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ISIL crimes against Yazidis constitute genocide, UN investigation team finds

May 10, 2021 No comments

ISIL crimes against Yazidis constitute genocide, UN investigation team finds

INTERNATIONAL, 10 May 2021, Peace and Security - A UN team investigating ISIL atrocities in Iraq has established “clear and convincing evidence” of genocide against the Yazidi religious minority, the Security Council heard on Monday.  In his final briefing to ambassadors, Karim Khan, Special Adviser and Head of the team, known as UNITAD, reported that investigators have reached a “landmark moment” in their work.  They have finalized initial case briefs on two key priorities: attacks against the Yazidi community in the Sinjar region in northern Iraq, and the mass killing of unarmed cadets and military personnel at Tikrit Air Academy in June 2014.  “I am able to announce that based upon independent and impartial investigations, complying with international standards and UN best practice, there is clear...

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COVID’s grip keeps world in ‘perilous situation’

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COVID’s grip keeps world in ‘perilous situation’

INTERNATIONAL, 10 May 2021, Health - Amidst an “unacceptably high plateau” in COVID-19 cases and deaths globally, the UN health agency chief on Monday shone a light on last week’s death toll that totalled almost 90 thousand people and 5.4 million reported cases.  Despite decreased instances in most regions, including the two worst-affected – the Americas and Europe – World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists at a regular press briefing, “any decline is welcome, but we have been here before”.  “Over the past year, many countries have experienced a declining trend in cases and deaths, have relaxed public health and social measures too quickly, and individuals have let down their guard, only for those hard-won gains to be lost”, he warned.  Trending upward...

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Free up ‘bottlenecks’ stifling Africa’s agri-food sector, urges FAO chief

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Free up ‘bottlenecks’ stifling Africa’s agri-food sector, urges FAO chief

INTERNATIONAL, 10 May 2021, Economic Development - The UN agriculture chief warned on Monday that severe underfunding of Africa’s agri-food sector has boosted food insecurity and was hampering the future development of countries across the continent.  “Let's unblock the bottlenecks that are holding back potential by increasing coordination and upskilling human capacity in African nations”, urged QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  Speaking at the launch of FAO's latest report, Public Expenditure on Food and Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, he added that funds must also be unlocked and public finance systems streamlined, “so that the scarce resources we have do not go unspent”.  Based on “rigorous analysis over the last 15 years, made possible thanks to strong collaboration with our Members in the region”, the...

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Five things you should know about the state of the global economy

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Five things you should know about the state of the global economy

INTERNATIONAL, 10 May 2021, Economic Development - Is this the year we overcome the global economic crisis caused by the pandemic? Are our jobs in danger? Who has lost the most in the crisis and what can be done to recover? As the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs (DESA) prepares to launch the mid-year update of the 2021 World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report, here are five things you need to know about the state of the global economy. IMF/ Jake Lyell Dock workers unload fresh fish from a boat in Casablanca, Morocco. 1) US and China bounce back, but a slow recovery for developing countries  While economic output in the United States and China is expected to grow robustly and lift global...

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UN chief and senior officials express deep concern over East Jerusalem violence

May 09, 2021 No comments

UN chief and senior officials express deep concern over East Jerusalem violence

INTERNATIONAL, 9 May 2021, Peace and Security - The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, and senior UN officials have expressed their deep concern over confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem, particularly those which began on Friday evening, and continued into Sunday night. Several Palestinian children are among the wounded. The violence on Friday has been described as some of the worst seen in Jerusalem for many years. Some 200 Palestinians and 17 Israeli Police were reportedly injured in fighting around Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount. On Saturday, protesters reportedly threw stones at police, who responded with stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons and, on Sunday, fighting continued in East Jerusalem, ahead of a planned march by an Israeli group through the...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The General Audit Chamber submitted its...

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SMAF hosts swim camp in preparation of FINA World Aquatics Day

SMAF hosts swim camp in preparation of FINA World Aquatics…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The Sint Maarten Aquatic Federation...

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PFP: Schiphol Group Letter Worrying, But Not Shocking

PFP: Schiphol Group Letter Worrying, But Not Shocking

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Party For Progress (PFP) Members of...

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Minister of VSA Ottley thanks Vaccination Manager for his contribution to the vaccination campaign

Minister of VSA Ottley thanks Vaccination Manager for his contribution…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Minister of Public...

