Statement by the Office of the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris

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Photo Caption: File Photo of Prime Minister Harris

Re: Fatal Shootings

MAY 21st, 2016  

My fellow citizens, my Government is concerned about the continuing homicides that threaten to besmirch and deface everything that our forebears have built with their sweat, blood and tears, as well as the hard-won gains they made, progressing gallantly and proudly on the road to freedom and self-sufficiency.

These senseless homicides that are being inflicted not only on the victims, but also on their families, friends and the larger community and country, appear to be vengeful and retaliatory.  We condemn these killings and are doing everything in our power to contain this situation, which regrettably started getting out of hand about 15 years ago, with the peak being reached in 2011 when there were a record 35 homicides in St. Kitts and Nevis.

My Government and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis sympathize with the suffering of their families and loved ones.  We also sympathize with all of the families and loved ones of every gun victim who has died, as well as with those victims – and their families and loved ones – who survived their gunshot wounds, but are forever changed physically and psychologically.

As we worship in our respective churches this weekend, I invite you to open your Bibles and reflect upon the Ten Commandments, as well as Galatians 5:22-23 which lays out the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

My Government and I are fully cognizant that, to foster a sense of dignity, pride and belonging, the citizens of this country need economic upliftment and an effective criminal justice response in addition to spiritual support.

We hereby reaffirm our commitment to providing material support to young people.  A small number of them have become caught up in drugs and gangs, and other illicit activities; the consequences of which have led to tragedy for themselves, their families, communities and our beloved country.   Our recently launched Fresh Start Project for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises is intended to uplift marginalized people, moving them out of the throes of poverty and enabling them to experience the triumphs of entrepreneurship.  So far, about 200 young and industrious persons from both St. Kitts and Nevis have benefited from concessionary loans.

Our brave and honourable security forces can rest assured that the Team Unity administration stands fully in support of them as they endeavor to restore the safety and security of our country.  That is why the Ministry of National Security received one of the largest allotments in the Government’s EC$608.3 million Budget.  That is why we engaged the Bramshill Policing Advisors to provide training, mentoring and investigative assistance in solving crimes and homicides in particular. That’s why we have invested in a new K-9 Unit.  That is why we are pursuing the expansion of CCTV.  That is why we increased the risk pay for our security forces by 20 percent.  That is why we have enhanced the Royal St. Christopher & Nevis Police Force’s communications abilities with the commissioning of the Motorola digital radio system.  That is why we have provided state-of-the-art forensic equipment, including a comparison microscope for the Forensic Department.  That is why we have established a broad-based Criminal Justice Strategic Board, which has as its mandate, inter alia, the reduction and prevention of crime and the reintegration of offenders into society to deter recidivism.  My Team Unity Administration firmly believes that an integrative, interdepartmental approach must be taken in this war on crime.  All hands are required to be on deck to assist our brave law and security enforcement officers in curtailing the activities of criminals.

Indeed, had the government of the last 20 years taken the crime situation seriously and provided the investments we are now making, our country would have been a model in terms of the maintenance of law and order.  Though the situation is challenging, my administration intends to make St. Kitts and Nevis the safest place to live, work and play.  That goal will not be realized overnight, nor will it be realized without the necessary cultural changes, including a new ethos of professionalism and service that we are now inculcating in our police.

My Government and I take this opportunity to reaffirm our continuing commitment to addressing the needs of all of our law and security enforcement officers, and to thank each and every one of them for their tremendous service to our great country.

I take this opportunity to remind everyone that if you see something say something because the life you end up saving could be your own or that of a family member or friend, or the crime you help to solve could be one that ends up making an indelible mark on the life of someone near and dear to you.  It is important to stress that we all must engage in this fight to stamp out the scourge of crime.  Crime knows no political allegiance.  It is therefore reprehensible that those who have failed the country for 20 years on the matter of law and order can now without shame seek to discredit the good work of my administration and to insert their divisive approach to politics into what should be a non-partisan, national response to crime.  It is therefore important for you to work with our police force in organizing neighbourhood watches and other initiatives to prevent and detect crime.  We encourage the nation to stand with our law and security officers because they stand up for us each and every day on the frontlines in the war on crime.

This is not a fight that we intend to lose.  With love, forgiveness, perseverance and teamwork, we can take our society back and make it the best place for people to work, live, vacation and invest, and from this goal we will not waver.

