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17% VAT rate announced,
measures taken to
protect the vulnerable
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 15TH 2010 (CUOPM) The rate of the Value Added Tax (VAT) to be
introduced in November will be 17 percent for services and goods and 10 percent accommodation tax for the
This was disclosed here on Wednesday (July 4th) by St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L.
Douglas at his monthly Press Conference. (cont'd on page3)
52-year-old Melvina "Mary"
Kelly of Saddlers Village St. Kitts
was on Tuesday morning of this
week, July 13th, formally arrested
and charged with the murder of her
8-year-old granddaughter, Belisha
Edwards of Conaree Village.
Police responded to a report at
Saddlers Village, at about 4:50am
on Sunday, July 11th and found
the motionless body of the 8-year-
old girl (Belisha), with what
appeared to be a stab wound to
her neck, a Police Press Release
issued the following day, stated.
The District Medical Officer Dr.
Oduntan visited the scene and
pronounced her dead.
At about 7:45am on Tuesday,
an autopsy was conducted on the
body of Belisha by resident
pathologist, Dr. Adrian Nunez. He
concluded that her death was due
to complications resulting from a
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at Wednesday's Press
Conference. (Photo by Erasmus Williams)
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The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
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
can make it better
In his monthly press conference held on Wednesday, this week,
Prime Minister Douglas revealed that the rate of the Value-Added Tax
(VAT), that is expected to be introduced as a part of tax reform in the
federation, will be 17%.
Also in his capacity as the Federal Minister of Finance, Dr. Douglas
revealed that the rate of 17% was chosen bearing in mind that the tax
needed to be affordable to all tax payers.
For months speculations were rife that the rate would have been as
high as 19% and 21%. Self-made economic pundits ran the gamut of
condemnation and doomsday predictions as these prognosticators
sought to make these much needed reforms out to be the death knell for
economic activity in this country.
While the rate of 17% places us among the highest rates of VAT in
the Caribbean, this rate allows us to be within a competitive and
comparative 2 percentage points of the region's other VAT regimes.
In the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada,
St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago all have VAT
rates of 15%. Guyana and Jamaica at present have VAT rates of 16% and
Business houses and the general populace are now armed with
additional information relevant to smooth implementation of a revised
tax code that will assist national development in three clear aspects.
Business administrators and prospective entrepreneurs have now
begun to crunch the numbers realising that the implementation of VAT
will reduce the cost of producing goods and providing services.
Businesses that will be VAT registered will now factor the VAT taxes
they pay out in the processes of production not as expenses, but as
receivables or reimbursements.
These taxes will no longer go into the cost of the goods causing the
cost of production or procurement to fall, allowing business houses in
the Federation to offer their goods and services at a more competitive
Competitive pricing in the market translates into savings for
households as they are better able to afford basic goods and services.
Cornedbeef today attracts a rate 22.5% consumption tax and is $6.50
per tin at retail prices. This is factored at 25% and 20% markups in the
retail and wholesale sectors respectively.
Under a VAT rate of 17% and at identical markups the same tin of
beef should retail at $6.17. The accumulated affect is thousands of dollars
of savings to consumers.
Itemized savings like this are to be experienced when households
buy VAT rated goods and would be more greatly enjoyed on milk, rice,
flour, infant formulae, diapers, and medicines for chronic diseases which
are among items on which a zero rate of VAT will be charged.
These savings will allow households to be better able to afford to
buy more, to increase savings or increase demand for other goods and
services that they could not once afford. Under VAT therefore there is
the potential for increased economic activity as a result of increased
Along this vein of increased economic activity, VAT assists the
government to achieve fiscal balance through a broader and somewhat
fairer tax net.
The cost of government operations continue to rise overtime. VAT
and its related increases in economic activity allow the government to
Molineux Primary School renamed in
honour of Joshua Obadiah Williams
Following the unveiling of the sign for the Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary School, formerly the
Molineux Primary School, government uttic il.. students, family members of the late honouree and well-
wishers take a pose for the camera. Standing end right is Victor Williams, son of the late Joshua
Obadiah Williams. Pictured second and third from left respectively are Minister of Education, Hon. ., .
Carty and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry ofEducation, Mr. Osmond Petty
(Photo courtesy Willlet's Photo studio)
The Molineux Primary School
has been renamed in honour of the
late Joshua Obadiah Williams, a
former principal of the school.
The official naming ceremony
was conducted on Friday morning
2nd July at the school's premises
in the Molineux community, here
in St. Kitts.
Speeches were made by
Minister of Education, Hon. Nigel
Carty as well as Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of
Education, Mr. Osmond Petty.
Paying tribute in the form of a
poem was a Senior Education
Officer, Mr. Michael Blake.
Speaking on the behalf of his
father, Victor Obadiah Williams, he
said was present at the ceremony
to honour the spirit of"a great man
who is a 'hero' to many. A man
whose spirit lives to eternity."
"This is indeed a very
auspicious ceremony. Few have
received an honour of this
magnitude and significance and as
such, it is not to be taken lightly.
Our nation is honouring one of its
heroes- an education stalwart. We
have the opportunity to be
reminded of the values of this great
man," Williams remarked.
collect more monies in taxes. This allows for the
government to continue its social programmes in
education, health, sport and youth development.
There is the added benefit of the government
having the ability to meet its growing local, regional
and international fiscal obligations, including the debt
VAT has the ability to strengthen the fiscal
position of the state and ease the burden of the citizens
in these challenging times.
Profile of Joshua Obadiah Williams
Joshua Obadiah Williams was born October 11, 1926 in Barnes Ghaut,
Nevis to Albert Victor Williams and Adosha Elisabeth Williams.
After attaining the Seventh Standard Certificate (the highest level of
education available in those days), he became a pupil teacher in 1942 at
the age of 16 and taught at St. Thomas School (St. Thomas, Lowland,
In 1948 He came to St. Kitts and continued teaching. In a few short
years, he passed the Second Class Teachers Certificate and went on to
Erdiston Teachers College in Barbados (1955-1957) where he received
further training. On his return in 1957, he taught at the Cayon School
and then St. Paul's School.
In 1965 he went to the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
in Jamaica where he successfully completed the Professional Certificate
in Education. On his return to St. Kitts, he was made Headmaster and
was assigned to the Molineux All Age School. His final school where he
served was the Basseterre Boy's School where he made an indelible
When he retired (in the early 1980s), he did volunteer work with the
Red Cross and also became more active with the Lions Club of which he
was a member. His interests also included the church where he was a Lay
preacher in the Anglican Church up until his demise.
His fame as an exceptional teacher spread throughout the length and
breath of the country and he affectionately became known as Teacher
Williams" or "Teacher Obie" In his eyes, as long as you were taught by
him, you became his student for life.
Joshua Obadiah Williams will always be remembered as a pioneer in
the field of education, an advocate of high morals and strong family
values. During his journey along the path of life, he touched hundreds
of lives through his teaching. It was as though his every waking hour
was spent in teaching. He has molded many characters by way of maxims
(cont'd on page 3)
It has ever been the philosophy of Labour to be
the champion of families and communities of this
country. VAT and the need for its prompt and
affordable implementation testify to Labour's
continued thrust to make the lives of our people better.
This publication encourages all people to educate
themselves how we can benefit from VAT as
individuals, as businesses and as a nation when it is
implemented on November 1, 2010.
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
With profound sympathy we record the death of Mr. Bertram Eugene
Gilfillan, a former and longstanding columnist of this newspaper.
He was called home to glory on Tuesday of this week, July 13th at
the ripe age of 86 years and will be laid to rest in his hometown, Sandy
Point on Monday, July 19th, following the Thanksgiving Service at the
St. Anne's Anglican Church, beginning at 3:00pm.
Writing under the nom de plume (pen name), Bertram Eugene, he
distinguished himself as one of this country's most insightful and incisive
feature writers, covering a wide range of topics touching all aspects of
life and our national development. And he would be remembered
especially for his often controversial and hard hitting articles.
The winner of many prestigious awards for his excellent journalistic
skills (including independence honours), Mr. Gilfillan also used the
columns of this newspaper to pen news stories and many will single him
out for his comprehensive coverage of court news.
He worked with the Labour Spokesman as a reporter and columnist
for over 35 years and served with distinction as a correspondent for the
Caribbean News Agency canaA), the British news agency, Reuters,
and Radio Antilles which operated out of the island of Montserrat.
Mr. Gilfillan will also be remembered for his love for humanity and his
generous contributions to needy children.
As a proud Sandy Pointer he also provided monetary and other
prizes to outstanding students from the Primary and High Schools in
Apart from the Labour Spokesman, Mr. Gilfillan worked for many
Labour Government continue ....
(cont'd from page 1)
the same time, there is still the need for foreign investment inflows," said
Prime Minister Douglas at the 28th annual private sector banquet of the
St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Dr. Douglas who recently led investment missions to Canada and
Europe in an effort to attract new investment to St. Kitts and Nevis
noted that over the years his Labour Party Administration has built up
an infrastructure that is conducive to investment.
"That is why there is great importance in attracting new investment
from local and foreign sources alike. I strongly encourage our Private
Sector companies to engage in innovative and positive ways and invest
in the economy of our country. Doing so, certainly, would help stimulate
our economy into the medium term. This is a time to be bold and to lay
the groundwork in anticipation of the recovery of the global economy,"
Prime Minister Douglas told the local businessmen.
..........in honour of Joshua Obadiah Williams
(cont'd from page 2)
and transmuted many a melancholy spirit through poetry and song.
His beloved Federation bestowed some of its high honours upon
him for his unrelenting devotion to the field of education. He was a
disciplinarian, yet very kind, very caring, very loving. He was a man of
the people, a man for all seasons. He loved nature especially, the sea
which he referred to as ; The sea, the sea, the open sea, the wild, the
fair, the ever free.
Joshua Obadiah Williams scaled life's imposing mountain with grace,
poise and humility. He was a lover of life and his life was full, rich and
exciting. However, in his latter years he adopted humility as his guiding
light and chose to live avery calm and peaceful existence which afforded
him a passing of a similar nature.
He is immortalized through the happiness he infused in others whilst
on his journey. By sowing seeds of goodwill, he has harvested a field of
eternal bliss that will be a timeless memorial to his soul.
In retrospect, one of his maxims was to:
"Look on the world as a mountain,
Think where the millions stop,
There is always a crowd at the bottom,
Push on there is room at the top."
He has left many sayings which are used by many. These include:
The shortest piece of pencil is longer than the longest memory"
Waste not, want not"
JOSHUA OBADIAH WILLIAMS EDUCATOR, PHILOSOPHER,
POET, DISCIPLINARIAN, HUMANITARIANAND FATHER. He would
wish for me to extend hearty congratulations to you and to wish you
well in your teaching career.
Police investigate shooting;
and armed robbery
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts. On Tuesday 13th July 2010 Police responded
to a report of shooting which occurred at approximately 9:00p .m at
Adlam Street in the vicinity of the Internet Caf6.
Investigations revealed that Sylvester Crossley, Randell Hanley and
Erastus Laville all of Mc Knight were sitting on a wall at the back of the
Movies 3 building (in downtown Basseterre) when two masked persons
dressed in all black appeared and fired three shots at them. They all ran
and escaped without being injured. Police processed the scene and
three spent shells were taken into Police custody. There are no suspects
in custody however investigations are ongoing.
On Sunday 11th July, 2010 at about 2:20 p m Police responded to a
report of robbery at the Sky Safari Office, Wingfield Road, Old Road. It
was reported that three masked men, two of whom were armed with
guns entered the office and demanded money from the employee. A sum
of money was handed over to the gunmen.
The investigations are ongoing. The Police are appealing to persons
with information on this crime to contact the Old Road Police Station at
(cont'd from page 1)
penetrated wound produced by a
sharp instrument to the right side
of her neck.
It is reported that Belisha was
at the time spending some time at
the home of her grandmother, when
the unfortunate incident took
The Police are continuing their
investigations into the matter,
which brings the total number of
homicides in the Federation for the
year to seventeen (17).
The Police are appealing to
persons with information on this
crime to contact the St. Paul's
Police Station at 465-6281.
years as journalist and editor with lived up to our nation's motto of: Warners of Sandy Point and the
the Daily Bulletin newspaper in "Country Above Self'. Gilfillans of Nevis. He will sadly
the 1960s and early 1970s. He leaves to mourn the loss missed by all who knew him.
We deeply mourn the loss of his cousin Gloria Mills and many
this outstanding son of the soil other relatives at home and abroad May his soul rest in
and philanthropist, who truly including Roy Richards, the peace!
17% VAT rate announced, measures
taken to protect the vulnerable
He said the experts had
recommended 19 percent rate for
those goods and services that are
not exempt, but Cabinet after
lengthy discussion agreed upon
the 17 percent rate.
"We looked at what is
operating in the region and what
has been recommended and the
government has accepted a 10
percent VAT rate for
accommodation tax," said Prime
Minister Douglas, who is also
Minister of Finance.
Dr. Douglas told the Nation
that the St. Kitts and Nevis
economy has changed with the
shift from sugar agriculture to
services, and so the taxation
system must change accordingly.
He said that St. Kitts and Nevis
is not embarking into unknown
territory with the introduction of
the VAT as it is already operational
in some 150 other countries.
"It will replace some twelve
other taxes," said Dr. Douglas,
pointing out that the St. Kitts-
Nevis Labour Party that was
recently re-elected to protect the
interests of this country, has a
reputation that is unsurpassed
where the protection of the
ordinary man and woman is
"We are not about to change
that with the introduction of VAT.
Small shop-keepers and others
with revenues of less than
$150,000 will not be required to
collect, or report on, VAT. The
items on which people depend in
their everyday lives milk, infant
formula, medicines for chronic
diseases, and so on, will not be
affected by VAT. Neither will bus
(cont'd from page 1)
fares, local produce, etc. etc. Our public outreach efforts have already
made all of these things clear. This, you in the media already know," said
Prime Minister Douglas.
He said the Government has put in place, and will continue to put in
place buffers to ensure that VAT will not fall disproportionately on those
who can least afford to pay this tax both in the form of direct transfer
payments, as well as in other ways.
"This Government will ensure that VAT will not fall disproportionately
on those for whom we established social security....for whom we
established free secondary education....for whom we established all of
the other social services that have been essential to our people's upward
mobility. This simply would not be in keeping with who and what the
Labour Party has stood for throughout our entire history," said the
He said while the price of many goods will fall as a result of VAT, the
price of some will rise and others will stay about the same.
"My Government, however, will also exercise its prerogative to adjust
those price changes which we deem not to be in the public good. As a
result of the VAT, for example, the price of alcohol and cigarettes, left to
themselves, would fall. We do not think that this would be responsible
Government policy, however. And we have no intention of making it
easier for the public to consume alcohol and cigarettes. We will therefore
intervene by applying apply an excise tax to alcohol and cigarettes in
order to push these prices upward. This, we think, is the socially
responsible thing to do, and this we shall do," said Dr. Douglas.
THE ST. KITTS-NEVIS LABOUR PARTY
WILL BE HOLDING A LUNCHEON ON
FRIDAY 23RD JULY 2010 FROM 12PM.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT MASSES
FATHER'S DAY DINNER TICKETS WILL
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Five regional health institutions to
fo rm D PH AHealth Research Council (CHRC), and the Caribbean Regional Drug
Testing Laboratory (CRDTL).
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,
JULY 8TH 2010 (CUOPM) The
(CARICOM) is to bring the
operations of five regional bodies
under one organisation, to form
the Caribbean Public Health
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and
Nevis, Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, at
a media briefing in Montego Bay,
Jamaica on Wednesday, the final
day of the 31st Regular Meeting
of the Conference of Heads
CARICOM, at the Rose Hall Resort
and Spa list the regional bodies as
the Caribbean Epidemiology
Centre (CAREC), the Caribbean
Food and Nutrition institute
(CFNI), Caribbean Environmental
Health Institute (CEHI), Caribbean
Dr. Douglas said in the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) news release
that CARICOM wanted to rationalise the agencies and bring them under
one management structure to increase efficiency and effectiveness of
the Caribbean's public health delivery programme.
