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At Seoul meeting, Guterres urges greater support for peacekeeping amid mounting threats

December 07, 2021 No comments

At Seoul meeting, Guterres urges greater support for peacekeeping amid mounting threats

INTERNATIONAL, 7 December 2021, Peace and Security - With the world now facing the highest number of violent conflicts since 1945, Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday urged countries to step up support for UN peacekeeping operations across the globe, and the thousands who serve within them.  Mr. Guterres made the appeal in remarks to the opening ceremony of the 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial, hosted by the Republic of Korea.  The two-day event is the latest in a series of meetings held since 2014 aimed at improving UN field operations, stretching from the Western Sahara, to India and Pakistan.  New threats and challenges  Although there has been a notable increase in support for UN peacekeeping during this period, the Secretary-General said new threats and mounting challenges highlight...

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Bachelet describes ‘disastrous’ human rights situation across Occupied Palestinian Territory

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Bachelet describes ‘disastrous’ human rights situation across Occupied Palestinian Territory

INTERNATIONAL, 7 December 2021, Human Rights - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said on Tuesday that the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory has become “disastrous”, with severe infringements occurring effecting some four million people.   “This clearly also has damaging impact on prospects for peace and sustainable development for Israel, as well as the surrounding region”, she argued.   Ms. Bachelet was briefing the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in Geneva.   She argued that, “no matter how long the road has been, ‘never-ending’ cannot be an acceptable description for any situation in which human rights are violated and abused.”  “Only an end to the occupation can bring about lasting peace and establish the conditions in which the human rights of all can be fully respected”, she added.   Situation in Gaza  In...

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Navigating complex peace and security challenges together: Grandi

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Navigating complex peace and security challenges together: Grandi

INTERNATIONAL, 7 December 2021, Migrants and Refugees - Conflict, climate change and COVID-19, have created a perfect storm of challenges facing refugees, displaced people and their hosts, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, told the Security Council on Tuesday. The deadly mix has increased forced displacement and increased hardships, while the climate emergency has fuelled conflict in Sahel, he said. Underlining the importance of putting the climate emergency “front and centre” of Security Council’s agenda, the top UNHCR official noted that "the multilateral system has has probably never been so important", nor so prone to failure. Failure’s many faces Acknowledging instability, insecurity, famine and natural disasters, Mr. Grandi added forced displacement, manipulation and irrational reactions to the list. Among other things, failure compels humanitarians to work in complex and uncertain situations that increase humanitarian...

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Countries with regulations against industrially produced trans fats tripled over the past year

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Countries with regulations against industrially produced trans fats tripled over the past year

INTERNATIONAL, 7 December 2021, Health - Forty countries now have best-practice trans fat elimination policies in effect, protecting 1.4 billion people from this deadly food compound, according to a report released on Tuesday by the World Health Organization (WHO).   Around 940 million people living in high-income countries are protected by these policies, but no one living in low-income countries has the same regulatory protection, so far.  Trans fat is an artificial compound that can be found in cakes, cookies, biscuits, packaged foods, cooking oils and spreads. WHO estimates that consumption of these fats cause around 500,000 deaths per year due to coronary heart disease.  According to the agency, eliminating this product from the global food supply could save lives and reduces the burden on healthcare by preventing heart attacks.  The UN agency has a global goal to eliminate it by 2023.   Progress  The report notes that, this year alone, best practice policies came into...

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Internet Governance Forum promotes inclusive digital future for all

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Internet Governance Forum promotes inclusive digital future for all

INTERNATIONAL, 7 December 2021, SDGs - Leveraging the power of the Internet while tackling the risks of cyberspace is the focus of a UN meeting underway in Katowice, Poland, this week.  The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) brings together more than 7,000 innovators, big tech executives, young people, ministers and parliamentarians to spur efforts to build an open, secure and free digital future for all.  In his video message to the opening session on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres spoke of how the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the forum’s theme of 'Internet United'.  Global cooperation essential  The global crisis has highlighted the life-changing power of the Internet, he said, with digital technology enabling millions to work, study and socialize safely online.  Yet it has also magnified the digital divide and the dark...

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WITU supports members with Christmas Shopping Voucher

WITU supports members with Christmas Shopping Voucher

SINT MAARTEN (MADAME ESTATE) - The newly elected board of...

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SZV SELECTS ARCHITECTS FOR THE DESIGN OF OWN OFFICE BUILDING IN CAYHILL

SZV SELECTS ARCHITECTS FOR THE DESIGN OF OWN OFFICE BUILDING…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The new office building of...

