WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - Yesterday, the United States Consul General Margaret D. Hawthorne hosted a gathering for members and supporters of the Curacao Film Institute, which presented its plans for the development of the Curacao film and television industry in the presence of the Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations, His Excellency Ronald Plasterk and Economic Development Minister, His Excellency Eugene Rhuggenaath.

The presentation focused on strengthening film industry ties between the U.S., Curacao, and the Netherlands. The Los Angeles, CA-based Relativity School (https://relativityschool.org/) – an accredited branch campus of Philadelphia, PA-based Hussian College (www.hussianart.edu/) - has expressed interest in opening a regional campus for the Caribbean and Latin America in Curacao.

Glenn Kalison, President of Relativity Education - a division of Relativity Media - at the Relativity School explained his plans to an audience of Ministers, entrepreneurs, government officials, filmmakers, and other invited guests at the historic Roosevelt House.

Relativity Media creates and delivers educational programs in film, media, performing arts, and entrepreneurship. On June 17, the Relativity School will open a branch campus in China.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Regulatory Administrations of St. Maarten, France, Anguilla and the State of the Netherlands representing Saba and St. Eustatius, met in Anguilla from June 8th till June 10th, on FM, UHF and Mobile frequency coordination and monitoring.

Frequency coordination is a complex process whereby the different administrations engage in legal and technical negotiations to ensure harmony of the mobile networks of all telecom operators in the different island territories. During the coordination meetings, administrators are trying to make sure that the mobile network of one operator, neither cause nor receive interference from another operator. Given the close proximity of the Islands and the shared mobile spectrum by all, the need for coordination arose to eliminate incompatibilities in frequency band usage.

In tri-partite format the coordination initiative commenced, which has now expanded to include Saba and St. Eustatius represented by the State of the Netherlands. The Four Regulatory Administrations executed in-depth discussions, with due considerations of the needs of each territory, and reached agreements in which the most current coordination, in the form a preferential and non-preferential frequency plan, is outlined. The provisions of the agreements reached, add to the mandatory requirements of the International Telecom Union (ITU) Constitution and the ITU Radio Regulations.

On Friday June 10th the Regulatory Administrations invited their respective operators, to attend presentations on current frequency plans and the agreements reached by the Administrations. The Director of BTP, Mr. Antony Carty, qualified the meeting as being fruitful and successful. “Providing reliable telecommunication services, requires interference free mobile spectrum, and that can only be achieved with the renowned assistance of our counterparts and their outstanding willingness to cooperate. The determination of all participants to come to an equitable coordination of spectrum shared, contributed to the results achieved”.

Agreements were also made concerning the monitoring of mobile frequency bands. Head of the Technical Department of BTP, Mr. Sidney de Weever outlined: “cross border measurements will be conducted at different intervals, and the results of these measurement are to be shared amongst the regulatory agencies first and then made public. This in order to ensure that all operators are in keeping with agreed upon frequency division and usage, ensuring equity for all operators throughout the four regimes”.

The Government of Anguilla and the Regulatory Administration Public Utility Commission (PUC) are commended for hosting these meetings and the warm welcome extended.” The Director was quoted saying. An annual review of the agreements will continue to occur as the introduction of new systems occur, and global trends may require.

What is elder abuse?

Elder abuse constitutes a single repeated act or lack of appropriate action, which causes an older person harm or distress and usually occurs within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust. Elder abuse can take many forms, e.g. physical, emotional, financial, verbal, sexual, neglect, withchcraft and the violation of an older person’s human rights.

The cultural and/or religious beliefs of an older person must be considered in order to understand fully the impact of elder abuse on an individual.

Types of abuse and signs to look out for:

any act of physical abuse (e.g. pushing, hitting, shaking, slapping) that causes injury or physical discomfort,

the unauthorized or inappropriate use of physical or chemical (medication) restraints, administering incorrect or excessive medication.

Signs to look for: bruises, cuts, burns, swellings, unexplained injuries and pain, reduced mental or physical activity, distraction, depression.

Financial Abuse/Exploitation

Any use, misuse or extortion of an older person’s property and/or assets without their full consent,

coercing older persons to sign documents that they have not or cannot read (because of poor literacy or eyesight);

power of attorney given when the older person is not able to fully comprehend the implications.

Signs to look for: a noticeable difference in the known income and standard of living, alterations to wills, missing possessions (e.g. jewellery, clothing, ornaments, furniture), unusual bank balances or transactions, disappearing bank statements, bshortage of food, clothing.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual behaviour towards an older person without his/her full knowledge and/or consent, including sexual harassment.

Signs to look for: bruising, bleeding, pain or injury in the abdominal, anal and genital areas, recurrent bouts of cystitis, sexually transmitted diseases and/or symptoms of emotional abuse.

Psychological/Emotional

Any act or acts that inflict emotional or mental suffering, verbal or non-verbal intimidation,
shouting,
insulting,

humiliation,

ignoring,

threatening.

