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Gunshots fired at home, vehicle of St Kitts-Nevis deputy PM

March 11, 2017
Gunshots fired at home, vehicle of St Kitts-Nevis deputy PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Gunshots were fired at the home and private vehicle of St Kitts and Nevis deputy prime minister, Shawn Richards, early Friday morning, police confirmed. Police said they responded to a report of gunfire at around 3:15 am and observed damage to the home and vehicle...

Commentary: Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in citizenship by investment

March 10, 2017
Commentary: Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in citizenship by investment The citizenship by investment programme (CIP), operated by many countries in the world, including the US, Spain, Switzerland, Malta and Portugal to name a few, is particularly misrepresented in relation to the small countries in the Eastern Caribbean. At the outset, I make it clear that this commentary...

ECCU countries would default on debts without CBI revenue

March 9, 2017
ECCU countries would default on debts without CBI revenue BASSETERRE, St Kitts and Nevis (WINN) -- Chairman of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, speaking to how critical funds from citizenship by investment (CBI) programs are to the ECCU countries...

OECS member states to strengthen regional CBI programmes

March 7, 2017
OECS member states to strengthen regional CBI programmes BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, outgoing chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, said that, although regional integration is a work in progress, the member states and the OECS Commission...

OECS discusses ocean governance and policy

March 7, 2017
OECS discusses ocean governance and policy CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, participated in the sixth meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)...

Commentary: Crime and the at-risk Caribbean child

March 7, 2017
Commentary: Crime and the at-risk Caribbean child The rise in crime in St Kitts and Nevis is not an unexpected phenomenon. As a matter of fact, it was expected. The Caribbean region is undergoing a massive challenge in the way law enforcement combats crime. An even bigger challenge is that the once docile citizen is now displaying...

ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor

March 3, 2017
ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- According to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is at a critical juncture coming on the heels of the economic difficulties of the recent past and a future pregnant with uncertainty...

OECS member states develop curriculum framework for tourism institute

March 2, 2017
OECS member states develop curriculum framework for tourism institute ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Representatives from all member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) participating in the OECS Network of Excellence for Tourism and Hospitality Training and Education (NETHTE) project assembled in Antigua and Barbuda from from February 22 - 23.

St Kitts-Nevis elections free but not fair, says prominent attorney

February 28, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis elections free but not fair, says prominent attorney BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Free and fair elections? The electoral system in St Kitts and Nevis is free but certainly not fair, says Queens Counsel Charles Wilkin. “The word free connotes in relation to elections that persons who are entitled to register as voters and to vote in elections...

Crime in St Kitts-Nevis increased by 56.8 percent in 2016

February 27, 2017
Crime in St Kitts-Nevis increased by 56.8 percent in 2016 BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- According to police statistics released on Friday evening, crime in St Kitts and Nevis increased by 56.8% in 2016. The total number of reported crimes in 2016 was 1,643, compared to 1,048 in 2015, with all but two categories of crime showing increases.

St Kitts-Nevis encouraged to prepare for deportee reintegration

February 23, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis encouraged to prepare for deportee reintegration BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- In light of the Trump administration’s latest executive order on detention and removal of illegal immigrants from the United States, St Kitts and Nevis is being encouraged to establish mechanisms to deal with deportees returning to the federation.

St Kitts-Nevis moves to finalize geothermal agreement

February 23, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis moves to finalize geothermal agreement BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Minister of Public Infrastructure with responsibility for Energy, Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd, said that the St Kitts and Nevis government is “committed to investing in alternative energy, pursuing geothermal energy production, completing the wind farm (and)...

Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs

February 20, 2017
Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs On Friday, January 27, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” instituting restrictions on travel to the US and suspension of visas from seven Muslim-majority countries, namely, Iran, Iraq, Libya...

Commentary: They don't like that

February 17, 2017
Commentary: They don't like that I’ve just finished listening to Mr John Batchelor of the John Batchelor Show in the USA interviewing Mr Gregory Copley. I also read a report of the interview. If you do a little googling, you’ll get a sense of the politics of those two gentlemen. The interview is about the Dominica situation.

