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The labour spokesman
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Year 56 NO. 49FRIDAY, MAY 09th 2014 EC$2.00 At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gallon Dated : 22/04/14 DELTA $16.68 / SOL $15.77BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. Electricity TRADE UNION NEWS* THE THINKING CITZEN* CANON PERCIVAL SO TELL* EARL CLARKE SOTTO VOCECOMMENTARY BY PAGE 12 By: Staff WriterUnder the theme –“Labour, Better, Stronger….. Ready” –thousands of workers here in the Federation, along with their families, friends and well-wishers marched through the streets of Basseterre on Monday (May 5th) in a dignified and massive show of solidarity and full confidence in Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Dr Denzil Douglas, the Labour Government and the Labour Movement in this country. The massive and hugely successful Labour Day March marking the 59th anniversary of the event here in St. Kitts, was organized by the St. Kitts Nevis Trades & Labour Union in collaboration with its sister organization, the ruling St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party. Starting shortly after 11am on Monday, following the traditional Laying of Wreaths on the graves of distinguished Labour leaders; the procession winded its way into town, using the customary routeand back to its starting point at the Patsy Allers Playing Field in Wigley Avenue, West Basseterre. The turnout was massive and phenomenalmore than 10,000 supporters of the Labour Movement here in the Federation and for the first time a large contingent from the sister island of Nevis, rallying with the troops in St. Kitts, reinforcing their “unreserved full confidence” in the Prime Minister and the visionary policies and programmes of the governing St. KittsNevis Labour Party Administration. The jubilant ad mammoth crowd of marchers defied the scorching and piercing heat of the sun and the prophets of doom and gloom in the divided and confused opposition grouping, as they displayed a wide range of placards highlighting the phenomenal and miraculous achievements of the Denzil Douglasled Labour Government; while thousands moredecked in their “fire-red” Labour outfitslined the route, signalling their unwavering and unconditional support for the Prime Minister and his united and unstoppable team of Labour candidates for the upcoming General Elections, constitutionally due next year (2015). Basseterre came under siege by the sea of red of the thousands of exuberant and energized Labour supporters, who took charge of the march, with a large number of militant young people and women in the A Massive And Triumphant Labour Day MarchThousands express full confidence in P.M Douglas and the Labour Government. (cont’d on page 02) Kristal Maclean crowned the 2014 Full Confidence Labour Queen

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 2 OPINION / LOCAL NEWS THE SPOKESMAN ESTABLISHED MAY 1957 Published by: The St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour UnionMasses House, Church Street P.O Box 239 Basseterre St. Kitts West IndiesAg. Managing Editor: Dawud Byron Tel: (1 869) 465-2229 <> Fa: (1 869) 466-9866 Email: info@sknunion.com Website: www.labourspokesman.com Editorial Well known tailor in Basseterre Killed in a traffic accident The Cayon Police Station is investigating a fatal traffic accident which occurred on Tuesday, 6 May, 2014 about 10:55 PM, along the Island Main Road at Keys Village in the vicinity of the Water Tank. Initial investigations revealed that motor jeep P 2908 which driven by Jeffroy Cross of Lodge Project and motor car P 7459 which was driven by Keithroy Isaac of River Ghaut, Upper Cayon were involved in the accident. Motor car P 7459 was travelling from Cayon towards Basseterre and motor jeep P 2908 was travelling from Basseterre towards Lodge Project when the accident occurred. As a result of the impact motor jeep P 2908 ran off the road and over a hillside,Cross died at the scene of the accident. Mr. Cross operated a tailor shop at Upper Shear Lane Alley in Central Basseterre and was a very popular man of his trade. He will be deeply missed by all his customers, family members and friends. Once again the Traffic Department is asking motorists to drive safely and wisely, and observe the Traffic Laws. FULL CONFIDENCE IN LABOUR All events celebrating the Labour Weekend of 2014 were held with great success. We of this newspaper extend our sincerest congratulations to all those who were responsible for that achievement. They include the National Party Leader, the Union President, constituency and district leaders, and all workers at the national and branch levels of the party and the union. To the comrades, supporters and friends of the labour movement we say a very special thank you for your participation, cooperation and enjoyment of the events, all of which you did in your usual peaceful, orderly and law abiding manner; a behaviour which has always been, and still is, characteristic of our great labour movement. Very special words of congratulation go out to Miss Krystal Maclean of St Christopher 8, winner of the 2014-15 Miss Labour Contest. We all wish you a very successful reign. We thank last year’s winner, Miss Vernicia Wyatt of St Christopher 5, for your year of outstanding service to Labour and wish you all the very best for the future. From all reports, and by all accounts, LABOUR DAY 2014 was simply outstanding. It is remarkable that the turnout exceeded that of 2013, which itself was regarded as a truly exceptional year. The composition of this year’s march was highly significant as the number of women and youths who participated was overwhelming. It was also quite significant that the turnout included a large contingent from Nevis, and a sizeable number of persons who had not marched on Labour Day for some years. At the end of the march all participants and onlookers were thanked by the party’s National Leader, Dr The Rt Hon Denzil Llewellyn Douglas, PC, in a moving and heartfelt address at the Patsy Allers Playground. He reminded us of the numerous, outstanding accomplishments of Labour over the course of our 82-years history, against unbelievable odds, of the sacrifice of our forebears, and of the work done by those who have gone before us. He called on the comrades, supporters and friends to continue to rally with Labour, and to be ready for action when the time comes to deal with those who would deprive us of our gains, and reverse the forward momentum of our beloved country. The crowd responded most positively, and shouted their full confidence in Labour and our National Leader. The Comrade Leader pointed out to the crowd that our government has increased the minimum wage four times already, and even though it is the highest in the OECS we are planning to increase it again. He called on all employers to follow his government’s lead and look after their workers in like manner. For a fact LABOUR CARES! A rather important part of the weekend’s observations was that of paying our respects to past leaders. Alas, and most regrettably, those opposite had to sully the entire exercise by trying, yet again, to abuse the memories of our dearly departed in furtherance of their obnoxious and treacherous agenda. We remind you, dear readers, that last year Sam Condor, Timothy Harris and followers of theirs, did the same thing by going to the grave sites of Sir Robert and Sir Paul on the Sunday before Labour Day, claiming that they were laying wreaths because they respect the memories of those National Heroes and believe in the principles of Labour for which they stood. In our edition of 10 May, 2013 we printed for you an article by Mr. Poesy Southwell, son of National Hero the late Sir Paul Southwell and Lady Gladys Southwell. That article spoke loudly and voluminously of Poesy’s abhorrence at the revolting acts of sacrilege perpetrated by the Judases and their followers, several of whom were amongst those who had planned to murder Sir Paul and Sir Robert in 1967. We of this newspaper concurred and identified with the sentiments, concerns, outrage and feelings of horror and disgust expressed by Poesy. On the Saturday before Labour Day this year a most despicable act was carried out in Constituency 7. A close relative of Timothy Harris strung a number of Labour’s T-shirts, tied them to the back of a vehicle, and dragged them on the ground all the way, for the duration of their so-called motorcade, and even afterward. Those same persons expect us to believe that when they visited the graves of Sir Robert and Sir Paul that they were showing “respect”? Do they really expect us to believe that they have any regard for the principles of Labour? RED is the colour bequeathed to us by those giants, NOT orange! Quite fittingly Sir Robert’s daughter and one of Sir Paul’s went to the graves of their late fathers, removed the “things” left there by the Judases, and tossed them away. We thank and compliment both daughters. Day by day it becomes clearer that the unity nonsense (UNITIM) is an entity made up of frustrated persons, a frustration that deepens with every passing day. For a very long time they have been trying to put people on the streets in their so-called marches. They have never succeeded in impressing anyone. Overall it has been estimated that the marchers were over fifteen thousand in number. Onlookers, wearing Labour’s colours and emblems, were also very strong in numbers. Without a doubt the antics and evil practices of those opposite have caused even more supporters of Labour to sit up, pay attention, and resolve, when the time comes, to go out and deliver a powerful defeat and complete rejection of those who have betrayed Labour. All those opposite who had been talking endlessly about having the support of seventyfive per cent of the electorate, and about how ready they are to defeat Labour, were delivered a mind numbing shock. That is the sort of thing which happens to people who are delusional. Without a doubt, when they and their followers saw the massive Labour Day March it must have shaken them to the core. We do not doubt that when they saw the women, the youths, the elderly and the large contingent from the sister island of Nevis their hearts would have sunk, as if made of lead, and may very well have been on the verge of giving out on them. The participation of the representatives from Nevis is a clear indication that there are even greater numbers who are willing to work at true nation building and fostering a oneness of our people. This could never be to their liking. For a fact it has scared the “living daylights” out of Team UNITIM and all those opposite. The favourable comments and ratings of the march given by Winn FM and SKNVibes will undoubtedly have infuriated and driven them into an even deeper state of despair. It cannot be lost on them that Labour is stronger and more united WITHOUT them. Yes, dear people, it is indeed springtime for Labour, and, as our Comrade Leader pointed out, Labour is here to stay. Labour is better organised, has much stronger support, and Labour is ready. What the Labour Weekend 2014 has shown to everyone is that our people, the masses, have FULL CONFIDENCE in LABOUR and in the LEADERS OF LABOUR. fore front. It was certainly a carnival like atmosphere as they revelled to the pulsating music provided by the DJs and three of the nation’s leading bandsKollision, Nu Vybes Int’l and Road March Champions, the Small Axe Band. The massive turnout of support also attracted screaming headlines from SKNVIBES and WINNFM. “Thousands participate in 2014 Labour Day March,” said SKNVIBES.com, while it was “Massive crowds for Labour Day March,” from WINNFM. “What a march! What a crowd! What a celebration! I believe that on this march this morning which has gone into the early hours of the afternoon, we have no less than 15, 000 people here in this crowd. And so I want to thank you the people of Labour, the citizens of this country for yet again displaying a massive demonstration of support for the Labour Movement. “And so again I say, Comrades, friends, fellow citizens I say what a march! What a crowd! What a day Labour Day 2014 here in St. Kitts and Nevis.” “I want to say thanks to every single person that has shown support to the St. Kitts-Nevis Trade & Labour Union and secondly to the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, our movement on a whole for this tremendous support,” Prime Douglas told the massive crowd, following the return of the marchers to the Patsy Allers Recreation Ground. The day ended with the Grand Finale Picnic on the grounds of the Patsy Allers Playing Field where the massive crowd was entertained by music from the Grand Masters Band, the Nu Vybes Band Int’l and a dynamic performance by Jamaican reggae and dancehall superstar, Demarco. A Massive And Triumphant Labour Day March (cont’d from page 1)

