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‘Global learning crisis’ continues says Guterres; millions still hit

January 24, 2022 No comments

‘Global learning crisis’ continues says Guterres; millions still hit

INTERNATIONAL, 24 January 2022, Culture and Education - Almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, school closures continue to disrupt the lives of over 31 million students, exacerbating what the United Nations’ Secretary General called “a global learning crisis.” “Unless we take action, the share of children leaving school in developing countries who are unable to read could increase from 53 to 70 per cent”, António Guterres warned in a video message marking the International Day of Education, on Monday. The UN chief remembered the “chaos” that COVID-19 caused in education worldwide, noting that, at the pandemic’s peak, some 1.6 billion school and college students had their studies interrupted. Despite the improvement, he believes the crisis is “not over yet”, and the turmoil goes beyond questions of access and inequality. World changing The theme for...

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‘No free ride’ for COVID, it's here ‘for the foreseeable future’: Tedros

January 24, 2022 No comments

‘No free ride’ for COVID, it's here ‘for the foreseeable future’: Tedros

INTERNATIONAL, 24 January 2022, Health - The world must accept that COVID-19 is with us “for the foreseeable future”, even if it is possible to end the acute phase of the pandemic this year, UN health agency chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Monday. Speaking in Geneva, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros noted that on average last week, 100 cases were reported every three seconds, and somebody lost their life to the coronavirus every 12 seconds. It is still “dangerous to assume that Omicron will be the last variant, or that we are in the endgame” of the pandemic, he said. “On the contrary, globally, the conditions are ideal for more variants to emerge,” Tedros insisted, exactly two years and a day since he declared the deadly virus...

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Unified Libya will come only via ballot box, ‘not the gun’, Security Council hears

January 24, 2022 No comments

Unified Libya will come only via ballot box, ‘not the gun’, Security Council hears

INTERNATIONAL, 24 January 2022, Peace and Security - Libya is at a “delicate and fragile juncture in its path to unity and stability”, the UN Political Affairs chief told the Security Council on Monday, urging the international community to remain united in supporting national elections postponed last month.  In welcoming positive developments across three different tracks of intra-Libyan dialogue, Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, also recognized the challenges that must be overcome.   “So many Libyans have told us, the way towards a stable and united Libya is through the ballot box, not the gun”, she said. “We must stand with them”.  Postponed elections  Growing polarization among political actors, and disputes over key aspects of the electoral process, led to the postponement of long anticipated elections on 24 December.   The High National Commission for Elections (HNEC) cited shortcomings in the legal framework along with political and security concerns. To address this, the House of Representatives has established a Roadmap Committee to chart a...

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Interview: As millions fall behind, how can we bridge the growing education gap?

January 23, 2022 No comments

Interview: As millions fall behind, how can we bridge the growing education gap?

INTERNATIONAL, 23 January 2022, Culture and Education - The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on education, laying bare a crisis that was already causing widespread concern well before the spread of the virus. Robert Jenkins, the Director of Education at the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is calling for a transformation in learning, amid warnings that the current system is failing millions of people. Mr. Jenkins spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News ahead of this year’s International Day of Education, marked on 24 January. He began by outlining some of the effects the pandemic had on students worldwide. Robert Jenkins: It's important to remind ourselves that we still have a crisis in terms of the scale of the school closures and partial school closures....

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Bringing dry land in the Sahel back to life

January 23, 2022 No comments

Bringing dry land in the Sahel back to life

INTERNATIONAL, 23 January 2022, Humanitarian Aid - Millions of hectares of farmland are lost to the desert each year in Africa’s Sahel region, but the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is showing that traditional knowledge, combined with the latest technology, can turn arid ground back into fertile soil. Those trying to grow crops in the Sahel region are often faced with poor soil, erratic rainfail and long periods of drought. However, the introduction of a state-of-the art heavy digger, the Delfino plough, is proving to be, literally, a breakthrough. As part of its Action Against Desertification (AAD) programme, the FAO has brought the Delfino to four countries in the Sahel region – Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal – to cut through impacted, bone-dry soil...

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WIB Clears the air on rumors of client Covid entry requirements

WIB Clears the air on rumors of client Covid entry…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) has...

January 24, 2022 No comments

SMMC postpones elective admissions. Daycare and Outpatient services continue

SMMC postpones elective admissions. Daycare and Outpatient services continue

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - In light of the rise...

January 24, 2022 No comments

Prime Minister Jacobs profiles Trust Fund financial allocations

Prime Minister Jacobs profiles Trust Fund financial allocations

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Prime Minister of Sint Maarten...

