SUNDAY WAS DAY OF WORSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP FOR NEVIS DIVISION

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Photo Caption: Nevis Police Division Worship At The Charles town Methodist Church

Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 29, 2015 (RSCNPF): Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head of the Nevis Division Hilroy Brandy and the officers assigned to Nevis Division joined Reverend Telford Matthew and the congregation of Charlestown Methodist Church on Sunday (February 28) for Sunday worship.

 

“A sizeable group of officers represented our four stations”, said Inspector Conrad Bertie. “We thought that we should take a moment as a collective body to reflect on the grace and mercy that has been afforded to us.  Police work is inherently dangerous, and we felt that we should seek God’s continuous blessings. So we came as a unit.”  He added, “the service also provided an opportunity for our officers to engage the community. It was a wonderful service, and we express of gratitude for the warm welcome we were afforded by the congregation.” 

 

“It was a great pleasure to have the officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force worship with us,” said Reverend Matthew.  He added, “and to have the Deputy Commissioner Hilroy Brandy share some of the way forward with the congregation was appreciated, we pledge our support to the efforts of the Police.”

 

Several of the officers commented that they enjoyed the service and the opportunity to interact  with the members of the church body.  One officer noted that he felt welcomed, “because many of the persons in the church were from the families he interacted with in the past weeks while engaged in ‘Operation Meet and Greet’, the community walk through.”

 

Other officers said, “it was nice hearing the expressions of encouragement and for our work……it gave me a boost.”

 

Inspector Bertie also extended an invitation to Rev. Matthew to join the officers on a community walk through and he accepted. 

 

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Photo Caption: Officers Dining At Oualie Beach Hotel After Fellowship.

The officers ended Sunday in fellowship with lunch at the Oualie Beach Hotel.  

TWO (2) ILLEGAL FIREARMS RECOVERED IN FRIDAY NIGHT’S SEARCH OPERATIONS ……. THREE (3) IN FOUR (4) DAYS

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(Photo Caption: Illegal Firearms Seized)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 27, 2016 (RSCNPF):  Two (2) illegal firearms with matching ammunition were found during Combined Search Operations Friday night (February 27) in the Newtown and St. Peters area. The search teams comprising of members of the  Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (SSU, Anti-Drug Unit and CID), the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force and Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise Department executed four (4) search warrants on properties in the areas.  

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(Photo Caption: Crack Cocaine found during search)
 
During a search of one of six(6) abandoned properties in the Newton area the teams uncovered one .32mm semi-automatic pistol with six (6) rounds of ammunition and one (1) 357 Magnum revolver with six (6) rounds of ammunition.  Also discovered during the search was a large quantity of cannabis and a quantity of crack cocaine.  All items were seized by the police. 

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(Photo Caption: Seized Marijuana)

The execution of the warrants and the search of the abandoned property are a part of the ongoing “OPERATION  VICE GRIP. The discovery of these two (2) illegal firearms brings to five (5) the number of illegal firearms removed from our communities this year and comes on the heels of one (1) recovered during a stop and search of persons on Tuesday (February 23).

 

By sknpulse Posted in Crime

POLICE OFFICER SUSPENDED AFTER BEING CHARGED FOR LARCENY

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 27, 2016 (RSCNPF):  A Police Constable has been arrested and charged for the offence of Larceny stemming from an incident that occurred in early February, 2016 in Newcastle Nevis.   

Investigations have revealed, that a fisherman reported that a 25 horsepower Yamaha engine and a gillnet had been stolen from storage shed used by him in the Sand Crab Hole area. The investigations further revealed that Constable Clayton Magloire of the Gingerland Police Station was the person responsible.

He was arrested, charged and later released on bail granted.

He is suspended from duties pending the outcome of the incident. 

Commenting on the incident,  Commissioner Queeley said, “we will not condone wrong doing and everyone is responsible for their actions and will be held accountable”. At the recently held Commissioner’s Lecture,  he made himself very clear when he said that corruption and other illegal actions will not be tolerated under his watch and urged all to be prudent in their undertakings.

