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 JLPS cafeteria launched; school joins NIA’s School Meals Programme

 


Photo caption: Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory addressing students at the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School during assembly on the school grounds on September 30, 2016


 


NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 03, 2016) — Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Vance Amory told students of the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School (JLPS) in Gingerland that the new school cafeteria they used for the first time on October, 03, 2016, provides an opportunity for them to have healthy meals.

 

Mr. Amory made the comment while addressing the students at the school’s assembly on September 30, 2016. He later toured the facility and met with the six-member staff, headed by former JLPS principal Marion Lescott. The school joins other government-owned schools for the first time with the School Meals Programme.

 

“The cafeteria has been constructed to ensure that you the students of the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School receive nutritious meals here at the school and in comfortable surroundings…

 

“I want to say to you that we will always be there to support you. Provide for you those things which will make you the best young people in Nevis and in the Caribbean,” he said.

 

Mr. Amory who is also the Area Representative, told the students he had also sought assistance from a donor for a green house for the school, that would allow the students to take part in the provision and production of their own vegetables with assistance from the Department of Agriculture.

 

Meantime, the Premier used the opportunity to urge the students to do well in their school work. He expressed hope that their behaviour would be enhanced during the new school year.

 



Photo caption: Staff of the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School’s cafeteria (front row l-r) Administrative Supervisor Marion Lescott, head cook Shavon Lawrence, and Sandra Claxton. (Back row l-r) kitchen attendant Randelicia Chapman, cooks Tesheba Freeman and Sandra Hobson


Mr. Amory also told them they should look to the example of Shavon Lawrence, a past student who has returned to serve his alma mater as the head cook at the cafeteria.

 

“It is good that you have someone, a male, who will be the head cook here at your school. Those of you who are looking for something to do when you leave school, a career, a profession, you can consider being a chef as one of those options, as one of those careers, you can do when you grow up,” he said.

 

The other members of staff at the cafeteria are cooks Sandra Claxton, Sandra Hobson and Tesheba Freeman. Randelicia Chapman is the kitchen attendant. Outside of the official working hours, two cleaners will be on hand to clean the facility.


Photo caption. The new Joycelyn Liburd Primary School’s cafeteria in Gingerland


Construction of the cafeteria commenced in 2015. The facility is 3,000 sq. ft. and provides for an open dining area which will also serve as a meeting room, a 1,000 sq. ft. kitchen with additional storage space and two washrooms.

 

Mr Carlisle Maynard was the local contractor for the project which was constructed through the Nevis Housing and Land Development Corporation.

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GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS VISIT SCHOOLS AS PART OF INDEPENDENCE 33 CELEBRATIONS


Photo 1: Government Officials and  students of the Tucker Clarke Primary School

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 08, 2016 (SKNIS):  As per tradition, Ministers of Government and other Government officials commenced visits to schools on Wednesday, September 07, as part of the 33rd Independence Celebrations.

 

Deane Glasford, Beach Allen, Tucker Clarke, Irish Town and Dr. William Connor Primary Schools were among schools visited in the Basseterre area. The team also visited the Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School.

 

The Honourable Vincent Byron, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Legal Affairs and Communications, reminded the students that just as their birthdays are important so too is the Independence of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

 


Photo 2: Minister Bryon (left), Minister Liburd (centre) and PS Hodge (right) at the Beach Allen Primary School


“Independence Day in the country of our birth, in this nation of ours is very special. All of us have birthdays and our birthday is a very special day. It is a time when we celebrate it and our family and friends celebrate with us,” said Minister Byron. “Our country has its celebration of our birthday on the 19th of September and we all must feel good about that.”

 

The Attorney General explained to the students that Independence signals an important venture in our history, as it gave the country control of its own affairs. He educated them, noting that prior to 1983, St. Kitts and Nevis did not run its own affairs, as it was done so by persons in England.


Photo 3: Minister Liburd interacts with students of the Deane Glasford Primary School

 

Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development and Transport, the Honourable Ian Patches Liburd, reflected on this year’s theme “Promoting Prosperity through Sustainability and National Unity” and told the students that one way to do so is to first develop a positive attitude in school.

 

“Your attitude will determine your altitude. It will determine how far and where you go,” said Minister Liburd, while encouraging the students to use their time in school wisely. “It is your time, the only opportunity you will get to have a primary education, so you have to make the best use of it. So good luck and God bless you from here on during your education journey.”


Photo 8: Students of the Dr. William Connor Primary School wave the flag of St. Kitts and Nevis

 

Vincent Hodge, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, also gave brief remarks to the staff and students of the various learning institutions.

