Photo Caption: A Section Of The Crowd At The Gulf Insurance Sponsored Interprimary School Championship

Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 31, 2016 (RSCNPF):  Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Ian Queeley has expressed appreciation to the attendees of the annual Gulf Insurance Inter-Primary School Athletics meet for their efforts in contributing to a safe event.


The annual athletic games is one of the larger events held on Nevis and it brings out thousands of supporters, each passionate about their school. 


Commissioner Queeley said, the reports from the Charlestown Police Station indicated that the atmosphere was as energetic as in previous years and the crowd was massive.  “Our Charlestown Police Station Officers said the crowd was very large and with that size crowd we are thankful that there were no incidents, the crowd focused on the events, and everyone had a good time” said Commissioner Queeley.


“I want to thank all the supporters who came out and rallied for their schools, from all reports it was an afternoon of spirited fun. A safe environment where families were able to enjoy themselves. Each of you did your part, and I say thank you.  Commissioner Queeley continued, “I also want to thank the officers who were on duty, both from the Police and the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force, your vigilance contributed significantly as a deterrent to any anti-social behavior that would have detracted from Games.” 


Commissioner Queeley added, “the combined efforts, that of a well behaved crowd and the presence of law enforcement contributed to an atmosphere where the children were able to truly enjoy themselves.” 

St. Thomas’ Primary School Reigns Supreme – 2016 Gulf Insurance Interprimary School Champions


Charlestown Nevis, SKN PULSE, Thursday 31 March 2016 – Tis was the day and be it sun or rain the youths representing the eight primary schools in the Interprimary Gulf Insurance Championships ran their hearts out. Under the patronage of Ms. Ranielle Arthurton, a packed Elquemedo Willet Park on Wednesday 30 March 2016 experienced athletic prowess at work as athlete after athelete impressed on-lookers in the various events. With suspense growing throughout the park early and late into the events, the expectations were high as the competition was tight.

St. Thomas’, Ivor Walters Primary, Charlestown and Elizabeth Pemberton Primary were the schools that stamped their authority early and knocked the wind out of the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School sail.

With numerous lead changes, schools had their work cut out for them.  As the meet progressed, the trend from last year continued as the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School rumbled with the A Division category for much of the day while Ivor Walters showed up to the party. They were placed as high as first with no signs of easing off. While the St. Thomas’ Primary School held a firm grip on first position after the conclusion of the 800 metre events. Thereafter, the confidence, exhibited by the athletes of the St. Thomas’ Primary School sealed their faith while Ivor Walters Primary School and Charlestown Primary were able to pressure the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School as they secured second and third place respectively. A Division Champions ammasses a told of 182 points while the B Division Champions amassed 152 points.


(Photo Caption: Champions Celebrate And Pose For Picture)

The display of talent, good sportsmanship, good baton execution and thrilling entertainment are clear indicators that Athletics in Nevis could go places.

Top performers of the meet from our vantage point included: K’Van-J Maynard (Joycelyn Liburd Primary School), Niza’ Iah Skeete ( Charlestown Primary), Malchiel Dore (St. Thomas’ Primary School), Joric Daniel (Joycelyn Liburd Primary School), Queleel Roberts (Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School),  T’Anna Liburd (St. James Primary School)  and Tywane Roberts ( St. Thomas’ Primary School), Kenron Freeman (Ivor Walters Primary School), Tray Hamilton (Charlestown Primary School)

St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Education consults on Nevis for Education Sector Plan


Photo caption: Participants in the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Education’s consultation on strategies for the Education Sector Plan showing off their Certificates of Appreciation at the Red Cross Conference Room, Nevis, on March 23, 2016. Seated at the table (second from left-right) National Coordinator for the Education Sector Plan Development Dr. Neva Pemberton, Permanent Secretary in St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Education Mrs. Ionie Liburd-Willet, Chief Education Officer in the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Education Dr. Tricia Esdaille. and Senior Assistant Secretary in St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Education Mrs. Eleanor Phillip


NIA CHARLESTOWN (March 29, 2016) — St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Education held its first consultation session on strategies for the Education Sector Plan at the Red Cross Conference Room in Nevis on March 23, 2016. The Plan is expected to be completed by September-October 2016.


The consultation was the last of the seven working sessions held for the development of these strategies by Education Officials of both St. Kitts and Nevis.


National Coordinator for the Education Sector Plan Development Dr. Neva Pemberton said, based on the discussions at the consultation, it would appear that peoples’ impressions of the strategies presented by working groups were in line with issues identified in the diagnosis of the education system.