Dr. Douglas, who has prime ministerial responsibility for human
resource development, health, and HIV/AIDS, said he had briefed his
colleagues on the progress made in creating CAPHA, regarding funding,
location and other operational matters.
He informed that as it relates to funding for the new agency,
CARICOM Heads have decided to pursue a funding model involving
the setting up of a trust fund with several financial and development
Dr. Douglas disclosed that it could cost up to US$50 million to bring
the Agency into operation, but said most of this would come from the
redirection of funds from the five bodies, which are to be merged.
Meanwhile, he said discussions are to take place with new Trinidadian
Prime Minister, Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, to ensure that she is also
in support of the entity being located in the twin-island republic.
Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr Denzil L. Douglas
speaking to the Press at the CARICOM Heads i /... i,,i in Jamaica
(Photo courtresy of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS)
PM Douglas unveils new
crime fighting initiatives
at Private Sector Banquet
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 14TH 2010 (CUOPM) St. Kitts
and Nevis intends to tackle crime on several fronts to ensure the twin-
island Federation remains a country where the citizens, residents and
the business community feel secure.
St. Kitts and Nevis' Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas told
the 28th Private Sector Banquet that his governing St. Kitts and Nevis
Labour Party Administration has the crime situation high on the national
He said using 3.8 million Euros from the European Union, tackling
crime-fighting issues from several identified fronts have been identified.
"They include but are not limited to the following:
1. Introducing the use of effective international best practices and
appropriate technologies to improve the prevention, reduction and
detection of crimes.
2. Upgrading the curriculum of the police training school.
3. Improving recruitment practices, and enhancing staffing policies
and working conditions for the police in order to attract more graduates
into the service.
4. Provide training at regional and international institutions in the
areas of forensic sciences, criminology, management and administration.
5. Rehabilitate, upgrade and refurbish police stations, the police
training school and the coastguard facilities.
6. Complete formulation of an inter-ministerial approach to crime
fighting through collaboration between ministries such as the Ministries
of Education, Youth, Justice and Legal Affairs, Social and Community
Development among others.
Prime Minister Douglas told the audience prior to the presentation
by the guest speaker, the Hon. Mark Brantley, the Leader of the
Opposition in the National Assembly that the new approach to law and
order will involve strengthening the management framework of the various
units that are mandated to deliver on programmes that are action oriented
with a results-based approach.
The Ministry of National Security has proposed, after consultations
with INTERPOL, the restructuring of the Intelligence Unit that has been
given a revised mandate to drive the operations, crime detection and
information gathering initiatives of
the Police Force.
Dr. Douglas said that the
introduction of a Homicide Unit,
another initiative for the Police
Force, takes into consideration the
need for focused attention of the
projections for improved crime
detection and conviction rates.
"With the increased emphasis
on the use of forensics in crime
detection, the establishment of the
Forensic Lab in the sub-region will
allow for increased access by the
Police Forces in the smaller islands
of the Eastern Caribbean to the
technology and will enhance their
crime detection capabilities. The
Police Force will require a
dedicated Unit with the expertise
to ensure the effective outcome,"
said Prime Minister Douglas.
Dr. Douglas also disclosed
that St. Kitts and Nevis and other
members of the Caribbean
Community will see the
materialization of a Plan of Action
and Framework for cooperation on
security as a deliverable of the
United States Government's
regional support initiative.
"St. Kitts and Nevis led the
discussions on behalf of
CARICOM that will be formalized
in Washington this month when
the draft declaration and Plan of
Action will be signed as a show of
political support to strengthen the
Caribbean-United States security
cooperation strategic mechanism,"
said Dr. Douglas.
The Plan of Action provides
for a balanced and integrated
approach that incorporates
effective law enforcement with
youth crime prevention and
interventions and the provision of
viable options for rehabilitation
and reintegration for youth who
"In collaborating with the
region on the issue of illegal
firearms, there is strong
cooperation in the area of
combating illicit trafficking,
development of investigative
techniques and improvement of
the conviction and detection rates
of firearm traffickers," said Prime
He took the opportunity to
thank the members of the Private
Sector for the support provided
over the years to the local law
"We express our appreciation
that we are receiving from
Governments and international
institutions. Fighting crime must
involve all of us doing our part to
improve the quality of life in the
Federation. Let us commit to closer
collaboration on this matter, as
well as to all the other issues that
affect the development of our
country," said Prime Minister
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BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,
JULY 14TH 2010 (CUOPM) St.
Kitts and Nevis' Prime Minister
Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said
Tuesday there is no compelling
reason at this time for delaying the
introduction of the Value Added
Tax (VAT) in November.
"The agenda of the Leader of
the Opposition is not the agenda
of the People of the country or the
Government of the country. I see
no reason because people are
spending money in November or
December why VAT cannot be
introduce," said Prime Minister
Douglas on his weekly radio call
in programme "Ask the PM."
Dr. Douglas was responding to
a caller who said that the
Federation's Leader of the
Opposition in the National
Assembly, Hon. Mark Brantley is
suggesting that the introduction
of the VAT be delayed in November
because people will be spending
more money during that period.
"It is the government's public
servants who in my opinion would
be more tasked than anyone else
during this period of time," said
Prime Minister Douglas.
He however said that if the
government officials who are
implementing the VAT have said
to the Government, to the country
and to the private sector that 'you
don't have to worry about the extra
work we have to do, but we are
prepared to do it' then we shall
simply move on.'
Dr. Douglas, who is also the
Minister of Finance, pointed out
that some people's agenda is not
the Government's agenda.
"Some people's partisan
political agenda is not the agenda
of the people of this country. Some
people would want us to be doing
like some other countries by laying
off workers, left right and center;
closing down schools; closing
down hospitals; closing down
health centres. We are not going
to do that in St. Kitts and Nevis.
And that is why we are doing what
we are doing within the time frame
that we have decided that we will
do it," said Prime Minister
He said that consultation will
continue with the stakeholders.
"We have continued to say to the
stakeholders that we believe from
all that has happened to date that
there is sufficient time given to
introduce the VAT and until there
is some indication otherwise that
it cannot be done, we are
continuing to pursue the time table
that had been provided us as
guidelines and as a result of
consulting with those who have
been accustomed to the
introduction of VAT."
Dr. Douglas said some
persons are saying that some
Caribbean countries took 24
months and 18 months to
"This is St. Kitts and Nevis.
Our experience is different from
other countries. Some people I
know for example at one stage in
Grenada, VAT was introduced and
then abandoned. We are saying
that a country's experience is that
country's experience. Our
experience is our experience. We
have been advised with very, very
good credible reasons that
November is a possible time for us
to introduce VAT and that is what
we are working towards.
If there is a clear indication that
that date (November) is not
possible, then it will not be
possible, but I do not believe that
one man getting up and speaking
as Leader of the Opposition and
articulating what he thinks is an
appropriate period because in
December people are shopping
and people are spending all
kinds of ridiculous reasons I am
saying that that is not sufficient
for us to stop the agenda and the
Building strong public and private
sector partnerships are
fundamental to securing tourism's
future says PM Douglas
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 14TH 2010 (CUOPM) -Although
the global economic and financial conditions have resulted in substantial
challenges inthe tourism industry, especially interms of hotel occupancy,
visitor expenditure, investment andjob sustainability, it is time for careful
management of the various enterprises and resources, and reorganize
and strategize for the future.
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas told
the cream of the local business community he strongly believes that the
recovery of the world economies would bring a more discerning traveler
who, among other things, wants greater value for money spent.
"That is to be expected, and it is important for us to pay attention to
the establishment of quality standards in various areas of the industry,
maintain and improve our authenticity as a Caribbean destination, address
the issue of attitude towards tourism, improve the aesthetics of
communities on the island, address environmental challenges and
maximize proficiency and productivity at every level," said Dr. Douglas
in his address at the 28th Private Sector Banquet, at which Leader of the
Opposition in the National Assembly, Hon. Mark Brantley was the
He said there is little doubt that tourism will remain, for the foreseeable
future, an essential tool for addressing poverty alleviation through
No compell I -reason 63 postpoe VAT
inrdcin say PM DouglasS!
"It provides an avenue by
which many of our people could
be empowered in ways that lead
to improvements in their quality of
life. As stakeholders in this
industry, we must ensure that we
employ every possible means
within our resources to market our
product, and we must be prepared
to use some non-traditional
methods to reach potential clients.
Technology must play a greater
role in our communications, and
interactivity is critical in reaching
a broad spectrum of potential
travelers," said Dr. Douglas.
He said that securing the
tourism industry in St. Kitts and
Nevis has much to do about
building strong public and private
sector partnerships that are
fundamental for achieving success
in the future.
National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) Schedule of
Meetings For NEMA District For
The Month Of July & August 2010
TDC presents Diamond -
studded Rhinestone Crown
to Culturama Committee
In a brief but symbolically-significant ceremony, held on Tuesday
July 13th, at the Marcus I. Hodge Building at Pinneys, the TDC Group of
Companies, once again, demonstrated its commitment to the development
of Culture, Entertainment, and Talent, both locally and regionally, by
handing over a glittering, Diamond-studded Rhinestone Crown designed
in New York. Said Crown will be worn by the winner of the 2010, Ms.
Caribbean Culture Queen. As per the Designer, the crown embodies
Dignity, Pride, and Achievement as epitomized by each Contestant. Put
simply, the Crown is "ATouch of Class."
Since the Show's inception in 2006, TDC has been a proud Sponsor
of the Event, and according to Mr. Ernie France, Managing Director of
the TDC Nevis Ltd., and Ms. Keesha Jones, Manager of FINCO, who
said at the Ceremony, the Company is keen on continuing its partnership
into the future. In accepting the donation, Mr. Randy Jeffers, CEO of the
Organizing Committee, spoke highly ofTDC's ongoing involvement and
touted that Shows of this nature are made possible because of the support
that Companies such as TDC offer.
The Crown is a new addition to the TDC's overall sponsorship
package to this specific Show and to the annual Culturama Festivities.
The original letter requesting the Gift was forwarded to Mr. Michael
Morton, Chairman of the TDC Group, who wasted no time in supporting
the Committee in this manner.
The Ms. Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant will be held at the Cultural
Complex on Tuesday 27th, and will showcase delegates from Anguilla,
Antigua, Dominica, Barbados, St. Kitts, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Marten,
St. Croix, and Trinidad & Tobago.
The Labour Spokesman
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
How coul Si Kend
behx,,avoro Lida Grn? _
By: The Thinking Citizen
The Labour Party Government, during the 1960s, approved the
multimillion dollar project INDELCO which was a project aimed at the
comprehensive development of Frigate Bay Estate.
The opposition party, the People's Action Movement (PAM) used
the services of a poor taxi driver to take out full-page advertisements in
the world's leading newspapers discouraging would-be overseas
investors from investing in any business venture in St. Kitts. INDELCO
Then during the latter half of the 1980s the PAM Government
commenced the construction of the South-East Peninsula Road. The
road is called the Dr. Kennedy Simmonds Highway.
The trouble with the South-East Peninsula Road was that the road
was being built entirely on lands that are privately owned. Except for a
small parcel of land in the area which was willed to government by our
late First National Hero, Sir Robert L. Bradshaw, the entire body of land
on the South East Peninsula belong to private persons.
People have been asking the following: Why did the PAM
Government build an expensive road through private lands on the South-
East Peninsula? What contribution, if any, did the private landowners
make towards the construction of the Road? Did the Government collect
more revenue in Land Tax as a result of the appreciated value of the sale
of lands on the South-East Peninsula? Why wasn't a Capital Gains Tax
applied to the sale of lands on the South-East Peninsula?
We know that the PAM Government gave the Sugar Estate Land
owners a gift of $12.0 million over and above the assessed market value
of their lands. Why was this second act of generosity to large land
owners necessary? Why did Government provide the land owners with
a major road running through their lands?
The South-East Peninsula Road was called the "Road to Nowhere"
and it was in fact a road to nowhere. PAM built the Road in the 1980s and
up until 1995 when PAM left government not a single hotel or guest
house was put down on the South-
PAM and its sycophants have
been giving reasons for the dismal
failure of the party. What they have
failed to explain is that while
nothing was happening on the
South-East Peninsula, the NRP in
Nevis managed to attract the Four
Seasons Hotel and the Mount
Nevis Hotel. Cynics in St. Kitts say
that PAM built the South-East
Peninsula Rod to attract the Four
Seasons and the Mount Nevis to
Development on the South-
East Peninsula commenced only
after the Labour Party took over
the government in 1995. There was
no development of the South-East
Peninsula under PAM in spite of
the fact that the South-East
Peninsula Road was in place.
But we should not be surprised
at this lack of development under
PAM. A group of investors from
overseas commenced the
construction of the
CASABLANCA Hotel at Friar's
Bay, St. Kitts. After the
foundations were laid the
investors pulled out of St. Kitts
and built the CASABLANCA
Hotel in Anguilla. Nowadays the
gang of failures at Hotel & Tourism
Development have the heart to
criticise government's thriving
and successful Hotel & Tourism
Development policies and
PAM also reclaimed from the
sea a large area of land now known
as Port Zante. The idea of
reclaiming land at the central area
of the Basseterre Bay-front is a
good idea, but the problem was that
the PAM Government did not
know what to do with the reclaimed
Of course PAM and its
sycophants will praise Port Zante
and claim it as a great success. But
it was not a success under PAM.
It became a success only after he
Labour Party Government took
office in 1995. Before then, Port
Zante was nothing more than an
empty waste land, a barren piece
of real estate waiting to be
PAM built a road through
private lands on the South-East
Peninsula. And though the
PAMites are quick to claim credit
for the current development on the
South-East Peninsula, they failed
during their 15-years in office to
effect any development on that
part of the island.
The trouble with PAM is that
when the party is in opposition the
party claims to have all the answers
to the country's social, economic,
political problems. But when PAM
is in office the party behaves like a
Remember please that PAM
allowed the CASABLANCA Hotel
which was already under
construction in St. Kitts to slip
away to Anguilla.
The address of Sir Kennedy
Simmonds at the recently
concluded PAM Convention
serves to assure all right-thinking
persons that PAM cannot and will
not be allowed to change and will
remain the same today as it was
yesterday, that is corrupt, deceitful,
selfish and ravenous.
How could Sir Kennedy
Simmonds condone the
disgraceful behaviour of the
current leader of PAM, that took
place at the Marriott Hotel on the
eve of the January 25 General
It is ludicrous and
preposterous for Sir Kennedy
Simmonds to blame Dr. Douglas or
the Labour Party for the conduct
of the leader of PAM at the
Marriott Hotel at Frigate Bay.
Perhaps, just perhaps, Sir
Kennedy forgot the old adage that
was taught to him in Sunday
School at the Methodist Church:
Honesty is the Best Policy. Sir
Kennedy's disastrous period as
Prime Minister caused the PAM
party to lose the g2000 General
Elections to the Labour Party
without gaining a single seat. For
Labour it was ALL-8.
Sir Kennedy appeared as the
Devil to support and condone
On May 15th
Huggins of Harbour
View graduated with
honors from the //
University of the -
Virgin Islands St.
with a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in
Psychology. The 25
year old maintained
deans list status for
Psychology. In her
excellence she was
Academic Award in
was nominated to Who's Who Davril
Among Students of American accepted t
Colleges and Universities. of Arts in P
Davril was also very active on UVI which
campus serving as president of the has also
Psychology Students Association opportunity
and treasurer of the Psi Chi of graduate
International Honor Society in the Social S
Psychology. She is also a member University.
of the Golden Key International Davril
Honor Society and the Council for career as a
Exceptional Children UVI Chapter. she complex
has recently been
o the MAPSY Master
'sychology Program at
begins in the Fall. She
been given the
y to hold the position
research assistant with
sciencess Division at the
wishes to continue her
family therapist after
tes her Phd. She is the
degree in nursing
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 12TH 2010
(CUOPM) -Despite many obstacles, a Saddlers resident
has obtained a Master's of Science degree in Nursing
Administration in New York.
