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Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov won’t keep ‘a single cent’ of his prize money

October 15, 2021 No comments

Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov won’t keep ‘a single cent’ of his prize money

INTERNATIONAL, 15 October 2021, Culture and Education - Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year. He shares the prestigious award with Maria Ressa, another campaigning journalist from the Philippines.  The pair received the award for their efforts to defend freedom of expression in their respective countries, and the Nobel committee called them “representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal”.  Mr. Muratov is the co-founder and editor of Novaya Gazeta, which has stood up for press freedom and freedom of speech in Russia for decades. Six journalists who worked for the newspaper have been reportedly murdered in connection with their investigative work, shining a light on corruption, crime and other alleged abuses.  In an exclusive interview with UN News this week, he explained what he would do with his award money, why he loves Novaya Gazeta, and his thoughts about press censorship.  UN News: We planned...

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Rising poverty a ‘moral indictment of our times’: Guterres

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Rising poverty a ‘moral indictment of our times’: Guterres

INTERNATIONAL, 15 October 2021, Human Rights - For the first time in two decades, extreme poverty is on the rise, the UN chief said in his message released on Friday, marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, on 17 October.  Describing current levels of poverty as “a moral indictment of our times”, Secretary-General António Guterres said that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on economies and societies around the world, with some 120 million more people falling into poverty last year.  “A lopsided recovery is further deepening inequalities between the Global North and South”, said Mr. Guterres. “Solidarity is missing in action – just when we need it most”.  Fighting two battles  The fight against poverty must also be a battle against inequality.  The UN chief said that vaccine inequality has enabled COVID variants to mutate and “run wild”, condemning the world to millions more deaths, and prolonging an economic slowdown that could cost trillions of dollars.    “We must end this...

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Portuguese beaches lead the way during UN, EU clean-up campaign

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Portuguese beaches lead the way during UN, EU clean-up campaign

INTERNATIONAL, 15 October 2021, Climate and Environment - In recent months, some 260 different clean-up operations have been undertaken across, aimed at protecting life under the sea, with the UN and European Union’s #EUBeachCleanUp campaign, managing to remove some 50 tons of trash from some of the EU’s finest shorelines. Every year, millions of tons of litter end up in the ocean, often having a direct and deadly impact on wildlife, from seabirds to whales, fish to invertebrates.   With that in mind, the UN and the EU campaign has tapped into growing awareness of the issue, aiming to boost ocean activism at the grassroots level, through concrete action.   “The fish can get stuck in plastic, the turtles can eat the glass and other things can poke some of them”, four year old Gustavo Johns.  Launched in...

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Myanmar: In race against time, experts collect evidence of rights violations

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Myanmar: In race against time, experts collect evidence of rights violations

INTERNATIONAL, 15 October 2021, Human Rights - For more than two years, a UN-appointed team of 59 people has been collecting and analyzing more than two million pieces of evidence about possible human rights violations in Myanmar.   Working out of Geneva, there are experts in gender violence and crimes against children; analysts with experience in international justice; specialists in open source evidence; and investigators working with sophisticated information systems.   The team of professionals are formally known as the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, (IIMM) or Myanmar Mechanism, and was created in 2018 by the Human Rights Council.  The Mechanism was established after an  Independent International Fact-Finding Mission found “clear patterns” of violations by the military, known as the Tatmadaw, and insisted that the perpetrators of the “gross human rights violations”, including those against the Rohingya, must not go unpunished.  The IIMM is not a court, neither does it have the power to prosecute. The hope is that all the information that could otherwise be lost, is preserved, and then shared with national, regional or international courts.   In an extensive interview with UN News,...

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UN condemns deadly suicide attack at mosque in southern Afghanistan

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UN condemns deadly suicide attack at mosque in southern Afghanistan

INTERNATIONAL, 15 October 2021, Peace and Security - The United Nations has condemned the deadly suicide bombing during Friday prayers at the largest Shia mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens more.  The attack marked the second consecutive week that a Shia mosque in the country has been targeted, following a blast last Friday in the northeastern city of Kunduz, which left more than 100 worshippers dead.  Strong condemnation  “Terrorism continues in Afghanistan”, the UN mission in the country, UNAMA, said in a post on Twitter.  “(The) UN condemns latest atrocity targeting a religious institution and worshippers. Those responsible need to be held to account.”  The President of the UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, also strongly condemned the attack.  Mr. Shahid expressed his profound condolences to the...

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MP Pantophlet: What is the fuss?

MP Pantophlet: What is the fuss?

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) George Pantophlet...

