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CARICOM border officials learn new detection and interviewing strategies

April 18, 2015
CARICOM border officials learn new detection and interviewing strategies PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) in collaboration with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will conduct training in Deception Detection and Eliciting Responses Training (DDER) during the period...

Commentary: My new life's journey: Becoming a mother (Mommy Chronicles Part 1)

April 18, 2015
Commentary: My new life's journey: Becoming a mother (Mommy Chronicles Part 1) The thought of becoming a mother truly never crossed my mind in my earlier years. Driven by career, and a sense of wanting to give back to my nation and making it even better were all that seemed to matter to me. I enjoyed my motivational speeches as they gave me such joy to see the light bulbs go off...

Commentary: Workers' rights, workers' plight

April 17, 2015
Commentary: Workers' rights, workers' plight Certain bad practices have been taking place in St Kitts for a long time. How widespread these practices are, I can’t say, but they pose a problem and, in my opinion, even a threat. One of such practice is this: some businesses operating here recruit workers from India. They do so through agents in India.

St Kitts-Nevis government to seek outside help to solve crime

April 11, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis government to seek outside help to solve crime CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) -- The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) and the St Kitts-Nevis federal government have taken a strong stance on the issue of crime on Nevis and St Kitts and, according to premier of Nevis and federal minister of Nevis affairs Vance Amory, outside assistance will be sought.

St Kitts-Nevis bans import of all agricultural products from Dominican Republic

April 11, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis bans import of all agricultural products from Dominican Republic BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- A Mediterranean fruit fly (ceratitis capitata) detection in the Dominican Republic has resulted in an immediate import ban on all agricultural products from that Caribbean nation, according to a release from the St Kitts and Nevis Department of Agriculture.

Letter: Move by Caribbean nations toward full republican independence

April 11, 2015
Letter: Move by Caribbean nations toward full republican independence As a student of international relations, I believe it is time for citizens of islands across the West Indies to begin to take seriously the call for the establishment of republics. Many believe that it is time to gain complete independence, especially after the involvement of the Privy Council in the domestic...

St Kitts-Nevis position on US-Venezuela dispute not influenced by $16m grant, says PM

April 10, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis position on US-Venezuela dispute not influenced by $16m grant, says PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis’ position on the dispute between the United States and Venezuela is not being influenced by Venezuelan assistance to the Federation. That position has been articulated by Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, who is among Caribbean Community...

Commentary: Our bank, our money

April 10, 2015
Commentary: Our bank, our money This history of the St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank is an interesting one. And there are persons in and of this country who are quite capable of writing that history, a history which I believe needs to be taught to our children at an early age. I believe that knowledge of the history and workings of the Bank...

Former St Kitts-Nevis administration ran dual economy, says PM

April 9, 2015
Former St Kitts-Nevis administration ran dual economy, says PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The former Denzil Douglas Labour administration in St Kitts and Nevis has been accused of having run both a formal and an informal economy. Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris made the allegation at his news conference last week.

St Kitts-Nevis government actively monitoring food prices following VAT removal

April 8, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis government actively monitoring food prices following VAT removal BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The Consumer Affairs Department in St Kitts and Nevis, in collaboration with the Inland Revenue Department and Customs and Excise Department, is actively working to ensure the true benefits of Tuesday’s value added tax (VAT) removal are realized by residents.

St Kitts electoral office breached, computers accessed externally, says AG

April 6, 2015
St Kitts electoral office breached, computers accessed externally, says AG BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Computers at the Electoral Office in St Kitts were being accessed externally, findings from an investigation into its operations have revealed, according to Attorney General Vincent Byron Jr. "We are having a wider investigation of the office; how the office operated...

UNESCO African Ancestry Project to be launched in Nevis

April 3, 2015
UNESCO African Ancestry Project to be launched in Nevis CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- In an information statement released by the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS), executive director Evelyn Henville said her organization is about to launch a project entitled “Educating the Population of St Kitts and Nevis on Afro-Caribbean Ancestry” next Tuesday.

Stem cell research facility in St Kitts may prompt ethical debate

April 2, 2015
Stem cell research facility in St Kitts may prompt ethical debate BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Plans to establish a stem cell research and treatment facility in St Kitts may raise the controversial ethical debate on the subject of stem cell research. Stem cells come from two main sources: embryos formed during the early development phase...

Defamation claims by former St Kitts-Nevis PM rejected

April 2, 2015
Defamation claims by former St Kitts-Nevis PM rejected BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- At least two people who were threatened with defamation lawsuits by former prime minister Dr Denzil Douglas have rejected his accusations. Lawyers for Douglas had written to the individuals demanding from each an apology, a retraction, $300,000 in damages and...

