Year 53 NO. 48FRIDAY, APRIL 29th, 2011 EC$2.00At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gal 15/04/11 DELTA $16.52 / SOL $14.60 / TEXACO $14.07BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. PAGE 23 COMMENTARY BY THE THINKING CITIZEN* VIEW POINT EARL CLARKE SOTTOVOCE* SPORTS PETER ADREIN PAGE 03 PAGE 05 (contd on page 10)Senior Minister invites Public To Agriculture Open DayLetter To The Editor A Dismal Failure BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 27TH 2011 (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says his Government takes a multipronged approach to social regeneration and upliftment. Speaking during his weekly radio call-in programme on Tuesday, Dr. Douglas said his administration continues to take measures to inject a greater measure of family-control and decorum in the lives of young people. He said legislation going to the St. Kitts and Nevis National Bill aims to bring about a new awareness and sense of social responsibility regarding youth waywardness Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (Photo by Erasmus Williams) (contd on page 2) Sir Cuthbert in London for Fridays Royal Wedding Injunction extended against Clear Harbor BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 27TH 2011 (CUOPM) High Court Judge His Lordship Mr. Justice Errol Thomas has extended until further Order, an Injunction against a US-based internet cable company following its dismissal without warning of 131 workers last month. Attorney at Law and Crown Counsel in the Attorney Generals Chambers, Mr. Arudranauth Gossai, Justice Thomas after a new hearing, issued a new order preventing Clear Harbor (Nevis) Ltd, Clear Harbor LLC, Drive Partners (Nevis Limited) and two other persons from disposing, transferring, charging, dissipating, or diminishing or in any way howsoever dealing with any assets held in the names of the companies and persons named in the Injunction. The Injunction, which has been varied, was sought following the Monday, May 2nd, 2011 is LABOUR Day Be part of the Workers Solidarity March, through the streets of Basseterre and the Grand Rally at the Patsy Allers Playing Field. (See Editorial on page 2). (contd on page 3) Clear Harbour BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 27TH 2011 (CUOPM) The Federations Governor General, His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Montraville Sebastian, GCMG, OBE, MD. CM is among hundreds of invited guests down to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday (today). Sir Cuthbert, accompanied by his ADC Major Joseph Jones departed the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on Tuesday aboard the scheduled British Airways flight for London. Also down to attend the ceremony are the GovernorsGeneral of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Barbados and Belize; the Prime Ministers of the Bahamas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; the Premiers
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 2 OPINION / LOCAL NEWS THE SPOKESMAN ESTABLISHED MAY 1957 Published by: The St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour UnionMasses House, Church Street P.O Box 239 Basseterre St. Kitts West IndiesAg. Managing Editor: Dawud Byron Tel: (1 869) 465-2229 <> Fa: (1 869) 466-9866 Email: email@example.com Website: www.labourspokesman.com Editorial Assembly on Thursday is specially designed to bring about a new awareness that would bring to St. Kitts and Nevis a new sense of social responsibility regarding youth waywardness. My Government believes that all of us have to start focusing on that special spark that we all possess as, together, we work to pull ourselves back from the habits and behaviors that lead to so much trauma and distress all over the world, said the Prime Minister. He said his Government is calling for the support and involvement of the public in ensuring that the Criminal Law Amendment (Amendment) Bill that will be debated in parliament on Thursday has the full public support if and when it becomes law. The Bill will make it a criminal offence for any person under 18 years of age to be admitted to night clubs, casinos, and other adult entertainment spots and owners of these establishments will be made to pay a fine up to $5,000 if they knowingly or unknowingly admit minors to their establishments the first time that they are found guilty of breaking this law. This is not a matter that should be left up to the police, the courts, and the business owners alone. This is a matter that must call forth the vigilance and energy of the public at large. We cannot concern ourselves only with whether or not our own underage children are properly managed. We must now begin to speak up and let the owners of night-time establishments know that they will lose your business that you will leave and not return, if they continue to admit underage persons into their establishment. In addition, you must not, through your silence, permit underage persons to feel comfortable in those establishments, Prime Minister Douglas told listeners to the programme which is syndicated simultaneously on Choice FM. Kyss FM, ZIZ Radio, Radio One and Freedom FM. You must find a way, either through direct communication with the under-age person, through the calling of the police, or to whatever way works best for you, find a way to make that young persons understand that they are someplace that they should not be. Any person who takes the position that that is too much for them to do will have lost their right to lament and complain whenever there is a report of yet another young person gone astray, said Dr. Douglas. Dr. Douglas said a sense of social responsibility is sorely missing in the Caribbean, sorely missing in the western Hemisphere, and sorely missing throughout the world. We have to re-institute it here, however, because it was once very much a part of who and what we used to be. I know that you have all tuned on the international news and seen how children and young people in other countries are filming fights of themselves and placing these fights on the internet making cool and trendy what once used to be a cause for real shame. And then, you are also aware of the filming by young people, all over the world, of what should be very private behavior between adults and placing this on the internet. This, too, is mainstreaming and making almost no big deal what, not so long ago, would have been a cause for complete shock and disgrace in every corner of the globe. Then, in recent years, in our own region and beyond, A real march Traditional, Popular and Uplifting Upcoming Labour Day The Labour Weekend of Activities is upon us following sharply upon the long Easter Weekend. Anticipation is high in the air, especially among the beautiful Labour Queen Contestants and their sponsors and supporters. Judging from the excited comments made by their young peers while looking at their displayed photos, the competition will be keen and those of the eight who have been exposed to other pageants will have a slight advantage. Those charming young ladies are expected further to impact the public with a mini-motorcade through Basseterre culminating in a rally on Church Street on Friday 29th instant. This invaluable exposure prepares them well for the big events which may later shape their lives and even change the course of their lives forever. The results on Saturday night 30th April will indicate which constituency will be home to the 2011-2012 Labour Queen Trophy. As usual the Labour Party leaders will be on the rostrum inviting their supporters to turn out in their numbers to patronize the activities and to make their presence felt on the streets of Basseterre on Monday 2nd May, Labour Day. The two such meetings planned for Thursday night, (April 28th) in St. Pauls and Sunday night May 1) in Basseterre form part of the usual mix of activities to which Labour Supporters look forward. Let us focus a little on the Labour Day March, for recently there have been attempts at marchers, the results of which has left a sour taste in the mouth of the public. The Labour Day March will be a real march, as it has been over the years. Though the numbers have varied slightly according to whether Labour is in power or not, Labour Day Marches have always ranged from massive to spectacular. This year the Labour stalwarts will maintain their tradition and create a spectacle which now forms a vital part of the tourism product for many reasons. Firstly, persons will march because of a genuine affection for and loyalty to the Labour Party and its leaders. They will give the lie to pretenders and misleaders who seek to destabilise this country by trying to smear and destroy its leadership by rumours, and lies, and misrepresentations. They will take to the streets to show that they are not the gullible fools which the sham March organisers estimate them to be. Secondly, they will march out of appreciation for what our caring and devoted Prime Minister and his team have done for the progress of the people of this country. Just in case the record has become blurred for some, here are some reminders *Building a sound infrastructure, including roads, electricity and water for the benefit of residents and investors alike. Ask anyone who wishes to get from Sandy Point to the airport in a hurry *Providing greater educational opportunities from pre-school to Tertiary level, including lap tops in the Primary Schools. *Raising the standard of housing and increasing land and home ownership ranging from starter homes to three and four bedroom residences with guest-apartments thrown in. *Raising the level of minimum wages to the second highest in the Caribbean. *Promoting computer technology and telecommunications within the reach of all, including the very poor and destitute. *Enhancing the tourism plant to triple the number of taxi-drivers and expanding the job market for hospitality workers. *Many other ways evident upon honest reflection. Thirdly, persons will march in solidarity with workers worldwide, especially those in less developed countries who lack protection for their fundamental rights and in memory of those who devoted their lives to securing workers rights through sacrifice and hard work. Fourthly, this years march is about expectations of a better life. In the face of global financial insecurity, people want assurance for continued prosperity, of reduction in the incidence of poverty, of removal of the scourge of gun violence and gang antagonism, and greater security in which to pursue their ordinary lives. We have named some of the causes which will inspire some persons to march. These are in sharp contrast to the reasons for other processions which have been attempted, where persons worldwide are being encouraged to assemble and march for the wrong things and when they do so, they hurt themselves, innocent others and their country in the process. We need to learn lessons from Egypt, Libya, Syria and other developing countries where some people believe that they could just march and remove the leadership of their country and all will be well. The bombing campaigns and subsequent loss of life embarked upon by all the forces involved, are only serving to destroy valuable infrastructure, human resources and societal cohesiveness all essential requirements for a countrys progress. The net result is a return to a state worse than the state from which they had advanced and a return to greater dependence on and subjugation to those purporting to help their cause. Our Labour stalwarts will march with dignity, with pride and solidarity behind our Labour Leaders, and send a worldwide signal to the ranks of those seeking a better life, that there is hope, and that we support them in their struggle for decent work and a higher standard of living. Long Live Labour! Three cheers for the Labour Masses. Three cheers for the progressive Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. some members of the older generation have been allowing the younger generation to go anywhere, do anything, behave anyhow without restrictions, said Prime Minister Douglas, pointing out that this has had terrible consequences for the young people involved, and it has had terrible consequences for our society as a whole. He said these troubling trends, worldwide, are encouraging a wild, animalistic approach to life that is denying people their humanity no matter which country they live in. OBITUARY The Labour Spokesman extends its heartfelt sympathy to the Rt. Hon. Sir Kennedy Simmonds, First Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis on the passing of his motherMs Brontie Estelle Clarke of New Pond Site, East Basseterre. She passed away quietly on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at the age of 92 years. She was buried here on Tuesday afternoon, April 26th at the Springfield Cemetery following the Thanksgiving Service at the Wesley Methodist Church, Seaton Street, Basseterre. The officiating Minsters included Rev. Dr. Wycherley Gumbs, Pastor Benjamin Browne and Pastor Marjorie George. Among those left to mourn the loss are her two other sons, Dr. LeRoy Richardson and Randy Richardson; daughter, Sonia Richardson and numerous other relatives at home and abroad to whom we also extend our sincere condolences. Bill aims to bring ....