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Year 57 NO. 13FRIDAY, AUGUST 30th, 2013 EC$2.00 At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gal 13/08/13 DELTA $14.47 / SOL $16.20 / TEXACO $15.31BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. COMMENTARY BY* TRADE UNION NEWS* THE THINKING CITIZEN* EARL CLARKE* REV. CANON PERCIVAL PAGE 07 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has joined scores of nationals extending congratulations to the Federations students who performed 15 percent in Mathematics and English above the regional average. That is a positive reflection on our students, our teachers, our parents, and our educational system, and we should all be very gratified by these results, said Dr. Douglas, during his weekly radio programme PM Douglas congratulates students, says Labour Government has increased number of scholarships Ask the Prime Minister. He pointed out however that Physics and Applied Mathematics seem not to be among the most popular subjects in St. Kitts and Nevis. That, I think we would find to be the case at most high schools anywhere on earth apart from those schools that cater speciallySt. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (contd on page 3)BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) A victory for the Speaker of the National Assembly in South Africa.The National Assembly in South Africa says it welcomes a decision by the Constitutional Court to dismiss, with costs, Democratic Alliance Parliamentary leader, Ms Lindiwe Mazibukos application seeking to compel the National Assembly Speaker, Mr. Max Sisulu to schedule a debate on the motion of no confidence in the President His Excellency Jacob Zuma. A release from the Parliament of South Africa states that in its judgment, the court confirmed the decision of the Western Cape High Court that the Speaker, acting alone, has no residual power to schedule a motion of no confidence in the President to be debated and voted on in the Assembly. South Africa Court rules National Assembly Speaker cannot be compelled to schedule a debate on a motion of no confidence The Court also found the Rules of the NA relating to the programming of such motions to be unconstitutional as they did not provide for the tabling of motionsSouth African Parliament Speaker the Hon. Max Sisulu (contd on page 3) PM Douglas welcomes Russian investment of US$50 million BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, AUGUST 29TH 2013 (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has welcomed the start of two projects at Sandy Bank on St. Kitts South East Peninsula which involves foreign direct investment of over US$50 million. The projects by Russian investors will see the construction of the 50 two-bedroom villas as(contd on page 11)part of the US$37 million Ocean Veteran Banker Dawne Williams, the new CEO at SKNA National Bank Ltd.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 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: email@example.com Website: www.labourspokesman.com Editorial SKN students excel in 2012 CAPE Exams By Drizel Hanley Education Minister, Hon. Nigel Carty has commended students from both St. Kitts and Nevis for their outstanding performance in the June 2013 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) as well as the improved past rate over the last year. He commended the students during his third annual National Report last week on both the CAPEs and CSEC (CXC Exams). CAPEs are taken in the Divisions of Arts, the Sciences and General Studies. Students from the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) in St. Kitts and Charlestown Secondary Sixth Form (CSS) in Nevis usually write CAPE Unit 1 in their first year and Unit 2 in their second year. The Education Minister revealed, that at CFBC, Art and Design, Applied Mathematics, Environmental Science, French, Physics, Literature and Spanish returned a 100% pass rate at CAPE Unit 1. A 100% rate was also returned for Unit 2 in Art and Design, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Information Technology. According to the Education Minister out of 1422 CAPE entries at CFBC 83.8% or 1191 entries returned a passing grade. This, he said, represents the highest pass rate over the last four years, noting that the following courses returned a less than 50% pass rate for Unit 1Information Technology, and Law and for Unit 2 Spanish only. There was a total of 1422 registered subject entries in both Unit 1 and Unit 268% or 966 for Unit 1 courses and 32% or 456 for Unit 2. The disparity between the number of Unit 1 and 2 entries maybe indicative of significant repetition of Unit 1 courses and or dropouts after year one instead of continuing to year two, Minister Carty explained. The most popular courses for Unit 2 were Economics, Environmental Science, Law, Management of Business and Sociology while the most popular subjects for Unit 1 were Caribbean Studies, Economics, Environmental Science, Information Technology, Management of Business and Sociology. Significant entries were also registered in Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Law and Pure Mathematics. The Senator encouraged the students to register for courses such as foreign languages, natural science and math. The most outstanding students at the CFBC were Julear Hobson who passed 6 courses with 4 distinctions; Kayla Farrell5 passes, 4 distinctions; Deros Frank-5 passes, 4 distinctions; Aldeen Isaac5 passes, 4 distinctions; Nicoyann GC Blackett5 passes, 3 distinctions; Juan P Lynch5 passes, 3 distinctions; Levi AK Bradshaw4 passes, 3 distinction; Brencia PK Skeete4 passes, 3 distinctions and Tama Martin4 passes, 3 distinctions. At the Charlestown Secondary School Sixth Form (CSS) 138 candidates registered for 564 subject entries, 63.8% were Unit 1 (contd on pagr 11) Another Look at the Real PAM Part 2 Last week we pointed out that when the five persons wrote calling for the resignation of Lindsay Grant as their political leader they did so on the basis of Grants breaking his own law and, as a candidate, having become involved in a direct solicitation of money. This was clearly based on the announcement which he had made at the rally in Sandy Point, and on what was contained in the video recording of that which had transpired at The Marriott Hotel in Frigate Bay. They based their decision on the assessment that the actions at the Marriott amounted to corruption at the highest level. It was also disclosed during the Freedom Radio interview of the three gentlemen by Mr. Lennox Linton that the call for Grants resignation had been repulsed by one of the wealthy founding members of PAM, Mr. Richard Caines. He had stated, quite emphatically, that Mr. Grant, The Maximum Leader, was staying, and that if anyone was leaving it was the five who had called for Grants resignation. As far he was concerned they could go and form their own party if they wanted to. No matter what he has done the maximum leader was staying. The Maximum Leader? That sounds reminiscent of the NAZI Party of Hitler, Goering, Bormann, Himmler, Goebbels, Hess and the other criminals who ran Germany from the early 1930s to 1945. We are not at all surprised by any of this. As we have often reminded you, from the very inception of PAM this Newspaper has always tried to educate and enlighten the public about the true nature of that wicked, evil, terrorist organization. We have always known, and tried to warn our people, that they are neither of or for the people, and they are anything but democratic. The five were stunned and visibly shaken by Mr. Caines support of Grant and his behaviour, and they are, to this very day, revolted by the fact that he has never condemned Mr. Grants actions at the Marriott. They were eventually expelled from PAM. What has also distressed and disgusted them is the fact that two of their former candidate colleagues, Mr. Shawn Richards and Mr. Eugene Hamilton, have never condemned Lindsay Grants actions. Naturally, they opine that since Richards and Hamilton have never condemned Grants behaviour then it stands to reason that they approve of, or, at the very least, condone them. But then again, dear readers, none of this is new about PAM. We would remind you of an experience of Comrade Earle Clarke who, in the immediate aftermath of the 10th June, 1967 affair approached a cousin of his, one of the Top Leaders of PAM, and implored him to denounce the attempted coup d? tat and distance himself from the whole matter. To Earles dismay his cousin replied: Dont ever disassociate me from anything which my party has done. The country should brace itself for more and more information concerning acts of corruption by PAM politicians. As an example, the time is drawing closer when an account will have to be given of the numerous payments made to PAMites out of the monies of a certain insurance company long after such payments could have been made legally. Those PAMites include a former Minister of the Labour Administration who received not one (1) but two (2) cheques, one made out in his name and the other in his mothers name. Those crimes will have to be answered for. Oh yes, dear readers, Prime Minister Douglas has not yet begun to speak about the criminal behaviour of a certain former colleague of his. Those who thought that they had taken onboard a piece of gold will soon find out that what they have acquired is really a huge lump of lead, and lead of a very dense quality at that. Young people in their great numbers are showing their strong support for and solidarity with Labour. Their regular programmes over Freedom Radio in which they speak glowingly of the good which Labour has been doing for them, and the unending displays of their love for Labour has become quite galling to PAM who had always thought of and portrayed themselves as the party of young people. Thus it is that they have their call-in agents doing their very best to turn off the youngsters, but to no avail. Indeed, Dwyer Astaphan has been overheard saying that he did not know that St Kitts people head is so hard. This from someone who wants the people to believe that he is so in love with them, and wants all kinds of good things for them. What deceit! What contempt! What disrespect! What deception! Democracy and freedom of speech under attack Readers will by now have heard of the lawsuits taken out by Dwyer Astaphan and Lindsay Grant against Prime Minister Douglas, accusing him of having slandered them at various times. They have also entered the suits against Freedom Radio and its Owner/Manager, Mr. Junj Liburd, claiming that the slanderous utterances of which they have accused Dr Douglas were aired by that radio station. It is interesting to note that Astaphans lawyer is Mr. Mark Brantley, Deputy Leader of the CCM, and Grants lawyer is Mr. Jonel Powell, PAM candidate for Constituency 2. In both cases Juni Liburd was served his papers before Dr Douglas was served. The big questions on everyones mind are these: Why have they singled out Freedom Radio and Juni Liburd? Other media carried the same programmes when they were aired; why not sue them as well? The answer is really quite straightforward. They view Junie and his station as supporters of Labour and therefore, in their view, both need to be silenced. If this isnt an attempt to curtail free speech then we dont know what is. But this is how it has always been with PAM. They must always be able to say whatever they wish concerning whomsoever, but the moment anyone fires back at them, it is off to the courts they go. Shut them up, silence them, and close them down. Only PAM is to speak and write freely. A way must always be found to silence everyone else, and there are to be no limits to the means which may be employed to do so. Shoot up their homes (more about this later), burn ZIZ, burn the Court House, burn Masses House (home of the Labour Spokesman), arrest the Union Blackboard, later on arrest Michael Powells blackboard because he had dared to form an opposing party, and arrest Lee Moore for speaking out and charge him with sedition. Harass Fidel OFlahertey and try him three times for the same matter (sedition), and we go on and on. There have even been instances when The Editor of this Newspaper has been approached and threatened to his face. And was even arrested by the Simmonds/PAM regime. The disclosures made over Freedom Radio on Friday 9 August, 2013 are driving the PAMites crazy. Now, as always, they are fighting mightily to stifle democracy and freedom of expression. During the Thursday 22 August show Mrs. Sylvene Henry admonished persons not to allow themselves to be used by their parties for certain propaganda purposes, for, when the trouble comes, they will be abandoned. She made reference to the Errol Maynard (contd on page 4)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 3 ADVERTISEMENT to science and math students. Nonetheless, teachers, parents, and mentors have to find ways to show our young people from an early age that even though these subjects may, at first, seem difficult, with practice and diligence, they can become not only manageable, but indeed enjoyable. In addition, they are two subjects that can lead to great possibilities later on, said Dr. Douglas, who suggested that both Governmental and the private sector devise imaginative and appealing ways to get young people thinking along those lines at an early stage. He noted also that his St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Government has invested a great deal of time and effort to increase the number of scholarships available to young people. As a result, not only will our State Scholar and the next best CAPE student be awarded a scholarship, but so will our best performing student in nursing, in TVET, and in teacher education, all as a part of our determination to ensure that hard work is rewarded, and our young people have access to the type of educational opportunities they crave, said the Prime Minister who said there were some 25 additional scholarships available to the young people of St. Kitts and Nevis. He used the opportunity to extend his personal congratulations to the students with the best CAPE and CSEC results. I extend to them my own special congratulations, and I know that everyone joins me in extending special words of congratulations to these outstanding CAPE students: Julear Hobson, Kayla Farrell, Deros Frank, Aldeen Isaac, Nicoyann Blackett, Juan Lynch, Leviak Bradshaw, Brenciap Skeete, Taman Martin, Imani Caines, Kha-Lis Farrell, Congratulations to you all.And, of course, equally heartfelt congratulations go out to the following Fifth Formers who produced such outstanding CSEC results as well: Christian Bryden, Jamalje Bassue, Candice Greene, Akila Moore, Zoe Quinlan, Allaric Pennyfeather, Zonique Browne, Sheyjona Bass, Tyler Martin, Omari Daniel, Arnele Francis, Ajani Nisbett, Sanuel Hancock, Hanif Charles, Hasani McDonald, Chavez Lawrence, Blestina Charles, Tehya Fleming, Nicolai Williams, Doodnauth Sarjoo, Jazian Bolus and KShanta Reid, said Prime Minister Douglas. PM Douglas congratulates students...... (contd from page 1) of no confidence. The constitutional invalidity of the impugned rules was suspended for six months to allow Parliament sufficient time to correct the defect. The application to the Constitutional Court followed the earlier dismissal of the matter by the Western Cape High Court in November. At the time the lower Court issued a stern warning against drawing the judiciary into every and all political disputes. Despite this warning, an application was made to the Constitutional Court at a time when the institution was in effect reviewing the relevant Rules. Mr Sisulu has consistently maintained that he did not have the authority to take decisions outside the Rules. The Court agreed with this position and stated that, where the Rules provided for a matter and gave direction, the Speaker had no authority to act on his own accord contrary to this. The Speaker welcomes todays final settlement of this matter by the Constitutional Court. Members are encouraged to use the review of the Rules process to make meaningful contribution and improve the Rules of the NA rather than resorting to recurrent applications to the courts. There are processes within Parliament to address any grievances or oversights in the rules. MPs are encouraged to take advantage of the review of the Rules to ensure that the Rules facilitate the discharge of their mandate rather than hinder them. The process to review the Rules of the NA was started last year. A multi-party sub-committee which is assisted by former Members and other experts was set up to review the rules to ensure that they better reflected the provisions of the constitution. A draft of the proposed review has been sent to Parties for comment. South Africa Court rules National Assembly Speaker cannot be compelled.... (contd from page 1)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 4 TRADE UNION NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Editorial(contd from page 2) matter, clearly without having much knowledge or understanding of it. It is very interesting to observe that she has never, ever referred to PAMs abandonment of Mr. Glenroy Blanchette. At the insistence of Lindsay Grant and other members of PAM, Blanchette, who had no interest in going to court, was coerced into joining Grant and another of his party colleagues in filing petitions concerning the outcome of the 2004 elections. When he and the four others were expelled from PAM the lawyers informed the court that he was on his own. Glenroy Blanchette, a poor man with a young family, who had been so dedicated to PAM when he thought that they stood for good, was left facing court costs in excess of 500,000 (half-a-million) dollars. Does anyone doubt Mrs. Henrys reasons for not referring to Blanchettes abandonment? In our next editorial we shall continue this discussion. Unfair/Wrongful Dismissal In the words of Samuel Gompers, The man who has his millions will want everything he can lay his hands on and then raise his voice against the poor devil who wants ten cents more a day.... We do want more, and when it becomes more, we shall still want more. And we shall never cease to demand more until we have received the results of our labour. The decent work concept was formulated by the International Labour Organizations (ILOs) constituents, governments, employers and workers organizations, as a means to identify the Organizations major priorities and to modernize its approach for the twenty-first century. However, it is based on the understanding that work is a source of personal dignity, family stability, peace in the community, democracies that deliver for people, and economic growth that expands opportunities for productive jobs and enterprise development. Furthermore, in a relatively short time this concept has led to an international consensus among governments, employers, Unions and civil society organizations that productive employment and Decent Work are key elements to achieving a fair globalization and the reduction of poverty. In addition, it was also acceptable that employment creation and poverty reduction are inextricably linked. Furthermore, Decent Work is the best route out of poverty, and as the ILOs Constitution states, Poverty anywhere is a threat to prosperity everywhere. Moreover, a community at work is a community at peace. This statement holds true at the national, regional and global levels. Also achieving equality of opportunity and overcoming discrimination of all types in employment are crucial to fully realizing peoples capabilities. However it is also accepted that labour is not a commodity. Human beings for whom work is a source of dignity and family well-being have rights that must be respected. They are not just a part of the cost of production. In addition, policies must be tailored to the specific needs of a country. However in todays article we will continue by looking other examples of unfair/wrongful dismissal. We will start by looking at what is considered in most countries as unfair labour practice. In most countries any unfair Ac or omission that arises between an employer and an employee, involving:1. The unfair discrimination, either directly or indirectly, against an employee on the grounds of race, colour, gender, sex, religion, conscience,, belief, culture, language, family responsibility or material status or any other arbitrary ground; 2. The unfair conduct by an employer relating to the promotion, demotion or training of an employee or the provision of benefits to an employee; 3. The unfair suspension of an employee or any other disciplinary action short of dismissal in respect of an employee; 4. The failure of refusal of an employer to reinstate or re-employ a former employee in terms of an agreement. However, in most countries industrial laws when it comes to unfair labour practices there is a compensation clause that is built into their labour (code) laws which most times state as follows:The power of the Labour Commissioner or an Arbitrator where either upholds a claim, they may order an employer to:a. Reinstate the employee to his/her former position; b. Re-employ the employee in another position that the employer has available; c. Provide back pay and other entitlements owing from the time of the dismissal where restatement or re-employment is ordered; d. Compensate the employee by ordering payment of an amount not exceeding the remuneration of the employee during the six months before the dismissal, where reinstatement or re-employment is considered impracticable not to dismiss the employee, where dismissal has been threaten. However, one of the questions that have been asked by a cross section of workers is, What is considered to be constructive dismissal? It is said effectively, constructive dismissal happens when the employee dismisses him/ her self because he/her feels that conditions or their employers attitude at the workplace have become so bad that they have little choice but to resign. Their resignation can therefore be seen as unfair and can lead to a constructive unfair dismissal claim, but the legal definition is the termination of employment by an employee in response to a fundamental breach of contract by the employer. In addition, sometimes this will be of an express term of the contract of employment, such as the right to be paid a certain amount on an agreed date. However, more commonly, it usually is the employers behaviour that destroy or seriously undermines the working relationship of trust and confidence that should exist between employer and employee by, lets say, isolating the workers or failing to deal with a grievance. Nevertheless, let us look at an example of the wrong way and the right way of termination. Example 1 The wrong way. Two sisters were dismissed for gross misconduct because they used the internet for personal reasons. The company policy stated no personal internet use during core working hours. However, the company neglected to tell them that their internet use was being monitored and so, they were able to claim unfair dismissal and win their case, because the company was deemed to be unreasonable in dismissing them. Example 2 The right way. The company must have a clear and concise internet use policy which states the companys position on staff using the internet, and how the company intend to monitor its use. However, if the company hasnt already had such a policy, they should be reasonable with their staff and their internet use until such a policy is put in place. Keep in mind that it is not right to discipline or dismiss workers if you havent made it clear to them what they are doing is wrong. Now let us turn our attention to a situation in our beautiful Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis that is causing much grief amongst workers working at the industrial park where over the past few weeks many workers find themselves out of a job for all kind of frivolous reasons. In addition, all of those workers were short paid what was legally due to them, while some have already received the difference others are still awaiting their fate. Nevertheless, a young lady was terminated with immediate effect from her job at the industrial park where she worked for just over two years and has never been given any warning letter, so you could imagine her surprise upon receiving her termination letter in which it did even state the reason for her termination. Moreover, she said that she went to the competent authority to seek justice, but instead was told that because her employer gave her two weeks pay in lieu of notice there was nothing that they can do for her, and she must seek the help of a lawyer in helping her to receive any further compensation. In addition, she said that she was also told that because the proposed Labour Code has not yet pass into law there is nothing that they could do to further help her. However, because time is of the utmost importance we will stop here for today, but in a subsequent