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Iraq: Continued international support vital amid ‘multiple storms’

November 24, 2020 No comments

Iraq: Continued international support vital amid ‘multiple storms’

INTERNATIONAL, 24 November 2020, Peace and Security - As authorities in Iraq continue to operate “in the eye of multiple storms”, international support remains essential for resolving ongoing political, security, economic and social crises, as well as the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.  UN Special Representative in Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert briefed ambassadors, at what she called “this critical juncture” in the country’s modern history.  “If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that local problems hardly ever remain local, and that domestic trouble rapidly translates into trouble abroad”, she told the virtual meeting. “In other words: Your continued support is vital, and much appreciated.”   Reforming the economy  Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert said Iraq’s economic woes have only worsened in the pandemic.  The...

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DR Congo: War crimes conviction ‘an important victory’ for justice – UN envoy

November 24, 2020 No comments

DR Congo: War crimes conviction ‘an important victory’ for justice – UN envoy

INTERNATIONAL, 24 November 2020, Law and Crime Prevention - Two senior UN officials welcomed on Tuesday the war crimes conviction and life sentencing of an armed combatant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and her counterpart on Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, lauded the Cour Militaire Opérationnelle of North Kivu for the conviction and sentencing of Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka – part of the Nduma Defence of Congo armed group (NDC-Sheka) – on charges that included rape, sexual slavery and the recruitment of children.   Ms. Gamba called the verdict “an important victory for those who seek justice for grave violations against children” in the DRC and elsewhere.   “It is a formidable example showing that no individual,...

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'Deplorable' killing of Afro-Brazilian man shows need to address racism, discrimination

November 24, 2020 No comments

'Deplorable' killing of Afro-Brazilian man shows need to address racism, discrimination

INTERNATIONAL, 24 November 2020, Human Rights - The killing of an Afro-Brazilian man, and the widespread outrage it has sparked, underscores the urgent need for the Government to tackle racism and racial discrimination in South America’s largest country, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday.  João Alberto Silveira Freitas was beaten to death by two private security guards outside a Carrefour supermarket in the southern city of Porto Alegre last Thursday, the eve of Black Consciousness Day in Brazil.  Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson with OHCHR in Geneva, described the attack as a “deplorable act” which should be condemned by everyone.  Structural racism and discrimination  Ms. Shamdasani said the incident was “an extreme but sadly all too common example of the violence suffered by Black people in Brazil”,...

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‘Foundational and necessary change’ needed to heal post-COVID world

November 24, 2020 No comments

‘Foundational and necessary change’ needed to heal post-COVID world

INTERNATIONAL, 24 November 2020, Economic Development - With the COVID-19 pandemic precipitating one of the world’s worst health, socioeconomic and humanitarian crises in over a century, the UN chief told a high-level discussion on Tuesday to seize the opportunity “to make real, foundational, and necessary change”.  “We need global solidarity and coordination”, Secretary-General António Guterres said at the event headlined, ‘Rebirthing the Global Economy to Deliver Sustainable Development for All’.    He painted a grim picture of the havoc sparked by the pandemic, including more than one million deaths, 100 million pushed into extreme poverty and growing inequalities as hunger doubles and famine looms.  “The gender equality gap is widening, and women’s labour force participation – a key driver for inclusive growth – has been set back decades”,...

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Fears of Desert Locust resurgence in Horn of Africa

November 24, 2020 No comments

Fears of Desert Locust resurgence in Horn of Africa

INTERNATIONAL, 24 November 2020, Humanitarian Aid - The Desert Locust crisis which struck the greater Horn of Africa region earlier this year threatening food supplies for millions, could re-escalate as recent strong winds carried mature swarmlets from southern Somalia into eastern and northeastern Kenya, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday. Although some of the swarmlets that reached Kenya may have already laid eggs before their arrival, there remains a risk of further egg-laying in sandy areas that saw recent rainfalls, according to FAO.  “In this case, hatching and hopper band formation can be expected in early December,” said the agency.  Breeding also continues in central Somalia and eastern Ethiopia where bands of hoppers – non-flying, nymphal stage locust – are present, and a new generation of...

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NEW - Updated COVID-19 travel entry requirements to Sint Maarten

NEW - Updated COVID-19 travel entry requirements to Sint Maarten

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

November 25, 2020 No comments

Lions Club donates food baskets to the seniors in Belvedere for Thanksgiving

Lions Club donates food baskets to the seniors in Belvedere…

SINT MAARTEN (BELVEDERE) - This past Sunday, at the beginning...

