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Canada braces for Hurricane Fiona after a week of lashing wind and rain in Caribbean

September 23, 2022 No comments

Canada braces for Hurricane Fiona after a week of lashing wind and rain in Caribbean

INTERNATIONAL, 23 September 2022, Climate and Environment - After lashing parts of Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands with 140 kilometres-per-hour winds, Hurricane Fiona is expected to make landfall in Canada late Friday and Saturday, the UN said. “Fiona is expected to affect portions of Atlantic Canada as a powerful hurricane-force cyclone…significant impacts from high winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall are likely,” said World Meteorological Organization (WMO) spokesperson Clare Nullis. ‘Surf and rip’ “Life-threatening surf and rip” currents in the next few days are also expected along much of the east coast of the United States, the Bahamas, Bermuda and Canada’s east coast, the UN agency noted. At least five deaths have reportedly been attributed to the hurricane, which barrelled into Puerto Rico last Sunday....

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War crimes have been committed in Ukraine conflict, top UN human rights inquiry reveals

September 23, 2022 No comments

War crimes have been committed in Ukraine conflict, top UN human rights inquiry reveals

INTERNATIONAL, 23 September 2022, Human Rights - Almost seven months to the day since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, UN-appointed independent human rights investigators said that war crimes have indeed been committed in the conflict. The finding came in the first report by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, which was set up in March this year, at the request of Human Rights Council Member States. Much of the Commission’s work focused on investigations in the regions of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, and Sumy, where allegations of the most serious rights violations were made against Russian, or Russian-backed forces, early in the war. Thorough investigation Commission chairperson Erik Møse said that investigators visited 27 towns and settlements and interviewed more than 150 victims and witnesses. They also inspected “sites of...

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Half of Sudan’s most vulnerable children could die without aid

September 23, 2022 No comments

Half of Sudan’s most vulnerable children could die without aid

INTERNATIONAL, 23 September 2022, Humanitarian Aid - The situation for Sudan’s most vulnerable children is so desperate that half of the most severely malnourished youngsters are expected to die without urgent humanitarian intervention, UN agencies said on Friday. “As we speak today, 650,000 kids are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. If not treated, half of them will die,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Sudan, Mandeep O Brien, underscoring what veteran aid workers have called an unprecedented crisis. Spiralling recent problems in Sudan have their roots in a military coup in October 2021 that prompted a freeze in international funding for aid operations and which has forced UN relief teams to cut rations in half, in some cases. Ongoing political “tumult” has also weakened State support structures for struggling...

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Ukraine refugees: Eager to work but need greater support

September 23, 2022 No comments

Ukraine refugees: Eager to work but need greater support

INTERNATIONAL, 23 September 2022, Migrants and Refugees - Refugees from Ukraine are eager to work in their host countries but need additional support to do so, and to ensure their inclusion in the communities where they are staying, according to a new survey published on Friday by UN refugee agency, UNHCR.  Lives on Hold: Intentions and Perspectives of Refugees from Ukraine, is based on 4,800 responses from people who have fled the brutal war in their homeland and are now living in countries in Europe and beyond.  The survey was conducted between August and September.  Staying put for now  Seven months after the start of the conflict, Ukrainian refugees remain grateful for the warm reception that they have received across Europe, and most plan to stay...

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Ireland: Rights experts call for redress for 50 years of systemic racism in childcare institutions

September 23, 2022 No comments

Ireland: Rights experts call for redress for 50 years of systemic racism in childcare institutions

INTERNATIONAL, 23 September 2022, Human Rights - UN-appointed independent human rights experts on Friday called on Irish authorities to provide adequate redress for victims of racial discrimination and system racism in Irish childcare institutions, stretching over more than 50 years. Citing information received, 10 experts issued a joint statement saying that systemic racism in childcare institutions between the 1940s and 1990s, has “resulted in the higher institutionalization rate of children of African and Irish descent”. During their prolonged time there, children were exposed to heightened risk of corporal punishment, sexual, physical and verbal abuse, with lifelong consequences, including infringing their right to enjoy the highest standard of physical and mental health. Some of them were also subjected to vaccine trials. Exchanging letters Despite welcoming the Irish Government’s Action Plan to...

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The Adult Literacy Program at USM continues to assist adults with reading and writing

The Adult Literacy Program at USM continues to assist adults…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The University of St. Martin...

September 24, 2022 No comments

IPKO to start on Tuesday in The Netherlands

IPKO to start on Tuesday in The Netherlands

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) will...

