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Basseterre (March24, 2010)-
Citing the global economic crisis
as the backdrop in the 2010 Budget
Address, Prime Minister and
Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr.
Denzil Douglas outlined a number
of initiatives to control
expenditure, eliminate excesses
and eradicate inefficiencies within
the public sector as the
government moves forward to
reduce the Public Sector Debt,
which stood at EC $2.54 billion at
the end of December 2008 while it
continues with the transitioning of
the economy from a sugar-based
to a services-oriented one.
"Mr. Speaker, the budget I have
presented here today is a budget
that is appropriate for the times.
The entire global community is in
the midst of what is undoubtedly
the most challenging times of this
century, during which policy
makers all over the globe have had
to tackle economic problems that
rival many of the major crises of
the last century in scope and
magnitude," Prime Minister Dr.
"Mr. Speaker, the current
environment requires us to do
more with less," he said.
The long anticipated 2010
Budget Address, which was
delayed because of the January
25th General Elections, and
presented on Tuesday, March 23,
was leaner and trimmer than that
of 2009 presented by the then
Minister of Finance, Dr. the Hon.
Admitting that "the road to
acceptable levels of debt is still
long and arduous, and filled with
many obstacles and risks," Dr.
Douglas said that debt reduction
must be a priority in this year's
budget and in budgets to come.
However, Prime Minister Dr.
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister and Minister of
Finance, Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas delivering the 2010
Budget Address in the National Assembly on Tuesday
23rd March 2010. (Photo by Erasmus Williams)
Douglas said that the Government
was making significant progress in
reducing the public debt.
"The Total Public Sector Debt
expressed as a percentage of GDP
fell by 17.8 percentage points from
182.8% in2007 to 165.0% in 2008
while that of the Central
2008," he said.
Dr. Douglas said that given the
volatile global economic climate,
the Eastern Caribbean Central
Bank (ECCB) has recommended
that all OECS countries approach
the International Monetary Fund
Government fell from 118.4% of
GDPin2007 to 106.8% ofGDPin (cont'd on page 3)
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" We have to learn to do
more with less," says PM
Douglas in Budget 2010
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consultation begins in
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BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 23RD 2010 (CUOPM) St.
Kitts and Nevis has announced November 1 st 2010 as the date for the
introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the twin-island Federation.
Delivering the 2010 Budget Address in the National Assembly on
Tuesday, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. Denzil L.
Douglas said there are too many indirect taxes at different rates that
make the system complex and it will replace several taxes.
"The current tax system promotes cascading of taxes or double
taxation of goods. The ECCU Tax Reform and Administration
Commission in fact recommended that all indirect taxes within the
sub-region be replaced by a VAT. A VAT would streamline the tax
system by replacing the Consumption Tax, Hotel and Restaurant Tax,
Cable TV Tax, Traders Tax, Vehicle Rental Levy, Export and Rum Duty,
Telecommunications Levy (IDD Calls) and Parcel Tax," said Prime
He said that a Public Awareness and Education Campaign for the
introduction of the VAT is scheduled to begin in April 2010, and that
the matter will be taken to Parliament in May to introduce and enact
the necessary legislation.
"This will be accompanied by the circulation of the White Paper
and several pamphlets, booklets and posters which the public and
potential taxable persons can refer to from time to time. There will also
be radio and television programmes as well as publications in the
newspapers and the internet," said Dr. Douglas.
He said that a Tax Reform Team will conduct workshops and
seminars targeted at specific interest groups, businesses and
individuals and will also be available to meet with members of the
general public to answer any question and address any concern that
they may have.
"Potential VAT and Excise taxpayers will be identified and provided
with application and registration forms. Registered businesses would
be required to adopt proper accounting standards for the collection
of VAT. The Tax Reform Team will design a series of advisory visits
targeted at registered businesses to ensure that they understand their
book keeping requirements and provide assistance to ensure that
their operations are VAT compliant," said the Prime Minister and
Minister of Finance.
Dr. Douglas said that another important part of the process is the
passage of the relevant legislation and it is imperative that the
legislation be drafted and enacted several months before the
introduction of the tax to allow for meaningful consultation on the
specific impact and operation of the VAT and facilitate timely
registration of VAT taxpayers as well as effective dissemination of
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Dr. Douglas charts new
for next 14 Century for
St. Kitts and Nevis
Dr. Douglas in an incisive two and a half hours presentation laid out
a new financial architecture for St. Kitts and Nevis. This is the fourth
time in the last thirty (30) years that fundamental changes had to be
made in the financial architecture of St. Kitts and Nevis and stringent
corrective measures had to be made to steady the Ship of State and
place the country on a steady path to progress and development.
In 1980 after the change of government from the St. Kitts-Nevis
Labour Party to the People's Action Movement (PAM) a new financial
architecture was put in place, elements of which are with us today.
One of the next fundamental decisions then was the abolition of
Personal Income Taxes and the replacement of revenue lost by taxes on
goods and services, in particular the increase in Customs Duties and
Consumption Tax and the advent of Traders Tax and Social Services
Levy. This was a fundamental change in the financial architecture of St.
Kitts and Nevis.
During the period 1990-1993 there was a similar significant hiatus in
national development where in spite of the construction of the Four
Seasons' Hotel in Nevis and the construction of the South East Peninsula
Road, the economy, especially of St. Kitts experienced significant slow-
down of economic activity and there was extreme hopelessness in the
That was the period where there was not a single international air
carrier- no BWIA, no PANAM, no American Airlines.
In the first period after 1980, the country benefitted from the
completion of the Deep water Harbour at Bird Rock and the expansion of
the cruise passenger arrivals so that the drop in government revenues
from the abolition of Personal Income Tax was compensated by the
increased income brought in by sustained cruise passenger revenues.
After the second shock in 1990-1993, the Government headed by Dr.
Kennedy Simmonds, started the Port Zante passenger cruise facility to
provide good shopping facilities and better berthing facilities for
increased revenues from the tourism sector.
The third period of severe economic shock and distress occurred in
the period 2001 to 2003 after the devastation of the September 11th
terrorist attacks on the USA. Economies throughout the Caribbean
tottered on the brink of economic collapse. The Government of St. Kitts
and Nevis embarked on a bold period of public infrastructural
developmentto stimulate the economy andto provide jobs forthe citizens
of St. Kitts and Nevis such as community centres, road building projects,
housing and water and electricity projects.
Since 2009, the fourth shock to the economic system occurred after
the global system went into deep recession high-lighted by the
tremendous instability occurring in the USA and Western Europe. St.
Kitts and Nevis also sustained severe economic contraction in 2009 and
even though the world economy is slowly recovering 2010 is not expected
to be any better than 2009. Government therefore has to put in place
policy adjustments to correct the ship of state and to provide expert
steerage to a safe harbour.
Dr. Douglas, the country's Finance Minister in a masterly display of
force, vigour and sheer statesmanship presented a shrewdly crafted
Budget to correct the ills identified before and to keep the ship of state
on a steady course of progress and development. As growth is expected
to be minimal in 2010, the good doctor has prescribed medicine for the
Revse Ediio of St Crstope-~
By Melissa Amsterdam
New Revised Editions of the
Laws of St. Kitts and Nevis were
launched at Government House
(Springfield) on 23rd March, for
the first time in over forty years.
The Revised Editions which
are a compilation of 13 volumes of
laws from the period 1961-2002
were unveiled and put on display
for the perusal of the legal
fraternity of the Federation, during
the official launching ceremony.
The undertaking of the project
began in 2002 by the Legal
Department with the main purpose
to update and consolidate the
laws of the Federation.
Mr. Serwano Mukasa, the Law
Governor General, His Excellency, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, enjoying
the efforts of the Law Revision Commission, while ;,ii,'-ni i,. h,,,i
one of the 13 volumes. Photos by: Willett's Photo Studio
Prime Minister Douglas, taking at look at the thirteen volumes of the
revised laws that were unveiled at Government House on Tuesday
Revision Commissioner appointed
by His Excellency Delano Bart QC,
outlined the journey and efforts it
took to assume the immense
He labeled the task as a long
and arduous one in which a
significant amount of time, energy
and expertise was put into.
Mr. Mukasa added that the
features of the volumes include
the ability to file and collate any
new laws that will be inserted in
the future. He also pointed out that
the laws will be filed electronically
in a data base.
"To Dr. Dennis Merchant I
extend my appreciation and
gratitude. He like his predecessor
-Delano Bart QC gave me all the
necessary support that I needed to
ensure that the preparation of the
Revised Editions came to a
successful conclusion," Mukasa
He also thanked Prime Minister,
Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas for his
insistence in seeing the project
ailing economy. His prescription is to curtail
expenditure given that revenue is expected to decline
Recurrent Revenue for 2010 is estimated at
$432.9 million while Recurrent Expenditure is
expected to be $430 million leaving a Current
Account balance of $2.9 million. The Prime Minister
is charting a new direction with the advent of a Value
Added Tax (VAT) to provide fiscal stability and to
buttress government revenues.
A Public Awareness and Education Campaign is
expected to start as early as April 2010 while VAT
legislation is required by May 2010. VAT is expected
to be implemented by the beginning of November
Dr. Douglas proposed that one of the ways to
reduce expenditure is to enforce the normal
retirement age forthe Civil Service employees of 55
years. Civil Servants attaining age 55 will be
encouraged to retire by September 2010.
These are trying times in the world economy
Also contributing at the
launching ceremony to the
success of the New Revised
Edition Laws were Charles Wilkins
Q.C, President of the St. Kitts and
Nevis Bar Association; His
Excellency and Minister of Justice
and Legal Affairs, Delano Bart
Q.C; and Hon. Patrice Nisbett,
Messages were relayed for Dr.
Dennis Merchant, General
Counsel and His Lordship the
Hon. Hugh Rawlins, Chief Justice
of the Easter Caribbean Supreme
Court who were regrettably
unable to attend the event. They
both echoed their pleasure at
having the Federation's laws
Mr. Wilkins' brief remarks
included his pleasure at having
seen the fruition of the revised
He said that "it is a welcome
relief to all legal practioners and
fills a yearning gap in the legal
Wilkins said that attorneys
who will be practising in the future
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and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis are fortunate in
having steady and experienced hand on the helm of
the Ship of State. Barbados changed its political crew
inDecember 2007 and it is experiencing very turbulent
waters. Imagine what would have happened to St.
Kitts and Nevis if the Ship of state was in the untried
and untested hands of Lindsay Grant and his motley
crew. Dog would have eaten our supper.
The astute Captain Douglas will confidently pilot
this Ship into calm waters. We have experienced five
(5) hurricanes in 4 years under his leadership and the
explosive aftermath of September 11th 2001 and we
have survived and sailed majestically on the calmer
We expect that captain Douglas with his vast
experience in weathering greater storms will take in
the reefs of the sails, change his course to take
advantage of favourable winds and sail the SS St.
Kitts and Nevis into safe harbour. We comment Dr.
Douglas and his epoch-making Budget to safe harbour
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
LABOUR PARTY NOTICE
The West Basseterre Labour Branch
Will be holding its
Monthly General Meeting
On Wednesday, 31st March, 2010
West Basseterre Constituency Office
At 7:00 p.m.
The Hon. Sam Condor, Parliamentary Representative will be in
attendance, all are invited and asked to be punctual.
VAT to replace several taxes ......
(cont'd from page 1)
information to taxable persons and the general public.
VAT legislation is to be passed in the National Assembly by May
He said that the proposed VAT must be seen as an opportunity to
completely reform the existing tax structure and VAT will apply to many
services which hitherto have not been bearing their fair burden of
responsibility in the country even though they are full beneficiaries of
the fruits of a burgeoning economy.
"It is highly anticipated that this measure will improve the efficiency
in the tax system, add some degree of equality and fairness and also
provide fiscal stability as an alternative source of revenue for Government
away from its heavy dependence on Taxes on International Trade. Mr.
Speaker, we therefore expect that, provided all of the consultations,
discussions and training exercises are completed as planned, we will
introduce the VAT by the beginning of November 2010," said Dr. Douglas.
As Minister of Finance, he invited all stakeholders, interest groups,
the business community, churches, taxpayers and the wider public to
participate in the discussions, debates and consultations.
"It is your responsibility to be informed of all the issues and to make
valuable contributions to the design of a VAT for the Federation in order
to facilitate a successful implementation," said Dr. Douglas.
In reviewing the issue of Tax Reform, which is the most
comprehensive of the measures which will be undertaken in 2010, Dr.
Douglas noted that in the 2009 budget address, it was announced that
the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis had established a Tax Reform
Team within the Ministry of Finance to analyze whether the Federation
should consider introducing a Value Added Tax (VAT) and to examine
the technical issues of implementing a VAT within the Federation.
He said that the technical team reviewed reports from the Eastern
Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) Tax Reform and Administration
Commission, as well as from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
through the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC)
that have recommended the introduction of a VAT within the Federation.
In addition, the team has travelled to other CARICOM countries
with the objective of evaluating the operation of a VAT in small open
economies like that of the Federation. The Team has also studied our Tax
System in depth in light of the environment in which we are now operating
and the developmental goals of our economy.
The Team, after extensive research and analysis, has produced a
White Paper outlining why a VAT should be introduced within the
Federation and elaborating on the technical issues relating to its design
in light of the uniqueness of the economic and social environment.
"Faced with the external constraint of lower revenues from Taxes on
International Trade, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, after careful
consideration of the various recommendations, has decided to embark
on a comprehensive Tax Reform Programme and the implementation of
VAT will form an integral part of the reform process aimed at increasing
overall administrative efficiency in the tax system and broadening the
tax base to improve its revenue generating capacity.
"A VAT regime will provide some measure of fiscal stability as it is
capable of generating reliable and consistent revenues for the
Government," said Prime Minister Douglas, who added that in many
developing countries, like St. Kitts and Nevis, the tax base is narrow, so
governments must rely on relatively high tax rates to generate revenue.
"Fortunately, we have managed to keep our tax rates relatively low
and attractive notwithstanding our small size, but we must enhance the
coverage of our taxes if we are to continue to keep our tax rates sufficiently
low to attract investment and foster productivity. Successfully reforming
our tax system will involve shifting from a reliance on a narrow
international trade base plus a limited domestic production base to a
broader consumption base. This is precisely what a tax like the VAT will
do," said Dr. Douglas.
"To offset any significant
shortfall in revenue due to the
introduction of a VAT at a lower
rate, an Excise Tax is often
implemented in conjunction with
VAT. The Excise Tax is normally
limited to a small range of goods
such as alcoholic beverages,
tobacco products, petroleum
products, motor vehicles and
aerated beverages," said Minister
He said that the introduction
of a VAT is not unique to St. Kitts
and Nevis as a number of other
Caribbean countries have
implemented or are considering the
implementation of a tax similar to
Jamaica, Barbados and
Trinidad and Tobago have
implemented VAT with positive
results for several years. Belize,
Dominica and Guyana have also
introduced a VAT since early 2006.
Our fellow OECS countries such
as, Antigua and Barbuda, St.
Vincent and the Grenadines and
Grenada have recently introduced
VAT, while Saint Lucia is currently
working on the implementation of
We have to learn to do more with
(cont'd from page 1)
(IMF) for funding during these difficult times.
However, Dr. Douglas said that the Ministry of Finance was examining
the proposals and the impact that it would have on the country before
proceeding with the recommendation from the ECCB.
As part of the whole overhaul of the financial system, Dr. Douglas
said that ways must be found in cutting the Government's payroll
"without compromising the services" that the Government provides.
"No additional positions will be approved or filled in Government
except if it can be proven that some attempt has been made to fill the
position internally without the incurrence of additional expenditure," Dr.
Also, those who have reached the retirement age in Government of
fifty-five would be formally asked to take their retirement as "we have
found this situation to be unsustainable over the years," he said.
Only in rare cases where persons possessing particular skills are not
found within the Public Sector will the Government hire persons on a
contract in a consultancy or advisory capacity "for a specific period or
on a job basis if applicable and justifiable," the Minister of Finance, Dr.
However, Dr. Douglas gave the assurance that no public servant
would be fired and that "the measures to be implemented in this budget
have been crafted such that any potential adverse impact on our people
But one of the most comprehensive of all measures to be undertaken
in 2010 is the implementation of Tax Reform, which would include a Value
Added Tax (VAT) to be introduced later in the year, he said.
The VAT would replace several taxes including the Consumption
Tax, Hotel and Restaurant Tax, Cable TV Tax, Traders Tax, Vehicle Rental
Levy, Export and Rum Duty, Telecommunications Levy (IDD Calls) and
Parcel Tax. Instead of all these taxes, there will be one tax, The Value
Before the VAT is introduced, Dr. Douglas said a Tax Reform Team
will conduct workshops and seminars to educate specific interest groups,
businesses and the general public about the tax.
VAT within the next year. The
implementation of VAT in the
Federation will foster
harmonization in the Eastern
Caribbean Currency Union.
