a 5T.K IA APRIL 0h 2 0
AL pe ga
Hon. Sam Condor, Leader of Government
Business in the St. Kitts and Nevis National
Assembly (Photo by Willet's Studio)
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 7TH
2010 (CUOPM) -AnAll-Party Parliamentary
Constitutional and Electoral Review
Committee of the St. Kitts and Nevis
National Assembly has been established.
Leader of Government Business in the
lawmaking body, Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs, National
Security, Immigration and Labour, Hon. Sam
Condor, M.P (Labour St. Christopher 3)
made the disclosure on the adjournment of
the recent debate on the 2010 Budget.
Since the disclosure, Speaker of the
National assembly, Hon. Curtis Martin has
written to six members inviting them to serve
on the Standing Committee.
The members of the Parliamentary
Constitutional and Electoral Review
Committee are Hon. Sam, Condor, M.P.
(Labour St. Christopher 3) Chairman; the
Hon. Patrice Nisbett, M.P. (NRP Nevis 11;
Hon. Marcella Liburd (Labour St.
Christopher 2); Hon. Vance Amory, M.P
(CCM- Nevis 10); Hon. Eugene Hamilton,
M.P (PAM St. Christopher 8) and Sen. the
Hon. Nigel Carty, M.P, Secretary.
Cabinet to pay close
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 8TH 2010 (CUOPM) The St. Kitts
and Nevis Cabinet is to play close attention to the recommendations coming out
of the Commonwealth Observer Mission's Report following the January 25th
2010 General Elections.
Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty said that Cabinet Ministers
at the recent Cabinet Meeting recently discussed the need to further improve
the electoral system, reflecting on their Election Day experiences as well as on
the recent spate of objections by opposition parties to the registration of persons
in several constituencies.
Minister Carty said that Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, who has
responsibility for Electoral Matters, has promised that the Report from the
Commonwealth Observer Mission's Report will be discussed at a subsequent
meeting of Cabinet and emphasised the need to pay close attention to its
"In relation to concerns pertaining to Election Day, the need was identified to
have more manageable numbers of voters in some polling stations. This may
require the creation of more polling booths in some locales," Minister Carty
He said that the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Administration reaffirmed its commitment
to further improving the Electoral System and working with those in the opposition to
achieve this worthy objective.
Minister Carty also said Cabinet Members contended in particular that objections
should not be made against persons who have been registered a long time ago and who
had gone through an initial phase of objections before their names were certified to be
on the register of voters.
He said Cabinet was nonetheless informed that most of the objections made had
been eventually withdrawn.
"This practice of frivolous objections, it was concluded, undermines the right to
remain registered and the right to vote in the elections. This is particularly worrying for
overseas voters who may not be on island to defend themselves against the objections.
Such persons may incur great expense to travel home to vote on Election Day only to
recognize then that the mischief of the system has long disenfranchised them," said
Mr. Condor said issues such as
devolution for Nevis and matters of an
electoral nature need to be addressed
"We are going to set up an All-Party
Committee again to look at the matter of
electoral reform and constitutional reform,"
The appointment comes three weeks
after the opening of a new session of the St.
Kitts and Nevis National Assembly
following the January 25th 2010 General
Elections which saw the return to
government of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour
Party for an unprecedented fourth
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 7TH
2010 (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis
Prime Minister and Minister of
Finance, Hon. Dr. Denzil L.
Douglas, M.P. (Labour St. Christopher
6), has announced the appointment of a
Public Accounts Committee of the National
Submitting a resolution in the law making
body following the conclusion of the recent
debate on the 2010 Budget, Prime Minister
Douglas named Leader of the Opposition,
Hon. Mark Brantley, M.P (CCM-Nevis 9);
Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, M.P. (Labour-
St. Christopher 7); Hon. Patrice Nisbett, M.P
(NRP Nevis 11); Hon. Shawn Richards,
M.P (PAM St. Christopher 5) and Sen. the
Hon. Nigel Carty, M.P, to be members of
the Public Accounts Committee.
It is the practice that the Leader of the
Opposition serves as the Chairman of this
Standing Committee of the National
The duties and powers of the Public
Accounts Committee, drawn from both sides
of the lawmaking body are to ascertain that
(cont'd on pagell)
PAGE 5 l COMMENTARY BY
t. Kitts and Nevis in running Bv
or "Favorite Destination in
he Caribbean 2010" S COOP
I- OPINION / LCAL
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
S THE LABOUR
Published by: The St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour Union
Ag. Managing Director Editor: Dawud Byron
Masses House, Church Street
P.O Box 239. Basseterre. St. Kitts. West Indies
Tel: (1 869) 465-2229 <> Fa: (1 869) 466-9866
I I 1
As a failed leader,
Grant is asked to go!
Social Commentator and Political Activist, Washington "Washie"
Archibald is not always right about what he says, and there are those
who even wonder whether he sells his soul for money when he speaks.
In the General Elections held in January of this year, Washie was one
of the chief whips advocating for a change of government on the platform
of the People's Action Movement (PAM).
However, when he said on his WinnFM program "Ask Washie", that
the Leader of the PAM, Lindsay Grant, should step aside if his party is to
make any significant progress, he hit the nail on its head.
Washie said that if Grant doesn't step aside soon, the PAM's story
will continue to be one of insecurity, despondency and uncertainty.
Washie said that upon serious reflection after the General Elections, he
realizes that Grant was chiefly responsible for the dismal performance of
He had to get it off his chest, he said.
If one can recall, it was the same Washie who said all manner of evil
about our beloved Prime Minister Douglas, referring to him as a dictator
and calling for his removal without having any fear of reprisal from the
Grant's credibility, competence and leadership abilities and qualities
have been the subject of much debate for some time, and especially after
his party lost the last General Elections for the fourth consecutive time.
Grant himself has never been able to win his seat despite his
megalomaniac aspirations of being Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis.
It is still fresh in people's minds how as a leader, Grant exercised poor
judgment by giving audience to an unknown British Investor at the
Marriott in the negotiation of a "cash for land" bribery deal. Since then
Grant's sound judgment, sagacity and integrity have been called into
question and his fitness as a leader has been placed under the microscope
in light of the magnitude of the scandal.
Washie said that Grant made a serious blunder by accepting to go to
the Marriott to meet with the investor and to negotiate a bribe and that
his actions were foolish.
Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas called for Grant to resign as
leader of his party saying that he had shown serious "corruption
tendencies" that render him unfit to hold public office.
Others within his own party, castigated him for such a blunder that
exposed his naivete and weaknesses as a leader.
Avideo posted onYouTube shows Grant meeting with an international
property investor (who turned out to be an undercover journalist) on
Sunday January 10, 2010, in which he negotiated the sale of 200 acres of
land in Brotherson's Estate on the outskirts of Newton Ground Village at
a price of US$20,000, a terribly underestimated price for land in that area.
Grant, in agreeing to the prostituted land price of US $20,000, asked
the investor for "some otherbenefits to offset that" in return for US $1.7
million to fund his party's election campaign.
Grant was also heard telling the so-called British investor how the
monies could be leaked to off-shore accounts so that no one will know.
But it is Grant's hubris that has made this "cash for land" bribery
scandal even more damaging to the reputation of a man who has presented
himself to others as a paragon of virtue and a champion of landless
nationals. He falsely accused the Government of selling off prime crown
lands at a next-to-nothing price to white foreign investors but was caught
with his pants down for doing the very same thing that he vehemently
That story alone speaks for itself and is already in the annals of local
St.I Kitts and Nevis in runningfor
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,
APRIL 8TH 2010 (CUOPM) St.
Kitts and Nevis topped the poll for
favorite destination in the Eastern
Caribbean (Leeward Islands
category and is among 9 other
destinations for "Favorite
Destination in the Caribbean2010.
According to Robert Curley's
Caribbean Travel Blog, in the
category of favorite destinations
in the Eastern Caribbean/Leeward
Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis topped
the poll with 38 percent of the 335
votes cast, followed by Antigua
and Barbuda (14 percent) and St.
Martin/St. Maarten (10 percent).
Martinique was named favorite
destination in the Eastern
Caribbean, capturing 46 percent of
the 299 votes; Dominica received
30 percent to finish second.
"The top vote-getters from my
three regional polls have now
earned a spot in the biggest
Photo of St. Kitts' Southeast Peninsular looking over to Nevis.
survey of all: What's Your Favorite
Destination in the Caribbean for
2010? The finalists will be
Martinique, Dominica, St. Kitts and
Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, St.
Martin/Maarten, Jamaica, the
Cayman Islands, the Florida Keys,
the Mexican Caribbean, and Costa
Rica," he blogged.
Mr. Curley said that poll will
be out next week on About.com-
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 7TH 2010 (CUOPM) -Legislation
for the establishment of the Basseterre National Park, development of a
revenue generation plan, landscaping, selection of specific species of
plants and creation of a tourism policy are still to be completed.
These are areas to be tackled in completing the vision of Parliamentary
Representative and Minister of Housing, Public Works, Energy and
That aside, Grant has failed repeatedly to lead his
party to victory at the polls because of his lack of
vision and his inability to properly prepare and
convince the electorate that his party has any serious
plans and programmes to offer the country.
"We're saddened that we haven't been given the
opportunity to roll out our plans and programmes.
But in time, people will understand them. I believe, at
some point to come, we will get that opportunity,"
Grant is quoted as saying in an article on SKNVibes,
dated Friday January 29, 2010.
Utilities, Hon Dr. Earl Asim Martin,
M.P. (Labour- St. Christopher 1),
for the establishment of the
Basseterre Valley Aquifer (BVA)
(cont'd on next page)
The problem of course is that as a leader Grant
saw it fit to spend most of his time in the court rather
than putting his energies into formulating concrete
plans and programmes for the people of this country.
Grant has failed as a leader and a politician. The
supporters of his own party think that he should step
down and pave the way for someone else much more
Washie was only the mouthpiece that was brave
enough to speak the truth where others have kept
silent for fear of victimization and intimidation which
are hallmarks of the PAM.
Tourism policy and revenue
generation plan earmarked for
Basseterre National Park
A section of the Basseterre Valley in the background (Photo by Erasmus Williams)
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
Urban Health Matters Ministry of
Health Focuses on World Health Day
By Melissa Amsterdam
The Ministry of Health on
World Health Day, 7th April,
focused on the theme Urban
Health Matters, with a huge
participation from local schools,
athletes and farmers.
The activities that were
planned blended nicely with the
theme for this year's observation
of World Health Day.
On display were cheer leaders
from the Washington Archibald
High School and Sandy Point High
School who exhibited great athletic
prowess. Vendors were also
present and had a variety of local
produce on sale for spectators who
lined the streets to purchase.
Director of Community Based
Health Services, Dr. Hazel
Williams-Roberts gave an
overview of the day's activities
planned by the Ministry of Health
and the Ministry of Agriculture.
She started off saying that in
keeping with the theme of World
Health Day, "We chose to host the
activity in an urban setting that is
why we chose Fort Street"
"In our interpretation of the
theme, we decided to focus on the
most important aspects of a
healthy lifestyle which are
focusing on increasing physical
activity and the increase of the
consumption of fresh fruits and
Dr. Williams-Roberts referred
to the area set up as a farmers
market in which spectators could
purchase a variety of fresh locally
grown fruits and vegetables. "We
teamed up with the Agriculture
Department to have farmers
showcase their locally fresh fruits
and vegetables," she said.
A vendor sellingfresh locally grown produce at the Farmer Market
setup on Fort Street on World Health Day.
Teacher and student of the Washington Archibald High School
having healthy fun during the World Health Day celebrations.
In her capacity as the Health
Ministry's Director of Community
Based Services she said that the
message the Ministry of Health
and their partner, the Ministry of
Agriculture, are trying to relay to
the public is one of good health
"We are trying to encourage
persons to consume the
recommended five servings of
fresh fruit and vegetables daily as
well as increasing their physical
activity to at least 30 minutes a
According to Dr. Williams-
Roberts the Ministry of Health,
starting on 6th April, launched a
fitness group, which she said is
consistent with the World Health
"We will be exercising in
Independence Square," she said,
"persons canjoinby coming to the
Independence Square on Tuesday
and Thursday of every week
She mentioned that a fitness
trainerfrom the Sports Department
will be on hand to impart
IA ....... ,I^R 'ium i tf'"
Staff of the Taiwan Technical Mission displaying a variety of locally
(Photos by Precious Mills)
knowledge on how to lead a
healthy lifestyle and give
nutritional tips to participants.
Also on hand were members
of the Taiwan Mission in St. Kitts
who displayed several local fruits
which were grown and packaged
right here in the Federation.
They showcased Juices, Dried
Fruits, Jams, Pepper Sauce,
Roasted Peanuts and Plantain
Minister of Health, Hon.
Marcella Liburd, in an address
related to World Health day
pointed out that the theme "Urban
Health Matters" was very fitting
as studies show that 1 in every 3
persons in the federation reside in
Hon. Marcella Liburd asked for
the public, in her World Health Day
speech, to cooperate with the
government to help reduce the
negative consequences of rapid,
unplanned and uncontrolled
She also advocated a healthy
lifestyle which should include
exercise and healthy eating habits.
Tourism policy .....
(cont'd from last page)
which has received the greenlight
of the Cabinet.
The Basseterre Valley Aquifer,
south-east of Wellington Road,
flanking both sides of the Kim
Collins Highway and delimited by
the Conaree Hills and the Frigate
Bay Road, yields millions of
gallons of water that is supplied
daily to the Basseterre area,
Frigate Bay and the South-East
In updating the Cabinet on the
special project geared towards the
long-term protection of the
Basseterre Valley Aquifer that
includes the development of a
Water Resource Management Plan
and the development of a National
Park Management Plan, Dr. Martin
highlighted the need for further
work to be done and outlined what
a second phase of the project
He informed the cabinet there
is need for additional research and
complete and accurate mapping of
the BVA. It would also involve the
passage of legislation to establish
the Basseterre Valley National
Park, the development of a revenue
generation plan, landscaping,
including the selection of specific
species of plants for the Park and
the development of a tourism
policy regarding the Park as well
as public education and
Minister Martin received the
go ahead to engage the United
Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) and other agencies for
financial and technical support to
move phase 2 of the project
Cabinet approves new
Department of Marine
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 8TH 2010 (CUOPM)-
Newly-appointed Senior Minister and Minister of International
Trade, Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, Marine Resources,
ConsumerAffairs and Constituency Empowerment, Dr. the Hon.
Timothy Harris, has recommended a new stricture for the
Department of Marine Resources.
During the recent Cabinet Meeting, Minister Harris cited the
need to properly manage the Federation's marine resources given
the increasing pressure on those resources from natural and man-
Dr. Harris submitted that proper management of the marine resources
can yield numerous financial, social and cultural benefits including
expanded supplies of fish, shipbuilding, tourism, research, and
Cabinet has approved the new structure but expected a phased
implementation over a number of years since all the resources, financial
and human, were not immediately available for its full implementation.
Taxi operator killed
By Charles Miller Jr
Police are investigating the death of a popular taxi operator here
in St. Kitts, Bradford "Braddy" Tweed of Branch Street, East
Basseterre, who was found dead early Thursday morning (April 8th)
beside his taxi bus P 2587, on the grass verge of the Island Main
Road (sea side) in the vicinity of Morgan Heights, Canada Estate.
Police received the 911 call about 4:45 am. Injuries appeared to be
a gun shot injuries, a press release issued by the Police stated.
"Braddy", who sometimes resides at Cunningham Village, Cayon,
has been a taxi operator here for well over 30 years. According to the
Police's press release, he's believed to be in his late 60's.
His death has taken the number of homicides in the twin island
Federation to 10 6 in St. Kitts and 4 in Nevis.
- NEWS -l
EDUCATION WHITE PAPER
SET FOR ACTION
Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 31, 2010 (SKNIS): Government's plan to
streamline modem reforms in the Education Sector was boosted thanks
to the submission of departmental plans during a Joint Meeting of the
Implementation Committee on March 31.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Osmond Petty
told SKNIS he was pleased that the various departments represented
had satisfied their short term requirement to present a schedule for the
implementation of key aspects of the White Paper.
Mr. Petty referring to the fact that the White Paper is Government's
Official National Working Document for Education, stated that every
attempt must be made to proceed with activities in a timely manner.
Discussions revealed that one of the priorities would be the issue of
violence in schools, which members agreed would require the launch of
specific procedures including life skills training, parental inputs and
empowerment, mentorship, counseling, community involvement and
Mr. Petty emphasized the fact that interventions would entail the use
of empowerment measures that would boost morale among students
rather than sheer capital punishment. He further stated that a revision of
the Education Act to reinforce these policies would be underway in the
Among topics discussed were, the use of quantitative indicators to
RE FLECTIONS on
The one who has faith is the one who is always happy.
When there is faith, there is happiness visible in my every thought,
action. Whatever the obstacles that come by, faith in the self brings
to face all obstacles very easily. This will keep me happy too as I
have the right
perception of the obstacle that I am faced with.
In any task that I take up, I need to remind myself again and again
that I am surely
going to succeed in it, whatever the difficulties I have to face. This
gives me the faith to go on with happiness, even when there are
Where there is the faith that things will turn out to be the best, there
is enjoyment in whatever life brings.
