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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...

Former St Kitts-Nevis PM concerned about new US immigration policy

February 1, 2017
Former St Kitts-Nevis PM concerned about new US immigration policy BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Concern has been expressed by former St Kitts and Nevis prime minister, now opposition leader, Dr Denzil Douglas, about the potential negative impact of the new US immigration policy implemented by the Trump administration. “We have seen an executive order...

Dominica diplomatic passports reportedly still for sale

January 31, 2017
Dominica diplomatic passports reportedly still for sale MIAMI, USA -- In the latest revelation in the rapidly unfolding saga of diplomatic passports allegedly sold by the government of Dominica to questionable individuals, a new report on Monday provided another insight into the practice, which has been denied by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

St Kitts-Nevis to establish labour code

January 31, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis to establish labour code BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The ministry of labour has begun the process of establishing a labour code for St Kitts and Nevis that will serve to improve the laws governing the world of work and better relations between employers and employees. Vance Amory, senior minister and...

Regional specialist appointed to IAEM Latin America and Caribbean Leadership Council

January 31, 2017
Regional specialist appointed to IAEM Latin America and Caribbean Leadership Council ST CROIX, USVI -- National security and international relations specialist Dr Mutryce A. Williams, a native of St Kitts and Nevis, who resides on St Croix, USVI, has been appointed to the International Association of Emergency Managers - Latin America and Caribbean Leadership Council.

St Kitts-Nevis ranks number one in CARICOM in 2016 doing business report

January 30, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis ranks number one in CARICOM in 2016 doing business report BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- St. Kitts and Nevis has ranked number one in the CARICOM in the “2016 Doing Business Report”, says Kennedy DeSilva, deputy comptroller of customs in the office of the comptroller. Appearing on local radio and television, he said that the Customs...

Commentary: Menaces to mentors

January 30, 2017
Commentary: Menaces to mentors The twin island federation of St Kitts and Nevis has been under the flood lights for the past few years with its extremely high per capita murder rate. You see, with a population of just about over 50,000, and a 2016 murder count of 31, this renders one of my favourite spots on the planet as...

Dominica's latest diplomatic passport scandal could hurt region

January 28, 2017
Dominica's latest diplomatic passport scandal could hurt region BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Concern has been expressed about the possible negative impact that the latest diplomatic passport scandal in which Dominica has found itself embroiled can have on the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries. An Iranian man accused...

St Kitts-Nevis citizenship by investment unit launches new and interactive website

January 28, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis citizenship by investment unit launches new and interactive website BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) launched a new and interactive web portal as part of its rebranding process on Thursday. The web portal was designed and developed by Open Interactive, a private organization founded...

Nevis makes a splash with annual cross channel swim

January 28, 2017
Nevis makes a splash with annual cross channel swim CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- Many visitors come to Nevis by a quick and pleasant seven-minute ferry from St Kitts across the channel to Oualie Beach. On Sunday, March 26, 2017, swimmers will be taking that same path back to St Kitts for the annual Cross Channel Swim. The swim distance...

Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness

January 27, 2017
Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness LONDON, England -- Sir Simon Gass, a recently retired senior official with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), has been appointed acting chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat, in an attempt by the British government to shore up the troubled organization.

Applications open for Caribbean youth entrepreneurship tech incubation programme

January 25, 2017
Applications open for Caribbean youth entrepreneurship tech incubation programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A technology incubation programme that provides business support services for young entrepreneurs in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and Haiti is open for applications. The Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Programme (CTEP) is an initiative of the...

Horseracing on Nevis is not dead, says club president

January 25, 2017
Horseracing on Nevis is not dead, says club president CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- President of the Nevis Turf and Jockey Club, Allister Thompson, is adamant that horseracing on Nevis is not dead. In a brief exchange with the media on Monday, Thompson revealed that there is some ongoing work at the Indian Castle racetrack, as the track itself...

St Kitts-Nevis opposition leader ejected from parliament

January 21, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis opposition leader ejected from parliament BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Leader of the opposition in the St Kitts and Nevis parliament, Dr Denzil Douglas, was ejected from the National Assembly Chambers at the first sitting for the New Year on Friday, for what Speaker Michael Perkins deemed as disrespectful and outrageous behaviour.

Former St Kitts-Nevis ministers called on to return millions to the treasury

January 18, 2017
Former St Kitts-Nevis ministers called on to return millions to the treasury BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Former St Kitts and Nevis ministers in the Dr Denzil Douglas-led Labour/NRP administration are being called upon to return millions of dollars to the country’s treasury. The renewed call has arisen as the intensity of debate increases on the streets and in traditional...

Use economic citizenship funds wisely, says ECCB governor

January 17, 2017
Use economic citizenship funds wisely, says ECCB governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Guidelines and recommendations pertaining to the use of revenue from economic citizenship programmes in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have been put forward by Governor Timothy Antoine of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.

Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector

January 17, 2017
Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- One of the leading threats to the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) financial system is the high level of non-performing loans of banks in the countries that share the EC dollar. This is according to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean...

Commentary: It's all about land

January 17, 2017
Commentary: It's all about land As 2016 breathed its last gasps of breath one might have expected that the New Year would be the one shining light at the end of the tunnel. That hope was soon dashed by what looms over the horizon for us in Anguilla. Already strapped by the results of a nonexistent economy, a government...

Citizenship consultants criticise Caribbean 'Passports for Sale' broadcast

January 16, 2017
Citizenship consultants criticise Caribbean 'Passports for Sale' broadcast BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Henley & Partners, a global residence and citizenship planning firm, with its headquarters in Europe, has criticised the CBS 60 Minutes television programme aired on January 1, 2017, as “one-sided”, saying that Caribbean citizenship-by-investment programmes...

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