January 23, 2022 No comments

MP Wescot questions government’s cohesion with its budget presentation and its parliamentary amendments

MP Wescot questions government’s cohesion with its budget presentation and…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - From the appearances of it, the...

January 23, 2022 No comments

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Extended pre-trial detention for Ginger Island shooting suspect

January 24, 2022

Extended pre-trial detention for Ginger Island shooting suspect

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The suspect in the Ginger Island Drive shooting has had his pre-trial d...

St. Maarten Babe Ruth Leagues Hosts Its First Open House Event at Motorworld Show Room

January 24, 2022

St. Maarten Babe Ruth Leagues Hosts Its First Open House Event at Motorworld Show Room

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - On Saturday, January 22nd, 2022, The St. Maarten/ St. Martin Babe Ruth Lea...

Sint Maarten Tourism Bureau shares insight into ongoing Expedia marketing campaign

January 23, 2022

Sint Maarten Tourism Bureau shares insight into ongoing Expedia marketing campaign

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Sint Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB) together with the French Tourist ...

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No additional fees being charged by WIB for interbank transfers. System glitch being investigated

January 24, 2022 No comments

No additional fees being charged by WIB for interbank transfers. System glitch being investigated

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) hereby informs its customers that it is investigating a glitch in its transfer system, which is causing additional charges/fees when proces...

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MP Arrindell presents amendment for reallocation of funds towards Road Repairs

January 24, 2022 No comments

MP Arrindell presents amendment for reallocation of funds towards Road Repairs

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In a follow up with concerns posed to the Minister Vromi concerning deplorable roads, independent Member of Parliament (MP) Akeem Arrindell comes good on his word and in F...

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500 care workers face redundancy after developing Long Covid

January 24, 2022 No comments

500 care workers face redundancy after developing Long Covid

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Over 500 healthcare workers face losing their jobs because they are suffering from Long Covid and have been on sick pay for the regulation two years, according to the FN...

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Bars, cafes and theatres set to get green light to open until 10pm

January 24, 2022 No comments

Bars, cafes and theatres set to get green light to open until 10pm

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The cabinet is poised to overrule its team of health advisory experts and sanction bar, café and cinema opening up to 10pm, sources in The Hague have told the AD and new...

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Man found dead in apartment on Saturday

January 23, 2022

Man found dead in apartment on Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - On Saturday morning around 8:00am, Police Central Dispatch received a call...

SCDF thankful for renewed corporate confidence after long Carnival hiatus

January 23, 2022

SCDF thankful for renewed corporate confidence after long Carnival hiatus

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) introduced the c...

Grisha sets the record straight on missing dossier. Hints at possible Parliamentary inquiry at PJIA

January 23, 2022

Grisha sets the record straight on missing dossier. Hints at possible Parliamentary inquiry at PJIA

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - President of Parliament, the Honourable Grisha Heyliger-Marten, says th...

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F3 Fun Free Fitness Center opens on Saba

January 24, 2022

F3 Fun Free Fitness Center opens on Saba

SABA (THE BOTTOM) —It was a proud moment for owner James Granger when his new F3 Fun Free Fitness Ce...

Arrests made by Alpha team related to drug smuggling and false travel docs

January 23, 2022

Arrests made by Alpha team related to drug smuggling and false travel docs

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - On 20 January 2022, in connection with an ongoing investigation...

Two suspects arrested for illegal firearm possession

January 23, 2022

Two suspects arrested for illegal firearm possession

SINT MAARTEN (MAHO) - Two young men with initials M.A.J. and A.E. respectively were arrested by poli...

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German police arrest Dutchman at head of gang of luxury car thieves

January 24, 2022 No comments

German police arrest Dutchman at head of gang of luxury car thieves

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A 66-year-old Dutch man who headed an international gang which smuggled stolen luxury cars mainly to Dubai has been arrested, German police have announced. The arrest c...

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Several human skulls found in river, police say not from a recent crime

January 24, 2022 No comments

Several human skulls found in river, police say not from a recent crime

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A number of human skulls and other bones have been found in the shallow waters of the Spui river near the village of Zuidland, south of Rotterdam. The grim find was mad...

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St. Martiners Tell Stories from Their Lives in New Oral History Book

January 23, 2022 No comments

St. Martiners Tell Stories from Their Lives in New Oral History Book

SAINT-MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER) - French Quarter, St. Martin – The Les Fruits de Mer association has published a new book, Stories of St. Martin. In this book, twelve St. Martiners tell stories from the...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

January 24, 2022 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Monday, January 24, 2022 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) January 25, 2022    WEATHER:      Tonight thr...

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