Throughout the day I will come across a lot of situations which
appear difficult. But if I have the faith that whatever happened was
good, and whatever is happening is better, I will be able to enjoy each
and every moment. I will also be able to learn from my mistakes.
It is a good practice to end each day with a checking of what went
wrong throughout the day and what I have learnt from the mistakes.
When I am sure that I have learnt something, I will understand that
whatever has happened was for my good.
Faith in God gives power to face the different challenges that come
In the difficult situations that come in my life, when I have faith in
God, the power within is brought out. With the faith that God is with me,
I can transform negative to positive, and impossible becomes possible.
No challenge then stops me from moving forward.
When any task demands strength beyond my capacity, I can make
the All-Powerful God my companion. With the power of His
companionship, I will find things a lot easier to handle. Because of my
faith in Him, I continue to put in my best and I then find help automatically
The Meditation Centre- Tel. 466 2550, 6610933
monitor the progress of white
paper implementation. Some of
these indicators included: the
number of occupied spaces in
Early Childhood Centres; the
percentage of secondary students
obtaining five or more subject
passes; the percentage of
students achieving excellence in
the Test of Standards, the number
of computer literate teachers; as
well as the gross number of weekly
hours children spend on physical
activity among others.
Also highlighted at the
meeting was the fact that the
schools' curriculum would now
feature a social and moral aspect
which would include the
recognition of different cultures
and emphasize standards of
morality within its framework.
The intention to move towards
a stronger and more precise
representation of local History in
the curriculum was also presented.
Mr. Antonio Maynard the
Secretary General for the National
Commission for UNESCO, was
called on to present his
Commission's plans that would tie
in to this activity at a follow-up
meeting. Mr. Maynard revealed
that the process was already
underway for the development
and integration of heritage-based
teaching materials for use in
schools, and was pleased with the
announcement of Black History
becoming an important part of the
curriculum. He called for a
representative of the White Paper
Committee to be a part of the
On the agenda for next month's
meeting are: a report from the
Teachers' Union; and the
committee for fine tuning the roll-
out of laptops in schools in
Mr. Petty took the opportunity
to emphasize that in keeping with
the ministry's enhancement thrust,
there needed to be a standard
requirement for workshop
reporting. He said rather than
simply recounting activities that
took place at a workshop, each
attendee would be required to
pinpoint and suggest what the
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
Federation should do, expect,
implement or correct in the short,
medium or long term as a
consequence of the exposure
Director of the Curriculum
Development Unit; Coordinator of
the Early Childhood Development
Unit and other Coordinators,
Education Planner, Education
Officers, Principals and Heads of
Division of CFBC, Chief Librarian
and other Heads of Department
were present at the meeting.
A sub-committee of the White
Paper Implementation Committee
has been identified in Nevis, with
Dr. Bronte Gonsalves as
members from Nevis will work with
their St. Kitts counterparts in their
respective program areas.
Plans for the appointment of
the Deputy Chairperson for the
White Paper Implementation
Committee; Education Week;
career path development for
teachers; as well as appraisals for
principals, are also forthcoming.
The St KitsNei Trde an aou no
nowl at: *asc lhi CirhSrc ascvmCE*;
Tel: .69 4I5-222 Email: -knune is
The Labour Spokesman
S L HORSFORD & CO. LTD
NOTICE OF MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the nineteenth Annual General Meeting of the
Company, as a Public Company, will be held at the Frigate Bay Resort. Frigate Bay on
Thursday 15 April 2010 at 5 o'clock in the afternoon for the following purposes:
1. To receive and consider the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 September
2. To receive and consider the Report of Directors thereon.
3. To receive and consider the Report of Auditors thereon.
4. To declare a Dividend.
5. To appoint Directors in place of those retiring.
6. To appoint Auditors and fix their remuneration.
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD
C pany Secretary
Copies of the Annual Report may be printed from the Company's website
Transportation will be provided from our Head Office at Independence Square
West, leaving at 4:30 p.m.
| TIBI.I0 0
The Labour Spokesman
St. Kitts and
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,
APRIL 7TH 2010 (CUOPM) The
Government of St. Kitts and Nevis
is among five in the Eastern
Caribbean whose nationals will
continue to enter the country
without a visa.
The four other affected
countries are Antigua and
Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada and
St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
British Home Secretary Hon.
Alan Johnson, in a statement
published on the British
government website, said London
had written to the five
governments "to advise that, while
they will maintain their visa free
status for the time being, the
decision will be subject to a further
Mr. Johnson said that in
addition to those five countries,
London has also written to the
Dominica and St. Lucia
governments, highlighting a
number of concerns and giving
them a six-month period to deal
Britain said that the review of
the Eastern Caribbean countries
represents the final stage of the
United Kingdom's first global
review of visa regimes in relation
to the seven countries.
"A visa regime is a very
effective immigration, crime and
security control measure. As part
7000 SQ. FT.
George Street -
Upstairs C& C Superfoods
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
- Antigua election
- petitions have no real
of our overseas defences our Visa
Waiver Test helps us determine
whether our visa regimes are in the
right places. Travellers from every
country beyond the European
Economic Area and Switzerland
were measured against a range of
criteria including illegal
immigration, crime and security
concerns," he said.
The Home Secretary noted the
close historic, economic and
political ties with Dominica and St.
Lucia and said London was aware
that the introduction of a visa
regime would be a significant step.
"It is a decision we do not take
lightly," he stressed.
"As a result we will now enter
a six-month period of detailed
dialogue with the governments
concerned to examine what
actions will be taken to address our
concerns and mitigate the need for
a visa regime to be introduced,"
He explained that during that
time, Dominica and St Lucia "will
need to demonstrate a genuine
commitment to put into effect
credible and realistic plans, with
clear timetables, to reduce the risks
to the UK, and begin implementing
these plans by the end of the
The Home Secretary said that
the United Kingdom government
remains committed to operating a
firm but fair immigration policy.
"It gives a high priority to
treating all foreign nationals
coming to or present in the UK
with dignity and respect, and the
highest legal standards. However,
it expects all visitors to the UK to
play by the rules.
"The UK will always welcome
genuine visitors, whether
business, tourist, student or
family, but will continue to take all
steps necessary to protect the
security of the UK," he added.
bearing on Dominica
and St. Kitts matters
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 1ST 2010 (CUOPM) -Aprominent
Caribbean constitutional attorney in Dominica says judge's declaration
in Antigua that the election of three government parliamentarians was
invalid, has no real bearing on election petitions now before the courts
in Dominica and St. Kitts.
Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan is representing Prime Minister
Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt's Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and Hon. Denzil
L. Douglas's St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) in court matters
challenging results of recent general elections.
"The judgments are significant but are based on two issues that do
not apply to Dominica," Astaphan said reacting to word that Justice Her
Ladyship Louise Blenman had declared the election of Prime Minister
Hon. Baldwin Spencer, Tourism Minister Hon. John Maginley and
Education Minister Hon. Jacqui Quinn-Leandro invalid, leaving the
government in 7-7 tie with the opposition in a 17-member parliament.
Mr. Astaphan told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the
Antigua cases were decided on the issues of the late opening of the
polling stations in some constituencies and the use of identity
photographs which were not made available to the candidates or their
agents, and as such were not relevant to the matters in St. Kitts and
However, Astaphan said it was significant that allegations of bribery
were thrown out by the judge.
"For those who think the rulings would have an adverse effect on
the cases in Dominica or St. Kitts, they are wrong. Because the issues
that are alive and on which the ALP were able to win are not in existent
in the Dominican or St. Kitts cases in which I am involved," Astaphan
The United Workers Party in Dominica has challenged the results in
five constituencies based on alleged "election irregularities" and also
contend that Prime Minister Skerritt was ineligible to contest the Vielle
Case constituency on the grounds that he holds a French passport.
In St. Kitts, two defeated candidates in the January elections have
petitioned the courts to determine that the election of two legislators of
the opposition People's Action Movement (PAM) be declared null and
Astaphan said he remains
optimistic about the cases he was
working in both islands, even after
the ruling in Antigua.
"Where the Antigua Labour
Party (ALP) failed, which is on the
question of bribery, we will
provide the items to the courts
both in St. Kitts and Dominica
because the judge made it very
clear that you can't rely on rumor,
hearsay and inadmissible evidence
and gossip to establish bribery
and that unless you have strong
compelling evidence you are not
going to get past the threshold.
"You are going to have to prove
a number of things in an election
petition for bribery which the
Antigua Labour Party was not able
to establish ... so to that extent
those of us who are participating
in the election contest in Dominica
and St. Kitts will look carefully at
that judgment on all aspects but
more specifically in relation to
those," Astaphan told CMC.
Photo: Attorney Anthony
Astaphan S.C. (Photo by Erasmus
AFRO UNIVERSAL BEAUTY SALON
t is currency accepting applications for two
who will be willing to Relocate to the British Virgin Islands.
Successful candidates must be able to
braid natural hair, single plaits and cornrows.
Interested parties please call Canya on 668-3884.
VEHICLES WILL BE
SOLD BY PUBLIC AUCTION
ON THURSDAY, 15TH APRIL, 2010
AT 1:30 P.M.
THIS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE
WATER SERVICES DEPARTMENT.
- NEWS -
6 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
Senior Customs Officer
returns from two-week
r'e S USy
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 6TH 2010 (CUOPM) -A senior
Customs Officer from St. Kitts and Nevis was among Caribbean
counterparts who attended a regional training programme in strategy,
organized by the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council.
Mr. Tavo Sargeant was among sixteen middle managers of the Cayman
Islands Customs Department participated in the pilot training initiative.
"While we provide training to ensure that our staff remains on the
cutting edge," said Customs Training Manager Langlie Powery, "this
type of training, which we had been trying to get for many years, was
lacking. The course concentrated on strategic analysis, giving the officers
the first detailed and structured grasp of the subject with practical
"It will help close the gap between the top and lower managers in the
The two weeks of training included assistant collectors (supervisors)
and senior officers (frontline managers), who received a thorough
grounding in improving their fundamental management skills.
Revenue and Customs International Relations Manager Andy Argyle
and Barbados Customs' Administration Officer Owen Holder conducted
the course, which attracted the senior officer from St. Kitts and Nevis
"Cayman volunteering to host this pilot event enabled a large number
of our senior officers to take full advantage of the training," said Collector
of Customs Carlon Powery, who added that middle managers learnt the
importance of incorporating strategy into their work.
Mr. Argyle explained that the course is available to customs officers
of CCLEC member countries who want to raise their strategic awareness.
"The course had a high calibre of students," he said, and lauded the
quality of team work that went into practising the lessons learnt.
As part of the course, the managers worked in groups on a strategic
plan for Cayman Customs, with the groups making and defending their
presentations before higher management during the closing ceremony.
Following that, they received certificates from Senior Assistant Financial
Secretary Anne Owens.
The Collector said efforts are also underway to develop courses in
advanced management in conjunction with CCLEC through institutions
such as the University of West Indies (UWI).
Blow out Sale continues on windows
both push-up and wind-out windows
from as little as $154.65 variety of size available.
BUILDERS PARADISE (ST. KITTS), LTD S C
. IxlI2 tiles only S2-19
. 5 gallon pails of paint SIBti4q 9 ii
. 2 gallon pails for S10_15 s
- miracle Cloth [Chamois] only S'-LOO and
o Lots and Lots and Lots of Iterns on sale_ ...
BUILDERS PAADISE your number one source for all your building and household needs. Let's Build
Something Together. And remember we are open all day to serve you better Our telephone numbers are
466-4938, 466-8051 and fax: 466-4939
Tourism stakeholders urged to ensure
BA's second schedule flight to St. Kitts
continues to grow "It is the responsibility of all
continue s to gr w stakeholders along with the
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 30TH 2010 (CUOPM) government to do all that we can
Tourism stakeholders in St. Kitts and Nevis have been urged to ensure to grow the demand for our
that the new mid-week direct service to St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw
International Airport by British Airways continues to grow. (cont'd on next page)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010 7
Every now and then some
PAM propagandist or apologist
gets on VON Radio or on the FM
Radio Stations in St. Kitts to accuse
the Labour Party Government of
having done things to retard the
development of St. Kitts and
It is difficult for a normal
person to be convinced that such
propagandists and apologists
truly believe the stupidnesss" that
they spread on radio. What they
spread on radio is so stupid that
they themselves cannot believe.
The conclusion is that the
propagandists and apologists
must be richly paid to spread the
stupidnesss" that they spread.
The current stupidnesss" that
PAM is spreading concerns the
Retirement Age for Civil Servants.
The Civil Service in St. Kitts, Nevis
and Anguilla has had the
retirement age for Civil Servants
fixed at 55 for nearly 200 years now.
Dr. Denzil Douglas has nothing to
do with that. That was established
long before the father and mother
of Dr. Douglas were born.
PAM is maliciously and
mischievously accusing Dr.
Douglas of setting the Retirement
Age for Civil Servants at 55. This
is neither fair nor honest.
If the PAMites say that Dr.
Douglas is not giving retiring Civil
Servants sufficient time, then the
PAMites must examine their own
selves. How much time did Dr.
Simmonds give to Sir Probyn
Inniss for him to vacate the office
of Governor and leave Government
How much time was Blanchie
(Glenroy Blanchette) prepared to
give to His Excellency, Sir Cuthbert
Sebastian before terminating his
appointment as Governor-General
and evicting him from Government
We must remember that
Blanchie planned to fire Sir
Cuthbert on the 26th of January
2010 if PAM had won the General
Elections. Sir Cuthbert's dismissal
would have been "with immediate
Another piece of stupidnesss"
that is propagated by PAM is that
the Douglas Administration
helped to retard the development
of Agriculture in St. Kitts. But this
is pure nonsense. Nothing could
be further from the truth.
It was the Simmonds
Administration that mess-up
Agriculture in St. Kitts. Labour left
a thriving and progressive
Agricultural Sector in place when
the party left office in 1980. The
National Agricultural Corporation
(NACO) was producing an
abundance of food-crops for local
consumption and for the export
Under Labour, NACO exported
regularly large quantities of
pineapples, peanuts and carrots,
by sea on the M.V ISABEL
GAMBEL, vessel that was based
locally in our waters. A seasonal
ban was placed every year on the
importation of tomatoes, lettuce
and cucumbers in order to protect
the local farmers from external
competition. The Simmonds
Administration quietly shut down
NACO and its non-sugar
PAM also helped to inflict
severe damage on our Fishing
Industry. Shortly after 1980 the
PAM Government reversed a
Regulation put in force by the
Labour Government to improve the
Fishing Industry. That Regulation
stipulated that the mesh size of all
seines and fishing nets in the
Fishing Industry must not be less
than a certain size.
Fishermen previously had
been using nets with a mesh size
that allowed small, juvenile,
immature fish to be caught. Nets
with a larger mesh size, as
stipulated by the Labour
Government, would allow small
juvenile, immature fish to slip
through the nets and not be
When PAM got into power and
reversed the regulation, this
allowed the use of nets with a mesh
size that would allow young,
immature fish to be caught, only
to perish and rot on the beach.
PAM engaged in a self-
serving political act which had the
effect of damaging the Fishing
Industry. PAM was killing off the
breeding stock in the Fishing
Industry in order to gain the votes
of the fishermen and their families
who lived at New Town, Old Road,
Sandy Point and Dieppe Bay.
Fishermen were happy at the
decision of the PAM Government
as such fishermen did not want to
go to the expense of purchasing
new nets with a larger mesh size.
So PAM was prepared to sell
out the best interest of the Fishing
Industry in order to gain some
additional votes from certain
fishermen. This certainly does not
look like an example of "Country
During the 1990s the Observer
newspaper was referred to by St.
Kitts people as the "Little
Democrat" because of the
tendency of that newspaper
towards bias and favouritism. The
Observer proclaims its
"independence" while showing its
allegiance to and its support for
PAM on every occasion.
The Observer followed the
PAM propagandists recklessly
and at a particular time published
an article with the front-age
headline "Commission of Inquiry
quashed". That was not true at all.
The truth was that on 26 May
1999 the Eastern Caribbean Court
of Appeal ordered Professor
(Commissioner) "from making any
determination, findings or
specifically relate to the conduct,
decision-making or activities of Dr.
The Government therefore
established a second Commission
of Inquiry under the chairmanship
of Sir Louis Blom-Cooper to deal
specifically with matters relating to
Dr. Simmonds. So it is no surprise
that at this time we find the
Observer to be offended by certain
remarks made by the Hon. Prime
Minister in Parliament in reference
to the Nevis Sheriff.
The Sheriff has been using his
regular weekly VON Radio Talk
Show to attack, criticise, condemn
and ridicule all those who do not
share his or his party's views. Early
in the game the Sheriff launched
multiple attacks on Mr. James
Gaskell, and the Chairman of the
Nevis Commission of Inquiry as
well as on the lead Counsel Sir
Richard (Johnny) Cheltenham.
