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Israel urged to allow humanitarians to continue working in Palestine

August 18, 2022 No comments

Israel urged to allow humanitarians to continue working in Palestine

INTERNATIONAL, 18 August 2022, Human Rights - Allow human rights and humanitarian organizations to continue their work in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), UN agencies and other partners have urged Israel. On Thursday morning, Israeli Forces broke into, searched and sealed the offices of seven Palestinian human rights and humanitarian organizations³ in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Their property was confiscated and destroyed and military orders closing the offices were left at the premises. UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Palestine Lynn Hastings said that attempted closures “affect all institutions working to promote human rights and development and are delivering assistance”. Lodging charges The United Nations and its partners take seriously allegations of funding terrorism as well as the Israeli designations of these entities as unlawful...

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WHO expert group recommends second COVID-19 booster for vulnerable groups

August 18, 2022 No comments

WHO expert group recommends second COVID-19 booster for vulnerable groups

INTERNATIONAL, 18 August 2022, Health - Countries should consider giving a second COVID-19 vaccine booster to older persons, pregnant women, health workers, people with weaker immune systems and those at higher risk of severe disease, experts appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.  The recommendation comes in a statement issued by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization, following a meeting held last week.   Most COVID-19 vaccines consist of a primary series of two doses, with a first booster administered some four to six months after completion to improve immune response.  “There is increasing evidence on the benefits of a second booster dose of vaccines in terms of restoring waning vaccine effectiveness (VE),” the statement said.  Waning effectiveness  Protection offered by current vaccines declines substantially...

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Grain deal ‘victory for diplomacy,’ UN chief tells journalists in Ukraine

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Grain deal ‘victory for diplomacy,’ UN chief tells journalists in Ukraine

INTERNATIONAL, 18 August 2022, Humanitarian Aid - Positive momentum on the landmark Black Sea Grain Initiative to help vulnerable people access food reflects “a victory for diplomacy” for those caught in a cost-of-living crisis as well as for Ukraine’s hard-working farmers, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters on Thursday in Lviv, Ukraine. Speaking at a press conference alongside Presidents Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Türkiye, he expressed gratitude for the opportunity to visit “again during such a difficult period”.  Despite that the Black Sea Grain Initiative was signed a few weeks ago, the UN chief reiterated that “there is no solution to the global food crisis without ensuring full global access to Ukraine’s food products and Russian food and fertilizers”.   Assistance en route In less than one month, 21 ships have...

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South Sudan: ‘Urgent collective efforts’ needed in most dangerous humanitarian situation

August 18, 2022 No comments

South Sudan: ‘Urgent collective efforts’ needed in most dangerous humanitarian situation

INTERNATIONAL, 18 August 2022, Humanitarian Aid - On the eve of World Humanitarian Day, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, called on Thursday for joint action to address the aid crisis in the country and end attacks against civilians and humanitarian workers. “It takes a village to raise a child. In the same way, it takes an array of partners to support crisis-affected people,” stated Sara Beysolow Nyanti. “We need urgent collective efforts to help the vulnerable population in South Sudan”. Lauding humanitarians The Humanitarian Coordinator paid tribute to the aid workers, communities, local authorities and first responders who provide life-saving assistance to thousands of people in dire humanitarian need. “I commend the humanitarian workers and all those risking their own lives to alleviate the suffering and...

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UN deplores deadly attack in Afghanistan, killing scores and injuring many others

August 18, 2022 No comments

UN deplores deadly attack in Afghanistan, killing scores and injuring many others

INTERNATIONAL, 18 August 2022, Peace and Security - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned on Thursday, a fatal attack on a Mosque in the capital, Kabul. “We deplore yesterday’s attack in a Kabul Mosque, the latest in a disturbing series of bombings which have killed & injured more than 250 people in recent weeks, the highest monthly number of civilian casualties over the last year,” UNAMA said in a short statement posted on Twitter. On Wednesday, news media cited police in reporting that a huge explosion ripped through the crowded mosque during evening prayers, injuring 33 people and killing another 21, including the mosque's imam, Amir Muhammad Kabuli. While the blast scene in Kabul has been sealed off, it remains unclear who was behind the...

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Emmanuel: Corrupt can also best describe this government

Emmanuel: Corrupt can also best describe this government

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe...

