Navigational Lighting For Cow And Calf Rocks In The Narrows In St. Kitts And Nevis Channel

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(Photo caption: A frame for the navigational lighting being erected on top of Cow and Calf rocks in the Narrows between St. Kitts and Nevis)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JUNE 29, 2015) – For the first time in the marine history of St. Kitts and Nevis, navigational lighting will be installed in the channel between St. Kitts and Nevis known as the Narrows.

Owner of Scuba Safari Ellis Chaderton informed the public of the installation of a navigation light on the Cow and Calf rocks by the Maritime Affairs St. Kitts, during an interview with the Department of Information on June 25, 2015. He said the lighting was funded by Barry Wilson, a boater who lives on Nevis.

The Cow and Calf rocks are series of black rocks located in the middle of the Narrows between St. Kitts and Nevis.

Chaderton said the rocks are a navigational hazard to boaters due to their low visibility at nights therefore the new lighting would signify their location.

He also stated that the increase in boat traffic also played a significant role for the erection of navigational lighting, after an incident in which a boat collided with the rocks.

Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Eric Evelyn said that his ministry is pleased with the initiative to erect the navigation lights because it not only made the waters safer for leisure vessels but for fishermen as well. He advised boaters to make proper use of the lighting.

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PERSONS ON THE MEND LEARN ABOUT LABOUR RIGHTS.

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(Photo Caption:  Labour Officer Jeneve Mills presents to MEND participants.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 29, 2015 (SKNIS): The Department of Labour is strengthening its engagement with the public, as it seeks to educate and inform workers about their rights and increase their productivity.

Officials recently partnered with the Department of Social Services to facilitate a session with some 50 persons participating in the Mold, Empower, Nurture and Direct (MEND) programme designed to strengthen the family unit. Labour Officers Shernel James and Jeneve Mills conducted the session.

The duo looked at areas aimed at preparing workers for the job market. These included practical topics such as how to write a job application letter, how to produce a résumé, preparing for a job interview and more. The participants were also briefed on worker’s rights.

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(Photo Caption:  MEND participants during the training.)

“It was very interactive and they took a lot of notes,” Ms. James explained, adding that a lot of questions were asked. Each member was encouraged to visit the Labour Office on New Street for further information and/or assistance. Ms. James thanked the Department of Social Services for its ongoing partnership which was cemented about five years ago.  

The Department of Labour has conducted briefings with other public and private sector agencies. These include the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), The Cable and the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. Businesses or groups interested in having sessions for their members are encouraged to contact 467-1099.  

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Police Update: Arrests.

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SKN PULSE, Monday 29th June 2015 –News reaching this medium indicates that Mahindra Gobin of Low Street was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Possession of Cannabis, which was committed on 22nd June 2015 at Low Street. 

Mahindra Gobin was bailed and is expected to appear at the Charlestown Magistrate Court  on Tuesday 30th June 2015.

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Further, on Wednesday 24th June 2015 about 5:30 pm Police Officers of the Anti Narcotic Unit carried out a Stop and Search operation in West Farm. As a result of that search Kevin Hamilton  formally of St. Paul Village but residing at West Farm was stopped and searched. During the process, one (1) semi-automatic pistol and a magazine with matching rounds of ammunition were found tucked in his pant waist. 

Kevin Hamilton, the fire arm and the ammunition were taken into police custody. On Thursday 25th June 2015 Kevin Hamilton was formally arrested, charged and is on remand at  Her Majesty’s Prison.  

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Team Unity Led Government Takes Vindictiveness And Badmind To A New Level.

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SKN PULSE, Saturday 27th June 2015 -Recent revelations by Honourable Marcella Liburd on popular talk show program Issues has created quite a debate across the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Inquiring minds care to know whether the denial of a security detail and the denial of duty free privileges for Dr. Douglas are driven by personal vendettas.

With that said, frustrating the Douglas led  St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party has been the modus operandi as delay tactics in the appointment of the opposition leader, victimization and political grandstanding led to major rifts in the country. Thus causing the political landscape across the twin island Federation to be very tense. To complicate matters the political immaturity being exercised by the Team Unity led Administration doesn’t make things better. Seemingly, there has been more aggressive political interference into the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.

According to Liburd, Former Prime Minister The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas was informed by the Ag. Commissioner of Police, Mr. Stafford Liburd that he would have to apply for a security detail. Interestingly, even if such acts as a requirement the norm should be to willingly grant security details to former prime ministers and governor generals since they would have been assigned previously.

A bad precedence has been set, especially when the former Prime Minister is still one of the most dominant political figures locally. With the present scenario, one has to ask, if the Opposition Leader who served as Prime Minister for 20 years cannot get a security detail then who is eligible?

Bearing this in mind and to add insult to injury, the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas has also been denied duty free privileges. This clearly highlights the political immaturity that is being exercerised especially when one takes into consideration that duty free privileges are normally granted to parliamentarians on both sides of the political divide.

The general public would be looking on very closely to see if the Unity Government would enact laws to protect their Prime Minister and Governor General in the future with such measures. If so it would clearly highlight the vindictive and bad minded actions of the Unity Leadership which would only be deemed hypocrisy .

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Baroness Patricia Scotland – Visits St. Kitts And Nevis.

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(Photo Caption: Governor General Seaton with Baroness Scotland.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 26, 2015 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris on Thursday (June 25) met with Baroness Patricia Scotland, candidate for the post of Commonwealth Secretary General. At the beginning of her visit Baroness Scotland paid a courtesy call upon the Governor General, His Excellency Tapley Seaton. She also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mark Brantley and the Attorney General, the Honourable Vincent Byron.

Prime Minister Harris said he was delighted to have met with Baroness Scotland whom he described as being very well informed. The Prime Minister further said that her visit was very enlightening.

In addition to meeting with several Government officials Baroness Scotland also met with some former Parliamentarians including the Nation’s first Prime Minister Dr. Sir Kennedy Simmonds, the former Deputy Prime Minister and current UN Ambassador, His Excellency Sam Condor, and the first woman elected to Parliament, Constance Mitcham, a former Minister of Health and Women’s Affairs.

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(Photo Caption: Prime Minister Harris with Baroness Scotland.)

Baroness Scotland who is currently visiting the twin island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, has described her visit as “very productive” and “truly enjoyable”.  She was particularly touched that Sir Kennedy fondly remembered her father, Arthur L. Scotland a former Antiguan Cricketer of note. 

Baroness Scotland, the first woman to ever hold the post of Her Majesty’s Attorney General of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is the Candidate of the Government of Dominica. Last night on “Caribbean News Line” seen here in St Kitts and Nevis, Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit stated, unequivocally, that Baroness Scotland is the most qualified Candidate.

Baroness Scotland was born in the Commonwealth of Dominica to a Dominican mother and an Antiguan father. Her parents moved the family of ten children from Dominica to England, like many Caribbean people of the day, in search of opportunities for tertiary education.

The former CARICOM Deputy Secretary General, Lolita Applewhaite, accompanied Baroness Scotland on her visit.

Baroness Scotland and Ms. Applewhaite are slated to leave the Federation on Friday (June 26).

 

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Steph Curry playing with Muggsy Bogues two decades ago

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the fun things about Stephen Curry being the son of former NBA player Dell Curry, is that we occasionally come across pictures or video of a young Steph Curry, hanging around the NBA as a kid. Such as this Instagram video someone on Reddit uncovered, featuring a young Curry being carried around the Charlotte Hornets locker room by former point guard Muggsy Bogues

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PM HARRIS CHAMPIONS REFORM FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE IN CARICOM.

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Photo: Flags of CARICOM countries

Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 25, 2015 (SKNIS): Some of the major challenges confronting Caribbean governments in relation to good governance and electoral reform, were placed in context by St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris at a recent regional forum in Antigua and Barbuda.

