The labour spokesman
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Year 54 NO. 32FRIDAY, JANAURY 06th, 2012 EC$2.00 At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gal 23/11/11 DELTA $16.37 / SOL $14.11 / TEXACO $15.91BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. COMMENTARY BY* THE THINKING CITIZEN* REV.CANON PERCIVAL EARL CLARKE PAGE 03 PAGE 05 PM Douglas congratulates Jamaica’s Prime Ministerdesignate Simpson-Miller on election victory BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and outgoing Chairman of the CaribbeanFile Photo of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) and Prime Minister-designate of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson-Miller. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) (cont’d on page 6) World largest cruise ship visits St.Kitts By Drizel HanleyThe world’s largest cruise ship – the Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas made its inaugural call here at the Port Zante, Basseterre on Friday, (cont’d on page 3)Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas Siobhan Phipps is the new Digicel Haynes Smith Talented Teen Siobhan Phipps is the new Digicel Haynes Smith Talented Teen (SEE PAGE 2) PM Douglas congratulates Jamaica’s Prime Ministerdesignate Simpson-Miller on election victory BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) The people of St. Kitts and Nevis can look to the future “with hope and optimism.” Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said he is convinced that the sacrifices that have been borne as a people have not been in vain and will bear positive results as a result of the pre-emptive and St. Kitts and Nevis expects growth in several sectors in 2012 St. Kitts and Nevis expects growth in several sectors in 2012 (cont’d on page 11)Fruits and vegetables on display.Hotel Manger charged with murder Fight against crime to continue in 2012


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 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: sknunion@sisterisles.kn Website: www.labourspokesman.com Editorial By Drizel HanleySugar Mill Stadium, Warner Park, Basseterre was filled with roars and applauds early Friday morning, December 30 as 15year-old Miss Siobhan Phipps was crowned the 2011-2012 Digicel Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen from a field of twelve (12) contestants. Winning four (4) of the five (5) judged segments, Siobhan amassed a total of 826 points to win the coveted title. The Convent High School student won the Best Ambassadorial Wear Segment sporting a costume with an assortment of colours as she spoke about the distinctiveness of the St.Kitts-Nevis Music Festival. She also won the Best Performing Talent segment in which she did a dramatic piece about the detrimental effects of bullying. Emerging from a coffin and speaking about events that led to her death; she spoke of being constantly tormented by bullies which resulted in depression followed by suicide. She also received top honours for Best Evening Wear sporting an aqua-blue and purple sequined gown dubbed “Twilight”; and copped the Best Production number as she showcased her dancing capabilities to receive the judges’ nod. Siobhan was the 2010-2011 Miss Talented Teen of St.Kitts. The First-Runner-Up position in last week Thursday’s pageant (the 32nd staging) went to 18-year-old Aba Sykes of Jamaica who earned 753 points. Miss BVI, 16-year-old Ashellica Fahie was adjudged SecondRunner-Up with 695.5 points; and 16-year-old, Keivane Lake of Anguilla placed Third-Runner-Up with 693.5 points. Miss Bermuda, Shaunte Simons won the Best Interview Segment. The other contestants werefrom the Bahamas, Monesha Bowleg; Antigua & Barbuda, Aaliyah Thomas; Barbados, Sacha Clarke; Grenada, Kande Duncan; Nevis, Erica Doras; St. Lucia, Kadijha Mason and Bailey Dukes of the United States Virgin Islands. Entertainment for the evening was provided by local artistes-Masud Sadiki, Infamus, upcoming R&B artiste Dejour and Unexpected. The show also saw performances by Classique Dance Group out of Anguilla. Hosts for the evening were former Miss National Carnival Queens Johan Kelly and Sudeakka Francis, joined by guest host Sly Jay of Antigua. As part of her the queen’s victory, she won a digital camera and a laptop from Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Sam Condor; and a cruise with her chaperone complements of Kantours and Delisle Walwyn. The 15-year-old Kittitian currently attends the Immaculate Conception Catholic School her career goal is to become a psychiatrist.Photo -2011-2012 Miss Digicel Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen, Siobhan Phipps crowned by Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Sam Condor. Siobhan Phipps is the new Digicel Haynes Smith Talented Teen The outlook for 2012 and beyond is reassuring for St. Kitts-Nevis The Festivities which marked Christmas and the 40-40 Carnival Celebrations have come to an end like all good things must do eventually. Congratulations are extended to the organisers – the Carnival Committee and all the other stakeholders who worked hard and diligently to achieve the successful outcomes. By all accounts, the celebrations were highly successful, very enjoyable and incident free. The Security Forces are to be highly commended on their role in exercising control of the joyous crowds in a firm, unobtrusive but very effective manner. As persons seek to return to a degree of normalcy, they must perforce reflect on the year ahead and what it may have in store for them. Most of us will be encouraged by the New Year’s Message of Dr. the Right Honourable Denzil Douglas who spoke in reassuring and quietly confident terms on the achievements of the country to date and the prospects for the way forward. He called for a concerted move forward “with hope, faith and energy .....towards the realization of a new and modern society, in an atmosphere of peace, love and togetherness”. Citizens were made aware of certain key elements contributing to the reassuring stance taken in relation to the future. These were positive signs which had emerged during 2011. For example, statistics indicated an increase in life expectancy, accompanied by a significant decrease in infant mortality. This augurs well for steady increase in population growth, increasing market share for established businesses and entrepreneurs, while swelling the already rich human resources pool, which fuels our economic growth. Our education system, while being constantly overhauled, continues to show high performance at CXC and CAPE levels, while our tertiary students at home and abroad continue to excel. A focus on computer literacy and applications fuelled by laptops to students and teachers, herald an entry into an advanced society, where e-government becomes the order of the day and many of the routine tasks in the workplace and even in the home are addressed by computerised systems and management. By an early adoption of a Fiscal Consolidation Programme which preceded the demise of the Sugar Industry, the country was put on course to withstand the buffetings of the global economic recession which mushroomed in 2009 and is still haunting the major economies of the world. So far, the poor and vulnerable groups in our society have been spared the worst effects of the recession. A certain degree of housing development has still been possible through utilization of the Sugar Industry Diversification Fund (SIDF). In addition, many tourism related projects have continued on track despite the slow-down in the flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) caused by the recession, while small businesses and entrepreneurs can expect support through the SIDF and proceeds from the Citizenship by Investment Programme. Through such endeavours, jobs have been maintained and new ones are being created and will continue to be created as projects are completed and the new institutions become functional, signalling hope for the future. Another key positive development is the investment being made to enhance safety and security in the Federation. With the help of the European Development Fund (EDF), strides are being made in the Federation in equipping the Police with well needed facilities – new Police Stations at Dieppe Bay and Tabernacle and training, providing rehabilitation facilities for juveniles and boosting the preparedness of law enforcement personnel to meet the challenges of our new modern society. Above all that is being accomplished is the recognition of the pivotal role that our workforce has to play in our country’s development both in the public and private sector. All must be aware that continued hard work and sacrifice, increased productivity and continous upgrading of skills and facilities are essential in our quest to weather the economic storm; and to keep on course for the preservation and enhancement of the quality of life to which we all aspire. Let us then congratulate our fellow citizens who have led the way and have received recognition of their contribution in the Public Service in the persons of Mrs. Morlene Whittaker, OBE, Mrs. Dorothea Hector, MBE, and Mrs. Theresa Richardson, MBE. Their examples can be emulated by all of us. Not all will receive Royal recognition, but as our country develops and our younger generations are empowered to go forward through our efforts, therein lies our recognition and our satisfaction. Advertise With UsThe Labour Spokesman


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 3 NEWS -Hotel Manger charged with murder By Drizel HanleyGeneral Manager of Rawlins Plantation, Mr. Kevin Horstwood was arrested and charged on a warrant of First Instance for the murder of 57-year-old Florida, resident, Matthew Joseph Murphy. A press release issued by the police on Monday, January 2 stated that Mr. Horstwood was arrested in the presence of his attorney for the murder which occurred between December 28 and 30. Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Celvin Walwyn, disclosed that officers from the force were summoned to the scene just after 11:45 am on Friday December 30 to investigate reports of a man found in a field near Belmont Estate and Rawlins Plantation. He further revealed that upon arrival on the scene the lifeless body of Matthew was discovered with what appeared to be stab wounds to his torso. According to the press release Mr. Murphy’s family in the US were contacted and they expressed thanks to the RSCNPF for handling the investigation. Mr. Murphy was employed at the Rawlins Plantation in St. Pauls for the past ten (10) months. World largest cruise ship visits St.Kitts December 30. The Allure of the Seas was welcomed in grand style with cultural dance presentations by local Folk-lore groups. Among the dignitaries and welcome party were the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Cuthbert Sebastian and the Prime Minister of St.Kitts-Nevis, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas who presented a plaque to the ship’s captain during a special ceremony held on board the vessel. Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Hon. Richard Skerritt who was also amongst the dignitaries, said the economic impact from the Allure, which carries 5,400 guests and 3,000 crew members makes it essential that locals cherish the visit. “We are proud of the fact that St. Kitts has been making great strides forward in the cruise industry,” the Tourism Minister added. “Our arrival numbers have increased steadily over the past four years and I am especially pleased that both our passenger satisfaction levels have also been on the increase,” he added. He further noted that the visit to St. Kitts by the largest cruise ship in the world is a very special event for our destination. Hon. Skerritt extended his gratitude to officials of the Air and Sea Ports Authority and the private sector who made the visit possible. The Allure carries 17 decks, some 29 areas for fine dining or casual eating including Starbucks shops, rock climbing walls, zip lines, mini-golf courses, a children’s water park, casino, ice skating rinks and other amenities. Many persons gathered at various vantage points around the harbour as the world’s largest Cruise Ship made its first visit for to the twin island paradise and docked at Port Zante Roadstead shortly after 8 am on Friday. (cont’d rom page 1) SIDF audited accounts to be made public, says PM Douglas BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas has requested the independent Board of Governors of the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) to make available the audited accounts of the Foundation for public scrutiny. “We rationalized the Citizenship by Investment Programme that was established by the previous Government as early as 1984, and we have converted it into an important source of economic stability through its very positive impact on the real estate and the construction sectors and through the operation of the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF), which is funded by the contributions of persons obtaining citizenship under the programme,” said Douglas in his traditional new year message on Sunday (January 1st, 2012). “Unlike in many other countries, the operation of the Citizenship by Investment Programme has ensured that no major ongoing hotel or condominium project has ceased construction because of the global financial crisis. Indeed many new and prospective projects are only possible as a result of the operation of this programme that is so critical to the economic performance of our nation. In addition, the SIDF has supported the financial sector through the mobilization of a substantial amount of financial resources,” Dr. Douglas told the Nation. He said the SIDF has also funded a variety of critical projects in the Federation, including environmental projects, education and training, entrepreneurial development, airlift support and tourism development, and social and economic infrastructure. “The resources expected to flow to the Government from the Citizenship by Investment Programme have also been taken into account in the IMF supported Programme and has served to substantially reduce the level of adjustment that our people and our creditors must bear as part of the programme,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who disclosed that the accounts of the SIDF have been audited and, because of the national significance of this import Foundation, “I have requested the independent Board of Governors, which is responsible for this Foundation, to make available the audited accounts of the Foundation for public scrutiny. I am certain that the public would, on examining these accounts, commend this important institution for its outstanding contribution to the development of St. Kitts and Nevis.” He said that in a crisis of the magnitude of the global financial crisis, the risk for vulnerable groups including young