Conference of Governors-General, Presidents off to warm start in St. Kitts and Nevis

Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 10, 2018 (SKNIS): His Excellency Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton, Governor-General of St. Kitts-Nevis, warmly welcomed eminent Heads of State to the federation, as they assembled at Government House on Monday, 9 April for the opening ceremony of the 16th Conference of Governors-General and President of the Caribbean Region.

The gathering, which comprises of governors- general, presidents and governors, runs from 8-12 April under the theme: ‘Challenges of a Changing Caribbean’.

In his address to welcome his colleagues, Sir Tapley expressed his delight and honour of having the Heads of State in St. Kitts-Nevis for such an auspicious occasion, while at the same time paying tribute to their predecessors for their “vision in convening a conference” where such a robust body “could meet and enhance collegial relationships and dialogue on national, regional and international significance”. (more…)

St. Kitts and Nevis to host Conference of Governors-General, Presidents of Caribbean

Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis will play host on the Occasion of the 16th Conference of Governors-General and Presidents of the Caribbean Region, which takes place from Sunday 8th to Thursday 12th of April, 2018.

Chair of the conference, His Excellency Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis, said that there will be an opening ceremony and reception at Government House on Monday 9th April with the Governors-General and Presidents. Prior to the opening ceremony and reception, the visiting delegates would have already visited Nevis and taken a tour. Other visits while in the Federation will include one to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Center at the C.A. Paul Southwell Industrial Park and the other to the recently opened five star luxury hotel, Park Hyatt St. Kitts located at Christophe Harbour on the island’s Southeast Peninsula. The working sessions of the conference will be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort where several issues will be discussed.

According to Sir Tapley, some of these issues relate to the Office of Governor-General and Office of President and the experiences of the office holders; issues relating to Central Banks in the region; the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and its accomplishments in 50 years and prospects for the future; the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a retrospective look at its 70 years in existence with predictions for the future; and the relationship of the High Commissions in London with Buckingham Palace. (more…)

Dominica a land ‘brutalised’ – reflection on the fury of a hurricane

Dominica Hurricane Maria damage downtown buildings (OECS)By Peter Richards

(CMC) – When I lived in Dominica, nearly two decades ago, it would take me at least 15 minutes to walk from the capital, Roseau, to Loubiere in the south.

Yesterday, it took me nearly two hours. I had no choice. Transportation was impossible given the widespread disaster that Hurricane Maria brought to this Caribbean Community (CARICOM) island that was just emerging from the ravages of Tropical Storm Erika two years ago.

Unofficially, the death toll from Monday’s hurricane that, in the words of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit “brutalised” the island, is as high as 60, depending on who you meet. But, so far, the official death toll is 28. The figures vary because the authorities have not been able to visit some of the villages that were hit by the storm with winds in excess of 180 miles an hour.

As I joined in the exodus of people making the daily walk to Loubiere and other villages such as Point Michel, Grand Bay, Bagatelle, Petite Savanne and Soufriere, among others, the talk centred on many people who were killed on Monday night and have since been buried.

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