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Citizenship programme critical to St Kitts-Nevis, says PM

July 22, 2015
Citizenship programme critical to St Kitts-Nevis, says PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The government of St Kitts and Nevis has taken firm steps to address concerns about the citizenship by investment (CBI) programme, which upon assuming office, faced challenges described by prime minister and minister of finance, Dr Timothy Harris, as a...

St Kitts-Nevis undecided on Commonwealth nominee

July 17, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis undecided on Commonwealth nominee BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis has not yet decided which Caribbean candidate it will support for the position of secretary general of the Commonwealth, according to Prime Minister Timothy Harris. Harris said there is ample time to decide ahead of the November election in Malta.

St Kitts looks to geothermal as an alternative energy resource

July 17, 2015
St Kitts looks to geothermal as an alternative energy resource BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- St Kitts and Nevis has ramped up its pursuit of geothermal energy, as it seeks to expand renewable energy alternatives. Speaking at the prime minister’s monthly press conference on Wednesday, minister of energy, Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd, pointed out that plans...

OECS tourism ministers explore ways of increasing region's competitiveness

July 10, 2015
OECS tourism ministers explore ways of increasing region's competitiveness ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- How to remain competitive in the global tourism industry was the context of discussions during the second meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers of Tourism held in Grenada on Thursday. Tourism ministers from member states...

Commentary: Economic citizenship issues

July 10, 2015
Commentary: Economic citizenship issues The young Team Unity government in St Kitts and Nevis has declared its intention to clean up the country’s Economic Citizenship Program. In this regard, it engaged IPSA International’s services and, thus far, IPSA has provided 20 recommendations. It’d be good if the government can publish...

Government investigating reports of St Kitts-Nevis flagged vessel carrying illegal whale meat

July 9, 2015
Government investigating reports of St Kitts-Nevis flagged vessel carrying illegal whale meat BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Minister of agriculture and marine resources Eugene Hamilton says the government is investigating whether a vessel bearing the St Kitts and Nevis flag was involved in any illegal fishing activity relating to whaling. An international animal rights group Avaaz has a...

Advocacy group believes Caribbean governments will be under pressure to accept same sex marriage

July 8, 2015
Advocacy group believes Caribbean governments will be under pressure to accept same sex marriage BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Caribbean governments will be under increased pressure to recognize and accept gay marriage in their respective jurisdictions in light of the recent US Supreme Court ruling that has made same sex marriage legal in all 50 US states. That’s the view of Philippa Davies...

Canadian investigators to examine doctor's body in Panama to confirm death

July 7, 2015
Canadian investigators to examine doctor's body in Panama to confirm death BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Investigators with Quebec's Anti-Corruption Unit have received permission to view the body of Dr Arthur Porter in Panama in order to confirm his death, the Toronto Star reported. Porter, the physician at the centre of a recent St Kitts and Nevis diplomatic controversy...

Canadian doctor dies in custody in Panama while awaiting extradition

July 6, 2015
Canadian doctor dies in custody in Panama while awaiting extradition PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Dr Arthur Porter, a prominent Canadian physician, who was accused of diverting tens of millions of dollars, in a major hospital bribery scandal, has died, while in custody, in the Panama. Porter was allegedly involved in a $22.5 million kickback scheme in Canada.

Caribbean prosecutors join forces to clamp down on corruption and money laundering

July 1, 2015
Caribbean prosecutors join forces to clamp down on corruption and money laundering CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Chief prosecutors from Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean region have gathered for the first time to discuss recurrent issues that interfere with the prosecution of corruption and money laundering and the recovery of the proceeds of these crimes.

Commentary: Ralph Gonsalves and the St Martin Emancipation Day lecture

July 1, 2015
Commentary: Ralph Gonsalves and the St Martin Emancipation Day lecture With apprehension and grave concern, I note the very suspicious entry of Mr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, into the debate on independence for the twin state of St Maarten/St Martin. My apprehension stems from the unwise selection of Mr Gonsalves as the...

St Kitts-Nevis PM champions reform for good governance in CARICOM

June 27, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis PM champions reform for good governance in CARICOM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Some of the major challenges confronting Caribbean governments in relation to good governance and electoral reform, were placed in context by St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris at a recent regional forum in Antigua.

Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption

June 26, 2015
Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- National authorities from 12 Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean have joined forces to establish a new regional body to enhance transparency and help fight corruption. The Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies in the Commonwealth Caribbean...

