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Pandemic curbs trend towards ever-increasing migration

January 15, 2021 No comments

Pandemic curbs trend towards ever-increasing migration

INTERNATIONAL, 15 January 2021, Migrants and Refugees - Travel restrictions and other curbs to movement put in place in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, have put a significant dent in migration figures, but the overall trend shows 100 million more people living outside their countries of origin in 2020, compared to the year 2000, a new UN report revealed on Friday. ‘Migration is part of today’s world’ International Migration 2020 Highlights, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), shows that the pandemic may have slowed migration flows by around two million people last year, cutting the annual growth expected since mid-2019 by around 27 per cent. Since the year 2000, however, there has been a major increase in migration. That...

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Deadly earthquake hits Indonesia: Dozens killed, hundreds injured

January 15, 2021 No comments

Deadly earthquake hits Indonesia: Dozens killed, hundreds injured

INTERNATIONAL, 15 January 2021, Humanitarian Aid - At least 35 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the West Sulawesi Province of Indonesia on Friday morning, according to the UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA).  The earthquake unleashed dozens of aftershocks, some six kilometres northeast of the city of Majene,  causing heavy damage across the city, including to the five-story Mitra Manakarra Hospital where eight people were reportedly trapped inside.   “The Governor’s office, two hotels, a mall, a community health centre, and over 300 houses also sustained damage”, said the spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Jens Laerke.  Rippling effects   Local authorities have reported that 638 people have been injured and more than...

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UN steps up support for thousands left homeless after fire at Rohingya refugee camp

January 15, 2021 No comments

UN steps up support for thousands left homeless after fire at Rohingya refugee camp

INTERNATIONAL, 15 January 2021, Migrants and Refugees - UN agencies have stepped up efforts to help thousands of Rohingya refugees left without shelter after a devastating fire tore through a crowded refugee camp in south-eastern Bangladesh on Thursday.  The fire erupted shortly after midnight on Thursday (local time) in the Nayapara refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, gutting about 550 shelters and 150 shops. A community centre is also said to have been destroyed.  About 3,500 Rohingya refugees, including children, lost their homes and belongings in the blaze, in the middle of winter and the coronavirus pandemic, UN agencies said.  No lives were lost, and the fire was brought under control in a few hours by firefighters, volunteers and refugees.   The Nayapara camp hosts about 22,500 refugees, of whom about 17,800...

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Central African Republic: Displacement reaches 120,000 amid worsening election violence

January 15, 2021 No comments

Central African Republic: Displacement reaches 120,000 amid worsening election violence

INTERNATIONAL, 15 January 2021, Migrants and Refugees - “Worsening” election violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has forced 120,000 people from their homes, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday.  In an appeal for an immediate end to all bloodshed - which has included deadly clashes with UN peacekeepers - UNHCR also said that mass displacement has continued outside the country since the 27 December Presidential poll, reversing a trend of people returning to CAR in recent years.  “What is clear is the situation has evolved, it has worsened, we have seen that the number of refugees has doubled in just one week”, said spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov, during a scheduled press briefing in Geneva.  Despite attempts by rebel groups to obstruct presidential and legislative elections, on 27 December,...

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Health experts arrive in Wuhan to investigate COVID-19 origins

January 14, 2021 No comments

Health experts arrive in Wuhan to investigate COVID-19 origins

INTERNATIONAL, 14 January 2021, Health - Members of an international team studying the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19 arrived in Wuhan, China, on Thursday, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced during an expert meeting on the disease.  Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General, was addressing the latest session of the Emergency Committee on COVID-19 established under the International Health Regulations (IHR), a treaty that guides global response to public health risks.  The new coronavirus that sparked the pandemic first emerged in Wuhan in December 2019.  Tedros reported that most of the 15 members of the delayed mission are now in the city, although two people are still in Singapore awaiting COVID-19 test results.  “All members of the team had multiple negative PCR and antibody tests in their homes...

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Aquamania Obtains SafeSeal Recognition

Aquamania Obtains SafeSeal Recognition

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - This Friday, all-round nautical activities provider...

January 15, 2021 No comments

COM gives greenlight for Carnival 2021 under agreed upon parameters

COM gives greenlight for Carnival 2021 under agreed upon parameters

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Council of Ministers (COM)...

