The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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Year 54 NO. 39FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2012 EC$2.00 At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gal 23/11/11 DELTA $16.37 / SOL $14.11 / TEXACO $15.91BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. COMMENTARY BY* THE THINKING CITIZEN VIEW POINT* REV.CANON PERCIVAL EARL CLARKE SOTTO VOCE PAGE 03 Taiwan Foreign Minister to make Official Visit to St. Kitts and Nevis BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – National Political Leader of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, says the Party has been protecting and advancing the interests of Kittitians and Nevisians for eighty years. “This Party was founded, and has been maintained, by men PM Douglas says the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has been protectingand advancing interests of Kittitians and Nevisians PM Douglas says the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has been protectingand advancing interests of Kittitians and Nevisians BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) The Republic of China (Taiwan) Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Timothy Chin-Tien Yang leads a six-member delegation on a threeday Official Visit to St. Kitts and Nevis early next month. Mr. Yang will be accompanied by Mr. Chin-Mu Wu, Director General, Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs; Ms. Shu-Hui Lee, Section Chief, Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs; Mr. Huan-Wu Shen, First Secretary on Home Assignment, Department of General Affairs and Mr. TaLun Yu, Officer in the Minister’s Office. During the March 4th to 6th visit, the Taiwan Foreign Minister and his delegation will host a dinner in honour of The Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis; pay courtesy calls on His Excellency the Governor General, Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian and the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister and lunch with St. Kitts and Nevis Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Condor.The Taiwan delegation will also attend the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the new St. Paul’s Day Care Center, visit the site for the Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm and tour the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park and will also be guests at a dinner in their honour hosted by Prime Minister Douglas. The delegation leaves St. Kitts for a three-day Official Visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines before returning to St. Kitts. The Taiwan Fo for a visit to the Agro-Processing Unit before departing the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport for Miami. PAGE 13 PM Douglas thanks constituents for unwavering support and women who could see beyond the difficulties of the moment, to the tremendous potential and possibilities concealed therein. That is why, at a time when the vast majority of Kittitians and Nevisians were denied the right to vote, the right to an education, the right to health care, the right to a secure old age, the right to assistance in times of illness, the founding fathers of this Party looked beyond the abject circumstances in which our people were forced to live, and saw, in the humble and shoeless cane-cutters, the mothers and fathers of a more just and hopeful nation,” said Prime Minister Douglas at a Press Conference on Wednesday, February 22nd at Masses House – the headquarters of the Party and the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union, to unveil the events to mark the milestone (80th anniversary). Dr. Douglas, who served as the First Young Labour Representative on the Labour Party Executive in the early 1970’s, told reporters that a tradition was born, an ethos was established and a commitment was unleashed a commitment that would pass from one generation of Labour leaders (cont’d on page 12) Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at Wednesday’s Press Conference. Mr. Thomas Manchester, Founding Father of the St. KittsNevis Workers League, now the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Mr. J. Matthew Sebastian, Founding Member His Excellency Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore, former Political Leader and Premier.Body found in Nevis; suspected homicide


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 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: info@sknunion.com Website: www.labourspokesman.com Editorial Eighty years devoted service to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis The stage is set for the Leaders and the Members of the St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party to engage in a Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving at the St. Peters Anglican Church on Sunday 26th February, 2012 to mark the 80th Anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ League, precursor to the Labour Party. They will not be just commemorating the formation of the Workers’ League, they will be recalling, with pride, the historical development of society in both islands in which this organisation played such an important part. Let us then take an instructive look back at the order of the day in 1932 when the Workers’ League was registered as a business. It was such a very different St. Kitts and Nevis then, we might well marvel at the transformation which has occurred over those eighty years. First of all, it was a society enormously polarised economically, racially, educationally and politically. The Leadership of the League undertook to challenge the local administrative powers on the one hand and the distant British Colonial powers on the other, to champion the cause of the poor, depressed, and disenfranchised working class. They had to do so under the guise of a small business organisation as other organisations including trade unions were illegal. While the planters and other well to do citizens had their machinery to promote and protect their interests the workers of the day, largely sugar workers, had no such rights or facilities. They had no collective voice. Compare with conditions today. Turn on the radio, turn the dial. You hear voices, strident, critical of the establishment, unfettered in their exercise of the right which Labour had struggled over the years to gain and bequeath to coming generations. Look around. The Polarisations have disappeared. Yes, there are still poor people in our midst, still too many by world Health and United Nations standards and we need to remain conscious of this, conscious also that in many countries and communities that polarisation between rich and poor is increasing rather than disappearing. The Labour Party and their successive governments have succeeded in narrowing that gap. They have been able to put policies in place to achieve this end, but the job is not yet done, and it needs a Labour Government to continue the good work and complete the eradication of poverty from among us. Eighty (80) years on we are living a very different scenario. We are living in a global village, competing globally for financial investment, technology, niche markets and a variety of other opportunities. Labour may not have been responsible for bringing about this state of affairs, but they have been responsible for putting in place, policies which should enable us to make adjustments and compete successfully at the levels required. Labour Governments over the years have fashioned an education system capable of empowering all of our citizens to give themselves a fighting chance of survival in the global arena. Adjustments will continue to be made as regional and international developments require, pushing and sustaining the Federation in the forefront of the dynamics of modern living. Many are the success stories of our citizens who go abroad and find themselves outside the insular shell that was the old St Kitts-Nevis. They are challenged to adjust, to expand their horizons and to make their contributions on the world stage. Thanks to the ground work done by the architects – the Labour Stalwarts over time. Congratulations to LABOUR as they celebrate. Congratulations to the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas as he leads a caring people-oriented Government through its fourth term of office. May God give him the strength and wisdom to continue to navigate the turbulent waters and minefields of international intrigue and posturing, to keep our beautiful Federation afloat and upright Long live Labour! BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Holders of National Identification Cards will soon be charged to have them replaced. Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty disclosed in Post Cabinet Briefing Wednesday that the Electoral Office has reported that it has replaced a significant number of National ID Cards which have been lost or damaged since the cards began to be issued in December of 2007. “There is concern that the replacement of cards is realising a significant cost which has to be mitigated. Government is of the view that cards being replaced due to loss or damage before the expiration of 5 years should come at a cost to the Fee soon for replacement of lost National ID Card, says Minister Carty cardholder. Cabinet has therefore ordered that a National ID Card replacement fee be instituted,” said Minister Carty. He said the general public will be notified of the specifics at an early date upon its institution. Additionally, government is of the view that legislation needs to be developed to further regulate the National ID card with respect to its treatment, official report of its loss or damage, and other related matters. “As a consequence, the Legal Department is conducting research within the region on laws regulating National ID cards in other countries to expedite the drafting of legislation for the said purpose,” Minister Carty disclosed. Minister of Information Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty Body found in Nevis; suspected homicide By Drizel HanleyThe body of 22-year-old Leo Herbert of Cotton Ground, Nevis was discovered in Bath Village, in the Fort Charles area (Nevis) on Wednesday afternoon, February 22. Public Relations Officer of the Royal St. Christopher-Nevis Police Force indicated that the body of Herbert was discovered at 1:24 pm, however they are awaiting a medical opinion to determine the time and cause of death. He further disclosed that Herbert’s body bore signs of what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the head, thus the case will more than likely to be treated as a homicide. It is understood that the body was discovered by someone passing in the area who immediately alerted the Police authorities. As of press time no suspects were in custody. Investigations are ongoing. Body found in Nevis Kimo Liburd Charged with robbery


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 3 NEWS By: Sotto Voce The obsession of this man in demonizing the Labour Party and its leadership knows no bounds. And he has the ears of his friends in the media who make headline news out of the crap he says. The present St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is not the real Labour Party he says. I wonder where the real one went? Maybe his real Labour Party can be found over there in PAM/Rescue-land where he has now set up shop, since the Party threw him out. So my Labour Party to which I am attached from birth, now led by Comrades Douglas, Condor and Harris, is not for real? Was it the real thing when Dougie brought him on board from nowhere? Was it the real Labour Party on whose ticket he ran and served out three terms in government? Then he also attacking Labour Ministers whom he said were not always Labour supporters. He should ask his Rescue Colleague if it is a crime to change loyalty in our politics. He done change back and forth more times than I can count. And that is not such a smart comment to make coming from a traitor extraordinaire; his treachery got him dumped out of my Labour Party. The joker is making himself less credible from day to day in the eyes of all Kittitians and Nevisians. He knows his “new” love is PAM since even before the 2010 Elections. No one is deceived with all the stupid talk. Move on man. Who could say that his Rescue branch of PAM is non-partisan? Please! His other foundation Rescuites is in the bosom of PAM long time. They can’t fool nobody. Massa Caines is a foundation Member of PAM. He is still on the PAM Executive up to now. He attends all PAM Executive Meetings where Party decisions are taken. So the Massa right in the thick of things for PAM. Look how long Ask Washie done hawk up and spit out Labour. I get amused when I hear him being spoken of as a former Labour Party stalwart; because he is a former and a present PAM stalwart all at the same time. And everybody know which lane the Arab traitor in since before the 2010 General Elections; certainly not the Labour land. He well over in the PAM lane. Only his welcome there is not total. Some PAMites don’t trust him there at all. They see how he deal with Labour when he can’t get his way. So there is some fear and trembling among those PAMites who don’t trust him. A next thing I see happening. A fellow who says he is a Labour –man went over on the “Voices of PAM” to curse the Labour Leader. Sounds just like a Rescue set-up to me. But it does not matter. If you belong to one family and you have issues, you mean you take them in the enemy camp among the PAM family to air them? This is St. Kitts, not North America; we not easy to fool down here. Anyway, he did say he has supported Labour and he is not a card-bearing member. The Annual Conventions of the Labour Party choose its Leaders from among its membership. The Prime Minister is chosen by the majority of our elected Labour Parliamentarians. This has always been our modus operandi in Labour; so all who not in Labour don’t choose for us. We are accustomed to them not liking, favouring and approving our Leaders Nothing new. They hated Comrade Bradshaw with a passion. They abused him openly in his time. They called him a dictator, a tyrant and so many other unfortunate names when he was alive. He was the worst thing since Satan to them. Check the old issues of the Democrat newspaper and find out. There were no FM Radio Stations then to call in to. But no politician before Comrade Bradshaw or since then has had that level of hate meted out to him; only some PAM hypocrites these days saying a few less unfavourable things about our Comrade Hero Bradshaw. Since him, Comrade Southwell, Moore and Douglas have fared no better from their vitriolic attacks. Comrade Douglas went and freed up the media outlets in 1995 when he led the country for the first time. So the FM, internet and newspaper outlets all became available to his detractors from then. Thus we are daily bombarded by the PAM family over their “Voices” with all the negatives about Labour and its leadership. It’s a small family really, but they make plenty mischief. They have become like superstars at bashing the Labour Party. Everyone