Miranda Langley, who is affectionately called
"Randa," completed her secondary education at the
CayonHigh School and began her professional journey
in nursing at the Joseph N. France General Hospital.
Ms. Langley, who gained a Bachelor of Nursing
degree in December 2006, is celebrating her latest achievement a Master's
of Science degree in Nursing Administration from the Herbert Lehman
College; City University of New York.
"I must show gratitude and praise to God Almighty for his sustaining
grace and mercy also, to my family, friends and siblings who have been
very supportive to me in many different ways. Thanks to all for their
continued support and encouragement," said Langley, adding:
"Despite my sojourn there's been many obstacles, but the success
stories have outnumbered them all; for me her personally, and the
hundreds of patients at home and abroad that I served humbly. I
encourage my fellow Kittitians with this quote from Napoleon Hill;
'Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your
daughter of David and the late Avril
Huggins of Harbour View and
alumni of the Clarence Fitzroy
Bryant College, the former St.
Theresa's Convent School and
Slacks' Pre School. She would like
to thank everyone who has given
her support and love throughout
her academic career and looks
forward to serving her homeland
with her qualifications in the future.
The Labour Spokesman
extends congratulations and best
wishes to Ms. Huggins and family.
soul; the blue prints of your
The Labour Spokesman
extends congratulations and best
wishes to Ms. Landley and family.
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Company ready to face
2010 Hurricane season
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Electrical poles with wires criss-crossing (C i.,, . i 1i1 during the
passage of Hurricane Omar in 2008
CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JULY 12, 2010) The 2010 Atlantic
Hurricane season has gone past the first of its six-month duration with
no difficulty for the Nevis Electricity Company Ltd. (NEVLEC) but the
Company's General Manager Mr. Cartwright Farrell urged the public to
keep away from all downed power lines.
Mr. Farrell's advice came on Thursday in an interview with the
Department of Information. He said that downed lines should not be
"If you see a line on the ground assume that it is has power in it don't
assume that it's dead. A dead line can't kill you but if you assume that its
live you won't touch it," he said.
In response to the state of readiness of NEVLEC for the 2010 Hurricane
Season Mr. Farrell stated that the inventory and all drills had been
completed in May as has been the custom and they were prepared.
"I think the storms of the 90's and so on have made us very much
capable and experienced in dealing with those, so we are hoping that we
can do it. The last storm we had we experienced outages due to lightening
strikes on lines and transformers but I don't think it did too badly.
A electricity pole at Bath Hotel supported by a stay or ground
General Manager of the Nevis
Electricity Company Ltd.
"Based on the fact that all the
lines are over head and even
though the wind blew and the
lightning struck I think there was
only one hit on the Cotton Ground
Feeder, I don't remember there
(JULY 08, 2010) General
Manager of the Nevis Electricity
Company Ltd. (NEVLEC) Mr.
Cartwright Farrell, confirmed
Wednesday that consumers had
began to receive small benefits
from the WindWatt wind farm at
Maddens which would increase
Mr. Farrell made the disclosure
in an interview with the
Department of Information during
a site visit to the farm. He explained
that the turbines, when in
operation would provide a
maximum of 1.6killowatts of power
which represented 20 percent of
the peak 9killowatts used on Nevis
T\\ cll[ percent of the power
being provided at best into our grid
by wind energy, dependent on the
amount of wind that's blowing, we
will see some savings but it is
always dependent on how much
"They are actually on the grid
but most of it is commissioning
and testing. They are going to go
on the grid officially very soon and
I think immediately you will see
some savings. It might not be
significant, it might be one or two
cents off the fuel surcharge but at
least a saving and as we learn a
little more about the wind energy,
we expect it to be more significant
being one on the Gingerland
Feeder and these are the feeders
that cover most of Nevis," he said.
Mr. Farrell also advised
consumers to utilise surge
protectors to help protect their
electrical equipment against
lightening strikes which he said
would affect the power system.
In relation to the service lines
to consumers and the stays or
ground anchors used to stabilise
the electricity pole, Mr. Farrell
noted the importance of keeping
them clear from any foliage and
"Make sure that if you have
trees around your service line try
to get them trimmed. Sometimes we
don't get around to doing all
[trimming trees] and if you can
help yourself it would be very
good. Before the hurricane season
let us know if you want us to trim
lines, allow us to trim the trees from
"Sometimes when fruits are on
the trees we don't get to trim the
trees because the customer does
not want the fruits down but it's
important and as best as possible,
leave the stays. We have had in
areas where people uproot or
remove the stays because they
don't want it where it is and that
destabilises the pole and it falls
over a lot quicker. So please allow
the stays to remain where they are
so that the system can remain in a
better shape. I think we will ride
these storms which are anticipated
for 2010 we will ride them well," he
The stays have been used
over the years as ground anchors
to support the electricity poles to
prevent them from toppling over
easily during heavy rains and
Four of the Vergnet-made wind turbines in operation at the
WindWatt wind farm in Maddens
at some point down the road," he said.
The Nevis Electricity Company Ltd. is the sole provider of electricity
to consumers on Nevis. According to Mr. Farrell, every unit of electricity
delivered from the sights of the Independent Power Producers (IPP) on
the island including Wind Watt and West Indies Power had to go through
the NEVLEC system to get to consumers.
However, the Utility's General Manager also pointed to the recent
power outages that consumers on the Gingerland and Cotton Ground
feeders continued to experience and noted that they were directly as a
result of the ongoing testing work at the wind farm.
"We are making sure we have the wind farm on line as often as
possible. Where we don't have to take it off we won't take it off. We are
looking at the possibility of putting it on the Cotton Ground Feeder
when we are working on the Gingerland feeder and vice versabut generally
it [outage] is in the Gingerland feeder.
"We are doing some tests now. We have to do our switching progress
we are doing that tomorrow (Thursday). We are fixing up the switch and
doing our switching processes to make sure that whenever wind is
available, the wind farm can generate and NEVLEC will be in a position
to take the power from the wind farm," he explained.
With regard to NEVLEC's working relationship with the WindWatt
wind energy project Mr. Farrell said both companies had enjoyed a close
working relationship since January.
"We have had before Jonathan Kelly who is one of the Engineers at
the Power Station and he has been working very closely with them in
terms of the commissioning side. Before him was Anelda Date and we
had the Senior Electrician at the Power Station Mr. Jevon Eaten and they
have been around and been able to see what is going on over here in
terms of how they generate the electricity, how they interconnect with
NEVLE(C s sin
"Vergnet, the company that manufactured the turbines are going to
run a course on maintenance and operation of the wind farm and we
hope to have at least two, Jonathan and Jevon on that course. So there
will be some cross training from wind farm to NEVLEC and vice versa,"
The General Manager also said that there were other Nevisians who
had received training from the company and they would take charge of
the farm's maintenance operations when the overseas technicians were
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010 9
Tha SaaSa~ orc i
By: Sotto Voce
The PAM has got a serious problem with the word "corruption".
Imagine their "hero"; the Rt. Hon. Dr. Sir Kennedy Simmonds talking
about it, as if PAM is divorced from it.
He led a government for 4 terms, from 1980 to 1995. He not only lost
the government, but he lost his seat in Parliament as well. PAM got a
serious licking since then: 7-1, 8-0, 7-1 and 6-2. Yet somehow PAM
continues on its mad course of criticising at all costs hoping to turn their
fortunes around that way.
They say the Labour Government is responsible for all the ills in our
country. So the recession and economic downturn can only be found in
St. Kitts & Nevis. All other nations in the world are prospering. We are
the worst nation in the world right now: in health, in sports, in education,
in tourism, in agriculture, in housing, in cultural development, and in
finance. Nothing good or positive happens here; only bad. And Dr.
Douglas and his Labour Government is to blame.
Why they continue forever on this negative path for so many years
beats me. The rewards they have reaped are 7-1, 8-0, 7-1 and 6-2 so far.
But they refuse to get the message Kittitians are giving them.
The PAM Government had become so corrupt in their 15 years in
office that maybe someone should remind Simmonds and Grant. Have
they forgotten? Can Simmonds now say why his Ministers like Morris
and Jones were given so many acres of cane land just so?
Can Grant explain why 5 of the PAM Candidates moved to ditch him
after the last Elections?
Can he really be heard to even mention the words: integrity, honesty,
transparency and decency and point at the Labour Party?
These people either mad or they gone crazy. I wonder where they
live really. I won't say what one lady remarked when she was told what
Simmonds said about Grant's episode over the Marriott Hotel on video.
Her thrust was to ask if Satan can correct sin. Done with that.
I wish through this medium to offer sincere words of comfort to the
family of Comrade Victor Cranstoun who was buried last Monday. His
life was one of service and he did so in a most exemplary manner. The
Labour Movement owes a debt of gratitude for his tangible support
oververy many years. My own interaction with him was mainly at Masses
House where he served as Head-printer of the Labour Spokesman.
He was very prominent in the Labour Day Annual Marches in which
he led a band playing the big drum. Victor will be sorely missed but his
contribution to the development of the Labour Movement will never be
He has left behind a wife and several children who continue in their
own way, to contribute to the development of the country.
He worked side by side with all the other Comrades we celebrate
eachyear. Comrades Bradshaw, Southwell, France, Glasford, FT. Williams,
Squeezy Williams, Owem Caines, Lascelle Rawlins, Fidel O'Flaherty,
Bryant, Moore, Payne, O'Flaherty, Anne Liburd, Ada Mae Edwards and
many others, are among the Labour stalwarts victor rubbed shoulders
with in his work.
There are so many others he rubbed shoulders with in spreading
By Melissa Amsterdam
The International House
Museum and Edgar Challenger
Library will once again come alive
culturally with a cultural
instrumental workshop slated for
Monday 26th July.
The one month summer
programme which will be held at
the International Museum and
Edgar Challenger Library on
Central Street, sponsored by
Delisle Walwyn and Company Ltd,
will aim to tutor youngsters in the
art of playing the banjo, quatro,
guitar and fife instruments
normally used during Carnival and
other culture based events.
This workshop which is to be
held will be the fourth of its kind.
Facilitator of the workshop, Mr.
Winston 'Zack' Nisbett said that
with the successes of the previous
workshops he envisions that this
one will be even greater.
"The enthusiasm was there at
the last workshop and I am sure it
will continue," Mr. Nisbett stated.
The workshop will commence
with an opening ceremony on
Monday 26th July at 10 am sharp
Labour's message far and wide"
Lorenzo Phillip, Yvonne Maynard,
Slader, Tak, Lucina, Rabbit and the
late Mrs. Richards would be among
People generally see him and
remember those who go on the
platform only. Those who labour
behind the scenes to make the
platform set look good are quickly
forgotten. But in Victor Cranstoun
the Labour Movement had a
champion. As a printer, an
organiser and a musician, Victor
was tops. We will miss him dearly
and the quality and devoted
service he gave. Rest in peace my
You know what amazes me
about the PAM opposition and
others who seem to love to curse
the best leader in the Caribbean,
Dr. Douglas, there is nobody
better around. No Simmonds or
anyone else can match up right
now. Everything that Simmonds
did in his time, Dr. Douglas'
Governments have done far more
and better since.
Whether it is education,
housing, tourism, agriculture,
culture or sports. They just don't
compare. Like chalk and cheese.
Dr. Douglas and Labour are like
God-sent to our country.
Nowadays, we are so
accustomed to the freedoms we
enjoy, and the means of
communication our viewers over
the many FM stations, that we
take it all for granted. It was the
Labour Government, led by Dr.
Douglas that from 1995 gave life
and meaning to freedom of
expression here. It did not exist in
PAM's time with Simmonds at the
Even public servants can be
heard daily on talk-shows
nowadays criticising the
and continue until Saturday 21st
August from 10 am to 3pm daily
with the exception of Sunday -
when there will be no workshop.
There will be expert musicians
in the field to tutor the participants
in the art of playing each
Mr. Nisbett said that renowned
Fifer, Mr. Joseph Pollock who has
40 years of musical experience will
be one of the tutors along with Mr.
Elvette Decosta who will be
responsible in tutoring the
students in the fine arts of playing
the banjo, quatro and guitar.
Individuals who want to
participate in the workshop can
pickup a registration form from Mr.
Nisbett at the Edgar Challenger
Museum. The age range for
participants is from seven years
old and onwards.
government of the day without fear
of victimisation. That never
happened under PAM and
Give the former Minister and
representative for Constituency
No.2, Dwyer Astaphan his credit.
He did excellent work while
serving under the banner of Labour
for 15 years. He gave us the Music
Festival. It continues to flourish
in spite of all the negatives thrown
at it by PAM year after year.
He transformed the Ministry of
the Environment (which was dead
and meaningless in PAM time
under Simmonds.) The country
has benefitted tremendously from
the manual labour/landscaping
provided by its staff.
He breathed life into the
Culture Ministry and many of our
ole mass players gained exposure
in North America and Europe
because of Dwyer's efforts and
Tourism advanced under his
leadership too. He showed up all
the deficiencies of the former PAM
Government and its operatives by
tangible results the Labour
Government realized under his
These days he too specialises
in going after his formerboss, PM.
Douglas, leaving the fold of
Labour and, as we say locally,
"cutting on two sides". The
Beatles had a hit called No"c he li
man". He has joined the "Ask
Washie" board singing that
Kittitians have a lot to thank
Dr. Douglas for. He continues to
do plenty good for the country.
We remain indebted to him for the
quality service and leadership he
gives under Labour.
of Nursing organize blood
drive to save lives
By Melissa Amsterdam
The International University of Nursing (IUON) in their ongoing
efforts to save lives held on Saturday 10th July a blood drive.
The blood drive started two years ago and is in collaboration with
the Joseph N. France Hospital and the Rotary Club of Liamuiga. There
is a blood drive event three times yearly.
Associate Professor at IUON, Dr. Agnes Beachman who assists
with organizing the worthy event said that the blood drive assists with
the blood capacity at the JNF Hospital.
"By donating blood lives can be saved," she stated assuring that,
"the procedure is also painless".
"We also use this event to educate people that by donating blood
nothing bad can happen. You have enough reserved in the body to
donate," Dr. Beachman explained.
She also disclosed that the procedures before blood is donated are
to ensure that the donor is healthy. "If someone was found to have a
fever or a cold their blood would not be taken," the Professor said.
"We are very careful that each donor is in the optimum state of
health before donating blood. When that is done the blood is taken,"
Dr. Beachman assured.
She noted that the procedure to give blood is very stringent. There
are checks forblood pressure, weight, temperature and blood volumes.
The donor also undergoes an interview to find out their background
and their health history. The blood is also tested at the JNF laboratory.
Dr. Beachman reminded that giving blood is a noble gesture in
which many lives can be saved.
Blood can be donated every 90 days without any ill-effects. The
age range for prospective donors is from 18-60 years.
Blood donor giving life saving blood during the IOUN blood drive
held last week Saturday July 10th, at the International Univerity
of ..i io i Campus, West Farm. (Photo by Precious Mills)
SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR
UPGRADE FROM ISO
9001:2000 TO ISO
2010 has marked another milestone for Harris Paints' quality
management goals, as they were successful in their recertification audit
for ISO 9001:2008. Harris Paints was originally certified in 2006. This
success was not possible without the commitment and input from the
Management and employees of Harris Paints Dominica, who
continuously strive for quality improvements in their products and
As one of the few Companies in the Region that is certified ISO
9001:2008, Harris Paints continues to maintain a standard to operate
and trade globally, giving the company a stronger, universally-accepted
competitive edge. Amongst the 15 countries that Harris Paints sells its
world class product at, Harris Paints (Dominica) Limited exports products
to Antigua, St Kitts, Nevis, St Maarten, Anguilla, and Montserrat.
Senior Vice President and Head of Business for Dominica and St.
