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Title: The labour spokesman
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 44 cm.
Language: English
Creator: St. Kitts and Nevis Trades and Labour Union
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Place of Publication: Basseterre, St. Kitts, WI
Publication Date: 03-23-2012
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Year 54 NO. 43FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD, 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 10 PAGE 02 (cont’d on page 05)PM Douglas says natural and accomplished talents of Runako Morton should not be lost on youths Nevisian cricket icon Runako Morton laid to rest BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas hopes the natural and accomplished talents of the late Nevisian and West St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) and Federal Minister of Sports, the Hon. Glen Phillip. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas presents his tribute to the late Runarko Morton.Photos are courtesy of Gavincia Clarke/Nevispages.com Joint Meeting of Federal and NIA Cabinets with IMF told specific economic targets met in second quarter BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis has met the specific targets for the second quarter of last year in its assessment of the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) with the (cont’d on page 08) Jamaica Labour Party Leader lauds infrastrural development in St. Kitts at PAM conventionBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Jamaica’s former Prime Minister, the Hon. Andrew Holness has lauded the Government of Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas for the infrastructural development that is taking place in St. Kitts. “I was here 10 years ago and (cont’d on page 5) Jamaica Labour Party Leader lauds infrastrural development in St. Kitts at PAM convention Indies cricket hero, Runako Morton will not be lost on the young people of the twin-island Federation. “May the fruit of his hard work impress upon our nation’s young people the value of perseverance and commitment, strength and courage no matter how great the obstacles. And many obstacles and distractions our people face, our own departed hero faced. But after all he was human. May the example of his talent inspire our young to patiently search for, and find their own,” said Prime Minister Douglas at a Thanksgiving Service for Morton at the Elquemedo Willet Park, Charlestown the Nevis capital on Saturday. In his tribute, Prime Minister PM Douglas says the introduction of National Prosecution Office and Prosecution Code enhances democracy and judiciaryBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 22ND 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. (cont’d on page 10)Washington Archibald High School Students Shine in Competition TDC Interschool Championships kick-off today

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 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 Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of Agriculture has extended warmest congratulations to the Principal, teachers and students of the Washington Archibald High School (WAHS) on that school’s spectacular success in the Third Essay Competition put on by the Food and Agriculture Organization to mark World Food Day. In August 2011, the Coordinator of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) World Food Day activities launched the Third Essay Competition under the theme titled Food Prices – from Crisis to Stability. Washington Archibald High School Students Shine In Global Essay Competition The cash prizes and library books have been determined for the two categories: (A) 11 to 14 years and (B) 15 to 17 years. The First Prize is US $500, the Second Prize is US $400 and the Third Prize is US $300 for both categories. These winners will also receive a 2011 World Food Day bronze medal. Those placing fourth, fifth and sixth have also won a bronze medal and a set of books for their school libraries. The Washington Archibald High School won three prizes: 2 in category A (11-14 years) and 1 in category B (15-17 years).Category A (11-14 years)First Prize: Renell Agard, Washington Archibald High School Fifth Prize: Zoe Cheyenne Quinlan, Washington Archibald High SchoolCategory B (15-17 years)Second Prize: Kayla Farrell, Washington Archibald High School The handing over of the prizes and medals to the winners above should take place at a future date. Dr Harris expressed gratitude to the FAO Representatives, the school’s Principal and teachers and the students for having assisted and participated in this initiative. To be forewarned is to be fore-armed In last week’s editorial we once again drew our readers’ attention to the ongoing calls by persons opposite for our people to ‘rise up’ against the Labour Party Administration, of Prime Minister Douglas and for the use of violence in bringing about a change in government. Yet again we felt compelled to remind our people that this has always been the way of the People’s Action Movement (PAM). At a PAM meeting held at Old Road on Thursday night 15 March one of their platform speakers stated, quite emphatically, that they have to remove Labour from office by any means necessary, even if that involves using violence. This was exactly one week after the notorious Market Street meeting of the “Rescue Crew”. The statement was made even as our paper was going to press. This is a very serious matter, and people had better understand that, in all such affairs, PAM mean what they say. It is characteristic of who and what they are, and highly indicative of just what they intend to do. It is our hope that the police have made a careful record of that statement, for, without a doubt, it will become necessary to refer to it at some time in the future. We would also point out that several of the mischief makers hang around just long enough to do their dirt then, having set up the ‘bomb’ to go off, they go overseas in order to be out of the way whenever it does go off (as happened in 1967 when PAM failed in their attempt to overthrow the elected government of Premier Robert Bradshaw). So that everyone may clearly understand just who we are dealing with, and just what is going on, we also make reference to a statement recently put out on the SKN LIST by a very well known PAM supporter and activist indicating that the time has come to feed some labour people with cyanide. This is a very, very serious matter. Cyanide is available in several forms, e.g. as a gas called hydrogen cyanide, or as crystalline solids in the form of potassium cyanide or sodium cyanide. Poisoning occurs upon inhalation or when any living organism becomes exposed to a compound that produces cyanide ions dissolved in water (note well). We are advised that, in medical terms, it induces what is known as histotoxic hypoxia. What this means is that the cells of the affected organism become unable to use oxygen. This leads to comas, seizures and cardiac arrest. Death takes place in a matter of minutes. It is necessary that the whole country, and indeed the international community, take heed of this warning, pay full attention to it, begin to enlighten our people and take any and all preventive measures that it may be possible to. This is nothing to joke about. We have pointed out on a number of occasions that PAM realise that they are well on the way out. Having been roundly defeated four times straight they know that they are on the way to becoming irrelevant. A fifth convincing defeat (which they will most certainly be given) will lead to mass desertion, as even their most ardent supporters will find themselves hard pressed and extremely difficult to continue having any confidence in them.Hence all the talk of violence, such as going after the Prime Minister with cutlasses, dragging him out of Government Headquarters, “running them out”, making him “disappear”, chopping off his head, time to ‘deal’ with labour people, and on and on. PAM are now behaving like cornered animals. This makes them even more dangerous that they normally are. People of St Kitts and Nevis, BEWARE. Once again we feel compelled to remind you that we are not playing with a group of school children at a garden party or a school picnic. We are in fact dealing with a group of persons who have already demonstrated that they will stop at nothing in order to achieve their selfish political objectives. We implore all of our peace loving and law abiding citizens to be ever vigilant and avoid being taken in by wolves in sheep’s clothing. As Caleb Azariah Paul Southwell would have pointed out “To be forewarned is to be forearmed”. This whole state of affairs makes it all the more important and necessary that we should be strong, alert, confident and well organised to face up to ANY challenges, legal or illegal, overt or covert, that PAM may try to send our way. We will soon be at the halfway point of the current term, and it is therefore imperative that we begin preparing for the next general elections. Unity is strength, and we do need to ensure unity from here onwards. Recently the Prime Minister reminded us that in St Kitts and Nevis only Labour can defeat Labour. PAM simply cannot. He also reminded us that in 1980 we lost (NB lost) power because we were internally disunited. Solid point. Given our current state of affairs the Honourable Gentleman went on to state that there is a need to cut off the head of disunity in our organisation. Clearly he was making use of a figure of speech. As his late cousin, Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw would have said, there is a need to nip such things in the bud. He would also have pointed out that the party MUST stand united against the enimies of Labour and the people. In response some mischief makers on WinFM sought to obfuscate the matter by lamely suggesting that the Prime Minister was speaking literally and that, before he could cut off the head of disunity, someone should ‘cut off Douglas head’ first. In horse racing language they were simply ‘running true to form’. For months on end they have been fomenting disunity within labour, and the Prime Minister’s public and open identification of that ruse clearly threw them into a loop. They know to themselves that once he has spoken in such manner it means that the game is up with them and that, ultimately, all of their efforts will prove to have been in vain. Hence their erratic response. However, as we have pointed out above, the criminal nature of that statement by the PAM detractors is not to be overlooked. To the Prime Minister we say yes, indeed, there is clearly the need for unity in Labour, and we concur that we do need to put our house in order well ahead of time. In deed, it is our view that we aught to clarify exactly some persons intent in advance of the annual party conference. Trafalgar man on three counts of drug charges By Drizel HanleyShefton Blake of Trafalgar Village was on Monday, March 19 charged with offences of possession, possession with intent to supply and cultivation of a controlled drug. Police Press and Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Stephen Hector, said a search of Blake’s premises which was conducted on March 19 led to the find. “135 marijuana plants were found, uprooted and seized, and a small quantity of cured cannabis was also found on Blake’s property”, the Police Press and Public Relations Officer added. Mr. Hector further stated that investigations are ongoing, noting that Sergeant Travis Rogers, Head of the Anti-Narcotics Unit, wishes to commend the public for their continued support to the unit.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 3 NEWS Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) The Government of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis announced Thursday that the exchange offer to restructure its external bebt has been “highly successful.” Financial Secretary, Mrs. Janet Harris said the debt launched on 27th February 2012 has received the overwhelming support of its creditors. “Upon expiry of the exchange offer at the close of business on 14 March 2012, holders of 96.8% of the aggregate amount of bonds and commercial loans eligible to participate in the exchange offer (collectively, ‘Eligible Claims’) had agreed to provide extensive debt relief to the country by exchanging their claims on the Government and its public sector for New Bonds,” Mrs. Harris said in a statement. Under the terms of the exchange offer, holders of Eligible Claims had the option of exchanging their instruments either for New Discount Bonds denominated in US dollars, or New Par Bonds Offer to restructure St. Kitts and Nevis’ external debt “highly successful”, says Financial Secretary Financial Secretary, Mrs. Janet Harris denominated in EC dollars. The New Discount Bonds, which are to be partially guaranteed by the Caribbean Development Bank, entail a 50% reduction in face value. The balance is to be repaid over 20 years, with coupons set at 6% for the first four years, stepping down to 3% thereafter. The New Par Bonds will have a final maturity of 45 years, inclusive of a 15-year grace period on principal. Interest is fixed at 1.5% throughout. “Preliminary results indicate that holders with approximately two-thirds of the aggregate amount of Eligible Claims tendered chose to receive New Discount Bonds, with the remainder electing New Par Bonds,” Mrs. Harris disclosed. “In accordance with the conditions of the exchange offer, the Government will now take the steps required to activate the collective action clauses (CACs) embedded in [four] of the Eligible Claims. Once the Extraordinary Resolutions specified in the Offering Memorandum are approved in bondholder meetings, holders of the 3.2% of Eligible Claims not tendered into the exchange offer will automatically receive New Discount Bonds in exchange for their instruments upon the settlement of the transaction,” said the Financial Secretary. Mrs. Harris anticipates that “after the activation of CACs as described above, 100% of the aggregate amount of Eligible Claims will be restructured.” The exchange offer is expected to close mid-April 2012. White Oak Advisory LLP is acting as financial advisor to the Government in this transaction. Clifford Chance LLP is acting as legal advisor. World drug commanders meet in St. Kitts later this month Commissoner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Mr. C. G. Walwyn BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Drug Commanders and other senior law enforcement officials from around the world will gather in St. Kitts towards the end of this month to discuss issues, challenges and trends associated with the trafficking in illegal drugs. The St. Kitts Marriott Resort is the venue for the Preliminary International Drug Enforcement Commanders Conference (preIDEC) from March 26th to 30th under the theme “Working together against Transnational Organized Crime in the Caribbean.” Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police, Mr. C.G. Walwyn said participants will prepare also for the 18thedition of the IDEC, to be held in Bali, Water Services Department hosts Week of Activities By Drizel Hanley The Water Services Department is hosting a Week of Activities to commemorate World Water Day, which is held yearly on March 22. Surrounding the theme “Water and Food Security”, the Week of Activities which runs from Sunday, March 18 to Saturday, March 24 began with a Church Service at the Mount Carmel Baptist in Bourryeau. During the Church Service the Minister with responsibility for Public Utilities, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin gave brief remarks. Monday, March, 19 to Thursday, March 22 was utilized to engage the community by hosting talks in Primary and High Schools and on radio and television. Today, Friday 23rd March there will be a joint activity with the Department of Agriculture and the Taiwan Technical Mission at the Agro-Processing Facility at Needsmust. Dr. Halla Sahely, Assistant Water Engineer at the Water Services Department explained that water is a necessary ingredient for food production and one that must be used efficiently to ensure that it is available in a sufficient quantity and quality. “Water”, she emphasized “Connects us all” “As we seek to promote economic diversification, we will face an increasing demand in fresh water especially in the production of food”, the Assistant Water Engineer added. She further emphasized that we need to ensure that there is enough water to balance our needs for food and nutrition security. “Together, we must work through this challenge and create opportunities for change and for the betterment of our people while preserving and protecting a vital resource for all” she noted. Indonesia, 7th to 15th June 2012. Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, who has responsibility for the Police and the Defence Force, has been invited to deliver the Feature Address.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary This Is The Workers Union Continues. It is generally accepted that every new member of organized labour improves his or her own life and opportunities as well as strengthening all of organized labour. Each current Union member owes it to himself or herself and the labour movement to recruit one new member to our ranks each week. The more members we have the better able we are to protect and defend workers’ rights. What Unions Do? – Unions are about a simple proposition: By joining together, working people gain strength in numbers so they can have a voice at work about what they care about. They negotiate a contract with their employer for things like a safe and healthy workplace, better wages/salaries and other benefits. In addition, they have a voice in how their jobs get done, thereby creating a more stable, productive workforce that provides better services and products. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union has always adapted to the challenges of our Federation’s evolving workforce, and is meeting the needs of workers in todays flexible and nontraditional work environments. Because no matter what type of job workers are in, by building power in Unions, they can speak out for fairness for all working people, at their workplace and in their communities, and help to create better standards and a strong and vibrant middle class across the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The Union Difference. – Union members usually earn better wages/salaries and benefits than workers who aren’t Union members. Unions also ensure that their agreements with the employers on behalf of their members contain pension scheme, health insurance benefits, among other benefits as well. In addition, Unions also help to create a more stable, productive workforce – where workers have a say in improving their jobs. Also, Unions help lift workers out of poverty. In fact, it is acknowledged and generally accepted that where workers don’t have rights to Union representation, workers incomes are lower. As time is of the utmost importance I will have to end here, and in a future article we will look at the importance of collective bargaining to all workers. It is said that work songs handed down from the days of slavery helped black field workers pass the time under oppressive social and environmental conditions. They were usually simple, repetitive chants and melodies, easily remembered and modified. Some work songs had a spiritual focus, while others were carefully coded metaphors containing social commentary and/or guidelines for escape. After slavery was abolished, these work songs was passed along especially to those workers working in the fields. Today I leave you with one of those old work song that was song during slavery.Down In The Valley.“We ‘ll run and never tire, We ’ll run and never tire, We ‘ll run and never tire, Jesus set poor sinners free, Way down in de valley, Who will rise and go with me? You’ve heern talk of Jesus, Who set poor sinners free. “De lightnin’ and de flashin’, De lightnin and de flashnin’, De lightnin and de flashnin’, Jesus set poor sinners free, I can’t stand de fire. (Thrice.) Jesus set poor sinners free, De green trees a-flamin’, (Thrice.) Jesus set poor sinners free, Way down in de valley, Who will rise and go with me? You’ve heern talk of Jesus, Who set poor sinners free.” Address by Premier, the Hon Joseph Parry (March 21st, 2012) Fellow Nevisians:Earlier today, the 21st day of March 2012, Justice Lionel Jones handed down his decision in the Election Petition in which the election of Hensley Daniel to represent the St John’s Electoral District in the Nevis Island Assembly was challenged. You will recall that after the elections of 11th July, 2011, Mr Daniel was returned as the successful candidate for that constituency. Dissatisfied with this result, the Petitioner went to court for relief on various grounds and in the words of the Judge “.the main complaint being the illegal removal of the names of over 200 voters from the list.” In his decision delivered and handed down today, the Honourable Mr Justice Jones made four orders. They were as follows: 1.The Court refused to grant an order that the names removed from the electoral list for St John’s as a result of objection hearings be put back on the list. Those names remain off the list of voters for Electoral District No. 2 (St John’s). 2.The Court refused to grant an order that the Electoral Commission acted in contravention of the Constitution of St Christopher and Nevis by failing to take steps to ensure that the persons removed from the list were able to vote in the elections of 11th July, 2012. Those persons did not vote and the Court found that the Electoral Commission did nothing wrong. 3.That the petitioner’s right to freedom of expression was breached because the Nevis News Cast (NNC) did not cover any of the political events of the CCM. 4.That the election for the St John’s constituency held on 11th July 2011 is invalid and void. Following the handing down by Mr Justice Jones of his Decision, Mr Daniel and I immediately gave instructions to our lawyers to file an appeal against the Decision of the Judge in so far as he declared the Election in St John’s void and that the Petitioner’s right to freedom of expression was breached because the Nevis News Cast (NNC) did not cover any of the political events of the CCM. The appeal has already been filed and is now in the hands of the Court. The other Respondents in this case have also filed appeals against the Judge’s Decision. In addition to these appeals, Mr Daniel has instructed his lawyer, Henry Browne and I have also instructed my lawyer, Oral Martin, to file the necessary documents to stay, that is to put a halt, to the Decision of the Judge, until the appeals are heard. This means that my Government remains firmly in place and the rule of law will be upheld. We are very confident that the Appeal Court will overturn the order of Mr Justice Jones in which he declared the election of Mr Daniel to be null and void. Mr Daniel remains the Deputy Premier in the Nevis Island Administration and remains fully in charge of his Ministry. I urge all Nevisians, both supporters of the NRP and supporters of the CCM to continue going about our lives peacefully and in a manner that will provide an example to the rest of the Caribbean and the world. We are a law abiding people and we must continue to demonstrate this. We expect that the Court of Appeal will deal with this matter expeditiously and we should all await the outcome of the appeals.May God Bless all the people of Nevis.March 21, 2012 SKELEC: Scheduled Outages for March 26th to 30th Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Period: 8:30am to 4:00pm Areas that will be affected: Brimstone Hill Road Purpose: Maintenance Work Period: 8:30am to 4:00pm Areas that will be affected: Half Moon Court Yard Purpose: Transformer upgrade Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Period: 8:30am to 4:30pm Areas that will be affected: Phillips Village Purpose: Maintenance Work Thursday, March 29 2012 Period: 8:30am to 4:00pm Areas that will be affected: Lower Cayon Purpose: Maintenance Work The St. Kitts Electricity Company Limited regrets any inconvenience, which these interruptions in electricity supply may cause. It is important for all consumers to note that not-withstanding this notice supply may be restored at any time without prior warning.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 5 NEWS Douglas noted as he sat in his seat at the funeral service, the reality of the heart-breaking moment. “How unbelievable the loss, the loss of our beloved local, regional and international sports hero. Death, as I have said in response to Runako’s passing, is never welcome. And death in the young has a pain all of its own. When the death of the young is sudden and unexpected, it seems too much for those left behind to bear,” said Dr. Douglas, noting that Runako Morton was a “young man from a tiny island Nevis of two blessed islands of a proud and progressive Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis with a talent that often defied human comprehension.” “Who would have thought, as we saw this son of Nevis striding onto cricket fields throughout the Federation, throughout the region, and around the world that this moment awaited him and, indeed, us? Who would have thought that the time in which he would be allowed to bat, to field, to score, to excite, would be cut so suddenly short, who, indeed, would have thought,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, who extended condolences to Runako’s mom and dad, ex-wife and children, the relatives, the friends and colleagues, on his own behalf and on behalf of the Government and People of St. Kitts and Nevis. “I wish to remind us that the pain will not end overnight. The sadness will not suddenly disappear. I only pray that the kind words, the support, and the encouragement of others will give you and us the strength and the comfort that we so surely need. In the midst of the sadness, though, I urge you to be strengthened and lifted up by the memory of his extraordinary talent,” said Dr. Douglas. “I urge you to find comfort in the fact that this young sportsman whose gift and whose hard work yielded such tremendous results was, indeed, a part of your life. I urge you to believe and know that as long as we live in the hearts of those who love us, we never really die. And so, you will keep him alive, by keeping him in your hearts,” said the Prime Minister. In a message to the young people of Nevis and the young people of St. Kitts, Prime Minister Douglas said: “Runako Morton, like all of us, was born with a talent. At birth, that talent is hidden. As the years go by, hints of its promise begin to shine through. And with hard work, dedication, and determination, that promise bursts forth in full bloom and glory for all the world to see. This afternoon, I remind the citizens of our country in mourning, that our talents are all different. For some, we were born to shine in the realm of athletics. For others, in service. Yet others, in the arts, academia, business, parenting...Through hard work, Runako’s talents shone as bright as the morning sun, for all the world to see. May God give comfort to all those who loved Runako Morton. May he live in our hearts forever. And may his soul rest in eternal peace.” NevisPages reported that hundreds of mourners, comprising of family members, current and past cricketers and cricket officials and members of the general public, showed up at the ET Willet Park on Saturday 17th March to show final respects to the late Runako Morton. The lengthy home going service commenced as early as 11.30 am with glowing tributes paid on behalf of the former West Indies middle order batsman, in poetry, songs and speeches. The coffin bearing the remains of the fallen hero, who died in a tragic road accident in Trinidad, was wheeled close to the main square where a stage had been erected. The pall bearers included Chris Gayle, former West Indies captain and Wavell Hinds, Vice President of WIPA. The entourage passed through an impressive showing of local cricketers and representatives of the late cricketer’s former Primary School, The Joycelyn Liburd Primary School, with bats raised in salute. The officiating Ministers were: Rev Canon Dr. Alson B H Percival; Canon Ernest Flemming and Rev Patronalia Brown. Included among those paying glowing tributes were: Prime Minister of St.Kitts and Nevis, the Rt Hon. Dr Denzil Douglas; Premier of NevisHon Joseph Parry; Minister of Sports in Nevis-Hon Hensley Daniel; Leader of the opposition-Hon Mark Brantley; LICA President-Gregory Shillingford; Nevis Cricket Association; Omari Banks; Hon Chief Justice Hugh Rawlins; Runako’s adopted father, Joseph Liburd; family members and Chris Gayle. The eulogy was delivered by former Premier of Nevis; current opposition leader on Nevis and former Combined islands opening batsman, Hon Vance Amory. The proceedings were chaired by Cabinet Secretary in the Nevis Island Administration, Mr. Ashley Farrell and the sermon was delivered by Rev. Canon Dr. B. H. Percival. The procession later left the Park for its extended journey to the cemetery at the St. George’s Anglican Church grounds at about 4.45 pm. The impressive enlarged photograph of the gifted player with an appropriate inscription, said it all: ‘Gone Too Soon Runako.’ compared to my recollection, you have made significant improvements in your built infrastructure, but your natural environment is just as beautiful as I recall,” Mr. Holness said in a 20-minute Feature Address at the convention of the opposition People’s Action Movement (PAM) on Sunday afternoon. Mr. Holness, the Leader of the Opposition in Jamaica in the Jamaica Parliament is also the Political Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). Mr. Holness who arrived here last Friday, March 16th and left here on Sunday afternoon March 18th, was facilitated during his arrival and departure by the Ministry of Finance. Photo: Hon. Andrew Holness, former Prime Minister of Jamaica and Political Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party. Customs to open its Vehicle Examination Station Jamaica Labour Party Leader lauds infrastrural development in St. Kitts at PAM convention(cont’d from page 1) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 24, 2012 (Customs PRO) The Customs and Excise Department will on Monday March 26, 2012 commission its Vehicle Examination Station which is located at the Customs Headquarters, Bird Rock. The Examination Station will be toured and declared open by Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas in the company of the Comptroller of Customs Mr. Rodney Harris, Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Georid Belle, other senior Customs and Ministry of Finance officials and other government officials. The station will augment the Customs Department’s border protection capabilities. All vehicles deemed necessary to undergo a more thorough search, upon importation, would be given a more thorough inspection at this examination station. Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Georid Belle said that “this facility will more greatly improve the enforcement capabilities of the department as we enforce compliance laws at our borders.” Deputy Comptroller Belle went on further to explain that the facility will further improve his department’s ability for ferret out and stop what is believed to be one of the means through which illicit drugs, guns and other contraband are smuggled into the federation. The station will be declared opened during the Closing Ceremony of the 8th Annual Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council’s (CCLEC) Junior Officer Basic Training Course. Nevisian cricket icon Runako Morton...... (cont’d from page 1) Make certain that you reach use our new Email address:info@sknunion.com

