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British Airways second weekly flight to St. Kitts touches down
By Melissa Amsterdam
The well anticipated
second inaugural British
Airways (BA2157) flight
made its way from London's
Gatwick Airport in the UK to
St. Kitts' RLB International
Airport on Tuesday afternoon
of this week, March 30th,
touching down on the runway
at approximately 3:35 pm.
The BA flight is an addition
to the current weekly
scheduled flight which arrives
here on Saturdays and started
its visit to the Federation just
over a year ago.
On board the BA2157
were an estimated 80
passengers, who were
welcomed by a number of local
tourism and government
officials, including the Minister
of Tourism and International
Transport, Hon. Richard
At a brief ceremony held
at the V.I.P Longue at the
airport, Minister Skerritt
welcomed the captain, crew
and other officials from the
aircraft to the Federation.
He reiterated an earlier
press statement in which he
said the BA2157 flight to St.
Kitts via Antigua "is an
important symbol of hope for
our Tourism arrivals at a
challenging time for Caribbean
tourism and at a financially
awkward time for
"The British Airways
decision to operate a second
flight to St. Kitts from the UK
not only symbolizes British
Airway's confidence in the
future of our destination, it also
highlights the promising results
our partnership with British
Airways has been enjoying for
Photo #1 (above):
the British Airways
aircraft on Tuesday
The Hon. Richard
Skerritt, Minister of
Tourism and International
Transport making a
presentation to the
Captain of the BA2157
Photos by Erasmus Williams
the Saturday operation
which, in the first year alone,
brought close to 10,000
visitors," Minister Skerritt
said concerning the
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and the People
The desire of any nation is to have bipartisan efforts towards
achieving the national goals. The people often look to the
leadership, left and right, to arrive at mutual, commonsense
approaches to promoting the social, economic and overall good
of the nation.
More and more legislatures across the world have had to
fearlessly forge the path to progress upon the urgings of the
majority parties as many of the opposition movements seek to
deny the people the advancement needed.
Recently, the US House of Representatives passed a
comprehensive healthcare bill without one vote by the rightwing
Republican Party. The Republicans desired to refuse ordinary
men and women much needed health coverage on the grounds
that it would become a fiscal burden and to continue the fight
Nowhere in the debate did the opposers to the US Health
Bill consider that if there was a healthier population who did
not go personally broke over health issues that there would be
greater opportunities for the each citizen to be more productive
and contribute more greatly to the national economy.
It is however tragic that while the US legislators would have
these partisan fights over matters to positively change the lives of
the people, that the National Assembly of St. Kitts-Nevis would
seek to be so divisive along geographical and partly-political lines.
The debates, in the House on the 2010 Budget Address,
delivered by the Hon. Prime Minister and Minister of Finance,
Dr. Denzil Douglas, pointed out that not all parties show keen
interest in the continued development of the nation and all its
While the budget continued to build on past
accomplishments in education, health, agriculture, trade, youth
development, tourism, infrastructural development and fiscal
management, the PAM/CCM opposition members made every
effort to mislead the nation and offer unrealistic alternatives that
may negatively affect national growth and development.
It is sad that after Opposition Leader Brantley failed in his
attempt to label the bill as deficient in its provisions to combat
crime, chose rather to employ his secessionist plan of making it
seem that the progress enjoyed in St. Kitts is not equally felt in
It was equally sad when the PAM elected members failed to
recognize the national agenda, while offering pie in the sky
proposals of investment funds and the like.
One is often left to wonder if these members understand the
concept of opportunity cost. Prime Minister Douglas was so
correct when he said that they were unable to read the document
and unprepared to address the realities that face our people.
The Bill, however, was passed into law because the Labour/
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(MARCH 30, 2010) An
official of the University of the
West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill
Campus said Monday, the
Caribbean's highest institution
of learning had a keen interest
in ongoing work in renewable
energy on Nevis.
Dean of Faculty of Pure and
Applied Sciences at the
University of the West Indies
(Cave Hill Campus) Mr. Peter
Gibbs made the observation on
Monday in an interview with
the Department of Information
just before his departure from
the island later that day.
"We are very interested in
seeing what is really happening
in the Caribbean with
renewable energy and Nevis is
the only place right now that is
really moving ahead and doing
something that is concrete and
real and just reading about it on
the internet is not enough you
need to come and see what is
really happening," he said.
When asked for his
impressions of the geothermal
and the Wind Farm sites at the
end of a tour of the areas, he
said he was assured that
something tangible was
"Quite a number of the
countries have been talking and
planning for a number of years
but nothing really happened and
I think that Nevis is way higher
than everyone, not only in
physically doing something but
also as far as legislation is
concerned, making it available
and encouraging investment
into this area," he said.
However, Mr. Gibbs
contended that though the oil
prices had dropped from what
he termed a tremendous peak
FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
Dean of Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences at the
University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus) Mr.
over the last five years,
renewable energy of any sort
was the way forward for the
islands of the region.
"I think alot of them have put
this effort that they were looking
to put in renewable energy on the
back burner but I am pretty sure in
the years ahead, we all know that
the fossil fuel will be depleted and
they will have to take an interest in
renewable energy in all forms," he
The UWI described the
renewable energy projects on
Nevis as fine examples of persons
taking risks to invest in technology
that was considered new to the
"I am sure that the experts
would have told them that it is being
implemented in some areas
overseas in much larger countries
on a much larger scale but it is
important that it is displayed as a
showcase to the Caribbean that it
can also be done on a small scale.
"If that can happen and we can
prove to everyone that it works I
am pretty sure, that all the other
Caribbean countries willjust fall in
line," he said.
Asked whether there were any
NRP Administration understands that the
people of both St. Kitts and Nevis need
capable hands at the helm of the ship of state.
On the passage of the Bill, all the essential
services of the country will continue to be
funded, and new initiatives will be
systematically introduced. The private sector
will continue to thrive in an environment
fostered by provisions that allow for more
foreign direct investment and local based
The passage of this Budget will allow the
government to continue to pay its debt
obligations, while exploring it renewable
energy agenda to lower energy costs in this
This budget allows the nation to begin
lessons to be learnt for Barbados,
from the Nevis renewable energy
experience, the UWI Lecturer said
"Barbados does not have any
potential for geothermal compared
to Nevis and our main thrust right
now would be in wind and solar.
With respect to wind I know that
we have been planning for quite a
while a pilot project in the north
of the island but that has run into
problems from the residents. That
falls under the aspect not under
the technical and the scientific part
but under the social. These things
must be taken into account when
you are going into renewable
"I think when you have this
showcase here we will be able to
show the residents that are not too
keen about it in Barbados that it is
really not as noisy and
burdensome as they think it might
be," he said.
While on Nevis, Mr. Gibbs met
with Minister responsible for
Natural Resources and the
Environment Hon. Carlisle Powell,
other members of the Nevis Island
Administration and visited with
officials of the UWI Open Campus
at Marion Heights
preparing the framework for a sales based tax that
would allow us as a people to replace, what are
now, prohibitive consumption tax rates.
Why would PAM oppose this? Why would
they seek to deny people the further benefits? They
do so because their agenda is based on opposing
Labour and the people. No matter whom PAM
will put up as a candidate or senator in the future,
the will and interest of the people will be trampled
upon by the PAM misleaders.
We wish Prime Minister Douglas and his
government every success in the discharge of their
duties. Despite the irresponsible and disingenuous
opposition, we encourage you to continue striving
for excellence in making St. Kitts-Nevis a stronger
FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
Cedric Liburd sponsored
St. Peter's Netball Club
Community league opens
Labour Secretariat: Last Saturday night (27. March) the second annual St.
Peter's Netball Community Club League- sponsored by the former Parliamentary
Representative for Constituency #8 and Minister of Agriculture, Housing, Fisheries
and Cooperatives, Cedric Liburd -was officially opened.
The opening ceremony was held on the netball court located at Parray's Village and was followed by two
of the three scheduled 'knock out' competition matches. The competition is scheduled to close 25. April.
The St.Peter's netball teams are: Project Divas (Stapleton, Parray and Upper Monkey Hill), Jungle Gurls
(Lower Monkey Hill and New Road Projects). New opposing teams are: Sandy Point and Coco Cola Shamrocks
In game 1, Sandy Point won with 14 points- beating the Project Divas with 9 points while in game 2 Jungle
Gurlz defeated the Project Divas with 22 and 5 points, respectively.Game 3, (Jungle Gurlz vs. Sandy Point) was
postponed due to rain will continue on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Liburd expressed pleasure that the management has been able to successfully continue the holding of the
community netball tournament.
He was further pleased about the commendable skills of the netballers from his community who have
successfully represented St. Kitts on a national level.
"We all must be proud of them," he remarked, adding that he is always willing to lend his support.
Moreover apart from the accolade that players can attain through participation of the sport, Liburd sees the
youngsters involvement in the game as being good in the "development of their lives" with the disciplinary
benefits to be achieved in their positive and personal well-being.
Coordinator and umpire in the St. Peter's Netball Club Community League, Judy Tyrell thanked Liburd for
his continued sponsorship and assured the new teams that they will find the tournament to be friendly.
"Display your skills so that all may enjoy and most of all try to be injury free," she admonished.
Tyrell informed that the St.Peter's Netball Club placed third in the St.Kitts Netball Association League.
Tourism stakeholders urged to
ensure BA's second schedule flight
to St. Kitts continues to grow
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 30TH 2010 (CUOPM) Tourism stakeholders in St. Kitts and Nevis
have been urged to ensure that the new mid-week direct service to St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International
Airport by British Airways continues to grow.
"It is the responsibility of all stakeholders along with the government to do all that we can to grow the
demand for our destination, grow the demand for our products and services and subsequently ensure that
people keep wanting to come on these flights," said Minister of Tourism and International Transportation,
Sen. the Hon. Richard "Ricky" Skerritt, shortly after welcoming the BA Captain, who glided the carrier's
inaugural mid-week service from London's-Gatwick's International Airport.
Minister Skerritt told reporters it's not just about a lovely 777 aircraft landing at the Robert L. Bradshaw
International Airport and passengers disembarking.
"It is about making sure that it is good business for the country," said Minister Skerritt, who added:
The Labour Spokesman
British Airways second weekly
flight to St. Kitts touches down
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between the airline and the Federation.
The midweek flight is expected to give a significant increase
of tourist arrivals to St. Kitts-Nevis while atthe same time offering
flexibility to travelers giving them the choice of travelling aboard
the 280 seat Boeing 777 which holds 40 Club World seats, 24
World Traveller Plus seats and 216 World Traveller seats either
on the Saturday or Tuesday flight.
CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Rosecita Jeffers, in an earlier
press release added that, "the new British Airways flight shows the
attractiveness of St. Kitts as a destination for the UK market and is
therefore good news for the existing and new tour operators, as well as
for our hoteliers".
Jeffers also communicated that the St. Kitts Tourism Authority is
already seeing positive signs of a rebound in visitor arrivals. She said,
"Several trade and consumer initiatives are currently being planned by
the UK office of there St. Kitts Tourism Authority, this will undoubtedly
ensure its continued success".
After the arrival of the second weekly flight, a brief presentation was
made to the Captain by Minister Skerritt. The flight returned to Gatwick
via Antigua and will make its return to St. Kitts on Tuesdays using the
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S "We displayed good netball (skills) and so was headed for
victory after defeating the 2008 Champions-Coca Cola
(Shamrocks), but our perseverance did not endure to the end
and the team suffered the consequences. We however retained
the champion trophy in the under 23-community league," she
Additionally as disclosed by her,Talissa Browne, Ronelle
Morton, Sherees Francis and Davida Collins gained selection
on the victorious 2009 national Under 23 team. Reportedly,
Browne (of Jungle Gurlz) was named vice captain of the team;
MVP (Most valuable Player) of the St.Kitts team and MVP of
the overall tournament. She was also honoured as the 2009
sportswoman of the year.
Meanwhile, President of the St.Kitts Netball Association, Juliet
Hanley-Liburd saw the community league as avery important aspect of
the development of the sport of netball in St.Kitts.
"It is through community leagues such as this one (that) young
netballers that place themselves in a position to participate will be able
to sharpen their netball skills and abilities and vie for position in your
community team, then go on to also vie for positions in our National
team at all levels U- (under) 16, U-23 and national seniors," she stated.
Game schedules are as follows: 3 April- (Jungle Girls vs. Sandy Point
2 and Sandy Point 1 vs. Project Divas); 4. April -(Sandy Point 1 vs.
