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IMF concludes consultation and post-program monitoring discussions with St Kitts- Nevis

September 3, 2015
IMF concludes consultation and post-program monitoring discussions with St Kitts- Nevis WASHINGTON, USA -- On August 31, 2015, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation and the first post-program monitoring discussions with St Kitts and Nevis. The economic situation has continued to improve since the completion of the...

St Kitts-Nevis signs US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act agreement

September 2, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis signs US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act agreement BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- On Monday, the government of St Kitts and Nevis signed the agreement with the government of the United States to implement the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Enacted by the US Congress in 2010, FATCA targets non-compliance by US taxpayers.

St Kitts-Nevis pledges EC$1mn to Dominica as relief efforts accelerate

September 1, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis pledges EC$1mn to Dominica as relief efforts accelerate BASSETERRE, St Kitts-- St Kitts and Nevis has allocated an EC$1 million (US$370,370) humanitarian relief package to assist Dominica in its recovery from damages suffered by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika. This announcement was made by Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris.

IMF and St Kitts-Nevis organise regional Caribbean forum on 'financing growth'

September 1, 2015
IMF and St Kitts-Nevis organise regional Caribbean forum on 'financing growth' BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in collaboration with the government of St Kitts and Nevis will hold a high-level forum on “Financing Growth” in the Caribbean on September 3-4, 2015 in St Kitts. Complementing the objectives of previous meetings, the event will focus on...

Letter: The sweet taste of home

August 29, 2015
Letter: The sweet taste of home Over two years ago, one of our federation's treasures fell victim to the merciless fangs of illness. In an instant, life changed significantly and the new normal meant constant reliance on others for care. Reluctantly, the renowned patriot travelled overseas to receive medical attention. He has since lost...

New director appointed for ILO Caribbean

August 28, 2015
New director appointed for ILO Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Claudia Coenjaerts, a Belgian national, has been appointed as director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, effective August 1, 2015. Coenjaerts joined the ILO in 1995 and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika

August 27, 2015
Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika MIAMI, USA -- The Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday prepared for the imminent arrival of Tropical Storm Erika, which was expected to move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands on Wednesday night, move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on...

New Tropical Storm Erika heads towards Leeward Islands

August 26, 2015
New Tropical Storm Erika heads towards Leeward Islands MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Erika, which formed in the Atlantic late Monday, is expected to affect the northern Leeward Islands by Wednesday night. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, the centre of Tropical Storm Erika was located...

Danny weakening as it approaches Leeward Islands; two follow behind

August 24, 2015
Danny weakening as it approaches Leeward Islands; two follow behind MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Danny decreased in intensity over the weekend as expected as it approached the Leeward Islands on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds decreased to near 40 mph (65 km/h), with higher gusts. Forecasters are also watching two other tropical systems emerging off the west...

Eastern Caribbean telecoms authority investigating VOIP blocking complaints

August 22, 2015
Eastern Caribbean telecoms authority investigating VOIP blocking complaints BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) says it is aware of allegations in the media that regional wireless Digicel is blocking calls made using voice over internet protocol (VOIP) such as Whatsapp calling on its network. This comes following...

St Kitts-Nevis PM discusses further cooperation during Taiwan visit

August 21, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis PM discusses further cooperation during Taiwan visit TAIPEI, Taiwan (SKNIS) -- While on a five-day visit to Taiwan, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris discussed ideas and avenues for further cooperation with Taiwan’s minister of foreign affairs, David Lin. During the meeting with Lin, Harris emphasized that the friendship between...

St Kitts-Nevis authorities concerned about negative publicity over illegal whale meat

August 21, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis authorities concerned about negative publicity over illegal whale meat BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Authorities in St Kitts and Nevis are concerned about the negative publicity the Federation is receiving internationally by advocacy group Avaaz, which has been campaigning for the government to unregister a vessel it alleges is carrying illegal whale meat.

Critical water levels force rationing extension across St Kitts

August 20, 2015
Critical water levels force rationing extension across St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The Water Services Department (WSD) in St Kitts has issued a new advisory for consumers to implement water saving and storage measures, including the purchasing of cisterns where possible, as water levels are extremely low. A press release from the agency...

St Kitts-Nevis attorney general denies breaching constitution over DPP contract

August 14, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis attorney general denies breaching constitution over DPP contract BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis Attorney General Vincent Byron has responded to claims from Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Travers Sinanan that he has been unfairly terminated. Byron, who is currently in Miami, told Winn FM that the simple matter is that the DPP's two-year contract...

FedEx plane crashes en route to St Kitts

August 14, 2015
FedEx plane crashes en route to St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The pilot of a small FedEx plane is in stable condition after the aircraft crashed into the sea off Saba on Wednesday. The Cessna Caravan C208 was on route to St Kitts from Puerto Rico when the pilot reported engine trouble to air traffic control at St Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw...

St Kitts-Nevis DPP sues AG for unlawfully attempting to terminate his contract

August 13, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis DPP sues AG for unlawfully attempting to terminate his contract BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Lawyers for the director of public prosecutions (DPP) Travers Sinanan have filed suit against the St Kitts and Nevis Attorney General Vincent Byron Junior for moving to terminate his contract. A statement issued on Tuesday evening by attorney-at-law Angelina Gracy...

United Airlines announces new non-stop service from Newark to St Kitts

August 11, 2015
United Airlines announces new non-stop service from Newark to St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- United Airlines will be launching its inaugural non-stop service from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to St Kitts, commencing December 19, 2015, and operating weekly on Saturdays through April 30, 2016. United will utilize a 737-800 aircraft.

Commentary: Parliamentary privilege... really?

August 11, 2015
Commentary: Parliamentary privilege... really? Opposition interests are trying to make the case that Prime Minister Timothy Harris and his colleagues are launching ‘attacks’ on private citizens from the government benches of parliament, and that by doing so they’re abusing their parliamentary privilege. What is this parliamentary privilege?

Thirteen St Kitts-Nevis students to be awarded Taiwan scholarships

August 5, 2015
Thirteen St Kitts-Nevis students to be awarded Taiwan scholarships BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- After months of waiting in anticipation 13 students from St Kitts and Nevis will be awarded scholarships to pursue studies in various fields in Taiwan. An award ceremony, which is being organized by Taiwan’s embassy in Basseterre, will be held on Thursday to present...

St Kitts-Nevis passes controversial Banking Act

August 3, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis passes controversial Banking Act BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The House of Assembly in St Kitts, at close to 3:15 on Wednesday, after two days of debate, passed into law without amendment the Banking Bill 2015, which seeks to reform the region's banking sector to give more regulatory muscle to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.

Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI

July 31, 2015
Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Representatives from 13 countries are in the British Virgin Islands attending the 40th Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The conference began on July 25 and will conclude on August 1.

Pollster questions St Kitts-Nevis opposition party strategy

July 30, 2015
Pollster questions St Kitts-Nevis opposition party strategy BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The strategy of the St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) opposition is being questioned by regional political analyst and pollster Peter Wickham. According to Wickham, the party and its leader are under the impression that they did not really lose the February 16...

Regional judges explore improved access to justice

July 30, 2015
Regional judges explore improved access to justice BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Members of the Judicial Education Institute (JEI) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) are presently in St Kitts and Nevis, hosting its 2015 Judicial Conference. “It is an annual event where the judges come together to do judicial education training,”...

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...

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