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Opposition Leader condemns armed robberies and shooting which left two dead Friday, questions silence of PM and Cabinet ministers

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Photo Caption: File Photo, The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas

BASSETERRE, ST KITTS – Leader of the Opposition in St Kitts and Nevis, the Right Hon. Dr Denzil L. Douglas on Saturday condemned the continued crime situation in the federation following two armed robberies and a shooting incident which left two men dead and five others injured. The two deaths bring to 14 the number of murders for 2016 and the third shooting death this week.

The Moneygram office at Port Zante was held up Friday morning by two well-dressed masked gunmen and a large undisclosed sum of money stolen and the Sol Gas Station on was robbed Friday afternoon with the masked men making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Friday evening gunmen pumped bullets into a shop in the quiet village of Saddlers, killing two young men and leaving four others wounded, one of whom is on life support in the Intensive Care Unit at the main Joseph N France General Hospital. On Wednesday night, a wheelchair bound young man was shot and killed.

Expressing sympathy to the families of Willis Warner and Koron Phillip, Dr Douglas, the Parliamentary Representative for the area “join with the people of Saddlers and the fun-loving and peaceful people of St Kitts and Nevis at home and abroad to condemn this very sad state of affairs that have left so many people in grief in Saddlers and throughout our land.”

“It is very sad that as we are left here to grieve it seems as if the entire Cabinet of the Timothy Harris Unity government is out of the Federation. The Prime Minister is out on a joyride; the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs (Vincent Byron), the Premier of Nevis and Senior Minister Vance Amory and his wife are out of the island and we have been informed that the Commissioner of Police (Ian Queerly) is also out and the Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards is also out of the island and the question is who is really on the island and who is in charge of this government at this time,” asked Dr Douglas during a live interview on Freedom FM 106.5 on Saturday morning.

“We believe that these are very serious matters that need the full support, guidance and direction of the Minister of National Security, the Hon timothy Harris and to date we have not heard one word from any of the Federal Cabinet,” said Dr. Douglas, again asking: who is in charge.”

“Who is giving instructions? Who are responsible for investigating the two serious armed robberies that we had yesterday in Basseterre. We have had several spate of shootings yesterday and now last night, this very sad event with the invasion of this popular business establishment invaded by gunmen. When will it end,” said Douglas, the former prime minister.

Referring to the numerous promotions in the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Dr Douglas asked when will the general public see the commendations and the rewards and accolades been given, but also “the effective implementation of the crime plan to give us the results that the people need and were promised.”

“Before February 2015, we were been told that the Unity people had all the answers to crime and violence in St Kitts and Nevis,” said Dr Douglas, suggesting that the time for sustained action against violence “and we must again condemn not only this recent spate of gun violence but condemn the government – the Team Unity government “for not been able o provide the answers and not been able to bring solutions to the critical matters that continue to confront our people.”

Accusing Prime Minister Harris and his Government of incompetence and deception, Dr Douglas asked the nation to pray for those recovering and grieving.

Opposition Leader, Dr. Denzil Douglas Concludes That If The Government Truly Has A Crime Fighting Strategic Plan, Then Clearly It’s Not Working.

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(Photo Caption: Former Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas Making His Presentation During The Last Parliamentary Debate.)

Statement By: The Leader Of The Opposition,  The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas.

Over the last few hours, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect upon the frighteningly serious crime situation in our beautiful country and came to the conclusion that if the government truly has a Crime Fighting Strategic Plan, then clearly it’s not working.

The question that we must ask ourselves then is, why…….why is the Plan not working thus resulting in an increase of very serious crimes recently to give a picture of……..28 Murders in a population of 50,000, the latest 3 within the last 3 weeks….Kidnappings, the latest 2 involving children….Burglaries and Robberies, the latest 10 involving masked gunmen, hostage-taking, gun-butting and carjacking…….Drug Trafficking, the latest finds involving large quantities of Cocaine and Marijuana valued at millions of dollars, associated with 3 murders to date, with one murder victim allegedly shot in the back by police according to the family of the deceased Antiguan trafficker, and another by execution-style in a hale of 19 bullets.

Here are some possible answers that we can ponder upon, and which lead to further questions.

1. The government crime fighting strategic Plan is unrealistic, impractical and unimplementable. 
Is this Plan a home grown plan, has it evolved after serious consultation with the stakeholders in our country and has the Ministry of Finance mobilized adequate resources…..manpower, financial and technical…. for the effective execution of the Plan?

