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Seafarers' Day honours maritime journeys and voyages

June 25, 2022 No comments

Seafarers' Day honours maritime journeys and voyages

INTERNATIONAL, 25 June 2022, SDGs - The United Nations has underlined its support for the men and women working at sea, whose immeasurable contributions help to keep global trade moving. Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted both their critical role, as well as the challenges they face, In his message to mark the Day of the Seafarer on Saturday. “The world counts on seafarers,” he said. “Ships transport a remarkable 90 per cent of the world’s commodities — from grains and energy, to consumer goods and much more. Without ships and the women and men who work on them, economies would stall and people would starve.”  Pandemic challenges However, seafarers have faced immense challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The UN chief listed some of these issues, which include contracts extended long beyond their expiry dates and...

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INTERVIEW: Pollution, Cartagena, and the Caribbean

June 25, 2022 No comments

INTERVIEW: Pollution, Cartagena, and the Caribbean

INTERNATIONAL, 25 June 2022, Climate and Environment - Since the 1980s, a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convention has been in place, to deal with pollution issues affecting the wider Caribbean region. Since then, the climate crisis has been added to the risks. Christopher Corbin, the acting coordinator for the UNEP Cartagena Convention Secretariat, told UN News that the focus of the Convention is shifting from policy to local action. UN News How did the Cartagena Convention come about? Christopher Corbin The Cartagena Convention was driven primarily by a major oil spill that took place in the region close to Trinidad and Tobago in the early 1980s. This brought home the fact that this region is so dependent on the coastal and marine resources on the Caribbean Sea...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: UN rights chief urges leaders to ‘turn the page on rhetoric’

June 24, 2022 No comments

Bosnia and Herzegovina: UN rights chief urges leaders to ‘turn the page on rhetoric’

INTERNATIONAL, 24 June 2022, Human Rights - Leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina must abandon divisive policies and focus on building an inclusive future for all, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Friday in the capital, Sarajevo, concluding an official visit to the country. The four-day mission marked the first visit by a UN human rights High Commissioner in more than two decades, and she noted that some of the same rights challenges from that era persist today. Ms. Bachelet hailed an “unprecedented ruling” handed down this week, sentencing three people for incitement to hatred for singing songs threatening violence. “There is no place for hate speech on any grounds,” she said. “As Bosnia and Herzegovina readies for the election in October, I encourage all politicians to turn...

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UN plan calls for real progress towards ending internal displacement crisis

June 24, 2022 No comments

UN plan calls for real progress towards ending internal displacement crisis

INTERNATIONAL, 24 June 2022, Migrants and Refugees - With record numbers of people uprooted within their homelands due to conflict, disasters, the climate emergency and other tragedies, more must be done to end this crisis, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday, launching his Action Agenda on Internal Displacement.  The plan outlines 31 commitments by the UN system to better resolve, prevent and address internal displacement, and calls for action from countries, international financial institutions, the private sector, and others.  “Let me be clear: the duty to end displacement lies first and foremost with governments.  However, we all have a responsibility to act,” Mr. Guterres said in a video message.  Nearly 60 million uprooted  The Action Agenda builds on a 2021 report by a high-level panel convened by the Secretary-General to identify concrete recommendations towards solving...

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Overturning of Roe v Wade abortion law a ‘huge blow to women’s human rights’ warns Bachelet

June 24, 2022 No comments

Overturning of Roe v Wade abortion law a ‘huge blow to women’s human rights’ warns Bachelet

INTERNATIONAL, 24 June 2022, Women - Friday’s decision by the US Supreme Court which overturns the 50-year-old Roe v Wade judgement guaranteeing abortion across the United States, was described by the UN human rights chief as “a huge blow to women’s human rights and gender equality.” The widely anticipated Supreme Court decision, by six votes to three, was made in the specific case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health, and Michelle Bachelet said in a statement that it represents a “major setback” for sexual and reproductive health across the US. The historic decision returns all questions of legality and access to abortion, to the individual states. Reacting earlier to the US ruling, without making specific reference to it, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA) and the...

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Rotary Sunset Donates Hygiene Kits To PWAS

Rotary Sunset Donates Hygiene Kits To PWAS

SINT MAARTEN (BELVEDERE) - In an effort to promote proper...

June 26, 2022 No comments

Public Prosecutor’s Office submits GEBE hack report to Government

Public Prosecutor’s Office submits GEBE hack report to Government

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Prosecutor’s Office OM SXM, together...

June 26, 2022 No comments

SMYC 2021 – 2022 Sailing School Season concluded with Diploma Ceremony for 70 students

SMYC 2021 – 2022 Sailing School Season concluded with Diploma…

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Sint Maarten Yacht Club’s...

