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Title: The labour spokesman
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Publication Date: 03-30-2012
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PM Douglas and President Obama united in the fight against drug trade and transnational crime, says US Embassy official Year 54 NO. 44FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH, 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 05 PAGE 02 On The Mark Hon. Sam Condor attends bi-annual inter-sessional ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Sam Condor was among three Ministers of Foreign Affairs from three Eastern Caribbean States participated in the bi-annual intersessional ACP and Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly that was held in Brussels, capital of the European Union. Honourable Sam Condor was Hon. Sam Condor attends bi-annual inter-sessional ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly PM Douglas calls on nations to step up the fight against drugs and trans-national crime PM Douglas calls on nations to step up the fight against drugs and trans-national crime joined by Honourable Alva Baptiste of St. Lucia and Honourable Dr. Douglas Slater of St. Vincent and the Grenadines attended meetings from 19 – 22 March 2012 at the ACP House and at the European Parliament with Members of African, Caribbean and Pacific national(cont’d on page 3)Hon. Sam Condor(Photo by Erasmus Williams)Photo: (Left to right) Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Mr. C. G. Walwyn; St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Brian Greaney of the U.S. Embassy in Barbados. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) (STORY ON PAGE 07) PM Douglas and President Obama united in the fight against drug trade and transnational crime, says US Embassy official BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and United States President, the Honourable Barak Obama are on the same wave length in their commitment to working together to fight the drug trade and trans-national crime. So says Acting Chief of Mission at the United States (cont’d on page 12)Its now Sir Hugh, Nevisian-born Chief Justice knighted by the Queen

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 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 Democracy is alive and well in the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis Over many years, elections in the sister island of Nevis has been a quiet and non-controversial affair. Usually, when the election date is announced for General Elections, proceedings in St. Kitts reach fever pitch, while the peace and quiet in Nevis remained largely undisturbed. This has not been so in recent times. Nevisians have come to take their elections really seriously – be it Federal Elections or Nevis Island Administration Elections. In doing so, they have been able to effect changes as to which political party in Nevis control the Nevis Island Administration in very clear and unequivocal terms, until now, that is. In the Nevis Local Elections of July 11, 2011 however, not only was campaigning very intense, but extraordinary efforts were made to bring out the votes and ensure a massive voter turnout in all the constituencies. One of the results of this exercise is that in the Constituency of Nevis 2 (Parish of St. John) a declaration was made on a narrow margin of votes – to wit 14 votes in favour of the Nevis Reformation Party’s Candidate, Hon, Hensley Daniel, who received 1358 votes while his rival, Mr. Mark Brantley received 1344 votes. The total outcome of the elections allowed the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) to form the Government of Nevis and Mr. Daniel to be given a Portfolio as a Minister in the Nevis Island Administration. Inevitably, the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) Party’s Candidate Mr. Mark Brantley questioned the results, the declaration and the conduct of the poll. This was expected. It happens quite often in many elections where the outcome is close. The loser questions the result and seeks to have some kind of redress, whether a recount or a new poll. Such is their democratic right and this is usually secured through the courts. When the courts have examined the case and looked at all the evidence and made its pronouncement, the loser in the case has a right of appeal and may proceed to do so. This is also a democratic right. After the final appellate court has pronounced on the matter, then one can expect full acceptance of the verdict by all parties concerned, and justice will have run its course, and the spirit of democracy will have prevailed. What then of the situation mentioned earlier with regards to Constituency of Nevis 2 (Parish of St. John)? The matter was aired in the High Court. The judge has handed down his ruling. Of the matters mentioned in this ruling, all parties can take some comfort. The Petitioner will be satisfied that the election in question has been “declared invalid and void”, and also to hear that “his right to freedom of expression and his right not to be treated in a discriminatory manner “had been contravened.” However, his attempts to fault the Electoral Commission failed, and to have the names of voters restored to the list was refused. In the meanwhile, the Nevis Reformation Party is seeking to appeal the declaration that the election is “null and void” and have taken the position that the status quo remains as is, until the appeal is heard. (A stay of Execution has been granted by the Appeal Court). Premier Parry was at pains to point out that the procedure to have Mr. Daniel step down immediately after the judge’s ruling was not taken, and he felt quite justified in allowing the status quo to continue to operate until whenever the appeal is heard. All this is in keeping with the spirit of democracy and the rule of law. We therefore commend all those who subscribe to the principles of democracy and ensure that as the world looks on at our conduct of the business of the people, they can continue to view us as role models and exemplary practitioners of those principles. We commend the Nevis electors on their participation and on their patience and desire to see matters resolved peaceably and amicably. Let law and order prevail, let respect for the courts and due process prevail. Let us keep democracy alive and well in this our beautiful Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 29TH 2012 (CUOPM) – Nevisian-born Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, His Lordship Hugh Anthony Rawlins has been knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. The St. Lucia-based Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has announced that Sir Hugh was awarded the Order of the Knight Bachelor. It was produced in the London Gazette on Tuesday March 27, and took effect from the date of publication. A release said the judicial officers and the administrative and support staff of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court extended warm and heartfelt congratulations to His Lordship, Sir Hugh Anthony Rawlins on his elevation to the Order of Knighthood. Sir Hugh joined the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court as a Master in August 2000, having had a career of public service as a Graduate Secondary School Teacher; Assistant Secretary; Head of Department and Acting Permanent Secretary prior to becoming a legal practitioner. Subsequently, he held the offices of Crown Counsel; Registrar of the High Court and Magistrate; Solicitor General in St. Kitts and Nevis; and Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies. He joined the Eastern Its now Sir Hugh, Nevisianborn Chief Justice knighted by the Queen Caribbean Supreme Court in August 2000 as a Master to assist with the implementation of the New Civil Practice Rules, 2000. He was appointed as a High Court Judge in January 2002 and was elevated to the Office of Justice of the Court of Appeal in September 2005. He acted in the Office of Chief Justice of the Court from April 29, 2008, and was confirmed in the Office of Chief Justice by Her Majesty, the Queen, on the unanimous recommendation of the Heads of Government of the nine (9) Member States of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean on May 30, 2008. Sir Hugh, a national of St. Kitts and Nevis is married to Lady Claudette Rawlins, a national of Barbados. They have two daughters Claire Buckland and Dara-May Maynard, and one granddaughter, Arianna Buckland. Make certain that you reach use our new Email address:info@sknunion.com St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) and Chief Justice Sir Hugh Rawlins during a courtesy call by the chief justice two weeks ago. (Photo by Erasmus Williams

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 3 NEWS Parliaments as well as Members of the European Parliament. The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, one of the joint institutions of the ACP-EU development cooperation framework, provides a legal as well as democratic platform where ACP and EU elected representatives could discuss issues of concern to both regions and jointly seek to obtain solutions. The European Parliament has become an incontrovertible interlocutor for the ACP specifically as a result of its increased decision-making powers along with the Council of the European Union, as enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty on European Union that entered into force in 2010. The European Parliament exercises considerable power over the adoption of all legislative proposals submitted by the European Commission, including on social and financial issues affecting the Union, and also has increased jurisdiction as regards EU external affairs, and trade and development, as it must validate all international agreements signed by the EU. ACP and EU parliamentarians debated issues such as the future of EU development assistance to ACP countries, specifically, the new interpretation given to the principle of differentiation whereby EU development cooperation will focus on the poorest of the poor based on which middle income countries such as those in the OECS could risk being graduated from EU development cooperation. ACP Parliamentarians expressed their concerns about the current difficulties experienced by African and Pacific regions in their EPA negotiations and reiterated their rejection of the recent proposal of the European Commission to withdraw 18 ACP countries that have not yet signed an EPA from the list of beneficiaries of market access preferences under Regulation 1528/2007 as of 1 January 2014. Representatives from the Eastern Caribbean States conveyed their unwavering support to African and Pacific regions as they seek to “ensure that the agreements they conclude with the EU reflect their own integration process and is the fruit of true bi-regional cooperation”. Other issues debated by Parliamentarians included the political situations in ACP countries and joint efforts undertaken by the EU and ACP on climate change. Many issues of concern to OECS Member States in their relations with the EU will be brought before the European Parliament, theatre of European democracy, in the near future. These include the Schengen visa waiver, the request for extension of the implementation period for Banana Accompanying Measures, budgetization of the European Development Fund (EDF), etc. “Thus, strengthening relations with the European Parliament is of paramount importance going forward,” informed St. Kitts-born Ambassador Shirley Skerritt-Andrew, Ambassador of the Eastern Caribbean States and Permanent Representative to the European Union, who accompanied the Ministers. During their stay in Brussels, Ministers Condor, Baptiste and Slater also called on counterparts in the European External Action Service (EEAS), which is the diplomatic arm of the EU and is charged with undertaking all external action, and the European Commission Development Cooperation Directorate General. During these meetings, the Ministers raised issues of specific concern to the OECS in their relations with their major and most significant development cooperation partner, such as the need for continued EU support on socio-economic aspects of their development. The Ministers stressed the importance of the model relationship that the OECS subregion has with the EU and cautioned that “differentiation should not lead to a missed opportunity for this flagship relationship to show its potential and squander the benefits garnered thus far” and that “EU policy hereafter should not be construed as a punishment for good performance”. Ministers expressed hope that their relationship with the EU will continue despite challenges that the Union currently faces in light of its economic crisis and policy reorientations. Ministers also underscored the “importance of EU assistance that has thus far taken account of the inherent structural vulnerabilities of the micro-states of the OECS that need to be constantly overcome”, such as falling levels of FDI and ODA, changing trade rules and a “tempering of growth in the tourism sector that is exacerbated by the imposition of contrary taxes on travel by some EU countries to Caribbean destinations.” They supported the EU’s attachment to regional integration through its assistance to the CARIFORUM-EU EPA and its joint work on the Joint Caribbean-EU Partnership Strategy. Ministers raised other pertinent issues to the OECS such as the need for consideration to be given on the flexibility for the implementation of Banana Accompanying Measures, while EU representatives underscored the importance of ensuring mutual political support in multilateral fora such as at the UN. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saint Lucia is the current Chairperson of the ACP Council of Ministers and in that capacity, along with the Ministers from St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent end the Grenadines, also met with the Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas. They emphasized the importance of strengthening relations between Africa and the Caribbean not least from the viewpoint of their shared cultures. They expressed hope that their meeting would be seen as a signal for closer relations that would foster change in both regions as the OECS and ACP seek to redefine their relevance on the global stage. St. Kitts Music Festival who will be the next signed artiste? By Charles Miller JrWith the 16th annual St. Kitts Music Festival, playfully dubbed “Sweet 16” only 3 months away, music lovers within the Federation are wondering who will they announce next as another artiste on the anticipated line – up. On February 25th, it was announced via the St. Kitts Music Festival Facebook fan page, that Damian “JR Gong” Marley is set to perform at this year’s annual event. Damian – offspring of reggae icon Bob Marley is no stranger to the ears of people everywhere, especially within the Caribbean. Although he’s world renowned, his duo album with American rapper Nas put him on another level of stardom. The second artiste that was announced to grace our stage was the legendary Roberta Flack; an “old skool” singer/songwriter, who is known for her angelic voice, as well as her work alongside musical genius Donny Hathaway. With popular hits like “Killing Me Softly” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, there’s no doubt that Ms. Flack will be set to take St. Kitts by storm with her smooth vocals. The latest announcement came on Thursday morning (yesterday) at around 10:00 AM where the Facebook fan page released the names of two artistes that have also been confirmed. English Jazz Musician, COURTNEY PINE and world famous reggae band, MORGAN HERITAGE have been revealed as two new additions to the line-up. Pine, an amazing saxophone, clarinet, flute and keyboard player hailing from London, is set to bring familiar jazz pieces and blow your mind, while Morgan Heritage, known all around the Caribbean will be here to bring their classics such as “She’s Still Loving Me” and “Down By The River”, it is safe to say that the family band will take the place by storm. In addition to all the outstanding musicians and vocalists that will take the stage during the 3 day event, the committee is hosting a model search, for what they deemed as the “Fantastic Four.” Information on the search can be found on their Facebook page. The 3 day concert set for this year June 28th – 30th will be held at the Warner Park Stadium.Hon. Sam Condor ...... (cont’d from page 1)

