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Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief

October 14, 2019 No comments

Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief

INTERNATIONAL, 14 October 2019, Peace and Security - The ongoing Turkish military incursion in northeast Syria could unintentionally lead to the release of scores of people associated with the terrorist group ISIL, the UN Secretary-General fears. António Guterres called for an immediate de-escalation of the fighting which has generated many civilian casualties and displaced up to 160,000 people in less than a week. “He also notes with serious concern that the current military operations could lead to the unintended release of individuals associated with ISIL, with all the consequences this could entail,” according to a statement issued on Monday by his spokesperson. Kurdish militia  have been holding holding more than 12,000 suspected ISIL members in prisons in north-east Syria, according to media reports. The Turkish military offensive was...

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Stop the waste: UN food agencies call for action to reduce global hunger

October 14, 2019 No comments

Stop the waste: UN food agencies call for action to reduce global hunger

INTERNATIONAL, 14 October 2019, Economic Development - With one-third of food produced for human consumption lost or wasted, and millions still going hungry, the UN’s food-related agencies are shining a spotlight on the issue: on Monday, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published its annual State of Food and Agriculture report with findings that could lead to a reduction in food loss and waste, and, earlier in October, the World Food Programme (WFP) launched its awareness-raising #StopTheWaste campaign. Pinpointing the problem “How can we allow food to be thrown away when more than 820 million people in the world continue to go hungry every day?”, asked FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu in the foreword to his agency’s report.  The study contains fresh estimates of the scale of the problem,...

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Reducing disaster risk, a good investment, and ‘the right thing to do’, says Guterres

October 13, 2019 No comments

Reducing disaster risk, a good investment, and ‘the right thing to do’, says Guterres

INTERNATIONAL, 13 October 2019, Economic Development - There is a strong economic case for climate resilience and reducing the risk of disasters, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, which falls on Monday. Mr. Guterres pointed out the “horrendous suffering” that disasters can inflict, and the decades of development gains wiped out “in an instant”. He added that climate resilience and disaster risk reduction must be central to the trillions of dollars that will be invested in new housing, schools, hospitals and infrastructure over the coming decade. As well as being the “right thing to do”, because it can ease and prevent human misery, investing in climate resilience has a positive economic effect, said...

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UN chief condemns deadly Burkina Faso mosque attack

October 13, 2019 No comments

UN chief condemns deadly Burkina Faso mosque attack

INTERNATIONAL, 13 October 2019, Peace and Security - UN chief António Guterres has strongly condemned Friday’s attack on a mosque in northern Burkina Faso, in a statement released on Saturday. According to media reports, at least 15 people were killed, and four injured in the town of Salmossi, which is near the border with Mali. The lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians in the north of the country are disrupted by growing numbers of attacks, and insecurity. On Saturday, some 1,000 people are reported to have protested in the capital, Ouagadougou, denouncing the violence and the presence of foreign military forces in the region. The deteriorating situation is causing an “unprecedented humanitarian emergency”, the UN refugee agency warned on Friday. At a press briefing in...

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UN chief praises Japanese climate resilience, as Typhoon Hagibis cleanup begins

October 13, 2019 No comments

UN chief praises Japanese climate resilience, as Typhoon Hagibis cleanup begins

INTERNATIONAL, 13 October 2019, Climate Change - With Typhoon Hagibis causing destruction and loss of life in Japan, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has praised the leadership role the country is playing in climate resilience, and its “extensive and efficient preparation for this latest extreme weather event”. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has described the typhoon as one of the highest impact storms to hit Japan in many years, with hurricane-force winds, record-breaking rainfall, devastating storm surges, and coastal and inland flooding. Hagibis made landfall on Saturday, south of the capital Tokyo, before moving north. The typhoon has brought widespread devastation and disruption to densely populated cities, and infrastructure, and has led to the deaths of at least 25 people, with 15 declared missing. The casualties are...

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Sarah: Government smartly secures unanimous support for AML/CTF legislation

Sarah: Government smartly secures unanimous support for AML/CTF legislation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Leader of the United Democrats (UD)...

October 15, 2019 No comments

MP William Marlin Constitution Day 2019 Message

MP William Marlin Constitution Day 2019 Message

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – President of Parliament Hon. Member of...

October 14, 2019 No comments

SHTA: Country before self, Transparency, Integrity, Objectivity should be the name of the game

SHTA: Country before self, Transparency, Integrity, Objectivity should be the…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Over the past months we have...

October 14, 2019 No comments

SER Sint Maarten Re-elected to the International Board of AICESIS

SER Sint Maarten Re-elected to the International Board of AICESIS

SINT MAARTEN/ROMANIA - On Wednesday, October 9th, 2019, the Social...

