Friday, April 03, 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.

February 23, 2020 PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Lizzo was named entertainer of the year and “Just Mercy” won best motion picture, best actor and best supporting actor Saturday at the NAACP Image Awards, as the show that recognizes entertainers of color ladled honors on the film that was snubbed by bigger shows throughout awards season. “We are such a beautiful people, this is just a reminder of all the beautiful things that we can do,” said Lizzo as she accepted the night’s last and biggest award, leaping and dancing off the stage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as the show ended.

February 21, 2020  LOS ANGELES (AP) — WarnerMedia’s new streaming service will debut with some extra “Friends.” The company announced Friday that the entire original “Friends” cast will reunite for an unscripted special that will be available on HBO Max when the service debuts in May. A reunion has been long-sought by fans of the NBC series, which ended its 236-episode run in 2004. HBO Max will also carry every episode of the sitcom, which has proved enduringly popular, including with young audiences who discovered the show when it was available on Netflix. The show made Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer into household names and won six Emmy Awards.

February 23, 2020 SAO PAULO (AP) — When dancer Camila Prins entered Sao Paulo’s Carnival parade grounds, a costume of feathers clinging to her sinuous body, she fulfilled a dream of feminine beauty nearly three decades old.  Prins says she first realized she wanted to be a woman at a Carnival party at age 11, when, like the other boys, she was allowed to dress like a girl as part of the burlesque festivities. Now, in the final minutes of Saturday, she became the first transgender woman to lead the drum section of a top samba school in either of the renowned Carnival parades put in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  Prins, 40, was hand-picked to be “godmother” of the Colorado do Brás samba school’s drum section, an iconic role fought over by dozens of models and TV celebrities. Her duty was to dance infectiously for 65 minutes in front of the drummers, using her legs to drive their rhythm while judges assessed the school’s parade.

MIAMI (AP) — Vin Diesel says it’s the spirit of Paul Walker that motivates him to continue starring in the “Fast and Furious” saga. Diesel and the cast spoke of the memory of their late screen partner at a special event surrounding the upcoming release of the franchise’s ninth chapter, “F9: Fast and Furious 9.” The recent death of Kobe Bryant reminded Diesel of the loss of his friend. “I can’t make a ‘Fast’ without Pablo in my thoughts, in my everyday activity, in my approach to every scene,” Diesel said, invoking his affectionate nickname for Walker. “His spirit must live in this saga, because his spirit, in so many ways, is what drives me to continue the saga.”