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Why business needs to address the social impacts of COVID-19: an interview with Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact chief

June 01, 2020 No comments

Why business needs to address the social impacts of COVID-19: an interview with Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact chief

INTERNATIONAL, 1 June 2020, Economic Development - As businesses struggle to cope with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, they need to remain aware of their responsibilities as partners in efforts to build a sustainable future, says the outgoing head of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Lise Kingo has run the Global Compact for the last five years. In an interview with UN News, Ms. Kingo described the changes that she has seen during her time in charge, and how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the private sector’s commitment to making the UN’s vision of a future that protects people and the planet, a reality. “When the pandemic hit, the Global Compact was among the first initiatives to issue a call to...

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Yemen: Amid spike in COVID-19 cases, UNICEF airlifts in badly needed health supplies

May 30, 2020 No comments

Yemen: Amid spike in COVID-19 cases, UNICEF airlifts in badly needed health supplies

INTERNATIONAL, 30 May 2020, Humanitarian Aid - A plane chartered by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) landed at Sana’a airport on Saturday with lifesaving supplies to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in conflict-torn Yemen.   The agency said that the supplies include a range of medical assistance including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items such as aprons, boots, face masks and gloves for frontline health workers   “These supplies will allow our courageous partners the health workers, who are working around the clock, to safely and more effectively address the spread of COVID-19,” said Sara Beysolow Nyanti, UNICEF Representative in Yemen.   The outbreak of COVID-19 has created an emergency within an emergency in Yemen where only half of health facilities are functional and with almost every child in Yemen (over 12 million...

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Life and death for Yemen’s women and girls, as funding evaporates

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Life and death for Yemen’s women and girls, as funding evaporates

INTERNATIONAL, 30 May 2020, Health - In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. The agency has been forced to suspend the provision of reproductive healthcare in 140 out of the 180 health facilities, it supports, meaning only 40 now remain. There have already been tragic consequences.  Mariam, a war widow with four daughters, had been receiving antenatal care at the UNFPA-supported BaniShamakh health centre – the only health centre in the district. But when she arrived with heavy bleeding last week, she found that maternal services had ceased, and the doctor had left. Mariam subsequently haemorrhaged to death.  In another incident, a woman named Zainab died of post-partum bleeding after delivering a daughter, Safiya....

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From fighting with guns to fighting the pandemic

May 30, 2020 No comments

From fighting with guns to fighting the pandemic

INTERNATIONAL, 30 May 2020, Peace and Security - In countries suffering from conflict, readjusting to life in a peaceful society is a challenge, both for former fighters and the wider community. Since the spread of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN is having to refocus many of its programmes, aimed at reducing violence in communities, and rehabilitating combatants. "Before I did not have a trade but, thanks to this training, I am becoming a valuable asset to my country", says Nassira Zakaria, from Kaga Bandoro, a northern market town in the Central African Republic (CAR). Ms. Zakaria, a trainee seamstress in a Community Violence Reduction programme, run by the UN peacekeeping mission in CAR, MINUSCA, says that she is glad to be able to turn...

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UN human rights office welcomes moves to curtail spread of hatred and violence online

May 29, 2020 No comments

UN human rights office welcomes moves to curtail spread of hatred and violence online

INTERNATIONAL, 29 May 2020, Human Rights - The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has welcomed steps taken by social media companies to prevent their platforms from being used to promote hatred, violence and misinformation, Spokesperson Rupert Colville said on Friday. The statement comes in the wake of a decision by Twitter to flag tweets by United States President Donald Trump earlier this week, which warned against potential electoral rigging this year, through states’ extending voting by mail. In response, President Trump on Thursday signed an Executive Order aimed at preventing online censorship, upholding free speech as “the bedrock of American democracy”, and protected by the country’s Constitution. On Thursday evening, he posted another tweet which the social media company flagged for violating  its rules against...

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Prime Minister Jacobs issues National 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Message

Prime Minister Jacobs issues National 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Message

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – On the eve of...

May 31, 2020 No comments

Minister Doran informs public about large scale district cleanup to start in July

Minister Doran informs public about large scale district cleanup to…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of VROMI, E.J. Doran...

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MP Buncamper calls for urgent meeting about Trust Fund programs and projects status

MP Buncamper calls for urgent meeting about Trust Fund programs…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday, May 29th, 2020, United...

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Curfew now from 11.00pm to 5.00am. Businesses can open on Saturdays and Sundays

Curfew now from 11.00pm to 5.00am. Businesses can open on…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Emergency Operations Center (EOC)...

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K1 DIRECT calls for preparation for the 2020 hurricane season

May 31, 2020

K1 DIRECT calls for preparation for the 2020 hurricane season

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As the region enters the 2020 hurricane season, K1 DIRECT (K1 Britannia...

