Day: 4 March 2021

NIA wins legal battle, iconic Bath Hotel and Bath Stream now belong to the Government and people of Nevis

 

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (March 04, 2021) – – The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) has emerged victorious from a court battle to secure the certificate of title for the historic Bath Hotel and Bath Stream, putting ownership officially in the hands of the Government and people of Nevis.

Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis, describes the acquisition of the title for the iconic property as a significant win for the people of Nevis.

“Thanks to our Legal Advisor, Mrs. Helene Lewis and her dedicated team of lawyers, the Judge has ruled that a title should be issued to the Government for the Bath Hotel and Bath Stream.

“This regularizes the position and I am grateful that my Government has been able to secure and put beyond doubt that the historic Bath Hotel and Bath Stream belong to the Government and people of Nevis.

“This is a major victory for all Nevisians at home and abroad. We have secured title to this historic site for the benefit of generations of Nevisians yet unborn,” he said.

Mrs. Helene Lewis, Legal Advisor to the NIA, explained that when it came to the attention of the government that an individual was claiming ownership of the Bath Hotel property, the government began the legal process of acquiring the title sometime in December 2020.

Mrs. Helene Lewis, Legal Advisor to the Nevis Island Administration

“Several months ago the Cabinet became aware that a private individual was claiming to own the Bath Hotel. Now this seemed very peculiar to us since the government had been in occupation of the Bath Hotel since at least 1987.

“This assertion that this private individual owned the Hotel was of great concern, so the Cabinet charged me with resolving the issue.

“So that involved making inquiries at the Land Registry to discover where the title for the Hotel would have been registered, and then getting to the bottom of who were the owners of the Hotel at an earlier stage,” she said.

Mrs. Lewis said after discovering the property had been held by a company registered in Nevis, she made contact with the majority shareholder in France. Once the individual confirmed that the Hotel and the surrounding lands were in fact the property of the Nevis Island Administration, the government set about getting legal documentation in support of that claim.

“In order to clarify the title we had to make an application to the court…At the first hearing date, to our surprise someone purporting to object to the application appeared through a lawyer, and when we challenged in what capacity is that person here, the judge ordered an adjournment for us to make a further submission…

“It was adjourned to March 01. On Monday, March 01, no further objection was or could have been lodged.

“So the Judge, after reviewing the affidavits that we had provided, then made an order that the property should be registered in the name of the Nevis Housing and Land development Corporation, which is the legal entity that holds land on behalf of the NIA,” she said.

Built in 1778, Nevis’ Bath Hotel was the first tourist hotel in the Caribbean. The main building sits on a 7-acre property which includes the thermal Bath Stream. Historically the people of Nevis and international travels have visited the Bath hot springs to enjoy its therapeutic properties.

The historic Bath Hotel, Nevis
Bath Stream hot springs, Nevis

 

425 persons on Nevis vaccinated against COVID-19 in the first week

 

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (March 03, 2021) – – 425 persons on Nevis have received their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as at March 03, 2021.

Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis and Senior Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) said he is heartened by the number of persons who made the decision to get vaccinated against the virus within the first week of the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme on the island.

“The early numbers are encouraging as we roll out our vaccination programme in Nevis. We urge our citizens and residents to go in to their closest health centre and get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Vaccination is the only proven way to return our island to some sense of normalcy,” he told the Department of Information on March 04, 2021.

Hon. Hazel Brandy Williams, Junior Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration after taking her first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on February 25, 2021 at the Charlestown Health Centre, Nevis

Hon. Hazel Brandy Williams, Junior Minister of Health in the NIA announced that as of Monday, March 01, all six health centres on Nevis had been allocated the COVID-19 vaccines.

“I am happy to report that we have now rolled out the vaccination process in all six health centres on Nevis…

“As we roll out the vaccination process I would want to say to each and every one that you can go to your respective health centre in your particular community, get registered and get ready to be vaccinated,” she said.

She also encouraged the younger members of the population to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“I am making an appeal to our young people age 18 and older, that it is very important that you get vaccinated. When you do so, you protect yourselves, your family, your community, and Nevis as a whole,” she said.

Dr. Judy Nisbett, Medical Officer of Health and Chair of the Nevis COVID-19 Task Force said nurses at the health centres are coping well with the number of persons coming in to be vaccinated.

“We have had a good uptake thus far since we started on February 25. On Wednesday, March 03 alone we had 211 persons getting vaccinated; 74 of those were done at one health centre.

“At one health centre a single nurse vaccinated 59 persons in one day.

“Most health centres have just one nurse, so while it is no longer necessary for individuals to call 311 to make an appointment, we are encouraging persons to call ahead at their nearest health centre so they can inform when is an ideal time for you to come in.

“Some health centres are vaccinating in the mornings, some in the afternoons, and some are able to vaccinate throughout the day,” she informed.

Dr. Judy Nisbett, Medical Officer of Health and Chair of the Nevis COVID-19 Task Force taking her first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on February 25, 2021 at the Charlestown Health Centre, Nevis

 

Dr. Nisbett noted that persons can call 311 to book a time slot to take the vaccines as a group, including businesses, churches and organisations.

She also encouraged them to call 311 to book educational sessions for groups so members can get accurate information about the vaccination process ahead of taking their first dose.

She said the Community Nursing Services has expressed its willingness to have nurses visit businesses with larger staffs to vaccinate employees. They will be starting with the staff at the Nevis Electricity Company (NEVLEC) on Monday, March 8.

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