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His Excellency, the Governor General Sir Cuthbert Sebastian inspecting the guard of honour drawn up
outside Government Headquarters on Wednesday morning. He is accompanied by Commissioner of
Police, Mr. Austin Williams, Commander of the Defense Force, Lt. Col. Patrick Wallace and Captain
Cornell Kelly. (Photo courtesy Willette's Photo Studio)
Speaker of the NationalAssembly, Hon. Curtis Martin, being flanked by the St.Kitts/Nevis Prime
Minister, Dr. the Hon. Denzil. L. Douglas (left) and leader of the Opposition, Hon. Mark Brantley after
being re-elected by members of the House on Wednesday morning. (Photo courtesy Willette's Photo
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The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010
VS THE LABOUR
Published by: The St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour Union
Ag. Managing Director Editor: Dawud Byron
Masses House, Church Street
P.O Box 239. Basseterre. St. Kitts. West Indies
Tel: (1 869) 465-2229 <> Fa: (1 869) 466-9866
PAM rejects the P. M's
The general public, on Wednesday 10th March 2010, witnessed on
live television, the drama and pomp of the opening of Parliament,
signalling the start of the fourth consecutive term of office of a successful
Labour Government in the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis.
It was the occasion when the Throne Speech was delivered by His
Excellency, Sir Cuthbert Montraville Sebastian, Governor General,
providing a comprehensive outline of the Labour Government's
proposed agenda and policies over the next five years.
However, before the entry of the Governor General in the House of
Assembly, there were some preliminaries which had to be dealt with by
way of housekeeping. These included the election of a Speaker and a
Deputy Speaker of the House.
Accordingly, Mr. Curtis Martin was nominated by Prime Minister
Douglas and the Motion duly seconded by the Hon. Mark Brantley,
Leader of the Opposition. Mr. Curtis Martin was elected Speaker of the
National Assembly and was duly ushered inby his proposer and seconder.
He then set about the election of the Deputy Speaker. The Deputy
Prime Minister and Leader of the Government Business in the House,
Hon. Sam Condor, nominated the PAM opposition senator, Mr. Vincent
Byron Jnr. for the post and the Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas seconded
the motion. Mr. Byron rose to his feet and politely declined the nomination
as "a matter of conscience".
There was no attempt of any other party to nominate a candidate of
The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister then proposed and
seconded respectively, the Hon. Richard Skerritt who accepted the
nomination and was duly elected to the post of Deputy Speaker.
This drama was played out in the full view of the public via television
which included a worldwide audience. Mr. Byron was later sworn in as a
Senator in the House, representing the People's Action Movement.
His rejection of the Deputy Speaker post reflects a rejectionby PAM
of the opportunity to participate in the Government of the Country in
this particular way. It represents a rebuff to the Honourable Prime
Minister's attempt to reach out in a spirit of inclusion and unity in the
conduct of Government.
Where have we seen this before? Was it at the launch of the Electoral
Reform Programme when the PAM leadership disassociated themselves
from the attempts at reform which they had clamoured for? Was it at the
time when our National Hero Robert L. Bradshaw introduced the Provident
Fund, the precursor of the Social Security Programme which we enjoy
Or was it when comprehensive Secondary Education was introduced
and many opposition elements sent their children abroad rather than
have them mixed with the children of poor sugar workers.
Does this behaviour begin to sound familiar?
It seems that the People's Action Movement is content to play a role
where they criticise, denigrate and tear apart any initiative which the
Labour Government takes to improve the welfare of the people of this
country, regardless of the merits of such initiative.
Then they have the gall to beseech people to vote for them and to
place them in a position to run this country.
We commend the Prime Minister on his bold initiative in extending
the hand of friendship and inclusiveness.
If ever there is a time when we need unity, it is now. The world is
surging forward to regain its prosperity. Those who are most prepared
will best succeed. Unity within the country and within the region is part
and parcel of that preparedness.
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human need... we must accept that
agriculture should occupy centre
stage in our efforts to achieve food
security, inclusive and equitable
growth and enhance gainful
employment in the rural sector,"
said Harris on the role of
With that, Minister Harris
ventured to outline the plans and
foresight the Ministry of
Agriculture will enlist to aid
farmers to improve food
"We have to increase food
production and ancillary support
services. We will do this by
identifying and allocating more
lands to serious and successful
farmers first and foremost," he said.
Harris reiterated that the
Agricultural Ministry would be
impatient with farmers who seek
land but do not employ the proper
initiatives to cultivate crops.
The Agriculture Minister said
that there will be an increase in
production through more
utilization of technology such as
greenhouses. "We will bring
technology to agriculture. We will
improve on the timeliness of land
preparation; improve access to
water and pay attention to
watershed management and soil
health," he listed.
According to the Minister, in
the past farmers have not invested
enough energy into agricultural
pursuits but expect to reap
bountiful rewards, noting this as
one of the reasons thwarting
increased agricultural output.
Minister Harris said that
currently he looks to the Republic
of China (Taiwan) for assistance
in three areas in regards of
expertise and resources to aid the
Agricultural Department and by
Our Prime Minister has demonstrated his grasp
of what it takes to keep our country afloat and to
weather the economic storms that come our way.
He recognizes the need to bolster the poor and to
lift them out of poverty into greater prosperity.
He has reached out to the Private Sector on the
matter of competitiveness because he does not wish
to see our Federation left behind in its thrust for
development. Hence we have the recently formed
National Competitiveness Council.
Early in his first term of office he had promised
greater transparency in the conduct of government.
He has responded with widespread Town Hall
Meetings on pressing issues and regular Press
Briefings on current developments and government
He underscored irrigation technologies as one way in which Taiwan
could assist local farmers. Mentioned also by the Minister was the
financing of affordable farming equipment such as land tillers which he
said make farming easier.
Bearing the costs in mind, Minister Harris encouraged the Republic
of China (Taiwan) to partner with that regard, also adding that in the
past, "the Republic of China (Taiwan) established a small farmer revolving
fund. We need to revisit this, allowing larger sums for crop financing
and more manageable terms," he said.
Other initiatives suggested by the Agriculture Minister were the
reduction of produce wastage, which is as a result of poor harvesting
techniques and a shortage of storage capacity. He also promoted the
need for a thrust in the local food processing sector.
Dr. Harris noted that there is an increased need for the involvement
of agricultural specialists. "We must invest in cadre of high quality
extension officers of at least diploma level training in crops, soil,
agricultural marketing, livestock management and veterinary services as
a first line of support. Government must facilitate more scholarships and
grants for studies in these areas," he said.
Minister Harris urged farmers to recommit themselves to do their
best to advance agriculture production in the Federation.
"Let us cooperate to realize the vision of a prosperous St. Kitts and
Nevis on which our farmers, our fishers and agri-producers are centre
stage of that prosperity," he urged.
Also making contributions to the event were Keynote speaker, Analdo
Bailey of ECIB, Director of the Agriculture Department Ashton Stanley
who delivered the Annual Review, a presentation of the Crop Plan Action
for 2010 by Thomas Jackson of the Crop Programme and Jeffery Berry
who gave the Live Stock Extension plans for 2010.
There were also presentations made by CARDI Country
Representative, Pathleen Titus, Republic of China (Taiwan) Agriculture
and Technical Mission's Mars Shuie, who reviewed the plans for
agricultural development in 2010 as well as several organizations allied
with the Ministry of Agriculture.
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The family of the late
Roy Alexander Livingstone Hensley
would like to thank all those persons who extended
words of prayers. comfort, and support, verbal and
floral tributes during our time of loss.
A Special Thanks to the Fire and Rescue Service
of the Federation and all other uniform bodies
who took part in the Home Going Service of Roy.
To everyone who attended the Service on Tuesday,
Roy has been called home to glory,
however memories of him would live on forever.
HALF WAY TREE.
This outreach is an original and creative way of
keeping the public abreast of government's
performance and conduct of their affairs. It is a first in
the region and it is being implemented by many of our
regional governments and even further afield.
Others can see and appreciate the positive outreach
of our beloved Prime Minister. The PAM leadership
cannot. They are just prepared to stand by and cast
aspersions and negative comments.
We call upon those genuinely interested in nation
building to grasp the opportunities extended to them
for doing so. Come on board. We have a good captain
and together we can continue on the journey of
prosperity for all.
The Labour Spokesman
PM Douglas commends "leadership and
statesmanship of Hon. Richard Skerritt
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,
MARCH 10TH 2010 (CUOPM) -
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister
Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has
commended the Hon. Richard
"Ricky" Skerritt for volunteering
to resign from his ministerial
responsibilities this morning to
allow the National Assembly to
elect a Deputy Speaker.
"I wish to commend Minister
Skerritt for his statesmanship and
leadership displayed in order to
thwart the attempt by the
opposition parties to create
confusion and disrupt the formal
opening of the National Assembly
and the election of a Deputy
Speaker," Dr. Douglas told the
Communications Unit in the Office
of the Prime Minister (CUOPM)
prior to his departure for Dominica
to attend the CARICOM Inter-
Prime Minister Douglas said
there are options to deal with the
issue including the expansion of
the number of senators in the
of Justice and Legal Affairs, Hon.
Informed the Speaker, Hon. Curtis
Martin that the Hon. Richard
Skerritt, Minister of Tourism and
International Transport has
resigned his ministerial
The Constitution does not
allow a member of the Cabinet to
serve as Deputy Speaker.
Prime Minister Douglas
thanked Minister Skerritt for his
"statesmanship and leadership" in
volunteering to resign from his
ministerial responsibilities in order
to stop what he referred to as the
"attempt by the opposition parties
to create confusion and disrupt
the formal opening of the National
Assembly and the election of a
National Assembly or for the
deputy speaker to be elected from
outside the senate in line with the
necessary changes to the
During the formal opening of
the National Assembly, the
opposition senator, Hon. Vincent
Byron declined the nomination as
Attorney General and Minister
PAM Senator rejects
nomination of Deputy
Speaker of National
Senator Richard Skerritt resigns from
Cabinet to assume position
Lesroy W. Williams
Basseterre (March 10, 2010) -Newly appointed Senator on the
Opposition benches, People's Action Movement (PAM) Lawyer, Vincent
Fitzgerald Byron Jnr, rejected a nomination by Deputy Prime Minister
Hon. Sam Condor, secondedby Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas,
to the post of Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly at the opening
of Parliament on March 10 following the Labour Administration's return
to power for a historic fourth consecutive term after the Jan. 25 elections.
Hon. Senator Byron said that he was "humbled" to be nominated for
the "very esteemed post" of Deputy Speaker of the House but that he
had to decline the nomination "as a matter of conscience". He did not
say what the "matter of conscience" was.
Dr. Douglas quickly stood up when Senator Byron declined the
nomination and made it clear to the Assembly that he had tried to include
the Opposition and they refused the offer.
The Opposition had made it known prior to the opening of Parliament
that they would not accept the position of Deputy Speaker of the House.
They later stated that they (PAM) would only do so if the Leader of the
Opposition was allowed to chose someone from his party (CCM) as the
Following on the heels of Senator Byron's rejection of the position,
the Hon. Senator Richard Skerritt, Minister of Tourism and International
Transport, was nominated as Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.
Dr. Douglas begged the re-elected Speaker of the House, the Hon. Curtis
Martin that nominations cease thereafter.
The Speaker of the House then went on to question the nomination
of Senator Skerritt as Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly since
the Constitution forbids a member of Cabinet to be nominated for or to
hold that position.
Prime Minister Dr. Douglas then asked the Attorney General, the
Hon. Patrice Nisbett, to explain to the House what had transpired.
The Attorney General then informed the House that Senator Skerritt
had resigned his ministerial responsibilities and was not in violation of
FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010
Prime Minister Douglas heads Federal
delegation to CARICOM Inter-Sessional
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 11TH 2010 (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr.
Denzil L. Douglas is leading the Federal delegation to the 21st Inter-Sessional Meeting of Caribbean Heads
of Government in Dominica, which began yesterday (Thursday) and concludes today (Friday, 12th March)
Dr. Douglas is accompanied by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Astona
Browne and Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Nyian Farrell.
The issue is expected to dominate discussions with the President of the World Bank, Mr. Robert Zoellick,
along with the President of the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB), Mr. Luis Alberto Moreno, and the
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who have been
specially invited to take part in the Roseau deliberations.
Amid the ongoing global economic and financial crisis that has adversely affected the entire 15-nation
grouping, CARICOM Secretary General Mr. Edwin Carrington is hopeful that the talks will result in the
identification of new and viable approaches to the treatment of economic matters, including the crippling
debt burden being carried by those member states, which do not now qualify for concessionary debt
reduction following their graduation from middle income status.
The status of implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is also among the
main items on the Dominica agenda, as well as CARICOM's continued support to Haiti that was devastated
by a powerful earthquake on January 12, killing more than 300,000 people and leaving more than one million
Haiti's President His Excellency Rene Preval, who met with United States President Hon. Barack Obama
in Washington on Wednesday, is expected to join in those discussions on Friday.
The leaders will also zero in on the negotiations for a CARICOM-Canada Trade and Development
Agreement; the status of implementation of the CARIFORUM-EC Economic Partnership Agreement and the
renewal of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act.
Consideration will also be given to climate change in the context of the region's follow-up action to the
Copenhagen Summit held last December, as well as preparations for upcoming summits, including a CARICOM-
Brazil Summit inApril.
However, at least five leaders are expected to miss out on the deliberations, namely the Prime Ministers
of Belize, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as the President of Suriname and
the Chief Minister of Montserrat even though no official reason has yet been given for their absence.
In Loving Memory of
our dear Father,
Great Grand-father, Brother,
Uncle, and Friend.
AUSTIN "BUSSIT" WILLIAMS
Who departed this life on 13th March, 2006.
To some you may be forgotten
To others a part of the past
But to us who loved and lost you
Your memory will always last.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE
Remembered by: Elise, Yvonne, Patricia, Myrthlyn,
Merlise, Hillerine, Carol, and St.Clair
L. A A
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr Denzil L. Douglas
SIn Loving Memoriam oft
lear beloved Father, Grand I
Brother, Uncle, and Friend.
' BASIL WILLIAMS
Who passed away on 14th March, 2006.
Time has swiftly passed by
Since you left this earth
at there 'll always be special spot in my hec
Which cannot erase.
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St. Ritts-Nevis Trades 7~
Power lies in
This week's Trade Union
Outreach edition is dedicated to
the thousands of women
workers in our Federation, the
Region and internationally, who
spend their daily lives producing
goods and services for the
upkeep of our civilized
existence, and in support of
their own livelihood and that of
It goes without saying, that
without their involvement in the
workplace, life as we know it
will come to a halt.
We therefore express our
appreciation for the vital role
that they are playing in our daily
lives. We recognize them as
part of our response to
International Women's Day,
celebrated on Monday 8th
We particularly commend
those who elect to join a trade
union of their choice and to
work actively to protect their
terms and conditions of work,
including health and safety
through united advocacy and
Our Union has a well
established track record of
intervening on behalf of
workers who are in danger of
having their rights at work
Having played an active role
in the enactment of the Labour
Laws, the Union stands ready
to see that they are
implemented and respected to
protect the interests of workers
generally and those of our
members in particular.
Upward mobility in the
workplace has been one of the
top priorities advocated over
time. The Equal Pay Act and
Equal Opportunity and
Treatment Act which were
introduced in 2002 were
intended to boost the struggle
for women to take their rightful
place in the work arena.
However, these still need to be
The Union will step up its
advocacy for these measures
to be implemented so that our
women will receive the fair
treatment that they deserve in
The higher reaches of
management in the private
sector must become more
accessible to our women
workers, both in terms of
communication and in actual
participation. They must be
accorded the requisite level of
respect from their supervisors
and managers, something which
seems to be very lacking in
many business corridors and
Only by showing respect
can we indicate the
appreciation we have of the
contribution that they make to
our welfare and that of our
enterprises and institutions.
We acknowledge the
contribution being made by our
factory workers, fabricating
highly specialized medical
appliances, lighting equipment,
clothing and many other useful
household articles. Their
contribution is reflected in a
significant portion of our gross
Our hospitality sector which
is expanding apace provides
major opportunities to our
female workers. Their level of
job satisfaction will define their
attitudes and hence our success
in sustaining growth in this
sector. We appreciate their
efforts, their sacrifices and their
Our domestic workers who
assure our cleanliness and good
health command our attention
and we give thanks to them.