2. The effective leaders and managers, tasked at the various levels in the Ministry and it’s Departments/Agencies are highly suspect.

The Minister of National Security, Dr Harris who is also the Prime Minister, has always considered himself incapable of leading the Ministry. Twice, as a senior Minister for 18 years of the former Labour Administration he had declined to lead the Ministry when he was offered by the Prime Minister, mainly because of laziness.
And now that he has been forced to take the Ministry because every single Minister of the PAM/CCM/PLP regime refused it, Harris has not devoted any serious time at home to understand his sacrificial responsibility as the Minister, and the underpinnings of the Ministry and how it functions.

3. Apart from Ministerial incompetence, Dr Harris has become an Absentee Minister. 

The Minister is incapable of providing effective ministerial leadership because he is too often absent from the Federstion. There is no doubt that Harris, since in Office, has spent a considerable amount, if not most, of his time travelling, recovering from travelling and planning to travel again. In fact it has been confirmed that he has travelled every week since he took office some 36 weeks ago in February and sometimes as often as twice per week.

4. Also, his Cabinet colleagues are now whispering behind his back about his narcissistic behaviour and how much of a dictatorial control freak that he has turned out to be. 
Senior members of the government and Ministry are complaining about his micro-managing of Departments/Agencies in the Ministry, attempting to put into leadership positions his own “button men”, and in the process has seriously undermined and marginalized the Commissioner of Police, the Commander of the Defence Force, the Superintendent of Prisons and the Fire Chief of the Fire and Rescue Services. 
If this was not so, what’s the reason for having the most senior and longest serving Police Officer in the person of Deputy Commissioner Liburd still Acting as Commissioner some nine months after former Commissioner Walwyn was undermined and removed from Office by Harris?

Why not confirm him into his post for the full three year term?
And if he has no confidence in Liburd’s leadership, why not retire him and appoint Ag Deputy COP Queeley into the post? 
Is it because his narcissism will bring him in serious conflict with a highly professionally trained COP whom he will not be able to direct, or is it because Queeley hails from Constituency #6? 
Whatever the reason for Harris to continue to hesitate on the appointment of a COP, the effect is low morale and humiliation of the Police High Command and Middle Managers, a high level of uncertainty among the rank and file and expected underperformance of the Force.

And so, as law abiding concerned citizens, and residents, investors and developers, diplomats and visitors continue to be terrorised as victims of repeated criminal activity, we are now gripped by fear and paralysed after dark in our own homes. 
It is quite clear that a fair share has not come for the majority, but the fairest share has come for the few who already had a fairer share. 
This cannot continue. 
And if we are to succeed in tackling this #1 challenge to our continued progress and prosperity, we must demand and agitate for the following:

1. Immediate grounding of Harris as PM and Minister of National Security and effective, competent ministerial leadership of the Ministry of National Security 
2. Immediate full appointment of the COP through a transparent process, inclusive of an interview
3. Immediate national consultation on the Crime Fighting Strategic Plan to solidify buy-in from the public as the basis for a re-energized community policing plan.
4. In the current Cabinet Reshuffle being contemplated, apart from reassigning the portfolios of Education, Tourism and Health to new ministers, National Security should also be reassigned to a new and more competent Minister.

GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO PROTECT THE YOUNG AND VULNERABLE.

 

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(SKNIS Photo:  Minister of State, responsible for Social Services, Honourable Wendy Phipps)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 20, 2015 (SKNIS): On this week’s edition of the radio, television programme “Working for You”, Minister of State, responsible for Social Services, Honourable Wendy Phipps touched on areas that are pertinent to child abuse and what her ministry intends to do to protect the young and vulnerable.  

 

Minister Phipps explained that many parents, who see themselves as under achievers, push their children to do what they envisioned for their own lives, that is, to access a better standard of living. These children are subject to abuse when their parents do not see them living up to their expectations. She further explained that parents do not understand that they are “denying that child the creative direction that God gave him or her.” She stated that the best approach would be to find out what the child’s talents are and support them.

“From the time children enter the preschool system we need to begin mapping to see where their skills are and begin to have early conversations with them in terms of how they think and how they see themselves,” said Minister Phipps. “Find out which things they are good at and as they process through the education system, you find ways that you can challenge those talents to find out where their gifting is so that you can help them make better decisions when it comes to choosing subjects in school. At the same time figuring out which children are geared towards technical and vocational education, which children are more artistically inclined and which children you can say need to be the ones in the labs looking down the test tubes and in the petri dishes to come up with cures for cancer.”

