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UN rights office urges Egypt to halt death row executions amid torture allegations

February 22, 2019 No comments

UN rights office urges Egypt to halt death row executions amid torture allegations

INTERNATIONAL, 22 February 2019, Human Rights - Fifteen death row inmates have been executed in Egypt so far this month despite claims from many that they were tortured to secure a confession, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday. According to OHCHR, nine people were executed on Wednesday and six others were subjected to the death penalty earlier in the month. The sentences were handed down after the killing of Egypt’s top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, as well as police General Nabil Farrag and the son of a judge. “They are all killings for which the death penalty is permissible under international law although we urge, as you know, our common position at the UN is to advocate the abolition of the death penalty,” said OHCHR spokesperson...

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Nicaragua: UN rights chief ‘deeply concerned’ over increasing criminalization of dissenters

February 22, 2019 No comments

Nicaragua: UN rights chief ‘deeply concerned’ over increasing criminalization of dissenters

INTERNATIONAL, 22 February 2019, Human Rights - While the Nicaraguan Government claims to want to resolve its political and social unrest, dissenters continue to be arrested and convicted, clearly hindering a conducive environment for “genuine and inclusive dialogue,” the United Nations rights chief said on Friday. “I am deeply concerned about the apparent lack of due process and increasing criminalization of dissent in Nicaragua,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Friday. She warned that the arrest and jailing of opposition leaders, in some cases as a reprisal for cooperating with the UN to highlight human rights abuses, “clearly hinders the creation of an environment conducive to holding a genuine and inclusive dialogue – which the Government says it wants. Over the last six months, a diverse...

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Without scaled-up humanitarian assistance ‘more and more people’ at risk in South Sudan

February 22, 2019 No comments

Without scaled-up humanitarian assistance ‘more and more people’ at risk in South Sudan

INTERNATIONAL, 22 February 2019, Humanitarian Aid - “Alarming” food insecurity threatens nearly seven million people in South Sudan, according to a new report by three United Nations agencies appealing for greater assistance and better access to humanitarian relief. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with the Government of South Sudan, released on Friday the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), which indicated that acutely food insecure people there has shot up by 13 per cent since January last year. “The projections are alarming and food security continues to worsen,” said Pierre Vauthier, FAO’s interim Representative in the country. “Together with the people of South Sudan, we need to act urgently to reverse this trend.” The increase includes some 30,000 people who...

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UN chief lauds Philippines’ ‘landmark achievement’ on setting up transition authority in Bangsamoro

February 22, 2019 No comments

UN chief lauds Philippines’ ‘landmark achievement’ on setting up transition authority in Bangsamoro

INTERNATIONAL, 22 February 2019, Peace and Security - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the Philippines on Friday for establishing a government body to push forward the formal creation of an autonomous region. In addition to the Government, he commended the Islamic Liberation Front, civil society groups, local communities and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission itself, which was first tasked some six years ago to help draft what in 2018 became the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The de facto seat of the Autonomous Region, which consists of five mostly Muslim provinces, has its own government, which is outside of its jurisdiction. Following the plebiscite confirmations of 21 January and 6 February, Mr. Guterres called the Bangsamoro Organic Law “a landmark achievement on the road to lasting...

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UN decolonization successes can ‘inspire us today,’ UN chief tells Special Committee

February 21, 2019 No comments

UN decolonization successes can ‘inspire us today,’ UN chief tells Special Committee

INTERNATIONAL, 21 February 2019, UN Affairs - Since the early1960s, the United Nations decolonization committee has “accompanied many territories in their journey”, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, opening the body’s 2019 session. Reminding the Special Committee on Decolonization that as a Portuguese national, he came from a country oppressed by dictatorship, Mr. Guterres called the decolonization agenda “an area close to my heart and to which I reiterate my commitment.” Back in 1946, some Member States identified a roster of non-self-governing territories and placed them on a UN list. In 1960 the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples was adopted and the following year the General Assembly established the Special Committee, known by the shorthand ‘C-24’ after its original 24 members, to monitor its...

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Get Free Native Plants for Your Backyard at Amuseum Naturalis

Get Free Native Plants for Your Backyard at Amuseum Naturalis

ST. MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER) —Anyone looking to add some green...

February 23, 2019 No comments

Beres Hammond and Popcaan to headline One Love Reggae Concert

Beres Hammond and Popcaan to headline One Love Reggae Concert

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation...

February 22, 2019 No comments

CC1 ST. MAARTEN & PRIME DISTRIBUTORS PARTNER WITH 5TH ANNUAL SXM DOET

CC1 ST. MAARTEN & PRIME DISTRIBUTORS PARTNER WITH 5TH ANNUAL…

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) – CC1 St. Maarten & Prime...

