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‘Lack of global solidarity’, slow vaccination rates put Indonesia in COVID glare

July 24, 2021 No comments

‘Lack of global solidarity’, slow vaccination rates put Indonesia in COVID glare

INTERNATIONAL, 24 July 2021, Health - A “lack of global solidarity” including the hoarding of vaccines by richer nations as well as slow vaccination rate has contributed to Indonesia becoming the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak in Asia, according to the UN’s top official in the country. UN News asked Resident Coordinator, Valerie Julliand, about the situation in the country and what the rest of the world could learn from Indonesia’s experience. What is the current situation in Indonesia? UN Indonesia Valerie Julliand, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Indonesia. UN Indonesia Indonesia, like many of countries in South East Asia, had until recently been successful in mitigating the worst health impacts of COVID-19; some form of physical distancing measures have long been in place. Since taking up my post here in October 2020,...

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Farmers the ‘lifeblood of our food systems’, deputy UN chief highlights, ahead of key summit

July 24, 2021 No comments

Farmers the ‘lifeblood of our food systems’, deputy UN chief highlights, ahead of key summit

INTERNATIONAL, 24 July 2021, Women - Farmers, especially women and indigenous people, work tirelessly to put food on our tables. UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed met on Saturday women producers at a farmers’ market in Circo Massimo, Rome, ahead of the Food Systems Pre-Summit taking place next week. Dozens of stalls were set up in the vicinity of the UN event’s venue, where heads of state and delegates will gather from Monday to discuss ways to transform food systems to tackle hunger, poverty, climate change and inequality. UN and government officials toured the market to meet with farmers before paying tribute to producers, particularly women, for their central role in food systems. “Farmers are the lifeblood of our food systems”, said Ms. Mohammed. “Understanding their needs...

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Security Council calls for ‘immediate reversal’ of Turkish and Turkish Cypriots decision on Varosha

July 23, 2021 No comments

Security Council calls for ‘immediate reversal’ of Turkish and Turkish Cypriots decision on Varosha

INTERNATIONAL, 23 July 2021, Peace and Security - The Security Council said in a statement released on Friday that settling any part of the abandoned Cypriot suburb of Varosha, “by people other than its inhabitants, is “inadmissible”.  The presidential statement approved by all 15 Security Council members, upheld that “no actions should be carried out in relation to Varosha, that are not in accordance with its resolutions”.  “The Security Council condemns the announcement in Cyprus by Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders on 20 July 2021 on the further reopening of part of the fenced-off area of Varosha”, the statement continued.  ‘Deep regret’  “The Security Council expresses its deep regret regarding these unilateral actions that run contrary to its previous resolutions and statements.”  The statement calls for “the immediate reversal of this course of action and the reversal of all steps taken...

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Increased jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso spark record-breaking displacement: UNHCR

July 23, 2021 No comments

Increased jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso spark record-breaking displacement: UNHCR

INTERNATIONAL, 23 July 2021, Migrants and Refugees - Rising violent attacks by jihadist groups in Burkina Faso are forcing record-breaking numbers of people to flee both inside the country and across international borders, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, reported on Friday.  Six per cent of the population in the West African country is now internally displaced, with more than 1.3 million people uprooted in just over six weeks, according to latest Government figures.   No slowing down  The speed of internal displacement shows no sign of slowing as attacks on civilians and security forces continue unabated, UNHCR Spokesperson Babar Baloch told journalists in Geneva.  During the first six months of the year, 237,000 people fled their homes for other parts of the country, which is a sharp increase over...

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New ECOSOC President aims to maximize ‘reach, relevance and impact’

July 23, 2021 No comments

New ECOSOC President aims to maximize ‘reach, relevance and impact’

INTERNATIONAL, 23 July 2021, SDGs - The role of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in promoting development has become “even more critical” as a way of guiding and informing the COVID-19 pandemic response worldwide, Collen Vixen Kelapile said on Friday, speaking for the first time as the UN body’s president.  He underscored the importance of international solidarity in recovering stronger and forging ahead with the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).    “Despite the challenges faced we can maximize the reach, relevance and impact of the Council, its segments and subsidiary bodies…to recover stronger from this pandemic”, said Mr. Kelapile, who served as Vice-President to the outgoing top official, Munir Akram.  Rising to the occasion  As the world continues to grapple with the unprecedented crisis, the current surge of COVID-19 and its more transmittable variants threaten to further derail global economic recovery, said Mr. Kelapile, who also serves as Botswana’s UN Ambassador.   He said “ECOSOC’s role has become even more critical” in helping navigate out of the pandemic and beyond.  “ECOSOC must rise to the occasion” and wage “a spirited war against disease, poverty and inequality,...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG)- On July 10, 2021, District Governor Elect...

