Saints Kitts e Nevis

Ministry of Health: USNS Comfort Visit Made Significant Impact

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - 9 ore 1 min fa

A total of 3,677 citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis were seen, assessed and received treatment by the medical staff of the US Naval Ship Comfortduring its recent visit to the Federation, the Ministry of Health said in a press release Thursday.

The staff of the floating medical treatment facility/floating hospital concluded its mission to the Federation Octo. 10 after conducting six days of medical consultations at two land-based sites in St. Kitts.

Some 25 surgical procedures were also conducted aboard the floating hospital for various ailments and conditions including, but not limited to, cleft palate repair, and cataract, hydrocele and orthopedic surgery.

The USNS Comfortwas deployed by the Government of the United States of America to offer medical care to the people of the Federation. By the end of its mission, the navy hospital ship will have made similar stops in ten other Latin American and Caribbean territories, including St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

An official from the Federal Ministry of Health extended sincere appreciation to the Government of the United States of America and, more specifically, to the captain and crew of the USNS Comfort for including St. Kitts and Nevis in its itinerary of medical stops. The Ministry views the medical mission as a demonstration of the strong bilateral relations existing between the U.S. and St. Kitts and Nevis.

The Ministry official also expressed gratitude for the large number of persons who availed themselves of the free medical services from the staff of the floating hospital.  The public’s confidence in accessing medical care was evidenced by the long lines and numerous citizens and residents who availed themselves of the dental, optometry and general medical services provided at the two land-based sites in St. Kitts.

Now that the medical mission of the USNS Comforthas ended, the Federal Ministry of Health wishes to remind citizens and residents to actively police their health, to follow the advice given during their medical consultations, and to do the necessary follow-up with their primary care physician or District Medical Officer (DMO) in order to safeguard and improve their health and wellness.

On this score, it was noted by the Ministry that a significant number of medical referrals have already been made to the nation’s hospitals and health centres, with a high percentage of those being related to the management and treatment of non-communicable diseases (MCDs), the nation’s leading cause of death and disability.

The Federal Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that the captain and crew of the USNS Comfortmade a significant medical donation to the government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis prior to the ship’s departure in the form of 22 pallets of medical supplies, including pharmaceuticals. These medical goods are currently being audited and will be shared equitably among the institution and community-based health facilities on St. Kitts and Nevis.

The Federal Ministry of Health expressed its sincere gratitude to local medical and nursing teams, and security forces who rendered invaluable support at the two land-based medical sites, and aboard the USNS Comfort.

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National Labour Conference Considers the Future of Work

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - 9 ore 27 min fa

Wednesday’s staging of the Third Annual National Conference on Labour in St. Kitts and Nevis, held at the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI) and attended by tripartite stakeholders representing employers, workers, and the government, had special meaning as it falls within the Ministry of Labour’s commemoration of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) 100th Anniversary.

“There are strong cultural and psychological reasons for working, including making a contribution to our community, personal dignity, and self-worth,” Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Ecclesiastical Affairs, Ron Dublin-Collins, said. “Although there are many fundamental reasons why persons need to work, the problem increasingly lies in the fact that our economies are not generating sufficient jobs.”

Deputy Director of the ILO Caribbean Office, Lans Johansen, also participated in the conference.

The permanent secretary, reflecting on the conference’s theme “The Future of Work,” noted everyone has the right to work — a right in keeping with the ILO’s primary goal of promoting full employment and decent work — and added the way persons work and live is evolving in light of increased digital transformation, globalization and demographic changes, which are reshaping the national work landscape.

“The human workforce will need to develop a level of comfort and acceptance for how man and machine can collaborate using the best that both bring to the workplace,” he said. “The future of work offers unparalleled opportunities but also significant challenges. It is crucial that policies help workers and societies at large to manage the transition with the least possible disruption, while maximizing potential benefits.”

Training, or in some cases retraining, will help keep those workers up-to-date with the latest technology and work methods.

“Our people need to be prepared, not tomorrow but today,” the permanent secretary said, while challenging local tertiary institutions to do more to address the demand for skilled workers. He also called on organizations to structure work in a way that leads to greater efficiencies.