February 22, 2019 No comments

SHTA UNDERLINES VALUE OF STABILITY

SHTA UNDERLINES VALUE OF STABILITY

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On behalf of our members,...

February 21, 2019 No comments

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Over 200 partake in Oasis 96.3 Valentine’s Contest

February 22, 2019

Over 200 partake in Oasis 96.3 Valentine’s Contest

SINT MAARTEN (MADAME ESTATE) - February 14th was a Happy day for three winners that entered the Vale...

TOPPER'S RHUM WINS 1ST PLACE IN USA TODAY’S BEST CARIBBEAN RUM DISTILLERY CONTEST

February 22, 2019

TOPPER'S RHUM WINS 1ST PLACE IN USA TODAY’S BEST CARIBBEAN RUM DISTILLERY CONTEST

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) – If there is one thing the Caribbean is known for as much as its beaches, i...

The St Maarten Heineken Regatta Village to officially open on Monday February 25th

February 21, 2019

The St Maarten Heineken Regatta Village to officially open on Monday February 25th

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The St Maarten Heineken Regatta will set sail on February 28th – March 3rd...

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Police looking for Hit and Run Motorbike Driver. Lady sustains injuries in Walter Nisbeth Road incident

February 22, 2019 No comments

Police looking for Hit and Run Motorbike Driver. Lady sustains injuries in Walter Nisbeth Road incident

PHILIPSBURG - A female victim with initials K.H.S. was hit by a motor bike while attempting to cross the Walter Nisbeth road, on Thursday 21stof February, police announced on Friday.  According to re...

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“Tension and intensity”: St. Martin book of short stories published in Cuba

February 21, 2019 No comments

“Tension and intensity”: St. Martin book of short stories published in Cuba

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT - Lasana Sekou’s first Spanish-language book of St. Martin short stories, Fraternidad de las espuelas, has been published in Cuba by Editorial Arte y Literatura.  The book was launc...

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Public prosecutor pins evidence hopes on IS payroll information

February 23, 2019 No comments

Public prosecutor pins evidence hopes on IS payroll information

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch public prosecution department has payroll lists with the names of people who worked for IS, including jihadis who have returned to the Netherlands, the AD said...

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Nurse charged with four murders via insulin injections

February 23, 2019 No comments

Nurse charged with four murders via insulin injections

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A nurse from Rotterdam appeared in court in Rotterdam on Friday charged with four murders and seven attempted murders carried out by injecting elderly patients with insu...

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Traffic Interruption on A.T. Illidge Road on Monday

February 23, 2019

Traffic Interruption on A.T. Illidge Road on Monday

PHILIPSBURG - The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROM...

K1 Britannia’s Disaster and Crisis Team launched in Curacao

February 22, 2019

K1 Britannia’s Disaster and Crisis Team launched in Curacao

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - In September 2018, K1 Britannia Foundation formed and launched a Disaster Rel...

Four Metal Shark patrol boats arrive for SXM Coast Guard

February 21, 2019

Four Metal Shark patrol boats arrive for SXM Coast Guard

SINT MAARTEN (POINT BLANCHE) - The four new high-speed Metal Sharks for the SXM Coast Guard arrived ...

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Cft: “Decisiveness is needed to realize intentions”

February 21, 2019 No comments

Cft: “Decisiveness is needed to realize intentions”

BONAIRE -The Board of financial supervision of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Cft) has called on both the Executive Council and the Island Council to show more decisiveness in the realization of po...

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10 percent more flights to and from the Caribbean Netherlands

February 21, 2019 No comments

10 percent more flights to and from the Caribbean Netherlands

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - In 2018, there were nearly 23 thousand aircraft movements to and from the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands, a 10 percent increase on the previous year. The number of passenger...

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More Indian nationals in NL conned by fake IND officials, call for better warnings

February 23, 2019

More Indian nationals in NL conned by fake IND officials, call for better warnings

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Indian nationals in the Netherlands are still being conned out of tho...

Surcharge for AOV per 2020 depending on personal situation

February 22, 2019

Surcharge for AOV per 2020 depending on personal situation

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The allowance for AOV beneficiaries in the Caribbean Netherlands as of January ...

Solution found for 33-year-old pregnant Venezuelan woman

February 22, 2019

Solution found for 33-year-old pregnant Venezuelan woman

BONAIRE - On Monday February 18th, a 33-year-old pregnant woman from Venezuela was denied access to ...

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23% of ‘new Europeans’ earn minimum pay, well above national rate of 6%

February 23, 2019 No comments

23% of ‘new Europeans’ earn minimum pay, well above national rate of 6%

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Around 6% of workers in the Netherlands are still paid according to minimum pay rates, the national statistics agency CBS said on Friday, ahead of celebrations to mark 5...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

February 23, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED:  Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL:  Sunday evening (18:00 LST) February 24, 2019   ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS ...

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