The labour spokesman
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PM Douglas heads St. Kitts and Nevis delegation at the Sixth Summit of the Americas Year 54 NO. 46FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH, 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 03 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas completed a four day working visit and familiarisation tour of India with a breakfast meeting on renewable PM Douglas talks renewable energy and waste disposal with potential Indian investors St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at one of the working sessions in India PM Douglas eyes offshore university of engineering for St. Kitts and Nevis sources of energy on Saturday. In opening the meeting with representatives of the renewable energy business community, the BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The setting up of an off-shore university of engineering was one of the important issues discussed in India during the visit by St. Kitts(cont’d on page 8) (cont’d on page 8) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 12TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas will join 34 Heads of State and Government in Colombia for the Sixth Summit of the Americas. Dr. Douglas, who leads the St. Kitts and Nevis delegation, will join Permanent Secretary in the PM Douglas heads St. Kitts and Nevis delegation at the Sixth Summit of the Americas (cont’d on page 4) Caribbean Leaders who attended the V Meeting of the Summit of the Americas BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 12TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis is expected to benefit from the announcement of US assistance to fight crime and violence in the Caribbean an injection of $US77 million intoNevisian woman and juvenile on two counts of cannabis chargesPM Douglas heaps praise on Cayon Primary and Athletic Association (cont’d on page 16)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 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 Young People must seize the time Once upon a time, sugar was king in St. Kitts and Nevis. It provided employment for the vast majority of the black population of the two islands through jobs related to the cultivation and harvesting of sugar cane and the manufacture of sugar in various forms. By their very nature most of these jobs required the minimum of education and provided little in the way of monetary compensation for our hard working brothers and sisters of yester-year. This plantation culture for many years provided a yoke and a straight jacket upon the backs of the working class in this country and in the many other territories where sugar was king. The founding fathers of the Labour Movement in this country, however, did vision a brighter future for the younger generations, one in which they governed themselves and shaped their own future, one in which they had a choice of careers and a limitless choice of jobs from the new horizons opening up before them, one in which they could realise their true potential and fulfil God’s plan for their surjoin here on Mother Earth. That vision included an integration of all their Caribbean Colonies into one Administrative, Legislative, Political and Economic Unit which could provide a better footing for all its peoples to survive and thrive in a global economy. Mothers and fathers among the sugar workers weaned their children away from the sugar culture and from the land which they did not own. Instead, the young ones equipped with better education, gravitated towards skilled employment in the mushrooming building industry and the females especially into a newly created industrial sector and a burgeoning hospitality sector. Many others simply disappeared from the face of the twin islands to find greener pastures in neighbouring development areas or the United Kingdom and North America. Dr, the Right Honourable Denzil Douglas, very recently, in an “Ask the Prime Minster” episode re-echoed the vision of the founding fathers when he reaffirmed that “the real and overriding goal of all that we do, in the final analysis, is upward social mobility – for all”. This vision could not be made a reality over night, or in one generation. Certain things had to be put in place before real progress could be achieved. The education platform had to be built to provide equal opportunity to all. One remembers when there was only one secondary school – the St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School. Just passing through this school without attaining any certificate whatsoever was enough to guarantee a white collar job away from the perceived quagmire of plantation work. But just pause for a moment; who had opportunity to attend this prestigious institution, the children of sugar workers? Up to the late Nineteen Forties, the answer was a resounding NO. The very few persons from the rural area who were able to grace its doors yearly before Nineteen Fifty could be counted on the ten fingers. It really required the Revolutionary Act introducing comprehensive education to provide for the educational empowerment of the children of sugar workers to give them the opportunity for social mobility. It required also the ability of parents to afford the spiralling cost of Get Well Wishes Get well wishes are going out to Mr. Earle Clarke who is presently a patient at the Joseph N. France General Hospital. These wishes are coming from the staff and members of the LABOUR SPOKESMAN; the executive committee of ST. KITTS-NEVIS TRADES & LABOUR UNION as well as the Executive of the LABOUR PARTY – and we dear say from the entire St. Kitts-Nevis community. Get well soon – we miss you outside.living to maintain decent homes and healthy families. So simultaneously with the struggle for better education, and the thrust for political emancipation, there was also the unceasing fight to improve the conditions of work of all workers, spearheaded by the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and enabled by its Labour Legislative counterparts. These struggles are still ongoing. Albeit that many of the families who deem themselves well-off today, still have vivid memories of the struggles their parents had, to break out of the economic cocoon in which they were encased. Sadly, some of these liberated ones have developed memory loss and are busy trying to frustrate the liberation process by using all sorts of propaganda and divisive tactics on a Labour Movement which has kept itself focussed on its vision and its mission for the past eighty years and more. Despite this onslaught on his good name and on his astute leadership, the Right Honourable Prime Minister remains quite clear on what it takes to empower young people to achieve the goals towards which his Party and his Government have been steadfastly working. He recognises that until recently, entrepreneurship was left largely to the nonlocals in our midst or to expatriates who can be invited into our society to birth and nurture their ideas. We therefore strongly support his call to our educated youth and the not so young, to use their education and to acquire skills, where the requisite ones are not in their possession, so that they can become entrepreneurs who can occupy niches in the global arena and thus break out completely from any straitjackets they may have inherited from the past or which some would like to re-impose on our people. He alluded to the relatively new dimension (in our context) of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) which is geared towards providing all with the requisite skills to do their jobs satisfactorily and productively. He very specifically mentioned some of the areas in which opportunities exist or are being filled by nonKittitians and non-Nevisians. Some of these opportunities include “air conditioning repairs, electrical work, and agricultural endeavours”. We might add a few ourselves such as boat building, boat crew, e.g., able seaman, mate, purser, cook, captain, etc., taking advantage of our maritime status and developing a culture of the sea. The opportunities here are unlimited. In fact, just in any field you can think of, there are possibilities to equip oneself for employment or for job creation. As the Prime Minister has declared, a new paradigm shift is needed in the thinking of the young. It is not who can give them a job, but how can they create employment for themselves and for others. Therein lies the challenge. Parents must become engaged and encourage their children along these lines. Teachers and guidance counsellors must become involved and steer their expectant young protgs in this direction. The young graduates and would-be graduates themselves need to adapt this thought process as a matter of routine so that for some, entrepreneurship becomes a first choice rather than a last resort. Finally, we recognise that this thrust needs strong support from the financial sector if the endeavours of young people are to succeed. They will also need extensive technical support which is not limited to skills training but also includes mentoring and management capabilities. Indeed, entrepreneurship is a key response to present day economic challenges and to future development. Skerritt: REDJet, a motivator for developing an environment for intra-regional travel BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Chairman of the Barbadosbased Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Sen. the Hon. Richard Skerritt says the Barbados-based low cost carrier, REDjet should serve as a motivator for developing an environment that would encourage intra-regional travel, noting that during its 10 months of operations the airline had showed there is a pent up demand for such travel. Mr. Skerritt, who is also Minister of Tourism and International Transport for St. Kitts and Nevis, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that REDjet had been able to make a significant dent in intra-regional travel “which is being stifled by both capacity and ticket prices.” “So there is no question that Caribbean people want to travel in the region at the right price, at the right aircraft at the right time.” REDjet was a costly experiment for the investors who put REDjet in place. “It is a pity that REDjet had to collapse as a business so quickly,” Skerritt told CMC.Photo: REDJet landing at St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 3 NEWS Nevisian woman and juvenile on two counts of cannabis charges By Drizel HanleyHilisha Leader and her male juvenile companion were arrested and charged Thursday, April 5 for possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to supply another. According to Police Press and Public Relations Officer of the Royal St-Christopher-Nevis Police Force, Sergeant Stephen Hector, the 22-year-old Nevisian woman, the juvenile and an infant were at the St. Kitts Ferry Terminal waiting to board a vessel to Upsurge in Viral Gastroenteritis observed in local patients By Drizel HanleyA recent increase in the number of cases of Viral Gastroenteritis has been observed here in St.Kitts over the past few weeks Viral Gastroenteritis, which is inflammation of the stomach and small and large intestines, is an infection caused by a variety of viruses that result in vomiting or diarrhea. It is often called the “stomach flu,” although it is not caused by the influenza viruses. According to Consultant Pediatrician, Dr. Ian Jacobs, the worldwide common cause of Viral Gastroenteritis is Rotavirus. “Most cases observed here are mild and can be managed at home, there is no need to be hysterical,” Dr. Jacobs said. Severe cases are those patients who experience dehydration, watery diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, dry lips and eyes and decreased consciousness. “Such cases are medical emergencies and must be treated immediately”, he added. Treatments include oral rehydration fluids which are readily available from Health Centres and Pharmacies on the island. The use of Anti-biotics, Gravol, Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol, juices and sodas such as Sprite to aid in Viral Gastroenteritis is likely to cause serious and life threatening complications,” Dr. Jacobs warned. “Rotavirus is transmitted from person to person by hands and objects contaminated with feces; feces may also be carried by the common housefly and cockroach”, the Consultant Pediatrician said. Dr. Jacobs said that persons can reduce their chance of getting infected by frequent hand washing, prompt disinfection of contaminated surfaces with household chlorine bleach-based cleaners, and prompt washing of soiled articles of clothing.Nevis when the incident occurred. Sgt Hector explained that members of the Delta Squad, who were monitoring the ferries for any suspicious activities, had observed the couple acting in an apprehensive manner.“The compressed marijuana with a street value of EC$60, 000 was found in the possession of Leader and her juvenile accomplice; a secondary search disclosed another EC$15, 000 worth of marijuana, bringing the total value of marijuana seized during this arrest to EC$75, 000”, the Police Press and Public Relations Officer said. Hector noted that this seizure reflects the continued vigilance of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force in implementing its strategies of taking back the streets from criminals. “Though crime has been reduced in the Federation, the Commissioner of Police continues to impress upon all officers of the need to be vigilant and timely in response so as to ensure that our valued customers are given the best possible service,” Hector added. 