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Ten years of Afghan economic growth, reversed in just 12 months: UNDP

October 05, 2022 No comments

Ten years of Afghan economic growth, reversed in just 12 months: UNDP

INTERNATIONAL, 5 October 2022, Economic Development - A year on from the Taliban takeover in Kabul, Afghanistan is gripped by “cascading crises”, including a crippled economy that humanitarian aid alone cannot address, according to a new report from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday. It says that the already-declining regular economy, as opposed to the black market, lost nearly $5 billion after August 2021 and is reversing “in 12 months what had taken 10 years to accumulate.” Soaring prices  The cost of a basket of essentials needed to avoid food poverty has meanwhile risen 35 percent, forcing poorer households to go deeper into debt or sell off assets, just to survive. Nearly 700,000 jobs have vanished, said UNDP, further threatening a population reeling from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict, drought,...

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Guterres says Central African Republic must ‘spare no effort’ to help bring killers of UN peacekeepers to justice

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Guterres says Central African Republic must ‘spare no effort’ to help bring killers of UN peacekeepers to justice

INTERNATIONAL, 5 October 2022, Peace and Security - The UN Secretary-General has expressed his deep sadness over the death of three peacekeepers from Bangladesh who were killed on Monday in the Central African Republic (CAR), following a roadside bomb explosion near the border with Cameroon. Others were injured, and one remains in a critical condition. The ‘blue helmets’ from the UN Stabilization Mission in CAR, MINUSCA, were travelling on night patrol, near the village of Kaita, when their vehicle detonated an explosive device.  The injured were evacuated to Bouar, where they are receiving treatment at a MINUSCA hospital, the mission said in a statement. MINUSCA said it had launched an immediate investigation “in order to shed light on the facts and circumstances” of the attack. In a statement released on Tuesday night in...

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World Teachers’ Day highlights need to transform education

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World Teachers’ Day highlights need to transform education

INTERNATIONAL, 5 October 2022, Culture and Education - Teachers are at the heart of education, and their valuable work must also lead to better salaries and working conditions, the heads of three UN agencies and a partner organization said on Wednesday.  The statement comes in their joint message to mark World Teachers’ Day, celebrated annually on 5 October. The international community has committed to transform education - a process that must be led by teachers. A critical partner That’s the firm belief expressed by Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UN educational and cultural agency, UNESCO; Gilbert F. Houngbo, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO); Catherine Russell, Executive Director at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and David Edwards, General Secretary of Education International. “Today, on World Teachers’ Day, we celebrate...

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‘Worrying upsurge’ in deadly cholera, warns Tedros, in wide-ranging global health update

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‘Worrying upsurge’ in deadly cholera, warns Tedros, in wide-ranging global health update

INTERNATIONAL, 5 October 2022, Health - The UN health agency is working diligently in Uganda to support the government in responding to an Ebola outbreak in four districts, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Wednesday, in a wide-ranging briefing which included the latest on a worrying increase in COVID-19 cases across Europe. So far, 63 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola Virus infection have been reported, including 29 deaths; 10 infected health workers, four of whom have died; and four people who have recovered and are receiving follow-up care. “WHO has released $2 million from our Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE), and we’re…sending additional specialists, supplies, and resources,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the press briefing in Geneva. Although the inoculations that curbed Ebola outbreaks in the...

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Torture is ‘widespread’ and likely underestimated in DR Congo: UN report

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Torture is ‘widespread’ and likely underestimated in DR Congo: UN report

INTERNATIONAL, 5 October 2022, Human Rights - Torture is “widespread” and underestimated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the abuse involves armed groups and State forces, UN investigators said on Wednesday. In findings issued in a report by the UN Joint Human Rights Office in DRC (UNJHRO) and the UN Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), the authors indicated that 93 per cent of the 3,618 registered cases of “torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment” affecting 4,946 victims had happened in areas experiencing conflict. Of that total, covering the period between 1 April 2019 and 30 April 2022, there were 492 cases of sexual violence, affecting 761 victims. “Torture can never be justified, no matter the circumstances or the context. The DRC authorities must act with urgency and...

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Grisha reflects on IPKO in the Hague

Grisha reflects on IPKO in the Hague

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In a press statement released on...

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U 2 Can Move annual Sip & Chat to host a distinguished array of speakers

U 2 Can Move annual Sip & Chat to host…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Commenting on the event, Member of...

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CPS Starts Rollout of New Updated COVID-19 Pfizer Bivalent Vaccine Booster on Thursday

CPS Starts Rollout of New Updated COVID-19 Pfizer Bivalent Vaccine…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services...