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 3 NEWS -Action likened to the KKK laying wreath on Martin Luther King grave PM Douglas Assures Thousands The Labour Movement Will Never Die BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas told thousands following the traditional Labour March through the streets of Basseterre that the Labour Movement in the twin-island Federation “will never die.” Addressing the huge gathering, the St. Kitts and Nevis leader said that there is a lot to cheer about, that government having increased the minimum wage for weekly paid government workers will encourage employers in the private sector to follow suit and warned of opposition plans to cut back on benefits they are now enjoying. “Comrades, I want to remind you that Labour will never die in this country; Labour must be kept alive, Labour is alive and well. You’ve seen the thousands march through the streets of Basseterre. You’ve seen the thousands standing on the side; you’ve seen the young people in particular that continue to support us; you’ve heard the four springtime young men who have come forward to carry this movement forward,” said Dr. Douglas at the end of the march at the Patsy Allers Recreation Ground. “Labour will never die, Labour will live forever; live in our hearts, in our souls, in our step, in everything that we do. Labour will be alive and soon I say to you, I want Labour to be fully mobilized because that day is soon to come when Labour will go back to the polls and show who is man and who is boy in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Dr. Douglas, who is also the National Political Leader of the governing 84-year-old St. KittsNevis Labour Party, sister organisation to the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union. He told the Nation that his fourterm administration has made sure that if any worker in this country has been with an employer for 10 years or more and they want to move overseas, start a new business, or work somewhere else, they will, for the first time in the history, be able to get a gratuity. “Only Labour can do that, no other party, no other movement can do that but Labour. I want to say to you that in the past, you would walk away empty handed, today that cannot happen because your caring government has put in place the necessary structures by way of legislation that will give every single worker for 10 years or more at a work place, a gratuity, as he moves on to a new career or if he goes overseas to live,” Dr. Douglas reiterated. Dr. Douglas noted that since taking office his Labour Party Administration has increased the minimum wage several times since taking office and although it is the highest in the Eastern Caribbean, it is to be reviewed. “Today, I remind us that we cheer because this Government has once again increased the minimum wage for all Government workers, and in doing everything in our power that we are seeking to do. We are asking every other employer of this country to do likewise, follow the Government by increasing the minimum wage from $320, even though it is already the highest in the Eastern Caribbean; increase it so that you, the workers can benefit with a higher wage as we know that the cost of living is very challenging today,” said Prime Minister Douglas. “Your government will use the next few weeks and months to encourage every single employer in this country to do like the government and increase the minimum wage for their workers,” said Prime Minister. Dr. Douglas said there is a lot to celebrate and cheer because the children of the workers of St. Kitts and Nevis have more opportunities today than ever before to secure scholarships and loans in order to advance their training and their education. “Just look around this country. Look around it today and you will find a sea of people who look just like you and me, and who are now standing tall as our plumbers, doctors, electricians, parliamentarians, engineers, building contractors, farmers, lawyers, artists, businesspeople, mechanics, civil servants, architects – all because of the educational loans, the scholarships, and the opportunities that this Government pushed to deliver to workers and their children,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He urged workers and that people of the Nation to listen to what the Opposition is saying. “They are going to cut back spending if they were to get into government. You know what that means? When Timothy Harris and his family would have already been educated at the expense of your money and my money, he is going to cut it back so that your children can no longer get the opportunities that he has already benefited from. It means that you will not be able to get your houses that we will continue to build, to improve the living conditions of our people and make sure that asset-rich and not asset-poor as you have been over the years,” Prime Minister Douglas said. “We cheer because the PEP has been introduced! And you have seen their handy work on the streets today. Because PEP has given thousands of young people powerful opportunities to get training, work experience, change their career parts and all kinds of opportunities to get ahead here in this their very land of birth where they born,” Prime Minister Douglas. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas agrees with his lone female Cabinet Minister, the Hon. Marcella Liburd, that it was totally disrespectful that detractors of the Labour Movement would place wreaths on the graves of fallen Labour leaders. Dr. Douglas was at the time reacting to a statement by Miss Liburd during Monday’s Labour Day March in Basseterre, who likened it to members of the Ku Klux Klan laying a wreath on the grave site of the late Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King. Prime Minister Douglas had earlier led Labour Party leaders alongside leaders of the St.KittsNevis Trades and Labour Union in laying wreaths at the grave sites of fallen Labour leaders just before the traditional Labour Day March. “To let them know that we remember the struggles, the stress, the disrespect and threats that they endured at the hands of the powerful in this country because they dared to challenge them. Always at the hands of the powerful. Always at the hands of PAM,” Dr. Douglas said at the end of the event. “And Marcella told you as we moved along this route today, how much they disrespected them, the names that they called them, but today in mockery and in disdain they did it yesterday (Sunday) to go to their graves and place orange and white unto their graves, desecrating their graves,” said Prime Minister Douglas. “And as Marcella said, it is almost synonymous with the Ku Klux Klan in America, going to the graves of people like Martin Luther King,” said Dr. Douglas. Daughters of Nationals Heroes, the Right Excellent Sir Robert L. Bradshaw and the Right Excellent Sir C.A. Paul Southwell, removed the wreaths in the colours of the unity concoction. The group of Union Concoction wreath layer included one of the sisters of the founder and first President of PAM, Dr. William ‘Billy’ Herbert. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas addressing thousands of persons following the Labour D ay March on Monday. (Photos by Erasmus Williams)

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 4 TRADE UNION NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Happy Mother’s Day In the words of Ann Taylor, “Who fed me from her gentle breast and hushed me in her arms to rest, and on my cheeks sweet kisses prest? My Mother.” Mothers Day is just a few days away and here we are again making plans to celebrate our Mothers for the influence they had on their children, in the communities, and around our very beautiful Federation of Saint Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis. However, just like me, there are many others out there who were raised by their loving and caring Grandmother who played several roles, like Mother, Grandmother, Father, Grandfather, Aunt, Uncle, Friend, Defender Leader, Doctor, Preacher, just to name a few. I was very fortunate to have a loving and caring Grandmother who played all of the roles mentioned above and then some more, and so the below poem is dedicated in honour to her.Mothers Day (Grandmother)It’s been so long since she has gone And still I miss her My heart fills with the grief of my loss The tears fall, And I remember her. She was so like my best friend now gone And now I miss them both. Mothers Day with flowers and presents And memories to make us cry. The faade of happy mother’s faces Some in truth, some lies. Go forward – enjoy your Mothers’ Day And remember things past And try, try, not to cry. We all know from our experience that Mothers are wise and always right. For, we have all grown up on the wisdom and advice of our moms. Moreover, most of these advices, rather lessons remain with us forever and keep guiding us through life turbulent sea. However, research has shown that the origin of Mothers’ Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. But further research has also stated that the roots of Mother’s Day history can also be traced in the United Kingdom (UK) where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in the United States (US). Even though the celebrations of Mothers Day is not even one hundred years old we have to give much thanks to the hard work of the pioneering women of their times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna M. Jarvis that the day came into existence and is now celebrated across forty-six (46+) plus countries (though on different dates) and has become a huge popular affair with millions of people taking the opportunity to honour their mothers by thanking them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support and well wisher. However, further research of history has also shown that the idea of the official celebration of Mothers’ Day in the United States (US) was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe in 1872. Ms. Howe an activist, writer and poet was shot to fame with her famous Civil War Song, “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The Battle Hymn of the Republic. “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword; His truth is marching on. Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.” Ms. Howe also suggested that June 2nd be annually celebrated as Mothers Day, and should be dedicated to peace. In addition, Ms. Howe gave a passionate appeal to all women and thus urged them to rise against war in her famous Mothers’ Day Proclamation, written in Boston in 1870. Moreover, she also initiated a Mothers’ Peace Day observance on the second Sunday in June in Boston and held the meeting for a number of years. However, Ms. Howe tirelessly championed the cause of an official celebration of Mothers Day, and declaration of official holiday on the second Sunday in June. Her idea spread quickly, but it was later replaced by having Mothers’ Day celebrated on the second Sunday in May instead of the second Sunday in June. Furthermore, Ms. Howe was the first person in the United States to recognize the need for a Mothers’ Day, and she was successful in raising awareness amongst the masses and pushing her plea to the upper echelons of power. However, Ms. Howe in 1870 made the following Mothers’ Day Proclamation.Mothers’ Day ProclamationArise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be of water or of tears! Say firmly: “We will not have questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience. We women of one country will be too tender to those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.” From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own. It says “Disarm! Disarm!” The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession. As men have forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after his time the sacred impress not of Caesar, but of God. In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace. However, like Ms. Julia Ward Howe the pages of history will also show that the history of the celebrations of Mothers’ Day could not be complete without the input of Ms. Anna M. Jarvis who resolved in her determination to pay tribute to her mother. Moreover, careful research has also shown that at the tender age of twelve (12) Anna was present when her mother, Mrs. Jarvis said a prayer to conclude her lesson on “Mothers of the Bible”, that goes like this:“I hope that someone, sometime will found a memorial mothers’ day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it”. Just like Ms. Howe, Ms. Jarvis dedicated her life to fulfill her mother’s dream of the recognition of a day for honouring all mothers. Moreover, even though Ms. Jarvis was never a mother herself, she was one of the founders of Mothers’ Day, and is also recognized as the ‘Mother of Mothers Day’. An apt title to define her remarkable ceaseless devotion to her mother and motherhood in general. However in most countries, Mothers’ Day is a recent observance derived from the holiday as it has evolved in the United States, and adopted by other countries and cultures, though the holiday has different meaning, and is associated with different events (religious, historical or legendary), and is celebrated on different dates. Furthermore, in some cases, countries already had existing celebrations honouring motherhood, and their celebrations then adopted several external characteristics from the United States holiday, such as giving carnations and other presents to one’s mother. The extent of the celebrations however varies greatly. For in some countries, it is potentially offensive to one’s mother not to mark Mothers’ Day. While in others, it is a little-known festival celebrated mainly by immigrants, or covered by the media as a taste of foreign culture. However, listed below are a few countries and the dates on which they celebrate Mothers Day. Arab world:Mother’s Day in most Arab countries is celebrated on 21st March, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. However, it was first introduced in Egypt by journalist Mustafa Amin in his book Smiling America (1943). But the idea was overlooked at the time. Sometime later Amin heard the story of a widowed mother who devoted her whole life to raising her son until he became a doctor. The son then married and left without showing any gratitude to his mother. After hearing this, Amin became motivated to promote “Mothers’ Day”. However, the idea was first ridiculed by President Gamal AAbdel Nasser, but he eventually accepted it and Mothers’ Day was first celebrated on 21st March, 1956. This practice has since been copied by other Arab countries. Australia:In Australia, Mothers’ Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. This tradition of giving gifts to mothers on Mothers’ Day in Australia was started by Mrs. Janet Heyden, a resident of Leichhardt, Sydney, in 1924. Mrs. Heyden began the tradition during a visit to a patient at the Newington State Home for Women, where she met many lonely and forgotten mothers. To cheer them up, she rounded up support from local school children and businesses to donate and bring gifts to the women. This tradition has continued every year after that. China:Mothers’ Day is becoming more popular in China. Carnations are a very popular Mother’s Day gift and the most sold flowers in relations to the day. Moreover, in 1997 Mothers’ Day was set as the day to help poor mothers and to remind people of the poor mothers in rural areas such as China’s Western region. However, in the People’s Daily, the Chinese government’s official newspaper, an article explained that “despite originating in the United States, people in China accept the holiday without hesitation because it is in line with the country’s traditional ethics – respect for the elderly and filial piety towards parents”. Also in the Roman Catholic Church, the holiday is strongly associated with revering the Virgin Mary. In addition, in some Catholic homes, families have a special shrine devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Furthermore, in many Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, a special prayer service is held in honour of the Theotokos Virgin Mary. However, in Hindu tradition Mothers’ Day is called “Mata Tirtha Aunshi” or “Mother Pilgrimage fortnight”, and is celebrated in countries with a Hindu population, especially in Nepal. However, the holiday is observed on the new moon day in the month of Baisakh, i.e., April/May. Moreover, this holiday is based on Hindu religion and it pre-dates the creation of the United States inspired celebration by at least a few centuries. (cont’d on page 22)

