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Russia responsible for Navalny poisoning, rights experts say

March 01, 2021 No comments

Russia responsible for Navalny poisoning, rights experts say

INTERNATIONAL, 1 March 2021, Human Rights - Russia is responsible for the poisoning and attempted killing of jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny, two independent UN rights experts said on Monday, issuing an “open call” for an international investigation into the incident.  Special Rapporteurs Agnès Callamard and Irene Khan believe the politician was poisoned to send a “clear, sinister warning” to anyone wanting to criticize the Government.  Mr. Navalny fell violently ill on a domestic flight from Siberia to Moscow last August. He was later flown to Germany where toxicology reports determined he had been poisoned with Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent. On returning to Moscow last month, he was imprisoned for violating a sentence for alleged embezzlement.  “It is our conclusion that Russia is responsible for the attempted arbitrary killing of Mr. Navalny”, said Ms. Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, speaking during a press conference in Geneva.  Part of a larger trend  The independent...

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Yemen pledging conference: Severity of suffering ‘impossible to overstate’ says Guterres

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Yemen pledging conference: Severity of suffering ‘impossible to overstate’ says Guterres

INTERNATIONAL, 1 March 2021, Humanitarian Aid - The international response to Monday’s High-Level Pledging Event on Yemen has been described as “disappointing” by the UN chief, announcing that pledges totalled less than last year’s humanitarian response, and a billion dollars less than the figure raised in 2019.   Despite that, millions of Yemenis desperately need more aid to survive, with some $1.7 billion pledged by the end of the morning – falling short of the appeal when the conference began, for $3.85 billion.  “Cutting aid is a death sentence”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said after the event concluded. “The best that can be said about today is that it represents a down payment”.   Thanking those who did pledge generously, he urged others to reconsider what they can do to “help stave off...

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UN’s nuclear watchdog agency will not be ‘bargaining chip’ in Iran nuclear deal

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UN’s nuclear watchdog agency will not be ‘bargaining chip’ in Iran nuclear deal

INTERNATIONAL, 1 March 2021, Peace and Security - The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog agency told journalists on Monday that inspections in Iran should not be used as a “bargaining chip” to revive a troubled nuclear deal.   After speaking to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors, Director General Rafael Grossi told a press conference that while the agency had opened a window of opportunity for diplomacy in Iran, it should not be put in the middle of negotiations between Iran, the United States and other nations over the deal.   On 15 February, Iran announced that it would stop implementing “voluntary transparency measures” in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal, along with other arrangements in Iran’s Safeguards...

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COVID-19 cases rise for first time in seven weeks: WHO

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COVID-19 cases rise for first time in seven weeks: WHO

INTERNATIONAL, 1 March 2021, Health - After six consecutive weeks of decline, COVID-19 cases worldwide increased last week for the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.  Four of the agency’s six regions reported a rise in numbers, with Africa and the Western Pacific excluded.  “This is disappointing, but not surprising”, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking during his biweekly press briefing from Geneva.  “Some of it appears to be due to relaxing of public health measures, continued circulation of variants, and people letting down their guard.”  The jump in cases comes as the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines continues.  “Vaccines will help to save lives, but if countries rely solely on vaccines, they’re making a mistake”, Tedros warned, underscoring the importance of basic public health measures such as...

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Fate still unclear of ‘tens of thousands’ of civilian detainees in Syria

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Fate still unclear of ‘tens of thousands’ of civilian detainees in Syria

INTERNATIONAL, 1 March 2021, Human Rights - The fate of tens of thousands of civilians being held in Syria’s “notorious” prisons or detention centres is still unclear, 10 years after the country’s civil war began, UN investigators said on Monday.  According to the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, thousands more have been subject to torture, sexual violence or death in captivity.  Despite the “staggering” wealth of evidence, almost all parties to the conflict “failed to investigate their own forces”, said Commissioner Karen Koning AbuZayd.   “The focus appears to be on concealing, rather than investigating crimes committed in the detention facilities”, she added in a statement.  More than 100 detention sites   The findings, which the panel will deliver to the Human Rights Council in Geneva next week, highlight investigations into more than 100 specific detention facilities.  They cover mass arrests of demonstrators in the early days to the mass internment of men, women...

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Border Protection/Mobile Unit returns to Immigration and Border Protection Services

Border Protection/Mobile Unit returns to Immigration and Border Protection Services

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - March 1st, 2021, marks the...

