The labour spokesman
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Year 55 NO. 02FRIDAY, JUNE08TH, 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. PAGE 03 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas Wednesday toasted Her Majesty the Queen at a Special Diamond Jubilee. Prime Minister Douglas, the most senior leader, raised the Toast at Marlborough House in the presence of Her Majesty and Heads of Government and PM Douglas toasts Her Majesty the Queen at Special Diamond Jubilee luncheon PM Douglas toasts Her Majesty the Queen at Special Diamond Jubilee luncheon Deputy PM Condor promotes Beacon Heights Project in Canada and Florida St. Kitts and Nevis’ Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Sam Condor speaking at ANSAR 2012 in Toronto (Photo by Chris Collins) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Nationals of St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla living in the Diaspora have been lauded for assisting in the modern development of countries all over the worlds and have been invited to invest in the multi-million (cont’d on page 2) St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas raises a Toast to Her Majesty the Queen St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II among Presidents and Prime Ministers from the Commonwealth in group photo at the Diamond Jubilee Luncheon at Marlborough House, London (cont’d on page 10) Sim Daniel buried at St. Thomas’ Anglican with full military honours CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS (CUOPM) – Nevis’ First Premier and the Federation’s First Minister of Finance since Independence, Dr. Simeon Daniel was buried in Nevis on here Tuesday June 5th with full military honours. Contingents of the St. KittsNevis Defence Force, the Royal St Christopher Nevis Police Force, the Cadet Corps and the St. Kitts and (cont’d on page 3)Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian pays his last respects to Dr. Sim Daniel Nevis Fire Services paraded and paid their respect from the time of receiving the casket to internment. Mrs. Sheila Daniel, widowlays wreath on graveDale ‘Hot Boy’ Wattley shot and killed* THE THINKING CITIZEN VIEW POINT* REV.CANON PERCIVAL FROM WHERE I SIT SO TELL MECOMMENTARY BYOECS Regional Assembly for Antigua postponed


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 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 Deputy PM Condor promotes Beacon Heights Project...... Beacons Heights Home Development on St. Kitts. The invitation has come from St. Kitts and Nevis’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Security, the Hon. Sam Condor. Although he provided more details to those who attended the business sessions of the 15th Reunion of the Anguilla Nevis St. Kitts Associations (ANSAR), Deputy Prime Minister Condor said the Beacons Height Project is one initiative of Social Security, under its Investment Portfolio, in its strategy to place more emphasis on Real Estate Investment. “It would become clearer, how local finances were invested locally; how local tradesmen and their families benefit; how our economy was boosted and how it is that our middle income nationals at home and abroad are afforded an opportunity to invest and earn prime property in the Land of their birth (and the millions the Scheme has invested in low income houses),” he told the gathering. “Ultimately we will see how through such initiatives, our Social Security Scheme has been fortified to pay benefits for years to come,” said Mr. Condor. Over the two days Mr. Condor led a team from the Social Security Board Beacon Heights Project in selling the multi-million dollars project. On his way home from ANSAR in Canada, the Deputy Prime Minister also stopped off in Florida. At a May 29th meeting, organised by the St. Kitts and Nevis Association of South Florida (SNAF), Mr. Condor used the(cont’d from page 1) opportunity to promote the Beacon Heights Project. ALETECH to offer alternative energy servicesDo Not Be Misled still fully employed. Meanwhile, those who were misled have to do without. In the late 1970s when Labour sought to engage members of the civil service in discussions to consider reforming the civil service pension arrangements the misleaders of PAM stirred up all kinds of trouble for the government and warned civil servants not to allow Labour to take away that which was rightfully theirs. During PAM’s term in office they quietly dispensed with pensions for civil servants entering the service after a certain point in time, while the misleaders made sure to give themselves some very substantial pensions for life based on time spent in Parliament. Labour had to restore pensions for civil servants. Today they are once again going about the country making some of the most glaring misrepresentations concerning the policies, plans and programmes of Labour. We warn our people not to succumb to their devilry. Our party has just come out of any annual conference described by many as one of the fullest and most significant in years. Our comrades left that conference fully re-invigorated and committed to unity of the party and with a new purposefulness. We must maintain this vigour and alertness as we prepare ourselves for the next general elections. To those who have been led astray we say take heed. Pay full attention to these warnings, and do not allow yourselves to be seduced by the political ‘angels’ of darkness. In particular, always remember the sound advise given publicly by no less a person than Mr G Washington Archibald himself: when you find yourself going down the wrong road, TURN BACK.By Drizel HanleyOne of the Federation’s local engineers, Malcolm Knight on Friday, June 1st launched a company that seeks to provide alternative energy for residential and commercial purposes in the Federation of St.Kitts-Nevis. The company dubbed Alternative Energy Technology (ALETECH) was introduced to the populace at Cloud9 Port Zante. Mr. Knight explained that ALETECH is offering alternative energy technology services in the form of Consultancy, Design, Installation and Maintenance. “Though the company is at present focusing on wind and solar energy it is expected that in the near future bio-fuels such as ethanol and bio-diesel will be pioneered”, said the ALETECH head. Knight further stated that “energy efficiency” and alternative energy go hand in hand hence must be taken into consideration when designing our homes and the materials we use for construction which should all be intended to increase fuel efficiency. “Water usage must be efficient as in the near future we may soon be turning to the ocean and water energy to use techniques like desalination to make water more available,” Mr. Knight added. Mr. Knight received initial training in Cuba and has also benefitted from training under the sponsorship of reputable institutions such as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Organisation of American States (OAS) and Caribbean Community (CARICOM). ALETECH’s operating office is located at Harbour View, East Basseterre and has been a licenced business since March 2007. From their very beginnings the so-called leaders of PAM have always indulged in preaching messages designed to mislead the supporters of Labour. It is well to remember that they were brought into being in order to weaken the political strength of Labour by dividing the organisation and pitting our own people against each other, hoping to succeed where the old Democratic Party had failed so dismally. As far as they are concerned it is all about politics, therefore lying and misleading the people does not matter. What matters is destroying the unity and political strength of Labour do whatever it takes to get into power and to hell with the consequences. At the very outset they held march after march, one of which was intended to cause an uprising against the Labour Administration which Labour had introduced an electricity tariff based on floor space and the actual usage (commercial or domestic) of the amount of power consumed. PAM loudly trumpeted that this was unfair to poor people (as if they ever cared about poor people) and made noises such as “we pay for what we burn”, and “no taxation without representation”, the latter of which may well have well served the american revolutionaries but which in no way could have applied to a properly elected government, more so one headed by Mr C A Paul Southwell, a gentleman they would have you to believe that they loved and admired so much.It turned out that the people were much better off under the new schedule introduced by Labour, and that the real objectors were the big commercial houses who were unwilling to pay their fair share. Labour roundly defeated PAM in the general elections of 1966 and put paid to that phase of their devilish antics. When Labour introduced the National Provident Fund in the late 1960s PAM went about the length and breath of this country discouraging people from paying their contributions into the Fund. They told people that Bradshaw was going to steal their money, therefore they should not allow him to ‘dip his hands’ in their pay. Ever so sadly, many of our people fell for that evil nonsense. When the Fund was being upgraded to Social Security in the mid1970s they resorted to the same antics as before. In 1980 they ‘got into power’ and, at the very first opportunity, the paid out to people the contributions which they had made over the years to the Provident Fund, but retaining the employers’ matching contributions. Many jumped for joy, but alas, their joy was short lived. The money was used up very quickly, and when most of them reached the age when they should have reaped their benefits they found themselves without any. It was a most cruel hoax to pull on a people, most of whom were poor. But, at the end of the day, they (the people) had no one to blame but themselves. A case of ‘what you buy, you wear’. All those who allowed themselves to be misled concerning the National Provident Fund and Social Security should know that the biggest beneficiaries of both schemes today are some of the biggest ‘pappies’ in PAM. In particular, one of the top persons in TDC has been overheard boasting (on several occasions) about the amount of money he now gets each month from Social Security, and he is enjoying this while he is


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 3 NEWS The Colours of the St. KittsNevis Defence Force and the Ensign of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force were draped throughout the funeral. Draped in the national flag, the wooden casket bearing the mortal remains of Dr. Daniel was placed on a gun carriage and escorted by a police motor-cycle outrider to the Charlestown Court House where sentries presented Arms and then rested on their arms reverse around the casket throughout the period of viewing by family members, the Premier, the Hon. Joseph Parry, members of the Nevis Island Administration, the Bar Association, the hundreds of Nevisians At the end of the viewing, the casket was placed on the gun carriage. Marching at slow time to the music of the SKNDF Drum Corps and Band, the procession proceed north along Government Road, west onto Prince Charles Street and north onto Hunkins Drive to Hamilton House. Upon reaching the D R Walwyn Plaza on Main Street, the procession cadenced to quick march reverting to slow-time 75 yards from the M.V. Christina Memorial on Hunkins Drive where the Nevis Symphonic Band render a musical tribute to the late Premier. After falling out, the gun carriage escorted by the sentries, immediate family and dignitaries motored on the long drive to the St. Thomas’ Anglican Church. Tributes came from Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Sam Condor; Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry; grandsons Kajay Hodge and Tyler Clarke and law partner, the Hon. Mark Brantley. The Old Testament was read by grandson, Mr. Jevorn Farrell and the New Testament by granddaughter Deonecia Daniel. The eulogy was delivered by Mr. Victor Jay Martin and the Homily by Rev. Francis. A moving eulogy was given by former Nevis Island Administration Minister, Victor J. Martin, in which he highlighted the humility and willingness for service of the late Premier. Mr. Martin, also spoke of the contributions of Dr. Daniel that impacted the social and economic landscape of Nevis, in particular his contribution to improving the basic quality of life for Nevisians with reliable water and electricity service, his efforts towards land ownership opportunities and his work in the establishment of the Nevis Financial Services Industry and the Bank of Nevis. Mr. Martin shared many of his personal experiences with Dr Daniel as well. The service attended by hundreds of Nevisians was described as “a true celebration” of Dr. Simeon Daniel and the legacy he left behind. At the end of the Service, the procession led by the Firing Party, the SKNDF Drum Corps and Band, the Gun Carriage flanked by Military and Police Bearers, the SKNDF Color Party, the Chief Mourners flanked by Mourning Party, the RSCNPF Ensign Party, the distinguished persons also flanked by the Mourning Party and the Rear Detachments and mourners not in uniform, went to the burial site. Following the removal of the National Flag from the casket, the flag was given to Commissioner of Police, Mr. C. G. Walwyn, who then gave it to the Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry for presentation to Mrs. Sheila Daniel. In a salute to Mr. Daniel, the Firing Party was ordered to fire volleys with blank cartridges and the buglers sounded the “Last Post” as Officers and Warrant Officers gave a salute. The Buglers then sounded the “Reveille” and the Drum Corps and Band play the “Evening Hymn.” The Honey Bees String Band played traditional graveside hymns before the laying of the wreaths. Among the mourners were Governor General, His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian; Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Sam Condor and Mrs. Condor, Ministers in the Federal Cabinet; The Speaker of the National Assembly, the Hon. Curtis Martin and members of the Federal Assembly; Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry and Mrs. Parry and Members of the Nevis Island Administration and their wives; High Court Judge His Lordship, Mr. Justice John Benjamin; Master Pearletta Lanns; Magistrate, Her Worship, Ms. Yasmin Clarke and representatives of the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association and uniformed bodies included the nurses. All photos by Erasmus Williams Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett expresses condolences to Mrs. Sheila Daniel widow of Dr. Daniel. Mrs. Susan Clarke, a daughter lays wreath. Sim Daniel buried at St. Thomas’ ... (cont’d from page 1) By Drizel HanleyPolice are investigating murder of 31-year-old Dale Wattley alias “Hot Boy” of Central Basseterre who was gunned down in an alley at Upper Shaw Avenue in McKnight on Thursday night last week, May 31. According to Public Relations Officer of the Royal St.Christopher Police Force, Stephen Hector, the fatal incident occurred sometime around 9:30pm. “Police received a call about a Dale ‘Hot Boy’ Wattley shot and killed message of peace and unity. Members of this club were engaged in several