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Guterres urges more countries to step up and fund global COVID-19 vaccine effort

September 30, 2020 No comments

Guterres urges more countries to step up and fund global COVID-19 vaccine effort

INTERNATIONAL, 30 September 2020, Health - The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday called for all nations to provide further urgently needed funds – the equivalent of the total spent on cigarettes worldwide every two weeks – on behalf of global COVID-19 vaccine efforts to ensure that everyone, everywhere, gets protection from the virus.  The Access to COVID-19 Tools – the ACT-Accelerator – along with its COVAX Facility, is a groundbreaking global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.  Launched at the end of April 2020, the ACT-Accelerator has secured $3 billion, critical for its start up, but it needs a further $35 billion – including an “immediate infusion” of $15 billion – Secretary-General António Guterres said at a high-level event to mobilize support for the initiative.  “These resources are crucial...

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Moria fires aftermath: More than 1,000 asylum seekers relocated from Greece this year

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Moria fires aftermath: More than 1,000 asylum seekers relocated from Greece this year

INTERNATIONAL, 30 September 2020, Migrants and Refugees - Nearly 140 asylum seekers were relocated from Greece to Germany on Wednesday through a European Commission-funded initiative that has relocated more than 1,000 people so far this year alone, three UN agencies have reported.  The group included families with children with special health needs, and more than 50 unaccompanied children, most of whom had been transferred to the Greek mainland after multiple fires destroyed the Moria reception and identification center, located on the island of Lesvos, three weeks ago.  “We feel grateful for the people that helped us in Greece and we’ll never forget them. We don’t speak German, but we’ll try hard to learn the language. My brothers live in Germany and I’m excited that I’ll...

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Listen to older people’s ‘suggestions and ideas’ for more inclusive societies, urges UN chief

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Listen to older people’s ‘suggestions and ideas’ for more inclusive societies, urges UN chief

INTERNATIONAL, 30 September 2020, Human Rights - Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is reckoning with the disproportionate and severe impact that the virus has wrought on the “health…rights and well being” of older persons, the UN chief has said, marking the international day highlighting their issues. “Older people must be a priority in our efforts to overcome COVID 19”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, celebrated annually on 1 October. He shone a light on the need to examine how the pandemic might change how we address age and ageing in our societies, stressing that more opportunities and increased access to health, pensions and social protection for older persons were “crucial”. In releasing his policy guidance on...

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Libyan rivals conclude talks on key security and military issues

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Libyan rivals conclude talks on key security and military issues

INTERNATIONAL, 30 September 2020, Peace and Security - Delegations from Libya’s warring sides meeting in Egypt have concluded two days of security and military talks in efforts towards a lasting ceasefire, the UN political mission for the country, UNSMIL, has reported.  Police and military officers from the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and the rival Libyan National Army (LNA) met in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada for talks facilitated by the mission.  Libya fell into chaos following the 2011 overthrow of former leader, the late Muammar Gaddafi, leading to two rival administrations, with the GNA in the capital, Tripoli, while the LNA controls large areas of the east.  A spirit of mutual trust  The discussions in Egypt, which ended on Tuesday, were marked by “a spirit of responsibility, transparency and mutual...

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Thailand: More than 100 companies pledge to strengthen women’s economic empowerment

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Thailand: More than 100 companies pledge to strengthen women’s economic empowerment

INTERNATIONAL, 30 September 2020, Women - Chief executives of 110 companies in Thailand on Wednesday, have signed up to a new set of UN principles on women’s economic empowerment, pledging to improve gender equality in the boardroom, equal pay for equal work, and safer and more inclusive workplaces. The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), established by UN Women and the UN Global Compact, offer guidance to businesses, regardless of their size or sector.   According to UN Women, Thailand has done “comparatively well” in terms of women occupying senior business roles. Across the country, 24 percent of chief executive officers (CEOs) and managing directors are women, compared to an Asia-Pacific average of 13 per cent. Globally that figure stands at about 20 per cent.  While the Asia-Pacific region has...

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CCSU union members and secretariat refuse to meet with Council of Ministers

CCSU union members and secretariat refuse to meet with Council…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Prime Minister Jacobs and the...

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PFP MP Gumbs Questions Minister of TEATT De Weever on BTP Matters

PFP MP Gumbs Questions Minister of TEATT De Weever on…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Party for Progress (PFP) Member of...

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SMMC installs new state-of-the-art mammography machine

SMMC installs new state-of-the-art mammography machine

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC)...

