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Year 56 NO. 51FRIDAY, MAY 23rd 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. TRADE UNION NEWS* THE THINKING CITZEN* CANON PERCIVAL SO TELL* EARL CLARKECOMMENTARY BY PAGE 03BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has been reelected National Political Leader of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party for the 26th consecutive year. Dr. Douglas, who was first elected in 1989, was re-elected unopposed at the 82nd Anniversary Conference on Sunday, another expression of full confidence in his leadership of the Party and the PM Douglas Re-elected Labour Party Leader for 26th Consecutive Year Energy, Utilities and Public Works, as Deputy Political Leader. Minister of Health, Gender Affairs, Community and Social Development, the Hon. Marcella Liburd was re-elected un-opposed as Party Chairperson. The National Vice Chairman is the Hon. Nigel Carty, Minister of Education, Information and Agriculture. National SecretaryMrs. Diana Williams-Humphrey; National Assistant SecretaryMs. Karen Crossman and the National Treasurer, Mr. Patrice Ward, were all re-elected un-opposed. The other members of the (contd on page 9)Government that he has been leading for the past 19 years. Delegates also accepted the nomination unopposed of Dr. the Hon. Earl Asim Martin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of IMF Says the Economic Recovery in St. Kittsand Nevis has Gathered Momentum St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (right), Acting Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Mark Brantley (left) with IMF Mission Chief Ms. Judith Gold (center) and St. Kitts and Nevis Financial Secretary, Mrs. Hilary Hazel (partly hidden). (Page 22) LABOURs 82nd Anniversary National Conference a Resounding Success Party all set for an unprecedented 5th term in Government.A eection of the massive crowd of Labour supporters in attendance at last Sundays National Conference at the Marriott Resort, Frigate Bay. (See editorial on page 2)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.labourspokesman.com Editorial LABOUR IS STRONGER, BETTER, READY! The St Kitts Nevis Labour Party Conference 2014 was a resounding success. On the eighty-second (82nd) anniversary of the founding of the Labour Movement, the St Kitts Nevis Labour Party held its Annual Conference. That was on Sunday, 18th May 2014, at the Marriott Hotel, Frigate Bay. All things considered, it was a truly fitting tribute to our forebears and Labours 82 years of outstanding service to the people of our beloved nation. Official Delegates of the party, fraternal organisations, the Diplomatic Corps, Business and Community organisations attended the public session of the conference which was held in the first part of the day, the morning and early afternoon. The private session was held during the later afternoon and early evening. It was conservatively estimated that over twelve hundred (1,200) persons attended throughout the day. This exceeded last years attendance of one thousand (1,000) which, up to that point, had been the highest by far in over a decade. Once again the mood of Conference was positive, lively, and businesslike throughout the entire proceedings. The sizeable group of young persons in attendance was highly significant. Yet again they were most effusive in their expressions of gratitude and in praise for their Party, the National Political Leader, and all those in positions of leadership throughout the party. As was the case last year they showed that are able and ready, and that they will add their youthful zeal to the Partys momentum and preparation for what lies ahead. The large contingents of women, young labourites, other party stalwarts, Trades and Labour Union members, in addition to the delegations from the National Executive and the various constituencies, participated with great enthusiasm and a deep sense of purpose throughout. Mr. Poesy Southwell, son of National Hero Sir Paul Southwell, was once again honoured to address Conference. He brought greetings from North America. Sunday 18 May was the thirty-fifth (35th) anniversary of his fathers passing, and he fittingly paid tribute to the service of his father, who was always true to Labour. Poesy reminded Conference of another anniversary, 10 June 1967, when it was planned to murder Sir Robert and his father, amongst others. He described the traitors as being willfully blind to the harmful effects of their actions upon our nation. The Honourable Mr. Asot Michael brought fraternal greetings from the Antigua Labour Party, a relationship to goes back to the founding of our two great organisations. He implored our comrades to remain faithful to Labour and cautioned against throwing away all the gains which we have made over the years. Mr. Michael exhorted us all to stand firmly with our great Leader and his wonderful team, and to make ourselves ready and fully prepared for the challenges which lie ahead. The National Executive submitted its report for the year just past, and the representatives of the constituency branches also reported likewise. All reports were well received and a number of very important resolutions were tabled and adopted. In particular the National Leader was thanked and highly commended for his outstanding service, leadership and dedication to the party and the country over the past twenty-five years. He was also highly lauded for his steadfast determination to try to resolve the differences between the peoples of St Kitts and Nevis and his perpetual efforts to bring about improvements in the human relationship across the narrows. Conference also thanked all party leaders and members of the National Government for their hard work and untiring efforts which have helped to bring about the outstanding levels of development achieved over the past nineteen (19) years of Labours tenure. These include areas such as education, health, housing, manufacturing, tourism, construction, new infrastructure and improvement of the old, financial services, local and international trade, transportation, agriculture, fisheries, the reduction and containment of crime, business development and the attraction of very substantial amounts of new investments, to name only some. Recognising that the period from 2008 to the present has been a most difficult one globally, financially, economically and otherwise, Conference was particularly high in praise of our Party Leader and his team of Cabinet Ministers for having been able to keep our nation solvent and in good standing within the international community, while simultaneously moving us forward and upward in the face of such daunting and most trying circumstances. Conference also gave due recognition to the fact that the Leader and his team could not have realised such outstanding achievements on their own, and was therefore equally profuse, and sincerely grateful, in thanking for their services, members of the civil service, those employed in para-statal organisations (such as crown corporations), the police and fire services, and the defence force. Comrades Dr. Terrance Drew, Dr. Vance Gilbert, Dr. Norgen Wilson, and Konris Maynard, Labours Springtime candidates, all re-assured Conference of their readiness to fight and deliver for Labour whenever the time comes for new general elections. Their addresses were electrifying and inspirational, and served to raise the spirits of delegates to even higher levels. Their selection is a clear indication that Labour is a movement committed to working hard for our people during the present, while at the same time preparing for the future, always observing proper and democratic procedures. Our Deputy National Leader, Comrade Dr Earle Asim Martin and our National Chairman, Comrade Marcella Liburd, brought stirring messages to Conference. Both spoke of our Comrade National Leader with much warmth and in most glowing terms, and thanked him for his leadership over the years, especially during the most recent and troubling ones. While reminding us of our many accomplishments in times past, as well as the present, they issued stern warnings for us to avoid becoming complacent and run the risk of throwing it all away. In our view such warnings were sanguine and most timely. The Partys National Leader, Comrade Dr The Rt Hon Denzil Llewellyn Douglas, as always, was both erudite and inspiring. He thanked his fellow party leaders, as well as his cabinet colleagues in government, for their loyalty and the support which they have given him at all times. He reflected on his assumption of leadership in May of 1989 and the commitment which he gave to move our party and our nation, always forward and always for our betterment. He called on us to cast our minds back to where we were in 1995 and compare that with where we are today. He called on us all to see this years conference as a critical signpost in the mobilisation process of the rank and file of our movement for the serious battle ahead. Pointing out that we have come too far to turn back, he re-emphasised that our nation seeds strong and experienced leadership to continue moving us forward and upward to the next levels of progress and development. Our country needs reliable, credible and honest leaders for the next five years, a leadership which can be trusted and respected by our people and all wellwishers. Conference also voted to formally expel Mr. Sam Condor and Dr Timothy Harris from the party and to deem them traitors of our cause. They thus join Mr. G A Dwyer Astaphan who, until now, was the only person ever to have been expelled from the party for over eighty (80) years of our existence. Unlike him they have an additional distinction. That brings to a formal conclusion one of the darkest and ugliest episodes in the history of the (contd on page 23)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 3 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) With general elections constitutionally due in January 2015, over 750 delegates enthusiastically accepted the full slate of candidates submitted by St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at Sundays 82nd Anniversary Conference of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. Dr. Douglas told delegates that team seven males and one female will over the next five years work to protect and advance the interests of the twin-island Federation. These men and this woman have the level of training, the level That newness of spirit now defines the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. And that freshness, combined now with the skill and experience for which Labour has long been known, has not only energized our membership but has brought countless new Nationals who now want to help in the work that we in Labour have committed ourselves to do, he said as he presented the candidate for Constituency #3, Mr. Konris Maynard. He is a winner of too many calypso crowns to count; an electrical and computer engineer; former manager at Sol Petroleum; dedicated husband and father; a member of Labours Springtime crew it is an honour to call to the stage Mr. Konris Maynard!, said Dr. Douglas. Youth, Sports, Technology: Say these words in St. Kitts and Nevis and one name comes to mind the Honourable Glenn Ghost Phillip. Elected by the people of Constituency #4 in January 2010. Glenn Phillip today ensures that students in this country are at the cutting edge of technology; he ensures that our athletes and our stadia can compete on the world stage; he always thinks of one that one unique angle that would make ideas placed before him even better. For all that he has done to advance the technological capabilities of this Federation and to raise the profile of the Federation in the world of sports .for all that he has done on behalf of this nations youth, I am eternally grateful. And it is with pride and satisfaction that I call on the Conference to endorse the Hon. Glenn Ghost Phillip the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Partys candidate for Constituency #4, said Prime Minister Douglas. He said Constituency #5 needs and deserves capable, competent, dependable representation. Constituency #5 needs a representative who is ready to assume the serious responsibilities associated with being an elected representative. And so the members of the St. KittsNevis Labour Party in that constituency have identified Dr. Norgen Wilson as the man to represent them .the man to advance the Constituencys interests ..in parliament, said Dr. Douglas. Born in Constituency #5 and educated in Constituency #5, Norgen Wilson trained as a medical doctor, moved on to serve our country as both a physician and a member of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defense Force, and today, as a member of Labours Springtime crew, personifies the dedication, determination, and accomplishment that voters in St. Kitts and Nevis demand and deserve today. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with great pride that I present Dr. Norgen Wilson, said the Prime Minister. With loud applause from the conference floor, Prime Minister Douglas again boasted that it is indeed Springtime in Labour and Dr. Vance Gilbert, Dr. Terrance Drew and Mr. Konris Maynard make it so. Trained as a physician, to heal, Dr. Vance Gilbert was specifically chosen by the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party in Constituency #7 to do precisely that: to reach across long-standing divides within the Constituency to build bridges so carelessly broken, to make of a fractured Constituency one. How interesting, how significant, how noteworthy, that at this particular time in our nations history there have been so many candidates within the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party who have spent thousands upon thousands of hours mastering the art of making that which is broken, whole, the art of making that which is ill, well, the art of preserving life and hope at all times men whose most sacred pledge, as physicians, is first and always, to do no harm. Dr. Vance Gilbert, trained, like Dr. Wilson, to heal, has been chosen by Constituency 7, and endorsed by the National Executive, as the person with the character, the track record within the constituency, and the ability to bring together the people of Constituency 7. It is springtime, indeed, in Labour, and Dr. Vance Gilbert is making it so, said Prime Delegates Enthusiastically Endorse Candidates Presented by Labour Party Leader and PM Douglas Minister Douglas. Comrades, our Partys candidate for constituency #8 is Dr. Terrance Drew, trained as a physician in Cuba. He returned home to serve as a trained doctor for several years, travelled to the United States for further specialisation, and then returned home once more after he was asked, by the people of Constituency #8, to represent the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party in the upcoming election, in order to bring to Constituency 8 the professionalism, the dynamism, the competence, and the integrity that that constituency, and indeed, the nation needs, said Dr. Douglas. The longstanding National Labour Party leader reminded conference delegates and invited guests from the non-governmental organisations and the consular and diplomatic corps that it was Dr. Drew who coined the phrase Springtime in Labour and he, along with Mr. Konris Maynard, Dr. Norgen Wilson, and Dr. Vance Gilbert have indeed made it so. From the beginning, Bradshaw, and Southwell, and France set out to do and what we in the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party of from the moment we assumed office have done as well: ensured that the skilled and those in training; the established and those still striving; the young and the old recognise the phenomenal synergies that together, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and the people of St. Kitts & Nevis can continue to create, just as we have for the past 19 years, despite any global threats we may encounter despite any shocks which may develop closer to home, said Prime Minister Douglas. Our time in office has proven that the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and the people of this country together are a winning combination. As a result, at the level of the corporation or at the level of the individual with reference to safety or with reference to our economic standing, St. Kitts and Nevis, all of us, as a people and as a nation, are on a positive trajectory. With insight and wisdom, let us work, all of us, to maintain this within the Labour Party and throughout the Nation. With clean and grateful hearts, let us rejoice in what we have achieved and build on it. With sober minds and clarity of vision, let us realize how truly blessed are. And together, let us ensure that St. Kitts & Nevis continues to be the stable, well managed, and respected country that it is, said Prime Minister Douglas. of accomplishment, and the level of confidence that will ensure the independence of thought, the capacity for analysis, and the essential vision that we all need to know is present in our Federal Cabinet, said Dr. Douglas, who was re-elected as National Leader for the 26th consecutive year. He told the delegates that the slate of candidates presents to the nationyouth and experience, innovation and wisdom. It brings, as no other party does, the synergies that this dynamic blending makes possible. And it presents to the nation a caliber of leadership that a high-potential, high-performing nation like St. Kitts and Nevis needs as we face the challenges of the 21st century. The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is dynamic, fresh, and energized. We are stronger. We are better. And we are ready! We represent experience plus innovation, we are energy plus wisdom. We are what this moment calls for, submitted Prime Minister Douglas. He said the leadership represent across the board, the magic and the beauty of Labour. Our Partys philosophy and our Partys impact because we are living examples of the multi-faceted talents and the skills that the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, has brought to light in this land of ours, said Dr. Douglas. I, for example, could never have afforded, as a child, to attend high school. But today, I am a medical doctor. Completely due to the policies of Labour. Today, stories like mine, as well as younger versions of my experience, abound thanks to the scholarships, the student loans, and the PEP that this Government has placed at the disposal of Kittitians and Nevisians, all across the land. And so within our Party, as across the our nation, we see many doctors and mechanics, electricians and lawyers, teachers and artists, engineers and farmers, architects and scientists, who, thanks to Labours policies, were exposed to new possibilities, were affirmed through the development of their God-given talents and now, with calm hearts know that their place is secure in St. Kitts and Nevis which under this Labour Government, exists for us all, said Prime Minister Douglas. The candidates which the members of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, branch by branch, with the endorsement of the National Executive, have put forward as candidates in the upcoming general election are: Constituency #1 the Honourable Dr. Earl Asim Martin: A medical doctor by training; a colleague and partner in the Federal parliament for some nineteen years; our nations Minister of Public Works, Energy, and Housing; Minister Martin has, for the past sixteen months, provided extraordinary service to our country as he has expanded homeownership, transformed our nations infrastructure, and continued to advance our countrys green energy agenda. Chosen by the members of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party in Constituency #2; having distinguished herself as a teacher and an athlete, an attorney and former Speaker of the National Assembly, the Honourable Marcella A. Liburd was elected in 2010 having won all the boxes than any other candidate in the history of Constituency #2. The Honourable Marcella A. Liburd is the compelling Chairman of our St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, our countrys Minister of Health, Social and Community Development, and Culture, a leader whose commitment and competence have redounded to the benefit of the ministries she leads, our political party which she chairs and indeed the nation. Dr. Douglas pointed out that springtime is a time of freshness, and newness, and hope a time very much like the early mornings in the islands. Photo by Erasmas
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 4 TRADE UNION NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary In the words of an unknown author, The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense. The majority of employers at present is more driven by greed and money, and is no longer speaking or discussing in terms of safety and health, social justice, equitable distribution and democracy. However, some other persons fully believe that stress is something people imagine, perhaps, because stress and other mental health problems are not presented in the same way as physical injuries, for example, a broken hand/leg or a cut, (things we can see). Very careful research has stated that numerous studies have shown that job stress is far and away one of the major sources of stress for adults and it has escalated progressively over the past decades. Moreover, the increase levels of job stress as assessed by the perception of having little control, but lots of demands have been demonstrated to be associated with increased rates of heart attack. However, the relationship between job stress and heart attacks is so well acknowledged, that many workers who suffers a coronary (including heart attack sustained while fishing, hiking, skiing on vacation) event on or off the job is assumed to have a work related injury and is compensated accordingly. Furthermore, many numerous surveys and studies have confirmed that indeed, occupational pressures and fears are also one of the leading sources of stress for adults and have also agreed that it has steadily increased over the past decades. In addition, careful research have also stated and confirm that about 40% of workers surveyed reported that their job was very or extremely stressful, while 25% view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. However, three fourth of workers surveyed fully believe that they have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago, while 29% of those workers felt quite a bit or extremely stressed at work. Moreover, numerous research have also pointed out that 26% of workers have said that they were often or very often burned out or stressed by their work. However, it is generally accepted by many workers that job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems. As stated on numerous occasions, from since its very inception, the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union has, and will continue always to speak out on safety and health issues affecting its members, and by extension all workers in this our very beautiful Federation of Saint Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis, because the prevention of workrelated illness and injuries, including Decent Work, is one, if not the most important policy of the St. Kitts/Nevis Trade & Labour Considered self* Lower self-esteem/ Destructive, and Tends to occur after* Inability to perform 5 to 10 years of self confidence. ones job. Continued stress. Inability to manage Personal life. *Withdrawal. *Uncontrolled anger, Grief and rage. *Suicidal or homicidal Thinking. *Muscle tremors. *Extreme chronic Fatigue. *Over-reaction to Minor events. *Agitation. *Frequent accidents. *Carelessness, forgetFullness. *Paranoia. As time is of the utmost importance we will have to stop here for today, but in a future article we will continue where we left off by looking at, What are some general tips for dealing with stress at the workplace? As I take my leave today you can rest assure that the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union will continue to raise its voice for the protection of all workers safety and health at the workplace, in the mean time I leave you with a quote by an unknown author, a poem by Don Merrell, and a song by Henry Lawson.Safety never takes a holiday. Unknown Author.I Chose To Look The Other Way.By: Don Merrell. I could have saved a life that day, But I chose to look the other way, It wasnt that I didnt care; I had the time, and I was there. But I didnt want to seem a fool, Or argue over a safety rule. I knew hed done the job before; If I spoke up he might get sore. The chances didnt seem that bad; Id done the same, he knew I had. So I shook my head and walked by; He knew the risks as well as I. He took the chance, I closed an eye; And with that act, I let him die. I could have saved a life that day, But I chose to look the other way. Now every time I see his wife, I know I should have saved his life. That guilt is something I must bear; But isnt something you need to share.Saint PeterBy: Henry Lawson.Now, I think there is a likeness twixt St. Peters life and mine For he did a lot of trampin long ago in Palestine He was Union when the workers first began to organize And Im glad that old St. Peter keeps the gate of Paradise. When the ancient agitator and his brothers carried swags Ive no doubt he very often tramped with empty tucker-bags And Im glad hes Heavens picket, for I hate explainin things And hell think a Union ticket just as good as Whitely Kings. When I reach the great head-station, which is somewhere off the track I wont want to talk with angels who have never been out back They might bother me with offers of a banjo meanin well And a pair of wings to fly with, when I only want a spell. Ill just ask for old St. Peter, and I think, when he appears I will only have to tell him that I carried swag for years Ive been on the track, Ill tell him, an I done the best I could And hell understand me better than the other angels would. He wont try to get a chorus out of lungs thats worn to rags Or to graft the wings on shoulders that is stiff with humpin swags But Ill rest about the station where the work-bell never rings Till they blow the final trumpet and the Great Judge sees to things.Do All Of These Signs Or Symptoms Happen All At Once, And What Level Of Help Should Be Sought?Union at all workplace. Nevertheless, in todays article let us continue from where we left off in our previous article by looking at, Do all of these signs or symptoms happen all at once and what level of help should be sought? Numerous studies and surveys has said no, not normally, because the signs and symptoms from stress tend to progress through several phases or stages. Below the phases can be described as follows:-Phase.Si gns/Sympt oms.Action.Phase 1 Warning. Talking Feelings of vague about feeling anxiety. Taking a Early warning signs* Depression.V acation. are often more emotion* Boredom. Making a Al than physical, and may* Apathy. Change from take a year or more before* Emotional regular they are noticeable. fatigue.Activities. Taking time for yourself. Phase 2 Sleep More Mild Symptoms disturbances. aggressive Warning signs have More frequent lifestyle progressed and headaches/colds. Changes may Intensified.* Muscle aches. Be needed. Over a period of 6 to* Intensified Short-term 18 months, physicalphysical and counseling. Signs may also beemotional fatigue evident.* W ithdrawal from contact with others. *Irritability. *Intensified. *Depression. Phase 3 Entrenched cumulative Increased use The help of Stress. Of alcohol, medical and This phase occurs when smoking, nonpsychological The above phases prescription drugs. professional Continue to be ignored.* Depression is highly Stress starts to create a* Physical and recommended Deeper impact on career, emotional fatigue. Family life and personal* Loss of sex drive. Well being.* Ulcers *Matrital discord. *Crying spells. *Intense anxiety. *Rigid thinking. *Withdrawal. *Recklessness. *Sleeplessness. Phase 4 Careers end Significant Severe debilitating prematurely. intervention Cumulative Stress Asthma.from Reaction. Heart conditions. Professionals. This phase is often* Severe depressionIf you see a risk that others take, That puts their health or life at stake, The question asked or thing you say; Could help them live another day. If you see a risk and walk away, Then hope you never have to say, I could have saved a life that day, But I chose to look the other way.