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Critical work of UN ‘largely uninterrupted’, despite unprecedented challenge of COVID-19

March 27, 2020 No comments

Critical work of UN ‘largely uninterrupted’, despite unprecedented challenge of COVID-19

INTERNATIONAL, 27 March 2020, UN Affairs - Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the United Nations to operate in new ways, its vital work worldwide continues largely uninterrupted, heads of UN principal organs assured Member States, during a joint briefing on Friday held online. In his welcoming remarks, the UN General Assembly President underscored the value of safety and solidarity in the face of a crisis that has affected practically every corner of the globe. “Although we are not sitting together, be rest assured that we are in this together”, said Tijjani Muhammad Bande. “We must lead by example. We must stay at home, abide by social distancing recommendations, wash our hands, and look out for one another”. Mr. Bande reported that thanks to technology,...

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Peacekeeping radio stations provide COVID-19 information to vulnerable communities in conflict-affected countries

March 27, 2020 No comments

Peacekeeping radio stations provide COVID-19 information to vulnerable communities in conflict-affected countries

INTERNATIONAL, 27 March 2020, Health - UN Peacekeeping radio stations have in recent decades helped build support for peace process in a dozen countries around the world including Cambodia, Croatia, Namibia and Timor-Leste.   Today, these stations are playing another vital role – getting the word out to vulnerable communities in conflict-affected states about the coronavirus pandemic and how people can protect themselves and others from getting the disease.  "#coronavirus is real. Keep safe," says #SouthSudan-ese musician Check B Magic.#COVID2019 #SSOT UN Peacekeeping currently has large, popular and trusted radio stations in four African countries: The Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic, which have already recorded cases of COVID-19; and Mali and South Sudan which have not.   The stations ability to reach both big urban centers and isolated...

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UNFPA advocates for women, girls suffering unseen impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

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UNFPA advocates for women, girls suffering unseen impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

INTERNATIONAL, 27 March 2020, Women - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is pledging support for those suffering from invisible impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including women and girls whose access to life-saving sexual and reproductive health care may be disrupted.  In a statement on Friday, Executive Director of the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, Natalia Kanem, said the Fund’s work is ramping up even as the novel coronavirus continues to test health care systems around the world.   As we continue responding to the #coronavirus outbreak, @UNFPA is calling for renewed action to provide life-saving sexual and reproductive health for the world's most vulnerable. See @Atayeshe's statement: http://unf.pa/gfd#COVID19 She warned that women, girls and health workers must not be overlooked as the world responds to the greatest health...

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Protect ‘healthcare heroes’ from COVID-19, urges UN rights expert

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Protect ‘healthcare heroes’ from COVID-19, urges UN rights expert

INTERNATIONAL, 27 March 2020, Health - States and business leaders must step up efforts to ensure that the selfless doctors, nurses, first-responders and other medical professionals working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic receive adequate protective equipment, a UN rights expert said on Friday. “Their tireless work and self-sacrifice show the best of humanity”, said Baskut Tuncak Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes.  Hailing the healthcare workers as “heroes” who “must be protected”, he stressed that unacceptable shortages in critical protective equipment that can stop them from being infected, continue to plague nearly all nations battling the new coronavirus.  Moreover, low-income countries have even fewer resources, including the necessary protection for their...

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Migrants in Hawaii care for the elderly, the aloha way

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Migrants in Hawaii care for the elderly, the aloha way

INTERNATIONAL, 27 March 2020, Health - Migrants are playing an increasingly important role in the provision of health care around the world. The number of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who move from developing countries to take up posts in developed countries is expected to rise as the global population of older persons and children continues to grow. It’s three o’clock in the afternoon at the Lunalilo Home, a residential and day care centre for elderly people nestling at the foot of a dormant volcano on the outskirts of Honolulu, the capital of the US state of Hawaii. Novena Sanchez, originally from the Philippines, busies herself looking after the kupuna, the Hawaiian term for older people, who have gathered in the home’s communal room...

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Miami Patient, Additional Restrictions Coming, Rumours and Scam Artists

Miami Patient, Additional Restrictions Coming, Rumours and Scam Artists

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Hon. Prime Minister and Chair...

March 27, 2020 No comments

MP Marten-Heyliger: communication, cohesion is lacking. Stimulus package not discussed

MP Marten-Heyliger: communication, cohesion is lacking. Stimulus package not discussed

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Parliamentary Faction Leader of the United...

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Food Safety Division continues to observe food safety violations during COVID-19 pandemic

Food Safety Division continues to observe food safety violations during…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Food Safety Division of the...

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Ministers of the NA-UP Coalition Government to be Sworn in on Saturday

Ministers of the NA-UP Coalition Government to be Sworn in…

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - On March 26, 2020, His...