He said that the Tax Reform
Team, with technical assistance
from CARTAC, has developed a
detailed Implementation Schedule
for a VAT. The implementation
process for the introduction of
VAT has a number of key
components including Publicity,
Public Consultation and
Education; Enactment of VAT &
Excise Tax Legislation;
Institutional and Capacity Building
of Staff Systems and Procedures;
and Taxpayer Registration and
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PM Douglas: Deposits and 2010
loans increased in 2008;
"There is money in the
In presenting the 2010 Budget address for the economic and fiscal
plans of the St Kitts/Nevis Government, Prime Minister and Finance
Minister, Dr. the Hon. Denzil L. Douglas highlighted that as of the end of
December 2008, assets held by the Commercial Banking Sector grew to
$4.0 billion and there was growth in deposits, loans and advances as
"The Commercial Banking Sector has played an instrumental role in
the development of our economy over the years. In the face of global
financial turmoil, our Commercial Banking Sector has performed
commendably," Dr. Douglas stated in the National Assembly on Tuesday
morning of this week.
As indicated by him, this increase in the banking sector represents a
7.2% increase over the $3.7 billion recorded at the end of the previous
year, adding that for the year under review, deposits as well as loans and
advances also grew.
"Deposits grew by $63.2 million to reach $2.5 billion at year end while
loans and advances grew by $100.5 million to reach $2.2 billion," the
Finance Minister stated.
"Liquidity in the banking system remained healthy over the period
under review," stated Dr. Douglas, declaring that "there is money in the
He remarked, "The increase in loans and advances is attributed to
increases in lending to the Agriculture, Construction, Distributive Trade,
Tourism and Personal Sectors."
Dr. Douglas said during the first half of 2008, the Caribbean region
struggled withthe commodity crisis which manifested itself in high prices
for oil and food and that the financial meltdown in the United States
occurred in the latter months of that year and quickly spread to other
markets across the globe significantly affecting many firms through
reduced consumption and investment.
According to him "The effects of the crisis initially materialized as a
downturn in tourism, the major exchange earner for most states in the
region, and eventually resulted in declines in other vital sectors as credit
tightened and consumer demand dwindled", adding that the
circumstances were made even more difficult by the collapse of the CL
Financial Group, which placed strain on a region that was already
struggling to manage the fallout of the global recession.
The Finance Minister was pleased however that here in the Caribbean
region, (including the Federation of St.Kitts/Nevis), we are fortunate
that, through the effective regulation and supervision of commercial
banks by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the Banking Sector
has demonstrated considerable resilience.
"It has become clear, therefore, that the stability of the financial
sector would be significantly enhanced by regional approaches to the
regulation of non-bank financial institutions and greater integration of
the regulatory and supervisory functions in the entire financial sector,
including the banking sector and the non-bank financial sector," he
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2010 (SKNIS): The Government of
St. Kitts and Nevis is pushing
ahead with its plans to produce a
large pool of skilled individuals
poised to take advantage of
opportunities that will be
generated by the expanding
Minister of Youth, Honourable
Glenn Phillip, disclosed that
Government's commitment to
youth empowerment and training
was "demonstrated by the
provision of substantial financial
support for the Youth
Empowerment through Skill -
Project Y.E.S." The initiative was
launched in February 2009 and
was designed to provide gainful
employment for the Nation's
youths. It equips participants with
the necessary skills, training,
attitudes and competencies to
satisfy the shortages of skilled
artisans that can be later utilized
throughout the burgeoning
"To date, Project YES has
processed over 1,400 applicants
between the ages of 16 to 35 years
and has successfully trained and
attached approximately 915
persons," the Minister of Youth
highlighting some of the areas
covered, including hospitality,
In loving memory of a
Loving Mother & Aunt
Died: March 19th, 2009.
Those we love don't go away
They walk beside us everyday
Unseen, unknown, but always near
Still loved, still missed and very dear
No one knows the sorrow we share
When the family meets and you're not there
Life goes on, we know it's true
But it's not the same since losing you
Gone but d uey not forgotten
Signed by the entire Bass and Tota Family
In Loving Memory of
Ronald M. Mills
Died: March 29th, 2008
Loving and kind in all his ways
Upright and just to the end of his days
Sincere and true in heart and mind
A beautiful memory he left behind
Devon & Tamisha on behalf of the entire family
construction, beauty services,
business administration, industrial
maintenance, agriculture and
While giving support to the
2010 Budget, Minister Phillip told
the Federal Parliament, and the
Nation that a graduation and
certification process would
commence in April.
He added that efforts would
continue to strengthen the
relationship between the
Department of Youth and YES
The operations of the
Department of Youth will also be
enhanced with the introduction of
new programmes, backed by an
increase in fiscal allocation.
Minister Phillip revealed that
youths could look forward to
initiatives such as Youth Against
Dangerous Drugs and Drug
Abuse, an Anti Child Obesity
Programme, as well as a Bikes Not
Bombs initiative and Enhanced
Leadership issues at the
primary and secondary school
levels will be addressed with the
establishment of youth councils
and the entrepreneurial spirit will
be spurred and nurtured under a
related youth empowerment
programme. At-risk youth will also
be targeted in an upcoming that
would limit the impact of antisocial
"The Ministry of Youth
Empowerment was created to
attend to the peculiar needs of our
young people in light of the
important role that our youth play
in the development of St. Kitts and
Nevis," Prime Minister,
Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas
said. "The Ministry will focus on
activities aimed at encouraging
youth to follow positive lifestyles,
and [have] an early intervention
in the lives of troubled youth and
to empower youth by developing
in them an entrepreneurial spirit."
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FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
St.Kitts- Nevis hosts
The St.Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino will be the
venue of the 2010 Regional, Security System (R.S.S) Council of Ministers,
Council which opens today, Friday 26th March, at the St. Kitts Marriott
Resort and Royal Beach Casino, Frigate Bay, St.Kitts.
said the Chairman of the Regional Security Council of Ministers, St.
Kitts and Nevis'Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas will preside
over the meeting.
The Regional Security System (RSS) comprises the islands of Antigua
and Barbuda, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St.
Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Council of Ministers is the supreme policy making body of the
System and is made up of the Ministers' responsible for Defence and
Security in each Member State.
Regional Security Coordinator, Mr. Grantley Watsonvisited St. Kitts
late January to discuss regional security matters with Prime Minister
Dr. Douglas was updated on administrative as well as operational
matters of the RSS and assured him of the commitment of the RSS to
assist with the crime fighting initiatives of the security forces.
While in the Federation Mr. Watson held discussions with the
Security Chiefs and members of the High Command of the Police and
Defence Forces on several security issues.
St. Kitts anc
KITTS, MARCH 25TH 2010
(CUOPM) St. Kitts and
Nevis has been placed on the
white list of the OECD
The twin-island Federation
was among three Caribbean
jurisdictions the others being
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
and Anguilla who now meet
standards on exchange of tax
information, the OECD said
The Organization for
Economic Cooperation and
Development said the entities
had signed a total of 14 tax
agreements with other
countries and are now
considered to have
"substantially implemented" an
international reporting standard.
The standard, developed by
the OECD in 2002, was
designed to combat harmful tax
practices through the sharing of
tax data among nations.
"We continue to see a great
deal of progress as jurisdictions
move to sign agreements," said
Jeffrey Owens, head of the
OECD's centre for tax policy
"With Anguilla, Saint Kitts
The Labour Spokesman
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and
Australia s High Commissioner to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency
Philip Kentwell signing a Tax Information Exchange Agreement
(TIEA) last month.
and Nevis and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines now reaching
this benchmark, almost all the Caribbean jurisdictions have
substantially implemented the standard, and we will be working
with the remaining jurisdictions both in the Caribbean and
elsewhere to encourage them to follow this trend."
St. Kitts and Nevis were scheduled on March 24 to sign tax
information exchange agreements with six (6) Nordic countries.
Previously Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA's)
were signed with Australia, Monaco, The Netherlands, The
Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium,
New Zealand and Liechtenstein.
St. Kitts and Nevis has already initialled or concluded negotiations
with and are awaiting dates for signature with Canada, France, Germany,
Norway, Sweden, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Finland and San
The Federation has commenced discussions with India, Japan,
the Republic of Seychelles and the United States on Tax
Information Exchange Agreement but has not yet confirmed the
text for these agreements.
Photo: Regional Security Co-ordinator Mr Grantly Watson ,i 'h
briefs Chairman of the Regional Security System (RSS), St. Kitts and
Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas late January.
(Photo by Erasmus Williams)
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(MARCH 25, 2010) A two
member delegation from the
Organisation of American States
(OAS) Department of Sustainable
Development visited Nevis on
Tuesday to hold discussions with
the Nevis Island Administration
and other stakeholders of the
formulation of a National Energy
Energy Specialist, Sustainable
Energy, Climate Change and
Natural Disaster Risk Reduction
Division Mr. Kevin de Cuba told
the Department of Information that
the OAS project formed part of a
wider regional venture which was
managed by the OAS but funded
by the European Commission.
"Basically we have all reached
out to each other to work together
and covering most of the regional
island states in addressing
national energy policy
development," he said.
Mr. de Cuba noted that the
OAS had always regarded the
energy sector that promoted
renewable energy development
and was committed to assist
governments in their task of
diversifying their economies and
to look for cheaper alternatives
and more environmental friendly
"In this particular case, our
visit [to Nevis] is most related to
another aspect that is also
important in the overall
development of sustainable
energy which is related to the
development of a national energy
"I am here with my colleague
Mr. Andreas Jansen he is the
Director with German ProfEC, he
is sub contracted by us and we
(1-R) Managing Director of German Professional Energy and
Environmental Consultancy (German ProfEC) Mr. Andreas
Jansen and Energy Specialist, Sustainable Energy, Climate
Change and Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Division in the
OAS Department of Sustainable Development Mr. Kevin de
have the task to help the Ministry
of Public Utilities, Works, Energy
and Housing in facilitating the
process of collecting information
involving all the key stakeholders
in the energy sector and making
sure that everybody's visions
concerns and opportunities are
being addressed in this National
Energy Policy," he said.
To the Magistrate, District "A"
To the Superintendent of Police.
1, Davin Henry, now residing
in Water Works Village in
the town of Cayon do hereby
give you notice that is my
intention to apply on 1st April,
2010 to the District
Magistrate at Basseterre, for
a LIQUOR LICENCE in
respect of my premises in
Water Works, Cayon.
Dated this 8th day of March,
Signed: Davin Henry
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The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
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One of the daily newspapers in Barbados in its continuous zeal to
sensationalize Clico's situation with headlines like "Prepare for loss
investors told" designed to generate fear and panic in the hearts of
policyholders, again has misrepresented the facts. How can the
public be confident in the credibility of the information being
printed by this publishing entity when it is fraught with so many
inaccuracies? In an interview with an unnamed senior Caribbean
Counsel which was reported in their publication on March 21, one
of the questions posed "There is a $300 million deficit in Clico's
statutory fund.What is the impact of this? This is a major inaccuracy
which could generate alarm in the minds of our policyholders and
the public. We categorically deny that we have a $300
million deficit in the Statutory Fund.
The facts are that during the last year, Clico has been working
closely with the Supervisor's Office to ensure that our statutory
obligations are met.The accounts for the financial year 2008 show
a Statutory Fund liability of $3 I 12.4 million dollars and the
Supervisor of Insurance has confirmed that assets valued at $204.5
million dollars have been placed in the Statutory Fund.These assets
are being held by a trustee for the Fund.The Supervisor requested
that the deficiency of $108 million be rectified. In the meeting with
the Supervisor, Clico contended that the Company has paid out
Clico has met with an accounting firm and consulting actuary and is
presently engaged in an exercise to restructure the EFPA portfolio.
This restructuring plan will be presented to the Supervisor's office
no later than April 15, 2010.The Financial Advisors play a critical
role in this restructuring plan.
Despite the turbulent economic climate and Clico's
situation, Clico continues to enjoy brand loyalty and public
good will. In 2009, our Insurance and Financial Advisors sold 2,943
policies in Barbados and 2,097 in the Eastern Caribbean. Our 120
Insurance Advisors and administrative staff in Barbados and 210 in
the Eastern Caribbean, have worked diligently to keep the
company's flags flying amidst great adversity and we would like to
publicly thank them for their commitment to their policyholders
and to Clico.
We are deeply heartened by the support we have received from
our customers and the public in Barbados and the Eastern
Caribbean and sincerely thank you for the faith you have placed in
us during the last fourteen months.We give you the assurance that
we will continue to work resolutely to restructure and improve
our operations thereby restoring your confidence in us. We
encourage you to continue to pay your premiums in order that you
can continue to enjoy all the benefits of your contracts.
Clico is People.
Grow to understand.
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Clico Holdings Barbados limited would like to address three $118 milLion to policyholder"sn-Barbados.tn the financial year 2009
issues critical to the survival of Clico International Life and to -and is of the view that th tatutory'liapility at.the end of 2009 will
our policyholders. These issues pertain to the Supervisor of approximate the value e assets irf the fund, therefore covering
Insurance's decision to prohibit the company from writing out policyholders' lia .We advised the Supervisor that we are
new business in Barbados, the status of the Statutory Fund in the process of tr a rring an additional $41 million dollars of
and the $300 million dollar EFPA portfolio.which will. assets. Jto further safeguard the interest of
become due in 2012. .I i" "hders.
THE SUPERVISOR'S DECISION Our actuarial valuation for 2009.should be completed by April 30,
On Tuesday March 15, Prime Minister and Minister of-fi"ance' 2010 at which time, th Statutory Fund liability will be determined.
Honourable David Thompson announced that Clico Intern atonal,
Life "has been prohibited from writing new business, 1I it has EFPA MATURITI
been able to satisfy the conditions in the Insurh4KAct,4ertaining Clico has a number of different lines of business in its portfolio and
to the Statutory Fund" in Barbados. On March -h6, Cljco met with the assets placed with the Supervisor's office are to protect
the Acting Supervisor of Insurance to appeal the dedsion. Clico is policyholders' liabilities.The company has over $1 billion dollars in
presently awaiting a decision for theCompany to resume writing assets and is working assiduously to meet all its commitments to
new business in Barbados, which if not granted, could result in 120 policyholders.
Insurance and Financial Advisors as well as administration staff in
Barbados being summarily put out of work. With regard to the $300 million dollar EFPA maturities due in 2012,
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
"The Wind of Change" is blowing
By Th Thnig iie
Mr. Earle Clarke is writing in the Spokesman newspaper, a series of
articles on the topic "Why the People's Action Movement (PAM) did
not win the 2010 Elections". The topic is a very interesting one and I
wish to add my two cents worth to the historical analysis that Earle
Clarke has laid out.
To begin with, I must say that the Labour Party is a populist party
and as such receives the loyalty, allegiance, support and backing of the
vast majority of the electorate. The PAM party is an elitist party and as
such, commands the support, loyalty and allegiance of a relatively smaller
section of the electorate. This means that the PAM party is always at a
disadvantage when facing the polls on Election Day.
Another great disadvantage for PAM is that the party has been
conducting its electoral campaigns in accordance with a strategy that
the party developed at its formation in 1965. So PAM is still using an
outmoded and obsolete 20th century political strategy in the 21st Century.
That strategy, which is in two parts, consists of defaming the leaders
of the Labour Party, from Bradshaw to Denzil Douglas, and, secondly,
challenging everything that the Labour Party does or proposes and
contending that it is wrong, inadequate or untimely.
In opposition, PAM portrays itself as the party with all the right
answers. But in government, PAM reveals itself as inept, lackadaisical,
confused and self-centred.
The leaders of PAM made another serious mistake when they tried in
various ways to mess-up obstruct and disrupt the smooth path to the
Elections planned for 2009, after such leaders declined the Prime
Minister's good-faith invitation to participate in the process of Electoral
Reform. The leaders of PAM declared that they had no interest in
becoming involved in the process of Electoral Reform.
The electorate expected that after PAM had served notice that it had
no interest in Electoral Reform that the party would have refrained from
interfering with the process and would have left alone, the others
involved, to carry out and complete the process.
Instead, PAM used all the political, legal and diplomatic means
available to delay and obstruct the planned course to General Elections
and the completion of Electoral Reform.
PAM made another serious mistake by blaming our Prime Minister
Dr. Denzil Douglas for the collapse of British American Insurance
Company. The leaders of PAM claim that our Prime Minister took one or
two flights on an aircraft with a Mr. Dupers; a senior official in British
American and those flights caused the collapse of British American.
The issue of Dual Citizenship, made out the PAM party and three of
its leaders, to be less than honest, forthright and trustworthy. To this
very day, the majority of people in our population do not believe that the
Hon. Shawn Richards and Mr. Lindsay Grant have legally and lawfully
completed the requirements for the renunciation of their U.S. Citizenship.