Sandy Point 2 and CCS vs. Project Divas); 10 April- (Sandy 1 vs. CCS and
Jungle Gurlz vs. Project Divas); 11 April-(Sandy Point 1 vs. Jungle Gurlz
and Sandy Point 2 vs. CCS); 17 April- ( Sandy Point vs. Project Divas and
CCS vs. Jungle Gurlz); 24 April- (Game 1 -1st place vs. 4th place and
Game 2 -2nd place and vs. 3rd place) and the final night (winner of game
1 vs. winner of game 2).
A closing ceremony is expected to take place. All matches begin at
"Tourism, is about making people happy, making them relaxed and getting
away from their daily stresses and I think that St. Kitts and Nevis is one
of the Caribbean's destinations that is perfectly suited to achieve that.
We can all make that happen on a sustainable basis, if we get out there
and promote and put packages together and deliver goods and services
that people want and need and are looking for."
He expressed his optimism that these can be achieved on a
continuous growth curve and added that the second weekly flight
scheduled so quickly after just over a year "is an indication that we are
"It is really a very good day for St. Kitts and Nevis," quipped the
Minister of Tourism, who was accompanied by tourism officials including
including Advisor, Mr. Cedric Liburd; St. Kitts Tourism Authority
Chairman, Mr. Alphonso O'Garro, mother Board members and Hotel and
Tourism Association CEO, Mr. Michael Head.
BA's flight captain, Alistair McLaren said it was his first flight to St.
Kitts. "The crew was very well aware that the flight is an inaugural mid-
week schedule and the passengers were delighted," he said just before
accepting a gift from Minister Skerritt.
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During the recently concluded 2010 Budget Debate, citizens
and residents learnt of the purpose and role of the Constituency
Empowerment Department, which will be established as an arm
of the Ministry ofAgriculture, Marine Resources and Constituency
These were revealed by Senior Minister in the Federal
Government, and Minister of Constituency Empowerment, Drthe
Hon Timothy Harris, when he addressed Parliament at the National
Assembly on Thursday, 25 March 2010.
Dr Harris told the Assembly, residents and citizens in the
diaspora, that the Constituency Empowerment Department is a
new creature in our governance, which will evolve over time.
"Hopefully", he said, "the Constituency Empowerment Secretariat
shall provide a structure for sustained dialogue between the
government and the electorate."
In continuing his presentation to the law making body, the Senior
Minister added that the Department "will establish empowerment zones
based on local geopolitical areas. In this regard, we shall, in due course,
be meeting with Parliamentary Representatives to get their inputs
regarding the functioning of the Secretariat, and how we can structure
this entity for more meaningful impact and efficacious results."
Senior Minister Harris, who is the parliamentary representative for
Constituency 7, comprising the area from Belle Vue to Ottleys, announced
that the purpose and role of the Constituency Empowerment Department
The Labour Spokesman
"To build and sustain a cadre
of civic leaders; to encourage
public confidence in the political
process; to establish channels of
communication with the
electorate; to re-ignite and sustain
the spirit of community
organizing; to encourage
constituency participation in
political decision making; and, to
initiatives based on constituency
The first holder of this ultra
modern portfolio in St Kitts and
Nevis, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris,
intends to have the Secretariat of
the Constituency Empowerment
Department work closely with the
Community Affairs Department,
other governmental agencies and
Against this backdrop, the
Department will seek to harness
and enhance the efforts being
carried out by these entities, with
the aspiration to strengthen the
socio-economic fabric of each
constituency, through the
contribution of all stakeholders,
regardless of political persuasion.
Already, this proposed
program, as laid out by Dr Harris,
has begun to receive positive
feedback from the general public.
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Record Date for Payment of Dividend
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31, 2009, the Directors have declared a Dividend of 34 cents per ordinary share to be paid to
shareholders on Thursday, April 8, 2010 and in accordance with the Companies Ordinance, 1999, the
Directors have fixed Tuesday, April 6, 2010 as the Record Date for determining the shareholders of
the Company who are entitled to receive payment of such dividend.
Record Date for Issue of Notice of Annual Meeting
In accordance with the Companies Ordinance, 1999, the Directors have fixed Tuesday, April 6, 2010 as the
Record Date for determining the shareholders of the Company who are entitled to receive Notice of the
Annual Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday May 5, 2010 at the Red Cross Building, Chapel Street,
Closing of Register
The Register of Members will therefore be closed on Tuesday, April 6, 2010.
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD
March 23, 2010
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FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
Senior Minister Calls For
National Commitment To
On Thursday, 25 March 2010, in a very timely and stimulating
contribution to the Budget Debate for Fiscal 2010, Dr the Hon Timothy
Harris, Senior Minister in the Federal Government of St Kitts and
Nevis, issued a clarion call for a national commitment to agriculture.
Dr Harris who is also the Minister of Agriculture spoke of "the
bad news and the good news" that emanated from the report of the
Director of Agriculture concerning the performance of the Department
of Agriculture for the year 2009.
The "bad news" found its genesis in the shortfall in the production
of a number of commodities in which the country ought to have the
capacity and capability to satisfy domestic demand. These
commodities include meat from sheep and goats; onions; cabbage
and white potatoes.
However the statistics point to the fact that less than 50% of the
national requirement of these items was produced locally in 2009. Of
particular concern was the minimal outturn for meat from sheep and
goats which amounted to less than 6% of the assessed national
Senior Minister Harris told the National Assembly and the public
at large that the said "bad news" was indeed "good news", as it
presented golden opportunities for many of our citizens to get
involved in agricultural production and development.
He emphasised the need for the sector to do much more, thereby
ensuring self sufficiency, sustainability and security in a wide range
of food items that can be produced right here in the Federation. The
Minister added that a substantial increase in production will bring
along with it, the amelioration of the vexed issue of price affordability
of local produce.
In this regard, Dr Harris reminded listeners that our country boasts
of its very fertile soil, and he strongly urged more of our citizens, both
individual and corporate, to participate in agriculture, as there are
many avenues available, such as investment of financial, technological
and mechanical resources to help forge the new thrust in agriculture.
The Minister of Agriculture indicated that this country has
tremendous potential in agriculture, and encouraged the populace to
build this potential to the point, where we can achieve the goal of
feeding ourselves at our own tables, as well as our visitors who eat at
the tables of our restaurants and hotels.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
Senior Minister Harris
Hails Contribution of
Dr the Hon Timothy Harris,
Senior Minister and Minister of
Agriculture, Marine Resources
and Cooperatives Thursday
(during 2010 Budget Debate)
hailed as outstanding and
complimentary the support in
technical assistance and other
forms being provided to St Kitts
and Nevis by the Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO),
Inter American Institute of
Agriculture (IICA), the
Agricultural Technical Mission of
Taiwan, Caribbean Agriculture
Research Development Institute
(CARDI), the ALBA Bank of
Venezuela and the Sugar Industry
Diversification Foundation (SIDF).
Dr Harris said that the
resources provided by these
entities were critical support and
without their contribution and
assistance, the successes of the
Department of Agriculture would
have been less. Dr Harris lauded
the Sugar Industry Development
Foundation for the EC $2 million it
had made available to the St Kitts
and Nevis Development Bank to
on lend to farmers and fishers on
the most affordable terms to date.
Under the Agri-Fund being
administered by the Development
Bank, $1.7 million have been lent
to sixty five farmers on St Kitts and
Nevis. Under the terms of the
agreement successful applicants
receive up to $25,000 interest free
and loans amounts above $25,000
attract an interest rate of six
Given the success of this
project, Dr Harris has called for a
new tranche of EC $2 million to be
made available to farmers. The loan
funds have been used for a variety
of purposes such as the purchase
of outboard engines, purchase of
fishing boats, working capital,
purchase stock, fencing of land,
and to purchase equipment. Some
fifteen of the sixty five beneficiaries
hail from Nevis: Ramsbury Site,
Buck's Hill Village, Round Hill, St
John, Brown Hill, Gingerland and
Stoney Grove. Applicants in St
Kitts resides in Basseterre: St
Peters, Cayon, Newton Ground,
Old Road, Conaree, Dieppe Bay,
Tabernacle, Lodge, Molyneux,
Sandy Point, etc.
British Airways landed as
scheduled with 124
passengers on Saturday
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 29TH 2010 (CUOPM)- Forthe
second consecutive weekend, the British Airways flight into St. Kitts'
Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on Saturday operated as
Authorities at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport said
Monday that the British Airways flight arrived on time with 124
passengers 100 passengers were onboard when it departed for the VC.
Bird International Airport in Antigua enroute to London-Gatwick.
British Airways is expected to introduce a second weekly flight into
St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on March 30 and this
flight is not expected to be affected by industrial action.
The TDC Group of Companies wishes to advise the public that all departments and
subsidiaries will be closed from Friday 2nd April to Monday 5th April 2010. Except for
the operations listed below:
Friday 02nd April 2010
TDC Rentals (St. Kitts) Airport Office
12 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 03rd April 2010
TDC Rentals (St. Kitts) Airport Office
City Drug Store (2005) Limited
Western Union (St. Kitts)
Bank Street Outlet
City Drug Store Outlet
TDC Rentals (Nevis) Office
TDC Drinks Depot (Nevis)
12 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
8 a.m. 7 p.m.
8 a.m. -12 p.m.
12 p.m. 5 p.m.
8 a.m. -1 p.m.
8 a.m. -1 p.m.
Sunday 4th April 2010
TDC Rentals Limited (St. Kitts) Airport Office
City Drug Store (2005) Limited
TDC Rentals (Nevis) Office
12 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
8 a.m. 11 a.m.
9 a.m. 11 a.m.
Monday 5h April 2010
TDC Rentals (St. Kitts) Airport Office
City Drug Store (2005) Limited
TDC Rentals (Nevis) Limited
12 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
9 a.m. -11 a.m.
Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday 6th April 2010.
We wish all our valued patrons a blessed Easter.
Passengers dissembarkingfrom BA 2157 shrortly after it landed at
the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on Saturday afteroon.
BA 2157 landing Saturday afternoon at the Robert L. Bradshaw
In London, the strike by British
Airways cabin crew entered its
third day on Monday, with more
walkouts threatened for next
month, as separate talks to avert
the first national rail strike in 16
years got under way.
More than 120 BA flights from
London's Heathrow airport were
cancelled on Monday, according
to the BA website, but all flights
to and from London City and
London Gatwick airport were
The walkout by BA cabin crew
is the second this month in a
dispute over changes to working
practices which has cost the airline
millions of pounds and damaged
The Unite union, which
represents about 90 percent of
BA's 12,000 cabin crew, has
threatened to call a third wave of
industrial action after Easter if no
progress is made, with crews likely
to walk out again on April 14.
Both sides said they remained
available for negotiations, but no
dates were set for talks.
A BA spokesman said the
airline was still on track to deliver
its target of flying more than 75
percent of customers, adding that
its service had been "significantly
more extensive" during this strike
period than the last, due to higher
numbers of cabin crew reporting
But Unite claimed BA was
trying to run its service with only
around 15 percent of cabin crew
who should be working normally.
BA, which wants to save an
annual 62.5 million pounds to help
cope with falling demand, volatile
fuel prices and greater
competition, said the last strike
period cost the airline 7 million
pounds a day.
Photos by Erasmus Williams
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PM Douglas congratulates YES Programme on its first
BASSETERRE ST. KITTS
(March 27, 2010) -
Federation's Prime Minister, the
Hon Dr Denzil Douglas, has
congratulated the Youth
Empowerment through Skills
(YES) Programme on its first
anniversary, with his personal
commitment of the
programme's continuation as it
endeavours to empower the
Dr Douglas made the
remarks Friday evening at the
Royal St. Kitts Hotel and
Casino where he attended a
dinner hosted by the hotel trades
students of the YES
Programme to mark the first
anniversary the programme,
which he launched last year in
a bid to stem joblessness and
idleness among the youth.
"I am delighted to extend the
congratulations of the
government in the celebration
of the one year anniversary of
the Youth Empowerment
through Skills (YES)
Programme and to commend
this evening's presentation by
the hotel trades class,"
observed the Prime Minister as
he delivered the feature
He told the guests who
A YES Programme hotel and trades trainee takes order from Prime
Minister Dr Denzil Douglas. Looking on, are Minister Glenn Phillip
and YES Secretariat manager Leslie Connor.
Prime Minister Douglas delivers feature address before dinner was served.
