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Human Rights Council urged to support UN chief’s call for a ‘new social contract’ after COVID-19

June 21, 2021 No comments

Human Rights Council urged to support UN chief’s call for a ‘new social contract’ after COVID-19

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2021, Human Rights - UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Monday urged UN Member States to promote a more inclusive post-pandemic recovery to help the world’s most vulnerable recover from the impact of COVID. Citing a rise in “extreme poverty, inequalities and injustice” in the last 18 months, Ms. Bachelet also warned that democratic and civic space has been eroded. These were all problems that could be addressed if countries embraced the UN Secretary-General’s call for a New Social Contract, Ms. Bachelet said, on the opening day of the Human Rights Council’s 47th session in Geneva. The initiative will be supported by a “New Global Deal of solidarity”, which shares “power, resources and opportunities more fairly”, in line with a plan for a UN-wide agenda that António Guterres intends to present to...

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Sustainability solution or climate calamity? The dangers and promise of cryptocurrency technology

June 20, 2021 No comments

Sustainability solution or climate calamity? The dangers and promise of cryptocurrency technology

INTERNATIONAL, 20 June 2021, Economic Development - The negative environmental impact of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin has been widely covered in the press in recent weeks and months, and their volatility has also been flagged as a cause for concern. Nevertheless, the UN believes that blockchain, the technology lying behind these online currencies, could be of great benefit to those fighting the climate crisis, and help bring about a more sustainable global economy. A ‘pointless way of using energy’? The amount of energy needed to power the Bitcoin network is staggering: Tim Berners-Lee, credited as the inventor of the World Wide Web, has gone so far as to describe “Bitcoin mining” as “one of the most fundamentally pointless ways of using energy.” Bitcoins don’t exist...

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Refugees disproportionately exposed to COVID impact: Guterres

June 19, 2021 No comments

Refugees disproportionately exposed to COVID impact: Guterres

INTERNATIONAL, 19 June 2021, Migrants and Refugees - Everyone has a duty to help refugees rebuild their lives after a particularly difficult year for so many – that’s the message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, to mark World Refugee Day on 20 June. In an appeal for greater empathy for all those who’ve had to flee conflict, climate shocks, and harassment, through no fault of their own, Mr. Guterres, who has just been re-appointed for a second term, said that the pandemic had wiped out refugees’ livelihoods, and led to stigmatization and vilification. Refugees had also been exposed disproportionately to the virus, the UN chief insisted, adding that once again, they had demonstrated their invaluable contribution to their host communities as essential and frontline workers. “We have...

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COVID-19: Vaccines donated next year, ‘too late for those who are dying today’

June 18, 2021 No comments

COVID-19: Vaccines donated next year, ‘too late for those who are dying today’

INTERNATIONAL, 18 June 2021, Health - Millions more COVID vaccines need to be donated now to save lives and help the UN health agency reach the key global target of having 70 per cent of all national populations vaccinated, by the middle of 2022.  That was one of the main messages relayed to reporters on Friday by World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said if richer countries and pharmaceutical companies wait to donate and produce more shots until next year, that will be “too late for those who are dying today.” Lauding Guinea’s expected announcement on Saturday that its latest Ebola virus disease outbreak has been curbed after just four months, he said it showed what could be done on a much larger scale, with the coronavirus. Global...

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António Guterres secures second term as UN Secretary-General, calls for new era of ‘solidarity and equality’

June 18, 2021 No comments

António Guterres secures second term as UN Secretary-General, calls for new era of ‘solidarity and equality’

INTERNATIONAL, 18 June 2021, UN Affairs - António Guterres was on Friday re-appointed to a second term as UN Secretary-General, pledging as his priority, to continue helping the world chart a course out of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Taking the oath of office in the General Assembly Hall, Mr. Guterres said he was aware of the immense responsibilities bestowed on him at this critical moment in history.  World at a crossroads  “We are truly at a crossroads, with consequential choices before us. Paradigms are shifting. Old orthodoxies are being flipped,” he told ambassadors.  “We are writing our own history with the choices we make right now. It can go either way: breakdown and perpetual crisis or breakthrough and prospect of a greener, safer and better future for all. There...

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Minister Ottley takes next step to improve access to affordable prescription medication

Minister Ottley takes next step to improve access to affordable…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social...

June 21, 2021 No comments

PFP Submits Teen Times Request to Parliament Committee for ECYS

PFP Submits Teen Times Request to Parliament Committee for ECYS

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Shortly after receiving a request to...

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NV GEBE distances itself from incorrect factual representation by disgruntled Supervisory Board member

NV GEBE distances itself from incorrect factual representation by disgruntled…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Supervisory Board of Directors and...