So far as it is known, not one
of those good gentlemen has ever
offended the mighty Sheriff. Both
the Sheriff and his bully-boy, the
Observer (the Little Democrat) are
bawling now. What are they
bawling for? If you are in a ring
and you are giving blows, you
must expect to get some blows
yourself. If you do not want to
take your blows, then you must
get out of the ring.
The people of Nevis still
remember the problems that Mr.
Floris Finley and the now Hon.
Hensley Daniel had in 2004 and
2005 with the names of certain
persons that appeared on the
Voters' List. The Sheriff had no
interest in fairness andjustice then.
And neither did the Little
Nobody in St. Kitts is afraid of
the Sheriff or of the Observer
newspaper (the Little Democrat).
Several years ago Washington
Archibald (Washie) wrote an
article for publication in the
Observer newspaper. The paper
published the article but omitted
to print three paragraphs that were
not complimentary of Dr.
Simmonds. Washie did not take
kindly to the action of the
"independent" Observer. Washie
subsequently published the said
article in the entirety in the Labour
Spokesman newspaper. Washie
ceased writing for the Observer for
some time. He is again writing for
Before Washie submitted the
article in question for publication
in the Observer, that newspaper,
had been publishing, and still
articles concerning Prime Minister
Douglas,. You see the Observer
can exercise its independence
only in respect of Dr. Douglas.
When it comes to articles
concerning PAM and its leaders,
the "Little Democrat" can only
print and publish what it is
commanded to do.
The Sheriff's interest injustice
and fairness is self-serving. If it fits
into his political agenda he would
Tourism stakeholders urged
to ensure BA's second
schedule flight to St. Kitts
continues to grc
(cont'from last page)
destination, grow the demand for
our products and services and
subsequently ensure that people
keep wanting to come on these
flights," said Minister of
Tourism and International
Transportation, Sen. the Hon.
Richard "Ricky" Skerritt, shortly
after welcoming the BA Captain,
who glided the carrier's inaugural
mid-week service from London's-
Gatwick's International Airport.
Minister Skerritt told reporters
it's not just about a lovely 777
aircraft landing at the Robert L.
Bradshaw International Airport
and passengers disembarking.
"It is about making sure that it
is good business for the country,"
said Minister Skerritt, who added:
"Tourism, is about making people
happy, making them relaxed and
getting away from their daily
stresses and I think that St. Kitts
and Nevis is one of the
Caribbean's destinations that is
perfectly suited to achieve that.
We can all make that happen on a
sustainable basis, if we get out
there and promote and put
packages together and deliver
goods and services that people
want and need and are looking for."
He expressed his optimism that
these can be achieved on a
continuous growth curve and
added that the second weekly
flight scheduled so quickly after
just over a year "is an indication
that we are making progress."
"It is really a very good day
for St. Kitts and Nevis," quipped
the Minister of Tourism, who was
accompanied by tourism officials
including including Advisor, Mr.
Cedric Liburd; St. Kitts Tourism
Authority Chairman, Mr.
Alphonso O'Garro, mother Board
members and Hotel and Tourism
Association CEO, Mr. Michael
BA's flight captain, Alistair
McLaren said it was his first flight
to St. Kitts. "The crew was very
well aware that the flight is an
inaugural mid-week schedule and
the passengers were delighted,"
he said just before accepting a
gift from Minister Skerritt.
proclaim that he is all for justice
and fairness. Otherwise, he
People still remember the series
of unnecessary and uncalled-for
attacks that the Sheriff has
launched on the Prime Minister on
VON Radio from time to time. Each
time the Sheriff attacks the Prime
Minister he does so by invoking
the loftiest of motives and
principles. But when the Hon.
Vance Amory attacked Miss
Myrna Liburd in the Nevis Island
Assembly, the good Sheriff kept
his mouth shut. There is a term for
such people and it is "dangerous
Our Sheriff in Nevis does not
conduct himself as the Leader of
the Opposition, but rather as the
leader of the pack or gang of all
those who oppose the Prime
Minister for personal reasons.
The Prime Minister said that
he is 10men in one. The Sheriff
feels that the Prime Minister
should not have said that and so
the Sheriff has taken it upon
himself to chastise and castigate
the Prime Minister.
While the majority ofKittitians
living in St. Kitts and overseas feel
that the Prime Minister has been
doing a magnificent job and has a
lot more to offer, the Sheriff is
travelling around telling people
that Dr. Douglas has given all that
he is capable of giving, and
therefore Dr. Douglas should retire
from active politics and stay on the
sidelines. The Sheriff has
expressed the view publicly that
Dr. Douglas is not capable
anymore of making a positive
I, like a whole host of persons,
find the Sheriff to be pompous and
arrogant, especially as he is not
known to be a doctor of Psychiatry
or a PhD in Psychology.
The Sheriff should reflect for a
moment on what the Scriptures
say at Micah, Chapter 6, and Verse
8: "He hath shewed thee O man,
what is good; and what doth the
Lord require of thee, but to do
justly, and to love mercy, and to
walk humbly with thy God?"
I say that the Sheriff should
reflect on those words of Micah,
for even his own countrymen and
the members of his own party say
that the Sheriff walks humbly
neither with God nor with Man.
I NEWS I
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
Diarrhoea" Run Them
Out Of Parliament?
By: Sotto Voce
The recent Budget Session in our Parliament was informative,
entertaining and revealing all at the same time. The public had been
forewarned by PAM that we should expect a new high level of opposition
treatment of Parliamentary Business now that their numbers had
increased. I waited to hear from them with great interest now that we had
an opposition collation in CCM/PAM. I was anxious to hear from their
"young", new Senator whose c\piuii.C" in "massive electoral fraud"
preceded his choice by PAM over Cindy Demming and Ms. Rawlins. I
was sure the administrative experience of Eugene Hamilton would lift
him in the pecking order for the leadership of PAM over his co-Deputy,
But we were all to e sadly disappointed. The Sheriff seemed more at
home playing CCM and NRP politics than in displaying his competence
in financial matters, and showing the public his suitability as the
alternative Prime Minister he campaigned so hard to get. His "Sheriff for
St. Kitts-Nevis" campaign slogan has now been reduced to a "Sheriff for
Nevis alone", now that Labour put a spoke in his wheel. The unity of St.
Kitts and Nevis seems to rest only on his personal accession to the
country's leadership. He threw cold water on the NRP's Patrice Nisbett
accepting the post of Attorney-General and Minister of Justice. He
offered precious little in terms of any solution to our high national debt
situation other than harsh criticisms of how it reached the level it has.
His leader in the CCM spoke around the topic for most of his
presentation and, like the Sheriff, offered virtually nothing by way of
going forward positively in this difficult global economic climate.
The most palatable of the opposition contributions came from Shawn
Richards who should be given credit for having a prepared script form
which he read. He too rehashed all the PAM political mumbo-jumbo of
the high level of our National Debt and blaming the Labour Party for it.
He quoted lots of figures and their sources. But one was left to wonder
what point was being pursued after all that quoting. In the end, he too
left his radio and television audience wondering how the CCM/PAM
coalition in government would have dealt with it.
Simply criticising the measure the Finance Minister proposed without
more, is unhelpful in projecting yourself as an alternative government.
The Sheriff's proposal to reduce the salaries of Ministers only provided
levity when serious business was being discussed.
To say that the contributions of the PAM Senator and of Gene
Hamilton were pathetic is the extreme is not an unreasonable or unkind
assessment. Even for first-timers in Parliament, one expected better from
a lawyer and from an insurance executive of long standing. The
description given their
contributions by Senator Ricky
Skerritt, though found to be
unparliamentarily by the Speaker,
and retracted by Senator Skerritt,
was really accurate. And the less
said about them the better. Those
who thought that the choice of
PAM Senator was wrong and ill-
advised can now feel justified. And
the voters of Constituency No.8
must have been appalled at the
feeble and insipid and boring
contribution made by their new
representative. I entirely agree with
Senator Skerritt's assessment that
they both took a lot of time to say
The Members on the
Government side, who all hold full
Ministries, gave the public frank
insights into how their approaches
would be in these difficult times.
Most of them are very experienced
Parliamentarians, and it showed by
the level and depth of their
treatment of the issues. Most
people who followed the Debate
would have felt comforted that the
better group was elected as the
Government in the January
People are left wondering
whether the PAM/ C C M
coalition would have honoured
the regional commitment to
introduce value added tax (or VAT)
in St. Kitts and Nevis. And what
measures would a CCM/NARP
Budget have introduced to tackle
our high national debt and keep
the country afloat in these difficult
and challenging economic times.
Their mercenaries sent to "Inside
The News) and to "VOICES" on
their FM, only offer criticisms, no
solutions. The pre-election
rhetoric remains as high and
intense as ever. They need to be
reminded that the next Elections
are scheduled for 2015 and to
"keep their powder dry", to use a
There are two issues I will
touch on here. One relates to the
alleged move to deport a CCM-
sympathetic Guyanese national
who holds a work permit in Nevis.
The matter remains "sub judice"
at this time and there is a need to
treat cautiously until the court has
ruled on it. The matter has been of
great interest to the people of both
islands. The legal issues will take
precedence over our own private
sentiments I am sure. However, it
can be an object lesson to non-
nationals in our islands whose
only status is the uncertain
holding of a work permit, and who
choose to get scandalously
involved in internal politicking.
Such open "conduct" should be
left to persons with a higher-level
status like permanent residency or
Work permits are really held at
the shims and fancies of any
government. And they are granted
only in cases where the job cannot
be done by a local national. That
is the standard criterion given for
the issue of a work permit. On the
other side of the coin is the effort
at regional integration by all
Caribbean Governments. And this
has been given closer expression
by the "freedom of movement"
within the Caribbean, granted to
certain named categories of
professionals. Is a barber one such
professional? The case may tune
out to be quite a simple one. But it
may have deep and telling
ramifications. Hold your corer.
The other issue concerns the
eligibility of Nevisians living in St.
Kitts being able to register and
vote in the Nevis Island Assembly
Elections. I still hold and maintain
the view held a few weeks ago.
That is, that they are all very
S KERR I I SEON LIH ISAAN
IN DI CATOR OF5THE CONFDENCE THE AIRLIN
St. Kitts Wednesday 31March
2010: British Airways second
inaugural flight from London
(Gatwick) landed to a festive
welcome at St. Kitts Robert L.
Bradshaw International Airport
yesterday, marking yet another
historic occasion for the
Flight BA 2157 touched down
at 15.35 local time commemorating
the start of a second weekly flight
to the island within a 14 month
period. On the tarmac to greet the
flight were leading St. Kitts
government and tourism officials
including Minister of Tourism and
International Transport, Hon.
Richard Skerritt, Chairman of the
St. Kitts Tourism Authority,
Alfonso O'Garro and CEO of the
St. Kitts Tourism Authority,
Speaking at a brief ceremony
to welcome in the flight, Minister
of Tourism and International
Transport, Hon. Richard Skerritt,
said, "Today's flight is a very
important indicator of the
confidence that BA has in our
destination for the future. It is
therefore reason for us to feel
really good about the possibilities
but it also is a reminder about the
responsibility we have to make
sure that the flights bring
significant numbers into our
country and that we get maximum
expenditure per person into the
economy through hotels,
entertainment...all the other
services that relate to making our
visitor experience a world class
Skerritt went on to say,
"Tourism is the business of making
people happy, making people relax
and get away from their daily
stresses, and St. Kitts and Nevis
is one of the Caribbean
destinations that is perfectly suited
to achieve that.. We are very
optimistic that we will be able to
achieve that on a continuous
growth curve and this second
weekly flight injust over a year is
an indicator that we are making
progress. So, this is really a very
good day for St. Kitts and Nevis
Minister Skerritt personally
thanked BritishAirways, making a
presentation to BA Flight Captain,
Alistair McLaren, who, fittingly,
celebrated his first visit to St. Kitts
as BA 2157 touched down.
Though not present in St. Kitts
for this historic occasion, Richard
Tams, BritishAirways' Head ofUK
& Ireland Sales and Marketing,
expressed his delight in the start
eligible to participate in that
Election. However, I gather that
such a view as I have expressed,
is constrained by the fact that the
Voters Lists for the NIA Elections
and the St. Kitts-Nevis Elections
are one and the same.
That needs correcting at once.
There should be separate and
distinct Voters Lists. Two different
governments and a wholly
different electorate and
constituencies should practically
and realistically be on totally
different Voters Lists.
I cannot find any good reason
under our present system why
Nevisians living in St. Kitts
cannot register for and vote in NIA
I'll end as I began though.
Since 1995 when the PAM lost the
government, their reps and
Senators in Parliament have been
notable for their absences from the
House. They either do not attend
or, when they do, they clear out
the House after they have spoken.
Between 1995 and 2004, the
"runaway athletes" were Hugh
Heyliger and Vernon Veira. So at
the 2000 Elections, the St. Kitts
electors saw no value in placing a
PAM rep therein, and it was all 8
Now, since the return of PAM
reps from 2004, the run out of the
House agenda has returned. I am
sure this fact has not been lost on
our electorate. It is distasteful,
unmannerly, insulting and a
downright slap in the face of those
who voted to send them there.
Maybe they can't take the heart,
so they running out of the kitchen.
Come 2015, our voters, I am
sure, will send persons to
Parliament who understands and
value the trust put in them to
represent a St. Kitts Constituency.
Don't doubt that. Just wait and
of the new service: "Following the
inaugural flight last January, St
Kitts has proven very popular
with our customers thanks to its
beauty and the warm welcome they
are receiving. We recognize how
much effort has been invested by
the St Kitts authorities into making
this direct flight from the UK a
success and ensuring that our
customers thoroughly enjoy their
time on the island, so we're
delighted to have launched our
second BA service there this
The island welcome team
included Cedric Liburd, Advisor to
the Ministry of Tourism and
International Transport; Rosecita
Jeffers, CEO of the St. Kitts
Tourism Authority; Michael Head,
Manager of the Hotel and Tourism
Association; Peter Allcorn,
Honorary British Consulate;
Marcellus Phillip, Acting CEO of
the St. Christopher Air & Sea Ports
Authority and Denzil Jones,
The Labour Spokesman
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
ST. KITTS TOURISM
Visitors to lastminute.com will experience a taste of St. Kitts following
the launch of a special travel promotion on the holiday website featuring
comprehensive information about St. Kitts and its attractions, illustrated
with a variety of images and special hotel offers.
The promotion, initiated by the UK office of the St. Kitts Tourism
Authority, will run until 15 July 2010 and feature a dedicated St. Kitts
micro-site where visitors will be able to find out about special island
events, sites of historical and cultural interest, romantic offerings and a
brand new family initiative, Kids Are VIPs, offering special programmes
for children on holiday in St. Kitts this summer.
Lastminute.com surfers will spot links to the St. Kitts micro-site via
promotional links and ads featured throughout the site with further links
from the micro-site to hotel specific information and offers and flight
Rosecita Jeffers, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, said, the
partnership between the SKTA and lastminute.com is a very positive
move and forms part of a series of promotional initiatives being undertaken
by the UK market to increase awareness of the destination to UK
travellers. We are confident of the success of this venture and thank our
partners for their ongoing support. "
Lisa Elmes-Bosshard, Consultant to the UK office of the St. Kitts
Tourism Authority, said, We are delighted to be part of the phenomenon
that is lastminute.com; close to two millionvisitors a week now visit the
site for holiday information and bookings and we are confident in seeing
an upsurge in interest in the destination for the important summer months.
With room rates starting at just 53.00 a night, guaranteed sunshine and
a second BA flight, there is every reason to visit the destination. What's
more, there are plenty of activities for couples or families this summer;
including the new 'Kids Are VIPs' programme."
St. Kitts is currently served twice weekly from London Gatwick by
BritishAirways, the first scheduled carrier to provide regular airlift to the
island, following an additional
service which started on Tuesday
30 March2010. The Tuesday flight
uses a similar configuration to the
Saturday flight with a three class,
280 seat Boeing 777 aircraft
holding 40 Club World seats, 24
World Traveller Plus and 216
World Traveller seats.
lastminute.com is the UK's
leading online travel & leisure
retailer, with over 1.65 million
visitors per week, and provides
customers with the best ways to
make their free time go evenfurther.
lastminute.com pioneered the
online travel and leisure industry
by offering people a 5* lifestyle
for 3* prices, selling everything
from flights, hotels, gifts, gig
tickets, restaurants and theatre
lastminute.com exists to help
people make the most of their free
time with new, creative and
unexpected ideas for every single
day. Since its birth in 1998,
conceived by the vision of cutting
edge entrepreneurs Brent
Hoberman and Martha Lane Fox,
lastminute.com has come a long
way. We now operate in 13
European countries and also in the
In July 2005, lastminute.com
and its group of companies
including car rental gurus Holiday
Autos joined the Sabre Holdings
ECCB Savings and Investments
The public is invited to
participate in the ECCB Savings
and Investments Course Part II
organised by the Eastern
Caribbean Central Bank in
collaboration with the University
of the West Indies, the Clarence
Fitzroy Bryant College and local
private sector institutions.
This fifteen module course
focusing on financial and business
techniques required to effectively
develop and operate a small
business will begin on Thursday
6 May 2010 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant
College, Burdon Street Campus.
