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UK armed forces bill would limit war crimes accountability: UN rights chief

April 12, 2021 No comments

UK armed forces bill would limit war crimes accountability: UN rights chief

INTERNATIONAL, 12 April 2021, Human Rights - Legislation under consideration in the UK regarding armed forces personnel could limit accountability for war crimes if it is passed in its current form, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday. In a statement, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, urged Parliament to heed warnings that the proposed new Overseas Operations Bill risks undermining key human rights obligations that lawmakers have previously agreed to. “As currently drafted, the Bill would make it substantially less likely that UK service members on overseas operations would be held accountable for serious human rights violations amounting to international crimes”, the High Commissioner said. Shielded from probes The Bill could shield military personnel operating abroad “from due accountability for acts of torture or other serious international crimes”,...

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First ever human space flight signalled 'new era for humanity'

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First ever human space flight signalled 'new era for humanity'

INTERNATIONAL, 12 April 2021, SDGs - The United Nations is marking the International Day of Human Space Flight on Monday, celebrating the achievements of astronauts who are “stretching the boundaries” of where civilization can go, beyond the stratosphere.  Observed annually on 12 April, the International Day commemorates the date in 1961 when Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin carried out the first ever human space flight, opening the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity.  In a message, Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), said that 60 years ago, “a new era for humanity began – with sky no longer the limit”.  “Astronauts are envoys of humankind in outer space, embodying talent, skills, and bravery; and stretching the boundaries of what we can...

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Somalia: ‘Prioritize the national interest’ international partners urge, as political stalemate continues

April 11, 2021 No comments

Somalia: ‘Prioritize the national interest’ international partners urge, as political stalemate continues

INTERNATIONAL, 11 April 2021, Peace and Security - The UN and international partners working to support a lasting peace and democratic election process across Somalia, said on Sunday that they were highly concerned by the current situation there, calling on Somali leaders to “prioritize the national interest” and resolve their political impasse. The African Union (AU), the European Union (EU); African regional trade bloc, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD,) and the United Nations, met on Friday, “in light of the gravity of the ongoing political stalemate in Somalia over the holding of delayed elections, and the continuing impasse in dialogue between the Federal Government and some Federal Member State leaders”, said a joint communique released following discussions. The deadline for holding fresh parliamentary elections...

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FROM THE FIELD: providing hope for those living with HIV in Yemen

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FROM THE FIELD: providing hope for those living with HIV in Yemen

INTERNATIONAL, 11 April 2021, Health - Living with HIV in Yemen, a country mired in a seemingly interminable conflict, is particularly challenging, with medical supplies hard to come by, and only around half of all health facilities fully operational. Dr Nasser Qassem Sami, the head of the ART site in Aden, Yemen, which provides care services and medicine to people living with HIV, by IOM/Majed M. After conflict broke out in Yemen, the UN migration agency, IOM-supported specialized ART (Advances in Retroviral Therapy) clinic in Aden city was barely able to provide care for people living with AIDS. This situation continued for nearly three years, until IOM received an urgent request to restore the site. Working with partners, the migration agency was able to rehabilitate the...

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FROM THE FIELD: Solar energy powers COVID-19 treatment

April 10, 2021 No comments

FROM THE FIELD: Solar energy powers COVID-19 treatment

INTERNATIONAL, 10 April 2021, Climate and Environment, In some of the poorest parts of the world, where there is no access to a reliable electricity grid, the UN is equipping hundreds of health facilities with solar technologies, allowing them to avoid power outages and save lives. A technician checks solar panels on the roof of the Medical Stores Limited warehouse in downtown Lusaka, Zambia., by UNDP/Karin Schermbucker Formerly dependent on costly and polluting diesel generators, which often do not provide sufficient electricity, over 900 health facilities, mainly in Sub-Saharan  Africa, have been provided with equipment such as solar rooftops and batteries. It has given them access to clean, affordable and reliable electricity, while saving money which can be re-invested in health services. The health facilities...

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MP Emmanuel: Government playing guessing game with rent payments

MP Emmanuel: Government playing guessing game with rent payments

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The audit conducted by the General...

April 12, 2021 No comments

Better rehabilitation/reintegration programs needed says MP Ottley

Better rehabilitation/reintegration programs needed says MP Ottley

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The alarming rate of major crimes...

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LU's senior students shine again with 2.5 million in scholarships

LU's senior students shine again with 2.5 million in scholarships

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and...