Their contribution cannot be
Finally our recognition of
International Women's Day
demands that we pay respect to
our mothers, especially those who
are heads of households, our
sisters, nieces and cousins who
support us and our services in one
way or another, our teachers, our
nurses and other caregivers. We
say a hearty
ThankYou! May God
bless you all!
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010
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Ross Universit School of Veterinary Medicine
seeks qualified candidates for the position of
Anesthesia Veterinary Technician.
The position of veterinary anesthesia technician is a full-time one and may include
some weekend and emergency duties.
Duties include but are not limited to
Providing technical support for boarded veterinary anesthesiologists in
classroom settings and in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Assisting with instruction, demonstration, and oversight of basic anesthesia
techniques to third-year veterinary students in small and large animal anesthesia
Anesthetizing patients in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Licensure as a veterinary technician and a minimum of 2 years experience
working in a clinical setting in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, or
equivalent are required.
Possess standard technical skills, including but not limited to, animal restraint,
catheter placement, blood collection, and diagnostic equipment, such as
Doppler, EKG, and multi-function monitors.
A desire to teach and interact with veterinary students is also a requirement. In
addition, the technician must possess excellent interpersonal communication
skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team
Preference will be given to candidates who are certified, or eligible for certification, by
the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists, or its equivalent.
All Applicants must apply at http://ross-devry.icims.com/iobs/intro
Ross University announces a challenging and rewarding position of
to motivated, resourceful and dedicated individuals to develop and sustain a vision for
beautifying and nurturing the University's campus landscape.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Employee supervision and management
Facilitating team performance
Grounds planning and budgeting
Writing and maintaining task lists and standard operating procedures
Plant health care
Equipment tracking and maintenance management
QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
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At least three (3) years employee management experience
At least three (3) years lawn care and landscaping experience
Good writing and verbal communication skills
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FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010
Highlights of the Opening
Session of Parliament on
(Courtesy Willette's Photo Studio)
Members on the Government side taking the Oath:
The Speaker Hon. Curtis Martin
The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Richard 'Ricky' Skerritt
taking the Oath
Prime Minister, Dr. The Hon. Denzil L. Douglas, Parliamentary Representative for
Deputy Prime Minister
Hon. Sam Condor
.Dr. The Hon. Earl Asim
Constituency 1 (East
The Hon. Marcella Liburd
Constituency 2 (Central
The Hon. Glenn 'Ghost'
Dr. the Hon. Timothy
the Onnosition side
The Hon. Patrice Nisbett
ative for Nevis 11
Senator the Hon. Nigel
The Hon. Mark Brantley,
Leader of the Opposition
and Parliamentary Repre-
sentative for Nevis 9
Hon. Vance Amory
ative for Nevis 10
Hon. Shawn Richards
sentative for Constituency
Hon. Eugene Hamilton
tative for Constituency 8
Senator the Hon. Vincent
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Ike Labour Spokesman
- NEWS I
I NEWS -
FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010
P g a aor g agen is para m ount to end im p unity I
On International Women's Day, Global Coalition Calls for States to
Renew Commitment to ICC Landmark Gender Standards
New York Today, 8 March 2010 marks the celebration of
International Women's Day. On this occasion, the Coalition for the
International Criminal Court (CICC) a global network of more than 2,500
organizations in 150 countries advocating for a fair, effective and
independent International Criminal Court (ICC) calls on governments
to promote justice for women by ratifying the Rome Statute and by
implementing its landmark gender provisions at the national level.
Today, the Coalition wishes to recall the importance of the Rome
Statute as a powerful instrument for protecting women's rights. The
Rome Statute's provisions by targeting sexual crimes represent a historic
advance for international justice: the Statute is one of the first
international treaties to extensively address gender-based crimes as
New U.S. Embassy
On-line Application Form
Bridgetown, Barbados, Wednesday, February 17, 2010 -Beginning
March22, 2010, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown will require all non-immigrant
visa applicants to complete the web-based DS-160 Non-immigrant Visa
Electronic Application in order to schedule an appointment for a visa
interview. These changes are part of our continued effort to provide
excellent customer service, streamline the visa process, and decrease
wait times. The DS-160 application will replace the DS-156 application
and the supplementary DS-157 and DS-158 application forms that are
required of certain visa applicants. More than 30 U.S. Embassies and
Consulates worldwide have already successfully switched to the DS-
160 form. As of March 22, the Consular Section will no longer accept the
The U.S. Embassy remains committed to facilitating legitimate travel
to the United States. The new electronic application will speed up and
simplify the application process by allowing applicants to upload their
own photographs into the form. The electronic form also transforms the
visa process into a "green" and environmentally friendly operation by
eliminating entirely the need for paper application forms. These changes
will increase the number of visa applications that Consular staff can
process daily, resulting in a shorter wait time for an appointment.
For information on the non-immigrant visa application process, please
visit the Consular Section's web site at http://barbados.usembassy.gov/
non-immigrant visas.html. To schedule a visa appointment, please go
to http://evisaforms.state.gov/schedulingsystem.asp and select the
calendar that applies to your visa type.
The staff of the U.S. Embassy's Consular Section appreciates the
public's understanding and cooperation as these worldwide changes
crimes against humanity, war
crimes, and in some instances,
genocide. Specifically, the Statute
recognizes rape, sexual slavery,
forced prostitution, forced
pregnancy, forced sterilizations,
trafficking of persons particularly
women and children, and sexual
violence as among the most
serious crimes of concern to the
international community as a
"Countries are strongly
encouraged to bring their national
laws in line with the standards
enshrined in the Rome Statute,
both in terms of criminalizing the
serious crimes contained in the
Statute and by assuring that laws
make full cooperation with the
Court possible," said William R.
International Women's Day
helps bring into sharper focus the
urgency of the work of the Court
to end impunity for crimes against
women and serves as a reminder
that civil society needs to push
States parties of the Rome Statute
to continually move forward with
effective and comprehensive
implementation so that protection
of women's rights are guaranteed
at both national and international
The Coalition and women's
organization around the world will
continue their tireless efforts after
today's celebration to make sure
that violence and persecution of
women are treated as they are:
serious criminal and humanitarian
For more information on
gender and the ICC please visit the
Coalition's gender webpage at
New Price Cap Plan for ECTEL Member States
5th March 2010
The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission is in receipt of this notice from the Eastern
Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) announcing the implementation of a new Price Cap
Plan PCP for the ECTEL Member States.
The first Price Cap Plan for regulating the fixed services of Cable and Wireless (Lime) in the ECTEL
Member States expired on November 30th 2009.
In accordance with regulation 27 of the Telecommunications Retail Tariff Regulations, ECTEL and Lime
have agreed to a new Price Cap Plan for the ECTEL Member States and ECTEL has recommended its
adoption for St. Kitts and Nevis.
Some of the major elements of the new Plan include, among other things, a complete cut of all Access
Deficit Charges (ADCs) payable to Lime by April 1" 2010; reductions to Lime's Fixed to Mobile (FTM)
calling rates, as well as additional reporting requirements on LIME for the duration of the price cap period.
The reporting period for the new price cap will be April 1 to March 31; therefore there will be a transition
period from December 1s 2009 to April 1s, 2010 when the first full year of the new price cap begins. The
primary purpose of the bridge period is to match the annual PCP period (ending March 31s of each year)
with Lime's financial reporting period.
During the bridge period
: All regulated services will be capped at existing prices with no price increases
allowed. However, Lime can apply for price reductions. A rate change compliance filing must be
submitted with such applications, although prices can decline and Lime can introduce new
+ Lime will not be required to submit an Annual Compliance Filing.
There will be a moratorium on the introduction of new bundles unless Lime complies with the
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PAM leaders do not
believe in Democracy
Section 28(1) (a) of our Independence Constitution, dealing with the
issue of membership of the National Assembly, states as follows:-
"A person shall not be qualified to be elected or appointed as a
Member if he is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of
allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state."
Now this provision which seems to be causing so much trouble and
confusion to Lindsay Grant, Shawn Richards and Eugene Hamilton was
inserted into the Constitution by the PAM party itself.
PAM's intention in inserting that provision in the Constitution was
that the said provision would apply to Labour people, only and not to
PAM politicians. It was the same wicked intention that prompted the
PAMites to insert Section 27 (the Bryant Clause) into the Constitution.
The PAMites never seem to realise that all of us live in a moral,
ethical and just world, in which what goes around, comes around. So
PAM set two (2) traps, Section 27 and Section 28 of the Constitution, to
catch Labour people. One trap, Section 28 has sprung and reportedly
has caught Shawn Richards and Eugene Hamilton.
The case of Lindsay Grant is a bit more complicated and involved.
We will just have to wait to see how the situation becomes unravelled.
Eugene Hamilton is running hither, thither and yon, bawling out
"Harassment" because it is claimed that he is a US Citizen and as such is
not eligible to become a member of our National Assembly.
Mr. Hamilton does not want the matter of his citizenship status to be
argued in the High Court. But nobody really is studying Mr. Hamilton.
We all want the matter to reach the High Court where the said matter
would be settled once and for all.
What is good for the goose is also good for the gander. We remember
that a UNEP/PAM fellow took the Hon. Dwyer Astaphan to court over
the same issue. So what is good for Dwyer Astaphan should be good
also for Shawn Richards, Eugene Hamilton and Lindsay Grant.
Another thing The PAM Government worked a bit of "smartness"
on the Labour Party in November 1983. What PAM did then was change
up the Electoral System to allow nationals living overseas to vote in
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Elections in St. Kitts and Nevis.
At the same time, PAM objected
to the use of photo I.D. Cards. So
an overseas voter could turn up at
a Polling Station on Election Day
and vote without having to
present an I.D. Card.
That worked well for PAM at
the Elections held in 1984, 1989
and 1993. But it was a different
story after PAM lost the Elections
in 1995. PAM wanted the Labour
Party Government to terminate the
right of all overseas nationals to
vote in our General elections. And
PAM also wanted the Government
to introduce the use of Voter I.D.
Cards, a thing that was
strenuously objected to by the
PAM party when it was the
Our country enjoyed a first-
class Electoral System from 1952
until 1983 when PAM changed it.
PAM did not change the System
for better but for worse. PAM
changed the System not to benefit
the country and its people, but to
benefit PAM. And now we are
suffering from the greed,
wickedness and corruption of the
Our Constitution allows for a
Speaker of the National Assembly
to be appointed from among
persons who are not members of
the National Assembly. But a
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Deputy Speaker must be appointed from among persons who are members
of the National Assembly. It seems to most people that the Constitution
has the matter back to front. PAMites are getting anxious over the
appointment of a Deputy Speaker and are blaming Dr. Douglas. But Dr.
Doulas did not draft the Constitution. Why blame him?
PAM has a strange understanding of the concept "Democracy".
PAM's understanding of the concept "Democracy does not include the
notion of Freedom and Liberty and the idea of a free people voting for
the government of their choice.
The leaders of PAM are all of the view that it is the destiny of the
party to win every Election, and when the party does not win every
Election, it is only because of MASSIVE FRAUD perpetrated by the
members of the Labour Party.
After the General Elections of 2004, PAM challenged the Election
results of the victorious Dr. Asim Martin. PAM managed to secure the
complicity of a person of dubious character who submitted to the Court
a false, malicious, mischievous and misleading affidavit.
When the action of the accomplice came to light he panicked when
he learnt of the penalty for perjury. He therefore filed a second affidavit
giving the whole truth and the true facts, contradicting and condemning
what had been set out in the first affidavit. The case in Court, brought by
Mr. Glenroy Blanchette against the Hon. Dr. Asim Martin collapsed and
he was forced by his own lawyers to withdraw the case.
Mr. Glenroy Blanchette is up to his old tricks again now that the
General Elections of 2010 are over and he has failed to win a seat.
He does not care that the people voted overwhelmingly for Dr. Asim
Martin, he is concerned with fulfilling what he considers to be his destiny.
As predicted by the stars maybe. And he has submitted over 300 frivolous
objections to the Registration Officerfor the East Basseterre Constituency,
seeking to remove the names of hundreds of duly registered voters who
voted in the January 25th, 2010 Elections claiming that they are not
living in East Basseterre and have never, ever lived in the Constituency.
Again he is crying foul and is complaining of massive fraud after
being beaten a second time, fairly and squarely by Dr. Martin.
And again he has made a fool of himself and embarrassed himself
and his party (PAM), and was forced by is lawyers to withdraw the
frivolous objections when the matter first came up for hearing on
Wednesday, 3rd March.
Glenroy Blanchette was unsuccessful in his attempt to win a seat in
2004 and 2010. Since he was supposed to win, it had to be that he was
cheated out of success by MASSIVE FRAUD. And where he could find
no evidence of FRAUD, he simply concocted evidence of FRAUD.
PAM leaders do not believe in Democracy. They believe that their
destiny supersedes Democracy and if Democracy does not coincide
with Destiny, then Democracy be damned.
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Address by Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister
and Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce,
Agriculture, Marine Resources, Consumer Affairs and
Constituency Empowerment, on the occasion of the
Department of Agriculture Annual Review
on Tuesday, March 09, 2010
It is a pleasure for me to address the Annual Review of the Department
of Agriculture. This review is the 15th of its kind. I had several
opportunities over the period 1995 to 2000, whilst serving as the Minister
of Agriculture, to address a gathering such as this one.
I am delighted for the opportunity in another dispensation to come
and renew acquaintances with our farmers and all stakeholders in
agriculture. Having served formerly, faithfully and diligently as Minister
of Agriculture, I come once more to this portfolio perhaps with a more
realistic framework about the potentialities of agriculture.
I promise that together we will make the best of our circumstances,
our time and the other resources available to us. I promise that I shall
bring your concerns to the attention of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,
thereby mobilizing the support of the entire government onyourbehalf.
The Prime Minister of course is also the Minister responsible for lands
and for providing the financial resources for Agriculture. Land and
financial support are critical to any serious effort to mainstream agriculture
in the national economy.
We have talked the talk on agriculture for a long time. Hopefully we
can now walk the walk. I promise I will advocate every day, every hour,
every minute for you our farmers because advocating for you, means
advocating for our National Food Security, for our future and for the
future of our children and grand children.
Role for Agriculture
The recent drought spell reminds us that agriculture is important.
Food is important. Food security is a basic human need. In articulating
a role for agriculture we must accept that agriculture should occupy
centre stage in our efforts to achieve food security, inclusive and
equitable growth and enhance gainful employment in the rural sector.
With this reality in mind, the question comes easily, what do we
intend to do? How will we realize our vision of agriculture contributing
to food security, growth, employment and revitalizing our rural
We have to overcome the challenges and seize opportunities to do
more and to do them better. These are the imperatives to realizing our
vision of an agricultural sector contributing to a better transformation of
We have to increase food production and ancillary support services.
We will do this by identifying and allocating more lands to serious and
successful farmers first and foremost. We will be impatient with those
who take lands ostensibly for agriculture but do not utilize these lands
for agricultural purposes in good time. We will increase production
through more utilization of technology such as greenhouses, etc. We
will bring green technology to agriculture. We will improve on the
timeliness of land preparation; improve access to water and pay attention
to watershed management and soil health.
For too long we have been doing agriculture the traditional
subsistence way. Giving it little but expecting bountiful crops. For too
long we planted but we did not enrich our soils. We depended mainly
and sometimes only on rain to water our farms. We did not weed and
care for our crops and yet we expected that the Lord would smile on our
harvest and onus. How we forget Genesis Chapter 3 verse 19: that it is
by the sweat of our brow that we shall eat bread.
The Republic of China is big on agriculture. They have the expertise
and other resources to help us. I look to them for assistance in three
Getting water to our farms. They must help our farmers trap and
store water for use on their farms. Taiwan can help us in applying
efficient irrigation technologies to
Speaking of technologies, soil
topography apart, land tillers have
made farming easier and more
economical for many farmers in
Taiwan. While few farmers can
finance their own tractor and
plough costing hundreds of
thousands of dollars, certainly a
land tiller of several thousand
dollars will be a more manageable
investment and hopefully produce
efficacious results. I encourage
the Republic of China to partner
with us in this regard. The Republic
of China, in the past established a
small farmer revolving fund. We
need to revisit this, allowing larger
sums for crop financing and more
Farmers want ample financing
for their crops with variable and
flexible repayment terms reflecting
the harvesting patterns of their
2.We must reduce the wastage
of produce, as a consequence of
poor harvesting practices, an
acute shortage of storage capacity
and too tentative a response to
agri processing. Hopefully during
the course of today we will learn
more about the packing house
being constructed at Needsmust.