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary What Is Collective Bargaining? Unions are, first and foremost, organizations seeking to improve the lives of their members by improving their condition of work, and thus insuring respect for their diginity as workers. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union fully believes that each worker is entitled to a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and that pay should include a share in the profits the worker helps tp create and, thus, the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union has always sought a larger share of those profits than “market forces” might dictate. In addition, we also recognize that those profits can only be created in a well-managed enterprise, where both capital and labour contribute to the result. Since its early and humble beginning; the Labour Movement has sought to improve the social condition, the quality of life, create workplace democracy and participate in joint employer-employee decision-making, long before these approaches become fashionable. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union has since then understand that confrontation and conflict are wasteful, and that a more cooperative approach to solving shared present and future problems is more desirable. We also believe that, the problem always is finding those who wish to fully cooperate in a system of true equality, and until that time our desire for cooperation is fully reciprocated, and we must maintain the ability to meet employer confrontation. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union has always sought to improve the social and ecomonic conditions of life for all in our democratic society through industrial, political action and sought legislation on behalf of all workers. Organized labour has always sought, in sum, through collective bargaining, to bring about a broader sharing in the riches of our Federation. What Is Collective Bargaining? – Collective bargaining is the process in which working people, through their Unions, negotiate contracts with their employers to determine their terms of employment, including wages/ salaries, benefits, hours of work, leave with pay, job health and safety policies and much more. Collective is also a way to solve workplace problems. Why Is Collective Bargaining so Important> Because the right to come together for a voice on the job is not only a basic fundamental right, it is also essential for working men and women to have the strength to improve their living standards and provide for their families. Bottom line: It gives working people a voice at the table. It is said that labour exists in the pulpits and that faith groups fully support workers’ freedom to choose a Union, and that the Discipline of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 1982 said that they believe “Free Collective Bargaining” has proved its values in our free society whenever the parties engaged in collective bargaining have acted in good faith to reach equitable and moral solutions of problems dealing with wages/salaries and working conditions. And has also said that they do not support the opinion voiced in some quarters that strike should be made illegal. To declare strike illegal would be to deprive workers of their rights to collective action and, even more seriously, would place in the hands of governments the power to force workers to remain on the job. In a future article we will continue What Is Collective Bargaining?. As I leave I leave you with the words of an old Union poem by Mary Gilmore. The Union Man. A poem by Mary Gilmore.One voice to speak, One step to take, A thousand men as one, As like a wall, Lest one should fall, They stand till all is won. These are the men, Who, foot by foot, Beat down the might of wrong, And now hold fast, In case the past, Should rise again, still strong. No evil dies, It only lies, In silent seeming sleep, Waiting the hour, Once more in power, Over the world to sweep. A thousand men, No two alike, And yet they stand as one, While so they stand, No alien hand, Can bring them down undone. Africans Input To Feature In Re-Enactments Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The important role of enslaved Africans in aiding the British as the French laid siege on Brimstone Hill in the Battle of St Kitts of 1782 will be featured as part of re-enactments which took place at the same location yesterday (Thursday, March 29th), and will continue today, Friday March 30th. Don Beale, one of the re-enactors told SKNIS that his team was prepared to make this as close to the real thing as possible with pockets of dramatic intensity during re-enactments of the skirmishes and ambushes that took place. He explained that the British Brigade was excited about combining with the local members of the St. Kitts Nevis Defense Force who will form part of the team to create a realistic battle. He said this would involve machete wielding and simulated bloodshed. “The history of the actual skirmishes that took place over the period of the thirty day siege of Brimstone Hill is actually quite fascinating. Machete bearing locals would triumph over soldiers with swords and bayonets. It was unbelievable and we look forward to recreating this for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Beale emphasized. “An added attraction to the choreographed event is that it will feature the clothing of the period in which the Battle was fought and maintain cultural correctness,” Beale emphasized. He expressed gratitude to the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority for the additional activities which have been planned for the re-enactors, giving them a chance to enjoy St. Kitts and Nevis as a travel destination as well. The full team of re-enactors arrived in the Federation on Wednesday and are expected to leave on Sunday April 1. Other scheduled activities include a cocktail reception at Government House and a complimentary tour aboard the St. Kitts Scenic Railway on Saturday. Entrance to the event March 29th and 30th is the regular Brimstone Hill entry fee of E.C$10 for local adults and $5 for children as well as U.S. $8 for non-nationals.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen The messenger boys in the PAM party have been extremely busy on radio and in the print media trying to convince an incredulous public that life in general was better under the 15 years of PAM rule than it has been under Labour since 1995. The messenger boys have forgotten that when Labour left office in Februar y 1980, ther e was full employment in the Sugar Industr y W orkers in the field side of the Sugar Industr y wer e 5 to 6 working days a week r egularly A year or so after P AM formed the government; the same group of field workers were given only 1 or 2 days work a week r egularly In other words, the work-week of field workers was reduced from 5 or 6 days, to a 1 or 2 days. Under Labour from 1995 onwards the regular 5 to 6 days workweek was restored. Also under P AM the field workers wer e denied the fr ee use of the estate Land Rovers and tractors and carts to transport their crops from the field to the places of storage. The field workers were no longer able to use the estate vehicles and equipment to transport water and feed their hungry and thirsty animals. Poor people were suffering. Poor people were made to suffer more when PAM abolished Personal Income Tax which the PAM Government deceitfully called a Social Services Levy. So people who paid Income tax were relieved from the Tax, while people who never ever paid Income Tax were forced to pay the income tax called Social Services Levy. The PAM Government imposed a Customs Service Charge on all goods entering our country. This Service Charge was in addition to the regular Customs Duty, so importers had to pay Customs Duty in addition to the Customs Service Charge. The Ministry of Finance used to tell importers that while the Ministry could waive the Customs Duty at times, the Ministry could not waive the Customs Service Charge. Naturally when a Service Charge was paid on top of Customs Duty the price of goods to the consumer would go up. The PAM Government cared naught about the welfare of the poor, the sick and the needy. In spite of the hardships which the PAM Government had already imposed, the said government went ahead and increased the fees to the general public for all services rendered at the J.N.F. General Hospital. Included in the increase were the fees paid for patients to stay in a private room or in a private ward at the Hospital. The Government hit you in your pocket when you are well and even when you are sick. Even the rates for telephone calls were increased. SKANTEL upped the rates for both local and overseas telephone calls. Poor people were hit with increased costs and prices, everywhere they turned, whether they were sick or well. During this period of extreme hardship, PAM of course was boasting that the people of St. Kitts and Nevis never had it so good. Of course the party was referring to the abolition of Personal Income Tax. But the fact of the matter is that the abolition of Personal Income Tax could only benefit those who paid the Tax. The masses of people never paid Income Tax. It was very ironic that while the PAM party was boasting that our country never had it so good; the UNDP/FAO was holding a regional meeting in Peru or in Chile in South America. During the course of the meeting the UNDP/FAO issued a Regional report on Latin America and the Caribbean. Among other things, the Report stated that the nutritional Mr. Smart offered no help and so the Chief Economic Adviser threatened to take the matter up with the FAO officials at their Headquarters in Rome. I do not know if he did, but so far no changes have been made to that Report. The cumulative effect of the PAM Government’s fiscal policy was the erosion of the standard of living and the quality of life of the poor ordinary power-less working-class man and woman. PAM satisfied the needs of the rich and powerful by paying the Sugar Estates Land Owners $22.0 million, and in addition, PAM abolished Personal Income Tax. The histor y of the 47-year old P AM par ty has clearly shown that the par ty has, as a matter of deliberate policy engaged in actions and activities that were plainly illegal, unlawful, immoral, unethical, unjust and unfair Now that the Labour Party Government is in its fourth consecutive term in office, the members of the CCM/PAM cabal have banded themselves together to persecute our Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas and his Labour Party Government. The PAM party has been pretending that it has always acted lawfully, legally, fairly, justly and virtuously. The PAM party has succeeded in convincing a number of CCM Members, chief of whom is the mighty Sheriff who, time and time again, has demonstrated his deep personal hatred of the Prime Minister. The Sheriff’s knee-jerk reaction is to put his tongue on anyone who does not share his political beliefs or philosophy. Mr. Thomas, Chairman of the suspended Commission of Inquiry in Nevis and Sir Richard Cheltenham, the Commission’s lawyer (both not involved in Nevis politics) have suffered the length of the Sheriff’s tongue. But I say like Webbo of VON fame, as follows: “Life is not fair, but God is GOOD. status of the people of our country was the lowest in Latin America and the Caribbean, save and except for the Republic of Haiti. The Report also stated that our country suffered from Unemployment, UnderEmployment, Low Income Levels, Poverty, Hopelessness and Despair, and poor and inadequate Housing Conditions. The Chief Economic Adviser to the PAM Government went berserk when he read the Report and challenged the validity and authenticity of the Report with a Mr. Smart, the UNDP Regional Representative who was visiting St. Kitts from Barbados on one of his regular official visits. PAM misleaders making false claims about a better life during 1980-1995

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 6 NEWS By Drizel HanleySome seven hundred (700) students from twenty-one (21) different primary schools on St. Kitts will be participating this weekend, Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April in the 2012 Edition of the RAMS Inter-Primary School Championships to be held at the Silver Jubilee Stadium, Bird Rock, Basseterre. The athletic meet will see the Bronte Welsh Primary School, Tyrell Williams Primary School, Dean Glasford Primary School, St.Paul’s Primary School, Newton Ground Primary School, Violet Petty Primary School, Cayon Primary School, Dieppe Bay Primary School, Edgar T Morris Primary School, Saddlers Primary School, Beach Allen Primary School, Dr. William Connor Primary RAMS Inter-Primary Championship to begin today Although three of the twenty one primary schools will not be participating, their students will be allowed to register and compete as independent athletes. Some 16 events are scheduled for Friday; 26 on Saturday and 24 on Sunday. A release issued by the Public Relations Officer of the St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (SKNAAA), Evris Huggins, revealed that he RAMS Trading Group, title sponsor for the championships, will be adding a different element to this year’s competition through tastings of new products; athletic patrons can expect complementary beverages at beverage stalls located on the grounds. The top five schools will be handsomely awarded with monetary prizes: First place$EC1000.00; Second place$EC750.00; Third place-$EC600.00; Fourth place-$EC450.00 and Fifth place-$EC300.00. The St. Paul’s Primary School are the defending champions. Admission for the three day athletic meet is: Kim Collins PavilionEC20.00, StandsEC15.00, Grounds Adults-EC10.00 and Children under 12-EC5.00. O Land of Beauty St. Kitts and Nevis For A Moment I Forgot! By Mutryce A. Williams Sitting on the beach, hair wild, strewn about my face, I am certain looking ethereal, enjoying a very rare moment of solitude, marking my name in the sand over and over again, and watching as the waves washed it away, a stranger approached and asked me who might I be and where I was from. I looked sideways and gave him a look of, “Isn’t it quite obvious that I am trying to enjoy a moment of peace here,” however I responded quite nonchalantly. I said, “My name is Mutryce A. Williams, to my friends I am Tryce, Yaisa or Jay. I am from the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.” Before I could retreat into my solitary abyss or ask him any questions, he jumped right in, “Isn’t that that island where there’s an alarming rate of crime?” Without much thought I turned and faced him, smile placed on my face, I said quite resolutely, “Well it’s the Mother Colony of the West Indies. It’s as Kenrick Georges puts it a land of beauty. It is my country where hopefully once more peace would abound. It’s a land that’s captivating. It is a land that is steeped rich in culture with a town whose architecture and history is unrivaled and tacitly preserved. It’s the place where Mount Liamuiga stands tall, still kissed by undulating cane lands. It’s a place that redefines the stereotypical label of all tropical islands being just sun, sand, and sea. It is the home of the Gibraltar of the West Indies, Brimstone Hill; a UNESCO world heritage site which exudes such prominence. Simply put Sir, you haven’t experienced life until you’ve visited Brimstone Hill. It is truly a wonder to behold. It’s the land of the vervet monkey. It’s a place whose local cuisine is the most palatable I have ever tasted, and trust me I am not being biased. Just thinking about Jong’s roti, an evening at Fisherman’s Wharf, conch water by that man who has his shop near the Primary School in Sandy Point, and Fulton’s raisin roll, not to mention goat water, souse, cook-up, fungi and fish, and black pudding, just the thought has me salivating. And let me tell you something, because my palate is so discriminating, I end up comparing all foods to my native country’s food so I rarely eat out, because I am left wanting. Sir, I can go on and on. My native land is the place where masquerades, clowns and mummies are referred to as sports. It’s the home of the Belmont and the Mansion Bull, and I am not speaking about a prized animal but rather a sport or as you may refer to it folklore. It’s the place where calypso is on the rise. It’s the place where Carnival and Christmas go hand in hand. It’s the place where bands like Nu Vybes, Grandmasters, and Small Axe still duke it out. It’s the place, although just 68 square miles where each village or area has its own dialect or intonation. And to think of it, it’s a dialect unlike any other. If I want to tell you that you are looking fine or very dapper, to express myself in my native tongue, just so that you understand how impressed I am with your outfit, I would tell you that you are, “stone moderation dress.” It’s the one place that I know of here in the region that when you say you are going for a drive “around the island” you are really going “around the island.” Sir, my country is a land of champions. It’s the place where Kim Collins was born. Do you remember him? You must! This is my St. Kitts and Nevis. My country is the one who gave the world off shoots like the actor Keith David, singer Corrine Bailey Rae, and the famed essence editor in chief and novelist Susan Taylor. Do you want me to go on? This is the place whose essence flows through my veins, and whose essence will never leave. This is a place that I would defend because it is my native country, “nothing can wash that out.” This is the place where the green, yellow, black, red and white, the colours of our flag truly stands for something. It’s not just symbolic. Do you know that I have actually compared it to other flags? I have not just compared it for its beauty but also for its meaning. I have compared it for what it represents. It’s a flag which was designed by Ms. Edris Lewis, who might I add did such a phenomenal job. Green for our fertile soil, yellow for our year round sunshine, black for our African heritage, red for the blood of our forefathers, and the two white stars represent hope and liberty. Sir, so you see even though we may be going through these turbulent times, our flag is there to remind us that we are a fertile land. It is there to remind us most importantly from whence we came, and the two white stars are still there to let us know that there is hope and that we have liberty. Isn’t that something? I would like to say a special thank you to Ms. Edris Lewis. She is a visionary. She has given us something to look to and to be reminded always that regardless of what we may be going through that as a nation that there is still hope. Sir, may I ask, does your native flag have that?” As I sat there eschewing my love for my native land to this stranger, Ellie Matt’s song, “I Love St. Kitts,” the Mighty Arrow’s song “Arise Citizen Arise,” and Crucial Bankie’s song “Liamuiga” all resonated through me, ‘Oh how I wish I had an I-Pod,’ at that moment so I could play these tunes for him. I realized how much I truly, truly loved St. Kitts. I realized that regardless of the turbulence that we are experiencing with regards to our current situation on crime, and what appears now to be some political instability, that disowning my homeland as I have seen some people do is not an option. I have run into Kittitians here and there who are quick to relay the latest negative news report. I have even heard discussions whilst walking into stores, “Oh I will never set foot in St. Kitts again…look what St. Kitts come to…I shame to say that I from St. Kitts.” I just want to say that I will never be ashamed to say where I am from. I now realize that as a born citizen of this land that I can’t allow anyone to walk away with the impression that my still beautiful nation with lots to offer is only a criminal’s paradise, this would be a grave injustice and a dishonour to the soil where I breathed my first breath, and where my navel string is buried. The sad thing however, is that until that stranger approached me, I had gotten bogged down with all of the news about crime and criminal activities that I had forgotten that St. Kitts and Nevis my home, my native land, my country, is still a gem. It is still a treasure. The truth is that I had forgotten not only that there would always be hope and liberty as clearly stated in our flag, but I had simply forgotten those powerful words in our nation’s national anthem, words that we as a people ought to hold on especially during these trying times. School, George Moody Stuart School, Irishtown Primary School, Maurice Hillier Memorial Junior School, Sandy Point Primary School, Estridge Primary School, Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary School, Tucker Clarke Primary, St. Christopher’s Preparatory School and the Immaculate Conception Catholic School vying for the title of the 2012 RAMS Inter-Primary Champions.O Land of Beauty!Our country where peace abounds, Thy children stand free On the strength of will and love. With God in all our struggles, Saint Kitts and Nevis be, A Nation bound together, With a common destiny. As stalwarts we stand, For justice and liberty, With wisdom and truth, We will serve and honour thee. No sword nor spear can conquer, For God will sure defend. His blessings shall for ever to posterity extend!

