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World News in Brief: Fresh Ukraine attacks condemned, Gaza healthcare, DR Congo needs escalating

February 23, 2024 No comments

World News in Brief: Fresh Ukraine attacks condemned, Gaza healthcare, DR Congo needs escalating

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2024, Peace and Security - The top UN aid official in Ukraine deplored new attacks on the cities of Odesa and Dnipro on Friday, as the full-scale Russian invasion of the country enters a third year.  The latest strikes in the centre and south occurred on the eve of the solemn commemoration marking two years of war and one day after deadly attacks in the Donestsk region, located in the east. ‘Grim reality’ unchanged Denise Brown, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, took to social media to voice her condemnation. “Today’s attacks on Ukraine are yet another blatant example of the Russian Federation’s disregard for their obligations under international humanitarian law, a grim reality that remains unchanged since the escalation of the war two years ago,”...

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Sudan: UN struggles to cope with thousands of daily arrivals in South Sudan transit camps

February 23, 2024 No comments

Sudan: UN struggles to cope with thousands of daily arrivals in South Sudan transit camps

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2024, Migrants and Refugees - South Sudan, one of the world’s poorest countries, is dealing with the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from its northern neighbour, Sudan, which has been in the grip of a major conflict between the government and the Rapid Support Forces since April of last year. Since the outbreak of fighting, the influx of people fleeing Sudan has increased sharply at multiple border points, and more than half a million individuals have crossed the South Sudan border, according to UN estimates. At the UN-run transit centres in Renk, staff are helping exhausted individuals to travel onwards to their final destinations in the hope of avoiding large numbers staying in this extremely remote, poorly resourced part of...

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Rights violations ripple across war-torn Sudan

February 23, 2024 No comments

Rights violations ripple across war-torn Sudan

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2024, Peace and Security - The armed conflict in Sudan has resulted in thousands of civilians killed, millions displaced, property looted and children conscripted, as fighting has spread to more regions of the country since the conflict began last April, according to a wide-ranging report from the UN Human Rights Office released on Friday. “For nearly a year now, accounts coming out of Sudan have been of death, suffering and despair, as the senseless conflict and human rights violations and abuses have persisted with no end in sight,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk. The report details multiple indiscriminate attacks by both the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in densely populated areas between April and December 2023, including sites...

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Ukraine: Bucha and Irpin rise from the ashes of Russian military occupation

February 23, 2024 No comments

Ukraine: Bucha and Irpin rise from the ashes of Russian military occupation

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2024, Economic Development - When the Russian occupation of Bucha in the early days of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine ended in March 2022, widespread destruction was revealed, and a UN commission concluded that war crimes had been committed against the civilian population. Two years on, life is returning to the town on Kyiv’s outskirts and nearby Irpin, which have been restored with UN support. "They were flying by helicopter from the direction of the cargo airport in Hostomel [north of Bucha]. Then they marched with tanks along Vokzalna Street, crossed the railway and moved in the direction of Kyiv," said Mykhaylina Skoryk-Shkarivska, founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development of Communities in Bucha and deputy of the Irpin City Council, recalling the first...

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How to develop ‘ethical AI’ and avoid potential dangers

February 23, 2024 No comments

How to develop ‘ethical AI’ and avoid potential dangers

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2024, Human Rights - After a year of hype surrounding the latest version of ChatGPT and other new AI tools, governments are starting to make concerted efforts to bring in effective regulations on the use of this powerful technology, with the support of the UN science agency, UNESCO.  UNESCO first developed its Recommendations on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence back in 2021, when much of the world was preoccupied by another international threat, the COVID-19 pandemic. The Recommendations, which were adopted by the 194 UNESCO Member States, contain concrete guidance on how public and private money can be channelled to programmes that benefit society. Since then, a great deal of work has been done to put this guidance into practice, with legislators, experts and civil society representatives meeting...

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WIB provides substantial financing for Ocean Tower at Simpson Bay

WIB provides substantial financing for Ocean Tower at Simpson Bay

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Windward Islands Bank (WIB),...

February 23, 2024 No comments

Legacy of outgoing coalition is negligent governing says Grisha

Legacy of outgoing coalition is negligent governing says Grisha

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The legacy of the outgoing...

February 23, 2024 No comments

FIRST BATCH OF NATIONAL DECREES FOR JUSTICE WORKERS DELIVERED TO THE GOVERNOR

FIRST BATCH OF NATIONAL DECREES FOR JUSTICE WORKERS DELIVERED TO…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Today marks a significant milestone...

