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UN forum examines how to make science and technology work better for all

May 04, 2021 No comments

UN forum examines how to make science and technology work better for all

INTERNATIONAL, 4 May 2021, SDGs - Harnessing the full potential of science and technology for the benefit of all people, everywhere, is the focus of a two-day virtual meeting convened by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which opened on Tuesday.  The Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) aims to identify gaps and promote partnerships in efforts to achieve a greener world by 2030.  In remarks to the forum, UN Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized how the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the importance of science, technology and innovation for human well-being and survival, as well as the need for greater global cooperation.  His statement was delivered by Maria Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.  Pandemic sparks innovations  Addressing...

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UN human rights office urges calm, after bloodshed in Colombian city of Cali

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UN human rights office urges calm, after bloodshed in Colombian city of Cali

INTERNATIONAL, 4 May 2021, Human Rights The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) on Tuesday voiced deep alarm over the violence in the city of Cali in Colombia overnight, as a number of people were reportedly killed and wounded when police opened fire on demonstrators.  Spokesperson Marta Hurtado said that the OHCHR office in Colombia is working to verify the exact number of casualties, and establish how the incident came about in Cali. “We express our profound shock at the events there and stress our solidarity with those who have lost their lives, as well as the injured and their families”, she said. Mr. Hurtado added that human rights defenders also reported having been harassed and threatened. The protests, which began last Wednesday with a general strike over proposed tax...

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Release jailed dissident on medical grounds, UN experts urge Iran

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Release jailed dissident on medical grounds, UN experts urge Iran

INTERNATIONAL, 4 May 2021, Human Rights - United Nations independent human rights experts, on Tuesday, called on Iranian authorities to immediately release a political activist, said to be at risk of severe health complications and even death, if not provided with appropriate medical care. Filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad received multiple sentences in February last year, including a seven-and-a-half-year prison term, after being convicted on charges relating to an open letter he and others signed calling for the Supreme Leader’s resignation and for constitutional changes, according to a news release by the experts. The Iranian authorities must release him immediately in line with medical opinions and give him free access to the required medical care and treatment –  Human rights experts “We are seriously concerned at the mistreatment of Mohammad Nourizad...

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Young people key to transforming world’s food systems

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Young people key to transforming world’s food systems

INTERNATIONAL, 4 May 2021, SDGs - Young people are taking a leading role in shaping fair and equitable food systems around the world, senior UN officials affirmed on Tuesday during a global youth dialogue on the theme of “Good Food for All”. The online discussions, which centred around topics such as agriculture, education and climate change, will serve as direct input to a landmark UN Food Systems Summit, due to be held in September.  More than a plateful  Transforming food systems is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said in a video message for the event.  She highlighted how “food is much bigger than what is on your plate”, noting key connections with health, environment and culture.    “This is a complex challenge, but...

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Joy in South Sudan, as schools reopen after 14-month COVID lockdown

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Joy in South Sudan, as schools reopen after 14-month COVID lockdown

INTERNATIONAL, 4 May 2021, Health - The countrywide reopening of schools in South Sudan is a welcome step on the road to “normalcy” for youngsters, two in three of whom need humanitarian assistance, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. Describing the “joy” felt by children and aid workers as classrooms reopened on Monday after more than 14 months of COVID-19 restrictions, Mads Oyen, UNICEF’s chief of field operations, explained that going back to school was about more than just learning “Especially in a country like South Sudan, where we’re also faced with humanitarian emergencies in many parts of the country”, he explained. “Schools are places for children to be safe and to be protected and also to access basic services, school feeding and so on.” Despite...

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Minister Ottley: The Drive to 85%, SXM race to normalcy

Minister Ottley: The Drive to 85%, SXM race to normalcy

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Public Health, Social...

May 05, 2021 No comments

A NIGHT OF CALYPSO ON MAY 8 OF POWERFUL FEMALE CALYPSONIANS

A NIGHT OF CALYPSO ON MAY 8 OF POWERFUL FEMALE…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - This Saturday, May 8, the National...

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Over 180 attend Rotary Prevent & Manage Diabetes Walkathon

Over 180 attend Rotary Prevent & Manage Diabetes Walkathon

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Disease prevention and treatment takes on...

