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Regional entrepreneurs to attend 2016 global entrepreneurship summit

June 23, 2016
Regional entrepreneurs to attend 2016 global entrepreneurship summit BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS has announced that Dale Trotman of Barbados, Malikca Cummings of Barbados, and Anastasha Elliott of St Kitts and Nevis will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).

Antigua-Barbuda faces economic citizen passport flaw

June 21, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda faces economic citizen passport flaw ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In attempting to assert and/or defend the apparently false premise that one of its clients is a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, a prominent London law firm may have instead opened a proverbial can of worms for the Caribbean country in relation to its passports.

Five students from St Kitts-Nevis graduate in Taiwan

June 21, 2016
Five students from St Kitts-Nevis graduate in Taiwan TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Five students from St Kitts and Nevis, who dismissed the thoughts of Taiwan being too far away and the study period too long, were among their fellow classmates this graduation season celebrating their academic achievements.  The proud graduates were able to pursue...

West Indies and England for three-match ODI series in early 2017

June 20, 2016
West Indies and England for three-match ODI series in early 2017 ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) have announced that West Indies will host England in a three-match one-day international series from February to March 2017.  The teams will play the first two matches at the Sir Vivian...

Regional librarians and archivists participate in US government-sponsored program

June 15, 2016
Regional librarians and archivists participate in US government-sponsored program BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A group of librarians and archivists from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean travelled to the United States as participants in a US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) running from June 13 to July 1. The 21-day program is...

St Kitts-Nevis and Taiwan strengthen diplomatic ties with bilateral cooperation agreement

June 14, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis and Taiwan strengthen diplomatic ties with bilateral cooperation agreement BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The governments of St Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan have strengthened their long standing diplomatic ties with the signing of an agreement of bilateral cooperation on Friday June 10, 2016. Speaking at the signing ceremony, resident ambassador of Taiwan...

St Kitts Warner Park gets EC$500,000 facelift for international cricket series

June 13, 2016
St Kitts Warner Park gets EC$500,000 facelift for international cricket series BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The Warner Park Cricket Stadium is ready to welcome players and fans as the West Indies Tri-Nation Series moved to St Kitts on Saturday. The series, being contested by teams from South Africa, Australia and hosts West Indies, began on June 3, 2016.

IMF applauds reform of St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme

June 11, 2016
IMF applauds reform of St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has commended the St Kitts and Nevis government for its broad reforms and competent management of its citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programme. In a May 13, 2016, Article IV Consultation report on the...

St Kitts-Nevis stakeholders explore strategies to reduce crime

June 10, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis stakeholders explore strategies to reduce crime BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- International social skills consultant Neals J. Chitan is engaged with residents of St Kitts and Nevis this week as part of the government’s initiatives to reduce crime. Key stakeholders from a wide cross-section of society are participating in the June 4 to 11 crime...

Six Eastern Caribbean countries launch region's first coral reef report cards

June 9, 2016
Six Eastern Caribbean countries launch region's first coral reef report cards ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- On Wednesday, as the world celebrated World Ocean’s Day, six Eastern Caribbean countries marked their commitment to preserving the region’s extraordinary marine ecosystems by launching the first Eastern Caribbean coral reef report cards.

St Kitts-Nevis hosts consultations on crime reduction strategy

June 4, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis hosts consultations on crime reduction strategy BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The ministry of national security has engaged the services of international social skills consultant, Neals Chitan, to assist the ministry, and by extension, the government of St Kitts and Nevis, to develop and introduce a national crime reduction strategy for the...

Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada

June 2, 2016
Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Beginning Sunday, June 5, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016.

Preliminary audit report reveals flawed management of St Kitts-Nevis sugar fund

June 2, 2016
Preliminary audit report reveals flawed management of St Kitts-Nevis sugar fund BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The management of the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) by the former government in St Kitts and Nevis has come in for some criticism following a preliminary review by Ernst & Young, a multinational professional services firm.

St Kitts-Nevis government working on PetroCaribe debt reduction

June 2, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government working on PetroCaribe debt reduction BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The St Kitts and Nevis government is making efforts towards reducing the substantial debt owed by the federation to the government of Venezuela under the PetroCaribe arrangement. Speaking at his monthly press conference on Monday...

St Kitts-Nevis financial secretary addresses de-risking banking issue

June 1, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis financial secretary addresses de-risking banking issue BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The threats to the region’s banking sector due to de-risking could have disastrous implications for the Caribbean region and as such Hilary Hazel, financial secretary in St Kitts, has shed some light on the issue as it pertains to the Federation.

