ST. KITTS AND NEVIS PM ATTENDS MONETARY COUNCIL MEETING.

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(SKNIS Photo 1: Prime Ministers’ Gonsalves and Mitchell greet each other on arrival at the ECCB)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 27, 2015 (SKNIS): Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, was among eight Heads of Government and Ministers of Finance who attended the 81st Meeting of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), on Tuesday, 24th February 2015.

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(SKNIS Photo 2: Prime Minister Harris arrives at the Monetary Council Meeting)

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, at the ECCB Headquarters in Basseterre.

In addition to Prime Ministers Harris and Gonsalves, other attendees were Chief Minister and Minister of Finance of Anguilla, the Honourable Hubert Hughes; Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Antigua and Barbuda, the Honourable Gaston Browne; Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit; Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Grenada, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell; Premier and Minister of Finance of Montserrat, the Honourable Donaldson Romeo; and Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of St. Lucia, Dr. the Honourable Kenny Anthony.

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(SKNIS Photo 3: Prime Minister Skeritt arrives at the Monetary Council Meeting)

The ECCB Governor’s Report on Monetary and Credit Conditions was presented to the Council, while additional aspects discussed included financial stability, legislative reform, as well as growth and competitiveness. Financial consolidation and debt management, as well as an update on British American Insurance Company (BIACO)/Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) were also on the agenda.

According to a communique released after the meeting, “Council noted that there had been no further disbursements from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in respect of the BAICO Resolution Strategy. Consequently, Phase III of the ECCU Policyholders Relief Programme had not yet been completed. Council further noted that efforts continue to secure additional disbursements to proceed with the BAICO Resolution Strategy.”

Council was informed, among other things, that Real GDP growth in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) for 2014 was estimated at 1.7 per cent (compared with 1.1 per cent in 2013), with increase growth forecast of 2.4 per cent and 2.5 per cent in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

The Council agreed that coordinated planning and the implementation of strategies designed to strengthen the financial sector were key to the overall development of the ECCU economies.

During a pre-meeting briefing with ECCB Governor, Sir K. Dwight Venner, Prime Minister Harris remarked, “we are looking forward to working with all stakeholders. The ECCB is perhaps one of the most important institutions in achieving desirable benefits for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.”

The next meeting of the Monetary Council would be held on Friday, 24th July 2015 in Anguilla.

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The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party Express Thanks For Public Support.

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SKN PULSE,  Thursday 26th February 2015 – The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party at their press conference held today Thursday 26th February 2015 at the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party Headquarters emphasized that they will ensure that even in opposition they will be vibrant.  Candidates used the opportunity to express there thanks for the votes gathered at the polls in the recent elections.  Present were Former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, Honourable Marcella Liburd, Honourable Konris Maynard, Honourable Patrice Nisbett and Honourable Asim Martin, Mr. Glen Philipp,  Dr. Terrence Drew,  Dr. Norgen Wilson and Dr. Vance Gilbert. Notably absent were Honourable Robelto Hector and Mr. Cory Tyson of The Nevis Reformation Party.

The press conference was chaired by the Former Minister of Health,  the Honourable Marcella Liburd who welcomed the media and other personnel to the conference,  introduced the head table and rendered brief remarks before introducing and inviting Dr. Denzil Douglas to speak. In his presentation the Former Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the masses for overwhelmingly supporting their Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party. The former Prime Minister assured citizens that the Oneness Alliance of The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party will continue to work in the best interest of the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis even in Opposition.

The Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas also used the opportunity to emphasize that confidence was bestowed upon The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party when Honourable Minister of State Wendy Colleen Phipps spoke of the Pogson Hospital after leading a delegation that included PAHO representatives as the Minister remarked that  “What we have achieved here at Pogson is benchmarking. It is something that has the potential to become a best practice model elsewhere and we will try our best, in terms of maintaining what we have”,  this in itself is testament to the fact that The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party were well on their way with the development plans for Saint Kitts and Nevis stated Dr. Douglas.

Further,  the Former Prime Minister has indicated that there are pertinent issues that need to be addressed while going forward. Such matters include, the boundary changes, the Privy Council’s. decision, the removal of names from the list and the delaying of a flight from New York which arrived late and had over one hundred and sixty-four (164) supporters who would have voted solidly for The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party in Constituencies #1 and #4 respectively. Such a statement is indicative of the next move by the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party which is to contest the results in the court of law.

