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Yemen: ‘Hanging on by a thread’, UN chief requests funding to meet staggering humanitarian crisis

June 02, 2020 No comments

Yemen: ‘Hanging on by a thread’, UN chief requests funding to meet staggering humanitarian crisis

INTERNATIONAL, 2 June 2020, Humanitarian Aid - More than five years of conflict have left Yemenis “hanging on by a thread, their economy in tatters” and their institutions “facing near-collapse”, the UN chief told a virtual pledging conference on Tuesday, calling for a demonstration of solidarity with some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.  “Four people out of every five, 24 million people in all, need lifesaving aid in what remains the world’s largest humanitarian crisis”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres. “Two million Yemeni children are suffering from acute malnutrition, which could stunt their growth and affect them throughout their lives”.  4 out of every 5 people in Yemen need lifesaving aid in what is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Ending the war is the only solution. Yemenis...

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Coronavirus a challenge, and opportunity, to fix remittances system than funnels billions home from abroad

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Coronavirus a challenge, and opportunity, to fix remittances system than funnels billions home from abroad

INTERNATIONAL, 2 June 2020, Economic Development - With a euro here and a dollar there, remittances – the money that migrant workers send home to their families – have been adding up in a big way to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and lift tens of millions out of extreme poverty. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic – and, ironically, a chance to improve a unique segment of the global financial system that accounts for more than five per cent of gross domestic product for at least 60 low- and medium-income countries – more than the total of foreign direct investment or official development assistance handed out by governments. Vulnerabilities exposed “Regardless of whether nor not the (post-coronavirus) recovery will be faster than expected, the global pandemic...

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‘Unprecedented’ financing needed to halt recession of ‘unparalleled proportions’: Mohammed

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‘Unprecedented’ financing needed to halt recession of ‘unparalleled proportions’: Mohammed

INTERNATIONAL, 2 June 2020, SDGs - As COVID-19 has halted economic activity and threatens social wellbeing across the globe, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a wide-ranging policy discussion on Tuesday, exploring financing options to address the pandemic and mobilize the resources needed for a proactive recovery. “By all measures, we are in a recession of unparalleled proportions”, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed told delegates gathered by webcast for an informal meeting of the Council’s Financing for Development Forum. How to make the financing available to help Governments close the fiscal gaps is “a tough question that demands tailored responses.” A screeching halt In developing countries, entire sectors are coming to a sudden stop and supply chains collapsing, she said. Budgets are under...

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Put human rights at the centre of coronavirus response urges Muhammad-Bande

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Put human rights at the centre of coronavirus response urges Muhammad-Bande

INTERNATIONAL, 2 June 2020, Human Rights - The nations of the world must put human rights at the heart of their ongoing response to COVID-19 and ensure that everyone can enjoy “justice and peace” wherever they may be, the President of the General Assembly said on Tuesday. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande delivered the appeal at the start of the annual review of the UN Human Rights Treaty Body System, which is being conducted this year via video-teleconference due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. “As we contend with the COVID-19 pandemic, Member States must ensure that international human rights law and standards are at the centre of all responses to the pandemic in order to protect the most vulnerable and marginalized,” he said. #HumanRights are the foundation for peace and prosperity. There is...

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Address ‘appalling impact’ of COVID-19 on minorities, UN rights chief urges

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Address ‘appalling impact’ of COVID-19 on minorities, UN rights chief urges

INTERNATIONAL, 2 June 2020, Human Rights - Urgent action is needed to address “the major disproportionate impact” of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities, including people of African descent, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The disease is exposing alarming inequalities in some countries: disparities similar to those fuelling current protests for greater racial justice in multiple cities - as well as online, through “Blackout Tuesday” – across the United States, Michelle Bachelet stated. Disproportionate impact of #COVID19 on racial & ethnic minorities needs to be urgently addressed – @mbachelet says the fight against this pandemic cannot be won if Governments refuse to acknowledge blatant inequalities: http://ow.ly/jD0050zWDg6#FightRacism #StandUp4HumanRights “The appalling impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities is much discussed, but what...

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C&W Communications, parent company of Flow/UTS is Confident of 2020 Hurricane Preparedness

C&W Communications, parent company of Flow/UTS is Confident of 2020…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The start of the 2020 Atlantic...

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Yacht Club Port de Plaisance Supports Educational Outreach Position at Nature Foundation

Yacht Club Port de Plaisance Supports Educational Outreach Position at…

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Due to the generous support...

