Sunday, September 20, 2020

March 15, 2020  GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Honorable Minister Ardwell Irion on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports (MECYS) would hereby like to state that there is an unofficial message circulating on social media about school closures, and this is untrue.  Ignore fake rumors and only respond to statements from formal government channels.

Schools continue to operate as normal on Monday, March 16 and going forward.

The fake news message circulating says that the source of the info is from the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations, and that it is on the advice of the Minister of Health etc. 

The Ministry MECYS hereby advises all teachers, parents, guardians and school managers of public and subsidized schools, to monitor official sources and trusted news organizations for their information with respect to educational activities and developments on Sint Maarten.

Notices from other countries are being re-posted on Sint Maarten by persons who unknowingly are creating distress and unnecessary panic.  Everybody has a responsibility to first review information before you re-post it via social media.  Check if the information is from an official and credible source.

Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information, statements and news updates or visit the Government website: or its Facebook Page: or the ministry Facebook Page: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport

Ministry MECYS reminds the community and the school population that they should step-up handwashing and cough/sneeze etiquettes in order to prevent the coronavirus COVID-19.

The Collective Prevention Services influenza-prevention guidance is to practice daily proper handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and cough/sneeze etiquettes (cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing).

Influenza spreads from an infected person to others through the air by droplets (secretion) as a result of coughing and/or sneezing, or by direct contact with the virus on hard surfaces or people’s hands that have the viruses on them then touching the mouth, nose or eyes.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others and who have the flu and stay at home when your sick.

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper and actor T.I. has settled civil charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he helped promote a fraudulent cryptocurrency. T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, agreed to a civil settlement with the SEC that was announced Friday. He is paying a $75,000 fine and agreeing not to sell or market similar securities for at least five years. Harris got into trouble, the SEC said, because he used his social media accounts to promote FLiK, falsely claiming to be a co-owner, and asked an unnamed actor and comedian to also promote FLiK, providing language calling it T.I.’s “new venture.” The SEC says both of those moves broke federal laws against selling securities without registering with the SEC. The charges against Harris were part of a larger enforcement action against others including film producer Ryan Felton, who faces wire fraud and other charges in a 28-count indictment unsealed Wednesday.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Legal advocates are lining up on both sides of actor Bill Cosby’s appeal as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to review his 2018 sex assault conviction. Cosby was the first celebrity to go on trial in the #MeToo era, and his appeal could resolve lingering questions about how the cases should be tried. For starters, the high court will try to clarify when other accusers can testify against a defendant — and when the additional testimony amounts to character assassination. Public defenders in Philadelphia, in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in Cosby’s appeal, noted that courts have given conflicting guidance on the issue.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Council of Fashion Designers of America gave its top fashion awards on Monday to Gabriela Hearst for womenswear and Kerby Jean-Raymond for menswear. The two designers led a group of winners that the CFDA said was the most diverse in the 39-year history of the awards. It was the second honor in two days for Jean-Raymond, the prominent Black founder of the Pyer Moss label, who was also named Designer of the Year by Harlem’s Fashion Row in a virtual ceremony on Sunday. The CFDA winners also included Telfar Clemens, who won the accessories award, and Christopher John Rogers, who won for American emerging designer. All four were first-time winners.

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton, where the so-called socialite is speaking with former classmates from a Utah boarding school. They joke about how on her reality series “The Simple Life,” Hilton pretended to be clueless over many things— including how to perform any sort of manual labor. One bluntly described it as “some straight-up (expletive),” as they all laughed. “I don’t think you had like a high-pitch voice back then,” was another observation. None of this is a surprise to Hilton. What’s revealed in “This is Paris,” which debuted for free Monday on Hilton’s YouTube channel, is that the ultra-glam, baby-talking young woman whose standard line was “that’s hot,” was a manufactured caricature not just for fame but self-protection, too.