Nisbet Plantation Beach Club is Min. of Tourism’s 2016 Hotel of the Year

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Photo caption: Derrick Huggins receives Ministry of Tourism’s 2016 Hotel of the Year Award for the Nevis Plantation Beach Club from Mrs. Sharon Brantley, wife of the Minister of Tourism Hon. Mark Brantley on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism at the Tourism Awards Gala and Dance at the Four Seasons Resort on May 28, 2016

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (May 30, 2016) — The Nisbet Plantation Beach Club captured the Ministry of Tourism’s 2016 Hotel of the Year Award, at the Ministry’s Tourism Awards Gala and Dance at the Four Seasons Resort on May 28, 2016. The ceremony, serves to recognise and reward achievements of industry workers, partners and stalwarts in the tourism sector on Nevis.

The event was held under the patronage of Pamella Barry and was the final event in a month of tourism awareness activities dubbed “Exposition Nevis.” The theme was “All Things Tourism, Savour the Flavour.”

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Photo caption: Devon Liburd of the Nevis Tourism Authority receives Ministry of Tourism’s 2016 Social Media Award for the Authority from Mrs. Sharon Brantley, wife of the Minister of Tourism Hon. Mark Brantley on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism at the Tourism Awards Gala and Dance at the Four Seasons Resort on May 28, 2016

A number of other awards were presented. The Nevis Tourism Authority won the Social Media Award. Alexander Hamilton Museum won Most Popular Attraction. Islander Watersports won the Outstanding Allied Services Company award. Melissa Seabrookes of the Four Seasons Resort won the Hotel Manager of the year. Gavin Clarke won the Sports Tourism Ambassador of the Year award.

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Photo caption: Trisha Griffin of the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society receives the 2016 Most Popular Attraction Award for the Alexander Hamilton Museum from Mrs. Sharon Brantley, wife of the Minister of Tourism Hon. Mark Brantley, on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism at the Tourism Awards Gala and Dance at the Four Seasons Resort on May 28, 2016

The Corporate Partner of the Year award went to S. L. Horsford’s and Co. Ltd. Best Restaurant/Culinary Experience went to Bananas Restaurant. Reginald Douglas was named the Most Outstanding Tour Guide. Doreen Hodge won the Outstanding Allied Services Worker award. Pearl Bartlette won the Hotel Employee of the Year award. Hilary Lightfoot was awarded for Taxi Operator of the Year.

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Photo caption: A visibly happy Melissa Seabrookes of the Four Seasons Resort receives the Hotel Manager of the Year Award from Mrs. Sharon Brantley, wife of the Minister of Tourism Hon. Mark Brantley, on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism at the Tourism Awards Gala and Dance at the Four Seasons Resort on May 28, 2016

A number of persons were also awarded for Long Service in the Hospitality Sector: Kevin Liburd of Sunrise Tours; Oldain “Sandy” Claxton of Montpelier Plantation Inn, Cadilar Stanley of The Hermitage, Joycelyn James of Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nelson “Piggy” Jeffers of Oualie Beach Resort, Fay Walters of the Four Seasons Resort, Catilda Charles of Nisbet Plantation Beach Club and Marion Wilson of Mount Nevis Hotel and Beach Club.

The Ministry of Tourism Awards for Employee of the Year went to Orvil “Powers” Liburd. The Special Recognition Awards for Ministry Stalwarts went to Tyrone O’Flaherty.

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Photo caption: Wincent Perkins owner of Islander Watersports receives the Outstanding Allied Services Company Award from Mrs. Sharon Brantley, wife of the Minister of Tourism Hon. Mark Brantley, on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism at the Tourism Awards Gala and Dance at the Four Seasons Resort on May 28, 2016

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the awards ceremony was reintroduced in its current format in 2004. The format involves an open public nomination process and elimination before the awards are designated.

The process began in March and closed in early May. This year there were more than 40 nominations in 14 categories.

In categories where there were multiple nominations, a small committee reviewed and evaluated the submissions, judging them based on the designated criteria.