Lucia Companies, Mrs. Marguerite Desir noted: "It is as a result of
listening to our Customers that we have continuously sought to
improve our products and services." Harris Paints' Management and
Staff wish to thank them for their continued patronage over the years.
Harris Paints is a regional company which manufactures retails and
distributes a range of products for commercial, residential and industrial
use and provides service solutions for these products.
Harris Paints is a licensee for AkzoNobel (the largest paint company
globally), and owners of the world famous Gliddenbrand. Harris Paints
services fifteen (15) countries throughout the Caribbean from
operations in Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Guyana and Jamaica. The
Poles already planted along the Pinneys Bypass road
Pinneys Bypass road
CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JULY 12,2010) Electrification of the
Pinneys Bypass road is in an advanced stage and General Manager of
the Nevis Electricity Services Ltd. Mr. Cartwright Farrell said he was
hopeful that the area would be illuminated in time for the island's premier
summer cultural festival Culturama.
In an interview with the Department of Information on Thursday, Mr.
Farrell explained that the electrification of the bypass was part of the
Company's plan to electrify the developments in the area purchased
from the Pinneys Development Cooperation.
"We have been waiting on the completion of the roads, rights of
ways and everything to do a project to electrify the developments at
Nugent Heights and Pinneys. We have done some on the inside where
we have electrified. We have about two people who are living inside on
the project already. We have done most of the internal wiring.
% Acre of Land
on the coast at
US $9.00/ sq. ft
Group employs just under 300 staff
region-wide who each play a vital
role in providing first class
products and services to its
For more information about
Harris Paints visit the TDC Home
and Building Depot on the Frigate
Bay Road on St. Kitts and Pinney's
Industrial Estate on Nevis.
"What you are seeing on the
bypass road, we are going to bring
the two main circuits that go by
there the Four Seasons Feeder
and the Cotton Ground Feeder. We
are going to bring them down the
bypass road and electrify the other
side of the development and
hopefully we can put some
lightning on the road. We are
hoping, as long as everything
goes well ...as long as the
integration of the wind [energy]
goes smoothly then I think we can
get it for Culturama," he explained.
Mr. Farrell said the lack of
illumination on that section of the
Island Main Road had been of
concern to many sectors of the
public and NEVLEC has tried its
best, as in other situations, to
respond to the customer's needs
which sometimes gets difficult but
always gets done.
General Manager of the Nevis
Electricity Company Ltd. Mr.
FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
EIA for proposed Tamarind
Bay Marina Development
ready for public scrutiny
Director of the Department of Physical Planning, Natural Resources
and Environment on Nevis Mrs. Angela Walters-Delpeche
CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JULY 12TH, 2010) The Department of
Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Environment announced on
Monday (July 12th) that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
for the proposed Tamarind Bay Marina Development project at Jones
Bay was available at the Nevis Public Library for public scrutiny.
The announcement came from the Department's Director Mrs. Angela
Walters-Delpeche in an interview with the Department of Information at
her office on Main Street in Charlestown.
"Components of the marine project entail 123 yacht slips and mega
yacht marina to accommodate a range of marina craft include berthing
for an average of 11 mega yachts up to 92 meters long. The real estate
portion will feature an attractive marine village with hospitality services,
retail shops and a variety of support yacht services," said Mrs. Delpeche.
According to Mrs. Walters-Delpeche, the EIA provided information
on the nature and extent of environmental impacts from the marine
proposal. The document also included benefits and suitability of the
proposed project site.
Mrs. Delpeche informed that public feedback was an essential part
of the EIA. She said although the project might be economically viable
through the generation of employment, there may be environmental
concerns where marine life and the livelihood of fishermen were
Feedback from the Nevis public should be submitted to the Department
by Friday July 16th, 2010.
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others. They are the mirrors that reflect your personality. If something
bothers you about someone, you are recognizing an attitude that is
actually within you. When you feel it does not affect you and you can
respond calmly, it means that this weakness is no longer in you.
When you do not upset yourself thinking about how others must
change and instead you concentrate on your own change, good things
start to happen. First, you will feel better about yourself. Second, you
will start to have positive feelings towards others and start to understand
them. Third, others start having a more positive attitude towards you.
There are many hidden benefits in personal change.
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whether at home, work or elsewhere? Am I thinking negatively or
positively? Are my feelings towards those around me good? Am I
contributing towards an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable
or am I having an opposite effect through the quality of my thoughts
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FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
A Commentary on the Renaming of the Sandy Point High School
By: Sandra Allen (Mills)
I feel compelled to comment on the controversy surrounding the
renaming of the Sandy Point High School. The decision to rename the
school in honour of the contribution made by the late Hon. Charles E.
Mills to the education community of this Federation has sparked a
discussion that has revealed how little many of those who choose to
share their views know about the history of the school.
I wish to use this opportunity to address this lack of knowledge and
provide information that validates this decision to rename the school as
a tribute to the contribution that Mr. Mills to the education community
of St Kitts and Nevis.
Mr. Charles E. Mills was a child prodigy of his time and any other
time. At age 10, he passed the highest exam that was offered to school
children at that time the Standard Seven exam.
Despite his brilliant academic performance, his parents could not
afford to send him to the Grammar School in Basseterre so he repeated
the Standard Seven for 3 years and received 3 Standard Seven certificates.
At age 13 the head teacher of the school, Mr. Hanley, gave him a class to
teach and so he became a teacher at this early age.
After many years of teaching at various schools in the island he
became the Head Teacher of several schools including the Sandy Point
Boys School. Eventually, Mr. Mills was promoted to the position of
Inspector of Schools then he was appointed as Chief Inspector of Schools
and Chief Education Officer for the schools in St. Kitts and Nevis.
As a proud Sandy Pointer, Mr. Mills chose to maintain residence in
Sandy Point and refused to relocate to any other community in St. Kitts
or abroad. He was born in Sandy Point, he lived in Sandy Point and he
died in Sandy Point.
As mentioned earlier, Mr. Mills never had the opportunity to
attend high school and he relived this experience every time he saw
brilliant young people being denied the opportunity to obtain the
qualifications that were needed in order to attend institutions of higher
learning simply because they were not given the chance to attend a high
At that time, only a few individuals qualified for the limited number
of openings in the Girls High School and the St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar
School. Many could not afford to pay the fees and transportation cost
RESIDENTS BENEFIT FROM
Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 14, 2010 (SKNIS): Residents of St. Kitts
and Nevis are better informed about the benefits and challenges related
to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and how this
structure can help shape a bright future for the Region, having
participated in a two-day national consultation.
The event concluded on Tuesday, July 13, and was organized by the
Ministry of Trade. It fell under the CARICOM Civil Society Project,
which according to the CARICOM Secretariat: "seeks to provide for
Civil Society's involvement in regional issues, and to identify
opportunities for dialogue between CARICOM decision makers and civil
society on key national and regional issues. In addition, it attempts to
assist Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in identifying opportunities to
partner with Governments in the development process."
Senior Minister and Minister with responsibility for Trade,
Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris, told SKNIS that the relationship between
civil society and the government must be a complementary one. He
reaffirmed Government's commitment to work with all concerned in
charting the way forward for the Federation, citing the ongoing
consultation campaign on Value Added Tax (VAT) as one example.
Executive Director of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Wendy
Phipps credited Government for institutionalizing mechanisms for greater
dialogue and a role in the decision making process, but added that there
was room for improvement.
Representatives from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
attending the meeting reviewed the Role of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in
National Development; Government's Relations with Civil Society; and
the Role of the Cotonou and European Partnership Agreements (EPA) in
Deepening Regional Integration.
The meeting received favorable reviews from participants who were
most appreciative of the consulting team from the CARICOM Secretariat
for guiding the discussions. The regional officials assured attendees
that the opinions collected from the sessions would be included in a
regional report to shape the way forward on the CSME.
that were required.
Therefore, when he was given the opportunity to study in the United
Kingdom he used his thesis to explore the concept of free secondary
education. Upon his return to St. Kitts, he made a compelling case to the
Minister of Education, Mr. Fitzroy Bryant, who was so impressed and
convinced that this model was in the best interest of all children on the
island that the government set about reforming the education system so
that every child would have access to a secondary school or high school
Sandy Point was the first to experience this education reform and
was opened in September 1966. There was a lot of resistance to this
change. Many in Sandy Point were hostile to this education reform and
some sent their children to private schools in Basseterre.
Those who were opposed to this idea of making a high school
education available to all students expressed their desire to see the
school fail and incited others to vandalize the buildings repeatedly. In
the early years of the school, the country was experiencing political
turmoil and many Sandy Pointers who did not support the Labour
government, even some of those who worked at the school, tried to
undermine and sabotage the program in order to gain political capital.
But Mr. Mills and the Labour government behind him stood firm
because they knew that the opportunities that would become available
to those who passed through Sandy Point High School would be
Today, the vision of Charles E. Mills has become a reality. Sandy
Point High School has produced thousands of scholars who have made
invaluable contributions to the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis and to
the economies and societies of many nations across the world. Sandy
Point High School pioneered the concept of free secondary education
for all students, thanks to Mr. Charles E. Mills.
This was at a time when students in all of the other Caribbean islands
were still taking common entrance exams in order to attend high school.
The students at the Sandy Point High School were all given a secondary
school education and the opportunity to prepare for overseas exams
which equipped them with the passport to the colleges and universities
across the world.
Over the years, the school has had many dedicated teachers and
outstanding principals, such as Mr. Joseph Halliday and Mr. Vincent
Hodge, who have built upon the foundation that was laid by Mr. Charles
E. Mills in order to produce the highly successful program that is in
In fact, many who continue to object to the renaming of this
school in honour of Mr. Charles E. Mills can do so because they received
a high school education thanks to the vision and efforts of a determined
Mr. Charles E. Mills and the Labour Government.
Then, there are those who object to the renaming of the school in
honour of Mr. Charles E. Mills out of ignorance. They simply do not
know enough to conduct a logical and coherent conversation or hold a
Traffic Department advises
against children travelling in
By Melissa Amsterdam
Head of the Traffic Department,
Inspector Cromwell Henry has
advised against children travelling
in the front seat of vehicles.
He deemed the behaviour as
irresponsible and unsafe for
drivers to practice. He also
stressed the need for drivers to
fully utilize seat belts.
"What we recommend is for
parents to acquire a car seat and
have it properly installed in the
vehicle. It should not just be rested
in the seat but it must be secured
thoroughly," he advised.
The car seats, he said, should
be secured in the back seat of the
car as it is not advisable to seat
children in the front of a vehicle
Inspector Henry explained
that, "Whenever you are carrying
children in a vehicle who cannot
be restrained by a seat belt one
should put that child in the car seat
and properly secure them there".
"They must be strapped into
the car seat and it must be properly
strapped into the vehicle," he
Parents who drive with their
children standing in the front while
driving are warned that what they
are doing is risky.
In the event an individual does
not own a child restraint they
should not seat their child in the
front. Holding the child on the lap
while driving is also risky, doing
so is highly irresponsible, says the
Inspector. An investment in a car
seat is wise he stated.
"Always ensure that the seats
that you buy are ensured by an
international body like the
Department of Transport in the US
or in England will see the seal of
approval look for it," Inspector
He said that in the event of
legitimate argument on this issue.
It is advisable for these
individuals to research more
carefully and become familiar with
the history of Sandy Point High
School and the contribution of Mr.
Charles E. Mills to the education
community of Sandy Point and of
The younger generation of
students needs to have a
conversation with their parents
and grandparents before they
blindly follow those who continue
to use issues involving the Sandy
Point High School forpolitical gain.
Many know that this decision
was well founded and still object
because of politics, since Mr.
Charles E. Mills was a Labour
Leader and Sandy Point is a PAM
stronghold. But, the Sandy Point
High School belongs to everyone
in the community.
The PAM supporters do not
have ownership of the school. It
is time for all citizens to exhibit true
statesmanship attributes and shun
petty politics. The leaders in the
community should demonstrate
leadership qualities, stop
incensing the public in order to
increase their political capital and
endorse this tribute.
This recognition of Mr. Charles
E. Mills and his contribution to the
education community at large is
On a personal note, I wish to
thank Prime Minister Dr. Denzil
Douglas and his Cabinet for finally
recognizing Mr. Charles Mills, my
father, for the exceptional
contribution that he made to the
education of the Sandy Point
community and to St. Kitts as a
front or rear impacts, seat belts will
of course minimize the injuries
sustained in such a collision.
He explained that, in some
cases adults not wearing seat belts
are thrown from the vehicle and
are terribly injured. In comparison
if a child is thrown through a
windshield in the event of an
impact, it could result in a fatality.
"If the impact is such on adults,
it would be greater on children,
particular attention must be paid
to children of toddler ages who
cannot properly be restrained by
seat belts when they are travelling
in the vehicle," he stated.
12 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
Michael L. King
By Melissa Amsterdam
Four young persons from the Federation two from St.
Kitts and two from Nevis were on Wednesday 14th July
honoured with the opportunity of pursuing higher education
with a Michael L. King Scholarship through the generosity
of the TDC Group of Companies.
The awards ceremony held at the TDC Training Room,
Fort Street, Basseterre, recognized the four individuals as
promising students and citizens of the Federation and an
aid ofUS$5,000 forfinancial assistance was granted to them.
The awardees are Kishmoe Cornelius (Undergraduate:
Management Information Systems Florida Memorial
University) and Randolph Prentice (Undergraduate:
Marketing Florida Memorial University) of St. Kitts and
Kamesha Sutton (Undergraduate: Business Administration
- Cameron University) and Ramie Wilkinson
(Undergraduate: Economics and Finance Cameron
University) of Nevis.
Chairperson of the Michael L. King Scholarship
Committee, Dr. Clive Ottley in his overview of the programme
said that persons qualifying for the grant must have a Grade
Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 or better and must be
desirous of pursuing University studies.
He stressed that although there were a lot of applicants,
there should be more coming in from sister island Nevis.
Also partnering with TDC Group of Companies was the
Ministry of Education with Education Officer, Mr. Michael
Blake speaking on their behalf.
Mr. Blake said that TDC Group of Companies and his
ministry have been partnering over the years and the grant
is proof of their efforts in
pursuits in the Federation.
"Given the limited
resources that we have we
cannot do it alone, we are
more than happy to welcome
the partnership from TDC,"
"Those of us who have
been to universities know
how difficult it is to cope at
times with the rising costs,"
he explained, "to offer
without any stringent
conditions a scholarship to
those students is in the
Ministries mind an
With that Mr. Blake
thanked TDC for their
scholastic dedication and
wished the awardees
success in their educational
A Year One recipient of
the Scholarship Grant,
Shaline Welcome, told the
2010 recipients how
beneficial the scholarship
had been during her time
Management at the Trinidad
and Tobago Hospitality
"It is a privilege and
honour being the first
recipient of the Michael L.
King Scholarship Grant in
2008," Welcome stated while
Michael King Scholarship awardees and their representatives along with Chairman
of TDC Group of Companies, Mr Michael Morton.
thanking the Scholarship
"It has made my way at
college financially easier,"
To the Scholarship
recipients she said: "life at
college is definitely an
experience, I wish you all
success and I hope through
your successes you are
achieving the vision of
Rounding off the
ceremony was Chairman of
TDC Group of Companies,
Mr. Michael Morton.
"These grants signify
contribution to nation
building and most
specifically our ongoing
commitment to the field of
education," he said.
"At this time in our
education is of paramount
importance, education is a
means to liberation of the
mind, poverty, country and
one is able to compete in an
ever changing world,"
remarked Mr. Morton.
The recipients and their
representatives were each
given a certificate.
The name sake of the
scholarship, Mr. Michael L.
King is the former TDC
Director, who had been with
TDC Group of companies
Mr. King now resides
overseas, but due to his
dedication to further
academic achievement, this
Scholarship was set up to
commitment to higher
education and personal
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Eight win in
LIME's 100 Days
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS: The 100 days of
summer promotion launched at LIME a few weeks
ago is already picking up steam. The first eight
prize winners have already stopped by to collect
their prizes having qualified from one of several
ways in this extraordinary promotion that boasts
100 days of giveaways and savings+.
