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Rohingya conference pledges to ‘remain steadfast’ in finding solutions to crisis

October 22, 2020 No comments

Rohingya conference pledges to ‘remain steadfast’ in finding solutions to crisis

INTERNATIONAL, 22 October 2020, Migrants and Refugees - A joint UN-hosted donor conference to rally international support behind Myanmar’s displaced Rohingya minority, ended on Thursday with a promise to continue engaging with concerned countries towards finding a long-term solution to their plight. “We will continue to work together to maintain international attention on the Rohingya crisis and to shift from short-term critical interventions, to a more sustained and stable support”, said the closing statement from co-hosts the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the European Union (EU), United Kingdom and United States. “We are grateful to all who have participated…including those who have announced or pledged funding for the international humanitarian response, those who are supporting members of the Rohingya communities in other ways - not least by...

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Classroom crisis: Avert a ‘generational catastrophe’, urges UN chief

October 22, 2020 No comments

Classroom crisis: Avert a ‘generational catastrophe’, urges UN chief

INTERNATIONAL, 22 October 2020, Culture and Education - The world is at risk of suffering “a generational catastrophe” as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the education of students globally, the UN chief said on Thursday.  In a video message to the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Global Education Meeting (GEM), Secretary-General António Guterres reminded delegates that the pandemic had had a “disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable and marginalized children and youth”. “The progress we have made, especially for girls and young women, is under threat”, he said. “We now need to support the learning recovery in low and middle income countries – and to factor education into every stimulus package”. Tackling the situation To successfully avert the crisis, Mr. Guterres upheld the importance of recognizing education as “a...

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Independent UN rights experts urge Thai government to allow peaceful protests

October 22, 2020 No comments

Independent UN rights experts urge Thai government to allow peaceful protests

INTERNATIONAL, 22 October 2020, Human Rights - Calling the latest imposition of a state of emergency in Thailand, a “draconian measure”,  UN-appointed human rights experts on Thursday urged the Government there to guarantee the fundamental rights of peaceful assembly and free speech.   In a statement, the independent rights experts called for an end to a crackdown on peaceful protests. “The imposition of a state of emergency is the latest in a series of draconian measures aimed at stifling peaceful demonstrations and criminalizing dissenting voices”, they said.   Urging authorities to allow students, human rights defenders and others to protest in a peaceful manner, the UN experts called for demonstrators to “be allowed to freely speak their mind and share their political views, both online and offline, without prosecution.”    ‘Unnecessary force’  On 15 October “severe emergency measures” were imposed around the capital Bangkok, prohibiting gatherings of more than...

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Little progress on disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan

October 22, 2020 No comments

Little progress on disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan

INTERNATIONAL, 22 October 2020, Peace and Security - Despite the strengthening of the relationship between Sudan and South Sudan, little progress has been made regarding the disputed Abyei region, the head of UN Peacekeeping told the Security Council on Thursday.  Jean-Pierre Lacroix briefed ambassadors on recent developments concerning the oil-rich border area, where the UN interim security force, UNISFA, has been deployed since 2011 to protect civilians and humanitarians.  He recalled the signing earlier this month of an historic peace agreement between the Sudanese authorities and several armed groups from Darfur following a year of negotiations facilitated by South Sudan.  The two neighbours have also signalled their intention to relaunch the political process to discuss the final stages of Abyei and its border areas, which Mr. Lacroix...

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FROM THE FIELD: Women guardians of the environment

October 22, 2020 No comments

FROM THE FIELD: Women guardians of the environment

INTERNATIONAL, 22 October 2020, Climate Change - Women from around the world are being given a more prominent role in the fight against climate change, thanks to the efforts of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Globally, countries are being encouraged to update their plans to curb climate change and restrict the increase in temperatures to at least two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a process which is being supported by UNDP. The impacts of a warming planet are being felt globally, as weather patterns become more unpredictable, and the frequency and intensity of disasters increase. UNDP/Zaimis Olmos | A woman fisher prepares her nets on the Caribbean Island, Dominica.  The knowledge and leadership skills of women are being factored into the plans to reverse adverse climatic conditions;...

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After 30-Years of Service WINAIR’s Captain Roger Hodge retires

After 30-Years of Service WINAIR’s Captain Roger Hodge retires

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT ROAD) – After 30 years of...

October 23, 2020 No comments

Heyliger extends congratulations to St. Eustatius. Says: “Free and Fair elections allow democracy to reign”

Heyliger extends congratulations to St. Eustatius. Says: “Free and Fair…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) — “Democracy at work,” were the words,...

October 22, 2020 No comments

Minister of TEATT De Weever unveils economic recovery plan

Minister of TEATT De Weever unveils economic recovery plan

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Tourism, Economic...

October 22, 2020 No comments

PJIAE AWARDS SUPERVISING ENGINEERING CONTRACT AND IS MOVING AHEAD WITH THE TERMINAL RECONSTRUCTION

PJIAE AWARDS SUPERVISING ENGINEERING CONTRACT AND IS MOVING AHEAD WITH…

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October 22, 2020 No comments

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Too early to say if partial lockdown is working, prime minister says

October 23, 2020

Too early to say if partial lockdown is working, prime minister says

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – It is still far too easy to tell if the partial lockdown announced on...

21 COVID-19 Recoveries on Thursday. Seven Tests Positive. 52 Active Cases

October 22, 2020

21 COVID-19 Recoveries on Thursday. Seven Tests Positive. 52 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of October 22nd, there were seven (7) persons who tested positive fo...

Alpha Team arrests two arrests in an ongoing drug investigation

October 21, 2020

Alpha Team arrests two arrests in an ongoing drug investigation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Tuesday, October 20th, 2020, the Alpha Team arrested two men with th...

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Cupecoy Sunset Toastmasters Club Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

October 21, 2020 No comments

Cupecoy Sunset Toastmasters Club Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The president of the club, Mr Damien Schmidt in a statement mentioned that "While the club’s 5th anniversary is originally in June, we did not want the year to pass by wit...

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PJIAE LAUNCHES SECOND COST-REDUCTION PROGRAM TO GUARANTEE BUSINESS CONTINUITY

October 21, 2020 No comments

PJIAE LAUNCHES SECOND COST-REDUCTION PROGRAM TO GUARANTEE BUSINESS CONTINUITY

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT ROAD) - As airlines have dramatically reduced flights to SXM due to the current pandemic, PJIAE Management is preparing its second cost reduction program in order to ...

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Faecal transplants could revolutionise treatment of diabetes 1

October 22, 2020 No comments

Faecal transplants could revolutionise treatment of diabetes 1

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam’s UMC teaching hospital is to be given €1m to investigate the role of gut bacteria in diabetes type 1. Donors diabetes charities Diabetis Fonds and Stichting ...

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Seven fast Covid testing centres set to open in November: RTL Nieuws

October 22, 2020 No comments

Seven fast Covid testing centres set to open in November: RTL Nieuws

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands will have seven drop-in centres where people can have a fast coronavirus test in the coming weeks, sources have told broadcaster RTL Nieuws. The army is...

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Rotary Sunset Joins the Fight to End Polio

October 21, 2020

Rotary Sunset Joins the Fight to End Polio

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - World Polio Day is observed globally on October 24th by Rotary clubs wo...

Increased efficiency with post-disaster social assistance aim of Integrated Social Registry System

October 21, 2020

Increased efficiency with post-disaster social assistance aim of Integrated Social Registry System

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA), thro...

Three Suspects arrested for Tuesday early morning robberies at two supermarkets

October 20, 2020

Three Suspects arrested for Tuesday early morning robberies at two supermarkets

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Detective Department together with the Patrol officers has arrested...

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Consumer prices Caribbean Netherlands continue to fall in Q3

October 21, 2020

Consumer prices Caribbean Netherlands continue to fall in Q3

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - In Q3 2020, consumer goods and services on Bonaire were 4.8 percent cheaper th...

Internet consultation closes on Nov.18. Proposal to amend the Act Electricity and Drinking Water BES is open

October 21, 2020

Internet consultation closes on Nov.18. Proposal to amend the Act Electricity and Drinking Water BES is open

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - On Wednesday the 21st of October, the proposal to amend the Electricity and Dr...

‘We are not infallible,’ king says in video statement about Greek holiday

October 21, 2020

‘We are not infallible,’ king says in video statement about Greek holiday

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima have issued a two-minute video...

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German police arrest Dutch sect leader after claim of kidnapping

October 22, 2020 No comments

German police arrest Dutch sect leader after claim of kidnapping

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – German police have arrested a 58-year-old Dutch national and alleged sect leader following raids on the group’s commune in Asperden, just over the border near Nijmegen, ...

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New coronavirus infections top 9,000 but growth may be leveling off

October 22, 2020 No comments

New coronavirus infections top 9,000 but growth may be leveling off

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of newly-registered positive coronavirus cases in the Netherlands topped 9,000 in the 24 hours to Thursday morning, according to new figures from public healt...

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Continuation urgent Public meeting of Parliament regarding the short and medium-term financial socio-economic outlook

October 22, 2020 No comments

Continuation urgent Public meeting of Parliament regarding the short and medium-term financial socio-economic outlook

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent Public meeting on October 23, 2020. The Public meeting which was adjourned on October 21, 2020 will be reconvened on Friday at...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

October 20, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) October 21, 2020      …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY I...

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