The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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PM Douglas congratulates Taiwan President on second-term election victory Year 54 NO. 34FRIDAY, JANAURY 20th, 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 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says Saturday’s re-election of the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Dr. Ma Ying-jeou is indicative of the confidence that the people of thePM Douglas congratulates Taiwan President on second-term election victory PM Douglas congratulates Taiwan President on second-term election victory Republic of China (Taiwan) have placed in his ability, especially the peaceful approaches to Mainland China and Viable Diplomacy to the AP Photo: Taiwan President and ruling Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou gestures to supporters after winning the presidential elections outside the campaign headquarter in Taipei on January 14, 2012. Taiwan’s China-friendly leader Ma Ying-jeou claimed victory in presidential polls. (cont’d on page 3) Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Child Care Center Rededicated By Drizel Hanley (Left to right) Parliamentary Representative, Hon. Marcella Liburd; Christophe Harbour Chief Operating Manager, Mr. Le Grand Elebash; Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Sam Condor. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas speaks at the ceremony. The Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Child Care Center, which was willed to the St.KittsNevis Trades and Labour Union, by the First National Hero and Premier of this country, the Rt. Excellent Sir Robert L Bradshaw was on Friday last, January 13, rededicated at a symbolic and impressive handing over ceremony held at the institution, located at Dorset Village in (cont’d on page 7) Deputy PM highlights vision of Robert Bradshaw in nurturing childrenSt. Kitts and Nevis Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Sam Condor will be among top Regional Government Ministers Meeting with Britain’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt. Hon. William Hague this weekend in Grenada. The 3-day meeting which is scheduled to begin today (Friday, January 20th) will be chaired by the British M.P. and co-chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister in his capacity as the current Chairman of the Caribbean Council on Foreign Affairs. The Talks will cover a number of critical issued to the region, including the economic relationship with the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU), particularly Deputy PM Condor leads delegation to U.K – Caribbean Ministers forum in Grenada Deputy PM Condor leads delegation to U.K – Caribbean Ministers forum in Grenada (cont’d on page 19)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 2 OPINION / LOCAL NEWS THE SPOKESMAN ESTABLISHED MAY 1957 Published by: The St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour UnionMasses House, Church Street P.O Box 239 Basseterre St. Kitts West IndiesAg. Managing Editor: Dawud Byron Tel: (1 869) 465-2229 <> Fa: (1 869) 466-9866 Email: sknunion@sisterisles.kn Website: www.labourspokesman.com Editorial By Drizel Hanley Federation records increase in food production, says Minister Harris Minister with responsibility for Agriculture Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris on Tuesday, January 18, announced that the Federation has recorded an increase in food production. In an interview with this newspaper the Agriculture Minister disclosed that Food Crop production increased by 4% from 1,100 metric tonnes to 1,200 metric tonnes during 2011 when compared with 2010. “Despite several constraints our farmers continue to consistently produce more food, thereby helping us to advance on our journey for food security and nutrition,” Dr Harris stated. He said the production of Cabbage saw a 60 % increase from 36,500 kg to 58,300 kg Cabbage production saw an increase of 60 % from 36,500 kg in 2010 to 58,300 kg in 2011, while Onion production was increased by 105 % from 32,600 kg in 2010 to 66,900 kg in 2011. An 18% increase was recorded for pineapple from 136,000 kg in 2010 to 160,700 kg in 2011. Sweet pepper production increased 30% from 22,600 kg in 2010 to 29,600 kg in 2011. White potato increased by an impressive 120%, moving from 73,400 kg in 2010 to 162,200 kg in 2012. Yam production moved from 26,600 kg in 2010 to 37,000 kg in 2011 an increase of 39 %. A marginal increase of 4% was recorded for sweet potato production, moving from 198,400 kg in 2010 to 207, 000 kg in 2012. Dr. Harris revealed that such an increase in food production resulted from greater availability of technical support to farmers. “We provided a reduce price on fertilizers, a 50% reduction on wire fence hence reducing the damage to farmer’s property because the land will be fenced” the Minister added. The Agriculture Minister further noted that the increase in food production also resulted from solidarity between farmers. “They all work together and share the cost of land preparation,” he noted. “Additional acreage under production also led to such an increase,” pointed out Dr. Harris. However, there was a 5% decrease in the production of carrots from 139,600 kg in 2010 to 132,500 kg in 2011; peanut decreased in production by 6% from 56,500 kg in 2010 to 53,200 kg in 2011; pumpkin production decreased by 32% from 200,900 kg in 2010 to 137,100 kg in 2011 and watermelon decreased drastically in production from 125,000 kg in 2010 to 58,100 kg in 2011, a 54% decrease. “A decrease in the acreage planted in these crops could have contributed to the decreased production,” the Minister explained. Fruits and vegetables on display. Good governance and those who challenge it As St. Kitts and Nevis continues to grapple with the changing fortunes of 2012, there is one thing that continues to hold this nation together. It is often mistakenly overlooked and criticized as not being what it truly is, and no matter how insurmountable the crisis, real or perceived, St. Kitts and Nevis continues to be a strong and vibrant nation because of Good Governance. It was only on Tuesday January 17 that an Oxford trained doctoral graduate, Dr. Scott Douglas, spoke at the UWI open campus in Basseterre on the value of “Great Governance in Small Societies”, citing that St. Kitts and Nevis has excellent examples of governance that would be of worth in developed societies. Dr. Scott Douglas (of no known relation of our esteemed political leader) articulated presence of strong and focused leadership, cross-sectoral involvement in decision making and the dynamic flow of information in St. Kitts and Nevis. These he academically termed as the nature, structure and expectations of governance. Yet at the same time Dr. Douglas highlighted how an imbalance or a biased focus on any one tenet of good governance may lead to inefficiencies that turn the nation down a road that leads away from good governance. St. Kitts and Nevis continues to be one of the freest democracies on earth, where effective leadership is the least threatened by opposing sentiment. Understanding the need for dialogue and debate, the government celebrates the healthy exchange of differing thoughts and has made the media so liberal that some are fast abusing the inalienable rights of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. There are those who base their individual and collective participation in the governance of this nation as being callous naysayers and character assassins. They seek to reinvent facts and harbour malcontent among their readers and listeners and feel that they positively contribute to the national effort of good governance. The most recent example of ill-conceived attacks on good governance in this nation, comes from the “twisted listers” who call into radio programmes and write on the electronic media to attack the work and character of Police Commissioner Cervin G. Walwyn after he categorically appealed to media houses to be more responsible in reporting crime on or about January 11. This most distinguished chief of police who has already begun to proactively lead a positive change in the actions of the constabulary has now been attacked on the list and “brayers” who want to continue describing St. Kitts and Nevis as ‘a crime riddled nation where the police abuse its citizens and never solve a crime’. The “twisted listers” have gone so far as to devalue the commissioner’s holistic approach to crime solving of seeking the responsible support of the media as a sign that the Commissioner has become an agent of politics. One “twisted lister” wrote that “that statement the COP made about the press made it seem as though he was shrilling for Douglas.” He went further to insinuate that Commissioner Walwyn is “mixed up in the backward tribalism”. This publication stands on the side of responsible journalism, understanding the need for credibility in all that we do. Quoting Commissioner Walwyn in his edict to the media, we believe that “Credibility is a word that should not be regarded lightly. Media houses that report unsubstantiated information should be concerned about their credibility.” We stand behind Commissioner Walwyn in his quest to preserve good governance in the quest to promote and preserve law and order in this country. Curiously, could it be that because law and order has always been the first priority of this Labour-led Administration that those who oppose the party wish that the government fails to maintain law and order in this country for all visitors, residents and citizens? If this is so, those who think that way and wish that our nation fails are enemies of the state and saboteurs of good governance of the vilest repute. This publication wishes the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force every success in its drive to change St. Kitts and Nevis for the better in 2012 and beyond and that the strategic alliances that continue to be formed with law enforcement bodies locally and internationally continue to bring about the desired results of more peaceful and orderly society. That is what good governance is made of. Commissioner Walwyn has proven that he not only brings the strong leadership (the nature of governance), but that clearly he desires to include the media, citizens and all stakeholders (the structure of governance) through the diffusion of correct and timely information (the expectations of governance). Those who oppose this are yet to understand what good governance is.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 3 NEWS World. “I am sure your country will continue to benefit from your great talent and experience. Indeed the road ahead will be filled with challenges and I assure you of my country’s firm support,” said Prime Minister Douglas in a congratulatory message, the first by a world leader following the election results in which Ma obtained over 51 percent of the votes. Congratulating the Presidentelect on his re-election on behalf of the Government and people of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis and on his own behalf, the four-term Prime Minister said the Republic of China (Taiwan) “has long been a faithful partner of St Kitts and Nevis for nearly twentynine year.” “The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis remains firmly committed to the friendship and fraternal goodwill that have characterized and guided the relationship. This we trust will continue to produce benefits of mutual advantage for both our countries,” said Dr. Douglas. “May I once again extend on my own behalf as well as the Government and people of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis sincere congratulations on your second term in office and on all your future endeavours to further the cause of Freedom, Democracy and Prosperity in your beautiful country? Please accept, Mr. President, the assurances of my highest consideration,” Prime Minister Douglas said. PM Douglas congratulates Taiwan President on second-term ............. (cont’d from page 1) LABOUR PARTY NOTICE The West Basseterre Labour Branch Will be holding itsMonthly General MeetingOn Wednesday, 25th January, 2012 At the West Basseterre Constituency Office At 7:00 p.m. The Hon. Sam Condor, Parliamentary Representative will be in attendance, all are invited and asked to be punctual. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, – Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Sam Condor paid special tribute to the late First National Hero and Father of Indpendence, the Rt. Excellent Sir Robert L. Bradshaw for his continuing vision in nurturing children to become nation builders. Speaking at a ceremony to rededicate the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Child Care Center (RLBCCC), Mr. Condor, the first Chairman of the Youth Center Committee in the 1970’s said the center was established by Bradshaw “for the development of young people, not so young, people who were much older. It was established to facilitate community development and all the social clubs in the Central Basseterre area were affiliated to this community centre. “Mr. Bradshaw played a very important role. He had a special interest in the development of young people, and paid special attention to them. “Not only with his mouth, but he used to put his money where his mouth. This was his property and he donated it to the people of the constituency, the young people,” said Mr. Condor, who noted that it was a place where several meetings were held. “At that time we did not have as many community centers around. This was the community centre for Basseterre people. People came from all over Basseterre to meet here and we want to place on record our thanks to the late Robert L Bradshaw who at his passing willed this building for the Union because he believed that that was the best way to ensure its use for the ordinary folks,” said Mr. Condor, who also praised the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union for helping the Federation’s young children. “We have a very young population and there is need for a facility such as this and the way the building was, it was not possible to raise the children in this atmosphere, in this condition and so I am very pleased to Razo Construction and Christophe Harbour for the most outstanding contribution to this building,” said the Deputy Prime Minister. “It is the most important gift that you could have given to our children at Christmas, a time of giving. It is a gift that would impact and influence and change their lives for the better and so we want to thank you that you did that. I also want to say that I am very pleased to see that you have made a building better than brand new and I knew it when it was brand new,” said Mr. Condor. Parliamentary Representative, for Central Basseterre the Hon. Marcella Liburd noted that she lived next door nearly most of her life. “It is a very, very, very familiar for me, one that I am intimately connected with. I kept many meetings here, I ran around in here, I remember when my son was 3 years, he had his birthday party in here. This has really been a community centre for the people who lived in this area,” said Ms. Liburd. She thanked the St. KittsNevis Trades and Labour Union for using the building to help raise children which are a very important asset and to Christophe Harbour and the Razo Construction Company for the renovation. “We are very grateful to the Union, Christophe Harbour, the Razo Company and anybody else who had anything to do with activity to let them know how very grateful we are to have this in the constituency, in this community,” said Minister Liburd. Chief Operating Officer of Christophe harbour, Mr. Le Grande Elebash said the renovation was financed with a grant from the Christophe Harbour Foundation and construction was by Razo Construction. “We were approached about this project. We provided a grant from the Christophe Harbour Foundation which is funded by property sales at Christophe Harbour. Every time we have a property sale there, funds go into this Foundation and it strictly for use on St .Kitts and Nevis for cultural, environmental and educational purposes. This is something that we really look forward to being an important corporate company,” said Mr. Elebash in brief remarks. “Making a grant as we did is really only the beginning and the grant money does nothing by itself. It requires someone to take ownership of a project, leadership and put in the energy and the time and so forth and so we approach our friends at Razo Construction about looking at this project with us and they immediately embraced it,” he said. “David and Jennifer came over and got engaged in the project. They really went above and beyond the call and contributed their own money and their time. Time is money and they pooled together their resources and the workers and contractors to get this done in a quality way,” said the Christophe Harbour official. Deputy PM highlights vision of Robert Bradshaw in nurturing children St. Kitts and Nevis’ Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Sam Condor speaking at the ceremony Children at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Child Care Center (RLBCCC). Photos by Erasmus Williams The St Kitts and Nevis Football Association will host tryouts for its National U17 Football Team on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd January 2012 to participate in the upcoming CFU U17 Qualifiers in July 2012. The aim of the SKNFA National U17 Football Team Tryouts is to bring together the top youth players across St Kitts and Nevis in the U17 age group an opportunity to be scouted by SKNFA Technical Committee/Coaches. Tryouts for Nevis U17 youth footballers will be held on Saturday, January 21st at Bath Football Grounds from 10:00am, Nevis and on Sunday 22nd January from 2:00pm at the Basseterre High School Football SKNFA National U17 Team Open Tryouts Grounds, Basseterre. Tryouts for the National U17 Football Team are open; however participants must fill out registration prior to participating and must be born after January 1996. Players are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior for registration, warm-up, and stretching. Players are also encouraged to bring a copy of their valid birth certificate or passport. For more information kindly contact the SKNFA Football House at Tel: 466-8502/2998 Email: info@sknfa.com. Advertise With Us


