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Year 57 NO. 05 FRIDAY, JULY 04th 2014 EC$2.00 At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gallon Dated : 24/06/14 DELTA $16.57 / SOL $15.96BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. TRADE UNION NEWS* THE THINKING CITZEN* CANON PERCIVAL SO TELL* EARL CLARKE COMMENTARY BY PAGE 17 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) With over EC$500 million pumped into several projects in the St. Kitts and Nevis economy, the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) will launch three new loan programmes this weekend. The SIDF announced Wednesday that citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis will benefit from the three loan programmes to be initiated in partnership with the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank (SKNANB). SIDFs Corporate Affairs SIDF/SKNANB Low-Interest Loan Programmes Target Graduates, New and Existing Homeowners SIDF/SKNANB Low-Interest Loan Programmes Target Graduates, New and Existing Homeowners Manager, Delcia Bradley-King said the Graduate Relief Assistance Student Program (GRASP), the Fund for the Realization of Economic Empowerment through Subsidized Housing (FREESH) and File Photos of newly built homes and recent graduates of St. Kitts and Nevis (contd on page 13) Events to Mark the 19th Anniversary of the St. KittsNevis Labour Party Government Labour Party Victory 2010BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 3RD 2014 (CUOPM) A Thanksgiving Service this Sunday, a Town Hall meeting, a national broadcast and the soft opening of Kittitian Hill are among several events planned to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party(contd on page 13) Nevis Administration Seeks SIDF Assistance for New Laboratory and Diagnostic Wing PM Douglas at UVI with national students
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 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 St. Kitts And Nevis Issues Another Call For An End To The Embargo Against Cuba BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) Another call for the Government of the United States to end the 50year-old embargo imposed against Cuba. It has come from St. Kitts and Nevis Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett at the official opening of the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis in Havana, Cuba.He told invited guests at the ceremony that St. Kitts and Nevis supports annually at the United Nations General Assembly, the Cuban-sponsored resolution Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba. We continue to avail ourselves of every opportunity and in every forum to appeal to the United States of America to bring to an immediate end its unfair treatment of the Cuban people who continue to suffer unreasonably as a result of the decades old embargo. Cuba is our neighbour. Cuba is our friend and we shall continue to exploit all possible means of speaking on their behalf in the international community on this issue, said Foreign Minister Nisbett. In his address at the ceremony, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said St. Kitts and Nevis has given its support to Cuba regionally and internationally. St. Kitts and Nevis together with the majority of countries within its hemisphere has supported Cuba in its quest for normal and constructive relations with all nations around the world and so from Barbados to Japan and Argentina to Germany, from South Africa to Brazil and from Canada to Britain, the nations of the earth through their diplomatic missions are represented here in Havana Cuba, Dr. Douglas said. What New Democracy? We begin this week by making reference to one of Sir Winston Churchills famous (but quite frequently misquoted) statements. It was 11 November 1947, and The House of Commons was debating a bill to further limit the powers of the Upper House, which powers had been set in The Parliament Act of 1911. Mr. Churchill was leading the Conservatives in opposing any further limitations to the powers of The House of Lords. During the second reading of the Bill, and as recorded in Hansard, Churchill stated: Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time; but there is the broad feeling in our country that the people should rule, continuously rule, and that public opinion, expressed by all constitutional means, should shape, guide and control the actions of Ministers who are their servants and not their masters. Churchill expressed those points of view at a time when he was in opposition, the British people having booted him at the general elections immediately following the war. They were grateful for his great leadership throughout the war, but felt that he was not the man to wage the peace. He had publicly expressed such views, again and again, from as far back as 1909. He always held fast to those principles and never went against them. As we reflect on the words of the great man let us take a look at what in our country passes, these days, for responsible, informed, objective and reasonable public debate over the airwaves. All objective and well meaning persons MUST shake their heads in utter disbelief. It would be understandable if many of you experience feelings of dismay. Continuously, and for a period extending over more than five years, there have been open calls for uprisings, riots and all manner of disturbances by members of the public. Certain talk show hosts have consistently abused their roles and positions to incite people to malign the Prime Minister and members of his government. They have even gone so far as to urge people to physically attack and otherwise become violent with the Prime Minister and others of his cabinet colleagues. Some hosts have consistently tried to get callers to their shows to speak to facts and desist from disseminating half-truths and outright lies. There are certain individuals who obstinately refuse to do so. In fact, they always make matters worse by intensifying their diatribe, screaming down the place, and insisting on repeating their unfounded and unsupported accusations. They always proceed in a manner which shows that they are bent on depriving others of the time to make objective and meaningful contributions which could serve to raise the level and quality of the public debate. To many there can be no doubt that such persons are career complainers and, more likely than not, they are paid for what they do. Clearly, those persons believe that they have every right to do so because we live in a democracy, and therefore they are free to indulge in such behaviour, no matter how misguided and misleading. That points up one of the vulnerabilities of the democratic system which can, and often does, lead to its own undermining. It also explains why the worst criminals always prefer to operate in democratic systems, because what they can get away with, they would be unceremoniously dispensed with under fascist and other dictatorial systems. Looking at another dimension of Churchills assertion, we of this newspaper ask the question: can it be truly said that the utterances (which we have described above) are being made in a constitutional way? We are strongly against depriving people of the right of free speech, but all such rights and freedoms should be exercised in responsible and law abiding ways. This, we believe, is an indispensable component of democracy and very much what Churchill had always advocated. An even more worrying phenomenon.... is now rearing its ugly head. Within fairly recent times we have witnessed, yet again, several ill-disguised attempts to stifle free speech. The public has been attempting to debate certain occurrences on the sister island, situations in which ministers of the Island Administration appear to be involved in acts and situations that amount to conflicts of interest and outright corruption. Based on facts gleaned from official, public and other records, it has been ascertained that individuals, while in office as ministers, had retained directorships in certain private companies, and had participated in making decisions which involve the sale of public assets, which involvement and which sales were allegedly monetarily beneficial to them. Also at the heart of the debate is the sale of crown (publicly owned) lands to a particular foreigner. Given the stated positions of the administration in such matters the public is naturally worried and feel a need to be informed. The debates got underway but, lo and behold, and much to most everyones dismay, lawyers have been threatening anyone who dares to speak of such matters. A radio station in Nevis was forced to terminate a programme being aired, and others were threatened with dire consequences if they dared to carry any discussion involving those matters. We find it instructive that those who are so fond of relentlessly attacking the Prime Minister, his Labour Administration and the Nevis Reformation Party in the ways described above, are themselves mortally afraid of being subjected to public scrutiny. There has been much talk by those opposite of introducing a new democracy into our country. Based on what we are seeing of them we ask What New democracy? Let us say to them, one and all, and very loudly and clearly: AWe do not want what you are selling. We see it clearly for what it is, TOTALITARIANISM dressed up as new democracy. Shame on every one of you for believing that you can fool us with your DISRESPECT and DECEPTION. Thursday 3 July (yesterday), was the nineteenth anniversary of Labour=s victory at the polls and return to office in 1995. During that time our country has made steady progress in the face of several natural disasters, serious economic and financial challenges, the wickedness of an evil, terrorist opposition perpetually bent on mashing up whatever they cannot control, and three instances of the very worst treachery that our party has ever faced. Let us thank our Heavenly Father for his many blessings, strengthen our determination to go forward together as one nation and one people, and reaffirm our commitment to a very important aspect of democracy as elucidated by Winston Churchill in The House of Commons on 8 December 1944: How is that word democracy to be interpreted? My idea of it is that the plain, humble, common man, just the ordinary man who keeps a wife and family, who goes off to fight for his country when it is in trouble, goes to the poll at the appropriate time, and puts his cross on the ballot paper showing the candidate he wishes to be elected to Parliament C that he is the foundation of democracy. And it is also essential to this foundation that this man or woman should do this without fear, and without any form of intimidation or victimisation. He marks his ballot paper in strict secrecy, and then the elected representatives together decide what government, or, even in times of stress, what form of government they wish to have in their country. If that is democracy, I salute it. I espouse it. I would work for it.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 3 NEWS A commentary by Neville BartletteThere has been much delight amongst the opposition and its operatives about recent reports centered on persons who have benefited from the services of our Citizenship By Investment Program being involved in activities that have raised eyebrows in some circles.It is unfortunate, that mind reading is not a gift given to man, for if it was, those individuals would not have not have been allowed into the St. Kitts and Nevis program. What is most unfortunate however is the pleasure displayed by the opposition and its voices, many of whom are service providers, who benefit financially from the program while spewing negative and often time false views about the same program that puts money in their pockets. Despite their constant criticisms however, the great news is that clients, service providers and industry partners, have continued to display full confidence in the integrity of the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment program. Truth be told, the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program is one of the worlds oldest and most attractive Programs and countries such as Malta, Cyprus, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and Canada, the United States, Belgium and the United Kingdom all benefit from Citizenship by Investment or similar residency programs. In the region, Grenada and other states, are considering programs with options like ours in St. Kitts and Nevis. Just as these programs are beneficial to bringing new investment opportunities into the aforementioned countries, it is also critical to our economy and has helped to drive our growth over the last few years. Currently the many CBI constructions projects ongoing in St. Kitts and Nevis are providing direct longterm employment for hundreds of workers onsite; the spin off from these projects crosses over and benefits sub-contractors such as electricians, plumbers, air conditioning technicians and the like. The small entrepreneur also benefits from the program, the food vendors who visits the work sites daily, the barber shops, the bars on the waterfront, the many clothing stores on Fort and Central Streets and many others, they all benefit from the CBI s money, because it circulates amongst our businesses. You see, if you listen to the opposition, the CBI is a big money opportunity, benefiting only a few. Thats the untruth they want to spread. However, the fact is the CBI is an investment opportunity that benefits all of us. Our parents, our brothers, our sisters, your children, our neighbors, the whole Nation. One of the elements of the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program is the SIDF. The SIDF is a brilliant initiative, and our Government must be commended for its vision. The SIDF is truly a vehicle that extols the Nations Motto of Country Above Self. You see, if you listen to opposition, the SIDF as they like to say, is a slush fund benefitting only a few. Thats the untruth they want to feed and want you to swallow. However, the fact is, the SIDF, with its effective management and stewardship of the funds from that CBI option, have ensured that the moneys are used for all the good that can be done. The SIDF have contributed to the continued growth of Tourism, Infrastructure Development, Small Business Development, Human Capacity Development and much more. You see, they will never tell you, how you have truly benefitted directly from the SIDF; they will never tell you that the SIDF with the Fund for the Realization of Economic Empowerment through Subsidized Housing (FREESH) have changed the lives of Kittitians and Nevisians. FREESH not only fosters home ownership thus creating a sense of self-empowerment, it has also created employment and generates income for our people. They will not tell you that with the SIDFs Small Entrepreneur and Enterprise Development (SEED) project in St. Kitts and Nevis, citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis have the chance to become entrepreneurs by accessing training and interest-free loan funds ranging from EC$5,000 to EC$100,000 to start their own businesses and the support to make it successful. To date, 74 candidates have graduated from the program, 15 businesses have already begun operations and 24 are in the start-up phase. Under SEED, the new businesses have included the following: Beauty Spa, Academic Learning Center, Construction Equipment Rental, Hydroponics Farm, Poultry Farm (producing eggs), Pig Farm, Residential and Domestic Cleaning (using eco-friendly products), Mobile Advertising, Clothing Design and Manufacture Soap production; and all hire people. They will not tell you that the SIDF have funded the People Employment Program (PEP) a Government initiative designed to create empowerment opportunities for unemployed nationals. The program implemented under the National Skills Training Programme, PEP provides training that would build necessary skills for the new service economy, internship opportunities and stipends. The PEP comprises six projects that target unemployed nationals with varying interests as follows: 1. EQuIP (Engaging Qualified Interns Project) is a job placement initiative which seeks to develop the skill sets of unemployed, academically qualified individuals through a period of internship with established private and public sectors ventures. 