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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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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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More ‘can and must be done’ to eradicate caste-based discrimination in Nepal

May 29, 2020 No comments

More ‘can and must be done’ to eradicate caste-based discrimination in Nepal

INTERNATIONAL, 29 May 2020, Human Rights - Shocked over the killing last weekend of five men in Nepal, who had planned to escort home one of their girlfriends from a higher caste, the UN human rights chief on Friday stressed that ending caste-based discrimination is “fundamental” to the overall sustainable development vision of leaving no one behind. “It is distressing that caste-based prejudices remain deeply entrenched in our world in the 21st century, and I am filled with sadness for these two young people who held high hopes of building a life together despite the obstacles presented by their accident of birth” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, referring to the couple at the centre of the tragedy. Last Saturday, according to news reports, a...

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Nine in 10 smokers start before they are 18 years old, warns WHO

May 29, 2020 No comments

Nine in 10 smokers start before they are 18 years old, warns WHO

INTERNATIONAL, 29 May 2020, Health - Tobacco products continue to kill eight million people a year who get hooked via a $9 billion a year marketing strategy. That’s the warning from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, which has said that even during a global pandemic, the tobacco and nicotine industry has continued to promote products that limit people’s ability to fight new coronavirus and recover from the disease. For this year’s World No Tobacco Day – marked on 31 May – the agency is focusing on protecting teenagers, who are a key target sector. More than 40 million young people today aged 13-15, have already started to use tobacco, it estimates. Smoking suffocates the lungs and other organs, starving them of the oxygen...

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

Safety measures a top priority as SXM Airport readies for…

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - With more and more countries...

May 29, 2020 No comments

Government of St. Maarten Hosts Frontline Heroes Appreciation Tour

Government of St. Maarten Hosts Frontline Heroes Appreciation Tour

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The government of St. Maarten...

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Police force calling on owners of unclaimed & confiscated motorbikes

Police force calling on owners of unclaimed & confiscated motorbikes

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Police Force is...

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Leadercast Live 2020 Attendees Empowered To Overcome Challenges of Covid-19

Leadercast Live 2020 Attendees Empowered To Overcome Challenges of Covid-19

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "I must express my gratitude to...

May 28, 2020 No comments

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Good news for the financial sector as APC Bank N.V. acquires PSB Bank N.V.

May 29, 2020

Good news for the financial sector as APC Bank N.V. acquires PSB Bank N.V.

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - The Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) has approvingly noted the...

Information process elections St. Eustatius to resume

May 29, 2020

Information process elections St. Eustatius to resume

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - Effective June 2020 the Executive Council of the Public Entity St. Eus...

Phase 3 and 4 Economic Reopening Guidelines Available Online

May 29, 2020

Phase 3 and 4 Economic Reopening Guidelines Available Online

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Government of Sint Maarten, hereby informs the community and a...

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Traffic diversion in Dutch Quarter with road closures as of June 1

May 28, 2020 No comments

Traffic diversion in Dutch Quarter with road closures as of June 1

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), Department of New Projects on behalf of the Government of St. Maarte...

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Inspectorate TEATT Reminding Public Transport Sector about COVID-19 Plans

May 28, 2020 No comments

Inspectorate TEATT Reminding Public Transport Sector about COVID-19 Plans

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Inspectorate of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), is issuing a reminder to all taxis and bus permit ho...

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Ministers press ahead with new integration system, call for speedy passage in parliament

May 30, 2020 No comments

Ministers press ahead with new integration system, call for speedy passage in parliament

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Ministers have voted in favour of social affairs ministry plans to reform the current integration (inburgering) system and say hope the legislation will move through par...

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Developers to start testing Dutch Covid-19 tracing app in June

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Developers to start testing Dutch Covid-19 tracing app in June

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Initial testing will start on the app which the Dutch government hopes will improve the tracing of coronavirus infections in the first half of June, the head of the heal...

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Gap closing between parties. Irion says we have to find a way together because we are in this together

May 28, 2020

Gap closing between parties. Irion says we have to find a way together because we are in this together

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) -  – The Unions and the government have been meeting regularly to discuss...

Nature Foundation Reminds Residents of Existing Fishing Regulations

May 28, 2020

Nature Foundation Reminds Residents of Existing Fishing Regulations

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Recently, the Nature Foundation has received an increase in reports about ...

Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset & St. Martin Evolution Toastmasters Club Partner in Joint Meeting

May 28, 2020

Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset & St. Martin Evolution Toastmasters Club Partner in Joint Meeting

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Monday May 25, 2020 the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset and the St....

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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...

Minister of Justice disappointed by decision to maintain strikes at prison

May 29, 2020

Minister of Justice disappointed by decision to maintain strikes at prison

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday, May 27th, the Minister of Justice Anna Richardson held an...

Statia to soon start renovation hairpin bend Smoke Alley

May 29, 2020

Statia to soon start renovation hairpin bend Smoke Alley

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Public Entity of St. Eustatius will soon commence with the renovat...

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Romanian ambassador ‘concerned’ about conditions in Dutch meat firms

May 30, 2020 No comments

Romanian ambassador ‘concerned’ about conditions in Dutch meat firms

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Romanian ambassador to the Netherlands has written to the Dutch government outlining concerns about the conditions in slaughterhouses, where hundreds of Romanian and...

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Five more people hospitalised with Covid-19 in the Netherlands

May 30, 2020 No comments

Five more people hospitalised with Covid-19 in the Netherlands

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of people admitted to hospital suffering from coronavirus rose by five overnight to 11,727, public health institute RIVM said on Saturday. This is the lowest...

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MP Buncamper seeks information related to foreign remittances under current economic crisis

May 28, 2020 No comments

MP Buncamper seeks information related to foreign remittances under current economic crisis

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Through his letter dated May 27th, 2020 to the President of Parliament, Member of Parliament (MP) Rolando Brison, United St. Maarten Party (USP) MP Claudius Buncamper subm...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

May 29, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) May 30, 2020    WEATHER:  Tonight through Saturday e...

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