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary GENEVA (ILO News) The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to issue its annual Global Employment Trends report (GET) against the background of a lingering jobs crisis and the prospects of a further deterioration of economic activity. The report, “Global Employment Trends 2012: Preventing a deeper jobs crisis”, offers the latest global and regional information ILO to issue Global Employment Trends Report and projections on several indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment.It also presents a number of policy considerations in light of the new challenges facing policy makers in the coming year.Global Employment Trends 2012, along with other public information material, will be under embargo until 23:01 GMT on 23 January. An advance electronic copy of the report and some associated media material will be available upon request by contacting the ILO Department of Communication and Public Information on +41 22/799-7912, communication@ilo.org. The Global Employment Trends report is a yearly publication of the Employment Trends unit of the ILO Employment Sector. The Role Of The Shop Steward Continues. In 2012 the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union intends to continue to be a responsible and effective representative of its members and all workers generally. On Sunday 30th October, 2011 the Delegates who were elected by their Sections to represent the membership of the Union elect a group of officers to conduct the business of the Union, and Field officers who serve its members. They work for our members. In addition, our Shop Stewards are the front line of defence of our Union, and they continue to serve with humility. The Shop Steward knows that our members are the ultimate force and ultimate power to be reckon with. Every Shop Steward is elected by the members they directly serve on the shop floor at their workplace, and they are directly answerable to their members – if they are not doing their job, the members can replace them with another member who will represent them. On the whole Shop Stewards do an EXCELLENT job – they are on the front line of every fight, and deserves our thanks and recognition. Electing good Shop Steward, as important as that is, is only part of what membership in a democratic organization means. Much more than voting, it means P AR TICIP A TION Regularly attending meetings, voicing your opinion, and helping to build Union committees, joining in recruiting. The Shop Steward also recruit volunteers who is willing to give their time, talents and energy. How does the Shop Steward get workers to volunteer. Workers choose to be active in social and political movement for a variety of reasons, but most volunteer because: 1. They believe that the organization goal is important. 2. They believe that what they’re being asked to do will lead to the achievement of the goal. 3. They believe their participation is necessary for the action to lead to achievement of the goal. 4. They are asked to do a specfic task in a reasonable amount of time. Mobilization implies quick and effective communication with the Union members. The Shop Steward will maintain up-to-date information on each worker he/she is responsible for – membership status, job title, seniority date, phone numbers and a record of past participation in Union activities. That way, he/she will be able to get in touch with them quickly when there is a need for them to act. Educating members – The Shop Steward knows that workplace education is the driving force behind a successful mobilization. Once the Union has selected the issues for mobilization, he/she will be ready to present the information for members to talk over, either through oneon-one contacts or group discussions. The Shop Steward will also encourage members to keep up with Union issues by attending Union meetings and reading publications (The Labour Spokesman) put out by the Union, and also international Unions as well. In addition, the Shop Steward will encourage members, and workers generally, to take advantage of Local and International Union education and training programs when possible, especially those on communications, organizing, collective bargaining, industrial and labouuur laws. The Shop Steward knows that whenever he/she is discussing issues with the members, he/she should not talk down to them. The information should be enough to spur the members to action. He/ she can build consenus by encouraging members, even the quietest members, to express opinions, feelings or concerns about issues in the workplace. The Shop Steward also knows that it is very important to keep the members informed of what is going on as much as possible. Shop Steward: The Vital Link – Shop Stewards bring it all together – The Shop Steward knows that the foundation of the Union organization is based on the struggle for social, economic and industrial justice for all workers. The point worker in that struggle is the Shop Steward. His/her role is much broader than simple applying the Memorandum of Agreement to a set of facts. In the begining, Shop Stewards spent the majority of their time filing grievances and enforcing the agreement. Today, he/she wear many hats, on the job and in the Union. Shop Stewards are communicators, advocators, organizers, problem solvers, mediators and counselors – as well as interpreters and enforcers of the agreement. Every Shop Steward faces different challenges. His/her role in one workplace and in the Union can be very different from that of another Shop Steward in another workplace and another Union. Similarly, an experienced Shop Steward may handle routine problems and responsibilities without missing a beat. While a newly minted Shop Steward will have to build his/her response from scratch. In these very difficult and challenging times employers of every type are making things harder these days for workers, especially those who are organizing and fighting to improve their lives and that of their family. From the huge international conglamerate to the small independent (operator) employer looking to make his/her first million buck, and the public employer who thinks contracting out is the road to taxpayers approval and the keeping of their jobs. The need for strong and united workers never has been more crucial. Only Unions stand between unfair employers and their workers, and without dedicated and trained Shop Stewards, Unions cannot succeed. It is said that the best known use of spirituals songs in the service of freedom during the slave period was the imbedding of “hidden” or coded messages in song lyrics for the purpose of clandestine (secret) communication. As I take my leave I leave you with one such song.Roll On Roll on, roll on, sweet moments roll on And let these pilgrims go home, go home. When I was blind and could not see King Jesus brought that light to me. The Heavenly land so bright and fair There are very few seem going there. Pension plans must be registered BASSETERRE, ST KITTS, (CUOPM) Business entities and individuals in the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis who are looking to operate a pension fund plan are advised to take the necessary steps before moving forward. Director of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission, Ms. Fidela Clarke said a person or entity shall not operate a pension fund plan unless the plan is registered. “To register each plan the following documents should be submitted to the office of the Registrar of Insurance, application forms signed by the Trustees of the plan, a copy of the trust deed and the rules of the registered plan, a list of the names and addresses of the trustees of the plan, in the case of an insured plan; a copy of the policy of insurance related to benefits provided by the plan, and any other documents or further information that may be required by the Registrar,” said Clarke in a notice in the local papers. The Office of the Registrar further stated that “The Registration of a Pension Plan is not completed unless all listed documents are submitted and the plan is determined to be suitable for registration. The applicable registration fees must also be paid.” The notice also advised that persons with outstanding documents should hasten their actions as all documents should reach the Financial Services Regulatory Commission by(cont’d on page 18)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 5 NEWS Labour Government committed to education of children and young people, says PM Douglas Re-dedication of the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Child Care Center (RLBCCC) continues a vision of the First National Hero, says PM Douglas BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The re-dedication of the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Child Care Center (RLBCCC) significantly continues one of the visions of the First National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw. Speaking at the symbolic handing over and re-dedication ceremony, National Political Leader of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said rededicating the building also known as the Bradshaw Youth Center, in Dorset, continues the vision which Bradshaw had when he left the building in his Will to be used for nation building. In his remarks Prime Minister Douglas noted that the ceremony is taking place on the 80th anniversary of the founding of the St. KittsNevis Labour Party which embodied the Labour Movement of this country to recognise the worth of a worker and the path played in the economic development at that time of the country. “The worker 80 years ago was not recognised. He provided labour for the benefit of the profiteering planters who owned the sugar estates in this country. The worker was not recognised as a human being, because there was very little social development that was catered for him. Housing was at a terrible state. He was not educated. His children were to grow BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The continuing education of the children and young people is still a very significant aspect of the development policy of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Government. “We believe that education has been the main vehicle for which we have been able to transform the minds, transform the politics and the economics of the people of this country and it will continue to hold pride of place in the continued policy development of St. Kitts and Nevis by a Labour Party Administration,” said St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at ceremony rededicating the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Child Care Center (RLBCCC) at Dorset. Dr. Douglas said early childhood education has played a significant part in the successful education of our people. “In fact, we know and we have been able to look at some of our students at their tertiary level of education. We have been able to follow them from their earliest education exposure at the early childhood education level and we have compared them with those who have not started in this formal institutionalized type of education setting,” said Prime Minister Douglas, pointing out that “those who have started informal childhood education activities have done significantly better and have been much more successful than those who did not come through institutions of this kind.” Dr. Douglas said it is significant that his Labour Administration continues to ensure that “our children receive as early as possible, starting from age two, not only in terms of the day care center facilities, but also the schooling, the education that they would receive in settings of this kind that it will continue as part of the policy of this government.” He pointed out that the White Paper on Education speaks to that as being critical for the future development of the people of the twin-island Federation. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas holds months-old Davonte Liburd at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Child Care Center. Ms. Teshanne Hodge feeds Brandon Liburd at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Child Care Center Photos by Erasmus Williams up and also work in the sugar cane fields,” said Dr. Douglas during the ceremony at which Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Sam Condor; Parliamentary Representative, Hon. Marcella Liburd; President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union, Mr. Clifford Thomas; Union Treasurer, Mr. Frank Farrell and Christophe Harbour Chief Operating Manager, Mr. Le Grand Elebash spoke. Dr. Douglas noted that when the Labour Movement started back in 1932, some 80 years ago, it was really to ensure that the worker in St. Kitts and Nevis would have a significant place and position in the economic, social and political development of St. Kitts and Nevis. “It is significant to mention that, because it was in this month of January that our great party the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party was founded some 80 years ago,” said Dr. Douglas, who joined the President in the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union (SKNTLU), Mr. Clifford Thomas in noting that there was an initial dedication of the same building to its present cause in 1995. Prime Minister Douglas made the observation that when Sir Robert Bradshaw, his colleagues and comrades, started out, it was when the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis was being totally led by sugar agriculture. “The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and the Labour Movement were born out of the struggles of the worker in the sugar canfields. We as a government have been very fortunate to be in a position to see the transformation of the national economy from one of sugar agriculture to one of services – financial, tourism and hospitality and information and communication technology,” said Dr. Douglas. He used the opportunity to express thanks and appreciation to the developers of Christophe Harbour for contributing to the renovation of the building in assisting in realizing the vision and the dreams of the late Rt. Excellent Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, our First National Hero in the education of children. “I want to thank the team for the significant contribution that you have made to ensuring that the dream of our First National Hero is kept alive in the contribution in refurbishing of this building,” said Dr. Douglas. “On behalf of the government and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, on behalf of the great St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party of which I have the privilege to lead at this time, and on behalf of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union, I thank you again for your generosity and for your support in advancing the cause of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Prime Minister Douglas. Children at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Child Care Center (RLBCCC) at Dorset. Photo by Erasmus Williams