22-year-old Hilisha Leader Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Elvis Newton and St. Kitts and Nevis’ Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Jacinth Henry-Martin who have been in the Colombian capital attending a series of meetings ahead of Summit to be held on April 14th and 15th. The Sixth Summit which has as its central theme, “Connecting the Americas: Partners for Prosperity,” focuses on the role of physical integration and regional cooperation as a means to achieve greater levels of development and to overcome the Hemisphere’s challenges in several key areas including poverty and inequalities, citizen security, disasters and access to technologies. The Summit occurs every three years and offers the opportunity for countries to jointly define a hemispheric agenda at the highest level to address urgent challenges and propel positive change. The summits allow leaders to meet and address problems of hemispheric importance. Throughout the nearly 20 years of meetings, the process has evolved, expanded, and overcome major challenges. It remains among the most important fora for regional engagement as one of the few regular meetings to unite all democratically elected leaders in the Western Hemisphere. The Summit of the Americas is a series of periodic meetings of the democratically elected leaders of the Western Hemisphere. The first summit was convened by U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1994 in Miami to develop a new relationship with the hemisphere in the post-Cold War environment. Since that first meeting, there have been six Summits of the Americas and two special sessions. Summits of the Americas seek to regularize what were formerly ad hoc meetings of hemispheric leaders by formally convening every three to four years. During a summit, leaders of the 34 participating countries and their delegations convene in the host city and meet for two or three days of discussions. Issues, determined by a pre-approved agenda, are presented at plenary sessions, and leaders and their delegations meet on the sidelines to determine solutions. At the end of each summit, the leaders sign a declaration that summarizes summit conclusions, and a plan of action outlines steps members must take to address the issues. While each summit’s agenda is distinct, all summits address issues of political, economic, and social importance. Past summits focused on regional integration, trade issues, the strengthening and preservation of democracy, economic growth, poverty eradication, environmental sustainability, improved access to health and education, anti-discrimination programs, and control of narcotics. Culture Brown brings a higher level of conscious reggae music By Charles Miller JrSome may not have heard of the Jamaican artiste, Culture Brown, but many experienced his stellar stage presence and uplifting music on Wednesday night’s edition of “Feel Good Wednesdays” with Untitled. Held at the sophisticated nightspot, Cloud9 located in Port Zante, the reggae artiste took the crowd to another level of feel good reggae music with some of his original material such as “Poor” and “Sell Off”. According to his Facebook page, Brown expressed great excitement on his performing here in the Federation for the first time. He also mentioned that he filmed some material for his upcoming music video in sister isle Nevis. Alongside him, were performances by the band itself as well as local vocalist Sekou from the Excess Band. (cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Carib Brewery (St. Kitts-Nevis) Ltd and the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union Resume Negotiations on a New Memorandum of Agreement. On Wednesday 11th April, 2012 Carib Brewery (St. Kitts-Nevis) Ltd and the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union resumed negotiations on a new four (4) year Memorandum of Agreement. When completed the new Memorandum of Agreement will come into effect from 1st January, 2011 and expire on 31st December, 2014. In late October, 2010 the Union submitted sixteen (16) proposals on behalf of their members to the management of Carib Brewery (St. KittsNevis) Ltd for discussion on same. Negotiations on the proposals began late in 2011 because of some unforseen circumstances and so discussion were halted. In addition to those unforseen circumstances discussions were further delayed because of industrial action taken by workers in Grenada employed by Grenada Carib Breweries Limited. Agreement has since been reached between Carib Breweries and the Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU) on a new three (3) year Memorandum of Agreement on 22nd February, 2012 back dated to June 1st, 2010 with a 3% increase of each, including some other financial benefits. After almost five (5) hours of discussion understanding was reached on fifteen of the proposals submitted by the Union on behalf of its members. No agreement was reached on was the General Wage Increase. Both sides agreed to go back to their constituents to update them on the state of the negotiations and to seek further directions from them on the way forward. The Union was scheduled to meet with its members on Thursday 12th April, 2012 around 1: oopm, while management promised to continue dialogue amongst themselves so at the next meeting it may bring about a resolution to the General Wages issue which will lead to a new Memorandum of Agreement. The discussions so far have been amicable between both parties. Hopefully resolution will be reached in the not too distance future. At the end of the negotiations we will publish the results in the paper. Representing Carib Brewery (S. Kitts-Nevis) Ltd at the table was Mr. Preston George, Employee and Industrial Relations Lead – Beverage Sector, Anson Mc Call, Trinidad and Tobago, and Mr. Mark Wilkin, Managing Director, Carib Brewery (St. Kitts-Nevis) Ltd. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union was represented by Cde’s. Batumba Tak, Sydney Bridgewater, General Secretary and 1st Vice President respectively and Cde’s. Lorinstim Jenkins and Moolchand Mangra, Shop Stewards, Carib Brewery (St. Kitts-Nevis) Ltd. As I take my leave today I leave you with a Union song by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.If It Weren’t For The UnionA song by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis. Our Union’s story is there to be seen, We’ve won many victories and we’ve suffered defeats, But as I turn through the pages and look back through time, There’s one single question stands out in my mind – Today we may prosper, today we live free, But if it weren’t for the Union, where would we be? Chorus: It’s our Union, our Union that defends our rights, But our Union’s as strong as our will is to fight, For the Union is you and the Union is me, So stand up and stand by your Union. From it’s humble beginnings our Union has grown, So no working person need struggle alone, But no gain that’s been made has been made without cost, And together we’ll see that no gain’s ever lost: Take a look at those countries where workers aren’t free – It it weren’t for the Union, where would we be? It’s our Union, our Union ... Would you choose to go back, working twelve hours a day, Would you choose to toil m,ore and a pittance be paid? Will you stand in the Union against the new right, Or do you think on your own you can withstand their might? The answer is written in our history, It it weren’t for the Union, where would we be? It’s our Union, our Union ... They say we’ve got problems, and the Union they blame, Well, Franco and Pinochet they said the same, It our Union they weaken, if our Union they break, Then where’s our defence from becoming enslaved? So would you choose bondage above liberty? And if it weren’t for the Union, where would we be? It’s our Union, our Union ... It’s our Union, our Union ... The Sandy Point Labour Branch will be holding a Branch Meeting on Sunday, 15th April, 2012 at Manchester Hall, Sandy Point at 5:00 p.m. Please be present and on time.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen The members of PAM and their allies and messenger boys love to accuse the leaders of the Labour Party of greed, selfishness and covetousness. But is such accusation realistic and relevant? Is PAM not guilty of the worse forms of greed, selfishness and covetousness? The record shows that the Labour Party Government acquired the Sugar Estates Lands in 1975 and Bradshaw, Southwell, Lee Moore, Fitzroy Bryant and St. John Payne kept their hands completely away from those lands. PAM was coalition into power in 1980 and shortly thereafter the members of the PAM Government began to share-up the choicest pieces of the sugar lands among themselves. Certain members of the Government who are from Nevis were given land in St. Kitts although they already had house and land in Nevis. And to top it all off, certain government members did not pay for their lands until they were obliged to do so when Labour was returned to power in 1995. One bare-faced PAM trump went before the Louis Blom-Cooper Commission of Inquiry and falsely and scandalously testified that Lee Moore had built his house at Mardenborough on lands obtained from the Labour Party Government. The truth is that Lee Moore purchased his land privately, from a real estate agent. The PAM Government abolished Personal Income Tax, which benefitted the Ministers of Government personally. They then enacted legislation which provided them with much higher salaries and pensions. They also increased the size of their regular Allowances. They gave themselves a Housing Allowance and a Constituency Allowance which were unheard of before. The Constituency Allowance was intended to be used to buy votes, if poor people in the Constituency were to be helped, the PAM Government could easily have dealt with from the Development Bank to purchase passenger trucks to transport workers from Newton Ground through Sandy Point to the C.A Paul Southwell Industrial Park. The next thing we heard concerning this fellow was that he had been appointed High Commissioner. How many persons were interviewed for the position before it was filled? There are only two questions really that one can ask regarding the appointment of Ms. Woodley. The first question is: Is she qualified by virtue of education, training and experience to fill the position? The answer is YES. She is eminently qualified. The second question is this: Does the procedure for her appointment fall within the terms of the protocol established by PAM during the party’s 15 years in office? The answer of course is YES. Then what is the problem? There is no problem. The enemies of the Labour Party are simply using the occasion of the appointment (Ms Woodley’s) as an opportunity to try to blacken the name of our Prime Minister and also to try to punish Ms. Woodley for having brought forth two children for Dr. Denzil Douglas. But what has the good lady done wrong? PAM and the CCM are behaving as if we are still living in the 19th Century. This is 2012 and not 1812. We should give honour to whom honour is due and respect, reward and appreciate excellence. I wish to commend and compliment Ms. Woodley on her welldeserved promotion and wish her all the best and continued success in her new appointment. She is, after all, not like those duncey-head, moomoo people who PAM promoted to high office during the 1980s and 1990s. I would like to remind those duncey-head moo-moo people in PAM and the CCM of what the Bible says in St. Matthew’s Gospel at Chapter 7 and verses 3-5: “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye’, when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”. the matter by providing additional funds under “Poor Relief” in the Budget of the Social Welfare Department. Let a government department deal with Poor Relief and not a Government Minister. The PAM Government borrowed millions of dollars from Social Security to put down a Low-Income Housing Project. The PAM Government put Dr. Simmonds’ Campaign Manager in charge of the construction of Low-Income Houses in the New Road Area in St. Peter’s Parish. Dr. Simmonds’ campaign Manager had never even built a fowl coop before. Was this nepotism? PAM trumps were able to buy government property dirt cheap during the hegemony of PAM. The M.V. Liamuiga was sold to a PAM trump just like that. A former Police launch was sold to a PAM trump and another PAM trump bought the former Customs launch. The car that the Prime Minister used on official occasions was sold to a big PAM trump in the absence of any advertisement or invitation to bid. Heavy-duty equipment used in the Sugar Industry and in building construction was sold off secretly to PAM trumps. One PAM trump was able to buy from government, for business purposes, the property on Cayon Street, east of the Traffic that was willed to Government by Miss Melvina when Robert Bradshaw was Premier. The PAM Government sold that property to one of its trumps secretly. The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations provided the Government of St. Kitts with a Poultry Production Unit (Egg and Chicken Farm) located on the premises of the Department of Agriculture at La Guerite. Shortly after the PAMites got into power in 1980, the Government handed over the Poultry Production Unit to a big PAM trump who operated the Unit as his own private business. In the fullness of time the big PAM trump left the Poultry Unit and started up a poultry business of his own elsewhere. The PAM Government has been uncommonly kind, generous and accommodating to its supporters to the utter exclusion of all who do not support PAM. Within the last couple of weeks PAM, as well as the members of the CCM/PAM cabal have been raising brouhaha over the appointment of Ms. Alex Woodley to fill the position of Consul General to Dubai. Now I cannot understand what all this row and commotion is about. How did PAM appoint its Permanent Secretaries, Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Heads of Mission? Did PAM ever advertise those positions and invite applications to fill the positions? How did the CCM appoint its Permanent Secretaries and Government Advisor(s)? There was one PAM man who was able to obtain a loan PAM is guilty of the worse forms of greed, selfishness and covetousness Make certain that you reach use our new Email address:info@sknunion.com


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 6 NEWS Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen. It is a great honor to have been given the opportunity to address you at this workshop on the future of reefs in a changing environment. I understand that St Kitts and Nevis is part of a pilot project involving four countries including Barbados, Belize and Honduras. The role of this research is to identify the types of management in use across the Caribbean, the role of governance in supporting or constraining effective reef management, and the impact of particular management tools on reef-dependent livelihoods. This research will seek to determine the important socioeconomic factors associated with marine resource use. The Department of Marine Resources will use the findings of this research to guide our management approaches to fishing activity within these communities and mobilize resources to enhance the development of fisheries nationwide. Interviews have been carried out with local fishers, tourism operators, other members of the community through a household survey and local key informants involved in reef management or decision making and individuals or projects involved in livelihood enhancement or diversification activities. In addition to interviews with individuals, consultations were held at both a community and national level. The coral reefs are very sensitive ecosystems. Unusually warm sea temperatures have caused severe and lasting damage to the world’s coral reefs, and additional degradation on a global scale is expected as a result of climate change. These observations and projections are clearly of concern to us. The underlying reality is that climate change is not the only pressure affecting coral reefs. Coral ecosystems in most regions are struggling as a result of the stress caused by pollution, sedimentation, hurricanes, coral disease and unsustainable and destructive fishing practices. Special care must therefore be paid to conflict management in the use of marine resources and beyond that to ensure their sustainable use. Fishers within the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis have been traditionally dependent on reef fishery to provide goods and services for their families. As a nation, we are faced with the challenge of protecting the reef habitats from becoming an aquatic desert in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea and still maintain a source of revenue for our hard working fisherfolks. In this regard we advise our fishers to abide by our fisheries regulations at all times. A number of management measures have been undertaken to mitigate potential degradation to coral reefs and protect the livelihoods of our fishers. Ours has been a multipronged approach involving: Fisher Training 50 fishers were trained in the use of vertical