article we will definitely continue by looking at what the most recently amendment to the Protection of Employment Act has to say about termination of employment then you be the judge and determine if the worker s are being treated fairly or unfairly. As I take my leave today I leave you with a quote from Emmett J. BogdonWe are not complaining about work. We want to see our hard work reflected in our pay. Emmett J. Bogdon. Ministry Of Education Pledges T o Maintain SchoolsBasseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): With schools across St. Kitts and Nevis opening on Monday (September 02), final touches of an upgrade project are being made to the Basseterre High School, Cayon High School and Bronte Welsh Primary School. Minister of Education Hon. Nigel Carty, along with Permanent Secretary Ionie LiburdWillett, Chief Education Officer Clarice Cotton and Education Planner Quinton Morton made their way to the three schools on Tuesday (August 27) to assess the progress being made. The Ministry is dedicated to enhancing and maintaining the learning environment, says Minister Nigel Carty, referring to the measures that have been put in place to preserve the renovations. We have devised a maintenance mechanism whereby we have maintenance teams in three main sections of the country, Basseterre, the west-side of the country and the east-side of the country, he stated. We are going to engage plumbers, electricians, painters and so forth so that there is ongoing maintenance of our schools. I dont think we have to wait until our schools or facilities fall into a serious state of disrepair to bring attention to them. That is what we are trying to do. Minister Carty added that both teachers and students should also contribute to the basic upkeep of their facilities. One of the things that need to happen in our schools, particularly in respect of our labs, we need to have protocols of how we operate in our labs and part of it must be properly cleaning our spaces before and after work, he explained. In our science labs, wood-work labs and metal-work spaces, we cant just go in and cut wood and metal and at the end of the day walk out with our hands swinging. I think we have to train our students that as you go in you meet a place that is suitable for working; you must leave it in that same condition. The Education Minister and his team expressed that they are pleased with the repairs that have been made and students can look forward to a more conducive learning environment. They also commended the contractors and their workers for their hard work and dedication to the projects.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 5 NEWS/ ADVERTISEMENT TIMOTHY HARRIS & SAM CONDOR Must Resign From Their LABOUR SEATS WE DEMAND Resignation NOW Comet Solar begins installation of the largest commercial project permitted by the St. Kitts & Nevis Government to date. SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) (the Company, or Canadian Solar), one of the worlds largest solar power companies, today announced its modules would be used for a landmark solar project in the Leeward Islands. Comet Solar, an Anguilla based solar installation company, selected Canadian Solar for the installation, which at 600KW is the largest commercial project permitted by the St. Kitts & Nevis Government to date. S. L. Horsford & Co. Ltd., a diversified trading company involved in multiple trading, service and manufacturing activities through its various operating departments, subsidiary companies and associated companies contracted Comet Solar for the installation. The installation will span eight different buildings and various businesses, including supermarkets, which have a high refrigeration load. Construction has already started. Chris Mason, Comet Solars owner, stated, This project is our largest to date, with the challenge of having a remote location, a range of building types from steel buildings to concrete roofs and a mix of British and American electrical systems and voltages. As always, we wanted to ensure complete customer satisfaction for the life of the project. Canadian Solars high quality, warranty and reputation meant we could be confident the clients investment would be protected and we would receive the best in customer support. While the price was also very competitive, warranty and quality were our first concern. We are pleased to be selected by Comet Solar for this exciting installation, which will directly help the business owner to reduce its high electricity bill due to refrigeration, air conditioning and other constant energy demands compounded by the high temperatures in the region, commented, Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar. This latest win demonstrates the true power of solar energy to make our daily lives richer through renewable energy.End of Press Release Mexican Award for Science and Technology 2013 The Government of Mexico is calling on research institutions of Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal to nominate candidates for the Mexican Award for Science and Technology 2013. The award will be given to a recognized professional that has contributed in a significant way to universal scientific knowledge, technological advancement or the development of social sciences. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is October 15, 2013. For more information visit www.ccc.gob.mx/premio-mexico or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 6 NEWS For Inquiries call:869-764-1144 / 869-661-1497 Federation Records Best Results In Csec (Cxc) Exams Over The Past 3 Years By Javon Alford The Federation of St KittsNevis has seen their relentless efforts of advancing education finally paying off after they recorded the best results over the past 3 years in this years CSEC Examinations. This was revealed by the Minister of Education, Hon. Nigel Carty, during his report to the nation last week on the performance of students in our high schools in the Federation in this years CXC exams sat in June. According to Minister Carty the total number of candidates across the Federation who sat the examinations was 710 and 32 subjects were written. There were 4,219 subject entries and returned 3,352 entries with passing grades for a National average pass rate at CSEC for 2013 of 79.45%. He states that the federation recorded an increased performance rate in Mathematics from 47% in 2012 to 50% in 2013 which is highly commendable because it is 15% above the regional average which is 35%. An increase was also recorded in English Language which went from a 58.3% pass rate in 2011 to 72% in 2013. The Federation is exceptionally proud of the following subjects who had 100% pass rates including Mechanical Engineering Technology (written by Charlestown Secondary only), Agricultural Science Double Award, Music and Physical Education and Sports. A number of subjects had pass rates of 90% including: Agricultural Science Single Award, Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM), Food and Nutrition, Building Technology (Woods & Construction), Information Technology and Economics. The Ministers report also outlined the performances of the different schools: The Cayon High School (CHS) registered a total of 110 candidates for the 2013 CSEC exams in 27 subject areas and 100 percent pass rate was attained in 8 subject areas. The students didnt perform too well in Physics and Geography as they recorded pass rates below 35%. The Washington Archibald High School (WAHS) registered 126 candidates in 28 subject areas which is the highest amount of candidates for any one school. They attained Grade 1 passes in 21.76% of their subject entries and 100% pass rate in 10 subject areas, no subject returned a pass rate below 55%. The Basseterre High School (BHS) registered 120 candidates in 26 subject areas and returned 100% pass rate in 11 subjects. They received Grade 1 passes in 21.72% of all subject entries. At the Charlestown Secondary School (CSS) there were 106 candidates registered in 26 subject areas. They received 100% pass rate in 8 subjects and had a pass rate above 55% in all subject areas except Spanish and Mathematics. The Immaculate Conception Catholic School (ICCS) entered 49 students in 19 subject areas. They received 100% pass rate in 11 subject areas except for Principles of Accounts and Mathematics, all the other subject areas recorded a pass rate above 65% which is highly commendable. Sixty-six candidates were registered from the Gingerland High School (GHS) in 27 subject areas. 100% pass rates were recorded in 12 subject areas and pass rate of 55% and above was recorded in all subject areas except English Language, Caribbean History, Mathematics and Electrical and Electronic Technology. The Charles E Mills Secondary School (CEMS) registered 73 candidates in 27 subject areas and received 100% pass rate in 11 subjects, there was also a 50% and above pass rate for all the subject areas excluding Social Studies and Physics. The CEMS also returned a 75% pass rate in Mathematics in 2013 which is quite commendable. Fifty-five candidates were registered from the Verchilds High School (VHS) in 25 subject areas with 9 subjects returning 100% passes. A pass rate of 55% and above was achieved in all the subject areas except Mathematics, Spanish and Physics. The Lyn Jeffers School in Nevis registered (LFS) 5 candidates in 13 subject areas. There was 100% pass rate in 4 subjects and all the subjects excluding Literature, Chemistry and Mathematics all attained a pass rate of 50% and above. 9 Grade 1s; Zonique Browne of CEMS who passed 11 subjects with 9 Grade1s; Sheyjona Bass of BHS who passed 11 subjects with 8 Grade 1s; Tyler Martin and Omari Daniel of CSS passed 11 subjects with 8 Grade 1s; Arnele Francis of CSS who passed 10 subjects with 8 Grade 1s; Ajani Nisbett of CSS who passed 9 subjects with 8 Grade 1s; Samuel Hancock of ICCS who passed 11 subjects with 8 Grade 1s; Haniff Charles of WAHS who passed 11 subjects with 8 Grade 1s; Hasani Mc Donald of WAHS who passed 10 subjects with 8 Grade 1s; Chavez Lawrence of BHS who passed9 subjects with 7 Grade 1s; Blestina Charles of CHS who passed 8 subjects with 7 Grade 1s; Tehya Flemming of CEMS who passed 11 subjects with 7 Grade 1s; Nicolai Williams of CSS who passes 10 subjects with 7 Grade 1s; Doodnaut Sarjoo of GHS who passed 11 subjects with 7 Grade 1s; Jazian Bolus of WAHS who passed 10 subjects with 7 Grade 1s and KShanta Reid of WAHS who also passed 10 subjects with 7 Grade 1s. Many of the schools have been consistent in their performance over the years but much commendation is given to the schools and candidates who have improved their performance for the 2013 June CSEC Examinations. A number of candidates were also recognized for their outstanding performance in the exams including: Christian Bryden of WAHS who passed 17 subjects and received 12 Grade 1s; Jamalje Bassue of BHS who passed 13 subjects and got 11 Grade 1s; Candice Greene of WAHS who passed 11 subjects with 11 grade 1s; Akila Moore of WAHS who passed 12 subjects with 10 Grade 1s; Zoe Quinlan of WAHS who passed 11 subjects with 10 Grade 1s; Allaric Pennyfeather of BHS who passed 13 subjects with
