Tropical Storm Could Develop in St. Kitts Area

According to recent weather reports from the National Hurricane Center (via Stormpulse), there’s a 90-100 percent chance that a tropical storm could form and potentially affect St. Kitts within the next 48 hours.

Please be prepared! Visit our Hurricane Info page for more resources.

NWS National Hurricane Center miami fl 800 pm edt sun jul 31 2011

For the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. An elongated area of low pressure extending from the lesser antilles eastward several hundred miles into the tropical Atlantic Ocean is producing a large but disorganized area of showers and thunderstorms. Conditions are expected to remain favorable for a tropical depression or tropical storm to form, and this system has a high chance, 90 percent, of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves west-northwestward at around 15 mph. Continue reading

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Thoughts From a Kittitian

Eye on St. Kitts would like to bring attention to a comment posted in June by a Kittitian who currently lives in New York City:

As Kittitian living in the US, I am sorry for the students at Ross University. My advice to you and fellow students is to hold a rally and publicize the degree of crime and other things that you who are bringing money in the country have to live under. The government do not care and nothing will be done until a family member of the prime minister or one of his cabinet is injured or killed. Ross need to pull out before some innocent member of the university is killed. Mark my words this is only a matter of time. Crime have been escalating in SKN and the government do not care and have no plans in place to address it. You will only get someone done if you protest and get the attention of the US and UK media. As I said start a demonstration, stop being so docile, you are the ones at risk, not the government and its ministers. Do not stop until something done or Ross decides to relocate some place else. I have not been back to SKN, and I do not have any need to return until the crime situation have been addressed and dealt with. I feel safer traveling on the NY subway late at nights than walking around in SKN even in the broad daylight.

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April Crime Incidents Reported by RUSVM

The following incidents were listed on Ross University’s report system in the month of April. The university continues to restrict this information to students and faculty alone, despite the fact that many have family members or significant others living with them. If you have been the victim of a crime, please consider adding the incident to our Report a Crime page by following the instructions listed there.

Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011

* Seabreeze Cres 1:35 PM: MISSSING DOG: 1st Student called security to report that he and his wife were pet sitting for a Faculty who is off island for the break. On 29 April, the dog got away and they could not locate it however, on 30 Apri, the dog was seen caged at the home of Neena Frazier who refused to hand over the dog unless paid US$300.00 of which student refused. Officer Warner and Police Officer from Frigate Bay were called to the scene to retrieved the dog, after some resistance Neena hand over the dog. Continue reading

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Ross University Security Update

The following letter was sent from Dr. Gil Burns (Dean for Faculty and Academic Programs at RUSVM, email: gburns[at]rossvet.edu.kn) to Ross University students on Sunday, May 8. Since spouses, families, and the citizens of St. Kitts also deserve to see this information, we are reproducing the letter in full. Please let us know your thoughts in the comment section below:

Dear RUSVM community member,

First and foremost, please know that your safety and security is a top priority for RUSVM, Ross University and DeVry, Inc.  As an organization, we continue to review and assess our situation.  Several weeks ago, representatives from DeVry Inc.’s security department visited St. Kitts to assess the RUSVM campus and surrounding areas.  The focus of their assessment was to identify steps that can be taken to enhance security for faculty, students, and staff.  John Kroen, Director of the DeVry, Inc., and his Security Team has formulated a series of actions and recommendations (with input from Helena Stangle-Bertram (Government Relations) and her team and Dr. Hal McCulloch, representing Ross University leadership in New Jersey), which I would like to share with you.  RUSVM will continue to work closely with this team in the weeks and months to come to implement the recommended changes. Continue reading

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Follow-Up on Teen’s Death

An extensive report on SKNVibes investigates the circumstances behind the murder of 15-year-old Unique Browne, who was found on the afternoon of 4/3/11 and had probably died early that morning. The newspaper has also reported on the autopsies of recent victims. The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer reports that suspects have been arrested in this case and others (they also have information on the autopsies).