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MP Emmanuel: VSA Minister must explain SMMC construction delay, letter of intent

MP Emmanuel: VSA Minister must explain SMMC construction delay, letter…

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Governor Holiday Farewell Address to the Nation

October 05, 2022

Governor Holiday Farewell Address to the Nation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – His Excellency Governor drs. Eugene B. Holiday delivered his farewell a...

Richard Santaga wins 2023 SHTA Event Calendar Photo Contest

October 05, 2022

Richard Santaga wins 2023 SHTA Event Calendar Photo Contest

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Out of 16 submitted pictures for the 2023 Event Calendar Photo Contest,...

Lions Partner with PSS in Support of Eyeglasses Recycling Program

October 04, 2022

Lions Partner with PSS in Support of Eyeglasses Recycling Program

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Lions International have recognized the urgent need for corrective lens...

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MP Duncan Salutes and Thanks Breast Cancer Survivors and Foundations

October 04, 2022 No comments

MP Duncan Salutes and Thanks Breast Cancer Survivors and Foundations

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Member of Parliament (MP) Solange Ludmila Duncan is publicly saluting the breast cancer survivors who are sharing their personal stories within the community this October ...

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Happy World Teachers Day message from WITU

October 04, 2022 No comments

Happy World Teachers Day message from WITU

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) Stuart Johnson issued the following Teachers Day Message to mark the occasion, which is observed on Wednesday, Octo...

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Minister of Education Samuel: "Teachers are among most important in society"

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Minister of Education Samuel: "Teachers are among most important in society"

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Minister of Education Rodolphe Samuel has issued the following statement in connection with International Teachers Day celebrated globally on October 5. His message reads...

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Special Action Team arrests man in firearm and narcotics investigation

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Special Action Team arrests man in firearm and narcotics investigation

SINT MAARTEN (CAY BAY) - On Monday, 3 October 2022, the Special Action Team of the Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM conducted a control in Cay Bay in connection with narcotics and firearms. During t...

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MP Romou Launches “Loving Our Teachers Out Loud” Initiative

October 04, 2022

MP Romou Launches “Loving Our Teachers Out Loud” Initiative

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In commemoration of World Teacher’s Day on October 5th, 2022, Member of...

Governor ‘In Conversation with the Youth of Sint Maarten’

October 04, 2022

Governor ‘In Conversation with the Youth of Sint Maarten’

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - On Friday, September 30, His Excellency, Governor Eugene Holiday had t...

SMMC and FINSO agree on adjusted terms due to inflation & supply chain disruptions

October 04, 2022

SMMC and FINSO agree on adjusted terms due to inflation & supply chain disruptions

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) – St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) and general contractor, FINSO, recently ...

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Section Women’s Desk is having a defense training for women, sign up at Community Desks nearest you

October 05, 2022

Section Women’s Desk is having a defense training for women, sign up at Community Desks nearest you

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Department of Community Development, Family, & Humanitarian Affairs...

Youth Participation at the forefront of new edition of Growing Up Safe St. Maarten Magazine

October 05, 2022

Youth Participation at the forefront of new edition of Growing Up Safe St. Maarten Magazine

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - A new issue of the ‘Growing Up Safe Sint Maarten’ (GUSS) magazine has b...

Taxi flips over on Hispaniola Road

October 04, 2022

Taxi flips over on Hispaniola Road

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Traffic Department is investigating an accident involving an...

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Up to 600 farms will have to go to kick start nitrogen cutbacks

October 05, 2022 No comments

Up to 600 farms will have to go to kick start nitrogen cutbacks

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The government should make sure between 500 and 600 factory farms and other major polluters close to environmentally sensitive areas either change or close down within t...

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Customers have beef with ‘vegan’ hotdog… made with ‘chicken’ sausage

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Customers have beef with ‘vegan’ hotdog… made with ‘chicken’ sausage

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Customers have complained after the shop Hema marketed hotdogs as ‘vegan’, while also saying they contain chicken. The store admitted that the term ‘wasn’t the handiest...

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Robbie's Lottery for Wednesday, October 5 at 9:00 PM & 3:00 PM

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Robbie's Lottery for Wednesday, October 5 at 9:00 PM & 3:00 PM

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Winning...It's easy! Every day is a new chance to win. Various lottery games, cash prices, numerous retailers located all over Curaçao and great winning probabilities. Ro...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

October 05, 2022 No comments

Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, October 05, 2022 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) October 06, 2022  WEATHER:      Tonight throug...

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