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UN Development Programme urges temporary basic income for women hit hard by COVID-19 fallout

March 04, 2021 No comments

UN Development Programme urges temporary basic income for women hit hard by COVID-19 fallout

INTERNATIONAL, 4 March 2021 - Economic Development, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called for temporary basic income for millions of the world’s poorest women, to help them cope with effects of coronavirus pandemic and alleviate the economic pressures they face every day.  In a report released on Thursday, UNDP highlighted that the financial support could prevent rising poverty and widening gender inequality, especially in developing countries.  “Women have been harder hit than men by the pandemic, losing income and leaving the labour market at a greater rate and taking on a greater share of care work”, the agency said.  “A temporary basic income could provide financial security in the short-term paving the way for future investments that address systematic gender inequality”, it added.  According to UNDP, a monthly...

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20 die after human traffickers force migrants into sea en route to Yemen

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20 die after human traffickers force migrants into sea en route to Yemen

INTERNATIONAL, 4 March 2021, Migrants and Refugees - At least 20 people have drowned after smugglers threw dozens of migrants overboard as they sailed from Djibouti to Yemen, UN migration agency IOM said on Thursday. This is the third such incident in the Gulf of Aden in the last six months, according to the International Organization for Migration, which said that survivors are receiving medical treatment in the port town of Obock, Djibouti. “Wednesday’s tragedy is further proof that criminals continue to exploit people desperate to improve their lives for profit regardless of the consequences”, said IOM Djibouti Chief of Mission, Stephanie Daviot. She called for smugglers and human traffickers to be prosecuted, before appealing for the creation of legal migration pathways, “to allow people to pursue work...

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Stop murdering and jailing protestors, UN human rights chief tells Myanmar military

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Stop murdering and jailing protestors, UN human rights chief tells Myanmar military

INTERNATIONAL, 4 March 2021, Peace and Security - The United Nations top human rights official, on Thursday, said that the military in Myanmar must halt their “vicious crackdown” on peaceful protestors, amid reports that at least 54 people have been killed since the 1 February coup, 38 of them on Wednesday alone.  “It is utterly abhorrent that security forces are firing live ammunition against peaceful protesters across the country”, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said.  “I am also appalled at the documented attacks against emergency medical staff and ambulances attempting to provide care to those who have been injured”, she added.  According to the High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR), of the 54 cases it has documented, at least 30 people were killed in Yangon, Mandalay,...

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‘Limited’ progress in closing Syria chemical weapons file, UN Disarmament Chief tells Security Council

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‘Limited’ progress in closing Syria chemical weapons file, UN Disarmament Chief tells Security Council

INTERNATIONAL, 4 March 2021, Peace and Security - Seven years after the Security Council mandated the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme, there have been only “limited developments” in the implementation of resolution 2118, passed unanimously in 2013 to bring the country into compliance with its global obligations, the UN disarmament chief said on Thursday.  “At this stage, the declaration submitted by [Syria] cannot be considered accurate and complete,” Izumi Nakamitsu, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs told the Security Council in her monthly briefing, owing to “identified gaps, inconsistencies and discrepancies that remain unresolved”.  Detailing the latest developments, she said her Office received information from the Permanent Mission of Syria, which it carefully studied and forwarded to the Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the world body overseeing implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.  Assessment Team deploys  While the pandemic continues to impact OPCW’s...

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ICC Prosecutor opens probe into alleged crimes in occupied Palestine

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ICC Prosecutor opens probe into alleged crimes in occupied Palestine

INTERNATIONAL, 4 March 2021, Law and Crime Prevention - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Wednesday that her Office has started an investigation into crimes allegedly committed in Occupied Palestinian Territory.  “I confirm the initiation by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court of an investigation respecting the Situation in Palestine”, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement.  “The investigation will cover crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court that are alleged to have been committed in the Situation since 13 June 2014, the date to which reference is made in the Referral of the Situation to my Office”, she added.  The probe follows the 5 February 2021 decision, by majority, of ICC’s Pre Trial Chamber I, that the Court may exercise its criminal...

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CPS administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors, persons with underlying conditions to avoid spillage

CPS administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors, persons with underlying conditions…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Due to the fact...

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Sip, Chat & Strategize a Major Success. Kerai Kreative Style brought together dynamic

Sip, Chat & Strategize a Major Success. Kerai Kreative Style…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - On February 27, 2021, Kerai...

