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Grave violations against children in conflict ‘alarmingly high’, latest UN report reveals

June 21, 2021 No comments

Grave violations against children in conflict ‘alarmingly high’, latest UN report reveals

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2021, Peace and Security - More than 19,300 boys and girls affected by war last year were victims of grave violations such as recruitment or rape, and the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for experts to reach them, the UN said in its annual report on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC), published on Monday.  Grave violations against children remained “alarmingly high” at nearly 26,500, while the pandemic increased their vulnerability to abduction, recruitment and sexual violence, as well as attacks on schools and hospitals.  ‘A stolen childhood’  Measures to curtail coronavirus spread, also complicated the work of UN child protection monitors and experts, according to the report which is entitled A Stolen Childhood and a Future to Repair: Vulnerability of Girls & Boys in Armed...

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‘His words set a standard and will long endure’: UN mourns passing of Edward Mortimer

June 21, 2021 No comments

‘His words set a standard and will long endure’: UN mourns passing of Edward Mortimer

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2021, UN Affairs - Friends and former colleagues have been mourning the passing over the weekend of Edward Mortimer, the Chief Speechwriter for former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.  His time in office between 1998 and 2006, marked a crucial post-Cold War period for the UN, dominated by the Iraq War, and the fallout from the bombing of the UN Headquarters in the country’s capital, Baghdad, in 2003. ‘A gangle of limbs, a torrent of words’ Edward Mortimer, Director of Communications to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Photo: Video screen capture “I vividly recall Edward’s arrival -- a jumble of gangly limbs, a tangle of unruly hair and, most of all, a torrent of words", recalled Richard Amdur, now Director of Speechwriting at the UN....

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Pandemic ‘rolled back’ sustainable development funding for weak economies: UNCTAD

June 21, 2021 No comments

Pandemic ‘rolled back’ sustainable development funding for weak economies: UNCTAD

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2021, SDGs - Financial assistance to the world’s 83 weakest economies fell by 15 per cent in 2020, to $35 billion as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, UN trade and development experts UNCTAD said on Monday. According to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2021, total foreign direct investment also dropped by more than a third globally, to $1 trillion (from $1.5 trillion in 2019), threatening progress on sustainable development. This level was last seen in 2005 and it is an urgent problem because foreign direct investment is vital to promoting sustainable development in the world’s poorest regions, said Isabelle Durant, Acting Secretary-General of UNCTAD. “The (COVID-19) crisis has had an immense negative impact on the most productive types of investment, namely, greenfield investment in industrial...

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COVID-19: First mRNA vaccine tech transfer hub a ‘great step forward’

June 21, 2021 No comments

COVID-19: First mRNA vaccine tech transfer hub a ‘great step forward’

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2021, Health - The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting a South African consortium in establishing the first COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub, the UN agency announced on Monday.  The facility will allow manufacturers from developing countries to receive training in how to produce vaccines, and the relevant licenses to do so, as part of global efforts to scale-up access to lifesaving treatments.  The development follows WHO’s call in April for public and private companies to express their interest in creating technology transfer hubs so that low and middle-income countries could meet their urgent need for vaccines, amid critical shortages.  ‘A key moment’  “Today’s announcement is a great step forward for South Africa, and for the world. I hope this will be a key...

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Slow progress, stubborn cycles of violence, as South Sudan turns 10

June 21, 2021 No comments

Slow progress, stubborn cycles of violence, as South Sudan turns 10

INTERNATIONAL, 21 June 2021, Peace and Security - South Sudan, the UN’s youngest Member State, is marking its tenth anniversary of independence amid languishing political progress and a range of humanitarian challenges, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative told Security Council members on Monday. Nicholas Haysom, who also heads the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan, known as UNMISS, recalled the broad international optimism that surrounded the country’s independence on 9 July 2011.  A decade later, however, pervasive insecurity – in particular intercommunal violence – continues to obstruct the realization of a durable and sustainable peace. Political progress Reporting some notable achievements on the ground since his last briefing to the Council in March, Mr. Haysom said South Sudan’s Government has reconstituted the national legislature and appointed 550 new members....

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VMT says COVID-19 Vaccines are now available for Children 12+ with Underlying Conditions

VMT says COVID-19 Vaccines are now available for Children 12+…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Vaccine Management Team...

June 21, 2021 No comments

R4CR officially launches Quick Win Round 2. US$564,289 in grants approved for local projects

R4CR officially launches Quick Win Round 2. US$564,289 in grants…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Resources For Community Resilience (R4CR)...