longline or dropline techniques to target demersal fish species instead of reef fish. Gear Technology Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) were deployed. These have decreased fishing efforts by congregating large pelagics around the FADs outside of reef areas. In the month of December 2011 when fishing activity is normally low; 7180 pounds of fish were caught as a result of fishing these FADs representing EC$ 86,160.00 in gross income to our fishers. Alternative Livelihoods We obtain the assistance of the European Union funded ACP Fish II Project to create an aquaculture development strategy for the Federation. The development of aquaculture has already started with the St. Kitts and Nevis Aquaculture Pilot Project and Environment Research (SNAPPER). Aquaculture will relief fishing pressure from reef environs, provide fish protein and generate additional revenue streams for fish farmers by culturing aquatic living organisms in a controlled locality. Habitat enhancement through Marine Management Area Development We received assistance from the Centre for Resources Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) in collaboration with the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the OECS to scope the future of fisheries over the next 10 years using the Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries (EAF) management. One of the entry points that was listed was the development of marine protected areas, building on the marine zoning products developed with the assistance of The Nature Conservancy. A marine management area will be established between St. Kitts and Nevis that will restore depleted fish populations, protect important or vulnerable species, enhance fishery productivity by protecting critical spawning, breeding, nursery, and feeding habitats, protect breeding populations which can restock and restore overexploited areas, reduce of the negative impacts of human activities and provide additional sustainable livelihood options to local communities. Reef managers and reef dependent communities all around the world are burdened in their efforts to protect reefs and ensure the sustainable use of reefs in the face of conventional pressures. As a Government, we are ensuring that we do our best to guarantee that our generation and future generations can benefit from our marine ecosystem. We are hopeful that the products generated by the FORCE project team can assist us in mobilizing resources to facilitate our reef management measures. I want to thank the members of the FORCE project team for supplementing the functions of the various organizations that are directly and indirectly responsible for reef management as we are experiencing human resource constraints. We certainly appreciate that when we protect our environment, Remarks by Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources at a Workshop on the Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment at NEMA on April 03, 2012


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 7 NEWS Chief Justice Rawlins appoints Disciplinary Committee for complaints against lawyers It also states that on the hearing of an application, the Committee may (a) dismiss the application; (b) impose on the attorney-at-law to whom the application relates, such fine as it thinks proper; or (c) reprimand the attorney-at-law to whom the application relates; or (d) make such order as to costs as it thinks fit, and in addition, except where the application is dismissed, the Committee may order the attorneyat-law to pay the applicant or person aggrieved such sum by way of compensation and reimbursement and such further sum in respect of expenses incidental to the hearing of the application and the consideration of the report as it thinks fit The removal from the Roll of the name of an attorney at-law shall not be a bar to the continuation of the hearing and determination of an application. Where the Committee is of the opinion that a case has been made out which justifies punishment more severe than may be imposed by it under this section, such as suspension from practice or removal from the Roll, the Committee shall forward to the Chief Justice and to the Attorney General a copy of the proceedings before it and its findings thereon. Where an attorney-at-law is ordered by the Committee to pay compensation or to make reimbursement to an applicant or other aggrieved person, any compensation or reimbursement shall be taken into account in the assessment of damages recoverable against the attorneyat-law in any civil proceedings brought against him by the applicant or other aggrieved person in respect of any act or default which was the subject matter of the application which gave rise to the order of the Committee. An attorney-at-law aggrieved by a decision given or penalty imposed by the Committee may appeal against that decision or penalty to the Court of Appeal. It also states that upon an appeal under this section, the Court of Appeal may affirm or set aside the decision or penalty appealed against or may substitute any other decision or penalty which the Committee could have made or imposed or remit the matter to the Committee for a rehearing. Without prejudice to any other rule of law or to any rule of practice whereby the Supreme Court is empowered to take disciplinary action against a person admitted to practice as an attorney-at-law before it, it is hereby declared that the Court has the power to take disciplinary action in accordance with rules of court made for the purpose under the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Act with respect to his professional conduct against an attorney-atlaw. Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs Logo Competition NoticeAustralian Scholarships The Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs is inviting entries for a logo competition in celebration of World Intellectual Property Day. (April 26, 2012) It will be used as the logo of the IP Office and will appear on all letter heads and documents. The design must• Represent the IP Office, that is, it should symbolize what the IPO is about. • Be the designer’s original creation. • Convey the message and meaning of its symbols. • Be unique, attractive, recognizable and memorable for various audiences. Entries must be computer generated or drawn. However, drawn logos should be able to be digitalized, that is, it should look computer generated. Entries must be submitted to the IP Office electronically and should include a description or explanation of the design. There is no entry fee. However, all prospective participants must fill out an entry form at the IPO. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 30, 2012. Prizes include $500 and a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Certificate. The winning design will become the property of the Intellectual Property Office. The Court may also order the removal from the Roll the name of the attorney-at-law against whom disciplinary proceedings have been instituted; order suspending the attorney-at-law from practice for such time as the Court deems fit; order as to costs, as regards both the proceedings before it and the proceedings before the Committee as the Court deems fit or such further or other order as the circumstances of the case may require. The Court shall sit as a full court consisting of three judges. The attorney-at-law whose professional conduct is the subject of any disciplinary proceedings before the Court shall be entitled to a right of appeal to the Court of Appeal from any decision or other determination of the Court in such proceedings An attorney-at-law shall not knowingly hire a person who is or was a clerk to an attorney-at-law but is not himself or herself an attorney-at-law and has been convicted by a court of larceny, embezzlement or fraudulent conversion; or of any other criminal offence in respect of any money or property belonging to or held or controlled by an attorney-at-law by whom he is or was employ BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, His Lordship Mr. Justice Sir Hugh Rawlins has appointed the members of the Disciplinary Committee under the Legal Profession Act. Chairman is Mr. Anthony Gonsalves and Vice Chairman is Mr. Emile Ferdinand. Other members are Mr. Charles Wilkin, CMG, Q.C., (ex-officio); Mr. Tapley Seaton, Q.C.; Ms. Patricia Dublin-Lewis; Mr. Arundranauth Gossai; Mr. Jeffery Nisbett and Mr. Mark Brantley. The Registrar or Deputy Registrar is to be Secretary of the Committee. According to the Legal Profession Act the Disciplinary Committee is established for the purpose of dealing with complaints against attorneysat-law. A person who alleges that an act of professional misconduct has been committed by an attorney-at-law other than the Attorney General or a law officer, may apply to the Committee to require the attorney-atlaw to answer allegations contained in an affidavit made by that person. In any matter or hearing before any court, where the court considers that an act referred to in subsection (1) has been committed by an attorney-at-law other than the Attorney General or a law officer, the court may make or cause the Registrar to make an application to the Committee in respect of the attorney-at-law under that subsection. A complaint against an attorney-at-law for misconduct shall not be brought more than one year after (a) the date of occurrence of the facts giving rise to the complaint; or (b) the date of knowledge of the facts giving rise to the complaint of the complainant. The Disciplinary Committee shall have the powers of the Court to summon witnesses, call for the production of books and documents and examine witnesses and parties concerned on oath. The law states that a conviction of an attorney-at-law of a criminal offence may, for the purposes of disciplinary proceedings against him, be accepted by the Committee as proof of his having committed the offence. Applications are invited from interested individuals wishing to pursue Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Australia commencing January 2013. Nationals of CARICOM member states, Cuba and the Dominican Republic who meet the criteria are eligible for the scholarships. This criteria is accessible at www.trinidadandtobago.embassy.gov.au/ptsp/ study.html An outline of courses at varying universities are accessible at http:/ /studyinaustralia.gov.au and http:// cricos.deewr.gov.au These sites also provide details of what it is like to study in Australia. The online application process ends on April 30, 2012. Visit caribbeanscholarships@ausaid.gov.au or telephone 1-868-8225482 for additional information.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 8 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has described the four-day working visit to India as “hectic but successful.” “It was an education into the resourcefulness of a people in a country with vast resources and potential which less than twenty years ago was at the point of bankruptcy,” said Prime Minister Douglas. On Saturday morning, Prime Minister Douglas and his delegation were invited on a specially-arranged four hour “pilgrimage” from New Delhi to the Taj Mahal in Agra, an ancient and former capital city of India. P.M’s working visit to India ends with a four-hour pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal The Taj Mahal is considered one of the world’s most famous buildings, built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, as a monument of Love and Death in memory of his favourite queen Arjumand Bano Begum entitled “The Lady of the Taj.” She had died in June 1631 at the age of 38 years in child birth with her fourteenth child. This mausoleum which houses the mortal remains of the Emperor and his Queen, is a sublime garden-tomb costing nearly 41million rupees and 500 kilos of gold, and engaged about 20,000 labourers for 17 years to complete it in 1648. The Taj Mahal is the most beautiful building of the world, made of white marble, with its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship and has earned the description as “a vision, a dream, a poem, a wonder.” The Taj Mahal receives about 18,000 visitors a day and is to Indians and their Tourism what Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is to Kittitians and Nevisians and the Federation’s international tourism. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at the Taj Mahal Hundreds of visitors at the Taj Mahal PM Douglas talks renewable energy and waste disposal....... (cont’d from page 1) Prime Minister Douglas seeks out Indian investors in Punjab, India BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis is hopeful that the twin-island Federation will benefit from Indian investment in tourism, renewable energy, financial services and manufacturing. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, who was on an Official Working Visit to India was guest of honour at a Business Banquet hosted at Bath Castle in Ludhiana, the industrial capital of Punjab State, India, on Friday night (last). Dr. Douglas delivered a powerful statement to over 100 Indian industrialists and business people about possibilities for developing partnerships between the business communities in both PM Douglas eyes off-shore university ..... and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. Prime Minister Douglas also discussed with another group of investors the setting up an offshore university of engineering on St. Kitts which will be open to students from St. Kitts and Nevis, the wider Caribbean, the United States, Canada and other nations. The facility will provide modern first rate training in engineering which would help St. Kitts and Nevis to develop and enhance the necessary expertise to service its diversified services sector and allow the islands to compete globally. All the initiatives hold great potential for employment and improve the quality of life on both St. Kitts and Nevis. St. Kitts and Nevis leader emphasized that “energy consumption from fossil fuel is unsustainable especially in a small developing country that has an abundance of sun and wind throughout the year and great potential in geothermal.” “Generating electricity from fossil fuel is far too costly for both domestic and commercial consumers and the government is therefore tasked to find credible and urgent solutions,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He also said the Federation’s solid waste disposal also must be sustainable “given our limited land fill spaces. Solutions which are sustainable have to be found, and there is the ‘urgency of now’ in finding these solutions.” “We have come to India on a mission to find partners, partners who can help us resolve some of these issues now,” said Prime Minister Douglas. During the meeting the Right Hon. Prime Minister also discussed the creation of a state of the art modern plant possibly to be located at the current land fill site on the island of St. Kitts to turn solid waste into electricity and other by-products. It is expected that over the next few weeks the relevant agencies and departments of government will continue to receive and process proposals in these areas of development investment, and will eventually be guided in its decisions with appropriate feasibility studies and in-country discussions with interested parties Prime Minister Douglas was accompanied by His Excellency Mr. Kevin Isaac, St. Kitts and Nevis’ High Commissioner in London and Senior Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms. Beverly Knight. (cont’d from page 1)India and St. Kitts and Nevis. Prime Minister Douglas stressed the global economic and financial recession has had severe impact not only on large economies in Europe, Asia and the United States, but also on small economies around the world. For this reason he emphasized that the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis could no longer pursue its public sector investment programme alone, but must now rely heavily on new partnerships with the private sector especially those in Brazil and India; hence his visit to India at this critical juncture. At the end of the evening, a delegation of 20 business people met with Prime Minister Douglas to express their desire to undertake a visit to St. Kitts and Nevis to map out possible partnerships in the areas of tourism, renewable energy, tourism, financial services and manufacturing. On Saturday, Prime Minister Douglas continued his working visit to Chandigarh with a tour of an 1800-bed hospital facility to discuss health tourism as part of the diversification strategy for tourism development for St. Kitts and Nevis. The St. Kitts and Nevis leader is the second Caribbean Prime Minister to visit India this year. In January, the Hon. Kamla PersadBissessar, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago visited the Asian nation. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas gets an official welcome with a Guard of Honour in Punjab State, India


