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Caribbean leaders warn of region's economic collapse

September 26, 2016
NEW YORK, USA -- Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that, along with climate change and lingering indebtedness, Caribbean islands face another existential threat from the withdrawal...

Nevis geothermal project moving along; production drill rig expected shortly

September 24, 2016
Nevis geothermal project moving along; production drill rig expected shortly CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) -- Residents of Nevis will soon see tangible activity related to the geothermal development project on the island. Word of that development came from premier of Nevis and minister of finance in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), Vance Amory.

Elimination of Aedes aegypti mosquito critical in zika prevention, says entomologist

September 23, 2016
Elimination of Aedes aegypti mosquito critical in zika prevention, says entomologist BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Retired entomologist Dr Sam Rawlins in St Kitts and Nevis said that it is possible to reduce the prevalence of the zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito if all members of the community become involved in what he termed “integrated vector management”.

St Kitts-Nevis government updates private sector and civic partners on presence of RSS troops

September 22, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government updates private sector and civic partners on presence of RSS troops BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Leaders from the private sector and civil society in St Kitts and Nevis met with senior government officials headed by Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris on Tuesday to receive an update on ongoing measures to enhance public safety. Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards...

St Kitts-Nevis and Germany ratify agreement on exchange of tax information

September 22, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis and Germany ratify agreement on exchange of tax information BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- On its 33rd anniversary of independence on September 19, 2016, St Kitts and Nevis signed the instrument of ratification with Germany on assistance in civil and criminal tax matters through exchange of information. Prime minister Dr Timothy Harris...

Court orders St Kitts-Nevis tourism minister to pay election debts

September 21, 2016
Court orders St Kitts-Nevis tourism minister to pay election debts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has ordered St Kitts and Nevis tourism minister, Lindsay Grant, to pay election consulting fees owed to BuzzMaker, an international political consulting firm that has worked on hundreds of high profile political campaigns across the...

St Kitts-Nevis government urged to address moribund Christophe Harbour project

September 20, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government urged to address moribund Christophe Harbour project BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A former minister in the St Kitts and Nevis government has claimed that the previous Denzil Douglas administration was misled into granting extraordinary concessions to the developer of the Christophe Harbour project and urged the current government...

St Kitts-Nevis gets assistance from RSS in fight against crime

September 20, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis gets assistance from RSS in fight against crime BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Law enforcement and security officials under the umbrella of the Regional Security System (RSS) are in St Kitts and Nevis to lend support to the local police “in operational engagements”. Prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris...

Four CARICOM leaders at NAM summit in Venezuela

September 19, 2016
Four CARICOM leaders at NAM summit in Venezuela MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela -- Only four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders were among the kings, presidents and prime ministers of the 120-member Non Aligned Movement (NAM), which started its two-day summit in Margarita Island, Venezuela on Saturday.

St Kitts-Nevis reports first three cases of zika

September 19, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis reports first three cases of zika BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The ministry of health in St Kitts and Nevis, via the office of the chief medical officer (CMO), has officially announced receipt of confirmation from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that three serum samples tested on September 11, 2016...

Commentary: Stop the employment discrimination against women with small children

September 19, 2016
Commentary: Stop the employment discrimination against women with small children Recently while trying to find a job for a young mother with small children, I was surprisingly asked the following questions by two employers, “Does she have children? How old are they?” After honestly responding in the affirmative that, Yes, she had children and that they were infants...

St Kitts-Nevis rebranded CBI programme is the platinum standard, says PM

September 17, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis rebranded CBI programme is the platinum standard, says PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris noted on Monday that, for the last 18 months, the government of St Kitts and Nevis has worked hard to redeem its citizenship by investment (CBI) programme through its rebranding and vision approach, which focuses on...

Deloitte executive says Latin America and Caribbean highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks

September 14, 2016
Deloitte executive says Latin America and Caribbean highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Deloitte’s global chief information officer, Larry Quinlan, said that, despite increased improvements in technology in the Caribbean and Latin America, the regions remain highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Speaking at the Prime Minister’s...

