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‘Real hope’ surrounding COVID vaccines ‘cannot be overstated’ – WHO chief

November 23, 2020 No comments

‘Real hope’ surrounding COVID vaccines ‘cannot be overstated’ – WHO chief

INTERNATIONAL, 23 November 2020, Health - Along with other tried and tested public health measures, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Monday that “there is now real hope” that vaccines will play an essential part in helping end the COVID pandemic.  “With the latest positive news from vaccine trials, the light at the end of this long, dark tunnel is growing brighter”, said Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The significance of this scientific achievement cannot be overstated”.  Setting new standards  Noting that no vaccine in history has been developed as rapidly, the WHO chief remarked that the scientific community had set “a new standard for vaccine development” and now the international community must set “a new standard for access”.  “The urgency with which vaccines have been developed...

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UN ‘extremely concerned’ for safety of Tigray civilians in regional capital, as refugee numbers grow

November 23, 2020 No comments

UN ‘extremely concerned’ for safety of Tigray civilians in regional capital, as refugee numbers grow

INTERNATIONAL, 23 November 2020, Peace and Security - The UN on Monday said it was “extremely concerned” over the safety of civilians across Ethiopia’s Tigray region, as fighting between Government troops and those loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) reportedly continued, with the Ethiopian Prime Minister having called on opposition forces to surrender the capital Mekelle, by Wednesday. Due to a near total communications blackout across Tigray, establishing facts on the ground is proving difficult, but UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told correspondents at UN Headquarters that more than half a million people remain in Mekelle “following information that fighting might move into the city in the coming hours.” The TPLF was formerly the dominant political party of government in Ethiopia, losing out at the ballot...

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UN expert calls for urgent action to end ‘pandemic of femicide and violence against women’

November 23, 2020 No comments

UN expert calls for urgent action to end ‘pandemic of femicide and violence against women’

INTERNATIONAL, 23 November 2020, Human Rights - COVID-19 is overshadowing what has become a “pandemic of femicide” and related gender-based violence against women and girls, said independent UN human rights expert Dubravka Šimonović on Monday, calling for the universal establishment of national initiatives to monitor and prevent such killings.   Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, marked on 25 November, Ms. Šimonović said the rise in femicides and violence was “taking the lives of women and girls everywhere” around the world, as the coronavirus continues to rage out of control.   ‘Femicide watches’   The UN Human Rights expert called on “all States and relevant stakeholders worldwide to take urgent steps to prevent the pandemic of femicide or gender related killings of women, and gender-based violence against women, through the establishment of national multidisciplinary prevention bodies or Femicide watches/observatories on violence against women”.   She said those bodies should be...

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Afghanistan: UN’s Grandi and Bachelet put plea for lasting ceasefire top of their wishlist

November 23, 2020 No comments

Afghanistan: UN’s Grandi and Bachelet put plea for lasting ceasefire top of their wishlist

INTERNATIONAL, 23 November 2020, Peace and Security - Two top UN officials called for an end to the long-running conflict in Afghanistan on Monday, telling a major conference in Geneva that normality could only return to the country if there was a sustained ceasefire.   Speaking at the Afghanistan 2020 Conference, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, both listed changes that would improve the lot of ordinary Afghans and prospects for rebuilding the war-torn country.   Six asks OHCHR chief Ms. Bachelet said she had six “asks” for the people of Afghanistan, beginning with an immediate commitment to protect civilians from harm.    “This can save thousands of families from suffering and lessen recriminations and bolster confidence and trust among negotiators. Parties should...

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Somalia at a crossroad, UN envoy urges ‘deepened’ political consensus

November 23, 2020 No comments

Somalia at a crossroad, UN envoy urges ‘deepened’ political consensus

INTERNATIONAL, 23 November 2020, Peace and Security - The “broad political consensus” reached in September that ended a two-year stalemate in Somalia must be “preserved and indeed deepened”, the country’s UN envoy told the Security Council on Monday.  Although the agreed model of voting “regrettably fell short” of the constitutional requirement for parliamentary elections based on the principle of universal suffrage, Special Representative James Swan, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), acknowledged that it did reflect “wide Somali political consensus and ownership”.   “In addition to the support of the President and federal member state leaders, the indirect model was also endorsed by other key Somali stakeholders, including political parties and civil society, and was ratified by the Federal Parliament”, he said via...

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Prime Minister Jacobs meets with Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Blok

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November 23, 2020 No comments

In memory of Paul Hoetjes, a legend in nature conservation

In memory of Paul Hoetjes, a legend in nature conservation

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - It is with great and profound sadness...