Vincia Merritt will be heading off to see her
favourite movie with tickets compliments LIME,
while Lansbury Williams has all the gears for a Summer 2010 Maur
beach picnic having recently acquired his LIME-
branded picnic pack. Two other customers
Grenville Rogers and Maureen Johnson may
choose to indulge at one of the fast-food outlets
with their prize vouchers; after all Summer comes
only once a year.
Four other customers, including two on Nevis
were also on the receiving end of giveaways in
the first week of the prize draws with many more
to come. Flipflops, T-shirts, bottle coolers,
dominoes and many more Summer-appropriate
memorabilia will be dished out to hundreds of
customers in the days to come. The coveted
Apple ipad will also be the highlight of the
fortnightly prizes to be awarded to customers who
meet the minimum requirements.
"The '100' theme has provided many options
to demonstrate to our customers that we
appreciate them 100 percent and we will leave no Summer 2010 Vincic
stone unturned to prove just that," said an
exuberant General Manager, David Lake.
And while every customer would not win a giveaway, everyone will
realise tremendous savings with the array of offers of this hot promotion.
Postpaid customers are already enjoying free nights of call from 9pm to
een Johnson-Fast Food-Dominos
iMerrits-Movie Tickets for 2-July 6
6am, while their prepaid
counterparts will enjoy 24 hours
of unlimited talk with the purchase
of a Talk 24 day pass for EC$5.
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Some communities in St. Kitts
& Nevis will also see an
incorporation of the theme of
"100" in some very creative ways.
Which community in St. Kitts or
Nevis has the most centenarians
for instance? Could it be your
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FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
Baptism A Model for the
Submitted byAlson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr)
One of the things the church the Body
of Christ shares in common is the affirmation
of the mutual recognition of baptism on the
basis of the shared belief that there is "One
Lord, one faith, one baptism." Because of
its significance this baptismal practice
should not be trivialized since it is a
fundamental rite of Christian (initiation)
incorporation. If this baptismal practice is
trivialized, or taken lightly, then the real
meaning of the fundamental rite of Christian
initiation or Christian incorporation
diminishes, thus undermining the church's
understanding of the sacramental act itself,
with the result that the church finds itself
into subversion of meaning.
In the Anglican Book of Common Prayer
(CPWI) the rite of Holy Baptism embodies a
recovered sense of the significant role which
baptism plays inthe Christian life. Therefore
this common pastoral practice should not
At the top of the churches list of faith
and practice is the universal practice of
sacramental initiation, baptism with water
in the Name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit. It leads to the
growing imperative that the various
churches affirm the mutual recognition of
baptism in each tradition on the basis of
shared belief that there is "One Lord, one
faith, one baptism."
When one is baptised in any of the
various churches, that person is made a
member of the body of Christ and as a result a member of the ONE church. It is a significant
point in spite of the continuing divisions between Christians of various traditions. All
those baptized persons will live out their lives as members of a particular communion, but
through baptism they share a unity which reaches far beyond our institutional divisions.
This reflects an affirmation of the unity that we hope will ultimately be fulfilled inthe visible
church and for which we wait in God.
Baptism has a significance that is ascribed to it by all Christian liturgical traditions and
it is held as the embodiment of a fundamental unity that is not described by denominational
barriers. Since baptism unites the church in Christ in a more fundamental way than the
issues divide it, then Christian initiation should not take an insignificant place in the personal
experience of many Christians.
The churches affirm that baptism is theologically significant. This means that baptismal
practice should not be marginalized nor trivialized since it is the fundamental rite of Christian
in- corporation. Some years ago, R. M. Benson the founder of the society of St John the
Evangelist made the point that, "In Western Christendom, the Holy Eucharist has so entirely
over-shadowed Holy Baptism, that the food of our life is made to be a gift greater than the
life that sustains us." A great observation, because it does not see baptism merely as a rite
administered only at the very beginning of one's Christian life, but creating an abiding
context in which one lives out the whole life in Christ.
Baptism creates the community which is constituted and revealed in the Sunday Eucharist
assembly says John Kettlewell. Historically the Eucharist was understood as the final
stage in the process of initiation; there was that underlying unity of these two sacramental
acts. The point is that the Eucharist itself was a constant reminder of the identity which
baptism had created. This being so, life in Christ is the living out of the Christians' baptism
as they grow deeper into their baptismal identity. Many years ago Aidan Kavanagh
commented that we must see the impact of abaptism within the holy people of God. It is not
simply something done to or for the person. The newly baptized brings their gifts into the
life of the community in which they will worship and in which their faith will be nourished
by word and sacrament. The unfolding of their life in Christ can have profound impact
upon the life of that community.
What are the values involved in baptism? Conversion to Christianity means the living
out of the moral implications of a Christian profession of faith. St Gregory of Nyssa
admonishes that there are, "Those who have come to the grace of baptism and yet who are
only seemingly, and not really regenerate."
Such a statement suggests that such a sacramental act, even the abundant rites of that
time, was somehow invalid. The new birth effected in baptism, a dying and rising with
Christ, is undermined if that new being is not evident. The point which Gregory makes is
that the rites can be celebrated and yet not effect what they signify. But let us not forget or
lose sight of the fact that the effectiveness of the sacraments is affirmed rest upon God's
action and that this is not undone by human inadequacy.
It is to be understood then that the importance of baptism is not only incorporated into
the church, but also the true transformation of the person's life; if it is not so exemplified,
Gregory believes "the water" used is but "water." Here, Tertullian', second century
theologian phrase is appropriate "Christians are made, not born."
First Awardee of the Rotary Club
of Liamuiga Police Service Award
Receives Plaque, Cash
At the recent Installation dinner of the Rotary Clubs of Liamuiga and St. Kitts, a member
of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force was the recipient of an honorary award.
No 344 Acting Corporal Dexter Jacobs received the first ever Rotary Club of Liamuiga
Police Service Award.
The Award consisting of a plaque and a cheque in the amount of EC$ 1,000 was jointly
presented by Past President Laverne Caines, President Eustace Warner and Rotarian RC
Wu. The idea of an award came out of a discussion at a Rotary meeting earlier in the year
centered around crime and the need to incentivize police officers whose work involved
IN THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SUPREME COURT
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
FEDERATION OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS
SAINT CHRISTOPHER CIRCUIT C -
TITLE BY REGISTRATION ACT CAP 10.'19 JU? 2010 .i
A. D. 2010 -
Claim No. SKBHCV201OOt7I 37
In the matter of the Application of MIRABELLE
DORINDA ALLEN-LAPSEY for the issue of a
Certificate of Title to a lot of land at Sandy Point,
in the Island of Saint Christopher
In the matter of Section 12 (1) (a) of the
Certificate of Tile by Registration Act Cap. 10.19
SCHEDULE OF APPLICATION
For the Certificate of Tile and noting thereon caveats for the week ending
Date of Request Persons Presenting Nature of Request
MIRABELLE DORINDA ALLEN- Request for issue of a First
LAPSEY by her Solitors DUBLIN Crtiicate of Title for all that lo
piece or parcel of land situate at
& JOHNSON Pedro Street, Sandy Point In the
Parih of SL Anne in the Island of
Saint Christopher contaning by
admeasurement 1345 square feet
and is bounded and ensuring as
-- --folow. that i to say:- On or
towards lhe North East by lands of
Glemneth Willans. 66.57 feet On
or towards fhe Sout East by
Pedro Streel, 23.72 feet On or
towards the South Weal by an
Alley, 36.00 and 20.90feet and On
or towards the North West by lands
of Alwyn Lewis, 21.56 feet
Dated the day of f 2010
(cont'd on next page)
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What are signposts and who need
It is common knowledge that signposts indicate direction. They come
in useful to travellers in general, motorists, hikers in particular who come
to a cross-road and doesn't know which turning to take, especially at
But supposing the signpost is unreliable? It might point in the wrong
direction or not have the path sought clearly marked on it. The
consequences could be serious in many respects, wouldn't they?
During our earlier life before commuting became so complicated, the
consequences of a detour did not do much damage or cause much
inconvenience and time loss, but these days it does.
International travellers are familiar with signposts which include
airport sign, railway sign, speed limited sign; interstate sign highways
escape sign, even table sign for a restaurant, no dumping sign, circular
sign and naturally the stop sign. What would travel experience be like,
let alone travel hassles without signposts?
If it concerns the path to our eternal destination, however, a wrong
turning might lead to destruction, if we do not notice that we are on the
wrong road and turn back early before time proves our ruin.
How many signposts have been put up by men! Founders of religion,
philosophers, and beneficiaries in fact, any who offer to lead people all
call out and beacon "Come this was". But like proper signposts, they
cannot walk themselves. So people are often left to themselves after all.
The wordings on one railway crossing sign familiar to most of us are
these: "STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN" Severe injury, even fatality result
when such a warning is ignored.
I challenge all of us to read the Book of Proverbs more often. Here is
a sampling. "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he that
hearkeneth unto counsel is wise" (Prov12:15). The fool thinks he is in
the right in everything he does, and therefore asks no advice. A wise
man is willing to be advised desires to have counsel given him and,
hearkens to counsel, being different of his own judgment.
Here is another pungent pointer. "Every way of a man is right in his
own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts" (Prov 21:2). We are all apt
to think too favourably of our own character. The proud heart is very
ingenious in making that appear right to itself which is far from being so,
to stop the mouth of conscience. God looks at the heart, and judge men
according to their actions, their principles and intentions.
I crave your indulgence as I point out another nugget from the Book
of Proverbs. "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the
end thereof are the ways of death" (Prov 14:12).
The way of ignorance and carelessness, the way of sensuality and
flesh-pleasing seem right to those that walk in them, much more the way
of hypocrisy in religion, external performances, partial reformations and
blind zeal, this they imagine will bring them to heaven. The shock is they
will perish with a lie in their right hand. Self-deceivers will prove in the
end self- destroyers.
THE RIGHT PATH
All that is left for me to ask of you is whether you know with certainty
that you are on the right path.
Our Lord's disciple Thomas once said unto Him, "Lord, we know not
whether thou goest; and how can we know the way?" Jesus said unto
First Awardee of the Rotary Club's .....
(cont'd from last page)
them with anti-crime initiatives at
a community and national level. A
former Police Officer in his native
Taiwan, Rotarian RC was in the
forefront of the recommendation
that our Club did something to
tangibly encourage local Police
From that discussion the Club
compiled a handbook detailing the
requirements for such an award
which was subsequently
presented to the high command of
the Police Force. In a commentary
provided before the award was
presented, Past President Laverne
Caines informed that the Award
was a public acknowledgment of
- VIEW PlON -
Is Social Security benefits a basic
By Elvin Bailey
The more I become exposed to
Social Security through
international training, the more I
hear presenters describe Social
Security as a fundamental human
right even when a country's
constitution does not expressly
say so. Some point to the UN
declarations that we are signatories
to in order to justify their position.
How true is this assertion in the
context of St Kitts & Nevis?
Here, Social Security is an
insurance of wages. One has to be
employed in order to be an active
member of the system. All of our
benefits except the Old Age
Assistance Pension, the Invalidity
Assistance Pension and the
maternity grant are wage
indexed. So the question then
becomes, if you do not work and
never worked, how does a wage
based entitlement become a basic
Rights come with obligations!
Therefore in order for our social
security to become a right, the
individual must exercise his
obligation to the institution. In
other words, seek work including
self employment and meet your
obligations. For those persons
who cannot not will not work,
yes provisions have been made for
them through the existence of the
Invalidity Assistance Pension for
persons younger than 62 years,
and the Non-Contributory
him, "I am the way, the truth and
the life; no man cometh unto the
Father but by me" (John 14:5-6).
There is One who is not only a
signpost for all who believe in Him,
but has also gone on ahead on the
path to the destination of heaven.
He is Jesus Christ the Son of God,
who of God is made unto us
wisdom, righteousness and
sanctification and redemption (1
He is divine wisdom in Person
for all who are searching for the
right path. And for all who have
come to Him, He is the author and
the professionalism and service of
a Police Officer in St. Kitts since
the Club was based in St. Kitts.
To be eligible the nominee had
to be active in the police force, not
in breach of discipline within the
past twelve months and below the
rank of Inspector. The three
selection criteria which were
critical for nomination were central
to a strong work ethic,
professionalism and community
As the Award will be an annual
one, the Club will like to encourage
qualifying Police Officers to aspire
to winning next year's Award.
Assistance Pension for persons
older than 62. It is that $250.00
per month. On many occasions
we have been advised to
discontinue this service, but we
realize and recognize that it is
difficult to eliminate, but it must
be controlled. We are very vigilant
on this issue, and demand full
disclosure for all applicants into
When we made a presentation
at a recent conference in Mexico
City, we spoke about coverage,
and disclosed that, by our
statistics and compared to our
population data, less than 60% of
our population is covered under
our system. The remaining 40%,
we argued, were schoolchildren
and persons of means. It is
probably less than the 60% when
we consider that not all of our
Insured Persons are citizens and
nationals of the Federation. This
then is our challenge, to achieve
as perfect coverage as possible,
because everyone has a right to
One way of achieving
perfection is to register persons
at birth, at attaining the age of
majority and upon gaining legal
immigrant status. But that would
change our focus to that of a
registry as opposed to our current
focus of providing pecuniary
benefits to our membership
against loss of income caused by
temporary inability to work or old
finisher of the faith". He leads the
way for them. He does not let them
toil orjourney on alone.
Thomas had enquired both
wither he went and what was the
way, and Christ answers both
enquiries. They knew him and he
was the way. They know the Father
and He was the end; and therefore,
whither I go you know, and the
way you know. Believe in God as
the end and in me as the way. That
was the essence of the
conversation between Thomas
Another way to become all
inclusive is to recognize work
wherever and howsoever it occurs
and register those persons so
engaged. Full time home-makers
whose husbands or significant
others wish to recognize the work
that they do, and those part-time
vendors of fruits from Nevis, and
now church workers ought to be
brought into the family.
For some countries whose
Social Security system is different
to ours, perhaps it has become a
fundamental Human right. For
example, in many countries in
Central and South America, Social
Security provides much of the
country's safety net. They run
hospitals; operate retirement
homes, child care and elderly
services; provide banking
functions, and so on. In these
circumstances, it is
understandable, to my mind, that
those services can be deemed as
basic human rights.
In considering whether Social
Security should be touted as a
basic right in our country, it may
be wise to study the state of Social
Security in those countries where
it is considered abasic human right
and determine whether such a right
played a part in making the
systems they way that they are
now. Meanwhile, for my part, let
us keep what we have and improve
upon it where we can.
But that is only my opinion. It
is not the official position of the St
Christopher and Nevis Social
Christ is the way. In him God
and man meet and are brought
together. He is the truth. As truth
is opposed to falsehood and error,
so is Christ. He is the life. As such
we are alive unto God only through
and in way as well as at the end of
it. Other ways may seem right, but
the end of them is the way of
death, disappointment and a
wasted life here on earth.
I implore you to observe the
signposts, get on the right path
and a collision course would be
ECCB hosts Trainer of
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank will be hosting an interactive
half-day trainer of trainers workshop free of cost at the ECCB
Headquarters on Saturday, 24 July 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The training session will provide teachers and community leaders
with insights into the fundamentals of budgeting, saving, investing,
debt management and wise use of money and credit. The objective is to
equip teachers and community leaders with easy to use money
management teaching tools and techniques so they can impart
knowledge to young people in an interactive, energizing manner.
All interested persons can registerby contacting Ms La Fleur Dublin
or Ms Andrea Huggins of the Corporate Relations Department at
telephone 465-2537 ext. 114 or 228.
FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
I -NEWS -
FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
Douglas said the Federal
Government has had to implement
coping measures and preparing
the country for challenges ahead.
"These measures include
streamlining discretionary tax
exemptions, introducing a value-
added tax, improving the regulation
of duty-free stores, containing
expenditure on goods and services
and reprioritizing capital
expenditure. A wage and hiring
freeze will also be implemented.
