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‘Humanity remains unacceptably close to nuclear annihilation, says UN chief on International Day

September 26, 2021 No comments

‘Humanity remains unacceptably close to nuclear annihilation, says UN chief on International Day

INTERNATIONAL, 26 September 2021, Peace and Security - “Now is the time to eliminate nuclear weapons from our world , and usher in a new era of dialogue, trust and peace”, declared UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday, marking the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Addressing the threat of nuclear weapons, said Mr, Guterres, has been central to the work of the United Nations since its inception; the first General Assembly resolution in 1946 sought “the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and of all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.”  The UN chief pointed out that, although the total number of nuclear weapons has been decreasing for decades, some 14,000 are stockpiled around the world, which is facing the...

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UNICEF’s women Goodwill Ambassadors, give voice to the voiceless

September 25, 2021 No comments

UNICEF’s women Goodwill Ambassadors, give voice to the voiceless

INTERNATIONAL, 25 September 2021, Women - Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August, the world has continued to watch anxiously, as the fate of women and girls throughout the country hangs in the balance. “It is essential that the hard-won rights of Afghan women and girls are protected”, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council. Women are not just half of the global population, it has been shown that their full participation in public life “enhances economic results, prompts greater investment in social protection, leads to more sustainable peace and advances climate action”, according to the UN chief. UNICEF has long acknowledged and brought this to the fore, through the work of its many women Goodwill Ambassadors. Africa           ©UNICEF/Alexandre Marques UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo listens to mothers...

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Syria: 10 years of war has left at least 350,000 dead

September 24, 2021 No comments

Syria: 10 years of war has left at least 350,000 dead

INTERNATIONAL, 24 September 2021, Human Rights - A decade of war in Syria has left more 350,200 people dead, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council on Friday, noting that this total was an “under-count of the actual number of killings”. These are a result of a war that spiralled out of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule. Based on the “rigorous work” of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), she said that the tally, which includes civilians and combatants, is based on “strict methodology” requiring the deceased’s full name, the date of death, and location of the body. People behind the numbers In the first official update on the death toll since 2014, Ms. Bachelet informed the...

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Afghanistan: Girls’ education must be a given, urges deputy UN chief

September 24, 2021 No comments

Afghanistan: Girls’ education must be a given, urges deputy UN chief

INTERNATIONAL, 24 September 2021, Human Rights - Ensuring all Afghan girls can be educated must be “a zero condition” for the Taliban, before international recognition of their de facto authority, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Friday. Ms. Mohammed was speaking during a panel discussion on supporting a future for girls’ education in Afghanistan, held on the margins of the UN General Assembly. Prominent women advocates from Afghanistan and the international community also participated in the discussion, held both online and in person, and moderated by BBC correspondent Laura Trevelyan from UN Headquarters in New York. ‘Front and centre’ Asked if international aid to Afghanistan could be conditional on education for women and girls, Ms. Mohammed responded “absolutely”, stating that the issue “continues to remain...

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Human rights in Belarus continue downward spiral, warns Bachelet

September 24, 2021 No comments

Human rights in Belarus continue downward spiral, warns Bachelet

INTERNATIONAL, 24 September 2021, Human Rights - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday that she continues to be alarmed by “persistent allegations” of “widespread and systematic torture” of protesters in Belarus.  Gender-based violence is of serious concern, with reports that approximately 30 per cent of those arbitrarily detained were women and girls, Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council in Geneva.  Freedoms under assault  Severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms have also continued since the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in August last year, Ms Bachelet said.  She highlighted ongoing police raids against civil society groups and independent media, and the politically motivated arrests and criminal prosecutions of activists and journalists.  More than 650 people are believed to be in prison because of their opinions – including the head...

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Four house searches conducted in Madame Estate

Four house searches conducted in Madame Estate

SINT MAARTEN (MADAME ESTATE) - One man was arrested and...

September 24, 2021 No comments

Minister Lawrence visits local brewery. Aims to promote local production

Minister Lawrence visits local brewery. Aims to promote local production

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – A moment of curiosity captured...

September 23, 2021 No comments

Minister Richardson pays a visit to Dutch State Secretary Knops

Minister Richardson pays a visit to Dutch State Secretary Knops

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - The main items on the agenda...

September 23, 2021 No comments

MP Buncamper presents Questions on a Number of Issues

MP Buncamper presents Questions on a Number of Issues

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During the public meeting of parliament...

