Government ready for open dialogue on marijuana decriminalisation – PM Harris

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, March 17, 2017 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, says his government is ready for open dialogue with the relevant stakeholders on the issue of the decriminalisation of marijuana.

Prime Minister Harris, responding to a question while appearing as a guest on WINN FM 98.9’s Voices programme earlier this week, said the decriminalisation of marijuana is a matter for national consultation.

 “We have a submission going to the Cabinet hopefully next week where we are attempting to set up that broad based committee that would look at all of the issues involved in the use of marijuana and all other matters in relation to it, and that will have representation from the Rastafarian community, from health, from law enforcement, the schools etc., and such other relevant parties of course will have input as the commission, if you will, goes about doing its work and hearing from the people,” Dr. Harris stressed.

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St. Kitts and Nevis Deputy PM grateful for outpouring of concern following shooting incident

STATEMENT FROM DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE, THE HON. SHAWN RICHARDS

 

Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Shawn Richards
Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Shawn Richards

Basseterre, St. Kitts –Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon Shawn Richards, has expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of concern for him and his family in the wake of the pre-dawn shooting incident on Friday, March 10th at his home in Crab Hill, Sandy Point by an unknown assailant.

Minister Richards’ family home and his vehicle were shot at in the early hours of the morning. He emphasised that he was touched by the strong support of community residents and citizens around the Federation and further afield.

 “I wish to express my profound gratitude, and that of my family, for the numerous calls and messages of encouragement and support in light of this unfortunate incident,” Minister Richards said.

I wish to assure the public that my family and I are safe and we are confident that the law enforcement agencies will handle the matter through to its logical conclusion within the limits of the law.”

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PM Harris condemns shooting incident on home of Deputy Prime Minister

Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Shawn Richards
Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Shawn Richards

Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 10, 2017 (SKNIS): Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris and his Cabinet have condemned in the strongest possible terms the shooting incident on the home of Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Shawn Richards, and his family, which took place on March 10.

The Security Forces have been mobilised to deal with this latest dastardly act to undermine safety and security in the country as they continue to do their best to maintain law and order for all citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The Government thanks Almighty God that the deputy prime minister and his family were not hurt physically and are safe. Many law abiding citizens and residents have conveyed well wishes to the minister and his family, while expressing their abhorrence of the cowardly incident. (more…)

Sir K. Dwight Venner memoralised at ECCB Headquarters

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BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 2ND, 2017 (PRESS SEC) — The late Honourable Sir K. Dwight Venner, the second Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and the longest-serving one, was honoured today, Thursday, 2 March, 2017, during a naming and unveiling ceremony at the Bank’s headquarters in St. Kitts.

The Phase 1 building, which was officially opened on 29 October, 1994, is now named in honour of Sir K. Dwight Venner who served as Governor from December 1989 to November 2015.  Sir Venner passed away in Saint Lucia on Thursday, 22 December, 2016, at the age of 70.

The late Honourable Sir K. Dwight Venner’s widow, Lady Lynda Arnolde Winville Venner, and other family members attended this morning’s ceremony.  His Excellency Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton GCMG, CVO, QC, JP was also in attendance.  Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, current ECCB Governor Mr. Timothy Antoine, and other representatives of the governing bodies of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank – namely its Monetary Council and Board of Directors – were present, too, along with members of the Bank’s Management and current and retired staff.

Speaking at the naming and unveiling ceremony, Ms. Zinga Venner, said that, “On behalf of my mom Lady Lynda Venner, all of my siblings and myself, I would like to thank the Monetary Council of the ECCB for showing such great appreciation and recognition for our father’s work through bestowing this honour of naming this building after him.  While he is not physically here with us today, he is with us in spirit.”

Ms. Zinga Venner divulged that, “Thankfully, he was also aware of this great acknowledgment before he transitioned to the next life, and he was very pleased and touched when he was updating us on this development.”  She added: “I can assure you that he is looking down at us at this very moment with a large smile.”   (more…)

Regional patriotism, CSME in focus at end-of-summit press conference

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The CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government recently concluded their Inter-Sessional meeting, which was was held  on February 16 -17, 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana. The meeting ended with a press briefing at the Marriott Hotel, which was addressed by Chairman of the Conference, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell who will be the next Chairman, as well as CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Some of the topics addressed included  the CSME, Correspondent Banking, CARICOM-US Relations, Regional Security, Tourism, and CARIFESTA, which will be held in Barbados this August.  More in this video report: