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FROM THE FIELD: Humanitarian crises of concern in 2021

February 27, 2021 No comments

FROM THE FIELD: Humanitarian crises of concern in 2021

INTERNATIONAL, 27 February 2021, Humanitarian Aid - The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated much of the world’s attention over the last 12 months, but many other crises will continue to require the urgent attention of the UN and the international community in 2021. A woman survivor of gender-based violence in Kalemie, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. , by UNOCHA/Alioune Ndiaye Syria and Yemen are probably the best known long-running conflict zones. A decade of fighting in Syria has seen millions of people displaced, many requiring humanitarian assistance. Yemen, meanwhile, remains the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, where the risk of large-scale famine has never been more acute. Insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been exacerbated by the pandemic,...

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Palestinian elections raise hopes for two-State solution, Middle East Coordinator tells Security Council

February 26, 2021 No comments

Palestinian elections raise hopes for two-State solution, Middle East Coordinator tells Security Council

INTERNATIONAL, 26 February 2021, Peace and Security - The holding of free and fair elections in the Occupied Palestinian Territory will help “clear the path” for restoring a legitimate political horizon to realize a long sought two-State solution, the leading UN diplomat for the region told the Security Council on Friday. “The depth of the task is daunting, but not insurmountable”, said Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General. “We must seize emerging opportunities.”  With the upcoming elections offering just such an occasion, he pointed to the “extraordinarily high” registration rate among Palestinians as a “resoundingly positive” response.  The elections will provide a crucial step towards re-establishing Palestinian national unity – and renewing the legitimacy of...

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UN climate report a ‘red alert’ for the planet: Guterres

February 26, 2021 No comments

UN climate report a ‘red alert’ for the planet: Guterres

INTERNATIONAL, 26 February 2021, Climate and Environment - Nations are “nowhere close” to the level of action needed to fight global warming, a UN climate action report said on Friday, urging countries to adopt stronger and more ambitious plans to reach the Paris Agreement goals, and limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, by the end of the century.  The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s Initial NDC Synthesis Report measures the progress of national climate action plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions or NDCs, ahead of the 26th session of Conference of its Parties (COP26) this November in Glasgow.  It found that even with increased efforts by some countries, the combined impact falls far short of what is needed.  “Today’s interim report from the UNFCCC is a red alert...

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Côte d'Ivoire takes delivery of latest COVAX vaccine shipment, in further boost for Africa

February 26, 2021 No comments

Côte d'Ivoire takes delivery of latest COVAX vaccine shipment, in further boost for Africa

INTERNATIONAL, 26 February 2021, Health - Côte d'Ivoire received 504,000 doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine on Friday making it the second African nation in a week to benefit from the first shipments of shots from the UN-backed global COVAX initiative, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported. The delivery of AstraZeneca/Oxford jabs, following the first historic shipment to Ghana earlier this week, showcases an unprecedented international parternship to provide at least two billion doses of coronavirus shots by the end of this year. The vaccine doses were shipped by UNICEF from the Indian metropolis of Mumbai, via its regional supply centre, Dubai, to Côte d'Ivoire’s capital, Abidjan, as part of the first wave of vaccines headed to several low and middle income countries. Equitable shots "Today is an important first...

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In Yemen’s man-made catastrophe, women and girls pay the price

February 26, 2021 No comments

In Yemen’s man-made catastrophe, women and girls pay the price

INTERNATIONAL, 26 February 2021, Women - Midwife Lena Al-Shurmani, remembers meeting Abia at Al Mawa Camp in Yemen’s Ibb Governorate. Abia was 15 years old and eight months pregnant. “I was very worried,” Ms. Al-Shurmani recalled. “She had a prolapsed uterus, and she was severely malnourished.”  Abia – whose name we have changed for her privacy and protection – was worried, too.  Since I got pregnant, I had been living in constant fear... “Since I got pregnant, I had been living in constant fear”, she told workers from the UN sexual and reproductive health agency UNFPA. “I heard of many girls in my village losing their lives and their babies giving birth at my age.”  Escalating hostilities had forced her family to flee from the contested major...

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Prime Minister Jacobs issues the following statement on World NGO Day

Prime Minister Jacobs issues the following statement on World NGO…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On February 27, across the...

February 27, 2021 No comments

Minister Ludmila de Weever delivers on securing outstanding concessions for TelEm

Minister Ludmila de Weever delivers on securing outstanding concessions for…

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs,...