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Consensus Kingdom Law amendments near completion

Consensus Kingdom Law amendments near completion

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Prime Ministers of St....

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Department of Culture to Establish Archeology/Underwater Heritage Policy

Department of Culture to Establish Archeology/Underwater Heritage Policy

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday, July 14 th...

July 23, 2021 No comments

MP Emmanuel seeks Opinion of Integrity Chamber on Ballast Nedam vis-à-vis PJIA

MP Emmanuel seeks Opinion of Integrity Chamber on Ballast Nedam…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe...

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Jabbed or not jabbed? Vaccination take-up is crucial, say experts

July 23, 2021

Jabbed or not jabbed? Vaccination take-up is crucial, say experts

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – With everyone in the Netherlands over the age of 12 who still wants t...

Art Saves Lives Foundation 2021 Summer Intensive

July 22, 2021

Art Saves Lives Foundation 2021 Summer Intensive

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Art Saves Lives Foundation 2021 Summer Intensive was a complete suc...

PSS announces Summer Shipping Specials to the Netherlands

July 22, 2021

PSS announces Summer Shipping Specials to the Netherlands

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Annually, the Postal Services of St. Maarten (PSS N.V.) releases its su...

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Nine New Positive COVID-19 cases on Friday. 49 Active Cases

July 23, 2021 No comments

Nine New Positive COVID-19 cases on Friday. 49 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of July 23rd, there were nine (9) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, two (2) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty-nine (49)....

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Vaccination Pop-Up for Saturday Canceled

July 23, 2021 No comments

Vaccination Pop-Up for Saturday Canceled

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The cabinet of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), would like to inform the general public that the scheduled COVID-19 vacci...

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Met office to look into link between recent floods and climate change

July 24, 2021 No comments

Met office to look into link between recent floods and climate change

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The KNMI meteorological office is taking part in an international research project to determine if the recent heavy rainfall and floods in Limburg, Germany, Belgium and ...

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Poor kids face disadvantages from birth, new research finds

July 24, 2021 No comments

Poor kids face disadvantages from birth, new research finds

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Children who grow up poor fall behind their richer peers early in life, according to new research from the Erasmus School of Economics, reported in the Volkskrant. A st...

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DCNA Holds Masterclass with Dutch MPs on Nature Conservation and the Impacts of Climate Change

July 22, 2021

DCNA Holds Masterclass with Dutch MPs on Nature Conservation and the Impacts of Climate Change

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE (The Netherlands) - During ten days of official meetings, the Dutch Caribbean...

Detainee dies in prison. Body confiscated to determine cause of death

July 22, 2021

Detainee dies in prison. Body confiscated to determine cause of death

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The National Detectives are investigating the death of a detainee in th...

MP Emmanuel questions how Ballast Nedam won airport bid with its bribery settlement

July 21, 2021

MP Emmanuel questions how Ballast Nedam won airport bid with its bribery settlement

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In response to the news that Ballast Nedam has been awarded the contrac...

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WIB: Goodbye Personal Cheque Book

July 23, 2021

WIB: Goodbye Personal Cheque Book

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) will be discontinuing the issuing of pe...

Immigration & Border Protection Dept. Open Half-day on Monday

July 23, 2021

Immigration & Border Protection Dept. Open Half-day on Monday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Department of Immigration and Border Protection hereby wishes to in...

Reforestation and waste management proposals submitted

July 22, 2021

Reforestation and waste management proposals submitted

SABA/THE HAGUE—During his recent visit to The Hague, Commissioner of Infrastructure Bruce Zagers sub...

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Coronvirus test average continues to decline, but hospitalisations are up

July 23, 2021 No comments

Coronvirus test average continues to decline, but hospitalisations are up

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A total of 6,473 new coronavirus infections were reported to the public health institute RIVM in the 24 hours to Friday morning, up 179 on Thursday’s total. Nevertheles...

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Dutch rivers, lakes and the sea claimed 137 lives last year

July 23, 2021 No comments

Dutch rivers, lakes and the sea claimed 137 lives last year

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Last year, 137 people drowned in Dutch lakes, rivers and in the sea, figures from statistics agency CBS have shown. Of them, 107 were officially resident in the Netherla...

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PJL Library offers grace period as of July 26-31 and no questions asked

July 22, 2021 No comments

PJL Library offers grace period as of July 26-31 and no questions asked

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL), would like to inform its patrons that there will be a next grace period from Monday, July 26, 2021, until Saturday, July 31, 2021. I...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

July 24, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Saturday, July 24, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) July 25, 2021  …THE SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY HAS BEEN DIS...

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