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CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean

July 27, 2016
CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Across the Caribbean, policymakers rely heavily on the availability of timely, accurate and reliable poverty data to support national and regional development initiatives. Despite making considerable progress on how they measure poverty, many countries in...

United Airlines expands service to St Kitts

July 27, 2016
United Airlines expands service to St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- United Airlines plans to expand its Saturday service between the airline's New York/Newark gateway airport, Liberty International Airport (EWR) and St Kitts (SKB). United will recommence service on November 19, 2016, and will fly throughout the winter, summer...

St Kitts-Nevis making substantial advances on the energy front

July 22, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis making substantial advances on the energy front BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd, minister with responsibility for energy, gave an update on a number of projects currently taking place in St Kitts and Nevis with respect to alternative energy and noted that things are progressing well. Liburd was at the time speaking at...

OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology

July 19, 2016
OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The 63rd meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority was convened on the July 14, 2016, at the OECS Commission using video conferencing technology for the first time. The Authority welcomed Dr Timothy Harris, prime minister...

CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana

July 9, 2016
CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.

CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda

July 9, 2016
CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda WASHINGTON, USA -- Professor Goulda Downer, chair of the Caribbean Political Action Committee (C-PAC) and a member of Howard University Medical School Faculty, recently spearheaded a meeting with Caribbean ambassadors in Washington to brief them about the Global Health Security...

Eight St Kitts-Nevis students receive Cuban tertiary education scholarships

July 6, 2016
Eight St Kitts-Nevis students receive Cuban tertiary education scholarships BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The Cuban government who has awarded eight students from St Kitts and Nevis the opportunity to pursue tertiary studies in Cuba. The Cuban embassy hosted its annual scholarship awards ceremony on Friday July 1, 2016, moving forward with...

Commentary: What is behind the restlessness of Caribbean electorates?

July 5, 2016
Commentary: What is behind the restlessness of Caribbean electorates? The people of Saint Lucia and the Caribbean in general woke up on the morning of June 7, 2016, to a new reality; Dr Kenny Anthony is no longer the prime minister of that country. The almost flippant and matter-of-fact announcement of the dissolution of parliament and an election...

Energy sector will decide CARICOM's future, says St Kitts-Nevis minister

July 4, 2016
Energy sector will decide CARICOM's future, says St Kitts-Nevis minister BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- St Kitts and Nevis minister of public infrastructure, post, urban development and transport, Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd, told energy stakeholders that the energy sector is vital to sustainable development within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Speaking at an energy...

Regional delegation attends US forum on youth violence prevention

July 4, 2016
Regional delegation attends US forum on youth violence prevention BALTIMORE, USA -- As the US government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), continues to support regional governments to reduce youth crime and violence across the Eastern Caribbean, two St Kitts-Nevis officials working with at-risk youth have...

India's top bank defaulter is St Kitts-Nevis economic citizen

July 2, 2016
India's top bank defaulter is St Kitts-Nevis economic citizen NEW DELHI, India -- The promoter of Winsome Diamonds & Jewellery, one of India's top bank defaulters to the tune of some US$1 billion, Jatin Mehta and his wife Sonia, gave up Indian citizenship to become economic citizens of St Kitts and Nevis in 2013-14. According to an article...

Commentary: El Nino leaves many without access to safe, consumable water in the Caribbean

June 30, 2016
Commentary: El Nino leaves many without access to safe, consumable water in the Caribbean This past February, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) reported that several countries within the region had been issued immediate drought warnings by the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH). Antigua, Barbuda, Barbados...

Nevis benefits from OECS community based tourism development exercise

June 29, 2016
Nevis benefits from OECS community based tourism development exercise GINGERLAND, Nevis -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s tourism desk is continuing its series of regional community based tourism development exercises to the district of Gingerland in Nevis, the sister island of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis.

St Kitts-Nevis government debunks claims of stem cell project at local hospital

June 27, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government debunks claims of stem cell project at local hospital BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Minister of state with responsibility for health, Wendy Phipps, has dismissed claims made by chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Patrick Martin that he was sent on vacation leave because he objected to a stem cell project presently underway at the...