knows them now. But it is their right to promote their PAM/Rescue Party and to call down its better in the Labour Party. The truth is that everything that has happened in the social, political and economic development of St. Kitts has been done by the Labour Movement Party and Union. So you can well understand their jealousy. And the resulting obsession by some in demonizing our beloved Labour Party and its leadership. All countries worldwide are struggling through difficult economic times. Not just here in St. Kitts. The great U.S.A, the mighty U.K. and Real Supporters Defend Labour Every Time other members of the European Union have all been having their share of problems dealing with the global recession. But if you listen to the PAM/ Rescue pipsqueaks on their FM Shows, you would think it only happens in St. Kitts where they claim Dr. Douglas ran up a three billion dollar national debt all by himself. Even our famous traitor talks that way too. He enjoyed a seat in Cabinet for 3 terms and he not in it. He bears no collective responsibility as part of a team. He has no shame. He was not a part of any negative thing spoken of now. But was he a part of anything at all? Was he in this Labour Government ever at all? His new colleagues in PAM sound like a stuck record. They tell us about the debt’s existence week after week. Everyone is aware of that. The country accepts the reality of it. But PAM is yet to say how it proposes to get the country out of it if they were to form the government. Even when openly asked on their weekly bashing of the government, “Inside the PAM/ Rescue Guts Show” on their FM, they have absolutely nothing to offer. The country sees and knows what the Labour Government is doing to get it down. Nobody said it would be simple and easy on taxpayers to achieve it. All PAM is prepared to say is that Grant did not have any hand in the debt. They are not getting into any talk of the measures of PAM government would realistically implement to deal with the debt itself. Then how the bashing of Dr. Douglas every day can help? Trying to divide the Labour Party certainly cannot help. The lamenting of their irresponsible rescue friend like he was not party to its creation will not help either. I suppose while in the Labour Cabinet that he was opposed to the erection of the thousands of project houses for poor families. As Tourism Minister, he was also opposed to the rebuilding of the deep water pier destroyed by storms two or three times. He was opposed to the repair and rebuilding of our roads around the island. He was opposed to the financing of school meals for St. Kitts’ Children in areas where PAM did not give it. He was opposed to allowing all our children the chance to get tertiary level education and not just those coming from PAM families. Our national debt did not just arrive by charter flight, landing on the R.L.B. Airport with Comrade Douglas one day. It was built up over many years, including when PAM held office. So these detractors need to get real. Including the crap-talker who gone over in PAM with “the philosophy of the Labour Party” in his suitcase. He better stop trying the double-talk while over in PAM. Them fellas don’t want any part of Labour, philosophy included. So he going have to leave his suitcase behind while he playing ole-mass in PAM and singing their road march tunes. The one and only St. KittsNevis Labour Party having several activities as we celebrate our 80th Anniversary. We are a great Party with a great tradition and history. Our opponents really envy us bad. Don’t take them on. They not ready yet. LABOUR PARTY NOTICE The West Basseterre Labour Branch Will be holding itsMonthly General MeetingOn Wednesday, 29th February, 2012 At the West Basseterre Constituency Office At 7:00 p.m. The Hon. Sam Condor, Parliamentary Representative will be in attendance, all are invited and asked to be punctual.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Make certain that you reach use our new Email address:info@sknunion.com Union’s Part of the Future Continues. The ongoing global economic crisis is gravely affecting the job and income security of the majority of workers in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. This economic downturn is a forceful reminder of the critical importance of those International Labour Standards that seek to ensure decent minimum wage levels, etc.. In addition, the economic crisis has also raised some very serious concerns in relation to the undermining of workers basic rights at the workplace. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union fully supports the internationally agreed Core Labour Standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) which constitue the cornerstone of human rights at the workplace. These ILO Conventions are about protecting four (4) fundamental human rights. 1. The right to join a trade Union of one’s choice and organize collectively. 2. The right to be free from slavery and bonded labour. 3. The right to one’s childhood. 4. The right not to be discriminated against because of one’s gender, race, colour, religion, political views or national or ethnic origin. In our continued discussion of why Unions’ will continue to be part of the workers’ future, because who? If not the Unions will continue to educate workers on all matters pertaining to their social, industrial, economic and political issues, because only the Unions have the best interest of its members and by extension all workers, and that will continue right into the foreseeable future. In today’s discussion the question that was raised by many workers is, What Do Unions Think About Strikes? Strikes are not any more welcome to Unions than they are to employers or anybody else. Strikes are a last resort that cause the most discomfort to the workers who are on strike. Surveys have shown that over 90 per cent of all contract negotiations are concluded without a strike. In fact many Union members have never been on strike. Most times it’s just the conflicts people hear about. However, the right to strike is a necessary weapon in the Union’s arsenal, because without the threat of withholding of labour services by the worker(s), there would be little incentive for the employer(s) to grant any improvements at all. It is in fact generally accepted that is only when all other devices fail, Union may decide to go out on strike. Another question also raised was, Do Union’ Members Have any Say? – Definitely! Unions are based on the principles of democracy. Sometimes some workers try to suggest that Unions hold the individual worker down. That just isn’t so. The facts are exactly the opposite. Unions give every worker a voice and full protection in expressing his/her views and opinion. This happens continually in Union meetings; and if the individual can convince the majority of the workers involved that his/her views and opinion is right, then that becomes the policy of the Union. Many individuals can attest to the many healthy discussions that usually take place at the St. Kitts/Nevis trades & Labour Union meetings and Annual Conferences that come out of the views and opinion of the members and end up as a policy of the Union. This is the process used in the organized labour movement to decide what the objectives will be in negotiations with employers. The workers always determine what they are going to seek in wages/salaries and other benefits, and they also decide how far they are prepared to go in seeking those objectives. In addition, they make the final decision on what they will accept in a collective agreement. After all that has been said and done, a formal written and signed agreement between the employees/Union and the employer is really the only way of establishing a good relationship. One of the most important aspects of such an agreement is the formal assurance that individual workers will receive what they are entitled to. NO ONE is more concerned about the protection of the individual’s rights than the Union. The next follow-up question was, Do Unions Care Just About Their Own Members? The answer to that question is emphatically “NO” – Unions are not just organizations trying to get more dollars and cents or better working conditions for the workers who hold Union cards. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union from its very inception over 72 years ago, has had strong social objectives on behalf of all workers. This continues to be a top priority of the Union even up to today. As part of its programme The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union has consistently fought for improvement in all areas of the workers’ lives, and has always been the main agitator for many of the current industrial laws that exist today. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union has always been, and continues to be, a front runner in the fight on health and safety, and is one of the leaders in the battle to elminate occupational safety and health hazards from the workplace, including the promotion of HIV/ AIDS and other Diseases Policy at the Workplace. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is not just concerned about St. Kitts and Nevis. A part of its affiliation fees goes towards helping workers in other countries so that they can form their own organizations and gain better conditions for their members. The Bottom Line – Shortly you too will be a member of the workforce. As you would have probally realized, one way or another, Unions are part of your future – one of the good parts. As I take my leave, I leave you with an old camp-meeting melody. In the second verse, for instance, you will notice “Saviour” evidently has become “Soldier”. Sweet Music.“Sweet music in heaven, Just beginning for to roll. Don’t you love God? Glory, hallelujah! “Yes, late I heard my soldier say, Come, heavy soul, I am de way. Don’t you love God? Glory, hallelujah! “I’ll go and tell to sinners round, What a kind Saviour I have found. Don’t, you love God? Glory, hallelujah! “My grief my burden long has been, Because I was not cease from sin. Don’t you love God? Glory, hallelujah! Thirty-one bills are expected to be tabled during 2012 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Legislative Agenda for 2012, foresees the passage of about 31 Bills and the promulgation of about 12 sets of regulations or statutory rules and orders. This has been disclosed by Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty in the post Cabinet Briefing. He said that the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett, in presenting the draft legislative agenda for 2012 to Cabinet on Monday, February 20th, emphasised that it is critically important for the government to maintain an active legislative agenda in an attempt to strengthen the legislative framework to address the many challenges facing the country at this time. Minister Carty noted that the draft legislative agenda was compiled after considering the many issues affecting St. Kitts and Nevis “garnered through feedback from the general public and after receiving submissions from government ministries regarding their own legislative needs to support a variety of important government programmes and satisfying a number of national, regional and international obligations.” He said the Bills on the agenda in the main are to deal with the following matters. “Under Agriculture theft prevention, disease prevention by regulating the movement of animals, the Protection of new plant varieties, and metrology (that is, weights and measures) legislative proposals will be visited. In Security matters, bills related to anti-terrorism, the use and ownership of firearms, Immigration, (cont’d on page 13)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 5 NEWS Anti-Crime Unit committed to ensure the creation of social development, economic and investment environment Vedel Browne charged with aggravated robbery of US judge By Drizel HanleyVedel .K. Browne of Webbes Ground, Gingerland, Nevis was on Monday of this week, February 20th charged with aggravated robbery of US Supreme Court Judge, Stephen Breyer. According to Public Relations Officer, of the Royal St.Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Sergeant Stephen Hector, Browne turned in himself at the Basseterre Police Station on Saturday, February 18 after the police issued a statement labeling him as a person of interest while soliciting help from the public to help locate him. Earlier police reports indicated that Justice Breyer and several guests were robbed by an intruder using a machete while they were vacationing at his home in Monkey Rock near Golden Rock, Nevis on Thursday February 9 at around 10 pm. The intruder demanded cash and upon receiving the cash immediately fled the scene. It is understood that the assailant made off with some $1000 in cash. Police reports indicate that no one was injured in the incident. Kimo Liburd charged with death of toddler in road accident By Drizel Hanley28-year-old Kimo Liburd of Lodge Project was formally arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving in connection with a tragic accident last Sunday night, February 19 on the Kim Collins Highway, East Basseterre which left one person dead and three others injured. Dead is 2-year-old Janiah Johnson of Parray’s Village, St. Peters who was a passenger in one of the two vehicles that collided head on. According to a release from the Traffic Department, the accident occurred at about 7:10 p.m. Investigations revealed that PA1436 driven by Kimo Liburd was travelling towards the airport when it collided with P1714 driven by Boris Johnson which was travelling in the opposite direction. The report also disclosed that both vehicles were extensively damaged and both drivers sustained lacerations and bruises about their bodies as well as the front seat passenger of P1714, Alexia Johnson. The toddler, Janiah Johnson, who was also a passenger in P1714, was rushed to the Joseph Nathaniel France General Hospital around 11:00 p.m. where she succumbed to her injuries. Boris and Alexia Johnson and Kimo Liburd were also rushed to the JNF Hospital where they were treated for their wounds. Kimo, was formally arrested and charged on Tuesday, February, 21st. Liburd’s arrest resulted from an autopsy performed on the body on Tuesday, February, 21st, by resident pathologist, Dr. Dora Magdariaga, revealed that Janiah’s death was caused by head trauma as a consequence of a motor vehicle accident. A press release issued by the Traffic Department indicates that Liburd will be taken before a Basseterre Magistrate shortly, where he is expected to be granted bail. Janiah’s death is the first road fatality for 2012. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Anti-Crime Unit is committed to ensure a safe and secure environment and will build close partnership and work hand in hand with civilian agencies to surmount the challenges that confront us all. The goals and initiatives projected by the Anti-Crime Unit for the financial year 2012 will therefore be centered on improving its service to the public, at large, in the execution of the key responsibilities in the areas of law enforcement. According to the Estimates for 2012, safety and security have been identified among the social development issues as part of the economic restructuring process in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. “ We will operate on the major policy objectives that are a part of a strategic security plan by maintaining stability to facilitate our economic, social and political enhancement, containing the escalation of crime, cooperation with international and regional entities, capacity building through training and technological advancement and maintaining stability to facilitate our economic, social and political enhancement,” said the document. Chief Secretary Mr. Joseph Edmeade said the Anti-Crime Unit is fully cognizant of its pivotal role in creating the enabling environment for social development, economic investment and productivity especially in an era of unprecedented developments that challenge the capacity of small developing states with limited resources and capabilities. “We have witnessed uncomfortable levels of gunrelated criminal activities involving our youths. In accordance with Government’s zero tolerance policy on crime, the Anti-Crime Unit will ensure that the Security Forces implement the new strategic plan to address the incidents of crime that are being perpetrated in selected communities throughout the Federation. Focus will be on recovering firearms from our streets and will continue the fight against crime in all its forms. The visibility of the Security Forces will be further enhanced by deployment of additional manpower and improve the fleet of vehicles provided to assist them in the execution of their tasks. The Unit will strengthen its collaborative efforts on crime with all stakeholders,” said Mr. Edmeade in the Executive Summary. In outlining other operational and policy driven initiatives and activities, the Anti-Crime Unit, which is in the Office of the Prime Minister, will also ensure increased multi-agency collaboration in crime fighting operations at the national level. “This includes frequent operations at the Ports of entry and the increased vigilance by the officers and joint operations by members of the K-9 Units of Police and Defence Forces, Customs, and Port security. These have been beefed up and have proven to be very impactful,” said the summary. It also highlighted that maritime and land based operations will always be complementary, stepped up stops and searches in known hot spots (areas frequented by known perpetrators of crime) as well as island-wide mobile patrol will be carried out to enhance the visibility of the officers. This includes strengthening the Bicycle Patrol Unit, The Anti-Crime Unit (photo by Willet’s Photo) strengthening inter-sectoral collaboration, implemented through increased consultation by the Security Force with the private sector as well as other members of civil society on areas for partnership on crime prevention. Also identified is Community Policing involving increased community based interactive sessions. The Police Force will convene several Town Hall meetings throughout the Federation with a view to address the issue of crime in an effort to sensitize the public on the function of the law enforcement agency. School Liaison officers will be appointed as part of a community outreach programme. These interactions should be informative and set the ground work for improvement of service, building stronger partnership and information sharing. The intelligence unit will also be restructured to craft a high functioning programme comprising of initiatives designed to assist with the establishment of a repository for information and intelligence. “This mechanism for strategic intelligence gathering will drive a more comprehensive approach to crime fighting. The Unit has been renamed the Strategic Intelligence Unit and will be responsible to provide intelligence/information that will drive crime fighting operations, especially of the newly established Delta Unit, the traditional Special Branch Division and the INTERPOL Bureau,” said the Executive Summary. Miguel “Bashment” Robinson shot dead, two charged By Drizel HanleySylvester Crossley and Vance Thomas, of Fort Thomas Road, Central Basseterreboth 19 years oldwere formally arrested and charged with the fatal shooting of popular Trafalgar Village man, 29-yearold Miguel ‘Bashment’ Robinson of Lime Kiln, West Basseterre. The couple were arrested and charged with murder early on Saturday, February 18 less than 24 hours after Robinson’s death. He was shot several times about his body Friday last, February 17 at around 9pm while at Four Ways Bar in Haynes Smith Village by two masked gunmen, an official Police report issued by the Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Stephen Hector, stated. A Medical Officer visited the scene and pronounced him dead. He said that, Inspector Charles Smithen, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), in its quest to maintain the confidence of the general public in the force, the CID was able to ensure that such charges were tendered within 20 hours of the tragic incident. Robinson’s death has taken the number of murders in St.Kitts for 2012 to three.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 6 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – The St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency (SKIPA) continues to carry out its respective function to rationalize the investment process through its advocacy programme. “During 2011, the Agency lobbied for the amendment to the South East Peninsula Stamp Duty Act. This lobbying was as a result of the increase in the interest of investors for major developments at the Southeast Peninsula.” cited the Executive Summary of the St. Christopher and Nevis Estimates for 2012 Through the St Kitts Investment Promotion Agency (SKIPA), restaurants in the federation have been benefiting from the programme after the Full Service Stand Alone Restaurant Duty Free Scheme was SKIPA to finalise its Strategy and Action Plan in 2012 extended. “In addition, our Restaurants continue to benefit from this programme with the extension of the Full Service Stand Alone Restaurant Duty Free Scheme until December 2011. Under the scheme, Restaurants receive duty free concessions on food and wine. This stimulus package for Restaurants was originally implemented in June 2009 to assist them during the global economic downturn,” said the Executive Summary. SKIPA will have by the end of this year undertaken institutional restructuring and strengthening which will include the finalization of its Strategy and Action Plan to guide the activities of the Agency SKIPA offices through to the year 2014. This will include promoting the Agency as a one stop shop – especially in light of the modernization of the business registry at the Financial Services Regulatory Commission. The International Financial Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group with the assistance of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) would all be undertaking the work of promoting the Agency. “This exercise is being undertaken by the International Financial Corporation (IFC)\the World Bank Group with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). It is envisioned to bring about improvement in the procedures for starting a business and is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.This will enable interagency cooperation, rebranding the Agency to be destination specific while enhancing its sector scope and scale,” said the executive summary. SKIPA in the fiscal year 2011 advised that it will “seek to finalise the investment code and charter for St. Kitts, expanding its staffing and resources, establishment of an export development programme – informed by competitiveness and feasibility studies. SKIPA will develop a business linkages programme to match domestic companies with foreign direct investors, while continuing to build its capacity for investment promotion, facilitation and care to increase inward and domestic investment in Federation for the benefit of our citizens” BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 21ST 2012 (CUOPM) – The Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifai heads for St. Kitts later this year to attend the State of the Industry Conference. The October 11-13 conference is being organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the international organization responsible for the development of Caribbean tourism of which St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of WTO Secretary General heads for St. Kitts for CTO Conference Tourism and International Transport, Sen. The Hon. Richard Skerritt is chairman. Mr. Rifai is the top man at the world’s leading international tourism organization and will address the Caribbean’s premier tourism gathering, organized by the region’s tourism development agency. “We are pleased that Dr. Rifai has accepted our invitation to speak at the CTO State of the Industry conference. As the head of the global body for tourism, it is fitting that Dr. Rifai would attend the premier event for the Caribbean’s bread and butter industry and to lend his support to the efforts of the region’s tourism institution to build a sustainable industry,” said Hugh Riley, the CTO’s secretary general As head of the United Nations World TourismPhoto: Head of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (WTO), Mr. Taleb Rifai.Organisation – a United Nations agency, Dr. Rifai oversees the organization’s programme to promote tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability in its 155 member countries.The CTO State of the Industry conference brings together over 300 tourism industry leaders from the more than 30 membercountries of the CTO, as well as representatives of the regional and international private sector, academics and members of the press. It will be the first official appearance of the new Chairman of the CTO’s Council of Ministers who will have been elected on October 11 and who will serve for a period of two years. The conference will be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and has as its themes, “Developing a Winning Strategy” and “Rediscovering Home.”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 7 NEWS The Thinking Citizen PAM and the CCM/PAM cabal have no genuine interest in or desire for moral and ethical behaviour in government. They never had any interest before and they do not have any now. Of course, they will talk a great deal about “Integrity in Public Life” legislation and blame the Labour Party Government for the delay in passing such legislation. But the history of PAM exposes the party’s hypocrisy and insincerity in the matter. In 1980 the members of the PAM Government advertised themselves as an “honest, decent and upright” government, and dressed themselves up in threepiece business suits on official occasions. They replaced the furniture which they found in the offices at Government Headquarters and repainted the walls and ceilings as well. The PAM Government wanted the electorate to understand that the newly elected PAM Government was different and was not going to conduct government the same way the government was conducted under Labour. Of course, this was pure political tomfoolery as the Labour Party which was in power up to February 1980, had conducted itself with honesty, decency and principle. We must not forget that the Hon. Robert L. Bradshaw fired Minister Ivan De-Grasse as he was caught in a “Conflict of Interest” situation. Dr. Kennedy Simmonds did not deal with Minister Sydney Morris in the same principled manner. Dr. Simmonds changed Mr. Morris’ title from “Minister” to “Adviser”, but Mr. Morris retained the same power and authority and was the recipient of the same honours and courtesies, and salary and allowances. But let us look further into the history of PAM. When the PAM Government could not supply its quota of raw sugar to the US market, the PAM Government ordered a shipload of raw sugar from Guatemala, kept the sugar on board the ships for two or three days in the Basseterre Harbour and then sent the shipload on to the USA as sugar that was manufactured in St. Kitts. Now some public official in St. Kitts had to certify that the Guatemalan sugar on the ship had been manufactured in St. Kitts. The officials at the St. Kitts Sugar Manufacturing Corporation (SSMC) refused to sign the false certificate. The relevant authorities contacted the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, a big PAM man from Sandy Point, and he signed the false certificate to say that the sugar that was consigned to the Pillsbury Company in the USA was manufactured in St. Kitts. When the Permanent Secretary complied with the request to sign the false certificate, he broke all the laws of moral integrity. And the PAM Government was just as guilty for the “powers that be” pressurized the Permanent Secretary into signing and certifying a false statement. The sugar was not manufactured in St. Kitts. Can you imagine a new government that promised to be “honest, decent and upright” in office behaving in such a despicable manner? Can you imagine a decent government leading a Permanent Secretary to be dishonest and untruthful? Can you imagine a decent government working such a dishonest trick on the unsuspecting US Government? “Integrity in Public Life” is a concept that resonates favourably with the electorate. PAM and the CCM/PAM cabal are well aware of this and are intensifying the propaganda that they are for integrity in public life while the Labour Party Government is not. But the history of PAM and the CCM/PAM cabal proves that this is not the case at all. We can never forget that during the conduct of the Commission of Inquiry in St. Kitts, the mighty Sheriff commented publicly that the PAM Government had done nothing wrong or illegal. That was clearly partisan/ political propaganda as a close reading of the Prof. Randolph Williams Report would show. The PAM Government broke several of the provisions in the Act that established the Deep Water Port Authority. And the PAM Ministers of Government misused and abused the assets and resources of CEMACO and the Frigate Bay Development Corporation. The Sheriff should not allow his love for and loyalty to PAM to lead him into saying foolish and unworthy things. The PAM Government introduced a number of Bills, including the “Integrity in Public Life” Bill in Parliament on September 12, 1994. The PAM Government passed into law, same day, all other Bills, except the “Law Liberty” Bill and the “Integrity in Public life” Bill. The PAM Government left office on July 3, 1995, neglecting to pass the “Integrity in Public life” Bill. Imagine a government that promised in 1980 to provide “honest, decent and upright” government failing to pass the “Integrity in Public Life” Bill which had already received a First Reading in Parliament. This single PAM and the CCM/PAM cabal fail the Moral Integrity Test act alone signifies the utter contempt with which PAM regards integrity in public life. In 1980 the PAM members of government donned their threepiece suits and promised the nation to provide a government that would be “honest, decent and upright”. That was pure PAM propaganda. Once the PAM party settled down in government, Dr. Kennedy Simmonds and his Ministers threw INTEGRITY out the window. They did that because they are not politicians of moral integrity. Aviation Security Refresher Course at RLB International Airport In an ongoing strategy to sharpen and expand the knowledge and skills of its security officers, SCASPA conducted an Aviation Security Refresher course during February 16-17, 2012 at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport where forty-one officers attended. The training sessions exposed the officers to topics such as Aviation Principles, Security Awareness, and Sensitive Security Information (S.S.I). Civil Aviation Inspector in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Mr. Royston Griffin, one of the facilitators of the training, indicated that an emphasis is placed on aviation security because it greatly affects the economy of the Federation. “Aviation security affects everyone. We are a Tourismdependent economy and it is our duty to prevent criminal activities on aircraft and in our airports to keep our visitors and locals safe. When we are deficient in one area, it is a poor reflection not only on SCASPA but on the government of St. Kitts and Nevis and it influences the number of visitors that come to St. Kitts,” said Mr. Royston Griffin. The information taught at the training was compliant with the standards and procedures of the International Civil Aviation Organization. Security Manager of SCASPA, Mr. Raymond Cotton indicated that SCASPA will continue to train its security officers so that they can effectively function in an ever changing security environment. SCASPA SECURITY OFFICERS


