Year 53 NO. 51FRIDAY, MAY 20th, 2011 EC$2.00At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gal 14/05/11 DELTA $17.20 / SOL $15.33 / TEXACO $15.37BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. PAGE 23 COMMENTARY BY THE THINKING CITIZEN* VIEW POINT EARL CLARKE SOTTOVOCE* SPORTS PETER ADREIN PAGE 03 PAGE 22St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party delegates vote overwhelmingly to expel Dwyer Astaphan BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 15TH 2011 (CUOPM) The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party voted overwhelmingly Sunday afternoon to expel former Labour Party Minister of National Security and Tourism, Justice and Legal Affairs, Mr. Dwyer Astaphan from the political organisation. A resolution presented to the party at the 79th Annual Conference noted that the former political candidate for the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and former Minister in the Labour Party Administration, Dwyer Astaphan, since January 2009 has been holding the policies of the Labour Party Government under constant political (Story contd on page 3) Labour Party Conference attracts record number of Party Supporters A record number of supporters and well-wishers of the governing St. Kits-Nevis Labour Party turned out last Sunday, May 15th, to participate in the 79th Annual National Conference of the Party, which was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriot Resort in Frigate Bay, East Basseterre, and was a resounding success.The Conference which was convened under the theme Planting Seeds Today For Tomorrows Harvest, attracted well over 600 cardcarrying Labour supporters, drawn from the eight (8) Constituencies in St. Kitts the vast majority of whom stayed on after the Opening Session and the Lunch Break to take an active part in the Private Session; and to witness the successful conclusion of the days proceedings which went until late in the evening. Prominent among the massive turn out of Conference Delegates were hundreds of loyal and vocal stalwarts of the Party, decked in their fire red outfits, synonymous with the colour of the 79-year-old champion organization of the working class people of this country. Prime Minister and National Party Leader, Dr. the Hon. Denzil Douglas, who described the Conference as a highly successful event, said the turnout was phenomenal and the energy was high. There was openness, lively discussion and debate, and everyone without regard to age, or class, or view, was free to express themselves fully and completely. In other words, it was a typical Labour Session in that there was a thorough and democratic airing of everyones views as there always has been in our political party and our Conference ended only when everyone was satisfied that they had been heard. This is the same type of openness that the Labour Party brought to the area of governance in the Federation, said Prime Minister Douglas, who was re-elected, unopposed for the 23rd consecutive year as NationalPhoto: Standing: Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty; Mrs. Joan Phillip; Ms. Thamesha Fyfield; Dr. Norgen Wilson and Mr. George Dixon. Seated: Ms. Ghislyn Williams; Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Mrs. Diana WilliamsHumphreys; Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris and Mrs. Hazel Ross-Robinson. (Photo by Erasmus Williams)Leader of this great Party. He said during his weekly radio programme Ask the Prime Minister on Tuesday, May 17th, that At the end of the day, after having reviewed all of the issues that all of our Branches had brought to Conference, we ended energized by the dynamism and (contd on page 23) PM Douglas says St. Kitts and Nevis seeing signs of economic recovery BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 16TH 2011 (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says there are signs of economic recovery in the twin-island Federation. Addressing over 600 delegates, officials, representatives of the diplomatic corps and invited guests at the 79th Annual Conference of his governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party on Sunday, the National Labour Party Leader and Prime Minister said the past few years have been very challenging. He noted however his Government is already seeing signs that decisive policy actions will bring substantial long-term benefits for the Federation. We have had to use all our (contd on page 19) St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Leader and Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas(Photo by Willets Photo).Jennifer Nero appointed first female WICB Director Labour honours eight Mothers of the Year
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 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: email@example.com Website: www.labourspokesman.com Editorial LABOUR: Truly an unstoppable force Last Sundays National Conference of the ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party was indeed a resounding success. It was so successful and so well attended by loyal party supporters, that it should leave no doubt whatsoever in the minds of the opposition and their prophets of gloom and doom that LBOUR, under the sterling and visionary leadership of our beloved Prime Minister and National Leader, Dr the Hon. Denzil Douglas, is truly an unstoppable force in this country. As indicated by our lead story for today, it was attended by well over 600 party stalwarts who came out to defend their party, which has been under relentless attack from the desperate gang of rejected opposition politicians in PAM, who have been using a former Labour Minister to lead the assault, aimed specifically at getting rid of the lawfully elected government of Prime Minister Douglas to put back PAM in power whom Comrade Bradshaw rightfully labelled as the errand boys of the planter class and big business in this country; and warned us to be aware of the enemy. They were obviously inspired by our revered Labour Leader and first Premier and National Hero from his grave at Springfield to go out in their numbers and show the world that Labour, under the leadership of Dr. Douglas, is still the champion and only working class party in this country and that they are standing solidly behind their leader and party, no matter what. They are not prepared to turn back the hands of progress. Forward ever, backwards never was their charge. The Labour troops from all eight (8) Constituencies in St. Kitts converged on the Marriott Resort and crammed the Grand Ballroom of the hotel a significant number of them donned in their red outfits to show their loyalty and unwavering support for the party and its Leader. And the number grew after the Lunch Break. What stood out most was the large number of young men and young women from the Youth Arm of the party, (Young Labour) who were in attendance and who played an active role in the Conference, showcasing their skills and talents as well as their political maturity. The number of Conference Delegates for the Private Session was even more heartening as for the very first time people stayed on to participate in the session, especially the session with the Resolutions and the election of the New Executive Committee. Some 60 Resolutions from the Executive and the Constituency Branches were presented to Conference and a lively discussion ensued. The wide range of Resolutions approved included issues on crime, the restructuring and revitalising of the party (for the future) and one which called on the Government to move speedily to consider measures to assist in reducing the cost of electricity. The Resolution seeking relief for electricity consumers also commended the government on its efforts to introduce solar and wind energy with a view towards reducing the cost of energy and for its decision to exempt the elderly from the payment of electricity and water bills. The Conference, as indicated before was a gigantic success by any standard and was reminiscent of a family re-union where family members come together and are given a chance to work out their differences and reunite as one big family. This truly was the essence of their critical Conference which had as its theme Planting Seeds Today For Tomorrows Harvest. After concluding the days business, the family was able to join hands in unity and sing gloriously the song: Bind us together Lord, bind us together with chords that cannot be broken. This historic Conference which attracted a much bigger crowd than last years Conference (an election year), has certainly left the Party stronger than ever, as it demonstrated to the mischief-makers and critics in the opposition and the world at large that Labour is truly an unstoppable force. A Party that has the fortitude and resilience to survive and prosper for another 79 years. Dominica PM Skerrit says global economic crisis still affecting Caribbean region AVAILABLE FOR RENTFully Furnished Three Bedrooms Apartment Bentel Drive, Bird Rock465-2364; 669-7426International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, Standards and Poors and even, closer to home, the Caribbean Development Bank and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. Prime Minister Skerrit said that the game of musical chairs in respect of changing personalities in government is not the answer to the regions problems. I believe our populations have for the most part understood and accepted this and that is why, here in St. Kitts and Nevis for example, they have consistently turned to your illustrious political party, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, for leadership in navigating the turbulent economic waters. The Dominica Prime Minister acknowledged that the job of being a head of government in the Caribbean is as difficult and perhaps even more difficult and demanding than it was 15 years ago, noting that on a daily basis new and unexpected issues arise in the international and economic landscape for which creative and innovative solutions have to be found to keep the ship of state afloat. It is safe to say, that no one in active professional life today, has had to grapple with an economic decline the nature of that which we have been afflicted with over the past four years. Thus, as a political party in office, and especially one with several years of practical political experience at the helm, my humble message to you today is that you have to give your leaders the space to operate, so they can concentrate on the near-daunting task of keeping these economies in the Caribbean afloat. This reality poses a challenge on what I would refer to as the second line of leadership of your political party to step up its act, and play a more prominent and proactive role, at the level of the village and the constituency, in the political issues of the day. He urged all members of the SKNLP to rise to the occasion and ensure that party groups are formed and functioning in all constituencies. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 19TH 2011 (CUOPM) Dominicas Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit says the global economic crisis is still affecting Caribbean economies resulting in loss opportunities for investment and employment. Addressing the 79th Annual Conference of the ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) on Sunday, Mr. Skerrit, also the Political Leader of the governing Dominica Labour Party said that gasoline prices were also on the increase and contributing to the economic problems of the Caribbean region. Here in the Caribbean, we are all feeling the pinch of the global energy crisis, and we are forever proposing and debating new ideas for minimizing its impact. The ongoing global economic downturn has impacted the availability of investment capital, resulting in shrinkage of new jobs and employment opportunities, said Mr. Skerrit, pointing out that the story in St. Kitts and Nevis is no different to that in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Europe, the United States, Latin America or even some economies in Asia, which at first appeared impregnable. He said balancing budgets and staying afloat in these difficult economic times is a full time job in itself and that elected leaders have their work cut out for them. None of our islands is in the position to print money and to spend its way out of the recession that is impacting our economies, Skerrit said, adding that the easiest thing is for a party in opposition to say, in general terms, what they would do if they were in office. The reality, however, is that they would be confronted with the same hard and harsh realities which we have to deal with on a daily basis. We have continuously to be searching for credible strategies to avoid having to take the harsh medicine recommended by our economic advisors in government and by multilateral agencies such as the Photo # 1 Dominicas Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit addressing the 79th Annual Conference of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. (Photo by Willetts photo) Dominicas Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit (right) poses with Ziesha Miss Labour 2011/2012 after making a presentation (Photo by Erasmus Williams)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 3 NEWS -Ms. Sudeakka Francis Former National Carnival Queen to represent the Federation at Miss Caribbean World Pageant. By Drizel HanleyThe 2009-2010 National Carnival Queen, Sudeakka Francis, will be representing the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis at the sixth annual Miss Caribbean World Pageant in Tortola tomorrow Saturday, May 21. The event will be held at the Sir Rupert Briercliff Hall and the contestants will compete in five categories including Swim Wear, Costume, Talent, and Evening Wear and the interview segment which will be held before the pageant. Ms. Francis will be competing against fourteen contestants from throughout the Caribbean including; Anguilla, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Guyana, USVI, Cuba, Dominica, BVI, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, St. Lucia and the Dominican Republic. Last year, Fatisha Imo represented the Federation in the Miss and was the winner of the Talent segment. Dominica captured the prestigious title twice in a row, when Marcia Baptiste won the fifth title last year (2010) and Marah Walter was crowned queen in 2009. Throughout her reign as National Carnival Queen, Francis placed First Runner-up at the Miss Carnival in St. Vincent and Second Runnerup at Miss Jaycees in Antigua. Former minister Mr. Dwyer Astaphan (right) with former PAM minister Mr. Richard Caines at a recent march in Basseterre. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party delegates vote overwhelmingly to expel Dwyer Astaphan attack even though many of the policies he is attacking were not only supported by but also recommended by him when he was a member of the government. It noted that Astaphan has been attempting to undermine the Labour Party by his unrelenting political attacks on our National Political Leader, Cde. Dr. Denzil Douglas, and has been colluding with Richard Caines, a former Minister of the PAM Party, and other members and supporters of that Party to undermine the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and government and promote PAMs chances to form the next government. Whereas Dwyer Astaphan is not abiding by the aims, objects, policies and programme of the Party, which provides ground for expulsion, BE IT RESOLVED that Dwyer Astaphan be expelled with due process, from the St. KittsNevis Labour Party, said the resolution which was overwhelmingly supported at the Conference of delegates, the highest decision making body. (contd from page 1) Labour honours 8 Mothers of the Year BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 19TH 2011 (CUOPM) Eight mothers, each representing the constituencies on St. Kitts, were honoured on Sunday by the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. Ms. Karen Crossman read their citations and presented each Mother of the Year to the delegates and invited guests at the 79th Annual Conference at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort Grand Ballroom. Parliamentary Representative for St. Christopher 2 (Central Basseterre) and Minister of Health, Community devoted her life to caring her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Young Labour and has always been a strong supporter of the Labour Party. Mrs. Bernice Vinetta Cabey, of St. Christopher 2 (Central Basseterre), was born on the 28th of February 1958, and is a loving mother of five children. Life was not easy for her growing up but being a down to earth grass-roots woman has gained the respect from her friends and community She can be seen as an inspiration to the working class women in the community. Her love for her children never goes unnoticed. She serves her community with an open heart and mind. Many people know her as the Tamarind Jam lady as she is well known for her lovely jams that she makes on a daily basis along with sugar cakes, fudge and other sweets, which makes herself reliant and economically independent. She is always willing to give a hand when you need it, said the citation, which listed her as an active member of the Central Basseterre Labour Branch. St. Christopher #3, Mother of the Year is Malender Clarke of Trafalgar Village. Mrs. Clarke was born on the 3rd November 1934 in Trafalgar village. In 1956 she married the love of her life; Mr. Clarke (now deceased). The union produced 15 children of which ten are still alive today. The family has thus expanded, blossoming with thirty grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren and still coming. Mrs. Clarke worked for the sugar industry for twenty two years; during that time she became involved in the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and the Labour Party of which she is an ardent supporter. (Left to right) Mrs. Ulinis Laws (St. Christopher 1); Mrs. Bernice Vinetta Cabey (St. Christopher 2); Mrs. Bernadette Edmeade-Brown (St. Christopher 4); Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Mrs. Letitia Gumbs (St. Christopher 5); Miss Jocelyn Dorsette (St. Christopher 6); Ms. Sandra Duggins (St. Christopher 7) and Ms. Muriel Saunders(St. Christopher 8) Parliamentary Representative for St. Christopher 2 (Central Basseterre) and Minister of Health, Community and Social Development and Gender Affairs, the Hon. Marcella Liburd smiles as she approches the live wire Muriel Madge Saunders to present the plaque. (Photos by Erasmus Williams) and Social Development and Gender Affairs, the Hon. Marcella Liburd presented each mother with a plaque and a gift. St. Christopher 1 (East Basseterre) honoured Mrs. Ulinis Laws, Nee Gardener, who was born in Herbert Alley, New Town, but now resides at Ponds Pasture. The mother of six four sons and two daughters Mrs. Laws(contd on page 19)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 4 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 17TH 2011 (CUOPM) Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has extended condolences on the death of Dr. Asyll Warner, former Ambassador/High Commissioner and former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications, Works and Public Utilities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I wish to begin by extending sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Asyll Warner who, we have just learned, has passed away. In the midst of life we truly are in death, since it was just last week, during my visit to him at the J. N. France General Hospital, that he and I were talking as easily as I am to you today, said Prime Minister Douglas, who extended sincere sympathies to his widow and all family members. Funeral arrangements are still pending 1987; Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis with responsibilities to Oversee operations of overseas missions, coordinate foreign policies, manage economic, social and political matters related to CARICOM, provide daily briefings on matters of state, act as coordinator and chief spokesman for the government on the Eastern Caribbean Federation; act as chief accounting officer to the Prime Minister for the construction and maintenance of the infrastructure of St. Kitts & Nevis; Air and sea