(from page 1)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 3 NEWS -SENIOR MINISTER INVITES GENERAL PUBLIC TO AGRICULTURE OPEN DAY IN APRIL Members of the general public have been warmly invited to attend the Annual Open Day of the Department of Agriculture slated for April 28 and 29, 2011. The invitation came from Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Minister of Agriculture as he faced the public on issues live on the popular radio station Freedom FM. Dr Harris said Open Day this year will feature several interesting exhibits which the public must see. Among the exhibits will be: 1.Composting 2.Pig and Monkey control method 3.Quarantine 4.Nitrogen tester 5.Rabbit meat 6.Farmers stalls 7.ROC, IICA, CARDI 8.Cooperative zone 9.Nevis Growers filing of an Affidavit by Labour Commissioner Mr. Spencer Amory claiming that Clear Harbor Nevis Limited closed its operations terminating the employment of all its employees and owed payments for several Sir Cuthbert in London for Fridays Royal Wedding of the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, and the Chief Minister of Montserrat. The wedding ceremony is expected to take place on Friday at Westminster Abbey and 1,900 guests are to attend. Some 650 of those guests have also been invited to the lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Queen; and 300 will attend a dinner at the palace, given by Prince Charles. Authorities speculate that some two billion viewers across the globe will tune in to see Prince William and Middleton exchange vows. When Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer marry in 1981 it is said 750 million watched that ceremony. Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian (Photo by Erasmus Williams) Injunction extended against Clear Harbor The East Basseterre Labour Branch will hold An Important Meeting on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at the Constituency Office located at Stainforth Street, New Town, starting at 8.00pm. The Hon. Earl Asim Martin, Parliamentary Representative for the East Basseterre Constituency will be in attendance. All are invited. benefits, including wages, holiday pay and payment in lieu of notice. The company also owes monies to the Social Security Board for Social Security and Employment benefits, Severance Payments and Housing Levy, electricity, water and taxes to the Inland Revenue Department.(contd from page 1) (contd from page 1) UNESCO NATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SLAVE ROUE COMMITTEES JOURNEY BEGINS Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 27, 2011 (SKNIS): The long anticipated meeting of the UNESCO National Scientific Slave Route Committee took place recently at the Ministry of Education Annex to begin the critical work of raising awareness about the Atlantic Slave Trade, its impact and its legacy towards future development. Minister responsible for UNESCO Affairs Honourable Nigel Carty introduced members of the Committee and commissioned the intersectoral body to hasten the process of bridging the gap between Slavery and the existing National and International experience. Among topics discussed were the Research and Documentation on Inventory of Slave Sites in St. Kitts and Nevis; Production of a Cultural Tourism Map and Local Black History Text Books; as well as the Launching of a Booklet and Training Workshop for Teachers. Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO, Antonio Maynard expressed his pleasure that the organizations priority areas which include, that of building cultural links and using history as a tool for better understanding and world peace, was being pursued locally by means of the Slave Route Project. Mahlon Goma, Director of Government Communications and Chair of the Lecture Series and Consultations Sub Committee also made reference to the timeliness of the Project, noting that 2011 was proclaimed International Year for People of African Descent by the United Nations. UNESCO materials circulated during the meeting described the Committees activities as raising some of the most burning issues in todays world, namely human rights, the building of identities, citizenship, the sharing of resources and cultural pluralism. The members of the National Committee will be appointed in the first instance for a four (4) year period. Some of the key roles of the Committee are to ensure an objective and consensual approach to the Slave Route issues and serve in an advisory capacity to the UNESCO National Commission. Dr. Ken Ballentyne was chosen as the Chairperson while Halstead Byron of Nevis was selected as the Deputy Chairperson and Marlene Phillips Lee was nominated as the Rapporteur and Head of the Public Relations Sub-Committee. The ultimate mandate of the Committee is the creation of a Monument to the Slave Trade in memory of the Ancestors, which would foster a greater sense of awareness and attract locals and visitors alike, thus enhancing cultural tourism. The Slave Route Project is a culmination of a previous initiative implemented by the local UNESCO agency which was designed to break the silence on the issue of the Slave Trade and Slavery in the twin-island Federation. A National Public Launch is planned for early June. NTRC investigates quality of service by telecommunications providers BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 22ND 2011 (CUOPM) Concerns about the quality of service from telecommunications providers in St. Kitts and Nevis have prompted the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) to launch an investigation into the quality of service provided to consumers. Consistent with its obligations under the Telecommunications Act and the relevant Regulations, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission has launched an investigation into the quality of service standards being offered to customers by Telecommunications Providers in St. Kitts and Nevis, the NTRC said. It is inviting comments from the general public on their experiences with the quality of service provided by telecommunications providers. The NTRC said that submissions should be accompanied with specific and relevant details, including what actions if necessary, were taken by the customer and what responses, if any were provided by the telecommunications providers. Submission should reach the Commission no later than May 12th 2011 and sent to: The Chairman, National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Corner Wigley Avenue and Jones Street Fortlands P.O. Box 1958, Basseterre, St. Kitts or email firstname.lastname@example.org Police Investigates Homicide at Godwin Ghaut RSCNPF, Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Monday 25th April 2011). On Monday 25thApril at approximately 8:35 am police at Old Road received a report of a homicide at Godwin Ghaut. As a result police officers from the District B Crime Response Unit, Old Road Police Station and the Sandy Point Police Station responded to the scene immediately. Police enquiries revealed that 30 year-old Shervin Williams of Godwin Estate, formerly of Middle Island was found lying on his left side on a dirt road in a remote area above the railway and in the vicinity of the Godwin Ghaut Bridge. According to investigators, Williams had obvious injuries to the neck and head that appeared to be gunshot wounds. The District Medical Officer visited the scene and pronounced Williams dead. The Coroner was informed and gave permission for the body to be removed to a funeral home under police escort. The scene was processed by officers from the Crime Scene Department and items of evidential value were collected and taken into police custody for further analysis. There are no suspect(s) in police custody at this time but investigators are following up on a number of leads. Investigations into this matter are ongoing.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 4 NEWS FromCde. Batumba Tak General Secretary St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour UnionThis coming Labour Day is very important that we take time to honour the many hardworking men and women who have made this country what it is, and the entire Labour Movement that has fought tirelessly to improve the working class peoples wages, benefits and their over all working conditions. I am proud to stand with all of my Comrades honouring their efforts as we celebrate our Federations most indispensable resource the working class people. My family has deep roots in the Labour Movement, and we know first hand the consequences of not being protected from unscrupulous employers. Monday 2nd May, 2011 is a day of praise and remembrance, but it is also a day of action. We cannot afford to sit back and rest on what our forefathers and mothers accomplished, because the rights and opportunities earned in the past are now under assault and may not be there for future generations. Because of the continued financial crisis the jobs that we do have are not keeping up with inflation. Our Dads and Moms are now forced to take two or even three part time jobs just to barely get by. For most working class people a living wage has become a dream and not a reality. Some Companies in the Private Sector and some Public Corporations have laid siege to the working class people and their Union by using strategies, such as restructuring, thereby reducing membership and consequently revenue for the working class people organization, and by creating new categories of work outside the bargaining unit, voluntary retirement packages and Contract Labour. There are also those who feel the golden age of the Labour Movement is past, but fortunately the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour Union is still fighting for jobs security and favourable working conditions and terms of agreement for the working class people. Some employers and public corporations have been particularly guilty of stalling the process of collective bargaining, employing numerous stratigies, such as negotiations by attrition, stalling agreements by numerous means in order to get their way, because their only agenda is to take away the working class peoples comforts and to keep them in poverty. In spite of all that the working class people are going through, lets not forget that on Monday 2nd May, 2011 Labour Day is a special date for all working class people to celebrate, and to remember our fallen Comrades who struggled and fought hard to win the eight hour day, a decent standard of living for all working class people in St. Kitts and Nevis. In the 1930s it was the Union leadership along with the working class people who helped to deliver Provident Fund, later called Social Security, Protection of Wages Act, Holiday with Pay Act, Fair Labour Standard and the right to join and belong to Trade Unions and the right to Collective Bargaining, just to name a few. Labour Day is also a day to focus on the battles that lie ahead and to continue the struggles started over eighty years ago by our forefathers and mothers. As we celebrate Labour Day lets not forget those early leaders of the past who brought us a Decent Wage and everyone else who took a suspension or firing to ensure that the working class people receive a Decent Standard of Living. On this Labour Day, I take this opportunity to thank all of the working class people and their families who keep our beloved country moving forward on a daily basis, I cant thank you all enough for all of the hard work you do, day in and day out. Please enjoy this time with your family and your Comrades. Have a safe and Happy Labour Day, 2011. Happy Labour DayHappy Labour DayLets celebrate with the working class people That built up this great land From field to field to desk to desk They built it hand in hand.Labour Day RecipeShortbread CookiesIngrediants: 2 cups butter softened 1 cups sifted confectioners sugar 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour Direction: Cream butter, gradually beat in sugar. Add and beat in flour a part at a time. Wrap dough in wax paper and chill. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Allow dough to warm slighty, knead for 1 minute. Roll out dough on lightly floured board to inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Decorate as desired. Bake in preheated oven 1420 minutes. Labour Day Message