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Rotary Sunset Launches Little Free Library

Rotary Sunset Launches Little Free Library

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - On Saturday 26th September 2020,...

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Eight New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 88 Active Cases. 84 in Home Isolation

September 30, 2020

Eight New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 88 Active Cases. 84 in Home Isolation

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 30th, there were eight (8) persons who tested positive ...

MP Buncamper commends Minister of VROMI Doran for re-acquiring portion of RFA land

September 30, 2020

MP Buncamper commends Minister of VROMI Doran for re-acquiring portion of RFA land

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In reply to a letter received from United Sint Maarten Party (US) Membe...

Beyond Kultura Translates Sequel into English for Windward Island Kids

September 30, 2020

Beyond Kultura Translates Sequel into English for Windward Island Kids

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Beyond Kultura Events Foundation has taken an important first step towa...

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Male suspect arrested for having a firearm in his car in scooter theft investigation

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Male suspect arrested for having a firearm in his car in scooter theft investigation

SINT MAARTEN (SAUNDERS/COLE BAY) - The man with the initials N.W. is facing charges for having a firearm in his vehicle on Tuesday evening of September 29th, 2020, police said in a late-night Wednesda...

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GEW Dutch Caribbean and Partners launch Virtual Pitch Competition. iFounded 2020 focuses on identifying and supporting high-impact businesses on CUR and SXM

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GEW Dutch Caribbean and Partners launch Virtual Pitch Competition. iFounded 2020 focuses on identifying and supporting high-impact businesses on CUR and SXM

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is an international celebration of entrepreneurship in more than 180 countries around the world during the 3rd week of November. This year...

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It’s good to talk: lockdown led to more telephone conversations

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It’s good to talk: lockdown led to more telephone conversations

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – People in the Netherlands spent much more time on the phone during the lockdown this spring, according to research by consumers authority ACM. In April, May and June, w...

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Dutch ‘urgently advised’ to wear face masks in shops, cafes and public buildings

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Dutch ‘urgently advised’ to wear face masks in shops, cafes and public buildings

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – People in the Netherlands are being ‘urgently advised’ to wear face masks in all buildings open to the public from today, following calls from a majority of MPs for a cl...

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COCI, Ministries VSA & TEATT Collaborate in COVID-19 Mitigation Policies

September 30, 2020

COCI, Ministries VSA & TEATT Collaborate in COVID-19 Mitigation Policies

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – In an effort to continue informing the general public and especially th...

Small businesses receive financial assistance through the ESP

September 29, 2020

Small businesses receive financial assistance through the ESP

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Entrepreneurs Lesley and Shirly Bruce of Kenny’s Car Rental & Managemen...

Government of Sint Maarten in full support of the reconstruction projects

September 29, 2020

Government of Sint Maarten in full support of the reconstruction projects

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Council of Ministers refutes the claim that St. Maarten opposes rec...

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Reaction to recent media coverage about Ennia

September 30, 2020

Reaction to recent media coverage about Ennia

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - Following recent media coverage, the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten...

INCOME TAX DECLARATION REQUEST

September 30, 2020

INCOME TAX DECLARATION REQUEST

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Tax Inspectorate hereby makes known that due to the rise in COVID-1...

USM, Dutch Jurists to host Webinar Oct.08 on Human Rights in Dutch Caribbean

September 30, 2020

USM, Dutch Jurists to host Webinar Oct.08 on Human Rights in Dutch Caribbean

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - In the run up to the tenth anniversary of the dismantling of the Nether...

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Police arrest seven, seize 50 tonnes of fireworks, in cross border probe

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Police arrest seven, seize 50 tonnes of fireworks, in cross border probe

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch and German police have arrested seven people and seized 50 tonnes of fireworks for use in professional shows in a joint cross-border operation, local broadcaster R...

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Ministry tells Dolfinarium to make improvements, put education central

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Ministry tells Dolfinarium to make improvements, put education central

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dolfinarium amusement park in Harderwijk has been told to make changes to its shows and improve the living conditions of some animals by wildlife minister Carola Sch...

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Committee of General Affairs to meet with the Chamber of Labor Unions and the Committee of Civil Servants Unions

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Committee of General Affairs to meet with the Chamber of Labor Unions and the Committee of Civil Servants Unions

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten- The Committee of General Affairs will meet on September 30, 2020. The Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 14.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting. The C...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) October 01, 2020        …A SMALL CRAFT ADVIS...

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