transportation; Chair the Board of Tenders for government contracts 1984 to 1986; Commissioner General for the OECS Expo 86 with responsibility to ensure the proper and effective operational activities of the OECS pavilion 1983 1986; Tribute to Dr. Asyll Warner PM Douglas expresses sympathy to family of Dr. Asyll Warner It is with deep sadness that we at The University of the West Indies, Open Campus, St Kitts & Nevis, (UWIOCSKN) learned of the passing of Dr Asyll Warner on Tuesday 17th May, 2011. Dr. Warner, a seasoned political scientist with strong academic grounding and specialist education and training in, among other things, International Relations and International Public Administration, joined the local core of instructional staff at the UWI Centre in Basseterre in 2000. From that time up to his very sudden and sad demise, he provided excellent tutorial assistance and support to the many, many students who passed through his hands in various courses and programmes of study. He was punctilious about preparation whenever he met with and engaged his students; seldom if ever did he miss a scheduled session, and he always went way beyond the call of duty to impart the lessons to learners. Through his diligent guidance and support, the quality and quantity of learning was significantly enhanced. In sum, Dr Warner was an A1 tutor who will be sorely missed. Students constantly extolled the depth and breadth of his knowledge and understanding of the subjects he taught and, most importantly, his commitment to sharing freely and unstintingly with any who were willing to immerse themselves in, and learn from his vast storehouse of wisdom and knowledge. Dr. Warners classes were always lively and interactive, and he always encouraged his students to think freely, to be analytical and to own and express their personal views with honesty and full confidence. Beyond doubt, Dr Warners contribution to the UWI through The Sandy Pointborn academician died Monday night in Trinidad where he had been flown for medical treatment following hospitalisation at the Joseph N. France General Hospital here. Dr. Warner obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations with specialization include International Public Administration, International Law and Economics, and Diplomacy from St. Louis University from 1974 1978. His Dissertation: The Process of Nationalization in Latin America. He obtained a B.A. in Social Science with areas of specialization in Political Science, Economics and History from the College of the Virgin Islands (CVI) from 1967 1971. His Thesis: A Comparative Analysis of Caribbean Government. At the time of his passing he lecturing since 2000 at the University of the West Indies, University Centre, St. Kitts & Nevis in Public Sector Management (Levels II & III), Compensation Management (Level III), Human Resource Management (Level III), Office Procedures (Level III), Introduction to Political Institutions (Level I), Caribbean Civilization (Level I), Law, Governance & Society in the Caribbean (Level I), Caribbean Studies (Associate Degree) and Introduction to Research Methods (Certificate). Between from 2004 to 2006, he was faculty representative on the team mandated to restructure the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College autonomous tertiary education institution. He also lectured at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, St Kitts from 1997 to 2006 in Introduction to Political Science (Level I), Law, Governance & Society (Level I), Principles of Management (Level I), Caribbean Studies (CAPE). From 1991 to 2000, he served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications, Works and Public Utilities in St. Kitts and from 1989 to 1991as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1978 to 1983, he was the Research Coordinator at the Department of Education in the U.S. Virgin Islands with responsibilities to coordinate job market surveys, conduct surveys of community attitudes towards higher education, assist with the development of academic programmes, review the status of higher education. He also lectured in Political Science and a Board Member of the Eastern Caribbean Centre at the College of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas. Dr. Warner taught in St. Kitts and Nevis from 1964 to 1967. As a Government official of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Warner also attended CARICOM Heads of Government Meetings in 1984, 1985 and from 1987 to 1992; CARICOM Foreign Ministers Meetings, 1987 1992; OECS Meetings, 1983 1992; the Structuring of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union; Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, 1987, 1989 1991; UN General Assembly as alternate delegate, 1987-1991; OAS General Assembly, 1988-1990; Law of the Sea, 1989; Caribbean Basin Assembly, 1988-1990; General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, 1989; World Summit on Development and the Environment, 1990; Miami Conference on Caribbean Development, 1993, 1986 and High Commissioner/Ambassador of the OECS to Canada representing the seven members of the OECS, coordinate all business and investment interests and foreign policies pertaining to the member countries, negotiate agreements and treaties relevant to individual countries, liaise among crown agents, non-government organizations, aid assistance agencies and member governments, monitor events and conditions in Canada, and prepare reports for ministers of foreign affairs, screen and recommend prospective investors, visit provinces of Canada periodically, promote trade and industry, manage administration and budget of the High Commission, promote tourism for the individual countries, international Telecommunications Union General Assembly, 1992-1994. He held membership in the Caribbean Studies Association, American Political Science Association, International Affairs Association and World Review Foundation. His major presentations include The Caribbean Electorate: A Political Analysis(St. Kitts, 1995); Energy Efficiency: The Gateway to the 21st Century St. Lucia, 1994); Trade Policies within the Caribbean Community University of Puerto Rico, 1993); Economic and Political Cooperation: The United States Virgin Islands and the Eastern Caribbean (University of the Virgin Islands, 1993); Financing of the Global Economy (University of the Virgin Islands, 1992); OECS Unity(New York, 1991); Address to the Organization of American States (OAS, 1989); The Process of Nationalization in Latin America (St Louis University, 1988); Options for Eastern Caribbean Unity St. Kitts, 1987). this OC Site was a distinct asset to our output. We shall be forever grateful for the level of commitment which he always demonstrated. Beyond doubt, we shall long remain in his debt and cherish his service with grateful thanks. We take comfort in the fact that he gave unstintingly of his expertise, his knowledge, time, talents and good humour to those whose lives he touched, and in so doing, left a rich legacy. We join with all those near and dear to Dr. Warner who now mourn his passing and will miss his physical presence. However, we remain confident that his spirit and his essence will remain with us forever. May his soul repose in eternal peace. In honour of Dr. Asyll Warner the UWI Open Campus St. Kitts & Nevis will open a Book of Condolence at the Basseterre Site from Wednesday 18th May 2011. The UWI Open Campus Hosts the Annual Sir Fr ank W orr el l B lood Driv e Sir Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell (August 1, 1924 13 March 1967) is often referred to as an icon of West Indies cricket and a true Caribbean man. As the first black captain of the West Indies Cricket Team he is credited with destroying the myth that a man of colour was not fit to lead the West Indies team. As leader he etched his name in history when despite defeat in the 1960-1961 series against Australia, hundreds of thousands of people spontaneously lined the streets of Melbourne to bid the West Indies team farewell. Subsequent to that, at a match against India in 1962 at the Kensington Oval, Sir Frank was the first to donate blood to Nari Contractor, then captain of the Indian Cricket Team, after he was felled by a bouncer by Charlie Griffith. To commemorate this humanitarian gesture there is an annual blood drive held in West Bengal in Sir Frank Worrells name. The University of the West Indies also pays tribute to Sir Frank by hosting a blood drive in a UWI territory every year. This year St. Kitts & Nevis will host the Blood Drive on May 28, with the kind support of the Ministry of Health. The Blood Drive will take place from 10:00AM 1:00PM at the UWI Open Campus, The Gardens, Basseterre. All are invited to donate. The Frank Worrell Blood Drive started in the State of West Bengal India in commemoration of Sir Franks generous gesture in donating blood and getting his West Indian cricket team mates to do the same. Let us follow in the Legendary West Indian Cricketers footsteps and use this opportunity to support our brothers and sisters in need. Photo of Dr. Warner courtesy of WINNFM.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 5 NEWS SOYAR hosts Workshop for teen moms By Drizel HanleyOn Wednesday (May 11), teenage mothers in the community of Saddlers and surrounding areas were engaged in a workshop at the Saddlers Primary School focusing on the theme Empowering Women to Become Better Parents. The Saddlers-based Saving Our Youth At Risk (SOYAR) youth group continues to instigate activities that are geared to positive social changes in their community and neighbouring villages, with a recent seminar which was geared towards empowering teen moms. Kimmoy Henry-Brathwaite, a member of SOYAR was the guest speaker, who spoke comprehensively about her experience as a teen mother. In a press release from SOYAR issued on Tuesday (May 17th ), Brathwaite stressed on the significance of proper parenting and the different ways it could contribute to an improved society. She always emphasized on the adversities she encountered while being a teen mother. She further explained that although a few members of the community helped her during that period, she was very displeased with herself as the academic career was never fully accomplished. However, through hard work and much dedication she was able to take advantage of a silver lining and, is a senior employee at the St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security. Brathwaite also advised that young women should protect themselves other unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. She also encouraged them to continue their educational goals and become triumphant, well-rounded individuals, as education has been one of the few resources readily accessible for the mitigation of unintentional teenage pregnancy and, to some extent, poverty. Gifts were provided to the attendees by Natalie Brown of First Class Jewelry and Dr. Mervin Laws offered his services to assist the babies of the participants with complimentary medical care for a specified period of time. This workshop is the very first of a series of workshops that is being organized by the youth movement (SOYAR) that will tailor to the different needs of the youths in and around the Saddlers community said President of SOYAR, Alicia Collins. On Saturday 7th May, S.O.Y.A.R also launched study groups for children of the Saddlers Primary School to assist those who will be engaged in the Test of Standards in June 2011, said Ms. Collins. She further stated that the study group received an overwhelming response and the members would like to say special thanks to the parents for allowing their children to attend these sessions, these groups will be held every Saturday at the Primary School from 12:30 4:30 p.m. Moreover, the youth group recently donated $1,000.00 E.C. to the Saddlers Primary School to aid with the repairing of the schools kitchen area. This initiative gained much gratitude from teachers, students and other beneficiaries.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 6 NEWS ICCS to Launch Special Auction for School Improvements Basseterre, St. Kitts In effort to raise funds for the benefit of the institutions and its approximate 450-member student body, the Immaculate Conception Catholic School (ICCS) would be hosting its first-ever Auction and Dinner later this month. The event, according to Head of School for the ICCS, Dr. Patricia Hensley, will be held on 28th May, 2011, at the Royal St. Kitts Marriott Ball Room and a number of exciting and interesting items would be up for the bidding including jewellery, catamaran cruises, a Blackberry, two airline tickets to any North American destination, original Barbara Kassab and Rosie Cameron paintings and Claudia Amory artwork. Dr. Hensley, speaking exclusively with MiyVue.com, explained that the idea of having an auction/dinner was broached by her, having organised others during her 33-year tenure in Catholic education. She said that she has viewed first-hand the success of such activities and felt that for the ICCS, it would be a good fund-raising tool. I was the person who came up with the idea of having an auction
In my previous school, I have organised dinner auctions and they were very successful. We have raised, at some of our dinner auctions, US$250,000 for one auction. This is our first year, so our goal, to benefit our school and all of our students here, is EC$70,000 which we feel is a very big beginning and it will support all of our students and our programmes so that we can continue in outstanding education for them. The Head of Schools said the funds raised at the event would be used for the construction and development of three new laboratories for the learning institution as well as the development of its playground. We are opening three new labs next year (2012). First we have the brand new Biology Lab which will have all new equipment and material. We have a brand new Chemistry Lab with all new material and chemicals and we have a brand new Computer Lab in which will have 24 brand new computers and a network server system. Those are some of the academic areas we are focussing on. In addition we hope to fund a new playground facility. We have a playground but we would like to add to it swings and those kinds of things for our students in the younger grades. We are a school that runs from Kindergarten through Form Five or Grade 11. Response to the idea, Dr. Hensley explained, has been very very good and persons have already been purchasing their tickets which are on sale for EC$150 per person which includes dinner, a rum punch, dessert, music and allows the individual to participate in the auction. Workmen on new wing of ICCS School Although indicating that raising funds is important, Dr. Hensley indicated that the most important achievement of the exercise would be people working together in support of catholic education and appreciating the value of it. Laurick Browne and Andria Esdaille adjudged Prince and Princess of the Rainbow Pageant By Drizel HanleyLaurick Browne and Andria Esdaille were pronounced the 2011 Prince and Princess of the Maurice Hillier Junior Schools Rainbow Pageant, which was hosted by reigning Miss St. Kitts Iantavian Queeley, at Carnival Village on Thursday 12th May. The event was one of several activities held in acknowledgment of the schools 11th Anniversary of No TV Week, which culminated on Friday 13th May with a march throughout the streets of Basseterre. This years No TV Week celebration was held under the theme Moulding the Children of our Nation through Consistent Character Education. However, the pageants focal point was Character Building. In the talent segment Andria Esdaille, daughter of former Miss St.Kitts and Caribbean Talented Teen, Gloria Esdaille, exhibited flexibility in a dramatic presentation to a song entitled Where is the Love while master Laurick Browne sung the ever popular One Love by legendary reggae artiste Bob Marley. In addition to Talent, the other judged segments were Getting To Know Me, Expressive Number, Creative Wear and Afternoon Delight. The winners (prince and princess) received free tuition for one entire year; first runner up received a book scholarship, while 2nd runner received school uniform scholarship. The young rising superstar Sonrissa graced the stage with splendid performance. C-Money, Nicha B, Pinocchio and Footsy, who all had the children singing along with them, followed the outstanding performance by the young superstar. At the end of the pageant, Principal, Icilma Springer expressed her gratitude to the contestants, supporters, parents and all others who made the nights proceedings a success. Beach Allen Primary to host first ever Miss AMOUR Pageant The Beach Allen Primary School will be hosting its initial Miss A.M.O.U.R Pageant Friday, May 27, 2011 at the grounds of the school, the event commences at 7:00 pm. Six young ladies will vie for the Miss AMOUR title; Miss Accountability represented by Shalyah Williams, Miss Responsibility represented by Alyana Caines, Miss Motivation represented by Britney Wattley, Miss Organization represented by Barisha Cranstoun, Miss Unity represented by Jahquysma Liburd and Miss Respect represented by Amelia Mc Koy. The contestants are from Grades Five and Six. The contenders will first participate in a Fanfare, followed by four judged segments which include; Introductory Speech, Performing Talent, Sunday Best and Interview. Each contestant will characterize a behaviour which begins with a letter from the abbreviated word A.R.M.O.U.R, which is also the theme of the program. The pageant is a fundraising event to assist the school and also a platform for the competitors to exhibit what they have learnt while on the Program (A.R.M.O.U.R). The audience will be treated with a sideshow, with performances by Infamus, Nicha B, Rolhensha, H20 Dancers, Shakal and Fire, and music by Chalice Sounds out of Cayon. The program, which started in September 2010, encourages students to always wear their armour and to always be responsible for their actions.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 7 NEWS Two cruise ships schedule visits during the summer BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 13TH 2011 (CUOPM) For the first time in the history of cruise tourism two cruise ships are scheduled to visit St. Kitts during the summer making year-round calls to this destination. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines 2,501-passenger capacity Serenade of the Seas and Carnivals Victory are scheduled to make a total of 31 calls during the off-season bringing an estimated 88,000 passengers to St. Kitts. The Serenade of the Seas made its first call for the off-season on Thursday bringing 2,189 passengers and a crew of 852. The Serenade of the Seas which arrived from Antigua and later sailed for St. Marten is scheduled to make a total of 11 calls between May and September with an estimated passenger capacity of 27,000. Its next call at Port Zante is on May 17th. The Serenade of the Seas made a total 10 calls between October 2010 and April 2011 the official cruise ship season. The other cruise ship calling this summer is the 3,050-passenger capacity Carnival Victory which berth at Port Zante on Friday with 2,992 passengers and a crew of 1048. Its next port call is May 20th. The Carnival Victory is scheduled to make 20 calls between May and September with a total passenger capacity of 61,000. It made 31 scheduled visits between October 2010 and April 2011. During the Official Season, sister Carnival ships the Carnival Miracle made 9 visits and the Carnival Liberty, one. Sister ships of the Serenade of the Seas which called during the official season were the Explorer of the Seas with 9 calls and the Adventure of the Seas with two callas. Photo: Serenade of the Seas at Port Zante on Thursday (Photo by Erasmus Williams) St. Kitts and Nevis Strengthens Relationship With USSOUTHCOM Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 13, 2011 (SKNIS): The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has reaffirmed its partnership with the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) as it continues to confront security challenges affecting the twin-island Federation and the Caribbean Region as a whole. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas welcomed the new Commander of USSOUTHCOM, U.S. Air Force General Douglas Fraser, as he made his inaugural visit as part of a familiarization tour. The Prime Minister indicated that the discussion was productive and timely. Common security issues shared by both the local and U.S. Governments were highlighted including transnational criminal organizations which conduct various illicit activities such as the trafficking of drugs, arms, humans and large bulks of money. General Fraser praised the cooperation between the two parties. We have great partners and great relations between the armed forces and the law enforcement capacities here in St. Kitts and Nevis and the United States Southern Command, he stressed. Our meeting was an opportunity to reaffirm that close relationship and to affirm that as we move into the future, there remains a commitment on the part of the United States Southern Command and the United States, to the security within the Region and [we are] continuing to work together to improve that relationship and the capacity within the Region. Much of the cooperation will be done through the U.S. Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) a strategy focused on citizen safety throughout the hemisphere. The CBSI has three core objectives which are: to Reduce Illicit Trafficking, to Advance Public Safety and Security; and to Promote Social Justice. In March, St. Kitts and Nevis signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States for a secure seas maritime package which includes the provision of two interceptor vessels for use by the local Coast Guard. General Fraser noted that further assistance including training, SKNIS Photo: Prime Minister Douglas (left) and General Fraser brief the media after a meeting at Government Headquarters equipment donations and project funding will be provided by various U.S. agencies to achieve the objectives of the CBSI. Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 19, 2011 (SKNIS): The effects Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) can have on an individual, a family, a community and the domestic economy will be highlighted at a national summit on Thursday, May 26. Dr. Hazel Williams Roberts, the Director of Community Health Services in the Ministry of Health, told SKNIS that conditions that are not transmissible via direct contact Non Communicable Diseases Threaten National Development (contd on page 10) Dr. Hazel Williams Roberts, the Director of Community Health Services in the Ministry of Health
