Foreign Minister Deepens Relations with Africa.

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Malta, November 30, 2015- Consistent with the new Government’s commitment to substantially deepen St. Kitts and Nevis’ international diplomatic footprint and strengthen bilateral relations, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mark Brantley has been engaged with several African countries whose Leaders and Foreign Ministers participated at the 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the Mediterranean island of Malta.

Some of the African country representatives with whom the Honourable Minister had discussions included the President of Kenya, the Prime Minister of Cameroon, and the Foreign Ministers of Rwanda, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Ghana and Namibia. 

During his meeting with South Africa, Minister Brantley stressed that “the existence of shared values, a common heritage and various challenges link our nations and people. Therefore, we should and want to do more to build enduring bridges of friendship and partnership between our countries and peoples”. 

The Foreign Ministers also discussed the possibilities for greater collaboration within the United Nations system, cultural and education exchanges to ensure our peoples are sensitive to each other’s concerns and can be more effective in promoting the agenda of small and vulnerable states.

Foreign Minister Brantley emphasised with each of the leaders he encountered the need for deepening relations with St Kitts and Nevis and expressed the keen desire to open up the people to people contact between countries by negotiating reciprocal visa waiver arrangements, investment, training opportunities and cultural exchanges.

Minister Brantley also seized the opportunity to interact with the new Foreign Minister of Canada, Stephane Dion and was invited to dine with the Foreign Minister of The Netherlands, Bert Koenders, where issues of climate change, adaptation and funding dominated the discussions.

The Minister was also privileged to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest with the Foreign Ministers of Mauritius and Maldives as well as a host of other leading diplomats from throughout the Commonwealth.

POLICE INVESTIGATING LATE NIGHT SHOOTING.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 30, 2015 (RSCNPF): The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) is currently investigating the shooting death of Kirstein “Ekco” Carey, a 20 year old male from Nevis, who resides in Newtown.  

According to reports, “officers of the Violent Crimes Unit and the Criminal Investigations Department are investigating the shooting of Carey.” The shooting occurred at 10.00 p.m along King Street in Basseterre.  

The victim was attacked by an unknown assailant who discharged a firearm at the him, striking him multiple times.  The victim died at the scene. 

In an appeal for assistance from the Public, Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Criminal Investigations Mr. Ian Queeley said, “We urge anyone who may have seen any activity in the areas of and around King Street on Sunday night that could be of assistance to the investigators to contact the Police, your information can be critical to this investigation.  Persons with information that can assist the police in this crime, or any other crime can 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

Nevisian Gunned Down In St. Kitts.

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By: SKN PULSE Staff Reporter.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force seemingly can’t catch a break as St. Kitts recorded its 18th homicide last night, Sunday 29th, November, 2015. Unfortunately, the streets are bloody with another body of a young man in his early twenties gunned down on King Street, near the Basseterre Police Station.

Such an incident comes just six, (6) days after the last murder on Nevis and is believed to have taken place after 10:00 (pm). Information suggest that the deceased resided in St. Kitts and while a name wasn’t forthcoming a credible source indicated that the youngster was a Nevisian from the St. John’s district. Further, this medium understands that while Emergency Medical Services were readily available at the scene, it is understood that the victim was pronounced dead.

While the total murder count in St. Kitts and Nevis increases to twenty-seven, (27) dealing with gun violence continues to be a very daunting task for the St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force especially after seizing approximately nineteen, (19), firearms to date.

SKN PULSE would like to express sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.

Further information will be made available in a later publication as investigations are currently ongoing.

By sknpulse Posted in Crime

DIEPPE BAY POLICE STATION HOST FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT.  

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, November, 29, 2015 (RSCNPF):  On Friday evening, (November 27), Officers and staff of the Dieppe Bay Police Station hosted the students of the Dieppe Bay and Saddlers Primary Schools and their parents to a night of fun and entertainment at the Dieppe Police Station.

The night included the showing of a popular children’s movie and a quiz competition between both schools where the children were asked questions about the Police and the Police Division where the schools are located. The students were rewarded with gift vouchers from the business community for correctly answering the questions.  

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of an Alcatel Tablet compliments FLOW, to Stiviesia Dorset, a grade 6 student of the Dieppe Bay Primary School, for correctly listing six crime fight initiatives of the Police Force.  

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The night ended with music and light refreshments.  