The social services minister stated that her ministry has embarked on a project called MEND, (Mold Empower, Nurture, Direct), which is intended to mold, to educate parents, inspire them and to give them possible directions in terms of their parenting.

“With that programme, we have about 25 families in it right now, so you monitor these families all the time,” said Minister Phipps. “They would have the benefit of counselling, they would have the benefit of guidance and you help them through that process. Some of them are also financially challenged. So, the government has a voucher system for groceries that assist them in that regard. More than likely some of those families would be assigned a probation officer to look at those children especially those who are pubescent or preadolescent.”

The minister mentioned that there are other programmes in place that assist the ministry in staying observant and proactive. A lot of it comes from partnership with schools as the ministry expects the teachers to be attuned to the behaviour changes in children.

“If you have a child that was doing well in grade four and that child was doing well in class, then all of a sudden the child comes to school one morning and has crawled into a shell. If you speak to the child and he or she jumps out of the chair. If they are around certain persons of a particular gender, they freeze. These are signs that you look for because data shows that the perpetrator is well known to the family. Very often they threaten children,” she explained.

Minister Phipps stated that some mothers know that their children are being abused but some choose to prostitute their own children because they find themselves in the problem of economic dependency on the abuser. She stated that in many cases it is a trend that repeats itself where the abused allows their offspring to be abused and develop that same economic dependency with his or her abuser.  

The minister explained that there have been cases where the schools have done their work in terms of being vigilant for the signs of child abuse. Cases come up and the Special Victims Unit (SVU) in the police force deals with it and before the trial can come up someone has paid off the mother.

Minister Phipps stated that there is much to do and has used this week’s observance of Child Abuse Prevention Week to shed light on the issue.

 

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Statement By: Leader Of St. Kitts-Nevis Parliamentary Opposition And Leader Of The Saint Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas In Response To The Killings In Paris.

Statement of the Right Honorable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas
Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Parliamentary Opposition and Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party 
In Response to the Killings in Paris
November 16, 2015.

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On behalf of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and the Parliamentary Opposition in the Government of St. Kitts-Nevis, I extend deepest sympathy to the Government and people of France.

Like people the world over, we were deeply shocked and profoundly saddened by the suffering, trauma and death that has been beamed to every corner of the globe in recent days. And we join with all those who now commit themselves to forever working to prevent this type of senseless loss of life.

As the United Nations official documents remind us, “In 1945, nations were in ruins. World War II was over. And the world wanted peace.” In response to this, the United Nations was established to prevent unthinking and unthinkable carnage. Today, seventy years later, in recognition of International Day, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations again urges the world community of nations to “recognize the mounting threat posed by those who strive to divide, and pledge to forge a path defined by dialogue and mutual understanding.”

The brutal taking of innocent life must cease.

The inflicting of terror and trauma on unsuspecting men, women, and children across the globe must end. 
And our shared support for the people of France today must translate into a new found global commitment to anticipating, pre-empting and ending acts of terror in all places and at all times. To this important goal, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has long been committed.

WE REMEMBER ELVIS: Statement By Leader Of The Opposition, Dr. Denzil Douglas On The Passing Of Elvis Newton.

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(Photo Caption: The Late Elvis Newton)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, Tuesday 18th August, 2015 – Statement By: The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas, Leader Of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition: 

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Elvis Newton-an outstanding public servant and a most principled and decent human being. My tenure as Prime Minister was significantly enhanced by the competence and professionalism of Elvis Newton, and our nation bore witness to the dedication with which he unstintingly brought these same gifts to the current government as well.

Throughout his career Elvis was guided by a steadfast commitment to country and we are all-as a people and a nation-left considerably poorer as a result of his death.

My heart is indeed heavy at this moment.

I shall forever cherish the memory of his service to our country and on behalf of SKNLP-and on my own behalf-I extend heartfelt condolences to all who loved him.

I ask therefore that we as a nation pause for a moment to remember him.

Let us remember Elvis as a unique reliable hardworking and dedicated civil servant first serving as Teacher, rising through the ranks to Permanent Secretary to several ministers in several ministries and Departments eg Health and Social Services; Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Immigration and Labour; and National Security; and finally serving as head of the Public Service for the last two and a half years.

