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Barbados joins list of countries challenging veracity of US State Dept report

April 26, 2017
Barbados joins list of countries challenging veracity of US State Dept report BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados has joined the chorus of criticism leveled at last month’s 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) published by the US Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, which claimed that Barbados...

Trinidad and Tobago president disappointed CCJ is not final court for all CARICOM states

April 26, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago president disappointed CCJ is not final court for all CARICOM states BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) states of St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia and Grenada are among Caribbean states being criticized by a regional head of state for not having replaced the London-based Privy Council...

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

St Kitts-Nevis joins Antigua-Barbuda in rejecting Illinois tax haven label

April 19, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis joins Antigua-Barbuda in rejecting Illinois tax haven label BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Efforts by one American state to officially label St Kitts and Nevis a foreign tax haven are being strongly objected to by the federation’s foreign affairs minister, Mark Brantley, thus joining Antigua and Barbuda in a similar protest. A proposed House Bill 3419...

Evidence mounts of flawed US State Department Caribbean report

April 18, 2017
Evidence mounts of flawed US State Department Caribbean report WASHINGTON, USA -- There is a growing body of evidence that the 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) published last month by the US State Department contains a number of factual inaccuracies in relation to the Eastern Caribbean. The INCSR covers 87 countries and...

Commentary: The weakness of assaults on second citizenship

April 15, 2017
Commentary: The weakness of assaults on second citizenship Citizenship by investment programmes (CIPs) are operated, in one form or another, by many countries, including the US, Canada, and several European Union (EU) nations. Yet, commentators in various media single out Caribbean countries and Malta for adverse comment. The adverse comments...

ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015

April 13, 2017
ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015 BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Legislators and bankers from across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) met in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday to discuss proposed amendments to the Banking Act 2015. The Act addresses the need for effective risk-focused supervision of...

St Kitts-Nevis government would be re-elected if election held now, says pollster

April 10, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis government would be re-elected if election held now, says pollster BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The latest Don Anderson poll shows that, if an election were to be held now, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris and his government of national unity would be re-elected to serve for another five-year term in St Kitts and Nevis. What’s more, according to the poll...

St Kitts-Nevis to establish national commission on marijuana

April 8, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis to establish national commission on marijuana BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts and Nevis prime minister, Dr Timothy Harris, on Wednesday announced the establishment of a National Commission on Marijuana/Cannabis sativa, to be headed by acting chief medical officer Dr Hazel Laws. Harris, speaking at his monthly press conference...

St Kitts-Nevis government to introduce campaign finance law

April 7, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis government to introduce campaign finance law BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Campaign financing is part of the St Kitts and Nevis government’s good governance legislative agenda, Prime Minister Timothy Harris confirmed on Wednesday at a press conference. The prime minister was responding to a question about how much of a priority...

Fallout continues from 60 Minutes 'Passports for Sale' broadcast

April 6, 2017
Fallout continues from 60 Minutes 'Passports for Sale' broadcast GENEVA, Switzerland -- The fallout continues from a controversial “60 Minutes” investigative programme aired by the US television network CBS on January 1, which focused on the citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) operated by three out of the five Caribbean islands that offer...

US State Department attack on Nevis 'unfounded and misleading'

April 4, 2017
US State Department attack on Nevis 'unfounded and misleading' CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- In a press statement on Friday, Heidi-Lynn Sutton, the financial services regulator in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), refuted as “unfounded and misleading” claims made by the US State Department that “financial oversight in Nevis remains problematic due to...

US ambassador offers advice to Caribbean states

April 4, 2017
US ambassador offers advice to Caribbean states BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean nations are getting some advice on measures that should be taken in their quest to strengthen their economies. US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, who heads the American embassy in Bridgetown, says regional states...

US praises Honduras while criticising Eastern Caribbean islands

April 1, 2017
US praises Honduras while criticising Eastern Caribbean islands WASHINGTON, USA -- A report released last month by the US Department of State credits the Honduras government for reducing rates of homicide, kidnapping, and extortion in the Central American country, while being sharply critical of Eastern Caribbean islands for failing to curb drug trafficking.

