SKNYPA Elects New Executive.

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(Photo Caption – Newly inducted members to SKNYPA. (L-R) 
Keneisha Flemming, Kevron Phipps, Carolynda Welcome, Jonelle Irish, Tajaroh Stapleton, Kyra Seaton, Trevis Belle, Xuxa Garroden, Ackeem Alexander and Christian Nathaniel.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts- The St. Kitts-Nevis Youth Parliament Association saw the election of a new executive during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held Sunday, September 27th2015, at the Daly’s residence in Mattingly Heights. The AGM was held under the distinguish patronage of honorary member Mr. G.A. Dwyer Astaphan and newly inducted honorary member Hon. Marcella Liburd.

Mr. Azard Gumbs was elected President of the Association and is set to lead the association for the 2015/2016 year. His executive comprises of Leanne Knight- Vice President, Tasanna Kelly- General Secretary, Nezrene Roberts- Treasurer and Azuree Liburd and Javon Liburd as Public Relations Officers.

Gumbs is the successor of Mr. Dehaan Henry, who served as president of the association for the last two years. Gumbs has been a member of the Association for almost 12 years. In 2008 he served as Public Relations Officer before leaving to pursue legal studies at the University of the West Indies and the Norman Manley Law School. The newly elected President expressed profound gratitude to the members of the SKNYPA for bestowing their trust in him and thanked the past president and his executive for their dedication and hard work.

To conclude the evening’s meeting the Association inducted ten (10) vibrant young persons namely Christian Nathaniel, Ackeem Alexander, Tajaroh Stapleton, Kevron Phipps, Trevis Belle, Xuxa Garroden, Keneisha Flemming, Carolynda Welcome, Kyra Seaton and Jonelle Irish.

Also, in attendance at the AGM was SKNYPA’s alumni and parliamentary representative for number three Hon. Konris Maynard. Maynard was the featured speaker and shared his wishes for the Association to continue to do its part in nation building through the representation of the youth voice in socio- cultural, political and economic issues within our Federation.

The St Kitts National Youth Parliament Association began on September 13th 2001.

By sknpulse Posted in Youths

NEW YOUTH AMBASSADORS SETTLING IN TO HUGE ROLE.

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(Photo: Youth Minister Hon. Shawn Richards has welcomed the new CARICOM Youth Ambassadors. From left to right; Amb. Trevis Belle, Amb. Mervil Nisbett, Min. Shawn Richards, Amb. Joy Napier, Dean & Amb. Dennis McCall Jr. Photo courtesy the Department of Youth.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 29, 2015 (SKNIS): Youth-related issues will be advanced in St. Kitts and Nevis and on the wider regional level by a new group of individuals who is reportedly dedicated to uplifting their peers.

Dennis McCall Jr. and Joy Napier have been appointed as the new Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Youth Ambassadors (CYA). They now assume responsibility for advocating CARICOM matters locally, while promoting the perspectives of young people at the CARICOM level. They will be supported by Trevis Belle and Mervil Nisbett who will serve as alternates. Mr. McCall will also serve as the Dean of the CYA Corps assuming the post from Haiti’s Ambassador.

The quartet was chosen after an extensive call for persons to apply across the federation. The ambassadors began their official duties earlier this month (September) during the Independence 32 celebrations. Ambassador Napier hosted the September 17 youth panel discussion entitled “Independence Perspective ‘Quo Vadis’ [2015 Onward]. The team also took part in the discussion at the UNESCO-OECS conference on the “Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society and Internet Privacy” held last week at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. They highlighted the thoughts, concerns and positions of youth from every socio-economic background.

Their representation continues on Wednesday (September 30) when St. Kitts and Nevis joins other countries to celebrate Caribbean Youth Day. The group created a video which chronicles the views of youth across the twin-island country on a number of matters. The video will be played at the September 30 to October 02 Caribbean Youth Development Conference in Jamaica, which is being attended by the Minister of Youth, Honourable Shawn Richards, along with CYA alternate Belle.

Visiting secondary schools and hosting various dialogues for peers are among future events already being planned.

The Department of Youth Empowerment invites all to become acquainted with the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, and officials are looking forward to working with them during their tenure, Senior Youth Officer Chereca Weaver said, while encouraging persons to lend their support to the various initiatives they undertake.

By sknpulse Posted in Youths

Lands Cleared To Enhance Security At Medical University In Nevis.

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(Photo caption: Minister of Housing and Lands, Area Representative for the St. James’ Parish Hon. Alexis Jeffers near the Medical University of the Americas at Pot Works on September 28, 2015.)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (September 29, 2015) — Minister of Housing and Lands and Area Representative for the St. James’ Parish Hon. Alexis Jeffers, says a land clearing exercise near the Medical University of the Americas at Pot Works with the assistance of the Nevis Housing and Land Development Corporation will provide added security for the students and staff who use the area leading to the institution.

