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UNRWA at ‘breaking point’ warns agency chief

February 22, 2024 No comments

UNRWA at ‘breaking point’ warns agency chief

INTERNATIONAL, 22 February 2024, Humanitarian Aid - The UN agency serving Palestine refugees (UNRWA) has reached breaking point due to Israeli calls for its abolition and the associated funding freeze, just when it is needed most, said UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini. In a letter addressed to the President of the UN General Assembly, which provides the agency with its mandate, he said the agency’s ability to fulfil that mandate “is now seriously threatened”.  “In just over four months in Gaza there have been more children, more journalists more medical personnel and more UN staff killed than anywhere in the world during a conflict”, he said. He noted more than 150 UNRWA premises have been hit by bombardment, killing over 390 and injuring 1,300.  “According to UN experts, famine in imminent”, he...

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Climate and conflict collide on the high seas: UN warns of soaring costs and delays

February 22, 2024 No comments

Climate and conflict collide on the high seas: UN warns of soaring costs and delays

INTERNATIONAL, 22 February 2024, Economic Development - Attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea coupled with wider geopolitical and climate-related crises, are upending international trade, inflating costs and causing major delays, the UN’s trade and development body said on Thursday. In a new study, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimated that over the past two months, the volume of trade through the Suez Canal has fallen by a whopping 42 per cent. “With major players in the shipping industry temporarily suspending Suez transits, weekly container ship transits have fallen by 67 per cent, and container carrying capacity, tanker transits, and gas carriers have experienced significant declines,” it said. Houthi rebels in Yemen began attacking ships using the vital waterway as an act of solidarity...

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Independent review group on UNRWA may request Gaza visit

February 22, 2024 No comments

Independent review group on UNRWA may request Gaza visit

INTERNATIONAL, 22 February 2024, Humanitarian Aid - Researchers have been deployed to the Middle East and requests issued to meet with Israel officials, said the head of an independent team reviewing the UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, briefing reporters at UN Headquarters on Thursday. Appointed by the Secretary-General in early February following Israeli allegations that 12 UNRWA employees were involved in the Hamas-led terror attacks in Israel in October, the group also aims to meet Palestinian Authority officials and may request a visit to Gaza, said its chair, former French former minister Catherine Colonna, who spoke outside the Security Council after meeting with the UN Secretary-General. “My goal is to deliver a report that is rigorous and evidence based…and to do our best so we can help UNRWA deliver under the mandate...

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'Shocking, unsustainable and desperate' conditions across Gaza, Security Council hears

February 22, 2024 No comments

'Shocking, unsustainable and desperate' conditions across Gaza, Security Council hears

INTERNATIONAL, 22 February 2024, Peace and Security - The Security Council is meeting at UN Headquarters in New York on the situation in the Gaza Strip, wracked by months of unrelenting war, and tensions spilling into the wider Middle East region, with no solutions on the horizon to stop the fighting. Tor Wennesland, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told ambassadors that “there is still no end in sight” as the war approaches its 140-day mark. “No end to the trauma of those impacted by the horrors unleashed on 7 October. No end to the suffering and desperation the people in Gaza. No end to the regional turmoil.” Mr. Wennesland visited Gaza this week and described the humanitarian situation there as shocking, unsustainable...

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Ukraine: Report reveals war’s long-term impact which will be felt ‘for generations’

February 22, 2024 No comments

Ukraine: Report reveals war’s long-term impact which will be felt ‘for generations’

INTERNATIONAL, 22 February 2024, Peace and Security - Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, entering its third year, has exacted a “horrific human cost”, inflicting immense suffering on millions of civilians that will be felt “for generations”, UN human rights chief Volker Türk said on Thursday. “Russia’s full-scale armed attack on Ukraine, which is about to enter its third year with no end in sight, continues to cause serious and widespread human rights violations, destroying lives and livelihoods,” he said in a statement launching a new report. This month marks not only two years since Moscow’s all out assault, but also 10 years since Russia illegally annexed Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. Millions displaced, thousands dead In its latest report, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine...

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FIRST BATCH OF NATIONAL DECREES FOR JUSTICE WORKERS DELIVERED TO THE GOVERNOR

FIRST BATCH OF NATIONAL DECREES FOR JUSTICE WORKERS DELIVERED TO…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Today marks a significant milestone...

February 22, 2024 No comments

Cft: “Prioritize adoption of budget 2024”

Cft: “Prioritize adoption of budget 2024”

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Since 2010, there has not...

February 22, 2024 No comments

SoualiganSlangs launches Border To Border 2 Game at SMART

SoualiganSlangs launches Border To Border 2 Game at SMART

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February 22, 2024 No comments

Sint Maarten Real GDP for 2022 is estimated to have increased by 13.9%

Sint Maarten Real GDP for 2022 is estimated to have…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The Department of Statistics (STAT)...