From left are Mrs and Mr Cedric Liburd, Esinton Watts, and June
James. In the back (right) is the Governor General His Excellency
Sir Dr Cuthbert Sebastian.
included the Governor General, His Excellency Sir, Dr Cuthbert
Sebastian, Minister with responsibility for the YES Programme,
Glenn Phillip, and his Permanent Secretary, Lloyd Lazaar, that
the YES Programme has been of tremendous benefits to the nearly
1500 young people who have so far been involved.
According to the Prime Minister, it was important to commend the
various tutors in the programme as well as the many persons in the
public and private sectors who have been contributing guidance and
experience to the YES Programme participants.
He told the diners that while it was crucial to be reminded of the
relevance of the YES Programme, he pointed out that initially it had
many detractors, but through it all, it had been able to achieve with pride
and distinction a number of strategic pointers, which he named as:
1: Introduced many young people to the world of work; 2: Enabled
young people to acquire work related skills; 3: Created a greater sense of
discipline and engendered self-awareness; 4: Exposed their minds to
productive endeavours; 5: Planted the seeds for greater involvement in
the economy by being participants; and 6: Engendered a sense of
direction, value, and a higher purpose for the lives of those who are
participating as young people.
"Tonight, as the Prime Minister of this country, I feel very proud that
over the last twelve months we have been able to impact the lives of
nearly 1500 young people," said Dr Douglas. "There were the naysayers
who said this programme cannot last for three, six or even eight months.
Tell them it has lasted for twelve months and it is continuing."
The neatly attired hotel trades students, who had prepared the dinner,
along with the invited guests cheered when the Prime Minister commented
that after having been treated to a most delicious meal by the same
students in September last year. He announced: "Tonight I look forward
again to my four course dinner that I am sure all of us are waiting to
Minister Glenn Phillip addressed the diners before the meal was
served, while general remarks were made by manager of the YES
Programme Secretariat, Leslie Connor. Welcome remarks were offered by
one of the hotel trades tutors, Michael Guishard, and his colleague
Dominic Stevens gave the vote of thanks.
Also attending the anniversary dinner, which was chaired by journalist
and social commentator Larry Vaughan, were advisor in the Ministry of
International Transport and Tourism, Cedric Liburd, First Vice President
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FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
PAM oppose the Labour Party in
season and out of season
The People's Action Movement (PAM) was formed on 15th January,
1965, and the party sent a letter to His Honour, the Administrator
Lieutenant Colonel Henry A.C Howard, dated January 19, 1965, and
signed by the President (Dr. William Herbert) and the Secretary (Dr.
PM Douglas congratulates YES
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of the St. Kitts and Nevis Trades and Labour Union, Sydney Bridgewater,
YES Programme's officials, June James, Esinton Watts and Vaughn
Edmeade. Bishop E. Williams offered the invocationwhile YES Programme
student and former Kittitian idol participant, Ketura Liburd, rendered the
Diners at the first anniversary YES Programme dinner.
YES Programme Secretariat Manager Leslie Connor (right) with
assistant hotel trades tutor Jasmine Isaac-Lake and hotel trades
tutor, Dominic Stevens.
That letter announced, among
other things, that "The name of
our Organisation is the People's
Action Movement (PAM) and it is
our desire and intention to oppose
the present Government".
People must understand that
from its very earliest beginnings,
PAM had no interest in working
to promote the political and
constitutional advancement of the
territory of St. Kitts-Nevis and
Neither did the newly-formed
PAM party possess any real
interest in working to promote the
overall welfare of the masses of the
The only interest that PAM
had at its beginnings was in
opposing the Labour Party which,
as always, was the champion of
the working-class. The Labour
Party was formed to empower the
poor and the powerless and to
seek for the rapid disappearance
of Massa Day. PAM on the
contrary was seeking to
strengthen Massa Day and its
stranglehold on the workers in the
Sugar Industry, especially.
PAM was formed in January
1965 and on July 25, 1966; the party
challenged the Labour Party at the
polls. The Labour Party won all 7
seats on St. Kitts. The following
year PAM delivered a letter to His
Excellency the Governor, Sir Fred
Phillips, dated the 31 st May, 1967
and signed by the President and
the Secretary of the party. The
letter called upon the government
of Premier Bradshaw to resign.
There is no way that a lawfully
elected government which won all
7 seats on St. Kitts in 1966, would
want to resign. The records show
that the Labour Party obtained
6249 votes and the PAM 4936
votes. Put another way, Labour
secured 44.21% of the popular
votes while the PAM party
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The Labour Party Government had no compelling reason to resign
and did not resign. Following upon the submission of the letter to His
Excellency the Governor, certain members of PAMjoined with a number
of dissident Anguillans to launch a vicious terrorist attack on St. Kitts in
an effort to remove by force of arms the lawfully elected government of
Premier Robert Bradshaw. The attempted coup d'6tat failed in its effort
to remove the Bradshaw Government.
After the failure of the attempted coup d'6tat, opposition to the
Labour Party Government took a different form. It took the form of arson.
The Customs Building at Sandy Point was burnt down. The building on
Victoria Road, Basseterre which housed the Girls' High School was also
burnt down. There began a series of cane fires all across the island. In
addition, attempts were also made to interfere with the public water-
storage facility at La Guerite.
PAM objected to and opposed the move to Associate Statehood for
St. Kitts-Nevis and Anguilla. And years later, PAM objected to and
opposed the move to independence for St. Kitts and Nevis.
You see political, social, economic and financial power was in the
hands of those in our society who constituted the Plantocracy and Big
PAM represented the Plantocracy and Big Business and was anxious
to see that such power was not transferred into the hands of those who
represented the poor, ordinary working-class man and woman.
Social Security was opposed and objected to by the PAM party
even before the Scheme was properly introduced and fully established.
PAM, not only opposed the Scheme from the political platform and from
the pages of the Democrat newspaper, but also by sending its errand
boys all around the country to employers in St. Kitts and Nevis with the
message that employers and employees should not participate or become
involved in the Social Security Scheme.
PAM objected to the Social Security Scheme although generally
speaking, there was no provision for retirement benefits for the vast
majority of workers in their old age. The reason for the objection was
that PAM represented the Plantocracy and Big Business and they did
not want employers to pay the 5% matching contribution to the Social
Security Scheme on behalf of employees. So PAM had to adopt the
same position as the Plantocracy and Big Business.
Even well-needed improvements to the Public Education System in
this country was opposed and objected to by the members and friends
of the People's action Movement (PAM).
Fitzroy Bryant liberalised and democratised Public Education in St.
Kitts and Nevis. The said members and friends declared that their children
should not sit in the same classrooms with the sons and daughters of
canefield workers and Sugar Factory workers. Some members and friends
sent their children to Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad and even as far away
as Britain for their primary and secondary education.
The current leaders of PAM have not forgotten that their party was
formed to oppose and obstruct the Labour Party. Those leaders oppose
the Labour Party in season and out of season and even when there is no
reason for such opposition.
Most people find this behaviour of PAM silly, childish, futile,
unrealistic and unacceptable. We ought to remember that when PAM
was in power, Massa Caines had the habit of saying that "Even a dumb
clock is right, twice every twenty-four hours" PAM tries to make it appear
that the Labour Party is not even as good as a dumb clock.
But indiscriminate Douglas-bashing and reckless political
propaganda cannot erase Labour's unprecedented record of outstanding
nation building and social and economic development.
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Minister Skerritt says
can still accept Deputy
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH29TH 2010 (CUOPM)
- Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon.
Richard "Ricky" Skerritt reiterated last week Thursday (March
25th ) that the absence of a Deputy Speaker from the St. Kitts
and Nevis National Assembly does not render sittings of the
lawmaking body "out of order."
Speaking during debate on the 2010 Budget, Minister Skerritt
urged opposition-coalition PAM/CCM parliamentarian, Sen. the
Hon. Vincent "Juicy" Byron to change his mind and accept the
position of Deputy Speaker which he had earlier refused.
Minister Skerritt recalled the position of the Speaker of the
National Assembly, Hon. Curtis Martin making it clear to the
opposition that the vacancy of the deputy speaker position did not
render this sitting of parliament
out of order.
"Those who understand our
constitution know that my
resignation as Minster on March
10th and then reappointment 30
hours later, was merely a
Constitutional maneuver to
temporarily fill the deputy speaker
position and to plug a gap in our I
flawed constitution so as to
circumvent efforts by the
opposition to sabotage the
opening process of parliament and
embarrass our Governor General,
our government and our country,"
said Minister Skerritt.
He said it was most unfortunate Photo: Hon. Vincent Byron
that the PAM/CCM coalition (Photo by Willet's Photo)
"sought to return to that relatively
trivial issue of the vacancy of a
deputy speaker as grounds for
disrupting this budget debate,
when this important Federal
Budget was already before them." To Magistrate, District B
"If the position of deputy
speaker was so important to the To the Superintendent of Police
Senator Opposite (Hon. Vincent
Liburd), then he should have 1, Robert Williams now
accepted the nomination which residing in Main Street in
was offered to him two weeks ago. Dieppe Bay do hereby give
If he now regrets his ill advised you notice that it is my in-
action to decline the nomination, tention to apply on Ist
then all he has to do is let us know April, 2010 to the District
that he has changed his mind," Magistrate at Sandy Point
said Sen. Skerritt, pointing out "the for a Beer Licence in re-
Senator amused us yesterday by spect of my premises in
taking back a statement that he Flamboyant Drive, Moly-
never made. Perhaps he can amuse neaux
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himself, but was forced 'against 2010
his conscience' to do so by his
party leader." Signed: R. Williams
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weekly Cabinet Meeting. impact of the VAT.
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Minister of Finance, appealed to the National Assembly to support Assembly supported tl
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year 2010 should be ;
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structurally adjust and help stabilise the local economy. The Opposition-c
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introduction of a Value Added Tax (VAT). cases where the Int
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The VAT Committee is also scheduled to meet Monday dislocation and unrest
afternoon with the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. countries in both the
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the VAT as part of the sweeping tax reform agenda to stabilise
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FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
Glenn Phillip welcomes Governor General Sir Cuthbert Sebastian.
Looking on is Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas.
YES Programme hotel trades trainees entertain their guests.
YES Programme was a visionary
approach by the Prime Minister says
BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (March 29, 2010)- Minister of Youth, Glenn Phillip, has observed that the
statement 'the youths are the future of our nation' is certainly exemplified by the conceptualism and
implementation of the Youth Empowerment through Skills (YES) Programme.
"It certainly required a visionary approach to recognise the important role of the programme of such
magnitude within our society, and credit must be given to the Hon Prime Minister Dr Denzil Llewellyn Douglas
in this regard," said Phillip.
The Minister made the remarks Friday night, March 26, when he addressed a dinner hosted by YES
Programme trainees to mark the programme's first anniversary at the Royal St. Kitts Hotel. "Permit me therefore
to congratulate the Hon Denzil Douglas, and the then Minister of Education and Youth, the Hon Sam Terrence
Condor and the officials who have helped to build a solid foundation for this essential programme."
He told the assembled guests that the event marked a significant milestone in the achievement of the
programme, which has already positively impacted the lives of over 900 youths in the society, who have
successfully trained, saying it reflected the words of the late civil rights leader of the United States of America,
Dr Martin Luther King, when he said, 'I have a dream'.
As a Minister of Government, Phillip assured the trainees that he was fully committed and personally
ready to provide the necessary support to the programme. "I want to encourage all our young people to take
seriously the training and development opportunities provided by the YES Programme, which will have a
positive impact on our society, through the lives of you young who represent our nation's future," he added.
The anniversary dinner, which was prepared and hosted by hotel trades trainees under Michael Guishard
at the Royal St. Kitts Hotel and Dominic Stevens, assisted by Jasmine Isaac-Lake, at the Keys Community
Centre, was graced by the presence of the Governor General His Excellency Dr Cuthbert Sebastian, Prime
Minister Dr Denzil Douglas, and Permanent Secretary Lloyd Lazar among other senior officials.
Manager at the YES Programme secretariat Leslie Connor in affirming that the programme is continuing
noted that since its launch by Prime Minister Douglas in March last year over 1400 students (including those
under training now) had benefitted and said that currently it is preparing students for CXC examinations in
June of 2010, and January 2011.
"We are also preparing other trainees for the internet and computer course certification," commented
Connor. "This course will be done online in a few months. Certification in a number of other disciplines will be
done by (the Department of) Youth Skills commencing April 2010. The trainees require criteria or qualifications,
one of which is 80% of class
The Steering and
Implementation Committee, as well
as the YES Secretariat, are making
sure that the programme outline
are implemented and a module
presented for each discipline is
followed so that at the end of each
course, the trainees' satisfaction
is gained, explained Connor.