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Photo caption: Ministry of Tourism awardees, guests and staff; Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory and his wife Verni Amory, took to the dance floor at the 2016 Tourism Awards Gala and Dance at the Four Seasons Resort on May 28, 2016

The Ministry took a decision over the years, to not have eliminations in the Long Service in the Hospitality Sector category. It was felt that the category speaks volumes about the strength of the industry and its human resource potential.

As a result, all those nominated in that category are awarded for their invaluable and sustained contribution to the growth of the tourism sector. The award also encourages new comers to the industry to emulate those who have been recognised by the ministry in that category in the past.
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Kim Collins clocks 9.93 in Bottrop

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Pulse Staff Writer:

Kim Collins Does It Again: Kittitian Athlete, Kim Collins on Sunday recorded his personal best in the 100m event at the NRW Gala in Bottrop, Germany. His victory of 9.93 seconds, ( – in 1.9 meters per second tailwind), was so unexpected, it marked the first time a 40 year old has accomplished such a feat.

In responding to questions asked, the Kittitian said, that “the track is fast, the crowd was amazing; the best conditions for top performance,” said the world champion of 2003. Such a performance improved the old stadium record at 18 and his personal best by three hundredths; thus Collins improved his personal best of 9.96 that he ran in London in July of 2014.

Second and third place went to Joe Morris and Adam Gemili respectively. Joe Morris of the USA ran in a time of 10.15 sec and Olympic semifinalist Adam Gemili of UK posted a time of 10.19 sec.

Collins is now the second fastest man, only behind Femi Ogunode of Qatar, 9.91, in the world this year.

One dead, three missing at sea following attack by pirates

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 28 2016 – Guyana police Saturday arrested five people allegedly involved in a pirate attack that left one man dead and three others missing at sea.

“During this morning, acting on information received, the police went to the No.65 Village Foreshore, Corentyne, where they saw a boat matching the description given. Five men who were aboard have been arrested and are in police custody assisting with the investigations,” the police said in a statement.

The authorities said that the attack occurred while the occupants of the boat were in the Lower Shell Area, Nickerie in Suriname.

The police said they have informed their Surinamese counterparts of the incident.

The dead person has been identified as Guyanese national, Hemchand Sukhdeo, 44, who was one of the four crew members of the boat which was being captained by Seepersaud Persaud.

Persaud is reported to have been thrown overboard by the five pirates who were armed with cutlasses. Police said Persaud was rescued by the crew of another fishing vessel and that the incident occurred late on Friday night.

They said the four crew members were aboard a boat in Surinamese territory when the pirates attacked, taking away two 48hp outboard motor engines, tied up the four crew members and threw Seepersaud Persaud overboard.

The area was searched but neither the vessel nor the other three crew members have been located.

Credit: Caribbean News Source

CHARGES LAID AGAINST TWO FOR MONEYGRAM ROBBERY

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 28, 2016, (RSCNPF) Two persons have been charged for an Armed Robbery committed at the MoneyGram Office  in Basseterre on Friday, (May 20).

Charged for the offence are: Inebo Ibo Hendrickson, of Sandy Point and Reynauldo Jarvis Jeffers, male, of Buckley’s site.   

Both were arrested and formally charged on May 27 for the offence Armed Robbery which occurred on May 20 in Basseterre. They remain in Police custody.

Commissioner of Police Mr. Ian M. Queeley said, “I commend the officers for their hard work on this case. You remained vigilant and brought those responsible to the first steps of justice.”  He added, “the use of technology was a major contributing factor in making the quick arrest.”  And said “that this is the second instance in recent times when the use of appropriate technology provided the Police with timely and actionable information.”

Commissioner Queeley added, “in view of this, I encourage the business community to invest in electronic surveillance equipment at their establishments.” 

By sknpulse Posted in Crime

Students on Nevis urged to take advantage of multi-disciplinary education

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Photo caption: Clothing and Textiles tutor at the Charlestown Secondary School Multi-Purpose Centre Ms. Mavis Parris and her students showing off their work at the school’s auditorium at their Technology and Art Exhibition on May 26, 2016

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (May 27, 2016) — Premier of Nevis and Minister of education Hon. Vance Amory continues to lend his support to technical vocational education and urged students to embrace the opportunities and benefits a multi-disciplinary education offers.

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Photo caption: Ezzard Charles, Patron of Charlestown Secondary School Multi-Purpose Centre’s Technology and Art Exhibition receives a fruit basket and plaque from teacher Ms. Mavis Parris on behalf of the Centre, at the opening ceremony on May 26, 2016.

Mr. Amory made the comment when he delivered remarks at an opening ceremony for the Technology and Arts Exhibition of the Charlestown Secondary School (CSS) Multi-Purpose Centre at the school’s auditorium on May 26, 2016. The theme was “Creativity through Skilled Hands.” The patron was Ezzard Charles, a former teacher at the institution.

“The focus on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET)… and the focus that we expose every child as far as possible to skilled training, is something which I fully endorse and will continue to encourage…

“You have skills. You have the talent. You have been given the opportunity and that you should take advantage…to translate that skill into an opportunity to make a living in the land of your birth,” he said.

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Photo caption:  (L-R) Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory, former teacher at the Charlestown Secondary School Multi-Purpose Centre and patron of the Centre’s Technology and Art Exhibition Mr. Ezzard Charles, Supervisor of the Centre Mr. Grafield Virgo and Principal of the Charlestown Secondary School Edson Elliott at the exhibition at the school’s auditorium on May 26, 2016

However, Mr. Amory noted, that multi-purpose teachings should focus on the student’s future. He said, a multi-disciplinary approach to education provides an opportunity for students to develop their academic and technical skills and to make contributions to the society.

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Photo caption: Furniture made by students of the Charlestown Secondary School Multi-Purpose Centre on display at the school’s auditorium at their Technology and Art Exhibition on May 26, 2016

He also added that student’s interest should be broadened to embrace other areas of professional development that are offered through technical vocational education apart from the traditional areas.

The Education Minister praised Principal of the CSS Edson Elliott and Supervisor of the Multi-Purpose Centre Garfield Virgo for promoting an initiative which is helping students to realise that education is multi-faceted.

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Photo caption: Metal works made by students of the of the Charlestown Secondary School Multi-Purpose Centre on display at the school’s auditorium at their Technology and Art Exhibition on May 26, 2016

A prayer was done by Mrs. Marilyn Tross, the national anthem was delivered by Troy Jeffers, opening remarks by Mrs. Nicola Parris, remarks from Centre supervisor Mr. Garfield Virgo, Principal Mr. Edson Elliott and the vote of thinks was done by Mr. Kelvin Fraser.
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CAYON YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM EMBRACED BY POLICE

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 27, 2016 (RSCNPF): The proposed launch of a community based mentoring program for youth in the Cayon Community as a way to reach our youth and help them to navigate the challenges of today’s life and make positive decisions is commended by the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. 

The program dubbed ‘Mentoring and Aspiring Youths’ “M.A.Y” is a collaborative effort of a group of concerned residents in the Cayon area, the Cayon Primary School and has the support of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. 

“MAY” will provide mentoring for 30 students of the Cayon Primary school who are between the ages of 7 through 11. The mentors, all of whom are proven leaders in their respective fields of occupation and have demonstrated the traits of good citizenship will give of their time to encourage and develop the young boys and girls in hopes that they too become good citizens. 

The program will officially launch on Monday (May 30) with a meeting of mentors, parents, and the participants. The goal is to have formal weekly interaction of mentor and mentee that will serve as an opportunity to guide and encourage the young person. 

Assistant Commissioner of Police Terrance James, a resident of Cayon and a past student of the Cayon Primary School is one of the mentors.  Commenting on the program he said, “I was happy to see this initiative come to fruition and grabbed the opportunity to be a part of it. If I can guide and help to mold one young person into a better citizen, that’s reward for me…and I’m sure for all of the other mentors.”  He added, “this is the kind of activity that we in the Police Service wants to see in our communities.  It ties in well with our efforts to build partnerships, and so, the officers at the Cayon Police Station have embraced it as a part of their community engagement. 

The Executive Body of “M.A.Y” consists of Chairman-Mr. Terrance James, Vice Chairman-Mr. Jefferson Edwards, Secretary-Eshe Hendrickson, Treasurer-Mr. Glen Daniel, PRO-Mr. Aidan Hendrickson and Asst. PRO-Mr. Olando Sutton.

For information about “M.A.Y”, persons can call ACP Terrance James at 662-7311. 

LAST OF SIX PLEDGED VEHICLES DELIVERED TO POLICE AND PRISON SERVICE

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 27, 2016, 2015 (RSCNPF):  In a brief ceremony on Friday (May 27) the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Mr. Osmond Petty accepted on behalf of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis the last two of six pledged vehicles from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

The ceremony was attended by representatives from Embassy of The Republic of China (Taiwan), the Ministry of National Security and the Police and Prison Services.  The Police and Prison Services were the designated beneficiaries of the donation.

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One Ford truck which was specifically modified for use as a prisoner transport was received by the Prison Service. The vehicle has three separate compartments in which prisoners can be seated.  The design of the vehicle also provides for security and privacy in transport.

The Police service received a multi-purpose extended cab pick-up truck to add to its general service fleet.

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Superintendent of Prisons Junie Hodge said, “the gift was timely, and now allows the service to transport prisoners to court, the hospital and other locations in greater privacy.”  He added, “with three compartments, it adds to greater security when transporting the prisoners”.  The Prison Superintendent also expressed the gratitude of the Prison Service to Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Mr. Osmond Petty expressed thanks on behalf of the Government, ”we thank the Republic of China (Taiwan) for their continued support to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Their continued commitment in assisting us with the resources needed to build stronger National Security departments is greatly appreciated.”

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Mr. Petty noted that the ROC (Taiwan) has been a major contributor to the Police Service in the past, and highlighted past gifts of Police vehicles, and other equipment to the various agencies within the Ministry of National Security. 

Over EC$50,000.00 Given in Financial Support To National Carnival Delegates Competing Regionally

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On Tuesday May 24th, four (4) Winners from the Sugar Mas 44 Competitions were jointly given over EC$50,000.00 in financial assistance toward their participation in regional Shows to be held in the upcoming months. The Handing-over ceremony was hosted at the Department of Culture on Victoria Road, Basseterre. To be specific as to where they will be competing, on July Friday 1st, Ms. Orngel Erskine (originally sponsored by Music Festival 20), travels to St. Vincent to represent us in the Ms. Carival, and once more, on July 24th, to Antigua, for the Ms. Jaycees Pageant. On July 22nd and 23rd, the inaugural Ms. National Carnival Swimwear, Ms. Alsanarda Hanley, (originally sponsored by the St. Kitts – Nevis Development Bank), will be entering the Ms. Venus Model Pageant in Anguilla, while Ms. Kyla Browne (originally sponsored by FLOW), will be entering the Ms. Caribbean Culture Pageant in Nevis on July 30th and August 1st. The reigning National Calypso Monarch, King Astro, will also be vying for the Crown at the Leeward Islands Calypso Monarch competition, in Anguilla, on August 6th.

  
As it relates to their financial support, worthy of note is the fact that the St. Kitts – Nevis National Carnival Committee has been informed that it is the first time in our history of Carnival where the King has been given equitable financial support from the National Carnival Committee to participate in a regional competition.   When asked about this, Carnival Chairman, Noah G. Mills, noted that perhaps the long-reverberating echoes of the late Calypso Reggie finally landed on listening ears. In his song entitled “Killing de Culture,” Reggie lamented on the lavishing treatment, gifts, and prizes that Pageant Contestants and Queens receive while Calypsonians have to be satisfied with the “sticky end of the stick.” 