Added to this,  Former Deputy Prime Minister Asim Martin who also thanked his supporters and non supporters for participating in the voting process  advanced that he has already contacted his lawyers to ascertain their legal expertise in moving forward.

Hence,  with the obvious intentions of the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party it comes as no surprise that the revelation was made that an investigation has been launched with regards to the flight dilemmas and private investigators had been sought.

In addition to this, matters pertaining to the actions of Team Unity were also raised.  These included the denying of access to Former Secretary of The Prime Minister to collect his personal things,  the denial of Permanent Secretaries into their offices,  the mandatory searching of civil servants belongings, closure of the Electoral Offices On Saint Kitts and Nevis and the presence of heavy Police Personnel in and around government headquarters.  Clearly, while such actions are morally wrong when governments change there is usually a transitional period but a level of civility is to be expected.

Information gleaned  from the  Oneness Alliance press conference,  suggests  that going forward the results of the February 16th Federal Elections would be challenged in the courts and the possibility exists that the electorate could be going back to the polls for a General Election in the next few months or things may remain as is with a Team Unity Government in control of the Federation’s affairs .

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New Airlift To Nevis Via Antigua Opens Up Collaborative Opportunities For Tourism Officials.

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(Photo caption: Chief Executive Officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin James during a visit to Nevis on February 20, 2015)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (February 26, 2015) – Chief Executive Officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin James praised the people of Nevis for their efforts at preserving historic Charlestown.

James who was hosted by the Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) was on a sight-seeing tour on February 20, 2015, when he told the Department of Information of his thoughts of Nevis. He expressed the view that Charlestown was an area which visitors to the island would appreciate.

He described Nevis as a wonderful island and a place where persons could fall in love again. He spoke of the abundance of nature on the island and its beauty.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism official’s visit to Nevis came about when he travelled with Antigua-based Caribbean Helicopters Limited (CHL) on its inaugural flight to the Vance W. Amory International Airport.

Commenting on the new partnership for added airlift from Antigua to Nevis, James stated that the move presented a host of opportunities from which both islands could benefit. He cited the prospect of joint marketing between both tourism authorities as one key area.

“I think it’s good news. Every time you have airlift to a destination, you increase the choices that the passengers have, that your guests have.

“You can move more people into a destination and I think it’s exciting times for our two tourism authorities to collaborate and work jointly in promoting our destinations,” he said.

According to James,  the flight to Nevis from Antigua took 15 minutes and he noted how easy and effortlessness it was to get to Nevis through the added airlift.

He also spoke of the challenges of the movement of passengers from Antigua to Nevis and the missed collaborative opportunities for tourism officials on both islands and gave the example of what he termed “double drop” vacations.

“Say for example, a guest would want to come from Canada, spend some time in Antigua then come over to Nevis. This presents a host of opportunities we can exploit and we can market jointly and we can work together,” he said.

James also spoke of the increased air lanes and communication networks the new airlift would provide which would provide opportunities for Antiguans to visit Nevis and Nevisians to visit Antigua.

“People will travel. People will share. There are events in Antigua – whether it’s cricket, sailing week, the events that we have – and knowing that we have some additional airlift and seats to the destination can only help both of our efforts as you promote Nevis and we promote Antigua and Barbuda. I think it’s a symbiotic relationship that both of us can benefit from,” he said.

Meantime, in response to the Antigua Tourism official’s comment, Chief Executive Officer of the Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) Greg Phillip echoed the sentiments of his colleague.

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(Photo caption: Chief Executive Officer of the Nevis Tourism Authority Greg Phillip (file photo))

“I agree with Mr. James that this new flight is a good thing for both of our destinations. Caribbean tourism is extremely important to Nevis, therefore, any opportunities for connecting our islands via air transportation is absolutely important.

“We are looking forward to engaging with the Antigua Tourism Authority to do joint promotions to stimulate the travel between our two islands,” he said.

Phillip also told the Department of Information that of further interest to the NTA was also the opportunities the new CHL flight offered international travellers to access Nevis with an almost seamless transition from the international flights into Nevis after flying into Antigua.