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West Tech Shipping Extends Gratitude to Customers for Toy Drive Donations

West Tech Shipping Extends Gratitude to Customers for Toy Drive…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - West Tech Shipping is expressing a...

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USP outlines its plan of action for 2021

USP outlines its plan of action for 2021

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The United St. Maarten Party (USP)...

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22 New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 124 Active Cases

January 14, 2021

22 New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 124 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of January 14th, there were twenty-two (22) persons who tested posit...

Public Invited to Tune into Facebook Live Meeting with Guidance Counselors

January 14, 2021

Public Invited to Tune into Facebook Live Meeting with Guidance Counselors

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport ) issued a press rele...

Aging with Grace Show Talks COVID-19 Vaccines this Sunday

January 14, 2021

Aging with Grace Show Talks COVID-19 Vaccines this Sunday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) – Aging with Grace is an online show aired on Facebook Live every Sunday at...

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Consultation on Judicial Cooperation between the Four Kingdom Countries Successful

January 14, 2021 No comments

Consultation on Judicial Cooperation between the Four Kingdom Countries Successful

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Especially in times of crisis, it is of great importance to continue to work together well and constructively within the Kingdom. Today, Thursday, the Ministers of Justic...

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CPS detects COVID-19 among its staff

January 13, 2021 No comments

CPS detects COVID-19 among its staff

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Collective Prevention Services (CPS) would like to inform the general public that after almost one year of being on the COVID-19 forefront, there have been no cases in-hou...

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Support for government’s coronavirus policy drops to 45%

January 15, 2021 No comments

Support for government’s coronavirus policy drops to 45%

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Support for the cabinet’s coronavirus policy is waning according to the most recent results of ongoing research among 51,000 people by health institute RIVM and the GGD ...

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Cabinet’s resignation will not affect coronavirus plan, says Rutte

January 15, 2021 No comments

Cabinet’s resignation will not affect coronavirus plan, says Rutte

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The resignation of the entire Dutch cabinet on Friday formed a dramatic conclusion to the tax office benefits scandal, but it will make little change to the day-to-day b...

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SXM DOET Postponed to May 28 & 29

January 14, 2021

SXM DOET Postponed to May 28 & 29

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Oranje Fonds is postponing the Kingdom-wide ‘DOET Event’ 2021 by 2....

Impactful Re-greening SXM Project contributed to the resilience of Sint Maarten

January 14, 2021

Impactful Re-greening SXM Project contributed to the resilience of Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The re-greening SXM project has improved the resilience of St. Maarten and...

Detectives investigating shooting incident. Victim with multiple gunshot wounds

January 13, 2021

Detectives investigating shooting incident. Victim with multiple gunshot wounds

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) detectives are investigating a ...

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Tax Service Sint Eustatius moving back

January 15, 2021

Tax Service Sint Eustatius moving back

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - On Monday January 18th, the Belastingdienst on St. Eustatius will move...

Last request to claim confiscated scooters

January 14, 2021

Last request to claim confiscated scooters

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Over the last six months, the Police of Sint-Maarten (KPSM) have issued...

Hit and run. Drivers of Scooter & Hyundai Creta leave the scene

January 12, 2021

Hit and run. Drivers of Scooter & Hyundai Creta leave the scene

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The personnel of the Traffic Department are investigating a serious acc...

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Compensating duped parents is a priority, Rutte says, after cabinet resignation

January 15, 2021 No comments

Compensating duped parents is a priority, Rutte says, after cabinet resignation

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The cabinet has resigned because of the government’s failings to deal properly with the childcare benefit scandal and to make sure nothing like this can ever happen agai...

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Dutch government collapses in fall out from child benefit scandal

January 15, 2021 No comments

Dutch government collapses in fall out from child benefit scandal

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch government has resigned in the wake of the childcare benefit scandal after an official report said ministers, civil servants, parliament and even judges had a ...

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Almost 1,000 Dutch prison inmates face coronavirus quarantine

January 15, 2021 No comments

Almost 1,000 Dutch prison inmates face coronavirus quarantine

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Almost 1,000 prisoners in the Netherlands have been put in preventive quarantine because fellow detainees or prison staff have tested positive for coronavirus, broadcast...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

January 14, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) January 15, 2021    WEATHER:         Tonight: Par...

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