This will form part of Government's
wider Public Sector Reform that is
aimed at increasing productivity,
while at the same time contributing
to Government's efforts at
reducing expenditure. The
collection of outstanding amounts
owed to Government is also a
priority. The high level of debt
remains an issue, therefore, the
debt strategy that was formulated
in 2009 will be further elaborated
and implemented in2010," saidthe
He said that hard decisions
have had to be made in order to
navigate the crisis, but gave the
assurance that the most
vulnerable in the society will be
protected, that the circumstances
present opportunities to
restructure and create a new and
productive economic environment.
Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis Prime
Minister Hon. Dr Denzil L.
Douglas (Photo by Erasmus
Global and financial
crisis an opportunity to
improve efficiency and
BASSETERRE, STKITTS, JULY 13TH 2010 (CUOPM) -The global
economic and financial crisis gives St. Kitts and Nevis the opportunity
to improve efficiency and productivity.
The Federation's Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr.
Denzil L. Douglas told the 28th Private Sector Banquet of the St. Kitts
and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce that the global recession
has severely impacted the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis, as well as the
other member states of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).
He said the crisis has resulted in a severe decline in tourist arrivals,
remittances, construction and related Foreign Direct Investments.
"The way forward points to the opportunity for St. Kitts and Nevis
to refine its mode of doing business, to improve levels of efficiency and
productivity throughout the public and private sectors, and the
opportunity to set new standards in all areas of economic activity,"
Prime Minister Douglas told the business community.
He pointed out that the Federation was especially hard hit by the
closure of the Four Seasons Resort in October 2008 after the passage of
"These factors resulted in a contraction of 9.6 percent of real output
in 2009. The construction sector declined by an estimated 25 percent
due to the downturn in private sector development projects as demand
fell off for long-term investments. Activity in the tourism sector also
contracted by 20 percent as increased international airfares and high
unemployment in our major source markets influenced the industry,"
said Prime Minister Douglas.
He pointed out that the cruise industry remained vibrant and actually
expanded by 13.5 percent as the industry continued to benefit from
negotiations with cruise lines and strategic marketing campaigns by the
Dr. Douglas said the Central Government has been experiencing a
decrease in its revenues, and, as such, has only limited fiscal space to
respond to the crisis.
"Recognizing that more space had to be created, so that assistance
could be given where needed, the Government has exercised further
fiscal restraint and prioritized expenditure to those areas that would spur
growth. As is well known, we have provided a stimulus package to small
hotels, standalone restaurants and small and medium enterprises through
the provision of tax and duty concessions. The unemployed youth in
the Federation were also targeted through the Youth Empowerment
Through Skills Programme. All of these elements, when taken together,
would have positive impact in the short and medium terms," said Prime
Recognizing that these are difficult times throughout the world, Dr.
New ECCB Monetary Council Chairman
The Honourable Nazim Burke, Council Member for Grenada will assume chairmanship of the Monetary
Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) following the official handing over ceremony on 16 July
at the Grenada Grand Beach Resort.
The handing over ceremony will take place during the 67th meeting of the Monetary Council. Minister
Burke will take over from the outgoing Chairman, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Council Member for the
Commonwealth of Dominica.
The Monetary Council is the highest decision making authority of the ECCB. It comprises the eight
Ministers of Finance from the ECCB member countries. The Council meets three times per year to receive from
the Governor, the Bank's report on monetary and credit conditions and to provide directives and guidelines on
matters of monetary and credit policy to the Bank.
Chairmanship of the Monetary Council is rotated alphabetically eachyear among the eight ECCB member
countries. Minister Burke, Minister of Finance, Planning, Economy, Energy and Cooperatives of Grenada, will
serve as Chairman until July 2011 when the chairmanship will be handed over to the member representing
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
FEDERATION OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS A
SAINT CHRISTOPHER CIRCUIT
A.D. 2010 ,
TITLE BY REGISTRATION ACT CAP. 1 0. 1 9
CLAIM NO. SKBHCV2010/L i 9
IN THE MATTER of Section 12 of The
Title by Registration Act Cap. 7 0. 19
IN THE MATTER of an application for a
FIRST CERTIFICATE OF TITLE by
Natalie Natasha John
TAKE NOTICE that NATALIE NATASHA JOHN of Ravine Chabot, Castries, St. Lucia but
presently residing at 114 Carifesta Village, St. Peter in the Island of St. Christopher in the
Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, has applied to the Registrar of Titles by
presenting a Request for the issue of a First Certificate of Title to all that lot piece or parcel
of land hereditaments and premises being Lot No. 61 of Half Moon Courtyard Housing
Development situate in the Parish of St. Peter in the Island of Saint Christopher bounded
and measuring as follows On or towards the North by a Green Area, 126.00 feet; On or
towards the North-East by a Green Area, 85.00 feet; On or towards the South by Lot No.
60, 136.00 feet; On or towards the South-West by a Development Road, 75.00 feet; and On
or towards the North-West by a Development Road, 14.14 feet, and containing by
admeasurement 11,510 square feet.
Dated the 5 day of kteU 2010
1 Sonya L. E arry
Solicitors for the Applicants
The Labour Spokesman
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
- Final Chapter
Dear Reader, we must all
applaud the gang of 5 for
discovering the malignant tumour
which is called The People's
Action Movement. We must
compliment them, as the
grassroots faction of a cancerous,
non-caring, arrogant, bombastic,
corrupt organization, who wants
to cure an already far-too-gone
malignant tumour which has been
cancerous from its inception.
Perhaps the Gang of 5 did not
know that when the Royal St. Kitts
Hotel of Frigate Bay was burnt to
the ground, that not only was the
insurance monies paid to the
person who bought the burnt-out
ruins, but that, that same owner
was presented with 20 acres of
prime land on the Atlantic Coast
on the Northern side, free of cost.
The insurance monies of
EC$10million, along with twenty
(20) acres of coastline land on the
Northern or Atlantic side of Frigate
Bay, where the Marriott Hotel now
stands. What a deal the Simmonds
Government made with the owner?
Nothing in the world could top
Now listen to this dear reader.
Less than six months after the
destruction of the Royal St. Kitts
Hotel by fire, steel frames were
shipped from Barbados to St. Kitts,
to reconstruct a new building. Did
you hear what I said dear reader?
Yes! Less than six months of the
fire, steel frames were already
shipped to St. Kitts to begin the
reconstruction of the Hotel.
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Does this sound correct? Does
this sound normal? How did the
steel company obtain the
specifications, the drawings of the
new building? These steel frames
take at least, six months to be
produced. It will also take some
time for an architect to draw-up the
plans for the construction of any
steel building. So, how did the
steel company get a hold or
possession of the specifics of the
new building to be constructed on
the same site of the burnt out
I would like to pause here and
allow my dear reader to fathom the
circumstances, the evidence I
have just presented and come up
with answers, or to ask themselves
some questions. You see, as the
writer of this column, something
seems to be totally wrong. Very,
very, wrong! Something isn't right!
This definitely does not sound
good. But the facts are there. The
facts cannot be disputed I
challenge anyone of my readers to
write and condemn anything
which I have stated in this article.
You see, dear reader, we have
to congratulate Mr. Blanchette and
the other members of the Gang of
5, for coming forward to speak out
about the cancer of corruption
which exists in PAM. Perhaps Mr.
Blanchette learned about the
Minister of Government at the
time, who was given a free hotel
room to live in during and after his
tenure as a Government Minister
to carry out his "joys sto the flesh
Perhaps Mr. Blanchette has
learned about the Sheik who was
brought here from nowhere, a
figure who was not introduced to
the country and its people, but
who, nevertheless was allowed to
purchase Friar's Bay.
Perhaps Mr. Blanchette learned
that this same Sheik of unknown
origin invited the PAM
constituents of Constituency #1
and feted and dined them over at
Friars Bay. Or perhaps Mr.
Blanchette got wind of the fellow
who, bought land at Frigate Bay
and wanted to construct a house.
His house was constructed while
the St. Kitts Royal Hotel was
under reconstruction. His
materials were brought in duty-
free. The PAM Government knew
about the deal and kept quiet.
I forgot to tell you, dear reader,
that the same Sheik, who bought
Friars Bay, was made an Honorary
Consul in New York, representing
the Federation. How many of us
knew about this?
How many of knew about the
number of Customs Officers who
BY EARL CLARKE
feted and dined on a daily basis at
the Jack Tar Hotel?
What about the PAM Minister
who went to Wembley Stadium in
England to witness a Lawn Tennis
Tournament and had the news
media, telling us that he had an
appointment with the Queen of
England? You see dear reader,
Wembley Stadium is in England.
Perhaps Mr. Blanchette and the
Gang of 5 were party to
information about our first
Ambassador to the United Nations,
who had to be withdrawn from his
post after the United States of
America presented the Simmonds
Administration with evidence that
he was one of the most notorious
money launderers on the
This Ambassador was made
Ambassador to the OAS. He could
attend meetings of the OAS in the
United States of America. His
movements were restricted. He
could only attend the place or
venue of the meeting and back to
the place where he was staying;
from the hotel back to the airport
and out of the country. It is said
that he could not even buy
underwear if he needed one.
The Gang of 5 meant well. They
wanted to ensure that the party, of
which they were members, was a
non-cancerous and a non-
corruptive one. To their dismay,
they discovered that, while their
party was in power, this Minister
of Government who was married
took his sweet heart to witness a
test match between the West
Indies and Australia in Barbados.
Now, dear Reader, I am no saint,
but commonsense dictates that if
you are married and you are
travelling abroad as a Government
Minister and you want to take
your girlfriend with you, that you
cannot have your cake and eat it.
That is, if your shame box is not
Here was this Minister who
wanted to have his recognition as
a Government Minister to sit in the
Wes Hall Cricket Stand, while he
was accompanied by his skimpily
dressed sweetheart, who was not
properly attired for that kind of
company in that stand. The
Minister insisted that they both
came together. Wes Hall had to
take of his coat and put it over the
lady, in order for her to be able to
sit with our Minister of
PAM h u e aseI a vos
attak un Mr B
A Scotland Yard Detective from
England was posted to the
Federation to help stem the flow
of illegal drugs which was
devastating the country under the
Simmonds and PAM
Administration. The Detective
received information that a certain
village in St. Kitts was awash with
cocaine, so he journeyed over
there, posing as a tourist to see if
he could detect the source of the
distribution and sale of the drug.
His inquiries led him to the home
of a certain senior PAM Minister's
sons, who were allegedly the
suppliers and the distributors of
The police was forced to arrest
them. Persons from the ghetto
areas who are charged with drug
related cases, are either remanded
to prison or have to sit on the
police bench or rest off in the police
cells for hours, but not these two
brothers. Within a short time, they
were bailed and back on the
One would have thought that
there would have been an
automatic resignation from the
father. It was only after the public
and the Labour Spokesman began
asking for his resignation, that Dr.
Simmonds called on him to resign.
But look what Dr. Simmonds did?
He appointed the same Minister
as an Advisor of the same
Ministry, paying him the same
salary with all the perks of a
Minister of Government.
Whenever there were conferences
abroad the Advisor would lead the
delegation Same difference.
I once had a friend who was a
police smoker. When one cigarette
was out, another was in. Despite
my many pleas and warnings, he
continued to smoke. One day he
was admitted to the hospital for
surgery. When the surgeon
opened him up for the operation,
he was suffering from cancer and
the cancer was too far gone. They
just closed him back up. He died
The Gang of 5, realizing how
cancerous PAM is, wanted to see
if they could stem the malignant
tumour, but the cancer has spread
so wide that it is impossible to
arrest it. The cancer called PAM,
eats away the blood vessels of
decency, respect for one's self,
honesty, integrity. It leaves you an
empty shell of nothingness.
When you have lost our
decency, your integrity, when you
cannot differentiate between right
and wrong, you are bare and
empty. The Gang of 5 should be
commended for trying to cure the
incurable, for trying to re-image a
corruptible party. The cancer is too
far spread. Nothing could be done
Despite their failed efforts,
they should conclude that nothing
bad ever happens in life. There is
some good to every disappointing
experience. They have been
This morning, I am particularly pleased and delighted to welcome the
facilitator, participants and invited guests to this National Consultation
on the CSME for civil society, which I strongly believe will become a
watershed experience for future operations of the CSME. Take pride in
This morning, I am particularly pleased and delighted to welcome the
facilitators, participants and invited guests to this National Consultation
on the CSIE for civil society, which I strongly believe will become a
watershed experience for future operations of the CSIE. I take pride in
welcoming all of you in particular those visiting from abroad to this
important forum at this most propitious moment in time, a time when in
the Caribbean some media and pundits looked askance at last week's
meeting of no less an auspicious gathering than a Caricom Heads of
Government, and were bold enough to say that our leaders were
disconnected from the polity on this regional integration agenda.
I must extend a word of commendation to the organizers, namely: the
Caricom Secretariat, the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC)
and the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and
Consumer Affairs here in St Kitts and Nevis- for arranging this most
significant and august meeting, that hopefully will transform and enhance
the views which are held about the CSME by people across this country
and the region.
Equally, I convey my profound appreciation to the European
Development Fund for financing the cost of these consultations under
the ambit of the Caribbean Integration Support Programme (CISP).
Wikipedia defines civil society as composed of the totality of
voluntary civic and social organizations and intuitions that form the
basis of functioning society, as opposed to the force-backed structures
of a state and commercial institutions of the market. The London School
of Economic tells us that civil societies are often populated by
organizations such as charities, community groups, women organizations,
faithbased organizations, academia, cooperatives, trade unions, cultural
groups and business associations.
It is interesting that this convention is about connecting with civil
society, which means, bringing that broad and significant mass of
population that is excluded from the state executive and profit making
entities. It is timely because at all times, we must ensure on matters
crucial for our survival, our development and our growth, our Government
and people are at one accord, not necessarily on every detail, but on the
broad principles and objectives of the integration project and journey.
Here in our Federation, we firmly acknowledge that civil society is
not hindrance, but rather a most critical element in realizing good
governance. Let me then reaffirm our faith in civil society.
It is certainly encouraging and heartening to witness this very wide
and diverse representation of groupings within civil society. I believe
that this broad spectrum participation is indicative of the serious concern
and support that our people have of the future wellbeing of Caricom.
After thirty seven years of integration under the umbrella of
CARICOM, the regional integration movement finds itself once again at
the cross roads of its existence, where some pundits are calling for a
dismantling and dissolution of the grouping. This is reminiscent of the
sad saga of 1962 when the West Indies Federation was summarily
disbanded and jettisoned.
But, what emerged after the dissolution of the Federation was
fragmentation, individual island independence for some, associated
statehood with Britain for others and limited arrangements at regional
cooperation. However, the yearning for Caribbean togetherness only
grew stronger and shortly thereafter the English speaking Caribbean
again re-established its desire to work in unison.
So now, at this juncture in our history, after several years of virtual
aloofness from its people, precipitated by passiveness and disinterest
on all sides, CARICOM has launched its Civil Society Project. This
initiative is geared towards raising awareness within the Caribbean
Community, (CARICOM), of the potential of Civil Society to contribute
to the development agenda of Member States and the wider Caribbean
Role of Civil Society in National Building
It is a firmly held tenet in many countries that the role of Civil Society
is to engage and interact with the State and the Populace, in such a
manner, as to make sure that government provides the highest possible
The Labour Spokesman
File photo -
Dr. The Hon. Timothy Harris
level of good governance.
I believe that this notion holds
equally well for St Kitts and Nevis
and the rest of CARICOM.
However, it must go beyond a
notion and reveal itself as a
practical and demonstrated truism
that civil society does indeed
actively and meaningfully pursue
Unfortunately, this role is not
fully exercised by civil society in a
full frame, and in an ongoing way.
