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OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum

May 5, 2016
OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission are partnering with the government of St Kitts and Nevis jointly to host a regional geothermal forum under the theme: ‘Opportunities and...

Taiwan helps bring drought relief to water consumers in St Kitts-Nevis

May 2, 2016
Taiwan helps bring drought relief to water consumers in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The government of Taiwan has donated EC$620,000 to the ministry of public infrastructure to help bring relief to consumers in St Kitts and Nevis impacted by the ongoing drought-like condition. During a brief ceremony at Government Headquarters on Friday...

ECCB concerned about region's financial stability

April 29, 2016
ECCB concerned about region's financial stability BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- As two more indigenous banks in the region go under, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is concerned about the status of the financial stability of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). In recent days, the National Bank of Anguilla...

St Kitts-Nevis land for debt swap a tangled web, says PM

April 29, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis land for debt swap a tangled web, says PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The controversial land-for-debt-swap that was passed by the St Kitts and Nevis National Assembly under the former administration has entangled many institutions in its web, prompting the new government of national unity to seek advice in terms of its revocation.

St Kitts geothermal exploration findings to be released soon

April 26, 2016
St Kitts geothermal exploration findings to be released soon BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The findings of the geothermal exploration in St Kitts are expected to be revealed in the very near future, says energy minister Ian Liburd. Guadeloupe-based engineering company Teranov began feasibility studies in St Kitts in November 2015.

Electoral reform proposals to be brought to St Kitts-Nevis parliament

April 25, 2016
Electoral reform proposals to be brought to St Kitts-Nevis parliament BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- According to Attorney General Vincent Byron Jr, who is the minister responsible for electoral matters in St Kitts and Nevis, “there will be coming into Parliament within a short time proposals for there to be a reform process” with respect to elections.

Turks and Caicos officials understudy tax reform in St Kitts-Nevis

April 25, 2016
Turks and Caicos officials understudy tax reform in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- A team of officials from the Revenue and the Treasury Departments in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) reviewed the workings of the Inland Revenue Department in St Kitts and Nevis in a bid to strengthen their own collection structures.

ECLAC calls for Caribbean resilience fund at high-level meeting in St Kitts

April 23, 2016
ECLAC calls for Caribbean resilience fund at high-level meeting in St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has made a call for the creation of a Caribbean Resilience Fund as part of a debt alleviation strategy based on a climate change swap proposal. “The swap will involve the use of pledged...

St Kitts-Nevis government announces new citizen security measures

April 22, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government announces new citizen security measures BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Team Unity administration in St Kitts and Nevis has announced new measures to enhance citizen security in the federation as incidents of gun crimes continue to cause public concern. At a press conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister and Minister of...

US urges regional governments to issue citizenship only to bona fide applicants

April 20, 2016
US urges regional governments to issue citizenship only to bona fide applicants BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Do not issue citizenship to foreigners unless you are confident beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual is a bona fide applicant. That pointed advice to Caribbean nations with citizenship by investment programmes came from the United States.

Concerns expressed over departure of LIAT CEO

April 19, 2016
Concerns expressed over departure of LIAT CEO BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The minister responsible for aviation in St Kitts and Nevis says he hopes last week’s resignation of LIAT chief executive officer David Evans will not prove too much of a setback for the regional airline. Evans, who was touted as a results-driven executive...

Caribbean development trajectory and debt outlook to be discussed in St Kitts-Nevis

April 16, 2016
Caribbean development trajectory and debt outlook to be discussed in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A proposal to address the Caribbean’s high debt burden and strategies to achieve sustainable development in the region will be the focus of discussions when two important meetings of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)...

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

Diabetes at epidemic level in St Kitts-Nevis

April 12, 2016
Diabetes at epidemic level in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- In St Kitts and Nevis, diabetes is bigger than zika, bigger than HIV/AIDS, says chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Patrick Martin. “We have an epidemic of diabetes in the Federation… We have a diabetes rate of 20% in adults. One in every five adults has diabetes,” he said.

