Sunday, September 20, 2020

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (Ministry VSA) is executing a Vector Control Awareness Campaign with the slogan "FIGHT BACK, A Neighborhood approach to Mosquito Control" in the communities.

The campaign started last week with the official announcement by the Minister of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor as we enter National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, which is the week of June 21st – 27th 2020.

Throughout the entire week, CPS Vector Team in collaboration with department of Community Development, Family and Humanitarian Affairs will be stationed at the Community Help Desk in Cole Bay from 9 am – 3 pm to give out information on any mosquito-related questions, concerns or assistance.

Also, and only during the same week June 21st to 27th, the Collective Prevention Services is offering a free drop-off site for unused tires. It is a chance for the Ministry of Health to show its commitment. Citizens can dispose of what might otherwise end up as an eyesore.

CPS will place a truck at that specific location for residents to drop off used tires free of charge. CPS will provide for the necessary workers to load the tires into the pick-up truck. The unused tires will be treated and transported to the Pond Island landfill. Do not leave tires at the site after the scheduled dates of drop off.

Each year during the Mosquito Control awareness week the public is educated about the significance of the mosquitoes in their daily lives and to raise awareness about the relationship between mosquitoes, the environment, and the diseases they transmit, especially Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, and Malaria.

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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.