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TlE LABOUR


. St. itts aI- DA N is


BASSETERRE, ST.
KITTS, JUNE 29TH 2010
(CUOPM) St. Kitts and
Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr.
Denzil L. Douglas is seeking
foreign investment and
promoting tourism in Canada.
According to the Times
Colonist, the St. Kitts and Nevis
leader has been highlighting the
continued transformation of the
economy and the role that
Canada is playing in the
economic development of the
twin island federation.
The island brims with lush
scenery and has a rich 500-
year history, but has faced
challenges from hurricanes to
poor harvests.
"We are in the process of
transforming our national
economy, which for almost four
centuries was based on sugar
cane," Douglas said.
"We're moving into a
service economy led by
tourism, information technology,

(cont'd on page 3)

Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis
Prime Minister Hon. Dr.
Denzil L. Douglas (right)
and St. Kitts and Nevis
Consul General, Mr. Todd
Axelrod walks though an
upland area mansion.
Photo by Darren Stone
Times Colonist.


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(coiil'd oi page 3)


PAGE 07 COMMENTARY BY

THE 14TH ANNUAL ST.
KITTS MUSIC FESTIVAL




O OPNO / LOA


FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010


STHE LABOUR
SPOKESMAN


Published by: The St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour Union
Ag. Managing 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
Email: sknunion@sisterisles.kn
Website: www.labourspokesman.com


I Ir



PAM party



rocked by the



scandals of



its leader

After the re-election of Lindsay Grant as PAM's (People's
Action Movement) leader at their caucus on June 13, Glenroy
Blanchette, East Basseterre candidate in the January 2010 and
2004 General Elections, said his re-election can be viewed as
an "endorsement of political corruption" and the US$1.7 million
bribery scandal at the Marriott Hotel will not go away unless
and until he gives up the leadership.
The words of Blanchette, who considers himself a die-hard
loyalist to the philosophy of the PAM, must be taken seriously.
After all, as a university graduate, a teacher for many years,
a candidate for the PAM in two General Elections and a husband
and father, Blanchette must know what corruption is and must
know what it is to smell a stinking rat.
The words of Roy Angus Fleming, Central Basseterre
candidate in the 2010 General Elections, must also be taken
seriously.
Fleming said that he is "safer with Douglas and Labour" than
if Grant were to be the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Fleming went on to say that he believes that Grant is seeking
power merely to victimize and discriminate.
These men, who have walked the walk and talked the talk
with Grant, must know what they are saying.
They were Grant's disciples for quite a while until the startling
revelations about his involvement in the $US 1.7 million dollar
"cash for land" bribery scandal at the St. Kitts Marriott; his lack
of transparency and accountability with campaign finances; his
disappearing act after the General Elections and his failure to
provide leadership to the thousands of supporters who put their
lives and jobs on the line forthe party; his exclusion of candidates
from the decision-making process with regard to party affairs
and his overall poor leadership during the 2010 General Election
campaign were washed in the public domain.
As a shepherd, Grant has not provided the example for his
sheep to follow but rather has led them astray.
Blanchette was fired from the Democrat, where he worked
for the past six years as Assistant Managing Director. Both he


PM Douglas seeks foreign

investment in Canada
(cont'd from page 1)


banking and light manufacturing."
One of Douglas's goals is energy self-sufficiency.
"With the help of the Bank of Nova Scotia we are developing geothermal power to totally
replace fossil fuels," he said.
"St. Kitts and Nevis will be the first totally green country in the world."
His health agenda is also ambitious.
He is tackling HIV/AIDS with free medical care, and he is spearheading a UN effort to combat
diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
Douglas is aware that many North Americans associate the Caribbean with tourism.
Hotels such as the Marriott and Four Seasons are well-established on St. Kitts and Nevis, with
the Mandarin chain looking to build, and there are many smaller inns created from old sugar plantations
that Douglas describes as charming.
Further, his country "honours privacy," which is why many celebrities holiday there.
"People can walk around unmolested by the paparazzi," he said.
In his quest for high-end tourism and investment, Douglas travelled to Geneva and Zurich last
week.
After leaving Victoria, he will travel to Vancouver before returning to St. Kitts and Nevis.
"In the past, it was an enormous financial burden to establish an embassy in a foreign country.
We now utilize reliable citizens to pursue business," said the Prime Minister, who appointed Victoria
businessman Todd Axelrod as Consul General in 2008.
There are many connections between Canada and St. Kitts and Nevis, including the fact that
there are three Canadian banks on the islands, including the Royal Bank, which has been there a
century.
"My country has no income tax, no capital gains, no estate tax, corporate tax is relatively low and
we offer a multi-faceted incentive package for new companies tax holidays, omissions of duties,
free concessions but we have intensive due diligence," Douglas said.
"Our financial sector is highly regulated, modeled on the Canadian system."
Douglas was the guest of honour at a dinner Sunday hosted by Axelrod. Among the attendees
were artist Art Vickers, Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong, Small Business Victoria CEO
Ken Stratford and retired KPMG partner Derrold Norgaard.
Norgaard said the investment climate is favourable, citing "recent changes to tax legislation in
Canada [and] a recent agreement that makes it more preferable for Canadians to do business
there."
He was impressed with Douglas.
"He is a very dignified, well-spoken individual who is putting a lot of effort into moving his
country to the next level."


and Flemming have tendered their resignations
at the constituency level in a show of disgust
and defiance after Grant's re-election as party
leader.
Grant's re-election as party leader has not
healed the wounds of division within his party
but has rubbed salt into the wounds of so many
who feel let down by his lack of sagacity,
sound judgment, and incompetent leadership,
including the "Gang of Five" who openly
registered their displeasure with him at the
wheel in a signed letter to party chairman,
Sidney Osbourne.
If candidates from the 2010 General
Elections can claim that Grant victimizes and
discriminates against his own colleagues, then
this clearly indicates the kind of leader that
should never have been re-elected.
However, Grant's re-election is telling on
a party that values elitism and the philosophies
of the plantocracy more than the values and
philosophies of the poor, voiceless and
underprivileged.
Grant's boast is his money and his
confidence lies in his backing from the


executive and rank and file of the party.
Although there are those sympathetic to him
and his cause, corruption and its tendencies must
never be shown sympathy.
Blanchette's words that Grant's re-election
can be viewed as "an endorsement of political
corruption" are fraught with truth.
His re-election can be viewed as an
endorsement to sell prime crown lands for way
below the market value in exchange for cash to
fund his party.
His re-election can be viewed as a power
hungry man more concerned with hanging on to
power than healing the divisions within his party.
His re-election can be viewed as a rejection
of the credible voices calling for his resignation.
His re-election can be viewed as an
endorsement of his party's loss at the polls for a
fifth and sixth consecutive time.
His re-election can be viewed as a man who
has no shame and who's pride (hubris) will
continue to bedevil him.
The PAM is a party rocked and divided to
its core because of its leader, Lindsay Fiztgerald
Grant.


The Labour Spokesman




FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010


Fr detry C rIed

Services buildnIg of

S.. H rsf


(cont'd from pagel)
In an interview with the
Deputy Chief of the Fire and
Rescue Services, Mr. James
Warner, he stated that the fire
started some time after 9:30pm
and his officers responded to
the call at 9:40pm (very quickly).
He said three (3) fire
tenders one from the
Basseterre Fire Station and two
from the Robert Llewellyn
Bradshaw International Airport
were used to battle the furious
and intense flames which could
be seen as far as Frigate Bay
in the East and other areas on
the outskirts of Basseterre.
The fire, according to him,


was brought under control
around 11:45pm, but the
firefighters remained on the
scene until 3am the following
day ensuring that the fire was
extinguished and that it did not
spread to nearby buildings.
The Deputy Fire Chief went
on to reveal that firefighters
returned to the scene on
Wednesday, making the
necessary checks to ensure
that the blaze had dully
subsided.
He commended his men
highly for their quick and gallant
response; and the efficient
manner in which they handled
the situation. Members of the
public were also thanked for


their generous assistance and
overwhelming support.
He expressed his profound
gratitude to the Electricity
Department for assisting them


with a high rise (bucket) truck
to fight the fire which he
described not only as one of the
biggest fires, but one of the
greatest challenges they have
ever experienced.
He stressed that there is
need for more training of
personnel and the procurement
of more equipment to better
prepare them for even greater
challenges in the future, now
that there are so many high-
rise buildings in the Federation.
The fire attracted large
crowds, many of whom
recalled the "John Gumbs Fire"
which virtually destroyed the
entire block on the opposite side
(between the Bay Road and
Bank Street) over four
decades ago.
The firm of S.L Horsford's
& Company Ltd. has been
doing business in the
Federation since its
establishment in 1875.


In a press release issued by
the Chairman and Managing
Director of the company, Mr.
Anthony Kelsick, he expressed
the company's gratitude to the
men of the St. Kitts-Nevis Fire
and Rescue Services, "whose
quick and professional response
contained the fire to that building
and spared any further loss to
the surrounding buildings".
He pointed out that all the
company's financial information
is intact, including all customer
credit information: adding that
"most of the paper
documentation also escaped the
fire as those were stored in a
secure area of the building".
the building which formerly
housed the company's
supermarket (Emporium
Supermarket) has reportedly
been in operation since the early
1900's; but has been renovated
from time to time over the last
several decades.


POLICE PRESS RELEASE

Police investigate burglary

at Half Moon Bay
Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Saturday 26th June, 2010). On Thursday
24th June 2010 at approximately 2:20 am police responded to a
report of burglary at Half Moon Bay.
Police investigations revealed that Julius and Kam Bertie of
Half Moon Bay who are nationals of England were at their Half
Moon Bay home when they were attacked and injured at
approximately 2:10 am.
After their attacker fled, the couple managed to drive to the
Frigate Bay Police Station and made a report (at approximately
2:17 am).
The couple was transported to the JNF Hospital by police
officers and they were admitted in serious but stable condition.
The scene was processed by officers of the crime scene
department and items of evidential value were taken into police
custody for further analysis.
There are no suspects in police custody however investigations
are ongoing.


NOTICE

THE HORSFORD'S GROUP OF COMPANIES
WOULD LIKE TO INFORM THE GENERAL
PUBLIC THAT DUE TO THE UNFORTUNATE
FIRE THAT DESTROYED THE CREDIT
SERVICES DEPARTMENT BUILDING THE
DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY
RELOCATED TO THE HORSFORD'S SHIPPING
DEPARTMENT. ENTRANCE IS ON THE BAY
ROAD OPPOSITE THE PELICAN MALL.
CUSTOMERS ARE ASKED TO NOTE THAT
PAYMENTS ON ACCOUNT CAN BE MADE AT

THIS LOCATION.


The Labour Spokesman


- NEWS I




4





St.I K Tr *des&




Discipline: An essential

skill for greater

productivity
A small pocket dictionary in common usage defines "Discipline" as
"Training in an orderly way of life".
Let me then begin by asking our members and workers in general,
whether they have ever had any formal training in discipline, and also
what part does discipline play in their daily lives, at home or in the
workplace.
Are you naturally disciplined, or do you make a conscious effort to
be so?
The answers to these questions may help to determine how much
you are able to improve your performance on thejob, how muchyou can
improve your productivity.
Permit me a glance back at my school days to examine some of the
ways and means in which discipline was inculcated into boys and girls
and young men and women.
Take for example, the class room setting. Punctuality was essential.
Lateness was punishable by the strap which was known by many
different names, some not so endearing. Whetheryou lived next door or
had to travel two miles on foot, you were expected to get there on time.
Total absence was frowned upon. You had to have a written excuse
from your parents and if it happened too often, your parents received a
visit from your teacher or headmaster.
Before assembly, you had to line up outside the classroom door for
inspection. Was your hair properly combed, finger nails clean, face
washed, clothes tidy? Any lapse must be fixed before you could enter
the school.
In the classroom your subject matter may contain material which


Canada still one of

world's largest exporters

of Chrysotile asbestos

National health organizations are calling on
governments to ban the use and export of
asbestos
OTTAWA, June 30 /CNW Telbec/ The Canadian Public Health
Association (CPHA), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and
the National Specialty Society for Community Medicine (NSSCM) are
calling on the federal and provincial governments to stop mining
asbestos and to ban its use and export.
Canada continues to provide financial support for the asbestos
industry and actively promotes Canadian exports to the remaining
markets for asbestos developing countries that lack regulations,
occupational health and safety resources, and public awareness to
protect asbestos workers and their families.
"More than 40 countries, including all member states of the
European Union, have banned the use of all forms of asbestos,
including Chrysotile," said Dr. Cordell Neudorf, Chair of the CPHA
Board of Directors. "There is clear scientific evidence that exposure to
asbestos through mining, processing and use is harmful to health," he


tested and developed your sense
of order. For example, inArithmetic
you may be given sets of numbers
and be asked to list them in
ascending or descending order of
magnitude. Instead of numbers
you may be given fractions or
decimals.
In English, you may be asked
to pair the words in a set as
synonyms-words similar meaning
or antonyms-words of opposite
meaning.
There were games played, like
"Poor Pussy", in which your
fellow students tried to make you
laugh and you had to keep a
straight face for a stipulated length
of time, or the game of"O Grady",
in which you must obey the simple
instructions you were given but
only if the instructions were
prefaced by the words "O Grady
says".
There were the uniformed
bodies available for you to join
voluntarily, like the Boys' Scouts
and Girls' Guides, the Boys and


FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010


Girls' Brigade, the 4H, and in later days the Path Finders attached to the
Seventh Day Adventist Church. There was the Cadet Corps attached to
the High Schools and the Volunteer Defence force and the Army available
to school leavers and of course the Police Force.
These were organizations available to youngsters where the emphasis
on discipline could produce a life changing experience and life lasting
changes in their outlook and way of life.
It is evident that some of the practices outlined above and the
agencies mentioned are still at work, but in a very limited way, it is
apparent also that there is a real need in our current generation of young
workers to develop a greater culture of discipline in the workplace.
The challenges are greater today. There is no doubt about that. Jobs
may be repetitive and it is discipline which will enable workers to remain
at their tasks.
The telephone is now a universal tool of communication, but its
excessive use in company's time detracts from performance on the job
and also increases overheads.
In the same context we must mention the widespread habits of surfing
the web and the playing of computer games during working hours. Some
of these games are so compulsive and habit forming that it requires a
great measure of discipline to avoid being caught up in this time
consuming distraction, which hurts productivity.
The subject of discipline may have to be tackled headlong, as a
formal skill to be included in the list of life skills being imparted to our
present day workforce, as we prepare ourselves for meaningful
participation in the CSME and the global economy.
Let us all make a conscious effort to revisit the role of discipline in
our lives. There are so many ways in which this can be beneficial.
For one who is prone to drink excessively and become unfit for the
workplace on numerous occasions a greater amount of self discipline
can help to control the urge to have one more.
For one who is a great lover of food and wine, just a little restraint
may work wonders on the road to obesity, or if you are well on the road,
then imposition of discipline in your eating habits will slow down your
headlong rush into hypertension and cardiovascular complications.
Regular exercise requires discipline, but the rewards are remarkable.
Engage in sports, at any age, just because you have left school, it
does not meanyou must not play netball, or football or cricket any more.
Be active in a disciplined way. Improve the output in your work and
in your personal life.


added.
Although Canada has strict restrictions on the domestic use of
asbestos under the Hazardous Products Act and the Canadian
Environmental Protection Act, it is the world's fifth-largest exporter of
Chrysotile asbestos to developing countries. Ninety six per cent of the
output from the country's two remaining mines, both in Quebec, is for
export, primarily to developing countries such as India and Indonesia.
Asbestos fibres remain in the body, therefore each exposure increases
the likelihood of developing an asbestos-related disease such as lung
cancer, scarring of the lungs and mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of
the chest or abdominal cavity).
"It's inconceivable that we would restrict the use of asbestos in our
own country but continue to export this hazardous product around the
world," says Dr. Anne Doig, President of the Canadian Medical
Association.
CPHA, CMA and the NSSCM noted that the Government of Quebec
intends to guarantee a $58-million loan to Jeffrey Mine that will result in
the export of large quantities of asbestos to developing countries for the
next twenty-five years.
Rather than investing in asbestos extraction and export, all levels of
government should direct new investments to support the transition of
asbestos mining regions toward environmentally healthy and sustainable
industries. "The decision is simple: Choose to invest tax payer's dollars
to diversify the economy of the regions and to re-train those currently
employed by the declining asbestos industry," said Dr. Matthew Hodge,
President of NSSCM.


As health professionals, we
believe that the health
consequences of public policy
must be a key determinant of its
implementation. Canada's must
eliminate asbestos production
and exportation and encourage
economic activity that does not
endanger the public's health.

