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December 16, 2017

St. Kitts & Nevis

Vat Day 2017 welcomes record-level crowds

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Vat Day 2017 welcomes record-level crowds By Valencia Grant, press secretary to the prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis   Basseterre, St. Kitts – Businesses throughout St. Kitts and Nevis report experiencing record-level crowds today for 2017 Discounted VAT Rate Day. The annual Discounted VAT Rate Day allows

Pilot Feared Dead, Wife Rescued After Bahamas Plane Crash

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer NASSAU, Bahamas — The United States Coast Guard is searching for a 57-year-old man after hoisting his wife to safety when the single-engine plane he was piloting crash landed 18 miles northwest of Freeport, Bahamas. The two, whose names were not released, are believed to be American. The

NCC issues statement regarding upcoming Nevis Island Assembly Elections

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: The Rev. Christopher Archibald, chairperson of the Nevis Christian Council   NCC issues statement regarding upcoming Nevis Island Assembly Elections   Charlestown, Nevis – The following is a statement from the Nevis Christian Council dated Dec. 15, regarding the upcoming Nevis Island Assembly Elections scheduled for Dec.

Nevis health workers honoured for dedicated service

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo 1: Minister of Health the Honourable Mark Brantley presents a plaque to Nurse Manager Laurel Smithen for her dedication to nursing on behalf of the Alexandra Hospital at their pre-Christmas programme Dec. 13.   Photo 2: Brantley presents a plaque to Lolita Williams for her contribution to

NREI reports on status of geothermal site work on Nevis

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: Nevis Island Administration seal   NREI reports on status of geothermal site work on Nevis From the NIA   Charlestown, Nevis – The following is a statement from the Nevis Renewable Energy International (NREI) dated Dec. 14, regarding geothermal site drilling and related work proceeding on Nevis.

EU Defence Force: The Birth of A New Superpower?

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters)- Is this the berth of a new superpower? European Union nations, now unfettered by Britain’s decision to quit, achieved a 70-year-old ambition to integrate their defences, launching a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together. It’s a move that

Caribbean Becoming Too Pricey for the British

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer For Brits suffering from a Brexit hangover, major German tour operator TUI has a simple answer: cheaper vacation destinations, which means fewer UK tourists visiting the Caribbean. U.K. customers are feeling the pinch as their holiday budgets of 1,000 pounds ($1,300) a trip are being squeezed by the

New CSS expansion “Block A” commissioned

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo 1: Edson Elliott, education officer in the Department of Education responsible for secondary schools, hands over keys to the new addition to the Charlestown Secondary School to Principal Juan Williams at a ceremony at the school compound Dec. 13.   Photo 2: The front of “Block A,”

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Aviation staff visit Montserrat

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Aviation staff visit Montserrat From SKNIS   Staff members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Aviation journeyed to the neighbouring island of Montserrat on a one-day familiarization visit Dec. 13 geared toward promoting greater understanding between the people of Montserrat and St.

2018 Budget allocates $23M for rehab of Old Road Bay

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer 2018 Budget allocates $23M for rehab of Old Road Bay From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The hazardous conditions on the Old Road Bay –  posing a danger to motorists because of sea swells, land erosion and rock slides during adverse weather – are soon to be

Traffic lights in Basseterre area officially commissioned Dec. 18

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Traffic lights in Basseterre area officially commissioned Dec. 18 From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – Minister of Transport the Honourable Ian “Patches” Liburd has announced that the traffic lights mounted in various strategic locations in the Basseterre area will be officially commissioned and turned on Monday, Dec.

Appropriation bill passes in National Assembly

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Appropriation bill passes in National Assembly From the press unit in the Office of the Prime Minister   Basseterre, St. Kitts – Following a highly effective wrap-up by Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris, the Appropriation (2018) Bill 2017 of EC$706,129,036 million received overwhelming support by

Barbados Takes the Pledge to End Child Labour

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados– Barbados has become the ninth Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to commit to a regional initiative to free Latin America and the Caribbean of child labour by the year 2025. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo symbolically handed over the signed

FirstCaribbean Bank releases statement about NYSE listing

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   FirstCaribbean Bank releases statement about NYSE listing From CIBC FirstCaribbean Bridgetown, Barbados – FirstCaribbean International Bank Limited is exploring a potential stock market listing of some of its shares in the United States, the world’s deepest capital market. No decisions have been made. However, a listing on

UN Peacekeepers Being Sued by Unwed Haitian Mothers

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Lawyers representing 10 Haitian women who say they had children with U.N. peacekeepers have filed the first legal actions in Haiti against the U.N. and individual peacekeepers for child support and paternity claims. The lawsuits filed by the Haiti-based human rights group Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) are

UNICEF Children’s Report focuses on key issues in a digital age

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: Patrick Knight, communications specialist at UNICEF   UNICEF Children’s Report focuses on key issues in a digital age From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The State of the World’s Children Report of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) launched Dec. 11 by the Department of

Nevis farmers urged to take advantage of new nearby markets

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: Hon. Alexis Jeffers, Minister of Agriculture on Nevis, delivering remarks at the launch of the Ministry of Agriculture’s 20K Project   Nevis farmers urged to take advantage of new nearby markets From the NIA   Charlestown, Nevis – Farmers on Nevis are being urged to take advantage

Liburd special guest on Wednesday’s ‘Working for You’

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: The Honourable Ian Patches Liburd   Liburd special guest on Wednesday’s ‘Working for You’ From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The Honourable Ian Patches Liburd, minister of public infrastructure, posts, urban development and transport, will be the special guest on the weekly radio and television programme

St. Kitts-Nevis’ agricultural sector show significant improvements for 2017

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: The Honourable Eugene Hamilton   St. Kitts-Nevis’ agricultural sector show significant improvements for 2017 From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – During the 2018 budget debates Dec. 11, the Honourable Eugene Hamilton, minister of agriculture, expressed that the agricultural sector has seen significant improvements for 2017. “The

Newspaper Cover for 8th December 2017

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Minister highlights importance of Department of Environment

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: Minister Eugene Hamilton said that the Department of Environment remains committed to leading on environmental matters such as climate change, biodiversity and biosafety.     Minister highlights importance of Department of Environment From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – As the debate continues on the Appropriation (2018) Bill,2017,

