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General Assembly creates new Permanent Forum of People of African Descent

August 02, 2021 No comments

General Assembly creates new Permanent Forum of People of African Descent

INTERNATIONAL, 2 August 2021, Human Rights - Capping years of deliberations, the UN General Assembly on Monday established a new platform to improve the lives of Afro-descendants, who have for centuries suffered the ills of racism, racial discrimination and the legacy of enslavement around the globe. The 193-member body unanimously adopted a resolution establishing the United Nations Permanent Forum of People of African Descent, a 10-member advisory body that will work closely with the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. The new Forum will serve as a consultation mechanism for people of African descent and other stakeholders, and contribute to the elaboration of a UN declaration – a “first step towards a legally binding instrument” on the promotion and full respect of the rights of people of African descent. ‘Compounding...

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WHO backs football body FIFA’s #ReachOut campaign for mental health

August 02, 2021 No comments

WHO backs football body FIFA’s #ReachOut campaign for mental health

INTERNATIONAL, 2 August 2021, Health - The world football body, FIFA, launched a UN-backed campaign on Monday designed to raise awareness of potentially damaging mental health issues, and encourage people everywhere to seek help when they need it. The #ReachOut campaign, has teamed up with the World Health Organization (WHO), and the influential Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to underscore how important it is to spot symptoms of deteriorating mental health early. In a joint press release with WHO, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, said: “This campaign is very important in raising awareness about mental health conditions and encouraging a conversation which could save a life. “In FIFA’s Vision 2020-2023, we pledge our commitment to make football work for society, and I thank the players and Ms....

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Breastfeeding central to eliminating child malnutrition: Agency chiefs

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Breastfeeding central to eliminating child malnutrition: Agency chiefs

INTERNATIONAL, 2 August 2021, Health - Two senior UN officials are urging Governments to make breastfeeding-friendly environments a priority, in line with commitments made earlier this year to accelerate global progress on malnutrition.  Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), issued the reminder in a joint statement for World Breastfeeding Week, which runs through 7 August.  A central role  They recalled that Governments, donors, civil society and the private sector, united to launch the Nutrition for Growth Year of Action, describing it as an historic opportunity to transform the way the world can fulfil the global commitment to eliminate child malnutrition.  “Breastfeeding is central to realising this commitment,” they said.  “Initiation of breastfeeding within the first...

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Lace up and join the UN to help win #TheHumanRace against climate change

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Lace up and join the UN to help win #TheHumanRace against climate change

INTERNATIONAL, 2 August 2021, Humanitarian Aid - The United Nations is encouraging everyone across the world to participate in the literal race against the climate emergency.  UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, on Monday launched #TheHumanRace, a global challenge to show solidarity with people in the most disaster-prone countries and those hardest hit by climate change.  ‘A race we can win’  Organized in partnership with the popular exercise app Strava, the challenge encourages participants to log 100 minutes of physical activity, and culminates in the week of World Humanitarian Day, celebrated annually on 19 August.  “The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win … let’s lace up our running shoes and win the climate race for us all,” said UN Secretary-General António...

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A year after the Beirut explosions: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

August 01, 2021 No comments

A year after the Beirut explosions: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

INTERNATIONAL, 1 August 2021, Humanitarian Aid - On August 4th, 2020, a devastating blast in a warehouse destroyed much of the centre of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. Many neighbourhoods were destroyed, downtown Beirut looked like a war zone. Thousands were injured and some 200 people tragically lost their lives on that day and the days that followed. For many, their property and livelihoods were literally blown away. Najat Rochdi the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon spoke to UN News about how the country has coped over the last 12 months and what the future holds. “I had only been in my new position of UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon for three days when the devastating explosions ripped through Beirut Port. The...

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South Omega Leo Club Hosts First Service Activity

South Omega Leo Club Hosts First Service Activity

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - The Sint Maarten South Omega...

August 02, 2021 No comments

SMMC postpones elective admissions to the Medical/Surgical Department

SMMC postpones elective admissions to the Medical/Surgical Department

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - In light of the rise...

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COM and Union members meet. Discuss alternative measures to meet conditions for personnel deductions

COM and Union members meet. Discuss alternative measures to meet…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) -Philipsburg – On July 26, the...

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Six illegal guns confiscated in 16 weeks

Six illegal guns confiscated in 16 weeks

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Force Sint Maarten KPSM,...