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 5 NEWS By Thinking Citizen The Democrat newspaper in one of its recent editions carried an article entitled “Is the IMF playing A Political Role?” The article, written by a certain Dr. Charles Warner attempts to accuse the IMF of playing politics with Prime Minister Douglas. The tone and content of Dr. Warner’s article should astonish no one for it is well within the tradition of the PAMites which is to curse and abuse any individual or organisation which does not share the political views or the political philosophy of the PAMites. CARICOM does not share the political views of the PAMites concerning the matter of the “Motion of No Confidence” and so CARICOM had to be cursed and abused by the Democrat and by PAM as well. Mr. MinZhu, Deputy Managing Director and acting Chair of the IMF Executive Board praised Prime Minister Douglas for his skilful and successful handling of our country’s economic and financial affairs. This does not go down well with our Dr. Charles Warner so he has to accuse the IMF of playing politics. There is no doubt that if the IMF had blamed, rather than praised Dr.Douglas in its report, Dr.Charles Warner would not have asked if the IMF is playing politics. The IMF has the reputation of being harshly objective and impartial and not of being concerned with the internal politics of the country it is serving or assisting. Many governments in CARICOM are afraid to seek the assistance of the IMF for fear that the conditions that may be laid down by the IMF may cause them to lose power. In PAM everybody is all alike; there is no difference between Medical Doctor and patients. They all write and speak the same childish stupidness. The PAMites cannot tolerate an opposing view. The PAMites are behaving now to the IMF just as they did to the joint Chairmen of the Commission of Inquiry established by the Labour Party Government. The PAMites could not control the conduct of the inquiry headed by Prof. Randolph Williams Ph.D, so they resorted to calling him “Dogface” in the Democrat newspaper. In addition the PAMites gave the other joint Commissioner SIR Louis Blom-Cooper Q.C. the same hostile treatment. They referred to Sir Louis in the Democrat newspaper and at political meeting s as “Bloomers-Coopers”. Total and complete disrespect. And then they call themselves decent. The Douglashaters and mischief-makers cannot fail to critcise and condemn the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme, the SIDF Programme and the PEP Programme for these Programmes are very successful and are bringing much popularity to and support for Dr. Douglas and his Labour Party Government. If the Programmes were not so successful, PAM would not have bothered to oppose them as they would not pose a threat to the party. We have noticed over the years that the more successful a Labour Party project is, the more that project is criticized and condemned by the PAM party. PAM is concerned with securing power and any project which poses a threat to PAM’S achievement of such power will be condemned by PAM. The welfare of the ordinary working class people is of no concern to PAM. Remember that PAM opposed the introduction of the Social Security Scheme which was sponsored and supported by both the ILO (the International Labour Organisation) and the IMF. When it comes to managing the social, economic and financial affairs of our country, PAM is always in the back of the class with the dull and backward people. The Labour Party is always in the front of the class with the bright, successful and talented people. Imagine that the PAM Prime Minister signed a Loan Guarantee and did not know what he was doing. He declared that he thought that his signature on the document was “a mere formality”. It is obvious that he did not know the meaning of the ordinary English word “GUARANTEE”. How can a man lead a country successfully when he does not know the meaning of the ordinary word “GUARANTEE”. PAM, the PLP and certain elements in the CCM are against the “Land for Debt Swap”. But I cannot quite grasp their point. When parent’s children are in trouble with the Law, such parents sell or mortgage land to pay lawyer. Or they sell their cattle and their sheep and goats. History tells us that our ancestors were brought here from Africa. But nobody has told me how much land our ancestors brought with them when they came here from Africa. Those people who oppose the “Land for Debt Swap” show a certain amount of hypocrisy. They do not object to the sale of our lands to nonnationals for factorybuilding or hotelbuilding. Under the principle of “Eminent Domain” a government can acquire any piece of land that was sold to a national or non-national. For years Government has sanctioned the sale of land to non-nationals by the grant of an “Aliens’ LandHolding Licence”. So what is the big deal? Dr Douglas is swapping only a small portion of the Sugar Estates Lands. Not all or not even the major portion of the Sugar Estates Lands. You see the argument of the Douglas haters is not based on Economics or Public Finance, but purely on selfish, partisan Politics. PAM and its agents and acolytes can curse and abuse CARICOM, OECS, the CBI Programme, the SIDF, the PEP Programme, Dr. Douglas and the Labour Party Government, but it will avail them nothing. The well-informed members of the electorate by now are well acquainted with the PAM strategy which consists basically of propaganda and abuse. PAM got into power in 1980 on the back of the NRP. Subsequently PAM reformed the Electoral System to benefit its own selfish political interests. PAM also altered the Constituency Boundaries and as a result Lee L. Moore and E. St. John Payne lost their seats in Parliament. The PAM party won Elections in 1984 and in 1989 and got back in power in 1993 again on the back of the NRP. In 1993 the score was PAM, 4 seats and Labour, 4 seats. Mr. Parry joined up with PAM to change the score to PAM 5 seats and Labour, 4 seats. PAM won its seats by registering overseas people, whom nobody here knew, but who claimed to be nationals of St.Kitts and Nevis. PAM changed the Electoral System in to 1983 allow, for the very first time, overseas nationals of St.Kitts and Nevis to vote in our Local and in our General Elections. It is well-known that PAM won Elections by gerrymandering the Constituency Boundaries, and by allowing overseas people who are not nationals to register and vote in our General Elections. As soon as PAM settled down in opposition after 1995, the party began to cry out for Electoral Reform. But when Prime Minister Douglas invited the leaders of PAM to participate in the process of Electoral Reform they refused. Was that flipflopping? Ambivalence? Or just plain old Hypocrisy? The PAMites have a big job ahead in cursing and abusing the IMF, for that international institute will continue to praise Prime Minister Douglas for his successes in the field of Economics and Public Finance. The PAMites can only stand and stare and abuse. Pamites Cannot Tolerate an Opposing View

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 6 NEWS Private Terminal Opens at R.L. Bradshaw International Airport State of the Art ‘YU Lounge’ Begins Welcoming GuestsBasseterre, St. Kitts – One of the key tourism projects announced previously by the St. Kitts & Nevis Labour Party Government has opened its doors for business. The new Private Terminal with YU Lounge service has opened its doors as of Friday, May 2, 2014, and is now welcoming guests. “With a number of strategic tourism-related capital projects underway, including the upcoming opening of the upscale Kittitian Hill Resort, this new Private Terminal at the RLB International Airport is debuting at the ideal time,” said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport. “This facility now gives our twin-island destination a competitive edge in appealing to the discerning luxury market that requires the world-class, customer-centric service it provides.I am pleased that our visitors will now have the option for such a luxurious arrival and departure experience, almost as if their resort or villa accommodation experience has begun and ended at the Airport itself.” Located west of the main airport parking apron at The Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, Yu Lounge is designed to deliver a seamless and efficient fasttracking service to individuals and small groups flying into St. Kitts either by private jet or by commercial flight. Specialized world-class services for private jet aircraft crew are also featured. The facility offers well-appointed full service arrival and departure lounges as well as a dedicated crew lounge and a comprehensive range of ground handling services for aircraft operators. The buildings, the interior furnishings, and landscaping were designed by Bobby Mukherji & Associates, recognized as one of India’s top ten design firms, and constructed by Lennox Warner & Associates, a local St. Kitts general contractor. The Private Terminal is the result of a joint-venture effort between the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis, SCASPA (The St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority) and the Veling Group, with full ownership to be transferred to SCASPA at the end of the concession contract period. Veling is an aviation company with activities in aircraft sales and leasing that is headquartered in Mauritius with offices in London and Dubai. For more information about Veling and the YU Lounge, visit www.veling.aero or www.yulounge.com. NEMA to host Training Workshop on Building and Using National Disaster Loss and Damage Database The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Barbados and the OECS, in association with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Bank, is supporting the development of national loss accounting systems. Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are the 6 beneficiary countries of this initiative. Included in the project is a national workshop, followed by a consultancy to collect data. The workshop will be held 14th16th May, 2014, 9: 00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the NEMA Headquarters, Lime Kiln, St. Kitts. Thirtyfive (35) participants from the Public and Private Sectors and NGOs on St. Kitts and Nevis are to attend. The goal of the training is to support risk identification, through the systematic collection of evidence based data on disaster related looses, in the form of disaster loss and damage databases. The training will be facilitated by Ms. Laura Rosello, of the International Centre on Environmental Monitoring.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 7 NEWS Fire at West Bourne Ghaut Destroys Building and Scorches Another Services responded to a report sometime after 2 o’clock that afternoon of fire at West Bourne Ghaut in Basseterre, which left a building destroyed and another scorched. In an interview with this media house, the Fire Chief, Everette Ogarro, stated that upon arrival on the scene they saw an abandoned building through an alley engulfed in flames. They immediately went to work with the aim of stopping the fire before it spread to the surrounding houses. He expressed that the fire was dealt with quickly and the damage was prevented from the other houses however the building and its contents were completely destroyed. Mr Ogarro also went on to say that after dealing with the fire, investigations were carried out and after talking to eyewitnesses they said that the house was abandoned but persons are regularly seen in the area. He stated that they also spoke with two 5-year old boys who confessed to have started the fire. “The boys said that they normally go in the house through the back door to play, and on this day they were playing with matches and trying to get an old stove lit but couldn’t so they lit the old bed that was also in the house and couldn’t get it extinguished and they ran, stated Mr Ogarro when asked about the cause of the fire. Witnesses also attest to seeing the two young boys running from the area just minutes before the house was engulfed with flames.By Javon AlfordOn Sunday 4th May, members of the Basseterre Fire and Rescue The fire fighters were commended for their vigilance in dealing with the fire before any more damage was done to the houses that are clustered around the destroyed building. Photo Caption: building and area destroyed by fire. (Photo courtesy SKNVibes.com) St. Kitts and Nevis records highest number of people employed in its history in 2013 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis enjoyed the highest number of people employed in the history of the twin-island Federation at the end of last year, Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas disclosed on Monday. “Between the time we took office (July 1995) and the end of December 2013, the Labour Party Government, has brought almost 50% more people into the work force. When we took office, about 18,000 were in the work force. At the end of December 2013, there are just over 27,000 – the highest number of people employed in the history of our country,” Prime Minister Douglas told thousands of workers and supporters of the Labour Movement at the end of the traditional Labour Day March. Figures obtained from the St. Christopher and Nevus Social Security Board indicate that for the period under consideration, the number of persons employed moved from 18,236 persons in 1995 to 27,025 in 2013, an increase of 8,789 persons. Over the period 1995 to 2013, the annual rate of growth ranged from -4% in 2011 to 10.4% in 2013. For the years 1996 and 1997 the growth rate was 5.9% and 8.2% respectively, fueled by increased activity in construction in both the public and private sectors. The year 1998, recorded a decline of -2.4% mainly due to significant damage to the social and economic structures from the devastating Hurricane Georges. However, there was a noticeable increase in the number of persons employed thus reflecting an increase of 6.7% in 1999 followed by an increase of 3.9% in the year 2000, due to increased construction activity. Figures for the years 2001 and 2002 showed a marginal decline in employment of 0.2% and 0.8% respectively, due to the completion of a number of public sector projects. There was a minimal recovery of 0.5% in 2003 followed by strong positive growth in employment of 4% and 4.9% for the years 2004 and 2005 as a result public sector activity associated with private sector projects. A decline of 0.4% was recorded in 2006 followed by positive growth of 1.5%, 2.6% and 1.5% for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. There was minute increase of 0.1% in the figure for 2010, which was followed by continued declines in employment for 2011 and 2012 of 4% and 1.4% respectively, due to the prevailing sluggish recovery as a result of the global economic and financial recession. The information for 2013 showed a substantial increase of 10.4% over 2012 when the number of persons employed reached a new level of 27,025 persons being gainfully employed as a result of the People’s Empowerment Programme (PEP). “This Labour Government is a working Government and that is why our slogan for this year’s celebration is “A wuk, we a wuk. We are working. We are working. We are not only working for you, but are putting people to work for their benefit of their families and for the benefit of this country,” Prime Minister Douglas told the massive crowd.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 8 NEWS ST. KITTS AND NEVIS BAR ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE 7 May, 2014The St.Kitts and Nevis Bar Association has learned with great sadness of the brutal murder in Trinidad over last weekend of distinguished Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal. This tragic event reminds us that the proliferation of weapons and social disorder are destructive forces and put at risk the lives and liberty of all Caribbean people. Governments and Civil Society must combine to resist these forces and address the causes of such behaviour which will otherwise continue to wreak havoc in dysfunctional societies. Senior Counsel Seetahal made an outstanding contribution to justice, to the profession, to the rule of law and to the media in Trinidad and Tobago and to legal education in the region. She will be greatly missed. Meeting of Regional Commissioners of Police in Trinidad The 29thAnnual General Meeting and Conference of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad between 28th April and 1stMay 2014. The theme of the conference was “Working in Partnership to Combat Transnational Organized Crime”. Present at the Conference were Commissioners from: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts/Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands and United States Virgin Islands. The conference saw all countries discuss the emerging trendswe are experiencing now. Not surprisingly Gun and Gang violence, and Drug supply networks are on the increase with the US reporting the region isseeing a rise of around 16% of all illicit drugs into America and Western Europe passing through the Caribbean. That is up from 9% which was experienced only five (5) years ago. Our murder rates are far too high, with some countries recording over fifty (50) homicides per 100 000 population. More shockingly, we heard from a Transparency International Survey that where corruption is endemic (over 60% statingit is routine), deaths in childbirths is in the 457 per 100,000 per population, as to have medical attention is assured via bribe payment which is why corruption featured in our debates, as a present and constant scourge in the region. The ‘vulnerable’, the poor, the weak, the young are increasingly being targeted by organized crime gangs to facilitate the drug trade, and fuel the violence. Also, and quite shockingly for law enforcement all areas were reporting increased targeting of minors for sexual purposes; via cyber means or in person. In one case, we heard of modern day slavery where children aged five (5) upwards were being bought in Asia brought to the Caribbean for between US$8000 and US$14000 and put into modern day slavery, some into servitude, some believed being trafficked for sex. A further concern has been the increasing time cases are taking to get before the Courts, in some cases up to ten (10) years. This is resulting in increasingly dangerous offenders, being granted bail, which is further fuelling violence as witnesses are targeted and assassinated. Justice delayed is justice denied be it for victim, witness or accused. In one country, 80 square miles, there are 400 serious offenders on bail, for murder and rape. Should we be surprised that murders are increasing and are apparently unstoppable?The threat we face is a real one, of growing lawlessness. The police alone are not the answer. In fact we are arresting more than ever, but unless they are taken before the Courts expeditiously, it is to no avail. As an association we have committed to fully engaging with Government and the Judiciary to do all we can to expedite court appearances. We will support 24 hour Courts to clear the backlog; we will change the processes we have to put witnesses and victims at the heart of the criminal justice system. We ask our key partners to commit similarly to the recovery of public confidence and faith in the rule of law. We have shared best practice with each other, which has included sharing new legislation between ourselves. What equipment and what intelligence has worked and will make us effective. Jamaica is leading for the association in piloting a real time intelligence template that identifies trends in one country; cybercrime or ATM fraud as example to be immediately flagged to colleagues and acted upon. The ACCP has championed active ballistic crime scene data to be connected between each country in the region, enabling weapons used across the region to be identified and crime scenes connected, all helping to track and find the killers. RIBIN is the technical name, Regional Integrated Ballistics Information Network linking those weapons to the smuggling routes used by organized crime network and will inform our understanding of how weapons are passed from the US or South America to arrive in every island in the Caribbean.More importantly identifying how these routes can be closed. Finally in an effort to safe guard our officers and our communities,project triage has had its first delivery of Trauma Kits to every ACCP country. This will also save lives of gun and stabbing victims. •of 3 bleed out •320 in 2013 •4000 by end of May •Intention for all operation officers to have these kits We achieve more when co-operating in and sharing best practice. This has been a great conference, a sincere thank you to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service who made it happen and did so with such welcoming and good grace.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 9 NEWS Kittitian Hill Kicks off Hotel Recruitment Drive on May 24th 2014 When Kittitian Hill opens to guests on 10th July, it will be home to the first major luxury hotel on St. Kitts and will showcase all that is best about our beautiful island. Having been built by 400 Kittitians over Career Fair on Saturday 24th May on Kittitian Hill, where we are looking to identify suitable candidates to fill a number of vacancies including kitchen and restaurant staff, housekeeping, security, and drivers. Those who are interested in attending the Career Fair must register their interest online at www.kittitianhill.com/careerfair by Thursday 22nd May and answer a few questions as well as submit a resume and a recent photo. All registered candidates will immediately receive an email confirming their registration number. Nearer the date, applicants will be advised of the time and other details for their attendance on Saturday 24th May. Registration is important so that we can give applicants the appropriate time and attention on the day itself and organise transport from the main road up to Kittitian Hill. So, register your details at www.kittitianhill.com/careerfair and tell us what makes you the right person for this exciting opportunity to “walk the path less travelled” with Kittitian Hill. the past three years, Belle Mont Farm Hotel on Kittitian Hill is now seeking enthusiastic and friendly Kittitians who have a great attitude to join our hospitality team, to be trained and guided to welcome and serve the guests in our hotels and villas. The opportunity now exists to be one of the first to join the team by attending our

