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A taxing problem: how to ensure the poor and vulnerable don’t shoulder the cost of the COVID-19 crisis

July 12, 2020 No comments

A taxing problem: how to ensure the poor and vulnerable don’t shoulder the cost of the COVID-19 crisis

INTERNATIONAL, 12 July 2020, Economic Development - In the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, tax systems should be reformed, and tax avoidance and evasion reduced, to ensure an economic recovery in which everyone pays their share, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Child farmers help to level fields in Balkh Province, Afghanistan., by World Bank/Ghullam Abbas Farzami Taxes pay for many of the things that are fundamental to functioning societies across the world, such as schools, health care, and social services. Money raised through taxation is crucial to ensuring that these services are maintained during the COVID-19 crisis. But, when businesses shut down, and millions lose their jobs, as has happened during the current crisis, tax revenue plummets. In the short-term, governments have put together stimulus...

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COVID-19 lockdown in Myanmar exposes precarious position of LGBTQI population

July 11, 2020 No comments

COVID-19 lockdown in Myanmar exposes precarious position of LGBTQI population

INTERNATIONAL, 11 July 2020, Human Rights - In Myanmar, the COVID-19 lockdown has laid bare the stigmatization, discrimination and harassment faced by many LGBTQI people, particularly in rural areas. The United Nations is working to support those people. When the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Myanmar in late March, quarantine centres were set up in sites around the country. People arriving in a town—such as migrant workers returning home—had to quarantine at their local centre for 21 days.  One of the first people to work as a volunteer at the quarantine centre in the town of Pyay was a man named Min Min. Like other centres around the country, this one was in a school that was repurposed for the pandemic.  The roughly 20 volunteers...

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UNESCO expresses deep regret over Turkey decision to change status of historic Hagia Sophia

July 10, 2020 No comments

UNESCO expresses deep regret over Turkey decision to change status of historic Hagia Sophia

INTERNATIONAL, 10 July 2020, Culture and Education - As the Turkish President signed a decree on Friday converting the ancient Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) said that it "deeply regrets the decision" made "without prior discussion", having earlier in the day called on the State to abide by its “legal commitments and obligations” in accordance with it’s status as a museum, on the World Heritage List. The majestic building was founded around 1,500 years ago as a cathedral and is widely regarded as the foremost example of Byzantine Christian architecture in the world. Following the rise of the Ottoman Empire, it became a mosque, but in 1934, was designated a secular museum, shared by Christians, Muslims and those...

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Lebanon ‘fast spiralling out of control’ leaving many destitute and facing starvation, warns Bachelet

July 10, 2020 No comments

Lebanon ‘fast spiralling out of control’ leaving many destitute and facing starvation, warns Bachelet

INTERNATIONAL, 10 July 2020, Humanitarian Aid - Sounding the alarm over the crippling impact of “growing economic shocks, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic” in Lebanon, the UN human rights chief called on Friday for a unified response by politicians and the people to overcome the worsening socio-economic crisis there.  “Many have lost jobs, seen their life-savings evaporate before their eyes and lost their homes”, underscored High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, urging the Government, political parties and the financial sector, to work together to protect the poorest and most defenceless. Poorest most at risk Vulnerable Lebanese and other at-risk groups, such as refugees and migrant workers, are increasingly unable to meet their basic needs.  “This situation is fast spiralling out of control, with many already...

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Finding hope in calamity: how UN humanitarians cope on the frontline

July 10, 2020 No comments

Finding hope in calamity: how UN humanitarians cope on the frontline

INTERNATIONAL, 10 July 2020, Humanitarian Aid - What does it take to help the world’s most vulnerable people, often in dangerous and unstable situations, and at considerable personal risk? In the latest season of the award-winning UN podcast, Awake At Night, host Melissa Fleming speaks to some of the Organization’s most prominent humanitarians to find out what motivates them, and how they cope. In the first two seasons of Awake At Night, Ms. Fleming (who formerly ran communications at the UN refugee agency UNHCR, and now heads up the Department of Global Communications at UN headquarters in New York), interviewed a wide array of people who willingly put themselves in danger, in order to help others. They include famed photographer, Giles Duley, who still bears witness...

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Donation to Safe Haven by Rotary Club Mid Isle

Donation to Safe Haven by Rotary Club Mid Isle

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On the 3rd of July, President...

July 12, 2020 No comments

ICWI Thanks 600 Front line Heroes: MHF, WYCFF, Police, Ambulance & SMMC

ICWI Thanks 600 Front line Heroes: MHF, WYCFF, Police, Ambulance…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Global spread of Covid-19 has...

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Sint Maarten Rejects 'New Entity' in  Kingdom Council of Ministers Meeting

Sint Maarten Rejects 'New Entity' in Kingdom Council of…

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS - Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs...

July 11, 2020 No comments

Four suspects arrested after stealing car outside supermarket

Four suspects arrested after stealing car outside supermarket

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Thursday July 9th at about...

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CPS reminds members of the community to strictly adhere to COVID-19 Hygiene Measures

July 12, 2020

CPS reminds members of the community to strictly adhere to COVID-19 Hygiene Measures

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Mini...

Incorporating Board of SMDF retires

July 12, 2020

Incorporating Board of SMDF retires

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - After dedicating eight years to the establishment and operations of the...

‘Carcinogen’ discovered in batches of paracetamol: NRC/Zembla investigation

July 11, 2020

‘Carcinogen’ discovered in batches of paracetamol: NRC/Zembla investigation

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch junior health minister Tamara van Ark has launched an inves...

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Traffic Alert: Drive with Caution. Hazardous road conditions possible due to forecasted Heavy Rainfall – Heavy Rainfall Advisory

July 11, 2020 No comments

Traffic Alert: Drive with Caution. Hazardous road conditions possible due to forecasted Heavy Rainfall – Heavy Rainfall Advisory

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Motorists are advised to drive with caution due to potentially hazardous road conditions throughout the country expected from a passing tropical wave, Fire Department...

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Drugs and firearm confiscated during house search. One person arrested

July 11, 2020 No comments

Drugs and firearm confiscated during house search. One person arrested

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The police received information from various sources that persons were dealing narcotics from a house located in the Cole Bay area. After a short investigation, the detectiv...

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Most infections happen indoors in people’s direct environments: Volkskrant

July 11, 2020 No comments

Most infections happen indoors in people’s direct environments: Volkskrant

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – More than half of people who had the coronavirus probably picked up the infection indoors in their own direct environment, the Volkskrant said in an analysis of backgrou...

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Netherlands to take Russia to European Court of Human Rights over MH17 downing

July 10, 2020 No comments

Netherlands to take Russia to European Court of Human Rights over MH17 downing

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights over the downing of the flight MH17, reports public broadcaster NOS. Foreign minister Stef Blok h...

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July 18, Set for Repatriation Flight Organized to Bring Students and Residents Home

July 10, 2020

July 18, Set for Repatriation Flight Organized to Bring Students and Residents Home

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In collaboration with the Department of Foreign Relations (DBB), the Mi...

Minister of Justice receives update on Function Books

July 09, 2020

Minister of Justice receives update on Function Books

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday July 8th, 2020, the Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson...

Connecting Children to Nature within the Dutch Caribbean

July 09, 2020

Connecting Children to Nature within the Dutch Caribbean

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) initiated its first Junior Ranger ...

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Statia Island Labour Office launches the 2020 Summer Vacation Job Program

July 10, 2020

Statia Island Labour Office launches the 2020 Summer Vacation Job Program

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - Monday July 6th, 2020, the Labour office launched its annual summer va...

Second Workshop Constitutional relations; sharing and applying the knowledge

July 10, 2020

Second Workshop Constitutional relations; sharing and applying the knowledge

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - On Wednesday July 15th, the second workshops as part of the programme ...

Be Prepared for a Busy Hurricane Season. Food wholesalers and warehouse depots requested to be storm ready

July 09, 2020

Be Prepared for a Busy Hurricane Season. Food wholesalers and warehouse depots requested to be storm ready

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) said on Thursday that Food...

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A fifth of cafés and restaurants remain shut: ‘the losses are less’

July 11, 2020 No comments

A fifth of cafés and restaurants remain shut: ‘the losses are less’

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A fifth of cafés and restaurants remain shut due to corona restrictions, according to an analysis of payment transactions by the ING Economisch Bureau. The analysts say...

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Dutch central bank to investigate historical links with slavery

July 11, 2020 No comments

Dutch central bank to investigate historical links with slavery

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch central bank DNB is authorising an independent investigation into the bank’s historical links with slavery, a spokesperson for the bank confirmed to news platform ...

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‘Nothing of value’ taken during break-in at Dutch King’s Tuscan villa

July 10, 2020 No comments

‘Nothing of value’ taken during break-in at Dutch King’s Tuscan villa

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – There’s been a break-in at the holiday home of the Dutch royal family in Tuscany but none of the royals were present, according to reports in the Italian press confirmed...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

July 11, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Saturday, July 11, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) July 12, 2020    …A HEAVY RAINFALL ADVISORY IS IN E...

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