Sunday, September 20, 2020

August 31, 2020  GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services, a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labour, commenced on August 3rd, 2020 with a Small-Scale Community Awareness Project and Mosquito Control program.

During the week of August 31 to September 4, the Vector Control Team will be visiting the districts of Ebenezer, Betty’s Estate and Weymouth Hill. 

In the week of September 7-11: Cole Bay, Cay Bay, Cay Hill/Belair and Indigo Bay; September 14-18: Simpson Bay, Pelican Key, Beacon Hill, Cupecoy and Maho. The other districts not mentioned have already been visited by the team.

The amount of rainfall lately has created conditions around the island that would encourage the multiplication of mosquitoes, particularly the species that breed in containers, such as Aedes Aegypti.

Mosquito control is considered an essential health service, and CPS Vector Control Team will be out surveying areas while adjusting to the new normal according to current social distancing or COVID-19 safety guidance protocols.

CPS Vector Control Officers will be explaining what residents should expect to see from the field crews working in their communities (e.g. Yard inspections, trap checks, etc.).

Residents need to cooperate with the team of inspectors to remedy any issues that may arise and are requested to conduct a general cleanup of their premises.

The Vector Control Team would like to motivate the public to dispose of any bulky waste, which includes fridges, stoves, furniture, tires, containers because these items can provide potential breeding grounds for mosquitos. 

Every household must do its part to eliminate Aedes aegypti mosquito breeding sites.

Once again, it is particularly important to check around your yard to make sure there is no standing water after a rainfall event.

Please also note that you can contact the vector team at (721) 542- 1122 / (721) 542- 1222 / (721) 542- 1322 / (721) 542- 1540 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with supporting pictures to report a mosquito nuisance or request assistance.

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.