Saints Kitts e Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis Consulate in Belgium sends its complements

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - Ven, 18/09/2020 - 23:07

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The Honorary Consulate of St. Kitts and Nevis in Belgium has presented its compliments to the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis on the occasion of celebrating 37 years of independence.

In a letter to the Premier of Nevis and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mark Brantley, the Consulate wrote:

“On the occasion of the 37th Anniversary of the Independence of St. Kitts and Nevis, I would like to express my deepest respect and my heartfelt congratulations for yourself and for all the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.”

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Hashim Lewis wins Nevis Song Competition with ‘Nevis Nice’

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - Ven, 18/09/2020 - 22:55

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis –- Hashim Lewis sung a stirring rendition of “Nevis Nice,” to win the Nevis Song Competition organised and promoted by the Nevis Tourism Authority in collaboration with the Culturama Secretariat. The winner was announced at an exciting Bringing Life and Culture (BLAC) showcase hosted by Desree Ottley and Shaunroy Caesar on Thursday evening.

Six finalists were chosen from 12 entries submitted, to perform at the (BLAC) showcase, which also included cultural performances by the Queens City Symphony and Masquerade. Hashim Lewis, who performed remotely from Tortola, took home the grand prize with his captivating medley “Nevis Nice.”

The other finalists were Andrew Hendrickson with “Nevis is Number One;” Sidondra Herbert with “Perfect Place;” Joyelle Phillip with “That’s Who We Are;” Venelle Powell with “Welcome to Nevis;” and Delison Roper with “Island Paradise.”

During the course of the evening, three legendary Nevisian artists were introduced in scenic vignettes filmed at picturesque locations in Nevis, and honoured by the NTA and the Culturama Secretariat.

Tyrone O’Flaherty, best known for “Culturama Fever;” King Meeko, who created the original hit “Nevis Nice;” and Joseph “Jugo” Brandy, Master Drummer, were each presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of their invaluable contribution to Nevis’ tourism product.

Lewis won a cash prize of EC$5,000. His winning song will be professionally mixed and mastered by an internationally acclaimed music producer, Drew Crib from Barbados. He will also have an opportunity to sing on a rhythm that is either performed or produced by an internationally recognized music producer.

The prize-winning song was chosen by a top-quality judging panel comprised of local, regional and international music producers, song writers and performers. The seven-member panel of judges were: The Voice winner Tessanne Chin; Soca superstar Alison Hinds; Soca king Ricardo Drue; Composer Hanzel Manners; Gloria Esdaille Robinson, aka Queeny-G, who dominated the pageant stage and attained various titles and placements in the St. Kitts carnival; and Warren Moving, an experienced judge, solo and choir singer and poetry composer.

Congratulatory messages from three of the judges – Alison Hinds in Barbados, Ricardo Drue in Antigua and Tessanne Chin in Jamaica were beamed throughout the festive evening.

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Republic of South Africa’s president congratulates Federation

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - Ven, 18/09/2020 - 22:25

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa has congratulated St. Kitts and Nevis for celebrating 37 years of independence.

In a letter to the Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Sir Samuel Weymouth Tapley Seaton, GCMG, CVO, QC, JP, LL.D, the president wrote:

“On the auspicious occasion of the celebration of the Independence Day of Saint Kitts and Nevis on 19th September 2020, the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa join me in conveying to Your Excellency, the Government and people of Saint Kitts and Nevis our warm greetings and sincere congratulations.”

He added “I take this opportunity to express the wish for Your Excellency’s good health, and also reaffirm our desire to further enhance and consolidate the excellent relations and bond of friendship that exist between our countries.”

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India’s PM sends 37th Anniversary, Independence greetings

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - Ven, 18/09/2020 - 21:57

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Prime Minister of India, the Honourable Narendra Modi, has joined the long list of regional and international countries extending best wishes to St. Kitts and Nevis as it celebrates its 37th Anniversary of Independence on tomorrow.

A letter from Prime Minister Modi addressed to St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, was dispatched to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It offered sincere greetings to the twin-island federation.

“India deeply values its bilateral relationship with Saint Kitts and Nevis which is characterized by a convergence of views on global issues of common interest,” the letter said. “I am confident that our bonds of friendship and friendship, at both the bilateral and multilateral levels, will continue to grow and strengthen in the years to come.”