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 5 NEWS A dismal failure Mr EditorPlease allow me some space in your paper for me to comment on the recently FAILED so called Freedom March held by the de pantomime crew who have been trying desperately to remove a legally elected and popular Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas all because of their obvious hatred and envy of him and his government. Mr Editor this march was a total failure and should have sent a clear message to the bunch of malcontents that the people of this Federation reject any attempt by them to destabilize or to affect negatively the economic and/or political stability now enjoyed in this Federation. When one considers the tremendous amount of publicity that surrounded this march, using the Internet, radio and the constant bombardment by our town crier, asking persons from all walks of life to participate, including persons from our sister island of Nevis, then the numbers should have exceeded the mere 100 plus individuals loyal to the PAM. Additionally, the main organizer once represented a Constituency of almost 6,000 registered voters yet was unable to convince even a mere percentage of that group to support his failing cause. Many persons say that the casket in the Failed Freedom March is symbolic of the organizer and the group of Malcontents. Dead! Mr Editor this constant failure by Dwyer Astaphan results from the envious approach and malice he has against our Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas. Dwyer needs to understand that ENVY is blind and knows nothing except to depreciate the EXCELLENCE of others. This man needs to be honest with himself and stop being guided by hate, jealousy and envy. The march was a dismal failure.Central Basseterre Constituent LETTER TO THE EDITOR Senior Minister Hails Small and Medium Sized Hotels for Support to the Agriculture Sector Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of Agriculture has applauded the small and medium sized hotels in the federation for the support to the agriculture sector. Dr Harris commended the small and medium hotels for support to crop, livestock and fisheries sub sector while speaking on Freedom Radio programme Issues yesterday, April 19, 2011. The Senior Minister said that while Marriott has not been sufficiently supportive of the agriculture sector, the small and medium sized hotels like Ottleys Plantation, Bird Rock Beach Hotel, Frigate Bay Beach Hotel, Ocean Terrace Inn, Timothy Beach, Rawlins Plantation, and several other restaurants have been very supportive of the sector. Dr Harris thanked Michael Head, Manager of the Hotel and Tourism Association (HTA) who on March 30, 2011, at the Agriculture Annual Review and Planning Meeting provided data of the level of support being provided by the tourism sector. Dr Harris said the farming community is working diligently at food security and needs the support of the national community. Medical Laboratory Professionals Week Creates Awareness there was a Catamaran Cruise, Tuesday the preparation and distribution of a phlebotomy brochure phlebotomy being the collection of specimens for testing. The Week continued on Wednesday, April 27 with a lecture on Trends in Cervical Cytology at Continuing Medical Education at the Joseph N. France General Hospital, today there will be presentations on Cervical Cancer Prevention as well as a visit to the Charles E. Mills Secondary School. Activities climax with a Laboratory Fair in Independence Square on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Highlights include free blood group identification testing, free PSA testing for men which is the blood test to identify the antigen for prostrate cancer. Men over 40 years of age should bring a requisition form from either their health care provider or a health centre in order to be tested.Mrs. Jasmine Hanley, Joseph N. France General Hospitals Laboratory Manager, along with other Hospital Lab personnel, are coordinating the mentioned Week of Activities. She told the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service that Medical Laboratory Technology or Clinical Laboratory Science, as it is referred to in some circles, is a very technical investigative science. She said the specialties consist of hematology,Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 21, 2011 (SKNIS): Though often overlooked, Medical Laboratory Professionals around the world play a key role in the day to day functioning of the health care system, is being highlighted this week in the 36th observance of the profession. Locally, activities are being held with the focus of prevention of cervical cancer. They commenced on Sunday, April 24 when the Minister of Health, Honourable Marcella Liburd declared the Week open in a broadcast message. On Easter Monday, April 25clinical chemistry, blood banking, microbiology, cytology, histology and phlebotomy. She also explained the critical role of a laboratory. Eighty percent of medical decisions are made dependent on laboratory tests, Mrs. Hanley emphasized. So laboratories cover the whole scope of medical testing from diabetes to HIV and anything that may come up such as new viruses like H1N1. We also do preliminary testing for public health diseases such as dengue, before sending off the samples to the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) for confirmation. Another key role of the Hospital Lab is the preparing of blood for victims of accidents and gun shot wounds, the Laboratory Manager outlined. Blood cannot be transfused unless typed or cross matched. It was explained that this involves not just the matching of the blood group but also running tests on the patients and donors samples to ensure that the various antibodies in the blood are compatible. The commemoration of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week originated in 1975 as National Medical Laboratory Week, under the auspices of the American Society for Medical Technology, now called the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). According to the ASCLS Website, since the development of this career group in the 1920s, the clinical laboratory science professional has played an increasingly vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 6 NEWS At the request of subscribers and members of the reading public and without comment we republish the following article which was written by former Minister of National Security and Labour, Dwyer Astaphan and published in this newspaper on Saturday, April 30th, 2005:
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 7 COMMENTARY The Thinking Citizen The leaders of PAM oftentimes play a political game called Smartness. However, the game does not always work out in the end the way that PAM wants it to. Sometimes the PAM partys smartness shames and embarrasses the party in the end. PAM tried a bit of smartness in 1983. In November 1983, PAM passed a Bill entitled The House of Assembly Elections (Amendment) Ordinance. The representatives of the Labour Party in the Assembly, begged and pleaded with the PAM Government members (i) Not to extend to our nationals residing overseas the right to vote in our Elections; (ii) To make it illegal for members of the public to register and vote in Constituencies in which they do not reside; and (iii) To institute a system for the use of Voter I.D. Cards on Polling Day. Needless to say, the PAM Government members laughed at and jeered the representatives of the Labour Party during the Debate on the Bill in question. The PAM members refused to be guided by the Labour Party members and said to them when we finish with you all in here, there will be no more Labour. PAM was voted out of power in 1995 and the party wasted no time in criticising and condemning The House of Assembly Elections (Amendment) Ordinance which the party itself had passed in 1983 with Clauses and Sections which the Labour Party had described as dangerous. After 1995, the battle-cry of the PAMites was Electoral Reform is an Urgent, National Priority. The Labour Party Government commenced the process of Electoral Reform and as soon as the PAM party realised that the electorate was not in favour of revoking the right given to overseas nationals in 1983 to vote in our elections, the PAM party lost interest and refused to participate in the process of Electoral Reform. PAM had been calling for Electoral Reform and the Labour Party was setting up the machinery to deal with the process of Electoral Reform. But because PAM was not able to manipulate and control the process of the Reform, the PAM party refused to be part of the Reform process. One major recommendation submitted by PAM to improve the Electoral System was that all overseas voters should be in residence or be present in St. Kitts or Nevis at least 3 to 6 months prior to Polling Day. The electorate did not agree with such a senseless recommendation and so did not support it. The recommendation made was only another attempt to deprive the overseas voters of their right to vote in our Elections. The Labour Party Government did not revoke the right that was given in 1983 to voters residing overseas. But the Labour Party Government did institute a system of Voter I.D. Cards which did not find favour with the PAM hierarchy. So after the whipping at the polls that the PAM Party got in the year 2010, the PAMites cried foul, fraud, cheat and thief all over the place. It is common knowledge that the 2004, as well as the 2010 General Elections attracted the presence of overseas Observers from CARICOM and from the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. The Observers monitored the conduct of the Elections and submitted a Report which never did call into question the integrity or credibility of the Elections. The PAMites however, challenged certain results of the Elections in Court. The High Court judge however, ruled in favour of the Labour Party candidates. In spite of all that, there are some odd-balls and screwballs in PAM who still go around shouting that Labour cheated the 2004 and 2010 General Elections. May the good Lord have mercy on their souls! PAM tried another piece of smartness on the electorate in 1994. During the meeting of the National Assembly held on September 12, 1994, the PAM Government introduced the following pieces of legislation:i) The Eastern Caribbean Home Mortgage Bank Agreement Act; ii) The Probation and Child Welfare Board Act PAM has no integrity or credibility (contd on page 8)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 8 NEWS Hairdressing Techniques Workshop NoticeThe Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs is inviting registration for Module 2 of the Hairdressing Techniques Workshop. The workshop runs from Monday, May 10 to Friday, May 21, 2011, daily at Dianas Beauty Salon, 109 Ivy Battice Street, Ponds Extension, Basseterre. Interested persons can visit the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs on the Ground Floor of the Caribbean Credit Card Corporation (4Cs) Building, Bladen Commercial Development or call 467-1203 or 467-1635 for registration. Prospective registrants should note that space is limited and places will be granted on a first come first serve basis. Radio Stations please air as often as possible from April 27 to May 10, 2011. Thanks.iii) The Pensions (Variation) Act; iv) The Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act; v) The Integrity in Public Life Act; vi) The Law Library Act. Four of the Acts that were introduced into the Assembly were passed except The Integrity in Public Life Act and The Law Library Act. The two Acts The Integrity in Public Life Act and The Law Library Act received only their first reading. Why was this? Why didnt the government pass all six (6) Acts at the same time on September 12, 1994? The reason is fairly obvious. The fact that the PAM Government did not pass The Integrity in Public Life Act on September 12, 1994, signified the low level of importance that PAM attached to Integrity in Public Life when the party was in power. Now that PAM is no longer in power Integrity in Public Life has become for the party a matter of life or death. Why? General Elections were held in St. Kitts and Nevis on July 3, 1995. So if PAM was really interested in Integrity in Public Life PAM could have passed the Integrity in Public Life Act on September 12, 1994, or during the period between September 12, 1994 and July 3, 1995. PAM had roughly nine (9) months after September 