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 10 NEWS Labour Governments are Unparalleled in Social Revolution, says Marcella Liburd BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (May 8, 2014) — Federal Minister of Health, Community and Social Development, Culture and Gender Affairs, and Acting Minister of Education, the Hon Ms Marcella Liburd, has said that the country has experienced meaningful social revolution only under Labour governments. “I want to say something historically first, especially as we are coming out of the Labour Weekend where we recognised the part that the Labour Movement played in the total development of the country,” said Hon Liburd. “I want to say to you that every social revolution that has taken place in this country has taken place under a Labour Government. This is not by accident, whether it is education, health, housing or just democratic reform in our democratic process; all these have taken place under a Labour Government.” Hon Marcella Liburd who is also the Federal Parliamentary Representative for Central Basseterre (Constituency Number 2) made the comments on Tuesday afternoon May 6 at a groundbreaking ceremony held to launch Habitat Independence 30 Housing Programme at Pine Garden Horizons in her constituency. According to Minister Liburd, when the Labour movement was formed 82 years ago, one of the struggles was for reform in housing, as in those days workers who were housed at the estates lived under the whims of the estate owners because when they lost their jobs they also lost their housing. “Today what we have is a situation where over the past 18 years from 1995 until now, 4,000 houses have been built around this country,” said Hon Liburd. The function was also attended by Prime Minister the Rt Hon Dr Denzil Douglas, Minister with responsibility for Housing and Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Dr Earl Asim Martin, and the General Manager of National Housing Corporation Ms Judith Rawlins. “No community, no constituency was left out none. There was no discrimination, there was no tribalism; every single constituency and indeed community has been touched by housing from 1995 until now.” In her estimation, the 4,000 houses cover not less than 16,000 persons who have been provided with shelter, and with a population of about 35,000 she pointed out that the present Labour Government has housed almost half the population of the island from 1995 until now. “What we are saying now under Habitat 30 is that we are going to build another 1,000 houses, which would house approximately 4,000 persons,” said Hon Liburd. “So at the end of that, 20,000 persons will be housed out of a population of 35,000. That is a tremendous effort on the part of this government.”Looking at the success of the Labour government, Ms Liburd said that empowering people in the area of shelter has been dynamic as it did not only include houses but also land. She said all the houses are built based on the latest building standards and trends. She reminded the assembled crowd, which also included the General Manager of the Solid Waste Management Corporation Mr Alphonso Bridgewater, and the General Manager of the St. Kitts Electricity Company Mr Cartwright Farrell, of the SSMC Project which provided houses to former sugar workers. “This was a project for SSMC workers who had no homes and who were provided with housing,” explained Ms Liburd. “Not all of the former sugar workers got houses as funds in that project got exhausted. “I want those persons, who qualified for SSMC Housing and whose houses have not been built, to know that there is hope on the horizon. A proposal for funding is currently before Cabinet to complete that project and this has nothing to do with the 1,000 homes under the Habitat Independence 30 Housing Programme.” She also talked of another housing project called Housing Solutions 500, in which Central Basseterre was supposed to get 52 houses, and announced that so far forty have been completed and the rest are nearing completion. Those persons who cannot afford mortgages have been assisted through social housing for persons on social assistance and who are in really poor housing conditions. “The truth is we have engaged in this before, because we have put down T-111 houses for elderly people and so on, free of cost in order to help with those who live in deplorable conditions who really do not have the means to help themselves, and we will continue to do that,” pointed out Hon Liburd. Another way in which the current Labour Government has provided opportunities for housing is by distributing land to some of the people who can afford to building their own homes, or those who can afford to get loans from banks and all they require is a piece of land. The government will continue to distribute lands to persons in that category, she advised. “In terms of the Village Freehold Land Act it was under this government that we thought that persons who had worked on the estates all these years in deplorable conditions and who got nothing that they should get their lands free of cost,” said Minister Liburd. “Many people applied and got through with land under that Village Freehold Land Act because we are a caring government, and so we try to find ways and means of insuring that all of our people, regardless of where they are in terms of their situation of life that they would be provided with shelter for themselves and for their children.” On the Labour Government’s latest housing programme, Habitat Independence 30, where 1,000 houses will be built, she said 62 units will be at Pine Garden Horizons which will include town houses and duplexes. She announced that it will be a very modern facility with infrastructure and roads and all that is necessary, good garbage situation and parking because nowadays everybody got vehicles. “Ms Judith Rawlins (General Manager National Housing Corporation) told you how to go about applying,” advised Minister Liburd. “I want to advise those who are interested, many who have told me they are interested, please go and apply as soon as possible. Do not wait. Go and put in your application so that you can be called for an interview with respect for getting one of these units up here.” After turning the sod to signal the groundbreaking of the 62 Pine Garden Horizons Habitat 30 housing units, Prime Minister the Rt Hon Dr Denzil Douglas (middle) congratulates the area Parliamentary Representative the Hon Marcella Liburd. Others in the picture are, Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Earl Asim Martin on the right, and from the left are Ms Judith Rawlins, General Manager of the National Housing Corporation, and a constituent, Ms Patricia Grant. A cross section of persons who attended the groundbreaking ceremony at Pine Garden Horizons in Constituency Number 2, Central Basseterre.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 11 NEWS BHS students temporarily relocated to WAHS on shift system By Drizel HanleyAs the Basseterre High School undergoes additional testing due to the recent complaints of health hazards on the school’s compound, a shift system has been implemented as of Wednesday of this week (May 7th) whereby students of the Basseterre High School are temporarily relocated to the Washington Archibald High School. Students of the Washington Archibald High School (WAHS) will attend classes from 7:45 am 1:15 p.m., and Basseterre High students (BHS) from 1:30 p.m. 6:15 p.m. This was disclosed here last week-end by acting Minister of Education, the Hon. Marcella Liburd in an address to the nation via the state media. Staff and faculty of the Washington Archibald High will assume responsibility at the school during the morning shift, and the BHS staff and faculty will assume responsibility during the afternoon shift. Minister Liburd, who was acting as Minister of Education during the absence of Honourable Nigel Carty, said that because of the evening sessions school buses will be made available at 6:15 each evening to transport the BHS students to their homes, both in the Basseterre and the rural areas. She thanked AVEC and Beach Allen Primary School for stepping forward to make available to the Basseterre High School the use of available spaces at their institutions, and to thank also to those involved for ensuring that space in the nearby dental building has been made available as well. The Basseterre High was closed last week when the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) expressed concern that the ongoing health issues among staff and students were unresolved. The Institute is expected to submit a followup report by this week.Meantime, a two-member team of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) arrived in St. Kitts on Wednesday of this week (May 7th) to conduct an assessment of Basseterre High School. Director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control, Dr. Babatunde Olowokure; and Technical Officer of Environment Health Assessments in the Environmental Health and Sustainable Development Department, Lesmond Magloire, who both have extensive experience in conducting environmental investigations, will be here until tomorrow (May 10th). CARPHA ready to assess Basseterre High School Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): A two-member team of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) arrived in St. Kitts on Wednesday of this week (May 7) to conduct an assessment of Basseterre High School (BHS). Director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control, Dr. Babatunde Olowokure and Technical Officer of Environment Health Assessments in the Environmental Health and Sustainable Development Department, Lesmond Magloire, who both have extensive experience in conducting environmental investigations, will be here until Saturday (May 10). The agency has stated that it is ready to provide support to the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. The objectives of the CARPHA team are: To investigate the situation at BHS, the factors leading up to the current situation in the school, and its impact both on and off site; To identify and transmit without delay to the appropriate national authorities any information requiring immediate action to improve safety and/or environmental protection in relation to the incident; To work closely with key stakeholders both to obtain information relevant to the investigation and to keep them informed of progress; To make recommendations for future action to ensure effective management and mitigation; To provide a draft report to national authorities at debriefing and a final report within two weeks of departure. The CARPHA mission follows the recent visit of the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) last month. This afternoon, the CARPHA team met with the Ministries of Health and Education. Over the course of the next few days, the team will meet with the staff of the school and other key stakeholders. They will also visit the entire school to carry out a physical inspection and take samples. Environmental assessments will be made on areas surrounding the school and interviews will be conducted with affected and non-affected staff and pupils.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 12 NEWS Labour Day March 2014 IN ERASMAS WILLIAMS PHOTOS Kristal Maclean crowned the 2014 Full Confidence Labour Queen By Drizel HanleyVictory has already started for Labour’s ‘Spring Time’ Candidate Dr. Terrance Drew of Constituency Number Eight as his representative Kristal Maclean won three of the four segments on Saturday night (May 3rd) at Carnival Village to emerge the 2014 Miss Labour Queen. At the end of the keenly contested pageant the 15-year-old outshined her fellow competitors and walked away with top awards for Best Promotional Speech, Best Futuristic Creative Wear and Best Evening Gown. ‘The Spring-Time’ representative amassed a total of 923 pointsa whopping 64 points ahead of her closest rivals. Constituency #1 (East Basseterre) contestant Shirnaldeen Lewis and Constituency #6 Xendisia Dorsett both amassed a total 859 points, tying in the First-Runner-Up spot. Dorsett also won the Best Performing Talent segment. Second Dunner-up went to Lynnika Small who represented Constituency #4. She amassed a total of 846.5 points. Constituency #2 (Central Basseterre) Lesanna Liburd captured the Thirdrunner-up spot with a total of 846 points. The other contestants were Valencia Kelly of Constituency #3, Saskia Evans of Constituency #5 and Allison Budgeon of Constituency #7. The queen was crowned by Prime Minister and Leader of the St. KittsNevis Labour Party, the Right Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas. He was assisted by Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Earl Asim Martin and last year’s queen, Vernicia Wyatt of Constituency #5. The huge crowd at Carnival Village was treated to live entertainment from one of Jamaica’s top dancehall artist, Demarco, who belted out much of his hit songs to the crowd’s delight. House music for the pageant was provided by the Grand Masters Band. The 2014 Green Valley Queen Pageant contestants and the 2014 Miss Cheryl Stevens Beauty Pageant contestants were also introduced to the public at the massive Labour Queen Show. (L) ‘Spring Time’ candidate Dr. Terrence; (C) #8 Kristal Maclean the new 2014 Full Confidence Labour Queen; (R) Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Dr Denzil Douglas Queen poses with runner-ups and other contestants