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Africa in My Skin wins USA graphic design award for St. Martin book publisher

August 02, 2021

Africa in My Skin wins USA graphic design award for St. Martin book publisher

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - HNP has won the American Inhouse Graphic Design Award 2021 for África en ...

Tribute to poet “Big Ray” Helligar “under the mango trees” on August 7

August 01, 2021

Tribute to poet “Big Ray” Helligar “under the mango trees” on August 7

SAINT-MARTIN (BELLEVUE) - The tribute concert with 25 poetic performances for the late Raymond Helli...

HIGH FISCAL DEFICITS POSE RISK TO DEBT SUSTAINABILIY

July 30, 2021

HIGH FISCAL DEFICITS POSE RISK TO DEBT SUSTAINABILIY

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As in most countries in the world, the public finances in Curaçao and S...

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28 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Monday. Active Cases Climbs to 95. Six Persons Hospitalized

August 02, 2021 No comments

28 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Monday. Active Cases Climbs to 95. Six Persons Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of August 2nd, there were twenty-eight (28) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, fourteen (14) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to ...

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CPS Only Location for COVID-19 Vaccines

August 02, 2021 No comments

CPS Only Location for COVID-19 Vaccines

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), would like to inform the publi...

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Festivals with up to 750 visitors can go ahead from mid August

August 02, 2021 No comments

Festivals with up to 750 visitors can go ahead from mid August

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Small one-day outdoor festivals with up to 750 visitors can be held under strict conditions from August 14, the cabinet has decided. But bigger events, with thousands o...

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Coronavirus infections continue to decline, drop on last Monday is almost 50%

August 02, 2021 No comments

Coronavirus infections continue to decline, drop on last Monday is almost 50%

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A total of 2,136 positive coronavirus tests were reported to public health institute RIVM in the 24 hours to Monday morning, down almost 50% on a week ago. An average o...

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SINT MAARTEN SEES A MODERATE RECOVERY IN 2021. Real GDP growth rate of 3.4% in Sint Maarten

July 30, 2021

SINT MAARTEN SEES A MODERATE RECOVERY IN 2021. Real GDP growth rate of 3.4% in Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In 2020, the world economy was hit severely by the COVID-19 pandemic an...

Nature Foundation Partners with Community Members to Host First In-No-Plastic Beach Clean-ups

July 30, 2021

Nature Foundation Partners with Community Members to Host First In-No-Plastic Beach Clean-ups

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - This past week, the Nature Foundation partnered with the American Universi...

MP Buncamper: Land or property tax for who all exactly?

July 29, 2021

MP Buncamper: Land or property tax for who all exactly?

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) of the United Sint Maarten (US) party MP Clau...

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STATIA WELCOMES FULLY VACCINATED TOURISTS

August 02, 2021

STATIA WELCOMES FULLY VACCINATED TOURISTS

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Public Entity St. Eustatius hereby reminds the community that as o...

C&W Communications: CEO, Inge Smidts, underscores “Our People are our Greatest Asset” at CANTO’s Virtual Event

July 31, 2021

C&W Communications: CEO, Inge Smidts, underscores “Our People are our Greatest Asset” at CANTO’s Virtual Event

SINT MAARTEN/MIAMI-Florida - The 36th annual CANTO Trade and Virtual Exhibition kicked-off on Wednes...

TO INCREASE JOB OPPORTUNITIES Investing in education and labor market skills required

July 30, 2021

TO INCREASE JOB OPPORTUNITIES Investing in education and labor market skills required

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a severe toll on the already fragile e...

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Youngsters can bring forward their second vaccination date from today

August 02, 2021 No comments

Youngsters can bring forward their second vaccination date from today

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Everyone over the age of 18 with an appointment for a second coronavirus vaccine in the second half of August can now bring that date forward, health minister Hugo de Jo...

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Syrian girl, 11, found alone with a suitcase at Utrecht’s main station

August 02, 2021 No comments

Syrian girl, 11, found alone with a suitcase at Utrecht’s main station

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Utrecht police are trying to solve the mystery of an 11-year-old Syrian girl, found alone in the city’s main railway station walking around with a suitcase. The girl wa...

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Two arrested for threats and abuse in unrelated cases

July 28, 2021 No comments

Two arrested for threats and abuse in unrelated cases

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Tuesday, July 27, police arrested two people in connection with abuse and threats.  A woman with initials M.F.D. was arrested around 1:00pm on Tuesday. She is being he...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

August 01, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Sunday, August 01, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) August 02, 2021  WEATHER:      Tonight through Monda...

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