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UNICEF providing aid for children caught up in Syria prison siege

January 27, 2022 No comments

UNICEF providing aid for children caught up in Syria prison siege

INTERNATIONAL, 27 January 2022, Humanitarian Aid - Boys and girls caught up in intense fighting which raged for six days around a besieged prison in northeast Syria, need protection and assistance, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Thursday. ISIL fighters launched an assault on the Ghwayran/Sinai’i detention centre in the city of Hasakeh last week, in an attempt to free some of their counterparts, sparking fighting with Kurdish-led Syrian Defence Forces (SDF) who control the facility.  More than 5,000 men are being held inside the prison, including up to 700 boys.  According to news reports, the US-led coalition-allied SDF fighters have now regained full control of the prison, after some ISIL-affiliated detainees reportedly used some of the boys as human shields during the stand-off....

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Food insecurity soaring across 20 hunger hotspots

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Food insecurity soaring across 20 hunger hotspots

INTERNATIONAL, 27 January 2022, Humanitarian Aid - Food insecurity is soaring across 20 countries and regions - “hunger hotspots”, where conflict, economic shocks, natural hazards, political instability, and limited humanitarian access, are putting millions of lives at risk, UN agencies highlighted on Thursday.  According to the Hunger Hotspots Report from the World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen remain the countries of highest concern. According to the most recent assessments, all four countries had areas where people were experiencing, or projected to experience, starvation and death (IPC Phase 5), requiring the most urgent attention. The report shows that the links between hunger and conflict are complex and far-reaching. In fact, many of the people that WFP supports are fleeing conflict and have...

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UN report finds nature conservation funding must triple globally this decade

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UN report finds nature conservation funding must triple globally this decade

INTERNATIONAL, 27 January 2022, Climate and Environment - G20 leading industrialized nations must embrace their role as influential leaders against climate change, by aligning development and economic recovery with international nature and climate goals, according to a new UN report, published on Thursday.  In its joint report on finance for nature in the G20 countries, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Economic Forum (WEF)  and the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative, examined how wealthy nations can better support nature-based solutions (NbS).  In addition to promoting sustainable farming and supply chains, or intiatives such as creating green spaces in cities to tackle rising heat, G20 States - a group representing many of the world's most advanced economies - must address interrelated climate, biodiversity, and land degradation crises by increasing their annual investments in nature to $285 billion by 2050, said the State of Finance for Nature in the G20 report.  Trillion-dollar gap  The...

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UN assisting thousands affected by Tropical Storm Ana in Mozambique

January 27, 2022 No comments

UN assisting thousands affected by Tropical Storm Ana in Mozambique

INTERNATIONAL, 27 January 2022, Humanitarian Aid - UN teams are on the ground in Mozambique assisting thousands of people affected by Tropical Storm Ana, which made landfall in central and northern regions of the country earlier this week.  More than 45,000 people, including 23,000 women and children, are likely to need humanitarian aid, UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Thursday.  UNICEF is deploying staff and preparing medical and nutrition supplies, water, sanitation and hygiene kits, as well as setting up temporary learning spaces to support children and their families.  The agency estimates it will need $3.5 million to respond to the immediate needs.  ‘Blunt reminder’ of climate reality  Maria Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Representative in Mozambique, said they are working alongside the government and partners to ensure children...

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Madagascar: Deadly tropical storms cause flooding, landslides

January 25, 2022 No comments

Madagascar: Deadly tropical storms cause flooding, landslides

INTERNATIONAL, 25 January 2022, Humanitarian Aid - Two separate tropical weather systems in Madagascar have left at least 34 dead and triggered flooding and landslides, particularly in the capital, Antananarivo, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Tuesday. Over the last week intense rainfall has pummelled the African island country in the Indian Ocean, sparking multiple crises across the country’s central Analamanga Region. “The Government, municipal authorities in Antananarivo and humanitarians are mobilizing assistance to people impacted by flooding in the capital”, OCHA tweeted, saying that “providing access to water, food and other vital items in displacement sites is the top priority”. The rains were initially driven by an Intertropical Convergence Zone, around the equator, around 17 January and increased when a Tropical Depression,...

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Beyond Kultura Calls for Global Goals stories from SSS-islands and Anguilla

Beyond Kultura Calls for Global Goals stories from SSS-islands and…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Beyond Kultura Events (BKE) Foundation is...