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 5 NEWS By Thinking Citizen People of all walks of life have been asking if it isnt a fact that Greed, Envy, Jealousy and a thirst for Vengeance have gone too far in our Electoral System? Also it is not clear what Prime Minister Douglas and his Labour Party Government have done to St.Kitts and its people to merit such vicious and low-down attacks from the members of the CCM/ PAM cabal. The Prof. Randolph Williams Commission Report and the Sir Louis Blom-Cooper Commission Repot detail clearly much of the mischief carried out by Prime Minister Dr Kennedy Simmonds and his Administration. The mischief and misdeeds mentioned in the Reports dwarf anything and everything ever performed by Prime Minister Douglas and his caring and sharing Labour Party Government.For instance, Prime Minister Dr Simmonds signed, without the knowledge, consent and approval of our National Assembly, a Loan Guarantee in the amount of US$25,330,000.00 on behalf of a company registered locally as Nautical Trading (St.Kitts) Ltd. Dr Kennedy Simmonds kept our country in the dark and made us all legally liable for the repayment of the sum of US $25,330,000.00 in the event that there was a default in the repayment of the Loan by Nautical Trading (St.Kitts) Ltd.Prime Minister Douglas never did put our country at such financial risks to satisfy the needs of a private company whose two nonnational promoters were men of shady and questionable character. It is true that Prime Minister Douglas borrowed significant sums of money, but the loans were never made to satisfy the needs of a private company whose promoters were not from St.Kitts or Nevis. St.Kitts and Nevis were struck by several devastating hurricanes during Dr Douglas 1st and 2nd term in office. One hurricane only, that is Hurricane Hugo (1989) struck St.Kitts and Nevis during Dr Kennedy Simmonds 15 years term in office. The hurricane that almost wiped out our entire Sugar Industry struck us after Dr Kennedy Simmonds had left office in 1995. The PAM Government abolished Personal Income Tax. In addition the same Government raised the Salaries and Allowances of its Cabinet Members and provided them also with additional Allowances such as a Housing Allowance and a Constituency Allowance. And to top it all off, the PAM Government increased the rate of Pension of the Prime Minister and GovernorGeneral. Whatever figure was paid to them as Pension whatever they leave office. Dr Kennedy Simmonds lived in his private home at Godwins Estate in the Half-Way Tree Area. Upon becoming Prime Minister he rented out his home at Godwins Estate to and went to live, rentfree, at Golden Rock in the residence formerly occupied by the General Manager of our Sugar Factory. The Greed and Gluttony of PAM and its leaders were brought to the fore in the aftermath of the passage of Hurricane Hugo which did considerable damage to St.Kitts and Nevis and in particular to the Electricity Supply System. Hurricane Hugo left the Prime Ministers residence at Earle Mornes and a residence at Bird Rock without electricity. Both the Prime Minister and the Minister were provided with a supply of electricity from the power station at Needsmust direct to their respective homes at Earle Morne and at Bird Rock. In addition to that the six(6) portable Honda Generators sent from overseas to provide lighting from the wards at the JNF General Hospital were re-assigned to the Prime Ministers at Earle Morne. The Generators were only given back to the JNF General Hospital in 1995 after the Labour Party formed the Government. The Minister had the direct supply of electricity to his home at Bird Rock augmented by a supply of electricity from the Deep Water Port at Bird Rock direct to his home at Bird Rock. So while the rest of the population at Earle Morne and Bird Rock and elsewhere in East Basseterre had no electricity the Prime Minister and the Minister had more electricity than the circumstances warranted. During the passage of Hurricane Hugo the homes of both the Prime Minister and the Minister got damaged. Both homeowners respectively submitted claims for settlement to National Caribbean Insurance Co. Ltd. During a meeting to consider the claims the Board of Directors of the Insurance Company decided to settle both claims in full, not on the basis of merit, but in deference to who the claimants are. We also remember that the Democrat Printery at Walwyn Avenue, Basseterre, caught fire one night. At the time of the fire, the Printery was not covered by insurance, neither at Delisle Walayn & Co. Ltd, nor at the National Caribbean Insurance Co. However, in spite of that fact and without waiting to receive the required Report from the Fire Services Department, National Caribbean Insurance Co. LTD. settled in full the claim from the Democrat Printery. The members of the Board that dealt with the Democrat Fire and the claims for hurricane damage in respect of the house at Earle Morne and at Bird Rock were nearly all of them well-known PAM members and political activists. The PAMites love to run about all over the place saying that Dr Douglas is this and the Labour Party Government is that but that is all bluff and propaganda. You only have to move aside the curtain a little and take a quick peek at the history and record of PAM to realize the undemocratic, illegal and abominable things that the party did in the past especially during its 15 years in office. PAM is all mischief, lies, deceit and propaganda. PAM does not have a record to stand on and so the party has to try to tarnish the sterling record of Dr Denzil Douglas and his Labour Party Government. PAM Does Not Have a Record To Stand On
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 6 NEWS Deadline Approaching For Youth Programmes the Republic of China (Taiwan) which will be facilitated by personnel from the local Taiwanese Embassy. Fun activities are also included such as gospel night, pool/water day, movie night, karaoke, field trips, and the camp banquet. It was a lot of fun, explained Hashim Bertie, a July 13 to 27. Meanwhile, the nominating period for the 25 Most Remarkable Teens in St. Kitts and Nevis awards ends on June 04. The programme recognizes the achievements of teenagers in nontraditional categories including dance, courage to overcome, community service, civic involvement, music and others.The teens can be nominated by anyone in society and persons can nominate more than one individual. Forms are available online at www.youth.gov.kn or from the Department of Youth Empowerment on Church Street. The awards are presented in November during a special sitting of the Federal Parliament.camper turned dorm leader as he reflected as his four years on the camp. I learnt a lot about discipline, responsibility, and values. The 20-year-old said what he enjoyed most was the socializing with his peers and mentoring the younger persons. This years Summer Residential Camp runs from Basseterre, St. Kitts,(SKNIS): Just a few days are left for residents of St. Kitts and Nevis to take advantage of two initiatives designed to mentor, empower and uplift the nations youth. Monday, June 02 is the registration deadline for 31st Annual Summer Residential Camp organized by the Department of Youth Empowerment. For two weeks, an estimated 200 persons between 8 to 16 years will learn skills in basic computer, art and craft, basketry, airbrushing, video filming, photography, and drumming. The campers will also learn about the culture of
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 7 NEWS Combined Earnings Increased From EC$250 Million In 1995 To EC$710 In 2013 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) The wages and salaries of workers in St. Kitts and Nevis has tripled since the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party took office in 1995. St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said Tuesday that statistics obtained from the St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board indicate that the combined earnings of Kittitians and Nevisians have increased from EC$250 million in 1995 to EC$710 million in 2013. Speaking on his weekly radio programme Ask the Prime Minister, Dr. Douglas said his St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Government has worked extremely hard to ensure that the total wages and salaries earned would march steadily and dependably upward. Among the ways in which we have done this have been by increasing the minimum wage on several occasions; astutely attracting local and foreign investment capital; providing concessions to large and small businesses alike in order to make expanded employment possible, and so on. And as a result of our sustained efforts, today the wages and salaries being earned by Kittitians and Nevisians have tripled compared to the wages and salaries that were being earned when we assumed office. In 1995, Kittitians and Nevisians were earning a combined income of $247 million. Today, Kittitians and Nevisians are earning a combined income of some $710 million, Prime Minister Douglas told listeners. Reiterating that this positive development has happened under his St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Administration, Prime Minister Douglas in lauding what he described as the combined incomes of all of us, as a people, said that we, as a nation, should all take great pride. Statistics from the Social Security Board recently revealed that between 1995 and 2013, the number of employed persons in St. Kitts and Nevis increased by 50 percent from 18,236 persons to 27,025. Federal Cabinet Approves Measures To Reduce National Debt, Caps Overdrafts TDC M. L. King Scholarship Grant Applications Now Open are not limited to, Agriculture, Architecture, Accounting, Business Management, Construction Management, Economics, Engineering, Information Technology, and Pharmacology. Applicants are required to maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher and must demonstrate Kittitian and Nevisian students pursuing higher education can now apply for the TDC M. L. King Scholarship Grant to receive financial support to fulfill their career goals. The Annual award is open to citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis (but not to employees of the TDC Group or its related Companies), who are normally resident in the Federation and intend to return after completion of their course of study. It is intended to assist students who are desirous of pursuing full time University studies at the Undergraduate and Post Graduate levels in areas, which include, but exemplary scholarship to receive a one-time disbursement of five thousand (US$5000) dollars for one (1) calendar year. Additional information can obtained from the following sources: TDC Human Resources Department, Fort Street, Basseterre (869) 465-2511 TDC General Office, Pinneys Industrial Estate, Charlestown, Nevis (869) 469 5430 The TDC Group of Companies website, www.tdclimited.com The Michael L. King Scholarship Grant was introduced in 2007 and is an honorary bursary named after the companys second Chairman, who was a staunch advocate of Educational excellence. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) The Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has reduced its overdraft limit and that of two government-owned entities. According to the Post Cabinet briefing, the Federal overdraft has been reduced and capped from $100 million to $75 million, while that of the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) has been reduced from EC$29 million to EC$15 million and for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority from EC$8 million to EC$5 million Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty disclosed that the volume of Treasury Bills was maintained at EC$360 million. He said the above figures are has made these enormous strides in recent times thereby setting the public sector on a firm and sustainable path with respect to its debt and overall financing, the Ministry proposed that there be no increases in the limits set for short-term financing, thus the reduction in the debt limits for three of the four debt facilities identified in the resolution. The Finance Administration Act (2007) is a modern piece of legislation that provides for the strict control and management of public funds, including the authorization of expenditure and raising of funds, the overall control of public debt and the granting of guarantees. The Act was passed in pursuit of a policy decision taken to increase accountability and transparency in public sector financial management. not the balances on the respective accounts. They are the upper limits that have been set to ensure that government debt continues rapidly on a downward path, said Sen. Carty. He said at Mondays Cabinet meeting, a resolution to further control governments short-term financing was presented by the Ministry of Finance. Mr. Carty said that the debt level in St. Kitts and Nevis recently dropped by over 80 percent of the GDP as a result of governments policy of reducing the debt by managing income and expenditure and negotiating debt with its creditors. Given that the government
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 8 NEWS Prime Minister Douglas Lays Out Solid Reasons For A Fifth Consecutive Term For The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party needs heart. One needs skill. One needs vision. One needs determination. One needs the strength of character and spirit that makes defeat in the pursuit of a good and just cause utterly and absolutely unacceptable, adding that the aforementioned sums up the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. He said that the global economic crisis of these past few years has been no joke and has brought the mighty low. It has reaped pain and humiliation upon tens of millions across the globe. It has left in its wake bank closures, hospital closures, school closures. People losing their homes, and their jobs. Governments tumbling, currencies crumbling, government checks bouncing. Government pay cuts looming. Massive Government firings. Development projects halted. In countries large and small. Yet, here, by the grace of God we, in St. Kitts and Nevis, stand. Here, indeed, we stand Comrades. Standing, ducking, bouncing, bounding. Standing firm as we meet the challenges that have been placed before us. Ducking the massive blows that keep hitting governments large and small all across the globe. Bouncing, because, like all champions that is how we keep our keep our energy levels high, said Dr. Douglas. He said the bouncing and bounding by his Labour Government have resulted in benefits on behalf of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. Bouncing and bounding have made St. Kitts and Nevis #1 in the Eastern Caribbean in terms of manufactured exports to the United States of America. Bounding and making St. Kitts and Nevis #1 in terms of investment levels in the Eastern Caribbean. Bounding and making St. Kitts and Nevis #1 in terms of economic growth in the Eastern Caribbean. Bounding and producing in St. Kitts and Nevis one of the highest rates of economic growth in the entire Caribbean. Bounding and producing for St. Kitts and Nevis an economic growth rate in 2013 which, at 1.7%, was almost equal to that of the most powerful nation on earth, the United States, which produced a growth rate of 1.9%, said Prime Minister Douglas. He said bounding by St. Kitts and Nevis also produced a growth rate in 2013 several times greater than another economic powerhouse, the Eurozone Nations, which was unable to produce any growth at all. Bounding and setting the minimum wage for government auxiliary workers in St. Kitts and Nevis, higher than the minimum wage in any other Eastern Caribbean country and higher than any in the entire Caribbean with the exception of The Bahamas. Bounding, my Fellow Nationals, and transforming 4,000 average families into land-owners and home-owners, with 1,000 more homes being constructed, in all eight constituencies, under Habitat 30. All of this in the midst of a global crisis. All of this when other islands and other countries, it saddens me to say, are having very different experiences, said Prime Minister Douglas. He reiterated that the Labour Government has proven quantity and has delivered time and again. And not just for Labour supporters, but for everyone regardless of political persuasion. That is why in the awarding of contracts, the protection of jobs, and the provision of academic, economic, and other opportunities, the record will show that under this Labour Government, the Federation and all that is has to offer, has been made to benefit us all. And to this, BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says his 19-year Labour Government has worked extraordinarily hard and produced phenomenal results despite the global economic and financial recession. He told hundreds of cheering supporters attending the 82nd Annual Conference of his governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party that the Federations successes in several areas warrant the return of the Party for a fifth straight term in office. With the help of a merciful God, we have protected this little country and its people in a way that is nothing short of miraculous, said Dr. Douglas who noted that one of the most important strengths in nature is the ability to adapt and the organism that can adapt most quickly to dramatically changing circumstances is the organism that will survive. The organism that can adapt most quickly to dramatically changing and, indeed, hostile circumstances is the organism most likely not only to survive, but indeed, to thrive. And the organism that can adapt, survive, and thrive is the organism that can ensure a future for its progency. Human beings are like that. Political parties are like that. Governments are like that, said Prime Minister Douglas, who submitted that the ability to encounter massive shocks yet remain, not only standing, but ducking, bouncing, and bounding is the mark of a champion. And to be a champion one