2. NIIP (National Infrastructure Improvement Project) provides employment opportunities for participants involved in the enhancement of the national infrastructure thereby stimulating economic development. 3. STED (Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development) provides classroom and practical training by experienced personnel in order to enhance the entrepreneurial and/or technical skills of participants in several areas. 4. WISE (Women in Small Enterprise) empowers women in small enterprises through the provision of micro-finance grant support of up to EC$2500 and management training. 5. ATM (Agri-Enterprise Training and Management) promotes local agricultural production, thereby increasing participants income-earning capacity and reducing the nations dependence on imported products. 6. WICT (Women in Construction Trades) increases employment opportunities for women by developing the skills required to engage in meaningful income-earning activities traditionally inaccessible to them due to their primary roles as caregivers. Im sure by now, its clear that our CBI program benefits us all. You see when it comes to our Citizenship by Investment program, the opposition is like the wolf in the story of the three little pigs, huffing and puffing, trying to blow the house down. Sorry for them, there are no pigs here, and our Citizenship By Investment program is solid, its built on INTEGRITY. Citizenship By Investment A diamond in the Crown PM Douglas Pleased With IMF Comments On The St. Kitts And Nevis Economy ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA, (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says his Labour Party Administration is pleased that its home grown economic policies have resulted in a turnaround of the local economy and praises from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after the twinisland federation because the first Caribbean nation to make early repayments on loans provided by the Washington-based financial institution. The IMF in a statement this week said that Basseterre had repaid, ahead of schedule, US$17.1 million in obligations and that the payment made on June 24, is about one fourth of the US$73.1 million that St. Kitts and Nevis borrowed from the IMF under its Stand-By Arrangement. This is the first time that a payment of this magnitude has been repaid early to the Fund by a Caribbean nation, the IMF said, adding that the twin-island federation borrowed less than the total amount approved under the three-year arrangement, equivalent to US$84 million. St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas Prime Minister Douglas, who is also Minister of Finance, in an interview on the sidelines of the 35th Regular Meeting of Caribbean Heads of Government told CMCs Peter Richards that his administration had three years ago embarked upon measures to turn around the ailing economy and he was pleased that it was now bearing fruit. We worked very closely with the advisors of the IMF and our own officers in the Ministry of Finance to restructure the economy which is now to a large extent demonstrating relatively robust growth. We had a 3.8 percent growth last year and we expect it to be higher this year. We are now looking at what we are going to do in terms of investing some of that extra additional monies .in order to ensure that on a rainy day there is something there to have, he told CMC. In its statement the IMF said the government should be commended for its economic achievements under the programme. There has been a significant improvement in fiscal and debt sustainability and a strong economic recovery. St. Kitts and Nevis ability to repay the IMF ahead of schedule reflects the improvement in its macroeconomic balances that reflect both policy efforts and the strong inflows under the Citizenship-By-Investment (CIP) programme, the IMF said. CMCs Peter Richards
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 4 TRADE UNION NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Outreach Programme In the words of Franklyn D. Roosevelt, The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. If giving back feels good, then that must mean that the St. Kitts/ Nevis Trades & Labour Union is feeling great, in fact awesome, for well over seventy-five years it has fully embraced the concept of outreach programs. Moreover, from since its very inception the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union fully believes in volunteerism and encourages its staff, its members, and others in the communities to get involved in helping the ordinary working class people meet their basic needs. However, the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is also fully aware that there are many types of Community Outreach Programs that exist in many countries, and they exhibit a standard for those groups, such as social service agencies, non-profit groups, Church or other religious groups to identify a certain specific need in their communities and to provide services to the people who need it most. For instance, one of those needs could be Planned Parenthood: they might conduct regular community outreach programs to identify who is at greatest risk for HIV/AIDS, and based on the feedback from their work, design programs to help this particular group of people. In addition, there is also Corporate Social Responsibility. Very careful research has shown that some employers involve their senior staff in some kind of community service programming, which may be completely voluntary, or a condition of employment, or anything in between. Then there are Religious reasons for serving. However, beyond the required community service, some religious groups emphasize serving ones community. Furthermore, in many communities there also exist Christian Service. There is no doubt that Christianity, the foundation of thousands of service organizations, holds many strong beliefs about community service. Moreover, Christians view serving in ones church and community as a way of showing Gods unconditional love, and according to the Christian Bible, 1 Peter 4: 10 11 (NIV) says: Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of Gods grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him are the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. However, these verses are the basis for Christian belief in outreach programmes using ones abilities, which they believe are given by God. Accordingly Christians are called to serve people, because all people are made in Gods image, and Christianity teaches that Jesus was a perfect example of serving during His time on earth. Jesus Christ healed the sick, fed thousands of people, and died for all mankind. In addition, dedicated Christians see the importance of community service to show Gods love and to further spread the Gospel. However, there are personal benefits in serving, because community service allows those participating to reflect on the difference they are making in society. Furthermore, some participants of an outreach community service project may find themselves gaining a greater understanding of their roles in the community, as well as the impact of their contributions towards those in need of those services. However, it is also generally accepted that those who give personal service are exposed to many different kinds of people, environments, and situations. In addition, with each outreach community service project, some participants may gain insightful experience in a variety of areas, and may also internalize the information that they found personally insightful for future use. Moreover, participants may find that the giving of themselves to the public good may result in a more solidified view of self and purpose. Furthermore, those involved in outreach community service for an extended period of time, they have an advantage in real-world experience, and, eventually, the skills and knowledge obtained while giving personal service to the outreach community projects could be applied in future areas of work. In addition, outreach community service could also increase a participants social connectivity, because most outreach community service opportunities allow others to interact and work with others, however, this service may also help volunteers build network and connect with others towards a common goal. However, very careful research has clearly shown that most volunteers gain the most from outreach community service project when they volunteer their time to help people that they have never interacted with before. Furthermore, this direct contact allows people to see life from a different perspective and revaluate their opinions of others. In addition, the vast majority of young people who get involved in outreach community service programs come out with a betterrounded worldview. Nevertheless, as stated earlier that there are many types of outreach community programs so we will continue by looking at another type of outreach programmed. However, this type of outreach programme in most countries is a service that is offered through their industrial relations department in order to provide the free flow of information about effective labour relations practices among managers, workers and potential workers, in collaboration with Trade Unions. The question that has been asked by quite a large majority of workers is, Why an outreach programme like this type? It is agreed and accepted that with the recent shifts in the logic of production it has warranted immediate and fundamental shift in much aged transformation, deregulation in the domestic market as well as the liberalization of trade that have often been unkind to many companies. Furthermore, after having been for a very long time nurtured under protected markets and favourable terms of trade, many companies are now being exposed to the true hostilities and uncertainties of an open market. The result has been one typified by rightsizing, downsizing and in some instances capsizing. Moreover, these clear harsh realities, among other things, have catalyzed a need for change in the approach taken to labour relations. However, many Ministries of Labour in their effort to create increased awareness in industrial relations for management, workers, unions, and students, continue to promote and enhance an outreach service as in order to:1.Continue commitment to the tripartite effort in Industrial Relations; 2.Create and lay the foundation for a less turbulent Industrial Relations climate; 3.Promote good Industrial Relations, both in terms of productivity, and ensuring the long-term survival of the organization; 4.Provide information and understanding about rights and responsibilities in an employment relationship. Another question that was asked by the said workers was, What is the Aim of the Outreach Programmed? The aim of the outreach Programme is to sensitize the working and potential working population to their respective rights and responsibilities in an employment relationship. However, some of the services offered are:a.Presentations, role-play exercises and causes studies; b.Workshops and Seminars; c.Participation in career fair and career choices. The follow-up question was, What kind of information is given? It is agreed that coming out of workshops and seminars that employers, employees, Unions and students should be better exposed interalia to:1.Legal rights and obligations under the Labour Laws; 2.Accepted or recommended customs, norms and practices under the Labour Code, where it exists, etc; 3.Some issues surrounding the changing forms of production; 4.Third party intervention, Union, Lawyer, Consultant, into industrial disputes; 5.Dispute and conflict resolution. It was further asked, How is this information shared? Very careful research has clearly shown that the persons who runs these outreach service programs usually share the information with other outreach service programmed, including Church Groups, Tripartite Committees, Ministry of Labour, community Groups, etc. However, where possible a team from the industrial relations of Labour, Social Security Officers and Officers from the Department of Labour will visit each enterprise, because by doing this, it will provide a mix of experience and insight to address any concerns that may be raised. Moreover, it is agreed and accepted that every effort will be made to:a.Encourage discussions in an open and amicable forum; b.Use role-play exercise that emphasize specific issues; c.Use lectures and handouts where necessary; d.Use case studies and practical examples to illustrate points. However, another question that was raised is,Who is the target groups? It is fully stated that the target groups are, but is not limited to:1.Small, Medium and Large Enterprises; 2.Secondary and Tertiary Educational Institutions; This includes teachers and community colleges, and other tertiary institutions, however, it is especially for students who are entering or reentering the workforce; 3.Government Institutions, NGOs, Clubs, Community and Interest Groups, etc. The final question that was raised by the said group of workers was, How do persons access these outreach programmed? In countries where this kind of outreach programme exists, in order to access these services, visits are based on invitations only, and thus, interested persons or groups will have to contact the Industrial Relations Department in those countries. As time is of the utmost importance we will have to stop here for today, but you can rest assured that the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union will continue to raise its voice on behalf of all workers and forever will welcome any opportunity to educate all workers and to make a positive difference at their workplace and in their community as well. Today I leave you with a quote by Theodore Roosevelt, and a song by Two of a Kind. This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unlesswe make it a good place for all of us to live in. Theodore Roosevelt.Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me AroundBy: Two of a Kind.Aint gonna let nobody turn me around, Turn me around, turn me around, Aint gonna let nobody turn me around, Im gonna keep on a-walking, keep on a-talkin, Marchin down to freedom land. Aint gonna let segregation turn me around, Turn me around, turn me around, Aint gonna let segregation turn me around, Im gonna keep on a-walking, keep on a-talking, Marchin up to freedoms land. (cont/d on page 18)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 5 NEWS By Thinking Citizen The PAM party is trying desperately hard to rebrand itself in order to present a better version of itself in order to gain favour with the electorate at the upcoming General Elections.We all know PAM to be an anti-workingclass party that was formed specifically to oppose the Labour Party and the Trades & Labour Union both of which organizations exist primarily to protect and promote the best interests of all the working class people.PAMs efforts at rebranding have failed over the past decades and will fail again this time around, for all the stupid and childish propaganda put out by the party is not enough to cause the electorate to forget the history of the party and the record that was established.No one can ever forget that PAM was involved in a murderous attempt on June 10, 1967, to topple by force of arms the lawfully elected government of Premier Bradshaw. PAM was also in opposition to the Independence of St.Kitts and Nevis and did not even PAMs Efforts at Rebranding Itself Has Failed want our country to move from the status of a colony to that of Associate Statehood.Social Security was opposed and its establishment was fiercely resisted and objected to. The fact that our country of St.Kitts and Nevis was greatly in need of a social and financial safety-net such as Social Security did not matter to PAM. The party had, and up to now still has no use for working class people. PAM is interested in using working class people only as stepping stones to the attainment of political power and position. Had it not been for the vision, foresight, courage and determination of Premier Bradshaw and his Cabinet Ministers, St. Kitts and Nevis might very well have been the only country in the Eastern Caribbean without Social Security. Having failed miserably to stop the establishment and operation of Social Security, the PAM party with the greatest of deceit and hypocrisy is currently pretending to be the glorious champion and ever-present protector of the Social Security Scheme. How can such a party in all good conscience refer to other political parties in St.Kitts and in Antigua as corrupt? That would be a situation worse than the one in which the pot calls the kettle black. But PAM has no concern for principle or integrity. The party does what it thinks would earn it additional votes at Election time.PAMs efforts at rebranding itself has failed and is bound to fail for the partys efforts to rebrand are based upon the execution of two mutually contradictory policies at the same time. One policy calls for the party to advertise itself as honest, decent, upright, moral and ethical. The other policy requires PAM to vilify, demonise, defame and scandalize Dr. Douglas and his Cabinet Ministers and the ever-popular Labour Party which has protected and promoted the best interests of working class people in this country for generations. The PAMites cannot fool any significant portion of the electorate at this time for most members of the electorate rely on what is written in the Bible at Matthew 12:35, that is:The good person brings good things out of a good treasure and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure. was granted to allow the sale to take place as well as the quantity of land involved in the sale. However, he did not say to whom the sale was made; his name and/ or nationality; the amount paid for the land and to whom the monies were paid in the first instance. Just recently the Labour Administration of the indomitable Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas was accused of selling off our patrimony to foreigners. He was even chastised on every media house in the Federation and beyond for theBy: Fair PlayHypocrisy has really gripped the Unity Concoction as well as members of the oligarchy who are bent on suppressing Freedom of Speech, especially when it relates to corrupt practices of their minions. Just recently the public became aware of the sale of approximately 9 plus acres of land to allegedly an Iraqi national by the CCM led NIA Administration. The information regarding the sale was confirmed by the Deputy Premier of the NIA, last week Wednesday night (June 25) during his weekly Talk Show programme (on the Mark) on Von Radio. He admitted that permission Land for Debt Swap that helped to reduce our National Debt and assisted in turning around our economy to the point that we are now NUMBER ONE in the region. What we witnessed recently in Nevis is a Land for Debt Swap now being carried out by the CCM led NIA and the sale of some 9 plus acres of Nevisian land to an Iraqi National under questionable circumstances without any questions being asked by members of the oligarchy or their media outlet. Not even the Unity Concoction Leader has raised a question regarding what can be perceived as blatant corruption. Instead of trying to ventilate the issue regarding the sale and process of the sale of the peoples land in Nevis, the oligarchs and their minions have been trying desperately to stifle the process of the Freedom of Information by threatening law suits. These wicked, heartless and corrupt gang should not be allowed to control the political arena of our beloved country. Its clearly a serious threat to freedom of expression and all out attack on our democracy. 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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 6 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis has been removed from the Caribbean Financial Task Force (CFATF) ICRG (Combating the Financial of Terrorism) monitoring process. Financial Secretary, Mrs. Hilary Hazel said the CFATF held its XXXIX Plenary in Miami, Florida during the week of May 25-29, 2014 during which time St. Kitts and Nevis was St. Kitts and Nevis Removed From CFATF ICRG Monitoring Process among Member countries removed. The CFATF acknowledges the significant progress made by St. Kitts and Nevis in improving its AML/CFT regime and notes that St. Kitts and Nevis has established the legal and regulatory framework to meet its commitments in its agreed Action Plan regarding the strategic deficiencies that the CFATF had identified. St. Kitts and Nevis is therefore no longer subject to the CFATF ICRG monitoring process, said a statement on www.cfatf-gafic.org. The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) is an organisation of twentyseven jurisdictions of the Caribbean Basin Region, which have agreed to implement the international standards for Anti-money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT), Financial Action Task Force Recommendations (FATF Recommendations). In order to protect the international financial system from money laundering and financing of terrorism (ML/FT) risks and to encourage greater compliance with the AML/CFT standards, the CFATF identified jurisdictions that have strategic deficiencies and works with them to address those deficiencies that pose a risk to the international financial system. Team CFATF Map of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis (Caribbean the Financing of Terrorism)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 7 NEWS
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 8 NEWS -Tyrese Gibson and PM Douglas discuss big plans for St. Kitts and Nevis Tyrese Gibson (left) with St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (Photo courtesy of Tyrese Gibsons FaceBook) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 30TH 2014 (CUOPM) Tyrese Gibson, American Grammynominated R&B singersongwriter, actor, author, television producer, former fashion model and MTV VJ said he had a great meeting and conversation with St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas during his recent visit to St. Kitts for the 18th Anniversary of the St. Kitts Music Festival. We discussed BIG PLANS and ideas for the island that the locals will greatly benefit from..., prayers and follow up will get this done... Please meeting you Dr. Denzil Llewellyn Douglas speak soon, the 35-year-old said on his FaceBook page. He even posted a photo of himself and Prime Minister Douglas on his Facebook page. Tyrese, born on December 30th 1978, is best known for his role as Roman Pearce in the Fast and Furious series. After releasing several albums, he transitioned into films, with lead roles in several major Hollywood releases. According to the World Wide Web, Gibson was born and raised in Watts, Los Angeles, California. His mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson (ne Durham), raised him and his three older siblings as a single parent after Gibsons father, Tyrone Gibson, left. Gibson attended Florida A&M University. Gibsons career began when he was discovered on a bus. An appearance in a 1994 Coca-Cola advertisement, singing the phrase Always Coca-Cola, led to bigger fame. It led him to other appearances for Guess (clothing) and Tommy Hilfiger. After developing a successful modelling career, Tyrese could not push aside his wish to develop a career in the music industry, a goal he had aimed to achieve since he started singing at the age of 14. In early 1998, Tyrese was signed as an artist to early RCA Records. Afterwards, he released his debut single Nobody Else. It quickly rose on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #36. On September 29, 1998, he released his self-titled album Tyrese. It debuted on the Billboard charts at #17. Afterwards, he released the second single from the album Lately. It made it to #56 on the Billboard charts. Then, the albums third single and highest charting single Sweet Lady became the albums biggest hit, reaching #9 on the R&B charts. The single earned Tyrese a Grammy award for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance at the awards ceremony. The album eventually went on to be certified Platinum. Tyrese along with singers Ginuwine, RL of Next and Case were featured on the soundtrack of the The Best Man on the single The Best Man I Can Be. On May 22, 2001, Tyrese released his second studio album 2000 Watts. The first single off the album was I Like Them Girls it charted on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #15. The album went to be certified Gold selling over 500,000 copies. The third single off the album Just a Baby Boy with Snoop Dogg and Mr. Tan was featured on the soundtrack to his major acting debut film Baby Boy. After RCA Records was disbanded Tyrese went on to sign to J Records. There he released his third studio album I Wanna Go There on December 10, 2002. His first single from the album and arguably his most successful single to date How You Gonna Act Like That debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #7. On December 12, 2006, Tyrese released his fourth studio album Alter Ego, his first double disc album. It was also his first album in which he debuts his rapping persona. The first single off the album was One debuting on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #26. The album itself is considered Tyreses lowest selling album to date. In 2007, Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank founded TGT. After taking time from music to focus on his family and his highly successful acting career, Tyrese decided it was time to return to his first love. In 2011, he signed himself and his newly founded label Voltron Recordz to EMI and announced he was working on a new album entitled Open Invitation. On August 16, 2011, Tyrese released the lead single Stay the music video for the single featured fellow actor and friend Taraji P. Henson It peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #11. The second single Too Easy featured fellow actor and friend Ludacris. It peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #38. The third single Nothing On You peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #61. Open Invitation was released on November 1, 2011. It debuted on the US Billboard 200 albums chart at #9, sold 130,000 copies in its first week and has went on to sell over 400,000 copies. In 2013, the album earned Tyrese his third Grammy nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album. In early 2013, it was announced and confirmed after much speculation that Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank would be releasing their debut collaboration album, to be distributed by Atlantic Records. On April 10, 2013, Tyrese announced that he is working on a new album entitled Black Rose, Gibson rose to prominence as an actor when he starred in John Singletons Baby Boy in 2001. Gibson is best known for playing Roman Pearce in 2 Fast 2 Furious, the 2003 sequel to The Fast and the Furious alongside fellow actor and friend Paul Walker and Eva Mendes. Singleton was once again the director and it would not be the last for both of them. In 2005 they collaborated for the third time when Gibson co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in the action-crime drama Four Brothers. He went on to star in the actiondrama Waist Deep with Meagan Good. In 2007, Gibson landed his biggest role to date when he co-starred with the ensemble cast of Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Megan Fox, Anthony Anderson and Jon Voight in Transformers, directed and co-produced by Michael Bay. Steven Spielberg served as executive producer and the film went on to making nearly $710 million worldwide. Gibson returned once again in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). In 2008, he co-starred opposite Jason Statham in Death Race, and then appeared in Legion in 2010. In 2011, he returned as Roman Pearce in Fast Five, and played the character again in the 2013 film Fast & Furious 6. On May 8, 2012, Tyrese released his first book entitled How to Get Out of Your Own Way. It went on to be a New York Times best seller. On February 5, 2013, Tyrese co-authored his second book along with close personal friend Rev. Run entitled Manology: Secrets of Your Mans Mind Revealed, which also went on to be a New York Times best seller. In 2013, Tyrese announced that he was working on a third book entitled Black Rose. On December 2013 Tyrese laid flowers at the crash site of Paul Walker who was his best friend. He could be seen visibly crying. An emotional tribute song titled My Best Friend, featuring The Roots and Ludacris was released shortly after the accident. However, it was later found out to be fan made. Tyrese made an announcement on his twitter about the song saying FYI me and Ludacris didnt release a tribute song ... Its a nice gesture but its a fan made tribute ... Thank u. He briefly fell into depression after Walkers death.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 9 NEWS -PM Douglas wants St. Kitts and Nevis to be a nation of entrepreneurs BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) The Federations Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says locally investment and funding agencies will continue under a St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Administration, to have a positive impact on the establishment of small businesses. Addressing the official opening of Chester Chicken Outlet in the Caribbean Cinema Complex at Buckleys, Prime Minister Douglas noted that it was his Labour Government that established life altering accomplishments entities like the St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency (SKIP) and others specifically to encourage, facilitate, and equip the people of this country to assume solid, independent roles within this countrys business community. And that is why this afternoon, despite all the naysayers sayings, SKIPA, the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) and the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF)will continue to impact positively on the lives of the people of this country, especially small businessmen who are benefiting from what this government has to offer through these various agencies, said Prime Minister Douglas to invited guests including Minister of Health, Social and Community Development, Hon. Marcella Liburd; Parliamentary Representative, the Hon. Sam Condor and local business persons. Prime Minister Douglas spoke of the important role that the St. Kitts and Nevis Development Bank has been playing in helping Mr. White o transform his plan, for this project, into a reality. This new business means new revenue streams for our local farmers: today, next month, and next year as Chesters Chicken will Douglas, who noted that in addition, the local supermarkets, as well, will generate higher levels of sales as a result of the patronage that they will see week, after month, after year, from this establishment. I understand that twelve persons are now employed here. And twelve persons are employed here because Shervin White understood and continues to understand the value of planning, hard work, discipline, and sacrifice, said Dr. Douglas. He said his St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party administration wants the twin-island Federation to be a nation of entrepreneurs. The Public Sector cannot do it alone and so to the young people of our Federation, I say Look around you. And more so I say this afternoon look around you at those businessmen who are sitting with us under this very tent, said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader. He identified the businessmen in the audience as persons involved in banking, in broadcasting, in Internet News casting, in construction and in the retail trades. Businessmen who have started