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 6 NEWS Consumer Affairs Week of Activities comes to an end By Drizel HanleyThe Consumer Affairs Week of activities which began Sunday, March 11 culminated Friday last, March 16, with a Consumer Awareness Day at the Independence Square, West Basseterre. Several local businesses participated in the activity, by mounting booths to provide information to the general public about consumer rights. A top official of LIME expressed contentment with the results of their participation in the activity, noting that the occasion was used to sensitize the public about their rights, which she thinks was a most positive move by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs. The Week of Activities which was held under the theme, “Our Money, Our Rights, Campaigning for Real Choice in Financial Services, began with a Church Service held at the Tabernacle Church of the Nazarine whereby Minister with responsibility for Consumer Affairs and the Parliamentary Representative for the area, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris declared the week officially open. The Senior Minister said that while he is pleased with the increased awareness surrounding local activities of World Consumer Rights, More must be done in a sustained way to empower the public. Dr. Harris also called upon the general public to make special efforts by reading the Acts, by asking questions about issues that relates to their rights, pricing and offerings of competitors and by listening to programmes. The Week of Activities continued on Monday, March, 12 with a rebroadcast of the Minister’s Speech on ZIZ radio. Tuesday, March, 13 the Consumer Affairs Minister visited the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College. Then on Wednesday, March 14 made an appearance on Freedom Radio’s “Issues” and also visited the Manufacturing Sector. A Panel Discussion entitled “Fairness for Consumers Conducting Financial Transactions” was held on ZIZ radio, Thursday, March 15. St. Kitts And Nevis Receives Fresh Approach To Substance Abuse Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is actively participating in the fight against substance abuse when it hosted a regional forum on the treatment of substance abuse this week. The meeting which ran from March 12-16, 2012 at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort was dubbed the “Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission Assessment Workshop,” and aimed at strengthening the response of OAS member states to treatment and rehabilitation of persons addicted to illegal drugs. Split into two segments, March 12-14 focused on Development of Prevention and Treatment Evaluation Systems as well as Coordination with other educational programmes in the Caribbean. March 15-16 focused on Assessment Methodology and training focal points to carry out needs assessment. Ms. Erin Anderson, Coordinator of the meeting from the OAS Headquarters in Washington D.C. described the second segment of the training as most important in the rehabilitation process. She said the facilitators were there to help countries best employ methodologies learned during the week in various OAS member states. In delivering the feature address, OAS representative to St. Kitts and Nevis Mr. Starret Greene said though many strides have been made in the fight against drug use and abuse, there is still much work to be done. “Reducing the demand for illegal drugs throughout the length and breadth of our region remains a challenging task,” said Mr. Greene. “I therefore contend that our countries should spare no means to provide the requisite treatment to those persons in our region who are addicted to drugs and those who have been adversely impacted in one way or the other.” Mr. Greene also insisted that regional and hemispheric cooperation are important responses to achieving meaningful outcomes to the problems as many counties are affected from Canada in the north to Chile in the south. The meetings saw participation from several OAS member states among others including Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas and host state St. Kitts and Nevis. St. Kitts highlighted in German book on “Mein Schiff” BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – A former Austrian diplomat, resident in St. Kitts, boards the German cruise liner, Mein Schiff, when it docks in St. Kitts every two weeks. Dr. Elisabeth Karamat, who has been working in an agricultural project with young people in St. Paul’s since 2009, is also author of her own biography. “My autobiographic book is the only novel on the Germanspeaking market that has St. Kitts as a setting. I have been invited to read 4 times on the German cruise ship when it docks in St. Kitts every two weeks in February and March,” said Dr. Karamat. In her book, “Honigman” (Honey Man), Elisabeth Karamat has documented her life and experiences in her adopted new home, the island of St. Kitts. In the book review Amazon wrote: Feeling unfulfilled in her life and her EU-diplomat in Brussels, she takes a short vacation in St. Kitts, then returns to work in an agricultural project for young people in the village of St. Paul’s. Her meeting with Kwando, a bee man, farmer and healer, turns from fascination to deep and mutual love. Unprepared for a close, personal relationship, misunderstandings and cultural differences arise, are confronted and overcome. Moving episodes of kindness, generosity of spirit, Kwando’s deep affection, her feeling of fulfillment and love are narrated in a direct and captivating style.” Amazon also said “Elisabeth Karamat depicts the Caribbean island of St. Kitts with kindness and a sense of humor while maintaining the respect for her new home.” “With ‘Honigmann’ she has become a voice of the Caribbean in the German-speaking world,” said Amazon in a book review. Author Elisabeth Karamat holds her book “Honey Man” with Mein Schiff (right) one of two cruise ships docked at St. Kitts’ Port Zante.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 7 NEWS The Thinking Citizen A certain number of members of the CCM/PAM cabal have expressed their view publicly on radio that the St. Kitts-Nevis electorate should take note of what has taken place in Egypt, in Libya, in Syria and in Yemen and should imitate the actions of those Arab people and rise up in St. Kitts and Nevis. When we hear such views expressed on radio we become convinced that the failure of the coup on the night of June 10, 1967, has not taught certain persons a lesson. They obviously feel that the best way of removing a government which they do not like, but which is favoured by the electorate, is by means of the bullet and not by the ballot. The CCM/PAM activists talk about Democracy at every opportunity. They talk about “Returning Democracy to St. Kitts-Nevis” and “Protecting Democracy in St. Kitts-Nevis.” Yet those same activists are prepared to incite men and women to violence all in the name of “protecting” Democracy. The Arab people in the aforementioned countries rose and that resulted in the death of hundreds, maybe thousands, of innocent people. So far as Democracy is concerned, the situation in those Arab countries is completely different from the situation in our own country of St. Kitts and Nevis. For example, persons can go on VON Radio and say the worse things about our Prime Minister and our Premier without fear of being punished. It is idiotic for any adult person to equate the legal and political system in the fore-mentioned Arab countries, with the legal and political system in our own country of St. Kitts-Nevis. Our legal and political system makes provision for General Elections at regular intervals and for blood-less changes of government. And if any affected party feels that the Elections were fraudulent and unfair, then he or she has the right to take the matter to Court. But what a significant majority of people have noticed over the years is that certain prominent and influential persons see wrong in our political system only when their political party is out of office and in opposition. PAM was in power for 15 years (1980-1995) and during that period the PAM Government committed a large number of irregularities and abnormalities. Those irregularities and abnormalities have been exposed and catalogued by Inquiry Commissioner, Prof. Randolph Williams who is himself a prominent lawyer in Jamaica. However, one hot-shot lawyer and leading member of the CCM/ PAM cabal, although presented with breaches of law by Prof. Randolph Williams declared on radio that the PAM Government did nothing wrong or illegal. The hot-shot lawyer categorised that which PAM had done as stupid only and not criminal. The PAM Government set out in 1983 to establish an Electoral System, which the PAMites boasted, was designed to bury the Labour Party “six feet deep” and also create a one-party state, PAM-style. The PAM Electoral System had been in use from 1984 to 1995, and during that period not a soul complained about the System. Even the people who are now claiming to be defenders and protectors of Democracy kept their mouths shut and said nothing about the dangerous aspects of the new System. PAM created the new Electoral System in 1983 in order to bestow an unfair advantage on PAM. This was pleasing to the allies of PAM so they said nothing. PAM got in power in 1980 and shortly thereafter the party set about, not to distribute land to the landless sugar workers, but to allocate the choicest bits of sugar estates land to the party’s full trumps, half trumps and quarter trumps. Trumps that already had land were given more land by the party. The PAMites are complaining that the Labour Party Government is selling off acres of land to nonnationals. The PAMites have forgotten that in the late 1980s the then PAM Government was negotiating with a group of Jamaican sugar manufacturers to sell the Basseterre Sugar Factory, plus hundreds of acres of prime sugar lands. The PAM hypocrites have also forgotten that the current leader of PAM agreed in a meeting with a total stranger over at Frigate Bay to sell off hundreds of acres of sugar lands at a price below market value, in exchange for a bribe. PAM is extremely adept at mounting partisan political propaganda campaigns against the Labour Party. The PAM party members want to put their greedy hands on the existing pool of sugar estates lands and so the selfish PAMites feel that the more lands that are sold to non-nationals, the less lands would be left for them to share up among themselves. The PAM Government ruled St. Kitts like a dictator. And nobody said a word about it except the Labour Party. PAM fired from Governor, right down to messengers and cleaners, and filled the vacant positions with full trumps, half trumps and quarter trumps of the party, especially trumps from Sandy Point. The leaders of PAM have always been interested in the use of power to enrich themselves and their allies. For PAM, power is not to be used to improve the welfare of the ordinary working-class man and woman. Power is to be used to enrich the PAMites, their friends and their families. During the period of the Simmonds Administration a group of overseas investors began to construct a hotel named Casablanca over at Friar’s Bay in St. Kitts. Just as the foundation of the building was completed the investors pulled out of St. Kitts and went to Anguilla and built the Casablanca Hotel there. The story was that certain members of the Simmonds Cabinet were asking for too much “under the table”. On another occasion some foreign investors wanted to put down in St. Kitts a plant to manufacture pharmaceuticals. After spending some time in St. Kitts in discussions with Dr. Simmonds and his Cabinet, the would-be investors departed for Jamaica where they put down the plant to manufacture pharmaceuticals. Again it was the same old story. Certain members of the PAM Cabinet were CCM/PAM Cabal continue to incite...... demanding too much “under the Table.” We ought to remember what one PAM Deputy Prime Minister said about Dr. Simmonds and that is that “he was the biggest obstacle to progress in St. Kitts-Nevis”. PAM is seeking desperately to regain power to enrich its members and plunder the resources of the country. The party hopes that by attacking the Prime Minister and scandalising his good name the party would be catapulted into power. I wish to remind Prime Minister Douglas of the following words: Have I not commanded you: Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. (Josh 1:9)

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 8 NEWS Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com International Monetary Fund (IMF). “This is not only an encouragement to do better as we continue to realise the necessary changes but also to a large extent, it gives us the opportunity to examine in greater detail and depth, what we can do further to ensure that we stay on the path of the necessary fiscal adjustments that have been achieved and the structural changes that we have been pursuing in the economy,” said Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, The Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas during a Joint Cabinet Meeting of his Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Nevis Island Administration of Premier, the Hon. Joseph W. Parry with representatives of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF). Dr. Douglas noted that the meeting with the Cabinets and the IMF comes at the near end of the debt restructuring exercise which coincided with the home-grown economic programme being pursued. Prime Minister Douglas expressed thanks and appreciation to all the economic and financial institutions for “ensuring that at the end of the day, the exercise would leave us not so much starved for capital but with the necessary environment where full confidence is returned and as a result of that, hope that the necessary stimulus for growth and development can really consolidate and place us in a better economic position.” In brief remarks the Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry said his NRP-led Nevis Island Administration is very conscious of the seriousness of the exercise. “We are doing everything in our power to ensure that we too meet the targets not just as St. Kitts and Nevis, but Nevis as a separate entity so that we do not put unnecessary strain on the Federal Government,” said Premier Parry. He gave the assurance that for the next three months, “I will be personally involved in what goes on with the Permanent Secretary of Finance, to ensure there is the corporations especially are able to support themselves and everything will be ok.” Joint Meeting of Federal and NIA Cabinets........ cont’d from page 1) First-ever Rituals Sushi restaurant opens in St. Kitts BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 20TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts made history on Saturday with the grand opening the first Rituals Sushi in the world at Frigate Bay. Franchise owner, Mr. Mario Sabga-Aboud who has restaurants around the Caribbean, said the opening of the Rituals Sushi, brings to five the number of restaurants the company has in St. Kitts since the establishment of the first one just about two years ago. Mr. Sabga-Aboud, in the presence of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt, also announced the company will soon be opening the first of two Churches Chicken outlets on St. Kitts this year and that St. Kitts has created a new record with his Jamaican supplier of Jamaican Patties. “In St. Kitts, we opened our first store just over two years ago and we now have three Rituals and one Pizza Boyz,” said Mr. SabgaAboud. Rituals Coffee restaurants are located at Fort Street and at Ross University. Rituals Coffee, Pizza Boyz and Rituals Sushi are at Frigate Bay. Mr. Sabga-Aboud noted that St. Kitts being a small island with less than 40,000 people has created a new record with his Jamaican supplier of Jamaican Patties. “They cannot believe a little island like St. Kitts, in one store (Fort Street) can sell almost a thousand patties every day. They cannot believe it. At Fort Street we sell over a thousand patties every day and Jamaica is freaking out how a little island like St Kitts can do so many patties,” said Mr. Sabga-Aboud. Pointing out that Ritual’s Sushi is the first of its kind and is being launched in St Kitts, Mr. SabgaAboud said it would be good to look back five years from now and “who knows where there may be a Ritual’s Sushi all over the Caribbean.” The company currently employs 68 Kittitians and Ritual’s Sushi will create employment for 16 more. Rituals Sushi will be opening on the 28th of March for dinner only. “We are not going to open for lunch right now for the next few months until we settle down. We just will be opened for dinner and we are not going to do any take out yet because we want to get the service right. So please bear with us. I promise you it will get better as the days go on,” said Mr. Sabga-Aboud, who disclosed that the company spent over EC$1 million to create the Rituals Sushi at Frigate Bay. “My grandfather always taught me that you will never get a second chance to make a first impression. And he also told me you can make a million mistakes, but never make the same one twice,” he told guests. Mr. Sabga-Aboud announced that a month and a half ago, he tried to convince Church’s Chicken, the second largest international franchise fried chicken chain of the world to give permission for his company to open a franchise in St. Kitts. “I convinced the senior vice president to come down and visit St. Kitts. I told them how excited I was about St. Kitts. So he came down here. He spent a day with me going around St. Kitts. We drove around the island. I took him up to some of the historical sites and when he left, he told me ‘my God Mario, I now I see exactly why you are so excited. ‘I am giving you permission to do two stores here, one this year and one next year. So hopefully you would be seeing Church’s Chicken before the end of the year,” said Mr. Sabga-Aboud, who pointed out that his company has 20 stores in Trinidad. “I am giving you permission to do two stores here, one this year and one next year. So hopefully you would be seeing Church’s Chicken before the end of the year. The company has 123 restaurants in Trinidad and Tobago made up of Pizza Boyz, Church’s Chicken, Ritual’s Coffee, Ritual’s Diner, Rock and Roll – which is a Chinese Takeout, Doughnut Boyz and VIP Flyers’ Club, which has just been rated the number one First Class International Lounge in the Caribbean. There are 48 Ritual brand locations in Trinidad with 8 at the Trinidad International Airport and 17 Ritual stores spread over 8 islands including Suriname, Guyana two at the International Airport, Curacao, Barbados and Jamaica. “We also have a Pizza Boyz in Suriname and Guyana. Our company of sorts are located in St. Lucia. In just over three years, we have 7 Ritual’s. We are at both international airports and we also have two Church’s Chickens and the third one before the end of this year,” said Mr. Sabga-Aboud. “We serve over three million customers a month in over 140 of our stores throughout the Caribbean,” he said. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (third from left), Mr. Victor Williams; Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard Skerritt and Mr. Michael Martin were among guests. Rituals Sushi at Frigate Bay Guests at Saturday’s opening.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 9 NEWS Minister Skerritt to speak to tourism industry stakeholders in the USVI BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt will be among Caribbean tourism leaders in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) next week to discuss the critical importance of regional tourism. The USVI Department of Tourism announced Sen. Skerritt, who is also Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Hugh Riley, CTO’s Secretary General, will visit St. Thomas for high level meetings with USVI Governor the Hon. John P. deJongh, Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty and local hotelier Richard Doumeng, President-elect of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA). On Monday, March 26, the Department of Tourism will host a breakfast presentation for industry stakeholders and the general public, featuring Senator Skerritt, who is also Minister of International Transport. Senator Skerritt, a former manager of the West Indies cricket team, will address the theme “There’s Never Been a More Crucial Time in Caribbean Tourism” at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Resort from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. “We in the USVI are honoured to host such respected leaders of Caribbean tourism,” said Commissioner Nicholson-Doty. She encouraged USVI stakeholders to broaden their vision of promoting tourism to the Caribbean region. “A rising tide floats all boats and it is important that we are all on board with our regional partners,” she said. Promoting the importance of cooperation in the Caribbean’s most important industry, she contended true competition comes from “outside the region, not within.” The high-level talks come on the heels of the Department’s Strategic Visioning Retreat this week, one of the steps in developing a rolling fiveyear tourism development plan. “There will be a hive of intellectual activity throughout the territory over the next two weeks,” said Commissioner Nicholson-Doty. She expects this will be generated in part by the regional and international tourism experts from cruise line to romance market experts currently in the territory for the retreat. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt (left) welcomes USVI Commissioner of Tourism, Mrs Beverly Nicholson-Doty (center) and United States Virgin Islands, Lt. Governor, the Hon. Gregory R. Francis (right) during a recent visit to St. Kitts. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) ICWI Removes Third Party Excesses from its Motor Policies personally legally responsible for any damage done or injury caused to others as a result of his/her negligent operation of the vehicle. Legislators worldwide have come to recognize that, quite often, individuals cannot personally afford to pay for the damage they caused so they have made Third Party motor insurance compulsory in order to ensure that injured parties can be properly compensated. The situation in St Kitts is no different. There have been several problems associated with Third Party excesses. Firstly, since it has nothing to do with the repair of his own car, many insured parties simply refuse to pay their third party excess. Others may not be able to afford the payment at the time of the accident or, having limited funds, prefer to put the money towards the repair of their own vehicle. Both these circumstances often lead to delays in insured parties reporting claims to their insurers and in turn the innocent third parties are often left waiting unnecessarily before the insurer can begin dealing with the Third Party’s claim. Secondly, an insured may report an accident and even admit he is wrong but isn’t able to pay his excess Based on the facts listed above, in an effort to ensure prompt and efficient service to both insured parties and third parties alike, ICWI has decided to immediately eliminate excesses from its Third party policies. This decision does not apply only to new policies, but will also apply to already existing policies. This step is being taken in all of the jurisdictions it operates in. ICWI currently has offices in Jamaica, Bahamas, St. Maarten, St. Kitts & Nevis, The British Virgin Islands and Turks & Caicos. With immediate effect, The Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI) has removed the Third party Excess from all its policies. An excess is that portion of a loss that an insured must bear him/ herself with the insurance company settling the balance of the claim. Excesses were designed to ensure that the millions of very minor, very inexpensive claims are not passed on to insurers since the manpower and systems needed to process so vast a number of small claims would require so much manpower and systems that insurance premiums would become virtually unaffordable. A car has, for a long time, been regarded as a dangerous thing and its owner and/or driver is

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 10 NEWS PM Douglas says the introduction of National Prosecution Office and Prosecution Code enhances democracy and judiciary Douglas said Wednesday that the establishment of the Prosecution Unit and the Introduction of the Prosecution Code are manifestations of the country’s ongoing commitment. “The launch of the National Prosecution Unit and the Introduction of our nation’s Prosecution Code are important manifestations of our commitment to ensure that throughout the length and breadth of this country, on matters judicial, justice will not only be done, but it will, indeed, also be seen to have been done,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He said that the Prosecution Unit and the Prosecution Code grow out of a two important values – a commitment to transparency, and an understanding of the importance of standards. “In any country, those who must on a daily basis make decisions pertaining to matters prosecutorial bear important and far-reaching responsibilities, because the decision to prosecute or to not prosecute, and the way in which one actually prosecutes, if that is the path chosen, all have a tremendous impact on the feel and fabric of the society in which one lives. Indeed, the oft-repeated maxim ‘If you want peace, work for justice’ is a succinct reminder of this. This is why it is essential that those who function within the prosecutorial realm understand the standards that they are expected to meet,” said Prime Minister to the audience that included Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett; Resident Judge, His Lordship, Mr. Justice Errol Thomas, Senior Magistrate, Mrs. Josephine Mallalieu-Webbe; Deputy at the British High Commission, Mr. Phillip Culligan, Commissioner of Police, Mr. C. G. Walwyn, police prosecutors and officers in the Department of Legal Affairs. Dr. Douglas said that the public needs to have a better understanding of the prosecutorial dimension of the judicial realm. He pointed to the Message of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Pauline Hendrickson because it encapsulates, most effectively, the essence of the prosecutorial function. “High qualities are expected of the modern prosecutor. Good judgment. Complete integrity. An innate sense of fair play. An instinctive sense of what is right and what is wrong. Fearlessness is also essential for prosecution decisions are often controversial, and the prosecutor must have the strength of character to resist criticism from whatever quarter, no matter how strident or painful. The judgment of the prosecutor must never be swayed by political, media or public pressure. The profession of prosecutor is an honourable one. It is not, however, for the faint-hearted,” quoted Prime Minister Douglas. He said the introduction of the Prosecution Unit and the Prosecution Code represent the type of positive, constructive, forward movement that all countries need. Dr. Douglas said St. Kitts and Nevis is a respected member of the world community of democratic nations with a stable democracy and an independent judiciary and the introduction of the National Prosecutors Office and the Code for Prosecutors is another step, in the history of the Federation that enhances the credibility of democracy, and the judiciary. Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission, Mr. Phillip Culligan; St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister The Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett and Commissioner of Police, Mr. C. G. Walwyn (Photo by Erasmus Williams)(cont’d from page 1) TDC Interschool Championships kick-off today By Drizel Hanley The 36th edition of the TDC Interschool Championships kick-off today, Friday, March 23 at the Silver Jubilee Athletic Stadium and ends Sunday, March 26. The activities scheduled for today are: the U15 (F) 80m Heptathlon, U17 (F) Javelin, U15 (M) 80m Heptathlon, U15 (F) High Jump Heptathlon, U17 (M) High Jump, U15 (M) Shot Put Heptathlon, U20 (F) Shot Put, U15 (F) Long Jump, U15 (M) Long Jump, U20 (F) 400m Heats, U20 (M) 400m Heats, U17 (F) 400m Heats, U17 (F) High Jump, U17 (M) 400m Heats, U20 (M) Shot Put, U17 (M) Javelin, (M) High Jump Heptathlon, U15 (F) 400m Heats, (F) Shot Put Heptathlon, Open (F) Triple Jump, U15 (M) 400m Heats, 4 x 100m (F) Heats U20, 4 x 100m (M) Heats U20, 4 x 100m (F) Heats U17, 4 x 100m (M) Heats U17, 4 x 100m (F) Heats U15, and the 4 x 100m (M) Heats U15. The three day event will see ten (10) schoolsCharles E Mills Secondary School; Washington Archibald High School; Basseterre High School; Saddlers Secondary School; Cayon High School; Verchild’s High School; Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC); Advanced Vocational Education Centre (AVEC); Immaculate Conception Catholic School and Gingerland Secondary School of Nevis vying for the title of the 2012 TDC Interschool Champions. In a press release issued by Public Relations Officer of the St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (SKNAAA), Ervis Huggins, he revealed that the winning school will receive EC$5 000; Second Place EC$3 000; Third PlaceEC$2 000; Fourth PlaceEC$1 000; Fifth Place -EC$750 and Sixth Place EC$500. He further stated that the positions would be determined by the most gold medals. “In the event that there is a tie for gold medals, the school with the most silvers will be awarded the winner; the same procedure will be applied to the bronze medal category in the event there is a tie with gold and silver,” said Mr. Huggins. Huggins explained that amongst the highlights, they would be introducing for the first time, the combination events with the Heptathlon (seven events) for the Under-15 Male and Female categories. The winner for this multi-event discipline will be determined by the total points accumulated upon completion of all seven (7) events. The defending champion is the Washington Archibald High School. The 2012 TDC Interschool Championships will begin at 2:00 p.m. daily with the Opening Ceremony and March Past commencing at 6:00 p.m. on today, Friday along with the Aquavita Cheerleading Competition scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Admission to the Kim Collins Pavilion is EC$20, Stands EC$15, and Grounds EC$10 for adults and EC$5 for children. TDC reaffirms its commitment to Track and Field in the Federation The St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (SKNAAA), the hosts of the Interschool Track and Field Championships has received the backing of the TDC Group of Group of Companies to stage the 2012 edition of the Games. The local business officially handed over its sponsorship package that included a bundle of goods and services to assist with the successful staging of the what has been dubbed a ‘Mini Olympics’ by many Sporting officials across the Federation. The presentation was made by Mr. Dominic Matthew, TDC Client Relations and Marketing Assistant to Mr. Evris Huggins, the SKNAAA Public Relations Officer, at the ZIZ Media Centre, where the brief ceremony took place. Matthew spoke of the Group’s longstanding commitment to Sports and in particular the Games and reiterated the importance of investing in the event. “On behalf of the TDC Group of Companies, it is my pleasure to present our Corporate package for this year’s Championships. When the Group first gave our approval for this event, we recognized that our investment would pay great dividends. More importantly, we saw it as an opportunity to back a grassroots activity, where young people can benefit through the various athletic disciplines that would help to mould them to become responsible and productive citizens, said the Marketing Executive. In response, Mr. Huggins thanked Matthew and praised the Company for its commitment to the games and athletics on a whole. “Your pledge has made it possible for our athletes to recognize their potential. We are pleased to have you as our partner and commend you for being with us for such a long time. Your backing has paved the way for the likes of Kim Collins, Tiandra Ponteen, Jason Rogers and many others to not only perform but represent themselves and our country on the global stage, because of your unwavering commitment. The SKNAAA records our sincere appreciation to you,” stated Huggins. In 1977, the Trading and Development Company Limited was one of the first enterprises to sponsor the inaugural track and field championship, which was held at the Basseterre High School grounds. Mr. Dominic Matthew, Marketing Assistant presenting TDC’s sponsorship package to Mr. Evris Huggins, SKNAAA Public Relations Officer at the ZIZ Media Room