In giving brief remarks, Mr. Stanley Knight, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, lauded the Ambassadors and underscored the importance of their role as such. He urged all four Representatives to go out and perform to the best of their abilities to make themselves, friends, families, the National Carnival Committee, the Ministry of Culture, Government, as well as, the entire Federation, proud.   

Mr. Troy Mills, Director of Culture, also gave comments and noted that the Department felt heartened to be associated with the Ambassadors, a journey that started from the 2015 -16 National Carnival right up to his point. He also recorded the department’s commitment toward assisting in all ways possible to ensure the further augmentation of the Carnival Product.   
Mr. Noah Mills also resonated the confidence being placed in the 4-member contingent, and reminded the Delegates that expectations are high. That is, he emphasized, “We are expecting to see 5 crowns coming back home.”    

After receiving their cheques, all Ambassadors expressed their profound appreciation for the assistance given and explained that it would go a long way in preparing for their respective competitions.    

S.K.N.Y.P.A meets with the Governor of the ECCB

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Photo Caption: St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association (S.K.N.Y.P.A) with Governor Timothy N. J Antoine

Basseterre, St. Kitts- In an effort to increase the social awareness about the role of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association (S.K.N.Y.P.A) met with Governor Timothy N. J Antoine, at the ECCB Headquarters Bird Rock, Basseterre. At the highly anticipated meeting, the newly instated Governor acquainted himself the prestigious youth organization and its activities undertaken to achieve it mandate of youth involvement in nation building.

Governor Antoine shared that it is the duty of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, to educate the public about the performance of the Currency Union. The Governor along with a team of representatives from the institution, shared a presentation about St. Kitts- Nevis’ economy referencing its present state, achievements and potential for improvements in certain sectors. During the presentation, the executive members of S.K.N.Y.P.A shared questions and comments about the way forward for the nation to ensure that the growth and development experienced in St. Kitts- Nevis is sustained. 

To conclude, the morning’s proceeding the Governor and the President of S.K.N.Y.P.A, Mr. Azard Gumbs exchanged words of commitment for a greater partnership with the youth organization.

The St. Kitts National Youth Parliament will soon commence its 15th Anniversary celebrations since its inception in September 2001. The Youth Parliament has debated in the National Assembly key legislature, volunteered with various profit and non profit organizations and conducted number of programmes that seek to equip youth with various life skills.

By sknpulse Posted in Youths

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS’ STUDENTS STUDYING IN ROC (TAIWAN) ENCOURAGED TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COUNTRY’S DEVELOPMENT

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Photo Caption: SKN Group photo with Prime Minister Harris, Attorney General Byron and his wife, Premier Amory and his wife, Ambassador Huggins and Director of SKNIS, Leroy Williams

Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 26, 2016 (SKNIS)—St. Kitts and Nevis’ students studying in The Republic of China (Taiwan) have been praised for their courage in venturing to a far-away country with a different language and culture to pursue studies in several disciplines while being encouraged to return to their homeland after their studies to take advantage of the opportunities to contribute to their county’s development.

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Photo Caption: Prime Minister Harris speaks to students studying in Taiwan

Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, Attorney General Honourable Vincent Byron Jr. and Premier of Nevis Honourable Vance Amory spoke to the federation’s students studying in Taiwan on May 21 at the Embassy of St. Christopher and Nevis in Taipei and delivered a message of praise and encouragement.
“We thank you for the courage to wander so far in the East to pursue your respective careers and to say that at home there are wonderful opportunities waiting for you,” Prime Minister Harris said. “As we listened and we heard the diverse fields in which you are engaged, certainly I know at home there is a place for each and every one of you.”
Prime Minister Harris also underscored some of the benefits in studying in a country with a different language and culture than one’s own.