12, 1994, during which to pass the Integrity in Public Life Act, but PAM ran away from passing the Act. Now that the PAM party is out of power, the leaders of PAM, aided and abetted by the leaders of the CCM party, are working hard to convey to the general public, the false impression that they have always been in favour of enacting an Integrity in Public Life law, contrary to the Labour Party which they claim, has no interest in passing such a law. The question needs to be asked: Where were the leaders of the CCM in 1994 and 1998? Where was the Hon. Vance Amory? Where was the Sheriff? Wasnt he interested in integrity in public life then? The thing that the St. Kitts electorate has noticed about the leaders of the CCM Party is that they are not concerned with certain issues and certain questions when PAM is in power. But as soon as PAM is voted out of power and the Labour Party forms the new government, those issues and questions become of monumental importance and significance. While the Professor Randolph Williams Commission of Inquiry and the Sir Louis Blom-Cooper Commission of Inquiry were being conducted in St. Kitts, the Sheriff who did some work for one of the overseas law firms involved, was heard to say that the defeated PAM Government had done nothing wrong or illegal. The Government had done some things that were stupid. The Sheriff is now hand-inglove with the PAM party and is the undisputed leader of the CCM/ PAM cabal. If his statement is genuine and sincere, it could only mean that the Sheriff is highly in favour of stupid people who constitute a stupid government. Even though it had more than sufficient time, the PAM Government neglected to pass the Integrity in Public Life Act. There is no need to wonder why PAM neglected to pass the Act. The published Report of the Professor Randolph Williams Inquiry provides all the relevant answers. One should compare the PAM political propaganda with what is written in the Prof. Randolph Williams Report. The Thinking Citizen In Tuned In One With radio 1 94.1FMPAM has no integrity or credibility (contd from page 7)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 9 ADVERTISEMENT
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 10 NEWS / ADVERTISEMENT Library Easter Programme Explores The Fun Of Reading Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 20, 2011 (SKNIS): Twenty-eight children experienced the joy of reading, thanks to the Charles A Halbert Public Librarys Annual Easter Reading Programme. The two-week reading exercise ran from April 11 to 21, with daily sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It was designed to get children hooked on books, by encouraging them to become excited about reading, which in turn should stimulate the development of good reading habits. Assistant Librarian, Mrs. Carmen BlanchardBrowne, informed the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service that the participants were divided into Juniors with an age range of 7 to 9 years, and Seniors who are 10 to 12 years old. Each group was asked to select five books from a book collection suitable for their age. The first book had to be returned the second day, at which time the reader had to answer a series of questions to demonstrate not only that it was read but also understood. The children who took part in the Programme have expressed delight with reading. Abion Stevens said that while reading is fun, it also allowed one to use imagination and go to worlds that have never been seen before. On the other hand, Mickail Powell revealed that in his home he had a desk filled with books that he anticipated going through, every day, after returning from school. The learning aspect was emphasized by Kyler Sutton who said reading helped him to learn languages and other skills. He encouraged others to take part in this fun and educational pastime. In expressing the importance of reading, Mrs. Blanchard-Browne explained that it is knowledge that can be reviewed and renewed again and again until it is fully and securely learned. The act of reading helps in every act of life, the Assistant Librarian emphasized. Those that read have higher GPAs [grade point average], higher intelligence and general knowledge than those who dont. Assistant Librarian Blanchard-Browne explained that her institution is collaborating with the Ministry of Education whose main focus this year is literacy and numeracy. She elaborated that out of this partnership came the initiative Lets RAP, the latter part of the phrase being the acronym for Reading As a Pastime. As such, all schools in the Federation were invited to undertake activities to encourage children to read in their leisure time. The events will take place over the course of a year, culminating with a street parade in March 2012. Other Reading Programme participants included Jamie Francis Jr., who enthused that reading is good for the brain and makes one smarter and exposes readers to new words used in the proper context. Likewise, Breanna Rogers addressed the introduction to new vocabulary and improved writing skills that can be of benefit in school. She also noted that the cost of books should not limit ones reading because they are available free of cost at the library. Shanelia Francis stressed that reading enables one to learn about other countries and cultures. Persons interested in taking advantage of the Charles A. Halbert Public Librarys reading and research services can visit its Cunningham Street, Basseterre location from Monday to Thursday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. SKNIS Photo 2: SKNIS Photo 3:A section of Library Reading Programme participants A section of Library Reading Programme participants Female particpant engrossed in a book
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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 12 NEWS /ADVERTISEMENT Expatriates Challenged To Contribute More Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 26, 2011 (SKNIS): Senior Minister and Minister of Trade Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris has called on the diasporic community to play a greater role in the development and upliftment of their homeland. Minister Harris cited the recent Taiwan Trade Show, which featured products from Taiwanese companies based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. as a practical example, and urged expatriates to explore ways in which they can contribute to St. Kitts and Nevis via investments, trading and other areas. If we can have our diasporic community
play the role of distributors for a lot of our products, whether it is our rum, our crafts or whatever we have, then it would be extremely beneficial for local interests, he stated. The Senior Minister also mentioned local music as an area that can be easily tapped given its universal appeal. It is critically important that the love for things Kittitian and Nevisian are being preserved in those jurisdictions over yonder and that our people provide a necessary marketing impetus for them, he stressed. Additionally, Minister Harris suggested that those with businesses overseas could source products and services to be used locally. They will come with a Kittitian and Nevisian brand name which will promote St. Kitts and Nevis internationally and have spinoffs in the tourism and economic sectors that will redound to the benefit of all nationals, he emphasized. Persons and businesses wishing to explore possibilities are encouraged to contact the St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency (SKIPA) at 4651153 or the National Entrepreneurial Development Division (NEDD) at 4671634/1635
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 13 VIEW POINT VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Messianic Offices of Messianic Offices of Messianic Offices of Messianic Offices of Messianic Offices of Christ Christ Christ Christ Christ (Part 4) This series would be incomplete without a discussion on this topic. I recall touching on it a few years ago; nevertheless it is too vital a teaching in Scripture to be ignored or down played. Thanks for joining me again for the conclusion of this four-part series. Let us use one stanza of this hymn How sweet the name of Jesus sounds as a point of departure. Ponder carefully these words: Jesus our Saviour, Shepherd, Friend, Prophet, Priest and King; Our Lord, our Life, our Way, our End, accept the praise we bring. By way of introduction, we speak of Christ (Greek) and Messiah (Hebrew) without realizing that both mean the Anointed One. Since the fall of man and consequent separation from God (Rom 5:12) mankind has needed a Mediator, a Redeemer who can fill mans basic needs. Sin left man guilty, lost and separated from God; hence, he needs forgiveness of sin, a restoration of a righteous character, and restoration to Divine fellowship. We have a three-fold testimony as to the fact of sin: (1) the testimony of Scripture, the testimony of experience and the testimony of literature. In the Bible we find two lines of evidence, its declarations and its assumptions. The declarations are many: There is no man that sinneth not (1 Kings 8:46) All we like sheep have gone astray (Is 53:6) All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). As to the assumptions of Scripture, even where it is not specially named; all the foundation doctrines of Divine revelation assume the fact of sin, and if it could be shown that there is no such thing as sin, these doctrines would disappear; there would be more use for them. The incarnation, suffering, the atonement, mercy, repentance, regeneration etc the value of anyone of these things is dependent upon the fact of sin, and but for that fact we would never have heard of any of them. In so far as the testimony of experience and the testimony of literature are concerned, I shall return to them some time, God willing.CHRIST AS PROPHETThe Old Testament prophets represented God to the nation and gave their words to the people. Likewise when Messiah came, the purpose was that He would represent God perfectly and completely in Person, as well as in words, to Israel and to the world. When Jesus came He proved to be Gods perfect Prophet. No man hath seen God at anytime; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father he hath declared (revealed, manifested) Him (Jn 1:18). As Prophet, the coming Messiah would be like Moses. Moses was a remarkable character and he was chosen above all other prophets, to set forth in type the prophetic ministry of the coming Messiah. In these outstanding points, Christ was a Prophet like unto Moses. Moses was a Law Giver, a Leader, a deliverer, a Prophet and an Intercessor for the people with whom God spoke face to face; so there arose not in Israel a prophet, like Moses (Dan 34: 10-12, Mum 12: 6-8) He was the only man in Jewish history who exercised the functions of Prophet, Priest and King in one Ministry. Be it known that though Moses was great, Christ was in finitely greater. Moses as servant was faithful; Christ as Son was the perfect and Omniscient Prophet. (Heb 3: 5-56) who was ever faithful to Him who appointed Him. (Heb 3:2).CHRIST AS PRIEST AND KINGIn case any reader is wondering about the post-Resurrection ministry/ office of our Risen Lord, this segment would help to answer many questions lurking in the mind. The Old Testament Priest, chosen by God, represented the people to God and offered sacrifices for their sins. He also had the ministry of compassion for the ignorant and erring (Heb 5: 1-4) This priesthood of which Aaron was the first priest was imperfect, for the priests were sinners themselves and so they had first of all to offer sacrifice for their own sins and then for the sins of the people. (Heb 5:3; 7:26; 9:7). But in Christ, Gods appointed High Priest, we have not only the Perfect High Priest who liveth forever, but He gave Himself for our sins the perfect offering, the once-for-all complete atonement for the sins of the human race. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and made higher than the heavens, who needeth not daily, as those high priests (of the old covenant) to offer up sacrifices first for his an individual but a social unit, he needs a king (government) to supervise his community life. So God, who first ruled the people of Israel through the patriarchs, later the rough captains (leaders like Moses and Joshua) and later yet, through judges, finally consented to give them KINGS. In Gods Messiah we have the perfect KING the KING of kings and LORD of lords who will have a wholly righteous, beneficent reign. (Read Jer 23:5). God selected three great men to picture the work of Messiah as Prophet (Moses) Priest in the person of Melchisedec and David as king. Here is hoping we would better appreciate the hymn How sweet the name of Jesus sounds. May God bless us! own sins and then for the peoples: for this He (Jesus) did once when He offered Himself. For the law maketh high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath which was since the law, maketh the Son (our High Priest) who is consecrated for evermore (Heb 7:26-28; Heb 9: 11-14; 9: 25-26). So by that one perfect offering on the cross, perfected forever, them that are saved through faith in Him. Furthermore Melchisedeck as a type of Christ represents His eternal, UNCHANGING priesthood. He liveth and abideth a priest continually. I now make a few points about the Kingship of Christ. The comments are brief not because the topic is less significant, but rather because space does not permit at this time. Since man is not only
