St. Kitts a3-d Nevis
Thousands ready to march a
next Monday- Labour Day
Residents here are gearing up for this
holiday week-end, which as usual features
an exciting line-up of events climaxing on
Monday May 3rd, 2010, LABOURDAYwith
the grand parade of workers through the
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streets of Basseterre, starting at 9 a.m,
following the laying of wreaths on the
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Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour
Party and Parliamentary Representative
for Constituency #6, Dr Denzil Douglas
crowns Miss Labour 2009/2010, then 15
year old Tamara Dorset of Constituency
Scenesfrom the massive Labour Day march last year. Once again the yearly march is
expected to attract thousands of workers and their families who are eagerly 1 11." ir,,I
to hit the road on Monday morning in a massive show of solidarity with their Labour
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14 graduate from Union's
By Melissa Amsterdam
"Building Awareness of Rights and
Responsibilities of Workers in the
Workplace", was the theme of a two-day
workshop which concluded here on
Saturday last, April 24th, at Masses House,
Headquarters of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades
and Labour Union.
Sponsored and organized by the
Union, the April 17th and 24th workshop
was deemed a very important and timely
exercise by the Union's President Mr.
Clifford Thomas. It catered primarily for
Shop Stewards and Executive Members of
At the closing ceremony on Saturday
afternoon, 14 persons received certificates
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
responsible for Labour, the Hon. Sam
Condor, addressed the gathering at the
closing ceremony. He commended the Union
for taking the initiative to implement such a
training programme, which he stressed, was
critical to the survival and success of the
Hence he encouraged the President and
his team on the Executive to continue more
training exercises for its members.
As a passionate and dedicated member
of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour
Union, Minister Condor said: "This is a
session to empower people and to spread
the good news of the Union. There are some
people, who mistakenly believe that the
Union is outdated, they are wrong. We come
President Mr CI, i .. '. Thomas
from a tradition of a vibrant Trade Union".
He reminded the participants during his
speech that the Trade Union is a very
"This country is what it is today because
of the Union. It has a proud history," he
Minister Condor emphasized that
everyone regardless of where they work
canbecome a member of the Union. "It is
part of your constitutional right to have
freedom of association," he outlined.
"My life is committed to the cause of
the ordinary people, anywhere I see
people being abused I become upset,"
Minister Condor said. "As a lifelong Trade
Unionist, God has made it possible for me
to be in a position where my voice can be
Minister Condor encouraged all to
participate in the upcoming Labour Day
activities saying that, "people tend to
politicize this event, it is not about political
parties it's a day set aside for workers. It's
a day to recognize the achievements of
"The Trade Union is about coming
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The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH 2010
S THE LABOUR
Published by: The St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour Union
Ag. Managing Director Editor: Dawud Byron
Masses House, Church Street
P.O Box 239. Basseterre. St. Kitts. West Indies
Tel: (1 869) 465-2229 <> Fa: (1 869) 466-9866
A legacy more
valuable than gold
Monday 4th May, 2010 will be a Public Holiday of more than
passing significance. It will be the day when workers in the
Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis join with millions of other workers
around the world to celebrate the heroic struggles and
achievements for better conditions of work everywhere.
Our heroes may have passed on to their eternal rest, but they
have left for us a legacy more valuable than gold, to be enjoyed
and treasured and enhanced, and to be bequeathed in turn to our
children and succeeding generations undiminished.
What is that legacy we may ask? It is multifaceted, and its
realisation is still unfolding as time passes.
We have been transformed from a chattel dwelling people of
slavish mentality to that of a proud, respected and respectful,
property owning generation.
An ignorant, despairing, listless and poverty-stricken black
community has bloomed into a highly educated, aspiring and
relatively prosperous people.
Once tightly fettered by a colonial strait-jacket, destined to be
forever servants of a distant master, we are now masters of our
political destiny, proud and ably represented by our dynamic Prime
Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and his Ministers of State, in the
major international arenas of the world.
In case you are still in doubt about the legacy, just enquire of
the Development Bank of St. Kitts-Nevis or other lending
institutions, how many of our nationals have equipped themselves
to return and serve in leadership positions in this country or
remained abroad and are making top notch contributions in
institutions and businesses all over the world.
That is why thousands of people take to the streets on Labour
Day, to count and to be counted. Workers who enjoy a regulated
working environment where certain rights, all underpinned by the
Constitution and Labour Law, designed to assure them of
conditions of work in conformity with the Decent Work Agenda
of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), will make up the
bulk of the marchers. It will be their march, their celebration. It
will be as usual an awesome spectacle.
The Labour Party massive enthusiastic crowds will be
celebrating a fourth successive term of a Labour Government in
office, representing a Labour Movement which has forged
improved working conditions for all, over the years, through
negotiation, consultation and legislation.
Other activities are planned also, to extend the celebrations
throughout the weekend. Saturday night will see the multitalented
showcase of young Labour beauties vying for the coveted Miss
Labour Title at Carnival City.
This is always a production of very high standard and one not
to be missed. Those who participate will go on to make a significant
contribution to this country later in life. Let us give them our support
and encouragement. If one were to have a line up of all these
beautiful ladies whose potential these shows have released, we
would get an appreciation of the great contribution these shows
Ministers look fo
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,
APRIL 27TH 2010 (CUOPM) -
LIAT the Caribbean airline has
been invited to submit proposals
to Eastern Caribbean Ministers of
Tourism, through the OECS
Secretariat, outlining various ways
in which member states can assist
in improving intra-regional travel.
So said the Federation's
Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon.
Richard "icky" Skerritt, who was
among OECS Tourism Ministers
meeting in St. Lucia for the 9th
Council meeting against the
backdrop of an overall 12 per cent
decline in stay-over arrivals in the
sub-region last year, with at least
five OECS countries registering
double digit slides.
Minister Skerritt and his
colleagues acknowledged the
difficulties LIAT face in a small
market without economies of scale
in many instances, with high
maintenance and equipment costs,
but also emphasizing the need for
LIAT to continue to find ways to
minimize the cost of travel.
The Ministers are of the view
that the adverse impact of the
global economic crisis on sub-
regional tourism will extend well
The high cost of intra-regional
travel has been a major concern
among OECS countries, some of
which say that the situation has
impacted negatively on their
A delegation from the airline
met for over two hours with OECS
Tourism Ministers to make a
presentation on the carrier's
operational and marketing
St. Kitts Tourism Minister
Ricky Skerritt told reporters that
the presentation by the airline,
which was followed by what was
described as a lively discussion,
focused on LIAT becoming more
tourism friendly, recognizing the
importance of intra-regional travel
to the tourism dependent
economies of the OECS.
"I think all concerned
acknowledged the difficulties
LIAT face in a small market without
economies of scale in many
instances, with high maintenance
and equipment costs, but also
emphasizing the need for LIAT to
continue to find ways to minimize
the cost of travel," Skerritt said.
"We have invited the airline to
submit proposals to us through
the OECS Secretariat outlining
various ways in which member
states can assist in improving intra-
regional travel," he added.
The regional carrier has had a
monopoly of intra-regional travel
since it purchased the assets of
its former competitor, Caribbean
Star, in October 2007.
But the airline has been
criticized especially by St. Lucia
and Dominica for having a fare
structure that discourages intra-
In the case of St. Lucia, the
island is the airline's third largest
Passengers boarding a LIAT aircraft at St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw
International Airport (Photo by Erasmus Williams)
Tourism Minister Hon. Allen
Chastanet, a leading critic of LIAT,
was absent from the OECS Council
of Tourism Ministers meeting
being grounded in the UK as a
result of the volcano related travel
The meeting also proposed
that the regional airline review its
baggage policy, particularly issues
dealing with baggage allowances
as it relates to specific groups
travelling for sports and
"We requested that wherever
possible the airline facilitate at little
or no cost the second baggage
piece for those specific groups or
individuals," Skerritt said,
In the sub-region, an 11.9
percent fall in the number of stay-
over arrivals was recorded last year.
Declines in the number of stay-
over arrivals were recorded in all
member countries, of which five
"All indications are that the
adverse impacts of the global
crisis on tourism performance in
the OECS are likely to extend well
into 2010, given the lag in the
response of employment and
incomes to the recovery of
economic activity, as the major
tourism source markets in the USA
and Europe climb out of economic
recession," OECS Director General
Her Excellency Dr. Len Ishmael
She added that in the case of
the United Kingdom and, to some
extent, Europe, the demand for
travel to the Caribbean, including
the OECS, will be dampened by the
imposition of an increase in the
UK's Air Passenger Duty on airline
"The likely continued slow
recovery of tourism means that
some of the policy measure that
OECS Member States found it
necessary to adopt in the
immediate aftermath of the onset
of the global crisis, may have to
be sustained into 2010," she said.
"These might include
expanded but carefully targeted
marketing, and negotiation of new
The OECS Director General
said that a continued programme
of support to small and medium
sized hotels and other core tourism
enterprises might also be
warranted, linked to adherence to
relevant operating standards and
the achievement of appropriate
have been making, in the development of our or picnics. Events planned for this Sunday include
young people over the years.
A special round of commendation and thanks
are in order for the organizers and for the
professionalism which they have brought to
Over the years the Sundays have been
earmarked for more in formal and more general
interaction, taking the form of sporting events
music and games making it a Fun Day for the
enjoyment of all the Labour Stalwarts.
Overall, we can expect the march to be of its
usual massive proportions, and the other activities
to be of their usual high standard.
Let us all be a part of it and show our solidarity
with one another and with the workers of this twin-
island Federation and the world at large.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH 2010 3
7th Meeting of Senior
Officials of Legal Affairs
in St. Kitts
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 27TH 2010 (CUOPM) The
Seventh Meeting of Senior Officials of the Legal Affairs Committee
(SOLAC) began meeting here Monday in preparation for the 14th
Ordinary Meeting of the Legal Affairs Committee (LAC).
During the April 26th and 27th meeting, SOLAC officials are
discussing several issues including a Redraft of the CARICOM Arrest
Warrant Treaty; a Redraft of the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Legislation;
the Draft Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Public Health Agency
(CARPHA) and the Memorandum of Understanding on Procedures
Related to the Deportation of Criminal Offenders.
Participants will also consider the Reports on the Fifth Meeting and
Sixth SOLAC Meetings in Trinidad and Jamaica respectively; the Report
on the Meeting of Officials on Institutions and Associate Institutions in
Barbados; Maritime Delimitation of CARICOM Members; Examination
of Possible Maritime Boundaries and Baselines of CARICOM Members;
Treaty Law and Practice Seminar set for the Bahamas in July and Matters
of the Practice of Law in CARICOM.
Also down for discussion are papers related to Law School Interns
for Legal Services/Office of the General Counsel CARICOM Secretariat;
Audit of CARICOM Legislative Drafting Facility (CLDF) Instruments;
Update on Draft Agreement on Jurisdiction and Enforcement and
Judgements in Civil and Commercial matters and Draft CARICOM
Financial Services Agreement and CARICOM Investment Code and Riles
of for Organs and Bodies and Revised Rules of Procedure for the Legal
Affairs Committee as well as on the upcoming Intellectual Property
There will also be a demonstration of the CARICOM Law Website
and updates on the Reconstitution of the Inter-Governmental task Force
for the Revision of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.
St. Kitts Marriott Resort from the court yard
(Photo by Erasmus Williams)
St. Kitts and Nevis
delegation returns from
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Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Prime Minister Douglas was among the 10 CARICOM Heads of
Government who attended the first Brazil-CARICOM Summit in the
Brazilian capital, Brasilia.
Organization of American States (OAS) Assistant Secretary General,
Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin, also participated in the Summit, which
was hostedby Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
The OAS reported as follows on Monday's proceedings:
This historic encounter took place within the context of strengthening
Brazil-Caribbean co-operation, and led to the signing of some 60
agreements betweenBrazil and the Caribbean Community in the areas of
trade, agriculture, science and technology.
"I welcome this level of South-South co-operation which I believe is
an important step in strengthening relations between the countries of
the Western Hemisphere," Mr. Ramdin said.
The Assistant Secretary General also expressed satisfaction with
"the open and frank debate on issues of significance to the hemisphere,
in particular, the small economies of the Caribbean Community."
"This high-level consultation and the technical co-operation
agreements will inevitably contribute to stronger relations betweenBrazil
Thousands ready to march
next Monday- Labour Day
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graves of the fallen Labour
Leaders, including the Rt.
Excellent, SirRobertL. Bradshaw,
First National Hero.
The Labour Day March which
starts and culminates on the
grounds of the Patsy Allers
Playing Field in St. Johnston's
Village, West Basseterre, is
expected to attract thousands of
workers and their families who are
eagerly awaiting to hit the road on
Monday morning in a massive
show of solidarity with their
Following the traditional
address by the Prime Minister and
Leader of the Labour Party Leader,
Dr. the Hon. Denzil L.Douglas, at
the end of the mammoth march,
workers will converge on the
grounds of the playing field for the
grand finale and picnic which will
bring the curtains down in the
evening on a week-end loaded with
fun, excitement and endless
This year's LABOUR week-
end programme of activities is
expected to be even more exciting
than in recent years, as it comes
just a little over three (3) months
after the ruling St.Kitts-Nevis
Labour Party was returned to
government for a historic fourth
This following the decisive and
overwhelming mandate given to
the Prime Minister and his hard
working people-oriented team of
ministers by the working class
people of this country to govern
the affairs of the twin-island
Federation for five more years-
embracing the Party's election
campaign theme of "Capable
Hands in Serious Times."
The people's victory in the
January 25th, 2010 polls gives an
added dimension and impetus for
workers and their families, to
openly demonstrate their
appreciation and gratitude for the
unprecedented achievements of
this government in the areas of
education, health care, housing
and tourism etc. and to come out
in their numbers to celebrate with
their Party and Union leaders.
The week-end long programme
and its Caribbean neighbours, and
throughout the Americas," said the
According to the Guyana-
based CARICOM Secretariat, the
summit was "expected to identify
avenues for the development of
cooperation between CARICOM
and Brazil in many sectors;
political, commercial, economic,
cultural, consular, and
of activities is organizedjointly by
the St.Kitts-Nevis Trades and
Labour Union and the Labour
Party (both sister organizations).
Once again, there is a buzz of
excitement in the atmosphere for
the staging of the annual Miss
Labour Pageant to be held this
Saturday 1st May at 8p.m at
Carnival Village, Basseterre,
It will be held under the theme
'Celebration' and a surprise
overseas guest artiste is expected
to headline the show.
The contestants in the order
of Constituencies 1 to 8 are: Janaie
Browne, Kyanna Pinney, Amaany
Greene, Shanice Blake, Saleema
Aleah Hendrickson, Patricia
Francis, Tevrhen Bedford and
The reigning Labour Queen is
Tamara Dorset from Constituency
Pageant coordinator, Vincent
Fough, has informed that
preparations for the staging of the
annual Miss Labour Pageant are
going smoothly. He said the eight
(8) charming multi-talented
contestants are all in place for the
pre-opening number and their
The girls are rearing to go as
they put on the final touches for
their four (4) performances on
stage, namely:- Speech, Creative
Wear, Performing Talent and
Speaking to the selection of
this year' s theme 'Celebration', he
highlighted that in light of the fact
that the Labour Party hasjust come
out of the January 25th General
Elections with a fourth historic
term for, it is in keeping with the
Additionally, Fough stated
that the topic speech for each
contestant is 'Progress within Your
Constituency', explaining that
each contestant will have to talk
about the development of their
constituencies, touching on areas
of social and educational aspects.
Commenting on last year's
event, Fough remarked, "It was
great. We had a good show and
we expect the same momentum this
"The Heads of Government
based on preliminary
consultations have shown a
commitment to enhance
cooperation and collaboration and
a quest for mechanisms to monitor
that cooperation and strengthen
their historical and cultural
bonds," the statement added.
It said that several bilateral
meetings between CARICOM and
Local guest artistes will include
former Kittitian Superstar finalist
and Miss Labour contestant,
Ticoya Henry; Charlie Miller; a
cultural presentation by
Masqueraders, Angelic Step, and
two upcoming dance groups,
Rising Stars Dance Group and
Dynesty Academy of Arts.
The house band for the event
will be The Royalties out of
St.Kitts. An after party will be held
at Club Kactus located at Bird
The contestants are expected
to make an appearance on The
People's Show, tonight
(Wednesday) 9 p.m on ZIZ
The eight (8) contestants will
be showcased during a
minimotorcade starting at the
Patsy Allers Playing Field at 3 p.m.
It will conclude on Friday 30th
April with a Block Party on Church
Street, outside Masses House.
"May is Labour month",
declared Deputy Prime Minister,
Hon. Sam Condor while speaking
at a Labour Party public meeting
in Old Road last week Thursday
night- gearing up the masses for
what is anticipated to be a
spectacular 2010 Labour Day
The St.Kitts/ Nevis Prime
Minister and Leader of the ruling
Labour Party, Dr. the Hon. Denzil
L. Douglas, supported by other
platform speakers, Hon. Glenn
'Ghost' Phillip, Hon.Marcella
Liburd and Party Chairman, Hon.
DrTimothy Harris, too appealed to
the workers of this country to
come on out in their numbers to
participate in the globally
celebrated annual Labour Day
parade which highlights the social
and economic progress of national
Come May 15th are the annual
conferences for Women from 9 a.m
to 12 noon and the Youth
Conference from 1-5 p.m.
Sunday 16th May has been set
for the Labour Party's National
Conference from 9a.m-5p.m.
The month of activities end on
Sunday 23rd May with the Annual
Requiem Mass at the St.Paul's
Brazil preceded the summit and
made reference to the 2005 Inter-
Sessional Meeting of CARICOM
Heads of Government in Suriname
that was addressed by Brazilian
President His Excellency Luis
Ignacio Lula da Silva.