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 8 NEWS Remarks by Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Chairman of the St KittsNevis Labour Party at the 79th Annual Conference of the St KittsNevis Labour Party at the Marriott Hotel on May 15, 2011Comrades and friends of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, citizens and residents of the great Labour Party. Greetings and welcome to the 79th Annual Conference of the Party. To God be the glory, great things he has done. Today is an historic day. It marks another year in the life of our great Party. Seventy nine years is a very long time. Nine years beyond the allotment to natural beings of three scores and ten. Seventy nine years give us time to look ahead and time to look back. In looking back, we have every reason to rejoice at the large range of successes of our country since 1932. We witnessed revolutionary changes in the socio political life of the people. We saw our people once oppressed and denied over time, being able to improve their conditions of life through paid vacation leave. We helped them to win the right to vote in 1952. We saw the introduction of the Central Housing Authority (CHA), predecessor to our National Housing Corporation (NHC). NHC began a veritable people property ownership programme making our people the beneficiaries of improved houses at affordable prices. Our health and education sector became overtime more people friendly and accessible to our people particularly the poor. Roads were being built and our farmers were being provided with lands. That history is one which all political parties built upon. One did more than the other. Always it was Labour doing better than the other. Of course the other Party can boast the historic breaking of the colonial umbilical chord through the achievement of Independence in 1983 and a period of respectable economic growth. But we say we had set the stage for this, way back in 1975, when Bradshaw made it a central issue in that general election. Yes in looking back we see many years. We can bring sobriety, experience, hindsight to bear but history will bear its independent record of the past events. The past is already gone. The present is already the past. Only the future is left for us to desecrate. Our Future: Empowerment and Enablement But why should we desecrate the future when so much is at stake? When we have seen what can be accomplished, when we focus on a vision of people empowerment and enablement, when the Party focuses on being a vehicle, not of self destruction, but an agent of positive change. Change for the good that we can do. In 2011, we stand at this time still reeling from the effects of a terrible financial and economic depression that battered us, exposed our vulnerability even as it proved how resilient as a people we are. We are on the brink of a global food crisis, global energy crisis. The crisis is causing tensions but it beckons opportunities. 2011 provides the Party a real opportunity to reposition itself as a Party of compassion, vision, helpfulness, on the side of the poor and marginalized. 2011 commands us as heirs of the proud tradition of Bradshaw, France, Southwell and Moore to satisfy the felt needs of the poor and under employed workers among us. 2011 challenges us to understand the debilitating waste of the potential of unemployed people and urges us to redirect our education system to provide more people with an education for self employment and entrepreneurship, rather than one which fosters the dependency on a job by so many graduates and school leavers. 2011 challenges us as we deal with the reality of increasing costs of energy to spear a thought and have a heart for the mother who is living on minimum wage and who cannot endure a huge electricity bill. We can find solutions and we will find solutions. 2011 challenges us to come up for solutions to the diminution in the quality of our security supports. Law and order as number one priority must become a lived experience. 2011 with its rising cost of living reminds us that farmers and farming are important. As a result the only growth sector of 2010, our agricultural sector growing by thirteen percent must be catalysed and supported so it can continue to play a multi functional role food security and nutrition, employment, environmental stability, development of rural life, etc. We in agriculture know more than most that good seeds are important for tomorrow harvests. But good seeds without water, without quality soil, without technology will not yield the harvest. 2011 must mark a new beginning of investment in agriculture. Today I ask for a round of applause for all our farmers big and small, male and female, backyard gardeners and commercial players alike. I thank them for their remarkable success story of food production in spite of the odds. Our most precious resources are our young people. They are our future and the future begins today. They need to be nurtured and prepared for productive and responsible participation and leadership in our homes, schools, government, in our churches and sporting arenas. We have to save them from the self-pity, depression and reckless abandon which unemployment makes to victims and preys. We must put them again to work and in putting them to work; we help to fill their lives with meaning, purpose, patriotism and hope. Our efforts must continue not only at teaching that crime does not pay, but we must provide supports for our young and not so young, indeed for all convicts to rehabilitate. We tackle crime through social intervention programmes, through economic empowerment of our people and through ongoing efforts at building a just society. Social justice, economic justice and political justice must become more than watchwords. They must become a lived reality. Seventy nine years have taught us much about unity of the party. It thought us about apprenticeship in the party. It taught us about the stalwarts and those who passed through for the convenience of the benefits that they can get from the party in power. We must be mindful of the mischief makers who with their lies and insecurities undermine the partys solidarity. The Labour Party cannot deny itself the right of critical and The Investment Portfolio of the Social Security Board By Elvin BaileyAssistant Director, Social Security Board Having boasted on our television programme, Social Security & You, about our first quarter 2011 accrued interest of EC$33.71million, a challenge came from an unexpected source, in an unexpected place, by a person whose name is not Thomas. You keep telling us about investment returns; prove it! Show us the audited accounts. Therefore, published this week for public scrutiny is the Statement of Financial Position of the Social Security Board as at December 2009 as produced by our auditors, Pannell Kerr Foster. (The entire document can be found on our website, www.socialsecurity.kn). While the 2010 accounts are not yet ready for publication, I can share with you further details of our investment portfolio. As of March 2011, there was EC$1.107billion in investments; with 56.1% in fixed deposits, 28.7% in government securities, 7.8% in real estate, 3.5% in equities, 2.8% in treasury bills, and 1.1% in other investments (the tally may be off due to rounding). Of the total portfolio, 97.6% is held locally, 1.3% is held within the Caribbean region and 1.1% is invested in the international financial market. Some of our new investment activities for 2011 thus far, has been the acquisition of new fixed deposits and additional loans to Government. As such, Fixed Deposits as an asset class increased marginally from 55.7% of total investments in December 2010 to 56.1% at the end of March 2011. However, investment in SKN government securities has shown a small increase, up by 1% within the quarter compared to year end last year, as additional loans were made available to the Nevis Island Administration and the Federal Government. Meanwhile our main focus continues to be the development of the Beacon Heights Project, where 10 homes are already under construction. Even as this information is shared, we are aware that the asset mix is far from ideal. The Actuary has advised of this, as have others, including our staff. However, even as he issued the warning, the said Actuary has admitted that the investment returns have been good during the intervaluation period, averaging 6.2%. This is a testimony to the efficiency, the effectiveness and the vigilance of our Staff, Management and Board. We pledge to do more of the same as we keep looking up for your benefit! constructive self-examination. The communist Party in Cuba recently announced some revolutionary changed in the way that Party will do its business. Labour must lead the change NOT operate in selfdenial. 1)We are true sons and daughters of Labour 2)We have borne the scars for being Labour 3)We will stand up for Labour every time 4)We will defend Labour at all times when and where necessary 5)We want the best for Labour 6)Labour is all we know It is a source of regret that many who jumped on Labour bandwagon only in good times want to run things. It will not work. I for my part am deeply rooted. I have never wavered in service to my party. I did my humble serve as foot runner and soldier for St. John Payne, as a Member of Parliament for the people of #7 whom I will always have a special place in my heart. As Minister if government I led the revolution in housing that saw the largest quantity of homes ever built by any administration in any term since 1823. I was happy to have taken education to a higher plateau, to have achieved remarkable success in the Ministry of Finance during my brief tenure. I say thanks to the Party, my constituents, my Party leader and country for the opportunity to serve. This seventy ninth Annual Conference of the Party must, through its profound analysis and deliberation of the issues help us to plant good seeds today for tomorrows harvest. The harvest is a better country. The harvest is a stronger Party. Long Live Labour! Long Live Labour! May God Bless you.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 9 COMMENTARY The Thinking Citizen The closer the day comes for the holding of the Nevis Island Local Elections, the more accusatory and condemnatory the leaders of the CCM, the opposition political party in Nevis, become. Week after week, on VON Radio the leaders of the CCM party accuse our Prime Minster, our Supervisor of Elections and certain Registration Officers in Nevis of assisting with the padding of the Voters List or of helping to rig the upcoming Nevis Local Elections. The leaders of the CCM are certainly aware of the many legal challenges that were placed in the path of the Labour Party Government in the run-up to the 2010 General Elections. The CCM/PAM Coalition sought Injunction after Injunction in the High Court against the Labour Party Government. The members of the CCM/PAM Coalition sought every opportunity to have the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and the former Attorney-General convicted of Contempt of Court. Week after week the members of the CCM/PAM Coalition go on the air at VON Radio to accuse the Prime Minister and the Supervisor of Elections of trying to create an unfair advantage for the governing NRP at the expense of the CCM in relation to the upcoming Nevis Local Elections. Two things are noticeable in this regard and they are as follows:(i) The leaders of the CCM/NRP Coalition are not willing to take to Court those officials whom they accuse of facilitating electoral fraud and wrong-doing, but are prepared to engage in the cowardly and scurrilous game of character assassination and baseless innuendoes. (ii) As the days go by the accusations and innuendoes become more and more unrealistic, unreasonable, irrational and absurd. The reason for this, many Nevisians have said, is the great fear of the Commission of Inquiry. The CCM is as afraid of the Commission of Inquiry as the Devil is afraid of Holly Water. The CCM does not want the public to learn how the CCM Administration really governed the island of Nevis from 1992 to 2006. The leaders of the CCM are convinced that allowing the Commission of Inquiry in Nevis to run its full course may well sound the death knell of the party. So the CCM is throwing everything into the fight, moral or immoral, ethical or unethical, honest or dishonest, to win the upcoming Elections in order to put a stop to the continuation of the Commission of Inquiry. The CCM brought an action in the High Court in order to stop the Commission of Inquiry in Nevis from proceeding. In contrast to that, the leaders of the CCM have been accusing the Prime Minister and the Supervisor of Elections of various acts of wrong-doing but have not taken any action to put the said two persons before the Court. Why? Is the CCM playing the Sympathy Card? Is the CCM doing so in order to gain sympathy votes from the voters in Nevis? Is the CCM portraying itself as the honest, decent, upright, weak and defenceless party which is being taken advantage of unfairly and ruthlessly by the Prime Minister and his entire band of servitors just to benefit the NRP party? Is this why the CCM has not taken the Prime Minister and the Supervisor of Elections to Court, although the CCM keeps accusing the Prime Minister and the Supervisor of Elections of wrongdoing week after week? The CCM should demonstrate its bona fides by taking the two individuals in question to Court or stop assassinating their characters by accusing them openly of wrong-doing. The CCM has so failed to take one or the other of the two courses of action and this failure suggests that the CCM is more concerned with character assassination and with the gaining of sympathy votes. The thing that is driving the CCM is that it must stop the Commission of Inquiry from continuing and the only way that the Inquiry can be stopped at this stage is if the CCM were to form the new government. The CCM and the bigwigs in it are extremely fearful of what the Commission of Inquiry would unfold. The Labour Party, under the LABOURs 4th consecutive election victory has addled their brains leadership of Dr. Denzil Douglas won a fourth consecutive term in office in January 2010. That historic victory has upset the detractors of both Dr. Douglas and the Labour Party, The appointment to the office of Attorney General of the Hon. Patrice Nisbett (who crossed the floor and joined the Labour Party Government) has further upset and angered the detractors of Dr. Douglas in the CCM party. The CCM members who are angry and upset over the fact that the Hon. Patrice Nisbett has crossed the floor and has taken the opportunity to become a member of the Labour Party Government should always remember (a) That certain leaders in the CCM spoke out against and published newspaper articles against the Secession of Nevis during the initial period of their political career. One current leader published one such article in the Labour Spokesman newspaper in December of 1970. The following is an extract from the article that was published: All over the world even independent countries are constructing mechanisms for working together in the interest of their people. We in this state are already together, surely we can devise some constitutional formula for preserving what we have and at the same time protecting the special interests of the people of Nevis. (b) That in the initial years of the early life of the CCM party, the leader of the CCM met with a certain Labour Party politician at the Fishermans Wharf of the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI). Furthermore, the Labour Spokesman accommodated the CCM by publishing regularly, all of the partys material submitted for publication. Even in the matter of the holding of public meetings in Nevis was the CCM facilitated by the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. The CCM was allowed the use of Labours public address systems when the CCM was unable to secure a public address system for its own use. So why is the CCM making so much fuss and confusion because the Hon. Patrice Nisbett of the NRP has been appointed Attorney General in a Labour Party Government? The answer seems to be that the fourth consecutive term victory of the Douglas-led Labour Party has so angered and upset the leaders of the CCM that their brains have become addled. Furthermore, the Injunctions and the many ties that they walked out of meetings of the National Assembly have not helped them. So it would appear that their addled brains are the reason for all the hateful and silly things that they say and write about our Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 10 NEWS -Three Major Changes Made to Culturama Line-up NIA-CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS (May 17TH, 2011) Plans are well underway for the 37th hosting of Nevis summer festival; Culturama. This view, shared by Culturama 2011 Chairman, Mr. Halstead Sooty Byron, and Manager of the Festivals Secretariat, Mr. Antonio Abonaty Liburd, was expressed during a recent televised interview with the Nevis Island Administrations Department of Information. Official activities for Culturama 2011 are expected to commence on July 21 with a grand launch and the Junior Kaiso Contest and culminate on Aug. 2 with the Cultural Street Parade and Last Lap Jam. With heavy emphasis on mas, music and fun, the 2011 Culturama committee has made three major changes to the festivals line-up. The Mr. Kool Competition is back, said Chairman Byron who indicated that a large number of patrons had for quite some time been requesting that the once well-attended competition be placed back on the schedule of activities. What we do from year to year, we listen to the comments, criticisms, suggestions of our patrons, visitors