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Myanmar: Stop harassment of workers, UN agency urges military

February 24, 2021 No comments

Myanmar: Stop harassment of workers, UN agency urges military

INTERNATIONAL, 24 February 2021, Peace and Security - The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has called on the military in Myanmar to end the harassment and intimidation of workers by security forces, and ensure that they can exercise their rights to freedom of expression, in a climate free of violence and fear. In a statement on Tuesday, the agency said it received allegations that police and military are conducting door-to-door searches for trade unionists at their dormitories and hostels in the Hlaingtharyar industrial township, in the country’s largest city, Yangon.  It is alleged that the acts of harassment and intimidation are “largely targeted” at young female workers working in the private sector industries of Yangon, who are living far away from their families in the...

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Experts accuse Iran of rights violations in shooting down Ukraine airlines flight

February 23, 2021 No comments

Experts accuse Iran of rights violations in shooting down Ukraine airlines flight

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2021, Human Rights - Iran committed multiple human rights violations in shooting downing Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS752 last year and in the aftermath of the deadly attack, two  independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council said on Tuesday.  Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the country, have consistently expressed concern over the 8 January 2020 incident. Flight PS752 was heading from Tehran to Kiev when it was struck down by two missiles fired by the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), killing all 176 people on board.     Iran said the military personnel mistook the civilian aircraft for a US missile.  The strike took...

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First wave of COVID-19 vaccine syringes start journey to Maldives

February 23, 2021 No comments

First wave of COVID-19 vaccine syringes start journey to Maldives

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2021, Health - The critical task of ensuring that all countries have enough medical equipment to vaccinate people safely against COVID-19 gathered pace on Tuesday, with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announcing that 100,000 syringes have been sent to the Maldives, ahead of an inoculation drive there. The shipment is part of “the first wave” of syringes and safety boxes organised by the agency, which over the next few weeks, plans to dispatch more than 14.5 million single-use needles to more than 30 countries, including Côte d'Ivoire and São Tomé and Principe. These include the 0.5 millilitre syringes which are meant for use with the AstraZeneca vaccine, while the 0.3 millilitre version is for the Pfizer-BioNTech shot. One billion jabs In total, UNICEF aims to...

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UN to review deadly convoy attack in DR Congo which led to Italian Ambassador’s death

February 23, 2021 No comments

UN to review deadly convoy attack in DR Congo which led to Italian Ambassador’s death

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2021, Peace and Security - The World Food Programme (WFP) has provided further information on the deadly convoy attack in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Monday in which Italy’s Ambassador to the country, his bodyguard, and a WFP driver were killed.  The UN’s Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) will be leading a detailed review into the incident, the agency said in an update on Tuesday.  Forced to disembark  Ambassador Luca Attanasio and his security escort, Vittorio Iacovacci, were among seven people travelling in two WFP vehicles from Goma, capital of North Kivu province, to visit one of the agency’s school feeding programmes in Rutshuru, approximately 40 kilometres away.  The group left Goma at approximately 9:00 AM, local time, on Monday.  An armed group...

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Climate crisis and economic shocks leave millions food insecure across Central America

February 23, 2021 No comments

Climate crisis and economic shocks leave millions food insecure across Central America

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2021, Humanitarian Aid - Reporting that hunger has increased almost fourfold in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in the past two years, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday warned that 1.7 million people are in the ‘emergency’ category of food insecurity, calling for $47.3 million now, to provide urgent food assistance. According to WFP, the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic and years of extreme climate events have left almost 8 million people in Central America chronically hungry so far this year. ‘Long and slow’ recovery “Considering the level of destruction and setbacks faced by those affected, we expect this to be a long and slow recovery”, said Miguel Barreto, WFP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. A WFP survey in January...

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Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization holds inaugural meeting

Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization holds inaugural meeting

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During a closed-door meeting in Parliament...

February 24, 2021 No comments

WYCCF to continue as a location for administering the COVID-19 vaccine

WYCCF to continue as a location for administering the COVID-19…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – So far, more than...

February 24, 2021 No comments

Prime Minister Jacobs first public official to receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Prime Minister Jacobs first public official to receive COVID-19 Vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs...