people and low-income families, are especially high, and his St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Government was “not prepared to play games with the livelihood of these groups or compromise the future of our people by unnecessary delay arising from short-term political or other considerations. “We combined the outstanding technical resources of our Ministry of Finance and Development with the best technical advice available regionally and internationally to craft and implement a programme to protect our country from economic devastation, and we proceeded immediately with its implementation,” said the Prime Minister. He said St. Kitts and Nevis is better prepared to deal with the global financial and economic storm that currently affects the twin-island Federation. “We have been working feverishly, with great success, to diversify and modernize our economy even before the demise of sugar in 2005. We built our infrastructure to a level where is has been among the best and most modern in the region. We modernized and strengthened our health sector with the result that we have increased our life expectancy to 73, and reduced our rate of infant mortality from as high as 25 per thousand live births to some 12 per 1000 live births,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who disclosed that St. Kitts and Nevis has sharpened the focus of the education system on the children at risk of prematurely leaving school and have at the same time produced performances in the CXC Examinations that are among the best in the Caribbean. “We constructed thousands of affordable homes for low income families and providing many of them low-cost subsidized financing so that they do not face the risk of expulsion and embarrassment currently being faced by many homeowners in even advanced countries. We introduced a fiscal consolidation programme with the help of the CARTAC as early as 2003, and as soon as it became apparent that the global financial crisis could linger on and reap havoc in our Federation, we escalated this programme into a full scale IMF supported programme. We also moved expeditiously to counter the huge risk of our very high Debt to GDP ratio through the implementation of a Debt Restructuring Programme,” said the Prime Minister. Dr. Douglas, who was elevated to the Privy Council by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second in November, said that as leader of St. Kitts and Nevis he is not prepared to play politics or to bury his head in the sand and claim that all is well. “I understand that the only way that my Government can continue to bring real value to the people of this country, is to look at the problems we face honestly and realistically with a view to arriving at the best possible solutions. Hence, I have no hesitation in saying that I know the global crisis has inflicted some pain on our people and indeed on people all over the face of the globe. I also know that the measures that we were forced to introduce to protect our people and reduce the risk of economic mayhem and devastation, have created some difficulties and hardships, during this period of adjustment,” said the Prime Minister. He said he is persuaded that St. Kitts and Nevis would have been much worse off if several fiscal measures were not introduced. Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister The Rit. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (Photo by Erasmus Williams)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary The Role Of The Shop Steward Continues. A Happy New Year to the members of the St. Kitts/nevis Trades & Labour Union, and by extension all workers around the entire world.Even though we are less than a week into 2012 the St. Kitts/ Nevis Trades & Labour Union has every intention to continue to lend its voice in promoting social and industrial justice, and international recognized human and Labour rights. We’ll also continue to pursue one of our founding mission that industrial peace is essential to prosperity. Management will also benefit from solid trade Union activities and industrial peace, while the national economy is enhanced. Right here in St. Kitts and Nevis there are countless examples of the validity of this point of view. Our Union’s main aim is to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues that affect all workers. In 2012 we have to use every means that is available to us to inform, inspire and mobilize workers to continue to seek their basic human rights. At the core of the struggles around the globe is the right for all workers to have a real voice at the workplace, and the right to a decent job. We have to continue to rally against unscrupulous and greedy employers, who not only fail to meet their corporate social responsibility, but who sought to curtain rights on the job, and continue to deny workers the right to collective bargaining. For more than 72 years the Labour Movement has been championing the cause for the working class people and to put opportunities within their reach in St. Kitts and Nevis, because the entire Labour Movement understands the need and aspirations of the working class people and the Union that represent them. We take their defence personally, because if the Union remains silent the workers will continue to suffer in silence at the hands of those unscrupulous and greedy employers. The Role Of The Shop Shop Steward. Organizing – The Shop Steward knows that there is strength in numbers. Through the Union workers come together in unity and solidarity and act collectively for the welfare of all working people. In tens of thousand of workplaces across the entire world workers already belong to Unions. In workplaces where workers sometimes don’t join a Union, each new member gives the Union – and all workers – more strength to fight for social and industrial justice, decent work and better working conditions. That is why it’s very important not only to retain members, but also to recruit new members as well. The Shop Steward can be a great recruiter for the Union, because he/she has the most day-to-day contact with the rankand-file workers. Whenever possible the Shop Steward will make it his/her business to talk to non-members one on one about the benefits of joining the Union. Workers listen to and respect the opioions of workers who do the same work they do. The Shop Steward will also recruit members to talk to their fellow workers about the Union as well. In addition, he/she will speak honestly and openly to questions or concerns raised by non-members at the workplace about what the Union means for workers. The Shop Steward also knows that creating greater visibility for the Union at the workplace can help him/her recruit new members. In addition, he/she also knows that the Union should have a presence, workers can identify with, that goes beyond the relationship with the employer. Here are some ways that the Shop Steward will use to help increase the Union’s visibility at the workplace. The Shop Steward’s responsibility is to approach newly hired workers and welcome him/her into the Union, to supply him/her with an application form, a brief description of services offered by the Union and also a copy of the negotiated Memorandum of Agreement. As time and space is of the utmost importance I will have to stop here for today, but will continue with this very important Role of the Shop Steward at the workplace and in the community as well. In 2012 there will be difficult days ahead so let us resolve to go forward in unity and and support each other in solidarity to gain more power at the bargaining table. As I take my leave I leave you with one of those freedom songs by J. W. Work.“Free At Last”Free at last, free at last I thank God I’m free at last Free at last, free at last I thank God I’m free at Last. Way down yonder in the graveyard walk I thank God I’m free at last Me and my Jesus going to meet and talk I thank God I’m free at last. On my knees when the light pass’d by I thank God I’m free at last Tho’t my soul would rise and fly I thank God I’m free at last. Some of these mornings, bright and fair I thank God I’m free at last Goin’ meet King Jesus in the air I thank God I’m free at last. Haiti Assumes Chair of OAS Permanent CouncilThe Permanent Representative of Haiti to the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Duly Brutus, today assumed for the next three months the Chair of the Permanent Council, taking over from the Permanent Representative of Guyana, Ambassador Bayney Karran. The Haitian diplomat said that “thanks to the consensus we find in this House of the Americas we are able to avoid constant tension in the region,” and reported that he will explore the possibility of holding a “meeting of members of parliament” from the region at OAS headquarters in the spirit of making inroads towards increasing development in the countries. Ambassador Brutus highlighted the work of the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the importance of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. “I believe that we share the common interest of working together so that a culture of democracy takes root in the continent,” he said, adding that “now we have a region where people are free to decide for themselves their own policies, and that is thanks to democracy.” “Today we can say that democracy has triumphed, though it is a permanent struggle with no end,” he said. “Nevertheless, we face other challenges at the regional level, notably the challenge of development. We live in a global context dominated by the globalization of the economy, with the countries of the Caribbean not having the strength or population necessary to engage enough in this struggle, and therefore we must reflect on the best way to help our countries advance in their development,” he concluded. The Permanent Representative of Canada, Allan Culham, assumed the Vice Chair of the Permanent Council, which until now was exercised by the Permanent Representative of Chile, Ambassador Daro Paya.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 5 NEWS -Fight against crime to continue in 2012 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The fight against crime will continue in 2012. Prime Minister and Minister with responsibility for the Police and the Defence Force, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said progress is being made in the fight against crime. Commending Commissioner of Police Mr. C.G. Walwyn and the entire Police Force for their determined effort to take the streets back, Prime Minister Douglas said the efforts of the Defence Force and law enforcement agencies including the Customs Department have helped considerably in the fight against crime. “Of course, that battle against crime is still ongoing and Law Enforcement Agencies will continue to intensify their activities in fighting crime. The Government, through the Anticrime Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister will continue to support the work of the Security Forces by providing the appropriate legal and policy framework for the effective discharge of their crime fighting functions,” said Dr. Douglas. He said there is the need to continue to train the Security Forces and to empower them to carry out their very challenging functions. During 2011, some 40 Police and Defence Force Officers benefitted from training in crime scene management provided by the United States Embassy Force Detachment Program and the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In addition, four (4) Officers from the Financial Intelligence Unit received training from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of the United States Government in financial investigation, money laundering and intelligence gathering. Prime Minister Douglas said work will continue to improve the physical facilities of the Security Forces. The new Dieppe Police Station that was constructed through the assistance of the Government of Mexico, was handed over in November, to serve the people living in communities from Harris’ to St. Paul’s and ground has already broken in respect of a new Police Station in Tabernacle to serve the people living in communities from Lodge to Belle Vue.Commissioner of Police, Mr. C.G. Walwyn (left) and Commander of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, Lt. Colonel Patrick Wallace interact with residents during J’ouvert 2011. Commissioner of Police, Mr. C.G. Walwyn (left) interacts with a resident. Commander of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, Lt. Colonel Patrick Wallace is at right.Photos by Erasmus Williams NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Divisional Officer of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Nevis Division Superintendent Hilroy Brandy, urged officers stationed on Nevis to pledge to do the best for the community they served and deliver the highest possible standard it deserved. He made the call when he delivered remarks at the Nevis Division’s New Year’s Programme 2012 on January 04th. The annual event took place at the Charlestown Police Station’s Recreational Centre. While the Senior Officer invited those present to recite their Oath of Allegiance and to renew their pledge of service, he attributed the recent successes of the Division in crime detection to the three-year Policing Plan for 2009-2011 themed “Safer Community through Partnership”. “In 2009 there were 334 reported crimes, out of that 123 were detected or 36 percent. In 2010 there were 366 of which 168 were detected or 46 percent and a rough figure for 2011 show there were 384 crimes reported [and] 184 were detected or roughly 48 percent. I think we deserve a round of applause for our efforts,” he said. However, according to Superintendent Brandy, Part of 2011 brought changes to the Police Force including the Nevis Division. The changes he noted begged two important questions whether those changes good or bad? Or would they be accepted or resisted? Mr. Brandy said although it was easier for many to resist rather than accept change, he pointed to the Strategic Planning Group which he believed was an outstanding example of change which had greatly benefitted the Division since its inception. “The Strategic Planning Group is a real good example of change that could have been stressful both for the Senior Ranks and Sergeants of the Division. The creation of teams which crosses the hierarchal lines has the potential to be stressful in a military style organisation, where the base mode of operation is top down. “The key point is that by thinking how Policing was done in Nevis and creating a team Nevis Police Division Officers urged to give their best; deliver highest possible standards to community they serve without fear or favour, malice or ill will. We will prevent crime. We will pursue and bring to justice those who break the law. We will endeavour to assist and ensure all residents and visitors alike. We will do the best in our ability to do Officer in Charge of the of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Nevis Division Superintendent Hilroy Brandy approach, by being informed and getting work done, a lot was accomplished. Crime may not decrease as much as we would like and the detection rate may not be as high as we want but I remain confident that much of the good performance of the Nevis Division was the result of the introduction of this team. So therefore, let us accept change and accept positively the efforts to improve policing,” he said. Notwithstanding, Divisional Officer thanked those stationed at the Nevis Division for their hard work, dedication and having gone beyond the call of duty over the past years. He told the officers that as they began the New Year with demands and duties of the Division and the Organisation, they should be mindful that not only would it bring opportunities but also challenges which they had to face boldly. “Let us remember our mission statement with confidence and pride we will enforce the law Police Officers stationed in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Nevis Division singing the National Anthem at the start of the Programme all things with integrity and impartiality,” he said. In conclusion the Superintendent quoted British poet Edith Lovejoy from his book entitled “Opportunity” in which she who penned “We will open the book of 2012, its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves.” The book’s first chapter begins with “New Years Day”.