This was a community outreach initiative by the Dieppe Bay Police Station, designed to foster a closer relationship between the Police and the community in particular our youths.  

Divisional Commander for the area, Supt. Cromwell Henry praised the officers of the Dieppe Bay Police Station for their efforts and challenged the other Police Districts to execute similar community activities, “because it is only through strong community bonds can the Police be successful  in fighting  crime and criminal behavior,” said the Divisional Commander. 

Commissioner of Police(Ag) Stafford Liburd, thanked the Officers of the Dieppe Bay Police Station for embarking on this initiative.  He said, “this is bringing to life, one element of our ‘Six Point Plan’, the officers in Dieppe Bay are doing their part, towards building a stronger relationship with the community they serve. 

 

Political Grandstanding By Medical Practitioners Used As A Means To An End Mechanism: What’s The Real Motive Behind The Review Of Dr. Drew’s Statement By The Medical Board?

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It’s rather appalling that a newscaster and Medical Practioners, (Wilkinson, Sahaley and Jeffers) are attempting to castigate Dr. Terrance Drew – The popular St.Kitts/Nevis Labour Party representative for constituency #8 over a statement made during an edition of Issues on Wednesday 18th November 2015 sponsored by the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party.

During the last sitting of parliament the Hon. Prime Minister used the opportunity to launch attacks against individuals knowing fully well that he has parliamentary protection and that individuals wouldn’t be able to respond.

One such individual was Dr. Drew and he responded in kind and made reference to a procedure carried out overseas, (as vague as the statement was, many made their own inferences from it). It is clear that the matter being referenced was during a time when Dr. Drew wasn’t even a Medical Practitioner, therefore one has to term the castigating by some Medical Practitioners as political grandstanding and hypocrisy.

If one were to read the published article relating to the medical Practitioners responses, immediate questions would have to be asked.
1) What sparked a response by Dr. Terrance Drew?
2) Is there some sort of political agenda been carried out against Dr. Terrance Drew?
3) Are there persons within the medical fraternity that are of the view that the good Doctor is fast becoming too popular?
4) How can citizens trust the judgment of a Medical Board that:
    –  may be tainted with bias. 

Clearly, the general populace would be awaiting the findings of the much anticipated review that would be carried out because many would remember that during the political campaign and up until now Cuba and Doctors were heavily criticized. Silence was golden then because the brunt of the attack was against the SKNLP.

If proper investigative journalism was done such a publication would not have been viewed as being politically driven.

By sknpulse Posted in Crime

First Vietnamese Ambassador to the Federation pays courtesy call on Premier Amory.

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(Photo caption: (l-R) Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory welcomes the first Vietnamese Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency Mr. Duong Minh during a courtesy call at Bath Hotel on November 24, 2015)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (November 25, 2015) — The first Vietnam Ambassador to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency Mr. Duong Minh paid a courtesy call on Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory. They met the Nevis Island Administration at his Bath Hotel on November 24, 2015. The Ambassador was accompanied by Minister Counsellor Mr. Duong Hai Hung.

In brief remarks after their meeting, Mr. Amory described the meeting as fruitful. He said they exchanged ideas on how St. Kitts and Nevis could benefit from Vietnam and how the countries could mutually benefit and strengthen their relations.

According to the Premier, they discussed areas of cooperation in tourism, technology development, education, agriculture and opportunities for investment in business.

Meantime, Ambassador Minh who had presented his credentials to Governor General His Excellency S.W. Tapley Seaton QC one day before in Basseterre, expressed satisfaction with his discussions with Premier Amory. He expressed gratitude, on behalf of the Vietnamese people, for the cooperation.

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(Photo caption: Minister Counsellor in the Vietnam Embassy Mr. Duong Hai Hung signs the visitor’s register at the Premier’s office on November 24, 2015, while Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory looks on)

According to the Ambassador, Vietnam and St. Kitts and Nevis are developing countries and even though they are geographically far apart, they have many similarities which could provide opportunities for cooperation.

“I realise that in the two countries we have many opportunities, a lot of potential so that we can cooperate. Vietnam is a developing country and we are one of the countries having a focus group on development,” he said.

Ambassador Minh stated that the average growth rate of Vietnam over the last 30 years is around 7 percent and it has transformed Vietnam from a war-torn country to a middle to average developed country in the world.

He noted that its economic policy is comprehensive and there is diversification in the areas of industry, agriculture and service.

