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First Person: ‘Trafficking is a crime that can happen in front of our eyes’

December 05, 2021 No comments

First Person: ‘Trafficking is a crime that can happen in front of our eyes’

INTERNATIONAL, 5 December 2021, Human Rights - Ilias Chatzis heads up a global team of more than 60 experts at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), committed to countering Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling. He says that more focus needs to be placed on those who profit from the crimes, rather than the victims. This feature has been edited for clarity and length. Mr. Chatzis was talking to Melissa Fleming, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications. You can hear the full interview on the UN podcast, Awake at Night. “Human trafficking and migrant smuggling have evolved a lot since I first took over this job. They have become more severe, in the sense of what the criminals involved inflict on people. There is...

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From the Field: ‘climate-smart’ development in an uncertain world

December 04, 2021 No comments

From the Field: ‘climate-smart’ development in an uncertain world

INTERNATIONAL, 4 December 2021, Climate and Environment - Today, when the UN plans initiatives to help vulnerable communities become more resilient, the climate crisis has to be part of the equation. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is connecting the dots between people and the impacts that climate change is having on their lives. Solar water facility in Ethiopia, by UNDP Every solution is different, and is adapted to the needs of each community. From micro-hydropower in Nepal, to decentralizing access to water systems in Colombia, climate-proofing rural settlements in Rwanda, and building more integrated national adaptation plans in Bhutan. As countries work to reduce their carbon footprint and adapt to climate change, reduce risks, and build more resilient societies, important progress is being made towards a...

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Omicron: Don't panic but prepare for likely spread, says WHO

December 03, 2021 No comments

Omicron: Don't panic but prepare for likely spread, says WHO

INTERNATIONAL, 3 December 2021, Health - As scientists continue to investigate the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged countries not to panic but to prepare for its likely spread. Heralding South Africa’s and Botswana’s decision to report the appearance of the Omicron coronavirus mutation last month, the UN health agency repeated that it will take another two weeks before more is known about how transmissible and how dangerous it actually is. Speaking in Geneva, WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier stressed that data suggesting that Omicron was highly transmissible was only preliminary. Unnecessary travel bans He also repeated WHO advice against blanket travel bans, except for countries whose health systems were unable to withstand a surge in infections. “It is much more preferred to prepare your country, your health system...

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UN chief: COVID-19 laid bare barriers faced by 1 billion people with disabilities

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UN chief: COVID-19 laid bare barriers faced by 1 billion people with disabilities

INTERNATIONAL, 3 December 2021, Human Rights - Marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Friday that those with a disability were among the hardest hit by the pandemic.  “COVID-19 has laid bare the persistent barriers and inequalities faced by the world’s one billion persons with disabilities”, he said.  Now, Mr. Guterres argued, a disability-inclusive pandemic response and recovery should be guided by persons with disabilities themselves.   It should also “forge partnerships, tackle injustice and discrimination, expand access to technology and strengthen institutions to create a more inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”  Human Rights  According to the UN, about 80 per cent of persons with disabilities live in developing countries. An estimated 46 per cent of people aged 60 years and over, have disabilities.  One in every five women is likely to experience disability in her life, while for children, that figure is one in ten.  To respond...

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Avoid starvation: ‘Immediate priority’ for 3.5 million Afghans

December 03, 2021 No comments

Avoid starvation: ‘Immediate priority’ for 3.5 million Afghans

INTERNATIONAL, 3 December 2021, Humanitarian Aid - Amidst “truly unprecedented levels” of hunger in Afghanistan, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday that as winter arrives, avoiding widespread starvation “is an immediate priority”.   Launching a global fundraising winter campaign to help forcibly displaced families in Afghanistan and elsewhere to cope with the most life-threatening months of the year, UNHCR Spokesperson Babar Baloch described it as “a crisis of hunger and starvation". "People don't have enough to eat, and it's very visible”.  Displaced lack proper shelter  Following his recent return from Kabul, Mr. Baloch said in Geneva that a lack of insulated shelters, warm clothes, insufficient food, fuel for heating, and medical supplies are just some of the deprivations confronting people who have been forcibly displaced.  With temperatures “expected to drop to -25C, many displaced families lack proper shelter – a primary requirement if they are to survive...

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SZV SELECTS ARCHITECTS FOR THE DESIGN OF OWN OFFICE BUILDING IN CAYHILL

SZV SELECTS ARCHITECTS FOR THE DESIGN OF OWN OFFICE BUILDING…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The new office building of...

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MP Buncamper questions the operations of SOG

MP Buncamper questions the operations of SOG

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During Friday’s meeting regarding the management...

