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Stalled Security Council resolution adopted, backing UN’s global humanitarian ceasefire call

July 01, 2020 No comments

Stalled Security Council resolution adopted, backing UN’s global humanitarian ceasefire call

INTERNATIONAL, 1 July 2020, Peace and Security - The Security Council on Wednesday echoed the Secretary-General’s call for a worldwide ceasefire, to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has already claimed more than half a million lives. The UN chief welcomed the long-awaited move, calling for countries to "redouble their efforts for peace". Unanimously adopting resolution 2532 (2020) on Wednesday, the 15-member peace and security body demanded “a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations, on its agenda.” It also voiced its support for efforts by Secretary-General António Guterres – who first appealed for a global ceasefire on 23 March – towards that goal. Endangering peace The unprecedented extent of the novel coronavirus pandemic “is likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security”, it said, adding that it could also set back peacebuilding and development gains...

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‘Long, hard road ahead’ for countries taking piecemeal approach to COVID

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‘Long, hard road ahead’ for countries taking piecemeal approach to COVID

INTERNATIONAL, 1 July 2020, Health - The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that some nations battling the COVID-19 pandemic who have been taking a “fragmented approach” to suppressing the deadly virus, “face a long, hard road ahead.” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the regular coronavirus press briefing at WHO headquarters in Geneva, that “flare-ups are to be expected as countries start to lift restrictions.” But he noted that countries with “systems in place to apply a comprehensive approach, should be able to contain these flare-ups locally, and avoid reintroducing widespread restrictions.” ‘It’s never too late’ However, he continued, “we are concerned that some countries have not used all the tools at their disposal and have taken a fragmented approach. These countries face a long, hard road...

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Youth activist speaks up for environmental protection at Human Rights Council

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Youth activist speaks up for environmental protection at Human Rights Council

INTERNATIONAL, 1 July 2020, Human Rights - At the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, a teenager from Côte d’Ivoire has explained why protecting the environment matters so much. The rare and refreshing intervention came from 14-year-old activist Junior, who spoke out against alleged industrial pollution, including from the cocoa production sector, in his home town of San-Pédro, in the West African State. Bachelet warning At the child rights debate, Member States also heard from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, who warned that environmental harm severely affects “the youngest children, indigenous children and those from low-income and marginalized communities”. I want the authorities to take this question of the environment to heart. Because we children are suffering a lot – Junior, 14, from Côte d’Ivoire This damage was being...

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UNESCO urges caution over fraudulent African artefacts, sold in its name

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UNESCO urges caution over fraudulent African artefacts, sold in its name

INTERNATIONAL, 1 July 2020, Culture and Education - The UN on Wednesday revealed the existence of an illicit trafficking scam in African cultural artefacts, which are being sold to unsuspecting buyers, thanks to the entirely fake UNESCO stamp they come with. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is warning art lovers who may be approached to buy African cultural treasures, apparently endorsed by the agency, to exercise the “utmost vigilance” after receiving numerous reports of the trafficking ruse. The organization said that false documents claimed that UNESCO had authorized the transactions, and certified the monetary value of collections, which is not true. It said that most victims of the fraud live in France and many have links to French-speaking African countries. Million-Euro scam More than one million euros’...

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'Bold and creative’ solutions needed for a sustainable, post-pandemic economy

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'Bold and creative’ solutions needed for a sustainable, post-pandemic economy

INTERNATIONAL, 1 July 2020, Economic Development - Unless the world acts now, the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying global recession, will trigger “years of depressed and disrupted economic growth”, the UN chief warned on Wednesday.  During the first in a series of roundtable discussions on responding and recovering better from the global crisis, this one with women economists, he painted a grim picture of acute suffering, saying that extreme poverty and hunger are set to increase drastically. Many healthcare systems are already at breaking point; and a whole generation of children is missing out on education.  “The pandemic threatens not just to put the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on hold, but to reverse progress that has already been made”, Secretary-General António Guterres said.  Building back better Against the backdrop of...

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Reminder to driving schools, instructors, and existing and prospective students

Reminder to driving schools, instructors, and existing and prospective students

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Inspectorate of the...

July 01, 2020 No comments

Carrying the torch of the Sacred Legacies of Emancipation

Carrying the torch of the Sacred Legacies of Emancipation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - His Excellency drs. Eugene B. Holiday,...

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Investigating High Food Prices Top Priority for Ministry of TEATT

Investigating High Food Prices Top Priority for Ministry of TEATT

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Tourism, Economic...

