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Myanmar: UN condemns escalating violence in deadliest day of protests so far

February 28, 2021 No comments

Myanmar: UN condemns escalating violence in deadliest day of protests so far

INTERNATIONAL, 28 February 2021, Human Rights - In response to the killing of at least 18 protesters demonstrating against Myanmar’s military coup, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Sunday together with the UN chief, strongly condemned the “escalating violence” and called for an immediate end to the use of force. More than 30 demonstrators have been wounded as police and military forces used live rounds together with less-than-lethal force against crowds nationwide protesting the month-long takeover, according to OHCHR, citing “credible information”. The Secretary-General António Guterres "strongly condemned" the violent weekend crackdown, said a statement issued by his Spokesperson. "He is deeply disturbed by the increase in deaths and serious injuries. The use of lethal force against peaceful protestors and arbitrary arrests are unacceptable." Mr. Guterres urged the international community "to come together...

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UNICEF urges repatriation of all children in Syria’s Al-Hol camp following deadly fire

February 28, 2021 No comments

UNICEF urges repatriation of all children in Syria’s Al-Hol camp following deadly fire

INTERNATIONAL, 28 February 2021, Peace and Security - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Sunday urged all countries to repatriate and safely reintegrate their young nationals being held at Syria’s largest camp for refugees and internally-displaced, following a deadly weekend fire at Al-Hol camp which saw at least three children die, and another 15 injured. In and around the notorious camp which has housed many families of alleged extremist fighters since the defeat of ISIL in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, “there are more than 22,000 foreign children of at least 60 nationalities who languish in camps and prisons, in addition to many thousands of Syrian children”, said UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Ted Chaiban. According to the UN, a fire broke out on Saturday evening during a...

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First Person: Yemen ‘cannot even afford to worry about the coronavirus’

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First Person: Yemen ‘cannot even afford to worry about the coronavirus’

INTERNATIONAL, 28 February 2021, Humanitarian Aid - In Yemen, whose people are living through a long-running, brutal war, which has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, COVID-19 is far from being a top priority, says the top UN refugee agency (UNHCR) official in the Arabian Peninsula country. UNHCR's Jean-Nicolas Beuze meets a Syrian woman at a refugee camp in Zarqa Governorate, Jordan in 2017., by © UNHCR/David Azia Famine, conflict and widespread poverty mean that Yemen is one of the toughest countries in the world in which to live, both for internally displaced people and refugees who have arrived from countries like Somalia. Ahead of a major international conference to raise funds for humanitarian aid initiatives in Yemen, UNHCR’s Jean-Nicolas Beuze has been speaking to the...

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FROM THE FIELD: Adapting to survive and thrive in Ghana

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FROM THE FIELD: Adapting to survive and thrive in Ghana

INTERNATIONAL, 28 February 2021, Climate and Environment - In the West African country of Ghana, many people from farming backgrounds are forced to find new ways to survive, as droughts, floods and erratic weather patterns upend age-old agricultural practices. Women across Ghana are learning how to process their crops into food stuffs that can be sold in markets., by UNDP/PraiseNutakor Programmes supported by the UN are helping, especially, women to acquire new skills, and adapt to an increasingly uncertain world. They’ve been learning how to process soy beans, shea and rice, turning them into more profitable products, such as soy milk, soy flour, and shea butter. Selling these processed goods at the local market, can help them to live through lean times, for example when drought and...

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FROM THE FIELD: Humanitarian crises of concern in 2021

February 27, 2021 No comments

FROM THE FIELD: Humanitarian crises of concern in 2021

INTERNATIONAL, 27 February 2021, Humanitarian Aid - The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated much of the world’s attention over the last 12 months, but many other crises will continue to require the urgent attention of the UN and the international community in 2021. A woman survivor of gender-based violence in Kalemie, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. , by UNOCHA/Alioune Ndiaye Syria and Yemen are probably the best known long-running conflict zones. A decade of fighting in Syria has seen millions of people displaced, many requiring humanitarian assistance. Yemen, meanwhile, remains the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, where the risk of large-scale famine has never been more acute. Insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been exacerbated by the pandemic,...

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VMT is aware of “Snowbird/Vaccination Tourists” issue. Working on solution to filter them out

VMT is aware of “Snowbird/Vaccination Tourists” issue. Working on solution…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Vaccination Management Team...

February 28, 2021 No comments

PFP to Launch English Translation of Country Package of Reforms

PFP to Launch English Translation of Country Package of Reforms

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – On Monday, 1 March 2021, the...

