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Year 57 NO. 14FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06th, 2013 EC$2.00 At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gal 06/09/13 DELTA $15.55 / SOL $16.20 / TEXACO $15.31BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. COMMENTARY BY* TRADE UNION NEWS* THE THINKING CITIZEN* EARL CLARKE* REV. CANON PERCIVAL PAGE 11 PM Douglas Says Its Wromg To Dismiss Workers National Assembly meets on Sept. 9th BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Law makers in St. Kitts and Nevis meet next week. Clerk of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, Mr. Jose Lloyd in a notice to members, informed that the meeting will be held on Monday 9th September 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the National Assembly Chambers. He said that the Order Paper and other Papers will be sent to members at a later date. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) The Federations Prime Minister, the Right Hon Dr Denzil Douglas, has for the first time commented on reports out of Nevis which indicated that tens of persons lost their jobs after the new CCM-led Administration took office early this year. According to an independent media report, Dr. Douglas has at the same time lauded St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas on the phone. (Photo by Erasmus Williams)(contd on page 3) PM Douglas provides information on the SIDF, Labels misconceptions political red herrings BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Soft opening for Kittitian Hill late December, says Minister Skerritt (Stroy on page 18) S t. Kitts to of ficially open a new Haemodialysis Unit at J.N. France General Hospital today BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) In keeping with this Labour Governments unwavering commitment to provide the best (contd on page 3)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.labourspokesman.com Editorial Dr. Kelvin Daley installed as second President of the CFBC By Drizel HanleyDr. Kelvin Daley was installed as the second President of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) on Sunday of this week, September 1st 2013. Speaking at the Installation Ceremony, Minister with responsibility for Education, the Hon Nigel Carty, described the occasion as a memorable and historic one, adding that his presidency marks a beginning for the CFBC. He noted that Dr. Daly was selected to enrich the CFBC experience and expand the Colleges reach across the country and to provide a real opportunity to many nationals to forge a nobler existence. The Education Minster implored upon the newly appointed President to firstly Embrace the traditions of excellence, industry and creativity that CFBC has upheld and believed in. In return, the CFBC must commit to you to uphold the values of the CFBC communityto seek excellence in all endeavours, to act with honesty and integrity in how we learn, how we work and conduct research and in now we interact with others, Hon. Carty said. The Education Minister pleaded with Dr. Daley to Empower the CFBC staff and students through his leadership, with the tools, resources and expertise to become better leaders, noting that, his Government aspires to build with you a community of scholars and citizens prepared to seek solutions to the pressing challenges faced by our country and the world. Lastly the Hon. Minister beseeched Dr. Daley was to Inspire every professor, administrator and student towards the purpose of strengthening the CFBC community. Call them together with a common vision and commitment to the continued success of the College, the Minister said. Moreover, the Minister revealed that he is confident that the College will achieve the right balance between preserving its heritage and embracing ambitious new priorities help students to face real world problems and get them thinking in new ways with Dr. Daley at the helm. In addition, the Minister said that he is convinced that Dr. Daley will steer the College in cortically new directions. I am confident that he, as a visionary and strategic leader, is committed to excellence in everything, from expanding the programmatic frontiers, to seeking new arenas for engagement and service, he added. Hon. Carty took the opportunity to congratulate Dr. Daley on all his accomplishments and assured him that the Ministry of Education is in full support of him. CFBC means everything to us: It is our MIT, Cornell, George Washington University, Oxford and Cambridge. This I believe is a useful perspective to take, the Minister concluded. Dr. Dalys predecessor, Dr. Hermia Morton Anthony, resigned as President of the CFBC on August 31, 2013. She served as President for two years. Another Look at the Real PAM Part 3(Freedom of Speech under Attack) When Mr. Lennox Linton interviewed Messrs Blanchette, Flemming and Welsh over Freedom Radio on Friday 9 August, 2013 a number of disclosures were made which provided listeners with insights to the true nature of the so-called Peoples Action Movement. In each and every case they confirmed what we had been saying about PAM and warning our people of from the very inception of that wicked, evil, terrorist organization. The disclosures and our commentaries have caused huge waves of anger of a most intense nature, not only within PAM, but also within and amongst such groups as Operation Rescue, PLP and the Unity Nonsense. This has caused them to lash out with increased venom and fury, in every which direction, and towards at all and sundry. We wish to remind the people of St Kitts and Nevis of what is playing our here, and of exactly what is at stake. There is underway a huge transformation in the social (especially educational), economic and financial make up of our country. It is the continuation of a true peoples revolution which was started in the early nineteen-hundreds, and had been fostered by such giants as Nathan, Manchester, Matthew Sebastian, Challenger, France, Bradshaw, Southwell, Glasford, the Williams (both James and Frederick), James Liburd, Allen and many others. It was briefly interrupted, and almost stalled, for about a decade and a half, starting in February, 1980. It was brought back on track with Labours return to power in July, 1995 and now, under the astute leadership of Denzil Llewellyn Douglas, the transformation is in a well advanced stage, and powers on despite numerous attempts to derail it again. What we are witnessing is the gradual achievement of control over the commanding heights of our economy by a new generation of people who are the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of the hard working, ordinary people of St Kitts Nevis (Anguilla) who, over many, many hard years, toiled unceasingly and sacrificed their blood, sweat and tears in the sugarcane fields, factories and other areas of endeavour to build and develop their country and make create a better future for their offspring. Much of this is exemplified in the works of such pioneers as Stanley Procope and Edgar Bridgewater who started a penny-savings-club that grew into the St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Industrial Bank, which went on to become the financial colossus known as the St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank, thanks to the foresight of the pioneers, the Labour government of Bradshaw, Southwell, France and others, and the long, hard work of Sir Edmund Lawrence, our present Governor-General. We have seen how their efforts were handed off first to Sir Edmund, then to Jimmy Pistaina (whose mother and father were two of Mr. Bradshaws and Labours strongest supporters and financiers), back to Sir Edmund, and now to a new generation in the person of Miss Dawn Williams, to whom we send our heartiest congratulations on her appointment. This, dear people, is a classic example of how Labour has always sought to empower our people, for National Bank, its precursors, and the National Group of Companies have always been in the forefront of the efforts to help our people to elevate themselves and their offspring in every area of our financial and economic endeavours. On the other hand PAMs interests lie in another direction for, despite its name, they have been (and will always be) against the people and in favour of those who perpetually seek to divide and exploit us. We have to be forever grateful to Mr. Dwyer Astaphan for reminding us that (a). PAM is a party whose roots lie in the plantocracy, and (b). PAMs political connectivity has always been to a small, privileged portion of our society. The continued forward movement of the revolution scares them senseless. Hence their policies and attempts to retaliate and take back what (in their eyes) they have lost. For years they have been trying to undermine Labours efforts by using certain foolhardy, money and power hungry individuals to, like termites, eat away at the innards of the organization in general and its leader in particular. They have succeeded with what they falsely consider to be three huge catches. In this regard they have been following one of the main precepts laid down by one of their founding fathers. It is the one that states thus: POLITICS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE TRUTH. TELL PEOPLE WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO BELIEVE, AND TELL THEM AGAIN AND AGAIN. THEY WILL BE GULLIBLE ENOUGH TO BELIEVE YOU. Over the years they filled the airwaves with paid-for-complaints, paid-for-lies and misrepresentations, often by shamelessly and egregiously abusing persons of indigent circumstances. Over and over they served up calls for violence and uprisings and, to this day, they continue to do so. They continually malign Prime Minister Denzil Douglas in some heinous and unbelievably brazen ways, most often using a radio station elsewhere described as a pasture where jackasses go to bray. In all of this no one on Labours side attempted to close them down or otherwise curtail their speech. In fact, it is Prime Minister Douglas and Labour who opened up the airwaves and granted licenses for the large number of radio stations we now have in this country. For years PAM and their lackeys thought that they had been succeeding, but then Labour Day 2013 and subsequent events took place and gradually it dawned on them that they had been failing all along. They have seen how very much the young people love Labour and their Labour Leaders. They have seen how very appreciative the youngsters are. They stepped up their attempts to dissuade the youngsters and have been rebuffed at each and every turn. Eventually they were compelled to acknowledge and come to grips with the fact that the people are quite sensible and not GULLIBLE at all, and that their efforts and money had been wasted. A panic attack set in, hence the big meeting recently held in Nevis. Their response has been to try to silence any and everyone who carries any messages favourable to Labour. Most of all they do not want Labours public meetings aired over the radio (contd on page 7)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 3 NEWS National Arts Festival Week at Independence Square September 8th: Conversations with Artistes on various radio stations Panel Discussion at ZIZ radio and television at 8:30pm September 9th: Opening of National Arts Festival at Independence Square, at 9:30 am Folklore in Splendor on the Square, in Sandy Point, St. Pauls and Molineux at 9:00 am 9th11th Ballroom Dancing Workshops offered by Classic Promotions of Antigua. Day and Evening at Community Centre, Victoria Road September 10th: Visual Arts Day, Independence Square at 11:00 am Ministers Visits to Schools September 11th: Ministers Visits to Schools Literary Day at Independence Square, 11:00 am Prime Ministers Lecture Series, Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium, ECCB, 7:30 pm Speaker: H.E. Dr. Kevin M. Isaac September 12th: Workshops for school children and adults, St.Pauls Anglican Church Hall, Nevis Ministers Visits to Schools Independence Cultural Gala Night, in front of the National Museum at 7:30 pm September 13th: National Potpourri Day, Independence Square, 11:00 am Announcement of the National Cake and Cupcake Winners National Colours Parade throughout Basseterre, 6:00 pm Ballroom Dance Recital, St.Kitts, Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium, ECCB September 14th: Music on the Square at 11:00 am Ballroom Dance Recital, Nevis Performing Arts Centre, 7:00 pm PM Douglas Says Its Wromg To Dismiss Workers (contd from page 1)the Federal Governments initiated People Employment Programme (PEP) which has funding support from a local private foundation, the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF), for offering jobs to many Nevisians, among them some of those who were affected by the sudden job losses. A large number of people have been dismissed in Nevis, and that is something I have not even spoken out against, said Prime Minister Douglas. I will say it now: It is wrong. That is something that should not happen. Prime Minister Douglas made the comments Thursday morning (August 29) on Nevis Choice 105.3 FM while a guest on Breakfast Menu hosted by Chef Waltie (Mr Walter Morton). We are in a modern age where a person, unless that person is in a very serious and politically sensitive position especially in the civil service, he or she should not lose his job because he supported another party. He explained that he had tried to stay out of that discussion but had now decided to break his silence after the shows host asked him to comment on the role that is being played by the People Employed Programme, which has now become one of the largest employers on the island of Nevis. It is wrong and we would have moved away from that several years ago, because it perpetuates political tribalism, which is one of the very same things that people are talking about as to why we are in this situation with a motion of no confidence, accusing the Labour Administration of atrocities which do not exist, observed the Prime Minister. He told the shows host that the People Employment Programme initiative was created