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Year 53 NO. 50FRIDAY, MAY 13th, 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 Dominica PM Skerritt to give feature address at 79th Annual Conference of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party PM Douglas not injured in fourvehicle accident BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 11TH 2011 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas was not injured when his vehicle was involved in a four car accident while on his way to work Wednesday morning (May 14th). “Prime Minister Douglas arrived to work. I had the opportunity of seeing him and speaking with him this morning. He is not injured. He is in good spirits and is carrying out his normal duties which include meetings with General Douglas Fraser, Commander of the United States Southern Command and the Secretary General of the St. Lucia-based OECS Secretariat, Her Excellency Dr. Len Ishmael,” said Erasmus Williams, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister. Mr. Williams said the Office of the Prime Minister has been flooded with telephone calls from nationals and friends at home and abroad. Another vehicle involved in the accident is that of former Minister of Health and Social and Community Development, Mr. Rupert Herbert. He was not injured. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY10TH 2011 (CUOPM) – The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Hon Roosevelt Skerritt is the featured speaker at the 79th Annual National Conference of the governing St. Kitts – Nevis Labour Party which will be held here on Sunday, May 15th, 2011at the Grand Ballroom of the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, Frigate Bay. Acting National Secretary of the Labour Party, Mr. Joseph O’ Flaherty Jr, said the conference will be held under the theme: “Planting Seeds Today for Tomorrow’s Harvest” and the Opening Ceremony is scheduled to commence at 10 am. The Opening Ceremony with over 400 delegates and invited guests including party and union officers, members of the diplomatic and consular corps, representatives of the business community and nongovernmental organizations in attendance. Welcome and Opening Remarks will come from Labour Party Chairman and Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade, Industry and Commerce; Agriculture, Marine Resources, Consumer Affairs and Constituency Empowerment, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, (M.P. St. Christopher 7). “Following the address by the Featured Speaker, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth Dominica’s Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt (left) and St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (File photo by Erasmus Williams from a previous Labour Party Conference.of Dominica and Political Leader of the ruling Dominica Labour Party; 8 mothers representing each of the constituencies in St. Kitts will be honoured. The newlycrowned Miss Labour 2011/ 2012, Zaiesha Joseph, her runners-up and other contestants will be presented to the Conference delegates,” said O’Flaherty. A highlight of the Conference is the address to invited guests and party supporters by the National Political Party Leader, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, (M.P. (St. Christopher 6). O’Flaherty said the public session will be followed by the Business Session in the afternoon, attended only by delegates during which the Conference will receive the Report of the National Executive and the Financial Report from the Treasurer. Resolutions from the National Executive, the 8 branches, Young Labour and Labour Women will be debated and auditors will be elected. The Conference will also elect a new National Executive to run the affairs of the party for the next year before the adjournment. PAGE 03 Music Festival Fever Is In The Air Former PAM/NRP Minister Laid To Rest In His Hometown


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 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 The mortal remains of the late Hon. Sidney Earl Vincent Morris, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education in the PAM/NRP Administration was laid to rest here yesterday afternoon (Thursday, May 12th) in his hometown, Cayon, following the Thanksgiving Service at the Bethesda Moravian Church. Mr. Morris, who, was given an “Official Funeral” by the Government on account of his service to the country as a former government minister, died here last week Wednesday, May 4th, after a prolonged illness – at the age of 76. The church service was conducted by the Rev. Nasel Effraim, Minister in charge of the Bethesda Moravian Church in Cayon. The Order of Service included tributes by the Bethesda Moravian Senior Choir; The Cayon High School staff; Hon. Eugene Hamilton; the Conference Choir; a duet by Lucine and Stafford Pemberton and a solo by Mrs. Julia Hodge. The Scripture Readings were done by Kieran Lake and Maya and Toni Liburd (Grandchildren). A special tribute came from the nation’s first Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Hon. Sir Kennedy Simmonds and the eulogy was rendered by former Attorney General in the PAM/NRP Administration, Mr. Tapley Seaton. The sermon was delivered by Rev. Nasel Effraim. The programme also included musical selections by Christian Nathaniel and Jamoy Tyson (grandchild). The service was attended by family members and hundreds of mourners from a wide cross section of the community and the country. The Government’s delegation at the funeral was led by the Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Denzil Douglas, who in a statement on Tuesday of this week (during the weekly “Ask the Prime Minister” radio programme) expressed his Government’s and Nation’s sympathy on the passing of the late Parliamentarian. “The State will ensure that there is a Mourning Party from the Government. We will have support from the military – the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services and I as the Prime Minister will lead the Mourning Party from the Government,” said Prime Minister Douglas in response to a question from a caller. Born in Upper Cayon, St. Kitts, and educated privately, before attending the Cayon All Age School, where he obtained two Standard Former PAM/NRP Minister Laid To Rest In His Hometown Seven Certificates, Mr. Morris won a Caribbean Organization Fellowship to the Inter American University in San German, Puerto Rico in 1964 and pursued the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degrees. He secured a B.A. of Arts (Cum Laude) in Economics and Business Administration and a M.A. in Education Administration from 1964-1967. He joined the teaching profession in St. Kitts in 1950 as a Pupil Teacher and was appointed an Assistant Teacher before attended Erdistan Teacher Training College in Barbados from 1964 to 1965. Appointed Principal of the Cayon All Age School in September 1965, he was transferred to the St. Peter’s Primary School in 1966. He taught at then sandy Point High School from 1967 to 1968 and at the Cayon All Age School from 1968 to 1969, before becoming Principal of the St. Peters Primary School from 1969-1970. Mr. Morris resigned from the teaching profession in 1970 and went to work as Industrial Relations Officer at the St. Kitts Sugar Association from 1970 to 1973 before travelling to Bermuda where he taught Math, Geography and Civics Teacher at Warwick Secondary School from August 1973 to February 6th 1980 Mr. Morris entered active politics from 1979 and contested the Constituency No. 8 seat in 1980 for the People’s Action Movement (PAM). Having won the seat he served four terms in the National Assembly until July 1995. As a Cabinet Minister, he held several portfolios including Education and Community Affairs and Communication, Works and Public Utilities. He was also appointed Deputy Prime Minister and acted as Prime Minister on numerous occasions. He leaves to mourn the loss his wife, Josephine, several children and grandchildren and other relatives and friends at home and abroad. The Labour Spokesman extends sincere condolences to the bereaved family. Photo: Late Hon. Sydney Earl Morris Stand firm with LABOUR The month of May is a very important month for the Labour Party and working class people in this Federation. During this month the Labour Party celebrate and pay homage to its fallen Heroes, display the beauty and talents of young ladies from each constituency at the Labour Party Queen Show, organize a series of meetings leading up to Labour Day when the Party join with working class people to celebrate the traditional Labour Day celebrated throughout most of the Western World. Also the highlight of this month is the Annual Conference which is held to nominate and elect new leadership for the Party in a very democratic environment. This year will be the 79th Annual Conference of this Great Party that has brought tremendous benefits for the working class people throughout the Federation. As the Right Excellent Sir Robert L Bradshaw said, those who oppose the working class are Errand Boys working for the Enemy. This year the 79th Annual Conference takes as its theme “Planting Seeds Today For Tomorrow’s Harvest.” This theme is indeed very appropriate when we consider how our great Party under the sterling leadership of our Prime Minister Dr Denzil L Douglas is able to manage under this most serious global financial crisis which has had a negative impact on small island states including our very own St Kitts/Nevis. In keeping with the theme, this Labour Party Government has planted seeds in Education which created the infrastructure conducive to learning that every year produces quality results and a great number of subject’s passes that rank our students within the top 5% regionally. The introduction of laptops for all 5th form students will be of great help in their research studies and preparing them to compete effectively in the information technology industry which is now becoming more and more E-learning. Of course, this is in addition to the hundreds of scholarships offered yearly to deserving students to study in various disciplines that will eventually bring tremendous benefits to the Federation and by extension the Caribbean as a whole. The Labour Party is planting seeds today for harvest tomorrow when it distributes land to farmers for animal and vegetable farming. This situation will help lower our dependence on imported food and give us an opportunity to produce and sell locally our vegetables, fruits and meats. The encouragement given to homeowners to start their back yard garden will also ensure that we are eating fresh vegetables, free from chemical contamination and an opportunity to cut cost in the markets by producing our own in our backyard. Under this Labour Party Administration young people are being trained to become entrepreneurs and to take advantage of the various opportunities that now exist within the service industry. Training is being offered throughout the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Tourism. These are also programs meant to provide safety nets for single mothers and the elderly in order for them to maintain an acceptable standard of living that they can enjoy in their twilight years. As for single mothers who suffer tremendous hardship, help is always forthcoming with assistance for school uniform, books and shoes as well as other help as necessary. This is the work of a caring Labour Party Administration that represents progress and prosperity and in keeping with the Party’s motto – “For the good we can do”, and this year’s Conference theme: “Planting Seeds Today For Tomorrow’s Harvest”. LABOUR is on the move; so beware of the enemy of the working class and continue to stand firm and stay up with LABOUR! Parliament and Social Networks must not be abused (cont’d on page 23)BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 12TH 2011 (CUOPM) – The National Assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis must never be abused by anyone, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said Tuesday. He is of the view however that there are times when it becomes critically important for the lawmaking body to be used to respond to critically important issues especially when those issues emanate from debate in the Nationally Assembly. Responding to a call from Mr. Terry Adams on his weekly radio call-in programme on Tuesday, Prime Minister Douglas pointed out that he (Prime Minister) is not a member of the St. Kitts-Nevis Chat List on which Mr. Adams had Mr. Terry Adams (Photo by Erasmus Williams)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 3 NEWS -Maurice Hillier’s Annual No TV Week By Drizel HanleyAn assortment of balloons was released into the sky on May 9th by students of the Maurice Hillier Primary School, to launch the official opening of the 11th annual “No TV Week” surrounding the theme “Moulding the Children of Our Nation through Consistent Character Education”. At the opening the participants of the Rainbow Pageant which was held on May 12th revealed the pillars of characters which are; Citizenship, Caring, Fairness, Responsibility, Respect and Trustworthiness. In an interview with Mr. Donya Francis a teacher at the Maurice Hillier Primary School he stated that, “a number of activities are planned for the week including Hats off to Characters, Character Sneakers Day, Character Dress-Up Day, The Rainbow Pageant and a parade through the streets of Basseterre”. He also went on to say that “No TV Week is held each year to encourage children to desist from watching television and focus on more meaningful activities which will aid in their personal development”. “Children are encouraged to get involved in reading, performing household tasks and other family activities” said Mr. Francis. Mr. Francis said he is thrilled to be a part of the event and that the characters selected are vital to the development of characters. “I think the characters chosen are imperative in character building and I commend the school highly for undertaking this responsibility to organize the events for the No TV week”, he said. The contestants for the Rainbow Pageant include, Nadacia Trotman and Laurisk Browne representing “Caring”, Jaeda Arthurton and Tyon Wilkinson representing “Respect”, Andria Esdaille and Onaje Caines representing “Fairness”, Breana Hutchinson and Philip Browne Junior representing “Responsibility” last but not least Tavelle Mc Sheene and Ervin Hanley representing “Trustworthiness”. The opening day of No TV Week was a success, in spite of inclement weather. Music Festival Fever In The Air The air is filled with moisture as Kittitians are gearing up for the highly anticipated 15th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival. With a freash calendar of event this year’s festival promises to be one of the most eventful and memorable of all times. In keeping with the mission statement, “To establish a world renowned (annual) festival of differen genres of music, that would attract broad international participation, expose artistic excellence and promote St.Kitts and Nevis as a major destination. The St. Kitts Music Festival Local Promotions Committee (SKMFLPC) has place emphasis on promotional activities to ensure that there are activities for allages, nationals and visitors to enjoy in an effort to meet the objectives of the festival and the mission statement. The new 2011 festival committee has introduced the following as a part of this year’s celebration: the St. Kitts Music Festival promtions calendar of events, the St. Kitts Music Festival girls to aid in the promotion of the festival and the first ever Music Festival DJ sound clash. The calendar of events ar aas follows; Friday 13th May 2011Lime at the Rum Barrel Port Zante and DJ soun Clash Pon De Edge in Sandy Point Friday 29thb May 2011Lime at the Central Gas Station Saturday 29th May-Round 2 of DJ Sound Clash at De Green Valley Pub Wednesday 25th May 2011Karaoke at Bobsy’s Friday 27th May 2011Block Party Downtown Charlestown Friday 3rd June 2011Block Party Downtown Basseterre Saturday June 4th 2011 DJ Sound Clash Round 3 at Carnival Village Friday 10th June 2011Bar Hopping Sunday 12th JuneBeach Bash at Frigate Bay Saturday 18th JuneIsland Wide Motorcade This year’s festival will be staged to the Warner Park Stadium form June 23th to the 25h June 2011. Tickets are $40us or $100ec nighhtly. A medis launch was held at the prestigious St.Kitts Marriott Hotel on Thursday 5th May 2011 wher the official festival line up was disclosed. Mr. Adrian Lam, Music festival director, members of the media, Mr. Faron Lawrence Chairman of the festival and othe officials of the planning committee were in attendance. The usual Thursday night has noe been somewhat adjusted to suit all as Ali Campbell’s UB40, Bunny Wailer, The Koore featuring Ghalic has been added to the lineup along side the usual socasensations, Small Axe Band, King Konris (Carnival 2010-2011 Road March Champion), Sugar Band Nu Vybes International and the ledgendary Mic Stokes. Friday 24th Junes 2011 Reggae night will see a host of Jamaican performers including Gyptian, Coco Tea, Yellow Man, Demarco, Konshens, Black Rhyno and Maxi Priest. The final night Saturday 25th June 2011 will see East Meets West, The Commodores, Jah Cure and Amricand Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. Speaking at the press conference Mr. Jini Liburd committee Public Relations Officer, reiterated the importance of the festivl in the economi development as it pertains to tourism and exposure for the federation. Live via telephone were Fantasia and Maxi Priest who reassured the committee and unforgetable performance. The festival this year is anticipated to be bigger and better than years gone by and the committee is seeking to enhance its longevity annually by stimulting and enchancing the interest of the festival PM critical of Opposition’s absence from resumed sitting of National AssemblyBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 13TH 2011 (CUOPM) – The Concerned Citizens Movement -People’s Action Movement (CCM-PAM) coalition opposition has been accused of giving lip service to the fight against crime. Four of the five opposition parliamentarians, including the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Mark Brantley, did not show up last week Tuesday for the continuation of the session of the lawmaking body which had begun the Thursday before and were not present to participate in another bill on crime, a situation which had dawn comments not only from Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, but also Speaker Hon. Curtis Martin. During his weekly radio call-in programme on Tuesday, Prime Minister Douglas said despite the opposition co-operation and support for an earlier legislative measure, their stunning absence when the National Assembly resumed was telling. “When one seeks elected office, they should do so not simply to be called, ‘The Honorable.’ And they should do so not to achieve some type of status or standing in society. When one seeks elected office, one should do so because they are ready and willing to undertake the hard work that being an elected official entails. And one of the most important responsibilities of an elected official, revolves around preparing oneself for the issues to be debated in parliament,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He said analyzing the proposed legislation, making suggestions as to how it might be improved and warning of ways in which it may be going too far – or not going far enough and most importantly, being an elected official, by definition, necessitates actually showing up in parliament. “Spending considerable time on one’s feet, explaining oneself to one’s colleagues, presenting one’s views to the public, demonstrating to the nation why the path that one is advocating serves the best interests of the nation and why the path that one is opposing does not. This is what you, the voters, sent every single elected official to parliament to do,” said Dr. Douglas, adding: “This is why you stand in those lines for so long, every five years, to choose persons on whom you think you can count to show up in Parliament and protect you interests, to show up in parliament and work!” He noted that from time to time there will, of course, be absences from parliament due to travel and illness and there is simply an inescapable fact that from time to time, circumstances beyond one’s control may make it impossible for a parliament to be present. Dr. Douglas admitted that he was a bit disheartened at the absence of the opposition members when Parliament resumed debating the important issue of crime. “I expected to see a muchneeded show of bi-, or indeed multi-, partisan passion and involvement. Instead all I saw was one empty seat after another, over in the opposition benches. When the debate first started a week before, there were many lofty words and pledges of cooperation,” said Prime Minister Douglas. “However, when the time came to really grapple with the measure on the floor, to decide exactly what we would and would not do, when the time came to vote, to let our voices be heard, and our views be in the open for all to see, there was no-one on the opposition benches to take a stand – one way or the other – with the possible exception of the Member from Number 5 (Hon. Shawn Richards),” said the St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister. He said despite the absence of the opposition, the work of the legislative arm of the Government must go on regardless. “And so that is exactly what we did – we pushed forward – because in this country we have started a very important conversation. And it is a conversation that is key. Essential. Inescapable – if we are to clean our society of gangs, waywardness, lawlessness, if we are to dramatically reduce the appeal of crime and criminality. If we are, through our own imagination, and strivings, and hard work, to recapture the solid values and standards that once set the Caribbean islands apart,” said Dr. Douglas during the one-hour programme syndicated simultaneously on St. Kitts and Nevis’ Attorney General, Hon. Patrice Nisbett (right) speaking on The Small Charges (Amendment) Bill, 2011, with the Opposition Benches empty on May 3rd 2011. Left is Clerk of the House, Mr. Jose Lloyd and centre, Sargeant at Arms, Sgt. Carl Adams)(cont’d on page 21)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 4 NEWS Address delivered by Mr. Peter Jenkins, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) at the recently held 50th Anniversary Awards Ceremony.I recall as a little boy in Mc Knight, how excited my parents were as they discussed with anticipation and excitement the opening of ZIZ Radio. Little did I know that fifty years later, I, along with the present members of the Board of Directors, who like me originated from the working people would be responsible in part for the Direction of this institution of the people of St. Kitts/Nevis and (Anguilla) and the wider region. That is humbling! More importantly, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of ZIZ Radio not as a token, not on its death bed, not gasping for breath, but vibrant and strong with new energy and vigor, still “the Heartbeat of the Nation”, and now the Golden Voice of the Nation. To say that ZIZ Radio is still the heartbeat of the Nation, are not mere words, to be kind on an occasion such as this, but are founded on Scientific and factual evidence. The most recent ‘2010 survey’ that was conducted of all media houses in the Federation indicated that despite the birth of at least ten (10) other Radio Stations in the Federation; more people listened to ZIZ Radio in St. Kitts/Nevis than all other ten combined. In a number of the slots it is no wonder then, that the advertisers, organisers of events and others understand that if you wish a response to your product or event it has to be on ZIZ Radio. In addition, the institution of ZIZ has grown to include Television and ZIZ We are pleased to report also that the survey indicated that over fifty percent of the population of St. Kitts, tune into the ZIZ Evening News on ZIZ Television, the largest audience of any media in St. Kitts. We have also seen a surge in our users as Nationals at home and abroad are afforded the opportunity to stay connected to the happenings at home.. ZIZ remains the pulse of the Eastern Caribbean, not by chance but by hard work over the past 50 years Could we therefore stand and applaud all of the men and women who have toiled in this institution over the past 50 years. The names are too numerous to mention but for the record we hereby salute former Chief Minister C. A. Paul Southwell, for his vision, Mr. Karney Osborne the first General Manager and information coming to hand more recently indicates that Mr Leonard ‘Nordy’ O’Loughlin also played a pivitol role as the Permanent Secretary to Mr. Southwell. Although all deceased the fruit of their labour is alive and vibrant! We will forever be indebted to their ‘farsightedness’, determination, and tenacity that laid the foundation for this year’s jubilee celebrations. In realty they were futurists, likewise, it is the future that we now, must look forward to ensure that ZIZ Radio adapts to the changing times and so remains the Heartbeat of the Nation for the next fifty years and beyond Arising out of the extremely difficult economic times, we see ourselves as having the additional role in bringing development and increasing economic activity to our nation. We must help in the thrust to bring investment that will lead to jobs for our people; and in time will create wealth and so guarantee embarked on a programme to broadcast not via the internet; but directly on the FM Band in a number of countries around the world including the USA, England, Gambia, Canada and others. We believe that with our positive messages and our knowledge of promoting events and activities, over the post 50 years, we are well positioned to sell and expose St. Kitts/Nevis directly into the homes in these countries. We believe that we can via this programme bring more stay over and Cruise Tourist to our Country. We can halp to improve the number of visitors for Music Festival, Carnival and other events. Also important is the fact that through this exposure, we can provide an avenue for our goods and services to be traded in these countries. This will provide opportunities for investment in tourism, our web site producers are some of the best. What of the services of G2Arts, Diego, Spanner of Vivid Designs, the first world products of those ladies on the Industrial Site, our top class sporting facilities and hospitality services, financial services, the musical bands, singers, arrangers and many more. (and as part of our contribution to the creation of a SKN Brand) we have embarked on the ZIZ 50th Anniversary Song Competition – a project intended to fast track some young exciting song writers, singers, music promoters so that we can further develop their talent and in so doing take advantage of the opportunities that will become available. And so I encourage the parents to send the kids to music school as we cannot have an industry without the raw material. (could all the competitors of the ZIZ 50th Anniversary Song Competition please stand and be recognized) And so in addition to our normal duties and responsibilities this new thrust, ie expansion of the economy will be a major project of ZIZ. Allow me to thank DJ Ronnie Rascal who is pioneering this effort. The outcome is assured as it is as a result of this said effort that the Antiguans, Montserratians and others from the neighbouring islands are here in their numbers for Music Festival, as we beam directly into their homes. If you need further evidence, we were at Pas in Nevis doing a St. Kitts Breweries promotion for ZIZ Nevis day. During the promotion, the owner Steverly Turner received a text from someone in England indicating that they wished they were in Nevis to take advantage of the promotion. We therefore encourage St. Kitts/Nevis to take advantage of this new opportunity provided by ZIZ Radio to assist you in growing your business. In closing, I extent heartfelt thanks to all those who continue to promote and support ZIZ as a National Institution. Occupying its rightful place alongside two of our national institution like Brimstone Hill and National Bank. Special thanks those who have worked so tirelessly including the various sub-committees, members of staff, volunteers, sponsors, donors and supporters. Your combined efforts have ensured that the ZIZ Radio 50th anniversary is a success. Allow me also to congratulate a local company in VH Communications for the production of an outstanding 50th anniversary magazine. On behalf of the Board of Directors I am delighted to welcome you to ZIZ Radio’s 50th Anniversary Awards Ceremony. We look forward to a most memorable evening! Thank you. Mr. Peter Jenkins, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ZIZ Broadcasting a better standard of living for our people. I am excited and at the same time trying to remain calm based on the initial reaction to a new initiative which we have embarked upon. We have Hooper appointed Sagicor HPC Batting Coach SPORTS Bridgetown, Barbados – The WICB today announced that former West Indies captain Carl Hooper has been appointed Batting Coach at the Sagicor High Performance Center. The classy strokemaker represented the West Indies in 102 Tests and 227 One Day Internationals between 1987 and 2003. He scored a total of 11,523 international runs and registered 20 international centuries and 56 half centuries. He has a highest Test score of 233 which was scored against India in his native Guyana. He also took 307 international wickets with his steady off spin and was an outstanding fielder during his career, most notably as a slip catcher where he collected the majority of his 225 catches in Tests and ODIs. The 44 year old, will be based in Barbados, having travelled from his home in Australia where he has lived since retiring. He has been appointed for the ongoing semester and will work with Sagicor HPC Head Coach Andre Coley who is a former Jamaican wicketkeeper batsman. Hooper is the third former West Indies captain to have been engaged by the WICB in 2011 as the heavy emphasis on player development continues. Hooper’s appointment follows those of Richie Richardson as West Indies Team Manager and (cont’d on page 12)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 5 NEWS Two arrested for robbery in Conaree. Police at the Criminal Investigations Department Basseterre have formally arrested and charged two young men for robbery. Charged on two counts of robbery are 19 year-old Jahmari “Mari” Lake of Shadwell Estate and 24 year old Leon “Solo” Jederon of Conaree Village. On April 25th, just after 9:00 p.m, two masked gunmen entered the residence of two women at Atlantic View Conaree/Half Moon Bay area and proceeded to rob them. The robbers reportedly escaped in a car belonging to one of the women, which was later found abandoned. In other police news, a family member of recent of the 23 year old escapee Kyam Omari Veira, of Godwin Ghaut surrendered him to police at the Basseterre Police Station at approximately 9:30 on the morning May 6th. Veira escaped police custody at the Sandy Point Police Station at about 6:55 pm on Monday 2nd May. Veira is expected to face charges of escaping lawful custody. According to a press release issued by the police, he was arrested and charged on Monday May 2nd along with 30 year old Narbo “Bongo” Challenger and Bradley “Boone” Marsham, also of Godwin Ghaut in relation to the murder of Shervin Williams sometime between April 24th and 25th. The lifeless body of 30 year-old Shervin Williams of Godwin estate was discovered on a dirt route in an area adjacent to Godwin Ghaut Bridge. He suffered injuries to the head and neck which police say appeared to be gunshot wounds. Investigations into these matters are ongoing. The accused bus robbers back in police custody Done by: Drizel HanleyThe seven men accused of the armed robbery of a tourist bus last November, who were, following an incident at the Magistrate’s court last week Thursday were at large and now are now back into police custody. The seven accused men appeared at the Basseterre Magistrate’s Court last week Thursday May 5th for a bail hearing. In a telephone interview with Deputy Commissioner, Stafford Liburd on Tuesday (10th), he told the Labour Spokesman “No charges were dropped against the persons involved in the Brimestone Hill robbery, the charges have not been dropped, and thus the charges against them will continue”. “There was a development at the court which led to the seven prisoners not being in police custody for about 3-4 days”, he explained. “None of the prisoners was granted bail since police custody; arrangements are being made to have them remanded at His Majesty’s Prison (HMP)”. On Sunday, November 14, 2010, seventeen passengers from the cruise ship Celebrity Mercury were on their way to visit The Brimstone Hill Fortress aboard a Coaster bus, when the driver stopped to remove a branch that blocked his access to the route, meanwhile the passengers aboard the bus were confronted by masked gunmen who demanded money and other valuables before fleeing the scene. The incident caused a national outcry due to the fact that Tourism is the main industry in the federation of St.Kitts and Nevis. Within days several arrests were made and the cruise industry re-assured. The seven charged with the offence are George “Naddy” Welsh of Fig Tree, Elroy “Stanny” Williams, Devon ‘Xman’ Hodge, Admenston Lewis, Junior “Cue” Sobratie and Grenville” Rogie” Rogers, all of Sandy Point and Delvin “Stody” Francis of St. Paul’s Village. If convicted they face up to twenty years in prison. Nevisians in New York get insight into new St. Kitts-Nevis relationship Charlestown, Nevis— (Tuesday, May 10, 2011) The Hon. Joseph Parry and members of the Nevis Island Administration visited New York to report on the stewardship of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP)-led Administration. The meeting took place at the St. Andrews Church on Friday evening last week (16th May). The Premier was accompanied by the Attorney General of St .Kitts-Nevis Hon. Patrice Nisbett, Deputy Premier of Nevis, Hon. Hensley Daniel, Advisor to the Premier Mr. Llewellyn Parris and Minister of Housing Hon. Robelto Hector. Mr. Parry said it is very important that Nevisians in the Diaspora understood and supported the various programmes that were undertaken on Nevis in the best interest of the residents. During the meeting, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett discussed his position of Attorney General of St. Kitts-Nevis and the better working relationship between the two islands. He noted that the Prime Minister of St. Kitts-Nevis, the Hon. Dr. Denzel Douglas has shown the political maturity to include a Nevisian in his Federal Cabinet. “I went to Basseterre with the consent of the people who selected me and the party of whom I am a member of and by extension, the people of Nevis, who supported me to go to Basseterre,” said the Attorney General and added, “Some people wanted to go, as much as they criticize… they would have negotiated too. So why can’t I negotiate on behalf of the people?” he questioned. Mr. Nisbett said he has gone to Basseterre and he wanted to be judged on his performance and achievements. “Because as we say in the NRP, Performance Matters,” said Hon. Nisbett The Attorney General pointed to several of his accomplishments since he was appointed to the position including Corporate Taxes which were now being paid to the Nevis Treasury, the One to One Laptop Programme for Fifth and Sixth Form students and the reopening of the Four Seasons Resort-Nevis. Mr. Nisbett noted that when the Hon. Joseph Parry ran into difficulty with the reopening of the Four Seasons Resort, he called on the Attorney General to assist the case in Delaware, USA. “As soon as he called me I summoned one of my senior counsels to assist the case by witnessing and giving evidence on behalf of the people of Nevis. The senior counsel was able to put a human face to the case and inform that the Gross Domestic Product depended greatly on the Four Seasons Resort,” he said. Mr. Nisbett noted that after much evidence the judge understood the hardships and repercussions and allowed a December opening of the Resort and since then over 600 persons have been actively employed there. “As a result of the St. KittsNevis working relationship, the Resort opened. The previous Government brought no major international investment to Nevis for 14 years because many foreign investors did not like the level of instability and acrimony between the two islands,” commented the Attorney General. The Hon. Nisbett concluded,” Gone are the days of confrontation and instead the NRP have brought consultation.” The Head tableL-R: Minister of Housing, Hon. Robelto Hector Chairman,Mr.Chilstone Francis, Premier of Nevis-Hon Joseph Parry, Attorney General, Hon. Patrice Nisbett and Deputy Premier, Hon. Hensley Daniel Audience in New York