Application forms are available
from the UWI Open Campus St
Kitts and Nevis, The Gardens,
For further information please
contact the UWI Open Campus at
Lecture Targets Men's
Basseterre, St. Kitts, April01, 2010 (SKNIS): The men of the Federation
are invited to a Men's Health Forum specially designed to discuss their
Entitled" Sexual Desire, Drive and Disorder PreservingYour Health,"
the lecture takes place Thursday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Kitts
Marriott Resort. It will be presented by Dr. Darren Bruck, a urologist
based at Baptist Health International, Miami. Issues to be discussed
range from men's general health issues including the link between sexual
dysfunction and one's lifestyle. A question and answer period will follow.
Due to the sensitive nature of the issues which will be discussed men
only, are encouraged to attend the Forum.
The event falls under the Men's Health Campaign which is being
sponsored by the Basic Needs Trust Fund but implemented by the
Ministry of Health. Throughout the campaign men are being encouraged
to get health checks at selected health centres including the Basseterre
Health Centre. There have also been several health clinics that target
men that frequent specific area, that offer hypertension, blood glucose
and cholesterol screenings. The upcoming free health check will be
catering specially to Bus and Taxi Drivers and will take place at Bakers
Corer, Basseterre on Tuesday, April 13.
The Men Health Forum on Thursday, April 15 at the St. Kitts Marriott
Resort, is however, designed for all men of the Federation.
S BANK (SKN) LIMITED
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
NOTICE is hereby given that the Fifty-Third Annual Meeting of the Company will be held at The Red Cross Building, Chapel Street, Charlestown, Nevis on Wednesday,
May 5, 2010 at 9.00 a.m. for the following purposes:
* To review and consider the Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2009 together with the Report of the Directors and the Auditors thereon
* To sanction a dividend for the year ended December 31, 2009
* To re-elect Directors
* To elect an additional Director
* To re-appoint Auditors and empower the Directors to determine their remuneration for the ensuing year
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD
pmyieM eI m jre
http:wwwrbi, 0t -Mal. imuff.it^c
I COMMENARY 6
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
Professor of Economics
UVI, St. Croix
Thirty-seven years (37) years ago I joined the
Department of Economics, University of the West Indies,
Jamaica, under the Chairmanship of one of the Caribbean's
leading Economist, George Beckford, GBeck. I started my
first week into a weeklong strike on campus that was
orchestrated and driven by WIGUT, the West Indies Group
of University Teachers. In our faculty discussions at the
Senior Common Room (which was a euphemistic name for
the Faculty Club on campus) I encountered many of the
emerging luminaries that were to make their mark on the
wider Caribbean. From the Eastern Caribbean, I met Roy
Augier, preeminent Caribbean historian; and from Jamaica,
I met Rex Nettleford, affectionately dubbed, 'sexy rexxy.'
From my first encounter with Rex Nettleford, I knew I
was in for an intellectual treat. He was a master of words in
a manner that was engaging and riveting. So, in this note on
Rex as a Caribbean scholar and cultural preservationist, I
make the stipulation that Rex transcended Jamaica and in
so doing set a pattern and pace for younger scholars, crafted
a motif that others attempted to follow, guided younger
scholars in understanding the intricacies of scholarship and
centered cultural issues in a preservationist manner that
one could say was Nettlefordian in synthesis and pan-
Caribbean in emphasis.
Our Caribbean has been blessed with a large number of
scholars and luminaries across all landscapes. I will cite a
few from each of the major Caribbeans.
In the Hispanophone Caribbean there was Jose Marti
(Cuban poet, journalist and political philosopher); Luis
Munoz Marin (Puerto Rico), poet, journalist, and political
leader, the architect of Estado Libre Asociado (Associated
Free State... and originator of the concept of pulling up
oneself by the bootstrap) and Dr Fidel Castro, political leader,
extraordinaire whose brilliant defense of himself when he
was tried for overthrowing the Batista regime ended with
the famous statement: "Condemn me, it does not matter.
History will absolve me." Later he was to give us the
statement, "Patria orMuerte." Fatherland or death, in defense
of his country against all odds.
In the Francophone Caribbean we have had Aime
Cesaire, of Martinique, distinguished poet, who through
his founding of the review Etudiant Noir (The Black
Student) in Paris magnificently contributed to the dialogue
and discourses about black racial and cultural identity and
thus to the origins of the negritude movement. Next there is
Frantz Fanon, also of Martinique, who although he was a
psychiatrist, was a cultural revolutionist in thought and
action. It was Fanon who gave us Peau Noire, Masques
Blancs (Black Skin, White Masks, 1952) and Les damnes
de la terre (The Wretched of the Earth, 1961). These two
volumes opened up our understanding to the psychological
consequences of the rigid social structures of European
systems, and the crippling mental dependency as a result.
Finally I am torn between Maryse Conde of Guadeloupe
and Edwidge Danticat of Haiti. Danticat, a short story writer
and novelist sobered us to a reality in the regional literature
that signals the ability of our people to survive. Her emphasis,
while on women, points out in her 1996 novel "We are Ugly,
But we are Here," that despite endless abuse we, our people,
In the Anglophone Caribbean, it is difficult to select
merely three persons for this area. But in the interest of
geographical spread, I will mention six persons: Marcus
Mosiah Garvey (Jamaica); Sir W. Arthur Lewis (St. Lucia);
Eric Williams (Trinidad and Tobago); C.L.R James (Trinidad
& Tobago), Walter Rodney (Guyana); Derek Walcott (St.
Lucia) and of course the person of the moment, Rex Nettleford
I first met Rex, as I noted earlier, at the SCR, the Senior
Common Room. Over drinks and lunch, we talked about the
Caribbean, especially the Eastern Caribbean. Once he
discovered that I was from the St. Kitts, the land of Robert
Llewellyn Bradshaw, we had many discussions about
Bradshaw's role and Clarence Fitzroy Bryant's role in the
administration of UWI. Out of those early discussions Rex,
who at the time was in charge of the Extra Mural Centers of
UWI, basically UWI outside of the main campuses of Jamaica
set up a program for me to give a series of lectures in the St.
Kitts from August llth to the 15th, 1975. I delivered the
lectures at the Gardens at the Extra Mural Centre in
Basseterre. The lectures were:
S "Secession and Economic Survival in the case of
Oil and the National Calculus in a Mini-State
S "A Socio-Economic Analysis of St. Kitts
S "A Politico-Economic Rationale for Independence
in a Mini-State Economy,"
S "The Nationalization of the Sugar Lands in St. Kitts:
A Partial Solution?"
Note, these were all delivered 8 years prior to
independence in St. Kitts and Nevis.
In a fundamental sense, I was seeking to grapple with
some of the essentialities that Rex was articulating in Jamaica
and George Beckford was clarifying in his seminal work,
Persistent Poverty. Apart from my talks with Rex, he had
encouraged me to do presentations at the Radio Education
Unit at the Extra Mural Centre on campus, and it was then
that I came across the signal work of three eminent Caribbean
scholars. The work, Report on the Rastafari Movement in
Kingston, Jamaica, (ISER, 1960) by M. G. Smith,
(sociologist), Roy Augier (historian) and Rex Nettleford
(cultural preservationist, trade unionist, tout le monde)
opened the eyes of scholars, for the first time, to an
understanding of a regional messianic cult that was
misunderstood. In his transmittal letter to Premier Honorable
Norman W. Manley, the then Principal of UCWI, W. Arthur
Lewis, (who later was to obtain the Nobel Laureate in
Economics in 1979) noted that the three members of the
UCWI staff spent "every day of two weeks with the Ras
Tafari brethren, making a survey of the movement, its
organization and its aspirations."
In my view, this monograph set the scholarship of the
Rastafarian philosophy on a new trajectory launched many
serious works. Thus Rex, in an early 1960's, started a foray
into things cultural, things social and things artistic. That
experience led him later into works of dance, music, etc. I
contend that as Rex the scholar started to spread his wings,
there emerged a number of works that all had their genesis
in some form or fashion in the work of Rex, Smith and Augier.
The first book of note was Leonard Barrett, "The
Rastafarians: a study in Messianic cultism in Jamaica," Rio
Piedras: Institute of Caribbean Studies, UPR, 1968. [Sybil
Lewis of TT, Gordon Lewis' wife, was then a senior editor at
Arising of out that thrust in the study of Rastafarianism
were works such as Rex's piece "African Redemption: the
Rastafari and the wider society, 1959-1969" which is a
chapter in Mirror, Mirror: identity, race and protest in
Jamaica, Collins & Sangster, 1970. This was a step ahead
of the seminal work of Orlando Patterson, the eminent
Jamaican sociologist, when he launched The Children of
Sisyphus, Bolivar Press, 1971. Rexwas backto it againwhen
in 1977, he detailed the essence of the Rastafarians in his
piece "The Rastafarians of Jamaica: a Prophetic Presence in
PlantationAmerica." This paper was delivered at the Second
World Black & African Festival of Arts and Culture
(FESTAC). It was one of the many papers in a colloquium
on Black Civilization and Religion. This paper used the
concepts expounded by George Beckford in his master piece
Persistent Poverty (1972), and also incorporated some of
the seminal ideas of negritude of Aime Cesaire and social
issues of Franz Fanon.
Rex's work by this time had started another strand among
a young scholar, who for many years thought of the ideas
of the Rastafarians and who brought much of the polemics
of the group into his teachings. On the corridors of Social
Sciences at Mona many of us discussed issues and many
of us wrote on those issues. So, it was not a surprise when
Barry Chevannes, then a young scholar emerged as one of
the top-rated regional scholars and made clear, cogent
presentations on Rastafarianism. For me, Barry's first
methodological article may have emanated from links with
Rex's early works. Barry's article "Rastafarianism and Class
Struggle: the Search for a Methodology" appeared in
Methodology and Change: Problems of Applied Social
Science Research Techniques," [ISER], edited by Louis
Lindsay, 1978. I recalled vividly as we all met upstairs of the
University Senate and debated the merits of a methodology
of a social phenomenon, namely Rastafarians, people who
the police only saw as smokers of weed.
That today, Professor Barry Chevannes, former Dean of
Social Sciences at Mona, scholar-activist developed in the
mould of a Rex Nettleford in his breath of work is no surprise
to me. It was Barry who gave us Rastafari: Roots and
Ideology, (1994) and Rastafari and other African-
Caribbean Worldviews, (1995). Dread Talk: the Language
of the Rastafari, (1994) by Velma Pollard also signaled the
work of Rex Nettleford, Roy Augier and Michael Smith.
Lest it be thought that Rastafarianism was the only thing
that Rex was involved in, note the presentations earlier.
From Trade Unionism to dance, to oratory, from scholarship
of the highest order in editing the Caribbean Quarterly,
one of the longest running journals in the Caribbean, Rex
mastered them all. I recalled with fondness when I wanted
to see Jamaica between 1973 and 1975 that I joined the
University Singers, under the auspices of Lilieth Nelson,
who was then Sub-Warden in Block B, Irvine Hall and I was
sub-warden in Block D, of the same Irvine Hall...under the
watchful eyes of the Nevisian Cedric Harper, now his
Excellency Ambassador Cedric Harper, ambassador of St.
Kitts and Nevis to Cuba. Lilieth was there before Noel Dexter
took over. But, guest who was the ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
and pivotal person in the University Singers? It was the
indefatigable Rex Nettleford. And as you know, it was he
who championed and co-founded the National Dance
Theatre Company of Jamaica, the renown, NDTC.
Thus when I came to St. Croix and got involved in the
Caribbean Dance Company of the Virgin Islands, and was
on the Board of Directors, I was only too happy to help to
get Rex to St. Croix when Monty Thompson, the long-time
founder and artistic director asked me ifI can assist in getting
Rex to St. Croix. You see, I had seen Rex danced at the Little
Theatre on Tom Redcam Road, New Kingston, and I knew
that the prowess of the man was worthy of emulation and
the he was a teacher, par excellence.
Rex, in my view, immersed himself in the training and
presentations of dance techniques, portraying the same
artistic styles born of Kumina, Pocomania and Mayalism
that he had mastered in Jamaica. The Caribbean Dance
Company of the Virgin Islands is eternally grateful to Rex's
contribution to the company [Monty Thompson is here
today...]. I recall that after one practice when I was taking
Rex over to Grape Tree Bay Hotel, he murmured with alarm
that this little island is big, symbolic of the statement that is
made by many Jamaicans, "Im lickle, but im tallawa." It never
occurred to him that small St. Croix had so many roads. But
(cont'd on page 11)
O E A
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
(cont'd from page 10)
do not let this notion fool you. Rex was ever in the mode of synchronizing
scholarship, art and issues of de-colonial-ism. This was the topic of our
discussions on that long drive to Grape Tree. "Where do the Virgin
Islands stand in terms of independence?" he asked. Such ideas never
left his psyche.
Rex's scholarship traversed his role as a cultural preservationist.
Albertina Jefferson, Librarian at the Main Library on Mona campus, and
wife of Owen Jefferson, my main Chairman in the Department of
Economics, gave us an outstanding compilation of Rex's works. Entitled
"Rex Nettleford's Works: An Annotated Bibliography," the 194 pages
of scholarly works concretized Rex's conviction of the need for a de-
colo-nization of the spirit and imagination of Caribbean people. He sought
in all of his works to force Caribbean people to wrestle with breaking out
of the cocooning strictures deriving from the conjuncture of colonial
history, arrogance and disrespect with which others want to tarbush us.
When Rex presented us with Mirror, Mirror and his compilation of
speeches and writings of Norman Manley, entitled, Manley and the
New Jamaica (1971), Rex was on his way to stamping his imprint as a
serious historian, scholar and social critic. That the rest of the Caribbean
outside of Jamaica saw him in that light is evident from the fact that Rex
had consulted with and advised virtually all of the countries in the
Caribbean. Thus when he was awarded the highest Caribbean honor,
the Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC) in 2008, it was not a surprise
to many of us. He was by then long established as the quintessential
Caribbean Renaissance man.
On a personal note on July 3, 1991, when I launched my book,
Caribbean Visions at the Staff Room at ISER, Mona, Jamaica, it was Rex
who gave the overview of the book. Rex in his usual style gave a sterling
presentation of the need to put together pieces that we all have all over
the place. Janet Liu-Terry, then Publications Editor, of SES and Helen Mc
Bain, then a graduate student in Economics were keys in the afternoon's
celebrations. And you ask, what is the essence of this? The fact is, Rex
Nettleford at that time was the Pro-Vice Chancellor of UWI, Mona. That
he took time out of his busy schedule to encourage a younger person is
symbolic of the kind of person he was. This philosophy of Rex is
embedded in a quote from an article of his in "National Identity and
Attitudes to Race in Jamaica," in Race, volume 7, no 1, 1965. In Nigel's
Boland's TheBirth of Caribbean Civilization, (page 470), the quote is
as follows: "A people who do not believe in themselves cannot hope to
have others believing in them." This, to me is the essence of the man.
Finally, Rex's passionate conviction could come in oratory of the
highest order and at the same time sourced and steeped in colorful
aphorism. While M. G. Smith, the white Jamaican who detested people
calling him white was wrestling with the issue of the Caribbean as a
stratified society, and while R.T. Smith, indeed a white expatriate from
Britain was contesting M. G. Smith's ideas, and while Derek Walcott was
coming to terms with his in-betweenity of European and Caribbean
parents; while Bob Marley was also understanding the measures of his
duality of white and black parents; and while the Mighty Dougla of
Trinidad was proclaiming that as a man of Indian and African parents, he
was six of one and half a dozen of the other, Rex Nettleford noted that
"the parboiled state of our national identity" (Boland, p.472) will remain
so until we all make adjustments in bold economic and social terms" to
come to grips with our society. It was Rex, also, when confronted with
someone who was driving a BMW and who did not want to associate
with a person who was considered below him, is reputed to have said,
"A butto in a beeema is still a butto."
As a scholar and a cultural preservationist, Rex Nettleford wanted us
to use models from the Caribbean to craft the cultural and philosophical
real life experiences of our being. Our indigenous culture, scholarship,
art, literature must be sourced within our own cultural resonance be they
in calypso, rumba, reggae, pocomania, kumina, and voodoo. Our task
Rex's works suggested must be to harness our powers and transform
our society forthe betterment of all. And inthe process we must remember
that we are one Caribbean. The Mighty Chalkdust eloquently captures
Rex Nettleford's thesis in his calypso One Caribbean when he said:
We are one river, several streams
One roof cover, many beams
One skirt with pleats and hems
One tree with several stems
It's one family, many cousins,
One tapestry, many buttons
One Mother, several children,
One Caribbean; One Caribbean.
