SENIOR CITIZENS DESERVE RESPECT AND TO LIVE IN DIGNITY

 

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 13, 2016 (SKNIS): A call for more persons in society to “respect and appreciate their elders” has seemingly resonated around St. Kitts and Nevis as the twin-island federation celebrates October as the Month of Older Persons.

 

Deputy Director in the Ministry of Social Development, Ann Wigley, appeared on Wednesday’s (October 13) edition of the government’s weekly radio and television programme. She pointed to the enormous contributions that have been made by the now retired community to develop the country, and said that much more needs to be done to help persons, particularly the young, have a greater sense of appreciation.  

 

“From yesterday to now, my phone has been ringing nonstop. I am overwhelmed,” Mrs. Wigley said, during a follow up conversation. She said persons have been calling, congratulating her for her candid points on the topic and some have pledged to assist. A group in St. Peter’s has invited Mrs. Wigley to come to speak to its members, while another has requested an engagement with its members, Mrs. Wigley and two seniors of her choosing. Additionally, Deputy Director Wigley was invited to appear on another radio programme to promote her message.

 

Even school children she has encountered have been quick with a polite smile and greeting. “The word is getting out and I am grateful,” she added. However, Mrs. Wigley added that the response should not be just for the month.

 

“There needs to be greater education in the homes, the schools, and the churches,” the government official said, noting that young people need to have that spirit of gratitude for elders.  “If we do it as parents, they will follow.”

 

In addition to the month long activities, including a movie night, church service, street march and gala, that were organized to commemorate the Month of Older Persons, Mrs. Wigley said the officers at Social Development will continue their outreach to individuals, groups, and agencies to promote raising the level of dignity that the senior citizens have earned.

 

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Clothing drop-off points for Haiti relief announced


Photo caption: Spencer Hanley, President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society speaking to the department of Information on October 12, 2016

 

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 12, 2016) — President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society Spencer Hanley, is urging citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis to take any donations of clothing and shoes, as part of the Society’s relief efforts to hurricane stricken Haiti to various points for shipping

 

Hanley, made the appeal when he spoke to the told the Department of Information on October 12, 2016.

 

“We have now been reliably informed that the Chamber of Industry and Commerce will be organising a shipment of clothing only for Haitian relief. If you live on St. Kitts, the items can be taken to the Island Hopper on Friday at 4 p.m. That is the deadline if you live on St. Kitts.

 

“If you live in Nevis they must be brought to the Charlestown Pier by Thursday October 13, 2016 between the hours of two and three. A representative from the Red Cross would be there to assist you and give guidance in what we can do,” he said.

 

However, Hanley stressed that the items of clothing and or shoes must be separated and appropriately labelled to state “men’s cloths”, “women’s cloths”, “children’s cloths” and “shoes”. They can be brought in barrels, boxes or in suitcases.

 

Meantime, in an earlier plea on Nevis Television, Hanley noted that the International Federation of Red Cross Societies (IFRC) had launched an emergency response operation. The proceeds, he explained, would be used to provide vital services including food, shelter, water and sanitation assistance.

 

In that regard, the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society launched an appeal to the citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis for cash contributions to aid the victims of the disaster.

 

Contributions to the fund should be deposited to account #1281318 at the CIBC First Caribbean Bank at The Circus in Basseterre or at Main Street, Charlestown in Nevis.

 

He said, other goods in kind are not being accepted at this time as these items would create a logistical nightmare in the absence of sorting facilities, storage and adequate transportation.

 

However, the proceeds of the fund will be forwarded to the IFRC in collaboration with other Red Cross Appeals taking place simultaneously in many countries across the globe. 

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New Zealand gift generating interest among students at CPS

 

Photo caption: Principal of the Charlestown Primary School Latoya Jeffers


NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 10, 2016) — Principal of the Charlestown Primary School (CPS) Latoya Jeffers says the recent gift of a shade house to the school, from the government and people of New Zealand, continues to generate interest among students who are showing a willingness to care for the vegetables planted there for use at the school’s cafeteria.

 

Ms. Jeffers made the comment when she spoke to the Department of Information on October 10, 2016. In late September, the shade house was handed over to Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory, by New Zealand’s High Commissioner to  St. Kitts and Nevis Her Excellency Jan Henderson.

 

I am very proud of the shade house and the plants we already have in it. Currently, we have tomatoes, sweet peppers and thyme. The students are quite excited about the shade house and willingly care for the plants.

