The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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Year 55 NO. 01FRIDAY, JUUNE 01ST, 2012 EC$2.00 At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gal 24/05/12 DELTA $15.58 / SOL $15.89 / TEXACO $16.07BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. COMMENTARY BY PAGE 03 THE THINKING CITIZEN VIEW POINT* REV.CANON PERCIVAL EARL CLARKE SOTTO VOCE (cont’d on page 3) St. Kitts and Nevis agrees to landmark debt restructuring deal with the Paris Club BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) A Government delegation led by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, has secured a landmark “stock-of-debt” restructuring deal from Paris Club creditors St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (fourth from left) and Financial Secretary Mrs. Janet Harris (third from left) with White Oak Advisory advisers.(cont’d on page 7) Late Labour Movement stalwarts remembered at annual Requiem Mass BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Scores on residents joined Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian and Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in paying tribute at a Requiem Mass on Sunday to commemorate the life of public service to the Federation by late leaders of the St. KittsNevis Labour Movement. FRONT ROW Minister of Health, Hon. Marcella Liburd; National Secretary, Mrs. Diana Humphreys-Williams; Former Minister/Parliamentarian, Mr. Rupert Herbert and Sir Edmund Lawrence; BACK ROW Former Minister/Parliamentarian, Mr. Cedric Liburd; National Executive Officer, Dr. Vance Gilbert; Deputy Party Chairman and Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty and Minister of Public Utilities, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin (cont’d on page 10) NIA CHARLESTOWN — The official funeral service for the first Premier of Nevis has been slated for June 5th 2012, at the Anglican Church in Lowlands, St. Thomas Parish. Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry Mrs. Joslyn Liburd made the announcement at her Bath Plain Office on Wednesday May 30, 2012. According to Mrs. Liburd, the public will be given a final opportunity to see Dr. Daniel who passed away quietly at his home on Sunday May 27, 2012. “The funeral service Nevis’ first Premier will be laid to rest next Tuesday 5th June Dr. Simeon Daniel SIDF pumped EC$154 million in 10 key areas of St. Kitts and Nevis, says CEO Crossman BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) has seen its asset portfolio grown SIDF pumped EC$154 million in 10 key areas of St. Kitts and Nevis, says CEO Crossman from EC$17.6 million in 2007 to EC$139.8 million in 2010. This disclosure has come from foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Terrance Crossman. Speaking at the formal launching of its Office ON Wednesday Morning, May 30th, 2012 at the Marriott Resort, Frigate(cont’d on page 3) PM Douglas says Sim Daniel has left an indelible mark on Nevis St. Kitts and Nevis reports decline in HIV-related deaths PAGE 09


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 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 Minister Marcella Liburd: On the 80th Anniversary of the Labour Party, the best interests of the people are being truly served BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, which is this year celebrating its 80th Anniversary is as much a spirit and a belief system as it is a political party. “And by that I mean that Labour, the political party grew out of, and is based on, the belief and understanding that no human being or group of human beings is better than any other. Because of this, Labour has always believed and understood that all human beings are deserving of the same chances and opportunities despite race, class, religion, ideology, gender or sexual preference,” said Parliamentary Representative for Central Basseterre and Minister of Heath and Community and Social Development, the Hon. Marcella Liburd. Delivering the feature address at a Requiem Mass on Sunday to honour fallen Labour Movement stalwarts at the St. Paul’s Parish Church, the former national netballer, coach and lawyer turned politician said Labour has always believed in the innate worth of every human being from its inception in 1932. She noted that about 100 years after the abolition of slavery, amid deplorable and oppressive working conditions, poor health services, poor housing, child labour, no opportunities for education and at a time when it was still illegal to form trade unions, the Workers League was born. “Thomas Manchester, J. Matthew Sebastian and Edgar Challenger among others stepped boldly forward in 1932 to challenge the oppressive working conditions and the poor quality of life meted out to the working-class at the time,” Liburd told the congregation which included Governor General, His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, son of J. Matthew Sebastian; Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, cousin of First National Hero, First Premier and Father of Independence, The Rt. Excellent Sir Robert L. Bradshaw; Cabinet ministers, representatives of the diplomatic and consular corps; Ms. Lorenzo Southwell and Miss Clytie Southwell, daughters of National Hero and First Chief Minister, the Rt. Excellent Sir C. A. Paul Southwell and Ms. Prudence France and Mr. Keethon France, daughter and son of former minister, trade unionist extraordinaire and National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Sir Joseph N. France. She pointed out that the general discontent among workers coupled with the oppression and ill-treatment of workers and their families led to several mini incidents of rebellion which quickly mushroomed into the Buckleys Riots of 1935 and strikes throughout the various Minister of Health, Community and Social Development, Hon. Marcella Liburd delivers the feature address at Sunday’s Requiem Mass at the St. Paul’s Parish Church. Lorenzo (left) and Clytie Southwell, daughters of National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Sir C. A. Paul Southwell at Sunday’s Requiem Mass at the St. Paul’s Parish Church plantations led to marches through the streets by sugar workers who were joined in solidarity by stevedores, porters, farmers, seamstresses, road workers, store clerks and generally all those citizens who felt it was timely to register their frustration with the administration of the day. “By 1940 it was no longer illegal to form unions and the St. KittsNevis Trades and Labour Union was registered on 15th May 1940 to champion the cause of workers for a better quality of life. Men like Bradshaw, France and Southwell and later Moore, Bryant and Payne joined Manchester, Dougie He Small But He Tallawa WHEREAS the Party Leader and Prime Minister has been the target of merciless and unwarranted attacks from within and without the Party. AND WHEREAS through it all the Party Leader has shown resilience and remained calm throughout this crisis. BE IT RESOLVED that the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas be commended for his strong, mature and astute leadership at all times. The above resolution was one of the many resolutions presented by the hundreds of delegates attending the 80th anniversary conference of the Labour Party held here on Sunday, May 20th, 2012 at the Marriott Resort in Frigate Bay. And it was overwhelmingly supported by the delegates at conference. All of us living here in the Federation are fully aware who is the man behind the clamour for the removal of the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas as Party Leader and Prime Minister. In fact, he is reported to have said that even if he has to mash up the Labour Party in his effort to move Dougie, he will. He is also alleged to have said that he beat a Prime Minister so he should be the Prime Minister. And the sad and disappointing fact is that he has some people from diverse quarters who are repeating after him, including some who have come out of the belly of Labour. All of a sudden, Dougie there too long. And in fact, the instigator himself stayed one term beyond the two terms he campaigned that he wanted, and, if truth be told, he really, really wanted to run for a fourth term. But, he wrote one too many letters of resignation, and Dougie had the courage and wisdom to accept the letter, and since then, as old people would say, he “got Dougie to kill”. Couple that with the fact that Dougie was born in St, Paul’s. A poor, poor, boy. Not so for the instigator. He was born with a silver spoon, went to the best schools and has had servants all his life. And no one begrudges him at all for that. So what happens if after enduring all kinds of hard life in his quest to become a medical doctor the Prime Minister was able to establish four successful medical practices all around the island of his birth? Because some people couldn’t and still can’t set up a successful business in their native land is any reason to be vexed with those who can? Normally, a success story like the Prime Minister’s would or should be commended, and used to inspire everyone that it is not where or how we enter the world but how we leave that is important. But no. Instead, the instigator is leading the charge to remove Dougie. Only he, because of who he is, supposed to own anything of substance. Dougie and others like him supposed to stay in their lane and know their place. It doesn’t matter how bright you are. It doesn’t matter how ambitious you are. It doesn’t matter how many sacrifices you make to get to where you want to be. For the instigator, certain things and certain positions are reserved for certain people. Challenge the leader. Cross the floor. Convert comrades in all the constituencies from Labour to Traitor, are some of his urgings. All in his obsession to destroy Dr. Douglas and the Labour Government and Party. But Labour people love the Prime Minister. Labour people want Labour to be in government. Labour people aren’t going to give up the substance of Labour for the shadow of a traitor. To date, the leader remains unchallenged. At this point in time, the hundreds of Party supporters who choose the leadership of the St. KittsNevis Labour Party at the Annual Party Conference want the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas to be the Party Leader and to be the Prime Minister. All the dictator the instigator labels him, Dougie has never tried to shut down, nor up, any of the persons, nor radio stations that spend their mornings, noons, afternoons and nights attacking him. Some people who are now claiming to be the biggest advocates for democracy and freedom of the press not only tried to deport them, they also made the most uncomplimentary comments about journalists and their radio stations. We have a good leader. We have a good Prime Minister. Very few Party Leaders and Prime Ministers would have endured and tolerated all the merciless attacks that he has had to face. But, like any good leader, Dougie knows when and how to put his foot down so that he doesn’t crush nor humiliate anyone. This resolution is timely. This resolution is right on target. Very few leaders would have had the ability to remain strong and calm in all of this. It cannot be easy to do. But with leadership comes all kinds of challenges and a good leader must always be prepared for anything and everything. (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 3 NEWS Nevis’ First Premier dies, PM Douglas says Sim Daniel has left an indelible mark on Nevis BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said Sunday that Nevis first Premier, the late Dr. Simeon Daniel has left an indelible mark on the island of Nevis and has touched many lives as a result of his outstanding services as a lawyer. Paying tribute to Daniel during a Requiem Mass for late Labour Party stalwarts at the St. Paul’s Parish Church in St. Kitts, Prime Minister Douglas noted that Dr. Daniel was one of the persons who interacted with the Rt. Excellent Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw and others who have served in his Cabinet at different times. Pointing to Dr. Daniel’s efforts to transform the island of Nevis for the benefit of Nevisians, and indeed all who visit there today, the Prime Minister noted that Dr. Daniel was a founding member of The late Dr. Simeon Daniel to be a part of the pivotal decisions and the debates that would set the course of life in Nevis and, as a result, he had a direct impact on the social, political, and economic evolution of the island. “His was a life in which God-given talents were, through sustained effort and dedication, realized. And with his passing, we mark the end of an important era,” Dr. Douglas told the congregation and the Nation as the service was carried live on ZIZ Radio. Extending condolences to the family of the late Dr. Daniel, Prime Minister Douglas expressed to the Government of the Hon. Joseph Parry, the present premier of Nevis, “our full support as his colleagues go through this period of mourning as we too of the Federal Government, go through this period of mourning.” Mr. Daniel died on Sunday afternoon after a prolonged illness. Photo PM Douglas making statement on Sim Daniel’s passing during Sunday’s Requiem Mass for late Labour stalwarts. (photo by Erasmus Williams) the Nevis Reformation Party and committed himself Nevis’ first Premier will be laid..... Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry, Nevis Island Administration Mrs. Joslyn Liburd at her Bath Plain Office will be held on Tuesday June 5th 2012 at the St. Thomas Anglican Church. It will be an official service befitting an individual who has served in such a high office here in our island. “His body would lay in state at the High Court in Charlestown on the same day Tuesday 5th June from 8am till 12 noon for public viewing. Viewing at the St. Thomas Anglican Church would begin at 1pm and the funeral services would begin at 2:30 pm,” she said. Flags on public buildings will continue to be flown at half-mast till Wednesday June 6th 2012. Dr. Simeon Daniel served Nevis as first Premier from 1983 to 1992. (cont’d from page 1)Sebastian and Challenger as leaders of the Movement,” said Minister Liburd, a former Speaker and Senator of the National Assembly. She pointed out that the Workers League formed in 1932 became the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party in 1957. “This year 2012, we proudly celebrate 80 years since the formation of this Great Party which in partnership with the St. KittsNevis Trades and Labour Union has transformed the lives of our SIDF pumped EC$154 million in 10 key areas of St. Kitts and Nevis...... (cont’d from page 1)Bay, Mr. Crossman said some EC$154 million or US$ 55 million has been invested in the creation of a sustainable, diversified economy by way of grants, loans and share holdings. He said that the Foundation has to date funded development in ten key areas as follows: Tourism $22,616,709.35 Resort Development $22,615,624.42 Electricity $21,803,912.40 Agriculture $13,397,516.11 Investments$1 1,000,000.01 Construction$1 1,000,000.00 Training $10,238,704.01 Arts & Culture $3,100,000.00 Education $2,500,000.00 Sports $,438,852.94 In addition budget support has been given to Government in the amount of $32,017,505.59 He said tourism has become the main service industry and the most important economic activity. “Ongoing enhancement and strategic marketing of the tourism product have contributed to the popularity of St. Kitts and Nevis as a destination. With rising fuel costs and increased security regulations making travel expensive and frustrating for passengers, efforts must be made to ensure that visitors to St. Kitts, particularly by of airlifts, have an experience that surpasses expectations from the moment the aircraft lands. Additionally, in order to attract increasing traffic to St. Kitts and Nevis, the destination must be marketed widely at international trade shows and expositions,” said Mr. Crossman. He said the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation is committed to ensuring that St. Kitts and Nevis remains ahead of the competition. “Four tourism-related projects have so far been funded in the total amount of $22,616,709.35. This figure represents 14.8% of the total investment of the Foundation to date. The four projects are in the areas of Airlift Support, Reconfiguration of Waving Gallery at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, Shanghai Trade Exposition and the Small Hotel and Restaurant Modernization Fund,” said Mr. Crossman He said that the increasing number of visitors who are attracted to the destination, the expansion of the tourism industry and ancillary services, and the increasing importance of tourism to the social and economic development of the island, demand a reliable air transport service. The SIDF has partnered with the St. Kitts Tourism Authority to secure airlifts from the United Kingdom and North America. “Since 2009, the Foundation has contributed EC$3,780.000 annually to the St. Kitts Tourism Authority’s Marketing Fund to (cont’d on page 11) Reconfiguration of Waving Gallery at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport Minister Marcella Liburd: people and the landscape of our twin island Federation,” she said, adding: “Our leaders today, Douglas, Condor, Harris, Martin as well as Herbert and Cedric Liburd are standing on the shoulders of Manchester, Sebastian, Challenger, Bradshaw, Southwell, France, Glasford, Williams, Bryant, Moore, Payne and all who carried the banner of Labour over these 80 years. They benefitted from a rich legacy and as servants of the people and trustees of our estate have added enormous value to the stock so that we the beneficiaries can justifiably say on this 80th anniversary that our best interests are being truly served.”(cont’d from last page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Citizenship by Investment Unit receives nearly 300 applications annually Dougas during the last sitting of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly. He said all applications that are received go through the rigours of the system established to ensure that only individuals who are worthy of becoming citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis do so. “Mr. Speaker the Citizenship by Investment unit receives applications from all over the world. Our system is a robust and attractive one. We receive and process applications from the USA, Canada, China, the United Arab Emirates especially Dubai, Russia, Jordan, Yemen, Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, Egypt, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Ethiopia, Ukraine, France, Kuwait, Vietnam, India, Nigeria, Lebanon,” he told the lawmaking body. Responding to questions from the Hon. Eugene Hamilton, the Member for St. Christopher 8, Dr. Douglas said the nature of the information required in part (c) of the question would take some time to analyze and the Citizenship by Investment Unit is in the process of fully computerizing its operations so that this level of information can be easily gathered. “From these applications Mr. Speaker Government benefits mainly from processing fees which amounts to approximately EC$60 million per year,” disclosed Dr. Douglas. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Citizenship by Investment Unit receives approximately 300 applications per year collects nearly EC$60 million in processing fees. This was disclosed by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Labour Code Continues It has been said that the origins of Labour Law can be traced back to the remote past, and the most varied parts of the world. While European writers often attach importance to the guilds and apprenticeship systems of the medieval world, some Asian scholars have identified Labour Standards as far back as the laws of Hammurabi and rules for labourmanagement relations in the laws of Manu. In addition, it has also been said that Latin American authors point to the Laws of the Indies promulgated by Spain in the 17th century for its New World Territories. Today’s Labour Laws are essentially the child of successive industrial revolutions from the 18th century onward. It had become necessary when customary restraints and the intimacy of employment relationship in small communities ceased to provide adequate protection against abuses incidental to new forms of manufacture on a rapidly increasing scale at precisely the time of the 18th century Enlightenment. But the legal recognition of the right of association for Trade Union purposes has a distinctive history. There is no other aspect of Labour Law in which succesive phases of progress and regression have been more decisively influenced by political changes and considerations. Over the years we have seen many changes to the Labour Laws, and we may well see further changes, but, these changes maybe related to matters of detail rather than to the fundamental principles of the law itself. Labour Code or other forms of comprehensive Labour Legislation, and ministries of labour were not introduced until the 20th century. The first Labour Code (which, like many of its successors, was a consolidation rather than a codification) was projected in France in 1901 and promulgated in stages from 1910 to 1927. It was also recognized that the world needed a floor of social rights, which became cristal clear in the beginning of the 1990’s with the emergence of a universal market economy, globalization and the information technology revolution. The debate then intensified as it became apparent that economic growth did not guarantee social progress. Amongst several means of action taken by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to promote a floor of social rights, is the campaign to promote fundamental principles and rights at work, and the universal ratification of eight (8) ILO Conventions covering these principles and rights. But in order to ensure that social progress goes hand in hand with economic progress and development, the ILO declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its follow-up, adopted in 1998 cover four principles at work: 1. Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining; 2. The Elimination of Forced and Compulsory Labour; 3. The Elimination of Discrimination in the Workplace, and, 4. The Abolition of Child Labour. It is recognized and accepted by all social partners that the fundamental rights at work constitute a central plank of the decent work programe. The above four fundamental principles and rights at work, among other labour laws have been adopted and put into National Laws by all the members states of the ILO. The follow-up to the declaration, also adopted in 1998, helps to determine the needs of ILO member states in improving their application of the principles and rights of the Declaration. Member states that have not ratified one or more of the fundamental Conventions, are required to submit annual reports, identifying where assistance may be required. Today we will take a brief look at Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining which are set out in ILO Convention No. 87 – Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize, 1948 and; ILO Convention No. 98 – Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining, 1949. The right of workers and employers to form and join organization of their choice is an integral part of a free and open society. It is at the very core of ILO’s values and also a right proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). It is a basic civil liberty that serves as a building block for social and economic progress. Also linked to this is the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining. Sound collective bargaining practices ensure that employers and workers have an equal voice in negotiations, and that the outcome will be fair and equitable. Voice and representation are an important part of decent work. It is very important that we all recognize that the existence of independent organizations (Unions) of workers and employers serve as a foundation to the ILO’s tripartite structure, and their involvement in ILO actions and policies reinforces freedom of association, directly and indirectly. The ILO’s Committee on Freedom of Association was set up in 1951 to examine violations of workers and employers rights. The committee has since examined more than 3000 cases. The committee is tripartite and handles complaints in ILO member States whether or not they have ratified freedom of association Conventions. Through the Committee on Freedom of Association and other supervisory mechanisms, the ILO consistently defends the rights of Trade Union and Employers Organizations. In many cases, these organizations have played a significant role in their countries democratic transformation. In a future article we will also be looking at some of the content of other provisions that are expected to be included in the St. Kitts and Nevis proposed Labour Code. As I take my leave today I leave you with an old traditional spiritual slave song.Michael.Traditional Spiritual Slave Song.Michael, row the boat ashore, hallelujah! Michael, row the boat ashore, hallelujah! The Jordan River is deep and wide, hallelujah! Milk and honey on the other side, hallelujah! (: Save the souls on the other side. Get my freedom on the other side) Sister, help to trim the sail, hallelujah! Sister, help to trim the sail, hallelujah! The river Jordan is chilly and cold, hallelujah! Chills the body but not the soul, hallelujah! 2012 Hurricane Season expected to be moderate BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 31ST 2012 (CUOPM) – With two tropical storms, Alberto and Beryl, on the books, the 2012 Hurricane Seaspon, which srtats on June 1, is still predicted to be moderate. Nine to 15 named storms are expected during the six-month season from June 1 to Nov. 30, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Several other storm experts have predicted 10 to 12 storms. The predictions are based in part on cooler surface waters in the Atlantic basin — the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico — and the possibility of a late summer El Nio, which creates upper atmospheric storms that thwart hurricane development. Forecasters already have said the early season storms are not an indication of things to come. The names Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie, William


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen An article by columnist “Watch Dog” appeared in a recent edition of the Democrat newspaper. The article was all about the Hon. Asim Martin in the most derogatory fashion. The columnist had the face of brass to over-look the sterling accomplishments and achievements of Dr. Asim Martin not only academically, but also in the field of social and community service. After reading the article I began to wonder if “Watch Dog” had been born and raised on “Sesame Street”. He seems to have very little knowledge of the calibre of men who contested the East Basseterre seat on a PAM ticket. It was said that a certain politician who became a Minister of the PAM Government entered the Grammar School at 12+ and left the school from Form II at age 16. No Minister in the Labour Party Government past or present had ever accomplished such a feat. A Minister who was very popular in the PAM Government showed off his vision and his capability by building a number of trash houses for display over at Frigate Bay. That was his Tourism Development effort. The same Minister also built a questionable jetty at South Frigate Bay. People have long since wondered just The leaders o PAM have always been greedy and selfish what kind of tourists, and from where, the jetty was intended to accommodate. If Prime Minister Simmonds and his Legal Advisors were so bright and smart and visionary, would Prime Minister Simmonds have signed a Loan Guarantee in the amount of US$25,339,000.00 on behalf of Nautical Trading (St. Kitts) Ltd., without realising the full legal implications of what he was doing? Dr. Simmonds went before the Louis Blom-Cooper Commission of Inquiry and testified that he thought that signing the Loan Guarantee was “a mere formality”. Would Dr. Asim Martin commit his Ministry or the Government to legal liability of US$25,330,000.00 in such a manner? The answer of course is NO! The Democrat newspaper carries on its front page the following slogan: “The Will of the Majority is Supreme”. It is obvious that PAM does not understand the slogan or believe it. The Labour Party won all 7 seats on St. Kitts at the 25th July, 1966 General Elections. PAM won not a single seat on St. Kitts. Yet the following year on June 10, a number of die-hard PAMites joined up with a group of rebellious Anguillians in a terrorist plot to overthrow the lawfully elected government of Premier Bradshaw. Imagine that a party that could not even win one single seat wanted to be the government over the party that won all 7 seats on St. Kitts. The Labour Party won the January 2010 General Elections with a 6 to 2 victory. Nowadays PAM and its jealous and envious allies are inciting the public to rebel against the lawfully elected government of Prime Minister Douglas. The statement “The will of the majority is supreme” that is printed on the front page of the Democrat newspaper is not intended to be taken seriously. It is only a cover for the real intention of PAM and its allies which is to establish a Fascist Oligarchy in St. KittsNevis. PAM does not want Democracy, the rule of the DEMOS, (the people). PAM wants Oligarchy, which is rule by a few rich and powerful and influential men. If PAM wanted Democracy why did the party encourage the rebel Anguillians to invade St Kitts at Half Way Tree and why did certain members of PAM involve themselves in the invasion on June 10th 1967? If PAM has undergone a change of heart and now really believes that “The will of the majority is supreme”, then PAM and its jealous and envious political misfits should cease and desist from inciting a small minority to rebel against the vast majority. Returning now to the article in question in the Democrat, I can safely say that no candidate that PAM has ever put up to contest the East Basseterre seat can be compared to Dr. Asim Martin, generally speaking. Dr. Martin is not flamboyant, he is not showy, he is not rowdy, he is not show-self, but he is solid, hard-working, with his two feet on the ground and his heart in the right place. He taught at the Irish Town Primary School for some time, and in his after-school hours he helped to coach some of the weaker pupils. He also assisted with the development of the New Town Football Club before he went to Cuba to study and upon his return as a Medical Doctor he provided free medical services to the members of the football club. Dr. Martin used his own time and money to help the people of New Town. The opponents of the Labour Party and the enemies of Dr. Douglas have been working overtime in an effort to cause rift and dissension between Dr. Douglas on the one hand and the Hon. Sam Condor and the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris on the other. So far the trouble-makers have not succeeded. They seem to be trying now to create trouble and confusion between Dr. Douglas and Dr. Martin. But this attempt to create rift and dissension is bound to fail. One thing we must remember and that is, that the leaders of PAM have always been greedy and selfish, using their position in government to enrich themselves. The leaders of PAM did not provide land for the land-less sugar workers of New Town. The PAM leaders gave themselves land at Bird Rock Development, Earle Morne Development and in other places in the general Bird Rock area. Dr. Martin is concerned with the welfare of others. He is not concerned, as the PAM leaders are, with feathering his own nest. Education Minister Says White Paper Issues Relevant In Regional Education Strategy (EMU) – St. Kitts: Despite varying stages of achievement in developing and implementing National Education Sector Plans, Minister of Education and Information in St Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Nigel Carty says his counterparts in the Region have committed to employing the recommendations of the Regional Education Sector Strategy optimally. Coming out of a meeting of OECS Ministers of Education which took place on May 23-24, Minister Carty said, “In St Kitts and Nevis, we have agreed to look at our strategy as it is now and try to do whatever tweaking or adjusting to bring it into harmony with the strategy we just agreed upon. We agreed because we see it as the right way to go.” Minister Carty divulged that St. Kitts and Nevis is three years into the implementation of its latest educational policy termed the ’White Paper on Education and Policy 2009-2019.’ The underlying theme of the White Paper is “Raising the Standard, Maximizing Resources. Aligning with Best Practices, Promoting Success For All.” The Regional Strategy discussed at the meeting addressed a common issue which was pinpointed by the Minister. “What we think needs to happen is greater harmonization amongst Nation States as they approach agencies for funding in a variety of areas.” The Minister identified the Child Friendly School Initiative as an example of an area in which the local Ministry of Education needs to make progress and to seek to incorporate into their strategy paper. Commenting on the fear of some individuals regarding regional integration of policies, Minister Carty said harmonization is not the same as carbon copying. He said, rather, that it was “all players recognizing the broader objectives and working to achieve them together.” He specified that in the implementation process what that meant is that every country would engage in activities and pursue initiatives in a manner suitable to their specific situations while maintaining focus on the broad objective. The Education Minister said the Regional Strategy is a synthesis of the real concerns common in the Sub-Region and although each may not have identical challenges there really is not such an extensive and expansive separation of the issues. Minister Carty said his ministry is committed to the timely and effective implementation of all key areas in pursuit of the advancement of Educational opportunities in St. Kitts and Nevis.