On one occasion Mr. Lindsay Grant pledged publicly that he and the
other leaders in PAM would make a public disclosure of their total
personal financial assets. Mr. Grant published a statement of his assets
that was bogus, false, inaccurate and deliberately misleading. So far no
other leader in PAM has published a statement, whether true or false, of
his personal financial assets.
The leaders of the PAM party played their legal challenges in the
High Court as their party's trump card or the ace which they had up their
sleeve. The leaders figured that the
more cases the party won in the
High Court and the more
Injunctions the party secured, the
higher would be the party's
popularity rating among the
members of the electorate.
Certain pre-election statements
made by the allies of PAM
convinced Lindsay Grant and his
colleagues that the Labour Party
was indeed an easy push-over;
that the party's hegemony had
come to an end. The statements
spoke of "A Wind of Change"
blowing through the Region and
of an "Incumbency Factor" which
was working mightily against the
ruling Labour Party.
The statements publicised by
the allies of PAM gave the
impression that there was nothing
that the Labour Party could do to
prevent a massive defeat at the
polls on Election Day. All that PAM
had to do, basically, was just mark
time and wait. But that was the
wrong strategy. PAM became
over-confident and made a number
of crucial mistakes.
During the period leading up
to the January 25 General
Elections, PAM embarked upon an
unprecedented programme of
The PAMites thought that the
"Wind of Change" was blowing in
their favour and that bashing Dr.
Douglas, every morning, noon and
night would only make the "Wind
of Change" blow Dr. Douglas out
It turned out however that the
"Wind of Change" was blowing
against PAM and its political
candidates and that the constant
bashing of Dr. Douglas only made
things worse for them.
In conclusion, I must say that
generally speaking, PAM failed to
win the January 25,2010 Elections
(a) The party fails to
Participated In Ministerial
Meetings In Suriname
Dr the Hon Timothy
Harris, Senior Minister and
Minister of Agriculture and
participated in a series of -
meetings in Paramaribo,
Dr Harris participated in
the 33rd Special Meeting of
the Council for Trade and j
Economic Development i
(COTED) (Agriculture), the
inauguration of the
Caribbean Agriculture Health and
Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA),
Ministerial Meeting of the
Caribbean Regional Fisheries
Mechanism (CRFM) and the 24th
Meeting of the Board of Governors
The Special COTED
strategized on CARICOM's
participation in the FAO Regional
Conference for Latin America and
the Caribbean slated for Panama.
The Caribbean Regional
Fisheries Mechanism will present
understand that the existing social,
political, economic and industrial
milieu is different from what it was
back in the 1960 when PAM was
formed. It is much more difficult
now to convince the public with
shallow, specious and prejudiced
(b) Senseless criticism and
condemnation of a ruling party's
programmes and policies is foolish
and futile unless there is
something perceptibly better
being offered. PAM opposes just
for the sake of opposition, whether
or not it makes sense;
(c) Indiscriminate bashing of
the great leader of a great party is
counterproductive. It only causes
the members of the great party to
close ranks and rally around the
great leader to defend him.
the Fisheries Ministers with an
overview of the situation in
fisheries and aquaculture in the
region. Ministers will consider the
CFRM's draft annual work plan,
budget and the status of contracts
of its principal officers and receive
an update on a Common Fisheries
Policy for the Caribbean
Community among other agenda
The meeting of CARDI's
Board of Governors will consider
the financial status of CARDI, its
work programme and Budget for
PAM is too hungry for power.
PAM is anxious to get back in
power even before the electorate
is ready and willing to put PAM
back in power.
PAM is anxious to get back in
power to be able to grab the
available Sugar Estates lands for
its grumps as happened when
PAM attained power in 1980. PAM
must learn to wait as Dr. Douglas
learnt to wait in the period before
Dr. Douglas was guided by the
following text from the prophet
Isaiah But they that wait upon
the Lord shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with
wings as eagles; they shall run and
not be weary; and they shall walk,
and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31).
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8 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
Reflections on COURAGE and how Applied
in Practical Life
1. The sign of courage is never to be
During difficult situations if I have waste thoughts, words or actions,
it means that I am being defeated. When my thoughts, words and actions
are made powerful with courage in all situations, I will never be defeated.
Difficult situations will come but I will never lose my courage.
Whatever happens, I need to take care never to ask what will happen
or how it will happen. These are waste thoughts which will never allow
me to find solutions. Instead of having such thoughts, I need to just
remind myself that I am a courageous person and with that faith try to
find the best solution for the problem in hand.
2. With every step that is taken with
courage, a thousand fold help is received
I will not be able to achieve big things, if I am unable to take my first
step due to fear. My first step of courage makes it possible to achieve
success in a task, which appears impossible to begin with. I receive
maximum help from God. He does not do my work but He does the work
of giving me help.
When I start with something new, I need to surrender it to God, not
just as a ritual, but with firm faith in my mind that I will receive His help.
When I have this faith, help will surely come. I will either find situations
changing or people becoming more cooperative.
3. Success is achieved when courage is
combined with understanding.
Instead of blindly taking risks thinking it is courage, when I do
anything with knowledge and understanding I receive success.
Knowledge gives me the ability to discriminate, enabling me to try out
something new, yet not taking unwanted risks.
Before I start off with something new, I need to consider carefully if
what I am doing is right. I need to think carefully about the consequences
of the action too. When I pay attention in this way, I will take unwanted
risks, but I will continue to maintain my courage.
The Meditation Centre, Tel. 466 2550, 661 0933
"When men talk about sex"
Poinciana Theatre Productions, the well known drama group from
St.Kitts will present an original new play titled "When Men Talk About
Sex" at the Nevis Cultural Centre at 7:30pm on Saturday March 27th,
The group which started in 1999 as a drama club at the former
Basseterre Junior High School, is now made up of former students of the
Washington High School, bankers, accountants, teachers, college
students, engineers and members of the St.Kitts/Nevis Defence Force.
The play, written and directed by St.Kitts' well known teacher, poet
and playwright Loughlin Tatem, presents issues and opinions
surrounding human sexuality in its various forms. It addresses the way
men think about women in relation to sex and also examines many of the
moral issues that we as a small society have to struggle with. But the
humour and levity cleverly woven into the action provokes a great deal
of laughter from the audience.
This rib tickling comedy had its premiere in St.Kitts at the Eastern
Caribbean Central Bank Auditorium on December 13th 2009 before a
highly appreciative audience and will have a repeat performance in St.Kitts
The Director, Loughlin Tatem is also the author of the novel "A
Tempting To Confess" which was published by Inkwater Press in 2005.
They are now publishing his second book titled "These Islands Are
Staggering" which addresses many of the social issues of the Caribbean
Poinciana Productions also does street theatre performances in
St.Kitts. An upcoming street performance is entitled BLOOD IN THE
STREET and they are presently working in collaboration with the St.Kitts/
Nevis Police Force to present a full length play entitled DEPORTEE
which looks at the deportation of nationals caught up in illegal activities
LOST CERTIFICATE OF TITLE
WE, HENRY MURRAY STEPHEN CLAXTON and JACQUE
ELIZABETH CLAXTON both of Claxton's Mount, Basseterre
in the Island of St. Christopher, being Registered
Proprietors of ALL THAT lot piece or parcel of land situate
at Cades Estate in the Parish of St Thomas in the Island of
Nevis and containing by admeasurement 1.0 acre as the
same is bounded and described in the Certificate of Title in
our favour dated the 17th day of January, 1995 and
registered in Register Book 33 Folio 1 of the Register of
Titles of the Nevis Circuit.
We Give Notice of Lost Certificate of Title.
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
makes historic visit to
CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MARCH 18, 2010) -Attorney General
and Minister of Legal Affairs and Justice Hon. Patrice Nisbett paid
courtesy calls on Resident High Court Judge on Nevis, Her lanthea
Leigertwood-Octave and Magistrate of the Charlestown Magistrate's
Court, Ladyship District "C" Yasmin Clarke on Thursday, in what he
described as a historic visit to discuss matters of mutual interest and
Mr. Nisbett accompanied by his Permanent Secretary Mrs. Ryllis
Vasquez, told the Department of Information he thought it prudent in his
new capacity, to visit the judiciary.
"The visit today is a visit that I understand is a historic visit. It is the
first time that the Attorney general is making a courtesy call here on the
Judiciary here on Nevis and the staff of the Registry.
"What we plan to do is to make this an annual visit so that one can
sit with whoever is the Judge at the time and the Registry and we can be
able to hear what the concerns and issues are and how they can be
addressed in a timely and effective manner," he said.
At the end of his meeting with the Judge he said she had asked for
certain matters to be addressed which would allow the administration of
Resident High Court Judge on Nevis Her Worship Janthea
Leigertwood-Octave (left) welcomes Attorney General and Minister
of Legal I .. and Justice Hon. Patrice Nisbett to her chambers in
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Justice in St. Kitts and Nevis to be
operated in a much more efficient
"In discussing with Her
Ladyship this morning, I indicated
to here that the government of St.
Kitts and Nevis continues to
recognize the importance of the
Separation of Powers Doctrine and
we have always operated with a
sense of cordiality cooperation
between the Executive and the
Judiciary. In order for the system
to operate effectively, there must
be mutual respect.
"We also discussed the court
facilities here at Charlestown [and]
the High Court. She raised some
concerns about the existing
facilities and one of the important
concerns she raised was the issue
of space and how one can improve
the space situation so that the
staff of the court can function in a
more efficient and effective
manner," he said.
The Attorney General said he
was aware that the system was
delay prone and the Attorney
General's Chambers and the
Ministry of Justice would
endeavour to do whatever was
necessary to ensure an efficient
With regard to the prospects
of a new High Court, Mr. Nisbett
said there were plans for the
establishment of a new Hall of
Justice in Nevis.
"As a matter of fact there is a
project and I know there are a
number of persons here in Nevis
who presently sit on a committee.
I think that they are in the process
of evaluating the project and doing
the various assessments. Maybe
someday we will be able to make
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located at Lot #23 at Mome Heights Housing Development, in
the Parish of Saint George, in the Island of St. Christopher.
Separate bids in sealed envelopes should be mailed or hand-delivered
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Box 343, Central Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts and marked "Private &
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- Sale will be subject to all rates, taxes and other charges that may be
outstanding and payable at the time of sale.
- Bidders must include their names, home address and a contact number
on their bids.
- The Property MUST be viewed before offers are submitted. For
appointments to view call 465-2204 ext. 1631.
- All sales are subject to contract.
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs and Justice Hon.
Patrice Nisbett (centre) meets with Assistant Registrar Ms. Janine
Harris (left) and Court Administrator Mrs. Mova Daniel
(l-R) Permanent Secretary to the Attorney General and Ministry of
Legal i" t I and Justice Mrs. Ryllis Vasquez with Attorney General
Hon. Patrice Nisbett outside the High Court in ( /i, . 1 ...
some announcement to the general
public as to this project.
"I know the Cabinet of the
Nevis Island Administration has
been briefed on the project and I
know there are critical issues to be
ironed out, as to the issue of
possible location of this Hall of
Justice," he said, and noted that
there was a similar committee in St.
Kitts charged with looking into a
Hall of Justice for Basseterre
On the issue of the provision
of a law library which had been
nonexistent in the Nevis
Jurisdiction, the Attorney General
said it was a matter discussed at
the meeting with the Judge and
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they had arrived at an interim
"What we have basically
agreed is that there must be some
level of consolidation with regards
to library resources and we must
use the technology that is
available in order to ensure that
one has access to the necessary
material. So we will be using the
electronic side of things in order
to deal with the establishment of
the library facilities.
"We also believe that with the
Halls of Justice project, there will
be adequate space made available
for the site of a possible law library
but in the meantime, the Legal
Department here in Nevis, will
continue to ensure that material is
available. Each year they will
continue to update the material
that they have, to ensure that there
is some level of law library facility
here in Nevis so that the legal
fraternity can have access to that,"
His call on Magistrate Clarke
addressed issues and concerns
that were relevant to the operation
of the Magistracy in Nevis.
- NEWS I
10 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
Bv: Sotto Voce
The St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) is a proud and highly
respected organisation through which many of our sons and daughters
have passed and served during the length and breadth of its history.
In more recent years it has earned the praises of many locals because
of its fearlessness in dealing with some criminal elements in our society.
In fact, the popular view is that the violent, gun-toting criminals do not
fear the police even nearly as much as they fear the Defence Force. So
whereas fighting crime is the province of the police, our citizens take
comfort in the fact that policemen have the full backing and support of
our Defence Force. So if the Police Force is under-strength to any extent,
our SKNDF makes up the difference by their support and their members.
The leaders of the PAM, however, from the very formation of that
Party, have always been hostile to the SKNDF PAM was formed in 1965,
contested its first General Elections in 1966, and suffered a heavy defeat
by Labour then. Just one year later (1967) we had the attempt by PAM
and some Anguillans to overthrow the popular Bradshaw Labour
Government and to impose a PAM leader as the new Premier. In fact,
their Party mouthpiece, the Democrat newspaper, headlined the would-
be accession of a PAM leader to be Premier, as "Freedom Day". PAM
and the Democrat knew something that the Kittitian electorate did not
The attempt to overthrow the lawfully-elected government here was
thwarted by the vigilance of members of the SKNDF, among other factors.
From then on, the SKNDF has not been a favourite organisation for the
PAM. When PAM got an opportunity in 1980 to form the government,
one of its first acts was to disband the permanent arm of the SKNDF
The reserves remained. And PAM appointed one of its members, a
Flemming from Anguilla who was a local businessman, as a Lieutenant
in the SKNDF reserves. The permanent members of the SKNDF now
disbanded, would be made police officers or they could retire/resign.
The SKNDF's permanent arm was again revived when the Labour Party
was returned to office in 1995.
It's an open secret that PAM frowns on the SKNDF. Sad to say, there
are elements in our local Police Force who have allowed their loyalty to
the government of the day and the country to be compromised by their
affiliation to and support of the PAM.
At each General Election since 1995, PAM gets its mercenary elements
on the streets and on talk shows to peddle false tales of SKNDF Officers
allegedly changing over real ballot-boxes for fake ones in the journey
from the polling-stations to the central counting Police Station in every
constituency; anything to blacken the names and reputations of the
loyal members of our revered SKNDF.
Leading up to our last elections, everyone knew before hand that
PAM planned for trouble in Constituency 4. They had circulated text
messages to voters and made open statements at meetings and in the
Democrat that some registered voters of PAM's choosing would
physically be prevented from voting on Election Day. The security forces
were forewarned that they should be on the alert. How could any Election
Day be the time to decide the eligibility of any voter to vote in any
All registered voters must be protected as they exercised their
franchise. Objection time was long past. PAM was playing a very
dangerous game. Talk is that the PAM candidate was prepared for
possible violence as his supporters physically challenged voters. They
say he moved about with armed security personnel and wore a bullet-
proof vest. However, the presence of the SKNDF again was instrumental
in keeping the peace and preventing violence (sponsored by PAM).
The PAM-sympathetic NGO Coalition had to get its loyalty right and
reported falsely on the involvement of the SKNDF. This NGO farce of a
report is seen by all for what is: Just PAM propaganda to destroy the
good reputation of the SKNDF; but PAM and its NGO Coalition really
barking up the wrong tree. Kittitians respect the right of the SKNDF and
its members to a good reputation.
Commander Wallace and the men and women under his command
can rest assured that the SKNDF is still very highly loved and respected
by our people. If the PAM-based NGO Coalition really wants the matter
to go to rest as is claimed, the only way is the total and unreserved
retraction of the falsehoods published in its report. This has highly
offended and surprised the fair-minded and decent citizens of our country.
It is the same PAM-influenced NGO Coalition that has lost all
credibility in the eyes of our citizens. Naturally, the diehard PAMites
continue to peddle the tall tales it compelled its churchman to put in the
What a contrast that tale makes
to the reports of the foreign
organizations that covered the
same Elections and were high in
their praise for the work done by
our SKNDF on Election Day.
What a shameful pack of NGO
jokers who allowed themselves to
be used by PAM and now suffer
tarnished reputations. I'll leave
that issue for now.
Check this out. We need to
decide in this country if Nevisians
living in St. Kitts have the right to
participate in the Nevis Island
Administration Elections. As far as
I am aware that local election for
Nevisians and residents of Nevis
decides on the complexion of the
government of Nevis. Not St. Kitts.
It is a totally different Election
to the St. Kitts-Nevis General
Elections which decides the
complexion of the government of
St. Kitts, also conveniently
referred to as Federal Elections, or
St. Kitts-Nevis Elections, because
there are 3 seats/constituencies in
Nevis, returning members to the
St. Kitts Parliament. PAM set it up
so in 1983.
The Nevis Island
Administration comes about from
a different election and 5 different
constituencies, to form a different
government in a different island to
Our electoral system in St.
