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‘Stay the course together to emerge stronger’ from COVID-19 crisis: UN chief’s message to major sustainability forum

July 05, 2020 No comments

‘Stay the course together to emerge stronger’ from COVID-19 crisis: UN chief’s message to major sustainability forum

INTERNATIONAL, 5 July 2020, SDGs - As a major United Nations forum prepares to assess progress towards a fairer future for people and the planet, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that each of the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which formally begins on Tuesday, is an annual stock-take of the world’s progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, senior government figures are meeting virtually, via video-conferencing software, to discuss and debate ways to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges; from poverty, to climate change, peace and security, and gender equality. National plans in the spotlight UNDP Ukraine/Maksym Kytsiuk UNDP in Ukraine worked with community groups to provide protection masks and suits to...

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Business sector still far from reaching sustainability goals, UN report shows, 20 years on from landmark summit

July 04, 2020 No comments

Business sector still far from reaching sustainability goals, UN report shows, 20 years on from landmark summit

INTERNATIONAL, 4 July 2020, Economic Development - A new UN report on tbe private sector, released by UN Global Compact, shows that progress on bringing about a sustainable future for people and the planet is patchy, and the majority of companies involved in the Compact, are not doing enough to help bring about the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “The scale and pace of change, to date, to deliver SDGs has not been big enough or fast enough”, said Remi Erikson, who led the team that drafted the report, Uniting Business in the Decade of Action, which shows that just 39 per cent of companies surveyed believe they have targets that are sufficiently ambitious to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The scale and pace of...

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UN rights office expresses alarm at Hong Kong arrests under new security law

July 03, 2020 No comments

UN rights office expresses alarm at Hong Kong arrests under new security law

INTERNATIONAL, 3 July 2020, Human Rights - The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has expressed alarm at the arrest of demonstrators in Hong Kong, following China’s adoption of a national security law for the Special Administrative Region (SAR). Spokesperson Rupert Colville told journalists in Geneva on Friday that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was continuing to analyze the new law after it came into force on Wednesday, regarding its compliance with international human rights obligations: “I think several hundred people have been arrested since protests began on Wednesday, I think the last I heard, we understood 10 of those people have been charged under the new law, but I don’t have more details at this point on the nature of the charges at...

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Protecting migrant workers in Kuwait: a Resident Coordinator’s blog

July 03, 2020 No comments

Protecting migrant workers in Kuwait: a Resident Coordinator’s blog

INTERNATIONAL, 3 July 2020, Migrants and Refugees - In Kuwait, the UN has played an important role in countering xenophobic rhetoric, falsely blaming the spread of COVID-19 on migrant workers. In this opinion piece, Tarek El Sheikh, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, highlights the efforts being made to safeguard the rights of foreign residents.  The increase in xenophobic language directed towards migrants – who make up more than 70 per cent of the population of Kuwait – prompted a group of jurists, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the Office of the Resident Coordinator, to launch a media campaign designed to help the authorities counter the problem, which they are beginning to see as...

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COVID-19 fast becoming protection crisis, Guterres warns Security Council

July 02, 2020 No comments

COVID-19 fast becoming protection crisis, Guterres warns Security Council

INTERNATIONAL, 2 July 2020, Peace and Security - The COVID-19 pandemic is “profoundly affecting” peace and security across the globe, the Secretary-General told the Security Council on Thursday, pressing the 15-member body to use its collective influence to protect the millions of people either trapped in, or fleeing conflict, and already facing acute vulnerabilities. “The health pandemic has fast become a protection crisis”, António Guterres warned.  With more than one billion children out of school, 135 million people facing starvation by year-end, and healthcare workers routinely being targeted by violence, "these wide-ranging risks require an urgent and united response.” The high-level debate, convened by Germany as president for July, follows the Council’s passage on Wednesday of resolution 2532 (2020), which demands a general and immediate cessation of hostilities...

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WINAIR Begins Limited Commercial Flights

WINAIR Begins Limited Commercial Flights

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - WINAIR restarted commercial flights Saturday...

July 05, 2020 No comments

Finance Minister Irion receives counsel on impact of Dutch Conditions on Socio-Economic Wellbeing

Finance Minister Irion receives counsel on impact of Dutch Conditions…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Finance, Ardwell...

July 04, 2020 No comments

Two more arrests made during general traffic controls for stolen vehicles

Two more arrests made during general traffic controls for stolen…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In a continuous effort to suppress...

July 03, 2020 No comments

Panneflek: New COVID-19 positive case

Panneflek: New COVID-19 positive case

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Honorable Minister of VSA...