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 14 GOODS NEWS The World for People Foundation launches with an immediate call for social responsibility proposals that it can fund (LONDON) The World For People Foundation Ltd. (WFP), www.worldforpeople.org, on May 2nd, 2014 announced its first call for proposals for socially DO “JUST ONE” THING T O CONSER VE W A TER Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): Kittitians are being dared to do at least one small thing to conserve water as a means of addressing the negative impacts of climate change. This forms part of a public awareness campaign by the Water Services Department (WSD), which is being sponsored through a regional project funded by “The steps are easy,” notes Dr. Halla Sahely, Manager/Water Engineer at the WSD. “Simply making sure your toilet isn’t running, checking for leaks, turning the tap off while brushing one’s teeth – these are all simple things that we believe each and every one can do. I’m positive that each Kittitian can commit to making at least one small change while our pledge drive campaign runs until early next year”, she notes. USAID and implemented by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Anyone can participate by filling in a simple pledge form that indicates exactly which steps they promise to take to conserve water and submitting it to the WSD. The pledge form suggests a number of options and also allows space for other creative ideas. innovative, sustainable development projects that contribute to improving living conditions and local economies in the world’s poorest areas. WFP aims to identify and support the most technologically advanced solutions to improve the quality of life in the world’s poorest regions. WFP seeks project partners to ensure best implementation and integration so that the funded projects have the greatest likelihood of success. WFP’s first project will be related to the production of water from air. WPF has three corporate sponsors that, together with their distributors and partners provide the technology and funding for the Foundation to operate. WOR(l)D Global Group, Inc. (www.worldglobalgroup.com) will supply technology under license, that enables WFP to operate its projects. WOR(l)D Global Network Pte. Ltd. (www.worldgn.com), whose distributors have provided the initial funding for the Foundation and for the first projects selected. Power Clouds Pte (www.powerclouds.com), a renewable energy business with a mission to create the largest network of photovoltaic systems in the world by involving tens of thousands of people from more than 100 countries, who have invested over 50 million in Power Clouds will also provide resources to WFP. Alfonso Galdi, Chairman of WFP quotes the adage “If you give a man a fish, you satisfy him for a day. If you teach him to fish, you satisfy him for a lifetime.” He confirms that this is the underlying ethos of the World For People Foundation, where the Foundation’s objective is to fund projects that empower individuals in communities most in need for the benefit of their community. According to Roberto Race, Director of WFP, “We are seeking to support Water projects that are community based, to ensure successful implementation of the water project”. Water has been chosen as the theme because according to a recent World Health Organization and UNICEF study released in early 2013, over one third or”36 per cent of the world’s population – 2.5 billion people – lack improved sanitation facilities, and 768 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources.” Project partners are invited to submit proposals online at http:// www.worldforpeople.org/ propose-your-project. Preference will be given to water related projects. However, WFP are willing to consider any project that delivers a permanent benefit to a community in need. WFP will provide a decision on any project within 40 days of online submission. For more information, please contact Roberto Race on: roberto.race (at) wordforpeople.org or Sean McVeigh +1 855-467-6500.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 15 GOOD NEWS Children who have experienced life at the knees of their mothers have a solid foundation on which their lives stand. Moses who was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter, was brought up in the palace of the king had all the necessities of life. He was privileged to be nursed and raised by his own mother. Moses’ privileged position gained him the kind of balance, wisdom, and fortitude to face life and all its trials. When Moses took up authority as commander in Egypt he was able to make a distinction between what was godly as demanded by God’s people Israel and what was ungodly that of serving the gods of Egypt. As a result the children of Israel benefitted immensely for their honouring of God. Mothers who have inculcated in their children the principles, values of what is right and wrong, the fear of God and the need to worship have always rejoiced over the success of their children. Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel was at the beck and call of her son. Even though he was raised in the temple and gained in-depth knowledge of God and His communicable attributes, Hannah used every opportunity to be at her son’s side to assist in moulding his future. Indeed mothers have more value than to follow behind children and clean up their mess. Richard De Haan makes the point that, “Mothers are much more than magnets gathering clothes and picking up toys around the house. As willing as many mothers are to do such chores, they have a higher calling than that.” The children who are nurtured by their mothers to fear and worship God, to read and live by scripture, to love and trust Jesus as their Saviour, to have a constant prayer life, subdue self-will, work together with others, shun lying, avoid rebellion, reward good behaviour, observe all promises made, be kind, considerate and caring for others, to live in peace and harmony with their siblings, most often than not turn out to be good citizens. Mothers possess the qualities that will build strong families and they provide the atmosphere where their children can find acceptance, security and understanding. They always lend a listening ear, a comfortable word, a warm hug, a loving touch and a mood that most often become infectious. These are the mothers we are honouring – not just one special day per year, but on a daily basis. This recognition deserves more than words. They ought to be shown respect, love and thoughtfulness. May all the praise children shower on mothers reflect the impact of their holy influence for not only training them up to be good men and women, but also for bringing them to God. Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council Mothers are A Blessing To Their Children 70 per cent r eduction in crime in April this year compar ed to same period last year BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 8TH 2014 (CUOPM) – Crime in St. Kitts and Nevis continues to decline. The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force reports a 70 percent drop in April this year compared to the same month last year. “Despite our challenges, it is very clear that crime has trended down in the Federation and is reflected by the Federation’s statistics of 69.5% in April 2014 compared to the same time 2013,” the Office of the Commissioner of Police said. Police also report a 63 percent drop in crime on Nevis this year compared to April 2013. According to the statistics, there was a 69.5 percent drop in major crimes in April 2014. No murders were reported in April 2013 and 2014. Breakings were down 76.9 percent with 12 in 2014 compared to 52 in 2013; Larcenies were down 62 percent with 40 in 2013 compared to 15 in 2014; robberies were down, 20 percent with 5 in 2013 and 4 in 2014; Woundings (including firearm incidents); down, 66.7 percent with 12 in 2013 and 4 in 2014; malicious damage/arson, down 50 percent with 14 reported incidents in 2013 and 7 in 2014; firearms and drugs, down 80 percent with 31 reported incidents in 2013 and just 6 in 2014. The Police Force also reports Offences Against the Person were down, 68 percent with 16 in 2013 and 5 in 2014; possession of controlled drugs dropped 73 percent with 19 offences in 2013 and 5 in 2014; possession with intent to supply dropped 89 percent with 9 offences in 2013 and 1 in 2014.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 16 NEWS -EC$9 million Pine Gardens Horizons to house 62 families BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 7TH 2014 (CUOPM) – Some 62 families will find permanent shelter at a new housing development in Central Basseterre. Ground was broken Tuesday for the new EC$9 million Pine Gardens Horizons, which will see the construction of several multiplex buildings – comprising eight two-story buildings containing five or six unit bungalows (Town Houses) and two and three-bedroom duplexes and tri-plexes. Speaking at the ceremony Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said he was honoured to lead a government which has a mission to transform lives all across the nation – for the better. “And what more fitting way can there be for a Government to transform lives than to deliver to Nationals who have never owned land, and who have never owned their own homes, homeownership? For them, for their children, and for generations yet unborn!,” said Dr. Douglas, who noted that once a home is paid for, “it belongs to the purchaser forever.” “And it can be passed on to the purchaser’s children and grand-children forever and ever. When a house has been paid for, the person who has paid for that house, and all who will, in the future, live in that house, will be forever free of any obligation to pay either rent or any type of mortgage payment. And this freedom, of course, would then permit whatever funds are available to the family to be used instead for savings, for investments, for other priorities. And so I urge all who will own a home here at Pine Garden Horizon, and indeed all who are currently paying for any home, anywhere in the Federation, to see mortgage payments as an important, longterm commitment that will produce generous and multifaceted benefits, multi-generationally.” In addition to the act of creating home-owners, Prime Minister Douglas noted that the lands which for centuries had been worked by enslaved Africans have been turned into healthy neighborhoods and open communities for the descendants of those same Africans? “Once an area thick with the razor sharp sugar-cane blades, and back-breaking work that was never compensated, this area from which Pine Garden Horizons will emerge, will now become yet another example of a people’s – our people’s indisputable march forward, our people’s sharp break from a distant past, of our people now being in a position to be in control of real, valuable, and constantly appreciating assets, for generations to come,” Dr. Douglas said. The St. Kitts and Nevis leader pointed out that urban congestion had long been a problem in East Basseterre and Central Basseterre. “We have been building homes outside of those constituencies in order to create more pleasant living spaces for all involved – and, indeed, for the country at large. Pine Garden Horizons, then, will represent a new and special step forward in this positive national movement, creating wide, free spaces in which the families who come here will live,” said Prime Minister Douglas to the audience which included Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Housing, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin; Parliamentary Representative and Minister of Health, Social and Community Development, the Hon. Marcella Liburd and National Housing Corporation (NHC), Chief Executive Officer, Miss Judith Rawlins. Habitat 30 is the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Government’s housing programme established in commemoration of the peace, stability, and hope that characterized the Nation at the time of the 30th Anniversary of Independence. Groundbreaking ceremonies for homes have been held in Stone Fort in Constituency #4 and High Point in Fig Tree, Sandy Point, and Constituency #5. Photo: (left to right); Ms. Judith Rawlins, unidentified constituent, Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; the Hon. Marcella Liburd and the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin break ground for the Pine Gardens Horizons in Shadwell. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) Raheem Phipps Wins Inaugural T-Shirt Design Challenge secondary school students and a team of persons deemed the design by Mr. Phipps the best. It depicts various aspects of camp in keeping with the theme; “Securing Our Future with Creativity and Fun.”Adrian Webster of Gamer’s Lounge – a new local youth and family entertainment company – presented the sixth grade student with a Sony Playstation 3 Uncharted 3 Bundle. He said that his company was proud to partner in this initiative as it highlights the commitment to the development of young people. Phipps was also presented a gift voucher from Harper’s Office Depot and free registration to the summer camp. In addition to being printed on the camp t-shirts, the design will be featured on the banner and other camp related material. The young man thanked the Department of Youth Empowerment for the opportunity to contribute to the national development programme which serves some 250 young person’s yearly. He encouraged peers to get involved in activities such as this which encourage creative expression and productive use of Poster show winning design and other information. Ms. Creque, along with Senior Youth Officer Pierre Liburd and Adrian Webster (right) listen to Raheem Phipps as he says thank you Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): The design for the 31st Annual Summer Residential Camp was unveiled on Wednesday (May 07) and its creator Raheem Phipps, 11, was recognized at a ceremony at the Irish Town Primary School. The design was chosen from a number of entries that were submitted as part of the inaugural competition for the Department of Youth Empowerment’s camp. Competition coordinator Suelika Creque said that submissions were invited from primary andtheir skills. Runners up of the competition include Trudella Spencer, T-Shuni Zakers and Keyshawn Jones of the Verchild’s High School, Milano Welcome of Cayon High and Tajell (cont’d on page 18)