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 7 NEWS Central Basseterre. The renovation work to the Center, costing some US $10 000, was financed by Christophe Harbour Foundation and carried out by Rasa Construction Inc during the Christmas break when the school was closed. Among those in attendance were the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr Denzil Douglas; Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon, Sam Condor; the Hon Marcella Liburd, Parliamentary Representative for the area; the President of the St.Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union, Mr. Clifford Thomas; 1st Vice President, Mr. Sydney Bridgewater; General Secretary, Mr. Batumba Tak; Treasurer, Mr. Frank Farrell, Mr. Mitchel Slader, Executive Member; Chief Operating Manager of Christophe Harbour, Mr. Le Grande Elebash, representatives of Rasa Construction Inc and students attending the Center. The ceremony, which began shortly after 2pm on Friday, was chaired by President Clifford Thomas, who on behalf of the Union expressed his profound thanks to Christophe Harbour Foundation and Rasa Construction Inc for a job well done. Prime Minister Douglas in his remarks said “rededicating the Bradshaw Youth Center continues the vision of education of the First National Hero, the late Rt. Excellent Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw”. He used the opportunity to express thanks and appreciation to the developers of Christophe Harbour (on the South East Peninsula) for contributing to the renovation of building. “I want to thank the team for the significant contribution that you have made to ensuring that the dream of our First National Hero is kept alive in the contribution in refurbishing of this building,” said Dr. Douglas. Deputy Prime Minister Condor said that the better than brand new building is the most important Christmas gift that the children and parents of the area have received. The Deputy Prime Minister said that the building has the ability to impact and change lives of the young residents of this area in terms of education. Treasurer Frank Farrell, in his remarks said the building was rapidly deteriorating, hence he took the opportunity to extend sincere thanks to the Chief Operating Manager of Christophe Harbour and the Rasa Construction Inc for the hard work and dedication they displayed to have the building completed in a timely manner. “The environment is now much more conducive for children and education”, the Treasurer added. Christophe Harbour’s, Chief Operating Manager extended appreciation to Rasa Construction Inc for their energy and time. “Upon my request to Rasa Construction Inc immediately embraced the cause and pooled resources and contractors to get the work completed professionally and on time”, the Chief Operating Manager added. Constituency Representative for Central Basseterre, Hon. Marcella Liburd who grew up right next to the Center said that she intimately connected with the building, hence she is very pleased and satisfied that the St.Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union is using the building for such a worthy cause. “We deeply and sincerely appreciate this generous gift,” the Area Representative added. A top official of the Union indicated that it was with the help of the Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt, that the Union was able to procure the financial support of Christophe Harbour Foundation. He thanked Minister Skerritt (who was unavoidably absent from the ceremony on Friday), for the generous assistance given to the Union. Mr. Charles E Miller Jr. an employee of the Union and the Labour Spokesman sang the National Anthem at the start of the ceremony. Supervisor of the Center, Miss Arleen Phipps gave the vote of thanks in which she expressed heartfelt gratitude to all who made the renovation and refurbishing of the building possible. The Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Child Care Center now boasts new flooring, ceiling, paint, toys, shelves, beds, cribs and an extension which is used for the kitchen and the bathroom. Supervisor of the Center said that seventeen (17) children are presently attending the center and she hopes with the renovation and refurbishing of the building more parents would be encouraged to send their child/children there. Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Child Care Center Rededicated (cont’d from page 1)In Tuned In One With radio 1 94.1FM Mobile APP Workshop To Open World Of Possibilities Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 11, 2012 (SKNIS): Officials at the Department of Technology are finalizing arrangements for the first mobile application development workshop which is expected to open a world of possibilities to locals. The workshop runs from June 24 to 27, 2011, and will be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. Participants will learn industry skills that demonstrate how to create applications, commonly referred to as apps, for smart phones and tablets that use Android, Apple and Blackberry platforms. Web Apps for traditional personal computing devices such as a laptop will also be covered. The minister responsible for youth and technology Honourable Glenn Phillip noted that the participants will be challenged in a fun and youth friendly environment, to come up with solutions to fill existing gaps in society. That could be designing an app that informs about the availability of agricultural produce, or reminds parents and students about due school assignments. “It gives our people the ability to unleash their creativity,” Minister Phillip stated. Some of the applications will not be limited to St. Kitts-Nevis experiences. The design functionality will allow users in various countries to make the use of the apps relevant to their reality. With the Apple App Store boasting some 500,000 applications and the Android Market not too far behind, the new creations will have to stand out. As such, information and technical mentors will be on hand, guiding the usefulness of the design and defining the scope of the issues to be addressed. Social skill training in leadership, ethics, problem solving and other areas will also help guide the participants in identifying social gaps and developing solution-oriented apps. The workshop is open to the public, but there is emphasis on attracting young people. Students from various high schools on both islands are expected to attend in addition to a selection of marginalized youth. Director of Technology Christopher Herbert encouraged persons not to be intimidated by the “technobabble.” He described the process of creating an app as relatively simple and encouraged interested individuals to register online for the free course at mobileapps.gov.kn or telephone the National ICT Center at 465-0610. Mr. Herbert thanked a number of partners including the BrightPath Foundation of Congress WBN of Trinidad and Tobago, and local companies Digicel and SKNVibes.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 8 NEWS PM Douglas kicks off LIME’s iPhone 4S launch BASSETERRE ST. KITTS — More than twelve hours after the world would have witnessed a messy launch of the Apple iPhone 4S in China, LIME in St. Kitts and Nevis observed a soft launch of the acclaimed product on Friday January 13, with the presentation of the first device to Prime Minister, the Right Hon Dr Denzil Douglas. LIME’s General Manager Mr David Lake presented the iPhone 4S to the Prime Minister at the communication company’s flagship shop on Cayon Street in Basseterre at a low key ceremony that was only witnessed by persons who were in the shop conducting various businesses at LIME. “The Prime Minister is first LIME Apple iPhone 4S customer,” said Mr Lake after he presented the phone to the Rt. Hon Dr Denzil Douglas. “As the head of the nation we found it fitting that he be the first user.” Asked what he expects from his new iPhone 4S, the Prime Minister said: “Having heard David Lake, the General Manager here, I am enthused. I will now, maybe in a way, determine after a day or two whether his words have come to pass. But he is a man with a lot of credibility so I believe him and I expect the best in the use and function of this phone.” The phone has been described as an intelligent assistant which sends text messages by voice command, takes lifelike photographs and video footage that is editable on the phone. It is said that the iPhone 4S will change the way people communicate. “The iPhone 4S is Apple’s latest phone. It is actually not just a phone; they are calling it ‘your everything device’ because it is capable of doing so much,” said Mr Lake. “Actually it has a very good 8 megapixel camera, it takes high definition video and it has tons of features.” The iPhone 4S is available in three models, the 16GB, the 32GB and the 64GB, and the General Manger said that LIME has exclusively partnered with Apple to market the phone in the Caribbean. It is packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics. The previous model was the iPhone 4 which was a hit. “You could only get the iPhone 4S at LIME and I would like to encourage customers to make sure they do so as soon as possible because this phone is always in top demand, always in short supply,” said Mr Lake. “If you want to get one you better hurry and you get yours.” Prime Minister, the Right Hon Dr Denzil Douglas (left) receives the first iPhone 4S from LIME’s General Manager, Mr. David Lake. Illegal Construction NoticeThe Development Control and Planning Board (DCPB) is reminding the general public that before undertaking any construction it is critical to become informed about the rules and guidelines outlined in the Building Code. It is important to do so considering that the DCPB has noticed an increase in illegal construction and an increase in the number of applications to develop properties. It has been determined that most of the problems pertaining to initial development of property or renovations arise from a lack of information or knowledge. The Department of Physical Planning and Environment (DPPE) can be contacted to provide the specific guidelines and regulations for any form of development. The office hours of the DPPE are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The Department can also be contacted at 465-2277 or 467-1097 for appointments. The DPPE and in particular the DCPB looks forward to assisting all in achieving their dreams.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 9 NEWS The Thinking Citizen The Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas is the champion of a political party that has done and is doing the greatest for the greatest number of persons in St. Kitts and Nevis, no matter what the members of the CCM/PAM cabal say. The Sheriff quickly obtained economic and financial power as a young lawyer and so he hungered and thirsted after political power. He decided to form his own political party as he said that he was not satisfied with the leadership of the NRP or the CCM. He went about telling folks of the party he was forming and invited them to become members of his party. The Hon Vance Amory did not relish the idea of a third party for Nevis so he contacted the Sheriff and made him an offer which he did not refuse. And the rest is history. Recently, the Sheriff has been talking about the right to vote, saying that the people of Nevis gained the right to vote with their blood, sweat and tears. I think that as usual, the Sheriff is missing something here. It was the Labour Movement in St. Kitts that brought about the advent of Universal Adult Suffrage in 1952. The leaders of Nevis just stood by on the side-lines and looked on. They did nothing to bring on the advent of Universal Adult Suffrage. The good Sheriff is therefore giving the credit for the advent of Universal Adult Suffrage to the people of Nevis who did nothing. The Sheriff is always saying that he is for honesty, decency and sincerity, but we have never, ever heard him criticise or condemn the PAM party for the hostile opposition that the party gave to the introduction of the Social Security Scheme. PAM was doing the bidding of the PAM party. One of the measures recommended by the Sheriff to stop the increasing murder rate was the introduction of a State of Emergency. He said that his recommendation was the right one as the government of Trinidad and Tobago had established a State of Emergency and a Curfew over a certain area in Trinidad. What the good Sheriff kept hidden from our people is the fact that the opposition party in Trinidad and Tobago, the Bar Association, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Trade Unions and other nongovernmental organisations were all against the imposition of a State of Emergency and spoke out against it. When it comes to the Economic Growth and Development none of the leaders of either PAM or the CCM can touch the record set by Dr. Denzil Douglas or the Labour Party. PAM was in power for 15 years and the CCM for 14 years. The Labour Party, under Dr. Denzil Douglas has accomplished infinitely more than either PAM or the CCM during a comparable period of years. In the early 1980s the PAM Government tried to establish a Commission of Inquiry to look into the administration of the preceding Labour Government. The PAM Government could find nothing in the records that would justify the establishment of an Inquiry. Yet, when the Labour Government, for justifiable cause, established a Commission of Inquiry to look into the operations of the preceding PAM Government the PAMites could not take it. They cried ‘Foul‘ and shouted that it was nothing more than a ‘witch hunt‘. The Sheriff took political and legal measures to stop the NRPsponsored Commission of Inquiry from proceeding in Nevis. Yet the very same Sheriff, who did not want the CCM to be subjected to a Commission of inquiry, is the same Sheriff who is now calling for an independent Inquiry into the Beacon Heights project and the Social Security Board. This is but another example of how the good Sheriff operates. He loves what is good for himself and for his party and other people and other parties can go to hell for all that he cares. He is a master at hiding his true character behind a plethora of high-sounding words and phrases. We all know that on one occasion the leaders of the CCM invited a number of important persons in Nevis to a party at the Old Manor Hotel in Gingerland to fool them with lies about a new hotel that the party was bringing to Nevis. Years have passed and no one has seen the new hotel. The CCM pulled-off an Elections gimmick. Another Elections gimmick that the Sheriff and the CCM pulled off was the Referendum. The CCM was so confident that the Referendum would return a ‘YES vote to independence for Nevis, that the party had the Sheriff design a Constitution for a separate and independent Nevis. The Sheriff and the CCM have always been calling for this person and that person to resign, but if the leaders of the CCM had any moral integrity they would have all resigned from government immediately following the dismal failure of the Referendum. The Sheriff and CCM/PAM cabal promote their own Agenda regardless of Truth, Transparency and Integrity OAS Issues Call for Applications for its Academic Scholarships Program The Organization of American States (OAS) is now receiving applications for its Regular Academic Scholarships Program available to students from the Member States of the Organization. The objective of this program is to support the Member States in the development of human resources in areas of regional and national priority through the use of knowledge and experiences of the countries of the Americas. The scholarships will be awarded for full-time studies in any of the Member States of the OAS except the country of origin (sponsor) of the applicant. Studies may be conducted in person, long-distance or a combination of both for a period of no more than two academic years. All citizens or permanent residents of member countries may apply for “postgraduate” scholarships (scholarships for master or doctorate degrees, or postgraduate research towards a university degree) information is available here. Citizens and legal residents of Englishspeaking Caribbean countries and Suriname may apply for scholarships for undergraduate studies in the last two years of study, information is available here. Created 53 years ago, the program has awarded more than 21 thousand scholarships for master and doctorate degrees and research. “One of the major strengths of this program is that it allows the scholarship recipient to pursue an advanced university education or research in almost any country in the region for up to two years,” explains Maria Levens, Director of the Department of Human Development, Education and Culture. “After completing their studies abroad, students are required to return to their home country to apply what they’ve learned towards the development of their communities.” Scholarship benefits are assessed on a case-by-case basis and may cover part or all of tuition, living costs, study materials, airfare and health insurance, up to a maximum of $30,000 per year and renewable for one additional year. Applicants for this awarding cycle will be eligible for funding to begin in January 2013 and no later than March 2014. Application deadlines vary from country to country and are established by a specially designated National Liaison Office (ONE) in each Member State. These offices must submit a pre-selected list of eligible candidates to the OAS by April 15, 2012. Interested applicants should use the link provided below to identify and contact their corresponding ONE and to find official information on the program: http://www.oas.org/en/scholarships/regular_program.asp. ECCB Entrepreneurship Course The public is asked to note that the ECCB Entrepreneurship Course has been rescheduled to commence on Thursday 23rd February 2012 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, Burdon Street Campus. The course focuses on financial and business techniques required to effectively develop and operate a small business. For further information please contact the UWI Open Campus at telephone 465-2190.