Kitts and in Nevis provides for
overseas voting by citizens and
residents who no longer reside on
the island giving the vote. Thanks
to schemes and machinations of
the PAM (when in government) by
the introduction of continuous
registration and its consequences,
our voters lists will forever be
loaded with names of voters not
living on island or in the particular
Constituency where registered. So
the alarmist, hypocritical noises
made by PAM and its associates
about "massive fraud" and the like
is really comical. PAM created the
problem issue, and the same PAM
now complaining about its own
So at Nevis Island Assembly
Elections, Nevisians return home
from the USA, from England from
the British and Virgin Islands, from
other nations in the Caribbean,
and from all over the world to
exercise their franchise in the land
of their birth without let or
hindrance by NRP or CCM from
The only Nevisians who are
seemingly frowned upon in
returning home to vote ane those
residents in St. Kitts Why? Are
they a different brand of Nevisian
to the rest? Why do some people
show them such hostility if they
desire to help to choose a Nevis
Government? Why are they L- ,
As far as I see it for the
purposes of the Nevis Island
Administration Elections, St. Kitts To the Magistrate, District "A"
is "overseas". Why try to
To the Superintendent of Police.
criminalise a fellow Nevisian who
now lives in St. Kitts and wishes Ca Zhaoge, now residing
to vote in that Election? All, in my in Clever Hill Village in the
view, who belong there can
register there and vote there. The town of Sandy Point do
Nevis Elections and the St. Kitts- hereby give you notice that is
Nevis Elections are very separate my intention to apply on 1st
and different. Different April, 2010 to the District
Parliaments, different Magistrate at Basseterre, for
Administrations, different a BEER LICENCE in
Constituencies, a different respect of Walter Simmons'
electorate, premises in Cayon Street,
There are Kittitians and Basseterre.
Nevisians who vote here at home
Dated this 10th day of March,
and who also vote in America or in 201
England or in Canada, for example.
Being able to vote here does not Signed: Cao Zhaoge
make them ineligible to vote
elsewhere. The Sheriff somehow seems mortally afraid of his fellow
Nevisians now resident in St. Kitts. I wonder why?
The new PAM Senator seems to have friends on his FM who enjoy
broadcasting the nonsense he says from time to time. He said that PAM
clearly won the 2010 Elections and he supported challenges being made
by court action in all 6 Constituencies Labour won. He is swiftly being
renamed as Juicy "Massive Fraud" Byron. Everyone knows he was his
leader's personal selection over the PAM women who were popularly
predicted to gain the nomination to Parliament. Kittitians are saying how
he wanted to go to court and seek an injunction to stop the Budget. We
shall see how the PAM/CCM Coalition in Opposition actually works, led
by the Sheriff.
I hope the washed-up fellow who still campaigns for the January
2010 Elections for PAM over WINN FM several days per week is being
"highly rewarded". The PAM March for democracy" being publicised
on their FM is tomorrow for true? They say he wants Grant and Blanchette
in particular in Parliament. He and Juicy signing a duet: "Massive Fraud".
Poor fellows they can't sing, and their tune ain't sweet. Nobody in
their band; hope they get the message.
By: Jean Thomas
From ever since
In the 1980's I had a daughter at school who took part in the track
and field games at the Basseterre High School. Like many parents I
supported her pursuits. So on sports day I would find myself at the
Basseterre High School cheering her on in her endeavours.
From since that time although I no longer have a child or grandchild
at school and taking part in these activities, I find myself attending the
sports day functions. In 2004 I1 also had the distinct privilege of attending
the Olympic Games in Athens and that too was a wonderful experience.
It appears that I have a weakness for the track and field events and I
cannot stay away, when these events are taking place. Therefore, it was
not unlike me to attend the games at the Silver Jubilee Stadium, when the
CARIFTA games were hosted by this country. I was drawn to and
enjoyed witnessing the skills and talents of our young people from the
Region. At those events Jamaica dominated nearly every event.
Last weekend saw the culmination of the best from the various High
Schools and the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College in St Kitts and Nevis
competing for supremacy in the various events. I was indeed pleased to
see so many parents, teachers, children and their friends, and people
just like me who enjoy looking at the track and field events at the Silver
Jubilee Stadium cheering on the athletes.
As most of you already know, Sandy Point High School emerged the
overall winner. There is only one small regret that I have and that is, I
wished that we had such a beautiful facility in the 1980's when my
daughter and many others took part. Although I can no longer skip,
jump or run, (smile) I can appreciate the youths when they endeavour to
do well and shine on sports day.
Thanks to the Government of the Labour Party, athletes and
spectators alike we had a wonderful weekend at the Silver Jubilee Stadium.
Thanks too, to all who took part in one way or another for a job well
done. So tell me, are you looking forward to more functions at the
Stadium? I am sure that like me you are and cannot wait for the next
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
PM Douglas speaks to importance
of food security and
empowerment of local farmers
PM Douglas in Parliament
(Labour Secretariat):The St.Kitts/Nevis Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Hon. Denzil L.
Douglas said his Government continues to work assiduously towards the achievement of food security and
increased export capability as highlighted in the Agriculture Development Strategy.
He made the disclosure while delivering the 2010 Budget address on Tuesday morning in the National
Assembly at Government Headquarters.
"The concern surrounding rising food prices on the world market and the issue of food scarcity, which
threatens the tenuous position of the world's poorest citizens, makes it imperative that we continue to invest
in the Agriculture Sector in order to ensure that the citizens of this country enjoy a sustainable food supply.
We are fully aware that our accomplishments thus far could not have been achieved without the support of
several regional and international agencies," he said.
Moreover, the Finance Minister outlined that his administration continues to invest heavily in the sector
to empower our local farmers.
According to Dr. Douglas "Over the past year we approved 1,470 acres of land for farming and made
certain that the tenancy of farmers occupying lands without formal agreement was regularized so that they
can reap the benefits of the various assistance programmes being offered by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Additionally, this Government has commissioned another 170 acres of land encompassing twenty (20)
sugarcane fields in the Wingfield Estate (Old Road), Whites (Cayon) and Sir Gilles (Sandy Point) areas to
further assist local farmers."
The Finance Minister was pleased that in connection with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
funded initiative to provide inputs to vulnerable small farmers 1,124 farmers have received assistance.
Dr.Douglas touched on the collaborative effort between the Ministry responsible for Agriculture,
Agricultural Resource Management Project (ARMP), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation and
Agriculture (IICA) and the Republic of China on Taiwan (ROC) which has enabled his Government to move
forward with the commercialization of crop production through the development of a commercial farm in St.
Peter's parish named the Ogees Farmer Group Settlement Project.
He said the fourteen (14) acre, fully equipped farm will be managed by seven former sugar workers under
the guidance of the Department of Agriculture.
"This Farm Project will be duplicated in the foothills of the Verchilds Mountain by a group of ambitious
youths from Old Road. To complement the commercialization of the Agriculture Sector we continue to foster
the linkages between Agriculture and Tourism," he remarked.
PM Douglas stated that his Government has applied equal attention to the improvement of animal
husbandry practices and that as a result, livestock production increased by 14.1% during the period January
to September 2009 when compared to the same period in 2008.
He outlined: We have done considerable work in the development of the Fishing Industry which has
led to significant expansion in the sub-sector. Total fish landings in 2008 increased by 20.4% to 832,050 lbs,
with a total value of EC$7.4 million. This considerable growth was influenced by the introduction of new
fishers, increases in the average fishing time and catch of fish, and favourable weather conditions which
persisted throughout the year. Preliminary reports have indicated that fish sales at the fishing complexes
between January and October 2009 have totalled $469,625."
Upon highlighting the vision of his Government to modernize the Fishing Industry he explained that
such measure includes efforts to move away from primarily artisan fishing to a commercialized approach.
"In our efforts to effect this change, we commissioned the construction of a 40 ft multipurpose fishing
vessel in 2008. This vessel, constructed by our very own Indigo Yachts, has now been completed and was
launched in June 2009. The vessel will be leased to individuals or groups who are skilled in manoeuvring a
boat of that size. This Government endeavours to commission the construction of the second boat in 2010,"
the Finance Minister said.
Dr. Douglas continued: "In order to aid in the further advancement of the fishing industry we have begun
to strengthen our partnerships with other stakeholders in the industry. Presently, the Department of Fisheries,
in collaboration with Ross University of Veterinary Medicine, is investigating ways to advance the
development of an Aquaculture Industry. The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has also
provided valuable assistance in the form of training in the area of Product Development. In addition, the
Department of Fisheries and the Department of Cooperatives have been working assiduously towards the
formal establishment of a national Fisher-Folk Association which will assist in the development of skills and
knowledge and a unified approach to problem resolution."
The Labour Spokesman
From Left UNESCO National Commission Secretary General
Antonio Maynard, Minister of Education Honourable -,-.. / Carty
and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works and
Utilities Mr Oaklyn Peets
Cross-section of Water Day Seminar Participants
UNESCO In Celebrating
Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 23, 2010 (SKNIS): The government of St.
Kitts and Nevis has joined with UNESCO and other nations around the
word in acknowledging the importance of clean water.
The St. Kitts and Nevis National Commission, through its organ,
Small Islands Voice, coordinated a World Water Day Seminar at the Ocean
Terrace Inn today, March22. Under the theme: "Clean Water for a Healthy
World," the various stakeholders, including teachers, students,
environmentalists and persons employed in the water sector, all agreed
that water was crucial for health and development.
St. Kitts and Nevis UNESCO National Commission Secretary General
Antonio Maynard read the UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova's
message, which stated the depressing statistics that two and an half
billion people continue to live without proper sanitation and that 884
million have no access to safe drinking water.
"Water-related sickness and the additional financial hardship it brings,
odds that a poor family will educate its children." The UNESCO
Director General's Message continued. "This, in turn, robs the next
generation of the opportunity to improve their own circumstances and
break the cycle of poverty and deprivation trapping them. Clean water
and proper sanitation are where it all starts."
Mr. Oaklyn Peets, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public
Works and Utilities, emphasized that water is linked to our social,
economic and political development.
"The Ministry of Health has recently acknowledged that here in St.
Kitts we have seen a marked decline in the levels of gastroenteritis and
related diseases," Permanent Secretary Peets said. "[This has been]
directly attributed to advancements in the delivery of safe potable water
to the general public."
Mr. Peets informed that in order to have the present success rate in
safe water and efficient supply, a significant investment had to be made
to the local Water Services infrastructure. He said that during the late
1990s an EC$18 million loan from the Kuwati Fund for Economic
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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010 13
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Students of the Irish Town Primary School with Speaker of the
National Assembly, Hon. Curtis Martin; Central Basseterre
Parliamentary Representative, Hon. Marcella Liburd and Teacher
Mrs. Cleo Cogger.
BASSETERRE, ST. KITS, MARCH 24TH 2010 (CUOPM) -Eighteen
students and a teacher from the Irish Town Primary School in Basseterre
were welcomed Wednesday to the gallery of the National Assembly
Speaker of the lawmaking body, Hon. Curtis Martin, in welcoming
the Grade Four students and their teacher, Mrs. Cleo Cogger, noted that
he is a former student of the Irish Town Primary School.
The Blue Martini Piano Lounge
welcomes international hitmakers
Ambrosia and Little River Band
for a unique performance
Collective sales of both bands surpass 40
million records, multiple Grammy nods
The Blue Martini Piano Lounge located inside the Marriott Resort
welcomes Ambrosia and Wayne Nelson, lead vocalist from the Little
River Band, for a special performance this Saturday night. Don't miss
your chance to see these two performers, whose songs are etched in the
minds of listeners around the world from their deep catalog of hit records.
The buzz surrounding Ambrosia isn't surprising given the heights
the band scaled during the 70's and early 80's. Top 10 hits such as
"Biggest Part of Me", "How Much I Feel", "Nice, Nice, Very Nice",
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Grade Four students of the Irish Town Primary School seated in the gallery of the St. Kitts and Nevis
National assembly (photos by Erasmus Williams)
He further noted that the
students are required to observe
the proceedings of the National
Assembly as part of their studies
on the topic of "Government."
"Students should also be able
to identify the Speaker of the
House and its members," said
"You're the Only Woman" and
"Holdin' on to Yesterday" have
earned the band five Grammy
nominations, continual radio
airplay, and multi-platinum status.
During that time the group also
scored a top 40 hit with a cover of
the Beatles classic "Magical
Mystery Tour", from the motion
picture "All this and WW11". In
1997, Warner Bros. released
Ambrosia's long awaited gold
Anthology CD, an incredible
album that spans the group's
entire career. In 1999, VH-1
featured them on their highly
acclaimed "Where Are They
Now?" series, which prompted a
huge surge of new interest in the
band, and led to several more
television appearances including
a spotlight on TNN'S "Classic
Rock" special, which tuned in over
5 million viewers.
The Little River Band was the
first Australian band who
successfully conquered the world
music charts from its base in
Australia. Formed in 1975, they
started charting albums and songs
on every continent and quickly
became one of the top selling
artists in music history, topping the
30 million mark inworldwide album
sales and over 20 top 40 hits.
In 1977, their breakthrough hit,
"Help Is on Its Way," went all the
way to #1. The album it came from,
"Diamantina Cocktail", went gold
in America and around the globe,
the first time an Australian act had
achieved such a feat. It was
followed by "Sleeper Catcher", and
became the first album recorded in
Australia to sell over a million
copies in the U.S. This time, LRB's
Each student and the teacher
were personally greeted by the
Speaker on his arrival at
Parliamentary Representative for
Central Basseterre Hon. Marcella
Liburd (St. Christopher 2 -Labour)
Little River Band Photo:
greater success was in America,
with the single "Reminiscing"
hitting #1 and also becoming a #1
hit around the world. A second
top 3 hit from that album, "Lady",
cemented their hit-making,
superstar status. Together, these
two songs have logged more than
8 million plays on U.S. radio since
they were recorded and have
earned LRB numerous airplay
awards around the world. A third
top 20 hit, "Happy Anniversary
Baby", also charted.
For the next four years, LRB
kept straddling multiple continents
as their success grew and the
string of hits kept pouring out from
each successive Platinum album.
"First Under the Wire", their fifth
album, yielded the top 10 hits,
"Lonesome Loser", and "Cool
Change". Their next- and biggest
selling studio album to date-
"Time Exposure" yielded three
more top 10 hits in "Man on Your
Hon Marcella Liburd also greeted
and took a photograph with the
students on the steps of
The session was the first day
of the debate following the
presentation of the 2010 Budget
Mind", "Take it Easy on Me", and
the #1 "The Night Owls".
Little River Band released a
Multi-Platinum Greatest Hits
album in 1985 and the first single,
"The Other Guy", instantly went
top 10 around the world, and #1 in
many countries, followed by the
top 20 song, "Down on the
Border". The next studio album,
"The Net" yielded two more top
20 hits, "You're Driving Me Out of
My Mind", and "We Two", and
the follow-up album, "Playing to
Win", yielded the top 40 title track.
The people of St. Kitts have a
unique opportunity to see both of
these bands up close and personal
for one night- this Saturday March
27th only! This event is co-
sponsored by PAWS and a portion
of the door will go to this
worthwhile charity. Doors open
at 8, show starts at 10:00. Don't
miss you chance to be a part of
this special event. Tickets are only
$35 and include an open bar.
BA's flight to St. Kitts
operated as scheduled
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS MARCH 22ND 2010 British
Airways flight into St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International
Airport on Saturday March 20th operated as scheduled.
Police Inspector in the Immigration Department, Ms. Elrethea
Richardson said Monday British Airways arrived on Saturday on
time with 134 passengers.
She said 100 passengers were onboard when it departed for the V.C.
Bird International Airport in Antigua enroute to London-Gatwick.
British Airways is expected to introduce a second weekly flight into
St. Kitts'Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on March 30 and this
flight is not expected to be affected by industrial action.
In London, the BBC reported that striking British Airways cabin
crew offered on Monday to resume talks with the company to try to
settle a dispute.
Cabin crew were due to return to work on Tuesday after a three-day
stoppage that has disrupted flights from London's main Heathrow airport.
Unions plan a second, four-day stoppage from next Saturday,
grounding flights before the busy Easter holiday period, in a dispute
that centres on cost-cutting plans and staffing levels.
"They want me to work for less than half I'm earning now. I'd lose my
British Airways aircraft on the ground at the Robert L. Bradshaw
International Airport on Saturday 20th March 2010 (photo by
The Labour Spokesman
home," said one striking cabin crew
member with 20 years experience.
"The media is portraying us as
spoilt rotten, overpaid
Addressing a lively rally of
union members at a sports ground
close to London's Heathrow
Airport, Unite joint general
secretary Tony Woodley accused
BA management of an attempt to
destroy union influence.
"This dispute is costing this
company an arm and a leg. We can
reach a negotiated settlement.
Come back to the table," he urged
BA, as union members around him
banged drums and blew whistles,
brandishing cardboard cut outs of
BA Chief Executive Willie Walsh
with demon red eyes
BA said the impact of the strike
had been limited and that there
was no estimate yet as to how
much it would cost the company.