EDUCATION OFFICIALS PUT FINISHING TOUCHES ON FIVE-YEAR POLICY PLAN

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Photo: Dr. Neva Pemberton (right), Education Planner in Nevis and National Coordinator for Education Sector Plan Development, and Dr. Tricia Esdaille, (left), Chief Education officer in the Ministry of Education, exchanging points during the workshop.

Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 25, 2016 (SKNIS): The Ministry of Education is working to develop plans to guide education development and policy action over the next five years in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

 
Speaking at the Education Sector Plan Programme Development (ESPPD) Workshop on Tuesday, February 23, Dr. Neva Pemberton, Education Planner in Nevis and National Coordinator for Education Sector Plan Development, stated that in this regard the Ministries of Education on both islands have made significant strides.

 
“Drawing from both the recommendations of and consultations on a number of external and internal analyses of education provision in the Federation, such as the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Education Sector Review conducted by UNESCO, as well as the ministry-prepared education sector diagnosis, we in the ministry have successfully answered the first two questions in the strategic planning process,” said Dr. Pemberton. “The first being: where are we now? Or what is the state of education?, and the second being: where do we want to go or in other words what are the policy goals that should be pursued through plan implementation from 2016-2020?”

 
Dr. Pemberton said that there are three overarching policy goals that would guide the development of the education sector in the Federation. These she stated were collectively agreed upon by the senior leadership in both the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministries of Education. The policy goals include improving access to participation in education at all levels; strengthening the quality in equitable relevance of education at all levels in order to improve learning outcomes; as well as enhance governance, planning and management to improve efficiency and effectiveness throughout the sector.

 
The education planner cautioned her fellow educators that the task before them is not easy.

 
“Colleagues, the road ahead is not going to be easy but if we can successfully tackle these three overarching and large goals, the Ministry of Education will be able to significantly improve service delivery for all of our learners,” she said. “In doing so, the ministry will be able to proactively respond to our national sustainable development goals, the strategic imperatives that are outlined in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Education Sector Strategy, as well as the new global mandate for education which is to ensure inclusive and quality education  and to promote life-long learning.”

She noted that with the sector priorities established, the task before the education planners for the week and throughout the month of March is to answer the third question in strategic planning. “How do we get there? What are the strategies that we should develop in order to reach our policy goals and objectives?”

 
Dr. Marcus Edwards, Consultant and Chief Education Officer in St. Lucia, gave an overview of the workshop and noted that the strategic plan is an organization’s roadmap.

 
“The development of a plan, an education sector plan in St. Kitts and Nevis has taken and will take considerable effort and time but I am confident that the final output which is that roadmap for the education sector and the ministry in general will be realised,” he said. “This week we commence the development of the strategic programmes. Nothing mysterious, just a selection of key strategies, identification of resource needs, expected outcomes or those broadly defined goals which Dr. Pemberton has eluded to.”

 
St. Lucia’s Chief Education Officer has echoed his pleasure in assisting the Ministry of Education in St. Kitts and Nevis in the development of the five year strategic plan and noted that the plan represents a major milestone in the Government’s policy to transform the education sector into an effective and relevant mechanism for the development of the country’s human resource base.

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Social Commentary: Change Vacation Dates An Issue; Do Teachers Really Matter?

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Social Commentary: The present impasse between the St Kitts and Nevis Teachers Unions and the Federal Department of Education over the unilateral decision by the Department officials to alter the already published Easter vacation break without consultation with the Teachers through their Unions is putting Union President Bishop Collins once again into the national spotlight as a champion of the Teachers.

One would recall the strong leadership he provided as he rallied the teachers, parents/guardians and students against the credible and honest positions of the Departments of Education and Health on the Basseterre High School matter.

Clearly, it mattered little to him then whether he was labelled as a tool of the Unity Opposition. Many would recall, the stance aided Team Unity as it hypocritically misled and deceived citizens its quest for political office.

Collins’ strongest point then as it continues to be now in this impasse is that there was little or no consultation between the department’s officials with the Union.