February 22, 2024 No comments

Cft: “Prioritize adoption of budget 2024”

Cft: “Prioritize adoption of budget 2024”

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Since 2010, there has not...

February 22, 2024 No comments

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SoualiganSlangs launches Border To Border 2 Game at SMART

February 22, 2024

SoualiganSlangs launches Border To Border 2 Game at SMART

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Iconic St. Maarten / St. Martin Culture company SoualiganSlangs will use ...

Sint Maarten Real GDP for 2022 is estimated to have increased by 13.9%

February 22, 2024

Sint Maarten Real GDP for 2022 is estimated to have increased by 13.9%

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The Department of Statistics (STAT) reports an increase in the real Gross...

Exciting volunteer opportunity for young people

February 22, 2024

Exciting volunteer opportunity for young people

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The Department of Youth in collaboration with UNICEF the Netherlands anno...

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Dr. Richardson presents book for Mother Tongue Language Day

February 21, 2024 No comments

Dr. Richardson presents book for Mother Tongue Language Day

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - On Monday, February 19, Dr. Linda Richardson officially presented her book “Trilingual Terminology in Criminal Proceedings” to the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, Honourable...

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Orange Grove Drainage System Installation Nearing Completion

February 21, 2024 No comments

Orange Grove Drainage System Installation Nearing Completion

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Orange Grove Road drainage system installation, is entering its final stages, with the project set to conclude within the next coming weeks. The implementation of the Or...

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Six Certified after Completing Hospitality Instructor Course

February 23, 2024 No comments

Six Certified after Completing Hospitality Instructor Course

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - Six participants of the Hospitality Instructor Course CHI have recently been certified. The course is part of the OCW programme/project for in-service training of employees in th...

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WIB elevates banking experience for Senior Citizens

February 19, 2024 No comments

WIB elevates banking experience for Senior Citizens

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Windward Islands Bank (WIB) recently hosted an enlightening lecture for senior members, staff, and the board of the Sint Maarten Senior Citizens Recreational Foundation. The...

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Cassandra Richardson is the Newly appointed Director of Victim Support Services

February 20, 2024

Cassandra Richardson is the Newly appointed Director of Victim Support Services

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Cassandra Richardson has been successful in securing the candidacy of Dir...

POLICE EMBARKS ON INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY POLICING TRAINING WITH REGIONAL COLLABORATION

February 20, 2024

POLICE EMBARKS ON INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY POLICING TRAINING WITH REGIONAL COLLABORATION

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - In collaboration with other Dutch Caribbean islands who are committed to ...

Exciting start to the Hoedemaker Series, part of the Grant Thornton Dinghy Season Championship

February 19, 2024

Exciting start to the Hoedemaker Series, part of the Grant Thornton Dinghy Season Championship

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Twenty-one participants competed in the opening day of the Hoedemaker S...

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CPS reminds community to take measures to prevent mosquito breeding after rainfall events

February 21, 2024

CPS reminds community to take measures to prevent mosquito breeding after rainfall events

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is urgently calling on r...

Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance Launches 2nd Annual 'Best of the Best' Chef Competition

February 20, 2024

Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance Launches 2nd Annual 'Best of the Best' Chef Competition

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance is excited to announce the commencemen...

Minister of Justice Holds Meeting with NAPB & ABVO Unions Regarding Staff National Decrees

February 20, 2024

Minister of Justice Holds Meeting with NAPB & ABVO Unions Regarding Staff National Decrees

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The Honorable Minister of Justice, Anna E. Richardson, convened a meeting...

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The rich, white Dutch live the most segregated lives: CBS

February 23, 2024 No comments

The rich, white Dutch live the most segregated lives: CBS

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – People of Dutch origin with high salaries are least likely to have people with foreign roots in their networks of friends, colleagues and neighbours, national statistics...

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Police call for information about drugs chemical dumping

February 22, 2024 No comments

Police call for information about drugs chemical dumping

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – At least 10 vats containing thousands of litres of chemicals left over from “washing” cocaine or amphetamine and ecstasy production have been found dumped in the Brabant...

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Robbie's Lottery Results for February 23, 2024

February 23, 2024 No comments

Robbie's Lottery Results for February 23, 2024

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Winning...It's easy! Every day is a new chance to win. Various lottery games, cash prices, numerous retailers located all over Curaçao and great winning probabilities. Ro...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

February 23, 2024 No comments

Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Friday, 23 February 2024 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) 24 February 2024 WEATHER:     Tonight through Satur...

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