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Famine knocking at the door of 41 million worldwide, WFP warns

June 22, 2021 No comments

Famine knocking at the door of 41 million worldwide, WFP warns

INTERNATIONAL, 22 June 2021, Humanitarian Aid - Famine is already present in four countries but millions more people are at risk, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday, underscoring the need for urgent funding and humanitarian access to reach those in need.  Recent analysis by the UN agency reveals 41 million people in 43 countries “are teetering on the very edge of famine”, up from 27 million two years ago.  Help needed now  “I am heartbroken at what we’re facing in 2021. We now have four countries where famine-like conditions are present”, WFP chief David Beasley told its Executive Board on Monday, according to a press release.  He described the situation as “just tragic”, as “these are real people with real names.”   WFP said 584,000 people are already experiencing...

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Great Barrier Reef in danger, UN World Heritage Committee draft report finds

June 22, 2021 No comments

Great Barrier Reef in danger, UN World Heritage Committee draft report finds

INTERNATIONAL, 22 June 2021, Climate and Environment - A United Nations body is recommending that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef be included on a list of world heritage in danger, according to a draft report issued on Monday, a move which has been heavily criticized by the Australian Government.   The World Heritage Committee, convened under the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said the country has not done enough to protect the world’s largest coral reef system from the impacts of climate change.  Climate change and coral bleaching  Despite commitments and progress under a long-term sustainability plan known as Reef 2050, the Great Barrier Reef continues to deteriorate, according to the report, and has suffered significant coral bleaching over the past five years.  “It can be concluded...

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Link between education and well-being never clearer, UN pushes for ‘health-promoting’ schools

June 22, 2021 No comments

Link between education and well-being never clearer, UN pushes for ‘health-promoting’ schools

INTERNATIONAL, 22 June 2021, Health - With school closures triggered by COVID-19 disrupting both education and access to nutritious meals, two UN agencies on Tuesday launched new measures to help improve the well-being of 1.9 billion school-aged children and adolescents around the world.  There has been increased stress, anxiety and other mental health issues, while an estimated 365 million primary school students have gone without school meals, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN specialized agency handling education issues, UNESCO.   Based on a set of eight global benchmarks, Global Standards for Health-promoting Schools, calls for all classrooms to promote life skills, cognitive and socioemotional skills and healthy lifestyles for learners.    “These newly launched global standards are designed to create schools that nurture education and health, and that equip students with the...

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Time running out to prevent ‘worst case scenario’ arising in Afghanistan

June 22, 2021 No comments

Time running out to prevent ‘worst case scenario’ arising in Afghanistan

INTERNATIONAL, 22 June 2021, Peace and Security - With all the major indicators for Afghanistan’s security and development looking “negative or stagnant” as international troops withdraw, the threats that lie ahead cannot be overstated, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday.  From politics to security, the peace process to the economy, Deborah Lyons, Special Representative and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said the “possible slide toward dire scenarios is undeniable”.  “The relentless spirit of the Afghans and their incredible resilience is being severely tested”, she said, reminding that what happens there is “of global consequence”, and the Security Council needed to be fully aware of the gravity of the situation.   Unfolding reality  She described the mid-April announcement, led by the United States, of troop withdrawal after two decades of war as a “seismic tremor” for the country, which had happened unexpectedly fast.   The decision to pull out was part of the February 2020 agreement...

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‘Invisible’ stateless people could miss out on COVID-19 jabs, UNHCR warns

June 22, 2021 No comments

‘Invisible’ stateless people could miss out on COVID-19 jabs, UNHCR warns

INTERNATIONAL, 22 June 2021, Migrants and Refugees - Millions of stateless people around the world could miss out on COVID-19 vaccinations because they lack identity papers and are essentially “invisible to the authorities”. That’s the warning from UN refugee agency, UNHCR, which on Tuesday published a report showing that the “great majority” of national immunization plans in 157 countries lacked “clarity” on anticipated coverage for people who have no legal proof of their identity,  “regardless of whether their age, health status or role in society would otherwise place them in a priority group”. Although it is relatively common for governments not to identify stateless people in their vaccination plans – and only two have barred stateless people specifically - UNHCR said that there were many reasons why...

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Policy advisor of the Ministry of Justice Erling Hoeve acquitted by the Joint Court of Justice

Policy advisor of the Ministry of Justice Erling Hoeve acquitted…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Joint Court of Justice ruled...

June 22, 2021 No comments

MPs Emmanuel and Buncamper critical of budget, calls for respect for police, vacation pay

MPs Emmanuel and Buncamper critical of budget, calls for respect…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe...

June 22, 2021 No comments

St. Maarten Minister Recognizes Importance of Airlift Recovery

St. Maarten Minister Recognizes Importance of Airlift Recovery

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG - By Kelly Murphy, Washington, DC, USA)...

