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Venezuela steps on ALBA toes

May 28, 2016
WASHINGTON, USA -- At least one member country of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) has expressed surprise that its government was not consulted prior to the publication in Thursday’s Washington Post newspaper...

Efforts being made to strengthen PetroCaribe amid Venezuela crisis

May 27, 2016
Efforts being made to strengthen PetroCaribe amid Venezuela crisis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Efforts are being made to strengthen the PetroCaribe energy agreement despite Venezuela’s current crisis, according to St Kitts and Nevis Energy Minister Ian Liburd. Liburd has confirmed that he’ll be attending an upcoming 16th ministerial council meeting...

Region fighting losing battle against zika and other mosquito borne diseases

May 25, 2016
Region fighting losing battle against zika and other mosquito borne diseases BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- According to Dr Joy St John, director of surveillance, disease prevention and control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the region has been “waging a losing battle and so the battle strategy needs to change if we are to win the war”.

Commentary: Snap elections - A new style of Caribbean politics

May 25, 2016
Commentary: Snap elections - A new style of Caribbean politics There is a new style of “last minute election announcement” date, which has been spreading across the Caribbean, and many countries in the region – predominantly the less developed ones – are seemingly jumping on the bandwagon. Some political leaders appear convinced that the secret...

Customer exit continues at Royal Bank of Canada after fee increase

May 23, 2016
Customer exit continues at Royal Bank of Canada after fee increase BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The exodus of customers from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in St Kitts continues. On Friday, customers intent on closing their accounts over an impending $25 monthly charge on accounts, filled the bank’s downtown location, the line extending outside.

USAID-funded project helps St Kitts-Nevis withstand climate change impacts

May 20, 2016
USAID-funded project helps St Kitts-Nevis withstand climate change impacts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Farmers and residents in St Kitts and Nevis are better equipped to withstand climate change-related impacts, including extreme droughts and flooding, following the implementation of climate-smart technologies under the US$9.5 million “Rallying the Region to Action...

USAID project strengthens juvenile justice sector in St Kitts-Nevis

May 19, 2016
USAID project strengthens juvenile justice sector in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A United States government program in St Kitts and Nevis has assisted that nation in strengthening its juvenile justice sector. US Deputy Chief of Mission to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Laura Griesmer, praised the United States Agency...

Letter: The La Vallee white elephant in St Kitts

May 18, 2016
Letter: The La Vallee white elephant in St Kitts Some time ago I listened to a friend recall an attempt to negotiate a government scholarship that a child was being denied, and asked the politician, "Don't they have Sunday school in St Kitts anymore?" Listening to my friend relate her story of the politician's argument for refusing...

IMF warns St Kitts-Nevis to brace for potential drop in citizenship investment

May 16, 2016
IMF warns St Kitts-Nevis to brace for potential drop in citizenship investment BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The International Monetary Fund has once again warned St. Kitts and Nevis against relying on revenue from its citizenship by investment (CBI) program. A team from the IMF, led by Inci Otker, visited St Kitts and Nevis during April 20 to May 3.

Tri-nation ODI series to be played under lights

May 16, 2016
Tri-nation ODI series to be played under lights BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- History will be created in the Caribbean when all ten matches in the upcoming Tri Nation One-Day International Series will be day/night matches. This is the first time all matches in a series will be contested under lights. The West Indies Cricket Board...

ECLAC to enhance member states' ability to forecast public expenditure

May 14, 2016
ECLAC to enhance member states' ability to forecast public expenditure PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Senior policy makers from the ministries of finance, education, health and agriculture in three Caribbean states recently received a comprehensive introduction to the ECLAC Development Account project, “Strengthening the technical capacity of public...

Geothermal energy discussions kick off in St Kitts

May 11, 2016
Geothermal energy discussions kick off in St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The development of geothermal energy in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and its prospects for economic and sustainable contributions is being reviewed at the Regional Geothermal Forum from May 10 – 12 in St Kitts.