He stated that the CHL air service to Nevis began the establishment of the V.C. Bird International Airport as an additional hub for Nevis.

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(Photo caption: The Caribbean Helicopters Limited aircraft landed at the Vance W. Amory International Airport on February 20, 2015)

“We welcome it and we are looking forward to a long and successful relationship with CHL and with Antigua,” he said.
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Nevis 6th Form College’s Literary and Debating Society to participate in 43rd annual Leeward Islands Debating Competition.

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(Photo Caption: The Nevis 6th Form College’s Literary and Debating Society Debaters (L-R) Neila Jones, Kelsia Liburd, Richard Matthew, Kerianne Pinney, Serena Browne and Chandine Joyalall off to St.Kitts for the Leeward Islands Debating Competition on Wednesday 25th February, 2015 at the Charlestown Pier.)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (February 26, 2015) – The Nevis 6th Form College’s Literary and Debating Society is scheduled to participate in the annual Leeward Island Debating Competition.  The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) Literary and Debating Society will host the 43rd annual Leeward Islands Debating Competition (LIDC) in St. Kitts.

The Competition will commence on Thursday 26th February and conclude on Sunday 1st March, 2015 at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort Ballroom.

Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory, was on hand at the Charlestown Pier to see the debaters off to St. Kitts on February 25, 2015, and gave them blessings on behalf of the Nevis Island Administration (NIA). He also advised them to focus and perform to the best of their ability for they had his full support.

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(Photo caption: Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory seeing off the Nevis 6th Form College’s Literary and Debating Society Debaters on Wednesday 25th February, 2015 at the Charlestown Pier.)

Also present was Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry Wakely Daniel. He told the debaters that he was confident their hard work, dedication and perseverance would see them through.

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(Photo caption: Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry Wakely Daniel seeing off the Nevis 6th Form College’s Literary and Debating Society Debaters on Wednesday 25th February, 2015 at the Charlestown Pier.)

A contingent of 32 persons including Staff Representative Joshua Browne would accompany the six debaters who are: Chandine Joyalall, Serena Browne, Kerianne Pinney, Richard Matthew, Kelsia Liburd and Neila Jones. Nevis’ 1st debate is slated for Friday 27th February, 2015, and they will compete with St. Kitts.

Browne through the Department of Information took the opportunity to encourage the general public to attend and support the debaters. He also informed that the debates would be streamed live at http://www.zizonline.com

About 200 High School and Sixth Form students, accompanied by their staff sponsors from seven Leeward Islands from the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I), St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, Montserrat, Antigua and St. Maarten, will converge on St. Kitts for the debate.

The following is the schedule of debates:
Thursday 26th February, 2015
Eliminations One: B.V.I. versus St. Maarten at 7:00 pm
Moot: “The Caricom region’s failure to legalize marijuana is a colossal mistake”

Friday 27th February, 2015
Eliminations Two: Anguilla versus Antigua at 6:00 pm
Moot: “There should be stricter media censorship in Caribbean society”
Eliminations Three: St. Kitts versus Nevis at 8:00 pm
Moot: “Discriminatory screening practices are necessary to reduce the spread of viruses new to the Caribbean region”

Saturday 28th February, 2015
Semi-finals One: Montserrat versus Winner of Eliminations One at 6:00 pm
Moot: “The adverse effects of citizenship by investment programmes outweigh the economic advantages”
Semi-finals Two: Winner of Eliminations Two versus Winner of Eliminations Three at 8:00 pm
Moot: “For fear of the church, Caribbean governments fail to address Gay Rights”

Sunday 01st March, 2015
Finals: Winner of Semi-finals One versus Winner of Semi-finals Two at 7:00 pm
Moot: “When public funds are mismanaged, government leaders should face criminal prosecution”

Persons from Nevis interested in travelling to St. Kitts for the debate, are advised that the ferry leaves the Charlestown Pier at 4 p.m. for St. Kitts and will leave for Nevis a half hour after the debate.

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Election Review: Saint Kitts and Nevis Election Day 2015.