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 9 NEWS National Executive are Ms. Thamesha Fyfield, who received 180 votes; Mr. Terry Williams, 214 votes and Mrs. Hazel Ross-Robinson, 169 votes. Representatives of the Constituencies are Sharylle Richardson (St. Christopher 1); Rudolph Morton (St. Christopher 2); Vincia Herbert (St. Christopher 3); George Dixon (St. Christopher 5); Rubie Taylor (St. Christopher 6) and Patricia Davis (St. Christopher 7), St. Christopher 4, and 8; Young Labour and Labour Women will name their representatives later. In his opening address, Prime Minister Douglas pointed to the tradition of the St.KittsNevis Labour Party whereby each year at the annual Party Conference, every single official in the party resigns. A tradition whereby each year at this event, every single Labour Party official loses all standing within the Party so that all those who wish to lead the Party in any capacity whatsoever would be free to seek the support and endorsement of the members of our Party. Its an honour that we uphold that tradition today. And then, that tradition having been upheld, that tradition having been honoured, we will, as a party, with complete openness and transparency, proclaim to the nation and the world the men and women whom the members of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party wish to lead this great Party, said Dr. Douglas. He stressed that the leadership of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party does not merely claim to be pro-democracy. We live and breathe these most sacred tenets of democracy. And this we have done throughout the entirety of our eighty-two year history. And it is this adherence to these rock-solid democratic principles that have caused the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, our Party, to be recognized throughout the region as the largest, the most cohesive, the most visionary, and the most effective political party in the history of St. Kitts and Nevis, said Dr. Douglas. PHOTO: Seated (left to right) Mr. Patrice Ward; Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin; Hon. Marcella Liburd; Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty and Mrs. Diana Williams-Humphreys. Standing (left to right) Mr. George Dixon, Ms. Sharylle Richardson, Ms. Tameisha Fyfield; Mr. Terry Williams; Ms. Rubie Taylor; Ms. Patricia Davis; Ms. Vincia Herbert; Mrs. Hazel Ross-Robinson; Mr. Rudolph Morton and Ms. Patricia Davis, Ms. Rubie Taylor and Ms. Karen Crossman. (Photo by Erasmus Williams). Tha arrival of The Hon Prime Minister Douglas as the Labour Party Leader entered the conference room at the Marriott Hotel on Sunaday 18th May 2014 PM Douglas Re-elected Labour Party Leader for 26th Consecutive Year (contd from page 1) Fractions Made Fun Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): The Ministry of Education has partnered with Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia, United States to impart in teachers a fun way of teaching fractions to Kindergarten to grade three children through a teleconference session entitled Teaching Fractions Using Manipulatives. In mathematics, a manipulative is an object designed to help a student to recognize a mathematical concept by altering it, in this case fractions. Using manipulatives will allow the students to connect mathematical ideas and symbols to physical objects, thus promoting better understanding. Children would be able to recognize and name fractional amounts, demonstrate equivalent fractions using common items as concrete examples and understand the definition of a fraction. The workshop was aimed at broadening teachers ideas about how to get children more involved in fraction lessons as well as share what they have learnt to others. The first session involved focusing on teaching at the K-3 level using manipulatives with fraction tiles, charts and blocks. The second was teaching addition and subtraction using manipulatives. Math Coordinator Linda Moving stated that at the end of the workshop teachers should be better able to implement this strategy in their classrooms. Whatever is learnt here is expected to be imparted to your schools and to be shared with other teachers along the way and with the hopes that we can improve the childrens ability in factions. One of the 30 teachers present at the workshop, Benjamin Thomas, stated that having this new learning tool is beneficial to both teachers and students. Its good because it gives us as teachers different avenue strategies, different ways we can use manipulatives to teach factions which is a very difficult concept to grasp. Another math teacher Jacqueline Joseph stated that teachers do not normally use this technique all the time but it is something that all math teachers should adopt. We teach fractions without using manipulatives most of the time and Ive realised that it is important to teach children that a half is relative to its region. Meaning that a half of an object is dependent on the size of the object, she stated. For example a half of an apple would be different from a half of a watermelon. Using manipulatives helps them to recognize that the size of a half can change, the size of fractions on a whole can change. I would be better able to help my children understand fractions better and I hope to implement a lot of these strategies in my class. This is the third workshop being held by ODU and it will be holding others throughout 2015. SKNIS Photo: Teachers Participating in Teaching Fractions Using Manipulatives workshop
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 10 NEWS CIBC FirstCaribbean toasts staff on Employee Appreciation Day Bridgetown, BARBADOS, CIBC FirstCaribbean celebrated its over 3000 employees across its 17 territories on Thursday May 15 as part of the annual Employee Appreciation Day activities. The leadership of the regional bank joined with their colleagues from the CIBC group worldwide in saying a rousing Thank You, to the companys corps of dedicated and loyal staffers for the professional service they deliver daily to the banks thousands of customers, oftentimes surpassing the high standards for which the bank is renowned. At the banks regional headquarters in Warrens, St. Michael, the Senior Executive Team led by Chief Executive Officer Rik Parkhill donned aprons and served breakfast to staff members. Parkhill said Employee Appreciation Day is about pausing if even for a short while within the hectic pace that is life at CIBC FirstCaribbean, and celebrating together all that we have achieved and recognizing that commitment and contribution. He said the bank has been forced to make some tough decisions as we try to position our company for growth but he remained optimistic about the future. There has been some stress on those of us who remain within CIBC FirstCaribbean amidst our restructuring activities. While we settle the new structures and complete the refinements to our processes, the benefits will become increasingly visible. Thank you for your contribution in whatever form as we go through this period of transition, he told staff. Appreciation activities at headquarters were repeated across the region as managers arranged various treats for their staff, presented them with cards and personal notes of thanks for the various roles they perform within the bank. Manager Retail Banking and Operations/Country Lead, St Kitts and Nevis, Mrs. G Diane Francis said breakfast was arranged for all staff in St. Kitts and Nevis. At the Basseterre branch, the local country management team took on the challenge of preparing breakfast for the staff while the leaders at the Charlestown branch organized breakfast. She added that each staff member was also presented with a flower and an appreciation day card and supervisors added their own touch to gifts presented to the staff. Mrs. Francis also took the opportunity to thank all staff for their hard work and commitment noting that CIBC FirstCaribbean recognizes the need to reward and celebrate our staff. She added that management was very appreciative and honoured to have such hard working staff members who go the extra mile. The highlight of the day was the announcement of Glendina Jacobs a Credit Counselor from Antigua, as the Amazing Employee for 2014 as voted for by her colleagues. Glendina assists children in her village with preparation for the Common Entrance Examination free of cost teaching classes from her home. She sources the educational material on her own usually from the Ministry of Education or at times out of Barbados. Additionally, she uses her own funds to provide snacks for her students. Glendina has achieved 100% passes to date. The runners up were Misty Davis of the Bahamas and Bertha Farley from Barbados. The winner was chosen from a field of ten finalists who were nominated by their peers for the top honour for their superior performances in the areas of community service, customer service, teamwork, relationship building, sales and perseverance. Employees then had the chance to vote for their favourite story and choose a winner. The other finalists were: Carol-Jean George of Antigua, Mildred Adderley of the Bahamas, Kian Scott and Valda Stewart of Jamaica, Yasmine Houson and Monique Victor of St. Lucia and Davina Richardson of St. Maarten.
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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 12 NEWS -Development Bank Assists Nevisian Entrepreneur put Idea on Wheels CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS (May 19, 2014) Nevisian Keino Claxton had a grand plan for his catering business and all he needed was cash to actualise it, but he would hit brick walls when some of the banks he approached would promptly turn him down. Mr Keino Claxton, 30, of Cherry Gardens in Nevis had been doing barbecue chicken out of his pickup truck and is well known at social events not only on Nevis but also on sisterisland St. Kitts, and with a growing clientele he needed to offer better services.He wanted a bigger and more comfortable working environment that would still give him the opportunity to move around to serve his clients at social events on the island and on St. Kitts as well, and out of his imaginative mind he made a design of a canteen on wheels. I normally do vending from my pick-up truck, so I decided I needed something I could be comfortable working in and in any environment so to speak, explained Claxton. I came up with a plan; I drew a little sketch and then I decided now I am going to be bigger, because what I had was a small scale. With the design ready he thought that bank managers would embrace it and run with it, but that was not be. To be honest the other banks they were giving me tough time, said Claxton. First I heard about this SIDF thing and someone told me to check. But then I decided to try the banks. I would say they turned me down because I carry my plans and everything, and they shut me down. Not one to be easily put down, Mr Claxton approached the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis at their Nevis branch on the Island Main Road in Stoney Grove. He was somehow apprehensive as he had never done business with the bank, but he decided to take the bold step. His fears were misplaced as he was received well at the Development Bank and found that the management was willing to listen to him, and as he says, the rest is history as he received the loan and was able to put his idea on wheels. When Mr Claxton approached the bank with his idea, I felt it was something the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis could have done based on our mandate to assist small businesses, said the banks manager for the Nevis Branch, Ms Hyacinth Pemberton. The idea was unique to Nevis and we wanted to be a part of this new business idea. It was an existing business and therefore the target market was identifiable and Mr Claxtons invention which he had shown in fine details was going to be a boost to the business. The result is a caravan-looking mobile canteen on wheels that is 24 feet long and drawn by his pickup truck, attached as a trailer. The area inside the canteen is 15 feet by 7 feet and it is fully equipped with a deep freezer, stove for the fries and chicken, a fridge for drinks and a cooler. I have the washing area one for dishes and one for washing hands, explained Mr Claxton as he showed the pride of his idea to Development Banks Manager for Human Resource, Marketing and Product Development, Ms Danienne Brin, who was visiting from St. Kitts. Basically everything is inside here and the grills are on the outside, noted Mr Claxton. There are tanks for cold water. I fill them up from the outside and there is a waste tank underneath this whole structure here that takes all the water. We also have a generator to the back of the mobile unit. Mr Claxtons business is registered as Mr G Bar and Grill on Wheels, and other than areas where social activities are taking place, he goes to Pinneys Beach on the weekends and is looking forward to take his canteen on wheels to St. Kitts most likely during the forthcoming Music Festival. The entire outfit was built by his friend Michael Liburd of Fusion, a welding company based in Upper Government Road, Charlestown, who admitted that this is the first time that such an idea has come to fruition in Nevis. He pointed out that he would have seen similar ones in Trinidad and therefore did not find Mr Claxton idea as being outrageous or misplaced. According to Ms Hyacinth Pemberton, for the Development Bank to have accommodated Mr Claxton, it also felt that the end result of his idea would enable the businessman to reach and attract more customers, and affordability was evident based on existing and project cash flow. Because the customer was able to give us an idea of his existing financials, it made the application process a smooth one, said Ms Pemberton. The Development Bank continues to encourage its business clients to keep records. Our Business Support Unit also assists in the training for preparation of financials. Mr Keino Claxton, 2nd from right, shows visiting officials from the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis the inside of his mobile canteen. From left are Ms Danienne Brin, builder Mr Michael Liburd, Development Banks Loans Monitoring Officer for Nevis Mr Cloville Morton, Mr Claxton and Ms Hyacinth Pemberton. Posing outside Mr G Bar and Grill on Wheels: From left, Ms Hyacinth Pemberton, Mr Keino Claxton, Mr Cloville Morton, Mr Michael Liburd and Ms Danienne Brin. Mr Keino Claxton (left) with Mr Michael Liburd at the back of the mobile unit where he stores a generator to provide electricity.
