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UK threatens to cut Commonwealth funding

December 3, 2016
UK threatens to cut Commonwealth funding LONDON, England -- Just weeks after British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Dominica-born Baroness Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth secretary general, to answer allegations of profligate spending, a new UK government report has warned that the Commonwealth Secretariat...

Economic benefits of new St Kitts hotel to be felt for generations, says developer

December 3, 2016
Economic benefits of new St Kitts hotel to be felt for generations, says developer BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Hotel developments such as the Park Hyatt St Kitts- Christophe Harbour provide sustainable, long-term economic benefits to the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis for generations, says Mohammed Asaria, vice chairman of Range Developments.

Nevis premier presents $236.3 million tax-free budget

December 2, 2016
Nevis premier presents $236.3 million tax-free budget CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) -- Premier of Nevis and minister of finance, Vance Amory, presented the Nevis Island Administration’s $236.3 million tax-free budget, when he delivered the 2017 Budget Address in just over two hours, at a sitting of the Nevis Island Assembly on Wednesday.

St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme changes designed to attract investors of good character

December 1, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme changes designed to attract investors of good character BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Owing to the challenges faced by the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment (CBI) programme, there was a need to reengineer, reorganize and recalibrate the programme, thus allowing it to attract investors of good character to make a substantial...

Prince Harry arrives in St Kitts-Nevis amid claims of disrespect by PM

November 24, 2016
Prince Harry arrives in St Kitts-Nevis amid claims of disrespect by PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Prince Harry, officially Prince Henry of Wales, received a warm welcome to the federation of St Kitts and Nevis when he disembarked from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight at Port Zante, Basseterre, on Wednesday. However, chairman of the opposition Labour Party...

Prince Harry begins whirlwind royal tour of Caribbean

November 22, 2016
Prince Harry begins whirlwind royal tour of Caribbean ST JOHN’S, Antigua (SKNIS) -- Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales touched down to a red carpet welcome on Sunday, November 20, at the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua aboard a British Airways commercial flight as he began his 15-day royal visit of several Caribbean countries...

OECS and Brazil agree to promote more trade and investment

November 19, 2016
OECS and Brazil agree to promote more trade and investment CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The November 14-17 Brazilian-OECS Business and Parliamentary Mission to Saint Lucia and the OECS has ended with several projects identified for follow-up by business interests in Brazil and Saint Lucia – and the rest of the OECS. While there, the Brazilian businesses...

LIAT cancels Nevis service

November 19, 2016
LIAT cancels Nevis service BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- It would probably be a fair assessment to suggest that Nevis is being seen by LIAT as one of the airline’s non-profitable destinations, resulting in a cancellation of its service to the island. WINN FM asked Greg Phillip, the chief executive officer of the Nevis...

Building bridges for better Caribbean business in Trump era

November 11, 2016
Building bridges for better Caribbean business in Trump era CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean and Latin America are lapping-up the results of the most controversial US presidential election ever, which served-up what the world had been told was the most tasteless or distasteful candidate as the one Americans liked most.  But long before his surprise...

Trinidad woman arrested in drug bust in St Kitts

November 11, 2016
Trinidad woman arrested in drug bust in St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A joint law enforcement operation in St Kitts netted one kilo of cocaine on Tuesday. The person arrested for the bust is reportedly a female native of Trinidad, who recently arrived in the Federation for a few days. The bust reportedly took place...

Eastern Caribbean Institute of Tourism works to develop yachting sector

November 11, 2016
Eastern Caribbean Institute of Tourism works to develop yachting sector CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Many territories in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have intensified efforts to develop their maritime sector, given the enormous economic potential of the expanding luxury yachting sector. At the regional level, the OECS Commission has..

Caribbean reacts to Donald Trump election victory

November 10, 2016
Caribbean reacts to Donald Trump election victory MIAMI, USA -- His campaign was vitriolic, sometimes acrimonious. He was labeled a racist, a bigot, anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim. Despite this, Republican candidate Donald Trump was on Tuesday elected the 45th president of the United States, defying the polls and popular media hype..

Design Caribbean to pop-up in London

November 9, 2016
Design Caribbean to pop-up in London LONDON, England -- Design Caribbean will be popping up in Camden Market, one of London’s most sought-after shopping areas for those looking for an eclectic mix of unique gifts and hand-crafted products, from November 24-28, 2016. The Design Caribbean Pop-Up Shop will be...