NIA looking to data-driven decision making

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: At left, His Excellency George Gow-Wei Chiou,  resident ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis for the Republic of China (Taiwan), presents to Deputy Premier of Nevis the Honourable Mark Brantley the manual for the newly-installed Health Information System at the Alexandra Hospital Dec. 8.     NIA

Venezuela’s Inflation at 1,369 Percent

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer CARACAS – Crisis-stricken Venezuela’s inflation rate reached quadruple digits for the first time, according to figures released by the opposition-led Congress, which show consumer prices rising by 1,369 percent between January and November. The legislature, which this year began publishing its own inflation figures after the government stopped

Undocumented Aliens a Big Problem for Dominican Republic

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer The Dominican Republic’s Directorate General of Migration (DGM) reported that, in November, 10,696 foreigners from six countries [mainly from Haiti] were expelled or not admitted at the border and returned to their respective countries. This brings to more than 255,000 (June 2015 to November 2017) the total number

Venezuelans Banned from US Travel

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer The U.S. State Department says it has begun implementing President Donald Trump’s order limiting travel into the country.. The order, which was given the go-ahead by the Supreme Court , restricts travelers to varying degrees from eight countries, six of them with Muslim-majority populations. The countries are Chad,

Declaration from CARICOM-Cuba Summit released

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Declaration of St. Mary’s on the occasion of the 60th CARICOM-Cuba Summit St. Mary’s, Antigua and Barbuda, Dec. 8, 2017 From CARICOM   Greater Georgetown, Guyana – We, the Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community and the Republic of Cuba, meeting in St. Mary’s,

US Comes Down Hard on Jamaican Islamic Cleric

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer WASHINGTON,USA— Jamaican Islam cleric Abdullah Ibrahim Faisal, 54, has been named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist for assisting in, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, ISIS. The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign

5 Killed in St. Croix Fiery Plane Crash

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer ST CROIX, US Virgin Islands – Five people have died in the fiery crash of private charter aircraft Friday night at St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. An investigation by the US authorities is now underway into the tragedy that claimed the lives of the pilot and four

CFBC celebrates academic excellence at 29th Commencement Ceremony

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer CFBC celebrates academic excellence at 29th Commencement Ceremony From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The academic excellence of the 2017 graduating class of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) was celebrated at its 29th Commencement Ceremony Nov. 21 at the St. George’s Anglican Church in Basseterre. “Your

Cuban President Co-Chairs CARICOM-Cuba Conference

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Cuban President Raul Castro was in Antigua and Barbuda on an official visit to attend the sixth Cuba-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit Friday (Dec. 8) and a meeting of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Saturday (Dec.9). Friday’s CARICOM-Cuba summit was co-chaired by Castro and

Barbados at Odds with European Union Blacklist

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados—The blacklisting of Barbados by the European Union (EU) could have serious implications for the island’s economy, International Business Minister Donville Inniss has warned. His warning is echoing across the Caribbean home to several nations on the list. A day after the EU released a global tax

New ferry terminal facility to improve commuters’ experiences

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo 1:  (From left to right) Minister of Nevis Affairs, Labour, Social Security and Ecclesiastical Affairs, the Honourable Vance Amory; His Excellency the Governor-General Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton; Minister of Public Infrastructure, Posts, Urban Development and Transport, the Hon. Ian Liburd; and Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris. Photo 2:

Team Unity government ‘puts people first in housing sector’

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Team Unity government ‘puts people first in housing sector’ From the press unit in the Office of the Prime Minister   BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Close to 800 people in St. Kitts and Nevis have benefited across all government-supported home ownership initiatives under the Team Unity administration, says

CARICOM, Cuba heads to meet in Antigua

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Photo: CARICOM SG Ambassador Irwin LaRocque addresses the opening session of the last CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Havana.   CARICOM, Cuba heads to meet in Antigua From CARICOM   Greater Georgetown, Guyana – Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Cuba will hold

Congressional Tax Reform Needs to Address Puerto Rico

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer By Carlos “Johnny” Mendez, Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives Puerto Rico is starting to recover from what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has called the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States and now we are facing another storm: the provisions

Five Caribbean Nations Make EU Tax Haven Blacklist

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer BRUSSELS, Belgium — European Union finance ministers have adopted a blacklist of tax havens that includes 17 extra-EU jurisdictions that don’t report the details of their account holders. These include five countries in the wider Caribbean: Barbados, Grenada, Panama, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. Rounding out the

National Assembly meets Wednesday

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer National Assembly meets Wednesday From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The Order Paper has been circulated for a Sitting of the National Assembly to be held at the National Assembly Chambers, Government Headquarters, Basseterre, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Notice has been given. The Honourable Prime Minister and

Fourteen awarded for outstanding service to ECSC

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Fourteen awarded for outstanding service to ECSC  From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – Fourteen individuals in St. Kitts and Nevis were awarded for their sterling contribution to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) as part of the organization’s 50th anniversary celebrations held throughout 2017 in all

New Basseterre Ferry Terminal officially opens Wednesday

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   New Basseterre Ferry Terminal officially opens Wednesday  From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The brand new Basseterre Ferry Terminal, which will enhance the comfort and safety of passengers travelling between St. Kitts and Nevis and to other neighbouring islands, will officially open at 3 p.m. Wednesday,

Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court celebrates golden anniversary

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo 1: ECSC’s 50th Anniversary logo Photo 2: Participants in attendance at celebratory event in St. Kitts for ECSC’s 50th Anniversary   Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court celebrates golden anniversary SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – This year marks 50 years since the establishment of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme

Bank donation kicks off Christmas Red Kettle Campaign

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Bank donation kicks off Christmas Red Kettle Campaign CIBC FirstCaribbean   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The Salvation Army’s effort to assist less fortunate families in St. Kitts-Nevis is off to a flying start with a donation from CIBC FirstCaribbean. As part of an annual initiative, the bank

No Known Deaths in 6.0 Ecuador Earthquake

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer QUITO, Ecuador – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck along the coast of Ecuador Sunday in the same area where a much stronger tremor left hundreds dead last year. President Lenin Moreno said there were no immediate reports of victims or major damage from the quake, which jolted many

Violence, Curfew, Claims of Voter Fraud in Honduras Election

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Opposition leaders in Honduras have condemned a mandatory curfew as a government attempt to seize power after the country’s highly contested and unresolved presidential election Nov. 26 resulted in chaotic violence amid claims of voter fraud. The government imposed the nightly curfew in an effort to quell unrest