out small as local businesses, but who have despite starting out small, have grown into fledging support businesses with the full commendation and support of our local populations so that they can today consider themselves to be successful. I ask our young people to think about your particular skills and interests. Assess whether there are ways to use those skills and interests legally and honourably to generate revenue for yourselves. I ask our small businesses that are just starting out to think big, start small and work hard to become successful, said Prime Minister Douglas. He advised: And you can do that through practice, disciplines, and the guidance of individuals and institutions that were used to help you get established to put you on your own journey to financial independence. I advise you that the work will be hard. I am not where I am today because I am lazy, it is hard work. No less than 18 hours per day. The hours therefore will be long, but nothing worth having comes easy. And the rewards will be yours forever. Prime Minister Douglas congratulated Mr. White and wished The White Corporation, Inc., the business established to oversee operations, every success as you put in place yet another brick in this wall of business ventures that you long ago set out to build for yourself. Congratulations, it is with great pleasure and honour that I now declare open, Shervin Whites Chesters Chicken here in Basseterre St. Kitts. It is our local business, let us support it and we wish you the very best Shervin. be purchasing large quantities of local tomatoes, large quantities of sweet pepper, large quantities of local cabbage, large quantities of local carrots, and so on, in order to help to feed our people nutritiously here from Chesters Chicken, said Prime Minister Shervin White at the official opening of Chesters Chicken (Photo by Erasmus Williams)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 10 NEWS Increase in Viral Conjunctivitis aka Pink Eye or Red Eye Office of the Chief Medical OfficerSince the latter half of last week, the Ministry of Health, Basseterre, continues to receive reports of children and adults experiencing pink eyes or red eyes. The Office of the Chief Medical Officer confirms an increase in the number of cases of Conjunctivitis or inflammation of the lining of the eyes which causes them to appear pink or red. There is no need for panic or to rush to the Emergency Room. The inflammation of pink or red eye clears by itself in less than a week without complications in the majority of cases. The usual cause is a virus which is spread by coughing, sneezing and contaminated fingers. Symptoms include pink, red, swollen, itchy, watery eyes that may have a sticky discharge especially in the morning. An effective control measure is washing the eyes 4 6 times per day with cotton soaked in warm salt water (1/4 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water). On rare occasions, a bacterial infection may develop especially when the eyes are rubbed. In such instances, antibiotic eye drops are prescribed by a doctor. To prevent spread, affected persons and their household and daycare contacts should wash their hands regularly with soap and water, and avoid sharing pillows and towels.Affected infants, toddlers, pre-school and primary school-age children should be kept away from other children until symptoms clear. Affected adolescents and adults may continue their regular activities once they are feeling well and their hands are washed frequently. Persons should seek medical advice from a Community Health Center or their personal doctor if they have: Eye pain Sensitivity to light (photophobia) Disturbed vision Intense redness (blood shot colour) in one or both of your eyes A newborn baby with conjunctivitis Additional advisories will be issued as warranted New Horizons Former Escapees in Police Custody The Ministry of Community and Social Development, Culture and Gender Affairs wishes to advise that the three (3) female residents of the New Horizon Rehabilitation Centre are safe in police custody. Police investigations have resulted in the laying of charges on persons in communities who appear to be exploiting our children and young persons. This is a major feat as we intensify our efforts to break the silence on these sensitive issues surrounding children. We are eternally grateful to the parents, police and community for their commitment and support to the staff of the New Horizon facility during this challenging period. At this time, the Ministry wishes to encourage the media houses to ensure responsible journalism by validating sources and information before reporting on a matter. It has been brought to our attention that an article captioned, NEW HORIZON REHAB CENTRE ESCAPEES IN POLICE CUSTODY and dated Wednesday 25th, June 2014 appeared on SKNVIBES in which unfortunately incorrect information about laws pertaining to juveniles was disseminated. For the guidance of SKNVIBES, other media houses and the general public, the Juvenile Justice Act has been repealed and replaced by the Child Justice Act which took effect in December 2013. In particular, you are invited to see Part IV, Sections 8 and 9, regarding the Establishment of Assessment Centres and Secure Residential Facilities, as well as Section 20, in relation to safety orders. We urge you to obtain a copy of this Act from the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service office at Government Headquarters. Further, we ask that the media and the public in general, respect the privacy and confidentiality of the families and the rights of the children as we continue to assess and improve the provision of rehabilitative services and safety of our nations young people. Once again, we thank you for your continued cooperation.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 11 NEWS IMF commends S t. Kitts and Nevis, says Federation is first Caribbean nation to r epay institution early BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 1ST 2014 (CUOPM) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is commending the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis for the economic achievements made under the recent Stand By Arrangement (SBA). The Washington-based international lending institution in its release also announced that St. Kitts and Nevis has repaid, ahead of schedule, SDR 11.1 million (about US$17.1 million) obligations to the IMF on June 24, 2014 and has become the first time a Caribbean nation has repaid the financial institution early. There has been a significant improvement in fiscal and debt sustainability and a strong economic recovery. St. Kitts and Nevis ability to repay the IMF ahead of schedule reflects the improvement in its macroeconomic balances that reflect both policy efforts and the strong inflows under the Citizenship-By-Investment programme, said the IMF pointing out that this is the first time that a payment of this magnitude has been repaid early to the Fund by a Caribbean nation. The IMF said the early repayment will reduce the outstanding obligations of St. Kitts and Nevis to the IMF to SDR 36.3 million (about US$56 million) or about 408 percent of quota and reduce its debt to GDP ratio by about 2 percent of GDP. This outstanding balance is projected to be repaid during 20142018, the IMF said. The IMF said the early repayment is about one fourth (23.4 percent) of the SDR 47.4 million (about US$73.1 million) that St. Kitts and Nevis borrowed from the IMF under its Stand-By Arrangement. St. Kitts and Nevis borrowed less than the total amount approved under the three-year arrangement, equivalent to SDR 52.5 million (about US$84 million), as the authorities began to treat the arrangement as precautionary in March 2014, during the combined seventh and eighth review. The amounts repaid early are obligations falling due in 2014 and 2015 under the original repayment schedule. St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and then Acting Premier and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Mark Brantley with officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Photo by Erasmus Williams
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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 13 NEWS the Housing Enhancement Loan Programme (HELP) will be launched at a ceremony on Friday, July 4, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. She said the Graduate Relief Assistance Student Program (GRASP) is a new initiative that offers college or university graduates an opportunity to borrow up to $500,000.00 at 6% interest to refinance an existing student loan and acquire a home. The loan is repayable over a maximum 30 year period. To qualify, students must have graduated no more than four years from the time of application. With SKNANB participating in the Fund for the Realization of Economic Empowerment through Subsidized Housing (FREESH) and the Housing Enhancement Loan Program (HELP), eligible applicants will have another choice of financial institution when seeking a loan to build a house or renovate their home, she said in a news release. She disclosed that residential mortgages up to EC$500,000.00 at a fixed interest rate of 5% are offered under FREESH. Maximum loans of $100,000.00 at a 6% rate of interest are provided under HELP for the purpose of upgrading homes. Applications to any of the loan programmes will be made via a portal on the SIDF website www.sknsidf.org. The primary purpose of SIDF is to support the Government in its efforts to grow and diversify the national economy. Since its establishment, SIDF has invested over five hundred million dollars ($500,000,000.00) in projects which have stimulated economic activity in various sectors, enhanced infrastructural development and increased household disposable income. assumption to office. Chief Executive Officer of the Labour Party, Ms. Sharylle Richardson said the service on Sunday 6th July will take place at the New Birth Tabernacle, Cabbage Tree Development, Cayon, pastored by Rev. Cyprian Williams. Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is expected to lead members of the Cabinet, the Executive and Officers of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and supporters to the service which begins at 9 a.m. On Wednesday 9th July, the St. Georges Anglican Church Hall, the former Basseterre Girls School, is the venue for a town-hall style meeting entitled: Conversations for Progress. Major topics for discussion are The Citizenship by Investment Programme and Immigration. The soft opening of the multimillion dollar Kittitian Hill resort is planned for Thursday 10th July at 4 p.m. During the week, Prime Minister Douglas will make a national broadcast in which he is expected to highlight several Events to Mark the 19th Anniversary of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Government (contd rom page 1) achievements of his four-term St. Kitts-Nevis Labour administration over the past 19 years. It was on July 3rd 1995, that the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party under the leadership of Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas won 7 of the 8 seats on St. Kitts in the 11-member St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly. Photo 1 St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas addresses the massive crowd following his Labour Partys fourth-term victory following the January 25th 2010 general elections St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas addresses a massive Labour Day march Photos by Erasmus Williams SIDF/SKNANB Low-Interest Loan Programmes Target Graduates and Existing Homeowners (contd from page 1) National Carnival Committee Wishes Pageant Beauties Success In Regional Pageants The National Carnival Committee (NCC) is extending best wishes to its National Carnival Queen 2013/2014, Kaeve Armstrong and first runner up, Yarayni Morton, who will be representing St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Kitts respectively in the upcoming summer regional pageants. The National Carnival Committee recognizes the extraordinary performances delivered by both young ladies when they competed in the National Carnival Queen Pageant 2013/2014 and are expecting even better performances as they move on to represent their country. Kaeve departed the island on Monday 30th June 2014 for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to compete with nine other Caribbean beauties in her first of two regional pageants, Miss Carival 2014 pageant. The pageant, which is organized by the Carnival Development Corporation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the 29th staging of the event and will be held on Friday July 4th 2014 at 8 pm at Victoria Park under the theme 29 Years of Exquisite Pageantry. The reigning National Carnival Queen will also be competing in the 53rd Annual Jaycees Caribbean Queen Show in Antigua on Friday August 1st 2014. This pageant, produced by JCI Antigua will feature thirteen countries under the theme Empowering Women Through Pageantry. It celebrates the national queens of the region together on one stage to express the rich culture and heritage of their homeland as well as their individuality in talent, gown, public speaking, physical fitness and poise. Twenty-three year old Yarayni Morton, is one of twelve beauty queens in the 9th Miss Caribbean Culture Queen 2014 scheduled for August 4th 2014 on the sister isle of Nevis. As Miss St. Kitts, she will compete in five segments with hopes of becoming a regional ambassador for cultural arts in the Caribbean. The National Carnival Committee is proud to have both Kaeve and Yarayni representing us and we take this opportunity to say continue working hard and good luck as they prepare to compete for these prestigious regional titles.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 14 NEWS Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU) 57th Annual Convention 25 Credit Union volunteers and staff members of the four Credit Unions in the Federation attended the Caribbean Confederation of Credit unions (CCCU) 57th Annual Convention at the renown Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas from 20th25th June 2014. The four Credit Unions are the St. Kitts Co-operative Credit Union, each Credit Union and three of the four General Managers. Mr. Sydney Newton, General Manager of the Nevis Co-operative Credit Union was deservingly awarded by CCCU for his sterling contribution as a Board member, where he served as Treasurer of that institution from to 2010 to 2013. After an impressive Opening Ceremony on Saturday afternoon and inspiring church service on Sunday morning, the education sessions started with Dr. Aubrey Armstong, a Guyanese Educator presenting the theme for the convention Re-engineering Credit Unions for Success and Sustainability. During a full packed three days the participants were exposed to presentations by experienced experts in topics such as : Leading Disruptive Innovation and Change Creating a Sustainable High Performing Board Crafting a More Effective and Engaging Credit Union Board Data and Cyber Security in an Evolving Environment The Seven Habits of Successful Credit Committees The Seven Habits of Successful Supervisory Committees Justifying Technology Investments in a nonROI world Co-operation among Co-operatives: A User Guide. The members of the Delegation met as a group and vouched to ensure that the one of seven Cooperative principles and a topic that was presented at the Conference Co-operation among Co-operatives will be kept alive. The leaders agreed that a meeting of the four Boards will be held at the St. Kitts Cooperative Credit Union on Wednesday 23rd July, 2014. This is a positive step in the direction of re-engineering the Credit Unions in our Federation for Success and Sustainability. the Nevis Co-operative Credit Union, the Police Credit Union and the FND Enterprise Co-operative Credit Union. Included in the delegation were the Presidents of
