Vacancy: Coordinator for the Secretariat of the Cartagena Convention Community Notice.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to invite persons to apply for the position of Coordinator of the Secretariat of the Cartagena Convention located in Kingston Jamaica.

Application forms and details of the position can be accessed by visiting http://www.cep.unep.org/vacancies-and-internships

Deadline for receiving applications is December 15, 2014.

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SKN NATIONAL YACHTING POLICY SETS SAIL FOR YACHTING SECTOR.

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 27, 2014 (SKNIS): The official launch of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Yachting Policy has marked another step to facilitate the development of a world-class, sustainable yachting sector.

Officials expect this to contribute to strengthening the economy and improving the quality of life for the local community, while providing a memorable experience for visitors.

At the launching ceremony on Thursday, November 27, Minister of Tourism the Hon. Richard Skerritt stated that the yachting sector is not just limited to arrivals.

“It’s what they (visitors) do when they’re here, how long they stay; what do the people on board do; how many people on board are spending money; what kind of activities and services they are using and how is it helping to generate an improved quality of life for as many people in the country,” the Tourism Minister explained. “That is what this policy addresses. Also, how do we encourage yacht owners to base here and how do we encourage local people to get into the yachting business; is Government encouraging that or not and what are the key linkages into the economy.”

The document also provides best practices to guide the process of developing the yachting sector.  Work will commence shortly to develop a strategic plan to implement the provisions of the policy.

The first phase of the Christophe Harbour Marina is near completion and is expected to accommodate the first yacht on the December 09,2014, and employ at least 21 workers for the Marina operations by mid December. Tamarind Cove Marina has also been approved by the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) and construction is expected to commence shortly. St. Kitts Marina is steadily progressing and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is in talks to establish a second marina at Port Zante.

Work on the policy commenced in late 2013 by Elizabeth Thompson a former government minister of Barbados and consultant engaged by ECLAC specifically for this project and a presentation on the first draft of the policy was made in January this year. Following that presentation, additional comments and feedback were provided, which resulted in the final version of the policy.

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Special Interest Groups Feature at UNESCO Launch of Youth for Human Rights Awareness Project

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ST KITTS NEVIS NATCOM
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Email: edunesco@moeskn.org
Tel: 869-466-8581 / 869-467-1417
Fax: 869-465-9069 
St. Kitts Nevis National
Commission For UNESCO
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Special Interest Groups Feature at UNESCO Launch of Youth for Human Rights Awareness Project

NATCOM (SKN) – Basseterre: November 24, 2014: Outstanding at the launch of the UNESCO Youth for Human Rights Awareness Project was the fact that youth from all strata of society attended to represent their various groups and interests, boding well for the future development of the project.

Representatives of the Rastafarian Community, legal profession, persons with disabilities as well as the Hispanic, African and Guyanese communities were just some of the young persons attending the event on Thursday November 20 and presenting their concerns and hopes for the future of the Youth for Human Rights Agenda..

Highlighted at the event was the fact that Human Rights are often taken for granted and in many cases are not even known by individuals. However, according to the Director of the Youth Department in Nevis Zahnela Claxton who delivered the project overview, this is about to change as there is a concerted effort to raise awareness among youths locally.

“The St. Kitts- Nevis National Commission for UNESCO supports the view that educating the youths and raising awareness of human rights via the human rights framework has the potential to effect social change in every segment of our society”. Ms. Claxton cited several hindrances to the full enjoyment of Human Rights including socio-economic background, educational background, and the perception of their political affiliation, cultural background and disabilities.”

Expounding on the project Ms. Claxton explained that it would support the youths in their development to become more cognizant of their rights. The target audience includes youths between the ages of 12 and 35 including those incarcerated at her majesty’s prison.

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Nevis Island Administration Flexes Muscle: Nevisian First Form Students Deprived of Their Laptops.

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SKN PULSE, Tuesday 25th November – Sources indicate that the First Form Students of the Charlestown and Gingerland Secondary School had their hopes dashed as Minister Nisbett and his distribution team were unable to provide Nevisian Students with their Laptop Pc’s. Is this a case where the Concerned Citizens Movement led NIA decided to flex their muscles?  The students are certainly waiting patiently for answers.