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 10 NEWS -Random Thoughts on a Peaceful Caribbean Until fairly recently, we had an innocence about ourselves in the Caribbean, but that’s been lost. This thing is a Pandora’s Box and I’m not sure you can ever close it again. — Marcus Day, director of the Caribbean Drug and Alcohol Research Institute, St Lucia.By Mutryce A. WilliamsA Peaceful Caribbean: To some like Marcus Day, this may sound like an oxymoron, to some this may sound like a dream never to be realized; to some it may simply be considered a pie in the sky, and to others simply the unattainable. As I said my prayers last evening, I added a special section. I added a section that I hadn’t added in years, for some reason I had lost some faith in humanity. I prayed not only for the success of the Peaceful Caribbean Conference (http://www.peacefulcaribbean.com/ ) that would be held in Barbados on April 20, 2012, but most importantly I prayed that God would ignite that burning passion for change within the Caribbean region that I have seen in Rebecca Theodore, Barry Randall, Horace Williams, Linda Petrusi, and Ethelbert Benjamin Jr. Persons with whom I have been dialoguing with about the Conference. I can say that when I was invited to be a panellist I was overjoyed. I was happy to be a part of an initiative geared towards restoring peace within the region. For those of you who are not aware the theme of the Peaceful Caribbean Conference is focus on the solutions. The vision of the conference is to have the Caribbean region regain its rightful place in the world as a peaceful and stable place. The mission is to re-establish the perceptions and realities of the Caribbean region as a peaceful and stable place for residents and visitors alike. The objective of the conference is to successfully execute a Peaceful Caribbean Conference, which produces and activates at the end, an action plan for establishing a Peaceful Caribbean Initiative. I can now say that after becoming acquainted with the organizers of this very important initiative that I have every confidence that their minds and most importantly their hearts are in the right place. In them, I sense the need to see a Peaceful Caribbean. In them, I sense the need to save our region. In them, I sense the need to save it if not for us but for the future generation. I can tell you that this raw and genuine passion, a passion for change, a vision of peace not for a particular native country but rather for an entire region is something that I have not witnessed in years. I don’t get the sense that there is a need to execute a successful conference but rather that this Peaceful Caribbean Conference would indeed result in change. I sense that there is the hope that participants would return to their native islands and begin to effect change. As I noted in past years I have had reason to question humanity. In past years I have allowed myself to get bogged down by the naysayers when I have had an idea or dream. The question is always why you. You are only one person. Why are you always out to save somebody or something? When you are busy saving everybody who is going to save you? Do you think that you can really make a difference? The problems and ills of the world were here before you came and they will be here long after you are gone. I have been told, “Mind your business, do your time and when St. Peter calls your name, just clock out and bounce.” I can recall years ago being told by a rather well known and respected lady in my native land, “You are young, still innocent, so I will forgive your idealism, when you get older you will surely realize that in the world your living especially in St. Kitts and Nevis, that there is no room for people like you. Idealism is dead and gone with people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. I pray for your sake that you realize this sooner than later.” Over the years it’s sad to say that I have heard the same sentiments echoed, and I became withdrawn. I am so happy that Rebecca Theodore, Barry Randall and the folks at Caribbean News Now, did not say why us, but rather they said why not us. I am happy to say that after speaking with them a passion and fire that once waned has now been reignited. A year ago when I listened to a young lady who I admire greatly, Ms. Jihan Williams, speaking of her life’s purpose on my sister’s Julie’s radio show, there was a glimmer of hope. I said therein lies a social activist, therein lies someone who possess the acumen and will to effect social change. This is what we need as a people, but unfortunately she echoed the same sentiments that I heard years ago, that persons were asking ‘why her’ and from what I gleaned she was asking herself well “why not me?” She was determined to fulfil her life’s purpose, and to this I say Jihan “nuff respect.” I couldn’t help but wonder whether this was the reason that we are in the state that we are currently in. It is not only because we lack that drive to effect social change but rather because we are so quick to douse the flame or even a spark in those who want to make a difference. We are quick to criticize those who truly and passionately care about the welfare of others, those who care about the welfare of their country, the region and overall humanity. I ask if we all adopt this attitude of minding our own business, or every jack man for ‘himself,’ what really what would become of us? If we all try to pull down the very people who are trying to build and restore our country, I ask again what would become of us. We would continue to perish, and yes we are perishing. Last year, I attended a lecture by the author and former Editor-inChief of Essence magazine, Susan Taylor. Her father hails from St. Kitts. Her lecture was on “Love,” but she couldn’t help but try to convey a strong message to her West Indian audience. She was deeply concerned about the state of the Caribbean. She noted that we as a people ought to be the change that we want to see. She said that the solution to our social ills was human contact. It required planting dreams in the hearts and minds of our young. She provided simple solutions. This didn’t take money she said, and one solution was the fact that we open our churches for prayer group, and prayer meetings, often targeting the members of our church, but what about keeping the church doors open for an hour or two after school so that children may have a place to wait until their parent/guardian arrived from work. This didn’t take money it just required a little time. Most importantly she said that we shouldn’t sit idly by and wait for the government to take the lead especially when it comes to social issues. And might I add that I get so passionate when I am accused of playing curry-favour with the government; “oh she from St. Paul’s…she is a Labour…what else you could expect…as if I have no sense...” if you can comprehend correctly I am not saying that the government does not have a role in combating crime or reducing social ills, but that the community needs to play a much larger role. Do forgive me because, “I don’t know how else to spell it out or translate it.” Peace starts in the hearts and minds of man, that’s not my adage. It is the premise under which the United Nations was found, to establish peace in the hearts and minds of man. Can this be affected by the government and social policies? Of course not! This requires people like Rebecca Theodore, and Jihan Williams and all others who are in a capacity to do so to reach out and make change. The solution for a Peaceful Caribbean lies in each of us. This requires a stop to what I have heard Jihan term as a “fight down” mentality. This requires us to be planters of dreams and the possibilities, and not dashers of hope. This requires our correcting and ‘stop washing out we mouth on people children’ and rejoicing in the downfall of our neighbours, family and friends. This requires putting a stop to the spread of the venom hatred, which we pass on to the very children who go out and become perpetrators of crimes and all of the social ills. Ms. Theodore I can truly say that as my thoughts have rambled on, I now realize that the answer to a Peaceful Caribbean is a simple one, it requires restoring kindness, compassion, and every other noble principle in the hearts and minds of every Caribbean child, woman, and man. Taking the Love of Jesus to the streets Tabernacle, St. Kitts The entire congregation of the Philadelphia Seventh-Day Adventist Church recently littered the village of Tabernacle as they embarked on their first food basket and track distribution initiative for the New Year. Smartly uniformed Pathfinders and church members dressed in their field tee-shirts visited several members of the community in need with tracks, food baskets, words of encouragement and prayer. Amongst the members of the community who received packages of love were an elderly woman of the age of one hundred and one (101) and an elderly man, ninety years old. One group leader, Mr. Abendigo Rogers shared that, “It was a wonderful experience and we are happy for the opportunity to witness to others in a tangible way — something the recipients would benefit from. We not only gave tangible food but we also gave them spiritual food, prayer and words of encouragement, which is vital for their salvation.” Despite not being able to cater to as many persons as they would have preferred, several church members indicated that the experience was a rewarding one and more initiatives would be developed as a result of the success of the event. “Once we decide to put our hearts into giving and serving, God will bless us, we don’t have to worry where the food will come from – God will provide as long as we are determined to relieve suffering in this way. God has no other hands but ours, no lips but ours, no feet but ours and all we have to do in order to be used is to make ourselves available,” said Mr. Mervin Williams, first elder of the congregation to his fellow church members after the distribution. The Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church plans to execute other community service projects in the year 2012 because of their evangelical pact to minister to the needs of those closest to them, their friends in the community.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 11 NEWS -SCASPA reports operating profit for 2011 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) is reporting an operating profit for the period ending December 31, 2011. Although no figures were disclosed in a release, SCASPA said this performance came on the heels of a series of interventions by the Board and Management to increase the productivity and improve the overall operating efficiencies while focusing on austere cost-cutting measures. “SCASPA should be proud of this notable achievement having only months ago undergone a restructuring exercise,” said Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Terrence Crossman. Mr. Crossman thanked the Board for the support given in attaining this feat and made special mention of the staff who worked tirelessly to ensure that the goals set by SCASPA were achieved. “SCASPA has now positioned itself as a structurally sound organisation with the right metrics in place to ensure its long-term viability,” concluded CEO Crossman. Chairman of SCASPA, Mr. Linkon Maynard, hailed this latest achievement by SCASPA as evidence that focused and strategic visioning and management can bear fruit even in the face of adversity and challenges.He praised the top management and staff for their dedication and hard work and expressed the hope that the achievement will serve as inspiration for even greater performance in the future. Mr. Maynard also applauded the support received from the Government and in particular the Minister responsible for SCASPA, Sen. the Hon. Richard Skerritt, and the Minister of Finance, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. Miss Nevisian Heritage Village Shannon Morton The Nevis Island Administration’s Ministry of Tourism, through the 2012 Miss Teen Hospitality Pageant Committee, is pleased to present Miss Nevisian Heritage Village Shannon Morton. Just as the Nevisian Heritage Village has been one of Nevis’ well kept secret so has its 14 year old Miss Teen Hospitality Pageant contestant, Shannon Morton. Known in the Bath Village community as a shy, easy-going, laid back teenager, it is evident that Shannon’s appreciation for tourism and love for her homeland were the driving forces behind her decision to enter the 2012 Miss Teen Hospitality Pageant. As an aspiring Fashion Designer, the artistic Shannon can be seen on many occasions, doodling with her pencil and lettersized paper or perusing fashion magazines for hot new trends. With such an immense love for fashion designing, it is no wonder that Shannon enjoys sewing. Other activities that capture her time are swimming, drawing, writing, hiking and listening to music. Although not very athletic, Shannon occasionally engages in rhythmic gymnastics, playing football and long jumping. She is the embodiment of a well-rounded teenager as her many hobbies and extra-curricular activities have not handicapped her ability to produce excellent grades as a Form 3A1 student at the Charlestown Secondary School. With History as her favourite subject, Shannon remains enthused about exploring many aspects of Nevis’ tourism product. She is poised. She is confident. She is talented. She is elegant. She is proud of her Nevisian heritage. She is contestant number three, Miss Nevisian Heritage Village.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 12 NEWS St. Kitts & Nevis becoming a Premier Golf Destination An avid golfer and his wife enjoy a moment with costumed carnival revelers himself an avid golfer, said the Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am is designed for North American golf club professionals and their amateur guests looking for an exceptional Caribbean golf experience by playing on a variety of fine courses while enjoying the warm hospitality of two charming neighboring islands. According to the Tourism Minister, “The Admiral’s Cup is an important event for our future destination marketing efforts as we continue to develop St. Kitts & Nevis to become a world-class golf destination.” Skerritt said, “With the stunning hill-side Ian Woosnan championship course scheduled to open at Kittitian Hill on St. Kitts in December 2012, this third high quality golf product will position us to grow the market further for golf tourism to our islands.” Most of the visiting golfers travelled with their families, who took the opportunity to explore the islands, go shopping and experience a number of thrilling nature tours. The tournament ended in a fitting climax with an awards dinner ceremony at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort organized by the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, with guests enjoying cultural performances by a local string band, folkloric clowns, moko jumbies and costumed carnival revelers. BASSETERRE (17th Jan., 2012): The successful completion of the Second Annual Admirals Cup golf tournament last week, and the scheduled completion in 2012 of another international golf course, confirms that the twin-island Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis are well on the way on becoming a leading Caribbean golf destination. Over 50 golfers and their guests from US based private golf clubs travelled to St. Kitts from January 7th to 14th to participate in the Second Annual Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am tournament and an exciting variety of entertainment activities off the course. The 54-hole tournament saw rounds one and three played on the links-style sea-side Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, managed by Marriott Golf. Round two was played at the world famous Four Seasons Resort in Nevis, featuring the Robert Trent Jones II designed championship course, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea and St. Kitts. Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport, Costumes made by nationals in Luton head for Hong Kong BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JANUARY 18TH 2012 (CUOPM) – Carnival costumes made by Kittitians and Nevisians in Luton, England will be participating in the Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong. According to Luton News Herald & Post, International carnival artist Colin Spalding is heading to Hong Kong on Friday (January20th) at the invitation of the Hong Kong Tourism Board. The Rampage Mas Band leader was approached to take part in the 2012 Cathay Pacific First runner-up in the recent St. Kitts and Nevis National Queen Pageant, Ms. Desri Weekes in the costume she wore in the Costume segment (Photo by Erasmus Williams(cont’d on page 16)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 13 NEWS ECCU looking at debt management strategy BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) Formulation of a debt management strategy for member nations of the eastern Caribbean currency Union (ECCU) was among challenging and pressing issues discussed at a one-day meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Monetary Council in Antigua on Saturday 14th January. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, who attended the meeting, said council members welcomed St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Kenny Anthony. “It was important to bring him up to date and for us to discuss at the start of a new year pressing financial and economic matters including the ongoing fiscal and debt and growth issues that are confronting the people of the Eastern Caribbean at this particular time,” Prime Minister Douglas disclosed on his weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister” on Tuesday. Dr. Douglas said Council members – Ministers of Finance – from the eight countries, looked at the overall fiscal situation in the Eastern Caribbean. “We recognise that our growth prospects for this year are not necessarily very encouraging. We might be seeing negative, or maybe just about 1.2 percent positive growth and so there is a concern that we need to put right our own fiscal and monetary policies and to look at how we can really grow the economies of the Easter Caribbean out of the serious challenging situation that we are facing today,” said Dr. Douglas. He noted that St. Kitts and Nevis, like Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda, have financial assistance programmes with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “We looked at these programmes. We looked at the challenge of the debt situation and how we need to formulate a regional debt management strategy in order to tackle one of the greatest challenges that our people are facing at this particular time. So it is a very important meeting, educational and strategic and basically planning strategies in moving forward in tackling a number of these issues,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who when pointed out that he had travelled to Antigua on Saturday 14th, his birthday, responded: “It was my birthday which was on a weekend when I should not be at work. But, the work of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis whenever it is required of me, to respond, I have to respond as the Prime Minister and especially as the Minister of Finance. My colleagues appreciated the fact that I did make the effort to be present and participate actively in the meeting on a day when I was really celebrating the tenth anniversary of my 49th birthday and they of courseRt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in the Von Rebop Studio at ZIZ Radio during his weekly radio call in programme (Photo by Erasmus Williams) raise a toast they had a good time celebrating on that day in Antigua even though really it would have been good to be home. In the evening my staff and friends and some family members gave me a good time when I returned.”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 14 NEWS Health Minister shows gratitude for gift of medical supplies; calls on fellow Nevisians to do likewise Nevis Hospital receives another major donation of medical supplies and equipment NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — The Development Projects Foundation Incorporated on Nevis has done it again. This time the humanitarian organisation’s Director Mrs Myrthlyn Parry, handed over another 40foot container to Deputy Premier and Minister of Health on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel, on January 12, 2012 at the Alexandra Hospital. The container was parked to capacity with medical supplies and equipment for use in every area of the island’s main health facility. The donation came on the heels of another container load of medical supplies donated by another charitable organisation based in the USA. Director of the Development Projects Foundation Incorporated on Nevis Mrs. Myrthlyn Parry said the project would not have been possible in Director of the Development Projects Foundation Incorporated on Nevis Mrs. Myrthlyn Parry The container donated by the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, a charitable organisation in Springfield, Illinois, USA packed to capacity with medical supplies and equipment being offloaded by Maintenance Staff of the Alexandra Hospital. the absence of immense assistance from donors both locally and internationally. “The container was donated by Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, a charitable organisation in Springfield, Illinois, UAS. The Development Projects Foundation Inc. was introduced to this organisation by Mrs. Shereen Abdel-Meguid of the Mount Nevis Hotel and we were recommended to the organisation by Dr. Guilbert Daniel of Accent on Health in Washington, DC and Mr. Edmund Sadio of Century 21, Achievers Reality in Brooklyn, New York. “The contents of the container are valued at US$112,369.57. Shipping and handling charges for this container amounted to EC$34, 735.56. The Development Projects Foundation Inc. embarked on a fund raising drive and invited individuals and businesses on Nevis to partner with us in this humanitarian effort because we are well aware that the Alexandra Hospital offers its services to everyone on the island of Nevis,” she explained. Mrs. Parry referred to the response of her organisation’s fund raising drive as heart-warming and generous and pointed out that contributions also came from Nevisians who did not own businesses but donated to the cause generously. Some of those persons she said opted to remain anonymous but nonetheless she expressed gratitude to them along with all those who made the project a reality. The other 40ft container with medical supplies and equipment which the Foundation handed over to the Ministry of Health in October 2011, for the Alexandra Hospital was donated by Global links, also a charitable organisation based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The contents of that container were valued at US$75, 212.68. The shipping and handling charges were paid for by Dr. Wayne Bossola and other friends of the people of Nevis. NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Hensley Daniel called on Nevisians to show gratitude for the vast donation of medical supplies they continued to receive from benefactors both local and international, since there were others more deserving of the donation. Mr. Daniel’s comment came as he was presented with a 40ft container filled with medical supplies and equipment valued US$112,369.57 donated by the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, a charitable organisation in Springfield, Illinois, USA through The Development Projects Foundation Inc. based in Nevis for the Alexandra Hospital. “I want all of us here in Nevis and especially the staff at the Hospital to recognise that there is really nothing special other than our commitment to ensure that we provide medical services, to all who deserve those services to inspire the Hospital Sisters Outreach to give us supplies of US$112,369.57. “Today marks the second year since the tragedy of the earthquake in Haiti and any organisation in Haiti would have qualified far more than we have and it is in that context I would urge us to have that attitude of gratitude,” he said. The Health Minister also pointed to a similar donation through the Development projects Foundation from Global Links in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in November, valued at US$76, 212.68. He registered gratitude to all who continued to donate to the health services on Nevis especially in the context of a hostile economic environment in which the NIA provided 92 percent of the funding for the Alexandra Hospital. “Over the last few years we have gotten a lot of assistance from persons of goodwill, all we are required to do is to treat them [equipment and supplies] well and ensure that the patients who come to the hospital are treated very well. “I therefore say on behalf of the Ministry of Health, the Premier and my other colleagues in Government that we want to record our thanks to the Development projects Foundation to the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach for your significant contribution to the development of health care in Nevis,” he said. Mr. Daniel also noted that the medical supplies and equipment allowed the Administration to save a considerable amount of money in the expenditure of regular supplies at the Hospital and afforded the opportunity for money to be spent on even more critical services. “So these supplies go a long way in ensuring that we can maintain quality care over time. I believe that here at the hospital we have been able over the years to provide a mix of basic and advance services and we are looking to do a number of things at the hospital and the provision of these supplies will enhance that quality of care we seek to provide. “Very shortly a team of doctors from Trinidad has identified Nevis as a place they would like people to come to do specialised surgery Photo caption: Minister of Health and Deputy Premier in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Hensley Daniel delivering remarks at the handing over ceremony with other Hospital staff and invited guests present. Special Advisor to Health on Nevis Mrs Patricia Hanley is seated at his immediate right with Head Nurse Matron Aldris Dias and Medical Chief of Staff of the Alexandra Hospital Dr John Essien. Mrs. Myrthlyn Parry a Director at the Development Foundation Inc is seated at his immediate right. (cont’d on next page )Medical Chief of Staff at the Alexandra Hospital Dr. John Essien and Head Nurse and Matron at the Alexandra Hospital Aldris Dias inspecting one of the many boxes of medical supplies and equipment from the 40ft container


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 15 NEWS and if they know that we have all of the supplies that are required for the surgeons and for all the units of the hospital, then that further enhances our reputation as an institution which provides quality care,” he said. Notwithstanding, the Health Minister urged staff and patients at the Alexandra Hospital to care for the supplies in particular the chairs, desks and beds since they are of immense help to the hospital. He said the NIA was mindful of the need to provide quality care at every step of the way and acknowledged there was a good mix of nurses, doctors, medical technicians and auxiliary workers at the hospital where health care was provided as good as any and better than many. The Minister publicly acknowledged local partners who facilitated the donation “I want to record my thanks to the Four Seasons Resort Estates, the Bank of Nevis, Medical University of the Americas, Mr and Mrs Nick Douglas of the Botanical Gardens, Nora Lescott of Nora Lescott Construction, Rawlinson Isaac, Patrick Hellman and his Family Foundation, Mrs. Myrthlyn Parry and the Nevis Cooperative Credit Union for moving and making a contribution to enable us to have the container here with us… “I think we have done a great thing with The Development Projects Foundation, our hospital and the staff,” he concluded. Meantime, Medical Chief of Staff at the Alexandra Hospital Dr. John Essien added his thanks for the gifts of medical supplies and equipment and said the Hospital was grateful for the generous donations. “This is just one of a series of donations that we have received at the Alexandra Hospital and as we would have heard earlier of the different costs of the medical supplies, they are running into the hundreds of thousands basically. “These are supplies that we use on a yearly basis so this would give the people of Nevis, our patients an idea of how truly expensive it is to have the services that we offer here at the hospital and have them subsidises extensively by the Government,” he said. Dr. Essien also called on all both locally and internationally to continue giving toward the development of health care on Nevis and cited that the services offered at the Alexandra Hospital were on par with that offered by many larger facilities around the world. He said the ongoing hard economic times provided a good opportunity to expose many of the myths that people had that Government should provide everything. “The community and the society only arise when everybody participates and we would like to emphasise that once more,” he said. (cont’d from last page) Health Minister shows gratitude........ In Tuned In One With radio 1 94.1FM Over 100 applications already approved under the Building Materials Investment Programme BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – Some 100 potential new homeowners have received approval to construct their own homes under the Buildings Materials Investment Programme (BMIP) announced by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. “One hundred applications have been approved to date. We have several other applications before us for approval,” said Theresa Morris of the Federal Ministry of Finance. “In order to both stimulate the economy as well as expand our unprecedented programme of home-ownership, we have unveiled a Building Materials Investment Programme specifically to aid those who are interested home-building. 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. The taxes exempted under the tax holiday for local home builders include all Import Duties (usually taxed at rates ranging from 5% to 25%) and Customs Service Charges (usually taxed at rates ranging from 6% to 12%). VAT is still payable. The exemption applies to the first EC$400,000 (US$150,000) of building materials (CIF if materials imported by self). Forms are available and procedures to be followed are on the website of the Office of the Prime Minister at www.cuopm.com. Just click on the Economic Stimulus Packages. The following information is available Procedure for citizens to utilize the BMIP: 1. Obtain and complete the “APPLICATION FOR DUTYFREE CONCESSIONS ON BUILDING MATERIALS”. 2. Submit the completed form to Theresa Morris at the Ministry of Finance. Items to be submitted with the application form: a. A certified copy of the Commencement Certificate issued by the Development Control and Planning Board. b. Your “Bill of Quantities” (list of the materials required for the construction, usually provided by your contractor) 3. Your application will take three to five working days to be processed by which time you will know whether your application has been approved. If your application is approved, you will receive a letter of approval and a copy will be sent to the Customs and Excise Department. The concession applies to building materials purchased locally or imported by successful applicants. Successful applicants present their letter of approval to local merchants for the exemption. For importation of building materials, citizens approved to participate in the BMIP can consult with the Customs and Excise Department at Bird Rock (467-1077/78) for further details related to importation and how the VAT is calculated and applied. All applications to benefit from the BMIP should be made and all purchases/imports completed by December 31, 2012. For more information please contact Theresa Morris at the Ministry of Finance via telephone: +1 869 467 1240 or via e-mail: theresa.morris@gov.kn. Offer expires December 2012. Since taking office in July 1995, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Administration has constructed over 4,000 homes under various programmes of the National Housing Corporation (NHC) and the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis SchemePhotos of homes constructed under the NHC and Civil Service Home Mortgage Development Bank.