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Almost half a billion people affected by insufficient work, unemployment set to rise: new UN labour agency report

January 20, 2020 No comments

Almost half a billion people affected by insufficient work, unemployment set to rise: new UN labour agency report

INTERNATIONAL, 20 January 2020, Economic Development - Around half a billion people work fewer paid hours than they would like, or are not getting enough access to paid work, shows a study published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday, which also forecasts that unemployment will rise by about 2.5 million this year. After nine years of relatively stable global unemployment, the World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2020 puts the rising jobless numbers down to a stagnating global economy. Two workers on a construction site in Pokhara, Nepal., by ILO/Marcel Crozet The number of people unemployed around the world stands at some 188 million. In addition, 165 million people don’t have enough paid work, and 120 million have either given up actively searching for...

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East Africa locusts threaten food insecurity across subregion, alerts UN agriculture agency

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East Africa locusts threaten food insecurity across subregion, alerts UN agriculture agency

INTERNATIONAL, 20 January 2020, Climate Change - Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday. Destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of crops, the outbreak is impacting the region’s food insecurity. The UN agency urged for a collective campaign to deal with the crisis, concerned over the risk that the swarms spill over into more countries in East Africa, “if efforts to deal with the voracious pest are not scaled up across the region”.  Moreover, unusual climate conditions have favoured rapid locust reproduction. The agency stressed that as favourable breeding conditions continue, the increase in locust swarms could last...

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Major humanitarian hub in north-east Nigeria burned in attack

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Major humanitarian hub in north-east Nigeria burned in attack

INTERNATIONAL, 20 January 2020, Humanitarian Aid - The top UN aid official in Nigeria has condemned a weekend attack against a major humanitarian facility in the north-east of the country.  Non-State armed groups targeted the humanitarian hub in Ngala, Borno state, on Saturday evening, burning an entire section of the facility as well as a vehicle used in aid deliveries.  Five UN staff were staying there at the time but escaped unharmed due to security measures in place.  Edward Kallon, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, expressed outrage over the incident.  “I am shocked by the violence and intensity of this attack, which is the latest of too many incidents directly targeting humanitarian actors and the assistance we provide,” he said on Monday.   “I am relieved all staff is now safe and secure. Aid workers,...

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Latin America and Caribbean region deadliest for journalists in 2019

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Latin America and Caribbean region deadliest for journalists in 2019

INTERNATIONAL, 20 January 2020, Peace and Security - Twenty-two journalists were reported killed in the Latin America and Caribbean region in 2019, making it the deadliest part of the world for the press, followed by 15 in Asia-Pacific, and 10 in Arab States. The figures come from the Observatory of Killed Journalists database, which is maintained by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It shows that, over the last decade, 894 journalists were murdered, an average of almost 90 per year: journalist killings in 2019 dropped by almost half compared to 2018 (from 99 to 56), but members of the press still face extreme risks, in all regions of the world. Local coverage more dangerous than war reporting The UNESCO data shows that targeting local...

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Smokers who quit one month before surgery reap benefits: UN health agency

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Smokers who quit one month before surgery reap benefits: UN health agency

INTERNATIONAL, 20 January 2020, Health - Tobacco smokers who quit at least four weeks before undergoing surgery not only have a lower risk of complications, but also show better results six months later than those who continue, the United Nations health agency  said on Monday. While tobacco smokers face a significantly higher risk of post-surgical complications, including impaired heart and lung functions, infections and delayed wound healing, evidence from a new joint study by the World Health Organization (WHO), the University of Newcastle, Australia and the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists reveals that patients who quit smoking are less likely to experience complications with anesthesia than those who do not.  New data shows that after four weeks, every tobacco-free week improves blood flow throughout...

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Haitian Man arrested with false French travel documents

Haitian Man arrested with false French travel documents

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - On Saturday afternoon January 18th...

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MP-Elect Heyliger-Marten: ‘SZV must improve its service to Senior Citizens’

MP-Elect Heyliger-Marten: ‘SZV must improve its service to Senior Citizens’

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) — Member of Parliament elect for the...

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St. Maarten Lions Club introduces “Teach Me To Fish” project

St. Maarten Lions Club introduces “Teach Me To Fish” project

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - The St. Maarten Lions Club...

