St. Kitts and Nevis
14th annual Music Festival off to a great start
By Melissa Amsterdam
In spite of cloudy skies and
light drizzles leading up to the first
night of the 14th Annual St. Kitts
Music Festival (last night), Thursday, June 24th, music lovers were not
daunted, but came out to fete the night away at the Warner Park Football
With each year it seems that the crowd participation has grown -
this year was no exception as
thousands turned out to witness
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Marriott Resort on Thursday 24th June. Flanking are the performers for that night with King Ellie Matt who can be
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The stage being set up on the day before the staging of the 14th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
Published by: The St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour Union
Ag. Managing 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 am Safer with
Douglas and Labour"
"I firmly believe that Grant is merely seeking power so as to
victimise and discriminate... I am safer with Douglas in charge
than [with] Grant as the Prime Minister."
It is natural to believe that these would be the words of a die-hard
Labour Party supporter who has formed a partisan bias against Mr.
Grant for the sake that he stands as the leader of the opposing party. But
these are not the words of a Labour Party die-hard.
Then a second deduction would be that these are the words of a man
fired by the PAM party and has an axe to grind. These then must be the
words of Glenroy Blanchette, for certainly he must know firsthand a
thing or two about victimisation and discrimination. But alas, these are
not the words of Mr. Blanchette either.
These are actually the words of Roy Flemming, former PAM
Candidate for Constituency 2, after he resigned from the party and all
party activities citing that in staying on, with Lindsay Grant as leader, he
will have to fight his conscience.
"How can I stick by and see the grave injustices being committed... ?"
Flemming has asked, after severing ties with what he termed as the
pretences of the party.
Flemming is another sprat testifying that Labour was not wrong
when it said that the whales in PAM are bent on the destruction of all
opposing voices, without and within. Flemming's voice lends credence
that there is an undercurrent in PAM that acts in the interest of the rich
and the well-connected, and would trample anyone who speaks out
Flemming's words about Lindsay and PAM in 2010 demonstrate that
PAM has not changed from since it became the reincarnation of the
elitist Democratic Movement of the 1950s and before.
These bodies were formed to keep economic and political power out
of the hands of the ordinary folk. In the early days, the elites outlawed
trade unions, as this organisation advocated against the unfair working
conditions of the workers of the day. So today, when one speaks out,
asking for reforms in that party, asking for power to be decentralised and
given to the people, they are fired.
Flemming's resignation and subsequent statements reiterate that
"Faces Change, but Philosophies Remain." The plantocracy of old lives
on in the hearts of the PAM elite. They verbally espouse the principles
of democracy and good governance, yet blatantly they crush any sign
of opposing views.
PAM, at its inception, was never formed to build. It was formed to
destroy. PAM was formed in the 1960s to weaken Labour and the people's
efforts to move towards statehood and independence as these were
seen as efforts that would reduce the exclusive powers the elite had held
in this society for years.
Today, the son of one who owns an entire sugar estate feels
threatened, that ordinary men in the ranks of his party would seek to
engage in true democratic dialogue and demand accountability and
transparency in all the dealings of the party and its leadership.
But what Flemming and Blanchette and all readers by extension need
to be reminded is that when something starts wrong, those for whom it
benefits will fight to keep it no matter how wrong it continues to be.
We know that when PAM in 1980 took hold of power in this country,
they fired workers in the public service whom they were convinced are
not their party supporters and denied them access to employment even
in the private sector.
They picked out who would receive scholarships and other services
and hear the high energy
performances of artistes who have
been on the musical scene for
years from both the local and
Starting off the night's
explosive performances was the
legendary Third World out of
Jamaica with 37 years of pure
musical genius under their belt.
They commanded the audiences'
attention with their multiplicity of
Following that was indigenous
and highly accolade talent King
Star Shield. King Star Shield
(Walston Shield of Sandy Point)
who started his music career some
30 years ago belted out popular
tunes that had classic Calypsoian
lovers singing with utmost delight.
St. Kitts-Nevis most celebrated
band leader and calypsonian, King
Ellie Matt, continued the high
energy trend on last night's
customarily Caribbean themed
night and was warmly received by
diehard fans and music lovers.
King Ellie Matt (Elston Nero)
who is also a part of the lengthy
list of local artistes on this year's
Music Festival roster did not
disappoint festival goers. He is
best known for attaining 11
Calypso monarch titles and 8 Road
He was the leader of the world
renowned Ellie and the GI's Brass
which dominated the musical arena
locally, regionally and
internationally in the 1970's and
early 80's earning the distinction
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which international agencies donated to this country,
all in their agenda to maintain their power base.
We recalled how leaders of the Labour Movement
were imprisoned on trumped up charges and their
families were targeted to be spat upon or have their
Remembering these things, it does not surprise
anyone that Blanchette had been fired to show him
that Lindsay and PAM had had some power in his
life. It would be expected that the party machinery
would go all out to disprove that Lord Lindsay of Sir
Gillies does not enjoy popular support in his party
and is unfit to lead.
Remembering these things, we also realise what
a conundrum it would have been if had PAM been
able to effectively peddle its gossips, its rumours
and falsehoods, and had won the elections of January
2010. Lindsay would have exacted his revenge on all
the people who had campaigned and voted against
him, or who was not PAM enough.
So, Flemming was right when he said, "Labour's
re-election under the leadership of Prime Minister
Dr. Denzil Douglas was a divine intervention."
Flemming now understands that the voice of the
people is truly the voice of God.
Flemming was also most informed when he
stressed that "had Grant won, there would have been
mass victimisation and discrimination."
No matter how many weaklings stand in photo-
ops to embrace Grant, he still has to realise that he
continues suppress the voice of the people when
continues in the murky and dreadful legacy of PAM
and its forebears. He needs to stop mimicking the
taglines of other regional parties, speaking about
as the best calypso and soca band.
The back-to-back-to-back (3
peat) Road March Champions,
Grand Masters, ripped up the stage
with an exciting selection of songs
that had the huge crowd gyrating,
rocking and prancing from the
pulsating rhythms of the soca
Bunji Garlin and Faye Ann
Lyons Trinidad and Tobago's
double threat (husband and wife
duo) handled the stage with the
prowess only seasoned
performers can accomplish.
Completing the night's line-up
was Jamaican Reggae and
Dancehall patriarch- Capleton. He
conscious verses intertwined with
his energetic performance ended
the night leaving festival goers
Also commanding the crowd's
rapt attention was a second stage
set aside to accommodate local
acts such as the macko jumbies
and masqueraders which infused
a cultural flavour found only in the
A large number of persons who
made up the crowd were Kittitians
and Nevisians currently living
abroad who followed the West
Indies vs. South Africa Test Match
held here just last week. Along
with them were a host of returning
Nationals and other visitors to the
Federation who made the trip to
hear their favourite artistes
In spite of the world's adverse
financial atmosphere it was clear
to see that with low ticket prices
and a superb line-up of artistes the
having "Government in the sunshine" and actually
let the light of democracy into his movement.
The legacy of Labour has always had heated,
yet healthy, dialogue. From as far back as Edward
Challenger and even today, this party has never
cringed at the knowledge that our membership is
made up of free thinking, unbridled supporters who
are given opportunity to express their views.
Labour has always existed in the realisation that
diversity brings together a broad range of thoughts
and ideas that could be harnessed for the best
outcome. The accomplishments under Labour now
and then, have never been achieved by the work of
one man or the party being led blindly. From
Manchester to Bradshaw to Southwell to Moore to
Douglas, this party has been made stronger by the
vision of its leadership and the voice of the people.
So Flemming is not alone when he says he feels
safer with Douglas as leader. The country has always
been better under Labour. It is a pity he had to learn
this lesson in a harsh and personal way but to him,
truth has been revealed.
Lindsay, however, is not his own man. He will
remain the leader of PAM until someone just as
vindictive and sympathetic to the elitists cause is
approved by the party machinery. Perhaps that one
has already been considered, but the likes of
Flemming and Blanchette will never determine who
that person will be.
And even on the day that new leadership emerges
in PAM he or she will have to tow the line in
obedience to the legacy and leaning of the party -
this country will be safer with Labour.
St. Kitts Music Festival was off to
a great start in its 14thyear.
Speaking at a press conference
held on Thursday, June 24th,
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Richard
'Ricky' Skerritt endorsed the
continuation of the Music
He said: "We have always seen
ourselves as a very Caribbean
Festival. While there has always
been a strong content locally, there
has definitely been a major content
"We pride ourselves on being
one of the now leading Caribbean
music festivals. Our festival has
grown from strength to strength
and I'm proud that it has been a
forum for exposing talent," the
Tourism Minister said.
A major benefit that will come
out of the festival will be the
workshops to promote musical
development in the St. Kitts-Nevis
thriving Culture and Entertainment
Local, international and
regional artistes will share their
musical expertise during the
workshop which started yesterday
(Thursday 24th). The 3-day
training programme for young
promising musicians continued
this afternoon, (Friday) and
concludes tomorrow (Saturday) at
the Sugar Bay Club, Frigate Bay.
Music Festival continues
tonight, Thursday, June 25th,
with: Fabolous, SMI, Tarrus Riley,
Jah Fire, Ky-Mani Marley, Fethi
Tabet and Stevy Marley.
The festival climaxes on
Saturday night, June 26th, with
performances by Sizzla, Kenny
'Baby Face' Edmonds, Infamus,
Rohensha, C Money and Pepper
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010 3
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It was brought to my attention
on Tuesday, June 22 2010 that the
Democrat for June 19 25, 2010
carried an article written by the
Hon. Shawn K. Richards which
states: "British News Paper
reports St. Kitts-Nevis
Government officials accept
Bribes" and further states that "I
am concerned about the negative
press our Country is receiving over
this matter of our government
officials accepting bribes for our
country's vote at the international
Whaling Commission". He calls
on Governmentforfull explanation.
First let me state that I am not
responding to the article for and
on behalf of the Government or the
Minister who is the present IWC
Commissioner. In fact the Minister
has already made a statement
against the British newspaper
However, I wish to respond as
the former Commissioner who
served as Commissioner for almost
ten (10) years and to state that I
never received a bribe for St. Kitts-
Nevis or myself from any country
for our vote at IWC which includes
The policy of the government
during my position as
Commissioner was that "we
support the sustainable use of our
marine resources". In 2006, St.
Kitts-Nevis hosted the IWC
meeting and as Commissioner with
the support of the government
and other member countries we
tabled a declaration which states
at the opening "That the use of
cetaceans in many parts of the
world including the Caribbean
contributes to coastal
livelihoods, food security and
With the discussion of the
closure of the sugar industry, the
government agreed to develop the
tourism sector and to link it with
agriculture. We carried out a study
with respect to the Fishing
industry and agreed to seek
funding for Fishing complexes and
a Shrimp farm. The Japanese
Government agreed to assist with
the construction of fishing
complexes while Taiwan agreed to
consider the funding of the Shrimp
Farm. As a result of this foresight
the fishers are making more money
and the complexes have assisted
in the improvement of the sanitary
and phyto-sanitary conditions of
the fishing industry.
Please note that during my
term of office (1995-2010) the
government of St. Kitts-Nevis
requested and received aid from
many countries including non -
whaling countries without any
conditions. Are you aware that the
CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana
was funded by Japan, who was the
major donor, at a cost of over US$4
million? Was that abribe? Are you
aware that Japan provides aid to
countries that oppose it at the
During my period in
government I have received many
invitations from Governments and
Agencies to attend meetings all
over the world at their expense and
most of them had nothing to do
with whaling. I attended those
meetings with no strings attached.
And while this matter of travel
is being discussed may I ask Is it
true that you Hon. Shawn Richards
travelled to an afar country since
you became the Parliamentary
Representative for the people of
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Judges assigned for new law term in September
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Caribbean States (OECS) will see new judges assigned in two member states.
St. Kitts and Nevis' Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett
has disclosed that the Secretary of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Judicial and Legal Services Commission
in St. Lucia, Kimberly Cenac-Phulgence has informed him and the Attorneys General of Anguilla, Antigua and
Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and
the British Virgin islands of the assignment.
"I have been directed by His Lordship, the Hon. Hugh A. Rawlins, Chief Justice to inform you of the
following assignments: (1) His Lordship, the Hon. Justice Errol Thomas, High Court Judge, has been assigned
to St. Kitts and Nevis with effect from 1st September 2010. (2) His Lordship, the Hon. Justice Francis Belle,
High Court Judge, has been assigned to St. Lucia with effect from 1st September 2010," said Cenac-Phulgence
in the June 23rd 2010 correspondence.
St. Kitts and Nevis has full
complement of Magistrates
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Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, the Hon.
He told the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister
(CUOPM) that former Resident Magistrate at St. James Magistrate's
Court in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Her Worship Karen Hyacinth Hill-Hector
has been appointed Magistrate' of District "B" Sandy Point, St. Kitts.
Mr. Nisbett noted that on taking office in February this year, he made
a commitment to ensure that the Magistracy had in place a full complement
of magistrates so as to ensure that the administration of Justice at that
level is done in an effective and efficient manner.
"And that the backlog of cases that was created as a result of the
limited manpower resources would be considerably reduced and lead to
a swift disposal of matters," said the Hon. Attorney General.
The Jamaican-born Magistrate received her Bachelor of Laws degree
from the University of London in 2000 and the Certificate of Legal
Education from the NormanManley Law School in 2003 and was admitted
to practice at the Jamaica Bar in November that year, having previously
served as Deputy Clerk of Courts Kingston and St. Andrew, Criminal,
Civil and Family Divisions.
She served as Clerk of Courts/
Prosecutor in St. Thomas, Jamaica
from 2003 to 2005, Part -Time
Lecturer at the University College
in the Caribbean in Kingston
Jamaica from 2004 to 2007 and
served as Crown Counsel,
Attorney General's Chambers in
Jamaica from January 2006 to
She served as Resident
Magistrate, St. James Resident
Magistrate's Court, Montego Bay,
Jamaica in criminal, civil (common
law), Civil (Land) Civil Equity) and
Probate and Administration.
Magistrate Karen Hyacinth
Hill-Hector, who took up her
appointment on April 1st 2010, is
married to former crown counsel
and legal counsel at the National
Bank Group of Companies, Mr.
Stephen Hector of Bird Rock.
ECCB Governor Reports on the
Bank's Efforts to Maintain the
Stability of the ECCU Financial
Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Sir K Dwight
Venner will update the public on measures the Bank has been undertaking
to ensure the safety and soundness of the region's financial system
when he presents the ECCB's 2009/2010 Annual Report on Tuesday 29
June at 8:00 p.m.
The presentation, which will be broadcast simultaneously on radio
and television stations in the eight ECCB member countries, will highlight
the policies and programmes the Bank, in collaboration with its member
governments, has put in place to enhance the monitoring and regulation
of the commercial banks and to strengthen the regulatory framework
governing the operations of the non-bank sector.
The Governor's report will also highlight the economic challenges
facing the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) and the way forward
for transforming the region's economies and improving the standard of
living of ECCU citizens.
The presentation will be aired on ZIZ Radio and Television, WINN
FM, VON Radio and KYSS FM.
The text, along with audio and video recordings of the Governor's
presentation will be available on the Bank's website (www.eccb-
centralbank.org) from 8:00 p.m. on 29 June.
The Eastern Caribbean Institute of Banking
and Financial Services
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5th 15th July, 2010
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WHERE TO REGISTER?
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4 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
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Communication may be described as the exchange of
information and ideas between parties. It is a two way process,
consisting of signal and feedback.
To be effective, communication must be clear, unambiguous
and unequivocal. How often in the middle of a telephone
conversation do we have to say "Hello? Hello? You are breaking
up, I cannot make out what you are saying" and the conversation
comes to an abrupt end? Or you may hear the telephone ring, lift
the handset and shout hello. You may hear hello, hello, at the other
end, but the conversation cannot progress because they cannot
hear your hello.
How frustrating it could be at times when you are trying to get
in touch with someone and the phone just rings and rings and
there is no answer or the person you are trying to reach is not
How often do you hear workers say I sent a message to my
boss but it was not delivered? This could precipitate a dismissal
Many a strike has been caused when unions send proposals to
management and there is no response. There is no feedback to
the signal. Other action has to be taken to get management's
When, however, the link has been established, then signal and
feedback needs to be clear. The language used needs to be easily
understandable and must convey to the receiver exactly what the
sender intends to convey.
The message sent would be better received if it is devoid of
anger, abuse and condescension and flavoured with a degree of
trust and respect in expectation of being accorded the same.
Too often an aggrieved worker spoils his or her case by using
abusive and threatening language to get management's attention to
some issue which may be affecting him or her and others. Instead of
getting the issue addressed, that worker may be fired for insubordination.
At the same time many managers mistakenly think that they are being
impressive when they abuse a worker and use colourful language to
make their point. They are merely displaying a lack of respect for the
dignity of the worker and the valuable contribution which that worker
has been making to the enterprise.
The incidence of such reports is high in the construction industry
and in the security sector, but is present also in many corporate offices
and institutions. Managers and Supervisors and workers all should seek
to build mutual trust and respect if we are to survive in the intensively
competitive global arena. Any other way is creating fractured
relationships and conflicts and reduced competitive edge.
Communication should be as inclusive as possible for the results
being sought to have maximum success.
Every government seeking to carry out a referendum must reach out
to every group and stratum of society with the message if they wish to
By Batumba Tak
Harowe Servo Controls
have a credible participation in the
expression of opinion.
Similarly every manager of an
organisation wishing to effect any
changes, must ensure that the
information reaches every worker
in the organisation, even those
temporarily absent, if full co-
operation is to be ensured.
At the individual level, due care
should be taken to ensure that key
parties are included in any
communication that is made.
In the civil service where there
is a set protocol as to how memos
and other documents are
channelled, this is particularly
important. Many officers take
offence if they feel that they have
been bypassed or left out of the
loop. Many workers take their
grievances to politicians before
consulting their unions or the
Department of Labour.
The Union insists that workers
should take up their concerns with
supervisors and failing that with
senior management before taking
the matter outside the
establishment. Much time can be
saved and frustration avoided in
All are advised to take this
matter of communication very
seriously indeed. Lack of, or
inadequate or badly flawed
communication can be the major
component of the factors leading
to disruptions, conflicts or even
disasters in the world today.
This is so whether in the home,
where relationships become
strained or broken, on the field of
play where players may have to
be sent home, in the world of work
where workers can lose their jobs
or benefits, or administrators can
suffer severe setbacks. We hear of
the recent sacking of a high
ranking US General due to an
unfortunate communication with a
magazine, and a well liked
Australian Prime Minister whose
communication with his
colleagues was considered
inadequate. Workers be guided,
and the Union concludes
On Thursday 17th June, 2010 Harowe Servo Controls (St. Kitts)
Limited and the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union concluded
negotiations on a new Memorandum of Agreement which comes into
effect on 1st July, 2010 and ends on 31st December, 2012.
