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Belarus: End ongoing human rights violations, UN rights chief urges

December 04, 2020 No comments

Belarus: End ongoing human rights violations, UN rights chief urges

INTERNATIONAL, 4 December 2020, Human Rights - The human rights situation in Belarus continues to deteriorate, particularly with respect to peaceful assembly, the UN rights chief said on Friday, urging the government to put an end to ongoing violations and “take steps towards a genuine, respectful and inclusive national dialogue”.  Speaking at a meeting of the Human Rights Council, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet shared reports of more than 27,000 arrests since 9 August, when protesters began contesting the result of presidential elections.  “In the last month, hundreds of people continued to be arrested each week during the demonstrations – with reportedly around 1,000 people on 8 November and 700 on 15 November, while allegations of injuries during dispersals and of ill-treatment during arrests continued to...

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COVID-19: Right decisions now will secure a life of dignity for all

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COVID-19: Right decisions now will secure a life of dignity for all

INTERNATIONAL, 4 December 2020, Health - Critical decisions made now to address the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to a life of dignity for all people, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Friday, addressing the second and final day of the General Assembly’s special session devoted to the crisis.  Heads of UN agencies, along with scientists and other stakeholders, are holding interactive dialogues focused on the health and humanitarian response, the road to vaccines, and addressing the socio-economic impacts of the crisis.  A critical moment  Ms. Mohammed outlined UN support to countries going forward, including mobilizing the $28 billion needed to secure vaccines for all, regardless of wealth or location, and assisting authorities everywhere to operationalize inclusive recovery plans.  “This session comes at a critical moment....

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Vanuatu graduates from list of least developed countries

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Vanuatu graduates from list of least developed countries

INTERNATIONAL, 4 December 2020, Economic Development - The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has graduated from the official list of Least Developed Countries (LDC), becoming the sixth country to achieve the milestone since the development categorization was created in 1971.  The graduation is “testimony to years of effort resulting in hard-won sustainable development gains,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message.  Vanuatu graduated despite severe setbacks due to accelerating climate change, natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic, which hit remittances flowing back home hard, and the trade and  tourism sector.  The country has prepared a transition strategy, which will help navigate the next steps in its development path.  The journey to graduation  Vanuatu was recommended for graduation from the LDC category by the UN Committee for Development Policy in 2012, having met the graduation thresholds for the...

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UN working at ‘full speed’ to prepare for humanitarian mission to Ethiopia’s Tigray

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UN working at ‘full speed’ to prepare for humanitarian mission to Ethiopia’s Tigray

INTERNATIONAL, 4 December 2020, Humanitarian Aid - The UN’s humanitarian coordination office, said on Friday that it was doing its utmost to secure aid access to Ethiopia’s Tigray region, after a deal was struck to reach displaced civilians, following weeks of fighting between federal and regional forces. “There are still operational issues of a logistical nature, some of them are of a security nature, that are being worked out, so that we can proceed with the missions”, said Jens Laerke, spokesperson,  for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), adding that “everyone of course (is) working full speed to make that happen.” On Wednesday, the UN announced that agreement had been reached with the Ethiopian Government to allow “unimpeded, sustained and secure...

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UN pledges humanitarian support as Armenia and Azerbaijan negotiate ‘lasting, peaceful settlement’ over Nagorno-Karabakh

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UN pledges humanitarian support as Armenia and Azerbaijan negotiate ‘lasting, peaceful settlement’ over Nagorno-Karabakh

INTERNATIONAL, 4 December 2020, Peace and Security - The UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the continuing ceasefire in and around Nagorno-Karabakh on Friday, underlining that the Organization stands ready to provide humanitarian support to meet the needs of all civilians impacted by conflict. A ceasefire was agreed through a joint statement by the President of Azerbaijan, Prime Minister of Armenia, and Russia's President, on 9 November, leading to the deployment of several thousand Russian peacekeepers to the enclave and border regions, after six weeks of escalating conflict over Nagorno-Karabkh. Thousands were reportedly killed and more than 100,000 displaced. “The Secretary-General takes note of the 3 December joint statement on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries”, said the statement issued...

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SXMNBA: Camps/training sessions are rebuilding and strengthening the foundation of basketball

SXMNBA: Camps/training sessions are rebuilding and strengthening the foundation of…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten National Basketball Association...

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MP Emmanuel resigns from NA declares himself independent member of Parliament

MP Emmanuel resigns from NA declares himself independent member of…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel...