The meeting in Brasilia was
also attended by CARICOM
Secretary-General His Excellency
Edwin Carringtonwho led a five-
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World Day for
Occupational Safety &
The 28th of April of eachyear has been recognized by the International
Labour Organisation (ILO) as World Day for Safety and Health at work.
It is expected that throughout the world, Governments, employers
and workers through their representative organizations will promote
activities to mark this important day.
These activities will recognize and pay tribute to the millions of
workers worldwide who, during their contribution to the world economy,
may have lost their lives, use of limbs, sight, and hearing or otherwise
received serious personal injury.
We are of course, conscious of the very dramatic occurrences,
particularly in the mining industry, and resultant rescue operations in
coal mines or gold mines in far flung countries such as China, Japan,
United Kingdom, Africa and the United States of America.
There is no doubt that mining is one of the most dangerous
occupations in existence. However, the huge demand for energy to fuel
economic development in all of our countries has dictated that millions
of workers be embroiled in the production of coal with the resultant
exposure to extreme forms of Occupational Health and Safety.
In all workplaces, including the home, and in all categories of
employment, there exist threats to health and safety. Consequently many
years ago the member countries of the ILO agreed that there must be a
campaign to promote Occupational Health and Safety Awareness aimed
at reducing the incidence and cost of occurrences.
Such a campaign must be embraced by all stakeholders.
Responsibility must be shared between Governments, employers, workers
and their representative organizations, and other institutions and
organizations such as Social Security and insurance companies.
In promoting a campaign of occupational safety and health attention
must be paid to the identification of hazards in the workplace. This can
be done by workers themselves, by union representatives, by
management, or by an external inspection agency whether governmental
It is important that an audit is done on a regular basis.
There must also be an assessment of risk. Once the degree of risk is
determined, then action must be taken in accordance with the assessment
in order to ensure prevention or drastically reduce the chances of an
Occurrences may have immediate consequences, such as injury or
trauma or both.
In other instances the consequences may manifest themselves only
after an extended period. These include the consequences of continual
stress, noise, vibrations, lung damage, kidney or other organ failure due
to ingestion of toxic substances through the skin or mouth or nose.
Symptoms of injury or illness may not be easily related to the
workplace or nature of the work operation. They may not manifest
themselves for many years, long after exposure to the particular hazard.
This is why the emphasis mustbe on prevention rather than treatment.
But when treatment becomes necessary, then the attitudes of both
employers and government become of critical importance.
Too often do we encounter cases of a worker who has been literally
discarded and cut adrift by an employer when it becomes evident that he
or she cannot continue their usual level of output as a result of illness or
Workers complain that they have a real hassle to obtain adequate
assistance to pursue medical attention to their ailments, whether from
government institutions, social security or employers in whose
employment they became injured or ill.
We are calling on the stakeholders concerned to be more considerate
The Labour Spokesman
to our injured workers who lose
their livelihood through injury or
illness of an occupational nature.
They are at their most vulnerable.
They face increased financial and
When a doctor advises a
worker to seek a change in their
work situation because of health
reasons, it is not good enough for
an employer to say "Oh! Well we
have nothing else to give you to
do, so go and join the
Sadly too many situations
such as this are emerging; we need
to take another look at alternative
Pneumoconiosis is the
number-one occupational disease
in China, accounting for around 90
percent of all cases.
More than 10,000 workers are
diagnosed with this deadly lung
disease every year. Yet only a
handful get anything like the
compensation they are legally
entitled to. Most only receive a
small lump sum that can cover
medical costs for a few years; many
get nothing at all. And countless
other victims cannot even get the
official diagnosis they need to
initiate a compensation claim.
A new research report,
published today by China Labour
Bulletin, examines in detail the
myriad obstacles encountered by
migrant workers in their quest for
redress, and outlines a
comprehensive series of measures
to improve workplace safety,
ensure workers' rights are
protected and make certain that if
employees do contract
pneumoconiosis, they get the
compensation they both need and
are legally entitled too.
The Hard Road: Seeking
justice for victims of
pneumoconiosis in China shows
that the current laws and
procedures for work-related injury
compensation claims are
completely out of step with the
reality faced by migrant workers,
most of whom will have already left
their jobs and moved back home
by the time clinical symptoms of
the disease become apparent. As
a result, what should be a relatively
straight forward process of
disease diagnosis and
assessment and benefits
calculation can, if the worker does
not have proper documentation
and the employer and local
authorities refuse to help, turn into
a convoluted marathon involving
up to 22 separate administrative
and judicial hearings.
The Chinese government does
now recognize the seriousness of
the occupational disease crisis in
the country, and is attempting to
remedy the problem by revising
existing laws. However, as this
new report shows, the deficiencies
of China's occupational disease
laws and regulations are only a
small part of an extremely complex
problem. In addition to legislative
reform, employers who currently
flout the law must be made to
honour their legal obligations and
FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH 2010
World Day of Safety and
Health brings out an awareness of
multiple issues. We cannot
entirely abolish accidents in the
workplace, but we can continue to
work to reduce them to a minimum.
We can also strive to bring
maximum relief to those affected
including their dependants.
By working together we can
accomplish much. Workers be
united and support one another.
Celebrate and recognize World
Day of Safety and Health at work.
officials in charge of occupational
disease diagnosis, assessment
and compensation must adopt a
more proactive, humane and
sympathetic approach towards
pneumoconiosis victims seeking
The report uses CLB's own
legal case studies, including
jewellery workers, coal miners and
construction workers, to illustrate
the tangled mass of obstacles
faced by China's victims of
pneumoconiosis and show that,
through determined collective
action, however, there is a way
through the logjam.
The Free Trade Union
Confederation of Latvia
(LBAS) in the context of its
20th Anniversary is
dedicating the month of April
to health and safety issues
More than 250 trade unionists have already participated in four
regional seminars which took place in Latvia. In these seminars trade
unionists and workplace Health & Safety Officers have discussed the
new amendments to the Law on Labor Safety adopted this year in Latvia
as well as trade union's role in this field.
This 28thApril, a closing ceremony for the month will be organized
for about 80 participants: trade unions' Health & Safety officers,
employers' organizations and enterprises, representatives from
municipalities, researchers and state authorities, e.g. State Labor
Inspectorate and ministries.
The LBAS published this year the "Guidelines on Labor Safety for
Health and Safety Officers" which are now being distributed to trade
unions and employers' organizations in Latvia. Information on this
campaign is regularly reflected in national media and LBAS web-site:
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The Hard Road: Seeking justice for
victims of pneumoconiosis in China
The Labour Spokesman
Liechtenstein Parliament approves
TIEA with St. Kitts and Nevis
Photo: Members of the Parlaiment ofLiechtenstein.
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,
APRIL 26TH 2010 (CUOPM) The
Tax Information Exchange
Agreement (TIEA) signed
between the Governments of St.
Kitts and Nevis and Liechtenstein
has been ratified by the
By a large majority, the
Liechtenstein Parliament approved
11 tax agreements submitted by the
government and which are
compliant with the Organization for
Economic Cooperation and
standards on tax information
Ratified onApril 22, the bilateral
tax agreements are those with
Germany, the United Kingdom,
France, the Netherlands, Ireland,
Belgium, Monaco, Andorra, St
Vincent and the Grenadines, St
Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua and
According to the
Liechtenstein government, the
agreements are due to enter into
force once the domestic
ratification procedures in the
respective partner countries are
All agreements are based on
the OECD Model Convention and
provide for information exchange
in suspected cases of tax evasion
on the basis of a justified
individual request. Upon entering
into force, the agreements signed
last year with the various partner
countries will apply to tax years
2010 and beyond. The
government points out, however,
that the agreements exclude
administrative assistance based
on stolen client data pursuant to
an "ordre public" clause.
Commenting on the latest
Prime Minister Klaus Tschtitscher
Ability After Students
Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 26th, 2010 (SKNIS): A superior level of
reading ability was demonstrated by Tecoya Warner of the Sandy
Point Primary School andAjani Davis of the St. Joseph Primary School
as they completed the Reading Recovery Programme carried out in
primary schools throughout the Federation.
The closing ceremony for the Reading Assessment Project which
identified these students as needing help in their reading and which
caused them to be enrolled in the recovery programme was held on
Friday April 23.
The training their teachers received to assist them in overcoming
reading challenges went a long way in helping them achieve their
new reading status.
Prior to the Reading Recovery Programme which took place from
September 2009 to March 2010, the teachers were engaged in a
Reading Assessment Project from October 26 November 3, 2009 in
said: "The decision by parliament
underscores the political
consensus in our country with
regard to rapid implementation of
our international commitments."
"The conclusion of these
agreements, especially with a
series of EU member states,
constitutes an important step
toward more legal certainty in the
cross-border persecution of tax
evasion in Europe."
With its Declaration of March
12,2009, Liechtenstein committed
itself to the global standards on
transparency and information
exchange in tax matters defined by
the OECD. Since then,
Liechtenstein has signed 16 such
agreements, and on March 30,
2010, the government approved
the draft laws intended to provide
a legal basis for the agreements
now ratified by parliament.
which they learnt to ascertain
present reading levels, evaluate
the early intervention programs
and analyze reading errors to
pinpoint areas for future
At the start of the project 80%
of primary school students on St.
Kitts were reading at or above their
required grade levels and 89% on
Nevis. Three areas of weakness
were identified including Phonics,
Reading Fluency and Reading
Project Coordinator, Eleanor
Phillip was given a sterling
commendation by teachers for the
professional manner in which the
project was conducted as well as
by OAS Representative Mr.
The Organization of American
States (OAS) was the main
funding agency for the project to
the tune of U.S. $46,835, while
Government shouldered the
remaining cost of U.S. $12,380.
Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Member of
St. Christopher #7 is pleased to advise his
-constituents that a health walk will take
place on Saturday 1st May 2010.
The walk will start at Belle Vue opposite Lida Lake's
Residence and ends at Ottleys' Hard Court.
A healthy breakfast will be served.
Walk start at 5:30 am
Public Notice -
Labour Constituency #4
Residents of Constituency #4,
Challengers to New Guinea
are asked to take note that there will be a
on Thursday 29 April, 2010 at the Old Road
Community Center starting at 7:00 pm.
All residents of the community and the
extended environment are asked to be
punctual as important matters related to the
continued strengthening and development of
the community will be discussed.
The Honorable Glenn "Ghost" Phillip, our
new elected and exciting Parliamentary
Representative will be present to listen to the
views and aspirations of his constituents.
A special guest is also scheduled to address
the general body.
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Mr. Green explained that he
was satisfied that his organization
had placed high priority on the
needs of the Federation in
determining the type of assistance
that should be granted. The
project is one which helped to fulfill
Education White Paper literacy
objective of having 95% of
primary school students able to
read at or above the required grade
level at promotion time, by the year
Minister of Education and
Information Hon. Nigel A. Carty
told those present that he has
observed a three-fold benefit to
the Reading Recovery Programme
which will ensure its sustainability
in the future: a key component to
truly successful programmes.
Minister Carty said the fact that
teachers had upgraded their
reading teaching skills as well as
the fact that the ministry of
education had received new
learning tools and forged new
partnerships during the project is
highly commendable and augurs
well for the future of students and
teachers specifically, and the
education system generally.
He assured programme
counterparts that the Ministry
would ensure that all of the
recommendations coming out of
the initial phase of the project
would be considered and
implemented including the
identification of a teacher to pursue
post graduate studies in reading
with responsibility to train and
supervise teachers in the teaching
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Minister Phillip attributes longevity
to strong family support strolg amly supportas a
to^ stron fa*m jiy positive ingredient and expressed
BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (April 25, 2010) Minister o
Empowerment and Sports, Hon Glenn Phillip, is attributing lo
among the country's senior citizens to hard work during their
and strong family support upon their retirement.
Minister Phillip made the remarks on Saturday at Half Way
he wished one of his constituents, Mr Allan Davis, advance b
wishes. Mr Davis who was at that time surrounded by some
children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, turned 93 on
"This milestone has been a testament to what he has don
Phillip. "He is a man who has worked hard and also he has strong
support now that he is retired and I think this has really helped
survive this long.
"It is also a testament to the longevity and of his personal 1
over the years and is really fruitful for anyone to make such a mi
I would like to say publicly congratulations to Mr Davis
Accompanying Minister Phillip in paying homage to the cc
was the Supervisor of Social Services, Mrs Anne Wigley, who als
Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 22,
2010 (SKNIS): The ceremony forthe
unveiling of inscription into the
UNESCO Memory of the World
Listing has actively demonstrated
the value of the National Archives in
the public Service structure.
National Archives Director Mrs
Victoria O'Flaherty said this event,
coupled with the launch of the
website, "Basseterre Past and
Present" marked two significant
milestones for the department
that holds the key to national
She explained that St. Kitts'
Register of Slaves became a
candidate for inclusion on the
World Registry when other
archivists, from throughout the
region and the University of the
West Indies, recognized the
value of the register and
recommended that a proposal be
submitted for further
recognition. Mrs. O'Flaherty,
who was given the privilege of
pursuing it further, commented
that she was pleased when it was
accepted from the very first draft
without requests for
Pertaining to the UNESCO
listing, she gave some insight
into the history of the historical
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document, "when England
Abolished the Slave Trade in 1807,
the abolitionist James Stevens
suggested that a register of the
enslaved be made to ensure that
the planter class did not resort to
smuggling more persons into the
islands illegally. As a result Britain
agreed and the registry was
developed as a means of keeping
inventory of existing slaves. The
list was to be updated every three
years and sent to England.
Mrs. O'Flaherty explained that
tracing family background from the
registry is very unlikely as no
attempt was made to indicate
familial ties, as that was not its
purpose. The columns listed name,
age, sex, colour, place of birth, and
occupation. Titles were seldom
included and some of the slaves
were brought directly from Africa
and others were traded across
island. She added that some 20,000
names were on that first list of
"One benefit of being
recognized to such an extent is our
increased eligibility to request
funding for the repair of the
document," said O' Flaherty. The
archivist also expressed the hope
that having such a listing would
advance interest in our tourism
industry as similar items have
raised the curiosity of "heritage
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thanks to Mr Davis' daughter,
Mary Dias, who had left herjob to
take fulltime care of her father.
"Mr Davis to me is looking
better than when I saw him last
year," remarked Wigley. "By the
help of God he is really doing well
and I am made to understand that
S his daughter, Mary Dias, has
decided to look after him. I think
she is not working now, just to
S make sure he is taken care of, which
I always admire about people
because we want more of that in
St. Kitts to care for their elderly."
Mrs Anne Wigley presented
Mr Davis with a fruit basket on
behalf of the Ministry of Health,
Social Development, Community,
f Youth and GenderAffairs and Culture and
ngevity wished him all the best and
lifetime continued healthy life for him to
"make the big century."
Tree as Mr Davis, who expressed
birthday thanks to those who came to wish
' of his him well, has five children, 23
Sunday grandchildren and 19 great
grandchildren. The supervisor of
e," said Social Services also thanked
family Minister Phillip, the Parliamentary
him to Representative and members of
the community for having turned
lifestyle up to encourage Mr Davis.
lestone. Picture caption: Minister
and his Glenn Phillip (left) looks on as
Anne Wigley presents a fruit
lebrant basket to Allan Davis. On the right
o talked is Davis' daughter, Mary Dias.
National Commission for
Local History in National
Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 23, 2010 (SKNIS): Secretary General of
the National Commission for UNESCO Mr. Antonio Maynard praised
the launch of the Basseterre Past and Present as a strategic education
tool for residents.
The launch took place during UNESCO's Global "Education For
Mr. Maynard told SKNIS the Commission is working feverishly to
give schools access to as many new learning materials as possible to
ensure that accurate information is passed on to students regarding
Specifically, the Basseterre Past and Present Website, found at
historicbasseterre.com was funded by UNESCO following a
submission by the National Archives. The site features photos with
accompanying stories which relay information about the history of
Mr. Maynard added that the Federation's past must become a tool
for its economic empowerment, and as such, the National Commission
was seeking to package the Country's cultural heritage to heighten
that likelihood. He said this included ensuring that students are well
informed about their history and see it from the perspective of their
He stated that presently the Commission is working to establish a
National Scientific Slave Route Committee in collaboration with the
UNESCO Caribbean Cluster Office based in Jamaica. The mandate of
that Committee would be to initiate an inventory of sites and places
related to the slave trade as well as to oversee the production and
development of educational and teaching materials also related to
slavery and the slave trade in the Federation.
The Secretary General revealed that the implementation of such
In keeping with our commitment to provide regular updates to
consumers, The St. Kitts Bottling Company Ltd. publishes the following
list of authorized Coca-Cola canned product released on the local market.
Diet Coke code 0090 expires 28/6/10
Classic Coke code 0089 expires 27/12/10
Regular Sprite code 0062 expires 29/11/10
Diet Sprite code 0084 expires 26/6/10
The Company wishes to advise the public at large that any product
not identified with any of these codes and expiration dates combinations
are not authorized by Coca-Cola for sale in the local market, and therefore
may subject consumers to the high risk of consuming inferior quality
St. Kitts is fortunate to be one of the only islands that has been able
to preserve the registry of slaves.
The simultaneous launch of the Basseterre Past and Present Website
was another activity geared at adding value to the Tourism product.
More specifically, it was done in an attempt to give students and nationals
of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis a glimpse into their history by
way of old photographs presented in digital format and accompanying
stories. The web address for the activity is www.historicbasseterre.com.
In keeping with the Ministry of Education's thrust towards increasing
the presence of Black History in the Schools Curriculum, UNESCO and
the Archives are partnering with the ministry on this project to provide
the website first and foremost as a "Student friendly" learning tool for
Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas accepted the certificate of
recognition designating the register as an item of value to the world.