"Over the weekend more than
75 per cent of our flights around
the world departed punctually,
with several hundred departing
early," it said in a statement.
Share market reaction was
muted, BA shares shedding less
than one percent in a lower market.
The dispute arose because
BA, which has 12,000 cabin crew,
wants to save an annual 62.5
million pounds ($95 million) to help
cope with a fall in demand, volatile
fuel prices and increased
competition from low-cost carriers.
The company has leased
S i.elp ~eep
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
BHS Teen Challenge
Club aids fire victims
The Basseterre High School Teen Challenge Club, an inter-
denominational Christian organisation, will next Saturday, 27th
March, stage a concert entitled "Look again, Lord" at the
school's auditorium at 7:30 in the evening. The concert will
feature song, dance, poetry and drama performed by students
within the group as well as by several guest artistes.
The highlight of the evening will be a skit entitled "Look
again, Lord" written by Bishop Ron Collins, a former president
of the Teen Challenge Club.
The proceeds from the concert will go towards assisting
two students of the BHS who lost all their possessions in a fire
earlier in the year.
The group, whose motto is "Winning Basseterre High School
for Christ" has been in existence since 1974.
Teacher / Coordinator
The St. Kitts Bottling Company
Celebrates 56 years
Buckley's Site, Basseterre, St. Kitts, Mar. 22, 2010 The St.
Kitts Bottling Company Ltd., the nation's leading and longest
standing manufacturer is proud to announce their 56th year in
The Company began its operations on March 22nd, 1954, and
today holds the distinction of being the longest standing
manufacturer in the nation. Over the last 56 years the company
has withstood many challenges and seen tremendous growth.
The company will continue to make the necessary investment
in capital that will help to maintain the high quality standards that
exist across all our product lines. Not only are these investments
important, but our role as a responsible corporate citizen will
continue with commitments to sports and community development.
We understand that our growth over these last 56 years would
not be possible without the continued patronage of all our
customers, and we look forward to bringing you the same high
quality service over the next 56 years.
Today, 180 million people speak
French around the world and 82 million
use it from time to time. 63 States and
Governments are spread out in five
continents, different civilizations with a
lot of contrast but always respectful to
each other's level of development.
The end of March became a very
symbolic period of the year where
several institutions bring the World Wide
French Speaking Family of Nations
To celebrate this Francophone
week, we are inviting students from all
secondary schools to our 'Open Door
Week', from Tuesday 23rd March to
Thursday 25th March 2010, from 9:00am
to 12:00 noon where we will show
French movies with English subtitles. On
Wednesday 24th March 2010 at 7:30pm,
we will host Open Air Movie Night at
Frigate Bay Resort. On Thursday 25th
March 2010, 8:00pm at Sprat Net, open
air movie (in collaboration with the
Spanish Agency for Cooperation
AECID / Clarence Fitzroy Bryant
College). Free Admission.
We will be hosting a 'Quiz and
Dictee' on Wednesday 24th March
2010, 6:30pm and will also present
diplomas to students who passed the
French exams (Delf and Dalf).
Students from all secondary schools
are invited to participate in the 'French
Song Competition' which will take place
on Thursday 25th March 2010, 6:30pm
at Alliance Fran aise. The rules of the
competition can be obtained from the
Principals/French teachers at the
Winners of all competition will be
Membership of the Alliance has
many benefits and is open to the general
public for an annual subscription fee of
EC$50.00 and EC$75.00. We invite you
to join and support us.
THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SUPREME COURT I "
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
FEDERATION OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS
TITLE BY REGISTRATION ACT, CAP 279
A. D. 2010
Misc. Suit No. 19 of 2000
ST. KIITT NEVIS ANGUILLA NATIONAL BANK LIMITED
NOTICE OF SALE
The Property described below will be offered for ale by The Registrar of the Supreme Court by public
auc;or e Court Prince illam Street, Charlestown, In the Island of Nevis, on Thursdmay
the Lft.dayof W 2010 at A'clock In the forenoon.
The successful bidder will be required to pay at the time of sale a deposit of one fourth of his accepted
bid and the balance within one month from the day of sale.
Possession of the property will be given to the purchaser on payment of the deposit. Any taxes due on
the said property must be paid by the Purchaser.
The Purchaser wll, after payment In full of the purchase price, obtain from the High Court of Justice, a
Certifcicate of Tie to the property.
The Property wil be available for inspection prior to the date of sale by appointment with the Registrar
of the Supreme Court
DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY
ALL THAT lot place or parcel of land istuate at Shaw Estate in tha Parish of St. 3Jan In
the Island of Nevis bounded and memuring as followa:- On the NORTH-WEST by lands of
Shaws Etat, 256.60 feet; On the NORTH-EAST hy lands of Shaws Estate, 197.15 feet; On
the SOUTH-EAST by lands of NIIbett Estat, 157.40 fMt; and On the SOUTH-WEST by a 20
Foot Road, 193.84 feet and containing by admealurement 1.13 am all as the same is
desbed n a Certificate of Title dated the 24* day of September 1993 and registered In Book 31
Folio 277 of the Register of Ties of the Nevis Crcuit In favour of DUDLEY HARRIS of Combermere
In the Parish of St. James In the Island of Nevis as registered proprietor thereof.
The Upset price for the above landshall be EC148,oo000.00oo
Dated the '3 dayof 2010
I\ V eistrar reme ou rt
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010 15
V. E. INNISS
Before we get into the heart of our Ester studies, let us spend this
"warm up" session reflecting on the goodness of God.
How many times have we heard the refrain "God is Good, All the
Time? I trust that to those who chant it the loudest and more frequent, it
has become to them, a gag line or catch phrase. It is the embodiment of
a storehouse of truth and blessings.
When Christian theology says that God is good, it is not the same as
saying that He is righteous or holy. The holiness of God is trumpeted
from the heavens and re-echoed on earth by saints and sages wherever
God has revealed Himself to men.
The goodness of God is that which disposes Him to be kind, cordial,
benevolent and full of goodwill toward men. He is tender-hearted and of
quick sympathy. And His unfailing attitude toward all moral beings is
open, frank and friendly, needless to say that by His nature He is inclined
to bestow blessedness and He takes holy pleasure in the happiness of
That God is good is taught or implied on every page of the Holy
Bible and must be received as an article of faith as impregnable as the
throne of God. In addition, it is the foundation stone for all sound thought
about God and is necessary to moral sanity.
If God is not good then there can be no distinction between kindness
and cruelty and heaven can be hell and hell heaven. The goodness of
God is the drive behind all the blessings He daily bestows upon us. God
created us because He felt good in His heart and He made every provision
for redeeming us for the same reason.
Since my reading audience has in it a wide range of persons who
look forward to my weekly articles for their spiritual edification and
upliftment I crave your indulgence as I attempt to point out what the
attributes of God (His Being) includes:
(1) Self-existence -He has life in Himself; (2) Unity The only God;
(3) Spirituality God is a Spirit; (4) Eternity unlimited by time; (5)
Immutability unchangeable in nature or purpose; (6) Omnipotence -
unlimited by space; (7) Omniscience cognizant of all things; (8) Wisdom
- God realizes the best designs by the best possible means; (9)
Omnipotence in the truest sense nothing is impossible; (10) Holiness
- absolute moral purity; (11) Justice demands righteousness of His
creatures and deals righteously with them; (12) Goodness Includes
benevolence, love, mercy and grace; (13) Faithfulness- absolutely trust-
From the preceding we can see that the study of the attributes of
God, far from being dull and heavy may for the enlightened Christianbe
a sweet and absorbing spiritual exercise. Inevitably this brings us to the
question of the number of the divine attributes. Religious thinkers have
differed about this. Some have insisted that there are seven. But Faber
sang of the "God of a thousand attributes to which the revered Charles
Wesley exclaimed: "Glad thine attributes confess glorious all and
True these men were worshiping, not counting. We too might be
wise to follow the insight of the enraptured heart rather than more cautious
reasoning of the theological mind.
GOOD IN EVERY SENSE
Let us return to the goodness of God. Divine goodness as one of
God's attributed is self caused, infinite, perfect and eternal. He has never
been kinder than He now is, nor will He ever be less kind.
He is no respecter of persons, but makes His sun to shine on the evil
as well as the good. He sends His rain on the just and on the unjust alike.
The cause of His goodness is in Himself. The recipients of His
goodness are all His beneficiaries without merit and without recompense.
Always God's goodness is the ground of our expectation. Repentance,
though necessary, is not meritorious but a condition for receiving the
gracious gift of pardon which God gives of His goodness.
Prayer is not in itself meritorious. It lays God under no obligation nor
put Him in debt to any of us. He hears prayers because He is good and
for no other reason.
Nor is faith meritorious; it is simply confidence in the goodness of
God, and the lack of it is a reflection upon God's holy character.
I trust that this article will better help us to understand and appreciate
these two stanzas when in future
we sing them.
How good is the God we adore,
our faithful, unchangeable Friend,
whose love is as great as His
power and knows neither measure
'Tis Jesus the First and the Last
(Alpha and Omega), whose spirit
shall guide us safely home. We'll
praise Him for all that is past, and
trust Him for all that's to come.
If there is one reader in this
audience and all that we have been
discussing about the "goodness
of God" is like Greek to you
respond to this invitation from God
through the Psalmist "0 taste and
see that the Lord is good; blessed
is the man or woman that trusteth
inHim" (Ps. 34:8).
Indeed, God is good, all the
time. I invite you to prove it. May
God help us to substantiate it!
Development Bank boosting
economy by supporting small
Charlestown Nevis (March 24,
2010) Nevisian businessman,
Alfred Forbes, is praising the role
the Development Bank of Saint
Kitts and Nevis is playing in
boosting the Federation's b
economy by supporting small
"The Development Bank plays
a great role as it has enabled people
like myself who are from a very
humble beginning to be able to
earn a decent living," said Forbes
who operates a taxi service, Senior i,. t Officer at the Nevis branch of the Development
scooter rental and trucking Bank, Hyacinth Pemberton (left), shares a light moment with Pastor
"Thbusiness out tof Chank has for the Alfred Forbes and his wife Lornette at their home in Hermitage, on
"smell transotgroeat bankaffr that one of her regular visits to bank clients.
small man is so great that as long
as one is willing to work, it will be right behind you. They are very helpful to the community and the economy
at large, and as for me, it has been a pleasure doing business with the Development Bank."
The 56-year old businessman, who is also pastor at the Prince Tabernacle of Lower Bath Village, noted that
his relationship with the Development Bank started in 1991, when he was given a mortgage that saw him build
a three bedroom house on his quarter acre plot at Hermitage.
The mortgage was at that time for eighteen years, meaning that he paid it off last year, but what he did not
know was the fact that the Development Bank could allow a client to have more than one loan as long as one
is able to service them concurrently. It was an eye opener for the businessman when that happened as he
ended up having four loans at the same time.
"As Owner/Manager of my business, I have operated taxi service for over 30 years," explained Forbes.
"Before I used to do regular passenger bus service from Charlestown to the Gingerland area. After that I
ventured into taxi and trucking services, but it was not until 2004 when I approached the Development Bank
and they gave me a loan to buy a taxi bus."
Senior Loans/Project Officer at the Nevis branch of the Development Bank, Hyacinth Pemberton, observed
that as long as a client has the capacity to service his/her loan, he/she could be considered for an additional
loan for an additional project, or the same project as long as the project remains viable.
"Pastor Forbes has been a good client and his business proposals have always met out lending criteria,"
noted Pemberton. "When we look at a proposal, we assess the future revenue generating capacity of the
project by taking into consideration the market and the general economy. It was therefore quite in order for us
to have advanced multiple loans to Pastor Forbes."
After he got the loan to buy a taxi bus in 2004, while he was still servicing the mortgage to the satisfaction
of the bank, he got another loan in 2005 to purchase another taxi bus, a loan in 2007 to purchase a pickup truck
for his trucking business and after he would have finished paying off the mortgage last year, he was given
another loan to purchase yet another taxi bus.
Pastor Forbes, a father of five and grandfather of thirteen, explained that he previously worked at a juice
making factory that was situated at Farms Estate in Nevis, but after its closure, he went into the regular
passenger bus business, plying between Charlestown and Gingerland.
For an island that thrives on tourism economy, Forbes has ensured that he gives the best to the visitors.
To supplement his taxi businesses
he also ventured into scooter
AM rental service after he found out
____-_ Uthat a number of tourists enjoy
seeing the island on scooters. He
bought the scooters using funds
S that have been generated by his
7 Pastor Forbes who is aware
that Nevis is still a popular
O destination among the rich yacht
owners, feels that everything
possible to make them want to
return and also encourage their
friends to visit Nevis should be
done, especially the speeding up
of the immigration processes.
Pastor Forbes poses on his compound at Hermitage, showing some Nevis cannot do without tourism,
of the property the Development Bank has assisted him to acquire he said.
the taxi bus, pickup truck and the house.
Development Bank for
BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (March 24, 2010) As the Youth
Empowerment through Skills (YES) Programme celebrates its first
anniversary, secretariat manager Leslie Connor has singled out for
commendation, the Development Bank of Saint Kitts and Nevis which
has hosted the programme's secretariat at the basement floor of its
Church/Central Streets building in Basseterre.
"Since the Programme was started by Prime Minister DrDenzil Douglas
one year ago, the Development Bank took the YES Programme in, and
even as our operations grew, you continued to provide us with the
necessary office space," said Connor. "The programme has succeeded
in achieving its goals, and we owe this to your generosity."
Connor made those remarks Wednesday morning when he paid a
courtesy call on the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis general
manager, Lenworth Harris, to invite him to attend an anniversary dinner
that will be hosted by the hotel trades students of the YES Programme at
the Royal St. Kitts Hotel on Friday March 26.
The bank's general manager, Lenworth Harris, in accepting the
invitation to attend the dinner said: "It has been our greatest pleasure to
host the YES Programme and to be part of this most important programme
for the development and empowerment of our youth and we really hope
that the relationship can continue and that we can facilitate you in any
way we can."
According to the YES Programme secretariat manager, Leslie Connor,
hotel trades students under instructor Michael Guishard at the Royal St.
Kitts Hotel, and the students training at the Keys Community Centre
under instructor Dominic Stevens will combine as they showcase the
skills they have learned so far, as part of the programme's first anniversary
"This is an important milestone as far as this programme is
concerned," observed Connor. "Our Prime Minister, Dr Denzil Douglas,
went out of his way to ensure that the youth of this country are trained
in the various areas, by creating the YES Programme. This is only one of
the fields of training, and we have invited the Prime Minister to attend
He observed that Prime Minister Douglas apart from engineering the
creation of the programme in March last year, he keeps tabs on what
they are doing, noting that he has previously been treated to a luncheon
by the group training at St. Paul's, and for fine dining with the students
at Royal St. Kitts Hotel. The Governor General, His Excellency Dr Cuthbert
Sebastian, and all cabinet ministers and senior government officials have
Lenworth Harris (left), Development Bank of Saint Kitts and Nevis
General Manager, receives an invitation to attend YES Programme
anniversary dinner from Leslie Connor the YES Programme
All volunteers who are registered to serve during the ICC WT20
matches from May 5-10 are asked to attend a training session at the
Warner Park dining room on Saturday 27 March at 8.30am. Individuals
who are interested in serving but not yet registered, are also asked to
attend. For more information please call 466-8713.
The Labour Spokesman
Written by Floy Hensley
Faith: "Faith is the Evident of
things not seen." Hebrews 11:1
Greetings in the wonderful and
precious name of Jesus Christ, our
soon coming King and Lord of
Lord. This is my very first article
in this News Paper to write about
the love of God and to encourage
those who are hurting and need to
hear words of comfort in their
situation. This article is not a
religious one or politically
motivated because my aim is to
write words of comfort in all News
Papers in the Federation, if given
the opportunity to do so. We serve
a great and powerful God and the
sky is the limit and He's the one
who would open the doors in the
right place and at the right time.
God's timing is not ours and His
ways are higher than ours because
He's a powerful and faithful God
in all His ways. We just have to
continue to be faithful to God and
our daily manual which is the
Bible, have the instruction for daily
living. When we pattern our life to
God's daily word we cannot go
wrong at all but live a life of victory
We are all faced with situations
and problems daily, where are we
turning for the answers? Who can
help in time like these? Jesus Christ
is the only answer to all of our
problems we are facing in life and
can see us through. I do not know
what you are facing right now but
I know God would deliver you and
would make it right. Prayer is the
answer to your problems, there is
no distance in prayer when you
touch and agree and have faith that
God would moved on your behalf.
Faith without work is dead and
without faith it's impossible to
please God. Faith is simple
believing and praying for
something you have not received
as yet but know that you would
be getting it in due time. I called
myself, "Woman of faith," and
thence is the reason my article is
called, "Have Faith." So be strong
at all times in the Lord and know
that God would indeed work it all
out for your good.