June 20, 2021 No comments

Malinda Hassell is Saba’s new Tourism Director

Malinda Hassell is Saba’s new Tourism Director

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Public Entity recently welcomed its...

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St. Maarten to receive 5th tranche of liquidity support

June 21, 2021

St. Maarten to receive 5th tranche of liquidity support

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Government of St. Maarten has learned via the media that the Minist...

St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) Commemorates its 9th Anniversary

June 21, 2021

St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) Commemorates its 9th Anniversary

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Taking a moment to acknowledge its efforts throughout 2020 and the firs...

Motorworld Sponsors Six Months of Membership Fees for Members of the Youth Brigade

June 21, 2021

Motorworld Sponsors Six Months of Membership Fees for Members of the Youth Brigade

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Voice of the Youth St. Maarten (VOTYS) is a non-profitable organization, f...

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Whale and dolphin research expedition in the Caribbean

June 21, 2021 No comments

Whale and dolphin research expedition in the Caribbean

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - The three-month whale and dolphin research expedition Ti Whale An Nou started May 15, 2021 and the objective is to register the number of whales, specifically sperm whales, and ...

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“Hiking on St. Eustatius” a Tropical Open-Air Museum by Author Marion Schroen

June 20, 2021 No comments

“Hiking on St. Eustatius” a Tropical Open-Air Museum by Author Marion Schroen

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - Sint Eustatius is a Dutch island in the Caribbean. This special municipality has an enormous variation in nature and is worth putting on your bucket list. Marion Schroen ...

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New coronavirus infections drop below 600, fewer than 500 are in hospital

June 21, 2021 No comments

New coronavirus infections drop below 600, fewer than 500 are in hospital

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – In total, 585 new coronavirus infections were reported to the public health institute RIVM in the 24 hours to Monday morning, the lowest figure since September last year...

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Police issues warning about unlawful gatherings after 11.00PM. Face fine or Arrests

June 19, 2021 No comments

Police issues warning about unlawful gatherings after 11.00PM. Face fine or Arrests

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Force Sint Maarten KPSM and the Justice Department have received complaints over the past weeks about people gathering after 11:00pm in and around places such a...

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Civil Registry Department Closed on Monday and Tuesday

June 20, 2021

Civil Registry Department Closed on Monday and Tuesday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Civil Registry Department offices at the Public Service Cente...

STATIA HAS NEW GOVERNMENT COMMISSIONERS

June 18, 2021

STATIA HAS NEW GOVERNMENT COMMISSIONERS

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - Statia has a newly appointed Government Commissioner: Alida Francis. A...

Royal Caribbean Group Donates $25K Worth of PPE to Collective Prevention Services via SMDF

June 18, 2021

Royal Caribbean Group Donates $25K Worth of PPE to Collective Prevention Services via SMDF

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Through a facilitated effort between Royal Caribbean Cruises, Port St. ...

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Leniency regulation if overstaying free period ends on first of July

June 21, 2021

Leniency regulation if overstaying free period ends on first of July

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - Due to the travel restrictions that were introduced on the 14th of March 2020 ...

WIB extends evening hours to promote Online Banking

June 19, 2021

WIB extends evening hours to promote Online Banking

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – On June 17 and June 24, the Windward Islands Bank (WIB), your partner i...

Commemeration slavery past and emancipation

June 18, 2021

Commemeration slavery past and emancipation

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - The national commermoration of the Dutch slavery past is a national event that...

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Big Dutch cities call for public holiday to mark end of slavery

June 21, 2021 No comments

Big Dutch cities call for public holiday to mark end of slavery

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The leaders of the four big Dutch cities have written to parliament urging the next cabinet to do more to shine light on the Netherlands’ ‘hidden and difficult’ slave tr...

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Autistic man set out of home ‘after growing single cannabis plant’: RTL Nieuws

June 20, 2021 No comments

Autistic man set out of home ‘after growing single cannabis plant’: RTL Nieuws

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The mayor of a town in North Brabant has been accused of acting too harshly after allegedly setting a severely autistic man out of his home when he was discovered with a...

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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES FIRST QUARTER RESULTS AND STRATEGIC RESTRUCTURE

June 21, 2021 No comments

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES FIRST QUARTER RESULTS AND STRATEGIC RESTRUCTURE

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of 2021, recording a loss of TT$172.7m (US$25.7m) and a 75% decline in revenue, compare...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

June 20, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Sunday, June 20, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) June 21, 2021  WEATHER:      Tonight through Monday ev...

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