Semi-automatic Firearm And A Magazine of Matching Rounds of Ammunition Recovered By The Royal Saint Christopher And Nevis Police Force.

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PRESS RELEASE 31/01/2015

The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force’s SSU and K9 Prego have recovered a semi-automatic firearm and a magazine of matching rounds of ammunition from the streets of Bird Rock while executing a search warrant on Friday 30 January 2015.

This discovery and recovery is the first for the year following 2014 where 23 firearms were removed from the streets of the Federation. The firearm and ammunition are being analysed by the forensic and ballistics examiners to corroborate suspect identifiers and to determine if the weapon has been used in previous firearm incidents in the Federation. The firearm will also be E-traced to determine its origin and if determined to be from the United States, once identified through DNA or fingerprints, charges both locally and in the United States will be preferred against the suspect.

Commissioner CG Walwyn therefore take this opportunity on behalf of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, and the Anti Crime Unit to encourage the general pubic to call 911, Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477 or his number at 662 2145 to report suspicious activity. Remember, TOGETHER, we can TURN BACK CRIME IN 2015, but the police force needs your help. Make a Difference in your community, if you see something, say something..


Inspector, Lyndon David
Press and Public Relations Officer
Police Headquarters, Losac Road
Basseterre, St. Kitts

Email: publicrelationsskb@gmail.com
466-4305
465-2241, Ext. 228

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West Indies Allrounder Dwayne Bravo Retires From Test Cricket.

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SKN PULSE,  Saturday,  31st January 2015 – Troubling times ahead for the West Indies Cricket Board as one of the games most thrilling entertainers and Trinidadian Cricket Star retires from Test cricket. Would this be the trend that other West Indian Cricketers follow?

Bravo during his test career brought energy,  positivity and a great sense of fighting spirit that was reminiscent of players from yester-year. Dwayne played his last Test match against Sri Lanka in December 2010 and on Saturday decided to call it time on his Test career through a statement, reported by CMC. Would this have an adverse effect on ticket sales in the future?

“Over the years, with the greatest enthusiasm, I have done my best with the deep awareness that I am ultimately representing the people of the game,” Bravo said in the statement.

“I recognise that this is a difficult time for all of us. Our people of the region have seen and enjoyed great cricketing days but we will not return to glory until we agree to go forward with our love for the game and the respect of the administrators, players and the public.”

Bravo’s announcement comes weeks after he was dropped from West Indies’ World Cup Squad with out any explanation by the West Indies Cricket Board.

The vibrant 31-year-old scored 2200 runs and picked up 86 wickets in 40 Tests encounters. He remarked that he had tasted both success and defeats during his career but had also accumulated joyous moments. ”

I have experienced the exhilarating joy of victory and the devastating pain of defeat. The joyous memories will remind me of what we are capable of achieving. I want to be part of that mission,” Bravo said. However, he will continue to play both the ODIs and T20s.

“I thank the cricketing fraternity for their support and look forward to serving you with determination and the pride of being a West Indian”, Bravo added in the statement.

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Address To The Nation By Prime Minister The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas.

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On January 16, 2015, the eleven electoral constituencies in St. Kitts and Nevis were made generally equal. This followed not several days, not several weeks, not several months, but several years work by Constitutionally authorized Constituency Boundaries Commission.

The composition of the Commission was in keeping with the Constitution. That is, it was comprised of two Government parliamentarians and two Opposition parliamentarians, with the Chairman having been approved by both the Government and the Opposition.

On January 16, 2015, as we know, the recommendations of the Boundaries Commission were voted on by the St. Kitts-Nevis Parliament and became law. As of that date, therefore, the electoral boundaries of St. Kitts & Nevis became those that had been passed into law on that day – January 16, 2015.

Three days ago, on January 27, 2015, the Court, after having been initially and deliberately misled by the Opposition, ruled that all processes and procedures required for the lawful establishment of new boundaries had, in fact, been observed and respected by the St. Kitts-Nevis Parliament.

I repeat – because this is important – three days ago, the Court, after having been initially and deliberately misled by the Opposition, ruled that all processes and procedures required for the lawful establishment of new boundaries had, in fact, been observed and respected by the St. Kitts-Nevis Parliament.