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
FEDERATION OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS
SAINT CHRISTOPHER CIRCUIT
TITLE BY REGISTRATION ACT
t&\$RAR S 0Fp
APR 0 6 2010
Claim No. SKBHCV2009/0201
IN THE MATTER of Section 12 of
the Title By Registration Act
IN THE MATTER of an Application
for a FIRST CERTIFICATE OF
TITLE by Gary A. Pereira
To: The Owners of occupiers of thai parcel of land described as Salt Pond Estate and
marked "X" on the plan attached hereto:
TAKE NOTICE that GARY A. PEREIRA of Turtle Beach. in the Island of Saint
Chritopher, has applied to the Registrar ofTitles by presenting a Request for the issue of
a First Certificate of Title to all that lot piece or parel of land situate at Salt Pond Estate
in the parish of St George in the Island of St. Kits containing by admeasurement 1.74
acres and bounded and measuring as follows, dat is say, On or towats the North North
East by a 24 Foot Access Road 303.10 feet; On or towards the North North West by a 24
Foot Access Road, 71.63 feet; On or towards the North East partly by lands of Sal Pond
Estate and partly by lands of Barry Belford 204.72 feet; On or towards the South South
East by a 20 foot Estate Road 151.86 feet On or towards the South South West partly by
lands of Gloria Veira, partly by lands of Kenneth Kelly. partly by lands of John Douglas
Jones and Valentine Jones. and partly by lands of Gerry Moisc 407.3
9 feet, and On or towards the West North West by lands of Dennis Michael Morton 155.
Dated J/, 2010
Plom of Fare tlw bonmed Red ia tin*e PiW ihof. SOop
Stlu at SALTP'o ESTATE
Coaudaiw 174 Ka
Swwyed by. ESSDAMLLE. LM Augst, 2
GSoALVEL S HAMSLrirTH
SotWcitwrwf Gry A FVcirwkppAWdi
(cont'd from page 1)
the authorised expenditure during
each financial year including
supplementary expenditure has
been applied to the purposes
prescribed by the National
Assembly; scrutinise the causes
which may have led to any excess
over authorised expenditure and
to verify applications of savings
on other authorised items of
expenditure; make an effective
examination of public accounts
kept in any Department of
Government and summon any
public officer to give any
information or any explanation or
to produce any records or
documents which the Committee
considers necessary in the
performance of its duties.
The Labour Spokesman
12 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
We join with family members, friends and well-wishers in extending
warm Birthday greetings and God's richest blessings to Ms. Henrietta
Watson of Old Road, St. Kitts, who celebrates her 100th Birthday on
Saturday, April 10th, 2010.
BorApril 10th, 1910, Ms. Watsonwas the mother of the late Alphonso
Watson, better known to friends and associates as Dougie and Ms,
Clarita Looby presently residing in the USA (who she adopted from an
Ms. Watson is the mother-in-law of Mrs. Eugemis Watson of Old
Road. She is also supported by several grand children, great grand
children and other relatives at home and abroad, including Chesil Watson,
Avernel Watson, Orville Watson, Edmund Herbert, Sheryl Lake and
The proud centenarian was also the grandmother of the late Police
Corporal Addison Watson of Old Road.
Happy Birthday Mom and best wishes for the future.
By Melissa Amsterdam
The Easter Monday Aquatic
Sports remains one of the favourite
Easter activities in the Federation,
boasting a huge turnout of
residents at the Ferry Terminal,
Basseterre, on Easter Monday 5th
The event which is in its 52nd
year has made a name for itself as
an Easter tradition was first started
by the late Mr. Basil Henderson
and the 4-H Club and is now
organized by Winston Zack
There was a number of
swimming events in various
categories and styles, along with
the famous Ham and Greasy Pole
and Greasy Pole which held a cash
prize at the top which no one was
able to reach this year.
Participating was a huge
delegation from Nevis as well as
.1.G __ _I'
the Special Olympians who earlier
this year brought home 41 medals
from the Special Olympics Games
in Puerto Rico.
The boxing was a major
highlight of the day and a spar
between veteran boxers Topsy and
Bumpy held the crowd captivated.
They both went for two of the
five scheduled rounds but were
unable to complete them because
of an incident which nearly marred
Topsy got a taste of boxing at
the tender age of five and since
then he went on to be a regional
champion winning 136 fights
without ever being knocked out.
He presently resides in St.
He was honoured by Nisbett
with a plaque and Scenic Railway
tour. Topsy said that he was
flattered to receive such
commendation for a sport that he
loved dearly. "It's a heartwarming
gesture," he said.
The organizer said that many
young people took part in the
sparring; he also made it clear that
it was better to settle
misunderstandings in the boxing
ring rather than sort them out with
In spite of one hiccup in the
day's proceedings Nisbett said the
event was superb. He thanked the
Coast Guard, Police, Red Cross,
EMS and Electricity Department
who in his words "gave the
participants a sense of security".
He also thanked the event's
major sponsor Courts for their
contributions. Nisbett extended
gratitude to the many sponsors
and donors (who are numerous)
for their kind support.
Mr. Lloyd Lazar, Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Sports
who officially opened the annual
Aquatic Sports was commended
(cont'd on next page)
*^ m:::r^ r:
; :, | .', fn 1 : j .:
WATCH THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD
BATTLE IT OUT ON THE PITCH FOR FREE.'
il WORLD "
WEST INDIES 2010
MAY 5-10 AT WARNER PARK.
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE WARNER PARK TICKET CENTER.
FOR ADDITIONAL TOURNAMENT TICKETS AND DETAILS, VISIT
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL I-800-T74-GAME
Ga $P Son umif SPAI
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
Easter Monday Aquatic
(cont'd from last page)
by Zack Nisbett for his unwavering support. Nisbett said that Lazar for
many years contributed his time to make sure the event was a success
by assisting in any area he could
A cross section of the crowd attending the 52nd annual Easter
Monday Aquatic Games.
Photo shows Mr. Clayton "Massive" Thomas, a young Kittitian businessman,
residing in New York, who earlier this week, presented a lap-top computer to the
Managing Editor of the Labour Spokesman, Mr. Dawud Byron
We hereby record our profound appreciation and gratitude to Mr. Thomas for this
timely and generous donation and we wish to assure him that it will be put to optimal
use by the newspaper.
Participants do a back stroke in one of the swimming competitions
at the Easter Monday Aquatic Games.
www.time4lime.com. Promotion runs March 24 to May 10, 2010. LIME Terms and Conditions apply.
- NEWS -
Ike Labour Spokesman
14 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
It is for me a great pleasure, privilege and honour to be able to share
inthe Official Opening of this the 10th CARICOM Social Security Games;
and in fact, in all of the various activities organized around the games.
I trust that your "Meet and Greet" activity and the Scenic Island
Tour went well and that by now you are feeling very much at home, as
"one people, one Region" in unity. For in the end, that is what it is all
about; the understanding, that as a unified region, we can survive and
compete for our fair share of economic and social development in this
fiercely competitive world.
This is why I truly believe that the golden era of friendship between
our countries lies ahead of us, not behind.
And so I want again, as Minister with responsibility for Social
Security and on behalf of the Government and People to welcome you,
your families and friends, most heartily to this part of our CARICOM
home, beautiful St. Kitts and Nevis.
It is truly heartwarming to see the numbers from the Social Security
fraternity that has shown up here for the Games. Thank you for your
loyalty to the Games ideals; you are the heart of these Games...... they
were created for you and I know that you are not about to let a little thing
, like "challenging economic times", keep you away.
Tonight we are gathered in this manner, to mark the Official Opening
of the Games, but to celebrate also a decade of institutional camaraderie,
collaboration and enhancement among these CARICOM Social Security
Schemes, and indeed in the wider communities as well.
I want to salute and applaud the founding members of this event,
from the National Insurance Sports and cultural Club (NISCC) of Trinidad
and Tobago, under the stewardship of Ms. Diane Pavy, President, for
this most innovative and progressive move.
It gives great satisfaction to be united like this, not only for these
games, but united in our thrust for new projects, new initiatives and
greater success, in pursuance of our role, as Social Security Schemes, in
making available the necessary assistance and support, for the various
groupings of our peoples.
I tell you, it is truly a blessing that our peoples have access to these
schemes, with all their benefits; regardless of gender, religion, social
status or politics. Our Social Security Schemes have done more to keep
our citizens out of stark poverty and deprivation, than any other
Government initiative advanced.
We owe a debt of gratitude to our Visionaries; here in St. Kitts-
Nevis, the Nation's first National Hero and Premier, the Rt. Excellent
Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw and his team; and you know yours in your
various Countries. Indeed, we salute all pioneers at all levels of
endeavour, all those who have served, and those of you who are serving
now in your various capacities.
As an entity, the Social Security Scheme must be a crucial player in
the Nation's efforts in addressing issues of Human Development, Poverty
Reduction and Economic Growth. The value of your individual roles
therefore must never be under-estimated.
Directors and members of the various boards, you understand too
well that the cost of poor governance, inefficiency, lack of foresight and
stagnation to our Nations could be staggering.
And so we thank you for your prudence to date, in building literally
from the ground, and from our own resources, our blood, our sweat, our
tears, our prayers, our schemes, which are today, towering empires.
My understanding is that all the Schemes have experienced
astronomical growth to date- that is good news!
We are most pleased with our efforts and grateful to the Almighty to
learn that our own Social Security Scheme has now surpassed an asset
base of over $1 Billion Dollars. We have also paid out well over $30
Million in benefits and have achieved universal coverage with the
introduction of self-employed coverage.
But we cannot and must not become complacent regarding our
accomplishments to date; for all over the world, including the USA,
Governments and policy- makers are grappling with ways to make their
own Social Security programmes viable and meaningful for generations
I am aware that our Social Security Board is presently considering a
number of new initiatives inclusive of:
1. At birth Scholarship Fund
2. Un-employment benefits
3. National Health Scheme
And so I remain confident that we are moving in the right direction to
strengthen our socio-economic base.
I challenge us as a Regional
Body though, to give some serious
thought to impacting upon and
enhancing the energy and vitality
of our youth. We simply must
bring onboard more players, as we
struggle throughout the Region,
indeed throughout the world, to
bring under control, the scourge
of crime and violence perpetuated
by some of our youth. This
seriously threaten to undermine
the hard fight for, socio-economic
gains in our Region. It is a battle
we cannot afford loose.
As a CARICOM grouping, we
simply cannot become truly "One
People- One Region" until we
bring all of the skills, talents and
overall human resources, which
reflect the magnificent diversity of
our Countries, to bear, on Nation
We cannot get unity, until we
refrain from tearing down the
threads of mutual respect and
common citizenship that unite us
as a Nation, and as a Region.
I believe that we would have
gone too far, when we allow
conflicts in far- off Lands, to
become sources of dissention and
bitterness here in our home Land.
And we will of course have dis-
unity if we pick and choose which
groups are entitled to respect and
Somehow, I feel inyou, as I feel
in myself, the same simple
conviction that we are not many,
but one. Not a collection of
communities, but one great
resourceful people, bound to each
other, by the promise of equality,
opportunity and justice for all.
This is our home.........our
Let us be proud of it; and of
who we are. We must endeavour
at all times to defend and prosper
Our world today is in need of
peace, tolerance and brotherhood.
We believe that the values of
Games can deliver in this regard.
The local organizing
committee, Chaired by the hard-
working, thoughtful and
resourceful Chairman Mr. Stanley
Franks Jr., and backed by the
Board of Directors and other
corporate groupings, including the
Remarks by the Honourable Sam Condor
at the Official Opening of the
10th CARICOM Social Security Games
Friday 2nd April 2010- Marriot Dome.
Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 01, 2010 (SKNIS): The Ministry of
National Security and related agencies will undergo changes as the
Deputy Prime Minister, Honourable Sam Condor has declared it will
not be "business as usual" in the fight against crime.
"... In fact it will be business unusual," declared Minister Condor
who assumed responsibility for security matters in St. Kitts and Nevis
on February 7, 2010. "You cannot get different results by doing things
the same way."
While addressing the Federal Parliament at the recent Budget
Debate, Minister Condor informed that he had met extensively with
the heads and staff members of various agencies including the Police,
Defence Force and Prisons. He stated that he and his team which
included his Permanent Secretary Astona Browne and Special Advisor
Dr. Norgen Wilson found the tour quite useful and is working on
reforms to "ensure efficient and effective service to the population."
Reforms mentioned include repositioning security personnel.
"We have done a study of our available manpower and their
placement to date and [we will] chart a redeployment plan," the Deputy
Prime Minister revealed, noting that this was in keeping with
suggestions received from the public. "We believe that if we relate
and are sensitive to what the public is asking for we will get their full
support and cooperation."
In addition to building the confidence of the public, members of
the security forces will undergo advanced training in interpersonal
and communication skills as well as collecting and utilizing intelligence
in preventing and solving crimes. Acquiring further resources for the
law men is also high on the agenda.
Deputy Prime Minister Condor stated that greater emphasis will
also be paid to reforming offenders. The construction of the St. Kitts
and Nevis Co-ed Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre is progressing and
the need to provide a more modem and spacious incarceration facility
has spurred plans for a new prison.
The Minister of National Security thanked the security forces
and his team for their hard work and diligence. He expressed
confidence that the continuation of successful strategies, coupled
with a more professionalized and equipped force; as well as upcoming
projects, including building a new training academy and residential
units for the police and defence force would help to reduce the
incidences of crime.
Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has done an excellent job so
far, which I know would be the hallmark throughout the entire weekend.
In staging this event they have put together a package of
entertainment that will demonstrate our commitment to satisfying and
surpassing your expectations.
I wish to thank all staff members and the many volunteers and
organizations who have joined with Social Security to ensure a worthwhile
and most enjoyable stay amongst us.
Their contributions, I believe are being made as part of our mandate
to amongst other things, build social cohesion region -wide, promote
Nation building, preserve our cultural heritage and enhance sport and
I can only now ask that you give these games the magic that we all
deserve; not only through your performances, but also, and above all,
through your unification and shared love and respect.
If the colour and energy we have seen so far is matched by the
quality and intensity of competition, then we are in for a cracking sporting
The Games, it seems continue to have a strong appeal offering as it
does, a venue for spirited, friendly, egalitarian and inspiring competition.
I trust you would have a wonderful weekend amongst us and I know
that you would enjoy feeling better physically, while contributing to the
camaraderie of this well crafted sporting event.
Continue to enjoy our Land of beauty and friendship, and when you
leave please take with you fond memories and renewed commitment to
Again, welcome to our home, your home, St kitts- Nevis. May this
weekend be a resounding success.
Good luck to one and all.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010 15
CARICOM SOCIAL SECURITY GAMES
CARICOM Unity, One Region, One People
The 10th CARICOM Social Security
- A Huge Success
St. Kitts and Nevis hosted the 10th Anniversary of the CARICOM
Social Security Games over this Easter weekend from 1st to 5th April
2010. Over 400 guests from all across the Caribbean spent the weekend
with their local counterparts from the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis,
enabling the event to stand out as a microcosm of regional integration.
On its home turf, St. Kitts and Nevis emerged as the winner of the
actual Sports Day Sunday 4thApril amassing a total of 88 points; ahead
of nearest rivals the British Virgin Islands who scored 74 points. Barbados
racked up 71 points to take the third place position.
The other teams mustered the following point tallies:
4thPlace: St.Lucia (66)
5th Place: Saint.Vincent and The Grenadines (48)
6th Place: Antigua and Barbuda (43)
7thPlace: Guyana (39)
8th Place: Trinidad and Tobago (38)
9thPlace: Grenada (25) andAnguilla (25)
The Sports Day was held under the distinguished patronage of the
Governor General His Excellency Sir Cuthbert Sebastian under whose
watchful eye, along with the intense scrutiny of the Minister of Social
Security Hon. Sam Condor, the host country competed exceptionally
well. It featured a myriad of fun sports mixed with some athletic events.
Highlights of these were the 100 metre dash and 4 X 100 metre relays
for both male and females. In the Directors Race the local competitor
Mrs. Sephlin Lawrence placed second behind the participant from
Anguilla. The crowning moment, however, was the finals of the Tug-O-
War event between Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis. The
host country won with two successive pull downs in a best of three
The games day was preceded by a Parade through the streets of
Basseterre from Greenlands to the Football Stadium. To start the
competitive action all teams delivered a choreographed drill and, or dance
presentation. This was won by Trinidad and Tobago with Barbados in
second place and St. Kitts and Nevis achieving the third position. St.
Kitts and Nevis' choreography was the creation of Ms. Heidi Slack. The
scores allotted to this segment did not form part of the tally of scores in
determining the final positions of teams.
The hosting of the event was made possible by the overwhelming
support of a number of organizations, government departments and
individuals. However, significant special sponsorship was secured from
the following entities:
Platinum Sponsorship The Embassy of the Republic of China
(Taiwan); The St. Kitts Nevis and
Anguilla National Bank Ltd.;
Construction Technologies D. T.
Gold Sponsorship Carib
Breweries Ltd.; Spectrum Inc.
(Florida); St. Kitts Marriott Resort
Development Bank of St. Kitts and
Bronze Sponsorship The
Cable; Caribbean Credit Card
Corporation; Kajola Kristada Ltd.;
Janouras Custom Design (Trinidad
Other Sponsors Royal Bank
Ltd.; Demerara Distillers Ltd.
The games started in 2000
when it was hosted by Trinidad
and Tobago and has been held in
several other countries over the
years: Grenada in 2001; Guyana in
2002; Antigua and Barbuda in
2003; St. Lucia in 2004; Trinidad
and Tobago hosted again in 2005;
Dominica in 2006; Barbados in
2008; and St. Vincent and the
Grenadines in 2009.