Mystery N.Y. Suicide Of Golden Crust Caribbean Boss

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer NEW YORK,USA- Mystery surrounds the apparent suicide of Lowell Hawthorne, 57, founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, who is said by police to have shot himself late Saturday afternoon (Dec. 2) inside his Bronx, New York factory. Hawthorne was one of the most successful

Caribbean Finally Represented on American Internet Registry

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Two Caribbean women, for the first time, will sit on the advisory panel of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). ARIN is one of five registries worldwide that coordinate Internet number resources. The ARIN region spans the United States, Canada and about half of

Jamaica Sees Itself as Leader in Caribbean International Shipping

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica– International shipping is a major plank of the Government’s strategic economic programme intil 2030, capitalizing on potential mega investments associated with the global logistics hub initiative and bolstered by the expanded Panama Canal, according to Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry. He says Jamaica considers

Grenada to Fight Child Sex Crimes with Special Victims Unit

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer ST GEORGE’S, Grenada– Alarming statistics showing that Grenada’s children are under threat from various forms of perverted actions has forced the Keith Mitchell Administration to propose forming a special victims unit to fight these crimes. The issue took centre stage in Parliament as Mitchell revealed that 60 per

Six Caribbean territories, states eliminate motherchild transmission of HIV and syphilis

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Six Caribbean territories, states eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis From the PAHO, WHO and UNAIDS The World Health Organization has validated Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and Saint Kitts and Nevis as achieving dual elimination   Saint Kitts and Nevis/ Geneva – Anguilla,

Audio of PM’s World AIDS Day Address released

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Attached are the broadcast schedule and the contents of Prime Minister Harris’ World AIDS Day Address.     World-Aids-day-message-2017-Timothy-Harris-1.mp3 world-aids-day-2017-flyer.pdf The post Audio of PM’s World AIDS Day Address released appeared first on The St Kitts Nevis Observer. Link: Audio of PM’s World AIDS Day Address released

Post-Cabinet briefing for November released

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Post-Cabinet briefing for November released From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – Formal meetings of the Cabinet took place on Nov. 6, 9, and 13. The meetings were chaired by Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris.  Here are the salient matters that were discussed at the meetings on

CIBC FirstCaribbean’s crusade against cancer continues

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   CIBC FirstCaribbean’s crusade against cancer continues From Island Xpressions Basseterre, St. Kitts – On Sunday, Nov. 5, hundreds of cancer crusaders took to the streets of Basseterre in support of the sixth annual cancer care and awareness event – “Walk for the Cure” – hosted by CIBC

Caribbean entrepreneur competition registration now available

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Caribbean entrepreneur competition registration now available From the YABT   The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) has announced the launch of the fifth edition of the Caribbean Innovation Competition (CIC). The Caribbean Innovation Competition is an international competition and business start-up accelerator program for young entrepreneurs in

SKN Gets WHO Honour for Mom-Child HIV, Syphilis Prevention

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Washington, DC— St. Kitts and Nevis, along with five other Caribbean nations, is about to receive World Health Organization (WHO) validation for having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis during a ceremony here Friday attended by the Federation’s Prime Minister Dr.Timothy Harris. Dr. Harris, will announce this

St. Kitts and Nevis to benefit from electric school bus

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: An electric school bus (Google)   St. Kitts and Nevis to benefit from electric school bus From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – A new initiative set to be implemented will see the energy and transportation sectors in St. Kitts and Nevis transformed as the result of

CARICOM SG: Barbados has big impact on the world

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer     CARICOM SG: Barbados has big impact on the world From CARICOM   Greater Georgetown, Guyana – Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has lauded Barbados as it celebrates its 51st Independence Anniversary Dec. 30, describing it as “a small state which has made a

CARICOM lauds Suriname’s commitment to integration

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   CARICOM lauds Suriname’s commitment to integration From CARICOM   Greater Georgetown, Guyana – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has lauded Suriname’s commitment to regional integration, particularly its championing for youth and cultural cooperation, key elements of its portfolio within the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet. In a message to the

Governor-general welcomes new ambassador of Israel

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Please see attached for a press release of the governor-general’s meeting with the new ambassador of Israel.   New-Ambassador-of-Israel-to-Saint-Kitts-and-Nevis.pdf The post Governor-general welcomes new ambassador of Israel appeared first on The St Kitts Nevis Observer. Link: Governor-general welcomes new ambassador of Israel

Department of Environment seeks consultant

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Community Notice   The Department of Environment, in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, invites suitable and interested applicants to apply for the title of consultancy to conduct the “Technical Feasibility Study for Transformation of the St. Kitts and Nevis’ Public Transport Sector to Electric

Nevis Premier issues statement on Charlestown Secondary School fire

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: The Honourable Vance Amory, premier of Nevis and minister responsible for security    Nevis Premier issues statement on Charlestown Secondary School fire From NIA   Charlestown, Nevis – The following is (the unedited) statement of the Honourable Vance Amory, premier of Nevis and minister responsible for security,

Governor-general congratulates prince on engagement

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Governor-general congratulates prince on engagement   See the accompanying attachment. Press-Release-November-27-2017.pdf The post Governor-general congratulates prince on engagement appeared first on The St Kitts Nevis Observer. Link: Governor-general congratulates prince on engagement

Fire official: CSS fire investigation ongoing

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo 1: Block D of the Charlestown Secondary School after a Nov. 25 fire. Photo 2: Kevin Barrett, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education on Nevis, is pictured inside of the burned-out classroom after a fire in Block D at the Charlestown Secondary School Nov. 27. Photo

Man killed in Basseterre Saturday night

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Man killed in Basseterre Saturday night By Loshaun Dixon   Theon Audain, 27, died Saturday after armed assailants opened fire near Tony Berry’s Shop at the junction of Wigley Avenue and Union Street in Basseterre. Police are investigating the shooting incident that occurred around 11:30 p.m. while Audain was standing

St. Kitts & Nevis Named to Travel Hot Spot List

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer NEW YORK, USA – Protravel International, one of the travel industry’s leading luxury travel agencies has shared some favourite fall and winter travel tips from its best-in-class agents. And seven Caribbean islands are on the list of hotspots. “Particularly for our East Coast clients, the Caribbean is a

China, Private Investment May Be Caribbean’s Best Hope

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Eby Masaō Ashtine Lecturer in Alternative Energy, University of the West Indies from The Conversation November 20 marked the end of the Atlantic hurricane season, but for the Caribbean, it’s only the beginning of a painful recovery process. In early September, Hurricane Irma largely destroyed Barbuda and several

