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Address ‘appalling impact’ of COVID-19 on minorities, UN rights chief urges

June 02, 2020 No comments

Address ‘appalling impact’ of COVID-19 on minorities, UN rights chief urges

INTERNATIONAL, 2 June 2020, Human Rights - Urgent action is needed to address “the major disproportionate impact” of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities, including people of African descent, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The disease is exposing alarming inequalities in some countries: disparities similar to those fuelling current protests for greater racial justice in multiple cities - as well as online, through “Blackout Tuesday” – across the United States, Michelle Bachelet stated. Disproportionate impact of #COVID19 on racial & ethnic minorities needs to be urgently addressed – @mbachelet says the fight against this pandemic cannot be won if Governments refuse to acknowledge blatant inequalities: http://ow.ly/jD0050zWDg6#FightRacism #StandUp4HumanRights “The appalling impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities is much discussed, but what...

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‘Dogged pragmatism’ needed to save Ocean: UN Special Envoy

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‘Dogged pragmatism’ needed to save Ocean: UN Special Envoy

INTERNATIONAL, 2 June 2020, Climate Change - ‘Dogged pragmatism’ is needed to save the Ocean as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean. Peter Thomson, who hails from the Pacific Ocean island of Fiji, spoke to UN News ahead of World Oceans Day marked annually on 8 June, and explained why it’s crucial not to forget how important the Ocean is, to the future of the planet. Where are we right now in terms of the physical health of the Ocean? Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly during the reception by co-hosts (Sweden and Fiji) at The Ocean Conference at the UN on June 05, 2017., by UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist The...

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World slowly starts travelling again: UN Tourism Organization

June 01, 2020 No comments

World slowly starts travelling again: UN Tourism Organization

INTERNATIONAL, 1 June 2020, Health - After months of lockdowns, countries are cautiously starting to ease travel restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to research published Monday by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, stressed "the need for vigilance, responsibility and international cooperation as the world slowly opens up again." In the fourth edition of its COVID-19 Travel Restrictions:  A Global Review for Tourism, the UN specialized agency reviews measures of 217 destinations worldwide, as of 18 May.  The report finds that 3 per cent of all destinations have taken steps to ease restrictions.  Seven destinations have eased restrictions for international tourism purposes, while several more are engaged in discussions on the reopening of borders. Nowhere fully open for tourists,...

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WHO to support DR Congo as Ebola resurfaces in the northwest

June 01, 2020 No comments

WHO to support DR Congo as Ebola resurfaces in the northwest

INTERNATIONAL, 1 June 2020, Health - The World Health Organization (WHO) will assist the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as it confronts a new Ebola outbreak in the northwest amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and other challenges, agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday. Congolese health authorities identified six people in the city of Mbandaka, in Équateur province, five of whom have died. They were confirmed to have the disease following laboratory testing. The new #Ebola outbreak in Mbandaka #DRC represents a challenge, but it's one we are ready to tackle. @WHO has worked w/ @MinSanteRDC, @AfricaCDC & partners over the years to strengthen capacity to respond to outbreaks. With each experience we respond faster & more effectively. The announcement on Monday comes...

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FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19-related ‘tragedy’ unfolding in Yemen

June 01, 2020 No comments

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19-related ‘tragedy’ unfolding in Yemen

INTERNATIONAL, 1 June 2020, Humanitarian Aid - A “tragedy” fueled by the spread of COVID-19 which is unfolding in Yemen could affect millions of people there, an international UN-backed pledging conference is expected to hear on Tuesday. A family receives food aid at a food distribution point in Ras al’Arah in Lahj Governorate, Yemen., by WFP/Saleh Bahulis Some ten million people each month have been receiving humanitarian aid from the UN and other partners as a result of five years of conflict in the Arabian Peninsula country, and there are fears that the already depleted health system will not be able to cope if the deadly virus takes hold. The first case of COVID-19 in Yemen was recorded in April and there have already been reports of hospitals...

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C&W Communications, parent company of Flow/UTS is Confident of 2020 Hurricane Preparedness

C&W Communications, parent company of Flow/UTS is Confident of 2020…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The start of the 2020 Atlantic...

June 02, 2020 No comments

Yacht Club Port de Plaisance Supports Educational Outreach Position at Nature Foundation

Yacht Club Port de Plaisance Supports Educational Outreach Position at…

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Due to the generous support...

