REVIVED NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN HONOUR OF NATIONAL HERO.

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(Graphic: National Arts Festival Logo With An Image Of The Late Honourable Sir Caleb Azariah Paul Southwell)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 31, 2015 (SKNIS): The St. Kitts and Nevis National Arts Festival will be revived this year, and dedicated to the memory of National Hero the late Right Excellent Sir Caleb Azariah Paul Southwell.

This seems justifiably appropriate considering that National Hero Southwell founded the first National Arts Festival.   

“Back in the 1960’s the Right Excellent Sir C.A. Paul Southwell, who was very interested in arts in general, but drama more specifically, had the vision to create an event where the skills and talents of our people could have been showcased to nationals, visitors and the region; hence the National Arts Festival was born in 1964,” Director of Culture Troy Mills explained.  “He organised the first ever National Arts Festival and after going dormant for quite a few years, there was a rebirth in 2001, after which, it again went back to sleep until two years ago at the 30thAnniversary of our Federation’s Independence.  We are now on course to host it in 2015.”

Activities include the Official Opening of the National Arts Festival on Friday, September 18 at 9:30 a.m.  A ZIZ TV Panel discussion takes place Monday, September 21, at 8 p.m. at ZIZ Television Studios under the theme: “SKNCIR (St. Kitts-Nevis Creative Industry Registry) – Benefits for St. Kitts-Nevis Creative Industry.”  Friday, September 25 is reserved for National Pot Pourri which begins at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Independence Square. 

The mentioned events cover a range of artistic expressions, so while National Pot Pourri will feature chiefly the performing arts, there will also be booths displaying local literary art as well.

The Culture Director said that the revived National Arts Festival will certainly foster the development and expansion of the cultural arts in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“With the theme being ‘Explore, Nurture, Value, Promote”, we are cognizant that there is quite a bit of young talent in the Federation developing frequently,” Mr. Mills noted.  “It is therefore our duty to find young talent thus we have to “explore” our country to locate it.  Having identified the various talents, we then have to “nurture” them.  We have to ensure that the artists are aware of how valuable their skills and talents are; what it means to them; what it means to us; what it means to the country; what it means to those to come. We therefore have to “value” our culture.”

Mr. Mills explained that certain actions will be inspired by the National Arts Festival, such as the education of cultural performers.  Similarly parents of the performers will become more informed as will the public in general.  The Director of Culture emphasized that with the appropriate support systems in place, “individuals can benefit, and the country can benefit.”  He explained that the public needs to become more aware of the potential of local expressions of culture and so “we now have to share the secret,” and “promote” our culture at home and abroad.”

The events of the National Arts Festival are being held in collaboration with the Independence Committee.

 

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SPECIAL SESSION OF CABINET ADDRESSES NATIONAL AND REGIONAL ISSUES. 

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(Photo Caption: Members Of Cabinet)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 31, 2015 (SKNIS): A special session of the St. Kitts and Nevis Cabinet of Ministers was held on Friday (August 28) in which members were updated on several ongoing projects as well as the passage of Tropical Storm Erika and the ongoing relief and recovery efforts in Dominica. 

Chairman of Cabinet, Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris said the agenda was packed and the session was informative and productive. 

The Cabinet was briefed by Carl Herbert, the coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on the effects of the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on the Federation. Mr. Herbert also informed on the ongoing efforts in the Commonwealth of Dominica as relayed to him by disaster officials there.

Another area reviewed at the meeting was the transition for the Basseterre High School (BHS) population.

“The Cabinet was pleased with the progress outlined in a report presented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, the Honourable Shawn Richards,” said Prime Minister Harris.  Minister Richards, was at the time detailing preparations for the upcoming school year for faculty and students of the Basseterre High School (BHS). 

A report from the Sugar Workers Restoration Fund (SWRF) Committee was also on the agenda. The cabinet received a brief that indicated that payments as promised were forthcoming.  Prime Minister Harris said, “the cabinet recorded commendation for the members of the committee for their months of sterling yeoman service to the former workers.” 

Law and order in the federation dominated discussions and Prime Minister Harris in his capacity as Minister of National Security, updated on the ongoing efforts by law enforcement agencies to stem crime. Prime Minister Harris reported that the downward trend in overall crime continued in July. However, there is still concern with regards to murders. He shared with the Cabinet a few successes over the months and highlighted ongoing operations and the interdiction of drugs and weapons.

The session of Cabinet ended late Friday evening.

 

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LAW ENFORCEMENT VIGILANCE PAYS OFF, GUN AND AMMO INTERCEPTED, ONE ARRESTED.

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Press Release Dated: 28/08/2015

Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 26, 2015 (RSCNPF): The ongoing law enforcement efforts to combat and reduce violent crime in St. Kitts and Nevis has again yielded positive results with the interdiction of an illegal firearm and ammunition on Tuesday 25th August 2015. 

In a joint operation conducted by Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise Department and units of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Akile Keithroy Glasgow a resident of Sandy Point was detained in Basseterre after collecting a suspicious package. Further investigations confirmed that the package contained a quantity of compressed cannabis (marijuana) and an illegal firearm with matching ammunition.

