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Year 53 NO. 49FRIDAY, MAY 06th, 2011 EC$2.00At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gal 04/05/11 DELTA $17.20 / SOL $15.87 / TEXACO $15.37BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. PAGE 23 COMMENTARY BY THE THINKING CITIZEN* VIEW POINT EARL CLARKE SOTTOVOCE* SPORTS PETER ADREIN PAGE 02 National Security Minister Calls On The Public To Help Strengthen New Anticrime Initiatives Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 04, 2011 (SKNIS): Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon. Sam Condor is seeking the assistance of the private sector, civil society and stakeholder groups in playing a more active role in formulating strategies to combat crime. The appeal was made during a sitting of the Federal Parliament on Tuesday (May 03) as he outlined the details of the 10 – point anticrime initiatives announced by him on Sunday, May 1st, 2011, in a statement to the Nation aired on (cont’d on page 7) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon. Sam Condor file photo ZIZ Radio and television service. “Government does not have a PM Douglas tells Caribbean Foreign Ministers the challenges are real and warns ofthe reality of increasing xenophobia Verchild’s High School student wins Miss Labour Pageant BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 3RD 2011 (CUOPM) – A 16-yearold Verchilds High School student, Zaiesha Joseph walked away with Miss Labour 2011-2012 in her evening wear. (cont’d on page 12)BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 4TH 2011 (CUOPM) – A call for a renewal and enhancement of the Caribbean’s Foreign Policy Coordination has come from St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister (cont’d on page 12) St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas addresses the delegates to the 14th COFCOR meeting. Thousands march in Basseterre on Labour Day 2011 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 2ND 2011 (CUOPM) – It was a carnival-like atmosphere Monday as leaders of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party led thousands of supporters through the streets of Basseterre on Labour Day. Led by the Pom Pom girls, thousands more lined the route to watch the spectacle as the march, which grew in numbers, as it wended its way from the Patsy Allers Playing Field through Basseterre via Cunningham, Central, Fort, Bank, George and Cayon Streets before returning to its starting base at the Patsy Allers Playing Field to be addressed by Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas prior to an afternoon of picnicking and games which was a resounding success. Music for the Grand Picnic and Rally on the grounds of the Patsy Allers Playing Field was provided by the Grand Masters and Kollision Bands. Earlier Union and Party officers along with relatives visited the graves of National Heroes, Their Right Excellencies, Sir Robert L. Bradshaw, Sir C.A. Paul Southwell and Sir Joseph N. France where wreaths will be laid. Wreaths were also laid on the graves of the late Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore, the late Clarence Fitzroy Bryant, the late E. St. John Payne and the late Fidel O’Flaherty after brief remarks.See Editorial on page 2.New COFCOR Chairman Hon. Sam Condor calls paradigm shifts if CARICOM is to remain relevant


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 2 OPINION / LOCAL NEWS THE SPOKESMAN ESTABLISHED MAY 1957 Published by: The St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour UnionMasses House, Church Street P.O Box 239 Basseterre St. Kitts West IndiesAg. Managing Editor: Dawud Byron Tel: (1 869) 465-2229 <> Fa: (1 869) 466-9866 Email: Website: Editorial A splendid march – purposeful, colourful and well supported All in all, the organisers of Labour’s Weekend Activities – the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party must feel a sense of satisfaction and a glow of pride at the outcome of the events which had been organised to mark the occasion. As usual, the Saturday night Miss Labour Queen Pageant attracted a huge response from a youthful and vocal section of the population. We congratulate Miss Zaiesha Joseph representing Constituency Number Four, who out-distanced the other contestants with her talent and very mature performance in other segments of the competition to take home the trophy and becoming the 2011-2012 Labour Queen. We commend the runners up and the other contestants for a very high standard of performances which made the show a memorable evening for the onlookers, charged with excitement and entertainment. A heartfelt wave of appreciation goes out to the organisers for their energy and enthusiasm which ensured a very successful show. The public meetings which serve to energise the spirits of the Labour Masses achieved their objectives. The misleaders who are trying to destabilize our beloved country and cause confusion in our midst were put on the spot and unmasked to show what kind of people they really are. Most importantly, however, the meetings served to generate publicity and enthusiasm for the weekend activities, and in this they were eminently successful. Many thanks to the media workers, stage and sound managers and presenters who all contributed to this important exercise. The weather on Monday – Labour Day – was most favourable for the staging of the day’s events. It is as if the good Lord was smiling on his people to counter all the negative vibes which had been put out to try to discourage people from attending the march, organised by the Labour Movement. The events began with the Wreath Laying Ceremony as the Labour Movement’s leaders paid homage to the prominent leaders who had fallen asleep, by laying wreaths on their graves. Was this a waste of time and money? The misleaders and detractors would have you believe so. However, the older generation of Labour supporters who remember what these fallen leaders have done, the sacrifices and contributions they have made to transform the lives of subsequent generations, are adamant that they should be honoured and remembered at every opportunity, and a most favourable opportunity is Labour Day, when worldwide celebrations hail the achievements of workers everywhere. So, Honourable Fitzroy Bryant, His Excellency, the Right Honourable Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw; His Excellency the Right Honourable Lee Llewellyn Moore; the Honourable Esmond St. John Payne; Cde Fidel O’Flaherty, Hon Sir Joseph N. France, Hon. Caleb Azariah Paul Southwell, all received their flowers in that order and were remembered with the assistance of the media and the worldwide web. This solemn and moving ceremony set the stage for the commencement of the Labour Day March, already assembled and waiting at the junction of Wigley Avenue and Cayon Street, for the Honourable Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Llewellyn Douglas and other Labour Leaders to take their places at the head of the procession, to wend their way through the streets of Basseterre. Starting modestly in numbers, the column soon swelled and lengthened to its usual massive proportions. The misleaders had received a dose of hush. After all, they had worked so hard and gave away so much money to ensure a failed march for Labour, expecting that the turbulent times would have their chilling effect and that by tarnishing the leadership, especially the Hon. Prime Minister; they would turn off people from following behind him and demonstrating their support for him and his policies. The turnout was a slap in their face for all who would mar the good fortunes of this country and interrupt the progress we have made towards prosperity for all, over the coming years. So we say thank you to God Almighty for smiling on us, for bestowing the sunshine and withholding the rain, and for protecting us from the doom and gloom which some wish on this country for their own selfish reasons. We thank the organisers for their valiant efforts to achieve positive results in all the activities undertaken and to give our young people memorable experiences which will help them to grow and develop into proud, confident citizens of a brighter tomorrow’s world. We thank those who participated actively in the events, especially our Queen Contestants, our Pompom Girls, our platform speakers and media presenters, and our supporters and followers who swelled the audiences and ranks throughout the proceedings. Finally, and very importantly, we thank our security forces for the excellent upkeep of Law and Order which allowed things to flow as Mr. Bradshaw would say “Decently and in order”. We encourage one and all to hold the strain. We are a resilient people, who will work our way out of the global economic turbulence, trusting our leadership and our own right thinking abilities. Let us look for opportunities to grow and what we cannot find, create. We end with this thought – “It is only at the tree loaded with fruits, that the people throw stones.” BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 5TH 2011 (CUOPM) – The new Chairman of the CARICOM Council of Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), St. Kitts and Nevis’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Sam Condor has called for paradigm shifts, on both the methodology and the outcome sought, if the Caribbean is to ensure that future generations do not decry the current generation for myopia. Addressing the opening ceremony at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino on Wednesday, Minster Condor noted the extensive discussions on a number of pressing matters including Security concerns. “We do have the opportunity to adopt, adapt and to strategize on best practices suited for every Member State. What we do know is that none of our individual concerns operate in a vacuum, that they affect us all; and that a coordinated approach is the only way we will defeat the Security challenges that we face,” said Mr. Condor, who noted that a request was put forward by St. Kitts and Nevis at the June 2010 UN Meeting, that a High Level Conference on Inter-Personal Violence and Citizen Security be held prior to the next OAS General Assembly. “You would recall that immediately following, during a press conference in Barbados, Her Excellency Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State to The United States, highly endorsed that idea. She in fact went further, to pledge some US$124 million over these two years to the Region, to train and professionalise Security forces; boost anti-trafficking efforts, strengthen legal institutions, promote citizensafety partnerships and to enhance education and employment development. The question is, where are we in terms of draw-down on these Funds?” he asked. He noted that in keeping with his own thoughts on paradigm shift in methodology; and with regard to the Retreat theme set for this COFCOR:“ Promoting the Community’s Foreign Policy interests through strategic partnership with new States and, or emerging economies”—— I say this. “We may wish to reflect on the sentiments expressed at a CARICOM –Brazil Summit last year; which were, that ‘it is high time to realise that besides an eastern and northern border, the Caribbean also has a southern New COFCOR Chairman Hon. Sam Condor calls paradigm shifts if CARICOM is to remain relevant border; and that beyond that border, there is a great potential of markets, technology and culture.” We must then improve upon, or devise, where applicable, strategies to engage those Nations of goodwill, who may be far apart in terms of geography, but very close in terms of productive bilateral exchanges that could redound to our mutual benefit,” said Condor. He also referred to the issues of Non Communicable Diseases, and the High Level Meeting that precedes the UN General Debate, to focus on. “The very fact that this High Level Meeting will occur, speaks to the strength of CARICOM’s coordination within the International Community,” said the Deputy Prime Minister, who said there is need for encouragement “in the knowledge, that when we set goals, we can achieve enormous success that will benefit our individual and collective interests. St. Kitts and Nevis remains committed to this process, and we are heartened to be the Chair of COFCOR as we move forward on these important initiatives.” As Chairman, he pledged to undertake to steer the deliberations of the meeting in such a way as to ensure that everyone’s views are heard and discussed. “It is true that at times, we are called upon to make hard decisions on the role and significance of Regional and International Organizations. We have also to determine our relationships with countries near and far, inclusive of allies, and those countries with which we are not yet fully (cont’d on page 9)St. Kitts and Nevis’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Condor


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 3 NEWS Workers urged to march on Labour Day and join in the battle to fight crime BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 1ST 2011 (CUOPM) – The leadership of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party called on nationals to join the traditional Labour Day March in solidarity with the workers and members of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union last week Thursday night in St. Paul’s. Party officials and ministers in the Cabinet also hailed the leadership of Labour Party Leader and Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. Labour Party Chairman, Senior Minister and Minister of Agriculture, International Trade, Industry and Consumer Affairs, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris specifically called on small farmers to march with him on Monday, Labour Day, as he continues the new agricultural development strategy started by former Minister Mr. Cedric Liburd. “Farmers must march on Monday, Labour Day. We are on the path of creating a fertile land and a progressive land and a land in where there is no scarceness of breads, fruits or vegetables. We have to look towards the future because we have prepared ourselves now. We have built successfully for growth and progress and development in anticipation that a time like this will come and in the end prosperity will be judged on the contribution which each of us has made to the ongoing development of the country,” said Dr. Harris, who chaired a political meeting in St. Paul’s. Minister of Tourism and International Trade, Sen. the Hon. Ricky Skerritt warned that the “Hate Douglas campaign” continues with the same few people in an effort to “rip the Labour Party apart.” “This Labour Day, I will march through the streets of Basseterre with my head held high, proud of what we have achieved, proud of what we are doing and proud of what we will continue to be doing to move this country to higher heights and a better quality of life for all,” said Minister Skerritt, pointing out that since the recent elections there has been some difficult international financial and economic times resulting in loss of revenue and higher costs. “The government has had to take some difficult decisions – some unpopular but that is what good leadership is. That is why Dr. Douglas is the best leader Minister of Tourism and International Trade Hon. Richard Skerritt at Thursday’s Meeting in St. Paul’s. Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas speaking at Thursday’s meeting in his St. Paul’s constituency. (photo by Erasmus Williams) (cont’d on page 4) Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas speaking at Thursday’s meeting in his St. Paul’s constituency.