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A NOTE OF GRATITUDE – From the newly crowned, Miss Jaycees Queen, Nekirah Nicholls 🇰🇳👑 – NevisPages.com

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Just after midnight on Thursday, July 28th- I captured the 59th Jaycees Crown for my beautiful twin-island Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis.

It was an honor and privilege to don my country’s name, backed by the overwhelming support of my people. You were truly the wind beneath my wings! We are small but we tallawah! Thank You, St. Kitts-Nevis!

To my Mommy, Asenath Phipps – words are inadequate. Your love, dedication and support are unconditional, steadfast and pillars of everything I needed for this journey. Your support knows no bounds and your love has no limit. You are dependable, ever-present and if you ask me, you are the real Queen here! Thank you for just about… everything!

I am indebted to the St. Kitts-Nevis National Carnival Committee for their kind support and sponsorship. I also extend a hearty thank you for such a warm welcome home. I truly felt like royalty. I must however make special mention of the National Carnival Chair Lady, Shannon Hawley, who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that I had everything I needed to secure this victory. My sincere gratitude is also extended to Trevicia Adams and Hazel Webster. Thank you for making the entire process seamless and comfortable.

I am ever so thankful for my indomitable pageant coach, Ozelle Martin. Thank you for always ensuring that I was well prepared for all of my segments. I am especially appreciative of the way you have revolutionized my approach to the interview segment. We are now officially 3 for 3 in Interview wins. Whoa! You are a wellspring of strength, optimism and resilience on and off the stage. Without a doubt, none of this would have been possible without you.

To my Power House Team – Heidi Slack, Kaeve Armstrong, Kajali Hanley-Gumbs, Siobhan Phipps, Dylan Browne, Julie Martin, Tomeeka Richards, Atiba Byron, Leanne Walters, Andrea Nicholls, Shara-Lee Mourillon, Hadya Dolphin, SKNANB Risk and Compliance Unit- Thank you for believing in me and sticking by my side.

Thank you to Blue Torch Productions and its assistants for such an exceptional promotional video. (Fun Fact: all shots were done in 24hrs) To Caribelle Batik, I am grateful for your kind assistance with my wardrobe.

To the Jaycees Committee, your hospitality is unmatched! I am blessed to have had the opportunity to meet such beautiful souls. Kudos to the Jaycees Queen Show Production Team for ensuring the show was close to flawless. To the 58th Jaycees Queen, ShannaKisha Francis, thank you for making the transition so pleasant and seamless.

Congratulations to all of my fellow pageant queens, especially 1st Runner Up, Miss Trinidad & Tobago, Chronna Khan and 2nd Runner Up, Miss St. Lucia, Wenia Verneuil. It was a pleasure gracing the stage with you all and we sure did have some fun!

I must acknowledge my sweet feisty Asha DeSuza (love you loads), Shoreline Plaza, my trainer, Paula Collins, the Ministry of Tourism, JAy Black Productions, First Class Jewelry, Dr. Darryl Warner, Desi Brown, Saskia Evans, Sanara Bussue, Theodore Phipps, SKNANB, NCI, Fitzroy Nicholls, family, friends and supporters.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS- I love you and Thank You for trusting me and my team to represent you! Pageantry is no easy feat but it ignited a powerful period of evolution in my adult life. I am proud to bear witness to my growth.
I am excited for this new chapter with JCI Antigua and please stay tuned to my social media channels. I have some exciting content on the way!
Love,
Nekirah Nicholls
St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival Queen 2021- 2022
Miss Jaycees 2022- 2023



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Firearm, Ammunition Found Following Search at New Pond Site – NevisPages.com

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 04, 2023 (RSCNPF): A third firearm for the year has been taken into Police custody.

On February 02, 2023, acting on information while investigating a shooting incident at New Pond Site the Police conducted a search in the wider area. As a result, one (1) Sig Sauer 223 pistol with one .380 round of ammunition were found. The firearm and round were taken into Police custody.

Investigations into the matter are ongoing.