My Government and Party are ready for elections.

The country is ready for elections.

The people are ready for elections.

The Opposition, however, clearly is not.

And so they are determined to employ any and all tactics that would enable them to delay the elections………and to buy time.

And of this, there is no doubt.

With the Court having already ruled, on Tuesday last, that the Government had respected the Constitutionally-established procedures for the establishment of new and fair boundaries, the Opposition has asked that an Appeals Court rule on this issue as well.

St. Kitts-Nevis is a nation of laws. My Government has worked very hard, and with great success, to win the confidence of the electorate and the respect of the international community. There are no shenanigans, no machinations, no delaying tactics on the part of the Opposition that will ever cause us to place either the confidence of the public or the respect of the international community at risk.

The Opposition, as I have said, has stated that it wishes to appeal the January 27th ruling of the Court. And the Court has agreed to hear their appeal. Committed, as always, to do what is necessary to ensure the smooth running of this country, and confident that the Court will, at the end of the day, rule in our favor, my Government has absolutely no difficulty whatsoever awaiting the ruling of the Court. What is of some concern, however, is the fact that the date of the proposed hearing is February 9, 2015 when, as you are aware, Nomination Day in St. Kitts-Nevis had been scheduled for February 6th. We have therefore written to the Court of Appeals, seeking their indulgence in ensuring that the date of the hearing is moved forward, so as to avoid the administrative complications that would ensue were the Court hearing to take place on 9th February after Nomination Day of 6th February had come and gone.

I come before you this afternoon, Fellow Citizens, Residents, to inform the nation that I met this morning with His Excellency, the Governor-General; the Chairman of the Electoral Commission; and the Supervisor of Elections, to officially advise them that, in response to the Opposition’s decision to appeal the January 27, 2015 Court ruling, the Court has asked that the new – and only existing – boundaries not be used until the hearing of the Appeal has been completed.

It is important for the public to note that the Court did not – and I stress, did not – declare the new (and only existing) electoral boundaries to be invalid. The Court did not rule that they should not ever be used. The Court has simply requested that until the appeal of the Opposition has been completed, the newly established boundaries not be used.

But I end where I began, Fellow Citizens, Residents:

The people are ready for elections.

The country is ready for elections.

My Government and the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party are ready for elections.

The Opposition clearly is not.

It is impossible, however, to delay elections forever.

Elections will come.

And when they do, based on an unparalleled real progress record of delivering and real change for the people of St. Kitts & Nevis, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and the people of this great country will move to the next stage of the extraordinary accomplishments which, together, we have brought to this country.

Commonwealth Election Observers have accepted our invitation to oversee our elections and are already mobilized to come. OAS Election Observers have accepted our invitation to oversee our elections and are already mobilized to come. Caricom Election Observers have accepted our invitation to oversee our elections and are already mobilized to come.

The election campaign of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party continues in full swing therefore, as we work for and ready ourselves for the victory – not just for the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party – but for the people of this country with whom and for whom we have been able to achieve so very much.

Onward we move, then, as a Nation, in defense of the most sacred tenets of democracy, and undeterred in the historic work that we, the people of St. Kitts & Nevis, have begun.

Thank you.

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FATAL SHOOTING

Press Release 30/01/2015

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The Violent Crime Unit on Nevis is investigating a fatal shooting incident which occurred at Bath Village about 7:00 PM last night (Thursday 29 January 2015), which resulted in the death of one person.

Initial investigation reveals that Javan Bartlette of Bath Village was in the yard of Kevin Chapman’s Bakery, when he was attacked by armed masked assailants.

One person is presently in police custody assisting with this investigation.

Anyone who has any information pertaining to this shooting incident is ask to call the Violent Crime Unit at 467-1886, 467-1887, 662-9336, 469-5269, the nearest Police station, or, Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477(TIPS). Remember, you do not have to provide your personal information, and you maybe eligible to receive a reward.

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GOVERNMENT EMPOWERS PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 30, 2015 (SKNIS): The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Information Technology officially handed over laptops to the St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities in pursuit of empowerment.

 

Anthony Mills, President of the Association, explained that the centre for differently abled students, conducts computer related classes such as training in graphic design using Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator as well as Microsoft Office.