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 11 NEWS Former Miss Culture captures the 2012 LIME Miss Black San’ Swimsuit Pageant title By Drizel HanleyCentre: 2012 LIME Miss Black San’ Swimsuit Queen, Masinda Nisbett sashed by Hon. Shawn Richards, the Parliamentary Representative, for Sandy Point; Left: First Runner-Up, Sidamo Jones; Right: Second-Runner-Up, Anita Sullivan. Former Miss Culture (Nevis), Masinda Nisbett on Sunday, April, 8 outshined her competitors to become the 2012 LIME Miss Black San’ Swimsuit Pageant after amassing a total of 1,113.5 points. Nisbett received top awards for four (4) of the six (6) judged segments which included Carib Black and Yellow Wear, Creative Wear, Cane Juice Identical Swim Wear and the Body Painting Wear. Closely trailing Nisbett by a four point difference, in the First Runner-Up position, was reigning Miss Culture Swimwear, Sidamo Jones, who snatched Vintage Wear and the Interview segments. She amassed a total of 1,109.5 points. Second Runner-Up position went to Anita Sullivan who was born in Guyana but has adopted St. Kitts as her home since the upcoming Ms. Venus swimsuit pageant staged in Anguilla. tender age of thirteen years. She accumulated 976 points. The other contestants for the keenly contested competition were Shenelle Isaac and Jascur Hobson of Newtown. The 2011 winner was Ms. Roslyn Berkeley. Trophies of participation were presented by Hon. Shawn Richards, the Parliamentary Representative, for Sandy Point. In addition, the contestants received gift bags and were sashed by Hon. Richards and crowned by Darien Belle, Representative from LIME. The house band for the night was the Limitless Band, featuring Masud Sadiki, while other entertainment and side acts included Mixclusive Sounds, Nickail and Ali Dee. The winner of this swimsuit pageant will go on to represent the festival at the Miss Labour contestants presented at Black Rocks (left to right) 19-year-old Caley Greaux (St. Christopher # 8), Natacia Claxton (St. Christopher #2); 14-year-old Jah’Neska Williams (St. Christopher 5) and 16-year-old Shenequa Powell (St. Christopher #1). Harris last Monday night. Presented were 16-year-old Shenequa Powell (St. Christopher #1); Natacia Claxton (St. Christopher #2); 16-year-old Nichelle Henry (St. Christopher #3); 14-year-old Kwahne Wharton (St. Christopher 4); 14year-old Jah’Neska Williams (St. Christopher 5); 19-year-old Patricia Clarke (St. Christopher 6); 17-year-old Nahilah Watson (St. Christopher 7); 19-year-old Caley Greaux (St. Christopher # 8). The show organizers say more information will be disclosed about the contestnats and the show at a later date. Miss Labour 2012/2013 is set for Saturday 5th May 2012 and is part of the week of activities to mark the annual weekend of activities. The Labour Day March is planned for Monday 7th May. (left to right) 16-year-old Nichelle Henry (St. Christopher #3); 17-year-old Nahilah Watson (St. Christopher 7); 14-year-old Kwahne Wharton (St. Christopher 4); 19year-old Patricia Clarke (St. Christopher 6). BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The eight contestants who will vie for the coveted title of Miss Labour 2012/2013 during the annual Miss Labour Queen Show has been presented to the public. The girls – all teenagers were presented to the large crowd by St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Chairman, Dr. the Right Hon. Timothy Second Annual Kite Flying at Black Rocks a Success Organizers of the second annual kite flying competition at Black Rock have hailed the event a huge success. The event was organized by the Constituency #7 Branch. The principal objective according to the organizers is to rekindle the interest of the young generation in the tradition of kite flying as a major element of Easter festivities. Commenting on the event, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Parliamentary (cont’d on page 16)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 12 NEWS Caribbean jurists say Trinidad and Tobago bound to accede to CCJ BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Trinidad and Tobago will have to accede to the appellate jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in keeping with its obligations under international law, senior Caribbean jurists have said. Media reports say speaking at a forum for regional journalists on Tuesday, CCJ President, Kittitian Sir Dennis Byron, as well as justices Adrian Dudley Saunders and Jacob Wit noted Port of Spain is bound by international law to accede to the final appellate of the court that was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court. They noted that Trinidad and Tobago did not enter any reservation that it would not be bound by the commitment to accede to the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ as had been the case with Suriname, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, whose Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves had personally written his island’s position on the document. Justice Wit said that Section 39 of the treaty allows for a reservation to be entered with regards to Article 25, but that neither at the point of signing or ratifying the accord did the Trinidad and Tobago government enter any reservation. He said while the Vienna Convention does not give a time frame for countries to honour their obligations to a treaty “it has to be complied with in good faith. “It would in my view to say as soon as you can,” he added. While most of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are signatories to the original jurisdiction, only Barbados, Guyana and Belize have signed on to the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ that also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the regional integration movement. The CCJ judges told the forum that while Trinidad and Tobago as well as other Caribbean countries had been meeting their financial obligations to the Port of Spain-based court, “it will not cost it anything more to accede to the appellate jurisdiction. “It is not benefiting as fully as it could from its investment in the court,” Justice Saunders said. Last year, Prime Minister the Hon. Kamla Persad Bissessar says her coalition People’s Partnership government is not placing a high priority at on becoming a full member of the CCJ. Speaking to reporters in the United States where she is attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Prime Minister insisted that the population of Trinidad and Tobago will determine whether or not the country breaks its ties with the Privy Council and become a full member of the CCJ. Police Complaints Bill gets first reading in National Assembly BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Draft legislation to provide a process for the receipt, investigation and determination of complaints by the public against the police has been given its first reading in the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly. The Police Complaints Bill, 2012, which was introduced by Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, provides for the establishment of the Police Complaints Commission. In keeping with the policy of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Administration, the Bill is now available for comments and suggestions by the public. Clause 4 provides that the Commission shall be appointed by the Minister, acting on the advice of Cabinet, from persons who possess the relevant professional experience and qualifications necessary for the performance of the functions assigned by the Act. Clause 6 provides that the membership of the Commission shall be comprised of persons of integrity in the community and at least one of these persons should be an attorney with at least ten years standing as an attorney and at least one shall be a retired police office who served at the rank of Superintendent or above. Provision is made in clauses 8, 9 and 10 for the remuneration, tenure, resignation and revocation of appointment of the members of the Commission. Clauses 18 and 19 set out matters relating to the funds and the accounts of the Commission. It is provided in clause 18 that the funding of the Commission shall be from the Consolidated Fund. Provision is made in clause 20 for the independence of the Commission in the discharge of its duties. It is stated that subject to the provisions of the Constitution relating to the powers of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Police Service Commission, the Commission is not subject to the directions or control of any other person in the exercise of its functions pursuant to this Act. Part III of the Bill contains provisions for the setting up of a Unit within the Police Force by the Commissioner of Police which shall be known as the Complaints Unit. The functions of the Complaints Unit are set out in clause 23 and these include investigating complaints made by members of the public against police officers, resolving the complaints in accordance with the Act, submitting periodic reports to the Commission and to the Commissioner, and carrying out such investigations as the Commission or the Commissioner may assign to it from time to time. Clause 24 provides that the Unit will be headed by a police officer of not lesser rank than Assistant Superintendent. Provision is made in clause 25 for the functions, heading, staffing and facilities of the Complaints Unit. Pursuant to Part IV of the Bill, provision is made for the receipt and investigation of complaints against the police by the public. Clause 26 provides for making of the complaints and their transmission to the Complaints Unit. In terms of clause 26, a complaint may be made on the form set out in the Schedule at the Basseterre or the Charlestown Police Stations or at the Office of the Commission. The complaints made at Basseterre or the Charlestown Police Stations shall be transmitted to the Commission which shall record them and transmit them “Right now there are so many pressing issues that we have to deal with, the fight against crime, the difficulties in the economy, the flooding that is besieging us after the years of neglect of our waterways and drainage and so on, these are priority issues at the moment. “The nation will not collapse waiting to do that (join CCJ) but it will collapse if the crime continues, it will collapse if the flooding continues, it will collapse if the economy is not lifted,” she told reporters. She said that the Trinidad and Tobago constitution deals with the issue of the role of the Privy Council in the jurisprudence of country. “I am not of the view and this is our government’s position at this time, we are not of the view that we should tamper with that lightly without hearing the voice of the people of Trinidad and Tobago and indeed during the election campaign, I did say it is something that we will have to have a consultation on with the wider population and not leave it up to five or 10 elected representatives to make such a fundamental decision in our constitutional structure.” She said that the issues before the Trinidad and Tobago government and population relate to trust and sovereignty. “Those who are on the side of sovereignty of a nation says we must move away from this old British colonial something thing up in England.they are up there in their ivory tower and they don’t know Trinidad and Tobago and they are too far away and so on. That very disadvantage becomes an advantage. “That distance also allows them to maintain a very hands off approach and so the trust issues arise and then we sit down and say, Oh, you don’t even trust your own people, you don’t trust yourself so the issues go to sovereignty versus the trust and I am saying it is something as a nation e have to consider but I am not of the view that that is the pressing issue as of today.” Prime Minister Persad Bissessar disagreed with suggestions that by not joining the CCJ, Trinidad and Tobago was stalling the deepening of the regional integration movement. Sir Dennis said that the CCJ, which will hold its first hearing outside of Trinidad and Tobago on April 16 when it meets in Barbados to consider at least four cases, defended the independence of the CCJ. “The independence of the Caribbean Court of Justice cannot be a matter in which there is any doubt. In assessing the independence of a court one looks at both the quality and character of the judges of the court as well as the institutional arrangements for the selection of judges and their security of tenure,” he said, adding “the CCJ meets all of those standards.” to the Complaints Unit through the Commissioner of Police. Clause 28 provides that the Commissioner shall inform the police officer who is the subject of the complaint once a complaint has been made unless in the Commissioner’ opinion, to do so might adversely affect or hinder any investigation that is being or maybe carried out in respect of the complaint. Clause 30 provides for dealing with trivial frivolous or vexatious complaints. Clauses 31 and 32 set out the ways in which a complaint may be resolved and these are both formal and informal resolution. Both the Commission and the Commissioner are given powers in clauses 34 and 35 in respect of the final report produced by the Complaints Unit after completing an investigation of any complaint. In Part V of the Bill, provision is made for the review of complaints by the Commission where a complainant is not satisfied with the investigation and disposition of their matter as conducted by the Complaints Unit. The Commission is given powers in clauses 40 to 43 to, among other things, conduct a hearing into the complaint in order to resolve the complaint. Part VI of the Bill contains the general provisions. These include provisions which provide for the immunity of members of the Commission, the conduct of hearings before the Commission, matters