Below are some quotes from the longer report on Browne by SKNVibes:

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts- The unfortunate death of Unique Browne has left many unanswered questions, and among them are: What could have been done to prevent it? Who would want to kill a 15-year-old girl? Who would commit such a crime? And what can be done to prevent a recurrence? Continue reading

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Two Attempted Robberies in Half Moon Bay

We have received reports of two attempted break-ins which both occurred in a single complex on Half Moon Bay road around 10:00 pm on April 1, 2010. In each case the perpetrator seems to have been scared off after realizing people were at home in the apartments. RUSVM Security arrived within 15 minutes of the incident. However, according to our reports, the police didn’t come to investigate until the following morning.

One report provides the basic details:

[A]t around 950PM a few men begin pointing their flash lights in our bedroom. My fiancee was home alone at the time. She quickly ran to the front door to make sure it was locked. She says they pointed their lights at her again while she was in the living room through the window.

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Letter to the Editor: Tourist Crime Incident

Eye on St. Kitts received the following Letter to the Editor on 3/27/2011. This is a sensitive matter because the island has become so dependent on tourism to uphold its economy. For that reason, we’re concerned that such stories will be suppressed by the government and/or the media. If you recently traveled to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and were the victim of a crime, please contact us at eyeonstkitts[at]gmail[dot]com.

Dear Eye on St. Kitts,

Just got back from St. Kitts and began to research the crime rate on it. Wish we had known about it before our vacation. While we were warned of petty theft, we were also repeatedly told that the Frigate Bay area was safe. Indeed, we felt very safe there. We drove independently around the whole island repeatedly and also felt safe in small towns where we regularly encountered locals. Our last night, however, was another matter.

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Police Commissioner’s Son One of Four Murdered In Past Week

Since the killing of 15-year-old Unique Browne last weekend, three others have been murdered on the island of St. Kitts (Update 4/11/11: in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis; one of the recent homicides occurred on the island of Nevis). The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer reports on the four incidents, saying that one of the victims was Laustin “Jamie” Williams, son of the police commissioner, who was shot to death on Wednesday just east of Caribbean Cinemas. Then on Friday, another man was almost killed in a drive-by shooting in Conaree (also reported by SKNVibes).

This brings the federation’s 2011 homicide count to seven. SKNVibes reports that one Conaree man has been arrested on “gun, ammo, [and] drug charges.” However, it’s not clear that this man, Leon “Dance” Isaac, is being charged in relation to the recent homicides. And he was only in possession of nine rounds of ammunition. Continue reading

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RUSVM Add SKN Police Officer to Evening Patrols Due to Spike in Violent Crime

Ross University has notified its students that it is taking some immediate steps to increase off-campus security. The announcement comes in the wake of the fourth murder to happen in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in 2011. Both SKNVibes and the St. Kitts-Nevis Observer have reported on the incident.

Dr. David J. DeYoung, Dean of RUSVM, sent an email to students this morning (Friday, April 8) explaining the situation and offering the following news: Continue reading

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Discussing the Armed Robbery of Ross Professor on SKNVibes

SKNVibes offers a comment forum on each of their news stories, but the comments are only displayed on a separate page. Their Monday story about the armed robbery of a Ross professor on 3/20/11 has generated a few dozen comments. Viewed together, they provide a snapshot of the problems faced by all people living on the island of St. Kitts, not only Ross students and faculty. Here are some examples. Please share your own ideas and concerns in the comment box below.

“The two crucial industries to St.Kitts are Tourism and resident Students. Needless to say both are under serious threat by violent crime. But what is the Government doing? Oh, borrowing 530 million to pay for ‘current requirements’ which we can only assume has already been spent! And nothing is earmarked for either crime or education. This Nation is a very short way from a mass exodus of the educated (and very frightened population). God help us then!” – MH Continue reading

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