We must increase our thrust in
the food processing sector. Our
jams, hot sauces, juices, etc have
not achieved the level of market
penetration that we envisaged. We
need to pay greater regard to the
quality of our products, branding
and labeling. Our Multi purpose
Lab and Bureau of Standards must
be among the first responders in
helping our farmers to appreciate
and practice quality assurance
We must increase financial and
credit supports to farmers. Hence
my earlier request to the
government of Taiwan to revisit
the Farmers Revolving Credit
Facility. We are open of course to
other ideas and options.
We must increase the
involvement of specialists. Let our
specialists stakeholders seriously
work on our monkey problem,
diseases confronting plants and
animals and generally provide
We must incentivize our
agriculture sector. We as a
country have given relatively
good support to our
manufacturing sector and our
tourism sector. We must be
prepared to extend better
concessions to agriculture.
Seriously, we have to conduct
more applied research on
agriculture. In this regard we
welcome efforts of a group from
Mc Gill University to partner with
us in researching issues relating
to nutrition and agriculture. We
welcome too, the specialist from
Cuba who should advise us on
practical ways of primate control.
We have to bring greater
involvement and investment of
our private sector in agriculture.
We need this involvement and
investment both at the level of
production, cultivation and
storage, marketing and
distribution. We need a private
sector to invest in the range of
agricultural appliances, machinery
and vehicles needed for
successful farming. It willbe nice
to have a one stop commercial
facility providing from A to Z of
agricultural implements, inputs,
etc. It would be good to have the
private sector playing a pivotal role
in our meeting the opportunity
gaps in our production in meats,
fish, vegetables and fruits.
Moving forward will require
greater and more meaningful
engagement between us and our
hotel and restaurant sectors. Such
engagement must provide a
reliable basis for taking our
produce from our farms to the
luncheon and dinner tables of our
restaurants and hotels. In this
regard, the dramatic reduction in
Marriott's 2009 purchase from the
Farmers Association requires
investigation and explanation.
We must do a better job of
linking concessions to our hotels,
be they Marriott, Christophe
Harbour, OTI, or Ottleys Plantation
Inn, with their consistent
commitment to buy local: fruits,
vegetables, juices, eggs, fish and
meat etc. We appreciate the
demand for quality and we commit
our farmers to attain and surpass
Moving forward we must
invest in cadre of high quality
extension officers of at least
diploma level training in crops, soil,
agri marketing, livestock
management, veterinary services,
etc as a first line of support to the
sector. Government must facilitate
more scholarships and grants for
studies in these areas. Of course,
it will be incumbent on the
bureaucrats to ensure that when
these persons return with their
superior training and qualification
their appointments are processed
in a timely manner.
We need to take agriculture to
stage where more trained young
people can make a living from
Making a living means more
than buying groceries from the
proceeds of farm sales. It means
being able to pay for your home
mortgage, financing your pick up,
sending your children to private
school if you so choose and
financing their studies in
university. Making a living from
agriculture must allow you to
attend to all things that our
businessmen and professionals
attend to, and you must
accomplish these as a result of the
successes of your agriculture
Unless we achieve this our
farming will remain largely a part
time, second job, hobby for men
and women. This will not lead to
the realization of our vision.
So let us recommit ourselves
to do our best to advance
agriculture production in our
Federation. Let us cooperate to
realize the vision of a prosperous
St Kitts and Nevis on which our
farmers, our fishers, agri producers
are centre stage of that prosperity.
I encourage our farmers and all
stakeholders to enjoin me in
realizing this vision. Let us work
cooperatively to expand,
modernize and make more
sustainable the agriculture sector
in national development.
I thank you!
Two nationals participate in Regional Security Service for
a Telehealth and Diabetes Seminar in Florida
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 9TH 2010 (CUOPM) -Two nationals of the Federation, Second
Lieutenant Dr. Vance Gilbert and Dr. Giovanna Mathew-Mattener were among several participants who attended
a Telehealth and Diabetes Seminar at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami,
Drs. Matthew and Mattener were among representatives from all seven RSS states who participated in the
seminar held at the request from the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, in which they partnered with the
Florida State National Guard (FSNG) and the Regional Security Service (RSS).
The seminar included presentations from the University of Miami staff regarding areas of telehealth and
diabetes. Telehealth was added to the seminar to provide quick and cost effective means of consultation and
research for RSS member state medical professionals.
The RSS participants visited
several University of Miami
locations, including the Diabetes
Research Institute. This emphasis
was predicated upon the fact that
diabetes is a widespread public
health issue throughout the
Eastern Caribbean region.
The other 10 persons from the
RSS states participating were:
Captain Prince Ramsey and
Captain Mikyla Frederick from
Antigua and Barbuda; Captain
Virgil Rene Best and Senior
Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth
George from Barbados; Dr. Paul
Ricketts from Dominica; Inspector
Terrence Julien from Grenada;
Principal Nursing Officer,
Kurthney Surage and Dr. Ayo-
Oluwa Adeola Adesanya from St.
Lucia; Family Nurse Practitioner
Carmina Walker, and Sergeant of
Police, Ornan Jacobs from St.
Vincent and the Grenadines.
As a consequence of this
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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010 9
By: Sotto Voce
I saw an item in the St. Kitts Sun recently to do with comments made
by a "Real Labour", criticizing the Labour Party's handling and
distribution of land to our citizens. It would be preferable if those who
really oppose the Labour Party and its leaders stop this pretence of
being members/lovers of the same Party they so love to hate.
You can'tjump ship just before a General Election is due, be so very
drastically critical of the party and its candidates, go out of your way to
publicly humiliate the Party and its leadership at every opportunity, and
then still claim to be a member/lover of the same organisation. They
must stop it.
In St. Kitts politics since from the days of my hero Comrade Bradshaw,
I leant that if you are not with me then you are against me. I have never
heard of any Soldier who goes into the enemy camp, joins the enemy in
firing shots at his own side (with intent to destroy the Soldiers on his
own side), and still profess loyalty to that side. Such a person is called a
traitor. Not a member or lover or friend. I would prefer that those PAMites
still pretending to be Labour supporters to stop it. They not fooling
In Comrade Bradshaw's time, I got a piece of land in a housing
development for 410 per square foot. I hadjust started to work as a poor
boy. I took some time and paid off for the land. Then I later on secured a
mortgage at a local bank and put down a dwelling house for myself and
family thereon. I am still paying on that mortgage up to now. I was glad
to get a piece of the rock when I did.
I did not expect any government to pay for the land for me or give me
for free. I did not expect my government to build the house for me and
my family. I expect that by dint of my own hard work, I would shelter and
provide for my own family. I looked for no hand-outs from Labour, because
I supported them. The Labour Party, under Comrade Bradshaw then, is
the same Labour Party under Comrade Douglas now, even though times
have changed. Our people are generally plenty better off now that we
were then in lots of respects.
So the land being distributed now and the land distributed in Comrade
Bradshaw's time, all come compliments the REAL Labour Party. Only
who keep talking foolishness is the UNREAL Labour Party by
themselves. Everything takes time. In my time, I could not get title for my
piece of land until I had paid off for it.
Comrade Douglas and Labour are now giving title to land-owners
once they pay $100.00 down payment. They can then use that title to
secure a mortgage on the erection of the house on the land They lucky
bad. Young people must be encouraged to work and to earn an honest
livelihood. Not to steal or get everything for free. That would be
I don't want to mix up hypocrisy and treachery and call them "tough
love". Please! Who gone over to the PAM camp must remain therein the
Young man gunned down in
By Charles Miller Jr
At around 1:30 pm on
Sunday, March 7th, the Criminal
Investigations Department, Anti-
Gang Unit, Strike Force and
officers from Stapleton Police
Station responded to a shooting
incident in St. Peters. On
arriving, they found the body of
23 year old Denzil "Para"
Williams, of Fort Thomas
Road, was found on the ground
motionless with multiple gunshot
wounds to his body, including
his head. He was pronounced
dead by District Medical Officer,
Dr. Mervyn Laws.
It has been reported that the
Police has one man in custody
that is assisting with the
investigation. Williams' death
takes the number of homicides
for the year to eight for the
Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis
- 5 in St. Kitts and 3 in Nevis.
In March of 2009, Williams
along with Bernard Berry were
both charged for the murder of
Collin'Izum' Matthew, who was
shot multiple times while in a
parked vehicle at Ponds
Extension, East Basseterre. On
December 4th 2009, they were
both freed after nine months due
to lack of evidence. Exactly 10
days after their release, 21 year-
old Berry was shot and killed in
Gillard Meadows, St. Peters.
Investigations, by the Police,
into last Sunday's killing are
company of vagabonds and
crooks. More time for that.
I am sure Kittitians have all
noted with interest how very
protective PAM and the Democrat
newspaper have been of their
Bishop Ron Collins and his NGO
Coalition PAM team; even the old
PAM coming out in full support of
Collins and his bogus report. As
far as they are concerned the
Customs Department personnel
are all liars. The Prime Minister is a
liar, and the chiefs of the Security
Forces are all liars as well.
On the other hand, their famous
Bishop Collins is more truthful
than Christ Jesus. And all those
whom he misled into signing his
version of events, are all truthful
disciples (of PAM).
Those who speak truth have
nothing to hide. The same NGO
Coalition of Collins hid the identity
of the person who leaked the
NGO's first release to the PAM
Chairman. To this day, this has
been a secret between Collins'
NGO and PAM. So from the very
outset, the public knew that PAM
and the NGO coalition were
holding secrets for one another.
The Anglican Priest, who had
so correctly described their
conduct as "malicious" at first, was
made to retract that word and
instead allege that he "misspoke".
I wonder, on reflection, if he still
thinks so in light of all that has
transpired since then?
When their Bishop
misrepresented the truth in
sullying the reputations and
characters of members of our
Security Forces, how could Massa
Caines and PAM expect them to
remain silent? Just like the
Customs Department did some
weeks earlier, the chiefs of the
Security Forces had to come to the
defence of their own names and
reputations. The blatant and
downright lies told on them and
the men and women under their
watch could never be allowed to
Collins crookedness had
already been displayed when he
sought to blacken the image of the
local Customs Department. He
took a tale to the PAM FM that
made him out to be the victim of
the brutality of the Customs and
the Security Forces. When the
truth came out sometime later, and
Collins was being portrayed in a
different light, he quickly retracted
all his earlier statements and called
a "cease-fire" with the Customs.
Well, it is the same retraction
that the Security Forces and the
Prime Minister as well are all asking
for in the gross and malicious
untruths he put in his NGO
Coalition report of events on
His love relationship with
PAM from the very beginning
made him totally unfit to head any
"independent" consideration of
Election Day events. His natural
bias for PAM made him conjure up
events and misrepresent the truth
on events where he stationed
himself in Old Road and Half Way
Thanks to Blanchette, who
loves to chat out of turn, we now
know the reason behind Collins
false reporting of events. So that
when Lindsay Grant loses, Collins'
report would be a part of PAM's
case in Court. May the Lord have
mercy on them all crooked to the
Mr. Charles Wilkin Q.C., gave
a fair and frank commentary on the
local political climate and how he
thought the tensions and
outlandish talking could be
diffused. I understood him to
suggest that the 1984 introduction
of Continuous registration (by
PAM) led to the creation of
o\ ci'Si'. voting" as we know it
today. This was done without any
consideration of the impact this
would have on our constituency
boundaries system. Overseas
voters don't live here now. He
WELCOMING TEAMS AND VIPs
PUT ON THE FRONT BURNER
With less than 60 days left to the start of the ICC WT20 WI 2010 matches
in St Kitts, officers from the Immigration Department, St ChristopherAir and
Seaports Authority, VIP Protocol committee, and staff members from the ICC
Venue Office in St Kitts met on March 10 to formalize arrangements for the visit
of teams and VIPs.
The meeting which was chaired by Promotions and Corporate Services
officer, Clement Ogarro, focused on the protocol to be adopted during the arrival
and departure of all tournament participants and visitors.
Inspector Elritha Richardson and SargeantAlicia Huggins gave an update on
the Immigration procedures to be adopted. Both expressed their satisfaction
with the system in place but indicated ways to enhance and expedite the process.
This will include the completion of ED forms prior to arrival in St Kitts.
It was decided that ED forms would be made available in Barbados, Antigua
and the United Kingdom, the three points of departure for teams on their way to
St Kitts starting April 27. The immigration officers also requested upfront, the
names of all passengers, travel times, and dates in order to facilitate a hassle-free
entry and departure from St Kitts.
Security officer, Joseph Taylor, and Operations officer Bernard Rawlins
spoke on behalf of SCASPA. They conveyed their pleasure at working alongside
the VIP Protocol committee and the ICC Venue staff to ensure that all
arrangements at the RLB InternationalAirport were in place for the staging of
this major tournament from May 5-10.
Mr. Taylor gave specific details of the security plan that SCASPA has in
suggested that it can be
"corrected" by switching to a
system of proportional
representation in place of the first
past the post system we now use.
I thought I would mention that
here. PAM loves to blame others
for their own creation. The tricks
and games they play, often return
to haunt them. Even with a
completely fresh registration of
voters, in short order, we will be
back in the same situation. As
voters migrate, so too will the
constituency boundaries integrity
be affected. PAM created voting
where you do not live.
We had a good system here
that PAM met in 1980 when they
went into government. It did not
need any fixing. But PAM wanted
"overseas" help to try to beat
Labour. It could not be done with
voters in St. Kitts alone. So PAM
created this messy situation. Now
they criticizing their own baby and
want people think that Labour do
something wrong. Labour only
plays by the same ground rules that
PAM set out since 1984.
The PAM Chairman was on
their FM on Saturday declaring
that the elections not over, and that
General Elections will be called
very soon. I suppose the famous
"next Prime Minister" (who cannot
win his seat) will be calling it from
up PAM Headquarters. The same
PAM Chairman had better be
careful he doesn't lose his position
in the Party when the pack is re-
shuffled just now. The "members
and friends" not at all pleased with
the choice of the PAM Senator to
Parliament. Even "Ask Washie"
not in favour of his Party's choice.
He say Grant mixing up Parliament
with the Court House. Our system
still respects the will of the majority
- which Labour has.
Maybe no majority rule up
PAM. Only the big-wigs and
special families have the sway.
However, in all Parliaments the
.a\ cs have it" all over the world.
place and been utilizing for the past
four years, dating back to the Cricket
World Cup in 2007. On the other hand,
Mr. Rawlins updated the stakeholders
of the tarmac location and access for
the incoming aircraft and vehicles that
would be used to transport the team
members and visiting dignitaries.
The VIP Protocol committee
head, Chris Evelyn rehashed
information in relation to the use of
the VIP lounge as a meet and greet
area to be manned by members of his
team. He was supported by Lauretta
Evelyn, who herself is an experienced
practitioner of VIP Protocol. Her role
would ensure that teams and VIPs are
moved from the RLB International
Airport to their hotel in the least
Local Event Manager, Val Henry
articulated his appreciation to all for
taking the time to participate in such a
critical meeting. His advice to all
present was to work together as a
collective group so as to make St Kitts
the number one host for the ICC
10 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010
Beyond all weaknesses there is strength. Instead of trying to remove weaknesses, increase your strengths.
In this way all your weaknesses will gradually reduce and practically disappear. We all have weaknesses of
one kind or another, but where does it all start- with our thinking. Negative thinking or negative thoughts are
enemies of the self or soul. One never feels comfortable when one is being negative because it is not a natural
state of being. On the other hand, when I am being positive, it feels naturally comfortable because it is innate
and natural for every soul to be positive. Negativity is not natural, it is acquired over time from the external
influences that infect our thinking and then gradually, like a parasite, it eats away our natural innate qualities
which are all positive. Suchvirtues and values like trust, friendship, happiness and honesty, to name a few are
within everyone. They may be buried beneath a lot of "dust" in some of us but they are innate and still there,
even if negativity is visible and dominant. It is even a common belief to think that it is "natural" to be negative
e.g. to be angry or impatient. However, check yourself: How do you feel whenyou are angry? How do you feel
when you are peaceful? Do you feel in control of a situation when you are in a state of anger or in a state of
peace? Think about it.
We seem to be poverty stricken of values and virtues at the time of need e.g. in a situation in which
tolerance or patience is needed we become impatient even if we don't want to be because of habit and the
belief that "I don't have patience" Because we have allowed our negative responses/weaknesses to remain
uppermost in our consciousness, it means we first retrieve the negative responses in situations where a
positive response would have yielded a more beneficial result for everyone. It is not that you have lost your
values, it is that your weaknesses have taken over, i.e. it is much easier to be negative than to be positive, as
the world around us grows more negative. However, patience especially with yourself is needed to overcome
the weaknesses which seem to pre-dominate. You do have positive innate qualities which are your strengths.