June 21, 2021 No comments

Minister Ottley takes next step to improve access to affordable prescription medication

Minister Ottley takes next step to improve access to affordable…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social...

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PFP Submits Teen Times Request to Parliament Committee for ECYS

PFP Submits Teen Times Request to Parliament Committee for ECYS

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Shortly after receiving a request to...

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WITU says Government should take the time to think creatively

June 22, 2021

WITU says Government should take the time to think creatively

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – “Why is it that every time the SXM Government finds itself in financial...

St. Maarten to receive 5th tranche of liquidity support

June 21, 2021

St. Maarten to receive 5th tranche of liquidity support

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Government of St. Maarten has learned via the media that the Minist...

St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) Commemorates its 9th Anniversary

June 21, 2021

St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) Commemorates its 9th Anniversary

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Taking a moment to acknowledge its efforts throughout 2020 and the firs...

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56 Active COVID-19 cases. Five New Positive Cases on Monday. 10 Recoveries. Five Persons Hospitalized

June 21, 2021 No comments

56 Active COVID-19 cases. Five New Positive Cases on Monday. 10 Recoveries. Five Persons Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of June 20th, there were five (5) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, ten (10) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to fifty-six (56)....

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Whale and dolphin research expedition in the Caribbean

June 21, 2021 No comments

Whale and dolphin research expedition in the Caribbean

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - The three-month whale and dolphin research expedition Ti Whale An Nou started May 15, 2021 and the objective is to register the number of whales, specifically sperm whales, and ...

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Shop tells staff to catch up lost lockdown hours, despite NOW payment

June 21, 2021 No comments

Shop tells staff to catch up lost lockdown hours, despite NOW payment

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Workers at discount clothes and general goods store group Wibra have been told they must make up for hours missed during the coronavirus crisis, and trade union FNV is t...

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New coronavirus infections drop below 600, fewer than 500 are in hospital

June 21, 2021 No comments

New coronavirus infections drop below 600, fewer than 500 are in hospital

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – In total, 585 new coronavirus infections were reported to the public health institute RIVM in the 24 hours to Monday morning, the lowest figure since September last year...

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NV GEBE distances itself from incorrect factual representation by disgruntled Supervisory Board member

June 20, 2021

NV GEBE distances itself from incorrect factual representation by disgruntled Supervisory Board member

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Supervisory Board of Directors and the Management Board of NV GEBE ...

Civil Registry Department Closed on Monday and Tuesday

June 20, 2021

Civil Registry Department Closed on Monday and Tuesday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Civil Registry Department offices at the Public Service Cente...

STATIA HAS NEW GOVERNMENT COMMISSIONERS

June 18, 2021

STATIA HAS NEW GOVERNMENT COMMISSIONERS

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - Statia has a newly appointed Government Commissioner: Alida Francis. A...

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Leniency regulation if overstaying free period ends on first of July

June 21, 2021

Leniency regulation if overstaying free period ends on first of July

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - Due to the travel restrictions that were introduced on the 14th of March 2020 ...

Motorworld Sponsors Six Months of Membership Fees for Members of the Youth Brigade

June 21, 2021

Motorworld Sponsors Six Months of Membership Fees for Members of the Youth Brigade

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Voice of the Youth St. Maarten (VOTYS) is a non-profitable organization, f...

Malinda Hassell is Saba’s new Tourism Director

June 20, 2021

Malinda Hassell is Saba’s new Tourism Director

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Public Entity recently welcomed its new Director of the Saba Tourist Office ...

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KvK made more than €3.3m in last years of criticised data sale

June 21, 2021 No comments

KvK made more than €3.3m in last years of criticised data sale

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch chamber of commerce generated revenue of more than €3.3m in the last six years when it bundled and sold details of companies, mostly to direct marketing firms....

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Big Dutch cities call for public holiday to mark end of slavery

June 21, 2021 No comments

Big Dutch cities call for public holiday to mark end of slavery

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The leaders of the four big Dutch cities have written to parliament urging the next cabinet to do more to shine light on the Netherlands’ ‘hidden and difficult’ slave tr...

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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES FIRST QUARTER RESULTS AND STRATEGIC RESTRUCTURE

June 21, 2021 No comments

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES FIRST QUARTER RESULTS AND STRATEGIC RESTRUCTURE

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of 2021, recording a loss of TT$172.7m (US$25.7m) and a 75% decline in revenue, compare...

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

June 21, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Monday, June 21, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) June 22, 2021  WEATHER:      Tonight through Tuesday ...

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