November 25, 2020 No comments

GAC explores the possibilities of rapid testing

GAC explores the possibilities of rapid testing

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The General Audit Chamber (GAC) submitted...

November 25, 2020 No comments

CPS: Celebrating Thanksgiving in a Safe Manner

CPS: Celebrating Thanksgiving in a Safe Manner

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – This week Thursday, November...

November 24, 2020 No comments

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Eight New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 89 Active Cases. 174 Persons in Quarantine

November 24, 2020

Eight New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 89 Active Cases. 174 Persons in Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 24th, there were eight (8) persons who tested positive f...

Wednesday is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

November 24, 2020

Wednesday is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - November 25 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence...

UTS undertakes Beach Clean-up & Food & Clothing Drive

November 24, 2020

UTS undertakes Beach Clean-up & Food & Clothing Drive

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - With the local tourism sector reeling from the effects of the global CO...

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Pro Soualiga: A People Under Authority Cannot Exercise Genuine Free Will

November 24, 2020 No comments

Pro Soualiga: A People Under Authority Cannot Exercise Genuine Free Will

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - More than fifty years after gaining independence in 1968, Mauritius, an independent island nation located in the Indian Ocean, was not fully decolonized according to The I...

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SINT MAARTEN: Understanding your “Decolonization” Dilemma

November 24, 2020 No comments

SINT MAARTEN: Understanding your “Decolonization” Dilemma

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY – By Julio R. Romney) - With the Parliament of Sint Maarten deliberating the apparent need to “end the violations of St. Maarten’s UN-mandated right to a full measure of self-...

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As school coronavirus infections rise, teachers call for calm approach

November 24, 2020 No comments

As school coronavirus infections rise, teachers call for calm approach

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Schools are now the fourth-most often reported source of coronavirus infections and the number of pupils picking up the virus is increasing, broadcaster NOS said on Tues...

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Positive coronavirus test rate is ‘stagnating’ but rising among teens

November 24, 2020 No comments

Positive coronavirus test rate is ‘stagnating’ but rising among teens

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Public health institute RIVM registered almost 37,000 positive coronavirus tests in the week to Tuesday morning, some 700 less than in the previous seven-day period. Th...

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS INVITED TO SXM DOET 2021 INFO SESSION

November 24, 2020

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS INVITED TO SXM DOET 2021 INFO SESSION

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - SXM DOET is inviting community-based organizations to learn more about ...

Prime Minister Jacobs meets with Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Blok

November 23, 2020

Prime Minister Jacobs meets with Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Blok

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok arrived in St. Maarten on S...

In memory of Paul Hoetjes, a legend in nature conservation

November 23, 2020

In memory of Paul Hoetjes, a legend in nature conservation

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - It is with great and profound sadness that we have to say good-bye to Paul Ho...

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One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance Launched

November 24, 2020

One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance Launched

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) 2020 came to an end on Nove...

Domestic violence is everyone’s business

November 23, 2020

Domestic violence is everyone’s business

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Domestic violence is a serious, ongoing problem that we are faced with....

Statia signs LOI to build central housing for out of school programs

November 23, 2020

Statia signs LOI to build central housing for out of school programs

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Public Entity of St. Eustatius signed a letter of intent (LOI) tod...

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Eight youths aged 14 to 16 are arrested in latest ‘paedophile hunt’ attack

November 24, 2020 No comments

Eight youths aged 14 to 16 are arrested in latest ‘paedophile hunt’ attack

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Eight minors have been arrested in connection with a possible vigilante attack on a man they suspect was a paedophile, local broadcaster Omroep Zeeland said on Tuesday. ...

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Baudet quits as Forum chairman, youth wing leader is off MPs’ list

November 24, 2020 No comments

Baudet quits as Forum chairman, youth wing leader is off MPs’ list

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Thierry Baudet, who founded far-right party Forum voor Democratie in late 2016, has resigned as party chairman, less than 24 hours after he stood down as leader of the 2...

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Curaçao is the winner of the Children’s Rights Film Festival Caribbean 2020

November 24, 2020 No comments

Curaçao is the winner of the Children’s Rights Film Festival Caribbean 2020

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - On November 21st, the finale of the second edition of the UNICEF Children’s Rights Film Festival Caribbean 2020 took place. Bonaire was the host island, however, due to the Coro...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

November 24, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) November 25, 2020      WEATHER:      Tonight ...

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