Keep this awareness constantly.
.The method to destroy your enemies, the negative qualities is to re-emerge your inner strengths. This is
best achieved in silent reflection and meditation. Meditation is the process of getting to know myself completely,
both who I am "inside" and how I react to what is "outside". Through meditation, I discover a very different
"me" from perhaps the stressed or troubled person who may seem superficially to be 'me'. I realize that my true
nature, the real me, is actually very positive. When I sit in meditation, I learn to dive deep within and retrieve
the hidden treasures I have, such as patience, tolerance and cooperation. With contentment and patience, I
allow my true nature to emerge through silent reflections or meditation.
Regular practice, at least ten minutes every morning enables you to retrieve these much needed qualities
at the right time during the day. As you get more familiar with the natural 'you' and find more of your positive
qualities or inner strengths, you let go of the acquired negative traits such as anger or impatience. Life can be
like an exam, so why not prepare yourself internally every day in order to pass as many of the tests/exams that
confront you on a daily basis. So, the solutions lie within, not without or with any other person. No one can
think for me. I am the creator of all my thoughts, and whatever are my thoughts, so accordingly would be my
feelings and attitude, as well as my words and actions. The more I get to know myself, The more I will realize
that I have the capacity and the inner strength to be strong and positive when there is need to be. Meditation
increases our inner strength, liberates us from negative influences and enables us to focus our attention on
aspects of eternal truth. Just think..... I am naturally positive. Experiment: My mind is my personal laboratory.
Let me take some more responsibility for my way of thinking, my feelings, attitude, words and actions.
Submitted by; The Meditation Centre Taylors Village Tel: 466 2550; 661 0933
Basseterre, St. Kitts, March
08, 2010 (SKNIS): The use of
(ICT) as a catalyst for the
recovery of the earthquake
devastated Haiti and its
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adoption for other disasters
were explored at a recent
meeting in Grenada.
This was one of the many
topics at the 4th Meeting of the
Regional ICT Steering
Committee held on March 3
and 4. The Committee was
created in May 2007 to be a
think tank and advise the
on issues related to creating an
information society and other
ICT developments. It is made
up of representatives from
CARICOM member and
associated states, Caribbean
regional organizations, the
private sector, civil society and
Wesley Wharton, Director
of Technology in St. Kitts told
SKNIS that the work of the
Steering Committee is almost
complete as it has reviewed the
Draft ICT Strategy for the
Region which will be presented
to Heads of Government for
approval in the near future.
He noted that the
addresses Human Resource
Communication and Content as
well as Policy and Regulation.
Mr. Wharton added that he
was particularly pleased to
learn how the practical
application of ICT tools such as
satellite phones, the internet and
text messaging assisted with the
recovery efforts in Haiti in the
initial stages of the earthquake.
This was based on
presentations by the Caribbean
Association of National
Organizations (CANTO), the
(ITU) and other agencies.
Mr. Wharton said the
ongoing installation of a fiber
optic line should considerably
boost the use of ICT in the
ongoing recovery and
subsequent development of
Youth Ambassador (CYA) Ian
Richards also of St. Kitts and
Nevis highlighted the need to
Women's Day Celebration
In St. Kitts & Nevis
Tribute delivered by Dr. Joaquin Pina Perez, Professor of
Estomalogy, University Jose Assef Yara, Ciego de Avila, Cuba and
member of the Cuban Medical Brigade in St. Kitts & Nevis; and
translated by Mr. Jorge Payret, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba
to St. Kitts & Nevis at the Cuban Embassy's Social in honour of
International Women's Day held at the Cuban Ambassador's residence
on Saturday, 6 March 2010.
Mr. Jorge Payret, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba in the
Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Mrs Telca Wallace, President Cuba
St. Kitts Nevis Friendship Association and other members of the
Association present, ladies and invited gentlemen, colleagues:
Jos6 Marti (Cuba's independence hero) ruled:
People's campaigns are only weak when they do not enlist the
heart of a woman, but when she shivers and helps, when the woman
naturally shy and quiet encourages and applauds, when cultured and
virtuous woman anoints the work with the honey of her affection, the
work is invincible.
The 8th of March as the official celebration of International
Women's Day was proposed in 1910 by Clara Zetkin, German member
of the International Union of Confederation Workers, in Copenhagen,
Denmark during the International Congress of Socialist Women. Since
then it has been celebrated worldwide as a tribute to the effort made
by women to achieve equality, justice, peace and development; beyond
national borders and ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political
differences. Women and men from all five continents organise various
events to celebrate this day and endorse the awareness that not only
half of the obligations correspond to women, but also half the rights.
This Day is to honour the memory of not only women who in 1857
in a textile factory in New York claimed their labour rights and were
cruelly repressed, but also of all those women that in the world and
through history have fought for their rights as human beings and for
There are names of women in Cuba that symbolise the dignity and
decorum of our women: Mariana Grajales; Carlota; Guarina; Amalia;
Rosa Elena Sime6n; Ana Betancourt; Gertrudis G6mez de Avellaneda,
Martha Abreu; Melba Hemrndez; Haydee Santamaria; Celia Sanchez;
Vilma Espin; Fe del Valle and many more that have fought for our
freedom. Artists such as our prima ballerina Alicia Alonso; athletes
who put the name of Cuba in the highest spot of sport's glory: Ana
Fidelia Quirot, Maria Caridad Colon, DeborahAndoyo, and so many
more; scientists such as Concepci6n Campa or Rosa Elena Sime6n
and, why not, you Cuban women together with us here, fulfilling your
international collaboration or diplomatic duties; or the ones here from
this country and the Caribbean region that carry out their social duties
while being mothers, wives or women striving for their rights.
Jos6 Marti said:
"In the Andes can be the pedestal of our freedom, but the heart of
our freedom is in our women."
!Long Live women! Long live their International Day!
Thank you very much.
In attendance at the Social were the staff of the Cuban Embassy,
members of the Cuba St. Kitts Nevis Friendship Association and the
Cuban Medical Brigade in St. Kitts & Nevis, as well as representatives
of the Department of Social & Community Development & Gender
Each female member of the gathering was presented with a Happy
International Women's Day greeting card.
Submitted by Carol Phillips
Secretary Cuba St. Kitts Nevis Friendship Association
transform the curricula of
primary tertiary level
educational institutions to
incorporate more ICT related
While presenting on related
matters highlighted in the
CARICOM Commission on Youth
Development (CCYD) Report,
Richards cited how ICT can
positively impact Education,
Labour and Employment, Youth
Culture and the CARICOM Single
Market and Economy (CSME).
He also mentioned the need to
establish a regional accreditation
agency so that young people
involved in graphics design and
other industries canbe recognized
for their skills and take advantage
of job-opportunities for
advancement in their chosen
fields. CYAKerry Frank of Grenada
supported Richards during the
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010
Men's Health Outreach
By Melissa Amsterdam
The Ministry of Health and the Cuban Alumni partnered last Friday,
January 5th, in a men's health outreach which targeted the prevention
and treatment of chronic diseases here in the Federation.
A free clinic was erected on Princes Street, downtown Basseterre, for
the day to facilitate screenings of diseases such as diabetes, high
cholesterol and hypertension
The PRO of the event, Hollis Prentice gave a brief overview of the
Men's Health Outreach activity.
He said that it was noted that the Federation's males are less
aggressive when it came to being health conscientious.
"We decided that we need men to be more aware of these diseases".
He explained that the event was the first in which the Ministry of
Health had collaborated with the Cuban Alumni in efforts to target and
educate men about the various chronic diseases.
A Health Promoter, Petrinella Edwards, in the Ministry of Health
commented on the event saying that for the first six months of this year
the Ministry of Health will be focusing on men.
"This is a continuing effort of the Ministry of Health in its outreach
to prevent chronic conditions. We know that the risk factors are very
common based on surveys done in 2008," Edward responded during an
Ms. Edwards was concerned because, men do not access the services
here in the Federation. "They do not go to doctors or clinics, we wanted
to reach out to them, in the community and in the work places," said.
She commented that the message being conveyed is to encourage
men to live well, to live longer and take care of themselves by having a
regular check up which is recommended to be done at least twice yearly.
She said that the St. Paul's and Cayon clinics are two clinics being
targeted throughout the run of the programme. She said that men have
been quite responsive at those clinics.
According to the Health Promoter over fifty individuals had turned
out to be screened for high cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension.
Her advice is one of prevention and she is a firm believer in detecting
any illness in its first stages which would carry better chances for survival.
Dr. Dwain Archibald, President of the Cuban Alumni Association
here on St. Kitts carried sentiments about the high number of men who
Individuals taking advantage of the free clinic set up as part of the Men s Health Outreach hosted last
week Friday. (By Precious Mills)
are not health conscientious.
He noted that most men rely
on hospitals when diseases are in
the late stages and nothing could
Dr. Archibald mentioned that
during the afternoon's health
screening he had encountered
three persons who he had to send
to the hospital for further treatment
due to hypertension.
"They were sent to the
emergency room and the doctors
there will treat them accordingly.
If the situation is serious they will
be admitted, if not they will be
given oral medication and sent
home," he explained.
He also touched on the subject
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of prostate cancer and mentioned that there is a lot of stigma to have the
procedure done to detect the disease.
He pointed out that there are two ways to detect prostate cancer.
"There is a rectal examination as well as a blood test," Dr. Archibald said.
"I recommend that men put aside all those stigmas, the doctor's
office is private, the blood test is only to corroborate what is happening
internally, get the physical," he advised.
Dr. Archibald's advice for men is to simply, "pay attention to your
health and have regular check-ups".
This particular activity now is the second outreach since the
programme's launch in December and it will run until June, it is labeled as
the Men's Health Outreach. The first clinic held was in February and
boasted a high turn out of men.
There was one similar event held on March 9th, in Cayon and another
is scheduled for March 18th, in Old Road.
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The web portal, designed and created to enhance further the LIME
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to their accounts and LIME services from practically any location.
LIME Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Chris Dehring said: "Today
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With the new My LIME portal, customers will save time with
immediate and secure access to their LIME post-paid accounts 24
hours a day, seven days a week. They can view, download and pay
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and will be able to buy airtime with online Top Up through a completely
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message to other LIME mobile customers; the ability to redeem LIME
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self- check their Internet speed instead of having to call a LIME
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prIar fo S majS
Instructor Dominic Stevens (standing) confers with, from right,
Vaughn Edmeade, Leslie Connor, Brenda Connor and his mother
KITTS) March 8, 2010 -
Youth Empowerment through
Skills (YES) Programme
hospitality and hotels trade
instructor, Dominic Stevens, is
happy with the performance of
the 34 trainees under his
tutelage at Keys Community
Centre, but he is not taking any
The month of March is
going to be a turning point for
him, his co-instructor Jasmine
Isaac, and the trainees, it being
the anniversary month the YES
Programme was established a
At a date yet to be
announced, they expect to
entertain their mentor, greatest
fan and supporter, Prime
Minister Dr Denzil Douglas, his
cabinet colleagues and other
top government officials at a
dinner aimed at showcasing the
skills acquired by the trainees
to mark YES Programme's
"No\\, this will be a big one
and we cannot afford to slip,"
commented Stevens. "Prime
Minister Douglas, in his most
compassionate moment in terms
of the welfare of the youth in
this country established the
YES Programme last year. It
has gone a long way in assisting
youths gain skills and
employment. We cannot afford
to let him down after he would
have shown a lot of faith in us
To make sure they will
have it right, Stevens and his
team of trainees led by hostess,
22-year-old Camen Liburd, and
with Jasmine Isaac's
assistance, organised a dinner
on Sunday February 28 at the
Keys Community Centre
where they invited a wide cross
section of residents from
around the island to test their
Keys hospitality class co-instructor Jasmine Isaac (standing) chats
with a satisfied dinner guest.
A cross section of dinner guests
state of readiness ahead of the
"They (trainees) had an
excellent performance," said
hostess Liburd after
"The food was prej
of us the trainees. W
hospitality as a c
Trainee bartender Kazard Brookes presents instructor D
Steven a special 'YES Programme cocktail' which he als
serve the Prime Minister at Jack Tar
hospitality comes with cooking.
The guests were happy for
what transpired and what they
ate. This was just a practical
for us to exercise our skills for
the upcoming Prime Minister's
According to Stevens, the
trainees have learnt a lot since
Tthe class started in September
Last year, as evidenced by the
dinner they prepared and
served on Sunday February 28
in preparation for the Prime
Minister's dinner expected to
I be held at the Jack Tar.
The YES Programme
r t hospitality group based at Jack
rthe dne. Tar, under Michael Guishard,
nared by all
Shared by al will join hands with the Keys
re adog YES Programme hospitality to
make sure that the dinner will
be a memorable one. The
Guishard group has previously
entertained the Prime Minister,
at a dinner that was held at the
Jack Tar October, 3 last year.
Those who attended the
S three-course dinner at Keys
included former area
now government adviser for
tourism, Cedric Liburd,
i manager at the YES
Programme Secretariat, Leslie
Connor, YES Programme field
officer, Vaughn Edmeade, and
journalist and social
., commentator Larry Vaughan.
o expects to
FEDERATION OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS
SAINT CHRISTOPHER CIRCUIT
TITLE BY REGISTRATION ACT CAP, 279 ARS
A. D. 2010 1!0
FEB 1 8 201110 n
ISTO PHER /
SIn the matter of the Certificate of Title dated
S8W 62 0lo 00m2 The 17' day of October 1979 registered in Book
T1 Folio 55 of the register of Titles in the Saint
In the matter of the Application for the Issue of
A New Certificate of Title to replace the above
Mentioned one, which is lost.
NOTICE OF LOST CERTIFICATE OF TITLE
NOTICE is hereby given of the Loss of Certificate of Title dated the 24" day of May, 1967 which
is registered in Book T1 at Folio 55 of the Register of Titles for the Saint Christopher Circuit which
title was issued in the name of CYRIL FREDERICK as registered proprietor.
Any person having information relating to the whereabouts of the said Certificate of Title is
requested to notify the Registrar of Titles for the Saint Christopher or Hesketh. W. Benjamin,
Solicitor, Chambers, Ashton Amory Building, Central Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts.
Dated the/ day of /4.- 7 2010.
Hketh. W. Benjamin
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Dr. Harris says
government committed to
ensuring peace for all
BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (March 6, 2010) Senior Minister and
parliamentary representative for Constituency Seven (Belle Vue to
Ottleys), Dr Timothy Harris, has assured the country in general and his
constituency in particular that government's top responsibility is to
ensure people enjoy peace.
Dr Harris was addressing over 150 persons who had gathered Friday
night at Lodge Project for a candlelight vigil at the spot where a young
man from the community, Jervin Wilson, had died after a drive-by
shootout on Sunday February 28.
"We would want this community, like all communities in St. Kitts and
Nevis, to be a very peaceful one, where people can go about their routine
feeling safe, feeling secure, and feeling free," said the Senior Minister.
"As a government, that will be part of our commitment going forward
that in every community people should be able to move around safely,
securely and freely without fear."
Persons of all ages who first assembled at Ottleys hard-courts as
early as 7:30 pm, and each holding a lighted candle, many donning black
ribbons and bands, walked to Lodge Project to the exact spot in the
middle of the village road where the 17-year-old lay dead, not far from
Lodge Community Centre.
"Tonight we are here to commemorate the life of a young man, Jervin
Wilson, who passed sadly as a result of a shootout recently," said Dr
Harris. "I as a parliamentary representative extend condolences to the
Jervin s father, Marvin Wilkin i. i. ii. a baby), stands next to Dr Timothy Harris and Jervin 's mother,
parents and the family of the
young man, who was shot. We
stand in solidarity as a government
Well wishers, r,,di. at the spot where Jervin 's body lay.
with you, and we share your pain
and grief at this moment."
Present at the vigil were
Jervin's parents, Debra Wilson and
Dr Harris, who had onthe same
day returned from Miami, where he
attended International Whaling
Commission meetings, and also
attended the funeral service of the
late Charles Herman Gilbert of
Lodge Project at Mt Carmel Baptist
Church, told how the Loge
community had its peace and
He described the community
as one whose innocence had been
uprooted and lost and he hoped
that through the remembrance of
the life of the young man, "we
could again have the young
people commit to a life of peace,
positive living, and recommit to a
life which allows them to say no to
violence and crime, gang related
and all illegal activities."
