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COVID-19: Testing still vital even as vaccines roll out

November 27, 2020 No comments

COVID-19: Testing still vital even as vaccines roll out

INTERNATIONAL, 27 November 2020, Health - Testing will still be a critical tool against COVID-19, even as vaccines are deployed against the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday during his regular briefing on the crisis.  WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Gheybreyesus emphasized how testing has been common among countries which have worked to control the virus.  “As vaccines are rolled out, testing will continue to play a vital role”, he said.  “Initially, health workers, older people and other at-risk groups will be prioritised for vaccination. That will still leave the virus with a lot of room to move, and testing will remain a vital tool for controlling the pandemic.”  However, Tedros stressed that though vital, testing is only part of the strategy against COVID-19.  “Testing is...

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Rising hunger in drought-stricken southern Madagascar forcing families to eat insects: WFP

November 27, 2020 No comments

Rising hunger in drought-stricken southern Madagascar forcing families to eat insects: WFP

INTERNATIONAL, 27 November 2020, Humanitarian Aid - Hunger is on the rise in southern Madagascar due to consecutive years of drought,  affecting half the region’s population, or 1.5 million people, and forcing most families to eat insects, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Friday.  The figure is three times the number projected mid-year, with women and children comprising most of those experiencing “crisis” or “emergency” hunger conditions.   The UN agency pointed out that Madagascar already had the world’s 10th highest rate of stunting, as almost half of all children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition.  Foraging for food  “As hunger numbers rise, so does the proportion of families who are resorting to crisis-coping mechanisms.  The majority of them are having to eat...

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First of four UN humanitarian airlifts for Ethiopia refugees lands in Khartoum

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First of four UN humanitarian airlifts for Ethiopia refugees lands in Khartoum

INTERNATIONAL, 27 November 2020, Migrants and Refugees - An airplane loaded with humanitarian supplies for people fleeing violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the UN refugee agency (UNCHR) said on Friday, in an appeal for international assistance to cope with the growing numbers seeking shelter in Sudan. “This morning, a plane carrying 32 tonnes of UNHCR emergency aid from our global stockpiles in Dubai landed in Khartoum”, said spokesperson Babar Baloch. “Another airlift is scheduled to leave Dubai on Monday with an additional 100 tonnes of additional relief items…In total, we plan to send four airlifts.” Growing exodus Since the start of fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region in early November, more than 43,000 refugees have crossed into Sudan. People have sought shelter amid...

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UN Committee urges end to impunity for enforced disappearances in Iraq

November 27, 2020 No comments

UN Committee urges end to impunity for enforced disappearances in Iraq

INTERNATIONAL, 27 November 2020, Human Rights - A pattern of enforced disappearance – and impunity for such acts - persists in Iraq, according to a report published on Friday by the UN Committee charged with monitoring how well the country upholds its international obligations in dealing with the issue. In issuing its findings, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances – a group of 10 independent experts that monitors States’ adherence to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance – also noted that revictimization prevails in these cases. The Committee called on Iraq to incorporate the offence of enforced disappearance into its domestic criminal legislation and to ensure that no person is held in secret detention. Legislation Delays To be sure, the Committee also welcomed that Iraq...

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African nations ‘far from ready’ for COVID-19 vaccination drive, says UN health agency

November 27, 2020 No comments

African nations ‘far from ready’ for COVID-19 vaccination drive, says UN health agency

INTERNATIONAL, 27 November 2020. Health - As efforts to find safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are showing increasing promise,  the African continent is “far from ready” to roll out what will be its largest ever immunization drive, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa highlighted the importance of strong planning and preparation for successful inoculations against COVID-19.  “The largest immunization drive in Africa’s history is right around the corner, and African governments must urgently ramp up readiness. Planning and preparation will make or break this unprecedented endeavour,” she said.  “We need active leadership and engagement from the highest levels of government with solid, comprehensive national coordination plans and systems put in place,” added Dr. Moeti.  The call came as a new WHO analysis revealed that vaccination...

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R4CR Grant Recipients Ready for Action

R4CR Grant Recipients Ready for Action

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The twelve grant recipients of the...

November 27, 2020 No comments

Youths submit “My New World” project advices to Members of Parliament

Youths submit “My New World” project advices to Members of…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Thursday, November 26, 2020 Youths...

