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Ukraine: Cycle of death, destruction, dislocation, and disruption ‘must stop’

June 28, 2022 No comments

Ukraine: Cycle of death, destruction, dislocation, and disruption ‘must stop’

INTERNATIONAL, 28 June 2022, Peace and Security - The “horrific conflict,” in Ukraine shows no signs of abating, the UN political and peacebuilding chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, pointing out that since her last update on 5 April, “countless Ukrainian civilians” have been killed in indiscriminate attacks, cities and towns levelled, and much of the country’s arable land “horribly disfigured by shelling”.   “The cycle of death, destruction, dislocation, and disruption must stop”, underscored Rosemary DiCarlo.  Depravity of war  Amidst a new wave in recent days of missile and airstrikes in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and other cities far from the frontlines, the senior UN official drew attention to the missile strike in Kremenchuk on a shopping mall, reportedly by Russia, that killed at least 18 civilians...

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Rise of disinformation a symptom of ‘global diseases’ undermining public trust: Bachelet

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Rise of disinformation a symptom of ‘global diseases’ undermining public trust: Bachelet

INTERNATIONAL, 28 June 2022, Human Rights - Societies everywhere are beset by “global diseases” including systemic inequality which have helped fuel a rise in disinformation, or the deliberate spreading of falsehoods, said the UN human rights chief on Tuesday, addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Michelle Bachelet said the restoration of public trust was essential, as disinformation should really be seen as a symptom of diseases such as systemic inequality, which has seen “deep-seated discrimination” flourish, along with fragile institutions, a loss of trust in effective governance, and “limited rule of law”. She said those countries impacted by inequality were now threatened with instability and frayed co-existence within society. Flourishing amid discontent “Disinformation spreads when people feel that their voices are not heard. It arises in contexts where...

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More than 70 grave violations against children caught up in war, being recorded daily: UNICEF

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More than 70 grave violations against children caught up in war, being recorded daily: UNICEF

INTERNATIONAL, 28 June 2022, Peace and Security - A “staggering” average of 71 verified grave violations a day, are committed against children by parties to conflict in more than 30 settings across Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. This is one of the key findings of a new report entitled, 25 years of children and armed conflict: Taking action to protect children in war, launched by the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, on Tuesday. Speaking at a news briefing at the UN in Geneva, Tasha Gill, UNICEF’s Senior Advisor on Child Protection in Emergencies, said that between 2005 and 2020, the Organization had verified over 250,000 grave violations in total, against children in the 30 locations. “This is a staggering average of 71 grave violations against children daily”, she told...

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Sustainable blue economy vital for small countries and coastal populations

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Sustainable blue economy vital for small countries and coastal populations

INTERNATIONAL, 28 June 2022, Climate and Environment - With the livelihoods of about 40 per cent of the world’s population living at or near a coast, the second day of the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon focused on strengthening sustainable ocean-based economies, managing coastal ecosystems. The world’s coastal populations contribute significantly to the global economy – an estimated $1.5 trillion per year – with expectations pointing to some $3 trillion by 2030. Ensuring ocean ecosystem health, supporting livelihoods and driving economic growth requires targeted support for key sectors, including fisheries and aquaculture, tourism, energy, shipping and port activities, and seabed mining, as well as innovative areas such as renewable energy and marine biotechnology. Marine resources ‘essential’ This is particularly important to small island developing states (SIDS), for whom marine...

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UN rights office in probe call, after Morocco-Spain migrant deaths, Texas tragedy, show need for safer pathways

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UN rights office in probe call, after Morocco-Spain migrant deaths, Texas tragedy, show need for safer pathways

INTERNATIONAL, 28 June 2022, Migrants and Refugees - The deaths of at least 23 migrants seeking to reach Spanish territory from Morocco should be investigated urgently by both countries, the UN rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, reacting also to reports overnight of of least 50 migrants found dead in a truck in southern Texas. The Morocco-Spain border incident took place last Friday when African migrants were reportedly “beaten with batons, kicked, shoved, and attacked with stones by Moroccan officials”, said OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani, in their attempt to scale the barbed-wire fence that separates Morocco from the North African, Spanish city of Melilla. “This is the highest recorded number of deaths in a single incident over many years of migrants attempting to cross from Morocco to Europe via the...

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Minister Doran: Full Cooperation given to Ombudsman

Minister Doran: Full Cooperation given to Ombudsman

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Earlier this week, the Ministry of...

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PFP: Ombudsman’s report is the final straw in a long list of poor governance

PFP: Ombudsman’s report is the final straw in a long…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Following Monday’s publication of the Ombudsman’s...

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World Ocean Day: Nature Foundation SXM and CC1 Lead Successful Beach Clean Up

World Ocean Day: Nature Foundation SXM and CC1 Lead Successful…

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - On June 10th , Nature Foundation...

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Minister Ottley kickstarts collaborations with Curaçao for registry of medical professionals

Minister Ottley kickstarts collaborations with Curaçao for registry of medical…

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

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52nd SHTA Annual General Meeting Highlights Opportunities for Economic Growth

June 28, 2022

52nd SHTA Annual General Meeting Highlights Opportunities for Economic Growth

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Thursday June 23rd, 2022, the SHTA held its Annual General Meeting, ...

Dangerous armed robbery suspect arrested. Suspect shot while Attempting to Evade Police

June 28, 2022

Dangerous armed robbery suspect arrested. Suspect shot while Attempting to Evade Police

SINT MAARTEN (CAY BAY) -The Forensics Department, along with National Detective personnel, are inves...

CBCS: Strong economic rebound in 2021. War and inflation hamper recovery in 2022

June 28, 2022

CBCS: Strong economic rebound in 2021. War and inflation hamper recovery in 2022

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Following a deep contraction in 2020 brought on by the COVID-19 pandemi...

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WITU held an urgent meeting with subsidized school boards concerning vacation allowance

June 28, 2022 No comments

WITU held an urgent meeting with subsidized school boards concerning vacation allowance

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) Stuart Johnson held an urgent virtual meeting with the Government subsidized school boards. "The payment of the va...

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One SXM reiterates call for referendum

June 28, 2022 No comments

One SXM reiterates call for referendum

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - On the eve of Emancipation Day, July 1, 2022, the One SXM Association reiterates its call to the Parliament of St. Maarten to hold a referendum “post haste,” consulting the ...

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Work on medium-term fiscal adjustment. Balanced budget should not be at expense of recovery

June 28, 2022 No comments

Work on medium-term fiscal adjustment. Balanced budget should not be at expense of recovery

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - When Curaçao and Sint Maarten agreed on implementing a reform package, the so-called Landspakket, with the Netherlands as a condition for liquidity support amid the COVID-19 pan...

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Address structural deficits in the balance of payments. Tourism remains most important pillar

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Address structural deficits in the balance of payments. Tourism remains most important pillar

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - “Soaring international commodity prices underscore the vulnerabilities on the balance of payments of the monetary union,” cautioned Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CB...

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Grand arrivals create a spectacle at a successful Prom Night 2022

June 27, 2022

Grand arrivals create a spectacle at a successful Prom Night 2022

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - After a two-year hiatus brought on by the pandemic, Teen Times Prom Nig...

Ombudsman concludes Systemic Investigation into Solid Waste Collection

June 27, 2022

Ombudsman concludes Systemic Investigation into Solid Waste Collection

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Ombudsman Gwendolien Mossel recently concluded the Systemic Investigati...

Island Gems donates laptops to seniors learning progamme

June 27, 2022

Island Gems donates laptops to seniors learning progamme

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Computer literacy and knowledge of information technology are longer op...

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SEC, Public Entity Saba address increasing electricity bills

June 28, 2022

SEC, Public Entity Saba address increasing electricity bills

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The recent announcement by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (...

Incidents with scooter riders. Reckless driving and Violating Traffic Laws

June 28, 2022

Incidents with scooter riders. Reckless driving and Violating Traffic Laws

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Over the last few days, traffic department personnel had to conduct sev...

Green Destinations’ Silver QualityCoast Award for Saba

June 28, 2022

Green Destinations’ Silver QualityCoast Award for Saba

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Saba, also known as "The Unspoiled Queen", has successfully applied for recognit...

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Actions taken by VROMI and Police against permit holder in Simpson Bay who failed to comply

June 28, 2022 No comments

Actions taken by VROMI and Police against permit holder in Simpson Bay who failed to comply

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In co-operation with several other government agencies, the police had conducted an action at one of the Simpson Bay license establishments. The permit holders had placed...

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Blocking roads, spreading manure is unacceptable, PM says to farmers

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Blocking roads, spreading manure is unacceptable, PM says to farmers

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Prime minister Mark Rutte has told protesting farmers that creating dangerous situations on the roads and the intimidation of politicians and others is totally unaccepta...

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Committee of Finance of Parliament to meet with the Minister of Finance regarding the Ministry’s position on cryptocurrency

June 28, 2022 No comments

Committee of Finance of Parliament to meet with the Minister of Finance regarding the Ministry’s position on cryptocurrency

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Committee of Finance (CF) of Parliament is scheduled to meet on June 29, 2022. The Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at for 14.00 hrs. in the General Assem...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

June 28, 2022 No comments

Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) June 29, 2022  …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN E...

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