and locals alike and we try to see where we can improve on the festival, where we can make changes, be innovative and creative, where we can bring new shows or repeat old shows and events. Since 2008 when we took a decision to suspend the Mr. Kool Competition, we have had quite a large number of patrons, especially young ladies, on our backs saying they want the Mr. Kool show, he explained. The competition would, this year, be twinned with the Ms. Culture Swimwear Contest at the Nevis Cultural Complex on July 24. Five days later, on a Friday evening as opposed to the usual Saturday evening, the islands top calypsonians would compete in the annual Senior Kaiso Finals. The change, which Mr. Bryon said, may be considered controversial, was needed to maximise the support of the calypsonians. What we have found is that at 7:00 [pm] when you are ready to shut off the [Cultural] Food Fair, there are hundreds of people on the grounds still wanting to continue the action to the extent where we, most times, get off to a late start of the [Senior] Calypso Show and the fact is that a number of those same persons who would have been at the Food Fair cannot come back to the Calypso Show, he explained. In light of the change, the Department of Agricultures Fruit Festival would precede the Senior Kaiso Finals on July 29 and the Cultural Food Fair would commence at 7:00 am on July 30 and end at 12 midnight. The all-day event would feature local entertainment and lead into a true Photo Caption: (file photo) Chairman of Culturama 2011 Mr. Halstead Sooty Byron. celebration of Emancipation with the staging of an Emancipation Concert that evening. We want to use this particular night of the Food Fair from 8:00 or so to showcase our people [and] our culture; in the true sense of African Liberation [to] celebrate Emancipation because as you know, Emancipation Day is really the 1st of August and so that night would be dedicated to that, Mr. Byron said. The evening concert, he added, would feature lot of acts from St. Kitts-Nevis. We are also looking at featuring at least one major act from outside, he stated. Other activities that form part of the lineup are the Senior Kaiso Semi Finals; King of de Jungle Sound and Band Clash; Ms. Caribbean Culture and Ms. Culture Queen Pageants; Mr. and Ms. Talented Youth Pageant; Rhythmz Dance Theatre Production; Culturama Drag Racing; Emancipation Jouvert Jump Up; Culturama Horse Races; Jouvert Kool Down; St. George and St. John Caribbean and International Food Fair and the Culturama 2011 Prize Giving Ceremony. between individuals are classified as NCDs. The list, which includes diabetes, asthma, hypertension, heart disease, strokes and cancers, have grown to dangerous levels in most developing nations according to the World Health Organization (WHO). An article on its website www.who.int notes that 43 percent of the current global disease burden is caused by NCDs. This is expected to rise to 60 percent of the disease burden by the year 2020 which will account for 73 percent of all deaths worldwide. Most of this increase will be accounted for by emerging non communicable disease epidemics in developing countries. As such, Dr. Williams Roberts explained that the one-day summit will aim to increase awareness of the magnitude of the problem; and to canvas support from civil society in order to mobilize action to tackle the issue and its associated health risks. The participants are quite diverse, she said, while highlighting the target audience which includes persons from the food industry, Red Cross, Insurance Companies, and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce among others. The point were making is that each (contd on page 11) Non Communicable Diseases Threaten.........(contd from page 7)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 11 NEWS -Rotary Notice AFTER MUCH DELIBERATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS WITH SCHOOLS, THE NEW DATES FOR ROTARY CLUB OF LIAMUIGA (RCL) TALENT SEARCH COMPETITION 2011 ARE AS FOLLOWS:Primary Schools Eliminations6 June West Zone Charles E Mills (Sandy Point) High Auditorium 8 June Central Anglican Church Hall (Old Girls School) 9 June East Joshua Obadiah Williams (Molyneaux) Primary AuditoriumHigh Schools Eliminations14 June Anglican Church Hall (Old Girls School)Finals16 June ECCB Auditorium ALL SCHOOLS WHO HAVE NOT YET SUBMITTED YOUR APPLICATIONS OF THE FOLLOWING, PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY (TODAY AS PROMISED IN VARIOUS TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS): 1. One Registration Form for each school 2. One Application Form and one Bio Data Form for each participant one for each discipline where Primary School Participants will compete in Dance, Poetry and Vocal Music, and High School Participants will compete in Dance, Instrumental Music and Vocal Music. Thank you for your participation. Freedom Sounds leads the first round of the St. Kitts Music Festival DJ Sound Clash By ContributorThe new agenda of activities for the 15th annual St. Kitts Music Festival continued on Friday 13th May 2011 with a lime at the Central Gas Station on Cayon Street and later that evening with the inaugural DJ Sound Clash at Pon De Edge in Sandy Point. Limers at the Central Gas Station were entertained by the Guinness Evolution Sounds as they drank and conversed on Friday afternoon. The action continued at Pon De Edge in Sandy Point although bad weather forced the event to begin later than scheduled. The first round of competitions saw six of the Federation DJs showcasing their selection skills in various genres of music in a time span of 8-15 minutes. The six DJs were, DJ Fresh, Chalice Sound, Black Pantha Sound, Black Stone Sound, Freedom Sound and Vigilante Sound. Participants were judged based on the following criteria; mixing and selection 50 points, genre order 10 points and crowd response 10 points. At the end of the night Freedom Sound amassed 101 points taking lead of the first round, followed by Chalice sound with 75 points, closely followed by DJ Fresh 74 points and Vigilante Sound with 71.5 points. Eliminated were Black Pantha Sound and Black Stone Sound. The event was hosted by local Female DJ Sweet Sister Sensia Michelle Stokes. The highly anticipated round two will be held on Saturday 21st May 2011 at De Green Valley Pub. This round of elimination will witness two of the four remaining DJs being eliminated. The same criteria as round one will be followed so it would be up the DJs to bring all that they have in order to make it to the finals Upcoming events include: Wednesday 25th May 2011Karaoke at Bobsys Friday 27th May 2011 Block Party Downtown Charlestown Friday 3rd June 2011Block Party Downtown Basseterre Saturday 4th June -DJ Clash 3rd Round at Carnival Village Friday 10th -June Bar hopping Sunday 12th JuneBeach Bash at Frigate Bay Beach Saturday 18th June Island Wide Motorcade organization has a contribution to make whether it is in terms of securing workplace wellness for employees or impacting policy. The health official suggested that companies can organize sessions that promote physical activity or introduce healthier meals on cafeteria menus as part of their wellness policy. Key members from the public sector such as agricultural officials will also dialogue with civil society at the forum. Out of this activity will come an action plan that focuses strategies [to] be implemented within civil society, Dr. Williams Roberts indicated. Well have the civil sector component and a public sector component which together comprise the expanded country response to NCDs. This National Action Plan will form part of St. Kitts and Nevis contribution to the September 1920 High-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on the prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases. The event will be held in New York, U.S.A.Non-Communicable... (contd from last page)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 12 NEWS Labour Party membership urged to build on 79 years of accomplishments BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 16TH 2011 (CUOPM) Delegates to the 79th Annual Conference of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party on Sunday have been urged to build on the accomplishments of one of the oldest political organisations in the Caribbean. With a tradition of unity, resilience, and tangible, quantifiable progress to defend and build upon. The call of Labour is not specific to any one period of history, Comrades. It is, instead, a movement of generations, where one generation builds on the works and the accomplishments of the one that came before, the SKNLPs National Political Leader Dr. Denzil L. Douglas told over 500 delegates, diplomats and representatives of non-governmental organisations. There have been so many attempts to weaken and break our party throughout our history. When one approach doesnt work, they simply try another. They began by forbidding us by law from forming a Party, being a Party, calling ourselves a Party, functioning like a Party. The older members of the Political Party know about that and you should explain this to the younger generations, said Dr. Douglas. He said the youth need to know how their forefathers were prohibited from forming a political Party. We the people simply called ourselves The Workers League instead. We refused back then to be distracted or broken by the fact that we could not call ourselves a political Party. Instead we simply continued to stand tall, stand firm, and stand united, and not be sidetracked. Not be distracted. And definitely not be defeated as we continued labouring to secure for everyone in this country what others thought should belong to just a few. And what are these? The right to vote. The right to a high school education. Security for our old age. Healthcare for all. Let me say that again from the moment of its birth some seventy-nine years ago, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has refused to be sidetracked, refused to be distracted, refused to be defeated in our determination to get for every man, woman, and child in this country what some thought should belong to just a few, Dr. Douglas said. Let us never forget that it was in the midst of the extreme economic hardship and the humiliating social degradation of the 1930s that Labour first planted the seeds of access, opportunity, Specially invited guests and delegates during the opening ceremony. National Political Leader of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at the 79th Annual Labour Party Conference on Sunday. (contd on page 16)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 13 ADVERTISEMENT John Orr completes term as CEO of FirstCaribbean; CIBC executive Douglas Rik Parkhill appointed new CEOBridgetown, Barbados, 12th May, 2011 Michael Mansoor, Chairman of FirstCaribbean International Bank, today announced that CIBC senior executive Douglas Rik Parkhill has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of FirstCaribbean effective in September, pending regulatory and government approvals. Mr. Parkhill will replace current FirstCaribbean Chief Executive Officer, John Orr, who will be returning to CIBC as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, following the conclusion of his three-year term leading the bank. Mr. Parkhill has been with CIBC since 2008, most recently serving as the Managing Director and Global Head of Capital Markets Sales and Cash Equities in CIBCs Wholesale Banking unit. He has more than 20 years of experience in the global financial services industry, serving clients in Canada and around the world. Before joining CIBC in 2008, he was co-CEO of the Toronto Stock Exchange. On behalf of the Board, management and employees of FirstCaribbean I want to express my gratitude to John Orr for his leadership, and I am very pleased to welcome Rik to our organization, said Mr. Mansoor. Rik is a seasoned financial services executive who is known as a skilled leader and for having a strong employee and client focus. He has the right combination of leadership and industry experience to lead FirstCaribbean at the current stage of our companys development and in the present economic environment. Mr Mansoor continued: Riks global financial services experience as well as his leadership capabilities make him an ideal successor for the CEO position. In addition, his relationships within CIBC will greatly benefit FirstCaribbean as we continue to seek new opportunities for collaboration and growth in the years ahead. I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of this new role, said Mr. Parkhill. My first priority will be to meet and get to know the people of FirstCaribbean. I have already heard many great things about the talent and skills of the people here and look forward to hearing from them about the potential of this business moving forward. The past three years as the CEO of FirstCaribbean have been a wonderful experience for me, Douglas Rik Parkhill Mr.John Orr (contd on page 14)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 14 NEWS said Mr. Orr. I want to thank the FirstCaribbean management and all 3400 employees for their support and their dedication in providing the people of the Caribbean with exceptional financial advice, products and services. Mr. Orr will remain as CEO until September, when Mr. Parkhill is expected to assume the role. 2 Mr. Parkhill will be supported in his role by a team of highly experienced banking executives including several new appointments also being announced today: Tom Crawford, Managing Director, Retail, Wealth and Small Business Banking has announced he will retire from FirstCaribbean after nearly 40 years with the CIBC Group. In order to effect an orderly transition of his duties, Mr Crawford will be appointed Vice Chairman, providing Senior Coverage to key clients and supporting the CEO on a number of key strategic initiatives for a period of time. Rolf Phillips will assume the role of Managing Director, Retail, Wealth and Small Business Banking and will report to the Chief Executive Officer. Mr Phillips has more than 30 years of diverse banking experience in the Caribbean, with both FirstCaribbean and Barclays dating back to 1980. He is a graduate of the Banks Internal Accelerated Management Development Program and served in a number of retail roles in the Cayman Islands, Antigua, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia. Kiyomi Daniel has been confirmed as FirstCaribbeans Chief Financial Officer following her interim appointment in February. She joined FirstCaribbean in 2003 as a manager in the financial reporting group. She was promoted to Group Financial Controller in 2006 and most recently was named Chief Accountant for the FirstCaribbean Group. Ms Daniel is a Chartered Accountant. She is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and now resides in Barbados. Daryl Hosein will join FirstCaribbean as Chief Accountant, pending regulatory approval. Mr Hosein joins FirstCaribbean from COBSCO (CIBC Offshore Banking Services Corporation) where he is currently CFO. Mr Hosein has had many years of experience as a finance professional including eight years within the CIBC Group. He is a Caricomm national and resides in Barbados with his wife and three children. ECCB hosts train the trainers workshop Accounting professionals are participating in a five-day Train the Trainers Workshop at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Auditorium, Bird Rock, today, Friday May 20th. The opening ceremony on Monday (May 16) attracted a number of accountants from the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) including St.Kitts and Nevis. The workshop which is centered on the standards, interpretations, framework and requirements of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), it is made possible by Chairman of IFRS Interpretations Committee and former International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) member, Bob Garnett; Director of IFRS Education Initiative, IFRS Foundation, Michael Wells; Academic Advisor to the IASB and Professor of Accounting, the Stanford University and former IASB member, Mary Barth. Governor of the ECCB Sir Dwight Venner said the project marks a very crucial mile stone, in their strategies for the growth of the economies in the member states of the sub region. He expressed his appreciation to the World Bank for subsidizing the mission and to the IFR enterprise for presentation. He also reiterated on the fact that they have been trying to get the workshop organized for quite some time. He went on to say that there are four institutions which have been targeted for the project which includes Accounting Firms, Bank, Insurance Companies and Credit Unions. The ECCB Governor explained that the purpose of the workshop is to raise the participants awareness of the international accounting standards and rules and regulations. This workshop is a part of the World Bank project to improve the accounting standards in the OECS EC Currency Union. This is one of the events that will be taking place which produces a five-year project so it is very important that we get our accountants up to international standards. Sir Dwight said. Director Wells said that the IFRS for Small and Medium Entities (SME) is concerned with attempting to build the ability for small and mediumenterprises to gain admittance to finance. He also said that the event presents an opening for them to try and develop a capacity to train the trainers.John Orr completes term as CEO of FirstCaribbean (contd from page 13)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 15 VIEW POINT VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS In last weeks article I penned these words If it were not for hopes (plural) the heart would break (Thomas Fuller MD). When I first examined that quotation the word hopes jumped out at me. Perhaps you are like me and wonder what the author had in mind. The hopes that occupy people are many and varied. They range from vague uncertain ideas to things that are confidently expected. It all depends on what the object of ones hope is. From time to time people use their free will to gamble on a win in a lottery. Whoever does so is simply waiting on chance with a sense of optimism. Such persons can even calculate the (im) probability of a big win. Those who hope for good health or advancement in their profession can contribute to their chances of success; but here again they are dependent on conditions over which they have no influence. Some hopes have to do with other peoples co-operation. Who doesnt count on the faithfulness of someone he loves? Only pessimists do not live on hope. A pessimist complains about the wind; but the optimist expects the wind direction to change. The realist however adjusts the sails. Most of us live on hopes. We can indeed be a strong motivation in this regard. But in the final instance a hope of any kind is uncertain. One hope alone can be regarded with assurance, that is, the hope placed in God. His promises will undoubtedly find fulfilment. He cannot lie. God is not a man, that He should lie, neither the son of man that he should repent. Hath He said and shall he not do it? Or hath He spoken and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19). This is the hope that the Bible gives us. It is quite different for what we usually understand by hope; it is founded on God who is infallible. It would be remiss of me if I fail to mention that so people express their hope of getting to heaven. If this goes no further than the normal human hope, it will be pointless. It must rest on assurance the Hope of eternal life based on this text: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began. (Titus 1:2). That verse gives us the certainty that believers, who already have eternal life, will soon enjoy it in all its fullness in heaven with Christ. That is the Christians hope, otherwise referred to as a lively or a living hope made possible through Christs glorious resurrection.WHY BE OPTIMISTIC?The Bible tells an interesting story about two young men who used their hope in an active God to stay positive amid dire circumstances. Read the story for yourself in 1 Samuel 14 where the Israelite army was in a desperate situation. The Philistines had five times as many chariots as the Israelites had men. The troop strength had dwindled to a mere six hundred. King Saul had clearly lost control. He could not make up his mind what to do. His options were severely restricted, as the Philistines had already captured all the Israelites blacksmiths, which meant no new weaponry. The cold fact was that the Israelites were waiting to die. But there was Jonathon, the Kings son. Did he rise up and rally the army with an impassioned speech, full of faith? No. He turned to one other person, his young armour carrier/bearer and suggested going to check out the Philistine outpost. Why? Perhaps the Lord will act on our behalf. Nothing can hinder No Medicine like Hope (Part 2) the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few. (1 Samuel 14:6) Notice, he made no promises. No predictions. He just stated the facts. It was possible. The two young men gingerly let themselves be seen by the swaggering enemy. Come up to us and well teach you a lesson the guards shouted. But before the day was over, it was the other way around. Jonathan and his armour bearer had reversed the tide and the Israelites won the victory. Thats what hope can do. People in trouble often say I dont want to get my hopes up, Get them up my faithful reader. Hope is not silliness. Hope is the quiet whisper inside the Christians heart that says It is possible Yes we can. One hymn-writer expressed it in these words, when darkness seems to veil His face, I rest on His unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. His covenant and blood support me in the overwhelming flood. When all around my soul gives way; He then is all my hope and stay. The Pessimist says, It can be done The optimist says, It can be done. The Peptimist says, I just did it. Extreme hopes are born of extreme misery (Bertrand Hussell).WHERE IS HOPE?Does anyone offer real hope? The world tries to offer security. We can buy insurance; we can put our money in various accounts to ensure financial stability. We can train for good careers so we will be set for life. We can make investments that promise good returns. None of these is bad and, some make a lot of sense. But with due respect, they do not offer real hope. Rather they seem to say the world is bad and its going to get worse. Better do this in order to take care of yourself. So where can hope be found? The only place to find it is in the pages of Gods Word. There we read that God, who controls the world and all past and future events is bringing the world to an end in order to replace it with the world we each truly long for one full of peace, love and joy. Hope cannot be found apart from God because we, left to ourselves can never make such a world happen as we are basically selfish and evil./ The Christians ultimate hope is in the promises God made in and through His Son. Christ is coming again, maybe soon. It behoves us to be ready for the Blessed Hope. Lively Hope and Trumpet sound to meet Him in the air. Hope all shall be well. 