St Kitts-Nevis disability associations visit Montserrat

June 26, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis disability associations visit Montserrat BRADES, Montserrat -- Recently Montserrat was blessed with a visit from two special visitors from St Kitts. They were Anthony Mills, president of the St Kitts-Nevis Association for Persons with Disabilities, and Rockliffe Bowen, president of the St Kitts Society for the Blind. Both of these associations have been...

Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada

June 23, 2015
Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Anti-corruption commissions from across the Caribbean are gathering in Grenada this week for a Commonwealth conference aimed at boosting regional cooperation and sharing innovations in the fight against graft. The first Commonwealth regional conference for heads of...

Commonwealth secretary-general visits St Kitts-Nevis

June 23, 2015
Commonwealth secretary-general visits St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Commonwealth secretary-general, Kamalesh Sharma, met with the prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, on Saturday 20 June, the first day of his ongoing visit to the country. Sharma discussed the Commonwealth’s continuing support to St Kitts and Nevis.

IMF concludes post program monitoring mission to St Kitts-Nevis

June 23, 2015
IMF concludes post program monitoring mission to St Kitts-Nevis WASHINGTON, USA -- A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Judith Gold, visited St Kitts and Nevis from June 8 to 19 to hold discussions on the 2015 Article IV consultation and the first post program monitoring review. The mission met with the prime minister, the premier of Nevis...

EU tax haven blacklist not finalized; St Kitts-Nevis requests removal

June 22, 2015
EU tax haven blacklist not finalized; St Kitts-Nevis requests removal BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The European Union has not made a final decision about which countries will be on its latest blacklist of uncooperative tax jurisdictions. There was a ripple throughout the region on Wednesday when 15 regional countries – including St Kitts and Nevis – appeared on...

Fifteen regional jurisdictions on EU tax haven blacklist

June 19, 2015
Fifteen regional jurisdictions on EU tax haven blacklist BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A blacklist of the world’s 30 worst-offending tax havens, published on Wednesday by the European Commission, includes 15 countries and territories within the wider Caribbean. The list includes various well-known havens -- among them the Cayman Islands, British Virgin...

Focus on transparency during inaugural meeting of Caribbean citizenship programs in St Kitts

June 19, 2015
Focus on transparency during inaugural meeting of Caribbean citizenship programs in St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- IPSA International (IPSA), a regulatory risk mitigation firm, has urged the governments of Caribbean nations to adopt best practices in considering their citizenship by investment (CBI) programs. At a two-day event hosted by IPSA, which was held June 15-16 in St Kitts...

Commentary: Crime and punishment

June 19, 2015
Commentary: Crime and punishment There have been sixteen (16) homicides in St Kitts and Nevis so far this year. That’s an alarming statistic, and an even more alarming reality. We can agree on that. We can also agree on the fact that our country’s high homicide rate is not new. It has been going on for a long time. The obvious question is: Why?

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank withdraws 1c and 2c coins

June 18, 2015
Eastern Caribbean Central Bank withdraws 1c and 2c coins BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- As of 1 July, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will no longer issue one cent and two cents coins to the commercial banks operating within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). Although the coins will no longer be issued, they will remain legal tender...

Drones come to St Kitts-Nevis

June 17, 2015
Drones come to St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The utilization of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly referred to as “drone” technology by the St Kitts-Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) during Tradewinds 2015 was a display of forward thinking and a clear demonstration of the embrace of technology that surprised...

CIP requires 'coalition of the willing', says St Kitts-Nevis PM

June 16, 2015
CIP requires 'coalition of the willing', says St Kitts-Nevis PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The future of the Caribbean’s citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) is greater transparency and integrity, said St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris as he addressed the inaugural Caribbean region citizenship by investment...

US sends humanitarian assistance to St Kitts-Nevis

June 16, 2015
US sends humanitarian assistance to St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- On Saturday, June 13, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Denton program, delivered a humanitarian assistance shipment to St Kitts and Nevis valued at US$31,000. Community Bikes, a not-for-profit organization based in...

Commentary: Freedom of movement is good for all citizens, and investment

June 12, 2015
Commentary: Freedom of movement is good for all citizens, and investment At the end of this year the heads of the Commonwealth countries will meet in Malta. The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states, with a combined population of more than 2.2 billion citizens. It is an anachronism perhaps, but one that survives because...

Phase 1 of Exercise Tradewinds closes in St Kitts-Nevis

June 10, 2015
Phase 1 of Exercise Tradewinds closes in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Phase 1 of the Exercise Tradewinds 2015 closed on Tuesday morning in St Kitts amidst dignitaries and representatives of military and security forces from the 17 participating nations. Military and security forces from Caribbean nations joined the United States...

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