"I have said to the trainees
over and over, 'you are here for
one thing and one thing only: To
learn'," remarked the YES
Secretariat manager. "So you now
have the opportunity to milk the
instructor until he or she falls to
the ground, but then you must
Guests at the anniversary dinner Permanent Secretary in the resuscitate them and commence
Ministry of Youth Lloyd Lazar is on the right. the milking process again."
-i, G n ... a s te d s.
Minister of Youth, Glenn Phillip, addresses the diners.
Manager at the YES Programme Secretariat, Leslie Connor,
addresses the diners.
A YES Programme trainee serves dinner to Minister Phillip and
Prime Minister Douglas.
While thanking the hotel trades
instructors, Michael Guishard,
Dominic Stevens and Jasmine
Isaac-Lake, he reminded the
trainees that when they would
have completed their training, and
commence work, their assessment
would not only be done at the
workplace but it would also be
done outside of the workplace. "So
you are expected to carry yourself
in respectable manner at all times.
This may determine your future."
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12 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
By Elvin Bailey
My department was recently challenged to find out
what the public knows about Social Security, because
my challenger was convinced that the public should
be better informed about our operations. After my
initial shock at the implied accusation of inefficiency, I
wondered what it our accuser knew that you, the public,
should have known but didn't, and what it is that the
department didn't know about you. Hopefully, this
week's article will go someway to correcting that
Recently, persons have asked what happens to the
moneys paid into Social Security by and on behalf of
an immigrant if that immigrant is involuntarily
repatriated. While it is true that individually money is
paid into Social Security, from the moment it is received
by the cashier, it no longer belongs to you, but belongs
to all of us although an individual record is kept. The
immigrant remains entitled to his/her benefits.
However, those benefits effectively are now Age
Pension, Invalidity pension, survivor benefits and
funeral grant, the long term benefits that are usually
activated by infirmity, age or death. These are the
benefits which are supported under the CARICOM
reciprocal agreement. The popular view that the
repatriate is accompanied on the journey by money
from Social Security is NOT true.
In the interest of full disclosure, I must state that
ALL short term benefits will cease once contributions
cease. In other words, the returned immigrant will no
longer be entitled to maternity, sickness, employment
injury benefits, invalidity assistance and so on. The
OECS Reciprocal arrangement proposes that they
continue to access these benefits, but that proposal
has not been ratified by any of the governments yet
and is therefore not law. Furthermore, it does not
matter whether the repatriation is voluntary or
Another question that has gained momentum in
recent times is, whether we will now begin to pay
pensions in the mid 50's as of 2010. No, we have not
been given any such mandate as our pensionable age
remains at 62 for now, until it climbs towards the mid
60's! However, there are pensioners who are younger
than age 62 who receive a pension. These are the
"invalids", the disabled or survivors (bereaved spouses,
and a few children who are under the age of 16,
sometimes 18, if still in school here). In other words,
they have suffered some kind of hardship or work
accident unrelated to the nature of the economy. Those
persons who fall under the 55 year-rule, are well
advised to prepare for retirement, by making sure their
payments are in and on time, and by educating
themselves on the pension rights that they have
acquired, whether through the statutory system or the
occupational system or both.
Again, in the interest of full disclosure, as of
December last year, there were 984 persons, younger
than 62 who were in receipt of a pension. These were
the survivors, the invalidity pensioners and the disability
As a reminder, pension points are earned at Social
Security for every 50 contributions above 500, and
subject to a maximum of 60 percentage points. Five
hundred payments gets the individual the minimum of
30 percentage points. Thus our pension ranges from
30 % 60% of appropriate wages.
Public servants who are entitled to an occupational
pension accrue pension points at the rate of 2% per year or
St. Kitts & Nevis has graduated to the
OECD's "White List"
The "White List" is the common name given to it's three-tier system of lists characterizing countries' tax standards.
The "White List" is the OECD's best to be on. Countries on the White List are said to be "Jurisdictions that have
substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard".
Attached is the OECD's most recent list. It contains three lists: White, Grey, Black.
This is great news for foreign direct investment into our country.
A PROGRESS REPORT ON THE JURISDICTIONS SURVEYED BY THE OECD GLOBAL
FORUM IN IMPLEMENTING THE INTERNATIONALLY AGREED TAX STANDARD'
Progress made as at 25h March 2010 (Original Progress Report 2nd April 2009)
IJurisdictions that have substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Isle of Man
St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
US Virgin Islands
Jurisdictions that have committed to the internationally agreed tax standard, but have not
yet substantially implemented
Jurisdiction Year of Number of Jurisdiction Year of Number of
Commitment Agreements Commitment Agreements
Belize 2002 (3) Montserrat 2002 (3)
Cook Islands 2002 (11) Nauru 2003 (0)
Dominica 2002 (2) Niue 2002 (0)
Grenada 2002 (3) Panama 2002 (1)
Liberia 2007 (0) St Lucia 2002 (6)
Marshall Islands 2007 (1) Vanuatu 2003 (1)
Other Financial Centres
Brunei 2009 (9) Philippines 2009 (0)
Costa Rica 2009 (1) Uruguay 2009 (5)
Guatemala 2009 (0)
Jurisdictions that have not committed to the internationally agreed tax standard
Jurisdiction Number of Jurisdiction Number of
All jurisdictions surveyed by the Global Forum have now committed to the internationally agreed tax
I The internationally agreed tax standard, which was developed by the OECD in co-operation with non-OECD countries and which was endorsed by
G20 Finance Ministers at their Berlin Meeting in 2004 and by the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters at its
October 2008 Meeting, requires exchange of information on request in all tax matters for the administration and enforcement of domestic tax law
without regard to a domestic tax interest requirement or bank secrecy for tax purposes. It also provides for extensive safeguards to protect the
confidentiality of the information exchanged.
2 Excluding the Special Administrative Regions, which have committed to implement the internationally agreed tax standard.
SThese iurisdictions were identified in 2000 as meeting the tax haven criteria as described in the 1998 OECD reDort.
more accurately 0.16666%
per month, once the
minimum conditions are met,
up to a maximum of 67% of
appropriate salary. Of
course, some of that
accrued pension points can
be traded away or reduced
-for the gratuity. Thus, they
have an option of a) Full
pension or b) Reduced
Pension with Gratuity.
Most persons find the
gratuity to be irresistible as
it can be quite handy to
settle debts or fund
celebratory events. It is
calculated as the difference
between the full pension
and the reduced pension,
multiplied by a factor of 15.
(For more information,
study the Pension Act and
the Pension Variation Act,
or contact personnel from
the Human Resources
Department of Government).
The interesting thing
about this occupational
pension is that it was really
designed for termination at
age 55, as no more accrual
takes place after 400 months
or 33 and a third years,
assuming that one entered
the service at the then age
of majority of 21 years.
My final reminder is that
pensions are also a factor of
wages earned, so that the
better the wage, the better
the pension, subject to any
ceiling that may exist. That
ceiling for Social Security is
$6,500.00 per month
(($78,000.00 per annum). It
is that which now sets the
cap on our pension at
$3,900.00. For those for
whom that isn't enough, we
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Easter Sunday 2010 is here. I am aware that what was originally a
pagan festival has now become a Christian Celebration of Christ's
In the New Testament it was the time of the Passover Feast where, in
the Acts of the Apostles we read: "And when he (Herod) had
apprehended him (Peter) he put him in prison and delivered him to four
quaternion's of soldiers to keep him, intending after Easter to bring him
forth to the people" (Acts 12:4).
Since this is an educational column permit me to say a brief word
about the Passover. The Feast of Unleavened bread or Passover, as it
came to be called annually celebrates the Israelites' rescue from God's
final plague onEgypt (Ex. 13:1).
This spring festival traditionally began with a family supper consisting
of roast lamb, bitter herbs and unleavened bread. (Liv 2:11; 1 Cor 5:8).
Passover was celebrated in every Jewish household; small ones joined
together until there were enough people to eat the entire lamb. Jesus and
his disciples ate their Passover meal as a family. Christ is called the
Paschal or Passover Lamb. "Purge out therefore the old leaven that ye
may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover
was sacrificed for us" (1Cor 5:7).
The so-called Good Friday was expected to put
an end to the life and existence of Jesus Christ. After
His horrible crucifixion, death and burial, the
stakeholders said He was dead; they knew He was
dead, they may have said He would never rise again.
To ensure that, they put armed soldiers to keep
their eyes on the corpse. Sentinels were set lest the
Dead walk out, the Silent speak.
These were pre-cautionary steps. They
remembered that He called His Body the Temple
and that in three days after they destroyed It, He
would rebuild It.
They recalled, too, that He compared Himself to
Jonas in the belly of the whale for three days, so
would He be in the belly of the earth for three days.
So they set the watch to prevent violence and the seal was to prevent
fraud. Matthew expressed it this way "So they went and made the
sepulchre, sealing the stone and setting a watch" (Matth 27:66).
The most astounding fact about this spectacle of vigilance over the
dead was that the enemies of Christ expected the Resurrection, but His
friends did not. It was the believers who were sceptics; it was the
unbelievers who were credulous.
His followers needed and demanded proofs before they would be
convinced. Think of this. In the three great scenes of the Resurrection
drama, there was a note of sadness and unbelief. The first scene was
that of a weeping Magdalene who came to the grave early in the morning
with spices, not to greet
the Risen Savour, but to
anoint His dead Body. \
Poor Magdalene! Worn
from Good Friday, wearied
by Holy Saturday with life
dwindled to a shadow and
strength weakened to a
thread, she would "take
Him away". But the best
news was yet to come -
Christ Grave Is Vacant! He
is not there, He is Risen,
THE MIGHTY VICTOR
To better help us understand and appreciate the "Finished" work of
Christ as a Victor it would be useful to review Scriptural passages that
present Him as a Victim. Psalm 22 is one such passage. This Psalm has
been called the Psalm of Sobs. Perhaps because it opens with these
words: "My God, my God, why has Thou forsaken Me?" (Ps 22:1).
The Hebrew shows not one completed sentence in the opening
verses, but a series of brief ejaculations, like the gasps of a dying man
whose breath and strength are
failing, and who can only utter a
word or two at a time. "My God -
My God why forsaken Me far
from helping me words of My
roaring presenting a picture
The writer thus forecasts the
mystery of the cross which
remained unsolved for a thousand
years. It was like a dark cavern at
the time, but when the Gospel
narrative portrays Jesus as the
Crucified One, it is like putting a
lighted torch in the cavern.
The hymn writer sets the scene
this way: When we see Thee, as
the Victim, bound to the accursed
tree. For my guilt and folly stricken,
all my judgement borne by Thee.
Lord we own, with hearts adoring,
Thou has loved us unto blood;
glory, glory, everlasting be to Thee,
The Labour Spokesman
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REFLECTIONS on INNER STABILITY
* Negative situations can be transformed into
positive with the power of stability
When faced with a negative situation, usually
the mind gets affected. Lots of questions arise in the
mind that do not allow me to be stable at that time
because of the numerous thoughts. Although it is in
my hands to work at transforming the situation, I
don't make use of this chance but only end up
adding to the negativity
In a negative situation, it is necessary for me to
maintain my own inner stability. I need to free myself
from wasteful thoughts. Then the negativity in the
situation will finish, first in my mind and then in the
situation itself. My own internal stability will help in
finishing the influence of the external situation.
* True victory lies in maintaining inner
stability even with chaos around.
The normal reaction for anyone in a situation
where there is chaos and confusion is to react with
inner confusion too. This inner confusion further
magnifies the negativity of the situation and I am not
able to take the right decisions.
When I am in a chaotic situation, the first thing I
need to do is to check my own inner stability. Even if
there is negativity in the situation I need to keep my
mind free from any type of fear, tension or confusion.
With a calm, clear mind and powerful intellect I will
be able to give my best in the situation.
* The power of stability can transform any
Whenever there is a difficult situation, the first
reaction is usually negative. In spite of not wanting
to, I find myself having a storm of waste thoughts.
Such waste thoughts do not allow me to get the right
solution at that time. Then my words and actions
become negative too.
The practice of one positive thought every day
e.g. 'I am calm and peaceful' helps me to maintain
stability constantly. It takes a long time of practice in
order to experience stability in a difficult situation,
because it is not possible to bring stability after the
waste thoughts have come in my mind. Therefore,
sustaining the effort is essential.
