Saints Kitts e Nevis
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The valuable contributions of individuals and companies that have enhanced the work of the Department of Youth Empowerment will be recognized the for helping develop young people during its Dec. 12 ThirdAnnual Youth Service Reception at the Ocean Terrace Inn at 6 p.m.
This year marks the first time tokens of appreciations will be presented to the youth partners and corporate sponsors.
Acting Director of Youth Empowerment, Pierre Liburd, noted the department was pleased to present the tokens. He said the awards are intended to serve as tangible reminders to the recipients of the contributions they are making to advance the department’s programmes. It is also intended to encourage the awardees to continue making a difference in the lives of the nation’s youth.
Awards will be presented to the Most Remarkable Parent; Most Outstanding Adult Volunteer; Most Outstanding Student Volunteer; Most Outstanding Youth Organization; Most Outstanding Partner Organization; and Most Generous Partner. The Minister’s Award and the Director’s Award will also be presented at the reception.
A highlight of the evening’s proceedings will see 23 persons presented with First Aid and CPR certificates, officially enabling them to render assistance in cases of medical emergencies. The participants were trained on Nov. 3 by the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross. They have the distinction of being the first graduates of the training organized by the Department of Youth Empowerment.
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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Seven ships will make first-time visits to St. Kitts in the 2018/2019 cruise season. The Norwegian Jade, which docked at Port Zante Dec. 11, is one of them.
More and more cruise liners are adding St. Kitts as one of their top destination stops. According to stakeholders in the tourism industry, this is good news for the island, as it signifies increasing growth in the economy that redounds to benefit the entire country.
At a brief plaque exchange ceremony on board the Norwegian Jade to mark the auspicious occasion, Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Lindsay Grant, said he was pleased that the Norwegian Jade made St. Kitts one of its destination stops on its itinerary.
Minister Grant said Norwegian Cruise Lines and St. Kitts have a mutually beneficial relationship. “We’ve really benefited from you and we applaud you for that,” he said.
The Norwegian Jade brought 4,080 passengers to St. Kitts. Frontline employees in the service industry such as taxi drivers, tour operators, bartenders, primate and aloe rub vendors, benefited from this influx of visitors.
The Norwegian Jade was originally built as the Pride of Hawaii for Norwegian Cruise Line’s NCL America Division. She was christened in a ceremony at the San Pedro Pier in Los Angeles, California on May 22, 2006. She is 995 feet long and weighs 93.558 GWT.
Also noteworthy is that the inaugural visit of the Norwegian Jade makes it the 10th ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet of 17 to visit the island. Norwegian Cruise Line ships that visited St. Kitts include the Breakaway, the Getaway, the Epic, the Spirit, the Sun, the Star, the Dawn, the Gem and the Pearl. On Dec. 17, the Norwegian Escape will make its maiden call on St. Kitts.
Dec. 11, St. Kitts also welcomed, for the first time, the largest luxury liner in the world, the Symphony of the Seas.
MS Symphony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. As of July 9, 2017, she is the largest passenger ship in the world by gross tonnage, at 228,021 GT, surpassing her sister Harmony of the Seas
The Symphony of the Seas accommodates 5,518 passengers at double occupancy; the maximum numbers of passengers are 6,680. The ship features a two-story family suite with a private spa, air-hockey table and table tennis in these suites. Each of these suites has a private game room.
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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Eleven participants completed a six-week Living Healthy Workshop for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Programme (CDSMP), hosted by the Newtown Health Centre for community members, celebrated their achievements during a Dec. 6 graduation ceremony.
The graduates were Amorelle Samuel, Beverly Prentice, Clyve Archibald, Elvis Morton, Hyacinth Cabey, Jovanna Casey, Kishma Duncan, Lynette Foster, Natasanna Morson, Sonia Liddie and Vida Maynard.
The graduation ceremony was sponsored by 2017 CDSMP graduate, Anthony Evelyn, who found the programme to be an asset and wanted to give back to the community. Evelyn also sponsored the 2017 graduation ceremony from which he graduated.
Workshop facilitators and Living Healthy Leaders, Ms. Natasha Mitchum, and Ms. Samantha Browne, presented Evelyn with a small token for his unwavering generosity and support of the programme.
Ms. Chere Ann Weaver, Nutrition Officer and Living Healthy Leader, the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony, quoted the old adage, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”
She urged the graduates to keep the commitment they made over the past six weeks and to continue their journey with the new lifestyle they have adopted.
“You have been equipped with the tools that have been and will continue to be a life changer,” Ms. Weaver said. “My admonition to you: don’t become weary in well-doing, remain focused and diligent and as your lifestyle and habits change, your actions will motivate someone else to change.”