Also making presentations at the event were Minister of Education
and Information, Hon Nigel Carty, Secretary General of the National
Commission for UNESCO Antonio Maynard and H.E. Dr. David Doyle
Honorary Counsel of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis to France and
the permanent delegate to UNESCO.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH 2010 7
lod bless and prosper the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and the
Labour Party Government of Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. The present Labour
Party which grew out of the Worker's League and from the Labour
Movement has transformed the social and political landscape of St.
Kitts and Nevis, especially in the three important areas of Housing,
Health and Education.
During the 30s, 40s and the 50s the sugar plantation owners and
managers accommodated villages for their workers on lands that were
least suitable for sugar cane cultivation.
So villages for estate workers were located at Ogee Ghaut, Cayon
Ghaut, Ottleys Ghaut, Lodge Ghaut and Mansion Ghaut. Robert Bradshaw
and the Labour Party worked to change all that. The Central Housing
and Planning Authority (CHA), was established to implement Housing
Development Projects on St. Kitts.
With funding from the British Government the CHApurchased certain
sugar cane fields and developed them into Housing Projects for ordinary
working-class people in urban and rural areas.
Dorset was a cane field at one time and so was the area now known
as Greenlands. Pond Pasture was a real pasture (and race course) on
which the cattle of Pond Estate grazed daily. Pond Site (Corer House)
and New Pond Site were also cane fields which were developed into
Housing Projects in order to eliminate the over-crowding and slum
conditions that existed in New Town.
Up until 1979 and from 1995 up to the present time, the Labour Party
Government provided the working-class people with hundreds and
hundreds of affordable homes and with an unprecedented number of
lots for housing.
Although the Sugar Estates Lands were acquired by the Labour
Party Government, not one Labour Party Government Minister ever took
unfair advantage of his position and took unto himself, Sugar Estates
Shortly after 1980 the PAM Government Ministers took some of the
best pieces of Sugar Estates Lands for themselves, their friends and
their families. The PAM Ministers took for themselves lands in the Bird
Rock and Earle Mores area and failed to provide lands for housing for
the landless people of East Basseterre.
The PAM Government provided land for its trumps and half-trumps
at Morgan Heights, Spooner's, Whyte's Estate, Stapleton Estate,
Bourryeaux Estate and Pond Estate. PAM built some so-called Low
Income Houses at Pond Estate, east of East Street. The houses were
substandard, with faulty electrical wiring and constructed of chicken
wire. The houses were built with the assistance of the Venezuelans.
The record of the Labour Party in Housing is unparalleled and
unsurpassed. While the PAM Party provided relatively few houses, the
Labour Party provided hundreds and hundreds of houses. While the
PAM Party provided poorly-constructed chicken-wire, sub-standard
houses, the Labour Party provided an abundance of good quality,
properly constructed affordable houses.
Another area in which the Labour Party Government has excelled is
the area of Public Health. The Labour Party Government constructed
Public Health Clinics in the rural areas in places such as Cayon,
Tabernacle, Dieppe Bay, Sandy Point, Old Road, and staffed the Clinics
with qualified and properly trained Public Health Nurses.
PAM was in power from 1980 to 1995 and during that period the
PAM Government did nothing but a little patching here and a little
patching there to the JNF General Hospital which the PAMites, during
their period of opposition called the "Horse Stable". Furthermore only
PAM trumps and half-trumps were employed to do the occasional
It was the Labour Party Government that after 1995 transformed the
JNF General Hospital into the modern, up-to-date, state-of-the-art
Hospital that it is today. Of course one cannot compare our Hospital
with the major hospitals in Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Barbados. But in
spite of that, one has to admit that the Labour Party Government has
developed and improved the services and facilities of the JNF Hospital
to a successful and remarkable degree.
The Pogson Hospital in Sandy Point is transformed under Labour
into a modern Medical Centre equipped to better serve the critical needs
of the people of Sandy Point and the surrounding areas.
Public Education is another area in which the Labour Party and Labour
Government reigned supreme. Public Education under the Labour
Government was democratised and liberalised under the guiding hand
of Mr. Fitzroy Bryant, that visionary Minister of Education whom the
PAMites loved to hate.
The St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School became a highly regarded
institution of learning, so much so that students left Antigua and
Montserrat to attend the Grammar
School in St. Kitts.
During the 1960s and 1970s St.
Kitts and Nevis was blessed with
an abundance of scholarships for
university training. Scholarships
were made available to eligible
candidates under programmes
sponsored by CIDA, USAID, the
British Development Division
(DEVDIV), the British Council and
Scholarships for training in
Cuba became available during the
1970s, but the flow was reduced
to a mere trickle during the period
of PAM rule. The PAM
Government was not in favour of
training the sons and daughters
of Sugar Estate Workers at
PAM was a dismal failure in
government as the Prof. Randolph
Williams and the Sir Louis Blom-
Cooper Commission of Inquiry
Reports both attest to. The PAM
Government raped and plundered
the government's financial and
other resources particularly at
statutory corporations such as the
Deep Water Port, CEMACO and
the Frigate Bay Development
Only the members of the
opposition CCM/PAM Coalition
as well as the supporters say that
the PAM Government did a good
job during the period between
1980 and 1995. But we are not
surprised for they are not really
interested in good governance or
in raising the standard or level of
public debate. They are striving to
be elected just to be able to benefit
from the fruits of high office.
Nowadays, PAM is showing a
belated and unusual interest in the
matter of land for local people.
PAM is playing politics with the
matter as usual as PAM was never
interested in the matter when the
party was in power. Between 1980
and 1985 the PAM Ministers of
Government and the party's
trumps and half trumps took
whatever pieces of government
land they wanted for themselves
and forgot all about the needs of
the poor landless worker.
PAM is currently talking about
the matter of the retirement of Civil
Servants at age 55 and the matter
of the VAT. The hypocrites inPAM
seem to have forgotten the large
number of Civil Servants whom
their party put off at age 55 and
the even larger number who were
put off even before the age of 55
"with immediate effect".
We remember the case of Sir
Edmund Lawrence, then Mr.
Edmund Lawrence. How much
time did the Simmonds
Administration give to Mr.
Edmund Lawrence when he was
dismissed by PAM from National
Even before the members of the
opposition CCM/PAM Coalition
understood the details of the VAT,
they took to the airwaves to
criticise and condemn the Tax.
How on God's green earth can
such reckless and irresponsible
behaviour be construed as trying
to lift the standard of public
debate? How can a matter which
is not properly understood be
debated honestly and
intelligently? It sounds more like
the Blind leading the Blind.
History is replete with
examples of men who aspire to
high office not because of a desire
to serve their fellowmen selflessly,
but only to be able to enjoy and
benefit from the fruits of high
office. The Bible refers to such
people as "wolves in sheep's
LS C Constituency #7 of the
1 ?St1. Kitis-Nevis Labour Party a
I Tirki s
"Wolves in sheep's clothing"
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eo Saourdoy, 22nd Moy, 2010 ot 4:30 p.m.
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Applications are invited from sibbi qu.:llified person
for the academic position of
Instructor in the Department of:
a) Minimum qualification of Master's degree in discipline or related
b) Some ,; s of experience in teaching at the graduate/professional
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c) Experience in dissecting human cadavers
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Letter of interest and CV to be sent by 7 May, 2010 to:
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For the benefit of our readers we publish
Proposals for implementation of VAT
Government of St. Christopher (St. Kitts)
White Paper on
VALUE ADDED TAX (VAT)
A Simpler and More Efficient Tax
Tax Reform Unit
LIST OF ACRONYMS
CARTAC Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre
CARICOM Caribbean Common Market
CED Customs and Excise Department
CET Common External Tariff
CSC Customs Service Charge
ECCU Eastern Caribbean Currency Union
EPA Economic Partnership Agreement
IBC International Business Company
IMF International Monetary Fund
IRD Inland Revenue Department
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
VAT Value Added Tax
WTO World Trade Organisation
The economy of St. Christopher and Nevis has made significant strides in transitioning
from an economy heavily dependent on sugar production to a services based economy
with Tourism and Financial Services as the leading sectors. However, the present Tax
System has not kept pace with the development of the economy and continues to be based
to a large extent on the levying of duties on imported goods. This results in distortion and
inequity in the Tax System which must be addressed. In addition to the transformation of
the economy and the need to ensure harmony between the system of taxation and the
economy we must also address the unfolding international pressures that favour free trade
and the necessity for countries to open their borders.
As the Government seeks to achieve macroeconomic stability and growth in order to
fulfill our mandate to maintain an acceptable standard of living for all of our citizens the
domestic Tax System must be placed on a sound footing. We believe that this objective can
be achieved by the introduction of the VAT which is a modern, broad based tax on
consumption, charged at various stages of production with a mechanism which allows
businesses to offset the taxes that they have
paid against the taxes that they charge.
The introduction of the Value Added Tax would therefore reform our Tax System making
it simpler and more efficient and create more equity by taxing all aspects of consumption
Government would also need at the same time as the VAT is being introduced to examine
the entire Tax System to ensure that the system as a whole supports the smooth
implementation of the VAT and that there are no disparities that arise as a result of this
change to the Tax System.
We will therefore be looking at other areas such as the existing Excise Tax and a Business
This White Paper is intended to give our people an overview of the VAT system and
how it works in the hope that it will invoke meaningful discussion and consultation.
It is imperative that all citizens and stakeholders acquaint themselves with the policy
and administrative issues related to VAT as it will affect all of us. The Tax Reform Unit will
be engaged in public consultation exercises throughout the Federation. I therefore encourage
all citizens and stakeholders to participate and to contribute to the discussion aimed at
crafting a successful VAT for our Federation.
Dr. Hon. Denzil L. Douglas
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
This White Paper serves to initiate dialogue with the Private Sector, Civil Society and
Government Officials with a view to eliciting their ideas on the administrative and functional
considerations for the VAT.
"Business" includes any business, profession, trade, venture or undertaking, provision
of personal services or technical and managerial skills, and any adventure or concern in the
nature of trade, but does not include employment; "Certificate of Registration" refers to the
document issued by the Inland Revenue Department to a VAT registered taxpayer as proof
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH 2010
of registration. It bears the taxpayer's name, taxpayer number, location of the business and
the effective date of registration and is displayed in a conspicuous place in the business at
which the registered person engages in taxable activity;
"Consumer" means one who uses the goods or services;
"Credit Note" refers to the document issued by a supplier, to a consumer, subsequent
to the issuance of a receipt where the amount charged on purchases exceeded the amount
that was actually payable;
"Debit Note" refers to the document issued by a supplier, to a consumer, subsequent to
the issuance of a receipt where the amount charged on purchases was less than the amount
that was actually payable;
E\c ise Tax" an indirect tax imposed on the importation, manufacture, sale or
consumption of various commodities such as liquor and tobacco within a country;
"Exempt Imports" means goods which are free of VAT only at the point of importation.
If they are resold by a registered person VAT is chargeable
"Exempt Supplies" These supplies are not subjected to VAT on importation or resale.
VAT paid or expenses incurred during the supply of these goods and services are not
"Goods" mean real or tangible property, thermal or electrical energy, heat, gas,
refrigeration, air conditioning, and water, but does not include money;
"Import" means to bring or cause to be brought goods or services into St. Christopher
and Nevis or the territorial sea;
"Input Tax" means tax paid or payable in respect of a taxable supply to, or an importation
of goods by a taxable person;
"Output Tax" means the tax charged on a taxable supply made by a taxable person;
"Registration Threshold" is the minimumyearly gross sales which will determine whether
a person or business would be required to charge and collect VAT;
"Services" means anything that is not goods or money;
"Supply" means a sale of goods; a grant of the use or right to use goods; a transfer or
provision of utilities. A supply of services means anything done which is not a supply of
goods or money, including the granting, assignment, cessation, or surrender of a right;
making available a facility or advantage; or refraining from or tolerating an activity.
"Taxable Activity" means an activity which is carried on continuously or regularly by
any person in St Christopher and Nevis whether or not for profit. This activity could
involve or be intended to involve, full or partial supplying of taxable goods or services to
another person for consideration.
"Tax Invoice" means a document which notifies an obligation to make a payment to a
person or business;
"Taxable Period" refers to a calendar month;
"Taxable Person" means a person liable to pay tax, whether registered or not registered;
"Taxable Supply" means a supply of goods or services in St. Christopher and Nevis in
the course of, or furtherance of, a taxable activity, other than an exempt supply;
"Value Added Tax or VAT" is a tax levied on taxable goods and services consumed
within the federation of St. Christopher and Nevis;
"Zero Rated Supply" is a good or service that will be taxable but at a rate of zero percent.
Overview of the Current Tax System
The current tax system in St. Christopher and Nevis comprises direct taxes (tax levied
on income and property) and indirect taxes (levied on consumption). The Inland Revenue
and Customs and
Excise Departments have the responsibility of collecting these taxes. Direct taxes in the
Federation include Corporate Income Tax, Traders Tax and Property Tax while indirect taxes
are comprised of Import Duty and Consumption Tax. Indirect Taxes are levied on imports
and goods consumed locally.
For the 2008 fiscal year indirect taxes and direct taxes accounted for 51% and 26% of
Total Recurrent Revenue respectively, while the 2009 fiscal year realized 44% and 29%
The indirect taxes are targeted towards consumption and are levied at various stages
with multiple rates.
Furthermore, these taxes are applied mainly on goods and only on a few services. This
results in inefficiencies and inequities within the system. It also contributes to the high
cost of conducting business in some sectors because of the difficulty in administering and
complying with these indirect taxes. There is clearly the need to reduce the level of taxation
on most goods and expand the tax base to include more services so as to spread the burden
of taxes more equitably.
Apart from the domestic situation, St. Christopher's and Nevis' exports to regional and
international markets are being adversely affected by the current tax system as the cost of
these exports includes domestic taxes.
The current system does not allow for a refund of taxes paid on inputs that go into the
local production of goods for export. As a result, these goods become less competitive
since their prices include domestic taxes.
Overview of VAT
A Value Added Tax is a tax on consumption. It is not a tax on business. It is charged on
the value of imports and on the value added (mark-up) on goods and services supplied by
one business to another or to the final consumer.
VAT is an indirect tax that is broad based (levied at multiple stages of the distribution
chain) with the provision for businesses to offset the tax paid on their own purchases of
goods and services against the tax charged on sales of goods and services.
The tax will be levied:
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White Paper on
VALUE ADDED TAX (VAT)
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transactions between businesses,
transactions between businesses and the final
transactions with the Government.
Under the proposed legislation, a VAT registrant will
charge VAT on the sale of his/her taxable goods or services
(Output Tax) and pay VAT on his/her purchases and imports
(Input Tax). If the VAT charged on the sales is more than the
VAT paid on the purchases, the difference must be paid to
the Inland Revenue Department. If output VAT is less, the
registered person orbusiness willbe allowed to carry forward
the excess credit to the following tax period.
If after four consecutive tax periods/months the excess
for a given tax period is not used, then the business will be
eligible for a refund. Where at least 50% of the amount of
the taxable supplies of a registered person for the taxable
period is taxed at a zero rate, the registered person would
qualify for a refund in a shorter period.
The Comptroller of Inland Revenue reserves the right to
use the amount to be refunded to settle any other tax, levy,
interest and penalty balances that the taxpayer may have
outstanding before a refund is processed.
The VAT as proposed will be levied on goods
and services at:
* a standard rate,
* a rate of zero percent for certain goods and services, and
* some supplies will be exempt.
The proposed VAT will replace the:
* Consumption Tax;
* Hotel and Restaurant Tax;
* Cable TVTax;
* Vehicle Rental Levy;
* Insurance Premium Tax;
* Export Duty;
* Public Entertainment Tax;
* Lotteries Tax Act;
* Gaming Machine Tax;
* Traders Tax;
* Telecommunications Levy (IDD Calls) and
The current Excise Tax will be reformed to support the
implementation of VAT. The Excise Tax is being proposed
for a small range of goods such as alcoholic beverages,
tobacco products, petroleum products, motor vehicles and
Main Features of the VAT
A critical mechanism in designing a VAT is the threshold
requirement. The registration threshold is the minimum
yearly gross sales which will determine whether a person or
business would be required to charge and collect VAT. The
proposed VAT registration threshold will be between the
range of $100,000 $150,000 per annum.
Any person or business engaging in a taxable activity
is required to register to collect VAT on behalf of the
Government if they meet the registration requirement. The
proposed VAT legislation defines "taxable activity" as a
supply within St. Christopher and Nevis, whether or not for
profit, of goods or services, in whole or in part, by a person
required to be registered or registered person to another
person for consideration. A taxable activity also includes
the import of goods or services into St. Christopher and
Once the registration threshold is determined after
consultations with stakeholders, the Inland Revenue
Department based upon information from its database would
identify an initial pool of registrants. Potential taxpayers
not identified in the initial pool would be encouraged to
visit the Inland Revenue Department and commence the
The proposed legislation makes provision for a person
who carries on a taxable activity to apply for registration to
the Comptroller of Inland Revenue if:
at the end of any period of 12 or lesser months the
person made taxable supplies of at least the registration
at the beginning of any period of 12 or lesser months,
there are reasonable grounds to expect that the total taxable
supplies to be made by that person will be at least the
registration threshold amount or;
during the previous 3 months the person made an
average monthly taxable supplies of at least a quarter of the
registration threshold amount and
there are reasonable grounds to expect that the total
value of the taxable supplies to be made by the person
during that period and the next consecutive nine months
will exceed the registration threshold amount.
Notwithstanding the meaning of taxable activity and
these four conditions, promoters of public entertainment,
licensees and proprietors of places of public entertainment
are required to apply for registration at least forty-eight (48)
hours before the commencement of the first public
entertainment they promote. An auctioneer is also expected
to apply for registration on the date on which he/she
becomes an auctioneer.