OECS needs a unified approach to development, says economist

March 30, 2017
OECS needs a unified approach to development, says economist ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The biggest impediment to growth of the economies of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is their small size and scale of production, and the lack of a unified regional approach to development. That’s the view of Dr Vanus James, economist...

West Indies, Afghanistan to meet in T20Is, ODIs in June

March 30, 2017
West Indies, Afghanistan to meet in T20Is, ODIs in June ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The West Indies Cricket Board has announced that Afghanistan will play three Twenty20 and three One-day Internationals on their tour of the Caribbean in May/June this year. It will be the first time that the Afghans will be playing West Indies in a series on Caribbean soil.

US slams St Kitts-Nevis in money laundering and financial crimes report

March 29, 2017
US slams St Kitts-Nevis in money laundering and financial crimes report BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A US State Department report claims that St Kitts and Nevis “remains susceptible to corruption and money laundering and its deficient vetting of citizenship by investment candidates is also problematic”.The scathing report, released in March, attributes the...

Feasibility study confirms geothermal potential of St Kitts

March 29, 2017
Feasibility study confirms geothermal potential of St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- A feasibility study done by Teranov, a French engineering and services company for new and renewable energy based in Guadeloupe, has confirmed that there is potential in St Kitts to develop at least 18 to 36 megawatts of geothermal power.

Commentary: Putting the right pieces of the puzzle together in St Kitts-Nevis

March 29, 2017
Commentary: Putting the right pieces of the puzzle together in St Kitts-Nevis As a young boy growing up in Grenada, one of my favorite things to do was putting jigsaw puzzles together. However, the most frustrating thing for me was trying to fit 500 pieces together without the picture on the box. Without knowing what picture should emerge the task is longer, harder and...

OECS officials convene to discuss freedom of movement regime

March 28, 2017
OECS officials convene to discuss freedom of movement regime CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Regional integration stakeholders convened on March 16 to discuss the current implementation status of the indefinite stay regime and the rights contingent to the free movement of people regime; two critical accomplishments of the OECS.

US advisory against St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme still in effect

March 25, 2017
US advisory against St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme still in effect BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- While the United States has welcomed the efforts made by St Kitts and Nevis to tighten its citizenship by investment programme, and is working with the federation to make the programme a model one, according to US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela...

US brands Eastern Caribbean countries 'a transit point for drug traffickers'

March 25, 2017
US brands Eastern Caribbean countries 'a transit point for drug traffickers' BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The US State Department has labeled the Eastern Caribbean as a “transit point for drug traffickers going to the United States and Europe”. According to the State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released in March, the Eastern Caribbean...

OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment

March 25, 2017
OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Laboratories in Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are now better equipped to diagnose issues related to human, animal and plant health, and food safety, thus increasing their levels of efficacy and efficiency. On Wednesday March 15, 2017...

Caribbean Basin Security Initiative representatives meet in Key West

March 25, 2017
Caribbean Basin Security Initiative representatives meet in Key West KEY WEST, USA -- When it comes to combating transnational criminal organizations in the Caribbean and securing America’s borders, the cooperation with partner nations in the region continues to thrive. This relationship was tangible as representatives from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad...

Subtle but key differences in Caribbean citizenship programmes

March 23, 2017
Subtle but key differences in Caribbean citizenship programmes MIAMI, USA -- It is often tempting to lump together the five citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes of the Eastern Caribbean, with investors assuming that the only difference is the reputation of the island or the price of the passport. This is clearly not the case. While they often share many...

St Kitts-Nevis to launch marijuana decriminalization dialogue

March 20, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis to launch marijuana decriminalization dialogue BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts and Nevis’ prime minister, Dr Timothy Harris, says his government is ready for open dialogue with the relevant stakeholders on the issue of the decriminalization of marijuana. Harris, responding to a question while appearing as a guest on WINN FM 98.9’s...

Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean

March 18, 2017
Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean LONDON, England -- What was described as an “historic meeting” of Commonwealth trade and investment ministers in London recently, in an attempt to make use of the “Commonwealth advantage” to boost trade within the 52-member bloc, is more likely to prove to be an...

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