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 7 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said Tuesday that the efforts of his twin-island Federation in the fight against drugs would be given the greatest chances for success if other nations were to find ways to curb the demand for drugs within their own borders, and control the ease with which weapons can be bought and sent overseas as well. However Dr. Douglas said that he is heartened and encouraged with the commitment of other countries to help fight crime in the Caribbean. Speaking at the opening ceremony (March 27th, 2012) of the Preliminary International Drug Enforcement Commanders Conference and the 18th Annual Regional Drug Commanders Meeting at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, Dr. Douglas said the commitments were made at last week’s Council of Ministers of the Regional Security System (RSS) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. “We came away very heartened and encouraged when we received commitments from the Governments of the United States of America, the Republic of France and Canada to work with us in several ways to fight trans-national crime in our region,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who added that the conference is so important and underscores the need for the follow-on session in Indonesia. Dr. Douglas referred to the writings of Oriana Zwill and Lowell Bergman of what has happened in recent years “Globalization hit organized crime over the last decade”, they state, “and now is integral to its most profitable business — the international narcotics traffic. Once a regional problem involving a customer base of a few million, and barely a billion dollars in sales, the illegal drug industry is now a worldwide enterprise with tens of millions of hard core consumers spending hundreds of billions on opiates, cocaine, amphetamines and marijuana, as well as other drugs.’ Dr. Douglas said that the challenge that the region faces as policy makers and law enforcement officials is further complicated by the fact that heroin, cocaine, marijuana, synthetic drugs and other substances produced in one region are sold in another at utterly phenomenal markups. “This then places transnational criminals in control massive cash reserves that enable them to function along the lines of the traditional PM Douglas calls on nations to step up the fight against drugs and trans-national crime corporate structure – but marked by relentless ruses to mix illegitimately acquired funds with legitimately acquired assets, in an attempt to render the ill-gotten gains untraceable. In addition, in real terms, illegal narcotics are cheaper now than they were 20 year ago,” said Dr. Douglas. He pointed out that the United States remains the number one consumer of illegal drugs. “Considering our geographical position, this is most unfortunate for us here in the Caribbean. At the same time, drug use in Europe is expanding, making that region a close second to the U.S. Traditionally rare in West Africa, the drug trade, in recent years, has become a real challenge. The illegal drug trade is alive and well in Eastern Europe. It has its adherents in China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Vietnam. In a nutshell, some 272 million people around the globe use illegal drugs,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who pointed out that it is the reality with which the region must grapple. He said even though the focus this week is the Caribbean, the fact is that an expanding drug trade – globally places every country, including the region’s, at greater risk because of the transnational character of these the global drug trade. “The corrosive impact of the drug trade is well-established. When narco-business persons enter a legitimate economic space, legitimate business people find it impossible to compete. For example, the former must seek bank loans and repay these loans with interest. The narco “business person”, however, is able to act as his or her own bank,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He told the drug commanders that drug-related operators constitute a drain on the state in which they function since they tend to create systems that are outside of formal channels. “To pay no taxes they cause a rise in criminal activity, arm criminal and other unsavory groups, and generally create societal fear and destabilization. Indeed, there are some countries outside of the Caribbean in which the drug-related violence is reported to rival that of Afghanistan. This is a cause for great concern,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who pointed out that there is the deeply troubling point-of-origin matter where the weapons that are used by drug traffickers and other criminals in this hemisphere is concerned. “My regional colleagues and I have raised this point on several occasions and I will not belabor the point now, but this remains a major concern because everything, as I have said, is interconnected,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He said that the efforts of countries like St. Kitts and Nevis would be given the greatest chances for success if other nations were to find ways to “curb the demand for drugs within their own borders, and control the ease with which weapons can be bought and sent overseas as well.” He disclosed that in 2011 and 2012 local security forces seized cocaine with a street value of EC$500,000, cured marijuana with a street value of some EC$12 million and marijuana plants with a street value of some EC$42 million. “I shall be following very closely all that emanates from this conference, this week, confident that, together, we shall sharpen and refine our approaches to the twin challenges of drugs and transnational crime; and confident, also, that together we shall help to promote the stability, both of our respective nations, and, in doing so, the world,” said Prime Minister Douglas. Countries represented are Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, The Bahamas, Colombia, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, the Turks and Caicos Islands, St. Croix and the United States. NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Stating that regional cooperation and communication is essential in the fight against the trafficking in drugs and trans-national crime, a senior United States official says despite difficult financial times, the United States continues to play the major financial part in the international effort known as the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. Mr. Brian Greaney, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean the Barack Obama Administration has injected US$133 million in its first two years of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI). “In November we announced that the United States would provide US$10 million to upgrade the avionics and communications of the RSS Air Wing, whose two C-26 aircraft were initially donated by the United States in 1999. Our total assistance to date for the Air Wing is US$23 million. We also announced an additional US$1.9 million for training for RSS member nations’ personnel,” Mr. Greaney told the opening session of the 18th Annual Pre-IDEC/Regional Drug Commanders Conference at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. He disclosed that the United States Government was allotting US$450,000 in new funds to provide polygraph capabilities to RSS nations so that members of their law enforcement agencies can become fully trained polygraphers and serve as part of an RSS polygraph corps. “This will provide sustainability to RSS member nations for ongoing (and urgently needed) vetting capabilities essential to preventing and rooting out corruption,” he told delegates from 22 countries. Mr. Greaney said the United States is allocating US$1.5 million in new funds to expand the capacity of RSS nations to help make prisons and correctional centers safe, secure, humane, and in accordance with international standards. “We will provide mentoring as well as equipment and training for corrections officials,” said the United States diplomat. The American Government is to delivering two interceptor boats to each of the OECS countries, as well as communications upgrades for all RSS nations, beginning this spring. This package is valued at approximately US$14 million. “We are not neglecting the youth side of the problem. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is implementing an agreement with United States provides financing for RSS polygraph corps, assistance to strengthen juvenile justice system and make prisons safe, secure and humane the OECS Secretariat to strengthen juvenile justice systems by improving the legal and regulatory framework and building awareness in civil society, among other things,” said Mr. Greaney. “All our agencies – the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Diplomatic Security’s office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance (DS-ATA), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), just to name a few— are conducting ongoing training and exchange programs for your law enforcement and security forces, too numerous to detail here,” said Mr. Greaney. The United States official said fostering of information is sharing necessary for success. “Obviously, some of our efforts predate the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. We have a longstanding belief in the potential benefits of information sharing,” said Mr. Greaney, pointing out that 18 years ago, the United States established this conference as a way to bring commanders of the Drug Units throughout the region together to Photo: United States Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Brian Greaney. Right is Assistant Commissiner of Police Mr. Ian Queeley. (Willett’s Photo). (cont’d on page 14)

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 8 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The recently launched National Prosecution Office brings prosecutors in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force under the direction of the Director of the Public Prosecutions (DPP). Speaking at the event, Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs. Pauline Hendrickson noted that most of the prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court was conducted by the police. “This included all summary matters and most preliminary inquiries in indictable matters. Police prosecutors operated a separate prosecution unit within the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. As a result the Director could not effectively supervise the work of the police prosecutors and give them the required direction, guidance and assistance in the prosecution of cases,” said Mrs. Hendrickson. She said that after some discussion with the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Police a decision was made to establish a National Prosecution Service where all those who prosecute and all prosecutors are under the control of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The DPP said that the aim of the National Prosecution Service is to expand, strengthen, enhance and consolidate the prosecution resources in the Federation. She said the Code for Prosecutors establishes the principles of conducting a prosecution. “The decision whether or not to prosecute an individual is a most important one. It is vital for the suspect, vital for the victim and vital for the community as a whole. Great care must be taken by those who decide these issues, always remembering that wrong decisions may destroy lives and undermine confidence in the criminal justice system,” said the DPP, pointing out that the modern prosecutor is expected to discharge his or her duties with professionalism, skill and vision and to operate within the parameters of defined and clear prosecution policy guidelines. “High qualities are expected of the modern prosecutor – good judgment, complete integrity, an innate sense of fair play and an instinctive sense of right and wrong. Fearlessness is also an essential quality, 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 overborne by political, media or public pressure. The profession of prosecutor is an honourable one but it is not for the fainthearted,” said Mrs. Hendrickson. She is of the view that the prosecutorial discretion should be exercised in a manner that is consistent, fair and objective and that difficult decisions must be confronted, not sidestepped, and in deciding the way forward the prosecutor should apply professional judgment, legal competence and practical life experience. “The prosecutor is independent and his or her interest throughout is the just disposal of the issues. The prosecutor secures no victories and sustains no defeats. The prosecutor should be vigorous in presenting the evidence, but restrained and courteous. Without a fair prosecutor, there cannot be a fair trial,” said Mrs. Hendrickson to the officials present including Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett; Resident Judge His Lordship Mr. Justice Errol Thomas, Speaker of the National Assembly, the Hon. Curtis Martin and Senior Magistrate, Her Worship Mrs. Josephine Mallalieu-Webbe She said that the community has a vested interest in the proper conduct of its prosecutions, and the conviction of the guilty is just as much in the public interest as is the acquittal of the innocent. “The prosecutor is guided at all times by the public interest in the measured application of the rule of law,” said the DPP, stating: “In deciding where exactly the public interest lies in a particular case the prosecutor must consider the justice of the situation and examine all the factors. The more serious the offence, the more likely is it that the public interest will require a prosecution to proceed. There is a need to maintain public confidence in the administration of criminal justice, and the community has a legitimate interest in the work of its prosecution service,” said Mrs. Hendrickson. She said the purpose of the Code for Prosecutors is not only to provide a code of conduct for prosecutors and to promote consistent decision making at all stages of the prosecution process, but also to make the community aware of the way in which the system of public prosecutions operates. Transparency is essential for the modern prosecutor for a fair and effective criminal justice system. DPP says the Code for Prosecutors establishes the principles of conducting a prosecution Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mrs. Pauline Hendrickson speaking at the launch of the National Prosecutions Office and the Code for Prosecutors. Resident Judge His Lordship Mr. Justice Errol Thomas (left) and Senior Magistrate Her Worship Mrs. Josephine Mallalieu-Webbe. (Photo by Erasmus Williams)

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 9 NEWS Deadline for applications is 30th March, 2012 St. Kitts and Nevis Customs gets new weapon to curb importation of illicit drugs and guns BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 26TH 2012 (CUOPM) – Reenforcing his government’s zero-tolerance to illegal importation of illicit drugs and ammunition into the twin-island Federation, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas officially declared open a new weapon in the fight against crime. Dr. Douglas, also Minister of Finance, along with Nevis’ Junior Minister in the Ministry of Trade and Industry with responsibility for Consumer Affairs, Trade, Industry, Import and Export, Hon. Dwight Cozier, assisted Financial Secretary, Mrs. Janet Harris, in cutting the ribbon to declare open the Vehicle Inspection Facility at the Customs Department, Bird Rock. Vehicles identified by the canine and suspected of carrying illegal contraband such as illegal drugs, illegal arms and illegal ammunition, will Federation. Dr. Douglas said the opening of the facility places significant emphasis on the resolve of customs officers who have gone the extra mile to ensure that they operate with utmost professionalism and thoroughness that the country can be proud of their achievements. “There has to be zero-tolerance being displayed to guns and ammunition and drugs in our country,” said Prime Minister Douglas. Deputy Comptroller of Customs Mr. Georid Belle told the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (CUOPM) that the facility includes a ramp and a mechanic shop with all the necessary tools for dismantling vehicles. “We have on staff two qualified mechanics with Guild certificates to undertake the necessary operation,” said Belle. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) and Nevis’ Junior Minister in the Ministry of Trade and Industry with responsibility for Consumer Affairs, Trade, Industry, Import and Export, Hon. Dwight Cozier (right) assists Financial Secretary, Mrs. Janet Harris, in cutting the ribbon to declare open the Vehicle Inspection Facility. be taken to this facility, stripped and thoroughly searched said Prime Minister Douglas. He said it was necessary to ensure that illegal drugs and guns do not enter the twin-island The Ramp with vehicles Tools at the mechanic shop. Photos by Erasmus Williams

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 10 NEWS Over 700 personal laptops distributed to 1st3rd Form High School students on Nevis NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MARCH 26, 2012) — First, 2nd and 3rd Form Students of the three secondary schools on Nevis could not hide their jubilation when they received word they were each about to receive a personal laptop on March 22, 2012. The custom configured computers were a gift from the Federal Government in collaboration with the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) the third phase of the One to One Laptop project which began two years ago. The laptops were delivered and distributed by a team of personnel from the Federal Department of Information Technology, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education led by Information Communication Technologies Development Coordinator in the Federal Government Ms. Keisha Archibald. A total of 722computers were distributed with 442 to the Charlestown Secondary School, 265 to the Gingerland Secondary School and 15 to the Lyn Jeffers Secondary School. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Library Services and Principal Education Officer Mrs. Lornette Queeley-Connor who witnessed the handing over reminded the students to be appreciative. “Contrary to popular belief the laptop that you will receive…are going to put you on the cutting edge of technology. They are going to make you better students and it does not matter what you hear, these laptops did not fall out of the sky. Somebody worked very, very hard to get them into your hands and so we have to be appreciative. Whether we already have six of them at home, that is not the issue. You first Formers, second formers and third formers will be able to boast of having your own laptop and so when you get your homework…We have no excuses whatsoever not to do well in school. So therefore I want you to care these instruments, these tools, use them for the purpose for which they are intended,” she said. Coordinator of Science and Technology in the Department of Education on Nevis, Mr. Laurence Richards who was also present told the students in brief remarks reminded the students that the computers would provide an avenue for lifelong learning. “The computers and the internet service that you will also be using are tools that you have to use for your benefit. As such I want to suggest to you that the role of the computers you are receiving use it as a window to the world, secondly, as an avenue for lifelong learning and thirdly, as a tool for education and commerce. “As I share in your joy because I am happy for you, I also want to encourage you to use the tool wisely, use it for the intended purpose and I trust that in years to come we will be getting 100 percent pass rate in Information Technology because you will be using the tools that you receive and you would have been using them wisely,” he said. Ms. Archibald reiterated the advice given by Mrs Connor and Mr. Richards and told them the computers would place them at the cutting edge of technology. “This is the technology age so we are providing you with a tool in your studies. I know persons are going to want to use it to go on the internet and the Facebook and the music and everything but there is also an educational part of it. You can use it in all your subjects not just Information Technology. “We have put on an educational operating system for you to assist with that so persons are not going to see Microsoft with Windows as you probably would have expected but it has an operating system that has a number of educational packages on there that you can use to your advantage,” she said. Ms. Archibald also urged the students to appreciate the laptops as she notified them of a new addition to the package. “I hope you appreciate these laptops. I want you to cherish and take care of them. We did note that the laptops before were handed out and they were not handed out with any bags. So this time around all students have a bag to accompany their laptops. “I hope that means that you will take care of them and we will have less dropping of the laptops and breaking of the screen,” she said, before a symbolic handing over to students Ms. Akeem Taylor and Mr. Kajel Smithen on behalf of Federal Minister of Technology Mr. Glen Phillip, Deputy Premier of Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel, Attorney General Hon. Patrice Nisbett and the Departments of Education in St. Kitts and Nevis Happy Students at the Charlestown Secondary School walk away with their personal laptops from the One to One Laptop Project Information Communication Technologies Development Coordinator in the Federal Government Ms. Keisha Archibald and a co worker show off the computer package to students Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Library Services and Principal Education Officer Mrs. Lornette Queeley-Connor with one of the two busloads of computers for students on Nevis Coordinator of Science and Technology in the Department of Education on Nevis, Mr. Laurence Richards Delegation returns home from Friday’s RSS meeting in St. Vincent Information Integrating (CSII) Programme was also discussed. Prime Minister Douglas and his delegation returned to the Federation on Saturday. Photo : St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (Photo by Erasmus Williams)BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas returned home on Saturday after attending the Regional Security System (RSS) Council of Ministers Meeting in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Prime Minister Douglas was accompanied by Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett; Commander of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, Lt. Colonel Patrick Wallace and Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Mr. C. G. Walwyn. Ministers and delegates received the Regional Security Coordinator’s Report and were updated on the RSS Training Institute and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative and the RSS/ Katz Troublesome Youth Group Study. The Budget for 2012/2013, the RSS Air Wing, the Unity Exercise (UNEX) 2012 and the creation of a post of Deputy Coordinator were discussed. Deliberations also took place on the RSS 30th Anniversary celebrations, the Crime Stoppers Programme, the proposed Eastern Caribbean Hydrographic Project and the Advanced Passenger Information System for Small Vessels (eSeaClear). The Rationalisation of Security Agencies within CARICOM and the Co-ordinating Arrangement between the Governments of the United States and the Regional Security System concerning the cooperating Sensor and