For further information:
James Chauvin, Director of
Policy, Canadian Public Health
Association, Tel: 613 725-3769,
ext. 160, Cell: 613 513 5824;Lucie
Boileau, Manager, Media
Relations, Canadian Medical
Association, Tel.: 1800 663-7336,
613 731-8610 x1266, Cell.: 613 447-
0866; Dr. PaulHasselback, Chair,
External Communications and
Advocacy Committee, National
Specialty Society for Community
Medicine, Tel.: 613 725-9510


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The Labour Spokesman




The Labour Spokesman


FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010


THE 14TH ANNUAL ST. KITTS


MUSIC FESTIVAL

BRINGS GENRES, GENERATIONS AND NATIONS TOGETHER
** Legendary Local and
International Music Icons
Ignite the Passions of the
Crowd Over Three Nights
of Stellar Performances**

Basseterre, St. Kitts (June 29,
2010) The stars on stage far
outshined any stars in the sky for
all three nights of the 14th Annual
St Kitts Music Festival, held June
24-26, 2010. Despite occasional
clouds and even some rain, the
musicians proved they were
world-class acts, putting on
inspiring performances that
brought fans together in shared
moments of sing-alongs,
celebration and pure arm-waving
fun.
"The St. Kitts Music Festival
has truly grown and matured over
the years into a distinctive, rich
combination of talent that crosses
boundaries of age, musical styles
and location," said Senator Ricky
Skerritt, Minister of Tourism &
International Transport. "Having
rising local artistes perform so
brilliantly alongside international
superstars was incredible, and the
mix of music that this event
Music Fest Tarrus showcases exemplifies the power
of music to unite people while also
reflecting the diverse culture and
heritage of our region."
On the first night, local calypso
legend King Ellie Matt sang his
unifying signature tune, "St. Kitts
I Love You," without musical
accompaniment and got the whole
crowd to sing along with him.
Earlier the same night, classic
reggae group Third World started
off the line-up playing vintage
favorites in recollection of their 37
years together.
Local icon King Star Shield
S along with Caribbean soca couple
Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons

performance from renowned
Jamaican master, Capleton.
Still energized from the
previous evening's show, the
crowd showed up eager for what
nighttwo mightbring. Continuing
the Festival's tradition of
incorporating widely varied genres
of music, Fethi Tabet commanded
attention by playing the seldom
heard traditional Arabic luth in
powerful compositions from North
Africa, the Mediterranean and
SouthAmerica.
Up next, Ky-Mani Marley
evoked the memory of his father
with fan favorite, "No Woman, No
Cry."
Two rising local artistes
followed, with Jah Fire captivating
the crowd with his smooth reggae


Music Fest Baby Face


(cont'd on page) Music Fest- Infamus


-3 ADETSMN*


Music Fest Faye Ann




I NEWS I


FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010


A case for re-introduction of personal

income tax in St. Kitts and Nevis


by Willa Franks-Liburd

Part II

Part II
With a progressive personal
income tax, tax revenues are
generated directly from income
earned by the tax payer. It would
apply to all eligible residents (both
nationals and non-nationals) in
the public and private sector who
have benefited from earnings
generated through the domestic
economy, above a minimum
income.
Moreover, the taxpayer pays
progressively higher taxes at
higher levels of income. However,
the aim should be to keep tax rates
at low to moderate levels. The
configuration would need to take
into account social security
contributions and social services
levy which are already deducted
from the payroll.
Appropriate items would have
to be allowed as tax deductibles
from gross income to arrive at the
taxable incomes. Such items
should include child allowances,
mortgage interest payments,
allowances for education,
donations to charity, among
others. Government would want
to be seen as supporting private
home ownership and investment
in education.
To illustrate how the
progressive tax would work, let us
assume a simple progressive
personal income tax rate structure
as follows: 10% on taxable
incomes of $10,000 to $50,000 per
annum; 15% on taxable incomes
above $50,000 up to $100,000 per
annum; and 20% on taxable
incomes above $100,000 per
annum.
A taxpayer with taxable income
of $20,000 per annum would pay
10% or $2,000 in income tax.
A taxpayer with taxable income
of $80,000 would pay 10% on the
first $50,000 and 15% on the
remaining $30,000 with total
income taxes of $9,500.
A taxpayer with taxable income
of $120,000 wouldpay 10%onthe
first $50,000, 15% on the next
$50,000 and 20% onthe remaining
$20,000 with total income taxes of
$16,500.
All three taxpayers would be
better off than with a flat tax of 20%
on their respective taxable
incomes.
The progressive personal
income tax does not seek to
penalize those who excel or
through their own efforts or
otherwise earn high incomes, nor
does it try to make their income
after taxes equate with those of
lower incomes as some may fear.
As shown in the illustration
provided, the high income earner
takes home $103,500 after taxes,


not including allowances, to
spend at his/her own free will,
compared with only $18,000 for the
low income earner.
The intention through this
form of taxation is to generate
government revenues in an
equitable or fair manner, according
to one's ability to pay as reflected
in one's earnings. Progressive
personal income tax is widely used
throughout the world, including in
the United States.
The authorities in St. Kitts and
Nevis would not have to
completely re-invent the wheel as
a personal income tax regime
existed before. Moreover, with the
prevalence of computer
technology it should be easier to
apply. It should be less
complicated to implement than the
VAT, and government would get
its revenues up front. It should be
pointed out, that introduction of
personal income tax would
necessitate the reduction of some
indirect taxes which were
introduced to replace the loss from
that source.
There is an important caveat
that must be added to what has
been written above and it would
be remiss of me not to draw
attention to this. It is clear, and
this has been acknowledged, that
government finances are under
severe strain. The public debt is
currently reported to stand at
185% of GDP. By any standard
this is a very high level.
Such high debt levels are
essentially siphoning off revenues
that should be used in the
provision of public goods and
services to make debt service
payments, and on this trajectory
could jeopardize the long-term
development of the country.
No measures to increase
government revenues will
successfully address the above
issue unless serious efforts are
made to rein in government
expenditure. I first drew attention
to this in an article published in
2006 on "The Public Debt", at a
time when the debt ratio was an
already very high 160% of GDP
The situation has since worsened
rather than improved. Government
must exercise greater discipline in
controlling expenditure, ministry
by ministry, line item by line item
on both capital/public investment
and current account.
It is important for us to bear in
mind even now the wider
implications offailure. St. Kitts and
Nevis is an important member of
the OECS multi-state common
currency (EC dollar) system, which
has received world-wide acclaim
for its remarkable stability in over
30 years of operation.
This has helped to underpin
the economic development of all
of the participating countries,


including St. Kitts and Nevis. St.
Kitts and Nevis must remain
strong for the OECS common
currency system to remain strong.
Failure is not an option.
Hence, not only do we need
an efficient tax revenue generating
system in the State, we also need


to be efficient in the way in which
those revenues are spent.
In conclusion, I believe that
the introduction of a progressive
personal income tax regime which
incorporates the principle of
"ability-to-pay" should be
included in any mix of fiscal
measures to increase government
revenues. Ideally, it should be
considered ahead of any other
new tax measure, including VAT,
and would be in line with the tax


regimes of other OECS countries.
However, measures to increase
government revenues must be
done in tandem with greater
sustained efforts to control
government expenditure ifthe twin
goals of reducing the public debt
and financing sustainable long
term development are to be
attained and a related important
underlying goal of maintaining a
strong EC dollar sub-regional
currency is to be achieved.


Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 27,2010 (SKNIS): Seventy three proud participants in the Youth Empowerment
through Skills (YES) Project were the first batch of students to graduate at a ceremony on Thursday, June
24.
The event was held at the St. Johnson Community Centre. A number of officials from the public and
private sector attended to celebrate with the persons who were certified in the fields of accounting,
business administration, information technology and agriculture.
Minister of Youth Empowerment Honourable Glenn Phillip, congratulated the students noting that the
certification highlights their abilities to work in the special fields and also can serve as a step forward
toward self employment.
"I would like to encourage each one of you to envision this ... ceremony as a motivational influence in
your life and one which encourages you to strive to achieve and maintain high standards of performance
in your future endeavours," Minister Phillip said. "Let it also serve as an inspirational influence on your
colleagues so that they too would respect your achievements both now and in the future with integrity."
The YES Project was launched in January 2009 to equip persons between the ages of 16 35 years with
personal and social development training as well as skills in various professional fields.
The project is implemented with the support of the private sector and Minister Phillip thanked the
companies that partnered in this initiative by tutoring the students or providing job attachment
opportunities. He singled out Sherelene Browne (Agriculture), Khrystus Wallace (Computer Application),
Rhyllis Percival and Kerinda Warner (Business Administration) as well as Ralphford Merchant (Accounting)
for working with the graduating students.
The Minister of Youth Empowerment stressed that "a vision without implementation remains just a
dream" and praised Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas for recognizing the value of such an
initiative designed to give young persons a second chance. As a result "hundreds of young people within
our communities and the nation" have been positively impacted, Minister Phillip stressed.




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The assessed value of the
Sugar Estates Lands acquired by
the Bradshaw Government was
$10.0 million. The assessment was
made not by a local professional,
but by an international expert from
the Commonwealth Fund for
Technical Cooperation (CFTC).
The Bradshaw Government
offered the Sugar Estates
landowners not $10.0 million, but
$12.0 millionwhichthe landowners
refused.
PAM formed the government
1980 and some time afterwards the
Simmonds Administration paid the
landowners $22.0 million instead
of the $12.0 million.
That is more than twice the
assessed value of the lands and
$10.0 more than $12.0 million
offered by the Bradshaw
Government. Did the majority of
people in St. Kitts benefit from the
unusual gift of $10.0 million to the
Landowners? Of course not!
The Simmonds Administration
then went on to abolish Personal
Income tax against the sound
advice of St. Kitts-born Economist,
Dr. Terry Sommersall. Of course
PAM and its greedy supporters
hailed the abolition of Personal
Income Tax as the greatest thing
since sliced-bread.
That act onthe part of the PAM
Government was designed not to
benefit the poor ordinary worker
who never ever paid Income Tax.
But to benefit a certain class of
individuals, including the PAM
Ministers of Government, who
paid Income Tax.
Abolishing Personal Income
Tax did not help the vast majority
of people in St. Kitts-Nevis. The
PAM Junior Minister of Finance
boasted that the country was
better off as a result, as the
commercial banks were
overflowing with cash and people
were importing cars on a scale
never before experienced.
But, what about the poor
ordinary worker; How did he fare?
A special report released by the
UNDP at a meeting held in Chile or
Peru, told the story. The Report
stated, among other things, that
the population of St. Kitts-Nevis
was suffering from high levels of
unemployment, poor housing
conditions, poverty, despair,
malnutrition and low income
levels.
Of course the PAM
Government did not accept the
Report gladly, The Chief
Spokesman for PAM challenged
the Report publicly on radio. He
even brought the matter to the
attention of Mr. Smart, the UNDP
resident Representative when he
visited St. Kitts from his


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Headquarters in Barbados.
Mr. Smart could do nothing
and did nothing about the Report,
so the Chief Spokesman for PAM
ranted and raved and threatened
to take the matter up with the
officials at the FAO Headquarters
inRome.
Nobody seems to know
whether the Chief Spokesman
followed through with his threats.
What is known is that the Report
was never withdrawn or altered in
any form or fashion.
PAM abolished Personal
Income Tax and not long
afterwards reintroduced Personal
Income tax in a different form and
under a different name. The name
for the new form of Personal
Income Tax introduced by the PAM
Government was "Social Services
Levy". PAM said that the "Social
Services Levy" was not an Income
tax but a Levy.
The introduction of the two
fiscal measures that is the
introduction of the Social Services
Levy and the abolition of the
conventional form of Personal
Income Tax served to make the rich
richer and the poor, poorer. And
PAM lied concerning the true
nature of the Tax and the use to
which the proceeds would be put.
Once again the poor and the
under-privileged (those on low
incomes) were placed at a
disadvantage as against the rich
and people on much bigger
incomes. We have seen that so far
the policies of the PAM party
served to benefit only a certain
class of privileged people. We
must remember that the poor
received no part of the $10.0
million gift that the PAM
Government gave to the Sugar
Estates Landowners.
The PAM Ministers of
Government obviously benefitted
personally from the abolition of
Personal Income Tax. In spite of
the fact that those Ministers
enjoyed an increase in their
disposal or net incomes as a result,
they took it upon themselves to
increase both their salaries and
their allowances and to give
themselves additional allowances.
Traditionally Government
Ministers enjoyed a Travelling
Allowance, an Entertainment
Allowance and a Subsistence
Allowance, an Entertainment
Allowance and a Subsistence
Allowance. In addition to these
Allowances the PAM Government
Ministers paid themselves a
Housing Allowance and a
Constituency Allowance.


Whether it was called Salary or
Allowance, in the long run it meant
more money for the Ministers at
the end of the month.
PAM has always championed,
promoted and defended the cause
of the HAVES rather than the
welfare of the HAVE-NOTS. In
fighting to prevent the
establishment and the operation of
the Social Security Scheme, as
PAM did, the party was protecting
the vested interests of the St. Kitts
Sugar Producers Association and
the Chamber of Industry &
Commerce.
The very Social Security
Scheme that PAM wanted to kill
and destroy in the 1970s has
become the darling of the PAM
Party. PAM is now pretending big-
time to the electorate, that the party
is more concerned than the Labour
Party is, with the survival and
longevity of the Social Security
Scheme.
But PAM is all about Pretence.
That is the trick that PAM uses to
try to fool and attract voters. For
instance, PAM is in the habit of
claiming that it stands for
Democracy, yet in 1967 members
of PAM, a number of Anguillans
and a handful of American
mercenaries made an attempt to
overthrow the lawfully elected
government of Premier Bradshaw
by force of arms.
PAM also claims to be the
champion of free and fair elections,
yet in 1983 PAM altered the
Electoral System to give the right
to vote to nationals living overseas
permanently, and also allowed
persons who live in one
Constituency to register and vote
in a different Constituency. It was
the loop-holes that PAM put in the
Electoral System in 1983 that
allowed the party to win the 1984
and the 1989 General Elections.
Whenever people hear the
leaders of PAM shouting,
"Transparency "
"Accountability" and
"Openness", such people should
be careful and cautious and be on
the look-out.
Prime Minister Dr. Kennedy
Simmonds signed a Loan
Agreement on behalf of Nautical
trading (St. Kitts) Ltd. in the sum
ofUS$25,330,000.00. The matter
was not discussed in the National
Assembly, or with the Opposition,
or with the professionals in the
Civil Service. The general public
was kept in the dark concerning
the entire matter. Imagine that! And
the PAMites now have the face of
brass to be talking to the Labour
Party about "Transparency".
Within recent times the leaders
of the CCM/PAM Coalition have


been enunciating a new and novel
theory of government. And that
theory stipulates that "the
government of St. Kitts-Nevis
should not honour its International
obligations, or its United Nations


obligations or its CARICOM
obligations until the members of
the CCM/PAM Coalition approve
of such obligations". That theory
makes the CCM/NRP Coalition
paramount to our government.
The thing to notice is that a
number of new theories are being
advanced because the CCM/PAM
Coalition cannot deal fairly with
Dr. Denzil Douglas and his four
consecutive term Labour
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FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010


Statement

by Honourable Sam Condor, Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of
National Security, Immigration,
Foreign Affairs, Labour and Social
Security, on International Day
Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug
Trafficking
Today, 26 June, 2010, the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevisjoins with
the Member States of the United Nations in commemorating International
Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking that is set aside to
raise awareness of the major problems that illicit drugs represent to
society.
This year's focus is on health, which is, in all respects, a more viable
option as reflected in the theme, "Think Health, Not Drugs." A theme
that is quite fitting to precede the deliberations this year when the leadership of the international community
will converge at the United Nations in September to review the achievements of the Millennium Development
Goals set one decade ago.
The priority for health can be rationalized against the known deleterious effects associated with illicit drug
use and the myriad issues surrounding the negative impact of the drug trade on national development,
globally. Issues surrounding the demand and supply of illicit drugs are plaguing the global community and
continue to be high on the international agenda. The literature is replete with evidence that there is a direct
correlation between drug use and the spread of diseases, including HIV which is the major challenge to the
health of the world's people.
This view was reinforced by the Secretary General of the United Nations, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon in
his address to mark today's occasion. According to the Secretary General:
"Drug abuse poses significant health challenges. Injecting drug use is a leading cause of the spread of
HIV. In some parts of the world, heroin use and HIV have reached epidemic proportions. Drug control -
including prevention and measures to reduce the harmful effects of drug use is therefore an important part of
the battle to combat HIV/AIDS."
In certain parts of the world HIV/AIDS has reached to alarming and pandemic proportions and poses a real
threat to security. This is of major concern to us even as we are cognizant of the fact that like the HIV/AIDS,
illicit drug use, the drug trade and illegal trafficking in firearms have in large measure contributed to the
decimation of a substantial segment of the productive sector, as our young men fall prey to these vices. This
is was supported by former Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Kofi Annan who stated: "Illicit drugs
destroy innumerable individual lives and undermine our societies. Confronting the illicit trade in drugs and its
effects remains a major challenge for the international community."
We in the Federation, cognizant of the inherent challenges, have committed to the eradication of illegal
drugs and illicit firearms that have no place in small, progressive and thriving nation such as ours.
International and hemispheric organizations, such as the United Nations and the Organisation of American
States (through the Inter American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) must be commended for their
role in as they work with member states in addressing this scourge. We will therefore continue to collaborate
with these entities to strengthen our own mechanisms to eradicate the dependency of our young people,
especially, on illicit drugs, in all its forms.
We, here, in the Federation, must therefore remain vigilant and persist in the fight against the illicit drug
use and firearm related crimes that threaten the safety of our communities and our citizens. We recognize the
importance of health as a positive alternative and must continue to create the environment for sustainable
development through healthy lifestyles and its attendant positive outcomes as we collaborate with the Security
Forces working in tandem with a revived National Drug Council, the Ministries of Health, Education, Youth
Empowerment and Sports, Social and Community Services and civil society, as a whole, to fulfil Government's
mandate in promoting safety and security, poverty eradication, education, peace and justice for all.
Let us all commit to this global endeavour as we strengthen our resolve to make a difference in the lives of
those who are most vulnerable through preventative and remedial measures. A drug free day to all!