Floating Trash Islands Another Problem for Caribbean

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Caribbean governments are sparring over the “trash islands” floating off their shores, huge mounds of waste that include everything from plastic bottles to bags of blood. Agence France Press reported that neighbors Honduras and Guatemala are dealing with the trash masses and, while there is some debate about

High school catches fire

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   High school catches fire By Monique Washington A classroom at the Charlestown Secondary School in Nevis was partially burned after it caught fire last night. Sometime after 9 p.m., the fire department was summoned to the school, where one of the classrooms were on fire. The fire

Inches found guilty Case may be appealed

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer It was a case of third time unlucky for Delano “Inches” Browne who was finally convicted of attempted robbery and assault in a 2013 incident at the Yachtsmen’s Grill Wednesday (Nov. 22) at the High Court in Charlestown. His lawyer may file an appeal over the verdict, the

Geothermal to begin Wells to be completed in January 2018

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer In just 45 days the drilling of test wells for the exploration of geothermal energy is expected to be completed in Nevis, according to Hon. Mark Brantley the Minister assigned to the geothermal project. And he announced the geothermal project will be moving forward in hopes to making

CCM’s newest candidate to be launched in grand style

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Eric Evelyn, a new candidate with the Concerned Citizens Movement, will contest the next Nevis Island Administrative Election, for the seat of St. George, Gingerland currently held by Nevis Premier the Hon. Vance Amory.. He will announce his candidacy 7 pm. Friday (Nov.24) at a reception at Hanley’s

Richards calls for increased carnival participation

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture the hon. Shawn Richards has called for increased participation from the 2017-2018 National Carnival or Sugar Mas 46. Speaking at the opening of the festivities last Friday at the Circus in Basseterre, Richards made the call for more involvement from members of the

Republic of China (Taiwan) supports two significant projects in St. Kitts and Nevis

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo 1: Left to right, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Osmond Petty; Cabinet Secretary Josephine Huggins; Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris; Minister of State within the Ministry of Health et al. Senator the Honourable Wendy Phipps; Deputy Financial Secretary Calvin Edwards; Taiwan’s Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts

Governor-General’s latest activities noted

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Governor-General’s latest activities noted From SKNIS        The attached press release from Government House relates the recent activities of Governor-General His Excellency Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton.   Press-Release-November-24-2017.pdf The post Governor-General’s latest activities noted appeared first on The St Kitts Nevis Observer. Link: Governor-General’s latest activities

St. Kitts and Nevis soon to sail into yachting tourism

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer St. Kitts and Nevis soon to sail into yachting tourism By SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – Prospects of a thriving yachting sector in St. Kitts and Nevis is expected to come into fruition soon with the launch of the Yachting Strategic Plan and the Yachting Implementation Plan

Newspaper Cover for 24th November 2017

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Haiti Embarrasses US in Donations for Caribbean Recovery

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer The Trump Administration appears to be the tightwads of the international community where financial aid for the Hurricane ravaged Caribbean is concerned. More than $2 billion has been pledged by nations around world, almost half in loans and debt relief. Yet, only $4.3 million has been pledged from

IMF Not Impressed with Barbados’ Economy, Declining Reserves

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The International Monetary Fund is not bowled over by Barbados’ economic progress or the Government’s plans to fix the island’s spiralling debt and falling international reserves.In fact, it has advised the Freundel Stuart administration to take “urgent” corrective action. Following an IMF team’s two-week Article IV

Proactive approach taken to prevent drug abuse among youth

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: (L-R) Director of the St. Kitts-Nevis National Council for Drug Prevention Secretariat Karimu Byron and Drug Prevention Officer Newrish Nital   Proactive approach taken to prevent drug abuse among youth From SKNIS Basseterre, St. Kitts – The St. Kitts-Nevis National Council for Drug Prevention Secretariat is taking a proactive approach

Minister’s Youth Forum paves way for ‘frank, respectful dialogue’

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photos3: Pictured are attendees at the Minister’s Youth Forum and Inaugural Luncheon at the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI) Nov. 21.    Minister’s Youth Forum paves way for ‘frank, respectful dialogue’ From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The Minister’s Youth Forum and first-ever Minister’s Youth Luncheon, which was

ROC (Taiwan) invests US$100,000 in nation’s youth, student teachers

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer EMU Photo: His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou, resident ambassador of the ROC (Taiwan) to St. Kitts and Nevis, and Minister of Education Honourable Shawn Richards with school representatives.     ROC (Taiwan) invests US$100,000 in nation’s youth, student teachers From SKNIS Basseterre, St. Kitts – The Republic of China (Taiwan)

Second cruise pier going up in St. Kitts by 2019

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Second cruise pier going up in St. Kitts by 2019 From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The official contract-signing ceremony between the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority and the Canadian Commercial Corporation for the construction of the second cruise pier at Port Zante in

Drug abuse prevention is topic of today’s ‘Working for you’

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Drug abuse prevention is topic of today’s ‘Working for you’ From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The director of the St. Kitts-Nevis National Council for Drug Prevention Secretariat, Karimu Byron, and Drug Prevention Officer Newrish Nital will be the special guests on “Working for You” today.  

PM Harris carries out active bilateral agenda at UN meeting

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris, who is shown speaking with representatives of Venezuela, the European Commission and Romania, is also shown delivering his address at the United Nations-sponsored High-Level Pledging Conference in New York.   PM Harris carries out active bilateral agenda at UN meeting

Opening remarks from SG of CARICOM released

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Photo: CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, middle,  addresses the technical consultations for the CARICOM High-Level Pledging Conference at UN Headquarters Nov. 20.  Sharing the head table at left is UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner and director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development

IMF Chief Pledges Caribbean Rebuilding Partnership

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica – The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), at a meeting here, has declared itself a partner in the Caribbean’s push to get back on its feet in the wake of devastating hurricanes. The fund’s managing director Christine Lagarde delivered that assurance as she began

Trump Tells 60,000 Hatians in US Time to Go Home

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer The Trump administration said it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation. The Homeland Security Department said conditions in Haiti have improved significantly,