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Dr. Maccow Thomas Presented at Rotary Sunset General Meeting

Dr. Maccow Thomas Presented at Rotary Sunset General Meeting

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) – The Rotary Club of St....

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Pilot Renovation Social Housing Statia completed

January 20, 2020

Pilot Renovation Social Housing Statia completed

SINT EUSTATIUS - Friday, January 17th, marked the completion of the renovation pilot of the social h...

MP Duncan Requests Information on Government’s Plans for Developing Local MSMEs

January 20, 2020

MP Duncan Requests Information on Government’s Plans for Developing Local MSMEs

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) Solange Ludmila Duncan recently submitted a n...

SOS Radio Station Turns 11 years

January 20, 2020

SOS Radio Station Turns 11 years

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) - When SOS Radio 95.9 FM celebrated their eleventh anniversary on Saturday, J...

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Special Unit Robberies investigating spate of weekend robberies

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Special Unit Robberies investigating spate of weekend robberies

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Special Robbery Unit is currently investigating three armed robberies which took place at different supermarkets on the A.Th. Illidge on Saturday afternoon January 17t...

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MECYS BIDS FAREWELL TO GLENDERLIN DAVIS AFTER 36 YEARS OF SERVICE

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MECYS BIDS FAREWELL TO GLENDERLIN DAVIS AFTER 36 YEARS OF SERVICE

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On January 15, 2020, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (MECYS) bid Mrs. Glenderlin Davis farewell after over three decades of service. She spent 36 years...

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Cancer survival rates continue to improve, but many women still ignore smear tests

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Cancer survival rates continue to improve, but many women still ignore smear tests

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Cancer survival rates in the Netherlands continue to improve according to new research by the Dutch cancer registration agency IKNL. Two-thirds of the people diagnosed ...

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MPs, health experts and lawyers call for new approach to drugs

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MPs, health experts and lawyers call for new approach to drugs

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – MPs, television celebrities, lawyers, leading lights from the dance scene and health experts are among the 79 people who have signed a new manifesto calling for major re...

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MINISTER IRION ADDRESSES CONCERNS OF TEACHERS AND STAFF OF MLK JR. SCHOOL

January 19, 2020

MINISTER IRION ADDRESSES CONCERNS OF TEACHERS AND STAFF OF MLK JR. SCHOOL

SINT MAARTEN (DUTCH QUARTER) - On Thursday, The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport went...

Formal Reflections in memory of Mavis Brooks-Salmon

January 19, 2020

Formal Reflections in memory of Mavis Brooks-Salmon

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) – On Saturday, January 18, His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday attended ...

Cooperation and Stable Governance to address the challenges of the 2020s

January 19, 2020

Cooperation and Stable Governance to address the challenges of the 2020s

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) – His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday delivered his New Year’s address a...

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Court blocks education minister from sacking board of Islamic school

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Court blocks education minister from sacking board of Islamic school

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Education minister Arie Slob went beyond his remit in demanding the resignation of the board of Amsterdam’s only Islamic secondary school, a court has ruled. Slob viola...

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Four arrested as police thwart attempt to break ‘gangster’ out of prison

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Four arrested as police thwart attempt to break ‘gangster’ out of prison

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Four men have been arrested after a van was set on fire outside a prison in an apparent bid to break out an Amsterdam gangster. The thwarted plan on Sunday morning was ...

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Immigration personnel meet their French side counterparts and visit ports of entry

January 20, 2020

Immigration personnel meet their French side counterparts and visit ports of entry

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In the context of maintaining a good working relationship between the D...

Plenary Public session of Parliament about the appointment of a Chairperson/member of the General Audit Chamber

January 20, 2020

Plenary Public session of Parliament about the appointment of a Chairperson/member of the General Audit Chamber

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public session on January ...

UWBC has successful ‘King of the Rock’ Book Presentation

January 20, 2020

UWBC has successful ‘King of the Rock’ Book Presentation

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) – The United Women Book Club (UWBC) was feeling very excited yesterday at the...

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Notorious burglar from Cole-Bay arrested again

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Notorious burglar from Cole-Bay arrested again

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - On Saturday evening January 18th 2020 about 8.00 pm, the police patrol arrested the notorious burglar A.R. in Cole-bay for breaking and entering into a supermarket, police sa...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) January 21, 2020    …SMALL CRAFT AND HIGH SURF WARNIN...

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