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 16 UK’s relationship with Caribbean is “backward-looking”, says Foreign Minister William Hague By Hayden BoyceSUN Publisher & Editor-in-Chief International Chinese New Year night parade from January 23 25. A team of 25 will be flying out with him on Friday to attend the prestigious event. More than 20 massive costumes – designed by Colin and created by members of carnival groups Rampage, St Kitts Nevis and Friends and Sickle Cell Thalassaemia Care Forum – have been sent ahead. Colin said: “To be specifically requested to take part in the Chinese New Year festival is a testament to our unique high quality and spectacular outfits. “They take a year to produce and are among the best in the country.” He added: “It is a privilege, an honour and a great opportunity to join in their three-day celebrations and we are all looking forward to showing off our work.” This year is the Year of the Dragon and the carnival procession includes fabulous floats, marching bands, cheerleaders, dance troupes and roving costumed characters. Costumes made by nationals in Luton.... (cont’d from page 12) Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 18, 2012 (SKNIS): Shaquille Fredericks and Tishanna Hazel will join youth from across the Region to discuss current issues affecting young people and how creative young minds can be empowered to become ethical leaders and agents of change through selfrespect and compassion. The duo was selected from among a diverse group of young people to represent the Federation at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference to be held January 26 to 28, 2012 at the Grenada Grand Beach Resort, Grenada. Fredericks was sponsored by Rotary St. Kitts. The organization’s secretary Patricia Mourillon told SKNIS that Shaquille is a “very committed and humble person” who continues to serve the community through volunteerism. Similarly, Rotary Liamigua’s Director, Carol Phillip, stated that Hazel’s selection as their nominee was based on her commitment to better the lives of her peers and others in society. The theme for the 2012 conference is Our Youth … Today, Tomorrow and Beyond. Sessions will cover financial matters, self identification, our community and its influences, conflict resolution, crime and young people, music and fashion and the effects on young people, technology, as well as ecology and the environment. Rotary to Send Fredericks and Hazel to RYLA Conference Tishanna said she was “honoured to be selected to attend such a distinguished conference” while Shaquille enthused about the opportunity to network with persons from neighbouring islands. Both are expected to share what they learn with Rotary members and other youth upon their return. Participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Suriname, Tortola, and Trinidad and Tobago are expected to attend the meeting. Hazel (Citizenship) and Fredericks (Community Service) were recognized as two of the 25 Most Remarkable Teens in St. Kitts, last November. The recognition programme was implemented by the Department of Youth Empowerment in collaboration with the United States Peace Corps. The Department plans to partner with the local Rotary Clubs in implementing the new Youth Volunteer Corps in its inaugural project scheduled for March 2012. The RYLA programme started in Brisbane, Australia in 1961. It is a Rotary International programme that facilitates intensive training for youth and young adults ages 14 to 30 years old. Photo: Shaquille Fredericks and Tishanna Hazel will represent St. Kitts and Nevis at 2012 RYLA conference. Photo courtesy Pierre Liburd Department of Youth Empowerment partnership, and a relationship of equals that sets the right tone for the twenty-first century. This, he added, should take the best from our shared history and culture and focus on working together to shape the global agenda to our mutual benefit. “We need a dynamic partnership that delivers real benefits for our citizens. This means continuing and strengthening our efforts to make our streets safer by tackling the problems of drug and violent crime that blight all of our communities. It also means sharing ideas about how we can make our economies resilient to global shocks and create jobs for our young people,” Hague added. He said the UK’s relationship with the Caribbean should be a broadbased partnership that involves business, civil society and ordinary people. “The private sector is the engine of growth for our economies, so it is right that they frame the questions that we politicians will discuss. The UK is a major investor in the Caribbean,” Hague said, adding that BG has recently made a large investment in Trinidad & Tobago, and Pinewood Studios are building a state of the art film studio in the Dominican Republic with local partners Grupo Vinci. He said there are more business opportunities available, that is why he is being accompanied by Nick Baird, Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment, and will lead a discussion with a range of UK and Caribbean businesses at the Forum. Hague said this year also provides an unprecedented opportunity for peoples of the UK and Caribbean to come together in marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago celebrating fifty years of independence, and in cheering on our athletes at the London 2012 Olympics. “I look forward to discussing these issues, as well as our full range of national and international interests at the Forum this weekend. This is an invaluable opportunity for the UK to work with its partners in the Caribbean for a strong, equal and prosperous partnership based on shared ideals and mutual understanding,” he said. The United Kingdom’s (UK) relationship with the Caribbean in recent years has been “backwardlooking and less equal than it should be for the 21st century”, says UK Foreign Minister William Hague. Hague, the minister who is ultimately responsible for the Caribbean countries including Turks and Caicos Islands, made this comment on Monday, ahead of the 7th annual UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum which will be held in the eastern Caribbean island of Grenada from Friday UK Foreign Minister William Hague January 20th until Sunday January 22nd. The forum brings together foreign ministers within the Caribbean and their counterparts from the United Kingdom, to engage in talk on common concerns such as climate change, security and drug trafficking. It will be held under the theme “Sustainable growth towards prosperity”. Up to time of writing, The SUN could not confirm if any officials from the Turks and Caicos Islands will be attending. Parts of TCI’s constitution were suspended in August 2009 following a Commission of Inquiry. In September 2010, Hague’s Under-Secretary Henry Bellingham announced the postponement of the elections which were scheduled for July 2011. Since then there have been strident calls from residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands for elections that will return the country to self-rule. Hague visited the Turks and Caicos Islands a few years ago in a private capacity in a trip that was paid for the Conservative Party’s billionaire deputy chairman Lord Michael Ashcroft, who has business interests here. This weekend’s visit will be his first to the Caribbean as British Foreign Secretary and he will be leading one of the strongest ever delegations of UK Ministers and senior officials to attend the UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum. “This (visit) is both a sign of the strength the UK attaches to our enduring friendship with the Caribbean, and of our desire to use the Forum to mark a step change in our relationship,” Hague said. “We believe this will herald a transition to a more modern, dynamic and forward looking affiliation. This certainly does not mean that I want to throw away all of the strong bonds that tie the UK and the region together. These are deep and enduring and are reflected in all walks of life, from music to food, sport to prominent international figures. We in the UK value these ties highly.” He stressed: “But at the same time, I believe that our relationship in recent years has been too backward-looking and less equal than it should be for the twenty-first century. There is no need for this, as there are many areas where our interests, values and views coincide, where our people, companies and NGOs interact and where we work together in partnership to tackle the scourge of drugs and crime. We know what the relationship used to be, we have a feel for what it is now, but this Forum is all about determining what that relationship will be for the future.” Caribbean countries have already signaled their intention to raise the issue of the controversial Air Passenger Duty (APD) which has strained Caribbean’s relations with the United Kingdom. The UK has increased the rates to all Caribbean countries which regional governments say will severely affect their tourism industries. The tax on economy long-haul flights of more than 6,000 miles will rise from £85 (US$132) to £92 (US$143) per person. St Kitts-Nevis Tourism Minister and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Ricky Skerritt has described the British position as “a slap in the face of the Caribbean,” noting that “it contradicts the message sent by the UK Chancellor in March 2011 when he cited the discrepancy between US and Caribbean APD rates as one of the reasons for holding a consultation on reform of UK APD”. Hague said a modern UK-Caribbean relationship should be a modern NEWS


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 17 NEWS -Foot Care Clinic sees massive turn out Drizel HanleyA four-day free foot care clinic offered by the Canada based North American School of Podology (NASP) at the Old Boys’ Schoolon the corner of Victoria Road and Seaton Street saw a massive turn out. The dynamic group of 40 dedicated doctors, nurses, aestheticians and pedicurists, along with the Graduating Class of 2012, accommodated approximately two hundred (200) persons each day. Director of Sales, Vicki Malo indicated that persons were actually lining up as early as 4:00 am to ensure that they got to experience foot care at its best. “What we are here to do is to help some of the locals with their foot care needs, we make recommendations on how to cut toe nails, clean the feet, and basic feet maintenance information”, she explained. The NASP treated individuals for extremely rough and dry skin, painful cracked heels, severely thickened toe nails and foot fungus. “We do see a lot of thickened toe nails, we can file that toenail down make it normal looking and have some great results,” said PresidentCEO of NASP, Dr. Katharin Von Gavel. She also said that the clinic is a great experience for her team and a wonderful experience for the Kittitians. Sheila Govia, a patient at the clinic said that the experience was good and very informative. “They tell you to how to care about your feet, the do’s and the don’ts”, she added. “Thanks to God, I love it very much, I appreciate the friends for the loving care of our feet”, said Mary Jeffers, a patient of the clinic. Wenford Maynard indicated that he was very pleased and impressed with the sanitation measures of the NASP. The clinic ran from Monday to Wednesday (9am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm); and on Thursday (yesterday) from 9am to 12 noon. Hats Off to Ms. Dale Kelley The 2012 Spring Fair in Birmingham England will showcase over 2,000 exhibitors and 300,000 products and amongst them will be our Federation’s very own Ms. Dale Kelley the famed proprietor of Dale Hats & Pottery. Dale Kelley, a Kittitian has been creating a stir in the fashion world with her original designs in hats and pottery and now through the ingenious opportunity afforded by the Commonwealth Secretariat Dale Hats & Pottery along with other eleven other female owned enterprises from the Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean and Africa will be attending the Spring Fair. A creative and astute Kittitian business woman, Kelly will be on the world stage featuring her unique products. Not only does this fair bring together women entrepreneurs but it provides a platform for networking and creating strategic partnerships. It is hoped that Ms. Kelley’s accomplishments serve as a source of inspiration for aspiring Kittitian and Nevisian women entrepreneurs. The Honourable Marcella Liburd and the Department of Gender Affairs congratulates Ms. Kelley and also the Commonwealth Secretariat for their continued support for women entrepreneurs and their insight in offering female proprietors the opportunity to participate at the prestigious Spring Fair. Well done Dale and good luck at the fair. So Tell Me By Jean Thomas “Shoo fly don’t bother me” Many of us are familiar with the above line of a song we used to sing when I was growing up. Therefore, if any one tells you that “you are just like a fly” that person is not paying you a compliment, but rather an insult. Over the Christmas and New Year season 2011-2012 and still around, we have been plagued with an abundance of flies. Even if you have screens in your home the flies found a way to get into the house and they proved to be quite a nuisance. In fact they would hover outside and as soon as you opened the door(s), it seemed as though I was saying “come in, you are welcomed’. But I am sure I did not invite them in, neither was I happy to have them partaking of my food and drink. I cannot recall seeing so many flies around and if I cooked fish, my goodness, the flies invited their whole family to partake of my meal. I went to the trouble to get some fly swatters, and I tell you I wish my sight was as good as theirs, since the moment one took up the swatter to get rid of the fly they would be off having a ‘hearty laugh’ the aim was so bad that the fly(ies) would get away. So I bought them their own food – Bagon, Bop etc. I stopped buying them since it seemed to me that the flies think these products are perfume. Some would die but invariably there would still be some around, even after the spraying. I would leave the room and go outside to get away from the insecticide, but guess what when I opened the door to come inside those that were outside would invite themselves in. I am sure I was not the only one with that experience. So tell me, what is the best answer to deal with the flies? I would welcome the suggestions that you have found effective. In the mean time cover your foods and seal your garbage bags tightly and let us all say “Shoo fly don’t bother me, since you and me are not keeping company” Nevis Premier and Dominica’s Energy Minister discuss way forward for Geothermal Energy Charlestown,Nevis—(Wednesday, January 18, 2012) Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry met with Dominica’s Minister of Energy, the Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore Saturday to discuss the way forward for geothermal energy on both islands. The discussions took place at the Premier’s Bath Plain office. “Our Geothermal project will benefit Nevis and St. Kitts and other islands in the region, while Dominica will assist neighboring French islands. With this in mind we have every reason to work together to make sure we have two successful projects in the OECS,” noted Premier Parry. The Premier told the Energy Minister that Nevis had completed its exploration phase, and was looking forward to the next phase, which is production drilling. During the meeting, Premier Parry and Minister Blackmoore discussed ways in which the two islands could learn from each other, converse on their experiences, and keep the lines of communication going into the future. Mr. Parry said it is important that the two islands move forward on this natural resource in order for Dominica, Nevis and other regional islands to be able to provide energy to all its residents at very affordable rates. Mr. Blackmoore shared the sentiment, and agreed that it was important that the two islands communicate and have transparent discussions on the geothermal matter. “Geothermal is a cleaner and cheaper way to go and we believe that open dialogue with Nevis can be very helpful on that road to natural energy success,” said Blackmoore, who was visiting the island to learn from the OECS’s renewable energy leader, Nevis. Dominica Minister Hon. Blackmoore and Premier of Nevis,Hon.Joseph Parry at his Bath Plain hotel office.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 18 NEWS Stamp Design Competition to highlight achievements as part of Diamond Jubilee Activities BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (SKNIS) Students and the General Public have an opportunity to put their creative skills into action in the design of Commemorative Stamps marking the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Mr. Raphael Archibald, sub-committee chairman for the Commemorative Stamps, says the competition is open to members of the general public, students from primary and secondary schools, as well as tertiary level institutions, indicating that designs should depict the gains or achievements of Saint Kitts and Nevis, in any area of endeavour, during the 60 years of Her Majesty’s service as head of the Commonwealth of Nations. The chairman indicated that attractive prizes would be awarded in various age categories. The rules and information on the stamp design competition can be obtained at the front desk, Government Headquarters, on Church Street. The deadline for the submission of entries is Monday, February 13, sent or delivered to the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service (SKNIS) at Government Headquarters, Basseterre. French Classes at Alliance Franaise It is not too late to register for French classes at the Alliance Franaise. Take the opportunity to register now! In addition to our regular classes, we are also offering special classes for students preparing for CXC! For more information, please contact us on 465 9415 or email allfrskn@yahoo.com. February 24th, 2012. Persons with outstanding documents are advised to submit these documents to the Financial Services Regulatory Commission by 24th February, 2012 as failure to comply is an offence under the Insurance Act, for which one may be subject to summary proceedings. Application Forms and further information can be collected from the Financial Services Regulatory Commission located on Liverpool Row, Basseterre, St. Kitts or by telephone(869) 4665048, 4651019 or 467 1591. Pension.... (cont’d from page 4)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 19 COMMENTARY in relation to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA); Security; Sustainable Development with particular emphasis on Climate Change – given the challenges small island development countries, like St. KittsNevis face; and the controversial Air Passenger Duty (APD), which the Federation’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt has described as “a slap in the face of the Caribbean.” Representatives from the Private Sector in the region will also participate in this all important meeting. The Federation’s delegation to the Talks, include Mr. Samuel Berridge, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer. According to the CMC news, Hague, will be leading “one of