An Exercise For
Do this simple exercise for one minute each
hour and see yourself, the result.
Breathe slowly and deeply, relax and think
I am a peaceful being.
I am peaceful.
I love peace ...
and I share peace with others.
The Meditation Centre. Taylors Village. Tel. 466
FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
Thou Lamb of God. With sobs in our hearts and tears in our eyes, we
can't help but utter these lines: Behold! A spotless victim dies, my surety
on the tree, the Lamb of God, the sacrifice, He gave Himself for me/us.
Praise God, Jesus triumphed over His enemies, over death, hell and
the grave. "And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a
show of them openly, triumphing over them in it" (Col 2:15).
Resurrection is the message of Easter, encapsulated in as few as two
words, "Christ Arose". The return to life after death was a vague notion
in the Old Testament. Job pondered the question "If mortals die, will
they live again?" (Job 14:14). Daniel also touched on the issue when he
said that some who sleep would be awaked to everlasting life" (Dan
In the New Testament the subject of Resurrection took on a new
significance. During His ministry on earth, Jesus revived people from
death, including Lazarus (John 11:1-44)), the daughter of Jairus (Math
9:18-26), and the son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:15). Then Christ
himself was resurrected on the third day after His death on the cross
(Luke 24:5)) though changed, His body was clearly recognizable. (Luke
The hymn that will be sung Nation-wide on Easter Day sums up the
ecstasy of Christians around the world in these lines: "Death cannot
keep his prey, Jesus my Saviour. He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord....
He arose the victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His
saint to reign.
In conclusion, Christ through His death, burial and resurrection has
satisfied the claims of God; achieved His objective by crushing/bruising
the serpent's head; fulfilling all the Old Testament types and shadows;
procured salvation by bringing life and immortality to light through the
Christ now sits at His Father's right hand in Heaven making
intercession for us. Ponder these lines: Lamb of God! Thou now art
seated high upon Thy Father's throne. All Thy glorious work completed,
all Thy mighty victory won. Every knee in heaven is bending to the
Lamb for sinners slain; every voice and harp is swelling "Worthy is the
Lamb to reign.
View Point extends
Easter Blessings to readers
May God Bless us all!
marijuana field in
CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MARCH 30, 2010) -Atotal of 562 high
breed marijuana plants were uprooted and destroyed by members of the
Special Task Force, Nevis Police Division in the heights of Nevis on
Monday. Officer in charge of the eradication operation Corporal Irvin
i, i .,. '
Bradshaw made an appeal to the
youths of Nevis.
"I am appealing to the general
public, the young people in
particular, to stop getting involved
in criminal activity especially drugs
because it is just a waste of time. It
is a sad situation to see that the
community would be just wasted
[and] our young people can't even
contribute something valuable
back to the community," he told
the Department of Information
during the operation.
According to the Officer, the
find was the first of its kind they
had stumbled on for the year so
far, in their quest to rid the island
of the illicit drug.
He said the plants on the farm
were in a juvenile stage (three
months) and ranged from 1-5 feet
in height with an estimated street
FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
Corporal Bradshaw used the
opportunity to thank his team
mates for their tireless effort.
"I just want to commend the
guys in the Task Force who work
with me especially my supervisor
Inspector Wilkinson. The guys
continue to work hard and show
that they are interested in the job
and continue to uphold integrity,"
Officers of the Special Task Force, Nevis Police Division uprooting the juvenile
marijuana trees in the heights ofNevis
Marijuana trees and planting implements used to cultivate the illegal drug burnt on
site by Officers of the Special Task Force on Nevis
NEVIS TO ST KITTS CROSS CHANNEL SWIM 2010 Amerijet International,
A beautiful morning greeted the swimmers as they gathered on the beach at Oualie for the 8th annual Bente
Weber Memorial channel swim which took place on Sunday 28th, with a record number of swimmers taking
98 swimmers registered with 96 finishers, the youngest (who placed 15th in the race) of whom was only 9
yrs old, Daryl Appleton of Antigua. As the swimmers received their last instructions, the coast guard, private
boats and many kayakers were all on hand to ensure a safe experience for the not so experienced and first time
competitors. The athletes were from Antigua, St Kitts & Nevis, UK, USA, Guernsey, Zimbabwe, Newfoundland,
France, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Dutch SXM, US Virgin Islands and Italy, with a huge contingent from
the Ross Vet School in St Kitts.
It was to be a day of records it seemed, record numbers, record of youngest entrant, and the women were
dominant in the event with a record 57 women attending, one of whom, Paula Price of Nevis logging her 7th
crossing of the 8 years of the event. In the final outcome the 5yr old record held by the then 16 yr old Quincy
De Feber of St Martin of 1:07:53 was broken, Rhian Purdy (a female athlete) of the MUA here on Nevis posted
a new best time of 1:05:21 beating out top male contender Roger Brownby 17 seconds to take the title. In fact
3 of the top finishers broke the old record, Marlise Davidson (Ross) finished 3rd overall and 2nd female in
1:06:07. In 4th place was James Warshauer (the USVI) followed by Randall Attin 5th place
The event was sponsored by Oceans Edge St Kitts and the Wheel World Cycle Shop, Oceans Edge
representative Damian Hamp-Adams also raced the swim coming in 19th overall in 1:21:22, and handed out the
trophies at the finish at Spice Mill restaurant in Cockleshell Bay. The event coordinators wish to thank the
registration and timng crew for handling the rush so well, the kayakers, Reggie, James and the SKN Coast
Guard for keeping everyone safe, Scuba Safaris and Budget Marine (SXM).
The full results will be posted on the website www.neviscycleclub.com
Inc. Launches Mobile
Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 5, 2010 Amerijet International,
Inc. announced today the launch of its mobile application designed
for all Windows Mobile and Smart Phone users. The free
application allows Amerijet customers to obtain shipping quotes,
and provides easy tracking for all shipments by entering the
AmerijetAirWaybill number. The application can be downloaded
using a web-browser at http://mobile.amerijet.com.
"This is yet another step in a long line of technology
enhancements Amerijet is implementing to improve Customer
Service", said Pamela Rollins, Sr. Vice President of Business
Development. "In today's technology driven business community,
we are constantly looking for ways to provide a full range of e-
commerce enabled solutions on-the-go".
The launch of the mobile application coincides with Amerijet's
recent announcements of its redesigned website
www.amerijet.com and the launch ofAmerijet's MyCargo portal.
Amerijet's MyCargo customers are able to obtain air, ocean and
trucking quotes, reserve and book freight, and gain access to a
wide range of administrative and accounting functions.
Amerijet International, Inc. is a full-service multi-modal transportation
and logistics provider, offering international, scheduled all-cargo
transport via land, sea, and air. Florida-based Amerijet operates offices
all over the world, serving destinations throughout the Americas, Mexico,
the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Amerijet operates
Boeing 727-200 and Boeing 767-200 aircraft from its primary hub at Miami
International Airport, with 210,000-square-foot export and 100,000-square-
foot imports air cargo handling facilities and a 50,000-square-foot ocean
cargo facility. A custom-built 10,300 square-foot (227,419 cu. ft.) cooling
facility was specially designed to maintain the cool chain integrity of
perishables during the transportation process.
In addition to the state-of-the-art design features, multiple pre-cooling
systems, and 24 hour surveillance, the refrigerated storage space is
subdivided into four climate-controlled chambers offering not only
refrigerated, but frozen, and chilled storage. For additional information,
visit Amerijet on the web at www.amerijet.com.
The Labour Spokesman
Dear Reader in concluding this series, I would like to say Thanks to
all the readers who have followed the series with interest and favourable
comments. Malcolm X, in one of his books, mentioned a very interesting
experience he encountered with a very educated black man who did not
realize that he is an extension of all the black slaves who were brought
from Africa and put to work in the cotton fields of America. This was
during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's.
This black man had a PhD degree and thought that Dr. Martin Luther
King shouldjust wait until the Southerners decided to give black people
he right to vote and to attend certain school.
That black educated man tried to detach himself from the struggle.
Malcolm X asked him: Do you know what the Southerners would refer to
you as? He said that he did not know. Malcolm X told him that educated
or not, those persons we are fighting would only see you as another
black man. They would not see your PhD.
There was another instance where a black Cop who was off duty,
heard about some trouble in the Watts Ghetto. He was running to assist
the white Cops to suppress the riot. The Cops saw him coming-a-running,
pounced upon him and beat him into unconsciousness. All the time they
were beating him, he was shouting, "I am a Cop; I'm a Cop" the white
officers shouted back "You ain't no Cop, you are a black man". When
they beat him into unconsciousness and searched him, they discovered
that he was really a Cop. He had no Cop written on him, but he had the
colour of those who were rioting in the ghettos. We are extensions of
those who came here to toil. We cannot get way from it. We do so to our
The preceding chapters of this series were to try to focus you on the
two parties which ran in the 2010 General Elections in St. Kitts. The
Labour Party won the Elections 6-2.
In the 2004 Elections, the Labour Party gained over 60% of the votes.
Between 2004 and 2010, what had the Labour Party done to people and
to St. Kitts for the vast majority of the electorate to turn their backs on
them? The Christophe Harbour Project is still in high gear. Labour did
not lay off any persons like the government in Puerto Rico. The country
was still stable. So, what reason did the people have to change the
When people asked Roy Flemming what plans he had for them, he
told them that they must just vote for him and the plans would come.
This meant that the Party really had no plans for the upliftment of the
young people; all that they were interested in was power to victimize.
March 2010- The St Kitts
Marriott Resort takes great
pleasure in announcing the
achievements of the entire Loss
Prevention team at the resort for
yet another outstanding
achievement. During their annual
corporate audit in January 2010,
the team scored an amazing 99%,
achieving the Diamond Griffin
category which is the highest
The staff was congratulated
by their Regional Security
Director, Mr. Jay Galindo fortheir
achievement and he indicated
that the St. Kitts team continues
to operate in an exemplary form
with training programs for
associates and LP Officers, plus
the addition of their sharp looking
uniforms that makes the officers
easily identifiable and
professional in appearance.
"We are very proud of our
outstanding Loss Prevention
Department and all its
achievements throughout the
years. Thank you Loss Prevention
Team and congratulations for this
great score in our audit" said Jose
Baralt, Director of Loss
Prevention, "We recognize their
hard work and dedication and will
encourage them to continue to
strive for still higher goals from the
ones that they have very well
proven that they are capable of
In 2009 the Loss Prevention
team achieved success in
completing the Certified Lodging
Their main thrust was
"Change". Labour is in power too
long. That was all that they were
banking on. On sober reflection,
PAM holds no good for the
ordinary people of this country.
PAM is an extension of those
persons who exploited our parents
and grandparents. PAM is a party
of hatred. PAM is a negative force.
You are running for elections and
you are coming out week after
week to tell people that you are
going to turn away the Governor
General? That is political lunacy!
If you are going to turn away
the Governor General, what about
the ordinary Civil Servants, or
those who work in National Bank,
or those who work at Public Works,
or those who clean the streets and
support Labour? When the PAM
Party Chairman can refer to Labour
supporters as Labour Dogs, why
should I vote for PAM when my
mother and father supports PAM?
They hold contempt for me as a
human being to big up the Labour
Party in order to prevent their
children from being treated as dogs
PAM did not know their
supporters. There is a gentleman
and his girl friend that live at PAM
Headquarters. They clean the
place; they sleep there every
night, yet PAM objected to their
names being on the List to vote.
Roy Flemming and his agents
in Central Basseterre objected to
Eugene Hamilton's niece, (his
Security Officer (CLSO)
Certification Program. This
certification uniquely integrates
three training functions, Skill and
Performance Assessment and
Testing, Recognition and
Congratulations to the Loss
Prevention Team from the entire
St Kitts Marriott Family.
The St. Kitts Marriott and the
Royal Beach Casino is a member
of Marriott and Renaissance
Caribbean & Mexico Resorts,
comprised of eight resorts in
seven locations throughout the
Caribbean and Mexico. For
additional information, or room
reservations, call the Resort
Directly at (869) 466-1200 of
Marriott at or visit our website
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
are negatives and negative
In another article I lamented
about the sins of the parents
falling on the children. Abraham
Lincoln once said and I quote
"God must have loved the ordinary
S people. He made too many of
i/ them". This means that the
Ordinary people are favoured by
S God. These are the people whom
Labour fights for. These are the
brother's child), saying that she people who say God bless Mr.
has no right to be on the Voters Bradshaw. God bless Labour.
s The founder of PAM is in the
Mr. Blanchette carried over 300 history book of betraying God's
names to object to most of whom people to the oppressors. His son
were the sons and daughters ran in Old Road #4, confident of
whose mother and father voted for success, only to end up in despair,
him. You see dear reader, this can losing three times. Up comes Mr.
only happen when you are not a Lindsay Grant, who deserted his
people's person. PAM did no real office for ten years. His father, an
campaigning, for, if they did, they Estate Manager and Overseer,
would have realized that they worked in the area on the various
would lose the Election. sugar plantations.
