The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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Year 54 NO. 33FRIDAY, JANAURY 13th, 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 VIEW POINT* REV.CANON PERCIVAL EARL CLARKE PAGE 03 PAGE 05 PM Douglas appeals to nationals to benefit from Building Materials Investment Programme BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has appealed to nationals of the twin-island Federation to benefit from the Building Materials Investment Programme, first unveiled in 2011. “In order to both stimulate the (cont’d on page 4) PM Douglas appeals to nationals to benefit from Building Materials Investment Programme 4,000passenger Norwegian Breakaway to call at Port Zante in 2013/ 2014 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – Another new megacruise ship has placed St. Kitts’ Port Zante on its itinerary for the Norwegian Dawn at Port Zante (cont’d on page 3) Several issues discussed between PM Douglas and OAS official and Resident Representative of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Mr. Starret Greene. Dr. Douglas, who visited the OAS Office on Horsford’s Road, discussed with Mr. Greene the Civil Registry and Indentity St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (second from right) and OAS Representative, Mr. Starret Greene (left) with OAS staff members, Ms. Carol Seaton and Mr. Winston Hanley (second from left). (cont’d on page 3)BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) Issues ranging from energy to tourism and security were among matters discussed Tuesday between St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – With just over four months into the job, Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Mr. C. J. Walwyn is promising more changes in the 51-year-old law enforcement agency. “As 2012 goes forward, there will be some other changes in the agency,” said Commissioner Walwyn, who pointed out that when the first set of changes were made, there were those who said ‘the new commissioner just come here and does not know what is going on and making changes without letting anyone know what he is doing.’ “I heard the complaints. But after 90 days, I am sure that those who were at the high point of criticizing, are now seeing the fruits of the change,” said Commissioner Walwyn during a lecture at which retiring Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Richardson was lauded for his 33 years of service to policing. Police Commissioner Walwyn: Expect more changes in 2012 Police Commissioner Walwyn: Expect more changes in 2012 Mr. Walwyn told the rank and file that unlike some other government agencies, the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force does not have to worry about middle managers fighting Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Mr. C. G. Walwyn (right) presenting a plaque to retiring Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Richardson. (cont’d on page 3)Young man shot and killed in CayonNew Evidence Act 2011, except Part IV which relates to witness anonymity, in operation


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 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 change within the organization. “Over the last 60 days, the Gazetted Officers have positioned themselves behind me in the support of the initiatives I have introduced in the fight against crime in the Federation and the mission of taking our streets back from the thugs who are trying to destroy the safety and security of our nation. I want to thank the High Command for their unwavering support,” said Walwyn, adding: “The High Command would like to thank the men and women in the Gray and Black and the Men and Women in the Black and White, and the Men and Women in the Blue and the Black uniforms for without your dedication and devotion to duty, the agency could not have seen or experienced a reduction in crime for the last 90 days.” “We thank you for all you do. SSU, Delta, Drug Squad, and the rank and file who supported our efforts to provide a safe carnival season. Thank you. It could not have happened without you,” said Mr. Walwyn. He said that the changes that are to come will raise the level of accountability another notch and will place the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police back into the graces of the community who had long lost confidence in the police force. “That has changed and will continue to change in 2012,” said the police chief, who disclosed, “As I was entering the Prime Minister’s Gala, I received a phone call and did not answer as I was about to enter the event. The person sent me a text. In that text they wrote that a car just hit a bus and took off. The person followed the car, text me the licenese plate and told me the person’s name and address. The person was arrested in less than an hour after the wreck. As I was on the way to work, I saw the person walking to his bail hearing.” Commissioner Walwyn said the citizens are now feeling comfortable Police Commissioner Walwyn: in talking to the police again and “we as an agency, need to continue nurturing this support from the community. We must remember that community policing is not a unit in the agency, it is the philosophy of the agency.” “As we move forward into 2012, as individual officers representing the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, we must remember that we must uphold the mission and values of the agency. Together, in 2012, we must strive to achieve a more professional agency, one that the public will look up to and want to be a part of,” said Commissioner Walwyn. He used the opportunity to thank each and every member of the police force. “Thank you for a very good last quarter of 2011, and I look forward to leading you into an even more productive 2012 with the forthcoming training and exercises that will be implemented. Thank you for letting me serve as your leader, and thank you for putting Country Above Self. God bless you and God bless our Federation,” Mr. Walwyn said. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) (cont’d from page 1) Labour will continue to serve for the good that it can do On the eve of the 80th anniversary of the formation of the St. Kitts Workers League, now the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party, it is fair to say that the institution of Labour has made a significant and positive contribution towards the development of the people and country. The Labour Movement existed for 20 years before there were elections for all of the people, fighting for the right for Kittitians and Nevisians to vote. Labour came into being when there were no governments elected by the all of the people. It wasn’t until adult suffrage in 1952, that St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla had the first election. Of the 80 years of Labour’s existence, there were only elections to cover 60 of those years (1952-2012). Of those 60 years, the Labour Party served as the duly elected Government for 45 years (1952 to 1980; and 1995 to present – 75% of the 60 years during which period of time there were elections). We have a lot for which to be thankful. The planter class Party, PAM, was formed in 1965, 33 years after Labour, and has only participated in elections to cover 47 years of our history. When compared to PAM’s 47-years of existence, and the fact that Labour has served for 45 years in Government, it is fair to say that Labour is a mature, stable, and working-class organisation, which has maintained its popular support and base in the country. Labour has evolved from fighting for the right of Kittitians and Nevisians to vote, to fighting for workers’ rights during the sugar era, to transforming the national economy away from cane-cutters towards a more educated, professional-based, services-oriented economy and society. We have a lot for which to be thankful. Eighty (80) years ago, the Labour Movement would have been handing out machetes and crocus bags. Today, the Labour Party is handing out scholarships, laptops for all high school students, fostering and nurturing an economy that has created thousands of wide-ranging jobs, and soon solar panels for generating electricity! St. Kitts Nevis is too small to provide for ourselves in every aspect of life at this stage in our development. This has made our small Federation dependent on the most basic items required for our survival. We are a small society whose behavioural patterns are arguably largely influenced by North American television. Our reality and our subliminal desire to live like what we see in North American media are often not compatible and have therefore created challenges. These challenges, toppled with those of our neo-colonialists have had a rippling effect. Our Government has had to come to grips with the escalating debt that has accumulated as a result of subsidies for gasoline, electricity, and security. But while it has reduced its subsidy on the cost of electricity to its citizens and residents, it has been working hard to find alternative sources of energy that are less dependent on fossil fuels (oil). We are fully aware of the discovery of sufficient steam underneath the earth’s surface on the sister island of Nevis and the potential to generate enough energy to satisfy not only all of the local demand, but also enough energy to export to neighbouring islands. Our government has also turned to wind and consumers living on Nevis have already received savings on their electricity bills and soon we in St. Kitts will know the impact of electricity generated from wind to our bills. St. Kitts is the first island in CARICOM, where Government Headquarters is almost entirely supplied with electricity from an entirely green source (the sun). Only a few weeks ago, Taiwan assisted the Government in the pursuit of electricity from the sun following the installation of scores of solar panels at Government Headquarters (GHQ). Now, GHQ receives all of its electricity supply during the day for lights, computers, etc (except air-conditioning) from the sun. This has reduced the Government’s use of electricity supply from SKELEC and will save the country hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. While our islands have faced challenges that have required the introduction of measures like VAT, our Labour Party Government has and continues to look for ways to make it less stressful for our people while it tackles the challenges. In fact, even while our Government seeks to find solutions to the problems, it has still been able to provide incentives and relief for our people. 2011 was regarded as a difficult year globally. We saw the collapse of the financial systems in Greece, Turkey, Italy, and now we see France and Germany under grave stress. We also saw the Government of Puerto Rico lay off 27,000 (twenty-seven thousand) government workers. Well St. Kitts and Nevis had a difficult year, but it is safe to say we were not as badly off as them. Not one civil servant in St. Kitts and Nevis was laid off. But the opposition peddled that persons who were sent home on retirement, was somehow equivalent to lay-offs. How ridiculous and immature. Despite the challenges, our Government was still able to provide: duty-free concessions to restaurants and hotels; distribute over 3,000 laptops to all high school students on the Government’s tab; provide a DOUGI for Christmas where any national who travelled overseas during December, was afforded a $1,500 import allowance before having to pay any import duties; and still provide a reduced VAT rate day in December. Our Government entered jointly into a programme with the IMF during 2011 and after the first quarter of operating under that programme, our Labour Party Administration received a passing grade by the IMF. Its representatives said that we met all of our targets! Hip hip hooray to our Labour Party Government and Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas. And now, we see that for the entire year of 2012, any national who wishes to build their first home, will receive a $400,000 allowance before being required to pay import duties and taxes for any part of the construction of that house. Labour is a party that has made significant and substantial accomplishments for the people and country. It can stand proud to say that it did not abolish personal income tax for the rich. And it can stand all and proud to say that it has done good and continues to serve for the good that it can do.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 3 NEWS Project in which the twin-island Federation is one of 5 OECS Countries that have signed on to the project – the OAS Universal Civil Identity Program of the Americas (PUICA). The PUICA has developed its own software – the Caribbean Civil Registry and Identity System (CCRIS) in which the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has purchased proprietary software from FUJITSU the Advantix Civil Registry software. There is a proposal to modify Advantix to do the digitalization of the archived records at the Civil Registry at a cost of US$30,000. The OAS is proposing a more cost effective alternative that is in line with the budget allocated for this phase of the project. The CCRIS software, originally developed for Haiti, has several features including record and store vital events electronically, register births and deaths in hospital, print certified copies of vital events (certificates), allows for Internet applications for certified copies of certificates, provides online people search, contains digital library of vital evens for access by other agencies, a National Identification feature for issuing National ID and interconnecting Registry offices nationwide. In the area of energy, it was disclosed that the Draft National Energy Policy for the Federation is ready to be discussed with all stakeholders. The OAS is working with a local consultant to get the Energy Department up and running. The OAS is supplementing the cost of the local consultant and has provided equipment and furniture to the tune of EC$6, 675.83. The OAS is working with the Ministry of Housing, Energy, Public Works & Utilities to promote the National Energy Policy, a draft of which was send to Cabinet in April 2011. Prime Minister Douglas was informed that the that under the OAS Sponsored Capacity Building: Tourism Certification and Training Project, a number of workers, representing several properties in the hospitality and tourism industry, received certification in their fields of specialization during the past 21 months. Training Workshops for Front Desk Operations, Hospitality Departments and Room Attendants have been completed and certification in the Banquet Server Hospitality Skills and Food and Beverage Line Level Skills will be held soon. The Multi-dimensional security project on National Observatories on Crime and Violence to strengthen official data collection process on crime and judicial systems was discussed and it was disclosed that a local professional has been chosen to undertake the data collection. Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Condor and the OAS Representative, Mr. Greene, equipment was donated by the OAS. Courses in Excellence in Screening Techniques aimed at enhancing the skills of security screeners as the first line of defense in international aviation; training to Law Enforcement officials, judges, prosecutors and members of the legal fraternity in trafficking in persons, especially women and children and a Drug Information Network Training Workshop to provide training for the establishment of a Drug Information Network to collect, analyze and disseminate information on illegal drugs for the purpose of monitoring trends, developing policy and implementing appropriate program and responses were held. An update on the Cooperation Agreement between the OAS and St. Kitts and Nevis aimed at promoting Firearms Marking in Latin American and the Caribbean” – to establish a regulatory framework with respect to the implementation of the project to mark firearms was also given. Prime Minister Douglas and the top local OAS official also discussed the issue of education which continues to receive the lion’s share of the OAS technical cooperation funding to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The OAS Scholarship and Training Program continues to provide tangible support to qualified applicants pursuing tertiary education in the region and in the Hemisphere. The Leo S. Rowe Fund that provides interest free loans to students studying on American soil remains available to the Federation students who qualify and the OAS continues to provide technical assistance under its Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI). The OAS has funded several projects in St. Kitts and Nevis. These include Anger Management and Conflict Resolutions in Schools, Online Education Management Information System (EMIS), Natural Disaster Management and Mitigation Project for Nevis, Capacity Building: Tourism Training and Certification, Firearms Marking, National Observatory on Crime and Violence and the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP). Photo by Erasmus Williams Several issues discussed... (cont’d from page 1) Young man shot and killed in Cayon By Drizel Hanley The village of Cayon was sent into shock and mourning on Saturday, January 7 when 28-yearold Desroy ‘Piggy’ James a.k.a Iqbal of Hermitage Extension, Lower Cayon was shot and killed. According to a press release from the Royal St. ChristopherNevis Police Force, James was walking along a foot path in his village just after 10:30 p.m. with a male friend, when a lone gunman opened fire on them. “James received a bullet wound to his chest and collapsed whilst trying to run. The assailant continued to discharge his firearm as both persons ran. No one else has been reported to be injured,” the release revealed. Crime scene technicians and investigators visited and processed the scene which resulted in the apprehension of a juvenile who is in police custody assisting with the investigation. In a conversation with a close family member she revealed that James, who was a landscaper, grew with his maternal grandmother in, Upper Cayon but recently moved to Hermitage Extension. The deceased is the son of Allison James who resides in Lower Cayon. James’ death marks the first murder in the Federation for 2012; the Federation’s murder toll for 2011 was a record-high of 34. 28-year-old Desroy ‘Piggy’ James a.k.a Iqbal 2013/2014 cruise ship season. Norwegian Cruise Line’s next ship, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway, which debuts in May 2013, will operate a series of 25 seven-night cruises to the Caribbean region starting on Oct. 13, 2013. The ship also will sail two 12night Southern Caribbean itineraries out of New York on Jan. 5 and 19, 2014, along with two short “Weekend Escape” cruises on Jan. 17 and 31, 2014. The 12-night Southern Caribbean cruises include stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Basseterre, St. Kitts. The 144,000 tons ship is currently at a shipyard in Germany. The 2,224-Norwegian Dawn is making 16 calls to Port Zante, for the 2011/2012 cruise ship season. The 90,000 ton Jewel of the Seas, which has a passenger capacity of 2,500, made a one-time call to St. Kitts in November 2011. The 3,000 passenger capacity Norwegian Star and the 2,250passenger capacity Norwegian Spirit also made one-time calls to St. Kitts during the 2010/2011 season, while the Norwegian Dawn made 14 calls. ...Norwegian Breakaway to call (cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary PM Douglas appeals to nationals........... economy as well as expand our unprecedented programme of home-ownership, we have unveiled a Building Materials Investment Program specifically to aid those who are interested homebuilding. And what this will do is remove all duties and customs service charges from up to EC$400,000 in private-home building supplies, purchased by any citizen, throughout all of 2012,” said Prime Minister Douglas during his first radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister” for 2012. Dr. Douglas, who is also Minister of Finance, reminded listeners that duties can range from 5 to 25%, and customs service charges from 6 to12%, so the potential savings can be considerable. “And this tax relief applies whether the building supplies are purchased locally, or they are imported independently,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who reminded the general public and listeners that the Building Materials Investment Programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Finance. He said applications must be submitted to that Ministry. The required forms can be downloaded from the website of the Communications Unit of the Prime Minister (CUOPM) at www.cuopm.com. Forms which are also available at the Ministry of Finance can be completed and returned to the Ministry of Finance to the attention of Ms. Theresa Morris. Photo: Homes in the Bird Rock/ Suncrest areasof St. Kitts (Photo by Erasmus Williams) (cont’d fom page 1) The Role Of The Shop Steward Continues. In the words of Franklyn Delano Roosevelt, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” In the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union we often measure our victories in inches, and every inch is valuable. We use words like “protracted” to describe the process where battles are fought in slow bargaining over words and shades of meaning. We take routine cases to the Department of Labour for the Labour Commissioner’s assistance in arriving at a settlement. If within fourteen (14) days the Labour Commissioner fails to achieve a voluntary adjustment or settlement, he shall refer the matter, with a full report thereon, to the Minister of Labour. On referral of a matter to him, the Minister shall seek to settle or adjust the matter or in any case that he considers necessary he may refer the matter to an officer hereinafter referred to as a Hearing Officer who shall have and enjoy the same powers conferred on the Labour Commissioner under the Labour Ordinance Act. In addition, if any employer or employee who is dissatisfied with any recommendations or findings given or made under this section (Section 43) he/she may appeal to a Judge in Chambers who may in addition to any other remedy, order reinstatement of any employee or make any reward of compensation. Once one employer is stopped, a second begins to cause problems. So we begin to fight again, an inch at a time. We don’t flinch, we don’t blink and we don’t give up!!! In 2012 the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union intends to be a force for changes to the working conditions that workers work under. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union didn’t give up and we didn’t go away – we make plans for the future, because our members are the heart and soul of our Union. Because of the continued Global Financial Crisis the Union and the workers are facing hard times, We know how to win – we need the courage to endure the small, slow pace until we win. The struggle continues! So Will We!The Role Of The Shop Steward Continues.Members only benefits – The fact that nonmembers receive the same pay and most benefits as members is an unfortunate reality in workplaces in St. Kitts and Nevis. The Shop Steward has a very difficult time in trying to convince nonmembers (Free Riders) to join the Union, thereby strengthening themselves, their co-workers and the Union. The Shop Steward knows that it is only in unity and solidarity that we are able to achieve the many benefits that workers enjoy today, and has taken for granted. We owe a debt of gratitude to our forebears who stood tall in the face of all those who opposed the rights of the working class people to be organized into a Union in order to better their social and working conditions. Community services – The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union has always been of service to its members and in every community in St. Kitts and Nevis. Our forebears fully believed in charitable service and has always made it a very important part of their service and contribution to the communities In addition, they also believe that these kind of services present the opportunity to build unity, solidarity and goodwill in the communities. I could remember not too long ago when everyone in the community looked out for everyone even up to the care, love and guidance of each other’s children. Back then people cared for each other. We need to get back to those days. Mobilizing members – The Shop Steward knows that the Union must be able to mobilize its own members around important issues.Just as workers united in a workplace have a stronger voice than one worker, the Union can create more changes when it joins with the communities to work together on an issue affecting the whole community. If one Union demonstrates the power of group action, many Unions together multiply that strength. One such Union is the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union, who has demonstrated from its very beginning the capacity to serve the communities in areas such as social and community development, health and safety, and also helped to develop programs that will benefit the entire community. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union encourages and is always on the lookout for volunteers willing to assist in community development, because their help can be invaluable. The Shop Steward’s Role In Mobilization – The Shop Steward knows that he/she is the key link when the Union begins to mobilize workers. He/she becomes the point person responsible for getting members out to an action. This is one of his/her many important duties. To perform this very important task well, he/she will need to be able to recruit volunteers. By now I am sure that everyone can clearly see the importance of a Shop Steward at the workplace, and by extension in the communities as well. There can also be no doubt in any one’s mind the very important role of the Union in the development of the workers, and the critical role it continues to play in the development of the country. Our forebears made sure that the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union played an important role in St. Kitts and Nevis, and to this day the Union continues to make its contribution to the development of the country. As I take my leave I leave you with one of those old Union songs.What We Want.We want all the workers in the world to organize Into a great big Union grand And when we all united stand The world for workers we demand If the working class could only see and realize What mighty power labour has Then the exploiting employers It would soon fade away. CHORUS: Come all ye toilers that work for wages/salaries, Come from every land, Join the fighting band, In one Union grand, Then for the workers we’ll make upon this earth a paradise When the farmers get wise and organize. We want the fishermen and the tailor and sanitary workers too, And all the cooks and laundry workers, We want the guys that dive for conchs and pearls, The pretty girls that work in the beauty saloons, And the baker and the butcher and the red caps as well, We want the men and women that sell newspaper too, The ones that works for little cash, in one Union grand. St. Kitts’ Frigate Bay Resort to be refurbished and upgraded BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JANUARY – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt is elated about plans to refurbish the Frigate Bay Resort, a landmark St. Kitts property. Refurbishment and upgrade of the 64-room resort will commence in May 2012. “We are thrilled that one of our classic, well established hotels is taking the initiative to modernize and improve its product consistent with current market demands,” said Senator Skerritt, who is also Minister of International Transport. “This is particularly significant as we continue to grow the island’s tourism infrastructure with several new world class resort developments currently underway.” Plans call for the creation of a stylish boutique hotel to add to the island’s growing hotel product by mid-2013.The architectural surveys have been completed and the plans are being finalized this (cont’d on page 19)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 5 NEWS New Evidence Act 2011, except Part IV which relates to witness anonymity, in operation BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The Evidence Act, passed by the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly on September 30th 2011 and assented to by His Excellency the Governor Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian on October 17th 2011 is now in effect. Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett has appointed January 6th 2012 as the Appointed Day, when the Evidence Act come into operation. However, according to Statutory Rules and Orders No. 1 of 2012, all provisions of the Act are in operation except Part IV which relates to witness anonymity. Last September lawmakers replaced its 135-year old Evidence Act that originated out of the United Kingdom, like most of pre-independence legislation. The St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly voted unanimously to replace the Evidence Act Cap. 25, which originally was Act No. 3 of 1876, with the Evidence Act, 2011. The Evidence Act was drafted and passed after extensive informal consultation process between the Attorney General’s Chambers, the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association, the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, the Judiciary in the Federation and other stakeholders which began early in 2009. Part III of the Act provides for competence and compellability of witnesses to give evidence. The competence of a witness speaks to whether that witness may legally give evidence in a court. A witness may not legally be able to give evidence for several reasons, including, that the witness may be a child who is so young that he or she cannot understand the questions that are asked, or give answers that can be understood. Parts V and VI of the Act provide for the manner of giving evidence and admission and proof of certain statements in documents, respectively. The Act provides for the admissibility of computer generated business records to reflect the technological advancements in the society. There are applicable conditions for accepting such documents but this, nevertheless represents a much-needed advancement in the legislation. Parts VII and VIII provide for relevance of evidence and exceptions to the relevance rule, respectively and substantially abrogate the common law hearsay rule. It allows for the admissibility of an out of court statement of a witness who is fearful, no longer available, who has disappeared or is deceased. Oral opinion evidence, among other things, would also be admissible once it complies with the relevant requirements under the Act. Part VIII, Clause 84 (1) provides for the procedure for conducting confessions and permits the introduction of additional elements to the traditional conditions under which a confession is made by an accused person in criminal proceedings. These additional elements include the requirement that a confession may only be made in circumstances where such confession and the questions leading up to it may be recorded audio-visually or through the use of audio equipment as the case may be. During the debate, Attorney General Nisbett highlighted Clause 88 of Part VIII which makes provision for evidence of silence. “Clause 88 provides that even if a witness refuses to answer a question that is put to him or her, that that fact on its own would not be sufficient to support an unfavourable inference against that witness simply because he or she chose not to reply to a question. An “inference unfavourable to the party” means that the court would be entitled to impute some level of guilt or guilty knowledge on the part of the accused person or to find that the person had something to hide by choosing not to respond. Again this provision is intended to put the witness in such a case on a level playing field and to respect the right of a person to answer or not to answer a particular question,” the Attorney General explained. “Clause 89 provides for the balanced application of the rule of law and fairness. The clause basically provides that if, as part of criminal proceedings, the prosecution seeks to introduce evidence of a confession that was obtained under questionable circumstances, so much so, that the admission of that confession would be unfair to the accused, then the court will have a discretion to refuse to admit that evidence or to refuse to admit that evidence to prove a particular fact.” The new law also provides for identification evidence. The law as it now stands does not provide explicit directions in terms of summing-up directions to the jury where identification of an accused is in issue. Part IX provides for rules of privilege, Part X provides for exclusion of evidence on grounds of policy in the public interest and Part XI provides for general provisions relating to Parts IX and X. Under Part X, the court may direct that evidence shall not be adduced where the public interest in admitting evidence that relates to matters of national security is outweighed by the public interest in preserving secrecy or confidentiality in relation to that evidence. Part XII provides for exclusion of evidence in exercise of judicial discretion and empowers the Court to refuse to admit any evidence where the probative value of the evidence is outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice or confusion resulting from such evidence being admitted. Part XIII provides for proof of evidence in which proof shall not be required about matters of law or matters of common knowledge, among other things. “Part XIV provides for the standard of proof of evidence in civil and criminal proceedings. The Bill provides that in civil proceedings a court shall find the case of a party proved if the court is satisfied that the case has been proven on the balance of probabilities. The balance of probabilities” is a legal standard applied in many jurisdictions for deciding the outcome of civil cases and requires that a dispute be decided in favour of the party whose claims are more likely to be true,” said Attorney General Nisbett during the debate last September. He said Part XIV also provides that in criminal proceedings a court shall not find the case of the prosecution to be proven unless it is satisfied that it has been proven beyond reasonable doubt. Part XV provides for warning the jury with regard to certain specific matters. One of the duties of the judge is to provide guidance to the jury as regards the application of the law. This includes cautioning the jury in cases where the evidence is unreliable. Part XVI provides for electronic evidence and the provisions in that Part were taken from the OECS Electronic Evidence Model Bill and the HIPCAR Electronic Evidence Model Bill. Part XVII provides for DNA evidence. Notwithstanding the provisions in this Act on DNA evidence it is intended that a comprehensive piece of legislation on DNA and DNA testing will soon be prepared to add to the provisions in this Part. Part XVIII provides for miscellaneous matters including a provision empowering the Minister to make Rules and Regulations and a provision empowering the Minister to amend the Schedules to this Act by an Order. Section 166 provides that a defendant must give notice of the particulars of an alibi within the prescribed period or he must seek the leave of the court to adduce evidence in support of an alibi. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affiars, Hon. Patrice Nisbett (Photo by Erasmus Williams)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 6 NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, ONTARIO, Canada – January 9, 2012Under the leadership of Dr. Katharin von Gavel – PhD; BSc Pod; DNM; DCh; and Founder of the North American School of Podology (NASP) – a dynamic group of 40 dedicated doctors, nurses, aestheticians and pedicurists, along with the Graduating Class of 2012, will bring their wealth of expertise to St. Kitts, to complete their residency for a Bachelor of Science, Podology (BSc Pod) degree. This unique program – the only one of its kind in the world – will be offering FREE FOOT-CARE CLINICS to the people of St Kitts and Nevis, who are in dire need of leading-edge, professional foot-care. “The renowned (late) Dr Astaphan was instrumental in bringing the NASP team to St Kitts in 2007 and the tremendous success of our program – which has literally improved the feet of hundreds of Kittitians – has kept us coming back”, stated Dr. von Gavel.As part of the curriculum to obtain their degree, the NASP Graduating Class of 2012 will be offering a weeklong, hands-on clinic, to help Kittitians with skin and nail related foot problems, from January 16-19… … ALL ABSOLUTELY FREE!!This diverse group of dedicated professionals will be travelling from across Canada, USA and Europe and since this program is COMPLETELY FREE to Kittitians, they will be volunteering all their time and efforts. In addition to this, the KvG Group and Footlogix Pediceuticals will be providing all necessary products and supplies, again with NO CHARGE to all recipients! If those past 2 sessions are any indication, the graduating students, doctors and technicians will once again attract long line ups, with a potential of more than 600 patients being treated over the course of 3 very long and tiring days! These renowned foot-care professionals and the graduating NASP students will be offering foot care for Diabetics and a host of other severe foot-related skin and nail conditions, including extreme rough and dry skin, painful cracked heels, severely thickened toenails, and much, much more… Since there are no advertising budgets available for this event, readers are encouraged to spread the news of this FREE NASP clinic by word-of-mouth, to those in need of treatments. Please note that prospective patients will be seen on a first-come, firsttreated basis and therefore are advised to come early, especially on the Monday, since the first 100 people treated will also receive a FREE GIFT! North American School of Podology (NASP) Jamaica bids farewell to next Bishop of the Diocese of St John’sBasseterre After the ceremony, the 53year-old priest was mobbed by adults and children alike clamouring to hug and talk with him before he leaves for his next mission. Archbishop Dufour, in bringing greetings, quoted the famous lines from Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” to illustrate the mixed emotions felt in Richards’ departure. He said Richards’ leaving “came at a time of severe shortage of priests in the church,” but for the people of the Eastern Caribbean who “prayed unceasingly for five years for a shepherd,” their prayers had been answered. The archbishop said while the Roman Catholic Church in Jamaica was losing one of its finest and most dedicated priests, Jamaica continued to provide quality leaders to the church in the region. Jamaica newspapers report General secretary of the Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC), Rev. Gary Harriott described Richards as “The Action Man” and recalled his leadership as JCC vicepresident, president of the Downtown Kingston Ministers’ Fraternal, peace-building initiatives in troubled communities, intervention in the BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) ROMAN Catholic priest Monsignor Kenneth Richards, appointed as the next Bishop of the Diocese of St John’sBasseterre, which includes Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands has been hailed as a dedicated Christian leader, who backs his words with actions in improving the lives of the poor. At a farewell mass in Jamaica before he leaves for his next assignment in the Eastern Caribbean, hundreds of Richards’ parishioners, friends and wellwishers, led by Governor General His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, Archbishop of Kingston Most Rev Charles Dufour and several other priests were on hand to celebrate mass with him at the picturesque Holy Trinity Cathedral which he has headed for the past seven years. West Kingston operation in May 2010, continued restoration of the Holy Trinity Cathedral and advancing the ecumenical project. “It is difficult for us to let him go,” said Rev. Harriott, adding that “the mission belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ.” Executive director of the Institute of Jamaica Monsignor Kenneth Richards (IOJ) Vivian Crawford thanked Richards for his work as an IOJ board member and board chairman of the IOJ’s junior centres. He expressed the hope that he would return to Jamaica as archbishop in the future. Richards, in his homily, said his promotion was a call to which he had to respond as he sought to “follow the voice of the Lord.” He reminded the congregation that as Christians they were begotten of God and that they should symbolise Christ in their actions. He also called on persons in positions of influence not to be selfish or partisan in addressing the country’s problems. Parishioners bid Monsignor Kenneth Richards farewell Gleaner photos


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 7 NEWS The Thinking Citizen A local newspaper carried an article recently in which the boycott of the Budget Session by the Parliamentary Opposition was described as “successful”. The boycott was successful in the sense that no Police Officer or Sergeant-at-Arms was sent to enforce the attendance of the Opposition Members. It has been claimed by certain Opposition Members that the boycott of the recent Budget Session served to focus the attention of the outside world on the dissatisfaction in St. KittsNevis which led to unrest, protest and demonstrations. But what of the VON Radio Tuesday night and Wednesday night partisan political shows? Have they not been successful in focusing regional and extraregional attention on the so-called dissatisfaction in St. Kitts-Nevis? The host of the Wednesday night show boasts that the show is listened to by persons as far afield as China, Canada, USA, France and the United Kingdom. If the Tuesday night and the Wednesday night shows have been unable to focus attention on the political situation in St. KittsNevis, how can anyone really believe that the single boycott of the December Budget Session could and would be able to do more? The members of the CCM/ PAM cabal place great significance and importance on boycotting sessions of Parliament. They regard the act of protest by elected politicians as more important than attending sessions of Parliament. If this is really so, why do they bother to contest and run for a seat in Parliament. They should just concentrate on protesting and not bother to gain a seat to represent their fellow citizens in Parliament. It is interesting to hear what Wright Patman, former Member of the U.S. Congress says in his book “Our American Government”. Here is what he says:“There are no specifically defined duties for a Member of Congress. He is required to be present when Congress is in session, unless he is excused to perform official business elsewhere or because of illness. The House Sergeant-at-Arms is empowered to deduct from the Member’s pay the pro rata amount for every day of absence from sessions if the Member is not officially excused or is not ill”. We now see the importance that the US Congress places on the attendance of Members of Congress at sessions. Attendance is given a higher rating than “protest”. The Members of the CCM/PAM cabal feel that it is more important to protest out in the community than to attend sessions of the National Assembly. But what practical benefit did the Parliamentary Opposition gain by boycotting the Budget Session in December? The December boycott did nothing to focus the attention of the outside world on our “situation” and neither did it prevent the National Assembly from passing the Budget. It must be remembered that VON Radio put hell on Dr. Douglas and the Labour Party Government every Tuesday and every Wednesday night. A walk-out from or a boycott of a meeting of the National Assembly can say nothing more. The only benefit, if I can call it a benefit, that the Parliamentary Opposition gained, is that in spite of everything, they were able to receive all their money (salary, plus allowances) though they boycotted the Budget Session. The boycott of the Budget Session may have caused the political opposition to appear great and powerful in the eyes of devoted fans and followers, but in the eyes of others, nothing that the opposition did had the effect The Opposition boycott of the Budget Session achieved nothing of reducing the stature and the immense popularity of our beloved Prime Minister or his government. It has been noticed that every now and then, the Sheriff who is the leader of the CCM/PAM cabal launches a personal attack on the Prime Minister in an attempt to undermine, upset, shame and embarrass the Labour Party Government. The speeches made by the Sheriff after the boycott, shows clearly the true intention of the boycott. It was personal and it was acclaimed as successful only by the members of the CCM/PAM cabal and its devoted followers and supporters. Community Notice – OAS Scholarships Applications are invited for OAS Academic Scholarships to be awarded to persons to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree) and/or graduate research that lead to a degree at a university or higher learning institution. The scholarship is awarded for a period of no more than 2 academic years of study, must be carried out on a full-time basis, and may be done on-site or by distance education or a combination of both in an OAS member state. 