The multifaceted issues surrounding good governance touched on the move by some administrations to operate outside of the Constitution as well as the ability of citizens to question and challenge representatives for “unseemly behaviour.” Motions of No Confidence, Integrity in Public Life, Tenders Boards and Freedom of Information legislation were highlighted as instruments to promote transparency, true democracy and were described as “hallmarks of good governance.”

In the case of electoral reforms, the Voters’ List was described as “the heart of the Electoral Process.” The importance of cleaning the list periodically to remove names of the deceased, campaign finance rules, the rights of voters residing abroad and support for the Electoral Commission were all mentioned.

“These are some of the issues which we in St. Kitts and Nevis have to place before our citizens for their consideration and input,” Prime Minister Harris revealed, while addressing delegates at the one-day forum dubbed CARICOM Overcoming Challenges: Pathway to Development. “We the servants of the people must have a clear sense of the reform in which we must engage and plan the way forward to guarantee a true democracy.”

Ambassador Dr. Clarence Henry of Antigua and Barbuda played a key role in the forum’s staging. He praised Prime Minister Harris for “capturing the imagination of persons regarding his vision of CARICOM [Caribbean Community) today and beyond.”

“He was often passionate, stirred and excited a grateful audience who applauded his powerful statements …,” Ambassador Henry stated. “… I am grateful that the Prime Minister came and shared with the people of Antigua and Barbuda and by extension the entire region. Both him and [host] Prime Minister Gaston Browne make a powerful force as demonstrated during the opening ceremony and will continue their collaboration during the forthcoming meeting of the regular conference of CARICOM Heads of Government …”

The meeting is scheduled for July 02 to 04 in Barbados.

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German Ambassador To St. Kitts And Nevis Pays Courtesy Call On Nevis Deputy Premier.

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(Photo caption: Foreign Affairs Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and Deputy Premier of Nevis Hon. Mark Brantley welcomes Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency Lutz Görgenduring a courtesy call on June 24, 2015 at the Nevis Island Administration building at Bath Plain)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JUNE, 25, 2015) – Foreign Affairs Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis  and Deputy Premier of Nevis Hon. Mark Brantley on Wednesday 24 June, 2015, accepted a courtesy visit from Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency Lutz Görgen at his office at Bath Plain.

He exchanged courtesies with the Ambassador, who expressed his delight to be back in Nevis for a second time.

Mr. Brantley noted that during their meeting he took the opportunity to discuss with the Ambassador two matters that were of critical concern: the recent European Union (EU) blacklisting of St. Kitts and Nevis and the unfortunate position taken by the Dominican Republic in relation to its deportation of persons of Haitian decent born in the Dominican Republic.

Regarding the blacklisting of St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Brantley stated that it was a move inconsistent with the Federation’s efforts to engage positively and cooperatively with the international community, including the EU, on tax matters and had already signed 25 tax information exchange treaties, many with the EU.

In addition, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD) Global Forum had done reviews of St. Kitts and Nevis and found it to be substantially compliant.

He said the Ambassador promised to raise both issues with his Government and with the EU.

 

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Cuban Alumni Association In St. Kitts And Nevis Donates To Nevis Seniors.

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(Photo caption: Members of the Cuban Alumni Association with donation to the Flamboyant Nursing home on Nevis on June 20, 2015. (Third and second from left respectively) Association Vice President Retna Walwyn-Browne and Nursing Assistant at the Flamboyant Home Cacelia Stanley and (Second and third from left respectively) Telca Wallace President of the Cuba St. Kitts Nevis Friendship Association and Public Relations Officer Earl Clark)
 
NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (June 23, 2015) — The Flamboyant Nursing Home and the St. George’s and St. John’s Senior Citizens Home were recipients of food items, toiletries and cleaning supplies from the Cuban Alumni Association on June 20, 2015. The 10-year non-profit organisation is made up of students from St. Kitts and Nevis who attended Cuban universities.

Retna Walwyn-Browne Vice President of the association said, during the presentation, that the donations were in keeping with their mandate to give back to the persons in the community who were less fortunate, and the elderly as a way of showing appreciation.