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 15 NEWS Education And Health; Critical Areas For Funding Top Nevis Finance Official Tells SIDF NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance on Nevis, Colin Dore, expressed hope that the St. Kitts and Nevis Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) would look favourably at additional requests from Nevis, for more assistance with the water project and also projects in education and health. Dore made the comment, when he delivered remarks at a handing-over ceremony in which SIDFs Chief Executive Officer Terrence Crossman, delivered the first payment of an EC$2.5million grant for the jointly funded EC$26.9million Nevis Island Administration (NIA) and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Nevis Water Supply Enhancement Project. I want to say thank you for the first drawdown on the funds for the water project and it is our hope that we can have a long and fruitful relationship, in terms of funding for projects which touch the very ordinary person on the street, as we go through our daily lives. I want you to look at it as an investment in the future of Nevis because the persons we are touching are the persons who will become the leaders of tomorrow. If we improve the health facility, improve their education, improve their water supply, we are actually moving them to the next level in our society We want to express our thanks to the Chairman and Board of the SIDF and let them know that we are fully committed to working with them, as they are, in working with us on these projects, he said. The Finance Permanent Secretary told the SIDF official that apart from water, health and education were key areas of investment for the future of Nevis, hence the improvement in the diagnostic facilities at the Alexandra Hospital and the refurbishment of the Distance Education Centre at Marion Heights were important projects for the NIA. Regarding the laboratory and diagnostic facility, he noted that that project was in the process of being drawn up and an application for funding would be sent to the SIDF shortly. However, Dore gave some detail regarding the planned education-related project. In the area of Education, our Distance Education Centre at Marion Heights needs some refurbishing and we will be putting forward that as well to the SIDF because we feel Education, Heath, these are critical areas. If we get it correct now, we will have a society that can sustain us for years to come. If we dont do the necessary things now and dont make the necessary investment now as we are doing now in water, we are going to suffer down the road. So these areas are critical. They are not areas that we just looked at and said we are going to go to the SIDF but these are areas strategically chosen because of the impact they can have on the future of Nevis as an island and the future of our people. We have to invest in health we have to invest in education, he said. According to Dore, over the last 10 years a number of persons had graduated from the University of the West Indies through its Distance Education Centre and that number continued to expand. Just being at home, the fact that you dont have to go to the University, disrupt your family and all that you can stay home, work, go to classes. We have seen an increase and there are a number of persons I am sure, in excess of 50 who would have gotten a first degree having not left the island of Nevis because of the UWI Distance Education Centre. So we want the SIDF to look at that one in a favourable light and to give it the same kind of attention you have given the water project because at the end of the day, an investment in our people is an investment in our future, he said. According to its website, since its inception, the SIDF which has its roots in the Citizen by Investment programme, has been broadened to include the provision of support to the Federal Government in its efforts to diversify the national economy, maintain economic stability and to support, finance or undertake the development of new and existing industries, projects or enterprises. The Foundation may also provide grants, loans, budget support, debt forgiveness or assistance of any kind to the Government or to persons or institutions that qualify for such assistance under its policies, it said. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance on Nevis Colin Dore at a handing over ceremony at the Ministry of Finance conference room on Nevis on June 24, 2014 ver the last 10 years a number of persons had graduated from the University of the West Indies through its Distance Education Centre and that number continued to expand. Just being at home, the fact that you dont have to go to the University, disrupt your family and all that you can stay home, work, go to classes. We have seen an increase and there are a number of persons I am sure, in excess of 50 who would have gotten a first degree having not left the island of Nevis because of the UWI Distance Education Centre. So we want the SIDF to look at that one in a favourable light and to give it the same kind of attention you have given the water project because at the end of the day, an investment in our people is an investment in our future, he said. According to its website, since its inception, the SIDF which has its roots in the Citizen by Investment programme, has been broadened to include the provision of support to the Federal Government in its efforts to diversify the national economy, maintain economic stability and to support, finance or undertake the development of new and existing industries, projects or enterprises. The Foundation may also provide grants, loans, budget support, debt forgiveness or assistance of any kind to the Government or to persons or institutions that qualify for such assistance under its policies, it said. Terrance Crossman Chief Executive Officer of the SIDF at a handing over ceremony at the Ministry of Finance conference room on Nevis on June 24, 2014TRAFFIC ACCIDENT RESULTED IN FOUR (4) PERSONS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITALCotton Ground Police Station is investigating a traffic accident which occurred along the Island Main Road in the vicinity of Alice Swanston Police Round-up residence involving Motor about 1:35 PM on Saturday 28 June 2014 which resulted in four (4) persons being transported to the hospital. Initial investigation revealed that motor jeep RA 330 owned by Wasim Richards and driven by Stetson Blake of Stoney Grove were involved in a single vehicle traffic accident, which ran in to a wall fence.TRAFFIC ACCIDENT RESULTED IN ONE (1) PERSON TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITALThe Traffic Department on Nevis is investigating a traffic accident which occurred along the Island Main Road at Church Ground on Thursday 26 June 2014 about 7:45 PM which resulted in one (1) person being transported to the hospital. Initial investigation revealed that motor jeep P4807 owned by Bernard Browne Sr and driven by Bernard Browne Jr, and motor car P7008 owned and driven by McPherson Forbes of Cole Hill were involved in the traffic accident, and McPherson Forbes was transported to the hospital.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 16 NEWS -PM Douglas Says Opening Of St. Kitts And Nevis Embassy In Cuba Affirms A Very Solid History Of Cooperation And Collaboration Dominicas Ambassador to Cuba, His Excellency Dr. Charles Corbette (left) and Grenadas Ambassador to Cuba,His Excellency Claris Charles (center) and St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (right) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) and Cuban Vice President of Cuba and Secretary of the State National Council, Her Excellency Mercedes Lopez Ace, (center) cut the ribbon to the St. Kitts and Nevis Embassy in Cuba as St. Kitts and Nevis Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett (right) looks on. St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas speaking at the official opening of the St. Kitts and Nevis Embassy in Cuba as chair person of the ceremony and Ministry of Foreign Affairs official, Ms. Kaye Bass listens. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis cemented its 19-year-old diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba with the opening of an Embassy in Havana. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas speaking at the official opening noted that one of his St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Governments first diplomatic initiatives on taking office in July 1995, was to confirm diplomatic relations between both countries. The intervening years have seen a clear and steady strengthening of relations; relations grounded in mutual respect, mutual concern, and mutual support; relations that have affirmed our shared commitment to aid each others quest for selfdetermination in whatever ways our respective abilities allowed, and in response to whatever needs we each may have, Prime Minister Douglas told the distinguished guests including ambassadors and diplomats from several Caribbean countries. Describing the opening of the embassy as yet another milestone, Prime Minister Douglas who was greeted with great enthusiasm by the Caribbean diplomats, said it affirms a very solid history of cooperation and collaboration. A history of collaboration that has left a very positive and indelible mark on my nation, among the most powerful and transformative of these being the vast range of educational opportunities that have been provided to countless young, brilliant and bright nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis; nationals with a hunger for a university education, but uncertain paths to that dream, said Prime Minister Douglas, who added: Education is the most powerful of liberators. And we are reminded that the generosity of the Cuban Government in providing scholarships to our nationals has not only liberated them as individuals but it has unleashed within our Federation, a range of skills, insights, and capabilities that have transformed families, communities, and indeed our Federation, as a whole. And so to the Government and the people of Cuba, we say yet again thank you, as we have so many times done before, and as we will so many times in the future re-enforce. Dr. Douglas pointed to the several areas of assistance from Cuba to the social and economic development of St. Kitts and Nevis. From health to agriculture, and from education to technology, from sports to conservation, and from architecture to (renewable) green energy, Cuba has transformed life in St. Kitts and Nevis for the better. Many who had thought that they would never again be able to see as they once had have travelled to those shores in the hope of having their vision improved, said Dr. Douglas. Our citizens have returned to our Federation, having been a part of the Miracle Vision Mission, with new leases, literally, on life. Persons in need of specialized services in the areas of psychiatry, anaesthesiology, gynaecology, and paediatrics have been touched by the generosity of this government and the kindness of your health care practitioners, said Dr. Douglas. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 2ND 2014 (CUOPM) The relationship between the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of Cuba is based on solidarity and fraternity and continues to reap dividends for both sides. Speaking at the opening of the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Cuban capital, Havana, the twin-island Federations Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett said Kittitians and Nevisians have benefited from the cooperation programmes with Cuba through technical assistance, training and the sharing of knowledge and expertise in areas such as agriculture, education, health, energy conservation and disaster management. In many facets of our society, Cuba has been able to spread its influence. Our nationals from all walks of life have been able to access Cuban institutions of higher learning through the benevolent Cuban Scholarship Programme, affording our students opportunities that their socio-economic status would have denied them. To date, almost 100 students have graduated in a plethora of disciplines: accounting, architecture, education, finance, medicine, nursing, physical education, philology, psychology and the list continues, Minister Nisbett told St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Cubas Vice President and Secretary of the State National Council, Her Excellency Mercedes Lopez Ace; Cubas Minister of Agriculture, His Excellency Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero; Cubas Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency Hugo Ruiz Cabrera and several CARICOM Ambassadors resident in Havana. Foreign Minister Nisbett pointed out that the Federations hhealthcare sector has been enhanced tremendously from assistance of the Cuban government who, since the 1990s has been deploying medical practitioners to render services to the citizenry at little or no cost to families. St. Kitts and Nevis has, since 1998 hosted over 90 medical and technical Cuban workers in the fields ranging from anaesthesiology and gynaecology to ophthalmology and paediatrics. A flagship venture of the Cuban government in collaboration with that of Venezuela was the Miracle Eye Mission, which offered from 2005, free eye care treatment in Cuba to people from every background, said Minister Nisbett. He pointed out that like many other Caribbean islands, St. Kitts and Nevis can boast of significant strides in its social development, especially in the area of education and health, that are, in no small measure directly attributable to the assistance of the Cuban government. He also disclosed that it is not only in the fields of education and St. Kitts and Nevis Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett.contd on next page) Foreign Minister Nisbett: St. Kitts and Nevis and Cuba Relationship Based on Solidarity and Fraternity
