FIVE (5) CONSTABLES PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ACTING CORPORAL

  Photo Caption: Five Newly Appointed Corporals and The High Command of the St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force


Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 30, 2016 (RSCNPF):  The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is pleased to announce the selection and promotion of five (5) Constables to the rank of Acting Corporal.   

 

The newly appointed Acting Corporals (CPL Ag)  are as follows:  CPL (Ag) Aquila Maloney, CPL (Ag)  Stuart Henry,  CPL(Ag)  Travis Henry,  CPL(Ag) Javern Weekes and  CPL (Ag) Charmaine Audain.  

 

The selection of these officers for promotion was the result of a transparent and competitive process in which all eligible Constables were encouraged to apply for consideration in the filling of vacant slots.  As part of the process each candidate also appeared before an Interview Panel and was interviewed. 

 

Commissioner of Police Mr. Ian M. Queeley congratulated the newly appointed Acting Corporals and reminded them of their responsibility.  He said, “with this promotion comes added responsibility.  You are expected to lead and perform in your new role,  be the positive example for those under your charge, and we expect you to support your peers and the senior leadership.” 

 

He added, “the morale of your officers will be important, but as important as that is…you will be expected to implement and enforce the polices laid down for good governance of this organization.  Additionally, I strongly encourage you to recognize and reward your staff  when they perform and encourage them …..but hold them accountable when they don’t,  and be fair.”  

 

Other members of the High Command also gave encouraging words to the newly appointed Acting Corporals.

POLICE OFFICER CHARGED IN PRISON CONTRABAND INCIDENT 

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 29, 2016 (RSCNPF):  


According to a press release from the Public Relations Unit of the St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force,  Police Constable, No. 772 Cleavon Chumney who was arrested on Tuesday night (September 27) on suspicion of the introduction of contraband into Her Majesty’s prison has been formally charged and cautioned.

 

Constable Chumney has been charged with the following offences: 


Criminal Offences: (1) Possession of Cannabis, (2) Possession of Cannabis with intent to supply, (3)Unlawfully conveying Cannabis to Her Majesty’s Prison, (4) Unlawfully conveying Tobacco to Her Majesty’s Prison, (5) Unlawfully conveying 5 lighters to Her Majesty’s Prison.

 

Chumney also faces a charge of Discreditable Conduct. This charge is disciplinary in nature. 

 

In relation to the charge been brought against the Officer the release quotes the Commissioner of Police Mr. Ian M. Queeley as saying,  “I echo what I have previously said, as upholders of the law, we expect our officers to maintain the highest standards of integrity.  We will not condone wrong doing and everyone is responsible for their actions and will be held accountable.  Officers who engage in corrupt practices will face the consequences as prescribed by law….the investigations are completed and the appropriate actions have been taken.”

 

The release further stated that the officer in question has been suspended with immediate effect pending the outcome of these charges.

 

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71 PEP Interns Set To Graduate From Training Program


Photo Caption: PEP Trainees At New Town Community Center 

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 28, 2016 (SKNP): The People’s Employment Programme (PEP) will today Thursday, September 29, 2016, celebrate the graduation of seventy-one  (71)  interns. 


The Graduation Ceremony is scheduled to be held at the New Town Community Center starting at 5pm and will feature interns who have been trained in Cosmetology, Graphic Arts, Office Administration and Early Childhood Development.


This comes after much political debate about the trainees been sent home on the advice of the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister,  Mr. Desouza. He advised them then that they will finally be assigned to the regular work force. Added to this,  they were assured that not only will they continue to receive their stipends but that they will be given the opportunity to use the skills garnered from their extensive training in finding meaningful employment.


A government press release issued on Wednesday 28th stated that since the September 1 announcement, over 75% of the interns have been placed in permanent jobs. 

ILLEGAL FIREARM SEIZED IN ‘OPERATION SAFE STREETS’, TWO (2) PERSONS ARRESTED AND CHARGED


Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 28, 2016 (RSCNPF):   A.380 pistol and five (5) rounds of matching ammunition was seized by a combined search team on Tuesday (September 27) while executing a search warrant in Boyd’s Village, as part of “Operation Safe Streets”.  