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MP Emmanuel: SMMC’s Australian Director has messy history, calls for appointment reversal

MP Emmanuel: SMMC’s Australian Director has messy history, calls for…

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

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AOV and AWW now to be paid on the 28th of each month, says Minister Ottley

May 05, 2021

AOV and AWW now to be paid on the 28th of each month, says Minister Ottley

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Earlier this year, the Social Insurances (SZV) announced that the month...

Second edition of COVID-19 Vaccination Panel Discussion set for Tuesday May 11th at 7:00 PM

May 04, 2021

Second edition of COVID-19 Vaccination Panel Discussion set for Tuesday May 11th at 7:00 PM

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccination? Do you have...

Cay Hill residents threaten legal action if illegal development not stopped

May 04, 2021

Cay Hill residents threaten legal action if illegal development not stopped

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Residents of Cay Hill on Tuesday called on government to immediately infor...

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MP Pantophlet: “There is no better time than now to end abuse of the short-term contract”

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MP Pantophlet: “There is no better time than now to end abuse of the short-term contract”

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The abuse of the short-term contract/labor agreement better known as the 6-month contract has been disputed for years and National Alliance Member of Parliament, George Pa...

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Recreational facilities, school buildings discussed at retreat

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Recreational facilities, school buildings discussed at retreat

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The development of recreational facilities and the upgrading of the school buildings were two topics discussed during the recent retreat of the Island Council and the Executive Cou...

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Don’t relax rules until hospital admissions drop 20%, health experts say

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Don’t relax rules until hospital admissions drop 20%, health experts say

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Government health advisors say no further coronavirus measures should be relaxed until the number of people being treated for coronavirus in hospital has gone down by 20...

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Rise in coronavirus hospital patients under 60 ‘concerning’, says RIVM

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Rise in coronavirus hospital patients under 60 ‘concerning’, says RIVM

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of coronavirus cases fell by 5.5% in the last seven days, but the proportion of positive tests rose for the sixth consecutive week. The decline in positive t...

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Minister Ottley meets with local entertainers for Island wide vaccination campaign

May 04, 2021

Minister Ottley meets with local entertainers for Island wide vaccination campaign

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Monday May 3rd, 2021, the Minister of Public Health, Social Developm...

Nature Foundation and R4CR provides Update on Monkey Management Project

May 04, 2021

Nature Foundation and R4CR provides Update on Monkey Management Project

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Nature Foundation’s Monkey Management Project funded via the Resources for...

COVID-19 Drive Through Testing Remains Open in Point Blanche

May 04, 2021

COVID-19 Drive Through Testing Remains Open in Point Blanche

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Min...

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C&W Communications Appoints Tony Matthews Vice President, Dutch Caribbean

May 05, 2021

C&W Communications Appoints Tony Matthews Vice President, Dutch Caribbean

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - C&W Communications (C&W) today announced the appointment of Tony Matthe...

National Day of Remembrance

May 04, 2021

National Day of Remembrance

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – On Tuesday, May 4, the Government of Sint Maarten recognized Nati...

Speech of the acting Kingdom Representative Jan Helmond at the Remembrance Day Ceremony

May 04, 2021

Speech of the acting Kingdom Representative Jan Helmond at the Remembrance Day Ceremony

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) – On the occasion of the commemoration of all those who died in World Wars and ...

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The Netherlands remembers its war dead with poetry and personal stories

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The Netherlands remembers its war dead with poetry and personal stories

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands remembered its World War II dead on Tuesday, with commemorations at war memorials nationwide. The day of remembrance culminated in two minutes’ silence o...

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Teenagers jailed for the death of a man, 73, in ‘paedophile hunt’

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Teenagers jailed for the death of a man, 73, in ‘paedophile hunt’

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Five teenagers who attacked a 73-year-old man they had lured to a meeting as part of a ‘paedophile hunt’ have been found guilty of contributing to his death. The two ol...

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Dutch coronavirus death toll topped 24,000 at the end of January: CBS

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Dutch coronavirus death toll topped 24,000 at the end of January: CBS

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The death toll in the Netherlands from coronavirus reached 24,484 by the end of January, national statistics agency CBS said on Tuesday. The figure includes 2,757 peopl...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, May 04, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) May 05, 2021  WEATHER:      Tonight through Wednesd...

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