During the session, programme development working groups came together for the first time to discuss the preliminary set of strategies developed in previous sessions.



Photo caption: St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Education’s Consultation on the Education Sector Plan in session at the Red Cross Conference Room, Nevis, on March 23, 2016

A member of each group presented strategies developed in Programme areas, which include  Curriculum and Assessment, Quality and Relevant Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Accountability, Professionalizing the Teaching Force, Knowledge Management for Decision Making, Access and Participation, and Policy Development and Coordination. Corresponding activities and those responsible for implementation were also reflected in these strategies.


The strategies are designed to work toward the three overarching policy goals guiding the development of the medium-term education sector plan in the Federation. The policy goals are formulated to improve equitable access to and participation in education at all levels; to strengthen the quality and relevance of education to improve learning outcomes; and to enhance governance, plan, and management to enhance efficiency and effectiveness throughout the sector.


At the end of the session, each participant was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Education.


Also present were Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry Mr. Wakely Daniel, Education Planner for St. Kitts and Nevis Mr. Quinton Morton, Permanent Secretary in St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Education Mrs. Ionie Liburd-Willet, Senior Assistant Secretary in St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Education Mrs. Eleanor Phillip and Education Officials from the Department of Education in Nevis.




St. Kitts And Montserrat Post Wins


Basseterre, St. Kitts, Tuesday 29th March, 2016 – Cricket is seemingly seeing a resurgence as a New Leedward Islands Cricket Board seeks to up the stakes and have more inter-island games in the different territories. As such an Under 15, an Under 19 and a men’s tournament is slated for the months of March and April respectively.

The Under-15 tournament began in St. Kitts over the Easter weekend and will run till April 4. In the opening games, St. Kitts engaged Antigua while Nevis engaged Montserrat. Both St. Kitts and Montserrat were victorious.

Scores in the games were as follows:

Antigua batting first scored 81 all out off of 17.4 overs. Demari Benta scored 15 and T-ron Payne scored 13.

Tyrique Huggins picked up 4/29 while Ashawn Browne picked up 2/15. St. Kitts in return reached their target in 25.2 overs. Quaniquy Phillip scored 43 and Ashawn Browne remained on 8*. Final score 82/6. Rashid Henry and Demetri Lucas were the pick of the bowlers for Antigua as they secured three and one wicket respectively.

In the other encounter, Montserrat in their alloted 50/overs  posted a total of 195/9. Clinton Reece and Aldal Livan top scored with Forty One (41) each. For Nevis Kyan Bussue and Carlon Tuckett got three (3) and two (2) wickets respectively. Nevis however fell  short in their run chase as they were only able to score 135 all out in 35.4 overs. Carlon Tuckett topscored with 31 while Vickram Raybeer scored 27. For Montserrat, Adel Livan picked up 4/23.

Matches will continue through till next week.

Nevisian among 5 OECS representatives to receive award for Youth Representation at the Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla, Morocco


Photo 1: Mr. Anselm Caines (center) receiving his award.

St. Kitts, March 26, 2016 (MOFA):The Crans Montana Forum held in Dakhla, Morocco also included the New Leaders for Tomorrow-Youth Forum designed to enhance youth representation and dialogue dedicated to Africa, regional cooperation and the future of South-South cooperation.



Photo 2: OECS Representatives from the islands of St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and Dominica.

Mr. Anselm Caines was amongst the five members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) region to receive an award of recognition for youth leadership and involvement.  Altogether, there were approximately 36 awardees representing theirrespective countries. The award was presented at a special ceremony, by esteemed civil rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson, who also delivered inspirational remarks.


In addition to the receipt of this award, Mr. Caines used this opportunity to articulate the Kittitian -Nevisian perspective on issues relating to avenues through which governments in Africa and the Caribbean can strengthen bilateral arrangements to provide more jobs and opportunities for the youth of both regions.  He also used the platform to advocate for deeper cooperation in the energy and education sector, advocating particularly for training opportunities for young people in countries such as Morocco that is currently being celebrated as the leader in the African continent for renewable energy development.


These ideas, of course, are similar to the sentiments expressed by Minister Brantley at the CMF’s session: “Without Energy Security, No Progress No Growth”. They are also in keeping with the mandate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to pursue deeper cooperation with our development partners in Africa.




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Photo: Minister Richards (centre) poses with students and faculty from the Hamilton College in New York, U.S.A.

Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 26, 2016 (SKNIS):  The Honourable Shawn Richards, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, discussed matters of interest relevant to the Federation with a contingent of ten students and faculty from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, U.S.A. on Thursday, March 24.


The Deputy Prime Minister welcomed the team and opened the floor for questions and meaningful discussions.