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 6 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Delegates to the recent 80th Annual Conference of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) have given unanimous support to the government’s debt-restructuring exercise and have showered praise on Minister of Finance and Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. Delegates noted that a well-developed transportation, communications, and education infrastructure is crucial in the global competition for scarce investment resources, that few nations, if any, have the resources to fund massive infrastructural programmes from national revenues and that nations of all sizes seek and incur debt in order to finance infrastructure projects that policy-makers deem to be in the national interest. The resolution noted that the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, under the leadership of the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, decided seventeen years ago to upgrade and expand the infrastructural profile of St. Kitts and Nevis in order to attract both domestic and foreign investment and that this naturally and unavoidably necessitated the assumption of debt; It further noted that for seventeen years without fail, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, under the leadership of the Right Honorable Dr. Delegates praise PM Douglas for significantly reducing national debt Denzil L. Douglas, faithfully, responsibly, and unfailingly met its debt obligations to all of its creditors, thereby maintaining a constructive and mutually respectful relationship with said creditors. Delegates noted those who constantly lamented the fact that the nation’s development had resulted in St. Kitts and Nevis having a high Debt to GDP ratio and that the Government was able to secure the commitment and support of its creditors when it decided that the time had come to restructure said debt; Noting that the exercise was successful resulting in the dramatic reduction of the Debt to GDP ratio of the nation although the successful outcome was neither easy nor automatic. “Be it resolved that the Labour Government, led by Prime Minister the Right Honorable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Minister of Finance, is deserving of great support and praise for the successful debt restructuring negotiations for the lasting benefit of the Nation,” said the resolution. Labour Party Leader and St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left), Party Chairman and Senior Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris (center) and National Secretary, Mrs. Diana Humphreys-Williams (Photo by Erasmus Williams) National Assembly told travel by Ministers is to do the Federation’s business airfare, accommodation and subsistence which are recorded together amounts to EC$18, 252,774.00 at an average of EC$1,825,277.00 yearly representing on average 50 trips per year. Prime Minister Douglas advised the member for St. Christopher (8) to join with the government in agitating for the proper functioning of the Public Accounts Committee which is chaired by the Honourable Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Mark Brantley. “I wish to advise the honourable the member for St. Christopher (8) that he should take the time out to study the annual estimates from which he can find relevant information relative to his questions,” said Prime Minister Douglas. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Travel paid for from state funds is towards travel made on behalf of the state to do the state’s business. This was made clear by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. He told the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly during the last sitting that the twin-island Federation is party to a number of regional and international organizations from which numerous benefits in the development of the country are derived. “Mr. Speaker, Ministers of government have therefore traveled on occasions representing the state at meetings and conferences geared towards and from which further development and advancement of our country can be realized directly or indirectly,” said Prime Minister Douglas. The Prime Minister in responding to a question from the Member for St. Christopher 8, the Hon. Eugene Hamilton disclosed that Ministers’ travels over the last 10 years including


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 7 NEWS Statement from the Premier of Nevis Hon. Joseph W. Parry on the passing of Nevis’ first Premier the Hon Dr Simeon Daniel Sunday, May 27th, 2012 Statement by the Right Honorable Denzil L. Douglas on the death of The Honorable Dr. Simeon Daniel delivered at the Requiem Mass for late Labour Stalwarts at the St. Paul’s Parish Church on Sunday, May 27th 2012 While we are here to give thanks and praise to Almighty God for the contribution to the Nation by the Rt. Excellent Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw and others who have served in his Cabinet at different times, we have been informed of the passing of the Hon. Dr. Simeon Daniel who has been one of the persons who would have interacted at some times with Robert Bradshaw and his Cabinet. On behalf of the Government and People of St. Kitts and Nevis, I extend very deep sympathy to the family and friends of The Honorable Dr. Simeon Daniel. Dr. Simeon Daniel, the first Premier of Nevis has left an indelible mark on the island of his birth – from the lives he touched as a result of his outstanding services as a lawyer, to the many ways in which his efforts served to transform the island of Nevis for the benefit of Nevisians, and indeed all who visit there today. A founding member of the Nevis Reformation Party, Dr. Simeon Daniel committed himself to be a part of the pivotal decisions and the debates that would set the course of life in Nevis and, as a result, he had a direct impact on the social, political, and economic evolution of the island. His was a life in which God-given talents were, through sustained effort and dedication, realized. And with his passing, we mark the end of an important era. May he rest in peace. I would also like on behalf of my Government to extend to the Government of the Hon. Joseph Parry, the present premier of Nevis, our full support as his colleagues go through this period of mourning as we too of the Federal Government, go through this period of mourning. after an intense negotiation session held in Paris, France on 24th May 2012. The discussions with the Paris Club were focused on how best to support the Government’s bold economic transformation efforts through the restructuring of the debts owed by St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Kingdom and the United States. The approach to the Paris Club was part of the comprehensive debt restructuring program launched by the Government in June 2011. After six rounds of complex negotiations, the Government and the Paris Club agreed at the multilateral level to restructure over 20 years the entire stock of debt outstanding to the Paris Club, including the arrears. A grace period on principal repayments of seven years will also apply. Concessional rates of interest will apply to the rescheduling. In addition, the Paris Club confirmed during the negotiations that further concessions from the Paris Club creditors at the bilateral level are likely. The Government expects that these concessions could involve the outright cancellation of over 60% of the debt treated at the multilateral level on 24 May 2012, as well as other additional concessions. During the negotiations the Paris Club saluted the outstanding results of the Government’s economic reform drive and general debt restructuring effort to date. The Club’s members, who include representatives from the world’s developed economies, acknowledged that the Government’s determination to tackle the country’s problems in a decisive way will help ensure that St. Kitts and Nevis is well placed to withstand the headwinds of an increasingly uncertain international environment. The Paris Club also indicated that it was the Government’s commitment to a sound macroeconomic course, as well as the approach taken with the general debt restructuring, that persuaded the group to grant restructuring terms that are exceptional for a country in the upper-middle income category. Speaking after the signing of the Agreed Minutes, Prime Minister Douglas commented: “We understand that the negotiations were tougher and took a little longer than the Paris Club had expected. This may be the case, but it was important for us to have the opportunity to explain our situation properly, and to secure the right agreement for us.” The Prime Minister added, “Even before we take into account the additional concessions from our creditors that are expected to come at the bilateral level, the agreement signed in Paris yesterday has no precedent in the Caribbean, and is amongst the most concessional ever to have been granted by the Paris Club to an upper-middle income country anywhere in the world. We are delighted at this recognition of our efforts, and thank the Paris Club for its support.” The Prime Minister was accompanied during the negotiations by Mrs. Janet Harris, Financial Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, and by the financial advisors from White Oak Advisory LLP. The bilateral agreements that will implement the 24 May 2012 agreement, and that are expected to incorporate the additional concessions, are scheduled to be signed later this year. St. Kitts and Nevis agrees to landmark debt restructuring deal with the Paris Club (cont’d from page 1) Autopsy reveals that local Reggae icon, Masud Sadiki died from asphyxia By Drizel HanleyAn autopsy performed on the body of local reggae icon, Masud Sadiki on Friday, May 25 revealed that that death was caused by asphyxia. The autopsy was performed by Pathologist at the Joseph N France General Hospital, Dr. Dora Lesbia Marina Magdariaga, who explained that asphyxia is a condition in which the body and, most importantly, the brain, receives inadequate or no oxygen supply. The 37-year-old local reggae superstar was found hanging from a tree in the Verchilds/Old Road area not too far from his home, on May, 21st, 2012. It is understood that arrangements are being made by the family for his burial next Wednesday, June 6th 2012 following the thanksgiving service at the Co-Cathedral of St.John’s Basseterre (the Catholic Church).Driver charged with driving under the influence of alcoholBy Drizel HanleyI received the sad news of Honourable Dr. Simeon Daniel’s passing earlier this evening on my way to my hotel from a meeting in Leeds, England. Dr. Simeon Daniel was the first Premier of Nevis and an outstanding political figure on the island of Nevis from 1970, when he became the first leader of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) until he voluntarily retired from active politics in 1992.His political career was punctuated by a number of major achievements. With Dr. Kennedy Simmonds and the Peoples Action Movement (PAM) he and the other leaders of the Nevis Reformation Party formed the first coalition government to govern the affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis in 1980. One of the major achievements of that union was the advent of the Nevis Sixth Form College in 1981. He had a major role in framing the Independence Constitution of St. Kitts and Nevis which led to the return of government to Nevis on Independence day, September 19, 1983, with the formation of the Nevis Island Administration. In the Independence Constitution, Dr Daniel insisted on the insertion of Section 113 which allows for Nevis to secede from the Federal Union with St. Kitts. He brought the first major hotel to Nevis, the Four Seasons Resort which changed the social and economic structure of Nevis. Dr. Simeon Daniel obviously is the father of modern Nevis and must be given every accolade and every honour due to one that has achieved so much for so many. On behalf of my Cabinet, the Executive of the Nevis Reformation Party and the people of Nevis, I express great sadness at this major loss of such an important statesman and political figure. I also extend condolences to his dear wife Sheila, with whom I spoke immediately after receiving the news and to all his children, family members and friends at this loss and I wish to assure them that all Nevisians share their loss at this time. Varum Atre of Frigate Bay who was involved in Sunday evening’s (May 27) traffic accident along the Kim Collins Highway was formally arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Head of the Traffic Department, Inspector Cromwell Henry, said that the incident took place sometime around 6:30 p.m. and involved motor jeep P9397 driven by Atre and motorcar PA4668 driven by Sunil Liddie of Lime Kiln. The Inspector further disclosed that Atre was travelling from the roundabout adjacent to the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport towards the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, while Liddie was travelling in the (cont’d on pagr 18)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 8 NEWS National Caribbean Insurance (NCI) 29/5/12On Friday, May 25th, 2012, National Caribbean Insurance (NCI) donated cleaning equipment to the Malcolm Hill and Cherry Gardens’ community development committee known as MALCHE to support and facilitate its upcoming community cleanup campaigns. The handing over ceremony was held on the play court in the center of the Cherry Garden Housing Development. NCI Donates Cleaning Equipment to the MALCHE Community Group Mr. Orlando Sargeant, NCI Nevis Branch Manager, handed over the package consisting of a weed eater machine, two wheel barrows, rakes, shovels and brooms to Ms. Janelle Archibald, Chairperson of MALCHE. Ms. Archibald articulated that the sole purpose of MALCHE, which was formed on the January 31st, 2012 is to positively and effectively enhance the living conditions and environment in communities by closely working with individuals and community groups across the federation.Partnering with the MALCHE committee fits within NCI’s plan to encourage a healthy environment. According to Mr. Sargeant, “It is a privilege and an honor to donate these items to the MALCHE community group, a group that has come together to enhance communities. I will like to take this opportunity to wish the group every success in their endeavor and I can assure MALCHE that NCI takes pride in assisting communities in any way possible.” Ms. Archibald in expressing the group’s deep appreciation for the donation said that “MALCHE is proud to be affiliated with National Caribbean Insurance and the group is eternally grateful to the company for its generous assistance with the much needed equipment.” The cleanup campaigns will allow residents to dispose of old, bulky items around their properties and in the neighborhoods in general. Community volunteers will donate hours to clean and beautify their communities. NCI takes pride in making a meaningful contribution to the enhancement of its social partners and congratulates the MALCHE Community Group, the residents and all volunteers for taking action toward meaningful change in their communities. National Caribbean Insurance recognizes the importance of working with its social partners and stakeholders to maintain sustainable communities and pledges that its involvement in social development will continue to be a priority.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 9 NEWS Nominations Invited For Remarkable Teen Programme Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Department of Youth Empowerment has begun its outreach to identify ordinary teens leading extraordinary lives in St. Kitts and Nevis. Peace Corps volunteer Connie Howard along with Senior Youth Officer Kennedy Pemberton have been making the rounds on local media outlets and meeting with education officials to encourage nominations for the 25 Most Remarkable Teens programme. “We’ve visited all the secondary schools including the private schools,” she revealed. “We’ve also expanded the programme to Nevis so we met with the (Minister responsible for Youth in the Nevis Island Administration) Honourable Hensley Daniel who endorsed the programme as well as the principals and counselors from the three schools there.” “We’ve also done a lot of tv and radio and (other) things here in St. Kitts as well so I think the word is out, the banner is up (on Fort Street) and we’re expecting to have a good showing of nominees again this year.” The 25 Most Remarkable Teens programme was launched in the Federation in 2011. One hundred persons were nominated for the awards in non-traditional categories recognizing courage, determination and commitment. Nomination forms are currently available at the Department of Youth on both islands, at all secondary schools, and the Advanced Vocational Education Center (AVEC). The form can also be downloaded from the programme’s Facebook page. Persons are strongly encouraged to return the forms to the Department of Youth Empowerment on Church Street before the June 15 deadline. All nominees will be interviewed in person and scrutinized against an established criterion. The 25 successful candidates are recognized during a special sitting of the Federal Parliament during Youth Month in November. “I think it’s going to be a great year,” Ms. Howard emphasized. SKNIS Photo: Awards presented to the 25 Most Remarkable Teens in St. Kitts at last year’s ceremony St. Kitts and Nevis reports decline in HIV-related deaths BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – A decline in HIVrelated deaths in St. Kitts and Nevis is being reported. According to the St. Kitts and Nevis Global AIDS Response Progress Report 2012, the availability of free anti-retroviral therapy (ART), together with improved access to HIV and AIDS treatment and better information and education programmes has resulted in the decline. It said that the annual prevalence of AIDS-related deaths has remained at five (5) percent or less for the last ten (10) years (2002-2011), with one (1) and four (4) deaths recorded in 2010 and 2011 respectively. “As of 2011, 58 persons living with advanced HIV disease are under medical supervision of which 50 receive ART. St. Kitts and Nevis has made significant progress in ensuring that persons living with HIV and AIDS are able to receive free of charge antiretrovirals and supplements necessary to live healthy and productive lives,” the report noted. The report stated that St. Kitts and Nevis reported its first HIV and AIDS case in 1984, and since then to 2011 a total of 335 HIV cases were documented while 115 progressed to AIDS. Data regarding the HIV trend annually was not readily available 17 reported HIV cases for those years. The report notes that “overall there is a preponderance of males who are infected with the disease, evidence has emerged that the epidemic is infecting and affecting both sexes without any clear distinction, and likewise indicating that an increased number of women are also bearing the burden of the disease.” Additionally, data shows that in the distribution among the most sexually age group of 1549, with the exception of the 1519 age group, “males are most affected by HIV among all sexually active groups including 60 years and older.” The report indicates that while some successes have been recorded in the voluntary counseling and testing programme (VCT), there is a great need for preventative and VCT strategies to focus more on the vulnerable and most-atrisk populations (MARPs). While there has been a noted decline in funding from donors, the St. Kitts and Nevis Government, guided by its 2010 – 2014 National Strategic Plan, is continuing to make HIV a priority and has reiterated its commitment “towards the reduction of HIV incidence, zero tolerance of stigma and discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths.” This means that the Ministry of Health continues to prioritise its HIV and AIDS programming in keeping with the six priority areas of the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework (CRSF) 2008 2012. The CRSF guides the work of Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP). PANCAP is a regional partnership established by CARICOM Heads of Government in 2001 to respond to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean. It is a more country focused, goal driven, learning organization that is able to respond flexibly to emerging needs. PANACP is committed to championing the cause and continues to develop and coordinate the implementation of programmes across the region designed to reduce stigma and discrimination, accelerate the agenda for achieving universal access to prevention, care, treatment and support services and collaborate to increase awareness of the need to develop anti stigma and discrimination policies and legislation because of the variability in reported cases between years. The incidence rates in 2010 and 2011 were 17.3 and 32 per 100,000 populations respectively which represented 9 and


