INTERNATIONAL, 25 June 2019, Human Rights - Surveillance technology should be banned immediately until “effective” national or international controls are put in place to lessen its harmful impact, a UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Tuesday. David Kaye, who’s the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, made the appeal as he prepared to present his latest report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. He highlighted that while States were largely responsible, companies appeared to be “operating without constraint” too, in a “free for all” private surveillance industry environment. “Surveillance tools can interfere with human rights, from the right to privacy and freedom of expression to rights of association and assembly, religious belief, non-discrimination, and public participation,” the Special Rapporteur said...

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World faces ‘climate apartheid’ risk, 120 more million in poverty: UN expert

June 25, 2019 No comments

World faces ‘climate apartheid’ risk, 120 more million in poverty: UN expert

INTERNATIONAL, 25 June 2019, Climate Change - Climate change “threatens to undo the last 50 years” of development, global health and poverty reduction, a United Nations expert said on Tuesday, citing the risk of a new era of “climate apartheid” where the rich buy their way out of rising heat and hunger. “Even if current targets are met, tens of millions will be impoverished, leading to widespread displacement and hunger,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston. Underscoring that climate change will have the greatest impact on the most vulnerable, he added that “it could push more than 120 million more people into poverty by 2030 and will have the most severe impact in poor countries, regions, and...

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Security Council approves ‘historic’ political Haiti mission, ending UN peacekeeping role in the country

June 25, 2019 No comments

Security Council approves ‘historic’ political Haiti mission, ending UN peacekeeping role in the country

INTERNATIONAL, 25 June 2019, Peace and Security - The Security Council on Monday approved a resolution to create a UN “Integrated Office” in Haiti, designed to support the country’s government in strengthening political stability and good governance. The Office, named BINUH, will replace the 15-year long peacekeeping mission, MINUJUSTH, on October 16. BINUH will be run by a Special Representative, who will assist the Government of Haiti with planning elections; training the Haitian National Police on human rights; responding to gang violence; ensuring compliance with international human rights obligations; improving prison oversight; and strengthening the justice sector. Speaking on behalf of the United States, which drafted the resolution, acting Ambassador Jonathan Cohen, described the adoption of the resolution as “a historic moment”, but said...

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FROM THE FIELD: Changing world, changing families

June 25, 2019 No comments

FROM THE FIELD: Changing world, changing families

INTERNATIONAL, 25 June 2019, Women - The world is changing rapidly and so are families according to the United Nations gender-focused agency, UN Women. UN Women/Ryan Brown | Cielo Gomez (center) and her family live in Nariño territory, Colombia. She took a loan to buy land. ​​​​ The agency’s Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World, says that traditional perception of men as the heads of household is no longer relevant and modern families take many different forms. Taking that into account, UN Women is urging that laws and policies should reflect that new reality. Read more here about how families around the world are changing.

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De Weever request independent investigation by Attorney General into passport affair

De Weever request independent investigation by Attorney General into passport…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Justice, Cornelius...

June 25, 2019 No comments

Management Team to Takeover Stakeholder Relations as Gumbs Departs

Management Team to Takeover Stakeholder Relations as Gumbs Departs

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Alexander Gumbs, Business Development & Marketing...

June 25, 2019 No comments

Minister Johnson Opening Remarks: Budget Debate 2019

Minister Johnson Opening Remarks: Budget Debate 2019

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The following are the opening remarks...

June 25, 2019 No comments

SHTA’s Executive Director selected as the 2018-19 Association Executive of the Year

SHTA’s Executive Director selected as the 2018-19 Association Executive of…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - At this year’s Caribbean Hotel and...

June 24, 2019 No comments

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COCI-2U Services Available. June 31 deadline approaching for special promotion

June 25, 2019

COCI-2U Services Available. June 31 deadline approaching for special promotion

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) would like to remind ...

Cupecoy Sunset Toastmasters club Hosts Demo Meeting

June 25, 2019

Cupecoy Sunset Toastmasters club Hosts Demo Meeting

SINT MAARTEN (CUPECOY) - The Cupecoy Sunset Toastmasters Club is hosting a dynamic demonstration mee...