 

“This shade house will be of great assistance to the cafeteria because it will help with the cost of vegetables. The children will also benefit, in that, they will be learning about agriculture,” she said.

 

The gift materialised through the efforts of Augustine Merchant, Coordinator of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) office in St. Kitts and Nevis and the St. Kitts Nevis Agricultural Youth Forum.

 


Photo caption: Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory cuts the ribbon to the new shade house   donated by the Government and people of New Zealand with (left) Augustine Merchant, Coordinator of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture in St. Kitts and Nevis and (right) New Zealand’s High Commissioner to St. Kitts and Nevis Her Excellency Jan Henderson


At the handing over, Merchant said IICA sees agriculture in the school as a priority area and that it serves as a powerful tool to improve the quality of nutrition and education of the children.

 

This could be done through the integration of a national agricultural nutrition and education programme which we are hoping to do in the school here. This shade house is expected to provide a safe place for the students to grow some of the food they would eat.

 

“In addition to that it would increase their knowledge of the farming industry, develop a love for agriculture and help prepare the next generation of farmers,” he said.

 

Meantime, the New Zealand High Commissioner said when she was presented with the project for the shade house, she saw it as a community project with which New Zealand has interest in becoming engaged because her island is passionate about agriculture, which is seen as a high status occupation.



Photo caption: The shade house donated to the Charlestown Primary School by the Government and people of New Zealand through the efforts of Augustine Merchant,Coordinator of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) office in St. Kitts and Nevis and the St. Kitts Nevis Agricultural Youth Forum

 

“I don’t see it just in terms of growing vegetables. My interest in supporting this is very much about bringing a new generation of children into caring about what they grow and eat, understanding nutrition and seeing it as something that they can make a career out of,” she said.

 

Premier Amory thanked the High Commissioner and Mr. Merchant for bringing the shade house to Nevis. He said he sees agriculture as a worthwhile occupation and business. He also expressed hope that the activities at the shade house would propel some students to become professionals in the various sectors of agriculture.

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Nevis Ministry of Health issues schedule for fogging exercise

Nevis Ministry of Health issues schedule for fogging exercise

 

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 10, 2016) — The following is a notice from the Department of Public Health in the Ministry of Health, Nevis Island Administration (NIA) dated October 10, 2016, regarding the schedule for a fogging exercise.

 

The Environmental Health Unit on Nevis has increased inspections of homes to assist home owners with source reduction. Additionally, the Unit has started a fogging exercise in selected areas where the mosquito burden is known to be high.

 

The schedule for this week is as follows:


Monday 10th Bath Village

Tuesday 11th Bath Village

Wednesday 12th Upper Stoney Grove

Thursday 13th Lower Stoney Grove

Friday 14th Ramsbury


Fogging starts at 4:30 pm daily.

 

Residents are requested to open your windows so that the fog can get indoors and kill the adult mosquitoes. Persons with respiratory conditions such as asthma are asked to leave the area for a few hours.

 

The Ministry of Health also supports the Zika Amnesty Week October 10th to 17th spearheaded by the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority. During this week white goods will be taken at the landfill free of cost. These are potential breeding sites and we urge persons to take full advantage of this amnesty period to clean up their surroundings.

 

The Ministry encourages persons to listen to their radios and televisions and logon to the Nevis Health Promotion Facebook page for continuous updates or call or visit your nearest Health Centre or the Environmental Health Unit for further information.

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Ministry of Health on Nevis gives update on Zika Virus Disease

 


Photo Caption Dr. Judy Nisbett

Medical Officer of Health – Nevis


NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 07, 2016) — The following is a press release from the Ministry of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), dated October 07, 2016, concerning an update of the Zika Virus Disease on Nevis.

 

 

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Health on Nevis was informed of the firstlaboratory confirmed case of Zika Virus Disease on Nevis. This is the result of a test done in late August. The patient had no recent travel history, had mild symptoms, did not require hospitalization and was well within a few days.  The sample was sent to the Caribbean Health Agency (CARPHA) from the Alexandra Hospital Laboratory.

 

The Ministry of Health wishes to reiterate that there is no need for alarm or panic.

 

This brings the Federation’s total number of laboratory confirmed cases to four.  However, the number of suspected cases on Nevis, that is, persons showing symptoms suggestive of Zika Virus Disease, has risen to 57.

 

Symptoms suggestive of Zika Virus Disease include an itchy rash plus 2 of the following – mild fever, red eye without pus, muscle aches, joint pains and joint swelling.

 

Residents are asked to note that four out of five persons who are infected with Zika virus do not show symptoms.