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 6 ANTIGUA, St. Johns, May 4th, 2011 Chairman of LIAT (1974) Ltd, Dr. Jean Holder, members of the Board of Directors and executive management were hosted by representatives from Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer in Barbados at a breakfast event culminating in a one hour demonstration flight on their new Embraer E-190 aircraft which is in the region en route to be delivered to the airline, Jet Blue. The Embraer E-190 has a capacity of 100 seats that can be configured to accommodate both business and economy class. Dr. Holder indicated that “in this era of competition LIAT is not standing still but is seeking ways of offering a better product to the people of the region. We have found the flight to be quite comfortable, now our technical people will analyze the how, when and what as it pertains to the expansion of our fleet and our network.” Dr. Holder stated that “the demonstration flight is the result of discussions currently being held with Embraer, which is among several aircraft manufacturers including Bombardier and ATR that we are consulting as the airline seeks viable options to replace its current fleet with more efficient models.” Following the Barbados flight, the aircraft journeyed to LIAT’s headquarters in Antigua where another demonstration flight was launched taking a mixture of LIAT’s executive and technical staff, personnel from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority and media representatives, on a short flight. IMF says Caribbean economy turning corner “after a long and deep recession”NEWS LIAT Reviewing Jet Options LIAT Chairman, Dr. Jean Holder (5th right), with LIAT shareholder representatives, Executives and Embraer Execs. Note: LIAT is owned by regional shareholders, with the major shareholders being the governments of Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 6TH 2011 (CUOPM) –The Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that the Caribbean is beginning to turn the corner after a “long and deep recession.” In its latest “Regional Economic Outlook,” the financial institution said weak external demand and high public debt levels have held back economic activity in much of the region for the last two years, “which has also been adversely affected by natural disasters.” It said tourism is “recovering gradually,” with The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica observing a “faster and earlier pickup in tourist arrivals” than the islands of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The IMF said the Caribbean economy, excluding the Dominican Republic and Haiti, is projected to expand by an average of about two percent in 2011, following a contraction of about 0.5 percent last year. “The recovery is supported by a mild improvement in labour market conditions in advanced economies, as fiscal consolidation proceeds in most of the region,” it said. However, it said rising commodity import prices present a “clear downside risk for most countries, with the exception of Trinidad and Tobago, which stands to benefit from higher oil export prices.” Meanwhile, the report said reconstruction efforts in Haiti are expected to take growth above eight percent this year. Given the high debt burden in most countries, the report said fiscal consolidation should proceed, stating that efforts will be needed to reallocate spending to protect the poor from the impact of higher food and energy prices. “Special efforts will be required to contain expenditure growth and, in particular, wages to strengthen overall competitiveness,” it said, warning that price subsidies should be avoided, particularly in the case of energy, “as they tend to be costly and limit substitution”. In countries, where a wellfunctioning social safety net is not in place, the IMF recommended that temporary subsidies on staples consumed by the poor be considered, “with the fiscal cost offset by adjustments in other fiscal outlays”. It said the region’s financial system “remains vulnerable” to shocks from cross-border financial conglomerates, adding that the resolution of the insurance subsidiaries of the CL Financial Group in Trinidad and Tobago is still pending, “with potentially large fiscal costs.” The report said “contingent liabilities” could reach 10 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Trinidad and Tobago, “where investors are being paid in full up to a threshold, while the remaining amounts are restructured”. In the ECCU, where insurance claims exceed 17 percent of GDP, it said the restructuring of the failed subsidiary is “proceeding more slowly,” adding that, in Barbados, a judicial manager is being appointed to oversee the resolution process. “Regulators should aim to complete the resolution while containing fiscal costs, “it said, adding that improved export performance is “crucial to boosting and sustaining growth” in the Caribbean over the medium term. It said efforts to further develop and diversify Caribbean exports are needed, including by refreshing the tourism product by diversifying markets, for example, to South America. The IMF noted that some Caribbean countries are Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase Submissions The Management of the Caribbean Film Showcase is inviting submissions to be part of the 4th Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase taking place in 2012. Films classified as shorts, documentaries, fiction and animation will be accepted. Music videos do not meet the requirements of this showcase and need not be sent. The format of the films should be VHS, Mini DV, DVCam, Beta, DigiBeta or HD CAM format. As many films as desired can be submitted by any artiste. The submission deadline for the 4th Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase is May 31, 2011. Films must be accompanied by a submission form which can be obtained by contacting The Department of Culture, Port Zante, Basseterre St. Kitts at 467-1396, where you can also register your name and film submission. Submissions must be in video NTSC format or on DVD and can be mailed directly to: Attention Jessica Flores The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase Office, Calle 12 No. 555 entre 23 y 25, Vedado. CUBA Habana. Further information can be obtained from the new Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase Website considering diversifying their economies through the further development of offshore financial services (OFCs). It said not only do OFCs provide employment opportunities for local labour, but they can also generate spillovers to other sectors in the economy, including tourism and infrastructure, “because they require improved telecommunication and transportation”. “Indeed, the empirical evidence suggests that OFCrelated portfolio flows contribute to economic growth,” it said, adding “although OFCs account for a relatively smaller share of GDP in sovereign Caribbean countries, in some countries (Bahamas and Barbados) their economic/fiscal contribution is significant.” Photo: IMF Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 7 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 10TH 2011 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Denzil L. Douglas said Tuesday he has never discussed with anyone that Minister of Education and Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty will succeed him as Prime Minister. “Succession in the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is determined by the membership of the party,” said Prime Minister Douglas who dismissed the question from a female caller on his weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister”. The question from the caller is based on written and verbal statements made by former Cabinet Minister, Mr. Dwyer Astaphan. “There is no truth whatsoever that I ever sat in any privacy with any former minister or present minister to discuss my succession with regard to Nigel Carty,” said Prime Minister Douglas on his weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister.” “I have consistently said within the workings of the Labour Party, a Party in terms of what we call constituency caretakers and successors, that Nigel Carty is a fit and proper person to succeed me in my Constituency, St. Christopher 6, which I represent in Parliament,” responded Dr. Douglas. “At the end of the day, although Nigel Carty, is one of such persons, there are several others of course, but Nigel Carty definitely is one who can succeed me as the Labour Party Representative in Constituency #6 (Newton Ground/Harris) and in the final analysis of course, it will be determined by the members of the Labour Party, who in that Constituency, when the time comes will make that decision,” said Prime Minister Douglas. “I have never discussed with anybody, Nigel Carty succeeding me as the Prime Minister or even as the Political Leader of the Labour Party. That is false. It is a lie and a deliberate lie, fabricated and perpetuated by those to achieve their own personal agenda,” said Dr. Douglas. “It is a lie and it has nothing to do with the capacity of the Hon. Sam Condor to succeed me as Prime Minister. The Hon. Sam Terrance Condor has in fact been serving as the Deputy Prime Minister and has in fact served as the Acting Prime Minister. He has the capacity,” said Prime Minister Douglas, again stressing that the statement made by Astaphan and repeated by others “is absolute nonsense.” PM Douglas says he has had no discussions on a successor BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 11TH 2011 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has lauded local farmers, agricultural officials and local, regional and international organizations for the impressive display at the recent Agriculture Fair. In encouraging the small farmers for the wide range of locally produced vegetables, fruits, ornamental plants and livestock on display, Prime Minister Douglas said he was impressed with the exhibition. “I use this opportunity to encourage our farmers, our Minister within the Ministry of Agriculture, officials including the Permanent Secretary, the Director of Agriculture and all of the extension officers to work hard,” said Prime Minister Douglas during his weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister.” Dr. Douglas also thanked officials of the Agriculture Mission of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Caribbean Agricultural Development and Research Institute (CARDI) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) “who are working with our local farmers and officials in the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that our people can be provided with affordable food and thus decrease the importation of food from outside to feed our people.” Prime Minister Douglas pointed to the Capisterre Farm in Belmont and disclosed that in discussions with the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, mentioned was made of the hydroponics initiatives that are been pursued. “We want to make sure that we lend appropriate support in the development of the agricultural sector in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Prime St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas looks at variety of vegetables. (cont’d on page 8) PM Douglas lauds local farmers, agriculture technocrats


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 8 NEWS Minister Douglas. Local farmers exhibited potted plants, onions, sweet peppers, hot peppers, sweet potatoes, carrots, dasheen, cassava, pumpkin, papaya, cabbage, banana, pineapple, peanuts, cucumbers, lettuce, rabbits, livestock – cows, pigs, goats and poultry. CARDI, IICA and the Taiwan Agricultural Mission also mounted displays. PM Douglas lauds local farmers, agriculture.... Variety of vegetables on display(All photos by Erasmus Williams)(cont’d from page 7) 2011 Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant to be staged in two parts; extends to St. Kitts 15 countries to participate this year For the first time in the history of the Ms. Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant a new feature will be added to the production. Organizers say the event will be hosted in two parts, one will be held in Sugar City St. Kitts and the other will be held on Queen City Nevis. The disclosure was made by Pageant Chairperson, Ms. Hazel Francis. Now in its 6th year, the show will be held under the theme “Bridging the Gap, One Caribbean, One People” in keeping with the pageant organisers quest to offer two island one paradise. According Francis the show which has been held on Nevis (only in the previous years) will showcase the participants’ skills. “Contestants will rip the runway in a classy and teasing Swim suit Competition to be staged in sister island St. Kitts on Saturday July 23rd at the Carnival Village. We would take the show back to Nevis for the powerful and exciting Talent Competition where beauty and brains will clash in top notch performances,” she said. Pageant organizers are hoping that the new format will seek to better market the event in the Federation and across the Caribbean. “Not only would it give the Caribbean ambassadors an opportunity to savour the tourism and cultural aspects of both islands but it would equip them with the information necessary to promote our Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. It will also provide sponsors and patrons on St. Kitts a chance to meet, greet, mix and mingle with the contestants,” Francis explained. This year the show has attracted heightened interest from the region. Francis disclosed that 15 countries had already accepted the committee’s invitation to participate in this year’s pageant. The countries are Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and British Virgin Island, Montserrat, St. Maarten, current title holder-Anguilla, St. Croix, Barbados, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and St. Johns. When asked what the contestants stood to benefit apart from the wining trophies, gifts and cash prices, Francis stated that the pageant also offers the opportunity for the regional female ambassadors to promote their countries through creative cultural expressions with a unique blend of beauty, talent and intelligence. In an invited comment in what set the Caribbean Culture Pageant apart from others in the region, Francis opined that “this pageant is unmatched anywhere in the Caribbean and can be described as the most prestigious of all pageants across the region,” she submitted. To create interest and excitement in this year’s pageant Francis said that the contestant’s names and faces will be released weekly in local newspapers and on social networks. She advised patrons to “keep checking the media for a weekly photo release of our contestants.” First featured contestant for the 2011 Ms. Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant, 23 year old Ms. Dominica, Jacintha Fagan Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas encourages one of the several female farmers at the Agricultural Fair. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and Minister of Agriculture. Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris visit the CARDI stall.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 9 COMMENTARY The Thinking Citizen The political story-tellers in PAM are at their old game again of outright lies, propaganda and spin. The younger members of PAM are being told the fairy story that the PAM party laid the foundation for the Agricultural as well as the Tourism Development of our country. Let us see what really happened in the Agricultural Sector. PAM inherited both the National Agricultural Corporation (NACO) and the St. Kitts Sugar Manufacturing Corporation (SSMC). When PAM merged the functions of NACO with the functions of SSMC, the SSMC was not mandated to carry out the non-sugar agricultural activities of NACO. So the large scale production of vegetables, fruits and ground provisions fell by the wayside. Before the merger of the activities of the two public corporations, NACO produced for export and for local consumption large quantities of pine-apples, peanuts, carrots, tomatoes, onions, pawpaw and coffee. After the merger of the two public corporations, large scale production of fruits, vegetables and ground provisions virtually ceased. Now, insofar as Tourism is concerned how can PAM say that the party laid the foundation for that Industry? Before PAM entered into power in power in 1980 the party blocked the start of construction of the Fort Thomas Hotel on three separate occasions. The party also organised and carried out a taxi-drivers strike while one of the largest cruise liners was in the Basseterre Roadstead. It has been said that the PAM member who organised the taxi-drivers strike later became a Minister of Tourism in the PAM government. The PAM party blocked INDELCO which was a multi-million dollar project for the comprehensive development of Frigate Bay Estate for Tourism. PAM could not even attract a single major hotel to our shores and when work started at Friar’s Bay, St. Kitts, on the construction of the Casablanca Hotel the ineptitude of the PAM Government caused the developers to transfer their investment to Anguilla. The Casablanca Hotel was built in Anguilla and not in St. Kitts. It is well known by now that PAM has the habit of making some incredible false claims, that is false claims for itself and false claims against the Labour Party. It was members of the PAM party who allied themselves with the dissident Anguillians in the abortive coup of 10th June 1967. The PAMites claim that they were not involved in the 10th of June affair, but the Anguillian ring-leaders claim that it was the members of PAM who encouraged them and helped them to launch the 10th of June attack. PAM tried on June 10, 1967 to destroy the thriving Democracy that had been established by the stalwarts of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and attempted on subsequent occasions to regard and delay the political and constitutional development of our country. The aim of the planners and plotters of the 10th June affair was to replace a Labour Party democracy with a PAM Dictatorship. It is a matter of record that the PAM party was in opposition to the move towards Associate Statehood. PAM created a political upheaval in Anguilla and was trying the same thing in Nevis, all in an effort to prevent our country from attaining Associated Statehood with Great Britain. PAM did not want our country to become Independent. PAM fought mightily against it. PAM argued that St. Kitts and Nevis were too small and too poor to support Independence. PAM even went so far as to declare that the Labour Party should hold a Referendum before any attempt is made to take our country into Independence. Sir (Dr.) Kennedy Simmonds became Premier in 1980 and he, with indecent haste, took our country into Independence in 1983. Without taking into full consideration the views and wishes of other organisations, institutions and social partners the PAM party produced for this country an Independence Constitution which has created more problems than it has solved. It establishes a Federation which is not really a Federation. PAM did not lay the foundations of the Agricultural Sector or the Tourism Sector of our country. PAM laid the foundations for the development of Violence, Anarchy and the Gun Culture in St. Kitts and Nevis. The story has been often told that in the months preceding the 10th of June a prominent firm in downtown Basseterre, ordered a large supply of arms and ammunition from Britain. The British Government contacted the St. Kitts Government over the matter. Having been assured that the arms and ammunition were not for the St. Kitts Government, the British Government refused to allow the report of the weapons to St. Kitts. The weapons did reach St. Kitts but not through the usual regular lawful and legitimate channels. The People’s Action Movement sprang from the bowels of the former Democratic Party which was created by a group of wealthy sugar estate owners and managers, some prosperous businessmen and black middleclass men who had turned against their own colour and class. This group of men were not interested in pushing the masses forwards and upwards, but only in their own personal fortunes. The political story-tellers in PAM are at their old game again...... USVI Lt. Governor conducts in-depth tour of St. Kitts tourism BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 10TH 2011 (CUOPM) United States Virgin Islands Lt. Governor, the Hon. Gregory R. Francis, recently conducted an in-depth tour of St. Kitts’ historical and eco-sensitive attractions to gather insights in anticipation of developing the Bethlehem In Tuned In One With radio 1 94.1FM (Left to Right) St. Kitts an Nevis’ Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt; USVI Commissioner of Tourism, MrsBeverly Nicholson-Doty; United States Virgin Islands, Lt. Governor, the Hon. Gregory R. Francis; Director of Budget and Financial Affairs, Mr. Ira Mills and President of St. Croix Farmers in Action, Mr. Percival Edwards. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) project and other low-impact, soft attractions on St. Croix. With Lieutenant Governor Francis were Director of Budget and Financial Affairs, Sandy Pointborn Mr. Ira Mills (Office of the Lieutenant Governor), Commissioner of Tourism Mrs. Beverly Nicholson-Doty and President of St. Croix Farmers in Action – the organization spearheading the Bethlehem project – Mr. Percival Edwards. Meetings were organized by the Ministry of Tourism of St. Kitts & Nevis. The USVI Team met with the General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation (the organization responsible for the development of Port Zante), Mr. Keith Phillip; St. Kitts & Nevis Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard Skerritt and General Manager of the Scenic Railway, Mr. Thomas Williams to discuss key tourism learnings that could be applied to plans to expand St. Croix’s excursion offerings for residents, cruise passengers and overnight visitors. The team of visiting USVI officials also had the opportunity to meet St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas and the Premier of Nevis the Hon. Joseph Parry. Meetings with key management officials from St. Kitts’ Scenic Railway – an informative, 3-hour railroad tour that loops around the island – served as a primary opportunity to discuss the potential development of a historical site in Estate Bethlehem, St. Croix that would highlight the history of sugarcane on the island. The attraction would seek to underscore the interconnected past of key Caribbean islands including St. Croix, St. Kitts, the Dominican Republic and Vieques, Puerto Rico. “St. Croix’s role in the sugar industry intertwines with the history of several islands in the region and contributed to the migration of people from St. Kitts, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and other nearby islands to St Croix,” said Lieutenant Governor Gregory R. Francis. “We have an opportunity to develop a site on St. Croix that brings this shared history to life, honoring the influence these immigrants had on our culture, while fostering enlightenment and education for our residents and visitors alike.” The team also met with members of the zipline tour company, Sky Safari St. Kitts, to observe the operation and gain insight on the popularity of this soft adventure attraction. Visits to other important sites like Port Zante and Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site) showcased how investments in tourismenhancement projects over the past few years have increased the island’s profile internationally, allowing it to serve as a case study for neighboring destinations. “We can significantly enhance tourism in St. Croix by applying the best practices of neighboring islands like St. Kitts as we move forward with our own development plans,” said Commissioner Beverly NicholsonDoty. “We face similar challenges and should never become insular in our approach to enhancing our individual tourism offerings. Each island can solve its difficulties while simultaneously building a stronger regional tourism product.”