Perhaps, the situation may be one
whereby Civil Society is not
properly constructed as a single
body, and as such suffers from
Perhaps, even, it may be that
the magnitude of the political
polarisation, which exists within
member states of the region,
supersedes the importance of the
collective responsibility of Civil
Yet, perhaps it may be a case
of docility on the part of Civil
Society, which appears most times
to only take its cue from
developments or decisions, by
Government, which may not
appear to be in the best interests
of one or a couple of its
I ask the rhetorical question,
should not Civil Society be the
guardian of Civil Society? Alas, the
answer reverberates that, in a
democracy, civil society is by far
the greatest constituent part of the
general society, and hence
national preservation, in the
collective sense, must be
paramount to perceived self
interest or disinterest.
In short Civil Society is
fundamentally the most significant
stakeholder in national and
regional development, which
obviously and pointedly includes
the Caricom Single Market and
Government and Civil
This Government is acutely
aware that the present world order
has been based, for some time
now, and continues to a large
extent, broadly on the twin
principles of globalisation and
liberalisation. These standards are
fuelled by increased and warlike
competition which demands that
all states, even micro ones like St
Kitts and Nevis must demonstrate
their capability and sagacity to
succeed in the international arena.
It is against this backdrop that
the Government, since its first day
in office in 1995, has taken several
measures to substantially expand
and grow the economy of St Kitts
and Nevis. In doing this,
Government has always
recognized and appreciated the
need to involve the citizenry in its
economic and social agenda.
The level of consultation
between the Government and Civil
Society has been quite good, but
as in all spheres of human
endeavour, there is definite room
If one was to examine the
record, it will show that
Government has always
encouraged a cooperative working
partnership between the state and
its citizens. Civil Society has been
involved on a regular basis in
national consultations on our
economy, our national budget, and
critical developments like VAT, and
has opportunities to make input on
legislation going to, and before, the
We believe that our people are
our most important resource and
that each individual is very
important in, and to, the country's
development. The individual
ought to play his or her part, as
fully as possible, and Government
has been highly supportive and
facilitative of all social groupings.
Government and Civil Society
entities have also engaged each
other, in a spirit of mutual respect
and national good, in forums
dealing with matters of Electoral
Reform, the Economic Partnership
Agreement between the EU and
Cariforum, Fishing, the Upsurge in
Crime, the Draft Education Bill,
Value Added Tax (VAT), Tourism,
Agriculture, and just about every
other issue of national
The Way Forward
Obviously, there have been
many surges and forays by Civil
Society in various aspects of
national, and to some extent
regional, life. However, it is my
considered opinion that the time
has long come for us to fully
mobilise Civil Society
organizations at both the national
and regional levels.
We should not let this time, this
opportunity pass us by nay, we
cannot let it pass by, or else we
will be shooting our region, and
hence ourselves, in the legs.
It was our great and revered
leader of this country, the late
Right Excellent Sir Robert L
Bradshaw who said, of the defunct
West Indies Federation which he
served as its only Minister of
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FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
Finance, that Caribbean people
treated the Federation in a manner
reminiscent of a cow, that after
having been milked, she then
kicked down the pail, and its
content of milk was destroyed.
I submit therefore that, despite
the calls in some circles for the
disintegration of CARICOM, we
should, again in the words of Sir
Robert Bradshaw, "pull ourselves
up by our bootstraps and together
I believe that it is our
responsibility to build the CSME,
in spite of its imperfections and
drawbacks, for in so doing we will
certainly correct the self same
drawbacks. But even more so, I
categorically suggest that the new
building phase must be
undertaken, in large measure, by
Civil Society, because contrary to
the present perception on the
ground, Civil Society is the
principal stakeholder in the
national and regional
No longer should there exist a
feeling by any side that
involvement by Civil Society in
matters of governance and
national or regional wellbeing must
be construed as combative,
inimical and confrontational. On
the contrary, it should be seen by
all players that this is a process of
genuine partnership, between
different actors and sectors that
are all acting to achieve the
common goal of a better and
brighter future for our people.
In conclusion, I must point out
that this is not the occasion to
apportion blame, because we all
will find out like Brutus, in the play
Julius Caesar, where Cassius says
to him, "The fault, dear Brutus, is
not in our stars, but in ourselves,
that we are underlings."
Civil Society must play its role
fully and properly; it must act or it
will be acted upon; it must adjust
to the changing realities of good
governance, be it in government,
in the corporate sector or
elsewhere in society, or else it will
be adjusted through relegation
into the halls of oblivion.
May God help us to emerge
from this consultation, and the
others throughout the region, as
rejuvenated and inspired
evangelists for CSME working
under national and regional
umbrellas of Civil Service
Organizations in a new culture of
improved consultation, trust,
inclusion and mutual respect.
Forward on with our commitment
to an ennobling Caribbean
civilization, with all endeavouring
and all achieving. God bless us all.
I thank you.
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
St Kitts and Nevis tourism authority has decided
to target the UK market following a second BA
operation launch to the islands in March.
The authority's Minister of Tourism and
International Transport Richard Skerrit told Travel
Daily that it was focusing on experience-led holidays
to attract visitors.
"The UK travel market is a discerning market, with
visitors looking for experiences which are new and
authentic, which is exactly what St Kitts offers," he
explained. "The heritage and culture of the island ties
in well with the UK and a steady increase in visitors
from the UK has propelled us to move forward."
Skerrit also revealed that the destination sees
Gatwick as a possible hub for Europe and Ireland to
St Kitts as it grows its market outreach.
"We have worked hard to secure partnerships
with trade as well as furthering our partnership with
BritishAirways, who commenced a regular scheduled
service in Jan 09, followed by a second weekly route
on Tuesday, as of 30 March 2010," he said. "[This]
to UK visitors
and more viable
t h e
has upped its
strategy in the
Tw i t t e r
events such as
training and fam
trips for agents
Bridgetown, Barbados, July 12, 2010.
Anyone with a mobile phone can now bank on the go, thanks to
FirstCaribbean International Bank's Mobile Banking service. Customers
of FirstCaribbean can do their banking via SMS text messaging and
immediately receive their account information via return SMS text.
After a successful pilot of the new service with our staff in Barbados,
FirstCaribbean is making this service available to our customers starting
With FirstCaribbean Mobile Banking customers can:
* Request their account balance
* Request the last 5 transactions that occurred during the past 30 days.
* Transfer funds between their accounts
* Set up weekly account balance alerts
* Set up threshold alerts. For example, they can set an alert to come to
them if their account balance falls below a certain amount or if it goes
above a certain amount.
FirstCaribbean's Chief Marketing Officer, Peter Steenveld, noted that
the new service means the bank's customers can now do their banking
anywhere and at any time and on the go. "What's so exciting about our
service is that you can access it on any type of mobile phone. You don't
need to have one of the latest models of smart phone to be able to use
our mobile banking service. Any phone that can send or receive text
messages will put your latest account information right in the palm of
your hand. Our service is safe, convenient, and it's fast, so there's no
waiting for web pages to download."
Customers signing up for FirstCaribbean Mobile Banking can access
up to 6 of their Checking or Savings accounts, and is available to
customers of any mobile phone service provider. SMS charges will be
the same as what any customer would pay for their cellular service
provider for text messages.
Apart from being convenient and easy to use, FirstCaribbean's
Mobile Banking service is safe. Stringent security measures are in place
to protect their customers' financial information and details. Text
messages will only be sent to the mobile phone number that is registered
with the bank by the customer, who must verify his/her identity at the
time of registration. Account details or any financial information will not
be sent to any third party. Account numbers are never sent to the mobile
Managing Director for Retail Banking, Rolf Philips added: "Our staff
participating in the pilot this new service, loved it. We received many
positive comments about the speed and convenience of the service.
One feature that was particularly well received was the balance threshold
alerts. People testing the service were pleased to be able to get an alert
when they received a deposit for example when their salaries were
deposited to their accounts or if their balances went below a certain
limit, and then to be able to transfer from one account to the other all
without setting foot in the bank!"
FirstCaribbean is not charging any fees for the Mobile Banking
and a new website is on the way.
Hotel partners and the
authority regularly visit UK tour
operator call centres to present the
destination and will eventually put
the training online. Part of this
training includes targeting families
with a new programme, Kids are
VIPs, where children can
St. Kitts to London route is BA's fastest
growing Caribbean service
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 12TH 2010 (CUOPM)- British
Airways London-St. Kitts route is the fastest growing Caribbean service
for the British carrier with encouragingly strong forward bookings.
This was highlighted during recent discussions in London between
St. Kitts and Nevis' Minister of Tourism and International Transport,
Sen. the Hon. Richard Skerritt and BritishAirways Head ofUK & Ireland
Sales and Marketing, Richard Tams and Business Development Manager,
Alison Nicholls, and their support team.
Celebrating the success of the twice-weekly BritishAirways Gatwick
service to St. Kitts, Minister Skerritt, who was in the British capital
attending a strategic review meeting at BA's Waterside Head Office,
said the early success of the St. Kitts route, including the midweek
Tuesday service which was launched only three months ago, has
exceeded the best expectations.
"This UK airlift success to date, and the optimism coming from all of
the BritishAirways officials and the travel media who I met, is fantastic
news for a small island nation like St. Kitts and Nevis in such a challenging
economic environment. These results should provide the platform to
encourage all of our stakeholders to nurture new and existing
partnerships in the UK market, while undertaking new initiatives at home
going forward. We look forward to maintaining this special partnership
with British Airways long into the future," said Sen. Skerritt.
BA's Head of UK & Ireland sales, Richard Tams expressed optimism
of the St. Kitts to London-Gatwick route.
"We are delighted at the continued success of the St. Kitts route,
especially with the second service we introduced three months ago. St.
Kitts is a very popular destination and forward bookings look very
encouraging, which is testament
to the attraction of the island."
The new BA route has sparked
growing interest in St. Kitts as a
holiday destination from media
professionals who met with
Minister Skerritt in one on one
interviews during the course of his
visit, to find out what makes St.
Kitts so special as an authentic
The Media were enthused
with details of the island's
emerging high quality product,
existing key attractions, its natural
and unspoilt beauty, genuine
hospitality and the overall holiday
experience afforded to visitors to
St. Kitts and Nevis.
Minister Skerritt also took the
opportunity to hold discussions
with BA and the media on the
troubling subject of the UK Air
Passenger Duty (APD), speaking
about the growing concern at its
likely negative effect on visitors
planning to travel to St Kitts, and
its anticipated harmful impact on
the Caribbean tourism economy as
He told the UK media
interviewers that, in his opinion,
the fairest short term solution
would be to rebrand the entire
Caribbean into the same tax
category as Bermuda and Florida,
while working to restructure or
remove the tax completely in the
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TITLE BY REGISTRATION ACT
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St. Christopher Circuit
Registry of Titles
SCHEDULE OF APPLICATIONS
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Date of Request Person Presenting Nature of Request
EDWIN VALENTINE For the issue of First Certificate of Title
MORRIS by his Solicitors, to 1,921.74 square feet of land being part
Hamilton & Co. of "Miriam of College and Douglas Estates situate
House", #5 Lozac Road, in the Parish of St. George in the Island
Basseterre, St. Kitts of St. Christopher, bounded and
measuring as follows, that is to say:-
On the North-East by lands of Cutting
Edge Inc. 57.5 feet, On the South-East by
a public road 67.0 feet; On the West by
S lands of E. Valentine Morris 91.6 feet.
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The Spanish Armada!
Armada or superstition which did the trick for the Spaniards in
South Africa? The Spanish World Cup Soccer Team was finally like the
Spanish Armada in South Africa! But did they sail through guided by
the wind of superstition?
Did you know that Spain won the 2010 FIFA World Cup 2010, that to
the superstitious Octopus? Spain won the World Cup for the first time
with a 1-0 victory over Netherlands. The goal made in extra time by
Andrds Iniesta brought in the win for Spain who became the first team to
win the world championship after losing the opening game of the
But if you followed the predictions, you would have learnt that the
predictions were made by Paul the Octopus. Paul, the remarkable oracle
octopus whose knack for predicting the outcome of World Cup games
earned himself worldwide fame by accurately prediction the outcome of
the 19th FIFA World Cup. The genius predicted that Germany would
conquer Uruguay in the tournament's third-place game on Saturday, 10
July 2010 and he picked Spain over the Netherlands in the final the first
non-German game the majestic mollusk has ever predicted.
The world believes that Paul's predictive capacity is unassailable.
By choosing between two mouthwatering mussels, Paul indicated which
team he knew would win. The soccer sage successfully forecasted all
four of Germany's victories and both of the country's losses.
Superstition has a long traditional association with sport and games,
just it has with all other aspects of social life in domain,; every peoples;
every race; every race; every ethnic group; every ideology (that is
What is superstition? Superstition refers to a body of folk beliefs
deemed irrational by modern science because it is not based on reason
or knowledge. The belief sometimes is referred to as "old wives' tales".
But despite the supposedly modern perspectives of modern society, it is
given a prominent place ion the social, economic, and spiritual relations,
as it is commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck,
prophecy and spiritual beings, particularly the irrational belief that future
events can be foretold by specific unrelated prior events.
In hockey, it is alive and well. A playoff beard is the practice of a
National Hockey League player not shaving one's beard during the
Stanley Cup playoffs. The player stops shaving when his team enters
the playoffs and does not shave until his team is eliminated or wins the
Stanley Cup. The tradition was started in the 1980s by the New York
Islanders. Some hockey programmes, however, use other superstitions,
often in conjunction with the playoff beard. Playoff beards have also
become a trend for hockey fans once their team enters the playoffs. Fans
often grow beards as a sign of support while their favorite team is in the
Baseball has a long history of superstition. From the very famous
Curse of the Bambino to some players' refusal to wash their clothes or
bodies after a win, superstition is present in all parts of baseball. Many
baseball players batters, pitchers, and fielders alike- perform elaborate,
repetitive routines prior to pitches and at bats due to superstition. The
desire to keep a number they have been successful with is strong in
baseball. In fact anything that happens prior to something good or bad
in baseball can give birth to a new superstition. Some players rely on a
level of meta-superstition: by believing in superstitions they can focus
their mind to perform better. Many players and fans also believe that
superstitions propagate their own fulfillment by influencing players and
Some of the more common superstition includes purposely stepping
on or avoiding stepping on the foul line when taking the field, and not
talking about a no-hitter or perfect hitter while it is in progress, a
45km Road Bike Race
The TNCTC road bikers
continued their preparations for
their upcoming challenge in
Anguilla where they will
participate in the annual John T
memorial road race.
The course was set between
Cotton Ground and the Cultural
Centre with the athletes required
to do laps according to their
category, for the Elite seniors and
Juniors 5 laps, Juniors and masters
4 laps, Novices and Cadets 3 laps.
With the police on hand to
offer traffic control the 15 racers
set off towards town. The first lap
was fairly even with almost the
whole group staying together,
however, once they made the turn
from the first lap the pressure was
on with James and Reggie setting
the pace. Asim Chapman, Trifon
Simmons and Sasha Lloyd were
the elite juniors racing on this day
and they more than held their own
against the older guys. Special
mention to an ever improving Matt
Lloyd who is clearly
demonstrating that age is just a
superstition that also holds for
fans and announcers.
Perhaps the most notable
cricket superstition is the famous
Nelson. It is a piece of cricket slang
terminology and superstition
which is applied to team or
individual scores of 111 or multiples
thereof (known as double nelson,
triple nelson, etc.). It is thought to
referto Lord Nelson's lost eye, arm
and leg (Nelson actually had both
of his legs intact, the third missing
body part is mythical). It is
believed that bad things happen
on that score. Umpire David
Shepherd made popular the
longstanding practice of raising a
leg or legs from the ground on
Nelson in an effort to avoid ill fate.
When crowds noticed this, they
would cheer his leg-raising. The
equivalent superstitious number in
Australian cricket is 87, or the
"Devil's Number", thirteen shy of
100. Statistics have shown that
more Australian batsmen are in fact
dismissed on the surrounding
Despite the superstition and
mysticism, the end was great for
sport. The game was really a
physical test of attrition that
sometimes turned dirty a finals-
record 14 yellow cards were
handed out and the Dutch finished
with 10 men.
