St. Kitts/Nevis

This twin island federation has one of the fastest growing economies in the Caribbean.

Chee Chee heads to Trinidad nature park in third adventure novel

Cover of third novel by Carol Mitchell Trapped in Dunston’s Cave.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – It’s been two years since Chee Chee the monkey took children on a Caribbean adventure but he’s back in Carol Mitchell’s third novel Trapped in Dunston’s Cave.
In the new book, now available on Amazon.com, Mark, Kyle, Ingrid and Mark’s pet monkey Chee Chee set off for a school trip to Trinidad’s Asa Wright Nature Centre excited and ready for adventure. However, when Kyle disappears in the rain forest, the trip turns into a dangerous encounter with poachers who are trying to steal rare oilbirds from Dunston’s Cave.
This third installment in the Caribbean Adventure Series takes a new twist as it deals with current issues of nature and animal conservation. True to form, Mitchell presents a colourful representation of the Caribbean island of Trinidad mixed with history and present-day culture through the eyes of primary school children.
“Trinidad is one of the islands in the Caribbean that holds special memories for me. I spent my formative years living there and I loved visiting the Asa Wright Nature Centre. I knew I wanted to take Chee Chee and the children to this park before I even completed the second novel,” recounts the author. “I am really happy to provide our children with a new way to learn about the importance of us taking care of our environment, our animals and the flora and fauna for future generations to enjoy.”
The Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge is a nature resort and scientific research station in the Arima Valley of the Northern Range in Trinidad and Tobago. The Centre is one of the top bird watching spots in the Caribbean; with a total of 159 species of birds recorded there. The centre became internationally renowned for its easy access to wildlife, especially the Oilbird (Steatornis caripensis) colonies in the nearby Dunston Cave, and large numbers of hummingbirds.
Trapped in Dunston’s Cave is aimed at children age nine to twelve but the action-packed 100 pages is a good read for adults as well. Readers will get hints of the adventures Mark, Kyle and Ingrid experienced in Book One, Adventure at Brimstone Hill and Book Two, Pirates at Port Royal, which take place in St. Kitts and Jamaica respectively.
“Reading is still the best way to stir the imagination of our children and also to instill a love for learning and for their culture. Putting each book together is a pleasure because I get to delve into the history of each island and remind myself of what makes each nation unique but yet still so Caribbean,” Mitchell says.
Order your copy of Trapped in Dunston’s Cave and find out if Chee Chee is able to save his friends from the poachers at the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad.
Learn more about Carol Mitchell and the Chee Chee novels at www.caribbeanadventureseries.com and on Facebook.com.
Find out about the Asa Wright Nature Centre at www.asawright.org.

Deputy Prime Minister Condor accepts computers from Taiwan

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Condor said Tuesday that the presentation of information technology equipment from the Republic of China on Taiwan “is a gesture of goodwill that showcases the continued good relations between our countries that began at the genesis of St. Kitts and Nevis’ involvement as an independent country in world affairs.”

“The relationship between our two countries has remained strong throughout many developments in the international arena,” said Deputy Prime Minister Condor as he accepted the Desktop Computers, Laptop Computers, printers and accessories from Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China on Taiwan, His Excellency Miguel Li-Jey Tsao.

Deputy Prime Minister Condor noted that the request for assistance from the Taiwanese Government was made in December last year.

He pointed out that the recent visit of Prime Minister the Honorable Dr. Denzil Douglas to Taiwan to discuss areas of mutual interests would strengthen the relationship.

“The contribution of computers today is another example of this cooperation,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis has traditionally been the point of first contact with the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and the upgrade of the computers will serve to strengthen that engagement between both countries.

“I can assure you that the staff of the Ministry are extremely grateful and will put these computers to good use,” said Minister Condor, who is also National Security, Labour, Immigration, and Social Security.

“As we go forward towards an uncertain future, we are heartened by the fact that we have friends. St. Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan are colleagues in the international arena, and we remain committed to championing the causes of mutual interest to our peoples. We are confident that it is due to our friendship and good relations that the future, though uncertain, will be less rocky, and we will be able to weather every storm that comes our way in a collegiate manner,” said Minister Condor.

