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Myanmar: Stop harassment of workers, UN agency urges military

February 24, 2021 No comments

Myanmar: Stop harassment of workers, UN agency urges military

INTERNATIONAL, 24 February 2021, Peace and Security - The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has called on the military in Myanmar to end the harassment and intimidation of workers by security forces, and ensure that they can exercise their rights to freedom of expression, in a climate free of violence and fear. In a statement on Tuesday, the agency said it received allegations that police and military are conducting door-to-door searches for trade unionists at their dormitories and hostels in the Hlaingtharyar industrial township, in the country’s largest city, Yangon.  It is alleged that the acts of harassment and intimidation are “largely targeted” at young female workers working in the private sector industries of Yangon, who are living far away from their families in the...

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British actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw named latest UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

February 24, 2021 No comments

British actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw named latest UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

INTERNATIONAL, 24 February 2021, Migrants and Refugees - British actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw was on Wednesday appointed a global Goodwill Ambassador with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.  Ms. Mbatha-Raw highlighted the need to support refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to work in support of refugees and help amplify their voices. I am always amazed by their courage and strength in the face of such seemingly insurmountable odds and it’s a real honour to play a part in sharing their stories”, she said.  “The Covid crisis has made us all aware of the fragility of the lives we build and the importance of doing all we can to support those who have had to leave the place they call home”, she added.  “The crisis has also taught...

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COVID-19 imperils ‘historic advances’ in children’s access to school meals: UN report

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COVID-19 imperils ‘historic advances’ in children’s access to school meals: UN report

INTERNATIONAL, 24 February 2021, Health - Hard-won gains in efforts to provide millions of the world’s most vulnerable children with nutritious food, through free daily meals at school, are at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic and its fallout, a UN World Food Programme (WFP) report said on Wednesday.  According to WFP’s report, State of School Feeding Worldwide, 370 million children in 199 countries and territories were suddenly deprived of school meals, when schools closed due to the pandemic. That meal was for many their only nutritious food of the day.  David Beasley, WFP Executive Director, highlighted the importance of what's been lost: “That one meal a day is often the reason hungry children go to school in the first place. It’s also a powerful incentive to make sure...

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Supermodel Natalia Vodianova joins UNFPA to tackle stigma and advance women’s health

February 24, 2021 No comments

Supermodel Natalia Vodianova joins UNFPA to tackle stigma and advance women’s health

INTERNATIONAL, 24 February 2021, Women - The UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, on Wednesday appointed supermodel, philanthropist, and impact investor Natalia Vodianova as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, in an effort to empower women and girls, including fighting stigma surrounding menstruation. “For too long, society’s approach to menstruation and women’s health has been defined by taboo and stigma”, said Ms. Vodianova, stressing that the situation “has undermined the most basic needs and rights of women.” Today, we’re very excited to announce that supermodel and philanthropist @NataSupernova has been appointed as a @UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador ? Learn more and join us in welcoming her to the @UN family: https://t.co/6B9I2X2tb5 #StandUp4HumanRights pic.twitter.com/PuDYRiRDfy — UNFPA (@UNFPA) February 24, 2021 In her new role with UNFPA, officially known as the UN Population Fund, Ms. Vodianova will seek to help culturally redefine...

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Experts accuse Iran of rights violations in shooting down Ukraine airlines flight

February 23, 2021 No comments

Experts accuse Iran of rights violations in shooting down Ukraine airlines flight

INTERNATIONAL, 23 February 2021, Human Rights - Iran committed multiple human rights violations in shooting downing Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS752 last year and in the aftermath of the deadly attack, two  independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council said on Tuesday.  Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the country, have consistently expressed concern over the 8 January 2020 incident. Flight PS752 was heading from Tehran to Kiev when it was struck down by two missiles fired by the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), killing all 176 people on board.     Iran said the military personnel mistook the civilian aircraft for a US missile.  The strike took...

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Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization holds inaugural meeting

Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization holds inaugural meeting

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During a closed-door meeting in Parliament...

February 24, 2021 No comments

WYCCF to continue as a location for administering the COVID-19 vaccine

WYCCF to continue as a location for administering the COVID-19…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – So far, more than...

February 24, 2021 No comments

Prime Minister Jacobs first public official to receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Prime Minister Jacobs first public official to receive COVID-19 Vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs...