A number of proposals submitted by the Union was agreed to
after some slight modification to a few of them. Below are those that
were agreed to by both sides.
1. An HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy.
.2 First Aid Kit will be placed at both buildings in a
conspicuous place for easy access to the workers.
3. A Joint Union and Management Health and Safety
Committee that will seek to address all Health and Safety issues.
4. An Increase for Eye Inspection from US$25. 00 to
EC$100. 00 and a new implementation of EC$400. 00 for
Prescription Safety Glasses.
5. It was also agreed to implement a Footwear Allowance
of EC$80. 00.
6. Upgrading of the Ventilation System.
7. Upgrading of the Venting Wire Stripping Solder Pots.
8. To Increase Additional Air Ducts in the Molding Area.
9. The Company agreed to continue discussion with the
Bank in relation to the building of a new Cafeteria for the
10. In order to improve on the heating problem in the Bolding
Area, the Company has indicate that a Manufacturing Engineer
will be employed shortly.
11. A General Increase of 3% for workers who are at the
Minimum Wage Level and a 2% Increase for those above the
Minimum Wage Level from 1st July, 2010 31st December,
In addition, there will be a 2% Wage Increase for 2011 and 2% for
12. Trainees will receive $8. 00 per hour and at the end of their
Probationary Period they will receive $8. 24 per hour.
The Company and the Union agreed that Productivity will have to
be improved in order to make the Company more competitive.
There are also a number of unresolved matters which will be
discuss during the length of the agreement.
There were also two proposals that the Union felt strongly about
which were held in abeyance. The two proposals were a contributory
Pension Fund and a Paternity Leave. The Union has already indicated
to the Company its intention to continue to push for the inclusion of
both to be included in the Memorandum of Agreement in the not too
The Company was represented by Mr. Kevin Hessler, Ms. Sara
Altman and Ms. Jill Willis from the Company Head Office, and Mr.
Carol Evelyn, Local General Manager and Mr. Charles Wilkin, Company
The Union was represented by Cde. Batumba Tak, General
Secretary, Cde. Sydney Bridgewater, 1st Vice President, and Cde's.
Yvette David, Eudene Challenger and Jacqueline Francis, Shop
The Memorandum of Agreement will be signed in the not too
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FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
St. Kitts to represented
at Miss World Pageant
The Miss World St. Kitts Nevis Executive Committee is proud to
announce that Miss Fatisha Anita Imo will represent the Federation at
the 60th Miss World festival celebrations that will be held in Vietnam
between Sunday 3rd October and Saturday 6th November 2010.
The 120 nations represented in the Miss World Festival 2010 will
also tour Vietnam, following in the fundraising foot-steps of Julia Morley,
Mr. Kieu Hoang and our Miss World winners, to raise money to help
sick and disadvantaged children. They will play a fundamental role in
bringing 'Beauty with a Purpose' to the fore.
During the festival, the Miss World 2010 contestants will travel around
the country, sampling the many rich delights Vietnam has to offer,
participating in a number of special events, as well as joining in with the
celebrations for the 1000 year anniversary of the city of Hanoi.
The 22 year old beauty is no stranger to the stage having placed 1st
runner up in the 2007-2008 National Carnival Queen Pageant (St.Kitts/
Nevis), 3rd runner up in the 2008 Miss Caribbean Queen Culture Pageant,
and received Best Performing Talent in the 2010 Miss Caribbean World
Pageant. Fatisha is extremely happy to be walking in the footsteps of
Haley Cassius, her Godmother and chaperone who represented the
Federation in the Miss World Pageant in 1988. The former 2007-08
National Carnival Queen, Samantha Boone, and the reigning Miss UDC
Talented Teen 2009-10, Zinga Imo are also evidence of her determination
and devotion for pageantry.
Currently Miss Imo attends the Midwestern State University, where
she is doing a double major in Accounting and Spanish and dreams of
one day of providing sound financial assistance to businesses across
the Caribbean region.
Fatisha recently completed a two days Modeling work shop with Lu
Sierra best runway coach in the world, supermodel coach for Miss
USA & Miss Universe, trainer of FORD's Super Model Of The World
winners. Lu is also one of Elite Model Management top talents and a
modeling coach for different world modeling agencies.
World famous Jamaican designers Karl Williams and Mark
McDermoth of Uzuri International have graciously agreed to assist Miss
Imo with her wardrobe. Further, the Miss World St. Kitts Nevis Executive
Committee is inviting local designers to submit designs in bathing suits,
cocktail dresses and casual wear hereby giving Kittitians a chance to
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Valedictory address at RCC
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showcase their talents.
Interested designers are asked
to contact Miss Joan Milliard at
Fatisha will be hosting a Dance
Workshop entitled "I Feel Like
Dancing" from July 5th 9th and
12th 16th. The Workshop is
dedicated to provide a positive
dance environment that will allow
every student to reach his or her
highest potential. It will provide
high quality instructions in all
facets of dance, modeling,
fashion, and pageant consultancy.
From an educational standpoint,
"I Feel Like Dancing" will promote
self-worth, confidence, teamwork
and lifetime achievements, which
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BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,
JUNE 17TH 2010 (CUOPM) -
Kittitian John James did himself
and his family proud by not only
receiving several awards, but also
delivered the Valedictory address
on behalf of gmduands at the RCC
Institute of Technology (formerly
Devry University Toronto) in
The Saddlers-born youth has
completed his Bachelor Degree in
Computer Information System. He
has received several other top
awards at the ceremony including
the First Place (Gold) Technical
Award Final Project; First Place
(Gold) Industry Award Final
Project; the Hartley Nichol
Academic Excellence Award -
Achieving Highest Academic
Standing and the Award of
Academic Distinction Achieving
Highest Grade Point Average.
Upon graduation, John
received an Honours with
Distinction Bachelor of Science
Degree in Computer Information
System which required students to
maintain a minimum of 3.9
James has been a pioneer in the
field of Information Technology.
Upon completing his secondary
education in St. Kitts, he worked
at various institutions including
SKNVibes.com of which he was a
Having seen the possibilities
in the field of Information
Technology and having the desire
to make himself more competent
in this emerging sector, he made
the sacrifice to enrol in RCC
Institute of Technology in which
he held some of the highest
student positions at the school.
These included Chairman of the
President's Council, Student
Representative on the School's
Academic Board, Student
Ambassador and Tutor and
Mr. James would like to thank
his parents, family and friends for
all their assistance in this journey.
6 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
A case for re-
personal income tax in
St. Kitts and Nevis
by Willa Franks-Liburd
In the early 1980s, personal income tax was abolished as a major
source of government revenue in St. Kitts and Nevis by the new
administration of the day, implementing an election platform promise. In
its place, several non-income/indirect taxes were introduced to replace
the revenue lost from this important source. Corporate income tax was
In a White Paper issued in April 2010, the present administration
announced its intention to introduce a Value-Added Tax (VAT) with
effect from November 2010. According to the White Paper, the VAT is
intended to replace twelve (12) specified existing taxes.
The VAT is a tax on consumption of goods and services rather than
directly on income and aims to increase the tax base by covering a wide
range of goods and services, with the ultimate goal of generating
increased revenues. VAT has become increasingly attractive to
governments worldwide who are seeking to raise more revenues without
having to increase either personal or corporate income tax rates.
In the on-going debate on the planned new tax measure, this article
is intended to make a case for the consideration of a progressive personal
income tax which incorporates the principle of "the ability to pay" in any
mix of new taxes to be implemented at this time. It would also be in line
with the tax regimes of other OECS countries.
It is further believed that the re-introduction of personal income tax
should be considered ahead of a VAT, with deferral of the latter until the
results of an introduction of the former can be properly assessed. This
should enable consideration of a much lower rate of VAT than would
otherwise be the case.
The contention is that VAT is a "regressive" tax as would be illustrated
mathematically below, which disproportionately penalizes those of lower
incomes relative to those of higher incomes. Moreover, the higher the
rate, the more regressive/disproportionately burdensome to the less well
off it is likely to be.
In the absence of personal income tax, it may necessitate a higher
VAT rate to generate the required revenues than might otherwise be the
case. It is therefore being argued that introduction of a progressive
personal income tax would provide for a more equitable system and help
shift the burden to those with greater ability to pay. A progressive
personal income tax will also be illustrated below.
Before proceeding further, it would be useful to underscore the reason
for governments to generate revenues. It is to pay for providing public
goods and services to the benefit of the people of the country rich and
poor alike schools, hospitals, paved roads and bridges, airports, seaports,
electricity and water services, police force and security services, courts
of law, among others.
These are the necessary social and economic infrastructure required
for the growth and development of the country and its people and to
contribute to a peaceful and stable environment in which businesses
can operate successfully, make profit and provide jobs for people.
Most countries generate government revenues through a
combination of income taxes (both personal and corporate) as well as
indirect taxes, including in some cases a VAT.
St. Kitts and Nevis is an exception even among OECS countries with
whom it is seeking to harmonize tax regimes as it does not have personal
income tax. Meanwhile, corporate income tax generated $88.2 million in
2008, the last period of actual data in the 2010 Estimates. The corporate
FEDERATION PREPARES TO
CONDUCT THE 2011
Preparatory work for the 2011 Population and Housing Census
continues with members of the Coordinating Committee meeting for the
third time on Wednesday, June 23.
Chairperson of the Coordinating Committee Ms Beverly Harris said
tax rate is currently at 35%, down
from a previous high of 40%.
To illustrate a regressive tax, if
a consumer with an income of
$20,000 per annum purchases a
refrigerator costing $1,500 on
which he/she pays a VAT of 20%,
it means he/she pays an additional
$300 as VAT.
If another consumer who earns
$100,000 per annum purchases the
same refrigerator, he/she would
pay the same VAT of $300, other
things being equal. However, that
$300 in VAT is a larger proportion
of the income of the low income
earner than of the high income
earner (1.5% and 0.3%
This is VAT on just one item of
consumption. If this is replicated
many times over for the goods and
services which will now be VAT
eligible, it is clear that those
persons with lower incomes who
also tend to have more dependents
will be disproportionately
penalized. In fact, one does not
have to be earning an income to
A high VAT rate, would not
only be "regressive", it is also likely
to encourage increased "tax
evasion" (illegal, evading taxes
through illegal means) as well as
"tax avoidance" (which is legal).
Examples of tax avoidance are
likely to be seen in the growth of
the informal sector, with
consumers purchasing their fresh
fruits and vegetables from the
market rather than from the
supermarkets. This is not
necessarily a bad thing. The
Dominica boat is likely to benefit,
but this could also spur growth in
It should be noted that the
VAT would be replacing several
taxes which already exist some of
which are also regressive, such as
consumption taxes. If today one
purchases a product from any of
our merchants, the final price
already incorporates consumption
What could make the VAT more
onerous for an individual,
however, is that even if the final
price of a product becomes lower
after the implementation of VAT
than it was before, the individual
must now pay VAT on many more
goods and services and hence it
is likely to be more burdensome to
those with lower incomes. The full
range of goods and services to be
emphasis has been placed on the
types of data to be collected, and
indicated that the most important
aspects of next year's census
would be on education, health,
housing and migration. The
Committee would also oversee the
recruitment and training of field
officers, enumeration, data
processing and data
Permanent Secretary Ms
Hillary Hazel of the Ministry of
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taxed will not be fully appreciated
until it is actually implemented.
What also would need to be
carefully monitored are company
mark ups, so that potential savings
to consumers on items whose
post-VAT final price might
normally be expected to be lower
than the pre-VAT final price are not
skimmed off by unscrupulous
merchants through higher mark-
Sustainable Development says the
upcoming census was extremely
important for planning purposes,
and that its success was heavily
dependent on member
commitment and on proper
publicity and public relations.
The last Population and
Housing Census was conducted
in the Federation in 2001. It
revealed a population of 46,325,
with 35,217 on St. Kitts and 11,108
on Nevis. The highest
The above is not an argument
against introduction of a VAT, per
se. It is an argument for
consideration in the first instance
of a progressive personal income
tax to generate the additional
revenues being sought, which
takes into account the principle of
the ability to pay, before a VAT is
considered. Then in time, if a VAT
is considered it could be at a much
lower rate than might be the case
without personal income tax.
(TO BE CONTINUED)
concentration of people on St.
Kitts, 37.6 percent, was recorded
in the Parish of St. George. On
Nevis, St. John's Parish carried the
largest number of residents at 26.1
Enumeration of households
will begin inApril2011.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010 7
Go is i S
Srom a d
St. Kitts and Nevis woos European
and UAE investors
During the early part of 1967
members of the PAM party
travelled to Anguilla regularly to
engage in practice-shooting at a
rifle-range at Junks Hole on the
By letter dated May 31, 1967,
signed by the President and the
Secretary of PAM and delivered
to His Excellency the Governor, Sir
Fred Phillips at Government
House, Springfield, the PAM party
demanded the resignation of the
lawfully elected government of
The point is this: The Labour
Party had won the General
Elections just the year before on
25th July 1966, with a 7-0 victory.
How could a party which failed to
win even a single seat in St. Kitts
the year before demand that the
Labour Party resign a party
which had won all 7 seats on St.
Kitts the year before?
PAM had been soundly
rejected by the electorate in 1966.
The people indicated
overwhelmingly that they did not
want PAM to govern them.
Although the people had spoken
in 1966, one year later the PAM
party was demanding that the
Labour Party Government step
down so that the party (PAM)
which had been rejected could still
During the days following the
delivery of the PAM letter to His
Excellency Sir Fred Phillips, the
PAM party circulated a letter
declaring that Monday, June 12,
1967, would be observed as
"Freedom Day", and a public
holiday on which no worker
should go to work.
How come our Trades &
Labour Union did not know about
"Freedom Day"? How come the
Trades & Labour Union did not
advise its hundreds and hundreds
of members who are workers not
to go out to work on June 12, 1967,
the so-called "Freedom Day"?
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,
JUNE 22ND 2010 (CUOPM) St.
Kitts and Nevis is wooing
investors from Europe and the
Prime Minister and Minister of
Finance, Hon Dr. Denzil L. Douglas
is in Zurich, holding discussions
with leading investors from
Switzerland, other neighboring
European countries and the United
Arab Emirates on investment
opportunities in international
financial services, hospitality and
tourism services, telecom and
energy services and real estate and
How come it was only PAM and
the Democrat newspaper who
knew about "Freedom Day"?
It is obvious that PAM and the
Democrat newspaper knew before-
hand why June 12, 1967, was being
put up as "Freedom Day". If PAM
was so innocent and so un-
involved, why then did not the
leaders of PAM tell the Bradshaw
Government or the Police what was
to take place on the 10th of June
Dr. Douglas will be guest of
honour at a Kittitian-Nevisian
reception on Wednesday night.
In Geneva, the St. Kitts and
Nevis leader will hold discussions
with representatives of the Swiss
Federal Government which
recently gave its approval for the
opening of a St. Kitts and Nevis
Consulate General in Zurich.
This is expected to expand the
beyond Geneva where there is an
Honorary Consul for the past
After the coup had succeeded
on June 10, 1967, the plan was that
a certain Anguillan would go on
Radio ZIZ and announce that the
Prominent Kittitian was now the
new Premier. Monday June 12,
1967, (Freedom Day) was the day
planned to celebrate the successful
coup. The coup failed and so
'Freedom Day" never came off.
Now why did members of PAM
have to go to Junks Hole in
Anguilla to engage in practice-
shooting? What war were they
preparing to fight? Did the
Bradshaw Government issue a
Declaration of 'War?
Why are the PAMites so upset
whenever the words "10th of June"
are mentioned? They must be
upset for they experience shame
and disgrace whenever the "10th
of June" is mentioned.
Mr. Ronald Webster, the father
of the Anguilla Revolution wrote
a book in which he mentions the
part that PAM played in the 10th
of June affair. Mr. Colville Petty and
Mr. Nat Hodge jointly authored a
book on the Anguilla Revolution.
The book explains the part that
PAM played in the days leading
upto, andonthe 10thof June, 1967.
The book by Ronald Webster
is entitled "Scrapbook of the
Anguilla Revolution". The book
by Colville Petty and Nat Hodge
is entitled "Anguilla's Battle for
Freedom, 1967-1987". Bothbooks
were banned in St. Kitts-Nevis by
the Simmonds Administration after
PAM attained power in 1980. PAM
banned the importation of the
books because PAM has
something to hide.
History has shown that
whenever PAM wishes to do its
nastiest and its dirtiest, it must first
demonise the Labour Party and the
individual who leads the party at
So shortly after its formation
in 1967, the PAM party
commenced a vicious onslaught
against the Labour Party and its
great leader His Excellency Sir
Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw; and
then followed the coup attempt on
June 10, 1967, which failed.
Pile photo oJ St. Kitts and
Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr.
Denzil L. Douglas by Erasmus
The members of PAM accused
Mr. Bradshaw of being a dictator.
It is difficult for a normal person to
understand how Mr. Bradshaw
could have been a dictator. Free
and fair elections had been held in
1966 and the Labour Party had
gained all 7 seats on St. Kitts.
Furthermore, the territory of St.
Kitts-Nevis and Anguilla was still
in some way or other, the
responsibility of Great Britain and
the British Government would
never have allowed Mr. Bradshaw
to establish a dictatorship in St.
PAM announced that Mr.
Bradshaw was a dictator and the
best way to get the rid of him was
to topple him and his government
from powerby force of arms. Never
mind that Mr. Bradshaw's
government was democratically
Bradshaw's government was
to be removed by undemocratic
means and a new government was
to be put in place by undemocratic
means. PAM's plan was to remove
a so-called dictator (a
democratically elected Premier) by
undemocratic means and replace
the so-called dictator with a
genuine, sincere honest-to-
General Elections were
scheduled to be held in 1971, PAM
realized that Mr. Bradshaw and his
Labour Party would be returned to
power. So PAM decided to take
down the Labour Party
Government before 1971 by force
And now I must turn to my
good friend Blanchie (Glenroy
Blanchette). He, it was, who said
that after PAM wins the General
Elections on January 25, 2010, His
Excellency the Governor General,
Sir Cuthbert Sebastian would be
fired from his high office.