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 8 NEWS Central Bank Governor reviews ECCU economy BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – A review of the economy of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) in 2011 and the prospects for the region for 2012 was presented yesterday, Thursday, 23 February 2012 at 8 p.m. Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Sir K. Dwight Venner made the presentation on radio and television stations throughout the member countries of the ECCU – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The presentation focused on some of the major issues at the international, regional and national levels which have affected and continue to affect the development of the ECCU economies and the ECCU member governments’ response to the challenges. Sir Dwight also outlined the framework for addressing the long-run growth and development prospects of the ECCU member countries in a rapidly changing environment. Immediately following the presentation, a cross-section of residents from the eight ECCU member countries, linked through the use of video-conferencing technology, engaged the Governor in discussions on the issues arising from the presentation. Persons were also able to email their questions or comments to Governor Venner. During the weeks following the presentation, a series of post presentation discussion programmes will be hosted on radio and television stations in the various countries to give members of the wider public the opportunity to voice their views on the issues that would have emerged from the presentation as well as matters pertaining to their well-being and the overall economic development of the ECCU. Photo: Sir K. Dwight Venner Dramatic Historical Re-Enactments To Mark Diamond Jubilee Celebration Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): As the arrival of the visit of Their Royal Highnesses, The Earl and Countess of Wessex on March 3 approaches, anticipation is also in high gear for other activities being rolled out in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A special feature is the re-enactment of historical events in St. Kitts and Nevis. Manager of Special Projects and Corporate Sponsorship Mr. Randolph Hamilton told SKNIS the re-enactments will be highly dramatic, intense and realistic, and will undoubtedly capture the attention of patrons who will be taken on a roller coaster of emotions laced with historical pride. Increased historical awareness is the expected climactic result,” He added. Experienced re-enactors of the British Brigade of Massachusetts USA, will be used to ensure that the activity be realistic and culturally correct as well as to utilize the resources of a group of individuals who are experts in this regard. Mr. Hamilton revealed however that some aspects of the re-enactment would require the participation of locals in the actual staging of the event. Members of the St. Kitts–Nevis Defense Force are being trained to participate. One particular re-enactment will feature the role and triumph of slaves at that time in one of the skirmishes as they sought to maintain some level of identity. “This is no overnight production,” Hamilton said, emphasizing the fact that the actors will be fully attired in keeping with the period they will be representing. He added that the professionals at Brimstone Hill including Operations Manager at the Fortress Mr. Leonard Stapleton are so versed in the history of these events that it was captivating and highly enlightening to hear him recount it. “This is something no one alive in the Federation should miss,” emphasized Mr. Hamilton. “The re-enactment of the Battle of St. Kitts between the British and French in 1782 is the most rewarding experience available for eight dollars.” He emphasized that his committee is targeting schools and the general public for attendance at these events. Along with the twice-daily performances on March 29-30th, there will also be additional activities related to that period. Other planned re-enactments are the marriage of Lord Nelson and Fannie Nisbett in Nevis as well as another, soon to be announced re-enactment at Government House in St. Kitts. The British Brigade which can be researched at www.britishsoldiersfund.org, provides lifetime aid and support for British and Allied Forces and their families, both serving and veterans. They raise funds to help families, children, the homeless, the elderly, the unemployed and those with physical and mental disabilities. Mr. Hamilton has been in communication with Keith Taylor, Chairman of the British Soldiers Fund, Inc.; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ken Segel and Director of Development, Christopher Leigh Manwell. National Bank convenes 41st Annual General Meeting NATIONAL convened its 41st Annual General Meeting at the Royal Ballroom of the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Casino, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts and the LIME Conference Centre, Charlestown, Nevis on February 16, 2012. Ambassador Walford Gumbs Chairman of the Board of Directors presided over the meeting. In his written report to the shareholders, Managing Director Sir Edmund Lawrence highlighted the significant areas of growth for the year under review, 2010/2011. NATIONAL Assets increased by $209.1 million, Loans increased by $68.8 million and deposits grew by $186.9 million. Profit after taxes increased by $11 million, Liquidity improved by $111.8 million, and Earnings per Share increase by 8 cents over 2009/ 2010. Sir Edmund also identified the three vital Cs of commercial banking, Cash, Capacity and Competency. He noted that NATIONAL maintains a laser-like focus on these three strategic and enabling Cs to maximize their combined power for the achievement of efficient and profitable performance. As disclosed in the audited 2011 financial statements, NATIONAL has $2.5 billion in ASSETS and made a PROFIT of $48.6 million. The meeting approved a final dividend of 5% which means that, together with the interim dividend of 6.5% shareholders received a total dividend of 11.50% or $15.52 million for the year ended June 30, 2011. In accordance with the Bank’s Articles of Association, three Directors retired by rotation. The retiring Directors offered themselves for re-election. In addition, another shareholder was nominated for election as a Director in accordance with the Articles of Association. A vote was taken which resulted in Mr. Mitchell Gumbs, Dr. Mervyn Laws and Ms. Sharylle V. Richardson being re-elected as Directors. The meeting ended as the shareholders raised their glasses in a toast to the customers in recognition of and appreciation for their confidence and trust in, and loyalty to the Bank.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 9 NEWS National Bank mobilizes the disabled in rural St. Kitts In a recent ribbon cutting ceremony National Bank and partners, contractors Arnold Paul and Roland Stanley, handed over newly constructed access ramps to Mr. Gaviston Elliott of Dieppe Bay, Sylvannie Richards of Lamberts Project and Enid Matthew of Main Street, Old Road. The contractors were ably assisted by National Bank staff in the construction of the ramps. The three beneficiaries who are wheelchair dependent, expressed gratitude to the Bank and the contractors for restoring a fraction of the independence that they had lost as a result of their disabilities. Mr. Donald Thompson Assistant Managing Director and Chair of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations Committee stated that this initiative was one of several undertaken to improve the quality of life in the communities that National Bank serves. Other initiatives included a mentoring programme, the distribution of over 1,000 articles of clothing in the Parsons, Saddlers and Dieppe Bay areas, an extensive beach cleanup at Cockle Shell Bay, and tree planting exercises at the FT Williams Highway in St. Kitts and the Pinneys Bypass Road in Nevis. The Ministry of Social and Community Development was represented by Director Azilla Clarke. Ms. Clarke stated that the initiative is indicative of the role that the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited has played in the life not only of individuals but also the nation as a whole. To view the handing-over ceremony, like us on FaceBook and follow the link on the National Bank FaceBook Page. Join us at 7:30 PM on February 25, 2012 at the ECCB Auditorium as we celebrate in concert and bring the curtains down on what has been a very successful year-long CELEBRATION! Development Bank encourages creativity among entrepreneurs BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (February 21, 2012) — The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis encourages creativity among entrepreneurs in the Federation as a way of promoting economic growth. That is according to the head of the bank’s Business Support Unit, Mr Shavon Douglas, who implored small business owners to take advantage of the programmes that the bank offers. “In regards to the business loans portfolio we try as far as possible to encourage creativity, when it comes to the development of new ideas,” said Mr Douglas. “One of the newer trends in our business environment seeks to speak to green and renewable energy.” He observed that under the Development Bank’s European Investment Bank portfolio funding, where a line of credit valued at US$8 million agreement was signed in December 2010, funds have been earmarked for green and renewable energy projects and person who are creative and have ideas in regards to solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy or other creative forms of energy, persons could approach the Development Bank and try to move their ventures forward. Mr Douglas made the remarks at the first in the series of community business meetings organised by the National Entrepreneurial Development Division (NEDD) of the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs that was held on Thursday February 16 at the Edgar T. Morris Primary School in Tabernacle. “The Development Bank is here to help you in every regards, because your business is our business,” remarked Mr Douglas. “The more successful you become, the more successful it is for the bank. We want to create good sustainable and vibrant businesses, and so I encourage you as you move forward in ideageneration or the actual coming on stream of your business, see us as your friend, your partner and keep us informed as possible so that we can work hand in hand and get your operation off the ground and make it a resounding success.” The Community Business Meeting, which was coordinated by Mr Philip Browne, Business Development Officer with the National Entrepreneurial Development Division, and held under the theme ‘Helping Small Businesses Move Forward’, was also addressed by Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the Hon Dr Timothy Harris. Dr Harris started by thanking officers of his ministry for planning and holding the meeting whose aim was to introduce to, and to make the public aware, what kinds of support that the NEDD could and was providing to them. He also commended and congratulated the business persons who turned out for the first of the community business meetings. He commented that small businesses need space in the country to do things and sympathised with them saying that it was the large businesses that fight harder for support from government than the small businesses. Accordingly, said the Minister, large businesses in the country were the largest beneficiaries of concessions, as they fight hard to get those things, while small businesses were not as aggressive. “What we need is to have small businesses getting together, having a clear understanding of what is happening out there. As small businesses we have to do certain things for ourselves and let our voices be heard,” pointed out Dr Harris. He advised that community business meetings were being held for discussions to take place so that the government could hear from them. Other presentations at the Community Business Meeting were made by the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Mr Charleton Edwards; US Peace Corps volunteer Ms Aimee Schattner who gave an overview of NEDD; and Mr Delwayne Delaney, NEDD Project officer who advised on business plan writing. According to Mr Philip Browne, the National Entrepreneurial Development Division is the lead executive support agency for domestic investment and home-grown small enterprises. While advising the business operators how, and when, to apply for concessions from government, he stressed that the giving of concessions was an investment in the people by the government. “This government entity (NEDD) is designed to assist micro, small, and medium-size business owners to develop their ideas, products, services, and business models,” noted Mr Browne. “NEDD operates by providing extensive technical assistance aimed at modernising and strengthening businesses at the start-up, existing, and expansion stages.” Presenters at the first Community Business Meeting, from left: Mr Charleton Edwards, Mr Philip Browne, the Hon Dr Timothy Harris, Ms Aimee Schattner, Mr Delwayne Delaney and Mr Shavon Douglas. Mr Shavon Douglas of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis addressing the first Community Business Meeting. A section of small business operators at the Community Business Meeting held at Tabernacle.