When Dr. Asim Martin Did he treat his workers aright?
campaigned in East Basseterre, we If what Abraham Lincoln said is
were certain, from the statistics true, then goodness should have
presented and from the favourable followed the son if the workers
response of the electorate that we who are God's people were treated
were going to win East Basseterre. humanely. Deserting your law
We were sure that whatever gains practice for ten years and not
Mr. Blanchette built up in the area winning you seat, shows that God
where he lived, we had our strong did not smile favourably on you.
hold inthe Ponds Pasture area. You Instead, he frowned on you. Is it a
have to know your people. You case of the sins of the father falling
have to campaign vigorously. You on the children?
have to be a people's people. You Mr. Grant ran twice and lost his
cannot go about planning to turn seat. Why doesn't he resign as
away Earle Clarke's children and leader? Is the People's Action
win any election; too much spite, Movement a democratic
too much victimization, too much organisation?
hatred; too much anger. All these
By: Jean Thomas
Are you drowning in
Recently, I thought that I would undertake an exercise and sort out
all the paper I have accumulated over the years, bills, newspaper
clippings, articles that I wrote at one time or another, email, letters from
family and friends, even election material collected over the years.
Some of the papers I looked at and had been saving I brought with
me from England in thel970's. I have the children's school reports,
research papers from college, and just about any paper that I thought
would be useful in the years to come. I have kept.
It is time to weed out- and throw away, but guess what I realized that
after one such day when I decided that I would weed out and discard
some of the papers I had been saving, almost immediately after that
exercise I wanted those very documents that I thought surely, I do not
need these any more.
It is amazing how much paper we accumulate in our life time. The
computer was supposed to eliminate the hoarding of so much paper,
since we are supposed to be able to get everything on line and store
records and transactions. However, the technology is improving every
day and as soon as we become comfortable with what we are doing, we
have to learn another, updated and improved version of storing things
on the computer.
So, the days of the floppy disks are gone and then we get computers
that no longer even have an area to insert the floppy disk. So very often,
we have to fall back to the good old paper days and ways. They may
fade a little over the years. But guess what some of the "no carbon
required" copies that we get at the bank's machine fade before you
could reach home with them.
I do not know for you but I can tell you I feel as though I am drowning
in paper and the more I discard the more I see. So tell me are you
drowning in paper too?
"ST KITTS MARRIOTT LOSS
PREVENTION TEAM SHINES ONCE
I -NEWS I
FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
"LifeLines is a monthly column dedicated to addressing issues of mental,
behavioural, and social health. The column appears on the 1st weekend of the month,
and is written by professionals in the field of social work, mental health, and
CHILD ABUSE AND
NEGLECT AFFECT OUR
Most of us agree that children are our most important resource.
Their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being determine the
quality of life for the next generation and for generations to come.
Despite this awareness, abuse and neglect of children occurs at
an alarming rate-with dire consequences for both the individual
child victims and society as a whole. We reap what we sow.
The World Health Organization has estimated that 40 million
children are the victims of abuse and neglect worldwide. Accurate
statistics concerning abuse and neglect of children are difficult to
find for various reasons, including differing cultural definitions of
child abuse, failures to report abuse for a variety of social reasons,
and inadequate studies and record-keeping. St. Kitts and Nevis
statistics concerning reported abuse and neglect of children are
maintained by Probation and Child Protection Services and
represent only the tip of the iceberg relative to actual incidents of
child maltreatment. Let's look at what child abuse is and how it
affects our children and future.
PHYSICAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT: Physical abuse is
physical aggression directed at a child by an adult, usually in the
context of discipline or caretaking. This can be inflicted by a
parent, guardian, teacher, coach, or any adult. At its most extreme,
it can result in the death of a child. Physical abuse can involve
striking, beating, burning, choking, drowning, or any violent attacks
on the body of a child. The immediate bodily damage can be seen
in broken bones, bruises, welts, lacerations, bums, and damage to
external and internal organs. Shaking infants and young children
results in brain damage and even death.
Whereas physical abuse is often an intentional act on the part
of an adult to inflict pain and injury on the child, whether as a form
of discipline or due to vexation, neglect is maltreatment of the
child by omission. Child neglect is defined as failure on the part
of the parent or caretaker to provide for the child's basic needs
such as food, shelter, clothing, safety, essential medical care,
education, or failure to provide adequate supervision. Neglect too
can result in immediate and life-threatening medical conditions,
as well as disruption of normal intellectual and emotional
development. A particularly devastating child psychiatric disorder
known as Attachment Disorder can result from infants and very
young children not receiving
enough attention, nurturance,
love, and holding by a parent.
Additionally, children raised in
neglectful homes are at high risk
for sexual exploitation by adults
outside of the family.
Beyond the immediate and
apparent injuries and damage
resulting from abuse and
neglect, there are long-term
emotional and psycho-social
abused and neglected children
learn that the world is not safe,
secure, or predictable. They
frequently model themselves
after their perpetrators, having
learned that physical force and
violence are reasonable
solutions to interpersonal
disputes and differences with
Of all variants of child abuse,
emotional abuse is the most
difficult to identify. This is not
to suggest that it can be any less
damaging then other forms.
Emotional abuse involves a
pattern of belittling, shaming,
and humiliating a child.
Examples include name calling;
negative comparisons to others;
telling a child he/she is
worthless or "a mistake";
frequent yelling, threatening, or
bullying the child or other
parent; and emotionally
ignoring or rejecting a child as
a form of punishment. A
parent's misusing alcohol or
drugs can also be emotionally
abusive to children. Although
less dramatic than physical
abuse, the consequences of
emotional abuse can be even
more devastating to the
emotional development of
children. Children who have
grown up in emotionally and/or
physically abusive families
frequently suffer long-term
consequences involving poor
thoughts, passivity, problems
with independent functioning,
and a variety of psychiatric
disorders such as depression,
acting out, and use of alcohol
SEXUAL ABUSE: Sexual
abuse is a form of child abuse
in which an adult or older
adolescent abuses a child for
the purpose of the perpetrator's
sexual gratification. If the
abuse occurs in the context of
the family it is known as incest.
Although previously limited to
any type of sexual behavior
individuals, incest now includes
sexual behavior between a child
and any adult in a parental or
caretaking role residing in the
home. Children are also abused
sexually by pedophiles, who
prey exclusively on pre-
pubescent children, and by adult
males in the community who
manipulate and exploit
with the use of money, power,
and adult authority. Adult
sexual activity with a minor
(under 16) is sexual abuse,
legally and morally.
transmission ofHIV-AIDS and
other sexually transmitted
diseases are common
sexual abuse. On a long-term
basis, sexually abused children
have an increased risk for
sexual acting-out and
prostitution. Sexually abused
boys can become perpetrators
of sexual abuse. Victims of
child sexual abuse are more
likely to develop emotional
problems, such as depression,
substance abuse, personality
disorders, and suicidality. They
often have relationship
problems and sometimes
engage in criminal behavior.
In matters of how we care
for our children, we indeed
reap what we sow. In order to
become healthy, productive,
and caring adults, children need
unconditional love, security,
nurturance, healthy limits/
boundaries, and predictability in
their lives. They need and are
entitled to these things until such
time as they can manage on
their own. Abused and
neglected children are cheated
of these basic necessities and
have increased problems
functioning in the world. They
are vastly over-represented in
our prisons, psychiatric wards,
and counseling centers, as well
as among the poorly educated,
homeless, and under-socialized
youth who prey upon us with
violence. Child abuse is
described by the World Health
Organization as a "silent
emergency." The costs of
continued silence and apathy
about this social problem are
enormous. In addition, the law
requires that if we know of child
abuse, we must report it to
Child Protection Services at
Kudos to Poinciana
On Saturday, March 27th, the Nevis Cultural Centre was the venue
for a performance of "When Men Talk About Sex", an original play
written and produced by Loughlin Tatem of St.Kitts. Normally, I would
have expected such a provocative title to draw a large crowd, especially
in Nevis where it seems that a rather high percentage of the population
is preoccupied with sexual or other related matters. The disappointingly
low turnout though (about 40 persons), was probably due to the fact
that a number of much better publicized events were happening
elsewhere at the same time.
Unfortunately there were a number of other factors which might
have led to a less than satisfactory theatre experience from my point of
view. First and foremost is the fact that the acoustic qualities at the
Nevis Cultural Centre are awful and really unsuitable for meaningful
theatre production. Along with that, the noise from the air conditioners
provided so much interference, that I missed or misunderstood most of
the dialogue, couldn't get a handle
on the story line, and therefore
wasn't properly engaged in the
Amazingly, some people in the
audience appeared to have no
trouble at all in that regard so
maybe its just me. Consequently I
focused mainly on the actors'
movements and expressions and
general stagecraft. I felt that almost
all of the actors were
uncomfortable working on this
stage, which was understandable
since they had only had one
opportunity to set up and rehearse
here the night before. So quite
frequently it seemed that they were
trying to find the right position
relative to each other and the
surroundings, leading sometimes
to awkward movement and
delivering lines with their back to
There were also some technical
faults with the setting and lighting
- not major, but enough to be a
distraction for this viewer. Despite
all that (thank goodness), almost
every of the cast impressed me
favourably throughout the
evening, through their energy and
earnestness in performance. I
could see that they were putting
everything they had into what they
were doing. This perhaps is all one
should ask for under the
For any group of people to
produce and perform a new play
under adverse conditions is no
easy task. With the lack of proper
inducements, investment, or
other suitable incentives for the
development and exposure of
serious writer and performers in
our community, it's a wonder that
anything can be done at all.
Productions deserves a big kudo
for their efforts at keeping theatre
craft alive, and notjust from me. I
sincerely hope and pray that the
rest of the community takes
notice and each one of us begins
to play a proper constructive
role, whatever it may be.
By: George Stouter, MSW, LCSW
(Licensed Clinical Social Worker),
U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer
working in the Ministry of Health
The Labour Spokesman
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
- O* O S
Easter, Church and Sport!
Time to reflect, relax and enjoy! Is Easter a time for fun, church or
sport? BBC Caribbean (26 March, 2010) posed the question in this way:
"How holy is your Easter?"
Easter is celebrated in all parts of the Caribbean as public holidays.
Christians and non-Christians alike have a long weekend from work and
school. What do they spend their time?
Well, the Easter season is here again bringing, as it always does, a
sweet delight to the Caribbean. It could hardly be otherwise, as West
Indian people are known both for their deep spirituality and zest for
partying. Thus, religious celebrations are amongst the most cherished
occasions in the area.
In some of the islands, folks enjoy a four-day holiday lasting from
Good Friday and including Easter Monday. There is a strong church
turn out in this deeply Christian region both on Good Friday and Easter
Sunday. Many sporting events, such as the sailing and horse racing,
take place during this season.
In Haiti, Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, is a very significant
day. Haitians wearing their finest clothes go to church to receive blessed
palms at mass. Palms canbe seen hanging up in many homes throughout
the nation during this Holy Week. The most devout Haitian Christians
do without meat. There is an organized march in which people parade
through the streets reciting the Rosary and praying. On Easter Sunday,
most of the country is in church. When Easter is over, Haitians often eat
feasts of tender and delicious turkey or duck to make up for the time they
abstained from meat.
As is true in Haiti, the vast majority of the people of the Dominican
Republic are Roman Catholic. Dominicans also tend to be in church on
Palm Sunday getting palm leaves that have been blessed. Throughout
the nation, people canbe seen wearing and carrying palm leaves. Often
they have made a cross out of the blessed leaves. Churches cover images
of saints with purple fabric during this Holy Week.
On Easter Sunday, families throughout the Dominican Republic
typically get together and enjoy a special, lavish meal. The whole country
smells of a heavy, sweet, spicy soup flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg
and coconut cream. Easter Monday is not a holiday in the Dominican
Jamaicans observe an Easter Monday. Throughout the island nation,
churches hold services on Good Friday. Many baptisms take place on
Good Friday as it a day of pious reflection, fasting and prayer for many
Jamaican Christians. On Easter Sunday, many churches have a special
concert or program called an Easter cantata and Jamaicans in their best
clothing pack their houses of worship.