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 4 NEWS because when it is necessary he is not afraid to take difficult decisions. Tough times require tough people making tough decisions but as you know a Labour Government is always a compassionate government and when there are opportunities to take good, positive and remedial action, he will do so,” Minister Skerritt told the large crowd. He said as time goes by the international economic and financial climate will improve and so too will St. Kitts and Nevis and the rest of the Caribbean and the world,” said Minister Skerritt, who declared that “some criminal elements in the society have decided to declare war against the State. They have declared war against their own people; they have declared war against this economy.” Stating that crime is a concern to all, Minister Skerritt called on all citizens and nationals to join the fight against crime. “We can only win this battle if all hands are on deck. Crime threatens the economy. It threatens jobs, it threatens your peace and stability in your homes and too often it threatens life,” said Minister Skerritt, who expressed confidence that the Government is taking steps and results have already been seen. “Get serious about crime. Get serious about doing the things that are necessary to get through these difficult times and get serious about supporting Dr. Denzil Douglas and the Labour Party as we move forward,” said Minister Skerritt. He said St. Kitts was still the best place to be in the Eastern Caribbean and still the place where people preferred to be and the Labour Party is still the best party to lead this country and there is no other alternative. Minister of Public Utilities and East Basseterre Representative, Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin lashed out at former cabinet colleague Dwyer Astaphan who when he was a minister of government wrote articles urging persons to march and also marched, but now that he has left the Government is leading a campaign urging persons not to march. “We have reasons to March and march with one leader, the Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, the Prime Minister of this country of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Dr. Martin. “They want to deprive the people of the opportunities and gains they have made over the years and all of a sudden, he has no reasons to march and he has been marching all the time and now suddenly he and others have no reason to march. As ordinary people and as workers we all have a reason to march,” said Dr. Martin. Prime Minister Douglas urged the large gathering to report crime to the police and to provide information to the police in an effort to curtail crime and bring the perpetrators to justice. Dr. Douglas urged participants to march on Labour Day in support of the measures to combat crime and send a strong signal to the criminal Uniform Programme Outfits Children For School Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 05, 2011 (SKNIS): Kittitian parents, who fall within a lower income bracket and are facing the task of outfitting children for the start of the school year, have the option of applying to the School Uniform Programme of the Ministry of Social Services, Community and Social Development, Culture and Gender Affairs. The School Uniform Programme application process is presently taking place, along with similar procedures for the other Social Service Programmes. Activities such as these fall under the Social Safety Net initiative of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The new Supervisor of Social Development Mrs. Denise ByronMorris told the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service that while the Programme is geared toward the indigent and poor, anyone who is financially challenged can apply. She gave the example of a crisis such as the loss of the family bread-winners job, noting that each application is looked at on a case by case basis. The process requires that applicants give essential basic information such as names, addresses,’ the most recent pay-slip and provide details of their utility bills. Mrs. Byron-Morris revealed that whereas previously it was satisfactory to state the amount of each bill, the applicants now have to bring actual bills which are then verified by the Department. She explained that this is necessary, to ensure that there is meaningful assessment of the parent’s inability to purchase the uniform. Social Assistance Officers (SAOs) are key in the provision of all Social Services. The Supervisor of Social Development explained that in order to work with the residents of the various communities, St. Kitts is divided into five zones with one Officer responsible for each. Zone 1 consists of East Basseterre including Conaree and St. Peter’s, Zone 2 – College Street to West Farm, Zone 3 – West Basseterre to Sandy Point, Zone 4 – Sandy Point to Belle Vue, Zone 5 Mansions to Keys. In relation to the School Uniform Programme procedure, Supervisor Byron-Morris said that following the Schools’ Easter Break, the SAOs schedule the uniform application appointments. She explained that the sessions usually take place in schools or community centres, in the specified Zones, after working hours to accommodate the parents. Persons who are unable to meet these times can also make special requests for appointments at the community centres where the SAOs are stationed, during working hours. Mrs. Byron-Morris stressed that her Ministry and the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals of 2015. This is a United Nations initiative designed to assist developing countries in eradicating poverty. The new Supervisor noted that this undertaking includes sustaining the 98 percent literacy rate, and the high performance standing of students of the Federation. “The School Uniform Programme has one central goal,” Mrs. ByronMorris stressed. “That is to ensure that school children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary, secondary and tertiary schooling. To do this we have to eliminate the financial restrictions – including the cost of uniforms, travel, books and examination fees.” The Supervisor emphasized that while her Department does its part by providing uniforms, the Ministry of Education assists students with transportation, books and examination fees. SAO Laverne Richards at Interview 1 Interviewees for Uniform Prog Workers urged to march on Labour Day and join in the battle to fight crime (cont’d from page 4 )


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 5 NEWS Bradshaw and Southwell grandchildren lay wreaths in tribute to Statesmen BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 3RD 2011 (CUOPM) – Grandchildren and children of National Heroes Their Excellencies Sir Robert L. Bradshaw, Sir C.A Paul Southwell and Sir Joseph were among persons laying wreaths at the graveside of fallen stalwarts of the Labour Movement. At the Springfield Cemetery, current Labour leaders paid tribute to the sterling contribution and legacy of those who laid the foundation for the social, political and economic development of St. Kitts and Nevis. Eight-year-old Araminta Bradshaw-Williams and seven-year-old Carla Bradshaw-Williams laid the wreath on the grave of their grandfather, the Right Excellent Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw; 13year-old Phoenix Southwell laid the wreath on the grave of his grandfather, The Right Excellent Sir C. A. Paul Southwell and Prudence France on the grave of her father, The Right Excellent Sir Joseph N. France. Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas joined by Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Hon. Sam Condor and Senior Minister and Chairman of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris; President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union, Mr. Clifford Thomas and General Secretary of the Union, Mr. Batumba Tak, highlighted the presence of the two youngest grandchildren of the late Sir Robert Bradshaw. “We believe that they – the daughters of the late Isis Bradshaw are old enough to begin to appreciate the tremendous work and accomplishment of their grandfather and we are very honoured that they are with us for the first time in their lives and I hope it starts a tradition that we see them every year,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who praised Sir Robert as the Founding Father of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. “Even though he was not alive and present to Grandchildren of Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, 8-year-old Araminta Bradshaw-Williams (right) and seven-year-old Carla Bradshaw-Williams (left) about to lay the wreath at his grave site. Grandson of Sir C.A. Paul Southwell, Phoneix Southwell accompanied by his aunt Clytie about to lay the wreath at the grave site. Daughter of Sir Joseph N. France, Prudence France, lays the wreath at his grave site.Photos by Erasmus Williamssee this nation move into nationhood, nevertheless he had laid a very solid foundation for what was realized on the 19th (cont’d on page 11)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 6 Remarks by Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce, Consumer Affairs, Agriculture, Marine Resources Cooperatives and Constituency Empowerment at the Department of Agriculture’s Open Day on April 28, 2011Deuteronomy 8: 7-9. The description of the land conjures imagery of a fertile land and bountiful harvest. I quote “a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley and vines and fig trees and pomegranates; a land of oil, olive and honey; a land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack anything in it”. Someday if we treat with the twelve constraints or limiting factors outline above, St Kitts and Nevis will be well on the road to food security, eating without scarceness of fruits, vegetables, meats and fishes. I am very confident that where there is a will, a way can be found. In this regard, I am optimistic that although time is certainly on us, we can resolve the issues above one by one, two by two. It is a pleasure for me to participate in another Open Day of the Department of Agriculture. Today we again showcase to the national community and indeed to all our residents and visitors some of the work that is being done in the agricultural sector. Today we display a sample of the fruits, vegetables, and agro processed products that are produced here as we strive as a nation to feed ourselves in a sustainable and healthful manner. Examples of our research work are also on display. This effort at food security is global in nature. We are a net food importer and so we rely on the international community for much of what we eat. In our own self interest, we attempt to meet national demand for selected products by local production. Of course it is in our self interest so to do. The World Bank President Robert Zoellick has been warning us that escalating prices for foods may well be part of our future experience. The global food price index calculated by the World Bank has increased between October 2010 and January 2011 by fifteen percent. Some of the items most affected were wheat, corn, sugar, butter and rice. The food security challenge is a real one. The FAO has already alerted us to the need to increase food supply by 70% by 2050 if we are to meet the projected 50% growth in the world’s population by the said time. How Successful Have We Been? You may well ask how successful have we been recently? The ECCB Economic and Financial Review for the 3rd quarter ended on September 30 2010, tells us that agriculture continues its growth trajectory. For the first nine months of 2010, agriculture output increased by 13% over 2009. For the same period a significant 10% increase was realized in the fisheries subsector. Congratulations to our farmers and fishers. This growth trajectory must continue if we are to realize the true potential of the agriculture sector. We will not reap if we have not planted a good seed or several seeds. And we are mindful of the need for divine providence. It is written in Jeremiah 5:24 “——— Let us not fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of harvest”. Sowing good seeds is quite probable. The good seeds require us to: 1. Increase budgetary support from the government 2. Release on request funds committed by the SIDF 3. Set up a special window of concessional loans and credit for agriculture 4. Invest in technology – green houses, cultivars 5. Control monkey and wild boars 6. Improve land preparation services 7. Set up a modern storage facility 8. Encourage selected commercial farms backed by a resourced private sector 9. Establish a special fund to revitalize the sector in the event of virulent droughts or other severe acts of God 10. Encourage and nurture a highly disciplined farming community dedicated to the application of science and technology in its production and distribution activity 11. Ensure effective consultation between the Department of Agriculture and partnering with institutions resulting in cooperation and action 12. Expedite legislative enactments addressing roaming animals, animal health, impounding and praedial larceny I know that we are still some way off from the good land spoken of in I congratulate the Department of Agriculture on its Open Day, on its pledge of greater service to the farmers and all our stakeholders and partners. I congratulate all farmers, allied agencies, agriprocessors, suppliers of agricultural appliances, products and services. I commend our research entities for showcasing their products and services. I bid special welcome to our farmers and exhibitors from Nevis. It is a great day when we can stand as one country. In closing, I wish to extend best wishes for two successful days of our Agriculture Exhibition. Long Live Our Farmers. May we work hard for food security. I thank you! Schools’ Anger Management Programme Advances Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 28, 2011 (SKNIS): The importance of understanding anger was emphasized at the second in a series in a series of Anger Management Workshops organized by the Ministry of Education recently. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Osmond Petty, reflecting on the fact that anger is a natural human emotion, explained that when seeking to deal with the issue of violence and anger in youths, it is important to discover the underlying causes and the primary emotions that lead to anger as well as to accept their right to be angry. “What matters is how persons are taught to deal with the anger they feel,” Mr. Petty said, “For some young people, their anger gets out of control and they find themselves in difficulties, especially at school. As a result, anger management groups have become more and more common in education. That is why we have been having anger management training for teachers, guidance counselors and other key personnel,” He added. “We don’t just get angry! We first feel afraid. We feel attacked, disrespected, offended, forced, trapped, pressured! When these feelings are strong enough, we think of the emotion as anger. Successful work with young people in anger management therefore will involve helping them identify and deal with their primary emotion as well as with their anger,” said Petty. Course Facilitator, Jacinth Browne Taitt who supported the view expressed by Mr. Petty, told participants that they would be required to first get in touch with their personal emotions before seeking to assist young people in managing theirs. Ms. Taitt also referred to crisis anger which is the stage at which the young person becomes so angry that they get out of control. She revealed that at this point, “They say the pupil has popped. It is important that adults have the skills to bring them back under control and to help explore why they behave angrily.” OAS representative Mr. Starrett Greene was complimentary regarding the aggressive approach taken to securing funding for programmes and interventions that bring about positive sand meaningful change and development in the society. Greater Achievement for Every Child Operation Future, a police community initiative whose motto is Greater Achievement for Every Child, Operation Future lives this motto in its own work and trying to assist other organizations who share a goal of assisting the youth of our Federation. Ms. Elizabeth Smith of Caf Des Art also shares a desire to assist the youth of our Federation and on April 23rd Operation Future teamed up with Caf Des Art and launched a huge jumbo sale with the goal of donating the proceeds to Operation Future and the Special Olympics, the sale was a tremendous success as a result of a month of hard work by Elizabeth and Operation Future’s own Joann MacMullin. The generosity of the many people who donated items to be sold to benefit these worthy causes is greatly appreciated. Also appreciated was the support of the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society. On May 3, 2011 Caf Des Art and Operation Future donated $3,000 EC dollars to the Special Olympics moving our athletes one step closure to fulfilling a dream of competing in Greece in July of 2011. Operation Future and Caf Des Art would like to thank all those that supported this worthy endeavor and special thanks to Sabrina MacMullin who gave up her mornings during the Easter Break to help sort and price items that were donated. In picture Ms. Elizabeth Smith presents a cheque to Mr. Randolph Boddie of the Special Olympics a cheque on behalf of Caf Des Art and Operation Future for $3,000 EC dollars. In Picture left to right Ms Sharon Gillam, Ms Thelma Claxton, Mr Randolph Boddie all of the Special Olympics, Ms,, Joann MacMullin, Operation Future, Ms.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 7 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 4TH 2011 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon, Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has vehemently refuted an allegation made by former Customs officer Terry Adams that he called the people of Mc Knight “scums” during a political meeting in St. Paul’s last week Thursday night. In a May 2nd 2011 posting on the St. Kits-Nevis List, ( Terry Adams wrote: “It is alleged, at a Public meeting in St. Paul’s the Prime Minister called McKnight People scums” Prime Minister Douglas told the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon: “I want to make it clear that I have used no such description for the people of Mc Knight neither here nor in St. PM Douglas refutes statement by Terry Adams, says he will not be intimidated Paul’s or in any other public meeting.” Dr. Douglas repeated an earlier statement that when he was Minister of National Security, he was bombarded on several occasions whenever the SSU went into certain areas including Mc Knight by then Cabinet Minister Dwyer Astaphan who would call and utter strong objections to searches in Mc Knight by asking why the SSU do not go into other areas of Basseterre including the built up areas of the middle class and upper class. “I have no apology to make for making that statement,” said Dr. Douglas, in further response to references after the Terry Adams posting on the SKN List that the Prime Minister cannot go into Mc Knight. “ aint know who can prevent me from going into any area in St. Kitts and Nevis. If it is being done in an effort to try to intimidate me or to cause me to become a victim of whatever kind for people of criminal intent in Mc Knight, then I want to say to Terry Adams and his cohorts and people like him who are supporting him, that I am not intimidated. I shall not be intimidated at all,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who added that he will continue to express very strongly, “my views as I see them pertaining to those who may be soft on crime and where I think it is absolutely necessary to emphasise that there cannot be any compromise in our strong fight against crime.” “I Denzil Llewellyn Douglas will not be intimidated,” the Prime Minister stressed. “I want to make it absolutely clear I shall not be intimidated at all by those who think that because I make reference to certain areas that I will become a target for those who want to practise all kinds of violence. I am not intimidated “I said at the public meeting on Sunday night that we shall fight crime wherever it raises its ugly head. We will fight it in the privacy of people’s home if there is where it is; we will fight it in communities; we will fight it in the church; we will fight it in Terry Adams (Photo by Erasmus Williams) Parliament; we will