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Sarah: The Prime Minister’s refusal to Discuss Implementation of the Country Package is Unacceptable

Sarah: The Prime Minister’s refusal to Discuss Implementation of the…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Members of Parliament (MPs) have received...

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10 COVID-19 Recoveries. Three New Positive Cases. 40 Active Cases

February 24, 2021

10 COVID-19 Recoveries. Three New Positive Cases. 40 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 24th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive f...

Money makes the world go ‘round - Funding, Finance and everything ‘not-so-nice’

February 24, 2021

Money makes the world go ‘round - Funding, Finance and everything ‘not-so-nice’

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Finding financial stability is always something NGO’s are working towar...

Ministry of VROMI and NV GEBE Expands Streetlight Network

February 24, 2021

Ministry of VROMI and NV GEBE Expands Streetlight Network

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Recently, the Honorable Minister of VROMI, Mr. Egbert Doran, and the fo...

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Chris: Airline handlers’ letter is biggest indictment of PJIA CEO

February 24, 2021 No comments

Chris: Airline handlers’ letter is biggest indictment of PJIA CEO

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel on Wednesday said that a letter from the St. Maarten Airline Handlers Association (SAHA) and its Airline Operatin...

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R4CR wrapping up info sessions Quick Win Round 2. Call for proposals March 1 to April 2

February 24, 2021 No comments

R4CR wrapping up info sessions Quick Win Round 2. Call for proposals March 1 to April 2

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Resources 4 Community Resilience (R4CR) program recently held four information sessions for the “Quick Win” Round 2 call for proposals. These information sessions were...

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Reopen cafe terraces, MPs and Amsterdam’s mayor urge ministers

February 24, 2021 No comments

Reopen cafe terraces, MPs and Amsterdam’s mayor urge ministers

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A majority of MPs have called on the caretaker government to look into the option of allowing cafe terraces to reopen under strict conditions. During Wednesday’s debate...

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International students harder hit by corona restrictions, survey shows

February 24, 2021 No comments

International students harder hit by corona restrictions, survey shows

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The majority of foreign students who have come to the Netherlands to study have been struggling emotionally because of coronavirus measures, a survey by Dutch internatio...

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Emmanuel: PJIA should follow scale-back plans of major airport

February 23, 2021

Emmanuel: PJIA should follow scale-back plans of major airport

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel on Tuesday sa...

Minister of Justice speaks at virtual Rotary meeting on the topic of peace and conflict resolution

February 23, 2021

Minister of Justice speaks at virtual Rotary meeting on the topic of peace and conflict resolution

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On February 22nd, the Honorable Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson ...

Sint Maarten National Basketball Association joins International Basketball Union

February 23, 2021

Sint Maarten National Basketball Association joins International Basketball Union

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The International Basketball Union (IBU) is excited to announce the add...

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Prosecutors ends investigation against MP Ottley

February 24, 2021

Prosecutors ends investigation against MP Ottley

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On February 23rd the prosecutor's office notified lawyer S. R. Bommel t...

CBS: Launch National Accounts Survey 2019 in Caribbean Netherlands

February 24, 2021

CBS: Launch National Accounts Survey 2019 in Caribbean Netherlands

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - During the next months, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) will carry out a survey o...

Two Saba sports fields upgraded

February 23, 2021

Two Saba sports fields upgraded

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Two notable events took place to the advancement of sports on Saba on Friday, Fe...

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One of Germany’s most wanted men is arrested in Amsterdam

February 24, 2021 No comments

One of Germany’s most wanted men is arrested in Amsterdam

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch police have arrested a 60-year-old German national wanted for his role in a string of violent armed robberies, at a private home in a quiet residential street in t...

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Dutch police seize record hauls of cocaine and heroin within two weeks

February 24, 2021 No comments

Dutch police seize record hauls of cocaine and heroin within two weeks

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Police in Hamburg and Antwerp have seized 23 tonnes of cocaine destined for the Netherlands in the past 10 days, and one person named in the documentation for both shipm...

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Minister Samuel signs School Repair Program Agreement

February 24, 2021 No comments

Minister Samuel signs School Repair Program Agreement

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Monday, February 22nd, the Director of the National Recovery Bureau (NRPB) Claret Connor, the Honorable Minister in charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS)...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

February 24, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) February 25, 2021  ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS...

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