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Women peacekeepers from Brazil and India share UN military gender award

May 25, 2020 No comments

Women peacekeepers from Brazil and India share UN military gender award

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2020, Peace and Security - For the first time, the UN Military Gender Advocate award has been awarded to two UN peacekeepers: Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, a Brazilian Naval officer, and Major Suman Gawani, of the Indian Army. The award, created in 2016, recognizes the dedication and effort of individual military peacekeepers in promoting the UN principles on Women, Peace and Security in peace operations. Women peacekeepers are nominated by the heads and force commanders of peace operations.  Commander Monteiro de Castro Araujo serves as the military Gender and Protection Advisor in the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). During her tour of duty, she has conducted training on gender and protection, and was instrumental in seeing the number of gender-responsive...

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First person: ‘I am nothing without my culture’

May 25, 2020 No comments

First person: ‘I am nothing without my culture’

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2020, Culture and Education - A master practitioner of the Hawaiian hula dance has told UN News that he is “nothing without my culture.” Michael Pili Pang, who is based in Honolulu, the capital of the US state of Hawaii is what is known as a kuma hula, or master teacher of the traditional dance. His interest in hula began at the age of seven and he opened his hālau or dance school over thirty years ago. He teaches what he describes as “multi-generational” classes. He spoke to UN News as part of a photography project by the International Labour Organization ahead of the UN-backed International Arts Education Week which begins on 25 May. The hula is a traditional dance rooted in...

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Mozambique school children face ‘catastrophic’ fall-out from COVID-19: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

May 25, 2020 No comments

Mozambique school children face ‘catastrophic’ fall-out from COVID-19: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2020, Health - School children in Mozambique are facing what a senior United Nations and World Bank official in the southern African country are calling “catastrophic outcomes” from the COVID-19 pandemic. By the UN Resident Coordinator in Mozambique, Myrta Kaulard, and Mark Lundell, World Bank Country Director. For 13-year-old Rafina from Beira, one of Mozambique’s largest cities, the feeling seems familiar; her school is, once again, closed. Only one year has passed since Cyclone Idai devasted the country affecting 1.85 million people, damaging 90 per cent of Beira’s infrastructure. This time, however, there are no collapsing buildings, flooded streets and desperate people.  The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) sneaked into Mozambique in silence, yet it might have a far more devastating impact on Rafina’s life, and the life...

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Five reasons Costa Rica is winning plaudits for fighting COVID-19: a Resident Coordinator’s blog

May 24, 2020 No comments

Five reasons Costa Rica is winning plaudits for fighting COVID-19: a Resident Coordinator’s blog

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2020, Health - Costa Rica is winning plaudits for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alice Shackleford, UN Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica, and WHO Representative María Dolores Pérez-Rosales, explain why the small Central American country is managing to keep the number of cases down, and its population healthy. Recognized worldwide as a strong democracy that promotes human rights, sustainable development and environmental protection, Costa Rica abolished its army, and dedicated those resources to public education. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed perhaps the greatest challenge to those historic achievements in the nation’s history, which is why, despite the low numbers and the good news, the authorities are not claiming victory. Nevertheless, the data and facts are extremely promising: Costa Rica has the lowest...

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Heed ceasefire call, UN chief urges, marking Africa Day

May 24, 2020 No comments

Heed ceasefire call, UN chief urges, marking Africa Day

INTERNATIONAL, 24 May 2020, Peace and Security - African countries have “demonstrated commendable leadership” battling the COVID-19 pandemic, but more nations across the continent where conflict prevails, should heed the UN call for a global ceasefire to push back the deadly virus, said the Secretary-General on Monday. Marking Africa Day, António Guterres said in his message that the pandemic “threatens to derail progress” which would enable countries to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and development targets set out in the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063. Tomorrow, @idriselba and @Trevornoah will host the #AfricaDay Concert #AtHome. The event has the goal of raising funds for WFP and @UNICEF response to #COVID19 in Africa. Tune in LIVE tomorrow, 6 pm CET: https://bit.ly/AfricaDayConcert …   The AU has established a task force to develop a...

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Repeat offender arrested for Domestic Abuse

Repeat offender arrested for Domestic Abuse

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - A typical domestic violence case begins...

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K1 Britannia volunteers organize fundraiser to make needed food-packages for vulnerable families

K1 Britannia volunteers organize fundraiser to make needed food-packages for…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - This coming Saturday, on May 30th, dozens...