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Sarah: The Prime Minister’s refusal to Discuss Implementation of the Country Package is Unacceptable

Sarah: The Prime Minister’s refusal to Discuss Implementation of the…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Members of Parliament (MPs) have received...

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10 COVID-19 Recoveries. Three New Positive Cases. 40 Active Cases

February 24, 2021

10 COVID-19 Recoveries. Three New Positive Cases. 40 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 24th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive f...

Money makes the world go ‘round - Funding, Finance and everything ‘not-so-nice’

February 24, 2021

Money makes the world go ‘round - Funding, Finance and everything ‘not-so-nice’

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Finding financial stability is always something NGO’s are working towar...

Ministry of VROMI and NV GEBE Expands Streetlight Network

February 24, 2021

Ministry of VROMI and NV GEBE Expands Streetlight Network

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Recently, the Honorable Minister of VROMI, Mr. Egbert Doran, and the fo...

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Chris: Airline handlers’ letter is biggest indictment of PJIA CEO

February 24, 2021 No comments

Chris: Airline handlers’ letter is biggest indictment of PJIA CEO

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel on Wednesday said that a letter from the St. Maarten Airline Handlers Association (SAHA) and its Airline Operatin...

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R4CR wrapping up info sessions Quick Win Round 2. Call for proposals March 1 to April 2

February 24, 2021 No comments

R4CR wrapping up info sessions Quick Win Round 2. Call for proposals March 1 to April 2

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Resources 4 Community Resilience (R4CR) program recently held four information sessions for the “Quick Win” Round 2 call for proposals. These information sessions were...

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Reopen cafe terraces, MPs and Amsterdam’s mayor urge ministers

February 24, 2021 No comments

Reopen cafe terraces, MPs and Amsterdam’s mayor urge ministers

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A majority of MPs have called on the caretaker government to look into the option of allowing cafe terraces to reopen under strict conditions. During Wednesday’s debate...

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International students harder hit by corona restrictions, survey shows

February 24, 2021 No comments

International students harder hit by corona restrictions, survey shows

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The majority of foreign students who have come to the Netherlands to study have been struggling emotionally because of coronavirus measures, a survey by Dutch internatio...

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Emmanuel: PJIA should follow scale-back plans of major airport

February 23, 2021

Emmanuel: PJIA should follow scale-back plans of major airport

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel on Tuesday sa...

Minister of Justice speaks at virtual Rotary meeting on the topic of peace and conflict resolution

February 23, 2021

Minister of Justice speaks at virtual Rotary meeting on the topic of peace and conflict resolution

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On February 22nd, the Honorable Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson ...

Sint Maarten National Basketball Association joins International Basketball Union

February 23, 2021

Sint Maarten National Basketball Association joins International Basketball Union

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The International Basketball Union (IBU) is excited to announce the add...

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Prosecutors ends investigation against MP Ottley

February 24, 2021

Prosecutors ends investigation against MP Ottley

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On February 23rd the prosecutor's office notified lawyer S. R. Bommel t...

CBS: Launch National Accounts Survey 2019 in Caribbean Netherlands

February 24, 2021

CBS: Launch National Accounts Survey 2019 in Caribbean Netherlands

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - During the next months, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) will carry out a survey o...

Two Saba sports fields upgraded

February 23, 2021

Two Saba sports fields upgraded

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Two notable events took place to the advancement of sports on Saba on Friday, Fe...

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One of Germany’s most wanted men is arrested in Amsterdam

February 24, 2021 No comments

One of Germany’s most wanted men is arrested in Amsterdam

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch police have arrested a 60-year-old German national wanted for his role in a string of violent armed robberies, at a private home in a quiet residential street in t...

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Dutch police seize record hauls of cocaine and heroin within two weeks

February 24, 2021 No comments

Dutch police seize record hauls of cocaine and heroin within two weeks

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Police in Hamburg and Antwerp have seized 23 tonnes of cocaine destined for the Netherlands in the past 10 days, and one person named in the documentation for both shipm...

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Minister Samuel signs School Repair Program Agreement

February 24, 2021 No comments

Minister Samuel signs School Repair Program Agreement

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Monday, February 22nd, the Director of the National Recovery Bureau (NRPB) Claret Connor, the Honorable Minister in charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS)...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

February 24, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) February 25, 2021  ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS...

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