“The future looks good to each one of us if we position ourselves, our companies, our families to advance into this exciting future that is ahead of us,” he said, expressing confidence continued interaction and honest exchanges by all stakeholders will help to keep St. Kitts and Nevis on the right path as it relates to the world of work.

Presentations on “The Future of Work” were made by the St. Kitts Teachers’ Union, the Building and Contractors Association, and the Ministry of Trade. Technology specialist Nijoe Farrell also presented to the delegates on the technological changes in the workplace.

The delegates were then divided into groups to consider topics such as The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and Implications for the Future of Work; How Our Economy Can Benefit from Ongoing Technological Transformation; The Main Changes Taking Place in the World of Work in Our Federation; and What Are the Skills Most Likely to be in Demand in the Future.

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Nevis Minister of Water Services calls for greater Public Private Sector Partnership

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - 9 ore 38 min fa

The Hon. Spencer Brand, Minister of Water Services in the Nevis Island Administration delivered the following address calling for a greater partnership between the public and private sectors at the opening ceremony of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) Conference held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort Monday.

Let me first thank the organizers for inviting me to be part of this auspicious occasion where the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, for the second time, is hosting the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association 28th Annual Conference and Exhibition under an interesting theme “Securing the Caribbean’s Future – financing the water and waste sector”. 

This theme is timely since we have all being experiencing growing water stress and water thirst in our islands, parishes, towns, villages and homes. The interesting thing is that all or most people would agree that water is the most important public good which is necessary for our survival. That is why we often coin the phrase “water is life”. 

In addition, we agree that the United Nations Sustainable Goal # 6 of providing clean water and sanitation, is not just a gaol but a basic human right. This is particularly important because it is a gender sensitive issue and it can have impact on our children, youth and older folks positively or negatively. 

If all agree to these facts then I would like to tell you that the time for action is now. It is my view that we have reached a tipping point in the water sector, and we need to do less talking and more action together.

We have some common objectives, namely to provide adequate supply of water for our populations at reasonable costs and to ensure that all sections of our populations have access to clean water in our island economies for economic, social, health and political reasons but we also face common challenges while we aim to secure the Caribbean’s future in the area of financing the water and waste sector. 

Firstly, most of our governments face high debt levels which are linked to internal factors connected to issues such as high expectations and demands from our population, and to external threats for which we have no control over, such as the negative fall outs from climate change – hurricanes, floods, droughts etc. – which have devastating financial and economic implications as we have witnessed in recent times right here in the Caribbean. These types of external shocks have the potential to push us back into poverty overnight.

Secondly, our small size does not help us. For example, our last census report of 2011 records a population for the island of Nevis at just 12,277, and 34,918 for St. Kitts, giving a combined population for St. Kitts and Nevis at 47,195. This is a problem! Since we depend mainly on two sources to finance our water and waste sectors: 1.Consumers and 2. Government funding (our budgets).

Because of our size and the realistic perception that water is a necessity or a public good, not enough monies are generated from consumers to finance the demand or the supply of new sources of water and the necessary infrastructure. 

Moreover, our Caribbean governments depend on private, regional and multilateral organizations to bridge the gap in financing long-term investments in this sector. Therefore, given these realities there are several things we can do together:

Reduce the risks involved in financing this sector by establishing a regional project preparation fund, provide subsidies (and concessions), and provide insurance coverage and any other related incentives to investors.

Our friends from the regional and international funding agencies must look at the financing of the water and waste sector as a global response to the reality of climate change and variability; and hence should make available fast and easily accessible grant funding sources to bridge the gaps in our financing. 

Some of the countries in the Caribbean have ‘graduated’ economically (such as St. Kitts and Nevis) but we are all faced with the growing threats of destruction, dislocation and annihilation from the effects of climate change – hurricanes, droughts, floods, extreme heat, sea level rise coupled with rapid coastal erosion, etc.