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Nevis Artisan Village To Be Relocated To Pinneys.

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SKN PULSE, Monday 24th November, 2014 – According to a Press Release from the Ministry of Tourism, plans are in motion to relocate the Artisan Village on Old Hospital Road to a new site at Pinneys across from TDC. It has been stated that after serious debate and discussion in the public domain the administrative powers that be has decided to follow through with a new plan and so they have started the excution process.

The Ministry indicated that a one acre lot has been identified and cleared to allow for the transition to occur. Such a move as the release states would facilitate an increase in Chattel Houses, an introduction of a restaurant, additional restrooms facilities, and an increase in the acitivity in that area on a whole.

It must be noted that a time frame was not mentioned as to when such a move would be completed nor was there any picture provided of the proposed setup.

 

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Mr. Cory Tyson: The Man With The Plan.

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SKN PULSE, Sunday, 23rd November, 2014 – The Nevis Reformation Party in its quest to post a serious challenge to Mr. Amory of the Concerned Citizens Movement on Saturday night at the Hardtimes Playing Field launched its newest candidate for the St. Georges District Mr. Cory Tyson infront of a massive and appreciative crowd. Under the theme dubbed Breathing Life into Gingerland, the master of ceremonies Mr. Stevenson Manners superbly led the charge to what was a thrilling launch with live entertainment and fireworks that surprised the massive crowd. Certainly, Mr. Tyson adds a new dimension to how things would be done in the constituency. Mr. Tyson’s profile was read by Rawlins resident the beautiful Ms. Tamerelle Browne and  endorsements came from current Party leader Mr. Joseph Parry, Mr. Sazam Hull, Mr. Herman Liburd, Cory’s Mom: Mrs. Monica Tyson and his Children. If words didn’t move constituents or supporters the presence of Mr. Tyson’s children did. Identified as the man with the plan, Mr, Tyson graced the stage with a resounding round of applause and sought to educate, connect and woo support as he eloquently outlined that he represents the light to the end of the tunnel. He laid to rest any clouds about his entrance into the political arena by stating ” I love my Country” and it is that drive that chartered his candidacy so as to aid with the betterment of his constituents by providing representation that will deliver.

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Nevisian Students To Receive Laptops On Tuesday.

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SKN PULSE, Friday 21st November, 2014 – Christmas has come early for first formers within the Federation as they receive their laptop devices. The goverment of Saint Kitts and Nevis through its One to One Laptop initiative continues to fullfil its agenda by ensuring that students are as mobile as possible with regards to getting their research and assignments done. Federal representative Mr. Patrice Nisbett accompanied by a distribution team would proceed to distribute the laptops to Nevisian First Form Students on Tuesday 25th November after a brief handing over ceremony.

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Outgoing Administration Destroys Nevis Cricket

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                     Elquemedo Willet

After many years  of dominating Leeward Islands Cricket, Nevis Cricket is at an all time low. This could be charged directly to the weak and inefficient administration of the Nevis Cricket Association for the past two years under the presidency of Mr .Keith Scarborough. Nevisian cricketers have played significant roles in Leeward Island teams over the years and since nineteen year old Elquemedo Willett opened the door in 1973 for Leeward players  to play for the West Indies, its the first time that a Leeward squad has been named without the inclusion of a Nevisian player. This is rather embarrassing for a country that has turned out some seven cricketers who have worn West Indies colours. With the election of a new executive there is quite a bit of mess to be cleaned and confidence to be restored in order to get our cricket back on track so that our cricketers would have the ambition and  drive to achieve at the higher level.

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PM Douglas Urges Clear Sense of Responsibility In Use of Police Cars.

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By CUOPM on November 14, 2014.

Accepting a fleet of 10 new police vehicles from the Republic of China (Taiwan), St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister , the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said the gesture is another expression of Taiwan’s commitment to advancing the peace and stability of the Federation.

“ I say ‘yet another’ because there are many ways, as we know, in which the Republic of China (Taiwan) has helped to advance peace and stability – such as in the area of our closed circuit television surveillance and motorcycle , for example – and for these we thank them,” said Prime Minister Douglas at the mid-morning ceremony on Friday.

