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More flaws apparent in US State Department report

September 1, 2017
More flaws apparent in US State Department report WASHINGTON, USA -- More flaws have become apparent in the 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) published in March by the Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The veracity of the report has already been attacked by...

LIAT requests funds from Antigua-Barbuda to pay CDB debt

September 1, 2017
LIAT requests funds from Antigua-Barbuda to pay CDB debt ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda has been asked to pay LIAT additional funds to meet its debt to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The money requested is commensurate with the country’s shareholding, local media reported. Antigua and Barbuda owns a 34 percent...

Commentary: Helping men to stand tall and be counted!

August 29, 2017
Commentary: Helping men to stand tall and be counted! As a young Christian boy growing up in Grenada, I was groomed, directed and driven to be a man of mission and purpose by our highly inspirational quotation, “The greatest want of the world is the want of men – men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and...

Serious crimes down in St Kitts-Nevis

August 26, 2017
Serious crimes down in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The proactive and sustained operations to enhance public safety by law enforcement have resulted in decreases in the number of serious crimes committed in St Kitts and Nevis, including homicides, attempted murder, and grievous bodily harm, as well as a corresponding...

Stop the corruption, says former St Kitts-Nevis minister

August 25, 2017
Stop the corruption, says former St Kitts-Nevis minister BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Former Cabinet minister, Dwyer Astaphan, has called for an end to corrupt practices in St Kitts and Nevis. “We have a lot of instances of corruption in this little county of ours. Not a today thing, an ongoing thing and it needs to be met face to face, full frontal...

ECTEL member states to undertake a process of telecommunications reform

August 24, 2017
ECTEL member states to undertake a process of telecommunications reform BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The five member states of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) are currently undergoing a process of reform to update the telecommunications framework with legislation. A new Electronic Communications Bill is expected to come before the...

EC dollar stable, secure, says ECCB

August 23, 2017
EC dollar stable, secure, says ECCB BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has given assurances that the EC dollar remains stable and that Eastern Caribbean banknotes are protected by the various security features of the notes. Deputy director of the Currency Management Department...

NIA to establish small business development centre; boost small business sector

August 23, 2017
NIA to establish small business development centre; boost small business sector CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) -- The ministry of finance in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), through the Small Enterprise Development Unit (SEDU), is seeking to establish a small business development centre to boost the small business sector on the island. Colin Dore, permanent secretary...

Over 8,000 CPL tickets billed to the public purse under former St Kitts-Nevis administration to win votes

August 21, 2017
Over 8,000 CPL tickets billed to the public purse under former St Kitts-Nevis administration to win votes BASSETERRE, St Kitts (OPM) -- The current St Kitts and Nevis government, led by Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, has maintained the view that a properly legislated functioning Public Accounts Committee will bridge the gap in the public accountability framework left by the former Denzil Douglas...

US fines firm that conducts CBI due diligence for Iran sanctions violations

August 21, 2017
US fines firm that conducts CBI due diligence for Iran sanctions violations MIAMI, USA -- In responding to complaints that their economic citizenship programs allow high-risk individuals to obtain passports from a low-risk jurisdictions, proponents often point to the quality of due diligence that outside companies conduct on the applicants, especially in the five countries of...

USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security

August 18, 2017
USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Citizen security experts, decisions makers, and senior technical officers from across the Eastern and Southern Caribbean met in Barbados for the start of a regional workshop for the United States government's, through the United States Agency for International...

Tourism minister welcomes Taiwanese investors to St Kitts-Nevis

August 12, 2017
Tourism minister welcomes Taiwanese investors to St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Minister of tourism, Lindsay Grant, welcomed more than 30 investors from Taiwan who are currently in St Kitts and Nevis to showcase their products and services, as well as to seek opportunities to invest in the federation. “We are very thrilled that you would have made...

St Kitts-Nevis PM denies knowledge of second Chinese fugitive entering the country

August 9, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis PM denies knowledge of second Chinese fugitive entering the country BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has denied being aware of second wanted Chinese national with a St Kitts and Nevis economic citizenship and passport being allowed to enter the federation, WINN FM reported. On July 1, 2017, an alert was generated by the regional...

Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean

August 7, 2017
Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami are monitoring two tropical weather systems that are currently threatening the Caribbean. Showers and thunderstorms are showing some signs of organization in association with a strong tropical wave located over the...

St Kitts-Nevis to become first in OECS and CARICOM to eliminate mother to child HIV transmission

August 4, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis to become first in OECS and CARICOM to eliminate mother to child HIV transmission BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- St Kitts and Nevis is expected to become the first country in the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Americas, outside of Cuba, to bring an end to mother to child transmission of HIV, as indicated by health officials.