Heather Sullivan, Professor at Hamilton College, noted that the college is interested in attracting international students, as well as learning about Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the Federation, and the possibility of developing connections. She made specific mention of areas such as climate change and said that the college specializes in environmental studies which can be beneficial to the Federation.


Minister Richards pointed out that there are a number of areas that St. Kitts and Nevis and the Hamilton College would have mutual interest in.


“We are looking at becoming more sustainable in terms of our energy supply here in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said the Deputy Prime Minister. “In Nevis, for example, there is exploration into geothermal energy. There is also some hope that similar exploration would take place here in St. Kitts. We have a wind farm over in Nevis and we had a number of persons who have also approached us about doing waste to energy.”


The minister pointed out that there are some projects which the Government is hoping would come on stream while welcoming the assistance from Hamilton College. He also spoke about NGOs in the Federation.


“If there is a great interest in coming and assisting with that or even learning from us or we learning from you, we certainly would welcome students to come here and likewise professors,” he said. “In terms of Non-profit Organisations, we have quite a number of Non-profit Organisations. It depends on what your interest is in.”


Deputy Prime Minister Richards stated that there is a lot of scope where relationships can be forged going forward and highlighted that the Federation is always looking for opportunities for students and young people to be able to go off to university.


Ms. Sullivan described the time with Minister Richards as interactive and said that her team was grateful to be able to meet with him.

The students and faculty members arrived in the Federation on Saturday, March 18, and are expected to depart on Saturday, March 26. The group was stationed mainly in Nevis where they held anti-bullying sessions in all the primary schools on the island.  They visited St. Kitts for a day andengaged in an Island Tour and Steel Pan Session with students at the Cayon High School. Some students spent the day at Her Majesty’s Prison where they conducted music training session with inmates and presented them with recording equipment, software and programmes.





Photo #0001 (L-R) Navigator of the Seas, Oasis of the

Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 23, 2016 (SKNIS)—Three mega luxury cruise liners: Oasis of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, and Costa Favalosa—two docking at Port Zante and one at the Basseterre Deep Water Harbour, brought with them on March 23 close to 14,000 passengers to one of the Caribbean’s most rapid and favourite growing tourism destinations, St. Kitts and Nevis.

It was a carnival-like atmosphere in Basseterre and its environs with string-band music, taxi-drivers competing for tours, tourists soaking up one of our best natural resources—the sun, restaurants and stores populated with visitors and vendors plying their trade with their brightest smiles.


Photo: Costa Favalosa

The three ships brought joy to a thriving tourism industry. Oasis of the Seas set sail from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, bringing 6,400 passengers for a 9 night Caribbean cruise. It was its inaugural visit to the federation; Navigator of the Seas, navigated the seas to Port Zante with 3,807 visitors for an 8 night Caribbean cruise embarking from Fort, Lauderdale; and Costa Favalosa, which docked at the Basseterre Deep Water Harbour, transported 3,780 passengers originating from Guadeloupe for an 8 day Caribbean cruise. That gives a sum total of 13, 987 visitors.


Photo #0018 (L-R) Hon. Lindsay Grant, Captain Per Kristoffersen

In welcoming the inaugural visit of MS Oasis of the Seas at an onboard Plaque Exchange Ceremony, Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Lindsay F.T. Grant, brought greetings from the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis to Captain Per Kristoffersen and his crew.

“We are delighted. We are exhilarated for your presence here this morning. You may not know what this means to us, but it is very important that you find St. Kitts as your berth of call,” said Minister Grant, to a small audience, including Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Carlene Henry-Morton, Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Diannille Taylor-Williams, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of St. Christopher Air and Sea Port Authority (SCASPA) Denzil “Don” James, Comptroller of Customs Georid Belle, Executive Chairman of Delisle Walwyn Group of Companies Mr. Clayton Perkins, Superintendent Cromwell Henry, Port Pilots, and representatives from SCASPA, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority and Maximum Security.

“Of course you know this is one of the great ships of the World and so when you are in port, we are happy to have you,” Minister Grant said, while highlighting that Oasis of the Seas will call on St. Kitts five times for the 2016 season. “We anticipate and expect the following season you will double that.”

The tourism minister also said that 17 ships have made inaugural visits for the 2016 season, while noting that one million visitors are expected this season. He proudly declared that “that shows that St. Kitts (Nevis) is really heading to be a marquee destination.” Also Minister Grant said that the Government will build a brand new pier to accommodate more mega ships.