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 11 NEWS Looking for Sales Associate with Computer Diploma and Excellent communication skills for GIFTS ‘R’ US Ltd.Phone: 466-9301 LABOUR PARTY NOTICE The West Basseterre Labour Branch Will be holding itsMonthly General MeetingOn Wednesday, 28th March, 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. Local artistes receive brand new performing atmosphere By Charles Miller JrA number of local singers/ songwriters are getting a chance to showcase their talent at the sophisticated nightspot Cloud9. Located in Port Zante opposite the franchise bar, Fat Tuesday the nightclub offers a dim light, intimate setting that takes patrons to another level of nightlife. Many of the Federation’s bands perform their on a weekly basis such as Nu Vybz Grand Masters, Small Axe, KC5, Royaltiez and the new band added to the list, Untitled. Untitled, led by keyboardist, Azem Bailey, takes a different approach with their performances by allowing some of the island’s most recognizable artistes perform their favorite tunes as well as their original material every Wednesday. Upon their debut at Cloud9, on February 29th, their featured artiste was well know vocalist and disk jockey, E.K Flaunders. Other artistes that have wowed the Cloud9 audience were Infamus, local sprint superstar Virgil Hodge, who many were surprised could sing, and most recently Shakal Charles who is known for his solo work and being one of the lead vocalists in the KC5 band. Among the execellent performances that Cloud9 presents, they also have parties and concerts. On April 5th, 7th and 8th, the nightspot will be holding concerts all under the name “Easter Stinger 2012.” Among the many talented local acts that are lined up for the 3 night concert, the last night (April 8th) will feature world renowned reggae artist, Luciano out of Jamaica. As stated on the poster for the exciting event, person interested can book the entire weekend event for EC $100.00 or pay nightly $10, $40, and $60 respectively. Photo: Owner of Cloud9, Dianne Flemming Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.comSo Tell Me By Jean Thomas It is still refreshing I was in New York last year for a brief spell, and the home in which I was staying has a garage nearby. By now you would realize that my visit to New York was in the summer month of July so I was outside and I noted the following. The folks who gathered did not necessarily need servicing for their vehicle, but just seemed to like being there to “hang out” with the mechanics and it seemed like a nice meeting place where friends gathered. From my vantage point I could hear that the friends and acquaintances bantering one another, and just about every topic under the sun was been discussed. Oh yes politics was high on the agenda. Religion came in a close second, and whatever the gossip was for that day – that too was discussed. It was like an instant party taking place at the garage. For the next thing I saw was food and drinks was been shared among the associates. What was most striking though was the laughter that came from the many jokes and bantering of each other. It was so refreshing to hear people laugh a real hearty laugh where the folks laughed until some of them had tears coming from their eyes. Their reaction to the jokes also caused me to laugh and to ponder. It was so good to see people enjoying themselves. They were not molesting anyone, they joked about each other and they were having fun. So tell me, when was the last time you have a good laugh? Not just a smile a good old healthy laugh. After all, we are told that “laughter is the best medicine”, take that with a pinch of salt – because I think if you are in pain you cannot laugh maybe you could smile, but I don’t know about the laughing. We are also told that it takes less muscle to smile than to frown. So my friends, laugh to your heart’s content. It is good for us since we know it is not stressful to laugh.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 12 NEWS “God is love” is not the complete truth about God so far as the Bible is concerned; it is not an abstract definition which stands alone, but a summing up, from the believer’s standpoint, of what the whole revelation set forth in Scripture tells about its author. This statement presupposes all the rest of the biblical witness to God. The God of whom John is speaking is the God who made the world. Who judged it by the flood, who called Abraham and made of him a nation, who chastened His Old Testament people by conquest, captivity and exile, who sent His Son to save the world. This God cast off unbelieving Israel and shortly before John wrote that He had destroyed Jerusalem, and who one day will judge the world in righteousness. It is this God, says John, who is love. It is perverse to quote John’s statement, as some do, as if it calls into question the biblical witness to the severity of God’s justice. It is not possible to argue that a God who is love cannot also be a God who condemns and punishes the disobedient; for it is precisely of the God who does these very things that John is speaking. If we are to avoid misunderstanding John’s statement, we must take it in conjunction with two other great statements of exactly similar grammatical form which we find elsewhere in his writings, both of them interestingly enough, deriving directly from Christ Himself. The first comes from John’s account of the Gospel. It is our Lord’s own words to the Samaritan woman. “God is Spirit” (John 4:24). The second comes from the opening section of this very epistle. John offers it as a summary of “the message we have heard from Him who declares that “God is Light” (1 John 1:5). The assertion that God is love has to be interpreted in the light of what these other two statements teach. And it will help us as we look at them. “God is Spirit.” When our Lord said this, He was seeking to disabuse the Samaritan woman of the idea that there could be only one right place for worship, as if God were locally confined in some way. Spirit contrasts with flesh; Christ’s point is that while we, being flesh, can be present in only one place at a time, God, being Spirit, is not so limited. God is nonmaterial, non-corporeal and therefore non-localized. Thus Christ continues that the true condition of acceptable worship is not that your feet should be standing in either Jerusalem or Samaria, or anywhere else for that matter, but that your heart should be receptive and responsive to His revelation. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). The first of the Third ThirtyNine Articles further brings out the meaning of God’s “spirituality” “without body, parts or passions.” Something very positive is being expressed by these negations. God has no body; He is free from all limitations and of space and distance, and is omnipresent. God has no parts. This means that His personality, powers and qualities are perfectly integrated, so that nothing in Him ever alters. “With Him there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17). Thus He is free from all limitations of time and natural processes and He remains eternally the same. God has no passion. This does not mean that He is unfeeling or that there is nothing in Him that corresponds to emotions and affections in us, but that whereas human passions, especially the painful ones, fear, grief, regret and love is, nor is it a mere impotent longing for things that may never be; it is, rather, a spontaneous determination of God’s whole being in an attitude of benevolence and benefaction, an attitude freely chosen and firmly fixed. There are no inconstancies or vicissitudes in the love of Almighty God Who is Spirit. His Love is “as strong as death” (Song of Songs 8:6). “Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away” (8:7). “Nothing can separate from it those whom it has once embraced” (Romans 8:35-39). “God is light.” But, we are told, the God who is Spirit is also light. John made this statement against certain professing Christians who had lost touch with moral realities and were claiming that nothing they did was sin. The force of John’s words is brought out by the next clause, “and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Light means holiness and purity, as measured by God’s law. Darkness means moral perversity and unrighteousness, as measured by the same law (see 1 John 2:7-11; 3:10). John’s point is, only those who “walk in the light,” seeking to be like God in holiness and righteousness of life, and eschewing everything constant with this will enjoy fellowship with the Father and the Son. Those who “walk in the darkness,” whatever they may claim for themselves, are stranger to His relationship (1 John 1: 6-7). So the God who is love is first and foremost light, and sentimental ideas of His love as an indulgent, benevolent softness, divorce from moral standards and concerns, must therefore be ruled out from the start. God’s love is holy love. The God whom Jesus made known is not a God who is indifferent to moral distinctions, but a God who loves righteousness and hate iniquity. He is a God whose ideal for His children is that, they should “be perfect… as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). He will not take into His company any person, however orthodox in mind, who will not follow after holiness of life. Those who God accepts He exposes to drastic discipline, in order that they may attain what they seek. “The Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes everyone He accepts as a son…. God disciplines us for our good that we may share in His holiness…. This discipline produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12: 6-11). God’s love is stern, for it expresses holiness for the beloved. Scripture does not allow us to suppose that because God is love we may look to Him to confer happiness on people who will seek holiness, or to shield His love ones from trouble when He knows that they need trouble to further their sanctification. Here is a second balancing comment. “God is love” is the complete truth about God so far as the Christian is concern. To say “God is love,” is to imply that God’s holiness finds expression in everything that He says and does. Similarly, the statement “God is love” means that His love finds expression in everything that He says and does. The knowledge that this is so for us personally is the supreme comfort for Christians. As believers, we find in the cross of Christ assurance that we, as individuals, are beloved of God. “The Son of God… loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Knowing this, we are able to apply to ourselves the promise that all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Not just some things, note, all things! Every single thing that happens to us expresses God’s love to us, and comes to us for the furtherance of God’s purpose for us. As far as we are concerned, God is love to us-holy, omnipotent loveat every moment and at every event of every day’s life. Even when we cannot see the why and the wherefore of God’s dealings, we know that there is love in and behind them; therefore we can rejoice always, even when, humanly speaking, things are going wrong. We know that the true story of our life will prove to be, as the hymn writer puts it, “mercy from first to last.” Therefore we are content. Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council & Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council GOD IS LOVE, SPIRIT AND LIGHT despair are quite passive and involuntary, being called forth and constrained by circumstances not under our control, the correspondent attitudes in God have the nature of deliberate, voluntary choices, and therefore are not of the same order of human passions at all. So the love of God, who is Spirit is no fitful, fluctuating thing, as human Barath replaces Powell for last two Digicel ODIsKINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Adrian Barath was chosen to replace fellow opener Kieran Powell in the West Indies 13-member squad for the last two Digicel One Day Internationals against Australia in St. Lucia this weekend. Barath has overcome his recent spell of injuries and gave firm evidence of his fitness with a hundred for his native Trinidad & Tobago against Guyana in their sixth round match of the Regional 4-Day Tournament last weekend at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. The 21-year-old Barath has played 12 ODIs for West Indies since his debut two years ago with the second ODI against India last December in Visakhapatnam, his previous match. West Indies arrive in Castries on Wednesday. Squad:Darren Sammy (Captain), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh Jr, Tino Best, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 13 NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS The Advent of Messiah (Part 3) As we count down to Easter, you are invited to join me today as we take a close-up look at Jesus Christ as the true Messiah. First, a brief background In the Old Testament, the word Messiah (anointed one) generally referred to a person who had been anointed with a holy oil, such as the high priest or king. (Read Lv 4:3-5; 2 Sam 1:1416). Later a messiah was promised who would be empowered by God to deliver Israel (Jer 23:5-6). A descendant from the royal line of David, he would be king of the Jews, a political leader that would defeat their enemies and usher in a golden era of peace and prosperity. (Ps 2:2; 18:50; 89:38). In fact, David was such a heroic king that he became one model of the messiah. But the chief model for the deliverer was Moses, who brought both spiritual renewal and political freedom to the people. In the New Testament, the word referred to Jesus’ role as the predicted spiritual deliverer who set believers free from sin and death (Matth 1:1) Remember, there were 400 years between the last of the Messianic predictions of the Old Testament and the fulfilment of the Christ of the Gospels. During the period of 1100 years, from the age of Moses (1500 BC) to that of Malachi (400 BC) a succession of prophets arose, Messianic predictions took form, and all of them testified of the Messiah who was to come. The sin and ruin of man gave occasion for the gracious interposition of God. In the curse upon the serpent was intimated the purpose of redemption. Genesis 3:15 alluded to in last week’s instalment makes it clear in these words. “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed. It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” The fall of man wrought a change in both his nature and his condition. To be redeemed, he must be placed where he was before both as to character and as to state. His purity must be restored, his condemnation must be removed. Sadly man cannot redeem himself. The legal difficulty is insuperable. The divine law requires a perfect obedience. In addition, the moral difficulty is also insuperable. (Job 14:14: John 3:6). There is no tendency in that which is sinful to that which is holy. No sinner can regain by self-effort alone the purity which he/she has lost; but this is indispensable to redemption.SHILOHIt is plain from the prophecies and from their historical fulfilment that the Messiah must have long since come. “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be” (Gen 49:10). Fulfilled prophecy shows Jesus Christ as the Messiah. He was to be from eternity the fellow of God (Is 9:6). Furthermore, He was to be born not by ordinary generation, but of a Virgin. The Christmas account proves that. The Messiah was to come while the sceptre still lingered with Judah, near by the close of the weeks predicted by the prophet Daniel. In addition, He was to be of the race of Abraham of the tribe of Judah, of the family of David. Fast forward to Easter, Messiah was to be despised and rejected (Is 53:3-7) In Addition, He was to be cut off by a violent death and his body, pierced. Other prophecies placed the spotlight on the Messiah’s death and resurrection to His ascension to the right hand of God. (Ps 16: 911). Shiloh is a word first uttered in a dying chamber and by dying lips as recorded in Genesis 49:10. It introduces us to a solemn scene in which death and joy stand hand in hand. Happy is it to leave a legacy of cheering blessings to those who watched around. Shiloh – It is a sweet and mighty name. Sweet for it is His, whose name is as ointment poured forth; Mighty, for it is His whose name is above every name. A name that calams our fears and bids our sorrows cease. It is music to the sinner’s ears. It is life and health and peace. He is Jehovah’s Son. This is the keystone of salvation’s arch. This is the light of salvation’s firmament. He is one with the Father One in nature one in essence one in every perfection. In every sense He is His co-eternal, and co-equal fellow. From everlasting to everlasting, He is Almighty God.FORECASTS OF MESSIAHLet us spend a few moments looking at types and indirect forecasts of Messiah within the context of Easter. The Bible is unique in its TypePictures of the coming Messiah as well as in its distinct and definite prophecies. A “type” may be defined as a divinely created illustration of spiritual truth – A person, place, thing, event, or a series of events, by divine foresight and planning becomes an object lesson, a Picture – with correspondence of details of its anti-type (fulfilment) God and Christ, Satan and Anti-Christ, believers and unbelievers. The Cross of Christ has perhaps more foreshadowing, more types that preview and prefigure the sacrifice of the Son of God, than any other thing in the Bible. Every Passover Lamb slain with is attendant ceremonies (Ex 12: 1-13) every Levitical offering (Liv Chap 1-6) and every other blood offering presented “from the hour of Abel’s altar-fire down to the last Passover of the Passion Week” pointed to Calvary’s Cross. In Genesis we find Adam presented as the Head of God’s creation – a type of Christ as Head of the new creation (see 1 Cor 15:4549). The Ark was the only means of saving people from the judgment of the Flood (Gen 6-9) Christ is the “Ark of Salvation”; all who by faith come to Him are saved from the coming flood of God’s judgment against sin. There are many other types and shadows running throughout the Bible. Messianic typology in the O.T. opens a door to the fuller comprehension of Messiah, the Christ of God. In other words, God planned the types. Lives of men, institutions like the tabernacle and its worship, and events in the history of Israel to serve as illustrations and shadows “of heavenly things”. There are no coincidences with God. Butts backs Barath to make positive returnGros Islet, St Lucia — Chairman of West Indies Selectors Clyde Butts expects Adrian Barath to “fit right back in” when he joins the West Indies team for the fourth and fifth Digicel One-Day Internationals at Beausejour Stadium. Barath has replaced Kieran Powell in the 13-man squad. Butts said he was pleased with the team’s commitment and fighting qualities in the first leg of the Digicel Series played at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground in St Vincent. The Digicel ODI Series is level 1-1 — Australia won the opening match, West Indies rebounded and won the second and the third match ended in a dramatic tie. Butts said: “We brought in Barath as he has now fully recovered from the finger injury. He played really well in the last Regional 4Day match for Trinidad & Tobago against Guyana. He got a brilliant 114 and we expect him to bring that same form and ability into the squad. “He batted for a long time for his runs and looked comfortable at the crease. He did not show any signs of discomfort. He has played at this level and done well before, so we expect him to fit right back in and contribute.” Butt added: “The team did some good things in the first three matches and we are seeing signs of improvement. We are in with a chance of winning the series and we believe the players selected in this squad have the ability to do just that.” Barath has overcome his recent spell of injuries and gave firm evidence of his fitness with his seventh first-class century last weekend at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. The 21-year-old has played 12 ODIs for West Indies since his debut two years ago. He has made 311 runs with a topscore of 113 against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in January, 2011.Match schedule:Digicel ODI Series Friday, 16 March – 1st Digicel ODI – Australia won by 64 runs – Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St. Vincent Sunday, 18 March – 2nd Digicel ODI – West Indies won by five wickets – Arnos Vale Cricket Ground Tuesday, 20 March – 3rd Digicel ODI – Tied – Arnos Vale Cricket Ground Friday, 23 March – 4th Digicel ODI at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St. Lucia Sunday, 25 March – 5th Digicel ODI at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St. Lucia

