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UN rights experts express ‘outrage’ at Belarus police violence against peaceful protesters

August 13, 2020 No comments

UN rights experts express ‘outrage’ at Belarus police violence against peaceful protesters

INTERNATIONAL, 13 August 2020, Human Rights - UN human rights experts on Thursday, strongly criticized the level of violence being used by security forces across Belarus against peaceful protesters and journalists, following five days of demonstrations over the disputed presidential election. Large numbers of protesters have been detained, and the experts have called on the international community to put pressure on the eastern European nation, where longtime authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko has ruled since 1994, to stop attacking its own citizens. No attempt at dialogue “We are outraged by the police violence towards peaceful protesters and journalists”, the UN experts said. “The security forces do not seem to seek dialogue with the protesters or allow them to exercise their right to freedom of peaceful assembly.” Video footage from news organizations...

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WHO chief calls for solidarity in financing, ensuring equal access to future COVID-19 vaccine

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WHO chief calls for solidarity in financing, ensuring equal access to future COVID-19 vaccine

INTERNATIONAL, 13 August 2020, Health - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that six months after first sounding the international alarm over COVID-19, the UN agency is now intensely focused on shepherding global vaccine candidates through the necessary trials, and guaranteeing rapid, fair and equitable access to them for all countries. With the ripple effects of the pandemic upending people’s lives, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that to move forward, “the best bet is to do it together”, as he briefed reporters from Geneva on the latest developments. Phases two and three Among them, the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, launched in April, has shown results, Tedros said, with nine vaccine candidates in the COVAX portfolio now advancing through Phase 2 or 3 trials. The portfolio, already the...

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UN rights experts call for accountability following Beirut’s ‘unprecedented’ lethal explosion

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UN rights experts call for accountability following Beirut’s ‘unprecedented’ lethal explosion

INTERNATIONAL, 13 August 2020, Human Rights - The catastrophic blast which led to the deaths of more than 200 in Beirut on 4 August, has prompted more than three dozen independent rights experts on Thursday, to issue a call for justice and accountability on behalf of the Lebanese people. “The scale and impact of the lethal explosion are unprecedented”, the UN human rights experts said in a joint statement. “We are deeply concerned about the level of irresponsibility and impunity surrounding human and environmental devastation on this scale”. Overlapping calamities Against the backdrop of COVID-19 combined with a devastating political, economic and financial crisis, there has been a sharp deterioration of human rights protection and much suffering across the city, according to the UN experts. Moreover, at least 200...

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‘Urgent need’ to stop erosion of nuclear order, major UN disarmament forum hears

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‘Urgent need’ to stop erosion of nuclear order, major UN disarmament forum hears

INTERNATIONAL, 13 August 2020, Peace and Security - The lack of trust and cooperation among States, and the diminished faith in “the very multilateral institution that was designed to maintain global peace and security”, must be overcome, a high-level UN official told a prominent disarmament conference on Thursday.  “There is an urgent need to stop the erosion of the nuclear order. All countries possessing nuclear weapons have an obligation to lead”, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) Tatiana Valovaya, told the Conference on Disarmament, which she also heads. The multilateral disarmament forum was established in 1984 to negotiate arms control and disarmament agreements, and meets three times a year in Geneva. The session began with all participants standing to observe one minute of silence in...

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Coronavirus and schools: Access to handwashing facilities key for safe reopening

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Coronavirus and schools: Access to handwashing facilities key for safe reopening

INTERNATIONAL, 13 August 2020, Health - Nearly 820 million children worldwide do not have basic handwashing facilities at school, putting them at increased risk of COVID-19 and other transmittable diseases, according to a report published on Thursday by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF. “Access to water, sanitation and hygiene services is essential for effective infection prevention and control in all settings, including schools", said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General. “It must be a major focus of government strategies for the safe reopening and operation of schools during the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.” Historic disruption to education COVID-19 has created the largest disruption to education ever recorded, affecting nearly 1.6 billion students in more than 190 countries, according to UN data. The study found that last...

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Prefecture extends border crossing restrictions until September 1

Prefecture extends border crossing restrictions until September 1

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) – The border closure has been extended until...

August 14, 2020 No comments

Five Cruise Ships arrive for Repatriation and Provisioning Operations

Five Cruise Ships arrive for Repatriation and Provisioning Operations

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Five cruise ships are visiting the...

August 13, 2020 No comments

COVID-19 climbs to 144 active cases. Seven hospitalized. Two in Isolation

COVID-19 climbs to 144 active cases. Seven hospitalized. Two in…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of August 13th, St....