 

Furthermore, the vast majority of persons who have symptoms will have a mild illness and will recover quickly, in about 5 days. There is no medication that cures Zika Virus Disease.  Paracetamol (i.e. Panadols) may be used for pain relief along with rest and lots of fluids.  Avoid aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen and Voltaren. There is no need to go to the emergency room.

 

Generally, there is a general decline in cases in the region.  The same trend will shortly occur in St. Kitts and Nevis.

 

The Ministry of Health seeks the cooperation of all residents to do their part to eliminate the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which is the mosquito that spreads Zika as well as Yellow Fever, Dengue and Chikungunya.  The mosquito is controlled by collective action. 

 

The best control measure is to destroy mosquito breeding sites.  The Aedes mosquito breeds in any container that is either damp or holds water.  These containers are found in and around homes and in neighbouring lots.   

 

The Ministry of Health is therefore appealing to the public to inspect their homes and yards frequently, and destroy potential mosquito breeding sites.  Keep water drums and barrels tightly covered.  Throw out stagnant water from flower vases, flower pot saucers, old tyres, and other receptacles.  Properly seal septic tanks. The same measures must be done in schools and workplaces.

 

Residents are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites by the following:

1.         Placing screens in windows and doors,

2.         Sleeping under mosquito nets both during day and night

3.         Wearing light coloured clothing, with long-sleeved tops and long pants, and

4.         Using US FDA-approved insect repellents

 

Zika can also be transmitted during sexual intercourse.  To prevent the spread of the virus, men must wear condoms.  Men who know they have been exposed to the virus must continue to wear condoms during sexual intercourse for 6 months.

 

There is a very small chance of microcephaly (babies born with a small head size) if the unborn is exposed to the Zika virus.  Therefore, the Ministry of Health issues a special appeal to pregnant females and females planning to become pregnant, to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and also to contact their community health center or private doctor for guidance. Pregnant females are encouraged to keep all antenatal appointments where they will be closely monitored.  Pregnant females are also urged to use condoms during all sexual encounters.

 

Another extremely rare complication of Zika Virus disease is Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes weakness and tingling sensations in muscles and sometimes paralysis.

 

The Environmental Health Unit on Nevis has increased inspections of homes to assist home owners with source reduction. . Additionally, the Unit has started a fogging exercise in selected areas where the mosquito burden is known to be high. The schedule for next week is as follows:

 

Monday10          Bath Village

Tuesday 11         Bath Village

Wednesday 12    Upper Stoney Grove

Thursday 13       Lower Stoney Grove

Friday 14            Ramsbury

 

Fogging starts at 4:30 p.m. daily.

 

Residents are requested to open your windows so that the fog can get indoors and kill the adult mosquitoes. Persons with respiratory conditions such as asthma are asked to leave the area for a few hours.

 

The Ministry of Health also supports theZika Amnesty Week October 10th to 17th spearheaded by the Solid Waste Department. During this week white goods will be taken at the landfill free of cost. These are potential breeding sites and we urge persons to take full advantage of this amnesty period to clean up their surroundings.

 

The Ministry encourages persons to listen to their radios and Televisions, and logon to the Nevis Health Promotion Facebook page for continuous updates or call or visit your nearest Health Centre or the Environmental Health Unit for further information.

Dr. Judy Nisbett

Medical Officer of Health – Nevis

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MINISTER PHIPPS COMMENDS THOSE WHO CARE FOR OLDER PERSONS

 


SKNIS Photo: Caretaker Richard Isaac (middle) looks affectionately at his mother, 102-year-old Louisa Isaac, as Parliamentary Representative for the area Honourable Eugene Hamilton recalls fond memories of her.  Mr. Isaac also cares for an older sibling and assists in looking after a couple living nearby



Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 04, 2016 (SKNIS): At the launch of the month that commemorates seniors, Senator and Minister of State responsible for Social Services and Community Development, Honourable Wendy Phipps, has commended the staff of the Department as well as institutions and individuals who care for older ones.

 

“As St. Kitts and Nevis celebrates the Month of Older Persons, we also pause to show our appreciation to the staff within the Departments of Social Services on both islands, for the selfless service they continue to render to our ageing population. We pay tribute, in particular to our 531 home care officers who continue to render at-home care to seniors,” Minister Phipps said.

 

Both public and private institutions that care for older persons were also acknowledged.