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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 16 COMMENTARY BY EARL CLARKE Labour Day is a day for Workers (Part 2) Dear Reader: I will continue the article of last week by posing the question, who is a worker? A worker is a person who stretches forth his or her hand at the end of the day, at the end of the week, at the end of every two weeks (bi-monthly) at the end of every month, if he or she works on commission as in insurance, to be rewarded for their labour whether in the form of cash or cheque. It is I work for you, or, I give you my labour and you compensate me for giving you that labour, that sweat, that toil, that energy of mine. We must always bear in mind that once you do not possess the means of production (the capitalist or the owner, or the employer), you are a worker. The capitalists try to confuse us by categorizing workers into white collar workers those who work with their brain, those who are the Managers, Accountants, the Secretaries, the Teachers, the Professors; those who have degrees and those who work with their brawn in the factories; porters, carpenters, cleaners, the dump truck workers, the farmers, the landscapers. The capitalists, like in the old days of slavery, try to divide and rule in order to dilute the unity and the strength of the working class people, making some workers to feel that they are better off than other workers. The same strategy, the same tactics as in the old days of slavery where there were the house slaves and the field slaves. The house slaves because of their breeding (they were of high colour, having been spewed by Massa) and the field slaves who were black, muscular and beautiful if they were females. The division of the working class enables Massa or the Capitalists to have some form of armament to resist the ambitions of the working class and to weaken their demands and their strength. Those so-called white collar workers forget that they can be fired just as the labouring class can be fired. Perhaps it is this fear which makes them align themselves to Massa and assist him in the suppression of their working class brothers and sisters. Would you dear reader, upgrade this sense of fear and call it the Law of Survival, or would you agree with me that it is the Law of betrayal through lack of working class consciousness? For a worker is a worker and all could be fired at the whims and fancies of the employer or the capitalist, who feels and believes that no worker is indispensible. There is no difference therefore, between the white collar worker and the labouring class of workers. The Capitalists main objective or motive is based on profits. He has no feelings for those who work for him. Let me repeat it again. It is the same old system which enslaved us cheap labour, plenty of profit. Nothing has and will ever change because the system is like a vampire feeding off the fears, the hopes, and the disunity of the working class people. There are a lot of us in St. Kitts who believe that only the cane cutters are workers. All those civil servants who stretch forth their hands every month to Government for their monthly salaries are workers and no better than those workers who work for Solid Waste. Those students who travel abroad and return as Doctors or Surgeons are working class. Their parents, regardless of how they were able to send them through University, were working class people. On their return home, irrespective of how brilliant they are, they have to depend on the working class people to generate income for them. Those who return as Economists, Accountants or Business Administrators have to seek work somewhere, thereby absorbing them into the ranks of the working class people. And, even if they opened their own businesses, they originated from the working class mother and father. Even if the person is from a capitalist family, qualified and seeks employment out of his fathers or mothers business, that person is absorbed into the ranks of the working class fold. He or she becomes a worker. He or she is employed by someone. He or she stretches forth his or her hand at the end of the month for his or her cheque as reward for their labour working class. So, on Labour Day, all workers should forget their political differences and march in support, not of the Labour Party, but for the millions of brothers and sisters of the working class element who are still being suppressed, oppressed and exploited. They can march in their political shirts, but red is the colour of the working class people. Red signifies the colour of the blood which was shed by untold numbers of workers, so that we could enjoy the standard of living we now enjoy as workers, working 8 hours a day with break for lunch. There is a song which is entitled The workers song. It goes something like this. The peoples flag is deepest red, it covers all our martyred dead... the working class peoples colour is red, as I have said before, a symbol of the martyred bloodshed in the struggle for human dignity as a worker. In the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, the only party or organization which symbolizes the struggle for the working class people are the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party which emerged out of the Trades Union. These are the only two organizations which, by history, are dedicated towards the struggle of the working class people and which toiled and struggled over the years to bring recognition to the role of the workers in the working places. Yes, Dear Reader -the only two organizations. The founder and the father of the Peoples Action Movement (PAM) originated from the working class people. His story points us to that fact. He was black and, according to the times, could not have been born in wealth, because of the position he took up when he first started to work. He was endowed with a lot of ambition and worked himself up the ranks until he became the Secretary of the institution he worked for. We have to admire him for that. He was a worker, but he lacked the working class consciousness. Instead, he gravitated towards the Massas who were oppressing his black brothers and sisters. No organization he formed could ever be to uplift the development of his working class people. His gravitation towards Massa and his causes would render him incapable of any feelings for the struggling masses of black oppressed, suppressed and dehumanized working class people. He was Massa the exploiters errand boy. He was in the service of and to Massa and Massa alone. The compass of his life was pivoted towards Massas interest. His soul was devoid of any feelings of sympathy or empathy for his black brothers and sisters who were in the pit of degradation. His soul had metamorphed from black to white. He became a total and unfeeling stranger to his black working class people, who might have entertained some feeling of admiration for his advancement in the white mans world. These black brothers and sisters were soon to be jolted by the fact that their black brother had been transformed into a zombie, manipulated by ambition and a desire to do Massas will and Massas will only. On the other side of this equation was Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw of St. Pauls, whose mother was the cook for Mr. Basil Davis, the Manager of the St. Kitts Sugar Factory. From an early age, Mr. Bradshaw realized that as the cook for the Factory Manager the most powerful man in the country, the most she could do as the cook, was to taste the pot to see if it was salt enough. Hungry as her son was, she could not steal one grain of rice or even a pea to assuage his hunger. Robert had to learn to curtail his hunger until the Manager ate his fill and that which remained on his plate was to be shared between him and his mother. He learned that from an early age and, even though he sat in the kitchen as his mother prepared the meals for the Factory Manager, he did not climb the ladder of fantasy or make belief. He was touched by his mothers plight as he saw her working for sunrise one day and continuing into the wee hours of the morning of another day if Massa Basil had a party. He must have been favoured with a lot of leftovers and his stomach more decoratively nourished than the field workers children, but his added privilege did not deter him from realizing that something was terribly wrong. So, when in 1940 the Trade Union Movement was emerged, he quickly joined its ranks and suffered much dehumanization, insults and slander in order to correct the injustices of the working class people. When he confronted the Manager of the Sugar Factory as the representative of the working class people, he must have been either treated with contempt or scorn by a Massa whose scrapings he had to wait on to satisfy his hunger. When the workers of this country on Labour Day march, they march in appreciation of the indignities Mr. Bradshaw suffered so that he could bring dignity to them and their offspring.In Tuned In One With radio 1 94.1FM PM Douglas vows to stamp out use and abuse of marijauna BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 18TH 2011 (CUOPM) The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has reaffirmed its position that the use and abuse of marijuana is illegal and everything will be done to stamp it out. St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, who is a student of medicine, pharmacology and biochemistry and who has been closely associated with a research, acknowledged there is an appropriate medicinal ingredient extracted for the treatment of glaucoma that has been worked on in Jamaica and several States in the United States permit by law the use of marijuana by persons to ease severe chronic pain. We do not have any of that use here in St. Kitts and Nevis and so at the moment marijuana is illegal in its use and apart from that it is a commonly abused drug and the Government will speak out against its use and its abuse here in St. Kitts and Nevis, said Dr. Douglas in response to a caller to his weekly radio programme Ask the Prime Minister. We dont want to get anyone confused at all as to what position the Governments position on marijuana is. Marijuana is a banned drug and the law will continue pursue those who abuse the use of this drug, said the Prime Minister. Marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes and that is being well established, but at the moment it is an illegal and abused drug here in this country and we shall do everything to stamp it out. Too many of our young people have become confused, have become hyped up, have been encouraged to a large extent by the use of marijuana to get into serious crimes, heinous crimes, serious, serious and violent criminal activity and to a large extent marijuana has been associated in many cases, Dr. Douglas said. He added: as a medical person myself, I know for a fact that in situations where there may be latent, lying, dormant schizophrenic problems, that these can be unmasked with the use of marijuana, and thus, as we would say, cause one to do all kinds of crazy things and so we cannot encourage it in this society because at the moment it is an illegal drug and it is being widely abused and so it has to be discouraged in our society. Dr. Douglas recently disclosed that former Minister of National Security Mr. Astaphan had brought to the Cabinet draft legislation to legalize marijuana.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 17 NEWS upward mobility, economic security and equality! Seeds that one Labour Government after another has continued to tend and water ever since, with each new Labour Government coming forth with new seeds as the time and the circumstances changed, said Dr. Douglas, the second longest serving Labour Party Leader and also the longest serving head of government of St. Kitts and Nevis. The Rt. Excellent Sir Robert Bradshaw affectionately called Papa Bradshaw put shoes on the peoples feet. Thankful for that but today, this Labour Government gave the people their own land on which to walk in those shoes, and their own houses in which to keep them. Bradshaw opened the high schools to all the young people of this country. Thankful for that, this Labour Government with Student Loans and Scholarships opened the doors of the worlds universities to our young people, the corridors of which they are walking with pride, dignity and a sense of accomplishment. Bradshaw and his fellow-visionaries protected the rights of the cane-field workers and lifted them up. Thankful for that, this Labour Government has placed and continue to place Kittitian and Nevisian farmerentrepreneurs in the former canefields this time as masters of their own destinies. Seventy-five years of planting, and tending, and watering, said Dr. Douglas. What a bountiful harvest we have reaped. What a bountiful harvest we are continuing to reap. What a bountiful harvest we shall indeed reap through hard work, vision, and unity. Today, we, the children of Bradshaw, and France, and Southwell
we, the children and grandchildren of the sugar cane workers are now government clerks and bank employees. Teachers and lawyers. Artists and engineers. Daycare workers and doctors. Hotel workers and small businesspeople. We are religious ministers. And writers. And drummers. And everything in between. And we, the children of all those who have gone before, we, the St. KittsNevis Labour Party, have been elected by the people, in free and fair elections, not once, not twice, not three times, but four times to manage the affairs of this blessed land, said Prime Minister Douglas, adding And we shall go on for a fifth, and sixth, and seventh because we shall not be moved! to the thunderous applause of the delegates. Dr. Douglas said that despite the traps set to keep down and remove the Labour Government from office, the Labour Party has stood firm and united, as others set one trap after another. These traps have taken many forms over the years, because there are, indeed, many ways to skin a cat. If one way of weakening Labour does not work, some people believe, then maybe another will, said Dr. Douglas, who noted that when denying the Party as a political organisation failed, some people decided that the best way to break the spirit of Labour would be to run in an election and defeat it in the polls. They tried that in the 60s, but that did not work either because the people knew the origins of those who were trying to break Labour. They knew what they had stood for, and they knew that they had fought against them, and so the people roundly rejected them at the polls. And then, some people actually decided that the best way to defeat Labour would be to militarily remove the lawfully elected Labour Government that had just trounced them at the polls by the force of arms on June 10th 1967, said Dr. Douglas. No need to be specific. But that did not work either. And the duly elected Labour government stood. The only point in the entire history of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Comrades, when we allowed the plotters and the planners to gain the upper hand, was when the death of our founding fathers sent us all into a tailspin of pain and mourning, confusion and dissension, suspicion and division. And it was our own division and our own carelessness, really that we gave to some people a victory that they could never have gotten any other way. Never again, Comrades. Let me remind you of just one more of the vast and varied tactics that some have used to break our spirit and break our Party, said Prime Minister Douglas, who noted that Masses House the home of the Labour Movement that has always been a major symbol of Labour as a political force was almost taken away by the then PAM Administration of Dr. Kennedy Simmonds. Our internal divisions sapped us of our strength, muddied our focus, and made us lose our way, causing us, by our own divisions, to clear the path for those who care only about the few, to form the Government over the many. And one of the first things the anti-Labour interests did when they formed the Government, in order to further disorient us as a Party, and strip us of unifying symbols, was to demand that Masses House pay its loan to National Bank in full. But that did not work either. And from St. Peters to Verchilds, and from Molyneux to McKnight, people brought their hundred dollars and their twenty dollars
.their ten dollars and their one dollars
