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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

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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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UN rights experts call for US to address ongoing violations at ‘Kafkaesque’ Guantánamo military prison

February 23, 2021 No comments

UN rights experts call for US to address ongoing violations at ‘Kafkaesque’ Guantánamo military prison

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2021, Human Rights - In response to the Biden Administration’s announced review into closing the infamous Guantánamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, independent UN human rights experts on Tuesday said it was vital to also address ongoing violations being committed against the 40 or so inmates still incarcerated there. This should include investigating alleged torture and other ill-treatment at the facility, which was set up to house foreign terrorist suspects in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, said a statement from the UN rights office, OHCHR. The new United States administration said on 12 February, it was launching the formal review in an effort to finally close the military prison, reviving a stalled effort to shutter it during the Obama...

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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...

February 24, 2021 No comments

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...

February 24, 2021 No comments

Minister Samuel signs School Repair Program Agreement

Minister Samuel signs School Repair Program Agreement

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Monday, February 22nd, the...

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

Minister of Justice speaks at virtual Rotary meeting on the…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On February 22nd, the Honorable...

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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...

Five New Positive COVID-19 cases. Seven recoveries. 47 Active cases

February 23, 2021

Five New Positive COVID-19 cases. Seven recoveries. 47 Active cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 23rd, there were five (5) persons who tested positive fo...

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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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Prosecutors ends investigation against MP Ottley

February 23, 2021 No comments

Prosecutors ends investigation against MP Ottley

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On February 23rd the prosecutor's office notified lawyer S. R. Bommel that based on the investigation carried out by national detectives there is no need to continue an in...

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No indications that vaccines are causing deaths, says side effects agency

February 23, 2021 No comments

No indications that vaccines are causing deaths, says side effects agency

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Medical side effects monitor Lareb said on Tuesday that it has not yet seen any indications that side effects from the various coronavirus vaccinations in use in the Net...

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Coronavirus cases increased by 19% in last week, vaccines starting to work

February 23, 2021 No comments

Coronavirus cases increased by 19% in last week, vaccines starting to work

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of positive coronavirus tests was 19% higher in the third week of February, partly as a result of increased testing, the public health agency RIVM said in its...

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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...

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...

Fela! storybook presented to St. Martin children for Black History Month 2021

February 22, 2021

Fela! storybook presented to St. Martin children for Black History Month 2021

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Famed St. Martin dancer Nicole de Weever is a champion of books for the i...

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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...

Over 60 percent fewer air passengers in the Caribbean Netherlands

February 23, 2021

Over 60 percent fewer air passengers in the Caribbean Netherlands

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - In 2020, nearly 183 thousand air passengers travelled to and from the airports...

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Coronavirus rule relaxation is risky but responsible, Rutte says

February 23, 2021 No comments

Coronavirus rule relaxation is risky but responsible, Rutte says

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – As expected, prime minister Mark Rutte announced four changes to the current coronavirus regulations at Tuesday evening’s press conference but said the curfew will be ex...

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Nuremberg trials were illegitimate says Dutch far right party leader Baudet

February 23, 2021 No comments

Nuremberg trials were illegitimate says Dutch far right party leader Baudet

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Thierry Baudet, leader of far-right party Forum voor Democratie, has come in for more heavy criticism after saying that the Nuremberg trials – the military tribunals in ...

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Continuation Central Committee meeting of Parliament with the shareholder representative of P.J.I.A.

February 23, 2021 No comments

Continuation Central Committee meeting of Parliament with the shareholder representative of P.J.I.A.

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on February 24, 2021. The Central Committee meeting which was adjourned on February 15, 2021 will be recon...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

February 23, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) February 24, 2021  ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS ...

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