For the Dutch and their legions
of orange-clad fans wearing
everything from jerseys to
St. Kitts Department of Culture
continues its commitment to
educate and sensitize the public
about the importance of
preserving St. Kitts-Nevis
Intangible Heritage by reaching
out to the
Community and lending its
support to activities that enrich
ones cultural experience.
Royd Phipps Drumming
Specialist, Nigel Williams Music
Sasha was the first Junior to
drop out the increasingly hot pace,
as the diminishing group raced up
the hill towards St Thomas School.
Slowly being distanced as well
were Greg Phillip and Alex Isles,
Matt was gamely hanging in there.
On the penultimate lap the big
guns turned up the heat, and
despite a very valiant chasing
partnership of Asim and Trifon,
Reggie and James escaped to
challenge for the win on their own.
Strangely the two veterans had
lost track of their laps and thinking
they had one more lap to fight they
crossed the finish line together,
closely followed by Asim and
Trifon. I guess that's a draw then.
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jumpsuits to clown gear to pajamas, it was yet another disappointment.
Even with their first World Cup title tantalizingly within reach, they
failed in the final for the third time. This one might have been the most
bitterbecause, unlike 1974 and 1978, the Netherlands was unbeaten not
only in this tournament, but in qualifying for the first World Cup staged
in South Africa.
In spite of a game littered with no less than 13 yellow cards and one
red, the spirit at the end of the month-long tournament was great for
sport. At the final whistle, the Spanish players hurried to swap their blue
shirts for their more familiar red colors in time to collect the trophy. They
donned shirts decorated with a single gold star to mark their triumph,
becoming the eighth nation to receive the honor in the tournament's 80-
That was a classy move by the Dutch. They line up at the foot of the
stairs and clap the Spaniards through as they come back down to the
field. They're pretty grim-faced, but remember, a lot of these guys are
teammates and friends, and you've got to get choked up a bit at their
The Spaniards was the better team on that day. Soccer City was
soaked in Oranje, from the seats painted in that hue throughout the
stadium to pretty much everyone seated in them. Unlike when they lost
to hosts West Germany and Argentina in previous finals, the Dutch
were something of a home team this time.
And they had pockets of supporters, too, to be sure, dressed in red
and scattered around the stadium. They might have been the minority,
but when the final whistle blew, they were tooting their vuvuzelas loudest
in tribute to their champions.
Now, and for the next fouryears, Spain rules the soccer world, winning
the World Cup at long, long last
Congratulations are in order! Long live Spain!
Specialist and Marlene Phillips -
Research & Documentation
Specialist, Staff of the St. Kitts
Department of Culture, are
contributing to the 27th
Residential Summer Camps'
planned activities. Children
participating in the camp will be
exposed to music, learn the basics
of drumming and complete a digital
"The Ministry of Youth
Empowerment is pleased to
announce an ongoing preparation
Meanwhile the novices,
cadets and masters were having
their own dramas. Jaime Holmes hit
a pothole which punctured both
of his wheels and ended his race
right there. J'june, Cory and
Sharizelle were fighting a running
battle for most of their 3 lap race,
with J'june finally beating them on
the St Thomas hill to win the day,
but huge congrats to the others
for a very competitive ride.
Alas, with Jaime out of the mix
Gordon Avery just had to finish to
claim the win, but in his usual hard
charging fashion he took on the
juniors, beat them and then carried
onto do an extra lap, Go Doc Go!!!
It was a lovely day with a very
to host its 27thAnnual Residential
Summer Camp under the theme
"Positioned to make it happen"
and sub-theme "27 Years of
Progressive Development." This
year the camp is targeting
approximately two hundred Under
privileged youth over the ten day
period July 18th-28th 2010. The
camp which will be held at Beach
Allen primary aims to promote
spirituality, physical, intellectual,
artistic and creative abilities of our
youth. Geoffrey Hanley Director
good course that all the riders
enjoyed. We wish to thank the
police for their great work and the
motoring public for their much
appreciated cooperation, and our
fabulous timing team Collette and
Now that the summer is here
the Cycling and Triathlon
federations are joining forces with
the TNCTC to provide summer
training sessions for any youths
interested in learning to swim bike
and run. For further details contact
Matt Lloyd 667 7776 or Greg Phillip
662 3975, for other event details
see the website
ST. KITTS DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE GIVES SUPPORT TO THE
MINISTRY OF YOUTH EMPOWERMENTS' 27TH RESIDENTIAL
FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
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Aussies set Pakistan
Akmal as Australia precariously
wavered at 188-7.
However, wicketkeeper Paine
provided stubborn resistance,
teaming up alongside Hilfenhaus
for a crucial 74-run ninth-wicket
partnership, pushing Australia's
lead towards 400.
Paine fell three runs short of
his first Test half-century when he
was bowled attempting to whip
Shahid Afridi through the vacant
continued to play with freedom,
smashing six boundaries and one
maximum on his way to an unlikely
50, muchto the delight of his team-
mates sat out in the balcony.
The Tasmanian remained
unbeaten on 56, beating his
previous highest first-class score
of 50, after last-man Doug
Bollinger was bowled by Kaneria.
Pakistan's huge run chase
began positively as Butt and
Farhat nullified Australia's pace
triumvirate ofBollinger, Hilfenhaus
And it was spinner Steve Smith
who made the breakthrough when
Farhat misjudged a pull straight to
Shane Watson at midwicket.
And Paine tipped new man
Smith to make another telling
appearance on Thursday.
"When he went around the
wicket he started to spin a few
quite a long way so I think he will
definitely play a role at some
stage," said Paine.
Ali, dismissed for 16 in the first
innings, opted for caution, scoring
a solitary boundary as he remained
unbeaten on 28, to frustrate
Australia in their quest for a
second wicket just before play's
Paine, though, was confident
the elements would favour his side
when their attack resumes on
"It's probably a decent batting
wicket now," he added. "If the
sun's out and the ball's not
swinging it's definitely a lot easier
but I think we will create enough
chances to definitely be in the
game and give ourselves a good
chance of winning."
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Hilfenhaus recorded his highestfirst-class score at Lord's
First Test, Lords (day three, close): Australia 253 & 334
v Pakistan 148, 114-1
Australia set Pakistan a world record second-innings run chase on
day three of the first Test at Lord's.
Needing an ambitious 440 to win, Pakistan ended the day on 114-1,
with opener Salman Butt unbeaten on 58.
Australia finished their second innings on 334, boosted by a maiden
Test 50 for Ben Hilfenhaus, adding to scores of 88 from Simon Katich
and Tim Paine (47).
Umar Gul (4-61) was Pakistan's stand-out bowler, with fellow seamer
Mohammad Asif (3-77) impressing.
Only four teams in Test history have successfully chased down a
second-innings target of more than 400, two of them against Australia.
The West Indies hold the world record against an Australian side
captained by Steve Waugh, scoring 418 in Antigua in May 2003, while
South Africa successfully overhauled 414 in Perth in December 2008.
Pakistan's Umar Amin, due at the crease next for his country, insisted
a win was still possible.
"Definitely, the way Salman and Azhar Ali have played," said the
Test debutant, who was out for one in the first innings.
"If they carry on tomorrow, we have avery good chance of winning
Pakistan's miserable recent history against Australia in five-day
cricket their last Test win against the Baggy Greens was in November
1995 would suggest this mammoth task will be beyond them.
However, Butt, his opening partner Farhat and debutant Azhar Ali
have given the home side an excellent platform to counterattack on day
four, 326 runs adrift of their target.
Two quick Australian second-innings wickets at the end of day two
had given Pakistan an ideal opportunity to attack in the first session on
day three, with cloud and humid early morning conditions benefitting
their three-pronged pace attack.
However, nightwatchman Mitchell Johnson provided admirable
assistance alongside the obdurate and watchful Katich, who add a single
to his overnight 49 to register his 23rd Test half-century after Australia
resumed on 100-4.
The laconic Johnson laid into Mohammad Aamer, drilling the left-
arm seamer for three fours from the second over of the day.
The muscular left-hander survived a close lbw call on 17 when he
shouldered arms to an Asif delivery pitched on middle and leg, rapping
him in front of the stumps.
But TV replaysjustified umpire Rudi Koertzen's decision, with Hawk-
Eye predicting the ball would have missed the top of the stumps.
Although Johnson made the most of his reprieve, punching attractive
drives down the ground as well as lifting Kaneria through mid-wicket for
boundaries, his innings was ended by Gul when he missed a full-toss as
the ball smashed into his middle stump.
Katich continued his attentive vigil, offering one sharp chance during
the morning session when he drilled a leg glance off Kaneria straight to
Umar Amin at short leg, but the debutant had no time to react to cling on
to the ball.
But the complexion of Australia's innings shifted dramatically after
lunch when Asif took two wickets in three deliveries in the 45th over.
Poor feet movement accounted for both Katich and Marcus North
(20), edging good deliveries around off stump to wicketkeeper Kamran
Diego Maradona will be
offered a new deal that would keep
him in charge of Argentina
through to the summer of 2014 -
when Brazil stages the World
He led Argentina to the 2010
World Cup quarter-finals in South
Africa and the contract would
mean he would be still be coach if
they qualify next time.
The Argentine Football
Association president Julio
Grondona will meet the 49-year-old
Maradona had hinted he
would quit after the 4-0 last-eight
defeat by Germany.
Grondona intends to have talks
with Argentina's former World
Cup-winning captain no later than
Wednesday of next week to
discuss extending his contract.
Despite leading Argentina to
victory at the 1986 finals in Mexico
as a player, Maradona was a
controversial appointment as
coach in 2008.
He had little coaching
experience and had endured a host
of personal problems following his
The Open Championship, St
Andrews, 15-18 July Live
coverage: BBC TV, HD, Red
Button, BBC Sport website &
Radio 5 live Highlights:
By Rob Hodgetts
BBC Sport at St Andrews
Rory McIlroy left the world's
best trailing in his wake as he
scorched around the Old Course
in 63 to lead after the first round of
the 2010 Open at St Andrews.
The 21-year-old Northern
Irishman lived up to his billing as
one of the main contenders to lift
the Claret Jug as he matched the
However, Maradona guided
Argentina to the recent World
Cup finals after a late winning goal
in their final qualification match
In South Africa, Argentina
looked like convincing contenders
for the trophy, comfortably
winning their first three group
matches and their last-16 clash
But the well-organised German
outfit negated Argentina's array of
attacking talent, including
Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Real
Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain
and Manchester City's Carlos
best score in maj or history to finish
nine under, two clear of South
African Louis Oosthuizen.
American John Daly, the 1995
Open champion at St Andrews,
rekindled former glories with a six-
under 66 to share third alongside
Scotland's former Ryder Cup star
Andrew Coltart, England's Steven
Tiley, Wales' Bradley Dredge and
Peter Hanson of Sweden.
World number one Tiger
Woods and third-ranked Lee
Westwood ended five under
alongside a group of players which
also included defending US PGA
champion YE Yang and 2009 US
Open winner Lucas Glover.
Phil Mickelson, the world
number two, struggled to a one-
over 73 alongside Ireland's three-
time major champion Padraig
Woods's playing partner
Justin Rose came into the
Tevez, before ruthlessly
highlighting the defensive frailties
of Maradona's side.
"I may leave tomorrow," was
Maradona's immediate response
to the exit from the tournament.
But he added: "We will see
what happens. I haven't thought
about leaving. I have to check that
with my family and the players and
there are things I have to
Story from BBC SPORT:
tournament high on confidence
after two recent wins in America
and signed for a two-under 70,
while 2002 Open champion Emie
Els took 69 and Graeme McDowell,
who won his first major title at the
US Open last month, shot 71.
McIlroy, who has never scored
worse than 69 in eight previous
rounds over the Old Course, took
advantage of still morning
conditions, which were in stark
contrast to Wednesday's windy
wash-out, to fire seven birdies and
"It gives me a little bit of a
buffer going into the next three
days, whatever weather comes our
way," said McIlroy, who also
squandered a makeable birdie
chance on 17.
"I love St Andrews and I'm
coming in here with a lot of great
memories. If I had one course to
play this would be it."
Argentina offer Maradona new deal
The Labour Spokesman
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010 A 23
Judge Dread made it crystal clear at their so-called
convention that he was the one who hand-picked the embattled
and discredited PAM leader and he, Judge Dread, still run things
in de party.
When asked on his return to Anguilla, why he openly
abused the Gang of 5 like that calling them a bunch of small
boys, crooks and traitors Judge Dread remarked that an
attack on de little pompous and hopeless fellow, was an attack
on he, Judge Dread. He put him there and he going damn well
stay there. Nobody could move him, but he Judge Dread.
Judge Dread reportedly went on to brag how he fired
from Governor to No.2 cleaner; even a Deputy Prime Minister
on All Fools' Day. And, De expired PAM leader has to carry on
his legacy as a ruthless and vindictive dictator. He's accountable
to nobody in PAM or de country but he, Judge Dread.
Since Judge Dread's vicious attack on de Gang of 5, he
has opened up more wounds in de party. And, more and more
PAMites throughout the country are throwing their full support
behind de Gang of 5 and pushing them to break away and
form a brand new political party.
Dey say under Judge Dread and de pappy-show "Fitzy",
the Party is too corrupt and is not ready to govern and serve.
And they agree fully wid de Welshman PAM trump that there is
now need (urgenrly) to get rid of PAM and form a new party
with real grassroots people at the head.
We are reliably informed that candidates are being sought
presently by the leadership of the proposed new party for the
next General Elections in 2015.
The disgruntled PAM supporters are also calling for a
detailed and comprehensive audit of the Party's 2010 Election
Fund. And they are demanding answers about the missing
millions, which reportedly ended up in de offshore (private)
accounts of "Mr. Integrity" and "de fly on de wall".
De rejected doctor in de West was fixed up wid de post of
Deputy Party Chairman after he threatened to join de Gang of
5 and expose the little pompous hopeless fellow, who he admits
made a fool of himself and the party at the Marriott.
Since they crook Cindy Lopez with the post, she can't
catch she self, bawling: How Lindsay and Shawn could do her
that? They fox her with de senator wuk and now they leave
her in the cold with the Deputy Chairperson job for a joker.
The performance of PAM PRO on de radio talk show on
Saturday last was so terrible and embarrassing for de wounded
party that they had to remove him quickly and send de
chatterbox Guyanese lady to finish de job. And she too was a
Another big war is brewing in de party between de 1/41b
Onion Chairman and Baby Grant and dejected PAM leader and
other members of his motley crew. They are still accusing him
of leaking the Gang of 5 letter to the media, but he is blaming
"de fly on de wall", who has accused of cutting on two sides.
People want to know how they making big noise now
about consultation, when they consulted nobody in the naming
of the Bronte Welsh Primary School, Mary Charles Hospital and
the Kennedy Simmonds Highway (when PAM was the
The word on the street is that they are offering over
$300,000 and a house in Godwin Ghaut to buy out a certain
Dey say de left-handed fellow was blue vex at the
graduation because he was passed over for a member of de
Gang of 5 to hand out de certificates.
Offers in writing are invited for the purchaser of the following property:-
At Victoria Road, Basseterre, St. Kitts 2-storey concrete and wooden commercial
property, opposite the Doctor's offices.
Separate bids in sealed envelopes should be mailed or hand-delivered to
St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank Limited
P. O. Box 343
and marked "Private & Confidential Re Offer of Sale" to reach no later than Friday 6th
The Mortgagee does not bind itself to accept the highest or any offer.
SSale will be subject to all rates, taxes and other charges that may be outstanding and payable
at the time of sale.
Bidders must include their names, home address and a contact number on their bids.
Property is to be viewed before offers are submitted. For appointments to view call the Legal
Unit at 465-2204 ext. 1633 and 1635.
All sales subject to contract.
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1 CABLE PULLING MACHINE WITH 100
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24 i The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 16TH 2010
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