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South African President warns pandemic has set back African development

September 22, 2020 No comments

South African President warns pandemic has set back African development

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2020, UN Affairs - Despite the continent-wide approach taken by African countries to combat COVID-19, the pandemic has set back their development aspirations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Speaking via video-link, Mr. Ramaphosa noted that, with resources redirected to fighting the virus, efforts to provide housing, health care, water and sanitation, and education have been hampered, and called for interest payments on African countries’ debt to be suspended. Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals “Until we eradicate global poverty, we will always fall short of realizing the vision of the founders of the United Nations”, Mr. Ramaphosa told world leaders, reminding them of the importance of meeting all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the...

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Myanmar: Mounting child death toll during Rakhine village assaults must end, urges rights expert

September 22, 2020 No comments

Myanmar: Mounting child death toll during Rakhine village assaults must end, urges rights expert

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2020, Human Rights - The assaults by security forces in Myanmar on villages in Rakhine state “need to stop”, and a ceasefire should be declared immediately, said the UN independent rights expert on the situation across the country on Tuesday. Thomas Andrews decried the mounting toll of child casualties: “Serious questions have been raised about whether these children, and growing numbers of others, are being caught in the crossfire of war, or are being deliberately targeted,” he said. “Two five-year-old children were killed and another was wounded by artillery fire in Myebon Township two weeks ago today.” Comply with UN courts “Impunity and human rights cannot coexist,” he added, citing the videotaped confessions of two army defectors, to massacres, rape and other crimes against Rohingya...

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Sign of the times: COVID-19 response and recovery must be accessible says Guterres

September 22, 2020 No comments

Sign of the times: COVID-19 response and recovery must be accessible says Guterres

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2020, Human Rights - This year’s International Day of Sign Languages is being commemorated in the midst of a pandemic that has “disrupted and upended lives everywhere”, including those of the deaf community, the UN chief said on Wednesday. In his message for the day, Secretary-General António Guterres expressed encouragement that some countries have been providing public health announcements and information on COVID-19 with national sign language interpretation.  And he repeated his call for COVID-19 response and recovery measures to be “accessible to all”.  Disability plan The UN Disability Inclusion Strategy, which was launched last year, aims to strengthen efforts for the meaningful participation and full inclusion of people with disabilities “in all that we do, including in times of crisis”, the top UN official explained. He elaborated by calling it “the...

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Violence leaves more than 300,000 ‘completely reliant’ on assistance in northern Mozambique

September 22, 2020 No comments

Violence leaves more than 300,000 ‘completely reliant’ on assistance in northern Mozambique

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2020, Humanitarian Aid - Worsening conflict, combined with a precarious humanitarian situation, has forced more than 300,000 people to flee their homes and villages in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, leaving them completely reliant on humanitarian assistance, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has said.  “We are deeply concerned about the unfolding humanitarian situation in Cabo Delgado where conflict and violence have left people without access to food and livelihoods,” Antonella D’Aprile, WFP Representative for Mozambique, said in news release, on Tuesday.  “The growing insecurity and poor infrastructure have meant that reaching out to people in need has become harder and now with COVID-19 the crisis becomes even more complex,” added the WFP official.  Latest findings from the famine early warning system, FEWSNET, indicate that communities will continue to face...

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Global solution to COVID-19 in sight, ‘we sink or we swim together’ – WHO chief

September 21, 2020 No comments

Global solution to COVID-19 in sight, ‘we sink or we swim together’ – WHO chief

INTERNATIONAL, 21 September 2020, Health - COVID-19 is an “unprecedented global crisis that demands an unprecedented global response”, the chief of the UN health agency said on Monday, unveiling a plan to have two billion doses of coronavirus vaccine available by the end of 2021.  Roughly 64 per cent of the global population lives in a nation that has either committed to, or is eligible to join, the coronavirus Vaccines Global Access Facility, or COVAX, which enables participating Governments to spread the risk and costs of vaccine development and provide their populations with early access to vaccines.  Working together through the COVAX Facility “is not charity, it’s in every country’s best interest. We sink or we swim together”, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO). ‘Vaccine...

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NV GEBE Donates 400 Tablets/Laptops to Government for the Primary Schools

NV GEBE Donates 400 Tablets/Laptops to Government for the Primary…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - NV GEBE on its 60th anniversary,...

September 22, 2020 No comments

Sint Maarten Lions Club re-launch District Signs

Sint Maarten Lions Club re-launch District Signs

SINT MAARTEN (MADAME ESTATE) - The President and various members...

September 22, 2020 No comments

Rotary Sunset to Host Virtual Reading Slumber Fun

Rotary Sunset to Host Virtual Reading Slumber Fun

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday September 25th, 2020, the...

September 22, 2020 No comments

SZV announces application open for July Business Payroll Support

SZV announces application open for July Business Payroll Support

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The SZV announced on Monday that...

September 21, 2020 No comments

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Three new Positive COVID-19 Cases. Seven recoveries. 62 Active Cases

September 22, 2020

Three new Positive COVID-19 Cases. Seven recoveries. 62 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 22nd there were three (3) persons who tested positive f...

Rotary’s “Help St. Maarten Children Receive Online Education” Initiative Supported by CIBC FirstCaribbean

September 22, 2020

Rotary’s “Help St. Maarten Children Receive Online Education” Initiative Supported by CIBC FirstCaribbean

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - More children on St. Maarten will now have access to online education a...

Cabinet of Justice Staff Member Recovering from COVID-19 at Home

September 22, 2020

Cabinet of Justice Staff Member Recovering from COVID-19 at Home

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Monday, September 21st, 2020, a staff member of the Cabinet of Justi...

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The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten’s Interact Club of Learning Unlimited Donates Tablets to School Children in Need

September 22, 2020 No comments

The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten’s Interact Club of Learning Unlimited Donates Tablets to School Children in Need

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The majority of school children on St. Maarten are attending school online due to the effects of Covid-19. However, many students do not have access to the online classes ...

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SMCC: US$77 million of ENNIA Premium moneys disappeared in the Mullet Bay ruins?

September 21, 2020 No comments

SMCC: US$77 million of ENNIA Premium moneys disappeared in the Mullet Bay ruins?

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Consumers Coalition (SMCC) in a recent statement said that in the Vigilante newspaper in Curacao of Tuesday September 15, 2020, on page 7, one could read ...

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Carnaval in Brabant will be sober affair next year, says safety board

September 22, 2020 No comments

Carnaval in Brabant will be sober affair next year, says safety board

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The February Carnaval celebrations are not going to look anything like they did in previous years, but alternatives are being worked out, Brabant safety boards have said...

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‘Tipping point reached’ as over 13,400 test positive for coronavirus

September 22, 2020 No comments

‘Tipping point reached’ as over 13,400 test positive for coronavirus

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – In total, 13,471 positive coronavirus tests were registered in the week to Tuesday morning, according to the latest update from the public health institute RIVM. The ne...

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SMCC - The new normal: why handling of requests take much longer than before?

September 21, 2020

SMCC - The new normal: why handling of requests take much longer than before?

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Sint Maarten Consumers Coalition (SMCC) stated in a statement that ...

NAGICO Insurances grants one-year rent free accommodation to ACE Foundation

September 21, 2020

NAGICO Insurances grants one-year rent free accommodation to ACE Foundation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - NAGICO Insurances has granted another one-year rent free accommodation ...

Minister Doran announces commencement of car wreck cleanup

September 20, 2020

Minister Doran announces commencement of car wreck cleanup

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrast...

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Free, Fun Activities for the Caribbean Show How Birds Connect Our World

September 22, 2020

Free, Fun Activities for the Caribbean Show How Birds Connect Our World

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Caribbean is celebrating World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) this fall!...

UPDATE: Missing 13-Year old Teenage girl Returns Home

September 21, 2020

UPDATE: Missing 13-Year old Teenage girl Returns Home

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - (UPDATE) Members of the Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) this evening a...

Workshop on “Applying to Schools in the Netherlands” to be held on Sept. 24

September 21, 2020

Workshop on “Applying to Schools in the Netherlands” to be held on Sept. 24

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, ...

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Police appeal for witnesses after jogger is raped in Rotterdam park

September 22, 2020 No comments

Police appeal for witnesses after jogger is raped in Rotterdam park

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Some 20 detectives are now investigating the rape of a 20-year-old woman who was dragged into bushes by two men and attacked in broad daylight while out jogging, police ...

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US embassy denies Forum event was a fundraiser, MPs call for answers

September 22, 2020 No comments

US embassy denies Forum event was a fundraiser, MPs call for answers

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – MPs from across the political spectrum have called for an explanation of why the US embassy in Wassenaar hosted an event for the far-right Forum voor Democratie earlier ...

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

September 22, 2020 No comments

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

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations (CKAIR), will meet on September 23, 2020. The Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at ...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

September 22, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) September 23, 2020      ...SMALL CRAFT AND HI...

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