Father God I thank you for the
Kitts, March 19, 2010
Josephine Astaphan of
Basseterre was joined
by representatives of
the Ministry of Social
Gender Affairs in the
celebration of her 90th
flowers, cake and other
tokens of appreciation,
Mrs. Astaphan was
deeply moved, noting
that not many people
are fortunate enough to
reach 90 years of age. Ninety
Supervisor of Social
Assistance Ms. Ann Wigley
agreed. She congratulated Mrs.
Astaphan on reaching the glorious
age and brought greetings from
her Minister, and Ministry. She
described Mrs. Astaphan as one
of the bedrocks of the country,
noting that over the years she and
her late husband (Joseph) had
silently assisted many nationals.
Ms. Evelyn Wigley was given
the privilege of presenting Mrs.
Astaphan with a bouquet of
flowers on behalf of the Ministry
of Social Development. Mrs.
Astaphan graciously accepted the
present and thanked the Ministry
and the government.
She further expressed
appreciation to God for her many
blessings, particularly her children
(who included the late Dr Jamie
Astaphan and former government
year old Josephine Astaphan
Minister and Parliamentary
Representative for Central
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
opportunity that I can some to the
Federation of St Kitts Nevis, the
wider Caribbean and in the
international circles with this
article. Father God
I pray that lives would be
touched and lives would be
changed for your honour and
glory in the name of Jesus Christ.
I pray that those who are
reading now and do not know you
as Lord and Saviour would make
that decision to serve you in spirit
and in truth, so you can be Lord
and Master over their lives. I pray
for your continual peace,
protection, love, togetherness and
righteous living in our land.
Father this is being now in your
honour and glory because your
name would forever be praise.
Thank you for providing for your
people and answering their prayers
and making away in their
situations. Thank you for reading
and I know this is the beginning
of more exciting articles because
with God all things are possible!!
Do have a bless and productive
week in the name of Jesus Christ
and know that your miracle is on
Basseterre, the Hon Dwyer
Astaphan). The Astaphan
matriarch noted that often
times she had been
chastised for having so
many children but she saw
them as blessings in her old
age. She also expressed
appreciation for the people
of St. Kitts who she
described as her brothers
emphasized that St. Kitts was
her home and that she would
never stop loving her people.
Mrs. Astaphan and her
family are inviting the
general public to join her at
a Service in celebration of her
life, this evening at the St.
George Anglican Church,
Basseterre at 6:00 p.m.
Supervisor of Social Assistance Mrs. Ann Wigley and Mrs. Josephine
Josephine Astppha C-sI
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010 17
Senior Citizen Honoured
At The Grand Age Of 96
Ann Pinney and a student of the Tucker-Clarke Primary School
Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 23, 2010 (SKNIS): It has been 96 years
since Ms. Ann Pinney of Pond Pasture, East Basseterre has been on this
earth, and family and friends are happy that she shared her life with
Despite being forced to
become immobile due to a broken
hip bone, Ms. Pinney is still full of
spirit as the students of the
Tucker-Clarke Primary School
experienced when they visited her
on her birthday, March 22. The
students entertained Ms. Pinney
with several renditions including
well-know gospel favourites.
Present at the short ceremony were
also Home Care Officer, lotha
Charles, and Social Assistance
Officer, Francine Pollock.
It is the policy of the Ministry
of Social Development to
acknowledge citizens for their
contribution toward the
development of the Federation, in
this instance the elderly.
Supervisor of Social
Assistance, Mrs. Ann Wigley also
paid a visit to Ms. Pinney later
during the day. She also brought
greetings from the Ministry of
Social Development and Gender
Affairs noting that the elderly
have fought for many of the rights
and social gains that are enjoyed
congratulated Ms. Pinney on
attaining such a grand age and
wished her more birthdays in the
Ann Pinney and Supervisor of Social Assistance Ms. Ann Wigley
Fatisha Imo eyes Miss Caribbean
World in Tortola
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,
MARCH 25TH 2010 (CUOPM) -
St. Kitts makes a bid this weekend
for the prestigious title of Miss
Caribbean World in Tortola, British
20-year-old, Fatisha Imo, who
is currently pursuing a double
major in Accounting and Spanish
at the Mid-Western State
University in Texas, will compete
in the 5th annual event on
Saturday March 27th, 2010 at the
Multipurpose Sports Complex.
After accepting a monetary
contribution from St. Kitts and
Nevis Prime Minister, Hon. Dr.
Denzil L. Douglas, who wished her
success in the pageant, Miss Imo
said she and her fellow
contestants will make several
appearances in Swim Suit, Talent,
Costume, Evening Wear, Interview
and a Question and Answer
"My talent is entitled "Are you
listening" and depicts the things
that affect this world drugs,
gangs, etc," said Ms. Imo, who also
thanked her Parliamentary
Representative, Hon. Dr. EarlAsim
Martin for his financial assistance.
She disclosed that her costume
is entitled "Jewelled Poinciana
Ms. Imo is no stranger to the
stage having placed first ruunner-
up in the Ms. National Carnival
Queen Pageant 2007/2008 and
third runner-up in the Ms.
Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant.
Participants are also expected
fromAnguilla, Antigua & Barbuda,
Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin
Islands, Cuba, Dominica,
(cont'd on page 18)
Miss Fatisha Imo (left) accepts monetary contribution from St. Kitts
and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr Denzil L. Douglas. (Photo by
Ann Pinney and her adopted daughter and students of the Tucker-
Clarke Primary School
UNESCO In Celebrating
(cont'd from page 11)
Development was used to construct eight reservoirs, drill wells, lay
several miles of new pipeline and replace old pipeline. It was also used
to build the office complex that now houses the Ministry of Utilities and
the Water Services Department.
Similarly, Permanent Secretary Peets informed that between 2003 and
2006 EC$20 millionwas secured to finance the Water Supply Improvement
Project. By the end of the project an additional one million gallons of
groundwater was being obtained per day. This was particularly needed
in the areas of Cayon, Ogee Ghaut, Mattinley Heights and Conaree.
After addressing the significance of water, Honourable Senator Nigel
Carty, Minister of Education with responsibility for UNESCO, did not let
the opportunity pass without acknowledging UNESCO. He
acknowledged the entity for being actively and visibly engaged in a
number of programmes and projects in the Federation in recent times.
"These activities have served to enhanced our cultural, educational
and social profile and have created opportunities for the country and its
people to benefit in concrete ways," Minister Carty said. "The list of
successful UNESCO interventions is long and lustrous."
He mentioned Youth Path, Small Islands Voice, Training for Educators
and Child Caregivers in Early Childhood and the Memory of the World
Programme to which the St. Kitts register of slaves was recently recorded,
as well as the Slave Route Project. Minister Carty further noted the
Ministry of Education's Peer Mediation and Monitoring Exercise,
December 2010's celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Brimstone Hill
as a World Heritage Site, the Anti-Doping and Education in Sports
Programme, the Community Media Centre Programme, the Teacher
Training Laboratory, the Convention on Protection of Underwater
Cultural Heritage and the Survey on the Socio-Economic and Education
background of the inmates at Her Majesty's Prison.
The outcome of the half day seminar is a compilation of
recommendations that will be presented to local policymakers.
Mrs. Josephine Astaphan and her Family
are grateful to everyone for their best wishes and tributes for her Birthday.
We are especially thankful to all who took time to celebrate with us at
Church. with Special Thanks to His Excellency the Governor General, Sir
Cuthbert Sebastian; His Excellency the Deputy Governor, Sir Eustace
John and Mrs. John; the Deputy Prime Minister IIon Sam Condor; the
Hon. Marcella Liburd: Mrs. Anne Wigley, our specially invited Pastor
Agatha Andries for her Blessings; Archdeacon Hodge.
and everyone of our friends who attended the Service.
We recognize the exquisite floral arrangements by the talented Gary
Thompson of Gary's Fruits & Flowers; to Mrs. Fulton of Fulton's
Catering Service; Nigel Williams and the Organist for the exquisite music
for their contributions to a beautiful evening.
I -NEWS I
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
Queen's Baton tours
By Melissa Amsterdam
The Queen's Baton made a stop to the Federation for three days -
arriving at the RLB International Airport on Friday 19th March and leaving
on Tuesday 23rd March as part as a tour to all 71 Common Wealth
Nations which will be taking part in the XIX Commonwealth Games
scheduled for October 3rd- 14th in Delhi, India.
The Queen's Baton was welcomed to St. Kitts, as it arrived from
Montserrat at 11 am.
Among the local dignitaries at the airport to welcome the touring
group of the Commonwealth Games officials and the Baton were the
Hon. Glenn Phillip, Minister with responsibility for Youth Empowerment
and Sports; former world athletic champion, Kim Collins.; Alphonso
Bridgewater, President of the St. Kitts-Nevis National Olympic Committee;
and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports Lloyd Lazar.
After its reception at RLB International Airport the Baton made its
way to Government House (Springfield, Basseterre) and Government
Headquarters (Church Street, Basseterre) where the Prime Minister, Dr.
The Hon. Denzil Douglas addressed the gathering.
Hon. Glenn Phillip noted at a cocktail reception later that evening at
the Sugar Bay Hotel Conference Room -that the Baton is a technological
wonder and boasts many features.
The Minister of Sports said that the arrival of the Queen's Baton is a
"historic moment for the people of St. Kitts".
The baton is capable of recording photos and audio, contains LED
lighting that changes in each country to match the national flag colours
and contains soil from each of India's 28 states and seven territories.
Moreover, a small piece of 18k gold leaf is contained within a clear
jewel box on the top of the baton, on that gold in micro-calligraphy is
Queen Elizabeth II's message to the Commonwealth.
He said during an interview that the Baton is capable of taking photos
of its surroundings.
Minister Phillip said that the Queen's Baton is an inspiration to St.
Kitts and its future in the world of technology.
"Persons who have never heard of St. Kitts will now know about it, it
will help with tourism in the Federation," said Minister Phillip.
The following day, March 20th, the Baton travelled around St. Kitts
visiting various cultural and historical sites, including the Brimstone Hill
Fortress, Sky Safaris, Romney Manor and Independence Square.
On Sunday morning the Baton moved to the Zion Moravian Church
in Basseterre where members of the touring party and the local support
group and dignitaries including His Excellency the Governor General, Sir
Cuthbert Sebastian; Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Sam Condor; Minister
of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Hon. Glenn Phillip participated in
the Devine service.
The invitation was extended by devout member of the Zion Moravian
Church, Mr. Alphonso Bridgewater, President of the St. Kitts-Nevis
Olympics Association. It was the first time during its tour that the Baton
had gone to a church.
It made its way to the TDC/Coca-Cola/LIME sponsored Interschool
L-R) Kim Collins, Hon. Glenn Phillip, Fortuna Belrose and
Alphonso Bridgewater carry the baton on arrival.
concerns on World
By Melissa Amsterdam
The issues of water was at the forefront of discussions as members
of UNESCO Small Island Voice unloaded their concerns on solving the
water crisis of this millennium at the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI), Fortlands
Basseterre on 22nd Monday.
'Clean Water for a Healthy World' was the theme used at the World
Water Day seminar which publicized the importance of the diminishing
It was mentioned that many of our lakes, streams and rivers are
Relaying a message from the UNESCO Director General, Antonio
Maynard, Secretary General of UNESCO National Commission stated
that in such economic doldrums Governments will want to shy away
from investments in water related matters.
"UNESCO is an active contributor to the monitoring of the state of
the world's fresh water resources," Maynard said.
To assist with the world water crisis, Maynard said that since 2003,
UNESCO has overseen the training of over a dozen Water Scientists
from developing countries to undertake water challenges.
"On this World Water Day 2010,1 urge Governments, Civil Societies,
the Private Sector and all stakeholders to put the goal of clean water for
a healthy world at the forefront of their priorities," Maynard read.
He stated that UNESCO's goal was to sensitize the public on a
timely issue of water for all and to subsequently inform policy makers
with certain recommendations emerging from the seminar.
Oaklyn Peets, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works,
contributed to the forum with brief but insightful remarks.
"The purpose of World Water Day is to create public awareness
related to the conservation and development of water resources,"
"The overall goal is to raise the profile of water quality at the political
level so that water quality considerations are made alongside those of
water quantity," he said.
He noted the many needs of water and outlined its beneficial uses to
both man and animal, adding, "That is why government has made the
necessary investment over the past 15 years".
He divulged that the Government has overseen a multitude of
projects in which a loan of EC$18 million was secured from the Kuwaiti
Fund for Arab Economic Development, in the late 90's, to construct 8
reservoirs and wells, lay several miles of new pipe lines as well as replace
old pipe ones.
During 2003-2006 a further capital investment of EC$20 million was
secured to finance the Water Supply Improvement Project. Under this
project an additional 1 million gallons per day of water was developed.
This according to Peets, "brought much needed improvement to
areas such as Cayon, Mattingly Heights, Ogees and Conaree. We
continue to make the sustainable management of our water recourses a
priority by investing human recourses and technology, amongst the
ongoing initiatives are the expansion of our water chlorination
programme, development of our geographic information system and the
development of a comprehensive master plan," outlined Peets.
Peets highlighted the fact that an estimated 1.1 billion people rely on
unsafe drinking water resources, with that he pleaded, "We must all take
stewardship to all of our natural resources, with regards to water every
drop really counts".
Acknowledging the dire water crisis was Hon. Nigel Carty in his
Championships at the Silver Jubilee Anniversary Stadium on, Bird Rock,
Sunday 21 st March, where it was displayed for the public to view.
The Baton's last stop was in Nevis where it was received by
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Chairman of the local
organising committee Mr. Alsted Pemberton and was passed on to Special
Olympian Ms. Lavanda Forbes on the Charlestown Pier.
Premier of Nevis Hon. Joseph Parry, who was on hand outside the
Alexander Hamilton Museum was next to hold the Baton, he in turn
handed it to the Queen's representative on Nevis, Deputy Governor
General His Honour Eustace John.
The Queen's Baton left the Federation on Tuesday for the British
Virgin Islands and has toured 39 Commonwealth Nations thus far.
The Baton has been travelling the Common Wealth Since it left
Buckingham Palace in October, 2009. When it covers all of the
Commonwealth Nations which will be participating in the Commonwealth
Games it would have travelled a total of 190 000km.
capacity as Senator with
responsibly for Education.
He said that the Federation's
access to an adequate supply of
water, however, he remarked that
the state of affairs is not
guaranteed to be a permanent
"We must practise judicious
and efficient use of our water
supplies," Hon. Carty warned.
He noted the importance of
water as a life giving substance,
"without which we cannot survive
long as a people or even as a
Hon. Carty viewed the event
as one in which the people of the
Federation could adequately
educate themselves on the
conservation of water.
The seminar included group
sessions in which students of the
various high schools and colleges
aired their views, concerns and
recommendations on the
At the conclusion of the
seminar, the participants were able
to report on the recommendations
which would be submitted to the
Ministry of Public Works and
Utilities to be reviewed forpossible
Also present at the morning
proceedings were persons from
both the private and public
(cont'd from page 17)
Dominican Republic, Grenada,
Guyana, Jamaica, Margarita Island,
Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Trinidad &
Tobago, USA, USVI and
According to BVI Online,
several of the contestants arrived
in the territory last Saturday.
Last year 18 countries
competed in the pageant with Miss
Dominica's Marah Walter
capturing the title.
Since the ladies arrived on
Saturday they have been getting
non-stop fun. On Sunday, the
Premier, Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal held
a reception for them at Marias By
the Sea; they toured Virgin Gorda
on Monday, and on Tuesday they
had a live interview on JTV
On Wednesday, the young
ladies toured Tortola then
participate in the Queen's Baton
Relay activity at the H. Lavity
Stoutt Community College.
On Thursday they are
scheduled to attend the high
school athletics meet, swim with
the dolphins and visit the UP
Cineplex. A motorcade will be held
on Friday at 4 p.m. followed by a
reception held by the Governor
where the personal interview will
On Saturday morning, the
beauties are scheduled to appear
on ZBVI radio's Teen Talk
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
Wh th eol- Acto Moemn (PAM)
did no wi th 201 Elcin PATI
Dear Reader, in my third episode of these series I showed you how
those who are privileged, treat those who are not so privileged. The
Bible, which is the mouthpiece of the Christian Religion, tells us about
the treatment meted out to Jesus for daring to tell the privileged ones of
His day, to love their fellowmen and to do justice to all.
Good Friday coming up would be a memorial of Jesus for trying to
bring forth a better deal for the poor and the downtrodden. But that is
the system. Anyone who dares to fight for the injustices of the majority
of under privileged peoples of the world would either be assassinated,
overthrown, depicted by the mass media as the Devil himself, because it
is the rich and the powerful which owns the mass communications. And,
you know what dear reader? In most cases, we, the underprivileged,
oppressed and exploited believe what they are saying.