Controversial St Kitts-Nevis land for debt swap policy may be reversed

April 1, 2015
Controversial St Kitts-Nevis land for debt swap policy may be reversed BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The new administration in St Kitts and Nevis is likely to reverse the controversial land for debt policy introduced by former prime minister Dr Denzil Douglas, according to former government minister Dwyer Astaphan. He said one solution could be using funds from...

Letter: Allen Chastanet dines with Dr Timothy Harris at UWP gala

April 1, 2015
Letter: Allen Chastanet dines with Dr Timothy Harris at UWP gala Over the weekend the newly elected prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, was the guest speaker at the aristocrat Allen Chastanet UWP gala in Saint Lucia. The event was a fundraiser, at Sandals Hotel, in support of an empty UWP cash pan. Pre-gala produced no hype.

Antigua driver top winner at March Madness drag racing in Nevis

April 1, 2015
Antigua driver top winner at March Madness drag racing in Nevis CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- Another exciting drag racing event with vehicles from Nevis, St Kitts and Antigua was held on Sunday at the St James’ Raceway in Nevis. The event, dubbed ‘March Madness’, was coordinated by the Nevis Sports Department, with CJ Bartlette playing a lead role.

US official cautions Caribbean countries about citizenship programmes

March 31, 2015
US official cautions Caribbean countries about citizenship programmes BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A United States diplomat has cautioned the region about pursuing economic citizenship programmes. US charge d’ affaires Mark Bysfield told Caribbean national security officials at a Regional Security Service (RSS) meeting in Barbados that, despite the difficult economic...

Stem cell research and treatment facility to be established in St Kitts

March 31, 2015
Stem cell research and treatment facility to be established in St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Plans are in the works to establish a stem cell research and treatment center in St Kitts in the near future. The plans were make public at a press conference organized by the St Kitts biomedical Research Foundation following the Foundation’s Strategy Conference...

Barbados hosts ICT training programme

March 31, 2015
Barbados hosts ICT training programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) partnered with the Information and Communication Technology (CTIC) for the implementation of a training programme for ICT advisors.

Mature regional response to US-Venezuela dispute praised

March 30, 2015
Mature regional response to US-Venezuela dispute praised RANDOLPH, USA -- A town councilor for Randolph in Massachusetts has commended the reasonable approach taken by the newly elected prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Timothy Harris to the ongoing dispute between the United States and Venezuela.

Prime ministers of Barbados and St Kitts-Nevis discuss crime, economy and LIAT

March 30, 2015
Prime ministers of Barbados and St Kitts-Nevis discuss crime, economy and LIAT BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Discussions on crime in the region, the economy and regional air carrier LIAT featured prominently when Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart met recently with the new prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris. Stuart said it was necessary for...

Visa waiver agreement between St Kitts-Nevis and Brazil comes into effect

March 30, 2015
Visa waiver agreement between St Kitts-Nevis and Brazil comes into effect BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Nationals of St Kitts and Nevis holding a valid St Kitts and Nevis passport no longer require visas to travel to Brazil. This agreement was signed on January 20, 2015 and came into effect on March 7, 2015. The agreement states that citizens of St Kitts and Nevis...

St Kitts radio station apologises for defamatory comments by former PM

March 28, 2015
St Kitts radio station apologises for defamatory comments by former PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts radio station Freedom FM has published an apology to former senior minister Dwyer Astaphan after having been sued in the High Court by Astaphan for broadcasting slanderous words spoken against him by former prime minister Dr Denzil Douglas and then refusing...

Tradewinds 2015: Testing national security and emergency response resources

March 28, 2015
Tradewinds 2015: Testing national security and emergency response resources BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The St Kitts-Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) is forging ahead with preparations for hosting Phase 1 of the United States-sponsored Regional Security Force training exercise dubbed Tradewinds. This is designed to make the waters off St Kitts and Nevis...

St Kitts-Nevis police commissioner reported to have resigned

March 27, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis police commissioner reported to have resigned BASSETERRE, St Kitts and Nevis (WINN) -- According to credible reports reaching WINN FM, St Kitts and Nevis Police Commissioner CG Walwyn has tendered his resignation effective Friday, March 27, but top government sources have not confirmed his resignation.

St Kitts-Nevis PM announces removal of VAT from food, medicine and funeral expenses

March 27, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis PM announces removal of VAT from food, medicine and funeral expenses BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- In a national address on Wednesday night, At Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris announced that effective April 7, 2015, value added tax (VAT) on food, medicine and funeral expenses will end. "I understand that for many of you, the government...

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