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 11 NEWS It was ver y ir onic that while the PAM party was boasting that our country never had it so good; the UNDP/FAO was holding a regional meeting in Peru or Chile. During the course of the meeting the UNDP/FAO issued a Regional report. Among other things, the report stated that the nutritional status of the people of our country was the lowest in Latin America and the Caribbean, save and except for the Republic of Haiti. The Thinking Citizen Training; a Custom for Customs Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Ministry of Finance is as enthusiastic as graduates of a Customs training course which concluded here this week. A number of Customs and ministry of finance officials joined parents and well wishers gathered to celebrate a new cadre of officers in a course closing and graduation ceremony chaired by Customs and Excise Public Relations Officer Larry Vaughan on Monday March 26 at the department’s grounds. The Junior Officers Basic Training Course which ran from January 28 to March 23, 2012, was undertaken under the auspices of the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) and saw participation from twenty four Customs officers from the St. Kitts and Nevis Customs and Excise Departments and the Montserrat Customs and Excise Department. In opening remarks Comptroller of Customs Rodney Harris said changing times and changing trends in border crimes have greatly changed the dynamics of customs operations, and compels customs departments to perform more than just traditional roles of revenue collection and border protection. As a result, updated training is of vital importance. “Our border security efforts must be constantly fitted with continuous training to control the changing trends in border crimes” said Mr. Harris. “Training in this area could be very wide ranging from drug detection and identification, to IT training in respect of cyber crimes.” “Changing times have seen the use of mules to move large sums of money” he said. “These changing times have greatly changed the dynamics of our operations and we truly feel that our survival depends greatly on training and more training.” The Comptroller specially applauded the Nevis and Montserrat participants for their hard work, he encouraged them to return to work with a different frame of mind. Mr. Theodore Browne, Assistant Comptroller with responsibility for training and also the 2012 CCLEC Course Coordinator gave an overview of the exercise. He said two new topics were added to this year’s instruction to compliment numerous other topics covered. Mr. Browne, speaking from certainty that the class of 2012 participants have all been transformed from this spate of education, encouraged the group to follow up and pursue the Bachelor of Arts programme in Customs Management now available. “There were two new topics added to the course this year” said Mr. Browne, “The Importance of the Bureau of Standards and Maritime ISPS Awareness.” Also in attendance was Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas under whose portfolio the Customs Department falls. The Prime Minster, as he brought words of congratulation, reminded graduates of their role alongside other security forces as part of the first line of defense in this country. He reiterated that the many social services offered by Government come with a cost that depends heavily on the duties levied and revenue collected by customs and excise. “As I said to you when we met at Spice Mill restaurant almost two months ago” said Prime Minister Douglas, “you are now part of the first line of defense along with our Immigration officials, and those in the security forces in the defense of our nation.” “It costs money therefore to run a government” said Dr. Douglas, “and it is therefore essential that we remember and we understand that the fair and courteous collection of fees and duties by you our officers is your way of contributing to the Government’s programmes to provide education, healthcare, to upkeep our highways and all the other services that we all wish for all of us as citizens of this country that we all love so much.” The Finance Minister said just as Government is committed to the modernization of Customs through technology, the highest possible professionalism and the fairest treatment of customers will be expected. He told the graduates vigilance must be the key as they partner with other Government departments like the St. Kitts Air and Seaports Authority (SCASPA), the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and the Police and Defense Forces. The feature address was delivered by the Organization of American States (OAS) Permanent Representative to St. Kitts and Nevis Mr. Starret Greene. Ambassador Greene, like speakers before him, admonished graduates to strive for a culture of professionalism and named it the hallmark of survival for any company or agency. Remaining resolute and purposeful and showing strength of character and will, were some words of advice given by the Ambassador. “.and so graduates, as you return to your workstations tomorrow to discharge your assigned duties I exhort you to let professionalism be your guide” said Ambassador Greene. “By this I mean take pride in yourself and your work.” “Remain resolute and purposeful, be organized, show fortitude under pressure, refuse no opportunity for developing your knowledge and mind, show strength of character and will” Ambassador Greene said. “Exercise self control at all times, let integrity be your moral compass. Be sociable at the right time and under the right circumstances. Strive to be a person of distinction, always be accountable and responsible.”

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 13 NEWS Embassy in Barbados, Mr. Brian Greaney. “No nation, not even one the size of mine, can solve its problems alone. It’s up to all of our countries to work together, especially when the stakes are highest. Collective action is powerful,” he said. Mr. Greaney continued: “As I am a U.S. Embassy representative, you would probably be forgiven for making bets on how long a speech like this could run before the inevitable quote from President Obama. Betting is now closed. Not too long ago a speech featured the following statement on the ability to succeed when a nation pulls together: I quote: ‘I think of all that our forebears endured; as I reflect on all the blessings that have been bestowed upon us as a people, and I think of the challenges that await; I think of the enormous power that resides within each and every one of us to be forces for good in this country.’ “President Obama has a deserved global reputation for eloquence and the ability to move the spirit, but the call to collective action I just read to you comes not from Washington, but instead from the Caribbean, from Prime Minister Douglas. He was right. And he is not alone. My President issued the same call earlier this year when he said, ‘There is no challenge too great; no mission too hard. As long as we’re joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, [and] our future is hopeful’.” Mr. Greaney told the opening session of the 18th Pre-IDC/Regional Drug Commanders Conference at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort that the countries of the hemisphere are in “this fight together not just because we have to be. We join forces together because we all stand for the same things.” “The world once heard the following declaration about the international system, ‘Engagement will underpin a just and sustainable international order just, because it advances mutual interest, protects the rights of all, and holds accountable those who refuse to meet their responsibilities.’ This declaration of the primacy of international cooperation has all the hallmarks of the highest aspirations of the United Nations system. But that’s not what it is. It is a promise laid out in the 2010 National Security Strategy of the United States, one that echoes the 67 year-old UN founding declaration that the nations of the world would, ‘promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, and for these ends to practice tolerance and life together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and [crucially for everyone here today] to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security’.” Pointing to the need to all countries in the region to work together, the United States official spoke of the seriousness challenge of transnational crime. “Transnational criminal threats and illicit trafficking networks continue to expand dramatically in size, scope, and influence posing significant national security challenges to all of our countries. These threats cross borders and continents and undermine the stability of nations, subverting government institutions through corruption and harming citizens worldwide. Transnational criminal organizations have accumulated PM Douglas and President Obama united...... (cont’d from page 1)unprecedented wealth and power through trafficking and other illicit activities, penetrating legitimate financial systems and destabilizing commercial markets. They extend their reach by forming alliances with officials and some state security services. For many countries around the world, the crime-terror nexus is a serious concern as terrorists use criminal networks for logistical support and funding. Increasingly, these networks are involved in cyber crime, which cost consumers billions of dollars annually, while undermining global confidence in (left to right) Sgt. Travis Rogers, Commissioner of Police, Mr. C. G. Walwyn, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Pastor Leroy Benjamin, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr. Ian Queeley and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Brian Greaney. (Photo by Willett’s Photo) (cont’d from page 1) 24-foot boat explodes in marina on Port Zante By Drizel HanleyThe 24-foot open hull vessel, La Pinta Express which exploded on Wednesday, March 28 at the local Marina in down-town Basseterre drew much attention from the general public. According to Chief Fire (cont’d on page 14) (cont’d on page 14) Police receive pick-up truck from US Embassy By Drizel HanleyNarcotics Unit). The vehicle was handed over by Director of the Narcotics Affairs of the US Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados Kurt van der Walde who expressed great pleasure in handing it over on behalf of the United States The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) on Monday, March 26 received a pick-up truck courtesy of the US Embassy. The force received a brand new Nissan Narava a pick-up truck which will be used by the Nevis Division’s Task Force (Anti(cont’d on page 14)Commissioner Walwyn thanks Mr. Van der Walde for donation of vehicle. 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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 14 identify strategies and share intelligence to combat illegal drug trafficking and develop working relationships. He added that since its inception, the goal of the conference has been to promote regional cooperation among Drug Units and Financial Units targeting Drug Trafficking Organizations throughout the region and the conference gives the Caribbean Working Group an opportunity to prepare for IDEC “We are also looking at the potential for an Eastern Caribbean conference for the fall which would bring together, perhaps for the first time, a regional panoply of key actors in counternarcotics: police, drug squads, coast guards, prosecutors, and judges,” said Mr. Greaney. He said competition for national security funding is intense and the United States is providing resources for all these activities, including this conference, out of a desire to build local capacities and give the sovereign nations of the Caribbean an enhanced and lasting ability to confront the menace of transnational crime. Mr. Greaney said the United States will not be able to spend indefinitely and called on everyone attending the conference to do what was necessary to make sustainability a cornerstone of the planning for the future. “I ask that we always work as a team in this venture. Coordination structures exist and will be refined. But at the end of the day no structure will ever guarantee we communicate well. Those who will succeed in this multidimensional challenge will do so by forging personal domestic and international links with those who can affect the outcome regardless of their job description community workers, security forces, prosecutors, judges, correctional officers, civil servants, and politicians,” the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy said. United States provides financing for RSS polygraph corps....... (cont’d from page 07) NEWS -24-foot boat explodes in marina on Port Zante Officer, Hester Rawlins, the Fire and Rescue Services Department received a call about a boat on fire at the Marina, just behind the new Chinese Supermarket shortly after 10:00 am and responded immediately. “Cause of the fire is yet to be determined”, he added. Captain of the vessel, Alphie Hodge, told the media that shortly after the two crew members came ashore to secure the boat there was a loud explosion followed by black smoke so he abandoned the boat. “After doing that I contacted 911. And after we got a busy tone somebody got through and the Fire Department got here in a flash”, he added. When this media entity arrived on scene, a unit from the St. KittsNevis Fire and Rescue Services Department was observed working tirelessly to suppress the stubborn flames. According to Hodge, the vessel was fitted with two 200horsepower Yamaha engines and has an estimated worth of $EC 200 000 and was utilized to transport crew members to and from the La Pinta. The Captain further revealed the vessel was completely destroyed however noting that it was insured Hodge disclosed that the vessel is owned by Alexis ‘Straddy’ Hazel. Police receive pick-up truck from US Embassy government. “It was our way of recognising the great work Commissioner Walwyn is doing by bringing modern policing techniques to the force both in St. Kitts and Nevis; we intend to offer a lot more support in the coming years,” he said. The Director further noted that their goal is to continue to provide funding and support to establish an acceptable level of safety and security throughout the Federation. “It is a partnership about working together between the US government and St. Kitts and Nevis to make it a safer place to live and work”, he added. Commissioner of Police Celvin ‘CG’ Walwyn accepted the keys on behalf of the Nevis Task Force and expressed gratitude to the US Embassy and the Government. “I am appreciative that you chose to invest in our community, so that I can continue to know in my heart that my family and all of our families can walk along the streets without fear, knowing the police are doing a good job,” said Commissioner Walwyn upon accepting the keys. PM Douglas and President Obama united...... the international financial system,” said Mr. Greaney. He said combating transnational criminal and trafficking networks requires a strategy that safeguards citizens, breaks the financial strength of criminal and terrorist networks, disrupts illicit trafficking networks, defeats transnational criminal organizations, fights government corruption, strengthens the rule of law, bolsters judicial systems, and improves transparency. “While these are major challenges, the United States seeks to devise and execute a collective strategy with other nations facing the same threats,” said the United States official. “Between us, we do indeed have powerful forces with which to combat trafficking; but we must constantly coordinate and focus on action. We face an asymmetric situation. Traffickers are flush with cash and coordinate with each other easily and when they face an obstacle, they simply look for ways to evade it; whereas governments must respect the constraints that are inherent in societies governed by the rule of law and respect for neighbors,” said Mr. Greaney. Minister Harris Attends Regional Conference In Argentina Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of Agriculture is among Agriculture Ministers from 32 Latin American and the Caribbean countries attending a UN FOOD and Agriculture Organization (FAO) regional conference on food security and climate change. Dr Harris said that “St Kitts and Nevis wants to ensure that the regional work programme of FAO prioritizes issues of concern to our Caribbean and CARICOM Member States in particular. We shall focus on food security and nutrition security and investment in agriculture particularly at the level of the family farms typical of our experience here in St Kitts and Nevis. Dr Harris continued “sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures in particular technical assistance in plant and animal quarantine systems and capacity building in these services are very important to us in the Caribbean in the context of lethal yellowing affecting our palms and bud rot diseases in our region. Climate change and risk management will also be discussed given our vulnerability. In sum our aim at this meeting is to leverage FAO’s support for the region in such a way that the widest benefit and efficacious outcomes may accrue to CARICOM of which St Kitts and Nevis holds membership”. The Conference is the highest governing body and forum of the FAO in the Latin American region. Meetings are held biannually. According to FAO reports, currently about 1 billion people suffer hunger in the world. The agency has said that to prevent this number from growing, food production and should increase 70% by 2050. 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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 15 NEWS -Police Chief: “we can do a lot with a little, our numbers to date clearly illustrate that” BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS The top cop of The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force says while in the greater world of public opinion, his law enforcement agency might appear minuscule in the great arena of narcotics interdiction, he is of the view attitude determines its altitude and have demonstrated that not only do “we believe that we can do a lot with a little, our numbers to date clearly illustrates that.” Speaking at Tuesday’s opening ceremony the Pre-IDEC and 18th Annual Regional Drug Conference at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, Commissioner C. G. Walwyn noted a recent study among school students found that most of the students in the school did not view marijuana as a drug because they knew someone who sold it and who used it. “The attitude was that if it was not they who were affected, it was no problem. That is a mindset that the agency and the community must work together to change,” said Mr. Walwyn. Speaking of recent initiatives the Police Chief noted that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force have partnered in the fight against drug use and gang violence in the Federation. “Sgt Sean McCormack has been sent to the Federation by Orange County Florida, Sheriff Jerry Demings at our request, to train police officers in a new programme that replaces the DARE programme. The objective is to give students from Kindergarten to Third Grade and students ages 10-13, the tools for making the right choices,” said Commissioner Walwyn. “The belief is that if we embrace the children at an early age, the memberships in gangs and the potential for increased violence will decrease,” said Mr. Walwyn, who expressed thanks to Sheriff Demings for his assistance in the fight against gangs and drugs in the Federation. “It is important that we include measures to help our children in the equation of reducing drug use and violence in the Federation,” he said. Photo: Commissioner of Police, Mr. C. G. Walwyn (Willet’s photo) Guinness Book Record contender says Nevis youth will benefit from 300-day world expedition NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MARCH 29, 2012) — Australian Guinness Book of Records contender for first and fastest women to go round the world by bicycle Australian Ms. Kristina Storey said, her project World by Cycle which will be launched from Nevis on April 1st and end on the island in February 2013, will benefit the young people of Nevis. Ms. Storey told the Department of Information on March 22, 2012, ahead of the of the 30,000 kilometre expedition that nothing compared to putting the project which had an educational component together. She will be accompanied on her expedition by her fianc also from Australia Mr. Nick Arney. The couple will across the world in 300 days to 26 countries and six continents. “World by Cycle has been a year of hard work and bringing the project to Nevis and to the young people of Nevis…Not only are we riding around the world, we have also built an education programme and we have a team of curriculum writers who are building content around the places that we are going to be visiting. For each continent we are going to have a thematic unit about the people and about one particular item from that place,” she said. Ms. Storey explained that the first story they will tackle will be about a tee shirt and its origins. “The first story that we are telling is the story of a tee shirt. This might seem a little bit strange but I don’t really know where tee shirts come from and I don’t really know if young people know where tee shirts come from and I think that’s the opportunity to deliver really exciting education that’s relevant today. “So we are going to be meeting the people who farm and pick cotton. We are going to go to the factories in Western Africa, in Turkey, in Mongolia and China and we are going to be finding out how it’s processed, the effects that has on the climate and on our environment and all the different alternatives out there,” she said. Mrs. Storey used the opportunity to urge students to use their website www.worldbycycle.info to track their travels around the world. “We really love, love Nevis and we are so happy to be here and we are so, so thankful that we have been welcomed and we just want to do what we can to include the young people here in our journey. We hope that everybody follows along. We have a website, on the website I have a video where I talk about the importance of our affiliation with Nevis and we have a Facebook page and a tweeter account a well. “On the website you can actually go on and there is an interactive map. The website is www.worldbycycle.info so you will actually be able to track us in the world where we are and it will have interactive features. I know you have done the One to One Laptop with young people, so they can take their laptops and go and see where we are and bring up a different country and there will be photographs, interviews, different details about that location and then they will be able to interact with young people from other countries in the world as well,” she said. According to Ms. Storey, the website would allow young people of Nevis to talk to others from Argentina, Uzbekistan, China, and Canada and the other places to interact. “You form a group you learn about water conservation in their countries and you tell them about all the amazing things Nevis is doing with their wind and their geothermal and you start to build innovations and solutions in a global classroom because that is the way the world is going. “It is not classroom based education anymore but we really have the ability to reach out and make a really big difference and I think young people in Nevis can make that difference in the world and in the global community,” she said. Meantime, Mr. Arney explained that the bikes they would use on the expedition were completely custom made for a self sustained journey around the world. “We will be carrying everything we need to survive including our shelter, our food our cooking facilities and of course as we are telling the story our stuff we need to film and take photographs and stream media back to our base camps that will turn them into educational content. “Essentially the bike you see here is a custom built frame it is actually a mix between a mountain bike and a road bike to get the strength of a mountain bike with the speed characteristics of a road bike,” he said. Mr. Arney added that their project had received support in many ways among them Moots who built the handmade frames in Colorado, Old Man Mountain world renowned from Alaska who made the frame bags, Sram provide their drive train, Patagonia provided all their clothing for the journey, Cliff Bar provided nutrition and several education partners who would provide education support. “We have got a documentary team that is out of Melbourne Australia that would be visiting us in a few places and streaming the content that we film as we travel and turning that into a documentary. “It will be released by the end of our trip as well as the six or seven modules for each continent that we travel through so they will be making a high grade 20 minute video that will tell the story of each of these continents. The world tour will be launched at the Lime Beach Bar at Pinneys Beach with a brunch from 911 am and members of the public are invited to be a part of the event. Cyclist Ms. Kristina Storey and Mr. Nick Arney of Australia who will launch their world tour from Nevis April 1st, 2012 at the Lime Beach Bar at Pinneys Beach and will conclude in February 2013 in Nevis One of the two bicycles cyclists Ms. Kristina Storey and Mr. Nick Arney of Australia hope to use on their 300 day world tour when they leave Nevis April 1st, 2012