July 03, 2020 No comments

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LABOR AFFAIRS & SOCIAL SERVICES TO USE SSRP DISTRIBUTION LIST TO HELP EMPLOYEES

July 04, 2020

LABOR AFFAIRS & SOCIAL SERVICES TO USE SSRP DISTRIBUTION LIST TO HELP EMPLOYEES

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Finance has shared the list of employers that have rece...

Car over-taking causes a collision injuring five including a 2-year old

July 02, 2020

Car over-taking causes a collision injuring five including a 2-year old

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Wednesday evening 1st July, the Sint Maarten Police Force's traffic ...

PJL Library is Open Again. Evening opening hours coming

July 02, 2020

PJL Library is Open Again. Evening opening hours coming

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) would like to inform the general ...

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Racism and bigotry in St. Maarten are unacceptable. MP Heyliger-Marten requests formal position of Bar Association

July 03, 2020 No comments

Racism and bigotry in St. Maarten are unacceptable. MP Heyliger-Marten requests formal position of Bar Association

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "The fact that Mr. Hatzmann sees the people of Sint Maarten as “little village people” proves that he is part of the bigger problem" said United People's Party Faction Lea...

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Elisia Lake takes Presidency at Rotary Sunset’s First Virtual Installation Ceremony

July 03, 2020 No comments

Elisia Lake takes Presidency at Rotary Sunset’s First Virtual Installation Ceremony

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - June 29th, 2020, marked a superb day for members of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset as they celebrated their first ever virtual Board Installation Ceremony. Distingu...

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SUBSIDISED MBO COURSES BONAIRE 2020-2021

July 04, 2020 No comments

SUBSIDISED MBO COURSES BONAIRE 2020-2021

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - The economic damage due to the corona crisis is considerable. Many people have lost their jobs, are only working part-time or are looking for new possibilities to move ahead. I...

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Companies which discriminate face fines and being ‘named and shamed’ in new law

July 03, 2020 No comments

Companies which discriminate face fines and being ‘named and shamed’ in new law

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Companies which discriminate against people on the grounds of race, sex or religion when recruiting new staff face a fine of up to €4,500 and being publicly shamed, if n...

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Winner Aquilla Pemberton receives a Lenova Lap Top courtesy of Philipsburg Jubilee Library

July 03, 2020

Winner Aquilla Pemberton receives a Lenova Lap Top courtesy of Philipsburg Jubilee Library

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The overall winner, Aquilla Pemberton, a fourth form student of the Sin...

Airport CEO Mingo understands staff sentiments. Reopening of PJIAE can’t be compromised

July 02, 2020

Airport CEO Mingo understands staff sentiments. Reopening of PJIAE can’t be compromised

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - Airport CEO, Mr. Brian Mingo, is responding to Wednesday’s acti...

NIA Summer Camp starts July 7. Sign-up today

July 02, 2020

NIA Summer Camp starts July 7. Sign-up today

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The National Institute of Arts (NIA) would like to inform the general p...

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WIB informs about Online Statements

July 03, 2020

WIB informs about Online Statements

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) has just released important information...

Ombudsman calls on former students who studied in the Netherlands

July 03, 2020

Ombudsman calls on former students who studied in the Netherlands

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In March of this year the National Ombudsman of the Netherlands, Reinie...

Mom-daughter duo arrested for assaulting another female

July 02, 2020

Mom-daughter duo arrested for assaulting another female

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Dispatch Center received a call about a fight that was in pr...

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Extraordinary Investigative Officers strengthen enforcement on Statia

July 03, 2020 No comments

Extraordinary Investigative Officers strengthen enforcement on Statia

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Public Entity of St. Eustatius has put its Extraordinary Investigative Officers to work in order to strengthen regulatory enforcement. Enforcement of regulations has ...

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Criticism of ‘inconsistent’ coronavirus measures grows, RIVM survey shows

July 03, 2020 No comments

Criticism of ‘inconsistent’ coronavirus measures grows, RIVM survey shows

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Some six in 10 people in the Netherlands now consider the government’s strategy for dealing with coronavirus to be inconsistent, according to a new survey by the public ...

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Customs Caribbean Netherlands intercepts drugs at Bonaire airport

July 04, 2020 No comments

Customs Caribbean Netherlands intercepts drugs at Bonaire airport

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - On Wednesday, July 1st, Customs Caribbean Netherlands (CN) discovered a quantity of narcotics with a passenger during a routine check on passengers and their baggage at the arri...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

July 04, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Saturday, July 04, 2020 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday midday (12:00 LST) July 05, 2020    WEATHER:  This afternoon through Su...

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