The primary purpose of the
annual event is to foster
camaraderie among staff of fellow
Social Security institutions across
the region. However, the event has
tremendous value for tourism in
the respective host countries.
Accordingly, local organizers
enlist the support of corporate and
other sponsors in assisting in
funding the exercise.
The Social Security Board
would like to express thanks and
appreciation to all sponsors and
the many other partners including
government departments, the
corporate community and
numerous groups and individuals
for their support in hosting the
Governor General Minister Condor and Director Lawrence observe the action from the VIP area(2)
Games Chairman Stanley Franks Jr presents award to local athletes
in close proximity to flags ofROC Taiwan and St Kitts and Nevis
10th Anniversary of the CARICOM Social Security Games.
Public Relations Department
Project Finance Deal of the
Year for 2009
BRIDGETOWN, April 6,2010. FirstCaribbean has been awarded the
Project Finance Latin America Project Bond Deal of the Year, for its role
as joint lead arranging bank and local placement agent in the US$265
million financing for the redevelopment of the Lynden Pindling
International Airport in Nassau, The Bahamas.
In March last year, FirstCaribbean successfully placed the following
facilities: The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) B$30M
and US$12M, 22.75-year Senior Notes and US$60M and B$10M, 25-year
Participating Debt Facility.
FirstCaribbean acted as placement agent for the local currency portion
of the Senior Notes and the subordinated Participating Debt Facility.
FirstCaribbean also assisted in placing the USD portion of the financing
locally, due to the depressed US Financial market.
FirstCaribbean's Managing Director, Investment Banking & Sector
Specialist Sovereigns, Ian Chinapoo, noted that the win is an
acknowledgement of the overall strategy which the bank has put in
place to create growth opportunities within the current environment.
"As our clients evolve and adapt to new market and business realities in
the region and beyond, we must anticipate their challenges and
opportunities, positioning ourselves to be their Strategic Partner," he
Project Finance Magazine is Euromoney Publications' flagship
international infrastructure finance title. It has been publishing for 26
years and covers a range of sectors including gas, power, renewables,
transport and public-private partnership.
The Project Finance Awards, the first in the industry and started
eleven years ago, are for innovation, deal repeatability, best practice,
problem solving, risk mitigation and speed of delivery in the financing of
infrastructure projects, large or small.
The 11th awards dinner for the Americas region was held last month
in New York.
16 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
Dr Harris commends
SDA church for its
BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (April 6, 2010)- Senior Minister and area
parliamentary representative for St. Christopher Seven (Belle Vue to
Ottleys'), Dr Timothy Harris, is commending the Molyneux Seventh
Day Adventist Church for its fine example of inculcating healthy lifestyles
among the youth.
"I commend them for targeting young people because if these values
and principles of healthy living can be inculcated at a tender age, then
the young are less likely to forget them and it means that the next
generation would be more successful in terms of their own mental, spiritual
and physical wellbeing," commented Dr Harris.
The minister made the remarks Sunday afternoon at the Molyneux
Seventh Day Adventist Church, where the Mind and Body Health
Education Club held a concert in honour of the elderly from the
surrounding communities. The club which was formed in July 2008, caters
for all members of the community, ages five to 75, irrespective of their
According to Dr Harris, the club which is coordinated by the church's
education secretary and retired teacher, Emily Mills, was doing a
commendable job and he thanked them for remembering and attempting
to inculcate healthy lifestyles in a holistic approach to healthy living.
"It is also good that at this particular moment they have sought to
remember the elderly in the various communities," observed Minister
Harris. "It was regret that many more of them were not able to make it
because of competing events on Easter Sunday. Nonetheless, the thought
of the less fortunate, less physically able at this moment in time is a good
one, and one which I find to be very encouraging."
After prayers were offered by Elder Collin Tyrell, the event set off on
avery high note, when Emily Mills invited the first performer, 95-year old
Lucretia Browne, to sing. She was one of the few that rendered two
songs as she came back towards the end. Following Ms Browne's
performance, another senior citizen, 76-year old Lewis Phipps, took to
the podium with a rendition.
When the Constituency Number Seven group took to the stage,
their parliamentary area representative, Dr Timothy Harris, was one of
the singers. Others who performed were Eunice Venetta Glasford, and
the junior members of the Mind and Body Health Education Club led by
Shermel Welcome who rendered the song 'All things bright and
Education Secretary and events
coordinator Emily Mills.
Members of Constituency Seven Group, including Senior Minister Dr Timothy Harris, in performance.
21st Century entertainment,
according to event's coordinator
Emily Mills, was brought on stage
by two members of Grace and
Mercy Dancers, Khadija Caines
and Avis Crossley. Other
renditions came from Arnold
Julius, Erickson Wescott, Eliza
Mills, and a duet by Kristyl Bristol
and shinelle Willett.
"The event went on well,"
commented Dr Harris. "Those who
sang did so with much sincerity
and the audience did appreciate.
It reminds me there is so much
talent in the constituency and we Performing of a duet by shinelle Willett (left) and Kristyl Bristol.
need to be able to bring more joy
and more fun to the lives of '7
ordinary people in our respective
He noted that he would
immediately start working towards
bringing people together more
often in a loving and a sharing way,
as in that way the communities
would end up being more healthy
and cohesive "and this certainly
will go a long way in creating civic
pride, civic values, and respect for
each other and certainly should
redound in a diminution in the ) "
criminal and antisocial Making a 21st presentation are Khadija Caines (left) andAvis
behaviours." Crossley, two members of Grace and Mercy Dancers.
95-year old Lucretia Browne
rendering her second song.
The trio of from left, Eunice Venetta Glasford, Eliza Mills and
Members of the Mind and Body Health Education Club.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010 17
V. E. INNISS
Tke Mission of
With Easter still fresh in our minds let us
examine the topic for today. We are all familiar with the churches'
commission to go into all the world and preach gospel"....... Today
we shall follow through on the Easter Story and ask ourselves
"Why did the Saviour, come to earth to die for us, after all?
First a text: "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered
unto, but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many" (Math
20:28). Our Lord here sets himself before His disciples as a pattern
of humility and usefulness.
Never was there such an example of humility and
condescension as these was in the life of Christ who came not to
be ministered unto but to minister. He was indeed ministered to as
a poor man, but He was never ministered to as a great man.
He once washed His disciples' feet but we never read that
they washed His feet. He came to minister help to all that were in
distress. He made himself a servant to the sick and distressed.
He was always ready to respond to their requests as ever any
servant was and took as much pains to serve them.
Never was there such an example of beneficence and
usefulness as there was in the death of Christ. "He gave His life
a ransom for many". He lived as a servant, and went about doing
good but He died as a sacrifice and in that He did the greatest
good to all.
He came into the world on purpose to give His life a ransom.
He gives His honour and life to a ransom for His subjects. It was
a ransom for many, sufficient for all, effectual for many, and, if
for many then saith the poor doubting soul, "Why not for me?"
Now this is a good reason why we should not strive for
precedence, because the cross is our banner, and the Master's
death is our life. It is a good reason why we should study to do
good. The nearer we are all concerned in, and the more we are
advantaged by, the humility and humiliation of Christ, the more
ready and careful we should be to imitate it. After all, He left us
as example, that we should follow His steps" (1 Peter 2:21).
HE CAME TO DIE
Christ came to fulfil every prophecy given of Him. He died on
the Cross in the midst of scoffing sinners who laughed at His
One example of fulfilled prophecy is seen in Isaiah 53 where it
says "But He was wounded for
our transgressions, He was
bruised for our iniquity, the
chastisement of our peace was
upon Him, and with His stripes
we are healed. All we like
sheep have gone astray; we
have turned everyone to his
own way; and the Lord hath laid
on Him the iniquity of us all"
(Is. 53: 5-6).
The tragic deaths of many we
can understand. Men are human
and weak. Human beings make
mistakes. Human beings disagree
with each other. Sadly we can
think of a long list of persons who
were killed by an assassin's bullet
or by martyrdom. But their death
or cause is not the same as our
When we speak of the death
of Jesus Christ, we speak of One
dying by cruel crucifixion. One
who knew no sin and One who had
done harm to no man. Christ laid
down His life.
Christ, the Man with all power
died for the sins of the world. The
One with all power died that
salvation might be offered to all
Therefore, I must declare that
Christ must be in the centre of all
our thinking. Our nation is doomed
unless we being Christ back into
the centre of it.
Christ must be in the centre of
the home. The standards must be
uplifted and held as guiding
banners for every individual. By
extension, Christ must be the
centre of the life of every
individual. Whenever we find a
great life, we'll find Christ in the
centre of it.
TO REDEEM SINFUL
Earlier I mentioned the word
"Ransom". I return to it as it ties in
with this sub-section. Ransom is
the price paid to release someone
from slavery, in modem times it
has taken on additional meaning.
Suffice it to say in the New
Testament Christ became the
ransom to release his people form
Satan's bondage and slavery. Our
text for today makes that point
"Forasmuch as ye know that
ye are not redeemed with
corruptible things as silver and
gold, from your vain conversation
received by tradition from your
fathers. But with the precious
blood of Christ, as a Lamb without
blemish and without spot". (1
Peter 1: 18-19).
To redeem means to buy back,
or to buy again to pay a price. It
also means to deliver and bring out
of bondage those who are kept
Note these lines from a hymn
- "Nor silver nor gold hath
obtained my redemption. Nor
riches of earth could have saved
my poor soul, The blood of the
Cross is my only foundation, the
death of my Saviour now maketh
lust when we stMJia fJun
Her fti me I sl
One year ago, AfpN
OWen sister, mother grandma other andaunt
'7smW V.J. o die tMfy ffidtt)flew into god'sflowergarden
We miss ier
WiVialways love ier
But Godshoswedf e movess her best
'lhen he said Esmie,
come meet your mother, father, family andfriends
Join tfem a in my beautcfgarden
Signed: Frances Boddie (sister) on behalf of the family.
Oh, His mighty power to save men! His power to transform the vilest
That brings me to saying this: Are you prepared to meet the Lord?
Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord?
Remember, He came to redeem, but your will and mine must be
submissive and we must receive Him just as we are without one plea. He
died upon the Cross to save us when He shouted form the Cross, "It is
finished! He died that we might live; that we might go at last to Heaven
saved by His precious blood.
Let us praise the Father through His Son, who so vast a work has
done. Trust Him today!
Si'In Loving Memory of a dear beloved
Husband, Father, Grandfather & Brother
George Joseph French
Who passed on to Glory on April 7th, 1987
When the Father says "Come Home"
And open wide the door
We are sad because we won't see,
Our loved one anymore,
And yet we know, beyond that door,
There's a glorious place,
Where he will see his Saviour's face,
He could not stay another day, to laugh, to love & work,
It seems almost impossible that he had left.
So come on somebody, anybody, everybody,
Say goodbye, God wants me now, for now I am free.
You'll always be remembered
by wife Phoebian; children Ethel, Rosanna, Sarah &
Dalice; grandchildren & Brother John French
In Loving Memory Of
A Loving Father & Grandfather
Who was called home to glory
on April 11th, 2006
Gone but not forgotten
Beyond Earth's sorrows, the joys of Heaven
Eternal blessings with Christ my Lord
Earth's weeping ended, earth's trials over
9weet rest in Jesus, 0' blest reward
Vanderlyn Petty on behalf of the entire family.
I -NEWS I
i(dr ui :jY
mals and much rr
Small Package Service
starts at $35 USD
+ applicable destination charges
SPS shipments must have advanced
reservation to take advantage of this special
For packages weighing
up to 601bs
Additional services are
available upon request:,
- Cargo Insurance
- Customs clearance
- Door delivery
" Note: Small Package Service is
an Airport t Airport Service
SFor information contact
'St. Maarten: 599-545-2952
or e-mail at: email@example.com
St. Kitts: 869-466-9595
or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010 S -19
Dear Reader The Elections of 2010 are behind us now. We have a Labour Administration. The
overseas observers have proclaimed that the Elections were fair. We observed the bottom or posterior of our
religious fowls, we witnessed the little children in pampers behaviour of our newly elected Opposition
We were presented with the first Budget of Dr. Denzil Douglas, who is the Minister of Finance. Abrilliant
presentation, outlining the harsh realities we as a small island nation face in the environment of the huge
global financial debacle.
We have listened to the usual plenty froth and little mawby presentation of the Opposition in their wishful
theme of doom and gloom and we ask the question, "Where do we go from here?" Are we going to travel the
road of doom and gloom for another sixty months?" Are we ever going to change course by abandoning our
diapers and replace them with the pants, the trousers and the breaches of more matured men?
Dear Reader, it cannot be business as usual. If our little nation is to survive, we have to adhere to the motto
of our Nation "Country Above Self'. Pure and simple; to do otherwise is to wreak havoc on our Nation, its
inhabitants and those who have found favour, living amongst us. We just cannot circumvent the golden rule.
If we preach doom and gloom be prepared to suffer doom and gloom in your daily affairs.
If you change to a more positive approach, success and growth will be the order of the day. Your thoughts
and your attitude attract what will attend you in the months and years to come. You cannot want to be Prime
Minister of this country and can only see doom and gloom. To continue in this vein is to thwart your ambition.
There is a certain gentleman in this Nation who is a member of the CIC and a Managing Director of a
company in Basseterre. When the Labour Party took over the reins of Government from the People's Action
Movement, which had earned our beautiful land, internationally, the disgraceful and embarrassing name of
"Devils' Island", this gentleman's company was barely eking out 3 million ($3,000,000) dollars profit.
Between 1995 and 2009, the profits of this company skyrocketed to eighteen million dollars (18, 000,000).
One would have thought that this gentleman would pay great respect to the Labour Administration of Dr.
Denzil Douglas for creating the economic environment in which the profits of this company spared.
The economic environment was brought about, due to the empowerment engendered by Dr. Douglas.
Empowering the ordinary people with land and houses, generates good business for the two firms in St. Kitts,
which sell building materials and household appliances.
When an ordinary person gets a starter home, in most cases, within three months, they have started to
paint the house. If they have not, they have begun to tile and put in cupboards to suit themselves. They are
moving into their new homes and so, they need new beds for the children and themselves. Some of them over-
do their expenditure, but always to the benefit of these two firms.
If I was a businessman and my firm's profits had soared from three million to 18 million in fourteenyears,
I would have been singing the praises of Dr. Denzil Douglas and his Administration. That is, dear reader, if I
was a businessman only. You see, dear reader, this particular businessman has a hidden agenda. His business
is the predecessor of a firm which owned most of the land in St. Kitts. Although he was born under humble
beginnings, his association with certain families, has afflicted him with the MPM virus (Massa Plantation
He hates to see ordinary people owning land, owning their own homes and furnishing their homes just like
his home. He hates to see the children of those who work on estates sitting in class with his children. He hates
to see the children and grandchildren of cane cutters, drain sweepers, domestic servants going on to Sixth
Form and the Fitzroy Bryant College. He hates to see that. So in the 2010 Elections, this gentleman spent
reportedly huge sums of money campaigning for the People's Action Movement. Mind you, he cannot fault
the government for any decline in his business activity, for his profits have increased.
But he is madly vexed because the ordinary man and woman in this country are being empowered. And this
is a black man (although he might not think so, until he travels abroad). This is the thinking of the old school.
It goes to show that the Labour Party is the Party of the ordinary people. It goes to show that the Labour Party
is the Party of progressive ideas. It goes to show that the Labour Party is the right party to be at the helm of
the Ship-of-State in
turbulent economic waters
What this gentleman i
to do is to take away the p
powers and combine his
family's economic power,
our very existence here in
would depend upon their
whim and fancy. In other
they want to return us to ti
of 1834 when slavery was sc
abolished, but we still live
I am grieved by the fa
some of our more ed
extensions of our forefath
mothers are blinded by
cannot really see the strug
is being waged by two firm
There is the Managing I
of a certain firm who goes
office without so much as
a good morning to his
Imagine that, in this 21 st C
we have bosses behaving 1
and we talk about cu
service. Charity begins
workplace. The employee
be made to feel as if he o
important and a part
working team, for it is tot
work which will result
success of the business.
We cannot allow the 1
PAM and their bu
associates to return us to tl
of the Plantation. They be
us for making such huge
and we are not prepared to return.
We the sons and daughters of the
oppressed must begin to think of
We have witnessed the growth
of the National Bank from a penny
savings bank to the most
* progressive local bank in the
Caribbean, if not the world.
S If the business community can
\ be making these huge profits and
still despise us, we must retain our
these spending money from them and
s. purchase our goods from those
s trying who treat us with dignity and
and the We can also get together with
so that, our dollar and cents to form our
;t. Kitts own cooperative building
r every materials department, and ordering
words, our cement, lumber, nails and other
he days building materials. We have the
o-called economic power on our hands.
d under They are not mightier than us.