 

Two (2) persons were arrested and charged in the find.  Kenesha Whattley and Chadin Buchanan, both of Boyds Village were arrested, formally charged and cautioned for the offences of possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.  

 

To date, the teams have executed in excess of one hundred and twenty (120) search warrants on properties across the Federation. Over one hundred (100) Vehicular Check Points resulting in almost one thousand (1000) vehicles searched, almost five hundred (500) Stop and Searches of persons of interest,  searches of abandoned properties and lots are also ongoing, just to highlight some successes of the operations.    

 

The previous searches have netted ten (10) rounds of .45 calibre ammunition, thirty-three (33) rounds of .9mm ammunition, an imitation (fake) pistol, a very large quantity of dried & cured marijuana and a quantity of marijuana ready for sale. Over Thirty-one thousand (31,000) marijuana plants under cultivation were uprooted and seized from over seventy-five (75) fields, with some plants being as tall as eleven (11) feet in height.

 

Commissioner of Police Mr. Ian M. Queeley said, “the vigilance and thoroughness of our teams during these searches is bearing fruits. Our teams have now seized one (1) illegal firearm and 48 rounds of ammunition and some other contraband items, knives, camouflage clothing and the like.  But the seizure of the firearm is encouraging, it gives our teams optimism, and that is a force multiplier.”  He added, “I have told the teams, we cannot allow the days when we do not find anything to discourage us….our vigilance and thoroughness will get us there.”

 

“Again, I want to express heartfelt thanks to the general public for their patience, cooperation and support of the operation so far,  it is this cooperation that will continue to make our communities safer” said Commissioner Queeley.   


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CDC Issues ZIKA Alert For St. Kitts and Nevis 

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ATLANTA, USA — Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) on Monday issued a zika virus travel notice for St Kitts and Nevis. 

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Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with zika virus and are spreading it to people.

Because zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, CDC recommends that travelers to St Kitts and Nevis protect themselves from mosquito bites. Mosquitoes that spread zika are aggressive daytime biters. They also bite at night. There is no vaccine or medicine for zika virus. The best way to avoid zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites.

Some travelers to areas with zika will become infected while traveling but will not become sick until they return home and they might not have any symptoms. To help stop the spread of zika, travelers should use insect repellent for three weeks after travel to prevent mosquito bites.

Sexual transmission of zika virus from a male partner is also possible, so travelers are also encouraged to use condoms or not have sex.

Many people infected with zika virus do not get sick. Among those who do develop symptoms, sickness is usually mild, with symptoms that last for several days to a week. People who do have symptoms have reported fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.

Current CDC research suggests that Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is strongly associated with zika; however, only a small proportion of people with recent zika virus infection get GBS. Most people fully recover from GBS, but some have permanent damage. GBS is a rare disorder that can cause muscle weakness and paralysis for a few weeks to several months, is very likely triggered by zika in a small proportion of infections, much as it is after a variety of other infections. Most people fully recover from GBS, but some have permanent damage.

Zika infection during pregnancy may cause a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. Until more is known, CDC continues to recommend that pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant take the following precautions:

Pregnant women

• Should not travel to any area with zika.

• If you must travel to or live in one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.

• If you or your partner live in or travel to an area with zika, use condoms or other barriers, the right way, every time you have sex or do not have sex throughout the pregnancy. Sex includes vaginal, anal, and oral sex.

Travelers to areas with zika should monitor for symptoms or sickness upon return. If they become sick, they should tell their healthcare professional when and where they have traveled.

 

JUVENILE CHARGED WITH MURDER FOR MONDAY’S SHOOTING IN NEVIS

 

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 24, 2016, (RSCNPF) A 17 year old male juvenile of Rawlins Village Nevis has been arrested and formally charged on a warrant in the first instance for the offence of Murder committed on Tuesday (September 20th).  

 

The incident resulted in the death  of another 17 year old  juvenile, a resident of Hanley’s Road.  