I am not gloating over the fate
of the unfortunate Blanchie. I wish
only to remind all PAM politicians
that God is a just God. And he is
looking on from a distance. And
he looks after and takes very good
care of his own- always, and very
IN THE HIGH COURT OP JUSTICE
FEDERATION OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS 1 ,
SAINT CHRISTOPHER CIRCUIT '-- -t
A.D. 2010 U,-
TITLE BY REGISTRATION ACT CAP. 10.19 1 --
CLAIM NO. SKBHCV2010/L ni
IN THE MATTER of Section 12 of The
Title by Registration Act Cap. 10. 19
IN THE MATTER of an application for a
FIRST CERTIFICATE OF TITLE by
Natalie Natasha John
TAKE NOTICE that NATALIE NATASHA JOHN of Ravine Chabot, Castries, St. Lucia but
presently residing at 114 Carifesta Village, St. Peter in the Island of St. Christopher in the
Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, has applied to the Registrar of Titles by
presenting a Request for the issue of a First Certificate of Title to all that lot piece or parcel
of land hereditaments and premises being Lot No. 61 of Half Moon Courtyard Housing
Development situate in the Parish of St. Peter in the Island of Saint Christopher bounded
and measuring as follows On or towards the North by a Green Area, 126.00 feet; On or
towards the North-East by a Green Area, 85.00 feet; On or towards the South by Lot No.
60, 136.00 feet; On or towards the South-West by a Development Road, 75.00 feet; and On
or towards the North-West by a Development Road, 14.14 feet, and containing by
admeasurement 11,510 square feet.
L U u~
Dated the 5day of i4lC64 2010
SSonya L. E arny
Solicitors for the Applicants
The Basseterre Valley
Aquifer, Churning the
The first installment of this article established that an aquifer or
water table is a layer of permeable rock able to store significant quantities
of water, through which groundwater moves. It was also noted that the
aquifer in question, is located in the basin between the Olivees Mountain,
to the southwest, Canada Hills to the northeast and Conaree Hills to the
east and covers an area of approximately eight square miles and widens
to the southeast as it flows south and empties into the Caribbean Sea at
Basseterre. Additionally, the importance of the Basseterre Valley Aquifer
lies in fact that it provides 60 percent, approximately 2.5 million gallons
of water needed for the daily consumption of residents of Basseterre
which translates to a whopping 40 percent of the total water supply for
the island of St. Kitts.
So then what would be the first course of action in order to preserve
the area? It was necessary to attain actual scientific data of the Aquifer's
value. This was obtained via a hydrogeological survey conducted by
Ocean Earth Technologies (OET) Consortium, one of its bases being
Florida, USA. The survey was completed in September 2009, after nine
months of work by a team of consultants. Two reports were submitted
by OET in collaboration with Aukerman, Haas and Associates based at
the Colorado State University, USA. One of the modem techniques
employed for the first time, to map the local aquifer, was Multi-Electrode
Electrical Resistivity (MER). This is a non-invasive geophysical
technique that is thought to accurately record variations in sediment
distribution, porosity and gross water quality. In other words, without
drilling, it can determine the size and make-up of the water-table. It is
said that each hour of mapping with MER is equivalent to drilling 56
boreholes without the data gaps between boreholes.
It revealed that there are three levels of earth in that area. Unit I,
which is the first layer of earth, including the surface, was found to be
made up of surficial sand, clay and volcanic rocks, it has an average
thickness of 5.5 meters. Unit II is under the first layer and is composed
of intermixed sand, clay and rocks and has a higher water content, it is
approximately 14 meters. Unit III is made up of course sands, gravel and
boulder rock and is the water storage unit of the aquifer system, it is
about 22 meters thick. It is here in this level that the Basseterre Valley
Aquifer wouldbe able to provide its highest yield of freshwater. However,
the lower half of the Unit is indicative of salt water.
So is the Basseterre Valley Aquifer attaining its fullest potential, as a
valuable water source?
In Volume 1: Water Resource Management Plan for the Basseterre
Valley Aquifer the OET Consortium determined that it is not. Among
other things it was found that: "well construction techniques in the past
have not utilized principles that would maximize well efficiency." The
proposed plan then went on to provide a list of specifications for proper
screen and gravel pack wells. The plan also noted that: "there is a trend
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(cont'd on page 10)
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The Labour Spokesman
A map of the Basseterre Valley Aquifer
of declining static water levels
observed in the Basseterre well-
field. This decline is observed to
range from one and a half to two
or more feet according to available
data extendingback into the 1970's.
The decline in water levels appears
to have accelerated from 1999 to
2009 with an increase in
Overall, the water quality
drawn from the wells, in the aquifer
in question, has been described as
"good," by the consultants,
however, the report also noted that
there are early signs of salt water
intrusion. The solution was that
the wellfield "be monitored and
pollution sources should be
addressed. It should also be noted
that no wells were available to
sample the groundwater for
potential gasoline or fuel oils. The
industrial developments to the
north and northwest of the
wellfield pose a serious threat of
contamination by petroleum
products. It is imperative that
wells specifically designed to
sample the surface of the ground
water table for these contaminants
be constructed as recommended."
Another important observation
made by the Consortium was that
"the groundwater model indicates
To Magistrate, District A
To the Superintendant of Police
I, Tristan Johnson now
residing in Upper Market
Street in the town of
Basseterre, do hereby give
you notice that it is my
intention to apply on 2nd July,
2010 to the District
Magistrate at Basseterre for
a Beer Licence in respect of
my premises in Upper Market
Dated this 17th day of April,
Signed by: Tristan
that adjusting the efficiency and
location of some wells within the
current wellfield is a viable option
for establishing a more efficient
well field." There was also the
suggestion to undertake studies
"to evaluate the potential of
constructing reservoirs in the
upper parts of the Basseterre
Valley Watershed to collect runoff
for recharging the aquifer, for use
for irrigation supply, or to be used
directly for potable water supply."
The OET Consortium's
proposed management plan for the
aquifer also spells out the
importance of the aquifer to the
economy of the Federation. "The
dependency of St Kitts on its
extensive natural resource base
has been reflected in the
historically rapid expansion of
specific economic sectors, such as
agriculture and more recently
tourism. The success of these
economies has depended largely
on exploitation of natural
watershed resources, the
sustainable management of which
is critical because of their supply,
are increasingly finite and
extremely vulnerable in small
islands developing states (SIDS),
and because the population relies
so heavily on the water supply for
basic human needs as well as
economic activities such as
agriculture, tourism, and
Ocean Earth Consortium also
produced Volume 2: National Park
Management Plan, on this
occasion, as a collaborative effort
with Aukerman, Haas and
Associates, based at Colorado
State University. As suggested in
the title, the proposal was for the
establishment of a national park,
as originally conceived by the
Government of St. Kitts and Nevis
designed with the protection of the
aquifer as its chief purpose, while
being an environmentally
sustainable income earner.
Locally a series of
stakeholders meeting were held in
the Federation where both Drs.
Glen Haas and Robert Aukerman
were in attendance. Meetings
were first held with stakeholders
FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
in March 2009, while more recent
ones were held for stakeholders
and the general public on March
16 and 18,2010, respectively. Drs.
Glenn Haas and Robert Aukerman
were both on hand to answer
questions specific to the proposed
National Park Management Plan.
One key finding in the plan is that
there was presently no legislation
for protected areas in the
Federation and it was noted that
the enactment of such has to be
among the first steps. It was
emphasized that the Acts would
have to include both a land and
system, management policies,
institutional framework, human
capacity building, and a financing
The report also recommends:
"the legislative enactment of (a)
the St. Kitts Protected Areas
Conservation System comprised
of nationally significant land and
areas, (b) the St. Kitts Protected
Areas Conservation Trust to
provide the institutional
and oversight for the new
protected areas System, and (c)
the St. Kitts Protected Areas
Conservation Service which would
be the administering branch or
agency of the Trust with the
responsibility to implement and
manage the approved plans,
programs and policies."
The proposal noted that the
area does not fall within the
parameters of what is considered
internationally as a National Park,
as such, it suggested a name-
change to The St. Kitts National
Capitol Park. It would consist of a
combination outdoor botanical
plaza, visitor center
building and outdoor hillside
amphitheatre. The outdoor
botanical plaza would be a walled
90,000 square feet outdoor area
with water features, attractive
vegetation, and covered verandas
on each side to accommodate
raised vaulted (contained) garden
planters and a walkway for people
to tour. The plaza would lead to
the visitor center building
entrance. The visitor center
building on the first floor would
contain educational exhibits, an
information desk, video
presentation area, artifacts,
restaurant and tea area, book store,
bathrooms, and storage. The
second floor would contain a 150
person classroom/meeting space,
warming kitchen, public viewing
deck, and the administrative
offices of Protected Area
Conservation Service, and
bathrooms. By passing through
the first floor of the visitor center,
a guest would enter an outdoor
amphitheatre with canopied stage,
backstage prep area, rows of
benches, a grassed hillside with a
capacity for 1500 people, and a
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
By: Sotto Voce
You see how life go within the 1Alb Onion and Lindsay Grant
led PAM? Absolutely no tolerance of opposing views; no
explanation or answers given to integrity issues to do with the
leadership; and even candidates contesting elections for the Party
can be fired just so for no good reason.
You had 8 PAM candidates contesting the last elections.
Suppose all 8 of them had won their seats? The Prime Minister
would have been the choice of the majority of the 8 under our
constitution. So the 5 who were unhappy with Grant's leadership
would have had their way. And this is so regardless of what the
1Alb Onion-led PAM executive wanted. Or what the other 3
candidates wanted. But PAM won just 2 seats and the pipe dream
of the Sheriff and Grant went up the chimney in smoke.
However, all these happenings gave the public (mostly the
younger ones) an insight into the nature, character and disposition
of the beast called PAM. They all saw arrogance at its worst.
They saw too a refuse to talk, compromise or heal the wounds of
division among colleagues.
It was Grant's way or the highway. Regardless of how the public saw
and reacted to those issues. They don't care a damn.
So the 5 candidates who spoke out were thrown overboard, as it
were. The "moomor" one seems to be succumbing to the 1Alb Onion
executive's arrogance and contempt for them. He hugging up and taking
picture. Poor fellow; intrying to make Grant look good, he makes himself
Maybe the executive's terror tactics soften him up? I can't be sure.
I was very surprised early this week to hear a news item about Shawn
Richards talking about the allegations of corruption made on some
Caribbean and other nations (including our own) accepting money and
other bribes to vote in Japan's favour on whaling issues. He wanted
details on the involvement of our relevant Minister in the matter.
Where Shawn really live though? For look how long the Minister
was on radio, local and foreign,
with our side of the whaling issue.
He gave details of how we vote
and why we vote on such. He
denied the allegations made as it
related to us, and claimed he would
seek legal advice on the attempt
to scandalise our country's name.
And look how long Welsh,
Blanchette, Flemming, Hodge and
Williams made allegations of
corruption in the PAM leadership,
and Shawn, as a Deputy, has
uttered not a word. So he not gong
talk about corruption allegations
inside his Party's leadership, but
talking fast about other people. He
needs to talk out of both sides of
his mouth and get credible in the
eyes of Kittitians.
This former constant call for
integrity in public life by Grant and
PAM and their supporters seem to
be dead and buried since Grant's
popular video taken over at the
Marriott; everything gone quiet
and silent since then. In PAM, it's
an internal matter. But if it is a
Labour leader, then it is a public
matter. Maybe they don't check
how foolish they portray
themselves to the electorate at
times. It is the self-same electorate
they have to go to seek out votes
every five years.
You know now that our general
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elections are over, PAM and the
Sheriff have gone on a propaganda
crusade. They say no one knows
how our national debt came about.
And they also say that when you
go to a supermarket in November,
you will pay an increased 19% tax
on the cost of the goods and this
is called VAT.
Over the past three General
Elections at least PAM has made
the national debt a major issue and
still lost. Their dishonesty is
amazing. Now they have their
political agents on "Voices" also
peddling their crap.
The Labour Government has
never run away from talking about
our huge debt and how it came
about. At all times the government
leaders have been frank, open and
transparent about it. PAM has
even said that rebuilding our
country following the five
hurricanes that passed our way
leaving so much damage was
These men are freaks. We
returned our country to its former
condition so very quickly each
time, relatively speaking, to what
was done by our Caribbean
neighbours, that it was quite
commendable. Rebuilding roads,
making our seaport and airport
serviceable in short order each
time; making our main pier better
for tourist ships and rebuilding it
2 or 3 times after the storms. Fixing
and re-organising our coastal
shorelines, especially between Old
Road and Half Way Tree; were
among the high priority things
done at great cost to the country.
Prime Minister of St
Kitts and Nevis briefed
on Maritime Boundary
Project crucial to management of fishing, maritime security and the
protection of marine environment
The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Denzil Douglas,
and senior officials were briefed on the Commonwealth Secretariat's
maritime boundary programme during a mission this week to the small
island nation in the Eastern Caribbean. A presentation was also made to
community and industry stakeholders on the Secretariat's project and
its relevance to the nation and the way of life of its people.
As part of its support programme, the Secretariat has begun providing
legal and technical advice to the government on this specialised area of
negotiations, focusing on legal and technical issues and enhancing the
knowledge and expertise of officials in St Kitts and Nevis.
"This project will help provide certainty for this island nation," said
Joshua Brien who leads the maritime boundary programme at the
Commonwealth Secretariat. "St Kitts and Nevis has not yet agreed
maritime boundaries with any neighboring countries, which has impeded
efforts to manage the waters that surround it and the important fish and
other marine resources that it contains. The implications for the people
of St Kitts and Nevis and the continued sustainable development of the
country are significant.
What are maritime boundaries?
Maritime boundaries are established between states by agreement.
This is important to settle overlapping maritime claims and to enable
States to exercise their rights over areas of ocean space.
"Our aim is to help the country to settle its boundaries, so that
fishermen can continue to fish without fear of being arrested by
neighboring countries, so that
shipping can be more effectively
monitored and regulated in the
region and so the marine
environment and resources can be
better understood, managed and
protected. These are the issues
that have motivated the
government to act and which drive
Governed by the 1982 United
Nations Convention on the Law
of the Sea, the establishment of
maritime boundaries is of
economic value to communities
that rely upon fishing, marine
resources and shipping. It also
has implications for tackling
piracy and drug trafficking at sea.
The Convention is a
multilateral treaty that establishes
framework of rules and principles
to govern all ocean space. It has
been accepted by 160 countries,
including some 47 Commonwealth
It provides that where rights
to ocean space (the waters and the
seabed) of coastal states overlap,
the countries concerned should
seek to delimit maritime boundaries
by agreement on the basis of
international law in order to
achieve an equitable result.
Secretariat is presently providing
assistance on maritime boundary
and related law of the sea matters
to some 15 of its member countries
throughout the world, helping to
To Magistrate, District B
To the Superintendant of Police
I, Leslina Harris now
residing in Cleverly Hill,
Main Road in town of
Sandy Point do hereby give
you notice that it is my
intention to apply on 2nd
July, 2010 to the District
Magistrate at Sandy Point
for a Retail Liquor Licence
in respect of my premises in
Cleverly Hill, Main Road,
Dated this 17th day of May, 2010
Signed by: Leslina Harris
build expertise, delimit boundaries
and secure rights to areas of
seabed for the benefit of future
To Magistrate, District A
To the Superintendant of Police
I, Petrine Whyte now
residing in Ottley's
Housing Ext. in Ottley's
Village, do hereby give you
notice that it is my intention
to apply on 2nd July, 2010
to the District Magistrate
at Basseterre for a Beer
Licence in respect of my
premises in Ottley's
Dated this 16th day of June,
Signed by: Petrine Whyte
Those who say the money was
"wasted" doing such things will
find themselves in the minority
This is not an exhaustive list
by any means. To return the
country to normalcy in electricity
following Hurricane Georges
alone, for example, would have
been very costly. Our government
placed a high priority on the
comfort and convenience of our
citizens and reacted as the needs
The government schools,
health institutions like the JNF
General Hospital that was virtually
rebuilt and reconfigured, all testify
to where the money went. So all
the false prophets who prey on our
citizens with doom, gloom and sad,
tall Brer Nancy stories need to
check themselves and speak the
It is mystifying to me that in
spite of all the public service
personal going the length and
breadth of our Federation
educating citizens on the VAT, that
there are others still trying to
In the OECS only St. Kitts-
Nevis and St. Lucia don't have
VAT. Barbados and Jamaica have
had it long ago. Why some are
giving the impression that it is
some plague being brought here
by Labour? And the costs of
everything will skyrocket from
November? They too should be
seeking to educate the masses. Not
mislead them. Okay, the Sheriff and
PAM not in favour, that's not
news. What are they in favour of
- NEWS I
I NEWS -
FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
"Thank God for a Father like mine!"
By Ron Daniel
The events of the just concluded Fathers Day "celebration" (if indeed
it can be referred to as a celebration) have prompted me to write this
article albeit late. Father's Day is generally an after-thought in Nevis
when compared to Mother's Day. While Mother's Day is usually used
as a day to celebrate Mother's, Father's Day is almost always used to
castigate and verbally castrate men for their absenteeism, apathetic and
asinine behaviour as it relates to their children. Indeed the failure of
some men to play the role of Fathers is one of the most glaring lacunas
in the Nevisian society. However there are indeed great fathers and
while our society has not been accustomed to celebrate the good, I want
to use this article to do exactly that by paying tribute to my father, Mr.
Hastings Ronaldo Daniel.
Anyone who knows my dad knows that he is no ordinary person
and indeed he has also been an extra-ordinary father to me. I thank God
almost daily that I was so blessed to have been given the opportunity to
be moulded and mentored by a man like my dad. I remember as a child
almost idolizing him and wanting to trying on his clothes and shoes
when I was in primary school although they drowned me. Such was the
stature of the man that I wanted very early to mimic him. However my
dad for me is less known for his stature and more for his spirituality, his
sanguinity, and his sagacity. These are the three S's on which I would
like to focus on to praise my dad.
I grew up in a Christian home where the Bible was not just a book but
central to one's development. From as early as I could remember, I never
ever was allowed to miss church and had to be in my bible daily. These
were practices that were reinforced by my dad. He threw himself into the
work of God and his church.
He would have served in almost every capacity in church besides
the choir because his voice was never melodic. Nevertheless he was a
man who practised reading his bible regularly and can at anytime quote
a scripture in the bible that applies to virtually anything.
Christianity was not a mere religion but a way of life. For him, church
was not a social occasion but an institution where you were groomed as
a Christian, an individual and even a professional.
He would regularly comment that everything about him that is good
is primarily due to his Christian faith and his involvement in the church.
That is why there was never a task too great or no money too great for
him to do or give to his church.
However, it was his unabashed faith in God I admire in him above
everything else because irrespective of the circumstances that I have
seen him faced with, he would rest confident in the assurance that he
can look to the hills from whence cometh his help.
There was no situation too desperate whether emotionally, financially,
professionally or physically for him to forget that if God so clothe the
grass of the field, that God would also clothe him.
It is a faith like this more than anything is one that I wish would be
bequeathed to me as his son.
