St. Kitts – Nevis To Review Minimum Wage

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Minimum Wage Review For The Federation
Basseterre, Saint Kitts – Nevis
SKNIS – June 6, 2008

We must avoid narrow interests and pursue long-term solutions to prevailing global economic conditions that are affecting the economy of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The advice was given by the Hon. Dwyer Astaphan, minister responsible for Labour, who was addressing Private and Public Sector stakeholders and officials during the Minimum Wage Consultation.  Minister Astaphan was framing the context of the minimum wage review in light of rising fuel and food prices around the world.

The Minimum Wage Advisory Consultation is held in fulfilling the requirements under the Labour (Minimum Wage) Act, Chapter 344, which calls for the periodic review of minimum wages in the Federation. Minister Astaphan pointed out that the cost of oil has risen over 500 percent in the last 10 years giving rise to the challenging economic situations in countries the world over.

“The reasons are manifold,” commented Minister Astaphan. “We know what is happening in the economies of China and India, the two largest population centers on the planet. Those economies are going through the roof. The demand for goods and other things that sustain and expand economies has gone up exponentially, and we know that the world economy still, for some time to come ““ which is the most worrying thing about it, is premised on oil and carbon- based energy sources.”

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Cultural Outreach Program Begins in St. Kitts – Nevis

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Basseterre, Saint Kitts – Nevis
June 04, 2008 (SKNIS)

Residents of St. Paul’s were the first to benefit from a community outreach programme initiated by the Department of Culture.

“In evaluating our programme of activities, we found out that we were not reaching a [desired] cross section of the community,” Director of Culture Creighton Pencheon explained on this week’s edition of the radio magazine Perspectives. “There was a need for us to extend some of our programmes beyond the normal working hours and [branch out more] in the field in order to reach more people. We are hoping that in so doing we will serve to inspire young people to harness the skills of the performing arts.”

He added that this was a good way to decentralize activities from the capital, Basseterre, and give rural children an opportunity to see and learn from the veteran performers.

During the interview with SKNIS, Mr. Pencheon explained that dancers and drummers from the Okolo Tegremantine Arts Theater accompanied himself and staff members including Dance Specialist Lorna “˜Ava’ Henry, Drumming Specialist Royd Phipps and Music Specialist Nigel Williams to the session at the St. Paul’s Primary School. He said the young students showed a keen interest in learning the art form.

“It was quite a success. We had a nice interactive session,” he stated.  “The dancers took the students through various dance routines and they had a wonderful time.”

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Saint Kitts – Nevis PM To Attend UN Meeting

Saint Kitts – Nevis Prime Minister – Denzil Douglas Photo By Erasmus Williams Basseterre, Saint Kitts – Nevis June 02, 2008 (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has accepted a personal invitation from the …

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Romantic Getaway To St. Kitts – Nevis

Ottleys Plantation - St. Kitts - Nevis

Ottleys Plantation – St. Kitts – Nevis

A Romantic Getaway Package To Saint Kitts – Nevis
By: Gordon Steven

You should consider taking a Romantic Getaway Package with your loved one to St Kitts, and consider very strongly one of best Caribbean Inns on the island if not the whole Caribbean. The name Ottley’s Plantation Inn may not be one you are familiar with, but as a romantic getaway idea it is hard to beat. It is a very picturesque old plantation house converted to an Inn with additional deluxe cottages built in the spacious grounds. The whole place is stunning, never more so than when you approach up the long driveway.

Ottley’s Plantation Inn on St Kitts has twenty four rooms which are housed either in the Great House, or the Cottage Rooms. There is also the most luxurious St Kitt’s Villa, and the Grand Villa. They are all decorated in English Colonial Style with wicker and mahogany furniture and floral chintzes.

A romantic getaway package should obviously be romantic, but apart from that wherever you choose to go should also make you feel totally relaxed, and Ottleys Plantation Inn will certainly do that within minutes of your arrival.

If you can afford it and they are available then choose the Royal Suite Cottages. If this is really to be a romantic getaway then you want luxury and privacy, and that is what you will get. Everything from the enormous and luxuriously furnished master bedroom , the Jacuzzi in the bathroom, to the patio with sun deck and private plunge pool lends itself to your romantic getaway package, and allows you to indulge yourself.

You will find in this very private spot on St Kitts that the service is impeccable, and the food just amazing. The staff do really seem to care about you enjoying your stay and do their best at all times to make it memorable. They have this remarkable talent for being there just at the moment you need them then seeming to vanish when you don’t. The Royal Palm restaurant has a huge and well deserved reputation for its New Island Cuisine, and you will find the menu varied and always delicious in the evenings and there is also a poolside lunch every day except Sunday when there is a Sunday Champagne Brunch.

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