GOVERNMENT ENSURES ALL IS READY FOR CPL 2015.

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(Photo Caption: The Warner Park Cricket Stadium during a CPL match last year.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 29, 2015 (SKNIS):The Ministry of Sports is working with partners to ensure that all is in place for the home debut of the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the 2015 Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at the end of June.

Minister of Sports, Honourable Shawn Richards explained that he has “daily contact” with members of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) as well as the St. Kitts Cricket Association to ensure that the Warner Park Cricket Stadium is ready to successfully host 10 regular matches and a charity game from June 30 to July 11.

Additionally, a revised payment schedule was made with CPL executives to allow the government time to meet financial obligations. Minister Richards said the new schedule was necessary as no budgetary allocation was made for the event by the previous administration.

Under the revised arrangement, the first installment of US $1 million was paid on May 22. “We are on schedule with the payments,” Minister Richards stated. “There are two more payments equaling US$750,000 each to give a total of US $2.5 million which will be paid before the CPL games are hosted here.”

The opening match at Warner Park will feature the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots versus the Jamaica Tallawahs. The first match on June 30, begins at 6 p.m.  

Last year, St. Kitts and Nevis hosted its first CPL matches which included the semifinals and final. This is the first year that the twin-island federation has a home team.

Ministry of Health Collaborates With PAHO For Mass Casualty Management Workshop.

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(Photo caption: (L-R) Project Officer of the Nevis Disaster Management Department Brian Dyer, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Judy Nisbett, PAHO Representative and Workshop Facilitator Peter Burgees andMinister of Health Hon Mark Brantley at the Opening Ceremony of the PAHO Mass Casualty Management Workshop on May 26, 2015, at the Llewellyn Newton Disaster Management Facility, Long Point.)

 
NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MAY 29, 2015) —The Ministry of Health in association with the PAN American Health Organization (PAHO), is hosting a Mass Casualty Management Workshop for Health Personnel at the Llewellyn Newton Disaster Management Facility from 25 to 29  May 2015.

 
Minister of Health Hon. Mark Brantley attended the opening ceremony and expounded on the importance of the workshop. He encouraged participants to take all that they could from it.

 
“This five-day multi-sectorial training course… is designed to sharpen the skills of first responders and others to effectively manage mass casualty events, in resource constrained settings such as ours in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“I would want you the participants to enjoy yourselves but in enjoying yourselves, also learn the critical skills. It is one of the truisms, perhaps of this kind of training, that I as Minister hope you never need to use it but in the event that you do need to use it, it is important that you do have it,” he said.

Project Officer Brian Dyer gave remarks on behalf of the Disaster Management Department. He stated that mass casualties can occur at any time so it is essential to be prepared to handle such disasters when duty calls.

“Disasters happen at any time… Mass Casualty situations can develop from any event. We have mass crowd gatherings at our festivals and our sporting events. We have to be prepared to manage these disasters,” he said.

 
Coordinator of the workshop and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Judy Nisbett said the Ministry of Health has been partnering with PAHO for a number of years, in continuous efforts to strengthen training in the area of mass casualty management.

In response, the lead facilitator for the week-long workshop Peter Burgees of PAHO expressed that it was a pleasure for the organization to assist in the training exercise.

Is This The Fresh Start And Fair Share For All?

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Political Commentary By: Dr. Terrance Drew.

Basseterre St. Kitts, Friday 29th May 2015 – Immediately following the 2015 General Elections, I wrote a number of articles criticizing the new administration. Without delay, the Government’s sympathizers leveled their attacks against me and my writings. They asked me to give the new Government a chance and, in a very prudent way, I did.

Since then, let’s examine what has happened:

1. The policy of firing ‘political appointees’, as described by Hon. Harris, has it led to more political appointees? For example, is the new head of the NHC board a political appointee? He was the manager of the Minister’s campaign. Is the lady who organized the breakfasts during the campaign a political appointee at NHC? Is the brother at Social Security a political appointee? It is up to the reader to answer these questions.

2. The sugar workers compensation package is a great idea. These people worked very hard and deserve all the benefits in the world. Let me add, however, that Hon. Harris should not be the messenger. In an article written in 2008, he pointed out that no monies were owed to ex- SSMC workers. In that same article he took PAM to task over the issue. My grandmother, who questioned her compensation package, was told indirectly by Harris that she got her fair share. Now, in 2015 he presents a very convoluted compensation package to the nation. Was this purely for political mileage? Should my grandmother, who worked in the industry for over 50 years, get her compensation from the grave as Joe Hercules would? Again, the reader has the choice to reply. With the criteria being so vague, I have no answers.

3. The firing of workers at every level has left the relationship between the government and the people acrimonious. During the Elections, we heard about the ‘fresh start ‘and the ‘fair share for all’, are these people not part of the all? Or does the ‘all’ only include some of their supporters?

Our people are not credulous and would not be deceived by the silly excuses used to justify taking bread from their children’s tiny mouths. For example, the civil servant from old road with six kids, who was dismissed has been asked to return but must pay back her month salary. Let us remember that she was humiliated on that Friday afternoon when the police escorted her from the office like a common criminal, leaving her without work.

The PAM fraction of the coalition seems to be against this policy, but this is a political strategy. More on this in a later article.

4. The health care issue is dear to me as this is my area of expertise. In the Throne Speech, the acting Governor General mentioned a number of policies .He spoke about upgrading health records, insuring all, upgrading the infrastructure and more training for professionals in the sector. Not one new policy was mentioned. All of these are the continuation from the previous administration. The Junior Minister said in Sandy Point that she was pleased and awed with the local hospital; thus, is Hamilton so pleased with the health sector that he could not come up with a new idea.

5. In regards to the Basseterre High School, what is the way forward? I went to BHS and taught there for 2 years (Mathematics and Physics). There seems to be silence from those who were bombastic on the issue in the past. I heard there were experts on the island, and the Government has the results of their findings. It is very clear that under Labour these experts gave dogmatic information and recommendations, but now under this Government they are estimable. I am really hoping that the students were not part of a political ploy. Back then I heard that the very soil at BHS was contaminated and as a result the students were moved. I said very little on the issue as I thought that this should have never been political, hence I await the results of the report and the Government’s response.

6. Crime continues to be a serious issue in this country. I have said before that we need a multifaceted approach and all must get involve. The police cannot do it alone. However, crime was used as a political football by the coalition of PAM, CCM and PLP. They had all the answers. They attacked the Police Commissioner with all their guts and soul as they tried to destroyed him, but in the process they destroyed the Police Force. Criminals have no respect for the police. CCM has invited the army to Nevis to help but remember under Labour they refused entry of the army. It seems that this coalition has no idea how to approach the issue of crime. They made it a political issue so now they must lie in the bed that they made.

I call on all citizens to do their part to solve crime as it affects all of us. Get involve in your community. If you see something, say something.

7. To our young men in particular, I know that this Government is failing you. They promised 500 dollars per week as a ‘livable wage’ but after the Elections the new PM said that it is only a notion. Each house hold was promised 3000 dollars per month but that too has gone with the wind. Very deceptive indeed! ‘You can fool some of the people sometimes but you cannot fool all of the people all the time’.

In conclusion, among the many problems facing this Government, these seem to be the most talked about. However, there are many questions to be answered. If our country is to remain number one in so many different areas, then the diatribe leveled against Labour and its leader would not help. The new Administration must transition from Opposition to Government so that policies could flow; it must be noted that know how and hard work are the measures of success instead of propaganda. From the Throne Speech hardly anything was new.

Is this the fresh start and fair share for all?

European Union Ambassador To The Caribbean Meets With Nevis Premier.

 

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(Photo caption: (L-R) Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory and Ambassador Head of Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean His Excellency Mikael Barfod at the Premier’s Bath Hotel Office on May 26, 2015.)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (May 28, 2015) —Security was a key matter at a meeting between Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amoy and Ambassador Head of Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean His Excellency Mikael Barfod, at  Bath Hotel on May 26, 2015.

Mr. Amory described the meeting as one of useful discussions in which the Ambassador indicated keen interest of the European Union grouping to assist the Caribbean region including St. Kitts and Nevis where security is concerned.

He said it was no secret the high priority which Nevis and St. Kitts and Nevis places on security especially in light of serious crimes that had taken place recently.

The Premier thanked the Ambassador for his commitment to further discuss the matter with colleagues at the European Union Commission in an effort to provide any assistance they could.

Mr. Amory stated that Nevis and the European Union had a long-standing relationship and pointed to the European Development Fund’s assistance with the reconstruction of the Alexandra Hospital and a previous water development project.

He thanked the grouping for the assistance given to Nevis and also for the commitment of further assistance with development especially at a time when the issue of security is a priority.

Meantime, the Ambassador stated he was impressed by the island’s environment and noted he now had a better understanding of the island’s security situation at the end of his meeting with the Premier.