of secrecy and offences. Clause 50 makes provision for the Commission to submit to the Minister at the end of every calendar year, a general report on its activities during that year and its recommendations, if any and also at any other time, to submit a report to the Minister on any matters coming to its notice to which it considers that his attention should be drawn by reason of their gravity or of other exceptional circumstances. Sub-clause 50(3) provides that the Minister shall lay the annual general report submitted in the National Assembly. In clause 51, power is given to the Minister to make regulations for carrying out the objects of the Act. The Police Complaints Bill, 2012 is now available for comments and suggestions from the general public and interest groups and is available on line at www.cuopm.com Comments and suggestions can be sent to the Legal Department in the Attorney General’s Office, Government Headquarters, Church Street, Basseterre or email attorneygeneral@gov.kn President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron (Photo by Willett’s Photo)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 13 NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Integrity – A Panoramic View and Satanic force. God is putting things together for good and Satan is hell-bent on tearing things apart. Put another way. God wants to make integers but Satan wants to make fractions. That should be an eye opener to all of us to recognise that although we must of necessity live in a fractional world/society and inevitably experience the problems that come with fragmentation. If there is one place where the shattered people of our fractured society ought to find integrity it is (or should be) in the local church. Thank God that in spite of its short comings these days, the church is still a place of solitude.OUR LORD’S TEACHINGSThe goings-on of our day are not too different than the days when our Lord walked the earth. In fact, so critically important was the subject of integrity to Him as He observed people trying to grapple with its merits and demerits, He decided to speak openly about integrity. Jesus made it clear that integrity involves the whole of the inner person: the heart, the mind and the will. (Read Math 6: 19-24). Here are the highlights. A person with integrity has a single will, a single heart, mind and eye. That is for good reasons. After all, outlook helps to determine outcome. That is in keeping with what the Apostle James declared that “a double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8). Jesus also said that the person with integrity has a single will, well disciplined and under control. Peter T. Forsythe was right when he said “the first duty of man is to find not its freedom but its master. Nobody can successfully serve two masters, whomsoever or whatsoever they may be. To attempt to do so is to become a fractional person. And a fractional person does not have integrity. He/she is someone with a divided heart, a divided mind and divided will. Put it to the test. Jesus further explained that the “single eye” lets in the light while the “double eye” – two outlooks on life and two masters in life – creates darkness within. That is step one toward inner darkness – hypocrisy, lying to other people etc. There are many ways we can do this: leading a double life; by saying “do as I say, not as I do”; behaving to be like gentle Jesus meek and mild when the chips are down but like a snapping turtle when you/we are angry. But pretence is only the beginning, for the problem gets worse when our Ego pushes ups its ugly head.DOWNWARD SPIRALThe next step in the downward spiral is not only lying to others, but also lying to ourselves and (pretending) has now become duplicity. At this stage we are no longer only pretending, lying has now become a way of life for us, and we see nothing wrong with it. The question is: Where does it end? The Apostle John has this admonition “Walk in the light and keep the inner person honest and clean before God (Read 1 John 1: 7-9). If we don’t, the moral decay within will turn the light into darkness. Here is what we might call a procession – hypocrisy has become duplicity, and duplicity will have produced apostasy. And it all started with a double heart that encouraged a double mind and a divided will. Let us set our affections on things above, not on things on this earth (Col 3: 13). It is as true as two plus two equals four. When hypocrisy (lying to others) and duplicity (lying to oneself) start to take over, integrity gradually erodes until it is finally destroyed, and by extension destroys us. Sadly, if not ironically, when the crash comes, people are surprised and shocked. In fact, the sinners (I use a Biblical term here) but could be extrapolated. They themselves are surprised and often defend themselves/ourselves against their/our accusers. The light has become darkness, and they can no longer discern right from wrong. That must be rock bottom and a dead conscience. In conclusion, integrity means that the light is shinning within because the person, group, colleagues have singleness of heart, of mind and of will. “To be individually righteous (not self-righteous) is the first of all duties, come what may to one’s self, to one’s country, to society, to civilization itself” (Joseph Wood Krutch). Hypocrisy means that fractions have formed and the shadows have moved in. The Bible definition of a hypocrite is one who performs religious rituals and beliefs only for show. Jesus described the Scribes and Pharisees – who followed the law to the letter, but were blind to living its intention (Math 6: 2, 5, 16). Of course modern day hypocrites exist outside the church and seem to have corrupted the whole of societal life. Duplicity means that the light has become darkness, wrong has become right and sin has become acceptable. The tragedy today is that many people can’t tell the difference between the real and the counterfeit. Moral and ethical standards, principles – the entire set of norms and codes have been adulterated and corrupted. May God help us! The Church calls Christianity a religion of grace. It is truism of Christian scholarship that grace is far from being an impersonal force, a sort of celestial electricity is received, like a battery charged by “plugging in” to the sacraments, it is a personal activity – God operating in love toward people. It is repeatedly pointed out in books and sermons that the Greek New Testament word for grace (charis), like that for love (agape), is a wholly Christian usage, expressing a notion of spontaneous, selfdetermine kindness which was previously quite unknown to GrecoRoman ethics and theology. It is staple diet in Sunday school that grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense. And yet, despite these facts, there do not seem to be many in our congregations who actually believe in grace. To be sure, there have always been some who have found the thought of grace so overwhelmingly wonderful that they could never get over it. Grace has become the constant theme of their talk and prayers. They have written some of the finest hymns about it. It indeed takes deep feelings to produce a good hymn. They have fought for it. They accepted ridicule and loss privileges as the price for their stand. The apostle Paul fought the Judaizers, St Augustine fought the Pelagians, The reformers fought scholasticism, the spiritual descendants of Paul and Augustine and the reformers have been fighting Romanizing and Pelagianizing doctrines ever since. With Paul their testimony is, “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Corinthians 15: 10), and their rule of life is, “I do not frustrate the grace of God” (Galatians 2:21). Many Church people are not like this. They may pay lip service to the idea of grace, and there they stop. Their conception of grace is not so much debased as nonexistent. The thought means nothing to them; it does not touch their experience at all. Talk to them about the church’s finance or an officer of the church and they are with you at once; then speak to them about the realities to which the word grace points and their attitude is one of deferential blankness. They may not accuse you of talking nonsense and they may not doubt that your words have meaning, but they feel that, whatever it is that you are talking about, it is beyond them. They feel that, the longer they live without it, the surer they are that at their stage of life, they do not really need it Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council And Nevis Christian Council Easter Is About Grace believing it. Hypocrisy Vending on Sidewalks in Basseterre NoticeIntegrity in Public Life Legislation is a hot topic on this country and for good reasons. It is not my intention today to face the topic head on and deal with it; one day I probably will. In this instalment, however, I shall attempt to present what I call a panoramic view of the subject. Thanks for joining me. What is integrity? The Oxford English Dictionary says that the word comes from the Latin “INTEGRITAS” which means “wholeness”, “entireness”, and “completeness”. The root word is INTEGER which means “untouched”, “intact”, and “entire”. The late Walter Lippman once wrote: “He has honour if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct thought it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so: “Wisdom and virtue are like the two wheels of a cart” (Japanese Proverb). Someone has said that Integrity is the personal or corporate character what health is to the body or 20/20 vision in to the eyes. People with integrity have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. Their lives are open books. They are integers. Let me expand upon that word or better yet, illustrate its meaning. In order to better understand integrity, we must first realize that two forces are at work in our world/society today – a vine force (God) The Department of Physical Planning and Environment is informing the general public that vending is not permitted on the sidewalks in Basseterre without the written consent of the Development Control and Planning Board (DCPB.) As such, all unauthorized venders have seven (7) working days to remove all tables, tents or any other equipment from the sidewalks in Basseterre. In order for sidewalk vendors to continue in the mentioned area, the appropriate inter-departmental approval must be obtained from Physical Planning and Environment or the Development Control and Planning Board. For further information, contact the Department of Physical Planning and Environment at 465-2277 or 467-1097.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 14 NEWS Senior Minister Meets Private Sector Representatives Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce, Consumer Affairs, Agriculture, Marine Resources and Constituency Empowerment, recently met with the new Chairman of the St Kitts and Nevis Manufacturing Council, Mr. Jos Rosa and Mr. Calvin Cable, Executive Director of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Dr Harris was accompanied by Permanent Secretaries, Charleton Edwards and Ashton Stanley. Mr. Rosa outlined the plans of the Manufacturing Sector for 2012 and sought an update regarding the Partial Scope Agreement involving Guyana and Brazil, to which St Kitts and Nevis is seeking accession. The Senior Minister thanked the private sector representatives for the meeting and for their continuing strong support for the constructive engagement and partnership between public and private sector. He pledged his unremitting commitment to foster a dynamic and productive relationship with the private sector, to the benefit of the country as a whole. Commenting on the importance of this national partnership, Senior Minister Harris said that “as far as our country’s development is concerned, especially at this time of economic difficulties and the last three years of negative or negligible growth, we need a robust partnership between the government and private sector to harness the resources of the country in such a way as to create jobs, income and growth for all our people.” He further stated that “since the Government’s own efforts are constrained by its structural adjustment programme with the IMF, we must look to the private sector as the propeller of growth and development.” “The partial scope agreement which we are to sign is one element of that positive partnership in which the government is facilitating market access to Brazil in particular,” stressed Dr Harris. “This facilitation is a critical plank of the expansion plans of several private sector entities, particularly the larger manufacturers in the enclave export manufacturing subsector”. “Recognizing its importance we have done all that we can to negotiate an agreement, win the support of Brazil, Guyana and the CARICOM Community for our accession to the partial scope agreement”, added an optimistic Dr Harris. “The agreement is now with the government of Brazil for signature. From there it goes to Guyana’s representatives in Brazil for signature and then finally it will come here for us to sign. The resident Brazilian Ambassador is seized of the urgency of this agreement and he has advised me that he is communicating with his capital on this matter.” “We are anxiously awaiting an updated communication. At our end, Lovely Professional University Chancellor welcomes visit by PM Douglas, says fruitful opportunites exist for areas of mutual interests all that we were required to do, have been done. We do not control the operation of the bureaucracies in the other jurisdictions but we are confident that they are seized of the importance of this agreement to us,” the Senior Minister further explained. Dr Harris told the private sector officials that the continuing development of the local indigenous manufacturing sector was a matter of concern to Government and the Manufacturing Council. “We want the local manufacturers from our agro processors, our bottling companies etc to be a vibrant part of national life.” The discussions also focused on the Federation’s participation in the Representatives of the member countries of the InterAmerican Competitiveness Network (RIAC) and the competitiveness dimensions that are to be the priority for 2012. Mr. Calvin Cable is to seek the input of the St. KittsNevis Competitiveness Council on this significant matter. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Chancellor of Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Punjab, India has welcomed last Friday’s visit by St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. Chancellor Ashok Mittal has termed Dr. Douglas’ visit to the LPU, “a beginning of a new era with astounding opportunities for both countries to work together in collaborative areas of mutual interest.” Punjab Newsline Network in Jalandhar reported that Prime Minister Douglas, expressed his desire that India should help his country in the field of developing IT sector and promoting IT education to which his country is lagging behind to compete in the international arena. Dr. Douglas during a two-hour tour of the institution of higher learning, received firsthand knowledge about the standard of education in the Indian Universities, interacted with the students and faculty of the University also and shared views on different aspects of the IT education. The St. Kitts and Nevis leader said that he was happy to avail an occasion to visit India which has become an education hub of the world and was of the view that India patronises his country in the setting up of information technology there. Appreciating the endeavour of India in investing a lot in the education sector and related infrastructure, Dr. Douglas said that due to this reason only, the education is witnessing a phenomenal growth in India attracting more and more students from across the world to get education in different fields of IT, engineering, medical and commerce streams. Dr. Douglas also explored the possibilities of bilateral collaborative efforts for the promotion of education with Ramesh Mittal, Chairman of the Lovely group, Vice Chairman Naresh Mittal, LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal and Vice Chancellor Ramesh Kanwar. Punjab Newsline Network pointed out it is worth noting that the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, located in Leeward Islands is a federal two Island nation in the West Indies for the development of which Dr. Douglas is working hard. India Education.com reported that in expressing his happiness, Dr. Douglas exclaimed: “Education is going in a very extended and novel form in India and this great country has been becoming the Education Hub of the world. We also anticipate how India can be a patron to Caribbean country for promotion of IT Education and in set up of Information Technology.” He further said: “In fact, for any country education is its great strength. India is investing a lot on education sector and related infra-structure. That is why, education is seeing its phenomenal growth in the country, which in turn is continuously attracting more and more of students from different countries of all the continents of the world.” India Education.com added: Welcoming the great Caribbean leader, known for his outstanding leadership regionally and internationally, Chancellor Mr. (cont’d on next page) St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) is welcomed by University officials and students