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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 14 GOODS NEWS Kelly Rowland to perform on St Kitts Music Festival BASSETERRE: Grammy Award winningartist Kelly Rowland will be one of the feature acts on the final night of the St. Kitts Music Festival, which takes place Thursday June 26th to Saturday June 28th, 2014. This was announced today by Minister of Tourism & International Transport, Senator Ricky Skerritt, who said, We are thrilled to welcome Kelly Rowland to St. Kitts for the first time. I have no doubt that Kellys performance will reinforce the high musical quality and variety that have made the St Kitts Music Festival such a special experience for all music lovers. For more than two decades Kelly Rowland has had an undeniable presence in pop R&B as a member of Destinys Child, and as a solo artist. She is well known for her chart topping hits Dilemma, which was a collaboration with Nelly and Motivation. Rowland is expected to perform several hit songs from her days with Destinys Child. Other artists performing at the 18th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival include:Thursday:Machel Montana and Team HD Destra Garcia Explainer Elvis Crespo Skinny Fabulous(contd on page 15)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 15 GOOD NEWS Friday:Tarrus Riley Beenie Man Chronixx Capleton An International Monetary Fund mission (IMF), led by Ms. Judith Gold, visited St. Kitts and Nevis during May 12-21 to conduct the ninth and final review under the three-year Stand-By Arrangement (SBA).The program was approved on July 27, 2011 in a total amount equivalent to SDR 52.51 million (US$ 84 million see Press Release No.11/295). At the conclusion of the visit, Ms. Gold made the following statement: The economic recovery in St. Kitts and Nevis has gathered momentum, with real GDP growing at an estimated 3.8 percent in 2013 reflecting a pickup in tourism, a strong expansion in construction activity related to large Citizenship-by-Investment (CBI) inflows,a substantial increase in public sector investment, and impetus from the People Employment Program (PEP).Preliminary data for 2013 shows wages increased by 10 percent while employment expanded by 19percent, mainly reflecting the impact of the PEP. Inflation declined to 0.4 percent at end-2013, and continues to be low, at 0.1 percent atend-March2014 (y/y). The financial system is stable although the recovery in economic activity has not yet translated into increased lending to the private sector, as banks remain cautious. The external position continues to benefit from the recovery in tourism receipts and a strong increase in CBI inflows. At end-2013 international reserves were at a comfortable level of about 8 months of imports (or 6 months excluding IMF disbursements). The focus of this mission was to assess the quantitative performance at end-March 2014 under the SBA, review the ongoing structural reforms, and confirm fiscal targets for 2014. The fiscal out turn for March 2014 was in line with program targets as a result of strong revenue performance notwithstanding somewhat higher than anticipated capital expenditure. These first quarter results suggest that the fiscal targets for the remainder of 2014 are achievable with continued policy efforts to contain government employment, and consequently, the public sector wage bill, as well as spending, while continuing to strengthen revenue collections. Progress was made on structural reforms. The implementing regulations of the 2011 Civil Service Act (pertaining to recruiting, discipline, promotion, and standing orders) were made operational by Official Gazette on May 15, ahead of the end-June 2014 scheduled date, while a new Customs Law is expected to be submitted to Parliament by endMay. The mission would like to commend the authorities for the substantial progress made under the St. Kitts and Nevis home-grown program, supported by the three-year SBA. Public debt, which was at 164percent of GDP in 2010, has been reduced to 104 percent of GDP at end-2013 and is on the path to reach the ECCU target of 60 percent of GDP by 2020. The fiscal balance went from a deficit of 7.8percent of GDP to a surplus of 12.2 percent in 2013. These achievements reflect substantial policy efforts, adjustments, and reforms, including an ambitious debt restructuring exercise. They are also the result of very large inflows under the CBI program that provided resources to gear up public spending, address social needs, and support private investment. Considerable progress was also made with the initiation and implementation of major structural reforms under the program. We expect that 20 of the 24 structural benchmarks relating to strengthening fiscal management, completing the debt restructuring and maintaining financial stability, will have been implemented by the end of the program period, and a further two will be completed within the year. As a result of these efforts, tax administration has been restructured, public expenditure management improved, and the overall public sector is now considerably more effective. Nevertheless, continued efforts to sustain implementation and make further progress in completing the outstanding structural benchmarks will be needed for the structural reforms to deliver on the promised improvement and strengthening of public financial management and continued decline of indebtedness. Nonetheless there are still critical challenges facing the nation. First and foremost continued effort is needed to sustain the recovery and ensure that growth continues. This will require further reforms to improve the business environment, for both domestic and foreign investment, sustain the recovery in tourism, and maintain sound macroeconomic policies. In this regard, fiscal discipline and ongoing reforms will be needed, as well as an effective and transparent framework to manage CBI and SIDF resources to reduce the countrys high vulnerability to exogenous shocks, to continue to strengthen public sector finances, and to ensure that resources are used productively. In this context, while PEP has played a pivotal role in accelerating the economic recovery and creating jobs, we support efforts to contain its costs, including by having the private sector shoulder part of the employment expense. The mission met with the Prime Minister, the Premier of Nevis, the Cabinet, the Financial Secretary of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Acting Permanent Secretary of Finance in the Nevis Island Administration, other senior government and ECCB officials, as well as representatives of the banking and business community. The mission made a presentation to the Chamber of Industry and Commerce as part of the IMFs ongoing outreach initiative in St. Kitts and Nevis. Although the SBA ends on July 26, 2014, the IMF will continue to maintain its close policy dialogue with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis in the context of the Funds Post-Program Monitoring Framework. The mission would like to thank the authorities and technical staff for their open discussions and excellent cooperation during this review and over the course of the IMF supported program. Statement at the Conclusion of an IMF Mission to St. Kitts and NevisKelly Rowland for Music Festival Saturday:Tessane Chin Paul Peress Project Deniece Williams Bobby Kimball Bill Champlin Freddie McGregor The St. Kitts Music Festival features a wide range of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music. Past artists have included such prominent acts as John Legend, Lionel Richie, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band.(contd from page 14) Australia Visa Applications Now Available OnlineWorld Telecommunications And Information Society Day 2014 CASTRIES, The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) joined the international community to celebrate World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD), May 17, 2014. ECTEL observed the day by hosting a special lecture session on Friday, May 16, 2014 at its Conference Room in Vide Boutielle, Castries from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. In connection with this years celebration, ECTEL jointly observed International Girls in ICT Day which occurred on April 24, 2014. I.T./ICT female students from Vide Boutielle Secondary School, Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School and Castries Comprehensive Secondary School were therefore invited to attend the lecture session. This year the WTISDs theme was Broadband for Sustainable Development. The theme focused on raising awareness on the possibilities that the achievement of universal access to broadband connectivity can bring to societies and economies. At the lecture session, ECTELs Engineer/Spectrum Officer delivered a presentation on ICT and Telecommunications in Society. The areas covered included an overview of the Telecommunications Industry; the role played by ECTEL in ICT and Telecommunications and the impact of ICT and Telecommunications on Society and the digital divide. The Officer closed the session with a discussion on various careers within the Telecommunications /ICT Sector. Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): Citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis can now apply for Australian Visas online, thanks to a new Internet application procedure that became available on May 09, 2014. The High Commission of Australia informed the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs that visa applicants can go to website www.immi.gov.au seven days a week, to access the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. There will no longer be the need to apply in person or by mail. There are several application forms available including those for visas for both study and work. However, the appropriate form must be filled, for example Visitors Visa (subclass 600) applications should not be completed for employment in Australia. Once the application is successful, visas can be issued for up to three (3) months at a time. Persons who are not computer literate or are unable to access the internet can give consent for a third party to complete online applications. Successful applicants will be notified via email or by means of a specified preferred method. The status of applications can also be checked via the online system.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 16 NEWS Happy Birthday to me! Veronica Zundel has given all Christians a thought for the way forward as to their stewardship, In the end, whatever assets we own, that is all we have to offer to God. The writer of Acts quotes Peters acknowledgement of not owning anything and his teaching to the expectant lame beggar says, I have no silver or gold, what I have I give you (Acts 3:6). Christians then are expected to respond to Gods redemption in a fourfold manner: (1) By giving to God themselves by way of working to keep their bodies as a temple of God, so that sin may not abound as is instructed by Paul, What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid! (Rom. 6:15) (2) Christians are to give to God their talents which are special gifts from Him. To do otherwise is to fall in the category of not appreciating what is rightfully Gods and should be used to bring honour and glory to Him. Matthew in his account of the gospel refers to a person who received a talent and thought it best to hoard the same; and did not even use it to bring benefit to himself. (3) Christians should use the time given to them on a daily basis to show others to Christ (Acts 1:8). (4) Christians should give to God generously from whatever he possesses that is his time, his talent and his money which are to be used only with Gods wisdom and guidance. The writer of First Chronicles puts it this way, But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? For all things come from thee, and of thine own have we given thee (29:14). This is an appeal for generosity of Christians to Almighty God. The apostle Paul speaks about the generosity of the Christians of Macedonia. They were poor people who faced economic hardship; however, they responded to the needs of other Christians by giving all they had. Their response to the Churchs appeal surprised everyone as they gave far more than anyone expected. It is said that at the Jewish Feast of Purim there is a regulation which says, However poor a man is, he must find someone poorer than himself and give him a gift. It is not always those who are most wealthy who are most generous; often those who have least to give are the most ready to give. It is a common saying, It is the poor who helps the poor. This probably is because they know what poverty is like. Paul in referring to this poverty business, cites Jesus Christ as the example. He is clear on this point; Jesus sacrifice did not begin on the cross. It did not even begin with His birth; Jesus sacrifice began in heaven when He laid aside His glory and agreed to come to earth. Pauls challenge here to Christians is, With that tremendous example of generosity how can we hold back? Christians should never be upset or ashamed when raising funds for the church or to assist the less-fortunate. Jesus compliments all who are willing to work with Him in feeding those who are hungry, giving those who are thirsty drink, hospitable to strangers, clothing those who are naked, visiting those who are imprisoned or who are engaged in any social outreached programmes to assist the poor. In doing these, Christians are serving Christ Himself (see Matthew 25:35-40) The writer of Proverbs has much to say on this matter reference to ones sharing with the poor, When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord, and the Lord will repay you back (19:17).Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council One Is Only A Steward of What One Has!(Contd from last week) It Pays to Use LIME. Oh yes, I had a birthday since I last wrote, and you guessed right I had a party. My friends said that they enjoyed themselves. I am so happy that they did. Very often when relatives and friends get together it is nearly always for a funeral or wedding. Not many will bother to travel, attend and celebrate happy times and happy moments such as a birthday. I was reluctant to have this party because I knew that it would entail some work. You see many of my relatives and friends do not live on the island but guess what my relatives and friends here rallied behind me and offered tangible support of accommodation and helped me in getting things done. They know who they are so again I say thanks to my relatives and friends.At times though I had to remind them that it was not a wedding (smile) and some of the trimmings that they tried to involve me in I did not allow that to happen. I already had things done that I did not have at my wedding. I guess that at 70 these things are in my view not relevant! Yes, I give thanks to my creator for his goodness to me and that he gave me life to reach that magical 70. That is what he said in the Bible found in The Book of Psalms chapter 90 Verse 10. And I quote the days of our lives are seventy years and if by reason of strength they are eighty years yet their boast is only labour and sorrow; For it is soon cut off and we fly away So I was asked what does it feel like to be seventy? At the moment, no difference from sixtynine at least not yet, and so I give thanks. For me, this was indeed a very Happy Birthday one that I will cherish for the rest of my life as the Master deems fit. For those of you who are celebrating for this month and the rest of the year. Enjoy your Birthday when it comes. Activate & Win! BASSETERRE, St. Kitts: Thursday May 22, 2014: LIME kicked off its New Activate & Win promotion with the announcement of the first two weekly winners of $1,000 Cash just for activating or using any of its mobile talk, text, or data plans. Mr. Roger Flemming who activated a Blackberry data plan and Ms. Arlene Flemming who activated Unlimited Talk, both won $1,000 each from LIME. According to LIME St. Kitts-Nevis General Manager, Mr. David Lake, Were always looking for new and exciting ways to reward our customers for using LIME as their provider of choice. Just this past Mothers Day we made not only one proud mother happy with the prize of a Samsung Galaxy S5, but five other well deserving moms were treated to brunch for two at the Carambola Beach Club on Mothers Day through our Mothers Day SMS promotion. With this new promotion, were rewarding our customers even more. By simply activating or using any LIME talk, text, or data plan, five lucky persons will win $100 each day, while two very lucky customers will win $1,000 every week. Added to that, we will be going to wherever those two weekly winners are located and presenting them with their Cash prizes, Mr. Lake further stated. True to their word, LIME representatives visited both Mr. Roger Flemming and Ms. Arlene Flemming at their place of work and home respectively to present them with their $1,000 cash prizes. The presentations of the first two weekly Activate & Win $1,000 cash winners were aired last evening on PEPTv and customers could look forward to all future presentations of weekly $1,000 cash winners to be shown every Wednesday evening on PEPTv.