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 17 GOOD NEWS When the disciples returned from working all night, Jesus addressed Simon Peter thus: Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these? Yes, Lord, he said. You know that I love You. Jesus said, Feed my lambs. Again Jesus said, Simon, son of John, do you love me? He answered, Yes, Lord, you know that I love You. Jesus said, Take care of My sheep. The third time He asked Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? Peter was upset because Jesus asked him the third time, Do you love Me? Nevertheless, Peter answered, You know all things; You know that I love You, Jesus said to Peter, Feed My sheep (John 21:15-17). These repeated questions by Jesus were asked for a purpose. Christ, at this point was restoring Peters spirit. Our Lords affirmation of love corresponded with Peters three denials of the Messiah. Peter was still down in the courtyard when one of the High Priest girls came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked straight at him and said, You too were with Jesus of Nazareth. But Peter denied it, I dont know, I dont understand what you are talking about, he answered, and went out into the passageway. Just then, a rooster crowed. Not long after, the young lady saw Peter in the passageway, and she repeated to all who were there: He is one of them! Peter denied it again. The next time Peter was seen, it was the bystanders who accused him of being an associate of Jesus, being from Galilee. Peter, in a more vociferous manner declared, I swear that I am telling the truth! I do not know the man you are talking about! (Mark 14:66-72). Jesus is fully aware of our vulnerability to failure. He also knows that there is Gods healing power to be given for a second chance. Christs church will never be led by those who are devoid of weaknesses. It is necessary that those of us who are called to lead the flock of Christ become aware of our own shortcomings and live in the wonder of His forgiven grace. Ministers are to mildly lead the lambs in their care. This is the message Jesus gave to Peter in His intense questions to him. Jesus grilling of Peter was to allow the love that resided in Peters heart to come to the fore so the depth and reality of it would be uppermost in his conscience, and to allow Peter to experience the intensity of that love. Cleverly, Jesus was telling Peter that the love of God is the motivator for Ministers to serve Christs flock. Peter, who was to feed the sheep and take care of the lambs, had to be someone who loved Jesus deeply. Such requirement was to make him persevere no matter the obstacle, and to be compassionate towards the lambs committed to his charge. God was actually indicating to the apostle Peter that he should let love motivate his actions; that he should let love be present in his decisions and sustain his service. To serve Christs flock, Ministers need to come to terms with the fact that, Ministry is not a duty or an obligation; it is a privilege to be joint heirs with Christ. It is Christ who said I come not to be served, but to serve and give my life for many (see Matthew 20:28. Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council Ministers Are Called To Feed Christs Children With His Word Nevis Administration Seeks SIDF Assistance for New Laboratory and Diagnostic W ing NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JULY 02, 2014) The possibility for monetary assistance for a new laboratory and diagnostic wing on Nevis from the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF), was one Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Vance Amory matter Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance Hon. Vance Amory raised, at a recent meeting with St. Kitts and Nevis Prime nationals who have lived in the UK, lived in the United States or lived elsewhere is, do we have adequate health services? he said. Mr. Amory further explained, over the years the NIA had sought to develop the Alexandra Hospital as a reliable primary care facility with efficient service. However, the time had come for the next step in its development. We think we need to go to another level with the development of some challenges with respect to the existing location of the present lab. We need to have a new facility. You would have noticed that we have cleared the back area of the hospital compound because we do intend, having made the decision, that that is where we would put our diagnostic wing. Once we have done that, we intend also to upgrade the theatre to provide better equipment, so that we can provide a service which our people can be proud of and those who come here to live or to visit, can know that they have a reliable health service, he said. Mr. Amory was accompanied to the Basseterre meeting by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance in the NIA Colin Dore. Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas. The meeting was convened to discuss issues related to the Nevis Island Administration (NIA). Mr. Amory made the disclosure in a recent television statement on NTv Channel 8 and described the planned project as a critical one for the delivery of efficient health care on Nevis. He said it was one of a few important projects which the NIA wanted to implement but was seeking support from the SIDF for funding. We [raised with] the Prime Minister, the next project which is a laboratory and diagnostic wing at the Alexandra Hospital. Weve spoken a lot about the laboratory and the reason being, we can have no meaningful or can have no efficient health service, unless there is an effective, efficient laboratory and diagnostic service for the hospital because that is what drives the treatment, drives the diagnosis determining what ails a patient [and] determines what treatment should be taken. I think the construction and equipping of a laboratory and diagnostic wing at the Hospital, would be a critical project for the people of Nevis and for our visitors because the question often being asked when we are promoting and discussing with our high-end visitors or returning health that threads of Cuban support are evident. Cuba has offered expertise in agriculture by deploying technical specialists to conduct assessments of a wide array of agricultural concerns: fertilization, diversification, hydroponic farming, agronomy, pest control, including studies on the monkey population and its effect on agriculture. Minister Nisbett said Cubas impact spans a variety of areas and sports is no exception. In fact, the Federation, in addition to some of its Caribbean States have welcomed occasionally to our shores, clubs and sporting arenas, Cuban coaches in basketball, boxing, football and track and field. The development of culture in the region owes some credit also to our Cuban neighbours. Cuban artists continue to participate and perform in a number of regional festivals, said foreign minister Nisbett. He was in high praise of the Cuban sculptors whose work adorns many villages, towns and historical sites throughout the islands. The bust of the Right Excellent Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport and the life-size statue of the First National Hero at the St. Pauls Memorial Park, as well as that of Sir C.A. Paul Southwell at the Industrial Site are handiwork of Cuban sculptors, said Mr. Nisbett, who reiterated that the relationship between St. Kitts and Nevis and Cuba has been to the two countries mutual advantage although St. Kitts and Nevis is not able to reciprocate in like measure the deployment of experts to Cuba. St. Kitts and Nevis and Cuba established diplomatic relations with Cuba on May 10th 1995, although both in 1993, both countries signed an Agreement on Medical Cooperation Scheme which facilitated the deployment of four (4) health workers to the Federation to render services in 1996. Some of the St. Kitts and Nevis students pursuing medical degrees in Cuba. In 1998, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party administration of the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas signed several agreements including the Basic Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation, Visa Waiver Agreement, Agreement in Sports Cooperation, Agreement on Cultural Cooperation and Agreement on Health Cooperation. ....... Relationship Based on Solidarity and Fraternity(contd from last page)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 19 COMMENTARY It Was Divine Intervention Which Saved Us On 10th June, 1967. Part 2 (contd from 20th June) Do you see how silent the churches are on the occasion? A few of their ministers were involved in the Anguilla uprising and used the pulpit to extract sympathy for their cause. Despite the hypocrisy of the churches, The Divine Hand of God interceded on our behalf and prevented this dastardly act from succeeding. Could you imagine, dear reader, the whole of the country, including people, vegetation, animals, birds, insects, totally obliterated (totally wiped out)?In their book, Anguillas Battle for Freedom 1967-1969, the authors mentioned that the Prominent Lawyer from St. Kitts, when he visited Junk Hole and saw the Anguillans practising their shooting, remarked to someone If the boys can shoot like that when they come to St. Kitts, they and the PAMITES would be able to overthrow the government.Now, tell me dear reader, why should these authors lie? When the Anguillans landed on St. Kitts, they were not met at Halfway Tree by Labour supporters. They were met by PAM supporters who transported them to the various places mapped out for attack. They were met by Sugar estate managers and overseers from the various estates upon which ton load of guns were buried.We have not yet begun to fathom the enormity of the 1967 ATTEMPTED COUP. Moonlight Roberts confirmed to a lot of us up at the Upper House downstairs the Pavilion at Warne Park, in the presence of one of his daughters that he told Alabama that what is happening in Anguilla, is only the smoke. The real fire is going to happen in St. Kitts. Guns were landed at Salt Pond or the South East Peninsular which was undeveloped at that time. Access to that area was either by boat or four wheeled driven jeeps. There was a contractor named Samuel Byron who was contracted by a big businessman in Basseterre to construct a building over at Salt Pond, so that he, his family and friends could be sheltered from the elements whenever they visited on a Sunday or Public Holidays. One day, while working over there, he saw some men speaking Spanish landing crates of what he believed were guns. One of them came up to him and, in broken English wanted to know how he could get in touch with Dr. Herbert. He also wanted to know the route to Basseterre. When Mr. Byron returned to Basseterre, he immediately sought out Mr. Bradshaw and reported the incident to him. Mr. Bradshaw immediately telephoned the Chief of Police and gave the telephone to Mr. Byron to relate what he saw. The next day, the businessman who contracted him, sent a motor boat over to Salt Pond to fetch Mr. Byron. Mr. Byron sat in the waiting room because someone was in the office with the business man. Who emerged from the businessmans office but the chief of Police himself? Do you see the connection dear reader?As the first trained Intelligence Officer in St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla, I set up a network of informants. A few days after the Attempted coup, a group of fishermen from New Town were fishing in the Salt Pond area when they saw movements of crates leaving a building at Grape Tree Bottom. They pulled up their nets and came back to New Town from where they sent messages to everybody for me to get in touch with them. When I got in touch, they related to me what they had seen. A State of Emergency was declared and so I went to see Mr. Bradshaw who did me the very same thing he did to Mr. Byron of calling up the Chief of Police and have me convey my information, (not my informants), to him despite my many protests. This is one of the many reasons why Mr. Bradshaw was not fed with much information, because the populace respected him but he was placing them in harms way.In 2007 the 40th anniversary of The 1967 Attempted Coup, there was a taped interview with Mr. Dwyer Astaphan, myself, and a a few of the ex-members of the Defence Force who were on duty that dreadful night The tape is available and has been played on several radio stations on the anniversary of the 10th June. Today, the same Mr. Dwyer Astaphan is asking us whom he told that it happened, and how he had to sleep on Conaree Beach, is now telling us that we should forget such a dastardly act.Michael Oliver Powell, who, in 1992, after he was unceremoniously kicked out of the Government and the PAM Party on ALL FOOLS DAY, is now telling us that 1967 never happened at all. This, despite the fact that the same Mr. Powell said at Pond Pasture and up at the Village that what they wanted him to do, he could not do it.Guns which were taken from the Police in Anguilla were found in CN 1955, a car belonging to the said Mr. Michael Oliver Powell. In those days the number plates on vehicles carried CN and not P and H etc. The said Mr. Powell informed his listeners in Central Fiennes Avenue at one of his political meetings that there was indeed a 10th June, !967. He has now changed his mouth. He is now being hugged tightly to the bosom of those who disgraced him, embarrassed him, humiliated him, scorned him, vilified him, and crucified him.Some of our citizens are conveniently propagandizing that the event was being used for political purpose. How do these persons want the Labour Movement to treat this event? It was Mr. Bradshaw and Mr. Southwell, Labour stalwarts who were going to be dragged through the streets of Basseterre and then taken to Anguilla to be held as hostages.The 1967 attack was against Labour, its Leaders and its supporters and you are asking Labour not to use it for political purposes? To overthrow a Labour Government by means of guns is not a political plot?Nowadays we have to place so many Question Signs (???) against our so-called decent and respectable citizens who are afraid to call a spade a spade and our historians who want to distort and dilute our history. These people are either afraid or downright hypocrites, either to condemn the event or to educate us as to the enormity of the dastardly terrorist act which was to be perpetuated on the inhabitants of the land. This failure on their part would eventually cause them to lose the respect of the ordinary man and woman of the land. Between 19411945, Hitler of Germany, murdered 11 million people in Europe including two thirds, six million (6,000,000) of the nine million Jews living there. The Jews refer to this event as THE HOLOCAST. How dare any one ask a Jew to forget the holocaust? How can anyone hypocritically ask any conscientious Labour supporter or any conscientious Kittitian to forget the intended HOLOCAST OF 1967?On the 6th of August, 1945, America dropped a Nuclear Bomb on Hiroshima in Japan, killing 90,000-166,000 persons. On 9th August, 1945, America dropped a second Nuclear Bomb Nagasaki in Japan, killing 74,000 persons. Can anyone ask the Japanese and the rest of the world to forget these historical events? It is the first and only time that Nuclear Weapons were ever used on a country and its people. Should we forget them merely because they happened way back in 1945, some 69 years ago? Why not erase the landing of Christopher Columbus on the shores of St. Kitts, from our history books? Why should we continue to celebrate Christmas which is the Birth Date of the Christ? This was over 2,000 years ago. Why mourn the death of the Christ who died on the cross to save mankind from their sins? Why not forget the 1935 Buckleys Riots which ushered in the right to form and to join Trade Unions and Political Parties? Why not forget 1952, when for the very first time in history, the voiceless majority of ordinary men and women in this country, were allowed to vote? Why not wipe out 1956 from our history books when the Ministerial system of Government was introduced into the island? Why not burn up the history books so that we could not learn about State hood? Why not tear up the history books so that we become totally unaware that Sir Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds was our first ever PRIME MINISTER Prime of our INDEPENDENT FEDERATION? In short, dear reader, why dont we just simply forget that there is ever a subject called HISTORY? Do you see how uneducated we would become? My departed Grandmother always said Bad win does not blow. From the TERRORIST AND DASTARDLY ACT OF 1967, and the covering up of the historical events, many lessons have been learned. Moon runs until day light catches up with it. You can run but you cannot hide, for the truth will eventually catch up with you. Dr Simmonds thought that he could suppress the truth of the invasion by the Anguillans by banning the books written by Anguillans when he was confronted by the truth of the events as was spewed out by Ronald Webster, the very First Chief Minister Of Anguilla in 1980. He did not foresee that he would not be in power forever. The books are now accessible to everybody. If, and God forbid it, PAM was to regain political power, would search warrants be issued to search the homes of all Kittitians and Nevisians to destroy the book? In 2014, we have come to face with the hypocrites in our society. We have come face to face with men who cannot stand to their word. Who change like the changing tide and who shift with the shifting winds, changing directions ever so often? 1967 HAS TAUGHT US THAT TRUTH CANNOT AND WILL NOT BE SUPPRESSED. THE EPISODE HAS TAUGHT US THAT WE MUST LIVE NOBLE LIVES IF WE WANT TO COMMAND AND DEMAND RESPECT. THE EPISODE OF 1967, HAS DEMONSTRATED TO US IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS THAT RESPECTABILITY DOES NOT COME FROM THE WEARING OF A TIE OR A SUIT. RESPECTABILITY COMES FROM STICKING TO YOUR WORD, STICKING TO YOUR PRINCIPLES, STICKING TO YOUR BELIEFS THOUGH THE HEAVENS FALL. TRUTH, REGARDLESS OF THE LENGTH OF TIME IT TAKES WILL BREAK ASSUNDER EVERY BARRIER PLACED IN ITS WAY AND BARE ITS SOUL TO THE WHOLE WORLD. IT WILL DEFY ALL AND EVERY EFFORT PLACED IN ITS PATH TO MUZZLE IT. HOW CAN YOU BLANK OUT THE SUNLIGHT?