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COVID-19 Vaccination Panel Discussion Set for Tuesday Evening. Get answers to your questions

May 10, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Panel Discussion Set for Tuesday Evening. Get answers to your questions

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Do you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccination,...

National Detectives Agency doesn’t meet the most essential preconditions

May 10, 2021

National Detectives Agency doesn’t meet the most essential preconditions

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The National Detectives Agency (Landsrecherche) doesn’t comply with the...

Over 170 metric tons of waste removed during pre-works of Airport Terminal Reconstruction Project

May 09, 2021

Over 170 metric tons of waste removed during pre-works of Airport Terminal Reconstruction Project

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - There have already been some substantial positive environmental...

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Three New Positive COVID-19 cases on Monday. 30 active Cases. Two persons Hospitalized. 67 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

May 10, 2021 No comments

Three New Positive COVID-19 cases on Monday. 30 active Cases. Two persons Hospitalized. 67 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of May 10th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, three (3) persons have recovered. The total active cases remain at thirty (30). The...

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TWENTY NOMINATIONS FOR 2ND ANNUAL GOVERNOR’S YOUTH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

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TWENTY NOMINATIONS FOR 2ND ANNUAL GOVERNOR’S YOUTH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - The annual Governor’s Youth Awards for Excellence are special distinctions granted by the Governor of Sint Maarten. The awards give recognition to young persons of Sint M...

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Ministers have not yet decided about further relaxing coronavirus rules

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Ministers have not yet decided about further relaxing coronavirus rules

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Ministers have not yet reached a decision about whether the coronavirus rules can be relaxed again from May 15, following weekend talks with health experts. On Sunday, ...

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Positive coronavirus tests dip below 6,000, but no change in weekly average

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Positive coronavirus tests dip below 6,000, but no change in weekly average

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of positive coronavirus tests reported to public health institute RIVM over the past 24 hours has again dipped below 6,000. In total, 5,910 positive cases we...

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MP Emmanuel urge PM not to bend her knee to Schiphol

May 09, 2021

MP Emmanuel urge PM not to bend her knee to Schiphol

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel on Sunday onc...

White & Yellow Cross celebrates Carnival 2021 with Vaccinated Pfizer Troupe

May 09, 2021

White & Yellow Cross celebrates Carnival 2021 with Vaccinated Pfizer Troupe

SINT MAARTEN (ST. JOHN’S ESTATE) - Thursday, April 29th, the White & Yellow Cross Care Foundation (W...

One man is dead and another arrested after a shooting in Dawn Beach on Saturday

May 09, 2021

One man is dead and another arrested after a shooting in Dawn Beach on Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (DAWN BEACH) - Several patrol officers and the ambulance were dispatched around 9:30pm ...

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Belair Community Center now offers extended opening hours for Vaccine Walk-ins

May 10, 2021

Belair Community Center now offers extended opening hours for Vaccine Walk-ins

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Belair Community Center has extended its opening hours for va...

TelEm Group maintenance near GEBE water tank Cole Bay Hill Wednesday

May 10, 2021

TelEm Group maintenance near GEBE water tank Cole Bay Hill Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group will be carrying out maintenance work on a fiber cable in t...

LOI signed with Social and Welfare Work Foundation

May 10, 2021

LOI signed with Social and Welfare Work Foundation

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Public Entity St. Eustatius and the ‘Sint Eustatius Social and Wel...

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Police investigate attack on PSV player’s family, anti-Semitism may be motive

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Police investigate attack on PSV player’s family, anti-Semitism may be motive

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Police have released descriptions of the two men who attacked the family of PSV striker Eran Zahavi in Amstelveen over the weekend and are calling for witnesses to come ...

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Extra lessons, summer schools – how to help pupils catch up after closures

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Extra lessons, summer schools – how to help pupils catch up after closures

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Teachers, schools and education experts have drawn up a list of suggestions which schools can choose from to make up for lost time caused by the coronavirus closures. T...

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Public meeting of Parliament about Advice concerning appointment of 2nd Acting Secretary General & Budget Amendment 2020

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Public meeting of Parliament about Advice concerning appointment of 2nd Acting Secretary General & Budget Amendment 2020

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a Public meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The Public meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) May 11, 2021  WEATHER:      Tonight through Tuesday ev...

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