fight it in the schools and we will fight it wherever it is in St. Kitts and Nevis.” Dr. Douglas said crime will be fought using the measures that have been outlined and explained by the Minister of National Security, Hon. Sam condor. He said that a concerted effort will be made in the fight against crime and he will not be intimidated. “I come from a village where I have seen crime when I grew up as a little boy. I am not afraid and so no one can intimidate me and I will continue to speak out as I have always spoken out. If crime is in Mc Knight, we need to stamp it out. If crime is in St. Paul’s, we need to stamp it out. If it is in the built up areas we will stamp it out. No matter where it is in this country, it will be stamped out,” said Prime Minister Douglas. monopoly on ideas,” Minister Condor declared, while inviting public recommendations. “Crime affects everyone and we hope this 10-point strategy will become a 25-point strategy or more. We will do whatever it takes.” The strategy, as it currently stands, first addresses legislative enhancements. The introduction of a modified version of a Racketeering, Influence and Criminal Organization (RICO) Act (common in the United States and some Caribbean territories) will be introduced to enhance the arresting powers of security officials in relation to persons who plot and/or execute criminal activities, as well as those that support, manipulate or benefit from antisocial activities. New vehicles, weapons and protective gear will also be acquired. Upgraded equipment such as high standard bulletproof vests and MP5 weapons, routinely used by military and law enforcement around the world, is also being considered. Minister Condor explained that partnerships with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and other corporate entities are vital in this area. Training for local authorities on intelligence gathering and anti gang measures will be sought from the Government of Israel. Other measures include, greater surveillance of territorial waters and borders as well as the full commissioning of the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system to detect and deter illegal activities in urban areas. Additionally, intensified raids by security forces, liberalized licensing to allow private citizens to acquire self defense tools such as mace or pepper spray in some instances, and offering incentives to promote security alarm systems are all being explored. Human Resource capacity in the Ministry of National Security is expected to be reorganized to facilitate greater efficiency and a multiparty Parliamentary Select Committee on Crime and Violence will be established. Minister Condor noted that a series of public discussions will be convened to allow feedback on the outlined proposals, and encouraged persons with ideas or resources to contribute to ensure the rule of law and order is maintained in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.National Security Minister Calls .....(cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 8 NEWS Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. Delivering the Feature Address at the official opening of the 14th Meeting of the CARICOM Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino, Prime Minister Douglas said the input and recommendations of COFCOR is key and there must be an ongoing examination of the principles, practices, and mechanisms in the coordination of the approach to Foreign Policy, in the same way that there needs to be a review of the mechanisms by which the region engage Third Countries and Groups of Countries. “As we do so, we must pay particular attention to our bilateral relations, framework agreements including Memoranda of Understanding and Co-operation Agreements; the regular scheduling of high-level meetings; the joint commission of similar mechanisms; and the accreditation of plenipotentiary representatives,” said Dr. Douglas. He said that the challenges that the Caribbean face are real and there is the reality of increasing xenophobia. “There is the matter of global corporate attempts not always obvious or openly admitted to secure, and place in private hands, fresh water sources from every continent the “oil” of the twenty-first century. There is the issue of illegal drugs and weapons. There is global warming. All l of these challenges demand exactly what we have already committed ourselves to: serious introspection and self-analysis as a region, so that we would be able to effectively chart the type of course that we must, in order to preserve the environmental, socio-political, and economic integrity of both our individual member states, and our broader Caribbean community,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader. Dr. Douglas told delegates among them representatives from the Caribbean Community as well as Slovenia, Hungary, South Africa and Australia, that co-ordination will assume an increasingly important role in the months and years ahead. “Co-ordination in the form of joint representation, c-ordination in order to continue the adoption of joint positions on matters of regional and international import, co-ordination within the context of nonCaribbean inter-governmental organizations,” said the Prime Minister, who noted that the region is fortunate to already have in place a number of foreign policy coordinating mechanisms and structures such as the Bureau of the Conference of Heads of Government, the Bureau of the COFCOR; the regular and informal meetings of COFCOR; consultations Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. the Hon. Baldwin Spencer (right) leads his nation’s delegation to the meeting. Photos by Erasmus Williams among senior officials of Caricom member states and the Secretariat and caucuses of Caricom ambassadors in Washington, New York, Ottawa, Geneva, and Brussels. “These we must continue to utilize and build upon, while also striving to strengthen existing ties with members of the Caribbean Diaspora whose numerical, financial, political or other strengths beyond the Caribbean, when strategically applied could redound to the benefit of the region from which they, our nationals, originated,” said Dr. Douglas. He told the Meeting that the advantages of establishing mutually beneficial, mutually respectful relations with likeminded nations in both the industrialized and the nonindustrialized world can be significant, “as we strive to develop our resources; preserve the security of the Community; and expand our economic space.” “In this era of rapid technological changes, our relations with nations with which we can partner as we strive to develop our own technological capabilities can also be significantly advanced by the coordinated regional foreign policy orientation of which we often speak – as are the objectives, positions, and initiatives that we, as a region, have already identified as being key to our prosperity, stability, human resource development, and national security,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who called for a pursuit of these goals to shape and guide both the bilateral as well as the multilateral relations. “Let us within this region, find ways, via collaboration, coordination, and ongoing communication amongst ourselves, to advance precisely those national and regional interests that we have identified as key, and which, properly pursued would provide the type of momentum that we, as policy makers, desire to see not only in terms of the process, but far more importantly, in terms of the results,” said Prime Minister Douglas.(cont’d from page11) PM Douglas tells Caribbean Foreign Ministers ........... Awards ceremony highlights 50th Anniversary celebrations of ZIZ Radio As part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of ZIZ Radio 50 past and present employees of the station and six corporate partners in the Federation were honoured here last week Wednesday night, April 27th, at an Award Ceremony held at the Sir Cecil Jacob Auditorium, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Bird Rock. The ceremony was graced with the presence of the Acting Governor General, Sir Edmund Lawrence, the Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Denzil Hon. Nigel Carty, General Manager ZBC Viere Galloway and Chairman of ZBC RA Peter Jenkins Golden Medallion Awardees included Zephaniah “Syl” Joseph, Claudette “Polly” Manchester, Wilsie White, Louvina Maynard, Eustace John, Conse Edwards, Goldwin Caines, Clement “Juni” Liburd, Von Rebop Southwell, Theo Clarke, Viere Galloway, Alvah Bradley, Valentine Browne, Bill Bramble, Asquith “Al” Elmes and Lorenzo “Mean Machine” Greene. Cheryl Ward, St. Clair “Chico” Guishard, Peter Warner, Leslie “Sugarbowl” Morton, Marlene Liburd, Erasmus Williams, Lillian Caesar, Lorna Shepard-Richards, Lucien “Shine” Maynard and Wesley Wharton were among the Gold Medallion Award Douglas; the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Sam Condor and Mrs. Condor; the Minister responsible for Education and Information, Hon. Nigel Carty and other Government officials. Also in attendance were the Chairman of ZBC Board of Directors, Mr. Peter Jenkins and other members of the Board as well as a wide cross section of the community from both islands of the Federation. The programme featured remarks by the General Manager (ag) Mr. Viere Galloway who welcomed the guests including the Acting Governor General Sir Edmund Lawrence, Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, Information Minister Hon. Nigel Carty, Parliamentarians and other specially invited persons. Chairman of the Board of Directors Mr. Peter Jenkins gave the audience a summary of the achievements of ZIZ Radio over the past fifty years and the contribution the Radio Station continues to make in the development of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The Hon. Nigel Carty challenged the Board, Management and Staff of ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation to be more assertive and creative and come up with more programs that will assist in the development of the Nation. The featured speaker was noted regional journalist Mr. Ricky Singh who gave a sterling presentation on radio communication as it is today and spoke on the demise of the BBC Caribbean service which he said was quite sad. Other highlights of the programme were the presentation of the Gold Medallion Awards and the Gold Star Awards along with a mixture of entertainment by the Okolo Arts Theatre, Alex Condel on the saxophone, a steelband solo by Stephen Smith, a song by News Reporter Rolhensha Henry, ZIZ Calypso King Navigator and the blended voices of the ZIZ Song Competition participants. Other institutions who received pride of place were the TDC Group of Companies, SL Horsfords and Company Limited, LIME (Cable and Wireless), St. Kitts Bottling Company, St. Kitts Breweries, National Bank and the Antioch Baptist Church. The Awards ceremony which was carried live on ZIZ Radio and streamed on the internet ended with light refreshments provided by Chefs Garden Restaurant in the TDC Mall. ZIZ Anniversary Magazine recipients of Gold Star Awards. LIME, St. Kitts Bottling Company, TDC, Carib Breweries, S.L. Horsfords and Company Ltd were the awarded corporate partners.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 9 COMMENTARY The Thinking Citizen Shortly before the Elections of January 2010, the leader of the PAM party went to a meeting with a complete stranger in a hotel room at the Marriott Resort at Frigate Bay. During the meeting, the PAM leader agreed to accept from the total stranger the sum of $1.7 million in exchange for a promise to sell to the total stranger a large quantity of St. Kitts land when PAM got in power at a price well below the current market price. The promises made and the agreements reached during the tryst (meeting) at the Marriott soon became public knowledge. The reaction of the PAMites to that development was to blame our Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas for having, as they say, organised and master-minded the entire event. So far not one of the “wise men” in PAM has been able to explain to an incredulous public the following, namely – i) Who introduced the PAM leader to the total stranger? ii) Who encouraged the PAM leader to agree to a meeting with the stranger in the first place? iii) Who encouraged the PAM leader to agree to a meeting at the Marriott and not at some other place? Try as it might, the PAM party has not been able to tie the blame and the responsibility for the record of greed, selfishness, bribery and corruption exhibited by the PAM leader in his meeting with the total stranger at the Marriott. The PAMites have been forced to jump off the back of Dr. Douglas and jump onto the back of someone else whom they declare to be an expert on the Computer and on Video Production and whom they say is an agent of the Labour Party. The thing to notice about all this is that when PAM is in deep dodo and has no facts with which to defend itself, the party simply creates some fanciful and convoluted story to explain its troubles away. PAM can always depend upon the members of the CCM/PAM Coalition to believe and to propagate the story. The story on page 7 of the Democrat newspaper for the period April 16 to April 22, 2011, is a vain and futile attempt to explain away the gross misdeeds of the leader of PAM while in negotiations with a total stranger at the Marriott Resort at Frigate Bay. The story is full of uncertainties, ambiguities and wild speculations. Many years earlier, that is in 1967, PAM involved itself in a terrorist plot to overthrow by force of arms the lawfully elected government of Premier Bradshaw. The plot failed and since then, the leaders of PAM and the Democrat newspaper have been spending their time in trying to prove that the PAM party was not involved. But how could PAM not have been involved when – (a) Members of PAM travelled to Anguilla to practise shooting at the rifle range at Junks Hole. (b) Members of PAM were to rendezvous at Half-Way Tree with the invading party of Anguillians and provide the trucks to transport the invaders from Half-Way Tree to Basseterre. (c) A particular Anguillian was selected to go on ZIZ Radio after the coup (if successful) and announce to the public that a certain politician, the Prominent Kittitian, “is now the new Premier”. (d) The involvement of PAM in the 10th of June affair was confirmed by Anguillans Ronald Webster on the one hand and by Colville Petty and Nat Hodge on the other hand. It is natural that PAM would want to deny its involvement in the 10th of June abortive coup. The PAMites are putting the whole blame for the abortive coup on the Anguillian dissidents. The Anguillians have informed the general public that it was certain members of PAM who encouraged them in the plot to invade St. Kitts and topple the lawfully elected government of Premier Bradshaw. The gang of dissident Anguillians was told by the Prominent Kittitian during one of his regular visits to Anguilla that as soon as the coup got underway and the sound of gunshots were heard, the people of St. Kitts would take to the streets and turn against Premier Bradshaw and his government. But that was wishful thinking on the part of the leaders of PAM. The people of St. Kitts remained steadfastly loyal to Premier Bradshaw and his government. PAM has time after time, continued to under-estimate and misjudge the loyalty of the electorate to the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. Part of the political strategy of the People’s Action Movement is to indulge in activities that are designed to hinder and retard the political, social and economic growth and development of our country. Having accomplished its aim and objective, PAM then denies its involvement in such activities. PAM did not support our country’s move to Associated State status in 1967. So PAM instigated political and social unrest in Anguilla and when the party was finished with its dirty work there, the party then turned its attention to Nevis. The 10th of June affair in 1967 followed. That attempt to overthrow the lawfully elected government of Premier Bradshaw failed. The leaders of PAM have claimed that their involvement in the social and political affairs of the people of Anguilla and Nevis, when their party stirred up political and social unrest in the two islands was only to promote greater social, political and economic development. But this could not have been true. Prior to the move of the Labour Party Government towards Associated Statehood for St. KittsNevis and Anguilla, PAM had no interest in either Anguilla or Nevis. The Democrat newspaper came into being with the formation of the St. Kitts Democratic Party. The masthead of the Democrat newspaper at that time carried the following slogan: The Democrat for St. Kitts. It was only after PAM attained power in 1980 that the slogan was changed to: The St. Kitts & Nevis Democrat. This shows that PAM had no interest in Anguilla or in Nevis as the party’s mouth-piece, the Democrat, proudly proclaimed that the Democrat is for St. Kitts. However, before I close this article, I would like to deal with another matter. I would like to comment on the following statement made in an article entitled “Tourism and its Impact on Economic Development”, published in a recent issue of the Democrat newspaper: “It is important for especially the youth of this country to stop and ponder the state of St. Kitts and Nevis without the Tourist Industry built by the PAM”. The vision to diversify our economy and develop a thriving Tourism Industry was born in the Labour Party in the 1960s and the Labour Party heroes who set out to make that vision a reality were Premier Bradshaw and Deputy Premier Paul Southwell. When PAM took over the reins of government in 1980 the runway at our National Airport had already been extended to 8,000 feet and the Terminal Building there had already been restructured and upgraded. Our National Airport became capable of handling aircraft such as the L-1011 (Lockheed tri Star), the DC10 (Mr Donnel Douglas) and the Boeing 747. The Deep Water Port which was