August 18, 2022 No comments

Positive, Elektralytes Fd., SLS, & SMMC partner to offer free prostate screenings

Positive, Elektralytes Fd., SLS, & SMMC partner to offer free…

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The Positive and Elektralytes Foundations,...

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Leonald Conner School gets new picnic tables

Leonald Conner School gets new picnic tables

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On August 11th, 2022, the Rotary...

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WITU demands an explanation from Doran

WITU demands an explanation from Doran

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UPDATED - Simpson Bay Shooting. One Person Dead

August 17, 2022

UPDATED - Simpson Bay Shooting. One Person Dead

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - UPDATE One man is dead after he was shot in his torso by an unknown sho...

Driver flees scene into the bushes after causing accident

August 17, 2022

Driver flees scene into the bushes after causing accident

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Police are seeking a man who fled the scene of a traffic accident he ...

National Risk Assessment Process Sint Maarten

August 17, 2022

National Risk Assessment Process Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Money Laundering and terrorism financing present global threats. In the...

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DCNA Lobbies Internationally for Increased Support for Nature Conservation in the Dutch Caribbean

August 17, 2022 No comments

DCNA Lobbies Internationally for Increased Support for Nature Conservation in the Dutch Caribbean

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE – The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) has been actively promoting a nature focused agenda both within The Netherlands and internationally. Whether it’s championing the Yara...

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Vehicles left at towing companies and police station. Owners requested to retrieve them

August 17, 2022 No comments

Vehicles left at towing companies and police station. Owners requested to retrieve them

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Police have confiscated or impounded several vehicles and scooters related to theft or non-compliance with the technical requirements of traffic laws under the assumption ...

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Trade unions threaten legal action over long covid compensation

August 18, 2022 No comments

Trade unions threaten legal action over long covid compensation

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The two largest Dutch trade unions have threatened to take legal action against the government unless it offers compensation to healthcare workers suffering from long co...

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‘Supermarkets are avoiding their responsibilities,’ says angry Remkes

August 18, 2022 No comments

‘Supermarkets are avoiding their responsibilities,’ says angry Remkes

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Supermarket groups are shirking their responsibilities by refusing to attend talks aimed at solving the nitrogen pollution crisis, government mediator Johan Remkes said ...

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Population Census 2022 Starts Soon

August 17, 2022

Population Census 2022 Starts Soon

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Population Census 2022 is set to start soon. The population census ...

Deadline extended for submission of nominees for the President of Parliament Award 2022

August 16, 2022

Deadline extended for submission of nominees for the President of Parliament Award 2022

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Parliament has extended the deadline for persons to submit their nomina...

MP De Weever: Issues at GEBE a matter of national security now

August 16, 2022

MP De Weever: Issues at GEBE a matter of national security now

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Honorable Member of Parliament (MP) Ludmila de Weever sounded the a...

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Police officer arrested in ongoing sexual assault investigation

August 17, 2022

Police officer arrested in ongoing sexual assault investigation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - A member of the Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM was arrested today, W...

Driver lands Jeep in Fresh Pond with minor injuries

August 17, 2022

Driver lands Jeep in Fresh Pond with minor injuries

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - A driver lost control of his vehicle and ended up in the Fresh Pond nea...

Police Academy students paid visit prison

August 17, 2022

Police Academy students paid visit prison

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Police Academy students of Class BPO 5 visited the House of Detention (...

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Triathletes were ‘bullied and abused’ at training centre: report

August 18, 2022 No comments

Triathletes were ‘bullied and abused’ at training centre: report

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Triathletes taking part in an elite training programme were exposed to bullying and exclusion without proper support, an independent investigation has found. The findin...

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Rain brings relief and floods, measures to combat drought on the cards

August 18, 2022 No comments

Rain brings relief and floods, measures to combat drought on the cards

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Wednesday’s thunderstorms caused flooding in the north and east of the country but with more warm weather on the way the rain will do little to mitigate the effects of t...

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Seven persons detained by police for being in possession of a stolen vehicle

August 17, 2022 No comments

Seven persons detained by police for being in possession of a stolen vehicle

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Over the course of the last few weeks, while carrying out targeted traffic checks, several vehicles suspected of being stolen were confiscated by the police. In the course...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

August 18, 2022 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Thursday, August 18, 2022 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) August 19, 2022  WEATHER:     Tonight through Frid...

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