..they brought their fifty cents and their ten cents and whatever else they could and paid off the debt because they understood that it was not really Masses House that the antiLabour forces were going after. It was them. It was the unity, and their cohesion, it was their strength. It was the political resonance that Labour and Masses House represented that had to be destroyed. And now, Comrades, here we are in 2011, said Prime Minister Douglas. What a story of vision, and unity, and triumph this Labour Party has to tell. How bravely and skillfully we have withstood every onslaught from the very dawn of our existence. And how we have prevailed! How we have triumphed! Emerging after each and every act of trickery, and each and every show of treachery, stronger than we were before, said Dr. Douglas. He told the fiery delegates that many wish to see Labour weakened, silenced and defeated. Think about it. Labour is the voice of the people. Labour is the will of the people. Labour represents the dreams, the aspirations, the strivings, and the full and unbowed humanity of the people, said Dr. Douglas, pointing out that there are those who have always felt, and who feel even today, that the will of the people, the ice of the people, the dreams and hopes and aspirations of the people must be contained, must be diverted, must be skillfully channeled in other directions, until they are no more. By hook or by crook. We understood that seventy-nine years ago. And understand that now. And Labour marches on, said the popular and charismatic St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party Leader. Delegates clap during the presentation by National Political Leader, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas Photos by Willetts Photo PM Douglas recalls the sacrifices that produced todays triumphs promises continued visionary pathBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 17TH 2011 (CUOPM) A packed and enthusiastic 79th Annual Conference of the governing St. KittsNevis Labour Party responded with attentiveness and affirmation as the twin-island Federations Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas enumerated the many bold and visionary actions that both his and former Labour Administrations have undertaken over the years, in order to produce the phenomenal social and economic progress that the people of the twin-island Federation have witnessed in their lifetimes. Over 500 delegates, officials, representatives of the diplomatic corps, and invited guests gathered under this years theme Planting Seeds Today For Tomorrows Harvest, as Party leaders and loyalists took pride in recounting the difficult choices in years gone by that led to their being, today, the largest, strongest, and most respected political party in the nations history. Prime Minister Douglas reminded the crowd of the wise decisions taken by his Government thus far in order to avoid the massive social and economic traumas that the same crisis had inflicted on some of the most powerful nations on earth. And, in keeping with this years Conference theme, he assured the visibly supportive crowd that decisive policy actions by his Government not only have brought, but will, indeed, continue to bring long term benefits to the Federation. We have had to introduce VAT to stabilize our public finances that were so badly affected by the global recession. At the same time, we have had to streamline the operations of Public Corporations with a view to enhancing their efficiency and reducing their claims on scarce financial resources of the central government. Moreover, we were forced to restructure the very generous subsidies that we provided to electricity consumers in our Federation. This has combined with increases in commodity prices all over the face of the globe, to increase our inflation rate and create new challenges for our households, he said. It is very clear, however, that our actions have helped to avert a potential crisis that could have been far more devastating on our people. The Prime Minister made reference to the tragic closing of schools and hospitals in the United States and other major powers, and made reference to the massive dumping of real estate that had also become commonplace in those countries a fate that has been averted in St. Kitts and Nevis due to prudent and responsible decision-making on the part of his Government. The IMF itself has expressed confidence in the package of fiscal initiatives developed by the Douglas Administration, and the Government has also expressed its commitment to continued collaboration with the IMF, and has expressed its readiness, should it encounter substantial shortfalls in revenue or financing, to further engagement in relation to access to its financing facilities. It was against this backdrop that the Prime Minister and Party Leader outlined to the Conference the afore-mentioned range of stabilizing policy measures that have already been put in place by his Government. Indeed, in his Budget Address several months back, the Prime Minister had expressed his Governments readiness to responsibly embrace any precautionary arrangement that may be necessary in order to tackle the nations debt problem. The IMFs arrival in the Federation on May 17, 2011 for its Article IV assessment is quite timely, therefore, as it will once again give the Government the opportunity to analyze the most prudent path forward. One possible outcome, which the Government would welcome, would be a virtual insurance policy in order to ensure that there is no adverse impact on the Federations financial sector as the Government pursues its debt reduction strategy. The advantage of such an arrangement is that it would provide confidence to the financial sector that the country would be provided with the necessary resources should they be required. It should be borne in mind that we are members of the IMF and that we have access to the resources of this organization in a similar manner to a member of a Credit Union. There are certain conditions which would apply and I know that we will be able to satisfy such conditions for we have done most of the work that is necessary to stabilize our economy. Resources from this institution are available at around 1.5% interest rate, the Prime Minister explained at the time of his Budget Address. In keeping with its regular and ongoing responsibilities, the IMF Article IV Assessment Team will be in the Federation until early June, and at the end of the Conference, in a one-on-one with a member of the media, Prime Minister Douglas was explaining that his Government was looking forward to the arrival of the IMF Team since his Governments work with the institution represents precisely the types of seeds that have proven to be so essential to the advancement of the Federation in the past. (contd on page 16) Labour Party membership ....
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 18 NEWS -Former Nurse/Health Advisor Addresses Importance of Nurses NIA-CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS (May 18TH 2011) The May 9th to 15th 2011 observance of Nurses Week was facilitated through the hosting of a number of activities on Nevis including a luncheon, symposium, church service, social evening, health clinic and a grand concert. Health Advisor in the Nevis Island Administration and former nurse, Mrs. Patricia Hanley, joined the celebration by first launching the week through her official televised address. On behalf of the Nevis Island Administration, and specifically the Minister of Health, and on my own behalf, I would like to use this opportunity to commend the nurses for the tremendous job that they continue to do, she said. Mrs. Hanleys address, which focused on the theme Closing the Gap: Increasing Access and Equity, underscored the important role of nurses. Nurses, she said, are called upon to provide primary health care in the most challenging settings adding that their role of improving equity and access to health care is of critical importance. Although Mrs. Hanleys address outlined barriers to health care, she spoke of the strategies that were proving to be successful in communities worldwide. These strategies, she said, would seek to close the gaps in health status and increase access and equity in communities. Among the issues highlighted were the promotion of policies and programmes aimed at improving population health; protection against the impoverished costs of illnesses; granting access to accurate information and good quality health care and prioritizing the allocation of limited resources with a view to increasing access and reducing inequality. This, Mrs. Hanley believed would ensure that the socially disadvantaged and marginalized in society are not left behind. The health official also stressed the need for continued exploration of health care financing coupled with arrangements that aim at universal coverage, and the offering of particular benefits for socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups. (file photo) Health Advisor in the Nevis Island Administration Mrs. Patricia Hanley. New million dollar asphalt plant for Nevis; NIA road development programme to continue unhindered having frequent break downs. The cost in terms of the maintenance of the plant is a challenge and it got to the point of frustration where you are in the middle of a road development or maintenance and the plant just gives out for whatever reason. So they [technical officers] have been appealing to the Ministry for a brand new asphalt plant. We lobbied the Nevis Island Administration, submitted a Cabinet Submission with regard to the asphalt plant, outlining clearly the benefits of a new asphalt plant. I am very happy that we have the brand new ADM Asphalt Plant here on the island of Nevis, he explained. According to Mr. Stapleton, the new 110ton asphalt plant will be of benefit to the people of Nevis because the road maintenance programme would continue uninterrupted and maintenance cost would be much less. One of the things about the new asphalt plant is that it would make the road works more efficient in the sense that in terms of the completion of these roads it should be quicker. The mix should be better
We are expecting that the quality of work should improve with regard to the actual paving itself
Many times we have to send certain sections of the plant or pieces of the plant to St. Kitts for repair work and all of this cost money and it costs time so we expect that the maintenance cost for this plant should greatly reduce our maintenance bill so we are happy about that
We had to get technical officers from as far as Europe to travel here to assist us in solving some of the issues that we had, he said. Notwithstanding, Mr. Stapleton noted that the staff would be exposed to training in keeping with an ongoing staff training programme. So far some of the Public Works personnel travelled to Kentucky in the United States for training including asphalt mixing. With regard to the new plant, Mr. Stapleton said two technical officers had travelled to Miami to ensure it adequately met the needs of the Department before a final determination was made for purchase and some back up technical assistance in that regard was also sought from a private company. He further added that there were a number of ADM asphalt plants in the Federation and workers from the PWD had travelled to St. Kitts to look at them in operation since it would be operating under a similar environment in Nevis. Installation of the new plant is expected to commence shortly at the existing location in Matty Bottom, New River and the Departments technical staff is currently engaged in preparation for installation. Once the plant is installed we expect a couple technical officers to travel to Nevis to provide training for our guys in the operation of the plant. So additional training would be provided with regard to the operation of this new ADM Asphalt Plant, Mr. Stapleton said. The Permanent Secretary also noted that the plant was bought from the United States as opposed to Europe due to cost considerations, ease of access to parts and technical assistance. NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MAY 18, 2011) The Public Works Department on Nevis will finally be in a position to tackle unhindered, the extensive road development programme that the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) had instructed them to implement. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications Works, Public Utilities and Posts Mr. Ernie Stapleton made that disclosure in an interview with the Department of Information on Tuesday less than 24 hours after a brand new EC$1.2million ADM asphalt plant arrived on Nevis. The new plant will replace a 14-year Parker made plant which had experienced extensive break downs and was no longer considered cost effective equipment. This asphalt plant according to the technical officers has been giving them some challenges Sections of the new million dollar ADM asphalt plant at the Long Point Deep Water Harbour bound for Matty Bottom in New River Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications Works Public Utilities and Posts on Nevis Mr. Ernie Stapleton
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 19 NEWS -Youth Outreach Dance Ministry Press Release Once again, the Youth Outreach Dance Ministry is pleased to showcase another year of outstanding performances by our young dancers, hailing from the different churches within the federation. The Ministry, which is the only Christian dance school within the federation is prepared and ready to excite you with some brand new pieces choreographed by their tutors, Ms. Andrea Caines, Mrs. Carla Taylor-Williams and Sheyjona Bass. This year, we depict the theme from the number 8 which represents newness in God. Our theme, A New Beginning With God Through Dance promises to be great and a blessing to anyone who plan to attend our recital on Sunday 29th May 2011 at the ECCB Auditorium starting 4:00pm sharp. Ms. Andrea Caines, the director and choreographer of this Ministry, says after so much work, she would ensure that the audience would leave the recital feeling satisfied, and the seed that she has sown into these young lives will shine through their performances. Our special guest this year will be Mr. OLoughlin Tatem, a leading poet in the Federation, who will dedicate a poem to the tutors and students of the Ministry for 8 years of hard work. Our host for the afternoon will be Min. Khrystus Wallace, who has been working with the Ministry for the past 6 years, and who always thrill the audience with laughter making sure that everyone leaves the recital smiling and feeling good that they had come. The Ministry has been visiting a few churches on the island to promote our upcoming recital, and to showcase some of the pieces that will be done. On Sunday 21st May, we would be worshipping as a body at the Basseterre Church of God, Durant Ave, where the Graduating Class and Dance teen will minister their worship piece. We would like to take this time to thank the Almighty God for bringing us thus far, and allowing us to be able to showcase our talents once more for Him, to all the parents of the Ministry, we say thank you for taking the time out in bringing your dancers to class, and for choosing a dance school of such magnitude, Mr. Clifford Thomas, to our tutors, Ms Andrea Caines, Mrs. Carla Taylor-Williams and Sheyjona Bass, to Ms. Sandra Cassy Williams, Mrs. Orren Wyatts, and Ms Dian Pringle for doing such a wonderful job over the years in beautifying our dancers, and ensuring that they look dazzling before the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. To our fans, well-wishers, and supporters who rallied with us over the years, we thank you. We extend a warm invitation to you the General public to a sterling afternoon of dance of very high standard. If you missed last years performances, you cannot afford to miss this year. We promise to give you a fulfilled spiritual time to remember. The Ministry has come this far by FAITH leaning on the Lord. For we have FAITH and KNOWLEDGE resting on the HOPE of eternal life, which GOD, who does not lie, PROMISED before the beginning of time. Titus 11:2. The Ministry is looking forward for many more years of dance recital. Tickets are available, and can be obtained at the Mortons Supermarket, Cayon Street. Refreshments will be on sale!!! Mrs. Clarke worships at the St. Johnson Methodist Church, where she gives thanks to God. St. Christopher 4 saluted Mrs. Bernadette Edmeade-Brown, of the Challengers Village, an outstanding member of Ebenezer Methodist Church in Old Road, who as assisted over the years with the childrens party every December. She is a valuable member of Constituency No.4 of the St. KittsNevis Labour Party; is married to Mr. Clive Brown and they have four children. From St. Christopher 5 came Mrs. Letitia Gumbs of Bourkes Road, Sandy Point, who was born to Mr. & Mrs. Abraham Brotherson on June 14th, 1924. Her parents were supporters of the Labour Party, so Letitia had no choice; she had to keep the flames burning. She married Prince Gumbs of Anguilla and this union produced two children Joan and Wentworth. She has nine grandchildren and six great grand children. Mrs. Gumbs not only mothered whom she gave birth but also her nieces, nephews, grand and great grand children, but also children in the neighborhood, said the citation. She worked as a cook at the Hansen Home for several years and migrated to the United States Virgin Islands, but remained connected with her Labour Party throughout the years. Miss Jocelyn Dorsette, hails from the village of Dieppe Bay in lush green slopes of Constituency Six. She is a caring 47-year-old a mother of four daughters and a grandmother of four also. Joyce, as she affectionately called, was educated at the Dieppe Bay Primary School and later went to the Sandy Point High School, now Charles E. Mills Secondary School. Joycelyn is an ardent, very vocal supporter of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and she so aptly puts A Love Me PM Bad. Me A One He Warriors. Ms Dorsette is employed as Traffic Warden for the past 15 years. St. Christopher 7 Mother of the Year is Ms. Sandra Duggins priceless in life, successful and great, truly a good friend that many appreciate. This former Cayon High School Talented Queen hails from the tiny village of Bourryeau. An Administrative Assistant at St. Kitts Office Machines for the past seventeen years, she has proven that she is dedicated, trustworthy, hardworking and reliable. These are just some of the qualities that describe her. It is the same dedication that she exhibits as a member of the Planning Committee of Constituency #7 and the Labour Party on a whole. She has been the indoor agent for Constituency #7 for the past ten years and is from a staunch Labour household and become active in the Labour Movement from early age by assisting her father, Mr. Spencer Duggins who was an enumerator back then, said the citation. Constituency #8 proudly presented Muriel Saunders, better known as Vivian Foreman or Madge who epitomizes Labour and the struggles of the working class people in her own life of 68 years. She is one of the hardworking Labourites who followed in the footsteps of the late revered Sir Robert L. Bradshaw and helped to build this country with her sweat. Muriel is full of life and enjoys a good time. She has participated in numerous Oldie Goldie shows and is the life of the Party. Good fortune smiled on her when she was invited for vacation in England to visit her relatives and friends. She is blessed with four children, two of each sex and also has several grandchildren. Muriel worships at the St. Peters Anglican and although retired from the sugar industry, she still finds time to do her first love, agriculture. Like Labour, she believes in doing the good she can do to her fellow-men. Labour honours 8 Mothers ....... (contd from page 3) skills and experience to keep the ship of state on course, in very turbulent waters. It has not been easy and we know that our people have been called upon to make significant sacrifices but I am convinced that these sacrifices are well worth it, said Dr. Douglas. We have had to introduce VAT to stabilize our public finances that was so badly affected by the global recession. At the same time, we have had to streamline the operations of public corporations with a view to enhancing their efficiency and reducing their claims on scarce financial resources of the central government. Moreover, we were forced to restructure the very generous subsidies that we provided to electricity consumers in our Federation. This hasPM Douglas says.....economic recovery(contd from page 1)combined with increases in commodity prices all over the face of the globe, to increase our inflation rate and create new challenges for our households, he said. It is very clear, however, that our actions have helped to avert a potential crisis that could have been far more devastating on our people. Moreover, we are already seeing signs that our decisive policy actions will bring substantial long-term benefits for our Federation, said Prime Minister Douglas. He disclosed that earlier this year, the Governments bank overdraft account which, at times, has reached hundreds of millions of dollars, was in the black, indicating that for the first time in many years, the Government recorded a positive bank balance. We are also pleased that the St. Kitts Air and Sea Ports Authority is now reporting monthly profits after a prolonged period of losses and negative cash flows, said the Prime Minister. Dr. Douglas said that it is not surprising therefore that the IMF has projected, in its April 2011 Regional Economic Outlook, that for 2011 the primary surplus could reach 2.9 percent of GDP which would be substantially higher than the average of 1 percent projected for the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. At the same time, it is expected that economic growth will pick up and reach 1.5 percent in 2011. We believe that as global conditions improve, our policy initiatives will yield even greater benefits and will set the stage for a sustained reduction in national debt, said Dr. Douglas. PM Douglas: Freedom of Association important to Labour; spin doctors twisting facts BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 19TH 2011 (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says the right of persons to associate must be respected and said his governing St. KittsNevis Labour Party understands fundamental rights. Our Party has been the Party that fought in the vanguard to ensure that the fundamental rights of our people are not only won, but respected and preserved and the right of association is one of those rights, said Prime Minister as he clarified a resolution presented at Sundays 79th Annual Conference of his governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. Dr. Douglas explained that the Resolution from the Labour Party Branch in Constituency # 8 was asking that certain statements which are out there and which are being made by certain persons and certain political parties in reference to certain persons in our Cabinet and in our Party; that these same persons disassociate themselves (contd on page 20)