Ms. Weaver then told the graduates to follow her acronym for CDSMP. She encouraged them to C – care for yourself; D – dream past you and your loved one’s chronic conditions; S – simplify daily stressors; M – maintain good habits after they have been formed; and P – practice patience with the process.
“The journey continues to a better, healthier you,” Ms. Weaver concluded. “The CDSMP team is a family and you have made it together.”
The training workshop covers topics such as mind-body connection, dealing with difficult emotions, preventing falls and improving balance, endurance exercises, pain management, healthy eating, making informed treatment decisions and dealing with depression versus positive thinking.
Chronic conditions such as non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes and hypertension have become more manageable since the introduction of CDSMP.
Stanford University’s CDSMP workshops were introduced to the Caribbean region in 2015. Since the programme’s introduction to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, 42 Living Healthy Leaders have been trained.
The training process requires that the Living Healthy Leaders complete a four-and-a-half day training workshop. They are then required to conduct a six-week self-management programme for people listed on the Disease Management Registry and/or caregivers or persons at risk.
These six-week workshops have been conducted throughout the year and will continue into 2019. Persons interested in learning how to manage their chronic conditions and reduce their medical costs can contact the Ministry of Health’s Health Promotion Unit at 869-467-1236 or visit their nearby health centre to receive information on the programme.
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(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister)
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The National Assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis meets Wednesday, Dec. 12, at which time the Draft Estimates for 2018 will be laid before the Federal Parliament and The Appropriation (2019) Bill, 2018, will be debated.
The Appropriation Bill is designed to support and strengthen the implementation of various plans and programmes of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis for the upcoming financial year, commencing January 1, 2019, and ending December 31, 2019.
During Wednesday’s sitting, the Report of the Director of Audit on the Accounts for 2017, and the Draft Estimates 2019, will be laid before the House.
After this, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, will introduce and move the first and second readings of The Appropriation (2019) Bill, 2018, of approximately EC $773 million.
The Appropriation (2019) Bill, 2018, provides for total recurrent expenditure of EC $526.7 million and a total capital expenditure and net lending of just over EC $151 million.
For three consecutive years (2015, 2016 and 2017), the Team Unity Administration has presented surplus budgets that have led to improved delivery of public services, increases in economic growth and the overall improvement in the quality of lives of all citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis.
On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Prime Minister Harris presented his Team Unity Administration’s 2018 Budget, which allocated EC $706 million for recurrent and capital expenditures.
The Appropriation (2018) Bill, 2017, was unanimously passed in the National Assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — One person is in Police custody and another is being sought in relation to a recent shooting incident in Nevis.
At about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, Carlisle Pemberton was shot and injured at his home in Montpelier during what Police have ruled as a robbery.
Pemberton was opening a gate at his home Preparing to park his car in the yard when he was attacked by two armed assailants. A single bullet wounded him in both legs. A number of personal items were taken from him by the assailants before they fled the scene in his motor jeep. Police later recovered Pemberton’s vehicle in the Bath Village area.
Police in Nevis disclosed that one person is in custody assisting with investigations. Police are looking for a second person of interest. Investigations into the matter are ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Charlestown Police Station by dialling 469-5391/5392 or the crime hotline by dialling 707.
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(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister)
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, will deliver his fourth Budget Address in the National Assembly on Dec. 12. Prime Minister Harris will present the highly anticipated Draft Estimates for 2019 as laid out in The Appropriation (2019) Bill, 2018.
That sitting of the National Assembly will commence at 10 a.m.
The 2018 Budget session will seek parliamentary approval for a total expenditure of approximately $773 million, which represents a 10 percent increase over the 2018 expenditure figure.
The Draft Estimates will allow for the financing of the activities of the State that will bring benefits to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis including improving healthcare services, providing quality education, enhancing safety and security, as well as upgrading public infrastructure.
The Budget for 2019 will, for the fourth consecutive year, be in significant surplus, allowing the government to fulfil its mandate through recurrent and capital programmes.
The Budget comes on the heels of several major announcements made by Prime Minister Harris during a national address on ZIZ Radio and Television on Thursday, Dec. 6. These include the payment of an extra month’s wage (popularly known as a “double salary”) in December to all civil servants for an unprecedented third year in a row, as well as the decision to reinstate the annual December holiday pay for Government Auxiliary Employees (GAEs), formerly known as non-establishment workers.
Wednesday’s sitting of the National Assembly will be broadcast live on ZIZ Television (Channel 5), ZIZ Radio (95.9, 96.1, 96.3 or 96.9 FM) and online at https://zizonline.com/tv/channel-5/.