jointly by the Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and by the SIDF and that it was benefitting the people of Nevis and the people of St. Kitts. That is why I say that the PEP therefore has to be spread far and wide because these people must be allowed to eat, said the Prime Minister. They have families, they have bills to pay, their children need to go to schools and to universities, and they are citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis and they have a right to earn. According to the Prime Minister, just as PEP is being utilised to assist in a number of areas in St. Kitts, so too the PEP must be used to assist people in Nevis, because the two islands are part of one country, noting that the government is seeking to develop a support system during this difficult period of transition in the economy. PEP has to be used to support these initiatives through the SIDF money, noted the Prime Minister. That is why I feel very strongly that the organisers of the PEP and of the SIDF Management Team must allow this thing to go across the entire land of St. Kitts and Nevis so that our people can benefit. health care service to its citizens and in fulfilment of its 2010 election pledge, a new Haemodialysis Unit will be officially opened here today Friday, 6th September, 2013, at the Joseph N. France General Hospital, in West Basseterre. The opening ceremony is scheduled to commence at 9:30 am and both the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas and the Minister of Health, Hon. Marcella Liburd will give remarks to put the unit in operation providing improved medical service for persons in both St. Kitts and Nevis suffering from renal illness (kidney failure). On page 24 of the Labour Partys Manifesto for the 2010 General Elections it stated as follows: The J.N. France General Hospital is expanding its dialysis services even further, and is moving toward the second modality of dialysis to offer haemodialysis to the public. Ministry of Health officials have disclosed that the Haemodialysis Unit will consist of four dialysis units; three of which are already installed. Recently Prime Minister Douglas welcomed the Cuban-born St. Kitts to officially open a new Haemodialysis Unit (contd from page 1) (contd on page 4)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 4 TRADE UNION NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary nephrologists to head the unit (as part of the contribution by the Government and People of the Republic of Cuba to this Federation). The staff of the Haemodialysis Unit is also comprised of two nurses from the Philippines and local nurses. Rev. Canon Isaiah Phillip will give the invocation after which Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mr. Andrew Skerritt will give the welcome remarks and provide an overview of the project. Dr. Jean-Marc Pierrot will give remarks prior to remarks from Prime St. Kitts to open a new Haemodialysis Unit Minister Douglas and Minister Liburd. Nurse Clilia Davis will render a song, JNF on the Rise; former Minister of Health, Mr. Rupert Herbert will play a steel pan selection and the Units nurses will also sing. The Vote of Thanks will be given by Medical Chief of Staff, Dr. Cameron Wilkinson. The Units Mission is to promote to optimum well-being of patients with acute or chronic kidney disease or end stage renal disease. The vision is to provide quality and efficient care to patients and the value statement is People first, quality always. (contd from page 3) Unfair/Wrongful Dismissal In the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. We know that our loving God cares about all aspects of our lives, including our work lives. Conditions and events at work absorb our energy, occupy our minds, and impact our psyches when we are both at work and home. Our work situations can be fulfilling and empowering, or demeaning and humiliating. For many of us, our job is the main factor determining the size of our income, whether we have health insurance and a pension, whether we live in a big house or any house at all, and whether we send our children to college or to bed with an empty stomach. However, most workers confront particularly unjust situations such as extremely low pay, unsafe working conditions, just to name a few. Moreover, most workers, whatever their position in the workplace, may suffer from indignities, that cripple their spirit and hinder their journey to greater wholeness. For instance, many workers wages are so low, that some full-time workers cannot keep their family out of poverty. For some others, the biggest problem is no job at all. Even when it is considered that the economy is getting strong, many workers who want to work still cannot find a job, or can only find a part-time one. Nevertheless, Gods reign does not stop at the door to the workplace. The Church, the body of Christ, is called to seek out and accompany people wherever they are. So the Church must also be in our offices, factories, agriculture (farms), schools, and all the places where people work. Moreover, it is the opinion of a cross section of the workforce that in view of the rise in the cost of living there should be a cost of living adjustment. In addition, it is also their view that our present minimum wage law needs to be looked at again with the view of raising it again so that those workers who are most in need could have their standard of living raised. Nevertheless, let us all work together to help end wage theft, the illegal practice of paying workers less than they earn. However, workers have to understand that Labour Unions are a very important way that they can improve their wages, and working conditions, and to gain greater dignity on the job. However, in todays article we will continue where we left off by looking at what the most recent amendment to the Protection of Employment Act has to say about termination of employment then you be the judge and determine if the workers are being treated fairly or unfairly. However, let us first look at how the Bermuda Labour Legislation 1946 2000 Promoting Social Justice In the Workplace address unfair dismissal. At sub-section 28 (1), unfair dismissal it clearly state that the following do not constitutes valid reasons for dismissal or the imposition of disciplinary action:(a) An employees race, sex, religion, colour, ethnic origin, national extraction, social origin, political opinion, disability or marital status; (b) An employees age, subject to any other enactment or any relevant collective agreement regarding retirement; (c) Any reason connected with an employees pregnancy, unless it involves absence from work which exceeds allocated leave entitlement; (d) An employees Trade Union activity; (e) An employees temporary absence from work because of sickness or injury, unless it occurs frequently and exceeds allocated leave entitlement; (f) An employees absence from work for any of the reasons mentioned in section 13 (public duties), or due to service as a volunteer fire officer; (g) An employee who removes himself from a work situation which he reasonably believes presents an imminent and serious danger to life or health; (h) An employees participation in any industrial action which takes place in conformity with the Labour Relations Act 1975; (i) The filing of a complaint or the participation in proceedings against an employer involving alleged violations of this Act. (2) The dismissal of an employee is unfair if it is based on any of the grounds listed in sub-section (1) above. Moreover, in sub-section 13 (1), Public duties, it also clearly state that, subject to the requirements of the business, an employer shall, where practicable, permit an employee to take such time off during his working hours as is reasonable in the circumstances to attend a meeting of any of the following bodies of which he is a member, or to do anything approved by the body for the purpose of discharging its functions:(a) Any Government Board; (b) The Bermuda Regiment; (c) The Reserve Police; (d) The Senate or House of Assembly; such other body as may be prescribed. (2) An employer shall permit an employee who has been summoned for jury service or summoned to attend court as a witness to take such time off during his working hours as is necessary to discharge his duty. (3) An employer shall permit an employee to take such time off during his working hours as is necessary in order for him to vote in a parliamentary election, within the meaning of the Parliamentary Election Act 1978. (4) An employee who has completed at least one (1) year of continuous employment is entitled to be paid at his normal hourly wage for time taken off under this section; but where the employee receives any payment in connection with his duties, the employer shall be entitled to deduct the equivalent amount from any wages payable by virtue of this sub-section. However, from the above quoted sub-section of unfair dismissal from the Bermuda Labour Legislation 1946 2000 Promoting Social Justice in the Workplace, you would have noticed that just like Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, and many other countries that the Bermuda unfair legislation is no different, including their remedies for unfair dismissal. I believe that it was only fair that workers understand that these industrial laws exist in the majority of countries, and so they must understand that just like those countries we too have the said laws to help protect at the workplace. But they too have to make sure that they not only know their but understand them as well. As time is of the utmost importance we will stop here for today but will continue in a subsequent article by looking at what our own Labour Laws has to say about unfair or unfairly dismissal. As I take my leave today I leave you with a quote from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a song by William F. Sherwin, publish in 1869.History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sound The Battle Cry By: William F. Sherwin, publish 1869.Sound the battle cry! See, the foe is nigh; Raise the standard high for the Lord; Gird your armor on, stand firm every one; Rest your cause upon His holy Word. Refrain:Rouse, then, soldiers, rally round the banner; Ready, steady, pass the word along; Onward, forward, shout aloud, Hosanna! Christ is Captain of the mighty throng. Strong to meet the foe, marching on we go; While our cause we know, must prevail; Shield and banner bright, gleaming in the light; Battling for the right we neer can fail. O Thou God of all, hear us when we call; Help us one and all by thy grace; When the battles done, and the victrys won; May we wear the crown before Thy face. St. KittsNevis Trades & Labour Union ANNUAL CONFEERENCE scheduled for Sunday, 27th October, 2013 JOIN US!
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 5 NEWS/ ADVERTISEMENT TIMOTHY HARRIS & SAM CONDOR Must Resign From Their LABOUR SEATS WE DEMAND Resignation NOW The Thinking Citizen Certain CCM/PAM cabal members take great pleasure in discussing the General Elections of 1993. What is so disgusting about the behaviour of the CCM/PAM cabalites is that they do not discuss the events in their historical context. That is they do not discuss the events in a manner that can be termed objective, impartial, fair and balanced. The CCM/PAM cabalites discuss the events without considering all the relevant issues and elements. The cabalites hand picked certain issues for discussion and discard certain other more relevant issues. The cabalites make no mention at all of the details of the Election results or of the discussions that took place. No mention at all is made of the announcement by Methodist Minister Rev. Harold Gill and of other public announcements made subsequently by other persons which confused and puzzled the masses. The fact that the PAM party made an agreement with nine (9) priests and then turned around and lied on the nine (9) priests never ever formed, part of the CCM/PAM cabalites discussion. You hear all this biased and prejudiced discussion from time to time coming from the Heavy Weights on VON Radio. Of course as we all know the intention of the Heavy Weights is to make Dr. Douglas look bad. It has not escaped the notice of the ordinary citizen that at no time whatsoever has the attempted coup detat of 10th June 1967 been discussed by the members of the CCM/PAM cabal. The members of the CCM/ PAM cabal always talk about the throwing of bottles and stones in 1993, but they never bring up the matter of the armed attack in 1967 that was carried out against the Government Power Station at Needsmust, the Police Headquarters on Cayon Street and the Defence Force Camp at Springfield. The dirty deeds of PAM must be kept hidden as The members of the CCM/PAM cabal must speak the truth much as possible. That is PAM policy. The people who were involved in the events of 1993 were indeed Freedom Fighters. They were fighting to maintain and preserve our Democracy, The PAMites who joined, in 1967 with the rebel Anguillians and the American mercenaries to invade St. Kitts were not Freedom Fighters. They were terrorists whose intention was to overthrow the lawfully elected government of Premier Robert Bradshaw. The Freedom Fighters of 1993 were not fighting to overthrow the PAM Government, but to get that same Government to honour the promise and agreements which it had made. At the Elections of 1993 the seats were equally distributed between PAM and Labour with each party gaining four (4) seats. But the Labour Party gained the vast majority of the votes that were cast. Discussions and negotiations took place between PAM and Labour in which the St. Kitts Christian Council and the Evangelical Association were involved. As a result of certain promises and agreements which the PAM party made, Rev. Gill of the Methodist Church made a particular public announcement which was hours later repudiated by the leaders of PAM. In repudiating the promises and the agreements made the PAM leaders were forced to tell lies on nine (9) priests. I will never ever ask anyone in CCM or PAM to stop talking about the events of 1993. All I would ask