Scholarships For Diplomas.

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The Embassy of Austria wishes to announce the availability of scholarships for Diplomas in Hospitality and Tourism Management and Teacher’s Training in Hospitality and Tourism Management. The programme is open to all nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis and provides full funding for persons wishing to pursue studies.

 
The course duration for the Hospitality and Management runs for a period of eight (8) months from October 2015 to May 2016 while the Teacher’s Training Programme runs for nine (9) months from October 2015 to June 2016.

 
Completed Applications must be submitted by Friday May 01, 2015.

 

Applications should be sent directly to the ITH office or emailed to office@ith-salzburg.at.

 

All other necessary information may be accessed via the website: http://www.ith-salzburg.at.

 

ST. KITTS-NEVIS YOUTH MINISTER ATTENDS REGIONAL MEETING.

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(Photo:  Minister of Youth, Honourable Shawn Richards (right) is in Antigua for the Caribbean Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 29, 2015 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis Minister of Youth, the Honourable Shawn Richards is engaging in discussions with counterparts from across the region on ways to empower youth and draft strategies to promote this agenda.

The interactions are a result of the Caribbean Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting being held from April 28-30 in Antigua. It is being attended by ministers of government and other senior public officials and youth leaders. As such, Minister Richards is supported by Director of Youth Geoffrey Hanley and CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Klieon John and Sonia Boddie.

The meeting is being held under the theme “Youth participation at the heart of national development.” Delegates are reviewing current trends in youth development and identifying areas where action is needed to advance youth empowerment in the Caribbean. They are also focusing on challenges and opportunities for the region, as well as new global development goals which are to be agreed at the United Nations later in 2015. 

Topics slated for discussions include issues such as youth employment and entrepreneurship, participation in civic and political processes, the role of young people in peace building, and the professionalization of the youth work sector.

Commenting ahead of the meeting, Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj said: “the Caribbean has one of the youngest populations in the Commonwealth, with more than 60 per cent of people aged 29 years or under. This makes this generation an enormous asset to the region’s development – not just tomorrow, but today.”

He added, “We recognise that young people are playing a vital role in strengthening communities and championing democratic processes, leading and delivering change. But many also face challenges related to unemployment, climate change, health issues or conflict. Young people are feeling the squeeze in the labour market, many lack the capital to start a business, or can be shut out of democratic decision-making.”

On 28 April, the Caribbean youth leaders participated in a Youth Leaders’ Forum.  The forum was managed by the Commonwealth Youth Council and Caribbean Regional Youth Council and supported by the youth leaders of Antigua and Barbuda.

Ministers with responsibility for youth are meeting today (April 29) and tomorrow.

INTERNATIONAL FIRM TO HELP ST. KITTS-NEVIS REFORM CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAMME.

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(Photo:  Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 28, 2015 (SKNIS): The government of St. Kitts and Nevis has accepted the recommendations of an international risk management firm to implement reforms in the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme, bolstering its security aspects and increasing its attractiveness to investors.

 

At a press conference on Tuesday (April 28), Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris said that the services of IPSA International Inc. based in the United States were secured in the last quarter of 2014 by the previous administration to make an independent comprehensive evaluation of the CBI. This was inspired by serious concerns raised by foreign governments including the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, which subsequently led to the imposition of visas on St. Kitts and Nevis citizens traveling to Canada.

 

“The [then] government by and large had gotten in an election mode and had paid very little attention to IPSA’s recommendation,” Prime Minister Harris revealed. “I can say today, that this government has reviewed the report and after consultations with a wide cross section of persons representing developers, agents, service providers, lawyers, ordinary citizens and workers, we have decided that it is in the best interest of our country that we implement the 20 recommendations proposed by IPSA International.”

 

Among the recommendations that have been accepted is the implementation of a case management tool to streamline the application management process within the CBI unit; changes to the unit’s organizational structure to enhance processing capabilities and mitigate risk; an improved risk assessment process; and a review of previously approved applicants.    