Of course the teachers were given a schedule for the duration of each term and as is expected. However, teachers planned vacation leisure time would have to be altered somewhat.

And all they were asking for in the meeting with Minister Hon. Richards is that they should have been consulted and since they were not and had already made their plans on the original vacation period the, the Minister and officials should show compassion and understanding and revert to the original schedule.

The straw that broke the camel’s back proverbially for Collins and his union of teachers was when they were blatantly told that the Department didn’t have to consult with them or anyone. In fact they were merely doing them a favour to discuss the matter as the decision was already taken.

To this end, President Collins and his Teachers Union will have none of this insulting talk from Minister Richards, his Permanent Secretary Willett and Chief Education Officer,  Dr. Esdaille. They recall very well that not too long ago the Minister took off and went on his vacation to enjoy carnival in Trinidad and Tobago without Prime Minister Harris and his colleagues even being consulted before his departure.

Collins is adamant that consultation is a key problem.

“The lack of consultation is clearly seen in this particular matter and the premature and unfortunate suspension and closure of the laptop and REACH programmes. Such suspension without consultation is very unfortunate. These programmes were important to the development of our students and provided well needed support for their education. The SKTU and the NTU stand strong against the unilateral action of the Ministry of Education and despite the Ministry’s clearly defined position on consultation with the Unions, the SKTU will continue to “Agitate, Educate, and Liberate”. The SKTU and the NTU calls on the Ministry of Education to kindly revert to the former dates issued for our school terms and to embrace a more consultative path in education.”

St. Kitts And Nevis Outraged Over New Taxes By PM Harris

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Photo Caption: Leader Of Her Majesty’s Opposition And Leader Of The Saint Kitts And Nevis Labour Party,  The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas At A Saint Kitts And Nevis Labour Party Meeting Speaking To Party Supporters

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (SKNLPCU) – Recent approval of new tax legislation by the Timothy Harris-led PLP/CCM/PAM government will impose further hardship on the small man or woman who rent apartments as well as those who own apartments and is part of the continuing deception by the three-party coalition.

The new tax legislation presented by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon. Timothy Harris in the National Assembly on Friday comes two months after Leader of the Opposition, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas warned the people of St. Kitts and Nevis that Dr. Harris cannot be trusted.

Responding to the concerns of several callers on Freedom FM 106.5 on Wednesday, Dr. Douglas recalled that during the Budget Debate last December he warned the people of St Kitts and Nevis that in analyzing the Budget presented by Harris was the revelation that tax revenues was going to increase according to Harris by 40 percent.

“I said then, although it was not explicitly stated, the projected 40 percent could only be as a result of the following: a reintroduction of Personal Income Tax, an increase on the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate or there would be a whole suite of new taxes and revenue collection methods that this government was going to resort to,” said Dr. Douglas.

There are numerous complaints that teams of persons are going to private homes asking people whether they are renting apartments and how much they are paying or owners of apartments if they are renting and how much is the rent.

“I warned the people of St. Kitts and Nevis that you could not trust Dr. Harris. He (Dr. Harris) said there was going to be no new taxes. In two months within the fiscal year he has already imposed new taxes,” said Dr. Douglas.

“They are asking that information because if you are renting , the government is demanding to you pay EC$500 for a business license in order to rent apartments or a little apart of your house or a little apartment for which some people don’t even collect $500,” said Dr. Douglas.

“This is part of the deception of Timothy Harris as our Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, but I warned the people,” said Dr. Douglas, who added that VAT has to be paid on that as well.

He said there has been no public announcement from Dr. Harris and disclosed that persons are asking if they must give the persons who are knocking on doors information.

“You don’t have to. This is a free country. If people ask you your personal business and you don’t want to give them, you don’t give them,” said Dr. Douglas.

“This is ridiculous. It is part of the deception and that is why the people are saying ‘Harris must go’,” said Dr. Douglas.

