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UN chief urges unity in mobilizing ‘every ounce of energy’ to defeat coronavirus pandemic

April 03, 2020 No comments

UN chief urges unity in mobilizing ‘every ounce of energy’ to defeat coronavirus pandemic

INTERNATIONAL, 3 April 2020, Health - There should be only one fight in our world today, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Friday, issuing a loud clarion call to join “our shared battle against COVID-19”. Ten days ago, António Guterres called for an immediate global ceasefire to help people in war-torn regions receive life-saving aid to fight the coronavirus pandemic.  “We know the pandemic is having profound social, economic and political consequences, including relating to international peace and security”, the UN chief said, in a virtual press conference outlining the impact so far of the ceasefire appeal. He cited sustained restrictions on movement by governments everywhere, and factors that could contribute to rising discontent and political tensions, but maintained that “the global ceasefire appeal is resonating across the world”. He...

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COVID-19: The global food supply chain is holding up, for now

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COVID-19: The global food supply chain is holding up, for now

INTERNATIONAL, 3 April 2020, Peace and Security - The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic is so far having little impact on the global food supply chain, but that could change for the worse – and soon – if anxiety-driven panic by major food importers takes hold, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Friday. In a new report, “COVID-19: Potential impact on the world’s poorest people: A WFP analysis of the economic and food security implications of the pandemic”, the UN agency said that global markets for basic cereals are well-supplied and prices generally low. However, it said, given the highly globalized nature of food production and supply, commodities need to move from the world’s ‘breadbaskets’ to where they are consumed – and COVID-19-related containment measures are starting to make...

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Political prisoners should be among first released in pandemic response, says UN rights chief

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Political prisoners should be among first released in pandemic response, says UN rights chief

INTERNATIONAL, 3 April 2020, Human Rights - The decision by many Governments to release prisoners to slow the transmission of new coronavirus, was welcomed on Friday by the UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet.  The development comes after an appeal last week from the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prevent “catastrophic” rates of infection, as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise worldwide. After @mbachelet urged governments to reduce overcrowding in prisons to prevent catastrophic rates of #COVID19 infection, we are encouraged to note that a number of countries have indeed been taking action http://ow.ly/ze8850z4hDU#StopTheSpread To date, there have been more than a million confirmed cases and in excess of 50,000 people have died. But on Friday, Ms. Bachelet’s spokesperson, Rupert Colville urged States to release “every person detained without sufficient legal basis, including...

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‘Overwhelmed’ health systems have little room for sick refugees, migrants, UN agencies warn

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‘Overwhelmed’ health systems have little room for sick refugees, migrants, UN agencies warn

INTERNATIONAL, 3 April 2020, Migrants and Refugees - Four prominent United Nations system entities have called on countries to protect refugees, migrants, stateless persons and those forcibly displaced by disasters and conflict – some of the world’s most vulnerable populations – against the rapidly expanding COVID-19 pandemic. In a joint statement released today, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN human rights office (OHCHR) and the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed that refugees, migrants and displaced persons are at heightened risk of contracting the new coronavirus disease.  Only together, we can defeat #COVID19: http://vm.tiktok.com/tR8Q8q/ “Three quarters of the world's refugees and many migrants are hosted in developing regions where health systems are already overwhelmed and under-capacitated,” the statement reads.  It notes that many...

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Coronavirus restrictions hamper aid access for Sudanese in need

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Coronavirus restrictions hamper aid access for Sudanese in need

INTERNATIONAL, 3 April 2020, Health - The United Nations and its partners are putting in place alternative plans to ensure the continuity of humanitarian assistance in Sudan, as measures taken by the Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are having an impact on aid access, deliveries and services. According to Jens Laerke, Deputy Spokesperson at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), seven COVID-19 cases, including two deaths, have been confirmed in the east African country -- all having arrived from abroad and now receiving medical treatment in isolation centres in Khartoum. Measures taken by the Government include a 6pm to 6am curfew, the closure of schools for one month from mid-March and a reduction of staff in key government offices. Adapting to these...

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Leaked Information, Burial of COVID-19 Persons, Cyber Attacks, Persons with Underlying Medical Conditions

Leaked Information, Burial of COVID-19 Persons, Cyber Attacks, Persons with…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Prime Minister Hon. Silveria...