January 27, 2022 No comments

Emmanuel: PM again shows why her government cannot be trusted

Emmanuel: PM again shows why her government cannot be trusted

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

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Minister Anna E. Richardson commemorates International Customs Day

Minister Anna E. Richardson commemorates International Customs Day

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On January 26, 2022, Customs organizations...

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Three parliamentary factions’ hosts press conference to voice their discontent

Three parliamentary factions’ hosts press conference to voice their discontent

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In a somewhat unprecedented move, Leader...

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Vaccination Saba children on February 1

January 27, 2022

Vaccination Saba children on February 1

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Children on Saba between the age of 5 and 11 will be receiving a COVID-19 vaccin...

FINSO bank account opened, next pouring SMGH scheduled

January 27, 2022

FINSO bank account opened, next pouring SMGH scheduled

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The next pouring of a subsequent section of the basement floor of the St. ...

Police top brass meets Dutch Quarter community representatives

January 26, 2022

Police top brass meets Dutch Quarter community representatives

SINT MAARTEN (DUTCH QUARTER) - Chief of Police Mr. C. John together with members of the Police manag...

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Seedling trials start at Intensive Horticulture project. SCS students, Commissioner Wilson visit Gezondheid Farms

January 27, 2022 No comments

Seedling trials start at Intensive Horticulture project. SCS students, Commissioner Wilson visit Gezondheid Farms

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Showroom Intensive Horticulture Pilot has completed construction and seedling trials have started. Jim Garza of Gezondheid Farms, the public private initiative to develop agri...

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SHRC delivers its report with recommendations to Statia

January 27, 2022 No comments

SHRC delivers its report with recommendations to Statia

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Statia Heritage Research Commission (SHRC) has submitted its final report to the Public Entity St. Eustatius on January 13th, 2022. This report includes concise recom...

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Minister shrugs off criticism of 3G impact, says every little helps

January 27, 2022 No comments

Minister shrugs off criticism of 3G impact, says every little helps

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – New health minister Ernst Kuipers has been criticised by opposition MPs for his support of the 3G coronavirus pass system and for being too optimistic about its impact a...

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European drugs agency clears Pfizer’s anticoronavirus medicine

January 27, 2022 No comments

European drugs agency clears Pfizer’s anticoronavirus medicine

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Amsterdam-based European Medicines Agency on Thursday said it had given conditional market authorisation to Pfizer’s coronavirus drug, meaning it could soon be used ...

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Site visit marks the start of the renovation of the Belvedere Towers

January 26, 2022

Site visit marks the start of the renovation of the Belvedere Towers

SINT MAARTEN (BELVEDERE) - Major renovation work to severely damaged social housing in Belvedere has...

Traffic controls underway to ensure road safety

January 25, 2022

Traffic controls underway to ensure road safety

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Police officers conducted traffic controls at several locations around ...

Extended pre-trial detention for Ginger Island shooting suspect

January 24, 2022

Extended pre-trial detention for Ginger Island shooting suspect

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The suspect in the Ginger Island Drive shooting has had his pre-trial d...

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New uniforms on International Customs Day

January 26, 2022

New uniforms on International Customs Day

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - The World Customs Organization (WCO) has declared the 26th of January as 'Int...

Old Power Plant on Saba to be converted to Marine Research Station

January 26, 2022

Old Power Plant on Saba to be converted to Marine Research Station

SABA (FORT BAY) - On January 17th, 2022, Mark Zagers, Managing Director of the Saba Electric Company...

WITU calling all members to General membership meeting

January 25, 2022

WITU calling all members to General membership meeting

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – President of the Windward Island Teachers Union (WITU) Stuart Johnson i...

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Dutch Catholics ‘much more progressive’ than church leaders

January 27, 2022 No comments

Dutch Catholics ‘much more progressive’ than church leaders

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Catholics in the Netherlands are much more progressive than their church leaders, but few see this as a reason to abandon the institution, a survey by I&O commissioned b...

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Pension funds have good year, can consider increasing payouts

January 27, 2022 No comments

Pension funds have good year, can consider increasing payouts

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch corporate pension funds had a good year in 2021, despite the economic uncertainties, and the big five funds are no longer threatened with having to make cuts, broa...

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Former Board Member Ordered to Pay Damages to Girobank

January 27, 2022 No comments

Former Board Member Ordered to Pay Damages to Girobank

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - On January 25, the Joint Court of Justice ruled on appeal that a former Girobank board member is liable to the company on account of personal culpable handling of a serious natu...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

January 27, 2022 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Thursday, January 27, 2022 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) January 28, 2022     WEATHER:  Tonight throug...

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