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UN expresses hope ‘new opportunities’ will arise from Sudan’s recognition of Israel

October 24, 2020 No comments

UN expresses hope ‘new opportunities’ will arise from Sudan’s recognition of Israel

INTERNATIONAL, 24 October 2020, Peace and Security - The UN chief on Saturday said he was taking note of the announcement that Sudan has agreed to normalize relations with Israel, expressing hope that further cooperation will advance international peace and prosperity. The statement from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, comes in the wake of the deal, brokered by the United States and formally announced by President Donald Trump on Friday in a three-way call with the prime ministers of Sudan and Israel at the White House. Delegations from Sudan and Israel are due to meet to finalize details in the coming weeks, according to the announcement. As part of the agreement, the US will reportedly remove Sudan from its list of State sponsors of terrorism, allowing aid and economic investment to...

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‘Very tough’ months ahead in COVID battle, WHO helping scale up dwindling oxygen supplies

October 23, 2020 No comments

‘Very tough’ months ahead in COVID battle, WHO helping scale up dwindling oxygen supplies

INTERNATIONAL, 23 October 2020, Health - Facing another critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief told reporters on Friday that a “very tough” few months lie ahead with too many nations seeing an exponential increase in cases.  Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said some countries were now on a “dangerous track” and the worrying rise was leading to hospitals and ICUs “running close or above capacity – and we’re still only in October.”  “We urge leaders to take immediate action, to prevent further unnecessary deaths, and essential health services collapsing, and schools shutting again.”  Action needed  The WHO Director-General said countries needed to “conduct honest analysis and consider the good, the bad and the ugly.”  For those who have brought transmission under control, he said now was the time to “double down,...

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Step up action to achieve COVID-19 ceasefire, Guterres says in UN Day message

October 23, 2020 No comments

Step up action to achieve COVID-19 ceasefire, Guterres says in UN Day message

INTERNATIONAL, 23 October 2020, UN Affairs - The UN’s 75th anniversary this Saturday, which falls as countries continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, is an opportunity to accelerate action to achieve a global ceasefire during the crisis, Secretary-General António Guterres has said.  The UN chief initially issued the appeal for combatants to lay down their arms shortly after the pandemic was declared in March.  “In our world today, we have one common enemy: COVID-19”, said Mr. Guterres in his message for UN Day on 24 October.  “Now is the time for a stepped-up push for peace to achieve a global ceasefire.  The clock is ticking.”  UN mission ‘more critical than ever’  UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter, the Organization’s founding document.  The treaty outlines the...

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UN salutes new Libya ceasefire agreement that points to ‘a better, safer, and more peaceful future’

October 23, 2020 No comments

UN salutes new Libya ceasefire agreement that points to ‘a better, safer, and more peaceful future’

INTERNATIONAL, 23 October 2020, Peace and Security - Warring parties in Libya on Friday agreed an historic ceasefire, which was hailed by the head of the UN Support Mission in the country (UNSMIL), who led the mediation, as a courageous act that can help secure a “a better, safer, and more peaceful future for all the Libyan people”. “I would like to salute you, because what you have accomplished here takes a great deal of courage”, said UNSMIL chief, and Acting Special Representative, Stephanie Williams, at a press conference in Geneva. “You have gathered for the sake of Libya, for the sake of your people, to take concrete steps to end their suffering.” The country has been roiled by division and conflict, since the overthrow of...

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Behind the global ceasefire call: 75 years of UN mediation, preventing conflict, promoting peace

October 23, 2020 No comments

Behind the global ceasefire call: 75 years of UN mediation, preventing conflict, promoting peace

INTERNATIONAL, 23 October 2020, Peace and Security - When Member States signed the United Nations Charter 75 years ago, it was to prevent more existential conflicts and save succeeding generations from a third world war. Conflict prevention is part of the Organization’s DNA and remains a central priority today, a guiding principle behind the UN Secretary-General’s current call for a global ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic.  On Friday, UN-mediated efforts yielded a potentially historic ceasefire accord between the warring parties in Libya, led the UN Support Mission, UNSMIL, hailed by Acting Special Representative and UNSMIL head, Stephanie Williams, as a "decisive and courageous first stop towards a comprehensive settlement". Saturday is UN Day, when the Charter officially came into force, so we are taking this opportunity to...

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After 30-Years of Service WINAIR’s Captain Roger Hodge retires

After 30-Years of Service WINAIR’s Captain Roger Hodge retires

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT ROAD) – After 30 years of...

October 23, 2020 No comments

Heyliger extends congratulations to St. Eustatius. Says: “Free and Fair elections allow democracy to reign”

Heyliger extends congratulations to St. Eustatius. Says: “Free and Fair…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) — “Democracy at work,” were the words,...