 

“These will form the basis to restructure reform and reposition the CBI programme and unit in particular to restore it to its former glory,” Prime Minister Harris emphasized. “Not just to become known as a programme which is the oldest, but a programme which is the best and which will become a leader in best practices in (similar) programmes.”   

 

IPSA will be working closely with the government in these areas. These measures are expected to promote greater transparency and efficiency in the work at the CBI unit.

   

POLICE INSTRUCTORS READY FOR DUTY.

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(SKNIS Photo:  Constable Ronrick Huggins accepts certificate of completion from Acting Commissioner of Police Stafford Liburd.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 28, 2015 (SKNIS): A new generation of instructors for the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services and Her Majesty’s Prison are prepared to take up the mantle to train the newest members of the security forces.

Eleven police officers, two fire officers and two prison officers completed the first Instructor Development and Classroom Management Course which ran from April 14 to 27 at the Police Training School. They covered topics such as the role of the trainer, identifying learning styles, principles of adult learning, preparation of lesson plans, and dealing with stress. Practical aspects saw the execution of drills which is important in reinforcing standards in the agencies, as well as power point and other forms of presentation.

Deputy Commandant of the Police Training School, Inspector Eldrin Dickenson, noted that the course was welcomed as the training regimen for police recruits should begin shortly. Additional instructors will also be needed for the expected increase in demand that will accompany the completion of the joint security training academy in 2016.    

Constable Ronrick Huggins of the Nevis Division attended the course and described it as challenging but noted that it will serve them well as they pursue this new role in the police force. His colleague, Constable Maaisha Liburd referred to interaction with other trainees and shared their opinion that while there were a lot of nerves and apprehension they were pushed to the limit and dug deep down to succeed.  

“It is the general consensus of the participants that their expectations were met and the course was of a high standard and was beneficial to all,” Liburd said. “At the end of the training, we the participants now feel that we are capable and confident in delivering any topic effectively and efficiently.”

Acting Commissioner of Police Stafford Liburd congratulated the participants for their success. He referred to the aforementioned joint security training center under construction and reminded that trainees from across the Caribbean region will travel to St. Kitts and Nevis. As such, he said it was important “to maintain a standard” bonded to improvement.

Plans were also outlined for two similar courses to be held later this year that will cater to corporals, sergeants and inspectors of police.

The training course was supported by the European Union.

Community Family Life Programme Launched On Nevis.

 

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(Photo caption: Gender and Social Affairs Officer Shelly Liburd.)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (APRIL 27, 2015) —Gender and Social Affairs Officer Shelly Liburd says that family is the foundation of lives and the Community Family Life Programme, devised by the Social Services Gender Affairs Division, would provide persons with information, skills, experiences and resources to support, improve or enhance their family involvement.

 

Liburd’s comments came when delivering the overview of the Programme, the brainchild of the Division’s Coordinator Lorraine Archibald, when it was launched in collaboration with the Department of Community Affairs at the Charles Walters Community Centre, Hanley’s Road on April 22, 2015.

 

Liburd stated that having good knowledge about healthy family functions can be applied to prevent or minimize many societal problems.

 

She also said the objectives of the programme were to encourage positive attitudes towards the family, instil and strengthen family values, address parenthood concerns, strengthen spousal relationships, create interactive opportunities for single parents and strengthen parent child relationships which would help individuals and families to function optimally.

 

Premier and Area Representative Hon. Vance Amory who was present at the event, in brief remarks, expressed that respect played a major role in family living.

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(Photo caption: Premier of Nevis and Area representative Hon. Vance Amory delivering remarks  at the launch of the Community Family Life Programme on April 22, 2015, at the Charles Walters Community Centre at Hanley’s Road.)

