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UN praises resilience and vision of younger generation, marking International Youth Day

August 12, 2020 No comments

UN praises resilience and vision of younger generation, marking International Youth Day

INTERNATIONAL, 12 August 2020, SDGs - Commemorating International Youth Day, top UN officials have called on leaders around the world to “do everything possible” to enable young people to reach their fullest potential. Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, which has upended young peoples’ lives and aspirations and heightened their vulnerabilities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres praised the younger generation’s resilience, resourcefulness and engagement. “They are the young people who have risen up to demand climate action. They are mobilizing for racial justice and gender equality and are the champions of a more sustainable world”, he said in a message marking International Youth Day. “Many are young women who have been on the frontlines in mobilizing for justice and climate action — while also serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.” The Secretary-General also underscored that...

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Amid COVID-19, UN commitment to peace ‘more urgent than ever’

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Amid COVID-19, UN commitment to peace ‘more urgent than ever’

INTERNATIONAL, 12 August 2020, Peace and Security - COVID-19 threatens not only hard-won development and peacebuilding gains, but also “risks exacerbating conflicts or fomenting new ones”, the UN chief reminded the Security Council on Wednesday, during a briefing on the challenges to achieving sustainable peace, while pandemics ravage communities worldwide.   “The concept of sustaining peace is essentially about positive peace as opposed to simply ending wars. In other words, it is the idea that the international community accompanies a country well beyond the point of simply putting down guns, to the point where people feel protected and represented”, Secretary-General António Guterres told the meeting.  Against the backdrop of growing questions over the effectiveness of health systems and trust in institutions and governance across the globe, he said:...

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Lebanon: WFP racing to help vulnerable, prevent food shortages

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Lebanon: WFP racing to help vulnerable, prevent food shortages

INTERNATIONAL, 12 August 2020, Humanitarian Aid - The World Food Programme (WFP) is racing to prevent food shortages in Lebanon as the country continues to reel from the triple shock of the devastating blast in Beirut, economic meltdown and the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking in the capital on Wednesday, agency chief David Beasley announced that WFP will deliver 17,500 metric tons of wheat flour and a three-month supply of wheat to help replenish food reserves. The first wheat flour shipment is expected to arrive within the next 10 days. Thousands homeless and hungry “It is hard to comprehend the sheer scale of the destruction caused by the explosion until you have seen it for yourself. I am heartbroken”, Mr. Beasley said after spending three days in Lebanon. “Today, because of the port...

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Real Life Heroes: heading into disaster, in the service of others

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Real Life Heroes: heading into disaster, in the service of others

INTERNATIONAL - 12 August 2020, Humanitarian Aid - Growing up in Indonesia in the shadow of an active volcano, Agus Haryono has witnessed the deadly risks of living in a disaster-prone region. This prompted him to join the country’s Search and Rescue Agency, in the hope of saving lives, when disaster strikes. Mr. Haryono was born in Klaten, a small town in Central Java, near Mount Merapi. Many people live on the flanks of the mountain, even though it is the most active volcano in the country, and has claimed many lives during its frequent eruptions. INSARAG Agus Haryono, International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) member from Basarnas, Indonesia. Mr. Haryono shares his story as part of the #RealLifeHeroes campaign, organised by the UN Office for...

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Refugees also affected by Beirut blast as UN relief efforts continue

August 11, 2020 No comments

Refugees also affected by Beirut blast as UN relief efforts continue

INTERNATIONAL, 11 August 2020, Humanitarian Aid - Dozens of refugees were among the victims of the deadly explosions at Beirut’s port a week ago that destroyed large areas of the Lebanese capital, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, reported on Tuesday. So far, at least 34 refugees were among the more than 200 people reportedly killed in the blast, though the fear is that the number could rise further. Another 124 refugees were injured, 20 of them seriously, while seven are still missing. Explosion affected everyone “We continue to work with the rescue teams and other humanitarian partners to identify the victims and are extending support to the families who have lost their loved ones. This includes counseling, emergency cash and help with burial arrangements”, said Babar Baloch, UNHCR Spokesperson in...

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COVID-19 active cases rise to 129. Five hospitalized. One isolated. 29 new cases

COVID-19 active cases rise to 129. Five hospitalized. One isolated.…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of August 12th, at...

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Be vigilant and prepared for extremely active Hurricane Season. Monitor the progress of TD#11

Be vigilant and prepared for extremely active Hurricane Season. Monitor…

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – National Disaster Coordinator/Fire Chief...