June 22, 2021 No comments

UNESCO AND FYI FOUNDATION COMPLETE PILOT STILT WALKING PROGRAM

UNESCO AND FYI FOUNDATION COMPLETE PILOT STILT WALKING PROGRAM

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Sint Maarten National Commission for UNESCO...

June 22, 2021 No comments

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Civil Registry Department Services Resume on Wednesday

June 22, 2021

Civil Registry Department Services Resume on Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Civil Registry Department at the Public Service Centers (Gove...

Reckless motorcyclist identified as ‘Zazz’, ordered to report to the Police Station

June 22, 2021

Reckless motorcyclist identified as ‘Zazz’, ordered to report to the Police Station

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Police has identified the reckless motorcyclist captured on video meand...

WITU says Government should take the time to think creatively

June 22, 2021

WITU says Government should take the time to think creatively

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – “Why is it that every time the SXM Government finds itself in financial...

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Seven New Positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. 59 Active Cases. Six Persons Hospitalized. 136 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

June 22, 2021 No comments

Seven New Positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. 59 Active Cases. Six Persons Hospitalized. 136 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of June 22nd, there were seven (7) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, four (4) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to fifty-nine (59...

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ST. MAARTEN TO “DRIVE FOR THE CURE” ON OCTOBER 3RD AS CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN’S WALK FOR THE CURE CELEBRATES YEAR 10!

June 22, 2021 No comments

ST. MAARTEN TO “DRIVE FOR THE CURE” ON OCTOBER 3RD AS CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN’S WALK FOR THE CURE CELEBRATES YEAR 10!

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Ten years and three ways to celebrate! The region’s largest cancer fundraiser, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure, celebrates 10 years this year and is giving the ban...

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CARIBAVIA Reveals How to Increase Island Competitiveness

June 22, 2021 No comments

CARIBAVIA Reveals How to Increase Island Competitiveness

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY - By Kathryn Creedy, Orlando, FL, USA) - Taxes and Caribbean gateway customs and immigration bottlenecks are hurting the competitiveness of many Caribbean destinations includ...

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CARIBAVIA: New Services Make Caribbean More Accessible, Lower Cost

June 22, 2021 No comments

CARIBAVIA: New Services Make Caribbean More Accessible, Lower Cost

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY - By Kathryn Creedy, Indian Harbor, FL, USA) - Trevor Sadler was forced into a circuitous routing to get from his base at Turks & Caicos to St. Maarten, but his experience is...

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Minister Ottley takes next step to improve access to affordable prescription medication

June 21, 2021

Minister Ottley takes next step to improve access to affordable prescription medication

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottle...

St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) Commemorates its 9th Anniversary

June 21, 2021

St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) Commemorates its 9th Anniversary

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Taking a moment to acknowledge its efforts throughout 2020 and the firs...

PFP Submits Teen Times Request to Parliament Committee for ECYS

June 21, 2021

PFP Submits Teen Times Request to Parliament Committee for ECYS

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Shortly after receiving a request to pursue curriculum that includes lo...

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Suspect in baseball bat attack released by of Judge of Instruction

June 22, 2021

Suspect in baseball bat attack released by of Judge of Instruction

SINT MAARTEN (FORT WILLEM) - The suspect in the Fort Willem baseball attack case was released on Fri...

Alpha Team arrests suspected drug courier

June 22, 2021

Alpha Team arrests suspected drug courier

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Alpha Team intercepted two kilograms of marijuana at Princess Julia...

R4CR officially launches Quick Win Round 2. US$564,289 in grants approved for local projects

June 21, 2021

R4CR officially launches Quick Win Round 2. US$564,289 in grants approved for local projects

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Resources For Community Resilience (R4CR) program officially launch...

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VVD and D66 to start sketching out a coalition deal as impasse continues

June 22, 2021 No comments

VVD and D66 to start sketching out a coalition deal as impasse continues

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Prime minister Mark Rutte and D66 leader Sigrid Kaag are going to sketch out the contours of a coalition agreement, following the failure of weekend efforts to break the...

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Man faces charges of abusing seven children under the age of 12

June 22, 2021 No comments

Man faces charges of abusing seven children under the age of 12

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A 34-year-old man from the staunchly Protestant town of Bunschoten is facing charges of sexually abusing seven children, the public prosecution department said on Tuesda...

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Committee of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs (CECYSA) to meet on Wednesday

June 22, 2021 No comments

Committee of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs (CECYSA) to meet on Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Committee of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs of Parliament will meet on June 22, 2021. The Committee meeting, which adjourned on April 26, 2021, with a c...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

June 22, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) June 23, 2021     WEATHER:       Tonight through W...

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