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‘Invisible’ stateless people could miss out on COVID-19 jabs, UNHCR warns

June 22, 2021 No comments

‘Invisible’ stateless people could miss out on COVID-19 jabs, UNHCR warns

INTERNATIONAL, 22 June 2021, Migrants and Refugees - Millions of stateless people around the world could miss out on COVID-19 vaccinations because they lack identity papers and are essentially “invisible to the authorities”. That’s the warning from UN refugee agency, UNHCR, which on Tuesday published a report showing that the “great majority” of national immunization plans in 157 countries lacked “clarity” on anticipated coverage for people who have no legal proof of their identity,  “regardless of whether their age, health status or role in society would otherwise place them in a priority group”. Although it is relatively common for governments not to identify stateless people in their vaccination plans – and only two have barred stateless people specifically - UNHCR said that there were many reasons why...

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Grave violations against children in conflict ‘alarmingly high’, latest UN report reveals

June 21, 2021 No comments

Grave violations against children in conflict ‘alarmingly high’, latest UN report reveals

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2021, Peace and Security - More than 19,300 boys and girls affected by war last year were victims of grave violations such as recruitment or rape, and the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for experts to reach them, the UN said in its annual report on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC), published on Monday.  Grave violations against children remained “alarmingly high” at nearly 26,500, while the pandemic increased their vulnerability to abduction, recruitment and sexual violence, as well as attacks on schools and hospitals.  ‘A stolen childhood’  Measures to curtail coronavirus spread, also complicated the work of UN child protection monitors and experts, according to the report which is entitled A Stolen Childhood and a Future to Repair: Vulnerability of Girls & Boys in Armed...

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‘His words set a standard and will long endure’: UN mourns passing of Edward Mortimer

June 21, 2021 No comments

‘His words set a standard and will long endure’: UN mourns passing of Edward Mortimer

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2021, UN Affairs - Friends and former colleagues have been mourning the passing over the weekend of Edward Mortimer, the Chief Speechwriter for former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.  His time in office between 1998 and 2006, marked a crucial post-Cold War period for the UN, dominated by the Iraq War, and the fallout from the bombing of the UN Headquarters in the country’s capital, Baghdad, in 2003. ‘A gangle of limbs, a torrent of words’ Edward Mortimer, Director of Communications to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Photo: Video screen capture “I vividly recall Edward’s arrival -- a jumble of gangly limbs, a tangle of unruly hair and, most of all, a torrent of words", recalled Richard Amdur, now Director of Speechwriting at the UN....

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Pandemic ‘rolled back’ sustainable development funding for weak economies: UNCTAD

June 21, 2021 No comments

Pandemic ‘rolled back’ sustainable development funding for weak economies: UNCTAD

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2021, SDGs - Financial assistance to the world’s 83 weakest economies fell by 15 per cent in 2020, to $35 billion as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, UN trade and development experts UNCTAD said on Monday. According to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2021, total foreign direct investment also dropped by more than a third globally, to $1 trillion (from $1.5 trillion in 2019), threatening progress on sustainable development. This level was last seen in 2005 and it is an urgent problem because foreign direct investment is vital to promoting sustainable development in the world’s poorest regions, said Isabelle Durant, Acting Secretary-General of UNCTAD. “The (COVID-19) crisis has had an immense negative impact on the most productive types of investment, namely, greenfield investment in industrial...

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COVID-19: First mRNA vaccine tech transfer hub a ‘great step forward’

June 21, 2021 No comments

COVID-19: First mRNA vaccine tech transfer hub a ‘great step forward’

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2021, Health - The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting a South African consortium in establishing the first COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub, the UN agency announced on Monday.  The facility will allow manufacturers from developing countries to receive training in how to produce vaccines, and the relevant licenses to do so, as part of global efforts to scale-up access to lifesaving treatments.  The development follows WHO’s call in April for public and private companies to express their interest in creating technology transfer hubs so that low and middle-income countries could meet their urgent need for vaccines, amid critical shortages.  ‘A key moment’  “Today’s announcement is a great step forward for South Africa, and for the world. I hope this will be a key...

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Policy advisor of the Ministry of Justice Erling Hoeve acquitted by the Joint Court of Justice

Policy advisor of the Ministry of Justice Erling Hoeve acquitted…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Joint Court of Justice ruled...

June 22, 2021 No comments

MPs Emmanuel and Buncamper critical of budget, calls for respect for police, vacation pay

MPs Emmanuel and Buncamper critical of budget, calls for respect…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe...

June 22, 2021 No comments

St. Maarten Minister Recognizes Importance of Airlift Recovery

St. Maarten Minister Recognizes Importance of Airlift Recovery

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG - By Kelly Murphy, Washington, DC, USA)...