 

“We also salute the staff of the Cardin Home in St. Kitts and Flamboyant Home in Nevis, along with the staff of the various private sector senior care facilities,” Minister of State Phipps said, while also recognizing individuals who care for their ageing relatives at home.  “We realise that caring for the elderly demands special sacrifice. Such a vocation requires special graces from God, and can often be a thankless and stressful undertaking. Yet, such care is imperative, if we are to assist our ageing seniors in living full, dignified and comfortable lives. On this score, the Federal Government also extends sincere gratitude to the various civic, religious and private sector groups that sustain well-needed outreach to our Nation’s older citizens.”

 

Senator Phipps reminded of the contribution that older ones would have made to the development of the Federation in their younger days.

 

“Let us never forget that it is our older citizens who toiled and invested in this country to bring it to the present point of development, and the recognition of basic human rights and freedoms that we today take for granted,” she said.  “We owe our older persons a major debt of gratitude – and a biblical obligation to care for them “so that our days may be long.”

 

 

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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 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


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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Nevis linesmen embrace training from The Barbados Light & Power Company Limited Technical Trainer

Photo caption: Linesmen from the Transmission and Distribution Department at the Nevis Electricity Company Limited, learning to wire transmitters at Prospect with (fourth from left) The Barbados Power & Light Company Limited’s Technical Trainer Curtis Brewster at Prospect on September 14, 2016

 


NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (September 15, 2016) — A participant at the Nevis Electricity Company Limited (NEVLEC) training for its linesmen, has embraced the exercises conducted by Curtis Brewster, Technical Trainer of the Barbados Light & Power Company Limited and says he is looking forward to additional training.

 

The comment came from Resean Maynard, a linesman with the company for the past nine years, when the Department of Information witnessed a segment of the training exercise dealing with on-the-job safety.

 

Photo caption: Resean Maynard, a linesman with the Transmission and Distribution Department at the Nevis Electricity Company Limited for the past nine years, at a training exercise for the Transmission and Distribution Department at the Nevis Electricity Company Limited on September 14, 2016

 

“It’s going good so far. We’ve learnt a lot since Curtis came. He is a very good instructor to me personally. We’ve learnt a lot about what we should do and what we shouldn’t do, a lot about different types of wiring and primary connections and secondary connections and I look forward to having more training like this in the future,” he said.

 

Another participant, Julian Richardson who has been with NEVLEC for the past 18 years echoed similar sentiments. He added that they were also taught how to conduct a bucket rescue if a fellow linesman fell ill while on the job.


Photo caption: Julian Richardson, an operator with the Transmission and Distribution Department at the Nevis Electricity Company Limited at Prospect for the past 18 years, at a training exercise for the Transmission and Distribution Department at the Nevis Electricity Company Limited on September 14, 2016

 

NEVLEC had contracted the services of the Barbados-based utility to conduct a needs assessment survey in May which led to the training of 20 linesmen at its Transmission and Distribution Department. The training which commenced on September 05, 2016, was held in groups of 10 over two weeks.

 

In response to an invited comment, Brewster said the training is satisfactory and described the participants as hard working.

 

“The training has been going very good. The guys here are very receptive to me as a trainer and the knowledge that I’m delivering even though some of it is different to what they are accustomed to that is not a problem. They are embracing it readily.

 

“We’ve done a lot of transformer connections this morning that aren’t used at NEVLEC and they’ve learnt it pretty good in the short time that we have been dealing with it. It’s just yesterday that we did the theory and they came here and did the practicals this morning but they have adapted to it well,” he said.

 

The technical trainer said the linesmen know a lot about the systems they are working on at NEVLEC but he is teaching them the theoretical knowledge that would incorporate other systems.

 

“They are going to be more versatile when the training is completed and if we go right to the end because they will know what they are doing here really well and they will know what other systems do otherwise,” he said.



Photo caption: Linesmen from the Transmission and Distribution Department at the Nevis Electricity Company Limited, learning how to mount a rescue mission with the bucket truck from The Barbados Power & Light Company Limited’s Technical Trainer Curtis Brewster at Prospect on September 14, 2016

 

Meantime, Brewster says the youthfulness of the linesmen augurs well for NEVLEC’s future, given that it is in an industry which has not been attracting young people.

 

“It’s good. It means that they have a good group of people working here and here is a good mix of fellas with experience and some young people too. So it means that for the future, they will have some continuity because it is an industry that people are getting old and we don’t have a whole lot of young people coming into the industry.

 

“NEVLEC has young people in the industry… So it means that they are going to have some continuity going forward and I hope that they can encourage some younger people to join the workforce, to make sure they have a good crop of young people for the next 20 or so years,” he said.

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