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UNICEF urges leaders to keep schools safe following deadly Texas shooting

May 25, 2022 No comments

UNICEF urges leaders to keep schools safe following deadly Texas shooting

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2022, Peace and Security - Governments must take greater action to ensure school remains a safe place for boys and girls, the head of the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Wednesday, following the latest deadly school shooting in the United States.  At least 19 children and two teachers were killed on Tuesday when 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School in the small city of Uvalde, Texas, located near the border with Mexico.  How many more?  Catherine Russell, UNICEF’s Executive Director, said there have already been “horrific attacks” this year on schools in Afghanistan, Ukraine, the US, West Africa and beyond.  “Tragedy after tragedy, shooting after shooting, young life after young life: how many more children will die before government leaders act to keep...

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‘Grim reality’ of war’s deadly toll on civilians laid bare in Security Council

May 25, 2022 No comments

‘Grim reality’ of war’s deadly toll on civilians laid bare in Security Council

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2022, Peace and Security - Conflict continues to inflict “widespread civilian death and injury” a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday, outlining the “grim reality” for those caught up in the crossfire of war. Updating the ambassadors on the latest UN report on protecting civilians in armed conflict, Ramesh Rajasingham, Director of the Coordination Division of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that hostilities in densely populated areas, “sharply” increased the risks of death and injury for civilians. “When explosive weapons were used in populated areas, about 90 per cent of casualties were civilians, compared to 10 per cent in other areas”. Catalogue of destruction War damages and erodes critical infrastructure, by disrupting vital water, sanitation, electricity and health services,...

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UN rights chief Bachelet holds ‘valuable’ meeting with China’s President Xi

May 25, 2022 No comments

UN rights chief Bachelet holds ‘valuable’ meeting with China’s President Xi

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2022, Human Rights - On day three of her official mission to China, top UN rights official Michelle Bachelet described having a “valuable opportunity” to highlight rights issues and concerns with President Xi Jinping and other senior officials, the first such visit by a UN rights chief since 2005. In a tweet on Wednesday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Bachelet, indicated that she had been able to “discuss directly” important issues via videolink with the country’s premier, without providing further information about her talking points. Personal mission “I have been committed to undertaking this visit, the first visit by a UN Human Rights High Commissioner to China in 17 years, because for me, it is a priority to engage with the Government of China directly…on human rights issues, domestic,...

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Disaster prevention, risk reduction, critical to sustainable future: UN deputy chief

May 25, 2022 No comments

Disaster prevention, risk reduction, critical to sustainable future: UN deputy chief

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2022, Climate and Environment - The world will experience 1.5 medium to large-scale disasters every day through the end of the decade, unless countries ramp up action on prevention and risk reduction, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said in Bali, Indonesia, on Wednesday. Ms. Mohammed was speaking at the opening of the Seventh Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction - the first international forum on the issue since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic - bringing together governments, the UN and key stakeholders. During the three-day meeting, participants will take stock of implementation of a 2015 agreement known as the Sendai Framework, which aims to protect development gains from the risk of disaster. Resilient future The UN deputy chief told participants that the world is looking to the forum for leadership,...

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Cultural destruction in Ukraine by Russian forces will reverberate for years, UN rights expert warns

May 25, 2022 No comments

Cultural destruction in Ukraine by Russian forces will reverberate for years, UN rights expert warns

INTERNATIONAL, 25 May 2022, Culture and Education - The attempted destruction of Ukraine’s historic culture by invading Russian forces, will have a devastating impact on the pace of recovery in the post-war era, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Wednesday.  “As in other conflicts, we currently witness the unfolding of suffering in Ukraine that does not seem to end and we cannot stop,” said Alexandra Xanthaki, Special Rapporteur on cultural rights. “The questioning and denial of the Ukrainian identity and history as a justification for war, is a violation of the Ukrainians’ right to self-determination and their cultural rights. “Self-identification is the paramount expression of these rights and all discussions, by States and in social media, should respect this.” She said that the considerable loss of cultural...

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Dirt-bike rider injured on the airport road

Dirt-bike rider injured on the airport road

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The personnel of the traffic...

May 25, 2022 No comments

COM offers deepest condolences on the passing of Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt

COM offers deepest condolences on the passing of Acting Governor…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Council of Ministers (COM) was...

May 24, 2022 No comments

Statement Governor Eugene Holiday on the passing of Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt

Statement Governor Eugene Holiday on the passing of Acting Governor…

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) – “I was saddened to learn...

May 24, 2022 No comments

Banking sector weathers pandemic storm CBCS remains vigilant with regards to the outlook

Banking sector weathers pandemic storm CBCS remains vigilant with regards…

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - The banking sector of Curaçao and Sint...