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 15 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader: One has to be aware of what is happening in the world and what is happening around us. Under the capitalist system, we have been bombarded with propaganda which has lulled us into the belief that overseas investment is a major means of developing underdeveloped countries, especially those lacking in natural resources. There are so many underdeveloped countries the world over that all kinds of incentives are given to these investors in order for them to bring their capital to the island. They provide job opportunities for the inhabitants; in some cases they place the island and its people on the international map as is the case of the Marriott Hotel to St. Kitts, The Four Seasons Hotel in Nevis and the Thermal Energy Plant which is under construction and would provide jobs in Nevis. We have to bear in mind that the main objective of these investors is to make profits on their investment. Some of them would estimate running at a loss for a year or two, but they would also calculate the enormous profits which they will accrue in the long run. The duty of the persons we elected to government is to provide job opportunities for their people. By providing job opportunities they hope that they would improve their chances of being re-elected. It is therefore imperative that workers take cognizance of this and improve their attitude to work. Workers should ensure that they do not skylark on the job and that they give 8 hours work for 8 hours pay. Our workers have to begin to be responsible people, giving good customer service to the customers who pay for it. I must remind my readers and the workers of this country that there is nothing wrong in rendering service for money. There is nothing subservient about making a guest feeling comfortable and at home in your country. Now, if you, a worker took ill and had to be hospitalized in a state where you are unable to do anything for yourself, almost lifeless and totally helpless, you mess up yourself and have to be cleaned up by a Nurse. Does it demean, belittle or make the Nurse who cleaned you, feel inferior? Did she render that service professionally? Did she treat you like the human being that you are? What is your reaction when you catch yourself and you are told about the treatment of that Nurse towards you? You give her thanks and you, on your discharge from the hospital, tell everybody (family, friends and co-workers) about the good treatment you received for the Nurse and the hospital. Just so with the visitor who comes to our shores. He/she comes from an international jungle. Nobody greets them with a smile. Nobody lifts their spirits with a hearty good morning. They have to hustle to and from work, prepare supper, eat, sleep and arise next day to repeat the same routine. After a year or so, they are totally worn out. Totally stressed out; totally bottled up. In need of a place where they can renew themselves a place where they can unwind and get rid of the nuts and bolts which are screwing them up. Above all the places which advertise themselves for such persons, they choose St. Kitts as the best place to make them feel like a human being again. You, the worker is now transformed into a therapist, unloosing all those nuts and bolts, all those tensions, all those anxieties. Your duty is to give them the assurance that they are visiting paradise and that you are one of the angels from paradise. How do you do this? Greet them with a broad smile. Show them the pearls in our mouth. “Good morning, Good day, Good evening, welcome to Paradise,” our duty is to make you feel happy and comfortable and to return to your home a brand new person. Every day, greet them with a sunshine smile and a “How are you today?” “How did you spend your night?” “Did you enjoy your sleep?” “Whatever you have planned for today will be successful.” “Enjoy the day”. Comment on their appearance, “Oh, you look radiant today”. “You are looking like a new person”. Bolster their image – become totally involved in the enjoyment and transformation or the holistic transformation of the visitor. How can this transformation take place? Is it a possibility? It is possible; very much possible to achieve. The investor has come to our country to invest his money and to realize profits for his investments. Having his money alone does not guarantee him profits. He needs partners to do so. He needs government to provide him with a favourable investment climate. Concessions, low crime rate, willing workers; he need people to work for him. This boss and worker mentality should be thrown out of the window and a new era of thinking should usher itself in. The word partnership should be constantly mentioned. The worker should be made to feel at all times, that they are an important and an integral part of the business. Workers must be properly trained. They should be highly praised whenever they perform a good job. They should be properly rewarded for their labour. Don’t increase your profits by robbing them of their labour. Pay their Social Security contributions to Social Security. Pay them their overtime payments. Pay them their full Holiday Pay whenever you are paying Holiday Pay. They are entitled to work forty (40) hours per week. You, the employer, have to rid yourself of any anti-sentiments you have germinating in your bosom, about your worker becoming unionized. The Constitution gives every worker the right to join a Union to protect their rights. The worker cannot tell you, the partner, not to join Rotary or the Chamber of Commerce. Can they? So, why do you want to impose your will on them? Remember that it is a partnership where we need each other. We are totally dependent upon each other for each of us to realize our dreams or our goals. The Massa mentality existed when people were enslaved. This is a new era which brings with it new thinking, new behaviours, new approaches, new solutions to our many problems. In order to clear up misunderstandings about a worker’s Holiday Pay, I now present a formula which comes from the Labour Department and it is entitled “Some of the main provisions of the Holidays with Pay Act No. 19 of 1968. All workers who work for the same employer for 26 (twenty six days or more, including the probationary period, are eligible to receive holidays with pay. (2) Every worker, at the end of each year of employment, shall be entitled to an annual holiday of not less than fourteen working (14) working days, especially Sundays and Public Holidays. (3) If a worker is dismissed or resigns before qualifying for fourteen (14) days holiday with pay, that worker should be entitled to proportionate holiday pay at the time of such resignation or termination. From where I sit By x Speaks Workers of St. Kitts and workers of the world, unite – Part II “Beg yuh dis, beg yuh dat; Trus’ me dis, trus’ me dat”.I swear the only employment some young girls and men know is selfemployment, and by that I mean they use their self to be employed and put their bodies to work. At first I thought it was a female thing, because obviously the number of female ‘sellers’ is greater than the number of male ones. Well, that was until I began noticing a significant number of legally unemployed (they cannot legally pay Social Security) young men in the most expensive shoes, hats and clothes. I used to wonder how they made ends meet, then news started surfacing and rumours started circulating about young men who stay like dogs – on all fours. Hmm, and I thought it was a female thing. So it seems that women not only have to worry about other female competitors, but also have to make sure their goods are up to par with those of their male counterparts. But that’s another story for another time. Right now it’s about what we like to call “boopsin’”. Women love to “boops” or beg and borrow. I work in a small shop, so everything I’m telling you here is eyewitness testimony. I see men come to buy one thing and end up leaving with five because some lady spotted him from outside and then suddenly, getting breakfast was no longer an issue. So she comes in and gives the Chosen One ‘the eye’, orders what she wants and says that whoever the gentleman is will pay for it. If she’s a veteran “boopser”, she wouldn’t even have to say that. He’ll know from ‘the eye’ and agree, saying “Call for wha’ yuh wan’ man!” She’ll end up having more than what he got and the end result? Well, he’ll have to forego his breakfast and just wait until lunch to feed his starving stomach. Poor man. Some of them never even want to agree, and it’s obvious from the disappointed, “I’m-brokes-now” face they assume. So why do they agree? It’s just men. It’s just their nature. They like to show face and behave like they have more than they actually do. Some women get through life – rent and bills paid, hair and nails done, children fed, clothes bought – on money that they don’t spend. They even manage to have funds left over for miscellaneous expenses. Take for instance, Jane. The most Jane spends per month out of her own pocket is about four hundred dollars. Mind you, Jane has three children (all enrolled in private school); a three-bedroom apartment in a non-shabby area and a car that has to be paid for and maintained monthly. Jane never worries about her children’s school fees because Thomas is responsible for that. Her apartment’s rent is paid a month in advance by Andrew. Jane used to pay for electricity but ever since it went up, Christopher found his way into the picture. Her car payments, insurance and maintenance are handled by Richard. The only thing Jane pays for is groceries. Jane has been able to do this because of two realities: the stupidity of men and the manipulative nature of women. Jane is also an experienced “boopser”. She has been in the practice for over ten years. It began when she observed the methods her single mother employed in order to put food on the table. The difference is however, Jane’s mother took it a step further and offered herself up to the highest bidder – bidders who did not go back to the same place twice, so men were running in and out of their house about as often as the flick of light switches. This was the only way of life Jane knew, and even though she chose not to sell herself, she couldn’t distance herself from a lifestyle that was embedded in her psyche. But Jane is just one member of this society of beggars. Nothing looks worse than a woman sticking out her hand waiting for a man to put something in it. Even if all you are left with is your dignity, that’s worth more than that top up you could do without. Some women are just low and are as cheap as some of the things they beg. And some of you have your own money to spend, so why you so beggy, beggy? Mittal revealed his happiness while saying: “We are very glad to receive Prime Minister Dr. Douglas at the campus on request. The visit by a person of his caliber, who has made history by being the first Caribbean Leader to receive the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Peace Award and who has many other honours to his credit, is indeed a proud moment for us.” He added: “His visit will certainly be fruitful towards opportunities for both countries in working together in collaborative areas of mutual interests.” The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, located in Leeward Islands, is a federal two-island nation in West Indies, for which Dr. Douglas is working hard for its significant potential in varied areas. The Prime Minister is also aspirant in seeing improvement for trade and economic relations between the two countries. It is worth noticing that Dr Douglas is an outstanding graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and is also the recipient of a Legacy Award from the American Foundation of the University of the West Indies in New York. Lovely University......