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Heavy rains and flooding push Yemenis to the brink

August 04, 2021 No comments

Heavy rains and flooding push Yemenis to the brink

INTERNATIONAL, 4 August 2021, Humanitarian Aid - Heavy rains and flooding in Yemen have affected at least 28,000 people, according to initial estimates released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Wednesday. In its daily noon briefing, OCHA said that humanitarian partners on the ground are conducting assessments and providing assistance, which included food, shelter and healthcare.  Meanwhile, more than half of Yemenis are facing crisis levels of food insecurity, and five million people are just one step away from famine.    As the value of the Yemeni rial continues to plummet – trading at over 1,000 rials to the dollar in some areas – more and more Yemenis are being pushed to the brink.    COVID factor  As the coronavirus spreads across the world, no country seems more vulnerable than Yemen, now in its sixth year of war. Against the backdrop of conflict, dire humanitarian needs and...

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Work still remains on Syria chemical weapons destruction, Security Council hears

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Work still remains on Syria chemical weapons destruction, Security Council hears

INTERNATIONAL, 4 August 2021, Peace and Security - Identifying perpetrators of chemical weapon attacks, and holding them accountable, must remain a priority, a senior UN official said on Wednesday during the latest Security Council meeting on Syria.  Thomas Markram with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) updated ambassadors on latest developments under a September 2013 Council resolution on the destruction of the country’s chemical weapons programme.  Resolution 2118 calls for Syria to cooperate with UN partner the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and allow access to its territory.  Prevent these threats  Nearly eight years later, “there is still work to be done” before the resolution can be considered fully implemented, said Mr. Markram, who is the Deputy to the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.  “Moreover, as long...

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WHO calls for moratorium on COVID-19 booster jabs

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WHO calls for moratorium on COVID-19 booster jabs

INTERNATIONAL, 4 August 2021, Health - The head of the UN health organization called on Wednesday for a moratorium on COVID-19 vaccine boosters until “at least the end of September” to enable the world’s most vulnerable people to be inoculated. “I understand the concern of all Governments to protect their people from the Delta variant, but we cannot accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it, while the world’s most vulnerable people remain unprotected”, said Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO).  Equity first  During his weekly press conference, Tedros recalled that in May he had requested international support to promote global vaccinations with the goal of enabling a minimum of 10 per cent of each country’s population to be vaccinated by the end of September.   With more than half of the time already...

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Ethiopia: ‘Heartbreaking’ devastation in Tigray, says UN humanitarian chief

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Ethiopia: ‘Heartbreaking’ devastation in Tigray, says UN humanitarian chief

INTERNATIONAL, 4 August 2021, Humanitarian Aid - The new UN Emergency Relief Coordinator ended a six-day mission to Ethiopia with a fresh push to get badly needed food and other supplies into the embattled Tigray region.   “We need to change the circumstances that have led to the slow movement of aid – we need the conflict to stop”, Martin Griffiths, who also heads the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said on Tuesday evening. More than 5.2 million people across Tigray, amounting to more than 90 per cent of the region's population, now require life-saving assistance, according to OCHA.   This includes nearly 400,000 people already facing famine-like conditions.  Regionals spillover   The nine-month conflict that erupted in Tigray between federal troops and forces loyal to the northern region’s rulers has spilled into neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions, where humanitarian needs are also surging.  Amhara is experiencing ongoing regional and ethnic conflicts, flash floods and...

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Donor conference a ‘unique opportunity’ to renew commitment to Lebanon: UN deputy chief

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Donor conference a ‘unique opportunity’ to renew commitment to Lebanon: UN deputy chief

INTERNATIONAL, 4 August 2021, Humanitarian Aid - A donor conference to boost support for Lebanon one year after the devastating explosion in its capital, Beirut, represents a “unique opportunity” to renew commitment to the country and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said on Wednesday.  The International Conference in Support of the Lebanese People, co-convened by France and the UN, aims to raise $350 million.  It was held on the anniversary of the 4 August 2020 blasts that left some 200 people dead and thousands more displaced.  “Twelve months on, our thoughts are with the families of the victims and the survivors, and all those affected. We continue to reiterate the need for an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation into the explosion,” Ms....