beautification projects in McKnight and have been demonstrating a positive path of crime fighting. In January, 2012 he visited Her Majesty’s Prison where encouraged the inmates to deter from a life a crime and endeavour to begin on a positive journey. The popular barber was scheduled to participate in Operation Future’s Peace Concert on Saturday last, June 2nd. Wattley’s death is recorded as the 8th homicide in the Federation of St.Kitts-Nevisseven (7) on St. Kitts and one (1) on Nevis. shooting in the Mc. Knight area and responded immediately, upon arrival at the scene Wattley’s lifeless body was found lying in the alley,” explained Sergeant Hector. He was pronounced dead by the District Medical Officer, Dr. Mervyn Laws. Reports indicate that Wattley, having returned from Canada joined the New Mentality Team Club in an effort to keep young men off the streets and preach the Three men wounded in Village shooting By Drizel HanleyThree men were on Friday, June 1 hospitalized after gunmen opened fire on small shop in St. Johnston Village. The wounded men are Damien Weekes, Vernal Chumney and Dion Holloman. France General Hospital where they received medical treatment; medical reports suggest that all three wounded persons have since been released,” Sergeant Hector said. Hector disclosed that police took two men into custody in connection with this incident. Investigations are ongoing. According to Public Relations Officer of the Royal St.Christopher-Nevis Police Force, Sergeant Hector, the shooting incident occurred at about 9:00 p.m. at Union Street, the Village in the environs of a shop owned by Damien Weekes. “All three persons were admitted to the Joseph Nathaniel OECS Regional Assembly for Antigua postponed BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) The St. Lucia-based Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat has announced the postponement of the inaugural session of the Regional Assembly originally scheduled for Antigua on June 15. In a statement, the Secretariat said the leaders of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands, met via video conference to discuss the matter. “The inauguration of the OECS (cont’d on last page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Labour Code Continues In 2004 the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization stated, “the rules of the global economy should be aimed at improving the rights, livihoods, security, and opportunities of people, families and communities around the world.” Since 1919 the International Labour Organization (ILO) has maintained and developed a system of international labour standards aimed at promoting opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and diginity. In today’s global economy, international labour standards are an essential component in the international framework for ensuring that the growth of the global economy provides benefits to all. In addition, the International Labour Code consists of text prepared by the ILO for the use of member States and the international Community. The Labour Code is a definition of minimum Standards in those areas which concerns the ILO. In the Caribbean, the ILO continues to promote a greater understanding of International Standards among its constituents – Government, Employers’ and Workers’ Organizations – and continue to assist in improving the applications of and reporting on ratified conventions. Through its team of specialists the ILO continues to provide valuable technical assistance in the development and revision of Labour laws based on ratified ILO Conventions, which includes: 1. A review of the laws on Child Labour in a number of Caribbean countries within the context of ILO Convention No. 138 on Minimum Age and ILO Convention No. 182 on the Worst Form of Child Labour. 2. The draffing of four CARICOM model legislation in the areas of termination of employment, registration, status and recognition of Trade Unions and Employers Organizations, equality of opportunity and treatment in employment and occupation, and occupational safety and health and the working environment. These and other laws were subsequently accepted by the CARICOM Standing Committee of Ministers responsible for labour in 1995 and 1997. The model laws are used as a point of reference for the development of national laws,particularly as the region continues to strengthen the free movement of all Labour within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, including the harmonization of all Labour Laws with the CARICOM Community. It is hoped with the assistance of the ILO Specialists that identified gaps and inconsistencies they will help to guide legisletive reform to ensure compliance with the requirements of the ILO Conventions. Today we will take a brief look at Convention No. 29 – Forced Labour, 1930 and ILO Convention No. 105 – Abolition of Forced Labour, 1957. Although forced Labour is universally condemned, millions of people around the world are still subjected to it. It takes different forms, including debt bondage, human trafficking and other forms of modern salavery, and the most vulnerable are women and young girls, forced into prostitution and migrants trapped in debt bondage. The Ilo continues to press for effective national laws and strong enforcement mechanisms, such as legal sanctions and vigorous prosecution against those who exploit forced labourers by raising public awareness and the highlighting of such human and labour rights violations. Discrimination – ILO Convention No. 100 – Equal Remuneration, 1951 and ILO Convention No. 111 – Discrimination (Employment and ccupation, 1958. It is recognized that women and men around the world are denied access to jobs and training, receive low wages or are restricted to certain occupation simple on the basis of their sex, skin color, ethnicity or beliefs without regards to their capalities and skills. Freedom from discrimination is a fundamental human right and is essential for all workers to choose their employment freely, to develop their potential to the full and to reap economic rewards on the basis of merit. Combating all forms of discrimination is an essential part of promoting decent work, and any success on this front will be felt far beyond the workplace. ILO Standards on equality continues to provide tools to eliminate discrimination in all its form at the workplace and in society as a whole, and also provides the basis upon which gender main streaming strategies can be applied in the field of Labour. The above two ILO Conventions will most likely be part of the proposed Labour Code of St. Kitts and Nevis. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is once again calling on the competent authority to bring the Tripartite Committee together in order for them to do their work by helping to ensure that St. Kitts and Nevis has a workable Labour Code in place in the not too distant future. One that will find acceptance amongst the Tripartie Committee. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is patently awaiting the call from the competent authority that we can get to work in addressing and help to put our Labour Code in place soonest. As I take my leave today I leave you with an old slave song.Mother Freedom.Freedom –keep walking’ Keep on your toes and don’t stop talkin’ bout Freedom – get goin’ Lots to be learned and lots to be known’ bout People – gotta reach ‘em Sit ‘em right down and then you gotta teach ‘em bout Freedom – gotta win it Gotta put yourself smack dab in it. Hey tomorrow Now don’t you go away ‘Cause freedom Just might come your way. Freedom – keep tryin’ People stay alive and people keep dyin’ for Freedom – so don’t lose it Ya gotta understand ya just can’t abuse it Freedom – get movin’ Never gonna stop till everybody’s groovin’ on Love for – one another Callin’ some friends and callin’ some brother. Hey tomorrow You’re not so far away Mother Freedom We’ll know you well someday. St. Kitts sugar proposal cops first place at CTO’s New York Student colloquium BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) S t. Kitts and Nevis plans to examine the feasibility of recreating aspects of its defunct sugar industry into a tourist attraction as a follow-up to a US$3 million agro-tourism project being funded by Taiwan. In a report from New York, the twin-island federation’s Tourism Minister, Sen. the Hon. Ricky Skerritt said the sugar-tourism proposal that copped first place at Tuesday’s Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s Students Colloquium would have to be “fine-tuned.” Tamika Keane of the New York, Bronx-based Monroe College explained that the aim of her group’s proposal was to showcase the possibility of increasing visitor arrivals through the sugar industry. Her group hopes that the St. Kitts and Nevis administration would accept the proposal for phase II of an agrotourism development project. Her group wants the second phase to include a sugarcane field, factory, a museum, restaurants and shops. ““We chose sugar and specifically in St. Kitts and Nevis because sugar is phased out and using it as a remembrance of what sugarcane was once known for,” Keane told Demerara Waves Online News (wwww.demwaves.com). Back in 2005, government closed the highly indebted St. Kitts Sugar Manufacturing Corporation (SSMC) because of consistently low output. The St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism Minister said the (cont’d on page 10) OECS Regional Assembly for Antigua postponed Assembly is of tremendous historical significance to the OECS Community. Heads of Government are of the view that preparations across the OECS Economic Union will benefit from additional time to ensure that all arrangements are put in place so that the inauguration of this vital organ is accorded the place of distinction which it will command in the history of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States,” the Secretariat said in a statement. It said that a new date will be announced following the meeting of OECS leaders in St. Vincent June 10-13. The revised Treaty of Basseterre of 2010, which governs the OECS move towards an Economic Union, outlines provisions for the establishment of the OECS Assembly as one of the five principles of the sub-regional grouping. (cont’d from page 3)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen The “Philistines” of PAM are still on the prowl. They are a persistent lot. However, the most persistent of the set seems to be the ‘Watch Dog”, a columnist in the Demoncrat newspaper. The ‘Watch Dog” as well as the other Philistines are spending an inordinate amount of time and effort prophesying what the Hon. Sam Condor and the Hon. Timothy Harris will do and will not do and also what they ought to do in their political relationship with the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas. The statement made at the recent Labour Party Convention by the Hon. Sam Condor and the Hon. Timothy Harris, respectively, ought to have put an end to all the misunderstandings and willful distortions and exaggerations concerning the relationship, between Dr. Denzil Douglas and his two fore-mentioned Cabinet colleagues. The fact that the “Philistines” are still at this stage going ahead with their silly, insane and irrelevant interpretation of the relationship between Dr. Douglas and his two Cabinet Ministers shows how willful and wicked the “Philistines” are, and also how desperate and anxious they are to see mayhem and dissension within the leadership of the Labour Party. What the “Philistines” are endeavoring to do is what my old grandmother used to call “trying to put two stone walls to fight.” But their endeavors will not succeed for obvious reasons. In the first place, the Hon. Sam Condor and the Hon. Timothy Harris are quite familiar with the well known saying which goes “United we stand, divided we fall.” In the second place, neither of the two Cabinet Ministers are like the PAM Ministers of whom it is said that he entered the Grammar School in Form I and left the school in For II. The political shenanigans of the “Philistines” have failed to bring about the intended division and dissension within the leadership of the Labour Party. Equally important is the further fact that the ordinary rank and file member of the Labour Party has not paid any serious attention to the shenanigans of the “Philistines.” In order to get at our Prime Minister and damage his character and reputation, the “Philistines” the people to apologize for being wrong. NO! the “Philistines” go on to select another programme or activity to criticize and condemn. A few years ago it was said that the Italians had forgiven the debt of US $25, 330,000 in respect of the Loan Guarantee signed by Dr. Simmonds on behalf Nautical Trading (St. Kitts) Ltd. When news of the debt forgiveness by the Italians became public, one PAM “Philistine” started a great rumour that the Italians had given our Federal Government a grant of US $8.0 million. Nothing was further from the truth. We should not be surprised. We should all remember that when the “Prominent Kittitian” visited Anguilla in the 1960’s to encourage the people there to invade St. Kitts, he told them that the invasion would be successful for as soon as the sound of gun-shots was heard in St. Kitts, the Kittitians would rise up and take to the streets and rebel against Bradshaw. That just did not happen. PAM had fooled the Anguillians big time. They are a persistent lot linked our Prime Minister straight and direct to the SIDF and characterized it as corrupt. However, Dr. Ken Ballantyne, Consultant to the SIDF, put the “Philistines” to shame and disgrace when he made his historic presentation on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 at the SIDF Awareness Day at the Marriott Resort at Frigate Bay. The “Philistines” had every opportunity to rebut Dr. Ballantyne and prove him wrong and substantiate their malicious and mischievous allegations of the corruption and malpractice against the SIDF and Dr. Denzil Douglas. Dr. Ballantyne apparently gave the “Philistines” a great big dose of “HUSH.” So far, the “Philistines” have not been able to produce any evidence of corruption so they tried another measly tactic and produced an article entitled “SIDF launches Board of Councilors Website: in the mosr recent edition of the Democrat newspaper. There is a saying that in the days of the wild, wild West in America, men would shoot first and then ask questions later. The PAM “Philistines” do not even bother to ask questions later. They just shoot off their mouths in malice and ignorance and condemn every important project or programme put up by the Labour Party. In the fullness of time when the “Philistines” are proved to be wrong and misleading they do not return to Child Month 2012 Promotes Action Against Abuse (EMU) – St. Kitts: The Early Childhood Unit’s sharp focus on the issue of child abuse will continue throughout the month of June as they invite the Federation to adopt a position of zero tolerance. Director of Early Childhood Mrs. Jacqueline Morris said the chosen theme for Child Month 2012, “ACT NOW! Break the SilenceStop Child Abuse” is a commitment to raising social awareness about the problems which affect more children than persons can imagine. “We want to empower children, parents and the community