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 14 COMMENTARY BY EARL CLARKE Building bridges between the gangs Dear Reader: In last weeks article I ended with the attitude of certain church members who feel threatened by the presence of the gang members who want to change their way of living and live constructive lives. There is a certain church where the inmates from Her Majestys Prison attended. They would sing a hymn in the service. There was one inmate who played a guitar in the service and the amount of negative comments which were made. It didnt matter to those members that the Superintendant of the Prison was present with the inmates. The practice had to be discontinued. When Christ came to earth, He was born of a carpenter father and a partially unknown figure of a mother. He was born in the ghetto a manger with all kinds of animals around him A very lowly birth. He preached to the poor and afflicted. He identified with their pains their oppression, their sufferings. If he were to return today, he would go into the ghetto where the gangs reside and encourage them to change their way of life. He would have exhorted them to love their fellow men and to do good unto those who did bad on to them. When we ostracise these men, when we discriminate against them, when we push them into a corner, what do we expect from a cornered animal? Strike Back. We encourage them to fester with hatred. Which do we prefer? To harness their energies by reaching out and embracing them, encouraging them, so that they could feel as if they are a part of the human race? Or we force them into feeling that they are aliens on planet earth? Which do we prefer? It is time for the churches and the church members to take stock of themselves and begin to read the Scriptures, especially the parable of the Good Samaritan. The parable says that the Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto the Good Samaritan, loving, caring, and compassionate to the plight of your fellowmen. Reach out and touch somebodys hand; make St. Kitts-Nevis and the entire world, a better place. We can achieve our goals if we discard our prejudices and embrace instead of pushing away. The church where the inmates attended, lost a glorious opportunity to change the lives of the inmates, who, upon their release, could have found fellowship in the church, by attending services on Sundays. By attending service and being embraced by the congregation, they could have led productive lives. We are all Gods Children. Some of us have erred and strayed like lost ship further than the rest of us, but we have all strayed. We have to encourage these young men to look for the good in them; to discover their true potential. None of us was born bad; circumstances caused us to drift away. Each and every one of us possesses huge reservoirs of goodness and small streams of badness within us. We stray away, because we are unaware of the huge reservoir of goodness and are only aware of the little steam of badness within us. We allow that little stream of badness to run our lives and to ruin it in the process. Let the church go into the ghettos and encourage the gangs to come to church, be a Pastor Matthew Hepburn and a Mr. Kennedy Bennett. Do not be afraid to take up the Cross and plant it into the bye ways of the ghettos, so that it could sow seeds which, in the end, will germinate and bear fruits of productive and respectable citizens. Are we afraid to take up the challenge? Are we afraid to die? He that loveth his life shall lose it, but he that dieth for my sake, shall reap his reward in heaven. All that most of us are doing is criticizing Dr. Douglas and the Government. Have we ever asked ourselves what can we do? How can we assist? It is so easy to criticize everything and everybody, but we are mute when it comes to ideas to solve the problem. Can we come up with some suggestions? The Police need to be more community friendly. They are too isolated. Every Police man should make a new friend every day. Policemen could become more community friendly by stopping children of school age and inquiring of them why they are not in school. The child can be taken to school or to the Police Station. The parent or parents can be contacted and allowed to collect the child at the station, giving reasons why the child was not in school depending upon the reasons given, and the parent or parents could be warned. A second office could land them in front of the Magistrate. This approach would allow the children to attend school and lessen the school dropout ratio. In the old Police days, children came to the back of the Police Station to play cricket with the Police; those who did not play cricket, played draughts, cards or dominoes. So they had a bond with the Police. If there is no space in the Police station yards now, the Police officer in charge of each District can visit the schools and speak to the children. Let them feel the presence of the Policeman. Find out the trouble makers in the schools and lecture to them. Those Policemen who are on the outlying districts should ensure that the children are off the streets by nine oclock at nights. This could be stretched to ten oclock during holiday time. Any child found on the streets after those hours should be taken to the parents to find out the reason. More Police Boys Clubs are needed. The other day we heard about one being in operation. What has become of it? It was very effective. Start more Police Clubs around the island. In becoming involved in the community, the officers would get a feel or a hang of what is happening in their district. But they must become involved. In the old days the Police Welfare Association held dances in the Police Recreation Room as a means of bridging the gap between the community and the Police. Whilst it may be impossible to use the Recreation Room for such an event today, some other venue could be used; perhaps on a monthly basis, to interact with persons on the outside. Let them feel the friendliness of the Police. What about a Police Week? What about an Officer of the Year? What about a Police Scholarship? What about a day when civilians could visit the Stations and interact with the Officers? When last have we seen a military display of the Police anywhere in the Federation? This could be the climax to Police week. Apart from the Police Officers acting as Probation Officers we need permanent Truant Officers who will not work in offices, but would be out on the streets, the bye ways and the hedges, looking for those children who do not and will not attend school. These Officers must be serious persons who are conscious of the value of an education to our young black youngsters. They must also be very fit persons who will be prepared to run down the youngsters. If the truants could always outrun the Truant Officers there will be no respect for the Officers and no progress. Despite the economic downturn everywhere, we need drastic measures to arrest the social tsunamis facing us. We have to take the bull by the horns or face the tragic circumstances. Our education system needs upgrading. We need to teach our young people not only to win debates or pass enormous amounts of both O and A Subjects. We need to teach them how to use their hands. We need to teach them skills. We are a developing country but most of our best mechanics come from outside. Why? Where are the Kittitian carpenters? Where are our Craftsmen? We need to teach the old time stone mason work, so that we could enhance the beauty of our buildings. We need to teach music in all of the schools beginning for Primary school we are a musicloving people. Each school should have either a steel band or some other kind of musical band. It could be a mouth organ or a flute band. There is some therapeutic effect, music has on people. I have not heard of any musician who has turned to a life of crime. Music seems to soothe the soul. Can music in school soother the souls of our young people so that they could be deterred from crime? (To be continued) Us versus the US By Elvin BaileyElvin Bailey is an Assistant Director at the St Christopher & Nevis Social Security Board. He has responsibility for Research, Statistics & Public Relations. I stumbled across an article by Kelly Miller of AARP, dated August 6, 2010. In it the author was explaining to the American people 10 things they should know about their Social Security. It has provided an opportunity for comparison. According to the article, in 2010, the United States Social Security (USSS) provided benefits (pensions) to 52.5 million persons; with 14% of persons older than 65 years being totally dependent on pension cheques, and 50% of these said pensioners being dependent on the USSS for half of their income. By comparison, by the end of the 3rd quarter 2010, the St Kitts & Nevis Social Security (SKNSS) was paying pensions to 3,848 persons (another 30 received one-off payments of Age Grants or Elderly Refunds). This means that for SKNSS, 7 8% of our population is dependent in full or in part on pensions. Just like the USSS, the SKNSS is not just for retired workers. There, 15% of their pensioners were disabled workers; 8% were children, 13% were widows, widowers and parents. The remaining 64% were over 65 years. Here, the numbers were 8% for disablement, 10% were children; and 12% were widows, widowers and parents. Thus, 70% were age pensioners. In the USSS, workers can voluntarily receive early benefits at age 62, but at a penalty compared to waiting until 66. The later one takes to accept the pension, the greater will be the benefit. Here there is no voluntary early retirement yet. just a pension age. In the USSS, one needs 40 credits to qualify for age pensions; and these are accrued at the rate of 4 credits per year. In SKN, one needs 500 credits and they are accrued at 3% per year up to the first 10 years. We are on par here with the 10 year requirement. Be aware that the accrual rate changes (diminishes) with age. While you can receive benefits in the USSS while continuing to work, a means test will apply to determine the amount you will get. But this applies only to those in early retirement. However, according to the article, maximum pension payable in the USSS to a new pensioner is $37,680 if the claimant turned 66 in 2010. For SKNSS, maximum pension that can be earned will be by those persons who turn 62 in 2012 and will be $46,800. And yes, I know people will argue about the strength and vale of a US$ compared to an EC$, but that does not diminish the fact that our maximum is a better maximum, dollar for dollar. This of course means that the SKNSS monthly maximum payable amount is higher as well, EC$3,900 versus US$2,346. We are getting there: no new age pensioner today can receive more than $3,850. Note however, that the highest monthly pension in payment today is just over $4000.00. This is due to the application of cost-of-living adjustments. One important point of departure between the two systems is the eligibility to benefits from an ex spouse. There, you can, as long as the marriage lasted 10 years or more and you remain resingled (is that a word?). Here there is no entitlement, so go ahead, remarry! If you can! In the USSS, if you do not claim your pension until late, your benefits increase by 7 8% per year up to age 70. In SKNSS, if you do not claim your pension in time, according to the regulations, you forfeit all except six months of back pay. One final comparison both systems prefer payment by direct bank deposit. Indeed, the article warned that the USSS plans to do away with paper cheques by 2013 in favour of direct deposits and debit cards. Should we do so too? The Reform Project, now in its final discussion stage, promises to bring some changes. Stay in touch to find out what they are. Remember change is the only constant in this world!