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 16 NEWS Reprinted for The Leewards The Times July 13 19 2007 By Stanford ConwayMINISTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY Dwyer Astaphan said national debt is a serious matter for St. Kitts and Nevis, but it is too simplistic and does not pass the test of clinical vigilance to ascribe blame on it for everything, as stated by Lindsay Grant. “I know that Mr. Grant has his refrain about the national debt and I know the national debt is a serious matter for the country, but it is too simplistic and does not really pass the test of clinical vigilance to ascribe blame to the national debt for everything,” said Astaphan. Dwyer was at the time responding to statements made by leader of the People’s Action Movement [PAM] Lindsay Grant during his recent visit to the BBC Caribbean studios in London and answers to questions posted by WINN FM’s Senior Broadcaster Bert David. According to a BBC Caribbean report on Friday, June 29, “Crime in the Caribbean, and in this case, St. Kitts, is also a matter that worries the leader of the opposition, People’s Action Movement, of St. Kitts and Nevis. Lindsay Grant visited the BBC Caribbean studios today. “He links rising crime in his country and the wider region to a corresponding rise and depravation due to high national debt. This, Mr. Grant believes, is the case despite the recent report of the International Monetary Fund, which credited St. Kitts with economic growth.” hi his answer to one of David’s questions, Grant said, “Well, I had to analyse the serious crime problem we had over the last couple of weeks and months, and obviously everyone is trying to skirt around the issue, so to speak. But I believe we need to take a greater look at the issue of the poverty cycle, which seems to be running parallel to the problem of crime in St. Kitts and Nevis.” Astaphan, in an exclusive interview with The Leewards Times pointed out that when one is discussing crime one needs to discuss it in all of its aspects. “If Mr. Grant is saying that poverty and the national debt are factors in criminality within St. Kitts and Nevis, then he needs to bring into debate the component parts of the poverty [causation of course] and debate. “If one is going to be objective and clinical in that particular process, one will discover that White Collar Crime, which by and large goes undetected or far less detected than the Blue Collar Crime, might well be identified as a cause of Blue Collar Crime in which case it will be folly to try to point fingers at the government, because the economics of a country is influenced not only by government but also by other interest groups,” said Astaphan. Using existing situations in the US and other countries in the Caribbean to justify his pronouncements, Astaphan said the US’ national debt is the highest in its history and “the data in that country would not reflect a correlation between the national debt and the crime rate.” He added that the US is the wealthiest nation in the history of the planet with among the lowest levels of poverty, “And so it would be very difficult if one wishes to abide within the parameters of reason to say that the national debt and poverty are causing the amount of crime seen in the US. “The wealthiest nation in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago, with lots of surplus money and little or no debt, has crime going to the roof. Barbados, the leading country in the Caribbean in terms of human development as said by the UN, crime going to the roof. St. Ma-arten, a very, very developed place with lots of money and little or no poverty, crime going to the roof. “Looking at these countries, for example, you will see that it is not helpful just to talk about national debt and poverty and link them to criminality. They are just factors and not the totality of them; you have to look at the whole picture.” The Minister added that Grant’s statements were very “catchy and clammy comments”, but there is need to go beyond the sizzle and look for some substance. He also used Sweden to strengthen his arguments, noting it is a nation that enjoys the “highest or the second highest human development standards in the world, based on the UN indicators, and has one of the highest suicide rates”. Quoting from the recently published joint report on “Crime, Violence and Development: Trends, Costs and Policy Options in the Caribbean” by the World Bank and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in the Caribbean, Astaphan said the Caribbean has a 34 percent higher murder rate and a 26 percent higher robbery rate than any other part of the world with similar macro economics conditions. He added that it [the report] noted the primary cause of skyrocketing crime in the Caribbean is the illicit drug traffic, particularly in cocaine, and the proliferation of guns that accompanies that trade. Astaphan said the report is very extensive, instructive and readable and advised that all serious-minded citizens and stakeholders in the Federation should read it, which is available on the Internet. He also noted that Caroline Anstey, World Bank Director for the Caribbean, called on the Organisation for Economic and Cooperative Development and other donor entities to work with the Caribbean to reduce the current levels of crime. Pointing out his perception for crime being committed in any given country, Astaphan said human beings, for different reasons, commit it and “in some instances, economics, psychological or social situations are the causes. In some instances you will find persons who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth now live with the lack of luxury and are now irredeemable criminals; whether through White Collar Crime or their involvement in the drug trade, or other things like that. Therefore, it is unhelpful to seek to simplify the causation by referring to the national debt.” Astaphan explained that a significant portion of the national debt was created by dependency on others,” said Astaphan. He also intimated that Grant, in his position of enlightenment, could assist businesses “with which he is connected with paying their taxes and perhaps reducing the cost of goods and services, which they present to the public. Because by paying the taxes he would help reduce the national debt, and by reducing the prices he will help to alleviate poverty. And in the process, either way can help with the crime problem. But just to speak of it, as the people say, ‘talk is cheap but whiskey costs money’.” Astaphan noted that people in St. Kitts were poorer in the past with no educational and business opportunities available to them. He added that they did not have the amenities that are currently available, but crime was not as high as it is today. “Anybody who wants to make an assessment of crime in a community and seeks to limit the causation of that crime to the physical boundaries of that community will never understand the cause and will never be able to provide a solution,” concluded Astaphan. the fixing of the Federation after a spate of natural disasters between 1995 and 1999, and in physical and social infra-structural development, including schools, community facilities, roads, potable water, housing, electricity and health services. “And in principle, one would wonder if that debt were not incurred where would we be as an economy and or a society? Sometimes you have to incur debt to maintain stability.” In response to Grant’s belief that the poverty level may be pushed below 33 percent, Asta-phan said he does not share his pessimism. “We have to understand that far too many people in St. Kitts and Nevis are far too quick to pull down this country and to say how terrible and difficult it is, while other persons, including Mr. Grant, are doing exceptionally well as businessmen and businesswomen. “And while the wailing and knashing of teeth is going on, people from other countries are eager to come here and live, work and invest. Clearly, there is a discrepancy between what some of the ‘ nay-sayers’ are saying and what they are doing. “Mr. Grant himself is expanding his KFC operations and he is looking to buy real estate in town and driving good cars, and nobody begrudges him that. That’s good. That’s a reflection of things not being bad as he is saying; or if he is such a genius at business he should encourage other people to get involved in that area and to reduce their During this period of extreme hardship, PAM of course was boasting that the people of St. Kitts and Nevis never had it so good. Of course the party was referring to the abolition of Personal Income Tax. But the fact of the matter is that the abolition of Personal Income Tax could only benefit those who paid the Tax. The masses of people never paid Income Tax.Memories of the PAM regimeExtract from The Thinking CitizenPAM misleaders making false claims