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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 8 NEWS From the Outside Looking in By Jedee S.K. Caines, A.A.S, B.A.well, is someone Nevisians can identify with. Imagine my delight when it was revealed, in 2010, that roads in my area would be renamed in honour of Stuart Williams and Carl Tuckett. Again I said “me and dem from di same place” and felt tickled because, like Willett, Williams and Tuckett have contributed significantly to the Nevisian community. Shifting from my residential district into to the wider Nevisian community, I see even more landmarks that have been named/renamed in honour of “everyday Nevisians.” Just recently, there was the renaming of the Charlestown Public Market to the George Mowbray Hanley Market Complex. While I did not know the late Mr. Hanley, the commissioning ceremony acted as a history lesson for me and perhaps many of my peers. Past and present netballers, I am sure, would agree that Cicely GrellHull, Dora Stevens, Cresenthia O’Flaherty, Jeanette Grell-Hull and Lydia Thompson-Claxton were all deserving of the recent honours bestowed on them. In the same light, business men and women and the island’s politicians should seek to emulate Arthur Evelyn and Uhral Swanston so that one day, they too will have their names archived in Nevis’ history. It is my sincere hope that this trend of naming/renaming landmarks in honour of outstanding Nevisians continues for a very long time. As a Nevisian, I am proud of the accomplishments of my fellow citizens and believe they should be lauded. When crimes are committed, we are quick to publish the information. When a government official makes a mistake we are quick to discuss it on radio call-in programmes. When a young man or woman ends up on the wrong side of the law, we are quick to blame the parents. So, when Nevisians accomplish great things, let us be quick to celebrate with them. The time has come for us to put personal and political differences aside in order to ensure the productivity of our island. It is evident that the island’s youth population has been forced to assume leadership roles since some of the “mature” heads have resorted to political divide. I am therefore calling on my peers to show the “mature” heads that we believe in those three words affixed on the court of arms: Country above Self. Let us demonstrate that we are not political puppets who hop, jump and skip only if politicians tell us too. This land is ours, from the top of Nevis Peak to the shores of our beaches, so, let us promote its development and embrace its people’s successes. As I cast my mind back through recent years I often turn my nose, with disdain, at a number of social ills that have attempted to cripple the progress of my homeland, Nevis. These range from criminal behaviour and abuse of power to nonsensical comments and idle chatter. Any sane individual would see how these factors have the potential to scar an island as infant-sized as Nevis. There is work to be done and I think we should believe that we each have a part to play in the growth and development of our island. However, one of the most strikingly positive, heartwarming and self-fulfilling elements of recent years, in my opinion, has been the renaming/naming of landmarks and community buildings in honour of outstanding Nevisians. As a resident of Brazier’s Estate, a village encircled by the closelyknit communities of Government Road and Hamilton, I feel a sense of pride when I walk from my workplace, within the Bath Hotel, into Charlestown and observe the sign at the entrance of the island’s premier sporting venue: the Elquemedo T. Willett Park. I say to others, on many occasions, “me and he from di same place.” More than a feeling of community spiritedness is the pride in knowing that Elquemedo Willett, in addition to being an outstanding cricketer who had represented Nevis Champs to pocket US $62,500 for CT20 2012 St John’s, Antigua – The winners of the Caribbean T20 Tournament 2012 will take home the US$62,500 as the West Indies Cricket Board announced the prize fund for this year’s event on Friday. The champions will pocket the handsome sum and also take home the glittering CT20 trophy. Overall, close to US$125,000 will be up for grabs during what promises to be two weeks of exciting cricket. The tournament bowls off on Monday and will end with the Grand Final on Sunday, January 22. The first phase will be played at the picturesque Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds in Antigua before moving to Barbados for the second phase at the historic Kensington Oval. The other big incentive for the top placed Caribbean team is the opportunity to play in the Champions League later this year in India. The second-placed team will collect US$25,000. There are also incentives for the losing semi-finalists. The thirdplaced team will get US$12,500 and the fourth-placed side will pocket US$10,000. The Star-ofthe-Match in each match will get US$500 as well as a customdesigned plaque.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 9 NEWS British Chevening Scholarships For Barbabos and Eastern Caribbean Application Deadline The British High Commission would like to remind all potential post-graduate students that British Chevening scholarships will be awarded for the academic year 2012-2013. Applications are being accepted online until 23 January from nationals of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean who wish to pursue fully funded postgraduate studies at an academic institution in the UK. The Chevening programme has, over 28 years, provided more than 30,000 Scholarships at Higher Education Institutions in the UK for postgraduate students or researchers from countries across the world. Chevening scholarships are prestigious and sought after awards aimed at extremely capable individuals who have already made an impact and are motivated to pursue a career that will take them to a position of leadership within their own country. Nationals of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean should go to the website: www.ukinbarbados.fco.gov.uk where there is a link to the electronic application eChevening site. After the closing date, interviews will take place in MarchApril and scholarships awarded in June-July. Nationals of the following countries are eligible to apply: Antigua and Barbuda Barbados Commonwealth of Dominica Grenada St Kitts and Nevis St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines Advertise with Us for Valentine’s this year


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 10 NEWS -A Tale of Two Queens BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (January 11, 2012) — For an organisation that recognises the significance of a people’s culture by supporting the culture both in deed and kind, the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis which is celebrating its 30th anniversary has been rewarded in double portion. “It is said that a people without a culture are no better than a tree without roots,” says Mr Lenworth Harris, General Manager of the Development Bank. “We have over the years associated with the culture of our people by sponsoring the Miss National Carnival Queen Pageant on St. Kitts and the Miss Culture Queen Pageant on Nevis.” The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, which is wholly owned by the Government, was established by an Act of Parliament in May 1981. A series of activities were observed since May 2011 to mark the anniversary, among them the continued support of the two pageants by sponsoring a contestant in each. “Our support for this country’s culture was in 2011 rewarded in a way that has put the Development Bank in a special position,” says Harris. “It has become the only sponsor of the two pageants to have had a queen crowned on the two islands in a single year. It all started at the Mr Lenworth Harris, Development Bank’s General Manager, with Miss Culture Queen Santonnya Mills (right) and Miss National Carnival Queen Kalia Huggins. PM Douglas lauds retiring ACP Richardson for 33 years of service St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister The Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (right) presents plaque to retiring Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Richardson. Prime Minister The Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas addressing the rank and file of the Police Force. Photos by Erasmus Williams BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister with responsibility for the police, The Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, joined the High Command of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force in bidding farewell to (cont’d on page 19) end of July when Ms Santonnya Mills was crowned Miss Culture Queen on Nevis, crowning it when Ms Kalia Huggins was crowned the Miss National Carnival Queen in December.” The two Queens met on Monday January 9 at the Development Bank’s headquarters at the corner of Church and Central Streets in Basseterre, when they came to meet with the staff of the Bank. Traffic on Church Street almost came to a standstill as motorists and pedestrians witnessed a photo-shoot of the two Queens with members of management outside the Bank building. Celebrating the 30th anniversary under the theme ‘30 Years of Success: Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis Promoting Total Empowerment Through Economic, Social and National Development’, the year 2011 was rewarding in more ways than one. It became the first statutory organisation to pay dividend to Government, with the presentation of a cheque of EC$250,000 to the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt Hon Dr Denzil Douglas, in December. The ‘elder’ of the Queens, Ms Santonnya Mills, who is currently a student at the CFB College in St. (cont’d on page 19)


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 12 NEWS St. Kitts and Nevis to develop National Child Protocol in 2012 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis intends to grapple with the underlying social causes of crime during the New Year with the opening of a new co-ed rehabilitation centre and development of a National Child Protocol. Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Denzil L. Douglas said his administration will continue to upgrade the technical and physical resources of the Security Forces through Funds from the European Union. “This EU-funded initiative will focus on policy formulation, institutional strengthening, the provision of modern equipment, police training curriculum development, and the construction of a new police training facility as well as a prisoner rehabilitation centre,” said Dr. Douglas. He said government intends to vigorously implement various law enforcement initiatives to combat crime and continue to address the underlying social causes of crime. Prime Minister Douglas said the New Horizon Co-ed Rehabilitation Centre will be open this year after implementing an intensive training programme to prepare the relevant staff to carry out their functions at the Centre. “We are moving forward with the development of a National Child Protocol with a view to securing its early implementation. We intend to eradicate child abuse and the associated pain and trauma, which often result in psychological problems leading to criminal and anti-social behavior,” said Dr. Douglas. He disclosed that the federation will be implementing research projects to probe the effect of various teaching and learning variables on the performance and behavior of primary and secondary school children. The studies will focus on a number of issues including the effect of single sex classrooms, school climate, students’ risk behavior assessment, and school needs assessment. The Education Department is also strengthening the structure for St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas with students of the Cayon High Schol (File photo by Erasmus Williams) the delivery of the Caribbean Vocational and Educational Qualification with a view to ensure that all of our students, the technically inclined as well the academically inclined, would be provided a balanced education that gives them the opportunity to explore and prepare themselves for careers in areas of studies that are consistent with their interests and aptitudes. “We believe that while Law Enforcement will always play a critical role in the prevention and detection of crimes, the work of our Security Forces would be made much easier over the longterm if we address the social factors that give rise to the propensity to engage in criminal activity. Hence, we are tackling crime on both fronts. Our aim is the creation of a progressive and prosperous country in which our people can go about their business peacefully, harmoniously and free of fear,” Prime Minister Douglas said. St. Kitts sea turtles to benefit from environment fund BSSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts is among three Caribbean islands that will get a new year’s gift from CIBC FirstCaribbean in the form of support for endangered environmental projects in their different island communities Through a partnership with Seacology, the only Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in the world whose sole focus is on preserving island ecosystems, CIBC FirstCaribbean will assist the islands of St. Kitts, Grenada and San Salvador in the Bahamas in preserving their ecosystems and wildlife by protecting critical mangrove forests, nesting beaches of sea turtles and endangered iguanas in these three countries respectively. The first cheque was handed over by the Executive Chairman of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank and Chairman of the Bank’s charitable foundation, Mr. Michael Mansoor to the Executive Director of Seacology, Mr. Duane Silverstein at a short ceremony at the Bank, when the California-based Seacology Director visited Barbados. The total grant of US$63,000 over a three-year period will be