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CEO Brian Mingo: Airport is in hibernation but keeps working

CEO Brian Mingo: Airport is in hibernation but keeps working

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA)...

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PFP: Harsher COVID-19 Fallout Looms If Delays Continue

PFP: Harsher COVID-19 Fallout Looms If Delays Continue

SINT MAARTEN (PHILISPBURG) – Members of the Party for Progress...

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SHTA expects half of workforce to be laid off 2nd report Covid19 fallout says

SHTA expects half of workforce to be laid off 2nd…

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23 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and four deceased

April 04, 2020

23 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and four deceased

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Government of Sint Maarten’s epidemiologist and Head of the Collect...

Inspectorate of TEATT responds to complaints about price gouging on eggs

April 03, 2020

Inspectorate of TEATT responds to complaints about price gouging on eggs

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Inspectorate of TEATT has taken note of several complaints made reg...

2020 Hurricane Season: Up to 16 named storms, up to eight hurricanes and four major Cat 3+

April 03, 2020

2020 Hurricane Season: Up to 16 named storms, up to eight hurricanes and four major Cat 3+

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – The first preliminary forecast is out for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane seaso...

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Country Shutdown Coming

April 04, 2020 No comments

Country Shutdown Coming

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – A complete shutdown of the country is coming, that is what Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) said on Friday afternoon during a...

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Travel Movement Forms A, B and C and Impact Assessment Form Downloadable to Smart Phones

April 03, 2020 No comments

Travel Movement Forms A, B and C and Impact Assessment Form Downloadable to Smart Phones

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Travel Document Forms A, B, and C are now available on the Government Website for download on smart phones. The COVID-19 Social Impact Assessment Form is also ava...

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Criminal cases are piling up as lawyers call for courts to be reopened

April 04, 2020 No comments

Criminal cases are piling up as lawyers call for courts to be reopened

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Lawyers are calling for an immediate end to the closure of all court rooms because the number of cases put on hold indefinitely is reaching unacceptable levels. The ple...

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Pressure mounts on retail landlords to ease rent rules for shopkeepers

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Pressure mounts on retail landlords to ease rent rules for shopkeepers

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Officials from the economic affairs ministry are putting pressure on retail investors and landlords to help shopkeepers cope with the loss of income stemming from the co...

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DCOMM and BTP offer Tips to enhance internet performance while the population stays at home

April 02, 2020

DCOMM and BTP offer Tips to enhance internet performance while the population stays at home

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Communication (DCOMM) in cooperation with the Bu...

Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise donates educational devices to foster home

April 02, 2020

Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise donates educational devices to foster home

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister and Chair of E...

TelEm Group suspends home installations and repairs as of March 31

April 01, 2020

TelEm Group suspends home installations and repairs as of March 31

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, has as...

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King visits Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport to learn about COVID-19 Crisis Coordination

April 03, 2020

King visits Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport to learn about COVID-19 Crisis Coordination

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - On Friday afternoon April 3 His Majesty the King paid a working visit to the M...

Exceptions possible on the conditions of the SZW emergency regulation

April 03, 2020

Exceptions possible on the conditions of the SZW emergency regulation

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - Since last Tuesday, applications can be made to the RCN-unit of Social Affairs...

Person arrested and fined close to Naf.2000 for not adhering to curfew

April 03, 2020

Person arrested and fined close to Naf.2000 for not adhering to curfew

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The police made several arrests on Wednesday night, April 1st, 2020, to...

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Stay home, Dutch prime minister tells Easter tourists

April 03, 2020 No comments

Stay home, Dutch prime minister tells Easter tourists

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has urged German and Belgian tourists not to come to the Netherlands during the Easter weekend. ‘We don’t want any Easter travelling in ...

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Dutch official corona death toll hits 1,487, but real total is higher

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Dutch official corona death toll hits 1,487, but real total is higher

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of patients admitted to hospital with coronavirus has risen by 502 to 6,286 in the latest update from the public health institute RIVM. In total, 148 more pe...

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COVID-19 cases on French Saint-Martin Climbs to 24

April 04, 2020 No comments

COVID-19 cases on French Saint-Martin Climbs to 24

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) – The Prefecture of Saint-Barths and Saint-Martin confirmed on Friday that the number of positive COVID-19 cases have increased by two to 24. On Thursday, two recovered COVID-1...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

April 03, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Saturday midday (12:00 LST) April 04, 2020    ...A HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS I...

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