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Central African Republic: UN mission chief appeals for more peacekeepers

January 21, 2021 No comments

Central African Republic: UN mission chief appeals for more peacekeepers

INTERNATIONAL, 21 January 2021, Peace and Security - The top UN official in the Central African Republic (CAR) appealed to the Security Council on Thursday for more peacekeepers and equipment amid escalating violence surrounding elections last month. Mankeur Ndiaye, head of the UN mission in the country, MINUSCA, said this “new security situation” is testing its ability to ensure civilians are protected.  An alliance of armed groups, known as the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), launched attacks ahead of the 27 December vote, which saw incumbent President, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, returned to power.    Assaults and ambushes have continued, including against UN peacekeepers, seven of whom have been killed in recent weeks.   “We need an increase in our capacity in order to respond to this new...

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Fauci announces US intention to resume major role in global health

January 21, 2021 No comments

Fauci announces US intention to resume major role in global health

INTERNATIONAL, 21 January 2021, Health - The United States’ top medical official said on Thursday that the US will now join the World Health Organization’s global initiative to help poorer nations overcome COVID-19, in addition to a raft of new measures in support of access to universal healthcare, such as abortion services.  Addressing the WHO’s Executive Board Meeting, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to the new US President, said that Mr. Biden intended to issue a directive within hours so that the country can become part of the COVAX platform to advance multilateral efforts to distribute coronavirus vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.  Speaking one year ago “to the day” since the United States confirmed its first case of COVID-19 infection, Dr. Fauci noted that global infections had now surpassed 90 million. This was...

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Colombia: Criminal elements use violence and intimidation to ‘stamp out’ leaders’ voices

January 21, 2021 No comments

Colombia: Criminal elements use violence and intimidation to ‘stamp out’ leaders’ voices

INTERNATIONAL, 21 January 2021, Peace and Security - Illegally-armed groups and criminal organizations in Colombia are determined to “drive out State institutions and stamp out the voice of social leaders” through violence and intimidation, the head of the UN mission in the country told the Security Council on Thursday. “They cannot be allowed to succeed”, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia said via videolink, urging authorities to “remain firm” in developing robust institutions.   He maintained that consolidating institutional practices; strengthening local protection and conflict resolution mechanisms; and providing decent economic opportunities for vulnerable populations are “the strongest bulwark” against armed groups and criminal organizations.  An agreement for peace   The UN envoy upheld that Colombia’s historic 2016 peace agreement “represents a threat” to the...

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Iraq: UN chief condemns ‘horrific’ double suicide bombing at Baghdad market

January 21, 2021 No comments

Iraq: UN chief condemns ‘horrific’ double suicide bombing at Baghdad market

INTERNATIONAL, 21 January 2021, Peace and Security - Perpetrators behind twin deadly suicide bombings at a busy market in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Thursday must be prosecuted, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement strongly condemning the attacks.  At least 32 people died, and more than 100 were injured, in the blasts, which were carried out that morning by two suicide bombers who detonated their vests at the market in Tayaran Square in the capital, Baghdad.  The last time that the Iraqi capital was hit in a deadly suicide attack, was two years ago, when 35 people were killed, in the same square. No group has yet claimed Thursday’s attack.  The incident comes just a few days after the Iraqi Government announced that it was...

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Senior panel probing violations in Syria, examining new measures to safeguard humanitarians

January 21, 2021 No comments

Senior panel probing violations in Syria, examining new measures to safeguard humanitarians

INTERNATIONAL, 21 January 2021, Peace and Security - The UN chief announced on Thursday that he has set up an independent Senior Advisory Panel on strengthening the mechanism whereby humanitarian workers and sites are better protected from attack in Syria, according to a statement released by his spokesperson.  As Syria’s warring parties had in some cases failed to abide by obligations to protect civilian facilities on the UN’s so-called deconfliction list – that would exempt them from military targeting because they either involved healthcare or other purely civilian activities, or were supported by the UN –  last April Secretary-General António Guterres submitted a letter to the Security Council transmitting a report by a UN Headquarters Board of Inquiry that he had set up to investigate incidents in northwest Syria since 17...

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Prime Minister Jacobs presents legislative amendments to Parliament

Prime Minister Jacobs presents legislative amendments to Parliament

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Today, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs attended...

January 21, 2021 No comments

The Maho Group Offers Regular Rapid Antigen Testing for Staff since Wednesday

The Maho Group Offers Regular Rapid Antigen Testing for Staff…

SINT MAARTEN (MAHO) - The Maho Group, owners and operators...