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 10 NEWS Minister of Health, Community and Social Development, the Hon. Marcella Liburd, a former Speaker and Senator in the National Assembly, gave the feature address and highlighted the role of women in the Labour Party and the Labour Governments empowerment of women in the public service. In attendance were Ministers of Government, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Hon. Curtis Martin, Sir Edmund and Lady Lawrence; representatives of the Late Labour Movement stalwarts remembered at annual Requiem Mass National Executive Officer, Dr. Vance Gilbert leading the congregation in the Prayers of Intercession Mrs. Veronica Byron gives newly elected Executive Officer Dr. Vance Gilbert a hug Diplomatic and Consular Corps, the Executive Officers and Members of the St. KittsNevis Labour Party and the St. KittsNevis Trades and Labour Union, family members and a wide cross section of the local community. Following(cont’d from page 1) the singing of the National Anthem by Yushaner Jeffers and Nya Chiverton of the Charles E. Mills Secondary School, National Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and Deputy Chairman and Minister of Education and Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty read the First and Second Lessons respectively. This was followed by a dance by Ms. Desi Browne, a 2011 Remarkable Teen and student at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College; a rendition of “Faith of our Fathers” on the steel pan by former Minister of Health and Social and Community Development, Mr. Rupert Herbert, “One More Time” Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian (seated) is greeted by Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) while OAS Director Mr. Starret Greene is greeted by party stalwart Seymour ‘Semmo’ Francis St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is greeted by several members of the congregation Ms. Averil Gumbs reading her poem Miss Desi Browne in her dance Mr. Rupert Herbert playing the steel pan Mr. Alex Condell plays the saxaphpone by Mr. Alex Condell on the saxophone and a beautifullyrendered poem by Ms. Averil Gumbs. After the Homily by Parish Priest, Rev. Father Wilfred Daniel, the congregation was led into the Prayer of Intercession by National Executive member, Dr. Vance Gilbert. The Service was in tribute to the late Thomas Manchester and J. Mathew Sebastian, and National Heroes, Their Right Excellencies, Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, Sir C. A. Paul Southwell and Sir Joseph N. France as well as Their Excellencies Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore and E. St. John Payne and Mr. Fitzroy C. Bryant. Lady Hulda Lawrence was the organist. All photos by Erasmus Williams


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 11 ADVERTISEMENT ensure our United Kingdom source market is serviced by British Airways. Additionally, in 2010 the SIDF provided assistance totaling EC$4,320,000 to ensure that the American Airlines service from our main US markets, Miami and New York, continued without interruption,” said the SIDF CEO. He added that the economic impact of this project has been significant, particularly in relation to airlifts from the United States and the United Kingdom markets. “Despite the global economic downturn, partly because of the subsidy, airlift to the Federation has not been affected despite closing of operation in some markets for some major airlines. It is important to point out that the airlift support to secure American Airline flights from the US directly benefits the local population. Just imagine not being able to fly directly to New York and Miami to visit family and, of course, shop,” said Mr. Crossman. He said the reconfiguration of Waving Gallery at Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport is a key component of the overall visitor experience as first and final impressions are often lasting. “The Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) contributed EC$75,000 to the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) to reconfigure the waving gallery at the airport thus expanding the emigration and security areas. This change created a more comfortable environment and accelerated the departure process for passengers,” said Mr. Crossman. He noted that with the emphasis on services as the new engine of economic growth, it is crucial that St. Kitts and Nevis be promoted to the world as a trading partner with an attractive investment potential. Thus a grant of EC$197,454.34 from the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) was allocated to the St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency (SKIPA) making it possible for the Federation to participate in the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, The People’s Republic of China. Thirteen CARICOM countries participated in the exposition, which ran for six months, from May to October. The expo carried the theme “Better City, Better Life” and was an opportunity for the Federation to showcase its culture and heritage with the expectation of piquing the interests of both investors and visitors. The SIDF he said remains committed to the transformation of the Federation’s economy from a sugarbased to a services economy. In its goal to promote and support the tourism and hospitality industry and support, the Foundation has made a significant investment in small hotel development. Under the Small Hotel and Restaurant Modernization Fund, the SIDF has allocated loan funding in the sum of EC$8,064,600.00 to the St. Kitts and Nevis Hotel and Tourism Association (HTA) for the purpose of refurbishing and modernizing their small hotel and restaurant properties. “The funds have been placed at the St. Kitts and Nevis Development Bank. Small hotels with under 100 rooms such as Sugar Bay Club, Timothy Beach Resort, Frigate Bay Resort, Ottleys Plantation, Ocean Terrace Inn, Rawlins Plantation can benefit,” said Mr. Crossman. SIDF funds are also financing the 5-star luxury resort and high-end residential development at Kittitian Hill, now under construction on 400 acres of gently sloping hillside in the village of St. Paul. The completed facility will include an ultra luxury spa; 90 one-bedroom hotel cottages; 69 three and four-bedroom luxury villas; and a 74-room boutique hotel situated in the heart of an 18-hole golf course. “In light of the high level of corporate social responsibility required and the emphasis on community involvement and empowerment as well as training of local employees, the Foundation decided to become a part financier of the Kittitian Hill Development. The total investment is valued at EC$22,615,624.42 making the Foundation 90.0% share owner in of Belmont Resorts Ltd. the parent company,” said the CEO. Pointing out that the provision of reliable and efficient electricity is an important part of the government’s policies and plans for the socio-economic development of the Federation, Mr. Crossman noted that in a modern society where there is almost total reliance on electricity as a source of energy, the generation of power must be a high agenda item. “In recognition of the need to provide a stable and reliable supply of energy the Foundation contributed a loan of EC$11,645,282.40 for the purchase of two 3.9 megawatts generators,” said Mr. Crossman. Other speakers at the official launching event on Wednesday included Dr, Ken Ballantyne, consultant with the Citizenship Investment Unit (C.I.U); Mr. Peter Adrien, economist with the SIDF and Mr. Eric Major, C.E.O, Henley & Partners. info@sknunion.comSIDF pumped EC$154 million in 10 key areas of St. Kitts and Nevis...... (cont’d frompage 3) 5-star luxury resort and high-end residential development at Kittitian Hill


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 12 NEWS LIFELINES “ LifeLines is a monthly column dedicated to addressing issues of mental, behavioural, and social health. The column appears on the 1st weekend of the month, and is written by professionals in the field of social work, mental health, and community medicine” Communication: It’s How We Share who We Are Why is communication so important? When we are close to people, at home, at work or socially, we often think we know them and what they are thinking from their actions, faces, and words, and that they likewise know what we think. But actions, faces and even words can often be lies if communication is not open and honest. Communication is a two-way street and our own upbringing, perceptions and other baggage will also influence how we hear what is actually being said. Miscommunication, in which the speaker and sender don’t say, mean or understand the same thing is at the root of many of the problems in our society. Likewise noncommunication, which we males often take refuge in, is another big problem, as the persons on the other end are left to impute, often incorrectly, what we were thinking. Nonverbal communication can offer powerful additional meaning to the words we say and can sometimes make a liar of the very words we utter, as they may make it clear that what we say is not quite what we mean. Important means of nonverbal communication include gestures, eye contact, facial expressions, paralinguistics and body language. Paralinguistics is vocal communication separate from actual languagei.e volume, tone, etc. Nonverbal communication is important as it indicates to your listener if you are being truthful, and also, if you are really listening to him. A study out of UCLA determined that 93 % of the effectiveness of communication was related to nonverbal cues and only 7 % to actual verbal communication. When the nonverbal signs we send do not match our words, our listeners mistrust what we say. Here in the Caribbean one of the more common failings in the area of nonverbal communication is the lack of eye contact. People often avoid looking you in the eye, especially if they think that what they say will displease you. Often, they don’t realize what an untrustworthy message it sends, even when they are being completely ‘above board‘. Communication styles differ, and can generally be classified as Passive, Aggressive, Assertive or Indirect. While we all use each of the different types from time to time, where we want to be most of the time is Assertive, which is characterized among other things by respectful, clear statement of feelings, needs and wants, good eye contact, a calm tone of voice and a relaxed body posture.ListeningThis is an often overlooked part of communication, and when heeded, often confused with hearing. In conversation with others, especially if there is a point of disagreement, we often just wait for the other person to finish speaking their part and then go back to our point, or our perception of their viewpoint, without really actively listening to what they are saying, or trying to see things from their perspective. Nowhere is this more evident than when our politicians go at each other or when we take up cudgels on their behalves, but it also percolates into everyday communicating. Active listening is what leads to mutual understanding. It involves attentive listening and sincere questioning to be sure where the other person is coming from and that we understand what he or she is trying to say. It is important to put aside our own biases, and to be aware of any ‘trigger words’ that we hear that might lead to an automatic emotional response on our part that may be quite unrelated to what the person is actually trying to say. We must understand and respect the other person’s value system, even though it may be different from ours. In their shoes, we would probably have the same perspective. Communication problems have been with mankind for a long time, as evidenced by the quotes below from ancient philosophers:Buddha“In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.”Epictetus“If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it.” Good Communication requires that we respect the other as a person, who has had different experiences from us, and may see the world differently from us. He may be wrong from our perspective, but deserves respectful listening from which we ourselves may gain some new truths or attitudes, or at least a better understanding of how he and many others may think. We have no corner on the Truth.Ian Jacobs, M.D NIA and Vatican officials to collaborate on youth development project NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — The development of youth topped discussions between Acting Premier Hon. Hensley Daniel and new Vatican Ambassador to the Federation Most Reverend Nicola Girasol when he paid a courtesy call on the Nevis Island Administration on Nevis on Wednesday May 23, 2012. The Ambassador who is based in Trinidad and Tobago was accompanied by Bishop of St. Johns and Basseterre Most Reverend Kenneth Richards and had presented his credentials to officials in St. Kitts before his visit to Nevis. He praised the Administration’s efforts to provide a stable future for the island’s young people and said it was an area of mutual interest and one both parties would collaborate on. Acting Premier in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Hensley and Vatican officials (l-r) Bishop of St. Johns/Basseterre the Most Reverend Kenneth Richards and new Vatican Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis the Most Reverend Nicola Girasol during a courtesy call at his Charlestown Office. “I was very pleased because our meeting was not only protocol but indeed we shared some common paths where we really can work in partnership because Holy seat and the Vatican of course focus a lot on the youth and of course in education. This new approach here in Nevis you are really aiming towards young people, promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship, this is something that could find us in good collaborating and in partnership. “So indeed we are ready to strengthen our relationship because the Holy Seat and the Vatican and the Federation have a long history of diplomatic relation. This new view of focussing on really giving the young people a better future, more stable for sure, especially in a globalised economy is something which really finds us in good agreement,” he said. Mr. Daniel who is also the Minister responsible for Youth on Nevis explained the reason behind the Administration’s decision to focus heavily on the island’s youth since the Vatican’s Representative had indicated the keen interest they had in the development of Caribbean youths. “We have had some discussions with them as to how the Ambassador can connect with some of the things we want do… “We want to develop and nurture a spirit of entrepreneurship among our young people and we are happy to partner with the Vatican and by extension the Bishop of St. Johns/ Basseterre, to bring about some movement insofar as it relates to developing businesses among young people. So we are going to work together on that as a project with the Vatican and we look forward to your continued involvement with us,” he said. Meantime, in brief comments Reverend Richards who is based in Antigua also added his comments. He referred to young people as premium and the importance of creating opportunities to provide them with an avenue for self expression and the ability to contribute to the development of the nation and by extension civilisation mindful of the social and economic challenges they faced. The Bishop of St. Johns/ Basseterre also expressed hope that the planned project would get off the ground and bear fruit. “I hope that which we have discussed with respect to entrepreneurship formation which we can truly collaborate in advancing that, accessing the agencies that can provide the financing and the training facility, so that we can truly help our young people to be engaged in society, become more proactive and make a more positive contribution in face of the challenges that they face with inactivity and lack of opportunities for them. “We ask that God will truly bless this project and that we will truly work together to make it come true,” he said. New Vatican Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis the Most Reverend Nicola Girasol during a courtesy call on the Acting Premier of Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel. He is based in Trinidad and Tobago Bishop of St. Johns/Basseterre the Most Reverend Kenneth Richards accompanied the new Vatican Ambassador to the Federation during a courtesy call on the Acting Prime Minister Hon. Hensley Daniel. He is based in Antigua