June 28,2010.
MINISTRYOF NATIONAL SECURITY



Leader of the Opposition to be featured

speaker at Chamber's Banquet


The St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of
Industry and Commerce today
announced that local barrister-at-
law and Leader of the Opposition,
Hon Mark Brantley of Nevis, will
be the featured speaker at the 28th
Annual Private Sector Banquet
scheduled for Saturday, July 10,
2010 at St. Kitts Marriott Royal
Beach Resort in Frigate Bay,
starting at 7:00 p.m.
The Chamber's Board of
Directors has requested that,
among other matters, Mr


Brantley's speech address the
major socio-economic challenges
facing the Federation at this time,
such as (a) escalating gang
violence and gun crimes among
our young men; (b) the protracted
global recession; and (c) our
inordinately high national debt.
Mr Brantley will also be sharing
with the business community his
vision on how best St. Kitts and
Nevis can capitalise on the
opportunities for advancement
under the CARICOM Single


Market & Economy (CSME) and
the recently signed OECS
Economic Union Treaty.
On this score, it is expected
that, as Leader of the Opposition,
Mr Brantley will also focus on
national attitudes towards
competitiveness, productivity and
performance improvements.
The Chamber's Banquet will
also be addressed, as usual, by its
President, who will present the
annual Private Sector Report.
Brief remarks are usually


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well.
The Banquet, which attracts
about 150 persons from the local
private and public sectors, is
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Government officials, and members
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It was very nice to see fathers recently in St. Kitts & Nevis
showing publicly their acceptance of the role they need to play in
their children's lives. Just marching by itself though very
commendable, is only a start. A lot more needs to be done.
Parents have to be role models for their children. It can be
done without wealth, riches and material possessions. Some of
our parents and grandparents did it. Half of our problems with
money would go away if we would be content to live within our
means. That's the bottom line.
Lots of us refuse to do that. We wear clothes we cannot afford.
We spend money on types of food we can do without. We pay to
go to places and functions that are really out of our reach. We
take loans from banks for trips abroad and face years of debt in
trying to repay for such a luxury. As parents, many of us really
short-charge our children in not leading by example.
How many of us go to the trouble of planting a backyard garden,
however small? How many of us take an active interest in what
goes on with our children day by day at school? Actively involving
ourselves in making sure they do their homework. In short, family
networking is key. The family circle, the community, the country
will be a law-abiding wholesome place, better able to facilitate
the upbringing, growth and development of all.
The truth is that television has changed our culture, our habits,
our lifestyles, everything. Parents themselves, who should be the
major influence of their children, are already bought and sold by
what they watch; here begins the urge, the desire. The influence
to live beyond their means. The earnings can't pay for the way of
life.
But once the talk has started about the role of fathers, then we
are on the way to restoring more wholesome families, and
enriching our communities in all aspects of life.
The past week too, saw the end of the South African Cricket
tour to the West Indies. We lost both 20/20 matches. We lost all 4
one-day matches. We lost 2 of the 3 Test Matches. The only one
drawn match was the Test hosted at Warner Park.
Seems like we have grown accustomed to this West Indies
Team, just continuously losing its matches. We continue to pamper
these earring-wearing players who show no stomach for a fight
on the playfield, but hold on to wearing shades overtheir foreheads
and drawing huge pay checks for under-performances.
Our players show no pride by literally surrendering to players
from abroad who are no more talented than our own. The truth is
they worked hard to get where they are. They did not just talk.
Each player did his personal bit for the team to reach the heights
it has attained.
How much longer must West Indian supporters wait for these
players to come good? These are not new comers to West Indies
cricket. Most of them have been there for quite a few years.
They give us slip-shod performances and we just keep pampering
them. Most of them are quite wealthy which we are quite happy
for. But the performances need to match the earnings.
When the team had more players from the OECS countries,
poor performances were not rewarded for long. You got dropped
quick; the press in some countries ensured that. Now we don't
have many, if any, OECS players in the team, the press gone soft
on the poor performances. It can't hurt for our selectors to be
brave and bold and honest in their selection of West Indies teams.
This foolishness must not be allowed to go on forever.
I am sure that the last chapter on PAM's dissenting 5 candidates
has not been written yet. All of them claim to be still members of
the Party and love it dearly. But they are not prepared to work
with the unrepentant leader in Grant.
Meanwhile the constituencies last represented by Blanchette
and Welsh have dumped them, according to Chairman Osbourne.
Flemming didn't wait for any constituency committee to dump
him. He jumped first before he was pushed.
You know, this whole sorry saga demonstrates how


undemocratic PAM really is.
How can the vast majority of
the political leaders not be
listened to? How can any
organisation totally ignore what
the majority of its
representatives are saying?
Don't they have concerns too?
Or must they be robots like the
Onion Chairman to do and say
whatever the money-man
says?
This Marriott Hotel-room
scandal is monumental. It
struck at the very root of
everything PAM was supposed
to be opposed to. It hit the 5
candidates very hard. It
challenged their claim to be
promoting decency, honesty and
transparency. How could they
not cry out?
Their Party sheltered the
hearing one instead and was
prepared to displace the 5 of
them. Honesty and decency
were sacrificed for lunacy the
head of the organisation. They
soon learned that money talks
and everything else has to take
a walk.
What is more, the total
silence of the main players in
the Party including the spokes-
persons, the leaders in the
business community, the
deputies, the churchmen, and
the other self-righteous men and
women in the Party. Now that
the opportunity presented itself
for them to show which side of
the honesty, decency and
transparency line they were,
they have by their silence
shown a runaway-from-it
disposition. Maybe just hoping
it would die a natural death and
go away.
Well, it won't. The 5 fellows
so correct. PAM can never
again be an attractive
organisation to decent people
until its leadership goes. You
can't hold fire and water in the
same hand at the same time.
And this is not just politics, it is
life.
The stain colours the entire
organisation and all those within
it who have accepted it,
endorsed it, overlooked it, or by
their silence have so easily
stomached it. They had the
wonderful opportunity to show
which side they were on. They
chose indecency, corruption
and dishonesty, may the good
Lord have mercy on them all!


THE 14TH ANNUAL ST.


KITTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
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sounds and hip-hop artiste S.M.I. treating everyone to many of his
recent hits.
By the time rapper and veteran hit-maker Fabolous took the
stage, the ever-growing crowd was ready to party and showed
their appreciation for hit songs, "Everyday" and "Throw It In The
Bag."
In a fitting conclusion to the night, Jamaican reggae artiste
Tarrus Riley brought down the house with a show-stopping
performance that included works from his three albums plus tribute
to the late Michael Jackson on the first anniversary of his passing.
Despite light showers, Festival goers' enthusiasm was not
dampened and they stayed on until his last notes before literally
leaving Warner Park stadium singing.
The third and final night of the St. Kitts Music Festival saw
the energy level rise to super-charged.
First, the unique sounds of Creole Folk music from Stevy Mahy
enchanted the crowd. Local dancehall gospel artiste Pepper
Ranks shared his charisma and powerful lyrics, then local artiste
C-Money got the crowd moving even more with his song, "St.
Kitts Sweet."
Reprising "St. Kitts I Love You" in her own reggae style, 18-
year-old local star Rolensha followed with her new hit, "Just a
Little Lovin'."
Then came the act that many were so eagerly awaiting young
local star Infamus, performing for the first time to such a large
and international crowd.
Cheered on ardently by fans, Infamus raised the bar for all
performers when singing his hit "Feel Like Crying" and slipping
easily into a reggae version of the tune, then catching another
rhythm and breaking into a soca rendition of his song, "Crying."
Ten time Grammy award winner singer and songwriter
Babyface offered up a combination of his hits he wrote and those
he recorded including "Gone Too Soon," "Every Time I Close My
Eyes" and, from his Boyz II Men days, "End of the Road," as
showers dampened the ground but not spirits.
But Jamaican dancehall icon Sizzla would not let the rain cool
him down, living up to his name with a commanding performance
that totally engaged fans, singing along to his drum beats to bring
the Festival to a "sizzling" grand finale.
Throughout all three consecutive nights of performance, the
friendly, block-party atmosphere at the St. Kitts Music Festival
prevailed. With vendors spread around the venue's perimeter
and the addition of a new Carnival stage featuring folkloric
performances by the Moko Jumbies, the carnival players and the
Okolo Tegramantine drummers, among others, between the main
stage acts, the action was never-ending.
While many simply enjoyed the music, food and an authentic
"lime" the Kittitian term for 'hanging out' there were also
new post-Festival options added this year.
On Sunday, there was the option of extending the Music Festival
experience at the Spice Mill's seaside concert "Spice Fest" or
taking in an exciting afternoon's card of horse racing at the new
Beaumont Park racetrack.
Now in its 14th consecutive year, the festival attracts both
residents and visitors alike and is known for featuring rising local
talent alongside interationally-renowned acts. It features a mix
of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz,
Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Contemporary, Calypso and Gospel to
name a few.
Past artistes have included such prominent acts as John
Legend, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, KC & the Sunshine Band, Wyclef
Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Billy Ocean, Sean Paul, Boyz II Men,
King Konris, Stephen Marley, Regina Belle, Maxi Priest, Biggie
Irie and Lord Nelson.


- NEWS I




10 A The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010


Self-Growth In Relationships

I am convinced that after counselling couples for over 20 years, as
well as being married twice myself (almost 24 years in my current marriage),
that thriving in a committed relationship is not an easy accomplishment.
No matter how much we may love our partner, an inevitable tension
exists between our opposing needs for partnership (connection) and for
differentiation (independence). This tension canbe a powerful, positive
growth process for both individuals, for their relationship, and for their
children.
'Partnership' means two strong, self-respecting persons living
together in a committed, loving, respectful, shared, emotionally intimate
relationship. 'Committed' means 'together for life' and excludes other
sexual partners. Emotional intimacy is not just passionate sex; it also
includes feeling close (that is, safe, trusting, and loved) emotionally,
spiritually, and physically. A healthy couple relationship is rooted in
spirituality that honours the Divine that is greater than our selves.
Partnership's other foundations include faithfulness, trust, honesty,
integrity, accountability, and mutual support. Additionally, responsibility
for work, finances, and parenting need to be based on freely negotiated
agreements between both partners that benefit both them and their
children.
Partnership also requires differentiation in order for both persons to
develop a healthy relationship as a couple. 'Differentiation' is the ongoing
process of defining one's self while growing closer to one's lover. So it
is important for each to have his/her own values, desires, and preferences
without demanding agreement from orjust giving in to the other partner.
Becoming a person (differentiation) is a life-long process. For most of
us, differentiation began around age two when we first said "no" to a
parent. It developed significantly in our teen years when we adopted
our own or our peers' values, sometimes opposing our parents'
expectations. Ideally, this self-growth continues throughout our lives,
whether we are single, married, or living in a committed relationship.
In couple relationships, one person may become anxious or afraid as
a result of certain things her/his partner says or does, even if these
things are in no way abusive. Healthy differentiation involves an ability
to self-soothe, to recognize that I need to calm myself and not expect my
spouse to calm my vexations and insecurities. Self-soothing could
involve taking a time-out to 'chill' until I feel more centred. When I don't
soothe myself, I might react defensively when my spouse may be anxious,
upset, or depressed. Her emotions might not all be triggered by me; they
may arise from another source. Trying to explain my actions may only
make her feel more isolated. Healthy differentiation calls for
nonjudgmental listening, compassionate communication, and empathy
(the ability to experience what the other person is feeling) without being
overwhelmed by a partner's distress. Actively listening to her anger and
hurt and accepting that as her current reality, validates her experience
and can be healing for both of us. Growth in intimacy and closeness
may also require listening to, acknowledging, examining, and changing
certain behaviours or speech that one's partner finds disrespectful or
offensive (whether intentional or not).
Independence and Intimacy
Partnership deepens as I take full responsibility for my own life while
committing to grow closer to my spouse. Differentiation evolves as I
become more aware of my own thoughts, feelings, needs, wants, and
desires. Intimacy develops as I allow my partner to see and to know me
as I really am. This entails vulnerability, which is not the same as
weakness. In turn, I create a climate where my lover can comfortably
express who she is. We are aware of and accept each other's boundaries/
limits, differences, and similarities, while assertively asking for the
changes we need from each other. We request help from each other
without imposing our needs on each other or making demands.
Like much of life, the tension between partnership and differentiation
is a balancing act. Failure to differentiate is to have one's identity and
sense of self fused with one's spouse and to blame her/him for one's
thoughts, feelings, actions, and how life develops-individually and as
a couple. This often leads to dependency, resentment, bitterness,
loneliness, and loss of a sense of self, sometimes referred to as
codependency. On the other hand, lack of partnership or connection
can result in alienation, loneliness, lack of intimacy, unsatisfying or no
sex, affairs, or contempt. Such ultra-independent relationships may
continue in the same home out of convenience and habit until one partner
may eventually decide to leave. A healthy balance promotes
interdependence between two whole persons growing independently
while connecting intimately. Each partner is distinct without being distant
from the other. Each understands that he/she is responsible to the other
partner but not responsible for the partner. Together, they create an
environment that supports each other's independence, resilience,
strength, aspirations, and mutual love, as well as those of their children.
Achieving interdependence and emotional connection as a loving
couple is a growth process over the length of a partnership relationship.
Essential to every healthy couple relationship is differentiation, the


Dr. Janice Joseph, a native of St. Kitts, professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at
Stockton University, U.S.A. is offering a scholarship of one thousand five hundred dollars
United States Currency ($1,500 US) to a student
Who is a national of St. Kitts and Nevis
Who is or will be studying at any Campus of the University of the West Indies during
the academic year 2010/11.

Students interested in this award must apply by letter outlining:
their course of study,
their financial standing and support
statement why they should be awarded the Scholarship.
two recommendations
current high school/university transcript

Applications should be sent to:
Dr. Janice Joseph Scholarship Award
C/o Clement Bouncin Williams
PO Box 1215
Basseterre
St.Kitts

Dr. Janice Joseph, a native of St. Kitts, completed her B.A. at the University of the West In-
dies, Cave Hill Campus and her M.A. and Ph.D. at York University, Toronto, Canada. She is
a Professor of Criminal Justice in New Jersey and Immediate Past President of the Academy
of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), a national organization in the United States with over
2,500 members. She is the first person of African ancestry to be elected to this position in
ACJS forty-six year history. She is also an international scholar with several publications,
Editor of the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, and has numerous publications. She is
also has taught in several foreign countries.

DEADLINE for Applications is July 31, 2010


Weather or Not, Let's Dance this weekend
The Fireflies Dance School has confirmed that rain or shine, their 5th anniversary Dance Recital will be
held this weekend. The spokesperson for the school said that all three sub groups; Juniors, Intermediates and
Seniors are hard at work putting the final touches on their dances that will all feature some element or agent of
the weather. Attendees can expect to enjoy a variety of presentations such as "Walking on Sunshine",
"Somewhere over the Rainbow" and for the first time the Fathers will join the dancers on stage for a unique
"Daddy-Daughter Dance".
The school has invited other dance groups tojoin in their 5th anniversary celebration, and so the Children's
Dance Theatre, CFBC Dance Ensemble and Anjolique Dance Company are also busy preparing for their
special guest appearances.
"Weather or Not, Let's Dance!" takes place this Sunday July 4th at 5pm at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium.


individual personal growth of each
partner as they connect intimately
with each other. Prayer and
humour are certainly helpful, too,
in promoting couple intimacy.


Michael J. Fallahay, GenderAffairs.
(Grateful acknowledgment to
MS in Marital and Family the following couples' therapists
Therapy, LMHC (LicensedMental whose ideas contributed to this
Health Counselor Indiana) is a article: David Schnarch, PhD;
U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Ellyn Bader PhD; Rod Smith,
serving in the Department of MSMFT)




FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010


Tax Reform Unit conclude first

training course on VAT
By Melissa Amsterdam


The 20 graduates from the VAT Basic Training Course after receiving their certificate of completion.


The first training course on the Value Added Tax (VAT) conducted at
the NEMA headquarters concluded on Tuesday June 29th, with 20
persons from the Customs and Excise and Inland Revenue Departments
graduating from the week long course.
The first in a four part series of courses focused on personnel from
the departments who work in the customer service positions with a
Basic VAT Training Course.
Comptroller of Inland Revenue, Mrs. Beverly Williams congratulated
the course participants saying, "I am particularly pleased with the
enthusiasm generated by the facilitators in this eager team of young
professionals".
"It is well known that the role of the tax collector is rocky," Mrs.
Williams noted, "to institute a new and revolutionary system of tax
collection there will be a new set of challenges".
Mrs. Williams added that the perception that VAT is an addition to
our tax burden will have to be reversed.
She credited the course for giving the participants a way of, "reducing
the complexity of the process while at the same time assuring tax payers
that there will be no increases in taxes".


According to the Head of the
Tax Reform Unit, Mr. Edward Gift,
"The purpose of this course was
to build core competency in terms
of technical knowledge with
regards to VAT. When you are
advising business you will be able
to do so with professional
confidence".
"With this course I am sure that
you will all do an excellent job at
enabling the public to understand
VAT. Do not view this course as
the end of your opportunity to
learn about VAT," Mr. Gift advised.
He said that more courses
which will include Computerized
Accounting Course, an advisory
course on how to approach


FINCO

ST. KITTS NEVES FINANCE CO. LTD,


Relocation Notice


The St. Kitts-Nevis Finance Company Limited (FINCO) advises its
valued Customers/Clients and the Public that effective June 28,
2010, its offices will be relocated to Bank Street, Basseterre
(formerly Western Union).

Our opening hours will remain the same, that is:


Monday Thursday


Friday


8:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.