My dad never knew how to be depressed or diffident. As I mentioned
earlier, he never knew how to worry always believing that none of us by
(cont'd from page 8)
Kitts; the bright 3 to 9 year olds of
the Fireflies Dance School are all
hard at work rehearsing for their
fifth anniversary dance recital
currently scheduled for Sunday
July 4th 2010. The 55 members are
busy perfecting their brilliant
dance pieces to be showcased
under the theme "WEATHER OR
NOT LET'S DANCE!".
According to the Director, Ms.
Heidi Slack, all of the dances to be
presented will be centered around
the weather and the recital
therefore promises to be
educational as well as entertaining.
The Fireflies Dance School
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worrying can add a single hour to
their lives. Instead he would just
smile at every situation with a
presumed confidence that
everything would work out.
As a matter of fact, my father
has mastered the ability to joke
about almost everything just on
the spur on the moment and within
His humour was always a
welcome panacea and it was
commonplace for my mother and I
to just revel in his whit and
humour whether it was just the
three of us or whether he was in a
We would laugh so much that
we would forget that my dad was
still without a job, or that I still did
not have money for my school fees
or that we were still rotating which
bills we would pay in any given
His humour and confidence
made you forget that there was
ever any bad times and he lived
the aphorism that tough times
don't last but tough people do.
Whether he was walking
through town with two cents or
two thousand dollars in his wallet,
his confident gait would never
change. He just knew that
everything would be okay and that
tomorrow was another
opportunity to make the memories
of yesterday seem distant.
I continue to see my dad as one
of the wisest men I know. People
from all walks of life would always
seek him out for counsel on
everything from marriage to
politics to financial planning.
Again, it was like my dad just
always knew exactly what to do in
any given situation. That is why
even when I was sure I had all my
"I's" dotted and "t's" crossed that
I would still pass my plans by him.
The wonderful thing about it
is that I never had to go very far to
was founded in September of 2005
and its past four, very successful,
end-of-year recitals were all
hosted at the Old Girl School on
Victoria Road. Having now
outgrown this venue, these tiny
dancers are all ready to light up
the big stage at the Sir Cecil Jacobs
Auditorium. Also sharing the
spotlight will be special
appearances by the Children's
Dance Theatre, the CFBC Dance
Ensemble, the Anjolique Dance
Company, Makeila Armstrong,
Samal 'Z-Dan' Duggins, Sharalee
Mourillon and Mariece Roberts.
get advice from one of the wisest
men I knew. The thing I like most
about his ability, is not just his
ability to give you three options
but his ability to make a decision
and stand by it.
I have found in my
professional and personal
development that one would
attend a meeting or conference and
there are people there who have
the ability to show you the pros
and cons of every possible action
without making a decision. That
to me is a sign of weakness for fear
of possible backlash. Not my dad.
He would decide tomorrow that he
is going to paint his house black
inside and out and that would be
He had his reasoning although
it might not be easily recognizable
to others and most times he would
be right when all is said and done.
His willingness to make a decision
showed me that we ought not let
the fear of making a mistake
prevent us from acting altogether.
Of course one could not afford
to be static as an entrepreneur and
the business knowledge that he
has passed on to me over the
course of working with him since
1997 part time and full time since
2005 is simply priceless.
My ability to spread my wings
in business is not simply because
of my academic training but
because of the training, moulding
and insight of my dad. Thank God
for a Father like mine.
There are other dads that need
to be celebrated and that not all of
them are missing in action or
deadbeat. We need not look too
far to be find men that are excellent
fathers to their children and even
find some single dads around.
All is not lost in Queen City
Nevis. Therefore we should not
simply overlook Fathers Day but
celebrate it for those that are great
dads as well as encourage those
who are to come to be excellent
examples to their children.
I firmly believe that as we
celebrate the good fathers around
us that others would want to mimic
them and we can start the process
of creating better Nevisian fathers.
Let us celebrate our good fathers.
Local Amateur Radio
The St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla Amateur Radio Society (SKNAARS)
conducted an emergency communications exercise on Thursday, June
10, 2010. The objective of the exercise was to test and upgrade the
Society's emergency communications operational procedures as well as
the message handling skills of operators.
This communications activity, coming at the start of the 2010
hurricane season, deployed thirteen (13) licensed amateur radio operators
on the island of St. Kitts and two (2) on the island of Nevis to locations
around the Federation, in accordance with the society's Emergency
Communications Plan. The Plan, which is upgraded periodically,
establishes an emergency communications network for licensed amateur
radio operators in the Federation and details operational procedures for
hurricanes, volcano eruptions, earthquakes, floods and mudslides and
other natural disasters for which the communications skills of operators
may be required.
Thursday's exercise saw the successful set up and operation of
communication centers in the four (4) zones outlined in the Society's
Emergency Communications Plan. Going eastwards around the island
of St. Kitts, Zone 'K' includes the areas between Bloody Point and Keys
Village; Zone 'T' includes the areas between Keys Village and Dieppe
Bay; and Zone 'S' includes the areas between Dieppe Bay and Bloody
Point. The 4th Zone, Zone 'N', consists of the entire island of Nevis.
According to the Society's Emergency Communications Co-
ordinator, Basil Woods,
a postmortem of the exercise will be held on Monday, June 14th at
6.00pm at the Red Cross Headquarters in Basseterre. At that time, the
strengths and weaknesses of the procedures and facilities as revealed
by the exercise will be examined and arrangements put in place for
improving the overall efficiency of the network.
Meanwhile the President of the Radio Society, Trevor Seaton, is
encouraging inactive operators to become active once more and so
enhance the communications capacity of the Society. Currently, there
are about seventy (70) registered amateur radio operators on the island
of St. Kitts and about six (6) on the island of Nevis. The Society annually
receives applications from prospective new members for training to
become licensed amateur radio operators. The class of 2010 will
The St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla Amateur Radio Society was established
in 1973, and has in the past provided emergency communications
following natural disasters affecting the Federation and neighboring
islands, including major hurricanes and the volcanic eruption on
The Labour Spokesman
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
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Kit an ei rm
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,
JUNE 23RD 2010 (CUOPM) -The
current generation of the
leadership of the OECS are faced
with a challenge historically similar
to that faced by the Founding
Fathers in 1981, and that is: How
to ensure, in the face of a
dramatically continually changing
global reality, that the Member
States and the Organisation of
which they are constituent parts,
will be able to maintain relevance
and the capacity to deliver on the
goals and aspirations of their
citizens well into the future!
"This is the essence of the
challenge which history has
placed before us," declared St.
Kitts and Nevis' Prime Minister
and outgoing Chairman of the
Authority of the OECS Heads of
Government at last Friday's
historic signing of the revised
Treaty of Basseterre in Castries,
St. Lucia, bringing into being the
OECS Economic Union.
Prime Minister Douglas noted
that some five years ago, it became
clear to the leadership of the OECS
that the Member States and the
Organisation itself were at a
particular historical juncture where
decisions needed to be made
which would determine whether
"we move forward in keeping with
the demands of our time, or
whether we remain at rest, in a state
"As in 1981, the leaders of our
Organisation had come to the
conclusion that there was a
necessity for the design of a totally
new organisational construct if it
(the Organisation) was to remain
relevant and capable of
responding to new and emerging
challenges at the national, regional,
and international levels. As with
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before, they became convinced
that there remained no other
meaningful or realistic option
available to them, but to further
deepen the level of integration
among the Member States."
"This deepening pointed in
only one direction- the logical next
step in the integration process,
that of Economic Union. And so,
on the occasion of the 25th
Anniversary of the Organisation,
the OECS Authority decided with
great resolve, to seize the moment,
and agreed formally to proceed
toward the establishment of an
Economic Union of the OECS,
through the signing of an
Agreement of Intent."
The St. Kitts and Nevis Prime
Minister and the longest serving
Head of Government in the
Caribbean, noted that events since
then, at the national, regional and
international levels have proven
not only the timeliness of that
decision, but its correctness as
He noted that within the last
two to three years for example, the
region has had to endure the
devastating effects of the global
financial and economic crisis.
"During that period, we
witnessed an already complex
international financial landscape
being rendered even more
complicated and dangerous by a
financial and economic crisis of a
kind never experienced since the
Our experience of the collapse
of the international capital markets
(including, on the home front, the
triple trauma of the CLICO,
Stanford and British American
failures) confirmed very forcefully,
the role of the OECS and its
institutional machinery in securing
the fortunes of Member States,"
said Prime Minister Douglas.
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OECS Leaders at a meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis to initial the OECS Economic
OECS Leaders at a meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis to initial the OECS Economic
Union Treaty (Photo by Erasmus Williams)
He proffered: "One shudders
to contemplate what would have
become of Antigua and Barbuda
after the Stanford debacle, had
there been no OECS! And even
then, mere membership of an
integration grouping would have
been insufficient. In the final
analysis, what saved the day was
the quality of the institutional
machinery and arrangements
which are at the heart of the OECS
enterprise, and the speed with
which they were mobilized in
response to the crisis. One recalls
the resolve and decisiveness with
which the Monetary Council
through the ECCB intervened to
restore stability, credibility and
respectability to the OECS
financial sector in the wake of
"That resolve was also
matched by the OECS Secretariat
who for the past four years or so -
at the behest of the Authority -
had embarked on a process of
representing the region's strategic
interests through the development
of relationships, at the regional
level, with nontraditional partners
in different parts of the world a
move which has brought dividends
by way of mobilization of
unprecedented levels of
developmental resources. Today it
is absolutely clear, that in the
absence of the OECS and its
arrangements, the fate of the
countries which make up the
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Organisation would have already
been sealed, in a negative and most
The St. Kitts and Nevis leader
noted that the process of
designing the mechanisms for the
OECS Economic Union is one
which holds important lessons for
A major lesson, he said, speaks
to the wisdom of ensuring that
popular consultation and
engagement was a central feature
of the process.
"Throughout the length and
breadth of each of the Member
States of the OECS, organisational
structures were established across
sectors, demographic groups, and
other relevant categories. These
structures facilitated consultations
of various kinds including
interactive town hall meetings,
formal and informal lectures,
seminars and workshops to explain
the meaning and significance of
the Economic Union concept and
the benefits to be derived. Most
importantly however, the
consultations sought to obtain
from members of the public their
own views on the Economic
Union concept, its desirability and
applicability in their current
circumstances, and in particular,
ideas for incorporation in the
design of the institutions and
arrangements to underpin them,"
said Dr. Douglas.
He added that the process also
allowed not only a greater
understanding of the Economic
Unionby the people of the OECS,
but also a popular identification
"A feature of the Economic
Union arrangements which has
fired the popular imagination
relates to the provisions for the
movement of persons. Unlike the
Free Movement provisions of the
CARICOM Single Market and
Economy, the provisions for the
Movement of Persons in the OECS
Economic Union Protocol make no
distinction. Instead, it secures the
free movement of citizens of
Protocol Member States within the
Economic Union area, and requires
that such movement 'entail the
abolition of any discrimination
based on nationality between
citizens of the Protocol Member
States as regards employment,
remuneration, and other
conditions of work and
employment'," said Dr. Douglas.
"While these are certainly bold
provisions, they are a necessary
element of the new construct, and
their popular appeal facilitates
acceptance at the political level.
This reflects the well entrenched
sense of community that is so
evident among OECS citizens,"
said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader.
He said the process also
provided with a lesson which
points to the value and power of
compromise and accommodation.
"Over the last four years,
representatives of OECS Member
States have been engaged in
negotiations at a number of levels.
At the political level of Heads of
Government in particular, we have
been meeting, working long and
hard, quietly and without fanfare,
to iron out problems, and to work
around or to remove obstacles to
"Inspired by the goal of
Economic Union, and guided by
the objectives established in
relation to the process, many
compromises were made. Indeed
the OECS could not have arrived
at this juncture were it not for the
tremendous spirit of compromise
which prevailed, and which was
exhibited by all. We were all
motivated by that sense of a
common purpose, the continued
integration of our people and our
efforts to improve welfare."
We allowed nothing to distract
our eyes from that ball, and we
were always prepared to do what
needed to be done to move the
process forever forward," said
Prime Minister Douglas.
- NEWS I
12 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
Cabinet continues to
review proposals for
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 21ST 2010 (CUOPM) -
The St. Kitts and Nevis Cabinet has been reviewing important
studies and analyses submitted by the Barbados-based Caribbean
Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC).
At the recent meeting of the Cabinet, presided over by Prime Minister
and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; the Financial
Secretary, Mrs. Janet Harris and the Deputy Comptroller of Inland
Revenue, Mr. Edward Gift, informed there was ongoing consultation on
the draft White Paper on VAT and that the consultation was being used
to generate ideas and feedback for the improvement of the VAT
In looking at the proposals for a possible VAT rate, Cabinet reviewed
important studies and analyses on VAT that have been done by CARTAC.
It has been suggested that a VAT rate under 20 percent be implemented
to replace about a dozen existing taxes. Specific details on the VAT rate
will be finalized shortly and communicated to the public.
Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Hon.
Patrice Nisbett, indicated that he was prepared to have the appropriate
VAT legislation put before the Cabinet for passage to the Parliament in
the next few weeks, and that he expected the entire public to pay attention
and become part of the discussion surrounding the simplification of the
indirect tax regime.
Federal Minister of Finance, Prime Minister Douglas, emphasized
that VAT must be excluded from its application to a range of basic goods
and services which include, but are not limited to interest and loan
payments, some medicines for chronic diseases, bus fees, residential
rent, local farmers' produce, fuels such as gasoline, diesel, cooking gas
and kerosene; articles specific to
disabled persons, printed reading material, and limited amounts of
Considerable focus was placed on making the VAT system very easy
to manage and to advance this objective, it has been approved to limit
the number of businesses that will be able to collect VAT by establishing
a lower threshold of about EC$150,000 in gross sales. That is to say that
businesses whose annual gross sales fall below EC$150,000 will most
likely not have to collect VAT.
Another critical aspect of the discussion was making allowance for
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2010, its offices will be relocated to Bank Street, Basseterre
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the crossover point to the new
VAT system and the kind of care
that will be taken to ensure a fair
and smooth transition to the new,
improved and more efficient VAT
system. Cabinet was assured that
these matters are being addressed.
All natives of Anguilla, St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba
and Statia. M/V Mutty's Pride is introducing a new cargo service of loose, dry,
chill, frozen and containers between these islands.
We are accepting Cargo as follows:-
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St. Maarten Tuesday at Galis Bay Port
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St. Croix Friday at Gallows Bay
St. Thomas Saturday at Sand Fill Port
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Local medical doctor
is Finland's first honorary
consul in St. Kitts and Nevis
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 21ST 2010 (CUOPM) -Alocal
medical practitioner has been named Finland's first Honorary Consul
in St. Kitts and Nevis.
The credentials of Dr. Joy Kathleen Allen-Ferdinand, was
approved by the Cabinet, after it was submitted by St. Kitts and
Nevis' Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and
National Security, Hon. Sam Condor.
Cabinet in July last year, approved the establishment of an
Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Finland in St. Kitts and Nevis
at the request of its Caracas-based Finnish Embassy.
In giving its approval, Cabinet noted the contributions of Dr.
Kathleen Allen-Ferdinand to Medicine and to matters related to HIV/
AIDS, not the least of which was her chairpersonship of the National
Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
The government believes that Dr. Ferdinand's appointment
provides great impetus for a productive relation between Finland and
takes this opportunity to wish this outstanding citizen well in all her
diplomatic and other endeavours.
Finland has in recent times, attempted to forge closer partnerships
with Caribbean countries, and in particular, the members of the OECS.
The twin-island Federation's principal subject of mutual interest
with Finland is climate change and the combating of its effects.
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Health Minister Liburd
tackles incidents of
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS,
JUNE21ST2010 (CUOPM) -Four
months after taking office as the
Federation's fifth Minister of
Health since political
independence, the Hon. Marcella
Liburd, has received Cabinet
approval for new dietary
guidelines aimed at reducing the
incidence of lifestyle diseases.
Ms. Liburd reminded her
Cabinet colleagues of the twin-
island Federation's commitment to
facilitate the access to nutritionally
adequate diets by all people at all
times, and posited that the new
dietary guidelines are geared towards achieving this.
Minister Liburd, who took office in February, following the January
25th General Elections, alluded to the Rome Declaration (1996) on World
Food Security by the FAO where global commitment was made to provide
nutritionally adequate and safe food for the world's people.
She provided ministers with an analysis of the situation with
infectious and chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and informed
that whereas there has been a decrease in the incidence of infectious
diseases, and infant mortality, there has been an increase in chronic
Minister Liburd, who succeeded the Hon. Rupert Herbert, explained
that improved access to prenatal and neonatal care, sanitation,
immunization and rehydration therapy has drastically improved with
respect to infant mortality.
The most prevalent NCDs were identified as heart disease,
hypertension, diabetes and cancer, and the Minister revealed that all of
these are linked to obesity, poor nutrition and lack of exercise.
Ms. Liburd, a former netballer, sports enthusiast and regular jogger,
reinforced her vision to promote better eating habits, regular exercise
and nutrition education, and ultimately to reduce the incidence of lifestyle
The New Dietary Guidelines are as follows:
1. Choose foods from the 6 food groups everyday
2. Limit the use of foods and drinks with added salt or sugar
3. Use less fats and oils when preparing and cooking foods
4. Eat different types of fruits everyday
5. Eat a variety of vegetables daily
6. Use less salty and processed foods
7. If you use alcohol, do so sparingly
8. Be physically active by exercising for at least 30 minutes everyday
Cabinet said the dietary guidelines were developed through focus
group discussions with members of the public and will be fully launched
and disseminated in the upcoming weeks.
Photo: Minister ofHeath, Hon. MAlarcella Liburd (photo by Erasmus
RAM's family partners
with local churches to
establish Outreach Centre
for the needy
By Melissa Amsterdam
Last Saturday (June 19th) saw the opening of the St. Christopher
Outreach Centre a venture which is a partnership of the RAM's Trading
Company Ltd., family and the churches of the St. Kitts Christian Council.
The symbolic opening of this new community outreach facility,
located on the Bay Road, Basseterre, was attended by many civic minded
persons who came out to witness the opening and share in the joy of the
The Outreach Centre which is nestled in the Irish Town and
McKnight area is the vision of the proprietor of the RAM'S Trading
Company, Mr. Kishu Chandiramani and his family, will provide for the
underprivileged, particularly the homeless and shut-ins in society, a
way to receive hot meals and free medical assistance three times weekly.
Mr. Chandiramani said that his family and their business have been
part of the Federation for 75 years and with this in mind he saw it fit to
give back to the community, and thus, the dream of the Outreach Centre
"I thought about what I could do to celebrate 75 years," Mr.
Chandiramani stated, "Instead of just giving away gifts, I decided that I
Mr. Kishu Chandiramani handing over the Keys to the St.