Interest revived in 'third border' concept

February 16, 2017
Interest revived in 'third border' concept ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Caribbean island nations are often described as America’s “third border” but to what extent should Americans be concerned that the Caribbean is a backdoor for opponents to sneak into the country? In the last few weeks allegations have been made of collaboration...

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Commentary: The picture becomes clearer

February 14, 2017
Commentary: The picture becomes clearer Unfolding events, utterances and information since my article of February 8, 2017, on the Dominica situation, and further reflection on prior events, have made the picture even clearer to me. Over the years, I’ve been one of the more vocal spokespersons in my country on economic citizenship.

Commentary: St Kitts-Nevis CBI program and the Medellin Cartel

February 11, 2017
Commentary: St Kitts-Nevis CBI program and the Medellin Cartel I see that one of the Astaphans, the one from St Kitts, has written an extensive commentary seeking to discredit me, claiming that I am an instrument of the Dominican opposition. I am afraid that the gentlemen knows nothing about me and my 25-year career, including trips to testify before...

Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes

February 10, 2017
Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes The global US television company, Cable News Network (CNN), broadcast the first part of a programme on February 8, alleging the sale of Venezuelan passports to Iraqis and others through the country’s Embassy in Baghdad. The programme suggested that it is possible that terrorists might have...

Commentary: Ken Rijock has me thinking

February 8, 2017
Commentary: Ken Rijock has me thinking About a week ago, American Mr Kenneth Rijock informed the world that Dominica’s prime minister, Mr Roosevelt Skerrit, was under investigation by the United States Department of Justice for his role in the sale of a Dominican diplomatic passport to an Iranian gentleman named Alireza Zabahalat Monfared.

OECS engages citizens on key development issues

February 7, 2017
OECS engages citizens on key development issues CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has begun engaging citizens of member states on issues impacting their lives, the challenges facing the region, and the development opportunities for the OECS and its people. The public education forum series, dubbed Vini Koze...

Commentary: When Eastern Caribbean nations give passports to Iranians, global security is threatened

February 7, 2017
Commentary: When Eastern Caribbean nations give passports to Iranians, global security is threatened When the nations of the Eastern Caribbean issue passports to Iranian nationals, only to gain clearly excessive fees, not all of which have been accounted for, the United States, and indeed the free world, suffer increased threats to national security, as those passports have facilitated more...

Iranian with St Kitts-Nevis passport sanctioned by US Treasury Department

February 6, 2017
Iranian with St Kitts-Nevis passport sanctioned by US Treasury Department BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against an Iranian businessman who holds a St Kitts and Nevis (SKN) passport, for violation of the prohibited ballistic missile program by Iran. CEO and director of...

Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks

February 4, 2017
Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Governor Timothy Antoine is continuing to push for the amalgamation of local banks in the OECS sub-region. He spoke to the issue recently in Dominica, and again returned to the subject in Anguilla.

Dominica diplomatic passport row highlights distinction between 'knowingly' and 'knowable'

February 3, 2017
Dominica diplomatic passport row highlights distinction between 'knowingly' and 'knowable' WASHINGTON, USA -- The latest controversy over the issue of diplomatic passports by Eastern Caribbean governments to wealthy individuals with questionable backgrounds and motives has served to raise awareness of a little-discussed provision in US law as it relates to sanctions on Iran.

St Kitts-Nevis police to get drones and other new technology to fight crime

February 3, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis police to get drones and other new technology to fight crime BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- New technological equipment, including drones, is being brought to bear on law enforcement in St Kitts and Nevis, as the government seeks to consolidate gains in 2016 in reducing crime. At a press conference on Wednesday, prime minister and minister...

OECS surveys geothermal energy resources in the Eastern Caribbean

February 3, 2017
OECS surveys geothermal energy resources in the Eastern Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Financing and government policy have been identified as the major challenges to the development of geothermal energy in the Eastern Caribbean. That’s one of the findings of a Survey conducted by the Energy Unit of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States...

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