June 25, 2022 No comments

CBCS meets with stakeholders in Sint Maarten. Start of follow-up financial stability meetings

CBCS meets with stakeholders in Sint Maarten. Start of follow-up…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Following the publication of the CBCS’...

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Dr. Nilda Arduin: Consider this: Doing the math (1)

June 26, 2022

Dr. Nilda Arduin: Consider this: Doing the math (1)

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - (This article is the first in a series of essays written by Dr. Nilda A...

Murder investigation launched into death of 86-Year-Old woman

June 26, 2022

Murder investigation launched into death of 86-Year-Old woman

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM and the Prosecutor’s Office OM SX...

CAft: Debt sustainability Aruba now asks for action

June 24, 2022

CAft: Debt sustainability Aruba now asks for action

ARUBA (ORANJESTAD) - The economy of Aruba is recovering well. In the months of April and May, touris...

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Detectives of the S.U.R are busy investigating several armed robberies at small grocery stores

June 26, 2022 No comments

Detectives of the S.U.R are busy investigating several armed robberies at small grocery stores

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The detectives of the Special Unit Robberies (S.U.R.) have been kept busy investigating several armed robberies. In the last few weeks, there has been a noticeable increas...

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Open invitation to TelEm Group “FUN Raiser” event Sunday

June 23, 2022 No comments

Open invitation to TelEm Group “FUN Raiser” event Sunday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The TelEm Group Personnel Association is inviting company employees and members of the general public to a fun day of activities to help raise much-needed funds for three ...

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Schiphol to offer fewer flights from 2023 as ministers get tough on noise, pollution

June 25, 2022 No comments

Schiphol to offer fewer flights from 2023 as ministers get tough on noise, pollution

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Schiphol airport will be able to offer no more than 440,000 take off and landing slots per year from November 2023, infrastructure minister Mark Harbers confirmed on Fri...

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Rain forces royals to pose for summer holiday photos indoors

June 24, 2022 No comments

Rain forces royals to pose for summer holiday photos indoors

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch royal family have once again posed for their annual summer photographs, but bad weather forced the king, queen and their three daughters to move the session fr...

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STATIA INCREASES SURVEILLANCE FOR SIGNS OF MONKEYPOX

June 23, 2022

STATIA INCREASES SURVEILLANCE FOR SIGNS OF MONKEYPOX

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Public Health Department in Statia is increasing surveillance for ...

Motorworld partners for 2nd Annual Islandpreneur Awards

June 23, 2022

Motorworld partners for 2nd Annual Islandpreneur Awards

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - On June 30, 2022, organizers of Islandpreneur Live will host its second a...

Governor’s Symposium 2022 set for June 27

June 23, 2022

Governor’s Symposium 2022 set for June 27

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - On Monday June 27, 2022, the ninth edition of the annual Governor’s Sy...

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Dominican Republic to Host the 2022 FCCA Cruise Conference

June 25, 2022

Dominican Republic to Host the 2022 FCCA Cruise Conference

SINT MAARTEN/MIRAMAR, FLORIDA - Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) is pleased to announce t...

ACM sets maximum rates for the distribution of electricity in the Caribbean Netherlands

June 24, 2022

ACM sets maximum rates for the distribution of electricity in the Caribbean Netherlands

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets [Autoriteit Consument en M...

CBP BES supervises compliance with Personal data Protection Act BES

June 23, 2022

CBP BES supervises compliance with Personal data Protection Act BES

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - The data protection authority BES is charged with monitoring and enforcement ...

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Banning tourists from cannabis cafes will cut back on crime: Halsema

June 25, 2022 No comments

Banning tourists from cannabis cafes will cut back on crime: Halsema

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam’s cannabis cafes are often intertwined with serious crime and play a serious role in money laundering, the capital’s mayor Femke Halsema has told councillors, ...

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We are the worst in Europe, minister tells MPs during nitrogen debate

June 24, 2022 No comments

We are the worst in Europe, minister tells MPs during nitrogen debate

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Nature and nitrogen minister Christianne van der Wal has told MPs she has no option but to take action to reduce nitrogen compound pollution because of its impact on vul...

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FIRST-EVER ENDANGERED BLACK-CAPPED PETREL NEST FOUND ON PIC LA SELLE, HAITI

June 25, 2022 No comments

FIRST-EVER ENDANGERED BLACK-CAPPED PETREL NEST FOUND ON PIC LA SELLE, HAITI

HAITI/SINT MAARTEN - The nest of an endangered Black-capped Petrel seabird was found for the first time on the slopes of Pic La Selle, Haiti on 24 May 2022 by a small team of Haitian biologists from A...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

June 25, 2022 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Saturday, June 25, 2022 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) June 26, 2022  WEATHER:      Tonight: Partly cloudy ...

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