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After the Storm weaves creative lyrics to provoke

After the Storm weaves creative lyrics to provoke

SINT MAARTEN/ST.CROIX (by Chenzira Davis Kahina) - The cultural voice...

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Tzu Chi distributes 16,394 loaves bread during lockdown

Tzu Chi distributes 16,394 loaves bread during lockdown

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Many families facing hard times during...

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Port St. Maarten has Guidelines in Place for Phased Economic Reopening Process

June 02, 2020

Port St. Maarten has Guidelines in Place for Phased Economic Reopening Process

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten Management said on Tuesday that it has various guidelines and pr...

Borders open to the French side of the island

June 02, 2020

Borders open to the French side of the island

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) – The Prefecture of Saint-Barths and Saint-Martin issued a statement on Tuesd...

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that

June 02, 2020

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO (Editorial by U.S. Consul General Allen Greenberg) - Dear Friends on Curacao, A...

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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES INTRODUCES THERMAL SCANNERS AT ITS HEAD OFFICE

June 01, 2020 No comments

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES INTRODUCES THERMAL SCANNERS AT ITS HEAD OFFICE

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines has implemented the use of thermal scanners at its Piarco Head office in Trinidad, as part of precautionary measures to limit and control the spread of the C...

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Prime Minister Jacobs issues National 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Message

June 01, 2020 No comments

Prime Minister Jacobs issues National 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Message

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – On the eve of the start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) issued her national mess...

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Opposition wants €1bn for arts or ‘cultural poverty’ looms

June 02, 2020 No comments

Opposition wants €1bn for arts or ‘cultural poverty’ looms

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Opposition parties PvdA, GroenLinks and SP are asking the government to up financial support for the arts to €1bn, warning society will be the poorer without it both cul...

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Cancelled summer holidays may not be covered by insurance, travellers warned

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Cancelled summer holidays may not be covered by insurance, travellers warned

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Travellers who have to cancel their summer holidays if a second wave of coronavirus breaks out may not be able to reclaim on their insurance. Several companies have cha...

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Hurricane Pass Application Process Opens June 2nd and Closes June 30th

June 01, 2020

Hurricane Pass Application Process Opens June 2nd and Closes June 30th

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The application process for the annual Hurricane Passes for the 20...

TelEm in the process of cutting costs due to downturn in revenues

June 01, 2020

TelEm in the process of cutting costs due to downturn in revenues

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Sint Maarten Telecommunications Company TelEm issued a brief statem...

Minister Doran informs public about large scale district cleanup to start in July

May 31, 2020

Minister Doran informs public about large scale district cleanup to start in July

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of VROMI, E.J. Doran informs the general public, that followin...

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Continuation urgent Plenary Public session of Parliament about the future plans for the construction of a new general hospital

June 02, 2020

Continuation urgent Plenary Public session of Parliament about the future plans for the construction of a new general hospital

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent Plenary Public session on ...

17th Annual Female Leadership Conference done! Successful Stories of Female Leaders

June 02, 2020

17th Annual Female Leadership Conference done! Successful Stories of Female Leaders

CURACAO (WILLEMSTAD) - Mothers as leaders and role models in the life of their children; that was th...

World Bank Strengthens Grenada's COVID-19 Response with US$2.5 Million

June 02, 2020

World Bank Strengthens Grenada's COVID-19 Response with US$2.5 Million

SINT MAARTEN/WASHINGTON - Grenada will strengthen its response to the COVID-19 pandemic with US$2.5 ...

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Covid-19 deaths stay in single figures, infections lowest for 12 weeks

June 02, 2020 No comments

Covid-19 deaths stay in single figures, infections lowest for 12 weeks

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Another five people have died of Covid-19 in the Netherlands, the third day in a row that deaths have been in single figures, according to latest figures from the public...

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Amsterdam mayor under fire for not intervening at anti-racism demo

June 02, 2020 No comments

Amsterdam mayor under fire for not intervening at anti-racism demo

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema has come in for fierce criticism for not intervening to stop an estimated 5,000 people coming to the Dam in the centre of the city for a de...

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Continuation Plenary Public session of Parliament about National Ordinance revision pension civil servants

June 02, 2020 No comments

Continuation Plenary Public session of Parliament about National Ordinance revision pension civil servants

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public session on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The Public meeting which was adjourned on January 23, 2020 will be reconvened on W...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

June 02, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN   DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 @ 06:00 LST (10:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday morning (06:00 LST) June 03, 2020      WEATHER:  Today through Wednes...

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