February 28, 2021 No comments

Workplace improvements for airline representatives and staff underway

Workplace improvements for airline representatives and staff underway

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - The Pre-works for PJIA’s Terminal...

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SZV congratulates Reginald Willemsberg for 40 years of service

SZV congratulates Reginald Willemsberg for 40 years of service

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The management & staff of SZV...

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Two New Positive COVID-19 cases. 30 Active Cases

February 28, 2021

Two New Positive COVID-19 cases. 30 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 28th, there were two (2) persons who tested positive for...

PJIA, Schiphol agreement increases financial pressure says Emmanuel

February 28, 2021

PJIA, Schiphol agreement increases financial pressure says Emmanuel

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Government of St. Maarten and the Princess Juliana Airport Operatin...

Second Governor’s Youth Awards for Excellence Program 2021 Planned for June

February 28, 2021

Second Governor’s Youth Awards for Excellence Program 2021 Planned for June

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - The Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday, announ...

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Prime Minister Jacobs commemorates our history makers yesterday, today and in the future

February 28, 2021 No comments

Prime Minister Jacobs commemorates our history makers yesterday, today and in the future

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Every Year in February, Black History Month is celebrated all over the world to signify the journey of the black community. As a community, we reflect on our achievements ...

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Prime Minister Jacobs issues the following statement on World NGO Day

February 27, 2021 No comments

Prime Minister Jacobs issues the following statement on World NGO Day

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On February 27, across the globe, we celebrate World NGO day. As the name suggests, the day brings awareness to non-governmental organizations’ work and those efforts that...

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Appeal court says curfew is justified, state can refer to ‘extraordinary circumstances’

February 27, 2021 No comments

Appeal court says curfew is justified, state can refer to ‘extraordinary circumstances’

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Appeal court judges in The Hague said on Friday that the government had introduced the curfew in mid-January on valid legal grounds, tearing up last week’s lower court v...

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Scholarship agreement with Lipscomb University renewed

February 25, 2021 No comments

Scholarship agreement with Lipscomb University renewed

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Public Entity Saba and Lipscomb University from Nashville, Tennessee have extended their collaboration with the signing of a four-year scholarship agreement. This agreement suc...

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Minister Ludmila de Weever delivers on securing outstanding concessions for TelEm

February 26, 2021

Minister Ludmila de Weever delivers on securing outstanding concessions for TelEm

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunica...

Buncamper: MOU about passenger boats between St Maarten and Anguilla was signed in 2013

February 26, 2021

Buncamper: MOU about passenger boats between St Maarten and Anguilla was signed in 2013

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On February 5th, 2021 Member of Parliament (MP) Claudius Buncamper sent...

Saba surpasses 1,000 vaccinations mark on Friday

February 26, 2021

Saba surpasses 1,000 vaccinations mark on Friday

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Shortly before 12 noon on Friday, February 26, Saba surpassed the 1,000 vaccinat...

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Scooter rider injured on the Welfare road Friday afternoon

February 26, 2021

Scooter rider injured on the Welfare road Friday afternoon

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Police Patrol and the Traffic Department was alerted to a serious t...

Greenhouse being built for senior citizens

February 26, 2021

Greenhouse being built for senior citizens

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The construction of a new greenhouse has started adjacent to the hospital in The...

Man arrested after stealing cash out delivery truck

February 25, 2021

Man arrested after stealing cash out delivery truck

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Thursday afternoon February 25th, 2021, at approximately 1:30 pm, th...

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Another 5,151 coronavirus cases, slight drop in hospital numbers

February 26, 2021 No comments

Another 5,151 coronavirus cases, slight drop in hospital numbers

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Another 5,151 coronavirus cases were reported by the public health agency RIVM on Friday, passing the 5,000 mark for the second day running. The figure was the highest ...

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Teenagers, 17, arrested for dumping their baby in underground waste container

February 26, 2021 No comments

Teenagers, 17, arrested for dumping their baby in underground waste container

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam police have identified and arrested the teenage parents of the baby found in a yellow supermarket plastic bag and dumped in an underground waste container last...

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Urgent Central Committee meeting of Parliament about discussion on the Country Reform Packages Priorities and Objective Measures 2021

February 28, 2021 No comments

Urgent Central Committee meeting of Parliament about discussion on the Country Reform Packages Priorities and Objective Measures 2021

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Monday, March 1, 2021. The Committee meeting is scheduled for 14.00 hrs. at the House of Parliament. Th...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

February 28, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Sunday, February 28, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) March 01, 2021      ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS I...

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