as a whole to speak out in ways that stop child abuse,” added Mrs. Morris. She told the Education Media Unit that the planned schedule of events, is specifically designed to give children the kind of joyful experiences they should have every day of their young lives while educating the community on the issue. Minister of Education and Information Hon. Nigel Carty, in full support of the vision of the (cont’d on page 7)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 6 NEWS Salutations…..It is with profound honour and distinct privilege, that I join today, in this act of Thanksgiving for and Celebration of a life lived in reverence to God; and in passionate caring and consideration for country and country-men. It is well accepted that Dr. Simeon Daniel traversed this life with a gentle and loving spirit, which we are told was groomed at Barnes Ghaut by his devoted father, grandmother and step-mother. These mentors took him regularly to church where he received an early grounding in fellowship and loyalty. Growing to manhood with the fear of God instilled in him, he came to the understanding that man is finite and that his purpose in this life was to fear God and love to his fellowmen. From all accounts, he wanted in the simplest and most visceral terms, a more generous and equitable State of St. Kitts and Nevis. In fact, one might say that his life became a sort of manifesto for Social Democracy. The days of his agitation for secession for Nevis then, can perhaps be viewed as his response to his perception, that his concept of generosity was not forthcoming. Few people in St Kitts agreed with the notion of the fragmentation of the State. When as Leader of Nevis Dr. Daniel walked the corridors of power, I worked at the Government Printery in St. Kitts, which was adjacent to the House of Parliament. Such was the fame of the man that everyone in every nook and cranny in St. Kitts knew of this indomitable and indefatigable personality, the Nevisian Simeon Daniel and when, some years later, his party, the NRP, joined with the People’s Action Movement to form a Coalition Government, to replace the Labour Government, the Political Landscape of the Federation was forever changed. As Premier of Nevis, The Hon. Simeon Daniel fought a relentless campaign to modernize his beloved country, as many looked on in admiration at the unfolding of his deep love and passion for the growth and development of the land of his birth. It was then that most of us understood that the long crusade against St. Kitts domination was not for his own political aggrandizement, but for the good of his beloved Nevis and the welfare of his fellow Nevisians. There is no doubt whatsoever that Simeon Daniel is the father of the modern Nevis. This has been affirmed by both admirers and detractors. I join in that affirmation. But there was another aspect of Dr. Daniel that made him standout among his fellow political figures, past and present. Like his fellow Nevisian and my own predecessor Sir Joseph Nathaniel France, he was a humble, self-effacing and unpretentious personality, who drew people to him with love and respect. My own contribution is but a footnote to the life of a man who dedicated his life to a struggle for the up-liftment of his people. My first personal interaction with the late Dr. Simeon Daniel was in March 1979 while I was a student at Oxford. He was in England, as part of a Delegation engaging the British Government in preliminary talks for the Independence of St. Kitts – Nevis. Along with two other Nevisians living in Oxford he visited Ruskin College and engaged a number of students including three Caribbean Students, two Barbadians and a Trinidadian and myself on the political, social and economic development of Nevis. I vividly recall how impressed we all were with his patriotism; and with his commitment and passion for Nevis and Nevisians. My second personal encounter with him was again in England. It was in December 1982, when he attended the Lancaster House Independence Talks. His role at the conference is legendary. He agitated intensely for rights of Nevisians. The Late Simeon Daniel must be considered one of the main architects and framers of our Constitution. It is my considered view that when the contemporary political and constitutional history of St. Kitts – Nevis is written the name Simeon Daniel will be indelible etched on those pages. We will remember Him for three main constitutional provisions namely: (1)The famous 113 Secession Clause (2)The Revenue Sharing Provision (3)The Establishment of the Nevis Island Assembly or what is in effect the Nevis Government We are all shaken when grief arise, particularly when brought about by death. But we are comforted by the value of that life to humanity! I do believe however that we are slowly being steadied by a new resolve; one that we see in the fresh determination on people’s faces. It is a resolve, as it were, to show love anyway; to be hopeful and optimistic in spite of cynicism about politics, hopefulness and optimistic about respect for all, respect for our Native Land and respect for principles and values. For in the final analysis hope is better Tribute By the Hon. Sam Condor Deputy Prime Minister At the Funeral Service of the Late Dr. Hon. Simeon Daniel St. Thomas Anglican Church Tuesday 5th June, 2012 than fear, optimism is better than despair. Today though I ask, let us celebrate the contributions of various lives including that of the Late Hon. Dr. Simeon Daniel, to our development. Our desire must be to honour God’s will for his people and to dwell together in love and peace. God be our guide and stay. The life and work of Dr. Simeon Daniel is a legacy of love and hope which echoes the sentiments of the timeless hymn: I vow to thee my country All earthly things above, In true and whole and perfect The service of my love The love that never falter The love that stands the test The love that makes undaunted The dearest and the best The love that asks no question The love that pays the price The days upon the altar The final sacrifice On behalf of the Government and People of the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis and on behalf of my family and myself I extend sincere condolences to the family and the entire Nevis community.May they be blessed and comforted and may the soul of Dr. the Hon. Simeon Daniel Rest in Eternal Peace. Notice The St Christopher and Nevis Accreditation Board wishes to advise the general public of the launch of its new website. Effective June 1, 2012 all information concerning the Board, the accreditation process and the institutions which have been accredited will be available on www.ab.gov.kn Also, a Secretariat for the Board has recently been established. It is located at the Education Administration Building, Church Street, St. Kitts. The Executive Director is Ms Trisha Rawlins. For more information contact the Secretariat at 467-1406.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 7 NEWS PM Douglas among 2,000 guests invited to Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 5TH 2012 (CUOPM) – The Federation’s Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas was among 2,000 guests invited by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second to attend a Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday morning, June 3rd, 2012. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, gave the sermon at the St. Paul’s Cathedral and paid tribute to the Queen. Gathered were leading national figures and members of the Royal Family including Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. British Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. David Cameron led the large representation from the coalition Government and other figures will included Governor General, diplomats including St. Kitts and Nevis’ High Commissioner to London, His Excellency Mr. Kevin Isaac, and foreign leaders from the Commonwealth and the World. After the service the Queen attended a reception at Mansion House while senior royals, including Charles and Camilla attended a similar event at the Guildhall. At both events were members of the thanksgiving congregation. The Queen and her family then attended a City of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London London Livery companies lunch at Westminster Hall. The highlight of the day was a glittering carriage procession through the streets of Whitehall before the Queen and her family gathered on Buckingham Palace’s balcony to watch a flypast of Second World War aircraft and the Red Arrows. Prime Minister Douglas also attended a Reception hosted by Britain’s Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon. William Hague at Lancaster House. Early Childhood Development Unit stated that the theme is a clarion call to action. He was very forthright in his denouncement of all forms of child abuse. “Parents need to be aware that leaving children at home for extended periods of time without proper supervision and care constitutes neglect,” said the Minister. “Abuse has been extended to include such undesirable Child Month 2012 ......... (cont’d from page 5)behaviours as verbal threats, cursing, broken promises and constant belittling. When an adult threatens to kick, slap or knock down a child, that is child abuse.” Minister Carty urged parents and guardians to safeguard children from abuse, discrimination and harm and encouraged them to take quick action. “It is important to report incidents of abuse to the Department of Social Services or the Ministry of Education,” Minister Carty advised, “assuring that the Ministry’s officials will be held to the highest standards in terms of confidentiality and professionalism.” Upcoming activities in observance of Child Month are Parade Day in Nevis on June 9th, Children’s Fairs at TDC Grounds from June 13th to 15th, Professional Development Day on June 18th, Interschool Sports Day on Nevis on June 21, The Family Food Fair on June 22, Staff Social on Nevis on June 28th and the Grand Finale, the Child Month Parade on Friday June 29th in St. Kitts.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 8 NEWS By Mutryce A. Williamsmanner he put his hands on my shoulder and told me to calm down. He looked into my eyes and told me that I should be thankful that none of us were hurt, and he went on to say that the vehicles were only man made matter. He was such a great source of comfort. He was. He then went on to tell me that the driver of the vehicle that I hit was his daughter and he was grateful that the accident wasn’t that bad. He kept repeating that I ought to be grateful for life, but I was crying hysterically because I knew that only minutes before that I had my two babies in the car, and that I had snapped at Ivan before I had left, and he had no idea that I was in a bad mood because of what had transpired earlier in the day, and most importantly my negligence could have cost this young lady her life. This man comforted me, and comforted me. I was in such awe of this gentleman as that was definitely not the reaction that I expected. The police arrived on the scene. I looked at him and recognized him as Officer Williams. He was the Officer who was at church that Sunday playing with my sons as they ran about the vestry. He was on duty that Sunday morning but had popped in just to ‘get a bit of Jesus’ he said. He recognized me, and seeing me hysterical, he asked that I calm down and that I be glad that I was still alive and well enough to care for my boys. As the Officer took both statements, I had the opportunity to see the young lady face to face. I asked her if I could say something. She was a bit shaken, but within her, as I realized with her father there was a state of calm. I told her that I was sorry, and that I understood that she would be angry. She looked at me and said that she wasn’t angry. She said in the most calming and comforting voice, “Accidents happen. It’s all a part of life. I am not angry. I am just happy to be alive.” Then she asked me if I was okay. I said yes. All through this I was still crying. She then began to comfort me. Again, this was not the reaction I expected. In an instant she forgave me. In an instant her father forgave me, a total stranger, and someone who given the situation, forgiveness ought not to have been so automatic. In the distance I saw Ivan walk towards us, two boys in tow, again I broke down, again the young lady offered words of comfort. In the days following I spoke with the young lady who might I add was only nineteen but rather mature for her age. I had the chance to speak with her mother as well, a mother who again possessed a very calming spirit, and like her daughter and husband, explained that accidents do happen, and that they were just very grateful that both of us were safe. In one of our conversations I tried to provide an explanation about the circumstance surrounding the accident, and the young lady, again in her calm voice, explained that if I wanted to explain it was okay but that there was no need to because she had already forgiven me. Since then I have seen her, and each time I do I get a sunny smile and greeting. There is still as sense of guilt, however what I learnt was a very valuable lesson in forgiveness. I thought that for months, almost a year I held onto to resentment, and refused to forgive my friend, but here I was on the receiving end of insurmountable forgiveness from a total stranger who I had wronged. When I prayed the evening after the accident, I promised God that I would share this story. I thanked him for granting me another day, because if dreams mean anything it was possibly ‘my time’ as we say in our vernacular. As the days went by I kept saying that I ought to share but I didn’t, however when I saw the young lady on Wednesday, then again yesterday, a voice in my head told me that I was being like Jonah, a voice in my head told me that God had given me a message, and that I was being disobedient by not sharing, because that lesson in forgiveness was not only for me. It was meant to be shared. A Poignant Lesson in Forgiveness Like Jonah Revealed and Redeemed On Wednesday I ran into a young lady whom in all of my years of existence has taught me the ultimate lesson in forgiveness. She is a most beautiful and compassionate soul. She possesses a calming, real and sincere spirit. On Thursday it so happened that I made another detour and I ran into the same young lady again. I now think that our paths crossed for a greater purpose not so much because she needed to teach me a poignant lesson in forgiveness, but rather I think that it was God’s way of telling me that I need not hang onto this story or experience but rather that I ought to share it. However like Jonah instead of doing what I was compelled to do, I gave God thanks, promised to be a very good and forgiving person from here on in, and I simply chose not to share, because I deemed it too revealing. I now know that running into this young lady was God’s way of saying to me, like he did to Jonah, who when sent to Nineveh but instead went in the opposite direction, that the lesson was not only for me but that I needed to share. So here I am open, ready to peel away the layers, and about to reveal. You may wonder where I am going with all this. I suppose I will begin on the morning of