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Holland hasn’t subscribed to the 2019 bond prompting the Ministry of Finance to send Reminder Letter

Holland hasn’t subscribed to the 2019 bond prompting the Ministry…

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60 Recovered from COVID-19 and Only Two Active Cases

60 Recovered from COVID-19 and Only Two Active Cases

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IMA donates non-perishable and dry goods for food baskets

May 25, 2020

IMA donates non-perishable and dry goods for food baskets

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Indian Merchants Association (IMA) has donated 150 food packag...

Mark Rutte’s mother dies at 96 in nursing home. Tested negative for COVID-19

May 25, 2020

Mark Rutte’s mother dies at 96 in nursing home. Tested negative for COVID-19

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Prime minister Mark Rutte has confirmed that his mother died nearly t...

Fire department issues fire warning due to dry spell

May 24, 2020

Fire department issues fire warning due to dry spell

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Fire Department which falls under the Ministry of General Affa...

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Public Health MoU to be Signed Soon. Border to Reopen June 2nd

May 25, 2020 No comments

Public Health MoU to be Signed Soon. Border to Reopen June 2nd

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) – The Prefecture of Saint-Barths and Saint-Martin stated on Monday that the next phase of de-escalation begins on June 2nd if there are no dramatic changes between now and then ...

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CPS gives Safety Preventive Measures to 225 Construction Workers

May 24, 2020 No comments

CPS gives Safety Preventive Measures to 225 Construction Workers

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The construction sector is one area that could restart works in the week of May 11 phase 1 based on the four-phased de-escalation Economic Re-opening Plan. This was e...

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One in five Groenlo abattoir workers have Covid-19, health board will carry out spot checks

May 25, 2020 No comments

One in five Groenlo abattoir workers have Covid-19, health board will carry out spot checks

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – In total, 147 out of 657 workers at an abattoir in Groenlo have tested positive for coronavirus, the local health board has said. The plant, owned by meat giant Vion, wa...

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Teacher shortage worries schools, but most say standards have not slipped

May 25, 2020 No comments

Teacher shortage worries schools, but most say standards have not slipped

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – School heads are worried about the impact of the shortage of teachers when primary schools reopen fully again on June 8. Schools expect some of the 55,000 children who ...

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RVO & COCI Webinar on Export-Ready Opportunities A Great Success

May 24, 2020

RVO & COCI Webinar on Export-Ready Opportunities A Great Success

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the St. Maarten Chamber of ...

Council of Ministers dialogue on Dutch loan conditions with Unions

May 23, 2020

Council of Ministers dialogue on Dutch loan conditions with Unions

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Late Friday afternoon into evening, May 22, 2020, the Council of Minist...

SMMC staff extinguish small fire in bathroom

May 23, 2020

SMMC staff extinguish small fire in bathroom

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Due to the swift action of St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) staff, a smal...

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Pedagogic juvenile justice for the Caribbean Netherlands in the pipeline

May 26, 2020

Pedagogic juvenile justice for the Caribbean Netherlands in the pipeline

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - The most frequently occurring criminal behaviour among young people in the Car...

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, RIGHT?

May 25, 2020

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, RIGHT?

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY – By Michael Ferrier) - The spirit of compromise seems to be in short suppl...

Planned start Saba Island Secretary in Bonaire canceled

May 25, 2020

Planned start Saba Island Secretary in Bonaire canceled

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Tim Muller, Island Secretary of Saba, was to start as Island Secretary of Bonair...

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The rollout of 5G in the Netherlands can continue, judge says

May 25, 2020 No comments

The rollout of 5G in the Netherlands can continue, judge says

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Efforts by anti-5G campaigners to stop the nationwide roll-out of the faster telecommunications system in the Netherlands failed in court on Monday when judges ruled the...

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Deaths from Covid-19 down to single figures, infections rise by 209

May 25, 2020 No comments

Deaths from Covid-19 down to single figures, infections rise by 209

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Eight more people are known to have died from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. It is the first time in more than two months that the official figure has increased by less ...

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Stranger than Granger

May 25, 2020 No comments

Stranger than Granger

SAINT KITTS & NEVIS (COMMENTARY - Joel B. Liburd) - When the world looked on as Guyanese went to the polls two months ago, no one could have predicted today's predicament. The election date itself was...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

May 25, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) May 26, 2020    WEATHER:  Tonight through Tuesday eve...

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