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UN chief calls for immediate ceasefire in Syria’s war-battered north-west

February 18, 2020 No comments

UN chief calls for immediate ceasefire in Syria’s war-battered north-west

INTERNATIONAL, 18 February 2020, Human Rights - Alarmed by the rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in north-west Syria and the tragic suffering of civilians, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called for an immediate ceasefire in the ongoing fight that has displaced more than 900.000 civilians since early December.    Mr. Guterres was joined in his call for an end to the hostilities by a host of other senior UN officials who earlier in the day expressed deep concern at the situation, particulalry that women and young children, many who have been displaced multiple times, are now dying in the freezing temperatures.   “Hostilities are now approaching densely populated areas. People are on the move in freezing temperatures in search of safety which has become ever more difficult,” the Secretary-General said in a statement issued by his Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric.  Calling for an immediate ceasefire, the...

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Polio eradication a UN priority, says Guterres in Pakistan visit

February 18, 2020 No comments

Polio eradication a UN priority, says Guterres in Pakistan visit

INTERNATIONAL, 18 February 2020, Health - In one of the last bastions of polio on the planet, millions of children are being given a fighting chance against the paralyzing and potentially fatal disease.  During his first official visit to Pakistan as UN Secretary-General, António Guterres stopped at a kindergarten in Lahore on Tuesday, as the country kicked off its initial nationwide polio campaign for the year.  I commend the brave polio vaccine workers — mostly women — working to stamp out polio in Pakistan. Important gains have been made, but we need a concerted push to eradicate this awful disease.   While there is no cure for polio, vaccination can protect a child for life, and the campaign this month aims to reach more than 39 million children.  “Polio is one of the few diseases we can eradicate in...

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Pakistan-India crossing is a ‘Corridor of Hope’, UN chief says, wraps up visit with call for interfaith dialogue

February 18, 2020 No comments

Pakistan-India crossing is a ‘Corridor of Hope’, UN chief says, wraps up visit with call for interfaith dialogue

INTERNATIONAL, 18 February 2020, Culture and Education - UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said he had been moved by the show of religious unity he had witnessed in Pakistan after paying visits to a mosque, a Sikh temple and Kartarpur Corridor, the visa-free crossing which alls Sikhs to travel between nearby holy sites on each side of the India-Pakistan border. “This is a very emotional moment. It is wonderful to see interfaith dialogue” said the Secretary-General, on the last leg of his three-day visit to Pakistan, where, since Sunday, he has pressed for climate action, and praised Pakistan’s compassion for hosting Afghan refugees, as well as the South Asian country’s major contributions to UN peacekeeping. I was honoured to visit Pakistan’s newly opened Kartarpur Corridor...

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Hope for ‘long-elusive progress’ in negotiating peace in eastern Ukraine

February 18, 2020 No comments

Hope for ‘long-elusive progress’ in negotiating peace in eastern Ukraine

INTERNATIONAL, 18 February 2020, Peace and Security - Marking the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Minsk II agreement, the UN political chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, that along with the Minsk Protocol and the Minsk memorandum, it remains “the only agreed framework” for a negotiated, peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, also recalled that the Secretary-General has consistently expressed the UN’s “strong backing” for the lead role of the Normandy Four, the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), and the OSCE to find a peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and called for “a revitalization of these efforts”. Making progress Since her last update in mid-July, Ms. DiCarlo offered hope for “long-elusive progress” in implementing the Minsk provisions, including key security and...

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Guterres ‘deeply concerned’ over deadly assault in north-west Cameroon

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Guterres ‘deeply concerned’ over deadly assault in north-west Cameroon

INTERNATIONAL, 18 February 2020, Peace and Security - The United Nations Secretary-General has extended his deepest condolences to the families of those killed in an attack on a village in north-west Cameroon. Almost two dozen villagers, including 15 children, were found dead in the anglophone village of Ngarbuh after an incident on Friday, linked to separatist clashes that began in late 2017 on alleged discrimination against the francophone country’s English-speaking regions. While the opposition party are blaming the killings on the army, no one has claimed responsibility. In a statement issued on Monday, a UN spokesperson said Secretary-General António Guterres was “deeply concerned” over reports about the killing of civilians, including children, in the attack on 14 February.  The UN chief called on the Government to “conduct an investigation and...

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Jacobs Congratulates Leonald Connor Primary School on 100th Year Anniversary

Jacobs Congratulates Leonald Connor Primary School on 100th Year Anniversary

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs attended...

February 18, 2020 No comments

Searches carried out in Ruby Investigation regarding alleged bid rigging for waste processing contracts

Searches carried out in Ruby Investigation regarding alleged bid rigging…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Tuesday 18 February 2020, the...