March 12, 2012. As Caribbean people we know that our culture is steeped rich not only in tradition but omens, and dreams which are deemed a sign of things or events to come. I grew up with my grandmother so trust me I am quite aware of these omens, and dreams. I woke up on March 12, 2012 and I told Ivan about a dream that I had had the previous night. It was a dream wherein my grandmother and I were about to go on a cruise, and if anyone knows me, this is quite odd because I have a fear of boats, so a cruise is definitely not on my lists of things to do. In the dream, my grandmother and I were standing at the dock, the last passengers about to embark, and a crew member was beckoning us to come. I told my grandmother that I wasn’t going to embark because I had not seen my luggage go on the boat. The crew member kept beckoning, saying that I should not worry that I could purchase clothes on the ship or at another port of call. I was adamant that I was not going until I saw my luggage. Not being one to force me into doing anything that I didn’t want to do, my grandmother told the gentleman that she would go without me. We said goodbye, and the ship left. A few days prior I had a conversation with friends who were going on a cruise so I thought that that was why I was dreaming about a cruise. Although I ‘chalked it up to that,’ there was still a nagging feeling because I had dreamt my grandmother. It’s been 10 years since she has been gone, however whenever I see her in my dreams I know that she is trying to tell me something, so I was a little unsettled. Later that morning I opened my email and read that a very close friend had been hospitalized, and that she was in a critical state. The uncanny thing was that the person who sent the email was not one to relay or report other people’s business, but she thought it pertinent that she should tell me this news. The thing was that this friend who had been ill was someone who I always said to people that if this person needed a heart transplant that would be a tough one for me because I would consider giving her mine. We were that close. I hadn’t spoken to this friend in almost a year because I was really upset at her for something that I thought she had done. She emailed, called, and asked for forgiveness, and because I felt that I was justified in not talking to her, I cut all communication and moved on with my life. The news of her being hospitalized disturbed me so greatly, I cried. I couldn’t believe that no one contacted me. I couldn’t believe that she thought that my heart was so “iced” that I wouldn’t care whether she lived or died. I picked up the phone and I called my friend who answered quite ‘cheerily,’ as she was happy to hear my voice. I expected at least a cold or dreary response when she recognized my voice, but I got the most welcoming greeting. It was as if nothing had happened. I broke down and sobbed uncontrollably. We spoke and we made amends. I revealed a story of the Sunday in which I went to church and when I had returned home, two white doves had flew into the living room, and we joked as I told her that I had a ‘hell of a time’ trying to ‘shoo’ them out. She told me that the two doves were probably a sign or omen of us, and that we needed to mend our friendship. I sent an email to the friend who had told me of friend’s illness, and told her thanks, and that we had made amends. She responded, and as usual with her spiritual and uplifting words told me that I should have forgiven my friend a long time ago, and she knew that although I had said that I did, her spirit told her that I truly had not done so, so she felt compelled to send me the email. She reminded me of Nelson Mandela’s quote that, “having resentment against someone is like drinking poison and thinking it will kill your enemy.” My heart was lifted after making amends with my friend but throughout the day I was bothered and my spirit still felt very heavy. I didn’t share this with Ivan as I was too ashamed to tell him because he too had admonished me, and told me the importance of forgiving my friend. He came home that evening and began preparing dinner. Just then I remembered that I was invited to a friend’s mom’s 75th birthday celebration. The family was like an adopted family. Even though I was not feeling up to it, I told Ivan that I would go ‘as manners’ and ‘just to show my face.’ I sat on the couch. My spirit was heavy. He realized and asked what was wrong with me, but I refused to tell him. He kept telling me that it was getting late. He insisted that if I had planned on going to the party that I should go now because he didn’t want me driving in an area that I didn’t know that well at such a late hour. He said that he would watch the kids. As I know they can be a handful, I offered to take one. He didn’t agree with that decision, and insisted that I leave them both. I was testy and I snapped at him. Being headstrong, I ignored him, and I strapped my younger son in the car seat. As I did this my older son came to the car in his pajamas wanting to come. I went inside got him a change of clothes and changed him as I sat in the driver’s side of my car, then I strapped him in the car seat. Just then I looked back and saw my sons, knew I was not in the best of moods, I glanced at the time; it was now almost 10:00 p.m. I unstrapped both of them and sent them through the kitchen door to their dad who was waiting in the doorway. The thought of possibly getting a flat tire or being stranded on the road with two infants at that hour crossed my mind. I drove to the event; however I saw no sign of activity. I turned around and headed back home. It was late. I didn’t know the area that well. I ran a stop sign which wasn’t quite visible. The next thing I knew I saw a car spiraling in front of me. It landed in a fence. I ended up a few feet ahead. I got out of the car. I was hysterical. I saw a young lady get out of the car that I had hit and she was holding her head, and walking in circles. Neighbours heard the crash. They came out. I tried to approach the young lady but she was still walking ahead so I thought it best at that point not to, as I didn’t expect a good reaction. I called Ivan he said that I should call the police and wait for them to arrive. I did. Just then an older gentleman approached me, and in a calming St. Kitts and Nevis congratulates new Dominican Republic President-elect BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 4TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis has congratulated the new President-Elect of the Dominican Republic. Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in congratulating His Excellency Danilo Medina Snchez on his recent victory at the polls. “On behalf of my Government and people, I also extend best wishes to you and express our willingness to continue the political dialogue within CARIFORUM,” said Prime Minister Douglas in a message. Prime Minister Douglas told Mr. Snchez: “the re-election of your Liberation Party demonstrates the confidence that (cont’d on page15 )


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 9 NEWS -SIDF invests EC$13 million in Capisterre Farm, hydroponic farms, dams, floriculture and interest-free loans to farmers and fishermen BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation invested over EC$13 million in the agricultural sector CEO Mr. Terrance Crossman said at a public forum that EC$13.3 million was spent on six agricultural projects including three hydroponics farms, the 113-acre Capisterre Farm, a floriculture programme, Agricultural Resource Management Project and Agricultural Subsidized Loan Programme. The SIDF’s flagship project is the Capisterre Farm located in St. Paul’s. Started in March 2010, the 113acre Farm is funded by the Foundation through a total investment of EC$7 million to be disbursed over five years. The main goal of Capisterre Farm is to complement the domestic market in achieving food security. It is expected that by 2015 the Farm will operate as a private, self-sustaining, commercial entity. Fifteen acres of farm land is currently cultivated with fruit trees and vegetable crops. The Farm grows a variety of crops such as pineapples, watermelons, cabbage, peanuts, yams, sweet potatoes, sweet peppers and bananas. These are mainly supplied to supermarkets, vendors, hotels and restaurants; however, individuals may purchase directly from the Farm for household consumption. The Farm presently employs 12 permanent field labourers and is managed by Stuart Versailles. Technical support is provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). The Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) funded a floriculture project at La Valle, St. Paul’s, to provide training in horticultural practices and life skills to workers who were unemployed following the closure of the sugar industry. The SIDF provided funds totaling EC$290,300.00 to the programme, which started in 2007, with 25 former SSMC labourers who worked in the nursery at La Valle cultivating flowers. In March 2009, the La Valle Floriculture Project was upgraded into the Agricultural Training Employment Project (ATEP), which brought the total beneficiaries of this programme to 125 persons. SIDF has invested in developing agriculture and promoting entrepreneurship among the youth. Funded with a grant of EC$832,163.76, the Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Program (STEP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Education, is providing training to young men to become entrepreneurs. They learn hydroponics crop production and life skills, and receive a weekly stipend. Hydroponics farming is an innovative method which involves growing crops vertically in stacked pots that are filled with coconut mesh. The plants are irrigated and fed nutrients using a timed drip system, and grown in the protective environment of a greenhouse. Two hydroponics farms are already in operation, one located in Mc Knight at the back of the former Department of Education building on Cayon Street, and the other on the compound of the School Meals Programme. Another is being set up at Project Strong. The Agricultural Resource Management (ARM) Project aims at fostering agricultural development and sustainability by building infrastructure and providing farmers with technical support and training. Components of the Project include the construction of ten dams and four demonstration greenhouses with drip irrigation and water storage systems. The Foundation has committed over EC$10, 000,000.00 in the form of a grant to the ARM Project. Since the implementation of the Project in 2008, a total of EC$3,932,876.72 was disbursed as of the end of March 2012. Four water dams have so far been constructed in O’Gees, Upper Mansion, Estridge and Farms (Sandy Point), and other sites are currently being prepared. Water is harvested during the rainy season and stored in the dams so that farmers can irrigate their crops during the dry months. The dams are 110 feet long, 100 feet wide and 12 feet deep and can hold one million gallons of water – enough to supply ten acres of land during the dry season. The harvested water will allow farmers to plant and reap crops such as tomatoes, cabbage, sweet peppers, carrots that are difficult to cultivate during the dry season, thus supplying the domestic market with these local vegetables year round. Farmers are being provided with the protected and controlled environment of greenhouses in which to produce their crops. Greenhouses have been erected at two sites, one in Phillips and the other in Tabernacle. Another greenhouse is under construction in Tabernacle, and the fourth will The hydroponics farm under construction at Project Strong be built in O’Gees. A total of 84 farmers have benefited from an Agricultural Subsidized Loan Programme, established in 2008, to encourage entrepreneurship and foster growth in the medium-small and micro-agro business sectors. Funding for this programme, in the amount of EC$2,000,000, was provided by the Foundation through the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis which is responsible for managing and administering the funds. Under this programme, farmers receive interest free loans of up to EC$25,000. This loan assistance has helped farmers to put the necessary infrastructure in place on their farm, pay workers and buy seeds. Mr. Crossman said agricultural diversification is an important mechanism for economic growth. “Our experience with sugar has taught us not to put all our eggs in one basket, rather to create a portfolio that includes multiple investments in order to reduce risk. That is the approach now being taken to the development of the agricultural sector. Additional, this philosophy is critical in promoting the concept of food security. The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. In addition to achieving food security, the government aims to expand agricultural sector to reduce the import bill,” he said. Photo 1 by Erasmus Williams All others courtesy of the SIDF


