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Restoring dignity to victims of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN personnel

July 06, 2020 No comments

Restoring dignity to victims of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN personnel

INTERNATIONAL, 6 July 2020, Women - Projects supported by a UN trust fund for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel, are helping victims to regain their dignity, learn new skills, and improve their livelihoods. Details of the projects, and the ways which they are having a positive effect on the lives of victims and children born as a result of sexual exploitation and abuse, are contained within the trust fund’s latest annual report, which was released on Monday.  Over the past year, six projects were launched in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and, in Liberia, an education and vocational training project supported training of project leaders, and community meetings.  A video released to coincide with the publication of the report, shows the effect a community...

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Terrorist groups must not be allowed to exploit ‘fragilities’ caused by global health pandemic

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Terrorist groups must not be allowed to exploit ‘fragilities’ caused by global health pandemic

INTERNATIONAL, 6 July 2020, Peace and Security - As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the world’s health systems, economies and local communities, the UN Secretary-General on Monday highlighted how the pandemic has laid bare vulnerabilities to “new and emerging forms of terrorism”, such as cyberattacks, bioterrorism and the misuse of digital technology. While the coronavirus has put the international community in the crosshairs of a crisis like no other since the founding of the United Nations 75 years ago, António Guterres noted that “like the virus, terrorism does not respect national borders”.   “It affects all nations and can only be defeated collectively”, he said, opening the second annual gathering of UN and international experts known as Counter-Terrorism Week, held virtually this year, with a call to “harness...

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Move away from outdated ‘mad or bad’ approach to mental illness, urges independent UN expert

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Move away from outdated ‘mad or bad’ approach to mental illness, urges independent UN expert

INTERNATIONAL, 6 July 2020, Health - States, civil society, psychiatric organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO) itself must change the way they address mental health challenges, a UN independent rights expert said, calling for a shift towards understanding the context behind mental distress.  While welcoming international recognition of mental health, Dainius Pūras, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health, told the Human Rights Council on Monday that “much more is still needed”. “The global mental health status quo should move away from the outdated ‘mad or bad’ approach which seeks to prevent behaviours deemed as ‘dangerous’ or provide treatment considered ‘medically necessary’ without consent,” he said. Mr. Pūras also warned against the exaggerated benefits of psychotropic medications, stressing that it has led...

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UNAIDS report: COVID-19 pandemic derails 2020 HIV targets

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UNAIDS report: COVID-19 pandemic derails 2020 HIV targets

INTERNATIONAL, 6 July 2020, Health - HIV targets set for 2020 will not be reached, owing in part to deeply unequal access to antiretroviral therapy and service disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new UNAIDS report released on Monday. The report – Seizing the Moment – warns that the remarkable achievements made in the fight to end AIDS have not been shared equally within and between countries.   Moreover, decades of hard-won gains could be lost if the world fails to act. Missed targets have resulted in more than 3.5 million HIV infections and 820,000 AIDS-related deaths since 2015 than if the world was on track to meet the 2020 targets.  And the global AIDS response could be set back by 10 years or...

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A sustainable future for all depends on ‘resolve to act together in solidarity’

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A sustainable future for all depends on ‘resolve to act together in solidarity’

INTERNATIONAL, 6 July 2020, SDGs - The United Nations vision for a sustainable future for all “will depend on our policy choices today, and our resolve to act together in solidarity”, a senior UN official told delegates on Monday at a meeting to discuss post-pandemic recovery. Mher Margaryan, the vice-president of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), was speaking at the Integration Segment of a day-long meeting on the eve of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), the annual stock-take of the world’s progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN’s blueprint for a better future, for people and planet. The segment aims to help prepare the thematic reviews of the Forum, which takes place between 7...

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St. Maarten Academy PSVE Achieves 89% Pass Rate. School Leaving Exercises Held on July 2, 2020

St. Maarten Academy PSVE Achieves 89% Pass Rate. School Leaving…

SINT MAARTEN (ST. PETERS) - St. Maarten Academy PSVE hosted...

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Rotary Club of Sint Maarten Embarks on Food Relief Distribution

Rotary Club of Sint Maarten Embarks on Food Relief Distribution

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Members of the Rotary Club of...

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Airport Terminal Mold Remediation and Decontamination works about to start

Airport Terminal Mold Remediation and Decontamination works about to start

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) – Mold Remediation and Surface Decontamination...