HIGH COMMAND MEETS WITH PRINCIPALS OF BASSETERRE AREA HIGH SCHOOLS

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(Photo Caption: Snapshot Of Basseterre High School Sign At Temporary Site)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 25, 2016 (RSCNPF):   |Ensuring safe schools was the focus of a meeting on Tuesday (February 23) in which members of the High Command of Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force met with the principals of  the two (2) High Schools in the Basseterre area.

The meeting held at the Washington Archibald High School was attended by Commissioner  Ian M Queeley, Basseterre High School Principal Mr. Ron Dublin Collins and the Washington Archibald High School Principal Ms Charisse Gumbs.  Also in attendance were Assistant Commissioner with responsible for the Operations Directorate – ACP Terrance James, Tactical Commander – Inspector Adolph Adams, Mr. Clifford Govia the  Force Personnel Officer (a Former Principal of the WAHS) and the guidance counselor staff from both High Schools.  

Items discussed at the meeting included, illegal activities conducted on the school premises, physical security for the campuses (access and fencing) possibility of continuous Police patrols in the area and traffic flow in the school zone. Other areas of discussion included the enforcement of the laws in relation curfew for minors and ways to improve stakeholder engagements with schools and communications between the police and staff of the schools. Both groups expressed delight with the re-activation of the school liaison program. 

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(Photo Caption: Front View Of Washington Archibald High School)

Commenting on the meeting, principal of the Washington Archibald High School, Ms. Charisse Gumbs expressed, “her team greatly appreciated what was a very good dialogue with the Police and looks forward to improved communications between the school and the Police Service.”  She added, “I look for a continuing partnership as we seek to ensure a safe school environment for all.”

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(Photo Caption: Mobile Command Unit mobilised in school zones)

Commissioner Ian M Queeley said, “we left the meeting feeling it was very productive and we clearly laid a foundation for the way forward,  our team have looked at ways for us to support the efforts of the teachers by ensuring an environment conducive to learning. Our part is to ensure the security of the campuses and safety of the students.  We have increased our Police presence in the area with the daily deployment of  the Mobile Command Unit, and re-introduction of our School Liaison Officer Programme.”
 

The Commissioner added, “we have noted some persons not of school age loitering in the area, we will rid the area of those individuals. We will do our best to provide an environment where learning can take place, free of distractions.     

Commissioner Queeley indicated that follow up meetings will be held to provide feedback as to these efforts and to solidify the partnership. 

ILLEGAL FIREARM SEIZED DURING STOP AND SEARCH IN OTTLEY’S

 

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(Photo Caption:  .40mm pistol and a magazine with matching .40mm ammunition.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 23, 2016 (RSCNPF): A combined search operation by the Special Services Unit (SSU), the Anti-Drug Unit and the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force has resulted in the seizure of a .40mm pistol and a magazine with matching .40mm ammunition. 

The search operation in Ottley’s Village around 6.30pm on Tuesday (February 23) resulted in the stop and search of a group of young men.  A seventeen (17) year old male within the group was discovered to have on his person the illegal firearm and ammunition. 

He was arrested and interviewed in the presence of his mother. Charges would be forthcoming. 

This brings to three (3) the number of illegal firearms removed from our communities so far in 2016.

SECURITY TO BE BEEFED UP AT HMS PRISON, SAYS NEW SUPERINTENDENT HODGE

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(Photo Caption: Cell phones and lighters found within Her Majesty’s Prison.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 22, 2016 (SKNIS)—In the wake of a massive discovery of prohibited items inside Her Majesty’s (HMS) Prison in St. Kitts, Superintendent of Prisons, Junie Hodge, said that “it will not be business as usual” and “that anyone found in breach of the prison regulations will be seriously dealt with according to the law.”

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(Photo Caption: Marijuana, tobacco and brown found at HMP)

Speaking to the media at a press conference at HMS Prison on February 22, a day before the re-opening of the prison to visitors, Mr. Hodge presented the alarming find of prohibited materials, which includes over 160 cigarette lighters, matches, pen-light batteries, 126 cellphones, sim cards, 8 lbs. of marijuana, tobacco “brown”, crack cocaine, ice-picks, screwdrivers, saw blades, nails, toothbrushes used to make weapons and alcohol found in Island Purified Water bottles.