Let us remember Elvis for always putting his country above self, so selflessly demonstrated only a few months ago as he faithfully carried out his public duties in transitioning the government of SKN from one Administration to the next, though painfully distressing and stressful it must have been.

Yet he rose to the occasion like a giant as he faithfully served the country under this new Administration even at the risk of his own relapse after he had recovered so remarkably well in remission of his illness.

Let us remember Elvis as head of his family household-dear husband to his dearest Ermel; father to his youthful daughter who just completed undergrad studies and starting post grad studies, and son who is about to commence undergrad studies; and let us remember him as Brother, Uncle and Cousin to the members of his extended family.
Let us all remember them in our prayers.

Finally let us remember Elvis as a God-fearing human being with principles; and conscientiously serving his God through faithful and loyal service to his church, affiliated Organizations-political and otherwise-his community and his fellowmen at work, at home and abroad.

May the soul of Elvis Newton-loyal dedicated and outstanding public servant-rest in peace.

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Nevis Youth and Sports Minister launches Youth Month 2015.

 

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Photo caption: Junior Minister of Youth and Sports on Nevis Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams.

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS April 02, 2015) — The following is an address by Junior Minister responsible for Youth and Sports in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams on April 01, 2015, on the occasion of Youth Month.

 

 

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must then set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” These words were penned by John F. Kennedy

This year, the Department of Youth and Sports will once again celebrate Youth Month during the month of April. The theme which has been selected for this years’ Youth Month is “Youth Arts Expression – Let Your Minds flow and your talents show!”

 

This theme reflects our recognition that the arts are important in the lives and the future of our young people. The Arts provide so many opportunities, many of which are under explored and so, during Youth Month, a renewed awareness of these opportunities will be communicated to the general public.

 

When we think of the arts, we often think about drawing and painting. However, there are several branches on the tree of art. These include but are not limited to: the performing arts, visual and graphic arts, literary arts, decorative arts and culinary arts.

 

The Arts has several benefits that can serve to catapult our young people to platforms yet unreached. As such, the Department of Youth and Sports seeks to educate the general public but specifically our youth on some of these benefits.

 

As the theme states, the Arts is an outlet for expression. Many of our young people have so much creativity bottled within, that they are constantly seeking ways to unleash their creativity and talents.

 

The Arts, therefore, provide such an opportunity for them to do so. There are times when elements of society negatively affect our young people, the Arts allows them to freely express their inner feelings.

 

Our young people have the capabilities to write and recite poems like our local poets such as Earl “Pancho” Morton and Tafari Ayinde. They have the potential to reach the world stage in poetry just as the late Maya Angelou did.

 

There is nothing standing in their way, except that they may not know where this art form can take them. Our young people can write songs in any genre, providing social commentary like so many of our local calypsonians such as: King Dis and Dat, King Meeko, King Binghi and King Astro.

 

They can become just as great as The Mighty Sparrow and or the late Robert Nesta Marley. They can only do this, if they are aware of the opportunities that are available and with guidance and channelling their talents in the right direction.

 

I challenge the adults in our community, to encourage our young people, especially those who are inclined to the Arts, to explore and build their confidence in Arts Expression.

 

The Arts provides an alternative for deviant and anti-social behaviour.  As an outlet of expression, the Arts gives our young people avenues to channel their frustrations as opposed to physically taking them out on others. It also keep our young people gainfully occupied which limits their involvement in activities that can potentially lead to incarceration.

 

We recently witnessed the performance of the Reformation Group Impression (RGI) Band from her Majesty’s Prison in the Square for the second consecutive year. Through the work of Operation Future, Her Majesty’s Prison now has a full Arts Reformation Programme.

 

Many of the inmates have confessed that if they had such opportunities as youth, they might not have engaged in the behaviours that landed them in prison. We should not wait until our youth are incarcerated, to recognize the importance of the Arts in minimizing youth involvement in such deviant behaviours.

 

The Arts provides many avenues for employment as well as entrepreneurship opportunities. Many artists have the opportunity to travel worldwide and earn an income. The Arts can therefore be viewed, as a viable option for relieving the youth unemployment issue which we currently face.

 

We have several Nevisians who have work within the Arts and earn an income which can sustain them and their families. Our chefs have the opportunity to not only work in hotels but to open their own catering businesses, showcasing their skills with delectable cuisine.

 

We have several musicians who play in bands, play solo instruments to the enjoyment of listeners. They are able to have fun and do something that they love while earning an income.