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Police looking for info about a Safe found in the Lagoon

Police looking for info about a Safe found in the…

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - On Wednesday January 20th, 2021,...

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AUC Phi Chi Medical Fraternity Raises funds to support the Nature Foundation

AUC Phi Chi Medical Fraternity Raises funds to support the…

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The first Virtual 5k hosted...

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Two arrested for December 15 Philipsburg knife attack

January 21, 2021

Two arrested for December 15 Philipsburg knife attack

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Officers of Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) raided a home early Thursd...

Prime Minister Jacobs clarifies misconstrued headline published by The Daily Herald

January 21, 2021

Prime Minister Jacobs clarifies misconstrued headline published by The Daily Herald

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Thursday, January 21st, an article was published in The Daily Herald...

Five New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 12 Recoveries. 127 Active Cases

January 20, 2021

Five New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 12 Recoveries. 127 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of January 21st, there were five (5) persons who tested positive for...

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Emmanuel says govt owes public more info on Carnival

January 20, 2021 No comments

Emmanuel says govt owes public more info on Carnival

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christopher Emmanuel is of the opinion that government owes the people a better explanation about why it green lighted Carnival 2021....

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Police requesting information on second suspect in fatal shooting case of July 27

January 20, 2021 No comments

Police requesting information on second suspect in fatal shooting case of July 27

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Police are continuing the investigation into the shooting that took place on July 27th, 2020 where a man lost his life on the Hyssop Road, in Cay Hill, the police said in ...

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Experts are confident delaying second coronavirus jab is ‘safe’

January 21, 2021 No comments

Experts are confident delaying second coronavirus jab is ‘safe’

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The decision to postpone the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine by two weeks so more people can be vaccinated in the first round is ‘not ideal’, experts have sai...

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When is it your turn to get vaccinated? The schedule so far

January 21, 2021 No comments

When is it your turn to get vaccinated? The schedule so far

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – So when will it be your turn to get the coronavirus vaccine? The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which are currently being rolled out in the Netherlands, are prima...

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American Airlines Is First US Airline to Introduce Health Passport for All International Travel to US

January 20, 2021

American Airlines Is First US Airline to Introduce Health Passport for All International Travel to US

SINT MAARTEN/FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines is the first U.S. airline to introduce an easy wa...

MP Emmanuel, USP faction call for meeting on COHO

January 20, 2021

MP Emmanuel, USP faction call for meeting on COHO

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christopher Emmanuel, supported b...

Sarah: Social and Political dialogue on Country Package Missing

January 20, 2021

Sarah: Social and Political dialogue on Country Package Missing

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - “Not only has the agreement for the country package  been signed, but t...

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Second Chamber reminded of Saba’s financial woes

January 21, 2021

Second Chamber reminded of Saba’s financial woes

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Executive Council recently sent a letter to the Second Chamber’s Permanent C...

SCDF: ‘We are not fighting to wukup, we are fighting to work.’ Safety plan launching on Friday

January 20, 2021

SCDF: ‘We are not fighting to wukup, we are fighting to work.’ Safety plan launching on Friday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - President of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) Als...

SABA’S SEA RESCUE FOUNDATION DONATES “ERIKA” TO THE SABA COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

January 20, 2021

SABA’S SEA RESCUE FOUNDATION DONATES “ERIKA” TO THE SABA COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Since August 2020, the Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) is offering students the ...

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More farmers go organic, but the changeover is slowing down

January 21, 2021 No comments

More farmers go organic, but the changeover is slowing down

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of farmers converting to organic methods has fallen for the sixth year in a row, according to figures from certification agency Skal. Nevertheless, 39 more f...

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Unemployment rate drops slightly in December, but jobless benefit claims are up

January 21, 2021 No comments

Unemployment rate drops slightly in December, but jobless benefit claims are up

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The official Dutch unemployment rate fell again slightly to 3.9% in December, as government coronavirus support measures kept people in work. Some 368,000 people were o...

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Ministry VROMI Traffic Alert: Recapping of asphalt on three roads

January 21, 2021 No comments

Ministry VROMI Traffic Alert: Recapping of asphalt on three roads

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development, and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI), hereby announces the recapping of asphalt on sections of Bishop Hill ...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

January 20, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) January 21, 2021    …THE SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY I...

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