Visit our new location and ask about our Land, Vacation, and
Back to School Loans.


Remember, "WE HELP YOU GROW AT FINCO"


Head of the Tax Reform Unit, Mr Edward Gift, addressing the VAT
Basic Training Course participants on Tuesday June 29th, at the
NEM4 building.
business on VAT and a course on the legislature with regards to VAT will
commence shortly.
Some of the topics which were addressed during the VAT Basic
Training Course were: an orientation to the Civil Service and Orientation
to the Customs and Excise Department for new comers; an orientation to
all of the departments in the Inland Revenue; an introduction to VAT;
VAT registration process amongst other crucial topics.
Certificates to the 20 participants were distributed by the Inland
Revenue Comptroller, Mrs. Williams.
The courses are being held in anticipation to the implementation of
VAT on November 1st of this year.


St. Christopher Outreach Centre

to provide rehabilitation for the

underprivileged
By Melissa Amsterdam
The St. Christopher Outreach Centre which underwent its symbolic
opening on June 19th will not only feed the underprivileged, but also
facilitate rehabilitation programmes for them.
According to President of the Operating Committee and Associate
Professor at the International University of Nursing (IOUN), Dr. Agnes
Beachman and St. Kitts Mental Health Association, President, Dr.
Halliday the centre will facilitate vocational and therapeutic services
to rehabilitate persons.
"Occupational Therapy has to do with rehabilitating persons to
achieve certain goals. They will be reoriented for the work force. For
those who just need Recreational Therapy to keep their minds engaged
that will be facilitated," Dr. Halliday said while describing the term.
"We will be taking pictures of the clients because we want to
establish a register for the person who will be coming here for food,"
Dr. Haliday disclosed.
She said: "We will be doing assessments on them for mental illness
and for those who generally go to the clinic we will be able to give
them their medication her". This will decrease the need for patients to
be admitted to the hospital".
Dr. Halliday said that a day centre focusing on occupational therapy
is in the works.
"Part of the building will be used for rehabilitation of the patients.
If a patient is seen wondering about town we can refer them to the day
centre," Dr. Halliday remarked.
Dr. Beachman will arrange for some of the students from the IOUN
to assist at the St. Christopher Outreach Centre.
Dr. Beachman said, "In my role with clinical nursing I will be here in
the weeks to come to supervise the nurses and student nurses to give
the patients their medication"
"If anyone who is examined is not documented in the registry they
will be sent to the hospital where they could be," she explained.
The medical expert at IUON remarked that, "In addition to mental
health, we will be looking for people who are hypertensive or who
have high blood sugar. We can counsel them about their diets and
refer them to the clinic for follow up care".
Dr. Beachman said that the diet at the St. Christopher Outreach
Centre will be a very healthy and nutritious diet. She said that the food
will be cooked without plenty of salt and sugar to accommodate persons
who are hypertensive or diabetic.
The St. Christopher Outreach Centre will open its doors to the
underprivileged on July 5th.
The Centre is a joint effort with the RAM's family and the St. Kitts
Christian Council.


The Labour Spokesman


- NEWS I




I I A


FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010


The Labour Spokesman


More effort needed in

pushing Credit Unionism

within region...CEO calls

for Government support.


Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Caribbean Confederation
of Credit Union, Ralph Wharton strongly believes that more effort
is needed in pushing Credit Unionism withy the region. He also
issued a passionate appeal for Governments in the region to lend
support thus ensuring that this is achieved.
Wharton who is attending the CCCU convention and AGM as
its new CEO said that he firmly believes that the growth of the
Credit Union in the Caribbean is significant and steady stressing
that member's efforts and assistance along with those provided
by government is vital in ensuring that the organization will continue
to grow. He said that the development of CCCU continues to
depend on the governments and membership support.
"We will only continue to grow if Governments and the people
continue to support as this is critically important to our development
as Credit Union survival is pertinent to national and regional
development.
Commenting on the general state of affairs of the CCCU,
Wharton noted that there is growth and like any organization it
has been addressing its challenges. He noted that the CCCU is
one of the few regional organizations that have significant growth
and development stressing that the public and members recognizes
the work of this organization.
He noted that it is evident that additional efforts are needed
for the development and strengthening of this organization which
according to Melvin Edwards continues to see an influx of new
delegates each year. This, Wharton stressed, is the reason why
the CCCU has been able to maintain its annual convention and
AGM. "The members recognizes that I deed they can place their
trust in the Credit union as its members believes firmly in supporting
each other. We have been able over the many years to continue
serving our respective members despite the challenges and
difficulties faced," he said.
The CCCU CEO declared that on examination of this
organization, there are evidence that growth and development are
being achieved. He pointed out that has and will continue working
towards holistic growth and development noting that he anticipates
seeing continued steady influx of new membership despite the
challenges faced.
The Barbadian national was acknowledged by the President
of the WOCCU for his sterling, significant and unwavering support
and management of CCCU. He added that there have been recent
moves by some persons in addressing the development of the
Credit Union sector after realizing the importance of service and
quality. He however noted and stressed that more will have to be
done to ensure the public is given fair and accurate benefits; noting
that the Credit Union will continue to advertise and recognize
membership.
"The public has a right to be given their monies worth as the
CCCU will continue to member driven while we seek to
aggressively and effectively compete within the market.


Young people urged to

play meaningful role in

continued growth of

Credit Union former


Director
The role of young people
within the Credit Union can and
should continue to improve as it
will pave the way for the continued


significant and should be
emulated. Alleyne echoed similar
sentiments of Melvin Edwards
another stalwart who was also
honored that he was moved by the
enormous and overwhelming


I like this award may be what the President of CCCU is saying


growth and development of the
Credit Union; this is according to
stalwart of the Caribbean
Confederation of Credit Union,
Trevor Allyne. He issued a
passionate appeal for young
people to recognize that the Credit
Union should be the alternative
and financial institution of choice.
"It is you the young people, who
will be responsible for ensuring
that the public continues to see us
as a credible alternative," he said.
Allyne was recently honored
for his sterling, significant,
unselfish and invaluable
contribution to the CCCU. While
accepting his award Allyne said
that the importance of young's
peoples' participation in the
annual convention and annual
general meeting underscored the
point by saying that in the Credit
Union its from the womb to the
tomb. "We must recognize that the
Credit Union is a family and
therefore its from the womb to the
tomb and I am so pleased to be
seeing so much young people


support that young people and
primarily first timers are giving to
CCCU.
"The success of this
organization is as a result of the
enormous work that young people
have been playing because as
many of you would know that this
is a voluntary organization and
when many of us got involved we
got on board primarily for
domestic reasons in the sense
that we wanted to empower our
communities that we live and work
in," he said.
The Credit Union stalwart said
that his award is a symbol of
appreciation thanking all those he
said has played a role in his
achievements within the
movement. He pointed out that
when he first got into the
movement in 1958 he had never
envision getting this far noting
that in those years it was merely
about community. He noted that
today the issue of credit unionism
has become more global. I have to
admit that 54 years ago my desire
was to make a difference in the
lives of my members and because
I continue to hold on to my primary
reason for getting involve I have
never given up this fight as we
have broaden the mandate and
scope," he said.
He urged members to
remember that the Credit Union is
a humanitarian organization and
when one enters they should
recognize that their service and
contributions should be
voluntary. "Let's never forget that
it's a humanitarian cause, it's a
cause for human development.
Thus I urge you to be committed
and dedicated as its all about
people.
He added, "When
Governments and administrations
fail we are always there as the
Credit Union will continue to
remain your credible alternative."
Alleyne became a member of


A smilingAllyne accepts his award from CCCUPresident


coming each year to our
convention and this says
something positive about CCCU,"
he said.
He however urged those
attending for the first time to not
be troubled by the presence of the
older folks noting that the
enormous contributions made by
the 'not so young' were very


the Telephone Workers Credit
Union Co-operative Society Ltd in
1957. He was elected to the Board
of his Credit Union in 1962.
Subsequently Alleyne served as
President from 1968 until 1985
when he relinquished that
position. Alleyne remained a
member of the board until 2009
when he demitted office.




The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010 E 13


Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

2009/2010 Annual Report Presentation
Presented by Governor Sir K Dwight Venner on 29 June 2010


Iam pleased to present, in keeping with the
transparency and accountability requirements
of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank,
the report on the performance of the Bank
for the financial year ended 31 March 2010.


The Bankhas hadto respond to the global economic
and financial crisis and its impact on our currency
union by concentrating its efforts on financial
stability issues and policy advice to address the
fiscal and debt management issues facing member
countries. We have had to do this, while preserving
the integrity of the institution's balance sheet, in
order to maintain the stability of the EC dollar.
The Bank was able to realise a net income of
$37 million. During the year, stringent cost-
cutting measures were implemented which resulted
in a decrease in expenditure of $6.2 million.
As at 31 March 2010, the Bank's total assets
amounted to $2.5 billion, an increase of 8.1 per cent
over the previous year. This increase was mainly
attributable to an expansion in the Bank's foreign
reserves. The primary source of this expansion was
inflows of grants and loans to member governments
from international institutions and friendly countries.
The fixed exchange rate established in July
1976 was maintained at 2.70 EC dollars to 1 US
dollar. At the end of the financial year, the foreign
reserve backing of the currency was 93.93 per
cent, which was safely above the legal benchmark
of 60.0 per cent. The ECCB maintained the
stipulated minimum savings rate at 3 per cent.
In the policy sphere, the main challenge during
the year was managing the liquidity in the banking
system against the backdrop of declining foreign
exchange receipts from tourism, foreign direct
investment and remittances. The declines had an
impact on the growth performance of the Currency
Union with a contraction in economic activity of
approximately 7.4 per cent being recorded in 2009.
The Bank put in place special liquidity
arrangements to support the banking institutions.
These involved closer monitoring of flows within the
system and more stringent reporting requirements
for the commercial banks. Two special committees
were created within the Central Bank to address the
liquidity situation and to monitor the commercial
banking sector, namely: The Liquidity Watch
Group, and The Recapitalisation Committee.
The Central Bank, in order to ensure that
financial stability was maintained in the Currency
Union, has had to monitor and coordinate the
operations of the following arrangements:
1. Its own credit facilities which are available to
both governments and banks;
2. The Inter Bank Market; and
3. The Regional Governments Securities Market.
The ECCB paid particular attention to
the Regional Government Securities Market
(RGSM) as governments were also severely
challenged during the period with respect to
their cash flow arrangements. Activity on the
RGSM exceeded that of the previous year.
The role of the Eastern Caribbean Home
Mortgage Bank (ECHMB) must also be mentioned.
This institution which was established by the
ECCB to facilitate the transformation of long
term instruments namely, home mortgages,


to liquid cash, has fulfilled its mandate in
helping to mitigate the strain on liquidity.
During the year the ECCB has also played a vital
advisory and coordinating role in the non-bank
sector. Although the Bank has no legal mandate
for the regulation of insurance companies and
other non-banks, under the aegis of the Ministers
of Finance who have the responsibility for such
regulation, the Bank has done the following:
* Recommended and facilitated the
establishment of sub-committees of the
Monetary Council to address issues involving
these institutions;
* Provided and identified technical assistance
resources;
* Assisted with the drafting of legislation; and
* Functioned as the convenor of meetings of
technical groups formed to support the work
of the sub-committees of the Council.
The Bank accelerated its work in debt
management through a project funded by the
Canadian International Development Agency
(CIDA). The objective of the project is to address
the debt issues of member countries in order to
achieve the target, set by the Monetary Council of a
debt to GDP ratio of 60 per cent by the year 2020.
Under Article 4 (4) of the ECCB Agreement
the Bank addressed the development issues facing
member countries by promoting and incorporating
two significant institutions, namely, the Eastern
Caribbean Enterprise Fund (ECEF) and the OECS
Distribution and Transportation Company (ODTC).


The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union will
continue to face tremendous challenges over
the next few years. The current crisis is not
over and we are projecting a contraction in
economic activity of approximately 2.4 per cent
in 2010. Government revenues have decreased
and there has been a fall in employment and an
increase in poverty levels in member countries.
The economies are extremely small, open and
vulnerable, as the crisis has clearly revealed,
and will need to be substantially transformed if
they are to exhibit significant levels of resilience.
The international outlook is uncertain as the
advanced countries are not completely out of
recession and are also experiencing extremely
high and unprecedented levels of fiscal deficits
and debt. As a result, international markets have
been extremely volatile and some currencies,
for example, the euro, have experienced major
depreciations. The current crisis in Greece
has not helped and markets have become even
more unsettled. Commodities such as gold
have attained extremely high historical values,
as investors seek safe havens for their assets.
There is another issue emanating from the
international community which will become a
significant matter for the currency union, namely
the decline and possible cessation of foreign aid.
As I said earlier, the advanced countries are
experiencing major fiscal and debt problems and
high levels of unemployment and it will therefore
become both fiscally and politically difficult for
the currency union to attract sizeable amounts of
aid. The countries have relatively high per capital
incomes and are not geopolitically important,
nor do they have large domestic markets.


Consequently, the region will find it virtually
impossible to attract aid flows in competition with
Sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti in this hemisphere.
A major challenge for us will be to manage the
expectations of our citizens against the background
of a small population and a narrow natural
resource base, in a world economy which will
be experiencing below average rates of growth.


The governments of the OECS and the Currency
Union have outlined the way forward which
is enshrined in two documents, namely: The
OECS Economic Union Treaty, and The Eight
Point Stabilisation and Growth Programme.
The Economic Union Treaty is intended to build
on the successes of the Treaty of Basseterre of
1981, which established a supranational framework
for collective action in several critical areas, for
example, thejudiciary, currency and centralbanking.
The new Treaty includes new political and
administrative arrangements to allow for effective
coordination and efficient implementation of
policies, programmes and projects which can
facilitate economic growth and social development.
It will create a single financial and economic
space with the following critical advantages:
* The creation of significant economies of scale
in production, marketing, distribution and
public administration;
* The spread of risks over a wider geographic
space and a larger population; and
* Increased capacity to negotiate with third
countries or groups of countries.
Given the current situation in the
CARICOM region, the OECS Economic
Union has become even more critical to the
successful integration of the entire Caribbean.
The Eight Point Stabilisation and Growth
Programme sets out in a strategic and
cohesive arrangement the critical elements for
achieving sustainable growth and development.
The first three components address Financial
Programming, FiscalReformandDebtManagement,
which are the core of the stabilisation arrangements.
These prepare the way for a fiscal and
growth stimulus through the fourth component,
namely Public Sector Investment Programmes
which are aimed at jump-starting the
economies and providing both national and
regional infrastructure for accelerated growth.
The fifth component, Social Safety Net
Programmes, is vital to protect vulnerable groups
and to prepare them to enter the formal economy
as productive participants. In this regard, a
major project is being coordinated by the OECS
Secretariat with assistance from the World Bank.
The final three components address the
stability, regulation and development of
the financial system so that it can function
effectively as an intermediary and provide
access to financial resources for growth projects.
In the final analysis, the challenge for us
is the integration and transformation of our
economies into diversified, highly productive and
internationally competitive entities, which can
improve the standard of living and quality of life
of our citizens of the Eastern Caribbean Currency
Union. This we hope to achieve by the year 2020.




14 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010

INFAMOUS GIVES MEMORABLE

STKITTS MUSIC FESTIVAL

PERFORMANCE
Kervin "Infamus" Benjamin belongs onstage. That fact was proven time and again
during the 21 year old's Saturday night performance at the 14th Annual St.Kitts Music
Festival.
It's not just that Infamus has pipes, although he sure does and can belt a song like his
next heartbeat depends on it. Most importantly, what the St.Kitts national football player
has in abundance is charisma and an innate ability to sell a song. Flanked by a 6 member
d'Vybz Band who provided the best musical accompaniment one could imagine and a 3
member background vocals team Infamus delivered almost 90 minutes of tunes and easily
one of the most memorable St.Kitts Music Festival Performance ever.
The musical mood of the evening was high-energy reggae, hip hop, pop, and R&B. He
kicked his performance off potently with the scintilliating, "We Rise," the first line of "Me
rise..... dem want me fall..... dem bad mind.... dem want it all" sent the thousands at the
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Hon. Sam Condor and Hon. Joseph Parry at the start of
Monday Joint Cabinet i.... ,in,
(Photo by Erasmus Williams)
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 28TH 2010
(CUOPM) A joint meeting of the Cabinets of the
Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the
Nevis Island Administration began here Monday
morning.
The Meeting under the joint chairmanship of Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon.
Sam Condor and Premier Hon. Joseph parry is being
held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach
Casino, Frigate Bay.
Deputy Prime Minister Condor apologised for the
absence of Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas
who is overseas.
"I spoke to him by telephone this morning and he
regrets that he has to be out of the Federation at this
time," said Mr. Condor.
He noted that the joint meetings of the Cabinets



PUBLIC NEWS


ITEM
PARENTS OF STUDENTS ATTENDING
GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS ON ST.KITTS, AND THE
PUBLICATLARGE, ARE ADVISED THAT SCHOOLS RE-
OPENS FOR STUDENTS ON 6TH SEPTEMBER 2010, TO
COMMENCE THE 2010-2011 SCHOOL YEAR.
ALL TEACHERS ONLYARE TO RETURN TO WORK
ON30THAUGUST, 2010, WHENTHENEW SCHOOLYEAR
BEGINS FOR THEM, BUT STUDENTS ARE TO TURN OUT
FOR SCHOOL ONMONDAY6TH SEPTEMBER2010.