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 14 NEWS Nationals Receive Official Honours At Government House Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The four St. Kitts and Nevis National Honours Awardees along with three Queen’s Honours Awardees were officially decorated at an Investiture Ceremony held o Wednesday, March 21 at Government House, Springfield, Basseterre. The National Honours Awardees, (announced at last year’s 28th Anniversary of Independence celebrations) were Mrs. Mavis Harney-Brown, Star of Merit for Nursing; Mr. Eustace Warner, Medal of Honour for Community Service; Pastor George Gilfillan, Medal of Honour for Community Service and Religion and Mr. Winston “Zack” Nisbett, Medal of Honour for Culture. The profile of Mrs. Mavis HarneyBrown cited her as having been a trailblazer for Nursing in the Caribbean. She worked throughout the region and founded the Caribbean Nurses Organisation (CNO) in 1957 which is currently among the largest Non-Governmental Organizations in the Region, made up of 29 member countries. A former Boys Brigade Officer, Band Master and President, Mr. Warner is credited with being involved in Community Service for over 50 years having been instrumental in National Carnival and actively charting the way in the formative years in addition to adding his cultural flair to the dance scene of St. Kitts and Nevis. He took his love of country with him when he migrated to Canada and was among nationals who founded the St. KittsNevis-Anguilla Association of Montreal before returning to take up the mantle of Community Service locally. Similarly it was Community Service that earned Mr. George Gilfillan his honours, along with his dedication to Christ and his Church. Pastor Gilfillan was recognized as having had four Churches of the Pentecostal Church of God constructed while under his leadership as Pastor and is known for his generosity and willingness to lend a hand even to persons outside of his congregation. Zack Nisbett’s exposure to the cultural arts began when his Godfather presented him his first clown suit in his youth, from there he become of the owner of such a troupe and greatly contributed to the rejuvenation of folklore displayed at many community festivals and National Carnival celebrations. The Government House Investiture also featured the bestowing of previously unannounced Orders of the British Empire on three nationals – Mrs. Morlene Whittaker, O.B.E; Mrs. Theresa Richardson M.B.E and Mrs. Dorophea Hector M.B.E. Leroy Maynard who was previously honoured also accepted his award at the ceremony.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 15 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE Deadline for applications is 30th March, 2012 A battle for our minds is being waged file of the Labour Party has no dispute about his leadership abilities; Dr. Denzil Douglas who is loved and revered by his Constituents and the vast majority of the population of St. Kitts; Dr. who is being prayed for by the majority of the elders, the middle aged and the young; Dr. Douglas who is the beacon of hope for the young people of the land, that he must abandon all these folks, because a team called the rescue team, whose reputation cannot withstand the glare of a magnifying glass inspection must vacate his position and give way to them. One of them is Lucifer who has been thrown out of the Labour Movement – banished. Never to return to the corridors of this 80year Institution, which is totally responsible for the evolution of the black race in St. Kitts. He has no anchor, so he just drifts to and from people and radio stations he once denounced, because, you see, like the reincarnated Lucifer that he is, he is friendless, he has been deserted, he has lost the respect of the vast majority of people who once respected him. Abandoned, banished, anchorless, rudderless, he is trying to see if he can destroy Dr. Douglas, the Labour Party, the country and himself. He does not mind being destroyed by the destruction he is visualizing as long as Dr. Douglas is being destroyed in the process. You see, dear reader, he has nothing to lose. He cannot even run for election because he had dual citizenship, he has a Canadian Passport. So, what is there for him to live for? What sort of hope can a loser instil in others? What else is there for him to do, but to do all in his power to destroy and never naught for others to enjoy. The reincarnation of Lucifer has teamed up with an ex-Minister of Government who was fortunate to build a house in Miami from earnings emanating from St. Kitts. He claims that there is too much crime in St. Kitts and he is going to live in all places – Miami. I guess there is no crime whatsoever which one committed in Miami. It is a place of paradise. His next comment was “as long as Dr. Douglas continues to be Prime Minister”, he would never return to live in St. Kitts. When this ex-Minister was in government, he ordered a second hand pick up and dumped it on the electricity Department to be used by them. He drew a monthly payment for the rental of his second-hand pickup truck. No conscience at all, none whatsoever. The highest degree of conflict of interest, which he likes to speak about these days, A Minister of Government, renting out his pickup to a Government Department of which he was the de facto head. This was not the only practice of this Minister. No Government Department vehicles which needed spare parts could have bought spare parts without first verifying if he had the part. You see conflict of interest, dear reader. Is this man morally capable of being part of any rescue team to tell us that we who love, adore and respect our honest Prime Minister and his team, must run this honest team and replace it with what? Who is the leader of this so-called rescue team who wants to deliver us from honesty into whole scale corruption? Which member of the socalled rescue team can raise their hands and say without fear of contradiction that “Before God and man, my hands are clean?” To think, dear reader that this motley crew of the leaderless rescue team got the effrontery to call Dr. Douglas, a dictator and corrupt is beyond me. The word corrupt should be erased from the vocabulary of some people, never to escape their lips, for they are unable morally and otherwise to point fingers. As for claiming that Dr Douglas is a dictator, he has to be the most watered down version of any dictator in the history of mankind who ever allowed his opponents to criticize him so openly without taking any negative action against them. What a dictator? Dictators don’t educate their people. Look at the number of Medical Doctors who have been trained since 1995 under Dr. Douglas? Look at the number of Engineers who have been trained and qualified since 1995 under Labour. Look at the number of Nurses who would soon be returning with their BSc degrees? What about our students who are studying in Taiwan? What about our many other students who are studying all over the globe? Is this the work of a dictator? How many Scholarships were available to us when PAM was in power? It is said that Brimstone Hill appeared on the landscape because of a volcanic eruption which pushed it out of the bottom of the sea and placed it 880 feet above sea level. Our ancestors toiled, sweated, bled and sacrificed their lives in the cane fields of this country. Some of their bones are buried in them. Our mothers, sisters, aunts, nieces were raped in the cane ranges of those cane fields, without any justice meted out to their rapists. Today, under Dr. Douglas, those cane ranges have been constructed into roads leading to the newly emerged villages. The rudderless, conviction-less, leaderless, corruption filled motley crew called the rescue team wants us to leave sure for unsure; to forget all the gains that we have made since 1995 to join who and what? There is a song which says “I would not change you for the world or the treasures of the sea.” We are fully aware of whom we are dealing with. We do not know for sure what we will be dealing with. Dear Reader : One only has to listen to certain programs coming from certain radio stations to conclude that a war is being waged by certain unscrupulous elements of our society to create mayhem in our beautiful paradise of an island. One of these elements has been banished from an organization which has been responsible for the total emancipation of the black man and the total evolution in all aspects of the word of the black man in St. Kitts. No one can deny this. Every night on one radio station one is bombarded between sleep and wake with the call that Dr. Douglas, who has been sworn in as Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis for a five year term of office must go. Not sworn in by the Labour Party, sworn in by the Constitutional head of the twin island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis amidst much applause inside the Federation, the Caribbean and the International World. A man who, just 2011 was elected in the open Party Convention at the Marriott Hotel at Frigate Bay as the uncontested Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. Every Constituency of the Party (8) sent in his name the undisputed Leader of the Party unlike PAM, where the family elects their leader All eight (8) of them. You see, dear reader, I have said it over and over again, that the People’s Action Movement (PAM) is not a people organization. The founders knew that we black people “nuff, nuff” and always want to be in things which were not really meant for us and which do not really want us except to add numbers to their minority figures. Answer me this question dear reader, regardless of which political fence you are peeping over, if PAM is a party of the ordinary folks, how come the ordinary folks cannot nominate, elect or select the leader of the party? How come? Be factual with me, dear reader. Be honest with me, dear reader. Condemn me, dear reader, to the highest heavens if I am stating something that is false or grossly misleading. You, the members of PAM who are reading this article, use it as a time for reflection and soul searching. Compare the two parties and honestly point out to me that you, as a conscious black man, who is fully aware of his rich historical back ground, should still be a member of PAM. So, Dr. Denzil Llewellyn Douglas, who was brought up in the rural village of St. Pauls from whence our first national Hero, Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw hailed; Dr. Denzil Douglas with whom the rank and FOR RENT 2 Bedroom furnished Apartments For Rent Location: Ocean Gardens and Lime Kiln Housing Contact: 465-6569 or 662-3952

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 16 NEWS Entrepreneurs In Training Ready To Take On ‘Apprentice’ Like Face off By Drizel Hanley of the exercise is to inspire the course participants and the wider public to consider the business potential in many items that are prevalent in the local environs” the Cooperate Advisor said. She further revealed that the objectives of the course are to inspire more persons to consider entrepreneurship as a goal and promote best business practices among small business owners. “Entrepreneurship development is important to the ECCB’s mandate to actively pursue the economic development of member territories,” she added. In speaking with Teshell Samuel, Deputy Director of BizWiz, the group that will be located at Best Buy Supermarket, she disclosed that preparations for the practical training activity are well on its way. “Given the fact that we were placed in groups as twelve (12) total strangers and we came together to get the project completed at a quality standard an in a timely manner, I am very pleased,” she said. “We have developed the brand Sereni-Tea as the name for our four blends of tea. With that name in mind we plan on engulfing the five senses of our patrons on the day of the sale. Our soothing music, eye catching dcor and delicious tea flavors will not only wow our customers but the judges as well. We know when you hear herbal tea or bush tea it may not sound exciting but after you taste out teas you will see it in a different light.” Ms. Samuel explained that the group has been marketing two invigorating cold teas and two hot soothing and relaxing teas as part of their product line. Tea bags for both hot teas were also developed. With the day of the competition falling on the same weekend of the TDC Interschool Championships the group has considered that patronage of the various stalls could be low but according to Ms. Samuel measures have been put into place to ensure that BizWiz meets the challenge head on. Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers Hyped For the 2012 Series Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers are looking forward to a fantastic season of cricket as they complete their preparation plans and head into the 2012 Digicel Series full throttle. The season which officially began on March 16 at Arnos Vale in St Vincent will run through to July and feature several new initiatives for the students, all geared toward creating a better playing experience for them. For the 2012 series; the students will be officially decked out in newly redesigned Kiddy Cricket uniforms and will have the distinction of being guest “coached” during their on field kills display presentations for the first time by acclaimed national cricketers. The students will also be welcoming a brand new mascot, “Chirpy” to their team, who will be joining them for their on-field display in the cricket stadia as well as making appearances at Kiddy Cricket Schools regionally. Joining Chirpy for the school tours are several pro-cricketers & cricket legends who will be visiting with the children to deliver motivational pep talks and conducting promotional activities gearing at building their excitement as they look forward to the cricket matches in their location. As part of their preparatory activities for the news season, Kiddy Cricketers have been engaged in training sessions at the various venues in each country days ahead of their actual skills display sessions. During the training sessions, the students go through their simulated drill activities with their national coaches and past national players who guide and motivate them ahead of their big day on the field when they display their rudimentary cricketing skills of batting, bowling, fielding and catching. The first set of 80 Kiddy Cricketers from eight primary schools in St Vincent had a great time of the field in Arnos Vale and enjoyed all the preparatory activities leading up to the event. There are over 560 students in seven other Caribbean islands who are also awaiting their chance to shine during the Australia and New Zealand tour. Throughout the series, a new set of 80 students from each country will get the opportunity to display the skills they have been learning all year with their coaches in school. This experience is the climax of their year in the programme and has been a life changing opportunity for many who used the occasion to decide on starting a career in the game. In collaboration with the West Indies Cricket Board, Scotiabank is