The brief ceremony in the Ministry of Foreign Affiars Conference Room was also attended by Mrs. Astona Browne, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Security, Labour, Immigration, and Social Security; Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Carlisle Richardson and officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

SDA launches South Leeward Mission

 

Dr Eugene Daniel, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Dame Louis Lake-Tack and Prime Minster Hon. Baldwin Spencer view the new sign at the headquarters. (Photo by Johnny Jno Baptiste)

ST. JOHNS, Antigua – The Seventh-day Adventist congregations in Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts-Nevis, and Montserrat made history on Sunday 6th March with the launch of the South Leeward Mission (SLM) of Seventh-day Adventist.

Over 400 members and dignitaries including Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Hon Baldwin Spencer along with representatives from the Guyana, Grenada and the South Caribbean conferences, the St Vincent region, Tobago and St Lucia Missions and the Caribbean Union Conference gathered at the St John’s Seventh-day Adventist Church in Antigua to mark the historic event under the theme “Celebrating Our Heritage, Fulfilling The Mission.”

To solidify their union in the new Mission, the National Anthems of the three island states were song followed by the handing over of the three national flags and instrument to the new President of SLM, Pastor Desmond James by Pastor Silton Browne, president of the North Caribbean Conference (NCC).

Pastor Browne noted that based on changes in the church’s organizational structure, five of the 16 islands which made up the NCC are now being placed into the care of the SLM with headquarters here in Antigua.

 

President of the Inter American Division, Dr Israel Leito. (Photo by Johnny Jno Baptiste)

Browne challenged the new president, “by the grace of God, to give caring, supportive servant leadership that is progressive and relevant.” He continued, “I challenge you to nature the flock, always keeping in mind our true purpose and mission so that ultimately Sir, when Jesus comes, you along with us will be able to give sound account of your stewardship to the honour and glory of God.”

In accepting the challenge, Pastor James who hails from St Kitts, pledged to “uphold the ideals of the new mission” which were entrusted to him. He stated   that “This sacred trust we will pursue diligently and practically so that when we should be called to give account of those entrusted to us we might be found faithful.”

Before giving the blessing of the world church, President of the Inter American Division, Dr Israel Leito, noted that there were several factors which had to be considered before granting the five islands mission status.

“We had to see if the church can live without the tutorship of the NCC; we looked at the maturity of the membership and I can pleasantly offer that the Lord has a strong vineyard in this area,” Dr Leito declared.

He noted that the Division had to be assured that the islands would be able to finance the institutions (schools, elderly home, radio station, book stores etc) in the area so that the work would continue to progress.

In declaring SLM the 118th local field in the Inter American Division, Dr Leito said the mission would now report to the Caribbean Union instead of the NCC. He challenged the new mission not to remain at this level but “plan to become the SLC (South Leeward Conference).”

Dr Leito, who also delivered the keynote address focused on Eph. 4:1-7. He encouraged the membership to “live a life worthy of the calling we have received.”

“Don’t be distracted … be a testimony to others in the community. Let your life be under the control of the Holy Spirit; reach out not only to members of the faith but be the best neighbour to all around.”

Following the service, the inaugural session of the SLM was held. Persons chosen to spearhead the new mission are President James and Executive Secretary/Treasurer Pastor Carson Greene (both previously chosen by the Caribbean Union) along with directors Pastor Wayne Knowles, Pastor Kendol Doyle, Dr Eulalie Semper and Sis Sonia Smith.

Earlier that afternoon, the new Mission dedicated their headquarters building located on American Road. In his keynote address, Dr Eugene Daniel, president of the Caribbean Conference urged the membership to make their headquarters more than a mere building, but an embassy of God to all the people in this region.

Present at the dedication ceremony were Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, Dame Louis Lake-Tack; Prime Minster Hon. Baldwin Spencer; Minister of Finance Harold Lovell, Minister of Agriculture Hilson Baptist, Senator Winston Williams and other government officials.

The SLM has a membership of 12,200 with six churches and two companies in St Kitts; five churches in Nevis; two churches and one company in Montserrat and 28 churches and three companies on Antigua and Barbuda.