A more commercial sort of celebrating takes place on Easter Monday
in Jamaica. Families get together to enjoy large, hearty meals, and children
go on feisty Easter egg hunts and gobble chocolate Easter bunnies as
youngsters do in America. People tend to eat a lot of fish as well as
fresh-baked bun and cheese during this weekend. Carnivals, fairs, and
parades can be easily found throughout Jamaica at this festive time.
Guyanese flock into church on Good Friday as well as Easter Sunday.
Easter Monday is a more light-hearted celebration, a time for family
visits, outings and picnics. Families often head to the parks and beaches
where children merrily fly colourful kites.
You see, Easter has become for many islands a fun weekend rather
than a holy-day weekend. Easter is famous for kite- flying. Kite-surf in St
Martin wind adventures is plentiful in St Martin. One can learn to kite-
surf in just a few hours in Orient Bay. Visitors can learn in a class or with
Perhaps, Barbados could possibly have the most packed schedule
of fun-activities. Surfing is popular in Barbados. The island's rougher
Atlantic east coast is excellent for surfing. Sports camps are also popular.
There are netball, football and cricket sports coaching on offer. Added
to that is the famous horse racing. There's been racing at Garrison
Savannah race track, just outside Bridgetown, for more than 100 years.
One can sit under the trees with a picnic or buy a seat in the stands.
Don't forget to go "caving." The open train will take you deep into
Harrison's Cave (www.harrisons? cave.com), a crystallised limestone
cavern, where there is a magnificent array of stalactites and stalagmites.
And eat fish on Friday Night. The Friday-night fish-fry in Oistins is
worth doing once. Essentially, it's lots of people, lots of fried fish from
roadside stalls and lots of loud music. Barbadians also fly kites around
Easter time, especially on the savanna. They also use eggs for an Easter
season ritual. The egg is central to an Easter ceremony that some Bajans
believe can help predict the future. Bajans break eggs and put them in
glasses of water, then set the egg-filled glasses out in the sun.
In the Bahamas, one can take advantage of "diving with sharks" in
the Bahamas. Service providers offer Caribbean reef sharks in the reefs
and coral walls of Nassau. The shark adventure is a two-tank scuba dive
for experienced divers. Also swim with dolphins one can swim with
dolphins in the lagoons at Dolphin Cay, Atlantis Resort
(www.dolphincayatlantis.com) The highlight is the "foot-push," where
a pair of dolphins one per foot -
propel you across the lagoon. And
if you like you can be a pirate. The
island was crawling with pirates in
the 17th century. There's a great
interactive pirate museum in
Nassau where one can board a
replica pirate ship and learn all
about their dastardly trade.
In Trinidad and Tobago, there
is fun, dance, and pan for all events
- whether in then night club, on
the beach, in the mass camp, or on
the picnic every turn you make,
there is reveling and merry-making.
The adventurous, may enjoy bird
watching. Trinidad is a natural
aviary on a major migratory route.
Among species you are likely to
encounter here are the Trinidad
piping guan, bearded bellbird and
scarlet ibis, Trinidad's national
bird. Learn to scuba-dive in
Tobago. There is a day's course at
Pigeon Point beach and one open-
water dive. There is also a full PADI
Diver Certification programme.
At one time, one could Kayak,
St Lucian style! The "Dive Fair
Helen" had a three-hour kayaking
tour which started in Marigot Bay,
on the west coast, and headed
down the dramatic coastline as far
as Anse La Raye. Here were pick-
up points at lots of resorts and
And tourists enjoy "Party" in
Antigua. Sunday night is party
night as tourists and locals gather
between 4pm and 10pm at Shirley
Heights for a knees-up.
Moreover, being surrounded
by of exotic beaches and coral
reefs, like Anguilla, Barbados and
the Cayman Islands, water sports
are very important in the
Caribbean. Practically all islands
have the necessary facilities for
those Caribbean sports, to cater
of all the tourists needs. These are
important Caribbean Sport and
also means of transportation
between the islands. Some of them
don't even have an airport, so the
only way to get to them is by boat.
Tourists charter sailboats for a
holiday weekend and practically
Cricket, volley ball, football,
basketball and track and field
activities are common in Antigua
and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana,
Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis
and Trinidad and Tobago. The
visitor will find and can participate
in beach games, challenge
matches, fun games and many
Yes indeed, throughout the
Caribbean, Easter is a time of
sweetness both literal (hot
crossed buns, yummy!) and
figurative as Caribbean Christians
celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus
Christ and His triumph over death.
But social life is played out with
dancing, relining, partying,
sporting and gaming!
Today, Easter is holy but jolly;
remonstrating and celebrating;
Peter Adrien is an author and sports analyst. His latest United
Nation's sponsored book, Sport Tourism, a must-read for policy
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going to church and going partying; loving and living!
Enjoy your Easter; however you plan to spend it!
Gulf Insurance Executive assures of
continued support for Nevis' Inter
Primary Schools athletics Meet
CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MARCH 25, 2010) Chairman Gulf
Insurance Ltd. regional office based in Trinidad Mr. Gerard Lee Innis
gave the assurance that his company would continue to support the
annual Gulf Insurance Inter Primary Schools Championship athletic meet.
The event which is dubbed the "Mini Olympics" over the years has
been sponsored by the company for the past 18 years in the games 20
"I have not been associated with this event over the past 18 years
however I do appreciate all those who have contributed and I will
acknowledge immediately that in our own humble way, we hope that the
legacy we inherited can only be enhanced and improved going forward.
"Gulf will continue to support the youth in whatever form and fashion
we can so that they can provide for us who have reached maturity age
when we need our pension," he said.
The Gulf Insurance Executive said the title Mini Olympics appealed
to him because it was only from youths one could see the innocence of
the Olympic movement which stood for fun, camaraderie, harmony and
sporting ability which was shared with everyone.
"Be assured Gulf will continue to support, be reassured we will help
improve and enhance as best as we can," he said as he brought greetings
from his Board of Directors and shareholders of Gulf Insurance Ltd.
The annual games are staged by the Nevis Amateur Athletic
Association in collaboration with the Department of Education. In recent
years the Nevis Island Administration through the Governor General Sir
Cuthbert Sebastian had designated the day a public half holiday on
Nevis which allowed for greater public participation.
This year's games were held under the patronage of Mr. Gerard Brown
of Westbury a past student and top athlete of the St. Thomas Primary
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Chairman of Gulf Insurance Ltd. Mr Gerard Lee Innis receives a
plaque from Principal Education Officer Mrs. Lornette Connor
Queely on behalf of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association,
Department of Education, the Nevis Administration and the people
of Nevis in recognition of his inaugural visit to Nevis and in
appreciation of his Firm s major contribution to sports in Nevis.
Atnletes on tne tracK at tne inter primary ccnoois -ports Meet on
FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
I Gingerland clinches Inter Primary
S* ^ Championship title from Charlestown
Cayon Primary School
wins 2010 RAM's
By Charles Miller Jr
Cayon Primary School are the new champions of the annual RAM's
Primary Schools Athletics Competition, staged here last weekend (March
27th- March 28th) at the Silver Jubilee Stadium, Bird Rock, St. Kitts.
At the close of the keenly contested meet, featuring a total of 19
schools in St. Kitts, the 2010 champions walked away with an impressive
record of 9 gold medals, 7 silver medals and 5 bronze medals, wrestling
the title from last year's champions, St. Paul's Primary, who had to settle
for the fourth position with a tally of 16 medals (5 gold, 8 silver and 3
In second and third places were the Sandy Point and the Dr. William
Connor Primary schools, with 7 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze; and 7 gold, 4
silver and 4 bronze medals respectively.
The top award of Victor Ludorum went to 12 year old Kizan David of
the defending champions, St. Paul's Primary.
8 year old Olujede Bridgewater of the Seventh Day Adventist School
was adjudged winner of the Victrix Ludorum award. Bridgewater
participated in the events unattached because of some discrepancies
between the school and the St. Kitts Nevis Amateur Athletics
Other primary schools that took place in the prestigious event were
Beach Allen Primary (5th), the combined competitor St. Joseph's/St.
Theresa's Convent Primary (6th), Tyrell Williams Primary (7th), Dieppe
Bay Primary (8th), Tucker Clarke Primary (9th), Edgar T Morris Primary
(10th), Newton Ground Primary (11th), Estridge Primary (12th), Violet
Petty Primary (13th), Deane Glasford Primary (14th), Saddlers Primary,
Molineux Primary and the Bronte Welsh Primary (tied for 15th position)
and George Moody Stewart school and Irish Town Primary (tied for 18th
French Easter Camp for Children
The Alliance Francaise wishes to announce to the general public
that we will be having a special two weeks camp for children during the
Easter vacation, from 6th to the 15th April 2010, Mondays to Fridays,
9:00am to 12 noon. The cost is only EC$120.
We make learning French easy and fun through games, singing, film
and more. Registeryour child today to be part of these exciting activities.
For more information, kindly contact the office on (869) 465 9514.
MANAGEMENT AGENCY (NEMA)
THE NATIONALEMERGENCYMANAGEMENTAGENCY (NEMA)
DISTRICTS 1 & 8 WILL BE HOSTING
A DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
ON THURSDAY, APRIL 1 ST 2010 AT 5:00 P.M.
AT THE NEW TOWN COMMUNITY CENTER.
ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND INTERESTED PERSONS ARE
ASKED TO MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO ATTEND AND TO BE
DISTRICT 1 COVERS THEAREAS
FROM SOUTH EAST PENINSULATO VICTORIAROAD EAST.
DISTRICT #8 COVERS THEAREA
FROM OTTLEY'S GHAUT WEST TO ST. PETERS
(MARCH 25, 2010) The
JoycelynLiburd Primary School in
Gingerland won the coveted
trophy at the 2010 Gulf Insurance
Primary Schools Championships
on Wednesday, often referred to
as the "Mini Olympics" at Grove
Park early Wednesday evening.
The event was hosted by the
Nevis Amateur Athletic
Association (NAAA) and the
Department of Education on
In what could be described as
keenly contested, the champions
beat the Charlestown Primary
athletes, who had been undefeated
in the last five years of the annual
Meet by two points. This year's
games were held under the
patronage of Mr. Gerard Brown of
Westbury, a past student and top
athlete of the St. Thomas Primary
Prior to the start of the Meet
during a brief opening ceremony,
Premier of Nevis and Minister of
Education Hon. Joseph Parry, said
he was pleased that the standard
of the much acclaimed sporting
event had been maintained over
the years and it had become
increasingly important on the
While he congratulated the
organisers Mr Parry described the
occasion as one of togetherness,
fun and enjoyment and one all
Premier ofNevis and Minister of Education Hon. Joseph Parry
greets the athletes while Local Gulf nsurance Agent Mr Arthur
Evelyn (extreme back), (back left-right) Principal Education Officer
Mrs Lornette Queely Connor, Patron Mr Gerard Brown, Permanent
Secretary in Education Mr. Joseph Wiltshire, Gulf nsurance Ltd.
Chairman Mr Gerard lee Innis (partly hidden) and NAAA official
Mrs. Liburd (fore) look on
Patron Mr Gerard Brown of
Westbury a former champion
athlete of the St. Thomas
Joycelyn Liburd students show off their 2010 Gulf Insurance Primary
Schools Championships trophy while Chairman of the Gulf
Insurance Ltd. Mr Gerard Lee Innis (right), the event 's main sponsor
applauds their achievement. Their Coach Mr. Kurvin Wallace (left)
Premier ofNevis Hon. Joseph Parry distributed trophies to winners
at the Inter Primary Schools sports meet.
disruptive elements should stay
Meantime, Principal Education
Officer in the Ministry of
Education Mrs. Lornette Queely
Connor noted what she termed
astronomical growth of the event
and said she was pleased to
witness the Department of
Education's vision for the holistic
development of children, realised
in such a significant way.
"Studies have shown that there
is a distinct correlationbetween the
physical exercise and the overall
success in school. It has been
noted that children who do not
exercise regularly often do not
attend efficiently in school and are
less motivated to study. Whereas
children who exercise vigorously,
record significant improvement in
their thinking skills.
"For a very long time physical
education had been relegated to a
back seat in our class rooms. Even
today it does not get the attention
it deserves. However, I can safely
say that the success of our Mini
Olympics here on Nevis, is
testament to the fact that our
government and people recognise
the importance of holistic
instruction," she said.