Last week's article was an education into our social history. I am
certain now, that we are all aware of our lineage, whether or not we want
to. We are the great sons and daughters of those who were brought here
from Africa in chains, to work for free, so that others could heap huge
We are the extensions of those black people who were considered
dumb beasts by the white planters who brutalized them, so that they
could enjoy a certain social status. We are the great sons and daughters
of those for whom the Labour Movement risked life and limb, to bring
dignity as human beings to us thus enabling us to enjoy a higher standard
of living. When we hate the Labour Movement, we hate ourselves, for, if
it was left to the oppressors, we would still be as badly off as our brothers
and sisters in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Robert Mugabe is a bad man because the whites who make up less
than 5% of the population own all the arable land and those blacks who
fought for the independence of their country are still landless.
Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison fighting for a right which
we had in our possession since 1952.
Hugo Chavez is introducing free education and medical attention,
especially for pregnant mothers, privileges we enjoyed when Mr.
Bradshaw established health clinics in almost all villages and towns in
St.Kitts and Nevis.
All the rights and privileges which have been enjoyed by us because
of the Labour Movement are being fought for in LatinAmerica, Asia and
Africa. So, dear reader to hate the Labour Movement is to hate yourself.
In 1950, the Labour Administration bought Greenlands, which was a
cane field in the heart of town. This was the first housing development
in Basseterre. It afforded the opportunity for the middle class of our
society and sugar factory workers especially, to become land owners
and owners of their own homes.
There was no good and enlightened banking system in those days,
for the banks were populated by whites from England and Canada. Loans
were not looked at as a business transaction, but as a favour granted.
Most of the home owners had to transact credit for materials from
those who owned the sugar estates and still owned the business places
in Basseterre. They were displeased with the fact that Mr. Bradshaw and
Labour were turning some of their own employees into homeowners like
them. They did not favour the idea of doing business with landless
people. Their credit conditions were harsh. Very harsh!
To show their contempt, the Democrat Newspaper, the mouthpiece
of the planters and big businesses came out with an article deriding Mr.
Bradshaw for giving land to people who do not own land. That particular
cane field could have yielded so many tons of sugar canes resulting in
so many tons of sugar which could have been sold for so much money.
Isn't this the same Democrat which has been criticizing everything the
Labour Movement does to better the lives of the ordinary folks in St.
Kitts and Nevis?
They said in their newspaper, that Mr. Bradshaw was making the
ordinary folks to live on the same level like them. One writer said in the
paper that he went into the Emporium Grocery (The Emporium Grocery is
the predecessor to Valu Mart and was situated in South Square or
Independence Street) to purchase a ham at Christmas and here was this
cane cutter coming in and purchasing a ham which was bigger than his.
The writer blamed Mr. Bradshaw for this. Because he thought that it was
outrageous for the cane cutter to buy a bigger ham than his.
But that is how life was about sixty years ago and that was not so
long ago. Yes! It was offensive for Mr. Bradshaw to give the land to the
people of Greenlands to build houses. The owners of the land was against
such a move and they were very reluctant to give any assistance in the
line of credit to those same new land owners, even those who worked for
A park was established as part of the developmental plan for
Greenlands and do you know the sons and daughters of the Greenlands
Housing Project refused to play with the sons and daughters of the Mc
Knight areas from whence some of the new home owners emerged?
Do you know, dear readers, that
in 1952 when the black folks were
allowed to vote without
hindrances, that a lot of those now
home owners, despite the
discrimination they suffered to
build those homes, sided with the
planters' party? They were now
owners of homes and they had
arrived. They were not living in
any shabby neighborhoods
anymore. Their children were
going to school in shoes and
socks. They severed all
relationships with their families
who were still in the ghettoes.
Through the Labour Movement,
they were able to own a house, a
piece of land and they, for the very
first time in their lives, were able to
vote and gave their votes to those
who opposed the idea of their
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,
VIARCH 22ND 2010 (CUOPM) -
Fhree members of the St. Kitts and
S4evis National Assembly are each
celebratingg 21 years as elected
It was on March 21st 1989 that
he Hon. Sam T. Condor, the St.
Kitts-Nevis Labour Party
candidatee for St. Christopher # 3
'West Basseterre); Hon. Denzil L.
Douglas, St. Kitts-Nevis Labour
Darty candidate for St. Christopher
V6 (Newton Ground to Harris') and
Ion. Vance W. Amory, Concerned
Citizens Movement (CCM)
candidatee for Nevis 10 were
-lected for the first time to
-epresent their respective
Messrs. Condor, Douglas and
Amory were sworn in on March
10th, 2010 for a sixth consecutive
erm when a new National
assembly was opened following
The Labour Spokesman
the January 25th
election, all three
were re-elected in
elections on 29th
November 1993; 3rd
July 1995, 6thMarch
2000 ,25th October
2004 and January
Dr. Douglas in
May 1989, was
Political Leader of
the St. Kitts-Nevis
(SKNLP), then in
opposition to the
(PAM) and has
been re-elected each
Hon. Sam T. Condor
year at the Labour Party's annual conference.
In the 1995 general elections, the St. Kitts-
Nevis Labour Party formed the government
with Dr. Douglas being appointed as Prime
Hon Dr. Denzil L. Douglas
see where we came from. We
begin to hate Labour, so that those
who trampled the extensions of us
would know that we are on their
Today, they come in a different
colour, but they are the doctors,
the lawyers, the businessmen, the
ex-managers of Sugar Estates, the
ex-overseers of the Planters
estate, those who treated their
And so my dear reader, the black brothers and sisters with
same thing is happening over and scorn; they are coming today to
over again. We, who, through the tell you to hate yourself by hating
dedication, the hard work, the Labour. They, whose newspaper
sacrifice of the Labour Movement, always condemn anything, which
have enjoyed some upward social would uplift the ordinary black
mobility are afraid to look down the man.
social ladder, forwe were afraid and They whose parents stood in
ashamed to view the extension of the halls of the Democrat
those who worked in the sugar Newspaper Printery in 1935 and
cane fields, those who were the ordered the armed attacks on our
domestic servants, those who were parents and grandparents because
the drain cleaners, those who were they dared to defy Massa by
the street clearness, those who demanding better working
were the porters, the stevedores, conditions, are coming to tell you
the longshoremen, that you must hate yourself by
We are afraid to look down to hating Labour.
Three parliamentarians celebrate 21
years each in the National Assembly
I -NEWS I
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
Easter Monday Aquatic Sports
prepares for 52nd year of activities
MINISTER PHILLIP HAILS
Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 24, 2010 (SKNIS): The success of the
Verchilds High School at the 2010 TDC/Coca-Cola/Lime Interschool
Championships has been commended by the Minister of Sports and
Parliamentary Representative for the area Honourable Glenn Phillip.
The school followed up a third place performance in 2009 which
yielded 12 gold, 12 silver and 8 bronze medals with a strong challenge to
the defending champions Sandy Point High School. At the end of the
March 19 to 21 competition, Verchilds High School captured second
place with 15 gold, 11 silver and 15 bronze medals. Sandy Point High
School earned first place with 19 gold, 10 silver and 21 bronze medals.
This feat is made even more impressive since Verchilds High has a
student population of 319 while Sandy Point has 590. Additionally, two
of the school's students Lonzo Wilkinson Jr. and Rosalie Pringle were
adjudged the top performers of the contest.
Minister Phillip, clearly moved by the continued progression of the
academic and athletic programmes, made a personal monetary donation
to the school's sports department. This contribution follows up an earlier
presentation of a laptop (organized by the Constituency Representative)
to the language department of the school.
"He (Minister Phillip) is always interested in the school," Principal
Addison Warner told SKNIS. He explained that evenbefore entering the
field of politics, Minister Phillip has been a supporter, a tradition that he
now continues while in Government.
Principal Warner thanked the Minister for his continued commitment.
He also expressed appreciation to the hard working staff of the Ministry
of Sports as well as the St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletic Association
(SKNAAA). He added that the construction of the Silver Jubilee
Athletics Stadium has made the Championships more competitive as
local athletes look forward to performing in the national stadium.
This weekend, student athletes on the primary school level will take
center stage at the Rams Primary School Track and Field Championship.
St. Kitts and Nevis Works
With Partners On ICT
Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 22, 2010 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis is
working closely with regional agencies to ensure the development of
the Information Society benefits all residents.
Director of Technology, Wesley Wharton, recently lead a three-
member team to St. Lucia to participate in a committee meeting of HIPCAR
(Harmonization of ICT Policy in the Caribbean). The project is fundedby
the European Union (EU) and has the stated goal of enhancing
competitiveness in the Caribbean by targeting policies, legislation and
Mr. Wharton told SKNIS that the purpose of the March 08-12
workshop was to assess the progress of the legislative and regulatory
framework in participating countries which stretch from Bahamas in the
north to Suriname in the south.
He explained that it was important for all countries to have similar
By Melissa Amsterdam
The Easter Monday Aquatic
Sports Day, which is in its 52nd
year, is set for Monday April 5th,
at the Ferry Terminal, Basseterre.
The Annual activities
according to organizer and
coordinator of the events,
Winston 'Zack' Nisbett, said that
this year's activities will be better
than previous years.
"This year is special," he said,
"it will be the 52nd anniversary,
and the name will be changed from
the Basil Henderson 4-H Easter
Monday Aquatic Sports," Nisbett
"Every year it gets bigger,"
Nisbett said about the Easter
Monday Aquatic Sports.
There will be an exciting line-
up of activities planned for the day
that can be enjoyed by a range of
age groups. Nisbett said that
signing up for the event will be free.
The types of aquatic races will
be Men's and Women's Free Style
and Boy's and Girl's Free Style.
Alongside that race will be
back stroke which involves a lot
of skills Nisbett said. Also there
will be butterfly and breast stroke
races along with several relay races
and long distance ones and the
challenging under water diving.
Some of the most well known
and celebrated events that grasps
the attention of the crowd
attending the one day events are
the Grease Pole in which a
participant tries to climb a greased
pole to reach the sum of $200
dangling at the top of the pole and
the famed Ham and Grease Pole
which is greased while a ham
dangles at the end of the pole into
The enthused coordinator
stated that in the past only St. Kitts
participated in the prestigious
games. This year Nevis will
participate in the games he
The members of the Special
Olympics Team who participated
in the Special Olympics games in
Puerto Rico, earlier this year, doing
the Federation proud with 41
medals, will also take part onEaster
Another crowd pleaser is the
Boxing in which both males and
females can take part.
Nisbett said that this year well
known boxer of St. Kitts, Topsie
who is in his 70's and living in St.
Thomas will be making an
appearance at the Aquatic Sports
Boat racing is also high on the
list of activities with winner taking
Nisbett went on to say that it
was Basil Henderson who started
the annual events and he gave
Henderson credit for his stint with
the 4H Club which was also
organized by him.
Nisbett took hold of the reigns
of the yearly Aquatic sports after
Henderson's passing in 2003.
Nisbett wishes to thank all the
many willing and selfless
contributors for their kind
Climbing the pole
contributions and unwavering
He named Courts as one of
these biggest sponsors of the
games, TDC Automotive, Home
and Building Centre, Scenic
Railway, OTI, and The St. Kitts Air
and Sea Port Authority as some of
the business which will support
the day's event and the Electricity
Department for their kind
He mentioned many other
contributors too numerous to
name for their never ending
Going for the ham on the greasy pole
policies to avoid additional
missteps in the regional integration
process and to adopt best
practices. The vast developments
in technology have necessitated
these processes and call for greater
education in the areas of E-
Transaction, E-Evidence, Privacy
and Data Protestation, Cyber
crimes, and Access to Public
Information among others.
Mr. Wharton disclosed that
the second and third phases of this
workshop are slated to take place
around June or July, 2010. St. Kitts
and Nevis and Antigua have been
cited as possible venues.
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Match that if you can! Do you
known that sport services are
income elastic? Do you know that
despite falling disposable income
and business profits, the demand
for sport services should fall? Do
you know that in the heart of low
global demand falling global
consumption, the demand for
sport services is increasing?
This is how Lalit Modi, the
Indian Premier League (IPL)
commissioner,, puts it, "It only
shows there is no recession for the
IPL and it is on the upswing."
What had him to make that bold
economic statement? The
financial might of the IPL was
demonstrated when Pune and
Kochi became the league's two
new franchises, after being sold
foravalue in excess of the original
eight franchises combined. The
Sahara group, the biggest patron
of sports in the country, became
owners of the Pune franchise after
offering a staggering US$370m.
The other new franchisee is a
consortium of five companies
called Rendezvous Sports World,
There were three other qualified
bidders, including Adani
Enterprises and VC digital
solutions Pvt Ltd (Videocon), who
were in the fray to become part of
the IPL, which will be heartening
for any existing franchise owners
looking to offload their stake.
Sahara, who have been
sponsoring Indian cricket for the
past 15 years, had bid for the same
amount for three cities, but
ultimately chose Pune over
Ahmedabad and Nagpur.
You see, as the empirical
evidence shows (see my latest
book, Sport Tourism), recession or
no recession, sport business
prospers! The sporting industry
has demonstrated great resilience
and capacity to out-perform other
sectors even the travelling
industry, which has seen
increasing difficulties of airline
Modi confessed, "I was indeed
a little bit surprised by the amount.
Honestly speaking, I thought the
winning bid would be USD 300-
320 million. So it was USD 40-50
million higher than my expectation.
The bidders must have done their
numbers well. We are just two
years old and every team that has
been run well must be making a
profit. If not, they are probably
marginally short of it."
What is driving the demand for
cricket? What is making cricket so
attractive to the sponsors and
investors? Modi said the IPL brand
was gaining popularity across the
globe and adding more patrons to
its existing fan base. The scope for
expansion, he said, was greater
given the potential for greater
revenue compared to many other
sporting leagues. "Sports is one
of the leading businesses of the
world today. English Premier
League, NFL, NBA, Spanish
League, Bundesliga these
capture the imagination of the
youth and the people. Build a
strong base and your future is
What are the lessons to be
learnt from the Indian sport
business managers? The access to
infrastructure, and the market for
players is regulated that it price is
not allowed to go out of control.
Modi said, "We already have some
pluses. Across the world, the
major cost is of infrastructure and
players' salary. Here you get the
stadium pretty much free and there
is a cap on players' salary as well.
Moreover, merchandising and
revenue from ticket sales is
significant as result of large market
- large cricket loving populations.
Modi explained, "Merchandising
and ticketing are two other
revenue sources. The ticketing
revenue of all teams have gone up
six-seven folds. With YouTube
and Google in the picture, fan base
is increasing across the world."
The IPL, now having expanded
to 10 franchises, could feature 94
games next year if it retains its
There are concerns that there
will be too many games. The
increasing workload would exact
a heavy toll on the players. There
will be 300 matches in the domestic
season but there might not be a
case for a fatigue factor. In India,
currently every team plays 14
matches; they will play 18 from
next year. However the stress of
travelling will be cut down this
is the biggest issue, not playing
But mind you, the number of
engagements in the established
professional leagues is not less
tasking. In baseball, the Major
League Baseball games per
season. Each team plays 162
games. There are 30 teams, and
each game has two teams, so the
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total number of games played by
all teams is 162 x 15 = 2,430.
In the National Football League
(NFL), each team plays 16 regular
season games. There are 256 NFL
games in the season. In the
National Basketball Association(
NBA), 30 teams play 82 games
each; there are 1230 games in the
regular season. In addition, there
is the playoffs where each series
is a best of 7 (first team to 4 wins
takes the series).
Why does the sporting
investment work in India? One
analyst answered, "Indians watch
cricket as it is a fun thing to do
with fellow Indians in India or
Abroad in other words pure
cultural sort of event abroad and
In India just as a result of only
option of some standard to see
sports action. IPL is not a luxury
business its just pure sports
events conducted for time pass of
common Indians like me who
anyways suffer from paucity of
entertainment and fun of big sports
events in our lives. Anyways
except cricket no other Mass game
like football or soccer or basketball
for that matter have got credibility
of our talent or we are not even
among probables for winners or
competitors in even 50 -60 nations
based tournaments so watching
those games is anyways looks
buffoonery to people around you
especially in my own case it has
happened a lot to me. BCCI like all
smart people have en cashed it and
till competition comes from other
sports frankly sky is the limit
considering Indian People
economic standing in world as
rising economic power."
What is the economic spin-off?
Obviously, more franchises will
create more opportunities for
people in India, thus raising their
standard of living. Perhaps this is
an example of free market
enterprise or capitalism bringing
growth and development -
expanding the capacity for output,
investment, employment and
quality of life.
Can the initiative work in the
Caribbean? What about the West
Indies Cricket Board taking on a
In our next column, we will
begin a series of discussions on
the feasibility of a professional
league in the Caribbean as a cash-
Queen's Baton Relay
stops in Nevis
CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MARCH 22,2010) The Queen's Baton
left the Federation on Tuesday March 25 for the British Virgin Islands
but not before it made a four hour stop in Nevis on Saturday afternoon.