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 20 NEWS -PM Douglas: Freedom of Association important to Labour; spin doctors twisting facts from the statements made by others and by political parties in reference to them, which according to the resolution could be putting such persons in a bad or negative light. It spoke nothing about associating with persons. It spoke specifically about disassociating with statements that are being made by persons and political parties about one or two members within our organization and within the Cabinet of Ministers and asking for good sense that that such persons within the Party or within the Cabinet distance themselves from those statements which were reference to them, Dr. Douglas further explained. Dr. Douglas admitted that the Constituency Branch resolution could have been more diplomatic and not specifically identifying the persons, but thats the way Constituency 8 saw it. He disclosed that submissions were made to amendment the resolution during a healthy discussion on the issue and after several persons from the floor, some of whom had suggested modifications to the resolution and after time was going and there was still going to be heated discussion on the resolution, I use my right, my prerogative, as the leader of the Labour Party to withdraw the resolution and thus bring the controversy, the discussions to an end especially as such discussions began to seriously impair our time that we had for the use of the Banquet Hall at the Marriott and so eventually that matter was settled. I used my prerogative as a Leader of the party to withdraw the resolution after it had generated quite a bit of very high-spirited discussion and debate as to the contents of the resolution, but at no time I want to stress, that the resolution was asking anyone to distance themselves from any Astaphan or any other person as the case maybe, reiterated Prime Minister Douglas, who again stressed peoples right to associate is well established. They are fundamental rights and no one could be so crazy to come into the Conference and ask the people dont associate with others. Dr. Douglas pointed out that he has been at the receiving end of several attacks from time to time from persons who have attacked. If I have the opportunity to associate with them I do so, because the right of association is different, I would think, from the right to make statements which may be negative and which can be ignored and so the comrades in Constituency # 8 were just asking the members who have become referenced to statements from political parties and others on the platform that they distance themselves from those statements because our comrades felt it was not putting them in a good light, said the Prime Minister in response to questions on his weekly radio programme Ask the Prime Minister.(contd fom page 19) Final Four Spot will be decided this weekend The Final Spot for the Final Four of the Digicel Premier League will be decided this Saturday at Newtown Playing Field. The teams that are already in the Final Four are S L Horsford St Pauls, Delphic Newtown United, and Conaree FC. The teams that will be competing for the final position are Rams Village Superstars, St Peters FC and St Thomas Trinity Strikers. All three teams are relatively close in the point standings and have one game to play on Saturday. St Thomas Trinity Strikers had a golden opportunity on Tuesday 17th May to put themselves in a better position when they played Conaree FC, but failed to capitalize on several opportunities to score and take the lead. The game ended in a 1-1 draw giving both teams 1 point. The point standings going into Saturdays games are Rams Village Superstars 34, St Peters FC 33, and St Thomas Trinity Strikers 33. St Thomas Trinity Strikers play the first game on Saturday and St Peters and Rams Village Superstars will be keenly awaiting the results of this match. Rams Village and St Peters both play each other after Strikers and UDC Garden Hot Spurs game on Saturday. A win for Strikers would mean that Rams Village Superstars and St Peters would definitely have to win their encounter. The excitement of Saturdays games is ideal for all football loving fans. The Three rounds of football that were implemented this year have shown that each match is a must win. During the season teams have shown their dominance, and some teams finding themselves. We have seen teams falter and then recover and are now battling for the chance to be in the top four. Teams that have also been counted out as having a chance in the top four are now in a position to shock the football fans and capture the final spot. The final position for the Final Four will be decided on Saturday and all fans of football are encouraged to attend the game at the Newtown Playing field. It is guaranteed to be the most exciting games of the season before the playoffs. Games start at 6:00 pm sharp. PM Douglas to join Caribbean leaders for weekend Retreat in Guyana BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 19TH 2011 (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas heads for Guyana on Friday to join Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders for a weekend private retreat prior to annual Heads of Government Conference in Basseterre in July. The retreat had been agreed upon by the 15-member grouping at their Inter-Sessional Meeting in Grenada in February. The May 20-21 event at the remote Teperu-Itabu quarries lodge located at Mazaruni, south-east of Georgetown, will allow them to discuss a number of issues including a possible successor to Sir Edwin Carrington, who resigned as the regions top public servant in January. CCM reports Guyanas Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon as disclosing that the leaders would be examining ways of refocusing, re-energizing Integration within the Caribbean Community through an European-styled commission that would help speed up the implementation of decisions taken by the leaders. This has been the subject of adverse comments for decades now about the need to address the ceding of political authority from member states to this super-arching body a la European model, he said. At their meeting in Grenada, the leaders agreed that the burning issue of governance, which dominated their deliberations during their annual summit in Jamaica July last year, had been referred to a committee for continued deliberations. The matter was discussed but it was decided ...that it should properly await the completion of the review of the (CARICOM) Secretariat because the Secretariat is an integral part on the delivery of that governance and secondly, it is not just likely to come up, but it is inevitably going to be part of the discussions that should take place in the retreat that we have received the invitation from President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana, Jamaicas Prime Minister Bruce Golding said then. Golding said that there were also reservations about some of the recommendations that have so far been brought to the table, including the possibility of having the caucus of regional ambassadors permanently based in Guyana as one of the instruments for ensuring that decisions taken by the regional leaders are implemented by member countries. The leaders will also be discussing other issues such as intra-regional trade, movement of skills and movement of financial resources. (There will be) a frank discussion of what actually is the state of integration and then to find those common issues, the common platforms around which pragmatic era of integration could flow, said the Cabinet Sectary to the Guyana government. It will also address the likely practice of integration in todays community as well as the financial economic realities and imperatives, he added. Keelung Junior High School performers arrive Sunday for two shows BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 18TH 2011 (CUOPM) A 32member Taiwanese Folk Sports Troupe arrives here on Sunday for two performances on St. Kitts next week. The Keelung Junior High School performers will appear on Monday 23rd May at the Auditorium of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB). Attendance is by invitation only. The second performance is at the Silver Jubilee Stadium on Tuesday 24th May and is open to students of schools and members of the general public from 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Miguel Tsao, said the visit is in celebration of the 100 Centennial Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and its 28year Diplomatic Relations between the Federation of the St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan). Advertise With Us The Labour Spokesman
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 21 NEWS Sports CommentaryWITH PETER ADRIENPeter Adrien is an author and sports analyst. His latest United Nations 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy. Visit Peters website WWW.goadriens.com. Scotiabank Set to Hype Experience for Cricket Fans in 2011 Digicel Series Unveils New Initiatives to Entertain and Reward True FansScotiabank will be unveiling a host of new activities geared at enhancing fan experience at the upcoming 2011 Digicel Home Series. The Bank which has been a sponsor of West Indies Cricket for the past 12 years will be seeking to add new excitement to the series with its revamped kiddy cricket skills display, its at match promotions and giveaways to cricket fans as well as undertaking initiatives to give children an opportunity to enjoy the games much more. Scotiabank has been the exclusive sponsor of Kiddy Cricket and the Official Bank of West Indies and will be ramping its promotions at Warner Park as fans turn out to see the West Indies team battle the Pakistan players for a fourth straight win. In addition to watching the spectacle of the cricket matches, featuring Pakistan, Indian and the home team, WestOn Sunday, 15 May 2011, West Indies prevailed in low-scoring battle with Pakistan at the Provident Stadium, Guyana. The West Indies won the first test match by 40 runs having posted 226 in the first innings and managed 152 in the second innings to beat Pakistan who accumulated only 160 in the first innings and 178 in the second. Osman Samiuddin who covered the match for The Bulletin, summed up the game thus: Quite suitably, it took an up and down day to end an up and down Test, a cracker between two faltering sides. At the end West Indies had wrapped up their first and most significant Test win in over two years, since they beat England at the start of 2009. Ravi Rampaul and captain Darren Sammy were at the centre of it, taking eight wickets between them to lead the side to a 40-run win in Providence. Misbah-ulHaq and Umar Akmal battled but Pakistan had been outplayed, their batting as brittle as ash. Though Sammy took five wickets, Rampaul was actually the key, the best fast bowler in this Test by some distance. Devendra Bishoos arrival has taken the limelight away from Rampaul, for whom, in a normal non-dysfunctional cricket set-up, this would be hailed as a breakthrough performance. Hes bustled in all game, with pace, intelligence and movement. The Jamaica Observer of 16 May 2011, described the win as special for the following reasons. First, some of the younger players were tasting victory in a Test for the first time. It was the first Test match for legspinner, Devendra Bishoo, who celebrated the 40-run win over Pakistan with his mother, who was on hand to see the fourth days play at the Guyana National Stadium. The young leg spinner said, This is a feeling I cant explain. I cant find the words to describe how I feel right now. Before today, the West Indies had not won a Test match for over two years and to come in my first match, in front my home crowd, with mum in the stands watching, is truly special. This is a great start to my career. I could not have asked for better. From here I have to kick on and continue to get better and do better for West Indies cricket. Second, it was special for Captain Darren Sammy who got the Manof-the-Match award with his seven wickets for 45 runs from 29 overs in the match. He demonstrated tremendous resilience, having been much maligned in the press for his mediocre performances. His 7 for 45 are his second-best in Tests, after his 8 for 98 against England at Old Trafford in 2007. In 12 tests so far, Sammy has taken 36 wickets at an impressive average of 26.25. Third, it was special for Ravi Rampaul who came of age in the absence of Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards. Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul was superb throughout the match and ended with seven wickets 3-27 in the first innings followed up with a career-best 4-48 in the second innings on Sunday. Ravi Rampauls 7 for 75 are easily his best match figures; in fact, in his previous five tests he has taken four wickets, and had gone wicket-less in his previous two matches. For him the win was a major boost to his career and he was grateful: I want to thank all the members of the team for believing in me. I want to say thanks to the people who supported me and all the fans who backed me. For a while in a career I was the water boy and things werent happening for me, but this result goes to show what can happen when you have faith in yourself and when those around you give you the support. Fourth, it was special for Lendl Simmons who enjoyed his first Test win in his fourth Test match and made a career-best 49 in the first innings the second highest score in the match. The encouraging facts are worth noting. First, West Indies managed to unveil the weakness of the touring team and its lack of professional depth. Pakistan have exposed their weaknesses in all departments of the game. The batting lacks quality and the bowling lacks the ability to finish the opponent when it matters most. Batters failed to achieve a modest total in their second inning needing 218 runs in their second inning to overcome West Indies, they managed just 178 runs. What was perceived as a victory was turned into a hugh disappointment. Second, West Indies now have four wins as compared to Pakistans three in the ongoing tour which should be a major cause for concern for the Pakistanis management. West Indies won the lone T20 match, two ODIs out of five and now one Test matchs. Third, it was West Indies first victory in 18 tests, since they defeated England by an innings and 23 runs in Jamaica in February 2009. In 17 Tests during this period, West Indies lost eight and drew nine. Likewise the lows are worth noting. First, the highest score in the match for West Indies was Lendl Simmons 49, which makes it only the fourth time since 2000 that a team has won a Test without a single half-century by any of their batsmen. Second, the match average of 17.90 runs per wicket is the thirdlowest in Tests in the West Indies since the beginning of 2000. The lowest is 15.32, in that Test between West Indies and Zimbabwe in Port of Spain in 2000. One can understand why the Productive but not Celebratory victory was productive but not celebratory. In its adjectival use, productive implies having the power to generate or create. In this sense, one can speak of a productive effort. The West Indies victory on Sunday 15 May 2011 was a productive effort to the extent that it produced the desired result a win over the opposing team, Pakistan. But the process and result did not, and could not, trigger a celebration perhaps because the through-put did not demonstrate the dynamics that makes the output triggers a spontaneous celebration. What is entailed in a celebration? It is customary to celebrate a victory. Whenever a sports season concludes, the champion or winning team celebrates. In professional sports the players of the winning team spray each other with champagne particularly at the end of a hard-fought contest. For example, newspapers are filled with images of the jubilant Boston Red Sox celebrating their victory in the World Series. Players all crowded onto a small space in the in-field to jump for joy and hug each other. Then they retreated to the locker room for the obligatory round of champagne spraying. As the champagne flows, the spoken tributes begin. The same culture is carried over to the business field. Celebrations are important. And traditional practices add a certain emotional value to the celebrations and also add a certain degree of spontaneity. But the fact is celebrations must be sincere and must honor something real, something significant. However, the West Indies win is a big step in the rebuilding process. The motivational impact is immeasurable and, who knows, it could catapult the youngsters into action at the Warner Park this weekend and help them clinch the series 2-0. Congratulations are therefore in order to Darren Sammy and his young troop! Let us go to the Warner Park and enjoy every moment of what is billed as a thrilling contest! Indies; fans can also look forward to entertaining activities being organized and sponsored by the bank. Cricket is not just about the game, its about the experience, the atmosphere, the music, the entertainment and so we want to make the 2011 series a fantastic one for fans, adult and children alike. Scotiabank will be going all out to plan activities that we will excite and reward them as true cricket fans and make their time unforgettable, explained Simone Hull, regional sponsorship manager for Scotiabank. Over 140 Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers from St. Kitts and Nevis will be featured prominently during the upcoming 2nd Digicel Test match with their lunch time skills display. The young cricketers will also be getting a great opportunity to displaying their batting, bowling, fielding and catching skills for their home audience. Fans will also have a chance to win free phone credit via watching the skills display. The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers will also be getting an opportunity to interview a local cricket legend in a new and interesting feature names the Scotia Minute. The feature is geared at giving the students at opportunity to discover more about these legends and their contribution to the game, understand what it takes to get to greatness while building rapport between the next generation of cricketers and existing professionals.