Under the proposed VAT legislation, a person who is
required to apply for registration must apply to the
Comptroller of Inland Revenue within 14 calendar days of
the date the person is obligated to apply. The Comptroller
shall register the applicant and then inform him/her in writing
of the decision within 21 days of receipt of the application.
The Comptroller will be authorized to register any person
who is required to register and failed to do so. Registration
in that case will take place with effect from the date on
which the taxable person was required to register. Ataxable
person is a person who is registered or who is required to
register under the VAT legislation. If a person only makes
exempt supplies he/she will not be required to register for
VAT. However, if he/she makes both taxable and exempt
supplies and his/her taxable supplies either reaches or
exceeds the threshold amount annually, then he/she will be
required to register.
For the purposes of VAT, "Person" includes the
Federation, the Nevis Island Administration, a natural
person, trust, company and partnership.
Government Departments and Statutory Corporations
would be required to be registered for VAT.
All government departments and statutory corporations
would pay VAT on their inputs or purchases. However, to
avoid providing government departments with a competitive
advantage in the marketplace, departments that are in direct
competition with the private sector will be required to charge
VAT on their sales. Other government departments, with
the approval of the Comptroller, will not be required to charge
VAT if the fee for the supply is nominal in amount or not
intended to recover costs.
The proposed legislation also makes provision for
persons below the threshold amount per annum to
voluntarily apply to the Comptroller of Inland Revenue for
registration once they meet certain stipulated requirements.
These may include whether the person supplies goods to a
company making zero rated supplies, if the person is in
compliance with the tax laws administered by the Inland
Revenue Department, whether the person keeps proper
records and if the person has filed regular and reliable tax
VAT Certificate of Registration
All registered persons will be issued a VAT Certificate
of Registration indicating:
location of the business
the effective date of registration.
The certificate must be placed in a conspicuous place in
the business at which the registered person engages in
taxable activity. If the business has more than one location/
branch then a copy of the certificate must be placed in a
conspicuous place in each location/branch. Only registered
taxpayers can charge VAT and issue VAT invoices and VAT
sales receipts to clients/customers. In addition, only
registered persons will be able to claim VAT as a credit for
When a taxable person ceases to carry on taxable
activities, that person is required to inform the Comptroller
of Inland Revenue in writing within seven (7) calendar days
of the date of such cessation. The Comptroller is required
to cancel that registration once satisfied that the taxable
person is not carrying on a taxable activity or will not do so
within twelve (12) months from the date of cessation. The
cancellation will take effect from the last day of the tax period
during which all taxable activities ceased or from such date
as the Comptroller may determine.
However, any liability or obligation of the person to pay
tax due or file current returns while that person was a taxable
person is not affected by the cancellation. The Certificate
of Registration must be surrendered upon cancellation of
the person's registration.
A Taxable Supply means a supply of goods or services
in St. Christopher and Nevis in the course or furtherance of
a taxable activity. This also includes a supply of zero-rated
goods and services, but does not include a supply of exempt
goods and services (the nature of zero-rated and exempt
supplies is described below).
A supply of goods includes a sale of goods or a grant of
the use or right to use goods, while a supply of services
means anything which is not a supply of goods or money.
VAT would be payable or collected by a person in the
(a) by the taxable person selling goods or services
(b) on the importation of goods by the importer of the
(c) an importation of services paid by the recipient of
The time of supply of goods and services occurs on the
earliest of the date on which:
the goods are delivered or made available;
the performance of services is completed;
an invoice for the supply is issued by the supplier; or
payment for the supply is received.
When goods are supplied under a credit agreement, the
supply takes place on the date of commencement of the
Zero Rated Supplies
Zero-rated supplies are goods and services that will be
taxable but at a rate of zero percent.
Though the tax is charged on the supplies at zero percent,
the registered taxpayer is allowed to claim a full credit for
taxes paid on inputs used in the production or business
activities relating to the supply of these goods or services.
Zero rates are intended for the benefit of the final
consumer. It is important to note that only goods and
services will be zero-rated not businesses or individuals.
Any change to the schedule of zero-rated supplies would
require an affirmative resolution whereby the legislation
would be amended in Parliament.
Government proposes to zero-
rate the following:
1. rice, sugar, flour, milk, infant formula and infant and
adult disposable diapers
2. goods and services for export
3. fuel (will attract excise tax only)
4. sale of commercial real property that is subject to
Stamp Duty where the transfer is from one registered person
of commercial real property to another registered person (to
the extent that the property was used by the initial registrant
in making taxable supplies)
5. a supply of services directly in connection with land,
or any improvement to the land, situated outside St.
Christopher and Nevis
6. medicines for chronic diseases (HIV/AIDS, Diabetes,
Hypertension/Cardiovascular diseases, cancer and mental
There are some supplies that are not directly subjected
to VAT. These supplies are exempt supplies. This means
that no VAT will be charged on sales to customers. However,
businesses, institutions and persons who are engaged in
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the supply of exempt goods and services will notbe allowed
to claim credits for VAT paid on purchases and inputs
associated with these exempt supplies.
It is important to note that only goods and services will
be exempt not businesses or individuals.
Any change to the schedule of exempt supplies would
require an affirmative resolution whereby the legislation
would be amended in Parliament.
Government proposes to
exempt the following:
1. some of the services provided by licensed financial
institutions, such as banks, credit unions and other similar
2. educational services
3. residential rentals to the extent provided in the
proposed VAT regulations
4. a sale of real property, including land, attributable to a
dwelling subject to stamp duty as may be provided in the
proposed VAT regulations
5. domestic transportation
6. supply of locally produced agricultural products by
7. a supply of water provided to a residential dwelling
for domestic use by the Nevis Island Administration Water
Department or the St. Christopher and Nevis Water Services
8. supply of the first 100 units of electricity for domestic
9. daycare services
10. a supply of any goods or services by the State, or
Nevis Island Administration if the consideration for the
supply is nominal in amount or not intended to recover
costs as determined by the Comptroller
11. a supply of an approved charitable organisation, or
an association not for gain in connection with a taxable
activity, where the consideration for the goods or services
is nominal in amount or not intended to recover the cost of
such goods or services
12. a supply of religious services by an institution of
13. services supplied to an offshore business entity and
exempt companies registered under the Companies Act
No.22 of 1966
There are some goods that will be imported into the
Federation free of VAT, that is, the Customs and Excise
Department will not charge VAT on the importation of these
goods. Other import taxes will be applicable. These goods
are not normally for re-sale. However, where Customs
Officers receive information that the goods have not been
used for their intended purpose and are being re-sold,
officers would recapture from the original importer the VAT
that was not charged on importation.
Government proposes to
exempt the following:
1. bona fide unsolicited gifts of food which do not exceed
2. unconditional gift of goods to an approved charitable
organization and not for sale
3. a passenger allowance of $400
4. goods which are shipped or conveyed into St.
Christopher and Nevis for transshipment or conveyance to
any other country
5. goods imported by St. Christopher and Nevis nationals
returning home for permanent residence as may be provided
in the proposed VAT regulations
6. containers temporarily imported under Customs Tariff
7. items covered by paragraph 10 of the List of
Conditional Duty Exemptions of the Common External Tariff
of the Caribbean Common Market issued under Schedule 4
of the Customs Duties Act, Ch. 15.04
8. an import of goods if the Comptroller of Customs is
satisfied that VAT has previously been paid on the sale or
importations of such goods
9. goods temporarily imported into St. Christopher and
Nevis to the extent provided in the proposed VAT regulations
10. an import of used goods, not including merchandise,
owned by a citizen of St. Christopher and Nevis or a person
resident in St. Christopher and Nevis who has died abroad
11. the human remains of a citizen of St. Christopher and
Nevis who has died abroad
12. currency notes and coins imported under the Eastern
Caribbean Central Bank Agreement.
Every registered taxpayer must file a VAT return for each
month on or before the 15th day of the following month.
Registered businesses are expected to calculate the tax and
submit their payment with their tax return.
The return is to be filed with the Comptroller of Inland
Revenue and must be in the prescribed form, stating the
information necessary to calculate the tax payable for the
period. Returns should be submitted to the St. Christopher
or Nevis Inland Revenue offices.
VAT is a self-assessed tax. However, the Comptroller of
Inland Revenue may make an assessment of the amount of
tax payable by the person where a taxable person fails:
to file a VAT return,
to submit adequate supporting documents or,
the Comptroller is not satisfied with the return or import
Input Tax Credit
Registered businesses will pay VAT on the importation
of goods at the Customs and Excise Department. Businesses
will also pay VAT on the purchase of goods and services
from other businesses. All VAT paid by businesses in respect
of their operations for a calendar month is termed as Input
When businesses file their monthly returns with the
Inland Revenue Department they will have the right to deduct
the Input VAT which they have paid on their purchases
during a particular month. This deduction is referred to as
an Input Tax Credit.
However, businesses will not be allowed a deduction
for input taxes paid where they do not have a tax invoice
evidencing the payment of VAT.
The VAT payable by a registered taxpayer for a tax period
(one month) is the total amount of VAT collected (output
tax) by the business in respect of taxable supplies during
the month, less the total VAT paid on purchases or imports
(input tax) for that month. The due date for the payment of
VAT is the same as the due date for filing the VAT return.
In the case of an importer of goods, payment is due at
the time of import.
Promoters of public entertainment must pay a security
deposit prior to the hosting of the entertainment. The
promoter will be allowed to host the entertainment when he
has paid the deposit and received the Comptroller's written
A credit arises when a taxable person's input tax for a
period exceeds his output tax for the same period. The credit
will be carried forward to the next tax period and treated as
input tax deductible in that period. Any further excess will
be carried forward to subsequent periods.
However, if any excess for that period remains after
carrying forward as an input tax deductible in four
consecutive tax periods, the taxable person may file a claim
for a refund for the remaining amount.
Where at least 50% of a taxable person's taxable supplies
for a period is taxed at a zero-rate, and the person reports a
credit for that period, the person may file a claim for a refund
in respect of the excess credit attributable to the zero-rated
Unless the Comptroller orders an audit for the tax period,
interest will be payable on refunds that remain unpaid four
months after a refund claim is filed.
Accounting and Records
In this Part, "records" mean accounting records, books,
computer-stored information, or any other relevant
documents that detail the registrant's business transactions.
The proposed VAT legislation requires every registered
issue sales invoices
keep accounts, books and records as prescribed
produce relevant accounts, books and records
whenever and wherever they are required to do so by the
Comptroller or a person authorized by him/her
produce any other information as may be required.
These books and records must be:
kept in English
maintained in St. Christopher and Nevis
retained for 6 years after the end of the tax period to
which they relate.
They must contain information that will enable the
Comptroller or persons authorized by the Comptroller to
determine a taxable person's liabilities and obligations or
the amount of refund to which a person is entitled.
The records must be completely up-to-date and must
easily relate to the figure shown on the return for each
taxable period. The books and records including electronic
data to be maintained by registered persons should include
purchases and sales books
purchase invoices/import and export documentation
sales invoices, services billing invoices
credit and debit notes
income and expenditure records
cash register tapes or similar records
accounting instructions manuals, and system and
programme documentation that describe the accounting
systems used Claims for input tax paid must be supported
by Customs declarations or approved invoices. Only original
invoices will be accepted for purposes of refunds. In the
case of sales to non-registered persons, an invoice or a
receipt must be issued for each transaction.
Objections and Appeals
The proposed legislation makes provision for a taxable
person who is not satisfied with a decisionby the Comptroller
of Inland Revenue to appeal that decision. The decision to
be appealed is termed as an appealable decision under the
proposed Act. The objection has to be made to the
Comptroller of Inland Revenue within 30 calendar days after
notice of the decision has been served. The objection must
be in writing, stating precisely the grounds for the objection.
However, except with leave of the Comptroller, a person
may not be allowed to object to an assessment unless he
has paid 50% of the amount due.
If after receiving the decision on the objection the taxable
person is dissatisfied with the results, that person may lodge
a notice of appeal with the Appeal Commissioners within 30
calendar days after being served with the notice of the
An appeal may also be filed if the Comptroller has not
made a decision on an objection 90 calendar days after the
objection was lodged. However, that appeal will only be
considered if the Comptroller certifies that the person
assessed has paid the tax due under the assessment. The
appeal would also be considered if the person is unable to
pay the full amount but has given sufficient security for the
unpaid tax and the penalty and interest that may become
A person who is dissatisfied with the decision of the
Appeal Commissioners may within 30 calendar days after
being notified of the decision, lodge a notice of appeal with
the High Court.
A person who is dissatisfied with the decision of the
High Court may appeal to the Court of Appeal and the Court
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confirm, increase or order the reduction of any
make such other order as it thinks fit
make such order as to costs as it thinks fit.
The burden of proving that an assessment is excessive
or that a decision of the Comptroller is wrong is on the
person objecting to the assessment or decision.
Under the proposed VAT legislation there are several
penalties including penalties for the following offences:
failure to register.
failure to notify the Comptroller of Inland Revenue of
change in address or closure of business.
issuance of false invoices.
failure to pay.
failure to file.
failure to comply with notice for recovery of tax.
failure to keep proper records.
failure to comply with notice to give information.
non-compliance with price quotation requirements.
making false or misleading statements.
Recovery of Unpaid Taxes
VAT is collected by businesses on behalf of the
government. If VAT is collected but not paid to Government,
the Comptroller of Inland Revenue would be authorized to
recover the amount through garnishment, seizure of property
by court action, or through legal proceedings.
The Comptroller of Inland Revenue may also, by order
of the court, temporarily close businesses for a period
between 3 to 30 days where taxable persons repeatedly
violate the provisions with respect to:
filing of returns
issuing proper tax invoice
improperly claiming tax refunds
impeding tax administration
failing to pay tax when due.
Treatment of Selected Sectors
Diplomatic Missions and Staff
Diplomatic missions (including offices of international
organizations) and their staff who have been accorded duty
and tax-free status will continue to be exempt from import
duty in respect of goods imported. However, new
arrangements for VAT will be implemented for administrative
efficiency and to ensure obligations with international
agreements are not violated.
In keeping with the underlying principle that VAT must
be paid on all transactions except where goods are zero
rated or exempted, Diplomatic Missions and staff would be
required to pay VAT on local purchases.
Some of the services provided by financial institutions,
such as banks and other similar institutions granted licenses
under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act, will be
from VAT. This is because of the technical challenges in
identifying the value-added on which the tax should be
applied. If a Financial Service provider makes a local
purchase from a VAT registrant the institution will be required
to pay VAT.
Insurance companies will be required to charge VAT on
all insurance premiums except premiums on life insurance.
VAT will not be collected on loan or interest payments.
Off Shore International
The supplies of International Business Companies
(IBCs) and services supplied to other entities within the
offshore sector will be exempt.
Tourism services, such as spa treatments, gym
membership and golf services will be subject to VAT.
However, VAT on hotel rooms is proposed to be set at a
lower rate after consultations with stakeholders.
Agriculture, Fisheries and
VAT will not be charged on goods sold by farmers but
will be paid on purchases they make, except when the goods
or services purchased are zero-rated or exempt. However,
when agricultural products are sold in the formal sector
(such as the supermarkets) they become subject to the VAT.
The reasons for exempting the Agricultural Sector are
most agricultural producers would most likely be below
the threshold and do not follow normal business practices.
their location and size of operation make them difficult
the peculiar nature of their operations makes it difficult
to match taxable sales with taxed expenses and the
administrative cost of doing so would be prohibitive
agricultural production is predominantly basic foods,
which based upon the Government's policy, should not be
subjected to tax.
Land transactions are not subject to VAT since they are
already taxable under the Stamp Duty Act.
Education services are exempt from VAT. This means
that education establishments will pay tax on taxable goods
and services purchased, but will not charge tax on the
services they provide.
The general principle is that exports should be free of
domestic taxes so that they remain competitive on the
external market. That is, no taxes will be paid on goods or
A registered business involved in the export of taxable
goods is entitled to claim a credit for all taxes paid by it in
the production of the goods and services to be exported
from the Federation at the time the export is made. The draft
VAT Act provides for major exporters to receive their refund
in a much shorter period than other businesses.
In contrast, VAT would be collected on goods and
services sold locally and any VAT paid on inputs into the
production of such supplies will be credited against the
amount of tax to be charged on sales.
Businesses whose turnover falls below the proposed
threshold, an amount between $100,000 -
$150,000, would not be required to register for VAT. Small
businesses would pay VAT on their purchases and not be
permitted to charge VAT on their sales.
A small business who sells to other registered
businesses may find it beneficial to register under the VAT
so that the registered VAT businesses will benefit for tax
credits in respect of tax charged on their purchases. If the
small business is not registered, it breaks the VAT chain,
and any businesses purchasing from an unregistered small
business will not be able to claim credits for tax paid by the
registered business in earlier transactions.
Small businesses will be allowed to apply for registration
under VAT; however, these businesses must satisfy certain
bookkeeping and other requirements. The Comptroller of
Inland Revenue reserves the right to approve or not approve
the application for registration.
If the small business becomes registered, it will be treated
in the same way as other registered businesses. The Inland
Revenue Department will provide assistance to small
businesses not registered for VAT as part of its advisory
Businesses Enjoying Fiscal
Businesses that have already been granted licenses
under the Fiscal Incentives Act or the Hotels
Aid Ordinance will continue to enjoy import duty and
income tax exemptions in accordance with their licenses.
However, based upon the underlying principle that VAT
must be paid on all transactions except where goods are
zero rated or exempted.
These businesses will be required to register and collect
VAT ontaxable sales, pay VAT on their imports and domestic
purchases and file a tax return monthly.
The VAT paid on their imports and domestic purchases
(input tax) will be credited against VAT collected on sales.
The proposed VAT legislation makes provision for
transitional arrangements in regards to VAT.