started under Labour was completed in 1981. The port facility also included a 385 foot Ro-Ro berth with a minimum water depth of 10 feet. Cruise ships were thus able to berth at the newly established Deep Water Port. The construction of our Deep Water Port at Bird Rock and the extension of our runway to 8,000 feet were all part of a deliberate policy to attract to our shores more and more tourists and from farther afield. Mr. Freddie Lam, now deceased, and the Labour Government worked hand in hand to establish and develop the Fair View Inn. The Labour Government also built the Royal St. Kitts Hotel which was the first hotel built at frigate Bay. The PAM government met the Fair View Inn and the Royal St. Kitts Hotel already in operation. The PAM party was never in favour of economic diversification and the development of a Tourism Industry while the party was in opposition from 1965 to 1980. For instance, a group of overseas investors agreed to build a hotel on the site of Fort Thomas. The PAM party caused the start of the construction of the hotel building to be delayed on three separate occasions. Eventually the hotel building was constructed with funds provided by a consortium of local business men and investors. In 1967 the PAM party assisted a poor taxi-man for the Circus in placing full page advertisements in the world’s leading newspapers advising would-be investors not to put their money in any business enterprise in St. Kitts or Nevis. During the 1960s, PAM also organised a taxi-drivers strike while one of the largest cruise liners was riding at anchor in the Basseterre Roadstead. It was Earle Clarke who saved the day, for he quickly organised a group of private car owners to take the tourists to Brimstone Hill and to other places of historical and natural interest around our island. The Labour Party Government signed a multi-million dollar Agreement called INDELCO with a group of overseas investors for the comprehensive development of Frigate Bay Estate. The PAM party painted such a bad picture of St.Kitts and gave the Labour Party Government such a bad name that the overseas investors pulled out of the INDELCO Agreement. I would like to remind Mr. Ackeem Alexander and the other young PAMites of just two things: (i) When PAM took over in 1980 the following 8 hotels were already in existence and operating in Nevis – Pinneys Beach Hotel, Rest Haven Inn, Montpelier Hotel, Zetlands Hotel, Old Manor Hotel, Golden Rock Hotel, Nisbett Plantation Inn and Cliff Dwellers Hotel. (ii) That a group of overseas investors commenced the construction of the Casablanca Hotel building at Friar’s Bay, St. Kitts. The members of the PAM government and the overseas investors fell out. The investors moved their business to Anguilla and built the Casablanca Hotel there. Which Tourism Industry was built by PAM? When PAM came to power, the foundation of the Tourism Industry was already built. The truth of the matter is that while PAM was in opposition from 1965 to 1980 the members of PAM worked hard to prevent Premier Bradshaw and Deputy Premier Paul Southwell from laying down the foundations of the Tourism Industry which they envisioned. Since its formation in 1965 the PAM party has developed the habit of making false claims, that is false claims for itself and false claims against the Labour Party. In 2007 during the period when a series of One-Day International Cricket Matches were scheduled to be played at Warner Park, the PAMites went around spreading the false claim that the newlyconstructed Warner Park Cricket Stadium was unsafe. That piece of political propaganda was not designed in any way to attract tourists to our shores. One the contrary it was designed to do the exact opposite, and that is to stop all cricket lovers from coming to St. Kitts, to enjoy cricket from the comfort and safety of the new Warner Park Cricket Stadium.PAM continues to underestimate and misjudge the electorate’s loyalty to the Labour Partyengaged. And we would no doubt deliberate extensively on the structure and organization of our Community and the pursuit of strategies to strengthen them,” said Minister Condor, who noted it was almost forty years ago that “our predecessors felt the need for our countries to forge an alliance through our common bonds.” “That alliance has produced great fruit, and it has allowed us, as Foreign Ministers, to protect our realm from divisions amongst ourselves; from dilution of our culture and heritage; from disregard of our societal bonds; and from any other negative bi-product of globalization. I am indeed most proud of our accomplishments. In the final analysis, colleagues Ministers, delegates, all, this is a work in progress, which needs always to be sustained. We however are the products of an admirable Region and people, and we will strive to make them all proud of the work that we do,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Condor. New COFCOR Chairman Hon. Sam Condor(cont’d from page 2)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 10 NEWS -Statement by the Speaker on the Private Member’s Bill (The Integrity in Public Life Bill, 2011) by Opposition Members. Basseterre, April 28th, 2011 Hon. Members, today is a defining moment as we embark on new developments since yours truly has diligently occupied this Honourable Chair. The Chair duly recognizes the submission of a Private Member’s Bill captioned-The Integrity in Public Life Bill, 2011 on behalf of the Hon. Leader of the Opposition to the Office of Clerk of the National Assembly dated 18th April 2011 but received at 11.54am on 19th April 2011. The Chair must advise from the outset of these remarks that submissions of Bills on either side of the aisle are indeed necessary, mature and welcome by the Chair and by no means of less importance by the Public we continue to serve from this august Chamber. Therefore, the Speaker’s office upon receiving the draft submission of The Integrity in Public Life Bill, 2011 from the Private Member immediately obtained advice and guidance from Parliamentary Counsels, who have been placed at the disposal of the Speakers Office in all matters needing legal advice from a Parliamentary perspective or obligation. Hon. Members, In the Parliament of Saint Christopher and Nevis, as in all legislative assemblies based on the British model, there is a clearly defined method for enacting legislation. A Bill, as you are aware Hon. Members, must go through a number of very specific stages in the National Assembly before it becomes law. In Parliamentary jargon, these stages make up what is called the legislative process. In the context of the foregoing, Hon. Members, section 42 of the Constitution makes provision for the mode of exercise of legislative power. The power to make laws, which is vested in Parliament, is exercised by Bills passed by the National Assembly and assented to by the Governor-General. The Constitution of Saint Christopher and Nevis, the National Assembly Elections Act, and the Standing Orders of the National Assembly do contain provisions that govern both the introduction and the passage of the Bills of the National Assembly.Introduction of Bills in the National AssemblySection 20 of the Revised National Assembly Elections Act, Cap. 2.01 makes provision for the introduction of Bills in the National Assembly. It provides as follows: “20.(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and of the Standing Orders of the National Assembly, any member may introduce any Bill or propose any motion for debate in, or may present any petition to, the National Assembly, and the same shall be debated and disposed of according to the Standing Orders of the National Assembly.” Hon. Members, that section then empowers any member of the National Assembly to introduce a Bill in the National Assembly. However, before a Private Member’s Bill is introduced in the National Assembly, the Member introducing the Bill must be aware of the contents of Standing Order 14 of the Standing Orders of the National Assembly which provides as follows:“14. Contents of Public Business. (1) Public business shall consist of motions and public bills. (2) Unless the National Assembly otherwise direct the order of public business shall be as follows: (a) Government business; (b) Private Members business. (3) Government business shall consist of motions proposed to be made and bills sponsored by Ministers. (4) Private members business shall be set down on the Order Paper in the order in which it was entered in the Order Book.”. Hon. Members, since Private Members Business is public business then that business must consist of motions and public bills. That being the case, the Member introducing the Private Member’s Bill must comply with the provisions of Standing Orders 17, 25, 26 27, and 54.Drafting of Private Members BillsWho drafts Bills which are introduced by private Members? Hon. Members, our Standing Orders are silent on this point. However, Standing Order 85 provides a solution in the following words: “(1) In any matter not herein provided for, resort shall be had to the usage and practice of the Commons House of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which shall be followed as far as the same may be applicable to the National Assembly, and not inconsistent with these Standing Orders nor with the practice of the National Assembly.”.In the United Kingdom a private Member’s Bill is typically drafted with the assistance of Legislative Counsel to ensure that its text conforms with the provisions of the statutory law should it be given Royal Assent. In drafting a legislative proposal, Legislative Counsel acts on the Member’s clear, written instructions about the purpose and objectives of the proposed legislation and ensure that the draft Bill is acceptable in terms of its form and compliance with legislative and parliamentary conventions. A private Member’s Bill has to be certified by the Legislative Counsel to indicate that the Bill is in correct form. The certified copy of the Bill is then returned to the Member. In light of the provisions of Standing Order 85, this procedure should be followed in Saint Christopher and Nevis.Financial LimitationsThere is a constitutional requirement that Bills proposing the expenditure of public funds must be accompanied by a royal recommendation, which can be obtained only by the government and introduced by a Minister [See Standing Order 54 of the Standing Orders of the National Assembly]. Since a Minister cannot propose items of Private Members’ Business, it appears a private Members’ Bill should therefore not contain provisions for the spending of public funds. The question therefore is: Do our Standing Orders permit a private Member to introduce a public Bill containing provisions requiring the expenditure of public funds, or only to introduce public Bills which do not contain such provisions? It may appear that a private Members Bill may not contain provisions requiring the expenditure of public funds, but a reading of Standing Orders 14 and 54 indicate otherwise. Even if the Standing Orders were silent on that issue Standing Order 85 empowers the Speaker to resort to the usage and practice of the Commons House of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which usages and practices must be followed as far as the same may be applicable to the National Assembly, and not inconsistent with the Standing Orders nor with the practice of the National Assembly. In the context of the foregoing discussion it is quite clear that the Standing Orders of the National Assembly of Saint Christopher and Nevis do not prevent a private Member from bringing to the National Assembly a Bill containing provisions requiring the expenditure of public funds, provided that Standing Order 54 is complied with. This Order states as follows: “(1) The introduction of bills shall be in accordance with the of provisions section 20.(2) of the National Assembly Elections Act, Cap. 2.01, that is to say, Except on the recommendation of the Governor-General signified by a Minister, the National Assembly shall not proceed upon any bill (including an amendment to a bill) which, in the opinion of the Speaker would dispose of or charge any public revenue or funds of this territory or alter any disposition thereof or charge thereon or impose, alter, or repeal any rate, tax or duty. (2) The signification made by a Minister shall be recorded in the minutes.”.Conclusion:The Bill which the private Member seeks to introduce in the National Assembly has not complied with • the provisions of section 20 of the National Assembly Elections Act, Cap. 2.01. • the procedure relating to the drafting of such Bills. • The constitutional requirement stipulated in Standing Order 54. Hon. Members, the Chair has the clear authority not to allow this motion which has not received royal recommendation from His Excellency, The Governor General via a Fiat to proceed at this time and sitting of the Honourable House. Therefore, Hon. Leader of the Opposition, the Chair wishes to advise that after carefully reading the contents of the drafted Integrity in Public Life Bill, 2011 and the Standing Orders of this Honourable House that you would not be allowed to move forward with this motion until full compliance is met in accordance with the Standing Orders of the House as set out earlier. However, with that said I humbly invite the Leader of the Opposition to meet soonest with the Leader of Government Business and the Attorney General to discuss and clarify issues relating to the existing short comings of the draft submission of the Integrity in Public Life Bill, 2011. By so doing, it can be duly introduced, read and passed at the next best convenient sitting. The Chair is also mindful that this may be seen as an obstruction to the introduction and eventual passage of this piece of hallmark legislation. However, the Chair wishes to make it pellucidly clear that it has an obligation to make decisions base on the rules and standing orders of the National Assembly. Once, all requirements are met as expressed by the standing orders then the Chair will be duty bound to proceed on this Bill. I so move.Hon. Curtis A. Martin Speaker


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 11 NEWS Bradshaw and Southwell grandchildren lay wreaths in tribute to Statesmen(cont’d from page 5) Agriculture Sector Shines In 3rd Quarter Review For third consecutive quarter being reported by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the agriculture sector of St. Kitts and Nevis is the only one to show growth and progress when 2010 outcomes are compared to those of 2009. That’s according to the September 2010 Economic and Financial Review released by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. This is the latest economic profile on the Federation’s economy to be issued by the Basseterre based Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. The authoritative and independent report on OECS member states tells us that the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis contracted in the period January to September 2010. The bank’s assessment revealed that most economic sectors declined except agriculture during the period January to September 2010. Stay over tourists fell 4.3% or 3201 tourists over period January to September 2010. Cruise visitors increased by 12.7 %. Notwithstanding the increase in the number of cruise visitors, gross travel receipts as represented by total visitors expenditure are estimated to have declined by 1.1 percent on account of a decrease in the number of stayover visitors. This statistic reveals the stayover visitors spent significantly more than the cruise visitors. Imports of construction materials fell 34.6 percent. Quarry and Mining sector declined by 51.6 percent, and the manufacturing sector fell 17.2 %. Government realized a deficit of $54.9 million over the 9 month period in contrast to $29.6 million in surplus achieved in same period 2009. A primary surplus of $37.6 million was realized in 2010 down from the $108.7 million achieved in the first 9 months of 2009.Tax revenue fell by approximately 16 percent reflecting the reduction in demand and profits in the domestic economy. In contrast, output in the agricultural sector increased due to a higher level of production in the crop and fisheries subsector which rose by 13.3 percent and 10 percent respectively. September 1983. He has been the Father of this Nation in several ways,” said Dr. Douglas, pointing to Sir Robert’s leadership of the Labour Movement – the St. KittsNevis Labour Party and the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union. “He was a Labour leader in the region and one who understood the workings of the Labour Movement generally throughout the World and made a very tangible contribution; he was also a Political Leader who rose from obscurity to hold the hold the highest political office in St. Kitts and Nevis first and Chief Minister and then as First Premier and rose to international prominence. “We remember him for laying the foundation – the economic, social and political foundation that St. Kitts and Nevis has advanced to today and so we will remember him not only today but also in the hearts and lives of the ordinary people of St. Kitts and Nevis for the tremendous service that he has given to our people,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who noted that it was as a result of a scholarship that Sir Robert Bradshaw has personally provided to him to attend the St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School in 1965, thus afforded him a rare opportunity to get a secondary education,” said Prime Minister Douglas. Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Hon. Sam Condor who succeeded The Right Excellent Sir Joseph N. France as Parliamentary Representative, described Sir Joseph “as the personification and embodiment of the Labour Movement and the rock of the Labour Movement (who) never wavered in his philosophy and his commitment to the upliftment of the ordinary folks of this country.” “Never was his motive or agenda questioned in terms of his contribution to the development of this country,” said Minister Condor, who recalled the motto of the Labour Party “For the good that we can do.” Later in paying tribute to Sir Caleb Azariah Paul Southwell, Minister Condor said Sir Paul is responsible for modernizing the St. Kitts and Nevis economy. “As the Minister of Trade, Industry, Commerce and Tourism and Development, this modern economy that we see in St. Kitts started with Paul Southwell,” said Minister Condor, who said all the development on Frigate Bay, as well as the Southeast Peninsula “was a dream of Southwell before he died.” “The workers of this country want to think him as we celebrate today. We want to thank him for all the work that he did ad one should recall that the industrial site has been named in his honour because he was the person who pioneered the manufacturing industry in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Deputy Prime Minister Condor. Mr. Condor also pointed to Mr. Southwell’s contribution to the sub-regional integration movement, noting that he was died in St. Lucia in 1979 immediately after chairing a meeting of the West Indies Associated States Council of Ministers at which the decision was made to change the name to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). “As we celebrate the OECS Treaty, the stamp of Paul Southwell is there on every page and on every line. We want to thank him for his service to this country. He has rendered outstanding service to this country and we also remember his contribution to the arts and sports,” said Mr. Condor. Wreaths were also laid at the graves of former Premier, Attorney General Labour Party Leader and Union President and United Nations Ambassador, His Excellency Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore; former Minister of Agriculture and Labour and Ambassador Mr. E. St. John Payne; former Minister of Education and Youth, the late Hon. Clarence Fitzroy Bryant and the late Assistant General Secretary of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union, Mr. Fidel O’Flaherty.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 12 NEWS the coveted and prestigious title of Miss Labour 2011-2012 title (early Sunday morning) following the successful staging of the annual Labour Queen show at Carnival Village, Warner Park, Basseterre, on Saturday night last, April 30th. Miss Joseph, representing St. Christopher 4 Constituency (Challengers to New Guinea) also won the Best Promotional Speech with 180.5 points and Best Evening Wear with 94 points. Joseph, whose older sister, Zionshaw, is the 2010 Miss Back to Roots of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), amassed a total of 443 points. First runner–up was 19-year-old Performing Arts Teacher at the Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Davina Doras-Cranstoun, representing Constituency One (East Basseterre), who received a total of 433 points. Second runner-up went to 17-year-old Charles E. Mills Secondary School student, Jackiema Flemming, who represented St. Christopher 5 (Sandy Point/Fig Tree). She received 404 points and also won the Best Performing Talent segment with 124.5 points. Third runner-up position went to Vekeich Connor, a 14-year-old student at the Charles E. Mills Secondary School, who received 386.5 points. She represented St. Christopher 6 (Newton Ground to Harris). The Best Creative Wear category was won by 18-year-old Nakita James, representing Constituency 2 (Central Basseterre) with a total of 117 points. The other contestants were 15-year-old Washington Archibald High School student, Crystal Boyles, representing Constituency #3 (West Basseterre); 16-year-old Sheniqua Cannonier, a student at the Cayon High School representing Constituency # 7 (Ottley’s Lodge/Belle Vue) and Constituency # 8 (Ottley’s/St. Peter’s) representative 19-year-old Zarema Pemberton, a student at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC). The 2011-2012 Labour Queen was crowned by the National Political Leader of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. He was assisted by the 2010-2011 Miss Labour, Jannie Browne. The contestants used straws, macaroni, roses, condoms, coconut palm, cactus and surgical gloves in the creative wear segment. MS LABOUR 2011/2012 PAGEANT contestants in Evening Wear (LEFT to RIGHT) 17-year-old Jackiema Flemming (St. Christopher 5); 18-year-old Nakita James, representing (St. Christopher 2); 19-year-old Zarema Pemberton (St. Christopher 8); 16-year-old Sheniqua Cannonier (St. Christopher 7); 16-year-old Zaiesha Joseph (St. Christopher 4); 15-year-old Crystal Boyles, (St. Christopher 3); 19-year-old Davina Doras-Cranstoun (St. Christopher 1); and 14-year-old Vekeich Connor (Constituency # 6) St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas crowns Miss Labour 2011/2012, Zaiesha Joseph; Second Runner Up Miss Jackiema Flemming (right), First runner up Davina Doras-Cranstoun (second from the right) and Third RunnerUp Velkeich Connor (right). PHOTOS BY ERASMUS WILLIAMS Thousands march in Basseterre on Labour Day 2011Verchild’s High School student wins Miss Labour Pageant (cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 13 ADVERTISEMENT The Children’s Dance Theatre set for JUST DANCE 2, The Mother’s Day Edition CDT Director Julie Martin thanked all parents and guardians of the dancers for their patience and cooperation. She also expressed gratitude to those corporate entities that despite the downturn in the economy have made the bold move to continue to support cultural endeavors: Ting, Giant Malt, Ginseng Up, National Bank, Premier Planners and Island Soul Entertainment are this year’s sponsors. Thanks were also extended to their huge and loyal fan base whose love and support over the years assure an outstanding dance recital on an (Basseterre St. Kitts, May 4, 2011) Following a triumphant 21st anniversary dance recital, the celebrated and dynamic dance group, The Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT), is back with ‘JUST DANCE 2, The Mother’s Day Edition’, this Sunday May 8 Mother’s Day. Staff and dancers are aware that many persons did not get to see the recital on April 10th as tickets were sold out in four days and numerous requests were received for another performance following rave reviews. So due to the tremendous increase in the support of dance and youth oriented activities, the dancers will only again be putting on their dancing shoes. On Mother’s Day, lovers of dance recitals will have another opportunity to witness high quality choreography, impactful costumes and a professionally staged production that CDT is known for, aimed to stimulate, inspire and stir the dance spirit in all of us. There will be special tributes to Mothers in song and dance, which will be premiered on this special day. Although the featured dance group will be CDT, there will be spectacular guest performances by the CFBC Dance Ensemble, the CDT Alumni Dancers and singing sensation Range. annual basis as well as a strong future for dance and young people. The Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT) was founded in 1989. Presently there are sixty (60) dancers grouped in three divisions Sparks, Starlights and Rockets. Offering instruction in various genres of dance are Director Julie Martin, Heidi Slack, Sonji Isaac, Shanda Labega, Krystal Glasford and Xia Claxton. Sparks


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 14 NEWS -LIFELINES “LifeLines is a monthly column dedicated to addressing issues of mental, behavioural, and social health. The column appears on the 1st weekend of the month, and is written by professionals in the field of social work, mental health, and community medicine”. Juvenile Delinquency: Who’s at Risk? The increase in juvenile delinquent activity, including murder, robbery, and assaults, is a major issue affecting our Federation. We are all very much aware of the societal consequences that the increase in criminal behaviour can bring. For the purpose of this article, basic definitions, risk factors, protective and preventative measures, as it relates to juvenile delinquency, will be addressed. According to law, a juvenile is a human being under the age of 18 years of age. Delinquency is defined as failure to do what law or duty requires. Thus, juvenile delinquency is defined as a human being under the age of 18 failing to do what law or duty requires.Risk FactorsIt is imperative that risk factors are taken into consideration as this may significantly contribute to appropriate protective and treatment factors. So, what exactly is a risk factor? For the purpose of this paper, a risk factor is a characteristic, variable or situation that increases a juvenile’s chances of becoming delinquent. Below, risk factors will be addressed based on four main categories, namely, individual and diagnostic, familial, school, and community and cultural variables. The list below is not exhaustive but is a general summary.Individual and Diagnostic VariablesoIQ (Intelligence Quotient) deficits. The most affected area of intelligence by juvenile delinquents is the verbal intelligence (Teichner, Golden, 2000). oBeing male o Conduct Disorder (CD), Parent-Child Relational Problems, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Depressive disorder are common diagnostic disorders identified in violent children in the juvenile justice system (Kashani, Jones, Bomby, and Thomas, 1999). oChildren with CD have deficits in executive functioning (Toupin, Dery, Pauze, Mercier, and Fortin, 2000) oThere have been a number of theories that have explained the relationship between the verbal deficits in juveniles and conduct disorders. These disorders have been summarized by Moffit (1993b)(as cited in Vermeiren et al., 2000): Overall, deficits in verbal abilities negatively affect the development of self control strategies, the ability to learn and generalize about acceptable and unacceptable behaviors, and the number of positive interactions with parents, which lead to decreased success at school. Deficits in verbal intelligence may limit a child’s range of responses to threatening or ambiguous social situations, making aggressive situations more likely.Family VariablesoExposure to violence in the home (spousal abuse and/ child abuse) oFamily history of violent behaviour oParental attitudes favourable to alcohol and aggressive behaviours oPoor disciplinary strategies by parentsSchool VariablesoOvercrowded schools oHostile teachers oPoor academic performance is an early risk factor for antisocial behavior (Robinson, Fraser, Roberts, Rivers, Strayer, and Simon, 2007) which is often linked to juvenile delinquency.Community and cultural variablesoRepeated exposure to violence via media and within the community oAvailability of firearms, drugs and alcohol oNeighbourhoods characterized by poverty, disorganization, transition, and a low sense of community oImmigrants with low acculturation capabilities (Titzmann, Raabe, and Silbereisen, 2008) Having one of the identified risk factors above does not necessarily equate to a child becoming a delinquent. However, the more risk factors evident in a child’s life, the greater the chances of that child becoming a delinquent. It is also important to consider the developmental maturity of the individual. Some children are exposed to many of these risk factors but never become delinquent based on other protective factors in their livesprotective factors acting as a buffer to prevent delinquent behavior.Preventative FactorsIt is in our best interest to become aware of the risk factors that lead to juvenile delinquency so as to identify and prevent ‘at risk youths’ from becoming delinquents. Identifying the risk factors also assists government, practitioners and other private entities to develop more focused preventative initiatives and programs. Preventative Factors can be considered as therapeutic/social initiatives and programs targeted to reducing delinquent behavior by juveniles. Tackling delinquency among the youths at a very young age has proven to be one of the most effective preventative strategies to reduce juvenile delinquency. According to research, addressing risk factors through education, parent training, therapy, recreation, and community involvement can assist with the prevention of juvenile delinquency.EducationEducating youths about their value and worth (to help them become more conscious of the choices they make). Educating parents and the community about risk/protective factors Education about the consequences of delinquencyParental TrainingDeveloping Parenting Programs that educate parents on child development and healthy parent/child interaction Encouraging parents to request appropriate help when/if neededTreatmentCognitive-behavioral skills training/therapy Family therapy frameworks (Functional Family Therapy) The research indicates that these previously mentioned treatment modalities are more effective for the younger, nonviolent, or mildly aggressive youths than the older, more violent youths The most promising form of therapy is Multisystemic Therapy (MST) “an intensive family-and community-based treatment program that focuses on the entire world of chronic and violent juvenile offenders their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends”.RecreationExtracurricular activities such as sports, dance, art, drama, or reading, give children a positive outlet for expression, thus reducing the Australian Foreign Minister says world must remain vigilant following death of Osama bin Laden BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 3RD 2011 – Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Kevin Ruud said Wednesday terrorism is an enemy of all democracies and large and small countries around the world must remain vigilant following the death of the World’s Most Wanted Terrorist Osama bin Laden. “Terrorism is an enemy of all democracies. It does not matter where you are in small democracies or in large democracies because they are all the enemies of freedom and seek to use violence to intimidate,” Australian Foreign Minister Hon. Kevin Ruud (right), speaks to the local media on the steps of Government Headquarters following a meeting with St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left). Photo by Erasmus Williams Ruud told reporters in Basseterre, the St. Kitts capital following a meeting with St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. Ruud, a former Australian prime minister, who assumed the post of Foreign Minister in September, told reporters on the steps of Government Headquarters with Prime Minister Douglas next to him that he was in Washington over the weekend to discuss with United States Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recent actions taken by the US authorities in relation to Osama bin Laden. “We across the world must cooperate to bring terrorists like Osama bin Laden to justice and that is bringing mass murderers to justice. All countries in the world – small and large – through their intelligence agencies, through their national security agencies, must remain vigilant in the immediate period ahead in dealing with the continued challenges of terrorism. Terrorism is not about to go away. It is a real and continuing problem,” said Mr. Ruud. He said the onus is on all nations and its people “particularly in democracies to have our agencies work seamlessly to deal with this challenge in the future, to minimize the risk and to maximize our people’s security.” Ruud and his delegation are in the St. Kitts capital to attend the 14th Meeting of the CARICOM Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR). He was making a presentation to the group before leaving Wednesday afternoon. (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 15 VIEW POINT VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS From what I know about human nature, there may well be a few children who will not pay tribute or recognition to their mother for one flimsy reason or another. I trust that such persons will experience a change of heart after reading this article. Thanks for joining me. Among the many persons of high rank and eminence who paid recognition to his own mother was the late President Abraham Lincoln. He penned these words: “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe it to my angel mother”. (Abraham Lincoln). On another occasion he wrote: “No one is poor who had a godly mother”. It stands to reason, therefore, that if you were blessed with a good mother, you will reap the benefits the rest of your days. For good or ill, a mother’s mark is permanent. That should sober up negligent mothers, especially the young mothers whose numbers are growing. A mother’s knees or lap is representative of an academy. In other words, it is a place of training. Experts tell us that from infancy to age twelve is the most critical. That was true in the home training of our Lord (Read Luke 2: 39-40) the record says in part ...”And the child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him.” His parents, Mary and Joseph, were committed to their child. And their commitment was meticulous (performing) everything according to the Law of the Lord. As a result, we observe our Lord’s physical growth, mental growth and spiritual growth. That is only one side of the equation. If we trace our Lord’s life from adolescence to age thirty, we observe His subjection to His parents (Luke 2: 51-52). The word subjection is worthy of note. The verse pointed out that Jesus was seen walking with Mary and Joseph in subjection to them. The juxtaposition highlights the contrast: Perfect child – imperfect parents. Creator – creatures. King of Kings – subjects of the king. Yet in spite of the apparent miscasting, Jesus submits to their authority. The picture here is breathtakingly beautiful. Is there a lesson for us to learn? A brief word about our Lord’s development (read Luke 2:40). Note Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and men. Wisdom is in the foreground overshadowing stature. Jesus as a teenager, continued to progress physically, but His wisdom was vigorously out distancing His physical development. Jesus was a “balanced” youngster. Both