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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — There isn’t a better way to usher in 60th birthday celebrations than a Dec. 9 church service at the Antioch Baptist Church, on Infirmary Road in West Basseterre.
Ms. Jacinth Francis will celebrate the all-important milestone on Friday Dec. 14. She jumpstarted a flurry of activities leading to the actual day at a church service with family members and friends, including Prime Minister, and National Political Leader of the Peoples Labour Party (PLP), Dr the Hon Timothy Harris.
“I just want to give God thanks for today,” Ms. Francis said at the end of the service. “I want to thank all who came to celebrate with me for my 60th birthday. It has been a pleasure to have the prime minister as part of my delegation, Akilah and my other friends and relatives to start my celebrations with a church service.”
Leading the worship service was Pastor Lincoln Connor. Among those in attendance were Ms Francis’ friend and Team Unity’s Caretaker for Constituency Number Three (West Basseterre) Senator the Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett the Deputy National Leader of the Peoples Labour Party, one of the three parties in the Team Unity Administration.
“As the week progresses there might be different activities which you will hear about,” Ms. Francis said. “First and foremost I want to give God thanks for sparing my life to see this day. I pray He will continue to shower me with blessings as I live to see many, many more years.” To God be the glory, great things He has done. My birthday is Friday 14th of December.”
Prime Minister Harris expressed pleasure at knowing that Kittitians and Nevisians are a people who honour their Creator by remembering Him in whatever activities they are undertaking, saying Ms. Francis is the true embodiment of who the people of St. Kitts and Nevis are.
“Framers of our Constitution rightly put it that we are a ‘Nation under God’,” noted the Dr. Harris. “Ms. Francis has gone on to do what is right by putting God first in her birthday celebrations. On behalf of myself and the Peoples Labour Party, the great party that Ms. Francis so diligently serves, we wish her a happy birthday and many more to come.”
The Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett, who is also the Chairperson of PLP Constituency Number Three Executive Branch, described Ms. Francis as one person who volunteers in her community and also serves as the PLP’s Polling Division Two Representative in Constituency Number Three. Also in attendance was Eugene Dias, Deputy Chairperson of PLP Constituency Number Three Executive Branch.
“Today we are here to celebrate with our loving, kind, warm-hearted Madam Jacinth Francis who is always there for everybody,” Hon Byron-Nisbett said. “Today as she celebrates her week of activities for her birthday starting with a church service, it was just more than warm and welcoming for me to be part of it. I am thankful for all that Jacinth continues to do in terms of her volunteering efforts within the community. I pray that God will continue to bless her, protect her and guide her that she will be blessed with 60 more beautiful years.”
In wishing long life to the celebrant, Pastor Lincoln Connor noted, “The Scripture reminds people to give thanks in everything, and that the Bible has promised people that God will bless them with long life.
“Sometimes we think of long life as numerical, but I think that each person can assess their life in terms of length of the quality that God has given them,” Pastor Connor said. “So part of our expression today was celebrating with Sister Jacinth who is celebrating her 60th birthday. She invited some of her friends to celebrate with her, and among those were the Hon Prime Minister, and Senator Akilah Byron-Nisbett.”
At the Sunday service which was also attended by visitors from the United States, Pastor Connor concluded: “Of course we were pleased to have them and she was also happy to have them and her family joining in the celebrations with her. And so to us it was a wonderful opportunity for her to celebrate at Antioch and we wish her tremendous success in her future endeavours.”
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — The Caribbean Public Health (CARPHA) Port of Spain Laboratory was recently accredited by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC).
CARPHA can now boast that all three of its laboratories are accredited to internationally recognized standards. Accreditation formally recognizes that CARPHA has demonstrated the capacity and commitment to improve the public health conditions for the people of the Region.
“We have set a benchmark for performance, which we will continue to uphold,” CARPHA Director for Surveillance, Prevention and Control Dr. Virginia Asin-Oostburg stated. “This is not only an achievement for CARPHA but for the entire Caribbean region. This recent accreditation should enhance the confidence that Member States and the public already have in CARPHA.”
The Jamaica laboratory tests the quality of pharmaceutical products. The Saint Lucia laboratory provides environmental testing including water quality monitoring, general microbiology, virology, parasitological testing, and tests for mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.
“CARPHA will ensure that it maintains the standard achieved and work towards continual improvement of its services to its Member States,” Quality Manager for the Port of Spain laboratory Ms. Lisa Edghill said.
JANAAC is a member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation. Its accreditation to the Port of Spain Laboratory is a formal recognition. It attests to the agency’s competency to carry out specific tasks and perform work meetings ISO 15189 Medical Laboratories requirements of the international standard for quality and competence.