Regional cooperation is still necessary to overcome the problems of small size and the resulting lack of economies of scale and capacity; to access capital and implement projects effectively and efficiently. It is regional conferences like the CWWA that foster regional cooperation and partnerships to achieve a common goal of securing our future.

We must develop policies and build strong governance institutions to manage this important sector and the financing of it. We have to make our water utilities efficient and effective in collecting revenues, in the development of new sources and the distribution of clean potable water for our populations. Perhaps, just perhaps, it is time for us in St. Kitts and Nevis to corporatize our water departments. 

New and innovative models in Public Private Partnerships are necessary. The private sector and or “foreign sector” may have the ‘know how’, technology and capacity but the public sector can facilitate investments provided that concessionary or grant funding is quickly provided and easily accessible for our programs and projects. 

Over the recent years for example, Nevis has had to establish a Public Private Sector Partnership to increase the supply of water but the government still had to find the financial resources to finance this venture. It is my hope that over the next couple of days that our good friends from the international community can re-examine their approaches to financing this crucial sector so as to assist us to secure the Caribbean’s future. 

Our population must be re-educated so that their thinking and behaviour can change with respect to the water conservation and use, to save costs for the household as well as for the economy as a whole.

I conclude by saying welcome to St. Kitts and Nevis, not just to St. Kitts but the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Do enjoy our beauty and charm, and the warm friendliness of our people. We from the Nevis Island Administration and the island of Nevis, look forward to welcoming some of you to Nevis on Friday 18th October for the technical tour. 

While you have some fun during the week, please do not lose focus on the seriousness of the times in which we live and the bold decisions we have to make to ensure our survival. I end how I started by simply reiterating that the time for action is now. Let us talk less and do more. 

Thank you

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Probation and Child Welfare Board Delegation Takes Part in UK Study Tour

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - 9 ore 45 min fa

Deputy Chair of The Probation and Child Welfare Board, Mrs. Celia Christopher, has led a 10-member delegation to the United Kingdom as a study tour with attachment to Targeted Services for Youth in Liverpool while guests of the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales the Ministry of Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services announced in a press release Thursday.

Head of Targeted Services for Youth in Liverpool, Ms. Emma Rathbone, has expressed delight in accommodating the St. Kitts and Nevis team and has also assured that every effort is being made to ensure the visiting delegation is offered the best opportunity to experience meaningful exchange of best practices and ideas which can be introduced in our Federation to improve the manner in which The Probation and Child Welfare Board executes its mandate.

This includes, but is not limited to, child justice issues, youth diversion programming, mentoring, and rehabilitation of young offenders.

Meetings and discussions are taking place with magistrates of the Youth Justice and Child Protection Courts during the ten-day visit, which began Sunday. The team is also having the opportunity to attend hearings of both courts and to observe practice and procedures. It is expected that court preparation procedures and related advice would also be shared with the Federation’s team.

Interface with Targeted Services for Youth is also affording the child protection staff, police officers, probation officers and caseworkers the opportunity of shadowing these professionals on case assignments to closely observe  how the various services are delivered.

While in Liverpool, the delegation from the Probation and Child Welfare Board is also expected to visit a secure children’s facility which provides rehabilitation for youth offenders, and closely resembles the NHRC.

Other members of the St. Kitts and Nevis delegation to Liverpool include Senior Magistrate, Mr. Reynold Benjamin; and social workers Jacquelin Christopher and Eveta Somersall who are members of the Child Justice Committee.

Also included on the Study Tour are Inspector Mackie Smith of the Police Special Victims Unit, Acting Director of Probation and Child Protection Services (PCPS), Gerald Connor; Former Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Williams; Medical doctor, Sharon Archibald of the Board’s Review Committee; and Mesdames Ruby Thomas and Patricia Lake who are facilitators at New Horizons Rehabilitation Centre (NHRC).

The Study Tour is being coordinated on the ground in the UK by International Child Justice Consultant, Ms. Lucy Dawes, with whom the Ministry of Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services has established an important partnership: she has been providing services to the NHRC, and more recently, to the Probation and Child Protection Services Department within the Ministry.