The letter also expressed “sincere wishes for the … peace, prosperity and continued progress” of the country and its people.

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Netherlands King Willem-Alexander congratulates Federation on its Independence

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - Ven, 18/09/2020 - 20:01

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — As St. Kitts and Nevis celebrates 37 years of independence on September 19, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands has extended congratulations and best wishes for the well-being of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.

“As we mark this occasion, I want to acknowledge that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented challenge to us all,” he said. “ I wish you, your government and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis strength, courage and health as together we continue our efforts to overcome coronavirus.”

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Four suspects, four firearms taken into custody after armed robbery

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - Ven, 18/09/2020 - 17:02

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — A swift response to an armed robbery in progress resulted in four males and four firearms being taken into Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) custody.

The police received a report of an armed robbery taking place in the Frigate Bay area sometime after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16. Officers from the Frigate Bay Police Station responded immediately and were assisted by members of the Special Services Unit (SSU). Once on the scene, they intercepted a motorcar occupied by the suspects who were all wearing masks, bullet proof vests, gloves, and sunglasses.

Investigations so far have revealed that a number of men had entered two apartments and robbed the residents at gunpoint. They stole a number of items and attempted to flee the scene in a motorcar.

Further investigations also revealed that the private license plate on the vehicle was fake and was used to cover the actual license plate of the vehicle which was a rental plate. A search by the officers led them to discover four firearms – one Diamondback .380 pistol, one Taurus Millennium Pro pistol and two Mac-9 high-powered pistols. Several items believed to be taken from the apartments were also found.

Throughout the day, the police carried out several search operations on a number of premises in relation to the incident and some items were taken into custody.

Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy has commended the officers involved in the arrest. He stated that it was because of their quick response that they were able to apprehend the suspects and take the firearms and vehicle into custody.

“I am urging persons to say something when they see something and to report crime to the Police immediately. We will respond using whatever means necessary,” Commissioner Brandy implored.

Investigations into the matter are ongoing. Any persons who have information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Frigate Bay Police Station at 465-6899 or their nearest Police Station.

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England To Honor BLM In Women’s Cricket T20 Series Against West Indies.

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - Ven, 18/09/2020 - 13:56

(BBC)–England will honor the Black Lives Matter movement during their five-match T20 series against West Indies, says captain Heather Knight.

The first match in the series takes place on Monday at The Incora County Ground, Derby.

“We’ve had a chat as players and we definitely want to do something to honor the movement,” said Knight.

“I’ll speak to (West Indies captain) Stafanie Taylor to work out what it will look like for both teams.”

The two teams are in separate bio-secure bubbles so Knight has been texting Taylor to discuss how best to mark the movement, but the skipper did confirm England will wear the BLM logo on their shirts.

During the men’s series between England and West Indies earlier in the summer, both teams took a knee before the start of play.

Both England and West Indies will be playing their first competitive match since the T20 World Cup in March.

South Africa were due to tour England but pulled out because of Covid-19-related travel restrictions, while February’s World Cup in Australia has been pushed back a year.

“It has been tough,” said Knight. “We were in our first training bubble and within two days we found out the World Cup was cancelled and South Africa had pulled out.

“It’s been a very surreal time for all of us and we’re all excited and very grateful to the West Indies for coming over. It was a 10-day turnaround to get them locked in to tour.

“We’re massively grateful to them, their board and the England and Wales Cricket Board for making it happen.”

These will be the first internationals for both sides since the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, and will mark the return of top-flight women’s cricket after a pandemic-enforced break.

The last time these two teams met, England prevented West Indies from reaching the knockout stages of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 with a strong 46-run win. West Indies won just one out of their four games in the tournament. They have their task cut out on this tour too: They have won just one T20I against the hosts in the UK, in six attempts.

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St. Lucia Introduces New Passport.

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - Ven, 18/09/2020 - 13:30

Soufriere, St. Lucia–The Ministry of Health has launched the chronic health passport as part of activities observing Caribbean Wellness Day.

Dr. Shana Cyr-Philbert said the chronic health passport is also useful to family members and caregivers.

In the Caribbean, chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the cause of the majority of premature adult deaths. They pose a serious threat to health and development.

The death rate from NCDS in the Caribbean is the highest in the Americas.

Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, all prevalent in Saint Lucia, are caused by biological factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, high blood sugar and high blood cholesterol. Hypertension is one of the most important risk factors for heart disease and has been shown to affect 25.8 percent of the population in Saint Lucia.

With a noted decline in visits to Wellness Centres due to COVID-19, the Ministry of Health is reaching out to persons with NCDs who are now administering self-care, via the chronic health passport.

Caribbean Wellness Day was agreed upon by CARICOM Heads of Government in 2007. In 2011, Caribbean countries committed to reducing NCD deaths by 25 percent, by the year 2025.

The idea of health passports has been developed in a number of countries for various purposes. They may be hand-held documents, or just online documents, and they may be used for chronic illnesses or to show vaccination status. This graphic from the UK newspaper The Guardian is an example of one kind of health passport and how it might work.

Graphic: The Guardian.

With the rise of Covid-19 as a factor all over the world, there is renewed interest in the concept. Without knowing exactly what format the St. Lucia health passport will take, the thing that all forms of health passport have in common is that they make important health information readily available in one place, without compromising patient confidentiality.




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Barbados Has Spliffing Plan To Reduce Crime.

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - Ven, 18/09/2020 - 13:00

Bridgetown, Barbados–Government will soon be amending the Drug Abuse (Prevention And Control Act) to allow for persons arrested for possession of 14 grammes or half an ounce or less of cannabis to be ticketed, instead of appearing in the Magistrates’ Court.

Governor General Dame Sandra Mason spoke of this change while delivering the Throne Speech at the opening of Parliament on Tuesday.

Dame Sandra pointed out that the possession would still be unlawful and punishable, but there would be a totally new approach to how the offender is treated.

The Governor General also that a referendum on the recreational use of marijuana had been promised and it was Government’s intention to honor that promise.

Dame Sandra stated that under the proposed new legislation: “The police may issue a ticket to a person in possession of half an ounce or less of cannabis, similar to a traffic ticket, and the person has 30 days to pay a fine of $200.00.  The ticket will be called a ‘fixed penalty notice’.”

She continued: “A person in possession of half an ounce or less and who is under 18 years, or who is 18 years or older and appears to the police to be dependent on cannabis, will be referred to the National Council on Drug Abuse for counselling, in addition to paying the ticket. ”

“A person who smokes cannabis in public will not be arrested or detained.”

The Police may issue a ticket to that person, who will have 30 days to pay the ticket.  It will be an offence to fail to pay a ticket for smoking in public or for possession of half an ounce or more.  The offender is required to attend Magistrates Court and may be ordered to do community service or pay a fine of $1,000.  A conviction for failing to pay a ticket will form part of the offender’s criminal record.”

The Governor General acknowledged that the personal use of marijuana was one that required compassion, understanding, empathy and the intervention of Government.

She said it has led to the conviction and incarceration of scores of young people that resulted in the loss of their jobs, reputation, opportunity to travel, and subjected to stigma over “miniscule quantities of marijuana” that on the street would be called “a roach” or “a spliff”.

Dame Sandra noted that pursuing these matters is a waste of the police and the court’s time.

She stated that a significant amount of the time is taken up by police officers and in the Magistrates’ Courts, in dealing with individuals with small quantities of cannabis.

Citing statistics, the Governor General said in 2019, 4,295 drug and drug-related criminal charges were laid against accused people, which represent 30 per cent of the criminal charges laid against 534 people.

Dame Sandra added: “A large number of these cases are minor, but required the deployment of significant police resources in investigating, processing, taking statements and taking the cases through to trial.  This process has little or no redemptive value, and in human terms a large number of our young men are forever left with the taint of the drug charges and the possible conviction.

It is imperative that we take immediate steps to find an alternative way of dealing with our young men and women who are found with small quantities of cannabis, so that they are educated about, and treated for their drug use, while at the same time, not trivializing the criminal nature of their conduct.”

The Governor General cautioned that the proposed changes to the law were not a license for lawlessness, and Government was cognizant of the link between serious drugs and crime, as well as the international trends and the social realities of Barbados.

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BVI Quarantines Group Found In ‘Seemingly Unlawful’ Residence.

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - Ven, 18/09/2020 - 12:32

BVI-September 16th,2020–Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone has issued a warning to property owners who are tempted to violate zoning laws and human rights to safe, sanitary and decent living conditions.