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 10 NEWS heads of state from across Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific. High Commissioners, former Commonwealth SecretariesGeneral Sir Shridath Ramphal and Chief Emeka Anyaoku and representatives of the Commonwealth’ 54 member countries. “For six decades, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has been a constant in a changing world. Her personal dedication and steadfast commitment have been relied on repeatedly to help to steer us successfully through enormous social and political change. And in an era in which the world has seen not only change, but indeed tumult, your works and constancy, Ma’am, have provided the solidity and continuity that has been so important to the Commonwealth, to the United Kingdom’s view of itself and, indeed, to the very meaning of United Kingdom in the eyes of the world,” said Prime Minister Douglas. The St. Kitts and Nevis leader added: “We celebrate the fact that Your Majesty continues to be a wonderful role model, a wise counsel and a source of great strength. You have been a source of stability in times of trouble, a relentless champion for freedom and through your dedicated public service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realm and the Commonwealth have come to epitomise grace in service; steadfastness in commitment, compassion in leadership, dignity in loyalty PM Douglas toasts Her Majesty the Queen at Special Diamond Jubilee luncheon (cont’d from page 1) and devotion in duty.” “In a further expression of Her Majesty’s commitment and love for the Commonwealth, she has visited all corners of the Commonwealth over the last sixty years and been personally involved in strengthening the links between peoples from across all our varied and diverse member nations. You are Ma’am, the embodiment of the fundamental values we hold dear throughout our great Commonwealth. Over the last few months and, in the last four days in particular, we have seen Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth. In St. Kitts and Nevis, we have been celebrating our own very special relationship with you with a series of activities which started last November and culminated two days ago. Of course similar activities of commemoration and celebration have also been taking place throughout the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Douglas. He added that the celebrations, the sheer numbers of people who have taken part across the world, speak to the warm appreciation and great respect that the people of the Commonwealth feel for Her Majesty, their joy at this time of celebration and their gratitude to the Queen. “We, the Heads of Government and State, High Commissioners gathered here today have been delighted to participate in the official celebrations of Your Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. And we shall forever remember the outpouring of pride and affection toward you witnessed everywhere this week, from the people of Britain, in celebration of this most special occasion,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He concluded: “In keeping with the sentiments of the Governments and peoples of the Commonwealth, therefore, and in celebration of this most historic occasion, I ask all assembled here on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee to now join me by raising your goblets and glasses to the continued health, happiness, and well-being of our Queen, Head of our Commonwealth.” Commonwealth leaders who attended the Diamond Jubilee Luncheon were: The Rt. Hon. David Cameron, British Prime Minister; Philemon Yang, Prime Minister of Cameroon; Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; Joyce Banda, President of Malawi; Dr. Mohamed Waheed, President of Maldives; Dr. Lawrence Gonzi, Prime Minister of Malta; Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of Mauritius; Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of Namibia; John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand; Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka and Michael Sata, President of Zambia. In an accolade to the Queen, the Secretary-General said: “Two billion citizens of the Commonwealth are represented here today. This gathering is testimony to the profound sense of gratitude, respect and affection felt towards Your Majesty. “The Commonwealth remains vibrant as it renews its role. Never before, and surely never again, has so diverse a group of nations, representing a third of the world’s peoples, been joined in free and voluntary association with the same Head as the manifestation of that unity for sixty years.” Mr. Sharma also gave his warm wishes for the full and speedy recovery of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and thanked him for his steadfast support to the Queen, and for being a committed, loyal and active supporter of the Commonwealth himself. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, said: “What a wonderful spectacle – a great opportunity for Commonwealth leaders to pay tribute to a most magnificent Queen.” President Joyce Banda of Malawi described the event as very successful. Speaking of the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth, she said only a person of such extraordinary warmth and unique personality could enjoy the respect and admiration that the Queen had garnered at the helm of the association for so many years. The Queen wore a floral print silk dress in shades of blue and grey, a blue wool crepe coat and a white hat with blue trim. Nine-year-old Aduke Bandele, who is of British, Jamaican, Nigerian and Trinidadian heritage, presented Her Majesty with flowers. Miss Bandele said she thought the Queen’s outfit was lovely and it was an honour to present the gift – something that she would remember for the rest of her life. Celebrating the unique bond and heritage of the Her Majesty the Queen arriving for the luncheon. Nine-year-old Aduke Bandele presents flowers to Her Majesty, Commonwealth was classical singer Laura Wright, who serenaded the Queen and the gathering of Commonwealth leaders with a specially composed song, ‘Stronger As One.’ Ms Wright said: “Today’s event is a lovely way to round up the Diamond Jubilee celebrations because the Queen feels passionate about the Commonwealth. “This is the highlight of everything I’ve done over the celebrations because it’s so intimate a gathering. It’s so exciting to have the Queen here and to see her reaction.” In a tribute to the Queen for her sterling stewardship of the Commonwealth and her steadfast commitment to the association of independent states and their territories, leaders presented Her Majesty with a commemorative plaque. The circular cast bronze plaque measures five feet in diameter and bears the inscription: ‘Offered with profound admiration and abiding appreciation for the manner in which Her Majesty has diligently and faithfully served the Commonwealth and advanced its values of democracy, development and respect for diversity through six decades, as both the Head and heart of the Commonwealth family, evoking deep respect and affection from Commonwealth citizens around the globe.’ The plaque is embedded in the gardens of Marlborough House. Photos are courtesy of the Commonwealth Secretariat Students of Monroe College presenting their proposal to the CTO’s students colloquium. St. Kitts sugar proposal cops first place..... (cont’d from page 4) proposal would have to be fine-tuned because the Monroe College students’ proposal does not take into account the cost of implementing such a project. “They are throwing some concepts of the sugar industry with cutting sugar cane and some other things that no longer exist and you would have to actually create…It involves some costly assets,” he told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com). Skerritt, however, noted that it would still be possible to simulate sugar (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 11 ADVERTISEMENT production closer to a central location rather than in close proximity to existing tourist attractions. “The location of their project is right on the other side of the island from where the sugar factory is so they married some things together that are not necessarily nearby,” he said. The minister praised the Monroe College students for seeking to perpetuate the sugar culture of the federation, saying that their proposal is similar to the Taiwan-funded agro-tourism project in rural St. Kitts. The two-year project, which began three Sen. Richard Skerritt among top Caribbean tourism officials in New York BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 5TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt is among more than a dozen ministers of government, including a premier and a chief minister from the Caribbean in New York City for the second annual Invest Caribbean Now Power Forum. The investment breakfast, a partnership between digital media company, Hard Beat Communications and the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the regional tourism arm, is OBE, Premier and Minister of Finance and Tourism of the British Virgin Islands; Chief Minister Government of Anguilla, Minister of Finance, Economic Development, Investment, Commerce & Tourism, Hon. Hubert Hughes; Minister of Business Development and Tourism of Bermuda, Hon. Wayne Furbert; Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation of The Bahamas, Hon. Obe Wilchcombe; Minister of Tourism, Sports and Culture of St. Vincent & Grenadines, Hon. Cecil Mckie; Minister of Tourism of St. Maarten, Hon. Romeo Pantophlet; Minister of Ministry of State of Jamaica, Hon. Damion Crawford; Minister of Tourism, Heritage, Culture and Creative Industries of St. Lucia, Hon. Lorne Theophilus; Minister of Tourism of Trinidad and Tobago, Hon. Rupert Theophilus Griffith; Minister of Tourism of Haiti, His Excellency Stephanie Balmir-Villedrouin; Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation of Grenada, Hon. Dr. George Vincent; Acting Minister of Tourism of Guyana, His Excellency Irfaan Ali; Luis Gerardo Rivera Marin, current Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and Alain Richardson, President of the Collectivity of St. Martin. Invest Caribbean Now 2012 panellists are Jonathan S. Blue, Chairman & Managing Director, Blue Equity, LLC. and CEO of Cool Petroleum; Jay Yeo, President, Solamon Energy Corp.; Lisa Lake, Chief Development Director, Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean; Jean Arnell, vice president of the French Saint Martin Chamber of Commerce and Hon. Minister of St. Kitts and CTO Chairman, Ricky Skerritt. Organizers of Invest Caribbean Now 2012 will also honour world renowned business leader, Sir Richard Branson with the 2012 Leadership Award for his commitment to the Caribbean via the launch of his Branson Center of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean. The forum comes as Chinese investment in the Caribbean continues to boom in this free trade emerging market economy that is politically stable and boosts a highly literate work force and an established tourism market, and which the International Monetary Fund and World Bank forecast will see a 3.5 percent growth into 2013, higher than the economies of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and similar to those of East Asia. set for the Marriott Marquis in Times Square New York City on June 6th from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Besides, Mr. Skerritt, who is also the Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) are the Hon. Dr. Daniel Orlando Smith, Hon. Hubert Hughes, Chief Minister and info@sknunion.com Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith, Chief Minister and Minister of Tourism, BVI months ago, is being implemented on 22 acres of land. Indigenous fruits and vegetables and Chinese medicinal herbs from both St Kitts and Nevis, and Taiwan will be planted on the site of a former sugar cane plantation, Sir Gillies When completed, the farm will host workshops and seminars for local youths who want to pursue opportunities n agriculture. The design of the Farm was created by Taiwanese landscape and architecture experts who were sent to St. Kitts to compose a blueprint for the project.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 12 NEWS PM Douglas personally expresses condolences to widow of Dr. Simeon Daniel (left to right) Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry; Mr. Sean Daniel (a LIAT pilot); Mrs. Sheila Daniel; St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and Mr. Adrian Daniel (a barrister). Photos by Erasmus Williams St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left), Mrs. Sheila Daniel (center) and Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas personally expressed his condolences to Mrs. Sheila Daniel, widow of the Dr. Simeon Daniel at the family home on Friday. Dr. Daniel, the First Premier of Nevis and the last pre-Independence Minister of Finance and First Minister of Finance, post Independence died at his home on Sunday May 27th 2012 after a prolonged illness. Prime Minister Douglas, who was accompanied by the Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry, expressed his personal sympathy and that of his Cabinet and the Federation on the passing of Dr. Daniel. Dr. Douglas briefly recalled the contribution of Dr. Daniel, not only to Nevis, but also to St. Kitts and Nevis and gave the assurance that the Federal Government will provide all that is required and necessary in accordance with the wishes of Dr. Daniel and the family. He informed Mrs. Daniel that the Federal Government will be represented at the Official Funeral on Tuesday 5th June. During the short period, Mrs. Daniel spoke of how she came to marry the popular barrister and politician for 35 years. Mrs. Daniel thanked Prime Minister Douglas for travelling to Nevis to extend his personal condolences and wished him well. Photos by Erasmus Williams St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) and Mrs. Sheila Daniel CARICOM Sends Condolences On The Passing Of Simeon Daniel Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has extended condolences to the citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis on the passing of the Honourable Dr. Simeon Daniel, the first Premier of Nevis who died on Sunday, May 27, 2012. The Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irvin LaRoque said in a letter received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that he extends heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Caribbean Community to the Government and people of St Kitts and Nevis, and in particular to the family and friends of Dr. Daniel as they go through this period of mourning. Ambassador LaRoque, further stated that Dr. Daniel was among the Federation’s Founding Fathers and will be remembered for his integral role in framing the Independence Constitution of St. Kitts and Nevis and his service as Minister of Finance and Nevis Affairs in the Federal Government. He added that Dr. Daniel will be remember for his many contributions that have impacted the social, political and economic evolution of Nevis, contributions that have often dubbed him the “Father of modern Nevis.” Ambassador LaRoque, said, Dr. Daniel provided a lifelong example of duty and service, and has left an indelible mark on the daily lives of fellow Nevisians and the nation of St Kitts and Nevis. After an official funeral at the St. Thomas Anglican Church, Dr. Daniel will be laid to rest later today (Tuesday) at the Church Cemetery.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 13 NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Hope, where are you? Hope, where are you? Hope, where are you? Hope, where are you? Hope, where are you? penned those words: “Man can live about 40 days without food; about 3 days without water; about 8 minutes without air; but only about one (1) second without Hope.” You therefore understand the gravity of the situation I’m sure Hope. I’m afraid that if you don’t hurry back and make your presence felt with more disposable income for our poverty stricken, those who have lost their jobs and can’t make ends meet. Put a halt to businesses on the verge of collapse and bring some sort of panacea to our socio-economic problems; please Hope. We understand that there is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. How the populace wish that this message be translated into concrete, tangible benefits in a hurry to our young unemployed disenchanted youngsters in particular before Satan wins the mental battle. Avert suicidal and other anti-social tendencies and contemplations. Should we give any credence to the words of Job when he said “But you are forcers of lies, you are physicians of no value.” (Job 13:4)Earth’s CareIndeed hope springs eternal in the human heart in spite of the depressing sights and sounds around us. Permit me to take you back to the stanza of an old fashion hymn “Come ye disconsolate! Where e’er you languid. Come to the mercy-seat, fervently kneel. Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Dear reader, it works. In simple physics lab tests will not only make us aware through education what terms like breaking point, elastic limit, coefficient of lenear expansion, modulus of elasticity and the like mean, but help us to advert them. It’s frightening! The hymn quotes above mentions sorrow so let us look briefly at its ramifications. In a world which has been completely disarranged by sin, the experience of sorrow in one form or another is inevitable. Man is born to sorrow as the sparks fly upward. All history narrates it; all poetry sings of it; all biography confesses it; all experience teems with it. There is not one beating heart in this Federation that does not know it. Sorrow – give us a break please! It is strange but true, it is not always possible to pack up our troubles in our own canoe and hoe our own rows. Sorrow is a common denominator such that one poet penned these lines : “laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone. For this old earth must borrow its mirth; it has sorrows of its own.” The causes of sorrow are as varied as the hearts that endure it. To some, it comes as a consequence of departing from the living God. It reaches others through the wealth which they have spent their strength to acquire. To others it comes through man’s inhumanity to man. To others again through domestic bereavement and trials. It would be remiss of me if I did not tell you that sorrow is not all bad. Yes sorrow is not only common, it could be purposeful and beneficent Don’t snap under it. Don’t allow Earth’s cares to bring you to the breaking pointHeaven’s CureHere is a positive note to end on. There is a Balm in Gilead. The verse in Jeremiah chapter 8, verse 22 and its related questions may be understood as laying the blame of the incurable of their diseases upon themselves. The question must be answered affirmatively. Yes, certainly there is. God is able to help and heal all of us as a people and our nation by extension, why worry when we can pray? In Jeremiah’s day certainly it was not for want of Balm and a physician, but because they would not admit the application, nor submit to the methods of care. The physicians and physic were both ready, but the patients were willful and would not be tied to rules. What about us today? Ponder this second stanza: “Joy to the desolate; light of the straying. Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure! Here speaks the comforter, tenderly saying Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure.” Why art thou cast down, o my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God. For I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance and my God.” (Ps42:11) Indeed, if it were not for hopes, the heart would break. More are completely wretched but those who are without hope. All is not lost; hope on!This enquiry is going out not to the person or persons bearing that name but rather to the state of affairs as we understand it to be. Having researched your credentials, it is my understanding that you are loaded with sugar and spice and everything nice which included prospect, optimism, expectation, expectancy, anticipation, aspiration, faith and trust. That’s why we miss you. Are you alive and well? I can’t hear your whisper (as in the hymn Whispering Hope). Could you please turn up the decibel level for us to hear you clearly? Higher please, we still can’t hear you, Hope. Somehow extraneous sounds from sources like despair, despondency, fear, pessimism and gloom are drowning you out with tremendous success. Our people who for the most part are deeply religious recall from their mental archives this particular verse: “Is there no Balm in Gilead; is there no physicians there?? When then is not the health of the daughters of my people recovered? (Gen. 8.22) So many are going through tough and difficult times, we are all hurting; what’s more some are sick and some are sad. Many of us are at our wits end but the empty promises accompanied by a lot of spinning seems to be doing very little to ease the pain and bring much needed relief.An anonymous person heightened our fears when he/she The root cause of our unhappiness seems to be a disquieting suspicion that ideas of wrath are in one way or another unworthy of God. For some, wrath suggests a loss of self control, an outburst of “seeing red” which is partly, if not wholly irrational. To others it suggests rage of conscious impotence, wounded pride or just plain bad temper. Surely, it is said, it would be wrong to ascribe to God such attributes. Many would say, that the Bible does not ask us to do this, and that there is a misunderstanding of the anthropomorphic language of Scripture. That is, the biblical habit of describing God’s attitudes and affections in terms ordinarily used for talking about human beings. The basis of this habit is the fact that God made us in his own image, so that human personality and character are more like the being of God, than anything else we know.When Scripture speaks of God anthropomorphically, it does not imply that the limitations and imperfections which belong to the personal characteristics of us sinful creatures belong also to the corresponding qualities in our holy Creator; rather, it takes for granted that they do. God’s love, as the Bible views it, never leads Him to foolish, impulsive, immoral actions as it often does in its human counterpart. In the same way God’s wrath in the Bible is never the capricious, self-indulgent, irritable, morally ignoble thing as human anger so often is. It is, instead a right and necessary reaction to objective moral evil. God is only angry when anger is called for. Even among humans, there is such a thing as righteous indignation, though it is, perhaps rarely found. But all God’s indignations are righteous. Would a God who took as much pleasure in evil as He did in good, be a good God? Would a God who did not react adversely to evil in His world be morally perfect? Surely not! But it is precisely this adverse reaction to evil, which is a necessary part of moral perfection that the Bible has in view when it speaks of God’s wrath. To others the thought of God’s wrath suggests cruelty. They think, perhaps, of what they have been told about Jonathan Edwards’ famous Gospel sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” which God used to bring awakening to the town of Enfield, in New England, in 1741. In this sermon Edwards, enlarging on his theme that “natural man are held in the hand of God over the pit of hell,” used some vivid furnace imagery to make his congregation feel the horror of their positions and to give force to his conclusion: “Therefore, let everyone that is out of Christ, now awake and fly from the wrath to come.” Anyone who has read the sermon will know that A. H. Strong, the great Baptist theologian, was right to stress that Edwards’ imagery, however sharply focused, was no more than imagery. In other words, Edwards “did not regard hell as consisting in fire and brimstone, but rather in the unholiness and separation from God of a guilty and accusing conscience.” But this does not wholly meet the point of Edwards’ critics, which is that a God who could inflict punishment requiring such language as this to describe it, must be a fierce and cruel monster. Does this follow? Two biblical considerations show that it does not. In the first place, God’s wrath in the Bible is always judicial that is, it is the wrath of the Judge, administering justice. Cruelty is always immoral, but the explicit presupposition of all that we find in the Bible; and in Edwards’ sermon, for that matter, on the torment of those who experienced the fullness of God’s wrath, is that each receives precisely what he or she deserves. Paul tells us that “the day of God’s wrath” is also the day when His righteous judgment will be revealed. “God will give to each person according to what he or she has done” (Romans 2:5-6). Jesus made the point that retribution would be proportioned to each individual. “That servant who knows what his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke12:47-48). Edwards makes one believe in his sermon “that one will not suffer beyond what strict justice requires.” Is it not precisely what strict justice requires? It is asked, can disobedience to our Creator really deserve great and grievous punishment? Anyone who has ever being convicted of sin knows beyond a doubt that the answer is yes, and knows too that those whose consciences have not yet being awaken to consider, as Anselm puts it, “how weighty is sin” are not yet qualified to give an opinion. God’s wrath is something which people choose for themselves. Hell is an experience inflicted by God; it is a state for which a person opts, by retreating from the light which God shines in his or her heart to lead into righteousness. Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council And Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council What is God’s Wrath Like?


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 14 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) St. Kitts’ Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) played host to more than fifty professionals in higher education, government ministries, private business, and the non-profit development sector for a two-day workshop in grant writing on June 5 and 7. Facilitated by CFBC visiting professor Dr. Kevin Meehan, the workshop was funded in part by the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA), and were covered topics such as how to locate funding opportunities, understanding priorities and elsewhere, St. Kitts and Nevis professionals already conduct top quality research and development projects but can do more to publicize their efforts and attract a greater share of the $33 billion available from regional and international funding agencies. “I know from personal experience over the years that excellent projects in agriculture, health, youth development, and so on, often fail to gain the recognition and support they deserve outside the federation. Having lived here for the past six months, I think one reason is that the people organizing research and development projects rarely have the time to think, reflect, and write about their work. Hopefully this workshop will provide a space to do some strategic thinking and writing, along with providing some information about funding sources and grant application formats.” The grant writing workshop is made possible through collaboration between CFBC and FAVACA, an organization that connects volunteers based in the state of Florida with specific development needs in Latin America and the Caribbean. FAVACA is no stranger to the federation, having worked previously to support agricultural projects organized by Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). The workshop continues on the CFBC main campus Hospitality Centre on Thursday, June 7, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. FAVACA assists 50 St. Kitts Professionals in Grant Writing Workshop application formats of funding agencies, and practical workshop activities designed to take participants from a basic project summary through to a draft grant proposal. According to Dr. Meehan, who teaches literature and Caribbean Studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and has won grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the people have in you to boost economic growth and development. As you prepare to take up the leadership wand, I encourage you to exercise patience, astuteness and diligence to govern your people. I extend best wishes for continued peace and prosperity.” Mr. Snchez who was elected in the first round, new President of the Dominican Republic, to replace the outgoing Head of State, Leonel Fernndez. Danilo Medina Snchez (61 years old, married, 3 daughters) has degrees in chemistry and economics. He is a former President of the Chamber of Deputies between 1990 and 1994. Photo: Dominican Republic President-elect His Excellency Danilo Medina Snchez For more information visit the Communication’s Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister Website at www.cuopm.org or www.cuopm.com or contactSt. Kitts and Nevis congratulates new Dominican Republic Presidentelect (cont’d from page 9)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 15 NEWS We fast and pray as we approach that dark dayPAM DAY 10th June Why did they attack democracy? Why did they attack us? So Tell Me ByJean Thomas Work with me As many of you are aware, I do not do the “politics thing” whatever that is. It is left to your imagination. And yet it does not require too much imagination, since it is all day every day just tune in to the radio(s) and you will get enough talk on the political situation in St Kitts especially to last you for a whole year in just one sitting. We are now beginning to plant food, and it is lovely to see the local produce when I visit the market. Best of all, we don’t have to pay the vat. I particularly like that the produce is really fresh and it cannot get any fresher unless we go to the site where it is growing, harvest it and start cooking immediately. A friend of mine says when she gets the okras and puts them in the pot they are so fresh, that the cornmeal (yellow in colour) that she is cooking turns green with the freshness of the okras. So, I go to this vendor and he says “Ms Thomas, I have some big lovely sweet potatoes, just right for the oven”. I say “thank you very much but I will decline”. “What!, what do you mean by you declining? I tell you that the sweet potatoes are really sweet”. I replied “I believe you”, but you got to work with me. “What do you mean by that?” I said “remember I got to work with Douggie”, so you got to work with me You know that everything that does not go right in this country is Douggie fault. The cost of electricity gone up – is Douggie fault, the cooking gas gone up is Doggie fault. If you catch a cold or get a headache is also Douggie’s fault. It’s as though they think Douggie has an oil field in his backyard and he is depriving us by not giving away the oil and the gas for us to use. Lord have mercy on Douggie. So please sir, let me get the smaller potatoes because they will cook quickly since I cannot afford to pay too much money to Douggie for gas or electricity, to cook the potatoes. So tell me, should I have taken the potato and cut it up in smaller pieces? At least I would have experienced the sweetness of the potato and it would not take long to cook. But then again, that is Douggie’s fault since I missed out on the sweetness of the potato. Life and death are odd things. Women spend hours and sometimes days trying to release children into the world. In the unfortunate cases, all that agony results in the introduction of a stillborn. Sometimes right after birth there’s death and new mothers are left to mourn the death of babies they never got the chance to hold. Life is truly a precious gift, and with its obvious temporary nature, people still manage to take it for granted. I went through three phases with regards to the crime problem. When it first began, it was a worrisome thing. Perhaps I spent every night sleeping with locked doors – actually living in a state of fear. After the “numbers” grew, death was a thing I was growing accustomed to. I shrugged my shoulders at young men who seemed to be giving their lives away – playing with the idea of life versus death – tempting death with bullet shots grazing the side of their heads, or missing their hearts by an inch. I had no sympathy for anyone who chose to join a gang. My heart never became heavy with the loss of another life to the streets. My heart was light and I was free. I believed that when “you live by the gun, you die by the gun”. The third phase, which is where I am now, is one