June 22, 2021 No comments

UNESCO AND FYI FOUNDATION COMPLETE PILOT STILT WALKING PROGRAM

UNESCO AND FYI FOUNDATION COMPLETE PILOT STILT WALKING PROGRAM

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Sint Maarten National Commission for UNESCO...

June 22, 2021 No comments

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Civil Registry Department Services Resume on Wednesday

June 22, 2021

Civil Registry Department Services Resume on Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Civil Registry Department at the Public Service Centers (Gove...

Reckless motorcyclist identified as ‘Zazz’, ordered to report to the Police Station

June 22, 2021

Reckless motorcyclist identified as ‘Zazz’, ordered to report to the Police Station

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Police has identified the reckless motorcyclist captured on video meand...

WITU says Government should take the time to think creatively

June 22, 2021

WITU says Government should take the time to think creatively

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – “Why is it that every time the SXM Government finds itself in financial...

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Seven New Positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. 59 Active Cases. Six Persons Hospitalized. 136 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

June 22, 2021 No comments

Seven New Positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. 59 Active Cases. Six Persons Hospitalized. 136 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of June 22nd, there were seven (7) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, four (4) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to fifty-nine (59...

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ST. MAARTEN TO “DRIVE FOR THE CURE” ON OCTOBER 3RD AS CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN’S WALK FOR THE CURE CELEBRATES YEAR 10!

June 22, 2021 No comments

ST. MAARTEN TO “DRIVE FOR THE CURE” ON OCTOBER 3RD AS CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN’S WALK FOR THE CURE CELEBRATES YEAR 10!

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Ten years and three ways to celebrate! The region’s largest cancer fundraiser, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure, celebrates 10 years this year and is giving the ban...

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CARIBAVIA Reveals How to Increase Island Competitiveness

June 22, 2021 No comments

CARIBAVIA Reveals How to Increase Island Competitiveness

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY - By Kathryn Creedy, Orlando, FL, USA) - Taxes and Caribbean gateway customs and immigration bottlenecks are hurting the competitiveness of many Caribbean destinations includ...

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CARIBAVIA: New Services Make Caribbean More Accessible, Lower Cost

June 22, 2021 No comments

CARIBAVIA: New Services Make Caribbean More Accessible, Lower Cost

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY - By Kathryn Creedy, Indian Harbor, FL, USA) - Trevor Sadler was forced into a circuitous routing to get from his base at Turks & Caicos to St. Maarten, but his experience is...

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Minister Ottley takes next step to improve access to affordable prescription medication

June 21, 2021

Minister Ottley takes next step to improve access to affordable prescription medication

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottle...

St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) Commemorates its 9th Anniversary

June 21, 2021

St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) Commemorates its 9th Anniversary

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Taking a moment to acknowledge its efforts throughout 2020 and the firs...

PFP Submits Teen Times Request to Parliament Committee for ECYS

June 21, 2021

PFP Submits Teen Times Request to Parliament Committee for ECYS

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Shortly after receiving a request to pursue curriculum that includes lo...

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Suspect in baseball bat attack released by of Judge of Instruction

June 22, 2021

Suspect in baseball bat attack released by of Judge of Instruction

SINT MAARTEN (FORT WILLEM) - The suspect in the Fort Willem baseball attack case was released on Fri...

Alpha Team arrests suspected drug courier

June 22, 2021

Alpha Team arrests suspected drug courier

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Alpha Team intercepted two kilograms of marijuana at Princess Julia...

R4CR officially launches Quick Win Round 2. US$564,289 in grants approved for local projects

June 21, 2021

R4CR officially launches Quick Win Round 2. US$564,289 in grants approved for local projects

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Resources For Community Resilience (R4CR) program officially launch...

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VVD and D66 to start sketching out a coalition deal as impasse continues

June 22, 2021 No comments

VVD and D66 to start sketching out a coalition deal as impasse continues

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Prime minister Mark Rutte and D66 leader Sigrid Kaag are going to sketch out the contours of a coalition agreement, following the failure of weekend efforts to break the...

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Man faces charges of abusing seven children under the age of 12

June 22, 2021 No comments

Man faces charges of abusing seven children under the age of 12

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A 34-year-old man from the staunchly Protestant town of Bunschoten is facing charges of sexually abusing seven children, the public prosecution department said on Tuesda...

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Committee of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs (CECYSA) to meet on Wednesday

June 22, 2021 No comments

Committee of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs (CECYSA) to meet on Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Committee of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs of Parliament will meet on June 22, 2021. The Committee meeting, which adjourned on April 26, 2021, with a c...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

June 22, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) June 23, 2021     WEATHER:       Tonight through W...

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