the strongest ever delegations” to the three-day United Kingdom-Caribbean Ministerial Forum that ends on Sunday (January 22nd). He said it emphasizes the importance London attaches to the “enduring friendship with the Caribbean, and of our desire to use the Forum to mark a step change in our relationship. “We believe this will herald a transition to a more modern, dynamic and forward looking affiliation,” he said, noting that he was not looking towards throwing “away all of the strong bonds that tie the UK and the region together. “These are deep and enduring and are reflected in all walks of life, from music to food, sport to prominent international figures. We in the UK value these ties highly,” he said, noting however “at the same time I believe that our relationship in recent years has been too backwardlooking and less equal than it should be for the twenty-first century. “There is no need for this, as there are many areas where our interests, values and views coincide, where our people, companies and NGOs interact and where we work together in partnership to tackle the scourge of drugs and crime. “We know what the relationship used to be, we have a feel for what it is now, but this Forum is all about determining what that relationship will be for the future.” He said that a “modern UK-Caribbean relationship” should be built around three principles, including a relationship of equals that sets the right tone for the 21st century focusing on shared history and culture as well as shaping the new global agenda. “We already do this on climate change where we worked together successfully at Durban and the Commonwealth where we achieved a successful CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meting) in Perth last autumn. “But we should look to take this further and cooperate more closely on some of the big international issues, such tackling Iran’s nuclear threat.” He said there was also need for a dynamic partnership that delivers real benefits for citizens of both regions. “This means continuing and strengthening our efforts to make our streets safer by tackling the problems of drug and violent crime that blight all of our communities. It also means sharing ideas about how we can make our economies resilient to global shocks and create jobs for our young people.” He said the development programme of £75 million (US$ 114.9 million) over four years is focusing on these issues, adding “it is imperative that the agreements we come to this weekend result in a brighter future for the next generation”. Hague said that the United Kingdom’s relationship with the Caribbean should be a broadbased partnership that involves business, civil society and ordinary people. “That is why I am so pleased that we are starting the Forum with a meeting of UK and Caribbean companies. The private sector is the engine of growth for our economies, so it is right that they frame the questions that we politicians will discuss. The UK is a major investor in the Caribbean.” He said there has recently made a large investment in Trinidad and Tobago, and Pinewood Studios are building a state of the art film studio in the Dominican Republic with local partners Grupo Vinci. Among the British delegation is Nick Baird, Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment, and Hague said he will lead a discussion with a range of UK and Caribbean businesses at the Forum. “This year also provides an unprecedented opportunity for peoples of the UK and Caribbean to come together in marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago celebrating fifty years of independence, and in cheering on our athletes at the London 2012 Olympics.” The British minister said he regards the weekend talks as “an invaluable opportunity for the UK to work with its partners in the Caribbean for a strong, equal and prosperous partnership based on shared ideals and mutual understanding”. But Caribbean countries have already signalled their intention to raise the controversial Air Deputy PM Condor leads delegation to U.K – Caribbean Ministers forum in Grenada (cont’d from page 1) Passenger Duty (APD) that many observers say leaves the Caribbean’s relations with the United Kingdom in a difficult place. The United Kingdom has increased the rates to all Caribbean countries which regional governments say will severely affect their tourism industries. The tax on economy long-haul flights of more than 6,000 miles will rise from £85 (US$132) to £92 (US$143) per person. St. Kitts-Nevis Tourism Minister and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Ricky Skerritt had described the British position as “a slap in the face of the Caribbean,” adding that “it contradicts the message sent by the UK Chancellor in March 2011 when he cited the discrepancy between US and Caribbean APD rates as one of the reasons for holding a consultation on reform of UK APD”. There was also strong condemnation from the Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association (CHTA Photo #1 St. Kitts and Nevis’ Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Sam Condor Britain’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt. Hon. William Hague.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 20 COMMENTARY VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Is the phenomenon we call worry supported by scientific, medical or psychological facts? Perhaps like me, you have read quotations such as: “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere” and again, they reason why worry kills more people than work, is that more people worry than work”. Here is another interesting quote: “Worry is a form of atheism, for it betrays a lack of faith and trust in God.” That brings me to my early Christian days when I joined others in singing the chorus “Why worry when you can pray? Don’t be a doubting Thomas, just trust God for His promise. Don’t worry when you can pray.” In my early school days my friends and I grew up chanting with the regiment of our day “Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag decreasing income, job losses, loss of friends and family members, retirement, retrenchment and other modern day socio-economic ill that give reasons to worry.WHAT IS WORRY?Worry is a feeling of dread, apprehension or uneasiness. It involves spending great amounts of time dwelling on a real or imagined problem. Almost always, worry is assuming the worst about something that has not yet happened. The trouble is, when we allow ourselves to worry, we are trying to cross our bridges before we come to them worse yet, we are assuming that the bridges are going to collapse while we are on them. It is little or no comfort to us knowing that worry isn’t a contemporary problem. We don’t have new worries only new worriers indeed, people have struggled with worry since the beginning of time, which is why the Bible has much to say about it. God knew that worry would be a problem in the 21st Century, so in His perfect wisdom, He gave us examples of the problem and supplied us with practical solutions. Read Numbers 13; about the twelve spies sent to the Is Worry Real? Is Worry Real? Is Worry Real? Is Worry Real? Is Worry Real? land to assess the situation prior to entering. (Verses 27-32 tell the story). By the time the children of Israel were emotionally paralyzed the decision was already made that they were not going in. Who knows what terrible, awful and horrible things might happen to them? Then as if things were not bad enough, their worry drifted to depression. They all started to cry and then complain. At this point someone had what was considered a great idea: “Let us all go back to Egypt. Remember how happy we were there?EFFECTS OF WORRYBefore we get into the real scary things on the effects of worry, permit me to underscore the importance of prevention as distinct from its cure. We can help prevent worry by living one day at a time. Someone has said. “Yesterday is a cancelled cheque, tomorrow is a promissory note, but today is cash – spend it wisely. That is sound Biblical advice. Second, cultivate a divine perspective. Let us make sure our spiritual values are in control. In the Gospel of Matthew 6: 25-34, Christ gives us three things we can do to prevent worry. Among them He admonished us to accept what can’t be changed. There are three categories of circumstances – (1), things we can change, (2) Things we can’t change, but can influence, (3) things we can’t change neither can influence. Most of us are so worn worrying about things that we don’t have any energy left to figure out if we can even influence the problem, let alone, anything else. Worry magnifies our problems and then distorts our perspective so we can’t think logically or rationally about them. In addition, worry tends to paralyse us and hinder us from taking constructive action. Worry also tends to make us very impatient such that we want to take things into our own hands. The tragedy is, if we do not catch worry in the early stages and apply some sound biblical principles, we will become more vulnerable to fear and depression. Things go from bad to worse. So much for the problem; what are our options? For many who have spent their lives struggling with worry, it may seem as if there aren’t any options. All is not lost. Be of good cheer – there is hope. Our Lord taught that “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”. (Matthew 6:34). This does not forbid a prudent foresight and preparation accordingly, but a perplexing solicitude and a prepossession of difficulties and calamities which may perhaps never come. Let us mind present duty and then leave events to God. It is wiser to do the work of the day in real time and let tomorrow bring its work along with it. Sufficient unto the day means this present day has trouble enough attending it; we need not accumulate burdens by anticipating our trouble, nor borrow perplexities from tomorrow’s evils to those of today. Providence has wisely ordered to be borne by parcels. By daily prayer and trust in God we can and will make it.A Happy New Year to ALL! What is God after, when we are told that His wisdom is not and never was a pledge to keep a fallen world happy, and to make the ungodly comfortable? What was His goal when He made us? God’s purpose is that we should love and honour Him. We should praise God for His wonderful ordered complex and varied world. Man is commissioned to use the world according to God’s will, to enjoy both it and Him. Though man has fallen, God has not abandoned His first purpose for us; because it is still His intention that a multitude of persons should accept and honour Him; for His ultimate objective is to bring us to the state in which we would please Him adequately and entirely. In this state, God will be all in all to us. It will be a condition in which He and us enjoy true spiritual fellowship in the knowledge of each other’s love. This fellowship is in the saving love of God established and experienced through the Gospel for eternity. Such a koinonia will be God’s glory and our glory too, in every sense which that weighty word can bear. This would only be fully realized in the eternity, in the context of a transformation of the whole created order. In the mean time God is working steadily towards it. God’s immediate objective is to draw men and women into a relationship of faith, hope and love towards Him. He delivers us from sin and shows forth in our lives the power of His grace, to defend His people against the forces of evil, and to spread through the world the Gospel by means of which He saves. In the fulfillment of each part of His purpose the Lord Jesus Christ is central, for God has sent Him forth both as Savior from sin, whom we must trust as Lord of the Church, whom we must obey. We are to dwell on the way in which divine wisdom was manifested in Christ’s incarnation and cross. It is in light of the complex purpose outlined above that the wisdom of God in His dealing with individuals is to be seen. Biblical biographies assist us greatly here. Abraham was a man by nature of little moral courage. He was anxious about His own personal safety that he endangered His wife’s chastity (Genesis 12:10-20). Abraham was vulnerable to pressure; at his wife’s insistent he fathered a child with her maid, Hagar. When Sarai reacted to Hagar’s pride in her pregnancy with hysterical recrimination, he let Sarai drive Hagar out of the house (see Genesis 16:5-6). It is clear that Abraham was not by nature a man of strong principle. and smile” ... It was a favourite full name of the marching song published in 1915 in London, written by George Henry Powell under the pseudonym of George Assaf. I take it that the word “troubles” was a glorified way of referring to worries. In recent times the Pop Singer, Bobby Mc Ferrin, later on with his catchy and somewhat therapeutic tune and lyrics “Don’t Worry, be happy”. From all that I have gleaned thus far, it seems conclusively that worry is a reality. How many times have we heard people say “I’m worried?” Such persons were probably reared in a family of worriers and have had problems with worrying all their lives. The sad truth is, as they have grown older, the problem has become worse, since there is more to worry about – health, The Wisdom of God(Continued) His sense of responsibility was somewhat deficient. But God in wisdom dealt with this easygoing, un-heroic figure to such good effect that not merely did he faithfully fulfill his appointed role on the stage of church history, as pioneer occupant of Canaan, but also as first recipient of God’s covenant (18:17). He fathered Isaac, the miracle child; and also became a new man. Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, was of a different nature. He was a self-willed mother’s boy. He was blessed with all the opportunistic instincts and amoral ruthlessness of a go-getting businessman. God in His wisdom had planned that Jacob though the younger son should have the birthright and blessing due to the firstborn and became the bearer of the covenant promised (28:13-15). Also he had planned that Jacob should marry his cousin Leah and Rachel and became the father of twelve patriarchs, through whom the promise was to be passed on (chapters 48-49). God in His wisdom so resolved to instill true religion into Jacob himself. Jacob’s whole attitude to life was ungodly and needed changing. He was to be weaned from trust in his own cleverness to dependence upon God. Jacob was made to abhor the unscrupulous double-dealing which came so naturally to him. Jacob, who was made to feel his own utter weakness and foolishness, must be brought to such complete self distrust that he was to no longer get on by exploiting others. His self reliance had to go. With patient wisdom God waited for the right time; and in time, God led Jacob to the point at which he stamped the required sense indelibly and decisively on Jacob’s soul. Over a period of time God let Jacob hang his head in weaving complex web of deceit with inevitable consequences. There was mutual mistrust, friendship turned to enmity, and isolation of the deceiver. The consequences of Jacob’s cleverness were themselves God’s curse upon it. When Jacob had taken Esau’s birthright and blessing (25:29-34; 27:140), Esau turned against him; and Jacob had to leave home in a hurry. He went to his uncle Laban, who proved to be as tricky as Jacob himself. Laban exploited Jacob’s position and bamboozled him into marrying not only his pretty daughter, whom Jacob wanted, but also the plain one with bad eyes, for whom he would otherwise have found it hard to get a good husband (29:15-30). In all of God’s working with Jacob, he did not become a saint over night. In the All Night Prayer Meeting Jacob had with God, and his meeting with Esau (21-33: end), God won for good the battle with Jacob. The Christian life will be tested, refine and matured; he will be turned into a number of directions. To stay with God, remain cheerful, charitable and fascinated, the Christian should be patient. God uses sustained hardship to teach His own to be steadfast and true. This is exactly what kept Jesus true to the cross.Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council & Nevis Christian Council