where I’m back to worrying, but not so much in fear as in questioning the future that we are to have if we let all our children die. For those of us who have never personally known anyone who has been killed, the hurt never really sets in. But what happens when the pain hits home? Do we really want to wait until we are called to identify the body of someone we love and care for to decide that this is definitely not the path we want to take? In primary school, I met and bonded with people from all walks of life. There was a connection formed between each of us because of those initial years of learning acceptance and tolerance. Some of the very same people I would pitch marbles with, or kick bottles with, or play bat and ball with have been submerged in six feet of inescapable earth – walking with me no more, talking with me no more, having a future no more. Some of the others who still stand are either locked away, occasionally witnessing life on the free side or perpetually in a state of anxiety – fashioned with eyes constantly over their shoulders. This is the life they chose. Could I have prevented this move that they made? Was I an accomplice to the decisions that they made? If I traced our friendships, I believe I could find the point at which I stopped caring for them and shortly after, these friends stopped caring too. Our society has become a selectively blinded society. We see what we want to see and ignore all else. The practice of being our brother’s keeper has been long abandoned and only surfaces when it is in relation to something that will profit us in some way. Life is no longer the precious gift that it should be. The fragility of human life is an issue that is functionally non-existent. It is high time that we return to the days when we all were connected in some way. It is absolutely imperative that we find ourselves back at the place where love and respect once lived. We need to get back to when we really cared when we asked how each other was doing, and when we were bold enough to encourage what was right and rebuke what was wrong. We need to get back the genuine concern that we felt for our friends and our neighbours. We need to return to that place we once held dear, that place where only love existed. We need to laugh from our hearts, love without condition and live. Only then will we begin to see real change in our society. info@sknunion.com From Where I Sit By xSpeaks


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 16 NEWS Expect Some Changes to this Year’s Ms. Culture Queen Pageant,” says Committee Chairperson CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS — “Expect nothing but the best for this year’s Ms. Culture Queen Pageant,” says Chairperson of the 2012 Ms. Culture Queen Pageant Subcommittee, Ms. Jedee Caines. Ms. Caines, a former Ms. Culture Queen Pageant contestant and chaperone, said plans are being put in place for the Aug. 5 staging of this year’s pageant, adding that patrons could expect some changes to the format. According to Chairperson Caines, the 2012 Ms. Culture Queen Pageant contestants would be required to make five appearances: Fanfare, On-Stage Interview, Nevisian Pride Presentation, Performing Talent and Evening Wear. “While the Fanfare would not be judged, it promises to be a major highlight of the pageant,” she said, revealing that “the contestants would be wearing swimsuits during the opening number.” “We want our contestants to be ready for any and everything. We want them to face their fears and realise that wearing swimsuits has become an expected and accepted part of pageantry. This year, we want the full package. Our queens should speak well, dress well, and look well. They should think like queens even before the pageant,” Ms. Caines said. The re-addition of a swimwear segment to the Ms. Culture Queen Pageant comes after a two-year hiatus where swimwear appearances were diverted to a separate Ms. Culture Swimwear Contest. Another change to the pageant’s format is the placement of the Onstage Interview. According to Ms. Caines, “the change was made for two reasons: to encourage patrons to attend the show early and to lessen the degree of apprehension amongst the contestants.” “Because of its placement, the On-stage interview would be judged as a separate segment,” Ms. Caines added. The third appearance, the Nevisian Pride Presentation, “is designed to educate the judges and audience on various aspects of Nevisian history and culture.” As a requirement, each contestant would be required to deliver a prepared speech on one of the island’s historical sites. This year, the maximum time allotted for the Performing Talent segment is five minutes while the Evening Wear segment which will, among other things, showcase the contestants’ creativity, would last for three minutes per contestant. “I am eagerly anticipating this year’s pageant and the contestants are too as they have commenced training in public speaking and conducting interviews,” Ms. Caines said. This year’s Ms. Culture Queen Pageant would be held at the Nevis Cultural Complex under the theme “Cherishing the past, embracing the present and planning for the future.” Photo Caption: Chairperson of the 2012 Culturama Ms. Culture Queen Pageant Subcommittee Ms. Jaedee Caines. Nevis Craft House to join internet highway soon NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — On June 25, 2012, the Nevis Craft House will enter the international market through the global computer network, when it launches its website www.neviscrafthouse.com. The announcement came from the establishment’s General Manager Ms. Doretta Danie, at a ceremony to herald in the first exposition held at the Craft House grounds, Pinneys Industrial Site on Thursday May 31, 2012. She said the move, like the Expo, would afford the public greater access to their line of products. “We anticipate that this first annual Craft Exposition will provide opportunities for us as well as our local entrepreneurs to access and penetrate not only the local market but external ones as well. In this regard, we have added a Marketing and Sales officer whose responsibility includes the highlighting and promotion of our locally produced craft [and to] create avenues that will be of benefit to our private sector and craft makers as well. “I know that the public is aware, that I was charged with the mandate of putting the Craft House on the internet. I daresay to you Minister Cozier, that come June 25th, you and the public may log into www.neviscrafthouse.com ,” she said. Ms. Daniel noted that apart not only recognise and appreciate their skills but afford them the ability to expose their natural talents and God given gifts to the Nevisian public, as well as the wider region and international consumer market,” she said. The Manager reminded those present, that the Craft House opened its doors in March 1980 with a compliment of seven employees, two of whom were still employed there. The staff compliment has since grown to 23 employees. They have been organised into various departments to produce woodwork, rattan, grass and other handicraft products. She said the Craft House was established then to showcase the extent and ability of the Nevis handicraft artists and it remained the same in 2012. The 17 awards were presented by Minister of Trade Hon. Dwight Cozier in four categories. For Regularity and Punctuality Mendeli Williams, Antonio Parris and Dawn Warner were recognised, while Lalanie Rogers, Alicia Wilkinson and Lorraine Jeffers were awarded for their Dedication. In the area of Productivity, Carolie Williams, Marilyn Pemberton, Euilca Pemberton, Carmen Nisbett, Dawn Warner and Antonio Parris were awarded and for Long Standing Service, Eulicia Pemberton was awarded for 32 years, Carolie Williams for 31 years, Dawn Warner for 31 years, Antonio Parris for 29 years and Carmen Nisbett for 30 years. Minister of Trade Hon. Dwight Cozier awards the longest serving worker at the Nevis Craft House Ms. Eulica Pemberton for 32 years of service Some craft items made at the Nevis Craft House by local artisans on display at the Nevis Craft House Exposition will soon be available online The workers in session from increasing their marketing opportunities, the one-day Expo was also intended to recognise the capability of their craft artisans, 17 of whom were honoured at the ceremony. “It is also important that weMake certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 17 NEWS Dr. Daniel did his part; those after him should make an account of what they did By Llewellyn ParrisThe founding father of modern Nevis, the Hon Dr Simeon Daniel, passed away on Sunday May 27 at his home. I am writing this piece Tuesday morning (June 5) while his funeral will be in the afternoon and so I will not dwell on the funeral, which as he had wished before he died, would be held at his church, the St. Thomas Anglican Church, Lowlands. Persons of all political persuasions have been paying tributes to the fallen hero. I have taken it rather hard because I was close to some younger members of his family and as a result I used to frequent his home. However, from a political standpoint, I joined the executive of the Nevis Reformation Party in 1992, after he would have retired. We therefore never shared a political platform. The two radio stations on Nevis, Voice of Nevis (VON) and Choice 105.3 FM dedicated their political shows to the life and times of the late Dr Daniel. These are Let’s Talk and On The Mark programmes on VON, and Tell Me and Breakfast Menu with Chef Waltie on Choice 105.3 FM. From those four programmes, many people learnt a lot about the fallen hero, and those who knew that history were pleasantly taken down memory lane. Lawyer Theodore Hobson went on the rampage Tuesday night May 29 on VON’s Let’s Talk programme accusing Dr Daniel of having failed to seek session for Nevis. Dr Daniel was the architect of Section 113 and he best knew how and when to invoke it. For the nine years he was Premier, such a need did not arise. Dr Daniel secured Section 113 in the Constitution to be used as a strategic safety net for Nevisians but the CCM have always wanted to use it as a political machete to mow down our brothers and sisters in St. Kitts. It is Dr Daniel’s name they are now dragging in the mud. The Hon Mark Brantley on his show on Wednesday May 30 played from the archives a full speech that was delivered by Dr. Simeon Daniel on Friday June 19, 1992 in which he announced that he had resigned as the leader of the Nevis Reformation Party. On Thursday May 31, Tell Me programme on Choice 105.3 FM which was jointly hosted by Junior Minister, the Hon Carlisle Powell and myself, had two special guests in Hon Joseph Parry, the Premier, and retired politician Mr Uhral Swanston who served in Dr Daniel’s government as a minister. Dr Daniel’s Exit Speech, as my co-host Hon Powell called it, was also played in full, and it was quite revealing. “We abide by the results,” said Dr Daniel in his exit speech. “The people have opted for a change of Government and that is their right in a democratic society. We congratulate the Concerned Citizens Movement at the victory and in particular, their three successful candidates.” A number of persons who had not heard that speech have approached me and said that if what was outlined by Dr Daniel is what his government had done in nine years, then they could not see what the CCM did in next fourteen years because it appeared to them as if the present NRP government, when it came into office in 2006, continued from where Dr Daniel’s government had left off. Dr Daniel listed the long list of milestones his government had achieved in the short time it was in government. For lack of space, I will not touch on all areas Dr Daniel talked about, but will highlight the glaring ones, but it is important to note what he said: “Our record speaks for itself. It is a record of which you can be proud.” In Housing he said: “The Housing and Land Development Corporation has developed lands at Hard Times, Forthergills, Prospects, Pot Works, and some 600 Nevisian families have already purchased their lots.” The current NRP, continuing from where the CCM had made an attempt by offering low quality houses, revolutionised housing in Nevis. Its flagship Cherry Garden stands out as a unique housing project in the region. “Our water development programme has the staggering record of providing the following villages with a 24-hour supply: Brown Hill, Bath Village, Hanley’s Road, Brick Kiln, Butlers, New Castle, Barnaby, Cotton Ground, Jessups, Barnes Ghaut, Fountain and Westberry. New water mains have been provided in Charlestown, new reservoirs were built at Rawlings, Hamilton, Brown Pasture, Mount Lilly, Fothergills, and Jessups,” said Dr Daniel. He continued: “In 1992 work has already started in providing to the remaining villages of Cox, Beaumont, and Pond Hill. When these are completed, every village in Nevis, will have a 24-hour a day water supply.” Well it took the present NRP to go back and upgrade the system that Dr Daniel had left in place, and increased the amount of water available on Nevis by prospecting and opening up new wells. “In roads, funds have already been negotiated for the revamping of the Nevis Island Main Road from the Caribbean Development Bank,” said Dr Daniel. “Other roads have been repaired and constructed all over the island, too numerous to mention.” It is the present NRP government that finished the section from St. James Anglican Church to Market Shop in Gingerland, via Butlers. Nevis is a 36 sq miles island, and with Dr Daniel having secured funds before he demitted office, then it is a world record by CCM to have failed to complete the Island Main Road in 14 years. On September 20, 1999 the CCM held a huge ceremony to open the Long Point Port, and by all means they ought to be congratulated for that achievement. But here is what Dr Daniel had said on June 19, 1992: “In seaport development, funds for the study for the seaport were secured by us from the Caribbean Development Bank. Work is already in progress.” And here is the big one. “The airport: I am obliged to emphasise New Castle Airport project and that project has been approved contrary to statements made otherwise,” said Dr Daniel. “We had discussions with the European Development Fund representative. We have discussed four options, and the first one, which was the expansion of the runway in the direction of Newcastle Village. “Let me state that the European Development Fund was prepared to accept no other option, and advised us that in no way would they be involved in the demolition of Hurricane Hill. The funds to construct the runway are available and this is known at Nevis and Federal level. The danger is that if the project is not pursued immediately, the funds would be transferred to another island in the Caribbean.” The CCM did well because the funds were never transferred to another island. But they brought in so much confusion by insisting that they would shave off Hurricane Hill. It was as a result of loud voices by persons wanting to save Lover’s Beach that Hurricane Hill was spared. And once the airport was completed, as is the norm in the Caribbean and many parts of the world, everyone thought that it would be named after the founding father of Nevis, Dr Simeon Daniel. This did