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POLICE CONSTABLE  N’KOSI LUCAS PASSES AFTER LONG ILLNESS



Photo Caption: Constable Lucas


Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 23, 2016 (RSCNPF):  The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is saddened to announce the death of Police Constable No 795,  N’Kosi  Lucas.  Constable Lucas died on Sunday, September 18 after a long period of illness.

 

Commissioner of Police Mr. Ian M. Queeley has extended condolences to the family of Police Constable Lucas on behalf of the entire Police Service.  Commissioner Queeley told the family, “Constable Lucas will be missed, he had an engaging personality that was ideal for Police work,  we received many commendations for his appearance and his attitude, especially when he worked the tourist patrol.” Constable Lucas was an active member of the Police Service with over four years in the ranks, having entered the Police Service in March, 2012.

 

As an active member of the Police Service he will receive a full honours funeral when arrangements are made


MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND THE ST. KITTS ECO-PARK CELEBRATE FIRST SUGAR FESTIVAL 

 


SKNIS Photo 1: Images on display at the Sugar Festival



Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 22, 2016 (SKNIS): The Ministry of Tourism and the St. Kitts Eco-Park recently joined together to celebrate sugar and its rich history by holding the first Sugar Festival and Exhibition.

 

Minister of Tourism, Honourable Lindsay Grant, said during the September 21 event that “our history and our heritage are at the very heart of our tourism product.”

 

It was just over a year ago when Minister Grant spoke to the ROC (Taiwan) Ambassador, H.E. Gow-wei Chiou, and indicated to him that “with such an excellent edifice here at the Eco-Park,” it was necessary to find the means needed to drive traffic to the park to make the institution sustainable.

 

“In fact, I wrote to the Ambassador over a year ago indicating to him that I believe we should seek out the expertise that would see us facilitating here at the Eco-Park a mini sugar refinery and cotton ginnery so that we can showcase our history to our visitors and at the same time earn some well-deserved dollars in order to sustain the Eco-Park. Hopefully, what we are seeing here today is but the very beginning of what we would see come to fruition.”

 

The Minister said that for St. Kitts, the history of sugar is at the core of the tourism product.


 SKNIS Photo 2: Persons gathered at the Sugar Festival



“The entire landscape of St. Kitts is dotted with remnants of a rich sugar legacy and these all tell a very telling story,” said the Minister. “Modern travelers today are really looking for stories. They want to find ways to connect. They want to know who we are and how we became who we are.”

 

He said that the Eco-Park is a perfect example of agriculture and tourism being integrated in a sustainable manner and that it clearly demonstrates one of the main definitions for agritourism, which is described as activities on working farms and other agricultural settings for entertainment or educational purposes.

 

“Agritourism provides a variety of benefits,” said the Minister. “These include the opportunity to educate the visitors and the public about agriculture, to share agriculture heritage and rural lifestyle with visitors, to enhance the tourism appeal of the rural areas, to preserve our rural heritage and traditions, to provide job opportunities and to provide scenic beauty and landscapes. …the St. Kitts Eco-Park provides all that and much more.”

 

Minister Grant said that his ministry continues to focus its efforts on building a more sustainable tourism product.

 

“Our goal is to provide a consistently outstanding visitor experience through the sustainable development of the human, natural and cultural resources of St. Kitts in order to maximize opportunity, prosperity and the quality of life for the present and future generations of all our citizens.”

 

He added that his ministry recognizes that this would be better achieved through successful collaborations not only through public and private partnerships but also through public partnerships as in the case of the Sugar Festival where the Ministry offers its fullest support.

 

Minister Grant said that it is through educational opportunities that are afforded by activities such as the Sugar Festival, citizens will come to appreciate and understand the many opportunities that are available to them through history and through heritage.

 

“It is hoped that our community members will come together to develop projects, which add to the diversity of our product offerings thereby giving us a competitive advantage,” said the Tourism Minister. “As a matter of fact, in my Ministry, we believe that the community must be entrenched in the promotion of the destination, especially of our rural communities.”