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Sharine Daniel obtains Doctor of Business Administration

Sharine Daniel obtains Doctor of Business Administration

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten has its first Doctor...

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Travelers from Curaçao, Bonaire must now quarantine

Travelers from Curaçao, Bonaire must now quarantine

SABA (THE BOTTOM) —Leisure travel from Curaçao and Bonaire to...

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Gamma IT Solutions and CITI host XLab Coding Edition for Kids

August 13, 2020

Gamma IT Solutions and CITI host XLab Coding Edition for Kids

ARUBA - Last week Thursday and Friday, Gamma IT Solutions and CITI partnered up again to host a codi...

Police make two separate arrests in assault and domestic violence incidents

August 12, 2020

Police make two separate arrests in assault and domestic violence incidents

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) made two separate arrests on Tu...

PFP: Six Months In, A Brief Review

August 12, 2020

PFP: Six Months In, A Brief Review

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Monday, August 10th marked six months since the sitting Parliament was ...

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‘Training Together’ ABC Islands takes off

August 13, 2020 No comments

‘Training Together’ ABC Islands takes off

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of OCW made a subsidy of no less than USD 380,000 available for the school year 2020-2021 for improving teacher training on the ABC Islands. Under the denomin...

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Casey Lopes from Statia signed by The Hague Royals

August 11, 2020 No comments

Casey Lopes from Statia signed by The Hague Royals

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Public Entity of St. Eustatius is very proud that Casey Lopes from St. Eustatius will play for The Hague Royals, the basketball institute in the Haaglanden, during th...

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A coronavirus risk? Compulsory quarantine comes in next week

August 12, 2020 No comments

A coronavirus risk? Compulsory quarantine comes in next week

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – People identified as possible coronavirus carriers during track and trace investigations and those returning from risky countries abroad will now face compulsory quarant...

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MPs criticise chaotic government coronavirus strategy after three days of 600+ infections

August 12, 2020 No comments

MPs criticise chaotic government coronavirus strategy after three days of 600+ infections

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A further 654 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the Netherlands, and nine more people have been admitted to hospital, according to new figures from the heal...

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Sint Maarten Trust Fund Launches Enterprise Support Project

August 11, 2020

Sint Maarten Trust Fund Launches Enterprise Support Project

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The US$35 million Enterprise Support Project was officially launched to...

SMMC hosts construction update session for new hospital project

August 11, 2020

SMMC hosts construction update session for new hospital project

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) recently hosted update sessions for staf...

MP Ottley and others donate 63 electronic devices to students for online learning

August 11, 2020

MP Ottley and others donate 63 electronic devices to students for online learning

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Member of Parliament (MP) Omar Ottley, in collaboration with Argos, Kei...

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Prime Minister Jacobs to travel for personal family reasons

August 11, 2020

Prime Minister Jacobs to travel for personal family reasons

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Prime Minister Jacobs is travelling for family related matters today, T...

GHBU Masters Counselling Students to Host Suicide Prevention Awareness Webinar

August 11, 2020

GHBU Masters Counselling Students to Host Suicide Prevention Awareness Webinar

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - “The mental health effects of the corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) p...

Tree planting ceremony held for the late Officer G. Benjamin

August 11, 2020

Tree planting ceremony held for the late Officer G. Benjamin

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Saturday morning August 8th, 2020, around 11.00 am, a Flamboyant tre...

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Dutch proposed legislation on plastic pollution ‘disappointingly poor’

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Dutch proposed legislation on plastic pollution ‘disappointingly poor’

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch approach to tackling plastic pollution is ‘disappointingly poor’, Dutch environmental organisations have told junior environment minister Stientje van Veldhove...

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Police arrest 17 in raid on biggest cocaine lab ever found in NL

August 11, 2020 No comments

Police arrest 17 in raid on biggest cocaine lab ever found in NL

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Police have busted the biggest cocaine laboratory ever found in the Netherlands, arresting 17 men, including 13 Colombians, in the process. On Friday special police uni...

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Continuation urgent Plenary Public session of Parliament about the Trust Fund and Reconstruction Funds for Sint Maarten

August 12, 2020 No comments

Continuation urgent Plenary Public session of Parliament about the Trust Fund and Reconstruction Funds for Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public session on August 13, 2020. The Public meeting which was adjourned on July 28, 2020, will be reconvened on Thursday, A...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

August 12, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) August 13, 2020        WEATHER:      Tonight t...

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