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No improvement in young children’s diets over past decade: UNICEF

September 22, 2021 No comments

No improvement in young children’s diets over past decade: UNICEF

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2021, SDGs - There has been little sign of improvement in the diets of the world’s youngest children over the last ten years, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.  According to their new report, ‘Fed to Fail? The crisis of children’s diets in early life’ released ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit this week, rising poverty, inequality, conflict, climate-related disasters, and health emergencies are all contributing to the nutrition crisis.  “In fact, the ongoing COVID-19 disruptions could make the situation much worse,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said.   Poor feeding patterns ‘persist’  In an analysis of 91 countries, the report found that only half of children aged 6-23 months, are being fed the minimum recommended number of meals a day, while just a third consume the minimum number...

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Myanmar: UN expert says current international efforts failing, urges ‘change of course’

September 22, 2021 No comments

Myanmar: UN expert says current international efforts failing, urges ‘change of course’

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2021, Human Rights - The UN independent rights expert on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, told the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday that conditions inside the country following the 1 February military coup have worsened, urging a “change of course” to prevent further human rights abuses and deaths. According to Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews, since its power grab and overthrow of the democratically-elected Government, the junta and its forces have murdered more than 1,100 people, arbitrarily detained more than 8,000, and forcibly displaced more than 230,000 civilians, bringing the total number of internally placed persons in Myanmar to well over half a million. Mr. Andrews described how junta-controlled military forces have killed protesters in the streets, murdered civilians in their...

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Afghanistan’s healthcare system on brink of collapse, as hunger hits 95 per cent of families

September 22, 2021 No comments

Afghanistan’s healthcare system on brink of collapse, as hunger hits 95 per cent of families

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2021, Humanitarian Aid - Afghanistan’s health system is on the brink of collapse, the head of the World Health Organisation, WHO, warned on Wednesday, while on the streets of Kabul, the hunger families are suffering is as acute in urban areas as the drought-stricken rural parts of the country.  The development came as the United Nations’ top humanitarian official, Martin Griffiths, announced the release of $45 million from an emergency fund to support Afghanistan’s crumbling health-care system.  “Allowing Afghanistan’s healthcare delivery system to fall apart would be disastrous,” said Mr. Griffiths. “People across the country would be denied access to primary healthcare such as emergency caesarean sections and trauma care.”  Kabul crisis  Echoing that message from the Afghan capital, Kabul, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that international funding cuts had forced health providers to decide “who to save and who to let die”.  After meeting senior Taliban figures, medical professionals and patients, Tedros explained that a lack of financial support for the country’s...

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Decades of development efforts undermined by pandemic – FAO report

September 22, 2021 No comments

Decades of development efforts undermined by pandemic – FAO report

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2021, Economic Development - COVID-19 has set back progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), undermining decades of development efforts, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).   "It's an alarming picture, in which progress on many SDG targets has been reversed, with a significant impact on all aspects of sustainable development and making the achievement of the 2030 Agenda even more challenging," said FAO Chief Statistician, Pietro Gennari.  The analysis, Tracking progress on food and agriculture SDG-related indicators, focuses on eight of the SDGs, which were adopted at a UN Summit in New York in 2015.   Main findings  According to the report, the COVID-19 pandemic might have pushed an additional 83 to 132 million people into chronic hunger in 2020, making the target of ending hunger even more distant.  Around 14 percent of all food is lost along the supply chain, before...

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First Person: The ‘bravery’ of Afghanistan's girls and women

September 22, 2021 No comments

First Person: The ‘bravery’ of Afghanistan's girls and women

INTERNATIONAL, 22 September 2021, Women - Afghanistan’s girls and women are showing “bravery” in the face of real “fears and pressures” following the formation of the new, de-facto authorities in Afghanistan,  according to a UNICEF member of staff, one of the few westerners to remain in Kabul. Following an announcement by the Taliban that boys could return to secondary school -- while making no reference to a return date for girls in secondary school -- anxiety and uncertainty stalk the one million girls affected by this omission.  UNICEF’s Chief of Communications in Afghanistan, Sam Mort, spoke to the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at the UN, Melissa Fleming, as part of the podcast series, Awake at Night.   “UNICEF stayed in Afghanistan because that is what we...