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 12 NEWS to another, “as each of us, in our respective eras, ensured that the poor of this nation were made working class, the working class, middle class, the middle class, wealthy, and the wealthy, in a position to invest in and contribute to the economic vibrancy and the social stability of this nation.” Prime Minister Douglas said the Nation, which the founders of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party envisioned, the building blocks of which they fearlessly put in place, has been taken beyond the point to which they could have taken it, due to their own mortality and the constraints of time. “ We, of this generation, therefore, have humbly grasped the baton that they entrusted to our care, remained true to their original mission, and have run for them, and for us all, the race which, again, due to the constraints of mortality and time, they could not,” said Dr. Douglas, pointing out that the founders of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party made it possible for the thousands upon thousands of ordinary children who had been forever locked out of high schools, to enter those high schools. “The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party of this generation moved to invest millions and millions of dollars in student loans and scholarships, so that ordinary Kittitian and Nevisian children, given access to a secondary education by Labour in earlier years, are now given access to a university education by Labour of today. Because, let there be no doubt, there is no greater socioeconomic multiplier than education. And the history books will forever record that this most powerful and transformative PM Douglas says the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has been protectingand advancing interests of Kittitians and Nevisians bequest to the people of this country was delivered, with love and respect, by Labour,” said Dr. Douglas, who was first elected to the St. Kitts and Nevis House of Assembly in March 21st 1989. Dr. Douglas was elected National Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party in May 1989 and has been re-elected unopposed at the Party’s Conference each year. Noting that the Labour Party of an earlier era worked side by side with the sister organisation, the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union, to secure fair wages for the thousands upon thousands of sugar workers who worked the land, Dr. Douglas, who was appointed Prime Minister following the July 1995 General Elections, said the Labour Party of this generation then moved to construct homes, by the thousands, on these same lands, so that sugar-cane workers, their children, and their children’s children could at last assert their rights as land-owners and home owners, in this the land of their birth. (cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 13 NEWS PM Douglas thanks constituents for unwavering support BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Residents of St. Christopher Six joined their Parliamentary Representative, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, at the K. J. Swanston Memorial Methodist Church in Dieppe Bay on Sunday last, February 19th to give God thanks for the second anniversary of the re-election of the Labour Party for a fourth consecutive term of office. Also in attendance were Cabinet Ministers, Executive members of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and the Diplomatic and Consular Corps. In brief remarks, Prime Minister Douglas expressed thanks to the Church Board for giving the greenlight for the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Constituency #6 Branch to worship at the Church. Thirty-one bills are expected to be tabled during 2012 (cont’d rom page 4)Police Complaints, biological weapons, and the use of DNA are expected to be read,” Mr. Carty disclosed. Justice and Legal affairs legislative matters include Bail, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, and the Law Commission, while under Health, Social Development and Gender Affairs, issues will include Child Justice, Medical Professionals and Practice, Mental Health, Pharmacy Regulation, Public Health, and Child Care and Adoption. Legislation regarding Customs and Excise, Confidential Relationships for tax purposes, Electronic Funds Transfer, Hire Purchase, and Pensions will be proposed in the area of finance, while issues related to the Government Auxiliary Workers bill, the National Labour Code are to be debated in matters of Labour. It is also expected that lawmakers will deal with homebased education and the promulgation of Teachers Regulations. “Government is looking forward to a very active legislative year as it grapples with a number of critical challenges facing our country. Crime fighting, agricultural development, tourism Leader of Government Business in the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Sam Condor (c) with Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas on the left and Senior Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris at left. In the back is Minister of Youth Empowerment, Hon. Glenn Phillip. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) development, health and social development, Labour and Education are among the government’s top priorities at this time,” said Information Minister Carty. He added that Cabinet Chairman, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has reiterated that the areas of priority are consistent with the policy of renewal and reinvigoration of the Labour Party administration to better serve the interests of the people of the Federation even as the Labour Party celebrates its 80th anniversary of existence this year, 2012. “The privilege and honour is mine to also thank those who have come from the Government, those who have come from the National Party, and those who have come from the Diplomatic and Consular Community in St. Kitts to be with us here on this special occasion,”said Dr. Douglas. He also thanked those who have come from other parts of the country as part of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. “I want to emphasize in particular, that on the 2nd anniversary of the 4th term Election victory, we do not take anything for granted. It is because we take nothing for granted, why we thought it was important to come here and worship with you, to give God thanks because we do not take God’s blessings and mercies upon us as a Party, as a an Organization, as a Government, as a people, as a country, for granted,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He also thanked the people of Constituency Six, “because we do not take them as well for granted. We thank them for theirsupport; we thank each of you for your support over the years and for the support that we continue to expect and request of you very humbly in the years ahead.” “We thank you all for what you have to the Labour Party, what you have been in terms of support to the Constituency Branch and we thank you for recognizing as well what each of us has to do as individuals and as a country to move our country forward. God bless you so very much for this opportunity to worship here and for you to be with us as well as a congregation,” said Prime Minister Douglas. Prime Minister Douglas read the First Lesson, while the Second Lesson was read by Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty, Minister of Education and Information. The homily was delivered by Methodist Minister, the Rev. Joyce Rohan.St. Christopher 6 Parliamentary Representative, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas speaking at the Church Service. St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas Cabinet Ministers and Ambassadors were among the congregat ion on Sunday. Photos by Charles Jong


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 14 NEWS Christophe Harbour Names Winner of Employee Excellence Award BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (February 22, 2012) — Christophe Harbour Development Company, Limited is pleased to announce that James Matthews has received the Employee Excellence Award. Matthews has been a driver and server at the Beach House restaurant since 2008 and continually displays the commitment to service and dedication to making each guest’s experience truly memorable. “James has proven time and again to be a valuable and important member of the Beach House staff, said LeGrand Elebash, Christophe Harbour Chief Operating Officer. “His willingness to work in every aspect of the operation and be an enthusiastic member of our team makes him deserving of this award.” The Employee Excellence Award is given each quarter to an employee that displays excellence in his or her position and has earned the admiration of their coworkers through a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and willingness to go beyond what is required to fulfill their duties. The winner is nominated by his or her peers and then voted on by the Christophe Harbour management team. Each winner is presented with a certificate of appreciation and USD $250. Past Christophe Harbour employees that have received the Employee Excellence Award include Kishma Boncamper, Vikiesh Pickering, Glenville Francis, Bernell Richards, and Kathleen Brownsdon. Kittitian ambassador calls for solidarity among Africa, Caribbean and Pacific nations BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – One of the Federation’s top female diplomats is calling for solidarity amongst African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in light of an “unstable” state of affairs worldwide. (Left to right) Washington-based Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Jacinth Henry-Martin; Brussels-based Ambassador of the Eastern Caribbean States to Europe,Her Excellency Shirley Skerritt-Andrew and Taipei-based Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan), Her Excellency Jasmine Huggins. Newly appointed Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels, Her Excellency Shirley Skerritt-Andrew, who represents the Eastern Caribbean States of the Commonwealth, was at the time speaking to the ACP delegates in Brussels. Ambassador Skerritt-Andrew, who recently started her six month term as Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors, said that the historic ties and shared values link ACP to European Union. “(These) are the foundation of our partnership [and] are increasingly being tested, and new strategies deployed by the EU seem to confirm this trend. The global scene does seem ominous.” Notably, she noted a decline in foreign aid flows, concern over the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals; the Doha impasse; delays in international climate change negotiations; problematic aid effectiveness as well as the ongoing effects of the global economic crisis. “It is at this point that I believe that it is useful to remember that old African proverb that states ‘when the music changes, so must the dance’.” Ambassador Skerritt-Andrew, a specialist on European affairs and a former senior advisor to the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, said the Ambassador Her Excellency Roslyn Hazelle Photos by Erasmus Williams introduction of the Economic Partnership Agreements with Europe had divided the ACP Group along regional lines, and the Commission’s proposal to withdraw 18 ACP countries from the list of beneficiaries of trade preferences under Regulation 1528/2007 as of 1 January 2014, could also be seen as a threat to the stability of the group. Other St. Kitts and Nevis female ambassadors are Washington-based Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Jacinth Henry-Martin; Taipei-based Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan), Her Excellency Jasmine Huggins and Resident Ambassador Her Excellency Roslyn Hazelle. St.Kitts Star Actors Group presents “After the Wedding” By Drizel Hanleythey are going good, the play is well on its way, so I am encouraging everyone to come out and witness a well put together play,” the Director said. He further revealed that preparations began about two and a half months ago. The $10 tickets are available at Morton’s Super Market on Cayon Street and from members of the cast-Desmond Maynard, Brensyl Blake, Nsima Udo, Sheyane Liburd, RaeDawn Thomas, Delvil Wilkes and Nadia Demming.Moses Byron previously directed ‘the Governor’s Son’, ‘Sleep Over’ and ‘Waiting for My Lover’. He also produced a movie in 2009 called ‘Hurry Dog Eat Raw Corn.The St.Kitts Star Actors Group, directed by Moses Byron presents a dramatic production dubbed “After The Wedding” on Friday March 2 and Sunday March 4 8pm nightly at the Old Boy’s School, Seaton Street, Basseterre. According to the Director, the play came as a result of the alarming marriage failures around the world. “The dramatic piece will highlight some of the things that causes marriages to fail and some measures that can be put in place so as to decrease the marriage failure rates”, he added. The cast consists of eight (8) individualsfour (4) teenagers and four (4) adults. When questioned about the setbacks in producing the play Mr. Byron responded by saying cost is a major problem. “All the money pumped into this play comes directly from my pocket, no sponsorship,” he added. “In terms of preparation,