Malone made that threat after explaining during the most recent COVID-19 Update, “During their contact tracing activities, the Public Health team has uncovered an over-crowded commercial property on Wickham’s Cay that has seemingly been unlawfully converted into residential use. All the occupants of that property have been placed under quarantine, tested, and will be required to undergo follow up testing after 14 days.”

He said that property owners engaging in such illegal activities should cease and desist or be subjected to consequences of the law.

Malone did not explain why no arrests had been made in the case he mentioned, or whether the owners had been formally served with a cease and desist order, nor exactly why these tenants were tested for Covid-19 and quarantined.

It is not known at this time whether the occupants of the building were illegal immigrants.

In a September 2nd announcement, Premier Fahie stated that the BVI will not be a hub for human trafficking and that “persons engaging in all or any illegal activities will be sought after vigorously and brought to justice. Those that need to be deported will be deported.”

Malone also stated that the frontline teams remain critical to the Territory’s success in the detection of COVID-19 cases.

“The majority of cases, 81 percent were detected through case contact and surveillance. The remaining 19 percent were among returning individuals and residents seeking health care. This clearly shows the efficiency and resilience of our various teams to which I have reported from time to time.”

While speaking on those directly affected by COVID-19, Malone highlighted that the majority of persons infected with the virus were between 21 and 59 years old.

He disclosed that cases have also been detected in all age groups, including children, teens, and the elderly.

“Seven patients were between the ages of ten months and ten years, three were between ten and 20 years old, and three patients were over the age of 60. More males than females tested positive, with 52 percent of cases recorded among males,” said Malone.

Since the official COVID-19 Update at 10:00 am today, the total number of persons tested in the Territory is 4308, the total cases of positive tests for COVID-19 recorded is 69, the total number of persons recovered is 46, the total number of active cases of COVID-19 is 22, and the total number of deaths so far remains at just one.

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Caribbean Maritime University Now Premier Educational Institution Of Western Hemisphere.

The St Kitts Nevis Observer - Ven, 18/09/2020 - 11:44

Kingston, Jamaica–The Palisadoes Park-based Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is looking to cement its position as a preferred institution for higher learning.

Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Deputy President of the CMU, Professor Ibrahim Ajagunna, told JIS News that a number of measures are being implemented to improve the overall efficiency of the institution, even as it plans for the new academic year in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The university will begin classes for returning students on September 21 and for new students on October 5.

Professor Ajagunna said that the university’s Council, which has been in place since February, has been working tirelessly since March in order to achieve its objectives.

“The new Council now meets every three weeks up from once per semester. One area of focus is to reposition the image of the university as one of the preferred universities of learning in Jamaica and across the Caribbean,” he noted.

He informed that Professor Emeritus Evan Duggan, who was appointed interim president of the CMU with effect from June 1, is looking at “the organizational structure in its totality to realign and to reorganize.”

He said that Professor Duggan and the Council “have begun different exercises in terms of consultancy to look at some of the issues at the university.”

“There is one exercise that looks at our registry process to make it more efficient in order to satisfy the needs of our customers and another looks at the structure of the organization so that we can get a realignment as quickly as possible,” Professor Ajagunna noted.

The CMU opened its doors on September 15, 1980 as the Jamaica Maritime Training Institute, operating from 9 Norman Road with 30 students.

Image: CMU. The university has a wide range of course offerings. This is the first page of the student handbook.The institution was relocated to its current headquarters at Palisadoes Park in May 1984.

In 1993, the institution became a statutory body and was renamed the Jamaica Maritime Institute and in 2001, the name was again changed to the Caribbean Maritime Institute, to reflect the expanded scope of its programs and activities.

The most recent name change came on September 28, 2017 with the institution gaining university status through an act of Parliament earlier that year, becoming the Caribbean Maritime University.

The CMU now has approximately 3,500 full-time students with another 2,000 doing short courses throughout the year.  Every degree program offered isunderpinned by global professional certification – for example, the professional seafaring programs are endorsed and recognized by the International Maritime Organization and the logistics programs are
accredited by the Chartered University of Logistics and Transport in London.

The Caribbean Maritime University is a tertiary institution specializing in Maritime education, applied research and training, for professional seafarers and associated industry personnel, covering land, sea and air.

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