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A few ‘green shoots’, but future of global trade remains deeply uncertain

October 21, 2020 No comments

A few ‘green shoots’, but future of global trade remains deeply uncertain

INTERNATIONAL, 21 October 2020, Economic Development - Although global trade is making a frail recovery, the outlook remains uncertain, UN trade and development body UNCTAD said on Wednesday, in announcing its latest COVID-era update.  Estimates show that world trade will drop by five per cent this quarter, compared with the 2019 level. While this is an improvement over the nearly 20 per cent decline in the second quarter of the year, it is still not enough to pull trade out of the red.  Furthermore, UNCTAD expects the value of all good traded to contract by seven to nine percent compared to last year, depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves in the winter months.  Uncertainty aggravating trade  “The uncertain course of the pandemic will continue aggravating trade prospects in the coming months”, said UNCTAD Secretary-General...

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Environmental factors behind 15 per cent of deaths across Mediterranean, new UN report reveals

October 21, 2020 No comments

Environmental factors behind 15 per cent of deaths across Mediterranean, new UN report reveals

INTERNATIONAL, 21 October 2020, SDGs - Around 15 per cent of deaths in the Mediterranean are attributable to preventable environmental factors, a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report released on Wednesday has revealed. In 2016, more than 228,000 people died prematurely from exposure to air pollution, according to UNEP’s State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean (SoED). Rising inequality, biodiversity loss, climate change and unrelenting pressure on natural resources, could lead to irreversible environmental damage in the Mediterranean basin, the report warned. Moreover, unless urgent and resolute action is taken to halt current trends, environmental degradation could have serious and lasting consequences for human health and livelihoods throughout the region.  A bleak picture With hundreds of millions of visitors each year, the Mediterranean is one...

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Kosovo: Show solidarity in face of COVID, UN Mission chief urges

October 21, 2020 No comments

Kosovo: Show solidarity in face of COVID, UN Mission chief urges

INTERNATIONAL, 21 October 2020, Peace and Security - The top UN official in Kosovo, briefing the Security Council on Wednesday, called for solidarity as its new Government grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and a host of other challenges. “For places such as Kosovo, still suffering the consequences of past conflict, cooperation, unity of political voice and vision, dialogue and preventing extreme polarization should be the highest order priorities”, Zahir Tanin, head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), told the 15-member organ. Difficult balance Such solidarity, especially during the current pandemic, should focus intensively on attaining the difficult balance between public health, economic recovery and human rights – “a conundrum presently defying Governments the world over,” Mr. Tanin said. Kosovo, which has an ethnic-Albanian majority,...

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UN chief calls for end to reported police brutality in Nigeria

October 21, 2020 No comments

UN chief calls for end to reported police brutality in Nigeria

INTERNATIONAL, 21 October 2020, Peace and Security - The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was closely following recent developments across Nigeria, in the wake of reports that protesters had been shot dead and wounded, and called for “an end to reported police brutality and abuses.”  António Guterres said in a statement issued by his Spokesperson, that he condemned “the violent escalation on 20 October in Lagos which resulted in multiple deaths and caused many injuries.”  According to witnesses, Nigerian security forces opened fire on Tuesday night in Africa’s largest city, as protests continued over a now-disbanded and discredited police unit, known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS.  The Government has pledged to carry out further police reforms, and improve police accountability.   A curfew has been imposed on Lagos and other parts of Nigeria, with reports that tensions continued into Wednesday, with...

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Collapsing consumer demand amid lockdowns cripple Asia-Pacific garment industry

October 21, 2020 No comments

Collapsing consumer demand amid lockdowns cripple Asia-Pacific garment industry

INTERNATIONAL, 21 October 2020, Economic Development - The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered government lockdowns, collapsed consumer demand, and disrupted imports of raw materials, battering the Asia Pacific garment industry especially hard, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The UN labour agency highlighted that in the first half of 2020, Asian imports had dropped by up to 70 per cent. Moreover, as of September, almost half of all garment supply chain jobs, were dependent on consumers living in countries where lockdown conditions were being most tightly imposed, leading to plummeting retail sales. ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Chihoko Asada Miyakawa, pointed out that the research highlights “the massive impact COVID-19 has had on the garment industry at every level”.  Ripple effect In 2019, the...

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Rotary Sunset Joins the Fight to End Polio

Rotary Sunset Joins the Fight to End Polio

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - World Polio Day is observed globally...

October 21, 2020 No comments

Increased efficiency with post-disaster social assistance aim of Integrated Social Registry System

Increased efficiency with post-disaster social assistance aim of Integrated Social…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Ministry of Public Health, Social...