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 13 NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Does it bother you? Does it bother you? Does it bother you? Does it bother you? Does it bother you? a “don’t care less” attitude we find ourselves trying to close the barn yard gate when the horses have already exited. Hence the question again “Does it bother you?”CONSCIENCE SPEAKSLet’s face it; there are many suffering citizens who do not let their plight known because they don’t know who to ask or because they are ashamed to seek help. It means, therefore, that we are expected to bear each other’s burdens. There are several claims that are laid upon us by God, by Providence and by the good fortune of birthplace to prove that we are responsible vertically and horizontally. The most obvious are the claims of the commands of the Lord “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). “The harvest truly is plenteous but the labourers are few ... (Matth 9:37) these responsibilities are extended beyond a church setting or pastoral portfolio. Beyond preaching the gospel or distributing gospel literature. How can we ignore such commands? Conscience tells us that the man who does not have my skin colour, my ability, my culture still feels exactly as I feel. He still thinks as I think. He/she still hurts as I hurt. He/she hurts as I hurt. He/ she desires as I desire. He/she needs help as I need help. He/she has a claim on me because I am my brother’s keeper. The Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man are still alive and well. We see things all around us, all the time that bother us because we have a conscience. We know when things are just not right, and we all have felt the compulsions to do what is right or to right the wrong. The Apostle Paul acknowledged the existence of conscience in these words: “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their consciences SEARED with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:12) conscience is God’s presence in man and, it is the perfect interpreter of life.MOTIVES THAT DRIVE USRecognizing that many are the claims of God and man upon us, things that do bother us; human needs and suffering – all these trigger motives that propel and drive us in one direction or the other. What causes us to reach out to the unreached, the under privileged, the so-called undeserving? Love is the driving force. The love of Christ constrains us, controls us, urges and impels us. Paul wrote “We have the word of reconciliation that He has entrusted to us” (2 Cor 5:18). Love is a motivating factor from the perspective of Christianity. It not only tells us to do the loving things, it also tells us what that loving thing is. We are urged to let love be without dissimulation; abhor that which is evil, cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. Dear reader, I invite you to revisit the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke’s Gospel chapter 10: 30-37. It is one of the most versatile passages in the New Testament. Ponder the following points. In my opinion the Priest and Levite by their action and attitude answered the question forming the topic for today in the negative. Nothing bothered them. They had other things on their minds other than a mugging victim. Perhaps being goal oriented, i.e. getting to Jericho by any means, in a hurry, neglecting civic duties mattered more. The Samaritan in the parable by their compassion and loving kindness answered the question “Am I my brother’s keeper” in the affirmative. He too was on his way to Jericho but for him getting there was not only less than half the fun, but probably three-quarters of the pain. He saw not only the road, but the ditches alongside. He did not pretend that he had not seen what he saw. He did not try to convince himself that his goal down the road was more important than a deed of mercy to be transacted. In stopping and stooping he was not taking time out from his life, he was living an exemplary civic life. Here is the lesson for all of us to learn. It would be sad indeed if the shining goals of the Priest and Levite and us were littered with human debris put there by distorted zeal that had no room for the Christ, their/our fellowmen/ our brothers and sisters the goal (whatever it was) was meant to serve. But it is possible for a road littered with human wreckage ever to lead to a Christ serving, societal and philanthropic far important goal.Anger is defined as a “stirring of resentful displeasure and strong antagonism, by a sense of injury or insult”; while indignation as a “righteous anger aroused by injustice and baseness.” All these spell “the wrath of God.” The modern habit throughout the Christian church is to play this subject down. Those who still believe in the wrath of God say very little about it; perhaps they do not think much about it. Our age has unashamedly sold itself to the gods of greed, pride, sex, and self-will. The church mumbles on about God’s kindness but says virtually nothing about His judgment. When was the last time during the past year have you heard a minister preach a sermon whether on the airwaves or in church on the wrath of God? If you have heard one, did you listen or read it right through? And would you like to read or hear another? If he/she preached that sermon in your church as a visiting minister, would he or she be invited back to deliver another? The subject of divine wrath has become taboo in modern society, and Christians, most of them, have accepted the taboo and conditioned themselves never to speak about the matter. The Bible speaks very differently. One cannot imagine that talk of divine judgment was ever very popular, yet the biblical writers engaged in it constantly. One of the most striking things about the Bible is the vigor with which both testaments emphasized the reality and terror of God’s wrath. A W Pink in his work, The Attributes of God, invites us to study the Concordance to find that there are more references in Scripture about the anger of God, than there are about his love and gentle feeling. The Bible stresses the point that just as God is good to those who trust Him, so He is terrible to those who do not. “The Lord is a jealous God and avengeth; the Lord avengeth and is full of wrath; the Lord taketh vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserveth wrath for His enemies. The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will in no means clear the guilty…. Who can stand before His indignation? And who can abide the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken asunder by Him. The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knowth them that put their trust in Him. But…He… will pursue His enemies into darkness” (Nahum 1:2-8). Paul advised that the Lord will one day appear “in blazing fire” and “will punish those who do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of His power on the day He comes to be glorified in His holy people” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10). Indeed Nahum’s warning is not peculiar to the Old Testament. As a matter a fact, throughout the New Testament, “the wrath of God” and simply wrath were virtually technical terms for the outgoing of God in retributive action, by whatever means, against those who have defied Him (see Romans 1:18; 2:5; 5:9; 12:19; 13:4-5; 1 Thess1:10; 2:16; 5:9; Rev 6:16-17; 16:19; Luke 21:22-24 and more). Bible history as pointed out in my last article loudly proclaims the severity as well as the goodness of God. In the same sense the Pilgrim’s progress might be called a book about roads to hell while the Bible can be called a book of God’s wrath for it is full of portrayals of divine retribution, from cursing and banishment of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3 to the overthrow of Babylon and the great assizes of Revelation 17-18, 20. The biblical writers clearly have no inhibition whatsoever. So why should we? We should never be silent when the Bible is vocal about it. Christians should never feel embarrassed or awkward when the subject comes up whether for discussion or is addressed from the pulpit; Christians who follow Scripture robustly on other matters for right living through the redeeming work of God’s love and pity, should never waiver when it comes to God’s wrath on those who pursue the wrong path.Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council And Vice Chair Nevis Christian CouncilTo hear experts predict that climate change could spell trouble for all of us down the road. That we are witnessing the disintegration of families and plans to stop the “free fall” are very slow at best and disturbingly negative? That the rate at which our young males are dying does have consequences for national and economic development going forward? That our society is becoming or has become too indifferent toward social ills, social injustices by turning a blind eye to their occurrence? That right seems to be on the scaffold whilst wrong is on the throne; yet we giggle when that is no laughing matter? Against that background permit me to raise this related, but equally relevant question. Am I my Brother’s keeper? It is at least interesting, if not indicative, that the first question asked by man as recorded in Scripture, is one we still hear quite often today. It is an often repeated query. The query came from the lips of Cain, Adam and Eve’s first born. As we consider that question, let us paraphrase it like this: Do the citizens of this country (young, old, in between, outcast, destitute and unreached) have any claim on me? Many of us would answer, “Yes, they do, or ought to.” Yet before you jump to that conclusion, let us consider a few things. For example, we have probably never seen the majority of these citizens. We have never been to their homes. We don’t know how many children each family has; if any; we don’t know what kind of disposition they have or even their religious or political affiliation. Beyond that, is it our fault that in some cultures there is a great deal of injustice? Is it our fault that there are homes where children are abused? Is it our fault that/will it be our fault if because of apathy indifference and The Deep Intens e Anger And Indignation Of God


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 14 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Government quest to increase the use of solar energy to provide electricity moved in another direction Tuesday when St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas accepted a monetary contribution from the Republic of China (Taiwan). “As St. Kitts and Nevis continues the march to become one of the first entirely green-energy country, we will be able in the process to not only improve the quality of life for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, but we would be able to a large extent reduce the enormous expenditure that the government continues to expend on a regular basis for the electrification of the various parts of the country,” said Prime Minister Douglas. PM accepts cheque for groundworks for Kim Collins Highway lighting He assured the Taiwanese diplomat that the Federal Government is grateful for the financial assistance and it was only a matter of time that the ordinary man in this country would see the enormous benefits in the continuing relations with Taiwan. “Thank you for providing the resources to move this important project forward,” said Prime Minister Douglas in accepting the cheque from Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China His Excellency Miguel Li-Jey Tsao in a brief Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday afternoon. The presentation was witnessed by Ministry of Public Utilities and Energy, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin; Chief Secretary Mr. Joseph Edmeade; Acting Minister of Public Utilities and Energy, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin (left); Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (center) and Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Miguel Le-Jey Tsao. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Utilities and Energy, Mr. Lenrick Lake and Chairman of the St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC), Mr. Arthurlyn Belle. The financial donation will go toward the financing of the ground works for the solar lighting of the Kim Collins Highway and that stretch of road from the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) eastwards to the Sugar’s Complex. (anti-clockwise) Mr. Lenrick Lake, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Utilities and Energy; Mr. Joseph Edmeade, Chief Secretary; Minister of Public Utilities and Energy, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin; Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Miguel Le-Jey Tsao; Taiwan Embassy Official and Chairman of SKELEC, Mr. Arthurlyn Belle. Photos by Erasmus Williams BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The 100 LED street lights for the Kim Collins Highway and the Frigate Bay Road are on their way to St. Kitts. Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency Miguel Li-Jey Tsao informed Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and Taiwan Ambassador says street lights for Kim Collins highway shipped Minister of Public Utilities and Energy, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin that the lights were shipped from Taiwan on Tuesday. “I wish therefore to underscore and also to express my deepest appreciation to the Ministry of Energy and Electricity Department, under the leadership of Hon. Dr. Asim Martin for their commitment So Tell Me ByJean Thomas You are retired Having worked for so many years, you looked forward to the day when you could do just as you please. For example, I looked forward to staying up reading a book all night if I cared to, or perhaps to look at a movie, or television, since I knew that I no longer had to be at work for 8 a.m. and could catch up on my sleep in the morning. If you chose to cook, you did so if not you got something, whatever your heart (or stomach) fancied. What a joy, what a privilege. You raised the children, they are gone from under your wings to live their life and now you have a real chance to live your life. Then one day, someone in the church, the community and your friends realize that you are no longer working. Them all of a sudden, everybody wants you to do something for them. Some of us do not know how to say “no” sweetly and politely and mean it. So we get lumbered with a lot of “other” things to do for all who ask. What I have found is that I end up being busier than when I was working for a salary. I usually refer to those jobs that I am asked to assist with as the “jobs that I did not submit an application for”. As I speak with other persons who are retired, many of them find themselves in the same boat. Busy, busy, busy. You want to catch up on some of your friends by visiting or telephoning and I cannot find the time to do so. Some of my friends say – “oh you are never at home”. “When is the best time to call you?” There is no be best time to call since I am out on other people’s business and their agenda. I need to learn to say a big “NO” not a little “no” and see that no one makes me feel guilty by saying no. I need a little time for myself – after all I am retired. So tell me my other retirees, are you more busy now that you have retired? Maybe we should think of going back to work – well if we can undertake to do things for others voluntarily, we could do it for a fee! Remember we are on a reduced income. in sharing the labour work in order to push forward with this initiative,” said Ambassador Tsao during the presentation of a cheque for the groundworks where the lights will be mounted on the Kim Collins Highway and the Frigate Bay Road. “Many good things in life begin with good ideas. I shall want to point out that without the guidance and far-sighted vision of the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister, the project would not have been given the level of attention and priority in the first place. Thank you, Your Right Honourable, for your guideline and support,” the Taiwan diplomat said. Ambassador Tsao pointed out that as a close ally of St. Kitts and Nevis, it is a pleasure for the people and Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), to share their experience in the development of renewable energy. “As citizens of the global village, we can work together to reduce our carbon footprint and leave a better world to the future generation. Let’s do all in our utmost effort to gradually turn Taiwan and St.Kitts and Nevis into green-energy islands,” he said in presenting the cheque to Prime Minister Douglas. S t. Kitts’ Por t Zante among top 50 busiest cruise por ts of call in the world in 2010BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts was listed among the top 50 busiest cruise ports of call and homeports by passenger numbers in 2010. Cruise Insight Magazine the global cruise market magazine listed St. Kitts at number 35 with 595,000 passengers in 2010, up 144,000 or 32 percent increase from the 451,000 passengers in 2009 in a 2011 edition. St. Kitts was listed ahead of Aruba at 37 with 567,000 (607,000 in 2009), down 38,000 or -6 percent; Puerto Vallarta at 40 with 554,000 (484,000 in 2009), up 70,000 or +15 percent); Dominica at 42 with 518,000 (532,000in 2009) down 14,000 or -3 percent; British Virgin Islands at 43 with 501,000 (530,000 in 2009) down 29,000 or -6 percent. Cozumel, Mexico, regained the top spot from Nassau, The Bahamas, recording 2.9 million passengers to Nassau’s 2.7 million.