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Dr. Douglas said peace and stability are overriding objectives of nations and law enforcement is key to the attainment of peace and the maintenance of stability.

“The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force has undertaken a focused and effective campaign of law enforcement and crime-fighting in recent years, and, with a few regrettable exceptions, the Force has had a dramatic and much-welcomed impact on the level of criminal activity in the Federation,” he told invited guests who included Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin; Chief Secretary, Mr. Joseph Edmeade; Permanent Secretary for the Anti-Crime Unit, Her Excellency Ambassador Astona Browne; The Republic of China Resident Ambassador, His Excellency, Miguel Li-jey Tsao; Commissioner Of Police, Mr. C.J. Walwyn; Commander of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, Lt. Colonel Patrick Wallace and senior officials of law enforcement agencies.

Dr. Douglas used the occasion to praise and commend the men and women of the Royal St. Christopher-Nevis Police Force, Commissioner C. G. Walwyn and the members of the High Command “who have made these dramatic advances, and these unquestionable improvements, possible.”

He said that mobility is key to effective law enforcement, response time is an important component in the maintenance of law and order and police vehicles are key to both mobility and response time in the 21st century.

Prime Minister Douglas said the 10 Luxgen model cars which are being added to the police fleet today are items of great value and items of value – whether at the level of the individual or the level of the Government – must be treated with diligence and care.

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“I therefore urge the High Command to insist that any person using these – or any other – police vehicles demonstrate the clear sense of responsibility that is so key to the proper care and maintenance to any important asset. Spare parts, as we know, have been provided to assist with general maintenance and so I insist, once again, that maintenance must be as great a priority as use. I stress and repeat – the care and maintenance of these and other assets must be as great a priority as their use,” said Dr. Douglas, who has responsibility for the Anti-Crime Unit.

He said the ten new vehicles will increase the visibility of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force on the streets of St. Kitts and Nevis and it was key to the effective implementation of the government’s crime prevention strategy.

“These vehicles are equipped with modern technology. And this will heighten the Force’s ability to protect and serve,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who noted that St. Kitts and Nevis has distinguished itself in many key areas – and has won the respect of impartial international observers and analysts the world over.

“The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force has stepped forward to demonstrate its determination to defend, to protect, and to serve. And the Republic of China (Taiwan) has similarly stepped forward in support of the Force in this most important endeavour. I commend and thank the Force and I commend and thank the Republic of China (Taiwan). Let us now go forward, therefore – in a spirit of determination and excellence – to meet and complete the important tasks at hand,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader.

Ground breaking for US$70 Million Prime Hotel & Condominiums Set For Saturday

By CUOPM on November 14, 2014 – The ground-breaking ceremony for the US$70 million Prime Hotel and Condominiums is scheduled for tomorrow morning (Saturday 15th November.

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The tourism project, approved under the Citizenship by Investment Programme is to be located on seven acres of land purchased from S. L. Horsford and Co, Limited.

Giving an overview of the project, Mr. Farron Lawrence of SKN Homes pointed out that the development will be constructed with the foothills in the background and overlooking the proposed site for the National Park with the City of Basseterre, Port Zante, the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport and the Caribbean Sea in the foreground.

The project will comprise 9 buildings with a 70 to 100 hotel located in the main building with hobby and reception area, restaurants, conference room, gift shop, sports bar, Spa and gymnasium, roof top patio, swimming pool and other common area facilities.
Mr. Lawrence said at the unveiling that each building will have approximately 36, 1-bedroom condominium units. Each building will have a roof top pool and leisure area and an entertainment area as well.

He said the expected economic impact in this project will see direct foreign investment of approximately US$70 million.

“We see approximately 150 direct jobs during construction, and again we are seeing approximately 100 direct jobs during operation as well as various economic spinoff,” said Mr. Lawrence said.

The name of the development is the Prime Hotel & Condominiums and the name of the developing company is Prime Development Ltd. which is a locally-registered company in St. Kitts and Nevis.

The key players are Mr. Abbas Fahim the senior investor and partner in this development and Mr. Sirous Motevassel, also an investor as well as a business consultant for the project and SKN homes which is owned by Nevisian Mr. Lawrence as the developer.

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