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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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Helping youth enterprise take off, will bring sustainable returns, say UN economists

July 02, 2020 No comments

Helping youth enterprise take off, will bring sustainable returns, say UN economists

INTERNATIONAL, 2 July 2020, Economic Development - Young entrepreneurs who want their work to have a positive impact on their communities, urgently need more help from governments if they’re to succeed and resist the COVID-19-fuelled economic downturn, UN economists said on Thursday. Amid worsening global employment prospects owing to the pandemic, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) maintained in a new report that unlocking business opportunities for young adults “could lower unemployment and bring social benefits”. It said that socially-minded enterprises benefited 871 million people in just nine countries in Europe and Central Asia in 2016, providing services and products worth around $6.7 billion and creating employment, particularly among marginalized groups. Sky’s the limit for start-ups Young entrepreneurs who have already made a difference include...

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Protect ordinary Afghans ahead of peace talks, urges UN Mission chief

July 02, 2020 No comments

Protect ordinary Afghans ahead of peace talks, urges UN Mission chief

INTERNATIONAL, 2 July 2020, Peace and Security - Ahead of hoped-for peace talks between Afghan Government and Taliban negotiators, UN peacekeepers in Afghanistan have urged parties to “redouble” their efforts to keep civilians safe. The appeal from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), also calls for a de-escalation of the conflict to save lives and facilitate discussions in Qatar. It follows a recent spate of deliberate attacks against religious leaders, healthcare workers, members of the judiciary, civil society activists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and journalists. ‘Shocking and criminal’ attacks In the first six months of the year, more than 800 civilians were killed and injured in deliberate attacks. UNAMA attributed responsibility for approximately half of these civilian casualties to the Taliban. These are “shocking and criminal” attacks, UNAMA said in...

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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...

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

Winner Aquilla Pemberton receives a Lenova Lap Top courtesy of…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The overall winner, Aquilla Pemberton, a...

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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 ...

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

July 02, 2020

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 ...

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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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2019 annual report of APS submitted before November 1 deadline

July 02, 2020 No comments

2019 annual report of APS submitted before November 1 deadline

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The General Pension Fund of Sint Maarten (APS) submitted its 2019 annual report on June 29, 2020, four months ahead of the legally declared annual deadline of November 1. The...

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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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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...

Author Morales commends Minister Samuel on Exceptional Emancipation Day Speech

July 02, 2020

Author Morales commends Minister Samuel on Exceptional Emancipation Day Speech

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Children’s book author Loekie Morales attended the Emancipation Day Jul...

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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: Wednesday to Friday

June 30, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) July 01, 2020    WEATHER:  Tonight: Fair to partl...

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