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 7 NEWS In a welcome reception on August 27, 2013, Chairman of the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limiteds Board of Directors, Mr. Linkon Maynard, introduced the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Dawne Williams, who will assume office on September 1, 2013. A veteran banker of 35 years, Ms. Williams will replace former Managing Director Sir Edmund Lawrence, who retired on December 31, 2012. Mr. Maynard noted that Ms. Williams will bring a wealth of experience in domestic, corporate and regional banking from which the Bank is expected to benefit enormously. Ms. Williams will take on the challenge of leading the Bank in the execution of its new business strategy. Born in Basseterre, St. Kitts, Ms. Williams spent her formative years in St. Pauls Village where she lived with her younger sister Dr. Diana Williams-McIntyre and her mother Ms. Cornelia Williams, who served as the District Nurse for that area. She attended the St. Pauls Primary School, Basseterre Junior High and Basseterre Senior High School. In 1977, Ms. Williams began her banking career at Barclays Bank where she held various domestic and regional positions including Operational Risk Manager for the Leeward Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Netherland Antilles. Most recently, she held the following posts at FirstCaribbean International Bank: Director of Business Transformation (with responsibility for FCIBs seventeen territories) and Director of Retail Banking, Small Business Banking, Domestic Wealth Management, Insurance and Investment Banking (with responsibility for the OECS, Barbados and Belize). FirstCaribbean International Bank is the product of a merger between Barclays Bank and CIBC. In the regional banking fraternity she is known as a dynamic and energetic leader who is recognized for her good business acumen, service excellence, integrity and professionalism. Her team spirit and aptitude for motivating others are listed among her best assets. On her return home in 2012, Ms. Williams immediately immersed herself in the spirit of the community. She mentors challenged youths, volunteers at the HIV/AIDS Commission, and was recently appointed President of the Business and Professional Womens Club of St. Kitts. When asked what led her to assume the responsibility of leading the most successful indigenous bank in the region, she responded: After spending over three decades as a banker throughout the region, I embraced the opportunity to give back to my V eteran Banker Dawne W illiams, the new CEO at S t. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited country in the best way I know how by leveraging the knowledge and experience I gained to lead our National Bank to continued success and growth. I understand the scale of this endeavour especially as the Bank implements its new strategic plan in these challenging economic times. However, I am buttressed by my strong faith in God and plan to combine my knowledge, skills and experience with the Banks strong team of employees, and the support from the Board of Directors, to lead our National Bank into 2014 and beyond. I am up for the challenge. I feel blessed, humbled and honoured to be in a position to do so. In responding to the Chairmans words of welcome and introduction, Ms. Williams thanked the Board of Directors for the confidence placed in her as she took up the very important task of leading the biggest indigenous Bank in the OECS, whose assets reached over one billion U.S. dollars in June of this year. Attendees at the reception included the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Edmund Lawrence and Lady Lawrence, the Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Dr Denzil L. Douglas and the Deputy Governor of Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Mr. Trevor Brathwaite. Also in attendance were members of the Banks Board of Directors and senior staff officials of National Bank and senior banking and business executives of the Federation, including members of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 8 NEWS Credit unions decry pending new regulations Douglas who delivered the feature address at the opening ceremony reminded credit unions that they have invested in the twin pillars of institutional safety and soundness, and commended them as safety and soundness within the credit unions sector had direct implication for the safety and soundness of the region as a whole. He said he was aware of the emphasis credit unions have been placing on regulatory awareness and regulatory compliance and for that he commended them, adding that he had seen how the regions credit unions had observed what has been going on in the rest of the world and how they learnt from the sometimes harsh and bitter experiences of others. We in the Eastern Caribbean have taken notes and our governments, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, and financial institutions like yours have as a result developed an even keener appreciation of the importance of functioning within insightfully developed practical and effective regulatory frameworks, pointed out Dr Douglas. It is a credit to you, I emphasise, as the regions credit unions that your heightened appreciation of the importance of strengthening credit unions regulation and supervision has led you over the years to seek and secure technical assistance to facilitate your sectors self regulatory practices. And this is important because of the very large amount of a regions assets that you are managing. In his closing remarks, Prime Minister Douglas emphasised that the region needs a credit unions sector that is strong and safe saying that they make important contributions to the financial health of the economies in the region and the options available to the people. Premier of Nevis, the Hon Vance Amory who gave brief remarks reminded credit unions that they needed to adjust and respond to the needs of their members, adding that they could not continue with the present regulatory environment where regulators lack the training and capability to undertake effective oversight of the institutions. Saying that his Nevis Island Administration worked well with the Nevis Cooperative Credit Union, Premier Amory at the same time warned against the imposition of draconian regulatory systems that could hamper growth of the credit unions. A cross sections of delegates at the 11th Annual OECS Credit Union Summit. Basseterre, St. Kitts President of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Cooperative League, Mr Andy Liburd, is warning that credit unions in the Federation could be put out of business if suggested new regulations are enacted. We are now faced with new regulations, new Act, new laws, (and) new standards, warned Mr Liburd. They are all coming down on us and all at the same time as if we were never regulated. Mr Liburd made the remarks on Thursday August 22, at the opening ceremony of the 11th Annual OECS Credit Union Summit held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. The summit, which was hosted by the St. Kitts and Nevis National Cooperative League, was also attended by credit unions from other six OECS countries. The Credit Unions have always been regulated; we are not afraid of regulations, pointed out Mr Liburd. In fact it is our very by-laws and our motto People Helping People, the very principles on which we were founded, why we are still standing strong today. He said that the proposed new regulations are coming at a time when credit unions in the region are facing challenges resulting from the world economic fallout that is staring them in the eye, threatening their survival, and warned that they could face extinction. Coupled with the regulations, acts, laws and standards, they are all coming to us at the same time and if enacted in their second form will surely wipe us out from the world of business, lamented Mr Liburd. As you can see there is a rush to get us there, but no plan to take us there. This is a dangerous crossroad, we must stand guard; we must stand together and represent our existence. He challenged local credit unions to be innovative, by finding new ideas in order to maintain their position in their respective societies, and at the same time advising them that they must also cooperate among themselves for their survival and existence. For the first time, the St. Kitts and Nevis National Cooperative League has invited members from all the cooperatives in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis to be part of this summit so they can get an insight on the challenges facing their businesses, stated Mr Liburd. Other countries represented at the summit were Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Right Hon Dr Denzil Seen from left during the opening ceremony of the 11th Annual OECS Credit Union Summit: Mr Andy Liburd, the Right Hon Dr Denzil Douglas, the Hon Vance Amory, and Mr Aaron Moses (President of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions).
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 9 COMMENTARY The Thinking Citizen FOR SALE One (1) 1994 Toyota Corsa CarIn good running condition Serious inquiries only Call to make appointments for viewing.Price negotiable. Contact:466-5306 (H) 662-5306 (C) The other night I watched a show on television captioned Face the Facts. It was on the Carib Vision Channel and the moderator was Mr. Jerry George. There were two panelists on the show. One was the leader of the opposition in Barbados and the other was the Hon. Shawn Richards, political leader of the Peoples Action Movement in St. Kitts. The panel discussed a number of topics including Politics, Governance, Constitutions, Political Parties and the Relationship between opposition parties and ruling of governing parties. When the matter of No Confidence Motions was raised the Hon. Shaw Richards jumped into the discussion with great vigor and enthusiasm. He condemned and castigated Dr. Denzil Douglas and the Speaker of the National Assembly in St. Kitts for the long delay in having the Motion of No Confidence against Dr. Douglas and the Labour Party Government debated. The Hon. Shawn Richards ranted and raved and went on, as if there was never a time in St. Kitts Nevis, when a Motion of No Confidence has been submitted for debate in our National Assembly. He expressed his great dissatisfaction over the fact that the Motion of No Confidence had not yet been debated. But the Hon. Shawn Richards kept it a tightly guarded secret that two (2) Motions of No Confidence, one in 1981 and the other in 1982 had been filed against the PAM Government and that PAM left office in 1995 without having the Motion debated. What manner of man is this Shawn Richards? To go on regional television and condemn the Labour Party Government without giving his television audience the whole picture is gross dishonesty, deception and hypocrisy. Hon. Richards should never have behaved like that. He should have given his television audience the whole story and explained how PAM dealt with the Motion of No Confidence that was filed against Dr. Kennedy Simmonds in 1981 and 1982. Instead of acting like a man, the Hon. Shawn Richards acted like a cowardly small boy hypocrite. It can be said that his party paved the way for the current Labour Party Government to deal with the Motion of No Confidence the way it was dealt with. No one in PAM has the moral or ethical authority to condemn the current Labour Party Government over its handling of the existing Motion of No Confidence. St. Matthews Gospel speaks to the matter at Chapter 7 and Verses 4 5 where it says as follows: Or how can you say to your neighbour, Let me take the speck out of your eye, while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbours eye. But no one should be surprised at the behaviour of the Hon. Shawn Richards. His behaviour is vintage PAM behaviour. The same thing happened after the attempted coup on June 10th, 1967. The PAMites tried to hide their hands and then they denied their involvement. Two (2) books relating to the attempted coup of June 10th 1967 have been written by certain highly placed Anguillans. The PAM Government banned the importation of copies of the two (2) books, but the ban lasted until the end of PAMs years in office. Nowadays, the animosity between St. Kitts and Anguilla has died down and so Kittitian and Nevisian travel freely to Anguilla to find work. There is no need now to hide the involvement of PAM in the attempted 10th of June coup and so the Anguillians are talking openly and calling the names of St. Kitts people freely. Nothing is really a secret anymore. PAM Was Formed To Oppose The Labour Party; Not To Promote The Best Interest Of The Masses Of The People The PAMites are criticizing the current Labour Party Government heavily over the matter of the Land Swap for Debt deal. But a former leader of the Peoples Action Movement journeyed to Frigate Bay to hold a private meeting with a total stranger. During the meeting the PAM leader accepted the offer of a bribe to sell several hundred acres of prime sugar hands when PAM get into office at a price well below the market value. When the matter became public the PAMites started to blame Prime Minister Douglas claiming it was a set up to trap the PAM leader. Now, how can the Prime Minister be blamed? He did not carry the PAM leader to the meeting at Frigate Bay, nor did he force him to go. The Prime Minister did not put words into the leaders mouth or tell him what to say at the meeting. The PAMites are making sport as usual. Everyone notices that PAM criticized everything that the Labour Party proposes. That does not mean that what the Labour Party is proposing is wrong. It simply means that what the Labour Party is proposing is bound to be successful in the short run or in the long run. This is what PAM is afraid of. A successful measure is sure to bring more votes to the Labour Party and endear it to the hearts and minds of the members of the electorate. PAM cannot afford to let this happen and for its own greedy, selfish and devilish reason the party attacks the good measures proposed by the Labour Party. We must always remember that when PAM was formed in 1965, the leader declared that the party formed to oppose the Labour Party. Not to promote the best interest of the masses of people in our country. 