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World ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future pandemics unless leaders tackle inequalities, UNAIDS warns

November 29, 2021 No comments

World ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future pandemics unless leaders tackle inequalities, UNAIDS warns

INTERNATIONAL, 29 November 2021, Health - Unless leaders tackle stark inequalities, the world could face 7.7 million AIDS-related deaths over the next 10 years, the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) warned on Monday in a new report. In an urgent call to action ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December, the agency focused on ending the disease as a public health threat by 2030, said that if transformative measures are not taken, the world will stay trapped in the COVID-19 crisis and remain dangerously unprepared for all future pandemics. Infection every 2 minutes The message comes as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that at least 310,000 children were newly infected with HIV in 2020, or one child every two minutes. Another 120,000 children died from AIDS-related...

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Financing sustainable development needed more than ever, says UN deputy chief Mohammed

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Financing sustainable development needed more than ever, says UN deputy chief Mohammed

INTERNATIONAL, 29 November 2021, SDGs - Securing the funding needed for sustainable development by involving as many actors from different sectors as possible, is more urgent than ever, amid a widening “trust deficit” between the haves and the have-nots, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said on Monday.  Speaking at the Building Bridges Summit for sustainable finance in Geneva, Amina Mohammed urged all those present from Government, the private sector, international organisations and civil society, to do more to push ahead with a common investment framework to improve people’s lives everywhere.  More ambition, action  “We need more ambition, more action, more scale, greater urgency in delivering the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement – and we certainly need more fuel, more financial resources and more investments,” she said. “The good news is that we already have...

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UN chief calls for nuclear weapons-free Middle East

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UN chief calls for nuclear weapons-free Middle East

INTERNATIONAL, 29 November 2021, Peace and Security - The UN Secretary-General on Monday called on all Middle East States to transform the vision of a region with no nuclear weapons, or other weapons of mass destruction, into a working reality.    Antonio Guterres was speaking in New York at the second session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction.   Since 1967, five such zones have been established around the world: Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa and Central Asia. They include 60 per cent of all UN Member States and cover almost all of the Southern Hemisphere.    For the Secretary-General, expanding such zones would help build a safer world.    “That is particularly the case in the Middle East, where concerns over nuclear programmes persist, and where conflicts and civil wars are causing widespread civilian casualties...

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IOM scales up aid at EU-Belarus border, as migrant hypothermia deaths tick up

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IOM scales up aid at EU-Belarus border, as migrant hypothermia deaths tick up

INTERNATIONAL, 29 November 2021, Migrants and Refugees - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and partners, are scaling up aid along the border between the European Union and Belarus, amid worsening winter weather, which is leading to rising deaths due to hypothermia among asylum seekers stranded there.  It is estimated that there are up to 2,000 migrants and refugees at the border with Poland, predominantly Kurds from Iraq, but also Syrians, Iranians, Afghans, Yemenis, Cameroonians and others. There are large numbers of women and children among them.  For António Vitorino, Director General of IOM, the “priority is the safety of these stranded migrants, upholding their human rights and preventing more deaths as temperatures remain well below freezing.”  “We are committed to providing humanitarian assistance and working with authorities on both sides of the border, and those who wish to return...

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Violations of Palestinian rights puts two-State solution at risk UN chief warns

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Violations of Palestinian rights puts two-State solution at risk UN chief warns

INTERNATIONAL, 29 November 2021, Peace and Security - The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, continues to pose a significant challenge to international peace and security, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Monday.  In a message to mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The UN chief warned that persistent violations of the rights of Palestinians, along with the expansion of Israeli settlements, risk eroding the prospect of a two-State solution.  Despite being ‘encouraged’ by recent engagements between senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, the UN chief said that “containing the situation is not sufficient”.  Two States  Mr. Guterres reiterated that the overall goal of two States living side-by-side in peace and security remains.  This includes fulfilling the “legitimate national aspirations of both peoples, with borders based on the 1967 lines and Jerusalem as the...

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Approach independence for St. Martin “with confidence” Reiph tells USP

Approach independence for St. Martin “with confidence” Reiph tells USP

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Political and social activist Shujah Reiph...

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Pamela Gordon-Carty elected new political leader of USP. Nicholas new board President

Pamela Gordon-Carty elected new political leader of USP. Nicholas new…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Former Minister Pamela Gordon-Carty was elected...

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Say Yes to the Vaccine Booster Shot. Protect You and Your Family this Holiday Season

Say Yes to the Vaccine Booster Shot. Protect You and…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Vaccination Management Team (VMT) of...