Venezuelans named in Panama Papers to be investigated, says president

April 11, 2016
Venezuelans named in Panama Papers to be investigated, says president MIAMI, USA -- Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has asked the country’s chief prosecutor to investigate all Venezuelans whose names appear in the so-called “Panama Papers” – over 11 million leaked documents that originated with a Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca.

St Kitts-Nevis receives EC$12.5m from EU as part of sugar adjustment scheme

April 5, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis receives EC$12.5m from EU as part of sugar adjustment scheme BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, and Cabinet Secretary Josephine Huggins met with the European Union’s ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean, OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Mikael Barfod in Barbados on Thursday morning.

New skills for government statisticians in Cayman Islands, Jamaica and St Kitts-Nevis

April 5, 2016
New skills for government statisticians in Cayman Islands, Jamaica and St Kitts-Nevis KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are jointly hosting a regional capacity building workshop in Kingston, Jamaica from 4-15 April 2016.

Regional bar associations should promote CCJ more, says St Kitts-Nevis governor general

April 4, 2016
Regional bar associations should promote CCJ more, says St Kitts-Nevis governor general BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis Governor General Sir Samuel Tapley Seaton believes that regional bar associations have dropped the ball on promoting the merits of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Seaton made the remarks while participating in...

Drug testing still rare for St Kitts-Nevis national athletes

April 2, 2016
Drug testing still rare for St Kitts-Nevis national athletes BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- As more athletes from St Kitts and Nevis compete in various sports disciplines on the international stage, drug testing at the national level remains rare. The St Kitts Nevis Football Association is one of the local sporting bodies that admits it cannot...

St Kitts-Nevis takes measures to address current drought

March 25, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis takes measures to address current drought BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Minister of public infrastructure, posts, urban development and transport, Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd, has revealed that specific measures are being taken to address the drought situation in St Kitts and Nevis, including several emergency projects.

St Kitts-Nevis citizenship unit stronger after necessary reforms, says PM

March 23, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis citizenship unit stronger after necessary reforms, says PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, made the recently improved Citizenship-by-Investment Unit a focus of his press conference last Tuesday, March 15. Harris affirmed that “Our CIU is now open for legitimate business. It is now administratively...

Payout pending for BAICO policyholders

March 21, 2016
Payout pending for BAICO policyholders BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- British American Insurance Company (BAICO) policyholders could see some form of payout by the end of the summer, though at this stage judicial managers are not saying how much. Stakeholders in St Kitts and Nevis were given an update by members of...

Four Caribbean prime ministers meet Taiwan president in Belize

March 18, 2016
Four Caribbean prime ministers meet Taiwan president in Belize BELMOPAN, Belize -- Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou met in Belize on Wednesday with government leaders from four of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the Caribbean, all of whom expressed hope that Ma's successor will continue to push bilateral relations with their countries.

Commentary: The cauldron of positive expectancy boiling over in St Kitts-Nevis

March 18, 2016
Commentary: The cauldron of positive expectancy boiling over in St Kitts-Nevis Edmund Burke is well known for his famous saying, “All that is needed for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing about it.” During my years of addressing crime and violence internationally, I have met scores of good men who have spoken to me about the need to respond...

St Kitts-Nevis citizenship fund releases audited financial statements

March 11, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis citizenship fund releases audited financial statements BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The St Kitts and Nevis Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) has released audited financial statements for 2012 and 2013. The audited financial statements of the SIDF had become a controversial issue under the former Dr Denzil Douglas-led...

Senior policymakers to meet in St Kitts to discuss Caribbean debt relief

March 10, 2016
Senior policymakers to meet in St Kitts to discuss Caribbean debt relief BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Caribbean office will convene the fourth meeting of the Caribbean Development Roundtable (CDR) in Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis, on April 21, 2016.

St Kitts-Nevis native focuses on homeland security

March 8, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis native focuses on homeland security DALLAS, USA -- Caribbean News Now contributor, Mutryce Williams, describes herself as “mother, writer, social commentator, advocate, columnist, educator, cultural conservationist, poet, artist, former diplomat, volunteer extraordinaire, certified homeland protection professional...

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