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 15 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE We fast and pray as we approach that dark dayPAM DAY 10th June Why did they attack democracy? Why did they attack us? There is a certain passage of Scripture which says that Jesus was speaking to a gentleman and he was telling him that, when He Jesus was in prison the gentleman did not visit Him. When He Jesus was sick, he did not visit Him. When He Jesus was hungry, he did not feed Him. When He Jesus was thirsty, he did not give Him drink. When He Jesus was naked, he did not clothe Him. The gentleman asked “Lord Jesus, when did I ever know that You were imprisoned and did not visit You? When did I know that You were sick and did not visit You? Hungry and did not feed You? Naked and did not clothe you, thirsty and gave You nothing to drink?” Jesus replied: “In as much as you have done it to the least of these my children, you have done it unto Me.” The Founders of the Labour Party Movement had to be very conversant with this particular passage of Scripture, in order to be affected by the horrible and inhumane conditions of their fellow men whom they saw as reflections of God the Creator, of brothers and sisters, as human beings, of persons who were imprisoned unjustly, persons who were sick and needed medical attention, persons who were hungry and needed to be fed, persons who were thirsty and needed to be given water to quench their thirst. The Spirit of God within them moved them to be good Samaritans to bring relief to the sufferings of these poor, downtrodden people who possessed no hope and who saw nary a glimpse of hope in the long tunnel of despair, oppression, exploitation, dehumanization, discrimination, victimization. Abraham Lincoln, a United States of America President had this to say. “God must have loved the common people why he made so many”. The common people in St. Kitts at that time were black people who they said were emancipated, but who were believed to be and treated as animals. Mind you, dear reader, the same people who were treating us as animals, were the same people who brought the churches to St. Kitts and were the same persons to go on the pulpit and preached about the Saving Love of God; yet, on their stepping down from the pulpit, to return to their sugar estates or plantations, they could, for any infraction we committed while they were preaching the word, and without any remorse whatsoever, whip us to death, burn us at the stake or boil us in a cauldron of boiling water. Just coming from preaching the Word, but lacking in all conscience, in order to be able to carry out those heinous and dastardly acts of barbarism and terrorism. They could not perceive us as being brothers and sisters created by the same Creator. They could not observe the likeness of the same God they served, within us. The whiteness of their skin allowed them to feel superior to us. It was the greatness, the compassion, the love, the concern for the horde of defenceless black people which caused the Founding Fathers to gravitate toward their predicament in order to bring relief to them. “In as much as you have done it to the least of these my children ...They had the fortitude and divine guidance to change the course of history, to take the battle to the Colonial Masters, seeking no reward except for the improvement in the lives of their fellow men. No reward was in sight for them. They did not plot and scheme, so that, further down the road. They could be compensated for their efforts. It was love, pure undiluted, unselfish love which moved these heroic, God blessed Comrades and Stalwarts under the leadership of Thomas Manchester, a white man who once owned slaves, but saw in them, the likeness of God who created he, himself. He formed the Workers‘ League which was powerless at that time to create miracles for the salvation of the black men and women. It was totally impossible to see the sunshine of the social, cultural, economic and religious landscape of transformation that this powerless organization would be able to bring to the masses of people. Sugar was so profitable that every inch of this fertile island of Liamuiga was planted in it. Those who worked the fields were forced to dwell almost on the verge of the sea where it was impossible to plant sugar cane. Trafalgar, Camps, Challengers, Old Road, Half Way Tree, New Guinea, Sandy Point, Dieppe Bay, Saddlers, Mansion, Belle View and Keys, are all indicators of this practise. The residents of Phillips Village were forced to live among the rocks in Phillips Ghaut until the Labour Movement acquired lands to migrate the inhabitants down to Molineux Village. The town of New Town is typical example of being forced to live almost in the sea itself. One has to be cognizant of these facts. One only has to take a drive around the island, visit the places I have mentioned to see for themselves if I am historically correct in my presentation. There was also a time when the landscape of Liamuiga was dotted with trash houses, made up of sticks and the dried trash or stalks from the sugar canes. Today, these trash houses have disappeared and, where sugar cane which bowed with great grace and manners in the tropical breezes, the landscape today is beautified with modern housing projects with roads. These are owned by ordinary folks whose forebears were dehumanized by the Colonialists and their house slaves. The land which was forcefully taken away from the Carib Indians is now owned by the ordinary folks, upon purchasing the land, Mr. Bradshaw should have asked the owners to present proof of ownership. None could have been presented. A whole race of people and their culture were wiped out completely. In today‘s world, these robbers of the land would have been taken to the Hague to be tried by the International Court of Justice, charged with genocide. The landless have been catapulted into the category of landowners. The children, grand children and great grand children of the once oppressed and dehumanized souls can now attend High Schools which their foreparents could not pass near to, never mind dared to enter. There are some persons who are yet unaware and who cannot fully comprehend the enormous social transformation that the Education Act of 1966 brought upon the entire population of black ordinary people. The Education Act of 1966 did not just break down the social barriers which existed prior to its enactment, it destroyed them completely and it also destroyed the myth that we, black people, were destined to be hewers of wood and drawers of water, but, given the same opportunity like that of the white man‘s children, we can aspire to the heights of greatness. This we did when the doors were opened. Another social barrier which was totally destroyed was when Mr. Bradshaw and the Labour Party introduced the Social Security Act of 1978, which came into being on 1st February 1978. This piece of legislation metamorphosed me and other black people from beggars and discarders to a respectable pensioner, enabling us to walk with our heads held high with the pride and dignity which are worthy of all human beings. If Labour had done nothing else but to legislate these two pieces of legislation, the organization would still have been able to feel proud of its achievements. It still would have been able to pat itself on the shoulder and brim with pride and joy over its eighty (80) years of existence, for it equalized the social playing field. It is the only organization which is this young in existence in the whole of the Eastern Caribbean. This is a remarkable feat. In as much as ye have done it unto me. Labour hearkened unto those words and that is why it has been blessed with eighty (80) live long years of existence. Yesterday‘s (May 20th 2012) Convention, despite the expectations of those who begrudge us our commitment and dedication, was the best ever to be held by a Party which is about people and to individuals. Yes! We will have our differences because we are all human beings, but the Party and the people who are its foundation must be consulted and duly informed when these differences arise. The foundation of the Party (the people) are satisfied and relieved that there has been a reconciliation; that Granny‘s sayings were adhered to. “It is better to deal with the devil you know, than an unknown angel.” There are those who are on a sinking ship. Their crew is corrupt and unrepentant, unworthy to be crew members when the passport of integrity, honesty and loyalty is displayed. Yet, they want to destroy our 80-yer-young Party. This will never happen. We are blessed with an abundance of young replacements. The Labour Movement of Thomas Manchester, Nathan, Sebastian, JN France, CAP Southwell, Jamesie Liburd, Robert L. Bradshaw, Fitzroy Bryant and Lee L. Moore cannot disintegrate. The foundation of the Party will not allow it. Long live the People‘s Party – the Labour Movement 1932-2012. Long Live LABOUR The St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party will always be strong Amazing Grace Experience Highlights Queens Diamond Jubilee(EMU) – St. Kitts, May 31, 2012: Another unique and exciting Tourism product will be officially launched at Crab Hill in Sandy Point on Thursday May 31 under the auspices of the Governor General His Excellency Governor General Sir Cuthbert Sebastian. Manager of Special Projects at the St. Kitts Tourism Authority Randolph Hamilton has announced the ground breaking for the Amazing Grace Experience which is included in local activities marking the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The background to this attraction, which Mr. Hamilton feels is going to be a favourite among tourists, is a dramatic story in which the life of foulmouthed slave trader John Newton went on to write one of the most famous and well loved songs of all time “Amazing Grace”. The Amazing Grace Experience Time Line 1725 to 1748 will feature the story behind the song and its connection to St. Kitts. This untold story is expected to help to differentiate St. Kitts, as a destination, from its regional and international competitors, thus, enhancing the appeal of the destination to visitors. “The Amazing Grace Experience further distinguishes the rich cultural heritage in the Federation and further emphasizes that heritage tourism is indeed a cash cow that is key to the long-term sustainable growth and development of tourism in St. Kitts and Nevis,” Mr. Hamilton said. According to its official website www.amazinggraceexperience.com. “Newton wrote “Amazing Grace” to chart his personal spiritual journey which began with his miraculous escape from death. He went on to become a prolific hymn writer and, later in life, to mentor William Wilberforce in his fight against the Slave Trade. He was a changed man thanks to his encounter with God’s Amazing Grace and his visit to Sandy Point, St. Kitts was an integral part of this turning point.” Special Projects Manager Hamilton made a special plea to residents and Sandy Pointers in particular, to visit the site of the launch and promised that it would be a highly educational experience, raising their awareness of significant historical occurrences.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 16 NEWS NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — The Nevis Island Administration has received with open arms USVI based Oncologist /Haematologist Dr. Erole Mae Hobdy to provide services to persons stricken with cancer on Nevis. Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Hensley Daniel made the disclosure at a press briefing at the Ministry of Finance conference room on May 23, 2012. Mr. Daniel noted that the island had seen an increase in the incidence of cancer and in 2011 there were 24 new recorded cases at varying stages. Treatment for the disease had not been readily available on the island and availability of the new service would help to reduce cost of treatment since it would be administered locally. “I would like to record my thanks to you on behalf of the Premier and my other colleagues in government for your efforts. I am aware of the commercialisation of medicine and I believe that your NIA welcomes cancer treatment services to Nevis willingness to assist us goes beyond that. We are mindful that the people of Nevis would be happy that we have an opportunity or an option to treat themselves here if they become sick with cancer. “Of course we also know that patients will always want to go abroad but we will know, in time, that the quality of treatment provided by D. Hobdy and her team will say definitively that it is better to stay at home,” he said. The Health Minister was of the view that the new service would resonate with the families of persons who were ill. Finding resources to allow for treatment had always been a major issue, he said, and many persons have had to make all financial arrangements because they wanted their relatives to survive. He said the NIA has assisted as well. Mr. Daniel also believed that the efforts of Dr. Hobdy to come to Nevis would help the Nevis Government to arrive at a more malleable position insofar as it related to the treatment of persons on the island with cancer. He said the service had come at a time when here were a number of cases and if the data from the ministry of health continued to look as it did, then there would be many more patients to be treated. Mr. Daniel also announced that Dr. Hobdy who was accompanied by her team Registered Nurse and Oncology Certified Nurse Carla Stevens and her Office Administrator Ms. Eilet Semper would host a Symposium on June 30th 2012 at the Four Seasons Resort. “We welcome the opportunity to do the Symposium on June 30th and I am sure that many of the local health practitioners will grab the opportunity to get further insights into the treatment of cancer patients. “It is unusual that a small country like ours with 24 new cases of cancer is a major concern. I would hope, in time, that as she treats our people we can develop some form of research to determine whether it is the biology or whether it’s with the genes or whether it’s environment which is creating this difficulty,” the Health Minister said. He said given a population of at most 15,000, with 24 new cases in a year he was hopeful that an alliance could be formed with Dr. Hobsy and other agencies to determine what was causing cancer in Nevis. “There must be something that we are not yet aware of which is causing this cancer,” he said. In conclusion, Mr. Daniel said the NIA’s efforts in health were directed at ensuring that the people of Nevis remained healthy. “By our people remaining healthy, we can have productive people to drive the engines for economic development. “Certainly if more people become sick from cancer it creates real difficulty for us in terms of productivity because as Dr. Hobdy would tell you, they lose quite a bit of time from work. So it is in our interest for people to remain healthy and I would like at this point to urge our people to pay particular attention to our diets and our exercise so that we could prevent the cases of cancer,” he said. Dr. Hobdy is Jamaican born but based in the USVI. She is licensed to practice in the Federation. She is the owner of the Virgin Islands Oncology and Hematology PC, a medical practice dedicated to the care of oncologic and haematological disorders. (L-R) Minister of Health on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel, Oncologist/ Haematologist based in the United States Virgin Island Dr. Erole Mae Hobdy, Registered Nurse and Certified Oncology Nurse Carla Stevens (L-R) Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health on Nevis Mrs. Joslyn Liburd, Office Administrator at the Virgin Islands Oncology and Hematology PC and Gynaecologist and Cancer Care Advocate on Nevis Dr. Jessica Bardales Naanovo Nicol Energy Limited Charts the way forward for Renewable Energy in St. Kitts (Basseterre, St. Kitts) The locally owned company Naanovo Nicol Energy Limited was one of the exhibitors at the 6th Biennial Caribbean Environment Forum and exhibition and the 16th Annual Wider Caribbean Conference (ReCaribe) at the St. Kitts Marriot Resort and Royal Beach Casino. Director Rickie Browne expressed that it was imperative for the Company to be in attendance as this