SPECIAL ADVISOR IN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS UNDERSCORES IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY AND SECURITY STANDARDS AT 39TH ICAO ASSEMBLY

Photo: Ms. Lorna Hunkins, Special Advisor in Ministry of Foreign Affairs



Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 5, 2016 (SKNIS): Special Advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in St. Kitts and Nevis, Lorna Hunkins, has underscored the importance of safety and security standards in civil aviation at the 39th Triennial Assembly of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), which is being held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from 27th September to 7thOctober, 2016.


Speaking to the Assembly on October 4, Ms. Hunkins said that “St. Kitts and Nevis is a proud member of ICAO. It values the work of the organization. As a State Party to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, we continue to implement and uphold the recommended standards, and principles and procedures, and support the proposals for increased membership on the Council and the Air Navigation Commission,” she told the Assembly, the United Nations Specialized Agency. “Major issues of concern such as safety, navigation services, security, environmental health protection and economic issues are all closely related.”


The Foreign Affairs Special Advisor said that the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, and in particular Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mark Brantley, “would like to laud the ICAO for its strategic objectives: safety, capacity and efficiency, security and facilitation, economic development and environmental protection as they aim to create a serious sky and to promote collaboration between all stakeholders within the Civil Air Navigation Security.”


“The issues highlight the diverse challenges that are faced by the Civil Aviation sector all around the world and underline the importance of close cooperation among countries. As regulations and standards of Civil Aviation are ever developing, all parties must have access to the latest information to ensure the safe, secure and sustainable code of the Civil Aviation Industry,” she said.


Ms. Hunkins said that the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis express solidarity with countries that have suffered terrorists attacks at their ports and emphasized that “achievement of optimum security requires all to be vigilant” and that “failure by any one state to secure its borders or ports can wreak havoc not only nationally, but regionally, and internationally as well.”


She thanked the ICAO for the training that it offers but called on the UN Agency to offer more training especially within CARICOM (Caribbean Community) or the OECS (Organization of Eastern Caribbean States).


Ms. Hunkins also commended the Republic of Korea “for its ongoing efforts to enhance the safety level of all Member States, and for developing and distributing systems” that ensure high standards in Civil Aviation. She also commended Malaysia for offering training to Member States “which is critical for our industry.”


“Currently, our Ministry of Aviation is attempting to formulate a policy to govern the use of unmanned aircraft system and we request any assistance that ICAO or other Member States or organizations can offer in this regard. We would also welcome a regional approach if this is more profound,” said Ms. Hunkins. “The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis also pledges its support for the establishment of a global aviation security plan, which will address the needs of states and regions to assist in guiding all states aviation enhancement efforts and those of other stakeholders to assist in reaching internationally set goals and targets.”


In her closing remarks, Ms. Hunkins applauded the ICAO for “its no country left behind” initiative, but called on the agency to be more inclusive.


“It is imperative that all states involved in Aviation are a part of these efforts,” she said. “We hope to see the ICAO work towards inclusiveness of all stakeholders to achieve safe and orderly development of International Civil Aviation.”

She called on the UN Agency to be inclusive of countries such as the Republic of China (Taiwan).


“We regret the absence of some States, especially the country that controls the busiest East Asian Air Space from this Assembly. We deem it a major loss for the international community,” Ms. Hunkins said.


St. Kitts and Nevis will welcome regional and international counterparts later this year for the ICAO Technical Meeting, Ms. Hunkins said.


The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency, established by States in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).


ICAO works with the Convention’s 191 Member States and industry groups to reach consensus on international civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and policies in support of a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector. These SARPs and policies are used by ICAO Member States to ensure that their local civil aviation operations and regulations conform to global norms, which in turn permits more than 100,000 daily flights in aviation’s global network to operate safely and reliably in every region of the world.

 

In addition to its core work resolving consensus-driven international SARPs and policies among its Member States and industry, and among many other priorities and programmes, ICAO also coordinates assistance and capacity building for States in support of numerous aviation development objectives; produces global plans to coordinate multilateral strategic progress for safety and air navigation; monitors and reports on numerous air transport sector performance metrics; and audits States’ civil aviation oversight capabilities in the areas of safety and security.

 

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

POLICE OFFICER CHARGED IN PRISON CONTRABAND INCIDENT 

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


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

 

Constable Chumney has been charged with the following offences: 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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71 PEP Interns Set To Graduate From Training Program


Photo Caption: PEP Trainees At New Town Community Center 

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


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


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


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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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CDC Issues ZIKA Alert For St. Kitts and Nevis 

Published on September 27, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pregnant women

• Should not travel to any area with zika.

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

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

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

 

JUVENILE CHARGED WITH MURDER FOR MONDAY’S SHOOTING IN NEVIS

 

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

 

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

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POLICE CONSTABLE  N’KOSI LUCAS PASSES AFTER LONG ILLNESS



Photo Caption: Constable Lucas


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

 

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

 

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