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Education sector received bulk of OAS assistance to St Kitts-Nevis in past eight years

August 1, 2014
Education sector received bulk of OAS assistance to St Kitts-Nevis in past eight years BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The education sector in St Kitts and Nevis received the bulk of the resources offered by the Washington-based Organisation of American States (OAS) under the leadership of former director Starret Greene. Greene, who succeeded Ken Parker in 2006, ended an...

Owner of Christian radio station on Nevis pleads with deputy premier to save station

July 31, 2014
Owner of Christian radio station on Nevis pleads with deputy premier to save station VERO BEACH, USA -- The future of Radio Paradise, a Christian radio station on Nevis, is at risk and the new owner is pleading with deputy premier Mark Brantley to help him save the station from destruction. The station has been off the air since mid-2013 because of a dispute involving Radio Paradise’s...

Slow start for St Kitts-based Phoenix Airways

July 31, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Business has not exactly taken off with a bang for new airline Phoenix Airways. The St Kitts-based airline, which began flights on July 16, reports that its flights are on average about a quarter full. CEO Neville Gumbs said, however, that he expects...

Monetary conditions in the ECCU improve, increase in GDP expected

July 30, 2014
Monetary conditions in the ECCU improve, increase in GDP expected BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Monetary conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) improved during the year ending March 31, 2014. However, credit conditions tightened further as was evidenced by the widening of the interest rate spread during the same period.

OECS opposition parties urged to reject CCJ

July 28, 2014
OECS opposition parties urged to reject CCJ CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The recent announcement by the incoming chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, that he intends to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) the ultimate legal body of all member states by the end of his tenure...

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...

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