The Vietnamese Ambassador also said that industrial and aquaculture products from his country are found worldwide.

He said the opportunity exists for the creation of direct trade relations between Vietnam and St. Kitts and Nevis and as such, there would be no need for a middleman. He pointed to Vietnam’s position with regard to its exports in rice and aquaculture products.

The Ambassador said although the Federation does not have large expanses of agricultural land it is surrounded by the sea which makes it suitable for the use of aquaculture.

 

While in the Federation Ambassador Minh also held meetings with President of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly His Honour Franklin Brand, Senior Diplomat and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Mark Brantley and Federal Minister of Trade Hon. Lindsay Grant, Federal Minister of Agriculture Hon. Eugene Hamilton and President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce Damion Hobson.

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Opposition Leader, Dr. Denzil Douglas Concludes That If The Government Truly Has A Crime Fighting Strategic Plan, Then Clearly It’s Not Working.

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(Photo Caption: Former Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas Making His Presentation During The Last Parliamentary Debate.)

Statement By: The Leader Of The Opposition,  The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas.

Over the last few hours, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect upon the frighteningly serious crime situation in our beautiful country and came to the conclusion that if the government truly has a Crime Fighting Strategic Plan, then clearly it’s not working.

The question that we must ask ourselves then is, why…….why is the Plan not working thus resulting in an increase of very serious crimes recently to give a picture of……..28 Murders in a population of 50,000, the latest 3 within the last 3 weeks….Kidnappings, the latest 2 involving children….Burglaries and Robberies, the latest 10 involving masked gunmen, hostage-taking, gun-butting and carjacking…….Drug Trafficking, the latest finds involving large quantities of Cocaine and Marijuana valued at millions of dollars, associated with 3 murders to date, with one murder victim allegedly shot in the back by police according to the family of the deceased Antiguan trafficker, and another by execution-style in a hale of 19 bullets.

Here are some possible answers that we can ponder upon, and which lead to further questions.

1. The government crime fighting strategic Plan is unrealistic, impractical and unimplementable. 
Is this Plan a home grown plan, has it evolved after serious consultation with the stakeholders in our country and has the Ministry of Finance mobilized adequate resources…..manpower, financial and technical…. for the effective execution of the Plan?

2. The effective leaders and managers, tasked at the various levels in the Ministry and it’s Departments/Agencies are highly suspect.

The Minister of National Security, Dr Harris who is also the Prime Minister, has always considered himself incapable of leading the Ministry. Twice, as a senior Minister for 18 years of the former Labour Administration he had declined to lead the Ministry when he was offered by the Prime Minister, mainly because of laziness.
And now that he has been forced to take the Ministry because every single Minister of the PAM/CCM/PLP regime refused it, Harris has not devoted any serious time at home to understand his sacrificial responsibility as the Minister, and the underpinnings of the Ministry and how it functions.

3. Apart from Ministerial incompetence, Dr Harris has become an Absentee Minister. 

The Minister is incapable of providing effective ministerial leadership because he is too often absent from the Federstion. There is no doubt that Harris, since in Office, has spent a considerable amount, if not most, of his time travelling, recovering from travelling and planning to travel again. In fact it has been confirmed that he has travelled every week since he took office some 36 weeks ago in February and sometimes as often as twice per week.

4. Also, his Cabinet colleagues are now whispering behind his back about his narcissistic behaviour and how much of a dictatorial control freak that he has turned out to be. 
Senior members of the government and Ministry are complaining about his micro-managing of Departments/Agencies in the Ministry, attempting to put into leadership positions his own “button men”, and in the process has seriously undermined and marginalized the Commissioner of Police, the Commander of the Defence Force, the Superintendent of Prisons and the Fire Chief of the Fire and Rescue Services. 
If this was not so, what’s the reason for having the most senior and longest serving Police Officer in the person of Deputy Commissioner Liburd still Acting as Commissioner some nine months after former Commissioner Walwyn was undermined and removed from Office by Harris?

Why not confirm him into his post for the full three year term?
And if he has no confidence in Liburd’s leadership, why not retire him and appoint Ag Deputy COP Queeley into the post? 
Is it because his narcissism will bring him in serious conflict with a highly professionally trained COP whom he will not be able to direct, or is it because Queeley hails from Constituency #6? 
Whatever the reason for Harris to continue to hesitate on the appointment of a COP, the effect is low morale and humiliation of the Police High Command and Middle Managers, a high level of uncertainty among the rank and file and expected underperformance of the Force.