Regional entrepreneurs to attend 2016 global entrepreneurship summit

June 23, 2016
Regional entrepreneurs to attend 2016 global entrepreneurship summit BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS has announced that Dale Trotman of Barbados, Malikca Cummings of Barbados, and Anastasha Elliott of St Kitts and Nevis will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).

Antigua-Barbuda faces economic citizen passport flaw

June 21, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda faces economic citizen passport flaw ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In attempting to assert and/or defend the apparently false premise that one of its clients is a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, a prominent London law firm may have instead opened a proverbial can of worms for the Caribbean country in relation to its passports.

Five students from St Kitts-Nevis graduate in Taiwan

June 21, 2016
Five students from St Kitts-Nevis graduate in Taiwan TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Five students from St Kitts and Nevis, who dismissed the thoughts of Taiwan being too far away and the study period too long, were among their fellow classmates this graduation season celebrating their academic achievements.  The proud graduates were able to pursue...

West Indies and England for three-match ODI series in early 2017

June 20, 2016
West Indies and England for three-match ODI series in early 2017 ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) have announced that West Indies will host England in a three-match one-day international series from February to March 2017.  The teams will play the first two matches at the Sir Vivian...

Regional librarians and archivists participate in US government-sponsored program

June 15, 2016
Regional librarians and archivists participate in US government-sponsored program BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A group of librarians and archivists from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean travelled to the United States as participants in a US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) running from June 13 to July 1. The 21-day program is...

St Kitts-Nevis and Taiwan strengthen diplomatic ties with bilateral cooperation agreement

June 14, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis and Taiwan strengthen diplomatic ties with bilateral cooperation agreement BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The governments of St Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan have strengthened their long standing diplomatic ties with the signing of an agreement of bilateral cooperation on Friday June 10, 2016. Speaking at the signing ceremony, resident ambassador of Taiwan...

St Kitts Warner Park gets EC$500,000 facelift for international cricket series

June 13, 2016
St Kitts Warner Park gets EC$500,000 facelift for international cricket series BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The Warner Park Cricket Stadium is ready to welcome players and fans as the West Indies Tri-Nation Series moved to St Kitts on Saturday. The series, being contested by teams from South Africa, Australia and hosts West Indies, began on June 3, 2016.

IMF applauds reform of St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme

June 11, 2016
IMF applauds reform of St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has commended the St Kitts and Nevis government for its broad reforms and competent management of its citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programme. In a May 13, 2016, Article IV Consultation report on the...

St Kitts-Nevis stakeholders explore strategies to reduce crime

June 10, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis stakeholders explore strategies to reduce crime BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- International social skills consultant Neals J. Chitan is engaged with residents of St Kitts and Nevis this week as part of the government’s initiatives to reduce crime. Key stakeholders from a wide cross-section of society are participating in the June 4 to 11 crime...

Six Eastern Caribbean countries launch region's first coral reef report cards

June 9, 2016
Six Eastern Caribbean countries launch region's first coral reef report cards ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- On Wednesday, as the world celebrated World Ocean’s Day, six Eastern Caribbean countries marked their commitment to preserving the region’s extraordinary marine ecosystems by launching the first Eastern Caribbean coral reef report cards.

St Kitts-Nevis hosts consultations on crime reduction strategy

June 4, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis hosts consultations on crime reduction strategy BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The ministry of national security has engaged the services of international social skills consultant, Neals Chitan, to assist the ministry, and by extension, the government of St Kitts and Nevis, to develop and introduce a national crime reduction strategy for the...

Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada

June 2, 2016
Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Beginning Sunday, June 5, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016.

Preliminary audit report reveals flawed management of St Kitts-Nevis sugar fund

June 2, 2016
Preliminary audit report reveals flawed management of St Kitts-Nevis sugar fund BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The management of the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) by the former government in St Kitts and Nevis has come in for some criticism following a preliminary review by Ernst & Young, a multinational professional services firm.

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