He thanked the young people
in the community who turned out
to show respect for Jervin Wilson,
who according to tributes given
at the vigil, was a very helpful
person and a good member of the
community, adding that it was a
pity he had to go that way.
"For the parents I know that
this must be a very hard hit, hard
to bear, hard because of the cruelty
of the circumstances, the
suddenness and as it were, the
surprise because you don't think
this is the kind of death that
anyone envisages," observed Dr
"People envisage natural
causes and for a parent, and
particularly a young parent, to
have to bury a child, not yet fully
out of adolescence, I think that is
very hard and very difficult. I
would want the parents in
particular to know that not only
me but the government and the
entire community that we all are
sharing in that grief and that pain,
and we know it hurts and it will
hold for a while, but there is a good
God who in time will turn this grief
into peace, and into comfort."
A community activist, Shane
Scott, informed this writer that
Jervin was a friendly person who
had just graduated from high
school and was well known by
villagers for his interest in his dog,
as he would always be seen
walking it in the village. "I am sure
the dog is greatly missing him."
At the end of the vigil, Charlene
Wilson, a relative of the deceased
who chaired the ceremonies, asked
all to hold hands for prayers.
Patricia Fahie offered prayers for
the life of Jervin Wilson, while Dr
Harris offered prayers for Adrian
Wilson and Shred Scarborough
who suffered gunshot wounds,
and Anastasia Williams who was
struck by the vehicle allegedly
used by the perpetrators of the
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR REPLACEMENT
OF LOST CERTIFICATE OF TITLE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that THOMAS LEE HALL, the Registered Proprietor of
Unit 1 E of Leeward Cove Condominiums, Frigate Bay, Frigate Bay, in the Island of St.
Christopher but presently residing at Halfway Bush, Auckland, New Zealand has applied
to the Registrar of Titles for the issue of a replacement Certificate of Title for the said
Unit 1 E in lieu of Certificate of Title dated 27" December 2002 registered in his favour
in Condominium Book 4 Folio 36 of the Register of Titles for St. Christopher Circuit on
the basis that the said Certificate of Title has been irrevocably lost.
Any person who may be in possession of the Certificate of Title or may have any
information which may lead to its recovery, please contact:
Michella Adrien, Solicitor
Chambers, South Independence Square Street
Basseterre, St Kitts
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[BASSETERRE 28-Feb-2010] The St. Kitts Basseterre Lions Club
wish to thank ALL who contributed to the success of the "3rd Annual
Sunday Best Variety Charity" held in the relaxed environment of De
House Nitery, Soho onFebruary 28 2010.
The fun-filled Sunday afternoon showcased the local beauty and
talent from National Carnival 2009-2010 to an appreciative audience and
featured appearances by Junior Calypso Monarch Karisia "Miss
Independent" Willett, 1st Runner-up Senior Calypso Monarch Oscar
"Astro" Browne, 2nd Runner-up Female Calypso Bacchanal Andrea
"Singing Angie" Walters, Calypso Monarch Contenders Paul "King
Blazer" Bryan, Trevor "Zarkie" Richards, and Larry "Alamoulou" Armony
whose presentation included a cameo cultural presentation of the Clown.
The show also featured soloist Yenesia Henry, the Culture Club
Dancers & models (Reyeisha Merchant, Brascia Audain, Omique
Maynard, Kededra Norford, T'quani & Shantol) along with creative
dancer Alphonso Henry. The ladies modeled classy collections of Judith
Rawlins' Brown Sugar Designs, colourful selections from Island Hopper/
Caribelle Batik, and a Hat Parade.
Thanks to our generous sponsors, attendees had the opportunity to
bid on and to win several prizes which included a grand night's stay at a
hotel resort, internet ready cell phones, gift certificates, and electronic
appliances. Gratitude is extended to the following business places: -
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LTD, KANTOURS VACATION & TOUR CONSULTANTS, LIME (ST.
KITS & NEVIS) LTD), MARRIOTT EMERALD MIST SPA,OTTLEY'S
PLANTATION INN, RAWLINS PLANTATION INN,ROYAL ST. KITTS
RESORT, and TDC LTD.
SPECIAL THANKS ALSO TOASHBURRYS, CALYPSO MONARCH
SUB-COMMITTEE & CHAIRMANLESTER IBLE; CHERISEDOLPHIN-
GUMBS; GARY'S FRUITS AND FLOWERS, KYSSFMthe NATIONAL
CARNIVAL COMMITTEE, NU NAILS SALON, SKNVIBES; SONIA
CARR, UNCLE T'S, VALLIES RENTALS; WINNFM; & ZIZ.
Finally to all those who attended we thank you for you continued
patronage and look forward to your continued participation and support
The Special Olympians
HOPE Nevis Incorporated applauds the Nevis contingent of the
Federation's Special Olympics Team for their stellar performance at the
Latin American Games this year. Your outstanding nineteen (19) medal
haul, including nine (9) gold, has proven to the world that with God's
help, the support of your parents, teachers and coaches you were able
to do great things.
We would like to encourage all stakeholders; parents, the government
and the private sector to continue to invest in the development of the
'differently-abled' in our society. We have all seen what they have been
able to achieve with so little investment, just imagine what they would
be able to do if the entire community stands with them!
The Directors and members of HOPE Nevis Incorporated salute you
and wish continued success in all your future endeavors.
Vacancy Rawlins Plantation:-
Qualified Craftsman required with a minimum of
5 years experience in the manufacturing of hardwood
furniture and cabinets.
Please respond with CV/ resume plus references to
fax number 869-465-4954
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010
Ministry of Health, Social Services, Community
Development, Culture and Gender Affairs
P.O. Box 183
Ms. Sharon Rattan
Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs
March 24th 2010
The Ministry of Health, Social Services, Community
Development, Culture and Gender Affairs is inviting
interested and suitably qualified persons to apply for the
position of Community Development Officer.
The purpose of a Community Development Officer is to work
with individuals and groups in communities so that they are
enabled and empowered to enhance their social and economic
conditions for the betterment of themselves and the
Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
Providing administrative oversight to the management of
Coordinating the collection, analysis and reporting of
community baseline information;
Assisting the community in identification and
prioritization of issues and the formulation of
Community Area/Zone Plans;
Providing support and developing social and life skills for
persons within communities.
SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: High level of communication, listening and
relationship management skills, such that you can earn the
trust of others;
Emotionally mature and sensitive yet resilient;
Have interests or skills in areas such as youth development,
poverty reduction, capacity building, afterschool
programmes, adult education, community regeneration,
community group formation;
Team player with good organizational, planning, reporting,
analytical and writing skills;
A positive, self motivated individual with a passion for
working in community development
A first degree in Social Sciences preferably the Behavioral
Three years work related experiences;
Certificates of having passed courses from Accredited
Community Development Courses;
Training in participatory methods.
Applicants must also be computer literate in Microsoft Office
SALARY: Based on qualifications
The Labour Spokesman
I VIEW POINT
V. E. INNISS P
PrxMini or Pre,inl
Fellow citizens and readers, are
we praying one for another or
preying on each other? Believe me,
I am not being facetious. I raised
the question since it seems that
the spirit of the perilous last days
has caught up with many of us and
manifesting itself in frightening
and unchristian-like ways in
It does not matter how simple
a disagreement albeit at the
domestic level, the community
level, even within the religious
family, persons want to "get even"
with someone who has wronged
them. Some have reached the
dangerous point of asking God to
remove the wrong doer(s) off the
earth. Is it well with us?
There have also been those
times, I understand, of persons
attempting to use prayer as a
horizontal weapon at a person to
settle a score rather than a petition
or supplication through God on a
person's behalf. How many of us
have heard people say "I'm going
to pray for you". Thank goodness
prayer does not work that way.
That notion raises a number of
questions. Have we lost our
bearings? Does the question "Am
I my brother's keeper" no longer
resonate? We had better heed the
advice of the late Civil Rights
Leader, Dr. Reverend Martin
Luther King when he said "We
must learn to live together as
brothers or perish together as
There is a destiny that makes
us brothers, none goes his way
alone. All that we send into the
lives of others comes back into
In early January just after the
Carnival, Calypso Show, etc, but
in the middle of the recently
concluded General Elections I was
seated in my barber shop,
together with several young men
awaiting our turn to get a haircut.
In such a setting youngsters
naturally occupy their time in a
variety of ways.
The youngsters in the early
stages started in light-hearted
conversation then one person
spiced things up by mentioning
Road MarchBands and their turns
- merits and demerits. Naturally a
heated, but friendly debate
ensued about the Calypso Show;
who in their opinion deserved to
be crowned as king. Whose songs
had better lyrics and whether the
judges and calypsonians had any
political axe to grind.
I certainly enjoyed the high
level of discussion and mature
manner in which those youngsters
articulated their several points of
view and above all, how they
agreed to disagree. That group has
done all young people proud.
You may be wondering why I
raised the barber shop story. Simply
this: One youngster made this
point which started me thinking
and researching: "Politics and
religion must be blamed for most
of the confusion in the world, our
Federation is no exception". There
was unanimity among them.
For a moment I wondered if that
was a quotation. I checked my
thesaurus and could not find that
quotation. The closest I got to it
was this one: "Once religion is
mixed with the bitter passions of
the world, it cannot avoid losing
influence. The Church cannot share
the temporal power of the State
without being the object of a
portion of that animosity which the
Offers in writing are invited for the purchase of the following:-
At Morne Housing Development 2 storey concrete property
located at Lot #23 at Mome Heights Housing Development, in
the Parish of Saint George, in the Island of St. Christopher.
Separate bids in sealed envelopes should be mailed or hand-delivered
to LEGAL UNIT, St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank Limited, P.O.
Box 343, Central Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts and marked "Private &
Confidential Re Offer of Sale" to reach no later than 31st March
BIDS NOT MEETING THESE REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT BE
The Mortgagee does not bind itself to accept the highest or any offer.
Sale will be subject to all rates, taxes and other charges that may be
outstanding and payable at the time of sale.
Bidders must include their names, home address and a contact number
on their bids.
The Property MUST be viewed before offers are submitted. For
appointments to view call 465-2204 ext. 1631.
All sales are subject to contract.
- VIEW POINT I
latter excites" (Alexis de
There is a great deal of preying
going on at every level and
seemingly in every arena.
Personality clashes are frequent
and widespread. The New
Testament recognized it. Note
these verses: "For all the law is
fulfilled in one word, even in this,
thus shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself. But if ye bite and devour
one another take heed that ye be
not consumed one of another"
(Gal 5:14-15). Even if someone has
maligned your character or
committed some injustice to you,
the admonition is simple, Love one
Regular readers of my columns
know that the prolific writer Dr.
Stan Moneyman's book
'Travelling Hopefully' is a
favourite of mine. I borrow again a
paragraph from the said book
where he was dealing with the
topic "United We Fall" in the
context of politics and Christianity.
He had this to say (p.67):
"Although it is not impossible
to harmonize the two in some
situations, there is actually a basic
conflict between Christian
commitment and political power.
The strength of faith is in its
avalanche of powerlessness, its
tidal force of love. Dr. Mooneyham
continues "If politics is the art of
achieving the possible, faith is the
art of achieving the impossible.
Politics says, "Destroy your
enemies" Christian faith says,
"Love your enemies" Politics says,
"The end justifies the means",
Christian faith says, "The means
validates the end." Politics says,
"The first shall be first". Christian
faith says "The last shall be first".
Let us STOP PREYING on each
other in this so-called civilized
society It stenches to high
It is still true that Satan
trembles when he sees the weakest
saintjupon his/her knees. I believe
Satan is laughing at the people in
this Federation because we have
fallen into his tap of fragmentation,
polarization, hatred and bitterness,
etc. In case you think you are
justified in so doing, Paul says
"Avenge not yourself, but
rather give place unto wrath, for it
is written, vengeance is mine, I will
repay, saiththe Lord" (Rom 12:19).
May the prayers of "born
again" citizens be "fervent" which
means "red hot" (James 5:16) with
our love for God for our fellowmen,
for our Nation, and desiring the
very best for those who oppose
us. Someone aptly put it this way:
"If you must get even with
someone, get even with those who
have helped you". That would
keep us busy and blessed.
I close this discussion with
this old favourite hymn of
surrender and consecration: "Take
my life and let it be, consecrated,
Lord, to thee; take my moments
and my days, let them flow in
Take my hands, my voice, my
silver and my gold, my will, my
heart; they shall be no longer mine.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only
ALL for thee.
If we are serious, contrite and
willing to put country and
fellowmen above self, God will hear
and answer our prayer and help
us to get on the road to
reconciliation and national
healing. I know it is easier said than
done, but where there is a will,
there is a way.
May God help us!
Vacancy Rawlins Plantation:-
Experienced and certificated management for Tourist
Please respond with CV/ resume plus references to
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FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010
World Consumer Rights Day is commemorated annually on March 15 and in acknowledgement of
such, the St. Kitts and Nevis Consumer Affairs Department will be celebrating its 2010 Week of Activities
under the theme "My Money, My Rights, My Responsibilities. Activities are as follows:
Sun., March 14 Broadcast of Speech by Consumer Affairs Minister Hon Dr. Timothy Harris
Mon., March 15 Rebroadcast of Speech by Hon Dr. Timothy Harris
-Visits to Schools & Industrial Estate
Breakfast with Toni Guest Appearance (WINN FM)
Tues., March 16 Visits to Schools Continue
Wed., March 17 Hard Talk with Juni Liburd (Sugar City Rock), the programme includes the
Launch of "Consumer Matters" A new Consumer Affairs radio programme
Thurs., March 18 ConsumerAffairs Panel Discussion at 8:30 p.m. (ZIZ Radio)
-Special Edition of "On the Step" at 8:30 p.m. (ZIZ TV)
Fri., March 19 Consumer and Health Awareness Day (Independence Square)
Thurs., March 25 Special Edition of "On the Step" at 8:30 p.m. (ZIZ TV)
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Senior Minister Harris
Briefed On IWC
Dr the Hon Timothy Harris,
Senior Minister and Minister of
Marine Resources, has
participated in a series of meetings
organized by the Institute of
Cetacean Research in Japan and
the International Whaling
Commission (IWC) in Miami.
The meetings have been
considering a variety of matters of
which the most important was the
future of the IWC. There are very
intense negotiations underway to
bring a revitalized and
reconstituted IWC to the fore,
constructively engaging with both
the conservation and sustainable
management of cetacean
"These meetings assisted me
in garnering a better
understanding of the role of the
IWC as a foremost international
body responsible for the
sustainable management of whale
resources and the range of other
issues to do with our marine
resources and how international
developments are likely to impact
us here, not just as a proponent of
the sustainable use of marine
resources but also as a country
now investing in marine parks:
dolphins and sea lions for
recreational purposes and also
marine protected areas.
Our membership in IWC will
put us in the avant-garde to
participate and defend our national
interests as discussions relating to
sensitive topics of protocols in
relation to animals in captivity,
marine parks, etc." said Senior
While IWC is best known as a
whaling organization, it treats with
more than whales and whaling,
other species such as dolphins,
and small cetacean are of concern
to the IWC. IWC is also concerned
with whale sanctuaries which can
impact other fisheries such as tuna
and other activities such as marine
transportation, oil and gas
explorations and the the
harnessing of geothermal energy.
The efforts to restructure the
IWC should lead to a new
programme of cooperation
between the IWC members. The
new cooperation proposal is
embody in Appendix E of a paper
put forward by St Kitts and now
endorsed by the Small Working
St Kitts and Nevis is one of the
thirty four members of the Small
Working Group (SWG) and also
one of the twelve members of the
Support Group. This support
group provides advice to the Chair.
St. Kitts commemorates
World Consumer Rights
Day on Monday
The general public, particularly persons living in Old Road and
surrounding communities are invited to the first Community HIV Testing
Day for 2010 which takes place Thursday, March 18 from 4:00 to 7:30
p.m. at the Old Road Community Centre.
As part of the annual activities of the National AIDS Secretariat, free
and confidential HIV testing will be provided by qualified Voluntary
Counselling and Testing (VCT) Providers. All persons taking the test
will be given a $10.00 LIME Top Up along with other give-aways. There
will also be a male condom placement contest as well as female condom
and dental dam demonstrations.
Residents of Old Road and surrounding communities are therefore
invited to go to the Old Road Community Centre on Thursday, March 18
from 4:00 to 7:30 pm. All information provided will be strictly confidential.
Vacancy Rawlins Plantation:-
New hotel development requires marketing trainer with
minimum 5 years experience in guest relations and all
Please respond with CV/ resume plus references to
fax number 869-465-4954.