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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 10 NEWS St. Kitts Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities Telethon would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me for more infoAnthony A Mills President St. Kitts Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities 36 Ponds Extension Basseterre, St. Kitts Phone: 869-465-2205 Cell: 869-663-9077Our mission is to improve the lives of persons with disabilities through advocacy, education, peer support and service Snakes found in Basseterre By Drizel HanleyIn recent times there have been several snake finds both on St. Kitts and on Nevis, with the most recent here on Tuesday of last week. 15-year-old Shalon Somersall discovered 3 snakes at their Burdon Street residence in Central Basseterre. The two largest of the three managed to slither away but the boy pursued the smaller snake which was said to be about 5-6 inches long. Somersall captured the reptile in a glass jar. The mother of teen, Colleen Griffin, who works at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, took the reptile to her job where they ran some test and concluded that the snake was known as China Black Worm or Black Worm Snake One of the first discoveries in St. Kitts was in October 2011 in Half Way Tree and then in May 2012 in Frigate Bay. In June this year another reptile was discovered in Lime Kiln, West Basseterre. A find was also made in Westbury, Nevis earlier this year. It was also reported that a snake was found on August 12th in the vicinity of Public Works Department Mechanic Shop on Wellington Road which measured about 4 feet. The St. Kitts Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities (SNAPD) is organizing a telethon on ZIZ on the Monday, September 9, from 8:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. The funds raised from this event would be used for the sole purpose??of assisting our members with their medical expenses. Pledge forms are published here, this would be a huge help in this endeavor. The association in its continued effort to fulfill its mission has to raise funds for specific purposes from time to time, this is one such time. Your help on this much needed fund raising drive
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 11 NEWS Grove Development and the Windswept Residence Club of 9 villas at a cost of US$13 million. Ocean Grove Villas is a joint venture between the Christophe Harbour Development Company and the Canada-based Apex Capital Partners Corporation. We look forward to the startup of construction of your villas which will be located so strategically next to the area of the Pavilion Beach Club. This project is also significant because it is the first major investment to be put together in St. Kitts by a Russian group, said St. Kitts and Nevis PM Douglas welcomes Russian Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at the symbolic ground breaking ceremony. Dr. Douglas noted that St. Kitts and Nevis is an international country and it is not by any accident that this investment comes at a time when his Government is in the process of removing the requirement for an entry visa for Russian visitors. We see Russia as a new and desirable market for both investors and visitors for our country, and you can be assured that my Government will continue to take the necessary steps to improve the flow of trade and investment between our two democratic countries, said Dr. Douglas. He noted the risk of private investment promises not turning into real projects for the benefit of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, but noted that the ceremony was taking place within sight of an actual villa under as part of the Windswept Residence Club project. I could not ask for better evidence that the project has actually commenced. I understand that the design and construction of these luxury villas will be of world-class quality, said Prime Minister Douglas. Prime Minister Douglas said his Government has a very solid reputation for encouraging private investment that is of good quality and compatible with the countrys development objectives, including the empowerment of nationals and the sustainability of the environment and culture. He said he was pleased to see progress being made at Christophe Harbour, a development vision that is shared by his St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Government and a project that continues to be an important component of the Federations economic transformation strategy. Like most other resort area developments in the Caribbean, I am very much aware that Christophe Harbour has experienced various growth-related challenges and internal issues since the financial meltdown and global economic recession first began in the United States of America over four years ago. Consequently some of the projects envisioned for Christophe Harbour have been moving at a much slower pace than was expected, said Dr. Douglas to the guests who included Governor General His Excellency Sir Edmund Lawrence and Lady Lawrence, Cabinet Ministers, business leaders and other officials. investment ....... (contd from page 1) entries while 36.2% were Unit 2. The inconsistency between the number of unit 1 and 2 courses decreased from 56% in 2011 to 27.6% in 2012, Carty revealed. Of the 564 course entries 537 returned results with a 100% pass rate for Accounting, Communication Studies, and Spanish in Unit 1 and in Unit 2, Chemistry, French, Pure Mathematics, and Spanish. He said CSS overall pass rate was 81.5% compared to 74.2% in 2011. The most outstanding students at CSS were Imani Caines who passed 5 courses with 3 distinctions and Khalis Farrell who also passed 5 courses with 3distictions. Carty informed that the winner of State Scholarship for 2013 will be announced after a full determination would have been made on this important matter. The Education Minister congratulated the students and lecturers for their diligence in most instances that has contributed to another year of sterling performances by our students. I also commend the parents for their strong support over the past year, added Minister Carty. SKN students excel in 2012 CAPE Exams (contd from page 2)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 12 NEWS By: Javon LiburdBasseterre, St. KittsOfficials from Member States of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and the OECS Secretariats Trade Policy Unit (TPU) are currently facilitating ideas and methods of monitoring Cement trade through the Easter Caribbean. The Units, earlier this month through the medium of a coordinated video conference, met to discuss and develop a monitoring mechanism for the supply and demand for cement in the Caribbean Community, CARICOM. Ms. Virginia Paul, Head of the OECS Trade Policy Unit stated during the sitting, that cement is an important commodity used in construction, and given the importance of the construction sector to economic development in the OECS, it was necessary for member states to agree on the data that would be required to monitor trade in cement within the region. Ms. Paul added that the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) agreed that a mechanism is required in order to ensure that consumers are adequately supplied by the regional manufacturer. The TPU has confirmed that recommendations from OECS have already been presented to a meeting of CARICOM officials for consideration. The TPU was also part of briefings on the second phase of the CARICOM Trade and Competitiveness Project stakeholders in Grenada on a national plan to increase information flows on the CSME and the reform of administrative procedures. The project also started work on the reform of laws and regulations which affect the movement of goods, capital, skills, people and the right to establish business in these countries. Work on the implementation of national work plans to award the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) started in Dominica and St Kitts &Nevis. These activities are part of the second phase of the project in which the main goal is to improve the business environment for people to take advantage of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. The Trade and Competitiveness Project is financed by the government of Canada and ends in 2014. The OECS TPU also continues to assist member states to negotiate with Canada. Negotiations with Canada continued with discussions in July on dispute settlement and institutional issues. CARICOM officials further reviewed the outcome of that negotiating session at a meeting on 25 and 26th July in Barbados. The Unit also supported officials who participated in a CARICOM preparatory meeting which discussed services and investment. The CARICOM-Canada Trade and Development Agreement will contain the rules which will govern trade in goods, services and agricultural products between CARICOM member states and Canada. OECS to monitor and enhance Cement trade in SKN and other Member States
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 13 GOOD NEWS The Church Is Not A Place for Worldly War But It Does Experience Spiritual Warfare The Church Is Not A Place for Worldly War But It Does Experience Spiritual Warfare The church is reminded by the apostle Paul that because it is in the world it is not to carry on a worldly war. Here is what he specifically said, For though we live in the world we are not carrying a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). Demonic forces within the Church are prevalent and they have a sole purpose; to hinder the spread of the Gospel for the progress of the Church. They fester prayer meeting with patrician attitudes such as who should be leading over against who should not; who chooses the best choruses over against who cannot; who is worthy from who is not; determine the type of worship Gods people should have; peoples readiness to hear and believe the Word of God; and growth in faith and right conduct on the part of members. Paul has given the clothing for members of the Church. Here are his details about our spiritual conflict and how equipped the members should be. Be strong in the Lord and the strength of His power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet, put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the Gospel of peace. With all these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:10-17). To consider spiritual power in a broad sense, it includes the power of the Gospel to break through sin and hardened opposition and awaken faith in the heart of unbelievers. Hear Peter on this subject, You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living Word of God (1 Peter 1:23). However this power also includes spiritual power that will render demonic opposition to the Gospel. Luke in his report to Theophilus on his account of one of Pauls preaching mission, states, One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. While he followed Paul and us, she cried out These men are slaves of the most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation. She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out that very hour (Acts 16:16-18). Spiritual power can be used not only on those outside the Church who oppose the Gospel but also against those within the Church who are active opponents of Gods ministry. Does the Church today have the same spiritual power? Certainly! The description of spiritual warfare in Ephesians 6:10-18 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 is quite applicable to the Church in general. Indeed the Church today has the authority to pray against and to speak against demonic opposition to the work of the Gospel. Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council Grenadian Unionist encourages St. Kitts to become LIAT Shareholders By Javon LiburdBasseterre, St. KittsGrenadian Trade Unionist Mr. Chester Humphrey, in brief statements, encouraged St. Kitts and Nevis to reverse that hands-off attitude in regards to the Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT), and ensure that the Federation become shareholders in what the region see as a vital Caribbean transportation link. Humphrey, who is the leader of the Technical and Allied Workers Union in Grenada, stated that it is quite unfortunate that the majority of Caribbean Governments, including St. Kitts and Nevis, continue to ignore LIAT, by refusing to financially support the regional airline. He stated that the downfall of airline would impact heavily on the economies of Caribbean States. In advice to the government of St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Humphrey stated, Basseterre should address that matter as a priority . Get on board and put equity in the airline. Its in your best interest. Its in your best strategy, economic interest to do so; it will serve your economy. With that being said, he stated that such help would make it easier for LIAT to quickly re-fleet.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 14 NEWS intentioned. However, I also believe that a hijacking of balance and objectivity has occurred and that a few persons are playing political games with the Station. These few persons are setting the content and direction of things on WINN FM to mirror what appears in The Democrat and what is heard on the PAM and UNEP platforms, and also to mirror what bellows from the mouths of a few Labour haters. People have all manner of things to say about ZIZ, Radio One, Sugar City Rock and other organizations, and nobody seeks to make a Federal case out of it. So whats the big deal? Why do certain persons think that WINN FM is a sacred cow? Which deity invested them with that shield? It is my considered opinion that this matter became news for WINN FM because someone may have seen an opportunity to commit a political assault against me. Somebody over there may have said: Yes, let us paint a picture of him describing persons in a pejorative manner. Let us join in on the full court press. Astaphan is a candidate who we want to bring down, all of us who call the shots in PAM and UNEP. So lets go after him. After everything he says and does. Even after things that he doesnt say and do. Is it a coincidence that while on Friday night WINN FM was bringing out the news, a UNEP fellow was saying publicly that I dont like Black people? I dont think so. You already know about the conspiracy between PAM and UNEP. Well, I believe that certain persons with influence at WINN FM are doing their best to use that Station as a vehicle to support that conspiracy. You may now, or hereafter, see the evidence, or more evidence, of WINN FM being used as a tool in this conspiracy. I wish I was wrong, but I dont think so. What sealed it for me was the footnote to the news item stating that I was seeking re-election. Their intention with that was to cause people to question the prudence of re-electing a man who would say such an awful thing about callers. Let me repeat. I did not say anything insulting about the callers. I merely told a gathering of people how another person (not I) had described a particular program on WINN FM. What I did, in effect, say, and accept as my own statement, was that WINNs owners ought to be ashamed of some of what is paraded on their Station as talk radio. I mean, examine the content and screaming hysteria of the calls of Heart Attack, Reggie, Hardis Gumbs, Tune-I and Carlton Dupont. Yes, we are a long way from the Dark Ages when we had to endure a blackout of all television channels except ZIZ when then Prime Minister Simmonds went on the air to address the nation. And I am one of the persons who, as a member of this Government, and, indeed, as Minister of Telecommunications at a critical time, issued in this new dispensation. It is well and widely known that the present Government has taken giant steps in the opening up the media and nurturing the process of consultative democracy through the discussion of ideas and issues throughout this expanded media that now exists in our nation. And, as would be expected, there is a great sense of enthusiasm, adventure and excitement with this new dispensation of daily talk radio (ZIZ and VON have been offering this product for years on Thursday and Tuesday nights respectively). But, Lord have mercy! Talk Radio Hosts and Station Managers and Boards need to align themselves to best practices in broadcasting and in broadcast journalism. All of them. Better can and should be done. Failing that, our hope and need for more responsible discussion in the media, and, through it, accelerated social development, can be easily frustrated. As far as Im concerned the decision to run this item was also based on producing some action on WINN FM and to stir up things a bit. So there was a business component to all of this. I move on. Some months ago, a band of devils parading as decent people, arranged to bring in some arms and other contraband into St. Kitts. Their intention was to put weapons into the hands of a few known criminals and some disaffected, marginalized youths, and to instigate Jamaica style political/gang violence, and destabilize and terrorize this little country of ours. I am advised that last month alone, there were 100 murders in Jamaica. These thugs in Jamaica set about destroying persons who they consider to be, or are told, are their enemies, and at times when they are not on political kill duty, they use their weapons in robberies, hits, drug deals, etc. Thats what happens in Jamaica. And that is what that band of devils want to introduce in St. Kitts and Nevis. These devils are some of the loudest shouters in our country for police and government action against crime, calling for marches Lest We Forget: Dwyers attack on WINNFM and UNEP (Reprinted from the Labour Spokesman newspaper September, 2004) laudatory. I dont know. Perhaps, they thought that I should not have said that WINN FMs owners should be ashamed of some of the stuff that is paraded on their Station as talk radio. Well, let me say this. Some time ago, I was told that a regular caller to Voices had on one occasion claimed that his mother had been trying to poison him, and on another he had called in to report that ministers had brought in a hit man to kill him. Now, strange as the first item might have been, it was with the second that I had major, major concern. So I wrote a letter to the Stations manager, Mr. Bacchus, asking him to assist me with some information as to the exact content of the call in relation to the ministers/hit man story. Mr. Bacchus never wrote me back. Not even to acknowledge receipt of my letter. Now, I am a minister. I believe that my letter to Mr. Bacchus was not only appropriate, but also necessary and responsible. After all, such an alleged statement had serious implications. I followed up my letter with a number of calls to Mr. Bacchus. I could never get through to him, and I was never given the courtesy of a return call from him. Eventually, several weeks later, I saw him on the street and asked why he hadnt replied. He stated, in so many words, that he had assumed that a written reply was not necessary. Well, I found that quite unacceptable, and perhaps autobiographical of the Station. Here is a caller allegedly saying that ministers are wanting to have him assassinated, and a letter from a minister to the Stations manager being treated with such contempt and disdain sends a particular message, not only to the minister, but generally. I found that quite disturbing, unfair, and unprofessional. This is a matter that has serious legal possibilities, not to mention the fact that the man allegedly is talking Last Thursday, September 9th, 2004, Labour held a gigantic public meeting at the corner of Market and Central Streets. The meeting, which lasted over four hours, was broadcast live on Sugar City Rock FM 90.30, and on the Internet. All eight of Labours candidates for the upcoming general elections spoke. During my presentation, I told the audience that someone had told me that he thought that Voices on WINN FM was like a pasture where some jackasses go to bray. Well, who tell me say that? The news highlight of the entire meeting, insofar as WINN FM Radio 98.90 was concerned, was my referencing of the persons comment about WINN FM and my own comment that the owners of WINN FM should be ashamed of some of the nonsense that parades as talk radio on their Station. Perhaps I ought to have generalized and said that daily talk radio is new and that media agencies, which are engaged in it, need to be more careful in content management and also in relation to the manner in which callers are allowed to present their views. But I did not generalize. I was talking about a particular radio station. It was never my intention to offend WINN FM or anyone. And at the end of their news item on the meeting, they said that I was seeking re-election, which I thought was revealing. Perhaps, the folks who decide what is, or isnt, news for WINN FM felt that I should not have mentioned the negative opinion of Voices expressed to me by someone else. Perhaps, they would have preferred if I had kept that to myself. Perhaps, they would have found the opinion of that other person less, or not at all, newsworthy if it had been about his very life being under threat. And this is a criticism that I would level at any station or anybody else. Forgetting is bad enough. But that was not forgetting. That was a clear decision not to reply to me. To ignore me, and to dismiss my concern. If that, and other realties, cause me to feel that the Station is somewhat off key, then I trust that people will understand the process that got me to this point. Back to the public meeting, and its after shock. What I do know is that if, after four and a half hours of speeches by eight ministers of Government, all WINN FM could find newsworthy to report was a comment made to me by someone else and my own comment, then that says a lot. Their Program Director, Mr. Adrian Lam, was present at the meeting. Maybe all he found newsworthy was the comment. If that is how they want to run their news, its for them. But, like every other citizen, I have freedom of speech. I am free to refer to the opinions and comments of others and also to voice my own opinions. Of course, I am supposed to do so responsibly and respectfully. If, therefore, what I said offended anyone, I am sorry. Because that was not my intention. But I cant get over how thinskinned certain people can be. They want to spend their every conscious moment banging away at the Government and at others, but they become very funny when honest criticism is directed, in a responsible way, at them. Well, they need to know that this world is like a cricket game. Who bats, must also field. None of us is, or should presume to be, above criticism. And who doesnt like it should go and live on another planet. With respect to WINN FM, I believe that the owners are well (contd on page 16)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 15 COMMENTARY -Did you know that The Rt. Hon. Dr. Kennedy Simmonds was born in 1936 and ran as a PAM candidate in East Basseterre in the 1966 General Elections, when he was just 30 years old and that there were very few medical doctors in the country? BY EARL CLARKE Dear reader I pose the question in the headline of this article, because I want you to assist me to discover myself, so that I could begin to wear the pants again. I want you to help me to discover those two balls like fixtures which are supposed to be attached to the middle section of my anatomy so that you the reader and others could once again bear respect for me as a real man, worthy of your confidence and respect as your representative. It is quite evident to you to see why I could not serve you as I wished to do, because I had to listen to the dictates coming from my better half. You might see me attending birthday parties at Spratt Net, not that I wished to attend, but, because I was given strict instructions to attend, so that I could be instrumental in helping to create the Unity Government where I will become a Deputy. Perhaps I might even be given the Governor Generals position when the Unity Government turn away the G.G. This job will enable me to be knighted so that my better half could bear the name Lady. When the constituency held its meeting at the Community Centre and the Big Man attended and wanted to patch things up, I was willing to make up because I really came out of the bowels of Labour. In my heart of hearts, I really, really, wanted to