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 20 NEWS -Adeola Moore in LIMEs $10,000.00 Winner! Basseterre, St. Kitts June 28, 2014 After an electrifying performance by Tessanne Chin it was a game show atmosphere on the final night of the St. Kitts Music Festival as Leslie Suga Bowl Morton instructed the five finalists who were randomly selected for the $10,000.00 draw; to randomly select one of five boxes, one of which had written Congratulations You are the LUCKY winner of $10,000.00 inside. The five finalists were: Mrs. Denise Welsh Bladen Housing Ms. Catherine Williams Central Thibou Ave (represented on the evening by Ms. Candace Bert-Browne) Ms. Adeola Moore Fiennes Avenue Ms. Anita Norford Tabernacle Mr. Kai Morson Taylors Village A jubilant Adeola Moore jumped for joy on the realization that she was the winner of $10,000.00 in the It Pay Use to LIME Activate & Win promotion. As a post-paid customer, Ms. Moores entry as finalist in Saturday nights draw was secured simply by paying her post-paid bill on-time and in full, giving her the opportunity to select the winning box. For this event, General Manager of LIME St. Kitts & Nevis Mr. David Lake was quoted as saying, we are extremely happy to have brought this life changing opportunity to Adeola. Giving back to customers in a big way to enable them to realise their dreams is what LIME is all about. And what a life changing event it was, as not too long after winning, it was learnt that Adeola was very fortunate as she had recently planned to purse further studies towards a Masters Program at a cost of $11,000.00. Mr. Lake on hearing how both family and friends had prayed for Adeola after she had told them about being selected as a finalist, agreed to present her with the additional $1,000 to cover the full cost of her educational dream, making this the prize of a lifetime. For their part, the other four finalists namely Mr. Kai Morson, Mrs. Denise Welsh, Ms. Anita Norford and Ms. Catherine Williams all won themselves with $1,000.00 compliments LIME.LIME. Value Every Moment! Regulators To Review High Speed Internet Pricing Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis will host persons from regulatory agencies across the region who will participate in four days of training on effective price regulation for broadband services (high speed internet). The workshop organized by the local Department of Information Technology in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will be held from July 07 to 10 at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. Governments ICT Policy Advisor, Innovation and Industry Unit, Pierre Bowrin disclosed that in the past, regulators determined broadband pricing models that were influenced by the number of technology tools with internet access. As the technology landscape is changing it is quite important for them (regulators) to review those models and to be introduced to any new ones, Bowrin stated. As such, the sessions will explore several topics covering price regulations and cost models for next generation networks such as 4G mobile. Participants are expected to exchange experiences and engage in role play of an interconnection negotiation. Mr. Bowrin said consumers are expected to benefit from such a review. Caribbean Cable & Telecommunications Assoc. Gives US$1,000 To Local Agency Through The Cable June 27, 2014 Through the generosity of the Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA), Warriors for Christ Pathfinder Club is the recipient of a US$1,000 grant from the associations 2014 Community Charities Program. Warriors for Christ Pathfinder Club was nominated for the grant by The Cable, a member of the CCTA and the cable and telecommunications provider for St. Kitts. Warriors for Christ Pathfinder was chosen as a grant recipient because of the outstanding service and assistance it provides to the community. The checque was presented by Mrs. Lornlia Matthew, Marketing Manager of The Cable, on June 26, 2014. The CCTAs Community Charities Program, established in 1993, has awarded more than US$293,000 to Caribbean charities during its existence. The program originally awarded only 10 grants per year, but interest in the program has grown in the last 20 years. Twelve charities were nominated for the 2014 grants, and the associations board of directors voted unanimously to award US$1,000 grants to all. The 12 Community Charities Program grant recipients were nominated by the following Cable and telecommunications operators: Bermuda CableVision; BVI Cable TV; Choice Cable TV of Puerto Rico; General Satelite Network Company of Jamaica; Innovative Cable TV St. Croix; Innovative Cable TV St. Thomas-St. John; Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico; St. Maarten Cable TV; The Cable of St. Kitts; T.V. Distribution Systems of Curacao; WestStar TV Limited of the Cayman Islands; and Wireless Telecommunication Network of St. Maarten. Formed in 1983, the Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association represents cable and telecommunications providers throughout the Caribbean, and the programmers, software and hardware suppliers that support their operations. SKNDF Regaining Preeminence In The Region Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 01, 2014 (SKNIS): Retired Major Leroy Percival has given a vote of confidence for the continued development of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) noting that it is on the way to reclaiming top rankings in the Caribbean. While addressing persons at the opening of the Junior NonCommissioned Officers Club on Wheels Bar and Lounge on Monday, Major Percival said the pride and respect within and outside of the organization was growing. In the 70s, we were in a position as one of the best defence forces in the entire Caribbean, he stated. We were ranked number three at one stage and we are getting there again. The St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force was established in 1896. It was disbanded in 1981, but was reformed in 1997. Percival served the organization from 1968 to 1981. He resumed his military career when it was reestablished before retiring a few years ago completing 41 years of service with the military and police force. During his stint, he served with Patrick Wallace who now commands the SKNDF. Percival credited Lt. Colonel Wallace for his leadership. The force has improved tremendously and Im not just saying this because we are personal friends and we go way back, he disclosed. The retired Major stressed that Commander Wallace has always promoted positive initiatives within the organization and this has led to growth of the SKNDF and empowerment of its members. SKNIS Photo: Retired Major Leroy Percival Aint gonna let no Jim Crow turn me around, Turn me around, turn me around, Aint gonna let no Jim Crow turn me around, Im gonna keep on a-walking, keep on a-talking, Marchin up to freedoms land. Aint gonna let racism turn me around, Turn me around, turn me around, Aint gonna let racism turn me around, Im gonna keep on a-walking, keep on a-talking, Marchin up to freedoms land. Aint gonna let no hatred turn me around, Turn me around, turn me around, Aint gonna let no hatred turn me around, Im gonna keep on a-walkin, keep on a-talkin, Marchin up to freedoms land. Aint gonna let injustice turn me around, Turn me around, turn me around, Aint gonna let injustice turn me around, Im gonna keep on a-walkin, keep on a-talking, Marchin up to freedoms land. Aint gonna let no jail cell turn me around, Turn me around, turn me around, Aint gonna let no jail cell turn me around, Im gonna keep on a-walkin, keep on a-talkin, Marchin up to freedoms land. Aint gonna let nobody turn me around, Turn me around, turn me around, Aint gonna let nobody turn me around, Im gonna keep on a-walkin, keep on a-talking, Marchin up to freedoms land. TRADE UNION NEWS (contd from page 4)Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 21 SPORTS -St Lucia Finishes First In OECS/ECCB Under 23 Netball Tournament By Drizel HanleyTeam St. Lucia defeated defending champions, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, 52-46 in the finals on Tuesday night (July 1st) to win the 2014 Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) under 23 Netball Tournament at the Beasejour Indoor Facility in Gros Islet, St. Lucia. St. Lucias Goal Attack, Iyanna Hippolyte, had 51 attempts and scored 43 goals. She was also voted the tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP). St. Lucia also copped the Best Defending Team Award. St. Vincent fought valiantly to defend their title but in the end lost to St Lucia by 6 goals and settled for the second place spot. They also snatched top awards for Best Shooting Team. Grenada who came in third ended their final match when they overpowered St Kitts to win 60-44, to add to victories over Antigua, Montserrat, Dominica, a drawn game against St Vincent and the Grenadines and a loss to St Lucia. Best Defender and Best Shooter went to two Grenadians Shakeira Collymore and Christa Stephen respectively. The Spice Girls final match on Monday morning (June 30th) saw them crumble to St. Lucia who remained unbeaten in the tournament. Grenada held defending champion St Vincent and the Grenadines to a 47-47 draw on Sunday. The Grenadians also defeated Montserrat 81-21 on Sunday morning (June 29th) and opened the tournament with a 49-39 win against Dominica on Saturday June 28th. Grenada secured two outstanding awards Christa Stephens copped best shooter and Shakira Collymore was named best defender. Stephens was also Grenadas Most Valuable Player. The other teams were St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Montserrat. The MVP for each country was: AntiguaTanya Greene; DominicaDeana George; GrenadaChrista Stephen; MontserratJuana Osborne; St. KittsRochelle Challenger and St. VincentMary-Ann Frederick. The objective of the competition was not only to contribute to the improvement of the sport of netball in the ECCU, but to provide an avenue for the regions young women to develop both socially and physically. In 1999, the bank incorporated personal development sessions for the participants, geared towards enhancing their interpersonal and professional skills.The competition is staged annually, by the OECS Sports Desk, Saint Lucia, in association with a designated host netball association. It is rotated between the Banks participating member countries. ROSEAU, Dominica Sunil Narine is confident he can maintain his dominance over New Zealands batsmen when the two teams meet in the two-match T20 Series, this weekend. The ace spinner is ranked at Number 2 in the ICC T20 bowling table. He has bagged 12 wickets for 130 runs in five T20s against the Black Caps including career-best figures of 4-12 in Florida two years ago. The matches will be played at Windsor Park. First ball on Saturday and Sunday is 2pm (1pm Jamaica Time). On Thursday, Narine spoke to members of the Media.FULL SQUAD:Darren Sammy (Captain) Samuel Badree Christopher Barnwell Darren Bravo Sheldon Cottrell Andre Fletcher Sunil Narine Kieron Pollard Denesh Ramdin Andre Russell Krishmar Santokie Lendl Simmons Dwayne SmithTEAM MANAGEMENTOttis Gibson (Head Coach) Sir Richard Richardson (Team Manager) Sir Curtly Ambrose (Bowling Consultant) Stuart Williams (Assistant Coach) Andre Coley (Assistant Coach) C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist) Sunil Narine Confident Sunil NarineHector Martinez Charles (Strength & Conditioning Co-ordinator) Richard Berridge (Video & Statistical Analyst) Philip Spooner (Media Manager) Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist) MATCH SCHEDULE Saturday, July 5: First T20I Windsor Park, Dominica Sunday, July 6: Second T20I Windsor Park, Dominica Child Month Ends With Street March By Drizel HanleyHundreds of the nations youths, teachers, parents and supporters, took to the streets of Basseterre, on Friday last, June 27th, in a grand march which signalled the end of Child Month 2014. Leading the grand event was the Minister with responsibility for Education, the Hon. Nigel Carty flanked by senior officials in the Early Childhood Development Unit. Director of Early Childhood, Jacqueline Morris, expressed gratitude to everyone who participated in the march noting that she was very pleased with the turnout which has increased over the years. From the 80-plus early childhood institutions that are in St. Kitts, there was a 95 percent participation rate, the Director said. Speaking on the theme (Child Month at 30 Celebrating Our Achievements), she said it was agreed upon in light of the achievements made by the early childhood sector in St. Patricia Clarke wins 3rd annual National Bank White Swimsuit Competition By Drizel Hanley2013 Miss Black San Swimsuit Pageant winner, Patricia Clarke, on Sunday last (June 29th) snatched the coveted White Swimsuit Competition title. The competition which was held at the Carambola Beach Club South Friars Bay in the Southeast Peninsula, was dubbed Vegas Edition and saw hundreds of attendees. In the first round the vibrant contestants modelled full-body swimsuits during the Fanfare and Introduction number. During the next segment the ladies were tasked with modelling identical swimwear but had to add a little personal effect to enhance their runway look. Most ladies complimented the swimwear with a colorful headpiece. In the next segment, the ladies wore whatever they chose to. They excited the crowd with dresses ranging from samba to wedding. The First Runner-up position went to Malicia Francis, while Jackiema Flemming was adjudged Second Runner-up. The other contestants were Roslyn Berkley, Kanesia Byron and Delonne Walters. Jamaican singing sensation, Romain Virgo, treated the patrons to an electrifying performance dishing out several hits including Wanna Go Home, Live Mi Life, and Altons Medley. Kevy Kev out of Florida, the Kore Band featuring Gharlic and Delly Ranks, and Nuphoric of Trinidad were also a part of the lineup. The National Banksponsored Competition is the official Cool down Party of the annual St. Kitts Music Festival. Kitts. The month was officially launched on June 1st with a Church Service and the address to the Nation by Hon. Nigel Carty which was aired on ZIZ Radio.Other activities included a costume festival depicting themes of Carnival City and an Awards Ceremony. Further promotional measures were achieved via VON Radios Lets Talk Programme.