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010
IN THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SUPREME COURT
COURT OF APPEAL
FEDERATION OF ST CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS
NOTICE OF SITTINGS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Rule 6(1) of the Court of Appeal Rules
1968, that Monday the 15th day of March 2010, at 9 o'clock in the forenoon, has been
fixed as the date and the hour for the commencement of the sitting of the Court of Appeal
in the Federation of Saint Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis for the hearing and disposal of
NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that there will also be a STATUS
HEARING sitting of the Court of Appeal before a Single Judge on Monday the 8th day
of March, 2010 at 9 o' clock in the forenoon.
Dated the 12th day of February 2010.
EASTERN CARIBBEAN SUPREME COURT
'COURT OF APPEAL
SAINT KITTS & NEVIS
NOTICE OF ADDITIONAL SITTING
15h TO 19TH MARCH, 2010
Pursuant to Rule 5 of the Court of Appeal Rules, 1968 the Hon.
Hugh A. Rawlins, Chief Justice, has directed that there be an
additional Court of Appeal Sitting in Saint Kitts and Nevis for the
week of 15t to 19* March, 2010
Matters listed for status hearing before a Single Judge of the Court
will be heard as scheduled on Monday 8t March, 2010 whilst the
hearing of regular appeals before the Full Court will take place
during the week of 15th to 19~* March, 2010.
By Order of the Hon. Hugh A. Rawlins, Chief Justice
Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
Court of Appeal
Heraldine Rock Bulding
Castries, ST. LUCIA, W.I.
12th February, 2010
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RESIDENTS OF OLD
TO "KNOW YOUR
Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 04, 2010 (SKNIS): Residents of Old Road
and surrounding communities are encouraged to take advantage of a
National AIDS Secretariat initiative to find out their HIV/AIDS status.
Due to a request to have HIV testing done in the rural area, the
National AIDS Secretariat instituted Community HIV Testing Days in
2008. Residents of Old Road, in particular, are invited to come to the Old
Road Community Centre on Thursday, March 18, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. to receive free and confidential HIVtesting. As customary the
tests will be done by qualified Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT)
Providers, who provide advice before and after testing.
All persons who take advantage of the VCT will receive a $10.00
LIME Top Up when they return for their test results, which will be
provided the same afternoon. Attractions include a male condom
placement competition, which canbe entered by both male and females.
There will also be female condom and dental dam demonstrations.
Giveaways include promotional items such as key chains along with
If follow-up is necessary
following the test result,
individuals have access to a
clinical care team whose members
are professionally trained to deal
with the issues that arrive from the
The team includes a
gynecologist, pediatrician, internal
medical specialist, senior
pharmacist, lab manager,
coordinator of community nursing
who is also a trained VCT provider
and an admission and discharge
nurse at the Joseph N. France
General Hospital to reinsure
diagnosed with HIV also have
access to a social worker, patient
advocate, nutrition counselor and
general medical practitioner, who
is also the clinical care coordinator.
Should medication be necessary
it is provided free of cost by the
Ministry of Health.
The Labour Spokesman
(cont'd from page 21)
IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE
EASTERN CARIBBEAN SUPREME COURT
SAINT KITTS & NEVIS
PRELIMINARY CAUSE LIST
[15th to 19th MARCH 2010]
 Osbome-Hewitt v The DPP
11I. HIGH COURT CIVIL APPEALS
[Crim. App. No. 35 of 2008]
[1J Earl A. Martin v The Democrat Printing Company
Limited et al
 Earl Clarke v The Democrat Printing Company
Limited et al
 Dawud Byron v The Democrat Printing Company
Limited et al
IV. MAGISTERIAL CRIMINAL APPEALS AGAINST CONVICTION
*  Beresford Byron v Sandra Roberts
[2J Ames Liburd v The Chief of Police
Possession of Ammunition without Licence
/Possession of Firearm without Licence
 Livingston Martin v The Chief of Police
 Kimbell vThe Chief of Police
Possession of ammunition without licence
/Possession of Firearm without Licence
Kasim Liburd v Chief of Police
Possession of Firearm without Licence
MAGISTERIAL CIVIL APPEALS
 Elvis Mills v Tracy Thompson
 Alvin J. Richardson v St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla
National Bank Ltd.
[Civ.-App. No. 23 of 2007]
[Civ. App. No. 24 of 2007]
[Civ. App. No. 25 of 2007]
[Mag. Crim. App. No. 4 of 2009]
[Mag. Crim. App. No. 5 of 2009]
[Mag. Crim. App. No. 6 of 2009]
[Mag. Crim. App. No. 9 of 2009]
[Mag. Crim. App. No. 1 of2010]
[Mag. Civ. App. No. 4 of 2009]
[Mag. Civ. App. No. 5 of 2009]
Updated 17" February, 2010
Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr Denzil L. Douglas
(left) andAustralia Non-Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and
Nevis exchange copies of the Tax Information Exchange Agreement.
(Photo by Erasmus Williams)
St. Kitts and Nevis and
Australia sign Tax
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 8TH 2010 (CUOPM) The
existence of the necessary regulatory and supervisory institutions augurs
well for the overall development of the Federation's financial services
industry, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas
said on Friday.
Signing a Tax Information Agreement withAustralia, Prime Minister
Douglas noted that one of the new planks of the economy of St. Kitts
and Nevis is financial services and St. Kitts and Nevis wants to ensure
compliance with international standards of transparency and appropriate
"We are very pleased as a country to come to a point where we feel
comfortable that what we are doing here today will be to the benefit of
those in Australia and those here in St. Kitts and Nevis," said Prime
Australia's Non-Resident High Commissioner to St. Kitts and Nevis,
His Excellency Philip Kentwell said he has been observing from his Port
of Spain, Trinidad office, that St. Kitts and Nevis, under the leadership
of Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, has been taking several
initiatives on the issue of tax information agreements.
"I want to congratulate your Government for the leadership in that
direction, because as we appreciate, the whole financial services industry
is one which we need to ensure is managed carefully to encourage the
confidence and this agreement between our two countries is going to
further strengthen the relationship that we already enjoy," said the
St. Kitts and Nevis to sign
TIEA's with six Nordic
nations on March 24
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 8TH 2010 (CUOPM)-Australia
is the 10th nation that St. Kitts and Nevis has signed Tax Information
Exchange Agreements (TIEA's).
With Friday's signing by St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr.
Denzil L. Douglas and Australia's Non-Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts
and Nevis His Excellency Philip Kentwell, Australia joins Monaco, The
Netherlands, The Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, United Kingdom,
Denmark, Belgium, New Zealand and Liechtenstein.
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said
the twin-island Federation will be signing tax information exchange
agreements with six (6) Nordic countries onMarch 24 2010 and will at the
latest be removed from the OECD Grey List on that date.
St. Kitts and Nevis has already initialed or concluded negotiations
with and are awaiting dates for signature with Canada, France, Germany,
Norway, Sweden, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Finland and San
The Federation has commenced discussions with India, Japan, the
Republic of Seychelles and the United States on Tax Information Exchange
Agreement but has not yet confirmed the text for these agreements.
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22 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010
Record number of
candidates take January
The number of candidates sitting the 2010 January Caribbean
Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations more than
doubled, with some 54,866 candidates writing the examinations
compared with 26,093 in 2009.
Subject entries also increased significantly with 76, 899 subject
entries received this year compared with 43, 873 in 2009.
The increase was due mainly to a change in policy in Trinidad
and Tobago; where the Government took a decision to pay the
fees of all private candidates to write CXC examinations.
Performance declined in nine of the twelve subjects offered in
January, while improvements were made in the other three
subjects, when compared with performance in 2009.
While the overall performance percentage declined by three
percent, the actual number of candidates achieving acceptable
grades at the higher end of the scale increased in several of the
In 2009 when there were 43, 873 subject entries, 55 percent of
entries achieved acceptable grades Grades I to III, and this
year with 76, 899 subject entries, 51 percent of the entries achieved
The three subjects with improved performance were Chemistry,
Human and Social Biology and Information Technology.
For Chemistry, 41 percent of the entries achieved acceptable
grades compared with 37 percent in 2009. Despite the
improvement, the Examining Committee said Organic Chemistry
remains a major weakness on the Chemistry paper.
Human and Social Biology saw a nine-percentage point
improvement, with 54 percent of the entries achieving Grades I to
III compared with 45 percent in 2009. Information Technology,
which declined last year, rebounded this year with a seven-percent
improvement. Sixty-four percent of the entries achieved Grades I
to III compared with 57 percent in 2009.
Noting the improved performance on questions dealing with
Database Management, the Examining Committee for Information
Technology listed five areas of weak performance. These are
Binary Mathematics, User Interfaces, Problem-Solving and
Programming, Spreadsheet and Database Management.
Spanish returned the best performance overall, even though
there was a decline when compared with 2009. Seventy percent
of entries achieved acceptable grades this year, compared with
75 percent last year.
Most of the Examining Committees reported a general lack of
preparedness of candidates.
The Principles of Accounts Committee stated that candidates
were "not adequately prepared," and suggested that candidates
"utilize the resources available including the POA Study Guide
and past examination papers." The latter was also recommended
by the Social Studies Examining Committee.
Performance in Biology this year declined significantly
compared with previous years and the Examining Committee
identified four topics which candidates were particularly weak
on. These are Fruit and Seed Dispersal, Plant and Animal Cell
Structure, Adaptations to the environment and Physical factors of
Further, the Committee expressed the view that while
candidates may know some of the material, "they could not
effectively utilize their knowledge."
Mathematics, with 22, 354 entries, saw a decline in performance this
year, however, the Committee noted that candidates showed good
proficiency in Computation, Set theory, Consumer Arithmetic and
Investigations, but "performed poorly on Relations, Functions and
Graphs, Trigonometry and Geometry, Vector and Matrices and
English A had the largest number of candidates registered, some
23,062. There was amarginal decline inperformance; 55 percent of entries
achieved Grades Ito III, compared with 59 percent in 2009. The Examining
Committee has recommended that "efforts to improve the skills of teachers
in the teaching of English must be ongoing."
THE WEEKLY HOROSCOPE
Contributed by: Shadav Peters
March 2- April 19
You appear to pour a ton of effort into the 8th to 10th with
little by way of appreciation, cooperative returns and
'acceptance,' in general, especially from power people,
parents, Cancer, Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo or other
Rams. Be seen as 'flexible' near the 10th to 12th,
especially if you are working in tandem with a group
'lateral,' to you. Answer all calls/emails quickly the 12th;
others AROUND you may miss or drop opportunity.
April o- May 2o
It's all about 'growth,' this week from personal/romantic to
career/financial. Solving problems by throwing money at
them will only work for so long and in certain situations.
Find out what the 'root cause,' of challenges are and fix it
'from the ground up,' especially if they reveal themselves
near the 9th or 11th. And avoid 'making comparisons' this
week, especially the 8th to 10th; you are you and
compromising your 'style' at this point may be more
detrimental and constructive.
May u- June zo
Here we need to see the Twin think in terms of 'all costs,'
other than just money, as well. The time, the effort, the
reputation you place at stake and the energy it will pull
from you must all be factored in along WITH the fringe
costs of 'investing/spending' when balancing profit against
lost and estimating 'return on investment.' Focusing on
money alone may be unwise. Having to both work the
weekend and/or travel for business/career is likely.
June 2.- july
Here we see the most promising energy of the week.
Long term hassles or problems may lift and almost 'self
fix.' Employment and upgrade in current situations appear
promising but may be slightly 'retarded,' in growth but no
viable jump start' energy around. You will have to 'make
your own thunder,' this week, especially the 9th to 11th.
Stay of the way of power people near the 12th and be the
'unseen' force behind the throne.
July 13- August 22
"He who hesitates if lost", so they SAY, but this week,
implementing caution is a very WISE idea, especially if
there is a risk factor to more than just'money,' and/or it
comes near the 8th or 11/12th. Rolling the dice with
power people may backfire, as well. Bluffing is unwise
this week and putting all your cards on the table when the
time is right, may carry more clout/persuasion.
August 23- September u
This is one rather good 'bright spot' where that
'termination energy' is the least likely to show up. In fact,
many of you may find growth, promotion and landing
impressive goals and/or opportunities. Favors can be
done for you, power people may be more malleable and
big clients may be more receptive to any 'pitches,' you
have to bring to the table. Expansion of territory is also
likely. Scheduling is best the 9th to 11th and targeting the
18/19th, 22nd, 26th or any time in later April into mid May
September 13- October 2
You do the 'best you can,' almost 99 % of the time. The
other one percent is probably due to 'attitude' and yours
may need an adjustment before you bite into'cut your
nose to spite your face,' energy this week. Your deeds
may go unrewarded, even unnoticed but if you DO feel
left out, unappreciated or fail to get the chance to
'showcase' or sparkle, just make sure you don't let the
backwash from that 'show' in any way. Others around you
may be waiting to 'exploit' a weakness you have and put
you in a poor light.
October 23- November 21
Interesting info or 'inner circle sharing' from a power
person may 'light the way,' for you near the 8/9th.
Communications and cooperation are best the 9/10th. A
'confrontation,' of some type or some level if'dissing' is
possible with coworkers or those 'lateral' to you near the
11th. Energies are 'unreliable,' the 12th; don't take things
a 'face value.'
November 22- December2
A mistake, possibly from calculations, banking or a
miscommunication may cause you an extra 'scramble,'
and a slight 'dent' to your reputation and/or confidence
near the 8th. Eliminate this one by using caution in
dealings with Capricorn, Cancer, Aquarius, Pisces or
Virgo and by 'double checking' each 'phase/stage' before
going on to the next one and 'bringing the flaw foreword.'
Cooperation is much better the rest of the week,
especially with 'networking,' elders, the'good old boy,'
network, scheduling and cooperation from
December 22- January 19
Several up and down days are indicated with this pattern;
discipline your schedule and focus on practical need the
8th, fly solo wherever possible the 9th and ditch ANY
'competitive' energy, be willing to 'shine' and showcase
your talents the 10th with 'aggression' and an eye 'on the
finish line,' ask for what you want early on the 11th and
totally switch modes in the PM hours by avoiding any
level of 'conflict,' whatsoever and work alone using
creative, inventive and strong problem solving abilities the
12th. If you must work or travel the 13/14th be willing to
express yourself clearly the 13th and be a real 'listener'
January zo- February 18
Caution to monitor for mistakes early on the 8th can save
your butt and BIG time. Use your ESP and respect it! The
'follow through' is essential. Good news the 9th and 10th
can be 'multiple' deals or separate issues. Invitations to
speak, display, solve or attend 'power people gatherings,'
are also likely the 9/10th. Have 'no opinion' around
bosses the 11th that is NOT asked for, expressly. Work
alone the 12th and show your 'creative, independent
February g1- March 20
Let's take this one'day by day.' Problem solve the 8th,
you excel at it, negotiate with power figures or elders the
9th, you absolutely ROCK at it, get all small tasks, details
and written/calculated needs addressed the 10th, stay
OUT from between 'two factors,' the 11th, especially if
they are 'at odds,' with each other in any way and work
any 'in tandem' deals or needs the 12th for best results.
IF you must work the weekend, use 'compromise' the
13th and an early start and a quick finish the 14th.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010 S -23
T II II
Dear Reader, I must apologise for not informing you last week that
there would be follow ups to last week's article.
Now, dear reader, the General Elections of January 25, has shown up
PAM for what it really is. I have repeated this accusation on more than
one occasion and those of you, my readers, who believe in anAlmighty
or a Supreme Being, should praise Him for sparing us the catastrophic
disaster of a PAM Government.
People do not understand how vituperative and virulent, PAM, is. In
other words, callously abusive and very deadly; full of hatred, full of
spite, full of vindictiveness, wickedness in abundance. Anyone who is
caught in the web of PAM becomes contaminated with the same hatred,
spitefulness and vindictiveness, for PAM is made of black substitutes
of those who once enslaved, oppressed, slaughtered and exploited our
black brothers and sisters.
Some persons might believe that I am bashing PAM for bashing
sake, but, dear reader, follow me back on the history trail. It is said in our
history books that Christopher Columbus visited the island in 1493. He
met Carib Indians here who stretched forth a helping hand to them.
When the Europeans had settled down, they raped the women, killed
the men and grabbed the land.
The English came in 1624; the French in 1625 and they divided the
island between them. They joined forces together and slaughtered the
remaining Caribs in 1628 at Bloody Point, where blood flowed for three
days from the 4,000 or more Caribs. Having slaughtered (an act of
genocide for which persons are tried at The Hague), the Caribs, they
The arrival of the black slaves and the Europeans from Great Britain
meant that you had two classes of people living in the island. The black
slaves who were exploited and oppressed of their toil and labour so that
those who owned them could become filthy rich.