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SMBBFF congratulates athletes. Browne and Chumney claims 2nd and 3rd place

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Ministry VROMI Recommences with Road Maintenance Program

Ministry VROMI Recommences with Road Maintenance Program

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing,...

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SMMC sees vast majority of COVID hospitalizations being unvaccinated

SMMC sees vast majority of COVID hospitalizations being unvaccinated

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - With the current increase in...

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Chris Wever secures school supplies for 19 more children

Chris Wever secures school supplies for 19 more children

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New prosecutor joins Sint Maarten Public Prosecution Service

August 04, 2021

New prosecutor joins Sint Maarten Public Prosecution Service

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - A new prosecutor has joined the Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten OM SXM...

Minister Ottley introduces community day

August 04, 2021

Minister Ottley introduces community day

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

DCOMM launches Environmental Series, First one on Sargassum Seaweed

August 03, 2021

DCOMM launches Environmental Series, First one on Sargassum Seaweed

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Department of Communication will premiere the first video special i...

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24 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 132 Active Cases. 13 Persons Hospitalized

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24 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 132 Active Cases. 13 Persons Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of August 4th, there were twenty-four (24) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, four (4) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hu...

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Tzu Chi sends third shipment of relief to St. Vincent

August 03, 2021 No comments

Tzu Chi sends third shipment of relief to St. Vincent

SINT MAARTEN (CUL DE SAC) - The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation continued to spread seeds of love across the ocean when it sent its third shipment of relief to St Vincent to assist persons affected by ...

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Many immigrants lose faith in Dutch institutions the longer they live here

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Many immigrants lose faith in Dutch institutions the longer they live here

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Immigrants to the Netherlands with a ‘non-western background’ start out with having more faith in public institutions such as parliament and the police than the native D...

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Mass vaccination programme starts winding down, focus shifts to pop-up centres

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Mass vaccination programme starts winding down, focus shifts to pop-up centres

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The 25 regional health boards are closing at least 73 vaccination locations in the coming weeks, replacing them by mobile units and pop-up locations, the AD reported on ...

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Serious accident on Airport Road Sunday afternoon

August 03, 2021

Serious accident on Airport Road Sunday afternoon

SINT MAARTEN (MAHO) - The Police Traffic Department is investigating a traffic accident that occurre...

South Omega Leo Club Hosts First Service Activity

August 02, 2021

South Omega Leo Club Hosts First Service Activity

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - The Sint Maarten South Omega Leo Club hosted its first service activi...

SMMC postpones elective admissions to the Medical/Surgical Department

August 02, 2021

SMMC postpones elective admissions to the Medical/Surgical Department

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - In light of the rise in active cases of COVID-19 and the prevalence of the...

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Artefacts, oldest on Saba, recovered at Black Rocks

August 04, 2021

Artefacts, oldest on Saba, recovered at Black Rocks

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The artefacts that were found at Blacks Rocks, the proposed location to build Sa...

Sixth EZK compensation for affected entrepreneurs

August 03, 2021

Sixth EZK compensation for affected entrepreneurs

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - For the sixth time, entrepreneurs in the Caribbean Netherlands can receive a f...

Subsidy to mitigate sharp rise electricity tariff

August 03, 2021

Subsidy to mitigate sharp rise electricity tariff

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Consumers on Saba will be spared a drastic increase in their monthly electricity...

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Workers with access badges to Schiphol arrested for drug smuggling

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Workers with access badges to Schiphol arrested for drug smuggling

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch military police, or Marechaussee, have arrested six men and one woman for suspected drug smuggling and money laundering via Schiphol airport. All seven worked...

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Dutch police arrest youth, 19, in connection with Majorca violence

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Dutch police arrest youth, 19, in connection with Majorca violence

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Police have arrested a 19-year-old man from Hilversum for his role in two violent attacks on people holidaying on the island of Majorca last month. The man is suspected...

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Parliament invites the public to nominate persons for Annual President of Parliament Award 2021

August 03, 2021 No comments

Parliament invites the public to nominate persons for Annual President of Parliament Award 2021

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Parliament invites the public to send in nominations for the Annual President of Parliament Award.   The application can be found on the Parliament’s website. Persons hav...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, August 04, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) August 05, 2021  WEATHER:      Tonight: Partly ...

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