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Deliveries from China impacts Rio Productions participation in Carnival 2020

Deliveries from China impacts Rio Productions participation in Carnival 2020

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Monday, February 17th, 2020, Rio...

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K1 Britannia Recruiting Volunteers for Mentorship for Foster Youth

K1 Britannia Recruiting Volunteers for Mentorship for Foster Youth

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - K1 Britannia Foundation’s major focus is...

February 17, 2020 No comments

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Three Students Arrested Tuesday for being in possession of a firearm

February 18, 2020

Three Students Arrested Tuesday for being in possession of a firearm

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - The dispatched center received several calls on Tuesday morning around...

MINISTER OF JUSTICE ALLEVIATES PARKING IMPEDIMENT FOR POLICE OFFICERS

February 18, 2020

MINISTER OF JUSTICE ALLEVIATES PARKING IMPEDIMENT FOR POLICE OFFICERS

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - It has been some time now that on-duty police officers has been experie...

Island Gems donate projectors to University of St. Martin

February 17, 2020

Island Gems donate projectors to University of St. Martin

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The University of St. Martin (USM) now has the use of two projectors to...

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Road Tax due February 29. Motorists can continue to use old plates

February 17, 2020 No comments

Road Tax due February 29. Motorists can continue to use old plates

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Finance, the Honorable Ardwell Irion, hereby informs the general public, in particular owners and operators of motor vehicles on St. Maarten roads, that in...

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Pedestrian struck by car receives minor injuries

February 17, 2020 No comments

Pedestrian struck by car receives minor injuries

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Traffic Department was alerted to a serious traffic accident that took place on the Nisbeth road on the evening of Saturday February 15th 2020 about 09.15 pm, the poli...

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Psychiatric patients requesting euthanasia are more often women: study

February 18, 2020 No comments

Psychiatric patients requesting euthanasia are more often women: study

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Large-scale research into euthanasia requests made by psychiatric patients shows women are over-represented, Trouw reported on Tuesday. The figures were collated by the...

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Transgender people demand apology from the state for forced sterilisation

February 18, 2020 No comments

Transgender people demand apology from the state for forced sterilisation

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A group of 16 people who were allowed to transition to a different sex before 2014 on condition they agreed to be sterilised are demanding a public apology and compensat...

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Entrepreneurs Reminded to Register for Thursday COCI Workshop by BIP SXM

February 17, 2020

Entrepreneurs Reminded to Register for Thursday COCI Workshop by BIP SXM

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) is reminding its ...

Second pedestrian struck by vehicle on the A.Th. Illidge road

February 17, 2020

Second pedestrian struck by vehicle on the A.Th. Illidge road

SINT MAARTEN (DUTCH QUARTER) - The Traffic Department of KPSM is presently investigating a traffic a...

Register for the Free Breast and Health Screenings set for this Saturday Feb.22

February 16, 2020

Register for the Free Breast and Health Screenings set for this Saturday Feb.22

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Women ages 18+ across the country are being reminded to register b...

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CDA, D66 revive plans for 25,000 home Almere Pampus project

February 18, 2020 No comments

CDA, D66 revive plans for 25,000 home Almere Pampus project

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A plan to build 25,000 affordable homes with a fast metro connection on reclaimed land near Almere will go some way to solving the Netherlands’ acute shortage of housing...

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At least 60 people are victims of IND Brexit letter blunder

February 18, 2020 No comments

At least 60 people are victims of IND Brexit letter blunder

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – At least 60 British nationals in the Netherlands have been sent a letter by the IND immigration service which should have been sent to someone else, according to an anal...

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Higher trade deficits on Bonaire and Saba in 2019

February 18, 2020

Higher trade deficits on Bonaire and Saba in 2019

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - In 2019, Bonaire saw the highest increase in trade deficit among the three isla...

CPS: Several days of rainfall is a Reminder to Take Action to Prevent Mosquito Breeding Sites

February 16, 2020

CPS: Several days of rainfall is a Reminder to Take Action to Prevent Mosquito Breeding Sites

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department ...

RADEX BCMS to exhibit Border Control Software at Civil Aviation Conference ICAO TRIP2020

February 16, 2020

RADEX BCMS to exhibit Border Control Software at Civil Aviation Conference ICAO TRIP2020

SINT MAARTEN/ARUBA - RADEX BCMS is the border control management system developed by Gamma IT Soluti...

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Plenary Public session of Parliament continues about public homes and facilities managed by the SMHDF

February 18, 2020 No comments

Plenary Public session of Parliament continues about public homes and facilities managed by the SMHDF

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in an Urgent Plenary Public session on February 19, 2020. The Public meeting which was adjourned on February 5, 2020 will be reconvened on...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

February 18, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) February 19, 2020    …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMA...

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