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Nevis committed to relationship with Taiwan, says premier

July 25, 2014
Nevis committed to relationship with Taiwan, says premier CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) -- Premier of Nevis Vance Amory says the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) is committed to the continued relationship Nevis has enjoyed with Taiwan over the years and will do everything necessary to improve the connection both islands share.

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States - 33 years later

July 25, 2014
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States - 33 years later CASTRIES, St Lucia – Thirty-three years after the signing of the Treaty of Basseterre establishing the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Organisation reflects on its achievements in a series of articles of which this is part one. On June 18, 1981, seven OECS member states...

Eastern Caribbean joint embassy facilitates talks on small island developing states

July 25, 2014
Eastern Caribbean joint embassy facilitates talks on small island developing states BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The joint embassy of the Eastern Caribbean States representing Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines brought together a cross section of stakeholders from the Caribbean and across the EU in Brussels on 10 July 2014 at the Press Club Brussels.

German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase

July 22, 2014
German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the German government are supporting the efforts of eight CARICOM member states to adapt the management of their natural resources and economies to the ever-pressing and far-reaching socio-economic and environmental...

Phoenix Airways commences flights to and from St Kitts

July 19, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Phoenix Airways, a new inter-Caribbean airline, has announced the commencement of its flight service to and from St Kitts, starting July 16, 2014.  The airline will serve destinations such as Aruba, Barbados, Antigua, Nevis, St Maarten...

St Kitts-Nevis government forced to delay move to CCJ

July 18, 2014
St Kitts-Nevis government forced to delay move to CCJ BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- With confirmation from St George’s that Grenadians could decide by referendum next year to accept the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the country’s final appellate body, although St Kitts and Nevis does not need to hold a referendum on the CCJ...

Nevis cars rule at Grenada drag meet

July 18, 2014
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- There was a hive of activity at the Long Point Port in Nevis on Wednesday, as many of the individuals who were conducting business on that day, took time out to witness at first hand the return of several drag racing vehicles from Grenada.

US consul confirms St Kitts-Nevis was not asked to remove place of birth from passports

July 17, 2014
US consul confirms St Kitts-Nevis was not asked to remove place of birth from passports BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In a statement on Wednesday, Mark Bysfield, Consul General at the US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, confirmed that the United States has not requested any changes to passports issued by the government of St Kitts and Nevis.

Jamaican dancehall artiste performs in St Kitts after being denied approval in Nevis

July 16, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Controversial Jamaican dancehall artiste Alkaline performed to a packed house at Carnival Village in Basseterre, St Kitts, in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to reports. Alkaline was originally booked to perform in Nevis.

IMF approves US$4.5 million disbursement to St Kitts-Nevis

July 16, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on July 11 completed the ninth and final review of St Kitts and Nevis’ economic performance under a program supported by a 36-month stand-by arrangement (SBA).

ICAO made us do it, not US, says St Kitts-Nevis government

July 15, 2014
ICAO made us do it, not US, says St Kitts-Nevis government BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The St Kitts and Nevis government has backtracked on its claim that the United States required the holder’s place of birth be removed from St Kitts-Nevis passports, and now claims instead that it was merely following International Civil Aviation Organisation guidelines.

One company may be flouting St Kitts-Nevis economic citizenship rules, says former minister

July 12, 2014
One company may be flouting St Kitts-Nevis economic citizenship rules, says former minister BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- One of the companies involved in the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment programme should lose its licence based on a warning from the programme’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU). That is according to former national security minister Dwyer Astaphan.

Nevis premier calls for weekend performance of Jamaican artiste to be cancelled

July 12, 2014
Nevis premier calls for weekend performance of Jamaican artiste to be cancelled CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- In a statement issued on Thursday concerning a forthcoming performance by Jamaican artiste Alkaline in Nevis scheduled for Saturday, premier of Nevis, Vance Amory, indicated that the Cabinet of the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) does not support the event.

World Bank awards 11 Caribbean entrepreneurs more than US$400,000 in climate grants

July 12, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) -- a project of the World Bank and its global entrepreneurship program infoDev -- has announced the 11 winners of its first regional proof of concept (PoC) competition. The successful applicants will receive grants of...