is the premium forum for networking in this industry in our region. He further stated that it was extremely beneficial for him given the contact and meeting that have already been derived. Viability studies have already been completed on St. Kitts and the proposal to establish the operations of the company is currently with government pending their consideration and acceptance. The process involves utilizing garbage and converting it to energy while gaining by-products of portable water and building blocks. In the meantime the JV partner, Naanovo has agreed in principal subject the pending of the completion of paper work a 21 megawatt plant in Kingston with the Honourable Phillip Paulwell who is the Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining. Naanovo will provide energy directly to the Jamaican electric company. Additional preliminary talks have been started with St. Lucia government who indicated their keen interest in development and a similar plant. St. Kitts and Nevis youths to benefit from US-financed youth development programme BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Youths from St. Kitts and Nevis and four other Eastern Caribbean nations are to benefit from a United States-financed youth development programme. New United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, His Excellency, Larry L. Palmer has announced US$4.4 million in new awards to bolster youth entrepreneurship in the Eastern Caribbean. The two awards will be administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). A US Embassy statement said the first award of US$2 million over three years is to Youth Business International for the “Youth Entrepreneurship Programme for the Eastern Caribbean” (YEPEC) which will raise the profile of entrepreneurship to youth aged 18-35 through the provision of services including education and training, business mentoring, and assistance with access to capital to assist with business start-ups. YEPEC will strengthen the Youth Business Trust model through the establishment of a regional Centre of Excellence that will strengthen regional approaches to entrepreneurship development in St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada. The programme will also include the development of a regional research survey and publication promoting entrepreneurship; the publishing of best practices to be used by primary stakeholders; and the facilitation of greater integration amongst entrepreneurs across the region. The second grant of US$2.4 million over three years to Junior Achievement Worldwide will support the development of business skills among youth in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean thereby assisting in the transition process from school to work. Youth benefitting under the program will target youth aged 15-18 who are mainly in the school system. “Junior Achievement in the Eastern Caribbean” (JAPEC) will be managed out of the JA Barbados office and will raise the understanding of business skills and financial literacy of over 15,000 youth across the Eastern Caribbean. JAPEC will support the strengthening of existing Junior Achievement chapters in Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, and St. Kitts and Nevis. It will also review the viability of JA in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda with options for programming there. The programme will engage the business community to invest in the development of youth through mentorship, apprenticeship/internship and partnership. Announcing the award at the office of the Barbados Youth Business Trust on Thursday, May 24, Ambassador Palmer said: “These two program initiatives will complement each other. They will lead to an increase in employment opportunities for youth and contribute to the growth of entrepreneurship in the region.” PHOTO: United States Ambassador His Excellency Larry Palmer (at left) speaking with Mrs. Cardell Fergusson, Project Coordinator of the Barbados Youth Business Trust (right). Kermit Moh, acting USAID representative (center)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 17 NEWS By Llewellyn ParrisLast week I said that I would continue with the issue of the location of the fisheries complex at Gallows Bay. The Japanese government has given the people of Nevis a grant of EC$30 million, but the location has been opposed mostly by sympathisers of the opposition CCM party. Mr Theodore Hobson has signalled that his family will frustrate the project, while Mr Elton Marcus Hull has been campaigning for the project to be sited elsewhere claiming that the building will put a damper on Nevis’ tourism product. Of the two, at least Mr Hull has some credence in his ill-advised crusade as he has been very consistent in his opposition. Mr Theodore Hobson was the Legal Advisor to the CCM-led Nevis Island Administration when Gallows Bay was first broached as the project’s location. He said nothing, at least publicly. After the NRP-led administration renegotiated with the Japanese, not less than six consultation meetings were held with the communities. Mr Hobson did not attend any of them. However there is evidence that Mr Hull attended at least three and gate-crashed one meant for fishers only, forcing it to be postponed. But his argument that the building will not be compatible with the Nevis tourism product shows how ignorant he is. Fishing is a Nevisian culture and there is nothing wrong with putting up the project where tourists could see what Nevisians do. He boasts of being a well travelled man, but is he aware that fish markets in Japan are great tourist attractions? He says he has lived in Canada. How about the fishing activities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick that were featured on the BBC only this May? Mr Hull’s other contention is that the building will be too ugly. This is as ridiculous as the real reason that is being propagated by the CCM activists to oppose the project. The project will actually block from view the unsightly fuel tanks at Gallows Bay. Having realised that he had shot himself in the foot, Mr Hobson came on the Let’s Talk Programme on Tuesday May 15 and apologetically offered the following explanation: “Most people with the exception of myself are in favour of geothermal. As for me from the very beginning I was not in favour of it.” That is as clean as they come, but it is hoped that when he said ‘from the very beginning’ he meant when the CCM was broaching the geothermal subject. However, Mr Hobson’s letter was not about geothermal but the fisheries project which he knew had been planned for Gallows Bay, yet only woke up when he learnt that the Japanese were ready to release the EC$30 million. Mr Hobson added, and was supported by Mr Amba Trott, that the project would interfere with the environment. He however says that his family has lined-up a project for that area. One is left to wonder: If the fisheries complex will mess with the environment, what about his relatives’ project? According to Mr Trott, the idea of opposing the project is “to preserve the whole of Gallows Bay area for the public beach and ancillary development.” There is nothing wrong with his contention, but is he aware of plans the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) had for the area? Former Director of Fisheries Captain Arthur Anslyn had told me early in May that there had been plans by the NHCS, with funds from the European Union, to convert the Bogs into an eco-trail, where people could go for walks and bird watching. However, funds dried up and the project did not materialise. On Wednesday May 2, the Nevis Island Assembly passed the Nevis Heritage and Conservation Trust Ordinance, 2012 which would now allow the NHCS to attract funding, develop designated areas and conserve the areas and also to promote tourism on the island of Nevis. Captain Anslyn had said that the beach at Gallows Bay is right now in danger of being eroded by the sea: “You won’t be surprised to find that sooner than later the sea will be in the bogs, because this is what has been happening over the years and it is not going to be long, depending how many groundswells we have, that the sea will end up in the bogs.” Since the NHCS is a Trust with powers to look for funds, I was heartened when I heard a news item on VON Radio on Friday May 25 (repeated on Monday morning May 28) saying that the Japanese government is playing a supporting role in the fortification of the East Demerara Water Conservancy in Guyana. The news which was also published by the online news agency Caribbean News Now, stated: “The support of the Japanese is based on a US$6.7 million joint declaration on enhanced co-operation in environment and climate change issues that were made between the two countries after former President Bharrat Jagdeo and then Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in 2007.” With the NHCS having the powers to seek funds, I do not see the reason why they cannot approach the Japanese to fund the project they had earmarked for the Bogs. With the Japanese having an interest in the area, and is a country that is well known for building sea defences, I can see the Bogs eco-trail project springing back to life and that way Gallows Bay will be saved. But can the Japanese respond favourably with the hostile attacks including by Mr Amba Trott who praised the Greenpeace organisation for opposing the Japanese? My prayer is that if the NHCS were to approach the Japanese in seeking to revive the Bogs Project, that they would overlook all these unpatriotic voices. It is hard to accept, but the very people who are fighting the Japanese have been fighting the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society from the days the CCM was in government. What does the opposition CCM think of the NHCS? On the Let’s Talk Programme on Tuesday May 8, heavyweight panellist Mr Conrad ‘Nyah’ Liburd announced, “I just wanted to make reference to the fact that the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society is now a statutory trust....” He could not even finish what he wanted to say as he was interrupted by Mr Theodore Hobson who sounded very alarmed, “it is? From when?” As Mr Liburd was informing him that there was a House of Assembly meeting, Mr Edric Stanley cut in and said, “They did.” The show almost degenerated into a Tower of Babel affair, hard to know who was saying what, but Mr Liburd’s voice came out clear and informed the others that “it is a very significant development in a sense the society has been going ....they have encouraged that really, of course we the people are often concerned with the politicisation of such a society....” Mr Elton Marcus Hull jumped in and demanded to know “was the Bill passed to make that a statutory trust?” Liburd replied: “It was tabled, I suppose...” But Mr Hull did not even allow him to finish, as he said, “You know Webbo (Mr Evered Herbert, the show host) that is something that I have looked at and to make this thing a statutory trust, you need to have a lot of precaution in place for that...” Mr Hobson cut in “Of course. In this particular case...” Mr Hull made attempts to cut in, but Mr Hobson continued “they will be dealing with a lot of properties...” It was uncharacteristic of the show host to lose control, but this time he did. Mr Edric Stanley also cut in and it is rather hard to comprehend what he was saying, but finally he was heard to say “Let me ask Ted to..., Webbo, why the CCM government avoided granting them....” Mr Hull was heard to say “for the very same reason,” but then Mr Hobson overrode him and said: “For the very same reason. We (CCM) were very low to put foreigners in charge of government property... but they want certain properties to be put in their hands so that they could develop it and so forth.” Mr Stanley cut in and informed him “but there are a lot of Nevisians who are members of Historical and Conservation Society, but now it has been legislated .....” Mr Hobson who had earlier expressed surprise as if he was not aware of it cut in and said: “My understanding is just the first reading...” One would be profusely excused if he got the impression that it was a fish market. Mr Hull cut in and gave a stern warning: “Webbo, I think what Nevisians need to do, need to understand, putting your historical things in a national trust is not just sitting down and talking about it. “They need to discuss with the people of Nevis so that they fully understand what is going on.... it is not just two guys or five guys going into the parliament and passing a bill and saying this is now a national trust, but it means all those historical place (sic) are in the hands of other people other than Nevisians.” He was cut in by Mr Stanley, but this time he fought back, “let me finish please, Stanley, is other than Nevisians, and without regulations in place if when they are in the hands of Nevisians, so that Nevisians still have some control...” Host Mr Herbert cut in and said: “Is that the way Mr Hull to suggest that it is in the hands of persons other than Nevisians, is that the correct statement?” While the question was directed to Mr Hull, Mr Hobson answered and agreed it was not “a correct statement in the totality but, ...... at the time the people who were, in our (CCM) days, people who were in charge of Nevis Historical Society were all... were mostly foreigners....” Another interruption and Mr Hull said, “Webbo, what I am saying to you is this: If they passed this without certain regulations, at the end of the day all these properties can end up in the hands of people who are not Nevisians, because once they put it outside of any kind of government control, because remember the government even though some people do not understand it, belongs to the people, and once a national trust has nothing to do with them, it is in other control and therefore when other people are elected as chairman of the board, they are the one who control it.” Saved by the Bell: Mercifully the heated interaction was brought to a halt by lack of time and as a warning the host started playing the show’s signature tune while Mr Hull was still talking, and then announced: “That is the final word. This is talk that gets results; join us tomorrow morning at 10:00 o’clock following the VON News Minute for a repeat of this edition.” The Nevis Island Assembly sitting on May 2 was well attended by friends and supporters of the NHCS and they realised that the NRP-led administration was actually empowering the society. The CCM when in power was opposed to the NHCS, as Mr Hobson who was the legal advisor has admitted. They are opposed to the Japanese-funded fisheries project, and then they are against the NHCS being made a trust.What does the CCM want for the people of Nevis? NHCS-bashing: Saved by the Bell? Cuban Scholarships The Republic of Cuba under the auspices of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is inviting members of the general public to apply for four scholarships in the field of Medicine to be undertaken in Cuba. Interested persons can collect the appropriate forms at the Human Resource Management Department, Government Headquarters, Church Street, Basseterre. For further information please contact Mrs. Heather Richardson-Henry or Ms. Jamilah Adams at 467-1323 or 467-1036 respectively, at the Human Resource Management Department.