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St Kitts-Nevis opposition leader ejected from parliament

January 21, 2017
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Leader of the opposition in the St Kitts and Nevis parliament, Dr Denzil Douglas, was ejected from the National Assembly Chambers at the first sitting for the New Year on Friday, for what Speaker Michael Perkins deemed as disrespectful and...

Former St Kitts-Nevis ministers called on to return millions to the treasury

January 18, 2017
Former St Kitts-Nevis ministers called on to return millions to the treasury BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Former St Kitts and Nevis ministers in the Dr Denzil Douglas-led Labour/NRP administration are being called upon to return millions of dollars to the country’s treasury. The renewed call has arisen as the intensity of debate increases on the streets and in traditional...

Use economic citizenship funds wisely, says ECCB governor

January 17, 2017
Use economic citizenship funds wisely, says ECCB governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Guidelines and recommendations pertaining to the use of revenue from economic citizenship programmes in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have been put forward by Governor Timothy Antoine of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.

Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector

January 17, 2017
Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- One of the leading threats to the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) financial system is the high level of non-performing loans of banks in the countries that share the EC dollar. This is according to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean...

Commentary: It's all about land

January 17, 2017
Commentary: It's all about land As 2016 breathed its last gasps of breath one might have expected that the New Year would be the one shining light at the end of the tunnel. That hope was soon dashed by what looms over the horizon for us in Anguilla. Already strapped by the results of a nonexistent economy, a government...

Citizenship consultants criticise Caribbean 'Passports for Sale' broadcast

January 16, 2017
Citizenship consultants criticise Caribbean 'Passports for Sale' broadcast BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Henley & Partners, a global residence and citizenship planning firm, with its headquarters in Europe, has criticised the CBS 60 Minutes television programme aired on January 1, 2017, as “one-sided”, saying that Caribbean citizenship-by-investment programmes...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The real challenge of citizenship programmes

January 14, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: The real challenge of citizenship programmes A few days into the New Year, Saint Lucia’s prime minister, Allen Chastanet, suggested that all five of the Eastern Caribbean nations that sell citizenship by investment (CBI) should develop a joint approach through the OECS secretariat. His proposal, which is unlikely to be adopted, came amid...

Definite benefits to citizenship by investment programmes, says Caribbean travel writer

January 13, 2017
Definite benefits to citizenship by investment programmes, says Caribbean travel writer LONDON, England -- There are definite benefits to the citizenship by investment programmes across the Caribbean, says Caribbean & Co. founder, Ursula Petula Barzey on the heels of a recent CBS 60 Minutes report called Passports for Sale, which painted a very negative picture.

UK minister discusses crime, human rights and Brexit in St Kitts-Nevis

January 12, 2017
UK minister discusses crime, human rights and Brexit in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The potential implications of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, now widely known as “Brexit”, was one of the matters discussed when St Kitts and Nevis’ prime minister, Dr Timothy Harris met on Tuesday with high level British officials...

St Vincent PM remains opposed to economic citizenship

January 11, 2017
St Vincent PM remains opposed to economic citizenship BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has reiterated his disdain for the economic citizenship programmes being operated by some member states of the OECS. Gonsalves in his latest comment on the matter emphasized that...

British minister strengthens UK-Caribbean relationship with visit

January 10, 2017
British minister strengthens UK-Caribbean relationship with visit LONDON, England -- Baroness Anelay, the British Foreign Office Minister for the Overseas Territories and Caribbean is visiting the region to further strengthen the UK’s links with the Caribbean. The minister will travel for the first time to Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia from 8-12 January.

Wyndham Hotel Group announces new US$160 million project in Nevis

January 10, 2017
Wyndham Hotel Group announces new US$160 million project in Nevis CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- The New Year has ushered in a major new development in Nevis. Nevis has enjoyed its status as an authentic Caribbean island, with boutique hotels, delicious cuisine, and a wealth of natural resources in the form of the spectacular Nevis Peak and the beauty of...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Replace the Queen with Dwight Venner on the EC dollar!

January 10, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Replace the Queen with Dwight Venner on the EC dollar! I grew-up at Hospital Road in Castries in the 1960s and 70s, seeing Dwight Venner walking up and down, to and from his nearby family home, ‘going to town’ and returning from St Mary’s College, the island’s top Catholic school for boys. Much younger, I attended primary school. But from my...

CBS broadcast stood still in time, says head of St Kitts-Nevis citizenship unit

January 9, 2017
CBS broadcast stood still in time, says head of St Kitts-Nevis citizenship unit BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The citizenship by investment programmes in the Caribbean are major talking points after a CBS 60 Minutes feature highlighted potential threats they pose to the national security interests of the US. Caribbean leaders have been swift to respond to what was...