The influx created therefore Master and Slave. Those with influence
and those who had no say; those who owned everything and those who
Owned nothing; those who were white and privileged and those who
were black and owned nothing. I want my readers to absorb these facts.
The whites owned the land, the sugar canes, the banks, the churches,
began the planting of Tobacco, but the police, the Defence force, the stores and shops. The black man
there was a glut on the European owned nothing at all. The owners, the managers, the overseers lived in
Markets and the price fell Great Houses spacious with verandas upon which to regale and to
dramatically. look down at the black creatures as they referred to our ancestors.
In 1639 or there about, they Those of us, who are conscious of our blackness and can identify
decided to plant sugar cane which with the plight of our black grandparents, will continue to read on. Those
needed large acreages and plenty of us, who have lost this consciousness will 'steupse' our teeth and set
labour for capitalism always the paper aside deeming this historical account as trash garbage.
depends upon cheap labour. So, my dear conscious reader, the enslavement of our ancestors
The European (white) settlers went on for over three hundred years in which time the white plantation
could not endure the burning heat owners were able to grow rich to the extent that they repatriated their
of the tropical sun, so they began profits to Britain and helped to build up England socially, financially and
importing slaves from Africa industrially. Yes The labour, the toil, the sweat, the oppression and
which is as tropical as the West exploitation helped to build up England, yet, when we migrated to England
Indies and whose inhabitants in the 1950's, they discriminated against us.
could bear the burning sun. The We, the sons and daughters of the exploited slaves were
influx of the African slaves also discriminated against, when it is the toil of our forefathers and mothers
meant the influx of more that enabled them to enjoy the standard of living which they were
Europeans who had to put the enjoying. Imagine that dear reader? Just imagine that?
black slaves in their place and who As I was saying for over three hundred years, they killed, they raped,
had to add numbers to the few who they tortured, they exploited, they oppressed our ancestors until on
were here already and who had set August 1st, 1834, they decided to take the shackles off the hands and
up the carving of the Carib lands feet of our enslaved brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, cousins and so
into various sugar estates or forth. They did not liberate them, because the economic system which
plantations. enslaved them still existed. The white planters still owned everything
and the black workers still lived in shacks.
The white people's children went to England for schooling and, when
they opened the High Schools here, only the children of the planters
and their white Overseers and Managers were able to attend. In order to
be able to communicate at a certain level between the oppressed and the
oppressor; schools at Primary level were opened so that the children of
the so-called liberated black workers could attend.
I can defend my description of the education system as just being a
means to be able to communicate between Massa and workers, because
Massa owned the school and would invade them and pick out those
who seemed to be particularly intelligent, and send them to the fields to
either weed the canes, attend the cattle which pulled the sugar cane
carts, or just to cut the sugar cane.
Those who crept through Massa's hand were able to become
teachers of the same Primary School system which Massa owned and
they could not even utter a word of protest when they saw Massa,
picking and choosing the brightest and the best, because Massa was
monarch of all he surveyed. His rights, there were none to dispute. From
the mountains right down to the sea, he was lord of the fowl and the
brute. The poor black little teacher had to shut his mouth and stifle his
conscience, if he possessed any connecting factors to his black brothers
and sisters in the school, for he suffered the same abuse, discrimination,
oppression and exploitation like his brothers and sisters in the cane
My dear reader, I have done you an injustice. I forgot to mention the
house slaves who consisted mostly of those fairer skinned children who
were born from black slaves whom Massa raped at night time. He despised
them as human beings. He referred to them as creatures, but, at night
time, he discarded the hatred he possessed for them and bedded and
The offspring from these sexual encounters, lighter in skin colour,
were not sent into the fields where they could not bear the burning heat
of the sun. They worked in Massa house, wore his discarded clothes,
and looked down upon their brothers and sisters with same disdain with
which Massa looked down upon them. They adopted Massa's
mannerisms and identified so much with Massa, that, if Massa's head
hurt him, theirs hurt worst. They earned a certain name which begins
with the word house, but, out of conscious respect for my black brothers
and sisters, I cannot use the term.
When slavery was so-called abolished, they did not identify with
the black brothers and sisters. They identified with Massa. They were
the eyes and the ears of Massa whenever they worked alongside the
blacks and reported any grumblings or signs of dissatisfaction to Massa.
These lighter blacked skin sons and daughters of a snap sexual encounter
between Massa and their mother were able to attend High School along
with those who barbered Massa's hair, made his suits, supplied him with
meat or who, as carpenters, repaired his Estate Great House. They did
not side withtheirblack mother at all. The lightness of their skins enabled
them to lose their consciousness To Be Continued.
By Melissa Amsterdam
Ten worthy women of the
Federation were on Monday 8th
February, honoured for their
invaluable contributions invarious
areas of community development.
A number of family members,
friends and well wishers gathered
at the Rivers of Living Water
Christian Centre, Buckleys Site,
Basseterre, to show their support
and admiration for the
achievements of the honourees.
The ten outstanding women
being honoured, were, Ms. Gloria
Henry (Entrepreneurship), Mrs.
Ann Esdaille (Education), Ms.
Viola Hicks (Health Care), Ms.
Ruby Woods-Harris (Agriculture),
Mrs. Cynthia Hull (Cultural
Development), Ms. Cynthia
Browne (Manufacturing and
Industry), Ms. Lorraine
Hendrickson (Care Giving), Ms.
Kathrine Bradshaw (Arts and
Crafts), Ms. Sonia Henry
(Voluntarism) and Ms. Jihan
Specials tribute was paid to
past Director of Gender Affairs,
Ingrid Charles-Gumbs and former
Minister responsible for Health,
Community, Services and Gender
Affairs, Rupert Herbert. They were
honoured for their contributions
to female empowerment and
advancement in the Federation.
The awards ceremony, which
has now become an annual affair,
coincided with International
Women's Day (Monday) with this
year being commemorated under
the theme: "Equal Rights, Equal
Opportunities: Progress forAll".
\\ k.in i\ take care of women,
everybody benefits and I believe
probably that was the thinking
behind the theme," said Minister
of Health, Social Services,
Community Development, Culture
and Gender Affairs, Hon. Marcella
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Awardees pose with Minister of Gender. ,1 'H Hon. Marcella Liburd (far left) and A, ,,~.s Permanent Secretary in Gender Affairs Sharon
Rattan (Photo by Precious Mills)
Minister Liburd during the
evening's ceremony drew to
everyone's attention that, "When
women are in positions to do
something meaningful, the entire
nation, and not just women,
benefits. Studies have shown that
when there are more women in
leadership positions, the quality of
life increases dramatically".
The Gender Affairs Minister
pointed out that women always try
to settle for less for some reason
or the other. She insisted that a
mind is a powerful thing.
"We must get our mindset right
because we are capable and we
have the ability to do it. You must
aim for the top as women. You
must push on because there is
always room at the top. Don't let
anybody tell you are a woman so
you have to know your place,"
During her address towards the
cause of female empowerment,
Minister Liburd assured that she
would not abuse her platform to
disenfranchise or be biased to men.
However, she encourages men to
be more supportive of their female
counterparts and take heart to this
Minister Liburd concluded
saying, "The men must encourage
us. The men must be in favour of
women's empowerment because
empowerment of women, as I said,
means that all of us, men, women
and children will progress".
The Acting Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of
Gender Affairs, Sharon Rattan
referred to the awardees as
individuals, "from all walks of life
who have mastered living with the
complexities of modem day living,
doing the balancing act; the
demands of work and family life
and they were still able to
contribute to the development of
"We have much to be proud
of today" Rattan said,
"particularly in the public sector,
women are appointed in positions
that are traditionally held by men".
She listed permanent female
secretaries, principals in schools
and women leading statutory
corporations as some of the jobs
that were previously held by men.
"In private enterprise women
are making bold steps to open
businesses. However small it may
be for now, it is still a giant step for
women in St. Kitts/Nevis," she
Rattan stated that in spite of
all the progress made by women
"the struggle is not over and much
more work remains to be done.
Women are still earning less than
men. Many women still face the
scourge of domestic violence,
sexual abuse and discrimination
and of course women are to enter
In closing Rattan reminded the
Federations women that it would
take a women's courage to propel
us forward and upward.
"Let us all remember, we all lose
when women are denied the
opportunity to better themselves,"
Other activities held by the
Ministry of Gender Affairs prior to
the Awards Ceremony, included
school visits, a panel discussion,
a health walk and a church service.
On Sunday March 7th, at the
St. Kitts Marriott Resort, the
second Winning with Women
forum was held with the
collaboration of a local women's
"Banjo Man" Charles Ferdinand Celebrates 90 Years
Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 11,
2010 (SKNIS): Supervisor of Social
Services, Mrs Anne Wigley, says
her ministry was pleased to
participate in a special celebration
to mark the 90th Birthday of
Charles Henry Ferdinand who is
also known as Aubrey Liburd.
Ferdinand, who was born in
Conaree Village onMarch9th, 1920
to Celina Ferdinand and Aubrey
Liburd, became known for his
musical talent later on in life.
His children report that he
learned to play many instruments
by air, his favourite being the Banjo
of which he never gets tired. He
played in many bands during the
forties and fifties the last being
"Surfers Waders" which was very
popular and performed numerous
gigs and dances throughout the
The birthday celebrant and his
wife Linnie Elliott produced 14
children of which ten are alive.
Ms. Wigley stated that, similar
to other individuals who have
attained significant age
milestones, Mr. Ferdinand
attributes it to his Christian
background and his dependence
He attends the Rehoboth
Apostolic Church at Buckley's
Ms. Wigley stated that it is
important for the elderly in our
society to be applauded when they
attain an outstanding age.
Especially in the present global
phenomena which results in many
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Dealing with Indiscipline!
Ban! Sack! Suspend! Fine! When indiscipline is dealt with in the
East (by the Indian, Pakistanis and Sri Lankan sporting administration),
the measures are usually harsh by western standards.
The most recent case is that of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Following the recent embarrassing tour of Australia, the PCB appointed
a Committee to look into the failed tour, and the PCB has acted on the
recommendations of the Committee with a view to re-engineering the
franchise, although some of its antagonists believe that the draconian
response signals the death of Pakistan Cricket.
The fact is PCB opted to strike against its players with a venom
unseen in recent time, carrying out the deepest cull of a senior cricket
team in many years and banning and fining seven of its top players after
the side's disastrous, winless tour of Australia. It effectively banned
Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf from playing for Pakistan in any
format, while handing out one-year bans to Shoaib Malik and Rana
Naved-ul-Hasan. Shahid Afridi and the Akmal brothers were fined Rs2-
3 million [$24,000-35,000] for various misdemeanours and put on six-
The board noted, "Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, keeping in
view their infighting which resulted in bringing down the whole team,
their attitude has a trickledown effect which is a bad influence for the
whole team should not be part of national team in any format." The PCB
has stopped short of calling the punishment a life ban. A life ban would
have meant that the two could not play domestic cricket or any other
similar cricket. The ban would allow them to play domestic cricket or
county cricket here and abroad.
What lessons canbe learnt by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)?
While there is no current apparent display of indiscipline in the West
Indies Cricket camp as was exhibited by the Pakistanis, the audit trail
reveals a deep-seated indiscipline in the regional franchise since the end
of the Lloyd/Richards Era when performance and application were the
benchmarks by which players were judged.
Since then, the problem of indiscipline among others, have
contributed to the West Indies Cricket Team falling from a position of
global dominance in the 1980s and 1990s to be ranked 8th position in
both test and one-day international (ODI). According the ICC February
18, 2010 test ranking, the West Indies ranks 8th among the 9 ranked
teams above only Bangladesh. Inthe March 9,2010 ICC ODI ranking,
of the 12 teams ranked, the West Indies ranks 8th only above Bangladesh,
Zimbabwe, Ireland and Kenya.
In fact, the West Indies team is currently struggling to prevent
wholesale embarrassment against Zimbabwe at home.
The conventional wisdom is that the persistent decline of West Indies
cricket, apart from the failure of the infrastructure (the management
structure, business strategy and the product development), is largely
due to indiscipline which is evident in the lack of application by both
batsmen and bowlers, the apparent absence of a deep sense of
commitment to the task for which the team is being paid, the indiscriminate
off-the-field behaviour of some key players, the prolonged sideline of
key players due to injury, and the generally lax attitude of some players
to training, skill building and personal management.
Here is a short audit. First, since 2004, the revered Jamaican sport
commentator, Tony Becca warned, "West Indies cricket has a lot of
problems, including indiscipline and the lack of pride. They all lead to
one thing, however too many unprepared players, too many boys in a
man's game. The only way to stop it is to start at the bottom and the
West Indies Board has to come up
with a plan to deal with the
structure of West Indies cricket."
Second, Ben Hunt, who
witnessed the failure at Edgbaston
on 28 July 2004, concluded, "It is
difficult to see exactly what the
West Indies management can do
to put their side back on track at
Edgbaston on Thursday after the
first Test defeat at Lord's,
particularly given so many of their
problems seem to be deep-rooted.
Chief among these is indiscipline,
which plagues Brian Lara's side."
Third, the problem persisted.
On 25 April 2005, the Trinidadian
Sport Commentator, Garth Wattley
reported, "The West Indies were
undone by their indisciplined
batsmen, many of whom
surrendered their wickets to rash
shots or strokes of poor
judgement. It was the formula that
had produced consecutive defeats
to New Zealand (2002), Australia
(2003) and England (2' 114) here."
Fourth, Tony Cozier, on
November 14,2005 made the same
report in the match against
Australia. He noted, "Just two
days before the remaining two,
back-to-back Tests of their latest
series in Australia, the evidence
has become depressingly
obvious. Their demeanour and
performances on the field these
past two weeks have once again
revealed a West Indies team beset
by internal problems that go
beyond potential and
Fifth, the problem of
indiscipline in the aftermath of the
Lloyd/Richards Era was sometimes
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perpetuated by the leaders of the
team and the West Indies Cricket
Board was powerless to do
anything. On April 16th, 2007,
Tony Cozier reported, "During his
long and otherwise celebrated
career, [Brian] Lara has issued no
fewer than seven public apologies
for his own indiscretions. The
eighth, last week, was on behalf of
his team. Yet he has been twice
persuaded to return to the
Sixth, onMay 9,2007, the West
Indies Board was reported to have
read the riot act to the West Indies
cricketers, who had been warned
that no form of indiscipline would
be tolerated on the England tour.
But what has been the result?
What are the prospects for
improved management? Now that
the cup-board is partly empty; the
WICB experiences more acute
financial difficulties; the
environment has become more
competitive and; and regional
team is trapped in a prolonged
period of drought (since 1995), the
future seems very depressing to
The general public is asked to
note that over the coming months;
coastal revetment work will be
undertaken in the Halfway Tree,
New Guinea, Bourke's and Fig Tree
Work is scheduled to
commence on Monday 22nd
March 2010 at New Guinea. As
result, the island main road in that
area will have increased activity in
the movement of heavy equipment
and other workmen.
Appropriate signage and other
traffic calming measures such as
say the least!
Should the West Indian players
be brought in line by the
application of a more rigid
performance appraisal system and
a performance-based reward
Hold on, not too fast! Should
we have sympathy for failed
administrators and bureaucrats?
Who appointed the captain,
coach, and manager for this
debacle? Who is ultimately
responsible for discipline and
from players does require sanction.
Match-fixing requires life bans.
But what about the members of the
cricket board, who will hold them
Ultimately, it is the cricket
board's duty to manage issues of
discipline and misconduct. It is in
the governance and management
of these very issues that the WICB
Are there lessons to be learnt
from the Pakistan Cricket Board
intervention? What do you think?
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therefore advised to drive with
extra caution in these areas.
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REACHES OUT TO
of the National Olympic Committee
Alphonso Bridgewater urged for
greater reporting practices
particularly in the area of financial
accounts and transactions.