“An essential part of making that structure successful, making it work, is for there to be underlying respect one for the other…

 
“I want to say to you that, that respect which has to form an integral and fundamental part of our family living … can be and will be essential to the close knitting of the family and the developing of the ability for that family to become strong and ward off any external forces of negativity. Within that strong bond respect will go, friendships will come, love will come,” he said.

He also stated that even though resources helped in developing a family, it was not a requirement to build a solid and strong family tie.

Mr. Amory also said that if individual families practiced good morals, good manners, respect for each other and respect for the law, there would be better communities.

Remarks were also delivered by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social development Keith Glasgow while a presentation was made by Dawny Lanns. The event which was dotted with entertainment by members of the community, was chaired by Tashron Tyson and Elmeader Brookes delivered the Vote of Thanks.

 

“I AM A VERY PROUD” SAYS MOTHER OF TOP RECRUIT.

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(SKNIS Photo 2:  Private Zenra Ferdinand.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 28, 2015 (SKNIS): Amongst the crowd of proud parents and other family members sitting at the passing out ceremony for the Basic Military Course 16 of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force was Veronica Martin – the mother of the most successful recruit. 

 
On Thursday (April 23) Ms. Martin stood in and accepted awards on behalf of her daughter Private Zenra Ferdinand who was not present due to her selection to attend the Officers Candidate School in Guyana. Private Ferdinand was selected as the best recruit and was recognized for outstanding performance in the following areas; Best in Field Craft,  Best in First Aid, Best in Rifle Shot, Best in Military Knowledge and the Best Overall Student.  Of special note is the fact,  Private Ferdinand achieved all this while overcoming a training injury.

 
Her performance during the course 16 and her previous academic success in high chool and the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College contributed to her selection to attend the Officer Candidate School.  Upon Graduation Private Ferdinand will be commissioned a 2nd  Lieutentant  in the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force. 

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(SKNIS Photo 1:  PM Harris congratulates Veronica Martin.)
 
“I am extremely proud of my daughter’s performance, and very thankful for her getting this opportunity” Ms Martin said.  “Zenra has become more mature, hard working and responsible in her time with the Defence Force” said Ms. Martin speaking to her daughter’s accomplishment and her appointment to Officers Candidate School (OCS).

 

Prime Minister, Dr the Hon. Timothy Harris, in speaking with Ms. Martin conveyed congratulations to Private Ferdinand on her accomplishments and said that the nation is grateful for her sacrifice.                             

  

Labour’s Legacy: The Solidarity of The Majority.

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SKN PULSE, Monday, 27th April, 2015 – The St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party continues to rally it’s supporters leading up to the Labour Day March on Monday May 4th 2015. Last night’s meeting in Constituency #4 was the second in this series. Constituents, supporters and well-wishers were addressed by the winning candidates for the party in the last General election as well as Glen Ghost Phillip the former elected representative.

The evening proceedings were ably chaired by former Deputy Prime Minister Earl Asim Martin. Speaker after speaker spoke to the deceit, nepotism and victimization that the Harris Led Administration has been meting out. Further, they implored upon the supporters to come out and March in solidarity with the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party so as to send a resounding message to to the Team Unity Led Government that their actions are not accepted.

As the final speaker was summoned to the podium, hundreds of supporters drew closer to hear from the well loved leader the Rt. Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas who as usual did not disappoint. He spoke to the sinister plan by the Team Unity Government to keep him from going to parliament by not receiving his instruments as leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition after some six weeks.

Additionally, Dr. Douglas also spoke to the Harris family being well looked after in government jobs, on boards and in the capacity advisor. Mention was also made of the on going fight for the chairmanship of Social Security between the Powell and Bowry families and the intention of the Unity Government to stop the Reach Program as well as the People’s Empowerment Program. In closing, he reiterated that the young people need to come out in their numbers on Labour Day and March in support of the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party – advancing and representing  the cause of the masses.

The SKLNP next meeting takes place in the heartland of Labour St. Paul’s next Thursday 30th April 2015.

Traffic Accident At New River.

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SKN PULSE, Sunday, 26th April, 2015 – Marvin Ross, a news caster at a local radio station in Nevis  involved in a vehicular accident at New River. Investigations, revealed that Mr. Ross was the lone occupant of the vehicle. Further, sources have indicated that the driver of the car overtook another vehicle and seemed to have lost control. As a result the car ended up hitting a bridge.

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Fire and Rescue Services exercised their expertise as they quickly executed their duties to aid the occupant of the vehicle. After, successfully removing the driver from the crashed vehicle, medical personnel provided assistance. From the accident scene he was rushed to the Alexandra Hospital where he is currently warded and seeking further medical attention. An urgent plea has been issued for Type A+ Blood.

A speedy recovery is wished to Mr. Ross.

Sports Commentary: West Indies Cricket Team Flatter To Deceive.

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The West Indies cricket team succumbed to the Englishmen in the second test match in Grenada. This was largely due to a poor batting display on the final day after being well placed overnight on 202 for 2 due to Braithwaite’s undefeated century and a solid knock from Bravo of 69 runs.

However, all this hard work was undone by the veteran fast bowler James Jimmy Anderson who was given the new ball at the start of the final day and knowing that the West Indies were only leading by 37 runs. It wasn’t
long after that he started the undermining process of the West Indies team and with the assistance of Jordan had the opponents struggling ninety minutes into the morning session at 282 for 8 the writing was on the wall and it wasn’t long after the luncheon interval that the innings folded for 307.

Thus setting the Englishmen a mere target of 143 runs for victory which was easily achieved despite the loss of an early wicket winning by nine wickets. Again, the West Indies suffered yet another of its batting collapses  and this seems to be an area of concern for sometime as well as Taylor’s last minute omission from the team certainly weakened the bowling attack.

One would hasten to add that with a Kieran Powell in the team and the strategies of new coach Phil Simmons, the West Indies would  be a much more competitive team with the likes of Blackwood, Bravo, Braithwaite and Holder emerging.

By sknpulse Posted in Sports

LABOUR OFFICIALS TO PROMOTE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH.

 

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(SKNIS Photo: Construction sites traditionally have higher risks of occupational safety and health challenges.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 23, 2015 (SKNIS): Employers and employees across St. Kitts and Nevis will receive additional reminders about the importance of preventing occupational accidents and diseases next Tuesday (April 28).

That’s when the Department of Labour commemorates World Day for Safety and Health at Work. A series of activities have been organized to celebrate the international campaign promoted annually by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003. The theme for the observance is “Join in Building a Culture of Prevention on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).”

On Sunday, Senior Minister and Minister of Labour, the Honourable Vance Amory, will open the April 26 to May 01 week of events with an address on ZIZ Radio and Television. Persons from the Department of Labour will also worship at the Zion Moravion Church and share tips on OSH with the congregation.

Information sharing continues on Monday (April 27) with conversations at primary schools. Although the students are years away from a full time job, the consensus is that they can use the information to make their school and home safer. On Tuesday a panel discussion on ZIZ Television featuring representatives from the Department of Labour, St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board, St. Kitts and Nevis Trades and Labour Union and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce is scheduled.

Also on April 28, labour staff will travel to Nevis to dialogue with high schools students about the OSH theme. The remainder of the week, Wednesday (April 29) to Friday (May 01) will see safety and health inspections at various construction, manufacturing and hospitality workplaces which traditionally have higher cases of reported accidents. While there, the labour officials are expected to interact with staff and managers.

Labour Officer Jacqueline Chiverton-Pemberton explained that all interactions will incorporate the theme of the observance. She added that the department will also work to finalize a federal policy on occupational safety and health.

“We have to work closely with our stakeholders, who are the employers and the employees in organizations because [each] play a role in preventing accidents in the workplace,” she stated.   
Additional information on OSH and activities for the annual observance is available from the Department of Labour on New Street, Basseterre or by calling 467-1103.