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 10 NEWS Remarks by Dr. The Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, at the Hair Dressing Workshop held at Diana’s Beauty Salon on May10, 2011 Firstly let me congratulate all of you for making a decision not only to pursue a career, but also to ensure that you acquire the necessary skills to excel in your chosen career. Everyday a new opportunity for learning and improvement presents itself. I congratulate all participants for utilizing this opportunity provided by this workshop. Here in St Kitts and Nevis several of our ladies gravitate to the provision of cosmetology services, especially in the area of hair dressing. The records reflect that in large measure, most have remained in what we refer to as the informal sector, that is, unregistered and undocumented. While remaining in the informal sector clearly facilitates the avoidance of public scrutiny, especially where matters of taxes and licenses are concerned, one can point to a strong correlation between this phenomenon and the standards, scope and abilities of their operations and activities. More often than not, these entrepreneurs never received the necessary support for their improvement, growth and development. In this situation hair dressers are deprived of the opportunity to operate and or provide services in instances where their chosen career can be an exciting, fulfilling and financially rewarding experience. It is in recognition of this impediment that the Ministry sought to ensure that valuable, hands on experience and training is made available to persons who chose to pursue financial security via a career in this field of unlimited opportunities.Road to SuccessLike any other business venture, the business of hairdressing requires personal initiative, dedication, self-motivation, discipline, perseverance and hard work. There is no magic or easy formula, but in this field options abound with lucrative engagements as creative stylists, specialist colour technicians, managers, educators, salon owners, photo-session stylists, catwalk stylists and the likes. Yes, lucrative assignments in Hollywood and Las Vegas. Certainly in today’s global village such engagements are no longer just dreams and aspirations, but rather opportunities which sit right on our door steps.CSMEIndeed within our own region, the window of opportunity has expanded as far as opportunities for employment and or the establishing of businesses are concerned. CARICOM Single Market and Economies provides for the free movement of skilled persons across the region. Once again, we can see that it is critically important to ensure that whatever our individual careers, we seek to have our various skill sets certified in order to position ourselves to take advantage of these opportunities. It has been said that a hair dresser is never out of a job as people are becoming more and more conscious of the way they look, and feel about themselves. As such this particular industry is often considered a part of the emerging health and wellness sector. In fact many argue that a visit to the hair dresser provides both beautification and therapeutic services. The foregoing conforms to the view of Michael Van Clarke, a London based hairdresser widely regarded as one of the most professional and talented hairdressers in the world, who claims that the profession of hair dressing requires one to use a multitude of skills inclusive of technical, creative design and social. The Ministry is therefore excited and honored to be able to partner with the Caribbean Development Bank/Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CDB/CTCS) in delivering such an important workshop especially given the potential to impact not only the lives of the participants but also our communities. With this being the second of its kind over an eight month period we are convinced that a need has been identified and tangible efforts are being made to satisfy such. I have been advised that while this second workshop does have its full quota of participants, several of those who benefited from the first program conducted in October of last year are unable to attend this the second one due to work commitments and as such are already requesting that the ministry seek to have the areas now being delivered repeated in a subsequent workshop during the evening time. I am certain that the CDB would be more than receptive to this request. Additionally, not only do we hope to see successful hairdressers in the near future, but we also look forward to the creation of trainers to ensure the passing on of the vital skills in this growing area and indeed the day when Dr. Williams would invite one of you to deliver some training on her behalf given her very busy schedule around the region and your competence in the area. While I must pause here to commend the hard work of the NEDD staff and the other persons within the ministry who would have provided support to make this activity a success, I wish to assure you the participants of the continued support of the ministry. Specifically I wish to make reference to the Small Business Act, Which allows for a wide range of support initiatives for small businesses, inclusive of import duty concessions on items of machinery and equipment for use in your operations. We are excited about the future and look forward to helping to create the necessary environment to guarantee your success. In closing, I want to thank Dr. Carol Williams for once again taking on this assignment, we a delighted to have you again Doctor Williams. And we trust that you would find some time, notwithstanding your packed syllabus, to explore and experience paradise, our beautiful islands, St. Kitts and Nevis. Once again, welcome, congratulations and may you have a most productive workshop.Bulletin Board NoticeWorld Athletics DayAll athletes, coaches, SKNAAA Track and Field Officials and the sports loving public are hereby informed to the annual World Athletics Day event will take place on Sunday 15th May 2011, at the Silver Jubilee Athletics Stadium at 3:00 pm. For the benefits of participating athletes, please be informed that transportation will be provided by three (3) school buses from the Ministry of Education, pick up time 1:00pm. The buses will take the following route: • Bus No. 1 from Tabernacle to Stadium • Bus No. 2 from Saddlers to Stadium • Bus No 3 from Sandy Point to Stadium All athletes are asked to await the arrival of the buses in their respective communities. The buses depart the venue at the end of the competition to return athletes to their homes.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 11 NEWS -Caribbean Foreign Ministers pronounce on relations with global partners at the 14th COFCOR Meeting in St. Kitts BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 6TH 2011 (CUOPM) – Caribbean Ministers of Foreign Affairs have reaffirmed their resolve to strengthen the mechanisms established to facilitate dialogue and consultation among Member States with a view to further enhancing the Community’s coordination of its foreign policy. A communiqu issued following the 14th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community, held here under the Chairmanship of the Hon. Sam Condor, Minister for Foreign Affairs, National Security, Immigration, Labour and Social Security of St. Kitts and Nevis, noted that delegates engaged in vigorous debate on the issue of foreign policy co-ordination, noting that this tool had assumed increased relevance in the context of the rapidly changing global environment. The Ministers highlighted the many successes achieved by the Community through foreign policy coordination and agreed that its numbers should be utilized as an important asset in leveraging the Community’s influence in international fora. “The Ministers supported the need for a revised list of priority issues, and emphasized the need for ongoing analysis of the developments and changes in the international community which can have an impact on the Community,” it said. COFCOR reviewed the Community’s relations with a number of traditional partners such as Canada, Japan, the United States of America and the United Kingdom, noting the progress made in the strengthening of relations with a number of Third Countries since its last Meeting through inter alia, encounters at the Ministerial and Summit levels. “They further discussed the coordination of the Community’s positions on a number of issues of strategic interest to the Region in preparation for scheduled interface with Third countries and groups of countries for the remainder of 2011, including the Caribbean and Latin American Countries (CALC) Summit, the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the UK-Caribbean Forum, the CARICOM –SICA Summit and the Fourth CARICOM-Cuba Summit,” the communiqu said. Caribbean Foreign Ministers were disheartened at the second postponement of the United Kingdom-Caribbean Forum, but looks forward to continued engagement with the UK as a long-standing ally at the highest political level at the rescheduled forum proposed for the Autumn of 2011. The Ministers welcomed the delay in the increase of the Advanced Passenger Duty to 2012 and the indication of the willingness of the UK Government to explore, in consultation with the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the formulation of a less arbitrary banding system that would minimize market distortions. In reviewing its relations between the Community and more recent partners such as Austria, Australia and Brazil, Ministers looked at strategies for further enhancing these new relationships. “With respect to Canada, Ministers noted the results of the national elections held on 2 May 2011 in which the Conservative Party emerged victorious in the polls. The Ministers expressed their hope for the continued strengthening of the excellent ties with Canada under the new government and looked forward to the traditional engagements with the Foreign Minister of Canada in the margins of the Forty-First General Assembly of the OAS to be held in El Salvador in June 2011. The Ministers engaged in discussions regarding the Region’s strategic approach to future CARICOM-USA engagements and while noting the progress made with regard to some of the initiatives to advance President Obama’s promise for a “new chapter of engagement” with the Caribbean which he proffered at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in April 2009, they expressed concern that the Summit which had been promised with President Obama in 2009 had not yet taken place. The Ministers viewed as critical the opportunity to engage the US Secretary of State in the traditional meeting between CARICOM Foreign Ministers and the US Secretary of State in the margins of the 41st OAS General Assembly and took the opportunity to extend their deepest sympathy to the Government and people of the USA for the loss of life and those affected by the recent tornadoes in the southern, eastern and Midwestern United States. The Ministers expressed their deepest sympathy to the Government and People of Japan following the devastation wrought by the tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history in March 2011. The COFCOR acknowledged with appreciation, the role played by Japan as a long-standing and committed partner to the Region. The COFCOR noted the developments in CARICOM’s technical cooperation with the Republic of Korea, and welcomed and endorsed their expression of interest to convene the Second Meeting of the CARICOM-Korea Consultation and Cooperation Mechanism before the end of the year. Ministers also reviewed the significant advances made to date in implementing projects and activities facilitated under the Memorandum of Understanding for Technical Cooperation signed between Australia and the Community in November 2009. Ministers reiterated their appreciation to the Australian Government for its continued assistance particularly with respect to Haiti. The COFCOR reaffirmed the importance of the Commonwealth and the commitment to its shared values and principles of the Member States of that organisation. Commonwealth Member States of the COFCOR welcomed the opportunity to engage traditional Commonwealth partners on matters relating to the Region’s current priorities at the CHOGM in October 2011. In this regard, the COFCOR noted the offer of Trinidad and Tobago in its capacity as Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth, to assist in advancing the interests of member states within the Forum of the Commonwealth and CMAG. With regard to relations with Africa, the COFCOR recognized St. Kitts and Nevis’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Condor (Photo by Erasmus Williams) the increasingly important geoeconomic and political influence of the continent and discussed measures for enhancing the relationship, including through greater collaboration between the CARICOM and African Union Secretariats. Ministers welcomed the relaunch of the AU African Diaspora process as a means of further consolidating and developing new political, economic and social ties between Africa and the Caribbean. In that context the Ministers received a briefing from the Special Envoy of the Government of South Africa which included matters relating to the preparatory meeting in New York next September prior to the Durban Summit on the Diaspora in 2012. Caribbean Governments reiterate long-standing solidarity with Palestinian people BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 8TH 2011 (CUOPM) – Caribbean governments have reiterated its long-standing solidarity with the people of Palestine hoping that recent developments in the Middle East will under the chairmanship of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Condor. COFCOR took note of the recognition of Palestine as an independent State by two of its Member States – Guyana and Suriname as well as the reconciliation between the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and Fatah. Photo: Map of Palestine lead to a resolution to the IsraeliPalestinian conflict and the creation of lasting peace and stability in the Region. Caribbean Foreign Ministers at their just concluded Fourteenth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community in St. Kitts reiterated the Community’s long standing and unwavering solidarity with, and commitment to, the just and legitimate aspirations of the people of Palestine for the exercise of their right to self determination and to achieve a homeland of their own, independent, free, prosperous and at peace. “The Council further reiterated its support for a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the people of Israel and Palestine living side by side in their free and independent countries in peace, prosperity and harmony and within secure and internationally recognised borders,” said the communiqu issued after the meeting which was convened


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 12 NEWS Culturama Officials Release Slogan; Announce Patron NIA-CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS (May 11TH, 2011) — With just one month remaining before the start of the 2011 pre Culturama activities, representatives from the 2011 Culturama committee have revealed the winning slogan and this year’s festival’s patron. In an interview with Culturama 2011 Chairman Mr. Halstead Byron and Manager of the Festivals Secretariat Mr. Antonio Liburd, it was revealed that “Mas, Music, Fun for 2K11! Truly a Cultural Expression!” would be the slogan used “to vigorously market” the annual festival. The slogan, which was selected from among 51 entries, was submitted by Mr. Shadeo Browne: a resident of Zion Village. According to Mr. Liburd, Browne would receive a plaque and two complimentary tickets to all activities for this year’s festival. Meantime, Hamilton Village resident Ms. Eulalie Francis has put a spin on the annual summer festival. Ms. Francis, known in the Nevisian community for her sumptuous local dishes, is the 2011 Culturama patron. Described, by Chairman Byron, as an avid supporter of Culturama, Ms. Francis is the festival’s first patron to be recognised for contribution to the culinary arts. “We are very happy that we are able to recognise somebody of this stature, somebody who has contributed so much to the culinary arts: the local food and the promotion of local food and drink and we certainly wish her well as she performs her role as patron for Culturama 2011,” he said, adding that her selection was “a very fitting choice.” As patron, Ms. Francis would serve as Grand Marshall in the annual Cultural Street Parade and would be present at all Culturama-related activities. The announcements were made last Monday [May 9] during a televised interview with the Department of Information. Mother of three wins first ever Miss Mothers’ Day Pageant By: Drizel Hanley (file photo) 2011 Culturama patron Ms. Eulalie Francis. which was critiqued by the audience’s reaction to each contestant. Other competitors included Rosetta Jarvis and Ijahnya Carty. The eighth competitor, Camille Romney, did not come forward for some unidentified cause. Although the event commenced approximately an hour late, there was an impressive crowd in spite of the unfavourable weather conditions. The audience was treated to a sideshow which included magical tricks, and songs rendered by Minister LK. Michael Walters was the master mind behind the idea of the pageant. The show came to a finish sometime around 2:30 a.m. The vast majority of the audience appeared satisfied with the judge’s decisiveness for the diverse positions and segments. Orelma Prentice, a proud mother of three, was crowned Miss Mothers’ Day on Saturday May 7th at Carnival Village Basseterre. She took the initiatory Miss Mother’s Day title with an impressive score of 1, 956 points. Prentice also won prizes for Best Evening Wear, sporting a hot pink dress, Best Swimsuit. She was also awarded Best Talent with a skit depicting a real life encounter whereby she lost her children’s father through crime. She also captured the award for Miss Photogenic. The other judged segment, Business Wear, was awarded to the First Runner-up Miss Ellia Jeffers, the oldest of the competitors, who accumulated 1, 797 points. Meanwhile the Second Runner-up position went to Vincia Connor who amassed 1, 704 points; while Shamella Ephraim scored a total of 1, 633 points and took the Third Runner-up spot. Mother of three, Orelma Prentice, also had equal scores with Joleen Mason in the Most Popular Contestant segment, Desmond Haynes as Batting Consultant to the West Indies team. Former players Clyde Butts, Robert Haynes and Courtney Browne form the WICB Selection Committee while former all rounder Ottis Gibson is West Indies Head Coach and former wicketkeeper David Williams is his assistant. Another former captain, Jimmy Adams, served as Batting Consultant to the West Indies team in 2010. Legendary fast bowler Joel Garner and former world record holder for the most wickets in Test cricket Lance Gibbs both served as Team Manager to the West Indies team in the recent past. Garner is also a director of the WICB along with the incomparable double World Cup winning captain Clive Lloyd. Sherwin Campbell, the former opening batsman is Head Coach of the Windies Women’s team. Campbell’s opening partner, Nevisian, Stuart Williams has also served as Assistant Coach in the West Indies A Team and West Indies Under 19 Team units. Hooper appointed ........ (cont’d from page 4)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 13 ADVERTISEMENT GPO urges residents to embrace e-service Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 12, 2011 (SKNIS): Officials at the General Post Office (GPO) in St. Kitts have called on locals to embrace the eservices of the facility as they continue to expand their scope of operation. The GPO’s Information Technology Manager, Darren Veira, told SKNIS that the launch of an Internet Caf last October, was a significant step in offering new services. He gave an assessment of the accomplishment. “It’s been going very well since we did the launch,” he said. “We have more people coming in and using the Internet Caf [but] it’s mostly tourists. We are encouraging more locals to come and use the operation.” The Internet Caf is located inside the Philatelic Bureau. Mr. Veira explained that patrons have had high praise for the comfort and setting of the environment as well as the price and other equipment that is available for use. “We’ve been told we have the best rates and [the facility] is more comfortable and more private and secluded for people who may just want to be there and work privately, check their emails or go on Facebook and stuff like that,” Mr. Veira stated, citing other amenities available including a coloured printer, scanner and fax machine. “We also have WiFi,” he noted. The Internet Caf is open on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. although on occasions, it has remained open after working hours to accommodate demand for the service. In a previous press release, Minister responsible for Post and Information Technology, Honourable Glenn Phillip, indicated that Post Offices in St. Kitts and Nevis are evolving and innovating into an information management platform that will provide credible ways to serve the general public better. “We will be unveiling different services like E-wallets, U. S. Postal Boxes and bill payments at all Post Offices on the island,” he said. “Money transfers will also be part of what the Post Office will be doing in the future, so I want to assure the general public that the Post Office will be making more technological advances as it transforms for the future, in order to meet customers’ demands.” Photo: A section of the Inernet Cafe taken at the opening ceremony.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 14 NEWS -Acting CARICOM Secretary-General briefs PM Douglas BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 9TH 2011 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Incoming Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, has been briefed on the upcoming CARICOM Heads of Government Conference to be held in St. Kitts in July. Acting Secretary General of CARICOM, Her Excellency Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite briefed Prime Minister Douglas at his office prior to the start of last week’s 14th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community. Ambassador Applewhaite brought Dr. Douglas up to date on plans for the 32nd Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort from July 1st to 4th 2011. Prime Minister Douglas, the longest serving Head of Government in the Caribbean, will assume the Chairmanship of CARICOM and Chair the meeting. The dates of the Conference coincide with the anniversary of the election to office of Prime Minister Douglas and his St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party in July 1995. The Acting Secretary General also discussed several other issues on the CARICOM agenda including the United Nations High Level Meeting on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases in New York in September, the CARICOM-Australia Ministerial Meeting on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia in October and the CARICOM-Cuba Summit in December. South African Envoy lobbies CARICOM for African Diaspora SummitPM Douglas discusses climate change and Caribbean relationship with Australia Minister Rudd St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas looks at documents being discussed with CARICOM’s Acting Secretary General, Her Excellency Lolita Applewhaite (Photo by Erasmus Williams) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 9TH 2011 (CUOPM) – South Africa’s Special Envoy to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has been BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 7TH 2011 (CUOPM) – The issue of climate change was one of several matters discussed last week Wednesday between St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Right Hon. Kevin Rudd during a world wind visit to St. Kitts Wednesday. Mr. Rudd, a former Australian Prime Minister arrived here Tuesday night and departed Wednesday afternoon after calling on Prime Minister Douglas and making a presentation to Caribbean Ministers of Foreign Affairs during the 14th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community. In welcoming Mr. Rudd, Prime Minister Douglas said Australia is a committed partner to St. Kitts and Nevis and the Caribbean Community “and we always took forward to opportunities like these where we can exchange ideas with the view of strengthening our ties and exploring areas for further cooperation with each other.” “We express our deep appreciation for the support that Australia has provided to St. Kitts and Nevis in the past and to the Caribbean Community,” Dr. Douglas told Mr. Rudd. He praised the Australian Foreign Minister for his country’s commitment to earthquakestricken Haiti despite Australia’s own widespread flooding last year. “We are pleased Australia continues to cooperate with CARICOM in alleviating the plight of the Haitian people,” said Prime Minister Douglas who noted that climate change is an important issue for the Caribbean countries as well as other small island states. Mr. Rudd told Prime Minister Douglas that Australia takes its relationship with the Caribbean very seriously and pointed to the Memorandum of Understanding that Australia under his leadership as Prime Minister signed with CARICOM in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009, “Prior to that Australia’s engagement with CARICOM was on the thin side and subsequent to that it has expanded significantly, We are committed to an overall programme of engagement with the region in the vicinity of US$17 million to programmes which are being rolled out in such areas as climate change, economic resilience, training, employment, governance and scholarships in areas such as international relations and diplomacy,” said the Australian official. He said Australia did not anticipate the recent earthquake disaster in Haiti which has been phenomenal and “we have been a reasonable contributor to the recovery efforts in the region of US$26 million with an additional US$26 million from the Australian public. “The important thing is that our contribution to Haiti is not just a promised but every dollar is being delivered within the first 12 months and this has been recognised by the UN and the Special Commission that has been established headed by (Former US President) Bill Clinton and the Haitian Government for the delivery of foreign assistance,” said Mr. Rudd. Mr. Rudd’s first engagement with the Caribbean on the issue of climate change was during the period as the Prime Minister in Port of Spain, Trinidad when a lot of work was done on securing climate change finance for small island developing states in particularly the proposal for a US$30 billion fast start fund for such countries around the world which shaped the outcome at Copenhagen in 2009 and incorporated within the form of the United Nations machinery in Cancun, Mexico a few months ago. Australian funds have been invested in the Caribbean Climate Change Centre and the Natural Disaster Management Centre. Climate change is expected to be on the agenda when of the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference (CHOGM) in Pert, Australia this coming October. Rudd, who attended the COFCOR meeting, said Australia backed the plan, which would be part of a broad CHOGM agenda. Photo: (left to right) St. Kitts and Nevis’ Senior Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Carlise Richardson; St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Australia’s Foreign Minister, The Right Hon. Kevin Rudd and Australia’s Barbados-based High Commissioner to St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Phillip Kentwell. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) lobbying regional governments to attend the African Diaspora Summit next year. Her Excellency Mathu Joyini, who attended last week’s Caribbean Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting in St. Kitts, told the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (CUOPM), that South Africa looks forward to hosting a CARICOM Mission. “Of course CARICOM has been a partner with us from the very first Diaspora that was held in Jamaica and we are willing to renew the partnership to prepare for the next summit in 2012,” said Joyini, adding that the relationship with South Africa and CARICOM is a good one. “In fact we are looking at hosting a CARICOM Mission in South Africa and as we look forward, we would like to look at the relations between CARICOM and the African Union (AU) because we are here also representing the African Union. The Diaspora Conference will be hosted by the African Union in South Africa,” said Ambassador Joyini. The communiqu issued after the Meeting of Foreign Ministers said “COFCOR expressed appreciation for South Africa’s support in promoting the interest of CARICOM in fora in which the Community was not represented. They also received an update from the Special Envoy on preparations for the African Diaspora Summit to be held in South Africa in 2012.” Photo South Africa’s Special Envoy to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Her Excellency Mathu Joyini (left) greets St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas following the opening ceremony of the recent Ministers of Caribbean Ministers of Foreign Affairs in St. Kitts (Photo by Erasmus Williams)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 15 VIEW POINT VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS No Medicine Like No Medicine Like No Medicine Like No Medicine Like No Medicine Like Hope Hope Hope Hope Hope (Part 1) The socio-economic ills facing us today are slowly, but surely spreading their tentacles upon the psyche of nationals. Attitudes and behaviour are tell-tale signs which are making themselves manifest. He/ she has eyes to see and ears to hear, let them pay attention. Sociologists, criminologists, economists, pragmatists and others of similar training and profession whose wisdom on “Cause and effect” may prove helpful, such should be listened to. Despair must be resisted. As we stand at the crossroads, let us take fresh courage and new hope, my downcast readers. Man’s greatest curse is to give up striving and to lie down content in evil, no longer stung with hunger for better and purer things. It was O.S. Marden who wrote these words: “There is no medicine like hop, no incentive so great and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. It is said that many can live about forty days without food; about three days without water, about eight minutes without air. But few people can subsist without Hope. If it were not for hopes, the heart would break. Given that prevention is better than cure, I’ve been inspired to embark on a short series of articles on HOPE. Thanks for joining me.HOPELESSNESSGenerally speaking, the question is often asked: “How do I handle a situation when it seems hopeless?” whether the maladies include loss of jobs, high and rising cost of living, crime, lawlessness or violence and a yearning for a peaceful society, etc, the answer is the same “Hope thou in God” (Ps 42:11). Hopelessness is a symptom of final desperation. When one has exhausted every human effort; when every prayer has been uttered and there seems to be no more options available; hopelessness envelopes. I think we often perceive situations hopeless because we place our hope in circumstances and people instead of in the Lord. Why is it that we try to do things by ourselves leaving God out of the equation, until the situation seems beyond hope, then we turn to the Lord? My dear reader, do not wait until you have done something stupid then lament “If I had known” or when you are flat on your back and the only direction you can see is up, then cry out to God for strength, deliverance, sustenance and salvation. There may be some reading hopelessly as another member of the family destroys himself/herself and threatens to destroy the family too. You may be tempted to give up hope, but God’s truth remains the same. “God can turn your deficiency into efficiency by His sufficiency of grace. The Scripture says, “I can do everything through Christ who strengtheneth me” (Phil 4:13). Hopelessness is not a situation. It is an attitude toward a situation. Now is the time to realize that God is the source of our hope.WISHING AND HOPINGIt is essential to distinguish between hoping and wishing. They are not the same thing. Wishing is something all of us do. It projects what we want or think we need into the future. Just because we wish for something good or holy we think it qualifies as hope. It does not. Wishing extends our egos into the future; hope desires what God is going to do – and we don’t yet know what that is. Wishing grows out of our egos; hope grows out of faith. Hope is oriented toward what God is doing; wishing is oriented toward what we are doing. Wishing has to do with what we want in things, or people or even God; hope has to do with what God wants in us/me and the world of things and people beyond our tiny enclave. Furthermore, wishing is our will projected into the future, whilst hope is God’s will coming out of the future. Look at it this way, by way of illustration: wishing is a line that comes out of me with an arrow pointing into the future. Hope on the other hand is a line that comes out of God from the future, with an arrow pointing toward me/us.HOPE IS POWERFULWhen people say they have lost hope, what usually has happened is that they have given up wishing. Their wishes have turned out badly, they didn’t get what they wished for, or they got what they wished for and it was not what they wanted after all. Hope by contrast is never disappointing. Here is the broader picture. Hope affects the Christian life by making us expectant and alive. People with minimal hope live in drudgery and boredom because they think they know what is going to happen next. Usually, it is because they have made their assessment of God, the people around them and themselves, and they think they know what is coming. This is fundamental to Christianity. People who hope never know that is coming next. They expect it is going to be good because is good; even when disasters occur, people of hope look for how God will use evil for good. A person with hope is alive to God. Hope is truly powerful. It is also stimulating. It keeps us on tiptoe, looking for the unexpected. When all is said and done, it is better to HOPE than despair. Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness, of captivity, would without this comfort, be unsupportable. Solomon had this to say: “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12). I end with this line for Shakespeare: “The miserable have no other medicine, but only Hope.” You fearful reader, fresh courage take! The clouds we so much dread are big with mercy; and shall break in blessing on your head. Have faith in God; have faith always. May God help us all! Britain Open for Business London 11 May 2011: UK Business Secretary Vince Cable, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green have set out how they plan to make the UK one of the leading destinations for global investment. The Ministers officially launched the new UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Strategy and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Business Charter. These new plans demonstrate the Government’s commitment to supporting international business, supporting UK business overseas and attracting investors to the country. Some of the measures of interest to the international business community include: •Bringing more private sector expertise into the UK Government. •Supporting institutional investors to win new business for large scale projects in the UK. •Supporting a major international business programme during the Olympics. •Getting Ministers to develop closer relationships with major investors and exporters. •An ambition to attract a pipeline of up to 750 foreign direct investments every year. The FCO Charter will focus on using FCO resources to meet the needs of British business. It is part of the FCO’s work to drive lasting prosperity for the UK, setting out the specific contribution that the FCO will make to support business across the world. Embassies and High Commissions overseas will continue to champion the UK as an excellent place to invest and do business. The announcement follows from a raft of measures announced in the Budget including cutting corporation tax to 23 per cent by 2014, offering investors the lowest tax rate in the G7. The UK has also introduced new ‘Entrepreneur visas’ making it easier for idea-generators and job-creators to establish their businesses in Britain. This news comes at the time when the British Government has notified the Government of Barbados that it will be increasing Barbados’ status on offshore non-compliance by UK taxpayers from Category 3 to Category 2 status, with the presentation in due course of a revised UK Statutory Instrument. This follows the implementation of the Income Tax (Exchange of Information) Regulations 2011 by the Government of Barbados. Hadford Howell, Head of UKTI in Barbados, commented: “This is an exciting time for UKTI as we expand our help to Small and Medium Enterprises in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.” Speaking about the newly launched strategy, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “The UK has a great reputation as a place to do business and we want to do all we can to make sure foreign investors come here. “Today, we’re announcing practical help for UK companies to ensure they win business overseas. And we’re setting out how we will actively attract inward investment to the UK with ambitious plans to target sovereign wealth funds and expand the global entrepreneur programme.” Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “The Charter for Business is part of our commitment to inject a new commercialism into the Foreign Office, using our international influence to help British businesses secure new trade opportunities. “We will work tirelessly to champion UK business abroad and to help attract investment to the UK. “Businesses will be able to capitalise on the FCO’s in-depth local expertise to identify opportunities. Ministers will continue to build the strong bilateral political relationships needed to help business thrive, as well as working to influence trade policy internationally. “Together with the Trade and Investment strategy, the Charter marks an important step in delivering commercial diplomacy and sets out a clear vision for how the government will deliver growth and prosperity for the UK.” Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green said: “The strategy we have developed builds on our successes to date but this is not business as usual by any means. “As UKTI seeks to become more entrepreneurial, it will bring more private sector expertise into its relationship with exporters and inward investors and develop new partnerships with key businesses which support SMEs. “Our plans will ensure that UKTI is well equipped to face the demands of the future, listening to the concerns of businesses so that we have an economic climate that benefits us all.” UK trade and Investment fact file •Companies tell UKTI that its support to exporters has helped them generate £6 billion of profit for the UK economy. This additional profit has helped generate more than 126,000 jobs in the UK. •Last year, UKTI played a role in securing 759 investment projects, nearly half of the national total. These projects helped generate more than 40,000 jobs. •For every £1 spent, UKTI generates £22 for the UK economy. •In October 2010, UKTI was named as the best Trade Promotion Organisation in the Developed World. •Ninety per cent of UKTI’s customers are small and mediumsized businesses. •UKTI has a network that extends to almost 100 overseas markets, which generate 98% of world GDP. It also has a presence in the UK regions and online at Hadford Howell, Head of UKTI in Barbados