make amends, but I had to be amenable to the dictates of my better half who wanted to demonstrate to everyone that she is the politician; she wears the pants or the britches. You might ask yourself why she had to embarrass me, a public figure in front of all my constituents and others. It is obvious for you to observe that I am only called the man, but, in truth and in fact, I am not the real man. You might also relate my condition to Sampson and Delilah, but Sampson only bedded with Delilah; he was not married to her. I am married to my better half. Delilah wanted to discover the secret of Sampsons strength so that the enemy could defeat him. She owed him no allegiance. She ensnared Sampson with her charms and he succumbed and spilled the beans. I know that you are pounding your head and racking your brains to find out why I am subjected to this humiliation and I suck up this humiliation experience. You might even ask yourself, What unpardonable sin have I committed and if there is no forgiveness for such a sin? No pardon at all? If you were born in my time, you would have heard how women used all kind of methods to get men to marry to them. You would have heard about Sweet Garboly, a man who worked on the night soul truck or who emptied the buckets of night soil in the sea at midnight. If you ask around, you would be told that when girls left here to travel to Curacao and Aruba as domestic servants, if they get pregnant, they would be sent back home. The desperate mother would seek help from Sweet Garboly, who would concoct a dumpling. The mother would post the dumpling by boat.On arrival in Curacao, the dumpling will still be hot, given to the male and marriage will take place. As a New Towner, boats used to arrive here for five or ten tons of sugar. The sugar was shipped in bags. Barges took the sugar in the bags from the Sugar House where the Port is now. Now, working as a barge man or working in the sugar house lifting all those bags, meant good money would fill the pockets of those workers. These workers women would send up their lunch in canteens made up of three layers. One layer might have in the dumplings, the other the green fig, sweet potato or a piece of pumpkin or other vegetable. The bottom layer might have in the mackerel or saltfish. The men would eat the relish and the vegetable, but would throw away the dumplings which you saw floating on top of the sea, all the way from the Sugar House to New Town and Irish Town. If the lunch was cornmeal, men would find foreign matter in the middle of the ball of corn. All this was done with the sole purpose of subjecting the man to marry the woman. Perhaps you will also learn about chocolate tea and sweated rice all in an effort to induce the man to marry the woman. After the man marries the woman, she does not go anywhere with him because of his sorry and pathetic condition, always laughing at jokes which no one is giving. There was one man who got married at the Roman Catholic Church. On exiting the church, he saw this large crowd of people who had come to see the wedding, but especially how the bride looked. When the man observed the large crowd, he turned to his partner and asked, Today is Christmas? She replied, We just done get married. Poor fellow, whatever he ate he did not know what was happening to him. But, dear reader, that was in the dark days of the 50s and 60s. We now live in an enlightened age and people do not travel down those pathways anymore. Yet the circumstances still beg the question, why is my better half humiliating me and robbing me of my pride, my dignity, my integrity, my balls as a man? Why, why, why?? If I was a real man, I could have walked away. Something definitely is wrong, but what? The Big Man wanted to make amends. He was stretching forth the Olive Branch. I wanted to reach out my hands and grasp it, but, all of you who were there heard the order. Dont accept the Olive Branch. When the Big Man held out his two hands to embrace me, I wanted to do so, so very much, because this is a man I worked with for years in Opposition and in Government. But, again you heard the order from the back of the room the voice of my better half commanding me to go outside. I was going to obey the command dutifully when a close family member, who perhaps possess more gumption and more balls than I would ever have, stood up and said ..Dont go anywhere. Sit around the table. I listened to his advice and I sat. The Big Man came and hugged me, but I kept my hands to my side, for I know what have happened if I responded. I really dont want to be any part of any Rescue Crew which is made up of persons whose hands cannot be displayed publicly and shout out like Lee Moore that their hands are clean. I dont want to be any part of any Unity Government when the Nevis faction has openly declared their dislike for St. Kitts people. I do not want to be any part of any Unity Government with the PAM faction who took up guns in 1967 to overthrow the lawfully elected Labour government of Papa Bradshaw. This is against my conscience. How will the other members of the Unity Government look at me when they fully well know that I cannot make decisions on my own? That I will have to wait until I return from lunch to give my approval or disapproval on what is up for discussion? I will have to discuss the subject with my better half first? Do you, dear reader, think or believe that they will look upon me with respect? I really cannot do what I want to do, because my hands are tied and, as old people say and there is a hymn which says the same thing, the half has never yet been told. During the dark days of Sweet Garboly, the sweated rice, the foreign matter in the ball of cornmeal, the floating dumplings (If you cook dumplings they are supposed to sink in the pot never mind the sea). What kept them afloat? Men getting married and thinking it was Christmas, men laughing when no jokes were given. Two blind guitarists, one Mr. Webbe and the other Mr. Walter, composed a song entitled Poor Arwe Men singing it once, sing it again, Poor Awe Men. King of the Twenty Nine Fellows incorporated it into one of his calypsos. Dear reader, do not pity me. Pray for me. I need redemption. I really need your prayers and your understanding. I am being destroyed as a man. A public figure who is being totally destroyed. What manner of man am I, dear reader
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 16 NEWS -Lest We Forget: Dwyers attack on WINNFM and UNEP (Reprinted from the Labour Spokesman newspaper September, 2004)against non-violence and crime, etc. They are being backed by some right-wing extremists in the USA and elsewhere who feel that they have a divine right to install their puppets in every government on the planet so that they can carry out Gods mission of keeping them in control of things. And they are ruthlessly dedicated to their cause. Destabilizing a country like ours, or any other in the region or beyond, would not even begin to touch the outer reaches of their consciences. And, with all of their materialistic morsels, they have found willing acolytes right here in St. Kitts & Nevis. Shades and memories of June 10th, 1967.!!!!!! Back then PAM had just contested and lost its first election, and, not content to wait for five years, decided to mount a coup detat against the lawful Government of the day. They roped in Ronald Webster and some other Anguillians who were on a mission of separation from St. Kitts. Billy had persuaded Webster that Bradshaw had been planning to invade Anguilla and that Webster ought to pre-empt that by attacking St. Kitts. And Webster had bought into Billys tale. Also included in the move were some Americans representing archconservative interests, and American mercenaries. Toady, some 37 years later, another general election is imminent. Enlightened opinion and the science indicate that in a free and fair election the incumbents are expected to retain Government. For some persons, that is not acceptable. So they wish to frustrate things. Remember, these are persons who fiercely and passionately talk about democracy, good governance, law and order, political and economic stability, etc. They talk one thing to you, but they talk other things among themselves. They would be well advised against jeopardizing the interests of the thousands and thousands of our citizens who on a daily basis become increasingly empowered and invested. They would be well advised against tampering with the people of this country The young men who they are targeting do not deserve to be used and abused that way, or at all. They want guidance and assistance. They want a sense of hope and a sense of having so, and something to call their own. They are a primary reason that I am seeking to be returned to office, as it is my firm intention and mission to intensify my dedication to the upliftment of individuals, families and the entire Central Basseterre and national communities. Guns, drugs gangs and squalor must have no place in our society, and I am pledged to intensify my efforts, particularly in my Constituency to take our nation into a healing, nurturing and growth mode for our youths. In fact, this is one of my main reasons for accepting the call to run again. The young men and women want to reclaim their dignity and self esteem. And they need our love, guidance and support. The last thing they need is a gun in their hands and a criminal, destructive plan in their heads. People with money and other means have to be part of the process of empowering, loving, guiding and investing these young men. Its not just a Government thing. So the band of devils must desist from their dastardly plan to further destroy more young men and to lay waste our society and the great achievements of our people over the years. I call on all of us, parents, relatives, friends, communities, police, defence force, and society on the whole to be very watchful, and to clamp down on these instigating, terrorist thugs bearing destruction in their hearts, and seeking to corrupt and destroy, not only our youths, but our entire society. I wish to end this week by paying a little attention to candidate Elston Nero, who is going around saying that I was part of the reason he was fired from Marriott. I understand he started saying that publicly when he was launched as a candidate for UNEP. Poor me didnt know what the heck he was talking about, so I asked the Marriott Manager, Mr. John Toti, about the matter and he wrote me a letter, which I have asked to be attached to this article today for your information. I am told that I had called Marriott last year after I had found out that Mr. Nero had gone to a local recording studio to record a song that was politically hostile to the Government, and I had called upon the Marriott to dismiss Mr. Nero. my case so much? Because thats what Stogumber wants. All of his messengers must carry his message. After all, its all about him, isnt it? And he knows that Im too much for him to handle, so hes looking for help. Of course, not to be outdone, the PAM platform and newspaper spend an inordinate amount of time and copy on me as well. Thats been going on since late 1992. In all modesty, I suppose I am flattered by all this attention that UNEP and PAM (and now WINN) I didnt even know that Mr. Nero had been recording a song, or songs. I dont have time to waste with that kind of stuff. Nor do I have any interest in pursuing Mr. Nero in his endeavours or otherwise. And he can sing whatever he chooses. Why would I, or anyone else for that matter, believe that I can be so arrogant as to direct an employer to dismiss an employee because the employee is singing a song against the Government? It looks as if these UNEP and PAM candidates cannot find a whole lot to say that makes sense. So they are busying themselves with their crazy talk, and focusing their attack on me. Mr. Nero is not running against me, but he is busy with me. Mr. Morton is not running against me, but he too is busy with me. As are Mr. Cookie Warner and the unfortunate multiple robbery victim, Mr. Carlton Dupont. Heart Attack is not running against anybody, although he is running from some people. He too is very busy with me. Sometimes he gets so carried away that he has difficulty reading what they write out for him to say when he calls in to Voices. And, of course, there is Mr. Arthurton, who after coming to my house as Stogumbers messenger to invite me to run for UNEP, now is also extremely busy with me. Even, Mr. Lincoln Warner, is now up and down town, busy as a bee with me. Poor Lincoln. And poor me!! Why are they all on are directing at me. And I thank them; because once they start ignoring me, it might be a signal for me to hang up my gloves, because they would then be telling me that I am not a force to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, I continue to seek Gods blessings and guidance and to wish everybody well.Until next time,Peace and Happy Independence (contd from page 14)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 17 SPORTS Team SKN Returned From Medellin, Russia With Some Good Performances By Javon AlfordAfter the recently concluded Junior Pan American Championships held in Medellin, Columbia from August 23rd-26th, the National Athletic Team has returned to the Federation with good performances from the athletes. One athlete who performed exceptionally well was the American born Omhunique Browne who after winning her 200m heat in a time of 23:46 moved on to the 200m finals where she placed third with a time of 23:49, winning the only medal in the St Kitts-Nevis Pan Am Championship Campaign. She also took part in the 100m heat where she placed 2nd with a time of 11:49 and moved on to the finals where she recorded a time of 11:51 seconds. 