PLEASEBE GUIDED ACCORDINGLY

30TH JUNE2010


Traffic Diversion
The general public is informed that over the next
two days from July 1st, traffic will be interrupted along
the FT Williams Highway in the area of Buckley's, to
facilitate the laying of underground cables across the
road.
Traffic signs will be placed to indicate diversions
and to guide the flow of traffic. Motorists are asked
to exercise caution, and to comply with posted signs.

Traffic Department
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have been taking place
for over 10 years and a
decision was recently
taken that such meetings
be held every quarter.
Minister Condor noted
that Monday's meeting was
the first for this year and is
being held in the second
quarter as a result of the
Federal Elections earlier in
the year.
He looked forward to
discussing the state of the
economy, the Value Added
Tax (VAT), national security,
devolution and other issues
of concern in a "frank, open


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and amicable manner."
Premier of Nevis, F
Joseph Parry congratul
the three new
Federal Cabinet
Ministers -
Hon. Patrice
Nisbett, Hon.
MarcellaLiburd
and Hon. Glenn
Phillip. WE
He noted
that the NRP-
led Nevis
Island
Administration
will be next
m o n t h
celebrating the Ca
F o u r t h Em
Anniversary of
its return to
office.


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ated now but in the next term," said Premier Parry.


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FEDERATION OF ST. CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS
GOVERNMENT NOTICE
TREASURY BILLS

By Authority of the Treasury Bills Act, 1969 No. 20 of 1969
The Treasury Bills (Amendment) Act, 1972 No. 22 of 1972
And the Treasury Bills
(Amendment) Act, 1984 No. 9 oT1984

1. Tenders are hereby invited for the issue of the St. Christopher and Nevis Government Treasury
Bills.

2. These Bills will be payable at par ninety-one (91) days after the date of issue. They will be
issued after the payment by cheque or cash on 17" AUGUST 2010 and will be payable on
16TH NOVEMBER 2010.

3. Each tender must specify the discount rate at which he will pay for every ONE HUNDRED
DOLLARS of the amount tendered. Explanation of this method will be available at the
Accountant General's Office or Ministry of Finance.

4. Application forms will be available at the Accountant General's Office, Basseterre, and when
completed, should be forwarded to the Accountant General's Office in sealed envelopes
addressed:

CONFIDENTIAL
Treasury Bills Tender
(Issue No. 158) _
Accountant General
Central Street
Basseterre

5. All applications must reach the Accountant General's Office, St. Kitts, no later than 3:00
p.m. on 21sT JULY 2010.

6. Successful tenders will be notified by letter not later than 6TH AUGUST 2010.

7. The Government of the Federation reserves the right to accept or reject any Tender in whole or
in part.

8. The Treasury Bills Act, (No. 20 of 1969), The Treasury Bills (Amendment) Act, 1972 (No. 22
of 1972) and Treasury Bills (Amendment) Act 1984 (No. 9 of 1984) are available at Govemmer
Headquarters.



Treasury Chambers Levi h o
St. Kitts -Acco G u4I




The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010 17


Fathers turn out for

Child Month March

and T-Shirt Day

By Melissa Amsterdam
In keeping with the Child Month theme: "Save Our Men- Children
Need Fathers Too" an overwhelming number of fathers turned out to
march with their children on the annual 2010 Child Month March and
T-Shirt Day on Friday last 25th, June.
The March which started off on the Greenlands Pasture was
attended by many children, parents and teachers from the various
Daycares and Pre-Schools (about 40) on island who could be seen
wearing the official orange T-Shirt for this year.
This year's focus was on the importance of Fathers being present
in the lives of their children and a display of this could be seen with
many fathers holding their children and leading the way during the
march which culminated at the Independence Square.
At the Independence Square a fun filled day was experienced by
children and their parents. There were many activities which no doubt
created memories for the march's participants.
On hand was food, music, bouncing castles and popular cartoon
themed balloons.
The Acting coordinator of the Early Childhood Development Unit
of St. Kitts and Nevis, Jacquelyn Morris, said that the turnout was
very impressive.
"We received the fathers' involvement as never before, we were
not disappointed because the fathers came out in their great numbers
to support their children and the march," she said.
"As they marched along the street it was possible to have a view
of all the fathers involved. This is the first time we have had so many
fathers participating to this extent," the Acting Coordinator
commented.
She hopes that after this year there will be more support from
fathers.
The message that Morris will like to be passed on is, "We hope
that the fathers after seeing the involvement by other fathers during
the march will take the responsibility of fatherhood very seriously
and ultimately to value life".
She stressed that men are very important to their children. Instead
of taking life it should be preserved.



Nevis Police destroy

million dollar worth of

illegal drugs


CHARLESTOWN NEVIS
(JUNE 30,2010)-Members of the
Special Task Force in the Nevis
Police Division destroyed an
estimated EC$lmillion worth of
drugs in the presence of local
media on Wednesday at an
undisclosed location.
According to Head of the Unit
Inspector Winston Wilkinson, the
drugs consisted of mainly cocaine
r wr


and cannabis (marijuana) but there
were a number of marijuana seeds
and implements used in the illegal
drug trade.
"We have two kilograms of
cocaine, 15 bales of compressed
marijuana, over 3,000plants. We
have a lot of other small bits, five
pounds of marijuana here and five
pounds there.
"The Police don't keep


SKIPA gives

local

businesses

exposure at

inaugural

Investment

Summit and

Expo

By Melissa Amsterdam
At an inaugural Investment
Summit and Expo held this week,
June 29th-30th, at the St. Kitts
Marriott, the St. Kitts Investment
Promotion Agency (SKIPA) gave
exposure to several local
businesses.
The two-day Summit and Expo
focused on the theme: "Exploring
Our Investment Opportunities"
and featured some 38 (small and
large) local businesses that were
afforded the opportunity to set up
booths, showcasing the goods
and services which they have
available for consumption.
At the official opening
ceremony on Tuesday morning
which was chaired by SKIPA's
Investment Promotions Director,
Mr. Stanley Jacobs Jr., former
SKIPA CEO of SKIPA, Ms.
Shawna Lake gave the
background of the company which
started in 2007.
She pointed out that SKIPA's
main responsibilities as investment
promotion, investment facilitation,
aftercare services and advocating
policy to changes which will
enhance the investment climate
here in St. Kitts.


anything. As long as it has gone
through the court system we
destroy it, we don't have use for
it. Persons would have seen on the
news from time to time, we destroy
drugs and we always ensure that
it is done in a way that the public
can see that we are being above
board," he said.
In relation to the origin of the
drugs the Inspector explained that
they were all as a result of local
operations and in most cases it was
because of information
forthcoming from the public.
"All the drugs burnt here today
was as a result of local operations.
Unfortunately in recent times we


The company's main role is to
market St. Kitts regionally and
internationally as an attractive
investment location to foreign
investors.
SKIPA, according to Lake, is a
"one stop shop". With SKIPA
investors will be able to get
information and assistance with
matters related to business
registration, permits, licences and
incentives.
Lobbying the Government to
implement policy changes to
enhance the country's investment
is another role taken onby SKIPA
Lake explained.
Acting Prime Minister, Hon.
Sam Condor delivered the feature
address at the opening ceremony.
He called the event a timely
one which is critical in addressing
the challenges being faced in the
turbulent global economy and
commended SKIPA for its
organization.
"This is a significant venture
by a young agency. I am proud to
note the massive strides and great
progress that have been made in
the relatively short period of your
existence," the Acting Prime
Minister said.
He added that an event like the
one hosted by SKIPA is very
important to the economic
development and stability of the
country.
The SKIPA Summit and Expo
in the Minister's view is about
engaging the citizens and
overseas investors in the process
of economic stability and growth
and future developmental
endeavours.
"Long after this Summit is
closed the process of exploring
business ideas and entrepreneurial
spirit must continue in a positive
and aggressive manner," Minister
Condor encouraged.
Speaking with SKIPA's
Investments Promotion Director,


have not intercepted persons
coming into the Federation with
controlled drugs but based on
information from concerned
citizens cooperating and willing to
give information to the police.
"Some [are from] strictly police
operations, [for] some of it persons
have been prosecuted and some
of it unfortunately some persons
were not made accountable for
having them," he said.
In response to a question
which shed light on the existing
police/media partnership Inspector
Wilkinson said the Police had
enjoyed much cooperation.
"The relationship has been


Mr. Stanley Jacobs, the event was
deemed a great success.
"It was tremendously
successful for the first event ... it
was a wonderful event to expose
the products and services these
local businesses have to offer,"
Jacobs confirmed.
In terms of the panel
discussions which focused on five
key investment opportunities -
Financial Services, Agriculture,
Tourism, Manufacturing and
Information Technology Sectors-
the exchanges were very
informative, he said.
"The feedback from the
persons that attended both the
panel discussions and the Expo
was extremely positive and a
request for an annual event was
made," Jacobs divulged while
adding that SKIPA is thinking
about making the event an annual
one.
Jacobs said that many
solutions were derived from the
panel discussions. He also noted
that the five areas for investment
opportunities which were
discussed are extremely important
for the growth of the Federation.
The trade show was a two-day
event which was sponsored by
Digicel and Fidesco Trust
Corporation, Platinum Sponsors;
LIME, Gold Sponsor; Delisle
Walwyn & Co., Ltd f(3) Solutions
and Kajola-Kristada Ltd., Silver
Sponsors. Christophe Harbour St.
Kitts was also a sponsor.
Among the number of local
dignitaries and invited guests in
attendance at the opening
ceremony on Tuesday were His
Excellency the Governor General,
Sir Cuthbert Sebastian; Managing
Director of the St. Kitts-Nevis
Anguilla National Bank Group of
Companies, SirEdmund Lawrence;
Ministers of Government and
other top Government Officials.






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good. We get our message out. We
have good press we have bad
press. We always invite the media
but we don't control what they
print, they print what they want.
Sometimes they don't print
everything but we always invite
them and we thank them for their
cooperation. [We] really try to
foster a good relationship with the
press," he said.
When asked about the results
of the ongoing police efforts to
bond with the public, Inspector
Wilkinson noted that it was


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Nevis Police destroy

million dollar worth of

illegal drugs

(cont'd from page 16)


Preparing drugs


Drugs burning
because of the interaction through town hall meetings that they conti
to win public confidence.
"We have seen a significant improvement in the relationship
cooperation from the public who are willing to come forward
information.
"Here today we are destroying drugs and a lot of it is as a rest
the public assisting the police in getting that and we continue to s(
the support of the public and encourage persons to be cautious t
careful but come forth with the information," he said.
The Senior Officer also used the opportunity to address the m
of recovered illegal firearms and the process used by police after
were confiscated.
"When we recover illegal firearm off the streets it goes throu
process where it is examined (ballistics) and in some instances w
DNA testing.
"They go through the court system and we seek assistance
international agencies to trace the origin of the weapon and they
kept in police custody," he said.


YOUTH TAKE RIGHTFUL PLACE AT 5th

CARIBBEAN ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM


Montego Bay, Jamaica, June
25, 2010 (SKNIS): Youth
representing several high schools
in Jamaica and a community
college appeared quite
comfortable presenting an
environmentally sustainable
project, meeting with Prime
SMinisters, debating, interpreting
the environment with the creative
arts and sitting among delegates
at the Fifth Caribbean
Environmental Forum, Montego
Bay, Jamaica.
During the five-day forum
which ranfrom June 21 -25,2010,
S several high school and college
students were brought together
for the first ever Caribbean Youth
Environmental Forum. Two of
these young people, Tashana
Clemings and Tanashay
Cheddesing were supported by
their teacher Devon Callam of the
Mannings High School, Jamaica
when they presented the
environmentally-friendly project
termed "Conserving Energy with
Green Roof Technology." The
project has already received the
Jamaica Public Service Company
Ltd. (SPSCo) Environmental
Award.
Using five models Clemings
and Cheddising were able to
demonstrate that it is possible to
grow vegetation on roofs by
water-proofing the area, choosing
the appropriate soil and ensuring
adequate drainage. The students
nued noted that benefits would include
a cooler house, income from the
and sale of plants and reduction of
with theft of plants due to their high
placement.
lt of The young people were also
)licit given an opportunity to have their
o be voices heard by policy makers
when they met and held
matter discussions with Prime Minister
they of St. Lucia Honourable
Stephenson King as well as
gh a Jamaica's Minister of Water and
e do Housing Honourable Dr. Horace
Chang.
from The young people were also


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Youth Forum Debators


participants in a Tree Planting
Ceremony at the Old Hospice Site
Montego Bay to mark the First
Youth Environmental Forum. The
first tree was planted by Montego
Bay Community College Students
along with Montego Bay's mayor,
Charles Sinclair, and Patricia
Aquing, Executive of the Caribbean
Environmental Health Institute
(CEHI). The students of the
Mannings High School planted the
next tree with Vincent Sweeney of
the Regional Project Coordinator
of the Global Environmental
Facility-Integrating Watershed and
Coastal Area Management (GEF-
IWCAM) project. The final tree
was planted by the accompanying
teachers of the schools attending
the Forum and Nadia Deen
Ferguson of the United Nations
Environment Programme-
Caribbean Regional Coordinating
Unit (UNEP CAR-RCU) and Ava
Tomlinson of the National
Environment and Planning Agency
(NEPA). Ms. Tomlinson was
instrumental in the coordination of
the Youth Forum itself.
The students also visited the
Montego Bay Marine Park where
they identified environmental
issues and solutions and Project
Wet, an environmental group, led
the youth in a Blue Planet Activity
which enabled them to identify
water sources on the globe.
The young participants were
given the opportunity to


immortalize their thoughts on their
Forum experience by keeping a
daily journal and creating what was
termed Youth Commitments. They
acknowledged their personal
responsibility to the environment.
"I am committing myself to
impart the knowledge I have
garnered about the environment
and use it in a way that I will most
definitely prove beneficial to the
ecosystem," said Christopher
Munro of Mannings High School,
Jamaica.
"There are many solutions to
all the environmental problems
that we are facing today and it is
my dream to make the world a
better place for God's wonderful
creatures."
"The forum was very
enlightening," said Ramone Gibbs
of the Mannings High School,
Jamaica. "It reminded that we are
indeed a part of our environment
and we ought to be stewards of
the environment."
"I pledge to educate the public
and whomever I come in contact
with about how their actions can
be detrimental to the
environment," said Tanashay
Cheddesingh of the Mannings
High School, Jamaica. "I also
pledge to help take the initial steps
in protecting and preserving every
aspect of the natural environment,
hence promoting sustainable
development and a sustainable
future."


-Ii


Head of the Special task Force on Nevis Inspector
Winston Wilkinson


Prime Minister Stephenson King addresses youth




The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010 19


VIEW POINT


BY
V. E. INNISS B


Facinj tke unforesen


As I thought about the unknown, the unforeseen, the tomorrows yet
to come a verse of scripture jumps out at me, so to speak, that deserves
our attention. The verse says "Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou
knowest not what the day may bring forth" (Prov. 27:1).
I am yet to hear of someone, meet someone who can predict the
future with one hundred percent accuracy. It is fair to say that many
events that happen in our lives or in the world for that matter are
unpredictable and surprising. We imagine, though, that to a large extent
we can shape our destiny and predict what will happen.
No thoughtful man or woman can look at what is going on among the
nations of the earth or listen to current events (sometimes recycled)
without a feeling of apprehension and alarm. No wonder reference is
often made to "the last days scenarios" referred to in the Bible.
It seems to some extent that the days are fast approaching or have
quite evidently arrived of which our Lord said that they would be
characterized by distress of nations with perplexity; when men's hearts
would fail them for fear and for looking after those things which are
coming upon the earth. (Luke 21:25-26).
It is comforting to know that although man rules, God overrules. Dr.


In Loving Memory of


Mr. Cecil Gustave Bagnall
Formerly of Bayview Basseterre, St.Kitts.
Who passed away on Junel6th, 2005
You were called to the nearer presence of
God, our Father.
He loved you and he took you to be with
him. We love you too andwill continue
to have you in our hearts for
nothing loved is ever lost.




Missed dearly
By his Wife, Family and Friends.



IN MEMORIAL
of
Paul Henry Queeley Sr.
SWho departed this life on 4th July, 2005.







The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
SFor he knows how weak we are; i ,
he remembers we are only dust. '-
SOur days on earth are like grass; _
Like wildflowers, we bloom and die. I
The wind blows, and we are gone
as though we had never been here.
4 But the love of the Lord remains -
forever with those who feel Him.
His salvation extends to the children's children."
Psalm: 103:13-17

SLavern C. Queeley for the entire family
///''E~~*~~'~~~/*//////////////


Arthur T. Peterson says that all
history is in the final analysis, His
story, "What is good, He decrees
and ordains; what is evil He
permits and restrains".
Behold, the nations are as a
drop of a bucket, and are counted
as the small dust of the balance;
behold, He taketh up the isles as a
very little thing. Note His
comforting words: "I even I am He
that comforteth you, who art thou,
that thou shouldest be afraid of a
man that shall die, and of the son
of man which shall be made as
grass. And forgettest the Lord thy
Maker that hath stretched forth the
heavens and laid the foundations
of the earth. (Read Isaiah 40:15; 51:
12-13)
Suffice it to say our times are
in God's hand which means among
other truths that all of life's "whys",
and "whens", and wherees, and
"wherefores" are in God's hand.
As the Omniscient One He knows
all about tomorrow, something we
cannot claim to control.