A call was made by the head of
the netball association to ensure
that the contributions of women
in sport are remembered. This was
seen as most appropriate
S considering that March 8 was
celebrated as International
4 Women's Day.
Minister Phillip assured the
participants that the partnership
Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 10, between their groups and
2010 (SKNIS): Members of national Government will be continued and
sporting associations had a very enhanced where possible. He
frank and honest discussion with outlined a number of priorities to
the Minister of Sports Honourable be undertakenby his Ministry and
Glen Phillip at a meeting on stressed that the construction of
Tuesday. a multipurpose indoor stadium is
An official told SKNIS that top on the agenda.
topics discussed at the meeting The Minister of Sports again
included the management and paid tribute to the success of the
operations of sporting facilities, Special Olympics team whichwon
the continuance of Government 41 medals at the recently held II
concession programmes and the (2nd) Latin American Games. All
strengthening of linkages between parties at the meeting also
sporting associations, as well as expressed their unequivocal
with Government. support for the transformational
Specific interventions were positives of sport and pledge to
made by the leadership of the local raise the level on and off the field.
amateur athletic association who Minister Phillip described the
suggested closer cooperation for meeting as productive and vowed
programmes operated by the to have such regular meetings with
Ministry of Sports, while President stakeholders.
"Banjo Man" (cont'd from page 25)
young deaths. She added that there needs to be a closer link between
youths and the elderly to instil higher moral values as well as a respect
for human life.
She said that her ministry usually involves youth in the celebration
of milestone birthdays and uses this opportunity to have the elderly
share with the youth where possible. Wigley said that in more cases
than not, the youths are intrigued by what they learn.
Fatisha Imo to represent St. Kitts
at Miss Caribbean World Pageant
The young, vibrant and intellectual Fatisha Imo, the first runner up
for the 2007-2008 National Carnival Queen Pageant, will be representing
the Federation in the Miss Caribbean World Pageant, in Tortola on March
The prestigious pageant will be held at the Multipurpose Sports
Complex; where contestants from 19 other Caribbean and SouthAmerican
countries will be displaying their culture, talent, beauty and poise. Fatisha
describes herself as an ambitious, outgoing and generous person. She
also believes that having a positive attitude, maintaining self-integrity
and being strong-willed are positive traits that any successful woman
She is currently enrolled at Midwestern State University; pursuing a
Bachelor's degree in Spanish & Accounting and. Imo stated, Sti ing
focused on my academics and preparing for a pageant of this caliber, has
been somewhat strenuous. However, it is a challenge that I readily
Reggie Douglas was once
again recognized as Nevis
sportsman of the year for 2009,
after he first collected the title for
Not known as much for his
cycling as he is for Triathlon,
Reggie decided to concentrate his
efforts in cycling in 2009 targeting
the OECS Cycling Championships
as the event to launch himself at
the regions best cyclists.
After holding on to his crown
as OECS Triathlon Champion for
the 4th time at the Nevis Triathlon,
Reggie then claimed a first in
Grenada Tri and 2nd in Tobago try,
thereafter he focused on cycle
racing. Whilst in St Martin over
the summer he did more than 20
races for the 'Mo Trouble' team,
gaining valuable experience and
mileage as he prepared for the
In June Reggie competed in
and won the SKN National Time
Trial and Road Race
Championships held on Nevis
alongside female TT and RR
Champion Kathryn Bertine, SKN
had its new National Champions.
The OECS Cycling
Championships was being held in
St Lucia and Reggie went with a
full team to help him achieve his
aim, to take the top spot, after a
very brave fight he was out
sprinted to the line and had to
settle for 3rd place, but it was the
highest position even attained by
a team from SKN.
His year was by no means
done as he then went on to
represent the federation at the
Cycling World Championships in
Mendrisio, Switzerland, he was
joined by team mates James
Weekes, Monica Ceccon and
Kathryn Bertine. This was
Reggie's first trip to Europe and it
was a most successful first visit,
winning over the local fans and
Fire And Rescue
Warner Park For Safety
As the ICC Venue office in St Kitts move closer to the staging of the
first round matches of the women's Twenty20 matches in May, safety of
the teams, officials, and patrons were brought to the fore on March 10,
2010. Over fifteen members of the St Kitts /Nevis Fire and Rescue Service
spent the morning at Warner Park inspecting the Fire Alarm, Detection,
and Suppressant systems.
The inspection included running tests of the Fire Alarm systems and
Smoke Detectors; testing of the Fire Stations, and Portable Fire
Extinguishers located throughout the Stadium. Emergency Signage was
checked for accuracy and suitability to the posted position. Emergency
Exits were also inspected for adequacy and to make sure that they were
clearly marked. A check was also made to ensure that the pump that
supplies water pressure for Fire Fighting purposes to the Fire Stations at
Warner Park are in serviceable condition. Portable Fire Extinguishers
were checked for confirmation of easy identification and accessibility.
Fire Station Officer, Everette Ogarro, and Warner Park Stadium,
welcome because I made this
choice to enter the pageant
knowing that I was enrolled in
university. I've differently
embraced the art of time
management because it is crucial
at this time. I'm ensuring that I
allocate sufficient time, to both my
academics and preparing for the
pageant, to ensure that I capture
the crown for the Federation."
Her potential to be a great
pageant coach was recognized by
Mr. Hollis Prentice, when he asked
her to assist a contestant in her
preparations, for the Miss Labour
Pageant in March of 2007. She
embraced the opportunity and had
fun doing it.
Shorty after, Fatisha entered
the National Carnival Queen
Pageant in 2007 and placed 1st
runner up. Following that, she
represented St. Kitts in the Miss
Caribbean Culture pageant in
Nevis and placed 3rd runner up.
She served as a pageant coach
for numerous contestants who
have entered the 2008 Silver
Jubilee Pageant, 2009 Miss
Culturama, 2007-2009, Miss
Labour, Miss Personality and
Marvelous and also the Rainbow
The 2008 National Carnival
Queen, Miss Samantha Boone,
and the reigning UDC Talented
Teen Queen, Miss Zinga Imo, are
crowned winners who she has
coached as well.
"Glittering Reign Pageant
Coaching & Consulting," is the
new company that Imo and one of
her best friends, Miss Ozelle
becoming the darlings of the
tournament Reggie and his team
garnered incredible media
coverage, the smallest nation
made the loudest noise.
A long time dream of Reggies
was to race in a 24 hour mountain
bike race, immediately after
returning from Europe he got his
wish, competing with friends he
made in SXM Reggie competed in
the Puerto Rico 24hr MTB race and
his team took 3rd place.
A Stellar 2008 season was
followed by an amazing 2009, and
so it was recognized last night at
the 8th annual WinnFM 'Inside
Edge' Sports Awards held in St
Kitts and sponsored by KFC.
Reggie stood alongside fellow
Nevis sportswoman of the year
Tessil Nisbet, St Kitts
sportswoman of the year Talissa
Browne and 3 time St Kitts
sportsman of the year Kim Collins.
Special thanks must go out to
event organiser and creator
Vernon Springer who served as
host and MC throughout the night,
also to the many other sponsors
Wingrove Smith shared the
responsibility of ensuring the
success of the Fire Prevention
Inspection. Ogarro, with his
expertise in mass casualty was
very upbeat after the inspection
when he stated, "there are a few
issues of concern but those can
be easily rectified." He also stated
that it was imperative the
inspection is conducted at this
early stage to identify areas that
need to be addressed.
Stadium Manager, Wingrove
Smith echoed the same sentiments
in expressing his general
satisfaction with inspection. He
openly communicated the Sports
Department commitment to work
with all stakeholders to ensure that
Warner Park is in "tip top" shape
when teams, officials, and patrons
get ready to "Bring It" for the ICC
WT20 WI2010 matches, fromMay
5-10 at Warner Park, St Kitts.
Martin, opened. Both Imo and
Martin have served as pageant
coaches individually, and have had
tremendous success. "Glittering
Reign is just an extension of what
we can offer to prospective
pageant contestants," she stated.
Her future aspirations are to
become an Accountant and she
hopes to open her own firm, where
she will work with various
businesses to assist them in
managing and allocating their
funds, to ensure their financial
Additionally, she has always
dreamt of opening her own dance
theatre, which will provide each
dancer to experience the elements
of dance; confidence, creativity,
musicality, rhythm, self-esteem,
The Labour Spokesman
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010
De expired PAM leader held a number of meetings with his
3 colleagues in Parliament, pleading with them to give him moral
support and boycott the Opening Session of Parliament on
Wednesday like his political allies in Dominica. But, the final meeting
on Tuesday night broke up after he learnt that they met with the
Prime Minister and decided to ignore his request and do their own
Dey say he became so angry with them that he absented
himself from the proceedings on Wednesday morning and referred
to them as "three blind mice".
He was strongly supported by his dear cousin, Barcoleta,
who did not show up either, insisting that they have no respect for
the Party leader and now there is a big war in the PAM camp.A
In the heated exchange between Shawn and Barcoleta,
Shawn tell him: "Me win me seat, ah twice he lose .... He can't tell
me what to do. An ah could talk for Eugene, for he win he seat too".
Party sources say de expired PAM lender had one bawling
and carrying on, complaining how they expect him to face all dem
Labour people in de House and de young Labour rookie who beat
him so badly and has ended his political career.
And, when he heard the Hon. Glenn Fitzroy Phillip taking
the oath in de House he cried like a baby, lamenting how he give
up he lawyer work, spend 10 long years on de road campaigning
and spend so much money and still didn't have "a ghost of chance".
"Life is not fair with me", he declared, "I want a seat in de House".
Dey say de Madame responded: "Well, honey, there are
several seats here in our house, you can take anyone. And I'm
sure if you ask "Uncle Mike" at TDC, he will give you a better one,
or you can buy one cash at Horsfords".
Inside sources say he went on to admit to her that he was a
nervous wreck since getting de crop of blows on Election Day from
de young rookie. And nothing the doctor recommends to simmer
him down is working, no matter what he takes or drinks he can't
rest and sleep comfortably.
After going all out with their plans to bus PAM supporters
form Sandy Point and Cayon into town on Wednesday morning to
"full out" the gallery of Parliament and to big up the three PAM
MPs, only a mere handful of PAMites showed up.
Dey say the PAMites say they did it in protest of the selection
of the PAM Senator, who was handpicked by the former Tek Way
Key Minister and his gang.
Inside sources have confirmed that Cindy Demming was
not on the PAM list for the job of opposition senator. The list included
the likes of Consie Mitcham, Sidney Osborne, Oliver Spencer and
the discarded and disgraced deputy Mikey, who was thrown out of
the PAM Government and party like a common criminal on an All
Dey say when de expired PAM leader was asked by one of
his drinking buddies from Sandy Point, why she (Cindy) was not
selected as the PAM senator, he remarked that she has too much
baggage to be considered. And he told him to ask Shawn who said
de expired PAM leader ain't telling no lie.
People want to know if he two leading campaigners on the
talk shows, Hardest and Carl Browne, get paid off to hush-up. Dey
say Hardest, when confronted by someone and asked why he not
speaking out for Cindy, remarked: "Boy, I'm a party man first. If she
could be telling people she turned down the offer (job) what you
want me to do?" He say he was like the PAM senator and following
his conscience (towing the party line).
Both the Sherriff and the two PAM M.Ps were caught with
their pants down on Wednesday, when their plans to frustrate and
disrupt the proceedings was exposed and thwarted by the googly
bowled by the Prime Minister, his deputy and the Attorney General.
Dey say their pan B to take out an injunction to stall the
proceedings of the National Assembly also had to be abandoned.
Parliament opens for 4th
consecutive time with Labour at
By: Lesroy W. Williams
Basseterre (March 11, 2010)-
The opening of Parliament was
done with the usual pomp and
splendour of a ceremony worthy
of its kind, but there was one thing
outstanding-it was historic
because the Labour Government
had won an unprecedented fourth
term following the hard-fought
January 25th elections, which
came at the end of long court
battles and a long and grueling
Clergymen, members of the
public and private sector,
government officials, diplomats
and other dignitaries and invited
guests gathered outside
Government Headquarters on
Wednesday morning, March 10, to
witness the historic fourth
opening of Parliament with the
Labour Administration at the
The 14 Members of Parliament,
11 elected and three unelected,
seemed ready for the mammoth
and challenging, but honourable
task of managing the affairs of the
country, while the Prime Minister
inspected the Guard of Honour,
drawn up by contingents from the
Royal St. Christopher and Nevis
Police Force and the St. Kitts-
Nevis Defence Force, before
proceeding to the National
Assembly, where Pastor Lincoln
Connor said the opening prayer.
In his prayer, Pastor Connor
made reference to the words of the
prophet Micah (6:8) in
admonishing the Parliamentarians
"To act justly, love tenderly and
walk humbly with your God". He also prayed for the healing of political
wounds in the Federation.
After the proclamation was read by the Clerk of the National Assembly,
Mr. Jose Lloyd, Mr. Curtis Martin was nominated to be the Speaker of
the National Assembly by Prime Minister Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas and
seconded by the Leader of the Opposition in the Federal Government,
Hon. Mark Brantley. Mr. Martin was unanimously elected as the Speaker
of the National Assembly.
The election of the Deputy Speaker of the House did not go as
smooth as that of the Speaker. The nomination of The People's Action
Movement Senator, Vincent Fitzgerald Byron Jr., was rejected by him
saying that he was indeed humbled to be considered for the much
esteemed post but that he had to decline the nomination "as a matter of
After Senator Byron's rejection of the position of Deputy Speaker,
the Hon. Senator Richard Skerritt was nominated and his nomination
approved by the National Assembly.
Minister Skerritt, who is Minister of Tourism and International
Transport, had resigned from Cabinet in order to facilitate the procedural
integrity of the opening of the National Assembly which requires the
election of a Speaker and Deputy Speaker. The Constitution forbids that
a Member of Cabinet hold the post of Deputy Speaker.
After the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, the other 13
Members of Parliament took the oath of allegiance. Namely, Prime Minister
Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Sam Condor, Hon.
Dr. Earl Assim Martin, Hon. Marcella Liburd, Hon. Glenn Phillip, Dr. the
Hon. Timothy Harris, Hon. Patrice Nisbett, Hon. Shawn Richards, Hon.
Eugene Hamilton, Hon. Mark Brantley (Leader of the Opposition), Hon.
Vance Amory, Hon. Senator Nigel Carty and Hon. Senator Vincent Byron.
After the taking of the oath of allegiance, the National Assembly was
suspended to facilitate the arrival of Governor General, H.E. Sir Cuthbert
M. Sebastian, GCMG OBE, MD, CM, who inspected the Guard of Honour
drawn up outside Government Headquarters.
The Governor General's entourage which comprised of
Parliamentarians then proceeded to the National Assembly, which
resumed so that the Governor General could deliver the Throne Speech.
In the speech, the Governor-General provided an overview of the
Government's strategy for change and development over the next five
years which was spring boarded by the economic transformation of the
country for the past 15 years. The speech outlined measures to reduce
the public debt and to employ fiscal management, the improvement in
community life and the bolstering of the economy, plans to deal with
anti-social behavior, the Government's land distribution program and
the continuation with the transitioning out of sugar into the service-
oriented sector and the provision of vital services such as education,
health care, a national health insurance scheme, infrastructure and work
for many citizens.
By: Jean Thomas
I still believe
Last weekend, we were blessed to have had some beautiful showers
after not having had rain falling for over a month. We were beginning to
panic, as the authorities were telling us to conserve water.
Some of us heeded the plea and others of us just consumed the
water without giving it a thought. As a child growing up, one of the old
adage our senior citizens used, was "you never miss the water until the
well runs dry". I can now appreciate the saying.
It was for me therefore, a lovely sound to hear the rain falling on the
roof and oh, how I wished that I had a cistern. All that water going down
the drain and to the sea. The world has and gets only a limited amount
of fresh water, to satisfy our needs. Whereas, we can live without food
for a limited time we cannot live without water.
Think of the many things that we use fresh water for: Water is vital
for our very existence. We need it for drinking, bathing, washing, after
using the bathroom, for our supply of food crops, our gardens and
grass. Just look at the hills when we have no rain and I am sure you must
have noticed how parched the place looks. The grass is brown and
brittle. The heat is almost unbearable, when we do not get the rain to
cool us down.
I have said all of the above, to once again, bring to our attention that,
it is high time we begin to instil in our planners and architects of homes,
hotels and entertainment places, the need to build cisterns when they
are planning to build such
buildings. It may cost a little more
to build the cistern but I believe
that eventually, the collection and
storage of rainwater would be very
beneficial to the consumer of those
buildings and the country as a
This water can be used for
bathrooms, gardens, washing, to
name just a few. In addition, think
of the reduction onyour water bill.
When I look at the water from at
least two rivers situated in Old
Road and Cayon, when we get
heavy downpours of rain, how
good it would have been if we had
more reservoirs to channel and
store some of the water, especially
for when we get those drought
So tell me, would you support
me in my quest to encourage new
homebuilders to spend a few more
dollars and build a cistern? I
believe that it is time to do so.
FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH 2010
The Labour Spokesman