She said although it was their first presentation in Nevis, the association was hopeful it would not be the last. The vice president noted that the group had been involved in fund raisers in order to assist others.

In response to the donation, Nursing Assistant at the Flamboyant Nursing Home Cacelia Stanley expressed gratefulness on behalf of the residents and staff.

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(Photo caption: Food items, toiletries and cleaning supplies, donated by the Cuban Alumni Association to the Flamboyant Nursing Home on June 20, 2015)

Nurse Ima Stanley who accepted the donation on behalf of Chief Executive Officer of the St. George’s and St. John’s Nursing Home Canon Dr. Alson Percival also expressed gratitude for the gift.

Brief remarks also came from Telca Wallace President of the Cuba St. Kitts Nevis Friendship Association in support of the Cuban Alumni Association’s gesture.

She commended the group’s decision to show appreciation to the Federation’s senior citizens, whom she said are deserving of the gift because of their role in the development of St. Kitts and Nevis which has brought the Federation to where it is today. 

Wallace was accompanied by Earl Clark who serves as her association’s Public Relations Officer.

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PLANNING DEPARTMENT TO STEP UP MESSAGE ON CLIMATE CHANGE.

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(Photo Caption: Derionne Edmeade during communication symposium)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 24, 2015 (SKNIS): The Department of Physical Planning and Environment on St. Kitts has pledged to continue the campaign to educate locals about climate change and how it impacts their lives and livelihoods.

The promise was made by the department’s Environmental Education Officer Derionne Edmeade at the conclusion of a two-day Communication Symposium on Climate Change. Edmeade visits schools and engages the media on a regular basis to promote various related topics. He uses practical messages such as the extended dry spell being experienced in St. Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean islands to connect with an audience.

“As you look around the world and you listen to the news, a lot of things right now are geared towards climate change issues and how we develop in the future and the decisions we have to make now, to mitigate a lot of the problems that we are going to have,” he said.

One adaption strategy to mitigate the shortage of water is being drilled to residents preparing to build a house or other structure.

“If you look at St. Kitts for example, most of our homes are not developed with room for water conservation features such as cisterns and so forth,” Emdeade added. “If we are to prepare ourselves to climate change, I think that is something that can be implemented from the planning perspective.”                                    

Edmeade was joined at the June 18-19 symposium by some 50 individuals from across the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The science of climate change was broken down for the media practitioners and public awareness officials so that they in turn can communicate the issues in layman’s terms.

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(Photo Caption: Calvin Andre Samuel admitted that public awareness about climate change has decreased)

The techniques and presentations were welcomed by Anguilla’s Deputy Director of Strategic Research Programmes in the Department of Environment. Calvin Andre Samuel explained that five years ago awareness about climate change was very high in Anguilla. However, given a challenging global economic climate and reducing budget he admitted that the public’s attention has eroded.

“What the department has been doing is trying to create projects to really try to speak to livelihoods such as fishing, farming etc,” he revealed. …  So we can’t just say ‘hey’ sea level rise, what are you doing? No, sea level rise, there’s going to be increased temperatures, here’s what we are proposing.

“Restore the reefs; begin to look at setbacks for the tourism belt a bit closer so instead of building 100 feet maybe go 150 feet so we can protect those sorts of investments. Do this so that we can protect your livelihoods in order to have a higher quality of life while adapting to the changes that are occurring because of climate.”                                    

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(Photo Caption: Jamila Sealy engages social media to share the CYEN views)

The Caribbean Youth Environment Network is using social media to share the message with young people. Jamila Sealy is the Regional Chairperson.

“Social media is good to use and once you use it well it can be very effective but we also have to remember that there are persons who do not have access to internet,” she reminded. Other than using the social media we actually do outreach programmes. We actually go to schools, talk to children, we do competitions. We also like to be on the ground with people as well.”  

The communication symposium was organized by the OECS Commission under its Reducing Risks to Human and Natural Assets Resulting from Climate Change (RRACC) Project. It was held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

 

  

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