also giving the Kiddy Cricketers as opportunity to serve as ball boys for the 2nd time around in 2012. As Kiddy Cricket Ball Boys, the students are able to participate in the actual games as they field balls which have been sent outside the boundary by the professional players. The young players will also continue to get ‘one-on-one’ lens time in 2012 with cricket legends through their popular Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Minute feature. Last year, the feature was introduced for the first time and gave the students a chance to interview renowned legends like Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose. These interviews were recorded and later played in the cricket venues for public viewing. Scotiabank has been the exclusive sponsor of Kiddy Cricket and the Official Bank of West Indies for the past 13 years and has been providing students with increased opportunities to play the game and additional specialized training from accredited technical coaching staff. Three teams enrolled as part of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank’s (ECCB) 2012 Entrepreneurship Course are ready to face off against each other this coming Saturday (Mar. 24) in a small business competition fashioned after the popular American TV Show, The Apprentice. The three teams have been given the task of erecting a stall and selling herbal bush teas from 6:00pm to 8:00pm outside of supermarkets around St. Kitts including Best Buy Supermarket at Buckley’s Site, Valu Mart and RAM’S at Bird Rock. As part of the project the teams would have to develop their own product using local herbal bushes then package and market their teas to the general public. According to Advisor in the Cooperate Department of ECCB, Ms. Sybil Welsh, the activity is intended to develop the practical aspect of the course and provide the participants with hands-on business experiences. “A complementary objective “We have taken into consideration how the sports meet being hosted at the same time as our event would affect our sales and decided to presell our teas. Tickets for our bottled iced tea are being sold for EC$5.00 and EC$3.00 for a 7oz cup of our hot teas,” she explained. In addition to preselling teas the group has decided to host a raffle as an incentive to persons for purchasing their teas. Each customer who purchases a product will be given the opportunity to win gifts complements Digicel, Dominoes and the Caribbean Cinema among many others.By Drizel HanleyIn the wee hours of Saturday, March 17, residents of the Trafalgar Village area were awakened by the smell of smoke and the loud screams of a young lady whose neighbour’s house was on fire. The early morning fire completely destroyed one wooden and concrete home which was owned by Mr. Bob Sullivan (residing overseas) and damaged the left side of neighbouring home which was occupied by Mr. Nigel Walters. According to Chief Fire Officer, Hester Rawlins, the Fire and Rescue Services Department received a call about a fire in the St. Johnson’s Fire destroys home; damages another Village area at exactly 3:04 am and responded immediately. “Upon arrival to the scene the home of Mr. Bob Sullivan was completely engulfed in flames so we could not save that one, however we managed to save the home of Mr. Nigel Walters,” he said. “The cause of the fire is still unknown”, he added. The Chief Fire Officer further revealed that Mr. Nigel Walters, who reared rabbits, lost two hundred and seventy (270) rabbits to the fire. In speaking with Mr. Walters he disclosed that he was sitting in his living room when he heard the popping of fire. To his surprise his neighbour’s home was on fire and the right side of his home which housed his kitchen was damaged by the blaze. “I use to oversee the house for Bob and I had rabbit cages in the yard alongside the fence, I lost all of those rabbits, I also lost a number of seedlings that I had here too, the shaken Mr. Walters said. “I went to her bathroom and peeped outside and everything was fine, I went back to my bed and before I could lay my head down I heard wood popping as if there was a fire, I went outside to peep and the home of Mr. Sullivan was completely covered in flames,” said one onlooker. There is no report of human injuries. The home of Mr. Bob Sullivan engulfed in flames The aftermath of the fire

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 17 NEWS -Glaucoma patients get the “Share Love With You” experience BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Minister of Health, the Hon. Marcella Liburd has expressed thanks to the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for partnering with the Taiwan-ICDF Alumni Society and co-sponsored by the Embassy of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) and St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Health. Minister of Health, the Hon. Marcella Liburd presents a gift basket to one of the glaucoma patients. Speaking at a brief “Share Love With You” appreciation ceremony with glaucoma patients at the Ophthalmic Unit waiting room of the J.N.F. General Hospital, with some 50 people attending, among them were about 20 visually impaired patients, the Minister of Health, thanked the Embassy for helping sponsor such an event. Minister Liburd used the opportunity to encourage the patients to be focused. “You may lose your sight, but you cannot afford to lose your vision,” she said. Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China, His Excellency Miguel Tsao expressed his appreciation for what it is like to be visually impaired and shared with those present on the occasion a touching song “You are my eyes” written and performed by a blind Taiwanese singer. Ambassador Tsao also encouraged the patients to meet, with hope and grace, the challenges life may bring. Both Mr. Charles Williams and Mrs. Sonia Daly, President and Vice President of the Taiwan-ICDF Alumni Society, in their remarks, shared their thoughts on the meaning of charity work and encouraged their fellow Society members to continue participating in such a meaningful cause. The event was the third of its kind over the past 18 months and was organised by Taiwan-ICDF Alumni Society and co-sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Health. The first such appreciation ceremony was held in December 2010 with single parents, the second in December 2011 with mentally challenged patients at Ade’s Place. Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency Miguel Tsao (left) and Minister of Health, Hon. Marcella Liburd at the ceremony. (Photos courtesy of the ROC) From Where I Sit By xSpeaksFor the latter part of my teenage years, my grandmother insisted that I learn how to do domestic “womanly” work. She pressed the need for me to learn how to master the art of patching torn clothing, sewing on a button, putting in a zipper, cleaning and seasoning meat and poultry, scaling fish, “doing down” pork in a doving pot and “turning corn”. On any Sunday that I cooked an extremely satisfying meal, she would say, “Well, girl, you husband ain’t gon bang you”. Each time those words were uttered I immediately created a block outside my ears. I couldn’t let those words penetrate my ear drum. I couldn’t dare let myself believe those words. In essence, she was saying that if I wasn’t well-versed in “catering to my man”, he would have reason to curse and blackand-blue me. Now, let’s look at the context in which this was said, or the history behind this mentality. My grandmother grew up in the postWorld War II period – an era when women’s rights and roles weren’t as advanced as they are today. It was a time when women were just beginning to come into their own and starting to own their femininity – wearing tight clothing and wearing their hair short. Then, a woman was born to be a housekeeper, a maid, a caregiver and in the best cases a teacher or a nurse. She had three basic responsibilities that were confined to three specific physical spaces: cook – kitchen, clean – living room, satisfy – bedroom. If the woman was able to satisfy these three basic requirements then under most circumstances, she would escape a beating from her husband. But if she fell short in any of these areas, she was a lucky woman if she didn’t have clenched fists landing on her. I could only imagine how most news being heard through the grapevine was domestic. I could imagine how women gathered and discussed their beaten girlfriends passing judgment and excusing the abuse because the food was too salty, or the floors weren’t as shiny as they should be. Women reveled in their ability to get down on both knees and wax floors until they were so shiny that they could set their curlers in the reflection. They took pleasure in the fact that they could take a half pound of ground beef and a head of cabbage and make cabbage stew to feed husband and six grown friends. They treasured the idea of being able to starch a man’s pants so well so that when it was ironed, it didn’t need pressing again for two weeks. And when they washed – oh my – everybody knew and had to know that they were taught to scrub clothes by their grandmothers. Those were the things that women valued. Women, disenfranchised and disadvantaged, generally had nothing else to value. Those days are as long gone as the sea is wide. And women have no excuse for accepting any kind of disrespect from any man. Women own and operate businesses, head schools and government departments, oversee and manage corporations and banks. Women’s roles and responsibilities have changed, particularly because of education. It is distressing to see how young women with so much potential allow themselves to fall prey to poverty and fall to the feet of men – committing themselves to a life of subservience and dependency. Women are so much more than their bodies. And we have so much more to offer than our reproductive systems. There’s at least one valuable thing in St. Kitts that is provided with little or no cost – education. It’s there for the taking. Just show up, and it’s yours. Still, I empathise with any woman who feels like she has no escape or no better options. I implore all mothers, sisters, daughters, cousins, nieces, aunts and girlfriends to support any woman you know is in need. You’ll save her from becoming someone’s property. CARICOM countries participate in regional Foot and Mouth Disease stimulation exercise By Drizel Hanleydermatophilosis disease indicated that success was contingent on strong technical assistance and support and the availability of other resources. Lessons learnt during the simulation will be shared with CaribVET, at the next Steering Committee meeting (Georgetown, Guyana May, 7-9) which may pave the way for a future formal regional partnership on animal disease outbreak management. Foot and Mouth Disease is a highly contagious viral disease that mainly affects cloven-hooved livestock and wild life. Common symptoms of FMD are fever, vesicles in and around the mouth. It may be diagnosed by virus isolation, detection of viral antigens or nucleic acids and serology. It is usually controlled by quarantines and movement restrictions, euthanasia of affected and in-contact animals and cleansing and disinfection of affected premises, equipment and vehicles. Facilitators included experts from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the InterAmerican Institute for Several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries on Thursday, March, 22 participated in a regional stimulation exercise that would prepare them to cope with an outbreak of the highly infectious animal disease, Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). The exercise which was held simultaneously in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and here in St.Kitts and Nevis focused on providing the participants with an opportunity to evaluate current emergency response concepts if such a contagious disease was to enter the region. The participating countries were linked together virtually through the use of web-based tools. The exercise also emphasized on national and regional communication, coordination and response activities. Throughout the workshop the participants engaged in three distinct scenarios including the at risk period, the response period and the recovery period. During each scenario the participants were asked to evaluate the situations and come up with actions that could be implemented to reduce the risk of infection and how the actions may be implemented; actions that may me put in place cope with the disease and how the actions may be implemented and ways to assist during the recovery period. Giving brief remarks at the stimulation exercise here in St.Kitts at the National Emergency Management Agency building (NEMA) was Minister with responsibility for Agriculture the Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris who commended the Department of Agriculture on hosting a symposium on Foot and Mouth Disease. The Senior Minister told the gathering that the experience of the Federation in handling the tropical bond tick and associated Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), the French agricultural research center for development (CIRAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The stimulating exercise was organized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in collaboration with the UnitedStates Department of Agriculture– Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – International Services (USDA-APHIS-IS), CIRAD and CaribVET.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 18 SPORTS Development Bank/ Sandy Point Basketball League: Old School Fruta Falcons crush Any Thin Cun Happn BASSETERRE ST. KITTS — Fig Tree and Playz basketball teams maintained their winning streak into the third week of the Development Bank/Sandy Point Basketball League. However, the highlight was when Old School Fruta Falcons crushed Any Thin Cun Happn 101-54 on Sunday night March 18 at the Sandy Point Hard Courts. When play resumed on Saturday March 17, The Alley ‘Showtime’ scored a narrow 67-63 win over Alley Construction Half Way Tree in the first game. Showtime’s Clayton Powell returned 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, with Otis Daniel (17 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists), and Peddy Warde (8 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals) being the other top scorers on the winning side. For the losing side, Alley Construction Half Way Tree, Kestbo Hanley managed 18 points, 18 rebounds and 3 steals. Other high scorers on his side were Benjamin Thomas (16 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals), and Jason Clarke (12 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists). MVP for the game was Clayton Powell of the Alley Showtime. In the second and feature game on Saturday night, Fig Tree beat Running Suns 86-66. High scorers for the winning team were Nashorn Maynard (28 points, 28 rebounds, and 7 blocks), Ray Liddie (16 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals), and George Gaton (22 points, 9 assists, and 4 steals). Putting in great effort on the Running Suns side were K. Hicks (16 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks), L. Fyfield (14 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists), and G. Browne (12, points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists). Fig Tree’s Nashorn Maynard was the game’s MVP. Ansel Revan of Old School Fruta Falcons electrified the crowds with a great dunk on Sunday night in the first game where his team beat Any Thin Cun Happn 101-54. Revan’s teammate Taslyn Belboda was the game’s MVP. High scores returned in the game were by Taslyn Belboda (24 points, 4 steals, and 7 assists), Sheno Liddie (22 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals), and Ansel Revans (18 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 steals) for the winning team, and Kaiyton Blake (19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals), Oakland Connor (16 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals), and Dalton Jeffers (11 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 steals) for Any Thin Cun Happn. In the second and feature game on Sunday night, Playz marinated their unbeaten run when they shut out Prime Builders Construction Wha-Do-U 98-77. With 27 points, 22 rebounds, and 3 assists, Kemo Duncan of Playz was the game’s MVP. Other top scorers in the game were Calbert Gift (22 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals), and Mel Rawlins (17 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 assists) for the winning team. For Prime Builders Construction Wha-Do-U, top scorers were T. Caines (31 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 steals), G. Lewis (24 points, 3 steals, and 2 assists), and N. Prentice (8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals). At