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 6 NEWS Community (CARICOM) the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has congratulated the new Prime Minister-designate of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson following her People’s National Party (PNP) victory over the incumbent Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) on Thursday. “I just spoke a moment ago to the Cde Leader of the victorious PNP and newly elected PM of Jamaica, the Hon. Portia SimpsonMiller. I congratulated her on behalf of the Conference of the Heads of Government of CARICOM and more so on behalf of the Government and People of St. Kitts and Nevis,” Prime Minister Douglas said. Dr. Douglas, who placed the call from the Sugar Mill – venue of Digicel Miss Caribbean Teen Pageant at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium as part of the 40th Anniversary on National Carnival celebrations also conveyed congratulations of the St. KittsNevis Labour Party (SKNLP) of which he is the National Political Leader. Simpson-Miller’s PNP won 42 of the 63 seats at stake. “Our Comrades here of the SKNLP are proud of the decisive victory of our Sister-Party, the PNP, and look forward to closer collaboration and partnership in the future as you take on the mantle of leadership of your country at a time when the region and the world are beset by so many social economic and financial challenges,” said Prime Minister Douglas. Dr. Douglas also spoke to Cde. Horace Daley who won North Clarendon easily and greeted all the comradres at Campaign Headquarters. Both the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and the People’s National Party are fraternal parties. Prime Minister designate, Portia Simpson-Miller, Thursday night urged nationals to put aside their political difference and joined her People’s National Party (PNP) administration in a building a new Jamaica. Simpson-Miller, the first ever woman to head of a government in this country, led the PNP to a 42-21 thrashing of the incumbent Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in Thursday general election that was called one year ahead of the constitutional deadline, according to the preliminary results. “This leader with her team will be working with all Jamaicans as one Jamaican family as we shape the future of Jamaica together,” she told supporters celebrating the party’s return to power after it was defeated in the 2007 general election. CMC reported that in a victory speech interspersed with music, Simpson-Miller said that she had already received congratulatory messages from outgoing prime minister Andrew Holness and some leaders within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping. Holness, 39, the youngest ever head of government here, now has the dubious record of being the only prime minister to serve one term in office since the island attained political independence from Britain in 1962. “Starting tomorrow we will be rebuilding. Our campaign for the next government starts tomorrow. We are determined to serve the people of the country in the best way possible. It is clear to us however that the people of the country still have certain concerns apparently about the Jamaica Labour Party and we will be reflecting on those,” Holiness said in his statement conceding defeat. Simpson-Miller 66, who served as prime minister from 2006-2007 when then prime minister PJ Patterson resigned from active politics, thanked “everybody who played a role in ensuring the PNP’s victory.” “I am humbled by the support of the Jamaican people and I ask you to ensure that you greet Jamaica labour Party supporters with love,” she added. “I want to thank all the voters of Jamaica,” she said, adding that they had ‘kept our democracy alive and well today”. Simpson -Miller, affectionally referred to as “Sista P” and “Comrade Leader” faces deep problems as she takes over the government, with debt running at approximately 130 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and unemployment at more than 12 per cent. The prime minister designate has already said that her administration will be seeking to renegotiate the multi-billion dollar Standby Agreement (SBA) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “We have plenty of work ahead of us...you will hear from us soon as we move to put our team in place,” she told supporters, urging all Jamaicans “to work with us as we move this country forward together. “We will tell you as it is, we will hide nothing from you, when it is tough and rough we will let you know, when it is easy we will let you know,” she said, informing all investors and businesses “that you have a government you can trust”. She said her administration would be working with Jamaicans in the Diaspora to “move Jamaica forward. “We are going to unite and move Jamaica as it has never seen before,” she added. PM Douglas congratulates Jamaica’s Prime Ministerdesignate Simpson-Miller (cont’d from page 1) PM Douglas tells Portia Simpson-Miller her “perseverance and dedication to the cause of the Masses has been duly rewarded” BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, DECEMBER 31ST 2012 (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has told new Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller that her “perseverance and dedication to the cause of the Masses has been duly rewarded.” “I am certain that you and your comrades in the People’s National Party are armed with the resolve and proficiency needed to empower, guide and secure all Jamaicans,” said Dr. Douglas on Friday in a formal letter from his office on the resounding election victory of Simpson-Miller and her People’s National Party (PNP) following general elections on Thursday. “Congratulations to you and the People’s National Party (PNP) for your victory at the Polls. The “People Power” theme of your campaign obviously resonated with the electorate to provide your Party with the decisive and historic victory. Your enduring love for the Jamaican people is an embodiment of the spirit of your country’s motto ‘Out of Many, One People,’ said Prime Minister Douglas, who had called Simpson-Miller by telephone late Thursday. The St. Kitts and Nevis leader reminded Simpson-Miller that her first stint as Prime Minister of Jamaica was short-lived, “but even during that period from March 2006 to September 2007, you brought to the fore a magnanimous abilitycultivated long before your political careerto serve the Masses, safeguarding the interests of society’s poorest and most marginalized.” “Your strong record of success in the areas of labour, sports and tourism precedes your presidency of the PNP and your long list of achievements in mobilizing women and youth, in particular, for collective action on issues of critical importance to their social development is widely known and appreciated,” said Dr. Douglas, the longest serving Prime Minister Douglas in the Caribbean. He told the new Jamaica leader: “This is the firm foundation that will propel you and the people of your beloved country forward to continue to rise as Caribbean people, fulfilling your reputable place of honour in the region and the world.” Prime Minister Douglas expressed confidence that despite the myriad of challenges “with which our countries are currently confronted, not least Jamaica, you will be brazen in your approach and surmount them with the support of the people, which your charisma, leadership and strong resolve will help to garner.” “The Government and people of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis salute you, Madame Prime Minister and commit ourselves in solidarity as you begin to “build a new Jamaica”. I welcome you back to the league of regional leaders and look forward to working with you for the betterment of our region,” said Dr. Douglas in his official congratulatory message.Simpson-miller victory PAM’s former campaign strategist defeated in Jamaica’s elections Comrades,PAM’s former campaign strategist of 2000, JLP’s Joan Gorden Webley, was another victim in Thursday’s landslide victory by Portia SimpsonMiller’s PNP. Webley was defeated by PNP candidate Damian Crawford by over 500 votes. This adds to Danville Walker, who PAM brought to SKN to disrupt our Electoral Reform exercise has lost his bid to win a seat under PAM’s sister JLP.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 7 NEWS The Thinking Citizen Our Prime Minister’s simple statement that “he feels like 10 men in 1” has troubled and disturbed the mighty Sheriff throughout the year 2011. I wonder what this country is coming to when a man cannot express in peace, a personal opinion concerning how he feels. Dr. Douglas has every right to feel like 10 men in 1. Just look at what his party has accomplished under his leadership. Neither PAM nor the CCM accomplished as much during its time in office. PAM spent 15 years in office and could not attract even one single, solitary major hotel to St. Kitts. Shortly after assuming office in 1995, the Labour Party Government was able to attract to St. Kitts the Marriott Hotel. The PAM Government built Port Zante with disposable berthing facilities. PAM did not develop Port Zante; the Labour Party Government did that. The berthing facilities at the Port were so inadequate that every passing rough weather or storm knocked down the pier. The Four Seasons Resort and the Mount Nevis Hotel were already in existence on Nevis when the CCM Party took up office in that island. The CCM left office without being able to attract a single major hotel to the island. The CCM has made promise after promise concerning hotel development but so far the party has failed to deliver. Nothing that the CCM has done so far can equal the Four Seasons Resort and the Mount Nevis Hotel. It is a joy to behold the development that has taken place in St. Kitts since the Labour Party took office in 1995. Of course Dr. Douglas and the Labour Party have been criticised harshly. But that is life. Successful parties and individuals have always attracted such criticism. Where were the Sheriff and Mr. Ted Hobson when the CCM Administration conferred a monopoly on the Medical University of the Americas (MUCA)? The thing makes no economic sense and no practical sense at all. Maybe they felt, as Dr. Simmonds felt when he signed the Loan Guarantee for the hydrofoils, that the monopoly was a mere formality. When one listens to the PAMites sounding-off, one gets the feeling that they are trying to prove that they are more capable, more competent and more knowledgeable than all other persons. But of course we know that that is not true. The Casablanca Hotel was under construction over at Friar’s Bay, St. Kitts, when suddenly work was stopped and the investors resumed the construction of the Hotel on Anguilla. Dr. Simmonds has never explained to the public why he had to fire his Deputy Prime Minister, or why the overseas investors chose Anguilla over St. Kitts to put down the Casablanca Hotel. You see, Transparency, Freedom of Information and the public’s right to know the public’s Business are terms and concepts that were totally unknown when PAM was in power. We have never heard the Chamber of Industry and Commerce comment on the Public’s Right to know during the period that PAM was in office. The Sheriff, as the prime member of the CCM/PAM cabal seems to have taken on the attitude and the character traits of the leaders of PAM. He acts and behaves just like the leaders of PAM. After PAM was “coalitioned” into power in 1980, the PAM Government brought in two forensic accountants to go through the government files, records, reports and accounts in order to find a basis for setting-up a Commission of Inquiry to inquire into the performance of the past Labour Party Government. The two forensic accountants went to work for several weeks and at the end of the period the two investigators had to report that they found nothing that was worthy of a Commission of Inquiry. PAM left office in 1995 amidst clouds of accusations of nepotism, discrimination, victimisation, corruption, financial irregularities and maladministration. So the Labour Government established a Commission of Inquiry to look into the accusations and allegations in respect of PAM. When PAM heard that a Commission of Inquiry was coming, the party took every possible measure to ensure that the Inquiry would not take place. And after the Inquiry was in progress, the PAM party took legal steps to block the Inquiry and to prevent it from continuing. From the foregoing outline we can discern the true character of the PAM party. The leaders of the party tried to establish a Commission of Inquiry to try to find out if the Labour Party had done anything underhand while in office. Nothing underhand was found and so the Commission of Inquiry could not be established. Yet when the Labour Party Government established a Commission of Inquiry to deal with PAM, the PAMites screamed “Bloody murder” and said that the Labour Party Government was embarking on a witch-hunt. The thing to note is that the PAM party was not prepared to take what it was prepared to dish out. PAM wanted to set-up an Inquiry to deal with the Lee Moore Administration, but the same PAM party was not prepared to face an Inquiry established to deal with the Simmonds Administration. The CCM party has followed fast in the foot-steps of the PAM party. The CCM party is not prepared to face an Inquiry, but