September 23, 2021 No comments

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COVID-19 CURFEW EXTENDED UNTIL OCTOBER 1. BUSINESS CLOSURE FROM 11.00PM

September 24, 2021

COVID-19 CURFEW EXTENDED UNTIL OCTOBER 1. BUSINESS CLOSURE FROM 11.00PM

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) - Despite the decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the territory of Sai...

Two suspects arrested for stolen vehicle possession while at the beach

September 24, 2021

Two suspects arrested for stolen vehicle possession while at the beach

SINT MAARTEN (GUANA BAY) - On September 24, 2021, at approximately 1:00am, a police patrol spotted a...

Time Management workshop being held by SSSD on Sept. 28

September 24, 2021

Time Management workshop being held by SSSD on Sept. 28

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Many students are challenged by the constraint of time and if time is n...

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63rd Person Dies from COVID-19. 10 Persons Remain Hospitalized. 16 New Positive Cases on Saturday. 166 Active Cases

September 25, 2021 No comments

63rd Person Dies from COVID-19. 10 Persons Remain Hospitalized. 16 New Positive Cases on Saturday. 166 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley extends sympathy to the family and friends of Sint Maarten’s 63rd COVID-19 victim, who has passed ...

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Prime Minister Jacobs attends Disaster Management Meeting regarding preparations for Hurricane Sam

September 24, 2021 No comments

Prime Minister Jacobs attends Disaster Management Meeting regarding preparations for Hurricane Sam

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – On Friday afternoon, Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs attended a disaster management meeting convened by National Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson in connect...

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Coronavirus measures in the Netherlands: what changes today

September 25, 2021 No comments

Coronavirus measures in the Netherlands: what changes today

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The 1.5 metre social distancing requirement is being dropped in the Netherlands from Saturday, September 25. Here’s what you need to know: About the coronavirus pass ...

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More money for teachers and defence, but higher corporate taxes

September 24, 2021 No comments

More money for teachers and defence, but higher corporate taxes

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Two days of debate on the cabinet’s 2022 spending plans resulted in a string of wins for opposition parties, following the outgoing cabinet’s decision to allocate €2bn t...

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Royal Netherlands Marechaussee welcomes Minister Richardson to Knowledge Center

September 23, 2021

Royal Netherlands Marechaussee welcomes Minister Richardson to Knowledge Center

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - On Thursday September 23, 2021, in her pursuit to forge relationships...

One arrested during house search in drugs smuggling investigation

September 23, 2021

One arrested during house search in drugs smuggling investigation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On September 23, 2021, the Alpha Team carried out a house search and ar...

Government and NRPB on SMHDF funding request related to Housing

September 23, 2021

Government and NRPB on SMHDF funding request related to Housing

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Government of Sint Maarten would like to address the two articles r...

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As a country we have the capabilities and a platoon of in-house professionals

September 25, 2021

As a country we have the capabilities and a platoon of in-house professionals

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY – S. Natasha Manuela-Gumbs BSc. CRM CQA CLA) - I am not a person of the med...

Tax Service CN names reception hall after Larry Thomas

September 24, 2021

Tax Service CN names reception hall after Larry Thomas

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - The reception hall of the Tax Service/Belastingsdienst Caribbean Netherlands ...

Motion to establish social minimum adopted

September 23, 2021

Motion to establish social minimum adopted

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Island Council want the new Dutch Government to see the establishing of a so...

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Junior minister Mona Keijzer sacked for coronavirus pass comments

September 25, 2021 No comments

Junior minister Mona Keijzer sacked for coronavirus pass comments

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Junior economic affairs minister Mona Keijzer has been sacked after she gave an interview to the Telegraaf newspaper in which she said she had great doubts about the use...

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Nine Eindhoven men arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack

September 24, 2021 No comments

Nine Eindhoven men arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch police have arrested nine men in Eindhoven who they say were preparing to take part in a terrorist attack. The investigation began in the summer following a tip-of...

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Infant sustained minor injuries after a rear-end collision

September 23, 2021 No comments

Infant sustained minor injuries after a rear-end collision

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Around 8:00 a.m., on September 23, 2021, Police Central Dispatch received a call about a traffic accident at the intersection of Gladiola Road and Carnation Road. Prelimi...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

September 25, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) September 26, 2021  WEATHER:      Tonight throu...

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