(Photo Caption: 2016 Kaiso Monarch – King Dis And Dat)
Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 29, 2016 (RSCNPF): The Police on St. Kitts are investigating the discovery of a body in the Fahie’s Mountain area of Newton Ground.
According to a press release from the Police Public Relations Unit, initial investigations have revealed that remains are those of a male. Positive identification of the remains have not yet been made. Cause of death will be determined after an examination by the Forensic Pathologist.
There was no official Missing Persons bulletin issued for circulation; the investigation is ongoing.
SKNIS Photo 1: Commissioner Queeley updates on security operations while PM Harris looks on.
Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 27, 2016 (SKNIS): Intensified security operations are being executed in St. Kitts and Nevis, and will continue over the coming days and weeks as law enforcement seeks to enhance public safety.
The news was announced on Wednesday (July 27) at the Prime Minister’s Monthly Press Conference held at Government Headquarters. Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, said the initiatives were outlined to several members of the Cabinet during a recent meeting with the leadership of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) and the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF).
“We had a frank discussion regarding the security situation, the details of which given their security nature I will not go into now, but we have charged the security forces to urgently ensure that a number of initiatives will be taken to bring the peace, safety and security to all in St. Kitts and Nevis,” Dr. Harris said.
Commissioner of Police, Ian Queeley, touched broadly on some of the plans and said “we are redoubling our efforts in terms of operational activities. We have increased operations particularly in the McKnight, The Village, Newtown and Shadwell areas.” A greater police presence is already visible.
Additionally, Nevis is currently staging its 42nd Culturama celebrations – which climaxes on August 01 and 02 with parades and street jams – while St. Kitts will host the finale of the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 (CPLT20) cricket tournament slated for Warner Park on August 03 to 07. Commissioner Queeley said the current security measures will be fused with operations for these events ensuring a safe environment for locals and visitors. However, the enhanced operations may cause slight inconveniences such as longer lines to get into an event or slower moving traffic.
“I will just ask them [the public] to bear with us as we strive to ensure the safety of every person,” the police head said. “Whether it be the targeted operations or a VCP (Vehicle Checkpoint) and you are inconvenienced, we want you to understand it is for your own safety and protection.”
Also, the Commissioner also called for individuals and civic groups to be more involved in the fight against crime. He said witnesses and even some victims of crime at times do not cooperate with police investigators, which makes it hard to press charges and secure convictions in court.
Prime Minister Harris echoed the call for greater community involvement.
“We appeal to every member of the community to appreciate that the law enforcement agencies cannot do it alone,” he stated. “You know where some of the guns are hidden, in whose backyard, by whose fence, and we appeal to you to provide that information to some responsible person who will take it to the appropriate source.”
Dr. Harris added that Government will continue to support law enforcement and said initiatives to provide alternative opportunities to young people are being implemented.
“And that is why the Minister of Education [Honourable Shawn Richards] has over the last year paid specific attention to the matter of TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) and how through that we can cater to those with gifted hands, with other interests, and help them on the path to gainful, but not just gainful, responsible membership in our society.”
The Prime Minister also called on parents/guardians to stand up to their children who “they know or ought to know” are involved in antisocial activities. The police department can assist in this regard.
Photo caption: Republic of China (Taiwan)’s Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou (second from left) presents 25 computers, and three Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets to Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory (third from right) and Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Health Hon. Mark Brantley (second from right), Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicole Slack-Liburd (extreme left) and Hospital Administrator Gary Pemberton (extreme right) at a handing over ceremony at the Alexandra Hospital conference room on July 25, 2016
NIA CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS (July 26, 2016) — The Republic of China (Taiwan)’s Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou, handed over his country’s most recent gift in cash and kind of $300,000 to the Nevis Island Administration (NIA).
The presentation of 25 desk top computers, three tablets, a printer and a cheque of almost $200,000 for the provision of transportation to the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority and the Port Health Unit in the Ministry of Health, to Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory and Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Hon. Mark Brantley, took place at the Alexandra Hospital’s conference room on July 25, 2016.
Photo caption: The computers donated by the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the Nevis Island Administration on July 25, 2016 at the Alexandra Hospital’s conference room for use in the e-Hospital project
In brief remarks, the ambassador said the gift is a token of support to the cooperation between his country and Nevis and St. Kitts and Nevis.
According to the ambassador, the computers will be used for technology development at the Alexandra Hospital, in an e-Hospital project that would transform the delivery of health care there.
The ambassador noted that the project would eliminate paper work which would be replaced with a barcode hospital card. It would provide medical professionals with the up-to-date electronic medical record of patients who visit the hospital.
Photo caption: Republic of China (Taiwan)’s Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou (second from left) presents almost $200,000 cheque to (l-r) Premier of Nevis and Minister responsible for Ports Hon. Vance Amory, General Manager of the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority Andrew Hendrickson, Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Health Hon. Mark Brantley and Hospital Administrator Gary Pemberton with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicole Slack-Liburd at the extreme left at a handing over ceremony at the Alexandra Hospital conference room on July 25, 2016
He said the collaborative venture would place the Alexandra Hospital among the first few hospitals in the region, dedicated to merging technology and public health in line with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States’ (OECS) standards and policies.
Ambassador Chiou also expressed hope that the project will would be linked to the main hospital in St. Kitts.
“With this system, we hope the Alexandra Hospital will merge with the development of the hospital in St. Kitts and both islands will have the same efficient systems while the patients enjoy the same service,” he said.
The Ambassador was accompanied by Consular at the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) based in Basseterre Davis Y. T. Yu and JoAnna Huang, Project Manager of the Caribbean Regional ICT Project in St. Kitts and Nevis.
(SKNP PULSE Monday, July 25, 2016): Criminal activity within the Federation in the last four hours has raised a serious alarm.
Two murders, one in St. Kitts, St. Johnson’s Village and one in Nevis taking the murder toll to 21. The last murder was committed on Jesup’s Beach Nevis, (Sand Dollar).
Photo Caption: Former Manager of Uprising, Mr. Gary Claxton
According to reports Gary Claxton of Stoney Grove, a well-known businessman who buys fish and other seafood stock from fishermen and resell was gunned down on the beach around 2.30 pm. According to a Police Press release the victim was shot during an attempted robbery. Claxton was pronounced dead on the scene.
We here at SKN PULSE wish to extend condolences to the families of the deceased.
The investigation is ongoing.
Basseterre, St. Kitts – The St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards in its latest round of testing of bottled water in St. Kitts and Nevis found that samples taken from Island Purified Water failed the necessary testing.
As a result, the Department of Environmental Health has initiated a programme to remove from consumption all bottled water produced by Island Purified Water within the last two weeks. This is being done out of an abundance of caution while further testing and corrective measures are being undertaken.
Consumers should not drink any water that was distributed from Island Purified Water within the last two weeks as it may result in diarrheal illness.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards, in collaboration with the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Ministry of Health, is actively addressing this matter and will keep the public duly informed.
For further information or to submit queries, please contact:
• Chief Medical Officer (Acting): Dr. Cameron Wilkinson
St. Kitts and Nevis, (SKNP): The spate of gun violence continues to plague St. Kitts; the shooting incident at Finnes Avenue in Basseterre tonight, (Thursday) has left the nation in shock.
According to reports some five individuals were shot at during the incident which reportedly occurred around 8:30(pm) in McKnight in close proximity to Jonel Powell’s Constituency Office.
Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 20, 2016 (SKNIS): A three-year plan is currently in its developmental stage for the construction and maintenance of roads in St. Kitts, which will see a safer and better quality of commuting experience for drivers, locals and tourists alike, who would also benefit economically by “not having to dodge or drop in pot holes” and incur the cost of repairing their tires etc., says Director of Public Works Cromwell Williams.
“The Public Works Department is charged with the maintenance and upkeep of roads,” said Mr. Williams. “Roads are very important, as they are a means of transportation for the public. Both from an economic stand point and a social standpoint roads are important.”
He added that the Department has always tried its best to maintain the roads “in a manner that is safe for the public to travel and will hopefully not result in excessive wear and tear on road users’ vehicles because at the end of the day it would be an additional cost to them.”
“So we are in the process of first looking at the island main road and so we have put together a project which we are discussing with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Sustainable Development for the next fiscal year, which is 2017 and we are hoping that starting next year we can actually begin work on resurfacing and rehabilitation of the island main road.”
Mr. Williams said that the Department is also looking at minor roads, also called secondary roads which will include some of the roads in the Basseterre area and roads in the villages and the rural areas. Some of the roads will consist of asphalt and some will be concrete.
The Public Works Director said that there will also be the construction of new roads in Government distributed lands and where there are National Housing Corporation (NHC) houses.
“We are currently preparing the estimates for some of these areas. Currently there are 60 such areas.”
The Department is presently looking at purchasing equipment for the project.
“We have already acquired the rollers which should be arriving as soon as next month,” said Mr. Williams. “Equipment is important in the work that we do, including heavy equipment such as rollers, road pavers, graders and the like. These are very expensive pieces of equipment and without them we would not be able to undertake the maintenance and upkeep of the roads.”
