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Beirut blast: ‘The faster we act, the better we can reduce human suffering,’ says UN deputy chief

August 09, 2020 No comments

Beirut blast: ‘The faster we act, the better we can reduce human suffering,’ says UN deputy chief

INTERNATIONAL, 9 August 2020, Humanitarian Aid - To help Lebanon overcome the tragedy and recover better, “we will need all hands on deck”, deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed told virtual donors conference on Sunday, convened to rally international assistance and support in the wake of last week’s massive explosion at the Beirut port, which killed some 150 people, wounded thousands and caused destruction throughout much of the city. “The explosion in Beirut last Tuesday shocked the world,” leaving neighborhoods flattened, a large part of Lebanon’s grain reserves obliterated, six hospitals damaged or destroyed, hundreds of thousands have been made homeless - many of them children, the Deputy Secretary-General told the donors teleconference, co-convened by French President Emmanuel Macron and the UN. The deputy UN chief offered her condolences...

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On International Day, UN chief spotlights indigenous peoples’ resilience in face of COVID-19 pandemic

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On International Day, UN chief spotlights indigenous peoples’ resilience in face of COVID-19 pandemic

INTERNATIONAL, 9 August 2020, Human Rights - Inclusion and participation of the world’s 476 million indigenous peoples must be ensured in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and on the road ahead towards recovery, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored. Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Mr. Guterres drew attention to the “devastating” impact of the pandemic on indigenous peoples around the world. “Throughout history, indigenous peoples have been decimated by diseases brought from elsewhere, to which they had no immunity,” said the Secretary-General. While indigenous peoples already faced deep-rooted inequalities, stigmatization and discrimination prior to the current pandemic, inadequate access to healthcare, clean water and sanitation increases their vulnerability, he added. That said, indigenous peoples’ traditional practices and knowledge also offer solutions that can be replicated elsewhere. For instance, the Karen people of Thailand revived their...

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Lessons of Nagasaki survivors should motivate the world to eliminate all nuclear weapons – UN chief

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Lessons of Nagasaki survivors should motivate the world to eliminate all nuclear weapons – UN chief

INTERNATIONAL, 9 August 2020, Peace and Security - UN Secretary General António Guterres on Sunday marked 75 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki with praise for the hibakusha, the survivors, who transformed their decades-long plight into a warning about the perils of nuclear weapons and an example of the triumph of the human spirit.  “Your example should provide the world with a daily motivation to eliminate all nuclear weapons. Sadly, three-quarters of a century after this city was incinerated by an atomic bomb,the nuclear menace is once again on the rise,” said Mr. Guterres in a statement delivered in Nagasaki by Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. In remarks delivered to the Peace Memorial Ceremony, the UN chief hailed Nagasaki as a true example of resilience, recovery and...

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First Person: COVID-19 helping Hawaiians to ‘recognize the importance of heritage’

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First Person: COVID-19 helping Hawaiians to ‘recognize the importance of heritage’

INTERNATIONAL, 9 August 2020, Culture and Education - Sabra Kauka is a cultural practitioner and teaches Hawaiian Studies at the Island School on the island of Kauai, in Hawaii, while acting as a coordinator for the Department of Education. As the daughter of an army officer, she spent much of her youth living overseas, but “felt the call to come home” to Hawaii as an adult after reading a newspaper article which highlighted the poor standard of living for indigenous Hawaiians in Hawaii. UN News spoke to Ms. Kauka as part of the International Labour Organization’s photography project “Dignity at Work: The American Experience” ahead of International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples which is marked annually on 9 August. “I have been teaching...

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Building a green economy, brick by brick

August 08, 2020 No comments

Building a green economy, brick by brick

INTERNATIONAL, 8 August 2020, Climate Change - In Uruguay, thousands of families earn a precarious livelihood making bricks, using traditional methods that are often inefficient and harmful to the environment. A UN project, in collaboration with the Uruguayan government, aims to make the industry less polluting, whilst preserving jobs for the many artisans who depend on it.  Land, fire and water When Eduardo Romero was 40 years old, he was fired from his job as a bricklayer. It was 1992, in the city of Durazno, Uruguay. With his few belongings on his shoulder, Eduardo headed for the north of the country and stopped only when he found work. It was in the city of Tranqueras, and his new source of income came from land,...

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SMMC reminds public to call CPS or House Doctor when experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms

SMMC reminds public to call CPS or House Doctor when…

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC)...

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LU’s hygiene procedural handbook balance educational needs with safe environment

LU’s hygiene procedural handbook balance educational needs with safe environment

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - In preparation of the opening...