St Kitts-Nevis announces new head of rebranded citizenship-by-investment unit

September 13, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis announces new head of rebranded citizenship-by-investment unit BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris on Monday announced at a national conference of service providers and developers under the citizenship-by-investment (CBI) program in St Kitts and Nevis that Les Khan is the new head of the Citizenship-by-Investment Unit.

CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry

September 8, 2016
CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For many countries in the Caribbean, a successful tourism industry is critical to social and economic growth and development. However, an increasingly competitive global tourism market has meant that Caribbean countries must find ways to differentiate...

Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future

September 8, 2016
Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leaders of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) met at a two-day performance and planning workshop to discuss and critically assess the CNFO’s performance since its formation almost ten years ago. They were joined in this exercise...

Commentary: We can't wait no more, Buddy!

September 7, 2016
Commentary: We can't wait no more, Buddy! For centuries, the Southeast Peninsula of St Kitts has been relatively undeveloped. It measures about 6.25 square miles in area and makes up about nine percent of the land mass of the entire island. It is a significant part and portion of our tiny country. For centuries, it had sat in the hands of a...

St Kitts-Nevis PM sues predecessor for defamation

September 5, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis PM sues predecessor for defamation BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, said on Saturday that he had commenced legal action against his predecessor, former prime minister Dr Denzil Douglas, in relation to what he described as “false, malicious and libelous” statements.

Concern over Brexit in vulnerable Commonwealth states

August 30, 2016
Concern over Brexit in vulnerable Commonwealth states LONDON, England -- Key industries in some Commonwealth nations could take massive hits if appropriate steps aren’t taken following the UK’s departure from the EU. The forecast over so-called Brexit comes from policy experts’ analysis in two new research papers published by the...

Letter: Dr Timothy Harris July 2016 press conference and transparency on de-risking issues

August 29, 2016
Letter: Dr Timothy Harris July 2016 press conference and transparency on de-risking issues Dr Timothy Harris, prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, at his July 27, 2016, press conference, outlined a four-pillar approach being implemented to address the de-risking issues facing the indigenous banks operating in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) (See: “Government Takes...

St Kitts-Nevis signs multilateral convention on mutual administrative assistance in tax matters

August 27, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis signs multilateral convention on mutual administrative assistance in tax matters PARIS, France -- The federation of St Kitts and Nevis has signed the multilateral convention on mutual administrative assistance in tax matters. Upon the invitation of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris on Thursday...

Regional governments and civil society work to strengthen environmental governance

August 27, 2016
Regional governments and civil society work to strengthen environmental governance SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Twenty-two signatory countries and over 40 representatives of the public made significant progress at the fourth meeting of the negotiating committee for a regional agreement on access to information, public participation and access to...

St Kitts-Nevis passes legislation to bring relief to BAICO policyholders

August 25, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis passes legislation to bring relief to BAICO policyholders BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The BAICO (Plan of Arrangement) Bill, 2016, passed into law at the sitting of the St Kitts and Nevis National Assembly on Tuesday, will “provide the legal framework to implement a plan of arrangement to resolve the long outstanding matter of...

US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean

August 25, 2016
US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide US$33 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region.

Commentary: NRP took the first step, now it's Team Unity's turn

August 25, 2016
Commentary: NRP took the first step, now it's Team Unity's turn I did not attend the recent party convention of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) last Sunday, but I should have. As someone who has argued for reform in the constitutional arrangements governing the relationship between the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) and the...

Proposals for building a bridge linking St Kitts and Nevis to be considered

August 22, 2016
Proposals for building a bridge linking St Kitts and Nevis to be considered BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Proposals are being considered by the federal Cabinet to construct a bridge to connect St Kitts and Nevis, which would bring greater ease of travel between the twin-islands. At a recent town hall meeting, minister of public infrastructure, Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd...

St Kitts-Nevis government hopeful that US FinCen advisory will be lifted soon

August 19, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government hopeful that US FinCen advisory will be lifted soon BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The St Kitts and Nevis government has been working to lift the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) advisory issued in 2014 on the grounds that the country’s citizenship by investment (CBI) programme was not properly regulated.

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