October 21, 2020 No comments

PJIAE LAUNCHES SECOND COST-REDUCTION PROGRAM TO GUARANTEE BUSINESS CONTINUITY

PJIAE LAUNCHES SECOND COST-REDUCTION PROGRAM TO GUARANTEE BUSINESS CONTINUITY

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT ROAD) - As airlines have dramatically...

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‘We are not infallible,’ king says in video statement about Greek holiday

‘We are not infallible,’ king says in video statement about…

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima have...

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Seven New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 66 Active Cases

October 21, 2020

Seven New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 66 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of October 21st, there were seven (7) persons who tested positive fo...

Alpha Team arrests two arrests in an ongoing drug investigation

October 21, 2020

Alpha Team arrests two arrests in an ongoing drug investigation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Tuesday, October 20th, 2020, the Alpha Team arrested two men with th...

Single-use plastics cross-border venture

October 21, 2020

Single-use plastics cross-border venture

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, representatives from both sides of the is...

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Cupecoy Sunset Toastmasters Club Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

October 21, 2020 No comments

Cupecoy Sunset Toastmasters Club Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The president of the club, Mr Damien Schmidt in a statement mentioned that "While the club’s 5th anniversary is originally in June, we did not want the year to pass by wit...

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St. Dominic High to Host Virtual Info Evening about IBDP Program on Thursday

October 20, 2020 No comments

St. Dominic High to Host Virtual Info Evening about IBDP Program on Thursday

SINT MAARTEN (REWARD) - The St. Dominic High School is hosting a virtual information evening on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) on Thursday October 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p...

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Indoor pollution: proper ventilation while cooking is key, says TNO

October 21, 2020 No comments

Indoor pollution: proper ventilation while cooking is key, says TNO

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Poor ventilation, particularly in the kitchen, is pushing fine particulate pollution levels to above the yearly average considered safe by the World Health Organisation ...

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DCNA’s Achievements September 2019-2020

October 20, 2020 No comments

DCNA’s Achievements September 2019-2020

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) just released an informative booklet about DCNA’s achievements during the last year. The challenges nature in Dutch Caribbean faces ar...

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Three Suspects arrested for Tuesday early morning robberies at two supermarkets

October 20, 2020

Three Suspects arrested for Tuesday early morning robberies at two supermarkets

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Detective Department together with the Patrol officers has arrested...

The Face of Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio (SXM)

October 20, 2020

The Face of Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio (SXM)

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Stacy-Ann Taylor Studio is pleased to announce its first annual SXM Mod...

CADWELL, INC. PARTNERS WITH N.V. G.E.B.E. TO IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE RECYCLING INITIATIVE

October 19, 2020

CADWELL, INC. PARTNERS WITH N.V. G.E.B.E. TO IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE RECYCLING INITIATIVE

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Cadwell, Inc., a leading recycling and distribution company serving the...

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Consumer prices Caribbean Netherlands continue to fall in Q3

October 21, 2020

Consumer prices Caribbean Netherlands continue to fall in Q3

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - In Q3 2020, consumer goods and services on Bonaire were 4.8 percent cheaper th...

Internet consultation closes on Nov.18. Proposal to amend the Act Electricity and Drinking Water BES is open

October 21, 2020

Internet consultation closes on Nov.18. Proposal to amend the Act Electricity and Drinking Water BES is open

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - On Wednesday the 21st of October, the proposal to amend the Electricity and Dr...

Dutch CBS starts Student Survey 2020 in November

October 20, 2020

Dutch CBS starts Student Survey 2020 in November

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - In the month of November Statistics Netherlands (CBS) will be conducting a Stu...

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Princesses stayed longer in Greece, it was a private matter says Rutte

October 21, 2020 No comments

Princesses stayed longer in Greece, it was a private matter says Rutte

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The controversy over the Dutch king’s autumn holiday in Greece has taken a new turn, now it has emerged two of his daughters had stayed behind and only returned on Tuesd...

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Sharp rise again in positive coronavirus tests, despite slowdown hopes

October 21, 2020 No comments

Sharp rise again in positive coronavirus tests, despite slowdown hopes

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Despite hopes that the increase in the number of positive coronavirus tests is slowing down, Wednesday’s update showed a return to the strong growth of recent days, with...

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Public meeting of Parliament regarding the National ordinance establishing the annual accounts for Sint Maarten for the financial year 2015

October 21, 2020 No comments

Public meeting of Parliament regarding the National ordinance establishing the annual accounts for Sint Maarten for the financial year 2015

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The House of Parliament will sit in a Public meeting on Thursday, October 22, 2020. The Public meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. and will be held in a virtual setting. Th...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

October 20, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) October 21, 2020      …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY I...

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