 

“These tools we have found will enable them to be prepared to go out into the world of work and be on the same level as everyone else,” he stated. “One of the tenets of the St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities is independent living. People can only live independent lives if they are given the necessary tools to do so.”

 

Mr. Mills stated that he was impressed at how quickly the Ministry of Education responded to his request for the laptops.

 

Minister of Technology the Hon. Glenn Phillip stated that the handing over of the laptops is an indication that no citizen of the Federation should be left behind “in this age of information and access.”

 

“While our vulnerable disabilities and challenges may leave us susceptible, the role of technologies in the information age is to open avenues of access to people,” Minister Phillip stated. “Where our senses cannot respond to the stimuli of light or sound and where through health challenges, limbs and appendages are amputated, technology says ‘here is access to the world of normalcy. Here is access to achievement’.”

 

The Hon. Marcella Liburd, Minister of Gender Affairs, Social Services and Community Development, stated that the handing over of the laptops is part of a broad development plan.

 

“We in the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, intend for this country of St. Kitts and Nevis to be the first small island sustainable state and we are on a mission of doing that,” she emphasised. “One of the things we must achieve in social development, if we are to be sustainable, is to ensure that no one is left behind.”

 

Coordinator for Learning Support in the Ministry of Education Eleanor Phillip stated that “there is no place in society for prejudice for differently abled persons.”

 

“The education of students and persons with disabilities is everyone’s business,” she noted. “It is for this reason that we are here today to ensure that we include you, persons who have challenges, in the Ministry of Education’s laptop distribution initiative.”

 

The laptops were handed over on January 29, 2015 at the McKnight Community Centre.     

 

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CPL DISPLAYS RENEWED CONFIDENCE IN ST. KITTS-NEVIS.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 30, 2015 (SKNIS): The awarding of a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 franchise to St. Kitts and Nevis is a clear sign of confidence by the organizers in the ability of the local government and sporting fraternity to host world class events.

 

That was the message of Senior Sports Officer Vernon Springer as he reflected on the recent announcements by CPL management to have a franchise based in the twin-island Federation as well as the agreement to host six neutral CPL matches at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium. This is in addition to the four matches for the home team and the charity match which features the Prime Minister’s XI versus the Sir Ian Botham’s XI.

 

Springer stated that the monies spent by the government over the past two decades to upgrade key infrastructure such as roads, utilities, communications and health system coupled with the modern sporting facilities that were constructed make St. Kitts and Nevis an attractive venue for international sporting and entertainment occasions.

 

Minister of Sports the Honourable Glenn Phillip was quoted in a press release as saying “CPL delivers huge benefits to the Federation with US$26 million injected into the economy during last year’s hosting of CPL …” He added that “we see the hosting of the neutral games, alongside having our new team, as a massive opportunity for St. Kitts and Nevis, and we are delighted to be welcoming all of the CPL teams to the Warner Park Stadium once again.”

 

The matches are expected to take place over a nineteen day period from late June to mid-July. The exact dates will be announced shortly. It was also disclosed that the franchise will be an existing one that will be relocating its home base. Locals will have the opportunity to participate in selecting the team’s name in an interactive format yet to be revealed.

 

The government also secured a commitment from CPL management to lend support to the Regional Under 13 Cricket tournament which has been organised by local authorities for more than 15 years, producing players such as Keiran Powell and Kraigg Brathwaite who have made it to play on the West Indies Senior Men’s Team.

 

The draft for the 3rd edition of the 2015 CPLT20 tournament will be held on February 05.

 

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Injunction Again: Appeal Court Reinstates Injunction.

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SKN PULSE,  Friday 30th January, 2015 – It has been written that the courts do not always interpret a constitution in a consistent fashion thus it is understandable why the majority of citizens in Saint Kitts and Nevis are puzzled at the recent ruling by the judges who conducted the recent hearing of the appeals court through a teleconference setting with regards to the Boundary Changes in Saint Kitts and Nevis where they reinstated the injunction that was discharged by her Ladyship Carter.

It begs the question though: Is there an immediate connection between the Unity Concoction and the Judicial System that have authority over the High Court Jurisdiction? There are numerous cases pending at the appeals court that have been lingering in excess of five years (5) and in a matter of hours they have been granted an immediate audience to have their appeal heard.

