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Syria: 10 years of war has left at least 350,000 dead

September 24, 2021 No comments

Syria: 10 years of war has left at least 350,000 dead

INTERNATIONAL, 24 September 2021, Human Rights - A decade of war in Syria has left more 350,200 people dead, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council on Friday, noting that this total was an “under-count of the actual number of killings”. These are a result of a war that spiralled out of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule. Based on the “rigorous work” of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), she said that the tally, which includes civilians and combatants, is based on “strict methodology” requiring the deceased’s full name, the date of death, and location of the body. People behind the numbers In the first official update on the death toll since 2014, Ms. Bachelet informed the...

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Afghanistan: Girls’ education must be a given, urges deputy UN chief

September 24, 2021 No comments

Afghanistan: Girls’ education must be a given, urges deputy UN chief

INTERNATIONAL, 24 September 2021, Human Rights - Ensuring all Afghan girls can be educated must be “a zero condition” for the Taliban, before international recognition of their de facto authority, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Friday. Ms. Mohammed was speaking during a panel discussion on supporting a future for girls’ education in Afghanistan, held on the margins of the UN General Assembly. Prominent women advocates from Afghanistan and the international community also participated in the discussion, held both online and in person, and moderated by BBC correspondent Laura Trevelyan from UN Headquarters in New York. ‘Front and centre’ Asked if international aid to Afghanistan could be conditional on education for women and girls, Ms. Mohammed responded “absolutely”, stating that the issue “continues to remain...

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Human rights in Belarus continue downward spiral, warns Bachelet

September 24, 2021 No comments

Human rights in Belarus continue downward spiral, warns Bachelet

INTERNATIONAL, 24 September 2021, Human Rights - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday that she continues to be alarmed by “persistent allegations” of “widespread and systematic torture” of protesters in Belarus.  Gender-based violence is of serious concern, with reports that approximately 30 per cent of those arbitrarily detained were women and girls, Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council in Geneva.  Freedoms under assault  Severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms have also continued since the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in August last year, Ms Bachelet said.  She highlighted ongoing police raids against civil society groups and independent media, and the politically motivated arrests and criminal prosecutions of activists and journalists.  More than 650 people are believed to be in prison because of their opinions – including the head...

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WHO backs Regeneron COVID-19 drug cocktail - with equal access, price cut

September 24, 2021 No comments

WHO backs Regeneron COVID-19 drug cocktail - with equal access, price cut

INTERNATIONAL, 24 September 2021, Health - The Regeneron antibody drug cocktail – casirivimab and imdevimab – has been added to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of treatments for COVID-19 patients, the UN agency said on Friday, before underscoring the need for lower prices and equitable distribution.  “This is a major breakthrough in the care of COVID-19 patients”, said Dr. Janet Diaz, WHO head of clinical care. “This is our first recommendation for a therapeutic for those patients with mild, moderate disease,” she said, because it reduces “the need for hospitalisation if they are at high risk”.  Effective ‘reduction in mortality’   WHO’s conditional recommendations are for use of the drug combination on patients who are not severely ill, but at high risk of being admitted to hospital with COVID-19, or those with severe cases of the disease and no existing antibodies.   “Giving...

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Deadly ‘invisible shipwrecks’ plague migrants bound for Canary Islands

September 24, 2021 No comments

Deadly ‘invisible shipwrecks’ plague migrants bound for Canary Islands

INTERNATIONAL, 24 September 2021, Migrants and Refugees - A sharp increase in the deaths and disappearances of migrants at sea heading to Spain’s Canary Islands, along the West African coast, is a cause for “extreme concern” the UN’s migration agency, IOM, said on Friday. By the end of last month, the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Missing Migrants Project recorded 785 people, including 177 women and 50 children, who had died or disappeared this year.  Frank Laczko, Director of IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre noted that the actual numbers are likely much higher. “Invisible shipwrecks, in which there are no survivors, are believed to be frequent occurrences on this route but are nearly impossible to verify”, he said. Deadly August August was the deadliest month in terms of documented fatalities – with 379 lives lost – accounting for nearly half of...

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Four house searches conducted in Madame Estate

Four house searches conducted in Madame Estate

SINT MAARTEN (MADAME ESTATE) - One man was arrested and...

September 24, 2021 No comments

Minister Lawrence visits local brewery. Aims to promote local production

Minister Lawrence visits local brewery. Aims to promote local production

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – A moment of curiosity captured...

September 23, 2021 No comments

Minister Richardson pays a visit to Dutch State Secretary Knops

Minister Richardson pays a visit to Dutch State Secretary Knops

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - The main items on the agenda...