Passengers condemn LIAT flight delays and disruptions

November 8, 2016
Passengers condemn LIAT flight delays and disruptions BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- From all reports they enjoyed Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival and the independence celebrations generally, and were eager to get back to their diasporan base. In Isabella Isaac’s case, home was Atlanta, Georgia, and the first leg of the...

Caribbean countries receive US$8 million to reduce health risks from toxic chemicals

November 7, 2016
Caribbean countries receive US$8 million to reduce health risks from toxic chemicals PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Eight Caribbean territories are to receive financial assistance totaling US$8 million to combat exposure to toxic chemicals found in household cleaning products, processed foods and even clothing that can severely damage a person’s health.

IICA holds workshop on food labelling for agro-processors in St Kitts-Nevis

November 4, 2016
IICA holds workshop on food labelling for agro-processors in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Small-scale agro-processors in St Kitts and Nevis are now better positioned, as business proprietors, to contribute to sustainable agriculture development thanks to the timely intervention by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).

Caribbean nationals strongly encouraged to join emergency managers association

November 2, 2016
Caribbean nationals strongly encouraged to join emergency managers association SAVANNAH, USA -- The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) global chair Ellis Stanley Sr.; president of the IAEM Latin America and Caribbean Council Roberto Macchiavello; and IAEM Global Student Council new member coordinator Dr Mutryce Kennings-Williams...

St Kitts-Nevis sugar fund CEO fired

October 31, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis sugar fund CEO fired BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The chief executive officer at the St Kitts and Nevis Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF), Terrance Crossman, has been terminated. Crossman was handed a termination letter on Friday. The reasons for his dismissal are unclear. The dismissal comes...

Legal case against former speaker will not be dropped, says St Kitts-Nevis AG

October 29, 2016
Legal case against former speaker will not be dropped, says St Kitts-Nevis AG BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Attorney General Vincent Byron said that the previous Douglas-led administration in St Kitts and Nevis “walked on the constitution” when for 26 months the former speaker of the house, Curtis Martin, “refused to table a motion of no confidence...

Commentary: Tourism dollars: Sweeter than sugar... for developers

October 28, 2016
Commentary: Tourism dollars: Sweeter than sugar... for developers I love our country. And I’ve spent a great portion of my life promoting it and singing its praises, both at home and abroad. In my own little way, I’ve encouraged our people to be proactive, proud and patriotic, and I’m still doing that. As well, I’ve invited people from other lands to visit, and also...

Marijuana being traded for weapons in Caribbean drug trade

October 27, 2016
Marijuana being traded for weapons in Caribbean drug trade BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Criminals involved in the Caribbean drug trade are increasingly using marijuana to buy weapons, according to Juan Gonzalez, deputy assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the US State Department during a recent press briefing.

US embassy seeks proposals for cultural preservation fund

October 27, 2016
US embassy seeks proposals for cultural preservation fund BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS has issued a call for project proposals for the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for 2017. Proposals must be submitted by February 2, 2017, for projects to preserve...

Prince Harry to visit the Caribbean next month

October 27, 2016
Prince Harry to visit the Caribbean next month LONDON, England -- As previously announced, Prince Harry will undertake an official visit to the Caribbean, on behalf of the Queen in November and December 2016, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of independence in Antigua and Barbuda, and the 50th anniversary of independence in...

Citizenship sales helping to keep Eastern Caribbean economies afloat

October 26, 2016
Citizenship sales helping to keep Eastern Caribbean economies afloat PORT OF SPAIN, St Kitts (WINN) -- Revenues earned from the sale of citizenship are supporting the economic recovery being experienced in the Eastern Caribbean countries. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) country report on the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union...

Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region

October 24, 2016
Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region WASHINGTON, USA -- The latest World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index was published last week and includes 22 countries in the wider Caribbean in its expanded coverage of 113 countries and jurisdictions (from 102 in 2015), relying on more than 100,000 household and expert...

Eastern Caribbean works to promote broader usage of electronic payments

October 21, 2016
Eastern Caribbean works to promote broader usage of electronic payments BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A recent electronic payments conference and workshop aimed at promoting broader usage of electronic payments in the Eastern Caribbean and the possibility of reducing the usage of cash was held at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)...

Cuban ambassador doubtful about Russian military base

October 20, 2016
Cuban ambassador doubtful about Russian military base BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Cuba’s St Kitts and Nevis based ambassador, Hugo Ruiz Cabrera, has downplayed the likelihood of Russia re-establishing a military base in Cuba. The defence minister in Moscow, Nikolai Pankov, has been quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that...

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