the same CCM party is advocating a public Inquiry into the details of the Beacon Heights project. Both PAM and CCM seem to have forgotten what our fore-fathers used to say and that is “What you don’t like for yourself, do not do to others.” PAM and the CCM would do or give to other parties, things that they do not like for themselves. PAM and the CCM lack moral scruples. The new propaganda piece that the members of the CCM/ PAM cabal are pushing is “Integrity in Public Office”. Integrity however, should not be limited to lying or cheating or stealing or falsification or even misappropriation of public property. Integrity should also be concerned with immoral or unethical behaviour and with the abuse of privilege, whether parliamentary or not. Some time ago, during a meeting of the Nevis House of Assembly, the leader of the CCM party let loose on the innocent and peaceful Miss Myrna Liburd. Miss Liburd is not a member of the Nevis Assembly, nor is she a politician. It was therefore completely unworthy and discreditable of the leader of the CCM to have dealt with Miss Liburd in the manner in which he did. He broke every rule of decency and integrity on that occasion. The goodly Sheriff, so far, has not made any public criticism or condemnation of his leader. Our fore-parents have always said “Silence gives consent”, which means that since the Sheriff has maintained his silence on the matter, he is in total agreement with the action and behaviour of his leader on the occasion in question. Sensible people have learnt to distrust and reject the Sheriff when he preaches his sermons about raising the quality and the standard of public debate and discussions. People have come to realise that the Sheriff is not really serious about maintaining integrity in public life. He is propagandising the idea for purely partisan political reasons and to make himself look good in the eyes of his ardent supports. For the Sheriff, integrity in public life is something to be talked about, but not something to be practised by PAM and the CCM. “What you don’t like for yourself, don’t do to others”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 8 NEWS Nevisian Premier delighted with Air Canada Direct flights to the Federation Charlestown,Nevis— (Wednesday, January 4th, 2012) Premier of Nevis and Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Joseph Parry is thrilled with the large number of visitors coming specifically to Nevis via the Air Canada direct flights to St. Kitts RLB International from Toronto, Canada. During an interview with the Department of Information Wednesday morning, Premier Parry stressed that it was important to achieve the island’s 2012 tourism targets, especially in light of the weak global economy. “Canada has been faring well financially compared to traditional sources of Nevis visitors such as the United States and Great Britain. I truly believe the Air Canada direct flight will be of a great advantage to our Tourism sector on both islands,” commented the Premier. Nevis has six hotels which are participating in the St. Kitts –Nevis Air Canada package, namely: The Four Seasons Resort, Montpelier Plantation Inn, Nelson Spring Beach Villa and Spa, Nisbett Plantation Beach Club, Oualie Beach Resort and Mount Nevis Hotel. Each resort on Nevis offers specials, such as the Four Seasons Daily Resort Credit and the Montpelier Plantation $500 Resort Credit, while the Nisbett Plantation Beach Club offers free nights in cases of advanced bookings, and the Mount Nevis Hotel gives the 6th and 7th nights free. The Air Canada flight AC1778 operates from Toronto every Friday through to April, Air Canada plane Oualie Beach Resort restaurant Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parryand is the only non-stop www.aircanada.com. According to the Air Canada webpage, “Nevis is truly one of the remaining un-spoilt places of the world”. commercial air transport from Canada. The commercial flight uses an Airbus 319 aircraft with 108 Economy Class seats and 12 Business Class seats. Reservations will be handled via Air Canada vacations. For more information please visit their website at


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 9 NEWS -LIFELINES “LifeLines is a monthly column dedicated to addressing issues of mental, behavioural, and social health. The column appears on the 1st weekend of the month, and is written by professionals in the field of social work, mental health, and community medicine”. Stress Management Are You Stressed? Take the Stress Test: •Do you feel tired or have trouble sleeping? •Do you have a hard time relaxing? •Do you forget things all the time? •Are you frequently angry? •Do you always feel ‘under pressure‘? •Do you argue all the time about minor things? •Can you never find time for yourself? •Do you no longer want to socialize with others? •Do you lack patience and feel others are always wrong? •Do people often tell you that you seem tense or upset?Everyone has bad days and feels some of the above, but if you have answered ‘yes’ to two or more of these questions and/or feel this way regularly, chances are that you are stressed! Moreover, you may not be handling the stress in your life as well as you could be. Most of us have had more first hand experience with stress than we care to remember mainly because it provokes a negative emotional experience. Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources that he/she is able to mobilize. It is caused by stressors, i.e any event or situation that provokes stress. A stressful experience may be stressful to some people but not to others. If the “noise” is your radio playing the latest calypso, then it will probably not be stressful to you, although it may be to your neighbor. Whereas one person might find the loss of a job highly stressful, another might see it as an opportunity to try a new field, as a challenge rather than a threat. How a potential stressor is perceived determines whether it will be experienced as stressful. Stress affects your mind, emotions and behavior. The signs and symptoms of stress include: •problems with memory •inability to concentrate •confusion •poor judgment •headaches •muscle tension and pain all over body •fatigue •chest pain, irregular heartbeat •shortness of breath •reproductive problems •immune system suppression •frustration •anger, resentment •anxiety •sleep disturbances •appetite problems •increased use of drugs •having sex more or less •engaging in nervous habits such as nail biting, hair twisting, pacing •becoming violent •taking inappropriate risks • reduced confidence ?depression It is important to manage stress because it is a contributor to very serious physical and psychological conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer, ulcers, eating disorders, depression, and sexual dysfunction. There are many proven skills that we can use to manage stress. These help us to maintain calm and effectiveness in high pressure situations and help us avoid the problems of long term stress. Stress management strategies include:Changing your lifestyle habits•Get enough sleep lack of rest aggravates or even causes stress •Exercise regularly. •Dance •Eat a balanced, nutritious diet. •Don’t self-medicate and avoid alcohol or drugs. •Do something relaxing/enjoyable for yourself everyday. •Pray •Sing spiritual or uplifting songs •Practice relaxation techniques e.g deep breathing •Avoid extreme reactions Changing your thinking and emotional responses•Have realistic expectations •Ask yourself “Is this my problem?” •Reframe problems. Selectively change the way you view stressful situations. Focus on one troublesome thing and manage your reactions to it/him/her •Positive Thinking / self talk •Focus on your good qualities and accomplishments •Avoid unnecessary competition •Recognize and accept your limits. Remember everyone is unique. A void unnecessar y str essNot all stress can be avoided, and it’s not healthy to avoid a situation that needs to be addressed. You may be surprised, however, by the number of stressors in your life that you can eliminate. • Learn how to say “no” – Know your limits and stick to them. • Avoid people who stress you out • Take control of your environment – If the evening news makes you anxious, turn the TV off. • Avoid hot-button topics – If you get upset over religion or politics, cross them off your conversation list. • Pare down your to-do list –If you’ve got too much on your plate, distinguish between the “shoulds” and the “musts.” Alter the situationIf you can’t avoid a stressful situation, try to alter it. Figure out what you can do to change things so the problem is avoided in the future. Often, this involves changing the way you communicate and operate in your daily life. •Express your feelings instead of bottling them up. •Be willing to compromise. •Be more assertive. •Manage your time better. Accept the things you can’t changeSome sources of stress are unavoidable. You can’t prevent or change stressors such as the death of a loved one, a serious illness, or a national recession. In such cases, the best way to cope with stress is to accept things as they are. Acceptance may be difficult, but in the long run, it’s easier than railing against a situation you can’t change. • Don’t try to control the uncontrollable Many things in life are beyond our control • Look for the upside As the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” • Learn to forgive Accept the fact that we live in an imperfect world and that people make mistakes. Adapt to the stressorIf you can’t change the stressor, change yourself. You can adapt to stressful situations and regain your sense of control by changing your expectations and attitude. •Reframe problems. Try to view stressful situations from a more positive perspective. •Look at the big picture. Ask yourself how important it will be in the long run. Will it matter in a month? A year? Is it really worth getting upset over? If the answer is no, focus your time and energy elsewhere. •Adjust your standards. Set reasonable standards for yourself and others, and learn to be okay with “good enough.” •Focus on the positive. When stress is getting you down, take a moment to reflect on all the things you appreciate in your life, including your own positive qualities and gifts. This simple strategy can help you keep things in perspective. Stress can cause severe health problems and, in extreme cases, death. While these stress management strategies have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing stress, they are for guidance only, and readers should take the advice of suitably qualified health professionals if they have any concerns over stress-related illnesses or if stress is causing significant or persistent unhappiness. Health professionals should also be consulted before any major change in diet or levels of exercise. Useful links: http://www .stressmanagement-for-health.com/ physical-effects-of-stress.html http://www .mtstcil.or g/skills/ stress-test-2.html http://stress.about.com/od/ stresshealth/a/stresshealth.htm http://helpguide.org/mental/ stress_management_relief_coping.htm http://www .mindtools.com/ pages/article/newTCS_00.htmBy: Cherrilyn Crawford Psychologist, JNF Hospital


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 10 NEWS


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 11 NEWS creative policy initiatives of his Government. “Indeed, after a decline in output of 2.7% in 2010, we expect that when statistics are prepared for 2011 they would show that our growth rate would move out of negative territory and that this year the economy would grow by 1.5%. Moreover, the signs in the key sectors of the economy are quite heartening,” he said pointing to the tourism sector, where stay-over arrivals are expected to increase by 5.9% in 2011 and expand even further this year. Cruise ship arrivals which crossed the half million mark in the 2009-2010 season is expected to jump to a massive 650,000 in the 2011-2012 season. The manufacturing sector, which reported a decline of some 19.6% in 2009 grew by 2.2% in 2010 and is expected to have grown by some 6% in 2011. “This improved performance is expected to continue into 2012. Similarly the construction sector, after declining in 2010 and 2011 is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2012,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He recalled stating in his recent budget presentation that a number of major projects will continue to be implemented in 2012. “We have been advised that construction activity will continue at Kittitian Hill and will be boosted significantly during the course of this month so that by year end some 90 rooms, a spa and golf course should be in operation as part of the first phase of the project,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He said he is heartened that a range of projects involving hotels, condominiums, villas and other tourism-related residential units are being implemented and will continue throughout this year and beyond. These include Marriott Residences, Christophe Harbour, Ocean’s Edge, Sunrise Villas, St. Christopher Club, Manor-on-the Sea, Sundance Ridge, Peninsula Cove, and condominiums at Scotch Bonnet,” said Dr. Douglas. He said his Government intends to take whatever action is necessary to rebuild the momentum at Beacon Heights to ensure that this expansive and important project realizes its objectives of providing modern homes for our citizens and residents, spurring economic activity, creating employment, and generating returns for Social Security. The St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister said a number of other growth enhancing initiatives will serve to propel the economy in 2012. “We will make additional lands available to commercial farmers and will foster the creation of groups or clusters of farmers to take advantage of this initiative. We will also build dams in a number of areas, including Phillips’, Estridge, Mansion and Fahies, to provide water to farmers, especially those with farms at high elevations. We will continue to train our fishermen and encourage them to employ new technologies and modern methods of fishing. We were particularly pleased that fish landings increased by a massive 29.8% in 2011 as a result of assistance of the Japanese International Cooperative Agency,” said Dr. Douglas. Photos by Erasmus Williams St. Kitts and Nevis expects growth in several sectors in 2012 Construction continues at Silver Reef, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts.(cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 12 NEWS CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (January 4, 2012) — The local agriculture and fishing industry has reasons to face the New Year with confidence following the naming of 31-year-old Nevisian Michael Henville as the Chef of the Year in St. Kitts and Nevis for 2011-2012. At the 5th Annual St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism Association’s Chef of the Year Competition for 2011-2012, held on December 15, 2011 at the La Cucina Restaurant at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, where six chefs (three from St. Kitts and three from Nevis) competed, Mr Michael Henville easily emerged the winner. Michael Henville:Award-winning chef who supports local agriculture and fishing The executive chef at Nevis’ Oualie Beach Resort, Henville said in an interview that ingredients he uses are locally grown. “I prefer to use local ingredients first before I look outside. I think there is a lot more flavours, the ingredients taste fresher, look better, the presentation on the plate is better, and flavours are more enhanced. “I think colours are as well; so I definitely prefer local ingredients first. And it is not just vegetables and spices, it is poultry, it is meat, and fresh fish caught right outside here on the Oualie Dock that I use. So, I definitely prefer to use local.” When the six chefs entered the competition, all were gunning for the top position. What was it that made Henville’s presentation come on top? He explained that it was a mystery basket style competition where no one knew what ingredients they would get until the judges told them to start.“We had an hour and a half to prepare an appetiser and an entre,” said Henville. “For the appetiser my choices were shrimps. I made a grilled shrimp salad with a citrus vinaigrette, and for my entre, my choices were beef tenderloin, bleu cheese, tomatoes, okra and sweet potatoes. So I made a marinated grilled beef tenderloin with tomato and okra compote. “Basically I took the tomatoes and okra and stewed them in a mixture of spices, herbs and vinegar, making them into a creamy consistency. I then caramelised the sweet potatoes and made a cream sauce out of the bleu cheese. It was all in the flavours.” With that presentation, Mr Michael Henville made Nevis and Oualie Beach Resort proud by being named the winner. And Nevis has talent. Second position went to Ms Andrea Walwyn of the Montpellier Plantation Inn on Nevis, while the chef dethroned by Henville, and a back-to-back two-time winner, Mr Renaldo Mills, though representing a St. Kitts hotel, is from Cox Village in Nevis. Henville started working at the Oualie Beach Resort in November 2010. He previously ran his own business, Acacia Food Company out of Florida in the United States of America. He used to make sauces, jams and spices and bottling them for retailing. Asked why he left a thriving company to come back to Nevis, he said: “I always wanted to return to Nevis. I think it is very important to do something to give back to the community in any way. And so, if it is me cooking for guests and tourists visiting the island, then I see that as myself giving back and that is what I want to do.” Born in the USA to a Nevisian father and Kittitian mother, Henville moved to Nevis at a very young age, as his father had taken up the position of General Manager at the Mount Nevis Hotel. He attributes his love for the culinary arts from those early days. “I remember spending a lot of time up there (at the Mount Nevis Hotel) when I was younger, maybe when I was around five/six/seven years old and walking in an out of the kitchens, interacting with the cooks,” said Henville. “I then started cooking meals for myself, and all that really kind of peaked my interest in the culinary arts, wanting to become a chef.” The young Henville left for the Food for thought: Chef of the Year, Michael Henville, displays some of his work. USA at age thirteen or thereabouts and after his high school education, started training as a chef in 1998, when he attended the Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York, and after a four-year stint he came out armed with an Associate and Bachelor’s degree. “I am yes, I am very satisfied,” was Henville’s answer when asked if what he is doing is selling Nevis. “I think myself as well as other chefs on the island and in the Federation (of St. Kitts and Nevis) in general, you become almost like an artist and your dishes express who you are and you can really sell yourself and sell the country with what you do and what you prepare.” Asked about his work at the Oualie Beach Resort, he said that they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. He however stated that the dinner menu is different every night because he works on what is available to him that day as far as fresh ingredients, fresh seafood, fresh poultry, and meats are concerned. “The dinner menu changes every day,” said Henville. “During the week we have lobster specials, and Tuesday night is one of our largest nights. We have a buffet which features steaks and lobsters, and we also have live entertainment.” Admiring the trophy presented to him, Mr Michael Henville ended the interview by stating: “I am just happy... I think I represented the country well. I am very pleased.” Development Bank offers job attachment to Verchilds High students BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (January 4, 2012) — Two fifth form students of the Business Department at the Verchilds High School were in the month of December involved in what they have described as a most rewarding experience following a two-week job attachment at the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis. Miss Siedra Doyling of Stone Fort Project, and Miss Erica Richardson of Challengers Village were lucky to have been nominated by their school to do their Job Attachment Programme at the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis. At the Bank they performed their duties with distinction which earned them the respect of the board, management and staff. In a letter written to the Development Bank on October 17, 2011, Principal of the school Mrs Mary A. Clarke said: “The Business Department of the Verchilds High School requests your assistance in its Job Attachment Programme organised to give fifth form business students the opportunity to collect information for their School Based Assessment (SBA) project and at the same time gain work experience.” The Job Attachment Programme was scheduled to run from Monday 5th December to Friday 16th December 2011, and according to the Head of the Business Department, Ms Elrose Williams: “If you allow students to join your establishment during this period they will assist in the office with areas such as filing, word processing and reception duties.” The school had requested a place for one or two students, and the Development Bank, according to the Human Resource Officer, Ms Coralee Benjamin, decided to take two students for the attachment. On reporting at the Bank, situated at the corner of Church and Central Streets in Basseterre, the two were attached to the Loans Management Division, which is the busiest. The two students said they collected enough information for their SBAs in Office Procedures that will see them perform well, and also gained work experience they feel would help them when they enter the field of work after school. Both Siedra and Erica said they loved the work atmosphere and the support they received from the staff and would love to work for the Bank. “They were here for two weeks and we were quite happy with what they did,” said Mr David Fox, Manager Loans Management Division. “It was a good learning experience for them, and their total demeanour with regards to the workplace was definitely enhanced. They now have a better appreciation of what happens out in the workplace.” According to Mr Fox, the two students had practice in office procedures, and in customer service where they had an opportunity to deal with very pleasant customers. “Generally the attachment provided them, in my opinion, with some tools which they should be able use well into their future, irrespective whatever direction they decide to go,” noted Mr Fox. “What they would have learnt here is going to help them in the future. I am satisfied they did what they were expected to do.” An important meeting at the workplace: Chairman of the Development Bank’s Board of Directors, Mr Elvis Newton (2nd right) and his Deputy, Ms Rubie Taylor (left), with Miss Erica Richardson (right) and Miss Siedra Doyling (2nd left).


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 13 NEWS -Fountain Community Centre stands to reinvigorate community life, says Nevis Social Development Minister NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (DECEMBER 30, 2011) — The Fountain Community Centre would reinvigorate community life as it grew into the focal point in Fountain Village and surroundings. Minister for Social Development on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel, expressed that view when he delivered remarks at the official opening ceremony on Friday December 23, 2011. The new facility was the most recent to be opened by the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) in areas where community centres were either nonexistent before or were unable to meet the needs of the community. The Minister used the opportunity to urge villagers to take advantage of the programmes that would be made available related to Reading, Skills Training, Adult and Continuing Education and Arts and Computer Education training that would be made available to them through the Department of Community Development. He also noted that the Centre, like all others on the island, would be headed by a Community Centre Manager whose responsibility would include coordinating programmes in the Centre, scheduling and finding the appropriate resource persons to ensure the continued use of the facility. “The Community Centre Manager is going to identify the needs of the community. Our Centre Managers have been trained to focus on what is good in the community so they will identify all the good things in Fountain because we have heard enough about the bad things, so we need to focus on what is good. We are going to use the assets of the community to continue to promote economic and social development. “The work will pool those resources, foster collaboration and work in a team to bring about meaningful change. That worker will also foster the community spirit by mobilising people to participate in community activities,” he said. According to Mr. Daniel, the Centre Manager would work closely with the Community Development Officer in each parish, in this case Mr. Minister for Social Development on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel at the official opening ceremony of the Fountain Community Centre with Minister of Trade and Fountain Villager Hon. Dwight Cozier looking on in the background. Delroy Pinney who was responsible for the St. James Parish. The Officer’s responsibility Mr. Daniel explained was to be present in the community “pounding the pavement” to ensure social and economic development. While the Minister gave some insight into the various programmes that would be available at the Centre, he pointed to Computer Education which he explained would provide access to internet. He also disclosed that a trainer had already been identified to teach persons use of the computer at Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels, in an effort to bridge the digital divide in the communities. “We have already identified the trainer who would be responsible for the Computer Education Programme throughout the island and in each centre we will have computer education…There is a room specially dedicated for the community for computer education. “I also want to say to you your Government has also bought the basic furniture that is required for the Centre – the chairs, desks, public address systems, filing cabinets have all been bought to allow for an early start of the programmes,” he said With regard to reading, the Social Development Minister noted that the Reading Starts With Us Programme which targeted children at the Primary School level from Kindergarten up to Grade 3, would be introduced there along with book clubs in which children would exchange books. He explained the reason behind the heavy focus on reading which he said was important to the children’s future. “We are working on reading and ensuring that we turn the children on to reading because we envisage that the society would continue to grow into a knowledge-based society and that the children have to have the requisite knowledge in order to function in an increasingly complex computerised and digital world. “We also focusing on reading because when we listen to the Opposition they would prefer if the people in the community don’t read and they would prefer to work with ignorance but we prefer to work with people who understand what is happening in the world, who can read, who can analyse what is happening and who can evaluate things for themselves,” he said. In the area of Youth Skills Training, the Minister announced that training would be available in Plumbing Installation, Electrical Installation and Blueprint Reading. Mr. Daniel also disclosed that there would be training in other areas as a likely tutor had been identified. “I was informed that a Nevisian who is residing in Canada has offered to come to Nevis on a six week basis to conduct some training in Upholstery, Furniture Making and Joinery. We are going to have those programmes and they are going to be made available to all the communities across Nevis,” he said. The Minister also spoke to training in Music, Dance and Drama, which would provide children with the opportunity to perfect their skills in those areas and prepare them for performances at the national level mindful of the new Performing Arts Centre that would be opened in Charlestown early 2012. There would also be training in Business Management, Accounting and Financial Planning in an effort to foster entrepreneurship among the youths. “We want our young people to make a departure from what we are accustom to where they move from workers to owners and that will happen at your community centres,” he said. Mr. Daniel further noted that in the Administration’s quest to reduce crime and violence and the tendency toward crime and violence all the Community Centres would also have training in Parenting and Anger Management. That way, he said, people would learn to control their anger and to behave thereby creating a platform for economic development in Nevis. The new Fountain Community Centre Minister for Social Development on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel looks on as Villager Ms. Soreatha Franc cuts the ribbon to the new Fountain Community Centre Grand Masters Band wins the 2011-2012 Road March By Drizel HanleySomewhere in Taiwan also won Largest Troupe, Most Colourful Troupe; King of the Bands with Kite Master and Queen of the Bands, with Phases of the Moon. In second position was Fusion Fantasy-Plush with 283 points. 