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Bangladesh and Cambodia slated for official UN human rights visits

August 12, 2022 No comments

Bangladesh and Cambodia slated for official UN human rights visits

INTERNATIONAL, 12 August 2022, Human Rights - The UN human rights office, OHCHR, announced on Friday that the High Commissioner will travel over the weekend to Bangladesh. At the invitation of the Government, Michelle Bachelet will visit Bangladesh from Sunday, 14 August, in the first-ever official trip by a UN Human Rights chief to the country. There, she will visit camps housing Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, as well as high-level officials, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed and other ministers, and the National Human Rights Commission along with representatives of civil society organizations. Lives ‘hanging in the balance’ Back in 2017, violent attacks in Myanmar triggered an estimated 745,000 Rohingya, including more than 400,000 children, to flee to Bangladesh. In June, Ms. Bachelet pointed out that the military continues...

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‘Immensely bleak’ future for Afghanistan unless massive human rights reversal, experts warn

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‘Immensely bleak’ future for Afghanistan unless massive human rights reversal, experts warn

INTERNATIONAL, 12 August 2022, Human Rights - The international community must dramatically increase efforts to urge the de facto authorities in Afghanistan to adhere to basic human rights principles, a group of UN independent rights experts said on Friday.  “The future is immensely bleak for Afghans if more is not done by the international community to ensure the Taliban changes its modus operandi and complies with its human rights obligations,” they said in a statement.  The experts recalled that following the Taliban takeover last August, they had appealed for the international community to take “stringent actions” to protect Afghans from violations such as arbitrary detention, summary executions, internal displacement, and unlawful restrictions on their human rights.  Failure to deliver  “One year later, we reiterate this call,” they said. “Despite making numerous commitments...

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From the Field: Young Fijians work with older generation for a sustainable future

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From the Field: Young Fijians work with older generation for a sustainable future

INTERNATIONAL, 12 August 2022, Climate and Environment - On the island nation of Fiji, young people are working in solidarity with their elders, benefiting from their knowledge and experience to protect the fragile ecosystem. "Projects Abroad" youth volunteers conserving Fiji's beaches., by UNDP One such project involves young people conserving and protecting Fiji’s coral reef and the marine environment around the island. The programme, backed by the UN, seeks to marry the enthusiasm and drive of young people, with the wisdom and experience of older generations. Youth are learning age-old sustainable fishing techniques, as well as knowledge about living in harmony with the sea and nature, from their elders. Find out more here. 

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140 aid workers killed in 2021 as UN humanitarian funding gap looms larger than ever – OCHA

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140 aid workers killed in 2021 as UN humanitarian funding gap looms larger than ever – OCHA

INTERNATIONAL, 12 August 2022, Humanitarian Aid - The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) warned on Friday that at nearly $34 billion, the funding shortfall for aid operations is the biggest it’s ever been. The news comes at a time when global needs are at an all-time high, with a record 303 million people in crisis worldwide. “UN appeals aim to reach 204 million of the most vulnerable. Never before have humanitarians been called to respond to this level of need and they are doing so in ever more dangerous environments,” said OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke. ‘Largest gap’ in funding needs The cost of UN-coordinated relief projects this year are close to $50 billion dollars. Although financing pledges have reached their highest level ever– totaling more than $15 billion – needs...

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Lebanese youth learn to stand up to hate speech

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Lebanese youth learn to stand up to hate speech

INTERNATIONAL, 12 August 2022, Human Rights - Hate speech can have a devastating effect on mental wellbeing and self-confidence. The UN office in Lebanon is helping young people to rise above these attacks, and reject negativity from others. 21-year-old Dima El-Awar stands in front of the camera with confidence and ease. In addition to being a good speaker, a skill that every journalist attempts to master, Dima is keen on promoting positive speech and accurate information. Coming from Falougha, a small village in Mount Lebanon, Ms. El-Awar was hesitant to pursue her dream career in journalism because she thought she was not good enough for the job.  “As a young girl, I always received hateful comments about my personality and clothing style. Some people...

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DROP IN FUEL PRICES GOES INTO EFFECT ON MONDAY

DROP IN FUEL PRICES GOES INTO EFFECT ON MONDAY

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As hinted by the Acting Minister...

August 13, 2022 No comments

MP Romou and SMPYA launches Annual A.R. Scholar Athlete & Artist Award

MP Romou and SMPYA launches Annual A.R. Scholar Athlete &…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) Angelique Romou...