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1000th COVID-19 Vaccine Administered. Sint Maarten Protected Together

1000th COVID-19 Vaccine Administered. Sint Maarten Protected Together

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – On Monday March 1st,...

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Captured by Corona Published by Beyond Kultura soon to be launched

Captured by Corona Published by Beyond Kultura soon to be…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The book ‘Captured by Corona’ was...

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Johnson becomes ISLAND AMBASSADOR CONNECTING Sint Maarten

Johnson becomes ISLAND AMBASSADOR CONNECTING Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Island Innovation, an international social enterprise, has...

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Three New Positive COVID-19 cases. Three Recoveries. 29 Active Cases

March 01, 2021

Three New Positive COVID-19 cases. Three Recoveries. 29 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 1st, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for C...

SZV Announces AOV & AWW Pension Payment Delays

March 01, 2021

SZV Announces AOV & AWW Pension Payment Delays

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – On Monday Social and Health Insurances (SZV) announced that there is a ...

Front liners recognized by Rotary St. Martin Sunrise

March 01, 2021

Front liners recognized by Rotary St. Martin Sunrise

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise presented the “Vocational Excellence Awa...

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Women’s Day celebration this Saturday

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Women’s Day celebration this Saturday

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - International Women’s Day will be celebrated on Saba this Saturday evening, March 6 at Tropics Café with drinks, food, music and an award ceremony. All women on Saba are welcome t...

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Women’s Desk launches campaign  to highlight women in community

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Women’s Desk launches campaign to highlight women in community

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Women’s Desk, a division within Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs (CDFHA), in collaboration with Prominent Women will be celebrating this upcoming Inter...

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Prime Minister Jacobs commemorates our history makers yesterday, today and in the future

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Prime Minister Jacobs commemorates our history makers yesterday, today and in the future

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Every Year in February, Black History Month is celebrated all over the world to signify the journey of the black community. As a community, we reflect on our achievements ...

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Voters give party leaders food for thought in first TV election debate

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Voters give party leaders food for thought in first TV election debate

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Six party leaders took to the stage in the first televised debate of the general election campaign, but it was a series of cameos from ordinary voters that stole the sho...

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PJIA, Schiphol agreement increases financial pressure says Emmanuel

February 28, 2021

PJIA, Schiphol agreement increases financial pressure says Emmanuel

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Government of St. Maarten and the Princess Juliana Airport Operatin...

Second Governor’s Youth Awards for Excellence Program 2021 Planned for June

February 28, 2021

Second Governor’s Youth Awards for Excellence Program 2021 Planned for June

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - The Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday, announ...

Workplace improvements for airline representatives and staff underway

February 28, 2021

Workplace improvements for airline representatives and staff underway

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - The Pre-works for PJIA’s Terminal Reconstruction, including mol...

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BKCN checking fire hydrant operational status

March 01, 2021

BKCN checking fire hydrant operational status

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - During the past two weeks, the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department (BKCN) h...

PFP to Launch English Translation of Country Package of Reforms

February 28, 2021

PFP to Launch English Translation of Country Package of Reforms

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – On Monday, 1 March 2021, the Party for Progress will launch an English ...

SZV congratulates Reginald Willemsberg for 40 years of service

February 28, 2021

SZV congratulates Reginald Willemsberg for 40 years of service

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The management & staff of SZV congratulates Reginald Willemsberg with h...

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Hospitality industry sales slump in 2020, but PostNL benefits from coronavirus

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Hospitality industry sales slump in 2020, but PostNL benefits from coronavirus

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Cafes, restaurants, bars and hotels were extremely hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic last year, with sales dropping 34%, the biggest downturn ever recorded in the sec...

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Fewer reports of traditional crime like burglary as coronavirus keeps people home

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Fewer reports of traditional crime like burglary as coronavirus keeps people home

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of reported cases of pick-pocketing, burglary and shoplifting fell sharply in the Netherlands last year, as coronavirus kept more people off the streets and a...

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Urgent Central Committee meeting of Parliament about discussion on the Country Reform Packages Priorities and Objective Measures 2021

February 28, 2021 No comments

Urgent Central Committee meeting of Parliament about discussion on the Country Reform Packages Priorities and Objective Measures 2021

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on Monday, March 1, 2021. The Committee meeting is scheduled for 14.00 hrs. at the House of Parliament. Th...

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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, March 01, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)    VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) March 02, 2021        ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS ...

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