June 30, 2020 No comments

Yannick Cazemajou, Yvon Springer, Anne Marie Bouillé and Laurent Mesguich group wins Four-Person Scramble

Yannick Cazemajou, Yvon Springer, Anne Marie Bouillé and Laurent Mesguich…

SINT MAARTEN (MULLET BAY) - Yannick Cazemajou, Yvon Springer, Anne...

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Final Inspection of School Busses Underway until July 10

July 01, 2020

Final Inspection of School Busses Underway until July 10

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Inspectorate of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Tra...

Leeward Blindsnake: Native to St. Eustatius

June 30, 2020

Leeward Blindsnake: Native to St. Eustatius

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - Using DNA-and morphological analysis, a team from Reptile, Amphibian a...

18-Year Old Son arrested for psychically assaulting his mother

June 29, 2020

18-Year Old Son arrested for psychically assaulting his mother

SINT MAARTEN (OVER THE BANK) - The police patrols were summoned to the Over the Bank area, on Monday...

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Statia recruits Van Dinter as  interim Airport Manager

July 02, 2020 No comments

Statia recruits Van Dinter as interim Airport Manager

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - Effective July 1st, The Public Entity of St. Eustatius recruits Mr. Richard van Dinter in the capacity of interim Airport Manager. Mr. Van Dinter will prepare the airpor...

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The Questionable Tantrum of MP Gumbs

July 02, 2020 No comments

The Questionable Tantrum of MP Gumbs

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY – By Lionel R. Joseph) - I'm not sure what "revisionist history" has to do with anything when a man speaks of present-day issues. I'm not sure what it means at all. Something ...

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As Keti Koti is celebrated, the Netherlands is slowly facing up to its slavery past

July 01, 2020 No comments

As Keti Koti is celebrated, the Netherlands is slowly facing up to its slavery past

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Ceremonies and meetings took part at different locations across the Netherlands on Wednesday to commemorate the end of slavery in the Dutch colonies. The gatherings too...

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Wealth gap in the Netherlands much wider than previously thought, say experts

July 01, 2020 No comments

Wealth gap in the Netherlands much wider than previously thought, say experts

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The wealth gap in the Netherlands is much wider than previously thought, according to a report by four leading economists in economic journal ESB. The research, quoted ...

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Toastmasters Celebrates Distinguished Toastmaster Sanjana Manek-Chuganey

June 30, 2020

Toastmasters Celebrates Distinguished Toastmaster Sanjana Manek-Chuganey

SINT MAARTEN (CUPECOY) - Toastmasters International is an educational organization that teaches publ...

SHTA to hold Tourism Survey Result Workshop

June 29, 2020

SHTA to hold Tourism Survey Result Workshop

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) will be present...

MVG Technology donates Eight refurbished laptops from AUC to students of MPC and Sundial School

June 29, 2020

MVG Technology donates Eight refurbished laptops from AUC to students of MPC and Sundial School

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Since Covid 19 has plunged all students on Sint Maarten head over heels...

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Simpson Bay & Causeway Bridge Openings Return to Regular Daily Schedule

June 29, 2020

Simpson Bay & Causeway Bridge Openings Return to Regular Daily Schedule

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The Simpson Bay Bridge will resume regular scheduled bridge opening times as of W...

Maximum tariffs set for distribution of electricity in the Caribbean Netherlands

June 29, 2020

Maximum tariffs set for distribution of electricity in the Caribbean Netherlands

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - The Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) sets the maximum tariffs for the d...

SMMC making COVID care facilities storm resilient

June 29, 2020

SMMC making COVID care facilities storm resilient

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - In an effort to weather any possible storms, St. Maarten Medical Center (S...

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Police arrest nine in investigation into cocaine smuggling via Vlissingen

July 01, 2020 No comments

Police arrest nine in investigation into cocaine smuggling via Vlissingen

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Nine people have been arrested in raids across 30 different locations in Zeeland as part of a major investigation into drug smuggling, police said on Wednesday. Most of...

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Police launch investigation into Rotterdam officers’ racist Whatsapp group

July 01, 2020 No comments

Police launch investigation into Rotterdam officers’ racist Whatsapp group

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Rotterdam police have started an investigation into a police Whatsapp group in which officers used racist and derogatory terms to describe people who have an ethnic mino...

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Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations (CKAIR) scheduled to meet on Thursday

July 01, 2020 No comments

Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations (CKAIR) scheduled to meet on Thursday

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations (CKAIR), will meet on July 2, 2020. The CKAIR Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 1...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

June 30, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) July 01, 2020    WEATHER:  Tonight: Fair to partl...

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