They want to re-enslave us by
ct, that wrestling the political power from
ucated us. Remember that there was a time
ers and when they had it all.
y their Labour and Mr. Bradshaw
its and wrestled away the political power
gle that from them. We stopped short from
is in St. completing the revolution because
we did not have the trained
Director personnel to take up the battle for
into his the economic power.
uttering We have quite a few who are
staff, trained and conscious of their
century, roots who can manage the
ike that businesses we establish. We do
stomer not want to form companies where
in the those with the most shares cantake
has to over the affairs. We want
r she is companies where a man is a man.
of the All members or shareholders have
al team one vote, regardless of the
in the amount of shares one holds. This
is one way of bringing respect and
ikes of dignity to us all. The battle is not
siness an easy one, but it can be
he days successful. Give it a chance.
strides (To be continued)
Ma Pau casino has joined
the list of many companies
offering continued assistance to
the people of Haiti. However,
despite already making
significant contributions in terms
of financial and other
assistance to aid continuous
relief efforts, Ma Pau has
stepped up further. The
company has announced that it
will be providing sponsorship to
aid in the effective
dissemination of information
from Haiti. This sponsorship
according to the company
seeks to highlight the sufferings
experience by the people.
As such, the casino will be
playing major and key role in
sponsoring the visit of a media
delegation to Haiti. The three
member delegation seeks to
highlight, sensitize and promote
the sufferings, challenges and
issues of grave and serious
concerns. The delegation will
be in Haiti for some two odd
Manager of the St Kitts Ma
Pau Casino, Charlene Edwards
in speaking to this media house
pointed out that her company
is very excited and eager to
participate in this initiative.
Edwards who recently took
over the reigns of the St Kitts
operations after some 15 odd
years in St Maarten noted that
Ma Pau ha been known over
the years for its continued
charitable efforts. The St Kitts
Manager stressed that the
company recognizes the
importance of contributing to
charitable events in an effort to
enhance and alleviate the
difficulties and challenges
faced by people. She said that
her company will continue to
seek to promote and assist
organizations and individuals in
enhancing and assisting those
affected by natural and other
"Since the establishment of
the first Ma Pau in 1992 in
Trinidad we have always been
coming to the aid and help of
those that have requested it. As
such, Ma Pau see its role as a
good corporate citizen in
assisting in whatever way
possible," Edwards said. This
she noted will aid in alleviating
the sufferings and challenges
being experienced by others.
The St Kitts Manager pointed
out that while the company
continues to grow with a
number of other Caribbean
islands opening Ma Pau
Casinos, the company's gesture
to provide major sponsorship
will seek to provide relief
through highlighting the
difficulties and challenges that
the thousands of displaced
Haitians are encountering daily.
According to United Nations,
the January 12th 7.0 devastating
earthquake has left some 350,000
odd persons dead while another
500,000 odd were injured and over
1.5 million displaced. Echoing
similar sentiments that are being
made by a number of corporate
Caribbean companies Edwards
stressed that the region should
recognize the importance of
educating and sensitizing the
public on the real situation.
Edwards declared that her
Managing Director has continued
to give the assurance that a united
and committed approach has to be
taken towards Haiti thus ensuring
that the people can make a full and
successful recovery. She noted
that the Ma Pau casinos around
the world will continue to lend
help adding that when Suriname
open their doors later this year they
will join the others in aiding
significantly in their respective
The Casino Manager declared
that the company's founder John
Wallis decision to open the
Trinidad originated company has
resulted in significant fruits adding
that it has grown significantly
resulting in Ma Pau casinos being
established in several parts of the
Nevis Cotton Farmers
assistance from Japan
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
(L-R) The Nevis Sea Island Cotton Producers Co-operative President
Mr Winston Pinney receives grant cheque from Counsel and Deputy
Head of Mission at the Embassy ofJapan in Trinidad and Tobago
Mr Kiyoshi Kateuchi while (seated L-R) Minister ofAgriculture
Hon. Robelto Hector and Director ofAgriculture on Nevis MrA
Keithley Amory look on.
CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (APRIL 01, 2010)- The Nevis Sea Island
Cotton Producers Co-operative (NESICOPS) received US$97,046. from
the Japan Grant Assistance for Grass Roots Human Security on Monday,
for the establishment of a proper irrigation system for Sea Island Cotton
The cheque was presented to the Co-operative's President Mr.
Winston Pinney by Counsel and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy
of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago Mr. Kiyoshi Kateuchi at a signing
ceremony to the Ministry of Agriculture's Conference Room at Prospect.
Minister of Agriculture in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA)
Hon. Robelto Hector was present at the ceremony and in remarks thanked
the Government of Japan for its invaluable assistance to the cotton
farmers of Nevis.
"I want to thank you at this time when farmers find it a difficult time
in attracting loan funds, a time when climate change, global warming are
some things that we have to grapple with...we have had a long and
established relationship with the Japanese Government and one that I
would dare say we would continue," he said.
Mr. Hector also underscored the significance of cotton as an important
foreign exchange earner for the island.
"The issue of cotton production must always be looked along the
same lines as we speak of foreign exchange and as a small country, we
want to make sure that we produce something that can help with our
balance of trade," he said.
The Minister praised the cotton farmers for their decision to become
a registered cooperative society and urged other groups whose focuses
was also on agricultural production to do the same. He reminded them
that, that type of organisation was one avenue through which Nevis
had developed over the years.
Mr. Hector also told the Department of Agriculture officials that he
held them responsible for the progress on the grant fund.
"I am not satisfied until I see cotton in St. Kitts and I want you to find
strategic means to get cotton planted in St, Kitts.
"I would say to you that when we would have done that, I would feel
that we would have taken that other important stride in the vision and
direction of cotton production," he said.
Meantime, Mr. Kateuchi noted that the Grant Assistance for Human
Security Project programme was designed to assist nongovernmental
organizations such as Sea Island Cotton Producers Cooperative Society
Limited with development type projects.
The programme's focus, he said, was on deficiencies and needs in
the area of human security, an area in which the Government of Japan
had placed high regard to address worldwide.
"This grant will lend support to the ... programme of Sea Island Cotton
Producers Cooperative Society Limited as it seeks to improve the
production of Sea Island cotton and to increase the financial status of
the cotton growers...
"I also think that the implementation of this project will contribute
significantly to improve the Nevis economy," he said.
The Japan Government Official regarded the cooperation between
his country and Nevis as necessary given the number of global issues
faced in today's world among them climate change and the economic
"With regard to climate change, my country understands the urgency
with which this issue must be addressed by each country. As such
Members of the Nevis Sea Island Cotton Producers Co-operative and Agriculture personnel at the grant
Japan has pledged to reduce its
emissions by 25 percent by 2020
and it is considering including its
financial and technical assistance
to European countries...
"I hope that Japan and St. Kitts
and Nevis will share a greater
responsibility in coping with
climate change in the future both
laterally and bilaterally," he said.
Mr. Kateuchi reminded that St.
Kitts and Nevis had shared
friendly relations and the
ceremony showed how bilateral
relations were built not only
interaction but also through
cooperative efforts on a
community based grass roots
Keesha Jones appointed TDC
(Nevis) Limited Directorsm Auhori (NTA) since
The St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla
Trading and Development
Company (TDC) is pleased to
announce the appointment of Ms.
Keesha Jones to the Board of TDC
Ms. Jones who joined the TDC
Group fourteen (14) years ago is
presently the Manager of the
Nevis branch of FINCO, the St.
Kitts-Nevis Finance Company.
She began as a Clerk at TDC
Rentals in 1996, where she
acquitted herself well. In 2001, she
was granted study leave by the
Company and pursued studies at
the University of the Virgin Islands
(UVI) where she graduated Summa
Cum Laude (top of the class) in
2004, receiving a Bachelors Degree
in Business Administration with a
concentration in Marketing.
Upon her return to the
Federation in 2004, she was
appointed the Assistant Manager
in the TDC Home and Building
Depot (Nevis) where she
functioned as a member of the
Group's Marketing Team with
responsibility for its Nevis
operation. She was then appointed
to her present position at the helm
of the FINCO branch office in
Nevis in January 2007.
A daughter of Cotton Ground,
Ms. Jones got her early education
at the St. Thomas' Primary School
while her High School years were
spent at the Charlestown
The avid sports enthusiast is
also active in her Community, as
well as, Church and has been a
Director on the Board of the Nevis
She has also functioned in the
NTA in the capacity of Deputy
Chairperson in 2008 and the
Acting Chairperson in 2009. While
she performs this busy schedule,
Ms. Jones is currently pursuing a
Masters degree in Finance at the
University of Leicester and is
expected to graduate in the
summer of 2010.
The Board of Directors of TDC
takes this opportunity to publicly
congratulate Ms. Jones and
expresses its confidence in her
ability to meet the challenges and
capitalize on the many
opportunities that this new
position will bring.
Picture: Ms. Keesha Jones
newly appointed Director of TDC
visiting St Kitts
for ICC World
There will be 8 women's
cricket teams visiting St Kitts for
the first leg of the ICC World 20/
20 West Indies 2010 Series of
matches which are scheduled for
5-10 May 2010.
Attached is the schedule of
the matches which will be held
at Warner Park, Basseterre, St
Kitts 5-10 May 2010.
Warm up matches will be
held on 2 May 2010 at St Paul's
and Molineaux grounds and on
3 May 2010 at St Paul's and
PLEASE COME OUTAND
HELP US "BRING IT" TO THE
See page 22 for schedule
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010 "SPO 21
One Love Country Again!
Unbeatable! By now it is clear that Jamaica is unbeatable in Caribbean sports and games. After
several years of domination, the Reggae Country is yet to be out-performed at the regional annual CARIFTA
On 3-5 April 2010, at the Cayman Islands, they run away with the XXXIX CARIFTA Games (one of the
leading Junior track and field Championships in the world). As at April 07, the medal count on the official
Carifta Games website read: Jamaica (72); Trinidad and Tobago (40); The Bahamas (29); Barbados (18);
Martinique (6) and Grenada (4). All the rest of the 26 participating countries carried away one or no hardware.
The contenders (I have deliberately not said competitors) were Trinidad and Tobago who got 12 gold, 16
silver and 12 bronze; The Bahamas who carried away 6 gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze and Barbados who
clutched 3 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze.
The undisputed champions, Jamaica, took away 37 gold, 22 silver and 13 bronze medals. What domination!
- they have done that every year for along time without any upset..
Some of the meet's top performers included Odean Skeen of Wolmer's Boys, who captured the sprint
double with a record run of 20.84 in the 200m; Kemoy Campbell, who won the Under-20 boys 5000m in a
record 14:34.34 minutes; and Frederick Dacres, who led a Jamaican one-two in the boys Under-17 discus, with
a throw of 52.99 metres, beating the previous record of 52.79.
That is quite a run of form for the Jamaicans. In 1972, Austin Sealy inaugurated the CARIFTA Games to
mark the transition from the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) to the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM). CARIFTA was meant to enhance relations between the English-speaking countries of the
Caribbean after the dissolution of the West Indies Federation, but the CARIFTA Games took that idea a step
further, including the French and Dutch Antilles in an annual junior track and field championship meet.The
meet which normally conducted over three days during the Easter period, consists of two age categories for
boys and girls: under-17 andunder-20, the latter in line with the International Association of Athletics Federations
(IAAF) guidelines for junior athletes. The meet is run entirely under IAAF rules. The Games have produced
Olympians like, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, Darrel Brown of Trinidad, Kim Collins of St Kitts-Nevis, Pauline Davis-
Thompson of the Bahamas, Alleyne Francique of Grenada and Obadele Thompson of Barbados and our very
own, Kareem Streete-Thompson, Cydonie Mothersill and Ronald Forbes.
Congratulations are in order for the young athletes of Jamaica and for the other top performers in the
There is a secret for the prolonged success a greedy appetite for excellence! Amazingly, the Jamaican
coach David Riley is still not satisfied. He still has ground to cover. While impressed with the overall performance
of the Jamaican team, has some areas to work on. He was particularly impressed with the field events contingent
and believes that signals a bright future for the country in that area. Despite not dominating in the traditional
bread and butter 100m sprint events bagging only two out of a possible eight medals Jamaica tallied an
impressive 22 of their 72-medal haul in the field events. Eleven of the medals were gold.
He noted, 11 \\ a good to see the throwers and high jumpers in such good form, especially the Under-20
highjump. It is the first in a long while that we were winning that and it was a strong performance. Overall, even
though we lost some ground in terms of our medals in the sprints, the field events brought our tally back to
what we were used to. We didn't take our best team and some of the athletes did not run in their strongest
events, but we were not surprised by any of the other countries, they came to win specific events and all
things considered I think we could have had a much stronger performance."
In the welcome Reception at the Norman Manley International Airport, the Minister of Youth, Culture and
Sports, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, lauded the athletes for their accomplishments, "These inspiring young people
have made us all proud. Winning the Games not only retains our hold on the title, but has strengthened our
reputation as leaders in track and field. "The excellent performances of this junior team in the short and
distance races, as well as in the field events, are good signals that Jamaica's future in track and field is
Peter Adrien is an author and sports analyst. His latest United
Nation's sponsored book, Sport Tourism, a must-read for policy
makers, tourism investors, hoteliers, academics and students is
now available. Call Peter at 869-6689752; 869-4651603 or email
email@example.com for a copy.
Visit Peter's website WWW.goadriens.com.
Jamaica is definitely the undisputed regional sports champions;
the sports business centre of the Caribbean; and the sport tourism
destination of the English-speaking Caribbean; and the dominant sport
competitor in the international sport industry. Bravo! We may not be
benefiting from the pecuniary returns, but we certainly benefit from the
international goodwill with the unavoidable returns that are generated
from being part of the Caribbean landscape.
You would recall that the young athletes from the Land of the Blue
Mountain Coffee dominated the meet when it was first hosted here in
2008. In fact, in that historic event (St Kitts were hosting the regional
event for the first time at her newly built Silver Jubilee Stadium, at Bird
Rock), Jamaica again established her superiority in Caribbean sport on
22-24 March 2008. The top performers were Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago
and The Bahamas. These were only countries in the double digit medal
count. At that time, I wrote, "One Love Country" has dominated the
2008 StKitts and Nevis CARIFTA GAMES, and reinforced her dominance
in regional sport."
There is a lesson to be learnt. Jamaica did not just get where they are.
There is a planning, investment and management that drive that persistent
success. The performance of the Jamaicans in the track and field is a
reflection of the overall high performances of the competitive sports in
the island. Just as the senior athletes have dominated Caribbean track
and field, the young athletes has dominated the Junior Carifta Games
since its inception. On the cricket field, Jamaica has continued to perform
very well as reflected in her representation on the West Indies Team. In
football, Jamaica is the regional leader having established a superior
professional stream to her regional competitors Of course we remember
the home-based Reggae Boyz which made it to the Soccer World Cup. In
basketball, they are also going professional. Jamaica is indeed, the
regional sport destination no grudging!
Jamaica's superiority in the Caribbean sporting arena is well
established. Caribbean countries which are serious in developing sport
business and sport tourism could learn much from them if they would
only evaluate their sport business strategy.
Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 1,
2010 (SKNIS): Government's
investment in the sporting
infrastructure and athletes in St.
Kitts and Nevis has been
worthwhile and continues to bring
Minister of Youth
Empowerment and Sports,
Honourable Glenn Phillip debated
during the Budget session of the
National Assembly that the
Federation has a number of high
quality sporting facilities which
will be further utilized to advance
the development of local athletes.
"In 2010 our Federation will be
hosting the ICC 20/20 Female
Cricket Competition in May, and
will serve as host venue for several
cricket teams from England, who
are quite impressed with our
facilities. Then we will be hosting
one of the test matches of the
South Africa versus West Indies
Series in June," he stated.
"Additionally, another major event
will be taking place at the Silver
Jubilee Stadium, where we host the
Caribbean Union of Teachers,
(C.U.T.) Track and Field
Championship in July when some
20 countries are scheduled to
"These events certainly
provide adequate testimony to
justify the investment made by
Government in our sport facilities,
which not only help to motivate
our national athletes to achieve
excellence, but serve to enhance
our Sport Tourism Development,
and the economic impact which
results to the benefit of our
people," Minister Phillip stressed.
Two of the aforementioned
English teams arrived on British
Airways (BA) last Saturday. A
third group came on the inaugural
weekly BA Tuesday service, this
week. The groups which
comprises of junior and senior
teams are members of the United
Sports Club. The visit was
organized by former national
player Harwood Williams who
resides in the U.K. and is affiliated
with the club.
While appearing on this
week's edition of SKNIS
Perspectives, Williams noted that
a group of expatriates first toured
St. Kitts and Nevis in 2005. In2006,
he brought teams from
Dunnington and since then groups
have visited annually with the
exception of one year.
"When they (English teams)
first came here, the infrastructure
that was in their head as opposed
to what they came and saw, was
two totally different things, so that
allowed them to then go back and
convince the others, so that is
what's working well," Williams
The firsthand accounts of the
hospitality, quality sporting
facilities and various tourism
offerings have helped the tour to
expand from a little more than
twenty persons to 115 persons
expected on this visit to play
netball, football and cricket.
Williams added that the
benefits to the economy are
undeniable. He explained that
35,000.00 was spent with local
agents in preparation for the tour.
Further spending will take place
over the coming weeks up to the
April 17th conclusion of the tour.