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 22 NEWS -Increase in Viral Conjunctivitis aka Pink Eye or Red Eye Office of the Chief Medical Officer Since the latter half of last week, the Ministry of Health, Basseterre, continues to receive reports of children and adults experiencing pink eyes or red eyes. The Office of the Chief Medical Officer confirms an increase in the number of cases of Conjunctivitis or inflammation of the lining of the eyes which causes them to appear pink or red. There is no need for panic or to rush to the Emergency Room. The inflammation of pink or red eye clears by itself in less than a week without complications in the majority of cases. The usual cause is a virus which is spread by coughing, sneezing and contaminated fingers. Symptoms include pink, red, swollen, itchy, watery eyes that may have a sticky discharge especially in the morning. An effective control measure is washing the eyes 4 6 times per day with cotton soaked in warm salt water (1/4 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water). On rare occasions, a bacterial infection may develop especially when the eyes are rubbed. In such instances, antibiotic eye drops are prescribed by a doctor. To prevent spread, affected persons and their household and daycare contacts should wash their hands regularly with soap and water, and avoid sharing pillows and towels. Affected infants, toddlers, pre-school and primary school-age children should be kept away from other children until symptoms clear. Affected adolescents and adults may continue their regular activities once they are feeling well and their hands are washed frequently. Persons should seek medical advice from a Community Health Center or their personal doctor if they have: Eye pain Sensitivity to light (photophobia) Disturbed vision Intense redness (blood shot colour) in one or both of your eyes A newborn baby with conjunctivitis Additional advisories will be issued as warrantedPUBLIC HEALTH DAY MESSAGE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CARPHA, DR. C. JAMES HOSPEDALES ADD LIFE TO YOUR LIFE ON CARIBBEAN PUBLIC HEALTH DAYGood day.As Executive Director of the newest international public health agency of the 21st century CARPHA the importance of public health is succinctly summed up in the words of our slogan Preventing disease, promoting and protecting health.Indeed, the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA, iscommitted to promoting a healthier,more productive Caribbean population in cleaner and greener environments.The work of CARPHAadvances the public health of the Region in several ways, includingmonitoring health and disease spread and responding to emergencies, laboratory services, nutrition and food security, health research, environmental health and pharmaceutical quality. However, within recent times, the scourge of non-communicable diseases, also known as NCDs, such as obesity, stroke, cancers, heart disease and diabetes,along with risks such as tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol, and poor diet and physical inactivity, has presented a clear and present danger toour health and economies, right here in the Region. The sobering reality is, that NCDs are now the leading cause of premature deaths, accounting for nearly half the deaths of persons under 70 years, and two out of three deaths overall in the Caribbean. In addition, this Region has one of the highest rates of obesity in children and adults in the world. Recent studies throughout the Caribbean show over 25 per cent of adolescents as being overweight or obese.This is mainly due to poor diets and lack of physical activity, driven by profound changes in the way we live and play, with massive marketing of foods high in sugar, fats and salt; as well as several hours per day spent watching TV and playing video games. In fact, the vast majority of the people do not get five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, which protect against high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. Despite the alarming nature of all this evidence, there is alsoa positive side to NCDs: most of them are caused by modifiable risk factors. In other words, if we control the risk factors leading to NCDs, we can prevent some 80 per cent ofall heart attacks, strokes and Type II diabetes, as wellas 40 per cent of cancers. This will greatly benefit the economy also. The modifiable risk factors are mostly known to all of us.They include tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and harmful use of alcohol. Other intermediate risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and obesity. To address this health scourge and to promote healthy living, CARPHA declares, today, July 2nd, Caribbean Public Health Day. Please allow me to take the opportunity today, to publicly thank our public health nurses, environmental health officers, dieticians and nutritionists, health educators and other public health professionals who work tirelessly in the communities educating and assisting persons to adopt a healthy lifestyle,so that they cansuccessfully reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases. On this day, Caribbean Public Health Day, we urge you to Add Life to Your Life and reverse the NCD trend. Start today, by making at least one lifestyle change. Add life by: Walking 30 minutes a day; it can halve your risk of heart attack Reduce your salt intake to reduce your risk of hypertension Eat five servings of fruit and vegetables each day to reduce your risk of hypertension, heart disease and cancer Dont smoketo reduce your risk of cancer and wrinkles and save money Reduce your alcohol consumption If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, stay on your medications to avoid complications like heart attacks, stroke, and kidney failure Recognizing that The Health of the Region is the Wealth of the Region, CARPHA encourages you to join with us in demonstrating your firm commitment to improving the quality of your own lifeand that of our families, so we move towards more healthy people in healthy spaces, and reduce the preventable health costs to families, businesses and governments. Founder and President of Windsor University School of Medicine passes away BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 3RD 2014 (CUOPM) Windsor University School of Medicine announced Thursday the passing of its founder and president, Doctor Srinivas Gaddam. The Board of Directors said Dr. Gaddam who was born in 1962 is survived by his mother, his wife, and his two children. Doctor Gaddam went to medical school in India. He did his Family Practice residency training in Washington DC. After a brief stint of practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Doctor Gaddam established Windsor University School of Medicine in 1998 in Turks and Caicos and moved it to the island of St. Kitts in 2000. The University in a statement said Dr. Gaddam had a passion for Medical Education. He wanted to help students who aspired to become physicians and could not get through the traditional medical school realize their dream at Windsor University School of Medicine. He brought together an excellent faculty, created the infrastructure and the curriculum to make Windsor University School of Medicine a highly successful medical school in Caribbean where students come from all parts of the world for their medical education. On Thursday, July 3, 2014 a brief gathering was held on Windsor Campus in Doctor Gaddams honour and was attended by Faculty, Staff and Students. Doctor Gaddams Thanksgiving Service will be held at Heartland Memorial Center (1-708444-2266), 7151 183rd St. Tinley Park, IL 60477, Chicago on July 5th, 2014. He will be cremated as per the Hindu Tradition. His Love for the island of St. Kitts and its people was deep and enduring. His Family and Board of directors of Windsor University School of Medicine intend to continue and build on his legacy by making Windsor University School of Medicine stronger and better to serve the future generations of medical students. (Photo by Erasmus Williams St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (right) and Founder/President of Windsor School of Medicine, Doctor Srinivas Gaddam
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 04TH 2014 23 COMMENTARY/NEWS By Vigilante Dey say de two hog did want to go on de Music Festival boat ride wid de PAM people dem. But dey say a PAM lady from New Town wrap she tongue round de two hog and tell dem if dey only put dey foot on de boat, all where she aint gon put she foot. So dey say de Marriott man and Sexy Legs had one laughing and tell de two hog if dey know what good for dem dey will stay far from de boat ride and far, far from PAM people. De two hog was so shame dat even though dey done had dey ticket to go on de boat ride, and de momma hog did done cook food for five hundred, dey tell her not to bother to bring de food and dey mek sure dey aint went any where near to de boat. People want to know how after de Anointed One and de Marriott man tell everybody to boycott de Music Festival, de first people to reach in de VIP section was de two of dem. De rearbin hog was looking a free season ticket, but de Marriott man tell him, eat less, drink less, buy you own. De red hog cant ketch he self. Just because de visiting artistes say dat de federation look good. It progressing. Is like he and de chewing hog getting bipolar again. Dey say de red hog get so wex, he write to de US embassy and de Jamaica high commission and tell dem dat dey mus not allow dem to come back to de Federation again if dey gone talk good about de country and Douglas. De Unity Concoction misleaders spent huge sums of money topping up de phones of Terry, Mr. Politics, De bicycle man, de Cayon ex-convict, de Christian lady and dey other stooges, getting dem to call een to all de talk-show dem and encourage people to boycott de Music Festival. But While dey try to get dey supporters to stay away from de festival, dey mek sure dey didnt miss out on any ah de action at all. And dey say Shawna, De Marriott man, De Anointed One and Walla Walla had a whale of a time every single night. Dey say when De Anointed One was asked why dey participating in de Festival and enjoying dey self when dey asking people to boycott it, he remarked: Thats for all you, not us . Do what we say; not what we do. Dey say De Anointed one was really getting on bad when Taurus Riley was rendering hit after hit. But as soon as he touched Labours Royal Ladys tune (Shes Royal) he drop he drink and start to buse de hell outa Taurus. He say Taurus bigging up De Royal Lady. He ain got no call to sing dat song. He bias and he get pay to sing dat song. Its a Labour song. Dey say some young ladies confronted Walla Walla on de Friday night and tell him: I hope you put dat de ticket dem sell out tonight in you Caribbean Times or St. Kitts Times instead of de stale news from 2011. And dey say, he say it aint he is de angry fella from Pond Pasture. Reliable sources in de Unity Concoction Camp have confirmed that de recently opened campaign headquarters on Fort Street is being financed by big business interests on de island. And dey say de Pam misleaders got dey eyes firmly on de rearbin hog and de money for dey say all hes concerned about is he and he family. People in Nevis want to know how come dey ain get no unity concoction campaign headquarters in Nevis and when are dey going to keep a unity meeting there. All de polls are showing dat Gene will lose badly to Labours candidate, Dr. Terrence Drew. And dey say even in Cayon many persons who voted for him in de last election are telling him to his face dat dey voting for Dr. Drew. Dey say dey spent a lot of money paying for tickets for nationals to overseas to come home during the music festival to register and vote for de unity concoction but de people came, attended the shows and ain bother to register for dem. And dey say De Mike Tief mekking a lot ah noise saying some ah dem even crook dem and register to vote for Labour. And he busing hell outa PAM Lennox in New York for doing a poor job after assuring him that they will register to vote for de unity concoction. De Marriott man is in plenty trouble. Hes in for a good licking whenever the bell ring. De people in de constituency say he chat too much. If he gie you a bed, he talk bout it on de platform and radio. If he pay some bills for you, he talk bout it. Nothing is confidential for him. Everything he do for people is to get votes. They voting for the Hon. Glenn Phillip and Labour all de way. People in Nevis are saying that its a smartness de fella dem in de CCM wukking pon de big man to get rid of him and put dey man, de mouthabassy fella in charge of de party and government. People want to know if de management of WINNFM ain going to mek de unruly PLP Secretary to apologize for disrespecting the host, packing up he stuff and angrily storming out de Inside De News Programme on Saturday like a spoilt brat. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 2ND 2014 (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis has paid glowing tribute to St. Kitts and Nevis Non-Resident Ambassador to Cuba, His Excellency Mr. Cedric Harper and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Resident Ambassador in Cuba, His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Charles Corbette for services rendered on behalf of the Government and people of the twin-island Federation in Havana, Cuba. Kingston-based Ambassador Harper is St. Kitts and Nevis High Commissioner in Jamaica. I must thank most sincerely His Excellency, Ambassador Cedric Harper, who has served as our Federations non-resident Ambassador to Cuba for so many years, a service that has been marked by dedication, dependability, and distinction. To him our Federation will forever be indebted. And on behalf of our Government and people, and on my own behalf, I thank and honour Ambassador Harper for his years of outstanding service, once again, said Prime Minister Douglas during an address in Cuba, to officially open the St. Kitts and Nevis Embassy in Havana. To His Excellency Ambassador Dexter Rose and his dear wife Mrs. Rose of St. Vincent & the Grenadines Embassy here, who for so many years has, in a spirit of unstinting bilateral cooperation and solidarity, placed at our disposal the facilities and courtesies of the Embassy of St. Vincent & the Grenadines in Havana, I wish to express my countrys sincere gratitude. We are, indeed, in St. Vincent & the Grenadines debt, Prime Minister Douglas told invited guests including officials from the Government of Cuba, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the CARICOM Ambassadors from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Guyana, Grenada, Dominica, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Douglas said that the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis in Havana when fully operational will be advancing the interests of the respective persons and peoples, and continuing to build on the friendship which, over the past nineteen years, we have so carefully nurture and established. He said that the St. Kitts and Nevis Embassy in Cuba will serve as a bridge to greater regional and international cooperation and understanding. PM Douglas pays tribute to Ambassadors Harper and Rose St. Kitts and Nevis Non-Resident Ambassador to Cuba, His Excellency Cedric Harper (third from the right) with St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (fourth from the right) with the first batch of Cuban trained Kittitians and Nevisians. CARICOM Ambassadors resident in Cuba, (left to right) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to Cuba His Excellency Dr. Dexter Rose; St. Lucias His Excellency, Dr. Charles Isaac; Guyanas Her Excellency Mitra Davi Ali; Jamaicas His Excellency, Adate Robinson; St. Kitts and Nevis Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett; Grenadas Her Excellency Claris Charles; St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; St. Kitts and Nevis Ambassador-designate to Cuba, His Excellency Mr. Kenneth Douglas; Dominicas His Excellency Dr. Charles Corbette and Belizes Charge d affaires, Mr. Efrain Novelo. (Photos by Erasmus Williams0,
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