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ECCB governor rejects allegations of autocratic management

October 30, 2014
ECCB governor rejects allegations of autocratic management BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Sir K Dwight Venner has rejected allegations contained in an unsigned letter circulated a month ago, accusing management of the bank of being autocratic. Venner, who was participating in a recent...

LIAT partners with OECS member states in campaign against Ebola threat

October 30, 2014
LIAT partners with OECS member states in campaign against Ebola threat CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Regional air carrier LIAT has boosted the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s campaign to reduce the threat and minimize the impact of Ebola on member states and the wider region. The Caribbean airline offered complimentary seats to...

St Kitts-Nevis no confidence motion heads back to high court

October 29, 2014
St Kitts-Nevis no confidence motion heads back to high court BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The legal arguments linked to the almost 24-month-old motion of no confidence, filed in December 2012 by the parliamentary opposition, which commands the majority of elected members in the St Kitts and Nevis Federal Assembly, head back to the high court...

Health concerns at St Kitts high school not political, says former opposition party leader

October 29, 2014
Health concerns at St Kitts high school not political, says former opposition party leader BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Former opposition Peoples Action Movement (PAM) leader Lindsay Grant says the environmental health problems at the Basseterre High School in St Kitts are a concern for parents like himself. He was responding to suggestions that some people are politicizing the issue.

OECS considers Ebola 'SWAT' team

October 29, 2014
OECS considers Ebola 'SWAT' team CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A "SWAT" (special weapons and tactics) team is being considered in order to respond swiftly to any suspected case of Ebola in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) region should the need arise. This was one of the proactive approaches outlined by...

OECS tourism and hospitality training project gets underway

October 29, 2014
OECS tourism and hospitality training project gets underway CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has commenced work towards establishing a network of excellence in tourism and hospitality training and education project. The tourism training network, via support from the 10th European...

Parents join teachers in calling for St Kitts high school classes to be relocated

October 28, 2014
Parents join teachers in calling for St Kitts high school classes to be relocated BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Teachers at Basseterre High School (BHS) in St Kitts demonstrated on Friday outside the school gate, calling for classes to be relocated until all remedial work to address potential health risks be completed, and ultimately they want to see a new school constructed.

Commentary: The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union: Disappointing growth

October 28, 2014
Commentary: The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union: Disappointing growth The recession in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) ended in 2012, but the recovery remains subdued as economic activity is still well below pre-crisis levels. In our recent Regional Economic Outlook Update, we revised our growth projections for the ECCU region downward, to 1.1 percent.

Students and teachers protest conditions at St Kitts high school

October 25, 2014
Students and teachers protest conditions at St Kitts high school BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Dozens of students at the Basseterre High School in St Kitts joined teachers on Wednesday in a demonstration to protest concerns over the safety of the environment on the campus. They mounted two protests on Wednesday, one in the morning and...

St Kitts-Nevis opposition pressing for motion of no confidence to be heard

October 24, 2014
St Kitts-Nevis opposition pressing for motion of no confidence to be heard BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Opposition MPs are calling it déjà vu – the second time since September that a parliamentary session is being called without them being immediately made aware of what's on the Order Paper. They have received notification that the House is due to meet on Friday.

Millions missing under former administration, says Nevis government

October 22, 2014
Millions missing under former administration, says Nevis government BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The ruling Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) in Nevis is raising questions about monies that it says went missing under the former Nevis Reformation Party (NRP)-led administration. Lands Minister Alexis Jeffers raised the issue on Saturday night.

Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national

October 21, 2014
Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A national of Sierra Leone residing in Britain has criticized the travel ban imposed by St Kitts and Nevis and a number of other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. Communications consultant Desmond Gordon told WINN FM that the ban is unfair.

OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola

October 21, 2014
OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The first Council of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) health ministers meeting held on last Thursday in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, identified chikungunya and Ebola as the most urgent public health priorities facing the region at this time.

OAS anticorruption mechanism holds on-site visit to St Kitts-Nevis

October 20, 2014
OAS anticorruption mechanism holds on-site visit to St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) held an “on-site” visit to St Kitts and Nevis on October 8, with the country’s consent, as part of the analysis that the Mechanism carries out in accordance with the methodology adopted...