 

“We are getting ready to celebrate our Independence when we remember the time we took  charge of our own affairs [and] when we took charge of managing the business of social services, education and finances for ourselves because we have the persons in our country who have the capabilities to do such,” said Mr. Hodge. “As we celebrate our Independence, we want to look back at how joyous the occasion was.”

 

Every year, government officials take to the schools as a way of celebrating Independence with the students and sharing personal thoughts.  


St. Kitts and Nevis gained Independence 33 years ago on September 19, 1983.

 

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POLICE STEPS UP SECURITY OPERATIONS TO ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY

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.

 

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Stoney Hill resident gifted with new home from Nevis Administration

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Photo caption: Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory with Stoney Hill residents Vanessa Smithen (right) and her mother Pearl Smithen (left)  moments after handing them the keys to a brand new home at Gingerland on June 24, 2016

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JUNE 27, 2016) — Vanessa Smithen of Stoney Hill in Gingerland, thanked the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) for a new home, moments after Premier of Nevis and Area Representative for Gingerland Hon. Vance Amory presented her with the keys to a three-bedroom house at Stoney Hill on June 24, 2016. The near $200,000 home, is constructed steps away from the building she occupied with her family over the years.

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Photo caption: The new three-bedroom house presented to Stoney Hill resident Pearl Smithen on June 24, 2016, by the Nevis Island Administration

In brief remarks, Mr. Amory described the gift as a worthwhile investment. He described the gift as a worthwhile investment in social improvement and explained that it stems from the administration’s quest to provide with improved housing.

“The Ministry of Social Development and Social Affairs have engaged in providing assistance in housing throughout the island and it is part of our mandate to ensure that we make people’s lives better because that is one of the functions of government.

“We believe…that we are doing the right thing to improve their conditions by giving them this house at the expense of the government because government has a dual role. We collect revenue but we also try to take care of people…and we put people first in all of our developmental needs,” he said.

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Photo caption: (L-r back row) Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory flanked Pearl Smithen mother of Vanessa (extreme left), Cabinet Secretary in the Nevis Island Administration Stedmond Tross, (front row), Ms. Glorita Vaughn, Community Caregiver in the Ministry of Social Development, Senior Citizens Division responsible for Gingerland and contractor Phillip Walters standing on the doorsteps of a new home given to Vanessa Smithen (back row second from right) on June 24, 2016 by the administration

According to Mr. Amory, Smithen’s living conditions was brought to the fore by Ms. Glorita Vaughn, Community Caregiver in the Ministry’s Senior Division who is responsible for Gingerland.

Meantime, Stedmond Tross, Cabinet Secretary to the NIA Cabinet said the gift is a reflection of Mr. Amory’s commitment and love for people. He described the new home as a precious asset.

Also present was contractor Phillip Walters.
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Ministry of Social Development on Nevis assists three seniors with housing

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Photo caption: Egbert Clarke (second from right) with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development Keith Glasgow (left) Junior Minister Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams (extreme right) and Assistant Secretary Michelle Liburd (second from right) moments after receiving keys to an extension of the family home at Butlers Village on June 15, 2016

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JUNE 16, 2016) – The Ministry of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) continues to fulfil its promise to provide the island’s senior citizens with improved housing facilities.

Junior Minister of Social Development Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, on Wednesday June 15, 2016, officially handed Marjorie Walters of Brick Kiln Village, Egbert Clarke of Butlers Village and Ingrid Browne of Hickman’s Village the keys to their newly-constructed or upgraded homes.

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Photo caption: Marjorie Walters of Brick Kiln Village receives keys to her new home from Junior Minister in the Ministry of Social Development Mrs. Hazel Brandy-Williams on June 15, 2016, as part of the ministry’s Community Housing Programme

Marjorie Walters of Brick Kiln Village was the first to receive keys for a brand new, unfurnished, one-bedroom, home from Mrs. Williams. Water and electricity were also installed and under an initiative launched for seniors in 2013, she will be able to utilise both utilities free of cost.

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Photo caption: The Clarke family home at Butlers Village on June 15, 2016, with a new extension provided by the Ministry of Social Development through its Community Housing Programme

The second recipient was the Clarke family. A section of the family home was refurbished and extended to accommodate three generations including two seniors. Egbert Clarke received the keys on behalf of his family.

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Photo caption: Junior Minister in the Ministry of Social Development Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams with Ingrid Browne of Hickman’s Village on June 15, 2016, share a light moment after handing over keys to Browne for an extension of her home through the ministry’s Community Housing Project

On the final stop, Ingrid Browne was presented with keys to a new addition on her home that will assist with her disability.

Mrs. Williams explained, that the triple handing-over event was part of the ministry’s Community Housing Programme. She said the initiative provides vulnerable citizens on the island with new homes or enhancements to their existing homes, to improve their living conditions.

It enables impoverished and indigent citizens on the island to move from their dependency on others to independence, contributing to a more stable community.

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Photo caption: The new home handed over to Marjorie Walters of Brick Kiln Village by the Ministry of Social Development through its Community Housing Programme. It is constructed in front of her old residence

“As a government, we continue to keep our promise, the promise of putting people first, making people the centrepiece of the development of Nevis…

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Photo caption: The home of Ingrid Browne of Hickman’s Village on June 15, 2016, with a new extension added by the Ministry of Social Development through its Community Housing Programme to assist with her disability

“We have undertaken the project of going through our communities…and trying to alleviate the stress of our poor and indigent and one of the areas in which we are doing this is by giving or assisting in…homes,” the Minister said.

Mrs. Williams stated, that although the programme has proven to be beneficial to the senior citizens on the island, it also contributes significantly to human resource development which, in turn, enhances economic development on Nevis.

In response to the gift, each recipient thanked the Ministry of Social Development, specifically Minister Hazel Brandy-Williams, for ensuring that they are cared for and that the administration is keeping to its promise to assist the vulnerable and less fortunate persons on the island.

Also present at the handing over ceremony were Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development Keith Glasgow, Assistant Secretary Michelle Liburd, caretaker in the Seniors Division Glorita Vaughn, and Father Rudolph Smithen and Rev. Careen Whyte-Richardson who blessed the homes.
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Nevis Blues Festival organisers show appreciation for efforts of teachers; nurses on Nevis

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Photo caption: (L-R) Chairman of the local committee for the Nevis Blues Festival Shari Greaves, producer of the festival Richard Pavitt, Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Tourism and Health Hon. Mark Brantley, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicole Slack-Liburd, renown Blues singer Ian Seigal, and Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry with responsibility for Education Wakely Daniel at Oualie Bay on April 12, 2016, after a handing over ceremony of Nevis Blues Festival organisers’ gift of tickets to nurses and teachers to attend the opening night of the 2nd edition of Nevis Blues Festival

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (April 12, 2016) — A number of nurses and teachers on Nevis will have the opportunity to attend the opening night of the Nevis Blues Festival 2nd Edition, on April 14, 2016,  at Oualie Bay, thanks to a gift from the organisers.

 

At a small handing over ceremony on the site of the three-day festival, Hon. Mark Brantley, Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Tourism and Health thanked Richard Pavitt and John Yearwood for the gift. 

 

“I think it’s very magnanimous of the organisers to offer these free tickets to our nurses and our teachers, who, as we know labour hard for us. They provide essential services to the community.

 

“It is my hope that this very generous gesture of over 200 tickets being made available and that those who receive them will come out and support this very important festival,” he said.

 

Mr. Brantley expressed hope that the festival which the Ministry of Tourism and the Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) continues to throw their support behind, becomes an annual fixture on the calendar of events on Nevis as it continues to grow in size, popularity and reputation.

 

He used the opportunity to invite the public to support the venture.

 

Mr. Pavitt who was accompanied by Blues star Ian Seigal, and chairman of the local committee Shari Greaves, said the gift is intended to give back to the island, especially those who are in the vocational fields of nursing and teaching.

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Photo caption: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicole Slack-Liburd receives tickets, to attend the opening night of Nevis Blues Festival, for nurses from renowned Blues singer Ian Seigal on behalf of organisers of the festival during a presentation ceremony at Oualie Bay on April 12, 2016

 

In response, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicole Slack-Liburd wished the festival success on behalf of the ministry and commended the organisers for their partnership and public recognition of the nurse’s efforts.

 

She said the health care workers on Nevis continue to be at the frontline at both the Alexandra Hospital and the six public health facilities on the island.

 

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Photo caption: Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry responsible for Education Wakely Daniel receives tickets, to attend the opening night of Nevis Blues Festival, for teachers from renowned Blues singer Ian Seigal on behalf of organisers of the festival during a presentation ceremony at Oualie Bay on April 12, 2016

Wakely Daniel, Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry with responsibility for Education, expressed thanks on behalf Hon. Vance Amory, Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education, the Ministry and Department of Education for the gesture.