THINGS TO COME
Pessimism may be the
psychological plague of his
twenty first century and
Christians are finding out that not
even faith provides immunity.
It wouldn't be surprising if
some young people and wavering
adults alike are immobilizedby fear
of the future. Nothing seems worth
doing because the world may fall
apart in the middle of doing it. So
low have their spirit sunk.
Part of my role as a columnist
and Christian is to help to dispel
doom and gloom as I rightly divide
the word of truth. The Psalmist's
medicine for this world's malady
is found in Ps. 42:11. It reads in
part "Hope thou in God". When
we think or say that a situation or
a case is hopeless, we are
slamming the door in the face of
God. Faith equates with
confidence, not fear. Scripture
does not authorize us to cringe or
cower.
For one thing, there is no
storm-proof shelter in this world
that offers physical security and
no ultimate economic shelter from
the storms of life.
The scripture bears record of
Paul's words to the Romans. "For
I am persuaded that neither death
nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor
things present, nor things to come
.... shall be able to separate us from
the love of God which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord" (Rom 8:3 8-3 9).
If this passage is not yet a
favourite of yours I urge all readers
to make it yours today. It will serve
as a shelter in the time of storm, a
beacon in darkness, an
encouragement in despair.

FRESH COVERAGE
TAKE
Although we cannot bury our
heads in the sand like ostridges
we have to face the real world and


Horsford's Group of Companies

PRESS RELEASE
The Chairman of S L Horsford & Co Ltd, Mr Anthony Kelsick and
the Directors would like to thank the general public of St Kitts-Nevis for
their expressions of sympathy and support over the fire loss of its building
located on South Independence Square, Basseterre, which had housed
its Credit Services Department.
They would also like to express their gratitude to the men of the St
Kitts-Nevis Fire and Rescue Services whose quick and professional
response contained the fire to that building and spared any further loss
to the surrounding buildings.
The Company wishes to inform its Shareholders and the general
public that all its financial information is intact, including all customer
credit information. Most of the paper documentation also escaped the
fire as these were stored in a secure area of the building.
The Company is currently making arrangements for the relocation of
the staff of its Credit Department. The Department resumed its service
to the general public the day after the fire by relocating the cashier
activities to its Shipping Department located at the comer of West
Independence Square and the Bay Road.
WANTHONYKELSICK
Chairman and Managing Director
S L Horsford & Company Limited
30 June 2010



CIC Release re: S L Horsford Fire
The Board of Directors of the St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry &
Commerce has written to the management of S L Horsford & Company
Ltd to express the Organisation's sadness and concern at the news of
Monday night's fire that destroyed the top floor of the Horsford premises
that houses that company's Credit Department.
The Chamber's letter, which was addressed to S L Horsford's
Chairman & Managing Director, Mr Anthony Kelsick, noted
sympathetically the Chamber's sentimental attachment to the affected
premises which served as the first official 'home' of the Chamber during
the period 1983 2002. The letter also noted that the Chamber's Board
could not forget that those offices had been provided to the private
sector agency at significant concessionary rates during those 19 years,
until the Organisation was able to purchase and upgrade its own
Secretariat on Horsford Road in Fortlands, Basseterre.
The Chamber's Board of Directors extends its support to the
management and staff of S L Horsford as they embark on a recovery and
re-building process while making adjustments to the day-to-day
operations of the Credit Department. The patience and understanding
of S L Horsford's customer base are solicited in this regard.
ST. KITTS-NEVIS CHAMBER OF INDUSTRY& COMMERCE
June 29,2010



cope with things like inflation, recession, energy shortage and power
fluctuation, pending value added tax (VAT) and international terrorism.
The feeling that we are being outnumbered by law-breakers domestic
and international all weigh heavily upon our minds enough to weigh us
down but as the hymn-writer urges: "Ye fearful saints fresh courage
take, the clouds we so much dread are rich in mercy and will break in
blessings on our heads.
The sin in fear is that it causes us to hold back, to hoard our talents,
or resources or life itself. The three little words "fresh courage take" can
with God's help restore our perspective, cool our feverish self-
centeredness, unclench our fists, straighten our backs and get us forging
ahead.
Things present we somehow cope with, however distressing. Nine-
tenths of fear hides in the future tense. Fear lives not in the known but in
the unknown. Not in what is already here, but in what has not yet arrived.
So as we face the unforeseen be it an active hurricane season or a
tempestuous economic and financial future, let us approach and advance
them in faith. Faith is always for the unexplored place, the experience we
have not yet had.
Faith is the force that starts our blood circulating, our juices flowing,
our thoughts, feet and hands moving. From the Book, of Genesis to
Revelation the encouraging word is "Fear not". Neither of things present
or things to come. That is enough to turn us into unwavering optimists.
That is the Christian's birthright.
The Pessimist says, "It can't be done". The Optimist says, "It can be
done" the Peptimist says, "I just did it".
May God help us to face the unknown with strength,
fortitude and courage, whatever tomorrow holds!




20


MEN'S INITIATIVES

OPEN FORUM FOR

DISCUSSION


Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 30,
2010 (SKNIS): The Department of
Gender Affairs is heightening its
profile in its outreach to men.
Male focal point in the ministry
of Social Services, Community and
Gender Affairs Troy Watson said
the department has had several
interventions geared at
empowering men to handle issues
that affect them. Activities are now
focused on raising the awareness
of what the ministry offers, in an
attempt to get men mobilized to
take advantage of its programmes.
Mr. Watson referred to the
department's most recent launch
of the (Caribbean Male Action
Network) CARIMAN initiative,
the goal of which is to engage men
to exchange their views regarding
the issues of life in a non-
threatening manner and forum that
allows "mento be men". The group
of men advocate particular


principles as away of life for men.
The CARIMAN initiative is
implemented under response to
UNIFEM's Strengthening State
Accountability Programme
dubbed "Champions for Change"
which encourages men to
advocate for gender equality. The
initial meeting was held on
Monday June 14.
Mr. Watson explained that the
work of his ministry has evolved
over the years as they seek to fine
tune programmes to make them
more meaningful and impactful
based on the real needs of society
rather than stereotypical
assumptions.
He explained that officers in the
ministry have to be extremely
flexible as any number of issues
can affect male-female and other
interpersonal relationships. He
added for example that a man who
may be having domestic issues


Local artistes

impressed many at

annual Music Festival
By Charles Miller Jr
With this year's Music Festival ending, music lovers especially locals
can look back and feel extremely proud of their very own upcoming and
established artists who were featured throughout all three nights
(Thursday June 24th- Saturday June 26th) of the 14th annual St. Kitts
Music Festival.
The action kicked off on the opening night (Thursday) with
international acts such as Third World, Capleton, Bunji Garlin & Faye
Ann Lyons; all giving exciting performances and great music, but it was
the performances of two local calypso veterans King Star Shield and
the legendary King Ellie Matt that got the crowd extremely worked up
and ready for classic calypso music.
Ellie Matt who has been out of the performing ring for a while energized
the huge and enthusiastic crowd with many of his hits calypso tunes
like "Gimme Room", "Viva St. Kitts" and "Shang Shang" as well as some
crowd requested a-capella performances. Though many were surprised
that he didn't use a live band for his performance, he by no means
disappointed the ecstatic crowd.
Another calypso sensation King Starshield performed his hit
tunes with musical assistance by the 3 peat Road March champs, the
Grand Masters, who also had a spot on the night's line up.
Friday's line up was again an impressive combination of local and
international artistes such as SMI, Jah Fire, Fabolous, Tarrus Riley, Stevy
Mahy, Fathi Tabet and Ky- Mani Marley who all performed so well that
many persons risked their health by standing and dancing in the rain.
SMI and Jah Fire both impressed and did their island proud as they
performed with their high energy level and entertaining lyrics.
The final night of the Music Festival (Saturday) was by far the most
attended of all nights, with onlookers anxious to see international acts
such as Sizzla and Kenny "Baby Face" Edmonds as well as the local
artiste C Money, Pepper Ranks, Rolhensha and over night sensation,
Infamus; again ignoring the rain.
The local acts performed exceptionally well, but according to many
audience members, Infamus and Rolhensha were the shining stars of
night.
Both artistes who were backed by D'Vybz band were both commended
on their command of the stage and their ability to keep the crowd
entertained.
Many have praised this year's music festival for giving the artistes
of the Federation a chance at the big stage and also chance to have their
music heard and promoted and the local as well as the international
artistes definitely did not disappoint.


may actually be dealing with
feelings of inferiority on the job
which translate into dominance or
withdrawal at home. That
discussion may turn out to be a
counseling session on finance.
Another initiative which the
ministry is soon to roll out is the
Alternatives to Violence
Programme geared at enhancing


relationship skills among former
perpetrators of violence. This
programme, being facilitated by
Peace Corp volunteer Mr. Mike
Fallahey, has the objective of
training trainers. It will prepare
interested individuals in the
society to conduct sessions with
men who need this type of
intervention.


WEEKLY HOROSCOPE
Contributed By: Shaday Peters




Araes
An overall successful week is indicated but some travel
near the 28th to 30th, a successful 'negotiation'the 1st
and the need to stay out of any 'personal issues' being
shared the 29th and 2nd are indicated, especially IF
Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio or Capricorn personalities
are involved. Having to work or 'attend' functions that
are career related 'over the weekend' is possible,
especially for March Rams.




Tauerus
Several meetings or light discussions may be
impromptu, but quite necessary earlier in the week with
the most important attention given to anything that 'pops
up' later on the 29th or mid afternoon the 30th.
Formalize anything that feels 'too loosely conducted' or
at least memorialize it in some way. 'Exciting change' is
indicated for the 1st through 8th and the 1/2nd may be
pivotal stages of planning. Cooperation appears poor
near the 6th to 8th, so a good foundation will be needed
to carry it.



Cemrntf

Travel and/or long distance dealings are very likely the
28th and while it appears to 'bring a lot of work'
potential, it also shows some impressive profit as well.
You appear to be in 'very good humor' the 30th to 2nd
but need to remember to keep 'good taste' part of the
equation and not cross any boundaries of 'political
correctness.' Some Twins may be seeing an issue or
two of'harassment' going on around them. If so,
distance yourself from all groups or individuals involved!


e

Really impressive energies throughout the week may
make this one a 'red letter' string of accomplishments.
Those Crabs self employed or commission based stand
to do well. Networking appears profitable and focus is
on later July, Oct/Nov and Jan '11. Get as much done
THIS week as you can since bumping off into next week
is a REALLY bad idea, since cooperation sucks and
scheduling is a nightmare.



Leo
Keep your mind focused on 'the task/end result' at hand
the 28/29th as it is far too easy to become distracted or
scattered 'in/of purpose' especially if you are working 'in
tandem' and with Aquarius, Capricorn, Cancer,
Pisces, Aries or other Lions this week. Be a
'man/woman of your word' near the 1/2nd to be seen as
'solid and dependable.' Use music to support focus or
creativity or 'set the mood' near the 29/30th or over the
weekend if you 'must work it.'



19

A mistake near the 30th to 2nd can be avoided by good
record keeping, standing over on going projects the
28/29th and doing more background work the 29/30th
before 'beginning or approaching' especially IF big
sales, big ticket, real estate and long distance deals are
involved. Those Virgos in 'family owned businesses'
also need to pay extra attention to 'dynamics' and/or
'office politics and policies' this week.


FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010


The ministry representative
said that he welcomes men of all
persuasions to get involved in
what the ministry is doing and to
get their voices heard among their
peers and counterparts. He added
that this open forum for men is a
giant step in securing their identity
and by extension their capacity for
relating in the wider setting.


Labra
Most of your jobs, goals and plans appear to 'flow well'
and 'as planned.' Those few Scales that 'hit a wall' or
snag near the 30th will fix it fast, especially IF they call
upon Aries, Aquarius, other Libra, Taurus or Cancer
to lend a hand/insight 'out' of it. A 'new job' opportunity
or 'goal' is showing for the 1/2nd and may not reveal
itself completely just yet, especially for you Scales in self
employed or commission based positions. IF you work
in a 'family business' keep your nose OUT of office
decisions and discussions!



nIL
5forpIO
Travel and/or dealing with things a distance away is
indicated for the 28th and this can be very 'lucrative' for
you, especially 'in the long run' and with the promise of
'more/additional business' sprouting from it or networked
to it. Make this connection 'happy' and there is likely to
be 'more in for you' down the road, as soon as the 1/2nd
or as far out as all of Oct into Jan. Answer all calls
quickly the 29/30th. A piece of very useful info may flow
in the 30th to 2nd... head's up!


/

IF you must deal with power people near the 28th and/or
the 1st, be sure you remember your place, use great
tact/respect and make sure you understand all
prevailing office politics and policies, especially IF this is
a family business you are dealing with, even IF you are
part OF the family! Answer all communications quickly
near the 29th to 1st as a fast reply may effect the quality
to a 'far more positive degree' than expected. Travel
and/or long distance dealings are highly likely,
especially the 29th and 1st to 3rd.



CiprIcorn
Find the 'mid range' for just about everything and
everyone one this week. Somewhere 'in the middle'
there is always just the right idea, choice or thing to do
that 'benefits everyone/thing equally' and that
INCLUDES you. Stick with your 'original game plan' for
the day near both the 1st AND the 3rd as it is likely to
give 'the best ultimate results.' Find a compromise in an
offer near the 29th to 2nd and 'stick to it.' Who blinks first
matters this week.



Aquarlun
Things may be moving a bit too slow for you this week
as some of you appear anxious to 'get on with it' or
'wrap it up' so YOU can get on to something else!
Pushing hard is typical energy for you the 29th to 1st but
just remember to not push too hard on bosses, power
people or lending institutions. IF you let your 'agenda
show through' is may reflect badly upon you. Keep your
cards close to the belt and keep your motives 'low
profiled.



H
Plseo
Do it right 'the first time' and you won't be saddled with
complications, redos and complaints. You may not GET
a second chance to make a first impression near the
29th to 1st. Some Fish may have to get acclimated to
new power figures, methods or personalities/jobs and
appear to adapt quickly BUT-need to focus on office
atmosphere, prevailing politics and sensitive toes that
may be 'in the way' especially if this is either a family
business OR, there are personalities tenured for
'decades' around.


The Labour Spokesman




The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010 AM -21


PI hasII Lea h a vic ious

attackupon r. Blachett


Yes! Dear Reader, I am continuing the article from last week. I was
describing the destruction of a very good Christian-minded friend of
mine who joined the ranks of PAM believing that he could change them;
instead, he ended up in total disgrace.
I was saying in my last article, that PAM opened a road in West
Basseterre to boost the image of my good Christian friend, but, here was
the leader of PAM, encouraging my friend to forget his Christian
upbringing and his Christian principle to wind up his waist behind the
calypso music which was being played at the opening of the street. To
make a long story short, my friend became so contaminated that rumours
which did not sound so good, began emerging about him.
The good reverend and pastor reportedly ended up on the Police
Station, bench an isolated, deserted, forsaken, desolate, all Christian
principles evaporated, betrayed, ashamed, humiliated, friendless,
disillusioned young man. I went to visit him on the bench to see if I
could render any assistance, but he told me that things were working
out for him.
As I stated in my article of last week, there are times when we are
confronted by disappointing circumstances, and, in the heat of this
frustration, we tend to gravitate towards the immediate alternative,
without taking time out to think it out.
If, if, only if, Mr. Blanchette had taken time out to think out the
lineage of his parents, he would have saved himself the situation he now
finds himself into.
His mother was a Labour woman supporter; she changed when he
entered politics. PAM does not take kindly to these situations. Mr.
Blanchette was raised up in one of the government's low income houses
in East Street. Despite his ambitious pursuit of a Master's degree, he as
the egg was no better off than the hen, who is his mother. He was not
considered a worthy member for the rich people's club of PAM.
He was filled with hatred for the Labour Party and government; he
was a disillusioned young man with a chip on his shoulder. This made
him a worthy candidate for their purpose, but not a member of the inner
circle of the rich people's club called PAM.
If only my good New-Towner friend had kept a cool head, he would
have remembered what the same PAM did to their Deputy Leader, Mr.
Michael Oliver Powell whom the PAM supporters travelled from all parts
of the country to listen to. They turned him away on an All Fools' Day.
And up and until this day, they haven't said a word or uttered an
explanation to those warriors of the East who voted for Mr. Powell.
But that is how PAM operates. Mr. Blanchette is now experiencing a
dose of PAM. They have turned him away. He has a mortgage to pay
and a family to support. Because the business places support the People's
Action Movement and, because they are inter-affiliated, where does my
good friend expect to find work TDC? S.L. Horsford & Co.? Delisle
Walwyn & Co. Ltd?
Their main aim is to starve him out and run him out of the country
when he cannot get any work. Do you see all those voters who return
every Election Day to vote for Labour? They are the sons and daughters,
the great sons and granddaughters whose forebears were in a similar
situation. They were hounded. They had to run north to survive.
Dear reader, here is an intelligent warrior of the East who made the
mistake of joining the ranks of PAM. Here is the leader of PAM who has
run in the Old Road area (Constituency #4) and lost his seat twice. Tell
me another political party in the world, where the leader of a party who



REFLECTIONS.......