disbursed in three tranches and will fully fund the environmental programmes and extend some much needed protection to the Caribbean’s wildlife and people as the projects will be self sustaining and will involve members of the various island communities. “CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank is concerned about our customers as well as the sustainability of the island environment in which we live. These projects have the potential of not only sustaining the environment but also the livelihoods of many Caribbean people and we are happy to be a part of it” stated Mr. Mansoor. In explaining the choice of projects, Mr. Silverstein pointed out that his 20-year old organisation worked with local field representatives in the communities and those reps are the ones who chose the projects along with local community leaders. He further elaborated that ‘they are the eyes and ears of Seacology’ and are the ones who know the local culture, language, environment and needs. In this case, the reps were the ones who worked with the community leaders in developing the project proposals and will ensure the now approved projects are properly executed. The project in St. Kitts will work with the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network to protect the Sea turtles and their habitats including the nesting beaches, focusing on the Leatherback, Hawksbill and Green turtles. The project in San Salvador Bahamas will fund an iguana head starting facility to protect the endemic San Salvador iguana of which only 500 remain in the wild. In Grenada, the mangrove area between Woburn and Calivigny Bays contains the largest intact mangrove ecosystem in the country. It is a nesting, roosting and feeding area for many species and was damaged during Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The project will seek to assist the groups who were already working to restore the mangroves, clean up manmade litter and promote awareness of the importance of the mangrove to both local and visiting audiences. Michael Mansoor (right), Chairman, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank and Duane Silverstein, Executive Director, Seacology signing MOU while Debra P. King, Director Corporate Communications, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank looks on. Mr. Silverstein explained “Seacology seeks projects that respond to the clear and pressing needs of island communities while protecting vulnerable ecosystems containing healthy habitat, often for rare, endemic or endangered species of plants and animals.” He went on to note that the NGO has 222 projects in 140 islands around the world including in the South Pacific and South East Asia but these are the first projects which they will be undertaking in the Caribbean. To date, the organisation has worked on preserving coral reefs, rainforest and other imperiled habitats as well as saving turtles and their nesting sites, crocodiles and other endangered animal species. “We are very thankful to CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank for this generous donation and I look forward to working with the Bank closely on these projects.” Mr. Silverstein added. United Windwards looking to top the table in 2012 St John’s, Antigua – Expect a “total team effort” from the Windward Islands when they turn up to do battle in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 tournament. Last year the Darren Sammy-led side reached the Final Four, and this season will look to lift the trophy and take home the US$62,500 top prize. The Windwards arrived in Antigua last week and have had several net sessions and warm-up matches in an effort to get used to the conditions as well as to put plans in place for what promises to be two weeks of action and entertainment. The first phase of the tournament will be at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds from Monday, January 9 to Saturday, January 14. The second phase will be at Kensington Oval in Barbados from Tuesday, January 17 to Sunday, January 22. Garey Mathurin, the left-arm spinner and pinch-hitter, is one of the senior members of the Windwards team and he spoke about the upbeat mood in the camp ahead of Monday’s first match against defending champions Trinidad and Tobago. First ball is 4 pm (3 pm Jamaica Time). The second match of the night will see Leeward Islands taking on 2010 champs Guyana at 8 pm (7 pm Jamaica Time). “We play for each other. We play together. We have always played that way and we will continue to play that way. This is the philosophy which the team management has inculcated in the squad and everyone has bought into it. When people look at us they would not say that we are a team of ‘big stars’ but we know of strengths and we play to our strengths. We have some good players in our team and I believe we can match any team in this tournament,” the 28-year-old said. Mathurin came to prominence last September when he bowled (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 13 NEWS the West Indies to victory over England in the second match of the two-game T20 International Series at the Oval in London. He took three wickets for nine runs off his four overs to win the Manof-the-Match award in a memorable debut. “Last year we made it to the semi-finals but we did not go on. This time around we will look to go even further and win the whole tournament. The Windwards have never won a T20 tournament in the Caribbean, but this side believes we can ‘go where no Windwards team has gone before’”, Mathurin added. The Windwards spin bowling attack is led by Mathurin and offspinner Shane Shillingford. Sammy, with his accurate seam bowling, is in the Top 10 in the ICC World T20 rankings for bowlers, while speedster Nelon Pascal and tall left-armer Delorn Johnson, can both be deadly with the new ball. The batting is led Devon Smith, the left-handed stroke-maker, and Andre Fletcher, who is looking to make his mark. They also have Sammy, who is a dangerous powerhitter; along with top-order batsmen Miles Bascombe and Johnson Charles. Mathurin said he was excited to link up with Shillingford again. “It is really good to have Shane back in the team... that is a huge boost for us. He has played at the highest level for the West Indies and he is a tremendous asset in our team. His experience in the dressing room and on the field will help all of us. I look forward to bowling in partnership with him,” Mathurin said. The Windwards will play in Group A alongside Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Leewards Islands, and Canada. Squad: Darren Sammy (Captain), Devon Smith (Vice Captain), Johnson Charles, Shane Shillingford, Andre Fletcher, Lindon James (Wicket-keeper), Keddy Lesporis, Tade Carmichael, Nelon Pascal, Kenroy Peters, Liam Sebastien, Delorn Johnson, Garey Mathurin, Miles Bascombe United Windwards looking to top......... (cont’d from last page) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The new Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman, His Excellency Desi Bouterse, has called on the region to make 2012 a year of change. Bouterse, who is also the President of Dutch-speaking Suriname said that “by changing the way we do things, this Community will be a changed one – for the better – by the end of 2012.” In his first message since taking over as chairman of the 15-member regional grouping from St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister The Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, the Suriname head of state said that the uncertainty caused by the continuing global crisis would continue to pose a problem for the Caribbean. “The global economic and financial crisis shows no signs of abating, with the resulting challenges of unemployment, low or negative growth and increasing disparity between the rich and the poor. Given the relationship between the economic health of the major nations and its effect on us in CARICOM, it requires a major effort to overcome the challenges presented by this on-going situation. “It also requires that we take a hard look at the way we operate, and accept changes that may be necessary,” said Bouterse, noting that the challenges can be overcome if CARICOM countries bind themselves even closer together. “We stand a better chance to confront these challenges as a group united, than each swimming against the tide alone,” he said, adding it is also the task of the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat to lead the change. He said the review of the Secretariat must be completed and the relevant recommendations implemented to improve the management and operation of the Secretariat, as it is CARICOM’s principal organ. Dominican-born His Excellency Ambassador Irwin La Rocque was appointed CARICOM Secretary General in August last year, and Bouterse said he should be at the forefront of the changes. Suriname President takes over chairmanship of CARICOM from St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, promises 2012 to be a “year of change” “My colleagues and I have every confidence in the ability of Ambassador La Rocque to effect the necessary repositioning of the Secretariat,” Bouterse said, adding that as CARICOM Chairman, he would place emphasis on enhancing awareness of the efforts being undertaken by the regional grouping. “We must ensure that the people of the Community feel the impact and recognize the benefits that come to them from integration. In 2012, we will increase our focus and attention on these areas, and on ways the population can more readily feel the benefits,” he said. He said that one of the main areas he would be paying attention to, will be the involvement of young people within the region. “The Paramaribo Declaration of 2010 laid out ideas and recommendations for greater youth involvement in the affairs of the Community. These must be pursued urgently and diligently, as the participation of the young people in the integration movement is essential to ensure that it is kept alive and dynamic,” Bouterse said. He said he would also be looking improve the coordination among the various regional blocs to which CARICOM belongs, adding “we must aim to strengthen our position in these organizations and groupings, and make the best of the opportunities they present. “Through working more closely together, we can improve the standard of living of our citizens,” Bouterse added. In Tuned In One With radio 1 94.1FM New CARICOM Chairman and President of Suriname, His Excellency Desi Bouterse Carlos Brathwaite wants to “win it” for Barbados Bridgetown, Barbados – Allrounder Carlos Brathwaite is confident that he can spark a revival in the Barbados team as the former regional powerhouses look to win their first ever Caribbean T20 title. The well-built six-footer is in his second season in the blue and yellow jersey and believes he has what it takes to be the “impact player” the Bajans are desperately looking for. According to the 23-year-old, he is willing to bat at “any number in the order”, bowl “the first or last over, it doesn’t matter” and throw himself around in the outfield to save every run. A bustling medium-pacer with a high action, Brathwaite has done well with the ball so far in the University of the West Indies T20 Festival, which is being used as a warm-up for the Caribbean T20. The Bajans will face Trinidad and Tobago in the Festival final on Friday night at the 3Ws Oval. He is also a capable power-hitter in the middle-order. “The preparations have been spot on. We have spending a lot of time in the gym and in the nets. This is the best set-up I have seen in the Barbados team since I have been involved and once we keep our focus I believe we will have a very good chance of winning the Caribbean T20. As players, we are working really hard and everyone is supporting each other,” Brathwaite said. A virtual unknown 18 months ago, Brathwaite first played for Barbados a year ago in the Caribbean T20 2011 and has improved in a short space of time. He was picked for the West Indies team’s tour of Asia and made his international debut in Bangladesh in October. “I think I improved a lot and gained a lot of knowledge about my game and the way the game is played at the highest level when I toured Dubai and Bangladesh with the West Indies team. I realise you have to hit your targets every ball, not just five balls out of the six ... you have to do it consistently. If you miss your targets that can cost you and also cost the team in a major way. So I have been working hard at being more consistent with the ball,” Brathwaite said. “Last year I was new in the Barbados team and I played a supporting kind of role. This time around, instead of playing a supporting role I am hoping to play a significant role. I’m looking to be the stand-out player to bring glory to my country and start a new kind of winning era in Barbados cricket. We have the appetite to win and to bring back glory to Barbados cricket and this is great place to start by winning the Caribbean T20 title.” The West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 tournament will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua and Kensington Oval in Barbados from January 9 to 22. Barbados will play in Group B alongside Jamaica, Combined Campuses and Colleges, Netherlands and English county team Sussex.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 14 NEWS -Zack awards cultural students EC$500 in school supplies By Drizel Hanley Trinidad and Tobago’s Karene Asche wins the Caribbean King of Kings Calypso Monarch By Drizel Hanley Reigning Trinidad and Tobago’s Calypso Monarch, Karene Asche, copped the Caribbean King of Kings Calypso Monarch title held here, at Carnival Village, Basseterre on Friday, January 6. Amassing a total of 761 points the 27-year-old Trinidadian Calypso Queen out sang her competitors earning her the judges’ nod for the coveted title. Dominica’s first female calypso monarch in over 50 years, Tasha P placed first-runner-up amassing a total of 721 points. Three-time Kittitian King Pungwa was awarded the secondrunner-up position with a total of 711 points. King Sacrotes of St.Kitts placed third runner up with a total of 691 points while Antigua’s Zakari placed fourth-runner-up with a total of 673 points. Other participating regional Calypso Monarchs in the show included St. Croix’ Mighty Pat, St.Lucia’s Queen Menelle, Nevis’ King Meeko, St.Maarten’s King Timo and St.Thomas’ Kung Fu Plenty. At a brief ceremony held on Friday, January 6 at Edgar Challenger Library and Museum on Central Street, the excited students received a quantity of exercise books, pens, geometry sets and t-pex. Winston “Zack” Nisbett, organizer of the group, described it as a tremendous success in terms of preserving the national culture and heritage of the Federation. According to Zack purchasing of the school supplies was done with tips accumulated when the group played at various venues including Best Buy Supermarket and Caribe Caf. Pieces such as ‘Yellow Birds’, ‘Where have all the flowers gone’, ‘Across the Bridge’, ‘When the Saints go Marching In’, and 1, 2, 3 Roll Back let me See’ were rendered on a variety of instruments. Present at the prize giving ceremony was Lloyd Lazar who ushered a few words to the students. “You must always prepare to do your best, not because you are going to get something back in return but because you need to always do the best that you can so that you will always have a good reputation as a decent and hard working individual”, he said. “You learned to help each other; you learned to be kind; you learned to be thoughtful and to respect one another. And I want to put a challenge to you all to make sure these things you have learnt here are not wasted but utilized well, so that you will not only be outstanding guitar players, musicians and cultural artists but you will also be educated,” he added. The prizes were handed over by Kittitian born author and writer, Mosi Mandisa. Training the youths to play the Banjo, Guitar and Quatro was Robert Bobby Martin.