 

Daniel who has been a teacher for 21 years said he was pleased some teachers would have the opportunity to attend the festival.

 

“It is one thing to hear about something. It is one thing to read about it but it takes you to an entirely different level, when you experience it and these tickets will allow our teachers to attend the Blues Festival and experience it, an experience, to some of them, to a brand new genre of music.

 

“It will expand their horizon and it would give them the opportunity to promote Blues and your festival among the children of Nevis in the classroom and of course the wider Nevis populace,” he said.

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WATER SERVICES DEPARTMENT RECEIVES SIX VEHICLES TO IMPROVE SERVICES TO THE COUNTRY 

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Photo: Vehicles Handed over the the Water Department 

Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 22, 2016 (SKNIS): A fleet of vehicles was donated to the Water Services Department by the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Government of National Unity in an effort to maximize the department’s services to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.

 

During the handing over ceremony of the six vehicles held on Tuesday, March 22, Manager and Water Engineer, T. Denison Paul, thanked the Minister of Public Infrastructure, Honourable Ian Patches Liburd, for his strong support of the department.

 

“He promised us 13 months ago when he became Minister that he would be a strong advocate for the Water Department,” said Mr. Paul, noting that the minister asked in return that the vehicles be taken care of.

 

Mr. Paul added that none of this would have been possible without the backing of the Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris.

 

“I know from personal experience of his commitment to his service to the people,” said Mr. Paul.

 

“I have been at the receiving end of his cause at all hours of the day and night requesting assistance for his constituents who have experienced water issues. His support in this regard show be a surprise to no one.”

 

General Manager of the Development Bank, Lenworth Harris, commended both the Minister and Mr. Paul for their efforts in procuring the fleet for the persons who “provide this essential service.”

 

He added that he also saw the need for the new vehicles as the employees have to travel through rough terrain. Mr. Harris said that donation was also made as he was made aware that a number of vehicles were more than a decade old and the need for reliable and safe transportation was necessary.    

 

“Our emphasis mainly is on development, the development of human resources, social development and economic development,” he said. “This donation covers all aspects of it.”

 

Calvin Edwards in the Ministry of Finance was also instrumental in the acquisition of the vehicles. It was noted that the fleet was obtained to the tune of $400, 000.

 

“We believe in order to do your work you must be provided with the tools which are needed,” said Mr. Edwards. “We recognised the condition of the vehicles which would have probably broken down several times and hindered productivity.”

 

Minister Liburd, while accepting high praises from the department, extended them to Mr. Paul who was actively involved in this endeavour.

 

“When I assumed office in this ministry, which is responsible for water amongst other subjects, I requested from each Head of Department a fiscal and performance review,” said the minister, noting that Mr. Paul brought to his attention the need for the vehicles.

 

The vehicles will not only carry a significant number of individuals to their locations but will also decrease the time taken to reach areas which could only be reached with a proper mode of transportation.    

 

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Photography is life, winner of Ministry of Tourism’s first Photographer of the Year Competition says

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Photo caption: Sylvester Meade overall winner of the Ministry of Tourism’s first Photographer of the Year Competition 2016, at the Awards ceremony at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre on March 18, 2016

 

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (March 21, 2016) — Sylvester Meade, overall winner of the Ministry of Tourism’s first Photographer of the Year Competition hosted by the Ministry of Tourism on Nevis, says his passion for photography was one of the reasons he entered the contest.

 

 

Meade’s win was announced at the Awards Ceremony on March 18, 2016, at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre (NEPAC) at Pinneys.

 

 

 “Photography is life; it’s a form of communication. A way of evoking feeling without speech, touching, feeling. It’s so intense, it appeals directly to the five senses. Its love,” he told the Department of Information after the Awards Ceremony.

 

 

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Photo caption: Shelagh James Communications Officer in the Ministry of Trade congratulates winners in the Annual Photographer of the Year Competition 2016 – third place winner (second from left) Rhonda Thompson, (third from left) overall winner Sylvester Meade and (fourth from left) second place winner Romel Gaskin while John Hanley, Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism looks on at the Awards Ceremony at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre on March 18, 2016

The second place winner was Romel Gaskin and Rhonda Thompson placed third.

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Photo caption: Genesia Pemberton is awarded a special prize for her participation in the Ministry of Tourism’s Annual Photographer of the Year Competition 2016 at the Awards Ceremony at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre on March 18, 2016

A special prize was awarded to Genesia Pemberton for her participation in the competition.