St Kitts-Nevis government moves swiftly to revoke passports of accused fraudsters

May 31, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government moves swiftly to revoke passports of accused fraudsters BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The government of St Kitts and Nevis moved swiftly on Monday to revoke the passports of David B. Kaplan and his wife Lisa M. Kaplan, both of whom are both named in a recent US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing alleging a fraudulent scheme that...

Accused fraudster applied for St Kitts-Nevis citizenship by investment

May 30, 2016
Accused fraudster applied for St Kitts-Nevis citizenship by investment RENO, USA -- The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on Friday that it has filed fraud charges against an attorney and Nevada resident David Kaplan based on an allegedly fraudulent scheme that raised $15.8 million, out of which approximately $385,000 was sent...

Commentary: St Kitts-Nevis, smaller and younger, but leading Trinidad and Tobago in crime reduction

May 30, 2016
Commentary: St Kitts-Nevis, smaller and younger, but leading Trinidad and Tobago in crime reduction With a land mass of 5,131 square kilometers and a national age of 54 years since independence from Britain, the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago has been steadily honing its name as the murder capital of the Southern Caribbean for the past years. The US Department of State...

Venezuela steps on ALBA toes

May 28, 2016
Venezuela steps on ALBA toes WASHINGTON, USA -- At least one member country of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) has expressed surprise that its government was not consulted prior to the publication in Thursday’s Washington Post newspaper of an advertisement, presumably paid...

Efforts being made to strengthen PetroCaribe amid Venezuela crisis

May 27, 2016
Efforts being made to strengthen PetroCaribe amid Venezuela crisis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Efforts are being made to strengthen the PetroCaribe energy agreement despite Venezuela’s current crisis, according to St Kitts and Nevis Energy Minister Ian Liburd. Liburd has confirmed that he’ll be attending an upcoming 16th ministerial council meeting...

Region fighting losing battle against zika and other mosquito borne diseases

May 25, 2016
Region fighting losing battle against zika and other mosquito borne diseases BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- According to Dr Joy St John, director of surveillance, disease prevention and control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the region has been “waging a losing battle and so the battle strategy needs to change if we are to win the war”.

Commentary: Snap elections - A new style of Caribbean politics

May 25, 2016
Commentary: Snap elections - A new style of Caribbean politics There is a new style of “last minute election announcement” date, which has been spreading across the Caribbean, and many countries in the region – predominantly the less developed ones – are seemingly jumping on the bandwagon. Some political leaders appear convinced that the secret...

Customer exit continues at Royal Bank of Canada after fee increase

May 23, 2016
Customer exit continues at Royal Bank of Canada after fee increase BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The exodus of customers from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in St Kitts continues. On Friday, customers intent on closing their accounts over an impending $25 monthly charge on accounts, filled the bank’s downtown location, the line extending outside.

USAID-funded project helps St Kitts-Nevis withstand climate change impacts

May 20, 2016
USAID-funded project helps St Kitts-Nevis withstand climate change impacts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Farmers and residents in St Kitts and Nevis are better equipped to withstand climate change-related impacts, including extreme droughts and flooding, following the implementation of climate-smart technologies under the US$9.5 million “Rallying the Region to Action...

USAID project strengthens juvenile justice sector in St Kitts-Nevis

May 19, 2016
USAID project strengthens juvenile justice sector in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A United States government program in St Kitts and Nevis has assisted that nation in strengthening its juvenile justice sector. US Deputy Chief of Mission to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Laura Griesmer, praised the United States Agency...

Letter: The La Vallee white elephant in St Kitts

May 18, 2016
Letter: The La Vallee white elephant in St Kitts Some time ago I listened to a friend recall an attempt to negotiate a government scholarship that a child was being denied, and asked the politician, "Don't they have Sunday school in St Kitts anymore?" Listening to my friend relate her story of the politician's argument for refusing...

IMF warns St Kitts-Nevis to brace for potential drop in citizenship investment

May 16, 2016
IMF warns St Kitts-Nevis to brace for potential drop in citizenship investment BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The International Monetary Fund has once again warned St. Kitts and Nevis against relying on revenue from its citizenship by investment (CBI) program. A team from the IMF, led by Inci Otker, visited St Kitts and Nevis during April 20 to May 3.

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