Christopher Outreach Centre to President of the Christian Council,
Reverend Isaiah Philip.
would open the Centre".
Mr. Chandiramani said that in
the planning phase the intention
was to feed 100 persons each day.
However, the decision was made
to accommodate persons three
The project will be operated by
the St. Kitts Christian Council,
with four churches Anglican,
Catholic, Methodist and
Moravian assigned to one week
in the month, Mr. Chandiramani
pointed out, adding that his
company will provide the food and
other necessary help.
He calls on all farmers, bakers
and other charitable spirited
persons to donate to the worthy
The Center is set to open to
the public on July 5th.
Another backer of the
commendable project is the
Ministry of Health, Social
Development, Culture and Gender
Speaking on behalf of the
Minister responsible for the
portfolio, Hon. Marcella Liburd
was Mr. Elvis Newton, Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of
He said that the Minister
commends the joint efforts of the
RAM's family and St. Kitts
Christian Council for their
endeavours in assisting the less
He disclosed that the fee for
the food handler's permits was
The building in which the St.
Christopher Outreach Centre is
housed was purchased over 30
years ago by RAM's as their first
warehouse and formerly housed
the Academy School.
inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa
Honour Society in May 2010 and
was on the Dean's List in the
Spring 2010 Semester, Fall 2009
Semester and Spring 2009 Semester
and to the President's List in the
Fall 2008 Semester.
Trista, the youngest daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Erasmus Williams
would like to thank first Almighty
with an Associate
Degree in General
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 17TH 2010
(CUOPM) Last Thursday, it was a proud moment in
the life of former WashingtonArchibald High School
student, Trista Williams.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude with an
Associate Degree in General Business
Administration from the H. Lavity Stoutt Community
College (HLSCC) in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
The 18-year-old lass maintained a GPA of 3.75
during her two year stint at the college. She was
Mrs. Christine Williams (left), Ms. Trista Williams andMr. Erasmus
God, her parents, her brothers and
sisters and uncles and aunts as
well as former teachers at Slacks
Pres-School, the Maurice Hellier
Memorial Primary School, the
Washington Archibald High
School and the H. Lavity Stoutt
Decked out in their gowns and
caps, the 208 students from the H.
Lavity Stoutt Community College
received their certificates and
diplomas at the 17th Graduation
This year, there were 154
graduands from HLSCC and 54
from the United Kingdom's
Chartered Management Institute
programme which is being
delivered at the college.
The college is also celebrating
its 20th anniversary this year
under the theme "Honouring the
Past Forging Ties for the Future."
College President Dr. Karl
Dawson told the graduates the
fact that they have been able to
obtain a quality education from
this institution is due in large part
to the contributions of those who
have gone before.
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Six contestants vying for the
coveted Miss Culture Queen title
and eight contestants eyeing the
inaugural Miss Swimwear on
Friday had lunch with the Deputy
Prime Minister, Hon. Sam Candor,
at Sugar's restaurant in St. Kitts
after a tour of various historical
sites in St. Kitts among them
Hon. Condor told the
contestants that the Prime
Minister would have loved to been
with them but he had to join other
Heads of Government on a
historical day when the Basseterre
Treaty was being signed.
"I want to wish you well. I
normally tell girls in my
constituency that all of them
cannot win but they should enjoy
themselves and learn a lot from the
great opportunity. I also tell them
to accept what the judges decide,"
he told the contestants.
The Deputy Prime Minister
encouraged the contestants to
make new friends and to make their
country proud. He also presented
each of the contestants with a gift
from the Prime Minister.
"If you have a wonderful time,
you will have a good show. If you
do really well, that will be an added
attraction. The show can be the
beginning of achieving your goal.
Be at your best as people will come
to the show to look for ambitious,
young confident young women."
Miss Culture Queen contestants 2010 pose for a photograph with
the Deputy Prime Minister, Sam Candor after a luncheon at Sugars.
FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
Charlestown High wins
at Project P.O.E.T.R.Y's
By Melissa Amsterdam
The winner of the exciting first edition of Project P.O.E.T.R.Y emerged
as Charlestown High School's very own, Serena Clarke.
At the staging of the show held at the Old Girls' School, Victoria
Road, Basseterre, on Saturday evening, June 19th, the talented Nevisian
won from a group of four other equally exceptional poets.
Serena out rhymed her opponents after two rounds of poetic battle
and walked away as the night's champion, winning a laptop computer
Also participating in the night's event was memorable poet Kimi-Lee
Knight of the BasseterreHigh School.
Kimi-Lee with her style for the dramatics captivated the audience
with her edgy and creative performance in both rounds by employing
the use of costume changes and drumming.
She was amply rewarded for her outstanding performance by placing
second and received a brand new phone from LIME.
Placing third was Wricherley Gumbs of the Washington Archibald
High School the only male competitor who emotively versed on the
The young poet stole the audiences minds while on stage as he
recited vivid verses about the tragedy. He was rewarded for his efforts
with a $500 gift certificate to the Athlete's Foot.
The other budding poet of the night was Cheyann Quinland of the
St. Theresa's Convent High who focused on the importance of a teacher
with 'My Teacher, My Friend'.
Also shinning in the night's event was Merv-Ann Thompson, who
poignantly spoke on the platform of women empowerment which no
doubt inspired many.
The night was also filled with fantastic and captivating performances
by the soulful Nicha-B and poetic recitations by Desi Brown, Dameon
Lawerence, Patrick Walters, Stephen LOV Smith, Vincent and Ricki.
A fashion segment by S Model Management was also featured.
The event was a production of Island Xpressions, whose creator is
Duggins who is the Federation's Ambassador on the revival of poetry
said that he was highly impressed with the quality of the poems presented
by the participants.
He disclosed that another exciting edition is on its way.
More additions to the Alumni of the
ECCB Savings and Investments Course
Thirteen more Kittitians
have graduated from the ECCB
Savings and Investments
Course which is coordinated by
the Eastern Caribbean Central
Bank and corporate partners:
The University of the West
Indies Open Campus, St Kitts
and Nevis and The Clarence
Fitzroy Bryant College. The
ceremony was held on
Saturday, 19 June 2010 at the
Ocean Terrace Inn, Basseterre,
Attendees at the ceremony
were enlightened on the topic
"Challenges of Succeeding in a
Small Business" presented by
the guest speaker Mr Kachi
Armony, Manager, Tech
Sperts. The significant
challenges noted were:
Access to accurate
market data to assist in
developing a business plan.
Access to financing to
start the business.
Lack of technical
assistance to foster the
development of the business.
capacity to take advantage of
Finding and keeping the
To overcome these
challenges, he emphasised the
importance of thinking big to
change challenges to
opportunities, casting aside
reservations and biases,
networking to develop business
relationships with clients and
business partners, clearly
communicating the long term
aspirations of the business to
the employees, so they can feel
a part of the organisation and
work towards achieving the
The certificates were
presented by Mrs Sonia
McPhail, Principal, Clarence
Fitzroy Bryant College and the
congratulatory message was
delivered by Mrs Cecily Jacobs
on behalf of Mrs Olivia
Edgecombe-Howell, Head, the
UWI Open Campus, St Kitts
and Nevis. The graduates were
applauded for taking the bold
step in seeking financial
knowledge and were
encouraged to utilise the
information to their advantage
in creating personal wealth.
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The five poets of the Project P O.E. TR. Y on stage after the night'
event. (Photo by Positively Inclined)
The ten-week course was
delivered by the following
facilitators: Mr Percival Hanley,
Mr Analdo Bailey, Mrs Dawn
Heyliger, Mr Faron Lawrence,
Mrs Petronella Crooke, Mrs
Charmaine Donovan, Mr
Anthony Galloway, Mr Arthur
Williams and Mr John Venner.
Course modules focus on
financial planning, financial
decision making, financial goals,
understanding financial jargon
and documents, understanding
how the stock market works,
the different types of
investment assets, financial risk
understanding how to develop
an investment portfolio that
matches one's needs. Sessions
incorporate case studies,
debates, mock trials and other
engaging and interactive
learning tools. To date, over
1,800 persons from the Eastern
Caribbean Currency Union
have completed the course.
The Labour Spokesman
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
Central Basseterre Labour
Party Branch conducts
BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (June 21, 2010) Parliamentary
Representative for Central Basseterre and Federal Minister of Health
Hon Marcella Liburd, on Thursday June 17 informed members of the
Labour Party Constituency Branch that knowledge is power and
demonstrated it by organising a successful member education session
At the branch's monthly meeting, held every third Thursday of the
month at Masses House, Church Street, two officials from the Tax Reform
Unit, Garry Thomas and Nekisha Evans, explained in finer details how
the VAT (Value Added Tax) to be introduced in November will affect
them and the country on a whole.
The two officials who were invited by Hon. Minister and Central
Basseterre M.P told the members that once the new tax is introduced,
everyone will be liable to pay, but advised them (public) to be on a
lookout for business persons who would charge VAT on zero-rated items,
and how to identify business places that are registered to collect VAT.
A member asked them how the new tax would apply to items bought
from the neighboring island of St. Maarten, and in reply Garry Thomas
Tax Reform Unit officials, Nekisha Evans (left) and Garry Thomas
educate the constituency members on VAT On the right is
Parliamentary Representative and Minister of Health, Hon Marcella
informed her that since the new tax
will replace a number of taxes, "with
VAT you will be paying a lower
rate. It will be cheaper if you are
the one doing the importation."
Hon Marcella Liburd informed
that at the meeting they also
discussed issues at the branch
level including membership cards
for the members in the
constituency, and the organisation
of a branch constituency
conference, which she said that the
first one was held last December,
but the second one will not be held
in December. A date will be set.
"We are trying to organise a
savings scheme for our members,
bearing in mind what is going on
in the world financially," said Hon
Liburd. "We are trying to
encourage people to save, so we
are trying one of the saving
schemes for the members, where
we encourage them to save
something for a rainy day."
Members supported the idea
of turning the constituency office
on Central Street into a learning
centre. According to the
computer classes for members will
be undertaken at the learning
centre and at the moment they are
sourcing some computers. English
classes targeting the Spanish
community will be offered at the
centre, as that has been an area of
The branch also explored the
possibility of running an events
management course to help the
young people who are organising
a number of functions, but do not
have enough skills to organising
Hon Marcella Liburd addressing members at the Labour Party
Central Basseterre constituency ii,.,. ii, at Masses House.
them successfully. "We want to be able to give them the skills," stated
She also noted that Young Labour members have an invitation from
the St. Vincent Labour Party, and are expected to travel to the OECS
country around the first of July, and about 30 and 35 will be making the
trip. A camp will be held inMcKnight area for children ages 5-12, and she
encouraged parents to bring their children for the camp which will be
held in August, although the dates had not been set.
26th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the 26th Annual General Meeting
of the Police Co-operative Credit Union (St Christopher
and Nevis) Limited will take place at NEMA Conference
Room, Lime Kiln on Wednesday 30th June, 2010 at 5:00 pm.
REGISTRATION: 5:00 5:30 pm to qualify for 'Early
Bird' door prizes.
1. Call to Order
3. Chairman's Opening Remarks
4. Feature Address
5. Vote of Thanks
7. Call to Order
8. Ascertainment of Quorum
9. Minutes of the 25th Annual General Meeting
10. Matters arising from the minutes of the 25th
Annual General Meeting
11. Reports and Adoptions
a) Board of Directors
d) Credit Committee
e) Supervisory Committee
13. Appropriation of Surplus
14. Appointment of Auditors
15. Any other Business
Notice of Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the 37th Annual General Meeting of the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla
Trading and Development Company Limited (TDC) will be held at the Fisherman's Wharf,
Fortlands, Basseterre, St. Kitts, on Thursday 1 July, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.
1. To receive the Report of the Directors
2. To receive and consider the Financial Statements for year ended 31 January, 2010
3. To receive and consider the Report of Auditors thereon
4. To declare a Dividend
5. To elect Directors to replace those retiring by rotation
6. To appoint Auditors and to authorize the Directors to fix their remuneration for the ensuing
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD
- NEWS I
18 The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
BASSETERRE, St Kitts The Royal St Kitts Hotel was a abuzz with
activity over the past weekend, as some two hundred participants
gathered for the second Kingdom Worship Conference hosted by Gospel
Outreach Ministries in collaboration with New Birth Gospel Tabernacle.
From Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th June, registrants from St Kitts,
Antigua and St Maarten experienced awesome worship and benefitted
from several general sessions and technical workshops designed to lift
the standard of worship and enhance the skills of persons involved in
the worship ministry. Under the theme "Gathering of the Kings", the
conference's general sessions were facilitated by Pastor Mark Bethel of
Bahamas Faith Ministries Int'l (BFMI) in Nassau, Bahamas and Apostle
Alicia Liverpool of Total Praise Ministries in St Maarten N.A.
Pastor Mark Bethel is the Worship Pastor and Minister of Music at
BFMI under the leadership of Dr Myles Munroe where his ministry
covers some 27 years. He is an established leader with a gift of excellence
in praise and worship who is actively involved regionally and
internationally in directing, supporting and producing training seminars,
recordings and publications about praise and worship. Pastor Bethel
was accompanied at this conference by his Assistant Music Director,
Minister James Hepburn, and the leaders of BFMI's dance and mime
ministries, Minister Dandria Scott and Minister Toinette Mackey
respectively who facilitated the technical workshops.
Apostle Alicia Liverpool (Hon D.D.) is a beloved pastor and mentor
with a multi-faceted gifting as an anointed prophetic psalmist, musician
and visionary leader. Her prophetic insight, revelatory teaching and life-
applicable messages inspired participants to maturity, while calling them
to a lifestyle of worship characterized by obedience, service and integrity.
By all accounts, conference delegates were tremendously blessed
by the ministry of all the facilitators and had nothing but glowing
commendations for the very well-organized event. But it was not all
work as the participants were able to fellowship, renew old acquaintances
and make new Kingdom connections. Additionally, they were pleasantly
surprised with door prizes, with the grand prize of a full-featured Samsung
cell phone going to Sister Daisy Archibald of the Apostolic Faith Church,
Bishop Cyprian Williams, senior pastor of New Birth Gospel
Tabernacle along with the conference committee, would like to extend
deepest gratitude to all those who contributed in no small measure to
the success of this conference, and especially to the following:
Bahamas Faith Ministries Int'l; Total Praise Ministries; Royal St Kitts
Hotel; Government Printery; Hon. Richard Skerritt; Digicel; Delisle
Walwyn & Co Ltd; Caribbean Alliance Insurance; Modem Printers/
MacPennies; LIME; SKNANational Bank; Nagico; Ashburry's; Harper's;
Island Hopper; Brisbane Productions; Insurance Company of the West
Indies; 888 CaribbeanPhone; Dominos; Mr Denzil Crooke; MrKeethton
France; Mrs Veronica Liburd; Mr Kayode Liburd; Ms Marissa Matthew;
Mr Ignatius Kelly; Mr Robert Mardenborough; Mrs Heather Browne;
Mrs Vanessa Matthew; Mr Michael Martin; Unique Fashions; Frigate
Bay Dev. Corp.; ZIZ; WINN FM; Choice FM; Dominion Radio; Sugar
City Roc FM; Radio Paradise; Mr David Blake; Mr Alex St Juste.
ALBUM IS HERE!!
Masud Sadiki's fans have waited more than enough to get a copy of
his Keep It Down To Earth album. It is finally in his hands. Masud said
he breathed a huge sigh of relief, as if he felt the weight of the world
lifted from his shoulders, when he held a copy of the album for the first
time yesterday. The album goes on sale tomorrow morning at the St.
Kitts Music Market on Fort Street, where the SKMM will be joining the
St. Kitts Music Festival's local marketing and promotions team.
Masud has just secured a deal with West Indie Records for a world
wide release of this album in August 2010, but the artist said, he did not
want to keep his fans in the Federation waiting any longer. Hence, the
decision was taken to give them the right to get it first, during the St.
Kitts Music Festival.
As the word leaked that the album was at customs yesterday, dozens
of fans called and made their orders and some have even paid for their
copies Although the album is hot off of the press, it is being sold at a
Contributed By: Shaday Peters
Here the 'long rout' may be better as well since liberal
amounts of tact, diplomacy, red tape and 'proper
channels' must be observed and utilized. Mistakes late
in the day on the 21st can touch off misunderstandings
with coworkers or 'elder/tenured' personalities,
especially if they are Aquarius, Pisces, Cancer, Leo or
other Rams. Avoid becoming 'too personal' the 23rd,
especially with Pisces, Sagittarius, Cancer, Aries, Leo
or other Rams. Wrap up fast the 25th and keep
'aggressive and/or impulsive energies' under control.
Here 'what you see and what you get' must be paired, in
harmony and reasonably 'matched' before proceeding.
Avoid coworkers who are gossiping to bringing 'too
much personal' energy to the work scene, especially
near the 22nd to 24th and be on time and ready to
'negotiate' the 24/25th, especially if you hope to garner
the approval or cooperation of power/money people.
Travel or extra work over the weekend is a possibility.
Break out that 'sincerity' in any and ALL your dealings
this week, especially near the 21/22nd when mistakes,
misunderstandings and confusion over info are most
likely to prevail and again near the 24/25th when your
words, actions or ideas MAY be taken the wrong of two
or four 'different' ways! Distorted ideas can run wild in
the minds of any who feel threatened or 'slighted.' Great
diplomacy is definitely needed ALL week!
Fending off problems with coworkers or those on 'crisis
mode' this week is likely near the 21st and 24th. Project
a good solid image near the 22nd as 'speculative
investing' of either money or trust in your abilities may
be going on around you. Avoid gossipers or those who
seem to be 'bringing too much personal issues into the
work scene' near the 23rd to 25th. Several signs appear
to have problems with sarcasm, aggression and jumping
to conclusions this week. Give everyone the benefit of
the doubt AND some hefty 'lee way.'
The more 'professional' your job description, the more
you need to implement tact, diplomacy and gross
respect for red tape/proper channel homage rituals this
week! There may be an appalling 'lack' of
professionalism this week AND, several instances of
'protocol violations' afoot. Some may be under the
surface, behind the scenes and flowing on 'low levels'
while others may be making local or world 'news!' There
appears to be great potential for saying, doing, choosing
and publishing 'the wrong thing' this week. Think first,
especially the 21st and 24th to 26th.
Nowhere else in your life is the need for tact, diplomacy
and forethought more necessary than in the daily, even
'low level' everyday dealings of career, job/work and
industry connections this week. Each day appears to
grow in 'need' as we near the end of the week with the
22nd demanding attention to small details and accuracy,
the 23rd requiring that you 'avoid too much personal
issue sharing, the 24th needing distancing from any who
gossip or complain and the 25th monitoring your 'vocal
tones' to keep them free of any 'sarcasm' or 'criticism.
very special price of EC $40 during
the three days of the festival at
The album features 15
powerful and positive tracks.
