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Countries need to do more to stop harmful marketing of breast-milk substitutes, says UN

May 27, 2020 No comments

Countries need to do more to stop harmful marketing of breast-milk substitutes, says UN

INTERNATIONAL, 27 May 2020, Health - Despite efforts to stop the harmful promotion of breast-milk substitutes, countries are still falling short in protecting parents from misleading information, according to a new UN report released Wednesday.  Titled Marketing of Breast‐milk Substitutes: National Implementation of the International Code – Status report 2020, the study highlights the need for stronger legislation to protect families from false claims about the safety of breast-milk substitutes or aggressive marketing practices, findings that take on increased importance during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Baby Food Action Network collaborated in the report’s publication. Impact of aggressive marketing “The aggressive marketing of breast-milk substitutes, especially through health professionals that parents trust for nutrition and health advice,...

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On Peacekeepers Day, UN to spotlight vital role of women peace operations

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On Peacekeepers Day, UN to spotlight vital role of women peace operations

INTERNATIONAL, 27 May 2020, Peace and Security - In observance of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, on Friday, Secretary-General António Guterres will lay a wreath to pay tribute to all the UN blue helmets who have lost their lives since 1948. “[We] honour more than one million men and women who have served as United Nations peacekeepers and the more than 3,900 who have lost their lives in the line of duty”, he said in a video message for the occasion.  The UN chief will also award, posthumously, the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal to the 83 military, police and civilian peacekeepers who lost their lives in 2019.   The Secretary-General’s message also expresses gratitude to the 95,000 civilian, police and military personnel currently deployed around...

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WHO Foundation to broaden funding base for global health investment

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WHO Foundation to broaden funding base for global health investment

INTERNATIONAL, 27 May 2020, Health - A new foundation launched on Wednesday will generate funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners by tapping non-traditional sources, including the public. The WHO Foundation, which is independent, will be an integral part of the UN agency’s resource mobilization strategy to broaden its donor base.   WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the idea came from a staff member in response to a call made nearly three years ago for suggestions to transform the organization. “It is well documented that one of the greatest threats to WHO’s success is the fact that less than 20 per cent of our budget comes in the form of flexible assessed contributions from Member States, while more than 80 per cent is voluntary contributions, from...

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COVID-19: A ‘new and deadly threat’ for civilians caught up in violence

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COVID-19: A ‘new and deadly threat’ for civilians caught up in violence

INTERNATIONAL, 27 May 2020, Peace and Security - Innocent civilians trapped in violence now face “a new and deadly threat” from COVID-19, the UN chief told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that the pandemic is “amplifying and exploiting the fragilities of our world”. Citing conflict as one of the greatest causes of that fragility, Secretary-General António Guterres told a high-level videoconference on the protection of civilians in armed conflict that the coronavirus is causing “enormous human suffering” and additional stress to vulnerable health systems, economies and communities already been weakened by years of armed conflict. Peacekeeper of the Day:  As logistics, warehouse & inventory specialist w/ @UN_CAR, Noella Fatoumata's job is to collect, distribute & manage the flow of materials for smooth running of the mission in Central African Rep,...

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‘Lockdown generation’ of young workers will need extra help after COVID-19, urges UN labour chief

May 27, 2020 No comments

‘Lockdown generation’ of young workers will need extra help after COVID-19, urges UN labour chief

INTERNATIONAL, 27 May 2020, Economic Development - Further evidence of the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the global job market has emerged in a new study by the UN labour agency, which on Wednesday said that more than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the pandemic. Those young people who still have a job have seen their working hours cut by 23 per cent, said the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, who also urged Governments to conduct widespread coronavirus testing and tracing of populations to help get economies back on their feet. Countries such as the Republic of Korea and Iceland had invested in effective virus-hunting techniques which had cost less than one per cent of their economic...

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Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset & St. Martin Evolution Toastmasters Club Partner in Joint Meeting

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Monday May 25, 2020 the...

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Minister Doran allocates land for Waste Water Treatment Plant

Minister Doran allocates land for Waste Water Treatment Plant

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday, May 20, 2020,...

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MP Wescot Poses Questions on Kingdom Government Negotiations and Conditions

MP Wescot Poses Questions on Kingdom Government Negotiations and Conditions

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - It is interesting to see how...

May 27, 2020 No comments

Increased Sargassum Seaweed Collects on Eastern Beaches. Increased Beaching Event of Sargassum is Expected

Increased Sargassum Seaweed Collects on Eastern Beaches. Increased Beaching Event…

SINT MAARTEN (DAWN BEACH) - The Nature Foundation is forewarning...