Photo Caption: Captain Per Kristoffersen, Master, Oasis of the Seas

Captain Kristoffersen said that it was a great pleasure to bring the Oasis of the Seas into St. Kitts despite some windy weather which the ship has the capacity to handle.

“We are looking forward to coming here more often with our guest going forward,” he said, while inviting his guests for a tour of the ship. He noted that St. Kitts has one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean and he hopes to play golf one day.   

CEO of SCASPA, Mr. James, said that there was a committed team to ensure that pier facilities are maintained and in the best shape to accommodate ships like the Oasis of the Seas.

Chairman of Delisle Walwyn Group of Companies, Mr. Perkins, said that the inaugural visit of the Oasis of the Seas is “a significant event for the island, a crowning achievement for destination and a very proud moment.”

Oasis of the Seas is the second largest cruise ship in the world. It was built in Turku, Finland. The ship has seven (7) neighborhoods: Adventure Ocean, Central park, Pool and Sports, Vitality Spa, Boardwalk, Entertainment Place and Royal Promenade. The ship weighs 225,000 tons with 22 knots cruising speed. It is 1,187 feet long and 208 feet wide. It accommodates a crew of 2,196 from over 71 nationalities. It has a passenger capacity of 5,488 (double occupancy) and 6,680 (full occupancy).

Allure of the Seas is sister to Oasis of the Seas. Harmony of the Seas, which is presently under construction, and also a sister to Oasis of the Seas, will be the largest cruise liner in the world when finished.  




Campaign targeting mosquito breeding; elimination launched on Nevis


Photo caption: Seating at the head table at the launch of the Ministry of Health’s Health Promotions Unit Zika Virus/Mosquito Prevention and Control campaign at a press conference at the Nevis Disaster Management Office (NDMO) at Long Point on March 23, 2016. (L-r) Nadine Carty-Caines of the Health Promotions Unit, General Manager of the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority Mr. Andrew Hendrickson, Chief Medical Officer in St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Patrick Martin, Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Health Hon. Mark Brantley, Medical Officer of Health on Nevis Dr. Judy Nisbett and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health on Nevis Nicole Slack-Liburd


NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (March 24, 2016) — The Ministry of Health on Nevis launched an awareness campaign, through its Health Promotions Unit, to prevent mosquito breeding and subsequent eradication. The launch took place at a press conference at the Nevis Disaster Management Office (NDMO) at Long Point on March 23, 2016.


The Campaign is dubbed Zika Virus/Mosquito Prevention and Control. The slogan is “Eliminate Breeding Today! Keep Mosquitoes Away!”


Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Health Hon. Mark Brantley who officially launched the campaign, welcomed the move. He urged the public to join in the fight against mosquito breeding in Nevis and by extension in St. Kitts.


“It is   my hope that we will get through this particular troubling period without any confirmed cases of Zika but to do that, we need the public on board. We need the public’s assistance. We need the people of Nevis and the people of St. Kitts, by extension, to do the necessary things.


“Keep your yard clean. Look out for the mosquitos and try and prevent them by ensuring there are no open containers where water is settling – these are important initiatives. Cooperate with the health professionals, cooperate with Solid Waste and let us together ensure that Zika doesn’t get a hold here. Let us together ensure that we eliminate breeding today and we keep mosquitos away,” he said.


Mr. Brantley assured, that the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) would continue to work closely with the Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). He said they would also continue to follow the dictates of the World Health Organisation (WHO).


However, he noted that the issue of the maintenance of good health and the prevention of mosquito borne diseases is ultimately a matter for every citizen and collectively, they could help to prevent an outbreak of Zika.


The Health Minister expressed satisfaction with the Ministry of Health’s decision to expand on the concept “Eliminate Breeding Today: Keep Zica Away” by leading health organisations to “Eliminate Breeding Today: Keep mosquitos Away” for the local campaign.


He said although Zika was the rallying cry which brought about the campaign, it was in the interest of Nevis and the wider country of St. Kitts and Nevis to eliminate mosquitos and to do everything possible to ensure that mosquitoes are eliminated.


Mr. Brantley explained that although the recent effort was in relation to Zika, the Ministry of Health had previous efforts for chikungunya and dengue, he believes that there is need for ongoing efforts in relation to mosquitos.


“We need not wait until the world tells us there is a problem with some new strain or virus. We need to just be vigilant as a community and as a country and continue to do our very best to eliminate mosquitos.


“It is something that the children can get involved in, encourage them at primary school age. Let us eliminate mosquitos. Let us do all that we need to do in order to ensure that we don’t have this outbreak of Zika here,” he said.


Mr. Brantley also commended departments and agencies who joined the fight against mosquitos on the island, including the Public Health Department and the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority.