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Alicia’s Inn Winner of the TripAdvisor 2020 Travelers’ Choice

Alicia’s Inn Winner of the TripAdvisor 2020 Travelers’ Choice

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - At Alicia’s Inn, we are incredibly...

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COMMUNITY AID SENTRY HILL DONATES TO THE DAYCARE CLIENTS AT MHF

August 14, 2020

COMMUNITY AID SENTRY HILL DONATES TO THE DAYCARE CLIENTS AT MHF

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Granted the coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on the daily live...

Ministry of Justice currently finalizing process for certificates of conduct

August 14, 2020

Ministry of Justice currently finalizing process for certificates of conduct

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In its effort to further streamline the application process of certific...

MP Buncamper: What are we really getting and what are we really giving?

August 13, 2020

MP Buncamper: What are we really getting and what are we really giving?

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – “As I observe the development on our island since the last election whi...

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Two Armed Robbers targets Supermarket on the A.J.C Brouwers road

August 13, 2020 No comments

Two Armed Robbers targets Supermarket on the A.J.C Brouwers road

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Special Robbery Unit is currently investigating an armed robbery that took place at a supermarket on the A.J.C Brouwers road on Wednesday night, August 12th, 2020, aro...

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NV GEBE Supervisory Board Congratulates Daniel on Accomplishment

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NV GEBE Supervisory Board Congratulates Daniel on Accomplishment

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The NV GEBE Supervisory Board of Directors stated in a press statement on Thursday that they would like to congratulate Dr. Sharine Daniel in obtaining a Doctoral Degree i...

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Amsterdam police shoot dead ‘confused’ German national armed with knife

August 14, 2020 No comments

Amsterdam police shoot dead ‘confused’ German national armed with knife

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam police have shot dead a man armed with a knife who was behaving in a ‘confused manner’ in communal gardens in the west of the city. The man, a 23-year-old Ger...

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TelEm Group congratulates Dr. Sharine Daniel  on academic achievement

August 13, 2020 No comments

TelEm Group congratulates Dr. Sharine Daniel on academic achievement

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – TelEm Group of Companies CEO, Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, has congratulated Ms. Sharine Daniel, now Dr. Daniel, on successfully completing her Doctorate in Accounting from Walde...

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UP Party mourns death of iconic teacher and daughter of the soil

August 13, 2020

UP Party mourns death of iconic teacher and daughter of the soil

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) —The United People’s Party (UP) issued a statement on Thursday in which i...

Be vigilant and prepared for extremely active Hurricane Season. Monitor the progress of TD#11

August 12, 2020

Be vigilant and prepared for extremely active Hurricane Season. Monitor the progress of TD#11

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – National Disaster Coordinator/Fire Chief Clive Richardson, is remi...

Sharine Daniel obtains Doctor of Business Administration

August 12, 2020

Sharine Daniel obtains Doctor of Business Administration

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten has its first Doctor of Business Administration with Specia...

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Slight delay Saba harbor project

August 13, 2020

Slight delay Saba harbor project

SABA (THE BLACK ROCKS) - The lock-down in the past months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic ha...

Police looking for assistance in connection with machete assault

August 13, 2020

Police looking for assistance in connection with machete assault

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Personnel of the Detective Department are investigating a serious assau...

Gamma IT Solutions and CITI host XLab Coding Edition for Kids

August 13, 2020

Gamma IT Solutions and CITI host XLab Coding Edition for Kids

ARUBA - Last week Thursday and Friday, Gamma IT Solutions and CITI partnered up again to host a codi...

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Police arrest 20 youths in The Hague in third night of disturbances

August 14, 2020 No comments

Police arrest 20 youths in The Hague in third night of disturbances

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Hague police have arrested 20 more youngsters in a third night of disturbances in the Schilderswijk district of the city. As on Wednesday, large groups of youths ha...

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Prison population goes up, but almost half of all prisoners are still awaiting trial

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Prison population goes up, but almost half of all prisoners are still awaiting trial

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of people held in Dutch jails has risen for the third year in a row, national statistics agency CBS said on Thursday. At the end of September last year, almo...

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Successful completion of the i-Bida work-learning trajectory

August 13, 2020 No comments

Successful completion of the i-Bida work-learning trajectory

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - On Tuesday, 11th of August, the participants in the i-Bida trajectory officially received their certificate from the representatives of the collaborating parties SZW, ZJCN, OLB,...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

August 12, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) August 13, 2020        WEATHER:      Tonight t...

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