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SKN PULSE,  Thursday 26th February 2015 –  If there is anything constant about life,  it lies in the fact that history is always bound to repeat itself. The 16th Day of February 2015 will forever stain the history books in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis for it signalled a time when the dominance of the Saint Kitts – Nevis Labour Party crumbled at the hands of Team Unity. Political analysts would present findings that the decision handed down by the Privy Council in England played a pivotal role in swinging the election. While some may stand by this others may quickly disagree and suggest that the majority of the populace required change or the stalling of the Motion of No Confidence played a significant role. Nevertheless,  while many may speculate about the outcome, the perceived victory by Team Unity hasn’t been accepted as reality by many. Instead,  the “Land Mark Election Petition” case held in Nevis in which the 2011 election was challenged will set the tone for serious litigation suits in Basseterre.

The hours,  days, weeks and months of planning could be harsh on the body when nothing goes as planned especially in the case of the comrades of the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party. They experienced numerous plane delays which plagued their efforts on progress day as it meant they would have had to quickly resort to reworking how they would make up for the loss in numbers. The same faith was suffered by The Nevis Reformation Party as well who in our view were heavily dependent on the overseas votes in Charlestown. Further, alleged reports have indicated that the illegal removal of names were rampant leading up to the election which may have affected all parties concerned.

On the contrary,  while Team Unity has won,  the preparation and distribution of the voters list was a cause for concern even on Saturday 14th February 2015 when the early voting process began. Additionally,  on that said day a matter was heard in Nevis at the High Court with regards to the removal of names,  such a matter was advanced by members of The Concerned Citizens Movement. Thus,  the Electoral process in our view wasn’t fair and just for either political party.

Clearly,  a mere nine days after,  clarity is been sought with regards to the massive flight issues that has been categorised as blatant sabotage as this medium understands that the simple fact indicates that personal information were tampered with causing the manifest to present inaccurate information. Single handedly such an unfortunate situation discouraged Nationals overseas from coming home to vote and for those who spent sleepless nights in New York,  Miami and Canada their rights to exercise their franchise were denied.

Although the flight delays have been discussed in every facet of society the underlying facts in this election are dependent on the procedures and protocols underwhich our Electoral Office operates. A mere ten days (10) after the final counts have not been released. A day after the election approximately minutes after 4 on Tuesday 17th February 2015 the winners of the various constituencies were announced but the various counts in several boxes were withheld.

While this has raised concerns on the regional front and with the supervisor been jabbed at every turn,  one has to ask why has the silence of the members of the Electoral Commission been so deafening? In times like these when men and women of authority ought to speak up about the atrocities of a count been abandoned, the Electoral Offices been closed and the alleged reports of workers being escorted out of the Electoral Offices  by police personnel on Thursday 19th February leaves one to ascertain whether such persons are afraid of their own shadows.

Interestingly though both sides are adamant that an announcement should be made. However, it is the belief of SKN PULSE that any announcement that would be made in the future would certainly be challenged as the closure of the offices and the alleged changing of the locks puts any further processing of information in jeopardy. While information tampering is a far fetched possibility,  the actions undertaken with regards to the Electoral Offices on Saint Kitts and in Nevis highlights that government has acted without processing the ramifications that lies ahead.

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Gregory “Mention ” Hobson Robbed By Armed Masked Assailants.

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Gregory “Mention” Hobson

Police Press Release: 24/02/2015

The Criminal Investigation Department is investigating an incident which occurred Sunday 22 February 2015 at the home of Gregory Hobson alias “Mention” at Bird Rock, during which Gregory Hobson and his friends were attacked by armed masked assailants who robbed them of their personal property, and made their escape in motor Jeep P 6498, a beige NISSAN X-Trail.

Anyone who has information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Department at 465-2241, Ext. 230, 220, 231, the nearest police station, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 (TIPS). Remember, you do not have to provide your personal information, and you maybe eligible to receive a reward.

In Other Matters: Joint Operation Lead to The Discovery and Seizure of Marijuana Plants

A joint operation between the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and the St.  Kitts and Nevis Defence Force on Tuesday 24 February 2015, lead to the discovery and seizure over 1500 marijuana plants in Belmont Mountain at St. Paul Village emanating from three marijuana plantations. The estimate retail street value of the marijuana plants is $900,000.00 EC.

Two (2) persons were taken into police custody assisting with investigation.

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Saint Kitts And Nevis Highlighted As One Of The Fastest Growing Small Economies In 2014.

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SKN PULSE, Thursday 26th February 2015 – Two little islands, One Federation:  A country where the economy is on the rebound. Days after an intense election battle, news broke signalling that the former government’s reign in office was one of productivity and such a feat gives credit to their sound fiscal policies that were initiated over the years.

Having said that, the Caribbean Development Bank report that was issued on Wednesday 18th February 2015 indicates that St. Kitts and Nevis and Turks and Caicos were the fastest-growing small economies in the Caribbean last year, both reporting growth of 4 percent.

According to Caribbean Development Bank Director of Economics Justin Ram “They each experienced accelerated growth of 4 percent or higher,” such a remark was made from Barbados at their streamed conference.

Further statements also revealed that Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Grenada reported economic growth ranging from 1 to 3 percent during 2014.

Added to this, Dominica and Jamaica each registered an expansion of less than 1 percent and such indicates that  they managed to exceed forecasts.

Bearing the aforementioned stats in mind,  According to Ram, Preliminary estimates indicate that the regional recovery continued in 2014, with growth estimated at 1.3 percent. However, such an estimate was lower than what was originally predicted.

Mr. Ram hinted that the drop off in growth stemmed from the threat of natural disasters and the decline in prices of major commodities.

Moreover,  he emphasized that the drought the Caribbean region experienced in December 2013 “severely affected the agriculture sector” in several countries.

The Caribbean Development Bank outlook plan for 2015 include: strengthening its efforts to promote economic growth and job creation, with emphasis on the energy sector and renewable energy projects.

President William Warren  believes that “sustained economic growth is important because it has the potential to improve the lives of the more than 16 million men, women, and children living in our region,” and rightfully so sustained economic growth is a fundamental indicator that would be coveted by any sitting government.

He further stated that a successful normalization between the United States and Cuba would mean a significant change for the region, resulting in an expansion of the tourism market which would  boost the exposure for local commodities.

The Caribbean Development Bank member countries includes: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname,  Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos.

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POGSON MEDICAL CENTER IN ST. KITTS IMPRESSES PAHO DIRECTOR.

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(SKNIS PHOTO 1: Minister of Health, Honourable Eugene Hamilton (front-left) and other officials touring Pogson Medical Center)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 25, 2015 (SKNIS): Visiting Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) officials have praised the Pogson Medical Center, one of only two “smart” hospitals in the Eastern Caribbean.

Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of PAHO, who is in the Federation on an official visit and attending the PAHO Caribbean Sub-Regional Managers Meeting, commended the government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis for having a smart hospital in a community.

“It is always so heartening to come to a community facility where care is given to people close to where they live,” Dr. Etienne said. “So I certainly look forward to this visit, particularly also because it is a smart hospital and PAHO is supportive of smart hospitals where we can be environmentally friendly and where we can have an eye on security.”

A smart hospital is a hospital where green initiatives are employed in the regular functioning of the health institution that encompasses the deployment of information and communication technology systems for more efficient delivery of better quality health care.

Dr. Etienne further went on to say that “the most important aspect of health is what happens in the community” and commended persons in the health sector for their work done and for allowing PAHO to work and collaborate with them.

She encouraged officials to continue “working with their communities to ensure that they have health and well-being.”

“We strive with love in our hearts to ensure that people can live with dignity, that they can live productive lives,” she said. “If each of us commits to this, we can ensure that not only in the Caribbean, but beyond, that we can have people who can really produce, who can really be citizens that bring prosperity to their countries”

The Honourable Wendy Phipps, Minister of State within the Ministry of Health formally thanked everyone who accommodated the visiting team, comprising the PAHO officials as well as the new Minister of Health, Honourable Eugene Hamilton,

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(SKNIS PHOTO 2 : Honourable Wendy Phipps, Minister of State within the Ministry of Health, while on her tour at the Pogson Medical Center)

“This has been an eye-opening visit for Hon. Hamilton and me because of course, we are on the job for less than 48 hours,” Minister Phipps stated. “What we have achieved here at Pogson is benchmarking. It is something that has the potential to become a best practice model elsewhere and we will try our best, in terms of maintaining what we have.”

“It is one thing to invest in a system or structure, so that it keeps up with international standards. That you look at environmental sustainability and preservation in everything that we do. If we don’t maintain the infrastructure that we have invested in, in the long term we would not have helped anyone and we would have done a disservice to the country.”