June 02, 2020 No comments

After the Storm weaves creative lyrics to provoke

After the Storm weaves creative lyrics to provoke

SINT MAARTEN/ST.CROIX (by Chenzira Davis Kahina) - The cultural voice...

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Tzu Chi distributes 16,394 loaves bread during lockdown

Tzu Chi distributes 16,394 loaves bread during lockdown

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Many families facing hard times during...

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Borders open to the French side of the island

June 02, 2020

Borders open to the French side of the island

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) – The Prefecture of Saint-Barths and Saint-Martin issued a statement on Tuesd...

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that

June 02, 2020

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO (Editorial by U.S. Consul General Allen Greenberg) - Dear Friends on Curacao, A...

TD#3 forecast to become third tropical storm of the 2020 hurricane season

June 01, 2020

TD#3 forecast to become third tropical storm of the 2020 hurricane season

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – Tropical Depression #3 (TD#3) formed on Monday, the first official day of t...

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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES INTRODUCES THERMAL SCANNERS AT ITS HEAD OFFICE

June 01, 2020 No comments

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES INTRODUCES THERMAL SCANNERS AT ITS HEAD OFFICE

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines has implemented the use of thermal scanners at its Piarco Head office in Trinidad, as part of precautionary measures to limit and control the spread of the C...

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Prime Minister Jacobs issues National 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Message

June 01, 2020 No comments

Prime Minister Jacobs issues National 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Message

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – On the eve of the start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) issued her national mess...

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Cafes and bars reopen, as officials say they won’t be using measuring tapes

June 01, 2020 No comments

Cafes and bars reopen, as officials say they won’t be using measuring tapes

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Cafe and bar terraces opened nationwide at 12 midday on Monday as the Netherlands took more steps to ease the coronavirus lockdown. Cafes and restaurants may have 30 cu...

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Just Imagine……

June 01, 2020 No comments

Just Imagine……

SINT MAARTEN/ARUBA (COMMENTARY – By Armand Hessels) - Imagine that you have studied hard and as result enjoy a good salary. With this income you bought a humble cunucu house and a fuel-efficient car a...

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Hurricane Pass Application Process Opens June 2nd and Closes June 30th

June 01, 2020

Hurricane Pass Application Process Opens June 2nd and Closes June 30th

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The application process for the annual Hurricane Passes for the 20...

TelEm in the process of cutting costs due to downturn in revenues

June 01, 2020

TelEm in the process of cutting costs due to downturn in revenues

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Sint Maarten Telecommunications Company TelEm issued a brief statem...

Minister Doran informs public about large scale district cleanup to start in July

May 31, 2020

Minister Doran informs public about large scale district cleanup to start in July

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of VROMI, E.J. Doran informs the general public, that followin...

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Continuation urgent Plenary Public session of Parliament about the future plans for the construction of a new general hospital

June 02, 2020

Continuation urgent Plenary Public session of Parliament about the future plans for the construction of a new general hospital

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent Plenary Public session on ...

17th Annual Female Leadership Conference done! Successful Stories of Female Leaders

June 02, 2020

17th Annual Female Leadership Conference done! Successful Stories of Female Leaders

CURACAO (WILLEMSTAD) - Mothers as leaders and role models in the life of their children; that was th...

World Bank Strengthens Grenada's COVID-19 Response with US$2.5 Million

June 02, 2020

World Bank Strengthens Grenada's COVID-19 Response with US$2.5 Million

SINT MAARTEN/WASHINGTON - Grenada will strengthen its response to the COVID-19 pandemic with US$2.5 ...

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Covid-19 deaths stay in single figures, infections lowest for 12 weeks

June 02, 2020 No comments

Covid-19 deaths stay in single figures, infections lowest for 12 weeks

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Another five people have died of Covid-19 in the Netherlands, the third day in a row that deaths have been in single figures, according to latest figures from the public...

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Amsterdam mayor under fire for not intervening at anti-racism demo

June 02, 2020 No comments

Amsterdam mayor under fire for not intervening at anti-racism demo

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema has come in for fierce criticism for not intervening to stop an estimated 5,000 people coming to the Dam in the centre of the city for a de...

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Continuation Plenary Public session of Parliament about National Ordinance revision pension civil servants

June 02, 2020 No comments

Continuation Plenary Public session of Parliament about National Ordinance revision pension civil servants

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public session on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The Public meeting which was adjourned on January 23, 2020 will be reconvened on W...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

June 02, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN   DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 @ 06:00 LST (10:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday morning (06:00 LST) June 03, 2020      WEATHER:  Today through Wednes...

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