September 23, 2021 No comments

MP Buncamper presents Questions on a Number of Issues

MP Buncamper presents Questions on a Number of Issues

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During the public meeting of parliament...

September 23, 2021 No comments

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COVID-19 CURFEW EXTENDED UNTIL OCTOBER 1. BUSINESS CLOSURE FROM 11.00PM

September 24, 2021

COVID-19 CURFEW EXTENDED UNTIL OCTOBER 1. BUSINESS CLOSURE FROM 11.00PM

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) - Despite the decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the territory of Sai...

Two suspects arrested for stolen vehicle possession while at the beach

September 24, 2021

Two suspects arrested for stolen vehicle possession while at the beach

SINT MAARTEN (GUANA BAY) - On September 24, 2021, at approximately 1:00am, a police patrol spotted a...

Time Management workshop being held by SSSD on Sept. 28

September 24, 2021

Time Management workshop being held by SSSD on Sept. 28

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Many students are challenged by the constraint of time and if time is n...

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62nd Person Succumbs to COVID-19. 19 New Positive Cases on Friday. 165 Active Cases. 10 Persons Remain Hospitalized

September 24, 2021 No comments

62nd Person Succumbs to COVID-19. 19 New Positive Cases on Friday. 165 Active Cases. 10 Persons Remain Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley extends his heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Sint Maarten’s 62nd COVID-19 victim, w...

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Prime Minister Jacobs attends Disaster Management Meeting regarding preparations for Hurricane Sam

September 24, 2021 No comments

Prime Minister Jacobs attends Disaster Management Meeting regarding preparations for Hurricane Sam

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – On Friday afternoon, Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs attended a disaster management meeting convened by National Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson in connect...

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More money for teachers and defence, but higher corporate taxes

September 24, 2021 No comments

More money for teachers and defence, but higher corporate taxes

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Two days of debate on the cabinet’s 2022 spending plans resulted in a string of wins for opposition parties, following the outgoing cabinet’s decision to allocate €2bn t...

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Boy, 12, wins right to be vaccinated despite his father’s opposition

September 23, 2021 No comments

Boy, 12, wins right to be vaccinated despite his father’s opposition

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A 12-year-old Dutch boy has been told by judges in Groningen that he can be vaccinated against coronavirus even though his father has refused to allow it. The youngster...

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Royal Netherlands Marechaussee welcomes Minister Richardson to Knowledge Center

September 23, 2021

Royal Netherlands Marechaussee welcomes Minister Richardson to Knowledge Center

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - On Thursday September 23, 2021, in her pursuit to forge relationships...

One arrested during house search in drugs smuggling investigation

September 23, 2021

One arrested during house search in drugs smuggling investigation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On September 23, 2021, the Alpha Team carried out a house search and ar...

Government and NRPB on SMHDF funding request related to Housing

September 23, 2021

Government and NRPB on SMHDF funding request related to Housing

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Government of Sint Maarten would like to address the two articles r...

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Tax Service CN names reception hall after Larry Thomas

September 24, 2021

Tax Service CN names reception hall after Larry Thomas

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - The reception hall of the Tax Service/Belastingsdienst Caribbean Netherlands ...

Motion to establish social minimum adopted

September 23, 2021

Motion to establish social minimum adopted

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Island Council want the new Dutch Government to see the establishing of a so...

Correctional Institution Caribbean Netherlands gets family room for visitors

September 23, 2021

Correctional Institution Caribbean Netherlands gets family room for visitors

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - As of the 1st of October 2021, the Judicial Institution Caribbean Netherlands...

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Nine Eindhoven men arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack

September 24, 2021 No comments

Nine Eindhoven men arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch police have arrested nine men in Eindhoven who they say were preparing to take part in a terrorist attack. The investigation began in the summer following a tip-of...

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Dutch economy grows faster than forecast, households have more to spend

September 23, 2021 No comments

Dutch economy grows faster than forecast, households have more to spend

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch economy is growing faster than expected, with growth of 3.8% in the second quarter, not 3.1% as earlier forecast, national statistics agency CBS said on Thursd...

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Infant sustained minor injuries after a rear-end collision

September 23, 2021 No comments

Infant sustained minor injuries after a rear-end collision

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Around 8:00 a.m., on September 23, 2021, Police Central Dispatch received a call about a traffic accident at the intersection of Gladiola Road and Carnation Road. Prelimi...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

September 24, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) September 25, 2021    WEATHER:      Tonight th...

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