May 24, 2022 No comments

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Condolence Books Open in honor of Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt on Friday and Monday

May 25, 2022

Condolence Books Open in honor of Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt on Friday and Monday

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - Following the sad news of the passing of Acting Governor Reynold A. Gr...

ODM: Stage being set for Busy Hurricane Season. Time to Check/Restock Your Disaster Supply Kit

May 24, 2022

ODM: Stage being set for Busy Hurricane Season. Time to Check/Restock Your Disaster Supply Kit

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – On Tuesday, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrat...

Turnout doubled for the 3rd edition of WYCFF Alzheimer’s Support Group

May 24, 2022

Turnout doubled for the 3rd edition of WYCFF Alzheimer’s Support Group

SINT MAARTEN (ST. JOHN’S ESTATE) - Last Saturday, May 21st, 2022, the White & Yellow Cross Care Foun...

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Live drill held at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities on Wednesday morning

May 25, 2022 No comments

Live drill held at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities on Wednesday morning

SINT MAARTEN (POINT BLANCHE) - On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, a live drill was held at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities involving several government entities. During this exercise a live sc...

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SIXTEEN NOMINATIONS FOR THIRD ANNUAL GOVERNOR’S YOUTH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

May 24, 2022 No comments

SIXTEEN NOMINATIONS FOR THIRD ANNUAL GOVERNOR’S YOUTH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - The annual Governor’s Youth Awards for Excellence are special distinctions granted by the Governor of Sint Maarten. The awards give recognition to young persons of Sint M...

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CBCS publishes its Financial Stability Report Financial stability persists in a vulnerable macroeconomic environment

May 24, 2022 No comments

CBCS publishes its Financial Stability Report Financial stability persists in a vulnerable macroeconomic environment

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - The Centrale Bank van Curaçao & Sint Maarten (CBCS) presents the Financial Stability Report (FSR) for the monetary union of Curaçao and Sint Maarten. With the FSR the CBCS has a...

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Pension fund’s funding ratio remained stable Further changes needed to strengthen pension sector sustainability

May 24, 2022 No comments

Pension fund’s funding ratio remained stable Further changes needed to strengthen pension sector sustainability

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - The pension sector average funding ratio improved to 106.1% in 2020, a 0.5% increase compared to the previous year. This is well above the minimum requirement of 100% imposed by...

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Insurance sector proved resilient to the pandemic Outlook: CBCS concerned about growing vulnerabilities

May 24, 2022

Insurance sector proved resilient to the pandemic Outlook: CBCS concerned about growing vulnerabilities

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - The insurance sector of the monetary union delivered a stable performance in ...

MP Gumbs Requests Question Hour to Receive Answers about GEBE’s ongoing cyber-attack woes

May 24, 2022

MP Gumbs Requests Question Hour to Receive Answers about GEBE’s ongoing cyber-attack woes

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - With the public demanding answers about the cyber-attack at NV GEBE, Pa...

Minister Ottley Updated on Monday about the Monkeypox Virus

May 24, 2022

Minister Ottley Updated on Monday about the Monkeypox Virus

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Monday May 23rd, the Minister of Public Health, Social Development a...

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Due to Technical Difficulties Causeway Bridge Closed to Maritime Traffic

May 24, 2022

Due to Technical Difficulties Causeway Bridge Closed to Maritime Traffic

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority (SLAC) would like to inform maritime operators, ...

Flow supports Foster Care Month

May 24, 2022

Flow supports Foster Care Month

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Telecom provider Flow pledged its support to Foundation Judicial Instit...

Ministry VROMI Commences with Pruning of Mangrove Trees on Wednesday

May 24, 2022

Ministry VROMI Commences with Pruning of Mangrove Trees on Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning, an...

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Foster Care Foodbank to be established

May 24, 2022 No comments

Foster Care Foodbank to be established

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Foster families and foster homes are receiving large containers filled with food items, toiletries, and cleaning supplies, all made possible through the kindness of the co...

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Movie Night Under the Stars for Kids in Foster Care

May 24, 2022 No comments

Movie Night Under the Stars for Kids in Foster Care

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Foundation Judicial Institutes Sint Maarten (SJIS) Foster Care Awareness Month 2022 titled “Be The Village Foster A Child” included a movie night at Cocky Turtle Beach Bar...

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Ministry of VROMI announces Partial Road Closure on Monday

May 25, 2022 No comments

Ministry of VROMI announces Partial Road Closure on Monday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning, and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI), hereby announces that there will be interruption with the traf...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

May 25, 2022 No comments

Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) May 26, 2022  WEATHER:      Tonight through Thursd...

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