Dr. John Alfred Osborne – a veritable ‘man of the people’

PM Denzil Douglas

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – The late Chief Minister of Montserrat, Hon. John Alfred was a staunch supporter and defender of regional integration and always lamented the fact that Montserrat’s constitutional status precluded him and his country from making a larger contribution to that process.

“Yet, John Osborne stood out precisely because constitutional constraints notwithstanding, he insisted on Montserrat’s active participation in the Councils of regional decision-making regardless of the issues under consideration,” said Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at Friday’s Service of Thanksgiving for the late Montserrat leader.

Dr. Douglas, who is also Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in remarks at the service, said the late Montserrat leader was passionate about the OECS, and his enthusiasm and optimism energized his colleagues and peers at Meetings of the OECS Authority.

“Indeed, he was quick to note Montserrat’s status as one of founding fathers of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States in 1981.  Dr. John Osborne was a politician who inspired respect not just in Montserrat but throughout the Caribbean region and beyond.  He was indeed a true public servant committed to public welfare, and the notion of service above self,” Dr. Douglas said.

He told the large number of mourners from across the Caribbean and Montserrat that John Alfred Osborne was a great man, a truly noble son of Montserrat and the OECS and the region as a whole, have lost a leader of immense stature, a man of deep conviction and strong commitment to the development of his country and the wider region.

“Dr. John A Osborne served his country and the region with distinction. He was a true patriot – a man who loved his country and devoted his life to its development. Almost forty years of that life were spent in the business of government and politics, and for eighteen of those years he was at the helm of government. His patriotism was unparalleled, as was his abiding faith in his people, and concern for the welfare of the least among them,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

Dr. Osborne was described as a veritable ‘man of the people’ and had an amazing capacity to communicate with all persons, regardless of their social status. His advocacy on the need for improved living standards – for improvements in the quality of education and of health care – was marked by conviction and steadfastness.

“John Osborne had great dreams for this country, dreams which he articulated clearly and fearlessly. While many of those dreams are yet to materialize, his tireless efforts are not in vain. Dr. John Osborne will always be remembered as someone who lived for his country and the wider region.  The words ‘true statesman and regional integrationist’ summarise, though not quite adequately, the character of this individual we all loved and admired.  Let us be guided by this beacon that is the life and example of Dr. John Osborne.  Let us give thanks for a life that enriched so much the landscape of Montserrat and our Caribbean region,” concluded Prime Ministr Douglas.

PM Douglas says death of David Thompson

Basseterre, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister has described Saturday “a day of incredible sadness for Barbados and the member-states of the Caribbean Community,” upon learning of the death of Barbados Prime Minister Hon. David Thompson, who died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 48.

“In this complex and challenging 21st Century chapter of the Caribbean’s political evolution, Prime Minister Thompson repeatedly proved himself to be especially well-suited to the demands of this era. Chosen by his people to lead them and Barbados through this perilous period of global instability, he had the vision, the character, and the wherewithal to precisely this, and was indeed totally immersed in meeting these awesome responsibilities when he was mercilessly struck down in the prime of his young and outstanding life,” said Dr. Douglas in a statement.

Dr. Douglas said the late Barbadian leader “was known and admired by the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, and was a valued colleague and friend to me and my Government.”

“The loss is great. Our sadness, indescribable,” said Dr. Douglas.

“The Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis extend our deepest condolences to Mrs. Thompson, her children, and the people of Barbados at this deeply sad and tragic time.   May the soul of this outstanding Caribbean leader, my friend, and my colleague, rest in peace,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader.

STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THE DEATH OF BARBADOS PRIME MINISTER DAVID THOMPSON

“The death of Prime Minister David Thompson, at such a young age, is a tragedy for the people of Barbados. He worked tirelessly on their behalf and always had their best interests at heart. I enjoyed meeting with him at a reception for leaders from the Caribbean held at Gracie Mansion.  There are tens of thousands of New Yorkers with roots in Barbados, and we join together in mourning his passing. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathy to his wife, Marie-Josephine Mara, and their three daughters.”