MP Duncan questions Government on the economic impact of monies leaving the country and requests advice from SER

May 31, 2020

MP Duncan questions Government on the economic impact of monies leaving the country and requests advice from SER

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – National Alliance (MP) Member of Parliament Solange Ludmila Duncan rece...

Deadline extended to apply for Business Payroll Support & Lockdown Payroll Support

May 30, 2020

Deadline extended to apply for Business Payroll Support & Lockdown Payroll Support

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The new deadline for employers to apply for the second cycle of Busines...

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Country on its way to being COVID-19 Free. Only two active cases, 60 Recovered and no new cases for almost three weeks

May 31, 2020 No comments

Country on its way to being COVID-19 Free. Only two active cases, 60 Recovered and no new cases for almost three weeks

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Prime Minister and Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Silveria Jacobs, in the final update for today, Saturday, May 30, 2020, as part of the process to kee...

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EOC Deactivated on Friday after COVID-19 Virus has been Contained

May 31, 2020 No comments

EOC Deactivated on Friday after COVID-19 Virus has been Contained

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs said on Saturday that in a full Emergency Operations Center (EOC) meeting held yesterday, Friday, May 29, together with some members of the ...

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Just Imagine……

June 01, 2020 No comments

Just Imagine……

SINT MAARTEN/ARUBA (COMMENTARY – By Armand Hessels) - Imagine that you have studied hard and as result enjoy a good salary. With this income you bought a humble cunucu house and a fuel-efficient car a...

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Shades of Granger, Burnham and Orban ...St Kitts in danger of becoming a dictatorship

June 01, 2020 No comments

Shades of Granger, Burnham and Orban ...St Kitts in danger of becoming a dictatorship

SAINT KITTS & NEVIS (COMMENTARY – By Daniel K. Gibran, Ph.D.) - Kittitians woke-up this morning to the unmistakeable noise of a rumbling. But it was not an earthquake. It was a noise that is about to ...

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Safety measures a top priority as SXM Airport readies for staggered re-opening in June

May 30, 2020

Safety measures a top priority as SXM Airport readies for staggered re-opening in June

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - With more and more countries around the world starting to open ...

Government of St. Maarten Hosts Frontline Heroes Appreciation Tour

May 29, 2020

Government of St. Maarten Hosts Frontline Heroes Appreciation Tour

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The government of St. Maarten held their ‘Frontline Heroes Appreciation...

Police force calling on owners of unclaimed & confiscated motorbikes

May 29, 2020

Police force calling on owners of unclaimed & confiscated motorbikes

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Police Force is once again gearing up for a major clea...

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WORLD BANK PROVIDES US$159 MILLION FOR REGIONAL AIR TRANSPORT CONNECTIVITY IN DOMINICA, GRENADA, HAITI, AND SAINT LUCIA

June 01, 2020

WORLD BANK PROVIDES US$159 MILLION FOR REGIONAL AIR TRANSPORT CONNECTIVITY IN DOMINICA, GRENADA, HAITI, AND SAINT LUCIA

SINT MAARTEN/WASHINGTON – The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved a series of _CARIBB...

The Scourge of EU Blacklisting

June 01, 2020

The Scourge of EU Blacklisting

SINT MAARTEN/SAINT LUCIA - Some have long viewed the Caribbean as a true paradise for vacationers an...

Foresee’s Soualichi Stories receives breakthrough in Funding from Prince Bernard Culture Funds

May 29, 2020

Foresee’s Soualichi Stories receives breakthrough in Funding from Prince Bernard Culture Funds

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Foresee Foundation is honored to announce that its beloved, Sint Ma...

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The hospitality industry gets creative ahead of the June 1 re-opening

May 31, 2020 No comments

The hospitality industry gets creative ahead of the June 1 re-opening

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Nora Kalabokas is sitting on the pavement in front of Ter Marsch & Co restaurant on Amsterdam’s normally busy Vijzelstraat thoroughfare. In front of her are dismembered...

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The Hague police arrest 37 for breaking rules at anti-lockdown protest

May 31, 2020 No comments

The Hague police arrest 37 for breaking rules at anti-lockdown protest

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Police in The Hague on Saturday arrested 37 people at anti-lockdown and anti-5G demonstrations throughout the city. The city council had given the green light for 30 pe...

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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES INCREASES DOMESTIC OPERATIONS

June 01, 2020 No comments

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES INCREASES DOMESTIC OPERATIONS

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines advises that effective Monday June 01, 2020 it will increase the flight frequency on the domestic air bridge between Trinidad and Tobago. Customers may visi...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

May 31, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) June 01, 2020    WEATHER:  Tonight: Partly cloudy, bec...

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