SILENCE
When silence is deep,
brimming with fullness, when there
is no more yearning for sound,
when there is complete
concentration on One, then
thought, like an arrow, finds and
melts into its target; there the
human soul is absorbed in the
purity of that Being; absorbed
totally, wholly, absolutely.
Silence is the bridge of
communication between the
Divine and the divine in the human.
Silence is where I find what is most


precious.
Spiritual silence is the
positioning of the heart and mind
in readiness for communication
with the One. Neither is it
communication based on
repetitive words, nor on intellectual
theories nor on asking for the
fulfillment of limited desires.
Spiritual silence gives me
energy, pure and selfless. To
release the self from negativity, I
require silence. Absorbed in its
depths, I am renewed. In this
renewal the mind clears itself,
facilitating a different perception


has led his party into two
Elections, lost both and is still
holding on to the leadership?
And there are so-called
honest, decent, respectable, law-
abiding, Christian-minded
followers who are supporting the
leader? Is there anything called
right and wrong? Is there anything
called fairness? Is there anything
called justice? Do our so-called
decent and respected people in the
business community have their
consciences out of tune with
fairness and justice? Where is their
integrity? A young man is on the
verge of being starved to death
and nobody is touched by this?
Are our so-called respectable
people any better than those
young men who take up guns and
rob people or just shooting down
their brothers because they are in
a different gang?
Even when these young men
are caught, they show no remorse
for what they have done. They
behave as if they acted normally.
Their consciences are dead. Have
the top brass in PAM reached this
stage? Has PAM corrupted them
to the point where they cannot,
like men, stand up and say "I do
not agree" or they like zombies
accepting anything and
everything and telling themselves
that the end justifies the means?
Can these men dare to look at
themselves in the mirror? What
type of offspring are they raising
in our Federation? Where are the
decent and respectable men and
women in our Federation? Our
Federation is in dire crisis. We
have to save it. Yes reader! We
have to.
Mr. Blanchette is in crisis
because he dared to take the moral
high ground. His leader went into
a hotel room at the Marriott Hotel
and there, negotiated to accept 1.7
million dollars US, from an
unknown stranger. The monies
were to be deposited in his account
even though it was to be campaign



of reality. The deepest perception
of all is my own eternity.
The act of silence is as
necessary for living as breathing
is for physical life. Strength for
living necessitates finding a point
of stillness from which I begin and
to which I return every day: an
oasis ofinnerpeace. Silence brings
my mental and emotional energy
to a point of concentration, where
I can be still. Without this inner
stillness, I become like a puppet
pulled here and there by the many
different strings of external
influences.
Silence heals. Silence is like a
mirror. Everything is clear. The
mirror does not blame or criticize


BY EARL CLARKE


funds. Nothing was reported to his
executive before he accepted the
invitation to visit. He went all
alone, accepted the bribe and
offered to sell the land of the
people's birth for cheap. There are
so-called decent and respectable
persons in PAM who are saying
that the actions of their so-called
leader are correct and should be
supported without a murmur.
So Mr. Blanchette and Mr. Roy
Angus Flemming decided to stand
up and challenge the leader, only
to discover that big men that they
think they are, they were
physically and verbally abused.
Nobody has run to their defence,
so, like the Proverbial Cheese,
"They stand alone". One day,
history will admire, respect and
repay them, for moon always run
until day catches up with it.
The question has to be asked
"What kind of organization is
PAM? Can a party which devoid
of character, of fairness, ofjustice,
of love, of compassion, of caring,
of consideration for others, of a
conscience, of decent and
respectable persons be a worthy
alternative to the Labour Party and
Government ofDr. Denzil Douglas?
Where are the Ministers of God
who go on the airwaves and
preach about corruption?
Dr. Denzil Douglas could not
pull off such a mentally challenged
stunt and get away with it. Totally
impossible, Labour supporters
would not have stood for that
even if he kissed every supporter's
foot, because Labour stands for
justice and integrity.
Labour is about setting good
examples for our young army of
children to follow. Supporters of
Labour would have been breaking


down the air waves criticizing Dr.
Douglas.
You see, dear reader, Labour
supporters are a different kettle of
fish, and so, their leaders have to
walk the straight and narrow
pathway. Labour leaders cannot
grab land for their friends, family
and themselves. They would not
use their business to sell spare
parts to government while they are
in office.
They would not rent their
rentals to government when
government holds Heads of
Government Conferences in the
Federation.
Dr. Douglas cannot receive
campaign funds and hold it in his
personal account or fail to
distribute it to the candidates. He
would not and could not get away
with it.
Today, Mr. Glenroy Blanchette,
a New-Towner, who was born in
the ghetto, who possessed
ambition, who pulled himself out
of the ghetto conditions by
earning himself a Master's Degree,
is in crisis for standing up for the
right. Mr. Blanchette, misguided as
he was to join up with PAM,
wanted to change the organization
from a club of the rich and the
powerful; from an undemocratic
entity, to one of an all embracing
party where accountability is of
paramount importance, is in crisis.
He has felt the full weight of
PAM. The vengeful, spiteful, full
of hatred, lacking in morals PAM,
which has turned away
Governors, Drain-sweepers, Office
Cleaners, Market Cleaners, Social
Security Inspectors, Teachers,
Bank Clerks, Bank Managers,
Insurance Officers, the same PAM
which has caused division in the
Church, in the Lodges, and in the
family. Mr. Blanchette is in crisis.
Are we, men of integrity, of
conscience, of compassion, of
love and caring-ness, allowing him
to stand all alone in the cold?
Despite his mistakes, he is our
brother and we should stretch
forth a helping hand. He is a family
man. Let us stretch forth the hand
of love and helpfulness in this his
hour of crisis.


but helps me to see things as they are, providing a diagnosis to release
me from all types of wrong thinking. How does silence do this? Silence
revives the original peace of the self; a peace that is innate, divine and,
when invoked, flows through one's being, harmonizing and healing every
imbalance.
To create silence, I step within. I connect with my eternal self; the
soul. In that place of unblemished tranquility, the process of renewal
and restructuring begins.
In this introspective space I reflect. I concentrate slowly and gently
and as I do so, those original spiritual blueprints of love, truth and peace
emerge and are experienced as personal and eternal realities. Through
these, quality begins to enter my life. Quality is closeness to something
purer and truer in myself. In that space, Silence teaches me how to
listen, how to develop an openness to God.
The Meditation Centre, Taylor's Village: Tel. 466 2550, 6610933.




I -NEWS I


FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010


LIME IS GIVING YOU 100 DAYS

OF SUMMER
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS -June 25,2010: The lucky numberfor LIME summer 2010 is 100. That's how
long the promotion will run; it's the number of days of free service that customers can win for many of the
offers; and it's the number of days during which customers can win cool give-aways.
New and existing LIME customers can look forward to extra value and savings when the promotion gets
going today Friday, June 25.
For 100 Nights, all LIME post-paid customers will enjoy FREE calls to any LIME mobile between 9:00 p.m.
and 6:00 a.m.
And for prepaid customers who purchase LIME's Talk 24 day-pass, summer will fire up with 24 hours of
unlimited talk to any LIME mobile or landline customer.
Starting Monday, July 5, LIME will add 100 days of FREE service for new customers who sign up for any
Internet package during the promotional period. In addition there will be fantastic offers on a range of mobile
handsets. These are only a few of the specials on offer in LIME's 100-day campaign, and as the summer heats
up customers can anticipate even more discounts and value for money.
The promotion boasts of 100 Days of cool giveaways ranging from backpacks and T-shirts for the weekly
prizes, to the fabulous Apple ipad which is among the variety of fortnightly prizes that will be awarded to
persons who meet the minimum requirements.
This theme of "100" transcends the promotional offers. The campaign marries a mix of great product
offerings with some special activities that will recognize and give back to the people of the communities that
LIME serves. It's our way of continuing to demonstrate that Lime is 100% dedicated to making a difference in
the lives of the people of the Caribbean- one person at a time.
In announcing the start of the promotion LIME's General Manager, David Lake said, "In choosing a focus
for summer 2010, no theme could have been more fitting at this point in the evolution of our company. We now
have a more vibrant brand that 100% reflects the lifestyles and people of the Caribbean. Our colleagues are
100% committed to our community outreach efforts. And with our great offers and value for money this
summer we are going all out to make our customers feel 100% appreciated."
He continued, "Because we are 100% Caribbean, we understand that many of the businesses in the
Caribbean are feeling the adverse effects of the global recession so LIME will be doing its part to help
stimulate the local economies and many of our major prizes will be sourced from local businesses. Family
meals for 4 at KFC or Domino's, family meals for 4 at the St. Kitts Marriott and movie tickets are but a few of the
rewards in store for our customers. And our emphasis is very much on prizes that can be shared with friends
and family."



INFAMOUS GIVES MEMORABLE PERFORMANCE


(cont'd from page 14)

Warner Park grounds into a frenzy.
He followed with the scorching
number, "My Wish." As a
performer, Infamus was exciting,
and a natural on the stage,
working the platform, strutting,
gyrating and smiling. He was equal
parts ingenue and grown-up.
Benjamin commanded the
microphone, at every turn along
with the exceptional backing by
d'Vybz, giving his recorded
material a much enhanced and
exciting jolt. By the sheer force of
his artistic personality and the
d'Vybz bands musical creativity
he made some of his less popular
songs like "Coke and HennesEy"
and "Mr Officer" seem like
international hits as the crowd
sang, jump and waved at his
command and to their delight.
When he jumped into "Feel
Like Crying," a song that has
received well over 55 ii % ic\ k. o 0
youtube and is undoubtedly the
biggest song out of St.Kitts-Nevis
in years, his musical powers were
in full force. He began the song
and the fans sang with him word
for word. However the highlight
of the song and of the performance
was when d'Vybz band, almost in
mid chorus went into a soca
version of the song and at this
point the crowd went crazy. Fans
rushed the stage overpowering
security Food and drinks booths
were emptied as everyone ran to
get a glimpse of the young musical


giant. The response by the crowd
to the soca version of "Feel Like
Crying" was so overwhelming that
even the natural performer Infamus
was almost at a loss as to what to
do next. Being the natural he is
however he simply trodded on into
his next tune and by the final tune
just when it was felt that he could
not get any more exciting he burst
into "21 gun salute", another one
of his smash hits. The song was
punctuated by a 21 member dance
group which enhanced the song
and his performance. The song
ended what was easily the most
thrilling and exciting performance
by a St.Kitts-Nevis act at the
St.Kitts music festival.


As good as Infamus was it
must be noted that the band was
simply unbelievable. D'Vybz
showed clearly that there is an
abundance of talent in the twin
island federation. The band was
superb.
Inside sources have indicated
that Infamus will be heading back
to the studios along with d'Vybz
to record the soca version of "Feel
like crying". Fans are already
salivating at the thought of that
release.
Infamus belongs on stage and
this debut performance at the
St.Kitts Music Festival has
confirmed that Infamus does
belong on stage.


Regional Debt

Coordinating

Committee Convenes

its 30th Meeting
The Regional Debt Coordinating Committee (RDCC) convened its
30th Meeting on 24 June 2010 at the ECCB Headquarters in St Kitts and
Nevis. The meeting provided an opportunity for the Committee members
to continue discussions on a number of regulatory and policy issues
with respect to the development of the Regional Government Securities
Market (RGSM).
Acknowledging the potential contribution that small investors can
make to the development of the government securities market, the
Committee pledged its commitment to making the RGSM more accessible
to the small investor. Accordingly, members also recognized the need to
strengthen regional promotion of the RGSM.
The Committee also adopted new rules designed to strengthen the
regulatory framework which governs broker activity in the auction
process. This decision will assist with ensuring that the rules of the
market are consistently applied to all licensed broker-dealers. During
the meeting's proceedings, the Committee also received a proposal for
simplifying the information disclosure process for issuing government
securities on the market. The proposal is intended to streamline the
issuing process, while also ensuring that investors receive the requisite
information in a concise and timely manner to facilitate planning and
decision-making. The RDCC supported the proposal and agreed to its
implementation.
The RDCC received a report on strengthening various aspects of the
operations of the RGSM. The report, which was prepared with technical
assistance by the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre
(CARTAC), offers a number of recommendations for improving the
efficiency of the primary and secondary markets. The Committee agreed
to have further deliberations on the issues before the end of the year.
The RDCC comprises financial secretaries of the eight member states
of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The Committee
provides a forum for improving the functioning of the RGSM as well as
enhancing the overall debt management capabilities of member
governments.



Nigel Holness Appointed

Managing Director for

FirstCa rib bean

International Bank -

Jamaica (Ltd)
Bridgetown, Barbados, June 24, 2010 Mr. Nigel Holness has been
appointed Managing Director and Senior Coverage Officer for
FirstCaribbean International Bank's Operating Company in Jamaica. His
appointment takes effect from September 1, 2010, subject to regulatory
approval.
The Bank's Executive Chairman, Mr. Michael Mansoor, made the
announcement today from the company's Regional Head Office in
Barbados.
Mr. Holness joined the bank in 1988 as a Customer Service
Representative and has worked in several capacities across the bank
throughout his more than twenty-year tenure. These include roles within
the organisation's retail business, and later within Capital Markets, where
he specialised in foreign exchange and soft currency liquidity in both
Jamaica and Barbados. Nigel currently serves as the Jamaica Country
Treasurer, a member of the Jamaica Country Management Committee
and was recently appointed to the Jamaica Pension Management
Committee.
His appointment follows the bank's earlier announcement of the
retirement of Clovis Metcalfe, who retires from FirstCaribbean on
December 31, 2010. Upon his retirement, Mr. Metcalfe will continue to
serve in a consultative capacity and as a Non-Executive Director of the
company.
Mr. Mansoor noted, "Nigel has already served our bank with
distinction. As we continue to roll out our Bank's strategic vision for the
development of this region, we look forward to his contribution and
congratulate him on his new appointment."


The Labour Spokesman




The Labour Spokesman
















(Hong Kong-June 30, 2010) EF
Englishtown, the online English
language school with over 15 million
users around the world, has received
a Comenius-EduMedia-Award
recognizing excellence in educational
multimedia services. The awards are
given out by Germany's Society of
Pedagogy and Information and
recognized throughout Europe for
spotlighting outstanding products in the
field of high tech educational media.
"Our mission has consistently been
to deliver an effective and efficient
learning experience to our students,"
said Bill Fisher, President of EF
Englishtown. "Receiving this
prestigious award only confirms to us
the importance of remaining focused
on that goal, and on our strategy to lead
the market in terms of research and
technology."
EF Englishtown won in the
category of Learning Management
Systems. The Society for Pedagogy
and Information, a scientific society for
multimedia and educational technology,
has been giving out Comenius-
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FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010


- S O R O M -


Problems of Backward Technology!


Angry! A section of the
world is angry angry about
world recession, rising prices
and unemployment. Now the
world is even angrier about the
perceived betrayal in the
national rivalries that passes for
international sport.
They angry about the level
of adjudication in the current
Soccer World Cup they are
angry about technological
backwardness in international
soccer, and the associated
deterministic decisions due to
human error that might have
cost some competing countries
their coveted global hegemony.
First, the 300 million
American sporting population
believe that they were robbed
when Maurice Edu's goal was
disallowed in the 85th minute
against Slovenia. They should
have left the soccer arena in
celebration, instead they left
Ellis Park simply knowing that
their team battled back from a
two-goal, second-half deficit to
stage its greatest World Cup
comeback and earn a
remarkable 2-2 draw with
Slovenia.
Second, the controversy
continued when Argentina's
forward Carlos Tevez scored
the opening goal against Mexico
from a blatantly offside position,
which almost triggered a
Mexican rebellion in the arena.
Third, the referee disallowed
an England goal against
Germany that had clearly
crossed the line; during the
England's heaviest ever defeat
in the World Cup finals which
sent them home prematurely.
Fortunately for the event
managers, the press and the
people knew the real cause of
the team's failure their


unconvincing effort in
Bloemfontein, South Africa,
which saw them slump to a 4-1
defeat against their arch-rivals.
The English people felt let down
by the players who were not
able to reclaim their rightful
World Cup which has been
taken from them since 1966.
On the other, German media
have claimed the incident
atones for the 1966 final when
Geoff Hurst's strike for
England against West Germany
was allowed to stand, even
though it was unclear whether
the whole of the ball had
crossed the line.
Why haven't Fifa done the
reasonable thing the rational
thing? They have the means.
They have the technology. They
really have no excuse. Yet,
FIFA refuses to implement
video technology to help bring
its sport into the 21st century.
It was Sepp Blatter's
argument that the "purity" of his
game would be affected or
altered by such a radical
change. But millions of
television viewers all over the
world are asking: What is so
'pure' and 'beautiful' about a
game where the performances
by the best and most athletic
players in the world are
restrained by the performances
of referees who fail to maintain
similar speed and ability in their
calls?
In the England vs. Germany
game, who knows how the rest
of the match may have played
with a 2-2 draw going into the
half? While Germany was the
better team and might have still
won the game, we will never
know how that one goal may
have changed the momentum
and outcome of the match.


