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COVID-19 vaccine: UNICEF to stockpile more than half a billion syringes by year’s end

October 19, 2020 No comments

COVID-19 vaccine: UNICEF to stockpile more than half a billion syringes by year’s end

INTERNATIONAL, 19 October 2020, Health - With countries and pharmaceutical companies around the world gearing up to distribute COVID-19 vaccines following trials, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF has begun laying the groundwork for the rapid, safe and efficient delivery by buying and pre-positioning syringes and other necessary equipment. As soon as vaccines are licensed for use, the world will need as many syringes as doses of vaccine, said UNICEF on Monday. To begin preparations, this year, UNICEF will stockpile 520 million syringes in its warehouses, part of a larger plan to have a billion syringes ready for use through 2021, to guarantee initial supply and help ensure that syringes arrive before vaccines are distributed. During 2021, assuming there are enough doses of COVID-19 vaccines, UNICEF expects to deliver around a billion syringes...

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Focus on fundamentals as COVID-19 caseloads rise: WHO

October 19, 2020 No comments

Focus on fundamentals as COVID-19 caseloads rise: WHO

INTERNATIONAL, 19 October 2020, Health - As COVID-19 cases continue to accelerate, particularly in Europe and North America, the World Health Organization (WHO) is advising governments and people everywhere not to let their guard down, for the benefit of those hospitalized, or working on the front line of the battle to end the pandemic.  “I know there’s fatigue but the virus has shown that when we let our guard down, it can surge back at breakneck speed and threaten hospitals and health systems”, agency chief Tedros Adhanam Ghebreyesus told journalists on Monday.  Coronavirus Portal & News Updates Readers can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.For daily news updates from UN News,...

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Burkina Faso ‘one step short of famine’, warns UN food relief agency

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Burkina Faso ‘one step short of famine’, warns UN food relief agency

INTERNATIONAL, 19 October 2020, Humanitarian Aid - Unless access is urgently granted to humanitarian organizations, thousands in the Central Sahel will be “pushed into further destitution”, the UN emergency food relief agency warned on Monday.   Ahead of Tuesday’s High-Level Ministerial Conference on the Central Sahel in the Danish capital Copenhagen, the World Food Programme (WFP) sounded the alarm that catastrophic levels of hunger could hit parts of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.   ‘Tragic’ food insecurity spike  Violence and insecurity have pushed 7.4 million people in the Central Sahel region of West Africa into acute hunger, according to WFP.  Additionally, the number of internally displaced people has risen from 70,000 two years ago to nearly 1.6 million today – including over 288,000 in Mali, more than 265,000 in Niger and over one million in Burkina Faso, which is now home to the world’s fastest growing displacement crisis.  “When...

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‘Biocups’, electric motorcycle taxis and recycling 500 billion bottles for a sustainable Thailand: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

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‘Biocups’, electric motorcycle taxis and recycling 500 billion bottles for a sustainable Thailand: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

INTERNATIONAL, 19 October 2020, Economic Development - The private sector in Thailand has a key role to play in helping the south-east Asian country to reach poverty reduction and sustainable development goals agreed by the international community. In this blog, Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand and the Chairperson of the UN Global Compact Network Thailand, Suphachai Chearavanont, explain how, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, progress is being made towards the goals. In Thailand, as elsewhere in the world, the private sector has an essential role in addressing poverty and inequality, promoting sustainability, and working collectively to build a better world, despite the challenges of COVID-19. © IOM Thailand/Jidapa Khoonsins United Nations Resident Coordinator in Thailand Gita Sabharwal (left) visits the northeast of the country in...

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Yemen: Combatants ‘have to find strength’ to end fighting, says UN humanitarian official

October 18, 2020 No comments

Yemen: Combatants ‘have to find strength’ to end fighting, says UN humanitarian official

INTERNATIONAL, 18 October 2020, Humanitarian Aid - Parties to the conflict in Yemen must do more to protect civilians, a senior UN humanitarian official there has said, as the number of civilian deaths has witnessed a sharp rise over the last few weeks in the war-ravaged country.  “Innocent Yemenis continue to die and suffer because of this terrible war,” Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, said in a statement on Saturday.  Since the end of September, several civilians – including children – have been killed and many more injured in fighting in Hudaydah governorate and Taizz, according to the statement. Important civilian infrastructure, including schools and health centres have also been damaged.  “We share our condolences with the many grieving families and wish the injured a...

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ARRINDELL: HIGH COUNCILS OF STATE & FIRST RESPONDERS CARRIED OUR DEMOCRACY

ARRINDELL: HIGH COUNCILS OF STATE & FIRST RESPONDERS CARRIED OUR…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Leader of the People’s Progressive Alliance...