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UPDATED: COVID-19 active cases climb to 86. Total cases stand at 189

UPDATED: COVID-19 active cases climb to 86. Total cases stand…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of August 8th, at...

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Civil Servant Loekie Morales retires after contributing to the development process

Civil Servant Loekie Morales retires after contributing to the development…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – “I remember my first day of...

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World Breastfeeding Week Comes to an End

August 07, 2020

World Breastfeeding Week Comes to an End

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – International World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) got underway on Augus...

Extremely active hurricane season underway. Up to 24 storms, 12 hurricanes and five major

August 07, 2020

Extremely active hurricane season underway. Up to 24 storms, 12 hurricanes and five major

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – The Department of Atmospheric Science of the Colorado State University (CSU...

The Power of Knowledge motivational lectures return to the library on August 11

August 06, 2020

The Power of Knowledge motivational lectures return to the library on August 11

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During the month of August, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) will ...

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CBCS has a new president at the helm: Richard Doornbosch

August 07, 2020 No comments

CBCS has a new president at the helm: Richard Doornbosch

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - On August 7, 2020, Mr. R.A. (Richard) Doornbosch was sworn in as President of the Centrale Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS), as he took the oath of office before the Acti...

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Wearing of a mask is mandatory on public transport in Saint-Martin

August 06, 2020 No comments

Wearing of a mask is mandatory on public transport in Saint-Martin

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) - The use of masks is mandatory in vehicles, intercity public transport (TCI Bus - 9 seats), public transport (BUS - 9 places) and Taxis de Saint-Martin (5 - 16 seats), the Coll...

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Escapee penguin recaptured after 11 kilometre swim to freedom

August 09, 2020 No comments

Escapee penguin recaptured after 11 kilometre swim to freedom

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – An enterprising penguin which escaped from the Avifauna bird park in Alphen aan den Rijn has been caught in water near the village of Bodegraven, some 11 kilometres away...

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Friesland’s first coronavirus cluster traces back to Dokkum cafe terrace

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Friesland’s first coronavirus cluster traces back to Dokkum cafe terrace

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Despite claims that people are unlikely to become infected with coronavirus outdoors, some 14 people in their 20s and 30s have picked up Covid-19 after spending time on ...

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Sarah Queries the Justification of Closed Door Meeting Requested by the Government

August 07, 2020

Sarah Queries the Justification of Closed Door Meeting Requested by the Government

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - “Last Tuesday afternoon was another closed door virtual  meeting of Par...

Coast Guard officers training reinitiated for 18 students

August 07, 2020

Coast Guard officers training reinitiated for 18 students

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - The Coast Guard officer training, “Basis Opleiding Kustwacht” (BOK) was reini...

U.S. Travelers told to Reconsider Travel to Sint Maarten

August 07, 2020

U.S. Travelers told to Reconsider Travel to Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) – The United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affair...

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Statia government prepares for repatriation flight arrival on August 11 from the Dominican Republic

August 07, 2020

Statia government prepares for repatriation flight arrival on August 11 from the Dominican Republic

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - In preparation of the repatriation flight from the Dominican Republic ...

Protected Lora parrots retrieved during boat control operation

August 07, 2020

Protected Lora parrots retrieved during boat control operation

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - On Thursday, August 6th , during a joint boat patrol of Customs, Kmar and the...

Customs arrests 30-year-old female. Marijuana and Cocaine Confiscated

August 07, 2020

Customs arrests 30-year-old female. Marijuana and Cocaine Confiscated

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - On Wednesday, August 5th, Customs Caribbean Netherlands intercepted na...

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Three arrested at drugs lab hidden under a mountain of clay

August 09, 2020 No comments

Three arrested at drugs lab hidden under a mountain of clay

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Three men, aged 50, 53 and 59, have been arrested following a police raid on a secret drugs laboratory in Montfoort, near Utrecht. The lab had been created in six shipp...

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It’s official: The Netherlands is gripped by a heatwave that could last eight days

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It’s official: The Netherlands is gripped by a heatwave that could last eight days

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is officially in the grip of a heatwave after the temperature topped 25 Celsius at the De Bilt weather station near Utrecht at around 10am. To be classe...

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Launch of Sargassum seaweed collection operations underway

August 07, 2020 No comments

Launch of Sargassum seaweed collection operations underway

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) - At the start of the week, the Collectivity launched the first Sargassum seaweed collection operations on coastal sites impacted by seaweed stranding’s such as the Cul de Sac b...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

August 08, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Saturday, August 08, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) August 09, 2020        WEATHER:      Tonight thro...

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