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Coast Guard Gets New Boats to Fight Crime

 

United States Ambassador accredited to St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Larry Palmer, indicated that together both countries are stronger and more resolute than they would be alone and said that as the United States Ambassador to this country, he looks forward to deepening this cooperative relationship


“This partnership is underscored by the cooperative working relationship between the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force, and especially its Coast Guard, and the United States military and law enforcement agencies. You all have been strong partners, and have taken an aggressive stance to keep this region safe from illicit narcotics trafficking and other threats to the maritime borders of our shared region,” said the Ambassador.


Since the launch of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative in 2009, the United States has committed more than US$2.5 million in direct bilateral assistance to St. Kitts and Nevis to reduce illicit trafficking and increase public safety.pm-palmer


Palmer was speaking as he presented two 33-foot Defender Class SAFE interceptor vessels and other equipment worth over US$1.5 million to the Coast Guard Unit on Tuesday afternoon, and said the equipment includes a robust communications system; training and technical support; a heavy duty pick-up truck; and a period of maintenance, repair and spare parts to help develop a domestic capacity to maintain these maritime assets.  


“The interceptor boats and the installed communications systems will provide St. Kitts and Nevis with a distinct edge in detecting, tracking and pursuing suspects, and will facilitate operational efficiency between nations,” he told officials at the handing over ceremony at the Coast Guard Base at Bird Rock.


St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas in his comments said he looks forward to the on-going collaboration and cooperation with the United States of America, in a range of initiatives, to advance peace and security throughout the region.


Douglas, who has responsibility for the Police and the Defence Force, thanked the United States of America for the steadfast commitment that it has repeatedly shown to the peace and security of the Caribbean region in recent years. 


“President Barack Obama had made it clear to the leaders of this region, very early in his administration, the seriousness with which he intended to handle the issue of regional peace and security. And this commitment, I must say, particularly with reference to St. Kitts and

Nevis, the President has kept – time and time again,” said Prime Minister Douglas. 

 


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He also praised the “pro-active, results-oriented approach of U.S. Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Larry Palmer, in shepherding and undergirding of this important bilateral relationship.” 

“Your presence, Mr. Ambassador, has been a boon to our Government’s commitment to advance greater efficiency, effectiveness, and efficacy in the maintenance of law and order, and for this we thank you,” Dr. Douglas said.

Central Bank to Award Outstanding OECS Banks

The ECCB introduced the awards in 1997 to recognise the banks which operate within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), for implementing, participating in and promoting initiatives and on-going programmes designed to improve the quality of life of the people they serve.  

 
A special ceremony has been organized to take place on 7th November when the top winners will be made known for what is called the 2012 Best Corporate Citizen Awards.
 

Good Corporate Citizen Awards will be presented to banks that have been adjudged to have carried out their corporate social responsibilities to the highest level in the following areas: 

1.    Educational Development 

2.    Community Outreach and Social Services 

3.    Environmental Awareness 

4.    Sports 

5.    Cultural Development 

6.    Customer Service

7.    Financial Education and Empowerment 

 
The Best Corporate Citizen Award will be presented to the bank which has been assessed as having made outstanding contributions to the development of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union through human resource development and sustained community outreach. 
 
The 2012 Best Corporate Citizen Awards among ECCU Commercial Banks is one component of the ECCB’s community outreach programme.  The awards will be presented during the 17th Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture, which will be held at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium, ECCB Headquarters.
 
 

NAAP Elects New Executive

 
The election took place when they convened their Biennial General Meeting on Tuesday, 30th October 2012 at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College.  
 
The members gave the nod to Ms. Dawn Mills, to head the executive body for the 2012-2014 term of office. 
 
The full slate that was elected include Dawn P Mills – President; Acklyn Blaize – Vice President; Karen Greene-Jeffers – President Elect; Diane Prentice – Secretary; Velma Merchant – Treasurer; Cassolis Richardson – Assistant Secretary; Karen Crossman – Nominated Member; Beverly Freeman – Nominated Member.  The Board is rounded out by two additional standing members, Consultants Claudia Williams and Lois Harris. 
 
The main items on the agenda were the ratification of the constitution and by-laws, and the election of officers. 
 
Pastor Troy Watson, guest speaker for the occasion, delivered inspiring remarks to the gathering before the votes were taken.  
 
He shared the words of the Psalmist David recorded in Psalm 84 where the King expressed his preference to serve as a doorkeeper in God’s house rather than to dwell with the wicked.  
 
He admonished the members to recommit themselves to making the association better through service, and reminded the group that people were looking for something – good service!  As such, he encouraged the Association not to focus on the burden of work, but on the joy of service. 
 
The National Association of Administrative Professionals (NAAP) was co-founded in October 1981 by Ms Lorna Edwards and Ms Imelda Wilkin, and celebrated its 31st Anniversary this year. 

The culmination of the anniversary celebrations will be “Sweet Story in Sugar City” – An Evening with Paul Keens-Douglas, on Saturday, November 3rd at the ECCB’s Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium. 

 

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