His vertical and His horizontal relationships were in harmony and in balance. An unselfish commitment to motherhood (parenthood) has never been of greater importance to children, for that matter, to our nation, the community and society.MOTHER’S INFLUENCEThere is no more influential or powerful role on earth than a Mother. With the greatest respect, it (no offence intended) as significant as military, educational, political or religious public figures may be, none can compare to the impact made by Mothers. Their words are never fully forgotten, their gentle touch leaves an indelible impression, and the memory of their presence lasts a lifetime. I ask you, who else is anywhere near that influence? If you could identify such a person, let the world know. John Ruskin is in agreement with the matter of influence. He said: “My mother’s influence in moulding my character was conspicuous. She forced me to learn daily, long chapters of the Bible by heart. To that discipline and patient accurate resolve, I owe not only much of my general power to taking pains but the best part of my taste for literature” (John Ruskin). In spite of what some of you may have heard, the role of Mother is the most dignified, the most influential and the most rewarding in the world. Many will be paying tribute to their Mother this Mothers’ Day. In Recognition In Recognition In Recognition In Recognition In Recognition of Mothers of Mothers of Mothers of Mothers of Mothers number of hours children have to involve themselves with the wrong peers and activities.Community InvolvementInvolvement in community programs such as Church Groups, Boys’/Girls’ Brigades, Girls’ Guides, Boy Scouts etc., allows youths to interact in a safe environment while developing good morals and relational skills. I am sure that we all are aware of the harm that crime is bringing to our federation. A general overview of the criminal activity with a focus on risk factors and possible preventative strategies was presented here in an attempt to educate. Let us not expect the government or professionals alone to contribute to the fight against crime and juvenile delinquency. We too can contribute to curbing criminal activities through creating positive recreational groups, mentoring an ‘at-risk’ youth, or seeking guidance in socializing and shaping our youths into positive and productive leaders of our future St. Kitts and Nevis.Submitted by, Karimu Byron B.A Psychology/Behavioral Health Care Minor and Certified Family Services Counselor LIFELINES..... (cont’d from last page) Operation Future Press Release Students Pledge Gang Free for Mother’s Day Coming out of the Student Counsel Workshop hosted by Dr. Bronte Gonsalves at the Red Cross Building in Nevis on April 12th & 13 as a part of an End the Mayhem Campaign was a collaboration between the Student Counsels in St Kitts and Nevis and Operation Future. A suggestion was made to the representatives of the Student Counsels that Mother’s Day cards be distributed to the students by Operation Future, the front of the card is blank allowing the students to decorate with their own art, inside is a pledge to the students mother that they will stay gang free. The response from the Student Counsel was overwhelming. On Tuesday, May 3rd members of Operation Future distributed 5,600 cards to the schools of the Federation at the request of the Student Counsels. The Pledge is as follows: Dear Mom I have a bright mind I have a good heart I have a strong will I know I am smart I pledge today To stay gang-free And to uplift my village and country No colours for me I am staying gang-free With all my love! ****Happy Mother’s Day 2011Photo of front and back of a card completed by a child; God bless you all. Someone says Love is the four-letter word for Mother. She personifies such incomparable Love.EXEMPLARY MOTHERSIt is fair to say that Mothers’ Day poses a difficulty for preachers since only a handful of women of distinction appear in the Bible and not all of them are mothers. We, from time to time, look at Sarah – promise, laughter and faith. Then there is Elizabeth – patience, service etc. We can’t forget Mary – peace, privilege and suffering. Then we have Hannah of great repute. On this Mothers’ Day and in keeping with this subsection two Scripture passages provide us much food for thought. First Proverbs 24: 3and 2 Timothy 1: 57). The verses in Proverbs have to do with the building, the establishing and firming up of the home. It is not a reference to hammer and nails to trowel, brick and mortar. The building tools used are wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Here are the verses: “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches”. Paul paid tribute to Timothy’s grandmother Lois and mother Eunice. He realized the things that characterized Timothy was a matter of heritage. Here is the text “I am mindful of the sincere faith with you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well (2 Tim 1:5). As I wish Mothers everywhere, every blessing on this your special day, let me thank you for your contribution to homes, society, the nation and the world. You have every reason to be proud; enjoy your day. God bless you all. Much love is proffered.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 16 COMMENTARY BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader: It is very seldom that I present four chapters on Parts for you to read on any subject that I have written in this paper, but I feel compelled to add Part IV to this subject in order for me to really make inroads into what is happening to our youths and how we should steer them through the pathway of life, if we are to sincerely make a difference in their lives. As I have said on numerous occasions, “It is not an easy road we are travelling on to reach out to these gangs – youths”, but as I have often time said “We just cannot throw our hands in the air in defeat or bury our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich. We have to continue to sing Brother Bob Marley’s song, “Don’t give up; don’t give up, don’t give up the fight”. We have to bear in mind that the darkest hour of the day, is the hour before dawn. When success is just around the bend, all our efforts seem hopeless, but, with one last effort, we could reap the fruits of our labour. We could taste success. In all of my dealings on the subject of Building Bridges, I have always exhorted my readers not to be prejudiced against these gang members, but to show love, respect and understanding to these youngsters, but, life is a two way traffic, it is not all taking and grabbing. It is a giving back as well. I help you or I should say, “We help you and you repay us by shouldering your responsibilities of being early for work, of saving some of your weekly wages for a rainy day. In life you have to make sacrifices and work hard for what you have. Life is not about spending off all of your money as soon as you receive it. You have to plan, you have to budget, you have to shut your eyes to the things you think you want and purchase only the things you need. Those of us, who are trying to help you to walk the straight path, have gone through periods of great sacrifice. Periods of deprivation; periods when there was nothing left in us, but the will to live. Through it all, we survived and we are what we are today, because we attended the school of hard knocks and dry falls. Patience, respect for ourselves and our family and the people in the community is what enabled us to overcome. We kept fighting one more round, even when we were knocked down by the harsh blows of life, for, deep within us; we knew that the person who kept fighting one more round, regardless of the difficulties encountered, will never be whipped. You too, will have to fight your one more round on your own. You can get knocked down, but, never, ever allow them to count you out. Sometimes in life, we need a little motivation or inspiration in order to boost our morale. The story I am about to tell you is called, the Parable of the Pencil. The Pencil maker took the pencil aside, just before placing him into the box. The Pencil Maker told the Pencil “There are five things you need to know, before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and, if you never forget them, you will become the best Pencil you can be. Number One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand. Number Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you will need it, in order to become a good Pencil. Number Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make. Number Four: The most important part of you is what’s inside. Number Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark, no matter what the condition; you must always continue to write. The Pencil understood and promised to remember. He went into the box with purpose in his heart. Now, replacing the Pencil with you Always remember the advice given to the Pencil and never forget them. If you remember them always, you will become the best Person you can be – (1) You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hands, and allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess. (2) You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you will need this painful sharpening in order to become a stronger person. (3) You will be able to correct any mistakes you make in life. (4) The most important part of you, will always be, what’s inside. (5) On every surface you walk through, you must always leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must always continue to perform your duties. Allow this parable of the Pencil to encourage you to know that you are a Very Special Person and it is only you who can fulfil the purpose for which you were born to accomplish. You can accomplish your purpose in life if you believe in yourself, if you believe that you are special and if you look for the Pencil of Goodness, which lies abundantly within you. Look for it: Search until you discover it and then flavour the transformation overcoming you. You can make it. The only barrier to your success is you. Now, dear reader nobody was born to be bad. Do you remember when these youths were small? Did they not look cuddly as they lay in their cribs or in their bed? Which one of them could the finger be pointed on, to say that they will become bad? Circumstances, including parental mismanagement, turned them into the felons they are today. If they discover that the road on which they are travelling is not a good road, and they want to change, isn’t our duty to reach out the helping hand of sympathy, compassion and even understanding? The Master left his ninety and nine sheep and went in search of the one which was missing. Can’t we welcome the lost brothers back into the fold? Don’t ever fool yourself that it is going to be an easy task, but, with a positive will, our efforts at helping to change their lives can be a success. The negative spewing and belching over the airwaves on a daily basis is polluting the environment and is not bringing hope to our young people. It is doing more harm than good. We continue this trend at our own peril and to the detriment of our young people. Let us plant flowers of love, caring, togetherness, healing, and compassion. Let us dispel the gloom of hatred, of greed, of anger, of hostility, let us usher in a new era of hope. To accomplish this, we would have to undergo a period of shedding, just as the snake sheds its old skin in order to look beautiful. They hurt people deeply. They leave unbearable scars on our lives. But, can we climb the plateau of forgiveness and give them a second chance? If we don’t, what would be the end result? What do we have to lose? Building Bridges between the Gangs Opposition coalition divided on Speaker’s ruling, PAM representatives walk out BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 27TH 2011 (CUOPM) – The Concerned Citizens Movement/ People’s Action Movement (CCM/ PAM) opposition coalition in the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly appears divided over a ruling by Speaker of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, the Hon. Curtis Martin on an opposition-sponsored Bill, The Integrity in Public Life Bill, 2011. Following a ruling last week Thursday (April 28th) morning by the Speaker, Hon. Curtis Martin that the draft Bill does not comply with the provisions of the 1983 Constitution and the Standing Orders of the National Assembly Elections, the Hon. Eugene Hamilton and Sen. the Hon. Vincent Byron, two members of the opposition representing the People’s Action Movement (PAM) attempted to challenge the Speaker’s ruling. After being told to sit, Sen. Byron rose from his seat and walked out. He was followed by Mr. Hamilton and the Hon. Shawn Richards, another opposition parliamentarian, also from the PAM. Leader of the Opposition and Deputy Political Leader of the CCM, Hon. Mark Brantley (in whose name the Bill was under) and the other CCM parliamentarian, the Hon. Vance Amory seemed to be in agreement with the ruling and remained seated although Mr. Brantley left the Chamber shortly after and returned later and participated in the proceedings. The Speaker said he will invite the Leader of the Opposition to meet soonest with the Leader of Government Business and the Attorney General to discuss and clarify issues relating to the existing short comings of the draft submission of the Integrity in Public Life Bill, 2011. “By so doing, it can be duly introduced, read and passed at the next best convenient sitting,” said Mr. Martin, who added: “The Chair is also mindful that this may be seen as an obstruction to the introduction and eventual passage of this piece of hallmark legislation. However, the Chair wishes to make it pellucidly clear that it has an obligation to make decisions base on the rules and standing orders of the National Assembly. Once, all requirements are met as expressed by the standing orders then the Chair will be duty bound to proceed on this Bill.”In Tuned In One With radio 1 94.1FM Advertise With Us


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 17 NEWS RSCNPF, Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Thursday 28th April 2011). On Wednesday 27th April 2011 at approximately 7:45 am members of the Special Services Unit were on a routine patrol at the FT Williams Highway in the vicinity of Taylor’s Village when they stopped and searched motor pick-up truck P3773, owned and driven by Bryan “DJ Benjie” Farrell of Shadwell Estate. Farrell and several occupants of the vehicle were informed that the search was on suspicion of arms, ammunition and controlled drugs. One of the passengers in the goods carriage of the pick-up truck threw an object in some nearby bushes on the approach of the police. As result officers arrested the occupants of the vehicle on suspicion and searched the area where the object was thrown. A 357 Magnum revolver firearm with six (6) matching rounds of ammunition wrapped in a black ski mask was recovered by the police.Police Investigates Burglary at ConareeRSCNPF, Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Wednesday 27th April 2011). At approximately 9:15 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2011, police officers from the Frigate Bay Police Station received a report of a burglary in the Conaree area. As a result of the report police officers from the Special Services Unit, Criminal Investigations Department and the Frigate Bay Police Station responded to the report immediately. Police investigations revealed that two females were on a porch at a certain house in the Conaree area when two armed masked men suddenly appeared and ordered them in the house. They were then robbed of their jewelry, a small sum of money, and their car which the perpetrators used and fled the scene. Officers from the Crime Scene Department processed the scene and collected a number of items of evidential value. Investigations into the matter are ongoing.POLICE INVESTIGATES BUILDING BREAKING AND LARCENYRSCNPF, Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Wednesday 27th April 2011). On Wednesday 27th April 2011 at approximately 1:55 am, police officers at the Basseterre Police Station responded to an activated alarm at Fort Street, Basseterre. Their investigations led them to the Island Bakery Deli situated at Fort Street and they discovered that the business place was broken into and a number of items were stolen but the perpetrators had already fled the scene. The owner and manager of the business place indicated that the business was secured at about 5:00 pm on Tuesday 26th April 2011. The scene was processed by members of the Crime Scene Department and there is one suspect in custody assisting the police with their investigations.POLICE HUNT CONTINUES FOR TOUR BUS ROBBERY SUSPECTRSCNPF, Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Wednesday 27th April 2011). Members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force have indicated that they are still in search of Curtis Long of Sandy Point for his involvement in the November 14th 2010 armed robbery of a number of persons a board a tour bus at Sandy Point. Police launched a massive manhunt in search of Long in February of this year, but he has since managed to evade capture. Officers in the District “B” area have in their possession seventeen warrants in the first instance for Long’s arrest. Long’s profile is as follows: NAME: CURTIS LONG ADDRESS: DOWNING STREET, SANDY POINT AGE: 25 NATIONALITY: KITTITIAN WEIGHT: 150 ILBS HEIGHT: 5’ 10” COMPLEXION: DARK D.O.B: 19/07/1985 Long was recently sighted in the New Guinea/Godwin Ghaut area. He is considered armed and dangerous. Please note that Long may have cut his hair or changed his normal style to disguise his appearance. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Curtis Long please call 911 for Emergency, 465-6261/465-9467 for Sandy Point Police Station or contact the nearest police station. Conaree youngman arrested for possession of firearm All the occupants of the vehicle were arrested on suspicion and taken into police custody. The firearm was also processed and taken into police custody for further analysis. As a result 24 year-old Leon “Solo” Jederon of Conaree Village was formally arrested and charged without a warrant for possession of firearm and ammunition.THREE ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CANNABISRSCNPF, Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Thursday 28th April 2011). On Wednesday 27th April 2011 at approximately 10:15 am members of the Special Services Unit executed a search warrant on the premises of by Bryan “DJ Benjie” Farrell of Shadwell Estate on suspicion of arms, ammunition and controlled drugs. Police discovered a number of cannabis seedlings growing on the premises. As a result the occupants of the premises were arrested and the cannabis seedlings were also taken into police custody for evidential purposes. The persons who were formally arrested and charged without warrants on Wednesday 27th April 2011 in relation to this search operation are as follows: • 45 year-old Bryan “DJ Benjie” Farrell of Shadwell Estate, formally arrested and charged for Possession of Cannabis, Possession With Intent to Supply and Cultivation. • 29 year-old Craig “Uncush” Mills of King Street, formally arrested and charged for Possession of Cannabis, Possession With Intent to Supply and Cultivation. • 19 year-old Quake Phillip of Shadwell Estate, formally arrested and charged for Possession of Cannabis, Possession With Intent to Supply and Cultivation.POLICE MAKES ARREST FOR OFFENSIVE WEAPONRSCNPF, Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Thursday 28th April 2011). On Wednesday 27th April 2011 at 12:00 pm members of the Special Services Unit responded to a report of an altercation between rival gangs on Fort Street, Basseterre. As a result a juvenile male of Pond Extension was formally arrested and charged without a warrant for being armed with an offensive weapon. Police are in search of another suspect in relation to this crime. Investigations into these matters are ongoing. Please see photos of persons charged attached. Police make arrests in connection with Godwin Ghaut and Nevis murders On Monday, 2nd May, 2011 Police in Old Road, St. Kitts, formally arrested and charged two persons with the murder of 30-yer-old Sherwin Williams of Godwin Ghaut. The two murder accused, Narbo “Bongo” Challenger (30) and Bradley “Boone” Marsham – both of Godwin Ghaut – have been remanded in custody at Her Majesty’s Prison (Basseterre). Narbo “Bongo” Challenger Bradley “Boone” Marsham A third man, Kyan Omari Viera (23) – also charged in connection with the shooting death of Williams escaped from the Police, while in custody at the Sandy Point Police Station. He is being pursued by the Police and is said to be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. A Police press release stated that Viera is likely to try and abscond by means of fishing boat, warning all fishermen, boat owners and seamen to be extremely cautious and vigilant for suspicious travellers. Anyone with information in the whereabouts of Veira, are advised to call 911 for emergency or 465 6250 for the Old Road Police Station or contact the nearest Police Station. In the Nevis murder case Police have formally arrested and charged three young men there in connection with the crime. The three charged with the shooting death of Gary Smithen of Browne Hill, on April 8th, 2011 are Dustin Lapsey (27) of Bath Village, Nevis; Asim Parris (31) of Stony Ground, Nevis and Raphael Wallace (19) of New Castle, Nevis. All three are in custody at Her Majesty’s Prison in Basseterre. Investigations into both homicides are ongoing. KIWANIS ADOPTS VICTORIA ROAD PRE-SCHOOL Phase OneOn April 30th 2011, the Kiwanis Club of Liamuiga officially adopted the Victoria Road Pre-school as they seek to continue their commitment to serve the children of the communities of St Kitts and Nevis. It was during the 2nd Divisional Council Meeting of Division 27 that the local club led phase one of the adoption and beautification of the Victoria Road Pre-school. Undertaking this project were host club Kiwanis club of Liamuiga and fellow members of Division 27 with delegates representing the Kiwanis club of St. John’s Antigua; Kiwanis club of Waitukubuli (cont’d on page 22)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 18 NEWS -18th Annual Agricultural Exhibition a success. By Drizel Hanley. Thousands of students and other interested persons turned out for the 18th annual Agricultural Exhibition which was launched 28th April. The two day event took place at the Department of Agriculture grounds, La Guerite Basseterre, under the theme ‘’ Achieving agricultural impact through effective consultation and action”. Director of Agriculture on St Kitts, Mr. Ashton Stanley spoke about the theme for the Open Day and Exhibition. Minister of Agriculture, Hon Dr. Timothy Harris gave the featured remarks at the opening ceremony. He used this opportunity to stress on the paramount importance of agricultural development to the economy of St. Kitts Nevis. The Minister also added that the Open Day is being utilized to highlight the successes that the Agriculture Department recorded overtime. Hon Dr. Timothy Harris also explained how farmers would benefit from participating the open day. On display at the event were a large range of vegetables and fruits grown by the department, local farmers and school children. The event also featured livestock, fresh water fish, decorated plants and agro-processing. The Agriculture Open Day attracted a number of dignitaries with different interests in the field of agriculture. Ambassadors from the Republic of China (Taiwan) were present at the event. This year’s Open Day was one of the largest agricultural events of the year. It attracted an estimated five thousand individuals, consisting of students and residents of both St.Kitts and Nevis. Other guests included the Acting Governor General Sir Edmund Lawrence and former Minister of Agriculture Cedric Liburd. This Open Day and Exhibition is held each year to highlight ongoing development in agriculture and to introduce new approaches to the general public. It ended on Friday 29th with music and a fashion Show. “Let us Build on What we Have,” says Premier Parry NIA-CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS (May 3RD, 2011) — While officials have been challenged to diversify Nevis’ tourism product, Premier and Minister of Tourism the Honourable Joseph Parry says, “diversification would initially focus on building what we have.” Premier Parry, whose remarks came at the recently held awards cocktail for the Nevis Tourism Authority, challenged Nevisians to capitalise on existing features and products. This, he said, would make the island more marketable. “I believe that if we speak about the product, the people are part of the product and I can say that Nevisians seem to be very friendly, very outreaching and we have to encourage them to do so by working with them in the schools and by working with them in the community and by training them to produce things that are truly and genuinely Nevisian,” he said. With plans toward the construction of the Aman Hotel and other developmental projects underway, the Tourism Minister said the aim was to enhance, not change, Nevis. “The Four Seasons, when it came, they were told they could not change what we have and they fit it in nicely. When the Aman comes they not only would not change but they are part of that kind of thinking and this is why they have been attracted to Nevis,” Mr. Parry said. The Aman Hotel and the Charlestown Waterfront project, he added, “will grow the island, will grow tourism” and “be added products that can help us to stay afloat but even as we do these things we are to look at the whole product which is keeping the island clean.” The appeal to “keep Nevis clean,” according to Mr. Parry, resulted from “seeing things dumped that should not be dumped.” Premier Parry said that although it is often said that Nevis is “extremely clean” residents should join forces to “make it even cleaner and more attractive.” “Sometimes you see organisations and groups actually cleaning the sides of the roads and they are really taking away a lot of rubbish and it is not a good sight so even though we are told how beautiful the island is and how clean it is, let us determine that we can do an even better job at making it attractive and environmentally friendly,” he said while reminding residents that the island’s dumpsite is located in the St. John’s/Long Point area. During his remarks, the tourism official recorded his appreciation to the NTA for its continued efforts toward the development of Nevis’ tourism product. Premier of Nevis and Minister of Tourism the Honourable Joseph Parry.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 19 NEWS -Commissioner of Police Says Thanks RSCNPF, Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Wednesday 4th May 2011). Commissioner of Police Mr. Austin Williams on behalf of his family, wishes to express his sincere gratitude and appreciation to the rank and file of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and the general public for their love, support, prayers and understanding during their time of bereavement, since the tragic passing of his son Laustin Jamie Williams on Wednesday 6th April 2011. He especially wants to thank those who made the extra sacrifice and journeyed from abroad to attend the funeral to give support and show their(cont’d on page 21)


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 21 NEWS Sports CommentaryWITH PETER ADRIENPeter Adrien is an author and sports analyst. His latest United Nation’s sponsored book, Sport Tourism, a must-read for policy makers, tourism investors, hoteliers, academics and students is now available. Call Peter at 869-6689752; 869-4651603 or email for a copy. Visit Peter’s website PRESS RELEASE The UWI Open Campus Pays Tribute to Cricket Legend Sit Frank Worrell During the month of May The University of the West Indies Open Campus, St. Kitts & Nevis Site will be paying tribute to legendary West Indies Cricketer, Sir Frank Worrell. Sir Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell (August 1, 1924 – 13 March 1967) is often referred to as an icon of West Indies cricket and a true Caribbean man. As the first black captain of the West Indies Cricket Team he is credited with destroying the myth that a man of colour was not fit to lead the West Indies team. As leader he etched his name in history when despite defeat in the 1960-1961 series against Australia, hundreds of thousands of people spontaneously lined the streets of Melbourne to bid the West Indies team farewell. Subsequent to that at a match against India in 1962 at the Kensington Oval, Sir Frank was the first to donate blood to Nari Contractor, then captain of the Indian Cricket Team, after he was felled by a bouncer by Charlie Griffith. To commemorate this humanitarian gesture there is an annual blood drive held in West Bengal in Sir Frank Worrell’s name. The University of the West Indies also pays tribute to Sir Frank by hosting a blood drive in a UWI territory every year. This year St. Kitts & Nevis will host the Blood Drive on May 28, 2011 with the kind support of the Ministry of Health. Leading up to the Blood Drive the UWI Open Campus St. Kitts & Nevis will be paying tribute to Sir Frank Worrell. This tribute includes a Public Lecture held at the UWI Open Campus St Kitts Site, the Gardens, Basseterre on May 5, 2011. The Lecture delivered by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and is entitled ‘Frank Worrell: The Rise and Fall of West Indies Cricket’ Subsequent to that a picture display that focuses on Sir Frank Worrell’s influence on the development of cricket in the Leeward and Windward Islands was mounted at Health Centres around the island. During the weekend of the West Indies Test Match against Pakistan the tribute will continue with a televised panel discussion and radio interviews. The University of the West Indies was fortunate to have benefitted from the talents of Sir Frank who was serving as Rector of the University of the West Indies when he died at the young age of 42. Professor Emeritus of the UWI and Chairman of the Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Committee, Baldwin Moottoo has been known to comment of Sir Frank Worrell: “I know no one who had associated with him who did not leave with their dignity, at least intact, more often enhanced.” A Class Act! A Model Athlete! A People’s Champion! Chicago Bulls point guard, Derrick Rose, and 2010-11 NBA arguably most youthful and talented basketballers, was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) on Tuesday, 03 May 2011. What is the NBA MVP Award? The National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player (MVP) is an annual NBA award given since the 1955-56 season. The winner receives the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, which is named in honor of the first commissioner of the NBA. MVP voting takes place immediately following the regular season. The recipient is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the US and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first to fifth place selections. Since 2010, one ballot was cast by fans through online voting. The player with the highest point total wins the award. At some point there appeared to be five leading candidates to win the award this year. Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant had risen this year to the top of the MVP talk. Each player could make their own case as to why they should be the MVP. They all had put up great numbers this year in leading their teams into the playoffs. But winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award had been a foregone conclusion for several weeks but it became official Tuesday, with Rose collecting 113 of 121 first-place votes. Dwight Howard finished second and LeBron James third. Derrick Rose’s third season was absolutely outstanding. His relentless work in the offseason helped him develop a respectable outside shot and become at least league-average on the defensive end. Those improvements were critical because, in 2010-2011, teams were unable to sit back on Rose and let him shoot long jumpers, which meant that his ability to blow by defenders was all the more potent. He combined his on-court skills with absolutely outstanding team leadership and an unrivalled killer instinct that won the Bulls the Eastern Conference regular season title. His main rivals for the award were LeBron James of the Miami Heats and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. LeBron James and Dwight Howard were also worthwhile MVP picks. James, the two time defending MVP, was outstanding in Miami but his Heat finished with a worse regular season record than the Bulls and he played with two All Star sidekicks. In Howard’s case, while his season was extraordinarily impressive, his killer instinct is not there yet and he was still not a factor late in games because of his horrible free-throw shooting. Rose averaged 25.0 points and 7.7 assists while leading the Bulls to an NBA-best 62-20 record. He’s the seventh player in NBA history to average at least 25 points, 7.5 assists and 4 rebounds in a season, joining Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. He is the first MVP who didn’t receive any votes for the award the previous season and the youngest winner in NBA history at 22. Wes Unseld, who won as a rookie in 1969, was 23. The Derrick Rose story has at least four valuable lessons that I want to emphasize – there would obviously be more messages but these four reached me at an emotional level my young people. There are four lessons particularly for young and talented sportsmen and sportswomen in whatever variety of sporting activity – the lessons are equally important for all young persons and even more valuable for grown adults who are expected to set an example in as role models in a decaying society. First, Derrick challenged himself and believed in himself to achieve. He somewhat predicted it at the start of training camp, by asking in front of a live microphone, “Why can’t I be MVP?” And his team mates were amazed at his speedy progress. Luol Deng said, “We all knew how good he could be. “Honestly, it’s a big surprise to all of us how quick he got there.” Second, Rose did what he did through discipline, commitment and hard work. Rose’s siblings confessed that making sure Derrick stayed out of trouble as a kid was no joke. But Rose noted, “If anything, I made sure I stayed on the right path because of my family,” Derrick said. “I didn’t want to get in trouble with my brothers or my mom. So I made sure I was doing the right things, staying positive, going to school.” Third, having gotten the prize he is not well-headed. Rose told the press, “I’m still learning things about the game, making careless turnovers, things like that. Winning MVP at 22 years old makes me want to push harder, work harder, stay in the gym longer. Those are the type of things that push me, especially having this award. I’m blessed to be in this position right now.” Fourth, Rose excelled because he subjected himself to the discipline and training of his loving mother – even as a professional, he obeys and his mother as he ought to do. The arguably most-disciplined (if not mannered) basketballers in the league, attributed his achievement to the love and dedication of his beloved mother, Brenda Rose. During the Ceremony, as he ran down the list of family members to thank, he started to get choked up when he reached on his mother. He said, “Last, but not least, I want to thank my mom, Brenda Rose. My heart, the reason I play the way I play. Knowing the days I don’t feel like going into practice, when I’m having a hard time, I think about how she had to wake me up, go to work and just make sure I was all right and make sure the family was all right. Those are hard days. My days shouldn’t be hard because I’m doing what I’m doing and that’s playing basketball. You keep me going every day, and I love you.” She cried for joy, the painful memories and the historic achievement. And did you know, the