10:40 Fun and Mas and Carnival Gems of Class produced by Phunn Makers placed third with a total of 242 points. Red Devils emerged winner of the J’ouvert troupe competition amassing a total of 192 points. In the First-Runner-Up position was Xtreme J’ouvert troupe with 189 points, while WINN Jammers placed Second-Runner-Up with 149 points. The Grand Masters Band aka “the horny band” has won the coveted Road March Title for St.Kitts-Nevis Carnival 2011-2012, with their popular tune “Step pon dem”. The 2011-2012 Road March champions trounced their competitors amassing a grand total of 27 points. In 2007-2008 the band won Road March with ‘Boom Bam Bam’ followed up with ‘A Wan Whale’ in 2008-2009, 2009/2010 with ‘Buss U Bubble’, however the band’s effort to 4-peat was broken with a two (2) points defeat by King Konris in 2010-2011 with his tune “Unstoppable Force”.This is the eighth (8th) Road March title for the Grand Masters Band.Second place went to ‘De soap drop’ from Small Axe Band, amassing a total of 19 points. In the third position was ‘Stupidness’ by Mighty Honesty and ‘Irep’ from Nu Vybes totalling 11 points each.In other Carnival news “Somewhere in Taiwan” presented Bankers Mass Camp, won troupe of the year, amassing a total of 313 points.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 14 NEWS -T&T confident of lifting trophy again New skipper Ramdin wants to lead from the frontPort-of-Spain, Trinidad – Trinidad and Tobago captain Denesh Ramdin is hoping to lead from the front when he takes the team into battle in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 tournament, to be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua and Kensington Oval in Barbados from January 9 to 22. Ramdin has taken over from Daren Ganga and is in charge of a T&T side which is full of confidence. Ramdin, who will turn 27 in March, says he is looking to continue the good work of Ganga. “Daren Ganga did a very good job for T&T and now that I have been asked to take over I will be looking continue ... giving my all for the team and the country and lead from the front. It is a very big responsibility to be given the job to lead your country, so I am eager and looking forward to this upcoming tournament,” Ramdin said. “The tag of favourites is not a burden for us. We know what it is like to be the team that everyone else wants to beat so we know what we have to do. We will enter the tournament with confidence, a confidence knowing that we have players who can win matches for us as well as the fact that we have a cohesive, united team,” Ramdin added. The defending champs have named allrounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard in their 14-man squad. Along with this pair T&T also boast young batting talents Darren Bravo and Adrian Barth; the threedimensional Lendl Simmons; as well as pacer Ravi Rampaul, and the clever spin of Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree. “We have Dwayne and Pollard back and these are key guys for us. We view the CT20 as a big tournament, something that we always look forward to. There is a lot of talk about this event but we will take it match by match and moment by moment. We are not speaking about the Champions League or anything like that. At this stage, with a few days to go before the tournament starts, we are concentrating on our preparation, on our readiness for every match and on the opponents we will face in the matches. If we get the preparations right, we will be alright.” Ramdin said the CT20 is the first stage as T&T look to have an all-conquering year in 2012, adding that they have the quality players who can perform in all three formats of the game. The captain noted: “We believe we have the bases covered. We have several players who have played at the international level and others who have done well for T&T in regional cricket as well as in the Champions League, so we have players who know what is required. Ultimately, our focus is to be on top in all versions of cricket in the Caribbean — T20, 50-over and four-day. We see this week as the beginning of what we hope will be a big year in the development of this team and of our young group of players.” T&T will play in Group A of the Caribbean T20. They will play in the tournament opener against the Windward Islands at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Monday at 4 pm (3 pm Jamaica Time). FULL SQUAD: Denesh Ramdin (captain/wicketkeeper), Samuel Badree, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kevon Cooper, Rayad Emrit, Sherwin Ganga, Justin Guillen, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons Nevis Division ACP describes 2011 as turbulent for Federation’s Law Enforcement; urges Officers to work harder to reverse trend NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JANUARY 05, 2012) — Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force with responsibility for the Nevis Division Mr. Robert Liburd, described 2011 as a turbulent period in the context of crime and criminal activity in St. Kitts and Nevis, which had the capacity to derail efforts in protecting the Federation’s treasured tourism product. The ACP made the comment when he delivered remarks at the Nevis Division’s annual New Year’s Programme which was held on January 4th at the Charlestown Police Station’s Recreational Centre. “The overall statistics suggest that the incidences of homicides during the period represent a meagre 2 per of the crimes committed. Notwithstanding, the level of crime and violence in the country is enough to derail our efforts in protecting our treasured tourism product. “These incidences have not gone unnoticed by outsiders by any stretch of imagination. Our visitors are petrified and have expressed fear when considering a place to holiday,” he said. According to Mr. Liburd, a recent article in the International Business Times written by Kathy Dutile entitled “How Safe is the Caribbean? An Island by Island Look” addressed the matter of crime and safety for travellers and listed St. Kitts and Nevis in the top three of the “Most Dangerous” category with Jamaica first and Trinidad and Tobago third. Notwithstanding, the article stated that although the vast majority of visitors to the island had safe trips and the homicides were not targeted at tourists, they were advised to take standard travel precautions. He quoted the article as saying “When most tourist think of the Caribbean they imagine tranquil white sandy beaches, azure blue water and an always perfect summertime breeze. “However, with the increase amount of high profile murders and disappearances like that of Natalie Holloway in Aruba in 2005, some tourist have began to question if the Caribbean Islands are desirable and safe place for vacation.” ACP Liburd said the challenge therefore, was for law enforcement in St. Kitts and Nevis to works much harder in order to reverse the trend. “The Federation of St Kitts and Nevis with a tiny population of less than 50, 000 has been sandwiched between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago whose populations are measured in millions. Our young men need to take stock and note where(L-R) Featured Speaker for the New Year’s Programme Mr. Noah G. Mills of SEN Consulting interacting with Police Officers in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Nevis Division Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force with responsibility for the Nevis Division Mr. Robert Liburd and Divisional Officer Superintendent Hilroy Brandy join ranks at the Nevis Division during an interactive session on “Effective Team Leadership Strategies” presented by Mr. Noah G. Mills of SEN Consulting. They were at the Division’s annual New Year’s Programme at the Charlestown Police Station’s Recreational Centre on January 4, 2011 Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force with responsibility for the Nevis Division Mr. Robert Liburd they have plunged our beloved country as a result of their stupidness. “Based on the foregoing, it is clear that Law Enforcement (cont’d on page 19)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 15 COMMENTARY BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader:When the People’s Action Movement (PAM), captained by Dr Kennedy Simmonds was in power, they had this Integrity in Public Office Bill on the drawing board. You see, they wanted to appear decent and respectable. You remember how they used to dress up in their three (3) piece suits in this tropical climate and pushing up their chests as if three piece suites and puffed out chests could make them decent? My grandmother used to say that clothes do not make a man. You could or might appear decent and respectable, but clothes alone and puffed out chests alone cannot make you the decent person demanding respect. Such fine qualities have to come from within. You, the person have to be refined. The whole process is an “In” thing. Not an outward appearance thing. So, they had this particular piece of Integrity Bill on the drawing board, but the drafters of and the players on the team were not honest and decent and full of conviction men. Was it not evident from their utterances that they were going to look after themselves while they were in government? Do you remember how they mocked Mr J. N. France who lived under modest circumstances? Do you remember that these little fellows mocked Mr Bradshaw for emerging a poor man after spending so many years in government? The utterances from these little fellows were a direct indication that they would fend for themselves. If they were indicating to us that they would be opposite to Mr France, how could they pass any Integrity in Public Office Bill? They were telling us point blank that they were going to place their hands in the cookie jar, so, we must not be surprised if we pass at anything and saw their hands in the cookie jar, for they warned us loud and clear. Therefore, when any government vehicle cried out for parts, Public Works could not purchase the part from any other business place until the two (2) Government Ministers who ran spare parts businesses were out of the part and there was always an extra charge for government parts. How could they pass any Integrity Bill, eh reader? How? And when one of them was ordering motor cycles for the Police Department and the next one was hiring out a dilapidated pick-up to the Electricity Department, how could they ever think about passing Integrity Bill? When there were Heads of Government Conferences in St. Kitts, which government official on the Planning Committee could be so brazen as to consult other private Rentals and not allow the Honourable Minister with his rentals to grab most, if not all the business, even to charging the government for every day that those rentals were parked up at the Fire Brigade at Ponds Pasture? Could they pass any Integrity Bill? When certain Government Ministers who owned lands at Sandy Point, worth cents and wanted to swap (exchange) those lands for land worth dollars at Frigate Bay, how could they pass Integrity in Public Life Bill? Sometimes the two Ministers who owned the spare parts businesses could be seen all day in their businesses, not chopping stroke (working) for the taxpayers who paying them monthly. All day looking after their businesses, so, how could they pass Integrity Bill? How? When a Minister’s two (2) sons could be so arrogant and disrespectful to the constituents who elected their father, by selling drugs openly and could not be touched by the Police Officers in that constituency and, when an outcry was made and the hand of the captain was forced to take away the portfolio, and, when that same father was rehired as an advisor with the same duties and portfolio in the same Department he worked in as a Minister of Government. What Integrity Bill could they pass? Corruption in high places, corruption which stank to high heaven. Stink, stink. Dear reader, I would like you, no! I dare you dear reader, to point a finger at any of the Government Ministers in Prime Minister Douglas’ Cabinet and accuse them of renting out their vehicle to a Government Department, or who have rentals and hire them out to government. I challenge you to point to any of Dr Denzil Douglas’ Ministers and accuse them of having their children involved in the drug trade. I want you to be honest with me dear reader. Truly, truly, honest with me. Is there a difference in Dr Douglas’ Ministers of Government? Are they deserving of their salary at the end of the month? Do you observe them spending time in their business places instead of doing their work? Why didn’t I take my Grandmother’s advice and become a blacksmith by trade instead of looking after peoples’ aches and pains? I would have been a multi-millionaire by now, for I would have been the only blacksmith alive today, and I would have had so many shame boxes either to repair or to rebuild, for there are some persons in this land whose shame boxes are completely smashed up; completely, completely smashed up so that you can’t even find the splinters from the box. They want you to believe that they were Sunday School Teachers and that they were sin-free. When they visit their doctor and he diagnosed their ailment as “a smashed box, I would have been charging sky high prices to repair them or to make new ones. Some people just do not have any shame. They have a big lamp post in their eyes and they want to blow out a speck of dust in Dr Douglas’ eyes. How are they going to see to perform that duty? What about that Minister of Government who took his girlfriend, posing as his wife to a Conference in Puerto Rico and every minute she was there by the entrance of the room seeping (my word) to get his attention because she felt very lonely in the air conditioned room? Disturbing the Conference and he, having to leave every time she seeped him. Could any one of that calibre enact an Integrity Bill? Tell me! I issue a stern challenge to Mr Shawn and Mr Hamilton to conduct an inquiry into the conduct of the PAM Ministers of Government 1980-1995 and come out and challenge this article. Having conducted the inquiry or research into the conduct of their colleagues, I challenge them again to prove themselves worthy of speaking about Integrity Bill, for they are an extension of PAM and, what gone wrong in the morning can’t come good in the evening. Nothing has changed in PAM and nothing will ever change in PAM. All one has to do, is to remember the conduct of the leader of PAM during the 2010 General Elections. Do you remember how he tried to put on a show when he emerged as the leader? Do you remember the Declaration of Assets? Do you remember how he harassed Dr Douglas to declare his assets, but could not get the rest of his team to declare theirs? Just a show and nothing else. They long for the glory days when they could put their hands in the cookie jar to enrich themselves Self above country. I would like to issue a challenge to the Leader of the Opposition and the other members. A man is known by the company he keeps. There are times when we have to