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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

Government and NRPB on SMHDF funding request related to Housing

Government and NRPB on SMHDF funding request related to Housing

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Government of Sint Maarten...

September 23, 2021 No comments

Minister of Justice meets Mayors of Municipalities, Public Prosecutor & District Chief of Police

Minister of Justice meets Mayors of Municipalities, Public Prosecutor &…

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - On Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021, the...

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General Hospital basement floor pouring on Thursday evening

General Hospital basement floor pouring on Thursday evening

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC)’s...

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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...

Minister Richardson visits the Care and Security House in Haaglanden

September 22, 2021

Minister Richardson visits the Care and Security House in Haaglanden

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - As her work visit continues, on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021, Mini...

10-Year Old Child almost bitten by dog in Ebenezer. Police warn dog owners

September 22, 2021

10-Year Old Child almost bitten by dog in Ebenezer. Police warn dog owners

SINT MAARTEN (EBENEZER) - In recent months, Police have received several complaints about dogs runni...

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17 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday. 165 Active Cases. Nine Persons Remain Hospitalized

September 23, 2021 No comments

17 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday. 165 Active Cases. Nine Persons Remain Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 23rd, there were seventeen (17) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, eleven (11) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to o...

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ODM: Calls on Residents and Businesses to Closely Monitor Tropical Storm Sam. Recheck your Disaster Supply Kit

September 23, 2021 No comments

ODM: Calls on Residents and Businesses to Closely Monitor Tropical Storm Sam. Recheck your Disaster Supply Kit

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The 18th -named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season Tropical Storm (TS) Sam, is expected to become the seventh hurricane of the season on Friday. TS Sam is ...

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Nature Foundation Joins Forces with Customs on the CITES Convention

September 21, 2021 No comments

Nature Foundation Joins Forces with Customs on the CITES Convention

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - In the last weeks the Nature Foundation St. Maarten has actively collaborated with the officers of St. Maarten Customs to exchange knowledge regarding the trade of endangered...

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Accident on A.J.C Brouwers road Sunday night. Passengers not wearing seat belts

September 21, 2021 No comments

Accident on A.J.C Brouwers road Sunday night. Passengers not wearing seat belts

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Police Central Dispatch received several calls around 11:00pm on Sunday September 19th, 2021, about a traffic accident on A.J.C. Brouwers road near Harold Jack that may have ...

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More Value & More Data with New Chippie Mobile Plans

September 22, 2021

More Value & More Data with New Chippie Mobile Plans

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Leading telecoms provider Flow has announced major enhancements to its ...

Rotary Sunset to Host Virtual Reading Slumber Fun

September 22, 2021

Rotary Sunset to Host Virtual Reading Slumber Fun

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday September 24th, 2021, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset wi...

St. Maarten South Omega Leo Club takes on a Leo District 60B “Period Poverty” project initiative

September 21, 2021

St. Maarten South Omega Leo Club takes on a Leo District 60B “Period Poverty” project initiative

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten South Omega Leo Club has taken on a Leo District 60B “P...

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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...

Correctional Institution Caribbean Netherlands gets family room for visitors

September 23, 2021

Correctional Institution Caribbean Netherlands gets family room for visitors

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - As of the 1st of October 2021, the Judicial Institution Caribbean Netherlands...

Statia Heritage Research Commission officially installed

September 22, 2021

Statia Heritage Research Commission officially installed

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Statia Heritage Research Commission (SHRC) has officially been ins...

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All eyes on parliament as MPs stake their claims for more spending

September 22, 2021 No comments

All eyes on parliament as MPs stake their claims for more spending

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Tuesday’s budget may have been lacking in surprises, but all eyes are on Wednesday’s debate on the government’s 2022 spending plans, when opposition parties are expected...

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Border checks on the basis of ethnicity are not discriminatory, court says

September 22, 2021 No comments

Border checks on the basis of ethnicity are not discriminatory, court says

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch order police can continue selecting people for extra identity checks on the basis of their ethnicity because this does not amount to discrimination, a court in The...

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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: Friday to Sunday

September 23, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Thursday, September 23, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) September 24, 2021  …TROPICAL STORM SAM STRENGTH...

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