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 18 SPORTS Development Bank boosts Estridge Primary School cricket team BASSETERRE ST. KITTS — Deputy Principal of the Estridge Primary School, Ms Janelle Williams, is promising that the school is not only looking at doing well during the forthcoming Primary Schools Cricket Tournament scheduled for June, but will add to the country’s cricketing talent. “Our school has been placing in the top five in the past Primary Schools Cricket Tournaments, and I believe that our boys will now be energised to do better,” said Ms Williams when she recently received a sponsorship cheque from the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis to buy new uniforms for the boys of the school’s cricket team. The school had approached the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis with a request for sponsorship to assist with the purchase of a set of new uniforms as the old one was in tatters after a prolonged period of use. The Bank responded positively and a cheque was presented by Ms Danienne Brin, the Executive Assistant to the General Manager, Mr Lenworth Harris. On receiving the cheque, Ms Williams thanked the Development Bank for coming to their aid. She pointed out that Estridge Primary School has produced two national cricket players in Mr Garfield Charles and Mr Noval McCall. She added that with the current crop of players who are being supported very well by their parents, the entire village of Mansion, and now the Development Bank, it was her hope that the school will produce more national players. “Our sportsmen and women have done a lot of good in promoting the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis regionally and internationally and whenever an opportunity to boost them arises, the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis is a sure partner,” said Ms Brin as she presented the cheque to Ms Williams. “The children at Estridge Primary have young local role models to look to as they aspire to be the best,” observed Ms Brin. “A young Nevisian on the West Indies team, Kieran Powell scored 108 at Lords against England this May, while a product of Development Bank’s cricketing sponsorship, Akheam Fox is currently making the country proud in England where he is playing cricket for Oxford Brookes University.” On suggestion that the school could use the Development Bank’s logo on their new uniforms, Ms Brin commented: “If you choose that route to advertise the Development Bank, we will be grateful. We are into development and we welcome all to pay us a visit to find out what development products we offer. We are the bank that lends a helping hand.” Ms Danienne Brin (right), the Executive Assistant to the General Manager, presents sponsorship cheque for cricket uniforms to Ms Janelle Williams, Deputy Principal Estridge Primary School. Sunil Narine replaces Roach Leicester, England – The selection committee of the West Indies Cricket Board advised today that off-spinner Sunil Narine will replace injured fast bowler Kemar Roach in the West Indies’ Test squad on their tour of the United Kingdom. Roach has been sidelined with shin muscle soreness, ruling him out of the remainder of the tour. He returned home to Barbados earlier today. The 24-year-old Narine is yet to play Tests for West Indies, but has played eight One-day and two Twenty20 Internationals for the Caribbean side. NOTICE The Diamond Jubilee Committee Invites the General Public to Participate in a 6 Mile Walk on Saturday June 2nd. The Walk Starts at 5am from Spooners Cayon Via Kim Collins Highway to Frigate Bay. Transportation to Cayon will be provided from Greenlands Park at 4:20am. Narine ready to “answer the call” for WIAll persons interested in taking the walk are welcome. Take this opportunity to jump start your health programme or continue your fitness quest. This is one of the culminating activities in the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II. ALL ARE WELCOME.For further information please call 465-2315. Three Mc Knight youths charged with assault with intent to rob By Drizel HanleyThe Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Mr. C. Walwyn, thanked the business community and other law abiding citizens for the meticulous efforts they have made in recent times in providing assistance to the police. “In our drive to take back the streets and make the Federation a safer place for residents and visitors, we would like to thank all those law-abiding persons to continue the good work. However, we would like to advise those individuals who can afford to install security cameras or other security measures, to do so now in order to deter criminals from carrying out their nefarious acts,” Sergeant Hector said. 19-year-old Ryan ‘Flyboy’ Warner, 21-year-old Bernell Whyte and 22-year-old Audinton Syder, of Fort Thomas Road, McKnight were on Sunday, May 27arrested and subsequently charged with assault with intent to rob. According to Police Press and Public Information Officer of the Royal St.Christopher-Nevis Police Force, Sergeant Stephen Hector, at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012, three residents of Frigate Bay area had arrived home and was exiting a vehicle when Warner, Whyte and Syder approached them with drawn handguns and demanded money. Hector further said that the victims told the proposed robbers that they had no cash with them and the men fled the scene. “The matter was later reported at the Frigate Bay Police Station and, following a two-week investigation, the three men were arrested”, the Public Relations Officer said. “None of the Frigate Bay residents were harmed”, he added. Hector further outlined that the success of the investigation was primarily owed to support from the business community in Frigate Bay area that made available video recordings from their surveillance cameras. opposite direction. “A collision occurred between the two vehicles which left both badly damaged and on the grass on the eastern side of the road,” he added. The scene was processed by the Traffic Department and both Port of Spain, Trinidad – Sunil Narine returned home to Trinidad from India earlier this week and before he got a chance to unpack his bags, he was told to pack them again. Fresh from an amazing Playerof-the-Tournament performance in the IPL, the magical off-spin bowler was called up to the West Indies Test tour of England as a replacement for the injured Kemar Roach. Narine said it “felt like a dream” because it was something he was not expecting. “It all feels like a dream,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting this at all. I came back home and I was starting to look ahead to the limited-overs series (in England). “When I got the call for the Test series...words can’t explain how I felt at that moment. The dream was always to play Test cricket and I’m halfway there.” Narine said he was ready to perform for the people of the West Indies. “I’m looking forward to joining the team this weekend and being part of the good work that is happening in West Indies cricket at the moment,” he said. “I’m always looking to watch, listen and learn. I would like to play in the last Test and try to help West Indies pull one back, but even if I don’t, I won’t be too despondent. “We have the One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 International coming up, and if I’m in the squad for those games, the time in England would help me get fully prepared for the upcoming matches.” Narine has limited experience in English conditions, having played there just once as a part of the Trinidad & Tobago Under-16 team. “I have not played a lot in England, so it will be vital that I get acclimatised as quickly as possible,” he said. “I did well in the West Indies and I did well in India, but the pitches and conditions in England are different, so as a bowler you have to take your time to get ready and prepared. “I don’t want to get ahead of myself and make any predictions. I just want to prepare well, mentally and physically, and give my all for West Indies.” The 24-year-old made his West Indies debut late last year in India and has so far played eight OneDay Internationals and two T20 Internationals, while he has captured 34 wickets at 11.88 apiece in six first-class matches.Remaining matchesJune 2-3: Leicestershire vs West Indies – Grace Road, Leicester 7-11: 3rd Test – Edgbaston, Birmingham 13: Middlesex vs West Indies – Lord’s, London 16: 1st One-day International – The Ageas Bowl, Southampton 19: 2nd One-day International (d/n) – Kia Oval, London 22: 3rd One-day International – Headingley Carnegie, Leeds 24: Twenty20 International – Trent Bridge, Nottingham drivers and the two passengers of P9397 were transported to the Joseph N. France General Hospital for treatment. Liddie, who was complaining of chest pains, was detained at the hospital, while the others were treated and subsequently released at press time yesterday Liddie was still a patient at the hospital. Inspector Henry also added that the possibility exists that charges would be laid against Liddie following further investigations into the incident. “Atre was subsequently released on bail and informed of the Traffic Department’s intention of prosecuting him for careless driving” Cromwell said. (cont’d from page 7)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 01ST 2012 19 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante NEWS By: Sotto VoceThem PAM/Rescue people bad so till. Them too full of tricks dardey. So many years now they trying to get Dougie out of politics. You know why? They want PAM to take over. They want to see the back of the Labour Party in government. They don’t feel PAM could ever win if Dougie in charge. They think all the other Labour leaders are easy picking once Dougie not around.So they have the Arab, and his Rescue unit of the PAM Party, going after Dougie’s head since before the last elections. They have the Dupont fellow on the radio all night, every night, abusing Dougie. He got Ask Washie to join the anti-Dougie brigade full time on radio for months leading up to the last elections, and continuing after. For years now, their FM’s “Voices” and “Inside the Guts of PAM” talk-shows have been programmed to be totally and exclusively anti-Dougie and anti-Labour. Since the last elections, they have been constantly attacking the Labour Party, but going deliberately soft on two Ministers. They trying a divide and rule thing. Only 2 people in Labour got sense and integrity and honesty. All the others are stupid, so, save for these two, the rest must be ridiculed and denigrated. They must be abused and disrespected as just blind Dougie followers. Them fellas in the PAM and their Rescue Branch really lost when it comes to politics. They all trying to bring down one man (and Labour by extension), and the one man making them all look like a set of novices. Every device they try, it turns out unworkable. They have a new thing now called a succession plan. What is that? Who going draft such a plan? Who else can choose our Labour Party Political Leader other than our Annual Convention? Nobody in PAM or their Rescue going choose such a person for us. We will continue to choose our own leader. We don’t care if Rescue, PAM, their Voices, or any other entity favours our choice. But Labour will continue to choose its own leader from among our own Comrades. We shall decide the identity of our leader, and for how long he remains at the helm of our organisation. Amen. I never hear of any succession plan all the years we were led by Comrades Bradshaw, Southwell and Moore. And nobody outside of our Party going choose any leader for us. Our successive Conventions, year after year, will decide who leads Labour. I remember such talk coming up in Barbados when the late Errol “Dipper” Barrow was the Democratic Labour Party Leader and Prime Minister. And two slogans emerged: “Keep Dipper Skipper”; and “How long is too long if it is good”. I never heard that PAM ever had any succession plan anytime? Billy Herbert was their first leader. After he led his party (PAM) to three (3) successive humiliating defeats in the 1966, 1971 and 1975 General Elections. Kennedy Simmonds took over the mantle and held it from then until he lost his seat in 1995, and lost again in 2000 Elections. He had some 4 terms in government: 1980, 1984, 1989 and 1993. No PAM, no Rescue or any of their members ever mentioned such a term as succession plan. I can tell anybody that that kind of talk will never go down well inside Labour. We operate a true democracy and prefer to choose our leaders as we see fit. Nobody going impose no such plan on us. We don’t have any Royal Family in the Labour Party. So nobody can succeed another by right or decree. Royalty in Labour died with Comrade Bradshaw. Our royal annual Convention will decide on our leadership. Ah so it go people. So this latest device to get the rid of Dougie by the enemies of the Labour Party, will not work. Desperation taking PAM’s life right now. Nothing seems to be working for them. They were even talking about government of national unity comprising 2 each from Labour, PAM and CCM. They done decide which 2 from Labour they want. So maybe the other 4 members from Labour and the one from the NRP going form the Opposition. The power-hungry PAMites will stop at nothing they are right where they belong in Opposition. They can curse, abuse, and spread false news, etc., best from those benches. They don’t behave responsible. Serious leadership not for them. At our last Convention all 8 Constituencies promoted Dougie as our National Political Leader. We had no dissent on that issue among the ranks. There is no one inside the Party who can challenge Dr. Douglas right now. And our Comrades get turned off from any member who flirts with PAM/Rescue. Our members are tough on disloyalty, whether real or perceived. That is one of the lessons Comrade Hero Bradshaw taught us; that you cannot serve God and mammon. He never played with it or tolerated it at any time. Check back and see how he dealt with Ivan De Grasse. More recently, when the horns were examined, we had a huge traitor in the Arab. So we shed that load at the 2011 Convention. The Arab’s way of hitting back is to try to get 2 of our Comrade leaders to break away from their Party and be disloyal to its chosen leader. I mean that is so foolish and stupid that it’s not funny. Who going follow crazy advice to betray their own trust and Party loyalty for a mad Arab? He so badly wants to see the back of Labour that he will do and say virtually anything. How any true Labour man could ever see such a desperado as a “friend” escapes me. Such wicked, treacherous persons are the real enemies of Labour. My advice would be to keep such persons far, and keep far from them. Comrade Bradshaw taught our members to frown seriously on such betrayal. Not be guided by them. Seems like some sections of the press have now opted not to attend the Prime Minister’s Monthly Press Conferences. Shall we use the more appropriate language and say “boycott” them? I can understand the “Democratic” position. Those of our citizens who observe and listen to such Press Conferences have seen and heard the thrust of their attendees and their discomfort when responses are not made to their liking. But I wonder aloud if the non-attendance of all those who once did is by political suggestion or direction. I listen to a particular daily talk-show and I have heard the mouthing of the members and friends. So nothing some people do will surprise me. But while on the one hand they boycott the monthly event, they still use what is said on their news. See the hypocrisy? Maybe the directions and suggestions from their political directorate did not include that. I have always heard that St. Kitts is so small that we all find out each other’s “colours” quickly. Mine is red. It has always been. And I am proud to be that way. We have been trodding the progressive path for over 80 years. Ours is a proud, successful history. We have always promoted democracy. Unlike others, we have never taken up weapons of war to remove an elected government from office. Nor have we ever promoted or encouraged such. Violent actions are not our middle names. We promote peace, progress and prosperity for all. The PAM/Rescue got Labour’s Succession Plan in their Briefcase A lot of big money was spent by “de enemies of Labour” to mash up de Conference and Party, but de Labour Comrades were only interested in one thing – uniting de party. So they took dey money and rallied behind their Leader and Party. Dey say now that their diabolic plans have failed and Labour Leaders have reconciled their differences, the big boys in PAM who provided the money are calling back for dey money. Dey say both Sylvene and de false prophet were so annoyed and disappointed with the positive results of the Conference, that they couldn’t sleep well at all for de whole of last week. Poor Sylvene was so hurt and dung-and-out, that she couldn’t show up on Saturday for de PAM FM weekly talk show. De Hedgehog was so convinced by de false prophet that the Labour Party Conference would break up and end in a big bacchanal, that he went out of de way to bet a big Labour man $10,000.00 and lost. *And dey say he now busing de hell outa de false prophet for mekking a big fool of him. But dey say de false prophet strike back and tell de customs man to tell hedgehog he feel because he head big and fat, and he say he got more money than God, he could tell off everybody and try to frighten dem wid he big mouth. He (de false prophet) not afraid of him. However, Little Bo Peep was a little smarter that de Hedgehog. He bet a half dozen of dem old hard fowl, de false prophet used to write so much about in de Labour Spokesman when he was de Labour pit-bull. So he only lost about $150.00. Party sources say he say “de old man” always advised him not to trust de false prophet for neither Labour nor PAM people trust him. If he could crook Douglas and Labour who mek him, he would crook anybody else. Dey say even Washie is lamenting about how de false prophet put him on de PAM FM Voices show to talk all de nonsense about de Conference and mek a fool of himself. He say how he tell him to say if there were any voting at de Conference, Douglas woulda lose, but said the direct opposite in his newspaper article. De word on de street in Nevis is that de editorial and all the other articles in de opposition newspaper there were all the products of de false prophet. Many Nevisians who listened to de “On de Mark” show last week Wednesday night want to know if the host will now do as he is advocating for the present Ministers in Nevis and do like Jack Warner in Trinidad and take the $1.00 per month for his salary in the Federal Parliament. The gigantic success of both the Labour Day March and the Party Conference has left the false prophet with no credibility at all and he’s getting licks left, right and centre from PAM, his Rescue Crew members and his political allies in Nevis for his failure after failure. He had to agree with the results of the recent poll carried out by him, with the help of the renowned Jamaican pollster, that the Prime Minister was indeed the most popular politician and political leader in the entire Federation. After telling them and the public that Douglas was only popular in his Constituency; he had to admit to them after the Conference, that Douglas is not only solid as a rock in his Constituency; he is an unstoppable force in all 8 Constituencies in St. Kitts. Party sources say de Rusty Chair is insisting that he is not going on any talk show wid de false prophet. And dey say “de Anointed” deputy is singing de same tune like him. De call by St. Mark yesterday for de scrapping of the jury system is in keeping with the philosophy of PAM that the present jurors ain’t got no sense. They want to bring back de old colonial days, when only persons of a certain class were allowed to be jurors.


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