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 17 COMMENTARY BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader, I might be sounding like a pulpit man today, but the way most of the churches are functioning today. I do not think that I would be a well loved man of the cloth, because I would follow the pathway of Jesus and fight for the dignity and well being of the poor and the down trodden. That is why the powers that be did not relish the idea of Jesus coming to talk on behalf of the down trodden. He should have closed His eyes and stifle his conscience and allow the exploitation, the degradation of the poor, the oppressed, and the exploitation of the masses to continue. He would have been patted on the back as a good man, a good person. It is plain to see that anyone who dare defy the powers that be, will be vilified, crucified, nailed to the cross, assassinated, hounded by the media, bombarded with hateful propaganda, degraded, humiliated, prosecuted. The philosophy of the well to do, is that the poor must always remain poor. The well to do must always walk on the backs of the poor and it is only they who must enjoy the fruits of the land. But, if we are to believe in a God who is the Father of all the inhabitants of the earth, how can we believe in such a philosophy? If we are Christian minded, if we believe in a God who is Supreme, who have told us that we must love one another and we must even love our enemies who do bad things to us, how can we look down with disdain on our fellow men? Let me state quite categorically, “We are all sons and daughters of the Almighty. He created all of us and he lives in each and every one of us. If God abides in all of us, why can’t we see Him in all of us? Why the discrimination, why the stuffed up and the puffed up noses in the air? I could remember when a certain sexton of the St. George’s Anglican Church who later became the Pastor and founder of a Church in the Village area, began playing politics with the church. He was now a Pastor and he wanted to forget his background. He began courting the favours of the big shots.Mind you, when he visited America, the headquarters of his church, he could not enter certain churches of the same faith, never mind to preach in them, because he was a black man; not because of his inability to preach, but because of the colour of his skin. He disregarded all this knowledge, this experience and mixed with those who once oppressed and exploited him and his parents. He began courting PAM who was trying its utmost to infiltrate the area where the church was built, for it was a Labour stronghold. One day, Because of his shenanigans, Mr. Bradshaw told him that that same church is going to send him straight to hell. Although he was not involved in any field of education, a school was named after him as compensation for his services to PAM. Mr. Bradshaw saw right through the man. Today, that same church is divided because a member of the unity mirage wants to use it not to build the religious spirits of the members, but to seek political office. That same very church is being divided and the pastor is not strong enough to say, “Get thee behind me Satan!!” We are witnessing a recurring decimal in our churches. There is a great divide in most of the churches today; so much so, that the passing of the peace is not practised anymore. Could you imagine this? Instead of the ministers standing up to their principles of the Gospel that we are in the House of the Lord and there should be real unity inside there, they have succumbed to the wishes of those who want to divide and rule us. Is God really in control? Have the men of the cloth sold out to the Willie Lynches of our society, of our church, of our political system? Are they afraid to suffer like the Master Jesus who was crucified for His beliefs and who stood for Principles? We all remember the story in the bible where Satan promised Jesus all the riches in the world if He, Jesus, bow down and worship him. Jesus was a man of principle; He was no sell out man. His mission was to bring betterment to the poor and oppressed and He was prepared to stick to the task, for His God will provide for Him. This is not the case of the churches today. The ministers of the cloth are asking Satan how much he is prepared to pay for their service. No principled stand at all. Satan is right in front leading them astray. No wonder the young people are not heeding their call to come to church. The light of the church is not only dimmed, its generators have gone into total disrepair. Look at the behaviour of our churches last year when the unity mirage wanted to topple the legally elected Government of the country. You remember that disgraceful behaviour of the preacher who gave the sermon? And what a political platform sermon it was? What about the so-called Christian minded lady who was prepared to walk down Church Street like she crazy? These are serious indictments against the church. Can the church defend them successfully? Guilty or not Guilty? How do you plead? Isn’t God a God of Peace and Love and Harmony? Isn’t the same very God who said, “Render unto Caesar the things which belong to Caesar and to God the things which belong to God?” What about the scripture reading which says,” Honour and Respect those who are placed in authority over you for all power comes from God. The voice of the people is the voice of God?” I notice that there is no condemnation whatsoever by the churches when statements are made by certain members of our society. Shawn and Jonel have made derogatory remarks against the Honourable Marcella Liburd and there has been no outcry by the churches, not that we expected it because they have already sold out to Satan who is now their master. When you attend church and you hear them mentioning about God, that is just a camouflage, for God is not a divide and disunited Entity. He is not the author of confusion. It was just the other day that worshippers were bombarded in the Anglican Church when a certain minister preached, about the Full Confidence stickers people displayed on their vehicles or shouted at the opposition. He seemed to be very annoyed about the Full Confidence the majority of the electorate still had in their lawfully and rightfully elected government which he and the unity mirage tried their utmost to get rid of. It was a few weeks ago that a member of a certain church attended a meeting of his church. All that the minister could speak about was politics. At the end of the meeting, the member got up and told the group that he came to hear about the Lord, but all he heard was pure politics. When he wants to listen to politics, he attends political meetings. Because the ministers have sold out to Satan, they are becoming more brazen nowadays. We the flock must pull them up when they go astray. I could well remember a Reverend Carty, an Anguillan minister of the Methodist church in the 1960’s during the uprising in Anguilla, lambasting the Labour Administration for the problems of Anguilla. Right there in the Methodist Church, using the pulpit as a political platform. Frank Buzzard was a military man who was a soldier in the 1939-1945 war; he had a drinking problem. He was a staunch Methodist who attended church regularly when he was not in prison. There was this Guyanese preacher who was in charge of this particular Sunday service and he was really belting out a real PAM sermon. Frank got and said, “When I want to listen to politics, I go up the park. I came here to listen to the word of God.” One of the PAM officials ran over to the Manse and called the police who came and carted off Frank to the station. He was taken to the Magistrate’s Court NEXT MORNING AND SENTENCED TO THREE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT. When PAM appeared on the political landscape they said that they were going to introduce a brand new type of politics. Look at the modus operandi of the unity mirage and see if it is not the same? PAM set about to infiltrate the churches, the legal system, the friendly societies, the police, the Lodges and every institution possible. Why was this possible? It was possible because most of us still possessed the plantation mentality, that, if we occupied a certain job or were in a certain position socially, we are better off than those whom we saw as being inferior to us. This is one of the reasons why our present Prime Minister is so fiercely hated. He is upsetting the social applecart. He is leveling the social playing field. Let’s get rid of him by any and all means possible. I am writing this article on Good Friday, the day when our Saviour was crucified for taking up the cause of the poor and oppressed people of that time. It grieves my heart to see the church erring and straying from the teachings of the Christ and His Father. The church has lost its calling. The church has sold out. The church has lost its salt and it can not savour anything now. No more can members find peace and solace. The church has ceased to be a hospital where sinful souls can be operated on and discharged after being made whole. Just imagine, dear reader there are some churches where members of a particular political faction sit on one side. You ever hear of anything like that before? What galls me is that the minister does not have the guts, the calling, the balls, the fortitude, the strength of character to say, “Get thee behind me Satan.” This is a place of worship and God dwells in here. I am not for sale, for my God has promised to provide for all my needs. How many of our ministers can stand tall like that? There is always a price to pay when you stand for truth and justice. A terrible price at times, but there are a faithful few who are willing to make that sacrifice. But, you see, there are MEN and there are men. History is replete with histories of MEN who were willing to stand up for their beliefs and the principled stand they took. They took their blows and stood firm. They were knocked down by the body blows they took. Yes! They hit the carpet but they were NEVER counted out. Today, the world salutes them. Robert Bradshaw had a daughter who attended The Convent High School, yet he introduced free Secondary Education for the ordinary folk’s children. He took a beating from the privileged class, but, today, so many of our professionals, including statisticians, have had access to that free Secondary Education and were able to become what they have become. Fidel Castro of Cuba nationalized all the private lands in Cuba. His father was a large land owner. Castro nationalized his as well. His sister thought otherwise and opposed him. She later migrated to America where she joined up with the anti Castro elements denouncing her brother for nationalizing the family lands. Dr. Denzil L Douglas hails from the tiny village of St. Pails. He made it to the Grammar School. He made it to Medical School. He made it. He could have stopped there. The good Doctor is ensuring that all and sundry has access to tertiary education. He is reeling under some heavy blows including some upper cuts from the church itself, but he is still holding up his guard and Fighting One More Round. Then there is Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned for twenty seven (27) years, for opposing the Apartheid System of Government in South Africa. Those persons, who keep Fighting One More Round, are never whipped. But it takes Brimstone Hill fortifications to keep your guard up when so many punches are thrown at you. Our church leaders are sorely lacking in that department; that is why they cannot shout, “GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN. I AM NOT FOR SALE.” Get Thee Behind Me Satan

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 18 NEWS -Prime Minister Douglas opens way for PEP workers to earn higher wages BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (May 8, 2014) — Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Dr Denzil Douglas, who also has responsibility for Human Resource, has announced that persons training as tradespersons under the People Employment Programme (PEP) will be given the opportunity to gain skills and higher wages by working for the Habitat Independence 30 Housing Programme. Prime Douglas made the remarks on Tuesday May 6 at Pine Garden Horizons in Central Basseterre during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Habitat Independence 30 Housing Programme, the third since the programme was launched. “The construction industry is one of the most effective means of stimulating an economy,” observed the Prime Minister. “Home building requires the services of plumbers, electricians, masons, carpenters, roofers and so many other persons in the building trades.” He said that a development like Habitat 30 will involve massive purchases of building supplies, and will create endless opportunities to those enterprising entrepreneurs, some of who were present at the ceremony, who wish to provide various services for contractors and their workmen. “It will provide opportunities for some of our own PEP tradesmen to move up from what would have been the learning stage, the acquisition of skills from the PEP programme into employable situations where their skills will be applied and thus they will be able to increase their earnings from that of minimum wage to that of semiskilled and skilled persons,” pointed out Dr Douglas. According to Prime Minister Douglas who lunched the People Employment Programme in December 2012, the initiative (using PEP tradespersons) was part of ensuring that the permanency of PEP is ascertained. He explained that it was important as the government wanted to ensure that there is a pool of young people always acquiring skills that can be applied in fully employed situations thus improving the quality of lives of the people and their families as a whole. “This government which I am honoured to lead pledged to transform lives all across our nation for the better,” said Prime Minister Douglas. People Employment Programme’s Project Manager Mr Geoffrey Hanley, has said that Prime Minister Douglas’ pronouncement is very reassuring and timely as it has confirmed what the government has been saying all along that the People Employment Programme is contributing to the economic growth of the nation. “I am heartened by the confidence the Prime Minister has bestowed on this programme as it will scuttle the talks of naysayers who have been going around suggesting that money being used to train our young persons is going to waste,” said Mr Hanley. “The money the government has invested in our young people through the PEP has gone to provide skills that the government is now going to use during the construction stage of the Habitat Independence 30 Housing Programme. This ensures that the Government will provide quality housing using home-grown expertise.” Mr Hanley said that he is looking forward to seeing all the ladies who have been receiving training under the Women in Construction Trades (WICT), a component of the People Employment Programme, put into practise what they have learned. This will involve all trades including electrical, and even those learning landscaping under Parks and Beaches. “We are on the threshold of providing a trained workforce,” said Mr Hanley. “The Prime Minister has opened the door for our trainees to be put to test, and I am giving the assurance that they will deliver. I am also appealing to those in the private sector to do likewise and use those persons the People Employment Programme has been training.” Prime Minister the Rt Hon Dr Denzil Douglas as he made the announcement at Pine Garden Horizons on Tuesday May 6. File picture shows Mr Geoffrey Hanley (in red T-shirt) admiring work done by PEP trainees under Women in Construction Trades (WICT). Raheem Phipps Wins Design...... Herbert also of Irish Town Primary. They each will receive gift vouchers from Harper’s. Ms. Creque expressed heartfelt appreciation to Harper’s Office Depot and Gamers Lounge, who “came onboard early and remained committed to making this T-Shirt Design Challenge a success.” The 31st Summer Residential Camp takes place from July 13 to 27. Registration must be completed and submitted by June 02, to the Department of Youth Empowerment on Church Street. Persons can also register online at www.youth.gov.kn. Additional information is available via telephone 467-1393. Suelika Creque with winner Raheem Phipps and a runner up Tajell Herbert. All photos courtesy St. Kitts Department of Youth Empowerment(cont’d from page 16)

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 19 NEWS Nevis Road Accident Claims Two Lives By Drizel HanleyThe island of Nevis is mourning the death of 28-year-old Alec ‘Mega’ Brown of Hanley’s Road, Gingerland, and 19-year-old Nigella Browne of Westbury who was tragically killed in a traffic accident on Sunday May 4th. Authorities revealed that the incident occurred at 9:30 p.m. along the Island Main Road in Stoney Grove, in vicinity of S. L. Horsford’s Hardware, Nevis. Investigations revealed that PA 931 was driving towards Charlestown when the vehicle struck a wall fence and separated the car into two pieces. They were both transported to the Alexandra Hospital. The driver of the vehicle (Alec Browne) was pronounced dead at the Alexandra Hospital while the lone passenger in the vehicle (Nigella Browne) of Westbury who was scheduled to be transported overseas for medical attention lost the battle for her life two days after the incident. Man shot to death in Nevis By Drizel HanleyWhile two families in Nevis are still trying to cope with the death of two young individuals that recently lost their lives in a tragic car accident, a third Nevisian family was sent into mourning yesterday morning Thursday, May 8th after a male who was shot to death. Dead is Clive Walters alias ‘Uncash’ was attacked and shot at his home in Bath Village. He was rushed to the Alexandra Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries sometime after 9:00 a.m. His death has marked the second murder in Nevis for the year 2014. Investigations are ongoing. ARRESTS Derrick Hazel of Crab Hill Sandy Point was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Obstruction, which was committed at Main Street, Sandy Point on 6/5/2014. Michael Samuel of Buckley’s was formally arrested and charged for the offences of Possession of cannabis and Possession with intent to supply which were committed on 4/5/2014 and 14/4/2014. Selwyn Pringle of Dieppe Bay was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, which was committed at Newton Ground on 6/5/2014.COURT CONVICTIONS District “A” Magistrate’s CourtAdrington “Dutts” Govia of Thibou Avenue, Basseterre was convicted for the Larceny which was committed on 27/3/2014, and sentenced to twelve (12) months in prison. Howard Browne of Rawlins Road, Gingerland, was convicted for the offence Being Found Hidden in the Electrical Conduit Compartment of the Motor Vessel Lady Mignonne that travelled from Nevis to St. Kitts on April 25, 2014 and was destined to Saint Maarten that same day for some Unlawful Purpose namely to Smuggle Himself into Saint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, and deemed to be a Rogue and a Vagabond and sentenced to four (4) months in prison.District “C” Magistrate’s CourtAmado Ottley of Hanley’s Road, Gingerland was convicted for the offence of Driving Without Due Care and Attention which was committed at Pump Road on 11/4/2014, and fined $800.00 which is to be paid in three (3) months or in default will serve one (1) month in prison with hard labour. Hamil James of Stoney Grove was convicted for the offence of Driving Without Due Care and Attention which was committed at Charlestown on 20/2/2014, and fined $800.00 which is to be paid in one (1) month or in default will serve one (1) month in prison with hard labour. Glenville Boddie Jr. of Rawlins Road, Gingerland was convicted for the offences of Driving without Insurance, Driving Without the Consent of the Owner, Driving Without a Driver’s License, and Driving Without Due Care and Attention which were committed at Stoney Grove on 22/1/ 2014. He was fined $500.00 for Driving without Insurance, which is to be paid in three (3) months or in default will serve three (3) months in prison with hard labour $500 for Driving Without The Consent Of The Owner which is to be paid in three (3) months or in default will serve three (3) months in prison with hard labour, $800.00 for Driving Without a Driver’s License, which is to be paid in three (3) months or in default will serve three (3) months in prison, and $500.00 for Driving Without Due Care and Attention, which is to be paid in three (3) months or in default will serve three (3) months in prison. Dwayne Matthew of Lodge Project was convicted for the offence of Possession of Cannabis which was committed Charlestown on 25/4/2014, and fined $1000.00 which is to be paid in three (3) months or in default will serve six (6) months in prison. Keith Braide of Government Road was convicted for the offence of Possession of Cannabis which was committed on 2/5/2014 at Charlestown, and fined $500.00 which is to be paid in three (3) months or in default will serve three (3) months in prison. Police Round-up

