ST.KITTS & NEVIS

Former Prime Minister a Dominican citizen?

February 13, 2018

Leader of the opposition, Dr Denzil Douglas, goes to the High Court on Monday, February 26, 2018, to defend his eligibility to serve as a member of Parliament while being the holder of a diplomatic passport issued by Dominica, and identifies his nationality as Dominican.

Through the application, the Attorney General is seeking a declaration from the High Court that since the election to the National Assembly on February 16th, 2015, Dr Douglas became disqualified from being elected as a member of the National Assembly and was accordingly required to vacate his seat in the National Assembly by reason of his becoming a person who, by virtue of his own act, is in accordance with the law of the Commonwealth of Dominica, under an acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state, namely, the said Commonwealth of Dominica.

 

Additionally, the fixed date claim form application seeks a declaration that Dr. Douglas has vacated his seat in the National Assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis; an injunction restraining Dr. Denzil Douglas from taking his seat in the National Assembly and from performing his functions as a member thereof; costs, and such further and/or other relief as the Honourable Court may deem just and expedient.

During his recent press conference on Thursday, February 1, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris stated that this is a matter of grave constitutional, political and Parliamentary significance to the Commonwealth family. 

Prime Minister to lead UAE delegation

March 07, 2016

Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris is leading a delegation to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for an investment immigration summit that begins on Tuesday.

 

A government statement said that the summit will be attended by representatives of several Caribbean countries with citizens by investment programmes (CBI) such as Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda.

 

“Moving across the globe, discussions will explore the increasing popularity of countries such as Panama and Thailand along with some of the special residency programmes granted to non-EU nationals in countries as France, Luxemburg, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta.

Government trying to manage agriculture during drought

February 29, 2016

Minister of Agriculture, Eugene Hamilton, said there is a lot of work to be done in agriculture to mitigate against threats posed by drought and other climate related hazards.

 

At the Annual Review and Planning Meeting at the Department of Agriculture Conference Room, the minister stated that it was important to look back at past developments in order to plan for future success.

 

“As we evaluate the plan, we look forward to 2016 and the programmes for implementation and the possible outcomes as a result of those programmes,” said the minister.“It was only two or three years ago that we were blessed with rainfall of about 79 per cent or so inches,” he said, while noting that the recorded rainfall for 2015 had dropped to 27.6 inches.

 

“We experienced a 66 per cent loss in rainfall and of course the expert’s projection for 2016 and 2017 seem very dim, so that the farmers who suffered tremendously last year as a result of lack of water may have a very difficult time again this year and the next.”

 

Minister Hamilton said that the ministry took initiatives to remedy the problem.

 

“We have tried to mitigate that overtime. We have built twelve dams with the support of our allied partners from the Agriculture Resource Management Project,” said Minister Hamilton. “It is true however, that of the twelve dams that have been built, six of them are now damaged. That means we have a lot of work to do.” He explained that the water harvested from the dams is used to boost the crop production which suffered severely during the years when there was a decline in rainfall.

Taxes back on the agenda as LIAT returns to Nevis

January 28, 2016

As regional carrier Liat reintroduces service to Nevis, the island’s tourism minister has committed to advocating for a reduction in taxes for intra-regional travel.

 

Liat stopped flying to Nevis and a number of other Caribbean destinations two years ago in a bid to reduce operating costs to destinations which were not financially viable. However, a new partnership launched over the weekend with Liat, Caribbean Helicopters and the Nevis Island administration, saw the return of a daily flight from Antigua to Nevis return.

 

Mark Brantley who is also Aviation Minister for the twin-island Federation of St Kitts & Nevis said the absence of the Liat service created “serious inconvenience” for the tourism dependent island.

 

The return of the everyday service for us is very important,” said Brantley, adding that the hope is to increase the frequency of the service.

 

Brantley said while the island of only 12, 000 has a lot to offer visitors the cost of getting there proves difficulty for some.

 

The parliamentary representative for Nevis said “a big chunk of the ticket tends to be taxes” and he plans to “look at this issue.”

 

“So rather than constantly putting pressure on the airline to reduce prices, maybe the governments can play a part in terms of the taxes,” Brantley said.

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