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Five reasons Costa Rica is winning plaudits for fighting COVID-19: a Resident Coordinator’s blog

May 24, 2020 No comments

Five reasons Costa Rica is winning plaudits for fighting COVID-19: a Resident Coordinator’s blog

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2020, Health - Costa Rica is winning plaudits for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alice Shackleford, UN Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica, and WHO Representative María Dolores Pérez-Rosales, explain why the small Central American country is managing to keep the number of cases down, and its population healthy. Recognized worldwide as a strong democracy that promotes human rights, sustainable development and environmental protection, Costa Rica abolished its army, and dedicated those resources to public education. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed perhaps the greatest challenge to those historic achievements in the nation’s history, which is why, despite the low numbers and the good news, the authorities are not claiming victory. Nevertheless, the data and facts are extremely promising: Costa Rica has the lowest...

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UN welcomes three-day ceasefire announcement by Afghan government and Taliban during Eid al-Fitr

May 24, 2020 No comments

UN welcomes three-day ceasefire announcement by Afghan government and Taliban during Eid al-Fitr

INTERNATIONAL, 24 May 2020, Peace and Security - The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the announcement by the Afghan Government and the Taliban of a ceasefire to mark the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims around the world. Hours before the three-day festival of Eid al-Fitr was due to begin, Taliban militants made the unexpected declaration that they would attack only if their positions were hit, leading President Ashraf Ghani to welcome the move shortly afterwards, and release a statement saying security and defence forces would comply. Deborah Lyons@DeborahLyonsUN Reason to hope! A welcomed move by Taliban. Well responded by Afghan government. Echos also UN Secretary General Guterres’ call for ceasefire to focus on the new enemy, COVID virus. Let wisdom and compassion of...

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Guterres commends India and Bangladesh for life-saving work in face of deadly Cyclone Amphan

May 23, 2020 No comments

Guterres commends India and Bangladesh for life-saving work in face of deadly Cyclone Amphan

INTERNATIONAL, 23 May 2020, Humanitarian Aid - The UN chief António Guterres commended the governments and people of India and Bangladesh on Saturday, for their life-saving efforts ahead of devastating Cyclone Amphan, and for the effective relief effort, wishing those survivors injured and affected by the disaster, a speedy recovery. In a statement, the Secretary-General expressed his sadness at the loss of dozens of lives due to the most powerful storm to form in the Bay of Bengal, that packed powerful winds, slamming into the vulnerable coastal area along the border between the two nations, compounding the on-going COVID-19 crisis, and compromising efforts to maintain physical distancing. Bangladesh is dealing with the devastating impact of #CycloneAmphan while also facing the socio-economic fallout of #COVID19. WFP is supporting the needs of...

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Policing the pandemic: how UN Police are maintaining law, order, and public health

May 23, 2020 No comments

Policing the pandemic: how UN Police are maintaining law, order, and public health

INTERNATIONAL, 23 May 2020, Peace and Security - In several countries afflicted by years of armed conflict, The UN assists with law and order issues, including policing expertise. This work is being challenged, as never before, by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this interview with UN News, Luis Carrilho, head of the UN Police Division, describes how the virus is affecting the ability of his colleagues to keep the peace. The COVID-19 outbreak is posing unprecedented challenges to police and other law enforcement agencies worldwide, such as ensuring public safety, while taking care of police officer health and well-being. The challenge is even greater in peacekeeping contexts, where both police and public health systems are either weak, or wrecked by the years of armed conflict. Current UN...

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Experts underscore COVID-19 threat to global progress on child immunization

May 22, 2020 No comments

Experts underscore COVID-19 threat to global progress on child immunization

INTERNATIONAL, 22 May 2020, Health - Global experts in health and child welfare have again highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting access to routine immunization services worldwide, putting millions of young lives at risk of killer diseases such as diphtheria, measles and pneumonia. “As the world comes together to develop a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19, we must not forget the dozens of lifesaving vaccines that already exist and must continue to reach children everywhere”, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaking in Geneva on Friday. At least 80 million children under one at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio as... COVID 19 is disrupting life-saving immunization services around the world, putting millions of children – in rich...

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RVO & COCI Webinar on Export-Ready Opportunities A Great Success

RVO & COCI Webinar on Export-Ready Opportunities A Great Success

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and...

May 24, 2020 No comments

CPS gives Safety Preventive Measures to 225 Construction Workers

CPS gives Safety Preventive Measures to 225 Construction Workers

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The construction sector is...