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PM Terrance Drew Talks About National Security In Special Interview

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PM Terrance Drew talks about National Security in Special interview< Image Courtesy: Facebook
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The prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Terrance Drew, was a part of a special interview hosted on February 3, 2023. During the interview, Prime Minister interacted with the media on several matters of national importance. This media interaction differed from all the other interactions the Drew-led administration has faced in their tenure. 

According to the prime minister, this was the first time he was sitting in front of a panel of media professionals and opened the floor for questions. One of the most critical issues of national importance is national security. Concerning this, the Prime Minister and Minister of Social Security expressed that he felt disheartened upon hearing about the growing incidents of crime and violence in the federation. 

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Meanwhile, he assured the media that St Kitts and Nevis’s law enforcement agencies are working diligently to remedy the situation. He urged the public to understand that the government is doing everything that they need to do to deal with the situation. Prime Minister Terrance Drew noted that loss of life is a “special loss of life.”

Further, the Prime Minister shifted to the issue of healthcare and the development of the sector. According to Dr Terrance Drew, the minister of health, the essential prerequisite to the healthcare sector’s growth is that top-level management is in place. Accordingly, the Prime Minister noted that the healthcare sector had made several new appointments under his governance. These appointments include New Permanent Secretary for Health, Principal Nursing Officer. 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew elaborated on the other developments. He stated that the government seeks to ensure that the JNF General Hospital will have at least two doctors working per shift. He noted that from Saturday, February 4, 2023, the hospitals would have nurses in triage to decrease the wait time. 

Meanwhile, he mentioned that he received an independent forensic audit which detailed that the management of the development bank is troubling. He also told the media about the installation ceremony of the first female governor-general while noting that St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party remains at the forefront of the revolution in the country. 

He further took questions from the media, reiterating his commitment to deal with violence and crime in the federation. Elaborating on the measures that the government is taking up in this regard, Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew noted that:

  • The police commission is undergoing a major change
  • The government will appoint a new commissioner
  • The government is installing a deputy commissioner of police
  • The government will put in the Assistant Commissioner of Police
  • They will strengthen the police command by establishing a chain of command.

Prime Minister Terrance Drew noted that with these changes, the government is seeking to protect the people of the country

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BONI Launches Anti-Money Laundering Tech

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Bank of Nevis International (BONI), a top provider of comprehensive wealth management and portfolio management services, has partnered with Singapore-based Tookitaki to introduce the latter’s award-winning Anti-Money Laundering Suite (AMLS). With this move, BONI becomes the first Caribbean bank to adopt the innovative technology, aimed at combating financial crime and enhancing compliance programs.

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The AMLS offers a more comprehensive approach to risk coverage, providing sharper detection of money laundering activities, and minimizing false alerts, compared to legacy financial crime detection systems. Using AMLS allows BONI to join a community of leading banks and FinTech companies from around the world that are using cutting-edge technology, including AI, to tackle increasingly complex compliance challenges.

BONI Vice President of Fintech and Security, Deji F. Akadiri, said: “Tookitaki AMLS enables us to keep pace with evolving compliance requirements and provide our customers with a streamlined experience, reduced false positives, quicker onboarding, and the peace of mind that we are using proven and evolving technology.”

Tookitaki is known for its innovative Anti-Financial Crime (AFC) Ecosystem, which provides a platform for financial crime experts from across the world to pool their knowledge, data, and skills to tackle complex financial crimes. The AFC ecosystem removes the barriers created by siloed operations and allows the sharing of financial crime scenarios in a secure and privacy-protected manner.

BONI operates as a financial gateway to the world, connecting clients with international financial centers and markets. It is an independent financial center, offering a diverse and inclusive approach to help clients achieve their global ambitions and safeguard their future.

The AMLS solution from Tookitaki, designed with the principles of being comprehensive, convenient, and compliant, empowers financial institutions to strengthen their risk coverage and mitigate risks in a rapidly changing regulatory landscape. The suite covers the entire customer onboarding and ongoing processes, including transaction monitoring, smart screening, customer risk scoring, and case management.

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