Dwyer Astaphan Praised By St. Kitts PM Douglas

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Former St. Kitts Minister - Dwyer Astaphan

Former St. Kitts Minister – Dwyer Astaphan
Photo By Erasmus Williams

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
August 08, 2008 (CUOPM)

Former Minister of National Security, Immigration and Labour, Hon. Dwyer Astaphan has been praised for his outstanding service as a Cabinet Minister for the past 13 years.

“I am certain that the entire nation would join with me in thanking Minister Astaphan for his outstanding service and for the diligence, passion, commitment and capacity for hard work that he amply demonstrated during his 13-year period in office,” said Prime Minister Douglas in an address to the nation on Friday morning.

The Hon. Dwyer Astaphan came to office in 1995 as part of a new Labour Administration, at a critical juncture in the history when St. Kitts and Nevis was in dire need of leadership, direction and social change.

“He brought his own unique and effective style to bear on the many developmental challenges faced by our nation during his tenure in office, and this contributed in a significant way to many of the achievements of the very competent and successful team of Ministers, policy-makers and administrators that I lead as Prime Minister of our proud nation,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

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CARICOM Re-evaluates Caribbean Education Policy

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PM Douglas Speaks With Students

PM Douglas Speaks With Students
Photo By Erasmus Williams

Basseterre, Saint Kitts – Nevis
June 23, 2008 (CUOPM)

The CARICOM Community (CARICOM) is currently re-examining the scope and effectiveness of the overarching philosophy of “education for all.”

Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at the Education Symposium of the New York Conference on the Caribbean felt the discussion could not be timelier.

St. Kitts and Nevis boasts of being the first Caribbean nation to introduce free secondary since 1965.

“In New York, it is clear that you are grappling with the reality of the principle of “˜no child left behind’ especially its implications for poor black and Latino children, among whom I am sure are some descendants from the Caribbean. In the CARICOM Community as in New York, educators and researchers are quizzical about the growing trend of male underperformance or under achievement and are sensitive to the need for corrective action that may have significant social consequences,” said Dr. Douglas.

He noted that for the Caribbean Community, there is the additional issue related to the migration of skilled and highly trained professionals and the discussions on how to tackle the ‘brain drain’ or ‘brain gain’ to the mutual benefit of both societies.

“While this panel focuses on collaboration among our higher educational institutions, it is critical to note that viable tertiary systems are highly dependent on the foundations laid during pre-school and kindergarten through to the elementary and high school levels,” said Dr. Douglas.

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Nevis HIV/AIDS Unit Offer Free Testing To Fathers

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HIV/AIDS Coordinator on Nevis - Nicole Slack-Liburd

HIV/AIDS Coordinator on Nevis – Nicole Slack-Liburd

Charlestown, Nevis
June 10, 2008

Fathers and Fathers-to-be on Nevis, will receive a special gift from the Nevis HIV/AIDS Unit in time for Fathers Day, when it hosts its second national testing day activities on June 14, 2008. The activity will be held at the Villa in Charlestown from 10 am-5pm.

Acting Health Planner and HIV/AIDS Coordinator on Nevis Mrs. Nicole Slack-Liburd told the Department of Information on June 10, 2008 that the event themed “Take the test take control” and “Men know your status; protect you, protect me protect us”  would target fathers because women were the ones who had primarily received testing for the disease.

“Our target audience this time around is primarily men because we realise that in comparison to women men are under tested here in Nevis so we are targeting them this time around.

“The primary reason people get tested here in Nevis, we realise, are for insurance purposes, for work permits and also we do encourage anti natals to test and we are finding that the majority of persons getting tested are women, so we are putting on this activity for Fathers Day on the day before Fathers Day so we are giving men a gift of testing and it is important to test,” she explained.

Mrs. Liburd explained that the event was initially planned for June 27 to coincide with the world wide observance of National Testing Day, however it was moved up to the day before Fathers Day because it was important to get men involved in the testing.

She said the testing activity would be a three step confidential process which would involve voluntary counseling and testing.

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