Dads Celebrated for Father’s Day

But today, folks in the twin-island nation are making an attempt to bring some joy and place the spotlight on the significance of the event and the recognition of the great contributions made daily, by most fathers, despite the transgressions of a few undeserving ones.

Church services, luncheons, parties, concerts and other forms of tributes are being hosted across the country, to homage to the remarkable contributions of men who have shouldered their social responsibilities, with the maturity expected of all parents.

Father’s Day is a celebration of fathers, and was said to be inaugurated in the United States in the early twentieth century, to complement Mother’s Day, in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.

After the success obtained with the promotion of Mother’s Day in the US, some wanted to create similar holidays for other family members, and Father’s Day was the choice most likely to succeed. There were other persons who independently thought of “Father’s Day”, but the credit for the modern holiday is always given to Sonora Dodd.

Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in Spokane on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honouring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors hadn’t enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

At first Father’s Day was scoffed at and even the media ridiculed the efforts, thus it was not until the 1980s that more serious attention and respect were realized. No wonder that the event still lags behind the commercialization and also the more meaningful acceptance that the day is to be taken with greater importance.

Despite these challenges, it is important for everyone, especially Kittitians and Nevisians, to reach out to a father today, and extend best wishes for these men, some who are forced to even perform the roles left void by absentee mothers.

Happy Fathers Day!

Douglas to become Chairman of the Monetary Council

Governor of the ECCB, Dwight Venner says a ceremony to mark the Handing Over of the Chairmanship of the ECCB Monetary Council will be held at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Headquarters, prior to the start of the 73rd Meeting of the Monetary Council. 

Sir Dwight will chair the ceremony, which begins at 9:00 a.m. following the arrival of Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis. 

Premier Meade, the Outgoing Chairman and Prime Minister Douglas, the Incoming Chairman will deliver addresses after which Sir Dwight will give the Closing Remarks. 

The Mission of the ECCB is to maintain the stability of the EC dollar and the integrity of the banking system in order to facilitate the balanced growth and development of member states. 

The Bank aspires to be the leading institution for economic policy advice, a model for management in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) and an advocate for the ECCU’s regionalization initiatives. 

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank was established in October 1983. It is the Monetary Authority for a group of eight island economies namely – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The monetary arrangements are characterized by the issuance of a single common currency, the flow of which is unrestricted among its members; a common pool of foreign exchange reserves; and the existence of a Central Monetary Authority which decides on the Union’s monetary policy.

The purposes of the Bank are to regulate the availability of money and credit, promote and maintain monetary stability, promote credit and exchange conditions and a sound financial structure conducive to the balanced growth and development of the economies of the territories of the Participating Governments and actively promote through means consistent with its other objectives the economic development of the territories of the Participating Governments. 

The governing bodies of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank are the Monetary Council and the Board of Directors. The Monetary Council is the highest decision making authority.  

It is comprised of one Minister appointed by each Government of the participating countries. The function of the Council is to provide directives and guidelines on matters of monetary and credit policy to the Bank. The Board of Directors is comprised of ten Directors – the Governor and Deputy Governor, and one Director appointed by each Government of the eight participating countries. The Board of Directors is responsible for policy and general administration of the Bank, while the Governor, the Chief Executive, is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations.

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