Processing time improved for St Kitts-Nevis citizenship-by-investment applications

May 9, 2016
Processing time improved for St Kitts-Nevis citizenship-by-investment applications BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The status of the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship-by-investment programme and application processing times was a topic of discussion at a roundtable that took place on Thursday, April 28, between the government and the St Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum

May 5, 2016
OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission are partnering with the government of St Kitts and Nevis jointly to host a regional geothermal forum under the theme: ‘Opportunities and...

Taiwan helps bring drought relief to water consumers in St Kitts-Nevis

May 2, 2016
Taiwan helps bring drought relief to water consumers in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The government of Taiwan has donated EC$620,000 to the ministry of public infrastructure to help bring relief to consumers in St Kitts and Nevis impacted by the ongoing drought-like condition. During a brief ceremony at Government Headquarters on Friday...

ECCB concerned about region's financial stability

April 29, 2016
ECCB concerned about region's financial stability BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- As two more indigenous banks in the region go under, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is concerned about the status of the financial stability of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). In recent days, the National Bank of Anguilla...

St Kitts-Nevis land for debt swap a tangled web, says PM

April 29, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis land for debt swap a tangled web, says PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The controversial land-for-debt-swap that was passed by the St Kitts and Nevis National Assembly under the former administration has entangled many institutions in its web, prompting the new government of national unity to seek advice in terms of its revocation.

St Kitts geothermal exploration findings to be released soon

April 26, 2016
St Kitts geothermal exploration findings to be released soon BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The findings of the geothermal exploration in St Kitts are expected to be revealed in the very near future, says energy minister Ian Liburd. Guadeloupe-based engineering company Teranov began feasibility studies in St Kitts in November 2015.

Electoral reform proposals to be brought to St Kitts-Nevis parliament

April 25, 2016
Electoral reform proposals to be brought to St Kitts-Nevis parliament BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- According to Attorney General Vincent Byron Jr, who is the minister responsible for electoral matters in St Kitts and Nevis, “there will be coming into Parliament within a short time proposals for there to be a reform process” with respect to elections.

Turks and Caicos officials understudy tax reform in St Kitts-Nevis

April 25, 2016
Turks and Caicos officials understudy tax reform in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- A team of officials from the Revenue and the Treasury Departments in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) reviewed the workings of the Inland Revenue Department in St Kitts and Nevis in a bid to strengthen their own collection structures.

ECLAC calls for Caribbean resilience fund at high-level meeting in St Kitts

April 23, 2016
ECLAC calls for Caribbean resilience fund at high-level meeting in St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has made a call for the creation of a Caribbean Resilience Fund as part of a debt alleviation strategy based on a climate change swap proposal. “The swap will involve the use of pledged...

St Kitts-Nevis government announces new citizen security measures

April 22, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government announces new citizen security measures BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Team Unity administration in St Kitts and Nevis has announced new measures to enhance citizen security in the federation as incidents of gun crimes continue to cause public concern. At a press conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister and Minister of...

US urges regional governments to issue citizenship only to bona fide applicants

April 20, 2016
US urges regional governments to issue citizenship only to bona fide applicants BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Do not issue citizenship to foreigners unless you are confident beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual is a bona fide applicant. That pointed advice to Caribbean nations with citizenship by investment programmes came from the United States.

Concerns expressed over departure of LIAT CEO

April 19, 2016
Concerns expressed over departure of LIAT CEO BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The minister responsible for aviation in St Kitts and Nevis says he hopes last week’s resignation of LIAT chief executive officer David Evans will not prove too much of a setback for the regional airline. Evans, who was touted as a results-driven executive...

Caribbean development trajectory and debt outlook to be discussed in St Kitts-Nevis

April 16, 2016
Caribbean development trajectory and debt outlook to be discussed in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A proposal to address the Caribbean’s high debt burden and strategies to achieve sustainable development in the region will be the focus of discussions when two important meetings of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)...

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

Diabetes at epidemic level in St Kitts-Nevis

April 12, 2016
Diabetes at epidemic level in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- In St Kitts and Nevis, diabetes is bigger than zika, bigger than HIV/AIDS, says chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Patrick Martin. “We have an epidemic of diabetes in the Federation… We have a diabetes rate of 20% in adults. One in every five adults has diabetes,” he said.

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