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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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Ghana receives first historic shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations from international COVAX facility

February 24, 2021 No comments

Ghana receives first historic shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations from international COVAX facility

INTERNATIONAL, 24 February 2021, Health - Six hundred thousand doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine from the UN-partnered COVAX initiative have arrived in Ghana: a historic first for the international partnership to provide equitable innoculations for all. Confirming the news on Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that further supplies of the AstraZeneca/Oxford jab will reach Côte d’Ivoire later this week. These are the first coronavirus shots from the COVAX scheme to be distributed outside India, where the vaccine is being produced under licence. They were shipped from Mumbai to the Ghanaian capital, Accra, by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as part of the first wave of vaccines headed to several low and middle income countries. UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore described their arrival as “the historic moment for which we have been planning and working so...

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FROM THE FIELD: Millions of Yemenis facing ‘death sentence’

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FROM THE FIELD: Millions of Yemenis facing ‘death sentence’

INTERNATIONAL, 25 February 2021, Humanitarian Aid - Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and the situation for the millions of affected people is deteriorating, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). A woman in Aden, Yemen prepares food at a settlement for people who have fled their homes due to insecurity., by UNOCHA/Giles Clarke The grim outlook for Yemen – ongoing conflict, economic collapse and major cuts in donor support for emergency aid – has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a significant drop in the amount of money sent home by the Yemeni diaspora, as global work opportunities dry up. Cuts to life-saving food, water and health care programmes mean that four million fewer people are being...

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Pandemic recovery presents historic opportunity to ensure human rights for all: Guterres

February 24, 2021 No comments

Pandemic recovery presents historic opportunity to ensure human rights for all: Guterres

INTERNATIONAL, 24 February 2021, Human Rights - Human rights have been battered in the COVID-19 pandemic but recovery represents a chance to improve on the status quo and finally ensure dignity for all, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Wednesday.  The UN chief addressed ambassadors exactly one year after he issued a Call to Action for Human Rights, a seven-point blueprint aimed at boosting equality and reducing suffering everywhere.  Amid budget cuts and financial crisis, he appealed for support for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and related bodies, noting that funding is critical to achieve transformational change.  “Much like COVID-19 vaccines, human rights will not lead to a healthier world if they are only available to the privileged few”, he cautioned.  Pandemic exposes...

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UN independent experts ‘appalled’ by deportation of migrants to Myanmar, in defiance of court order

February 24, 2021 No comments

UN independent experts ‘appalled’ by deportation of migrants to Myanmar, in defiance of court order

INTERNATIONAL, 24 February 2021, Human Rights - Independent UN human rights experts castigated Malaysia on Wednesday over its decision to deport more than1,000 detained migrants back to crisis-ridden Myanmar – despite a court order to suspend their return, pending a judicial review.  Malaysian immigration authorities returned 1,086 migrants, including unaccompanied minors and toddlers as young as three, the UN experts said in a statement on Wednesday.  In defiance of the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s order, the Malaysian authorities “breached the principle of non-refoulement, a rule of jus cogens, which absolutely prohibits the collective deportation of migrants without an objective risk assessment being conducted in each individual case”, they said.   “Children should not have been separated from their family or returned without determining that their return is in...

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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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