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 15 NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS LIFEan empty dream? One person thinks life is a voyage. He sees himself sailing along, coming out of nowhere, catching the sea breeze and moving slowly and lazily along into the sunset somewhere. Another person is of the view that life is a march – eyes straight ahead, proper steps, sharp band music, and clear cadence – a march indeed. Was that the way Longfellow viewed life – his and ours, when he spoke of muffled drums beating funeral marches?NO DISAGREEMENTIf there is one thing on which we could all agree, it is that life is always moving toward an end. The voyager cannot quite see it, or understand it, but he knows that the voyage will have an ending. The marcher, too, knows that no matter how slow or how swift the march, it must come to an end. I am not ignoring the view of persons who define life as a battle. He/she feels he must fight for his life. The one in the battle knows that no matter how fierce the battle, it will end one of these days. It is the things we do as we sail, march or battle – our past – that poses a problem. One cannot cut off the past with a sword, one cannot sail away from the past, and one cannot march away from the past. The past is chained to a person with unbreakable cords. Some of the past we welcome, and some we dread. This proves that life is more than a voyage, more than a march, more than a battle.CONSEQUENCES sometimes REMAINIt is, however, sadly true that some, if not all our past conduct, transgressions, actions and sins which, like a fierce hurricane, leave devastation and ruin in their train. When David blackened his name and disgraced his throne by the crimes of adultery and murder, God sent the prophet to arouse him from his indifference and to bring home to him the enormity of his guilt (Read 2 Samuel, chapters 11 & 12.) When with flashing eye and pointing finger Nathan uttered the words “Thou art the man”. The king came to his senses and so shall all of us from king to peasant. David repented and so should we, whether we are in public or private service (Read Ps. 32:1; Ps 103:12). God in grace forgives the past, but His government must be faced, since governmentally the consequences remain. That principle is laid down in Galatians 6:7-8 where we read “Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall a man reap”. It can’t be over Most of us are familiar with these lines from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “Tell me not in mournful numbers, life is but an empty dream! For the soul is dead that slumbers and things are not what they seem. Art is long, and time is fleeting. And our hearts, though stout and brave; still like muffled drums are beating, funeral marches to the grave. Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal. Dust though art, to dust returnest, was not spoken of the soul.” This text in the Psalms caused me to search for and ponder the opening literary lines from Longfellow: “Thou hast beset me behind, writes the Psalmist. That takes care of my past. “Thou has beset me before” That takes care of my future. “Thou hast laid Thine hand upon me”. That takes care of the present. (Psalm 139:5). The entire 139th Psalm is referred to by eminent surgeon the late Dr. Theophilus Parvin as “a great literary document”. But even more it is a wonderful spiritual treasure. In my view the verse in Ps 139 covers the whole spectrum of life – past, present and future so admirably epitomized by the writer. So let us return to the question posed in our topic for today. Is life an empty dream? Is life static or is it moving towards something? On the other hand do we share Longfellow’s view “that art is long and time is fleeting. And our hearts though stout and brave (presently) still like muffled drums are beating, funeral marches to the grave? Dr. Ord L. Morrow of Back to the Bible Ministry attempted in an article which I stumbled upon having been written in April 1978 to highlight several definitions of life on a personal level. emphasized that past actions, transgression and sins will have a resurrection day and, they will come back to haunt us. That is as sure as night follows day. What of our mistakes, blunders and sins of the past? Happily in this voyage, this march of life, this battle, we can repent, turn from our evil way, pay retribution and make confession. That is the New Testament way. No one wins the battle against sin; its very sting is death. Here is great news. At the end of the voyage Christ is there; in fact He waits. At the end of the march He graciously welcomes us home, for He finished the march to victory for us over 2000 years ago. At the end of the battle He reminds us of His cry from the Cross, “it is finished” He came through it and now lives in the power of an endless life. All is won or lost where, and if, the Cross of Christ and His atoning blood make their impact upon us and Christ takes up His abode in our hearts. Remember, lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime. And departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time. How many of us now conclude that life is moving towards something? Tell me reader wither bound?May God bless us all! NHCS honors Nevis heroes, heroines as part of Heritage Week CHARLESTOWN,NEVIS — The Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) on Saturday, Feb. 11 honored nine heroes and heroines who have made a difference on Nevis. The ceremony took place on the grounds of the Museum of Nevis History under the theme: “Celebrating the contribution of our heroes and heroines to our History and Heritage,” and formed part of Heritage Week activities (Feb.11-18). The list of honorees recognized by the NHCS were: Mr. Ken Evelyn, Mrs. Miriam Knorr, Ms. Lyra Richards, Mr. David Robinson, Mr. Franklyn Browne, Mr. Orville “Lefco” Liburd, Mr. Edward Herbert, Mr. Bertram Roach and Mr. Analdo Chiverton. Speaking at the ceremony, Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry commended the NHCS on the gesture, and said that the heroes and heroines are important to the Nevisian fabric, and must be recognized for their work to the community. “My Nevis Reformation Party (NRP)-led government has promoted ordinary folk by naming schools, parks or buildings after persons such as Arthur Evelyn, Inez France, Dora Stevens and others”, the Premier said. He took the opportunity to speak fondly of former parliamentarian in the NIA, and long-standing businessman Mr. Arthur L. Evelyn, who accepted the token on behalf of his brother Ken (Evelyn). The Hon. Joseph Parry said that both Evelyn brothers had shown great humility, as they have assisted and supported many persons quietly on Nevis. He also mentioned some of the achievements of some of the other awardees. Mrs. Miriam Knorr, he said, has been a fixture on Nevis for many years, and had orchestrated regular beach clean-ups of Nevis beaches during the better part of those years. The Premier also paid tribute to Ms. Lyra Richards, stating that she (Ms. Richards) was a founding member of the Nevis Dramatic and Cultural Society (NEDACS), a drama and cultural society dating back to the early 70’s, and which initiated the island’s premiere Cultural Festival Culturama in 1974. “Lyra has done much for our society, and she too is a heroine,” commended the Premier. In discussing Mr. David Robinson and his wife Joan (deceased), Premier Parry enlightened the audience how the American couple who came here in the early 1980’s as Peace Corps Volunteers, had assisted in the building and restoration of the Hamilton House, the birthplace of United States founding father Alexander Hamilton. Since 1983 the building has housed the Museum of Nevis History on its lower level, and the Nevis Island Assembly on the top floor. “This couple visited Nevis and helped to create the Hamilton Museum, and they have helped with the promotion of the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society,” Premier Parry said. The Hon. Joseph Parry also commended former educator and cricket lover, Mr. Franklyn Browne for inspiring young people to enjoy learning, and the sport of cricket in Nevis. Browne’s son, Virgil, is a masseur with the West Indies Senior Cricket Team. “Mr. Browne sat Nevisian children down every Friday afternoon to watch or participate in the game of cricket after a week of studying academics, he NHCS Group shot of winners and members. Ms.Lyra Richards receiving a certificate, hand shake and congratulations from NHCS member Mrs.Clara Walters. Mrs.Evelyn Henville Director of NHCS witnessing the event. promoted the game of cricket, and love of learning,” said the Premier. While time did not permit him to elaborate on the contribution of Orville Liburd, Edward Herbert, Bertram Roach and Analdo Chiverton, the Hon. Joseph Parry noted that history is important to any society, and it is up to the adults to get the young people to know it, understand it and love it.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 16 NEWS The Chief of the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Guyana, Professor Gordon Shirley, highlighted today to the Permanent Council “the significant efforts made by the Guyanese Electoral Commission (GECOM) to improve procedures and execute an overall inclusive and clean electoral process,” and commended “the high level of training and dedication exhibited by GECOM staff in the polling centers.” The report of the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) that accompanied the general and regional elections held on November 28, 2011, underscores as a positive aspect of the campaign period the GECOM’s efforts to adopt Codes of Conduct for both political parties and media and the reopening of the GECOM’s Media Monitoring Unit. In terms of campaign financing, the report noted the positive steps toward creating accountability for party spending; however it also recognizes the lack of regulation for campaign contributions. It also highlights and the access to media and campaign financing. The report states that the campaign “was characterized by a perception of limited differentiation between the state and the governing party.” The OAS Secretary General, Jos Miguel Insulza, thanked the “very complete report” presented and reiterated the idea to implement a system to follow up on the implementation of the recommendations presented by the Electoral observation missions. The leader of the OAS said that the Organization has been invited to observe all the elections being held in the Caribbean. “This is a sign of vibrant democracy in the Caribbean, and demonstrations of how you take democracy very seriously. The EOM’s reports are, very much, a sign of trust in our organization, which we deeply appreciate.” In the review of the Election Day itself, Professor Shirley pointed out the quality of measures to guarantee gender participation, mentioning that Guyana is the only country in the Caribbean with a gender quota for female candidacies in effect. Nevertheless he noted that “only one of the four major political parties fielded a woman at the top of its ticket,” and noted the lack of female participation at the Commissioner level. OAS Observation Mission Highlights Efforts for Inclusiveness and Transparency in Guyana’s Elections Regular Session of the Permanent Council, February 22, 2012 Professor Shirley affirmed that “throughout the day, the OAS observers did not witness any incidents of voter intimidation, interruptions of the voting process, or restrictions of the right to a secret vote. Poll workers carried out the counting of the ballots according to legal procedures, and agents from both governing and opposition parties were present during the counting at all observed stations.” The report also explained that the tabulation and processing of results was marked by some incidents that demonstrated the lack of application of uniform procedures. The Mission, composed of 25 observers, also reported the discontent that prevailed two weeks after the electoral results. “The mission considers it essential that significant actions are carried out by GECOM prior to future elections to instill greater credibility of its actions,” says the report. In presenting the recommendations, Professor Shirley referred to the need to employ mechanisms to guarantee more equitable access to media and political financing; the inclusion of a requirement for disclosure of campaign expenditures prior to the elections; a review of options for proportional party access to advertising time; and the incorporation of technical criteria and to establish mechanisms that guarantee GECOM’s plurality. The chief of Mission also recommended the determination and adherence “to timely and standardized procedures for the electoral process,” and invited the GECOM to address the challenges observed in the tabulation procedures and to work diligently to develop additional transparency mechanisms. The Permanent Representative of Guyana to the OAS, Ambassador Bayney Karran, thanked the Mission’s work and explained that electoral politics in his country “have a regrettable past, a challenging present and a colorful future.” The Guyanese diplomat affirmed that “each successive election has brought its own share of anxieties and difficulties to the society, at the same time; however, each election has also brought forth renewed hopes and promises on the economic, social and political development of the republic to build on the substantial progress which has been achieved in recent years,” and continued by saying that “along the way, significant advances have been made in the country’s capacity to deliver well-organized elections in keeping with international standards, although there will always be room for improvement in any system.” He affirmed and recognized that based on the report “the recent elections were a significant success, and a reaffirmation of the Guyanese people of the principles InterAmerican Democratic Charter.” Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Project Launched At Half Way Tree Community Centre A three-day workshop, implementing the Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Pilot Project, was launched on Tuesday, 21st February, 2012 at the Half Way Tree Community Centre. The training, which targets residents and district volunteers of the Half Way Tree – New Guinea expanse, intends to reduce the community’s risk to natural disasters by improving its capacity to prepare for them. Participants will be trained in the following areas: (i)Hazard Mapping, (ii)V ulnerability Analysis, (iii) Mitigation Planning, (iv) Housing Retrofit and Safe Construction Techniques Understanding that the programme’s success depends entirely upon the commitment of the pilot community, the participants are required to be involved in the process of disaster risk information collection and analysis and preparation of community hazard mitigation strategies. According to Stephen Hodges, who is the Team Leader from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (OECS ESDU), the participation of the attendees in the Disaster Risk Assessement process, should enhance the community’s buy-in into the project. Late last year, a team of consultants led by the Project Officer, Mr. Cornelius Isaac, visited St. Kitts on a mission to identify a pilot community for implementation. According to Districts Coordinator, Mrs. Telca Wallace, the Half Way Tree Community was selected and meetings were subsequently held with residents, so that the way forward could be defined. “One of the reasons we selected the Half Way Tree community, as the ideal beneficiary of this first step,” Mrs. Wallace explained, “is that in lieu of adequate funding to address ongoing issues in that area, it was felt that the combined passion of the residents along with NEMA’s commitment to the process, could give the programme the edge necessary to guarantee success.” As the Caribbean region is highly vulnerable to both natural and man-made disasters, and considering the current financial state of international donor agencies, the survival of emergent nations such as St. Kitts-Nevis, depends upon development that can be sustained. Statistics show that more than 30% of all recorded disasters occurring between 1846 and 1978, took place in the Latin America-Caribbean region, causing more than a million deaths. It is also true that the region has been impacted by several major hurricanes since 1980 including Hurricane Allen in 1981, Gilbert in 1988, Hugo, 1989, Georges in 1998 and Ivan in 2004. The Montserrat volcano, having erupted in 1997 and the Haitian earthquake of 2009 also served to emphasise the region’s vulnerability to natural hazards. These events pose a significant threat to the region’s capacity to rehabilitate or even to raise the necessary funds to recover following the impact of a hazard time and again, prompting experts to declare that disaster management must be at the core of any National Development Plan. To ensure that this principle is adhered to, introductory lessons will highlight disaster management in the context of national development and specifically in the development of local communities, during the workshop. According to Mr. Isaac, Springs of Li f e W el lness Seminar Seventh Day Adventist Health Lectures The Cayon Seventh Day Adventist Health Ministries Department invites the General Public to its Springs of Life Wellness Seminar that began February 18 and continues February 20 to 25 at the Cayon Community Centre at 7:15 p.m. each evening. The lectures are facilitated by Dr. Lincoln Carty. On Monday, February 20 the topic was – “Healthy, Wealthy and 10 Times Wiser,” Tuesday – “How to Prevent or Reverse Diabetes” and today, Wednesday “Eat to Beat Cancer.” Lectures continue on Friday with “Keys to Cardiovascular Disease Prevention” while on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. the topic is “Coping with Stress” and at 4:15 p.m. on the same day it is “Natural Relief from A.C.I.D. (Acid Indigestion).”the Project Officer, “...development cannot be sustained if it is going to be wiped out periodically.” The collaborative undertaking is made possible through an initiative of The OECS ESDU, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). For more information, please contact Mrs. Telca Wallace, Districts Coordinator at 465-5100.