is that they talk about the 10th of June 1967 as well and present the facts of 1993 with all its relevant factual and historical details. They must not leave out the fact that the leaders of PAM lied on nine (9) priests. A party which claims to travel the moral and ethical high road must not be caught every now and then lying to and cheating the public. The leaders of the Peoples Action Movement as well as the CCM propagandists ought to give the public a true and faithful record of the events of 1993 on the one hand and a complete record of the events of 10th June 1967 on the other hand. Anything less than that will not suffice. But the Peoples Action Movement is given to lying and cheating. Just look at how the party dealt with the introduction of the Social Security Scheme. The PAM members went all over St. Kitts and all across Nevis, telling people not to participate in the Social Security Scheme. Nowadays, decades after they have done their dirty work, the PAMites are pretending to be more interested in protecting the Social Security Scheme than the Labour leaders who created it and fought to protect and preserve it. It is true that PAM created the piece of real estate called Port Zante, but PAM left it as a desert. The party did not know what to do with it. It took the Labour Party, with the trust and confidence of certain overseas investors, to turn the desert piece of real estate into an oasis of flourishing business. The PAM Government built the South East Peninsula Road. But note that PAM built the Road on lands belonging to private owners. Not on Government lands. Nothing happened on the South East Peninsula after PAM built the Road. Again it was the Labour Party Government that caused the South East Peninsula to become the centre of Hotel and Tourism development on our island. Every now and then the PAMites love to bang their mouth and lie and fool certain people. But the PAMites cannot change history although they try to re-write it. It is a fact that the Labour Party laid the foundations for the social economic, political, constitutional and financial development of modern St. Kitts and Nevis. No matter what the propagandists in the Democrat say. While the PAMites tried their very best in the 1960s to damage and destroy St. Kitts economically and financially the leaders of the Labour Party were forging ahead with plans and programmes to develop St. Kitts socially economically and financially. It was during the 1960s that the Labour Party leaders introduced plans and programmers to diversity the economy and transform St. Kitts from a sugar based economy to one based on Tourism and Light Industry. It seems that the PAMites cannot tell the whole unvarnished truth, not even if you pay them. A certain PAM leader went on television (CMC) recently and gave the world the impression that never before in the history of St. Kitts was a Motion of No Confidence filed. Days later the Sheriff gave the same wrongful impression on one of his regular weekly Wednesday night shows. Of course the Sheriff was puffing up his chest and trying to claim some credit for being the person who filed the first ever Motion of No Confidence in St. Kitts. But he was wrong. Lee L. Moore had filed two (2) such Motions, one in 1981 and the others in 1982. The members of the CCM/PAM must speak the whole truth and stop lie. FOOD IS MEDICINE: NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF CARAMBOLA Latoya Matthew-Duncan Nutrition Officer Health Promotion Unit Ministry of Health 467-1263Carambola, the Star Fruit or Five Fingers as it is affectionately known here in St Kitts and Nevis has five prominent longitudinal ridges. Carambola is a low-calorie with only 40 calories in a single large fruit and less than 1 gram of fat. Like other fruits, the calories come mostly from natural sugar. Most importantly, it is loaded with health-boosting nutrients. Vitamin C: Carambola is an excellent source of vitamin C which boosts the immune system and helps the body fight infections, cancers and other ailments. One large fruit provides 43 mg or 70% of the recommended daily amount. Other Antioxidants: Apart from Vitamin C, Carambola is also an excellent source of other antioxidants that help to prevent and fight infections, cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants also assist in slowing the aging process. Cancer Prevention: One large Carambola provides 4 grams of fiber or about 16% of the recommended daily amount. Fiber aids digestion, prevents constipation and helps prevent colon cancer. Copper: A person needs this mineral in very small amounts (micronutrient). It helps to healthy, new cells for the circulatory and nervous systems. One large Carambola supplies 8% of the daily need. Other Minerals: It also contains small amount of minerals and electrolytes like potassium, phosphorus, and zinc and iron. Potassium is an important component of cells and body fluids and also helps control heart rate and blood pressure; thus counters the bad influences of sodium. Energy Snack: Carambola is a healthy, quick and easy snack alternative to calorie-dense cookies and candies. The fruit contains a satisfactory amount of natural energy to last the entire day without increasing the waistline. Medicine: In some countries, Carambola juice is often recommended in many folk medicines as a diuretic (to increase urine output) and a cough-reliever. Medical disclaimer: This information is intended solely for the general information for the reader. It is not to be used to diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 6 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS Ambassador Rosalyn Hazelle has told members of the Women in Construction Trades (WICT), a component of the People Employment Programme (PEP), that St. Kitts and Nevis is a nation that offers opportunities to its citizens. She has challenged them to grab the opportunities that have been offered through PEP. Speaking to the interns who are training at All Solutions International at the CAP Southwell Industrial site on Friday August 30, Ambassador Hazelle who is also the CEO of the St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency (SKIPA) gave her own example where after becoming a teen mother before she sat her exams, later went ahead and utilised opportunities presented to her. The theme of the seminar that is into its eighth week, From the Basement to the Attic, caught the attention of the Ambassador when she said: I believe that my life maybe a good example of that whole theme. When my mother was about five months pregnant, before she realised she was pregnant and then I didnt give her enough time to even prepare for it because two months later I came out feet first, and I think I have been going that way ever since and that was 61 years ago. She informed them that St. Kitts and Nevis, under National Hero, Premier Robert Bradshaw, was the first country in the region to give everyone the opportunity to get a secondary school education, when he abolished the Common Entrance Exams. Sometimes we fail in telling you the younger persons what it was like for us back then, said Ambassador Hazelle. I think now I see and it hurts my heart all the time when I see young people not taking advantage of the educational opportunities that are offered you. In the days she was growing village (Parsons Ground) who could have had a secondary education but because of where they came from, and probably that their mother might have been a single person, many of the headmasters would make a subjective decision that they Ambassador Hazelle Challenges WICT Interns to Take Opportunities Offered to Them wont put their name on the list to go to the Ministry of Education. I think I have learnt from the experience of Mr Bradshaw, said Ambassador Hazelle. We have all benefitted from opportunities for moving upward from the vision that we had in our leaders and continues to have now until today. Mr Bradshaw, for me, aside from being the National Hero, Photo: Ambassador Rosalyn Hazelle being conducted on a tour at All Solutions: From left, WICT Intern Sharmen Jeffers, Ambassador Hazelle, WICT Coordinator Mrs Celia Christopher, and WICT Intern Tessa Lee. (contd on next page)up, there were lots of people in her We are doing something useful: WICT Intern Isis Richards (left) shows Ambassador Hazelle a door pattern that they created using discarded material.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 7 NEWS personally I look at him as an example in that when life knocks you down you can do one of two things: You can become negative and say, well I do not care and get into whatever else you want to get into; or you can say it is not going to keep me back, and I am not going to allow that to happen to someone else, and that is what Mr Bradshaw did. He was one of those persons who didnt get a chance to get a secondary education, not because he wasnt bright. He was a bright man. And he took it upon himself as the leader of the country when St. Kitts in 1967 became semi-autonomous.... One of the first things Mr Bradshaw did was to abolish Common Entrance Exams. In narrating her life story, she told the WICT interns that in spite of her getting pregnant before she sat her exams, she made good use of the opportunity that was provided to her when she went to Canada, and thanked among others Mr Clarence Fitzroy Bryant for his tremendous encouragement. On her return to St. Kitts she helped make it possible for teen mothers to be afforded an opportunity to go back to school, something that earned her the wrath of a number of persons. She says has no regrets for what she did for the teen mothers because among those who grabbed the opportunity at least one is a doctor, who help her (Hazelle) when she was in need. That was my Bradshaw moment, said the Ambassador. That was my opportunity to say I am giving back, because I really For Inquiries call:869-764-1144 / 869-661-1497 Ambassador Hazelle Challenges WICT Interns..... learnt that ability without opportunity was nothing. No matter what ability you have if you didnt have the opportunity it would be nothing. If I did not have that opportunity my ability would probably have gone for naught, and so I took it upon myself (to assist teen mothers) irrespective of who preached against me. Ambassador Hazelle, who was accompanied by Women in Construction Coordinator Mrs Celia Christopher, told the interns that if they have a conviction, that they make it their conviction, and that if they have a dream that they must strive to live the dream, because the government has given them the opportunity through the People Employment Programme. Be proud of the fact that you are being given an opportunity, advised Ambassador Hazelle. You know what it is that you want to achieve and you know that this is a step in achieving whatever it is you set your mind to and that opportunity is being provided to you, dont waste it. Dont ignore it, embrace it and be grateful for it because you have all been given opportunity in this society to move from our basement up to our attics.(contd from last page) Editorial(contd from page 2) stations and the Internet. This is precisely why they have been issuing suits against the Prime Minister and Freedom Radio and its owner/manager. They are issuing threats left, right and center. Mark Brantley and Dwyer Astaphan are first and foremast in all of this. They have warned Mr. Liburd that he will be sued for aggravated slander if he carries any broadcast in which the Prime Minister repeats any of the words contained in their suits. And on and on they go. Like so many of our people who have been calling in to the stations for the past days to express their horror and disgust with the opposition, we of this Newspaper consider what is going on as unmitigated and open attempts to muzzle Freedom of Speech. This is one of our precious freedoms, and we call on all of people, all peace and freedom loving persons, to raise your voices and in other lawful ways make known objections to what is being done by Dwyer Astaphan, Mark Brantley, Lindsay Grant and others, as they attempt to stifle the voices of those who do not care for their brand of politics and points of view. Most of all we need to ensure that the social, economic and financial revolution continues apace. We simply cannot afford to allow it to be turned back or retarded. Therefore we must renew our resolve and continue to stand firmly with Labour IN FULL CONFIDENCE. We all owe this to ourselves and to our generations yet unborn. We shall continue this discussion in our next editorial. Need for more hotel rooms to boost stayover arrivals, says Minister Skerritt BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, SEPTEMBER 5TH 2013 (CUOPM) A need for more hotel rooms in St. Kitts to increase the stayover arrival numbers. The challenges we still have in the stayover sector is that we need more hotel rooms and the hotel rooms that we have need refurbishing and investment, said Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Richard Ricky Skerritt, who noted that Ocean Terrace Inn and the Frigate Bay Beach Resort are planning major construction. Just by improving their management and overall strategy in the market place, their occupancy has gone up and they have also been taking on new employees, said Mr. Skerritt. He also disclosed that the Frigate Bay Beach Hotel with 64 rooms is to undergo major refurbishment. It had got so badly run down over the years that they had to shut down parts of the hotel. That also affects your ability to sell in the market place and they are now finally beginning to take action in terms of refurbishing and if you go to the Frigate Bay Beach Hotel now, it is becoming a construction site, disclosed Minister Skerritt. Photo of the renovation of the Frigate Bay Resort now underway (Photos by Erasmus Wiliams) Sen. the Hon. Richard Ricky Skerritt