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 16 COMMENTARY BY EARL CLARKEDear Reader: Last Labour Day, 2010, I could not march because I was hospitalized. This year, I could not march, because I have an amputated left foot, but I drove inside the march in a jeep, driven by Sharrylle Richardson and I was wholly involved in the march, because it was a day set aside by Law, for the countries of the world to recognize the significant contribution made by workers in the progress and development of those countries. The only country in the world which did not recognize Labour Day in 1884, was the United States of America, which later came to recognize it when a group of workers took to the streets to celebrate a Labour day march. I believe that it was President Roosevelt (I am not very certain), who instituted it after that workers’ march and it was not celebrated with the internationally acknowledged 1st of May or the first Monday in May, but in September. Whatever month or day, as long as it is called Labour Day, it is a day set aside for the workers. Persons died and were imprisoned for that day to be given to workers, for the capitalists are not interested in the welfare and well being of the workers. Whether it is yesterday’s capitalism which reeked of slavery and dehumanization or present day capitalism which consists of plunder, exploitation, oppression and suppression it is still the same modus operandi. Nothing has changed whatsoever. No capitalist has ever got up and willingly given their workers a worthy wage or salary. The Union which represents workers have to fight tooth and nail, in order to extract a decent wage for their members. This increase in wages is begrudgingly given, but then, the cost of goods go up and the workers are worse off than before, because the employers’ motive is profit and they will get their profit in whatever way or means they can get it from. They don’t care about the living conditions of the workers. Yet, when a leader rises up and fight on behalf of the hapless workers, the corporate press, which is owned by the capitalists, trump up stories in the media, turning this leader of the workers into a demon. It is indecent to provide education good housing and proper medical attention for the workers, whose role in life, according to the capitalist philosophy, should be that of hewers of wood and drawers of water. In the Middle East and Northern Africa, Gaddaffi must go, because he provides the highest standard of living in the Middle East and North Africa for his people. Free education, free housing, free medical attention. When a young couple gets married, the state provides them with a stipend to start life. When a student wants to study abroad, the state provides him with the necessary finances. When a native is going into farming, the state provides the seeds and prepares the land for farming. There are more SUV’s in his country than the whole of Europe, but he is labelled a monster and must be overthrown just because he looks after his working class people. Compare Colonel Gaddaffi with the other leaders of the Middle East whose workers are oppressed and suppressed. They oppress and suppress them so that the capitalist can exploit and plunder their natural resources. Their workers are denied access to free education, good housing and proper medical attention. In Saudi Arabia there is no difference between the pockets of the rulers and the government’s Treasury, but that is alright in some quarters, because the workers are kept in their place and huge profits are realized. The corporate media will say or print nothing about this because they are playing the correct game. In Cuba, President Fidel Castro is a bad man, because he confiscated all the lands, including his family’s and gave it to the landless workers. He educated the 70% of illiterate workers, turning them into Doctors, Engineers, Technicians, Scientists, Farmers and you name it. The only country in the world where the working class has access from Kindergarten to University Education; The only country! But Fidel Castro is a bad man. He is a monster for providing his people – the workers of the country – with free education, free medical attention and proper housing. For doing this for his working class people, he should be assassinated; wiped out. Because he should have sided with the capitalist to plunder his country’s mineral resources, including the possession of large acreages of land which were not used, while the majority of persons were landless. In correcting these injustices, the corporate media has orchestrated him as a monster. Hugo Chavez of Venezuela came to power democratically. He saw the plight of the working class people who lived in huts under the hillsides, deprived of clean water, sanitary conditions, illiterate, exploited, oppressed, ostracized and killed by mudslides whenever there were heavy rains. He heard and he listened to their pleas and their cries for help and he acted on their behalf. He nationalized the natural resources of the country and used the revenues, not for his pockets, but to improve the standard of living for his working class people and he was slandered as a demon by those who were living in luxury, while the majority were living in misery. He launched a campaign to turn around the hands of the clock and he was overthrown. The working class people, who realized what he was doing for them and their children, overturned the coup and restored him to power to continue the good works that he began. The leaders of Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua are castigated as evil leders because they dare to challenge the capitalists and take up the cause of the down-trodden, oppressed and exploited working class people of their country. People of the working class whose children have never seen the door of a school, never mind to enter its portals, are now so. They are enjoying free education, free housing, and free medical attention, requisites which are essential to making working class people feel as though they are a part of the human race and should be living with dignity, respect and pride. They are human beings. Now, dear reader, there are over fifty million people, all working class who live in the richest country in the world. The President of this country was touched by the plight of these over 50 million persons who did not have access to good health care and he decided to correct this inhumane and undignified situation by passing a bill to give these fifty million working class people access to what the other 250 million people were enjoying. Do you know the end result of this bill? The two hundred and fifty million persons, who have access to proper health care commanded and demanded of their representatives in both houses to kill the bill. They, who could afford it, have access to good health care; too bad for those who don’t have it. We could live and if they don’t have it, too bad for them. Those who have access to good health care, dubbed their President to be a socialist for looking after the interests of those working class people who have great difficulties in accessing good medical attention. The rich must live; the poor working class must die. When we march on any Labour Day, we march to identify with those of our fellow workers whose countries are being bombarded daily, because their leaders are looking after the interests of the working class people. We march to show that we are an integral part of the progress and development of the countries of the world. (To be continued). Labour Day is a day for Workers FirstCaribbean Revolutionizes Mobile Banking Once More with Bill & Third Party Payments 5 May 2011, Basseterre, St Kitts. Just one year after FirstCaribbean International Bank revolutionized the regional financial sector with mobile banking, the Bank has made yet another decisive step ahead of the competition by expanding the functionality of its mobile banking product. For the first time anywhere in the Caribbean, mobile phones can be used to pay bills and transfer funds between third party beneficiaries, i.e. from one mobile banking customer to another. These mobile banking options are being offered exclusively through FirstCaribbean’s Mobile Banking Bill Pay and Third Party Payment services. In effect, customers at FirstCaribbean can meet utility, hire purchase and other monthly financial commitments, as well as transfer funds to other FirstCaribbean mobile banking customers, any time, any where, using any type of mobile phone. Customers can register an unlimited number of third party beneficiaries and billers to their mobile banking account, as long as they are listed on FirstCaribbean’s Internet Banking service. These new services are available with immediate effect, in addition to the original capabilities of mobile banking, including the ability to make balance inquiries, transfer funds between accounts and set alerts to inform users when their accounts have reached minimum or maximum cash balances. FirstCaribbean customers continue to enjoy mobile banking free of cost, with the only prerequisite being that they must be enrolled in the Bank’s Internet Banking service, which is also available without charge. Chief Administrative Officer, Mahes Wickramasinghe, in expressing his satisfaction with the new offer stated, “We are truly excited about these two new additional features to our Mobile Banking service. We believe that we have an excellent product that will help our customers save time by enabling them to “bank on the go”. Country Head, Mr G Peter Edmunds, also expressed confidence that their customers would appreciate these new mobile banking options and anticipated that the added value would lead to an increase in the adoption rates for the mobile banking product. “These new payment features will be a boon for our customers in St Kitts and Nevis. One of the key benefits of our Mobile Banking service is that you don’t need to have a smart phone to use it, as it is text message-based. We expect that a number of persons keen on this added convenience of banking on the go will gravitate to FirstCaribbean’s mobile banking as the leader in the market.” Apart from being convenient and easy to use, FirstCaribbean’s Mobile Banking service is safe with stringent security measures in place to protect their customers’ financial information and details from third parties. Text messages will only be sent to the mobile phone number that is registered with the bank by the customer, who must verify his/her identity at the time of registration. Moreover, account numbers are never sent to the mobile phone. FirstCaribbean’s Mobile Banking service is free, however, SMS charges will be the same as what any customer would pay their cellular service provider for text messages via long and/or short codes. For further information visit or contact 1-800-744-3243.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 17 NEWS Most senior Mothers on Nevis honoured NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MAY 09, 2011) — The most senior mother in each of the five parishes on Nevis received an advance Mothers Day token of appreciation on Friday through another programme initiated by the Gender Affairs Division in the Ministry of Social Development on Nevis. Mrs. Rebecca Drew aged 91 of Charlestown was honoured in St. Pauls while Mrs. Florine Brandy 91 a resident of Cotton Ground was honoured in the St. Thomas Parish. Mrs. Celina Ward 99 of Combermere was honoured from the St. James Parish, Ms. Celian Powell 99 of Zion was honoured in St. George and Mrs. Iris Pinney 94 of Cox Village was honoured in St. Johns Parish. The mothers and their care givers were each presented with a token by Health Advisor in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Mrs. Patsy Hanley who represented Social Development Minister Hon. Hensley Daniel who was at the moment attending to other government business overseas. She was accompanied by Gender Affairs Officer from the Department of Social Services Ms. Oslyn Kelly. In response the senior mothers were not short of words of appreciation and spoke of their individual experiences as mothers. Mrs. Drew said she had nine children and had become a grand and great grandmother. “I appreciate um. I feel ok to be a mother but I had to go out to toil for them for years. I so appreciate them. Lawd ah toil for dem children. Oh Father ah toil for them! I look after dem, ah look for dem ah toil and toil all day all night for dem. Sometime not a ting for dem to eat ah have to toil, toil, toil. I just do me little sewing and ting. Sometime ah cry all de time, all day ah cry weh me children dem gone,” she said adding that she was happy they had grown up and were now her caretakers. Mrs. Brandy said she had much to be thankful for and had cared for her 11 children with her late husband. Today they have become her caretakers and had made her a grand, great grand and great great grandma. “I must say thank the Lord for this morning for this is a privilege for me. My mom didn’t live to be my age none of her sisters or brothers never reach my age and I am thanking the Lord for that. If I live to see October, I will be 92. Oh dear Father thank you. My children, the Father gave me 11 of them and they are all alive thank God. I have a lot to thank God for. He is good but we have to put our trust in him. “It was challenging to raise them without a mum. My mom died when I was about 11 and I have never had a mother’s love as a teenager but I tried my best with the help of God and my [late] husband. To Mr. Parry and his Cabinet I say thank you, thank you, thank you. I appreciate this, this morning,” she said. Mrs. Celina Ward who mothered five children and is now a grand and great-grandmother, her recollections of motherhood were difficult back then. “I have five children three boys and two girls. It was terrible being a mother. It was terrible in the time you know. It is good in all you time now but in our time it was sweet potato and sprat but now all you have cheese and butter. I had a very hard time with my children, very hard time but praise God he bring me through,” she said. Mrs. Ward six months short of her 100th birthday also registered thanks for her gift and all who came to visit. “I thank you all for coming to visit me and I thank you all for whatever it is I thank you all. God has been so good to you all he put it in you all that all you could come to give me a word of encouragement and something. I give you all thanks. I thank all my children, all my grand children and all who come to give me a word of encouragement because all I want is joy, peace and love,” she said and ended with a hymn. Ms. Celian Powell who had two daughters said motherhood was mixed and offered both good and bad times. For her gift she blurted out “Praise the Lawd. Thank you very much. May God bless each and every one I pray for all of you,” she said. Mrs. Pinney had eight children and is also a grand and great and great great grandmother and gave thanks. “Thank you very much. I will bless the Lord at all times, his face shall be continually in my mouth thank God for coming may he bless guide and keep you all and all who are mothers I wish you all a blessed Mothers Day when it comes and hope you all live to see many more. God bless you all,” she said. At the end of the island wide visit Ms. Kelly explained the Division had targeted the most senior mother in each parish. “We checked through the area, spoke to persons who know the people in the area we spoke to the nurses in the health centers to help us to identify the most senior mothers. The names that were given we spoke to their care givers and we proceeded in asking their participation. In Charlestown the most senior mother was camera shy and we had to go the next in line. We were looking at mothers who were 90 and above. Not all the mothers want to be on television but these mothers who were willing we chose just one from the age range 90-99,” she said. Health Advisor on Nevis Mrs. Patsy Hanley presents a token to senior mother in Charlestown, St. Pauls Parish Mrs. Rebecca Drew Mrs. Florine Brandy a senior mother in Cotton Ground St. Thomas Parish receives a token from Health Advisor Mrs. Patsy Hanley in the presence of her family Mrs. Celina Ward of Combermere in St. James Parish perceives a token from Health Advisor Mrs. Patsy Hanley in the presence of her family Ms. Celian Powell of Zion in the Parish of St. George receives her token from Health Advisor Mrs. Patsy Hanley in the presence of her family Mrs. Iris Pinney also gets a hug while receiving her token from Health Advisor Mrs. Patsy Hanley. Her family was on hand to witness the occasion. Heartbeat 2011 Promises To Awaken The Spirit Of The Drum Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 06, 2011 (SKNIS): The plans being made for Heatbeat 2011 are revealing it to be a spectacular and riveting showcase of the drum accentuated by other instruments, vocals and poetry. Royd Phipps, Drumming Specialist at the Department of Culture, informed the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service that this year’s Heartbeat will centre on the United Nations (UN) theme of The International Year for People of African Descent. According to a UN statement, one of the objectives of proclaiming 2011 as such, is in order to “promote greater awareness of respect for the diverse heritage and culture of people of African descent.” Building on this thought, Mr. Phipps revealed that he came up with the concept of celebrating people of the mentioned descent by demonstrating the importance of the drum as a means of ceremony, communication and festivity. He stressed that the drum has always been a key element of music in terms of setting the rhythm as well as creating the tone and mood of a piece. As such, well known local singers are set to move the audience with renditions of negro spirituals and gospel melodies against the backdrop of the drums. The various music elements will be expertly drawn together by the creative expressions of one of the upcoming poets in the Federation, Stephen Smith aka L.O.V., who will host the proceedings. As customary, the venue will be transformed and murals will showcase historical figures of international, regional and local significance who have impacted the unique culture of the Federation. Performances are expected from drum corps of the various schools, the National Youth Drum Corp, the participants of the recent Female Drumming Workshop and the Okolo T egremantine Drummers. Traditional instruments which will be showcased include the kettle and bass. There will also be special presentations in dance. Mr. Phipps revealed that Heartbeat 2011 will take place in early June at the Wesley Methodist Boys School known as the Old Boys School. There is no admission fee.