Hakeem Samuel produced and
arranged the album while Jazzique
Chiverton of Ball A Karn
productions, produced 4 of the
tracks. The album was recorded
at Atlantic Recording studio by
Here too, the tendency for others around you to be
distracted, overloaded, mired down in 'personal issues'
and other types of complications that lend energy to
confusion, MISTAKES and misunderstandings is rather
high this week, especially near the 21 st, later hours of
the 23rd, all day the 24th and AM of the 25th. Energies
you must 'juggle or field' appear to be errors of others
YOU must fix, impatience, aggression and sarcasm
This week appears peppered with good networking
tidbits and liberally sprinkled with helpful energies from
those lateral, superior and subordinate, especially
Cancer, Sagittarius, Libra, Scorpio or Capricorn
personalities. Having to either work or travel the
weekend is possible and IF you do, the 26th can be both
challenging and expensive but highly profitable as sin as
the 28th or as far out as Oct/Nov. You show know you
are prone to be 'quarrelsome' the 27th and while this
one is more likely to unfold in your personal/family life,
some of you may find it hit in your career arena if you
are exposed to exchanges the 27th.
Great potential for expansion and 'beefing up' your
existing network/connections is likely this week,
especially the 21st and 24th. Being seen as 'tolerant and
obliging' is essential, especially the 23/24th. Allow room
for those who lack tact, diplomacy or who 'violate
protocol' and avoid being group or perceived as partner
to/with or associated in any way with any person or
persons who 'breach' accepted veins. Having to travel,
especially near the 23rd to 27th is likely and WILL add
to cost/expense 'big time' but should be ultimately 'worth
Seeing 'the end' to career problems 'phase out finally' as
we near the 24th to 27th is also likely this week and can
include anything from troublesome coworkers to big
projects you've 'wanted off your back for some time
now.' Small complications can arise that delay or
frustrate near the 22nd and/or 24/25th. Use GREAT tact
and decorum, especially near the 24th when 'breaches
in protocol' are most likely. Do NOT be seen as part of
any unhappy, gossiping or complaining factions.
You are prone to making mistakes the 21 st no matter
how careful you are or how many times you 'double
check.' As SOON as you discover even the smallest
flaw, the best thing to do is fix it fast, do NOT try to 'hide
it' as the 'fix' is more important to focus on than any of
the other implications or ramification associated with it.
Strike your best deal/s the 22/23rd and be sure to start
out with 'common pleasantries' before getting down to
the bottom line. Break the ice with power people the
23/24th, especially if you are dealing long distance or
with foreign connections' before making any requests,
especially those that involve money/backing or 'power
moves.' IF you encounter 'sarcasm' the 25th, respond
tactfully and slowly to it; knee jerk reactions can
escalate issues way too fast and far out of control.
Just because the eclipse window may focus on 'those
who with to cycle out' does not necessarily equate to
employment or career 'life' as your stars show that while
this week 'may be a great deal of work and demanding
effort' for you, there IS good 'promise of returns' being
exponentially rewarding; to the tune of 2 to 4 times! The
'first omens' of what to expect appear likely the 30th to
5th. Be willing to schedule heavily on the 30th and
1/2nd. Rack'em, stack'em and pack'em!
Cliffette "Ip" Isaac and at Regional
Akerances Recording Studio by
Masud Sadiki thanks Coury's
Wholesale for being the album's
He also thanks Reggie Amory
of Amory Enterprises and Dango
Farrell of Farrell's Upholstery for
their significant support of this
project. A Special thank you was
also given to all the singers and
players of instruments who added
their talents to album.
All your favourite local music
can be purchased at the St. Kitts
Music Market downtown daily
and at the festival venue nightly.
For more information, please
contact Kevin Donovan at (869)
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V. E. INNISS
Let not our keart
The weight and significance of any utterance, advice or admonition
depend to a large extent on the context in which they were given and
It is no over statement to say that troubled hearts exist all over the
world today and is symptom of what is happening around us or to us.
By reason of our complex personality, we stand related to three realms
of being physical, mental and spiritual, hence worry may come to us
from any one of these contributories. It is easy to understand why
depressing global news headlines and details, financial and economic
meltdown loss of employment and home foreclosure singly or collectively
seem to cause all of us to look more closely at the tyranny of worry.
A few years ago Bobby McFerrin put to music these lyrics: Here is a
little song I wrote you, might want to sing it note by note, don't worry,
be happy. In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry you
make it double. Don't worry, be happy.
Ain't got no place to lay your head, somebody came and took your
bed, don't worry, be happy. The landlord say our rent is late, he may
have to litigate, don't worry, be happy, ain't got no cash, ain't got n
style, ain't got no girl to make your smile, don't worry, be happy 'cause
when you worry your face will frown and that will bring everybody
down, don't worry, be happy."
That was intended, I'm sure to be a light hearted tune aimed at causing
fans to pack up their troubles in their own kitbag and simile.
It is about time all of us begin to realize that worry is more insidious
than first thought. One does not need to travel very far along the road of
life before one discovers that probably the greatest foe with which the
human heart has to contend is worry.
The terrible havoc which worry works is written on the faces of men
and women everywhere. Worry destroys the vitality of the body, turns
the mind into a seething cauldron of unrest and robs the soul of peace.
Evan Esar was right in saying "Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives us
something to do, but it does not get us anywhere."
Sadly, no one is exempt from worry and its relentless attacks,
especially these days. It possesses the fatal power of entering the palace
of the king as easily as it does the humblest cottage in the land.
WORRY IS FATAL
Research has revealed that worry is one of the most fatal of all
transgressions. It is a sin against not just one organ of the body, but
against the body as a whole. It is a demon whose pressure is felt upon
the heart, and there is not a capillary in any gland or tissue which does
not shrink under the glance of its gloomy eyes and knockout punch.
More than that, a person who worries is slowly draining the springs
of life. It unnerves, paralyses and
unfits one for the battle of life.
Worry (among other things)
whitens the hair, saddens the heart
and sends multitudes to untimely
graves. The reason why worry kills
more people than work is that more
people worry than work. That's not
The saddest part of it is that
most of our troubles which
contribute to worry have been
imaginary troubles. In other
words, they have been
unnecessary troubles. They have
not been troubles of the imminent
today, but of the visionary
tomorrow. They have been
troubles which would never have
bothered most of us if we had not
gone forth and hunted them out.
To shield us from the physical,
mental and spiritual onslaught of
worry, Jesus told his disciples and
followers of His day "Take
therefore no thought for the
morrow, for the morrow shall take
thought for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day is the evil
thereof' (Matth 6:34).
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen once
wrote "Worry is a form of atheism,
for it betrays a lack of faith and
trust in God."
With that in mind, we would
better understand and appreciate
our Lord's admonition which forms
our topic for today. "Let not your
heart be troubled, you believe in
God, believe also inme" (John 14:1).
What wonderful words of
comfort and wisdom. Let not your
hearts be sensible of the grief and
sadness. Be not ruffled and
discomposed. Keep possession of
your own souls when you can
keep possession of nothing else.
The heart is the main fort;
whatever we do, keep trouble from
the heart. Christ was in essence
saying, because you are my
disciples you should do more than
others. Keep your minds quiet,
LAWRENCE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
As preparations for the 29th
Annual Pianoforte Concert by
past and present students of the
Lawrence School of Music get
underway, it has been disclosed
that monetary donations have
been made to various causes in
our community, by the Music
These funds are derived
mainly from the Pianoforte
Concert which the Music
School holds every year.
$6,000 was given to Zion
Moravian Church, where the
most recent concert was held.
Lady Hulda Lawrence, on
behalf of the students, made the
presentation. In making the
presentation, she gave thanks
to God for the talents He has
given that can be used in this
work of Kingdom building.
Superintendent Minister, Rev.
Hilton Joseph, in accepting the
gift, expressed thanks to the
music school for their generous
effort and gift.
Also present that this brief
ceremony were some members of
the Organizing Committee, as well
as students who are members of
that Church, and who participated
in our most recent concert, the 28th
$1,000 was given to a family
who suffered devastating losses
in a fire. This presentation was
made at the Music School in the
presence of some of the students.
The gift was received by a family
Along with other donations,
the Music School continues its
monthly Food Programme to
needy elderly persons in the
Lady Lawrence and the Music
School say thanks to all who
helped to make this donation
The next Pianoforte Concert
will be held at Wesley Methodist
Church on Tuesday July 13, 2010
at 7:30 p.m. The proceeds will go
to Olivet Gospel Hall.
when everything else and
everyone else in unquiet.
Here is the key. "Believe (trust)
in God, believe also in Me", said
Jesus. The joy of faith is the best
remedy against the challenges,
problems and vicissitudes of life.
The hymn writer expressed it this
way: "When all around my soul
gives Way, He then is all my hope
The God-Head is worthy of our
trust for happiness to cope here
and now and for a happiness to
last as long as the immortal soul
and the eternal world. So I repeat,
believing in God through Christ is
an excellent means of keeping
trouble from the heart.
In Christ's day many things
had occurred to trouble the
disciples then, as is the case with
us today. Jesus took cognizance
of all their troubles and the
dangers that may have been
lurking. He is the same yesterday,
today and will remain the same
forever. All may change but Jesus
will never. He loves and cares.
The Apostle Paul could not
express it better when he said: "Be
careful for nothing; but in
everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let
your requests be made known to
God. And the peace of God, which
passeth all-understanding shall
keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus" (Phil 4:6-7)
there is no doom and gloom in
Biblical messages; they are tested
Rules of engagement -
By Elvin Bailey
The issue of parenthood as it relates to social security benefits is
threefold; maternity, dependent surviving children and dependent
parents. Walter describes this as the benefit that goes up, down and
sideways. Since Social Security boasts of we providing benefits from
the 'womb to the tomb', let us begin this discourse with the "womb"
rules, i.e. the rules for maternity benefits. As a reminder, this discussion
is based on SR&O No. 28 of 2002 and the Social Security Act No. 13 of
There are two separate maternity benefits, an allowance and a grant.
The allowance is payable once the pregnant woman has been insured
for a minimum of 39 continuous weeks with not fewer than 20
contributions in the last 39 weeks being paid or credited.
The new mother is required to produce a certificate of confinement
from her doctor within 3 weeks of her delivery. She becomes entitled to
65% of her weekly wage for a period of 13 weeks.
The maternity grant is a one-time gift towards the child and is set at
$450.00 for each child born at one confinement. This aspect was subject
to much debate during the reform discussion; some felt it could be the
start of an educational trust; others felt it was abused while yet others
wanted it paid only to children born in the Federation.
Dependent surviving child benefit is payable upon the death of the
parent, to an unmarried biological (including illegitimate), adopted or
step child, provided that child is under 16 years or under 18 years if still
attending school or college and who was being maintained by that parent.
It is payable to all eligible children.
The amount payable to each child is set at a sixth of the maximum
amount, except where there are more than six children. If so, and if there
is no spouse, then the benefit is divided equally among the eligible
children. If there is a spouse, and less than six children, then the money
is divided equally among them. What happens if there are more than 6
children? Call our offices to find out.
The maximum benefit is either 30% of the annual average wages of
the deceased insured person, or the annual amount of the invalidity
pension of the deceased, or the current minimum annual ceiling of the
age pension or of the invalidity pension, whichever the deceased was
receiving or entitled to. However, whenever the formula yields too small
a benefit for the child or children, it is topped up to $96.00 per month,
If both parents of the dependent child pass away, the orphanbecomes
entitled to a greater benefit, usually double the amount.
I was recently challenged by a parent who was getting "only $96.00"
for her child whose father had died. If only he had been honest to Social
Security and himself when he was alive and working!
Surviving dependent parents will be paid a benefit for one year if at
the time of death of their insured child, the parents were younger than 62
years old, and the deceased had paid in at least 150 contributions. If the
parents were older than 62, the benefit would be payable for life, provided
that the parents do not become employed. In both cases, the benefit
payable is a sixth of the maximum amount that was defined earlier.
The final condition is that the total child, parent (and spousal)
survivor pension cannot, by law, exceed the maximum amount.
For more information and explanation, contact us at our offices in
Basseterre or in Charlestown.
FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
Ministry of Education
to enhance school
The Labour Spokesman
FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
From left: Agro-processing assistant specialist Taiwan Technical Mission, Jack Yang; First Secretary,
Taiwan Embassy in St. Kitts and Nevis, Hans Chu Yu ( lia.- Anthony Wiltshire; Anling Lee; Michael
Blake; Eugene Heyliger; James Huang and Mario ( It. 1 of the Needsmust Farm; and Chief of Taiwan
Technical Mission, Mars Shiue.
Senior Education Officer, Michael Blake.
BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (June 21,2010) -The Federal Ministry of
Education is welcoming the latest co-operation between the School
Feeding Programme at Needsmust and the government and people of
the Republic of China on (Taiwan) that will provide school children with
fresh fruits and fruit juices as part of a programme aimed at enhancing
the children's nutrient intake.
The Ministry is supportive of such exercises, said Senior Education
Officer, Michael Blake, who spoke at the Dr William Connor Primary
School in Basseterre on Friday (last June 1l8th) where officials of the
Taiwan Technical Mission on St. Kitts and Nevis, provided carambola
(star apple or five finger) fruits, carambola juice, dried carambola and
carambola jam to students of the school.
"The Ministry is very happy that the Embassy of the Republic of
China (Taiwan) is coming onboard in another of its many different ways
that it came to help us in this country in various areas, and particularly in
education," commented Blake. "The Ministry of Education is supportive
of anything that is designed to improve the wellbeing of you our
The senior education officer observed that the government makes
sure that all students get an opportunity to receive quality education
every year, and the cost involved is quite high. In that case the
government is happy when other persons, groups, and other countries
help it to provide education.
He said that the government and people of the Republic of China
(Taiwan) are one of the best groups of people that are helping the St.
Kitts and Nevis government and people to ensure that the Federation's
children get the education they deserve. On behalf of the Ministry of
Education he expressed gratitude
to the Taiwanese for the continued
support to the ministry.
"Not only has the embassy
provided buildings and furniture,
just earlier this week your principal
(Anthony Wiltshire) received over
50 computers from the Republic of
China (Taiwan)," pointed out
Blake. "They have gone further
and are now assisting us by
ensuring that you get good things
in your body.
"You cannot have a healthy
mind if your body is not healthy.
So we want to make sure that you
have healthy minds in healthy
bodies. At the school, Mr Wiltshire
and his staff are responsible for
ensuring that you have healthy
minds by being taught the correct
things in the correct way at the
correct time. Here now we have the
Embassy of the Republic of China
on Taiwan coming on board to
ensure that you have a healthy
Leading the Taiwanese team,
which included the First Secretary,
Taiwan Embassy in St. Kitts and
Nevis, Hans Chu Yu Chang, was
agro-processing specialist Anling
Anling Lee hands over the succulent carambola fruit to the students of the Dr William Connor Primary
Lee, who said that cognizant of the fact that children are the future, the
programme was initiated to provide them with healthy food and at the
same time to teach them the importance of having balanced diets which
is important for growing minds.
"The programme actually started at the end of 2008," said Lee.
"Initially, the agro-processing unit of the Taiwan Mission provided dried
fruits for four different schools. Then in the following year, we expanded
the project (and) we provided fresh star fruit juice for every student.
This year we are going to continue to provide fresh fruit and juice for
every student. We plan to provide once per term, the time and amount of
fruit will depend on the fruit production in Needsmust Farm."
She observed that the school meals centre provides lunch for around
5000 students every day. However, due to the limited capacity of agro-
processing unit and fruit production, she said that they would not be
able to provide juice or fruit for all the students at one time, and as a
result, will be provided on a rotational basis.
According to Anling Lee, the most prolific fruit in Needsmust Farm is
the star fruit which under favourable conditions is harvested the year
round. She described it as being a 'super fruit' which is rich in antioxidants
and vitamin C, and low in sugar, sodium and acid. Through processing,
they make juice, dried fruit, and jam.
"In this stage, we provide juice or fruit to the school meals centre,"
said Lee. "We hope in the near future we can produce enough dried fruit
for every student. Eating fresh fruit and drinking fresh juice is very
healthy for the body. Consequently, I would like to encourage the
students to eat the fruit and drink the juice as a means to achieve a
School principal, Anthony Wiltshire, who said that the students had
at times complained of being offered the same kind of juices over and
over, told them that the Taiwanese Mission had given them an opportunity
for a different drink, which he hoped would add to the nutritional benefit
of children, not only at Dr William Connor but throughout all the schools
in St. Kitts and Nevis that are engaged in the school meals programme.
Eugene Heyliger, supervisor at the School Meals Centre, thanked
the Taiwanese mission for the support it has given over the years to the
Ministry of Education and by extension the School Meals Programme.
"We are grateful for the fruits as well as the drinks which they have
supplied on several occasions," said Heyliger. "It (carambola) is very
nutritious and is part of food supplement for the kids. Stay away from
bad eating habits and continue to enjoy the fruits and the drinks and
jams which are on display today."
Police Recovers Illegal
Firearm In Nevis
Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Friday 18th June, 2010). On Thursday
17th June 2010 at approximately 10:30 am, police on Nevis
conducted an intelligence led operation in the Fountain Village
area and recovered one (1) .40 pistol among some bushes. No
one has been made accountable for this find; however, the illegal
firearm was taken into police custody for further analysis and
investigations. To date this is the 27th illegal firearm taken into
police custody for 2010.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010 M E 21
Dear Reader: In 1966, I was
living at John Street, Old Pond Site
or Comer House, in New Town.
One morning, I was cleaning up
my yard and rolled over a big
stone. Under that stone was the
nest of a centipede and her young
ones. A friend of mine, who was a
smoker, asked me if I wanted to see
something. He lighted cigarette
and sprayed the ashes on the nest
of the centipede. It set the
centipede in frenzy and it began
eating up its young ones.
The reason why I was able to
discover the nest of the centipede
was because I had launched a
surprise on its nest in day time.
Ordinarily, the creature would have
stayed there in silent rest, because
it does not venture forth in broad
daylight. It is a nocturnal creature.
It operates in the night, while we
are asleep and its sting can cause
death, depending upon how dark
in colour, its skin is. You heard
what I have just stated dear
reader? The darker the colour of
the skin, the more deadly the sting
of the centipede is. Does this
statement ring a bell?
When privileged children of
black, black parents, could lean
over their veranda on Central
Street, see poor people's children
scraping up some gooseberries off
the government pavement, run
inside, don their school shoes and
socks, run outside in haste, to jump
up on the gooseberries which fell
from the tree in their yard, but
which hung over on the
government's pavement, are their
actions not more deadly than the
sting of the blackened centipede
which strikes at right?
Any organisation which was
formed by such persons has to be
contaminated by the poisons of
hatred stored inside their
monstrous inner being; pure and
simple, dear reader. The persons
who formed the People's Action
Movement (PAM) were cauldrons
of hatred, venom, lack of love.
They despised their fellowmen.
Their mission in forming the
organization was not to promote
peace and harmony amongst the
population. They possessed no
Good Samaritan feelings for the
ordinary man and woman. Their
main purpose was to destroy the
progress of God's people who had
come through great trials and
When so much animosity and
negative vibes possess your inner
soul, where could space be found
to launch anything positive, either
for your organization never mind
for the country and its people?
And so, that is why, during the
fifteen-year-reign of PAM, 1980-
1995, nothing positive could
emerge from them and that is why,
when the Royal St. Kitts Hotel was
burnt to the ground, the Insurance
monies which should have gone
or paid to the owner of the hotel
which was the government and its
people, the money mysteriously
landed into the hands of the
person who bought the burnt out
building, without any discussion
by the government and the
taxpayers of the land. In any other
part of the world, there would have
been a huge outcry.
During the fifteen-year-reign of
PAM, the Casablanca Resort
began construction of a hotel on
the Peninsula. Somebody must
have sprinkled some cigarette
ashes in the nest of the centipedes.
This caused one of them to start
eating away the progressive
advance merit of the tourist
industry and the prosperity of the
people by relocating the
Casablanca Resort to Anguilla. Not
a murmur of protest was uttered
by the Party or the Government.
I have just outlined some of
what I have perhaps written in
previous articles, but, what I am
doing is to lead up to what PAM
has done to my good New-Towner
brother. What PAM has done to
Mr. Blanchette is to corrupt him.
Apparently Mr. Blanchette had a
tiff with the Labour Government.
He became disillusioned and
decided to join the ranks of PAM,
before checking out their
credentials. If my good New-
Towner friend had only checked
out their credentials, he would
have discovered a very long time
that he would become corrupted
You become like those with
whom you associate. PAM breeds
hatred, vindictiveness, spite, and
malice, loathsomeness for oneself
and loveless-ness for your
fellowmen. These negative
thoughts and deeds are injected
into the blood stream as if from a
bite to the neck by jocular.
Sometimes dear reader, when
we are faced with our own
problems or dilemmas, we tend to
take the next best way, which at
that time seems so correct and right
for us. At such times, it is in our
best interest to sit under the
branches of a shady tree and try
to weigh the pros and the cons
before coming to any hasty
Brother Royden Benjamin and
I got along very well. I always
complimented him on the road he
was travelling, building up the
Kingdom of Heaven in the hearts
and souls and minds of our young
people. He would stand up in the
streets and discuss his future
plans for the young people with
me, or, if he received any new
massage of help from overseas he
would call me into his office in New
Street, near to the Excelsior
Restaurant which was operated by
Mrs. Veronica Byron. I used to
work with Byron & Sons Ltd in
New Street; this kept me in
constant contact with him.
I used to boast to Mrs. Byron
that, if there was one young
Christian-minded young man in St.
Kitts, it is Brother Royden
Benjamin. Mrs. Byron called me
one morning and told me that she
overheard a conversation between
two PAMites and she learned that
my good friend Royden Benjamin
would be running for PAM in the
West Basseterre Constituency
against Comrade Joseph N.
I told Mrs. Byron that I would
put my neck on the block. Not
Brother Royden Benjamin, the
Christian-minded young man who
was trying to win young souls for
the Master. I tried getting in touch
with my Christian friend, but
Fleming resigns... not
surprised by Blancnette's
Mere hours after learning
about the firing of his colleague,
Glenroy Blanchette from the
Democrat; Constituency Two
representative for the Peoples
Action Movement (PAM), Roy
Fleming tendered his resignation
with immediate effect.
Fleming said he is not
surprised by the party's leader
Lindsay Grant's decision to have
Blanchette fired noting that he
expected Grant to have handled
the situation in a more
No%% this is a man who
claims that if he is elected that he will be
fair and outreaching to those that is not supportive of him, but I
can say that the public is seeing the true colours of a man if they ever
entrust power into his hands.
"The way Grant has chosen to handle this matter reinforces our
belief that he can no longer lead this party and therefore we have no
confidence in his ability to lead PAM," Fleming said.
He noted that the latest actions being executed by Grant
demonstrates the point that he and his colleagues have been making
that Grant should step down. He said he will remain in solidarity with
"I will not and cannot continue under these circumstances as if we
are campaigning and complaining about equality and fairness for all
how can I stick by and see the grave injustices being committed against
my colleague," Fleming stated.
He said while he still "likes the party" he will not be associated or
active in any capacity until Grant leaves.
"If the party wants to continue losing support because they want
to keep Grant ... as the party's leader, then that is fine, as I will
not fight my conscious and support this kind of attitude," he
He said the Labour's Party reelection under the leadership of Prime
Minister Dr Denzil Douglas was a divine intervention stressing that
had Grant won he firmly believes that they would have been mass
victimisation and discrimination.
"If Grant is victimising and discriminating against us because we
are speaking out on issues and he feels that we need to support him
then God help us if he had won as I am sure that they would have been
significant discrimination and victimization against people who had
not supported Grant."
Fleming said that Grant is a selfish leader who uses fear and
victimising tactics to remain in power. He warned party supporters to
rescue the party from the rapidly damaging effects of Grant,
"I am not saying this because 1 am no longer a supporter of him,
but I firmly believe that Grant is merely seeking power so as to victimised
and discriminate. He has treated us the candidates* worst than you
would treat a dog and now he wants the public to see him as this caring
"Frankly speaking I think that I am safer with Douglas in charge
than Grant as the prime minister," Fleming noted.
REPRINTED FROM THE 18 JUNE ISSUE OF NEWSLINK
BY EARL CLARI
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When I tried to hint to him about
the credentials of PAM, 1967, the
mass turning away of the Labour
supporters, my friend reply was
that he was going to change them.
My parting words to him were
"They would contaminate you
before you could ever change
"\ In order to boost the image of
S L Royden, the PAM Government
decided to pave a street running
from Wilkin Street and bordered by
Cardin Avenue on the east and to
stalk his the west by Buckley's street, the
ock and street just behind the Infirmary. At
t I heard. the opening of the street the band
o me was was playing the calypso beats.
ilk to me. Needless to say, Brother Royden
nediately was well featured in the event.
ck on the I happened to be passing
through the area. I could not
ted the believe my eyes and my ears when
ny good I heard the leader of PAM,
way to encouraging brother Royden to
truction. move his waist to the rhythm of
y gym in the calypso music. There was my
my good good friend who lacked the
e wanted rhythm, trying to find the rhythm.
he would (To be continued)
I -NEWS I
FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
with Nevis' newest
(l-R) Minister responsible for Social Development Hon. Hensley
Daniel presents a bouquet of fresh jt. .. to bedridden Mrs.
Josephine France, in j ....'. ,11ii. i of her 100th birthday. He is
accompanied by Junior Minister in the NIA Hon. Dwight Cozier and
Area representative and Attorney General Hon. Patrice Nisbett
while daughter and caregiver Ms. Serita France (extreme iinii
CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JUNE 18,2010) -Deputy Premier and
Minister responsible for Social Development on Nevis Hon. Hensley
Daniel, said the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) had a responsibility
to put a human face on the island's development and the manner in
which they cared for the elderly spoke to its view on humanity.
The Minister was at the time on a visit just days before the June 19th
l00thbirthday milestone, of Nevis' newest Centenarian, bedridden Mrs.
Josephine France, at her home in Mount Lilly on Thursday.
"The way we care for elderly people says a lot about us, says a lot
about our humanity. In this island we ensure that our elderly people are
provided with food, are provided with the requisite electricity and water
and personalised care. That is not happening in many, many countries
that are much richer.
"As I have said before and I keep saying it, when we were on the
political platform people say to us we can't look after all these people
because it takes cash to care. We said no, it takes a conscience to care
and when you have the conscience to care you find the cash to care and
that is what we have done with our elderly people. We found the cash to
care because we have the conscience to care," he said.
The Minister also pointed to a series of programmes which the
Ministry had developed for the care of the elderly and included the
employment of home health care personnel.
"We have home health care, we employ people to go around the
Ms. Serita France says thanks
communities and ensure that the
elderly people are taken proper
care of. Only last month we
doubled the number of persons
doing this job in Nevis, in an
environment where in other parts
of the world they are reducing the
numbers of those kinds of workers
because of cost and I think we
ought to appreciate that.
"Someone says to me 'Mr.
Daniel you are spending a lot of
money on the elderly, I see you
spending some on the young
people too' and my response was
'the elderly people have already
contributed so we will work with
these they are contributing let's
see what they are up to'. So we
have to deal with those who have
already contributed while at the
same time nurturing those who
contribute," he said.
Mr. Daniel noted that birthday
events of the elderly which were
marked by the Ministry of Social
Development with a visit, a
bouquet of fresh flowers and a
certificate of recognition were
"These ceremonies and these
simple moments mean so much to
us. We are simply trying to
communicate to the rest of Nevis
that our heroes are home grown.
They are not on television they are
from as we say locally, right in our
"So we don't need to look
outside but we need to look
around us, at people who have
conducted themselves in a decent
and orderly manner who could
Family and friends sing happy birthday to the Birthday Girl
easily become some of our very best role models," he said.
Mr. Daniel thanked Mrs. France on behalf of the Ministry of Social
Development for her sterling contribution to the development of Nevis
and said he trusted that all who were engaged in her care would take
example from her.
He was of the view that Mrs. France had been good to her entire
community and had grown up at a time when people cared more for each
other. He said she had children of her own but was certain that other
persons from the community were added to the family on a daily basis
and extended care.
He said the young people of Nevis needed to understand that if they
were going to make good on the island, it would not happen through the
ownership of houses and cars but through the quality of care and
interaction with each other.
"I say it all the time that perhaps in Nevis we need to take several
pages from Mrs. France's book. All of the elderly people that we celebrate
they don't have large houses and large cars and they are not rich
materially but they are rich spiritually, socially and in terms of their
willingness and of their service to others they are rich. So perhaps our
young people need to change the definition a little bit to reflect the life
and times of Mrs. France," he said.
Meantime, Mrs. France's daughter and care giver Ms. Serita France
in response thanked the NIA on behalf of her family and expressed
gratitude for the Administration's continued support for the elderly and
endorsed the work they continued to do.
"Our grateful thanks to each and every one of you and we pray that
God will continue to do all the good work you all are doing Mr. Deputy
Premier and all your other colleagues. We know that you are doing a
great job for the elderly and we pray that God will continue to bless you
all and continue to bless this Ministry in a very special way. We are
eternally grateful to you all. My prayers are always with you all.
"I am praying very much for the Nevis Island Government because I
see the good work that they are doing. I am glad that I am a part of them
and I love them all. I really appreciate the work that you all are doing.
May God continue to bless you all richly as you continue to do this
good work. It's a good work, it is a great work and I believe that God is
going to reward you all for what you all are doing. So keep up the good
works, God's blessings are upon you all and may God continue to use
you all to do greater work than you all are doing right now," she said.
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(CUOPM) Superintendent of
Her Majesty's Prison, Mr.
Franklyn Dorset and other
members of the Association of
Caribbean Heads of
Corrections and Prison
Services (ACHCPS) are
devising strategies to change
the way inmates are managed
This is amongst issues being
addressed at the Fourth Annual
Conference of the Association
of Caribbean Heads of
Corrections and Prison
Services, under the theme:
'Meeting the Challenges of
Corrections in 2010 and
Beyond: A Caribbean
Perspective," at SuperClubs
Breezes from June 19-25,
According to the Bahamas
Weekly, the mission of
ACHCPS is to "promote the
professional development of all
personnel involved in the
various facets of corrections;
striving also to ensure that the
best policies and procedures are
in place to meet the needs of
in individual countries and the
region as a whole."
The areas identified for
particular focus during the
conference are strengthening of
laws, polices and principles, and
to bring about institutional and
Other initiatives are to build and
maintain productive and effective
networks and partnerships, both
regionally and internationally,
which the ACHCPS advocates.
Bahamas Acting Prime
Minister and Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Hon. Brent Symonette in
his Keynote Address on Monday
said the conference is important
to maintaining the momentum of
the regional association, formed
four years ago.
He said however that the
association has made steady
progress in an area of critical
concern for the region, as its
approach is evident from the
overall theme of the weeklong
"The objectives that your
association has set for itself, and
for this conference, will
undoubtedly further the
longstanding strategic and
cooperative relationships among
Caribbean states, particularly in the
context of the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM)," Mr.
relations are a logical outgrowth
of the convergence of the interest
of our countries, and the similarity
of the challenges we face over a
Begins At The
National Trust (SCNT)
The 14th June marked the start up of a six months long project
entitled "Towards the Sustainable Monitoring and Management
of Coral Reefs in St. Kitts and Nevis". This project is being
undertaken by members of the SNCT and marine resource
stakeholders. The problem it seeks to address is the lack of data
about the reef ecosystems around our islands while at the same
time building capacity for reef monitoring and management in our
community through the training, participation and sensitization of
More specifically the objectives are:
1. To establish and enhance, quantitative and qualitative
databases for seven vulnerable coral reefs to inform their
monitoring and management.
St. Kitts and Nevis Superintendent of Prison, Mr. Franklyn Dorsett (six from the left) and other other
delegates at The Association of Caribbean Heads of Corrections and Prisons Services Fourth Annual
Conference, official opening ceremony on Monday, June 21, 2010 at SuperClubs Breezes.
(BIS Photo/Kris Ingraham)
broad spectrum of economic,
social, cultural and related areas."
He said that national security,
particularly crime prevention and
criminal justice is one such priority
area in which the interest of
CARICOM countries converges,
and for the most part experience
the same challenges.
"For decades, international
drug traffickers have
disregarded our national
borders. Primarily by sea, but
also by air, they ply their illicit
and deadly cargoes between
our countries as though our
borders had been erased," Mr.
According to a Report of
the United Nations Officer on
Drugs and Crime, and the
World Bank, the drug trade
established a platform for other
trans-national crime that might
impact the region, particularly
2. To establish a fully
functioning Youth Arm of the
Saint Christopher National
Trust (SCNT), two members of
which will be trained in reef
3. To build greater
awareness among the
population including young
persons on marine resource
conservation with particular
emphasis on coral reefs, the life
they sustain and their
importance to the
environmental, economic and
social sustainable development
of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Taking advantage on the
relatively good weather
conditions several dives have
already taken place and data
collection is in progress.
Leading this activity is Jason
arms trafficking and migrant
"Much of this trans-national
crime translates into crime in our
communities and on the streets,
including violent crimes. It also
impacts our prison population," he
Prison reform is essential to
this process, he said, as it helps to
meet the challenges of corrections
now and in the future, from a
He said The Bahamas is of the
view that that the association's
advocacy work should also
include promoting the use of new
and emerging technological
advances in corrective services.
"We are set to introduce
electronic monitoring of offenders,
which is expected to help reduce
the prison population. We are
appreciative for the cooperation
received from the government of
Jamaica, as we move forward with
Phillip, a young man with a
passion and experience in deep
sea diving. Some quadrats have
been laid on certain reefs and
many pictures taken, some of
entirely new species of sea
creatures. This information is
also being fed into an
international data base. While
it is a project that seeks to
mainly involve young persons,
it will involve several agencies
including the Fisheries
Department, Dive Boat
Operators and fishers. This
project will feed into other
internationally funded projects
being undertaken by the
Government towards the
establishment of Marine
Protected Areas in the
Public education will take
our Electronic Monitoring
Programme," Mr. Symonette said.
The opening ceremony was
also addressed by Dr Elliston
Rahming, Superintendent of
Prisons and Conference Host and
Chairman of the Education
Committee, ACHCPS; Dale
Erskine, Secretary, ACHCPA; and
John Rougier, Commissioner,
Trinidad & Tobago Prison Service
and President ofACHCPS.
Governor General Sir Arthur
Foulkes lead the list of dignitaries,
consisting of Secretary to the
Cabinet Anita Bernard; senior
officials from the uniform
branches, and delegates from the
Other countries present
include Antigua & Barbuda, Belize,
the Cayman Islands, Dominica,
Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St.
Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, and St.
Vincent & The Grenadines and
Trinidad & Tobago.
place through the production of
videos, posters, booklets and
community meetings and of
course through the posting of
information on the SCNT
w e b s i t e
A Project Management
Committee has been established
and a Project Coordinator
Persons interested in taking
any part in this project are asked
to contact the Project
Coordinator, Kathleen (Kate)
Specialist for the SCNT at the
SCNT office 465 5584 or by E-
Young people wishing to join the
SCNT Youth Arm are asked to
contact Ghanja O'Flaherty at
the same address.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
Revenge, Redress and Consolation
Celebrate! Sporting developments in the last two weeks have left
millions in despondence and tens of millions in ecstasy. From South
Africa, down-under, to the Caribbean, in the Equatorial belt, to the United
States in the north, the emotional responses have been mixed.
First, Americans are happy they have made through the second round
after beating Algeria on Wednesday, June 23, somewhat overcoming the
built in anger following their disappointment against Slovenia on Friday
18 June. Although the USA doggedly fought their way back from being
2-0 down to draw against Slovenia, Americans are still angry that they
could have won the game outright had a late goal from Maurice Edu not
been disallowed by the Mali referee.
In the 84th minute Maurice Edu struck a curling free-kick from Donovan
into the back of the net from close range to score what should have been
the match-winner. However the goal was disallowed by the referee for
reasons that remain unclear.
When the final whistle blew the score was even at 2-2. The two sides
had to settle for a share of the points and the USA had to settle for a
draw that while valiantly won, was bittersweet. The USA go into their
final game against Algeria with 2 points and in need of a little luck. FIFA
has since then action against the referee by removing him from the
The US soccer team got their redress at the latter part of the group
matches, and Americans everywhere (including former President Bill
Clinton who witnessed the encounter against Algeria) are uncontrollably
Second, West Indies managed a draw after a sequence of poor
performances. Yes, dear reader, at last, I can write a cheerful article
although I would have liked to report that that there is cause for
celebration but that is not the case.
The second test match between the West Indies and South Africa at
the Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts, ended in a boring draw thanks to
the negative tactics of the West Indies Team captain, coach and
management (who apparently instructed Shivnarine Chanderpaul and
Dwayne Bravo to bat out the fourth day to ensure that Team does not
lose another match in spite of the fact that the West Indian batsmen
dominated the South African bowlers slow Warner Par pitch stage on
the third day).
SouthAfrica amassed 543 for 6 declared (Smith 132, de Villiers 135*,
Kallis 110) and 235 for 3 at stump on the fifth and final day while West
Indies accumulated 546 (Chanderpaul 166, Nash 114).