Mr. Jeffers made the comment in an interview with the Department of Information on September 28, 2015, during a tour of the project.

He described the project, which commenced on September 26, 2015, as an important one, critical to the continued success of the university, an investment he noted that continues to contribute to the island’s economy.

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(Photo caption: A section of the area cleared leading to the Medical University of the Americas at Pot Works.)

“I also look at this as protecting an investment that other persons locally would have made in the construction of their rental apartments and dorms and also those who have residences that they rent out as well.

“So this investment is huge in what it does to the economy of Nevis, what it does to the Constituency of St. James’ and that is why as the Representative of St. James’, I am here this morning to bring this to light and to let people know, that we are trying our best from the Representative stand point and also from the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) standpoint to ensure there is some level of security here,” he said.

However, Minister Jeffers said the plan included additional installation of streetlights to ensure the area being cleared is properly lighted at nights. He said it would be in addition to a previous installation of street lights in 2014.

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(Photo caption: Land clearing with the assistance of equipment from the Nevis Housing and Lands Development Corporation to enhance the security of students and staff at the Medical University of the Americas at Pot Works on September 28, 2015.)

He said the cleaning exercise is a demonstration that the NIA continues to look after the affairs of not only local residents but also of persons who chose to come to Nevis to pursue their studies.

According to Mr. Jeffers, the student enrolment is more than 100 for the fall semester which represents an increase over that of the past three years. He said if that trend continues the administration’s proactive measures would ensure that the university is protected, as it continues to grow and provide the St. James’ area with all the benefits derived from the learning institution.

POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN CAYON.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 28th, 2015 (RSCNPF): The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is currently investigating a shooting incident which occurred in Cayon around 8:40pm on Sunday (September 27th).

According to ACP Queeley, the Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Criminal Investigations, “Officers of the Violent Crimes Unit are investigating the shooting which left one individual hospitalized.” 

The victim, Imran Christopher, 23 years old of Lower Cayon was on his way home when he was attacked by two (2) unknown assailants who discharged their firearms at him and wounding him in jaw, arm and shoulder.  He was rushed to the Joseph N. France General Hospital by a private vehicle, where he remains warded in stable condition.

“We urge anyone with information that can assist the police in this crime, or any other crime to call any Police Station in the Federation or Crime Stoppers, our confidential hotline at 1-800-8477 to share information,” stressed ACP Queeley.  

By sknpulse Posted in Crime

PM HARRIS CALLS ON CARIBBEAN LEADERS TO END HIV/AIDS BY 2030.

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(Photo: Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, calls on Caribbean leaders to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 28th, 2015 (SKNIS):  Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis committed Caribbean leaders to pursue ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030, at a UNAIDS Symposium held at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, USA on Sunday, September 27.

“We in the Caribbean wholeheartedly support the Global Strategy proposed by UNAIDS to achieve the bold aspirational goals of ending HIV/AIDS, which aligns with the global health targets in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by the UN,” said Dr. Harris. “Our region of mainly Small Island Development States (SIDS) with a combined population ranging from 15-20 million has identified as a matter of expediency mechanisms for resources to achieve positive national results.”

Dr. Harris noted three functional organisations that cooperated with the Caribbean and contributed to its economic viability with regards to regional integration. These organisations that were established with the support of Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) as well as the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2013, include the Caribbean Cooperation in Health, the Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

“It is by this application of functional cooperation that the Caribbean region boasts of being the first region in the world to eliminate polio and small pox in the 1990’s,” said the Prime Minister, adding it is believed that the Caribbean can be pushed to being the first region in the world to end HIV/AIDS.

Prime Minister Harris said as the region moves forward with this inspirational goal there is recognition that to achieve positive SDG outcomes, the Caribbean will require increased investments from global solidarity.

However, “it is not only about money,” he said, noting that commitment to capacity building, trade, debt sustainability, technology, science and innovation are all imperative. “It also requires progress on the AIDS response that is deeply interwoven with and interdependent on progress across many SDGs.”

The Caribbean has advanced its own programme “Every Caribbean Woman, Every Caribbean Child” and commitments are included in the UN Compendium of Women and Adolescent Health, which were launched by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, on Saturday (September 26) and by the Clinton Global initiative on Sunday (September 27).

Prime Minister Harris represented the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States as CARICOM Lead Head for Human Resources, Health and HIV.

Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority Collection Trucks Fuel Tanks Filled With Water.