Former St Kitts-Nevis minister weighs in on Caribbean citizenship programmes

January 7, 2017
Former St Kitts-Nevis minister weighs in on Caribbean citizenship programmes BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- With claims being made by the Dominica prime minister and various people on social media that Caribbean citizenship by investment programmes (CIPs) are being unfairly targeted by the CBS network in the United States, former St Kitts and Nevis minister...

Consultants affirm support for citizenship programmes in the Caribbean

January 7, 2017
Consultants affirm support for citizenship programmes in the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- Apex Capital Partners Corp., an advisory firm specializing in investment consulting and wealth management for a multinational audience, has commented on the state of the citizenship by investment (CIP) industry following scrutiny from an internationally broadcast...

St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme encourages applications from families

January 7, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme encourages applications from families BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Les Khan, CEO of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), announced on Wednesday that the Cabinet has approved changes to the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment programme to better integrate applicants into the life of the Federation by supporting...

Stakeholders weigh in on Caribbean citizenship programmes

January 6, 2017
Stakeholders weigh in on Caribbean citizenship programmes NEW YORK, USA -- A statement issued on Wednesday by a public relations agency in New York has attempted to address the topic of citizenship by investment programmes in the Caribbean highlighted by the January 1 segment on '60 Minutes', and to bring to light “inaccuracies” made...

Commentary: Passports: Sale or saviour?

January 6, 2017
Commentary: Passports: Sale or saviour? On January 1, “60 Minutes”, an investigative programme aired by the US television company, CBS Corporation, ran a segment on “citizenship by investment programmes” (CIP) that are operated by several countries around the world. For reasons best known to itself, “60 Minutes”...

St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme invites applicants to play a part in life, culture and economy

January 3, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme invites applicants to play a part in life, culture and economy BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CIU) -- Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, in his New Year’s address to the nation, talked about 2017 as a year of growth and resilience, themes that sit well with the way in which the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment programme is shaping up. Since the appointment of...

Former minister calls on St Kitts-Nevis government to name diplomatic passport holders

December 29, 2016
Former minister calls on St Kitts-Nevis government to name diplomatic passport holders BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Former minister Dwyer Astaphan has called on the current government to clarify the number of people holding St Kitts and Nevis diplomatic passports. Astaphan, speaking on WINN FM’s Voices programme on Wednesday, also reiterated calls for proper...

Commentary: Big thanks to our 2016 sponsors!

December 29, 2016
Commentary: Big thanks to our 2016 sponsors! As 2016 comes to an end, and we get ready to explode off the 2017 starting block, I glance back over my shoulder to take a quick look to recognize and applaud the assistance of corporate and domestic citizens alike who have partnered with Motiv-8 For Change International to engage...

Former St Kitts-Nevis PM taken to task over motion of no confidence

December 20, 2016
Former St Kitts-Nevis PM taken to task over motion of no confidence BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Former St Kitts and Nevis prime minister, Denzil Douglas, has been taken to task over his call for an opposition motion of no confidence in the speaker of parliament to be given priority. Dwyer Astaphan, a former government minister, recalled that...

CDB finances street lighting project in St Kitts-Nevis

December 16, 2016
CDB finances street lighting project in St Kitts-Nevis BRIDGETOWN, Barbados --- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a US$5.79 million street lighting retrofitting project for St Kitts and Nevis. The intervention is expected to decrease greenhouse gas emissions from street lighting by 53 percent per year.

Audit reveals 'vast unexplained expenditure' by St Kitts-Nevis sugar industry fund

December 15, 2016
Audit reveals 'vast unexplained expenditure' by St Kitts-Nevis sugar industry fund BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris reported to the St Kitts and Nevis National Assembly on Tuesday that an audit by global accounting firm Ernst & Young of the operations of the St Kitts-Nevis Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) had revealed vast...

Letter: Moving beyond tragedy

December 12, 2016
Letter: Moving beyond tragedy Many years ago, my parents shared with me their thoughts on one of the greatest tragedies in our Federation's history; the sinking of the MV Christena. On Saturday August 1, 1970, the MV Christena made its fateful journey across the Narrows; the strait that separates the islands of...

St Kitts-Nevis government to create growth and resilience fund

December 9, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government to create growth and resilience fund BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris announced in the National Assembly on Wednesday that his government has decided to create a growth and resilience fund as one of the fiscal policies it will implement in 2017. Harris, who is also the...

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