The Baton which had already visited 39 countries on its tour of 70
Commonwealth countries ahead of the XIX Commonwealth Games, slated
for Delhi, India in 2011, arrived in St. Kitts on Friday from Montserrat.
It was received on Nevis by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Sports and Chairman of the local organising committee Mr. Alsted
Pemberton and was passed on to Special Olympian Ms. Lavanda Forbes
on the Charlestown Pier.
Moments later the Baton was passed on to Premier of Nevis Hon.
Joseph Parry outside the Alexander Hamilton Museum, who in turn
handed it to the Queen's representative on Nevis, Deputy Governor
General His Honour Eustace John.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Chairman of the
local organising committee Mr Alsted Pemberton receives the
Queen Baton from Vice President of the St. Kitts and Nevis National
Olympic Committee Mr Dennis Knight on its arrival in Nevis
Special Olympian Ms. Lavanda Forbes with and Premier oJ .,. 0 ,
Hon. Joseph Parry after she handed him the Baton
In a brief welcome ceremony
upstairs the Museum, Mr. Parry
said he was hopeful that the
baton's presence on the island
would deepen the understanding
of the Nevis public of
togetherness and friendship.
"I would hope that this little
exercise in a way, will rub off on us
here in Nevis that we will
appreciate that people can get
along, that people can be friends,
that people can compete and there
can be winners and losers and
they can still remain friends.
"That is a lesson that people
need to learn and I hope the
Commonwealth Games will not
only teach those of us who are
competing but those of us who
will be watching and those of us
who have seen this baton," he
Mr. Parry also thanked the
officials who accompanied the
Baton to Nevis.
Following the ceremony, the
Queen's Baton Relay continued
throughout the island with athletes
on foot, cycles and vehicles. On
the route, there were a number of
stops to historical sites which
included the St. Thomas Anglican
Church, Nelsons Springs, Cottle
Church ruins, Nevis Pottery, the
Heritage Village, Fig Tree Anglican
Church and Bath Hotel.
The afternoon's events
Miss Culture 2009 Ms. Mascinda Nisbett hands over the Baton to an
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
Volunteer Orientation and Registration March 4
TRAINING STARTS FOR ICC
WT20 MATCHES IN ST KITTS
A dedicated pool of volunteers will undergo extensive training this
weekend in preparation for ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010 -
where once again volunteers are expected to be a shining example of
Known this time around as the WT20 X-TRAS, volunteers from
different walks of life will gather at Warner Park on Saturday to be trained
as St. Kitts gets ready to stage first-round matches in the women's
tournament from May 5-10
In outlining the program, Volunteer Coordinator Shirley Adams
indicated that presentations will be made on customer service,
communication, attitude, assertiveness, rights, and responsibilities.
These topics will be presented by a host of competent and highly skilled
individuals such as Julie Charles and Creighton Pencheon.
ICC WT20 WI 2010 Event Manager in St Kitts, Val Henry, will give an
overview of the tournament while Steve Saunders in charge of Cricket
Operations will update participants on the event format and WT20
cricket terminologies which volunteers may encounter from patrons.
Event Branding and Sponsorship will be covered by Promotions and
Corporate Services Officer, Clement Ogarro.
Adams concluded "the session starts at 8.30am on Saturday 27th,
March and all volunteers are asked to ensure that special attention is
paid to the details of the training as it is imperative to know how to deal
with spectators, players, and officials during the six day event."
She also appealed for individuals who are still interested in serving
as X-TRAS to register with the ICC Venue Office located upstairs at
Warner Park. Persons are needed to volunteer as ushers as well as to
assist with ticketing, parking, media management, and meeting and
greeting fans and VIPs. Registration will be done prior to Saturday's
training session. Persons are asked to call 869-466-8713 for further
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had all finished the Olympic and
Sprint athletes were stated
together on the triangular course.
Totally dominant in the swim was
Olympic Relay Team member Rhian
Purdy (MUA) who led from start
to finish, completing the 2 lap 1500
mtrs in 23:18, hotly pursued by
eventual overall winner Marcus
Dodd (UK). A treat for the
spectators was to have the
Olympic athletes exit and re-enter
the water after the 1st lap enabling
them to clearly see who was
positioned where in the race. The
Sprint swim leg was won by
Jonathan Paul (T&T) with a time
As the competitors
transitioned from swim to bike in
the converted car park on Samuel
Hunkins Drive, they were greeted
by Winn FM's Vernon Springer
who joined the event as co-host,
his bright and energetic style
quickly getting the crowd involved
and cheering the athletes on. The
(cont'd from page 21)
concluded near sunset when the Baton was handed over to the
Commonwealth Games Officials who had accompanied it since its
departure from Great Britain last year en route to Deli. The baton is
expected to arrive there in time for the start of the Commonwealth Games
in October 2010.
At the ceremony, brief remarks also came from His Honour Eustache
John, Vice President of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Olympic
NEVIS TRIATHLON 2010
The 8th annual
Nevis Triathlon had to
be deemed a huge Nevis T
success, with far more
athletes and attending
countries than had
been expected, the a rc
race director Winston
Crooke stated "it was
amazing to see the a
number of people James W
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in the Try-A-Tri eggie
event, it was ErikDe
wonderful to se so
many first timers
getting involved" The Philipp
event was also the St Dalua HS
Kitts & Nevis R o
N a t i o n a 1 MalllI
and female for 2010, Olivier
and new for this year Female
and 5km fun run was Hannah
included as a Miranda
There was a great Laura a]
crowd in attendance RacheMolly
from the outset of the Racel
swim in Gallows Bay, T Nea
with the T.A. T eam
athletes starting their
250 mtr out and back
swim by themselves, once they
Country Swim time
UK 23:41 25:59
TT 25:04 27:03
TT 31:06 32:55
TT 24:18 26:22
St.Barth's 24:13 26:21
Nevis 31:00 33:01
Nevis 28:49 31:10
SXM 24:34 26:59
SXM 26:59 29:24
St.Barth's 30:57 33:43
France 26:40 30:01
SXM 30:54 34:33
USA 31:56 36:50
Nevis 27:16 30:47
USA 32:40 36:12
Nevis 37:05 39:59
France 25:27 27:32
NEV 23:18 25:41 1:15:60 1:15:36
USA/Nev 45:25 47:12 2:15:15 2:15:55
TAT racers had to do one lap of the bike course that took them out to
Cotton Ground and back, the Sprint did 2 laps and the Olympic 4 laps of
the 40km course, the shortened course allowing the onlookers to better
follow the race action as the riders rode through the car park to start their
laps. It became evident that Marcus was not only fast in the water but
extremely quick on the bike, with his aero helmet and very high tech tri
bike, he was flying around the course. There were of course huge cheers
for current National and OECS champion Reggie Douglas, and for James
Weekes, the two most obvious local contenders for the day and the 2010
National Male championships.
At the finish Marcus held onto his lead to the finish with the athletes
Ancil Greene and Clarence Tobias from T&T rounding out the podium
top spots, James Weekes battled through a painful injury in the run to re
claim the National Champions title he held from 2000 2004, for Miranda
Fellows it was a great return to form as she took the National female title
and 2nd female overall. In the Sprint, it was 2009 defending champion
Ramnarine taking the top spot In fine style once more with Alexander
Fox in the top spot for the females.
When counted, more than 85 athletes were in attendance for the
three categories, Olympic, Sprint and Try-A-Tri, the overall winners were:-
OLYMPIC MALE -Marcus Dodd (UK) 2:10:55
"FEMALE -Hannah Barnes (Scotland) 2:42:50
SPRINT MALE Ramnarine Chanderpaul (Trinidad & Tobago 1:1:26
"FEMALE-Alexandra Fox (SXM) 1:26:48
TRY-A-TRI ADULTMALE Paul Skiller (UK) 42:52
"FEMALE- Carrie Shirley (St Kitts) 52:50
"JUNIOR MALE Jose Garcia (Puerto Rico) 48:50
"FEMALE- SashaLloyd (Nc\% is 49:35
Committee Mr. Dennis Knight and Area Vice
President of the Commonwealth Games
Federation Ms. Fortuno Belrose. King Meko
sang a rendition of his popular calypso Nc\ is
The Baton stops with athletes from the St. Thomas
Primary School at the St. Thomas Anglican Church,
the oldest Anglican Church in the Caribbean
Joycelyn Liburd Primary School students prepare to run
their leg of the Baton Relay in Gingerland
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Sports and Chairman of the local
organising committee Mr. Alsted Pemberton
hands over the Queens Baton to an official
who accompanied the baton since its
departure from Britain last October for Deli
The Labour Spokesman
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FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
De expired PAM leader up and dung complaining how he
lawyers now look like dey fraid Douglas. He say he tell them long
time ago to file papers in courts to get an injunction to stop de
budget session, but like de opening of Parliament, dey ain't tek
Instead said he they put up "de juicy senator" to make a
thorough fool of himself, and as a result he and the de hopeless
fellow from Cayon became the laughing stock of de country who
were clearly trying their best to disrupt the proceedings of Parliament
and create disorder.
Dey say "de juicy senator" walked with three big law books as
if he was going to fight a big constitutional case in court, but he
was stopped in his tracks and had to be reminded over and over
again that he was not in courts, he was in Parliament.
Dey say de expired PAM leader stone mudder vex that he
wasn't allowed to have his way, and he cursing left, right and centre,
maintaining that they (his lawyers and colleagues in PAM) are a
bunch of crooks and hypocrites. And dey say he and Daddy Grant
planning for them.
Dey say he has confessed to one of his boys that he has
already lost some good weight since de elections and the only
thing that will help him to simmer down and stabilize his health is
an injunction to shut down Parliament and keep de young Labour
rookie who has been causing so much pain and misery, out of de
*As the campaign to dump de expired PAM leader rages on,
he's becoming more and more desperate each passing day and
he say he will never forgive de juicy senator for conspiring with the
former Tek Way Key Minister and his gang for undermining and
People want to know how de juicy senator could state in the
local press that "Parliament is null and void", because there is no
Deputy Speaker, but he still show up bright and early forthe Budget
Session on Tuesday morning with his four other colleagues
"Members of Parliament" from the PAM/CCM coalition led by de
Dey say one of his drinking buddies say that he was very
disappointed with the performance of the juicy senator in de House
on Wednesday evening and he admitted to them that Cindy would
have done a far better job.
When it was reported to her what Baby Grant said, she
remarked "Well, dey say I have too much baggage, and I'm not
mature enough like him but God ain't like ugly. "They got a lot
more embarrassment to face".
People want to know how "RoyAngry" and his PAM agents in
Central could be so brazen to use a man who lives in Constituency
7, but registered and voted in Dorset to object to over 100 duly
registered voters in Central Basseterre, claiming that they don't
live in the constituency.
They want to know too, how they could have the gall to talk
about electoral fraud when all de hearings of objections (by PAM)
of people's names on the Voters' Lists in Constituencies 1, 2, 4,
have clearly revealed that they are the ones guilty of electoral fraud;
with many of their own supporters openly abusing and embarrassing
*Since his objection to over 300 duly registered voters in EAST
Basseterre, de soft Macaroni fellow has come under heavy fire
from many of the PAM supporters he objected to and they have
told him that they are so disappointed in him that they will make
sure he doesn't run for PAM again, for he's a total waste.
Dey say de poor fellow has been put underso much pressure
that he has been forced to stop answering phone calls from angry
People want to know what's the relationship between de expired
PAM leader and the female investigative photographer for PAM and
the Democrat. They want to know too if she has any photos of the
cookies that went missing in action from the cookie jar during the
Miss Culturama Queen Show in Nevis some years ago.
Sandy Point High School wins Inter-
Speaking with the St. Kitts -
School Athletics Competition for the 19th Nevis Amateur Athletics
time since the start of the contest Association Public Relations
By Charles Miller Jr 34 years ago. Officer, Evris Huggins, he stated
The Sandy Point High School Although Verchilds High did that he was impressed with the
came out victorious at the 2010 not take home the win, they did strategy of the Sandy Point High
TDC/Coca Cola LIME Inter-School take home the prestigious titles of School and the standards put out
Championships held at the Silver both Victor and Victrix Lodorum. by the Victor and Victrix Lodorum.
Jubilee Athletics Stadium, Bird These were awarded to Lonzo Other highlights within the
Rock, over the last weekend. Wilkinson Jr and Rosalie Pringle exciting weekend was a 100 meter
Their excellent performances respectively for their consistent race between some of the nation's
led to their winning of 19 gold and stellar performances top athletes Kim Collins,
medals, 10 silvers medals and 21 throughout the weekend events. Delwayne Delaney, JasonRogers,
bronze medals. Other schools that participated Melville Rogers, Lyndal Philip,
The 3 -day athletic meet which were the Charlestown Secondary Tristan Henslay and Everette
was declared open on Friday School (4th); Basseterre High Hendrickson, an appearance ofthe
evening (March 19th), concluded School (5th); the C.F.B College Queen's Baton, which was visiting
on Sunday night (March21st) with (6th); Gingerland Secondary (7th); the Federation as a lead up to this
the Verchilds High School taking AVEC (8th); Cayon High School year's Commonwealth Games in
second place withatally of 15 gold, (9th); Saddlers Secondary School Delhi, India, and a musical
11 silver and 15 bronze medals; (10th) a first timer in the Inter- performance by singing sensation,
followed by the Washington School sporting events and the St. Infamus as the athletes were being
Archibald High School, in third Theresa's Convent High School awarded their respective medals.
place, with 13 gold, 11 silver and
15 bronze medals.
The Washington Archibald
High School also captured the top
award of the Cheerleading
competition on the opening day;
while the Sandy Point High School
took the award for the March Past.
At the close of the second day
(Saturday), the Verchilds High
School led the competition in terms
of medal count; but the Sandy
Point High School dominated the
final day (Sunday) and was able
to pull off another convincing
victory, to capture the coveted title
of champions of the Interschool
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will be relieved of the burdensome
task of spending hours to find the
applicable law will be a thing of
the past. He added that when the
laws are available electronically
next year the task of law will be
made even easier and less time
consuming, "more time can now
be used to analyze the law instead
of researching it," he stated.
"Upon taking office I realized
that the state of our laws left little
to be desired," said Delano Bart
He noted that the project was
a challenging one, however, the
urgency for a law data base and
the consolidation of the laws was
the motivation to push on with the
"Mr. Mukasa and the Hon.
Prime Minister shared the vision
why this project was saved," Bart
Q.C said in relation to the hiccups
experienced in the duration of the
project, "we must thank them," he
Mr. Bart ended by saying,
"There is no doubt that when the
laws are updated for any country
and easily accessible, many
benefits will flow to the Federation
and its citizens. Investors will now
be able to invest with great
confidence as many a light will be
The Sandy Point High School with their respective trophies. Photo
by Willett s Photo Studio
of St. Christopher's
thrown on many a matter that was
Brief remarks were also
expressed by Hon. Patrice Nisbett,
who recently assumed the position
of Attorney General, following the
recent General Election.
He said that he was made to
understand that "the revision of
the laws was basically a house
keeping exercise which involves
locating all the existing laws and
putting it together in a useful
arrangement and format,
correcting errors, purging gaps
and inconsistencies so that at the
end of the day the whole body of
laws could be published in a new
and binding manner.
Keynote speaker, Prime
Minister Dr. the Hon. Denzil
Douglas reiterated the sentiments
of the earlier speakers adding that,
"Prior to the publication of the new
revised edition it was extremely
difficult to locate and ascertain the
current state of the law in many
areas. Legal practitioners and other
users of the law would have to
wade through several documents
including amendments to find the
law as it stands today.
This, he said, has had a
negative effect on our legal system
and our own dispensation of
"Moreover," Prime Minister
Douglas said, "there were some
inconsistencies; there were
several discrepancies and
mistakes in our written laws that
were identified by the Law revision
team. The launch of the new
revised edition of our laws today
would put an end to that kind of
frustration, the uncertainty and
difficulties in ascertaining the true
and certain state of our laws".
"I emphasize that they are
numerous benefits to be derived
from this law revision project," he
continued, "having created a
reliable electronic database of our
laws we can now quickly access
any written law up to the year 2002.
Reliability, any written law can now
be quickly located as and when
such written law is required.
Consistency, legal issues or
matters will be dealt with in a
consistent manner as a result of
having a reliable law database."
Prime Minister Douglas
emphasized that the recent
updates will enhance the
proficiency and integrity of the
judiciary and legal profession.
The thirteen volumes were
unveiled for the viewing of His
Excellency, the Governor General,
Sir. Cuthbert Sebastian, several
members of the Federation's legal
fraternities, and number of
dignitaries and invited guests,
including the representatives of
the local media.
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH 2010
The Labour Spokesman