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(Photo Caption: Water Drained From Fuel Tanks)

SKN PULSE, Sunday 27th September 2015 – Social Media was abuzz early this morning as Manager for the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority, published a post on the ever popular facebook about a cowardly act that hampered garbage collection.

The post highlighted the fact that both the Manager – Mr. Hendrickson and Operations Manager – Mr. R. Browne were at the Low Ground Landfill since 4 o’clock (am) this morning as all of the running collection Trucks, including the 2 Brand New 2016 Kenworths were sabotaged. Even though it was stated that a security detail was present on property, it is believed that during the course of last night, approximately 3 gallons of water was dumped into the fuel tank of each truck. Such actions required the draining of the tanks which were done thus allowing one of the trucks to operate within the Charlestown area.

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(Photo Caption: Operations Manager- R. Browne draining the water)

Even after such an act it’s good to note that the NSWMA were able to respond quickly and find resolve. General Manager, Mr. Hendrickson expressed the following through his personal Facebook account: “On behalf of my Minister Honorable Mark Brantley , Chairman Carlisle Pemberton and the NSWMA Board, I publicly state that we remain committed and steadfast in our quest to make Nevis a cleaner and healthier place to live. No weapon formed against these objectives shall succeed, and we appeal to anyone with information to come forward and say what they know. NSWMA needs your prayers and support more than ever now. Rise up and condemn this attack on the NSWMA. I thank the police also for their quick response and professionalism in their investigations thus far. Interrogations are on the way and I wish the Police best of luck as they seek to apprehend the culprit(s).”

By sknpulse Posted in Issues

Prime Minister Harris Leads Delegation To UN Summit.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 26, 2015 (SKNIS)–Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris leads St. Kitts and Nevis delegation to the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 Development Agenda, now referred to as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Summit is taking place in New York from 25 September to 27 September.

The Prime Minister’s delegation include Honourable Mark Brantley, Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Sam Condor, Ambassador Extraordinary to the United Nations, Mr. Osbert DeSuza, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, and Mr. Carlisle Richardson and Ghislaine Williams-Clarke of the St. Kitts-Nevis Mission.

Prime Minister Harris left the Federation on Friday afternoon. He is expected to address the UN General Assembly on Saturday 26th September between 11:30 am and 1pm. The Prime Minister will support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

While in New York, Prime Minister Harris will have a hectic schedule. In addition to his engagements at the United Nations, Dr. Harris will deliver an address at the Kittitians and Nevisians Benevolent Association (KABA) Anniversary Independence Church Service at Crawford Memorial Methodist Church, 757 White Plains Road (East 218 Street, Bronx NY 10475). He will meet with Team Unity leadership and nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Prime Minister Harris will also attend a reception hosted by President and Mrs. Obama, the Costa Rica-CARICOM Presidential Breakfast, and meet with dignitaries and perspective investors.

Senior Minister, the Honourable Vance Amory has been appointed to act as Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Sustainable Development during the absence of Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris from the State. The Honourable Ian Patches Liburd will assume responsibility for National Security, Information, People and Constituency Empowerment.

WINNERS OF COOK OFF COMPETITION AWARDED FOR EXCELLENCE.

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(SKNIS Photo 1: Director of Culture Troy Mills (left) and Ambassador Jonel Powell with awardees in cook off competition.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 25, 2015 (SKNIS): The National Arts Festival Committee used Friday’s (September 25) National Pot-pourri segment to recognize the top finishers in the recently held Barbecue Cook Off competition which was held on Friday September 18, at the Independence Square.

The occasion was also used to hand over musical instruments.

Ambassador in the Ministry of Culture and Sports, His Excellency Jonel Powell, presented the awards and cash prizes to the winner Andrea Clarke-Roberts and second runner up Dave Allen. Josephine Joseph was awarded the third place while Mary Lewis was recognized for participation. The best dressed chef in the competition went to Andrea Clarke-Roberts, and Dave Allen received the prize for having the best decorated booth.

Director of Culture, Troy Mills, complimented all of the participants for their effort and the public for its support. He also presented two guitars to the Prison Band which provided some of the entertainment for the crowd that mulled about in Independence Square. The instruments were donated by Chuck Fox, who resides in New York, USA. He reportedly was assisted by Colgate University, a private liberal arts college located in New York.

Director Mills credited Mr. Fox for his contributions to the Ministries of Culture, Health and Education over the years. “The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis always welcomes contributions such as these [instruments],” he said. “We implore nationals at home and abroad to follow the example of Mr. Fox.”

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(SKNIS Photo 2:  Ambassador Powell presents guitars to Alton Liburd.)

The guitars were accepted by Alton Liburd, Chief Prison Officer, who thanked all involved for the gifts and promised that they will greatly aid the rehabilitation of the inmates.