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 21 VIEW POINT -Nevis and Dominica should become centres of excellence; hub for training and technical assistance in geothermal development, says Edward Lambert NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Chairman of the Technical Committee for the Development of Geothermal Resources in Dominica Natural Resource Minister Powell says Nevis willing to share geothermal development experiences with Dominica NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Minister responsible for Natural Resources and the Environment on Nevis Hon. Carlisle Powell, said Nevis was willing to share its lessons learnt with its geothermal development with neighbouring Windward Island Dominica who was in the process of drilling exploratory wells in the Roseau Valley. Mr. Powell’s comment came on January 14th in an interview with the Department of Information during a visit from a three member delegation from Dominica led by Minister of Public Works, Energy and Ports Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore on a mission to gain knowledge from Nevis’ geothermal development experience. “We are both pursuing geothermal explorations and it is important for us to share our own experiences with respect to the geothermal explorations. “We have completed our explorations in terms of doing our exploratory drilling and we are now ready to move on to the next phase which is production drilling. Dominica is at the exploration stage and so we were quite happy not only to welcome Minister Blackmoore and his delegation but to be able to share experiences in this meeting,” he said. According to Mr. Powell, as both islands moved forward in varying stages of geothermal development that they would continue to engage Minister Responsible for Natural Resources and the Environment on Nevis Hon Carlisle Powell (extreme right) and his Permanent Secretary Mr. Ernie Stapleton (extreme left) with a three member delegation from the Commonwealth of Dominica headed by Minister responsible for Public Works, Energy and Ports Mr. Rayburn Blackmoore (second from right) Coordinator of the Geothermal Unit Mr. Jason Timothy (third from left) and Principal Advisor in the office of the Prime Minister Mr. Edward Lambert (second from right) in similar exchanges He said they were both small island developing states and it made no sense to reinvent the wheel therefore whatever experiences Nevis had it was important to share it with Dominica as both islands forged ahead with the development of their geothermal resources for the needs of their people and the benefit of the entire Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS). Prior to Minister Blackmoore’s meeting with Minister Powell he paid a courtesy call on Premier of Nevis Hon. Joseph Parry at his Bath Hotel Office at Bath Plain. The Dominica Minister was accompanied by Principal Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister Mr. Edward Lambert and Coordinator of the Geothermal Unit in Dominica Mr. Jason Timothy, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry responsible for Natural Resources and the Environment in the Nevis Island Administration Mr. Ernie was also present. development of geothermal resources. I see down the road where we should work to become centres of excellence in the development of geothermal resources and become the hub for training and technical assistance to the rest of the entire Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region in geothermal development. “We have broken ground here today in Nevis on this and I am and Principal Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister Mr. Edward Lambert, said he had a vision for Nevis and Dominica regarding their geothermal resources and they should work to become centres of excellence and a hub for training and technical assistance in geothermal development. Mr. Lambert made the disclosure on June 14th, 2012, when he visited Nevis with Dominica’s Minister of Public Works, Energy and Ports Mr. Rayburn Blackmoore and Coordinator of that island’s Geothermal Unit Mr. Jason Timothy to share in Nevis’ geothermal development experiences with its geothermal development project so far. “I have a vision for Nevis and a vision for Dominica in terms of the Chairman of the Technical Committee for the Development of Geothermal Resources in Dominica and Principal Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister of Dominica Mr. Edward Lambert during a recent visit to Nevis sure as we progress into the future, the relationship in developing geothermal will become consolidated as we unravel the many issues that have to be dealt with since this technology is new to us. But by joining forces in a sub regional or regional endeavour, I am sure, we would be able to overcome any future obstacles,” he said. The Committee Chairman said the delegation felt it necessary to visit Nevis because Dominica was in the process of crafting a range of policy decisions which led to its geothermal resources development and the technical issues which needed to be brought on board that would influence and define those policy considerations. Police Commissioner Walwyn discusses training with USVI counterpart Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSTCNPF) and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD). Commissioner Walwyn, who was born in St. Kitts, grew up in St. Croix and is a former USVI police pre-cadet and graduate of the St. Croix Central High School. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Mr. C. G. Walwyn is describing as “very productive” his recent meeting with newlyappointed United States Virgin Islands Police Commissioner, Mr. Henry W. White Jr. “In my discussions with the new USVI commissioner, we decided that starting in February, we will institute a tactical training programme,” said Commissioner Walwyn. He said his discussions on crime in general and collaboration in reducing incidents, resulted in an agreement for an exchange programme between officers of the Photo: Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Mr. C. G. Walwyn (left) and his Commissioner of the United States Virgin Islands Police Mr. Henry W. White Jr.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 22 NEWS Government Accepts Gym Equipment From Athletics Canada Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 14, 2012 (SKNIS): The Silver Jubilee Athletic Stadium has been outfitted with gym equipment and a new ice tub thanks to a donation from Athletics Canada – the sport governing body for track and field in Canada. A handing over ceremony was held at the stadium on Saturday (left to right) Minister Glenn Phillip (left) SKNAAA President Glen Jeffers and Chief High Performance Officer Athletics Canada, Martin Goulet that St. Kitts and Nevis is a very special place for the organization. “We know that the conditions here are world class,” he emphasized. “… We have an opportunity to train at unrestricted times, with a superior hotel (to stay at) and superior nutrition (food). These are elements that are absolutely fundamental and essential to world class performance.” Mr. Gardiner cited the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games and added that “this is the year when we (Athletics Canada) … try to hit the podium and with your help the road is going to be that much easier.” Minister Phillip saluted Desai Williams for his efforts in bringing the twin-island Federation and Canada closer in track and field. He noted that local athletes stand to benefit greatly from this donation, as they can “train the right way” at the Silver Jubilee Stadium, under the watchful eyes of coaches and officials of the St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (SKNAAA) rather than at a local gym. The Minister of Sport disclosed that the trust and confidence that Athletics Canada demonstrates in local authorities is testament to the hard work and vision of the Government and partner agencies such as the SKNAAA and local Olympic Committee, to ensure that sports development and sports tourism have a greater contributing impact on national development. SKNAAA President Glen Jeffers also expressed gratitude to Athletics Canada for the donation which will help with the training and rehab of athletes. He added that the new equipment represents a significant step forward in moving the stadium to a “high performance center.” Gym equipment donated by Athletics Canada (January 14) where the Minister of Sports Honourable Glenn Phillip was joined by Carla Nicholls and Carolyn Taylor of Athletics Canada to cut the ribbon to open the new facilities. The visiting officials are here as part of an athletic delegation that journey to St. Kitts and Nevis every year to train at the track and field stadium. The annual visits, which first began in 2008, are organised by expatriate Desai Williams, who now is officially employed by Athletics Canada. The Head Coach of Athletics Canada, Alex Gardiner, explained Alex Gardiner, Head Coach of Athletics Canada Ice Tub donated by Athletics Canada Volleyball makes smashing reentry into schools with Cool Volley Festival Basseterre, St. Kitts Over 100 elementary students, from six government and four private schools, were able to learn the basics of volleyball through the Cool Volley Festival which was held at the Pam Tyson Sport Complex, on January 12. The initiative stems from a concerted effort by the St. Kitts Amateur Volleyball Association (SKAVA), in collaboration with the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), to introduce volleyball to young students in an effort to create a positive feed source for the national volleyball program, in a fun environment. Initially, the students were separated into gender but as the activity progressed they were introduced to the co-ed system of play. This first Cool Volley Festival focused on the overhand (setting) aspect of the game and the students were visibly excited to exhibit their new skill. The assigned instructors for the Cool Volley Festival were Belville Smith, from the Department of Sport, and Antoinette Henry and Steadroy Collins, two SKAVA coaches. According to Ms. Henry, even though most of the children were playing volleyball for the very first time, they brought tremendous energy and team spirit to the session. She noted that those two attributes were critical for the success of any sporting program. “We are very excited with this pilot initiative and already we are cementing plans to take the Cool Volley program into the rural areas so we can optimize the number of young people we can reach,” Henry disclosed. Her colleagues also voiced a similar excitement and revealed that a number of parents and teachers were hoping to see the Cool Volley program integrated into the schools, as part of the syllabus or an after school program. The 110 students came from the Beach Allen, Tucker Clarke, Irish Town, Dr. William Connor, Bronte Welsh and Cayon government schools and the George Moody, Maurice Hillier, Seventh Day and Immaculate Conception private schools. A number of volunteers from the SKAVA fraternity also assisted with the initiative. SKAVA strives to provide citizens of the Federation with fair and equal access to participation and personal growth through recreational learning, competitive games, coaching and other programs. The association also provides an adequate platform for those who aspire to be professional volleyball players.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2012 23 COMMENTARY By: Sotto Voce Shameful Scandalising of the G.G. on Rescue/ PAM Radio Well, what a thing happened on Wednesday. The Rescue arm of the PAM actually took their programming to unbelievable depths. I got a call and I tuned in to PAM/FM and persons were actively scandalising the office of our Head of State. It seems that the “good authority” on which the scandal-mongering was based, can be found right in PAM’s Rescue branch. How on earth could so-called responsible people allow their media outlet to be misused in such a manner to scandalise one of our heroes? How could anyone be so careless and thoughtless? The story the Rescue messenger carried was absolutely false and misleading. The very dignified gentleman deserves far more respect and appreciation than that. No one in their right senses should have allowed such a false story to be ventilated through their facilitation. The government allegedly sending the Head of State on leave is false and the fabrication of a twisted mind. The government allegedly asking him to demit office is also false and concocted by wicked people. They want the Press Secretary of the Prime Minister to come out and give them information to confirm or deny their Brer-Nancy story. They said they have a letter. Well as good rescue boys, why not take it on their voices of PAM programme and read it? Is this the way they want decent Kittitians to support them? Through scandalising the Governor-General and the Prime Minister? You see how life is? The PAM had made it clear at the last General Elections that, once successful, their first order of business would be to dismiss the very same Governor-General. Now hear them on their FM, crooked as ever, bellyaching over his alleged dismissal by the Prime Minister. What hypocrisy! What treachery! Some people are over-anxious to get into government before they are ready; or even before the popular will is in their favour. They need to be reminded in their scandalising, that every day, bucket go ah well. But one day the bottom go drop out. Political infants in diapers are the only way to describe a bunch of jokers parading the town as opposition politicians. How can people take any of them seriously when all they do every day is play politics with everything? One leader has said publicly that he has absolutely no respect for the Prime Minister. That statement alone demonstrates his unsuitabilityfor the big time in politics. It shows his immaturity in the business. You may not like a leader’s policies, but allowing differing ideas and programmes to compete is the essence of adversarial politics. The Almighty did not make any two people completely alike. We all have our differences. We may not think alike, look alike, or see issues alike. But that is what makes our world wonderful. I am not bound to like a Prime Minister, or any Minister, or the Opposition Leader, but I have to respect the office. I am duty bound to do that if I wish to be taken seriously. The political spoilt-brats need to grow up and get real. Ever since the Labour Government freed up the media after coming to office in 1995, opposition elements have been thoroughly enjoying it. Before then, under PAM, if a Labour-man said anything they did not like, he was punished. This is not in issue at all. Everyone knows and accepts that this was the nature of the PAM beast when in office. These days of real freedom of expression, have seen the errand boys and girls of PAM, virtually tumbling over each other to peddle their political propaganda through all the media outlets. And they play their political games without let-up from day-to-day. Tackling a Head of State who is not in a position to respond to their political fornications is pathetic. Maybe they employ and pay the Press Secretary. So he there just to jump and reply to all their tall tales they publish in the media. What a shame! Dr. Douglas is in Parliament as a result of over 90% of the voters in constituency #6. No traitor, or Terry, or Mother Bess, or Mr. Politics, or Nutswoman put him there. They are all for “members opposite”. So, all their daily crooked talk is meaningless to Labour people. They all have their opposition agenda. They not fooling anyone. All messenger-boys and errand-boys are to peddle opposition propaganda. They need to leave His Excellency out of their political mess. He not troubling them. He is perfectly capable of taking care of himself. He doesn’t need any PAM or Rescue chooloo. He doesn’t deserve the disrespect or humiliation to which these cracks wish to put him through. Everyone knows their chief target is the Prime Minister. But he can take care of them. And he still has the vast majority of the peoples’ confidence. So it will continue to burn his detractors badly. What’s on the Rescue/PAM menu? Scum, dirt, scandal, propaganda day-in and day-out; everyone has grown accustomed to their style. That is why they will remain right where they are: out of government. I wonder what’s in the pot brewing for next week. Whose turn will it be to have their dignity attacked and butchered in the Rescue/PAM political kitchen of scandal and propaganda? Judge rules CARICIOM Observer Report not admissible as evidence Hearing of the Election Petition filed by the Hon. Mark Brantley challenging the results of the Nevis Island Administration Elections last July got started on Monday morning of this week, January 16th, 2012, at the High Court in Charlestown with His Lordship Justice Lionel Jones presiding over the proceedings. Justice Jones’ first major decision came early in the case (Tuesday morning), when he ruled that the CARICOM Observer Report submitted, following the July 11th, 2011Poll was not admissible in Court as evidence – agreeing with the legal objections raised by the Respondents’ lead Counsel, Mr Antony Astaphan SC. This was obviously a major blow and set-back for Mr. Brantley, his legal team headed by Mr. Douglas Mendez, who are seeking to unseat Deputy Premier, Hon. Hensley Daniel, who defeated Brantley by 14 votes in the St. John’s Parish Constituency (3). Justice Jones gave the ruling ahead of the presentation of witnesses brought to court by Mr. Brantley to give evidence in the proceedings. Originally there were some 63 persons listed to give evidence, but when Mr. Brantley closed his case yesterday (Thursday), only 36 had testified and were cross-examined by Mr. Daniel’s lawyers. The evidence of 11 others (who reside overseas) was tendered without crossexamination. Closing remarks in the case were made yesterday afternoon by Senior Counsel for the Petitioner, Mr. Douglas Mendez. The case is expected to continue today (Friday). The legal team representing the Respondents Deputy Premier Daniel; Premier the Hon. Joseph Parry; the Attorney General, Hon. Patrice Nisbett; Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Leroy Benjamin and Registration Officer, Mrs. Bernadette Lawrence included Mr. Anthony Astaphan, