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Guterres calls for ‘maximum restraint’ following drone assault on key Saudi oil facility

September 15, 2019 No comments

Guterres calls for ‘maximum restraint’ following drone assault on key Saudi oil facility

INTERNATIONAL, 15 September 2019, Peace and Security - The UN Secretary-General appealed on Sunday for “maximum restraint" following a wave of drone attacks claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, against a huge Saudi Arabian State-owned Armco petroleum processing facility, which threatens to disrupt global oil supplies.  Yemen-based rebels who have been fighting a Saudi led coalition, creating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, said they were responsible for the aerial assault early on Saturday, but the United States said there was no evidence to back that up, and accused Iran of an “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply”.  Iran firmly denied any responsibility on Sunday, and reportedly increased tensions around the region by pointing out that US facilities were within range of Iranian missiles.  Saudi oilfields have been the target...

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UN chief urges ‘active, substantive and meaningful participation’ on International Day of Democracy

September 14, 2019 No comments

UN chief urges ‘active, substantive and meaningful participation’ on International Day of Democracy

INTERNATIONAL, 14 September 2019, Human Rights - On the International Day of Democracy, the United Nations chief urged each Government to respect its citizens’ right to “meaningful participation” in the political process. “At heart, democracy is about people”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for Sunday.  “It is built on inclusion, equal treatment and participation, and it is a fundamental building block for peace, sustainable development and human rights”. While saluting all who “strive tirelessly to make this happen”, he affirmed that these values and aspirations “cannot be seen as tokens or lip service” but must instead be “real in people’s lives”. “Yet the International Day of Democracy takes place at a time when trust is low and anxiety is high”, Mr. Guterres continued. “People are frustrated by...

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In The Bahamas, Guterres sees impact of ‘Category Hell’ hurricane, ‘powered by climate change’

September 14, 2019 No comments

In The Bahamas, Guterres sees impact of ‘Category Hell’ hurricane, ‘powered by climate change’

INTERNATIONAL, 14 September 2019, Humanitarian Aid - The UN chief saw for himself the deadly power of Hurricane Dorian on the shattered islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama on Saturday, describing it as more like a “Category Hell” disaster, than the official Category 5 designation used by meteorologists.  Dorian was “Category Hell”, said Secretary-General António Guterres, “but he was not powered by a devil. We have always had many hurricanes, but now they are more intense, and more frequent, and they are powered by climate change.”  He said it was key for the international community to learn two things from the monster storm which struck on 1 September, killing at least 50 people, while around 1,300 are still reported missing:  “We need to stop climate change, we...

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Monsoon destroys Rohingya shelters, sparking record UN emergency food agency response in Bangladesh

September 13, 2019 No comments

Monsoon destroys Rohingya shelters, sparking record UN emergency food agency response in Bangladesh

INTERNATIONAL, 13 September 2019, Humanitarian Aid - Unusually heavy monsoon rains have inundated shelters in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh creating “havoc”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, as it launched its biggest emergency response of the year for displaced Rohingya families. At a regular briefing in Geneva, WFP spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel said that 16,000 people had received food assistance in just 24 hours - more than all those reached since the monsoon season began in June. The flooding was “much bigger” than usual, Mr. Verhoosel insisted, adding that the area of Teknaf was worst-affected, thanks to record rainfall this week. Relaying information from colleagues in Cox’s Bazar – a series of camps that have been home to hundreds of thousands of mainly Rohingya refugees...

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Delhi Declaration: Countries agree to make ‘land degradation neutrality’ by 2030, a national target for action

September 13, 2019 No comments

Delhi Declaration: Countries agree to make ‘land degradation neutrality’ by 2030, a national target for action

INTERNATIONAL, 13 September 2019, Climate Change - A major UN conference on fighting desertification agreed on Friday to make the Sustainable Development Goal target of achieving “land degradation neutrality” (LDN), a national target for action. The Governments which are party to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), met in the Indian capital of New Delhi over ten days for COP14, adopting a series of breakthrough measures in the accord, known as the Delhi Declaration. Besides the LDN agreement - whereby countries have pledged to halt the degradation of land to the point where ecosystems and land use can no longer be supported - there was a landmark decision to boost global efforts to mitigate and manage the risks of crippling drought. Countries will also now be...

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Sarah: “US Preclearance More Than Just a Presence at PJIA”

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Now the issue that is polarizing...