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Minister Irion Cancels 75 Million Guilder Bond as Discussions Underway with the Dutch

Minister Irion Cancels 75 Million Guilder Bond as Discussions Underway…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Finance Ardwell...

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

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

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Cadwell, Inc., a leading recycling and...

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SMMC presents Asha Stevens School with token of appreciation

SMMC presents Asha Stevens School with token of appreciation

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - SMMC’s Medical Director and Chairman...

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Three New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 59 Active Cases. 54 Persons in Home Isolation

October 19, 2020

Three New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 59 Active Cases. 54 Persons in Home Isolation

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of October 19th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive fo...

Two arrests made in separate domestic violence disputes. Issue of great concern

October 19, 2020

Two arrests made in separate domestic violence disputes. Issue of great concern

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The police made two arrests over the weekend in connection with domesti...

Tzu Chi helps homeless woman on the brink of suicide after losing job

October 19, 2020

Tzu Chi helps homeless woman on the brink of suicide after losing job

SINT MAARTEN (CUL DE SAC) - A woman who became homeless and suicidal after losing her job at a local...

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DCNA’s patroness Princess Beatrix Receives First Copy of The Update on Severe State of Dutch Caribbean Protected Area Management Organizations During COVID19 Pandemic

October 19, 2020 No comments

DCNA’s patroness Princess Beatrix Receives First Copy of The Update on Severe State of Dutch Caribbean Protected Area Management Organizations During COVID19 Pandemic

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) recently sent its Patroness Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix a memo on the state of the six Protected Area Management Organizations...

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EUTEL N.V, Statia Government and the Dutch Ministry of the Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations arrange faster/ cheaper internet

October 19, 2020 No comments

EUTEL N.V, Statia Government and the Dutch Ministry of the Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations arrange faster/ cheaper internet

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Government of St. Eustatius and EUTEL N.V. have managed to conclude an attractive agreement with Saba Statia Cable System B.V. (SSCS B.V.) for internet capacity for t...

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Catering trade to take government to court over second wave shutdown

October 19, 2020 No comments

Catering trade to take government to court over second wave shutdown

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A group of 30 restaurant and cafe owners are going to court to try to overturn the government’s shutdown of the hospitality sector as part of the latest Covid-19 restric...

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Slight drop in coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, more patients in hospital

October 19, 2020 No comments

Slight drop in coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, more patients in hospital

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Coronavirus infections showed a slight fall on Monday after three days of slower rises, according to the latest daily update by the public health agency RIVM. Another 8...

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Schools to use Blended Approach of Distance Learning and Class Instruction

October 18, 2020

Schools to use Blended Approach of Distance Learning and Class Instruction

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - All schools are expected to begin the delivery of education using a ble...

Healthy lifestyle actively promoted at school

October 16, 2020

Healthy lifestyle actively promoted at school

SABA (THE BOTOM) - In an effort to foster a healthy lifestyle amongst the community, in particular t...

Exam and Special Education Students return to the Classroom as of Monday

October 15, 2020

Exam and Special Education Students return to the Classroom as of Monday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (MECYS) would hereb...

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Community Reminded to remain Proactive in Removing Mosquito Breeding Habitats after Rainfall events

October 19, 2020

Community Reminded to remain Proactive in Removing Mosquito Breeding Habitats after Rainfall events

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Over the weekend there was substantial rainfall, and the Collectiv...

Measure your blood pressure, control it, live longer?

October 19, 2020

Measure your blood pressure, control it, live longer?

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – That was the theme for World Hypertension Day that was observed ov...

Rutte admits ‘error of judgment’ in not preventing royals’ holiday in Greece

October 19, 2020

Rutte admits ‘error of judgment’ in not preventing royals’ holiday in Greece

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Prime minister Mark Rutte has said he made an ‘error of judgment’ in ...

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Shortage of social housing is increasing and rents are rising fast: Woonbond

October 19, 2020 No comments

Shortage of social housing is increasing and rents are rising fast: Woonbond

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The waiting lists for social housing in the Netherlands are still rising and people are spending a larger proportion of their income on rent and related costs, according...

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No plans to take more coronavirus measures at schools, minister says

October 19, 2020 No comments

No plans to take more coronavirus measures at schools, minister says

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The government has no plans as yet to introduce extra rules to improve the safety of teachers in schools, despite the surge in coronavirus cases, education minister Arie...

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Committee of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (CVSA) to meet with Ethegrity Healthcare Consulting

October 19, 2020 No comments

Committee of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (CVSA) to meet with Ethegrity Healthcare Consulting

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten- The Committee of Public Health, Social Development and Labor will meet on October 20, 2020. The Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 10.00 hrs. and will be held in ...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

October 19, 2020 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) October 20, 2020        WEATHER:      Tonight thr...

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