The transitional section of the proposed Act provides
measures to combat instances of price hikes not associated
with VAT and establishes the ground rules for the treatment
of certain transactions caught in the period of transitioning
As mentioned before, it is intended that a VAT in St.
Christopher and Nevis would replace a wide range of existing
taxes including Consumption Tax. Therefore, at the time of
the introduction of VAT, businesses will hold inventories
whose value includes payments of Consumption Tax under
the old regime. This will result in a temporary cascading of
the VAT, as its value would include Consumption Tax.
Businesses would be encouraged to deplete their stocks or
utilize bonded warehouses prior to the implementation date.
The implementation process for the introduction of a
VAT has a number of key components:
Enactment of VAT and Excise Tax legislation.
Publicity, public consultation and education.
Strengthening staffing and organization, including
systems and procedures.
Registration and training of taxpayers.
Training of technical staff
Publicity, Public Consultation and Education
The introduction of VAT, like any other substantial
change, needs to be explained to the public to avoid
uncertainty to potential taxable persons and the general
public. Hence government will implement programs to:
Consult adequately with the business community and
the general public.
Publicize the change in the tax regime adequately and
in a timely manner.
Provide information to all the interested stakeholders.
ATax Reform Unit within the Inland Revenue Department
was established and it is expected to conduct workshops
and seminars targeted at specific interest groups of
businesses that may be eligible for registration and
individuals. The team will also be engaged in advisory visits
to taxable persons. The team will also be available to meet
with members of the general public to answer any questions
and/or concerns that they may have.
Registration and Training
The Inland Revenue Department and the Customs and
Excise Department will identify the potential VAT and Excise
taxpayers and provide them with assistance during the
registration process. All taxable persons will be required to
comply with the bookkeeping requirements.
They will be guided through public education sessions
and advisory visits.
Training and assistance will also be provided to
professionals, sole traders and partnerships.
The proposed VAT should be seen as an opportunity to
completely reform the existing tax structure. It is envisioned
that it will simplify and improve the efficiency in the tax
system thereby encouraging voluntary compliance amongst
taxpayers. We seek the support of all and welcome any
suggestions to realize the successful implementation of VAT
in the Federation.
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Star Joins the Line-Up of
Performers for the 14th
Annual Music Festival
Basseterre, St. Kitts (April 23, 2010) -
Ten-time Grammy winner, singer, producer,
and songwriter Kenny "Babyface"
Edmonds is the first international super-star
to sign on to perform at the 14th Annual St.
Kitts Music Festival, which will take place
on the island from June 24-26, 2010.
Kenny Edmonds began playing in the
local R&B scene as a teenager growing up
in Indianapolis, Indiana as a member of
Bootsy Collins' funk group, where he earned
his nickname "Babyface." He then joined
the funk outfit Manchild, which secured a
S record deal and released three albums in the
late 1970's. After their breakup, Edmonds
partnered with Antonio "L.A." Reid in the
early 80's and formed the urban funk group
called The Deele which recorded notable hits
on the R&B charts. Edmonds and Reid began
producing and writing for other artists,
landing hits in Pebbles' "Girlfriend" and the
Whispers' "Rock Steady". The pair co-
founded the LaFace label in 1989 and further hits followed in Bobby Brown's "Every Little
Step," Johnny Gill's "My, My, My," (nominated for the Best R&B Song Grammy), Whitney
Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight", and Madonna's "Take a Bow." Edmonds biggest
success came in 1992 with Boyz II Men, whose recording of"End of the Road" became one
of the longest-running number ones in pop history. Kenny was co-nominated for an Album
of the Year Grammy for his production on "The Bodyguard" soundtrack and went on to
work with artists Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, En Vogue,
Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, TLC, OutKast, and Usher to name a few. In 1993, Edmonds
released his 2nd solo album "For the Cool in You" which went triple platinum and producing
his first Top Five pop hit, "When Can I See You Again," and won his first Grammy as a
performer for Best Male R&B Vocal.
Throughout his career, Edmonds impeccably crafted explorations of love, romance and
relationships have made an indelible imprint on the evolution of contemporary pop music
throughout the world with over 125 Top-10 R&B and Pop hits, 42 #1's R&B hits, and 51
Top-10 Pop hits (including 16 #1's). He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Soul
Train Music Awards, BMI Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and American Music Awards.
Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds was the recipient of the third BET Walk of Fame Award
(previous honorees were Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston), and was named BET's
"Entertainer of the Year" at the First Annual BET Awards Ceremony. He will receive a star
on Hollywood's legendary Walk of Fame in Feb. 2011 and is currently in the studio working
on new material for his next solo album, due for release in late 2010.
"I am truly excited about being a part of a very exceptional Music Festival!," stated
Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. This willbe my first visit to St Kitts and I am looking forward
to exploring as much of the island as time will allow, experiencing the unique Kittitian
hospitality and performing for everyone at the Festival."
"We are thrilled to announce Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds' participation in our 14th
Annual St Kitts Music Festival," said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism &
International Transport. "Kenny has had an undeniable presence in virtually every major
facet of pop music for over the past three decades and his performance will reinforce the
musical variety that has made the St Kitts Music Festival outstanding."
Now in its 14th consecutive year, the festival attracts both locals and visitors alike. It
features various musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae,
Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music. Past artists have included such prominent
acts as John Legend, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Wyclef Jean,
Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Dionne Warwick, Billy Ocean, Kenny Rogers, Boyz II Men, King Konris,
Stephen Marley, Regina Belle, Maxi Priest, and Lord Nelson.
Music lovers from the US and Canada can get to St. Kitts via non-stop service on
American Airlines from New York (JFK) or Miami, on Delta Air Lines from Atlanta, and on
US Airways from Charlotte as well as via connecting service through San Juan on American
Eagle or via flights on regional carrier Liat from Antigua. Canadian visitors can connect via
select US gateways. From the UK, British Airways operates direct flights from London
Gatwick airport on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, St. Kitts offers a diverse
tourism product developed from the destination's natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich
history. The island's stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the
tropical rainforest, riding the Caribbean's only scenic passenger railway, visiting the Caribelle
Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park (an UNESCO World Heritage
Site), and traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet
dining, gaming at one of St. Kitts' two casinos or simply relaxing on one of the island's
sandy beaches. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels or
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Dr. Harris calls on
St. Kitts and Nevis to
gives an update on St. Kitts and Nevis Aquaculture Pilot Project and
Environmental Research (SNAPPER). On the right is Senior
Fisheries Officer, Joseph Simmonds.
BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (April 25,2010) SeniorMinister with
responsibility for Marine Resources, Dr Timothy Harris, has said that
while the sea is providing less fish resources than other avenues like
aquaculture, St. Kitts and Nevis has a head start in the area of fish
"Fishing under manmade controlled circumstances relative to fishing
being conducted in the open natural environment has been the fastest
growing area over the last ten years in terms of fisheries output," reported
The Senior Minister made the observation after a visit, last week, to
the Conaree Beach-based St. Kitts and Nevis Aquaculture Pilot Project
and Environmental Research (SNAPPER), where he concluded that in
another ten years more fish would be had from aquaculture and other
related types of environment than from the natural sea, lakes and other
kinds of water bodies.
Accompanied by the Senior Fisheries Officer, Joseph Simmonds,
Minister Harris was on an invitation to tour the project, his first since
taking over the Marine Resources docket, by the project coordinator
and chief operating officer, Dr Barrington Brown. The project has been
ongoing since 1999.
"I want to firstly commend him (Dr Brown) for the initiative he has
taken in getting into a hitherto untried area of operation," said Minister
Harris. "This adds an interesting dimension to our marine outlook in that
4*i --.-ted *
Dr Barrington Brown watches as fisheries officer attached to
S..IPPER, Samuel Hyliger, casts the nets.
Dr Barrington Brown (centre) shows Dr Harris i(, gil, and
Simmonds some of the fish ponds.
largely we have in the main been
involved primarily in sea fishing
and the development of
aquaculture has not yet taken off
in St. Kitts."
He recalled that in the past
there were efforts in the Canada
area of St. Kitts to start a shrimp
farm, which did not succeed. But
withDr Brown's research into fresh
water fish (tilapia) farming in
brackish water has given St. Kitts
a head start, saying it is
academically interesting as it
provides a new way of looking at
knowledge, and a new way of
"It is important that St. Kitts
and Nevis at least has a head start
in that particular technology in
that particular approach, because
following the global pattern in the
end it appears that this is where
the world will get its greatest spool
of fish resources and we want to
be integrated into that particular
approach," said Dr Harris.
He said that his Ministry
would have to look into its
incentive mechanisms to see how
it wouldbe able to get more people
of the Barrington Brown type to
become involved with fishing. He
explained that these would have
to be people who have a certain
level of preparedness, maturity,
interest and knowledge to allow for
ongoing self interested research,
a lot of which Dr Brown has done
to be able to provide the kind of
stable leadership over an entity
such as SNAPPER.
Accordingly he revealed that
the government has been very
helpful to the venture at Conaree,
as it have made available the
services of one of its more
experienced officers at the
Fisheries Unit, Samuel Hyliger, to
that particular project.
"I left there very satisfied, even
more interested as to the prospects
for aquaculture in St. Kitts and
Nevis and wanting to see what
more we can do to sustain ventures
like that to help them grow and
develop into profitable ventures,"
pointed out Dr Harris.
The Minister observed that Dr
Barrington Brown has found some
degree of interest coming from
abroad which he said speaks to the
potential for growth, not only
domestically but beyond the
domestic market and if that can
grow, then the country could
develop in years to come, a
sustainable and prosperous
aquaculture industry, that would
also earn foreign exchange.
"We are going to add to the
level of employment and
employment opportunities for
people in the country and
hopefully as we do all these things
we are also improving on the
human resources of the country
especially skills that such an
operation would require, could be
developed over time and be made
available for ongoing use of these
particular entities," added Minister
April 2010 wettest on
Nevis in 12 years; Water
call for conservation
(April 26, 2010) Chief of Air
Traffic Services on Nevis Mr.
Daron Sutton, told the
Department of Information on
Monday, that April 2010 has been
the wettest ever recorded since
the Met Office at the Airport in
Newcastle began its Air Traffic
Control/MET operations in 1998.
"This April has been the
wettest April so far. Rainfall as of
today 26th [April, 2010] is 169.3
mm. The second wettest April
was in 2005 with 104.1mm," he
Manager of the Nevis Water
Department Mr George Morris
According to Mr. Sutton, (le pnofo)
rainfall totals for 2010 to date was 240.4 mm. The average monthly
rainfall for the year so far was 60.1 mm. Two thousand and nine was the
driest year with an average monthly rainfall of 58.93 mm. It has been
recorded as the driest year to date with a total of 707.1 mm of rain,
whereas the highest rainfall was in 2004 with 1619.4 mm.
Meantime, General Manager of the Nevis Water Department Mr.
George Morris said though Nevis had enjoyed a weekend of much
rainfall (38.1mm according to statistics fromthe Met Office at the airport
in Newcastle), after a prolonged drought since November 2009, there
was need for continued conservation.
"I would want to say that we still have to use precaution because
we are doing much better than a month ago but I would still like to echo
the sentiments of conservation. It is not because we are seeing water
in abundance right now, [we have to] remember where we came from
within a couple of months.
"The emphasis is on conservation, we should still try to conserve
water. When we have more water from our surface springs, we would
take less from ground water sources. We get a lot of wastage in schools
and public buildings" he said.
The Water Official said a representative from the Department was
slated to attend a drought management conference in St. Lucia from
May 27-28. He said the Caribbean Basin Initiative Management Project
in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank would sponsor
the conference on the topic "Drought Management Issues, Challenges
and Lessons for the Caribbean Water utilities".
Notwithstanding, Mr. Morris explained that the weekend's rains
had a positive impact on the island's water resources as a result of
reduced consumption. He said there was less need for portable water
therefore, there was a lessened demand on the Department's wells
even for a short period of time.
He said during the drought their three water sources the Nevis
Peak Source, the Camps Springs and the Maddens Source -were flowed
at maximum capacity.
In addition, Mr. Morris noted that the larger pipes placed in the
areas of Fothergills along with the rains helped to alleviate shutting off
the water supply at nights in some areas. The work that was done at
Golden Rock helped the department to move a greater volume of water
from Fothergills to Stoney Hill also assisted.
Heavy rains at Pinneys on the Nevis Island Main Road (file photo)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH 2010 15
Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 23, 2010 (SKNIS): Activities for the local
celebration of GlobalYouth Service Day climaxed today (April 23) with a
march through the streets of Basseterre.
Students from several primary and secondary schools joined with
youth partners, and representatives from the local CARICOM Youth
Ambassador Programme as well as staff of the Ministry of Youth
Empowerment to raise the awareness of the public towards the importance
of volunteerism and youth involvement.
Ii \\. good. I really enjoyed the march," said one student. Another
noted that "she has never heard of the international commemoration but
felt it was important to take part in the march to highlight the positives
performed by a large majority of young people in St. Kitts and Nevis.
The students of the Cayon High School clearly felt the spirit as they
led the march with clapping and singing.
"I'm very satisfied with the support that we received for this week's
activities," Director of Youth Geoffrey Hanley said at the end of the
march. "We asked the children the question: 'How will they be able to
change the world?' And we're talking about the globe, as well as their
S:.. A .
African Grammy Award winner to
BASSETERRE ST. KITTS
(April 26, 2010)- Ivorian singer,
dancer and percussionist Dobet
Gnahor6 will be in concert in St.
Kitts on the evening of Thursday
May 13 at the Blue Martin at the
St. Kitts Marriott, thanks to
Alliance Francaise of St. Kitts and
Nevis and other sponsors.
Proceeds from the concert will go
towards earthquake relief efforts
In making the announcement
on Friday April 23, Rita Schneider,
Director of Alliance Francaise of
St. Kitts and Nevis noted that
Dobet Gnahor6 of Ivory Coast in
West Africa, and American India
Arie, in February won a 2010
Grammy Award in the category
Performance for solo, duo, group
or collaborative performances
with vocals" for the song 'Pearls'
inspired by the Dobet Gnahord's
track 'Palea', from her second
"I am happy to get to come to
own individuality in terms of their
attitude and what they can do to
make a change in their lives and
the life of others."
Mr. Hanley told SKNIS that the
group planted several trees at
Fortlands in Basseterre before the
start of the march. During this
week, they also delivered care
baskets to the Joseph N. France
Hospital and the Cardin Home,
tidied Cockle Shell Beach and
painted a public bathroom at St.
Johnson's Village. Local
entrepreneur Ashley Allers was
moved by the volunteer service
and donated several cans of paint
to apply a paint border on the
bottom of the bathroom walls.
"I must say a special thank you
to all the persons that participated
or contributed to this year's
celebration, the Youth Director
said. He paid tribute to staff
members Diane Dunrod Francis
and Rudell Williams for organizing
the activities. He also thanked
businessman and youth activist
Khrystus Wallace for delivering a
speech to the marchers who
gathered at Independence Square.
Wallace encouraged the
participants to remain positive,
work hard and believe in
Local activities for Global
Youth Service Day conclude with
worship on Sunday, April 25, at the
Zion Moravian Church. The April
23 to 25 international observance
takes place in 100 countries and is
organized foryouth to identify and
address the needs of their
communities; organizations to
provide opportunities for youth
engagement; and media and policy
makers to promote awareness of
young people as assets and
resources to their communities.
perform in St. Kitts
Director of Alliance Frangaise of St. Kitts and Nevis, Rita Schneider
(left) and office assistant Kelly Jeetlall review posters 1,. hl ,. 0', 10
Dobet Gnahore 'sJ.i, il.. V,,,, visit to St. Kitts.
St. Kitts a musician of such caliber," said Schneider. "It is the first time
we are having an artiste from Africa, and it is really refreshing as she will
bring a new blend, and different styles of music. I urge all music lovers to
come out and experience an evening of compelling performances of
modern-traditional African music blends and dance."
The singer who is also being sponsored by the (French) General
Delegation of St. Lucia, Frigate Bay Resort, WINN FM 98.9, ZIZ
Broadcasting Corporation, St. Kitts Bottling Company, Air Caraibes, and
Harper's Office Depot, will perform in St. Kitts only one night, following
her performance at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival.
Dobet Gnahord, who is widely travelled, inherited the force of the
"B&tC" tradition from her father, Boni Gnahord, a master percussionist
who plays with the Abidjan-based Ki-Yi Mbock Company, directed by
It was within this Ivory Coast-based company that Dobet met French
guitarist ColinLaroche de F6line, who went there to immerse himself in
African melodies and rhythms, after being introduced to them by Toroma
Sika in France.
Director of Alliance Francaise of St. Kitts and Nevis, Rita Schneider,
is appealing to all residents to make a date with the Ivorian singer, who
will give them their money's worth even as they raise funds for the
earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. "Thursday May 13 is a day not to be
missed. Tickets are available from the Alliance Francaise of St. Kitts and
Nevis offices in Greenland."
An image ofDobet Gnahore as portrayed by a poster issued last
year on her visit to Venezuela.
16 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH 2010
"LifeLines is a monthly column dedicated to addressing issues of A/RL/ N E SER V/-C ES L 7-
mental, behavioral, 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 community medicine ".
Dealing with Grief and Loss
Death and the subsequent feeling of grief that accompanies the
loss, is an aspect of our lives that we cannot escape, and a facet of life
that is important to understand. Helping people deal with loss and grief
is often neglected, because loved ones, friends and otherwise well-
intentioned persons, who are keen on helping the grieving person 'get
through' the torment that is the experience of grieving, erroneously try
to do everything possible to erase the object of grief from the person's
While the intention is an altruistic one, formulated to guide the
grieving individual back to a life of "normalcy" and "moving on" as
quickly as possible, forcing an individual through such a necessary
process without allowing for due process to occur can make the grieving
process more difficult, harder to navigate, and more unlikely to ever
have the possibility of reaching closure so that life could in fact, go on.
