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Thursday, 23 February 2017
Hon. Mark Brantley, Deputy Premier and Minister of Culture in the Nevis Island Administration meeting with committee members of the 2017 Culturama festival, at the Administration’s conference room in Charlestown on February 21, 2017Hon. Mark Brantley, Deputy Premier and Minister of Culture in the Nevis Island Administration meeting with committee members of the 2017 Culturama festival, at the Administration’s conference room in Charlestown on February 21, 2017NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (February 22, 2017) -- The 2017 Nevis Culturama Committee met for the first time on February 21, 2017, at the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) conference room in Charlestown,  to plan and begin coordinating activities for the 43rd edition of Nevis’ annual summer festival, Culturama. 
 
 
The meeting, chaired by Executive Director of the Festival Secretariat Antonio Abonaty Liburd, was designed as an orientation meeting for the staging of the festival.
 
 
Hon. Mark Brantley, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Culture in the NIA, welcomed the new and returning committee members and thanked them for volunteering to serve in their respective roles for 2017 festival.  He noted that in many respects, serving on any one of the committees is a thankless job. 
  
He also underscored the NIA’s support for the festival, the island’s premier cultural event.
Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory delivering remarks at the 2nd Annual ITD Delta Awards Dinner at the Nisbet Plantation Beach Hotel on February 18, 2017Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory delivering remarks at the 2nd Annual ITD Delta Awards Dinner at the Nisbet Plantation Beach Hotel on February 18, 2017NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (February 22, 2017) -- Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon, Vance Amory, lauded the efforts of the Information Technology Department (ITD) for the staff’s creative ability to design and implement systems which enable greater efficiency in the government’s performance.
 
Mr. Amory, who was at the time delivering remarks at the 2nd Annual ITD Delta Awards Dinner at the Nisbet Plantation Beach Hotel on February 18, 2017, singled out the Department’s Director Quincy Prentice for his impact on the officers.
 
“No matter how good the leader of the team is, no team is a one-man team.  I think Mr. Prentice has gone to the extent of brining his team along with him. Encouraging them. Giving them the type of confidence, challenging them to do things, so that they can feel a sense of accomplishment and grow into the profession which they have chosen to make their own.
 
“It is always important that we see the direction and the encouragement coming from the leadership for the support staff,” he said.
Jevon Claxton receiving the Field Technician of the Year Award from Mrs. Verni Amory, wife of the Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory, at the 2nd Annual Information Technology Department Delta Awards Dinner at the Nisbet Plantation Beach Hotel on February 18, 2017Jevon Claxton receiving the Field Technician of the Year Award from Mrs. Verni Amory, wife of the Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory, at the 2nd Annual Information Technology Department Delta Awards Dinner at the Nisbet Plantation Beach Hotel on February 18, 2017NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (February 21, 2017) -- Three staff technicians in the Nevis Island Administration’s (NIA) Information Technology Department (IDT), walked away with honours at the 2nd Annual Information Technology Department Delta Awards Dinner. The event was held at the Nisbet Plantation Beach Hotel on February 18, 2017.
 
Jevon Claxton won the Field Technician of the Year Award, Ezekiel Parris won an award for Above and beyond the Call of Duty and the Innovator Award while Vanessa Tyson won the Ticketeer Award. They were all presented on behalf of the Department by the wife of Premier of Nevis Mrs. Verni Amory.
 
The Innovator Award is given to one who comes up with innovative solutions to problems that the department deals with on a daily basis.
Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory assisting his wife Verni, moments after she cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony for the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School’s cafeteria in Gingerland on February 14, 2017, while Mr. Colin DorePremier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory assisting his wife Verni, moments after she cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony for the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School’s cafeteria in Gingerland on February 14, 2017, while Mr. Colin DoreNIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS  (February 20, 2017) -- Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Vance Amory, described the newly constructed Joycelyn Liburd Primary School (JLPS) cafeteria in Gingerland, as part of the Administration’s ongoing investment to improve the quality of life of the people of Nevis, in particular the youths.
 
Mr. Amory, who is also the Area Representative for the St. George’s Parish, was at the time delivering an address at the cafeteria’s official opening ceremony on February 14, 2017, when he made the comment.  The school is the last primary school on the island to be outfitted with a school kitchen.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicole Slack-Liburd delivering remarks at the launch of the Prinatal Information System on behalf of the Minister of health Hon. Mark Brantley at the at the Nevis Disaster Management Office conference room at Long Point on February 14, 2017Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicole Slack-Liburd delivering remarks at the launch of the Prinatal Information System on behalf of the Minister of health Hon. Mark Brantley at the at the Nevis Disaster Management Office conference room at Long Point on February 14, 2017NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (February 16, 2017) -- The Prinatal Information System (SIP), an electronic health information system, was launched on Nevis by the Ministry of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) at the Nevis Disaster Management Office conference room at Long Point on February, 14, 2017. The theme was “Bridging the Gap”.
 
The system which was paper-based at the time, was established over 25 years ago in the Americas by PAHO and the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a means of collecting data on pregnant women and new-borns to strengthen the quality of maternal and child health services offered in countries.
 
Though the programme which documents information on family history of disease, antenatal visits, breast feeding advice and information on new-born babies, has been in St. Kitts and Nevis for the past several years it had not been used consistently by all health providers.
 
In brief remarks, on behalf of the Minister of Health Hon. Mark Brantley, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicole Slack-Liburd said, with an average of just over 100 births per year in Nevis, the launch of the system’s electronic version will further strengthen data collection and monitoring of both mother and baby, translating to more positive health outcomes.
 
Slack-Liburd, referred to the launch as a significant day in the health sector and congratulated the health team for the success of the initiative.