February 26, 2021 No comments

Buncamper: MOU about passenger boats between St Maarten and Anguilla was signed in 2013

Buncamper: MOU about passenger boats between St Maarten and Anguilla…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On February 5th, 2021 Member of...

February 26, 2021 No comments

Saba surpasses 1,000 vaccinations mark on Friday

Saba surpasses 1,000 vaccinations mark on Friday

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Shortly before 12 noon on Friday,...

February 26, 2021 No comments

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Two New Positive COVID-19 cases. Five Recoveries. 30 Active Cases

February 27, 2021

Two New Positive COVID-19 cases. Five Recoveries. 30 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 27th, there were two (2) persons who tested positive for...

Scooter rider injured on the Welfare road Friday afternoon

February 26, 2021

Scooter rider injured on the Welfare road Friday afternoon

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Police Patrol and the Traffic Department was alerted to a serious t...

Government encourages the community to take a stand against violence

February 25, 2021

Government encourages the community to take a stand against violence

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday, February 24th, a Candelight vigil was held in the honor o...

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Community assistance needed to locate suspect who robbed supermarket on Wednesday

February 25, 2021 No comments

Community assistance needed to locate suspect who robbed supermarket on Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (MIDDLE REGION) - Detectives of the Special Unit Robberies are investigating a robbery that took place on Wednesday afternoon February 24th, 2021 at approximately 12.30 pm, on a supermark...

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155 seniors vaccinated on Thursday. CPS & VMT provide updates on vaccination appointments

February 25, 2021 No comments

155 seniors vaccinated on Thursday. CPS & VMT provide updates on vaccination appointments

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – On Thursday the 25th of February, the White & Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF) vaccinated 155 persons who are 60+, with their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. ...

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Appeal court says curfew is justified, state can refer to ‘extraordinary circumstances’

February 27, 2021 No comments

Appeal court says curfew is justified, state can refer to ‘extraordinary circumstances’

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Appeal court judges in The Hague said on Friday that the government had introduced the curfew in mid-January on valid legal grounds, tearing up last week’s lower court v...

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Scholarship agreement with Lipscomb University renewed

February 25, 2021 No comments

Scholarship agreement with Lipscomb University renewed

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Public Entity Saba and Lipscomb University from Nashville, Tennessee have extended their collaboration with the signing of a four-year scholarship agreement. This agreement suc...

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Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization holds inaugural meeting

February 25, 2021

Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization holds inaugural meeting

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During a closed-door meeting in Parliament today, the newly established...

USP faction concerned about Dutch State involvement in the Airport

February 25, 2021

USP faction concerned about Dutch State involvement in the Airport

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) Claudius “Toontje” Buncamper, faction leader ...

Join the Experience of Digital Reading at Philipsburg Jubilee Library. Get on board the Digital Train

February 25, 2021

Join the Experience of Digital Reading at Philipsburg Jubilee Library. Get on board the Digital Train

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Since 2013 your Public Library (PJL) has been investing in its digital ...

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Greenhouse being built for senior citizens

February 26, 2021

Greenhouse being built for senior citizens

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The construction of a new greenhouse has started adjacent to the hospital in The...

Man arrested after stealing cash out delivery truck

February 25, 2021

Man arrested after stealing cash out delivery truck

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Thursday afternoon February 25th, 2021, at approximately 1:30 pm, th...

Lions Club Hosts Fundraising Raffle of Hyundai Grandi10 Sponsored In-Part by Motorworld

February 25, 2021

Lions Club Hosts Fundraising Raffle of Hyundai Grandi10 Sponsored In-Part by Motorworld

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The St. Maarten Lions Club is a long-standing organization that has remain...

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Another 5,151 coronavirus cases, slight drop in hospital numbers

February 26, 2021 No comments

Another 5,151 coronavirus cases, slight drop in hospital numbers

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Another 5,151 coronavirus cases were reported by the public health agency RIVM on Friday, passing the 5,000 mark for the second day running. The figure was the highest ...

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Teenagers, 17, arrested for dumping their baby in underground waste container

February 26, 2021 No comments

Teenagers, 17, arrested for dumping their baby in underground waste container

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam police have identified and arrested the teenage parents of the baby found in a yellow supermarket plastic bag and dumped in an underground waste container last...

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Further expansion of support for entrepreneurs

February 26, 2021 No comments

Further expansion of support for entrepreneurs

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - Entrepreneurs in the Caribbean Netherlands will soon be able to submit a new application for a contribution towards their fixed costs from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Cl...

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Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

February 27, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Sunday to Tuesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Saturday, February 27, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Sunday evening (18:00 LST) February 28, 2021      ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY...

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