Minister Phipps encouraged everyone to get involved not only where the health sector is concerned.

“I think the goal is to look around us and see where else we can replicate similar success models, not just limited to public buildings, as in the case of hospitals and the rest of the medical infrastructure, but even in the terms of private residences and the corporate community,” she stated.

Minister Phipps asked the nurses at the hospital to take care of the facilities so that they can be of benefit to the end users, who are the people.

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PM HARRIS WELCOMES CONTINUED COLLABORATION WITH PAHO.

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(SKNIS: Prime Minister Harris addressing the opening of the Pan American Health Organisation’s (PAHO) Caribbean Sub-Regional Managers’ Meeting.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 25, 2015 (SKNIS): Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, has assured that “St. Kitts and Nevis is open to good business” in all aspects including health.

This was emphasized at the opening of the Pan American Health Organisation’s (PAHO) Caribbean Sub-Regional Managers’ Meeting, which commenced in St. Kitts and Nevis on February 23, 2015.

The Prime Minister related that the Prosperity for All Agenda of his Government of National Unity includes the health sector.

“My team was elected on a platform, prosperity for all,” Prime Minister Harris noted.  “It is a vision of the future – our people in St. Kitts and I daresay our people everywhere, want – a future in which health is front and centre in all our policies.  A future which understands that health is both an ingredient and an outcome of development.  A future in which development at all cost is rejected in favour of a more sustainable pathway.”

Prime Minister Harris said that he has been advised that for every individual dollar of the Federation’s quota contribution to PAHO, three dollars had been returned in terms of technical cooperation. Further it was made clear that the relationship between St. Kitts and Nevis and PAHO would continue.

“St. Kitts and Nevis values its longstanding relationship with PAHO,” Prime Minister Harris emphasized.  “And you said we have a relationship that spans over 100 years, that’s perhaps longer than my grandmother had been around.  And over the years PAHO has contributed significantly to progressing health and by extension the social and economic development of the Federation.”

It was emphasized that the United Nations adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals is a step in the right direction.

“Therefore, I am pleased that the United Nations family has expanded the 2015 Millennium Development Goals to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Placing sustainability at the centre of development goals is an opportunity for Small Island States.  It suggests external appreciation for our geographic and trade vulnerabilities and a susceptibility to virulent pathogens that can rapidly traverse our airports and seaports without warning,” the Prime Minister stressed.

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Perspectives: A Close Up Look At The Appointment Of Minister Of Nevis Affairs, Would The Senator Be Utilized In This Ministry?

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SKN PULSE,  Wednesday 25th February,  2015 – The concept of Unity with one Umbrella embracing three parties is simply unique. While The Concerned Citizens Movement were victorious at the polls, it must be noted that the Nevisian electorate sent a clear message that they are interested in getting their Fair Share as was the mantra echoed by Team Unity. For the purpose of this article,  the appointments of the Nevisian Senator in the National Assembly and the Minister of Nevis Affairs would discussed in great detail.

Meanwhile, with the swearing in of Government Ministers behind the nation,  the citizens of the Federation has had a first hand view of their new cabinet. We must note that the composition of such is rather interesting,  specifically on two fronts namely with the Nevisian Premier been tagged Minister of Nevis Affairs and the Nevisian Senator not been tagged with a portfolio.

While we can only speculate on the motives, SKN PULSE is advancing the discussion to suggest that the Senator from Nevis would be the Deputy Speaker in the National Assembly. After campaigning heavily on the fact that the house operated without one, Team Unity can ill afford to create a Double Standard.

With that said,  the idea of having a Minister of Nevis Affairs seemingly boggles the mind.  As the Premier of Nevis it is only natural that the agenda of Nevis would be advanced,  but to have a whole post labelled Minister of Nevis Affairs,  the following question’s arises:

1) Do we have a case where the new Prime Minister is abandoning the people of Nevis who he so passionately declared he loved?

2) Would it mean the closure of the Federal Office?

3) Would the Senator without a portfolio be utilised in the Ministry of Nevis Affairs?

Clearly,  such a post carries no clout  due to the fact that the Premier by virtue is suppose to be advancing the cause of the Nevisian populace regardless of the Ministerial post.

 

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