(cont’d from last page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 16 NEWS -U.S. announces increases in visa processing fees BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) The United States Department of State has announced it will from April 13, 2012, adjust its visa processing fees. The Department in a statement said the fees for most non-immigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards will increase, while all immigrant visa processing fees will decrease. The Department said it is required to recover, as far as possible, the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees. “For a number of reasons, the current fees no longer cover the actual cost of processing nonimmigrant visas. The nonimmigrant visa fee increase will support the addition and expansion of overseas facilities, as well as additional staffing required to meet increased visa demand,” said the statement. It said although most categories of nonimmigrant visa processing fees will increase, the fee for E visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) and K visas (for fianc(e)s of U.S. citizens) will decrease. Nonimmigrant Visa Processing Fees Type of Visa Previous Fee New Fee Tourist, Business, Transit, Crew Member, Student, Exchange Visitor, and Journalist visas $140 $160 Petition-Based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) $150 $190 Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E) $390 $270 Fianc(e) visas (K) $350 $240 Border Crossing Cards (age 15 and older) $140 $160 Border Crossing Cards (under age 15) $14 $15 Because of a reallocation of costs associated with immigrant visas, all categories of immigrant visa processing fees will decrease. Immigrant Visa Processing Fees Type of Visa Previous Fee New Fee Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications $330 $230 Employment-Based Applications $720 $405 Other Immigrant Visa Applications $305 $220 Diversity Visa Program Fee $440 $330 Determining Returning Resident Status $380 $275 So Tell Me By Jean Thomas Our National Dish If I were to conduct a survey of what people consumed on Good Friday last week I am almost certain that seven out of ten persons would tell me “salt fish and coconut dumpling”. After all, it is our National Dish. If at no other time of the year this dish is cooked, it is a must for us on Good Friday, to eat fish and not just any fish it has to be salt fish with its trimmings. The only thing that I could not find to complete the national dish lunch was the avocado. None could be found. I even had the ‘brass nerve’ to ask the Dominican venders if they had any knowing full well it is not the season for them. But it would have been nice to get one to go along with the plantains. Last week Monday and throughout the week, many of us were busy buying the dry coconuts and the “dry foods” or ground provisions such as yams, sweet potatoes, dasheen and eddoes that go along with the meal. I am not sure where this practice originated but from as far as I could recall that was the “Good Friday” special along with conkies. Not that I set out to see what people were buying for the Good Friday meal but the salt fish was very present in the shopping carts. I trust that you all had a very good meal last Friday, but I just wish that the salt fish was not so expensive – I would cook it more often. So tell me, don’t you agree with me that the cost of the salt fish is prohibitive hence the Good Friday eating of the fish in that volume might just be on that day. I guess I would have to conduct a survey to confirm this. But guess what I do not want the job. Representative, said “this year’s event attracted a significantly higher number of kite flyers and spectators when compared to last year. This year for example, we had over thirty plus registrants for kite flying, about three times the number from last year and a very large following of enthusiasts. We distributed over $2000 in cash and non cash prizes to the winners. Among the celebrated winners were Tren Mc Coy, who was the youngest registrant, Norris Taylor being the oldest registrant for the competition at age 69, Sarah Mills who won the prize for her kite going the farthest distance and Kellian Hazel who won four awards: one for the biggest kite, one for the highest flown, one for the prettiest kite on display and the other for producing the most creative kite. According to Dr Harris, the event is growing from strength to strength. It is fast becoming a major event in our Constituency. We are happy with the progress so far. Second Annual Kite Flying........ (cont’d from page 11) the Caribbean next year to develop projects to fight crime and violence. The funds will be disbursed through the security partnership between CARICOM states, the Dominican Republic and the US called the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) that was launched last year. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the United States Department of State, Julissa Reynoso, said the 2012 budget would be used in part to support greater coordination and control of border and maritime routes, training and capacity building for law enforcement and justice sector. She told a CBSI Commission meeting here that her country would be delivering high-speed interdiction boats and relevant equipment to the Eastern Caribbean as part of the US Secure Seas Effort to complement those already provided to the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Guyana and Suriname will also receive riverine patrol boats and related equipment in 2012. “We are proud of the accomplishments of the past year under the CBSI,” she said while noting concerns that the CBSI partnership had not made the impact that it should have. “We have encountered many challenges but we believe that the CBSI provides a useful and necessary framework for coordination and collaboration with our partners in the region.” The US representative said automated fingerprint identification system equipment were being purchased for six states, and, in accordance with a CBSI agreement, a regional legal advisor will develop a task force to address critical crime issues including homicides and to advise on US assistance to fight crime and violence in the Caribbean legal reforms. During the opening ceremony for the CBSI, Guyana’s Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee called for “practical well-thought out solutions” to relieve the strain on Caribbean populations by eliminating the causes of crime at the local, regional and hemispheric levels. He acknowledged that progress has been made through the partnership but added that “much more work needed to be done,” to ensure that the peoples of both regions could feel secure. He said the Commission needed to roll-out strategies and programs to address the growing problem of youth gangs and gang violence among other issues. “There is urgent need to get to the stage to implementation so that the fruits of the partnership can trickle down to the benefit of the Caribbean peoples…of importance is the urgent need to begin to rolling out programmes that go to the heart of countering trafficking in narcotics and firearms, which poses a major challenge in the national security of our respective countries,” the Home Affairs Minister said.(cont’d from page 1) The officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force stationed at the Frigate Bay Outpost are the recipients of a brand new thirty (30) inch Whirlpool Accubake Cooker, to be used in their immediate living and working quarters. Mrs. Jonelle Rawlins-Drew, TDC Client Relations and Marketing Manager, handed over the much needed appliance to Sargeant Reynold Myers, the officer in charge, at a brief ceremony, held at the law enforcement unit. “The TDC Group of Companies is pleased to make this donation to the Frigate Bay Police Outpost. We recognize that in order for the men and women who work and live in this compound to perform at their best, they must be provided with the right tools to do so. We are certain that this timely contribution will serve you well,” said Drew. Immediately after receiving the stove, the lawman thanked the firm for what he described as “a show of overwhelming confidence in the Unit’s abilities and the an appreciation for the work that we do on a day to day basis.” He further added that the gesture represents the strengthening of the partnership that exists between the Corporate Community and the Police to ensure that they continue to provide a safe and secure environment for all. The local business house remains committed to support the public defenders, as well as, other civic institutions and individuals in helping to advance the National agenda to fight crime and related activities.” Mrs. Jonelle Rawlins-Drew, TDC Client Relations and Marketing Manager handing over the brand new 30 inch Whirlpool Cooker to Sgt. Reynold Myers at the Frigate Bay Police Outpost Frigate Bay Police Outpost receives Corporate donation


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 17 NEWS Joseph gave up his tomb for Jesus By Llewellyn ParrisOn Thursday March 29, Mr Evered ‘Webbo’ Herbert, host of the evergreen ‘Morning Inspiration’ programme on Voice of Nevis (VON) Radio, took the liberty to advise his listeners of some names that ought to be shunned when naming their children. The good host that he is, Mr Herbert specifically mentioned three names. Mr Herbert deserves to be applauded by all right thinking citizens who would not want to repeat mistakes of history by giving their children names that would tarnish their future lives. He started by saying that some of the names given to children are derived from the Bible, but said that a name like Judas has been shunned for reasons that he dutifully gave. He talked of the Disciples of Jesus, and after stating why Judas has never been a name parents give to their children, he then threw into play two names Mark and Peter as if to compare the two. Yes, he did and informed his listeners about some hidden facts in relation to the person Peter. He suggested that Peter could have been as bad as Judas, if not worse. “The Bible says that though Peter was pretending to be his right hand man, so to speak, Jesus said one day, ‘one of you will betray me’ and that ended up being Judas,” said Mr Herbert. “But then he said to Peter ‘you see you, you will — as we say locally — disown me. You will pretend as if you do not know me when trouble begin to arise’.” More details about the name Peter came out of Mr Herbert’s mouth as he went on, “I always like to use the phrase, ‘where there is a Judas, there is also a Peter’. So it was not Judas alone. Peter was undermining his master as well.” After having destroyed Peter’s image, which will make many people think twice before naming their children Peter, he attempted to soothe the scenario by adding: “But not to worry, he did a lot of good things, well more good things than bad, but it’s kind of neat that Jesus said ‘Peter, you also are undermining me’, and surely enough, in a short time the evidence became clear.” While Mr Evered ‘Webbo’ Herbert refers to panellists on another of his programme on VON radio as heavyweights, he does not describe himself as one. But that is not so with his listeners who believe that if there are heavyweights on any of his radio shows, he is mightier than them. Listeners will without doubt heed his advice and see Peter as the undermining character the Bible has recorded. He however did a disservice to his listeners because after having thrown in for a mention the name Mark as a name that would be better to use than Peter, he did not tell his listeners anything about Mark, for the listeners to fully make up their minds that Mark is better than Peter. Since Mr Herbert is the heavyweight (but he never calls himself one), people might start striking the name Peter off their children’s birth certificates, to substitute with the better of Jesus Disciples’ name — Mark. The veteran radio journalist, who is also the manager of the Voice of Nevis Radio station knows that rules of journalism require that you give your listeners the two sides of any story and then allow the listeners to make up their minds. Whether by omission or commission he failed to tell his listeners who Mark was, other than being a disciple of Jesus as were Judas and Peter. Who was Mark? Looking at the Bible in its fullest context, one finds out that when Jesus explained that His flesh was ‘real food’ and His blood was ‘real drink’ many disciples left him (John 6: 44-46) including Mark. He was later restored to faith by Peter, then became Peter’s interpreter, wrote the Gospel of Mark, founded the church of Africa and became the bishop of Alexandria. Facts of history show that Peter was the leader and Mark was the follower. Peter who had been jailed in AD 41 and was about to be killed after the Passover was saved miraculously by angels and escaped out of the realm of Herod (Acts 12: 1-19) and went to Antioch, then through Asia Minor (1 Peter 1:1) and arrived in Rome in AD 42. Somewhere on the way Peter picked up Mark and took him as travel companion and interpreter. Peter’s preaching in Rome was so successful that he was honoured by the inhabitants with a statue in the city, and by popular request, Mark the evangelist wrote down the sermons of Peter, thus composing the Gospel according to Mark, before he left for Alexandria in the third year of Emperor Claudius (Ad 43). There is still more about the two disciples, Peter and Mark, Mr Herbert should have mentioned as he made an attempt to advise his listeners as to what names to give their children. The Bible says that when soldiers came to arrest Jesus, Peter cut off the ear of one of them with a sword. However, on the night when Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, Mark had followed him there and the Temple guards saw him — he ran away and dropped his loincloth. While the Bible does not explicitly name Mark as the person who dropped his loincloth, Biblical scholars have over the years come to an educated and unified conclusion that it was indeed Mark who ran off naked. Talk about name your child Peter or Mark! But to be fair to Mr Herbert, a look at other Biblical names, this time from the Old Testament should be the right thing to do. A popular name David comes to mind. He took another man’s wife and had the man killed by sending him to the battle front while ill equipped. Not a good choice of name to give a child if we are to go by Mr Herbert’s submission of Thursday March 29. Daniel is a popular name from the Old Testament. Who was he? As a young man, Daniel (meaning ‘God is my Judge’ in Hebrew) was taken into Babylonian captivity where he was educated in Chaldean thought. However, he never converted to NeoBabylonian ways. By Divine Wisdom from his God, Yahweh, he interpreted dreams and visions of kings, thus becoming a prominent figure in the court of Babylon. After the Persian conquest of Babylon, Daniel is depicted as one of three senior administrators of the empire in the reign of Darius the Mede. When the king decided to set Daniel over the whole kingdom, the other officials plotted his downfall. Unable to uncover any corruption, they used Daniel’s religious devotion to defeat him. Unable to bring down Daniel, the officials tricked the king into issuing an irrevocable decree that no god was to be worshiped for a thirty-day period. When Daniel continued to pray three times a day towards Jerusalem, he was thrown into a den of lions, much to the distress of Darius. After an angel shut the lions’ mouths, Daniel was delivered and his opponents thrown into the den where they were devoured instantly. Another name mentioned in the Old Testament is Joseph. It is recorded that he was a dreamer and his brothers disliked him so much that they attempted to kill him, but changed their minds and sold him off to Egypt. The Bible says that he was put in prison, but because of his dreams, he became the governor of Egypt and was able to rescue his family after famine in Israel. However, Joseph is a name that transcends the Old Testament as it also appears in the New Testament. Not the same person, but persons with the same name, which then proves, if we are to go by Mr Herbert’s wise counsel, Joseph is the greatest of all names. In the New Testament there was one Joseph who God, in His Divine wisdom, allowed him to stand over the Christ child, as he came into this world to save humanity. Then there was yet another Joseph who gave up his tomb so that the Christ who came to rescue the world could lie in his tomb. U.S. Congress confirms new Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) The man nominated to become the new United States Ambassador to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has been confirmed by the United States Congress. His Excellency Larry Palmer was also confirmed as the new US Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Embassy of the United States of America to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean said that the U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador Palmer’s appointment on March 30. Speaking on February 7 to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ambassador Palmer said: “I am honored to have been nominated to represent the United States in this important region. These nations play an important role both bilaterally and in multilateral organizations like the Organization of American States and the United Nations.” Ambassador Palmer recognizes that “the global economic downturn has hit the region particularly hard.” He added, “I will build on prior work and lead American efforts to promote economic prosperity, trade, and entrepreneurship in the region.” Ambassador Palmer is committed to furthering the success of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), which he said “is vitally important to providing for the safety and security of the United United States Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Mr. Larry Palmer States by ensuring that Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean can combat transnational organized crime and avoid the violence and instability seen elsewhere in the hemisphere.” Larry L. Palmer is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He was formerly U.S. Ambassador to Honduras and also served as President and CEO of the Inter-American Foundation, an independent agency that provides grants to Latin American communities to foster economic development. In addition, he has served in Uruguay, Paraguay, South Korea, Sierra Leone and the Dominican Republic, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia. A native of Augusta, Georgia, Ambassador Palmer earned a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University, a Master of Education in African History at Texas Southern University, and a Doctorate of Higher Education Administration and African Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. No date has been announced for Ambassador Palmer’s arrival in the region and presentation of credentials to the Heads of State and Governments.