the end of the third week in the Development Bank/Sandy Point Basketball League, Fig Tree and Playz have three wins each, but Fig Tree is in the first position due to its superior points score of 259 at an average of 86.33. Playz is in the second position with 251 points at an average of 83.66. Junior Fruta Falcons who have so far played and won one game are in the third position based on the average 83 points scored in their winning match. The other teams, in order, are The Alley ‘Showtime’ (198 points, 66 average) from two wins and one loss, Old School Fruta Falcons (165 points, 82.5 average) from one win and one loss, and Alley Construction Half Way Tree (140 points, 70 average) also from one win and one loss. Teams that have lost all their games are Running Suns with 120 points and 60 average (two games), Prime Builders Construction WhaDo-U with 207 points and 69 average (three games), and Anything Cun Happn with 201 points and 67 average (three games). One game between Running Suns and Alley Construction Half Way Tree was rained off on Sunday March 11. Result Of SKNFA Digicel Premier Division Match Played At Warner Park Stadium On Thursday 15th March, 2012: NIA joins with local Triathlon Federation for annual 2.5 Star Mile swim Permanent Secretary Mr. Alsted Pemberton NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MARCH 21, 2012) — The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) through its Ministry of Sports has partnered with the St. Kitts Nevis Triathlon Federation for the 2.5 Star Mile swim between St. Kitts and Nevis on March 25, 2012. Permanent Secretary Mr. Alsted Pemberton “I want to take this opportunity to encourage the general public to come on over to Oualie and support the Nevis Triathlon Association, as they continue to promote not only triathlon and swimming and cycling but to promote the whole island of Nevis and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in general,” he said. The Permanent Secretary also thanked the President of the St. Kitts Nevis Triathlon Federation Mr. Winston Crooke and General Secretary Mr. Greg Phillip for their hard work staging the event not only for the benefit of the Association but for the people of Nevis as well. According to Mr. Pemberton, the NIA had made provisions for its contribution to the organisation in its Budget last December to ensure that the event was bigger and better in 2012. He further noted that when the triathlon Association approached the Ministry of Sports as the Tri Star came to Nevis they gave assistance financially and otherwise since it saw the event not only as a sporting event but as a sports tourism one which would also bring benefit to the entire population of Nevis because of its spin of benefits. Harris Paint St. Peters 1 vs St. Thomas Trinity Strikers 1 (Half Time 1 1) Scorer for Harris Paint St. Peters Rae Clarke 41st minute Scorer for St. Thomas Trinity Strikers Travis Wrensford 43rd minute Yellow Card Rhondell Brookes (St. Peters) 60th minute Expulsion Robert Webster manager of St. Thomas Trinity Strikers was ejected from the bench in the 62nd minute Officials were Stewart Rawlins, Anthony Bergan, Delroy Jeffers & Steadroy Techeira said at a recent press conference at the Nevis Tourism Authority’s conference room, the Ministry was pleased to partner with the Association, a collaboration which began in 2011. “The Nevis Island Administration is putting a small but significant contribution of approximately EC$10,000 to this event to ensure its success… in previous years the event would have ended up in St. Kitts. So this year the 10th anniversary we wanted to make it a bigger event for the people of Nevis since it is the people of Nevis who is organising this event so we are bringing it home to the people of Nevis. “We were happy in the Nevis Island Administration to ensure that activity comes off and comes off with a success so that the people of Nevis will definitely see what normally happens at this exciting day so we are pleased and happy to partner with the Triathlon Association,” he said. During the past nine years, the event would commence from a beach on Nevis and culminate on another in St. Kitts. Mr. Pemberton used the opportunity to encourage Nevisians to support the event and to help make the 2012 contest a success. Leading in points table: Fig Tree Basketball Team in a pre-game picture Big winners: Members of the Old School Fruta Falcons Basketball Team in a pre-game picture

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 2012 19 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante NEWS By: Sotto Voce Well it won’t be long now before we settle the political identity of the Nevis Island Administration. On Wednesday the trial judge ruled the election in the St. John’s Constituency null and void. The written judgment was not available then to see his reasoning. However, the NRP Candidate is pursuing an appeal. I suspect the status quo will remain until the appeal is heard and determined. If the appeal fails, then one expects a bye election in St. John’s to resolve the issue. If it succeeds, then the status quo will remain. So there is still a little way to go to finalize this. We shall see how it all pans out in the fullness of time. The past week too, the Rescue/PAM alliance was at its devious best. It used its chef propaganda agency, the “Voices of PAM”, to try to demonize and denigrate the country’s foreign relations with the United Arab Emirates (the U.A.E.), in particular, Dubai. The negative propaganda raged on their FM for more than a week. All sorts of scandalous things were suggested. The main target being the man they love to hate – P.M. Douglas. They say he wants to run away to Dubai and bank his money there so it cannot be traced. That the appointed High Commissioner/Ambassador did not have the backing or blessing of the Minister of Foreign Affairs; That the setting up of an embassy in Dubai was suspicious, wrong, ill-advised, unfortunate, etc. That it was all Dr. Douglas’ scheming and his Cabinet was kept in the dark. These Rescue/PAM mischief-makers seem to revel in the creation and propagation of negative scandals about Dr. Douglas and his Labour Government. This is their fate. The same people’s voices can be heard every day parading their ignorance live on PAM/FM. We have grown accustomed to them over the years now; the same Rescue/PAMites every show, every day. A real farcical exercise if you ask me. They were the ones who announced the P.M. was retiring the Governor-General and sending him on leave. Remember? All their pipsqueaks certified the G.G’s dismissal. Even the host “got the information from an impeccable source”. Don’t make me laugh. I suspect the Mr. Impeccable is the Traitor himself. How the “Voices of PAM” were able to lure someone out of a highlevel meeting to their anti-Labour Party bashment, beats me. I am told they have a certain Traitor fellow to thank for setting it up. From since the days of my hero, Comrade Bradshaw, I have learned as a Labour man to have respect for my political opponents, but not get too crazy with them. Not lie down in the same bed with them. Not sacrifice my Party’s principles for any of them. These Rescuites/PAMites seem to be all experts on the Labour Party. But know very little of PAM, their own. Experts on our 80th Anniversary, on our leaders, on everything Labour. They are so amusing in displaying their ignorance. They are looking ahead to the Labour Party Convention even before the PAM/Rescue Convention came and went. Maybe, to them, it is sweeter and better in Labour than in PAM/Rescue. What a thing! The impeccable source traitor has suggested that two Labour Party Ministers should challenge Dr. Douglas for the leadership of the Party at our next Convention. Then when they fail they should cross the floor in Parliament as “Independent/Labour” members. Poor fellow. He really losing it. Right now in our Parliament, the Labour Party sits on the Government Benches with the lone NRP Member. On the other side the PAM/CCM alliance sits. No Labour Party. No Labour Party member going over there, Traitor man. He really looking for company in the wilderness. Comrade Bradshaw would have taught that you are either Labour or you are not. We never ever put up an “Independent/Labour” candidate at an Election. You are either loyal to the Labour Party or you are not. We have no Rescue or Independent branch in our Party. Maybe PAM has such. Then, we operate a democracy in Labour. Our members are free to have themselves nominated for any office in the Party from the Leader’s post down. Every member is free to compete. It has always been so. I recall when Comrade Moore challenged Comrade Southwell for the political leadership of the Party. And after the votes were counted, Comrade Moore won. We have a true democratic tradition here in Labour. Our problems/issues must be kept inside our organisation for resolution at the Party Executive level. Not as a Traitor would have it, on the Voices of PAM. That is where he wants our business paraded and scandalized. That’s where he seeks to draw our leaders to. So if a Civil Servant is sent abroad on government business “without the Minister’s knowledge” where should the Minister take up that issue? With the Prime Minister and Cabinet? Or with the PAM/Rescue Voices? I am not condoning or endorsing any disrespect for anybody. But a family must keep its business on the inside. We are not scandalmongers and garbage pushers like our opponents are. At the PAM Convention last Sunday, their leader said we should make Dr. Simmonds our next National Hero. He said he led St. Kitts and Nevis to independence so we should make him a National Hero for that. Poor Lindsay Grant just ah come. He don’t know a thing about our political past. When Labour was pushing for independence, the PAM and Dr. Simmonds opposed it. Is long before we got independence in 1983 that mother England was “Independent Labour?” Is that a Branch of Rescue? trying to give it to us. The last hold up was the unwillingness of Nevis to travel that road linked to St. Kitts. It was after their Coalition in 1980 to form our government that PAM and NRP struck a deal to accommodate the British Government. The deal included the Secession Clause for Nevis and the Bryant Clause for PAM. The deal included giving Nevis its own Government, while making sure 3 Nevis Members would be part of the St. Kitts Government to keep out Labour forever. So Grant wants us to make a National Hero out of a man for something he was opposed to and had no part in really working to achieve? He just happened to be in the right place (in Government) at the right time when the British Government was ditching us. We were already, to all intents and purposes, independent save for the British Government’s retention of our external affairs and defence. We had our anthem, our flag, and our identity. But Nevis secessionists were busy making problems for it to happen together as one country. I urge Grant to try something else. National Heroes are made of sterner stuff than that. Check it too. PAM at the time opposed the government’s acquisition of the sugar lands in 1975 when Labour did it. The sugar barons and the Labour Government could not agree on a price for the acquired land. That issue persisted until 1980 when PAM/NRP Coalition formed the Government. And a price was agreed upon to resolve the issue. It was not PAM’s money that paid for the land acquired by the Labour government. It was paid for by taxpayers. But PAM opposed that acquisition. Nowadays they want to take credit for it. Madness indeed. But getting back to this crazy, impeccable source Traitor, who wants to form an Independent Labour Branch of PAM. Their Rescue Branch, now fully operational in PAM, wants to add an Independent Labour Branch to the mix. I know PAM Lennox ain’t in no stupidness with the Traitor man. For him, PAM is PAM and Labour is Labour. No mixing up and crossing floor or Party lines. Well they done see how we in Labour deal with crooks. We throw them out. Ask the impeccable source Traitor himself. That’s what the P.M. means by cutting off the head of disunity. We nar kill nobody. We expel crooks like him. We want no part of treachery and wickedness. Breaking news! Breaking news! PAM Lennox in New York stole the PAM voices show on Wednesday morning, when he publicly served notice on his party (PAM), that he was going to chase the ball-head Little Bo Peep fellow out of town, and fight him with all his energy, until he steps down as the PAM leader. Without water in he mouth, he told de embattled and hopeless PAM leader, that he was prepared to fight him on land, on sea, in de hills and de mountains – any and everywhere – to get rid of him, for he (Lindsay Grant) was a bigger problem to the party than Douglas and Labour He accused Little Bo Peep of being surrounded by some “wolves in sheep clothing” on his so-called new PAM Executive, who he was prepared to expose to the public. But said no Johnny come lately and crooks going stop him from his mission in getting Little Bo Peep to step aside as Billy Herbert did in 1971. He challenged Little Bo Peep for his statement at the PAM Conference that he (Lindsay Grant) was back 100% with his party to take over Church Street and shut down the country. And he asked Grant if he (Lindsay) was back from his long and deep slumber at the Marriott looking for a deal with another complete stranger to sell off we lands for next to nothing. Dey say Little Bo Peep was cooping to call ‘een to the programme to bang off he mouth about the happenings in Nevis, but he got a dose of hush from PAM Lennox. Dey say he then ordered one of his “wolves in sheep clothing” to write up some nasty things on the internet about PAM Lennox – to shut him up. But, PAM Lennox almost shut down the Voices programme when he fired back, declaring since Little Bo Peep and his gang were fighting dirty, he ws prepared to take them on dirty, he was prepared to take them on and mash up everything. The ‘PAM Voices’ host tried his best to calm down things, but was caught between a rock and hard place, and couldn’t help Little Bo Peep from the slaughter he was getting from PAM Lennox, who insisted that “Lindsay Grant has to go”. The so-called PAM Conference ‘Up de Hill’ was a real disappointment for Little Bo Peep, as many staunch PAM supporters stayed away in protest of his forcing himself on the Party and they are calling on him to give up the leadership of the party. Like PAM Lennox, they say he is a real stumbling block to the progress and survival of the Party. His time as leader has expired. Dey say since the Convention Little Bo Peep vex. The “Founding Family” want to know how he could bring a man all de way here from Jamaica to say dat St. Kitts look good and is prospering rapidly under Douglas and Labour. Dey say dat he too vex wid Cindy Lauper for saying dat de party ain’t got no use for women. She say dat she was de deputy chair and before dey give her a chance to be de chair, dey ain’t even put she name on de ballot. Now a man who is like a ‘rusty’ loose cannon, get de nod in front of her. Little Bo Peep get to find out dat is de “Founding Family” and Sleeping Hammy who plotting wid PAM Lennox to get de rid of him as de leader of de party. He hear dat is since after de 2004 Elections dey planning to replace him wid de “Anointed One”. He other half confided to a friend dat he come home bawling like a child on Wednesday. Dey say he tell her after de decision in de court case, he thought he woulda get a ease. Instead, PAM Lennox call in to say is only one ting he tekking on right now and dat is to get de rid of him and how he is de worse leader PAM ever had. Dey say he tell her dat if he got to spend off all Daddy egg money to fight de “Founding Family”, PAM Lennox, Sleeping Hammy and all de other traitors in de party, he will do it. De fowl dem must lay again. Not one a dem gon move him as de leader. *Dey say he call de station and accuse dem of being part of de plot wid PAM Lennox to embarrass and humiliate him. Dey say he tell dem if dey never in de plan wid him, dey woulda cut him off one time. And to mek it worse, dey let him call in again to buse him and he gang some more. Dey say when Little Bo Peep told PAMites at his so-called Conference on Sunday to close their eyes for a moment and dream, Mr. Politics whispered to a PAM trump nearby, “boy, a dream Douglas and Labour win de next Elections for a fifth consecutive term in government”.* Dey say when he tell Little Bo Peep what he dream, Little Bo Peep, remarked “what stupidness you dreaming?” People want to know if the new political party in St. Kitts will be called the Independent Labour Party; and if “De Final Act” will be the candidate for the party in Central Basseterre when de next elections are called.

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