ILLEGAL FIREARM SEIZED DURING STOP AND SEARCH

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 30, 2016 (RSCNPF): A personal stop and search operation by the Special Services Unit (SSU) resulted in the seizure of a .40mm pistol and a magazine with 4 rounds of .40mm ammunition. 

 

The stop and search operation was conducted in the Frigate Bay area on Saturday (April 30) and resulted in the arrest of one individual. Charges would be forthcoming. 

 

This is the second illegal firearm removed from our communities this month,  the last being on April 8 in Nevis and brings to eight (8) the number of illegal firearms removed from our communities so far in 2016.

By sknpulse Posted in Crime

SEARCH WARRANTS EXECUTED, CACHE OF STOLEN ITEMS FOUND

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Photo Caption: Stolen Items Recovered In Nevis

Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 29, 2016 (RSCNPF):  A combined search operation by members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force in which two search warrants were executed on Thursday (April 28)  have resulted in the discovery of two cache of stolen items and the arrest of two persons.   

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Photo Caption: More of the stolen items that were recovered

The warrants were executed on a property in Bath Village and one in the Hamilton area.

The find included furniture, electronics, air conditioning units, groceries, construction supplies, tools and other items. 

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“What we found yesterday (Thursday) at these locations will help us to move several Burglary and House Breaking incidents and other cases forward. The discovery of the items have now connected the dots for us to move forward,” said Inspector Alonzo Carty of the Nevis Division.    

Identification of items by persons who reported incidents have already begun.  Members of the general public whose properties were burglarized or broken into and who did not report the incident are encouraged to inquire to see if their missing items may have been found. 

Deputy Commissioner Brandy, sent a message to the Nevis Division on Friday (April 29) in which he said, “I wish to congratulate you on your recent successes in the Nevis Division. This shows what your presence on the streets mean to your community, your presence builds confidence in the community, thus the community will share the information you need and your successes will be forthcoming.”  He added, “I thank you for going above and beyond in your duties, it is this continued presence that will yield results. I commend you for your efforts.”

Charges against the person arrested have not yet been laid and the investigation continues. 

By sknpulse Posted in Crime

Nevis Loses Second Game: Willet Brothers Perform Although Team Falls Short

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Photo Caption: Nevis Men’s National Cricket Team

Charlestown, Nevis: It was billed the match of the tournament, the rivals for many years, Antigua and Nevis were set to play at the Elquemedo Willet Park in Nevis. After winning the toss, Antigua decided to bat first.

As the players took the field, the Nevisian supporters were slowly strolling into the Park to lend their support to the home boys. However, Antigua had other ideas as they put bat to ball and had the Nevisian bowlers in a spot of bother. Not being deterred, the Nevisians pulled it back after some good bowling from the Willet brothers, Tonito and Akito.

As a result, the Antiguan side were 279/8 after their alloted 50 overs. Jermaine Otto  scored 118 while Kadeem Phillip posted 81. The not out batsman was Hayden Walsh who posted 29.

Bowling for Nevis Akito Willet managed to collect 6 (six) wickets for 61 runs. The task ahead certainly didn’t seem like a huge problem for Nevis especially with the likes of Kieran Powell, Tonito Willet and the inform Adelvin Philipp in the batting line up.

However, with Kieran Powell, (30) and Adelvin Philipp back in the pavilion the Nevis team were struggling. The Nevis crowd had hope when the inform Willet and his brother Akito occupied the crease with four wickets down. The ease at which the Willets played created a sense of calm and revived hope in the ETW Park but this was soon short-lived when Akito had to walk back to the pavilion after falling prey to the Antiguan bowling. Tonito folfolllowed shortly after. He made a stroke filled 60, his fourth half century in five matches. At this point Nevisians had lost all hope as the wickets were falling at regular intervals. Nevis were bowled out for 183 in 45.3 overs.

The pick of the bowlers for the Antiguan team were:

Karima Gore: 4-0-17-3
Rahkeem Cornwall: 8.3-3-17-3
Alzarri Joseph: 5-1-22-2

Antigua & Barbuda won by 96 runs.

Nevis’ final game will be played on Saturday against St. Kitts at the Elquemedo Willet Park at 9:30 am.

By sknpulse Posted in Sports
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Basseterre, Saint Kitts – On Thursday 28th April 2016, the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party held a massive rally at The Glen in St.Peters where Constituency Representatives enlightened the general public about the incompetence of the Team Unity led Administration.

MP’s for the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party came out swinging last night as they held their second meeting in the lead up to the annual Labour Day March. As scores of Labourites listened, MP’s echoed the sentiments that the Deputy Speaker is Stifling Democracy.

This comes on the heels of the Deputy Speaker pulling the rule book and  booting Senator Nigel Carty from the Parliament for “gross misconduct”. At the time, the debate on the Income Tax (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2016 was ongoing at the Sitting of the National Assembly on Wednesday (April 27).  After the presentation by Senator Wendy Phipps, both the Prime Minister and Senator Carty were standing but it was the Prime Minister who caught the Deputy Speaker’s eye.

Irrespective of the efforts by the  government media to do damage control, Labourites are adamant that the acts of Bias and Collusion are clear for all to see. Thus it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Deputy Speaker failed to acknowledge Senator Carty who was due to present and was ready. Further, it was highlighted that a Horse and Pony show is been ran so as to silence the Opposition.

In referencing what transpired, Hon. Marcella Liburd reiterated that the post of the Deputy Speaker requires the holder to behave professionally and such has not been the case at all. MP Liburd drew reference to the Budget debate of 2015, where she was denied the fundamental right to speak during the National Debate because of the simple fact that the MP for #8 caught the Deputy Speaker’s eye and was allowed to put forth an adjournment.

In light of this, The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party have signalled that their Democratic rights shall not be stifled upon.

The Attempt To Silence The St. Kitts And Nevis Labour Party: Deputy Speaker Stifling Democracy

Construction of new wing for Abattoir ahead of schedule, says Nevis Agriculture Minister

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Photo caption: Minister of Agriculture on Nevis Hon. Alexis Jeffers at Prospect on April 27, 2016 with the new wing of the government-owned Abattoir under construction in the background

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (April 28, 2016) – Minister of Agriculture on Nevis Hon.  Alexis Jeffers says construction work for the new wing of the government-owned Abattoir at Prospect is ahead of schedule.

 

He made the disclosure after touring the construction site on April 27, 2016. Work on the project commenced in early February, two weeks after the official ground breaking on January 26, 2016, with August earmarked for completion.

 

“Based on the timelines we are looking at we are hoping to have construction completed somewhere around August but at the rate at which we are going with the construction, I believe we should be done by maybe July.

 

“It means we may have usage of this building in advance of the period of time that we would have earmarked for completion,” he said.

 

Mr. Jeffers stated that the walls were constructed and plastering was in an advanced stage. The roof was up and he expected the galvanise sheeting to be in place sometime next week.

 

He used the opportunity to commend the contractor Edmund Jeffers and his team for their hard work and dedication to the project.

 

According to Mr .Jeffers, the new wing for the abattoir is a project that was contemplated 20 years ago and over the years was budgeted for but is, only now, becoming a reality.

 

The Minister said the new wing is envisioned to bring greater improvement and to the complement of services already offered at the abattoir.

 

“It will house a smoke house, smoke room, production area, walk-in freezers, staff quarter and also toilet facilities. It is an extension of what we currently have from the older site.

 

“There will be a connection from one section to the next, so it is an expansion of the overall square footage of this compound here at Prospect.” he said.

 

However, the Agriculture Minister noted that the Ministry’s main thrust at the moment is to provide linkages in all areas of agriculture. So far it has upgraded and enhanced the fencing at government-owned estates in Maddens and Indian Castle and reintroduced forage banks at both estates.

 

He said the Ministry has also embarked on construction of an additional wing for the Veterinary Clinic at Prospect, for the overall quality and improvement in livestock production on Nevis.

 

“All this is being done for the safety and for the health of all our citizens because we are producing our meat here on Nevis and we know exactly what goes into the production of livestock which in turn impacts on the quality of meat.

 

“We have had some commendations being passed on to the staff here at Abattoir in terms of the work they have done and also for the new products they continue to bring on line, onto the market,” he said.

 

Mr. Jeffers used the opportunity to commend Manager of the Abattoir Gary Griffin and his staff for what he says is their outstanding work to ensure the production of quality items for consumption.

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Marijuana Found On Primary School Students:

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A press release from The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Public Relations Unit states that school officials and the Department of Social Services are investigating an incident of drugs found at a Primary School.  While information regarding where the incident occurred was omitted, this medium was reliably informed that the incident took place on Nevis. The investigation has revealed, that four (4) students ages ranging from six(6) to (9) years old were found with marijuana on the school premises. 

The release further states, that the investigation has revealed that the nine(9) year old made offer to sell a dime bag of marijuana for two Dollars E.C($2.00) to the students. 

A dime bag of marijuana was retrieved from the student and seized by the police.

All students were interviewed in the presence of their parents, guidance counselor and a social worker. Further inquiries are to be carried out by the Department of Social Services. 

By sknpulse Posted in Crime

SIR LL MOORE LEGAL AND JUDICIAL COMPLEX CLOSED TO PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 27, 2016 (SKNIS):  Services at The Sir Lee L. Moore Legal and Judicial Complex in Basseterre are suspended until further notice due to a small electrical fire that broke out on the roof of the complex on April 26, 2016. An announcement will be made as to the reopening of the building.

Public Works has been charged with the responsibility of immediate remediation.

The Magistrate’s Court, High Court and High Court Registry are housed within that building. The Fire Department was called and an evaluation was done both by the Fire Department and Public Works.

Several concerns were lodged over the incident which include:

The wiring to the air-conditioning units were being run on the rooftop as the conduits within the building were in deplorable condition; the wires were exposed to the elements and as such weathering had caused breakdown of the insulation; the wires were sitting in areas of the roof which were prone to settled water and as such were being lifted from the rooftop by pieces of board; and the condition of the electrical with respect to the AC units was in a state which could lead to a fire at any point in time.

IMF team visits Nevis to assess NIA fiscal performance

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Photo caption: Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance Hon. Vance Amory (extreme right), Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Colin Dore (second from right) and his staff at a meeting with a visiting team from the International Monetary Fund on April 25, 2016, at the Ministry of Finance conference room

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (April 26, 2016) — A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) met with Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance Hon. Vance Amory to assess the fiscal performance of the Nevis Island Administration (NIA). The meeting was held at the Ministry of Finance Conference room on April 25, 2016.

 

According to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Colin Dore, who was present at the meeting, it forms part of the IMF’s annual visit to St. Kitts and Nevis as part of the Article 4 consultation.

 

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Photo caption: The visiting International Monetary Fund team to St. Kitts and Nevis, headed by Mission Chief Ms. Inci Otker Robe,at a meeting with Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance Hon. Vance Amory on April 25, 2016, at the Ministry’s conference room. Also present is Economist Mr. Ahmed El Ashram (second from right, partly hidden) who has been visiting the Federation for the past 2 to 3 years as part of the team

He noted that the IMF team headed by Mission Chief Ms. Inci Otker Robe who took over from Ms. Judith Gold former mission Chief, sought to determine how the Administration is coping after completion of a three-year Structural Adjustment programme by the IMF and Mr. Amory outlined the proposals as stated in the 2016 Budget Address.

 

According to Dore, during the team’s one-day visit to Nevis, they also met with Heidi Sutton Regulator of the Nevis Financial (Regulation and Supervision) Services to assess the legislation governing the financial services. They also met with the Bank of Nevis Ltd. to assess the island’s banking sector.

 

Dore said the team will be carrying out similar exercises in St. Kitts and is scheduled to present its findings at a joint cabinet meeting of the Federal government and the NIA on May 04, 2016.

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THREE ARRESTED FOR FOOD COURT BREAKING AND LARCENY

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 25, 2016 (RSCNPF):  Lashorn Hendrickson of  Buckley’s Site and two (2)  juveniles have been arrested, formally charged and cautioned on six warrants  in the first instance for Building Breaking with intent and three warrants in the first instance for Building Breaking and Larceny committed at Rams Food Court in Bird Rock.

 

The incident occurred between 19 – 20 April, 2016. 

 

Investigations revealed,  the owners secured the businesses on the night of April 19, and upon returning the next day found their facilities broken into.  Several of the owners reported the loss of various items. 

 

“We want to thank all who assisted in whatever way they did to bring this case to this point,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Crime Andre Mitchell.  ACP Mitchell added, “I commend the CID for their efforts, but it was the partnership of all that brought this arrest.”

By sknpulse Posted in Crime

Foreign Minister Brantley assumes the Leadership of the CDCC

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Basseterre, St. Kitts (April 25, 2016) – The twenty-sixth session of the Caribbean Development Cooperation Committee (CDCC) convened at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort in Basseterre on April 22.  The opening session was chaired by Ms. Diane Quarless, Director, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and she expressed regrets of Ms. Alicia Bárcena for not being able to attend the session.

 

Introductory remarks were made by Mr. Antonio Prado, Deputy Executive Secretary of ECLAC. In his remarks he exhorted the gathering to “celebrate all things Caribbean” especially in light of the West Indies domination of T20 cricket recently.  He also expressed the view that by far the most important challenge over which the Caribbean must gain control is how best to deal with the unsustainable levels of public debt in a manner that builds the resilience of our countries to external shocks, while re-igniting growth and promoting economic transformation by investment in green industries and climate adaptation initiatives.

 

Jamaica being the outgoing chair of the CDCC addressed the body and expressed gratitude on behalf of her country to ECLAC for their assistance during their tenure as chair of the CDCC. She further indicated that the chair, being rotated in alphabetical order, now became the responsibility of the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis and handed over the chair accordingly.

 

Hon. Mark Brantley in assuming his responsibility as chair of the CDCC addressed the gathering and synopsized that the discussion of the Caribbean Development Roundtable set the stage for brainstorming on the topic: The Debt Overhang: balancing adjustment with sustainable development in the Caribbean. He spoke of the decrease of the Debt to GDP ratio in St. Kitts-Nevis by over 100 percentage points but also mentioned the risk of eroding the gains without proper fiscal discipline and if we fail to manage the debt overhang.  He also highlighted the achievements of the Federation in providing a robust suite of social services to strengthen the safety net of vulnerable groups.

 

Following these statements there was elections of officers to serve the CDCC for the biennium 2016 – 2018. Elected were Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic as Vice Chairs and St. Vincent and the Grenadines as Rapporteur.

 

The meeting continued under the chairmanship of the Hon. Mark Brantley with a discussion on the Debt Overhang and Preparation for the Ageing population in the Caribbean. There were several resolutions considered and adopted at the meeting as well as the welcoming of the newest associate member to ECLAC to the CDCC, St. Maarten.

 

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