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(Photo Caption: Weapons seized at the prison.)

The tough-talking superintendent said that all persons visiting the prison onward will be subject to a search, from the superintendent down. He said that there will be an investigation to determine how the items found their way into the prison. Also, he spoke about the installation of closed -circuit television (CCTV) to help with security.

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(Photo Caption: Cellphones and Sim cards retrieved in the prison)

Her Majesty’s Prison was closed to visitors from the general public for twenty one (21) days commencing the 2nd February, 2016 until the 22ndFebruary, 2016, to facilitate the transition period of the new superintendent of prisons and to do an audit of the security compound.

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By sknpulse Posted in Crime

Douglas Blasts Harris Government, Threatens To Bring Thousands On The Streets

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(Photo Caption: A section of the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party supporters and representatives during the march held on Friday.)

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (SKNLPCU) – Former St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has blasted the Timothy Harris led PLP/CCM/PAM Government warning he will bring thousands of party supporters on the streets to being an end to several undemocratic practices.

Speaking after a successful protest demonstration on Friday Dr Douglas, Political leader of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party said despite the attempts by Harris to prevent this march from taking place, “we are here addressing thousands at the West Bus terminal.”

“We marched against victimsation where over 200 public servants who supported the Labour Party have been dismissed or demoted. This is not good governance practice that is not democracy. We marched against victimsation and we said if it does not come to an end we will put again thousands of people on the streets until the government listens to us,” said Dr. Douglas, who’s Labour Party, despite losing the February 16th 2015 general election is the most popular.

Dr. Douglas told the large gathering that the march was against rampant nepotism “where the proceeds of government are being used to enrich family members and close relatives.”

“Harris is guilty of practicing nepotism. His family has been positioned in big jobs. They (Team Unity) were talking about fair share – fair share for Harris and his family. A government must be for all of the people. Today we are seeing only certain families in this country are benefitting,” said Dr. Douglas.

He said the march also protested the incompetence of the Team Unity government and blasted the government for informing the country of improved healthcare and boasted about bringing in an MRI machine.

“You would have thought that the MRI machine is up at the J.N. France General Hospital, Do you know where it is? It is over at a monkey farm. Imagine they want you to go and lie down in the machines that monkeys lie down in,” said Dr. Douglas, who added that the protest march was also against the high level of criminal activity taking place in St. Kitts and Nevis with 40 murders including businessmen, in the first 12 months of the Timothy Harris administration.

“We say to (Prime Minister) Harris, never in the history of this country, never had we a Police High Command and a police commissioner on probation,” said Dr. Douglas, who pointed out that in his near 20 years as Prime Minister he has recommended five commissioners of police and none was on probation.

“Harris is not serious and that is why we marched against crime and it is as a result of his actions he has undermined confidence in the Commissioner of Police by the rank and file and we believe criminal activity is going to increase. We need to instill confidence in the police high command and it cannot be instilled if the entire Police High Command is on probation. They will be looking at each other. They will undermine each other while looking out for their jobs,” said Dr. Douglas.

He said the march was also against skyrocketing unemployment with the dismissals of civil servants and persons on the People Employment Programme (PEP), closure of some construction projects and the ending of the REACH programme which has seen close to 500 students abandoning the opportunity to further their education at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) and the Nevis Sixth Form at the Charlestown Secondary School.

“We marched in solidarity with our students. They were been assisted by the Labour Government. Their parents never had it so hard. Fourteen hundred students were registerdd last September, today only 900 are attending classes. They donot have the money and the parents cannot help them. We marched for the reinstatement of the REACH programme to our students. We marched for the students and we say thigs are not better for them,” said Dr. Douglas to the large crowd.

Referring to the chant that ‘Harris Must Go’ and “We want back the Government that we had before,’ the former prime minister accused Prime Minister Harris of deliberately scheduling a meeting of the National Assembly and organizing a Peace Concert as distractions.