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(Photo Caption: Akile Keithroy Glasgow)

Upon completion of the investigations, Akile Keithroy Glasgow was formally arrested on August 26, and charged with the following offences: Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Cannabis with intent to supply and Importation of Cannabis.

Mr. Glasgow was also charged with the illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. He has been remanded until trial. 

The Comptroller of Customs and the Acting Commissioner of Police have both expressed their appreciation for the dedication and vigilance of the officers in both law enforcement agencies.

Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Crime, Ian Queeley, in commenting on this incident, said, “this interception brings to 13 the number of illegal firearms confiscated to date this year and has surpassed the total for last year.”  He also reiterated that the fight against crime takes all of us, and urges the public to say something if they see something.  “Contact your nearest police station, or use the anonymous tip line, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477(TIPS) to report any criminal activity,” he stressed.

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Movado Model Agency Continues to Make Strides in the Fashion Industry.

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August 28, 15 (Basseterre): The Movado Model Agency is taking a bold step in the Fashion Industry in the Federation to host its first ever all Male Fashion show dubbed ‘A Gentleman’s Touch’.

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The fifteen-year-old agency founded and directed by Mr. Jason Amory with just about 20 years of experience within the industry, consists of over 20 male and female models.  However, on December 13 2015, Movado Model Agency is planning to break the barriers and feature its top male models in local designer and boutique wear. They are expected to display both choreographed dance and model routines created by Jason and guest choreographers to add to the remarkably creative repertoire of the agency’s quality productions.

Preparations have begun and the agency is looking forward to sharing much more about this event in the upcoming weeks.

The Agency will also be hosting a casting for new male and female models ahead of the Movado Model Agency’s annual production in 2016.

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The casting is expected to take place at Basketball City, 5(pm) on September 4th 2015.

For more information contact Jason Amory at (869) 662 4421.

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PM HARRIS EXPRESSES NATION’S SOLIDARITY WITH DOMINICA.

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(Photo Caption: Part of Dominica after the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 27, 2015 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris has expressed solidarity on behalf of the nation to the government and  people of the Commonwealth of Dominica as the country mourns the loss of lives and recover from damages caused  by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning August, 27. 

In a call to the Dominican Prime Minister, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Thursday evening, Prime Minister Harris expressed that, “the prayers and thoughts of the government  and people of  St. Kitts and Nevis are with the government and  people  of Dominica at this moment of tragedy and grief.”

Prime Minister Harris also advised  him that, “St. Kitts and Nevis stands ready  to offer whatever support we reasonably can to assist in their recovery and return to normalcy.”  

In addition, to expressing support to the government of Dominica, Prime Minister Harris has also been in contact with business and education leaders in Dominica.

News and weather outlets are reporting that Dominica received more than 15 inches of rainfall from the slow moving storm. The  resulting rains caused overflowing rivers and mudslides. One airport was reported to be under water, streets have been flooded, and damage to roads and other infrastructure have been reported by news agencies in Dominica.

 

                                            

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Leader Of SKNLP And Opposition Leader, The Rt. Hon. Dr. Douglas Sympathizes With Dominicans.

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(Photo Caption: Former Prime Minister Of Saint Kitts and Nevis: Dr. Denzil Douglas)

Dated: Thursday, 27th August, 2015.

Dear Prime Minister Skerritt:

I would like to express my support and solidarity with the Government and people of Dominica who have suffered a disaster of unparalleled magnitude caused by Tropical storm Erika. 
I can imagine that the people are going through a very difficult and painful period at this time, especially the families of those who lost their lives. 

Please therefore accept, on behalf of the St Kitts Nevis Labour Party and myself, our deepest condolences as extended to those who mourn the loss of their loved ones.

We are aware that Key infrastructure was destroyed and residents have suffered terrible personal losses. We therefore remember them all in our thoughts and prayers.

Prime Minister, be assured that we are here to assist Dominica to return as quickly as possible to a state of normalcy, and with the resilience and determination for which the people are known, we have no doubt that your people will rise to the occasion and weather this storm.

May God continue to bless you and the people of Dominica.

Rt Hon. Dr Denzil L. Douglas.

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OUTSTANDING WORK ETHICS ACKNOWLEDGED AT INVESTITURE.

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(Photo Caption: National Awardes with Prime Minister Harris and Acting Governor General Seaton.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 26, 2015 (SKNIS): Eight nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis were publicly honoured for their outstanding work ethic that contributed significantly towards the development of the Federation. 

This took place when Acting Governor General His Excellency S. W. Tapley Seaton presented them with medals at an Investiture Ceremony at Government House yesterday (August 25).

Commenting on his first Investiture, Acting Governor General Seaton said that the proceedings went well and that the honourees were clearly well supported by their relatives and friends.

“It’s always a useful occasion to be able to praise persons who are deserving of honours,” the Acting Governor General noted.

Similarly, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris congratulated the honourees remarking on the importance of acknowledging consistent and diligent work.

“We sought to publicly give the acclaim, the respect, the honour that these deserving citizens require at this particular time as we remember their work toward national growth and development.”