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Photo caption: Errol Pemberton is awarded by the Ministry of Tourism on Nevis for his 35 years of photography service to Nevis at the awards ceremony for the Annual Photographer of the Year Competition 2016 at the Awards Ceremony at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre on March 18, 2016

Errol Pemberton was honoured by the Ministry for 35 years of photography service to Nevis.

In welcome remarks, John Hanley, Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, described photography in a Nevis context as an indispensable discipline which records and exhibits the most interesting and evocative images that characterise the destination.

“Photography captures the soul of Nevis’ tourism product, the vibrancy of its colours, the textures of its ancient stones, the facets of its architectural expressions and the spirit of its people,” he said.

Hanley, who is also a photography enthusiast, said a good photographer requires not only technical skill but also a keen sense of art.

“Not only must one be able to be on point in terms of focus, exposure, saturation and brightness, but what really sets the outstanding photographer apart, is his or her ability to capture fine details that most persons miss,” he said.

 
Hanley used the opportunity to laud the efforts of the competitors at recording and showcasing some of the finest elements of Nevisian existence. He also expressed hope that they would continue to share the best scenes of Nevis with the rest of the world.

 
The Photography Contest was an initiative of Shelagh James Communications Officer in the Ministry of Tourism.

 
She told the Department of Information the contest went well. She said the Ministry was pleased with the outcome and would build on the knowledge gleaned from the first contest in readiness for the 2017 contest.

 
“I was impressed with the participation. All participants’ photographs were brilliant and I am urging non-professional photographers on the island to participate in the contest next year she said.

The competition was launched at the end of December 2015 and ran for six weeks for non- professional photographers who were 25 and over. Each participant was required to submit a photograph in five categories: Eco/Nature, Culinary, Historical Building, People and Creative Vision.

It served to highlight the island’s budding photographers, the possibilities for entrepreneurship in the island’s tourism industry and was a creative way to bring about tourism awareness to persons of all ages on the island.

 

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Eleven women on Nevis honoured for exceptional community service

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 Photo caption: Awardees at the International Women’s Day 2016 Women of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Cocktail on at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre in Pinney’s on March 12, 2016. They are accompanied by Junior Minister responsible for Social Development Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Resident Judge Justice Lorraine Williams, Magistrate Yasmin Clark and Londa Brown, Coordinator of School Libraries in the Department of Education

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (March 15, 2016) — Eleven women were honoured for their exceptional community service by the Ministry of Social Development,  Department of Social Services’ Gender Affairs Division, at the International Women’s Day 2016 Women of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Cocktail on March 12, 2016, at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre in Pinney’s.

 

Valencia Griffin and Carolie Wallace were honoured from the St. James’ Parish; Alice Swanston and Naomi Douglas from St. Thomas’ Parish; Myrtle Howell and Genevie Daniel from St. Paul’s Parish; Vanessa Williams and Lineth Williams from St. John’s Parish; and Mary Dore and Vanita Walters from St. George’s Parish. Judith Dasent, a videographer for more than 30 years, was presented with a Non-Traditional Occupation for Women (NOW) Award.

 

According to the division’s criteria for selection, the awardees have shown exemplary leadership in familiar, social and occupational settings; have been positive examples for young people on the island; have shown a general high level of integrity and character and have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help others in need.

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Photo caption: Junior Minister responsible for Social Development Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams delivering remarks at the International Women’s Day 2016 Women of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Cocktail hosted by the Ministry of Social Development, Department of Social Services’ Gender Affairs Division on March 12, 2016, at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre in Pinney’s

 

Junior Minister responsible for Social Development Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams in her remarks at the Awards Ceremony urged women on Nevis to spur each other to greater heights in all spheres of life.

 

She reminded the honourees and the women of Nevis that they are of immense value to their families and communities in a tangible way and  their vision, generosity, compassion, business acumen, political savvy, depth of faith, their family life and integrity have impacted all they serve.

 

“Nevis treasures you. Nevis treasures all women,” she said.

 

“As we celebrate these women tonight, I am calling on all women to celebrate each other, to care for the physical well-being of one another, to protect the mental and psychological health of each other.”

 

She said if women forget to think about themselves, embrace themselves and their accomplishments, they would soon be forgotten so it is imperative that they celebrate each other.

 

Other remarks came from Coordinator of the Gender Affairs Division Lorraine Archibald. The invocation was delivered by Muriel St. Jean, and Londa Brown, Coordinator of School Libraries in the Department of Education, chaired the event.

 

Among those present at the Awards Ceremony were Resident Judge Justice Lorraine Williams and Magistrate Yasmin Clark.

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