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 20 NEWS -Special Education Pioneer Cecele Thompson-Browne Honoured on Nevis NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MAY 01, 2014) — April 29, 2014, will be written in the annals of the Special Education Unit as one of its most memorable days. It will be forever remembered as the day when it was renamed after its founding teacher Cecele Thompson-Browne, who blazed the trail as a pioneer in the field of Special Education on Nevis. At a ceremony to mark the occasion, she expressed her gratitude for the accolade. “I am truly humbled to have this honour bestowed upon me and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to those persons who have counted me worthy of it and also to those who put in all of the work today to make this exercise today such a memorable one…and I thank you,” she said. Mrs. Thompson-Browne who is now an ordained Reverend at the Wesleyan Holiness Church explained how her involvement with Special Education came about by divine intervention. “It started for me with a strange incident. I was at the beginning of my teaching career in St. Kitts when I had a visit from the Lord in 1976 in St. Pauls, St. Kitts, when He showed me myself at the school with children with special needs in Prospect. This may seem quiet ironic but it’s true and I am glad this is not the first time some of you are hearing me say this. “Who would have thought that what we see here today is what I was actually seeing at that time. When it all started, nothing like this would have entered my mind. My mission was to make a difference in the lives of persons with special needs, persons with the learning differences and we would have realized, through the years that the language has changed for political purposes but in spite of the changes, the persons who we serve are special and will always be special in my eyes,” she said. According to Mrs. Thompson-Browne, all she wanted when she started was to put into practice all she had learnt in her training and to see Special Education develop in Nevis as she had seen in Jamaica. Nonetheless, she approached it knowing it was going to be a challenge. “I came to it knowing that it was going to be a long hard journey but I was not daunted. I have had some very great experiences along this journey, so many good and interesting memories,” she said. The Special Education pioneering teacher, also spoke to some of the memories etched in her memory. “I vividly remember the excitement of the very first batch of students as they came in. I realized that there was hope for them to be able to learn and become functional. They were so eager to learn but what stands out in my mind, is the fear and trepidation of the parents so much so that one parent who just giggled, delivered her child to me with a long list of instructions. I regret that I did not keep that list. “That parent and I still laugh about it. I remember the same child of that same parent going home with me for a weekend and returning home to tell her mother ‘Thompson gave me knife and fork to eat with. I want knife and fork’,” she said. However, the fruits of Mrs. Thompson-Browne’s labour at the Special Education Unit on Nevis had brought her untold joy and she did not for a moment hesitate to speak of it. “My greatest joy is to look at those who are gainfully employed and holding their own. I feel very honoured to hear the good remarks and appreciation expressed by parents and guardians as they meet me on the street. “That is rewarding in itself. It gives me such pleasure to see how Jennifer Liburd and Brenda Manners have grown in this profession since the inception of the Unit. My association with professionals like Shirley Tyson-Cunningham, Adella Francis-Meade and Violet Clarke have served to impact my life in many ways you do not know,” she said.The Nevis-born Special Education trained teacher also acknowledge her colleague Ms. Clarice Cotton who is today the Chief Education Officer on St. Kitts. She explained that they had met for the first time in September 1980 at the office of the then Chief Education Officer in St. Kitts. “We were both granted scholarships to study Special Education in Jamaica. We both left St. Kitts together and we developed a relationship which remains intact to this very day. She was my supervisor at the Special Education Unit in St Kitts. She was my mentor. “I am certain that if she had the opportunity she would tell you that even though I worked in St. Kitts, Nevis was always on my mind and I looked out for the interest of Nevis as much as I possibly could in Special Education and Special Olympics,” she said. Acknowledgement was also given to the parents who had gone the extra mile to ensure the promotion and progress of the Unit and her husband Reverend James Browne whom she said came into her life knowing that when they got married it meant also getting married to Special Education and Special Olympics. As she graciously accepted the honour, she noted that even though she took home the special plaque that was presented to her it was something she shared with all the other deserving stakeholders especially the School’s supervisors and staff who had been on what she termed her very challenging yet very exciting journey through changing scenes, since the inception of the Unit. “From one borrowed, crowded classroom where I tried to be teacher, counsellor, psychologist, therapist, nurse and not forgetting the cleaner, he expression we use for that is, chief cook and bottle washer but I loved and enjoyed every minute of it. “In case you may ask if there is anything I would change if I had to do it all over again, my initial response would be a resounding ‘no’ but when I think about it, I would have to say yes. However, those developmental changes which have been made in the process of time by my successors, allowed the journey to what we see before us today would have accomplished the vision that I had in my mind and today I see a school with classrooms, improved staffing, better equipment, and ladies and gentlemen I stand tall and proud because it bares my name, Cecele Browne Integrated School. I give God thanks and praise for that. My name is written on the school. It’s significant to me. I do have mixed feelings about that but if you the people say so let it be so,” she said. In conclusion Mrs. Thompson-Browne stated that her prayer for the school was one of continued transformation which would continue to touch the lives of children and families. “I rejoice today because my name is indelibly inscribed not on a building but in the hearts of each and every special needs person whose life I have touched in this Federation and most importantly, my name is written in God’s record book and as I receive the award, I do so in anticipation of that greater reward that God has made up for me. “My prayer for this school is that it will continue to bring transformation for the children and families who will be served here. My hope is that Special Education will stand in its rightful place among all other educational institutions in this island, in the Federation, in the region and the world. I want to encourage those of you who are still in the battlefield to continue to fight the good fight of faith and may Special Education grow from strength to strength,” she said. Reverend Cecele Thompson-Browne unveils the new name for the Special Education Unit which was renamed in her honour as the Cecele Browne Integrated School Special Education pioneer on Nevis Reverend Cecele ThompsonBrowne is acknowledged by Hazel Byron, a former student of the Special Education Unit at the renaming ceremony of the school in her honour on April 29, 2014. Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory looks on

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 21 SPORTS -St Kitts to host Group 6 of Caribbean Cup Tournament By Javon AlfordSt Kitts-Nevis has once again put itself in a spot of highlight after they were officially selected to host the Group 6 matches of the Caribbean Football Cup Tournament from the 1st to 9th of September 2014 at Warner Park Stadium. The preliminary round begins May but the St Kitts-Nevis team would start their preliminary matches in September. After the official draw held on April 14th in Kingston, Jamaica, St Kitts-Nevis ended in group with the likes of Guyana (biggest challenge in the group) Dominica and St Lucia. Each team would play each other once and the two top teams from each preliminary round would advance to the second round of the Caribbean Cup. The finals for the cup are scheduled to be played on November 9th-18th 2014 in which 8 teams would be battling for the top four spots, qualifying themselves for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup in USA. The St Kitts-Nevis team is sure to put up a great fight in their preliminary matches and the current performances of the individual players and also the teamwork showed amongst them have set there supporters hopes high for victory. St. Kitts-Nevis Football AssociationPRESSRELEASE 8th May, 2014On Tuesday 6th May 2014, the St. Kitts-Nevis Football Association promised a very exciting match up between two of the juggernauts of the SKNFA Premier Division. Ram’s Village Superstars were scheduled to face off against Winner’s Circle Newtown United. However, this much anticipated encounter did not materialize as both teams showed up wearing red jersey, pants and socks according to the Referee’s Report. An amicable resolution of the situation by both teams and officials could not be met by match time and therefore the match officials decided to call off the match. On Wednesday 7th May 2014, the SKNFA Executive Committee met to review the incident and decided as follows: In Accordance to Rule 6 (G & H):g)The team listed first on the fixture is considered to be the Home Team while the other team listed second is considered to be the Away Team. h)The Home Team is the team that has the right to play in its first choice kit (home kit). However, if both team officials and the game officials rule otherwise then teams will be allowed to change colors to ensure the match is played.Therefore, the SKNFA has ruled that Winners Circle Newtown United (Away Team for the said match) abandoned the match by refusing to change to their second choice jersey. The outcome of the match has therefore been decided in accordance with Rule 14 (b):b)A team that loses a match by abandonment will not be awarded points or goals while the opposing team shall be awarded three points as if it were a match won with a minimum of three (3) goals. The losing team will incur a fine not exceeding EC $5000.00 and reported to the Disciplinary Committee for further action.Further, the Winners Circle Newtown United F.C has been fined the sum of EC $1500.00 and has been reported to the SKNFA Disciplinary Committee. The St. Kitts-Nevis Football Association wishes to apologize for the unfortunate occurrence, and would like to assure the general public and loyal fans that everything is being done to avoid repetition. Challengers Exodus Defeat the Ghetto Roots in the SKABA League Opening By Javon AlfordAnsel Reevan scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists; Shawn Forbes scored 15 points, 12 rebounds and 1 assists and Javal Hodge scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists all for the Exodus team. For the Ghetto Roots team, Berlie Francis scored 19 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist; Kiethly Hicks scored 11 points, 9 rebounds and Troy Wattley scored 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Two more games were also played that night; the St Pauls Tuff Knots defeated the Fig Tree Dirt Revelers 84-66 and the Cayon Lions were defeated by the GMRC Challengers Exodus Team 35-59. Nashorn Maynard stood out for the Tuff Knots team after scoring 25 points and 27 rebounds along with Clayton Powell and Jouvette Leader who scored 17 and 16 points respectively. George Gaton scored 21 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists and Ray Liddie scored 20 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assists both for the Revelers. The Cayon Lions top scorers were Lennox Smith with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist along with Aldeno McSheene also with 11 points. The GMRC Exodus team standout players were Javier Sutton with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assist, Joash Lewis with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 1 assist and also Jamal Sutton with 8 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists. The action continues over the weekend with many more exciting matches as the SKABA tournament moves on. New Town FC Loses Game After Refusing to Change Their Jersey By Javon AlfordAccording to a press release from the St Kitts Nevis Football Association (SKNFA), the Winners Circle New Town FC ended up on the losing end on Tuesday 6th May after refusing to change their jersey in a match at Warner Park with the Rams Village Superstars. The press release stated that both teams turned out to the match wearing red jerseys which was unaccepted by the referees. New Town FC being team B in the match (away team) was instructed to change their jerseys but refused and the game was in turn abandoned. The release went on to state that the following day (Wednesday 7th) the SKNFA Executive committee met and discussed the matter and the end result was a $1500 fine for the New Town team and the victory was given to the Village Superstars. Another match played that night was a battle between the Harris Paint St Peters and the KFC Trinity/Challengers which ended in a 8-3 victory for St Peters. The scorers for St Peters were Aiden Nurse in the 13th minute, Kyrhon Phillip in the 18th minute, Kirkland Harris in the 31st, 39th and 55th minutes, Shaquille Barzey in the 50th minute, Xavier Harris in the 78th minute and Davishawn Buckshon in the 90th minute. The scorers for the KFC were Sheldon Doyling in the 28th minute, Hazon Marshall in the 53rd minute and Kareem Harris of St Peters scored an own goal in the 82nd minute. Division matches continued on Wednesday 7th and the SPD United team defeated the St Thomas/Trinity Strikers 1 goal to nil, the goal scorer being Evansroy Barnes in the 59th minute of play.Also in match 2 the Island Auto Kactus Conaree were victorious over ManTab FC 2 goals to nil. The scorers were Kendale Liburd in the 54th minute and Andy Liburd in the 65th minute (penalty). Last night the S L Horsford St Pauls took on the Hobson Enterprise Garden Hotspurs in a matchup at the Warner Park Stadium. Matches continue on Saturday 10th with KFC Trinity/ Challengers vs Mantab and Village Superstars vs Conaree FC. On Sunday 11th; SPD vs St Peters, St Thomas/Trinity vs Garden Hotspurs and NewTown vs St Pauls.The defending Champions in the St Kitts Amateur Basketball Association Basketball Tournament, the IREP Challengers Exodus team was once again victorious after defeating the S L Horsford Ghetto Roots in a match at Basketball City, Basseterre on Sunday 4th May (opening day of the 2014 season). The match was anticipated to be high in energy and excitement and it was exactly that as both teams played extremely well. Players from both teams with their sheer skill stood out and offered the fans a night to remember. The final score at the end of the game was Exodus-72 and Ghetto Roots-65.