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 17 COMMENTARY BY EARL CLARKE E ver since I was small and that was many moons ago, I have been hearing that Mr. Bradshaw said that he was going to put bones in the rice and pepper in the soup of Nevisians. This happened after the 1935 Buckleys Riot ushered in the formation of Trades Unions and Political parties. The formation of these organizations catapulted persons like Mr. Bradshaw, Joseph N France, Caleb Azariah Southwell to struggle for the dignity of the oppressed masses of people in St. Kitts and those of Nevisian heritage who were living and working in St. Kitts. This had to be a concoction of the Willie Lynches in our society as a means of dividing and ruling the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, of creating an impassable gulf between Kittitians and Nevisians and of constructing an impregnable wall of hatred between families in Nevis and families in St. Kitts, because, the people of Nevis and the people of St. Kitts are one family. It must be borne in mind, that the authors of the book, The Anguilla Revolution, 1967-1969, stated that this statement was said about them at Warner Park, which no one seems to remember hearing. There was a time when St. Kitts was inhabited with more Nevisians than Kittitians, because there was mass migration of Kittitians to the Panama Canal to work on its construction and to Cuba and Santo Domingo to cut sugar cane in the 1930s and 40s. The reason for this mass migration to St. Kitts was that the sugar industry in Nevis had failed due to some severe droughts. Those who owned the land in Nevis abandoned it; as a result, the land was eventually shared amongst the people of Nevis. The soil in Nevis which is clay was not particularly as good for the growing of sugar cane as the soil in St. Kitts which is volcanic ash from the many volcanic eruptions which occurred on the island. Another reason why Nevisians migrated to St. Kitts was because, even though Nevisians now owned their particular piece of land, there was no pay day in Nevis. I have repeated this so often that I must now be sounding like a stuck record or a recurring decimal. St. Kitts was populated by Nevisians in NewTown, Irish Town, The Village, Mc. Knight, in the Basseterre area, Buckleys Estate scene of the 1935 Riots, Camps Estate, West Farm, Boyds, Challengers, Old Road the first Capital of St. Kitts, Verchilds, Half Way Tree, Sandy Point Town, Newton Ground, St. Pauls, Dieppe Bay Town, Parsons, Lavington, Saddlers, Harris, Tabernacle, Mansion, Christ Church, Molineaux, Philips, Lodge Village and Housing Project, Ottleys, Cayon, Keys, Canada Estate, Conaree Kittstoddart. Taylors. I have gone to all this trouble to name all the Towns and Villages which Nevisians populated, in order to reinforce my argument that the utterances of Mr. Bradshaw was the figment of A Willie Lynch imagination, intended to create mischief and to blanket the great pain and humiliation experienced by Mr. Bradshaw in representing those who were unrepresented. Most of these Villages and Towns became the bastion of the Labour Movement. Now, let us get into some worldly affairs. If Nevisian men migrated to St. Kitts, they are going to need comforting and so they will sow seeds among the Kittitian women and, if Nevisian women migrated as well they would harvest the seed planted in them either by the remaining Kittitian men or a Nevisian, but that seed would automatically become a Kittitian with ton loads of Nevisian blood in it. That harvested seed would also automatically be related to a host of persons in Nevis. Born in St. Kitts but parented by a Nevisian mother or father. Mr. Bradshaws mother was a St. Paulian, but his father was a Nevisian who migrated to St. Kitts, settled in St. Pauls and sowed his seed bringing forth an illustrious son of the Federation. Nevisian blood joined in a union with St. Kitts blood, resulting in the birth of a Moses, who would lead his oppressed people out of the hands of those who had them in bondage. How then, could Kittitians hate Nevisians and why should Nevisian politicians, when they are losing popularity among the electorate, stir up strife between St. Kitts and Nevisian families. We are all one people; we are all one family. My mother was born in Bath Village, Nevis. The Liburds, The Tysons, The Claxtons, The Walwyns, The Clarkes over at Chicken Stone and all the other Clarkes in Nevis are my family. I am married to a Nevisian, my children have in Nevis blood both from my side and their mothers side, so, how could I, as a Kittitian, find it in me to hate Nevisians? I could remember when I was a Police Officer at New Castle, I played cricket for a team over that side and some of the players would say in front of me that they hate every bone in a Kittitian and then they would turn to me and tell me that they dont mean me because I have in Nevis blood. I would counter by saying Yes I have Nevis blood in me, but I was born in St. Kitts. Nobody in St. Kitts tells my mother that they hate her I met this lady at a function in St. Kitts and we became friends. I promised her that anything she wanted to purchase in St. Kitts she could just call. I would purchase it and send it up .She could send the money by mail or any one she could trust. The transaction went on for over a year until, one morning I called to find out if she had received the item I purchased for her, when, to my surprise the lady blurted out, ALL you Kittitians done promise us bones in we rice and pepper in we soup. The lady and I had never discussed politics The surprising thing was that her father was born in St. Kitts and reared in Nevis by a Nevisian mother. This is why I went to all this pain of pointing out to my readers that we are all one people. Analyze and parse for me, why, and how come Mr. Bradshaw, a man of great stature, could or would make such a statement when the man himself was full of Nevis blood? How, why, and should Mr. Bradshaw make such a statement when he had Comrade Joseph Nathaniel France a Nevisian from the Northern side of Nevis in the vanguard with him fighting for the oppressed workers of St. Kitts and Nevis? Why would this son of a St. Kitts mother and a Nevisian father make such a hateful statement against his kith and kin? This had to be a fabrication by a Willie Lynch. Now, look at this, When Adult Suffrage (the right to vote) was introduced into the colony of St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla in 1952, The Labour Party had a Nevisian by the name of Mr. Gordon running as a Candidate in Nevis. How then could Mr. Bradshaw make such an insulting statement about Nevisians when he was soliciting their support for his Party? Now, hear this. In 1950, an English man by the name of Mr. Barber arrived from England and bought the Bath Hotel. He fenced off the whole area including the area for the publics use. He also plugged all the vents that would cause the stream to breathe. By doing this, he denied the Nevisians from using the Bath Stream and he also caused St. Kitts and Nevis to experience a surge of earthquakes. Mr. Bradshaw heard about the plight of Nevisians. He chartered two sailing boats (in those days there was only the Anslyn, a motor vessel which plied between St. Kitts and Nevis. One trip down, one trip up and that was it until the next day) There were sailing boats which plied between St. Kitts and Nevis. Sailing boats with names like Sukarno, K-New, Vagabond, Lady Nisbett from New Castle, come to mind. These sailing boats were used to transport passengers and goods between the two islands. Mr. Bradshaw chartered two of these boats and journeyed to the Bath Hotel. He spoke very pleasantly with Mr. Barber who refused to take down the barriers. Mr. Bradshaw and his followers along with Nevisians ripped down the fence and enabled Nevisians to access the facility. He was sued by Mr. Barber for trespassing. In those days it was all white lawyers and white judges and Mr. Bradshaw would have been branded an upstart for representing the unrepresented masses of black people who were to be thankful and grateful to be granted the opportunity to cup their hands under the table of our Massas in Lazarus fashion in order to catch the crumbs which grudgingly escaped. Mr. Bradshaw was found guilty of trespassing on the premises of Mr. Barber, but Nevisians were able to access the facility. The followers put their little few cents together and assisted him in paying the cost. The Ministerial System of government was introduced in 1956; the decision to govern the colony of St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, passed into the hands of Mr. Bradshaw and his Labour Team. The Administrator who was an Englishman still had vetoing powers. There were some Nevisian politicians of the day who were clamoring for secession. These native politicians were encouraging Nevisians whose lands were situated near to the beach or which commanded great landscape views to sell their lands to foreigners and the price was quoted in US. Nevisians were not supposed to enjoy the great views or to hear the lashing of the waves on the shore. Mr. Bradshaw realized that, if theses native politicians were successful in selling off the lands, the average Nevisian would have nowhere to graze his animals, so he went and purchased six estates at a time when the ordinary people in St. Kitts were landless. Mr. Bradshaws plan was to make Nevis the bread basket for the three islands. Every available piece of land was under sugar cane cultivation and sugar was fetching a good price. He also imported Red Pole cattle in order to improve the local stock. He introduced a type of grass known as Pongola in order to upgrade the quality of grazing for the cattle. Nevis was slated to become the Tourist capital for the three islands, that is why 8 hotels were constructed under his watch. Golden Rock Hotel, Mount Pelier, Old Manor, Zetlands, Nisbetts, Cliff Dwellers, Hermitage, Mount Nevis. There was an American by the name of Mr. Willis who constructed his home near to Jones Bay and placed his boundary right into the sea, thereby denying Nevisians from enjoying the beach and preventing the people from Mount Lily and surrounding areas from shipping their coals, wood, vegetables, and animals to St. Kitts. Mr. Bradshaw journeyed over to Nevis when the Secessionists turned a blind eye to these atrocities which were heaped upon the people of Nevis and demanded Mr. Willis to uproot his stakes. Dear Nevisian reader, you do not have to take my article as gospel, but I ask one favour of you. Conduct your research, and, if you find my information to be historically correct, commend it and keep it as a memento to educate your children and future generations of Nevisians, so that we can dispel the lies and slander against a man who has done so much for Nevis and Nevisians. A man in whose veins Nevisian blood flowed.A Kittitian man with Nevis blood, a Kittitian mother and a Nevisian father. Let us thank Politicians like The Honourable Joseph Parry and others who are trying their utmost to weld the citizens of the two islands together. There are Parrys in St. Kitts and I am sure that they are his family, for names like Parry, Byron, Hanley, Tyson, Claxton, Maynard, Jeffers, Clarke, Liburd, Walwyn, Hamilton, Nisbett, Gumbs and many more originated from Nevis.We are all one people and one family. It therefore behoves each and every one of us to totally ignore the politicians who try to place a wedge between us and let us reach out, touch and embrace each other as one family. Smell the blood. The Lies About Bones In Rice And Pepper In Soup, Uttered By Mr. Bradshaw
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 18 NEWS CFBC launches BSc in Nursing, Post Graduate Diploma in Education and UWI Level One Programmes The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) in its quest to broaden educational opportunities and expand academic qualifications in a globally competitive work environment is proud and excited to announce the official launch of three new/revitalized programmes on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10:00am at the Burdon Street Campus, Basseterre. The Division of Health Sciences (Department of Nursing Education) will create history when the Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in Nursing commences later this year. And shortly, the Division of Teacher Education will inaugurate the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary). Additionally, there is an energized thrust in the continued offer of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Level One Programme.The primary aim of the BSc Nursing Degree Programme, done through the UWI School of Nursing at the Mona Campus, is to prepare graduates for entry level nursing practice in todays dynamic and diverse health care environments. The programme is designed to provide students with a broad-based, comprehensive and essential foundation in the art, science, principles and techniques of nursing as well as the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes not only for general nursing, but also to assume leadership and management roles in nursing. The Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), done through the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, is an In-Service programme for secondary teachers who possess a first degree but have not been exposed to any professional training in teaching. The major emphasis of the programme is to help teachers function with a high degree of effectiveness in the classroom in the context of a rapidly changing global, regional and school environment by exposing them to a range of relevant experiences and processes. At the same time, equal emphasis will be placed on helping the teacher develop as a high quality, discerning professional who recognises the importance of lifelong learning, selfassessment and continuous professional development. Integration of Theory and Practice will be emphasized in this programme. Teachers will develop an understanding of critical philosophical, sociological, and psychological factors which affect the learning and development of children and adolescents. The UWI Level One Programme offers an affordable opportunity for aspiring students to the UWI. Upon the approval of an application by the University, students can take their first year of studies through the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College before going onsite, either to the UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados or the UWI St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad. The Level One programme offers courses in The Faculty of Humanities and The Faculty of Science and Technology at the Cave Hill Campus, while the St. Augustine Campus offers courses in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Courses offered include majors in Accounting, Economics, International Relations, Management Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Sector Management and Psychology. Minors are also offered in disciplines such as Marketing, Mathematics, Human Resource Management, Finance and Law. Foundation Courses include English for Academic Purposes, Science, Medicine and Technology in Society, Law, Governance, Economy and Society and Caribbean Civilization. Students must satisfy the requirements for a minimum of (30) credits under the Level One Programme. Additional Information on the new programmes can be obtained from the CFBC by calling 465-2856/8791. Ms. Shirley Kelly, Dean, Health Sciences can make available further information on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Ms. Wanda Hughes, Dean, ASGS can provide information on the UWI Level One Programme; and Mrs. Joycelyn Archibald-Pennyfeather can offer information on the Post Graduate Diploma in Education. You can also speak to the Registrar, Ms. Yasmaine Davis. Information can also be gleaned from the CFBC Website at cfbc.edu.kn