“I must say that Nevis has never been far away from my mind because I have met with you before and we discussed the economic situation in Nevis and your challenges and today was very interesting, I thought, because we managed to cover a wide range of issues from health, renewable energy and indeed security.

“I understand the security situation in Nevis much better now, after haven spoken to you, than I did before and I hope we will be able, one way or the other, to assist,” he said.

According to Ambassador the European Union is the biggest grant donor to the Caribbean region and St. Kitts and Nevis is no exception.

He noted that most of the aid given to the Federation, was through budget support provided to the treasury.

“I am of course extremely interested in how this money also benefits Nevis and that is something that will be on our agenda with the Federal Government. I hope to basically understand this much better for the future and for the benefit of Nevis,” he said.

The Ambassador also use the opportunity to invite officials from Nevis to visit him whenever possible, in an effort to discuss areas of mutual interest in which the European Union could assist.

Nevis Residents Urged To Curb Water Usage.

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(Photo caption: Junior Minister in the Ministry of Communication Works and Public Utilities Hon. Troy Liburd at the May 25, 2015 sitting of the Nevis Island Assembly.)

NIA CHARLESTOW NEVIS (May 28, 2015) —Junior Minister in the Ministry of Communication Works and Public Utilities Hon. Troy Liburd urged residents of Nevis to be conservative with their water usage, as the island like others in the region, is experiencing an extended dry season.

The Minister was at the time making a presentation at the May 27, 2015 sitting of the Nevis Island Assembly and gave an update on the existing water situation on the island.

“I want to call on the general public to do as much as you can to conserve water because we are going through a dry spell and water is important and at this time it’s a little bit scarce.

“I would ask that we try to cut down on the wastage and observe good general practice in usage of water. Conserve as much as possible. Take maybe shorter showers; be more precise about the watering of lawns and gardens and so on,” he said.

Mr. Liburd also thanked the public for being patient and asked them to continue to do so as the Nevis Water Department is on the field 24 hours a day ensuring that the best possible service is available to the people of Nevis.

 

AMBASSADORIAL APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED BY PRIME MINISTER HARRIS.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 27, 2015: Citing the need to have “the right people at the right place” St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris unveiled a robust list of professionals appointed to fill Ambassadorial posts and advisory roles.

 
At a press conference on Wednesday (May 27), Prime Minister Harris announced that, Sam Condor was designated as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Representative to the United Nations. 

“Mr. Condor will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mr. Delano Bart, Q.C.,” the Prime Minister said. “Mr. Condor has served as a Deputy Prime Minister and served as a Minister of Foreign Affairs and has what it takes to commence this assignment and deliver results from day one, and there are several important issues on the United Nations agenda, and with Mr. Condor’s leadership, we expect excellent results.”   

 
Dr. Thelma Phillip-Browne was named the Ambassador to United States and will be resident in Washington D.C. Dr. Browne is a well known medical practitioner and dermatologist, with a wide range of experience in the delivery of health services.  “She is a professional woman who will make a difference in our diplomacy with our most significant international partner – the United States,” Prime Minister Harris stressed. 

In addition, Dr. Everson Hull is designated as Ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS). Dr. Hull is an academic whose extensive work in the field of Economics has cemented his value to the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) in the area of economic policy formulation.

Shirley Skerritt, career diplomatic formerly attached to the OECS Mission and Embassies in Brussels has been confirmed as High Commissioner to Canada based in Ottawa.

Verna Morris, a career Foreign Service Officer will be assigned to Cuba as Charge d’ Affaires.  Ms. Morris has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 10 years. She is a graduate of universities in Cuba and Mexico. Her appointment will fill the void created by the recall of Ambassador Kenneth Douglas.

Other noteworthy appointments included Lorna Hunkins – Special Advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Jonel Powell – Sports Ambassador and Special Envoy in the Ministry of Sports.

LOCAL OFFICIALS PREPARE FOR 104THINTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 27, 2015 (SKNIS): A six-man delegation from St. Kitts and Nevis will join counterparts from 185 member states of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in discussing a wide range of issues at the 104th Session of the International Labour Conference.

The June 01-13 meeting will be held in Geneva, Switzerland and will be attended by representatives from government, workers and employers. Topics to be reviewed include job creation by small and medium-sized businesses, applying international labour standards, transitioning from the informal to the formal economy, social protection and more.

St. Kitts and Nevis’ team will be headed by Federal Minister for Labour the Honourable Vance Amory. He will be supported by Labour Commissioner Spencer Amory and Senior Labour Officer Shernel James, who heads the ILO desk in the department. Executive Director of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Calvin Cable will represent the employers while President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Trades and Labour Union Joseph O’Flaherty will represent the workers. Cabinet Secretary in the Nevis Island Administration Steadman Tross is also a member of the delegation.

The representatives were chosen in keeping with the ILO policy of tripartite engagements – government, employers and employees. They are scheduled to leave the Federation on the weekend.

YOUTH DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL TOURISM MATTERS.

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(Photo Caption: Winner of the local Tourism Youth Congress competition: Syneja Richards of the Washington Archibald High School.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 26, 2015 (SKNIS): Syneja Richards of the Washington Archibald High School will represent St. Kitts as junior minister at the Regional Tourism Youth Congress in Curacao during this year’s Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) State of Industry Conference on October 21-23. 

 

Syneja was afforded this opportunity by winning this year’s local Tourism Youth Congress competition held on May 22 at the St. Kitts Marriott Grand Ballroom.

 

Richards competed with three others including Brenisha Stevens of the Verchilds High School, Tekoyah Mason of the Saddlers Secondary School and Dottisha Taylor of the Charles E. Mills Secondary School in discussing issues of local importance.

 

The competition, which mirrors the CTO Board of Directors meeting, is aimed at giving young people an opportunity to discuss tourism issues as the head of government from their perspective. This creates greater awareness of related matters and encourages youth to be a part of sustainability efforts.

 

Minister of Tourism the Hon. Lindsay Grant stated that it is common knowledge that tourism is the main catalyst for growth and development in St. Kitts and Nevis.

 

“It is therefore imperative that our youth are educated about the industry and the opportunities that are available,” noted Minister Grant. “Getting our students involved in expressing their views and the various aspects of tourism development helps to increase their knowledge of tourism, their analytical skills and their ability to express their views logically and convincingly.”

 

The Minister also shared that it is hoped that through initiatives like these “our students will develop a greater and deeper appreciation for the tourism industry and will seriously consider careers in the field of tourism at all levels of the industry.”  

 

Topics discussed included Greening Tourism Events which implies that each event will be developed and managed in a way that ensures the reduction of any potential negative environmental impacts and Film Induced Tourism which looks at ways to tap into the film induced tourism niche market and promote the Federation as an attractive and exciting destination for film producers, film investors and film tourists.

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By sknpulse Posted in Youths

Crime Wave Continues In Saint Kitts And Nevis.

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SKN PULSE, Tuesday 26th May 2015 – As the fifteenth murder rocked the village of Mount Lily in the wee hours of Monday morning last week, law enforcement officials were left scrambling for clues to quell the fear that exists. With there hands already full, a robbery on Monday 18th May 2015 created a media frenzy as word of the unfortunate incident was quickly disseminated on social media.

Since then, the robbery at Rams (Bird Rock, Saint KItts) on Friday 22nd May, 2015 and the Shooting Incident that occurred on Sunday 24th May 2015 which left popular football player Sheldon Lawrence hospitalized set the tone for an active crime spree weekend. Such incidents are indicative of the constant crime situation that plagues Saint KItts And Nevis.

While gun violence and robberies have been the two known constants that have proven to be a mystery for The Royal Saint Christopher and Nevis Police Force, it is evident that they have failed to comprehensively tackle either of the two. With the recent delinquent acts namely the robbery of Rituals at Frigate Bay and the Shooting Incident of a young Cayon resident, (Jason Morton) at a National Bank ATM Machine in the vicinity of TDC Home Depot on Frigate Bay Road, the work loads for officers have been piling at rapid speeds thus far for 2015.

Sadly, while the crime spree continues the detection rate is at an all time low as police have not been able to apprehend criminals.

By sknpulse Posted in Crime

St. Kitts And Nevis Celebrates Women’s Football Day.

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SKN PULSE, Sunday 24th May 2015 – With an evolved sports world young women are afforded the opportunity to have an array of choices which equates to them feeling alot more happier that they too can trace a dream of being a cricketer,  a footballer, a basketball player and the list goes on.

With that said, yesterday, Saturday 23rd May 2015, CONCACAF celebrated the first ever Women’s Football Day. The aim of the Women’s Day is to unite all 41 Member Associations so that Women’s Football can be celebrated throughout the region simultaneously.

To commemorate such an occasion, Nevisian and Kittian young female soccer players came together in unison to partake in the planned activities.

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The activities that St. Kitts And Nevis organized and had the young females engaged in included, a March Past, Grassroots Festival and Skills Challenege, U-16 Girls 5 A-side competition and the Elvis “Star” Browne Women’s Soccerama.

By sknpulse Posted in Sports