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 15 COMMENTARY BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader: I believe that I have written a topic like this before, but this is no carbon copy of it. This is a topic which concerns the dawn of a New Year, 2012, in which we must focus on spreading the Gospel of Love. We should dispel the venom of hatred from our minds and become a positive thinker for the New Year. Circumstances and adverse situations could steer some young people to become hateful and spiteful, but no situation could compel a good person to become bad; could compel a good person to change from good to bad. If you are a good person, regardless of what, you continue to be the good person that you were created to be. If you are good, you occupy a lofty plane which is very near to the plane where the Godhead dwells. How then, because you have experienced some disappointments, some betrayals, some failures, some humiliations, you suddenly decide not to be good any more but to slide from the nearness of God’s Throne down to the mud pit of spitefulness, hatred and revenge? How can you do that or how can you descend from an arm’s length away from God to grovel in the pit of evil? If you are a good person, if you are a person filled with love and compassion, no amount of attack on that love, that compassion could cause you to change and resort to being evil. Goodness and love conquer all situations. If you are that near to God, why allow yourself to slide down? How can you climb back up? You were an already good person. You desecrated this godness and this goodness with hatred and spitefulness, so, how do you expect to return to the high plane upon which you dwelled? In such cases you cannot slide down and climb back up like switching on a light. You have failed the test. You have been weighed in the balances and found wanting. You have proven to the whole world that you were not really and truly a good person. Goodness is likened unto the sun. No amount of dark clouds could blot out its powerful rays. Sometimes it appears as if the dark clouds on a rainy day, have conquered the sun, but, if we were to fly above the dark clouds, we will witness the sun shining in all its glory and splendour. The duty of the sun is to shed light and warmth and life. A good person is supposed to perform the same duties of the sun. That good person is supposed to be spreading the sunshine of love, of hope and compassion. That good person is supposed to be doing good to those who have done him or her bad. That good person is supposed to see the beauty of the creation of God in his fellow men. Goodness never ceases to shine. Let your light so shine. That good person is supposed to be a beacon to the abused, the weary the downtrodden and to their enemies. Nothing should be able to douse that light. Let us, Dear Reader, agree that the human being is a part of the animal kingdom. We have no problem with that. But there is a distinct separation. The Lion, the Leopard, the Tiger, all possess and are guided by instincts. They cannot practise love and compassion. If they observe a human being travelling through their domain, all that they can sense is “Here is a prey, here is food.” They have no time to admire this beautiful creation of God. Their instinct tell them that that beautiful creation is food and so, they pounce, they kill, they satisfy their hunger, without any remorse. They have no apologies to make for killing and satisfying their hunger. That is the animal nature in them. They possess no soul. When we hate each other, when we punish goodness aside, we become as destructive as those animals, guided not by a mind which can be attuned to the minds of God, but by ferocious instincts to kill and devour. Scriptures tells us that we were made in the image of God who is a Loving God. Whenever the kingdom of Heaven is depicted it is done so, so that we could realize the love and the goodness of God. Love your enemies do good to them that do bad unto you. Powerful words and messages Do we practise them or even attempt to practise them when we allow the animal kingdom within us to fester our minds with hatred? Every day, we witness a manifestation of goodness when we are allowed to witness or experience another day. Do we spend that day doing something good to and for our fellow men? Do we hear ourselves over the airwaves, spewing out the animal kingdom of hatred and discord? Suppose we were to be called up every three months to be judged by the good deeds we have sown or shown to our fellow men, how many of us would be pronounced Not Guilty? If the verdict was to be that, since we cannot justify our existence because we have not done or have not done enough goodness here on earth that our existence was to be emanated, how many of us would be allowed to populate the earth? How many of us will be pronounced “Not Guilty”? Why do we always have to slide down to the animal within us instead of searching for that inexhaustible reservoir of goodness which runs deep within us? Very often you hear the refrain, “I used to be a good person, you know, but I did a good deed to that person and they turned ungrateful. The person is ungrateful to you, so you turn ungrateful to God who has provided you with a mind of goodness and, instead of rising above that petty disappointment in your life, you allow yourself to slide from the arms-reach of goodness sand goodness to enter the cesspool of hatred and anger, bitterness and spitefulness? But you were only pretending to be goodness is godliness. A good person never, ever changes. If someone does you bad and you are granted a chance to do something good for that person, perform that good act or deed joyfully; don’t dwell on the hurt that he/she heaped upon you. Show them that you are better. Let them look up to you. Let them respect you. Heap coals of fire on their heads. If we all to stand down in the valley, nobody will be able to gaze upward, but, if some of us were to ascend to the top of the hill or mountain, we will cause people to look up. In being a good person, we must always ascend to the hill tops and the mountain tops. A bad person can change from being bad and climb to the hill top and mountain top of goodness. It is an upward climb. The real good person cannot leave his ascendency and go to mix with the crowd who dwell in the animal kingdom. No! Not at all! The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto the parable of the Prodigal Son Love and compassion. The Kingdom of Heaven can also be likened unto the good PAM supporter. While emerging from the money machine at the Pelican Mall, a PAM supporter witnessed a hit and run accident. The victim was a man from St. Pauls who was dressed in a red shirt marked Labour and a red cap with the same markings. The Labour supporter was knocked in the drain on the side of Ready Fried. The PAM supporter was taught to hate Labour people, for that is the only way he could be a supporter of PAM. The PAM supporter has no dealing s with Labour people. It was a Sunday afternoon and only two of them were on the road at that time. What to do? Here is a human being who has been a victim of a hit and run accident. Must I leave him there? Should I turn a blind eye and pretend that I did not witness the accident? The goodness in the PAM supporter over –rode the hatred taught to him. He went over, rolled the man out of the drain, called 911 and because he saw no one else, he accompanied him in the ambulance when it came, to the JNF Hospital. Now, dear reader, this particular Sunday was Convention Day at PAM Headquarters and the PAM supporter was running late, so, after entering the Emergency Room with the victim, he gave the Nurse in Charge his cell number and giving instructions to call him if the patient took worse. After the Convention is over, he will return to see how he is. The PAM supporter, instead of staying on the ground scratching for worms, soared like an eagle to the mountain top of goodness. All of us possess the ability to soar to the mountain top of goodness where we will be much closer to our Creator. Isn’t there somewhere in the scriptures which declares that God dwelleth in the mountain and hill tops? There was a Love Song which was worded thus – “Stay as sweet as you are, you are divine dear”. I will change the words to leave this message. “Stay as good as you are – you are blessed with a Divine Spark”. Do not allow time, circumstances, people or events to change you from the good person whom you are. Surround yourself with the sunshine of that love and goodness and declare to the whole world that only good can go from you and is only good which can flow back to you. Evil always stay with us. Goodness will always boomerang back to us. May 2012 be our good year of goodness, of love and compassion for our fellow men. A good person never changes Police Seek Closer Collaboration With Local Media Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): Authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis are working to improve the partnership between the press and the security forces. Having had an extensive background in law enforcement in Texas and Florida in the United States, Commissioner of Police Celvin G. Walwyn is aware of the benefits of establishing a productive relationship with the media so as to communicate effectively with the populace. However, he also noted the need for balanced and accurate reporting. “We have some of the news media sensationalizing some of the events here,” he stated. “Before I came to St. Kitts, believe it or not I was a little nervous to come here, because I had heard so much negative and read so much negative (stories) in the newspaper,” the Commissioner admitted, reflecting on a personal trip he planned to take in 2010. “When I came to St. Kitts, I said whoa, this is not like they are talking. “ “They are spreading bad information about the place and when you read it on the internet, it sounds like this country has gone, in a hand basket and St. Kitts and Nevis is not that way.” The Head of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force indicated that he engaged media personnel in a forum to hear concerns and ideas on how to improve the information flow to ensure timely and factual reporting. “I want the media to be a part of what we are doing because there is a lot of misinformation.” One case cited, referred to an article which appeared in a popular U.S.-based publication. The reporter “cut my statement in half and sensationalized it because it sounded better while it was cut in half,” Commissioner Walwyn stated. “We need to stop spreading these false rumors about what’s happening here. … We do have crime, like anywhere else, but most of our crime is isolated.” The media was promised that the Police Force’s press and public relations officer and other senior members would be willing to provide any information requested as long as it does not compromise ongoing investigations. Female arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs into prison BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JANUARY 11TH 2012 (CUOPM) – Police have arrested a female after she attempted to smuggle cannabis to an inmate at Her Majesty’s Prison on New Year’s Day. The Lower Shaw Avenue resident took a meal of rice, macaroni pie and mutton, a bottle of Ribena and a sealed pack of Cheetos. A prison officer inspecting the food found three balls of vegetable material suspected to be cannabis in the pack of Cheetos. Police were called in and the female was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 16 COMMENTARY VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Giving Thanks Giving Thanks Giving Thanks Giving Thanks Giving Thanks A happy and blessed New Year to all within and beyond this reading audience! It is fitting again this year to refer to these favourite stanzas of mine: “How good is the God we adore; our faithful unchangeable Friend whose love is as great as His power and knows neither measure nor end. ‘Tis Jesus the First and the Last, whose spirit shall guide us safe home, will praise Him for all that is past and trust Him for all that’s to come”. What a year 2011 has been! With all its surprises, upheavals, ups and downs, successes and failures, a retrospective glance at the year in review would help us to appreciate the message in the stanzas quoted above underscored by the line “We’ll praise God for all that is past”. Just being alive and in fairly good health is reason enough to be thankful. Believe it or not, people who are unthankful seem to become prisoners of their circumstances.BEING THANKFULWhat is it about being thankful that has such a strong effect on our lives? After all, we cannot control the good and bad events that come into our lives, but certainly we can control our responses to them. Speaking from her bedfast condition Amy Carmichael is quoted as saying “Nothing in life can harm you, only your response ...” It is said that two men looked out through the same bars; one saw the mud and the other saw stars. Put another way the optimist’s cup is to him/her half full; the pessimist’s cup is to him/her half empty. Too many of us allow situations to produce our emotional responses. For instance, we meet people every day who are depressed because of negative circumstances. Whereas few may be those, who could against all odds, shout with unrepressed delight that bad as things are it could have been worse; so I’m giving thanks.MATURITYWhat is maturity? Several definitions could be put forward to define the word. I have opted from a spiritual perspective to use this simple definition. “Maturity is in having and demonstrating a genuinely thankful heart to God for every circumstance that He allows.” The maturing Christian does not soar to great emotional heights, nor is he/she dragged to great emotional lows by the good and bad events of life. He is not controlled by the uncontrollable circumstances that enter his life. He/she has a greater