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 18 NEWS -Education for Advancement (St Kitts and Nevis) Winners for the 1st Graphics Design and Photography Competitions Education for Advancement (EFA) is pleased to announce that the winners of the first EFA (St Kitts and Nevis) Graphics Design and Photography Competitions are Shashi Wigley and Daryl Charles respectively. The names of the winners were announced at FND on Monday, 9th May 2011. Participants of the competition along with various media houses were present when the announcements were made by EFA’s local representative Ms Leah Sahely. Also present was Mr John Evans, President of EFA. Shashi Wigley won the graphics design competition. According to Shashi, “The illustration for the winning design represents Sir Robert L. Bradshaw, the father of our nation. The flag merging from his face, depicts the result of his contribution to the Federation. Mr. Bradshaw fought for the working class. He Aspired them to be free from the plantocracy and motivated them to own their lands. And so, because of his leadership role in the free movement, we as one of the smallest islands under the British system have now Achieved Independence”. Daryl Charles won the photography competition. He indicated that the winning photo indicated that “The young child, is my cousin, and was taken at the dinner table of his house. He’s basically depicting the desire to become a respected businessman. In the photo, he is on the phone jotting notes from a client”. EFA’s local representative, Ms Leah Sahely, indicated that she was very pleased and proud of the quality of entries received. “Participants were both from St Kitts and Nevis and I was very impressed with the quality of entries received. We have talent in the Federation and I do encourage all participants to consider applying for the programmes in photography and graphics designs offered via distance learning by UK’s Interactive Design Institute (IDI). Taking these programmes will prepare these gifted individuals to compete in a career field where formal qualifications are often as important as raw talent”. Eight (8) graphics designs and ten (10) photographs were submitted. Both local and international judges (from IDI) selected Shashi and Daryl’s designs as the winners in their categories. Both winners choose the $500US cash prize. Winners had the option to choose $500US in cash or $1000US discount towards programmes at the Interactive Design Institute. In addition to these prizes, Mr John Evans offered all participants of the competition a $250US scholarship LOCAL PHARMACIST EARNS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 05, 2011: Ivor Carr, a national of St. Kitts and Nevis, has been recognized for his hard work and commitment during studies abroad, receiving an award from the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) for Outstanding Performance in Clinical Clerkship/ Externship. Photo: Pharmacist Ivor Carr receives the award for Outstanding Performance in Clinical Clerkship/Externship. Photo courtesy Ivor Carr. The award was earned during the final six month practical segment of his four-year study in the successful pursuit of a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree. The components of the practical were divided between clinical, community and hospital pharmacy. “It came as a total surprise. I wasn’t really expecting this because I’m the type of person that just does what I have to do,” Mr. Carr said, noting that he wasn’t aware such an award existed. “I entered the field of Pharmacy because I enjoy it and getting an award did create some excitement.” His parents, Hudson and Isabelle Pompey-Carr are reportedly quite proud. Mrs. Carr particularly as she herself was recognized by the Caribbean Association of Pharmacist in 2007 with an award for Community Pharmacist of the Year. She now welcomes her son’s expertise at her side in business. “Essentially I just want persons to realize that we are very passionate about what we do at Pharmcarre Pharmacy,” Mr. Carr stressed, adding that his mother is also a Certified Registered Pharmacist. “At Pharmcarre the pricing is competitive, but the thing that most sets us apart from other pharmacies is the professional counseling we offer to our ‘patients’” – the term he uses to describe clients. The professional staff, quality service and personal touch have made a difference with the public and the awards are a testament to the commitment the Carrs give to their profession. Ivor explained that he was honored to further the reputation of students and professionals from St. Kitts and Nevis who are renowned for excellence in various endeavours in the international arena. The distinction is also being translated to the home front. “We are trying to change the status quo of a pharmacist who is just someone who can read a prescription. The pharmacist is an integral part of a healthcare team and we aim to bridge that gap and fulfill the definition of a traditional pharmacist,” Mr. Carr concluded. The young man will look to continue his training as he has already been accepted at UTech to pursue a PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) in the same field. if they decide to enroll in any of the IDI programmes in the future. All submissions can be found on the EFA St Kitts and Nevis’s facebook page at http:// Education-for-Advancement-StKitts-and-Nevis/137771684387 U.S. Embassy to Hold Facebook Chat on Scholarships Bridgetown, Barbados Wednesday, May 11, 2011 – People looking to further their education and looking for the funds to do it can get assistance and advice during a Facebook chat on scholarships hosted by the United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. With the deadlines for several prestigious and valuable scholarships approaching in the summer, the Embassy will hold a live chat event on the discussion board of its Facebook page ( USEmbassyBarbados) between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. An officer of the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy office, which administers the scholarships, will participate and answer questions about available scholarships including those for mid-career professionals, educators and for local colleges to bring in U.S. scholars and experts. Public Affairs Officer Rebecca Ross said of the initiative: “We see this live chat event as a way to let more people know about the many scholarship opportunities which the Embassy offers and a way of directly encouraging more people to apply.” People wishing to participate must be signed up as fans of the Embassy’s Facebook page ( USEmbassyBarbados). The discussion will be opened from 12:00 noon on Monday so people can post their questions in advance. The media is welcome to cover and participate in this online event. Mandarin Classes Community NoticePersons interested in learning Mandarin Chinese are encouraged to sign up for an exciting course to be held at the National ICT Center from May 17 to June 16, 2011. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Participants will experience Taiwanese culture, and learn the (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 19 NEWS art of pictographic character, the origin of the language and the basics of communicating in Mandarin Chinese. Registration forms are available at the National ICT Center at the C.A. Paul Southwell Industrial Site. There is a registration fee of $20.00. Space is limited. Call 465-0610 or 8582 for additional information. (cont’d from last page) Irish Town Primary School Receives assistance At a ceremony early in the morning of May 10, 2011, Rotary member and (PCV) Peace Corps Volunteer Tom Wieland, turned over to Irish Town Primary School’s Head Teacher Elvis Charles and Ministry of Education Officer, Mrs. Urlene Bloice-Roberts, two thousand five hundred packets of copy paper delivered via Tropical Shipping. The twenty-five cartons, or 125,000 sheets of paper are donation by the Rotary Club of Salisbury, Maryland. The donation was the result of one of their member, PCV Wieland joining the Peace Corps last year and notifying them of a need by schools in St. Kitts. Mr. Charles explained the need for paper to his school, specifically relating to the fact that Irish Town Primary School became a UNICEF peaceful school in 2010. This UNICEF recognition was attained after an effort to reduce corporal punishment in this school which draws students from a seemingly economically depressed portion of Basseterre. This ‘reduce corporal punishment program’ began at a time when the school was one of a very few schools in the entire Caribbean with a UNICEF established non-violent standard of behavior. As a result of the program, brochures, academic contracts, behaviour contracts and pamphlets were produced, which were passed out to students, parents, teachers and the entire community explaining the program. Over time the supply of literature had run out and there was not enough money to continue the program. Mr. Charles said that the effort was reduced to listing the rules on a chalkboard outside of his office Education Officer, Mrs. Urlene Bloice-Roberts and Peace Corps Volunteer Tom Wieland (see picture). New students and parents had difficulty understanding the rules and expectations. Additionally, it was very difficult for teachers to produce class support literature and tests given the lack of paper and electronics. PCV Wieland had repaired and setup a small computer lab which students could use to further their studies and break time enjoyment. When he requested papers to produce supporting material for the effort, he learnt that paper was very limited and sometimes not even available. A lot of paper is used for the school work and After School Programmes. Mr. Wieland then contacted his Rotary members back in Maryland, explained the situation and they quickly responded with the offer of paper. The club was more than happy to assist in this effort and shortly more paper will be delivered to the school. It should be noted that this Rotary Club has an extensive history of international as well as local assistance to educational efforts. Both Mrs. Roberts and Mr. Charles have expressed great appreciation and thanks for the donation. Even the children participated in the ceremony and were happy with the generous donation. We will see how happy they are when they find out that there may be more tests as a result of the donation. Regional security tops agenda of Commander of US Southern Command visit to St. Kitts He also served as the Director of the Chief of Staff’s Air Force Operations Group from 1996 to 1997, as the Executive Assistant to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command from 1999 to 2000, and was the Director of Air and Space Operations for Air Force Space Command from 2003 to 2005. General Fraser’s operational flying assignments include Bitburg Air Base, Germany; Luke Air Force Base, Arizona; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; Kadena Air Base, Japan; Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; and Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. He is a command pilot with more than 2,800 flying hours, primarily in the F-15A/B/C/ D, the F-15E and the F-16. General Fraser graduated from BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 11TH 2011 (CUOPM) – Transnational crime, illicit trafficking and regional security issues were the main areas of discussion when General Douglas Fraser, Commander of the United States Southern Command, visited St. Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday as part of a four-nation familiarization visit to the Caribbean. General Fraser met with top political and national security officials, including St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon. Sam Condor, and Chief of Staff of the St. KittsNevis Defence Force, Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Wallace. General Fraser discussed bilateral and regional security cooperation to address transnational crime and illicit trafficking, particularly through such partnerships as the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, Tradewinds and Secure Seas. The United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is a joint command comprised of more than 1,200 military and civilian personnel representing the Army, Navy Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and several other federal agencies. It is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations, and security cooperation for Central and South America, the Caribbean, Cuba; as well as for the force protection of U.S. military resources at these locations. SOUTHCOM is also responsible for ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal and canal area. General Douglas Fraser comes to U.S. Southern Command from U.S. Pacific Command, where he served as the Deputy Commander from 2008 to 2009. He is a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a native of Colorado. He spent three years of high school in Bogota, Colombia, graduating from Colegio Nueva Granada in 1971. General Fraser has commanded operational units across the U.S. Air Force, including the 12th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, and the 366th Operations Group at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho and the 3rd Wing at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska from 2000 to 2002. Following his time at the 3rd Wing, he commanded the Space Warfare Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado and four distinct commands while serving his second time in Alaska, including Alaskan Command, the Alaskan North American Defense Region, Joint Task Force Alaska, and Eleventh Air Force at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. General Fraser’s staff assignments include Aide to the 12th Air Force Commander, action officer for Air Force’s Directorate of Programs and Resources, the Air Force Chief of Staff’s Action Group, and analysis assistant in the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Requirements. the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He earned a Masters Degree in Political Science from Auburn University in 1987. He is also a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, National War College, and General Douglas Fraser, Commander of the United States Southern Command (Photo courtesy of the US Embassy in Barbados) the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course. His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Legion of Merit.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 20 NEWS -EXIM Bank refutes newspaper allegations on geothermal project financing, says Nevis Utilities Minister NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MAY 07, 2011) — Energy and Utilities Minister in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Carlisle Powell described an article in a local newspaper which claimed that the US Export-Import Bank bad dumped” the Geothermal project on Nevis as malicious, deliberately wilful, politically motivated and misleading and said those allegations were refuted by the Bank. The Minister addressed the matter when he spoke to the Department of Information late Friday from Puerto Rico where he was at the time attending a conference on matters related to geothermal development. “This article is malicious deliberately wilful, politically motivated and misleading and is another attempt by the publisher Mr, Kenneth Williams to tarnish the reputation of Nevis Island Administration and the major strides it has made with regard to the development of our geothermal resource here on Nevis,” he said. The Minister explained that the Export Import Bank of America had been advised of the article and they had since refuted all references made to the financial institution, citing that they had neither dumped nor disapproved of the application for financing of the geothermal project but in fact was still under consideration. “Mr. John Schuster Vice President of Project Finance stated that the article was incorrect and had informed the paper via telephone and in writing and that they had contacted media parties on Nevis to refute the story. He said he was greatly upset by the matter and was hopeful that corrective measures they had taken would address the situation and set the record straight,” Mr. Powell said. The misleading article came on the heels of a recent Parliamentary Sitting of the Nevis Island Assembly when Premier of Nevis Hon. Joseph Parry passed a resolution which would guarantee a US$63million dollar loan to geothermal developers West Indies Power. The loan would facilitate WIP’s construction of a power plant at Spring Hill and the Nevis Electricity Company’s (NEVLEC) cable network that would deliver the geothermal energy from the plant at Spring Hill to the Power Plant at Prospect. Energy and Utilities Minister in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Carlisle Powell (file photo) Maximum Security is giving back to the community BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (May 9, 2011) — Maxwell Bass, the owner and manager of Maximum Security, is giving back to the community as part of his company’s philosophy to help those in need. And so this last Mother’s Day, the employees of Maximum Security went on a giving spree throughout the various local communities in St. Kitts. According to Bass, the officers were asked to select the most senior person in their community for a food or gift basket and on Mother’s Day presentations were made to the elderly persons. “The initiative is part of an annual community outreach programme started by Private Officers International (POI) out of the United States. As a lifelong member of POI, I felt obligated to demonstrate the same level commitment here in St. Kitts. The Officers of Maximum Security feel very good to a part of something positive,” said Bass. Bass also differentiated his company from other private security firms on the island. “Maximum Security is different to others in terms of our level of professionalism and expertise. We are different in the way we approach business from our uniform appearance to our delivery of services. We ensure that our officers have proper training and is knowledgeable about security matters,” added Bass. When asked what motivated him to venture into the private security business, Bass indicated that he always wanted to lift the standard of security in St. Kitts and Nevis and when he left the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) there was a need for a private security firm to manage security at the Cruise Ship terminal. Bass said that he is encouraged by the growth and development of the company and that his clients are very pleased with the quality of service his company provides. “Presently there is a bidding war out there for security jobs but Maximum Security is well placed because of our high level of professionalism and quality service. We are not in the business of providing watchmen. We are long past that stage. Our Mission Statement clearly states our purpose which is to “enhance professionalism in the private security industry through the establishment of standards,” said Bass. Mr. Bass has extensive experience in security having served as Security Manager at SCASPA for 15 years. He has received certificates of training from many reputable international organizations including International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) and International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO). He was praised for his excellent teaching techniques and experience in Maritime Security and Customs and Law Enforcement. He is an expert in the subject matter of ISPS and has attended training courses in Panama and the sub-region. The office of Maximum Security is located at Stapleton Housing Project, St. Peters and can be contacted at telephone numbers (869) 662-6972; (869) 7632651; and email: Pix captions: Some of awarding mothers in the different communities The Labour Spokesman