September 24, 2022 No comments

2nd Annual Fitness on the Beach Event – Sunday, October 2

2nd Annual Fitness on the Beach Event – Sunday, October…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Globally, September and October is observed...

September 23, 2022 No comments

Royal decoration for outgoing Governor Sint Maarten

Royal decoration for outgoing Governor Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE - Outgoing Governor Eugene Holiday of Sint...

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H. E. Governor Holiday awarded the ‘Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau’

September 23, 2022

H. E. Governor Holiday awarded the ‘Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau’

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – During the farewell reception hosted by Dutch State Secretary for...

Bucket List Check: St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2023 Now Open for Registration

September 22, 2022

Bucket List Check: St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2023 Now Open for Registration

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - From Maxis to fierce sports boats, friendly to professional crews, the ...

RBC Royal Bank supports MPC with USD 4000 Donation

September 22, 2022

RBC Royal Bank supports MPC with USD 4000 Donation

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - RBC Bank representatives Judith Richardson, Lisandra Havertong, and Av...

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Governor Holiday pays working visit to The Netherlands

September 24, 2022 No comments

Governor Holiday pays working visit to The Netherlands

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE - From Tuesday September 20, 2022, until Friday September 23, 2022, His Excellency Governor Eugene B. Holiday paid a working visit to The Netherlands as part of his farewell as ...

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“Dating Violence Amongst Youth: The Silent Dangers”

September 23, 2022 No comments

“Dating Violence Amongst Youth: The Silent Dangers”

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is organizing an interactive and informative workshop entitled: “Dating...

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More dough for your loaf: bread prices likely to keep rising

September 23, 2022 No comments

More dough for your loaf: bread prices likely to keep rising

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – High energy bills and more expensive raw materials and packaging are pushing up the price of bread at bakeries and supermarkets by around 10%, market research bureau GfK...

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Parliament votes for €100 million for free school meals

September 23, 2022 No comments

Parliament votes for €100 million for free school meals

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – School dinners are coming to the Netherlands – not as the stuff of fond British school memories, but as an emergency measure to help households in desperate need. Conce...

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The Sint Maarten Lions Club launches its annual Peace Poster Contest

September 22, 2022

The Sint Maarten Lions Club launches its annual Peace Poster Contest

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Lions Club recently launched its annual Peace Poster C...

Effective October 15th, COVID insurance becomes optional and Sint Maarten residents no longer required to test

September 22, 2022

Effective October 15th, COVID insurance becomes optional and Sint Maarten residents no longer required to test

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA), Omar...

ODM: Remain Vigilant and Prepared as 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season Heats Up

September 22, 2022

ODM: Remain Vigilant and Prepared as 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season Heats Up

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Fire Chief and National Disaster Coordinator of the Office of Dis...

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RELIEF FROM HIGH ENERGY COSTS ON THE WAY FOR STATIA

September 23, 2022

RELIEF FROM HIGH ENERGY COSTS ON THE WAY FOR STATIA

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - Low-income households in Statia are being offered support to shield th...

Concrete steps to be taken during work conference 'Study Success Caribbean Students'

September 23, 2022

Concrete steps to be taken during work conference 'Study Success Caribbean Students'

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Next week, the work conference 'Study success Caribbean students' will ...

New customs boat arrives in Bonaire

September 22, 2022

New customs boat arrives in Bonaire

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - On Thursday, September 22, the new customs boat arrived on Bonaire. It is an ...

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Schiphol to pay airlines €350 for each passenger whose flight is cancelled

September 23, 2022 No comments

Schiphol to pay airlines €350 for each passenger whose flight is cancelled

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Schiphol airport is to pay airlines €350 for every passenger whose trip is cancelled over the next few days, the Volkskrant and Telegraaf reported on Friday. The measur...

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MPs vote to widen support for those hit by soaring energy bills

September 23, 2022 No comments

MPs vote to widen support for those hit by soaring energy bills

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The cabinet is assured of majority support for its energy cap plans but ministers were urged to make sure that the measure reaches everyone who needs help in Thursday’s ...

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Cocaine found in blood of lorry driver involved in fatal crash

September 23, 2022 No comments

Cocaine found in blood of lorry driver involved in fatal crash

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The lorry driver whose vehicle ploughed into a group of people having a barbecue last month, killing six people, including a heavily pregnant woman, had traces of cocain...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

September 23, 2022 No comments

Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Friday, September 23, 2022 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) September 24, 2022  WEATHER:     Tonight throug...

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