Canadian national to be charged with money laundering after undeclared cash found in baby powder

June 24, 2019

Canadian national to be charged with money laundering after undeclared cash found in baby powder

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - On Sunday the 23rd of June 2019 the Alpha Team conducted a cont...

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APS participants reminded to attend seminar on June 28th at Sonesta Maho Resort

June 25, 2019 No comments

APS participants reminded to attend seminar on June 28th at Sonesta Maho Resort

SINT MAARTEN (MAHO) – APS participants are reminded to attend the 3rd APS seminar themed APS into the Future that will take place on June 28th at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm....

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TEN PERCENT MP SALARY REDUCTION PROPOSAL EQUALS NICKEL AND DIMING THE PEOPLE OF SINT MAARTEN

June 25, 2019 No comments

TEN PERCENT MP SALARY REDUCTION PROPOSAL EQUALS NICKEL AND DIMING THE PEOPLE OF SINT MAARTEN

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Leader of the People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) Gracita Arrindell stated on Tuesday in a press statement that the: “The SMCP representative in Parliament and Government,...

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Short-term Investment Solution in Transforming Tax Administration to take Three-Years

June 24, 2019 No comments

Short-term Investment Solution in Transforming Tax Administration to take Three-Years

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The short-term investment of Naf.37 million in the Capital Account for Transforming the Tax Administration is divided into Naf.32 million for the upgrading of the Tax Depa...

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Prime Minister gives elucidation about Ministry of General Affairs at Budget Debate

June 24, 2019 No comments

Prime Minister gives elucidation about Ministry of General Affairs at Budget Debate

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Prime Minister on Monday delivered the following presentation during the budgetary debate in the House of Parliament. The presentation by Prime Minister Leona Romeo M...

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Police Confiscates Blackberry Tablet from Minor

June 25, 2019

Police Confiscates Blackberry Tablet from Minor

PHILIPSBURG - On Wednesday 19th June, the Juvenile Justice Department confiscated a Blackberry table...

An argument escalates into a fight on Saturday. One victim seeks medical attention

June 24, 2019

An argument escalates into a fight on Saturday. One victim seeks medical attention

SIMPSON BAY - On Saturday 22nd June patrols responded to a call regarding an argument which took pla...

Business Plan Training hosted by SXM A.C.T.I.O.N and Qredits St. Maarten

June 24, 2019

Business Plan Training hosted by SXM A.C.T.I.O.N and Qredits St. Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - SXM A.C.T.I.O.N (Aspiring Citizens to Impact Our Nation) is cordially i...

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Amsterdam council votes to apologise for slave-trading past

June 25, 2019 No comments

Amsterdam council votes to apologise for slave-trading past

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam is likely to be the first Dutch city to formally apologise for its role in the slave trade after a majority of councillors backed the move. Seven parties hold...

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Back-up failures led to emergency 112 phone line breakdown

June 25, 2019 No comments

Back-up failures led to emergency 112 phone line breakdown

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A system breakdown was responsible for the problems with KPN phone networks on Monday and three back-up systems for the 112-emergency number all failed to work, justice ...

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Ministry VROMI Traffic Alert: Pantophlet Drive and Sucker Garden Road

June 25, 2019

Ministry VROMI Traffic Alert: Pantophlet Drive and Sucker Garden Road

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

Maximum rates for electricity distribution in the Caribbean Netherlands established

June 25, 2019

Maximum rates for electricity distribution in the Caribbean Netherlands established

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has established the maximum rates...

Early morning search of 26-year old leads to new vehicle, gun, money and drugs

June 25, 2019

Early morning search of 26-year old leads to new vehicle, gun, money and drugs

EBENEZER - The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) detectives conducted an early morning house search o...

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Continuation Plenary session of Parliament about Draft National Ordinance Budget 2019

June 25, 2019 No comments

Continuation Plenary session of Parliament about Draft National Ordinance Budget 2019

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will sit in a Continuation Plenary Public session on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The Public meeting, which was adjourned on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, will be reconve...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

June 25, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) June 26, 2019 WEATHER:   Tonight through Wednesday ev...

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