Also present were Dr. Judy Nisbett, Medical Officer of Health on Nevis who spoke on the aims and objectives of the campaign, Dr. Patrick Martin, Chief Medical Officer in St. Kitts and Nevis who addressed the clinical aspects of Zika, Mr. Andrew Hendrickson General Manager of the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority spoke on the Authority’s role in the fight against mosquitoes on the island and Nadine Carty-Caines of the Health Promotions Unit spoke on the matter of risk communication and raising public awareness.



Photo caption: Health Educator Shevanée Nisbett making a presentation on the communication material and public service announcements in the Ministry of Health’s Health Promotions Unit Zika Virus/Mosquito Prevention and Control campaign at a press conference to launch the campaign at the Nevis Disaster Management Office (NDMO) at Long Point on March 23, 2016

Health Educator Shevanée Nisbett made a presentation on the communication material and public service announcements being used in the Campaign.


Photo caption: Port Health Officer Anthony Webbe in the Environmental Health Department demonstrating various vector control measures at the launch of the Ministry of Health’s Health Promotions Unit Zika Virus/Mosquito Prevention and Control campaign at a press conference at the Nevis Disaster Management Office (NDMO) at Long Point on March 23, 2016


Photo caption: Jermaine Lake Deputy Principal Environmental Health in St. Kitts making his presentation on source reduction at the launch of the Ministry of Health’s Health Promotions Unit Zika Virus/Mosquito Prevention and Control campaign at a press conference at the Nevis Disaster Management Office (NDMO) at Long Point on March 23, 2016

Port Health Officer Anthony Webbe in the Environmental Health Department demonstrated a number of vector control measures and Jermaine Lake, Deputy Principal Environmental Health Officer in St. Kitts made a presentation on source reduction.








SKNIS Photo 1:  Premier Amory said the early voting measure was rejected by voters last election

Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 24, 2016 (SKNIS): Premier of Nevis and Senior Minister in the Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Honourable Vance Amory, has endorsed the passage of the National Assembly Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which repeals the provision for security personnel and persons who perform essential services to vote prior to Election Day.


The effort to repeal the Bill, which passed in the National Assembly on Wednesday (March 23), was described by Amory as “worthwhile.” The federal minister of labour referred to the general elections of 2015, which was the first time the early voting came into effect, and said it served little purpose.


“In this case, the armed forces and the security forces and the emergency workers for whom it was intended, refused to apply to register in great numbers,” he stated. Noting that more than 1,000 persons in St. Kitts and Nevis were eligible to vote early, Mr. Amory said that only 183 took advantage of the opportunity to do so.


A closer look at the figures revealed that at some polling stations, no one showed up to vote.


“It speaks volumes,” Premier Amory said, “and therefore the effort by this government to have that amendment deleted and repealed to relieve us of the need to have a special day for early voting, to expend as you heard human resources and financial resources and time on that day, I think is a worthwhile thing.”


Mr. Amory added that the low number of persons voting can also betray which candidate the voter chose.


“The issue of the secrecy of the ballot must not be downplayed because we see a number there of 17 or 27 or eight as the case may be, but that’s a total number,” he said. “If we were to narrow that down to individual boxes it will be even more glaring and stark that you could pinpoint every single person who voted in those boxes and for whom they voted.”


Premier Amory said the repealing of the amendment was a first step in a series of changes that will be forthcoming to strengthen the electoral system. The change now means that members of the security forces will vote on pilling day as it was in the past.



Buju Sends Message To Fans


Source: Jamaica Observer

Imprisoned artiste Buju Banton has reached out to fans, pleading with them “not be distracted by all the things that are taking place around them”.

In a statement published in Vibe Magazine’s popular Boomshots column, Buju, 43, also blasted contemporary music, describing it as “meaningless”.

The Grammy-winning singjay is in the fifth of a 10-year sentence on drug-related offences. He is serving time in a federal prison in Florida.

The following is the full text of Buju’s statement.

“Tell my fans do not be distracted by all the things that are taking place around them because it is designed to throw them off kilter, to make moral decadence even more widespread than it already is, and plunge people into a state of darkness.

“They’re trying to reverse the progress that we have made over the years through the music. And now the music is meaningless. It doesn’t stimulate, it doesn’t educate, it doesn’t reinvigorate. All it does is get you angry because it’s filled with nothing but narcissists exalting themselves over the earthly possessions that they have managed to get. They don’t even have anything—it’s crumbs.

“And therefore, the music is suffering. The people are suffering. Sadness and gloom is prevailing. It’s widespread. But be patient. Because suffering may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.”