10TH Anniversary Of Kim Collins Gold Medal Performance In Paris Junior National Team and officials who travelled to Columbia. Rico Gumbs was another athlete who performed well as he set a new National Junior Record in the 200m semi finals when he placed 3rd with a time of 21:24 seconds. He also took part in the 100m semi finals and placed 5th with a time of 10:67 seconds. Lonzo Wilkinson Jr also participated in the 100m semi finals and placed 5th with a time of 10:99 seconds. Warren Hazel placed 3rd in the 400m heat with a time of 48:54 and moved on to the finals where he placed 8th with a time of 50:71 seconds. Alkronus Bridgewater recorded a personal best of 21:66 seconds in his 200m heat where he placed 6th. Other athletes who performed well are: Sadiki Tyson who placed 4th in the 400m semi finals with a time of 49:20 seconds; KaJon Parris who clocked time of 2:03:06 seconds in the 800m semi finals; Adrian Williams and JAnthon Sillidy who took part in the Javelin and recorded throws of 62.15m and 59.38m respectively; Krystal Liburd recorded a jump of 5.79 meters in the long jump; Nathaniel Huggins also took part in the long jump and recorded a jump of 6.98 meters and Stavia Lewis participated in the womens discus and recorded a throw of 33.82 meters. The relay team also participated and placed 5th with a time of 40.61 seconds. The athletes of the St Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletic Association continue to perform exceptionally well and have opened the eyes of countries abroad of the talent in the small federation, continued great performances are expected from the athletes and the team as a whole in the future competitions. Acknowledged By Javon AlfordThe 25th of August 2013 marked the 10th year since Kim Collins won the Gold medal in the 100m at the World Championships in Paris, France. The gold medal received was the first ever gold medal achieved by an athlete from St Kitts-Nevis in the history of World Championships. Kim Collins who was in lane 1 ran an impressive race and finished with a time of 10.07 seconds which was just enough to finish infront of Darell Browne (Trinidad) and Darren Cambell (Great Britain) who both clocked 10.08 seconds. The victory was highly celebrated because it was considered a big feat considering the race also featured track and field icons such as Dwain Chambers, the Olympic Champion Maurice Greene and the record holder at the time Tim Montgomery. After returning to the Federation Collins was given a well deserved Heros Welcome and other things to show appreciation. Collins made his debut in track and field in 1996 and has had some great achievements thus far including in 2001 when he finished 3rd in the 200m at the world Championships in Edmonton, Canada, where he received his first ever medal for St Kitts-Nevis. He continued with his performance and also received a bronze medal in 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland when he finished 3rd in the 100m behind Justin Gatlin and Michael Frater. He also participated in the 100m at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011 where he finished 2nd behind Lerone Clarke (Jamaica) winning the first ever medal for St Kitts-Nevis in the Pan Am Games. The performances and achievements of Kim Collins have been greatly beneficial to the advancement of the country and athletics on a whole and should be greatly appreciated. Collins would always be a hero in the eyes of athletes and also citizens. Photo caption: Kim Collins celebrates victory.
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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 2013 19 COMMENTARY By Vigilante Onion Production headed for greater land allocation, says Nevis Agriculture Minister Refurbishing OTI will stem losses and improve hotel operations BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS Plans are in train to refurbish and improve the operations at the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI), Fortlands, Basseterre. The hotels parent company, the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Trading and Development Company (TDC) in its recent annual report for 2012 said the upgrade is to be done with financing from the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF). The Directors said the company hired a consulting firm headed by an experienced and reputable former Caribbean hotelier to help stem the losses at the hotel and improve its operations. The consultants have reported on all aspects of the hotels operations. As a result, the directors have agreed that a substantial investment is needed to resuscitate the business and stem the recurring loses. Towards this end, financing at concessionary terms has been raised from the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF), the report said. The SIDF recently announced that it was lending US$5 million to OTI the Federations oldest boutique hotel. The loan to the landmark hotel will include substantial improvements to the hotel plant, infrastructure and amenities and the use of state of the art green technology for energy conservation, said the SIDF. It added that the partnership reflects the confidence of TDC and SIDF in the future of the tourism sector as a key component of the countrys economy. In making the loan, SIDF is executing one of its purposes of supporting, financing or undertaking the development of new and existing industries, projects or enterprises, the SIDF statement said. NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS The acreage allocated to onion production on Government-owned farms on Nevis, will be expanded when the new planting season commences in the coming months. Minister of Agriculture in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Alexis Jeffers, released that information when he was a guest on the first edition of Inside Government on August 26, 2013, a new show produced by Nevis Television channel 8. The Minister said while the Administration continued to find ways in which it could develop and improve Agriculture on Nevis there had been a marked increase in the interest in farming on the island. This year we are going to increase the acreage of onion production on the island. Over the last five to six years there has been a decrease in the production of onion on the island. We are now focusing our attention on onion production and reducing the production of cotton. We have had many challenges in cotton production and I do believe that we havent seen the returns that were anticipated. Some glowing reports were there from the first year when the production was done in cotton and thereafter, we have had numerous challenges. That tells me, it is time to focus our attention on a crop that I believe, the returns are not as large but if you were to have sustained production of onion, I do believe, that would be a plus for us. So that is where our focus would be this year. We are going to be planting in Indian Castle, Potworks and Prospect so we have increased the acreage this year. I anticipate that we will start planting in late September or somewhere around early October, so as to meet the demand that would be there early next year, he said. Minister of Agriculture in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Alexis Jeffers (file photo) People want to know wha de big meeting last week Thursday, at de PAM Secretariat on Church Street, between two Labour traitors, Little Bo Peep and a strange man with a bagwas all bout. Dey say de strange mans bag reminded dem of de stories from De MOP, about de bag dem Billy, Oh Billy used to carry up PAM Headquarters chock full of US dollars for PAMs election campaigns (84, 89 and 93). So dey want to know if de strange mans bag was chock full of US dollar too for De Unity gang campaign. Inside sources say Dimples say he was not going to make de same mistake Little Bo Peep mek at de Marriott, so he mek de man take off he shoes like he going on a flight, and he search from head to toe. Dey say he whisper to de other traitor: Boy me ain know bout you, but me no trust dem PAM people tarl; and me no tekking no chance wid dem. We are reliably informed dat de campaign manager for de self appointed PLP leader bring a Santa Clause man from Aruba to help PAM and de PLP wid dey campaign in St. Kitts. Dey say De Santa Clause man giving out ton loadsah-money and other gifts to known Labour supporters close to de two traitors to buy votes for PAM and PLP, but even the PAM polls are showing dat Labour will win de upcoming election hands down. Word out of Nevis is dat King Puppeteer is pulling a fast one on de self appointed PLP leader. He only mekking de poor fellow believe dat he backing him for de job of Leader of de Unity Gang. But dey say he told two of VONs Heavy Weights dat he is firmly in de Sheriffs corner. He just using de power-hungry PLP leader to help him get rid of Douglas and Labour. Dey say King Puppeteer boast to de two Heavy Weights in Nevis dat is he organize Terry to get him chat all dem stupidness about Castro, Cuba and all de Cuban trained doctors and graduates. And he got him mekking blunder after blunder and looking like a political novice. Dey say Sleeping Hammy is under so much pressure from Labours young, dynamic, beloved and communityoriented candidate, Dr. Drew, dat he calling de good doctors name all in he sleep. After launching such a vicious and nasty attack on Cuba, PAM and their PLP cronies in St. Kitts now got de Patchy PAM candidate for East Basseterre, cussing hell outta de Taiwanese President and his government., proving de Prime Minister dat is hogs dey be. Dey say de Patchy Host went so far dat he openly criticized Sleeping Hammy and his PAM colleagues for complaining dat dey aint get no invitation for any activities in honour of de Taiwan Presidents visit to the Federation. Dey say he say dat he couldnt agree wid de Prime Minister more dat, all Sleeping Hammy and de gang wanted was to put on a show at de airport and eat and drink dey belly full. After all de widespread publicity by PAM that last week Thursdays public meeting of de party at Pond Pasture was going to be a massive, massive rally; and that a leading local band and a top DJ would be part of de rally, less than 25 persons showed up once again demonstrating to everybody dat de Patchy Host and PAM gone een. Residents of Pond Pasture complained dat all de Patch Host did was to buse New Town young men calling dem from one tief to a next and hebuse Pond Pasture people and telling dem how dey backing Asim and Labour and still living in a shanty town. Dey say one big PAM woman asked Sleeping Hammy how he could lose he false teeth and find dem in a bowl ah soup, and he tell her is some drew knock him out and had him reeling. Dey say one big big PAM confronted King Puppeteer and gave him a good tongue lashing, telling him how he has succeeded in completely destroying PAM and King Puppeteer telling him is he run tings in PAM, PLP and CCM. People want to know if Carl Brown was reading from one of King Puppeteers scripts when he mentioned on the Patchy Hosts Talk Show programme last week-end that if the Prime Minister takes up de offer by President Ma to visit Taiwan in November this year, his government would be overthrown by the opposition.
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