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At Least 12 Killed, Houses Set on Fire After Gang War Erupts Near Haiti Capital

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Pictures and videos shared on social media show the bodies of mutilated victims strewn outside their homes and fires burning through the night
Port Au Prince AP- More than 12 people were slain and numerous homes set on fire in a community near Haiti’s capital as gangs fight to control more territory, a mayor told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The incident occurred in the small town of Cabaret northwest of Port-au-Prince at nearly midnight Tuesday, Mayor Joseph Jeanson Guillaume said.

The community recently appointed local residents to serve as guards given a spike in violence across Haiti, but they were overpowered by gangs with machine guns, he said.

“There was nothing they were able to do to defend themselves,” Guillaume said. “This is a terrible incident.”

Pictures and videos shared on social media show the bodies of mutilated victims strewn outside their homes and fires burning through the night, consuming more than 20 houses.

Guillaume called on Haiti’s National Police to bring those responsible to justice and to strengthen the presence and resources of officers in Cabaret, which he said has become “a lawless zone.”

He also urged town residents to show solidarity and take in those fleeing their homes to avoid being killed by “merciless gangs” and “be with them during these difficult times.”

The killings are the latest blamed on gangs who have grown more powerful since the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.



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Firearm, Ammunition Found Following Search at New Pond Site – NevisPages.com

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 04, 2023 (RSCNPF): A third firearm for the year has been taken into Police custody.

On February 02, 2023, acting on information while investigating a shooting incident at New Pond Site the Police conducted a search in the wider area. As a result, one (1) Sig Sauer 223 pistol with one .380 round of ammunition were found. The firearm and round were taken into Police custody.

Investigations into the matter are ongoing.



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PM Terrance Drew Talks About National Security In Special Interview

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The prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Terrance Drew, was a part of a special interview hosted on February 3, 2023. During the interview, Prime Minister interacted with the media on several matters of national importance. This media interaction differed from all the other interactions the Drew-led administration has faced in their tenure. 

According to the prime minister, this was the first time he was sitting in front of a panel of media professionals and opened the floor for questions. One of the most critical issues of national importance is national security. Concerning this, the Prime Minister and Minister of Social Security expressed that he felt disheartened upon hearing about the growing incidents of crime and violence in the federation. 

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Meanwhile, he assured the media that St Kitts and Nevis’s law enforcement agencies are working diligently to remedy the situation. He urged the public to understand that the government is doing everything that they need to do to deal with the situation. Prime Minister Terrance Drew noted that loss of life is a “special loss of life.”

Further, the Prime Minister shifted to the issue of healthcare and the development of the sector. According to Dr Terrance Drew, the minister of health, the essential prerequisite to the healthcare sector’s growth is that top-level management is in place. Accordingly, the Prime Minister noted that the healthcare sector had made several new appointments under his governance. These appointments include New Permanent Secretary for Health, Principal Nursing Officer. 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew elaborated on the other developments. He stated that the government seeks to ensure that the JNF General Hospital will have at least two doctors working per shift. He noted that from Saturday, February 4, 2023, the hospitals would have nurses in triage to decrease the wait time. 

Meanwhile, he mentioned that he received an independent forensic audit which detailed that the management of the development bank is troubling. He also told the media about the installation ceremony of the first female governor-general while noting that St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party remains at the forefront of the revolution in the country. 

He further took questions from the media, reiterating his commitment to deal with violence and crime in the federation. Elaborating on the measures that the government is taking up in this regard, Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew noted that:

  • The police commission is undergoing a major change
  • The government will appoint a new commissioner
  • The government is installing a deputy commissioner of police
  • The government will put in the Assistant Commissioner of Police
  • They will strengthen the police command by establishing a chain of command.

Prime Minister Terrance Drew noted that with these changes, the government is seeking to protect the people of the country

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BONI Launches Anti-Money Laundering Tech

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Bank of Nevis International (BONI), a top provider of comprehensive wealth management and portfolio management services, has partnered with Singapore-based Tookitaki to introduce the latter’s award-winning Anti-Money Laundering Suite (AMLS). With this move, BONI becomes the first Caribbean bank to adopt the innovative technology, aimed at combating financial crime and enhancing compliance programs.

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The AMLS offers a more comprehensive approach to risk coverage, providing sharper detection of money laundering activities, and minimizing false alerts, compared to legacy financial crime detection systems. Using AMLS allows BONI to join a community of leading banks and FinTech companies from around the world that are using cutting-edge technology, including AI, to tackle increasingly complex compliance challenges.

BONI Vice President of Fintech and Security, Deji F. Akadiri, said: “Tookitaki AMLS enables us to keep pace with evolving compliance requirements and provide our customers with a streamlined experience, reduced false positives, quicker onboarding, and the peace of mind that we are using proven and evolving technology.”

Tookitaki is known for its innovative Anti-Financial Crime (AFC) Ecosystem, which provides a platform for financial crime experts from across the world to pool their knowledge, data, and skills to tackle complex financial crimes. The AFC ecosystem removes the barriers created by siloed operations and allows the sharing of financial crime scenarios in a secure and privacy-protected manner.

BONI operates as a financial gateway to the world, connecting clients with international financial centers and markets. It is an independent financial center, offering a diverse and inclusive approach to help clients achieve their global ambitions and safeguard their future.

The AMLS solution from Tookitaki, designed with the principles of being comprehensive, convenient, and compliant, empowers financial institutions to strengthen their risk coverage and mitigate risks in a rapidly changing regulatory landscape. The suite covers the entire customer onboarding and ongoing processes, including transaction monitoring, smart screening, customer risk scoring, and case management.

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