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 17 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader: The subject matter seems trivial, but would eventually end up with human rights abuses, health effects of the people of Sut (Soot) Alley, Prickley Pear Alley, Lower West Bourne Street and Salt Pond Alley. I will point out and it will educate the people or the inhabitants of the whole island and especially Basseterre how it was in the old days. There was electricity in St. Kitts before the 20th of April 1926 and there was a major occurrence in that year. I am referring to the horrific hurricane of 1928. Pond Pasture which was below sea level was flooded by the sea. My grandmother told me that people used to go up the Pasture to catch fish. There were the occasional conchs as well. There was also a disastrous hurricane in 1924; with the same flooding but 1928 was worse electricity on April 26th and hurricane between August and September. There was electricity in St. Kitts before 1928, but it was not operated by government. The Basseterre Sugar Factory began construction in 1910 and commenced operations in 1912. With such a huge operation of producing sugar, there has to be electricity to light up the various walkways leading up to the mills which ground the sugar. What if one of these mills was jammed and they were using bamboo torches to supply light to clear the jam? The whole Sugar Factory could have burnt down. The Sugar Factory had its own power plant which lighted up the various departments, including the Manager’s office, the Engineer’s Office and the homes of the big wigs and the small wigs. Most of the big wigs lived nearer to the airport including the Manager. Some of them lived to the south of the Sugar Factory itself. It was most obvious to discern the big shots for the small shots from the sizes of the dwellings. The black assistants who lived in the small houses, had more children, but their dwellings could actually be called huts. But they were sullied with electricity, an enjoyment, a facility that we in downtown Basseterre could not and were not able to enjoy. In those days, when sugar was king, the Factory Manager was more important than the Administrator, although both of them were kith and kin. The same Factory Manager insisted that the government electricity should be 220 watts while the Factory’s remain at 110. This would prevent pilferage of Factory property. From 1928-1952 the Electricity Department was situated at Central Street between Prickley Pear Alley and Lower West Bourne Street or Ghaut. The plant was equipped with two steamers like chimneys and you had the Electricity Department at the Corner of Lower Prickley Pear Alley ad Central Street. The Ice Plant was the building to the west and in front of where you go to pay your bills today. Today, you hear much talk about human rights abuses, but, when that Power Plant was planted there, the noise pollution was killing. Coupled with that the sut (soot) which was belched out from those two chimneys affected (adversely) the health of the young children and adults alike. Every morning, the children and the adults would be coughing up black soot. Every morning black soot could be seen in the corner of the eyes of both children and adults. From Mildred Sommersall’s house in Lower Prickley Pear Alley running through Sut or Soot Alley to the West until you reach where Puntan Webster’s house which faced West Bourne Street, all the house roofs were black, their sides were black, their windows were black, their curtains were black and the black children were even blacker when they awoke in the morning from all that black soot which was belched out of those two chimneys. If they closed the windows to their homes, it was injurious to their health. If they opened the windows to their homes they would be breathing in soot and coughing it out for the rest of the day. If they closed the windows, they would breathe in and out the same stale air which they breathed out and which could not be circulated because of the same closed windows. Now, dear reader, the greatest terrorist act perpetuated on a people ever, was the installation of that Electricity Plant in Basseterre between Lower Prickley Pear Alley and Lower West Bourne Ghaut. It could not be installed to the West because it would have been a bother to the West Basseterian affluents, including those living around Fortlands. If they moved it to the East, it would have created problems for the affluents in the affluentual area of Basseterre who needed that kind of service more – the merchants, the bankers, for t hey lived on the top of their businesses. They could not think of installing the plant on the outskirts of Basseterre, because every available inch of land was used to produce sugar for he was the king and everything revolved around him. So, the poor downtrodden of Central Basseterre had to be sacrificed, had to bear the burden, had to feel the squeeze. I have to reinforce the point to my readers that every morning when the parents and children awakened, there was sut (soot) all over them. When they coughed in the morning, they were coughing up black soot. When they sneezed in the morning, the black soot came out of their nostrils. When they awoke in the morning, the black soot was lodged in the corners of their eyes and the whole of the body resembled a tar baby. If they tried to get away from the soot by closing the windows, they would still be endangering their lives for there would not be any circulation of oxygen in the closed-up house and the residents would still be affected negatively in this way. It was a no-win situation under these circumstances. Your Christmas curtains ended up with the colour black which was not beautiful under the circumstances. Who would stand up for the suffering masses of people in that area? There was no Trade Union in those days. The Union came in 1940. There was no political party in those days. The Workers League was formed in 1932 but was toothless as it was outlawed because no political party could have been formed by the masses of the people. Adult suffrage came to St. Kitts and Nevis in 1952. There was a gentleman by the name of Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw of St. Pauls, who moved to Basseterre (Central) and lived in the first upstairs house going down on the left side of Lower Shear Lane. He might not have been affected by the soot, but I am sure that the noise affected him. Many a resident in that area became patients at the tuberculosis or T.B Ward at the Cunningham Hospital where the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College is now situated (on Burdon Street).. After the Trades & Labour Union was formed, Mr. Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw and his Comrades agitated the Administrator to remove the Power Plant from where it was located. It is also believed that the Commission which was sent from Britain after the 1948 General Strike recommended the removal of this facility to another area. The construction of the Needsmust Power Plant began in 1951; the Generators were commissioned in May 1952. Dear reader, two (2) events took place in 1952 – (1) Adult Suffrage was introduced into the colony of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla. The ordinary folks were given the right to vote in General Elections after much agitation from the Trades and Labour Union with Mr. Bradshaw as its President. The second (2) was the Commissioning of the new Generators at the Needsmust location. Up until 1952, the vast majority of the population – 92% did not have access to electricity. In most instances, it was fear of electricity itself. The fear of the cost, to wire the house, the fear that electricity would burn down the house and the comfort zone of being able to manage the Zulu Lamps which were in operation in those days, I will have to continue another chapter of this article. In order that I do not bring you sad memories of certain events which took place and which are historical facts, I had to erase such historical facts from this article. The introduction of electricity into St. Kitts Make certain that you reach use our new Email address:info@sknunion.com


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 18 NEWS Reparation of Caribbean Blacks To Be Addresses In Lecture Consumer Affairs Week of Activities 2012 The Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs is inviting the General Public to take part in the Consumer Affairs Week of Activities being held under the theme: “Our Money, Our Rights, Campaigning for Real Choice in Financial Services.” World Consumer Rights Day is commemorated March 15 and this year National activities run from Sunday, March 11 to Friday, March 16 and are as follows:Sun., March 11Declaration of Week Open by Dr. The Hon. Timothy Harris, Minister responsible for Consumer Affairs (ZIZ TV at 7:50 p.m.) Church Service at the Tabernacle Church of the Nazarine Mon., March 12Rebroadcast of Minister Harris’ Speech (ZIZ Radio 7:30 a.m.) Guest appearance on WINN FM’s “Breakfast Show” at 9:00 a.m. Tues., March 13Visit to Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College at 8:30 a.m. Wed., March 14 Guest appearance on Freedom Radio’s “Issues” at 1:00 p.m. Visit to Manufacturing Sector Thurs., March 15Panel Discussion entitled “Fairness for Consumers Conducting Financial Transactions” on ZIZ Radio at 8:30 p.m. Fri., March 16Consumer Awareness Day at Independence Square starting at 10:00 a.m.Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 21, 2012 (SKNIS): The issue of the Reparation of Caribbean Blacks for the inhumanity of slaves will be addressed in the final UNESCO Slave Route Project Lecture which takes place Tuesday, February 28, at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB). The upcoming discussion entitled “Demystifying the Reparations Debate” will feature Michael “Miguel” Lorne, a Jamaican lawyer and activist who has represented Caribbean Blacks in several Reparation claims. During an interview with the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service (SKNIS), Ras Dabo Penny noted that he had met Mr. Lorne several decades ago and knew that he was a reputable presenter for the Reparation Lecture. “I know he has become famous for taking a case to the Privy Council in trying to extract Reparations from the British Government, so I know he is a man who has been through the process and knows the process well,” Penny expressed. “I could recall that in 1998 in Barbados we came up with a figure that was owed to us collectively as a people.” Ras Dabo also gave a personal definition for Reparation. “Well Reparation is the compensation for wrongs done to our people,” Penny emphasized. “You see the Jews got Reparations for the Germans and the Japanese got Reparations for what the Americans did to them. The Americans paid the Indians, some who live in Alaska and other places, but blacks have been denied their full rights to Reparations by a system that is in place to deny us such. And we think that it’s within our rights to continue to struggle for some form of compensation for what we endured for 400 years of chattel slavery.” Lloyd Lazar in his capacity as the Chairperson of the mentioned UNESCO Subcommittee, explained why the overall theme of “Reconciling the Past to Move into the Future with Confidence” was chosen for the activities of the UNESCO Slave Route Project. “We have been targeting our young people because we feel it is very significant for them to feel confident about themselves,” Lazar stressed. “Earlier the Subcommittee had a presenter from the Congo [Ngombulu Ya Sangui Ya Mina Bantu Lascony]. He presented at the UWI Open Campus and also in Nevis as well and he tried to instill confidence in terms of positivity and abilities.” The “Demystifying the Reparations Debate” Lecture is free of cost and takes place Tuesday, February 28, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium at the ECCB. It marks the culmination of a free participatory lecture series that commenced July 2011.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 19 NEWS St. Kitts and Nevis wants Appeal Court to give advisory opinion BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is seeking parliamentary approval for the Federal and the Nevis Island Administration to request the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal to give an advisory opinion on important constitutional questions or issues of public interest. Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Hon. Patrice Nisbett yesterday, Thursday February 23rd introduced in Parliament. The Attorney General’s Reference (Constitutional Questions) Bill 2012, which provides for the referral of important question of Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Hon. Patrice Nisbett (Photo by Erasmus Williams) interpretation of the constitution and the constitutionality of legislation enacted by the National Assembly and the Nevis Island Legislature. The Bill seeks to establish a new arrangement with the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, whereby the Attorney General, with the approval of Cabinet, “may request an advisory opinion on important constitutional questions or important questions of public interest.” An interested person may be notified of the hearing on the question and such a person may be entitled to be heard by the Court of Appeal. “The Court will then be charged with the responsibility to hear and consider the question, answer each question and give reasons for each answer and certify its opinion on each question,” according to the explanatory notes which accompany the draft Bill. “The opinion of the Court of Appeal is pronounced in the same manner as in a case of a judgment on the appeal to the Court, but it shall not be binding on the parties. This Bill shall not have the effect of derogating from any of the powers of the Court of Appeal,” it added.