The conventional wisdom is
that the stakes are too high for
Fifato go on resisting practices
which now an accepted part of
sports like cricket and tennis.
Some people contend that when
you get a game in the last 16 of
the World Cup and England are
2-1 down, who knows where
that game would have gone?
What is the state of play in
the sporting world? The world
of sport is continually changing
over the years, and the use of
technology is just one of those
areas that has made an impact
on many sports in the modem
day. One criticism of the use
of technology is that it can slow
down the speed of the game.
Most professional sports in
the United States have long
used instant replay and other
high-tech aids to help referees
make the right call. Gridiron has
used video replay systems to
check referees' calls for many
years. Basketball referees use
replay systems to make sure
players are shooting within the
time allotted by the shot clock.
In international cricket, the third
umpire has been used, one
sitting off the ground with
access to TV replays of certain
situations (such as disputed
catches and boundaries) to
advise the central umpires. The
umpires out on the field are in
communication via wireless
technology with the other
umpire. The third umpire is also
asked to adjudicate on run out
decisions, which he makes
without consultation with the
two central umpires. One sport
that has resisted the use of high-
tech assistance is soccer/
football. Replays could be used
to decide off-side decisions,
whether a ball passes over the


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goal line, and clarify penalty
decisions.
Hawk-eye is the name of a
computer and camera system
which traces a ball's trajectory.
It is being used in international
cricket and tennis, and many
other sports are also looking at
making use of this technology.
The system is also being trailed
in soccer. The Premier League of
Football in the UK has agreed to
the introduction of goal-line
sensors after being given approval
by football's rule-makers. The
system being developed by the
UK Company Hawk-Eye, would
give a definitive decision on
whether the ball had crossed the
line. The Hawk Eye uses a camera
taking 600 frames a second on the
goal-line. The information is
analyzed by computer and sent to
the referee's headset or a device
on his wrist.
There has been a need for goal
line technology in soccer,
particularly as TV replays are
showing in retrospect wrong
decisions by the referee. The
International Football Association
Board (IFAB) has laid down four
criteria that they want to see in
goal-line systems: (1) the
technology should only apply to
goal-line decisions; (2) the system
must be 100 per cent accurate; (3)
the signal sent to the referee must
be instantaneous and (4) the signal
is only communicated to the match
officials.
But there is a very important
lesson to be learnt by small island
states like the Caribbean. The


acceptance of mediocrity as normal
business practice could and, will
eventually cause us considerable
problems if a conscious decision
is not taken to reform, re-engineer,
and transform business processes
in the public and private sectors.
There is no way that small and
uncompetitive economies like the
OECS can survive the liberal
market without just-in-time
technological innovation and
adaption.
The good news is that, since
then, Fifa President Sepp Blatter
has apologised to the Football
Association over Frank Lampard's
disallowed goal in England's
World Cup defeat by Germany. He
said the error had convinced him
to reopen the debate on goal-line
technology at the upcoming board
meeting in July.
The high-profile errors have
increased the calls for referees to
be given more assistance, with
international players' union FifPro
leading the calls for goal-line
technology to be introduced.
Soccer, the leading sporting
business in the global sport
industry is too important to be left
to the fate of unsophisticated
people and, to dysfunctional
management, production and
distribution processes.
Whenever it comes, the
technological intervention will
never heal the wounds but it will
prevent another catastrophic
blunder!

Enjoy the rest of the
World Cup!


St. Kitts-Nevis to be

represented at IAAF

World Junior

Championships in Canada


In another concerted effort
by the St Kitts and Nevis
Amateur Athletic Association
(SKNAAA) to get a larger
contingent of athletes
representing the Federation at
the 2010 IAAF World Junior
Championships to be held in
Moncton, Canada on July 20th
to 25th, 2010, ateam of athletes


which comprised of qualified
and potential qualifiers were
selected to participate in the
XVIII Central American and
Caribbean Junior
Championships to held in Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic
from Friday 2nd July 2010 thru
Sunday 4th July 2010.


The delegation comprises of:
Team Manager Evris Huggins
Head Coach- Donnell Esdaille
Assistant Coach -Grace Maritza Dias


Athletes:
Adrian Williams
Jason Rogers
Lonzo Wilkinson Jr.
Lestrod Roland
Kaskha Forbes
Javid Stapleton
Yannich Henderson


Davanna Claxton
Odinakachukwa Miller
Shenel Crooke
Brittany Morton


In related SKNAAA News, the inaugural
OECS Invitational Championships will be held in
the British Virgin Islands on Saturday 26th June
2010. The following will form part of the National
Representative Team that will depart for Tortola


on Saturday 26th June, 2010 and return to the
Federation on Sunday 27th June, 2010:


Team Manager
Head Coach

Athletes:
Marecia Pemberton
TamekaWilliams
Tiandra Ponteen
Tanika Liburd
Sheriff Whyte
Virgil Hodge
Davanna Claxton
O'Brien Huggins


Osdel Hanley
Lonzo Wilkinson


Antoine Adams
Brijesh Lawrence
Enoete Inanga
Jason Rogers
Jevon Claxton
Lestrod Roland
Leron Ponteen


The Executive of the SKNAAA therefore
wishes the athletes all the best in their
respective events.




I -SPORTS-


FRIDAY, JULY 02ND 2010


Can Dutch spring a

Can Dutch spring a


surprise?
By Clarence Seedorf
Dutch international midfielder
and BBC pundit

With four wins out of four and
a place in the quarter-finals, the
Netherlands have got maximum
results from minimum effort at this
World Cup so far.
They have not had to do
anything special yet but they will
have to raise their game if they are
to beat Brazil in Port Elizabeth on
Friday.
The numbers are really
impressive for the Dutch. They
have won all eight of their matches
in 2010 and have conceded only
two goals in South Africa, both of
them penalties.
To be a threat against Brazil,
the likes of Robben, Sneijder and
Van Persie will have to be at their
best while the defence will have to
cope with players of the calibre of
Luis Fabiano, Robinho and Kaka
That would suggest they are a
team in form but, having watched
all their games in this tournament,
I don't think they have actually
been playing that well. They have
done exactly what they have
needed to, nothing more.
That was exactly what we saw
against Slovakia in their last game.
Defensively, Bert van Marwijk's
side did its job while they created
chances going forward, too.
Van Marwijk employs the same
formation 4-2-3-1 as Brazil. It is
a system we started using in the
last games I played for the
Netherlands in 2008 and it allows
him to use more of his quality
players, like ArjenRobben, Wesley
Sneij der and Robin van Persie.
But generally it is not the
system that creates winning teams.
It is the players who make it work.
It was great to see Robben
back fit and starting the Slovakia
game after his hamstring injury.
Sneijder showed what he is
capable of, too, with his pass that
led to the first goal, which Robben
scored.
I want to see those two and
the likes of Van Persie and Rafael
van der Vaart at the top of their
game. Maybe a quality side like
Brazil will bring the best out of
them.
Slovakia created some
chances but did not have the
quality to take them. I would
expect Brazil, with all the talent
they have in their team, to be a

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different proposition.
If the Dutch can keep scoring,
they will make life difficult for
anyone but it will be fatal if they
allow Brazil the kind of openings
that Slovakia wasted.
To be a threat against Brazil,
the likes of Robben, Sneijder and
Van Persie will have to be at their
best while the defence will have to
cope with players of the calibre of
Luis Fabiano, Robinho and Kaka.
I would not rule out a Dutch
win but those two factors will
decide whether their tournament
finishes here or they reach the
semi-finals.
The media back in the
Netherlands have been critical of
the national team's perceived lack
of flair but they will not be writing
about that if the players come home
with the World Cup.
In 1988, the great Dutch team
that won the European
Championship did not play the
best football in the tournament,
apart from perhaps the semi-final
against Germany. But the team
playing the nicest way does not
always win. That goes for the
World Cup, too.
Brazil have got five stars on
their shirt for a reason. They have
won the tournament five times.
They know what it takes to win.
And they have beaten the
Netherlands on the two most
recent occasions the countries
have met at the World Cup.
Branco got their winner in a 3-
2 victory in the 1994 quarter-finals
in the United States. In 1998 in
France, I was in the Dutch team
that was beaten on penalties in the
semi-finals.
We had had a great tournament
in 1998 and were probably the best
team there but it was not to be.
When you go all the way to
penalty kicks, it is a lottery who
wins, as always. That match
showed me that winning is the
name of the game, no matter how
you do it.
You always have to beat the
best at some point to win a World
Cup. That test comes now for the
Dutch.
If they can spring a surprise
on Friday, then the tournament
really opens up for them, with
either Ghana or Uruguay awaiting
in the semi-finals. But, first things
first, they need to beat Brazil!
Clarence Seedorf was
speaking to BBC Sport's Chris
Bevan
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Serena battles through to final
Wimbledon Championships -Women's Final Venue: All England Club, London Date:
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By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Defending champion Serena
Williams overcame an
unexpectedly tough test to reach
her sixth Wimbledon final.
Vera Zvonareva stands
between Williams and a fourth title
after the world number one battled
past unseeded Czech Petra
Kvitova 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.
Kvitova, in her first Grand Slam
semi-final, became the first player
to break Williams' serve at the
tournament.
But the world number 62 let
slip a first-set lead and the top
seed's experience told.
After a tussle lasting one hour
and 32 minutes, Williams
celebrated with a curtsey for the
Centre Court crowd.
"It wasn't easy, I worked really
hard," she told BBC Sport.
"I didn't expect to get this far
the way I started at the beginning
of the tournament. I just felt off,
but I'm happy to still be here. It's
such a blessing to just be in the
tournament."
The 28-year-old has now hit 80
aces during the tournament, which
puts her streets ahead of her
female rivals and would place her
seventh on the men's list.
"I didn't hit that many aces
today but honestly I've never


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served that many aces," she said.
"It's weird and exciting. I've always
relied on my serve to be good and
strong but in the eve of my career
it's just got better.
"It took me a while to get used
to her serve but I try not to worry
too much out there, it's not the
time. I think that I took my
opportunities better in the second
set."
Williams' route to a fourth title,
and a 13th Grand Slam success,
looked relatively simple after her
sister Venus and Kim Clij sters were
beaten in the quarter-finals.
Zvonareva was the only one
of the three semi-finalists to have
won a match against the
defending champion, and all were
making their debut in the last four
of Wimbledon.
Kvitova had never even won a
match on grass before arriving at
the All England Club this year, and
the 20-year-old admitted before her
first Grand Slam semi-final that she
did not think she could beat her
experienced opponent.
But her performance, certainly
in the early stages, belied that
statement, a magnificent low volley
setting up break point at 2-2 before
Williams netted a forehand to find
her serve broken for the first time
in the tournament.
Kvitova even had a point for a
5-3 lead, but three forehand errors
allowed Williams to get back on


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level terms.
Still, the Czech refused to roll
over completely, fighting back from
4-0 down in the tie-break and
saving two set points before
Williams delivered a crunching first
serve to take the first set by the
narrowest margin in just under an
hour.
Williams found the second set
a little easier to negotiate, but
Kvitova still provided flashes of
brilliance for an appreciative crowd.
Trailing 4-2 and break point
down, the pair played out a
thrilling 19-shot rally, Kvitova
somehow scrambling back a lob
before finally firing a forehand past
an exhausted Williams.
The effort, though, was
apparently too much for the 20-
year-old and she double-faulted
on the next break point to allow
Williams to come through,
although the American had a lucky
netcord to thank on match point.
Kvitova, meanwhile, believes
she can build on her All England
Club rn.
"It was a great match for me
and it was close in the first set,"
she said. "I will take a little bit of
confidence and I'm happy I was in
the Wimbledon semi-finals. I hope
to be seeded for the US Open and
I hope I can improve more."


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By: Vigilante

After all de big talk during the election campaign about he
neither want US Passport, Green Card nor Visa, the disgraced
and shameless PAM leader sneaked out de country and run
went Barbados to beg for a Visa.
Dey say de US Immigration man chased him away, telling
him he got to learn to control he big mouth, and ordered him to
pay up he taxes first. Dey say he bawled our "Lord, it's oke ah
was mekking ... all that in politics. Give me a break." But to no
avail.
Dey say poor Baby Grant returned home full of tears. He
complained how de Tek-Way Minister, forced him to give up he
US citizenship and now got him crawling on he knees like a
dog, begging a Visa, while he laughing at him in his luxury suite in
Miami.
Inside sources say he (Baby Grant) tried a second time this
week to get his Visa in Barbados and he pleaded and pleaded
like a convicted prisoner to give him a break.
"Do you know who I am," he asked the US immigration
man over and over again., "I am the next Prime Minister of St.
Kitts and Nevis,. Why are you treating me like an ordinary
citizen?" And dey say hejumped forj oy when he got the Visa,
bawling "ah want back me citizenship now".
The "Fly on de wall" and the /4 Onion PAM Chairman
have given strict instructions not to let Glenroy, Roy and Bemie
Welsh put dey foot in PAM Headquarters on Sunday to take
part in their so-called Convention.
Dey say "de fly on de wall" has paid out a lot of money to
the PAM thugs to put a good licking on them. He say it's a
criminal offence to criticize Lindsay Grant, and they must be
taught some good manners not to mess with him.
Dey say plenty confusion is brewing between the two
rivalling gangs in the party for de upcoming convention and the
new Prime Minister of T&T got wind of it and has backed out
from addressing their so-called convention.
Inside sources say the "courthouse bully" (Baby Grant) is
now having cold feet about proceeding with his election writ.
Dey say he say he fraid certain members of the Gang of 5 talk
and let de cat our of the bag, about all de political fraud and
bribery of PAM to hijack the seat from Labour in Constituency
4.
Dey say he bawling now he spend more money than the
Sheriff in Nevis and all the Labour Candidates in St. Kitts (put
together) and still he couldn't win de seat like de Sheriff.
One man in Old Road say he get $1,500 about 2 o'clock
on the morning of the Elections, but he voted for Ghost and he
knows plenty others who were paid far more than him and fooled
PAM
People want to know how they spend so much time talking
about how the government broke and should stop de Music
Festival. Yet Shawn grabbed up his passes for al three nights of
the festival and now bawling like a spoilt greedy child for his
money in Parliament.
Dey say he was looking for the Leader of the Opposition
to help him out, but de Sheriff say he got more political sense


Shanice Liburd

Excels!!Congrats
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts THE Liburd/Bryant family
continues to roll the dice of excellence, as yet another of its junior
members has shown the aptitude of performing similar to her
seniors in the academic arena.
That junior member is Shanice Liburd, who, because of her
excellent performance, was chosen Class Speaker at the St.
Theresa's High School Graduation Ceremony held at the
Immaculate Conception Co-Cathedral on Thursday, June 17, 2010.
In her opening remarks, Shanice quoted the late French essayist
and moralist, Jean de La Bruyere: "No road is too long for him
who advances slowly and does not hurry, and no attainment is
beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it."
The 17-year-old noted that it had been a long and hard road
for members of the graduating class, adding that some of them
had been attending that school from kindergarten and others from
either the first or second forms, "and even the third and fourth
forms".
"Whatever the case may be, we have all worked hard and
made individual sacrifices to reach the place where we are today
in our lives. Along the way, there were challenges that each of us
had to overcome individually as well as a class. In some instances,
ourteachers thought that we would not withstand these challenges,"
Shanice said.
She disclosed that the class had a reputation of being "the
rowdy bunch" and received lectures from each and every teacher,
as well as detentions, writing lines and more lectures.
Shanice also shared her experience, noting that before entering
the school at age five, she attended Mrs. Slack Pre-School and
was petrified to be starting at a bigger and new school with children
she did not know.
"I entered the school when Sister Mary Andrew was the Principal.
Soon months turned into terms and terms turned into years. I moved
from class to class and teacher to teacher. I grew into the school and
though over the years I have faced several challenges and obstacles,
here I am today graduating from this same school. Looking back when I
first entered this school, I only prayed that this joyous day would come."
She thanked the school's Principal, Lisa Pistana, for her assistance
and guidance over the years and also all of her primary and secondary
teachers, on behalf of the graduating class.
Shanice was high in praise of her parents: "I would like to express my
profound gratitude to my mother for her unwavering support, love and
encouragement over the years. Even at times when I doubted myself she
was always ready to offer her encouragement and lend an ear to my
concerns, or a hand, in whatever way she could. She always saw the
potential in me even when I failed to do so. I appreciate her guidance and
love over the years. To my father, thank you for your continued words of
encouragement, love and support over the years."
The young scholar is the daughter of Sherolyn Huggins and Juni
Liburd, who both indicated that it is their intention to provide her all
possible opportunities in gaining higher education. They also stated
that she wouldbe enrolled at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC)
from the new academic year.
Sharice's parents however differ in their choice of universities for
her after graduation from the CFBC. While the father wants her to attend
a university close to home, either the University of the West Indies or
one in the USVI, her British-born mother prefers one in the country of
her birth.
However, despite their differences, they both expressed their delight
and satisfaction in their daughter's academic achievements at this stage
of her life.
"We are very proud of our daughter. She has always been an
outstanding student, ranking in the top three throughout her formative
years. So, her mother and I want to extend our deepest love and
appreciation for her at this time, and also to extend our best wishes for
her continued success in academics and throughout her career. Therefore,


Shanice Liburd
Shanice Liburd


on behalf of the Liburd, Bryant and
Huggins families, keep up the
good work and continue to make
us proud," the father said.
Shanice Liburd comes from a
long line of scholars, which
include her father; her aunt -
Minister of Health, Social Services,
Community Development, Culture
and GenderAffairs, Hon. Marcella
Liburd; uncles Carl and the late
Clarence Fitzroy Bryant; and her
brother Shannon, who recently
graduated with a Master's degree
in Technology and Policy from the
prestigious Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.




Breweries

delivery

truck held

up and

robbed
Basseterre, St. Kitts,
(Saturday 26th June, 2010). On
Saturday 26th June 2010 police
responded to a report of
robbery which occurred at
about 12:40 pm at Ottley's
Village. Police investigations
revealed that mask armed
gunmen robbed a Carib
Brewery delivery truck that
was delivering drinks in the
Ottleys area.
The robbers escaped with
an undisclosed sum of money
and a cell phone.
No one was injured during
the attack. Though no arrest has
been made, the police are in
search of suspects.
Investigations into this matter
are ongoing.


than them. Neither Shawn nor Eugene going mek him look like he hungry for money like them.
Dey say when de Tipsy doctor got in he waters he does brag openly that nobody in Labour
could "spin" more than him; he's not only the biggest spin doctor for Lindsay and PAM, but the
biggest spin doctor in the entire country.




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