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 22 NEWS However, nine years after the first official United States Mothers’ Day, commercialization of the holiday became so rampant that Anna Jarvis herself became a major opponent of what the holiday had become and spent all her inheritance and the rest of her life fighting what she saw as an abuse of the celebration. It is, however, possible that the holiday would have withered over time without the support and continuous promotion of the florist industries and other commercial industries. I wish a Happy Mothers’ Day to all mothers all over the world. As I take my leave today I leave you with a Mother’s Day quote, a Mother’s Day poem, a Mother’s Day recipe, and a Mother’s Day song. “Who ran to help me when I fell, and would some pretty story tell, or kiss the place to make it well? My Mother”. – Ann Taylor.Only One Mother.Hundreds of stars in the pretty sky, Hundreds of shells on the shore together, Hundreds of birds that go singing by, Hundreds of lambs in the sunny weather, Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn, Hundreds of bees in the purple clover, Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn, But only one mother the world wide over.Lemon Pie.Ingredients.1/3 c: Lime juice Zest of 6 Key Limes 14 oz: Sweetened condensed milk 3 ea: Egg yolks, beaten 1 x 9-inch: Graham craker crush pt: Whipped cream 2 T:Confectioner’s sugar 1 ts: Rum Green food coloring (4-6 drops) 1 T: Rum Method. 1.Add lime juice and zest to condensed milk. Beat in egg yolks. Add rum and food coloring to it, if desired. 2.Pour into pie shell. 3.Whip cream together with 2 T confectioner’s sugar and 1 T rum. Now, spread whipped cream evenly over pie. 4.Chill until set (for about 4 hours).Thank You Mom(Lyrics & Music: Good Charlotte)I’m sitting here, I’m thinking back to a time when I was young, My memory is clear as day, I’m listening to the dishes clink, You were downstairs; you would sing songs of praise, And all the times we laughed with you, And all the times that you stayed true to us, Now we say, I said, I thank you, I’ll always thank you, More than you could know, And I love you, I’ll always love you, There’s nothing I won’t do to say these words to you, That you’re beautiful forever, You were my mom, You were my dad, The only thing I ever had was you, it’s true, And even when the times got hard you were there, To let us know that we’d get through, you showed me how to be a man, You taught me how to understand the things people do, You showed me how to love my God, You taught me that not everyone knows the truth, And I thank you, I’ll always thank you, More than you could know, Than I could ever show, And I love you, I’ll always love you, There’s nothing I won’t do to say these words to you,That you will live forever, always. Trade Union News (cont’d from page 4)

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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 09TH 2014 23 COMMENTARY/NEWS By Vigilante Some political infidels invaded the grave sites of our St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party heroes on Sunday against the wishes of the families concerned, and placed their PAM/Unity colours thereon. These infidels are a disgrace to everything Labour. They have made a mockery of the memories of our heroes. They have no shame. The children of Comrades Bradshaw and Southwell in particular know what their fathers meant to PAM. They also know what PAM meant to their fathers. Left to PAM and their mercenary friends, both Comrades would have been captured alive and then killed in June 1967. The PAM had absolutely no use for any of our Comrade heroes during their lifetime. They denigrated, humiliated, abused and disrespected them all for years. This sudden affection for them now that they are long deceased must be fake. As one calypsonian, the Mighty Saint, put it: “I say I want to know, where this great love come from. All of a sudden they love R.L.B., C.A.P.S., et al. And they love them so strong….But they ain’t fooling me. Ah what they looking – easy money.” These former Labour – now turned traitors have been all dumped by our Party. We have long distanced ourselves from them. The PlooPs and the PAM are all anti-Labour big time. They claim they are now one united family. So hypocritically taking flowers to the grave sites of the people they love to hate is just another act of deception. They cannot re-write history. They need to show some regard for our Comrades Bradshaw, Southwell, France, Bryant, Moore, Payne, Mills and O’Flaherty. And keep from their grave sites at a safe distance of respect. Their families say so. Not just the Comrades of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP). They need to respect the wishes of the families of our departed heroes. They don’t want any PlooP or PAM or Unity flowers/wreaths on their grave sites. The PlooP/PAM/Unity can celebrate their May Day however they want. The rest of us will celebrate Labour Day the SKNLP way. We nar study them. These traitors have not only lost their way politically, but seem to be losing it “upstairs” as well. Timothy done say that all these years the people in Constituency #7 were not voting for the Labour Party. They were voting for him fullstop – Harris again. Now his PlooP partner, Sam, say he is the personal owner of the SKNLP Constituency #3 office in the Village. Seems that Val Morris turned over his land and his building to PAM Condor personally for his use. And Stanley Franks, Curtis Crooke, Terry Williams and all other SKNLP Comrades, alongside Builders Paradise and other contributors were doing Sam’s personal bidding. Maybe Sam don’t even know the name St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. This is really shocking. How can a man use the contributions, the goodwill, the human resources of the SKNLabour Party to set up a Constituency office, and then after he turned PAM, he claims it as his own personal possession? Lolol! I refuse to believe that his fellow PAMites, Massa or Dwyer, could have given him such crazy advice. He needs now to carry this nonsense to its mentally deranged conclusion and get his PAM legal luminaries, Grant and Powell, to set up a Certificate of Title for him for Val Morris land and the SKNLP Constituency #3 office building. So just like Timothy, all these years the Labour Party was carrying Sam in #3, the Comrades were voting for PAM Condor Again. And not for the Labour Party. So somebody must pay PAM Condor the value of the SKNLP Constituency #3 office personally. He got to be “losing it” upstairs. And street talk is for U.S. $200,000. Lolol. Madness in the extreme. Who no crazy going off. All the letters the Sheriff allegedly writing the Governor-General about Timothy having the majority of 6 supporting him to be the Prime Minister, must be written immediately following a general election for it to have value. All like now so, such letters are a waste of time. If you command a majority, in Parliament, then force the Government to resign by voting against any Bill together. That is the test used in all democracies from time immemorial. Once the Bill is rejected, the Government must resign. The Sheriff just playing nonsense games on our Head of State. Telling Sir Edmund that 6 is more than 5, etc is really crap. He would have learnt that arithmetic since his Primary School days at the Basseterre Boys School in Junior Standard. The PAM/Rescue/ PlooP/CCM concoction needs to wait on our 2015 general elections. They will find out to their eternal sorrow what is greater than what then. They don’t need to be in such a hurry. Plenty licks coming. No Governor General in his right mind can change a government that was popularly elected by a “6 is greater than 5” talk in mid-stream. His jurisdiction ends once the government is properly appointed following a general election. Save for the government being defeated trying to pass a Bill in Parliament or its defeat in a vote of no confidence in Parliament. So the Sheriff needs to be advised to get off his horse and don’t waste the ride to Government House. The letter the Sheriff needs to write is his resignation as Leader of the Opposition. And tell the Governor-General to appoint Timothy instead. But he not writing that one at all. If Timothy would be his leader in government, then why not in Opposition as well? What happen? The Sheriff don’t want to let go the extra salary as Opposition Leader even though he in government in Nevis? You notice neither Dwyer nor Massa touching that? Not even with a ten-foot pole? This is the time each year when we celebrate our fallen stalwarts and visionaries of the SKNLP. Comrades Bradshaw, Southwell, France, Bryant, Moore, Payne, Mills and O’Flaherty among others. Of course there are three fellas who were once part of our organisation. They turned out to be rank traitors. Not team players. Just for themselves. And they had to be ditched. They are now part of the fire-power of the PAM Opposition. Fakes and phonies are not welcome in the SKNLP. They plentiful over in the UniTim/PAM. BY SOTTO VOCEFakes, Phonies, Infidels Invade The Grave Sites •Monday’s Labour Day March was such a big bamamcoo march dat plenty PAM people are confessing dat Labour done win de elections and PAM and de Unity Concoction gone een. •Dey say when de PAM people dem see de big bamamcoo march coming dung by de CFB College dey run went go hide in PAM headquarters. And dey ain’t even peep out to look news. •Dey say de lb Onion nearly tek een on Greenlands Park when he see de tun load a red. And a big pappy PAM man wid him tell him dat he hope dey see for dey self dat de Unity Concoction is stupidness and a total waste. •De man tell lb Onion he tired see red. Little boy on bike in red. Troupe wid woman in red. Troupe wid man in red. Majorette in red. Pop pom girl in red. Senior citizens in safari in red. All dem young people gon come big and vote for Labour. We wasting we time wid dis foolishness. A whole year and a half of dis unity and dem two hog and de Labour march dem getting bigger. •De man aint stop dere. He say if de Marriott man never put down he foot, de moomoo hog woulda have he party down in central to try to buss de action up PAM. He say he can’t understand dis kinda unity concoction at all. Everybody doing dey own ting. Everybody doing as dey like. No kinda leadership. No kinda plan. •And he mek a lot a noise wid lb Onion telling him Simmonds got to tek back over de leadership of PAM. Shawn helpless and hopeless. He brokes so he aint got no say and nobody tekking him on. •Dey say when de rearbin hog see de photos dem of de big bamamcoo march and he see so many of de people from de constituency who tell him dey supporting him getting on bad in de march, he pressure went sky high and he had to call een Moms for him. •Dey say he call up a load ah dem and buse hell outa dem; but dey tell him dey can’t be ungrateful to Douglas and Labour like he and de other hog. Dey voting for Labour and Dr. Gilbert. •Dey say a big financier of PAM and de Unity Concoction call up de rearbin hog and cuss hell outa him. He tell him he and Clecton got to stop talk dey damn stupidness on de radio bout Unity got over 75% of the electorate in St. Kitts supporting dem. “I here watching de march and all I seeing is red, red, red……ah never see so much red in me life. Douglas got de whole a de country behind he and de Labour Party.” •And he went on to tell him dat it look like de whole a Nevis come dung to march with Douglas and de Labour Party. So he tell dem he want back de money he done spend on all dem rentals to help dem. •Dey say de stores dem in St. Kitts were busy like hell over de week-end selling red shirts, pants, red dis and red dat. And dey run outa red stuff for de big bamamcoo Labour Day march. Dey say de demand for red shirts etc was so high dat one store had to put in an extra order a few weeks ago. •Dey say Moms cook ten relish and fry 300 pancake for de official opening of de “Orange Container”. She tell she new found family dat she will do everyting to buss de Rearbin Hog function; she say she can’t understand how he could call heself leader and still organise jam session wid two big band and don’t even pass cross by de Container to support dem. And she say how he have de heart to tell her dat what ever food leave back, dey must bring it wid dem when dey coming over by him. •Dey say is Moms who get she new found family to pray over de grave dem. Dey say de Founding Family member start to pray dat even though she father, brother and de Founding Family hated Bradshaw, Southwell and Labour leaders like how de racist Klu Klax Klan gang hate black people in America. She dere to pay her last respects to dem. •Moms confess to a close friend dat she thought de Village people was gon bruk een she and de man for her for trying to tief de captain property and calling police to lock him up. She say when she realise dat is only de Marriott man and de Anointed one wid dem, because de other Founding Family member run way in de “Nick” of time, she tell de man for her not to talk. She will talk to de press. She aint write no speech for him and she aint know what he gon say. He might say Dougie is a PAM again, and dat is too much stress. •When Gene see de large number of people from St. Peter, Cayon and Conaree in de Labour Day March-especially de young people dem who were shouting: “It’s Spring Time… We voting Dr. Drew,” he scampered way and went into hiding.

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