trophy itself will be an ideal Mother’s Day gift for Brenda. She already has his rookie-of-the-year statue sitting somewhere at her house. Rose jokingly said, “I want to have it for at least a couple days before she steals it.” The principles of growth and development cannot be overemphasised. Derrick Rose developed quite a bit in his second season but his leap this year was the most dramatic of any player in the NBA. He added to his scoring, assist, and steals totals while maintaining a good true shooting percentage and improving from the free throw line. He also developed into a true team leader and showed his commitment to becoming the best basketball player in the world. If he improves this dramatically again in his fourth season….there won’t be a measurement for his impact. Congratulations are in order to Derrick Rose! Power to the young, talented and disciplined young athletes of today! Behold an athlete to emulate! A Young Athlete of Class solidarity. According to Commissioner Williams, “healing is very slow, we are trying our best to live life as normal, but things will never be the same without Jamie. We really appreciate the fact that our friends and well wishers have respected our space and are giving us healing time. We want them to know we love them and really appreciate their love and support.”Commissioner of Police Says Thanks(cont’d from page 18)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 22 SPORTS Watch Beaumont Park’s fast, beautiful Thoroughbreds in action this weekend on ZIZ TV! Broadcasts coincide with exciting the Kentucky Derby WeekendDIEPPE BAY, ST.KITTS, May 4/Beaumont Park/ — Exciting Thoroughbred horse racing resumes at Beaumont Park on Sunday, June 5th. However, if you cannot wait – or you have never had the chance to see our fast, beautiful Thoroughbreds in action – tune in to ZIZ TV (Channel 5) this weekend to see the six races featured on the card at Beaumont Park’s Digicel Easter Cup Race Day 2011 in their entirety. Watch American Dance make Beaumont Park history by running the seven furlong distance in the EC$10,000 “Digicel Easter Cup” in one minute, twenty-four and two-fifths seconds (1:24 2/5)! See Mambo Beauty gallop to victory by the biggest margin of the day in Race 2! Cheer on Zagros as he claims his first win in St. Kitts for Centennial Racing Stables and trainer John Cheefoon in Race 5! Get your up close, personal view of each highly contested race and LOVE THE CHASE! Beaumont Park’s 20-minute horse racing TV program will air this Saturday, May 7th at 8:00pm and rebroadcast on Sunday, May 8th at 8:00pm on ZIZ TV. Make a date with Thoroughbred horse racing this weekend! Kentucky Derby 137 will air this Saturday, May 7th on NBC (Channel 4) from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. What sets Thoroughbreds apart from other horse breeds? “From the beginning, Thoroughbred horses were bred for one thing: racing. If you have ever watched the Kentucky Derby or any other major horse race, the horses you saw were Thoroughbreds...Thoroughbreds can run faster than any other breed of horse. They run as fast as 45 miles per hour – even carrying a jockey weighing up to 115 pounds. Besides being fast, Thoroughbreds are exceptionally competitive, strong, and brave.” (Source: Horses! By Kathy Wilmore) Photo Caption: God’s Grace (Horse 3) and Chosen Well (Horse 2) placed 2nd and 3rd respectively behind Mambo Beauty in Race 2 at Beaumont Park’s Digicel Easter Cup Race Day 2011. Packed Guyanese stadium see Windies win in style Georgetown, Guyana A capacity crowd turned out on Thursday to see the West Indies record a massive victory by 10 wickets over Pakistan in the fifth Digicel One Day International. The triumph meant the five-match Digicel Series ended 3-2 in Pakistan’s favour, but the home side gained much needed momentum ahead of the two-match Digicel Test Series. The victory was set up by an awesome bowling display from pacer Ravi Rampaul on a lively pitch at the Guyana National Stadium. A pumpedup Rampaul took his second four-wicket haul in three matches as Pakistan fell for 139 as the vocal and colourful public holiday crowd started celebrating in the stands. The home side then got another superb knock from the inform Lendl Simmons, who made his fourth half-century in the series to take home the Man-of-the-Match award. After the match, skipper Darren Sammy was understandably delighted. “Great way to end the series, we asked for a win and we got one here today. The crowd was superb and they gave us the positive vibe from the start. I want to thank the fans for coming out and showing us so much love. We fed off that and went out and delivered in style,” said Sammy, who grabbed 3-30 from 10 overs. “The bowlers did another fantastic job for us. They pegged back the Pakistanis and our fielding was also tops.” It was then left to the batsmen and Simmons (77 not out) and Kirk Edwards (40 not out) both peppered the boundaries as they recorded career-best scores. “Simmons has been great all throughout and again today he demonstrated his ability with the bat. His shot-selection was superb, and he formed a very good partnership with Kirk, who also played well. It is good to see we are getting performances like these. The players are growing and the self-belief is there. “We now look ahead to the Test matches with confidence. Some new players will be coming in to join the set-up and we know we will maintain the same momentum we had during the ODIs.” St Kitts and Nevis Table Tennis Association (SKNTTA) Labour Day Table Tennis Open Vidal Hendrickson eclipsed any ambitions Keian Riley may have had of clinching his first singles title with a sparkling display at the SKNTTA Labour Day Table Tennis Open on Monday 2nd May 2011. Totally focused from start to finish, Vidal won the final against Keian 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7. Both players were very offensive in this match; however Vidal’s style was a steadier attack, and more varied with Keian forced to defend desperately against Vidal’s wide angle forehand shots. On the other hand, in the female event, Angelissa Freeman clinched her first female title for 2011 with a superb controlled game against Shinnel McCalla. Angelissa’s all-round style of defense and counterattack proved too strong for Shinnel, winning the finals 11-4, 5-11, 15-13, 11-6. The anticipated match on the day occurred in the group stages between Vidal Hendrickson and Andre Freeman. One week earlier on April 26th 2011, Vidal lost to Andre Freeman in the semi-finals of the SKNTTA Grand Prix. However, Vidal claimed sweet revenge on Andre defeating him 2-0 with dominate serve and attack plays. Another surprise on the day was the simultaneous 2nil defeats by Andre in the group stage, losing to both Leon Morton and Vidal Hendrickson which disqualified him for the knockout stage of the Labour Day TT Open. Leon Morton showed how game intelligence win matches by forcing Andre in long rallies during the group stage and gaining his points on an incremental basis through steady blocking and fishing. Andre often seemed unable to end the point when he had the initiative and lost valuable points on failed shots and poor service. The SKNTTA is expected to host three more events for the month of May 2011: • 2nd Grand Prix event scheduled to be held on Friday 6th May, 2011 from 5.30pm at the St Peters Community Centre • 3rd Grand Prix event is scheduled to be held on Friday 13th May, 2011 from 6.00pm at the Challengers Community Centre • 4th Grand Prix event is scheduled to be held on Friday 20th May 2011 from 5.30pm at the Conaree Community Centre Basil Henderson Aquatic Sports– A Success Mr. Winston Zack Nisbett, co-ordinator of the Basil Henderson 4-H Annual Easter Monday Aquatic Sports Meet would like to thank all the many contributors, both financially and otherwise, for their continued support, especially the participants. Special mention must also be made of the St. Kitts Air & Sea Ports Authority, the Coast Guard, Police, EMS Service, Electricity Department, Public Works Department and CONTEC. All contributions and assistance were greatly appreciated. Winston Zack Nisbett Cultural Preservationist Dominica; Kiwanis Le Flamboyant, Kiwanis Club de Fort de France, Club Soleil, Coeur de Creole of Martinique; Pride of Barbados and Barbados – North. The mission was overseen by the Division’s Lieutenant Governor Louis Sealey of Barbados. During this project, ornamentals were planted by visiting and local Kiwanians. Students also proved themselves willing and able in the digging, placing and watering of plants. Toys and monetary contributions were also made by the clubs present. On hand to facilitate the project were teachers Canecia Warner and Diane Mc. Sheen. Kiwanians reaffirmed their commitment to serving the Victoria Road PreSchool as they endeavour to uplift, encourage and foster continuous relationships with students and staff. Phase two of the project (painting of the school) will become a reality in the near future. Kiwanis Club of Liamuiga, “Serving the Children of our Community”. For further information please see above contact or contact Mr. Damon Bacchus (President) at (869) 765-1020.KIWANIS ADOPTS VICTORIA ROAD PRE-SCHOOL(cont’d from page 17)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 06TH 2011 23 By: Vigilante COMMENTARY By: Sotto Voce Whenever Labour Day approaches, the AM nay-sayers come out of the woodwork to bad-mouth the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour Union and its link with the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. This year there was an addition to the PAM crew in the famous traitor. PAM has always had a problem with our Union. Every opportunity is seized to bad-mouth it. And when PAM formed the government between 1980 and 1995, it did everything in its power to diminish its significance. It treated the Union as our enemy and made open attacks on its leadership and significance in an effort to destroy it. For many years the leadership of the Union and the Party was largely the same. This was understandable as the Party was itself an off-spring of the Union. The PAM tried to do the reverse, at one point in time; they put together a Union called WAM that was a direct off-spring of the Party (PAM). The WAM faded into insignificance in short shrift, as Kittitians never saw it of much worth. And, in any event, the SKNT&LU was still very much alive, kicking and strong. The PAM hatred, antagonism and jealousy of the SKNT&LU are well known and documented. Labour Day here has always been celebrated by the SKNT&LU as a day when workers and its membership march through Basseterre followed by a picnic. In the years before the PAM held the government, the Union’s marches ended at Warner Park, the venue of the picnic. PAM ended the SKNST&LU’s use of Warner Park from 1980. Since then, the Village Playground has been used for the picnic. PAM had its agents observing the Annual Labour Day march and recording the names of public servants who participated in the march itself, whether attired in red or not. Such persons were fired, transferred or “disciplined” PAM-style for such an exercise of democracy. Never mind all the talk you hear these days about democracy and transparency, PAM don’t know what all that means when in government. That’s why Massa’s crooked and self-righteous talk at the traitor meetings is so hypocritical. He fully well knows that true democracy since independence began under Dr. Douglas’ Labour Government in 1995. So it was no surprise to hear the PAMites on their “Voices” led by the Sesame Street fellow, bad-mouthing our Labour Day March. Such a march is okay and acceptable to them in any country other than ours. PAM has never in its history, been able to organise a successful march. So they jealous Labour bad. I couldn’t believe my ears, when the traitor himself, at his CEMACO Parking Lot meeting, was bad-mouthing our Labour Day March. He himself was a part of the marching for some 20 years. Now he suddenly and strongly finds our Labour Day March evil, and that we are marching for Dr. Douglas. His hatred for the man must be so intense now, that he has lost track of common sense and reason. For Labour, it has always been a workers’ march where we celebrate workers and the gains our movement has made for them since the 1930s. Crookedness seems to be following some people in their words and deeds. Crookedness follows treachery as day follows night. Labour Day is celebrated all over the world whether on the first day of May, or the first Monday in May in the main. There are a few places that do it outside of May. The USA is one such country. But it matters not, the thinking and the purpose is the same. So the newest star boy in PAM, the traitor, should be thoroughly ashamed of himself. His attack on our workers’ day is crookedness at its highest. It does appear that he has no shame now. Imagine the PAM FM stretched out its hand of welcome to the traitor on their “Inside the News” show last Saturday. So PAM had two reps on that show. The other Parties had one each. And what was the traitor’s topic? Dr. Douglas of course! The show was hosted by the General Manger of the Station whose journalistic acumen is wellknown and respected. How many people remember the problems that GM had to have his work-permit renewed when the same traitor was the “Minister of National Security? Seems like even the Sesame Street fellow his promoter, has forgotten. And guess who intervened to ensure that the GM’s work permit was renewed? The same Dr. Douglas they all facilitate the same traitor to call down. See how life is? Maybe the traitor has joined the “donkey crew” he so interestingly described who go on that FM “to bray”. The one doing the most braying there since our last elections is easily the traitor himself. His importance to them exceeds even the elected parliamentarians these days. His opinion on everything is “news”. Bray on, my brother, I will not repeat what one old Comrade said about their relationship that “when you see an ass ride it.” But it really seems he cannot take his own medicine. What he gives, he cannot take. Dougie only say a little thing in reference to him; the man like he going crazy on their FM, trying to defend himself and respond. Maybe when people really start to talk he going to want his own radio station to respond and to threaten to bring law suits. Dougie need to tell him the same thing he told the Sheriff in Parliament: “Only he got sense, only he could talk .....” But I find that fellow could swallow his own vomit bad. After sucking Labour’s breast for so many years, he hawk up Labour. Then he cursed and attacked PAM like a bad “Labour dog” for the same period. All of a sudden, PAM is so good that he repeats all the things PAM said about Labour for years in cursing Dougie. Then he said the most unpleasant things about the WINN FM programmes and was unwilling to renew their GM’s work permit as Minister of National Security. Now he lolling off in their studio, say he cursing Labour and Dougie. Wow! What a vomit eater! They Fraid theLABOURin Labour Day Despite all the bad-talking the large sums of money dished out to get people to stay in their homes and not take part in this year’s Labour Day, the march was a resounding success. The ring-leaders, who were behind the plans to sabotage the march, were so ashamed when they got de news that the march was a big success despite the odds they went into hiding for the whole day. Dey say de Hedgehog confessed that it was since in Bradshaw time that they (PAM) have been trying to mash up de march, but keep on failing every year. He say he thought “De fellow” could ah pull it off this year but the too fail badly with his plans. Honest observers say this year’s march far exceeded their expectation; even de Pom Pom Girls section was bigger than the failed Pam march organised by the newly anointed fellow and his pantomime crew. Dey say the large sums of money distributed was concentrated in the Basseterre area (especially Central), but one St. Paul’s Labour woman say she was paid handsomely and even given of a tip of $2000,00, after promising that she and she entire family would not take part in the Labour Day March. But she told Inside Scoop that she took de money and she and she whole family went to march, decked in their red outfits. Dey say she say when one of de errand boys who gave her de money saw her, he almost fainted and had one big carrying on saying how “Labour got all you stupid”. She responded by reminding him of de busing he boss, who say he’s still a big Labour man put on Labour people, saying how Labour people hungry, broke and stupid; they owe for dey NHC house, electricity and water bill so dey must march. They blue vex with de security forces for foiling their plans to use violence to disrupt and break up the march. People are calling on the police to check out the statement made by one of the speakers in the pantomime crew who said at the Pond Pasture meeting that there was no lull in the gun related crimes on the island (including homicides). The gangs ran out of guns and ammunitions. They want to know how he know that. PAM was represented last Saturday at the WINN FM Inside the News show, by two representatives in the persons of Sleeping Hammy and the newly converted, who it is said is pushing to take over the leadership of the party (PAM) from Little Bo Peep. And Mr. Bradshaw’s words are coming to pass, that “you never see fowl bottom, until the wind blows”; for there are now two PAM parties in operation. Sleeping Hammy and the Juicy Senator are stinking mad with their two opposition colleagues in Nevis for abandoning them in the House recently, when the so-called Bill in the name of the Leader of Opposition, failed to make any headway. Dey say he lost his tongue while they were fighting their battle. Dey vex even with Shawn for abandoning them and returning to the House to make his contribution on all important Bill to fight crime. As the war and infighting intensify, Little Bo Peep is having a field day, laughing at them, saying “Love so ain’t have so”.


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