The Queen’s Honours were bestowed on Lorna Richards who was medaled as a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her work in Public Service, while Sylvia Manning officially became a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British (MBE) for her service in Public Health.

National Honours Awards were also presented to six individuals.  The Order of National Hero award was bestowed posthumously on Dr. the Right Excellent Sir Simeon Daniel for his service in Politics and Law.  It was accepted by his widow Sheila Daniel.

Two Medals of Honour were presented to Venetta Henry for her work in Nursing and Community Service while Dawud Byron was awarded for Journalism and Music.  The three Companions of the Star of Merit awards were presented to Clement Williams for service in Science, Education and Culture, Leonie James for work in Pre-School Education and the Community and Dr. Milton Whittaker for Science and Education.

 

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VISIT TO TAIWAN VERY FRUITFUL SAYS PRIME MINISTER HARRIS.

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(Photo: Prime Mister Harris and President Ma had fruitful discussions)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 26, 2015 (SKNIS):  St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris has hailed his recent official visit to the Republic of China (Taiwan) as very fruitful. 

The one week visit to the Republic of China (Taiwan) was wholly funded by the host country and was the Prime Minister’s first visit to Taiwan since taking office in February.  

While in Taiwan Prime Minister Harris held meetings with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. David Y. L. Lin and Taiwanese President, His Excellency Ma Ying-jeou. Prime Minister Harris stated, that his discussions were focused on ways to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and St. Kitts and Nevis.

“We have identified new areas of future cooperation in healthcare and security and will continue to build on our cooperation in agriculture, tourism, alternative energy, public infrastructure, education and e-government. The details will be worked out in coming months,” said Prime Minister Harris. “Taiwan has been a valued partner to St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Kitts and Nevis has been a strong ally of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on the international stage, and this will continue.”  

While in Taiwan, Prime Minister Harris also visited several entities including the St. Kitts and Nevis Embassy in Taiwan and held audience with citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis resident in Taiwan.  Prime Minister Harris also visited health facilities, universities and several other places of historical and cultural interest.

St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan) have been diplomatic allies since 1983.

 

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Nevis Premier Welcomes Training From Olympian Thinking Programme.

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(Photo caption: Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory and California based two-time Olympian Marilyn King at the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) conference room at Bath Hotel on August 25, 2015.)

 
NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (August 26, 2015) —Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory met with California based two-time Olympian Marilyn King at the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) conference room at Bath Hotel on August 25, 2015, to discuss her “Olympian Thinking” programme, training which will be offered to teachers on Nevis through the Department of Education.

In brief remarks ahead of the meeting, Mr. Amory noted that any advice or strategies which would enable educators and education officials to get the children to reach their maximum potential would be of benefit to the community.

“We are looking to make better communities through better people and I think the place to begin is where our children are most receptive, most malleable and that is in the schools,” he said.

According to the Mr. Amory, since assuming office in 2013, the Nevis Island Administration had sought to inculcate certain strategies and attitudes in the teachers and children because it had not been satisfied that they were attaining their best level.

In response, King explained that her programme is designed to demystify exceptional human performance and to take the mystery out of what it is that allows ordinary people to do extraordinary things and to achieve at the highest level.

Meantime, Principal Education Officer Palsy Wilkin explained that King had offered the Department of Education training with her programme through Skype and was on Nevis at the Department’s invitat

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(Photo caption: (L-R) Education Planner Dr. Neva Pemberton, Principal Education Officer Palsy Wilkin, Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry Wakely Daniel, Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory, California based two-time Olympian Marilyn King at a meeting to discuss training for teachers through her Olympian Thinking programme at the Nevis Island Administration conference room at Bath Hotel on August 25, 2015.)

She said during the training for some teachers, principals and sports officers, the department recognised that it is in keeping with its Child Friendly School Initiative framework which the department had been working on for the past three years. Wilkin described the a initiative as holistic child-centred education for all.

“We recognised we have not really had the buy-in that we have been looking for from our teachers, all of our stakeholders and we recognised that this type of training…was really what we were looking for in terms of our Child Friendly School Initiative.

“Hence, we invited her to help us to get that buy-in that we are looking for. Particularly, we look at goal standards for our teachers. We are not satisfied that we are really operating at the level of standards that our teachers should really be operating and hence we thought that getting Marilyn King to work with us, could really enhance what we are doing and take us to where we really need to go,” she said.

Also present at the meeting was Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry Wakely Daniel, Education Planner Dr. Neva Pemberton and Sports Coordinator Michelle Sutton.

 

 

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Notice To Heads Of Department In The NIA Regarding Tropical Storm Erika.

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(Photo Caption: Nevis Island Administration seal)
 

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (August 26, 2015) –The following is the full text of a  notice from the Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry Wakely Daniel, to all Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Department in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA). The notice which relates to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, is dated August 26, 2015.

Please be advised that a Tropical Storm Warning is presently in effect for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

You are asked to take all precautionary measures to ensure that all electrical equipment is secured.

Further notice will be given regarding closure of government offices for tomorrow, Thursday August 27, 2015, if necessary.

 

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