With that said, the ruling Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party on Friday 16th January 2015 in an emergency parliamentary sitting,  moved the draft proclamation had it passed and signed by the Governor General. Thereafter, the dissolution of parliament came. While this was met with an instant cry by the opposition  their parliamentary representatives sought an audience with Resident judge Her Ladyship Carter who granted an injunction which was signed at 7:38 pm, a mere hour and thirty eight minutes after the house was dissolved. The initial injunction was discharged and that was the signal used by Prime Minister Douglas to announce nomination day which is on the 6th of February and the election date which is on the 16th of February.

Does this situational circumstance present a classic case where Judicial Restraint should be exercised?

Bear in mind that the election in Saint Kitts and Nevis is a mere two weeks away,  (February 16th 2015) and while the latest move is considered a small victory for the People’s Action Movement, The Concerned Citizens Movement and the People’s Labour Party,  The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party are adamant that elections would be contested under fair and new boundaries. Therefore,  on Monday 9th February when the matter is heard it is believed that  both legal teams would be pulling out all stops. 

If The Peoples Action Movement wish to pay little heed to what is written in the constitution, why did they utilize the said constitution to realign boundaries in yester-year? Political scientists have opined that the constitution of Saint Kitts and Nevis fulfill a variety of roles: they provide for the symbolic function of putting in writing a statement of national ideals,  they formalize the structure of government and they attempt to justify the government’s right to govern.

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Gems of The Archives Chronicles Development of Federation.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 28, 2015 (SKNIS): Gems of the Archives historically chronicles the development of the Federation by providing proof that St. Kitts and Nevis has achieved much since the Abolition of Slavery.

Gems of the Archives is an initiative that was started in January 2014 by National Archivist Victoria O’Flaherty.  The Gems highlight some of the artifacts stored in the National Archives and are distributed via email as well as posted on the St. Kitts and Nevis Department of Culture’s website and occasionally on the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service’s website.

Previous Gems included pictures of certain historical figures (including groups), landmarks, as well as documentation such as the construction of a hotel in Nevis and issues experienced by a planter residing in Nevis.  The information housed in the Archives covers St. Kitts and Nevis and in some instances Anguilla because of the historical ties to that territory.

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Mrs. O’Flaherty emphasized that the information stored in the Archives is valuable.

“It’s showing that we have a history that’s worth exploring,” she stressed. “It’s showing the ups and downs of Kittitian-Nevisian society and how people have managed to survive – that gives us more than national pride, I think.  The Archives documents an experience of survival that’s amazing in many ways because it shows the difficulties that people went through as the sugar industry declined, trying to find work, to stay employed trying to feed their families.”

The Archivist noted that it was very important to recall these experiences.

“We know very little about that [the struggle to survive] these days’ there’s a social cushion, through social security and through social services – those organisations never existed in those days – if that isn’t a reason for national pride, then I don’t know what is.” Mrs. O’Flaherty underscored.  “There was a case that appeared before a Stipendiary Magistrate from the 1820s where a woman was being told off because she kept leaving work to look after a sick child, the planter said she should have her mother do that.  The fact is that she had no other way of looking after a sick child; the medical services weren’t good enough and there were no childcare facilities.”

Archivist O’Flaherty stated that the Gems of the Archives had achieved its purpose of demonstrating that the St. Kitts and Nevis National Archives stores historical material that is worth preserving.

“The objective has been achieved to a certain extent,” National Archivist O’Flaherty explained. “It has made a lot of people aware of what we [National Archives] have – a lot of them did not know.  I’m hoping that it’s made the right impact in the right places.”  The Archivist stated, noting that the National Archives has been hoping for a building dedicated to the housing of the artifacts for some time.

“People seem to like it [Gems],” the Archivist revealed.  “They stop me in the street and tell me that they enjoy getting them.  I’ve had requests from friends of people who get them to be added to the list.  I’ve had comments coming back from people saying that they enjoy them or that this is the information that they had about a certain aspect of the item especially when it comes to photographs.  When we send out things like lists we also get a response because people love to see their surname there and they like the idea that they can connect their family to a particular area and so on. We’ve had very good response from Kittitians in St. Kitts and abroad.”