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 8 NEWS Independence Contests Aim To Inspire Patriotism Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): Persons working or doing business at Government Headquarters in Basseterre will be greeted by a display encouraging participation in two competitions organised as part of St. Kitts and Nevis 30th anniversary of Independence. The National Colours Competition as well as the Cake and Cupcake Competition are being promoted as an opportunity for nationals to showcase their creativity through cooking and fashion skills. During the week of the 15th to the 21st of September, we are inviting Kittitians and Nevisians who are residing here and abroad to wear their colours and/or design clothing with the colours of the national flag, said Alicia Collins, Community Development Officer within the Department of Social Services and Community Development. We are also looking at hairstyles depicting the colours of the national flag, manicures and pedicures as well as makeup. Pictures of the colourful display should be posted on the Facebook page of the Saint Kitts & Nevis Independence 2013 committee where they will be judged by a panel. The number of Chefs and bakers employed by companies in a professional capacity, chefs and bakers who are self employed, and novices who bake on a recreational basis. This allows for a wider cross section of persons to use their baking and decorating skills to depict the colours and the national symbols and anything of significance to St. Kitts and Nevis, Director of Community Development Azilla Clarke explained. The contest is now open and interested individuals have until Wednesday, September 11 to submit pieces. The pastries will then be displayed at an exhibition on Friday, September 13 at a fair at Independence Square. likes a picture receives will also count to the selection of the eventual winner. The Cake and Cupcake Competition is divided into three categories. Ms. Clarke added that the National Arts Festival, which is a celebration of arts and culture, will be revived this year and the cupcake competition perfectly complements this initiative as it is grouped under culinary arts. Registration forms for the two contests are available from the security desk at Government Headquarters or the Department of Community Affairs. Additional information can be obtained via telephone 467-1314 SKNIS Photo 1: Azilla Clarke (left) and Alicia Collins mount display at Government Headquarters SKNIS Photo 2: The contest display at Government Headquarters National Arts Festival Sept. 9th 14th, 2013 EXPLORE, NURTURE, VALUE AND PROMOTE ST. KITTS AND NEVIS CREATIVE AND CULTURAL INDUSTRY BY ATTENDING THE NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL SEPT. 9TH 14TH 2013 INDEPENDENCE SQUARE, BASSETERRE ST. KITTS Join St. Kitts-Nevis Ministry of Culture as we Celebrate the Performing, Visual, Literary and Culinary Arts with a week of entertaining activities that Explore, Value, Nurture and Promote the Arts! EXPLORE Explore and celebrate the rich and diverse culture and heritage of Kittitians and Nevisians expressed through Performing, Visual, Literary, and Culinary Arts. NURTURE Nurture, stimulate, and instill in the minds of children, young people, and adults the importance of embracing and using different art forms as tools of education, to build careers, strive for excellence, foster pride, and develop the Creative and Cultural Industry. VALUE Value and appreciate the talented artists and artisans who immortalize St. Kitts and Nevis traditions, customs, language, artifacts and history in all its glory conveyed through the Arts. PROMOTE Promote and share St. Kitts and Nevis Creative and Cultural Industry with its Caribbean and Global neighbours to showcase what is truly Kittitian and Nevisian.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 9 NEWS PM Douglas lauds PEP for offering opportunities to persons who lost jobs in Nevis BASSETERRE ST. KITTS Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, the Right Hon Dr Denzil Douglas, has for the first time commented on Federations Prime Minister, the Right Hon Dr Denzil Douglas. PEPs Field Officer in Nevis, Mr Floris Finley (left) with a PEP contracted employer, Mr Gavin Pemberton, and a PEP intern, Ms Shermel Pemberton. Mr Finley is one of those persons who were fired by the new Nevis Island Administration. More WISE grants for Nevis: Mr Geoffrey Hanley (2nd left) seen at a function held on June 28 where eleven women received WISE grantsreports out of Nevis which indicated that tens of persons lost their jobs after the new CCM-led administration took office early this year.He has at the same time lauded the governments initiated People Employment Programme (PEP) which has funding support from a local private foundation, the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF), for offering jobs to many Nevisians, among them some of those who were affected by the sudden job losses. A large number of people have been dismissed in Nevis, and that is something I have not even spoken out against, said Prime Minister Douglas. I will say it now: It is wrong. That is something that should not happen. Prime Minister Douglas made the comments Thursday morning (August 29) on Nevis Choice 105.3 FM while a guest on Breakfast Menu hosted by Chef Waltie (Mr Walter Morton). We are in a modern age where a person, unless that person is in a from PEP. The Hon Patrice Nisbett, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Labour, Justice and Legal Affairs (2nd right) is seen handing over a cheque to one of the businesswomen. Looking on (left) is Ms Kerlyn Jones, PEPs Coordinator in Nevis very serious and politically sensitive position especially in the civil service, he or she should not lose his job because he supported another party. He explained that he had tried to stay out of that discussion but had now decided to break his silence after the shows host asked him to comment on the role that is being played by the People Employed Programme, which has now become one of the largest employers on the island of Nevis. It is wrong and we would have moved away from that several years ago, because it perpetuates political tribalism, which is one of the very same things that people are talking about as to why we are in this situation with a motion of no confidence, accusing the Labour Administration of atrocities which do not exist, observed the Prime Minister. He told the shows host that the People Employment Programme initiative was created jointly by the Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and by the SIDF and that it was benefitting the people of Nevis and the people of St. Kitts. That is why I say that the PEP therefore has to be spread far and wide because these people must be allowed to eat, said the Prime Minister. They have families, they have bills to pay, their children need to go to schools and to universities, and they are citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis and they have a right to earn. According to the Prime Minister, just as PEP is being utilised to assist in a number of areas in St. Kitts, so too the PEP must be used to assist people in Nevis, because the two islands are part of one country, noting that the government is seeking to develop a support system during this difficult period of transition in the economy. PEP has to be used to support these initiatives through the SIDF money, noted the Prime Minister. That is why I feel very strongly that the organisers of the PEP and of the SIDF Management Team must allow this thing to go across the entire land of St. Kitts and Nevis so that our people can benefit. Meanwhile, the People Employment Programmes Project Manager Mr Geoffrey Hanley has announced that they are in the process of offering more Women in Small Enterprise (WISE) grants to women in Nevis who would have applied. Eleven businesswomen in Nevis received WISE grants in June. As we continue to ensure that persons on the island of Nevis benefit immensely from the People Employment Programme, we have some additional names and we are going to be providing the necessary financial support that they would require to enhance and improve their small businesses, said Mr Hanley on Thursday (August 29). Mr Hanley added that the PEP office in Nevis situated in the Morton Business Centre in downtown Charlestown, which is headed by Ms Kerlyn Jones, is finalising plans to roll out training programmes that would involve the PEP participants, first dealing with life skills and then initially in their area of interest. We are going to be starting off with the hospitality training which has been an area that quite a number of persons had been indicating their interest, noted Mr Hanley. We have been trying our very best to facilitate those persons just as it has been done on the island of St. Kitts. That is the same way we intend to do it Nevis as well. So it is a case where Nevisians are benefitting just as how Kittitians are benefitting and there is no bias when it comes to persons looking for jobs or accessing training.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 10 NEWS Trevicia Barbie Adams To Represent Federation In Miss World Pageant By Javon Alford Windsor student drowns at Cockleshell Beach By Drizel Hanley The Executive Committee of the St Kitts-Nevis Miss World have announced that Trevicia Barbie Adams would be the representative for the Federation in the 63rd Miss World Pageant to be held on Saturday, 28th September 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The New Town resident with her past experience and accomplishments along with her good stage presence and stage experience, beauty and intellectual capabilities is a very good choice to represent the Federation as stated by the executive committee. Trevicia has participated in 10 pageants throughout her lifetime and has placed in each one of them. In 2011 she placed first runner up in St Kitts National Carnival Queen Pageant. Later in 2012 she was crowned Miss Caribbean Culture Queen in Nevis. The Committee has expressed their confidence in Trevicia, with the many preparations being made for the pageant and her track record in pageants it is anticipated that she would make the federation proud. The Federation was also represented in the Miss World Pageant last year in Mongolia, China by Markysa OLoughlin where she placed in the top 16 in the performing talent segment. The full support of the Federation would be well needed to aid in Trevicias victory in the Miss World 2013. Anyone wishing to follow the event are asked to log on to the facebook page: Miss St Kitts Nevis World 2013.Photo Captions: Trevicia Barbie Adams What began as a birthday celebration Myriam Bissainthe (contd on next page)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 11 NEWS Soft opening for Kittitian Hill late December, says Minister Skerritt BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Kittitian Hill. St. Kitts newest resort hotel is to open by December. St. Kitts and Nevis Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Richard Ricky Skerritt said the Sedona Resorts managed hotel will opening initially with 35 rooms and they will ramp up over the course of the season up to 85 by the next season. Let me just say these are 35 highend rooms. I mean the daily rental rate is going to be at the Four Seasons level to use that as a standard, said Minister Skerritt in an interview with Freedoms FM (106.5 FM) morning talk show host, Lennox Linton. The good thing about higher rates is that it usually means higher yields, higher yields mean more sustainability more profitability, better quality jobs, higher incomes and so that is one of the reasons why we are moving as far as we can to the higher end of the tourism market, said Minister Skerritt. He disclosed that Sedona Resorts officials are already in St. Kitts and has at the Cockleshell Beach (on the South East Peninsula) on Saturday August 31st ended in tragedy. Officers of the Frigate Bay Police Station responded to a report of a drowning incident at Cockleshell Beach at about 6:15 pm. Myriam Bissainthe was at the Beach celebrating her 36th birthday with two friends when she reportedly ran into some difficulty in the water and drowned. The Windsor student originated from Gainsville, Georgia, USA, but, was living at St. Christopher Club, Frigate Bay Investigators say that Bissainthe was alone in the water close to the shore when sometime later a swimmer saw her floating and drifting, and rescued her. She was brought ashore and a local doctor who was present tried to revive her, but she was none responsive, and was pronounced dead. A post mortem to determine the exact cause of death will be conducted at a later date. opened an office in preparation for the soft opening in December. It will be a relatively small, soft opening as they go through the process of training and establishing their standards and they are in the process of early interviews with the possibility of hiring their local team, said Minister Skerritt.(contd from last page) Windsor student drowns.....
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 12 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) St. Kitts 2013/2014 cruise ship season is going to be exciting with an estimated 785,000 passengers expected. Whats exciting about this coming season is that we have 183 ship days. In other words, in a calendar year for the first time in our history we have passed about 130 in terms of ship days. We have gone up significantly by the number of ship days and that means that over the course of 365 days on average, every other day there will be a ship, said Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Richard Ricky Skerritt. Describing the upcoming season as phenomenal for a small island like St. Kitts, A record 785,000 cruise passengers for St. Kitts in the 2013/2014 season Minister Skerritt noted that during the Winter Season, there will be 103 days when there will be one ship. There will be 49 days when there will be two ships, thats also the largest number of days when we will have two ships in our history. There will be 22 days when we will have three ships in port, which means 2 at Port Zante and one at the Cargo Pier. There will be 6 days when we will have 4 ships and for the first time in our history, we are going to have 3 days when we are going to have 5 ships, said Skerritt. He said even the conservative figure of 750,000 cruise passengers during the 2013/ 2014 Winter Season places St. Kitts in the big league. Last year we were at about just 600,000, so its a massive increase this year. Two years ago we were able to bring the Allure of the Seas which is called an Oasis-class ship as a test case and that has proven to the world, the capacity of our pier, said Minister Skerritt. He said St. Kitts is also having more cruise ship business in the summer and that cannot be understated. It only began back in 2008, when for the very first time in the nations entire cruise ship history which goes back to the early 90s, that we began to have scheduled summer calls. We never had any calls in the summer before that. Most people had to pack up their businesses by the end of April and hope for the best next year which was around October-November when the new Season starts, said Skerritt. That was also a part of our strategy to go out and do everything we can to bring business in the summer. That business has been steady in terms of having at least one ship. Then we went up to two and then we came back down to one last season that also took us down enormously. We have gone back up to two this summer season and next season (2014/2015) we are going to be doing even better, he disclosed. He said there is growing justification for the construction of a second pier at Port Zante and disclosed that the Ministry of Tourism and the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) are actively in the process and very close to starting its construction. Cruise tourism shopping National Symbols Spotlighted New Animated Series Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 02, 2013 (SKNIS): A new animated series has been launched to commemorate the 30th anniversary of nationhood for St. Kitts and Nevis. The short features, created by the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service (SKNIS), provides historical information about the national symbols of the twinisland Federation including the national flag, national anthem, coat of arms, national wear and more. These videos are informative and confidence that students who have independence-related projects to complete will find the series useful and encouraged them to log on to SKNIS Facebook page to view the videos. The animated episodes can also be accessed from the departments official YouTube channel TheSKNIS. A new episode is uploaded each week. Additional programmes by SKNIS are also available on the popular social media sites. St. Kitts and Nevis gained independence from Great Britain on September 19, 1983. SKNIS Photo: Screen capture from one of the new animated episodes entertaining, explained governments Director of Communication Grell Browne. Each episode has its own particular feel and we are certain that the short videos will be enjoyed by children and adults. Mr. Browne expressed
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 13 GOOD NEWS The prophet Isaiah looking down the corridor of time and seeing Jesus authority declared, I will place on His shoulder the key of the house of David, He shall open, and no one shall shut; He shall shut and no one shall open (Isaiah 22:22). The writer of Matthews account of the Gospel tells the world that Jesus gave the keys to the Kingdom to one of His apostles named Peter. Jesus said to Peter, I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; And whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven and whatever you shall loose on earth Why Was Peter Given The Keys Of Heaven? The authority of possessing the keys of the Kingdom of heaven also includes the authority to exercise discipline within the church. This is a point which the writer of Matthew made when he stated, If the members refuse to listen to them; tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth on earth will be loose in heaven (18:17-18). Notice the plural, keys this is an indication that such authority given by Jesus means more than just opening one door; that is, it means more than entrance into the Kingdom. This is authority given to operate within the kingdom as well. The authority to bind Satan or to lose persons from his clutches was part and parcel of that gift of authority. It is not clear in Matthew 16:16-18, that Jesus indicated whether the authority of the keys will later be given to others besides Peter. However, later Matthew indicated that the authority to preach the Gospel is given as well to the church. What Matthew in fact records in his eighteenth division and the seventeen and eighteen verses is that in preaching the Gospel and in exercising discipline the church now is empowered to exercise authority of Gods kingdom Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council shall have been loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19). Wherever a key was given in the New Testament it implies the passing on of authority. It is the authority to open a door and give passage through to a place Luke in his account of the Gospel declared, Woe to you lawyers for you have taken away the key of the Kingdom of heaven; you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering (Luke 11:52). Jesus states that He has the authority to grant ones entrance or exit from those domains. He made this announcement after His resurrection, I have the keys of Death and Hell (Revelation 1:18). Jesus giving the keys of the Kingdom to His apostle Peter, was really the authority to preach Him The Gospel, Here is the preamble, You are Peter and on this rock, I will build My church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). Peter grasped the opportunity to proclaim the Gospel on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:14-42). In a primary sense, the other apostles were also given the authority to preach the Gospel; and in a second, this authority to share the Gospel with others was passed on to all believers to open the Kingdom to all who desire to enter it. Minister Carty Commends Principals, Teachers And Education Officials For A Successful Year In Education By Javon AlfordThe Minister of Education, Hon. Nigel Carty has commended highly the principals, teacher and education officials for their outstanding work in ensuring a successful year in education for 2012-2013. He made the commendation during his address at the 2013 opening ceremony of the Ministry of Educations Summer Workshops which began on 26th August at the Rivers of Living Water Christian Center, Lime Kiln, Basseterre. The Minister sincerely thanked the Permanent Secretary, the Chief Education Officer, education officers, principals, teachers, the clerical staff and all others who played a part in the organization of what he called a first class ceremony and also the eleven workshops that ensued. He took time out to welcome back the principals and teachers and hoped that they had a productive yet restful and reenergizing vacation and they are now ready to pursue their commitment in the new school year which opened on Monday, September 1st. The Education Minister stated that despite the challenges,imperfections and human limitations, the 2012-2013 Academic year is a part of history and legacy of the educational evolution of St Kitts-Nevis of which we should be enormously proud. In his commendation to the group of education practitioners and officials Carty remarked: Your personal attributes of dignity, honesty, sincerity, spirituality and genuiness in your love for and interest in those we seek to educate, and the community we are striving to improve do really matter. The Minister went on to commend the staff and education officials of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) for their role in the 86% pass rate achieved by the students in the May/June CAPE Exams. He also mentioned that more concentration should be placed on the subjects with least participation including French, Spanish, Physics, Art and Design, Geography, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. Minister Carty congratulated the staff of the High Schools throughout the federation who contributed in 710 high school students passing 3352 exams across a spectrum of 32 subjects, a pass rate of 79.45%, exceeding the performances of the three preceding years. He said the ministry is exceptionally pleased that the teachers have turned out 100% pass rate across all the schools in Agricultural Science (Double Award), Mechanical Engineering Technology, Music and Physical Education and Sports, also a 90% pass rate in Agricultural Science (Single Award), Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM), Food and Nutrition, Building Technology, Information Technology and Economics. The Minister went on further to state that the teachers should also be commended for their role in the improvement over the last 3 years in the subject areas of History, English Literature, Technical Drawing and Visual Arts, also a drastic improvement in English Language from a 58.3% pass rate to 72% in 2013. Mathematics also saw an improvement from 47% in 2012 to 50% in 2013 which is commendable. The minister thanked and congratulated the students, teachers, and principals for their prodigious efforts and impressive outturn in the last school year. In conclusion he said As we turn a page to a new and eventful chapter of our education journey,academic year 2013-2014, we look forward with great expectation, confident in ourselves, individually and collectively, to overcome the obstacles that will threaten to derail our pursuit of and commitment to excellence, and undermined our progress as people. We intend to capitalize on our strengths and replicating our successes while working incessantly to conquer our areas of weakness.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 14 NEWS Back To School Sonia Boddie Caricom Youth Ambassador St.Kitts and Nevis As the children and young people of the Federation head back to school, for the most part immaculately groomed for the commencement of a new school year, I wish to bid each of them, a successful and productive school year, blessed with fun-filled learning experiences. I also wish to share some words of advice to both parents and students alike, from my perspective as both a former teacher and as a concerned citizen. Parents, I imagine that most of you are probably now breathing a sigh of relief that the back-toschool buying frenzy is over, and that despite the challenging economic times being faced at the global level and replicated here, you were able to send your child/children back to school looking smart and well equipped to boot. I salute you, and, indeed, you do deserve a pat on the back for that feat. However, allow me to just plug in a reminder that your job was not at all completed after you totalled your shopping receipts. As your child/children advance to a new school or grade, it is important that you take the time out of your busy schedule, to visit the school, become familiar with the class teacher, form teacher, head teacher, and, in the case of secondary schools, with other teachers where necessary. This will enable you to gain an understanding of what are your own and your childs rights, responsibilities and obligations with the learning institution, so that from the get-go, expectations of all parties are understood. I can recall while I was a teacher, one day at the end of the school term, while I was engaging in discussions with some other persons, a parent approached the door and said, Morning. A looking for teacher Ms.Boddie. Who is teacher Ms.Boddie? I responded to the parent, by introducing myself, and he did the same, noting he was the parent of a child who was in my class, and that the purpose of his visit was to collect his childs report card. At that moment, it became very obvious, that the parent had no idea who I was, and had failed to visit the school for the entire term, as we were both complete strangers. I can recall, asking the parent if he thought it was right for me to give him his childs report card, when I hardly knew him, and he hadnt visited the school anytime previously to find out how his child was progressing, in what areas she may have needed help, and what additional assistance could he have provided to the child. After listening to various lame excuses, I eventually issued the report card, but not before also issuing some stern words of encouragement to the parent, to become more active in the childs academic life. I say that to emphasize, parents, that your childs success does not depend on whether he/she has all the texts on the book list, has the best teachers, or is gifted. A lot of a childs success certainly depends on the parental support that is provided to him. Children whose parents demonstrate an interest in what they would have learnt each day at school, and who inquire whether they have homework, and assist them with the homework or find someone who can so assist, in the cases where they cannot do so themselves, and who visit or call the school to get regular updates on their childrens progress, are children who generally perform and behave better from my experience. Study and research have also proven this definitively. To the children, I say to each of you, you must take full advantage of the free education that is afforded to you. Attend all classes, be punctual, pay attention, study hard, complete all assignments, ask questions when in doubt respect yourself, your teachers, your peers, respect the school property, and all those educational resources that would have been loaned or given to you, to assist you with your studies. I was very alarmed recently, while walking through a residential area in Basseterre, to see a teenager playing on his landing, while his government-donated laptop sat unbalanced on the edge of the landings bar, awaiting an inevitably destructive fall to the floor. I can recall yelling to the lad and summoning him to immediately remove the laptop from that position, and giving him a scolding about the value of the laptop and all other items that are provided to him, the cost of which he had never counted, since they were all given to him free of charge. Children, I say to you, CARE YOUR THINGS! Your books and laptops should be kept just as neatly as you do your hair, uniforms and your classrooms. So, to the parents, students and teachers of this Federation, I say continue working amicably together, to ensure that the chances of having an exceedingly successful school year are very probable, and the performance rate of our schools for the upcoming year can better those, of years passed. Launch of Annual Childrens Home Walk/Run Event Lifts Spirits BASSETERRE, St. Kitts The St. Christopher Childrens Home (SCCH) announces its Annual Family Walk/Run scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013. To launch the fundraising efforts leading to the walk/run, the SCCH hosted a reception in August to show their appreciation to past supporters, and to encourage new sponsorship for the 2013 event.The reception, titled Lifting Spirits, provided opportunity for organizers of the SCC Home Walk/ Run to network with sponsors and community leaders to discuss the key partnerships that would support the success of the event. More than fifty past and potential donors representing individuals and large corporations attended the event held at the St. Kitts Marriott Golf Course Club House. Our title, Lifting Spirits, is fitting for tonights activities, said Sebastian Mottram, chairperson of the St. Christopher Childrens Home and Service League. Each of the sponsors in attendance have lifted the spirits of numerous children in St. Kitts through their support of the Home, tonight we hope to lift their spirits by sharing our appreciation and explaining how their support has provided benefit to these children. Organizers of the 2013 event have set a goal of raising EC $250,000, to support the St. Christopher Childrens Home, by engaging sponsors earlier in the activity and providing additional benefits to sponsors. Last years event raised more than EC $200,000 thanks to the support of local, regional and international sponsors, as well as, hundreds of participants. The funds were used to supplement the day-to-day operating costs, as well as reinforce the SCC Homes roof and facilities. Providing testament to the impact the SCC Home has provided to its residents, Mr.Tishon Thomas, Systems Manager at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, and past resident of the facility spoke briefly. I wouldnt be the person I am today without the St. Christopher Childrens Home, said Thomas. The friendships and the family I gained will forever be a part of my life. I made connections that have supported me by providing references and even encouraging me to extend my career goals. The Home provided me opportunity, one I would not have otherwise had. For all of you that are sponsors, thank you for believing in the Childrens Home and for believing in those of us who have lived there. Highlighting the event, was the announcement by Digicel St. Kitts and Nevis Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Johnny Ingle, of the companys commitment to be the exclusive telecoms sponsor with a Platinum Sponsorship of EC $10,000; and in addition, to provide those who purchase their Walk/Run tickets in advance, at the Digicel location in the Circus, with an EC$10 Top Up. Digicel is pleased to come on board as both the first platinum sponsor and exclusive telecoms sponsor of this years Walk/ Run, said Ingle. Digicel believes in making a social impact in the communities we are a part of. The continuing efforts of the organizing committee, tonights event and the comments by Mr. Thomas highlight the transformation the Childrens Home makes in these young peoples lives. I challenge everyone here tonight to join me in this important cause. Sponsorship levels range from EC $1,000$10,000 with recognition matching the level. If you or your affiliated organization is interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Margaret Stevens, Director of the St. Christopher Childrens Home at 869-465-4007, or 766-4007or via email address email@example.com. Early registration will be available through September 28 at the Circus location of Device (additional incentive of EC $10 Top-Up), Guest Relations Office at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort/Royal Beach Casino, and at Student Services at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Those who purchase tickets in advance will be entered to win sponsor prizes on the day of the event. Tickets will also be available on the day of the event. Tickets are EC $50 for adults and EC $25 for Children aged 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Registration includes event participation, commemorative shirt and bag, BBQ lunch. Purchase your ticket by September 28 to be eligible for sponsor prizes. Join us for this healthy, family fun event on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Mr.Tishon Thomas, Systems Manager at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, Digicel St. Kitts and Nevis Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Johnny Ingle
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 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, a few Fridays ago at Bank Street in downtown Basseterre, the deserter, the defector, the traitor of the working class people of St. Kitts Nevis and the whole world desecrated the good name and image of our beautiful, beloved, generous sister island of Cuba, which has been over graciously generous in providing free education to the sons and daughters of our Federation, enabling them to pursue their profession a profession which, because of financial constraints and because of the social backgrounds of most of them, it would have been an impossible dream. The lambasting of the Republic of Cuba, the unwarranted assault on the nation, the demonizing of the country, its friendly people and leaders of the Revolution, due to fear of students who are returning from studying there, entering the political arena. Timothy Harris realizes that he has sold out his birth right; he realizes that he has betrayed his party, his supporters, his constituency, his constituents and the country as a whole and these returning professions are men who cannot be bought or sold like him. They possess sterling qualities which he does not possess or will ever possess, and some in desperation and fear, he decided to brand them, to diss them, to stain their character and to try to destroy them totally. It is surprising how fear can make us act so treacherously to people who have displayed so much good will personally and nationally. Timothy has been ungrateful to Dr. Douglas who shielded him when he journeyed to obtain his doctorate degree. If he can turn ungrateful to the PM, who else wouldnt he be ungrateful to? Dr. Harris should never have betrayed Cuba in this manner, for there is no other country in the world which has educated so many students who would not have been able to meet the cost of studying medicine, engineering, early childhood education, nursing, psychology, technology, farming, dentistry and other professional fields of studies. Our JNF Hospital, the Mary Charles Hospital and the Pogson Hospital, are all staffed by Cuban trained doctors. Cuba has also provided us with the Specialists who come here and work amongst us. Simple and friendly people. How could Dr. Harris be so ungrateful to hurt the feelings of these friendly people, their country and its leaders? And it is not only St. Kitts Nevis which has benefitted from the generosity of Cuba. The whole Caribbean, the whole of Latin America, the whole of Africa, Asia and even the United States of America which has imposed an illegal economic blockade for 52 years has benefitted and still benefits from the training of its people in Cuba, free of charge. When there are natural disasters in any part of the world, Cuba sends its Medical Brigades to the most remote areas free of charge. Just the other day, 250 medical personnel have been invited to Brazil to work in the remote areas of the country, where the inhabitants have never had access to medical attention in their life. Cuba has the Yes I Can education programme in Haiti, trying to eliminate the high illiteracy rate there and also providing free medical attention to persons who have never seen a doctor in their entire lives. In Venezuela, President Chavez was able to provide housing, health, education and dignity to the inhabitants of the barrios who have never attended school for generations upon generations and have never been provided with medical attention for generations upon generations. Back here in St. Kitts Nevis, the sons and the daughters of cane cutters, cane weeders, domestic servants, porters, masons, carpenters, drain cleaners, street cleaners can access University education in any field and profession they want to pursue. Even the well to do children can pursue their education in Cuba free of charge, because the Labour Party, under the leadership of Dr. Denzil Douglas does not discriminate. It is a party, a government and a leader who looks after the interest of all people. When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for fighting the Apartheid System in South Africa, students were smuggled out of the country and sent to Cuba to be educated. Neither America, Britain, Canada nor Australia did anything to assist the black people who had to walk with passes, if they wanted to travel around in their own country. Cuba educated and trained them. On Mandelas release from prison, he journeyed to Cuba to give thanks to the country, its people and its leaders. When he touched down in America on his way, the powers that be, tried to dissuade him from continuing the journey. Mandelas reply to them was When I was in prison, Cuba is the only country which provided assistance to my people. When the South African Apartheid government wanted to crush the Independent Movement in Namibia by invading the country with assistance and support from the Western world which were grinding their teeth, in anticipation to grab the vast natural resources the country possesses. Apart from grabbing the Natural Resources, South Africa wanted to spread and concretize its Apartheid system in Namibia which it ruled under a UN mandate. The Namibians cried out for help and Cuba assisted. Today, Namibia is a black independent country in South Africa through the spilling of Cuban blood. Cuba supplied Cuban technicians to help it and trained its medical doctors and other personnel. Apart from the Cuban government and people, we have to pay tribute to Dr. Earl Asim Martin for paving the way for scholarships to be provided to this country by the Cuban government. He himself could not access a scholarship from the PAM government. It was Tim Hector of Antigua who fitted him into his number of students going from Antigua to study. It was Dr. Martin and another man who was to study architecture who dropped out. Dr. Martin, when he received his first vacation, journeyed home to plead to the PAM government to make the Cuban scholarships available to Kittitians and Nevisians. They scoffed at him. They embarrassed him. Mind you, dear reader, all the other Caribbean islands were availing themselves of the many scholarships Cuba was providing to their young people. The right wing PAM party abhorred (rejected) the idea of poor peoples children having access to University education. It was only after 1995, when the PAM government exited office, that scholarships from Cuba were made available to all and sundry by this Labour Government. Dr. Harris was Minister of Education and Minister of Foreign Affairs, so he should know better, but you see, when you are fighting for your rightly ordained right to be Prime Minister of a country which chooses its leader through Democratic means, the hungriness of the dog within you, along with the impression that you are trying to create that you have severed all connections with the working class people, you say and do all manner of things in order to justify your claim. Dr. Harris forgot Grannys saying, What cometh out of the mouth defileth the body. They come not back, the spoken word, the sped arrow and the neglected opportunity and no amount of window dressing, net patching or writing in the Observer Newspaper complaining that he was misunderstood without explaining what was misunderstood, Dr. Harris has found himself a pariah in the Caribbean, Latin America, certain parts of the USA, in Africa, in Asia, in Europe. A total international outcast worldwide. Perhaps, he was trying to beg funds for his fledging PLP from the Cuban right wing anti Castro elements in Miami. The man will do anything; say anything in order to stay in the spotlight. He is presently singing Too late, too late, shall be the cry, Jesus of Nazareth, has passed me by. Why do you think that Dr. Harris had to hurriedly go and form his own political party? They found him greedy and gullible. The opposition played upon his personal ego. They made promises to him and when he left the Labour camp, he found himself singing the cheese stands alone. Amory and Mark had CCM to back them up. Hamilton and Shawn had PAM to back them up. Tim and Sam were shelterless, so they rushed to form PLP, so that they could at least have a hut to which they could run for shelter, but that hut is now proving inadequate to shelter both of them, hence the outrage and treacherous utterings. If President Castro ordered Cubans to eat hard grain rice, it means that Cubans who have access to all kinds of medical attention, can grind the hard rice with their teeth and be satisfied that they have something to eat, unlike some richer countries which have their residents sleeping in the streets and searching the garbage pans for something to eat, in order to survive. Cuba has ensured that all the privileges enjoyed by the rich and the mighty, have become basic human rights for its entire inhabitants. Is there something wrong with this Dr. Harris? Poor Jonel Powell, in trying to defend his newly acquired PAM friend, added more fuel to the debate. You see, dear reader, Timothy put on a busing on Lady Marcella, in order to assist Jonel in Central Basseterre, so Jonel is returning the favour by saying that Timothy was only blowing hot, but hot air burns and it could burn future generations of young scholars who want to access free University education. Jonels grandfather and founder of PAM, was the chairman of the scholarship committee when secondary education was a privilege and ordinary peoples children could only access that privilege by winning the one scholarship to the Girls High School and the Grammar School (boys). Mary Grant, a young brilliant girl from Dieppe Bay won the scholarship for the Girls High School and had to visit the home of the founder of PAM for her credentials to attend the school. This is how she was greeted: I cant understand, that, with all those beautiful white girls who sat the exam, you, a little black girl from Dieppe Bay, had to win the scholarship. Mary Grant Morton was a teacher and was in charge of the Government Printery for many years. She is still alive. Jonel, the apple dont fall far from the tree. In Defense of our sister Cuba Sea Bridge One crashes into rocks while en route to Nevis By Drizel HanleySea Bridge One (one of two vessels which operate a ferry service between St. Kitts and Nevis) crashed into some rocks while en route to Nevis on (contd on page 17)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 16 NEWS Junior Minister of Social Development participates in Nevis Senior citizens outdoor activity NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS Junior Minister with responsibility for Social Development Hon. Hazel BrandyWilliams took part in the annual Beachnic (a seaside picnic) at Oualie Beach on August 29, 2013, hosted by the Social Services Department, Seniors Division, where she distributed bags on behalf of the Ministry of Health as a token of appreciation and mingled with those who had attended the event. In an interview with the Department of Information, Mrs. Brandy Williams stated that she was pleased that the islands senior citizens were able to participate in a range of recreational activities among them swimming, an exercise session and board games. Its been a great day so far, we are here at the beach with the seniors they have had a long exciting and somewhat interesting day because we have seen most of them going into the water, exercising and having fun, she said. The Minister also spoke to the distribution of hand bags to the seniors. So far they are having fun they had a sumptuous lunch and now we are distributing some gifts which are compliments of the Ministry of Health and Mrs. Nicole SlackLiburd and her staff, she stated. Before the conclusion of the Beachnic, Mrs. Brandy-Williams joined the seniors in the games and activities along with staff members of the Social Services Department. Junior Minister with responsibility for Social Development on Nevis the Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams distributing hand bags to the seniors on behalf of the Ministry of Health as a token of appreciation for their participation Seniors on Nevis having fun during a Beachnic organised by the Seniors Division in the Ministry of Social Development in their honour Coordinator of the Seniors Division within the Ministry of Social Development on Nevis Mrs. Garcia ThompsonHendrickson 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) Senior citizens on Nevis enjoy a sea bath at the Oualie Beach during a Beachnic organised for them by the Seniors Division in the Ministry of Social Development NOTICE CXC CSEC Registration for the January 2104 sitting of exams starts on September 2nd until September 30th 2013. Interested persons are asked to collect the registration form at the Ministry of Education on Church Street between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:00 pm daily.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 17 SPORTS Kim Collins Wins Silver In Berlin, Germany By Javon Alford Kim Collins has once again made the Federation of St KittsNevis proud after capturing the silver medal in the 100m dash on Sunday 1st September at the IAAF Silver Medallist Kim Collins Back To School Cricket Matches Turn Out A Success By Javon AlfordOn Sunday 1st September 2013, at the St Pauls Sporting Complex, the St Pauls Cricket Academy held a back to school promotion which included 2 cricket matches. The first match was between the St Pauls Primary School Champions and the St Pauls Female Cricket Team. The Primary Champs won the match by 4 wickets, having bowled out the female team for 41 runs. The most outstanding player in that match was Javrell Alford who scored 33 runs and also took 2 wickets to lead the Primary School Champs to victory. The second match saw, the St Pauls Community Youth Team vs the St Pauls Veteran Team. The Youths batted first and scored a total of 155 runs from 20 overs with Terrance Warde Scoring 49 runs not out and Tsean Francis scoring 20 runs. The Veterans went to bat and were bowled out for 135 runs, Anthony Caines scored 39 runs and also took 3 wickets for the Veteran Team. The outstanding bowlers for the youth team were Kizan David who took 2 wickets and also Tsean Francis who bowled exceptionally well. There were many give a ways and also a raffle for a cellular phone compliments Digicel. There were top up card give a ways and chances to win cash prizes. There were also two Jansport school bags and also free hair cuts to be won. The individuals who performed well in the game were also given cash prizes including the best bowler, best batsman, best fielder and the best wicket keeper. The event turned out to be a very exciting and action filled event for both children and families. The sponsors for the event were Digicel, School Apex, St Kitts Cricket Association and also individuals from the community. The Challengers Exodus Take Game 1 Of The Digicel Premier Basketball Division Best Of 5 Finals. By Javon Alford World Challenge held in Berlin, Germany. The race saw Collins off to a great start but was unable to capture the gold after he was beaten in the last 40 meters of the race. He finished with a time of 10:15 seconds. The race was won by the Jamaican athlete Kemar BaileyCole who finished in 10:05 seconds. Jason Rogers, another kittitian sprinter also took part in the race and placed 5th with a time of 10:35 seconds. The athletes of the Federation continue to make us proud as they compete and perform well in the various competitions. Much more great performances are anticipated as they continue there athletic journey. After a fairly competitive game played on Sunday 1st August in Basseterre, the IREP Challengers Exodus Team were victorious against the Hon. Asim Martin Bird Rock Uprisers in game 1 of the best of 5 finals in the Digicel Premier Division Basketball Competition. The match began real competitive as both teams tried everything possible to get the upper hand. At half time the game was 39-28 in favor of Challengers Exodus. The second half started with the same excitement but went mostly in the Challengers Exodus favor as they used their individual skills as well as teamwork to triumph over the Bird Rock Uprisers who even though played extremely well were not enough to stop Exodus. The game ended 7858 in Exodus favor. There were some outstanding players from both teams including; Nashorn Maynard of the Uprisers who scored 19 points, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks,2 steals and 1 assist; Clayton Powell also of Uprisers who scored 15 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Javal Hodge of Exodus scored 17 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 1 block; Taslyn Belboda also of Exodus scored 15 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals and Shawn Forbes also of Exodus scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 1 steal. Game 2 was played last night (Thursday 5th) as the Digicel Premier Division continues with exciting basketball. Tuesday of this week (September 3rd). Public Affairs Officer of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force Captain Kayode Sutton informed that the incident occurred shortly after 7pm. He noted that the vessel encountered some difficulties due to swells and poor visibility which was caused by the lingering weather system in the area. The passengers that were onboard were taken off by the Sea Quest from Nevis. Sea Bridge Two was summoned to the scene to pull off Sea Bridge One from among the rocks. It then sailed safely to Nevis without assistance. No one was injured in the incident. There was no visible damage at the time of the incident but an assessment will be done to know the extent of damage that might have occurred. The Sea Bridge One is a 135 ft vessel with cargo space of 105 feet in length and 17 feet wide. It has a capacity to transport 35 vehicles per trip between St. Kitts and Nevis. The Sea Bridge Ferry service (a drive on, drive off service) links Cades Bay on Nevis to Majors Bay on St. Kitts (South East Penninsula). Sea Bridge One crashes into rocks (contd from page 15)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 18 ADVERTISEMENT Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas used the opportunity of his appearance on Radio St. Kitts-Nevis to again provide information on the Sugar Industry Diversification Programme (SIDF). Asked by host Carla (Carla T) Astaphan during her daily programme Whats Happening St. Kitts and Nevis? Prime Minister Douglas denied that the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) is a slush fund. He said the SIDF was established to help the government, help the people, help the country as it is being employed today to assist in this difficult period of transition, which we knew had to be experienced in making the change from the old economy to the new economy. The Prime Minister also spoke to the misconception and misleading statements that fees from the Citizenship By Investment Programme (both Real Estate and SIDF options) are not paid into the Consolidated Fund. Dr. Douglas called on educated people to take the time firstly to listen and then to read. That is what disturbs me, because it is not everything that must be put into the crucible of party politics. People are sensible here in this country. People are educated and you give people the facts and let them make up their minds, said Dr. Douglas. The SIDF was conceptualised with the assistance of one of your own countrymen, the former Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Edison James, who referred to us a company called Henley and Partners. This company apparently had been negotiating with him in Dominica and when he lost the elections, Henley and Partners was referred to us here in St. Kitts and Nevis. They came and presented the proposal to me as the Prime Minister, Dr. Douglas recalled. The St. Kitts and Nevis leader said the presentation caught his governments attention because it was providing an alternative option to the real estate option that already existed in the Citizenship by Investment Programme. He said that on taking office in July 1995, the programme was revamped into a credible investment programme. Rather than the sale of passports because that label had been given to other countries at one stage and as a result of that, citizen and you choose to have a passport a travel document because, it is not everybody who becomes a citizen automatically wants to have a passport. Some dont, but those who wish to have a passport and therefore will now apply to the passport office for a passport, they have to pay the normal fees like you and I and those fees go into the Consolidated Fund. They dont go into the SIDF, neither does the private investor or developer gets those fees, said the Prime Minister, who further added: Those fees are government fees, properly accounted for in the Consolidated Fund by the governments Accountant General. And those who continue to say that in the SIDF there is no accountability, they must know that Price-Waterhouse-Coopers has been the auditing firm, said the Prime Minister, who invited listeners to go online at www.sidf.org and scrutinise for themselves the audited accounts related to the financing of a large range of activities and services of the SIDF as its contributes to the national development of the country in both islands of St. Kitts and Nevis. Photo o front page St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) and Talk Show Host, Carla (Carla T) Astaphan. Photos by Erasmus Williams PM Douglas provides information on the SIDF, Labels misconceptions political red herrings Canada imposed visa restrictions, said Dr. Douglas. The Prime Minister noted that in looking at the sustainability of the programme, we thought of an alternative and the SIDF became the alternative. Not only would you invest in real estate, but you would make a contribution to this Foundation and you would be invited to become a citizen if you pass the necessary litmus test, which is due diligence checks on your background for criminality, security breaches, etc. and then you would be granted Citizenship after you would have made the investment, Dr. Douglas explained. He said that the Federal Government had already made that policy decision to close the sugar industry in 2005 and the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) was founded in 2006 by National Bank Trust. It would assist in the research and support of industries alternative to the sugar industry. It will help to create competiveness in the transformation of the old sugar agriculture-based economy to a new economy that would be dependent upon and driven by services. But the concept of creating a fund really came through Henley and Partners. That is why when people will ask why Henley and Partners had to be involved and why were they being given a commission, the answer is, they had some intellectual property rights to it because they provided the concept; we tweaked it and we developed it, said Dr. Douglas to listeners. Shaun a Brisbane, and Ambassador Wendell Lawrence had travelled to Geneva with myself to look at Henley and Partners Headquarters; we looked at how they were operating and met some of their private bank managers of net worth clients and we were satisfied that this was a