September 15, 2019 No comments

Man UP & Check UP Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign kicks off with a BLUE BANG

Man UP & Check UP Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign kicks…

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LU hosts annual fire drill exercise

LU hosts annual fire drill exercise

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Learning Unlimited Preparatory School (LUPS)...

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COM receives presentation from GridMarket and Island Resiliency Partnership about Resilient Energy

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Remember to pay your fines! Grace period is almost over!

September 15, 2019

Remember to pay your fines! Grace period is almost over!

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Justice in conjunction with the Prosecutor’s Office, an...

Parliament recognizes those contributing to Sint Maarten’s environment

September 12, 2019

Parliament recognizes those contributing to Sint Maarten’s environment

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Tuesday, September 10, 2019 marked the beginning of a New Parliamentary...

NIPA Prepares Strategically for World of Professional Training

September 12, 2019

NIPA Prepares Strategically for World of Professional Training

SINT MAARTEN (LITTLE BAY) - The National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) is continuing...

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Man arrested for arson

September 13, 2019 No comments

Man arrested for arson

MADAME ESTATE - On Friday September 13th, 2019, approximately 1.50 am, the police patrol of Philipsburg was directed to the Madame Estate area, where a car was supposedly set on fire, police announced...

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SMILE to host MicroMentor´s Caribbean Innovation Challenge 2019

September 13, 2019 No comments

SMILE to host MicroMentor´s Caribbean Innovation Challenge 2019

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Innovations, Initiatives and Industries Link-up Event 2019 (SMILE) will be the host of the award ceremony for the Caribbean Innovation Contest. By means o...

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Waiting lists for nursing home places grow as population gets older

September 13, 2019 No comments

Waiting lists for nursing home places grow as population gets older

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Waiting list numbers for a place in a local nursing home or for home nursing support continue to soar, reaching nearly 14,000 people by July, the NRC reported on Friday....

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Amsterdam-on-sea? Dutch capital tells tourists to go to The Hague

September 13, 2019 No comments

Amsterdam-on-sea? Dutch capital tells tourists to go to The Hague

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – They are not renaming it ‘Amsterdam The Hague’. But in an effort to spread the blessing and curse of Amsterdam’s 17 million annual overnight tourists, The Hague has temp...

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Man arrested for Ill-treatment

September 13, 2019

Man arrested for Ill-treatment

COLE BAY - On Thursday September 12th, 2019, about 15.50 the police arrested the man with the initia...

Statia starts Strong Roots pilot in schools

September 12, 2019

Statia starts Strong Roots pilot in schools

SINT EUSTATIUS - Effective January 2020 a pilot programme, known as Strong Roots, will be introduced...

Man Arrested for Gun Possession

September 12, 2019

Man Arrested for Gun Possession

PHILIPSBURG - On Wednesday September 11th, 2019, approximately 15.00 hr. the arrest team conducted a...

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Budget leaks: average incomes to benefit most from spending power boost

September 13, 2019 No comments

Budget leaks: average incomes to benefit most from spending power boost

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Spending power will go up across the board next year, but middle incomes will benefit the most, RTL Nieuws said on Friday. The broadcaster based its claim on leaked doc...

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Scrapping grants has not hurt student numbers, minister says

September 13, 2019 No comments

Scrapping grants has not hurt student numbers, minister says

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Scrapping student grants in 2015 has not had an impact on the number of Dutch teenagers signing up for college and university, according to education ministry research. ...

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Official property values soar to record high, Rotterdam books biggest rise

September 15, 2019

Official property values soar to record high, Rotterdam books biggest rise

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Official property values in the Netherlands – which are used to calcu...

ILTT contributes to Prostate Awareness Campaign

September 15, 2019

ILTT contributes to Prostate Awareness Campaign

PHILIPSBURG - Francine Chance from International Liquors and Tobacco (ILTT) donates Fiji Water and V...

Young man arrested for robbery of two Chinese supermarkets

September 13, 2019

Young man arrested for robbery of two Chinese supermarkets

PHILIPSBURG - In the ongoing investigation into the two-armed robberies that took place on Wednesday...

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Dutch central bank chief criticises ECB interest rate cut to stimulate growth

September 13, 2019 No comments

Dutch central bank chief criticises ECB interest rate cut to stimulate growth

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch central bank chief Klaas Knot has criticised yesterday’s decision by the European central bank to cut interest rates, in an effort to stimulate the region’s econom...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

September 14, 2019 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Saturday, September 14, 2019 @18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday midday (12:00 LST) September 15, 2019 WEATHER:  Tonight through Sund...

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