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Office of Disaster Management calls for Hurricane Season Preparations

May 26, 2020

Office of Disaster Management calls for Hurricane Season Preparations

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been forecasted...

Positive Foundation Receives Donation of USD $16,000 from CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure

May 26, 2020

Positive Foundation Receives Donation of USD $16,000 from CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure

SINT MAARTEN (CUPECOY) - Year eight indeed shaped up to be a great one for the region’s largest canc...

IMA donates non-perishable and dry goods for food baskets

May 25, 2020

IMA donates non-perishable and dry goods for food baskets

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Indian Merchants Association (IMA) has donated 150 food packag...

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TelEm Group main building closed for two days for deep clean

May 27, 2020 No comments

TelEm Group main building closed for two days for deep clean

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The TelEm Group main building on Pond Island will be closed for two days (Thursday, May 28, and Friday May 29, 2020) to allow for a professional fumigation of offices and ...

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Claim of attempted robbery in Cole bay under investigation. Police request do not share fake news on social media

May 27, 2020 No comments

Claim of attempted robbery in Cole bay under investigation. Police request do not share fake news on social media

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - On Tuesday May 26th, 2020 at approximately 3.30pm, the police patrol were sent to Cole bay for what the central dispatch explained was an attempted robbery, but upon further ...

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Group of Concerned Teachers says they are in Solidarity with the Nation

May 28, 2020 No comments

Group of Concerned Teachers says they are in Solidarity with the Nation

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY – By Franklin Jefferson) - Dear Honorable Minister Ardwell Irion, We are a group of concerned teachers who have taken note of the proposed cuts by the government. While every...

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Media, Media, on the wall ...who's the fakest of them all?

May 28, 2020 No comments

Media, Media, on the wall ...who's the fakest of them all?

SAINT KITTS & NEVIS (COMMENTARY – By Joel B. Liburd) - The one thing that the world probably is grateful to Donald Trump for, is his spotlighting of "fake news". However, while Trump chooses to use th...

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Nature Foundation Reports Massive Tilapia Fish Die Off in the Great Salt Pond

May 26, 2020

Nature Foundation Reports Massive Tilapia Fish Die Off in the Great Salt Pond

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Nature Foundation St. Maarten received reports of a massive fish di...

NAGICO Insurances urges the population to be vigilant this Hurricane Season

May 26, 2020

NAGICO Insurances urges the population to be vigilant this Hurricane Season

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - NAGICO Insurances is encouraging the public to be vigilant this Hurrica...

8.2 MILLION GUILDERS PAID IN STIMULUS SUPPORT TO 352 COMPANIES

May 26, 2020

8.2 MILLION GUILDERS PAID IN STIMULUS SUPPORT TO 352 COMPANIES

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Payments for the stimulus relief began on May 19th, thus far 352 compan...

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Second-named short-lived storm Bertha forms before start of hurricane season

May 27, 2020

Second-named short-lived storm Bertha forms before start of hurricane season

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – The second-named storm of the season Bertha formed off the U.S. east coast ...

U.S. Consulate General Partners with Fundashon Venex in Food Support Project

May 27, 2020

U.S. Consulate General Partners with Fundashon Venex in Food Support Project

CURACAO (WILLEMSTAD) - Non-Profit Foundation Venex received a US $12,000 grant from Spirit of Americ...

Temporary subsidy scheme to reduce childcare costs for parents introduced as of July 1st

May 26, 2020

Temporary subsidy scheme to reduce childcare costs for parents introduced as of July 1st

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - As of July 1st, 2020 childcare and out-of-school care organizations in Bonaire...

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Dutch working on protocol to manage coronavirus era tourism

May 27, 2020 No comments

Dutch working on protocol to manage coronavirus era tourism

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Six Dutch ministries are involved in behind the scenes talks to draw up a coronavirus tourism protocol for the Netherlands, the Telegraaf said on Wednesday, quoting sour...

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99 primary school teachers, support workers test positive for Covid-19

May 27, 2020 No comments

99 primary school teachers, support workers test positive for Covid-19

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch official coronavirus death toll rose by 15 to 5,871 on Wednesday, the public health institute RIVM said. The number of hospitalisations rose by seven to 11,697...

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Ad Hoc Committee Integrity scheduled to meet on Thursday

May 27, 2020 No comments

Ad Hoc Committee Integrity scheduled to meet on Thursday

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Ad Hoc Committee Integrity (AHCI), will meet on Thursday, May 28, 2020. The AHCI Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 10.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtua...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

May 27, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday midday (12:00 LST) May 28, 2020    WEATHER:  This afternoon through T...

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