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Myanmar: UN deplores conviction and sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi

December 06, 2021 No comments

Myanmar: UN deplores conviction and sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi

INTERNATIONAL, 6 December 2021, Human Rights - The UN’s top human rights official on Monday condemned the imprisonment of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi by a military-controlled court, and called for her release. She also faces additional charges of corruption and electoral fraud. The development follows media reports that a military vehicle slammed into demonstrators in the city of Yangon over the weekend, leaving an unknown number injured and at least five dead. Political motives In a statement on Monday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet maintained that Ms. Suu Kyi’s guilty verdict was the result of a “sham trial”. “The conviction of the State Counsellor following a sham trial in secretive proceedings before a military-controlled court is nothing but politically-motivated,” she said.  “It...

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COVID-19: Students face $17 trillion loss in lifetime earnings

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COVID-19: Students face $17 trillion loss in lifetime earnings

INTERNATIONAL, 6 December 2021, Culture and Education - School closures during the COVID-19 pandemic could result in a staggering $17 trillion in lost lifetime earnings for today’s students, according to a UN-backed report issued on Monday.  The projection is among the findings of The State of the Global Education Crisis: A Path to Recovery, published by the World Bank, the UN Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  The figure is calculated in present value, representing roughly 14 per cent of current Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  It far exceeds the $10 trillion estimates from a year ago, revealing that the impact is more severe than previously thought.  Loss ‘morally unacceptable’  The pandemic brought education systems across the world to a halt, said Jaime Saavedra, World Bank Global Director for Education.  More...

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COVID contributed to 69,000 malaria deaths WHO finds, though ‘doomsday scenario’ averted

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COVID contributed to 69,000 malaria deaths WHO finds, though ‘doomsday scenario’ averted

INTERNATIONAL, 6 December 2021, Health - Disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in considerable increases in malaria cases and deaths between 2019 and 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. However, “the doomsday scenario” projected by the WHO has not materialised,” Dr Pedro Alonso, Director, WHO Global Malaria Programme said at the launch of the UN agency’s annual World Malaria Report in Geneva. According to the analysis, moderate disruptions in the delivery of malaria services contributed to 14 million malaria cases and 69,000 deaths. Two thirds (or 47,000) of the additional malaria deaths, were due to disruptions in the provision of malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment during the pandemic. Early in the pandemic, WHO had projected a doubling of malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, as a...

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DR Congo: Limitations to ‘strictly military approach’ to stem violence, mission chief warns

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DR Congo: Limitations to ‘strictly military approach’ to stem violence, mission chief warns

INTERNATIONAL, 6 December 2021, Peace and Security - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo told the Security Council on Monday that “a lasting solution” to the violence “requires a broader political commitment to address the root causes of conflict.”  Bintou Keita argued that, for stability to return to eastern Congo, “the State must succeed in restoring and maintaining the confidence of the people in their ability to protect, administer, deliver justice and meet their basic needs.”  Ms. Keita, who also acts as the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the country (MONUSCO), said that she has stressed this regularly in her exchanges with the Head of State and with the Prime Minister.  Armed violence  Starting on November 30, the Congolese Armed Forces initiated joint military operations with the Ugandan army against the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in...

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Severe cash crunch threatens WFP operations in Ethiopia

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Severe cash crunch threatens WFP operations in Ethiopia

INTERNATIONAL, 6 December 2021, Humanitarian Aid - Millions of people in Ethiopia could be pushed deeper into hunger as the World Food Programme (WFP) faces a major funding shortfall that threatens its operations there over the coming six months, the UN agency warned on Monday.  WFP urgently needs $579 million to deliver food aid and livelihood support to some 12 million Ethiopians and refugees.  This includes $316 million for food and nutrition assistance to nearly four million people in the war-ravaged north.   The Ethiopian authorities, together with WFP and other partners, are struggling to address the hunger crisis in the country.  Food aid ‘critical’  An estimated 13.6 million people are now food insecure due to the combined effects of conflict, drought, flooding, desert locust invasions, market disruptions,...

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SZV SELECTS ARCHITECTS FOR THE DESIGN OF OWN OFFICE BUILDING IN CAYHILL

SZV SELECTS ARCHITECTS FOR THE DESIGN OF OWN OFFICE BUILDING…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The new office building of...

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MP Buncamper questions the operations of SOG

MP Buncamper questions the operations of SOG

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During Friday’s meeting regarding the management...