November 27, 2020 No comments

WinAir provides Temporary flight connection between Statia and Bonaire

WinAir provides Temporary flight connection between Statia and Bonaire

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - The Ministry of Interior Relations concluded an...

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Rotary & Interact - Christmas Hamper Project starts on November 28

Rotary & Interact - Christmas Hamper Project starts on November…

SINT MAARTEN (MADAME ESTATE) - The Rotary Club of Sint...

November 26, 2020 No comments

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12 New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 92 Active Cases. 203 Persons in Quarantine

November 27, 2020

12 New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 92 Active Cases. 203 Persons in Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 27th, there were twelve (12) persons who tested positive...

PRO Soualiga: UN Appoints Netherlands to Ad Hoc Committee Regarding Decolonization in 1952

November 27, 2020

PRO Soualiga: UN Appoints Netherlands to Ad Hoc Committee Regarding Decolonization in 1952

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Three years prior to submitting the Kingdom Charter to the United Natio...

Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset Donates to Nurses at MHF

November 27, 2020

Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset Donates to Nurses at MHF

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset recently sponsored tickets for the Me...

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Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Hosts First Virtual Board Meeting

November 26, 2020 No comments

Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Hosts First Virtual Board Meeting

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - The Board of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance recently held their online Board Meeting in a virtual session, making decisions and discussing strategies crucial to the ensurin...

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BURGER KING closing the year with big prizes, a NEW plant-based WHOPPER and reopening of Cole Bay location

November 26, 2020 No comments

BURGER KING closing the year with big prizes, a NEW plant-based WHOPPER and reopening of Cole Bay location

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Burger King Sint Maarten will soon launch its plant-based Whopper in St. Maarten. The new plant -based Whopper will be made available as of Tuesday December 2nd as it is “10...

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Celebrating Christmas in a group is a major worry, infection chief says

November 27, 2020 No comments

Celebrating Christmas in a group is a major worry, infection chief says

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The head of public health institute RIVM has told a television current affairs show that he expects Christmas will celebrated in small groups this year. ‘For the past t...

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New coronavirus infections continue to fluctuate, today the total is up again

November 27, 2020 No comments

New coronavirus infections continue to fluctuate, today the total is up again

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The strong fluctuations in new coronavirus registrations continued on Friday, when figures published by the public health institute RIVM listed 5,790 overnight positive ...

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Prime Organizes The 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Drive

November 26, 2020

Prime Organizes The 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Drive

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) – This has been a trying year for the world, Prime Distributors said in a pr...

Destination St. Maarten welcomes JetBlue inaugural flight from Newark, New Jersey

November 26, 2020

Destination St. Maarten welcomes JetBlue inaugural flight from Newark, New Jersey

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - JetBlue’s inaugural flight from Newark, New Jersey, landed in St. Maart...

NEW - Updated COVID-19 travel entry requirements to Sint Maarten

November 25, 2020

NEW - Updated COVID-19 travel entry requirements to Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Government of Sint Maarten has updated its entry requirements to en...

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JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

November 28, 2020

JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Caribbean Airlines is re-introducing flights between Montego Bay an...

Car used on Friday early morning robbery located. Police seeks community assistance

November 27, 2020

Car used on Friday early morning robbery located. Police seeks community assistance

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Sint Maarten Police Force detectives are investigating a robbery that ...

Ministry VROMI announces road closure of A.T. Illidge Road on Saturday

November 26, 2020

Ministry VROMI announces road closure of A.T. Illidge Road on Saturday

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrast...

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Dutch mafia hit list points to violent internal gang warfare

November 27, 2020 No comments

Dutch mafia hit list points to violent internal gang warfare

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Rotterdam police have come into the possession of ‘death list’ pointing to a new and extremely violent internal gang war within the Dutch cocaine mafia, the NRC reports....

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Protected countryside hides a toxic mix of pesticides: research

November 27, 2020 No comments

Protected countryside hides a toxic mix of pesticides: research

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – German-Dutch research to be presented on Friday has shown the presence of a ‘cocktail’ of chemicals in eight protected areas of countryside in Drenthe and 14 in Gelderla...

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New law gives automatic equal parenting rights to unmarried couples

November 27, 2020 No comments

New law gives automatic equal parenting rights to unmarried couples

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A majority of MPs have voted for a law giving automatic parental rights to partners who are unmarried or in a registered partnership. At the moment co-parenting partner...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

November 27, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) November 28, 2020    WEATHER:      Tonight throu...

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