The former national athlete
confessed that he was impressed
withthe addition of the BAweekly
service and the overall
progression of the twin island
"For me who grew up here [and
considering] where it is now,
words can't quite explain how far
we have gone."
Williams was confident that the
visit of the Dunnington Sports
Club would continue into the
ADVERTISE WITH LUS
-B ot SO fCI:S
TOP CARIBBEAN CLUB
TEAMS TO PARTICIPATE IN
Basseterre, St.Kitts :-Four of the Caribbean's top Club teams will be
in St.Kitts to take part in the Official Opening of the Basketball season
here this weekend
Basketball City will once come alive on Sunday April 1 th when the
St.Kitts Amateur Basketball Association (SKABA) hosts the Champion
Basketball teams from neighboring Antigua & Barbuda and the British
The two teams are expected to be on island by Saturday April 10th
and will engage local club teams in matches on Saturday and Sunday
The visiting basketball teams are the Defence Force Warriors, the
2010 Antiguan Super 8 champions and Talk Dat the BVI Basketball
Federation 2009 Champions.
Featured host teams are 2009 defending SKABA Champions
Horsford's Ghetto Roots and former Champions Ram's Hitters.
The Defence Force Warriors feature some of Antigua's top national 2
players including Marlon "Buju" Charles, Mario "Little" Davis, Shawn
"Gizmo" Williams, fo
Raviel Burton, Walton "Bundie" Christian. The BVI Champs are ch
centered around Guard Ronnie "Gola" Simmonds and Nathaniel "Nat" Si
On Saturday The Warriors will engage the Champion team from the 2(
Challengers Community League in Challengers. The team will then play
Hitters Guard Marlon Jah Love Powell swarmed by Ghetto Roots
defenders in 2008finals
ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010 Match Schedule -
(integrated with men's tournament from semi-final stage)
Wed 5 May West Indlesv South Africa
England v Australia
Frt 7 May Australia v South Africa
Englandv. West Indies
Sun 9 May England vSouth Africa
Australia vWest Indias
Wed 12 May
Sat 15 May
SEEDINGS FOR WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT
Group A Group B
1. England 2. NewZealand
3. Australia 4. India
5. West Indies 6. Sri Lanka
7. South Africa 8. Pakistan
The Labour Spokesman
r; ,,, Super 8 Champions Defense Force Warrior
Ghetto Roots flashy forward
109 SKABA Champions Ghetto Roots celebrates
irmer SKABA national
lampions the Ram's Hitters on
unday in Game 1 of the highly
iticipated official opening of the
)10 SKABA League.
The BVI Champions Talk Dat
ill play the Defending SKABA
champions the Horsford's Ghetto
oots in Game 2 on the opening
ght of the LIME sponsored
According to officials of the
ntigua team the players are
;enly anxious to play Hitters once
aain here on St.Kitts. According
coach Bradbury Browne the
warriors are looking forward to
watching their skills against the
.Kitts Champions Hitters.
rowne indicated that he was keen
n viewing how well his team will
watch up against one of the top
ubs in St.Kitts once again. The
Warriors defeated Hitters on the
)ening night last season and the
itters will be certain to try and
act some revenge after being
;feated on their home turf in front
thousands of their hometown
"I expect another exciting and
;enly contested match-up and
aring in mind that we suffered a
ugh loss to the
Warriors last year we are
finitelyy excited and anxious to
ce them once again to redeem
irselves after the tough lost last
;ar," said Hitters Coach, James
Barman" Hanley. "We have been
training for some time now in
eparation for the start of the
ague and the Antiguan Super 8
champions willbe the perfect team
guage our readiness forthe 2010
ason," Hanley continued.
Hitters this year will feature the
basically the same team that
offered a clean sweep loss in the
)09 finals against the Horsford's
30 year veteran and regional
Basketball Legend Trevor "Marty"
Huggins will once again form part
of the core of the Hitters team
along with Shawn 'Shabba"
Forbes and Marlon "Jah Love"
Defending Champions Ghetto
Roots are making moves to further
strengthen their 2009
championship squad. Sources
close to the team are suggesting
that former National Junior Players
Halstead "Hally" Isles and Ruel
"Criagy" Nero are expected to
return to the team after extended
layoffs due to injury. Also
expected to return to the Ghetto
Roots is former National Players
Kiethley Hicks and Lyle "Dixie"
Duggins both of whom are
expected to transfer from the
St.Pauls Tuff Knots and Fig Tree
Dirt Revellers respectively.
Hicks last played with Ghetto
Roots in 2007 while Duggins
played with the team during their
tour of Antigua in 2009. The Ghetto
Roots is expected once again to
be ledby SKABA2009 MVPRymal
"Bally" Browne along with
national guard Levi "By-By"
Fyfeild in addition to Carlos
"Spanish" Monzac and Troy
"Jasbo" Wattley .
"2009 was certainly a good
year for our club. We not only won
the National title convinvingly
with a clean sweep victory over
Hitters but the Club featured more
teams in one season than any other
club in SKABA history with a
Premier,"A",Junior and Female
teams, said Ghetto Roots Club
General Manager Wallis Wilkin.
"We are in the process of
strenghtning the structure of the
organisation and the teams and as
a result we have brought onboard
E,,. i,,i Guard Levi "By-By"
Fyfeild of Ghetto Roots
Dwayne Sturge who will fortify the
club's coaching and Management
In addition we have welcomed
back a few players who were
members of the team in the past
but were absent over the last few
years for various reasons. These
additions will certainly strengthen
the team and Organisation. Coach
Garfeild Alexander did an excellent
job in 2009 and I am confident that
he will once again lead us to the
National Championship once
again," the Ghetto Roots Manager
When asked about which
teams were expected to provide the
most formidable challenge to
Ghetto Roots repeat championship
hopes GM Wilkin said "I am not at
all concerned,worried or phased
by any team. I concern myself with
the performance and attitudes of
my players. Once that is
honed,monitored and developed
there is no team inthe OECS much
less St.Kitts that can beat Ghetto
Roots in a 3 or 5 game
Another finals berth is a
foregone conclusion for the
defending Champions as the team
is packed with some of the most
talented players in the league.
The 2010 seasontips off at 5pm
on Sunday April llth with the
traditional march past and 2 match-
ups including 2009 finalist Rams
Hitters vs Antigua Super 8
Champions Defense Force
Warriors in game 1 and the BVIBF
Champions Talk Dat vs SKABA
Champions Horsfords Ghetto
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
Infamous to represent at 2010 St. Kitts
The campaign mounted by the former Tek-Way-Key Minister
and his gang to get rid of de hopeless and flip-flop PAM leader,
Lindsay Grant, is spreading like wild fire in the party and even some
of his closest friends in the party are calling for his resignation.
They say the time has come for the failed PAM leader to go
and give someone else a chance to lift the party out of the political
doldrums that he has put it into.
The infighting in the party has gotten so intense and fierce
that a special caucus held recently to plan for the 2010 Convention
broke up, with the expired PAM leader and his gang walking out in
The leadership squabble and confusion in the party have
been so damaging that they cannot agree on a fixed date for the
convention, which was originally scheduled to be held by the middle
of this month.
The former Tek-Way-Key Minister and his gang are insisting
that the expired PAM leader must bow out gracefully, clearing the
way for the new PAM leader to be installed at the upcoming
Convention. But Baby Grant and his gang say "no way". They not
giving up. They will fight to the very end.
Dey say the former Tek-Way-Key Minister bragged that he
got more money than Baby Grant, and Daddy Grant put together
and he will continue to call de shots in de party; Baby Grant got to
But, Daddy Grant say is he dey got to deal with, not his son.
He one could tekon all of them one time. If they thinkthey could go
with him, they must go and ask Consie Mitcham and Oliver Spencer
about him. And if it's trouble they want is trouble they going get.
There is now a big tug-o-war between the two deputies
(Shawn and Eugene) to replace Baby Grant as the new PAM leader.
But, "the juicy senator" is the man tipped for the job and he is
waiting eagerly in the slips to take the catch.
The surprise party allegedly organised by the young PAMites
recently for the expired PAM leader was really a farewell party in
disguise. Dey say when Baby grant found out the truth behind the
so-called surprise party he cried like a baby, accusing Wallis and
his female conspirator at Frigate Bay for setting him up.
Moomoo Luis let de cat out of de bag when in a conversation
with some PAM trumps in Molineux, over the weekend, he accused
the former Tek-Way-Key Minister of using Washie on the radio to
push his campaign to throw de expired PAM leader on the scrap
Dey say Moomoo Luis went on to accuse the anti-Lindsay
Grant gang in the party of paying off Washie with a big fat cheque
to assist them in their plot to overthrow Baby Grant's cabal.
Even Washie has come full circle to face the hard truth that
the failed PAM leader who was born with a silver spoon in his
mouth like Billy Herbert will never, ever win a seat in this country -
just like Billy who tried three times and failed dismally.
Washie also went on to declare (publicly) that even if there
was a by-election in Constituency 4, Lindsay Grant will be beaten
(soundly) again by the Hon. Glenn "Ghost" Phillip.
Washie say the people will reject him again as they did with
Billy Herbert. They want a grassroots man like the young Labour
Poor Glenroy went home in tears on Wednesday afternoon,
after his party deserted him at the objections hearing, forcing him
to withdraw over 300 of the frivolous objections he had made against
duly and lawfully registered voters in East Basseterre the vast
majority of whom were PAM supports he clearly does not know.
The poor fellow was busy on his phone throughout the
hearing calling for help from "the juicy senator" and Eugene, but
they refused to show up, telling him he not going embarrass them
and the party again. He must do the honourable thing and withdraw
all 350 frivolous objections.
By Melissa Amsterdam
Rising local super star
Infamous counted his lucky stars
as he was signed as the first local
act and first artiste of the 2010 St.
Kitts Music Festival on Thursday
The good news comes at the
height of Infamous' budding
music career. The super star
humbly commented that he was
overjoyed with the confidence
from the St. Kitts Music Festival
Committee in his God given talents
at the brief signing ceremony held
at the St. Vincent Room of the St.
Kitts Marriott Resort.
The recording artiste
commented saying that he wanted
to "give thanks to The Most High"
for giving him the opportunity to
showcase his musical talent.
His management was also
thanked by the high spirited artiste.
Infamous added, "It is definitely
an honour and pleasure being
signed to such a prestigious event
as the St. Kitts Music Festival".
Infamous signed onto perform
on the Saturday night, June 26th,
of the now internationally revered
3 night concert which runs from
Minister of Tourism, Hon.
Richard "Ricky" Skerritt endorsed
Infamous whose star is on a rapid
"Infamous is very talented and
gifted," he said, "Infamous clearly
is a very special talent".
After congratulating the soon
to be first time Music Festival
performer, Minister Skerritt pointed
out that the history of the festivals
is outstanding. To date 75 local
artistes have performed since the
inception of the yearly anticipated
concert which started in 1996.
m ilk i A I1 -" 7 -q
Infamous sits at the head table with (L-R) Faron Lawrence, St. Kitts Music Festival Chairman;
( hi,,, I -, oi i of the ceremony Juni Liburd and Minister of Tourism Richard "Ricky" Skerritt after
signing on to perform for the 14th Music Festival at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.
(Photo by Precious Mills)
St. Kitts-Nevis Exact
Three unanswered goals in the first half gave St. Kitts/Nevis more
than revenge in their return leg friendly versus Guadeloupe at The Warner
Park Football Stadium on Saturday April 3.
Even before the commentators could finish speaking about the new
all green strip that St. Kitts/Nevis was wearing and the officials James
Matthew et al looking smart in the new FIFA outfits Atiba Harris who
came all the way from Dallas forthis game was in the back of the net. The
clock showed one minute and patrons who were late to arrive now have
to wait on the replay to see the goal.
St. Kitts fielded one of its strongest team on paper in a long while
with three of its overseas based players in the starting lineup. Also
joining the squad was Jevon Francis who is at home awaiting a transfer
from his base in Burma and Gerard Williams who is based in Trinidad and
The experience of these players gelling with the local based players
led by veteran George Isaac was a bit too much for the Guadeloupe team.
The second goal came in the 15th minute where Atiba Harris was
again instrumental. He was played through down the left flank and worked
off his marker to place a cross deep to the right flank. The ball was poorly
cleared and allowed Alexis Saddler to win the ball, get around his marker
and played a low cross to the near post where lan "Rompy" Lake used
superior foot speed to outpace his marker and with two touches was
able to beat the advancing Guadeloupe goalkeeper.
Guadeloupe was able to
respond with a dangerous break
down the right side but the
ensuing shot was ripped over the
bar and into the crowd.
The third goal came inthe 42nd
minute where again Atiba Harris
was involved. He was the one who
got the second assist as he was
able to find Jevon Francis in a
dangerous position. Francis in
turn went to the byline and gave
an angled pass to the unmarked
onrushing George Isaac from
midfield. Isaac faked a shot, took
the ball closer to the six yard box
and from an acute angle curled the
ball into the back of the net close
to the far post.
St. Kitts/Nevis had an ideal
chance to go further ahead when
a George Isaac long ball beat the
offside trap and gave Atis Hughes
a one on one situation with the
French goalkeeper. Hughes did
everything well but a brilliant save
from the French custodian
prevented any further goal. The
game ended with a 3-0 victory for
St. Kitts Nevis.
"We can look forward to
another exciting and entertaining
experience at the 2010 St. Kitts
Music Festival," he said.
St. Kitts Music Festival
Chairman, Mr. Faron Lawrence
added that Infamous is, "an
extraordinary talented young man
who in a very short time frame has
generated a huge fan base, and
has thrilled audiences from the
young to the older generation with
his charismatic appeal and
thought provoking lyrics".
"He is a household name on
the national circuit and continues
to increase his fan base with each
new performance," he stated.
Infamous is well known for hit
singles such as "I Feel Like
Crying" "Gonna Make It" and
which have reached an impressive
height of popularity during his
short nine month stint on the
I NEWS/ ADVERTIS
FRIDAY, APRIL 09TH 2010
First ever Digicel
Cup hosted at
By Melissa Amsterdam
Digicel and Beaumont Park added much welcomed
flavour and fanfare with the first staging of The Easter Cup
sponsored by the Telecommunications Company.
The well attended event, which saw over 6, 000
spectators, took place on Monday 5th April at the Beaumont
Park grounds, Dieppe Bay. There was more than enough
fun to be had for all attending music, food and giveaways
- making it a memorable Easter weekend for all.
As was explained by Beaumont Park's Project Manager,
Richard Cummings, there were six scheduled races for that
He noted that the first
ever Digicel Easter Cup
event was a huge success.
Cummings stated that
Beaumont Park had the
privilege of having World
famous jockey Edgar Prado
- a Kentucky Derby
winning jockey and
Breeders Cup winning
jockey and rising Jamaican
born jockey, Javour
Simpson graced the tracks
When asked about
horse racing in the
responded saying that,
"horse racing is becoming a
very viable entertainment
alternative in St. Kitts and
A cross-section of the large crowd at the Digicel Easter
Cup hosted at Beaumont
I i, ., ,, ig Manager i, ..: Laws and winner of the Best
Dressed Male competition.
PURCHASE ANY TOYOTA OR
SUZUKI SEDAN AND GET:
* FREE BLACKBERY CURVE 8520...
* FINCO'S 10/10 FINANCE SPECIAL
* SNIC'S 25% INSURANCE DISCOUNT
* FREE LICENSING & REGISTRATION
* FREE ACCESSORIES
, FREE GAS
* 5 FREE VEHICLE SERVICES
* 3 YEARS WARRANTY
vwr1Ixr~aJrrrvwpr~rwu~aRwvrunaewrr CAPgUMIJ )DLCIS AIQ5iTt#TIIFEPSBFhLWtS .WLLSSIBI~ 4361
3O*E* Is] *V 1t ,U1" $ 0N0 ,1 rlk1 L @.4 $111 11*1- 1rIL,":& 7 1417 r t- E 6 .V
Jockeys and horses prepare to race at Beaumont Park
Cummings said that the future of Beaumont is bright,
and within the next six months more will be added to the
park. Within that time the entrance of the park is expected to
be completed along with a gift shop and restrooms to further
enhance the appeal to the already outstanding park.
One of the most exciting races of the day which held the
prize of The Digicel Easter Cup and a purse of EC$25, 000
was wonby Edgar Prado who placed a new track record for
the one mile run at one minute and thirty-nine seconds.
Sponsors Digicel, went the extra mile to put smiles on
patrons with handset promotions, free unlimited talk and
text and several contests with enviable gifts for the lucky
The Best Dressed Male and Female received Blackberry
handsets and other fantastic, prizes compliments of Digicel.
Marketing Manager of Digicel, Sharez Laws stated that
the whole event was an exciting one. She said that, "Digicel
is committed to community involvement and every time there
is an opportunity for us to participate in something that
would assist in sports" or in any other community building
activity, the opportunity is welcomed.
Also walking away with prizes was the winner of the
Best Easter Hat who received a flat screen television which
was presented by Beaumont Park.
Coupled with a great afternoon of weather and races the
event was nothing short of spectacular. Racing resumes at
Beaumont Park on Sunday April 25th, 2010.
The Labour Spokesman