credible company to work with. Eventually we launched the SIDF. The SIDF from the conceptualization stage was to assist in the transformation of the economy, said Prime Minister Douglas. He pointed out that the SIDF has nothing to do with the compensation of sugar workers. The SIDF as I said is a private foundation founded by the National Bank Trust to help with the transformation of the national economy. The sugar workers were being paid their redundancies from monies that were being borrowed by the government through the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank in order to assist the transitioning and the closure of the Sugar Industry. Workers pay packages were worked out and the total amount was used in the management of the transition through a Transition Office and for retraining of sugar workers. A lot of them were placed into community centres where they were given opportunities to acquire new skills and all paid for by money borrowed from the National Bank, Dr. Douglas further explained. It (closure and compensating) had nothing to do with the SIDF, said the Prime Minister, who again reiterated that the SIDF really came into being in 2006 after the sugar industry was closed and all the workers compensated. It (SIDF) had nothing to do with the compensation of workers at the time of closure of the industry. We wanted to make sure that with the loss of the main driver in the economy, we would want to have something of a security fund that can help the government, help the people, help the country just as it is being employed today to assist in this difficult period of transition, which we knew had to be experienced in making the change from the old economy to the new economy, said Dr. Douglas. He said that another misconception is that fees are not being paid into the Consolidated Fund. I must clear that up here. A lot of people are thinking that when you would have paid your fees to the Citizenship by Investment Unit, whether it was going to the real estate option or the SIDF option, that those monies are being deposited in the SIDF Accounts, It is nonsense! So you want to invest in real estate. The real estate developer is the person you pay that money to, that is the US$450,000. It goes to that developer. The government doesnt touch it, but there are fees associated in the processing of the application and those fees go into the Consolidated Fund. These are government fees. We cant go and touch the real estate capital that is being used by the developer that is his private money. Likewise, the option with the SIDF, it goes into a private Foundation. The US$250,000 or whatever is being paid. It goes into the private Foundation that is the SIDF. But there are fees associated with the processing of those applications and those fees come to the government by way of the Consolidated Fund, said Prime Minister Douglas. Now there are extra fees. When you now have become a Citizenship by Investment Unit (www.ciu.gov.kn) PM Douglas hands over Monetary Council chairmanshipBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas handed over the chairmanship of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) on Wednesday (September 4th). Dr. Douglas, who was accompanied by Acting Financial Mrs. Hilary Hazel, handed over the chairmanship to his St. Lucia counterpart, the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of St. Lucia, the Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony during a ceremony at the Sandals Grande St Lucian Resort in St. Lucia. The Council is the highest decision making authority of the ECCB which comprises the eight Ministers for Finance of the ECCB member governments of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. According to the ECCB, following the meeting, the newly appointed Chairman, Prime Minister Anthony Kenny, will present the communiqu and along with the other Members of the Council, field questions from media representatives in St. Lucia.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 06TH 2013 19 COMMENTARY By Vigilante BY SOTTO VOCE The recent attacks on Freedom FM Radio is a direct reaction by Opposition personalities to the revelations made on that station of the under-mining of the St. KittsNevis Labour Party (SKNLP) government by some key members in recent years. The revelations are embarrassing to some, and have given the public a true picture of their lack of loyalty and commitment to an organisation in which they were born, bred and biscuit, and which planted, watered and nourished them in the political world.Their mark ingratitude has not endeared them to the public at large. People now see them in a totally different light to what obtained prior to the revelations. Their political future is bleak. Their masquerading with the PAM and the CCM has shown them up as zandolies looking for a hole, as Dr. Eric Williams once said. With their new colleagues in PAM and CCM they had been punging the Prime Minister and his Ministers from just after the 2010 general elections. Day after day the Labour government was being pounded on their FMs and in their political meetings. There was no let up. But God dont sleep. The early morning show on Freedom FM hosted by Lennox Linton brought some balance to the beat-down of the Labour Party on the other FMs. The interviews of political personalities of all the political parties exposed the crooked moves of some present and past SKNLP members to seriously undermine the Labour Government. To most people their action was mind-boggling and shocking. How could they pretend to love and cherish the organisation that made them while, at the same time, digging a hole to bury it in? Such high level treachery has never before been witnessed in the political life of our country. They have now been exposed. Their political machinations have been laid bare for all to see. No one is deceived anymore. Even giving themselves a name associated with Labour fools no one. They are truly and frankly as PAM as any PAMite can be. No genuine Labour Party comrade will ever again vote for any of them. Their efforts to deceive the public have been totally exposed. So they are blaming the FM over which their flip-flopping has been revealedFreedom FM. And this spate of suits which has followed, is their reaction to it all. And even though other FM stations had also broadcast the alleged statements by the Prime Minister and by Hensley Daniel, only Freedom FM was threatened with court action. No other FM has been threatened similarly. Everyone knows why. Freedom exposed the political glue that bound the united odd fellows together. How their link-up was conceived. How it grew. The people who did the background financing and engineering. The final scheming that led to the tabling of a Motion of No Confidence in a government by 6 characters, two of whom were sitting members of the Cabinet of the very same government. Thanks to the early morning show on Freedom FM the public was given a glimpse into the nature of the beast some political figures had degenerated into. Freedom FM has maintained its focus on giving all political parties a voice on its airwaves. Its services have been used by all the political parties in St. Kitts and Nevis. Clearly, this has not made the opposition parties and their cash cow in The Rescue happy. They preferred if Freedom FM followed the lead of some other FMs in restricting their talk-shows to the bashing of the SKNLP government and its leader, Dr. Douglas. So as the sue-craze continues apace, Freedom FM can expect more and more letters bearing demands for apologies, and threats to sue. The Freedom FM Manager is right when he asserts that no FM needed to be brought into the loop. The fact that only Freedom FM is targeted is adequate testimony of this. Our citizens watch on and recognize the moves by some to try to silence any voice raised against anything some people say or do. Questions of the PAM/PLP politicians tolerance of freedom of expression will be canvassed in the fullness of time as we get closer to the eventual court cases and to the next general electionswhenever that is. The united society of odd fellows against the Labour government have shown by words and actions an intolerance of criticism that is frightening. They behave as if criticism is only to be given to the SKNLP government. They are all beyond reproach. Their words and actions must never be examined and criticized. The truth is that the last reality check the movers and shakers of the united society of odd fellows did recently showed that there was nothing going for them. So they all got on to the sue train to see if that could help turn around things in their favour. The public looks at their manoevrings against Freedom FM as a clear, concerted attack on press freedom. The targeting of Freedom FM shows clear political bias. They will find out in due course that badmindedness and curry-favour dont pay. Our electorate will teach them a lesson they will never forget. Just wait and see. Seems that the united coalition of odd fellows Party just wont learn. They call Dr. Douglas an unlawful Prime Minister, and the Labour government as an illegal government. Is like they head hard. They will not say up to now that if Dr. Douglas is the unlawful P.M, then who is the lawful one? And while they complain, Labour continues to run things. The Labour Party won 6 of the 8 seats in St. Kitts in the 2010 elections. Labour secured over 12,000 out of the 20,000 votes cast at that elections. More than 60% of the popular vote. So the Labour Party not in any problem in governing the country. Two fakers gone over from the Labour side to the PAM side just so without the approval of those who voted for them. Their main support now comes from those who voted against them in 2010. The popular call in the country is for the two fakers to resign their SKNLP seats and force bielections in #3 and #7. Let their constituents decide their way forward since they have switched loyalties just so. And this is why their motions of no confidence in Dr. Douglas and the Labour government are so empty, backward and baseless. The people voted for Labour in #3 and #7. Not for PAM. The PAM Candidates were rejected. So how can anyone claiming to represent the views of the constituents in #3 and #7 attempt to remove the government that the people voted for in 2010? Why are the fakers so afraid to face up to reality and let their constituents have a say? Let #3 and #7 make the call. No other representative in St. Kitts or Nevis has sought to alter the peoples wishes in their constituencies. But Labour remains as strong as ever in #3 and #7. The people continue to show loyalty to the SKNLP. The fakers done know that as PAM candidates they gone een big time. Let Freedom Reign. Shame On The United Odd Fellows Party. De two champagne popping public meetings held by Sleeping Hammy and (PAM) in Cayon last week Thursday night and in Conaree on Sunday nightto piggyback on de victory of de Conaree Football team were a total flop; only a mere handful of party faithful turned up for each meeting, despite all de widespread publicity. Dey say de Cayon meeting had less than 50 persons, but de big one in Conaree was a bigger fiasco as it attracted far less persons, and de footballers stayed away. So Sleeping Hammy, Jonel and de power-hungry PAM gang had to drink all de champagne all by dey self. Dey say Sleeping Hammy up and dung busing hell outa de footballers and Conaree people saying how dey ungrateful; but de footballers send back a message to tell him dat dey aint in no politics wid him. He not going use dem. It was such an embarrassing affair for Sleeping Hammy and his Party (PAM), dat Jonel walked up to him after de Conaree fiasco and tell him: Boy, Gene, tings aint looking good for you at all. Dr. Drew got you going by de breath. You better step aside and let somebody like Big Lice run in you place. De traitor in de West was doing some house to house campaign de other day in de constituency. He stopped by a big Labour womans home and some dogs came out and chased him away, telling him we are Labour, we are Labour, we aint want no PAM people here. Dey say he run like hell and drop he phone. De move is still on by de founding family of PAM to get rid of de Patchy PAM candidate in de East and replace him wid de female doctor and calypsonian. But de Patchy candidate is not backing down at all. He say dey playing wid de wrong man. De founding family is insisting dat he has too much skeletons in his closet and he mekking too many blunders on de platform, busing New Town young men and calling dem tief and cussing Pond Pasture telling dem how dey still using boreholes. De Unity Gang of Six held an emergency meeting in Nevis last week-end to settle de leadership problem in de gang. But de meeting ended in confusion with a big tug-owar between de St. Kitts faction and de Nevis faction, wid de PLP boss declaring dat if he aint de leader everything crash. Dey is planning to boycott Parliament on Monday; but Sleeping Hammy say he will be attending de meeting, whether de rest attend or not. Dey say de funny options PAM leader held his own emergency meeting in Sandy Point on Monday night and he now backing de Sherriff to be leader of de gang but dey tell him plain dey aint want no Labour man to be dey leader. Dey say in de meantime he planning to get rid of Little Bo Peep and be de PAM candidate in Constituency 4. And Cindy Lopez is tipped to replace him as de PAM candidate in Constituency 5 (Sandy Point). A ton load-a-food was prepared for dey so-called rally at Pond pasture in participation of a bamamcoo crowd. De crowd was so small (less than 25) dat de mark up price of $10.00 per plate was reduced to $3.00 and $2.00 and dey had to give way de food de next day for nobody was there to buy d food. De Rescue Crew Chief and de Sheriff are de main instigators in de conspiracy to shut dung Freedom Fm. Terry and Sylvene are de biggest spin-doctors for PAM and de Unity Gang, but de young Labour doctors and de Calypso King got dem going crazy. Dey say Terry confess dat Douglas and Labour done win de elections.
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