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Minister Ottley and Ballast Nedam Intl’ signs SOS agreement for first job fair on December 18

Minister Ottley and Ballast Nedam Intl’ signs SOS agreement for…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday December 3rd, the Minister...

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SXM Airport forecasts increase in traffic. Three New Charters Start Service from Dec.5th

SXM Airport forecasts increase in traffic. Three New Charters Start…

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WIB and SMDF donate towards children’s mental health

December 06, 2021

WIB and SMDF donate towards children’s mental health

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Intervision Foundation’s mindfulness training for children is one of th...

Postal Services PSS NV to become hub for PostNL

December 06, 2021

Postal Services PSS NV to become hub for PostNL

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Following successful negotiations over the last few months with PostNL,...

US leader Gordon-Carty: MP Arrindell’s departure lacked integrity

December 05, 2021

US leader Gordon-Carty: MP Arrindell’s departure lacked integrity

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party Pamela Gordon Carty on Sund...

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MP Buncamper Questions Rental Tribunal. Says current legislation does not provide much

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MP Buncamper Questions Rental Tribunal. Says current legislation does not provide much

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday Parliament's Committee of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure (VROMI) had an interactive and informative meeting with the Rental Tr...

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Flow & Safe Haven Partner on abuse awareness. Telecoms operator supports NGO in encouraging local dialog on domestic violence

December 05, 2021 No comments

Flow & Safe Haven Partner on abuse awareness. Telecoms operator supports NGO in encouraging local dialog on domestic violence

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Local telecoms provider Flow has partnered with the Safe Haven Foundation to encourage the local dialog on domestic violence. The Foundation provides support to abuse vict...

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PERIDOT FOUNDATION STATES: GOOD CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP, ENSURES LIGHTS AT THE CHURCHILL-ROUNDABIUT ARE ON FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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PERIDOT FOUNDATION STATES: GOOD CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP, ENSURES LIGHTS AT THE CHURCHILL-ROUNDABIUT ARE ON FOR THE HOLIDAYS

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Peridot Foundation Founder Gracita Arrindell expresses immense gratitude towards Sol Antilles and its local General Manager Robert-Jan James for making a critical contribu...

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Gordon-Carty: Being black is not an impediment for employment

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Gordon-Carty: Being black is not an impediment for employment

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Companies should make qualifications, skills and experience the basis for their job recruitment, placement, training, and advancement of their staff at all levels and not ...

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Lions Club recently announced the winners of their annual Peace Poster Contest

December 05, 2021

Lions Club recently announced the winners of their annual Peace Poster Contest

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Lions International Peace Poster Contest is one of many Lions Club ...

Free Rapid HIV Testing at the Cole Bay Community Helpdesk a Success

December 05, 2021

Free Rapid HIV Testing at the Cole Bay Community Helpdesk a Success

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs (CD...

Registration for Carnival 2022 closes, high numbers recorded. Calypso back in full force

December 05, 2021

Registration for Carnival 2022 closes, high numbers recorded. Calypso back in full force

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) closed its gener...

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SXMNBA Concludes Successful 5x5 Basketball Tournament

December 05, 2021

SXMNBA Concludes Successful 5x5 Basketball Tournament

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA) just concluded...

Another record for Sea to Scenery

December 05, 2021

Another record for Sea to Scenery

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Yet again, a very successful edition of the Sea to Scenery race was held on Saba...

CDFHA Host First Annual Interscholastic Speech Competition

December 05, 2021

CDFHA Host First Annual Interscholastic Speech Competition

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Wednesday, December 1st, the Department of Community Development, Fa...

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Saba Comprehensive School keeps investing in development students

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Saba Comprehensive School keeps investing in development students

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The House of Esports to promote safe gaming, a B&B to train in hospitality, the Hell’s Gate Community Center to foster artistic talent and host cultural events for the youth, simul...

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New sex crimes legislation will boost court cases, convictions

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New sex crimes legislation will boost court cases, convictions

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – New legislation covering sex crimes will result in a surge of cases, justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus has told the Telegraaf in an interview. The new legislation will ...

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Tourism slowly rebounding on Saba and Statia

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Tourism slowly rebounding on Saba and Statia

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - In Q3 2021, the number of visitors arriving by air in the Caribbean Netherlands almost tripled compared to the same period a year earlier. Relative to 2019, visitor arrivals by a...

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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, December 06, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) December 07, 2021  …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EF...

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