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COVID-19: WHO expresses hope worst of Omicron wave is over

January 18, 2022 No comments

COVID-19: WHO expresses hope worst of Omicron wave is over

INTERNATIONAL, 18 January 2022, Health - Omicron continues to sweep the world, but cases seem to have peaked in some countries, which gives the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) hope that the worst of this latest wave of COVID-19 is over.  Briefing journalists in Geneva, Tedros Ghebreyesus said that more than 18 million cases were reported last week, and the pandemic itself is far from over, so no country is out of the woods yet. The number of deaths remains stable, but the agency is concerned about the impact the variant is having on already exhausted health workers and overburdened health systems. “I remain particularly concerned about many countries that have low vaccination rates, as people are many times more at risk of severe illness and death if they’re unvaccinated”, Tedros said.  Omicron may be less severe,...

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UN celebrates 25 years of mandate to protect children caught in conflict

January 18, 2022 No comments

UN celebrates 25 years of mandate to protect children caught in conflict

INTERNATIONAL, 18 January 2022, Peace and Security - Although international action over the past 25 years has led to the release of more than 170,000 boys and girls recruited to fight, more remains to be done, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday.  Mr. Guterres was among senior officials, ambassadors and other members of the international community marking the 25th anniversary of the UN mandate on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC).  In harm’s way  Besides the thousands of children freed by armed groups and forces during this time, hundreds of life-saving commitments and action plans have been signed and implemented by warring parties.  “But, much more is needed,” Mr. Guterres said in a video message for the online commemoration. “Children are still in harm’s way.  Peace is in...

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UNRWA seeks $1.6 billion to support Palestinian refugees in 2022

January 18, 2022 No comments

UNRWA seeks $1.6 billion to support Palestinian refugees in 2022

INTERNATIONAL, 18 January 2022, Migrants and Refugees - The UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, on Tuesday appealed for $1.6 billion to support its lifesaving work this year amid acute regional crises and chronic funding shortfalls.  UNRWA provides services and programmes, including education, health and food assistance, to more than five million Palestinians across the Middle East.  The 2022 budget proposal includes additional emergency funding to address humanitarian needs arising from crises in Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, and Lebanon.  ‘Indispensable’ to stability  Philippe Lazzarini, the agency’s Commissioner-General, said budget shortfalls pose a serious threat to its ability to maintain operations.  “The international community recognizes the lifesaving role of UNRWA and its indispensable contribution to stability in the Middle East. It also recognizes how cost-efficient and...

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UN rights office warns over violent escalation in Yemen and beyond

January 18, 2022 No comments

UN rights office warns over violent escalation in Yemen and beyond

INTERNATIONAL, 18 January 2022, Human Rights - Escalating conflict in Yemen has seen an alarming number of air and drone strikes already this year, notably against civilians and non-military targets, the UN rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday. “We are deeply concerned by the continuing escalation of the conflict in Yemen. Overnight, air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition on the capital, Sana’a, are reported to have left at least five civilians dead,” said OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani. “According to preliminary information, those killed were five members of the same family, including two women and a child, when a house was hit in Ma’in district of the city at around 9.25pm.” The air attacks on Yemen’s capital city followed missile and drone strikes on coalition partner the United Arab Emirates...

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Tonga volcano eruption: At least 3 dead, amid severe destruction

January 18, 2022 No comments

Tonga volcano eruption: At least 3 dead, amid severe destruction

INTERNATIONAL, 18 January 2022, Humanitarian Aid - At least three people have died in Tonga following the massive volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami wave that hit over the weekend. Homes and other buildings across the archipelago have suffered major damage. Islands covered in ash, dozens of homes destroyed According to a Tongan Government press release on Tuesday, the three fatalities are a British national, and two Tongan nationals. The UN World Health Organization, WHO, has reported that many people are still missing, whilst around 90 people headed to safety in evacuation centres on the island of Eua, and many others fled to the homes of friends and family. On the main island of Tongatapu, around 100 houses have been damaged, and 50 completely destroyed, according to the...

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Minister Doran: Repairs of Main Roads and Hard Surfacing of Dirt Roads Given Priority

Minister Doran: Repairs of Main Roads and Hard Surfacing of…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Honorable Minister of Public Housing,...

January 19, 2022 No comments

MP Emmanuel: Dossier of possible wrongdoing at PJIA hidden from Parliament

MP Emmanuel: Dossier of possible wrongdoing at PJIA hidden from…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel...

January 19, 2022 No comments

SINT MAARTEN SPORTS FACILITIES POLICY APPROVED

SINT MAARTEN SPORTS FACILITIES POLICY APPROVED

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Over the past year, the Department...