By the end of the last session on the third day, it was clear that the
result would have been a tame or a boring draw. The South Africans
gave no chances; because they were purposeful and determined not to
lose their initiative in the current series (they lead the three-match series,
one game to none).
The South African did not appear to want to take any undue chances
after the West Indians had frustrated any possibility of a result by their
boring and negative batting earlier on. Smith's opening partner, Alviro
Petersen, was watchful and looked in control. He smacked Roach over
midwicket for six, probably the hardest shot of the day.
In fact, Kallis began the session in style with a couple of straight-
driven boundaries off Shane Shillingford. The offspinner, who took two
wickets in the opening session, changed his line of attack to round the
wicket to the right-handers as a very defensive option. It didn't yield
any wickets as Kallis and de Villiers regularly went forward to smother
the spin and also milk the bowling around for singles.
Moreover, although the West Indies had earlier struck two quick
blows at the stroke of lunch to add
some spice to the proceedings.
With the batting belter of the pitch
still far from threatening after four
days, it would have been
ridiculous to expect at least ten
wickets going down to constitute
a result, so a high-scoring draw
was the only possible outcome.
There were moments of
entertainments (though few).
Kallis was solid as ever against the
seamers, driving Bravo off the
front foot and also pulling him for
a powerful six. He reached his fifty
with a clip to the on side just before
the tea break. He survived an lbw
shout off Roach but when referred,
replays indicated an inside edge.
de Villiers grafted around and out
away a couple of juicy full-tosses
No wickets fell in the post-
lunch session as the Test
meandered towards a predictable
draw. Jacques Kallis and AB de
Villiers went through the motions
and built a steady partnership.
They managed 83 runs in 30 overs
and extended the lead past 200.
The West Indian supporters,
indeed, the Caribbean six million
population and the many more in
the Diaspora, got some
consolation if not some reprieve.
Now look towards the last test
match inBarbados for added hope.
Third, the whole of California
and the Western Conference were
celebrating the defeat of the
Boston Celtics its long time bitter
rival, the Los Angeles Lakers; one
suspects that the entire 300 million
population of the United States of
America vented their anger at the
Mali referee who disallowed the
goal that would have given the US
a 3-2 victory over Slovenia.
Yes, the Los Angeles Lakers
had their revenge over the Boston
Celtics and the people of California
will celebrate until the beginning
of the 2010/2011 season, when
they will hope again for a
successive three championship
run and another possible clash
with the arch rivals.
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They came from behind (2-3) to win back-to-back games to take the
best of seven series, 4 games to 3, leaving the Boston Celtics in tears,
and possibly not knowing what the future holds. That is true non one
know what the future holds for Coach Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnet and Ray
Allen, in particular.
Do you would recall my prediction? It was Lakers in 7! What was
your prediction? Were you too nervous to dare to attempt?
The Lakers, who lost to the Celtics in 2008, took advantage of their
home-court advantage, winning the first game at the Staple Centre, and
coming home, from a 2-3 behind, to win to consecutive games (games 6
and 7) with more aggressive play and motivational crowd support, to
sink their rivals on familiar territory. The combined performances were
Indeed, the two legendary teams were on the warpath! The two teams
now have accounted for 33 of the NBA's 64 championships. The rivalry
which started in 1959 when the Celtics swept the Minneapolis Lakers for
the first of eight straight titles, and peaked in the 1980s with the advent
of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, was rekindled by Kobe Bryant and
Paul Pierce, with Kobe emerging as winner, gaining a deserving revenge
for the beating of 2008 and the drenching of the Boston confetti.
It was that emotional wrong that had to be righted; the revenge that
had to be taken, the punishment that had to be meted, which drove the
adrenaline of the Los Angeles Lakers basketballers in the renewed battle
with the Boston Celtics. If Boston crowd continued to shout to the
world, "Beat LA", Kobe and the Lakers had to let the world know that
"Boston Sucks" by beaten them badly. And they did! Congratulations
are in order to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers!
Kobe was unstoppable Boston employed all of kind of methods to
prevent Kobe from getting comfortable but to no avail. Ron Artest out-
matched Paul Pierce and prevented him from too much driving to the rim.
Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum responded to the brute force of the
Celtics, and cut their throat, suffocating Kevin Garnet and Big Baby
Davis. Perkins fell by the wayside and Ray Allen had virtually one game.
Rajon Rondo was tame and taught a lesson of submission.
Kobe Bryant earned another MVP (following his 2009 Finals MVP),
after an exceptional basketball performance one that confirmed his
"extra-ordinariness"' in modem basketball, among the current cloud of
basketball legends, stars and professionals. If he is not the best players
in US and North America, he is possibly the best basketballers on earth,
and the most feared basketballers on the in the universe!
Whatever joys that we missed at the Warner Park, we would have
gotten a week ago at the NBA. And we than the cloud of stars for their
Lakers' revenge and the US soccer team's redress made up for the
lackluster consolation from the West Indies!
We are grateful for small mercies, and look forward for bigger
St. Kitts-Nevis Table Tennis
Association to host International
Table Tennis Federation's (ITTF)
The St. Kitts-Nevis Table Tennis Association (SKNTTA) will be
hosting an International Table Tennis Federation's (ITTF) Level One
Table Tennis Coaching Clinic here in St. Kitts in July/August.
The SKNTTA is therefore inviting persons interested in becoming
Table Tennis Coaches to register immediately as spaces are limited.
Persons who are registering must be able to commit themselves to
Coach Table Tennis in the Primary and High Schools as well as in the
Please contact the President Ms Laverne Merritt at 669-6004 or the
Secretary General Troy Bif Mills at 668-2055 for registration forms and/
or further information.
Register now as spaces are limited.
The St. Kitts-Nevis
(SKNFA) Annual Summer
The St. Kitts-Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) would like to
inform the general public that registration for its annual Summer Football
Camp will commence/commenced on Friday 25th June and will end on
The Camp which is non-residential, will run from July 12th August
28th for boys and girls between the ages of 5 to 16.
There is a registration fee of EC thirty dollars (EC $30.00) per
For more information please call the Football Office at 466-8502 during
FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
Shock loss puts holders
Reigning champions Italy were sensationally knocked out of the
World Cup by a Slovakia side that clinched a place in the last 16 with
victory in a match of incredible drama and tension.
In arguably the best game of the tournament so far, Robert Vittek
scored a goal in each half to seemingly end the Azzurri's hopes of
defending the trophy they won in Germany four years ago.
But Antonio Di Natale pulled it back to 2-1 with nine minutes
remaining, leaving the Italians needing to score again to claim the point
that would have seen them scrape through from Group F.
And they thought it had come through substitute Fabio Quagliarella,
only for the offside flag to agonisingly deny them.
Italy's hopes of advancing were then seemingly extinguished once
and for all when Slovakia substitute Kamil Kopunek exploited defensive
hesitation, running onto a throw-in before lifting the ball brilliantly beyond
advancing goalkeeper Federico Marchetti with one minute of normal
Even then, there was time for Quagliarella to score with a superb
injury-time strike and Simone Pepe to scuff a far-post volley as Italy
staged a last-ditch attempt to remain in the finals in South Africa.
The win sees Slovakia claim second place behind group winners
Paraguay and ensures the campaign is already a resounding success
for coach Vladimir Weiss and his team.
But the 2010 World Cup will be remembered as a disasterfor opposite
number Marcelo Lippi as his team finish bottom of their group having
failed to qualify from the opening stage of the competition for the first
time since 1974. Lippi, who guided them to glory in2006, sees his second
spell as coach end in dramatic defeat.
Italy drew with Paraguay and New Zealand before losing to Slovakia,
who are ranked 34th in the world, and could have no complaints about
the result at Ellis Park after their opponents approached the game with
more craft and invention.
The Azzurri conceded just twice in their triumphant campaign four
years ago but their central defensive pairing of veteran Fabio Cannavaro
and Giorgio Chiellini were opened up numerous times.
Napoli's Marek Hamsik should really have scored for Slovakia after
six minutes when he found himself completely unmarked 16 yards from
goal, only to mis-cue his volley.
However, there was much to admire in the precision of Slovakia's
opening goal after Daniele De Rossi's awful pass gifted possession to
Sparta Prague forward Kucka quickly assessed the situation before
playing a superb disguised pass to Vittek, whose accurate low strike
from the edge of the area eluded Marchetti.
Italy striker Vincenzo laquinta fired wide from a tight angle in reply,
while Riccardo Montolivo thrashed a shot over the crossbar in the final
attack of a very frustrating opening half for his side.
It could have been an even worse first 45 minutes for the Azzurri as
skipper Cannavaro, playing what turned out to be his final game for his
country, was perhaps fortunate to
escape a booking for a lunge on
Hamsik minutes after he had
received a caution.
Italy coach Marcello Lippi had
seen enough and brought on
Christian Maggio and Quagliarella
for Domenicio Criscito and
Gennaro Gattuso at the break.
And after only 10 minutes of
the second half, he played his final
card by introducing AC Milan
playmaker Andrea Pirlo, so
important in 2006, but unable to
play any part in their first two
matches because of a calf injury.
Italy were effectively playing
with a front four, although Pepe
and Quagliarella dropped back
from their wide positions when
Slovakia were in possession.
The tactical switch
undoubtedly opened up the game
and shortly after Martin Skrtel's
sensational, if slightly fortunate,
goal-line clearance after a firm
strike from Quagliarella, Slovakia
doubled their lead.
Chiellini headed a comer clear
but as he looked around to adjust
his position the alert Vittek made a
near-post run that allowed him to
steal a march on the Italian and
convert Hamsik's low cross.
The contest was by now an
end-to-end encounter, and it
became heated with some ugly
scenes following Di Natale's close-range goal.
Slovakia keeper Jan Mucha tussled with Quagliarella as they both
tried to retrieve the ball from the back of the net and after Kucka came to
his team-mate's defence, both the Italian and Mucha ended up on the
The goal gave Italy renewed hope but they could not pull themselves
level in a thrilling finish which ended with the final whistle which prompted
mass celebrations among the Slovakia players.
"I have nothing to lose" -
Bridgetown, Barbados Recalled opening batsman, Barbadian Dale
Richards, says that he views his latest opportunity with the West Indies
Test side as a case of "nothing to lose".
Speaking with the media prior to the Windies training session on
Thursday afternoon at Kensington Oval where the Third Digicel Test
will commence on Saturday Richards said that at his stage of his career
he is not taking on pressures he experienced when he was younger.
"I only have two Test matches under my belt but at the end of the
day, at 33 years old there is nothing to lose. It's just about getting out
there and doing my bits," said Richards who will celebrate his 34th
birthday next month.
Being one of only two specialist openers in the Windies 13 man
squad, Richards is expected to open the innings against South Africa
along with Captain Chris Gayle. Richards was brought in to the squad in
place of Guyanese opener, Travis Dowlin, who had three successive
failures in the First and Second Digicel Tests in Trinidad and St Kitts.
South Africa lead the three Test Series 1-0.
Richards feels that there are advantages to a batsman commencing
his international career in their thirties.
"A lot of people write off a lot of guys at 30 but I think when you get
to that age, you understand batting more. I don't go in the game with
any sort of pressure," Richards explained.
Richards was a late addition to the Windies One Day International
squad and had scores of 51, 28, 59 and 19 as he brought some stability to
the top order in the absence of rookie opener, Adrian Barath, who is on
the injured list.
In the four Digicel ODIs Richards scored 157 runs at an average of
39.25. Some fallibility to deliveries pitched just outside off stump which
resulted in Richards being caught in the slips in the Digicel ODI Series -
more than likely caused his initial omission from the Test squad.
However with Dowlin recording scores of 4, 1 and 10 in three innings,
Richards has been recalled and is relishing the thought of being so close
to fulfilling his childhood dream of playing in front his home crowd at
the revered Kensington Oval. Richards said he will not abandon his
style of play though.
"In the Digicel One Day Series I backed myself and batted positively.
This is Test cricket so I need to spend some time at the top of the order
along with Chris, but I think we should come out and play some very
positive cricket. Some positive cricket will really help the people in the
Caribbean," opined Richards who is known throughout the region as an
aggressive stroke maker.
Richards played two Tests for the West Indies in the Digicel Series
2009 against Bangladesh as part of the replacement squad when the
first choice players withdrew their services. He has also featured in eight
Italy, the defending champions and four-time World Cup winners, suffer a shock World Cup defeat to
Slovakia, who win a remarkable game 3-2 to book their place in the last 16.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH 2010
PAMites are so embarrassed and hurt from the
tsunami that hit the Party (PAM) and exposed the rampant
corruption in its leadership that many loud-mouthed PAM
trumps have "lost their lip" and have gone into hiding
suffering from shellshock and shame.
A decision was taken by the PAM executive to get
PAMites to wear something yellow during the Music Festival,
to show solidarity with their so-called leader and party, but
they refused to do so, saying they are too ashamed and
embarrassed to publicly identify themselves with the party
at this time when it is in total disarray.
Party supporters were also encouraged to boycott
the Festival, if they can't show their colours at the shows,
but they refused to do that too, saying they ain't playing
no pappy show for de expired PAM leader and his gang
who mash up de party.
Right-thinking PAMites want to know how a party
(PAM) which campaigned so hard on the theme
"accountability and transparency" can now not account for
over $2 million, reported "missing" from its 2010 Election
Campaign Fund. And they are demanding answers from
"de fly on de wall" who writes a lot in the Democr4at about
money and accountability.
One big PAM woman in de east broke into tears as
she lamented in a bar in New Town how ashamed and
humiliated she was from the scandal and war that have
ripped PAM apart and set back the party for at least another
She cried "Lord, ah too shame and afraid to tell people,
I'm a PAM now". She said Lindsay Grant bring too much
shame and disgrace on de party and that she agreed with
Glenroy that the US$1.7 bribery scandal will never go away,
until he resigns.
She got strong support from another big PAM woman
in the bar, who declared that once Lindsay remains in charge,
PAM dead. She argued that Roy Flemming was right when
he said that the re-election of Dr. Douglas and the Labour
Party was indeed a divine intervention and that it is safer
with Douglas in charge than Grant.
Even the Welshman PAM trump has come to realisation
that Lindsay and PAM bear no hope and future for this
country, and are no alternative to Dr. Douglas and the
Labour Party. And so he called up the PAM FM station
yesterday to say it was time for a new political party in St.
The tipsy doctor on the radio almost got a fit when he
said so and sought his opinion on the formation of a new
opposition party. Dey say he called for a break to respond,
went in his pocket and took "two shots" right away to try
and help out his political bosses, but failed dismally.
People listening the programme on Wednesday want
to know how he could spend so much time on de radio
talking about spin doctors, when he is the biggest spin
doctor in the country for de expired PAM leader and his
gang who made sure they got him there to do their dirty
work and prevent PAMites from talking about the crisis in
Many people can't believe it's the same "fly on the
wall" who started off the campaign to get rid of Baby
nothing to commissioner
lose" Dale responds to allegation
Richards of bribery (cont'd from page3)
(cont'd from page 26)
Previously the right hander
was selected to debut and open
the batting alongside Gayle in the
Digicel Test Series against
England in 2009, but suffered a
foot injury on the eve of the First
Digicel Test and was replaced.
Grenadian left hander, Devon
Smith, opened the innings instead.
When Richards did get an
opportunity to wear the Windies
whites against Bangladesh -
because of his age and regional
experience he was viewed as a
senior player and the batting
rested heavily on a major
contribution from him. If he does
play against South Africa at
Kensington on Saturday he is
likely to feel more at ease with
Gayle as his partner and the likes
of Shivnarine Chanderpaul,
Brendan Nash, Narsingh
Deonarine and Dwayne Bravo in
the middle oder.
Sandy Point and all of your expenses were paid by that country. If the
answer is yes; were you bribed? I am sure you will say no. Then you
should be more mature than the hypocritical and emotional Anti-Whaling
Groups that are paid annually to carry out the propaganda.
It is very important that I inform the country that it was the PAM
Government who was invited by the Anti-Whaling Group to join the
commission and it was the same PAM government who changed its
support to the pro-Whaling group.
Finally, let me state that when the commission met here in 2006, the
St. Kitts delegation declared that "our commitment to the normalizing
the functions of the IWC based on the terms of the ICRW and other
relevant international law, respect for cultural diversity and traditions of
coastal peoples and the fundamental principles of sustainable use of
resources and the need for science based policy and the rule making
that are accepted as the World standard for the management of marine
I hope that the information shared will help not just the Hon. Shawn
Richards, but all of our people to understand that the small countries do
have integrity and that the bigger countries have to face us as
Independent countries across the table and no longer will any "mother"
country speak and vote for us. We are small, but proud of our
advancements to date. We are of age to think and take decisions for the
advancement of our people
Congratulations to Ambassador Liverpool of Antigua for chairing
the meeting and we look forward to the work of the commission as they
seek to save the International Whaling Commission as set out in the St.
Kitts Declaration of 2006.
Cedric R. Liburd
Grant and had so much bad things to say
about him when he couldn't get the
promotion at work he wanted. But since
he get fix up he's the biggest defender of
After their so-called caucus and all de
big hugging up to deceive the public, a big
PAM trump walked up to Moomoo Luis
and reminded him that Michael Powell was
done the same thing by Simmonds, at a
PAM convention, and he was kicked out
of government, on his head, like a common
criminal less than 72 hours later.
De expired PAM leader was placed under
so much pressure that he was glad to tek it
mek run way under the pretext that he and
his entourage was invited to Trinidad for the
opening of the new Parliament. Dey say he
almost drop dead when he was advised in
Trinidad that he should do like Mr. Manning
Ike Labour Spokesman
POLICE PRESS RELEASE
Guyanese arrested on robbery
On Monday 21 st June 2010 at the Basseterre Police Station, police formally arrested and charged
22 year old Leon Cutting of Horsfords Road, Basseterre, on a warrant in the first instance for the
robbery of Lackram Persaud of John England Village, St. Peters. Both Cutting and Persaud are
nationals nationals of Guyana.
Persaud was robbed in Basseterre on 11th June 2010. Cutting was remanded in custody at Her
Majesty's Prisons on 22nd June 2010 and is presently awaiting a date for a Preliminary Inquiry.
Investigations into this matter are still ongoing.
Police make arrest in murder case
at Stapleton Village
On Wednesday 23rd June 2010 at 1:35 pm police at Stapleton Police Station formally arrested
and charged Denver Fyfield (27 years old) of Stapleton Village on a warrant in the first instance for
the murder of Hendricks Roberts (27 years old) also of Stapleton Village.
Roberts came to his death between 20th and 21 st June 2010 and his body was found at Fountain
Estate on the morning of the 21st June 2010. Investigations into this matter are ongoing.
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