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CPS: Calls on Frontline Health Workers to Participate in PAHO Campaign “Share Your Story”

CPS: Calls on Frontline Health Workers to Participate in PAHO…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Pan American Health...

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APS submits 2022 budget to Minister of Finance Irion

APS submits 2022 budget to Minister of Finance Irion

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - On September 29, 2021, before...

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SCDF launches Carnival 2022 schedule, focus on safety, economy, and culture

SCDF launches Carnival 2022 schedule, focus on safety, economy, and…

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation...

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Free breast cancer screenings at SMMC

October 15, 2021

Free breast cancer screenings at SMMC

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - On Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) will re...

Johnson: Is SXM Carnival 2022 being held to a double standard?

October 14, 2021

Johnson: Is SXM Carnival 2022 being held to a double standard?

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "It seems St. Maarten Carnival 2022 is being held to an apparent double...

Full vaccination at center of extensive Carnival safety plan

October 14, 2021

Full vaccination at center of extensive Carnival safety plan

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - “A Safe Carnival For All” is the name of the Carnival 2022 COVID Safety...

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71st Person Dies from COVID-19. 76 Active Cases. Five Recoveries. Three Persons Remain Hospitalized

October 15, 2021 No comments

71st Person Dies from COVID-19. 76 Active Cases. Five Recoveries. Three Persons Remain Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley extends his sympathies to the family and friends of Sint Maarten’s 71st COVID-19 victim, who has p...

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“Our future is at hand- let’s move forward together”. Happy Global Handwashing Day

October 15, 2021 No comments

“Our future is at hand- let’s move forward together”. Happy Global Handwashing Day

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Global Handwashing Day is celebrated on October 15th every year in efforts to educate and encourage the public to embrace the benefits of properly washing their hands with...

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Some 75% of hospital coronavirus patients are not vaccinated: RIVM

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Some 75% of hospital coronavirus patients are not vaccinated: RIVM

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Just 17% of patients ending up in hospital intensive care units with coronavirus in September were fully vaccinated, the public health institute RIVM says in a new repor...

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Government to slash energy taxes to offset soaring gas prices

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Government to slash energy taxes to offset soaring gas prices

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The cabinet is cutting energy taxes by an average of €400 per household per year, to compensate for the sharp rise in energy bills, ministers decided at Friday’s cabinet...

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Windward Islands Teachers Union (W.I.T.U.) Board Election 2021

October 13, 2021

Windward Islands Teachers Union (W.I.T.U.) Board Election 2021

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - This communique is to inform all W.I.T.U. members and the general publi...

MP Wescot-Williams: “Short-term Labor Contract Law Hits Another Snag”

October 13, 2021

MP Wescot-Williams: “Short-term Labor Contract Law Hits Another Snag”

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams has expressed her disap...

MP Emmanuel: When is actual work going to begin at PJIA?

October 13, 2021

MP Emmanuel: When is actual work going to begin at PJIA?

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

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CPS: October 16 marks World Food Day – It’s Your Day

October 15, 2021

CPS: October 16 marks World Food Day – It’s Your Day

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – World Food Day (WFD) will be marked around the globe on Saturday,...

BES Islands Receive US$98 Million in COVID-19 Support. Program ended Oct.13

October 15, 2021

BES Islands Receive US$98 Million in COVID-19 Support. Program ended Oct.13

SABA/SINT EUSTATIUS - The ‘Tijdelijke subsidieregeling loonkosten en inkomensverlies CN’ (CN Tempora...

CPS Invites Public to Attend Breast Cancer Interactive Forum on Saturday

October 14, 2021

CPS Invites Public to Attend Breast Cancer Interactive Forum on Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), is inviting the public ...

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Cities and provinces call for massive spending to boost new home construction

October 15, 2021 No comments

Cities and provinces call for massive spending to boost new home construction

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch government needs to spend €1.5bn to €2bn a year to make sure 600,000 new homes are built in the bigger Dutch cities by 2040, according to an alliance of the bi...

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Caretaker cabinet sets dubious record of longest period in office

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Caretaker cabinet sets dubious record of longest period in office

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch cabinet has been acting in a caretaker capacity for 273 days, the longest period in post-World War II parliamentary history, according to the Montesquieu Insti...

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Valley of the FREE ~ Mountain of the Gods

October 14, 2021 No comments

Valley of the FREE ~ Mountain of the Gods

SINT MAARTEN/ST. LUCIA (By Kirk Elliott) - The Pitons of Saint Lucia are one of the most iconic landmarks of the Caribbean.  So majestic are they that in 2004 UNESCO inscribed them as a World Heritage...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

October 15, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) October 16, 2021  WEATHER:       Tonight through S...

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