Valedictorians urge classmates to strive for the best

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo 1: Azel Williams of the Charlestown Secondary School Graduating Class of 2017 delivers remarks on behalf of Valedictorian Mckebou Tross at the Charlestown Secondary School and the Nevis Sixth Form College Graduation and Prize-giving Ceremony Nov. 15 at the Nevis Cultural Complex.   Photo 2: Monique Browne,

Bahama’s Baha Mar Steps Up to Host Branson’s Necker Cup

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Virgin founder, Sir Richard Branson has never been one to shy away from a fight when he’s passionate about a cause. In late August 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria decimated Necker Island, the exclusive island retreat owned by the humanitarian/entrepreneur. In a heartbeat, efforts were underway to put

NEVLEC’s acting GM says brief power interruption possible Tuesday

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: Jervan Swanston, acting general manager of the Nevis Electricity Company Limited (file photo)   NEVLEC’s acting GM says brief power interruption possible Tuesday From NIA   Charlestown, Nevis – The following is a statement from Jervan Swanston, acting general manager of the Nevis Electricity Company Limited (NEVLEC),

Haiti Re-Establishes Military

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer PORT-AU-PRINCE- Haiti’s president has heralded the re-establishment of the country’s military after 22 years, a divisive issue in the impoverished Caribbean nation which has a history of bloody coups and political instability. Haiti has been without military forces since 1995, when former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide disbanded the army

Puerto Rico Electric Chief Resigns

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer NEW YORK,USA – The head of Puerto Rico’s indebted utility authority has resigned following criticism of the slow restoration of power to the island after Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory’s governor said. Ricardo Ramos, who was named head of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) in 2016,

St. Kitts-Nevis moves into tourism big leagues

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer     St. Kitts-Nevis moves into tourism big leagues By Valencia Grant, press secretary to the prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis   Basseterre, St. Kitts – Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour, a five-star luxury beach resort that opened this month in the heart of Banana

One hospitalised following Saturday shooting in Saddlers

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer One hospitalised following Saturday shooting in Saddlers From the RSCNPF      Basseterre, St. Kitts – A 25-year-old man is in stable condition at the J.N.F. Hospital after being shot several times at about 3:25 a.m. Saturday morning. Preliminary investigations have revealed that Darren Caines and his younger

US Hurricane Aid: A Fraction of What’s Needed?

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer WASHINGTON, USA – The White House has asked asked Congress for $44 billion in supplemental disaster assistance to help those affected by the recent hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Yet this is a fraction of what the affected areas claim they

Virtues of Island Living Promoted by CTO at Canada Event

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer TORONTO, Canada– The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has declared 2018 the Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation in the Caribbean, stressing the physical and mental virtues of island living. The CTO’s secretary general Hugh Riley announced the theme for next year at a news conference as part of the

AM Luxury Resort / Residence Complex Planned for St. Lucia

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer CASTRIES, St Lucia–Two of AMResorts’ luxury, all-inclusive resort brands are coming to St Lucia, marking the company’s first foray in the Caribbean island. The resorts will form part of the new luxury resort and residential community, Canelles Resort and Residences at Honeymoon Beach, which is being developed by

Pastor dies in traffic accident

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Pastor dies in traffic accident By Loshaun Dixon   Police are investigation a road fatality that resulted in a Sandy Point pastor losing his life early Saturday morning. According to reports, Pastor Mark Hodge, 45, was leaving a gospel concert at Flow Grounds when he had trouble starting

Nevis afternoon shooting leaves one dead

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   UPDATED: Afternoon shooting leaves one dead By Monique Washington The Nevisian community was rocked Friday by two shootings, one of which claimed the life of a well-known clothing vendor, Lincoln “Bongo” Liburd, 56, of Craddock Road. “Bongo” had been a fixture in Charlestown, where he sold apparel

UK assures CARIFORUM it will honour EPA commitments 

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer     Joint statement on the meeting of the UK, CARIFORUM states on future trade relations Thursday 16  November 2017,   Greg Hands, the Honourable Minister responsible for Trade Policy in the United  Kingdom  (UK) met with the Honourable Ministers and  representatives of the CARIFORUM  States to discuss the

American Airlines increases daily nonstop flights to St. Kitts

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: Minister Grant said he is extremely happy with the addition of the American Airlines flight into St. Kitts.   American Airlines increases daily nonstop flights to St. Kitts From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts, – The Honourable Lindsay Grant, Minister of Tourism, has echoed his delight and

Nevlec Customers to See Bill Reductions

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer The Nevis Electricity Company domestic customers will, for the next two months see a reduction in their electricity bills according to the Acting General Manager of the company Jervan Swanston. The announcement came Tuesday during an update on the power station and the electrical upgrade at the plant. “In

USAID assistance helps almost 400 families in SKN

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer About 400 families in St. Kitts and Nevis were the beneficiaries of help provided by the US Government through its United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). Carl Herbert National Disaster Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in an interview with

Two Sacked in Growing Guyana Gold Board Scandal

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Guyana Gold Board (GGB) has fired two of its longstanding employees allegedly involved in some racket of financial irregularities, even as an internal investigation is ongoing. While the identities of the employees have not been disclosed, the Guyana Gold Board has said their service

Stansfield Scott Exhibit the Humanitarian Side of Capitalism

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer TAMPA, Florida – In the wake of the current hurricane season the food services firm Stansfeld Scott reached out to their distribution partners from each of the affected islands and determined that all employees were safe but many had experienced some degree of personal loss especially regarding their

Puerto Rico’s Fonsi Wins Big at Latin Grammy Awards

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer LAS VEGAS – The global hit “Despacito” was the big winner at Thursday’s Latin Grammy Awards, making good on all four of its nominations, including record and song of the year. Singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi dedicated his awards to his native Puerto Rico, as did several other artists throughout

CARICOM, Cuba Expand Access to Regional Products

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana– The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba have signed the Second Protocol to an Agreement that will expand access to each other’s markets for goods. CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and Cuban Ambassador to CARICOM, Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante, signed the Second Protocol to the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement

Grenada, CDB tackling poverty through climate-smart agriculture

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Photo: Refurbished building at the Mirabeau Campus will house TAMCC Environmental Sustainability Programme.   Grenada, CDB tackling poverty through climate-smart agriculture From the CDB   Bridgetown, Barbados – The government of Grenada has set its focus on increasing food security and reducing poverty through climate-smart agriculture (CSA),

Newspaper Cover for 17th November 2017

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Paraguay OKs Extradition of Former FIFA Official to US