January 19, 2022 No comments

UP outlines initiatives for 2022 Cooperation between legislative and executive branches crucial

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Gordon-Carty: Civil servant exodus due to victimization, hopelessness

January 19, 2022

Gordon-Carty: Civil servant exodus due to victimization, hopelessness

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Leader of the United St. Maarten Party (USP) Pamela Gordon-Carty on Wed...

WIB Announces Welfare Payment Starts on Thursday

January 19, 2022

WIB Announces Welfare Payment Starts on Thursday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) on Wednesday announced that welfare (on...

Learn How to Take Care of Your Financial Health & Build Wealth

January 19, 2022

Learn How to Take Care of Your Financial Health & Build Wealth

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - January is generally the month in which many people find themselves with ...

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Louise Rombley passes on at 70, lovingly missed by her family

January 19, 2022 No comments

Louise Rombley passes on at 70, lovingly missed by her family

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Julia Louise Rombley died on January 13, 2022, at St. Maarten Medical Center. She was 70. Louise, as she was better known, leaves her children, Angelo Rombley (USA) and Andr...

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Three fishermen rescued from sinking boat by coast guard on Sunday

January 19, 2022 No comments

Three fishermen rescued from sinking boat by coast guard on Sunday

SINT MAARTEN (POINT BLANCHE) – Personnel of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) Metal Shark vessel rescued persons from a sinking boat near Point Blanche on Sunday, January 16, the DCCG said on Wed...

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COVID-19 Self-tests kits arrive for Saba schools

January 19, 2022 No comments

COVID-19 Self-tests kits arrive for Saba schools

SABA (THE BOTTOM) —Two pallets with self-test kits for the schools on Saba arrived on Wednesday, January 19. The COVID-19 self-tests, 10,800 in total, were financed by the Ministry of Public Health, ...

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NV GEBE Reopens Simpson Bay Branch Office on Thursday. Back to Normal Business Hours at Branches

January 19, 2022 No comments

NV GEBE Reopens Simpson Bay Branch Office on Thursday. Back to Normal Business Hours at Branches

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - NV GEBE stated in a Wednesday press release that its Branch Office in Simpson Bay will be reopen to the public on Thursday, January 20, 2022, while also going back to its ...

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Dismantling underway at the airport of electrical and plumbing on level 2 of terminal building

January 18, 2022

Dismantling underway at the airport of electrical and plumbing on level 2 of terminal building

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - General Contractor of the Airport Terminal Reconstruction Proje...

MP Arrindell expresses concerns regarding the deplorable road conditions

January 18, 2022

MP Arrindell expresses concerns regarding the deplorable road conditions

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In recent weeks there has been much publicity on social media, and thro...

Minister of Justice Tours Ministry and Introduces Course Coordinator

January 18, 2022

Minister of Justice Tours Ministry and Introduces Course Coordinator

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Monday, January 17th, 2022, the Honorable Minister of Justice Anna E...

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Wednesday morning opens with another scooter accident. Rider in serious but stable condition

January 19, 2022

Wednesday morning opens with another scooter accident. Rider in serious but stable condition

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Police Dispatch (KPSM) received a call of an accident with a scoote...

Zagers optimistic about 2022 despite challenges Saba faces

January 19, 2022

Zagers optimistic about 2022 despite challenges Saba faces

SABA (THE BOTTOM) —Despite the rocky start of the new year, Saba Commissioner of General Affairs Bru...

Scooter accident on Bush Road on Tuesday

January 18, 2022

Scooter accident on Bush Road on Tuesday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Police Department (KPSM) is investigating an accident that occurred...

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Households will have average of €40 a month less to spend in 2022

January 18, 2022 No comments

Households will have average of €40 a month less to spend in 2022

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Households will have an average of €40 less to spend a month this year, national budget institute Nibud has calculated. ‘This will affect everyone,’ Nibud director Arjan...

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Police find body of missing Belgian boy in Zeeland, Belgian man arrested

January 18, 2022 No comments

Police find body of missing Belgian boy in Zeeland, Belgian man arrested

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Police in Zeeland have found the body of four-year-old Dean Verberckmoes who was reported missing from his home in Sint-Niklaas in Belgium on January 12. The child was ...

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Continuation Plenary Session of Parliament about Draft National Ordinance 2022 Budget

January 19, 2022 No comments

Continuation Plenary Session of Parliament about Draft National Ordinance 2022 Budget

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The House of Parliament will sit in a plenary public session on Thursday, January 20, 2022. The plenary public meeting, which was adjourned on Wednesday, January 19, 2022...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

January 19, 2022 No comments

Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) January 20, 2022    WEATHER:      Tonight...

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