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 19 NEWS Federation to Sign TIEAs With Ireland and South Africa BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) The St. Kitts and Nevis Federal Cabinet has paved the way for the signing of Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) with Ireland and South Africa. Cabinet has approved the draft agreements between officials of the respective countries. Those negotiation exercises have since been completed leading to the creation of draft agreements waiting to be signed. At Mondays Cabinet meeting, final approval was granted for TIEAs to be signed with Ireland and South Africa, said Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty in a Post Cabinet Briefing. He said that the purpose of the TIEAs is to promote international co-operation in tax matters through exchange of information. The TIEA framework was developed by the OECD Global Forum Working Group on Effective Exchange of Information which consisted of representatives from OECD Member countries and 11 other countries in the Caribbean and other parts of the world. The Agreement grew out of the work undertaken by the global community to address harmful tax practices, said Mr. Carty. The signing of these agreements represents an important step in the fulfillment of the Federations commitments to the wider global community. To date St. Kitts and Nevis has signed TIEAs with 18 jurisdictions Aruba, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. TDC Donates New Appliance to the Basseterre Fire and Rescue Services Unit Basseterre, St. Kitts The officers of the St. Kitts Fire and Rescue Services Basseterre branch have received the support of one of the leading business houses in the Federation. On Tuesday 13th May 2014, Mrs. Jonelle Rawlins-Drew, the TDC Client Relations and Marketing Manager handed over a brand new CONSOL 30 Gas Cooker (valued at over three thousand dollars) to Mr. Felix Frederick, the Station Sargeant. In making the presentation, Mrs. Drew commended the officers for their outstanding work and noted that the gesture further represented the partnership that exists between the Company and the members of the Community. TDC is very pleased to present this new CONSOL stove today. We understand the important role you play in our community and applaud your efforts for the work that you to do. This donation forms part of our ongoing relationship with you our partners in social development. We know you will put it to good use, stated the Marketing Executive. In response, Fire Officer Al Richards thanked TDC for its contribution and for the Companys support in ensuring that the officers have access to additional equipment that will enable them to better perform their duties. On behalf of the Fire Chief and the officers, we thank you for the donation of this new stove. Our unit is very grateful. It will serve us well and will go a long way in helping us as we carry out our duties, said Richards. The presentation took place at the base in Ponds Pasture and was also attended by other officers and staff of the Unit. Picture: Mrs. Jonelle Rawlins-Drew, TDC Client Relations and Marketing Manager handing over the brand new CONSOL 30 Gas Cooker to Mr. Felix Frederick, the Station Sargeant of the Basseterre Fire Station
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 20 NEWS ARRESTSBrian Richards of St. Paul Village was formally arrested and charged for the offences Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Cannabis With Intent To Supply, which were committed on 16/5/2014 at Canada Estate. Jason Francis of Parson Village was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Possession of Cannabis, which was committed at at Canada Estate on 16/5/2014 at Canada Estate. Jerod Newman of John England Village was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Aggravated Assault committed on the 15/5/ 2014. Jamari Sutton of Hermitage, Cayon was formally arrested and charged for the offences of Possession of Firearm and Possession of Ammunition, which were committed on 19th May 2014.COURT CONVICTIONSDistrict A Magistrate CourtJohn Gumbs of New Town was convicted for the offence of Wounding, which was committed on 23rd March 2014 and was fined $2100.00 to be paid by 19th September 2014 or in default serve six months imprisonment Department of Education welcomes donation for two schools on Nevis Vice President of the Nevis Association of South Florida Avonelle Hanley (right) officially handing over a check to the Principal Education Officer in the Department of Education Palsy Wilkin at a handing over ceremony at the Department of Education of May 20, 2014NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS The Department of Education welcomes a donation of electronic and sporting equipment from the Nevis Association of South Florida on May 20, 2014, at a small but significant handing over ceremony at the of the Department of Education, Pinneys Industrial Site. Vice President of the Association Avonelle Hanley, handed over a Sony Home Theatre System and a laptop to the DepartmentElectronic and sporting equipment donated to the Department of Education for the Charleston Secondary School Library and the Ivor Walters Primary School from the Nevis Association of South Florida on May 20, 2014 (l-r) Principal Education Officer in the Department of Education Palsy Wilkin, Vice President of the Nevis Association of South Florida Avonelle Hanley and School Library Coordinator in the Ministry of Education, Londa Browne at a handing over ceremony at the Department of Education of May 20, 2014 Police Round-up of Education for the Charlestown Secondary School Library and sporting equipment and a monetary donation of EC$1,200 for signage for the Ivor Walters Primary School. She explained the donations were all part of lending assistance to Nevis. I am here from the Nevis Association of South Florida and once again we try to do whatever we can, when we can to assist in the youth of Nevis, she said. In response, Principal Education Officer in the Department of Education Palsy Wilkin thanked the Association for its donation and expressed gratitude for the monetary donation for the erection of a sign at the Ivor Walters Primary School. On behalf of the Ministry and the Department of Education I do accept with gratitude and appreciation from the Nevis Association in South Florida through the representative Ms Avonelle Hanley. I was at the Ivor Walters Primary School one morning when Mr. Clinton Weeks [Associations President] came to visit his alma mater. He did say that he would do anything that the Ivor Walters would want to have done and the first thing that he was shown was the sign post at the school and here we are today getting the monies for erecting a proper sign post at the Ivor Walters Primary and for that we are extremely grateful. So do convey our thanks and our appreciation to the Nevisians in South Florida, she said. Mrs Wilkin also spoke to the Departments commitment to improving education on Nevis and the importance of partnership to achieve the goal. Here at the Department of Education in Nevis, we do strive for success for all of our students be it education, in the area of academics or sports or whatever. We want all our students to succeed and in order for us to realize that success for every student, we do have to partner with any association, any group of people who wants to partner with us, so that our goal can become a reality, she said.Craig Boston of NewTown was convicted for the offence of Aggravated Assault, and ordered to pay compensation in the sum of $2000.00 to be paid by 1st August, 2014 or in default will serve three (3) months in prison. Jovis Smithen of Osbourne Street, Cayon was convicted for the offence Possession of Cannabis, and fined $900.00 which is to be paid on 30/6/2014 or in default will serve three(3) months in prison with hard labour. Leshawn Dore of Upper Cayon was with the offence of Possession of Cannabis which was committed on 17/1/2014, and fined $500.00 which is to be paid by 23/5/2014 or in default will serve three (3) months in prison with hard labour.DISTRICT B MAGISTRATES COURTJoseph Charles of Sandy Point was convicted for the offence of Throwing Missiles which was committed on 3/4/2014 at St. Paul Village, and sentenced to thirty (30) days in prison with hard labour. Abkim Bryan of Sandy Point was convicted for the offences of Throwing Missiles and Armed With An Offensive Weapon which were committed on 3/4/2014 at St. Paul Village, and sentenced to thirty (30) days in prison with hard labour for each offence. Bruce Coker of Challengers convicted for the offence of Driving Without seatbelt which was committed on 28/3/2013 and 4/3/2013 at Sandy Point, and fined of $100.00 for each charge which are to be paid by 21/5/2014 or in default will serve fourteen (14) days in prison with hard labour for each charge.ARRESTSTerrance Hendrickson of Soho, Dorset, Basseterre was formally arrested and charged for Breach of Injunction/Protection Order that was made against him on 10/12/13, which was committed on 7th and 9th May 2014. Ackeem Connor of Davis Road, St. Paul Village was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Possession of Cannabis. Evron Williams of West Farm was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Building Breaking and Larceny which was committed 3rd and 4th April 2014 at Lower Market Street, Basseterre. Kevinton Garvey of Bouncing Hill, Sandy Point was formally arrested and charged for the offences of Obstruction and Possession of Cannabis, which were committed at Crab Hill on 16/5/2014. Keston Matthew of Saddlers Village was formally arrested and charged for the offence for Possession of Cannabis, which was committed on 16/5/2014 at Saddlers Village. Joshua Dedier, Steve Flanders, Kevin Eddy of Saddlers Village and Ashley Grey of Sprott Street, Baasterre were formally arrested and charged for the offences of Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Cannabis With Intent To Supply, and Possession of Ammunition, whuch were committed on 16/5/2014 at Saddlers Village. Yandel Liddie of Pedro Street, Sandy Point was formally arrested and charged for the offences of Possession of Cannabis and Threatening Language, which were committed on 17/5/2014 at Sandy Point Police Station. Walton Flanders of Newton Ground for the offence of Obstruction Under The Drug Act, which was committed on 17/5/2014 at Sandy Point Police Station. Hakeem Federick of Farm Site, Sandy Point for the offence of Possession of Cannabis, which was committed on 17/5/2014 at Sandy Point Police Station.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 21 SPORTS Elston Queeley of Cart Path, Sandy Point was formally arrested and charged for the offences of Escaping Lawful Custody and Indecent Language, which were committed on 3/5/2014. Reice Warner of Farm Site, Sandy Point was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Obstruction Under The Drug Act, which was committed on 17/5/2014.CHURCH REACHED OUT TO THE POLICEOn Saturday 17 May 2014, the Seventh Day Adventist Church congregation at Millionaire Street reached out to the Traffic Department in conducting Sabbath Service with the staff at the department, which was a wonderful experience. The service commenced 10:00 AM and ended 11:00 AM. Head of the Department Inspector Carl Caines said that the special and spiritually lifted visit by the Seventh Day Adventist Church was timely and it gave the assurance that God is still at his throne, police offers too do need and seek Gods blessings. He therefore takes this opportunity on behalf of his Department, the Commissioner of Police and the Force as a whole to thank the elder of the congregation, Dr. Lincoln Carty for thinking of the staff at his Department which is located in the close proximity of the church and worshipped with them. Commissioner CG Walwyn takes this opportunity to express his sincere gratitude and appreciation for the positive gesture made by Dr. Carty and the congregation on this special visit to the Traffic Department. Police Round-upSt. Kitts-Nevis Womens National Football team gets a bite of CFU history By Drizel HanleyThe St. Kitts-Nevis Senior national Womens Team departed the Federation for Turks & Caicos on Wednesday of this week, 21st May, 2014 to participate in the Group 3 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Womens Caribbean Cup. The players representing the Federation are: Tynetta McKoy, Kazel Williams, Rozel Liburd, Shandor Willkinson, Tyra Wilkinson, Charnel Arthurton, Caroline Springer, Lavern Francis, Kerisha Powell, Leranja Wilkinson, Phoenetia Browne, Chelsey Harris, Kerrise Hanley, Shinell Mc Calla, Tishauna Stanley, Astonia Carey, Siana Leader and Keshanna Huggins. The officials who travelled along with the team are Lester Morris Head Coach; Judith Gumbs Assistant Coach and Manager Judith Isles Trainer & Physio. The National team will do battle with the Cayman Islands today (Friday, 23rd May) at 5:00 p.m. The games continue on Sunday 25th May with St. KittsNevis coming up against Turks & Caicos and on Tuesday May 27th they will go head to head with team Bermuda. The games will be played at the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) National Academy. Twenty-one national teams have been named to compete in the inaugural tournament, with matches being played in Antigua, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands, Haiti and Puerto Rico, before the final round in Trinidad and Tobago, who automatically advance to the final stage as the host nation. Competing in the tournament are Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, St Vincent and The Grenadines and the US Virgin Islands in Group one; Puerto Rico, Barbados, Dominica and Martinique in Group two; Turks and Caicos Islands, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and St Kitts-Nevis in Group three; Haiti, Cuba, Guadeloupe and Suriname in Group four; and Dominican Republic, Anguilla, Jamaica and St Lucia in Group five. The top three teams from the Caribbean Cup will secure a place at Octobers Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Womens Championship in the Mexican cities of Cancn and Playa del Carmen, which is the qualifying event for the 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup in Canada. St Peters FC suffer losses in their first two final four matches. be a very exciting and action packed game. The first half saw both teams getting many close chances at goal but none were successfully converted so it ended 0-0. The second half started and both teams quickly made themselves clear that they were in it to win it with countless chances at goal that kept the fans at the edge of their seats. It wasnt until the 60th minute when the pressure from the Village team caused an own goal scored by Kareem Harris, which was also duplicated just 18 minutes later when the pressure from the Village team caused havoc once again with another own goal scored by Khyron Phillip The two goals were enough to assure the Superstars the well deserved victory and their first three points in the Final Four Tournament. The second match lost by St Peters came against the S L Horsford St Pauls FC on Wednesday night. The St Pauls team, with sheer determination defeated St Peters 2 goals to nil in what was described as the battle of the Saints. St Peters tried hard to stay afloat in the match but the pressure was just too much. The scorers were Joash Leader in the 16th minute and Terrance Warde in the 67th minute. Other final four matches played were; Rams Village Superstars vs. Hobson Enterprise Garden Hotspurs played last night (Thursday 22nd) at Warner Park Stadium and on Saturday 17th May when the St Pauls FC took on the Garden Hotspurs which ended in a 0-0 draw and both teams taking a point. The matches continue on Saturday 24th when the St Peters FC goes up against the Garden Hotspurs and on Sunday when the Village Superstars play St Pauls FC. The Harris Paint St Peters FC have started their final four journey on the losing end as they were defeated in their first 2 matches on Sunday 18th May and Wednesday 21st May at the Warner Park Stadium. Their first match on Sunday saw them facing the Rams Village Superstars in what turned out to The points standing at press time yesterday afternoon was as follows:S.L. Horsford St.Pauls 4 points from two (2) matches Rams Village Superstars 3 pts from 2 matches Hobson Enterprises Garden Hotspurs one (1) point from one (1) match Harris Paints St.Peters 0 pts from 2 matches