February 22, 2024 No comments

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Exciting volunteer opportunity for young people

February 22, 2024

Exciting volunteer opportunity for young people

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The Department of Youth in collaboration with UNICEF the Netherlands anno...

CPS reminds community to take measures to prevent mosquito breeding after rainfall events

February 21, 2024

CPS reminds community to take measures to prevent mosquito breeding after rainfall events

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is urgently calling on r...

Orange Grove Drainage System Installation Nearing Completion

February 21, 2024

Orange Grove Drainage System Installation Nearing Completion

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Orange Grove Road drainage system installation, is entering its final ...

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Dr. Richardson presents book for Mother Tongue Language Day

February 21, 2024 No comments

Dr. Richardson presents book for Mother Tongue Language Day

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - On Monday, February 19, Dr. Linda Richardson officially presented her book “Trilingual Terminology in Criminal Proceedings” to the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, Honourable...

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Cassandra Richardson is the Newly appointed Director of Victim Support Services

February 20, 2024 No comments

Cassandra Richardson is the Newly appointed Director of Victim Support Services

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Cassandra Richardson has been successful in securing the candidacy of Director of the Victim Support Services (VSS) role in Sint Maarten as of January 15, 2024. The newly ap...

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WIB elevates banking experience for Senior Citizens

February 19, 2024 No comments

WIB elevates banking experience for Senior Citizens

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Windward Islands Bank (WIB) recently hosted an enlightening lecture for senior members, staff, and the board of the Sint Maarten Senior Citizens Recreational Foundation. The...

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Sint Maarten Baseball Softball Federation Seeks National Coach for Baseball and Softball

February 19, 2024 No comments

Sint Maarten Baseball Softball Federation Seeks National Coach for Baseball and Softball

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The Sint Maarten Baseball Softball Federation (SMBSF) is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for experienced and dedicated individuals to join our coaching staff as ...

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Exciting start to the Hoedemaker Series, part of the Grant Thornton Dinghy Season Championship

February 19, 2024

Exciting start to the Hoedemaker Series, part of the Grant Thornton Dinghy Season Championship

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Twenty-one participants competed in the opening day of the Hoedemaker S...

Milton Peters College joins the Green Dream Recycling Project

February 19, 2024

Milton Peters College joins the Green Dream Recycling Project

SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) – Today, Monday, February 19, 2024, recycling of plastic, glass and alum...

AI successful symposium marks the beginning of USM's 35th-anniversary celebration

February 19, 2024

AI successful symposium marks the beginning of USM's 35th-anniversary celebration

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The University of St. Martin (USM) proudly hosted a dynamic symposium o...

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Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance Launches 2nd Annual 'Best of the Best' Chef Competition

February 20, 2024

Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance Launches 2nd Annual 'Best of the Best' Chef Competition

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance is excited to announce the commencemen...

Minister of Justice Holds Meeting with NAPB & ABVO Unions Regarding Staff National Decrees

February 20, 2024

Minister of Justice Holds Meeting with NAPB & ABVO Unions Regarding Staff National Decrees

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The Honorable Minister of Justice, Anna E. Richardson, convened a meeting...

POLICE EMBARKS ON INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY POLICING TRAINING WITH REGIONAL COLLABORATION

February 20, 2024

POLICE EMBARKS ON INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY POLICING TRAINING WITH REGIONAL COLLABORATION

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - In collaboration with other Dutch Caribbean islands who are committed to ...

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Police call for information about drugs chemical dumping

February 22, 2024 No comments

Police call for information about drugs chemical dumping

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – At least 10 vats containing thousands of litres of chemicals left over from “washing” cocaine or amphetamine and ecstasy production have been found dumped in the Brabant...

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AI helps doctors spot 40% more polyps, Dutch research show

February 22, 2024 No comments

AI helps doctors spot 40% more polyps, Dutch research show

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Scientists at Radboud teaching hospital in Nijmegen are using AI to detect polyps in the colon, and say the smart camera is leading to 40% more being found than with the...

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Robbie's Lottery Results for February 22, 2024

February 22, 2024 No comments

Robbie's Lottery Results for February 22, 2024

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Winning...It's easy! Every day is a new chance to win. Various lottery games, cash prices, numerous retailers located all over Curaçao and great winning probabilities. Ro...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

February 22, 2024 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday 22nd February 2024 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (12:00 LST) 23rd February 2024 WEATHER:     Tonight, through Friday evening: Partly cloudy. Isolated sh...

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