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Chris: Discussion of TOT increase, and VAT addition unconscionable. Says businesses would never survive

Chris: Discussion of TOT increase, and VAT addition unconscionable. Says…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - According to Independent Member of Parliament...

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Disaster Coordinator Thankful Active 2021 Hurricane Season Comes to an End on Tuesday

November 29, 2021

Disaster Coordinator Thankful Active 2021 Hurricane Season Comes to an End on Tuesday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – According to weather forecasters, the closure of the 2021 Atlanti...

Rotary Club of St. Maarten treats clients of WYCCF to Thanksgiving lunch

November 29, 2021

Rotary Club of St. Maarten treats clients of WYCCF to Thanksgiving lunch

SINT MAARTEN (ST. JOHN’S ESTATE) - On 25th November, the Rotary Club of St Maarten treated the clien...

CHCC hosts their Thanksgiving, Christmas Tree Lighting & Opening of new Community Space

November 28, 2021

CHCC hosts their Thanksgiving, Christmas Tree Lighting & Opening of new Community Space

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - On Saturday the 27th of November 2021 the Cay-Hill Community Council Found...

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Tangle by Rochelle Ward, a “haunting” new book published in St. Martin – by Lasana M. Sekou

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Tangle by Rochelle Ward, a “haunting” new book published in St. Martin – by Lasana M. Sekou

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Tangle by Rochelle Ward (Faizah Tabasamu), a “haunting,” “sensual” poetry book, is now in St. Martin bookstores and online for everywhere, said Jacqueline Sample of House of...

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Sinclair Carty Cute Cake Competition dubbed a tremendous success. Young cake makers hold their ground

November 29, 2021 No comments

Sinclair Carty Cute Cake Competition dubbed a tremendous success. Young cake makers hold their ground

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Under the watchful eye of Sinclair Carty, judges announced the winners of the Sinclair Cute Cake Competition. The event was held on Saturday at the John Larmonie Center in...

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Dutch arrest coronavirus couple on plane trying to flee to Spain

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Dutch arrest coronavirus couple on plane trying to flee to Spain

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A couple who had been put into quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus at Schiphol have been picked up at the airport again after trying to leave the country. ...

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Two-fifths of nursing homes in Netherlands have coronavirus infections

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Two-fifths of nursing homes in Netherlands have coronavirus infections

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Nearly 1,000 nursing homes in the Netherlands have reported at least one coronavirus infection in the last four weeks, beating the previous record set in January. The f...

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St. Martin writer Lasana Sekou on the Barbados republic

November 28, 2021

St. Martin writer Lasana Sekou on the Barbados republic

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - There are Caribbean cultural workers that are as focused on the historica...

Emmanuel: Counting lottery booths will not lift our people out of poverty

November 28, 2021

Emmanuel: Counting lottery booths will not lift our people out of poverty

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel is of the opi...

Sint Maarten Lions Club starts the Christmas Season with lights at the Cottage Roundabout

November 28, 2021

Sint Maarten Lions Club starts the Christmas Season with lights at the Cottage Roundabout

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Cottage Roundabout a...

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Boat Owners and Operators of Commercial Vessels in Caribbean Netherlands will Require New License

November 29, 2021

Boat Owners and Operators of Commercial Vessels in Caribbean Netherlands will Require New License

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - The Harbour masters of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba, and the Netherlands Shipp...

Inaugural Makana ferry service marks historic moment

November 28, 2021

Inaugural Makana ferry service marks historic moment

SABA/STATIA—Saba and St. Eustatius together celebrated a historic moment with the inaugural of the M...

Legal proceedings underway in fight to reclaim Sunset Building

November 28, 2021

Legal proceedings underway in fight to reclaim Sunset Building

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Legal proceedings got underway on Monday, November 24 in which the owne...

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Dutch start trials of flexible floating solar panels which move with the waves

November 29, 2021 No comments

Dutch start trials of flexible floating solar panels which move with the waves

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A consortium led by Dutch research institute TNO has launched a new project to study floating flexible solar energy systems as part a project to create economically viab...

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Covid hospital cases pass April peak but infection rate slowing down

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Covid hospital cases pass April peak but infection rate slowing down

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of coronavirus patients in hospital has passed the peak of last April, with 2,772 people receiving treatment, according to the latest figures from the RIVM. ...

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Committee VROMI of Parliament to meet with reps from Canadian Global Investments Ltd

November 29, 2021 No comments

Committee VROMI of Parliament to meet with reps from Canadian Global Investments Ltd

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Committee of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure (CVROMI) will meet in a session on November 30, 2021. The Committee meeting is schedule...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

November 29, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Monday, November 29, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) November 30, 2021  …THE HIGH SURF ADVISORY HAS BEE...

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