He stated that there were negotiations between the Department and the Ministry of Finance to source the funds, as it will be “a major factor that would influence the upkeep of the roads.”
The project is expected to continue beyond the three years to ensure the safety and quality of the roads.
Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 20, 2016 (RSCNPF): Police Recruit Training Class # 40 passed in review on Tuesday (July 19) at the Police Training Centre in Newtown. Thirty freshly minted Police Constables were presented in parade before the High Command and Officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, dignitaries, family members and friends.
The military style ceremony included a “fun” drill display by the two platoons of graduating officers in which they formed the number “40” in recognition of their class, much to delight of the gathered audience. Another special treat at the ceremony was a ‘drumline’ demonstration from the Police Drum Corps. The Drum Corps is a community initiative for youth, sponsored by the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.
The highlight of the afternoon ceremony was the announcement and recognition of the “Best in the Class.” To the supportive applause of family and friends and the other guest, four officers received awards for their outstanding work during training. The officers and awards were as follows:
Police Constable No. 845 Tarique Jones was awarded as “Best at Rifle Shooting”, “Best at Self Defence” and “Best at Physical Training.
Being recognized for as the “Best at Drills”, “Best at Police Subjects and for the Best Results in the Final Exam” was Woman Police Constable No. 835 Asheshia Paul.
The award for the “Most Disciplined Trainee” was presented to Police Constable No. 832 Anthony Freeman.
“Most Outstanding Student” was Police Constable No. 865 Valdon Rogers. He was also recognized as “Best in Pistol Shooting.” For his accomplishments he was presented with the Baton of Honour by Commissioner of Police Mr. Ian M. Queeley, He received “The Prime Minister’s Plaque” and the Trophy for the Most Outstanding Student from the Prime Minister Dr. The Honourable Timothy Harris.
All the officers have received their first assignments and should start reporting to stations next week after completing out processing from the Training Centre.
Photo caption: Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Health Hon. Mark Brantley (middle) flanked by the 2016/17 MUA/NIA scholarship awardees and Ministry of Health officials (l-r) Permanent Secretary Nicole Slack-Liburd, Laurencia Walters, Nicoyann Blackett and Health Planner Shelisa Martin-Clarke at the Alexandra Hospital conference room on July 19, 2016
NIA CHARLESTOWN (JULY 20, 2016) — Laurencia Walters and Nicoyann Blackett are the recipients of the Medical University of the Americas (MUA)/ Nevis Island Administration (NIA) scholarship for the 2016/2017 cycle.
The announcement was made by the Chairperson of the MUA/NIA Scholarship Committee and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health in the NIA Nicole Slack-Liburd, at a brief ceremony at the Alexandra Hospital conference room on July 19, 2016.
“We are extremely excited to announce our winners of the scholarship. Ms. Laurencia Walters and Ms. Nicoyann Blackett will soon begin their tertiary education in the areas of health and science.
“Ms. Walters will be pursuing radiological sciences at Midwestern State University in the United states of America, which is a critical need here at the hospital. Ms. Blackett will be pursuing studies in the area of biology at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and will move on to study animal science,” she said.
Slack-Liburd also congratulated the recipients, wished them success in their endeavours and encouraged them to return home at the end of their studies to contribute to the development of the health sector on the island.
The NIA/MUA Health Science Scholarships are offered in an effort to encourage the pursuit of tertiary education in Medicine, Health and the Sciences. Two scholarships are offered on an annual basis to deserving high school graduates with a sound academic record.
They afford the awardees the opportunity to study for up to four years at the Medical University of the Americas, the University of the West Indies or at any four-year United States based institution.
Meantime, Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Health Hon. Mark Brantley, expressed his commitment to ensuring that residents on Nevis are offered scholarship opportunities and the youth are empowered to pursue tertiary education.
The Health Minister encouraged the recipients to make use of the investmens being made in them.
“I feel that you ought to cherish the opportunity that you’ve gotten and that you go out there and you make yourselves, your families and your island proud.
“You come back here in a few years and demonstrate that the investment has paid dividends for you in your personal life, the lives of your family and also for the wider community,” he said.
In response, both recipients thanked the MUA/NIA for the scholarship and outlined their reasons for choosing their field.
Blackett stated that she chose animal science because of her love for animals. Walters explained that she chose radiological science because of the direct need for specialists in that field on Nevis.
Also present at the ceremony was Shelisa Martin-Clarke, Health Planner at the Ministry of Health and a member of the MUA/NIA scholarship committee.