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Fighting drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

September 20, 2020 No comments

Fighting drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

INTERNATIONAL, 20 September 2020, Law and Crime Prevention - Drug trafficking has long been a problem in the Golden Triangle, the region where Thailand’s Chiang Rai province meets Myanmar and Laos. In this blog, Gita Sabharwal, UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, and Jeremy Douglas, who represents the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, explain how the United Nations and the Thai government are working together to tackle the issue. “Thailand has made considerable progress in combating the opium trade over recent decades and represents global good practices. UNODC has a long-term partnership with the Thai government and other stakeholders to combat drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle and, from the military base at Doi Chang Mub overlooking Myanmar,...

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Survival of wildlife reserves under threat in Namibia

September 19, 2020 No comments

Survival of wildlife reserves under threat in Namibia

INTERNATIONAL, 19 September 2020, Economic Development - After six months of lockdown, the Namibian government ended travel restrictions and curfews on Friday, in light of a drop in new COVID-19 cases. But Namibia’s economy, which depends heavily on wildlife tourism, has taken a major hit during the period, and the future of the country’s wildlife reserves, otherwise known as conservancies, is far from certain. When radio host Tashia Kalondo visited a conservancy in Namibia, she didn’t realize just how close she would get to the wildlife. Ms. Kalondo had travelled widely and seen wildlife before, but when the camp staff said they’d have to camouflage the gate to their campsite with shrubs to prevent elephants from coming in overnight, she found it hard...

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Uncertain future for migrant workers, in a post-pandemic world

September 19, 2020 No comments

Uncertain future for migrant workers, in a post-pandemic world

INTERNATIONAL, 19 September 2020, Migrants and Refugees - The COVID-19 pandemic has largely put a freeze on migration. But will the movement of people recover once the current crisis is over? In an interview with UN News, Gary Rynhart, a senior official at the UN labour agency, ILO, explains why a return to “normal” is unlikely, and migrants will probably face a very different job market. Gary Ryhhart, Senior Specialist on Employers' Activities, ILO, by Gary Ryhnart Gary Rynhart: When COVID-19 spread around the world, many migrants were shipped home unceremoniously or left to fend for themselves. Migrants have also – because of the sectors they work in, and the poor conditions in which many lower skilled migrants live and work – been vectors for spreading the virus....

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Sustainable Development goals are ‘the future’ Malala tells major UN event, urging countries to get on track

September 18, 2020 No comments

Sustainable Development goals are ‘the future’ Malala tells major UN event, urging countries to get on track

INTERNATIONAL, 18 September 2020, SDGs - The Global Goals represent the future for millions of girls who want education, women who fight for equality, and youth fighting for clean air, UN Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai said on Friday, at a side event of the General Assembly, challenging Member States, “when are you planning to do the work”?  “When I last spoke here, I was just about to enter university…optimistic about what was ahead: university life, making new friends and access to an incredible education”, she told the inaugural SDG Moment event, intended to renew the effort to meet the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the coming decade. “This June, I graduated in the midst of a reeling world — one many of us could not have predicted”.  The...

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Belarus crisis under the spotlight at Human Rights Council

September 18, 2020 No comments

Belarus crisis under the spotlight at Human Rights Council

INTERNATIONAL, 18 September 2020, Human Rights - The Belarus Government should end “violent crackdowns” and “increasing repression” against protesters who are still contesting the result of last month's Presidential elections, UN deputy rights chief Nada Al Nashif told the Human Rights Council on Friday. At the end of a memorable day of back-and-forth discussions between the Council President and delegations - featuring more than a dozen points of order by delegations who questioned the right of some of those addressing the Council to speak and no less than 17 amendments to a European-Union sponsored call for action – the Geneva-based forum finally adopted a resolution on the deteriorating rights situation in Belarus. It passed by 23 votes for, two against and with 22 abstentions. Delivering a statement for UN...

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Port St. Maarten calls on local cruise fans/stakeholders to submit comments to CDC before/on Sept. 21 for the restart of cruising

Port St. Maarten calls on local cruise fans/stakeholders to submit…

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten is urging local...

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Minister Doran announces commencement of car wreck cleanup

Minister Doran announces commencement of car wreck cleanup

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Housing,...

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Conferences will change and opportunities for the Caribbean

Conferences will change and opportunities for the Caribbean

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - “Under the current circumstances, conferences will...

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Rotary Sunset Supports Online Learning With Tablet Donations

Rotary Sunset Supports Online Learning With Tablet Donations

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On September 10th, 2020, members...