And so, as law abiding concerned citizens, and residents, investors and developers, diplomats and visitors continue to be terrorised as victims of repeated criminal activity, we are now gripped by fear and paralysed after dark in our own homes. 
It is quite clear that a fair share has not come for the majority, but the fairest share has come for the few who already had a fairer share. 
This cannot continue. 
And if we are to succeed in tackling this #1 challenge to our continued progress and prosperity, we must demand and agitate for the following:

1. Immediate grounding of Harris as PM and Minister of National Security and effective, competent ministerial leadership of the Ministry of National Security 
2. Immediate full appointment of the COP through a transparent process, inclusive of an interview
3. Immediate national consultation on the Crime Fighting Strategic Plan to solidify buy-in from the public as the basis for a re-energized community policing plan.
4. In the current Cabinet Reshuffle being contemplated, apart from reassigning the portfolios of Education, Tourism and Health to new ministers, National Security should also be reassigned to a new and more competent Minister.

TYESHA MOSES REWARDED FOR MAKING THE FINAL ROUND OF FCCA COMPETITION.

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(Photo: Tyesha Moses of the Washington Archibald High School and Ministry Official Miranda Francis.)  

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 24, 2015 (SKNIS): Tyesha Moses of the Washington Archibald High School (WAHS) was recently rewarded US $200 for making the final round in the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) essay competition which encourages students to learn and appreciate the Cruise Tourism Industry.

Moses addressed current matters in Cruise Tourism.

Over the past years, the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the FCCA has been hosting essay competitions for students within both private and public institutions in St. Kitts.

The competition focuses on current topics in Cruise Tourism and is first done on a local level. Two submissions are then selected; one from the Junior Division and the other from the Senior Division. The essays are then sent to the FCCA committee to decide on the best submission.

This year’s winning essay came from Belize and was awarded the sum of US $3000 for both the student and school respectively. Jamaica came in second with a reward of US $1500 and Dominica came in third winning US $1000 for both student and school respectively.

The Ministry of Tourism wishes to thank all the schools that participated especially the Washington Archibald High School. All schools are encouraged to participate in future FCCA essay competitions as not only does the student learn more about Cruise Tourism but both student and school will be able to receive monetary rewards for their success.   

 

 

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By sknpulse Posted in Youths

Nevis participates in health training course in Singapore.  

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(Photo caption: Nurse Ermine Jeffers Acting Coordinator of Community Nursing Services.)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (November 24, 2015) — The following is a press release from the Ministry of Health in the Nevis Island Administration.

The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce its participation in the training course entitled “Training in Health Policy and Community Health Services for Medical Directors, Head Nurses and Administrators from the Small Island Developing States,”  which is currently being held in Singapore.

Coordinator of Community Nursing Services (Ag), Nurse Ermine Jeffers is attending this course which commenced on 23rd November, 2015 and will conclude on 27th November, 2015.

This training exercise is sponsored jointly by the Governments of Singapore and Israel. Since 1992, the Singapore Cooperation Programme has provided technical assistance to over 100,000 officials from 170 countries.

The Nevis Island Administration welcomes this opportunity which will facilitate capacity building in the field of Public Health, which is one of the most critical departments in the Ministry of Health.

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By sknpulse Posted in Health

St. Kitts and Nevis Suspends Citizens and Residents of Syria from Citizen By Investment Programme.

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PRESS RELEASE

The Government of St Kitts and Nevis in its ongoing efforts to recalibrate its Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI) today announced the immediate suspension of processing of new applications to the Programme from citizens and residents of Syria.

Since assuming office in February of 2015, the new Unity Government of St Kitts and Nevis headed by Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris has pledged to remain vigilant to protect the security and integrity of the world’s oldest and most respected CBI Programme.  As a consequence, certain legislative changes were immediately made to give the Government maximum flexibility in addressing security and related concerns globally.

The Government of St Kitts and Nevis will remain vigilant and responsive as it ensures that the security and integrity of its CBI Programme remains the country’s top priority.

The Prime Minister stated “our international partners can be assured that St Kitts and Nevis will remain eternally vigilant in the global effort to maintain peace and security for all.  Our country is and will remain a trusted partner in this effort”.

We assure our international partners that we would always seek to uphold the principles of peaceful and productive coexistence while at the same time maintaining our sovereignty.

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