The regional response was positive when Mrs. O’Flaherty shared the Gems of the Archives concept with CARBICA (the Caribbean Archives Association).

“Our target was to do it for a year and see what happens,” Mrs. O’Flaherty revealed.  “The response has been so good that we want to continue it.  However, we’ve decided to reduce it so that we can devote as much time as possible to cataloguing and that way we could also discover more material that can be used as Gems, which will be disseminated in less frequent doses.”

When asked about the story behind the last Gem, which was a list of workers from St. Kitts and Antigua who had journeyed to the Dominican Republic seeking work in the cane fields, the Archivist explained that this was a rare instance of documented migration.  Previously Archives had not been able to find documentation of people coming and leaving St. Kitts and Nevis.  This was the case even after a thorough search of the former Treasury Building before its conversion into the National Museum.  This structure had been a primary port of entry into Basseterre.

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The Archivist revealed that there is a possibility that such proof of migration might be stored by the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.

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“We did get some interesting material from them [Police] for people who were part of the Leeward Islands Police Force,” Mrs. O’Flaherty said, expressing the desire to preserve more artifacts once storage capacity was increased. 

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“But the general migration records have been very scarce, we found the ones on the cane cutters by accident. The list showed people leaving as well as Dominicanos who had come here and were returning and others who were going as families.”

Archives Gem #1: Photo with Valentine Morris on far left with two friends, carrying steel pans as wad initially done.  Morris was instrumental in the development of the Defence Force Band and other bands in St. Kitts.

Archives Gem #2: Photo showing the War Memorial when it was located next to the former Treasury Buidling.

Archives Gem #3: List of names of 50 workers who travelled from St. Kitts on board the    to the Dominican Republic seeking employment in the cane fields

Archives Gem #4: Letter from Estridge Estate Owner to Secretary of State of the Colonies explaining that he was dealing with a grasshopper problem on the estate by using children to catch them.

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GOVERNMENT ENSURES COMPETITIVE EDGE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 26, 2015 (SKNIS): The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has implemented an Early Childhood Development Subvention Policy which began this month by contributing EC $25.00 weekly for each child enrolled in public and private early childhood centres. 

 

This policy, which applies to every child in the birth to five year age rage, was outlined by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas.  

 

The Prime Minister noted that the Federation’s early childhood education system is “highly rated and [is] used as a model for improving early childhood in a number of countries around the region.” Prime Minister Douglas added that the Government “is determined to keep this edge that [it has] already accomplished in terms of quality and ease of access to education.”

 

As such, the Prime Minister noted that the Government took some time to assess the operations of the local system and determined that there were a few areas where it can provide additional support to maintain the Federation’s edge “in this vital aspect of caring for our children.”

 

The monthly subvention will be paid directly to private centres for each child whose parents or guardians may find it difficult to meet the cost of sending them to pre-school. These individuals will be asked to pay the remaining cost of their child’s attendance to the centre. 

 

“There must be a commitment by private centres to reduce fees paid by parents in the amount of the proposed subvention and to hold the resultingfee steady for the current year,” said an official from the Ministry of Education.

 

In light of the fact that the monthly subvention will exceed the cost of having children attend public centres, parents with children attending Government day care centres and preschools will therefore be exempted from the payment of all fees.

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West Indies Cricket Board Dropped The Ball.

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SKN PULSE,  SUNDAY 25TH January,  2015 – The West Indies Cricket board of control in a statement issued from its St.  Johns,  Antigua headquarters is denying the claim that Nevisian,  Leeward Islands and West Indies batsman Kieran Powell had been dropped from the test team during the series against New Zealand in the summer of 2014.

The West Indies Cricket Board in their release indicate that Mr. Powell was released upon his request to deal with personal matters. With this being the case why didn’t the WICB have their public relations officer take the necessary action to have the media houses correct the information that was purported to have come from the WICB that claimed that Powell  and Samuels were axed from the West Indies team.

Again the WICB has dropped the ball.  It’s time they get their act together.  An all inclusive approach is needed to enhance West Indies Cricket. No longer must this “Big Island” superiority complex continue to reign. It’s time to elect a new board as elections are due in a few months time where the selection of a president and a vice president would be made. 

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