St Kitts-Nevis expects stronger citizenship by investment ranking in next index

August 2, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis expects stronger citizenship by investment ranking in next index BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment (CBI) programme was recently ranked second best in the world behind only Dominica, and while chief executive officer of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Les Khan, is proud of this achievement, he strongly believes the...

Chinese fugitive on his way to Beijing from St Kitts-Nevis

July 29, 2017
Chinese fugitive on his way to Beijing from St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Chinese fugitive Ren Biao, who has St Kitts and Nevis citizenship, left the federation on Thursday for China, according to his attorney Chesley Hamilton. Ren, who received citizenship in 2013 under the federation’s economic citizenship programme, proved a source of...

ECCU financial sector remains stable; improved performance expected to continue in 2017

July 27, 2017
ECCU financial sector remains stable; improved performance expected to continue in 2017 BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) reported during its 88th meeting, held in Dominica on Friday, July 21, that the financial system of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) remained stable for the year 2016, with improved performance...

Commentary: 'Community Policing': An antidote for crime reduction in St. Kitts-Nevis

July 27, 2017
Commentary: 'Community Policing': An antidote for crime reduction in St. Kitts-Nevis What went wrong with our lovely Caribbean islands? Places that were known as the safest and most relaxing destinations with the friendliest and most welcoming people in the western hemisphere are now tipping the crime scales and registering ridiculous homicide rates. I remember as a teenager in the...

Possible 2017 payout for ECCU British American policyholders

July 24, 2017
Possible 2017 payout for ECCU British American policyholders BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Regional policyholders of the British American Insurance Company Limited (BAICO) may be one step closer to receiving a payout, eight years after the company collapsed. Close to 4,000 individuals and businesses in St. Kitts and Nevis were among the many...

Antigua-Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis join OAS initiative on small business development centres

July 24, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis join OAS initiative on small business development centres WASHINGTON, USA -- The governments of Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Organization of Americans States (OAS) for the implementation of a project for the development of the Small Business Development Centre...

Regional developer aims to make a difference through CSR agenda

July 17, 2017
Regional developer aims to make a difference through CSR agenda DUBAI, UAE -- Leading regional resort developer Range Developments has announced the formal launch of its corporate and social responsibility (CSR) program. It will focus its efforts on four main areas: 1. Children 2. Family 3. Entrepreneurs 4. Communities. One of the foremost developers of luxury...

St Kitts-Nevis opposition MP again suspended from parliament for gross disrespect to speaker

July 14, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis opposition MP again suspended from parliament for gross disrespect to speaker BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- At the sitting of the St Kitts and Nevis National Assembly on Tuesday, the opposition Member of Parliament for St Christopher Three, Konris Maynard, was suspended from the chamber for gross disrespect and defiance to Speaker Michael Perkins. This is the second time that...

St Kitts-Nevis PM affirms support for newly appointed national security advisor

July 13, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis PM affirms support for newly appointed national security advisor BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- In the face of predictable opposition criticism, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris told parliament on Tuesday that newly-appointed national security advisor, retired Major General Stewart Saunders, possesses the necessary competencies to succeed.

St Kitts-Nevis acknowledged as an industry leader in citizenship programmes

July 10, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis acknowledged as an industry leader in citizenship programmes BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts and Nevis' citizenship by investment (CBI) programme has been acknowledged as an industry leader in the world's first comprehensive guide to countries that offer citizenship in exchange for investment: the CBI Index, launched last week by Professional Wealth...

Economic citizenship due diligence issues extend beyond the Caribbean

July 8, 2017
Economic citizenship due diligence issues extend beyond the Caribbean TORONTO, Canada -- An alert generated on Saturday, July 1, by the regional advance passenger information system (APIS) in relation to a Chinese national with a St Kitts and Nevis passport departing from Canada and transiting through Antigua en route to St Kitts has raised questions about the integrity of Canada's...

Jamaican implicated in Tivoli Gardens Massacre appointed as St Kits-Nevis national security adviser

July 8, 2017
Jamaican implicated in Tivoli Gardens Massacre appointed as St Kits-Nevis national security adviser BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts and Nevis prime minister and minister of national security, Dr Timothy Harris has reportedly hired a former Jamaican Defence Force (JDF) officer alleged to have been involved in the Tivoli Gardens Massacre in which Jamaican security forces killed at least 73 people.

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