 

When we look at a person such as Calver Lee Swanston, affectionately known as Gharlic who has performed locally, regionally and internationally; there is no doubt of the exposure that the Arts can bring.

 

The Arts creates an avenue for positive interaction with peers. Our young people can learn a lot from each other, through their involvement in the Arts. They can encourage each other, build team spirit and demonstrate positive peer to peer interactions.

 

The Arts also serves as a source of inspiration. Involvement in the Arts can inspire our youth to aspire to great heights. This will also motivate other young people to become involved in this positive movement and inspire adults to see the best in others. 

 

With the few benefits outlined, I encourage you to join the Department of Youth and Sports as we seek to promote Youth Arts Expression over the next four weeks and for the balance of the year and so join us from April 7-17 for Camp Expression geared towards children ages 5-16; April 7-17 for our Costume Design workshop for adults; April 11th for Poetry Night at NEPAC; Every Thursday evening for Youth in the News on NTV, VON Radio and Choice FM; On April 22nd for the Be Your Career Choice Day; On April 24th for the Youth Rally; On May 1st for the launch of the Empowering Young Entrepreneurs Programme and on May 3rd for the Cool Down Beach Bash.

 

We look forward to your entries for the Youth in the Arts Competitions currently ongoing.

Feel free to access the website atwww.dysnevis.org

 

It’s Youth Arts Expression, so let your minds flow and your talents show.  I now, therefore, declare Youth Month 2015 officially Open.

 

 

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Statement By: The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas.

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Issued On Monday 9,  March,  2015.

The document (a graphic of a head photograph of Dr. Douglas with a passport graphic in the background and the side bearing a stamp marked, “visa cancelled”) being circulated is fabricated and bogus‎.

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Captioned Photo: Its not a document that is and was ever in my possession.

I understand however that PM Harris and Foreign Minister Brantley have revoked the diplomatic passports issued to former‎ ministers of the Labour Administration even though on assuming office they met in place a policy of former Heads of State and Government and others continuing to hold diplomatic passports.

In this circumstance where a visa was issued in the diplomatic passport which has been recalled/cancelled, we’ve been a‎dvised that we need to apply for new visas in our regular passports.

The ‎origin of the fabricated document seems to point to an internet-based service which is well known for its propaganda against the Labour Administration which I led.

It’s operated by the PAM/Unity propagandist Wallis Wilkin.

This is a continuation of the attempts to tarnish my image‎ and legacy of nearly twenty years of catapulting SKN to leading developmental positions in the Caribbean region.

This latest effort is an attempt to distract the electorate from the failings of the Dr Harris government to deliver on the promises it made to the people of SKN during the recent campaign.
It is an attempt by Dr Harris and his propagandists to divert the attention of skn and regional citizens from the atrocities of victimisation being practised against Labour supporters, senior public servants who have been locked out of their offices and sent on forced leave, the Supervisor of Elections and staff of the electoral office who have been barred from occupying their offices where some of the ballot boxes from the recent elections were stored but which are now under the control of the Chairman of the ruling PAM political party who is not even a public servant.

This fabricated story is the latest attempt by Dr. Harris to distract attention from the recent increase in gun-related murders and criminal activity in the Federation while he carries out his vendetta against the Police Force with his spate of demotions and transfers of men and women of decades of dedicated service, and ridicules and abuses the COP CG Walwyn who has been forced to demit office although he has unserved years on an existing contract.

The victimisation meted out to the COP is similar to that received by the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of the Attorney General, Justice and Legal Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of National Security all of whom have been sent on pre-dismissal leave, and also the Ambassadors, Heads of Embassies and Missions all of whom have been asked to resign immediately by PM Harris.

This fabricated story is an attempt at diversion and distraction‎ from the failures and victimisation practices of a “Unity” government that captured the SKN government less than one month ago on the promise of inclusion of all persons and ending victimisation.

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NATIONALS URGED TO GRAB OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY OAS.

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(PHOTO: Organization of American States (OAS) flags of all Member States)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 03, 2015 (SKNIS):  Nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis were encouraged to seize every opportunity afforded by international organizations.

In an exclusive interview with SKNIS, Permanent Representative of St. Kitts and Nevis to the Organization of American States (OAS) Her Excellency Jacinth Henry – Martin reached out to citizens of the Federation and encouraged them to explore all avenues regarding their career paths.