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 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 management is inevitable but not apparently accessible. The changing ethos of the global society is definitely influencing global sporting business and sporting developments. There is a an apparent dismantling of seemingly fossilized governance structures; the persistent demand for self-determination by many erstwhile controlled societies; relentless struggle against oppressive public policies that erode household disposable income and pauperize the masses; the apparent call for conciliation and mediation amidst the contradictory struggles against migrants, aliens and foreigners; a discernable preference for diplomacy, guile and soft skills over dominance, hostility and brutal force. The just concluded ICC 2011 CWC confirmed the making of a new Era in international cricket – one dominated by national teams that have mastered the art and craft of spinner bowling and swing bowling. The national team with the greatest depth in batsmanship rules the international industry. Likewise a new Era is emerging in the sport of basketball – one of the highly professionalized industries in global sport business. One notable characteristic of the production process is the critical important role of the soft skills or soft infrastructure in enabling the growth and transformation of commercial sport. Where administration and management is skilled, knowledgeable and winsome, product development and consequently team performance is enhanced and success is assured. Where sentiment and relationship breed distrust, the result is discord, lack of motivation, disloyalty and low performance. For example, India has learned that lessons and is currently at the top its cricketing game; In basketball, the Miami Heats having learned that lesson is beginning to peak; the Los Angeles Lakers have just suffered a massive embarrassment (being swept in the semi-final stage of the western playoffs) because they lost the tie that binds; the Memphis Grizzles proved that weakness and inexperience is not an impediment when the soft skills are the driver in a team sport. In the Caribbean, the West Indies Cricket administration is engineering the changing of the cricketing guard in away that is destroying the very foundation which is required to build upon – that is the foundation of trust, solidarity, team-work, inclusiveness and tact. For too long we don’t seem to understand that management is factor of production. Whether in the filed of sport business, public finance or social relationship, Caribbean managers tend to behave in a manner that fail to reinforce the greater good or the big picture. Take for instance; what is a rather negative approach to building the long-awaiting wining West Indies Cricket Team. In letter of 10 May 2011, the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) called for the removal of one of the most influential member of the board of the West Indies Crciket Board (WICB), Sir Hillary Beckcles, Principal of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus and architect of the WICB High Performance Center. WIPA specifically refers to an excerpt from a public statement made by Beckles on the subject,“Frank Worrell: The Rise and Fall of West Indies Cricket”: “Frank Worrell is the Father of the Nation, Sobers is the King of Cricket, Clive Lloyd is the Statesman, Richards is the General of the Army, Brian Lara is the Prince, and Chris Gayle is the Don. And these are very interesting images indeed because the movement from the father to the Don and, and those who follow him and his cohort in the team do relate to him as their Don, and he has brought it is said, the Don-manship into how ‘tings’ operate in the team, and what the West Indies Board is trying to do at the moment is to uproot this Don-manship out of the culture in much the same way that the Jamaican people are trying to uproot Dudus from their politics…this West Indies Under-19 team is some interesting collection of very smart and bright young men and there is a different quality of personality at the moment. They do not wish to be like Chris Gayle, they do not wish to be like am, ah, Marlon Samuels…..” The West Indies Players Association has written to the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) condemning remarks made by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Director and Principal of the UWI’s Cave Hill Campus, Sir Hilary Beckles, in which he unfairly compares former West Indies Captain, Christopher Gayle to Christopher “Dudus” Coke. WIPA has asked for an investigation by the UWI since Beckles holds a most senior position at that institution and is involved with several cricketrelated activities within the UWI including considerable responsibility for the HighPerformance Centre and the Combined Campuses and Colleges Cricket team. Whether the high-positioned intellectual meant to convey the underlying message that many are reading, it was rather unfortunate that emotion took so much control that rational thought did not dominate. One thing is sure (irrespective of how educated or uneducated the reader is), one cannot associate the behaviour, relationship, role and posture of the former West Indies Captain Christopher Gayle (of Jamaica) to that of the gangster, “bad-man”, gun-runner and drug trafficker of Jamaica. This ought to have never escaped the mouth! It is these petty interest that destroys Caribbean unity, integration and growth and transformation! No culture; no clang; no grouping; no company; no party; no people attempts to build a future by destroying the present and undermining the past! History would prove such attempts as futile – as they have proven unsustainable. A people will be what they will be as they build on the past (not as they glorify the past in opposition to the future) and use intelligently the present. The Caribbean cannot forge a functional future if its leaders, opinion-setters and policy makers attempt to destroy the symbols and sign posts of the past and present. Perhaps this is why we seems to be going round and round in the Caribbean – pursuing an apparent vicious circle of poverty – poverty of ideas; poverty of resources; poverty of trust. What is the story? On the eve of doing battle with Pakistan in Guyana, West Indies is in turmoil again. Aided and abetted by poor management style of the WICB, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard turned down board contracts, preferring to remain unshackled to pursue lucrative assignments. And ever since West Indies were eliminated from the World Cup, by Pakistan, there’s been a slanging match between the WICB on one side, and the WIPA and several players on the other, over how cricket is run in the region and how cricketers are treated by administrators. The upshot of the series of events is that West Indies will play the Test series against Pakistan without Gayle and Bravo, two players who would have walked into the starting XIs. Also missing is fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who’s playing in the IPL. West Indies have won only three series since Sri Lanka visited in 2003. Two of those were against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Their only success against a top side was the 1-0 result against England in 2009, a victory that was due to a searing spell from the now-absent Taylor. There are different approaches to change management. Is the WICB’s peculiar strategy to develop a winning team by 2015 a winning strategy? Does the behaviour of one of the most esteem directors suggest that the WICB is capable of managing change and developing a wining West Indies Cricket Team in this challenging period of global sport?What do you think? Managing Change Nevis Choice FM, Radio One, Freedom FM, ZIZ, KYSS FM and ZIZ. The opposition members participated in the debate on The Criminal Law Amendment (Amendment) Bill, 2011 on Thursday April 28th, but were absent for the debate on The Small Charges (Amendment) Bill, 2011; The Island Enhancement Fund (Amendment) Bill 2011 and The Saint Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2011 on Tuesday May 3rd 2011. PM critical of Opposition’s......(cont’d from page 3)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 22 SPORTS May Table Tennis Madness: Titan Lee deposed local Table Tennis Hero Calvin Lake By SKNTTA Technical and Development CommitteeTitan Lee, an ICT Technician with the Taiwanese Mission deposed local Table Tennis coach Calvin Lake in the Finals of the 2nd SKNTTA Grand Prix event held at St Peters Community Centre on Friday 6th May 2011. Lee beat Calvin 3-1 (scoring 11-5, 11-7, 2-11, 11-5) where his balanced style of play and timely attack on the return balls were the major factor in his success. In the third game Calvin’s show of strength earned him the set winning it 11-2, with some effective third ball attacks. The semi-finals provided a sneak preview of what was to come, Lee played Angelisa Freeman winning the match 2-1 (11-6, 7-11, 11-5) whereas another local coach Miclos Swift, lost to Calvin 2-nil (6-11, 6-11) in the other matchup. In both games the semi-finalists displayed signs of confidence and mental strength in their attack, penetrating the defensive walls of their opponents pushing the ball around until the time arose to attack. For the three table tennis events held within the past month, the standard of play has improved with some attractive display of table tennis skill by the participants. In the group stage, 12 athletes participated in two round robin groups. A key matchup during the group stage was the battle of the siblings, Andre Freeman coming up against his sister Angelisa Freeman, two trainees in the national table tennis camp. Andre lost the match 2-1 to Angelisa (11-8, 8-11, 7-11), while securing the first game which was contested on each point, Angelisa showed the mental fortitude through an effective style of play with push and defensive return which lengthen the rallies and forced Andre into making errors. The SKNTTA will be hosting two more Grand Prix events for the Month of May: 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 The public and table tennis enthusiasts are encouraged to come out and participate and support the initiative. Count down to the Final Four The Final Four of the 2010-2011 Premier division is fast approaching. The third round of the Premier Division is in full swing and the top two spots are all but secured. S L Horsford St Pauls have been the leading teams for the first two rounds and are at the top of the table with 46 points. Close behind is the Delphic Newtown who struggled in the second round but still maintained their overall points and are in second with 44 points. The two remaining spot are still open as the point standing are very close and anything can happen. Conaree are at 36 points with Rams Village Superstars at 30 points, St Thomas Trinity Strikers with 29 points, St Peters with 27 points, and UDC Garden Hotspurs with 26 points. With almost all the teams having played 21 games each, with the exception of St Pauls and Conaree who have played 20 games so far, every game is a must win for all of the team. Mathematically the third and fourth spots are still open. There are three games to be played for most teams with a possible maximum 9 points. St Pauls and Conaree have four games to be played with a maximum of 12 points. The Division I will also be ending and the top teams for that division is Cayon FC and SPD United in the top two spots. Cayon has not lost a match for the entire season and are poised at the top with 45 points SPD United is close behind with 41 points. The other contenders for the division playoffs are St Peters Jrs. with 27 points, Davis Construction Lodge Patriots with 25 points and Trafalgar Southstars, Newton Ground FC, and Conaree Fireballs Int’l all with 24 points. The Final Four for both division are gearing up to be full of exciting football as Cayon are once again in the position to be promoted to the Premier but have to continue on their winning streak throughout the playoffs. S L Horsford St Pauls is at the top of the table in the Premier Division, but Delphic Newtown United will definitely be defending their championship. The Final Four will begin on 5th June 2011, with the top teams vying for football supremacy and be crowned the 2010/2011 champions. Schedule of events for World Athletics Day 2011 which would be celebrated at the Silver Jubilee S tadium, Sunday 15 th May 201 1 at 2:00pm. There will be a $5.00 admission fee solely to defray the cost for team St. Kitts to compete at the Leward Island Youth Championship held in Anguilla May 21st – 22nd Advertise With Us 2011. Also attached is the official poster along some literature extracted from the IAAF website ( www .iaaf.or g) pertaining to the day and its activities. Please note that five trees will be planted by our youths at different locations at the stadium in keeping with the recommendations by the IAAF Sustainable Development Commission, through the IAAF Green Project. As outlined by the said international sporting body, this specific activity is geared towards the protection of the environment. I urge you to use the planting exercise as an opportunity to highlight our youths engaging in a meaningful activity.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2011 23 By: Vigilante COMMENTARY By: Sotto Voce Even before the votes were counted at our last poll in January 2010, the major focus of the PAM, the traitor and, latterly, the CCM, has been Prime Minister Douglas. Since that poll, when over 90% of the registered voters in Constituency #6 voted for him, there has been no let-up. His detractors have pursued every angle, every device and used every strategy imaginable to discredit him and, ultimately, the Labour Party. They have a problem with how he talks. They have a problem with his personal possessions and property. These are really nothing new, because they have problems with all things St. Pauls from the time of Comrade Bradshaw. They say he too damn boasting for a St. Pauls man what St. Pauls do them really? I have heard it said that Dr. Douglas, just like Comrade Bradshaw, when he led our Party, has that unity influence over all the Branches of our Labour Movement. Our detractors feel they can adversely affect the popularity of our Party if Dougie is not in charge. So they campaign daily on their radio programmes for his personal fall from grace. Their latest concoction is that Dr. Douglas has become increasingly unpopular and that this unpopularity is growing daily. The CCM’s newest candidate, Dis-N-Dat, and their Observer newspaper have been suggesting it. What measurements they used have not been stated. But allowing themselves to be hoodwinked by the PAM callers on their FM’s “Voices” and “Inside the News” are foolish yardsticks to base their judgement on. Worse yet, to listen to anything coming from the PAM crew like Webster, Mr. Politics or Mother Bess; or even the famous traitor and his agents. Bad-mouthing our Labour Day march cannot help either. I have marched on Labour Day from Comrade Bradshaw’s time, and they were not always huge. It is always at its most massive just before a General Election, no one judged Comrade Bradshaw’s, Comrade Southwell’s or Comrade Moore’s popularity based on the relative size of a Labour Day March. The annual march goes on while Labour exists. What our detractors say is really of no consequence. PAM is yet to organize a credible march in its more than 4 decades of existence. And everyone truthfully knows that the traitor march had a bust. Well after putting up with several months of abuse from the traitor, Dougie asked the public to take a little peek through his glass-windows. We always hear that man who lives in glass-house should not throw stones. Now Dougie start to sing the first song on his C.D., the traitor done ah bawl about lawsuit and lawyer. All the while they throwing the poison darts at Dougie, that was okay to them, he did not complain, he give them all the rope they need to hang themselves. All the so-called “non-political” abuse they heap up on Dougie in their newspaper articles, at their “rescue” meetings, and over their FM’s Sesame Street news day in and day out was sweet to them. They say when a horse running by itself it looks fast. Some people’s mouth run faster than their brain, so they lose their commonsense and reasoning along the way. And all the PAM callers over their FM made him out to be such a hero. He had all the wonderful ideas and plans that the rest of the Cabinet rejected, or sorry, that Dougie rejected. Only his ideas were great. All the rest are idiots who allow themselves to be dominated by this tyrant. So he himself was an idiot for 3 consecutive terms until Ask Washie and Massa show him sense to switch number-plates from Labour to PAM. What a man? Well he attacks Dougie so much until people start to examine his credentials too. But even though he likes to bang his mouth on people, he cannot handle what comes back. But it’s only fair. You must give and take. I am anxiously waiting to hear what his two angels and saints, Saint Massa and Saint Ask Washie, have to say on the revelations Dougie touch him up with. Every day bucket go ah well, but one day the bottom going drop out. Well, the Labour Party’s Annual Conference comes up on Sunday. The traitor will learn of decisions taken by its delegates like most people will – when the Secretariat releases them after it is over. He and his agents will most likely feature prominently at the next PAM convention. That is his chance to select his leaders. He ain’t got a thing to do with Labour. He done hawk up Labour, look how long. All he doing now, not making any impression on anybody at all. The Labour Party is providing the leadership, maturity and commitment needed in challenging times like these. You cannot shirk responsibility and shy away from taking hard decisions, even in the face of puerile and ridiculous criticism from opposition elements. These elements underestimate the capacity of our people to know that ties are hard everywhere. That oil prices are rising, and this could have an adverse effect on the prices of food and other basic necessities. So cursing the Labour Government for rising prices is foolish. We do not produce oil here. So whoever is in charge would have the same challenges. So creativity, sensitivity and good business sense is necessary in these times by those in authority and by all of us. Not foolish and stupid way-way talking and criticism. Our government deserves commendation for performing its role fairly in all the circumstances. And contrary to the propaganda of the traitor, we operate as a team. We win as a team, and we work as a team. His effort to try to break up our team served only to make us stronger. So we move on united, strengthened and committed. I wish the Conference well, forward on my Comrades! The Bucket Bottom Ah Drop Out used the social network “to bring disaffection and deliberate misleading information pertaining on me and statements that I had made from a debate that started in the Parliament and was taken over on the political platform.” “The Parliament must not be used to abuse anyone or to abuse any privilege nor must any Chat List be used to abuse anyone under the anonymity that one does not know who is in fact sending that information,” said Prime Minister Douglas, pointing out that in the case under discussion he Mr. Terry Adams had identified himself as the sender of the false and malicious statement. “It is important for one to remember that what one does not want to take, one must not give to anybody else,” said Dr. Douglas.Parliament and Social Networks must not be abused(cont’d from page 2) 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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