Mrs. Connor saidthe 2010 Gulf
Insurance Primary School
Championships represented a
culmination of the hard work of
dedicated teachers, coaches,
parents, volunteers and the
She said the games should be
viewed as a friendly competition
which gave incentive for self
improvement, where our children
competed to improve their own
levels of happiness without
violation of the rights of others
because in the end every one is a
"It is my hope that today's
activity will not only foster good
clean competitive spirit but will also
guide our children to a sense of
self worth, self discipline,
tolerance, humour and an attitude
of lifelong learning.
Mrs Connor also thanked the
event's main sponsor Gulf
Insurance Ltd. for what she said
was their sterling contribution
over the past 18 years and also
other corporate sponsors who had
contributed in great measure to the
development of the children of
The Labour Spokesman
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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010 E 19
Haiti Donors Conference: REGIONAL
A Test of our Resolve
Bridgetown, Barbados, Tuesday, March 30, 2010:
By D. Brent Hardt
Thirty-five seconds. That's how long the earthquake of January 12
shook the nation of Haiti. In the hours after the January 12th earthquake,
the international community came together to help the people of Haiti.
More than 140 nations were involved in the immediate rescue and
response effort. Nations with close ties and those with strained
relationships worked side-by-side united by our common humanity and
On Wednesday, March 31, at the United Nations, more than 110
countries will come together again in support of the people of Haiti. We
will hear the Government of Haiti's vision for its nation's future and its
plan to make that future a reality.
The goal of the conference is to secure the foundation for Haiti's
recovery and reconstruction through pledges from all sources-public,
private, non-governmental and multilateral institutions. Supporting
Haiti's efforts to rebuild will not be a short-term endeavor. The Post-
Disaster Needs Assessment, an analysis led by the United Nations and
the World Bank, projected that it will take many years and $11.5 billion to
rebuild Haiti. At the Donor Conference, pledges totaling $3.8 billion will
be sought to support rebuilding efforts for the next two years. These
resources are required to lay the foundation for a stable and prosperous
Once this foundation is firmly established, however, the international
commitment to Haiti must go beyond the emergency response Nations
must commit to working with the people and Government of Haiti forthe
long-term to support their efforts to build a nation that is worthy of its
people, with a vibrant private sector, strengthened public ministries, and
a government that will hold itself accountable to the people of Haiti.
The Government of Haiti and its international partners have
committed to be guided by six principles set forth by at the ministerial
conference in Montreal shortly after the earthquake:
S Haitian ownership of the plan for the country's future;
Inclusiveness for all stakeholders, most importantly the Haitian
S accountability and transparency on the part of the Government
of Haiti and its donor partners to the people of Haiti and the international
S coordination between and among the Government of Haiti and
commitment to the effectiveness of investments by measuring
the improvements investments make in the lives of Haitians; and
sustainability of our investment through an enduring commitment
to work with the people and Government of Haiti to grow capacity that
will facilitate a smooth transfer to local responsibility.
Looking to the future does not mean that we can ignore the challenges
of the present. We must continue to work with the Government of Haiti
to address urgent humanitarian needs. We know that a prosperous
tomorrow will depend on providing vital assistance today to those whose
lives have been affected by the earthquake-those who lost homes, for
whom food is scarce, and who have inadequate access to sanitation.
Over the course of the past two and a half months, we have all seen
images of Haiti. There have been images of despair and suffering, but
also of resolve, resilience andjoy of life on the part of the Haitian people.
We must not let the efforts in Haiti fade with the media coverage.
Regardless of whether you own a company, go to school, or work for a
government, you can help support the spirit of hope that is present in
Haiti and help make the Haitian Government's vision for its country's
future a reality.
As Secretary Clinton said before the earthquake: "For some of us,
Haiti is a neighbor, and for others of us, it is a place of historic and
cultural ties. But for all of us, it is now a test of resolve and commitment."
D. Brent Hardt is Charg6 d'Affaires at the Embassy of the United
States of America to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
Analysis: Martinelli's Panama: Tilt or
Tide... to the Right?
Ricaurte Soler, one of Panama's best known academics, used to observe that
his country's sentiment generally militated against contemporary international
political currents. However imprecise, this blanket statement does have some
truth to it, especially after 1989, when Panama's politics consistently displayed
an ideological lag when seen in a wider international context. Although the country
was caught up in the political undertow which sprouted dictatorships in most of
the region during that period, Panama was one of the last countries to exit the
current, and it did so only after a forceful and controversial military intervention
spearheaded by the United States. This still fiercely debated event broke the
Governor of the Bank of
Jamaica, Brian Wynter, has
challenged regional financial
regulators and policy makers to
seek to resolve problems related
to co-operation on a response to
issues related to banking
enterprises operating in more than
The Governor, who was
addressing the recently concluded
three-day Regional Technical
Assistance Conference on Bank
Insolvency in the Caribbean: Law
and Best Practice, in Montego
Bay, reinforced the disclosure by
Minister of Finance and the Public
Service, Hon. Audley Shaw that
the Jamaican Government was
looking into the promulgation of a
bank insolvency law for Jamaica.
In the context of globalisation,
against the background of
vulnerability of Caribbean
economies to recent
developments, including financial
institution failures that occur
elsewhere in the Caribbean and the
world, the Central Bank Governor
declared that the authorities must
now give urgent priority to the
development of a regional crisis
management plan for regulators
and policy makers.
Mr. Wynter emphasised that
the potential for problems in one
developments in another regional
market was now a matter of critical
concern. He said that, against this
background, the central banks of
CARICOM have initiated a
regional crisis management plan as
a response to crisis situations in
banking enterprises operating in
more than one jurisdiction in the
"The plan is intended to
address crises that involve
illiquidity situations, or the
ensuing insolvency of, at least,
one member of a banking group. It
continuity of the country's modern
history and battered policy measures
otherwise in place for decades. Today,
Panama's own history seems to be
only weakly at odds with the rest of
Latin American history, which until
recently, tilted the region to a murkily
defined ideological left.
But Panama always has been a
singular country, mainly due to its
geography and derived social factors,
which framed its economy with a
is also proposed that the plan will
address principles underlying
preparedness during normal times,
systemic risk assessments, crisis
identification, how and when to
invoke procedures and the
adoption of region-wide
communication strategies," he
He explained that the adoption
of the provisions of the plan is to
be formalised by way of a
Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) among the participating
central banks. He declared that a
number of challenges to making
these arrangements a reality have
been identified, but remain
unaddressed at this time.
In that regard, he raised a
number of pertinent issues: "How
should the costs of any remedial
action to stabilise the financial
sectors in participating countries,
be shared in cases where there is
or may be spillover contagion
betweenjurisdictions? How shall
we overcome the legislative and
policy hindrances, such as
exchange controls, that would
restrict or inhibit the flow of funds
to a distressed centre in the event
of either a private sector crisis
resolution or a collective public
sector "bail-out"? How will we
treat the variations in the different
legislative and supervisory
arrangements in place in member
jurisdictions that may impact on
the ability of jurisdictions to fully
participate in the regional plan?"
The Governor further opined,
"The implementation of a regional
crisis management plan should
make the banks in the region more
capable of absorbing shocks and,
therefore, enable an environment
capable of delivering for the
businesses and people of the
Caribbean the sustained period of
stability that is needed in order to
foster innovation, creativity and
growth in productivity."
According to Mr. Wynter, the
recent global crisis is a reminder
that banks matter enormously to a
country's economy. However, he
cautioned that the purpose of
financial sector regulation is not
to prevent financial institution
"The primary aim is better seen
as providing the framework for the
efficient functioning of financial
markets with adequate banking
services, the protection of
depositors and of overall stability
of the financial system. It is,
therefore, of utmost importance
that we continually seek to ensure
that our oversight framework allow
unique blend of insularity and
cosmopolitanism. This is best
reflected in the long and intimate love-
hate relationship with the United
States (US), a country which at times
continues to exert a draconian tidal
influence over the Panamanian
citizenry despite Washington's orderly
withdrawal from the Panama Canal
Zone in 1999.
for the development of strong and
resilient financial systems with
necessary provisions for the
orderly exit of intermediaries
whenever this becomes necessary,
with minimum disruption to
depositors and the local economy,"
In this regard, supervision in
Jamaica has been substantially
strengthened since the financial
sector turmoil the country
experienced in the 1990s. He cited
the establishment of the Jamaica
Deposit Insurance Corporation in
1998 and the creation of the
Financial Services Commission in
2001, as two of the more striking
aspects of the effort to strengthen
the regulatory and supervisory
framework of the financial sector.
He observed that the past
regulatory and supervisory
improvements have placed Jamaica
in good stead during the recent
turbulence in global and regional
financial systems as, generally, the
banking sector fundamentals
remained strong, against the
backdrop of the economic
While admitting that it was
early days since Jamaica's historic
debt swap, he pointed to the
stability of the financial services
"It is still early days, but the
system appears to have withstood
the recently delivered shock
arising from Jamaica's voluntary
Debt Exchange (JDX) transaction.
This exchange, which received
voluntary participation of almost
100 per cent, involved a reduction
of interest income from holdings
of domestic government securities
of close to 30 per cent in addition
to a lengthening of maturities by
two years," Mr. Wynter said.
Meanwhile, regional policy
makers and regulators are of the
view that a regime for making the
region's banks more secure
against the threat of insolvency,
is now a critical necessity.
"A factor that was not a
significant feature of the earlier
turmoil in Jamaica was cross-
border reach. The Caribbean Single
Market and the prospect of the
eventual Caribbean Single
Economy involve the removal of
certain legal, economic and trade
barriers. In the past decade, the
Caribbean has seen a significant
increase in regional expansion by
companies operating in both the
real sector and the financial
sector," said Governor Wynter.
The three-day conference
facilitated the exchange of
information and experience
between professionals from
different disciplines and private
and institutional settings, and
included experts, academics and
practitioners in the field of bank
regulation and supervision, bank
insolvency and deposit insurance
from several countries, including
the Caribbean, Canada, Japan,
Malaysia, Switzerland, UK and
20 i The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 02ND 2010
The "Bring It" bandwagon paid a courtesy call on Jamaica's Minister
of Youth, Sports & Culture, Ms Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, yesterday (Friday
March 27) at her office as ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010
Tournament Director, Mr. Robert Bryan, presented her with a personalized
"Bring It" bat; the first of ten to be given out around the Caribbean.
Though ICC WT20 matches will be played in four countries, Bryan
noted: "This event belongs to the entire region and is something of
which all West Indians should be proud. The Caribbean will be hosting
its second international cricket tournament within three years and we
are looking forward to seeing our relatives and friends from neighbouring
countries, including Jamaica, coming to celebrate this occasion and enjoy
the cricket with us and indeed with the rest of the world. We have
included some of the other islands in our promotional campaign so that
everyone can get a taste of the 'Bring It' fever as we count down to the
start of the event next month.
"I hope I will see Minister Grange and other West Indians from non-
hosting countries at the matches, showing the cricketing world that the
Caribbean is indeed the best place to 'Bring It'!"
Minister Grange, admiring the personalized "Babsy Is Bringing It!"
slogan written across the blade,
was delighted to receive the bat -
which is a replica of the giant bats
that have been erected across the
four host nations (Barbados,
Guyana, St. Kitts and Saint Lucia).
Pledging her support for ICC
WT20 WI 2010, she placed her
newest acquisition prominently
among various awards and
memorabilia which she has
received over the years.
Similar Presentations would
also be made to newly elected and
appointed Minister of Sports,
Glenn Phillip as well as Prime
Minister Denzil Douglas and the
lone female parliamentarian in St
Kitts/Nevis, Marcella Liburd.
ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010 Tournament Director Mr
Robert Bryan, presents Jamaica Minister of Youth, Sports &
Culture, Ms Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, with a personalized "Bring It"
Photos 1 & 2. ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010 Super Fan, Gravy, and the "Bring
It" Crew took to the streets in Antigua on Saturday (March 27) as promotions for the
upcoming international tournament continue across the Caribbean.
Photo 3: Chances are there will be all sorts of unique sights at ICC World Twenty20
West Indies 2010 but this is one that unlikely to be seen at any match -snakes
"Bringing It! However, for afew moments on Sunday that was the scene at the
popular Maracas Beach in Trinidad where the "Bring It" Crew came across this
snake-loving fan (centre) who was clearly happy to "Bring It" with his exotic pets;
even letting a member of the promo team hold a snake.