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 15 NEWS -Cocoa Tea, Konshens and Small Axe Band Join Music Festival Lineup BASSETERRE (26th April, 2011): Excitement for the 15th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival rose to new levels with the announcement that Cocoa Tea, Konshens and the sweetest band in the world Small Axe Band, have joined the lineup for the Festival, which takes 23-25th June, 2011. Reggae veteran Cocoa Tea has been making top notch reggae music since the early 1980s, he is now nearing the completion of his third decade in the music industry. Cocoa Tea is the personification of reggae music, owing his roots ultimately to both the dancehall and the roots side. He has an identifiable voice, which is incredibly laid back, powerful when it needs to be and seemingly capable of melding itself to any riddim over which he chooses to record. Cocoa Tea has released a multitude of studio albums, with such hits as Lost My Sonia, Rocking Dolly, Good Life, Young Lover, Hurry Up & Come, She Loves Me Now, Love Me, Who She Love, Pirates Anthem, Tune In, Tek Weh Yu Gal and Save Us Oh Jah. Konshens has been dubbed as the new face of reggae/dancehall music. Konshens exploded onto the musical scene with Pon Di Corner, which became an international success, particular in Japan. Konshens then followed it up with Winner that caught the reggae/dancehall scene totally off guard, due to its gritty hard hitting and controversial lyrics. Other popular songs include Rasta Imposter, This Means Money and Good Girl Gone Bad with Taurus Riley. Konshens has performed on almost every major Reggae show, such as Sumfest, Irie Jam in New York, Reggae on the Hill in Barbados and Rebel Salute. The Small Axe Band is known through out the Caribbean as the Sweetest Band in the World with such hits as Shub back on de Iron, Dance the Masquerade, Candy, Show Me Your Muscles, Creep Up, When Last You Tek a Back Shot and recently the most popular song for the 2010-11 St. Kitts National Carnival, Rum. Due to their energetic and pulsating sweet musical style of jamming, Small Axe Band has repeatedly performed on the St. Kitts Music Festival, since performing in the inaugural Music Festival in 1996. The band has performed with the likes of some of the Caribbeans top bands like WCK, Krosfyah, Burning Flames, Jam Band, Imagination Brass and many others and even backed the Calypso King of the World, The Mighty Sparrow at a concert in St. Kitts some years ago. Other artists in this years lineup include Ali Campbells UB40, Maxi Priest, Yellow Man, the Grammy Award winning musical group The Commodores and reggae icon Bunny Wailer. Now in its 15th consecutive year, the festival attracts both locals and visitors alike. It features various musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music. Past artists have included such prominent acts as John Legend, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Kenny Babyface Edmonds, Dionne Warwick, Billy Ocean, Sean Paul, Boyz II Men, King Konris, Stephen Marley, Regina Belle, Maxi Priest, Biggie Irie and Lord Nelson. Locals Seek Certification from the Banquet Server Workshop BASSETERRE (26th April, 2011): A Banquet Server Workshop for workers in the hospitality and tourism sector ended last week Thursday, April 22nd after four days of training at Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI). The workshop, which started last week Monday, was funded by the Organization of American States (OAS), and aided by the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. More than 15 workers from hotels and restaurants from St. Kitts and Nevis participated in the workshop, which was facilitated by Andrew Forson, director of the Securities and Commerce Institute that is based in Miami. OAS Representative Starret Greene said the Banquet Server Workshop was one of several that have been held over the past three years under the project the OAS Capacity Building: Tourism Training and Certification Project, which has enabled persons to be trained in Food and Beverages, Train-the-trainer programmes, Front Desk Operations and Business Operations. Nationals of Guyana and Jamaica now need visas to enter Dutch St. Maarten BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 23RD 2011 (CUOPM) Holders of Jamaica and Guyana passports now require a visa to visit St. Maarten. According to news reports from Dutch St. Maarten, the requirement went into immediate effect on Monday, April 11. Dutch St. Maartens Minister of Justice, the Hon. Roland Duncan disclosed that visas were needed after a fax was sent from the Dutch Consulate in St. Kitts and Nevis to travel agents in countries under its scope, but nothing had been issued by the St. Maarten Government. Mr. Duncan said the Government had taken the decision to put a visa requirement in place for nationals of Jamaica and Guyana in a bid to curb the influx of undocumented persons and crime. That decision of the Council of Ministers was sent on to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Jamaicans and Guyanese have to request visas for St. Maarten in their country of residence and a written request must be submitted by the inviter in St. Maarten for approval at the Immigration and Naturalisation Department, according to Duncans press release. The fax from the Dutch Consulate states: Effective today [April 11 ed.], nationals of Jamaica and Guyana require a visa for Aruba and St. Maarten, and do not require a visa for Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba and Curaao. However, a visa for Aruba is not required for holders of Jamaican passports in possession of a valid multiple entry visa for the United States of America, Canada, or Schengen territories. Requirements to apply for a visa are a recent colour passport photo, passport (must be valid for three months after the end of travel), job letter, company registration papers or school letter, bank letter, copy of travel itinerary from a travel agency, copy of current passport along with a copy of the work permit page and travel insurance (US $15,00). If the trip is by invitation letter, the applicant needs a copy of the inviters passport, copy of proof of living in St. Maarten (if not national), and a guarantee declaration. If the applicant is staying in a hotel, a copy of the confirmed booking and proof of sufficient funds (US $100 to US $200 per day) is required with the application. Visas cannot be applied for more than three months in advance. Processing time is approximately two-three weeks. Mr. Duncan said he knows of no custom of granting a transition period for the enforcement of a visa requirement. I offer no apologies for it. It is not the concern of the Government of St. Maarten if a foreigner who has no right to be here other than through our graces [has booked a ticket before the requirement came into effect]. Speaking on The Lloyd Richardson Show, the minister said that St. Maarten did not have to inform the countries affected by the visa requirement. The only notification that had to be made was to kingdom partners, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs only role is to inform the embassy about the requirement being in place, he added. I have no responsibility to inform the governments of Guyana and Jamaica or any other country where visas are concerned. [...] The Caricom countries of which all of them are members and which so-called subscribe to free movement, they have been restricting these same nationals also. Duncan said that when Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams announced that the two countries would require visas some two months ago, while on the same talk show, should have been enough warning to anybody. He said it is not the responsibility of government someone booked a ticket weeks ago prior to the implementation of the visa requirement. One is not guaranteed entry into a country even without a visa or with a visa; even with a visa I can be denied. The mere fact that a person has bought a ticket does not give them any right or any claim. He said that the Dutch Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad is responsible for the issuance of visas for the English-speaking Caribbean and that the Dutch Honorary Consul in St. Kitts and Nevis is not responsible for issuance. Greene said the Banquet Server Workshop will provide the participants with quality training to upgrade their qualifications. You will be certified, and you will be qualified to train others, Greene said. We are bringing you the very best and no one will be able to doubt your qualification. The workshop facilitator, Andrew Forson, said he personally believes that St. Kitts/ Nevis has the best tourist potential in the Caribbean. We train the best to work in the in the best places, and St. Kitts should have the best, Forson said. Tourism is the driving force of your economy, and so it only makes sense we prepare you to deal with people from all walks of life at the standard they are use to. Forson said that at the end of the workshop on Thursday, participants were required to pass an exam in order to attain the international certification. They will have a certification that is recognizable anywhere in the world, Forson said. Novelette Morton, Human Resource Manager at the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, said that the training was indeed a worthwhile training initiative. As we are all aware, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has decided to vigorously pursue tourism as an area for national socialeconomic development, Morton said. It is therefore important to equip our people with the skills necessary to perform efficiently in the hospitality and tourism sector. Police Investigates T raf fic Accident at MansionsRSCNPF, Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Monday 25th April 2011). Police at the Tabernacle Police Station are investigating a traffic accident which occurred at Mansion at approximately 7:15 pm on Sunday 24th April 2011. The circumstances of the accident are as follows: Motor jeep P-254 owned and driven by Alexander Tyson of Cayon was travelling from Cayon towards Tabernacle and motor car PA-3424 owned and driven by Imran Bacchus of Lodge Village was travelling from Tabernacle towards Cayon. When both vehicles reached Mansion on the main road in the vicinity of the play field and pavilion they collided. Both vehicles were extensively damaged. Jamore Shaben who was a front seat passenger in PA-3424 sustained injuries, cuts and bruises, and was taken to the JNF Hospital by the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) where he was treated for his injuries and detained at the surgical ward for observation. The driver of PA-3424 also sustained minor injuries, cuts and bruises, and was taken to the Mary Charles Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and discharged. The scene was processed and measurements and explanations were recorded. Investigations are ongoing.
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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 17 NEWS Sports CommentaryWITH PETER ADRIENPeter Adrien is an author and sports analyst. His latest United Nations sponsored book, Sport Tourism, a must-read for policy makers, tourism investors, hoteliers, academics and students is now available. Call Peter at 869-6689752; 869-4651603 or email email@example.com for a copy. Visit Peters website WWW.goadriens.com.Unbeatable! Impregnable! Untouchable! Unchallenged! Jamaica may be the Don of regional track and field, but she may just need to be watchful! But mind you, when competing at home (this years CARIFTA Games was held at the Montego Bay Sport Complex, St Catherine, Jamaica), they are simply unbeatable. In the Eastern Weekend 40th CARIFTA Games, Jamaica ended up 66 medals, six fewer than they captured last year in the Cayman Islands, with four fewer titles. Trinidad & Tobago finally ended up in second with 33 medals, down 40 in 2010, though with the same 12 gold. Barbados got 10 more medals than they did in George Town, their total of 28 including nine gold, eight silver and 11 bronze. The Bahamas improved from last year as well, with one more title and two more medals overall for a total of 31. A total of 18 territories came away from these Games with at least one medal; 17 did so last year. And their international celebrity was pleased. Usain Bolt, the world 100m and 200m record-holder was impressed with the Jamaican performance, singled out newcomer Jevaughn Minzie who, he said volunteered to run the 4x400m an hour after the 200m final as well as Gleneve Grange, and took a calculated gamble with her taking part in four events including the Pentathlon. The home team ended the threeday event on a high, winning three of the four 4x400m relays with only the Under-20 boys, who finished third, failing to get the gold. The Under20 girls quartet smashed the meet record with a time of three minutes 31.47 seconds, under the previous three minutes 31.90 seconds held by Jamaica since 2006.The team of 400m winner Olivia James, who led off with 51.54 seconds, Jeneve Russell (53.60), 800m winner Semoya Campbell (53.35), and Chris-Ann Gordon (52.75) beat Trinidad and The Bahamas. The Under-17 girls team of Kissi-Ann Brown (53.53), Yanique McNeil (53.75), Kimone Green (57.40), and Peta-Gay Williams (56.39) ran three minutes 41.33 seconds as Barbados and The Bahamas took the other medals. The boys Under-17 team of Kadeesh Willis (47.64), Minzie (48.51), Keneil Harrison (48.38) and Rohan Walker (50.34) ran three minutes 15.14 seconds to finish ahead of Trinidad and The Bahamas. But not so fast! Jamdown must be watchful, mindful and guarded. The junior athletes of the other Caribbean territories are making their intentions very clear they no longer in this annual event just to fill in a team. They are thin to compete, to win and eventually to out-perform the reigning champions. The signals are there. First, the degree of competitiveness was event throughout the Easter weekend. While there is no question who the number one nation is in Caribbean athletics, there was a spirited battle for second place, with Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago and, in a pleasant reversal from recent fortunes, Barbados battling it out and taking turns occupying the penultimate spot in the medal table. Jamaica dominated swept the hurdles. Yanique Thompson won the 100m Hurdles under-17 girls in 13.76, Shakera Halls 13.82 just breaking up the Jamaican duo that included third-placed Peta Gaye Williams. Another Jamaican, 17-year-old Chrisdale McCarthy, ran 13.97 and just held off Barbados Sade Mariah Greenidge in the under-20 womens race. With Barbados Dario Scantlebury opting out of the 110m Hurdles under-17 boys, Guadeloupes Wilhem Belocian won in 13.75 over Jamaicas Tyler Mason. In the under-20 mens division, Stefan Fenell turned in a run of 13.79 to win for Jamaica. Petergaye Reid of Jamaica won the under-20 womens High Jump with a height of 1.78m, whilst Thea Lafond from the Commonwealth of Dominica went over on her second attempt at 1.75m, and St Lucias Jeannelle Scheper cleared 1.70m for bronze. Trae Carey won the under17 boys Long Jump with a mark of 7.01m for Bahamas, with Bermudas Degrilla Jr not far off the pace at 6.94m for silver. Field events records went down on each day. Last year, Trinidad & Tobagos Quincy Wilson lost his under-20 Discus Throw title and Games record to Jamaicas Chad Wright. This time, Quincy was watching from afar as another Jamaican, Ashinia Miller, broke another of his CARIFTA marks. Miller pushed the metal ball out to 19.47m, improving on Quincys 18.67m from last year by 80cm. In second place on this occasion was fellow countryman and new Discus Throw record-holder, Travis Smikle, with Trinidad & Tobagos Akeem Stewart third. Little Yannis David turned in a remarkable performance to win under17 girls Triple Jump. She will not turn 14 until later this year, but the girl from Guadeloupe handles one of the most technical events in athletics with aplomb, hopping, stepping and jumping her way to 11.78m and a gold medal. Despite the competition, a number of Caribbean countries are still make their mark in athletics, having the soft and hard infrastructure and the financial resources. At this years event the following won medals but failed to cup a gold Dominica (4), St Lucia (4), Cayman Islands (1), Suriname (1), the Netherlands Antilles (3), Antigua & Barbuda (2) and the British Virgin Islands (1). The fact is the Jamaica brand is a powerful one at all levels of the sport, and no less so at the CARIFTA Games. Second, Jamaica got just a single title between the eight individual races in the 100m and 200m series even if their hometown supporters who came to witness the coronation of their champs did get what they came. Third, Jamaica was dethroned in the 200m contest. Carmiesha Cox of The Bahamas fulfilled her billing by winning the under-17 girls 200m dash in 23.96, over Jamaicas Jonielle Smith. Then Trinidad & Tobagos Machel Cedenio completed the 200m-400m double, running 21.43 and capitalising on a misstep by Jamaicas Jevaughn Minzie. Minzie, in the lead coming down the straight, began celebrating some 40m from the finish, only to be overtaken by his Trinidadian rival, and of course earning the ire of the home crowd. Fourth, Barbados almost swept the 800m contest. Bimshire (Barbados) had top-ranked athletes in two of the four 800m races. They got things started with a close win for Cindy Forde, who chased down Alethia McLaughlin to win in 2:14.66, breaking the plane less than two tenths of a second ahead of the Jamaican. Are the Games meeting its objectives? The CARIFTA Games is meant to cement relationship, build solidarity, nurture athleticism and create employment through professionalisation. The Games started in 1972 and consisted at most of the track and field disciplines involving running, jumping and throwing and has two age-group categories, namely Under-17 and Under20 for both males and females. Over the years it has developed into a breeding ground for world-class athletes, ranging from Merlene Ottey, Obadele Thompson, Debbie Ferguson, Veronica Campbell-Brown, and Melaine Walker to now World double sprint champion and record holder Usain Bolt. The Games is meant to enhance relationships between the countries and impress upon all the commonality of purpose shared between Caribbean island states. In addition, the Caribbean Community (Caricom) continues to utilise sports for the benefit of regional health and development. This offers the space to acknowledge that sports is well-established with various aspects of the region: society, economy and politics. Well, look out for the growing competition amongst the youngsters. Jamaica cannot relax even if she is the undisputed champions. They will meet again in Bermuda for the 2012 CARIFTA Games; in the Bahamas for the 2013 event and in the British Virgin Islands for the 2014 Games. But, before we leave the track, what about St Kitts and Nevis? What is coming out of the investment in the Jubilee Stadium? Amongst the winnows, St. Kitts-Nevis did well placing eighth out of the 26 competing countries and collecting one gold and two bronze medals. Adrian Williams won the Javelin Throw (60.15m) shattering an 18-year-old Carifta record of 59.38m, established by Kerry Edwards of Trinidad & Tobago in 1993. First-timer JAnthon Sillidy earned a bronze medal for his 55.01m throw. In the context of the available infrastructure, the country has performed below par. Something must be done to develop the sport at the policy and club levels. Given the national investment, this performance and general attitude to the sport cannot be tolerated. Help is needed! Why not has a national discussion of sport and development? What do you think? Unbeatable but watchful! Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers preparing for their big day Gros Islet, St Lucia Not only are the West Indies and Pakistan cricketers vigorously preparing for the action in the Digicel Series but the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers are also getting into high gear for their debut. At the lunch interval of the First Digicel One Day International at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers will provide an International Interval Display. Over seventy boys and girls from Delcer Combined, Laborie Primary, Grande Riviere Combined, Babonneau primary, Micoud Primary, Perot Combined and the Bogius Combined will be displaying their batting, fielding and bowling skills. In addition to the display, Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Ball Boys will be used during the First Digicel ODI to aid players with the recovery of balls hit to the boundary. The kids took to the field at Beausejour on Tuesday afternoon to practice for their Interval Display and Ball Boys duties. Commenting on this years Kiddy Cricket activities for the Digicel Series, WICB Project Officer for Kiddy Cricket, KJ Singh said, The Kiddy Cricket Interval Displays over the years gave our children the opportunity to showcase the cricketing skills they have learned through the programme and more importantly, allow them to build confidence by performing on an international stage. Simone Hull, Scotiabanks Regional Sponsorship Kiddy Cricketers rehearsing at Beausejour (contd on page 19)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 18 NEWS American Dance Sets New Track Record In The Digicel Easter Cup Beaumont Parks Second Annual Easter Celebration sponsored by Digicel is now in the record books. The end result, an action packed racing program of six exciting Thoroughbred horse races and an afternoon of fun-filled activities and entertainment. Musical entertainment to the delight of the many fans was provided by DJ Wett Dutt, Grand Masters Band, Infamus, and Shakki Star Fire. It was certainly a celebration enjoyed by the entire family. Owner Daislyn Sharpe saw her American Dance remain undefeated in the featured EC$10,000 Digicel Easter Cup. American Dance literally danced his way to an impressive three-length victory under snug restraint on this beautiful Easter Sunday afternoon. In doing so, American Dance shattered the old mark formally set by Yodallah and Bad Action by onefifth of a second, in turn making Beaumont Park history by running the seven furlong distance in one minute, twenty-four and two-fifths seconds. Trained by Donovan Hall and ridden by his regular rider Laird Bailey, this was the sixth victory in a row since reaching the shores of St. Kitts for American Dance. Osuna finished second. Mr. Big Stuff finished third. Tizbig was a late scratch. In the days opener, owner and trainer George Quallis found the winners circle with his New York Prince. New York Prince ran the two furlong distance in twenty-two and four-fifths seconds. Jockey Jeff Jacobs had the riding assignment of the winner in this open company Dubai, United Arab Emirates Coach of the West Indies Under19 Team Roddy Estwick has lauded his players for their outstanding performances in the justconcluded series against Australia Under-19s. The Windies outplayed the Aussies to earn a four-wicket win in the three-day Test match, which ended on Monday. Last week they won the three-match One-Day Series 2-1. All matches were played at the Global Cricket Academy. On Monday in the second innings, Australia were bowled out for 228, with seamer Derone Davis (3-38) doing the damage. He ended with match figures of 6-99. Set 150 to win, the Windies reached 153-6 shortly after tea. The batting was again led by skipper Kraigg Brathwaite, who made 46 to followup his 168 not out in the first innings. The right-handed opener added 71 for the second wicket Coach Estwick full of praise for Windies Under-19s with Akeem Saunders (42) and at the end Kyle Mayers (24 not out) sealed the victory. This was a superb tour for these young men. They did all that was asked of them. Throughout the series in the three-day match and the three limited-overs matches they showed great commitment and displayed their talent. It was a wonderful overall team effort. After losing the first One-Day match they bounced back to win the next two matches and that took character and determination. They also played a superb brand of cricket in the three-day match to register a comprehensive victory, Estwick said. Every time we found ourselves in a bit of trouble and needed a major performance we got one. Someone always stepped up to do the job for the team and that was pleasing. We have some very mature players who handled the pressure very well, players who are willing to battle through tough situations. They all had the correct approach. It was great to watch. The former Barbados seam bowler said he was pleased with the development of all the players as they prepare for next years International Cricket Councils Under-19 World Cup in Australia. We didnt just win the series. What was also very important to note was the fact that the players all adjusted to the foreign conditions and equipped themselves very well. These were very positive signs and showed that we have players capable of performing well away from home, Estwick added. We are building a team as we look ahead to the World Cup next year. We have started our preparation and the players will get the chance to play in the regional Under-19 Tournament later this year to enhance their chances and impress the selectors. event. Reina Mia was second, Dryden was third. Mambo Beauty won by the biggest margin on the day in the second race. Owned by D & S Stables and trained by Ian Liburd, Mambo Beauty was ridden to victory by jockey Michael Semple in a twelve and one-half length romp. Gods Grace finished second, Chosen Well finished third. Movado drew off by four and one-half lengths in winning the third race, giving owner Daislyn Sharpe her first of two wins on the afternoon. Trained by Lebert Liking and ridden by Michael Semple, Movado tied the track-mark set by Anansi and Atabaas Pride at the four furlong distance in forty-five and four-fifths seconds. Our Bud finished second, with The Chosen One finishing third. Al Portador wore down Murrays Mazal to win the fourth race by a neck. Owned by Emerald Racing Stables and trained by Navin Persaud, Al Portador was ridden by Json Liburd. High Wire Glory was third. The four furlongs was run in forty-six and four-fifths seconds. In the fifth race, Zagros claimed his first win in St. Kitts for Centennial Racing Stables and trainer John Cheefoon. Zagros had finished second in his only other start back on February 13th of this year. Jockey Json Liburd picked up his second win on the afternoon. Spar Dance was second and Rum Salute was third in the four furlong race timed in fortyseven seconds flat. The Digicel Jockey Challenge Series began with the jockey accumulating the most points at the end of the first five races of the day Classroom