This article will look at some issues of grief and loss and seek to enhance
people's understanding of the process, so that persons giving support
to grieving loved ones can do so with sensitivity and respect.
The Time Frame of Grief- The time frame allotted to the grieving
process is as unique and specific to an individual, as a person's features
are specific and unique to him. No two people are alike! There is no
magic time period by which a person should "be over it", nor is there an
arbitrary time line on which a person travels that automatically transitions
him from 'grieving' to 'healed in an instant'. The time frame for dealing
with grief is personally determined and includes, but is not limited to,
factors like personality, personal coping skills, outside support, traumatic
vs. natural loss, ability to "prepare" for the loss, personal spiritual beliefs
and spiritual support, to name a few.
The implication here is that there must be overt respect and sensitivity
shown to the grieving individual, allowing him the comfort of knowing
that others understand his need to get through grief at his own pace,
and in his own time. That acknowledged freedom alone is significant, for
it allows him the ability to sort out his sorrow in the way that is relevant
to him, so that an eventual move towards healing could occur.
The Manifestation of Grief- In the same way that the time line allotted
to personal grieving is internally driven, so too is the way that grief
presents itself, and that must be acknowledged with respect. No broad
brush could paint a common picture of how a person deals with the
death of a loved one. Many have experienced anecdotal stories of
comparison suggesting that a person be more like "so and so", who "is
not crying anymore, so [I] don't understand why she doesn't stop crying
Grieving individuals manifest their grief differently. One individual
may need to have quiet time to reflect on the loved one on a daily basis;
another may cry frequently; yet another may pick up and carry on with
the outward normalcy of life in quick time, and yet another may have
difficulty in speaking the person's name out loud. One may engage in
looking at pictures and touching possessions of the deceased, and yet
another may immediately seek to remove their loved one's personal
possessions (like clothes) from the home so that they could try to
continue with their life.
One act does not signal more or less love or caring than the other! It
is simply what it is the fact that in processing the pain of grief, each
person must be aware of and comfortable with the road he must take in
order to reframe a life that had been disrupted by the event of a death. As
persons supporting people in their grief, this must be known and
The two issues presented above account for a tiny part of the vast
discussion on the complexity of grief and the way it impacts individuals
suffering from loss. However, in the same way that we must understand
people's personal and individual response to processing death, it is just
as important to highlight similarities among things that impact people at
Anniversaries and "firsts"
Anniversaries and "firsts" will always have the ability to jolt the
individual (no matter how well adjusted they may appear) into the painful
remembrance of the loss and how much it still impacts them. The first
outing to a special place; the first Christmas, birthday, anniversary; the
first time the bereaved has to call the deceased' name; the first time
hearing a song that he enjoyed; the first time eating his favourite food -
these all have the potential to bring a fresh wave of pain with which the
individual has to deal. Supportive onlookers often pay special care to
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How Is Your Self Esteem?
Insight 4: The Power of Respect
Self esteem and self respect are intimately connected. One is an
integral part of the other. One is not possible without the other.
Unfortunately, learning how to respect ourselves is not usually part of
our education curricula. This is why our relationships are so difficult,
filled with conflict, often abuse, and certainly the frequent breakdown in
communication. The root reason for all these symptoms of inner and
outer disharmony is a lack of self respect. Even though the other person
is throwing all their negative energy at us, if we can maintain our own
self respect we will be able to remain stable, positive and unaffected. In
fact, if our self respect is strong, we will not feel the need to return tit for
tit but we will be able to return understanding and compassion instead.
So how do we restore, build and strengthen our self respect. One
way is to practice giving respect to others no matter what they are like,
or what they do. To give respect to another human being is the foundation
stone of that relationship. What we seldom realize is that in the process
of respecting another, we are first of all respecting ourselves. We are the
first to receive it on the way out. We tend to think the other person exists
'out there' quite separate from us. They do, but they also exist in our
own minds. So when we give respect to others we are creating respect
within ourselves for our self. In the giving of respect we build our own
self respect in the process.
For Reflection: What do you think is the biggest inner barrier to
developing the ability to give respect to others? What does showing
respect look like?
Insight 5: Self Worth is True Worth
If you base your sense of self worth on your position, income and
possessions, you will not have real self esteem. All of these things are
understanding the pain that the
bereaved person experiences at
"special" occasions, like birthdays
or Christmases, but it is rarely
recognized that the grieving
individual experiences a series of
"firsts" almost on a daily basis, and
that even though they may appear
to be minor, their impact on the
bereaved is just as powerful.
transient, they come and go,
sometimes at the most unexpected
moments. This is why almost all of
us have a self esteem issue. We
are all taught by our society, which
is now a global society, that worth
is measured by rank, quantity of
possessions and the amount of
monetary income. However, such
belief leads to inevitable sorrow
and unhappiness. Witness the
worker or manager on the end of
the down-sizing of their
organization/company and their
inevitable redundancy or early
retirement. Suddenly, after a
lifetime of stability, their
employment and income are totally
lost and they are spiraling into
despair, and in some cases even
contemplating suicide. What is the
reason for this? They have allowed
their self esteem to be defined by
their work, their capabilities at
work, their salary level and other
achievements through working at
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Dealing with a loved one who is grieving is difficult to experience,
and even more difficult to facilitate because of the natural instinct we
have to move people away from pain and into happiness. However, if we
remember that grieving is a natural process that is deeply personal and
individual to people, and if we develop a level of comfort in letting that
individual manifestation reveal itself, then we would be doing a great
deal in helping grief move from extreme pain into a level of healing.
Submitted by Michele de la Coudray-Blake
Ministry of Social Development
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH 2010 J 17
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Te s5alt of tke
I invite you to examine with me the words spoken by our Lord
thousands of years ago. "Ye are the salt of the earth, but if the salt have
lost his savour, where with shall it be salted? It is hence forth good for
nothing, but to be cast our and to be trodden under the foot of men"
Our Lord's expression" Salt that has lost its flavour" is a chilling and
frightening indictment. As we all know sodium chloride (salt) is a stable
compound and does not lose its saltiness.
Most supply of salt in Palestine those days came from the Dead Sea
where other minerals and sand were mixed with it inadvertently or
otherwise. The salt could dissolve in time leaving a useless, tasteless
compound that was good for nothing.
The paradox here is that the same element that was intended to
penetrate and permeate with Christian values and transform our
environment and society could lose its savour causing onlookers to
No wonder Paul warned young Timothy to be extra careful in his
walk and talk if he was to be influential in a positive manner. "No man
that warreth entangleth himself wit the affairs of this life; that he may
please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier" (2Tim 2:4). The operative
word is "entangleth" which means "to become embroiled", or worse yet,
to have your conscience "searched" with a hot iron" thus losing your
Christian conviction and influence for Christ. We should always
remember that Christ left us, that we should follow His steps." (1 Peter
If readers had found the time to read the text given earlier they would
have noticed that I stopped short of mentioning a significant cocktail
blend of "light and yeast" that is designed for the good of society. Note
our Lord's words "ye are the light of the world" (v 14) more about that
subject next week. Suffice it to say, as individuals, more so Christians,
we are expected to be a positive and necessary force and influence in a
SALT ITS HISTORY
Here is a bird's eye view. Salt is rightly included by Ben Sira among
the things "basic to all the things in man's life". The Hebrews of the
Southern Kingdom at least had access to inexhaustible stores of salt,
both in the waters of the Dead Sea and elsewhere.
In addition to its daily use as a condiment in the preparation of food
observer what Job said. "Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without
salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg? (Job 6:6). These days
medical practitioners advise us to be careful how we use it.
Salt also had an important place in the sacrificial ritual, and was
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employed by the Hebrews in an
even greater variety of ways than
it is among ourselves. In other
tractates of the Mishnah we find
frequent references to the use of
salt for preserving fish, for pickling
olives, vegetables etc.
In the developed priestly
legislation, there canbe little doubt
that the presence of salt had a
symbolic significance. From its use
as a preservative reflected in our
Lord's figure "You are the salt of
the earth" (Matth 5:13) and as an
antidote to decay, it is natural that
salt had become a symbol of
permanence and even of life as
opposed to death and decay.
In marked contrast as a symbol
of life stands its parallel occurrence
as a symbol of barrenness,
desolation and death. (Read
SALT- ITS INFLUENCE
It would be wise for all of us to
carefully study this quotation by
de Tocqueville. He wrote "Once
religion is mixed with the bitter
passions of the world, it cannot
avoid losing its influence. The
church cannot share the temporal
power of the state without being
the object of a portion of that
animosity which the latter excites".
As Christians we are called
upon to be Salt penetrating a rotten
world. There is no doubt that we
are living in a reeling, perishing,
staggering, decaying and
collapsing world. Edmund Burke
once remarked "All that is
necessary for evil to prevail is for
good mento do nothing." It means
that as Christians we have a moral
obligation to be involved
positively in world and community
Our platform ought to be in
accordance with what is set out in
Timothy's words "I exhort
therefore that first of all
supplications and giving of thanks
be made for all men; for kings and
for all that are in authority, that we
may lead a quiet and peaceable life
in all godliness and honesty For
this is good and acceptable in the
sight of God our Saviour" (1
The ability to ensure justice,
peace and an open door for the
gospel is what we should look for
as we work together to build our
Finally, it is worth knowing that
the doctrine of the Gospel is also a
Salt because it is penetrating to the
extent that it reaches the heart.
Furthermore, it is cleansing, it is
relishing and preserves from
Whether we take a macro or
micro look at the manifestation of
sin in our community or the world,
we see for sure, that sin manifests
itself in evil, in oppression, in
injustice, injealousy, in rivalry, in
hate and poverty.
The basic Christian values are
the extact opposite healing,
reconciling, encouraging, feeding
the poor, visiting the sick and the
prisoners. As salt we have the
Message of Good News that
indeed God has dealt with the
forces of injustice and evil
through the death, burial and
resurrection of Christ.
GENERAL HOSPITAL CONNECTS WITH
Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 23,2010 (SKNIS): The new Hospital Information System (HIS) was described at
a technical milestone because it enables computerization of the hospital records and billing system, when it
was launched last Thursday (April 22).
Director of Technology Wesley Wharton said that the introduction of the technology heralds new
efficiencies and completely modernizes the way in which the Ministry of Health and the Joseph N. France
(JNF) Hospital manages interactions with the many patients that utilize the health services.
"This is a remarkable achievement for St. Kitts and Nevis, as this capability is in comparison, not yet
available even in some developed countries," Mr. Wharton enthused. "The Technology Department with the
support of our Taiwan partners has been able to put together a system which manages the patients' records
throughout the patients' visit to the hospital and makes for greater efficiency in patient care."
Mr. Wharton noted that this is just the beginning of such technology in patient care. He said that future
accomplishments should be the inclusion of all local hospitals in the HIS.
The Director of Technology also mentioned that a pilot programme had been introduced to the nurses at
JNF, which guided them in the use of hand held devices such as the iPhone and Blackberry in order to access
websites with updated medical information including drug interaction, doses and technologies for remote
Permanent Secretary inthe Ministry of Health Mr. Elvis Newton commended the JNF Staff for their diligent
involvement in the development of the technology and acknowledged the Republic of China (Taiwan), The
Cable and the Staff of the Department of Technology. He explained how the project began as a result of a
World Bank funded HIV/AIDS project.
"Its intention then was to get an entire Health Information System to serve the entire health sector, but on
the four different occasions, based on the consultancies that were done, the Ministry was advised that we
needed US$800,000 to develop the system," Mr. Newton stated. The project did not countenance that cost,
so we had to turn to the Republic of China (Taiwan), to ensure firstly, the development of the appropriate
technology, then also we had to turn to the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Ministry of Sustainable
Development to secure the funding."
Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency Rong Chuan Wu said that the HIS
is an excellent example of effective collaboration.
"The international ICT corporation is not easy, because it not only involves technology but it involves
knowing the mentality and culture," His Excellency Wu noted. "For the last two years I have learnt that the
process in not easy but finally we are going to harvest the results. So let me recommend and congratulate all
the parties involved."
Minister responsible for Technology Honourable Glenn Phillip, said that he was pleased with the process.
"It is therefore essential that the medical staff properly utilize this wonderful tool to realize the resulting
benefits to be derived when ICTs are applied to support existing process and also to ensure that our citizens
obtain the improved service that they richly deserve," Minister Phillip said.
Minister responsible for Health Honourable Marcella Liburd said that it was important to use the opportunity
to ensure efficient and effective service to the general public.
"Despite the financial and other challenges that we are going through, at this time, the government had
great input in what we are witnessing today," Minister Liburd emphasized. "The government was responsible
for the equipment, and I understand that it is state-of-the-art. We collaborated with the Republic of China
(Taiwan), who were responsible for the technology and training in collaboration with the Department of
Minister Liburd said that Ambassador Wu had noted that St. Kitts was a leader in Technology and she
stated that this would not have been possible with the assistance from the Government of the Republic of
Venezuela offers higher
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Glenn Phillip: Minister of Youth Empowerment.
BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (April 27, 2010) Federal Minister of
Youth Empowerment, Glenn Phillip, while dispelling rumours that the
Youth Empowerment through Skills (YES) Programme is to be disbanded,
on Monday April 26 announced that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
has offered further skills training opportunities for the programme's
students in that country.
"That is a component of the YES programme which we have not
utilised as yet," said Phillip. "We will be sending some of our students to
Venezuela to further their skills training. Taking them to the South
American country is going to be like an upper level portion of the Youth
Empowerment through Skills (YES) Programme training."
He pointed out that the Venezuelans are willing to take in students
who will be exposed to computer, hospitality and other types of training
disciplines within the YES Programme. They will notbe going to Venezuela
to do anything different from what they are currently but will be an
extension of what they are doing, he stressed, only at a higher level.
While he did not divulge the number of students who will go to
Venezuela, Minister Phillip observed that evaluation will be done to
determine those students best suited to take up the training. The YES
Programme will shortly embark on certification of the students already in
the programme because the government does not want to send persons
who are not qualified.
As to when the students will go to the South American country,
Minister Phillip said: "We are working with the Venezuelans. They are
ready for our students and right now it is up to us whenever we are
ready and that is why I feel so strongly that certification has to be done,
and this will be in a few weeks' time."
Following the swearing in of the new St. Kitts and Nevis Labour
Party-led government after the January 25 Federal elections, the YES
Programme was put under the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, and
Minister Phillip has said that the programme is transitioning to a higher
level by being reformed in some aspects now that it has been running for
one year since its launch.
"First of all we are making sure that the persons who attend the YES
Programme and who have qualified are certified to ensure that at the end
of the day it is not like a walk in the park," he observed. "The students
are basically going through classes, learning skills and thereafter they
will get certificates that they will be able to use throughout the
Disbandment of the YES Programme is not on the agenda at this
point in time, he said. He however pointed out that some of the courses
that persons attended have matured and noted that with some little
tweaking, especially considering the harsh economic times that are still
facing the nation, the government is making sure that after they have
graduated from the programme they are not left on their own.
"We make sure that they do not exceed one year within the programme,
so that they do not use it as a job per se," clarified the Minister. "It is
really a six-month skills training programme but we try and assist in
those matters. We assess the situation if they cannot get a job and we
try to get them back in the programme and train them for another six
months in another discipline and by that time they should be able to
matriculate to do their work."
The other component the government has put in place to ensure a
holistic approach to youth empowerment in the country is that within
the YES Programme, persons who are interested in entrepreneurship,
the Saint Kitts and Nevis Development Bank will assist them with soft
loans of at least $10,000 to start their own business, announced the
Youth Empowerment Minister.
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Irish Town Primary show gratitude
to teacher of the month
By Melissa Amsterdam
The students and Principal of the Irish Town Primary School, showed
gratitude and appreciation to one of their beloved teachers Ms. Natasha
Elliott, on Thursday April 22nd.
Ms. Elliott a Grade 5 teacher who is a shy but deserving candidate
of the title, 'Teacher of the Month' was showered with love by her
adoring students and the members of the Student Council.
She was awarded with a trip to Laws Book Store to cash in a $100
voucher to purchase school supplies for her class a donation made by
Principal of the School, Mr. Elvis Charles, explained that Ms. Elliott
fitted the criteria to be chosen as Teacher of the Month.
She was described by Mr. Charles as going the "extra mile by
facilitating after school classes, providing for the students needs and
taking them to church".
Ms. Elliott who has been a teacher at the school for three years said
that she was especially happy to be chosen and recognized for her
efforts as a teacher.
"When I started teaching I taught Grade 4 and then I taught Grade 5.
The students I am presently
teaching in Grade 5 are the same
students I taught in Grade 4. I have
a special love for them," the
teacher being awarded stated.
She said: "I love teaching and
I try to go the extra mile to make
them feel comfortable in and out
the classroom all of this is to show
them that even though I am their
teacher they can still come and talk
According to Ms. Elliott the
student's response to her special
treatment is amazing. "In doing
what I did I have seen an
improvement of attitude in the
students, with the special
treatment they have become more
respectful," she noted.
Last Thursday morning
one teacher Grade five
teacher of the Irish Town
Primary School, Natasha
Elliott (centre) was
, awarded teacher of the
Month. She is surrounded
here by some appreciative
students. Left of Elliott is
president of the student
council, 11-year old
Samantha Richards of
Grade 6.Back (L) is
Proprietor ofLaws RJ &
'I Sons, Edris Laws and (R)
supervisor of the store,
S Ken Martin.