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 21 NEWS Seventh Day Adventist School celebrates 100 days of school By Drizel HanleyStudents and teachers of the Seventh Day Adventist School located at Pond Estate, East Basseterre celebrated 100 days of school with a Career Day March through the streets of Basseterre last Friday, February 17. The excited students marched brilliantly from the school, down into Wellington Road, across Cayon Street, down Church Street then onto Liverpool Row, up Fort Street back on Cayon Street and back to the school grounds via Wellington Road. Marching under the team, “Learning today, leading tomorrow” the students showcased career attires including Doctors, Lawyers, Nurses, Law Enforcers, Educators, Chefs, Pilots, Customs officials, Fire Fighters, Entertainers, Athletes, Astronauts, Surgeons and Senior Journalists. According to Vice Principal of the Seventh Day Adventist School, Mrs. Omel Nolan, celebrating the 100th day of school was an idea brought to the school by a teacher who was surfing the internet and found the idea interesting. She further revealed that the objective of Career Day is to help the students to familiarize themselves with the different types of careers and to give them an idea of the career path that they would like to choose as they grow older. Preparations for the celebrations began a month ago with parents and students coming together to choose what career attire they would like to display during the march. Since its inception in 2003 they are the only school on the island that celebrates 100 days of learning. The costumes were coutersy of each parent/ guardian. OECS Chief Justice resigns, takes effect on August 1 Students dressed as Nurses. Students dressed as Fire Fighters. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Nevisianborn Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, His Lordship Mr. Justice Hugh Anthony Rawlins has resigned. His resignation takes effect from August 1. CMC said Wednesday that Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Kenny Anthony of St. Lucia said that a committee has been activated to pick his successor. Justice Rawlins, a national of St. Kitts and Nevis held the position of Chief Justice since May 2008 after Kittitian Sir Dennis Byron retired. Prime Minister Anthony said he had received the letter of resignation from Justice Rawlins in his capacity as OECS chairman and has informed the leaders of the subregional grouping. “We are aware that there have been a number of challenges faced by the courts and it is to the credit of the Chief Justice that some of those challenges were dealt with, and dealt with in the accustomed fashion that a Chief Justice would deal with problems of that nature. “So we want to extend our deep thanks and our appreciation to the Chief Justice for serving the people of the OECS with dignity, character and with honour,” Anthony said. The OECS Chairman said that the leaders of Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis have also expressed their appreciation to the outgoing head of the sub-regional jurisdiction for his work over the years. “A search committee has now been activated to begin the process of identifying a replacement. We are proceeding apace and in good time so that by the time the resignation takes effect, hopefully we will have a new Chief Justice in place,” Anthony said. “As you know it is a critical and crucial position in the regional arrangement in the court system, and it is vital that an arrangement be found to avoid any delay in the dispensation of judicial services to the sub-region,” he added. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (right) and the Nevisian-born Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, His Lordship Mr. Justice Hugh Rawlins (Photo by Erasmus Williams)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 22 SPORTS Results Of SKNFA Digicel Premier & Division 1 Matches Played on Saturday 18th February, 2012:Digicel Premier Division at Warner Park Stadium S. L. Horsford St. Pauls 1 vs St. Peters 0 (Half Time 1 0) Scorer for S. L. Horsford St. Pauls Terrence Ward in the 40th minute Yellow Cards Darren Caines (St. Pauls) 51st minute; Rhondell Brookes (St. Peters) 56th minute. Red Card Terrence Ward (St. Pauls) 60th minute Officials were Caldon Duncan, Anthony Bergan, Graeme Browne & Tristley BassueDivision 1 Matches1st Division At Newtown Playing Field SPD United 4 vs C.C.C Bath United 0 (Half Time 1 0) Scorers for SPD United Ellic Lewis in the 9th minute; Philmore Rawlins (66th minute); Vincent Warner (79th minute) Traville Lawrence (86th minute) Officials were Len Harris, Craig Rouse & Jason Rouse At Sandy Point Playing Field Sandy Point Allstars 5 vs Security Forces United 2 (Half Time 1 2) Scorers for Sandy Point Allstars Valdon Rogers in the 25th minute; Jarold Sutton of Security Forces scored an own goal in the 55th minute; Leshawn Evans (65th minute); Shaquille Williams struck twice in the 77th & 90th minute Scorers for Security Forces Daniel John (10th minute); Kieth King (34th minute). Officials were Earl Leerdam, Tristley Bassue & Miguel Flemming West Indies Women and India Women squads along their shirt numbers. Also below is the full team management lists. W est Indies W omen India W omen Player Number Player Number Merissa Aguilleira11Anjum Chopra20 Stafanie Taylor07 Mithali Raj03 Shemaine Campbelle30 Sunitha Anand54 Britney Cooper35 Ekta Bist08 Shanel Daley31Archana Das09 Deandra Dottin05 Diana David05 Pearl Etienne17Jhulan Goswami10 Stacy Ann King 15Mamtha Kanojia30 Kycia Knight42 Harmanpreet Kaur84 Anisa Mohammed14Veda Krishnamurthy17 Subrina Munroe39Madhuri Mehta01 Juliana Nero06Sulakshna Naik55 Shaquana Quintyne43 Amita Sharma44 Shakera Selman04 Subhalaxmi Sharma23 Gouhar Sultana31Team ManagementWest Indies Name Designation Sherwin Campbell Head Coach Stephanie Power Assistant Coach Marjorie ThomasTeam Manager Janel Springer Physiotherapist Amena Highland Fitness Trainer Trent SargeantVideo Analyst India Name Designation Anju Amit Lal Jain Head Coach Sandhya Omprakash AgrawalTeam Manager Sandhya Omprakash AgrawalTeam Manager Munish Kamlesh Kumar BaliFielding Coach Meha Haish Karnik Physiotherapist Benafsha Kersi Gazdar Fitness Trainer Ashish Bhupinder Kumar TuliVideo Analyst Courageous Aguilleira takes Windies to 4-wicket win Roseau, Dominica — A superb knock by Merissa Aguilleira took West Indies Women to a hardfought victory over India Women in the third T20 International at Windsor Park on Wednesday. The courageous captain remained calm under pressure to make the topscore of 39 not out as the home side reached 86-4 off 19.4 overs to win with two balls to spare after limiting the visitors to 83-7 off 20 overs. The leading bowler for the Windies was off-spinner Stafanie Taylor, who had 2-16 off four overs. The 26-year-old wicket-keeper batted with some discomfort and had to receive treatment for a right hamstring injury during her innings. She came in with the team in trouble at 10 runs for three wickets and played confidently for an hour, faced 48 balls and hit two fours. It was her highest T20 International score surpassing her previous best of 26 made against Sri Lanka in St Kitts in April, 2010. Speaking after the match Aguilleira said she was “well pleased” with the performance. She added the next step is to win again on Thursday and take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the fivematch series. “I had to fight really hard today. I had to be brave. I had to fight the pain. My hamstring gave me some problems but we will have that fixed and I will be ready for tomorrow’s match. I am well pleased that I was able to stay at the crease and do the job for the team. For me it is always all about the team. We were in a hole and as captain I knew I had to stand there and bat to the end,” she said. “It is always good to lead from the front. Today we lost some early wickets but we still had plenty time in the game when I went in. I am not a power-hitter so I was able to settle in and work the ball into the gaps and build an innings. That was ideal for me … yes, there was the pressure of losing wickets, but time was on my side and I was happy with the way I stayed there and guided the team to victory.” She added: “We have chance to wrap up the series with a win tomorrow and we will be going all out to do that. It will be tough, we are playing against a higher ranked team and they are very competitive, but we are also a good team and we believe we can do it tomorrow. We are aiming to win this (T20 Series) and also the other one (One-Day Internationals). We know we can do it.” The fourth T20 International will be played at Windsor Park on Thursday at 2 pm (1 pm Jamaica Time).


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 23 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante Statement by Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Chairman of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party at a Press Conference to mark the 80th Anniversary of the founding of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party at Masses House on February 22, 2012 It is a pleasure for me to welcome you to this press conference which is called as part of our programme of activities in commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the founding of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, formerly the Workers’ League, in January, 1932. Eighty (80) years of existence of any institution is by itself a phenomenal achievement but it is especially delightful that such longevity can be ascribed to a founding grass root institution dedicated to national service in which the ordinary people would have their place and position of pride. In commemorating eighty (80) years of service, I salute the brave pioneering warriors of faith, decency and patriotism, who in the darkest socio-economic era in our country and the wider Caribbean, came forward at a time when there was nothing to gain and all to lose. I thank the founding fathers of the Party among them were Thomas Manchester (President), Joseph Matthew Sebastian (Founding Member), Joseph Alexander Nathan, Joseph Nathaniel France, Victor John, William Davis and W. A. H. Seaton. The names of J. L Harney, James Claxton, Alwyn Ribiero, V. E John, Edward Lewis and Edgar Challenger appeared as subscribers to the Memorandum of Association dated May 17, 1934. I also thank those who continued the onerous charge of leadership like the Right Excellent Robert L. Bradshaw, Paul Southwell, Lee L. Moore and now the Right Honourable Dr Denzil L. Douglas. As we look back in retrospect and forward in hope, we give thanks to a fine cadre of leaders with enlightening and ennobling policies, and we feel a sense of pride that they came before us and that we stand on their shoulders. We are the legatees of that commandment of service to God, service to our people and service to our conscience. Our conscience is what allows us to see wrong and call wrong, wrong, as our founding fathers did. It is our conscience that allows us to know the truth and to speak the truth that is most true, as Comrade Moore was known to say. For it is still true, that our Party was and is called to agitate against wrong and to make wrong, right as it has always done. So we agitated against the debilitating and disempowering circumstance of poverty that was the lot of so many. While we have made progress through enlightened policies in health, in education, in public welfare and in the provision of a range of public goods, today we can say that we have won the battle but clearly not the war: for 21.8% of individuals and 13.5% of households in our nation are still poor; just earning enough to make ends meet according to a study done by KAIRI on poverty and indigence in the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. We made a pledge to work to end this. We made a pledge to do good, to do good for our citizens and residents and to do good for our country. It is critical that we always honour our pledge to the very end. Our people are depending on us. Our country needs us! Our leaders of the past fought to end colonial rule and, importantly, they fought to end landlessness among the masses. They used state power to acquire the majority of lands within the country, thereby popularizing land ownership. What ever happens in the post sugar era, we must hold sacred local ownership of state land and there must never again be the passing of our lands into the hands of a few foreign developers for a “mess of pottage”. Best Is Yet To Come As we look to the next eighty (80) years of the party, we must give hope that the best is yet to come. The best in being relevant to the times and for all times. The best in listening, hearing and responding to the cries of our people: the mother who struggles to feed the family, the young man and woman looking for work, but unable to find it. The young man wanting a fresh start and for this must get a hand up and not a hand out; the welding technicians wanting a piece of land on which to set up their businesses and need real empowerment with land at incentivizing rates; our barbers, hairdressers and other young entrepreneurs wanting a loan and credit on manageable terms must be able to access such and the Party must therefore champion their cause. Our sick should not have to worry about not being able to travel to Antigua, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, or to the United States for either test or treatment because we must endeavor to provide these medical services to our people locally so that not just the rich but also the poor have access to the best of care. We must hear, listen and respond for after all our Party is still for and about the good that we can do, good for all people, but good especially for the poor who needs more attention and assistance. Justice For The People For my part, I am inspired by the love, commitment, industry, honesty and selflessness that stirred the founding fathers to action. For my part, I reaffirm my commitment to seek justice for the people. In the mantra of the Union Messenger, I rededicate my remaining years “to the service of the people that no good cause shall lack a champion, and that wrong shall not thrive unopposed”. We must champion the cause of the farmers seeking a market for his products and having done his part, they are left in the cold without explanation or compensation. In 1933 the Union Messenger spoke eloquently on agriculture as a productive sector and the special place for agricultural workers. “Any scheme therefore, governmental, private or social, which refuses or neglects to include a proper relationship to the whole, is very sadly deficient, is sure to be a nursery to public dissatisfaction” January 19, 1933. Today we have articulated a clear role for Agriculture, we have to do investments now to realize the most sanguine expectations of the founders. We must champion the cause of decent work. We must champion the people’s right for justice, fair play and due process. We must be striving every day to improve and ennoble of democratic system and enriching our people in the growth and development of our country. By so doing we will have the best we could for our Party, our People and our Country. People want to know why the Democrat’s “Watch Dog” doesn’t stop hiding behind the paper and be “De Messiah” (himself) to lead the violent and armed protests, he’s instigating to shut down the country and seize power. Dey say “Watch Dog” is nothing but a big coward; he should lead from the front; come out on de streets with his power-hungry gang in PAM and “De Rescue Crew” to achieve his goal of ‘taking out’ our lawfully elected and popular Prime Minister and Labour Government. But, with all his inciting, week after week, the so-called revolution he is advocating is doomed to fail, for the good people of this country love Dougie and Labour b-a-ad; and PAM is no viable alternative to this LABOUR Government. Dey say LABOUR has no opposition, for PAM is not ready for government. It has no leader and no candidates and is plagued by crisis after crisis from de rampant corruption and bitter infighting in de Party. Even top calypsonians in last year’s Senior Calypso Finals, recognised that and they all sang about it – with severe criticism coming for Little Bo Peel and his gang in the PAM leadership. The vicious and unwarranted attack on the Police Commissioner last weekend in the PAM/CCM cable newspaper in Nevis, was part of the ongoing campaign by the power-hungry gang of political rejects, to undermine the integrity of the Commissioner, the Police Force and our National Security. De editorial in question was reportedly written by de fellow in Nevis who is everybody’s cousin, and who obviously has a personal axe to grind, and as old people would say is picking up cudgel. *People want to know if he was paid to do the job by members of the PAM-CCM cabal and Rescue Crew in their desperate bid to get rid of the LABOUR and NRP Governments. Some people are wondering if he got paid. And did the money come from members of the PAM/CCM cabal and the Rescue Crew, who are busy keeping secrets meetings on both island, planning all sort of mischief to get rid of Dougie and Labour and Parry and the NRP. Inside sources say they blue mudder vex wid de Commissioner for his exceptional leadership and his determination to lead his officers from the front to take back the streets from de criminals. They vex because he has put the brakes on the number homicides and stopped them from calling St. Kitts-Nevis the murder capital of the world. They mad like hell the figures last year didn’t climb to a record 100 and they are praying the criminals will get the upper hand. De leadership crisis in PAM has gotten so bad that taxi operators at De Circus (all well known PAM supporters) are openly pashing de embattled and expired PAM leader, Little Bo Peep. They too have now turned against him and are calling on him to step down immediately, after his ill-advised and disgraceful appearance on de PAM/FM radio. But, dey say de pompous and arrogant Little Bo Peep fellow continues to brag openly that he has no intention whatsoever to give up power. He will continue to do the D.C.H (Duck, Cover and Hold on) and fight till de last man drop. People in Nevis want to know if opposition elements had anything to do with the recent robbery there, which they have using all over the world to blacken the county’s good name.Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com


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