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Minister Ottley and Ballast Nedam Intl’ signs SOS agreement for first job fair on December 18

Minister Ottley and Ballast Nedam Intl’ signs SOS agreement for…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday December 3rd, the Minister...

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SXM Airport forecasts increase in traffic. Three New Charters Start Service from Dec.5th

SXM Airport forecasts increase in traffic. Three New Charters Start…

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WIB and SMDF donate towards children’s mental health

December 06, 2021

WIB and SMDF donate towards children’s mental health

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Intervision Foundation’s mindfulness training for children is one of th...

Postal Services PSS NV to become hub for PostNL

December 06, 2021

Postal Services PSS NV to become hub for PostNL

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Following successful negotiations over the last few months with PostNL,...

US leader Gordon-Carty: MP Arrindell’s departure lacked integrity

December 05, 2021

US leader Gordon-Carty: MP Arrindell’s departure lacked integrity

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party Pamela Gordon Carty on Sund...

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MP Buncamper Questions Rental Tribunal. Says current legislation does not provide much

December 06, 2021 No comments

MP Buncamper Questions Rental Tribunal. Says current legislation does not provide much

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday Parliament's Committee of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure (VROMI) had an interactive and informative meeting with the Rental Tr...

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Flow & Safe Haven Partner on abuse awareness. Telecoms operator supports NGO in encouraging local dialog on domestic violence

December 05, 2021 No comments

Flow & Safe Haven Partner on abuse awareness. Telecoms operator supports NGO in encouraging local dialog on domestic violence

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Local telecoms provider Flow has partnered with the Safe Haven Foundation to encourage the local dialog on domestic violence. The Foundation provides support to abuse vict...

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COP26 has finished, so what does it mean for Dutch climate policy?

December 05, 2021 No comments

COP26 has finished, so what does it mean for Dutch climate policy?

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – It’s been a few weeks since the end of the climate conference in Glasgow, where delegates from nearly 200 countries signed a new agreement to stop temperatures rising ab...

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Airport Omicron cases revised up to 18, passengers are still testing postive

December 04, 2021 No comments

Airport Omicron cases revised up to 18, passengers are still testing postive

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – In total 18 of the passengers on two flights from South Africa which arrived in the Netherlands last Friday were carrying the Omicron variant of coronavirus, public heal...

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Lions Club recently announced the winners of their annual Peace Poster Contest

December 05, 2021

Lions Club recently announced the winners of their annual Peace Poster Contest

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Lions International Peace Poster Contest is one of many Lions Club ...

Free Rapid HIV Testing at the Cole Bay Community Helpdesk a Success

December 05, 2021

Free Rapid HIV Testing at the Cole Bay Community Helpdesk a Success

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs (CD...

Registration for Carnival 2022 closes, high numbers recorded. Calypso back in full force

December 05, 2021

Registration for Carnival 2022 closes, high numbers recorded. Calypso back in full force

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) closed its gener...

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SXMNBA Concludes Successful 5x5 Basketball Tournament

December 05, 2021

SXMNBA Concludes Successful 5x5 Basketball Tournament

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA) just concluded...

Another record for Sea to Scenery

December 05, 2021

Another record for Sea to Scenery

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Yet again, a very successful edition of the Sea to Scenery race was held on Saba...

CDFHA Host First Annual Interscholastic Speech Competition

December 05, 2021

CDFHA Host First Annual Interscholastic Speech Competition

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Wednesday, December 1st, the Department of Community Development, Fa...

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Minister promises to put a stop to boiling crustaceans alive

December 03, 2021 No comments

Minister promises to put a stop to boiling crustaceans alive

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Agriculture minister Carola Schouten will put a stop to the practice of boiling crabs and lobsters alive, she promised MPs during Thursday’s debate on her ministry’s bud...

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Next cabinet may have 20 ministers and 10 juniors, sources tell Telegraaf

December 03, 2021 No comments

Next cabinet may have 20 ministers and 10 juniors, sources tell Telegraaf

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The next government is likely to consist of 20 ministers and 10 junior ministers and will be dominated by the VVD and D66, sources in The Hague have told the Telegraaf. ...

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Tourism slowly rebounding on Saba and Statia

December 06, 2021 No comments

Tourism slowly rebounding on Saba and Statia

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - In Q3 2021, the number of visitors arriving by air in the Caribbean Netherlands almost tripled compared to the same period a year earlier. Relative to 2019, visitor arrivals by a...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

December 06, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Monday, December 06, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) December 07, 2021  …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EF...

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