May 24, 2020 No comments

Council of Ministers dialogue on Dutch loan conditions with Unions

Council of Ministers dialogue on Dutch loan conditions with Unions

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Late Friday afternoon into evening,...

May 23, 2020 No comments

SMMC staff extinguish small fire in bathroom

SMMC staff extinguish small fire in bathroom

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Due to the swift action...

May 23, 2020 No comments

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Fire department issues fire warning due to dry spell

May 24, 2020

Fire department issues fire warning due to dry spell

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Fire Department which falls under the Ministry of General Affa...

CPS strengthens COVID-19 Campaign as its Enters Final Weekend

May 22, 2020

CPS strengthens COVID-19 Campaign as its Enters Final Weekend

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), has strengthened its cad...

Commissioner Wilson gives assistance update

May 22, 2020

Commissioner Wilson gives assistance update

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Commissioner with responsibilities for Social Affairs Rolando Wilson on Friday p...

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Minister Samuel Back to School Advice

May 23, 2020 No comments

Minister Samuel Back to School Advice

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Education drs. Rodolphe Samuel issued a public statement with words of advice and encouragement for parents and children who will be going back to school o...

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NOAA says up to 19 named storms, 10 could become hurricanes and up to six category 3+ major forecast for the season

May 21, 2020 No comments

NOAA says up to 19 named storms, 10 could become hurricanes and up to six category 3+ major forecast for the season

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, said on...

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WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, RIGHT?

May 24, 2020 No comments

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, RIGHT?

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY – By Michael Ferrier) - The spirit of compromise seems to be in short supply these days. A pity really and also a bit baffling. The Coronavirus does not discriminate. With few...

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‘Frugal four’, including the Netherlands, present EU recovery plan

May 24, 2020 No comments

‘Frugal four’, including the Netherlands, present EU recovery plan

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands, Austria, Denmark and Sweden have submitted their own Covid-19 recovery plan to the European Commission as debate over the EU’s strategy for offsetting t...

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Yogesh Commercial Complex donates food boxes to those in need

May 22, 2020

Yogesh Commercial Complex donates food boxes to those in need

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) – Yogesh Commercial Complex (YCC) donated 50 food boxes to needful persons i...

Chinese business community thanked for non-perishable and dry goods donations

May 21, 2020

Chinese business community thanked for non-perishable and dry goods donations

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Aff...

41 SZV PATIENTS RETURN HOME

May 21, 2020

41 SZV PATIENTS RETURN HOME

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - On Wednesday May 20, the second repatriation charter flight bro...

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Recently returned resident is new COVID-19 positive case

May 24, 2020

Recently returned resident is new COVID-19 positive case

CURACAO (WILLEMSTAD) – Epidemiologist Izzy Gerstenbluth, on Saturday disclosed that Curacao has anot...

U.S. Consulate General Announces Arrival of U.S. Forward Operating Location Rotation

May 23, 2020

U.S. Consulate General Announces Arrival of U.S. Forward Operating Location Rotation

CURACAO - The U.S. Air Force Forward Operating Location (USFOL) will be rotating its regular staff. ...

WIB returns to regular banking hours as of May 25. Philipsburg Branch to Reopen on May 27

May 22, 2020

WIB returns to regular banking hours as of May 25. Philipsburg Branch to Reopen on May 27

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) announced on Friday that it will return...

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Intensive care Covid-19 patient total falls to 223, death toll rises by 11

May 24, 2020 No comments

Intensive care Covid-19 patient total falls to 223, death toll rises by 11

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of people being treated in intensive care wards for coronavirus has fallen to 223, the coordinating agency said on Sunday. At the height of the epidemic the ...

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Emergency Covid-19 hospitals were unused, but who will pay for them?

May 23, 2020 No comments

Emergency Covid-19 hospitals were unused, but who will pay for them?

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – It is unclear who will pick up the bill for two emergency hospitals which were built to take coronavirus patients, but which were never used, according to investigative ...

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REGIONAL BANK COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING TOURISM SECTOR

May 22, 2020 No comments

REGIONAL BANK COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING TOURISM SECTOR

BARBADOS/CARIBBEAN - Despite bleak forecasts for the tourist sector hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, a regional bank is committed to the sector and “will continue to be active” in supporting the Car...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

May 24, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Sunday, May 24, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) May 25, 2020    WEATHER:  Tonight through Monday eveni...

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