October 22, 2020 No comments

Minister of TEATT De Weever unveils economic recovery plan

Minister of TEATT De Weever unveils economic recovery plan

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Tourism, Economic...

October 22, 2020 No comments

PJIAE AWARDS SUPERVISING ENGINEERING CONTRACT AND IS MOVING AHEAD WITH THE TERMINAL RECONSTRUCTION

PJIAE AWARDS SUPERVISING ENGINEERING CONTRACT AND IS MOVING AHEAD WITH…

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October 22, 2020 No comments

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Four New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 53 Active Cases

October 23, 2020

Four New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 53 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of October 23rd, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for...

Too early to say if partial lockdown is working, prime minister says

October 23, 2020

Too early to say if partial lockdown is working, prime minister says

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – It is still far too easy to tell if the partial lockdown announced on...

Alpha Team arrests two arrests in an ongoing drug investigation

October 21, 2020

Alpha Team arrests two arrests in an ongoing drug investigation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Tuesday, October 20th, 2020, the Alpha Team arrested two men with th...

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Cupecoy Sunset Toastmasters Club Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

October 21, 2020 No comments

Cupecoy Sunset Toastmasters Club Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The president of the club, Mr Damien Schmidt in a statement mentioned that "While the club’s 5th anniversary is originally in June, we did not want the year to pass by wit...

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PJIAE LAUNCHES SECOND COST-REDUCTION PROGRAM TO GUARANTEE BUSINESS CONTINUITY

October 21, 2020 No comments

PJIAE LAUNCHES SECOND COST-REDUCTION PROGRAM TO GUARANTEE BUSINESS CONTINUITY

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT ROAD) - As airlines have dramatically reduced flights to SXM due to the current pandemic, PJIAE Management is preparing its second cost reduction program in order to ...

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Opinion is divided about tougher lockdown, as coronavirus cases rise again

October 23, 2020 No comments

Opinion is divided about tougher lockdown, as coronavirus cases rise again

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A number of infectious disease specialists in the Netherlands are calling on the government to impose a tougher lockdown in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, ...

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New coronavirus cases top 10,000, as testing capacity is ramped up

October 23, 2020 No comments

New coronavirus cases top 10,000, as testing capacity is ramped up

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of newly registered coronavirus cases topped 10,000 for the first time in the 24 hours to Friday morning, figures from national health institute RIVM show. I...

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Rotary Sunset Joins the Fight to End Polio

October 21, 2020

Rotary Sunset Joins the Fight to End Polio

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - World Polio Day is observed globally on October 24th by Rotary clubs wo...

Increased efficiency with post-disaster social assistance aim of Integrated Social Registry System

October 21, 2020

Increased efficiency with post-disaster social assistance aim of Integrated Social Registry System

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA), thro...

Single-use plastics cross-border venture

October 21, 2020

Single-use plastics cross-border venture

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, representatives from both sides of the is...

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Consumer prices Caribbean Netherlands continue to fall in Q3

October 21, 2020

Consumer prices Caribbean Netherlands continue to fall in Q3

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - In Q3 2020, consumer goods and services on Bonaire were 4.8 percent cheaper th...

Internet consultation closes on Nov.18. Proposal to amend the Act Electricity and Drinking Water BES is open

October 21, 2020

Internet consultation closes on Nov.18. Proposal to amend the Act Electricity and Drinking Water BES is open

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - On Wednesday the 21st of October, the proposal to amend the Electricity and Dr...

‘We are not infallible,’ king says in video statement about Greek holiday

October 21, 2020

‘We are not infallible,’ king says in video statement about Greek holiday

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima have issued a two-minute video...

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Quotas for seasonal worker housing may conflict with EU law: FD

October 23, 2020 No comments

Quotas for seasonal worker housing may conflict with EU law: FD

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Restrictions imposed by many local authorities in the Netherlands about how many seasonal workers can be housed in some areas may be unlawful, the Financieele Dagblad sa...

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Chickens kept inside after reports of bird flu in dead swans

October 23, 2020 No comments

Chickens kept inside after reports of bird flu in dead swans

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Chickens across the country have been grounded after a farmer discovered dead swans on his land which turned out to be infected with the worst strain of bird flu, H5N8. ...

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New law to ban fake reviews and protect consumers online

October 23, 2020 No comments

New law to ban fake reviews and protect consumers online

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Fake reviews of products will be banned in new Europe-wide laws to protect consumer rights. The Dutch junior minister for economic affairs Mona Keijzer said that there i...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

October 24, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Saturday, October 24, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) October 25, 2020      …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REM...

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