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Financial transparency, 'sound governance and accountability’ essential to reach Global Goals

February 25, 2021 No comments

Financial transparency, 'sound governance and accountability’ essential to reach Global Goals

INTERNATIONAL, 25 February 2021, SDGs - Financial integrity is “paramount to the success of the 2030 Agenda”, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Thursday, launching a new report that offers a blueprint to address a range of obstacles, particularly surrounding illicit finance flows.  “As an international community committed to addressing inequality and advancing sustainable development, we must put in place the very principles of transparency, sound governance, and accountability that we so often champion”, Volkan Bozkir said at the release of the Report of the High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda (FACTI).  Putting sound principles in place  In the Financial Integrity for Sustainable Development report, the FACTI Panel recommends that governments finance critical action on extreme poverty, COVID-19 and the climate crisis by...

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Belarus human rights situation deteriorating further, warns UN rights chief

February 25, 2021 No comments

Belarus human rights situation deteriorating further, warns UN rights chief

INTERNATIONAL, 25 February 2021, Human Rights - A “systematic crackdown” against dissent in Belarus is continuing, months since the country’s disputed presidential election last year, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has told the Human Rights Council. In comments to the Geneva forum on Thursday, the High Commissioner for Human Rights insisted that curbs on demonstrators had got worse since last August’s poll returned President Alexander Lukashenko to office. Those protests had led to “mass arbitrary arrests and detentions” of largely peaceful demonstrators, along with “hundreds of allegations of torture and ill-treatment”, Ms. Bachelet said, before noting that “not one of the hundreds of complaints for acts of torture and ill-treatment” had been investigated. The High Commissioner highlighted concerns about Government proposals which would reportedly “enable harsher punishments” for those taking...

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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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West Africa steps up efforts to tackle latest Ebola threat

February 25, 2021 No comments

West Africa steps up efforts to tackle latest Ebola threat

INTERNATIONAL, 25 February 2021, Health - As a new Ebola outbreak threatens Guinea, six neighboring countries are urgently scaling up preparation and response efforts to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. So far, nine cases have been reported in Guinea, leading to five deaths. While there have been no confirmed cases beyond the West African nation so far, the outbreak’s epicentre, Gouecke, N’Zerekore prefecture, is close to the borders of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d'Ivoire, according to the UN health agency. Scaling up response Despite limited border controls, all six neighboring countries - Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone - are urgently updating national response plans using the WHO readiness assessment tool,...

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UN agencies begin registering asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

February 25, 2021 No comments

UN agencies begin registering asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

INTERNATIONAL, 25 February 2021, Migrants and Refugees - UN agencies have begun preparing individuals and families at the Matamoros informal camp, near the United States-Mexico border, for entry into the US, following the termination of a policy that forced asylum seekers to wait for immigration hearings in Mexico.  According to the agencies involved, an initial group could be allowed to enter the US this week, pending approval by authorities there.  In a joint news release, the UN agencies said that the US and Mexican governments prioritized the Matamoros camp due to the difficult humanitarian conditions there.   Other individuals with active MPP cases living outside the Matamoros camp will also be processed, they added.  An estimated 25,000 applicants being processed in the US, were returned to Mexico under the policy known as the Migrant...

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Saba, the Netherlands win Elsa Shipping case

Saba, the Netherlands win Elsa Shipping case

SABA (WELLS BAY) - The Saba government is pleased with...

February 25, 2021 No comments

155 seniors vaccinated on Thursday. CPS & VMT provide updates on vaccination appointments

155 seniors vaccinated on Thursday. CPS & VMT provide updates…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – On Thursday the 25th...

February 25, 2021 No comments

USP faction concerned about Dutch State involvement in the Airport

USP faction concerned about Dutch State involvement in the Airport

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) Claudius “Toontje”...

February 25, 2021 No comments

Join the Experience of Digital Reading at Philipsburg Jubilee Library. Get on board the Digital Train

Join the Experience of Digital Reading at Philipsburg Jubilee Library.…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Since 2013 your Public Library (PJL)...

February 25, 2021 No comments

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Five COVID-19 Recoveries. One New Positive Case. 36 Active Cases

February 25, 2021

Five COVID-19 Recoveries. One New Positive Case. 36 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 25th, there was one (1) person who tested positive for C...

Government encourages the community to take a stand against violence

February 25, 2021

Government encourages the community to take a stand against violence

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday, February 24th, a Candelight vigil was held in the honor o...

Scholarship agreement with Lipscomb University renewed

February 25, 2021

Scholarship agreement with Lipscomb University renewed

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Public Entity Saba and Lipscomb University from Nashville, Tennessee have ex...

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Community assistance needed to locate suspect who robbed supermarket on Wednesday

February 25, 2021 No comments

Community assistance needed to locate suspect who robbed supermarket on Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (MIDDLE REGION) - Detectives of the Special Unit Robberies are investigating a robbery that took place on Wednesday afternoon February 24th, 2021 at approximately 12.30 pm, on a supermark...

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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 25, 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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WYCCF to continue as a location for administering the COVID-19 vaccine

February 24, 2021 No comments

WYCCF to continue as a location for administering the COVID-19 vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – So far, more than 4000 persons have registered to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The administering of the vaccine started this week on Monday, February 22, and has been g...

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Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization holds inaugural meeting

February 25, 2021

Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization holds inaugural meeting

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During a closed-door meeting in Parliament today, the newly established...

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...

Prime Minister Jacobs first public official to receive COVID-19 Vaccine

February 24, 2021

Prime Minister Jacobs first public official to receive COVID-19 Vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs received her first dose of the COVID-...

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Man arrested after stealing cash out delivery truck

February 25, 2021

Man arrested after stealing cash out delivery truck

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Thursday afternoon February 25th, 2021, at approximately 1:30 pm, th...

Lions Club Hosts Fundraising Raffle of Hyundai Grandi10 Sponsored In-Part by Motorworld

February 25, 2021

Lions Club Hosts Fundraising Raffle of Hyundai Grandi10 Sponsored In-Part by Motorworld

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The St. Maarten Lions Club is a long-standing organization that has remain...

Arrest and domestic searches in drug trafficking investigation

February 25, 2021

Arrest and domestic searches in drug trafficking investigation

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - In the morning of Wednesday, 24th of February 2021, the Royal Netherlands Mar...

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Rotterdam police officers given formal warning for racist Whatsapp group

February 25, 2021 No comments

Rotterdam police officers given formal warning for racist Whatsapp group

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Five Rotterdam police offers who were members of a racist Whatsapp group have been given formal written warnings, police chief Fred Westerbeke said on Thursday. An inqu...

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MPs, ministers and agencies ‘forget the human element’ in policy

February 25, 2021 No comments

MPs, ministers and agencies ‘forget the human element’ in policy

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Parliament, ministries and government agencies have often lost sight of the human element when drawing up and enacting policy, a parliamentary commission said on Thursda...

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Continuation Central Committee meeting of Parliament concerning National ordinance to amend the National ordinance public health incorporating the Regulation 2019-nCoV

February 25, 2021 No comments

Continuation Central Committee meeting of Parliament concerning National ordinance to amend the National ordinance public health incorporating the Regulation 2019-nCoV

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on February 26, 2021. The Central Committee meeting which was adjourned on February 16, 2021 will be reconv...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

February 25, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Thursday, February 25, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) February 26, 2021      ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY...

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