not happen, even after Dr Daniel would have sourced and secured the funds. The airport was named after the sitting Premier, the Hon Vance Amory, in circumstances he says he had no control because the Cabinet did it in his absence. But records (cabinet submissions) show that Hon Vance was the chairman of the meeting in which it was agreed that the airport would be named after him. On Choice 105.3 FM’s Breakfast Menu hosted by Chef Waltie, Premier the Hon Joseph Parry was the guest on Tuesday June 5. The Premier was asked by the host why NRP lost after all the development that Dr Daniel had outlined. The Premier said that the CCM felt that they could bring down the NRP government by getting at its leader. I am not blaming Chef Waltie, because I want to believe that because of lack of time, he did not ask the Premier to explain how the CCM managed to accomplish it. But, he did not need to because that answer had been given since last week Tuesday June 29 on Let’s Talk Programme. Host Mr Evered ‘Webbo’ Herbert played a tape in which Mr Edric Stanley made the announcement that he was running for the seat held by Dr Simeon Daniel on a shadowy St. John’s People’s Party. “The evidence will show though, Edric, that that speech helped to put him (Dr Daniel) out of office, because you ran against him,” said the host. “There was a point of view, that had you not participated, run, and split out the votes, Sim Daniel could have hold on.” Mr Stanley denied it, but at least one heavyweight agreed it was so. However when Mr Stanley was further challenged, this time with the figures, he reluctantly agreed. Today Mr Stanley, though not a supporter of secession like the CCM, he is known to be their supporter. Why would a serious contender for political office form a party that covers only one parish? I will not answer my own question. Did the CCM celebrate after they succeeded in toppling the mighty Dr Simeon Daniel? How about toppling a government that had worked so hard for the people of Nevis? Sure they did, and that is only natural. Are they still celebrating today? From across the Narrows, Mr Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd, host of the popular Voices Programme on WINN FM found out about the anniversary of CCM’s toppling Dr Daniel because his guest on Friday June 1 was the Hon Vance Amory, leader of the CCM, who took over the Government from Dr Simeon Daniel in 1992. “It is sad to see him go, I think we all mourn his passing, and I can say that he was a true patriot,” said the former Premier. “If I were to say anything, I think in a report which I gave to VON Radio, I said that he was a stalwart and a warrior for the cause of Nevis.” Yes, you heard it right. He called the late Dr Simeon Daniel a warrior. A warrior — a word rabid sympathisers of his CCM party fret when it is mentioned, because they prefer the word Sheriff. He then struggled to say how much he respected Dr Daniel explaining that he would never use a bad word on him even though they were politically opposed. Yes, he said that he personally never would have done that. But what did he say when his followers had displayed a black doll dressed as a monkey and said it was Dr Daniel? What about the coffin of Dr Daniel (20 years before he died) that was displayed in the middle of Charlestown’s Main Street outside the present day NTA building? Mr Amory then told the host: “Strangely and coincidentally, Patches, the 1st of June 1992 was the time when CCM was voted into government, 20 years ago. “Today (June 1, 2012) is coincidentally that period and when you asked me to come on, sometime on Tuesday morning, and I said Friday, not because of the significance of the 1st. I was not even aware of it until I wrote it down.” Host Patches wished him a happy anniversary. Notice The St Christopher and Nevis Accreditation Board wishes to advise the general public of the launch of its new website. Effective June 1, 2012 all information concerning the Board, the accreditation process and the institutions which have been accredited will be available on www.ab.gov.kn Also, a Secretariat for the Board has recently been established. It is located at the Education Administration Building, Church Street, St. Kitts. The Executive Director is Ms Trisha Rawlins. For more information contact the Secretariat at 467-1406.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 18 SPORTS Development Bank salutes Federation’s cricketers BASSETERRE ST. KITTS — Development of cricket among the Federation’s youth is a goal the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis has tasked itself to pursue and members of the institution’s board, management and staff are pleased with the progress that has been made so far by those who would have benefitted from its training programmes. “Over the years, the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis has Hector, the St. Kitts Cricket Association has been invited to host the 2012 Leeward Islands Cricket Tournament with the Nevis Cricket Association. The tournament started on Friday with a match between St. Kitts and Antigua in St. Kitts and a match in Nevis between Nevis and Montserrat. Islands taking part in this year’s tournament are Anguilla, Antigua, Montserrat, Nevis, and St. Kitts. Six matches will be hosted by St. Kitts while Nevis will host four matches. All are three day matches, each with a day’s rest. “We have responsibility for ground transportation and meals,” said Mr Hector. “We were seeking financing for the meals, which the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis has so kindly agreed to sponsor four matches. We certainly appreciate it. When I came to see Mr Harris a week ago, he was very upbeat he wanted to support cricket.” According to Mr Hector, the management committee assumed Ms Danienne Brin, Development Bank’s Executive Assistant hands the sponsorship cheque to Mr Auckland Hector, Interim Chairman of the St. Kitts Cricket Association’s management committee. Looking on is the bank’s Loans Management Unit manager Mr David Fox. stamped its mark and we are looking forward to the day when we will have the first Kittitian playing on the West Indies cricket team,” said Mr Fox. The cheque was handed over to Mr Auckland Hector, the interim chairman of the management committee currently running the affairs of the St. Kitts Cricket Association, by Ms Danienne Brin, Executive Assistant to the bank’s General Manager, Mr Lenworth Harris. Mr Hector is the former General Manager of the Development Bank. “The Development Bank will continue to provide this assistance,” observed Mr Fox. “We have been fortunate to have the current General Manager Mr Lenworth Harris and the former General Manager Mr Auckland Hector play cricket at the highest level in St. Kitts, and that in itself is helping to fuel our desire to see the development of cricket continue in St. Kitts and Nevis.” According to Mr Auckland office on February 19 after a no confidence motion against the past administration was moved by the membership. The new team will run the affairs of the association until November this year when elections will be held. The management committee has successfully hosted two West Indies first class matches and the West Indies Women versus India Women three ODIs and are in the process of hosting the Leeward Islands Tournament now. In July they will be hosting three ODI matches, the West Indies against New Zealand. “So one could appreciate and understand the challenges the association has had and it is very useful that the Development Bank has come on board to support the local cricket,” noted Mr Hector. “Of course Mr Harris himself has played for St. Kitts and so have I. For me, I am very appreciative for the contribution that the Development Bank is making to the St. Kitts Cricket Association.” made it its business to provide assistance to cricket in St. Kitts and Nevis, in particular development of youth cricket,” said the Loans Management Unit manager Mr David Fox. “Back in 2007 we did something very special and that unearthed a number of youngsters.” Speaking on Friday June 1, as the Development Bank presented a cheque of EC$14,850 to the St. Kitts Cricket Association to assist in the hosting of the Leeward Islands Cricket Tournament, Mr Fox said that development of youth cricket programme initiated by the bank has been fairly successful and it is looking forward to seeing a Kittitian on the West Indies team in short order. “I am proud to say that today the St. Kitts cricket squad has no less than four or five from our coaching programme with former West Indies test player, Nevisian Keith Arthurton in 2007. Nevis has Results of Matches of SKNFA Digicel Premier Division Final Four Play OffsMatches played over the Weekend at Warner Park Stadium : (Sat 2nd June, 2012) S. L. Horsford St. Pauls 4 vs UDC Garden Hotspurs 0 (Half Time 2 0) Scorers for S. L. Horsford St. Pauls Josh Leader 17th minute George “Yellowman” Isaac struck twice from free kicks in the 31st & 57th minute Terrence Warde 58th minute Yellow Cards George “Yellowman” Isaac (St. Pauls) 6th minute Daniel Rouse (Spurs) 43rd minute Valmon Jeffers (Spurs) 61st minute Kia Cabey (Spurs) 69th minute Julian Benjamin (St. Pauls) 86th minute Officials were James Matthew, Graeme Browne, Ike Inniss & Steadroy Techeira Match Commissioner was Elvet Rogers Sunday 3rd June, 2012 (Sun 3rd June, 2012) Conaree FC 0 vs Delphic NewTown United 0 Yellow Cards Jermaine Riley (Conaree) 73rd minute Andy Samuels (Conaree) 80th minute Officials were Stewart Rawlins, Miguel Flemming, Sherlene Browne & Anthony Bergan Referee Assessor was Troy Mills Match Commissioner was Fitzroy Eddy Delphic NewTown United defeats S.L.Horsford St. Paul’s 1-nil By Drizel HanleyDelphic NewTown United defeated S.L.Horsford St.Paul’s 1-nil in the third match of the Final Four which was played Wednesday, June 6 at Warner Park, Basseterre Fifteen minutes into the game, NewTown’s leading goal scorer Zevon Archibald stole a chance and did not let it go to waste. At the end of halftime, the game was still at one goal to nil. Second half came and the fight was still evident in both teams. NewTown however, did a splendid job of preventing St. Pauls from ((cont’d on next psge)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 08TH 2012 19 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante NEWS oThe month of May has ended and not a word from the PAM leader about his full slate of candidates for the next General Elections. oHe made a commitment some three months ago (at the PAM convention) to make the official announcement but he has lost his tongue and is having a hard time finding it. oEven big PAM supporters like Mr. Politics, Mother Best ad Sylvene are complaining that Little Bo Peep and his gang in PAM have fallen asleep and are resting on their laurels. oThey all contend that if Douglas were to call the elections anytime this year or next year, PAM will be caught with their pants down. oThe party, under Little Bo Peep’s leadership, is in total disarray and they (PAM) can’t find candidates to replace de Gang of 5, who were unceremoniously kicked out after the 2010 general elections for criticizing de party leader (Little Jesus) and calling for his resignation. oIn the East only two members of “de founding family” have shown some interest. All other persons asked have chased them away, saying not with Lindsay Grant as their leader. If he could do Blanchette and Flemming dem that, imagine what he will do to dem. They staying in dey lane. oAnd, many of the New Town PAM supporters are backing Blanchette and other members of de Gang of 5 for standing up like big men and openly speaking out against the rampant corruption and dictatorship in PAM which they say clearly has no use for poor people. oSince de shocking revelation of the recent poll conducted here in St.Kitts and Nevis by the renowned Jamaican pollster-that the PAM leader, was not a suitable candidate to be a Prime Minister of this country, more and more pressure has now been put on Little Bo Peep to step down before de next Party Convention next year. oDey say a Party Executive meeting held last week ended in chaos and confusion, with Little Bo Peep being given an ultimatum of 3 months to bow out gracefully. oBut they say Little Bo Peep is fighting back and is very adamant that he will not step down. He say they damn ‘forward’ to ask him to quit after he done spend so much money on dem and de party. oDe word is out that the false prophet is calling for a next march in town during the Music Festival weekend. oDe false prophet say plenty people will be here for de festival and de Rescue Crew will be able to rent a bid crowd dis time. But de Hedgehog tell him-“No poopa, you mekking a fool of us too much now.” oDey say de Hedgehog went on to tell de false prophet, dat he round Douglas so long (nearly 20 years) and aint learn a thing about Douglas. He (de false prophet) is a colossal failure. oHe tell de false prophet that Douglas is a real General who can marshal his troops at any moment as he did on Labour Day and at the massive conference which ended with ‘Tootmoon’ and ‘Harry’ on board pledging their full support for him (Douglas) and the Labour Party. oPeople want know if while Terry banging off he mouth on all de talk shows, he register to vote as yet. oDey say every time Sylvene see certain Ministers of Government she cut up she eyes on dem and buse them, lamenting about all de praying she done do. oShawn mad like hell with St. Mark for overlooking him and putting Gene (his Junior MP), as part of his opposition team on the OECS Assembly. oDey say Shawn ducked the questions asked by the PAM FM Voices host about his loyalty to his Party Leader, Lindsay Grant, and said his loyalty comes first to his constituency.scoring. The Final Four began on Saturday 2nd June when St. Pauls thrashed UDC Garden Hotspurs four goals to nil. The goals were scored by Josh BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 7TH 2012 (CUOPM) – The St. Kitts and Nevis National Olympic committee expects the very best of its athletes competing in for the fifth time at the upcoming Olympics in London. “At least of those who are qualified because we are just taking qualification for the games. We expect them to put in their very best, improve their personal time, achieve their personal best, make it to the finals, win medals. In other words, we have been there since 1996 and we think we have matured to the point, it won’t be too much to expect somebody to mount the podium,” said National Olympic President, Mr. Bridgewater in an interview with The Voice of Russia. NewTown ... (cont’d from last page) Alphonso Bridgewater tells Voice of Russia: St. Kitts & Nevis will climb the podium at London 2012 Leader in the 17th minute; George “Yellow man” Isaac in the 31st and 33rd minute and Terrance Warde in the 34th minute. In the second game of the final four which was played on Sunday June 3rd Conaree FC and Delphic Newtown United settled for (a nilnil) draw. Yesterday, Thursday, June 7th Conaree took on Garden Hotspurs. The Games continue tomorrow Saturday, June 9 when Delphic Newtown United takes on UDC Garden Hotspurs in the first match at 6:00pm and S.L.Horsford St. Paul’s will do battle with Conaree in the second match at 8:00pm.


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