The Americans made us do it, says St Kitts-Nevis government

July 11, 2014
The Americans made us do it, says St Kitts-Nevis government BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- According to the St Kitts and Nevis prime minister’s press secretary, Erasmus Williams, the removal of the place of birth from passports issued by that country was done at the request of the US government. This issue has achieved some prominence in relation to...

St Kitts-Nevis will not accept Bitcoins for economic citizenship

July 10, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) has cleared the air about whether potential economic citizens can purchase St Kitts and Nevis citizenship using the virtual currency Bitcoins.  Media outlets including Forbes and Bloomberg...

St Kitts-Nevis cabinet set to approve new economic citizenship security measures

July 9, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The St Kitts and Nevis Cabinet is set to approve a raft of new measures aimed at bolstering the billion-dollar citizen by investment programme, which has come under fire from a May advisory issued by the US Treasury’s Financial Crime...

Caribbean national authorities examine broadband pricing regulations

July 9, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- National authorities around the Caribbean are meeting in St Kitts to receive expert level training in effective broadband pricing by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). These regulations, said Pierre Bowrin, ICT policy advisor...

CARICOM heads call for coordinated regulation of economic citizenships

July 8, 2014
CARICOM heads call for coordinated regulation of economic citizenships ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In a statement on regional citizenship by investment programmes issued at the conclusion of last week’s Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meeting in St John’s, Antigua, heads of government urged all member states to “co-operate and co-ordinate their regulatory systems”.

Appeal court grants stay in motion of no confidence case in St Kitts-Nevis

July 8, 2014
Appeal court grants stay in motion of no confidence case in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Eastern Caribbean Appeal Court has granted a stay of all proceedings in the motion of no confidence matter, filed by the speaker of St Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, Curtis Martin. High court judge Justice Darshan Ramdhani ruled in February...

Nevis records first cases of chikungunya fever

July 8, 2014
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) -- On July 2, 2014, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) informed the ministry of health, Nevis, of two laboratory-confirmed cases of chikungunya fever on the island. These are the first confirmed cases of chikungunya on the island of Nevis.

Puerto Rico trade mission visits St Kitts

July 8, 2014
Puerto Rico trade mission visits St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The US Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean recently hosted a trade mission delegation from Puerto Rico which visited St Kitts on the Carnival Valor. A US trade mission is an overseas program for American firms that want to explore and pursue...

Nevis geothermal licence not terminated by court order, says West Indies Power

July 7, 2014
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- In a press statement on Friday, West Indies Power Nevis (WIPN) said that the court of appeal has not issued an order terminating the company’s geothermal development licence, granted by the Nevis island Administration (NIA).

US advisory on citizenship programme taken very seriously, says St Kitts-Nevis PM

July 5, 2014
US advisory on citizenship programme taken very seriously, says St Kitts-Nevis PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The recent US advisory issued on the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment programme has prompted the government in Basseterre to take steps to address the concerns expressed in that advisory. In its May 20 advisory, the US Treasury Department said...

St Kitts-Nevis to host first Hemispheric Model OAS in English-speaking Caribbean

July 5, 2014
St Kitts-Nevis to host first Hemispheric Model OAS in English-speaking Caribbean BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Organization of American States (OAS), through its assistant secretary general Albert Ramdin, is currently in talks with St Kitts and Nevis, with a view to hosting a Hemispheric Model OAS for the first time in the English-speaking Caribbean. The Model OAS is a student simulation of...

West Indies Power loses court battle to develop geothermal energy in Nevis

July 3, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- West Indies Power, the company that was first contracted to develop geothermal energy in Nevis, lost has its latest court battle with the Nevis Island Administration (NIA). West Indies Power (Nevis) Limited was claiming its contract with the NIA was still valid.

St Kitts teachers threaten to take industrial action

July 2, 2014
St Kitts teachers threaten to take industrial action BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The St Kitts Teachers Union has labelled a move by the Ministry of Education to discipline the principal of the Basseterre High School (BHS) as “vindictive” and it says it will move to industrial action if action is taken against the over 30-year teaching veteran.

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