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Voters asked to update their information at civil registry

October 15, 2019

Voters asked to update their information at civil registry

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) —The Civil Registry Department would hereby like to invite all eligible v...

PFP Questions Timing, Motivation behind Peterson’s Dismissal

October 15, 2019

PFP Questions Timing, Motivation behind Peterson’s Dismissal

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Party for Progress learned, with frustration, of the removal of par...

Fire Dept./ODM: Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services

October 14, 2019

Fire Dept./ODM: Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – “Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption ...

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Sarah’s Question to Minister Wever: Why has the acting Head of Domain Affairs been stripped of his duties?

October 15, 2019 No comments

Sarah’s Question to Minister Wever: Why has the acting Head of Domain Affairs been stripped of his duties?

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Member of Parliament (MP) and Leader of the United Democrats Sarah Wescot Williams in a press statement made reference to a letter that appeared on social media. “Assuming...

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PPA ARRINDELL: “SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER MATTERS, ALWAYS. SINT MAARTEN’S FRAIL DEMOCRACY, WILL PERSEVERE”

October 14, 2019 No comments

PPA ARRINDELL: “SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER MATTERS, ALWAYS. SINT MAARTEN’S FRAIL DEMOCRACY, WILL PERSEVERE”

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Leader of the Peoples Progressive Alliance (PPA) Gracita Arrindell said on Monday in a press statement: “Ensuring that democratic freedoms embedded in our Constitution can...

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Motorway accidents and deaths at highest level in a decade 10 years

October 14, 2019 No comments

Motorway accidents and deaths at highest level in a decade 10 years

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch motorways are becoming more dangerous and deadlier, according to road safety organisation SWOV. The number of motorway deaths rose to 81 in 2018, the highest figur...

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The Dark Cloud Hanging Grows Darker and Gloomier

October 13, 2019 No comments

The Dark Cloud Hanging Grows Darker and Gloomier

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE (COMMENTARY) - I am no longer a resident of Sint Maarten; I now live on Bonaire. But I am a born and bred Simaatin man and although I am not physically there, my spirit and my nav...

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BPW Concordia Donate a Towel a Success collective over 250 for storm-stricken Grand Bahamas/Abaco

October 14, 2019

BPW Concordia Donate a Towel a Success collective over 250 for storm-stricken Grand Bahamas/Abaco

SINT MARTIN (MARIGOT) - The huge upheaval from the passage of hurricane Dorian has left those in the...

GreenBox collects over 13,000 pounds of trash from Catholic Schools

October 14, 2019

GreenBox collects over 13,000 pounds of trash from Catholic Schools

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) — GreenBox, last year’s winners of Build Back Better SXM’s Do-Tank initia...

Friday Accident on the Brouwers road leaves driver uninjured

October 11, 2019

Friday Accident on the Brouwers road leaves driver uninjured

COLE BAY - The police department was directed on Friday morning approximately 09.30 am, to the A.J ....

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Man jailed for 26 years for stabbing US tourists in Amsterdam terror attack

October 14, 2019 No comments

Man jailed for 26 years for stabbing US tourists in Amsterdam terror attack

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The man who stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam’s central station in vengeance for Geert Wilders’ cartoon competition has been jailed for 26 years and eight month...

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Four provinces backtrack on nitrogen rules after new farmers’ protests

October 14, 2019 No comments

Four provinces backtrack on nitrogen rules after new farmers’ protests

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Four provinces have overturned their regulations to curb nitrogen-based pollution after hundreds of farmers picketed assembly houses on their tractors. The co-ordinated...

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Minister demands automatic jail terms for attacks on emergency services

October 14, 2019

Minister demands automatic jail terms for attacks on emergency services

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – People who attack police and other emergency response workers will be...

Statia attends Kingdom Tournament in Bonaire

October 14, 2019

Statia attends Kingdom Tournament in Bonaire

SINT EUSTATIUS/BONAIRE - A delegation from St. Eustatius attended the Kingdom Tournament in Bonaire ...

Rotary Saint Martin Sunrise Club focused on Basic Education & Literary

October 12, 2019

Rotary Saint Martin Sunrise Club focused on Basic Education & Literary

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During September, Rotarians around the world focused their activities o...

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Watchdog again criticises secret services over telephone and internet taps

October 15, 2019 No comments

Watchdog again criticises secret services over telephone and internet taps

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch civilian and military secret services have again been sharing information with foreign agencies without sticking to the rules, regulator CTIVD said on Tuesday....

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

October 14, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, October 14, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) October 15, 2019    WEATHER:  Tonight through Tuesday m...

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