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 17 NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS What Is God’s Love? As we approach the Advent of Easter we shall attempt in this study to examine one of the fundamental doctrines of the Bible known as Atonement. You may recall that two weeks ago, I listed both the declarations and assumptions to underscore the fact of sin and, by extension, why God, through Christ had to deal with it. Atonement was the act of making amends for one’s wrong-doings. The Old Testament referred to a purification that was reached through sacrificial offerings by the high priest in the Holy of Holies. In the New Testament, it is achieved through Jesus, who gave himself as the sacrifice. The best known New Testament text, John 3:16, tells us so. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but hath everlasting life”. (Read also Rom 5:11) In theology the word Atonement is commonly used to denote that part of the priestly work of Christ by which He made satisfaction to the law and justice of God for the sins of men, and in view of which men were saved. In this use it expresses not reconciliation itself, but that which reconciles. In an attempt to further deepen the educational process through this medium, let me hasten to point out that in the Old Testament, the fundamental Hebrew word for Atonement means to cover. Note this verse: “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Ps 32:1). According to it, sin is expiated or atoned for by covering it. In the New Testament Romans 5:11 actually mentions the word. “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement”. The idea here is a “change” or an “exchange” i.e., a change from enmity to love and so reconciliation. I could hear someone asking whether there is an alignment/relationship or even contrast with redemption. Whereas Atonement is the ground and means of redemption; redemption is the result of atonement. That is the contrast. Redemption consists of two parts, the one legal the other moral. The work of Christ meets the demands of the law and man is justified. On the other and by extension, the work of the Holy Spirit renews the depraved nature and reforms the sinner in the divine image, and man is sanctified. Both Jews and Gentiles of yesteryear perfectly understood the meaning of the aforementioned doctrines. In other words, when under a sense of sin they would make propitiation meaning – they approached the altar and laid upon it, the sacrificial victim. “And he is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).CHRIST THE ATONED ONEBoth the name “Christ” (Greek) and “Messiah” (Hebrew) mean the Anointed One. Since the fall of man and consequent separation from God, mankind stood in need of a mediator, a redeemer who can fill man’s three basic spiritual needs. The qualifying word “spiritual” distinguishes from Maslow’s hierarchy of need. It is an established fact that as sinners, we needed a Saviour, as captives we needed a Deliverer and, as pilgrims we need a Guide. Sin left man guilty, lost and separated from God; hence he/she needs forgiveness of sin, a restoration of a righteous character and, restoration to Divine fellowship. For this man needs a PRIEST. Sin left man in spiritual darkness, ignorant of God, because of this; man needs a knowledge of the Word, Will and Ways of God. For this man needs a PROPHET. Sin left man with a rebellious nature that expresses itself in rebellion against God’s government and with a rebellious nature that expresses itself in antagonism to his fellowmen as well. Since man is a social creature, a unit in society, he needs authoritative governmental supervision. For this he needs a KING. In Old Testament Times, please be informed or reminded that God provided these basic needs of mankind through His chosen prophets, priests and kings. But all human instruments come short and failed miserably. So God planned from the beginning that He would provide the perfect PROPHET, PRIEST and KING for mankind in the perfect One, His only begotten Son.MAN OF SORROWSLet us use two stanzas from this well known all-season hymn by the same name. “Man of Sorrows!” What a name, for the Son of God, who came. Ruined sinners to reclaim! Hallelujah! What a Saviour! Guilty, vile and helpless, we; spotless Lamb of God was He “Full Atonement” can it be? Hallelujah! What a Saviour. The Apostle Paul picked up the strains and penned this text: “He (Christ) humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil 2:8). The suffering and death of cross is directly mentioned in the N.T. about 175 times. All the great doctrines of the Bible like never withering wreaths are laid by the Holy Spirit at the foot of the Cross. The death of the Cross is the death of sin as a barrier in man’s way to God and the death of deaths as the wages of sin. It was a shameful death for robbery and murder of such victims. But Jesus was innocent. Christ was numbered with the transgressors. Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in our place condemned He stood. Furthermore, it was a voluntary death; also a substitutionary death. The prophet Isaiah wrote “He hath borne our griefs, carried our sorrows, was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquity; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him” on that Friday we call Good. Suffice it to say that with this sacrifice for our sins God is infinitely and everlastingly pleased. Why should not we be? Needless to remind us it was a predicted death. The death was the purpose of His incarnation. He came not to be served, but to serve, and give His life as a ransom for many. Thank god for the Messiah, our Saviour, the Lamb of God who bore away on the Cross the sins of the world. The Atoning Work The Atoning Work The Atoning Work The Atoning Work The Atoning Work of Christ of Christ of Christ of Christ of Christ (Part 4) What essentially is God’s love? How should we define and analyze it? Our guide in understanding God’s love is set forth in the Bible as follows: God’s love is an exercise of His goodness towards individual sinners whereby, having identified Himself with our welfare, He has given His Son to be our Saviour; and He brought us to know and enjoy Him in a covenant relationship. From Scripture we see God’s love as an exercise of His goodness. The Scripture is speaking of God’s cosmic generosity. “Goodness in God”, says Berkhof, “is that perfection in God which prompts Him to deal bountifully and kindly with all His creatures. It is the affection which the Creator feels towards His sentient creatures as such.” Berkhof in this quote cited the psalmist when he makes the point, “He is good to everyone and His compassion on all He made. Your rule is eternal and You are King forever. The Lord is faithful to His promises, and everything He does is good. He helps those who are in trouble; He lifts those who are fallen. All living things look hopefully to You and You give them food when they need it. You give them enough and satisfy the needs of all” (Psalm 145: 9, 13-16). Of this goodness God’s love is supreme and most glorious manifestation. “Love, generally,” says James Orr, “It is that principle that leads one moral being to desire and delight in another, and reaches its highest form in that personal fellowship in which each lives in the life of others, and finds his joy in imparting himself to the other, and in receiving back the outflow of that other affection unto himself.” Such is the love of God. God’s love is an exercise of His goodness towards sinners. As such, that love has the nature of grace and mercy. It is an outgoing of God in kindness which not merely is undeserved, but is actually contrary to desert; for the objects of God’s love are rational creatures who have broken God’s law, whose nature is corrupt in God’s sight, and who merit only condemnation and final banishment from His presence. It is staggering that God should love sinners; yet it is true. God loves creatures who have become unlovely and unlovable. There was nothing whatever in the objects of His love to call it forth; nothing in us could attract or prompt it. Love among persons is awakened by something in the beloved, but the love of God is free, spontaneous, un-evoked, uncaused. God loves people because He has chosen to love them. Charles Wesley puts it this way, “He has loved us, He has loved us, because He would love.” Wesley echoed the words of the writer of Deuteronomy when he said, “The Lord did not love you and choose you because you outnumbered other peoples; you were the smallest nation on earth. But the Lord loved you and wanted to keep His promise that He made to your ancestors. That is why he saved you by His great might and set you free from slavery to the King of Israel” (7: 7-8). Thus, no reason can be given for God’s love except His own sovereign good pleasure. This love of God was never experienced before by the Greek and Roman world of the New Testament. Those people’s gods were often with lusting after other women, but never with loving sinners. It was the New Testament writers who introduced the new Greek word, agape, to express the love of God as they came to know it. God’s love is an exercise of His goodness towards individual sinners. It is not a vague, defused good will towards everyone in general and nobody in particular. It is a function of the omniscient almightiness; its nature is to particularize both its objects and its effects. God’s purpose of love formed before creation (see Ephesians 1:4), involved, first, the choice and selection of those whom He would bless and, second, the appointment of the benefits to be given them and the means whereby these benefits would be procured and enjoyed. All this was made sure from the start. In His letter to the Christians in Thessalonica, Paul stated, “We are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved, through sanctification by the spirit and belief in the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13). The exercise of God’s love toward individual sinners in time is the execution of His purpose to bless those same individual sinners. This purpose God formed in eternity. (To be continued) Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council & Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 18 NEWS -Nevisians Applaud Beating Retreat Performance Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 26, 2012 (SKNIS): Members of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force and the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force gave an impressive display in Nevis on Sunday when they performed the Beating Retreat ceremony. Deputy Governor General His Honour Eustace John took the salute while dignitaries including Premier the Honourable Joseph Parry and persons from communities across Nevis looked on and applauded the troops on parade. Donette Dyer told the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service (SKNIS) that she enjoyed the ceremony and was delighted to bring her threeyear-old son to see the men and women of the security forces execute the precision drills of the parade which is staged by military units throughout the Commonwealth. Beating Retreat is a military ceremony dating back to 16th century England when the drum was used to communicate with military units. It was first used in order to recall nearby patrolling units to their castle. The event in Nevis was held as part of ongoing celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Activities continue this Thursday and Friday with dramatization of significant historical events. On March 29 at 9:00 a.m. there will be a re-enactment of the Wedding of Horatio Nelson and Frances (Fanny) Nesbit at Montpelier Plantation Inn in Nevis. That same day at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. the first of two-days of re-enactment of the Great Siege of 1782 will take place at the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. A repeat performance will be held on March 30. SKNIS Photos from the Beating Retreat Ceremony in Nevis.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 19 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader: the headline of this article is posing a very pertinent question to the leaders and supporters of the People’s Action Movement, PAM, who invited a speaker, from the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to be the Featured Speaker at their 2012 Convention. For weeks now, the Democrat Newspaper – mouthpiece of their party has given great advertisement to this gentleman who is the shortest lived Prime Minister of the world and whose JLP has been ingloriously defeated by Portia Simpson’s PNP some two months ago. Ms. Portia Simpson’s PNP swept away this gentleman’s party after Bruce Goldberg; the former leader resigned his post as leader and handed over the reins of leadership to this young man. When Mr. Goldberg gave his final address to announce his resignation, he said that his move (resignation) was like a master play of a brilliant footballer. He set up the play so that the young player can score the goal. It seems as if Mr. Goldberg either does not possess a clue about the capabilities of his players or he is a poor judge of character, because the player he set up to score the winning goal can’t even kick his ball into the goal after attempting to kick it in for two months. Because of his inability to score the goal, Portia Simpson spotted the play, rallied her players around her, took the ball from the JLP half and blazed home a resounding victory. Portia Simpson can be referred to as a positive image of a captain and can be invited to motivate, encourage, inspire and uplift the morale of other teams. Only losers would invite a losing captain to address their teams. Mr. Andrew Holness who captained the JLP or Jamaica Labour Party for two months before ringing the bell for elections lost out to Portia Simpsons’ PNP in a landslide victory. Undaunted about his political failure; undaunted by his being the shortest lived captain of any political team, the Democrat and PAM praised him up as though he is the greatest thing since Sir Vivian Richards, the Master Blaster. In 2010, PAM invited Ms. Mottley to be their Guest Speaker at their Party Convention. At that time, Ms. Mottley was the Deputy Leader of her party. On her return home the party supporters showed their disapproval at her being associated with a losing and unpopular political party in St. Kitts called the People’s Action Movement (PAM), whose leader ran for elections twice and lost but still remains as leader because of the whims and fancies of the family few. So our good Guest Speaker friend returned to Barbados. The leadership of the party became vacant, Mia ran and Mr. Owen Arthur defeated her. The losing streak of the PAM leader who is a loser rubbed off on her. You become like those with whom you associate. Some occurrences in life are like a recurring decimal repeating itself over and over. It is like dividing 39 by 7. You never get an ending. Having experienced what occurred to Ms. Mia Mottley, one would have expected that they would be more careful about whom they invite to address them at their Annual Conference; but, I guess when you smell like a skunk, when you are surrounded by that aura of defeat, when you generate so much vile hatred, when you can only criticize your country destructively, the same very country which you want to govern, when you are remembered by Ministers of Government, who, while they were in office, from 19801995, were infested with maggots of corruption whom do you expect to draw to your side as friends – decent and respectable people? Like attracts like; Rats attract rats; Roaches attract roaches. This is the universal law of life. If I smile with you, you will most certainly smile back at me. If I am a loving and a friendly person, I will attract people to me. Without asking them to, people will always gravitate toward me, because they pick up the vibrations of love which I give off. Just so, if I am filled with hatred and infested with the maggots of corruption, I would not draw good people to me. Only people like me would be drawn to me. I will repel the good, the decent, and the loving people from me. Fair and square – I cannot simplify it any easier. Here is a party which took up arms to overthrow a lawfully elected government of the down trodden people of St. Kitts, led by Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw A Party (PAM) which has constantly disrespected the good name and character of our First National Hero. Here is a party which has encouraged young people to beat up their elders if they ever voiced the desire to vote for Labour. This is a party which organized to withdraw the Assistance Pension from the Social Security Scheme only from those who support the Labour Party. Here is a party whose sons were involved in the trade. Can this party attract goodness to it? It cannot attract good people to it, for, what has gone wrong in the morning in that party, cannot come good in the evening. Evil will always beget evil. Good begets good. Is the party cursed for all its evil deeds? Dear reader, the Jamaica Gleaner of November 21st, 2011, says that at the Party’s Convention after Mr. Andrew Holness was elected as the new leader, that there was real confusion. There was the rowdy element outside where rum flowed like water. Rum even filtered inside in cups. Mr. Holness spoke for one hour, forty five minutes of which were dour with scarcely an applause. It was only after he took up the bell that the crowd anticipated that he would ring it, did they come alive. It was also believed that all those who attended the Convention were paid $5000.00 (Jamaican), to attend. Mr. Holness refused to ring the bell hat time and the crowd was disappointed. Because he did not ring the bell that day, the headline for the Gleaner was false start. Despite the fact that Jamaicans were paid to attend the Convention, the loss of the elections proved that they turned their backs on this dour-speech uncharismatic man. PAM seems delighted and enthusiastically overjoyed to invite this loser to address them. Two years after losing a General election, they invited a speaker who led his party to defeat after being the leader. The leader of PAM has ran two (2) times in his constituency and lost, the last time to a total new comer. Born losers Birds of one feather? Usually a speaker is invited to a Party’s Convention to bolster the spirits of the members. To give them hope for the future. He or she must leave the supporters with great expectations. What can Mr. Holness bring to PAM’s Convention and what can he leave? These same people are telling us that we must change our honest, dynamic, respectable, charismatic leader, Dr. Denzil Douglas to replace him with what and with whom? Where is the alternative? Labour started out by looking after the interest of the poor downtrodden people. They served without seeking for reward. They were touched by the plight of their black brothers and sisters and they arose to serve For the good that they could do. They have come from tribulation and have washed their robes in blood. Washed them in the blood of Jesus, tried they were and firm they stood Men of valour, men of courage, men of dedication, men of conviction, men of integrity, men who could not be bought or sold Men who stood for the right though the heavens fall. Whenever the Labour Party holds its Convention, it attracts men of high quality to be its Guest Speaker. Like attracts like When these speakers leave, they leave the supporters in high spirit. They motivate and inspire. They leave some of the high qualities they possess with the masses of supporters. These speakers are winners. A man has just lost a whole election in Jamaica? A man has just failed to score the winning goal causing his team to lose and you take that same player to speak to another team which has also lost their game two years ago? Sad movies really make me cry. What kind of image does it project to its supporters and the world? Let the party perform a Bruce Goldberg and set up the play for the next leader of PAM to score the winning goal. PAM is really in shambles. PAM is really rudderless and captain less; lacking in integrity and high moral authority. Is this the best that PAM can do? Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com FOR RENT 2 Bedroom furnished Apartments For Rent Location: Ocean Gardens and Lime Kiln Housing Contact: 465-6569 or 662-3952 Roberta Flack and Damian Jr. Gong Marley to perform at the 16th edition of St.Kitts Music Festival By Drizel HanleyThe St.Kitts Music Festival Committee has announced that Grammy Award winning artistes Roberta Flack and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley are booked to perform for the 16th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival. The Grammy Award-winning artiste has had her hits covered by the likes of The Fugees, Alicia Keys, the Jackson 5 and the late Luther Vandross. Flack recently made headlines when in February this year she released a new album “Let It Be Roberta: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles,” in which she has taken 12 Beatles songs and infused them with gospel, neosoul, hip-hop, or smooth jazz rhythm and beats to go along with her distinct alto voice. Reggae icon, Damian Marley, who is the youngest son of Bob Marley, has won three Grammy Awards. Damian’s nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father’s nickname of Tuff Gong. The “Sweet Sixteen” edition of the Music Festival takes place on Thursday, June 28 to Saturday, June 30, at the historic Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre St.Kitts. Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Ricky Skerritt stated in the release that he was extremely pleased to learn that these two stellar musicians would perform in St. Kitts. “Hosting such an internationally acclaimed reggae superstar and a legendary soul songstress at the same festival embodies what this event is all about the mix of musical genres, age ranges, and the unifying power of music that our Festival has grown to represent,” Minister Skerritt said. The St. Kitts Music Festival attracts both locals and visitors alike, it features various musical styles including R&B, Jazz, HipHop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 20 NEWS By Llewellyn ParrisJustice Lionel Jones delivered his ruling Wednesday March 21 on the election case brought by CCM’s Mark Brantley challenging election results of the St. John’s district in the July 11, 2011 elections, where he lost to the incumbent, NRP’s Hensley Daniel, who was named first Respondent. The results, cheered widely by members of the Petitioner’s side, have consigned CCM to walk the tight rope. The ruling by the learned Judge might on the surface appear as if it is the end of the road for the first Respondent, Mr Hensley Daniel, based on the first order by the Judge, “The Nevis Island Assembly Election for the Constituency of Nevis 2 (Parish of St. John) held on the 11th day of July 2011 is hereby declared invalid and void.” When one looks at the pertinent reason why the election petition was filed in the first place, then Justice Lionel Jones’ orders number two and three should stop CCM supporters in their tracks. The loud cheers will trail off when reality sinks in and they discover that the Petitioner’s crusade and ranting that 203 properly registered names were unlawfully removed from the voters’ list did not strike a chord with the learned Judge. Said the Judge in his second order: “The order sought declaring that the Electoral Commission acted in contravention of section 33 (4) of the Constitution in failing to take steps to ensure that the persons listed in the First Schedule of the petition were allowed to vote and also failed to ensure that the 2nd Respondent took steps to do so is refused.” By 2nd Respondent, the Judge was referring to the Supervisor of Elections, Mr Leroy Benjamin. It is instructive for one to wind back and remember that prior to the election petition, an old audio tape where Mr Benjamin is heard saying that while he lived in Basseterre that he actually travelled to Sandy Point, where he had been re-confirmed, to vote. On page 36 of the judgment, the PetitionerAstaphan (lawyer for the first Respondent) that no such relief was pleaded. “Such a prayer in the context of an election petition is much too general. It is not open to the petitioner to make such a general statement and at the end of the case seek to use it to support some specific relief.” The Petitioner has said on his weekly ‘On The Mark’ talk show on VON Radio (on March 21), that the Judge refused because he deemed the action to remove the names as null and void. However, while the Petitioner had presented 203 names, the Judge said that the only disenfranchised voters were those who did not receive the objection notices because the Post Office could not find them, and those who received the notices late. The Petitioner also told the Court that he could not trace many of them. If the Petitioner was seeking to have 203 names restored, and the Judge determined that not all were disenfranchised and he refused to accede to the Petitioner’s prayer that all the 203 names be restored, are we not experiencing a black hole effect here? According to the learned Judge, some of them were not disenfranchised, and there is no way he could have issued an order that leaves gaps to be filled. The Judge’s order refuses the order sought by the Petitioner that the names of the voters who were unlawfully removed from the list be restored. The Petitioner had listed the 203 names as the First Schedule of the petition. The order by Justice Jones effectively locks them out. They will have to register where they now live to vote in the bielection if and when it is held. What is interesting is that after the petition case was heard, the Petitioner’s side was able to find the Benjamin audio recording of February 3, 2010. A few weeks ago, before Justice Jones handed down his decision, it was played by Alexis Jeffers on the talk show ‘On The Mark’ on VON Radio, and his remarks were (paraphrased): “The Supervisor of Elections is confusing us.” However, since then, the Petitioner’s side has been scurrying the voters’ list and have made scores of objections, here strongly basing their actions on the pronouncements of the Supervisor of Elections in his February 3, 2010 message, which they could not have found when they filed the petition. It is the same message that Parliamentarian Eugene Hamilton in St. Kitts used and was successful in having a number of names removed from the voters’ list in a Court ruling by Justice Francis Belle. The fourth order by Judge Jones is as interesting as it is telling. The Petitioner argued that his party was not allowed to use the government owned Nevis Television to air their political meetings. The Premier, Joseph Parry, has since clarified that the station covered only activities of the government and not election campaign meetings, other than when he announced dates of the elections. Said the Judge: “I declare that the petitioner’s right to freedom of expression and his right not to be treated in a discriminatory manner by reason of his political opinions guaranteed under sections 12 and 15 of the Constitution of Saint Christopher and Nevis have been contravened by the failure of the Nevis Island Administration on its nightly Nevis News Cast to cover any of the political events organized by the Petitioner’s political party during the campaign leading up to the election of July 11, 2011.” This is a very interesting ruling by Justice Jones. With this order, it also means that both the parties, not only the Concerned Citizens Movement as ordered, will now enjoy this publicly-funded communication tool. Are supporters on the Petitioner side still celebrating? They have the Constitutional right to do so, including holding motorcades and rallies. But they should sit and ask themselves why Justice Lionel Jones made the fifth order: “With respect to costs, I order all parties should bear their own costs.” Even though the Judge’s first order has declared the July 21, 2011 elections in the Parish of St. John invalid and void as the Petitioner would have sought, the Court did not in any way impute that the first Respondent, Hensley Daniel, committed any election offence. The Petitioner’s side had conceded to that during the election petition hearing. And where do we go from here? The Premier of Nevis, the Joseph Parry has stated, in part, that “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.... The appeal has already been filed and is now in the hands of the Court.” The Premier noted further: “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.” There is talk that the NRP is now a minority government. That is looking at the matter in an abstract manner. Looking at the matter unmistakably and assuming that a bi-election will be held within 90 days as stipulated by the Constitution, the present government will function until such bi-election is held. It is not logical to suggest that it won’t have a majority because the ruling party will be having two elected members and the opposition will be having elected two members. How does one get the minority part? It is a myopic view to talk of a minority at this stage because as it stands, and even the opposition is cognisant of the fact, the ruling Nevis Reformation Party has two nominated members, which then makes four their number in the House of Assembly in the absence of Mr Hensley Daniel — that is simple arithmetic. On the other hand the Concerned Citizens Movement is supposed to have one nominated member, whom they are yet to name. The maximum members the CCM can have before the bielection is two elected and one nominated, which adds up to three. Are they saying that three is greater than four? The Nevis Island Assembly, should a bi-election be imminent, will have a majority on the Nevis Reformation Party side until the bi-election is held. And as mentioned earlier Mr Hensley Daniel did not commit an election offense, and if and when a bi-election is held, he is a qualified candidate for the St. John’s Parish seat, and has supporters who put him in that august house in the first place. The Petitioner’s craving to add 203 names to the St. John’s voters’ list has spectacularly failed. CCM walks a tight rope with petition ruling has made reference to that statement by Mr Benjamin, which would have been aired on ZIZ Radio and Television on January 11, 2010. Voice of Nevis (VON) Radio played it on January 12, 2010 (according to the Petitioner). The Judge made reference to the same statement on page 119. The statement had been issued ahead of the January 25, 2010 Federal election. What the Petitioner and his sympathisers failed to say is that after the Federal election the Supervisor of Elections took to the national airwaves on February 3, 2010 and advised all and sundry that if one had already moved from where they had originally registered that they must move their name on the voters’ list to reflect the new area of residence.To quote Mr Benjamin: “For persons who moved from one location, village or town to another place; let’s say you were living in Mansion, Molineux, Lodge or Ottley the village where I was born, and was registered in any of the above villages in Constituency #7, but have since moved to your new place of residence which is now Buckleys or West Farm, you should come to the office in Basseterre, report your change of address, fill out form # 7. The office will assist you and have your name transferred to Buckleys or West Farm which is in Constituency # 3. The only time of the year this can happen is February 1st to February 10th each year. “I urge every citizen or resident person who has changed their place of living, have changed their address and is no longer living where they once lived to go to the Electoral Office in Nevis and St. Kitts and update your true place of Residence. When you go to the offices, be truthful. Give your true place of abode, when registering for the first time or relocating to a new location, avoid the temptation of trying to assist a Politician you like or a Political party you love.” Mercifully, it appears as if the second audio recording by the Supervisor of Elections was not heard by the Petitioner’s side. The message in the January 11/12, 2010 audio tape was taken out of context and played over and over and it made the gullible believe that one could still vote where they did not live. In his January 11, 2010 message, Mr Benjamin was advising that he had lived and registered in Sandy Point, but in June 1993 he moved to Basseterre. Elections were held in December of the same year (1993) and because he was still registered in Sandy Point, he had to return to vote there as it was still outside the transfer window offered in the month of February that would have allowed him to move his name. That the 203 names had been removed unlawfully, as the Petitioner alleged, he had sought that the same names to be restored. Justice Jones, in his wisdom gave the third order, which stated: “The order sought that the Court should order that the names of the voters who were unlawfully removed from the list be restored is refused.” Why did the Judge make the third order? On page 144 Justice Jones said: “The Petitioner has included in his prayer at Item 5 “that the Petitioner may have such further or other relief as may be just”. He has asked the Court on the basis of that prayer to order that the names of the voters who were unlawfully removed be restore. I agree with Mr

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 21 NEWS So Tell Me By Jean Thomas I remember It is early on Sunday morning and Mr and Mrs X they are moving house. I am not referring to moving the furniture and personal effects to another location. I am talking about moving a wooden house (that is what we had in the early 1940’s and 1950’s and even beyond) from one location to another. This occurred, because the land on which the house was built belonged to someone else who needed the land or the house holder was fortunate to get his/her piece of land either willed to him/ her by a relative, or bought a plot of land and wished to move his wooden chattel house to that piece of land. In those days the houses were perched on wooden stilts (if I remembered rightly the stilts were sometimes from a tree in the mountains called “dam-an-drue”) the wood is now used to host orchids. I would be happy to get learn the botanical name of that wood. However, the point is the way the men of those days skillfully moved the house from off the supports on to a truck, and took it off the truck to mount it on supports in another location. The men also had a “heave ho” to assist them so that they would all lift the house at the same time, so that the strain was not placed on any one group of men. Of course we as children would stay out of the way as we saw this as dangerous operation and would not wish to get crushed if something went wrong. We also watched with anxiety to see if the house would fall apart – I did not see that happen and to this day I wonder about this house moving operation. I concluded that the house was properly built and that the men and the truck drivers of the day they knew what they were doing. So tell me, compared today do you see any such operations taking place. Thanks to concrete of cement, sand and water once you build a house on a piece of land that it where it stays. No more “house moving” – truly a thing of the past.info@sknunion.com

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 22 SPORTS WAHS back to back Inter High School Champions; Cayon High School wins cheerleading competition By Drizel HanleyFrom a field of ten competitors the Washington Archibald High School has emerged as the 2012 TDC Inter High School Champions. The athletic activities which were held over a three day period (Friday, March 2325) saw the WAHS wild cats trouncing its competitors. The WAHS managed to capture fifty two (52) medals22 gold, 19silver and 11 bronze, its closest rival, the Verchilds High School, snatched 32 medals17 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze. In third position with 36 medals – 14 gold, 8 silver and 14 bronze was the Charles E Mills Secondary School, followed by the Basseterre High School with a total of 42 medals-11 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze they were followed by the Charlestown Secondary School with 24 medals9 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze. In the sixth position was the Cayon High School with 32 medals-6 gold, 16 silver and 10 bronze, with a total of 18 medals-(3 gold, 7silver and 8 bronze) and finishing 7th was the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College followed by Gingerland Secondary with 8 medals-2 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze. The two final positions went to Saddlers Secondary School with 6 medals2 silver and 4 bronze and the Advanced Vocational Education Centre (AVEC) with 2medals-2 bronze. Twenty eight (28) records were broken amongst seven participating schools, with the Washington Archibald High School capturing eight. The outstanding achievers for the school were-Harrigan BurtonUnder 15 Male Shot Put-11.68m; Ashika Williams-Under 17 Female Javelin Throw-25.04m; Josiah Oyebefun-Under 17 Male 100m-11.12s; Xavier Francis-Under 17 Male 200m-22.27s; Clairvon Kelly-Under 17 Male High Jump-1.92m;Under 17 Male 4X100m Relay-43.98s; Under 17 Male 4X400m Relay-3:33.02s and Under 15 Male 4X400m Relay-3:51.47s. The other record breakers were: Georgia Spencer of the Basseterre High School(BHS)-Under 15 Female Shot Put-10.35m; Trivon Rogers (BHS)-Under 15 Male 800m-2:12.12s; Keressa Eddy of the (BHS)-Under 17 Female 300mH-47.16s; Shenella Mitchum of the (BHS)-Under 17 Female 800m-2:20.30s; Khadijah Webster (BHS)-Under 20 Female 100m Hurdles-17.91s; Shenella Mitchum (BHS)-Under 17 Female 1500m5:16.36s; Rasheed Moore (BHS)-Under 20 Male 110m Hurdles-16.58s; Jakeishal Leader of the Charles E Mills Secondary School (CEMSS)Under 15 Female Heptathlon-3085 Points; Jermaine Francis (CEMSS)Under 15Male High Jump-1.73m; Nathaniel Huggins (CEMSS)-Under 17 Male Long Jump-6.71m; Alivia Barzey (CEMSS)-Under 20 Female 400mH68.87s; Stavia Lewis (CEMSS)-Under 20 Female Discus Throw-31.10m; Aziel Smithen of the Cayon High School (CHS)-Under 15 Male Heptathlon-3823 Points; Kerisha Powell of the Charlestown Secondary School (CSS)-Under 20 Female Javelin Throw-31.94m; Adrian Williams of the Gingerland Secondary School (GSS)-Under 20 Female Javelin Throw-62.30m; Shanice Elliott of the Verchilds High School (VHS)-Under 15 Female 200m-26.03s; Sharlene Williams (VHS)-Under 15 Female Javelin Throw-24.42m; Laricia Ottley (VHS)-Under 17 Female Discus-24.88m; Darielle Warner (VHS)-Under 17 Male 400mh-59.39s and Rosalie Pringle (VHS) Under 20 Female 800m-2:23.04s. Rosalie Pringle emerged the Victrix-Ludorum for the 3rd consecutive year and Nathaniel Huggins of the Charles E Mills Secondary School was crowned the new Victor-Ludorum. Evris Huggins, Public Relations Officer for the St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (SKNAAA), stated, the SKNAAA Executive extends congratulations to all the winners and participants for a splendid performance over this past weekend. “Special thanks to our Sponsors: TDC, LIME, Western Union and Coco-Cola. Commendation must be extended to our loyal supporters for patronizing our sport throughout the athletic season”, he added. A total of EC 12, 500.00 was paid out at the closing ceremony to the top six (6) finishing schoolsWAHS – EC $5000; VHS $EC 3000; CEMSS $EC 2000; BHS $EC 1000; CSS $EC 750 and CHS $EC 500. Additionally Cayon High School’s Green Valley Falcons won the 2012 Aquavita Cheerleading Competition on last Friday 23rd March. The competition was a part of the TDC Inter-School Championships which Cayon beat their only competitors being that of the Basseterre High School, Blue and Golden Eagles. Cayon scored 63 points after their performance coming out on top to beat the Basseterre High Results Of SKNFA Digicel Premier & Division 1 Matches Played On Tuesday 27th March, 2012:Digicel Premier Division At Warner ParkConaree 4 vs St. Thomas Trinity Strikers 2 (Half Time 1 0) Scorers for Conaree Kurvin “Infamos” Benjamin 14th minute Errol O’Loughlin struck twice in the 76th & 81st minute Shawn Martin 84th minute Scorers for St. Thomas Trinity Strikers Azeem James 80th minute Jervain Davis 82nd minute Yellow Cards Byon Morson (Conaree) 11th minute Jervain Davis (Strikers) 31st minute Mudassa howe (Conaree) 32nd minute Delroy Delaney (Conare) 52nd minute Stedroy Charles (Conaree) 86th minute Officials were Caldon Duncan, Delroy Jeffers, Florencetine Morton & Steadroy TecheiraSecond GameUDC Garden Hotspurs 2 vs Mantab 0 (Half Time 1 0) Scorer for UDC Garden Hotspurs Captain Tiran Hanley struck twice in the 36th & 49th minute Officials were James Matthew, Miguel Flemming, Ike Inniss & Kendrea TullyDivision I At Gardens Playing FieldIsland Auto Supplies Combined Schools 3 vs UDC Garden Hotspurs Jrs 1 (Half Time 3 1) Scorers for Island Auto Supplies Combined Schools Tulmul Nisbett 30th minute Zeon Hecter struck twice in the 32nd & 38th minute Scorers for UDC Gaen Hotspurs Jrs Dave Waner 25th minute Yellow Cards Keno Christan ( Com. Schools) 15th minute Zeon Hector (Com. Schools) 16th minute Abasti Pennyfeather (Com. Schools) 21st minute Kevis Hanley (Com. Schools) 52nd minute Keon Henry (com. Schools) 60th minute Officials were Earl Leerdam & Jason Rouse Development Bank/Sandy Point Basketball league: Old School Fruta Falcons beat ‘Showtime’ 103-69Last year’s winner of the Cheerleading Competition was the Washy Wild Cats of the Washington Archibald High School. School who had 59.34 points. Cayon’s winning prize was the Executive Cup and EC $1,800.00 while the Basseterre High School received EC $1,300.00. Western Union sponsored the monetary prizes to the schools. BASSETERRE ST. KITTS — With no games held on Sunday March 25, the Development Bank sponsored 2012 Sandy Point Basketball league continued Tuesday night at the Sandy Point hard courts with one game between Old School Fruta Falcons and the Alley ‘Showtime’. Before their meeting, both the teams had each won two games and lost one, but on Tuesday night Old School Fruta Falcons were in no comprising mood and had no intention of losing a second one, and went ahead to inflict a 103-69 beating on the Alley ‘Showtime’ in an entertaining game that saw Old School Fruta Falcons’ Sheno Liddie named the MVP. Scoring for Old School Fruta Falcons were Sheno Liddie (25, 15 rebounds, and 3 steals), Javal Hodge (24 points, 8 assists, and 2 steals), Taslyn Belboba (22 points, 10 assists, and 2 steals), and Anzel Revan (14 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 steals). On the losing side, the Alley ‘Showtime’, top scorers were Gregory Ward (22 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals), Otis Daniel (16 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists), Floyd Buchanan (13 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 steals), and Clayton Powel (12 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists). The first game on Saturday night (March 24) saw Running Suns beat Any Thin Cun Happn 101-79. On the winning side, Devin Warner returned 35 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 assists. Others were Keithly Hicks (25 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks), and Gavin Warner (20 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals). Working hard for Any Thin Cun Happn was Oakland Connor who scored 41 points and recorded 7 rebounds and 5 steals. Others on his team were Dalton Jeffers (16 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists), and Kaiyton Blake (10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals). The game’s MVP was Devin Warner of Running Suns. The second and feature game of the night saw Playz’s winning streak come to a grinding halt when they lost 62-84 to Old School Fruta Falcons. On the winning team Javal Hodge returned 19 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds. Others were Ansel Revans (15 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 steals), and Taslyn Beldoba (16 points, 9 assists, and 3 steals). Playz Basketball team had Troy Wattley (24 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists), Miguel Browne (22 points. 6 rebounds, and 2 steals), and Kemo Duncan (7 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 steals) as the top scorers. MVP for the featured game was Javal Hodge of Old School Fruta Falcons. Play continued on Wednesday and Thursday with a game each night at the Sandy Point Hard Courts. Fig Tree, which is leading the league tables having lost no game, was due to play Half Way Tree on Wednesday, while Junior Fruta Falcons, also unbeaten having played only one game, was due to have played against Running Suns on Thursday. There will be no games over the weekend. Members of the Running Suns team in a pre-game picture on Saturday when they beat Any Thin Cun Happn

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH 2012 23 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante NEWS By: Sotto Voce Well the political games of the opposition parties and their mercenaries continued in earnest over the past week. They even combined their efforts to stage a nonsensical march in Nevis, led by the Sheriff, which drew less than 300 people all told. And they called for the resignations of the P.M., the Premier, the Elections Supervisor and the Registration Officer. Desperation taking its toll on them. The proposed appointment of a Ms Woodley to the Embassy in the United Arab Emirates, based in Dubai, was feasted upon by the “Voices of PAM”, chief propaganda arm of the party, with great relish. Their accusations of nepotism in that appointment, because the lady mothered two children of the Prime Minister over two decades ago, were totally ridiculous. I wonder what it was when Simmonds’ brother was appointed a District Medical Officer, and when Billy Herbert’s sister was put to Chair the Development Bank Board when PAM held office. These people conveniently forget their open record when they ran things. Then one former Minister, whose fame was in taking away keys from those entrusted to drive government vehicles, sees nothing wrong with him renting a pick-up for a considerable time to a government department while he was in Cabinet. These are the characters now parading their hypocrisy on our airwaves say they cursing decent and respectable people. How it is suddenly improper for a lady serving in the diplomatic service for over 15 years to continue to serve? Since when it become “undemocratic” to appeal a High Court decision to the Court of Appeal? And how is the Prime Minister to blame for the worst economic depression the world has seen, now affecting all our economies adversely? How sensible is it to compare our country’s economic fortunes times when there was no depression, to the hard, challenging times the world over? Well, if you want to hear stupidness, come to St. Kitts and listen to the opposition propaganda and grandstanding. It is not only the man who fall out the lettuce tree and break his hand. They say the march they organized and for which they took a boatload of persons from St. Kitts on a free ride to Nevis, was in support of democracy. But their political interpretations of democracy are so silly. The High Court action they took is democratic. But the Court of Appeal reviewing the High Court judge’s decision is not? All in the name of partisan politics. Then I am told that the persons, whose names had been removed from the list, either do not reside in Nevis #9, or have never, ever lived therein. It would be nice if all those aggrieved would now be properly registered (where they live). This would effectively put an end to all the political games. This Licky Bird Dupont fellow seems to have been so appropriately described by P.M. Douglas, when he answered a caller’s question to his weekly programme. Did he say he had no time for lunatics? This PAM/ Rescue mercenary is “praying the Prime Minister out of office”. I suppose the prayer of this opposition clown carries more weight with the Almighty, than the thousands of the P.M’s constituents between Newton Ground and Harris’. These people had nothing when Dupont’s government held office between 1980 and 1995. No roads, no school-meals, no project houses, no jobs, nothing. They only became somebody when Labour took office from 1995. Maybe Dupont wants to pray them into backwardness. Maybe he wants to march them back into the dark ages of PAM rule. Where was his voice and his money then, when his friend Massa ruled the roost? It’s amusing to hear the loud-mouthed PAM/Rescue pip-squeaker, who came “out of the belly of Labour”, joining with Massa to demonize the belly he came out of every day, and those whose messages he relays were the same ones who put his mother on the breadline because she supported the Labour Party. They say Captain Licky was cursing bitterly when his electricity service was disconnected for long overdue arrears. You mean his prayers can’t even help him in his own difficulties? Yet they on their FM laughing away at the rumours that Rock and Masses House and a Labour businessman got cut for electricity arrears. Well if that were true, it demonstrates that SKELEC treating everybody alike regardless of political connections. Don’t bawl Captain Licky. Keep praying and quoting from the Bible. You are not the only false prophet parading this land and chatting stupidness. Your Bible will tell you that “the prayer of the righteous availeth much”. I am not sure if that passage would include the crooked ones among us who engage in hypocrisy and the daily bashing of their political enemies. Check it out me boy The prayer of the righteous. Not the prayer of the wicked or of evildoers. And for ease of reference, the entire verse can be found at James 5, verse 16 “.... the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. They got a set of PAMites going about campaigning for the next elections and disowning their own Party. Why? They asking people to done with Labour and put in a PAM/CCM combination in government, but they claim that they themselves ain’t in no Party. The Massa is one who, even though he attends all the PAM executive meetings, and is a foundation member of PAM “ain’t in no Party”. Who else? The “Lunatic” who spends all his working hours abusing Dr. Douglas and Labour? Ask Washie too. They prefer to call their allegiance to PAM as a “Rescue”. Please! All of them spitting in one another’s mouth. All real PAMites. All bearing the same political gospel of crookedness and wickedness. All with a common agenda. Each time our electoral system takes centre stage in the propaganda menu of the opposition diet; there is talk of overseas voters and people registered to vote where they don’t live. They try to put it over as if it is our Labour Party transformed the system in this way. May I again remind all, that up until 1980, before the PAM got an opportunity to be in government, we had no overseas voters? The system was then so tight that you could not be registered to vote even outside of the particular box for the constituency in which you resided. And when you migrated, your name was removed from the list. That was the state of the play that PAM met and changed in 1983-84. Their changes allowed our overseas nationals to return home and vote for the first time. And this system has continued up to today. So when those who engineered the changes, now come shedding crocodile tears about it, while concealing the truth that it ws their own creation. It displays their deviousness for all to behold. Further, when the Labour Party in conducting the last reform exercise, invited all political Parties to declare any discomfort with this system of overseas voters, none did. No, not one. So why the hypocrisy at this time? These fellas are an amazing set. You think I can get our latest prayerspecialist, Rev. Licky, to pray for them? To change from their wicked ways? Don’t Mess With The Bible And With Prayer The so-called march for democracy in Nevis on Monday was a colossal failure and dey say de pompous Sheriff say he can’t believe CCM and Nevis people do him that. After bragging that thousands would rally to his call, less than 250 persons participated in the political charade, organised by him, and his big PAM and Rescue Crew allies in St. Kitts. On-lookers say more people from St. Kitts took part in the failed march than Nevis people and the CCM cabal was very embarrassed and disappointed – saying they were betrayed by their own supporters in Nevis. The Sheriff and his CCM gang not only failed to attract the 2000 plus marchers they had anticipated, but they failed too in achieving their overall objective to shut down Charlestown and force the NRP Government to call a bye election in 90 days. After fooling his supporters into believing that the Court of Appeal was not going to grant a Stay of Execution, de braggadocio Sheriff couldn’t host his weekly “On the Mark” talk show on Wednesday night. He fraid to face his own people who he deceived. People want to know how come “the Final Act” did not travel to Nevis to take part in the march, when he was the main driving force behind it. And, how come he didn’t show up for the L.I.P (Lunatics In Prayer) circus organised by his ‘Rescue Crew’ to pray for the removal of the Prime Minister by all and any means. For both functions he went into hiding and when de disappointed Sheriff and the Rt. Rev. Pappy-show ask him how he could betray them like that, he remarked that he had a domestic problem at home. But, inside sources say he was mortally afraid of de Nevis people and the Labour Comrades, who were ready to take him on for their beloved and popular Prime Minister and Labour leader, who they are solidly behind. Dey say, de man who boasts he got more money than God was glad for the trip to Nevis to get away from some of the embarrassment and humiliation he suffered over the weekend, when he was reportedly locked out of his home by his other half. Dey say he admitted to a long standing friend, that he has never felt so embarrassed and ashamed in his entire life – and de friend tell him: “A man your age should follow de advice of Rock and stay in your lane”. De Licking Bird PAM trump has publicly confessed that he owes thousands and thousands of dollars to the government for rent and electricity and so he’s singing for his supper to get “a bail out” from his big PAM and Rescue Crew friends. People want to know how he could call de Prime Minister a dictator, when he run up such a staggering debt – owing so much money to the government – and is still free to buse and say all sorts of terrible things about de Prime Minister, morning, noon and night and even praying for his demise. Dey say he couldn’t be so damn ‘froward’ to do Simmonds that. Simmonds woulda done put two big locks on he business place at de Mall, as he and Roy Jones did with de editor fellow at de Democrat some years ago. Dey say “The Final Act” turned red like an apple yesterday morning, when his sinister plans in De House failed once ore and now they vex with de upper cut customs man, saying he chat too much, he let de cat out de bag on de PAM FM Voices show on Wednesday. Disappointed, he called Richard to complain, but Richard responded: “Boy I’m not surprised, for ah used to tell Roy Jones in we (PAM) Cabinet meetings ...... once a Labour, always a Labour”. After making a fool of himself in Parliament yesterday, preaching secession for Nevis, de pompous Sheriff took it mek run way and rushed back to Nevis. He fraid Dougie like children dread fire and injection. Dey say just as de Sheriff was caught with his pants down announcing to the world that he had won the St. John’s seat even before the official count of ballots was over; he busy in de House yesterday sending out all sorts of false alarm on his facebook page. But Dougie prove once more that he smarter than all ah dem. Dey say de soon to be registered Independent Labour Party is to be headed by “The Final Act,” who is working on either getting the New Town fellow or “Good Government” to be the party’s candidate for East Basseterre.

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