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 22 SPORTS Jennifer Nero appointed first female WICB Director -President Hunte hails historic appointmentSt Johns, Antigua The West Indies Cricket Board has created history by appointing Mrs. Jennifer Nero as the first female to the Board of Directors. regional community. I look forward to working with the Board and hope to make a useful contribution to this prestigious regional institution, Mrs. Nero added. Mrs. Nero is a native of St. Kitts & Nevis and is the Managing Director of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, a position she has held since 2005.SKABA Report (Monday 16th 2011) BLUE DEVILS TOO MUCH FOR HITTERS The First Game of the Evening was forfeited by Ross to the Cayon Lioness in the Female Division Rams Hitters and Blue Devils in the Junior Division Half time Blue Devils led 42 to 34 Hitters made a huge run in the third quarter to cut the score down to 2 pts but loss composer in the end The final score ended with Blue Devils schooling the Rams Hitters in a 91 to 81 victoryHitters Daryl Lewis 33 pts 6 rebs 2 ass 1 stl 1 blk Bruce Alexander 14 pts 14 rebs 2 ass 3 stls 3 blks The Ministry of Sports continues to view with a sense of pride the continued exploits of our Sprint Legend Kim Collins on the international, regional and local athletics field. The latest being at the IAAF World Challenge Series Grand Prix meet held in Kawasaki Japan where Collins ran and won 100m beating Australian Aaron Rouge-Street and Japans Ryota Yamagata. We note that Kim continues to impress us all with victory after victory. His performance also on Sunday May 15th, 2011 at the Manchester Great City Games where he place 2nd in the 200m also shows that Kim Collins who came out of retirement in January continues to have one of the best seasons of his stellar career. We therefore want to express our sincere satisfaction that Kim continues to be a model of consistency for our young athletes, that hard work and perseverance yields positive results. We take this opportunity to congratulate St. Kitts and Nevis own Kim Collins on these impressive performances and extend best wishes to him and his Family as he continues to make himself, his Family and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis Proud. Kim, May God continue to shine his love upon you. Dave Connor Director of Sports This Board of Directors is honoured to now have at the highest decision making body of West Indies cricket the counsel and advice from the critically important female perspective, Dr. Julian Hunte, President of the WICB outlined. We welcome Mrs. Nero to the Board and look forward to her astute and professional contributions as we continue to work towards moving West Indies cricket forward, Dr Hunte added. Mrs. Nero who has been elected for a two year term as nonmember Director commented: It is with great pleasure that I humbly accept my appointment by the Board of Directors of the WICB and I thank the Board for affording me the privilege to serve our Jennifer Nero An accountant by training Mrs. Nero is a former Director of Internal Audit of the ECCB which she joined in 1994. Mrs. Nero previously served in the cricketing fraternity as a Board Member for the ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007. She holds a Certified Public Accountant certificate from the state of Maryland in the United States in addition to an Advanced Management Program Certificate from the Harvard Business School and also completed the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme Certificate. Mrs. Nero graduated from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland in the United States with a MBA Degree in Information Technology. Her Degree in Accounting was attained from the Southeastern University in Washington, DC. She was a member of the St. Kitts National Netball team and represented the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in the World Netball Tournament in 1979. Board of Directors: Dr. Julian R. Hunte President Whycliffe Dave Cameron VicePresident Prof. Hilary Beckles Paul Campbell Elson Crick Joel Garner Enoch Lewis Clive Lloyd Baldath Mahabir Emmanuel Nanthan Jennifer Nero Clifford Reis Conde Riley Dr. Allen Sammy Anand Sanasie Gregory Shillingford Chetram Singh Lyndel Wright Ministry of Sports lauds continued exploits of sprint legend Dilyn Matthew 11 pts 17 rebs 1 stl Zavia Adams 8 pts 2 rebs 6 ass 3 stlsBlue Devils Reinaldo George 30 pts 6 rebs 2 ass 1 stl Stacey Hobson 19 pts 10 rebs 5 ass 7 stls Jayson Esdaille 18 pts 10 rebs 1 ass 2 stls Denzel Saunders 14 pts 2 rebs 2 ass 1 stl 1.Blue Devils Guards Stacy Hobson and Jayson Esdaile Stacey Hobson 19 pts 10Rebs 5Asst 7Stls Jayson Esdaille 18Pts 10Rebs 1 asst 2stls West Indies beat Pakistan in Test series opener in Guyana 18:10 GMT, Sunday, 15 May 2011 19:10 UK First Test, Guyana (day four)West Indies 226 & 152 beat Pakistan 160 & 178 by 40 runsSammys bowling was a key factor in West Indies success West Indies captain Darren Sammy took five of the seven Pakistan wickets needed on day four as his side wrapped up a 40-run victory in the first Test in Guyana shortly after lunch. Beginning Sunday on 803 chasing 219 to win, unable to provide a twist in the tail, with Sammy winning his third lbw verdict of the day against Umar Gul and a fourth to end the 102-ball innings of Akmal, who hit 47. A couple of overs later Sammy provided the final blow crashing a ball into Saeed Ajmals stumps. The St Lucian all-rounder also picked up the man-of-the-match award, and said: Its a good feeling. We needed this performance, it was a total team effort and it was good to come out with a win. Lately things havent been going well but I still have the belief and the rest of the team also have belief. It is still only one victory, we still have to continue working hard and improving. Misbah added: To lose the Test is disappointing, but I think they played better cricket than us. They bowled disciplined lines. We dropped so many catches and gave away so many runs to the lower order, and it was a little disappointing from the batting view also. Pakistan suffered an immediate setback as Asad Shafiq was bowled by Ravi Rampaul (4-48) for 42. Sammy then ended a dogged 52-run stand between Misbah-ulHaq and Umar Akmal. The lbw decision he won against Misbah was one of a record 20 in the match. Never in Test cricket had so many batsmen been dismissed in that way, testament to the low bounce and exaggerated movement provided by the Providence wicket. Two balls after removing captain Misbah for 52, Sammy followed up by sending back debutant wicketkeeper Mohammad Salman for a two-ball duck, and at lunch Pakistan were in trouble on 153-6, still 66 runs from victory. The seventh wicket fell for the addition of a further seven runs, Abdur Rehman edging Rampaul to the slips. Pakistans lower order were
The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2011 23 By: Vigilante COMMENTARY By: Sotto Voce As the calypsonian Scientist would have said You know the traitor? He gone.I am disappointed that it took our Party this long to make the parting of ways official with a man whose mission is clearly to rescue the government from Labour for PAM. Those who support him, or are in his corner, can never have the best interests of our Party at heart. Comrade Bradshaw would have thrown him out the first time he dared to play possum with our Party and its leadership. He would not have been able to try to mash up Labour and be claiming adherents among its leadership. Our leader did not choose himself. The majority view among our members deserves to be respected. Not cajoled, mocked, abused or ridiculed on the inside or on the outside. You mean if Shawn or Eugene got a problem with Lindsay, then they go about it by taking it on radio shows every day? Or holding rescue meetings publicly alongside other known non-PAM persons to abuse and ridicule Lindsay? And still claim to love PAM? They would have to be crazy. Which political Party worth its salt would stand for that? When a family member has a problem with the head of the household, how is it resolved? By vilification, abuse and slander via all sections of the media? You mad or what? Do you make peace with the confines of the family? Or even agree to disagree with love and mutual respect? Or you take the problem over to the enemy camp to give them fodder to abuse you with? Some people mad as hell. Organize freedom march. Join with leading and key figures in the Opposition to try to cause you hurt. And then have the brass to say they still in love with the Party they killing? Madness of the highest order. Well, thankfully, it was better late than never. He got his tail thrown out and our Party moves on. Not everyone agrees with everything, our Party has always been democratic. We tolerate and respect a divergence of viewpoints on everything. But we take a stand against, and put an end to all efforts to destroy our 79-year-old organisation. Long live our great LABOUR Party! When there is disagreement, the ideas must contend within the confines of the Labour family. Not outside it, among the enemies of Labour. Everyone knows the maxim if you are not with me, then you are against me. You cannot love two masters. The membership put an end to foolishness and closed the work on this farce. Who dont like it could lump it. Now, before I end my say on this issue, I wish to say something on the Resolution of Constituency #8 which was discussed and withdrawn. And while I respect the magnanimity of those who withdrew it, it honestly reflected the feelings of Labour supporters everywhere. The madman traitor had been alleging, insinuating, claiming all the while that he has the support of some persons in the leadership of the Party for the views he expressed about our Leader and the Partys policies. He has also been contending that what is needed is a government of national unity that comprises representation from PAM, CCCM and Labour. But his invitees from Labour were but two whom he named. We needed to hear from those two, that they are against his attempts to destabilise, damage, destroy our beloved Party. That Resolution was not in any way out of place with me. We are all Labour people. There is no big Labour or small Labour. Most of us were born, bred and biscuit in the bosom of Labour. None of us is bigger than our Party. None of us must allow personal friendships to place question-marks over our love for, and loyalty to our Party. Nothing can be wrong in giving comfort to the led by our shepherds. We sleep better, respect each other better, feel better when we can be assured that no section of our leadership is being compromised or sidetracked by agents of destruction who really mean our Party no good. I really had to get that thought out of me. So we can look ahead now together, as one family, united. Amen and good riddance to foolishness. He has been contending for a government without your colleagues. Can anyone justify keeping him in Labour? Not a soul! Labour Cleaning House. Long Overdue focus that had characterized the entire day, and ready to move into the future. Conference also re-elected unopposed, the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Sam Condor as the National Deputy Leader; Senior Minister, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris as the National Chairman and Sen. the Hon Nigel Carty as National Vice Chairman of the Party. In the elections for other Officers to serve on the National Executive of the Party for the ensuing year, Mrs. Diana WilliamsHumphreys was elected to the post of National Secretary (after defeating Joseph OFlaherty 143 votes to 135) and Ms. Ghislyn Williams, claimed the post of National Assistant Secretary Labour Party Conference attracts record ....... (after defeating the incumbent Joseph OFlaherty (156 votes to 108). The post of National Treasurer went to the Labour Partys Candidate in the 2010 General Elections, Dr. Norgen Wilson, who he defeated Alexis Nisbett (215 voted to 72). The three (3) new floor members who were elected to serve on the Executive are Ms. Thamesha Fyfield (221 votes); Mrs. Joan Phillip (198 votes) and Mrs. Hazel Ross-Robinson (186 votes). They defeated the other two contenders Mrs. Eugenie Condor and Mrs. Sonia Henry, who gained 120 and 75 votes respectively. The Executive is completed with representatives from the eight (8) Constituencies in St. Kitts, as well as Labour Women and Young Labour. Representing Constituency 1 is Ms. Sharylle Richardson; Mr. Rudolph Morton, Constituency 2; Mr. Cuthbert Caines, Constituency 4; Mr. George Dixon, Constituency 5; Ms. Ruby Taylor, Constituency 6. The representatives for Constituencies 3, 7 and 8, and Labour Women and Young Labour are to be named shortly. The outgoing Officers and Members of the Executive are:Dr. the Hon Denzil Douglas, National Leader; the Hon. Sam Condor, National Deputy Leader; Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris, National Chairman; Sen. the Hon Nigel Carty, National Vice Chairman; and Mrs. Eugenie Condor, Mr. Jason Hamilton and Ms. Ghislyn Williams (Floor Members). The Guest Speaker at this all important National Conference of the Party was delivered by the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt, who made a passionate appeal to the Comrades to rally behind their Party Leader and other leaders of the working class movement; and stand solidly behind them.(contd from page 1) De newly anointed fellow and his PAM crew came in for a rude awakening from some hecklers at De Village during their so-called public meeting on Wednesday night, which was a total flop. Dey say de meeting had less than 62 people in attendance and showed once more that nobody is taking on de joker and the other members of his PAM crew. He had to call on the Police to help him out as they heckled him and told him he was a traitor to Douglas and Labour and that Labour was right to throw him out of de Party. Dey say de poor fellow got so angry that he had one cursing on stage like a mad man before he called on the Police for help. The people up there reminded him that De Village was Labour land like St. Pauls and Constituency 6; and they told him they aint want no traitor up there who working for Richard Caines and PAM. Dey say he told them he was a prophet and was part of a gang of 4 to get rid of Douglas and they must help he and he gang. So they told him that they had enough gangs up there. They aint want no more gang in De Village ad the only prophet they know, he lives up in Monkey Hill and is some sort of preacher man. And he aint no traitor or crook. Dey say wid all de big mouth and chats he got, he bawl like a child when he got de text Sunday afternoon that the Resolution to kick him out de Labour Party was unanimously approved by the Conference; and not a soul in the Conference raised a finger to say a word in his defence. Dey say he talking bout Bradshaw, but it was Bradshaw who send all them Comrades (over 800 as Washie said at de meeting Wednesday night) to throw him out. Dey say Bradshaw say he had to stay in he grave and stop Massa Caines and PAM in their tracks De same Massa Caines who came with the cheque to buy his Masses House and destroy his Union and Party. And de same PAM party that wanted to deprive Comrade France of his only home at St. Johnstons Village. Bradshaw say nobody could be any real Labour man when they gang up with Massa Caines and PAM against Labour people. Had he been around still he would have gotten rid of the traitor long time ago Dougie too soft and got more patience than Job. Good governance was exposed on Tuesday night on VON Radio (in Nevis), when he was caught lying on the Prime Minister, claiming that the Prime Minister did not eat lunch with the Comrades at Sundays Conference. Dr Douglas had lunch with P.M. Skerritt in a restaurant in the hotel, he Good Governance) maliciously claimed. When a certain PAM strategist in town got de news that the Prime Minister was involved in a traffic accident he had one big rejoicing calling up all he big PAM contacts but when he learnt that the Prime Minister was unhurt, he turned red, red, red like an apple. Dey say when it was confirmed that the Prime Minister was safe and well and back on the job carrying on the peoples business, he turned even redder and almost pass out. He couldnt sleep for 2 nights eating up heself with hatred and malice. Dey say too, when he heard so many people from both St. Kitts and Nevis calling in on the radio stations to pray for their beloved Prime Minister and wish him Gods continued blessings, he had one cursing and carrying on calling them stupid. His friends in Nevis called him and say, How you say Douglas so unpopular in St. Kitts, hes really a beloved and blessed Prime Minister.
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