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 18 SPORTS Results Of SKNFA Easter Cup Matches Played Over The Weekend At Warner Park Stadium (Sat 7th & Sun 8th April, 2012):Rams Village Superstars 3 vs Conaree FC 1 (Half Time 3 0) Scorers for Rams Village Superstars Devaugh Elliott struck twice in the 15th & 33rd minute Stevie Clarke 18th minute Scorer for Conaree FC Kervin Benjamin 73rd minute Yellow Cards Austin Lewis (Conaree) 29th minute Javid Matthew (Village) 44th minute Mudassa Howe (Conaree) 54th minute Julani Archibald (Village) 73th minute Davaughn Eliott (Village) 75th minute Marvin Charles (Conaree) 85th minute Officials were Kimbell Ward, Miguel Flemming, Tristley Bassue & Steadroy TecheiraSecond GameSL Horsford St Pauls 2 vs UDC Garden Hotspurs 0 (Half Time 2 0) Scorer for S. L. Horsford St. Pauls Javiem Blanchette struck twice in the 7th & 42nd minute Yellow Cards Timothy Smithen (Spurs) 14th minute George “Yellowman” Isaac (St. Pauls) 16th minute Lenniel Warner (Spurs) 37th minute Kevin Benjamin (St. Pauls) 48th minute Ahmad Nicholls (Spurs) 67th minute Lenniel warner (Spurs) 90th minute Red Cards Tiran Hanley (Spurs) 81st minute Lenniel Warner (Spurs) 90th minute Officials were James Matthew, Mario Parry, Graeme Browne & Delroy JeffersOn Sunday 8th April, 20123rd & 4th Place Play Off Conaree FC 4 vs UDC Garden Hotspurs 1 (Half Time Scorers for Conaree FC Byon Morson struck twice in the 15th & 38th minute Glenroy Samuel 63rd minute Delroy Delaney 90th minute Scorer for UDC Garden Hotspurs Shervin Allen 12th minute Yellow Cards Michael Samuel (Conaree) 44th minute Delroy Delaney (Conaree) 45th Minute Officials were James Matthew, Delroy Jeffers, Graeme Browne & Mario ParryFinalsS L Horsford St. Pauls 2 vs Rams Village S/stars 1 (Half Time 1 1) End of regulation time 1-1 Scorers for S. L. Horsford St. Pauls Josh Leader 7th minute Javiem Blanchette in the 29th minute of extra time Scorer for Rams Village Superstars Travis “ Rug Rat” Sommersal 33rd minute Yellow Cards Joel Jeffers (Village) 8th & 55th minute Kiethroy Freeman (St. Pauls) 16th minute Thirzen Leader (St. Pauls) 24th minute Dillon Caines ( Village) 52nd minute Jahren Blanchette (St. Pauls) 69th minute Darien Caines (St. Pauls) 86th minute Javiem Blanchette (St. Pauls) 29th minute of extra time Red Cards Romel Francis (St. Pauls) 50th minute George “Yellowman” Isaac (St. Pauls) 55th minute Joel Jeffers (Village) 55th minute Alex Rilley coach of Rams Village Superstars expelled from the bench in the 60th minute Officials were Kimbell ward, Miguel Flemming, Tristley Bassue & Steadroy TecheiraFinal Positions1st S. L. Horsford St. Pauls 2nd Rams Village Superstars 3rd Conaree FC 4th UDC Garden Hotspurs St. Kitts’ Warner Park to host three ODI’s between New Zealand and West Indies BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts’ Warner Park Cricket Stadium will host three One-day International’s between West Indies and New Zealand. The games in St. Kitts will be played on July 11th, 14th and 16th. Two Twenty20 and other matches will be played in Florida, Jamaica and Antigua. Lauderhill in Florida will host New Zealand and West Indies for two Twenty20 matches on June 30 and July 1, in the run-up to New Zealand’s prior to the Caribbean tour. This will be only the second time two Test teams face-off in Florida, after the Twenty20s between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in May 2010. New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive, David White said the games in Lauderhill would boost the sport’s profile in the USA. “Playing matches in Florida is great for the profile of cricket, as Cricket Holdings America works towards forming a professional Twenty20 league,” he said. He added: “I think the West Indies Cricket Board should be commended for the hard work that has gone into scheduling the matches.” After the Twenty20s, New Zealand will play five one-dayers and three Tests in the West Indies, between July 5 and August 6. Jamaica and St. Kitts will host the ODIs, while the Tests are scheduled for Antigua and, again, Jamaica. New Zealand will play one three-day tour game ahead of the Tests.Schedule:June 30, 1st Twenty20, Florida July 1, 2nd Twenty20, Florida July 5, 1st ODI, Jamaica July 7, 2nd ODI, Jamaica July 11, 3rd ODI, St Kitts July 14, 4th ODI, St Kitts July 16, 5th ODI, St Kitts July 20-22, tour match, Antigua July 25-29, 1st Test, Antigua August 2-6, 2nd Test, Jamaica 54th annual Basil Henderson Easter Aquatic Sports Meet sees big turn out By Drizel HanleyHundreds, gathered at the Ferry Terminal, Basseterre to witness and participate in the 54th annual Basil Henderson Easter Aquatic Sports Meet. The event which was held on Easter Monday (April 9) saw persons of all ages participating in sports such as boxing exhibition; swimmingbackstroking and butterfly 25 yards freestyle, breaststroke, underwater dive, and long distance swim; climbing the greasy pole for money and ham eating of a bun from a string; the newly added arm wrestling and kayaking which replaced the speedboat competition. Each participant competed with persons of similar age grouping: they were grouped in the 5-7years category, 8-12years category, 13-16 years and 17 years and over category and so are the males. Co-coordinator of the meet, Winston Zack Nisbett said that the event was an avenue where youths can channel their energy instead of picking up knives and guns. He further stated that the major highlight of the day was “fetching of the ham from the greasy polea Greasy Pole Large crowd gathered at the 54th annual Basil Henderson Easter Aquatic Sports Meet. utility pole was suspended horizontally from the pier across the water, at the end of which a ham was be tied. The pole was heavily greased and the challengers walked to the end of the pole and tried to retrieve the ham. “I would like to extend sincere gratitude to Hobson Enterprises that has been supporting the event for the last five years”, Winston Zack Nisbett said. He also extended thanks to the business community for the magnitude of their invaluable support for this community development and enhancement sporting activity, which continues to attracted much family-oriented support from the general populace. Entertainment was provided by DJ Dice.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH 2012 19 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante NEWS -PM Douglas heaps praise on Cayon Primary and Athletic Association BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Hailing what he called the Federation’s future sports ambassadors, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas extended heartiest congratulations to all the athletes and officials who participated in the recent RAMS 2012 Primary School championships at the Jubilee Stadium at Bird Rock. “I congratulate the athletes from the Cayon Primary School for defeating my own athletes in Newton Ground, St. Paul’s, Dieppe Bay and Saddlers. It hurts me but it was a good sport,” said Prime Minister Douglas during the closing moments of his weekly radio call-in programme “Ask the Prime Minister.” “I have to ask St. Paul’s Primary, last year’s champions, what has happened,” said Dr. Douglas as he expressed congratulations to the Cayon Primary School athletes “for doing a marvelous job and also those from the Sandy Point Primary School for coming second.” Congratulating all the athletes and officials, Prime Minister Douglas described the two-day Primary Schools Championship as “marvelous games.” “I was amazed on Sunday when I looked at the large crowd – the proud parents, the proud teachers and the proud students. That is how we have to do it in this country, exhibiting national pride and doing things with style and dignity. This is how we are as Kittitians and Nevisians,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who also extended congratulations to the St. Kitts Amateur Athletic Association. “The triple-A has been doing an excellent job for the development of sports – track and field – in particular here in St. Kitts,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He also made special mention of the Victrix Ludorum, Olujede Bridgewater, who won all her events and set new records in each. Meanwhile, the Washington Archibald High School paraded in downtown Basseterre on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the victory in the Inter-School Championships in which they captured 22 gold medals. Several new records were set in the two-day event. Photos of the Washington Archibald High School celebrating on Wednesday their recent victory in the Inter-School Championships. Photos by Erasmus Williams)* Little Bo Peep and his gang in PAM are fighting desperately for their lives – scraping the bottom to find suitable candidate for the next General Elections. Things have been so bad for them that they could not meet the deadline set for Wednesday night, this week, when Little Bo Peep met with his Executive to finalize the long outstanding matter. Little Bo Peep was put under so much pressure that he fled the scene hurriedly after the meeting ended prematurely. Nobody of worth is willing to take on the challenge of being a PAM Candidate with pompous and hopeless Little Bo Peep in charge of the party. Dey say in East Basseterre Little Bo Peep and his gang contacted about 5 persons and all turned down their request. They chased them away, insisting they had no time to waste with Little Bo Peep. He has been a dismal failure as a leader. And, PAM can’t win any election, once he remains the Party Leader. They say they are in full support with PAM Lennox in New York who has mounted a campaign (supported by Sleeping Hammy) to get rid of the embattled and hopeless PAM Leader. And they that they fully agree with him that Douglas and Labour will win hands down, if Little Bo Peep doesn’t/t step aside and let somebody else take over PAM. In Central Basseterre there is a big tug-o-war for the candidacy between two of Little Bo Peep’s cronies – “De Anointed One” and “De Rusty Chairman”, who has vowed to mash up everything, if he can’t have his way. Dey say “De Rusty Chairman” say he is prepared to take on “De founding family” who controls and runs the party. And, he has a lot of bombs to bursts, if they only get him on the wrong side. And as the war (infighting) and confusion rage on dividing and strangling the party, “De Chalky Doctor” has his eyes on Constituency 4, (where he is from). He say he will do a better job than Little Bo Peep who failed twice to win he seat. Dey say he say he solidly in Shawn’s corner, insisting Shawn should take over the leadership and lead PAM into the next General Elections. The Webster PAM activist in Old Road admitted to De Sheriff (on the Mark) on Wednesday night that PAM had no leader; Grant had no fortitude or leadership qualities like him (De Sheriff). Dey say de blaspheming prophet confessed to a friend that he’s only singing for he supper to get the much needed financial help that he needs to help pay off is massive debt. But, Douglas is a damn good man. And, he told the friend that neither PAM, Rescue Crew, CCM nor all of them put together could beat Douglas fairly at the polls or by any other legal means. Nothing can stop Douglas and Labour from winning a fifth consecutive term in government. Dey say since De Lashing Minister get de “clean-out” from “de young female Dubain Bird” in Miami, that caused him to close down his “farm house” there, he singing de refrain of Chalkdust all in he sleep. “Dubai, Dubai”. And, that’s why he’s so obsessed with Dubai. Dey say he suffered another severe blow from another “young female Dubain bird” from St. Lucia, recently, losing over $150,000 and during the Election Campaign in Nevis he lost another $60,000 and more, when another young female “Dubain bird” tricked him and reminded the octogenarian that he was playing out of his league (lane). “De Final Act” is becoming more and more confused and desperate each passing week, as his diabolic plans to get at Douglas fail one after the other; and Douglas continues outsmarting him and showing him class is class. Kittitian-born Talk Show host honoured in New York BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – A national of St. Kitts and Nevis, who was recently honoured in New York, has been congratulated by the Federation’s Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. Kittitian-born Ms. Avril Francis, a Kittitian radio and television personality was honoured in celebration of Women’s History Month by the Negro Business Women of America. “We are all proud of you Avril for this achievement,” said Prime Minister Douglas during his call-in radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister” on Tuesday. Ms. Francis was born in the village of St. Paul’s, the same birthplace of the Federation’s First National Hero and First Premier, the Right Excellent Sir Robert L. Bradshaw and also the birthplace of Prime Minister Douglas. Called the Caribbean Queen of Talk Radio in New York, Ms. Francis hosts programmes on WVIP 93.5 every Monday at 9 P.M. and Bronxnet Cable TV at 10 P.M. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) and Ms. Avril Francis.


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