April 11, 2021 No comments

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN’S WALK FOR THE CURE PROMOTING ACTIVE LIFESTYLES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN’S WALK FOR THE CURE PROMOTING ACTIVE LIFESTYLES IN…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Positive Foundation recently got much...

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Emmanuel asks Holiday to clarify his signing of garbage contracts advice

April 12, 2021

Emmanuel asks Holiday to clarify his signing of garbage contracts advice

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel on Monday pub...

April 2021 SSRP Income and Unemployment Support Application Deadline Approaching

April 12, 2021

April 2021 SSRP Income and Unemployment Support Application Deadline Approaching

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The deadline for April 2021 SSRP Income and Unemployment Support is qui...

Only victim’s compensation can be paid at Prosecutor’s Office

April 12, 2021

Only victim’s compensation can be paid at Prosecutor’s Office

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Prosecutor’s Office OM SXM is only accepting victim’s compensation ...

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Three New Positive COVID-19 cases. 37 Active Cases. Six Recoveries. 66 in Home Isolation/Quarantine

April 12, 2021 No comments

Three New Positive COVID-19 cases. 37 Active Cases. Six Recoveries. 66 in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 12th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, six (6) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty-seven (...

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CPS & the VMT warn for a real possibility of a third wave of infections

April 11, 2021 No comments

CPS & the VMT warn for a real possibility of a third wave of infections

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Even though the current numbers of active cases are now relatively low on St. Maarten, CPS has concluded, based on genotyping results, that the British variant of Covid-19...

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Coronavirus cases drop again, vaccination total reaches 3.2 million

April 12, 2021 No comments

Coronavirus cases drop again, vaccination total reaches 3.2 million

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A total of 6,757 new coronavirus cases were registered with the public health institute RIVM in the 24 hours to Monday morning. Monday’s total is down 1,497 on Sunday’s ...

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Ministers ‘consider coronavirus vaccine rethink’ after AstraZeneca chaos

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Ministers ‘consider coronavirus vaccine rethink’ after AstraZeneca chaos

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The government will announce if there is to be a change in the vaccination strategy at Tuesday’s press conference, following widespread criticism of the approach to the ...

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Emmanuel: Govt liable for unhygienic and unsafe garbage collection methods

April 11, 2021

Emmanuel: Govt liable for unhygienic and unsafe garbage collection methods

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Sunday said gar...

15,000+ COVID-19 Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccines Arrive. Public Health Authorities Urge Community to Register for a Vaccine

April 11, 2021

15,000+ COVID-19 Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccines Arrive. Public Health Authorities Urge Community to Register for a Vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – On Friday, April 9th, 13 boxes containing 15,210 doses of the Pfi...

Port St. Maarten and RCG Officials reaffirms potential strategic initiatives

April 10, 2021

Port St. Maarten and RCG Officials reaffirms potential strategic initiatives

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten Management met with Royal Caribbean Group (RCG) executives this ...

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Ban on single use plastic now a fact

April 12, 2021

Ban on single use plastic now a fact

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The ban on single use plastic is now a reality. The waste ordinance fo...

Statia’s School Transportation improved with introduction new school buses

April 12, 2021

Statia’s School Transportation improved with introduction new school buses

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - At the start of the first quarter 2021, the Public Entity St. Eustatiu...

WHAT IS NEXT AT SXM-AIRPORT??

April 11, 2021

WHAT IS NEXT AT SXM-AIRPORT??

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY – By Michael Ferrier) - So now that the educated local professional has bee...

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Handling of immigration cases has parallels with child benefit scandal, say lawyers

April 12, 2021 No comments

Handling of immigration cases has parallels with child benefit scandal, say lawyers

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The treatment of migrants who fall foul of the strict and complex rules allowing them to stay in the Netherlands has echoes of the child benefits scandal, a group of leg...

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Mayors warn coronavirus rules will be ‘unenforceable’ if terraces stay closed

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Mayors warn coronavirus rules will be ‘unenforceable’ if terraces stay closed

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The mayors of the four largest cities have reacted angrily to the announcement that pavement cafés and restaurant terraces will not open until April 28 at the earliest. ...

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SZV urges compliance - businesses have to pay premiums or make contact

April 09, 2021 No comments

SZV urges compliance - businesses have to pay premiums or make contact

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social and health Insurance provider SZV has seen a drop of some NAf 4 million per month in premiums since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. This constitut...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

April 12, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) April 13, 2021  WEATHER:      Tonight through Tuesda...

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