live up to principles, because they govern our lives. We are either decent or respectable or we are thieves and vagabonds. Read this article. Research this article. When you have gathered your facts and have proved me wrong, I would ask the newspaper owners to change their motto from Titus 2:8 to something else. No cursing and fretting. No emotionalism. Just bare concrete facts. Having conducted your research, tell me if you can still speak or talk about Integrity Bill, unless you have balls enough to come out and say that you do not want what happened under the PAM Administration to happen again. Are you men of integrity? If you are, act so. Do the right thing. There are some old songs which are referred to as Sankey Pieces. One such song is entitled “Is our heart right with God?” are you doing the thing that are pleasing to God? If your heart is right with God, you would come from among those who are corrupt. Can you declare like the late Comrade Lee Moore did, that your hands are clean? Can you show those hands to the world so that they can see that they are really clean? How can you, having a lamp post in your eyes, see to blow out the little speck of dust which lyeth in your brother’s eye? PAM could not pass any Integrity Bill BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JANUARY 4TH 2012 (CUOPM) Small businesses are to get help and financing will be made available to lowincome families in acquiring their own homes, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has announced. Prime Minister Douglas told the Nation that the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) will step up its activities in relation to the funding of small businesses, including young entrepreneurs, through the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis and other local financial institutions. “The SIDF will also introduce a new Help for low-income families and small businesses, says PM Douglas construction financing programme that would assist low income families encountering difficulties in meeting the down-payment requirements for the acquisition of new homes,” said Dr. Douglas.Low-income homes built in Sandy Point (Photo by Erasmus Williams)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 16 COMMENTARY In the early 1960s during an interview for theological training at Berkeley Divinity School in the USA, a young black man was told by the interviewing professor that the Church does not particularly like him. That student did not feel insulted. His background was solidly based on Christian principles simply because his black grandparents were from the Caribbean; and he was part of a two thousand black congregation that was led by three blacks. The young student pursued his studies with confidence and determination to achieve his goals. His dissertation is entitled “No Alien Race, No foreign share.” (Later published as a book, Yet with a Steady Beat: The African American Struggle for Recognition in the Episcopal Church.) This young student’s work impressed the Professor of Mission in the Faculty of Theology at Birmingham, because he saw the stark similarities between how the Church of England ministered to people of colour in various missionary outposts and the way the Episcopal Church ministered to people of colour in its own backyard. The world may not like you; but God does! This is clearly seen in the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the people of Galatia when he declared: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are alone in Christ” (3:28). In a world where “life is not fair, but God is good” look out for those who play the Eli’s role, by saying to Hannah “How long will you make a drunken spectacle of yourself? Put away your wine” Hannah on the other hand knew her inner self, refuted Eli’s accusation and answered, “No, my lord. I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord” (1 Samuel 1:14-15). The world will misunderstand Christians in their daily walk. So many of us will be identified with Hannah this year and will endure embarrassing, public accusations, rumors and misunderstanding. So our experiences may mirror Hannah’s story and our responses should as well. If not, anger, insults, tears, complaints and put-downs with follow. Hannah politely explained her behavior in gracious and respectful words, “No I am not drunk, sir, I have not being drinking! I am desperate, and I have been praying, pouring out my troubles to the Lord. Do not think that I am a worthless woman. I have been praying like this because I am a miserable woman” (vv15-16). This brought a positive result from Eli, who said to her, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel give you what you what you have asked him for” (v17). Hannah had a further request of Eli, “May you always think kindly of me” (v18). And she left a happy woman. The world does not like you; but God does. When abused and misunderstood by the world, the expectation is to show your disdain with cutting remarks. If you do this, however, you will miss the impact you are commissioned to have on your family, church and community. The answer for the The World Does Not Like You;But God Does world is realized in God’s rule book the Bible. It is to simply be gracious as Hannah was to Eli and Jesus was to Pilate. If the world does not like you, why are you here? You are here to represent Christ to the world. Firstly, you are on a mission in the midst of those with and among whom you minister. On this mission you responded to God’s call; and like Isaiah your response was “Here am I, send me” (6:8). The Hymn Writer on his journey in the world wrote, “Thou my everlasting portion, more than friend or life to me, all along my pilgrim journey, Saviour let me walk with thee.” Secondly, you are here to see that justice is done. Justice is one of the Christian’s Social Witness. It is a concept inextricable woven into the rich tapestry of Holy Scripture. Justice calls upon the Christian to see that what is done is just, right and pleasing in advocacythis is central to ministry. Finally, you are called to worship. Each day you are to bring yourself and neighbours to God to be nourished by God’s Word and Sacrament; to be strengthened to do justice. It is in that worship that the Church is faithful to the Gospel to the ends of the earth and one is strengthened to do mission. In that worship, all are mindful of the love of the Lord, the source of all wisdom. Worship is expected to be exercised with one’s whole heart, soul and mind demonstrating that Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Because the world does not like you, can it conquer you? Not if you take your step in Christ; He overcame it, and declared that the new trajectory was mapped out once and for all. Christ has done an awesome thing! He is all-powerful, all-knowing and ever present. The world hates you; but He loves you. All you need for the rest of your life, He will supply follow Him.Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council And Nevis Christian Council Premier Parry welcomes Minister Louis Farrakhan and his delegation to Nevis Charlestown, Nevis — Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry met with the Nation of Islam (NOI) Leader, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and his delegation on Thursday (December 29th), as the Minister visited Nevis, the birthplace of his grandmother. “I am so happy that you have returned to the island of Nevis where your roots are”, said Premier Parry to Minister Farrakhan, who was accompanied by his wife Khadijah and family. The two leaders talked about Minister Farrakhan’s blood relatives, the Mannings and Mills of Jessups Village, in the Premier’s own constituency. They also talked about the development of Nevis, and the imperative of the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis working together, for the mutual benefit of both islands. “I have been told that the Prime Minister of St. Kitts-Nevis, the Rt. Hon, Dr. Denzil Douglas and yourself Mr. Premier, have been able to work together and keep the two islands moving in a positive way forward,” said Mr. Farrakhan, while lauding the nation’s leaders. The Hon. Farrakhan is best remembered on Nevis for visiting the island during the lead-up to the secession referendum back in 1998. When Mr. Farrakhan was asked at a gathering at the Four Seasons Resort Ballroom, “How do you feel about Secession for Nevis?” He replied, “It is better to be the tail of something than the head of nothing.” On this recent historic and important trip to the Caribbean, the Hon. Minister made visits to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, Jamaica (birthplace of his father), and St. Kitts and Nevis. Minister Farrakhan spoke extensively to the Premier on Caribbean Unity in pursuit of progress, because as the Nation of Islam leader said, “the Caribbean has so much potential.” He mentioned that the political climate has become tense in the Caribbean, and the time has now come for an end to political disunity for the good of the region. “There is so much that can be done in the Caribbean, and we Nation of Islam Minister, Hon. Louis Farrakhan and Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry sharing a light moment. Hon. Joseph Parry and Minister Farrakhan chatting while his wife Mrs. Kadijah Farrakhan and family look on. must unite and fight for a better, more developed and economicallyindependent Caribbean. It may be challenging, but it is not impossible,” said the Minister, who is best known for organizing the 1995 Million Man March on Washington, DC.(Pictures by Deli Caines)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 17 VIEW POINT -OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Jamaica Preliminary Statement For the General Elections of December 29, 2011, the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) fielded 25 observers from 16 countries in all 8 of the country’s administrative regions. A total of 852 of the country’s polling stations were visited by the OAS team on Election Day. The following preliminary observations are based on the direct observations of the OAS team, and on meetings with electoral authorities, a crosssection of government, political parties, media, and civil society organizations. Observations: • Pre-electoral period The OAS mission notes the significant preparations made by the Electoral Commission to generate voter confidence and to ensure an inclusive and clean electoral process. The continued use of the Electronic Voter Identification and Ballot Issuing System (EVIBIS) has strengthened efforts by the Electoral Commission to improve the integrity and access to the voting process. The EOM observed the use of this system in all of the constituencies where it was utilized and wishes to commend the authorities for its introduction. The Mission took note of the agreements negotiated by the Electoral Commission with political parties on media and advertising protocols, as well as on campaign financing. These agreements have, in our estimation, improved the democratic process and have increased its transparency. In this regard, the EOM welcomed the publication of the list of companies that have made substantial contributions to the two main political parties. The mission was also particularly struck by the undertaking of the political parties to cease all campaigning, campaign ads and polls as of midnight on Tuesday, December 27. It noted however that this did not prevent the publication of opinion pieces by some of the newspapers on December 28. • Election Day procedures On Election Day, the OAS observers noted that the polls opened on time in nearly all the observed locations, all essential materials had arrived, and that the poll workers worked diligently to ensure an efficient casting of the vote. For the most part, these officials seem to be well trained and knowledgeable about the procedures. In addition, electors, security forces and party agents were engaged in almost all locations observed by the OAS, demonstrating their commitment to the exercise of the process. The OAS mission noted a steady, albeit slow, stream of voters from the commencement of voting but observed that several voters seemed uncertain as to how to locate their specific polling station within the polling center. In the majority of these cases, the elector did in fact eventually locate their polling station within the center. In this regard, the Election Day Supervisors attached to clusters of polling stations played a significant role in helping to resolve any issues that arose. In some polling centers, polling stations were placed in uncomfortably small spaces next to each other, affording both workers and electors very little privacy and insufficient work space. At several of these stations, this situation also contributed to delays by creating a bottleneck effect on the queue to access the polling area. • Tabulation and processing of results After the close of the polls, the vote counting and transmission process moved expeditiously, with results coming into the Election Center as early as 5:30 pmhalf an hour after the close polls. The Election Commission must be commended for providing work space for the media at the Electoral Center to access raw data in real time in order to immediately feed their broadcasts. Recommendations: Based on the information gathered by the OAS Electoral Observation Mission during its time in Jamaica, the mission would like to offer the following recommendations to further strengthen the electoral process in the future: 1) Making provision for the allocation of adequate space for polling stations and identifying wherever possible locations that have both an entrance and exit to facilitate the flow of electors; 2) Clarifying the role, duties and responsibilities of the political liaison officer at the polling station; 4) Providing adequate signage at the entrance of the polling station to indicate exactly which polling stations are located within that center; 5) Providing copies of the voter’s list at each polling station in a place it can be easily accessed by voters. 