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World slowly starts travelling again: UN Tourism Organization

June 01, 2020 No comments

World slowly starts travelling again: UN Tourism Organization

INTERNATIONAL, 1 June 2020, Health - After months of lockdowns, countries are cautiously starting to ease travel restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to research published Monday by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, stressed "the need for vigilance, responsibility and international cooperation as the world slowly opens up again." In the fourth edition of its COVID-19 Travel Restrictions:  A Global Review for Tourism, the UN specialized agency reviews measures of 217 destinations worldwide, as of 18 May.  The report finds that 3 per cent of all destinations have taken steps to ease restrictions.  Seven destinations have eased restrictions for international tourism purposes, while several more are engaged in discussions on the reopening of borders. Nowhere fully open for tourists,...

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WHO to support DR Congo as Ebola resurfaces in the northwest

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WHO to support DR Congo as Ebola resurfaces in the northwest

INTERNATIONAL, 1 June 2020, Health - The World Health Organization (WHO) will assist the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as it confronts a new Ebola outbreak in the northwest amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and other challenges, agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday. Congolese health authorities identified six people in the city of Mbandaka, in Équateur province, five of whom have died. They were confirmed to have the disease following laboratory testing. The new #Ebola outbreak in Mbandaka #DRC represents a challenge, but it's one we are ready to tackle. @WHO has worked w/ @MinSanteRDC, @AfricaCDC & partners over the years to strengthen capacity to respond to outbreaks. With each experience we respond faster & more effectively. The announcement on Monday comes...

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FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19-related ‘tragedy’ unfolding in Yemen

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FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19-related ‘tragedy’ unfolding in Yemen

INTERNATIONAL, 1 June 2020, Humanitarian Aid - A “tragedy” fueled by the spread of COVID-19 which is unfolding in Yemen could affect millions of people there, an international UN-backed pledging conference is expected to hear on Tuesday. A family receives food aid at a food distribution point in Ras al’Arah in Lahj Governorate, Yemen., by WFP/Saleh Bahulis Some ten million people each month have been receiving humanitarian aid from the UN and other partners as a result of five years of conflict in the Arabian Peninsula country, and there are fears that the already depleted health system will not be able to cope if the deadly virus takes hold. The first case of COVID-19 in Yemen was recorded in April and there have already been reports of hospitals...

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Ecuador: Sustainable cattle farmer eases COVID-19 crisis with free milk for families

June 01, 2020 No comments

Ecuador: Sustainable cattle farmer eases COVID-19 crisis with free milk for families

INTERNATIONAL, 1 June 2020, Health - As the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down dairy supply hubs across the Amazon region of Ecuador, one local cattle farmer with an abundance of milk on his hands has stepped up to offer it free-of-charge to families in need, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  When the local dairy centers closed, cattle farmer Alvaro Ramón was left with many gallons of surplus milk. Rather than pouring it down the drain, he decided, in the spirit of community solidarity, to give it instead to those suffering under lockdown. "If you know someone who needs milk, we are giving it away today”, Mr. Ramón posted on social media, shortly after movement restrictions were first put in place in the Morona Santiago...

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COVID-19 disrupting services to treat non-communicable diseases, WHO survey finds

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COVID-19 disrupting services to treat non-communicable diseases, WHO survey finds

INTERNATIONAL, 1 June 2020, Health - The fight against COVID-19 has severely disrupted services to prevent and treat cancer, diabetes, hypertension and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which kill more than 40 million people each year, according to a new survey published on Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO). The UN agency said the situation is concerning as people living with these diseases are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill or dying from the new coronavirus infection. COVID-19 significantly impacts health services for noncommunicable diseases GENEVA - Prevention and treatment services for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) have been severely disrupted since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a WHO survey released today. The survey,... who.int “The results of this survey confirm what we have been hearing from countries for a...

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Tzu Chi distributes 16,394 loaves bread during lockdown

Tzu Chi distributes 16,394 loaves bread during lockdown

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Many families facing hard times during...

June 01, 2020 No comments

Hurricane Pass Application Process Opens June 2nd and Closes June 30th

Hurricane Pass Application Process Opens June 2nd and Closes June…

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The application process for...

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TelEm in the process of cutting costs due to downturn in revenues

TelEm in the process of cutting costs due to downturn…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Sint Maarten Telecommunications Company...

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Prime Minister Jacobs issues National 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Message

Prime Minister Jacobs issues National 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Message

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – On the eve of...

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TD#3 forecast to become third tropical storm of the 2020 hurricane season

June 01, 2020

TD#3 forecast to become third tropical storm of the 2020 hurricane season

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – Tropical Depression #3 (TD#3) formed on Monday, the first official day of t...

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES INTRODUCES THERMAL SCANNERS AT ITS HEAD OFFICE

June 01, 2020

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES INTRODUCES THERMAL SCANNERS AT ITS HEAD OFFICE

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines has implemented the use of thermal scanners at its Piarco...

K1 DIRECT calls for preparation for the 2020 hurricane season

May 31, 2020

K1 DIRECT calls for preparation for the 2020 hurricane season

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As the region enters the 2020 hurricane season, K1 DIRECT (K1 Britannia...

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Country on its way to being COVID-19 Free. Only two active cases, 60 Recovered and no new cases for almost three weeks

May 31, 2020 No comments

Country on its way to being COVID-19 Free. Only two active cases, 60 Recovered and no new cases for almost three weeks

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Prime Minister and Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Silveria Jacobs, in the final update for today, Saturday, May 30, 2020, as part of the process to kee...

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EOC Deactivated on Friday after COVID-19 Virus has been Contained

May 31, 2020 No comments

EOC Deactivated on Friday after COVID-19 Virus has been Contained

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs said on Saturday that in a full Emergency Operations Center (EOC) meeting held yesterday, Friday, May 29, together with some members of the ...

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Cafes and bars reopen, as officials say they won’t be using measuring tapes

June 01, 2020 No comments

Cafes and bars reopen, as officials say they won’t be using measuring tapes

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Cafe and bar terraces opened nationwide at 12 midday on Monday as the Netherlands took more steps to ease the coronavirus lockdown. Cafes and restaurants may have 30 cu...

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Just Imagine……

June 01, 2020 No comments

Just Imagine……

SINT MAARTEN/ARUBA (COMMENTARY – By Armand Hessels) - Imagine that you have studied hard and as result enjoy a good salary. With this income you bought a humble cunucu house and a fuel-efficient car a...

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Minister Doran informs public about large scale district cleanup to start in July

May 31, 2020

Minister Doran informs public about large scale district cleanup to start in July

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of VROMI, E.J. Doran informs the general public, that followin...

MP Duncan questions Government on the economic impact of monies leaving the country and requests advice from SER

May 31, 2020

MP Duncan questions Government on the economic impact of monies leaving the country and requests advice from SER

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – National Alliance (MP) Member of Parliament Solange Ludmila Duncan rece...

MP Buncamper calls for urgent meeting about Trust Fund programs and projects status

May 31, 2020

MP Buncamper calls for urgent meeting about Trust Fund programs and projects status

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday, May 29th, 2020, United St. Maarten Party (USP) Member of Par...

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Fire Dept. administrative offices in Cay Hill is Open to the Public

June 01, 2020

Fire Dept. administrative offices in Cay Hill is Open to the Public

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Disaster Coordinator and Fire Commander Clive Richardson, said on ...

One-off payment for media in the Caribbean Netherlands

June 01, 2020

One-off payment for media in the Caribbean Netherlands

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - The consequences of the corona crisis also have a major impact on the media se...

WORLD BANK PROVIDES US$159 MILLION FOR REGIONAL AIR TRANSPORT CONNECTIVITY IN DOMINICA, GRENADA, HAITI, AND SAINT LUCIA

June 01, 2020

WORLD BANK PROVIDES US$159 MILLION FOR REGIONAL AIR TRANSPORT CONNECTIVITY IN DOMINICA, GRENADA, HAITI, AND SAINT LUCIA

SINT MAARTEN/WASHINGTON – The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved a series of _CARIBB...

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Thousands demonstrate against police violence in Amsterdam

June 01, 2020 No comments

Thousands demonstrate against police violence in Amsterdam

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Several thousand demonstrators gathered on Dam square in central Amsterdam on Monday to protest at the killing of George Floyd and to show solidarity with anti-police vi...

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Dutch coronavirus death toll rises by six, as mass testing starts up

June 01, 2020 No comments

Dutch coronavirus death toll rises by six, as mass testing starts up

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The official coronavirus death toll in the Netherlands continued to inch towards 6,000 on Monday, rising by six to 5,962, the national health institute RIVM said in its ...

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Central Committee of Parliament to meet about Permanent and Ad hoc Committees and discharge of the Secretary General of Parliament

June 01, 2020 No comments

Central Committee of Parliament to meet about Permanent and Ad hoc Committees and discharge of the Secretary General of Parliament

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on, June 2, 2020. The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 14.00 hrs. and will be held in ...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

May 31, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) June 01, 2020    WEATHER:  Tonight: Partly cloudy, bec...

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