Talk of removing Nevis secession clause is a diversion, says former banker

October 18, 2014
Talk of removing Nevis secession clause is a diversion, says former banker BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- It makes economic sense for St Kitts and Nevis to stay together under the current federal arrangement, according to a former banker. There is has been some debate recently, over whether the secession clause in the constitution, clause 113, should be done away with.

Cuba to host ALBA summit on Ebola

October 17, 2014
Cuba to host ALBA summit on Ebola HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Heads of state and government and other representatives of the countries that make up the regional integration bloc Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas-Treaty of Commerce for the Peoples (ALBA-TCP), will meet in Havana on October 20 to address the prevention...

Gonzalo now a major hurricane takes aim at Bermuda

October 15, 2014
Gonzalo now a major hurricane takes aim at Bermuda MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Gonzalo became a major hurricane over the open Atlantic on Tuesday as it headed towards Bermuda after lashing the eastern Caribbean with high winds and heavy rains on Monday and Tuesday. Bermuda residents fear the worst as the island is still recovering...

Gonzalo becomes a hurricane while moving through Leewards

October 14, 2014
Gonzalo becomes a hurricane while moving through Leewards MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Gonzalo strengthened into a hurricane on Monday as it passed through the northern Leeward Islands, with additional strengthening likely. A hurricane warning was in effect for the British Virgin Islands, St Maarten, St Martin and Anguilla.

Hurricane watch issued for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

October 13, 2014
Hurricane watch issued for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands MIAMI, USA -- A hurricane watch was issued for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, and the British and US Virgin Islands as Tropical Storm Gonzalo moved through the Leeward Islands on Monday, with rain bands already affecting Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda early Monday morning.

Fay moves away from Bermuda, as Gonzalo threatens Leewards

October 13, 2014
Fay moves away from Bermuda, as Gonzalo threatens Leewards MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Fay moved away from Bermuda into the open Atlantic on Sunday after lashing the island with heavy rain and gusting winds, knocking out power for thousands of residents. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed east of the Leeward Islands on Sunday.

Nevis protestors allege victimisation

October 13, 2014
Nevis protestors allege victimisation CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (WINN) -- A march to protest what was described as unjust dismissal of workers by the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM)-led Nevis administration took place Friday in Charlestown. The march was organized by Andrea Bussue, who called in to the prime minister’s...

IMF urges more transparency from St Kitts-Nevis sugar fund

October 11, 2014
IMF urges more transparency from St Kitts-Nevis sugar fund BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has noted that St Kitts and Nevis seems to be running on virtually two national budgets, one debated and approved by Parliament and the other provided by the autonomous multi-million dollar Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation.

Top cop accuses Nevis police of poor performance, promises overhaul

October 9, 2014
Top cop accuses Nevis police of poor performance, promises overhaul BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Responsibility for the recent increase in violent crime in Nevis is being laid of the feet of the island's police command, by the head of the St Kitts and Nevis force. In a recent interview with WINN FM, Commissioner CG Walwyn was asked to comment on why he believed...

Time is right for same sex marriage debate, says St Kitts-Nevis QC

October 9, 2014
Time is right for same sex marriage debate, says St Kitts-Nevis QC BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Queen’s Counsel Dr Henry Browne is making a case for the federation of St Kitts and Nevis to look into amending laws to accommodate same sex marriage. “Governments, lawyers, scientists and societies included must grapple with new beliefs and practices...

ECCB governor outlines roles of sectors in ECCU

October 9, 2014
ECCB governor outlines roles of sectors in ECCU BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The private sector in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) has a very important task of changing its structure and orientation to compete in the international environment if the sub-region is to achieve sustainable rates of growth.

Nevis premier sues state-owned broadcaster for defamation

October 7, 2014
Nevis premier sues state-owned broadcaster for defamation BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Nevis Premier Vance Amory has filed a defamation law suit against the state-controlled ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC). The suit alleges that, in ZIZ TV's June 23 newscast, the presenter Vere Galloway “falsely and maliciously” accused Amory of using his office...

Branding St Kitts and Nevis in the UK

October 4, 2014
Branding St Kitts and Nevis in the UK BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- A high-powered delegation from the private and public sector, led by the minister of tourism and international transport, Senator Ricky Skerritt, recently left St Kitts and Nevis to attend a series of marketing meetings in London. These high-profile trade events...

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