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UPDATE: Murder suspect remains in custody on the French side. Gendarmes arrest Simpson Bay parking lot murder suspect

March 27, 2020

UPDATE: Murder suspect remains in custody on the French side. Gendarmes arrest Simpson Bay parking lot murder suspect

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The suspect in the shooting at the that took place on Sunday March 22nd...

Inspectorate Ministry VSA recommends all open buffets and self-service condiments be terminated during COVID-19 crisis

March 27, 2020

Inspectorate Ministry VSA recommends all open buffets and self-service condiments be terminated during COVID-19 crisis

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Food Safety Division of the Inspectorate of Public Health, Social D...

Joint French and Dutch side border controls start, One person arrested

March 27, 2020

Joint French and Dutch side border controls start, One person arrested

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - On Friday morning March 27th, 2020 around 08.00 am the Sint Maarten Police...

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Police cautions community to be alert due to an increase in armed robberies of scooters and Robberies committed using a scooter

March 27, 2020 No comments

Police cautions community to be alert due to an increase in armed robberies of scooters and Robberies committed using a scooter

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - The Special Unit Robbery is investigating an armed robbery with a firearm that took place on Grapefruit road in St. Peters, police said on Friday in a statement. On the sc...

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SHTA launches business survey to assess economic impact Covid19

March 27, 2020 No comments

SHTA launches business survey to assess economic impact Covid19

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In order to assess the economic damage for country St Maarten in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) over the past...

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ABN Amro forecasts GDP will drop 3.5%, if normal life returns mid May

March 27, 2020 No comments

ABN Amro forecasts GDP will drop 3.5%, if normal life returns mid May

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch economy will shrink by 3.5% this year because of the coronavirus outbreak and all sectors of the economy will be hit, according to new forecasts by ABN Amro ec...

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Business associations and WIFOL stand united in recommendations to government

March 27, 2020 No comments

Business associations and WIFOL stand united in recommendations to government

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In a joint statement The Sint Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA), the Sint Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA), the Indian Merchants Association (IMA), the Sint Ma...

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Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs gives Thursday evening ‘Stay At Home’ National Address on COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs gives Thursday evening ‘Stay At Home’ National Address on COVID-19

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – On Thusday evening the Prime Minister and Chair of the Emergency Operat...

Sea Cloud II was in Port for Fuel and Food Provisioning on Thursday

March 26, 2020

Sea Cloud II was in Port for Fuel and Food Provisioning on Thursday

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The cruise vessel Sea Cloud II tall ship of Sea Cloud Cruises, was given permissi...

Simpson Bay Bridge Openings Reduced to two per day

March 26, 2020

Simpson Bay Bridge Openings Reduced to two per day

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The Simpson Bay Bridge will open twice a day as of Friday, March 27, 2020. The S...

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PPA LEADER ARRINDELL: STIMULUS PACKAGE MUST S-T-I-M-U-L-A-T-E

March 27, 2020

PPA LEADER ARRINDELL: STIMULUS PACKAGE MUST S-T-I-M-U-L-A-T-E

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Leader of the People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) Gracita Arrindell in ...

Burglar arrested Friday afternoon

March 27, 2020

Burglar arrested Friday afternoon

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Thursday March 26th, 2020 about 02.00pm, the police patrol arrested ...

PJIAE secures 5,000 Protective N-95 masks for medical professionals at the frontline of St. Maarten’s fight against COVID-19 infections

March 27, 2020

PJIAE secures 5,000 Protective N-95 masks for medical professionals at the frontline of St. Maarten’s fight against COVID-19 infections

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) – Airport officials at PJIAE have secured 5,000 (N-95) masks for ...

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No fines for small groups – if you are 1.5 metres apart, officials confirm

March 27, 2020 No comments

No fines for small groups – if you are 1.5 metres apart, officials confirm

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Claims in several Dutch newspapers that people face fines for being in groups of more than two, even if they are 1.5 metres apart, are not correct, officials have confir...

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Dutch coronavirus death toll rises by 112, IC patients reach 761

March 27, 2020 No comments

Dutch coronavirus death toll rises by 112, IC patients reach 761

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of people who died from coronavirus in the Netherlands rose overnight by 112 to 546, according to the latest update from the RIVM public health institute. Th...

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Rotary Sunset Assist With Special Needs Students’ Sports Day

March 27, 2020 No comments

Rotary Sunset Assist With Special Needs Students’ Sports Day

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - On Thursday March 12th, 2020, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset pledged its support to the Education Services of Saint Martin by donating bananas and cases of water for th...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

March 27, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 06:00 LST (10:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Saturday morning (06:00 LST) March 28, 2020    WEATHER:  Today through Saturday...

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