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SMMC invites local musicians to spread joy

SMMC invites local musicians to spread joy

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC)...

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Christmas is coming to WPS on Saturday. You’re invited to the 5th Annual Lighting of the Tree

Christmas is coming to WPS on Saturday. You’re invited to…

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Christmas is coming to Philipsburg and...

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26th Person Succumbs to COVID-19. 15 New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 87 Active Cases

December 04, 2020

26th Person Succumbs to COVID-19. 15 New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 87 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Honorable Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (...

Virtual 21st Annual Thanksgiving Day Service on Sunday, Dec. 6

December 04, 2020

Virtual 21st Annual Thanksgiving Day Service on Sunday, Dec. 6

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - St. Maarten celebrates her Twenty-first Annual Thanksgiving Day. A Than...

SEVEN SEAS WATER DONATES TO SUNDIAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM

December 04, 2020

SEVEN SEAS WATER DONATES TO SUNDIAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - In continuing what has now become an annual tradition for Seven Seas Wate...

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Re-greening SXM Project to Launch their Final Tree Planting Event

December 03, 2020 No comments

Re-greening SXM Project to Launch their Final Tree Planting Event

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Red Cross and Nature Foundation St. Maarten Re-greening SXM Project will be hosting their final tree-planting event of the year on Saturday December 5th, 2020. The Re-greenin...

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Banco di Caribe and NRPB support small and medium business in Sint Maarten

December 02, 2020 No comments

Banco di Caribe and NRPB support small and medium business in Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Banco di Caribe has joined forces with the NRPB on the Enterprise Support Project (ESP) to continue to support small and medium businesses on Sint Maarten. An agreement wa...

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Ministers, experts wrestle with Christmas wishes, how many can come to dinner?

December 04, 2020 No comments

Ministers, experts wrestle with Christmas wishes, how many can come to dinner?

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Ministers are currently discussing the options for the Christmas break and whether or not restaurants can reopen temporarily remains one of the major sticking points, Du...

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Positive coronavirus tests show no slowdown, caution is needed, Rutte says

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Positive coronavirus tests show no slowdown, caution is needed, Rutte says

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The government’s team of coronavirus experts are currently looking at various options for further reducing the spread of Covid-19 but the figures as they now stand requi...

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Police intensifying investigation into the Car Theft ring

December 03, 2020

Police intensifying investigation into the Car Theft ring

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police of Sint Maarten (KPSM) has been continuously working towards...

Philipsburg Jubilee Library welcomes in the Christmas Season with a variety of Activities

December 03, 2020

Philipsburg Jubilee Library welcomes in the Christmas Season with a variety of Activities

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) started its December program. It ...

Government opens condolence book for Yolanda Pitter Thomas

December 02, 2020

Government opens condolence book for Yolanda Pitter Thomas

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - A condolence-memorial book has been opened to the public in connection ...

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December 3rd Marked: International Day of Persons with Disabilities “A day for all”

December 03, 2020

December 3rd Marked: International Day of Persons with Disabilities “A day for all”

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – December 3rd marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities...

Relocation of the Government main office

December 03, 2020

Relocation of the Government main office

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - Several government offices on St. Eustatius are being relocated in ord...

Joubert to focus on Constitutional, Administrative, and Civil Law at Hoeve&Rogers Attorney|Consultants

December 03, 2020

Joubert to focus on Constitutional, Administrative, and Civil Law at Hoeve&Rogers Attorney|Consultants

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - On Tuesday, November 24, 2020, Mrs. Nancy R. Joubert took the oath pres...

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OMT members under police protection after receiving threats: NU.nl

December 04, 2020 No comments

OMT members under police protection after receiving threats: NU.nl

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Members of the government’s coronoavirus expert committee Outbreak Management Team (OMT) have received threatening letters, resulting in extra security measures for some...

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Thierry Baudet wins popular vote to stay on as leader of far right FvD

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Thierry Baudet wins popular vote to stay on as leader of far right FvD

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Thierry Baudet has won the vote to stay on as leader of the far-right Forum voor Democratie, despite allegations of anti-Semitism and flirting with conspiracy theories. ...

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Ministry VROMI Traffic Alert: Partial Closure of L.B. Scott Road on Dec.04

December 03, 2020 No comments

Ministry VROMI Traffic Alert: Partial Closure of L.B. Scott Road on Dec.04

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces partial road closure of L.B. Scott Road on Friday, Decembe...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

December 04, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Friday, December 04, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) December 05, 2020    WEATHER:      Tonight throu...

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