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MP De Weever Continues Work with Cruise Industry

MP De Weever Continues Work with Cruise Industry

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Today, Thursday, August 11th, 2022, the...

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Governor pays working visit to Police HQ. Meets with Management Team

Governor pays working visit to Police HQ. Meets with Management…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - His Excellency the Governor of St....

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Gasoline and Diesel prices to change on Monday

August 13, 2022

Gasoline and Diesel prices to change on Monday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – On Monday, August 15, fuel pump prices will be adjusted for gasoline an...

Ministry of Finance receives updates on Republic Bank’s corporate responsibility plan

August 12, 2022

Ministry of Finance receives updates on Republic Bank’s corporate responsibility plan

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Ministry of Finance was recently the recipient of a courtesy visit ...

CPS Opens Monkeypox Prevention Information Page

August 11, 2022

CPS Opens Monkeypox Prevention Information Page

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Service (CPS) in collaboration with the...

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Year report 2021 adopted, Saba again receives unqualified audit opinion

August 11, 2022 No comments

Year report 2021 adopted, Saba again receives unqualified audit opinion

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Island Council on Wednesday, August 10 unanimously adopted the year report for the budgetary year 2021. The financial statement for 2021 showed a positive balance of US $1.333....

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ODM: Remain Vigilant and Prepared. Recheck your Disaster Supply Kit

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ODM: Remain Vigilant and Prepared. Recheck your Disaster Supply Kit

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Monday, August 15 will mark the start of the active part of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, where the islands of the Lesser Antilles traditionally see more storm...

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Big cities out of favour? More people are moving to the country

August 12, 2022 No comments

Big cities out of favour? More people are moving to the country

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – More people have been leaving the central urban belt of the Netherlands know as the Randstad and moving to rural areas, national statistics agency CBS said on Friday. S...

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Spending power is the big political hot potato at the moment

August 12, 2022 No comments

Spending power is the big political hot potato at the moment

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The four coalition parties have begun finalising their autumn budget and boosting spending power is top of the list of problems to solve, political commentators say. Pr...

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Alpha team arrests one suspect and confiscate firearm and ammunition

August 11, 2022

Alpha team arrests one suspect and confiscate firearm and ammunition

SINT MAARTEN (POINT BLANCHE) - As part of an ongoing investigation, the Alpha Team arrested a man wi...

Proposed location of Marion artificial reef identified, to be placed in Man of War Shoal Marine Park

August 10, 2022

Proposed location of Marion artificial reef identified, to be placed in Man of War Shoal Marine Park

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - After intensive consultation with stakeholders, the National Recovery P...

JAMAICANS ON ST. MAARTEN CELEBRATE JAMAICA’S 60 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

August 10, 2022

JAMAICANS ON ST. MAARTEN CELEBRATE JAMAICA’S 60 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - A group of Jamaicans on St. Maarten celebrated their native land’s 60th...

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Six youngsters participate in this year’s summer job program

August 12, 2022

Six youngsters participate in this year’s summer job program

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Six youngsters are taking part in this year’s summer job program, working for si...

135 kids had fun in the sun at SMYC summer camp sponsored by Solstice

August 11, 2022

135 kids had fun in the sun at SMYC summer camp sponsored by Solstice

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - For the duration of 6 weeks 135 kids enjoyed sailing summer camp at the...

Island Council demands more transparency

August 11, 2022

Island Council demands more transparency

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Island Council is demanding more transparency from the Saba Government, and ...

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Missed flights? Travellers will be compensated, airports say

August 12, 2022 No comments

Missed flights? Travellers will be compensated, airports say

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Schiphol and Eindhoven airports have said they will compensate travellers who missed their flights because of the long queues to get through security this summer. The d...

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American jailed for seven years for stabbing police officers

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American jailed for seven years for stabbing police officers

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – An American national who stabbed two police officers in Groningen during the coronavirus lockdown in March 2021 has been jailed for seven years to be followed by treatme...

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CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN WELCOMES SUMMER INTERNS AGAIN AND LAUNCHES 18-MONTH IMMERSION PROGRAMME FOR UWI GRADUATES

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CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN WELCOMES SUMMER INTERNS AGAIN AND LAUNCHES 18-MONTH IMMERSION PROGRAMME FOR UWI GRADUATES

SINT MAARTEN/BARBADOS - The bright eager faces of enthusiastic young students and recent graduates once again fill the offices of CIBC FirstCaribbean across the region as the bank recently kicked off ...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Friday, August 12, 2022 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) August 13, 2022  WEATHER:     Tonight through Satu...

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