(Photo by Precious Mills)
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH 2010
promotion which I desIev
Some of us join military and
semi-military organizations with
the intention of disciplining
ourselves, earning a salary and of
being promoted in the ranks at
some time or other. Isn't this true,
The un-ambitions stays in one
rank all the time, content to receive
their pay and just perform their
duties in a kind of way which does
not earn them the respect, the
loyalty and the admiration of their
officers and fellow personnel. But
the ambitions ones sit their
examinations when the times are
due. They perform their duties in
an admirable way and, by the way,
they carry themselves
(deportment) they catch the eyes
of the officers in charge and they
are catapulted into the high ranks
of the organization.
In our upward mobility, we do
not forget those who were our
friends during the period that we
were inthe low ranks, forfriendship
like love is not like an electric
switch which we switch off at our
whims and fancies. Friendship is a
God-given gift which ought to be
treasured and preserved. There are
some thoughts which believe that,
on moving upward, one should
dismantle all connections and
connect and form new alliances in
the rank one finds him or herself
in. As I have said before, in this
and previous articles that we
should never, ever forget our
roots, our foundations, where we
In order to climb a ladder, we
have to use the first rung to get to
the second and the second to
reach the third and so forth, until
we reach the top of the ladder.
Regardless of how athletic we are,
we just cannot jump up to the top
of the ladder like that, for, each
rung of the ladder brings its own
share of experience.
There are times when the
ladder would sway when we are in
the middle, making us unsure as
to whether or not we should
continue our upward climb. The
faint hearted would ease back
down the ladder, but the strong
hearted would continue the climb
because his main objective is to
reach the top.
Our goal in life is, should and
always be to reach the top, so that
when we join an organization, we
do not intend to remain a floor
member all of the time. Being floor
member, or remaining a floor
member all the time depends upon
whether or not that organization
to which we belong is democratic.
If it is democratic, we have a fifty
to fifty chance of elevate
ourselves. We also have to bear in
mind that not all organizations are
formed and created to have certain
persons attain the top position, so
they create conditions as to who
can join and who cannot join.
The fees to join are enormous
or the conditions to join are racially
prescribed or written in their
constitution. These are not
democratic organizations. They
were formed to keep certain
persons in their places, even
though these persons, who are
kept out, believe that they should
be admitted because of their
education and their social
standing in the community.
These persons would try to
invent all kinds of loopholes just
to become a member of that
organisation, even to the point of
seeking assistance from
government to pass laws
outlawing the existence of such
organizations. Do you know how
many black professionals
approached Mr. Bradshaw to
outlaw the South African Tennis
Club in Victoria Road?
Mr. Bradshaw often advised
them, "go and form your own club!
What do you want to join that club
for?" Mr. Bradshaw, God bless his
departed soul, was correct. People
do not want to mix with you, but
you killing up yourself to mix up
with them. Go and form your own
and keep them out. Mix with your
own. Feel comfortable with your
own. But some people just can't.
When a political party is
formed and want to run for office,
that political party has to be a
democratic organization, for, were
they to win an election, they would
have to practise democracy, unless
they have a hidden agenda. There
are many kinds of political parties.
There are those parties which
support the underprivileged or
down trodden masses who are
exploited and oppressed. They
fight for better conditions of the
working class people, for right and
privileges which are denied them.
These parties are called left wing
parties, socialists and sometimes
Then there are those parties
which hold a central position. They
are neither left nor right. I
personally do not know what
position or what stance they held
for they seem to be in neutral gear
and, in politics. There is no
neutrality. In the system under
which we live, you are either for
the poor and oppressed or you are
for the oppressors.
Dear reader, this is only my
opinion. There are two forces out
there in my opinion.
There are the right wing parties
out there which comprise of rich
people who believe that they are
divinely created to keep the
masses of people as hewers of
wood and drawers of water. They
believe that it is their divine
privilege to enjoy all that life has
to offer and, when they are fully
satisfied, they can show some
mercy upon the masses by
allowing the crumbs which are
beneath them to gather up to
trickle down to the poor and the
oppressed peoples of the world.
What kind of divine being would
so ordained to be governed, when
His Son who came in human form
sided with the poor and oppressed
peoples? What kind of God would
favour such a system?
The right wing parties are
comprised of the sons and
daughters of those who upheaved
us from our native Africa, and
brought us here to amass huge
profits from our toil and labour.
They then went into our Mother
Country and did the same thing,
bringing raced segregation and
economic degradation; they
imprisoned those of us who dared
to demand better conditions.
They murdered us and labelled
us as terrorists for daring to free
ourselves from their bondage. So,
my dear readers, you have an
outline of all the various or
differing types of political parties
which canbe formed. Oh! I forgot
to tell you that the parties which
look after the interest of the
working class are also known as
'a grass roots parties' while those
of the right racist wingers are called
Conservatives or Aristocratic
In our homeland we have the
Labour Party or the Grass Root
Party which was formed to
champion the cause of the
ordinary downtrodden and
oppressed masses of the day.
Then you have the People's Action
Movement, PAM, which is an
offshoot of the Planters
Democratic Party. You might be
telling yourself that I have said
this in a previous article. While I
am repeating myself, the message
which I want to convey is that any
member, whojoins any of these two
parties, should be given the
chance if he or she is ambitious
enough, to be catapulted to the top
through democratic elections at
the annual party convention.
To do otherwise is to turn you
party into an undemocratic
organization in which the vast
majority of members would be
discriminated against and would
only be there to make filling. They
would really have no say at all in
the running of the Party or to elect
or select those who they want,
wish, or hope to run the party.
They are the lowly of lowliest say
In the People's Action
Movement, it is clear for all to see
that the Party in its present
predicament is very undemocratic,
is not grass roots and was never
created for the likes of my good
BY EARL CLARKE
friend Mr. Shawn Richards who
possesses no chance at all of ever
becoming the party leader. Never
at all, Shawn does not have any
breeding, he is from working class
and he is not rich. All these factors
weigh against him, he emerged
from a lineage of cane cutters,
postmen, cane-weeders, and
domestic servants. He is flesh of
the flesh of his forbears who
toiled on the sugar plantation and
he is bone of the bones of his
female forbears who were raped in
the cane ranges of the sugar cane
Educated as he is with his
Masters Degree, he cannot be
catapulted to the highest rung of
the ladder of the party, because of
his lineage. He is like unto a
cockroach among fowls. He is
playing a dangerous game. He is
on the wrong side of history. He is
a betrayal to the oppressed family
who at one time hailed Mr.
Bradshaw as their liberator. What
has caused him to think or to even
believe that he is better than his
A Leader of the party who has
lost the elections twice and up to
now, has not been asked to resign,
so that the person who won his
seat twice could become the
leader? When I listen to the
utterings of my good friend
Shawn, on the political platform or
in the Parliament, I often wonder
why he always sounds so bitter.
Could it be that he is frustrated
because he realizes that he cannot
and will never be the Leader of his
party? Has he come to the
conclusion that PAM is not for the
likes of him and was never
intended to be so? Has he been
hearing the voices of his forbears
telling him that those who
despised them could never
embrace him as family because he
is an extension of them? Are they
calling him a traitor for opposing
those who fought for their
redemption and their dignity as
If Shawn was born on any of
the estates or sugar plantations on
which his leader lived, his leader
would not so much as looked in
his direction when he passed to
and fro from school in his car. I
keep repeating that PAM is a
family club which allows some
people membership, but such
members are toothless and
Dr Denzil Douglas joined the
Labour Party as a young Labour
representative. He worked his way
up until he is now leader. Lee
Llewellyn Moore lost his seat to
Consie Mitchum and tendered his
resignation after losing his seat.
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Fife and Banjo workshop
By Melissa Amsterdam
A cultural revival has taken off with the launch of a Fife and Banjo
workshop which started on Monday April 26th, at the International House
Museum and Edgar Challenger Library located on Central Street,
The workshop which is being sponsored by the National Olympic
Committee (NOC) was conceptualized by Mr. Winston 'Zack' Nisbett,
who is referred to as the Doctor of Culture and the curator of the
International House Museum and Edgar Challenger Library.
During the opening ceremony, Nisbett adamantly said that, "It is
imperative that we preserve our cultural heritage".
He called on the venerable patriarchs of the community to inculcate
the youths to embrace their cultural heritage. "This is the time we have
to nurture and preserve what we have," he stated.
Mr. Alphonso Bridgewater, President of the National Olympic
Association made a few remarks about the workshop.
"The Olympic Association feels attached to a programme of this
nature because it focuses on youth," he remarked.
"Studies have shown that people who do well in school are also
involved in music," Bridgewater said to the students of the St. Paul's
Primary School who will be participating in the workshop. "Here is an
opportunity for you to become even more rounded".
He said that he was very happy with the workshop which holds a
high number of young men. Bridgewater also said that the workshop is
"helping the Education Department and parents who are seeking
extracurricular activities for their children".
He acknowledged the efforts of the coordinator, Winston Nisbett,
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Have you ever wondered what it
would be like to live in a place not
designed for you?
This is the reality many persons
with disabilities are faced with daily
in this nation. They have to deal
with issues of accessibility in the
workplace, face the stigma of a
learning disability, have trouble
accessing ramps and parking
spaces, materials in Braille, sign
language interpreters, adaptive
technology, and the list goes on.
These issues affect how we
live, from transportation, to
libraries, to shopping and
entertainment centers, (e.g. public
transit, the narrow aisles in
libraries and stores, lack of access
to sidewalks and most public
buildings, the lack of closed-
captioning and adaptable seating
in theaters/stadiums, etc). Persons
with disabilities face a never ending
list of barriers to full inclusion.
Join with us during the month
of May and become more informed
about disability issues. Let's
commit to ensuring that no one
continue to face barriers to
accessing basic human rights and
needs, let's commit to striving for
a more inclusive living
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"This workshop provides a
wholesome after school activity,
with a chance to interact with
S instructors who are older and able
to impart knowledge and
broadening and deepening their
sights and sounds with regards to
Also attending the workshop's
S opening ceremony was Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Sport
S and former Permanent Secretary in
the Ministry of Culture, Mr. Lloyd
Lazar, who declared the cultural
He applauded Mr. Bridgewater
and the National Olympic
Committee and Mr. Nisbett for
taking the initiative to instill a sense
of cultural awareness in the youths
"This workshop will develop
you in other areas, it promotes
working as a team and discipline,"
Lazar said to the children who will
be taking part in the workshop.
S "Make sure you work hard,"
he encouraged. "Let us work this
make sure that this workshop is
I trust that it will be a
, successful workshop used to
develop our young people and
focus their attention on positive
things and help us to move away
from the negative aspects which
sometimes seem to attract our
young people," Lazar said.
The workshop will commence
from at 5pm and end at 7pm
everyday except for Sundays and
Saturday from 10am -3pm. The
Nisbett said that the workshop is
expected to run for four straight
Photo: Zack String Band
playing at the opening of the
cultural workshop held on
Monday April 26th.
The Labour Spokesman
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Basseterre (April 26,2010)-Prime Minister and Minister of Finance,
Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas has given the assurance to the public that the
Value Added Tax (VAT) to be introduced sometime later this year will not
increase the cost of living.
Speculation has been rife among citizens and residents of the
Federation that hard times are coming with the introduction of the VAT,
but Dr. Douglas, in addressing this issue at his monthly press conference
on April 21, said that there is no need to be afraid of the implementation
of the VAT, which has been introduced in several Caribbean countries.
"I want to re-emphasize that the cost of living will not increase after
the introduction of VAT, simply because the cost of living to a large
extent is impacted by the cost of goods as a result of the consumption
tax and the duty," Dr. Douglas said.
Several Caribbean countries including Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica,
Trinidad and Guyana have implemented VAT, while Belize and Grenada
have dispensed with it.
The Ministry of Finance has confirmed that the VAT will replace 12
taxes. These are the Consumption Tax, Hotel and Restaurant Tax, Cable
TV Tax, Vehicle Rental Levy, Insurance Premium tax, Export Duty, Public
Entertainment Tax, Lotteries Tax Act, Gaming Machine Tax,
Telecommunication Levy (IDD Calls) and Parcel Tax.
The Ministry of Finance has also declared that a number of goods
will be zero-rated so that these goods would be affordable to ordinary
and low-income families. Goods such as milk, infant formula, diapers,
rice, sugar, and certain medicines for chronic diseases such as
hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases will not have a VAT.
Dr. Douglas said the implementation of the VAT is part of an eight
point OECS Economic Stabilization Plan, which was agreed to by OECS
Heads of States in September of 2009. This eight point plan includes the
development of suitably financial adapted programs for each OECS
country; fiscal reform; debt management; public sector investment; social
safety net programmes; financial safety net programmes; amalgamation
of local commercial banks; and rationalization and regulation of the sub-
region's insurance sector.
The implementation of the VAT is part and parcel of tax reform taking
place in the Caribbean.
The shocks in the global economy have always impacted Caribbean
economies adversely simply because the economies in the Caribbean
are small and susceptible to external shocks. Tax Reform in the Caribbean
has been largely fuelled by an outside environment that continues to
dodge traditional sources of tax revenue, according to economists.
"The Government intends through VAT and other means to increase
its revenue by broadening the tax base. A lot of people presently are not
paying tax. We believe with the reform in the tax system, we would be
able to capture very many more people who should be paying tax.
"In that way of course, if all who are paying now plus those who are
not paying, but will then eventually pay, that gives me simple mathematics
to be more revenue collected," Dr. Douglas said.
"It has nothing to do whatsoever with the cost of living."
Dr. Douglas re-assured reporters at his press conference that the
cost of living will not increase.
"We know for certain that on doing the analysis with regard to what
the rate of VAT would be based on what it has been in the rest of the
Caribbean compared to the Consumption Tax rate it would be less.
Therefore if it's going to be less, the cost of living will not increase," he
The VAT White Paper was approved by Cabinet on April 19, 2010.
Consultation with the public and many stakeholders on the VAT will
begin with the launch of the White Paper on the VAT.
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH 2010
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Delightful but Shameful!
Celebrations! What a celebration! The Indian sub-continent was
alight on Sunday night! And not even the underpinning immorality of
the Capitalist market could take away from the happiness that the world
of sport had brought the million of the victims of the global recession.
The Chennai Super Kings defeated the Mumbai Indians by 22 runs
to win the 2010 IPL. Yes, the Chennai Super Kings powered their way to
the championship of the 2010 Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday
April 25 by out-classing, outperforming and outplaying the rumbling
But while the world of sport was celebrating and having a good time,
the management of the Indian Premier League was embroiled in a scandal
allegedly orchestrated by the IPL Chairman Lalit Modi.
This latest cricketing scandal reminds me of the famous song, "Shame
& Scandal" originally performed by calypso singer Sir Lancelot. The
reggae classic (version) was written for the movie "I Walked with a
Zombie" in 1943. In 1965, British comedy actor Lance Percival reached
No.37 in the UK charts with the original title. Jamaica's Kingston Hilton
Hotel resident mento band The Hiltonaires also recorded it as Shame
and Scandal in the mid sixties. A 1965 ska cover version was recorded in
Jamaica by Peter Tosh and The Wailers on vocals, backed by the
Skatalites and released on the Studio One label.
The story follows a young Trinidadian man in search of a wife. In
each of the verses, the young man asks his father for permission to
marry a different woman, only to be told he can't marry the girl as "The
girl is your sister but your mamma don't know". However, the tables are
turned during the last verse, where the young man's mother tells him
that "Your daddy ain't your daddy, but your daddy don't know", clearing
the path for him to marry any of the girls.
Yes, like the scandal brought in that Caribbean family by the wayward
father, it is alleged that Lati Modi, the IPL Chairman brought a scandal
into the most widely viewed, most expensive and perhaps most
internationally glamorous cricketing event that could destroy it
Who is Lalit Modi and, what is he credited with? In February 2005,
He was elected president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association, defeating
Kishore Rungta, whose family had controlled cricket in the state for 30
years. In September 2007, when BCCI announced the franchise-based
IPL and the Champions League Twenty20, these were seen as Modi's
creations. In February 2008, eight franchises for the IPL are auctioned,
fetching $723.59 million. The IPL held its first player auction, and MS
Dhoni was the biggest buy, selling for $1.5 million. In December 2009,
Modi is defeated in the Rajasthan Cricket Association electionbut retains
his BCCI post as he is also onthe board of the Punjab Cricket Association.
In March 2010, IPL sold rights for two new franchises. First auction
is cancelled after BCCI objects to stiff financial clauses; second one a
fortnight later sees Sahara and Rendezvous win for Pune and Kochi
respectively. It's believed more important bidders lost out. We learn of
the first simmering of disquiet. In April, Modi reveals the Kochi franchise
shareholding pattern, and unleashes a chain of events unparalleled in
the BCCI. On April 25, BCCI suspended Modi for "alleged acts of
CricInfo reported that the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI),
President Shashank Manohar explained the charges against Lalit Modi,
which compelled him to suspend the league's chairman. The allegations
involved the bids for Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, the
Financial Fitness Walk-A-
Thon Attracts Over 175
Participants in the "Financial Fitness Walk-A-Thon" on Saturday, 24
April 2010 provided positive feedback that the walk was well organised
and fun while packing a powerful message on money management.
The Honourable Marcella Liburd, Minister of Heath, Social Services,
Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs, a participant in
the Walk-A-Thon, also commended the organizers for putting together
a well planned initiative. She however challenged that emphasis be placed
on increasing the participation among males in future events, noting
that it was critical that this group be actively engaged in the discussion
of personal financial management.
Over 175 participants attended the walk in support of the theme "Get
Financially Fit Spend Wisely, Save Regularly".
Institutions and groups represented at the walk included: The Alumni
(cont'd on next page)
broadcasting deal and the reported
facilitation fee, rigging of bids for
new franchises in 2010, the sale of
internet rights, and Modi's
behaviour.. Here is the excerpt from
Manohar's press conference.
But let us go back to the
celebratory things! The Chennai's
campaign divided into two phases.