 

The Tourism Minister said that tourism must not be seen as being centralized in the southern and eastern part of the island but must spread across every square inch of the island, positively impacting the lives of the residents and citizens.

       

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​STATEMENT FROM THE RT HON DR DENZIL L DOUGLAS ON RSS DEPLOYMENT IN ST KITTS AND NEVIS

Photo Caption: File Photo Of Dr. Denzil Douglas
My Fellow Citizens and Residents, 
I share with you a Comment on the ongoing Debate in Barbados and the Other Signatory States of the RSS Treaty regarding the Deployment of RSS Troops in St Kitts and Nevis (SKN) a few days ago on the eve of our 33rd Independence anniversary against strong and vocal opposition from our citizens and residents. 
This comment was sent after the Media had reported on a Panel Discussion contribution of the 
DIRECTOR of Operations and Plans of the Regional Security System (RSS), Lieutenant Colonel Glyne Grannum on Co-ordination Mechanisms in Latin America and Caribbean Regions for Natural Hazards and New Security Threats. 
“Dr. Douglas;
 

The vision of this organization (RSS) was never meant to do domestic policing or to become a political policing tool for  inept administrations. 
Although, we all wish to protect the rights and property of our citizens, we must respect and recognize that an external army is a Band-Aid solution. We cannot downplay and destroy the economy, lower the living standards and then believe a friendly occupying force will resolve the crime problem. That view is myopic. The solution is more complex and is not as simple as that. Parading these occupiers as crime stoppers is anti-democratic and will cause permanent damage to the uniformed  men and women of the St. Kitts Nevis police and armed forces. It will weaken them and when the forces return to their off Island  barracks, the criminal faction will now be emboldened to act without fear of the local authority. How will they get that back?
 
There are examples around the world especially in the situations with sending in U.S. troops. Whenever, they leave the situations get worse, when they stay the countries suffer the humility of being called a conflict country which cannot manage its own issues. It is more often lose-lose than win-win. President Obama, has tried to change that, however, those who wish to protect their profits have used their political puppets to prevent such changes.
 
Good luck. ”
 
Little wonder that the government of Barbados has, to date, refused to deploy any of its security forces to join the occupying RSS Troops here. 
We understand that the Government of Barbados had directly advised the fragmented Coalition Government of Dr Harris and indirectly also through our Security Chiefs and the National Security Permanent Secretary when they visited Barbados, that it was a waste of Money and Time to mobilise the RSS in St Kitts and Nevis at this time.

CHILDREN AT ST. CHRISTOPHER’S CHILDREN HOME MOTIVATED TO EXCEL


Photo: Administrator of St. Christopher’s Children Home, Margaret Stevens, on set of Working For You

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 22, 2016 (SKNIS)–Administrator of the St. Christopher Children’s Home, Margaret Stevens, has assured the public that the children at the St. Christopher Children’s Home are encouraged to excel and succeed at anything they pursue in life.


“I want all of them to have that feeling of success. There is no reason why they shouldn’t, and people in the community can bring that to them. They can assist them in getting there to meet their goals. If you are in the children’s home and you are meeting these goals, when you go out into the world, there is nothing that you can’t do,” Steven said on “Working For You” on September 14. She noted that the St. Kitts community can help motivate the children at the home and children in the Federation on a whole to achieve their goals.


Regarding the issue of clothing the children, Ms. Stevens said they rely on donations from the community, which until now have been good quality donations. She however cautioned those who have never donated to the home and intend to do so, to only donate good quality clothing. She noted that they do receive clothing donations, usually of a high standard.


“We do get donations and I make sure that the donations that we receive are of a good quality and standard,” she said. “I don’t mean to be nasty but I have health and safety to look at as well. Don’t bring me underwear that you’ve worn. Don’t bring me the T-shirts that you pour half a bottle of Clorox down. I ‘m not going to accept it. The donations that we get are really pretty good from the local community and I get to clothe the children pretty well,” Stevens assured.


She noted, however, that it is a challenge to clothe the children, especially the boys. “They get a pair of shoes today and tomorrow they have no soles. It is hard work to clothe them but we do get donations,” Stevens said. 


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