Signs to look for: nervousness (especially in the presence of the perpetrator), agitation, anxiety, low self-esteem, fear and withdrawal.

Neglect – active and passive

Inadequate provision of food, clothing, shelter, medical treatment and/or essential medication required for the physical and mental well being of an older person, intentionally or

unintentionally.

Self-neglect is the behaviour of an older person that threatens his/her own health of safety. It excludes the right of mentally competent older person who fully understands the consequences of his/her decision e.g. to refuse medical treatment.

Signs to look for: malnutrition dehydration, untreated medical conditions, dirty living conditions, unkempt appearance.

Violation of Human Rights

The denial of fundamental rights such as respect for dignity,
personal privacy,
freedom of thought,

belief,
opinion,
speech,
expression and
movement;
any violation of the Bill of Rights as laid out in the Constitution.
Signs to look for: syymptoms of psychological, emotional abuse. Systematic

This is any violation of an individual or group of older person’s rights as a result of an action or lack of appropriate action by the State or other statutory body or organization.

Signs to look for:

pensions that have been stopped without adequate warning, essential medication not available at day hospitals, clinics, essential information not passed on to older persons. Witchcraft

Some elderly black people, especially women, living alone, who are particularly wrinkled or who have darkened skins due to age, or who are suffering from dementia, are branded as witches by their community and blamed for any disaster e.g. crop failure, storm damage that have occurred in the area.

As a result they are ostracized, sometimes physically abused and have even been set alight along with their houses. This happens mainly in rural areas.

Signs to look for: symptoms of physical, psychological and emotional abuse particularly in a person who is isolated from the community.

None of the signs noted above mean that elder abuse has taken place, but should raise concern and be investigated further. Listen to older persons and take their complaints

seriously.
If you feel you are being abused or neglected...

Your personal safety is most important. If you can safely talk to someone about the abuse (such as your doctor, a trusted friend, or member of the clergy) who can remove you from the situation or find help for the abuser, do so at once.

If your abuser is threatening you with greater abuse if you tell anyone, and if the abuser refuses to leave you alone in a room with others who could help, you are probably afraid to let anyone know what is happening to you. A good strategy is to let your doctor know about the abuse. The doctor has a legal obligation to report the abuser and to help you find safety.

If you are able to make phone calls, you can call protective services or a trusted friend who can help you find safety and also find help for the person who is abusing you.

If you feel you have been abusive or are in danger of abusing an older person in your care...

There is help available if you have been abusive to an older person or if you feel you want to hurt someone you are caring for. The solution may be to find ways of giving yourself a break and relieving the tension of having total responsibility for an older person who is completely dependent on you.

If you recognize that abuse, neglect, or violence is a way you often solve problems, you will need expert help to break old patterns. There is help and hope for you, but you must take the first step as soon as possible. You can learn new ways of relating that are not abusive. You can change. Talk with someone who can help – a trusted friend or family member, a counselor, your pastor, priest, or rabbi. If alcohol or drugs are a problem, consider contacting Alcoholics Anonymous or some other self-help group.

Therapists specialize in helping people change destructive behaviors; to find a competent therapist, ask your physician or your health plan for a recommendation. If you cannot afford private therapy, call your state mental health services department to find out what your options are.

The most important thing for you is to be honest-with yourself and with those who want to help you-about your history of violent behavior and about your abusive relationship with the older person. Someone’s life-and your own-may depend on it.

Where To Go for Help

To report elder abuse call ........
Acknowledgements: Many thanks to APA Online for the stories used at the start of this document.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - It was not an attack on the gay community, it was an attack on human beings who deserved to express their love and choices without fear or censorship, says Member of Parliament (MP) Tamara Leonard as she expressed condolences to those who lost loved one in the horrific mass shooting in Orlando . 
  The tradegy took place in Pulse, a gay  nightclub, when a man opened fire with an assault weapon killing 49 people and injuring some 53 others. 
  This shooting may have taken place on Florida, but the shots are reverberating throughout many communities, not only LGBT ones, across the world, said Leonard of the United People's (UP) party. 
  St. Maarten has a vibrant LGBT community and while there is still taboo and some discrimination we are a community that understands difference and can be tolerant and not turn to violence, said Leonard. 
  The Orlando shooting was not a gay or LGBT tragedy, it is a human tragedy. It is one that points out to us how vulnerable we all are in the face of terrorism and terrorist, she said.

POND ISLAND, St. MaartenSchool-leavers from the Ruby Labega Primary School could be lucky winners of a mobile phone, courtesy of mobile voice and data provider TelCell when they gather for their Group 8 school leaving activity on June 17.

The mobile phones were donated to the school by TelCell so that they can be offered as prizes to the school’s top students.

TelEm Group Manager, Marketing & Sales, Grisha Marten, handed over the prizes during a brief presentation ceremony at the TelEm Group main building on Point Island Friday, and noted that the company is fully behind education of St. Maarten’s youth, and especially those who do exceptionally well in their studies.

She wished the school and the students the very best of luck with their upcoming event.

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