November 23, 2020 No comments

DECEMBER INCOME & UNEMPLOYMENT SUPPORT DEADLINE IS DEC. 5

DECEMBER INCOME & UNEMPLOYMENT SUPPORT DEADLINE IS DEC. 5

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Finance would...

November 23, 2020 No comments

Grisha calls for urgent action to stop the rapid rise in food prices

Grisha calls for urgent action to stop the rapid rise…

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UTS undertakes Beach Clean-up & Food & Clothing Drive

November 24, 2020

UTS undertakes Beach Clean-up & Food & Clothing Drive

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - With the local tourism sector reeling from the effects of the global CO...

Five New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 10 Recoveries. 87 Active Cases

November 23, 2020

Five New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 10 Recoveries. 87 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 23rd, there were five (5) persons who tested positive fo...

St. Maarten Concrete hosts largest ever open house at Valley Estate

November 22, 2020

St. Maarten Concrete hosts largest ever open house at Valley Estate

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - More than a thousand people from French and Dutch St. Maarten toured th...

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“Ready, Set, Protect!” - Reflection of Children Rights Development on St. Maarten

November 20, 2020 No comments

“Ready, Set, Protect!” - Reflection of Children Rights Development on St. Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The importance of recognizing Children’s Rights on St. Maarten began as early as 1978. The now deceased Mrs. Mavis Salomon Brooks and Dr. Linda Banks first started the ini...

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week: United to preserve antimicrobials

November 18, 2020 No comments

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: United to preserve antimicrobials

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) 2020 kicked off on November 18 and runs through November 24 under the theme: “United to preserve antimicrobials.” The one-week...

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Decline in coronavirus infections continues to slow

November 23, 2020 No comments

Decline in coronavirus infections continues to slow

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The drop in coronavirus infections has almost ground to a halt in the last seven days, latest figures from the public health agency RIVM show. Another 5,214 cases were ...

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Micro-targeting can influence voting choice, UvA research project shows

November 23, 2020 No comments

Micro-targeting can influence voting choice, UvA research project shows

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Tailor-made messages from political parties that depend on your personality can have an effect, according to research carried about by scientists at the University of Am...

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Minister of Justice Richardson and Unions engage in productive dialogue

November 22, 2020

Minister of Justice Richardson and Unions engage in productive dialogue

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Friday, November 20th, 2020, the Honorable Minister of Justice Anna ...

SOAB TRANSITION INTO TOMORROW LEAD BY NEW TEAM OF DIRECTORS

November 22, 2020

SOAB TRANSITION INTO TOMORROW LEAD BY NEW TEAM OF DIRECTORS

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - Stichting Overheidsaccountantsbureau (SOAB) recently introduced its team of d...

“Barking up the wrong tree” says MP Wescot-Williams to the Prime Minister

November 22, 2020

“Barking up the wrong tree” says MP Wescot-Williams to the Prime Minister

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In a letter dated November, the Prime Minister of St. Maarten apprised ...

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Domestic violence is everyone’s business

November 23, 2020

Domestic violence is everyone’s business

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Domestic violence is a serious, ongoing problem that we are faced with....

Statia signs LOI to build central housing for out of school programs

November 23, 2020

Statia signs LOI to build central housing for out of school programs

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Public Entity of St. Eustatius signed a letter of intent (LOI) tod...

PJIAE sees positive trend for upcoming tourism season

November 20, 2020

PJIAE sees positive trend for upcoming tourism season

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT ROAD) – Just before the COVID-19 outbreak, the number of arriving ...

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Baudet under fire as row in FvD over racist messages erupts on social media

November 23, 2020 No comments

Baudet under fire as row in FvD over racist messages erupts on social media

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Several leading members of far-right party Forum for Democracy’s youth wing have been suspended in a long-running row over racism and anti-Semitism on internal message b...

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Pregnant women still being discriminated against at work, report finds

November 23, 2020 No comments

Pregnant women still being discriminated against at work, report finds

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – More than two in five pregnant women and new mothers face some form of discrimination at work linked to motherhood, according to the Dutch human rights council College v...

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Belastingdienst to visit companies to check loonheffing

November 23, 2020 No comments

Belastingdienst to visit companies to check loonheffing

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - As of November 24th, Belastingdienst Caribisch Nederland will start to visit companies to verify if the data that is registered for the loonheffing (payroll tax), corresponds to ...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

November 23, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) November 24, 2020      …THE SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY ...

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