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 22 NEWS -IMF Says the Economic Recovery in St. Kitts and Nevis has Gathered Momentum BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,(CUOPM) The Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and the Acting Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Mark Brantley were told by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), that the economic recovery in St. Kitts and Nevis has gathered momentum. Ms. Judith Gold, Head of the IMF Mission to St. Kitts and Nevis told the Cabinets of the Federal Government and the Nevis Island Administration on Wednesday the recovery was as a result of real GDP growing at an estimated 3.8 percent in 2013, reflecting a pickup in tourism, a strong expansion in construction activity related to large Citizenship-by-Investment (CBI) inflows, a substantial increase in public sector investment, and impetus from the People Employment Program (PEP). Preliminary data for 2013 shows wages increased by 10 percent while employment expanded by 19 percent, mainly reflecting the impact of the PEP. Inflation declined to 0.4 percent at end-2013, and continues to be low, at 0.1 percent at endMarch 2014 (y/y). The financial system is stable although the recovery in economic activity has not yet translated into increased lending to the private sector, as banks remain cautious. The external position continues to benefit from the recovery in tourism receipts and a strong increase in CBI inflows. At end-2013 international reserves were at a comfortable level of about 8 months of imports (or 6 months excluding IMF disbursements), a release at the end of the Joint Cabinet Meeting said. The release added that the focus of this mission was to assess the quantitative performance at end-March 2014 under the SBA, review the ongoing structural reforms, and confirm fiscal targets for 2014. The fiscal out turn for March 2014 was in line with programme targets as a result of strong revenue performance notwithstanding somewhat higher than anticipated capital expenditure. These first quarter results suggest that the fiscal targets for the remainder of 2014 are achievable with continued policy efforts to contain government employment, and consequently, the public sector wage bill, as well as spending, while continuing to strengthen revenue collections. Progress was made on structural reforms. The implementing regulations of the 2011 Civil Service Act (pertaining to recruiting, discipline, promotion, and standing orders) were made operational by Official Gazette on May 15, ahead of the end-June 2014 scheduled date, while a new Customs Law is expected to be submitted to Parliament by end-May, the IMF Release said. The IMF Mission has commended Prime Minister Douglas for the substantial progress made under the St. Kitts and Nevis home-grown programme, supported by the three-year SBA. Public debt, which was at 164percent of GDP in 2010, has been reduced to 104 percent of GDP at end-2013 and is on the path to reach the ECCU target of 60 percent of GDP by 2020. The fiscal balance went from a deficit of 7.8 percent of GDP to a surplus of 12.2 percent in 2013, said the IMF. It said these achievements reflect substantial policy efforts, adjustments, and reforms, including an ambitious debt restructuring exercise. They are also the result of very large inflows under the CBI programme that provided resources to gear up public spending, address social needs, and support private investment, said the IMF. It added considerable progress was also made with the initiation and implementation of major structural reforms under the programme. We expect that 20 of the 24 structural benchmarks relating to strengthening fiscal management, completing the debt restructuring and maintaining financial stability, will have been implemented by the end of the programme period, and a further two will be completed within the year. As a result of these efforts, tax administration has been restructured, public expenditure management improved, and the overall public sector is now considerably more effective. Nevertheless, continued efforts to sustain implementation and make further progress in completing the outstanding structural benchmarks will be needed for the structural reforms to deliver on the promised improvement and strengthening of public financial management and continued decline of indebtedness, the IMF said. The IMF said there are still critical challenges facing the nation. First and foremost continued effort is needed to sustain the recovery and ensure that growth continues. This will require further reforms to improve the business environment, for both domestic and foreign investment, sustain the recovery in tourism, and maintain sound macro economic policies, said the IMF. It said that in this regard, fiscal discipline and ongoing reforms will be needed, as well as an effective and transparent framework to manage CBI and SIDF resources to reduce the countrys high vulnerability to exogenous shocks, to continue to strengthen public sector finances, and to ensure that resources are used productively. In this context, while PEP has played a pivotal role in accelerating the economic recovery and creating jobs, we support efforts to contain its costs, including by having the private sector shoulder part of the employment expense. The IMF Mission met with the Prime Minister, the Premier of Nevis, the Cabinet, the Financial Secretary of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Acting Permanent Secretary of Finance in the Nevis Island Administration, other senior government and ECCB officials, as well as representatives of the banking and business community. The Mission also made a presentation to the Chamber of Industry and Commerce as part of the IMFs ongoing outreach initiative in St. Kitts and Nevis. It said that although the SBA ends on July 26, 2014, the IMF will continue to maintain its close policy dialogue with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis in the context of the Funds PostProgram Monitoring Framework. It thanked the authorities and technical staff for their open discussions and excellent cooperation during this review and over the course of the IMF supported programme. The visit was the Ninth and final review under the three-year Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). The programme was approved on July 27, 2011 in a total amount equivalent to SDR 52.51 million (US$ 84 million).Photos show the groups meetings.(Photos by Erasmus Williams)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 2014 23 COMMENTARY/NEWS By VigilantePersons who aspire to leadership in any country must be persons who lead by example. Their lives must be an example which young people in the country can aspire to and emulate. In some respects St. Kitts and Nevis is unique. One such respect is that of the persons who presently comprise the Unity Concoction are for the most part a group of unemployed individuals seeking to force themselves on the population in order to get a job. Think about it, Sam Condor, Tim Harris, Shawn Richards, Ian Liburd and Gene Hamilton spend their time as full time politicians and essentially do nothing else. As smart as they say Tim is aside from being a former Minister of government what has he used his brightness to do? As much as an economist that Sam claims to be what other job have you known him to hold other as former Deputy Prime Minister? Every day they go about the country, parade on the airwaves telling people that they have the solutions to cure all the countrys ills but for over a year in each case they cannot find a job! They criticize the PEP programme and speak about lack of jobs in the economy, but they themselves have not been able to find a job for themselves but instead they do very little to earn the salaries they get for being members of Parliament. What example does that set for young people of this country? No wonder they have so much free time on their hands to be able to be on radio stations all hours of the day doing interviews They have no job or other productive function to put their time and talents to, other than bad talk the Government. When their problem isnt that they cannot find a job like Sam, Tim, Shawn and Eugene they get fired over and over again from their employment like Patches. He will tell you he is employed as a radio host but let us hope he is not fired from this radio programme like the last one he was a part of an exposed the company to law suit after law suit. What example is that for our young people? Despite the fact that for most of these people their main and sometimes sole source of legitimate income is derived from being politicians they would not even go to the Parliament and show us that they are willing to work to earn the salary that we pay them. In the past year Shawn, Tim Sam and Eugene have only gone to the Parliament to defend their salary as had they missed three consecutive sittings of the House they seats would have been declared vacant and they would have lost their pay cheque. So we can clearly see without another source of income they are willing to do anything to protect that. What compounds the matter in relation to Sam and Tim is they are saying that the Peoples Labour Party has two seats in the Parliament. The harsh truth is not one single person in the Federation has ever voted for PLP! How on earth then can PLP have any seats in Parliament? Sam and Tim refer to Dr. Douglas as a dictator but more than a year after the formation of PLP and anointing themselves Deputy Leader and Leader respectively the Party has not had a conference. The party has not ratified their self appointed positions. The party has not had any contest or nominated or elected a single office holder. Well who vote for Tim or Sam to be leader or deputy leader? Is so rabin Tim and Sam be to hold positions that they give themselves and nobody get a chance to say yah or nah? To me people who behave this way certainly should not be casting stones at other and calling them dictators. Sam and Tim are only about themselves. They have hijacked two seats from Labour and gone to sit with the opposition. They have not foisted themselves on the electorate by creating a party that has not had one single conference, does not have one single member, nor does it have one single seat in Parliament. Who really is trying to fool off the people of this country? With all their claims about how productive and smart they are they have not been able to gain any useful employment other than to take money out of the treasury and do nothing to earn it. When the bell rings the people of this Country will have the opportunity to put the traitors where they belong which is on the permanent unemployment line. Unemployed Dictators By: The Pointman 2014 National Bank sponsored Netball League officially opened Following an opening ceremony and march past held on Saturday 17th May 2014 at the Pam Tyson Netball Facility in Warner Park Stadium, the 2014 National Bank sponsored Netball League was officially opened. The march past saw 8 teams represented and were inspected by the Minister Responsible for Sports, Hon Glenn Phillip and other sporting officials who were present. The ECCB Bills team won the award for the best performance in the March past. Mr. Phillip made a few remarks and commended the netball committee for keeping the sport alive as it is a big part of some peoples life, he also hoped for a very successful and exciting season this year. There are 11 teams taking part in this years tournament including; the defending champions, Coco-cola Shamrocks; East Ballerz; Dynamic Sports Club; Parsons United; Sports Department Uprisers; St Kitts Teachers Union; ECCB Bills; Polstars; Cayon Pearl Pacers and the Sandy Point Heavy Movers teams 1 and 2. The league is expected to feature exciting matches as most of the teams have come back stronger this year with a strong motive to be champions. Tings so bad in de unitim concoction dat dey had to bring in a psychiatrist to see who going crazy and who done gone. Dey say de psychiatrist say she never come cross such a spread of mental disease in one room. She say she work St. Ann in Trinidad and dey aint stress her like dis. She tell a close friend dat de singing hog use to mek her feel so nervy because every time he see her, he watching her like how cat does watch rat. She used to be too frighten. She thought he woulda bite her up. Dey say de red hog tell de moomoo hog dat he cured and dat he could talk to de press now widdout momma hog imput so dat de whole world would see how rational and sane he be. Dey say de psychiatrist get to hear and try to tell de moomoo hog not to go on no radio. Dey had sen her all he tape dem of every time he talk in public to help her wid she analysis of his mental state. So she tell him not to do it. He gon mek a fool of heself again. He Oxford education dont be on display at all when he talking in public. And when he went on de radio go talk bout de Marriott man and how much fowl droppings he use to clean as a child, de momma hog nearly tek een wid de shingles and de psychiatrist lady tired streups she teeth and shake she head. When de momma hog hear de rest of de moomoo hog on de tape defending de Marriott man, how through he thought it was a real investor dat is why he was going to tek money under de table and put de money in he Swiss account, and sell off all de land in de federation to a white man he never see before in he life, de momma hog bawl like hog. Dey say when she hear is de red hog who encourage him to talk to de media, she buse him off and tell de red hog dat is she suppose to destroy de moomoo hog. Nobody else. She mek dat promise to de constituency back in 1995, and she aint gon rest till she get through. Nobody gon deprive her of dat joy. Everybody who see de picture on de internet could tell dat de psychiatrist got a ton load more wuk to do. It plain to see dat de rearbin hog force heself in front and to try block out poor Shawna and de moomoo hog. De camera man tell de rearbin hog dat if he want to be in front, is not a problem, but sit in a chair. He gon be in people way if he stand up in front. But de rearbin hog wouldnt move. De camera man tell him he head big, he belly big. De picture aint gon look good. De moomoo hog way in de back. De Sheriff to one end wid he face set like ten rat trap. But de Marriott man say dat nobody gon tell him where to go and push up he chest and cock he head and decide dat he aint moving from de front because is he money dat pay for de psychiatrist. De Marriott Man blurted out .. none ah you tell me a ting, ah ain damn well moving. And he jump on de rearbin hog and buse him and tell him, he too damn cheap. He never put he hand in he pocket yet and pay a red cent for anything or anybody. He like everything free and just like to use people and pretend he helping people out de kindness of he heart. Village people crying shame on de moomoo hog. De latest ting he and he unitim friends do is to take out a injunction on de captain to stop him from going on de property. Dey say de injunction say dat if de captain is seen within 100 feet of he own property, de police will lock him up. Dey say de customs man and chief spin doctor for De Unity Concoction was sent on Sunday to spy on de Conference. And when he see de bamamcoo crowd for heself and de ton load a red at Marriott he called up he boss (de red hog) and tell him he never see so much labour people in he life at a Labour Conference. Dey say de red hog response to De Customs Man was: Boy, we try obeah, we try counseling, we try all kinda ting and he blame de moomoo hog for de huge success of de conference. He say every time de moomoo hog go on de radio and open he mouth at public meetings he chat so much stupidness dat he upset Labour people and get dem angry. He only helping Douglas and Labour wid de foolishness he does chat. De senile octogenarian was given ah doze ah hush last Saturday on Inside News by one of his Unity Concoction brethren who reminded him dat PAM lost de government in 1995 because of de rampant corruption in de Simmonds/PAM Administration, especially because of de rental of his old jalopy pick up to de electricity department for a very very long time. And dey say he head swell big like a hedge hog. Word out of Sandy Point is dat de hardest Pam trump busing saying dey throw him off de PAM Executive for someone who aint live nowhere; he like a nomad. And he and Cindy Lopez get a double whammy after all de sacrifice dey done mek for de party. Editorial (contd from page 2)St Kitts Nevis Labour Party. On Tuesday the IMF reported on the performance of St Kitts and Nevis. It is most noteworthy that their report was most highly complimentary. A report of such a nature from the IMF speaks volumes. We of this newspaper shall address that matter in the next edition. It confirms that, as pointed out at Conference, St Kitts and Nevis, is doing very well indeed under Labour. As our comrade leaders have all stated, Labour is STRONGER, BETTER, and READY. Let us all go forward from Conference 2014 ready to face the tasks before us. Conference 2914 has strengthened our resolve to win yet again. Let us be ready for the fight with FULL CONFIDENCE.(contd from page 2)
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