Funding for the Study Tour has been provided by UNICEF and the Ministry of Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services.

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Public Must Declare and Register All Drone Importation with Customs and Excise

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - 10 ore 1 min fa

The Civil Aviation Division advises the publicall drones or similar devices must be declared to, and registered with the Customs and Excise Department upon importation into the Federation.

In keeping with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Convention Doc 7300 Article 8 and Saint Christopher and Nevis Civil Aviation (Flight Safety) Regulations No.6 of 2014, all drone operators and owners must seek and obtain permission for the flying or operation of drones from the St Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) and the Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority (NASPA), as appropriate, as a result of safety and security concerns within the Federation.

The Civil Aviation Division  reminds the following guidelines are to be followed once permission is granted.

The light unmanned aircraft is to be flown or operated within the line of sight of the human operator at a maximum range of 200 meters, less than 400 feet above the ground, and during daylight conditions, among other provisions.

The aircraft is also prohibited from:

  1. operating within five (5) kilometres from the Seaports (e.g. Port Zante cruise terminal, Long Point Port, cargo ports, marinas ,gas bulk areas) and airport approach and departure or take off paths both in Saint Christopher and Nevis;
  2. operating higher than 152.4 meters (500 feet) above the ground;
  3. operating closer than 152.4 meters (500 feet) laterally from vehicles or an open-air assembly of people;
  4. operating in populated areas including over highways, beaches, stadiums, sporting events or festivities without prior permission;
  5. operating within or over restricted or prohibited areas including the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Banks, Military bases, police stations (fixed or mobile) ,prisons, official residences, government buildings, residential areas etc;
  6. operating at night or in low visibility conditions without prior permission;
  7. deploying or dropping unauthorized objects or articles from the aircraft /device/unit to the ground while operating in controlled airspace.
  8. Once permission is granted the operator must adhere to or comply with all instructions given by SCASPA or NASPA as the case might be, in the interest of safety and security.

The public is asked to govern themselves accordingly.

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NEMA Office Closed Friday

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - 10 ore 10 min fa

National Disaster Coordinator Mr. Abdias Samuel announced the NEMA Office at Lime Kiln will be closed Friday to facilitate staff participation in a joint retreat hosted by the Nevis Disaster Management Department (NDMD) as part of the commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.

In case of emergency, the public may contact the NEMA at (869) 662-6420.

The office will reopen Monday, October 21, at 8 a.m. The agency regrets any inconvenience.

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Street lighting replacement project aims to reduce Nevis’ carbon footprint

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - Gio, 17/10/2019 - 23:29

Acknowledging the challenges in keeping existing streetlights in good repair, due in part to expectations that replacement of the existing streetlights with more modern energy efficient LED (Light Emitting Diode) streetlights would have happened sooner, NEVLEC announced Thursday the first batch of 2,500 LED streetlights of a total of 4,500 had arrived in Nevis, with the balance is due here by the end of the month.

NEVLEC also announced the purchase of two small bucket trucks which will be used to ensure the replacement exercise proceeds as efficiently as possible. One of the trucks is already in Nevis and the second will be here next week, with training in their use arranged and taking place before the end of the month.

NEVLEC expects the exercise to replace all existing streetlights with LED streetlights to commence no later than Nov. 1 and expects the process to take 4-6 months. A similar exercise to replace all floodlights on various playing fields and basketball/netball complexes around the island will begin in early 2020.

NEVLEC  said these initiatives are intended to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and its contribution to global warming, as well as to reduce the demand for electricity and will also positively impact the fuel surcharge.

The replacement exercise will commence with the Island Main Road, followed by working in two parishes at a time. There will be sufficient lights to ensure that in addition to replacing all existing lamps, additional streetlights will be installed.

The locations for additional streetlights will be decided on by NEVLEC working with partners such as the Police. NEVLEC expects it will be able to achieve a desired standard of a streetlight on every other pole.

Recovered streetlamps will be packed into containers in order to be shipped and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner as stipulated.

NEVLEC thanked the public for their patience, and added there is no  need to call about a defective lamp while the process is ongoing.


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