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Canada imposes visa requirement on St Kitts-Nevis citizens

November 24, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- As of 12:00 pm EST on Saturday, citizens of St Kitts and Nevis now require a visa to travel to Canada. Following the announcement on Saturday, the St Kitts and Nevis government said that nationals in good standing travelling to Canada between...

Grenada and St Kitts-Nevis officially to join ALBA next month

November 22, 2014
Grenada and St Kitts-Nevis officially to join ALBA next month HAVANA, Cuba -- It is expected that the membership of Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis will be made official during 13th summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) in Havana, Cuba, on December 14, when the regional bloc will also celebrate the tenth anniversary of its founding.

St Kitts-Nevis constitutional motion hearing postponed

November 22, 2014
St Kitts-Nevis constitutional motion hearing postponed BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The constitutional motion case brought by St Kitts and Nevis opposition alliance Team Unity was adjourned on Thursday by high court judge Marlene Carter, after the defendants said they hadn't been given enough time to prepare for the matter.

St Kitts-Nevis opens largest greenhouse in the Caribbean

November 22, 2014
St Kitts-Nevis opens largest greenhouse in the Caribbean BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- At 24 meters tall and more than 14,000 sq ft, St Kitts and Nevis has opened the largest greenhouse in the Caribbean region in a project described as “a dream come true.”  That was expressed by Taiwan’s resident ambassador, Miguel Li-Jey Tsao, at a ceremony marking...

US called on to increase diplomatic presence in the Caribbean

November 19, 2014
US called on to increase diplomatic presence in the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- New York congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY16) recently introduced the United States-Caribbean Partnership Act of 2014 in the House of Representatives. This bill would establish US embassies in the five countries in the Caribbean with which the US has diplomatic...

St Kitts-Nevis opposition calls for ministers' resignation over high school health issue

November 19, 2014
St Kitts-Nevis opposition calls for ministers' resignation over high school health issue BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The education, health and labour ministries in St Kitts and Nevis have come in for harsh criticism over an International Labour Organization (ILO) report on the Basseterre High School (BHS). The ILO report labeled the environmental health problems at BHS a public health issue.

No confidence crises make mockery of democratic system, say former Caribbean lawmakers

November 18, 2014
No confidence crises make mockery of democratic system, say former Caribbean lawmakers BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Former Grenada attorney general Jimmy Bristol has compared the situation of sitting governments in Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and his own native Grenada, avoiding the tabling of a motion of no confidence. "Amazing similarities, and amazing how...

St Kitts high school teachers may not have agreed to return had they known about ILO report

November 17, 2014
St Kitts high school teachers may not have agreed to return had they known about ILO report BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Basseterre High School stakeholders in St Kitts would likely not have agreed to return to the campus in September had they been aware of an International Labour Organization (ILO) report that was submitted in June, according to the president of the St Kitts Teachers Union.

Vigilance is key in St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme, says PM

November 17, 2014
Vigilance is key in St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme, says PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship By Investment Programme has established a solid reputation and ongoing adjustments will allow it to maintain high due diligence standards and the support of public sector partners around the world. “And so it has been in great demand."

Commentary: I'm a doctor and a father; and I say: Stay in school!

November 15, 2014
Commentary: I'm a doctor and a father; and I say: Stay in school! The International Labor Organization (ILO) is an agency of the United Nations (UN). And Article 23 of UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to just and favourable conditions of work, while Article 25 states that motherhood and childhood are entitled to...

Months-old document reveals public health issue at St Kitts high school

November 14, 2014
Months-old document reveals public health issue at St Kitts high school BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the Basseterre High School in St Kitts submitted in June noted that not only was the situation at the campus an occupational safety and health issue, but also a public health issue.

St Kitts-Nevis opposition asks court to order no confidence debate

November 13, 2014
St Kitts-Nevis opposition asks court to order no confidence debate BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The St Kitts and Nevis opposition alliance, Team Unity, is back in court on the motion of no confidence issue, exactly 23 months after the first of three motions was filed by the opposition. Team Unity leader Dr Timothy Harris said they are seeking...

St Kitts-Nevis government accused of using public funds to finance election campaign

November 13, 2014
St Kitts-Nevis government accused of using public funds to finance election campaign BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A spokesman for the governing Labour Party in St Kitts and Nevis has denied that the party is using public funds to help mount its election campaign. The allegation was made by social commentator Sylvine Henry on Winn FM's Inside the News programme on Saturday.

St Kitts and St Eustatius maritime boundary settled

November 12, 2014
St Kitts and St Eustatius maritime boundary settled BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Agreement has been reached on a maritime boundary between St Kitts and the Dutch island of St Eustatius, but talks with France in relation to St Barts are to continue. According to McClean Hobson, director of maritime affairs and chief maritime boundary negotiator...

St Kitts-Nevis PM insists on boundary changes, opposition says no

November 10, 2014
St Kitts-Nevis PM insists on boundary changes, opposition says no BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- As a general election looms in St Kitts and Nevis, the arguments regarding changing electoral boundaries mount on both sides. Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas argues that the attempts by the St Kitts Nevis Labour Party to review the boundaries as mandated by...

Arbitration panel orders immediate relocation of staff and students at St Kitts high school

November 8, 2014
Arbitration panel orders immediate relocation of staff and students at St Kitts high school BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- An arbitration panel established to address growing health and safety concerns at the Basseterre High School (BHS) in St Kitts has ordered the immediate relocation of the students and staff of that institution. The panel has also called for the immediate implementation of...

Commentary: The era of alliances

November 8, 2014
Commentary: The era of alliances Political alliances are not new to St Kitts and Nevis. But we’ve now reached a stage where they dominate our politics. Let me start with this proposition: On the present configuration of the constituency boundaries and, if there’s the slightest chance of a reasonably fair election, no single party can win six seats.

Attorney defends decision to appeal St Kitts-Nevis no confidence ruling

November 7, 2014
Attorney defends decision to appeal St Kitts-Nevis no confidence ruling BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Senior counsel Anthony Astaphan says the speaker of the St Kitts and Nevis National Assembly and the attorney general made the right decision to appeal the judgment of Justice Darshan Ramdhani, despite the court of appeal sending the matter back to the high court.

IMF calls for review of St Kitts-Nevis PetroCaribe agreement

November 5, 2014
IMF calls for review of St Kitts-Nevis PetroCaribe agreement BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis should review its PetroCaribe arrangement with Venezuela as it is not receiving the full benefits of the program, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “I think in principle it was a very good idea because then...

ECCB reports improved fiscal and debt positions in ECCU

November 5, 2014
ECCB reports improved fiscal and debt positions in ECCU BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The fiscal and debt positions of the governments of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is estimated to have improved for the year to September 2014 with declines in the primary and overall deficits of EC$71.8million and EC$17.8 million.

Commentary: The ignorant prodigy

November 5, 2014
Commentary: The ignorant prodigy Seven-year-old Joshua is perched on the branch of a breadfruit tree sobbing hysterically and anxiously anticipating his mother’s arrival. He sobs even more as he envisions the stinging lashes that were promised to him by his mother over the telephone. Joshua was suspended for one week from school...

Driving permits no longer required in St Lucia for OECS citizens

November 1, 2014
Driving permits no longer required in St Lucia for OECS citizens CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) citizens no longer need a visitor’s driving permit to drive motor vehicles in Saint Lucia. The House of Assembly has authorized the implementation of a non-visitor driving permit for citizens of OECS member states in Saint Lucia.

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...

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