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80% of St. Dominic High School IB May 2020 Candidates Qualify for the Diploma

80% of St. Dominic High School IB May 2020 Candidates…

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - On July 6, 2020, eighteen...

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Suspect arrested for attempted cellphone theft after stabbing victim

July 07, 2020

Suspect arrested for attempted cellphone theft after stabbing victim

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Police Force Dispatch Center received a call for what ...

AMERICAN AIRLINES RESUMES FLIGHTS TO 13 CARIBBEAN DESTINATIONS

July 07, 2020

AMERICAN AIRLINES RESUMES FLIGHTS TO 13 CARIBBEAN DESTINATIONS

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - In July the airline will resume service to 13 destinations in the region fr...

Government's management of the country a growing concern says UD

July 06, 2020

Government's management of the country a growing concern says UD

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "The overall governing of the country and our constitutional future and...

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UD says government seems to know only one mode: reactionary!

July 06, 2020 No comments

UD says government seems to know only one mode: reactionary!

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The United Democratic (UD) party continues to observe with much concern the ongoing developments and the Government reactionary management of the affairs of the country, t...

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MID ISLE INSTALLS NEW BOARD FOR ROTARY YEAR 2020-2021

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MID ISLE INSTALLS NEW BOARD FOR ROTARY YEAR 2020-2021

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On June 27,2020, The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten Mid Isle had its annual Change of Board (COB) ceremony. Considering the economic state that our island is in and the fact ...

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Caribbean Netherlands beefs Up ICT Specialist Training

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Caribbean Netherlands beefs Up ICT Specialist Training

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - After the education file for the 'IT Systems and Devices' program was submitted to ROA in November 2019, it is almost time: MBO Bonaire will start with aforementioned training i...

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Julian Woodley received medal, pin and certificate as Knight in the order of Orange Nassau

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Julian Woodley received medal, pin and certificate as Knight in the order of Orange Nassau

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - On Friday July 3rd, Julian Woodley, former Island Council member, Commissioner, Island Governor of St. Eustatius and former Member of Parliament of the Netherlands Antill...

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MP Buncamper queries Minister Panneflek about Unemployment Benefits

July 06, 2020

MP Buncamper queries Minister Panneflek about Unemployment Benefits

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Monday, July 6, 2020 Member of Parliament (MP) Claudius Buncamper of...

RESIGNATION OF MICHAEL SOMERSALL FROM THE SMCP

July 06, 2020

RESIGNATION OF MICHAEL SOMERSALL FROM THE SMCP

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Christian Party - SMCP is hereby announcing the resign...

Amuseum Naturalis Announces July 7th Reopening

July 06, 2020

Amuseum Naturalis Announces July 7th Reopening

SAINT MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER) - After closing for lockdown, St. Martin’s free nature and heritage mu...

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Arrest made in vehicle theft after keys left overnight

July 07, 2020

Arrest made in vehicle theft after keys left overnight

SINT MAARTEN (EBENEZER) - The police patrols arrested a man with the initials J.E., today July 7th, ...

Beyond Kultura's BKE’s winning COVID-19 Poems and letters

July 07, 2020

Beyond Kultura's BKE’s winning COVID-19 Poems and letters

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Beyond Kultura Events Foundation (BKE) has called up all children and a...

Black tanks to be made available until STUCO water supply is improved

July 06, 2020

Black tanks to be made available until STUCO water supply is improved

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - In recent months, a lot has been said about the water rationing on Sta...

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Pension plan clears final hurdle as FNV union members back reform

July 06, 2020 No comments

Pension plan clears final hurdle as FNV union members back reform

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Members of the FNV union have cleared the way for the government to reform the pension system after voting in favour of the new deal. The union’s parliament backed the ...

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Companies apply for second round of coronavirus furlough support

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Companies apply for second round of coronavirus furlough support

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Companies that have been hit financially by the coronavirus crisis can apply for a second round of government support from Monday. The NOW2 ruling, which covers the per...

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Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Tuesday

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Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Tuesday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – On Tuesday, July 7th, fuel pump prices will be adjusted for gasoline and diesel.  The current price of unleaded gasoline is Naf.1.580 per liter, will be adjusted to the n...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) July 07, 2020    …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS NOW IN A...

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