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Emmanuel questions government about “eye-sore” Festival Village and US $4.2 million owed to Sheriff Security

Emmanuel questions government about “eye-sore” Festival Village and US $4.2…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe...

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Pantophlet receives parts for wheelchair

Pantophlet receives parts for wheelchair

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17 Active COVID-19 Cases. One New Positive Case. Four Recoveries

March 04, 2021

17 Active COVID-19 Cases. One New Positive Case. Four Recoveries

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 4th, there was 1 (one) person who tested positive for COVID...

COVID-19 variants from New York, California and Brazil detected

March 04, 2021

COVID-19 variants from New York, California and Brazil detected

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of January 27, 2021, Sint Maarten has imposed a travel ban from cert...

Governor Holiday pays Working visit to the COVID-19 Vaccine Administering Location

March 04, 2021

Governor Holiday pays Working visit to the COVID-19 Vaccine Administering Location

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - On Wednesday March 3, 2021, His Excellency Governor drs. Eugene B. Hol...

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Tugboat sinks near Point Blanche

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Tugboat sinks near Point Blanche

SINT MAARTEN (POINT BLANCHE) - The Coast Guard received a notification on Thursday morning, that the tugboat Jason encountered some problems at sea, the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) said in a st...

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Public Prosecutor’s Office files for appeal in cassation on the decision to reject request for inquiry into the Sint Maarten Harbour Group

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Public Prosecutor’s Office files for appeal in cassation on the decision to reject request for inquiry into the Sint Maarten Harbour Group

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On 1 September 2017, The Public Prosecutor's Office submitted a request with the Joint Court of Justice (the Court) for an inquiry into the Sint Maarten Harbour Group (the...

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Run-off rain water to be channeled away from foot cliff Fort Oranje

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Run-off rain water to be channeled away from foot cliff Fort Oranje

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANESTAD) - A project to channel run-off rainwater away from the foot of the cliff at Fort Oranje started last Monday, March 1st, 2021. This project, which is part of the ongoing clif...

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Dutch extend ban on passenger flights from UK, South Africa to April 1

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Dutch extend ban on passenger flights from UK, South Africa to April 1

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The ban on passenger fights from Britain, South Africa and a number of countries in South America is to be extended to April 1, transport minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen...

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Attempted armed robbery results in two victims getting shot

March 03, 2021

Attempted armed robbery results in two victims getting shot

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - The Detectives of the Sint Maarten Police Force are investigating an att...

MP Buncamper applauds Minister of Justice for officially bringing back the Border Protection under the IBPS

March 03, 2021

MP Buncamper applauds Minister of Justice for officially bringing back the Border Protection under the IBPS

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - “Let me publicly congratulate you (The Minister of Justice) for getting...

School safety is the starting point: Regional Review on School Safety

March 03, 2021

School safety is the starting point: Regional Review on School Safety

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The COVID-19 pandemic has made evident how fragile our different system...

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Join CIBC FirstCaribbean Women in Leadership

March 04, 2021

Join CIBC FirstCaribbean Women in Leadership

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – CIBC FirstCaribbean along with a participating partner will be organizi...

Emergency regulation SZW and Income tax

March 04, 2021

Emergency regulation SZW and Income tax

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - Anyone who received a benefit in 2020 through the SZW Emergency regulation mus...

Unholy Scriptures author visits M.G. de Weever Primary School

March 03, 2021

Unholy Scriptures author visits M.G. de Weever Primary School

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - A motivational talk by the recently published book “Unholy Scriptures” ...

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Father who kept children as prisoners on farmhouse won’t face trial

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Father who kept children as prisoners on farmhouse won’t face trial

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The father who kept six of his nine children as virtual prisoners on a remote farm in Drenthe will not face a formal trial, judges in Assen have decided. Geert Jan van ...

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Coronavirus cases below weekly average, sharp drop in nursing home deaths

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Coronavirus cases below weekly average, sharp drop in nursing home deaths

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of positive coronavirus tests on Thursday fell below the weekly average, while hospital and intensive care admissions were also down. In the 24 hours to 10am...

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Continuation Central Committee meeting of Parliament with the shareholder representative of P.J.I.A.

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Continuation Central Committee meeting of Parliament with the shareholder representative of P.J.I.A.

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on March 5, 2021. The Central Committee meeting which was adjourned on February 24, 2021 will be reconvene...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Thursday March 04, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)    VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) March 05, 2021        WEATHER:        Tonight thro...

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