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SIBA elects new president and Board

September 20, 2020

SIBA elects new president and Board

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Insurance Brokers Association (SIBA) has elected Dwayne Elg...

UPDATED: 10 New confirmed Positive COVID-19 cases as of Saturday.  76 Active Cases

September 19, 2020

UPDATED: 10 New confirmed Positive COVID-19 cases as of Saturday. 76 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 19th, there were ten (10) persons who tested positive f...

6.8 magnitude earthquake occurs. No tsunami threat for the Caribbean

September 18, 2020

6.8 magnitude earthquake occurs. No tsunami threat for the Caribbean

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – A 6.8 magnitude earthquake occurred late Friday afternoon along the Central...

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APS and Government to host webinar on impact of pension reform September 29

September 17, 2020 No comments

APS and Government to host webinar on impact of pension reform September 29

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - On September 29th, Algemeen Pensioenfonds Sint Maarten (APS) and the Government will facilitate its third webinar to inform APS participants about the pension reform, which b...

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TPI has launched TPI Prep for Teachers

September 17, 2020 No comments

TPI has launched TPI Prep for Teachers

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - TPI has launched TPI Prep for Teachers to equip participants with the training and tools to transition to online learning models, necessitated by the ongoing Covid19 pande...

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Study Center set up for stranded Saba students

September 18, 2020 No comments

Study Center set up for stranded Saba students

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Public Entity Saba, in close collaboration with telecommunications company SATEL and the Saba Comprehensive School (SCS), set up a Study Center in the Windwardside for Saba stu...

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Introduces Simplified Arrival to Secure and Streamline International Arrivals

September 18, 2020 No comments

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Introduces Simplified Arrival to Secure and Streamline International Arrivals

SINT MAARTEN/ARUBA - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will introduce Simplified Arrival (SA) at Aruba Airport (AUA) starting September 21 to further secure and streamline international travel....

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UPDATED: One drowns and one seriously injured in fishing incident

September 19, 2020

UPDATED: One drowns and one seriously injured in fishing incident

SINT MAARTEN (POINT BLANCHE) – A couple who went fishing on the rocks on Saturday morning in Back Ba...

Dutch and French St. Martin working towards enhanced cooperation on joint subjects

September 18, 2020

Dutch and French St. Martin working towards enhanced cooperation on joint subjects

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Thursday, September 17, the Council of Ministers held a cooperation ...

Beyond Kultura Delivers New Books in Spanish to High Schools

September 18, 2020

Beyond Kultura Delivers New Books in Spanish to High Schools

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – This week, Beyond Kultura Events Foundation delivered 25 copies of La S...

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PJIAEs Supervisory Board member Derby fully recovers from COVID-19

September 18, 2020

PJIAEs Supervisory Board member Derby fully recovers from COVID-19

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - On July 31st, of this year, Mr. Clarence Derby started to feel tired. A...

Certificate ceremony Saba civil servants

September 17, 2020

Certificate ceremony Saba civil servants

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - A ceremony was held at the Government Administration Building on Tuesday, Septem...

Free-roaming goat owners updated on goat control project

September 17, 2020

Free-roaming goat owners updated on goat control project

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Owners of free-roaming goats on Saba received more information by letter and dur...

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No, the expats are not leaving, but coronavirus has made it harder to move here

September 19, 2020 No comments

No, the expats are not leaving, but coronavirus has made it harder to move here

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – There is little evidence that international workers are leaving the Netherlands because of the coronavirus epidemic, but fewer people are arriving, experts and organisat...

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Confusion over rules as 30 pupils at one school test positive for coronavirus

September 19, 2020 No comments

Confusion over rules as 30 pupils at one school test positive for coronavirus

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Standing outside Spinoza Lyceum in the south of Amsterdam, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was 2019. Many of the secondary school’s 1,280 pupils congregate en masse fo...

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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES’ LAUNCHES SERVICE BETWEEN BARBADOS AND DOMINICA

September 20, 2020 No comments

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES’ LAUNCHES SERVICE BETWEEN BARBADOS AND DOMINICA

DOMINICA/TRINIDAD - Today, Sunday, September 20 as part of its Eastern Caribbean expansion, Caribbean Airlines launched service between Barbados and Dominica. The flights will initially operate twice ...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

September 20, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Sunday, September 20, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) September 21, 2020      ...SMALL CRAFT AND HIGH S...

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