“One of the silent advantages of studying in a place like this (Taiwan) is that you leave with not only higher knowledge in the areas of engagement and learning and of course a wider cultural experience but you come back home with another marketable tool, that of a new language—and for you it is the language of a people who have so far been dominating the world in many areas of engagement, the language of a people who contribute the most significantly in terms of number in population in the world and so this is a very, very important skill,” he said.
“I want to encourage you to persevere, to encourage you to do the very best that you can…we need your skills, we need your patriotism, we need your commitment to national service,” said Prime Minister Harris, while inspiring the students to stand firm in the face of adversity and challenge and to “make it the best experience” they can.

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Photo Caption: Premier Amory addresses students

Premier of Nevis, Minister of Labour and Senior Minister Honourable Vance Amory also had words of motivation for the students and wished them well in their examinations.

“We value the choice that you have taken to further your own academic development, and your own personal development in a country that is very far,” he said. “I think your skills which you are honing here in Taiwan, in whichever field of choice you’ve made will redound to the benefit of all the people of St. Kitts and Nevis when you return to serve your own country…that is for us and the Administration the ultimate that we ask you to do.”
“Come here, acquire the skills, develop yourselves and then return to help build your country,” Premier Amory told the students, while emphasizing that the Government is looking at ways to combat the brain drain by improving, increasing and enhancing the economic opportunities so that students upon acquiring their degrees and technical competencies can find work to put their skills to use while earning money to sustain their families and develop themselves.

“Some people choose to remain overseas or work in other places. In the global environment, we do not think we should restrict you. That is a choice which you will make but I do believe you will look at your country first, look for the opportunity and then you can look at other opportunities wherever they may be because if we don’t build our country, who will,” Premier Amory said.
He further added: “We are already faced with the challenge of managing the labour environment to make sure there is harmony between our own people and those who want to come in to work. It is a challenge we have to face daily…our job is to ensure that we create or maintain an environment which is harmonious and which can continue to expand so that we can create employment.” 

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Photo Caption: Attorney General, Vincent Byron speaks to students

Attorney General and Minister of Communications Honourable Vincent Byron also encouraged the students to return to St. Kitts and Nevis upon completion of their studies.
“We need you to come back to St. Kitts and Nevis to add to the capacity of our country, to help in building a professional class of workers who will redound to the benefit of the home country,” he said.

The Minister of Communications used his talk to impress upon the students the importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the building of a country. He informed them of the newly launched official website of St. Kitts and Nevis with e-portal and the plan for the relaunching of the ICT Center later this year, which will be the new home for the office of ICT, home for global response team and home for internet exchange points where persons will have a more efficient internet service in St. Kitts and Nevis.
“I noticed that a number of you are doing business studies, international business. It is an area that can be one for exciting, innovative, small businesses to communicate elsewhere in the world,” Attorney General Byron told around twenty students.

In the question, answer and suggestions segment of the encounter, students touched on several areas including where to direct job application letters, remuneration for qualifications and experience, improving infrastructural development in St. Kitts and Nevis, improving mathematical education in the federation, and improving internet service in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Over 50 students from St. Kitts and Nevis are presently studying in Taiwan at several universities including National Chiao Tung University, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Ming Chuan University, National Taipei University of Technology, Chung Hua University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Central Police University, I-Shou University/School of Medicine, National Dong Hwa University, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Science International and National Taipei University of Education.

Some of the disciplines being pursued are Biomedical Engineering, Tropical Agriculture, International Business and Trade, Journalism and Mass Communication, Tropical Agriculture, Travel and Tourism Management, Mandarin Chinese, Architecture, Management Science and Finance and Police Administration.

The visit to the students at Embassy of St. Christopher and Nevis in Taipei came as part of the five day programme for the delegation of Prime Minister Harris at the Inauguration of the 14th-Term President and Vice President of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The meeting was facilitated by St. Kitts and Nevis’ Resident Ambassador to ROC (Taiwan) Her Excellency Jasmine E. Huggins.

The delegation to Taiwan included Premier of Nevis, the Honourable Vance Amory and Mrs. Amory, Attorney General, Honourable Vincent Byron Jr. and Mrs. Byron, and Director-General of the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service (SKNIS), Mr. Lesroy Williams.  His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to St. Kitts and Nevis, accompanied the delegation.
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