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MP Buncamper questions the operations of SOG

MP Buncamper questions the operations of SOG

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During Friday’s meeting regarding the management...

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Minister Ottley and Ballast Nedam Intl’ signs SOS agreement for first job fair on December 18

Minister Ottley and Ballast Nedam Intl’ signs SOS agreement for…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday December 3rd, the Minister...

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Police respond to several Armed robberies over the last few weeks

December 07, 2021

Police respond to several Armed robberies over the last few weeks

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The detectives of the Special Unit Robberies (S.U.R.) have been kept bu...

WIB and SMDF donate towards children’s mental health

December 06, 2021

WIB and SMDF donate towards children’s mental health

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Intervision Foundation’s mindfulness training for children is one of th...

Postal Services PSS NV to become hub for PostNL

December 06, 2021

Postal Services PSS NV to become hub for PostNL

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Following successful negotiations over the last few months with PostNL,...

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Tangle book party, features all new generation artists at Dutch Quarter Community Center

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Tangle book party, features all new generation artists at Dutch Quarter Community Center

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The book party for Tangle by Rochelle Ward has a star-studded set of artists belonging to the author’s generation, said Jacqueline Sample of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP)...

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MP Buncamper Questions Rental Tribunal. Says current legislation does not provide much

December 06, 2021 No comments

MP Buncamper Questions Rental Tribunal. Says current legislation does not provide much

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday Parliament's Committee of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure (VROMI) had an interactive and informative meeting with the Rental Tr...

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More cases of Omicron found in NL, but most were down to travel

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More cases of Omicron found in NL, but most were down to travel

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch public health institute RIVM has identified a further 18 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, taking the total known cases in the Netherlands so far to 36....

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Decline in coronavirus cases and admissions offset by rising positive test rate

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Decline in coronavirus cases and admissions offset by rising positive test rate

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Recorded coronavirus cases have declined in the last week at testing stations and in hospitals, but the public health agency RIVM said the healthcare system was still un...

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PERIDOT FOUNDATION STATES: GOOD CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP, ENSURES LIGHTS AT THE CHURCHILL-ROUNDABIUT ARE ON FOR THE HOLIDAYS

December 06, 2021

PERIDOT FOUNDATION STATES: GOOD CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP, ENSURES LIGHTS AT THE CHURCHILL-ROUNDABIUT ARE ON FOR THE HOLIDAYS

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Peridot Foundation Founder Gracita Arrindell expresses immense gratitud...

Gordon-Carty: Being black is not an impediment for employment

December 06, 2021

Gordon-Carty: Being black is not an impediment for employment

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Companies should make qualifications, skills and experience the basis f...

Lions Club recently announced the winners of their annual Peace Poster Contest

December 05, 2021

Lions Club recently announced the winners of their annual Peace Poster Contest

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Lions International Peace Poster Contest is one of many Lions Club ...

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Saba Comprehensive School keeps investing in development students

December 06, 2021

Saba Comprehensive School keeps investing in development students

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The House of Esports to promote safe gaming, a B&B to train in hospitality, the ...

SXMNBA Concludes Successful 5x5 Basketball Tournament

December 05, 2021

SXMNBA Concludes Successful 5x5 Basketball Tournament

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA) just concluded...

Another record for Sea to Scenery

December 05, 2021

Another record for Sea to Scenery

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Yet again, a very successful edition of the Sea to Scenery race was held on Saba...

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Key suspect in Marengo gangland trial extradited to Netherlands

December 07, 2021 No comments

Key suspect in Marengo gangland trial extradited to Netherlands

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The alleged right-hand man of Ridouan Taghi, the man at the centre of one of the Netherlands’ biggest ever gangland murder trials, has been extradited from Colombia, pro...

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Dutch inflation rate nears 40 year high as gas prices soar

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Dutch inflation rate nears 40 year high as gas prices soar

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The official Dutch rate of inflation hit 5.2% in November, its highest level since September 1982, national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday. In October, inflation ...

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Tourism slowly rebounding on Saba and Statia

December 06, 2021 No comments

Tourism slowly rebounding on Saba and Statia

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - In Q3 2021, the number of visitors arriving by air in the Caribbean Netherlands almost tripled compared to the same period a year earlier. Relative to 2019, visitor arrivals by a...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

December 07, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, December 07, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) December 08, 2021  …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN...

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