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Economic and Social Council turns 75; President reaffirms mandate to tackle pandemic, development challenges

January 23, 2021 No comments

Economic and Social Council turns 75; President reaffirms mandate to tackle pandemic, development challenges

INTERNATIONAL, 23 January 2021, Economic Development - Marking its 75th anniversary amid the most serious economic and health crisis the UN& has ever faced, the Organization’s Economic and Social Council “has the mandate and the responsibility to respond to these challenges,” the body’s President, Munir Akram, said on Saturday. “Let us work together fulfill ECOSOC’s mandate and potential to respond to the world’s greatest challenges,”said Mr. Akram, referring to the Council – one of the six main organs of the United Nations – by its well-known acronym. ECOSOC 101 The Economic and Social Council is at the heart of the UN system to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. It is the central platform for fostering debate and innovative thinking, forging consensus and cooperation on ways forward...

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Healthier world means ‘safer America’ Tedros stresses, as UN-led vaccine initiative announces deal for 40 million doses

January 22, 2021 No comments

Healthier world means ‘safer America’ Tedros stresses, as UN-led vaccine initiative announces deal for 40 million doses

INTERNATIONAL, 22 January 2021, Health - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday announced the signing of an advance purchase agreement securing up to 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine, under the UN-led COVAX equitable vaccine supply programme.  Commenting on the deal at the regular end-of-week press conference in Geneva, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said pending emergency authorization, close to 150 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine should also be available for COVAX to distribute, up to the end of March.  February delivery date  “Together, these announcements mean COVAX could begin delivering doses in February, provided we can finalize a supply agreement”, he said, noting that the deal “also opens the door” for countries with spare doses, to donate them.  In a press release outlining the deal, Tedros said the “urgent and equitable rollout of vaccines is not just a moral imperative,...

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Sudan: 250 killed, over 100,000 displaced as violence surges in Darfur

January 22, 2021 No comments

Sudan: 250 killed, over 100,000 displaced as violence surges in Darfur

INTERNATIONAL, 22 January 2021, Peace and Security - A sharp uptick in intercommunal violence in Sudan’s Darfur region has forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes in search of safety, including many into neighbouring Chad, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Friday. According to the agency, 250 people – including three humanitarian workers – also lost their lives in the clashes that started on 15 January in West Darfur province, and spread into South Darfur the next day.  Boris Cheshirkov, a UNHCR spokesperson, told journalists at a regular press briefing in Geneva on Friday, that about 3,500 new Sudanese refugees have arrived in eastern Chad.  “These refugees – the majority of them women and children – have been hosted in four very remote locations that lack basic...

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Mali in transition: UN peacekeeping chief takes stock of political and security developments

January 22, 2021 No comments

Mali in transition: UN peacekeeping chief takes stock of political and security developments

INTERNATIONAL, 22 January 2021, Peace and Security - Against the backdrop of a rapidly deteriorating security situation in Mali and the wider Sahel region, the UN peacekeeping chief concluded a visit to the restive northwest African nation on Thursday.  With the country in the throes of a political transition, following a military coup and the establishment of an interim Government last year, the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, took, stock of recent political and security developments, and discussed progress on implementing the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission there (MINUSMA), the most dangerous place to serve as a ‘blue helmet’ in the field.   Four peacekeepers were killed, and five others wounded in an attack on their convoy just over a week ago, in the vast...

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Guterres hails entry into force of treaty banning nuclear weapons

January 22, 2021 No comments

Guterres hails entry into force of treaty banning nuclear weapons

INTERNATIONAL, 22 January 2021, Peace and Security - The first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in more than two decades, came into force just after midnight on Friday, hailed by the UN Secretary-General as “an important step towards a world free of nuclear weapons”. António Guterres said that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) also represents a “strong demonstration of support for multilateral approaches to nuclear disarmament” overall. ‘Tragic testimonies’ of survivors In a video message and statement, the UN chief commended the States that have ratified the Treaty and welcomed the “instrumental role of civil society in advancing the TPNW’s negotiation and entry into force”. “The survivors of nuclear explosions and nuclear tests offered tragic testimonies and were a moral force behind the Treaty. Entry into force is a...

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APS files permit request to restore and develop Mary’s Fancy

APS files permit request to restore and develop Mary’s Fancy

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - On January 18th, pension fund...

January 22, 2021 No comments

Happy winner of the annual Maduro Travel New Year’s Raffle receives Travel Gift Bag

Happy winner of the annual Maduro Travel New Year’s Raffle…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Mr. William Obispo became the happy...

January 22, 2021 No comments

SCDF rolls out extensive health and safety measures

SCDF rolls out extensive health and safety measures

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation...

January 22, 2021 No comments

Prime Minister Jacobs presents legislative amendments to Parliament

Prime Minister Jacobs presents legislative amendments to Parliament

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Today, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs attended...

January 21, 2021 No comments

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11 New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 10 Recoveries. 134 Active Cases. 381 in Home Isolation/Quarantined

January 23, 2021

11 New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 10 Recoveries. 134 Active Cases. 381 in Home Isolation/Quarantined

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of January 23rd, there were eleven (11) persons who tested positive ...

Caribbean Brewing Company Receives SafeSeal Recognition

January 22, 2021

Caribbean Brewing Company Receives SafeSeal Recognition

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau, the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Ass...

Prime Minister Jacobs clarifies misconstrued headline published by The Daily Herald

January 21, 2021

Prime Minister Jacobs clarifies misconstrued headline published by The Daily Herald

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Thursday, January 21st, an article was published in The Daily Herald...

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Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Saturday

January 22, 2021 No comments

Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – On Saturday, January 23, fuel pump prices will be adjusted for gasoline and diesel.  The current price of unleaded gasoline is Naf.1.8000 per liter, will be adjusted to t...

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House of Parliament closed effective immediately due to COVID-19 Case

January 22, 2021 No comments

House of Parliament closed effective immediately due to COVID-19 Case

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Effective Friday, January 22, 2021 the House of Parliament will be closed until February 5, 2021, because of positive case of COVID-19. Efforts are being made for all Par...

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Slight rise in new coronavirus cases, as curfew comes into effect

January 23, 2021 No comments

Slight rise in new coronavirus cases, as curfew comes into effect

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The public health institute RIVM has registered 5,487 new cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, down from Friday but slightly up on the average over ...

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Oxford vaccine delays mean Dutch need to rethink vaccine strategy

January 23, 2021 No comments

Oxford vaccine delays mean Dutch need to rethink vaccine strategy

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Problems at a production plant in Belgium where the AstraZeneca vaccine is made mean the Dutch coronavirus vaccination strategy needs to be thought out again, and furthe...

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The Maho Group Offers Regular Rapid Antigen Testing for Staff since Wednesday

January 21, 2021

The Maho Group Offers Regular Rapid Antigen Testing for Staff since Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (MAHO) - The Maho Group, owners and operators of the all-inclusive, adults-only luxury ...

Police looking for info about a Safe found in the Lagoon

January 21, 2021

Police looking for info about a Safe found in the Lagoon

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - On Wednesday January 20th, 2021, the Central Police Dispatch received a...

AUC Phi Chi Medical Fraternity Raises funds to support the Nature Foundation

January 21, 2021

AUC Phi Chi Medical Fraternity Raises funds to support the Nature Foundation

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The first Virtual 5k hosted by the Phi Chi Medical Fraternity of the Ameri...

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KNMI Confirms No Volcanic Activity at Mt. Scenery. Seismic Monitoring Continues

January 22, 2021

KNMI Confirms No Volcanic Activity at Mt. Scenery. Seismic Monitoring Continues

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute KNMI continues its volcanic/seism...

Second Chamber reminded of Saba’s financial woes

January 21, 2021

Second Chamber reminded of Saba’s financial woes

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Executive Council recently sent a letter to the Second Chamber’s Permanent C...

Two arrested for December 15 Philipsburg knife attack

January 21, 2021

Two arrested for December 15 Philipsburg knife attack

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Officers of Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) raided a home early Thursd...

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2.3 million people have Covid antibodies, blood bank probe shows

January 22, 2021 No comments

2.3 million people have Covid antibodies, blood bank probe shows

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – One in eight people in the Netherlands could have Covid-19 antibodies as a result of having had the infection, but that does not mean that they should join the back of t...

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Government allocates €7.6bn more to support companies, events will get guarantee fund

January 22, 2021 No comments

Government allocates €7.6bn more to support companies, events will get guarantee fund

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch government has allocated a further €7.6bn to support companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic and is setting up a separate scheme to help new firms, the finan...

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament concerning several draft national ordinances

January 22, 2021 No comments

Central Committee meeting of Parliament concerning several draft national ordinances

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on, January 25, 2021. The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday at 11.00 hrs. and will be held...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

January 23, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Saturday, January 23, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) January 24, 2021    WEATHER:         Tonight thro...

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