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer A judge in Paraguay has authorised the extradition to the US of Nicolás Leoz, the former president of Conmebol, South America’s football confederation. Mr Leoz is one of the main suspects in a huge bribery and money-laundering scandal being investigated by the US Justice Department. The former Fifa

CDB, CARICOM committed to regional development through data revolution

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer     CDB, CARICOM committed to regional development through data revolution From the CDB   Bridgetown, Barbados – With efforts firmly set on reaching targets laid out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Caribbean Development Bank has pledged its continued support to an area particularly critical

CARICOM issues call for nominations for Energy Personality Award

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   CARICOM issues call for nominations for Energy Personality Award From CARICOM   Greater Georgetown, Guyana – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Programme has issued a call for nominations for an “Energy Personality Award.” The nominations call is being made as CARICOM Energy Month is being celebrated. CEM

Regional stakeholders assemble in St. Kitts and Nevis to participate in pollutants workshop

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: Participants at the Regional Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Inventories Validation Workshop   Regional stakeholders assemble in St. Kitts and Nevis to participate in pollutants workshop  From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – Regional stakeholders from their respective National Bureaus of Standard are currently in St. Kitts and Nevis

St.Vincent & the Grenadines PM Names Son Finance Minister

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   KINGSTOWN, St Vincent and the Grenadines– Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves has handed over the important finance ministry to his son in a Cabinet reshuffle. Camillo Gonsalves, 45, has taken over the responsibility held by his father since 2001.It has been added to the portfolios he previously

European Investment Bank and CDB Form Caribbean Redevelopment Fund

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer BONN,Germany – The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have set up an emergency post-disaster reconstruction financing initiative to help the region recover from recent hurricanes. The new US$24 million financing package is an addition to the US$120 million Climate Action Framework Loan II signed in May this

Heart Disease Prevention–Eat Nuts

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — People who regularly snack on a variety of nuts may face a lower risk of heart disease than people who don’t, said the largest study of its kind, which was released this week. Eating five weekly servings of walnuts, peanuts or other

Unauthorized SKN Herpes Research May Cost US University Millions

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Questionable herpes vaccine research done in St.Kitts and Nevis and backed by tech heavyweight Peter Thiel may have jeopardized $15 million in federal research funding to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. That’s according to documents obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request by The State Journal

Pope’s Peru, Chile Trip to Focus on Indigenous People

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis’ weeklong visit to Chile and Peru in January is expected to include a focus on issues affecting indigenous people. The Vatican on Monday released the itinerary for the Jan. 15-22 trip, which will be the pope’s 21st foreign visit and his fifth to

St. Kitts and Nevis observe World Diabetes Day

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer St. Kitts and Nevis observe World Diabetes Day From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The Honourable Sen. Wendy Phipps, minister of state with responsibility for health, announced that St. Kitts and Nevis is celebrating the observance of World Diabetes Day, which is commemorated annually on Nov. 14.

Byron-Nisbett attends Trinidad and Tobago retreat on “Building Caribbean Resilience”

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo 1: Sen. Akilah Byron-Nisbett Photo 2: Participants who attended the retreat   Byron-Nisbett attends Trinidad and Tobago retreat on “Building Caribbean Resilience” From the St. Kitts-Nevis Parliament   Basseterre, St. Kitts – Deputy Speaker Sen. the Honourable Akilah Byron-Nisbett was among Parliamentarians from 15 Caribbean countries and a dozen

Venezuela Chaos: At Home, at the UN

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer CARACAS,Venezuela – While Venezuela’s debt crisis baffled foreign investors in Caracas, over in New York several nations staged a walkout of a UN conference to discuss the chaotic situation in that nation. Foreign investors walked a red carpet at a state palace eager to hear strategies for reorganizing

Strong Earthquake Jolts Peaceful Cost Rica

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – A powerful earthquake measuring 6.5 magnitude struck off the Costa Rica coast on Sunday night, toppling power lines and triggering rockslides near the epicenter. But no deaths have been reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was centred about 15 kilometres southeast

American Woman Named Head of Haiti UN Mission

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer NEW YORK, USA–United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres has named 53- year-old American national, Susan D Page of the United States, as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH). MINUJUSTH replaces the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) that

Popular Canadian newspaper features Prime Minister Harris

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Popular Canadian newspaper features Prime Minister Harris Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister   Basseterre, St. Kitts – St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris is featured in Share Newspaper and its online publication Sharenews.com, where he expounds upon a

Youth bike ride builds camaraderie among participants

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo 1:  Kerissa Roberts participated in the bike-a-thon for the first time on Sunday.   Photo 2:  A section of the bike-a-thon participants      Youth bike ride builds camaraderie among participants From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The 2nd Annual Youth Island-wide Bike Ride made a favourable impression

NEVLEC update on power generation

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: Jervan Swanston, acting general manager of the Nevis Electricity Company Limited   NEVLEC updates power generation information From NIA   Charlestown, Nevis – The following is a statement from Jervan Swanston, acting general manager of the Nevis Electricity Company Limited (NEVLEC), dated Nov. 13, regarding an update on

US Claims It Donated Nearly $19M in Hurricane Relief Aid

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer The U.S. Government provided nearly $18.7 million to date in humanitarian assistance to Caribbean countries devastated by hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria, among which is St.Kitts and Nevis, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). The office remains focused on

Child Marriage Common in USA

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Believe it or not, but most American states have no hard and fast minimum marriage age. And new figures reveal more than 200,000 children were married in the US over the past 15 years. . Three 10-year-old girls and an 11-year-old boy were among the youngest to wed,

Jamaica leads the Most Nations in Murder-Suicides

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Jamaican men are killing their spouses and then themselves at a higher rate than men in the United States and most other countries in the world, with local researchers theorising that this is due to a pervasive cultural belief that a woman is a man’s possession for life.

Citizens will Suffer if Venezuela Defaults

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer CARACAS, VENEZUELA – Luber Faneitte has lung cancer,the result of smoking since being a teenager, but there’s no medicine to treat her. Crime is rampant in her neighborhood. And she fears that if Venezuela defaults on its $150 billion debt, which is considered likely, things will get worse.