“I want to say to nationals, in particular the young people of St. Kitts and Nevis to familiarize yourselves with the work of the OAS,” Her Excellency said. “It is important to all of us (Kittitians and Nevisians) as citizens of this hemisphere to get acquainted with the works of all international organizations, in particular those in which the Federation is represented fully by resident ambassadors.”

Ambassador Martin praised the OAS, especially for their work done in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“I am very proud of the work the OAS has done in the hemisphere,” she stressed. “I am particularly proud of the work of the OAS in St. Kitts and Nevis and what it represents.”

The OAS has supported St. Kitts and Nevis in a number of initiatives in the areas of education, drug prevention and treatment, tourism, security and disaster management. Some of these initiatives includes: Capacity Building- Tourism Training and Certification Project, Anger Management and Conflict Resolution Programme in Schools and Strengthening Official Data Collection process on Crime and Judicial Systems through a Network of Public Security Official Data Coordinator (PSODC).

She further stated how proud she is that St. Kitts and Nevis is a part of an organization with a recent chairmanship.

Ambassador Martin recently served as the chairperson for the Permanent Mission of the OAS. She served for a period of 3 months before handing over the position to member state St. Lucia.

St. Kitts and Nevis is set to host the Model OAS General Assembly from March 24-26, 2015, making it the first country in the Caribbean to host the inaugural.

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Statement By: Dr. Terrence Drew.

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(Dr. Terrence Drew)

SKN PULSE,  Tuesday 03rd March,  2015 – The following is a statement made by Dr. Terrence Drew,  yesterday morning,  Monday 02nd March,  2015.

Good morning to all . Wishing you all a wonderful day .

It has been about 12 days into the first hundred days of the Timothy Harris led administration and the country is yet to hear a big policy announcement .

Some might say that this is too early but I differ . It is wise to launch at least one big policy early so that a momentum can be created to drive the government . Look at Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda when he announced the elimination of all arrears on electricity bills and he never inherited a number one country as in our case. This administration has started wrong.

Party supporters of this new government should be touting their new policies instead of continued blame on Dr. Douglas.

Moreover, last week in health care news, the new Minister of Health Hon. Eugene Hamilton and his Junior Minister Sen. Wendy Phipps said their eyes were opened when they visited Pogson Medical Center in Sandy Point.(Congratulations to Sen. Phipps on her appointment especially being a female).

It’s very difficult to believe that they were shadowing the Minstry of Health and never visited this state of the art center in the home town of the Junior Minister … very interesting. This leaves one to think that they were politicking and never looked at the health sector in order to form real policies and programs so it seems that they are late and are now trying to formulate something. No wonder it’s taking so long to launch something new.

Additionally, in health care a new CT-scan was bought that is very advanced with the prospect of an MRI machine that was to come . Dialysis was started here and lives were saved while Hon.Mark Brantley allowed dialysis machines to rot in Nevis. It leaves one to wonder how many lives could have been saved.

Additionally, the new government so severely attacked the SIDF that the program has basically been destroyed.

As a result, where would the money come from to fulfill their promises which are as follows: 

1) Build a new BHS.  
2) 500 dollars a month as welfare to people working for less 3000 per month.  
3) Make the PEP permanent which cost 1000000 (1 million) per week.
4) Put SIDF funds in consolidated funds while at the same time ‘stop selling passport. 
5) Pay 16 million to sugar workers.
6) Take VAT off of all foods (there is presently no VAT or duty on medicine and basic food) 
7) Universal pre- school education (pre- school is already free for the public school and a 25 dollar subsidy for each child in private school.) 
It is also promised that there would be a simultaneous decrease in the national debt .

I will hold the present government to these and many more promises that have been made to the people. I say to this new government, please do not break these promises nor blame Dr.Douglas if you cannot fulfill them.

I am already told of a case where a young lady went to secure a job position promised to her in the Human Resource Department only to be turned down.

Finally, last week we saw that the interest rate paid on savings in the banks has been decreased. I am yet to hear the voice of the PM on this very anti-working class policy. This policy seeks to turn us into a welfare state instead of savers and wealth builders but maybe there is an explanation so at least we should hear it . So I wait.

As I leave, I want all the people to know that Dr.Drew is still here and cares about all the people and will continue to work for the advancement of our people.

Please note that I shall continue my work in health care as I will soon launch my Internal Medicine Specialist practice.

Have a great day all and may God continue to bless our country .

Posted by SKN PULSE.