National Pot-pourri was designed to showcase St. Kitts-Nevis’ creative and cultural industry through music, dance, art and food. It was organized by the Department of Culture.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION TO ADDRESS PRIVACY AND PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION ONLINE.

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(Photo 1: Ambassador Antonio Maynard (left) Secretary General – St. Kitts and Nevis National Commission for UNESCO, Dr. David Doyle (2nd left) Ambassador for St. Kitts and Nevis to UNESCO (Paris), Honourable Vincent Byron (3rd left) Minister of Communications, Charles Wilkin QC (right) President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association, Boyan Vassilev-Radoykov (2nd right) UNESCO Chief of Section (Paris) and Honourable Shawn Richards (3rd right) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 25, 2015 (SKNIS):  The “Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society and Internet Privacy” was the theme of a conference organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The conference, which ran from September 23-24, was held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

Conference delegates were warmly welcomed by Government officials, including the Honourable Vincent Byron, Minister of Communications.

The workshop was put on to deal with legal and ethical issues such as privacy and personal data protection online within the public and private sectors.

The Ministry of Communication will seek to engage a national consultation on these matters and sensitize stakeholders on the threats and ways to safeguard themselves.

Boyan Vassilev-Radoykov, UNESCO Chief of Section, based in Paris, said that “we have a responsibility to shape the thinking and the behaviour of the young generation; nothing is influencing them more than the new technologies nowadays, so the way they use, produce, care and consume information is the crucial issue.”

Minister Byron noted the importance of Information and Communication Technologies.

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(Photo 2: Participants at the UNESCO-OECS Conference.)

“The initiative is certainly a timely one, as the Government is cognizant of the positive contribution of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to a society that depends on the creation of an enabling environment for meaningful participation and representation of all persons in an information society,” said Minister Byron.

He further stated that the utilization of ICTs presents tremendous opportunities for the development and delivery of online public services, e-Commerce, content creation, cost effective communication, social networking and sharing of information for socio-economic development.

Minister Byron outlined his ministry’s strategy in relation to ICTs.

“The Ministry of Communications is in the process of augmenting its National ICT Strategy to address a few matters,” Honourable Byron stated. “These include national sensitization/public awareness, development of the enabling policies and legal framework, strengthening of the ICT infrastructure, content creation and services delivery, as well as the ongoing capacity building and human resources development.”

Geothermal Development Still Current; Progressing Steadily, Says Nevis Finance Minister.

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(Photo caption: Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory delivering the feature address at the 9th Consultation on the Economy hosted by the Nevis Island Administration through the Ministry of Finance on September 24, 2015, at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre.)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (September 25, 2015) — Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance Hon. Vance Amory says the development of the island’s geothermal resource is still very current and progressing steadily.

Mr. Amory gave that assurance when he delivered the feature address at the 9th Consultation on the Economy hosted by the Nevis Island Administration through its Ministry of Finance on September 24, 2015. It was held at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre under the theme “Framing the New Economy: Inspiring Human Progress and Economic Resilience.”

He said the recent memorandum of understanding between St. Kitts and a French Company to explore energy in St. Kitts did not mean that the move would be detrimental to Nevis as the island is two years ahead in terms of exploration.

However, Mr. Amory stated that the explorations in St. Kitts would instead be a complementary development and both would be able to provide a larger resource to a larger demand marketplace.

The Finance Minister noted that the issue of geothermal was not an easy sector to develop. He indicated that the developers the Nevis Island Administration has contracted have been cautious, like all investors, to minimise their risks in the project, while the administration seeks to minimise its exposure in an effort to maximise the benefits for the people of Nevis and the people of the Federation.

Regarding the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) which is being negotiated, Mr. Amory said the Caribbean Development Bank had provided some technical assistance and expertise so that the administration is not railroaded in respect of the form which the PPA takes and the benefits for the people of Nevis are maximised while the developers get a reasonable return on their investment.

Meantime, the Finance Minister said the administration is seeking to develop a new cadre of skilled professionals to deal with the energy revolution.

According to Mr. Amory, he received a recent offer of training for persons who would be involved in the maintenance in the renewable energy sector from the New Zealand High Commissioner. He said they discussed extensively the matter of renewable energy as part of the island’s development thrust at a recent meeting.

The Premier indicated that New Zealand has been utilising renewable energy from its geothermal resources for the past 60 years and have developed a high level of expertise in that area.

He noted that the next step would involve careful selection of the persons who would benefit from the training.  Mr. Amory said in the past persons selected for training in various areas moved to other areas as the job market dictated.

“We have now to be very selective in whom we send because we would want to ensure that we have the resource, we have the skills to deal with this here in Nevis.” he said.