Transformed To Oasis Of Print Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 20, 2011 (SKNIS): An exemplary student teacher at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) has been singled out for her creativity in transforming the teaching environment. Student teacher Nyoka Adams is currently involved in conducting her teaching practicum at the Tucker Clarke Primary School along with three of her counterparts from the CFBC. Head of the Division of Teacher Education at the CFBC, Ionie Liburd Willett, told SKNIS she was awed by the collaborative efforts of Ms. Adams and homeroom teacher for Kindergarten Natasha Thomas in creating a literary-rich print environment. The internship which culminates in May, is a ten week hands-on experience in primary school education. Mrs. Willett explained that the teachers were successful in promoting reading as outlined in the CFBC Course LIT 101: Promoting Reading in the Primary Grades. She said the course seeks to explore the concept of transforming classrooms in the primary grades into oases of print. It provides teachers with guidelines to help them promote reading among their students as a means of learning as well as a source of pleasure and relaxation. Furthermore, it seeks to: assist teachers with ideas for creating an environment which encourages reading, to provide activities geared at promoting leisure reading and to establish classroom libraries. Each of the four student teachers will have to submit a reflective paper based on an article they read; a final report on the course and a lap-book and oral presentation on the topic. Meanwhile, first year student teachers of the CFBC visited the same schools Oakley Payne Learning Resource Enrichment Centre where they expressed appreciation for exposure to the varied resources being used to heighten students learning capacity. They also indicated that they were convinced that the positive attitudes of principal Sylvester Charles and teacher Natasha Thomas were also catalysts in the overall pleasant environment at the school. Ms. Thomas shared the secrets of her success including websites used and ways to make teaching aids from low and no cost materials. picking up a winners prize of EC$1,000. Six (6) points were given to each winning mount, five (5) points for second, four (4) points for third, three (3) points for fourth, two (2) points for fifth and one (1) point for sixth. Congratulations goes out to todays winner, jockey Michael Semple of Guyana for amassing a total of 23 points on the day. Other riders competing for the top prize and their individual totals in alphabetical order were Laird Bailey of Jamaica (8), Wilfred Castell from Jamaica (12), Jeff Jacobs of Antigua (17), Json Liburd of St. Kitts/Nevis (19) and Julian Walters of Antigua (14). Racing resumes on Sunday, June 5th. Please visit our website at http://www.beaumontpark.kn for future updates. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 21ST 2011 Minister Liburd hosted Third Family Fun Day on Good Friday Affairs and Parliamentary Representative for Central Basseterre, the Hon. Marcella Liburd hosted the Third Annual Family Fun Day last Friday 22nd April (Good Friday). From 1 o clock in the afternoon, the Gardens Playing Field was a beehive of activity for children and adults of all ages. Events staged included female cricket, basketball, mother and daughter race, father and son race, family relay, kite flying competition, Easter egg hunt and a Kids Zone. Drinks and food including fish, saltfish, Johnny cakes, sweet potato, breadfruit, green bananas, conkie, fish soup, mauby and ginger beer will be on sale and music for the occasion was provided by DJ Floyd. (CUOPM) Minister of Health and Social Development and Gender LABOUR DAYMONDAY 2ND MAY 2011
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH 2011 19 By: Vigilante COMMENTARY By: Sotto Voce The march, organisers so shame with the lack of response to their calls for marchers that all sorts of weird turns and twists and spins are being made to cover their embarrassment. What Dr. Douglas said about wearing red; the alleged bogus threats made to civil servants to block them from marching; the size of the crowd observing the march were all given as explanations, reasons, whatever for the poor paltry turn out in the traitor march. Face the truth man, St. Kitts people nar study all you. The spin that your move is non-political must be the joke of the century. Everyone knows where Ask Washie and Massa Caines stand. Everyone also knows where the traitor now stands as well. All of you on the same page politically. Nothing wrong with that, everybody cant support the government. Some have to be in opposition. That is why Massa and Washie campaigned for PAM openly in the last elections a year ago. And that is why the traitor and his stooges did not support his successor in Constituency #2 on the Labour Party ticket. And it is precisely because the traitors thrust is anti-Labour and anti Dr. Douglas, that Massa and Washie are so comfortably on board. Massa boasts quite readily that he is a foundation member of the PAM. More than that, he helped to form it alongside Billy, Simmonds, Powell and others. Does anybody think that Massa will join with anyone to seek to mash up PAM? Not in your wildest dreams. He not mashing up what he built some 46 years ago. When the Marriott Hotel scandal with the PAM leader went public via the video, did Massa publicly pronounce on that? Of course not. He not touching that with a long spoon. When the 5 PAM candidates publicly asked the PAM leader to resign, did Massa publicly pronounce on that? Of course not! You mad or what? He not so crazy. He not turning traitor to PAM. He toeing the party line. He promoting PAM through thick and thin. But he will gladly join anybody whose mission is to pull down, damage or destroy the Labour Party. That is how non-political traitors rescue team is. Their mission is to rescue the government from the Labour Party and give it to PAM. That is what Massa and Spencer and Washie campaigned for in the last elections. So the traitor is just a welcome addition to the PAM team. They are all on the same page now. The nonsense about changing the Labour Party leadership to someone of the traitors choosing is the most foolish tactic he has tried. Everybody knows how Labour Party leaders are chosen. And PAM marches and voices of PAM programme on their FM led by the Sesame Street fellow are not part of the process. I dont know if PAM leaders are selected that way. The traitor fully well knows better. But his ego has gotten the better of him. Maybe he needs to spread his wings some more. Take his mission to Nevis as well. Get the Nevis parties and public on board. The CCM should be a piece of cake. The NRP may not be, as he did not extend them an invitation to be a part of his proposed government of national treachery to include PAM, CCM, and 2 members of the Labour Government. See how some people make joke of governing St. Kitts? He knows he cannot try that foolish talk in Nevis and make it safely to the pier to catch the boat back to St. Kitts. The global economic crisis affects all people everywhere in every land. The traitor thinks little of Kittitians if he thinks we are idiots and dont understand that. The price of gas is up everywhere. And this has a direct effect on pushing up the cost of living everywhere. We are not isolated here in St. Kitts. We do not produce oil. As hard as we have it here, due to the recession, we are not the worst off. A small tank of gas in Grenada sells for $53.00, for example. Ours still sells for $30.00. It would be instructive for the publication of comparative prices of products in the O.E.C.S. for our information. The traitor and his associates, who take pride in only peddling negative things about St. Kitts, need to be told what is happening in the real world. Even in the great and mighty U.S.A., the recent increases in gas and oil prices has been posing tremendous challenges for the Obama Administration. Ways and means of lessening its impact on the American people are being debated and considered. The American involvement in Afghan war is being re-evaluated how to make health care for all workable, with less money is spoken about daily. And whether President Obamas economic policies need to be changed drastically, are issues in the media there. Here in the Caribbean, where the impact of the global recession has been severe, we continue to battle daily to keep our economies afloat. The continued increases in oil prices remains our greatest challenge, as it impacts the cost of everything. And it does not matter who is the Prime Minister or the leader of the Labour Party. None of us out here have oil fields at our disposal. So the negative, garbage talk by opponents of the government should be treated as just that garbage. Some of our Caribbean neighbours have not been meeting their salary commitments to civil servants on time each month. There are problems all over. We are not isolated. We may have it tough at times, but we are not the worst. And those who go around talking crap have absolutely nothing to offer. Just negative talk seems to be a PAM thing though. Keep highlighting every problem and difficulty unimaginable; but no real solutions to the problems to give. Just the talk, but cant walk the walk. Non-Political? Just Curse PAM and Massa Gone The PAM freedom march, organised by de pantomime crew and other agents of PAM, failed to accomplish its mission of shutting down town and removing the Prime Minister and his Labour Government from office. Having failed miserably with their so-called freedom march, they have become even more desperate and are now said to be working on implementing Plan B which was hatched at the recent PAM Convention and put forward in a Resolution to the Convention. Dey say since de Resolution was passed certain PAM activists have been reportedly visiting certain Latin American countries where such activities are common place. Dey say he blue vex with the Chamber Members for not heeding to his request to let off their workers early to join the march. His right hand man in de East says he had a deal with them, but they let him down badly and embarrass him. They must be fraid Douglas. But, one big businessman in town is reported as saying, leh he tek dat. When he was big up in things he wanted to crucify them (the Chamber), thank God they had the Prime Minister to look out for their interest and save them from the wrath. De big businessman say just like how he got the Prime Minister to crucify, is just so he used tek out he text on de Chamber and their Members; now, nobody more righteous than him. Reports on the so-called meeting of the pantomime crew on Wednesday night have confirmed that it was another dismal failure and major setback for de newly anointed Christian fellow and his desperate gang of political hasbeens. Dey say de Hedgehog tell him, boy nothing working for us and we done spend all this money buying equipment like we are political party, time to call it quits. A number of the demonstrators in their so-called freedom march showed up with placards marked: Time for Lindsay Grant to go and de chief mischief maker of de gang blue vex wid them, because his job is to get rid of Labour and get PAM back in power. He say is Glenroy and Roy send them to go mess up he and de Hedgehog plans to get rid of Douglas and Labour. People want to know how and why Washie has suddenly lost his tongue now that his man in the East, Glenroy, has exposed the wickedness and spitefulness of the dictator Lindsay Grant and PAM. Sleeping Hammy was exposed as a real yes-man for Little Bo Peep when he tried to publicly ridicule and belittle the former PAM Candidate in the East on The Voices talk show last week. Dey say since de Caucus and de Convention, Little Bo Peep got him singing for his supper. People want to know how the Wednesday host on the Voices talk show could be so brazen to talk about forgiveness, when he and his co-host from the East got so much hatred and malice in their heart for the Prime Minister and the Labour Party, PAM supporters have been organised to join the Labour Day march with their placards and disrupt the march,. They have organised by both the PAM misleaders and the pantomime crew. But many of those encouraged to disrupt the march say they not going to make no fool of themselves as they did with poor Cindy Lopez and she gang last Labour Day. commented: Scotiabank and the WICB will be partnering to offer the Kiddy Cricketers an opportunity to expand their role in the game with the new Kiddy Cricket Ball Boys Feature. This activity will happen for the first time in regional cricket and we are certain that the children will be looking forward to sharing the field at the same time with the professionals. The students will be fielded from the older students who have been trained in advance for this role to ensure that they will perform effectively and safely on the field. In January 2011, the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme resumed in St. Lucia with over 35 schools benefiting from programme resources such as Cricketing Kits and coaching from certified WICB coaches. A Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival and Camp are scheduled to be held in St. Lucia later in the year. Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers preparing (contd from page 17)
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