They were the whipping boys in
the first seven league games; and
the winning boys in the next
Why did the Chennai Super
Kings come from behind and
prevailed in the competitive
First, they executed their plans
in the second phase exceptionally
well. The succeeded because they
implemented sound planning, an
un-emotional approach to
selecting an XI, willingness to
experiment and most of all, making
the best use of available
resources. Beside Captain Dhoni,
Suresh Raina and Muttiah
Muralitharan, the success was
scripted by the less-established
players, who were more than just
stage hands in the production.
Second, they made no secret
of their inclination towards spin
when they fielded three specialists
in the semi-final and Finals. It's not
often you see a spinner bowl a
maiden in a Twenty20 final, and
Ashwin did just that. The
occasional carrom ball, clever
variations in flight and tactic of
stopping at the bowling crease to
get the batsman thinking twice set
Third, it was a warrior-like
performance of Captain Dhoni
which led the way. Against Kings
XI Punjab, Dhoni walked in with
the asking rate hovering around
11. It was a case of perform-or-
perish. The platform provided by
Badrinath and Raina gave Dhoni
the licence to unleash a savage
assault in a match situation which
was delicate till the final over. Two
huge sixes of Irfan Pathan was
followed by an emotional
celebration by the normally ice-
cool Dhoni. That knock propelled
Fourth, the Chennai Super
Kings were among the happiest
bunch. Compared to reports of
disquiet in Punjab this year,
Chennai seemed a world apart.
Reports from inside the camp
talked of how the varied bunch
stick together and always maintain
a positive energy. Makhaya Ntini
never played a single game all
season, but was among the
chirpiest guys in the dugout. All
these contributed to their victory
over the partisan Mumbai crowd
on Sunday, April 25.
With all the shame and scandal
in the sporting families (the
National Basketball Association,
the National Football League, the
European and the International
Cricket Council), the biggest and
best cricketing event in the world
of sport must be sanitized to
preserve what has become one of
the thriving market in international
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The good news is that the authorities in India has intervened and
taken control of one of the most economically viable activity in the
Congratulations are in order to the Chennai Super Kings! And best
wishes to the BCCI on it path to salvage its image, rid the championship
of corruption, and ensure the longevity and profitability of the greatest
cricketing event on planet earth!
And, onLabourDay, giventhe singularly importance of labour market
reform, the drive for productivity, the search for a competitive work
ethic, the desire for equality with respect to the returns form production,
best wishes to the many who will celebrate and reflect on the struggles
of the large "cloud of witnesses."
"Workers of the World Unite!"
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Cotton Ground outlasts
The 2010 LIME SKABA league has started the way the 2009 season
ended for Ram's Hitters. The season has not come off to a very good
start for the Hitters team in SKABA. The Hitters as they have followed
their season ending 2 straight losses in the 2009 finals with a lack-luster
opening night performance against the Antigua Warriors which saw
them being down some 30 points when rain forced an abrupt end to the
The multi-time champions continued their rough stretch on Saturday
when they were humbled by the always dangerous Joseph Parry Cotton
Ground Rebels. Hitters played with the usual swagger and confidence
that we have been accustomed to. However it was obvious that the
absence of forward Shawn "Shabba" Forbes left a huge void in the
Hitters offence and defence. At the end of the first half Cotton Ground
held a very slim 23-22 lead over the Hitters.
Things remained the same for the 2nd half as 30 year veteran Trevor
"Marty" Huggins once again led a consistent Hitters offence. The multi-
time champions were however matched by the younger, bigger, more
athletic Cotton Ground.
At the final whistle Hitters found themselves falling to the Rebels 80-
79 in what can only be described as a huge upset. This was Hitters 3rd
straight SKABA league loss dating back to the finals last season where
they were swept by the Horsford's Ghetto Roots.
This is maybe the first time in the clubs History that they have lost 3
straight SKABA matches. This was the first time Cotton Ground has
BOBO DREAD" APPEAL
DENIED BY SKABA
Ghetto Roots disappointed but not
i. surprised by decision
Cotton Ground Rebels' Jenerson
"Buju France led his team with
20 pts and 10 rebounds
defeated the Hitters.
Hitters' Trevor "Marty"
Huggins led all scorers with 22
points while Jenerson "Buju"
France and Royden Browne led
Cotton Ground with 20 points
Hitters next scheduled game
will be on Sunday versus former
Champions St.Pauls Hard Wine
Tuff Knots while Cotton Ground
is expected to take on 2009 "A"
Division Champions Ghaut Bucks
Ghetto Roots and Rootsie Off To
The Horsford's Ghetto Roots
Basketball Club is off to a good
start for the LIME SKABA 2010
season as both of their teams, the
SKABA Champions Ghetto Roots
and the "A" division contenders
Rootsie, recorded opening game
The Rootsie came up against
the formidable Monkey Hill
Rockers XI in a keenly contested
encounter. Both teams traded
baskets for most of the game and
ended the first half at an even 39-
39. Things remained the same for
the 2nd half as Jason "Shaggy"
Norford for Rootsie and Calvin
"Butters" Wallace for Rockers led
their teams in a very exciting
uptempo game. At the end of
regulation the game was tied
forcing an overtime period.
The overtime period was all
Rootsie as they outscored the
Rockers to win the game 83-77.
Jason "Shaggy" Norford led
Rootsie with 24 pts while Calvin
Wallace had 27 Points for Rockers.
Champions Ghetto Roots had
similar fortunes as they easily
disposed of the ShawnK. Richards
Sandy Point Chappurtin.
The Chappurtinbrother duo of
Taslyn Belboda and Javal Hodge
played exceptionally as they were
able to match the Ghetto Roots
dynamic backcourt of Rymal
"Bally" Browne and Levi "By-By"
Fyfeild. Belboda and Hodge gave
the Ghetto Roots all they could
handle however the Ghetto Roots
simply had too much weapons and
too much talent for the Chappurtin
to be of any real threat. Despite
losing SKABA MVP Browne early
in the game and a lack-lustre night
from the exciting Fyfeild, Ghetto
Roots still managed to make
relatively easy work of Chappurtin
with a 97-92 victory.
Taslyn "Tazzy" Belboda led all
scorers with 27 points and 5
assists for Chappurtin while Carlos
"Mucho Caliente" Monzac led
Ghetto Roots with 21 points and 9
Photo by Saju N'Galla:
Carlos Monzac led Ghetto Roots
to a victory with 21 points and 9
Ghetto Roots next game will be
on Sunday May 2nd versus Fig
Tree while Chappurtin will take on
Cayon on Saturday May 1st.
Financial Fitness Walk-A-Thon Attracts Over 175
(cont'd from last page)
of ECCB Bank Savings and
Investments Course; The Cable;
Electrofab (St Kitts) Ltd; Saturday
Morning Blast; St Kitts Under
23 National Netball Team; St Kitts
Amethyst Exercise Group; Body
Image Aerobics; TDC; LIME; Ross
University School of Veterinary
Medicine; Eastern Caribbean
Central Bank; Eastern Caribbean
Home Mortgage Bank; Eastern
Caribbean Institute of Banking and
Financial Services; Eastern
Caribbean Securities Exchange;
First Caribbean International
Bank; National Caribbean
Insurance; Royal Bank of Canada;
Bank of Nova Scotia and SNIC.
Attendees wore t-shirts
reflecting the theme. Bannerswere
on visual display and messages
Basseterre, St.Kitts -
(April 23rd 2010) The
Basketball Association r
Appeals board upheld the Ger
decisionby SKABA to ban
the wearing of a religious
head-wrap during games
by Defending Champions
Ghetto Roots Player Dale
Rochester aka "Bobo
In the ruling which was
handed down on Friday
23rd April the Appeals
Committee declared that
among other things the
head-wrap would make the
player more recognizable a
and easier to pass to than SKABA Appeals Board Chairman,
other players thus giving Glen Quinlan
him an advantage. It also
cited a recent matter in Switzerland where a similar case was brought.
'The substantive issue is whether Rule 4.4.2 is interpreted properly,
bothby the local SKABA Executive and their parent organization FIBA.
We have already identified our concerns with the construction of Rule
4.4.2 and its sub clauses. Notwithstanding our concerns, the ruling earlier
this year in a Swiss Court of Law on a matter with significant similarity,
has significant import forus. The Court found that..."the ban on headgear
can, in this [Rule 4.4.2] wording not be interpreted in any other way than
to mean that thereby headscarves are also not permitted ..."
In addition to the possible injury effect, there is also the matter of
uniformity and the possibility that headgear
worn by one player may make that player more recognizable and
easier to pass to than others and is therefore to be justified on the
grounds of fairness.
"Our club remains steadfast in the view that Mr. Rochester has a
fundamental and constitutional right to play," said Ghetto Roots Head
Coach Dr. Garfeild Alexander. "I am very disappointed that the Appeals
Committee decided against taking the matter to the general body for
them to make a decision. After all they (the teams and players) are the
ones who are directly affected by Mr. Rochester and his head-wear," Dr.
The upholding of the ruling on the head wear has essentially ended
the basketball career of the young Mr. Rochester as he is restricted from
playing in any SKABA league games andby extension rural community
leagues which are all sanctioned by SKABA with rules guided by FIBA.
This is truly an unfortunate decision said Ghetto Roots Assistant
Coach, Dwayne Sturge. "Here we have a young man who is an upstanding
law-abiding citizen of this country who is being denied the opportunity
to play the sport that he loves and is good at because of his religious
beliefs," Sturge stated.
"The decision came as no surprise to me as I have mentioned before
the make-up of the committee was very concerning to me and the fact
that SKABA selected the members with absolutely no input from Ghetto
Roots strengthens my concern over the committee and their impartiality,"
said Coach Sturge.
The SKABA /Bobo Dread issue has been a hot topic throughout the
length and breadth of St.Kitts-Nevis with a vast majority of persons
supporting Mr. Rochester's right to wear his religious head-wear without
discrimination. Sknvibes is currently conducting a poll where almost
90% of persons are of the strong view that Rochester should be allowed
The Appeals Board was led by SKNOC Treasurer, Mr. Glen Quinlan
along with Lester Ible and Arthur "Garfeild" Jeffers
According to Ghetto Roots Coach, Alexander, his team was expected
to meet over the week-end to discuss the way forward for the team.
advocating prudent financial
management were broadcast via a
public announcement system.
The aim is to develop the
Financial Fitness Walk-A-Thon as
an annual event in all of the
member countries of the Eastern
Caribbean Currency Union.
The Labour Spokesman
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH 2010
We have been informed by anonymous sources in the
PAM camp that a petition, signed by several of the candidates
in the 2010 General Elections, has now been handed to Baby
Grant, demanding that he resign with immediate effect, as
In the petition they reinforced the point that his tenure as
Party Leader has expired, agreeing with Washie that he's
now the greatest liability to the party and that the longer he
hangs around the worse things will get for the Party.
They have reportedly recommended the Hon. Shawn
Richards as his successor
But, sources tell us that Eugene is not at all happy with
the recommendation. He insists that if Baby Grant is ousted,
he's the right man for the job. This is no time to put back "lil
boys" in charge. He's the most qualified and the party needs
mature leaders like him to run it.
Dey say the reckless gambler admitted to a number of
his drinking buddies that he did display poor judgement in
the US$1.7 scandal at the Marriott. And, he did make a fool
of himself, but he blamed the bicycle tube lady for letting the
cat out of the bag to his fellow candidates which he said forced
him to foolishly go public with the story.
He however boasted to his buddy pals that he got his
head on this time and he giving de gang of upstarts in the
party who doing everything to get rid of him, enough rope to
He say they poor like a church mouse and allowing people
like the Tek-Way-Key Minister, who brags he has more money
than God, to use them and make a thorough fool of them.
But neither "the keys" fellow, Washie nor M.O.P will be able to
help when he ready for them.
The warring and confusion in the party have gotten way
out of control and a decision has been taken not to hold any
Party Convention this year, unless things simmer down.
We are also advised that a decision has been taken not
to hold any Miss PAM Show this time around, because of the
lack of cooperation from the various candidates, who are
insisting that they are not doing anything unless de expired
PAM leader respect the wishes of party supporters and step
People want to knowwhy they treated poor Mule so badly.
After giving all those years and his life to the Party living at
PAM Headquarters and guarding the building, no mention
was made of the Party Leader and the party in his death
announcement, confirming that PAM has no use whatsoever
for poor people, but to use them and then discard them.
People also want to know if Baby Grant would be man
enough to admit that he was dishonest when he registered
"the couple" up de hill as voters of Constituency 4, knowing
they were roommates of Mule as the death announcement
And they want to know how he could cry foul when he
knew the couple in question live at PAM Headquarters in
Central Basseterre for many, many years now and have never
ever lived in Old Road as he falsely claimed.
The Tamarind Tree lawyer, Eugene, has been the lead
counsel in all the objection cases of Baby Grant which
concluded last Friday in Old Road.
Dey say he say he better than Baby Grant and the
missing in action lady lawyer put together and even the juicy
senator who abandoned the sinking ship and deserted Baby
Grant as he did with hopeless Glenroy and "Roy Angry".
By Charles Miller Jr
Four persons are assisting the
Police in their investigations into
the armed robbery that took place
on Friday, April 23rd at the Texaco
Gas Station, next to the Shell Gas
Station (West Side Service Station)
located on the Island Main Road
opposite the Joseph N. France
General Hospital, West Basseterre.
The Police as well as the Anti
- Gang Unit were alerted shortly
after the incident took place at
10:30 am. On arrival, they
immediately closed down the gas
station and began their
investigation. None of the gas
station's attendants were injured,
but it is said that the two men took
off with an undisclosed sum of
When asked if any of the
suspects were found with any
weapons evidence from the
robbery, Police declined to give
details. The Police also declined
to say whether the four young
men in custody will be formally
arrested and charged with the
Police are also investigating a
shootout that occurred on
Saturday, April 24th that left 24
year old Kirk "Scotty' Hobson
of Stapleton Village seriously
injured and hospitalized.
Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Tuesday
27thApril 2010). OnMonday 26th
April2010 at approximately 8:15 am
police conducted an intelligence
led operation in the Basseterre
area and found one .38 revolver
and four rounds of matching
ammunition in an abandoned
house. The illegal firearm and the
ammunition we taken into police
custody for analysis. Though no
one has been made accountable
for the illegal find, the police
credits the success of this
operation to the improved
relationship with the public. ACP
Liburd said,"...though we have a
long way to go in re kindling the
relationship with the public, this
is clearly an indication that all is
far from being lost. The public is
trusting us more and more and we
are not disappointing them". This
is the 13th illegal firearm to be taken
into custody for 2010.
Officers of the CID, Anti-Gang
Unit and the SSU responded to
reports of a shooting that took
place between 12:30 and 1:15 am
(Saturday) between West Bourne
Ghaut and Durant Avenue, Central
Basseterre. Hobson was injured
while engaging in the shootout
with two other assailants, a Police
Press Release stated.
Upon arrival they discovered
Hobson with a gunshot injury to
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts,
(Tuesday 27th April 2010). The
Royal St. Christopher and Nevis
Police wish to inform the general
public that the police have in their
possession warrants in the first
instance for the arrest of the
following persons who committed
the offence of Unlawful Carnal
Knowledge on 1 th April 2010 at
Lower Monkey Hill.
Cecil Sylvester Charles of
Lower Monkey Hill
Dujaun Griffin of Salt
Photo not available
his lower abdomen. A number of
spent shells were recovered from
the scene by the Police for
Hobson was rushed to the
Joseph N. France General Hospital
where he is detained and is said to
be in stable condition. At press
time on Monday afternoon, no one
was in charge assisting the Police
with their probe into this incident.
14 graduate from Union's training programme
(cont'd from page 1) discuss matters in this kind of Sydney Bridgewater, General
forum and meet on a regular basis Secretary and 1st Vice President
together and thinking about each to share and discuss issues among of the Union respectively.
other's welfare, collectively we themselves". The topic, Role of Shop
canmake a difference," he said. He encouraged the shop Stewards was presented by Ms.
"We are hoping that the stewards to "get back into your Eudora Nisbett; Occupational
occupational safety and health work places and identify withyour Safety and Health Awareness by
panel discussion we had, will be fellow workers and share what you Mr. Clifford Thomas, Chesil
airedonthe28thofApril, whichis learnt about these issues and Hamilton, Joseph Jones, Joseph
recognized as Occupational Safety kindle awareness and discussion O'Flaherty and Jacqueline Francis.
Day". so that we can all work together to The subject of Work Policy on
"In the two days that we have improve the welfare and HIV/AIDS was presented by Mrs.
been here, we have covered the environment inwhichwe allwork". Cecilia Christopher.
topics of Collective Bargaining The individuals who attended Assistant General Secretary,
and Occupational Safety and the workshop gave feedback Joseph O'Flaherty, took the
Health. However, a multiplicity of which expressed their satisfaction opportunity to publically thank a
other issues emerged and so we at what was learnt and thanked the number of business places and
have made it a holistic education organizers for sponsoring the individuals who made the
of issues encountered in the work workshop, workshop possible by
place and that is one of the main "This is not the end but a new contributing generously to the
objectives of workshops like beginning, with new commitment cause.
these" as shop stewards," he reminded These include, His Excellency,
Meanwhile, the President ofthe the attendees, the Governor General, Sir Cuthbert
St. Kitts Nevis Labour and The workshop's schedule was Sebastian; SirEdmund Lawrence;
TradesUnion,Mr. CliffordThomas very intensive with several Mrs. Jean Thomas ; Social
stated that "there was the discussions done. Security; Frigate Bay
concerted opinion that shop There was a discussion on Development Corporations; Carib
stewards should continue to Collective Bargaining presented Breweries and Harowe Servo
by Mr. Batumba Tak and Mr. Control (St. Kitts) Ltd.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH 2010
The Labour Spokesman