6) Continued efforts by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica and other branches of government in seeking the enactment of campaign finance regulations.A more detailed verbal report on the observations and recommendations of the OAS EOM will be presented to the OAS Permanent Council in Washington D.C. in early 2012. This report will be shared with all stakeholders in Jamaica and will be available through the OAS website. The OAS mission wishes to express its thanks to both the Government and Electoral Commission of Jamaica for the invitation to observe this process and the facilitation of information during the mission’s stay in the country. In addition, the mission thanks the governments of Bolivia, Canada, Chile and the United States, as well as Elections Canada for their contributions which made this mission possible. Queen New Year Honours List 2012 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second has been graciously pleased to approve awards in her New Year Honours List 2012 for the following residents of the Federation: Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (O.B.E) Mrs. E. Morlene Whittaker For Public Service Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E) Mrs. Theresa Richardson For Education and Public Service Mrs. H. Dorothea Hector For Public Service Government House St. Kitts and Nevis issues biometric passports BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis began issuing new E (Biometric) passports from January 5th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Labour and Social Security has announced. The Ministry said in a news release that the new passports, with several improved security features, are being introduced as part of government’s ongoing efforts to prevent fraud and identity theft consistent with its regional and international commitments. The Passport Office will issue the new E (Biometric) Passports to citizens and residents, who are applying for the documents for the first time, or to those requesting replacements. Citizens and residents currently using the machine readable passports will continue doing so, once these are not expired, lost and or damaged. They will not, at this time, be required to change to the new E (biometric) Passports; until the old document has expired. Information on the various fees to be applied through the purchase of stamps for the issuance of the new E Passport can be obtained from the Passport Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Labour & Social Security, Government Headquarters, Church Street, Basseterre. The Ministry said that introduction of the new passport has become necessary given the regional and global efforts to improve security. “The new document to be issued by the Government of St Kitts and Nevis is more secured and designed with specific imbedded features intended to enhance the integrity of the new E Passport and will facilitate more seamless travel by citizens and residents of the Federation. Fees associated with the new Biometric passports are as follows: Issue of a 32-page epassport for applicants under 16 years or over 65 years – EC$150.00 Issue of a 32-page e-passport for applicants 16 years or under 65 years – EC$250.00 Replacement of a lost, stolen and or damaged e-passport (except for citizenship by investment) – EC$500.00 Replacement of a lost, stolen and or damaged e-passport with a copy of a report from the Police, Fire & Rescue Services Department, other relevant authority, or such credible information supporting the applicant’s statement – EC$250.00 Processing and issuing of a passport in four days or less (except for citizenship by investment) – EC$350.00. Separate fees for applicants who obtain citizenship by investment are to be published shortly. Further information and or clarification can be obtained by calling 467 1202 and or 467 1209 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 18 NEWS KIM COLLINS: The SKNTimes Person of the Year Don’t call it a comeback! Basseterre, St. Kitts (The St. Kitts-Nevis Times):Without a doubt, 2011 belonged to Kim Collins. Our illustrious icon astounded the entire athletic world when in January, at the age of 34, he left retirement behind and made it unmistakably clear that he is still a force to be reckoned with. The 2003 World Champion made new sprint records, and skillfully dominated in races with men 10 and even 15 years his junior. The dominance began in February, when Kim gained a blistering victory at the Moscow Open. Then, in Dsseldorf, Germany, Kim scorched the competition when he ran the fastest 60m in the world at 6.52 seconds, and in the process broke his own 60m record which had stood since the year 2000 (1) He soon bested even himself and again updated his personal best when he ran 6.50 seconds in the heats of the BW Bank Meeting a few days later (2). Kim impressively continued to roll back the years throughout 2011. He made it look easy in May when he clocked 10.05 seconds to win the 100m race at the FBK games in The Netherlands. The phenomenal Kim continued to put St. Kitts-Nevis on the map when in August he remarkably won both his heat and semi-final races in the 100m at the 2011 World Championships in South Korea (3). Despite being the oldest on the track, Kim defied his age when he finished 3rd in the finals. Before this race, Kim already held the world record number of appearances in the 100m World Championships with seven. With this bronze medal, Kim extended his record appearances to eight. But he did not stop there. Kim led the St. Kitts-Nevis relay team to score a medal in the Men’s 4x100m, when they brought home the bronze at the World Championships. The race gained Kim his fifth World Championships medal. In September, he won three silver medals in just two weeks: at the Men’s 100m Athletics Bridge in Slovakia, at the Men’s 100m at the ISTAF meet in Berlin, and at the IAAF World Challenge in Zagreb, Croatia. He continued to dominate headlines in late October at the XVI PanAmerican Games in Mexico. Like fine wine, Kim proved he is only getting better with age. He demolished a 28year-old PanAm record of 10.06 seconds when he ran a time of 10 seconds flat, winning the 100m semi-final with an open wide lead over his other competitors. Despite a slightly shaky start in the 100m Finals, he won the Silver medal with a time of 10.04 seconds, just 0.02 seconds behind the winner in a photo-finish race. This gave St. Kitts-Nevis its first ever medal at the PanAm Games. Notwithstanding all of his extraordinary achievements, Kim is a kindhearted, down-toearth family man, who is dedicated to giving back to the community where he was born and raised. Scores of young aspiring athletes participated in his Track & Field Camp in April, which was held under the theme ‘Sharing to Achieve Greatness’. The hometown hero is undoubtedly the most decorated Caribbean sprinter in history. He has made his tiny country of St. Kitts-Nevis known to millions all over the world. After his success at the World Championships, Kim Collins became the 8th most popular subject on Twitter, proving himself to be the Federation’s brightest shining star. Calls have been widespread for the accomplished athlete to be appointed a national Sports Ambassador, as has been done in Antigua with Vivian Richards, in Trinidad & Tobago with Brian Lara, and in Jamaica with Usain Bolt. These calls have to date gone unanswered. Nevertheless, Kim remains the pride and joy among the people of his country, where he is showered with love for flying the Federation’s flag high across the world. There was no difficulty, therefore, in naming Kim Collins the St. Kitts-Nevis Times Person of the Year 2011. As he gears up to compete in the 2012 Olympics in London, it is certain that the whole nation will be rallying behind with pride behind our beloved icon, with the popular cheer “run Kim run!” WICB will allow court process to be completed before commenting on arbitration matter The WICB is cognizant that this and other matters are before the courts and as such the Board will not make any public pronouncements on the details of this matter until the process is completed. However the Board wishes to restate that it will continue with its programme for the restructuring of West Indies Cricket and will pursue through all available channels the arrangements that are necessary for the progress of cricket in the territories and the region. St John’s, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board has noted a recent pattern of WIPA press engagements seemingly aimed at establishing a familiar unsavoury and antagonistic approach towards the WICB. The Board also notes WIPA’s comments relating to an arbitration matter. CHTA Education Foundation now accepting 2012 Scholarship Applications The deadline for electronic application submissions for studies beginning June 1 – Dec. 1, 2012 is March 30, 2012, however, applicants are encouraged to submit no later than February in order to qualify for pre-screening which is often necessary in order to append missing information (applications with missing information received in March will not be considered). Click here for the 2012 electronic scholarship application form or contact janet.foundation@caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 06TH 2012 19 SPORTS COMMENTARY Sugar Mas 40:40 comes to an exciting end By Drizel HanleySt.Kitts-Nevis national carnival came to an exciting end on last lap Tuesday, January 3rd with the streets of Basseterre flooded with revelers jamming to the sounds of various sound systems, DJ’s and bands. The air was filled with the top tunes for carnival 20112012 which included “Alligator” by Tunda, “Stupidness” by Honesty, “Stop Cut Style” by Kollision Band, “Irep” by Nu Vybes Band International, “Soap Drop” by The Small Axe Band and “Step pon dem” by Grand Masters Band. The songs were all contenders for the Road March title, however the Grand Master Band’s Step pon dem took the top award, capturing their 8th Road March title; while stretching their lead over their main archrivals Small Axe and Nu Vybes International, who each won the competition six (6) times. The Grand Masters Band and the Small Axe Band had about the same amount of followers, but the Nu Vybes Band International seemed to have drawn the largest crowd. Last lap also saw appearances by the wining Carnival troupe Somewhere in Taiwan, along with the Runners-UpFusion Fantasy, Plush and Phunn Makers. The carnival festivity ended at 9:00 p.m, however, many stuck around in the Basseterre area especially at t Party Central in Central Street where local artistes and DJs entertained the crowd up until the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Carnival officially started on 25th November. National Carnival Queen says Thank You Basseterre, St. Kitts January 4th 2011-As the reigning National Carnival Queen 2011-2012, I wish to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank you to those persons who have been instrumental in my success. Foremost I thank my Heavenly Father through whom all things are possible. To the devoted members of my team in particular my chaperones Ermelin Sebastian, Johan Kelly and Mikieda Franklin, I thank you for your creativity, your drive and most of all for never losing faith in me. Further I wish to thank my sponsors the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis. I will forever be grateful for the confidence reposed in me. To Mr. Val Henry of VH Communications your sessions were truly life changing. I thank you for awakening a spirit of determination in me. I cannot forget the architect of my costume, Jeffrey Joseph, and his hard working team, “We did it.” To Larry Vaughn, Azem Bailey, Jazzique Chiverton and the Royaltiez Band, you are all geniuses. A special thank you to my fantastic “glam squad” comprised of Kimberly Ward and her team at Island Beauty Entertainment as well as Karmalita of Hair by Karma, I have never felt so beautiful. To seamstress extraordinaire, Edris of Edris Fashions; your work is immaculate. To my trainer Steven “Louie” Davis, thank you for always challenging me. Thank you To Zachary Getz and your team at BG Fireworks for making my confetti and pyrotechnic dreams come true. To my employers F.Y.I on St. Kitts and Nevis, your patience and support is appreciated. To my fellow contestants continue to let your inner ruby shine through. To the National Carnival Committee thank you for affording me this opportunity to give of myself. To my family, friends and well wishers, I could not have done this without your love and support. To the general public thank you for your kind words, your bright smiles and your encouragement. I will do my utmost to represent the true essence of my beloved St. Kitts and Nevis. Best Wishes!!! Kalia Huggins SKELEC Supply Interruption Schedule (JAN. 9 to 13) Monday, January 9, 2012Period: 8:30am to 4:00pm Areas that will be affected: Crab Hill, Foyes Street and Foyes Ghaut, Sandy Point Purpose: Transformer maintenance workTuesday, January 10, 2012Period: 8:30am to 4:00pm Areas that will be affected: Molineaux to Estridge; Conaree to Half Moon Bay Purpose: Maintenance Work; Transformer Maintenance workWednesday, January 11, 2012Period: 8:30am to 4:00pm Areas that will be affected: Molineaux to Estridge; Westfarm to Trinity Purpose: Maintenance Work; Transformer Maintenance workThursday, January 12, 2012Period: 8:30am to 4:00pm Areas that will be affected: Molineaux to Estridge; Spooners, Cayon Purpose: Maintenance Work; Transformer UpgradeFriday, January 13, 2012Period: 8:30am to 4:00pm Areas that will be affected: Industrial Site Purpose: Maintenance Work The St. Kitts Electricity Company Limited regrets any inconvenience, which these interruptions in electricity supply may cause. It is important for all consumers to note that notwithstanding this notice supply may be restored at any time without prior warning. has a lot of work to do in order to reverse this awful trend and save our tourism product,” he said. The Senior Police Officer who had taken up his position with the Nevis Division as of December 1, 2011, thanked the Officers stationed on Nevis for their sterling contribution and support and commended them for the team spirit they had shown during 2011. Notwithstanding, he urged them to prepare for the serious challenges ahead since they could not combat crime and violence on their own. He said it was something that had to be done in partnership with the community they served in order to reap success. ACP Liburd also made known his intention to work studiously on their Crime Plan which he noted would guide the Division through difficult times. “During the last quarter, crime increased slightly, something that the island has never experienced. We have recognized it and we intend to work studiously on our Crime Plan in order to guide us through these rough waters. My number two priority is to reducing incidence of serious crimes in the Division during our next 3 to 5 year plan,” he said. Meantime, the Officers of the Nevis Division were also treated to a seminar on “Effective Team Leadership Strategies” by Featured Speaker of SEN Consulting Mr. Noah G. Mills. During his interactive presentation participants including ACP Liburd and Divisional Officer Superintendent Hilroy Brandy took part in interactive exercises related to leadership. At the conclusion of the presentation, Mr. Mills told the Officers that leadership did not necessarily have to come from the top but from any rank within the Organisation. He said leadership was not always recognised though and in cases where it was, it may not be rewarded extrinsically but “no one but yourself can deny you of leadership, reap your own intrinsic rewards,” he said. 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