source of power within that governs his/her responses and outlook. One of the strongest ingredients of a person’s inner power-base is thankfulness. That person learns to be thankful to God for every circumstance that God’s sovereignty allows to enter the corridors of life. It is important to understand that there is no such thing as fate or chance – but only the hand of God working in every situation. That in and of itself should encourage us to trust the infinite wisdom of God and give thanks. “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth” (2 Thess 1:3).THANKFULNESSThere are a number of reasons why we must establish thankfulness as part of our inner power base. First, the Scriptures command us to give thanks in all things. The Apostle Paul admonishes us “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess s5:18). God is never obligated to explain His commands, but we are obligated to obey them! People who are unthankful seem to become prisoners of their circumstances as mentioned earlier. On the other hand, people who are thankful to God seem to be liberated even when in an imprisoning situation. The only prisons that can harm us are the invisible prisons of the heart and mind. True thankfulness to God “in all things” seems powerful enough to open those inner prisons John Miller wrote about in these words. “How happy a person is, depends upon the depth of his gratitude”. Finally, thankfulness honours God as God. When we do not thank God for the way He sovereingly directs or allows events to enter our lives, we fall into idolatry. Without question, the decentralizing of self and letting God be God is the most difficult part of spiritual growth. It is both pleasing and honouring to God when we are thankful before – not just after – a difficult circumstance. The benchmark, then of Christian maturity is not how well we pray, publicly or privately, like the Pharisees of old did. Maturity is in having and demonstrating a genuinely thankful heart to God for every circumstance that He allows. There is untold power in a thankful heart demonstrated by giving thanks. The blessing that we were mercifully spared the ravages of any natural disaster is a good enough reason to praise and thank God for all that is past and instil confidence to trust Him for all that is to come.A Happy and Blessed New Year to ALL! The Wisdom of God The Bible speaks of God as wise and one Hymn writer calls Him “God Only wise.” What do they mean by these titles attributed to God? In Scripture wisdom is a moral as well as an intellectual quality, it is more than mere intelligence or knowledge, just as it is more than mere cleverness or cunning. For us, if God’s subjects are to be truly wise, in the Biblical sense, our intelligence and cleverness must be harnessed to a right end. Wisdom is the power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it. Wisdom is, in fact, the practical side of moral goodness. As such it has its fullness only in God. He alone is naturally, entirely and invariably wise. Another hymn writer says, “His wisdom ever waketh,” God is never other than wise in anything that He does. Wisdom as some of the old theologians used to say is God’s essence, just as power, truth and goodness are His essence. Human wisdom can be frustrated by circumstantial factors outside the wise person’s control. Ahithophel, David’s once counselor, gave sound advice when he urged Absalom to finish David off at once before he had recovered from the shock of Absalom’s revolt. Absalom headily took a different line, and Ahithophel, seething with wounded pride – foreseeing, no doubt that the revolt was now sure to fail. Unable to forgive himself for being such a fool as to join the opposition, went home in despair and committed suicide (see 2 Samuel 17). God’s wisdom cannot be frustrated in the way that Ahithophel’s good advice did (v14), for it is allied to omnipotence. Power is as much God’s essence as wisdom is. Omniscience governing omnipotence, infinite power rule by infinite wisdom, is a basic biblical description of the divine character. It is Job who states that “God’s wisdom is profound and His power is vast” (9:4) “To Him belong wisdom and power” (12:13). “He is mighty in strength and wisdom” (36:5), says Isaiah, God has “great power and strength … and His understanding no one can fathom” (40:26, 28), while for Daniel, wisdom and power are His” (2:20). Paul makes use of the same conjunction when he states, “Now to Him that is of power to establish you according to my Gospel…God only wise” (Romans 16: 25, 27). Wisdom without power would be pathetic a broken reed; power without wisdom would be merely frightening; but God boundless wisdom and endless power are united, and this makes Him fully worthy of our fullest trust. God’s Almighty wisdom is always active and never fails. All His works of creation, providence and grace display it. Until we can see it in them we are just not seeing them straight. But we cannot recognize God’s wisdom unless we know the end for which he is working. Here many go wrong. The Bible is misunderstood when many do not understand what it means when it says that “God is love” (I John4:810). They think that God means a trouble free life for all irrespective of their moral and spiritual state. Hence they conclude that that anything painful and upsetting (illness, accident, injury, job loss and the suffering of a loved one) indicate either that God’s wisdom, or power, or both, have broken down, or that God after all, does not exist. This idea of trying to understand God’s intention is a complete mistake. God’s wisdom is not, and never was, pledged to keep a fallen world happy, or to make ungodliness comfortable. Not even to Christians has God promised a trouble-free life; rather the reverse. God has other ends in view for life in this world than simply to make it easy for everyone. To be continued Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council And Nevis Christian Council Governance success in the Caribbean through broad participation and constant information The governments of small countries deliver excellent results when they involve as many local players as possible, including opponents. Dr Scott Douglas from the University of Oxford concludes this on the basis of his research into governance success stories on Aruba, Curacao, and St. Kitts. For his PhD-thesis at the English university, Douglas compared sixteen government-owned public utilities in the Caribbean, who were responsible for energy, water, or infrastructure. This group included both high and low performing organizations. In his conclusions, Douglas does not discuss specific cases, but compares successful and failing styles of governance. The standard for good governance, suggests his research, is not lower than in larger countries. The way this is achieved however might be different. Successful organizations, the research indicates, are characterised by a governance style which is both strict and open. The rules are consistently applied, but employed to give as many actors a role as possible. In addition, strong organizations give room to strong leaders. Finally, successful organizations constantly spread background information, also informing opponents of the policy. Scott Douglas: “Government officials become successful when they dare to strengthen others.” The research presents a structured analysis of several governance successes, but does not claim to have found the one and only recipe. Scott Douglas emphasizes: “There are probably more important ingredients. Everyone can explore this for themselves, by starting with the question: What goes currently well in the public sector?” Several public lectures have been organized across the different islands throughout January 2012. This Great Governance Tour is made possible with the support of Berenschot International, USONA, Alexander & Simon and United Trust. A short, practical guide to governance successes has been written and is freely available from www.berenschot.com/governance. Copies will also be available to all persons attending the lecture in St. Kitts on Tuesday 17 January 2012 at the UWI Open Campus St. Kitts & Nevis, Basseterre Site at 7:30 pm. For further information please contact The University of the West Indies Open Campus St. Kitts & Nevis at 465-2190 or 662-4559 or st.kitts@open.uwi.edu


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 17 VIEW POINT -2012 Athletic Calendar and Championship Standards The SKNAAA is pleased to release the official calendar for the 2012 Athletic Season. Last season can be described as epic on all levels (Youth, Junior and Senior). Almost 50 records were broken at the Interschool Championship and the Ram’s Primary School Championship; National records were broken; we remained undefeated at the Leward Island Youth Level; we received our first Carifta Record in the 40 year history of the championships; our relay boys exploded onto the podium of the World Championships and Pan American Games. This year we are even more optimistic about this season. We expect more exciting performances as the competition has definitely intensified over the past 12 months. Our brand St. Kitts – Nevis has strengthened mainly due to our podium appearances on the regional and international scene. We have 5 major local based championships namely: •National Junior Championships – 11th March 2012 •TDC Interschool Championships – 23rd March – 25th March 2012 •RAMS Primary School Championships – 30th March 1st April 2012 •National Invitational and Club Championships – 3rd June 2012 •OECS Invitational – 10th June 2012 Of course, the main attraction for 2012 are the Olympic Games in London. Most persons are excited about the potential appearance of our relay boys who will likely compete against the who’s who in athletics. We therefore look forward to seeing you in Sandy Point this Sunday 15th January 2012 for the very first meet on the calendar! Performance must be achieved during the qualification period 1st May, 2011 to 8 July, 2012. For marathons, Race Walking and Combined Events the qualification period is from 1st January, 2011 to 8th July, 2012. Relays period: 1 January 2011 to 2 July 2012. For the results to be valid for qualification proposes, a minimum of three (3) international teams must compete in the race. All performances must be achieved during competitions organized or sanctioned by the IAAF, its Area Associations and its National Federations. Thus results achieved at clubs, university or school competitions must be certified by the National Federation of the country in which the competition was organized. Wind assisted performances and hand-timed performances in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 110m/100m hurdles and the 4x100m relays will not be accepted. Indoor performances for all field events and for races of 400m and longer, shall be accepted. For the running of events of 400m and over, performances achieved on oversized tracks shall not be accepted. To be eligible for selection, athletes must participate in the SKNAAA 2012 National Championships or must have received an exemption from the SKNAAA Executive Body upon receipt of a written request for a waiver two (2) weeks prior to the National XC. Qualified athletes must also posses a valid U.S Non-Immigrant Visa. The SKNAAA Executive through its selection committee reserves the right to determine the final team and its size. Qualified athletes must also sign the SKNAAA’s Team Code of Conduct/Contract for final selection. Qualified athletes must also demonstrate and maintain a level of fitness that will be required of them to participate at this level of competition. *No athlete younger than16 years of age on 31st December in the year of the competition (born in 1997 or later) may be entered. Junior athletes (any athlete aged 18 or 19 years on 31st December) in the year of the competition (born in 1993 or 1994) may compete in any event except the Marathon races and the 50km Race Walk Men.Y outh athletes (any athlete aged 16 or 17 years on 31st December) in the year of thte competition (born in 1995 or 1996) may compete in any event except the Throwing events (male athletes only), Decathlon, 10 000m, Marathon Races and Race Walks. All athletes must comply with the provision of the Olympic Charter currently in force and only those athletes who have complied with the Olympic Charter may participate in the Olympic Games. Performances must be achieved between 1st April 2011 to 31st March, 2012. All performances must be achieved during competitions organized or sanctioned by the (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 18 NEWS IAAF, its Area Associations and its National Federations. Thus results achieved at club, university or school competitions, must be certified by the SKNAAA, and by the National Federation of the country in which the competition was organised. Wind assisted performances will not be accepted. Hand-timed performances in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 110/100 hurdles and 4x100m events will not be accepted. To be eligible, athletes must participate in a minimum of two(2) SKNAAA Development Meets, and in the National Junior Championships, or must have received an exemption from the SKNAAA Executive Body. Qualified athletes must also demonstrate and maintain a level of fitness that will be required of them to participate at this level of competition. A maximum of two (2) qualified athletes per event can be selected to which both athletes must be “A” qualifiers. If an athlete is qualified in an event with a “B” standard performance and another athlete qualified in the same event but with an “A” Standard performance, then only the athlete with “A” Standard performance will be selected. The SKNAAA Executive, through its Selection Committee, reserves the right to determine the final team size and participants who must sign the SKNAAA’s Team Code of Conduct and Team Contract. 2012 Athletic Championship Standards (cont’d from last page) Learn French at the Alliance Franaise The Alliance Franaise wishes to announce to the general public that the new term will begin on Monday, 16th January 2012. Registration has begun and will continue until Monday, 16th January. You are never too young or too old to learn a new language! Register now and let us help you achieve this goal. For more information, please contact us on 465 9415 or email allfrskn@yahoo.com / allfrskn@sisterisles.kn. Police Commissioner appeals to local media houses to be more responsible in reporting crimeDepartment of Agriculture Crop Forecast The Department of Agriculture is forecasting a very good output of vegetables for January 2012. A significant portion of the national demand for tomatoes, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes, cabbage, pumpkin and watermelon will be met or surpassed. CropDecember JanuaryIncrease 2011 (lbs) 2012 (lbs) Tomatoes 17,450 20,740 3,290 Sweet Peppers 8,020 7,920 (100) Sweet Potatoes 37,760 43,100 5,340 Pumpkin 7,900 21,250 13,350 Cabbage 6,710 7,290 580 Watermelon 7,500 16,500 9,000 Total on selected Crop 85,340 116,800 31,360 Agricultural officials expressed satisfaction with the forecast and commended the farming community for its contribution to the country’s food security and nutrition needs and foreign exchange savings. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JANUARY 11TH 2012 (CUOPM) Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Mr. C. G. Walwyn, is urging the media in St. Kitts and Nevis to be responsible and balanced in their reporting of crime in the Federation. “I became concerned when I read an internet radio station’s website report of ’17 tourists robbed in the Federation’,” said the police chief in a statement on Wednesday through the Police Press and Public Relations Office. Mr. Walwyn said the headline is very alarming if the report was true and the fact is that 17 tourists were not robbed in the that publishes some stories without verifying the information,” said the police chief. “Credibility is a word that should not be regarded lightly. Media houses that report unsubstantiated information should be concerned about their credibility,” said Mr. Walwyn. He gave the assurance that the Police has a duty to protect victims of crime and cannot give details of the incident “because it is either under investigation or the next of kin has not yet been notified.” “As Commissioner, I want the media to be a part of the important role in fighting crime,” said Mr. Walwyn. He said the Police Force’s Press and Public Relations Officer and other senior members are willing to provide any information requested as long as it does not compromise ongoing investigations. Federation. “Some members of a ship were dropped off in New Town to play soccer. While they were playing soccer and involved in the game, a young man believed to be from the area walked over to the unattended bags, took one and left. He was observed by one of the players leaving the area with the bag, but that player said he was so involved in the game, he did not alert the other players,” said Mr. Walwyn, adding: “There was no confrontation between the suspect and the owner of the bag. Because there was no confrontation (actual or implied) there was no robbery. The charge then would be larceny, based on the dollar value of the contents.” Mr. Walwyn also refuted other news reports that masked men were involved in an incident on Tuesday of this week (January 10th) at the Charles E. Mills Secondary School. “It was students who were involved in the altercation,” said Commissioner Walwyn who added: “It is indeed very troubling to see media outlets publishing stories without first seeking clarification or verification.” Mr. Walwyn said urged media houses need to be more responsible in publishing stories without having substantiated information. “Just this week, there were three stories on one internet media outlet Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Mr. C. G. Walwyn (Photo by Erasmus Williams) So Tell Me By Jean Thomas Well, well, well, smile problem with the wearer of the mini dress, but, I still ask the question if the wearer of the dress is so conscious of the length, or lack of the length of the garment, why I attended the National Carnival Queen Show held in December at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium, and decided to sit in the pavilion. Before the show began there was more fashion off the stage, than on the stage that night from the younger women who attended the show. I noted that the dominant colour they wore for that night was black and purple and the height of the shoe heels could be akin to the “Moco jumbie’s” stilts. I did not deliberately set out to notice what the young women were wearing. However, I noted that as some of them climbed the steps, they were conscious of the shortness of their dress or skirt and sought to pull it down as they climbed the steps. I found this action amusing. Then, I remembered my days as a younger woman when I bought my first mini dress and thought I would wear it to a function with my husband. I felt really cute in my dress and when I emerged and was ready to go, he said to me “where are you going in that dress?” I replied, “Out with you”. He was not amused because he felt that the dress was too short. Personally, I do not have a wear it? Many of the fashions are not new. They just revolve. Many of us who are now approaching our senior citizen years, ‘have been there before that’. When I looked at an old picture of me in 1972 in my dress and compare it to what is being worn today as a mini skirt/ dress, I think I was more than modest in the length of my dress.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2012 19 SPORTS COMMENTARY -SIDF to assist lowincome families with homes and small businesses BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JANUARY 10TH 2012 (CUOPM) Workers in St. Kitts and Nevis who are being laid off due to the ongoing international global economic conditions which are affecting the twinisland Federation are being urged to maintain contact with the Labour Department. Speaking on his weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister” on Tuesday, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said his government will use resources from the Sugar Industry Decelopment Fund (SIDF) through the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis to provide assistance to low income families for home construction and start up of small businesses to create jobs and employment opportunities. Two local manufacturers at the C. A. Paul Southwell Industrial Complex and a large construction and engineering firm were laid off since the start of the New Year. “It was precisely in anticipation of these types of developments that his government has put in place the stabilization and stimulus programmes which will generate job opportunities. “It concerns me deeply that these individuals had to be laid off. And I urge these individuals both to maintain contact with our Labour Department in order to be kept abreast of any openings, as well as to reach out to the private sector to pursue any possibilities there,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He said his government’s utmost and overarching priority remains the protection of Kittitians and Nevisians. “We have taken a two pronged approach in this regard: First, we have made maximum use of whatever assets have been at our disposal in pursuit of this goal, and second, we have moved to create new and imaginative assets where they did not originally exist. And we did this so that, with so much of the world being battered economically, we would have a fighting chance of being able to protect and advance the interests of our own,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He told listeners that at a time when traditional international donors and lenders are at the edges of their own financial precipices, “we have created the Sugar Diversification Foundation – an extraordinarily important source of funding and stabilization in areas as far afield as tourism and education, agriculture and housing, the environment and beyond.” “We invite you, listeners, to familiarize yourselves with the many ways in which this Foundation has time and again been an absolute lifeline for our Federation in this time of global upheaval, and we ask you to do this by perusing the audited financial statements that we have asked be prepared and made accessible to you,” said the Prime Minister, who referred to the several ongoing developmental projects that are being undertaken. He said expanded home ownership remains a top priority of his Government and in cases where low-income, prospective home owners are encountering difficulty producing the down-payment, the Sugar Diversification Foundation will work with the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis to make this possible. “The ordinary people of this country must, at last, be the owners of appreciating assets,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He said St. Kitts and Nevis has a number of competent, energetic, and reliable individuals with great ideas, well-thought out business plans, but no resources with which to put those plans into action. “Small businesses are the cornerstone of any economy and the Sugar Diversification Foundation will be also be a source of funding for competent, reliable, up-and-coming entrepreneurs,” Dr. Douglas told listeners to the programme. Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo by Erasmus Williams)Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Richardson. In the presence of Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Her Excellency Ambassador Astona Browne, Advisor Dr. Norgen Wilson, Commissioner of Police, Mr. C. G. Walwyn, senior officers and scores of fellow officers, Prime Minister Douglas lauded ACP Richardson for his 33 years of service “ACP Richardson has had over three decades of service in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and is a proud product of the noble institution, Bramshill. In fact, he has done some specialized studies on the issue of gangs which I am sure informed his understanding of their behaviour and which should have assisted in the strategies formulated to address this scourge that has plagued our communities over the years. In addition to his training in the area of law enforcement, ACP Richardson has also furthered his academic qualifications in legal studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree an area that has no doubt influenced his own professional development in the latter years of his service, as an officer,” said Prime Minister Douglas. “As he embarks on this new career path, I have no doubt that he would recognize the seamlessness and very strong synergies between the two professions. Indeed, I would dare say that he will find occasion to draw on the knowledge and the experience as an officer in this Force as he attempts to advance in the legal sphere,” said Dr. Douglas, who pointed out that during his career as an officer in the Force, ACP Richardson “has had the opportunity to make his contribution in areas such as Criminal Investigation where he would have served for many years.” “It is very likely that several of you would have had the good fortune of working under his command or alongside him in CID. I personally have had the opportunity of engaging him and to see him in action at the top management level as part of the High Command,” added the Prime Minister, who commended ACP Richardson for the support he has given to law enforcement advancement in St. Kitts and Nevis. “I want to commend his dear wife and his children for the support that they would have provided him during those 33 years of service that they would have associated with him as a police officer, especially in recent years when every single one of you had put your life on the line,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader. Dr. Douglas also commended the wives and children of every officer who has made policing a career and advancing the protection and service to citizens. “We don’t take the service that you provide for granted. Despite that you are being paid, it is a sacrifice. It is a choice that you have made, a choice to maintain law and order in your country and advance the society to one of peace and security,” said Dr. Douglas. “I personally salute ACP Richardson for his dedicated service that he has provided and we wish him well as he moves on. On behalf of the Government and the members of the Anti-crime Unit, I wish to applaud you for your years of service to the Force and to our country. You have no doubt inspired many who have, in turn, taken up the noble profession of law enforcement. As you look ahead, I want you to be encouraged as you take a bold step to achieve your newly set goal. I know you will succeed because you are a person with the temperament to succeed. May God continue to bless you abundantly in your new endeavours,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who presented a plaque to the retiring law enforcement officer. PM Douglas lauds retiring ACP .......... (cont’d from page 10) A Tale of Two Queens Kitts, said that when she entered the pageant on Nevis, she pleaded with the Bank’s Branch Manager Mrs Alexa Pemberton to ensure that the Development Bank was her sponsor as she used to work as a summer intern at the branch office in Charlestown. “I worked at the Bank for three years in the summer and the coworkers are great. I love each and every one of them, they are like family to me,” said Ms Mills who also added: “With the Bank’s contestant winning the Miss National Carnival Queen Pageant I am so happy, even thinking that this is the Bank’s 30th anniversary. It is good for the Bank to get two crowns in the same year — it not just luck for this year, it is just good.” Ms Kalia Huggins, whose reign as the National Carnival Queen has just started, commented that coming to the Development Bank on Monday January 9 where she joined with the Miss Culture Queen to meet the staff was indeed her first official activity as a Queen. “I am looking forward for a packed year to carry on not just my queenly duties but also to follow up on my platform which is child abuse and every other thing in every other way that I can help my Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in terms of being an ambassador for it,” said a beaming Miss National Carnival Queen. Commenting on her ‘sister’ Queen (Santonnya Mills), Ms Huggins said: “She was a Queen before me, but I am ecstatic in terms of seeing that Development Bank has two Queens in one year and it seems as though everyone is happy, so I might as well just join in the party and be happy as well. I am enjoying it so far.” (cont’d from page 10) month. Concurrently, the design team is working on room layout and the color scheme with renderings and boards coming early in the New Year. Frigate Bay will remain open for business during the current peak season, rather than begin an extensive renovation at the start of St. Kitts’ busiest travel period. Enhancements to the public areas include upgrades of the exterior walls, new steps from the middle level to the top level of the resort, and more tropical landscaping to open up the vistas to the pool and the sea beyond and give the property a more spacious feel. The conference room and front desk area will be upgraded and boast a modern look and clean simple lines. Rooms will be St. Kitts’ Frigate Bay Resort...... (cont’d from page 4) outfitted with new balcony rails, windows, doors and sliding glass doors, new kitchens, bathroom tiles and new air conditioning units. New bedding, window treatments and upholstery in a soft Caribbean color palate will give the rooms a casual, contemporary feel. Handling the renovations are local architectural firm Elmes & Associates and contractors are Moorjani Ltd, both based in St. Kitts.


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