Venezuela Clamps Down on Media

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer CARACAS, VENEZUELA – Venezuela’s all-powerful constitutional assembly has passed a wide-reaching law that clamps down on the media and orders prison sentences of up to 20 years for anyone who ‘instigates hate.’ The law passed Wednesday by the pro-government assembly prohibits Venezuelans from spreading any message through TV,

Security Council to Discuss Worsening Venezuela Crisis

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer New York,USA– U.N. officials say the United States and Italy have organized an informal Security Council meeting on Venezuela aimed at preventing the crisis in that country from turning into a security threat. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley will chair the informal meeting Monday, which will include addresses from

Florida Taking Advantage of Hurricane Wrecked Holiday Islands

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer What has been the Caribbean’s pain looks to be Florida’s gain, with tourist hotel bookings reportedly rising fast. Several South Florida hotels are anticipating higher demand in the coming months, as winter travelers who originally booked for the Caribbean are now looking to relocate vacations to Miami. Despite

16th Annual Nevis Triathlon kicks off this weekend

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: Greg Phillip, race director of the Nevis Marathon hosted by Nevis Multisport with support from the Nevis Island Administration and the Nevis Tourism Authority (file photo)   16th Annual Nevis Triathlon kicks off this weekend From NIA   Charlestown, Nevis – The 16th annual Nevis Triathlon kicks

Town Hall meeting planned Nov. 16

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   The attached press release from the Ministry of Health discusses the Nov. 16 town hall meeting.      CARICOM-Marijuana-Commission-Town-Hall-Meeting-PDF-Press-Release.pdf The post Town Hall meeting planned Nov. 16 appeared first on The St Kitts Nevis Observer. Link: Town Hall meeting planned Nov. 16

Democracy a Hard Sell in Communist Cuba

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer HAVANA – Cuban opposition leaders said they failed to get anyone nominated as a candidate for municipal elections, falling at the first hurdle as the Communist-run island embarks on a political cycle that will end 60 years of Castro brothers’ rule. This month’s municipal elections are the first

Christophe Harbour Foundation supports students’ culinary dreams

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo 1: (L-R) Joya Wolfe, Acting Director Pierre Liburd and Beth Haizlop Photo 2: Winners from the Saddlers Secondary School (Department of Youth Empowerment Photo)   Christophe Harbour Foundation supports students’ culinary dreams From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – In support of Youth Month’s High School Chef Competition, the Christophe

$660M Drug Bust, Colombia’s Biggest

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer BOGOTA, Colombia – Police in Colombia have discovered 12 tonnes of cocaine believed to have a street value $660 million in the country’s biggest ever drugs bust. The police have stated that the huge stash of drugs belonged to Dario Antonia Usuga, the chief of Colombia’s largest drug-trafficking

Haiti 2016’s Worst Weather Victim

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer BONN, GERMANY – Haiti, which was hit last year by its strongest hurricane in 50 years, has been ranked the country worst-affected by extreme weather in 2016, in an index published Thursday.It will be interesting to see next November who takes the 2017 top spot. Zimbabwe, which suffered

Team Unity government proud of its housing development program

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Team Unity government proud of its housing development program From press unit in the Office of the Prime Minister   Basseterre, St. Kitts – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris said Tuesday’s presentation of 14 brand new National Housing Corporation (NHC) homes to

CARICOM secretary-general: Seize opportunity to help hurricane-hit countries build back better

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Photo: Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM secretary-general; the Honourable Paula Gopie-Scoon, COTED chair and minister of trade and industry of Trinidad and Tobago; Joseph Cox, CARICOM assistant secretary, trade and economic integration; and Desiree Field-Ridley, adviser, single market and sectoral programmes, at the opening of the 45th COTED, Marriott Hotel,

Ross Med School: From Dominica to St.Kitts to Tennessee

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer More than 1,400 students, faculty and staff from Dominica’s hurricane wrecked Ross School of Medicine (RUSM), currently studying on a cruise ship moored at St. Kitts, will be on the move again for their coming winter semester, this time to Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. . RUSM plans to relocate

Ambassador of Guyana presents credentials to CARICOM secretary-general

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Ambassador of Guyana presents credentials to CARICOM secretary-general From CARICOM   Georgetown, Guyana – H.E. Charlene Phoenix, ambassador of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to the Caribbean Community,  presented her credentials to H.E. Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, secretary-general and chief executive officer of the Caribbean Community Nov. 8.

Small Grants Programme helps St. Kitts and Nevis adapt to climate change

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: Recipients who received grants under the the Small Grants Programme St. Kitts-Nevis are pictured.   Small Grants Programme helps St. Kitts and Nevis adapt to climate change From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The Small Grants Programme St. Kitts-Nevis (SGPSKN) celebrated the successful completion of sustainable projects, and recently

Ministry of Agriculture assists farmers affected by hurricanes

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Ministry of Agriculture assists farmers affected by hurricanes From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – Minister of Agriculture the Honourable Eugene Hamilton has expressed the government’s commitment to assisting farmers affected by this year’s hurricane season noting that 102 farmers have so far been given assistance though a

Storms Gone, Southwest Begins Regular Flights to Turks and Caicos

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Southwest Airline began flying in to Turks and Caicos Sunday and will now operate daily service between Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Providenciales International Airport bringing the carrier’s total number of countries served to 11. In addition, Southwest is also offering new service between Fort Lauderdale and

Five Murdered in Nicaragua as Ortega Wins Third Term

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AFP) – At least five people have been killed and 11 were wounded in acts of violence during and after weekend municipal elections in Nicaragua that saw President Daniel Ortega’s party the victor, various party leaders and local media said Monday. Two people were killed in

Business as Usual for Major Caribbean Cruise Lines

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer The Caribbean’s largest cruise lines haven’t allowed a record hurricane season to stop them from making money. For example Carnival, the world’s largest cruise company, begins returning this month to  Grand Turk, St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.    Most of the nearly 100 destinations in the

In a Turn-Around Bahamas PM Now Backs MP Pay Increase

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Bahamas’ Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday backtracked on a campaign promise and pledged to implement a pay raise for members of Parliament in the next budget following complaints about the size of freelance advisor fees compared to MP’s annual salaries.. In the House of Assembly, Minnis revealed

SKN to Benefit from CDB’s Revamped Poverty Fighting Programme

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) poverty-fighting programme, the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF), has unveiled an ambitious plan for its ninth cycle. The bank has negotiated more funds for the BNTF, taken steps to improve the programme’s efficiency and effectiveness, and will strengthen partnerships with

Another teen goes missing

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force are currently searching for a teen from Sandy Point, St. Kitts  who went missing four days ago. The police issued a missing person bulletin Thursday for  Ruthlyn Williams, a 17 year old female. According to the report Ruthlyn was last

Sir K Dwight Venner to be featured on new $50 bill

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has announced the face of the bank’s late governor the Hon. Sir K. Dwight Venner will be super imposed on the $50 bill in honour of his legacy. In a release, the ECCB revealed at its recent 89th Meeting the Monetary Council

Geothermal exploration drill rig arrives on Nevis

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo 1: (Left-right) Mc Levon “Makie” Tross, local representative for the geothermal developers Nevis Renewable Energy International, and David Griggs, operations manager DOSECC Exploration Services LLC (drilling contractors based in Salt Lake City) pose with a section of the drill rig at the Long Point Port on its

Newspaper Cover for 3rd November 2017

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US Still Refuses to Lift Cuba Boycott

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer The United States, at the UN General Assembly, voted against ending its nearly 60-year-old economic embargo on Cuba. The shift back to a “no” vote, came a year after Washington abstained for the first time under former President Barack Obama’s administration, which was working to normalize ties with

Noted Academic Sees Oil Transforming Guyana

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer By Professor Anthony T. Bryan Within this decade Guyana, one of South America’s poorest nations, could be among its richest. In 2015, ExxonMobil and its international partners discovered vast oil reserves off the Caribbean coast of this small country. By 2018, five new wells will be pumping out

Pamella Cornelius receives keys to newly renovated home

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Pamella Cornelius receives keys to newly renovated home From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – Minister of Human Settlement et al. the Honourable Eugene Hamilton, in partnership with the National Housing Corporation (NHC), handed keys to a newly renovated house to Pamella Cornelius at a ceremony held in

Nevis community urged to embrace seniors; learn from their wisdom

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photos: The Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams delivers remarks at the Gala and Awards Ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Social Development, Social Services Department, Seniors Division, at the Occasions Entertainment Arcade Oct. 31.   Nevis community urged to embrace seniors; learn from their wisdom From NIA   Charlestown, Nevis

PM Harris meets with lieutenant governor of Ontario

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   PM Harris meets with lieutenant governor of Ontario From the Office of the Prime Minister   Toronto, Canada – During the afternoon of Oct. 31, on the sidelines of the Toronto Global Forum where he had the high-profile task earlier in the day of introducing a forum

SVG Refutes Money Laundering Label In US Trump Investigation

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — Authorities in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) have denounced the description of the country as being “notorious for money laundering” and a “prime money laundering destination”. Such descriptions appeared in the international media in recent days, in articles on the current FBI investigation

Former Cayman Football Official Sentenced in FIFA Scandal

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer New York–Costas Takkas, an aide to former Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) President Jeffrey Webb, has been handed a 15 month prison sentence for his part the corruption scandal rocking international professional football (FIFA). Takkas had worked as a Concacaf accountant and was

Puerto Rico Power Shift Still leaves Residents in the Dark

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer NEW YORK – Efforts to restore electricity to Puerto Rico nearly six weeks after Hurricane Maria are shifting as the island’s utility and its regulators, along with U.S. authorities, removed a key contractor and moved to triple the funding of another. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which

St. Kitts and Nevis’ prime minister makes impassioned plea for small island states

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris meets with Nicholas Rémillard, president and chief executive officer of the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA), the umbrella organisation that convenes the Toronto Global Forum.   St. Kitts and Nevis’ prime minister makes impassioned plea for small island states From

PM Harris: Dilapidation of key public sector infrastructures ‘bad inheritance’ from previous administration

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer PM Harris: Dilapidation of key public sector infrastructures ‘bad inheritance’ from previous administration Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister   BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris-led Team Unity administration continues to implement measures to systematically address the numerous cases of dilapidation to

Barbados Forming New Strategy to Fight Caribbean Cyber Crime

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Barbados Government has announced plans to establish a national cybersecurity strategy to provide the island with “a robust cyber defence” as it seeks to deal with crime. Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, addressing the first conference of the Department of Public Prosecutions, said the new

Asot Michael Integrity Probe Urged by Former Antigua Atty. General

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The Integrity Commission of Antigua and Barbuda should investigate the circumstances involving the recent arrest in the UK of former tourism minister Asot Michael says former attorney general Justin Simon QC. Michael was arrested and released in London last week after being questioned about

Deputy PM’S Youth Month address to air Tuesday

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo: PS Stanley Knight (back, right) and staff from the Department of Youth Empowerment pose with several youth partners after the church service.   Deputy PM’S Youth Month address to air Tuesday From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – In remarks that will air on ZIZ radio and television tomorrow,

St. Vincent, Grenadines Named in Trump Campaign Indictments

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer WASHINGTON, USA — St Vincent and the Grenadines were two of several locations for banks allegedly used by former Trump campaign chief and campaign official Rick Gates to stash and launder tens of millions of dollars. In an indictment unsealed Monday, the Grand Jury for the District of

Amory hands over baton to Brantley

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Amory hands over baton to Brantley CCM has new leader By Monique Washington The Honourable Vance Amory officially handed over the leadership of the Concerned Citizens Movement to the Hon. Mark Brantley Sunday at the party’s convention held at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre. The CCM’s convention

Caribbean’s Lost Indigenous Culture Rediscovered on Tiny Island

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Five centuries after it was largely obliterated by the Spanish conquistadors, the long-lost culture of a vanished civilisation is being rediscovered by British and local archaeologists on a tiny and remote uninhabited island called Mona, midway between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.. Before the Spanish conquest of

Training participants learn not to take cybersecurity for granted

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer   Training participants learn not to take cybersecurity for granted From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts – The Cyber Safe Programme facilitated by the government’s Department of Technology was well received by participants of the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) in St. Kitts, who were recently trained to better

It’s Not Over Yet as New Storm Drenches Cuba, Bahamas

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer And now there’s Tropcal Storm Philippe which the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said has formed in the Caribbean, bringing heavy rains to Cuba and the Bahamas while potentially threatening parts of Florida that are just beginning to recover from a succession of fierce storms. In an active

Amenities-rich police station to enhance community outreach

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Photo:  Students from the Edgar T. Morris stand with Inspector Bergan (back row, left) of the RSCNPF and officers of SKNFRS during a visit to combined Police and Fire Rescue Station Tabernacle (RSCNPF photo)     Amenities-rich police station to enhance community outreach From SKNIS   Basseterre, St. Kitts

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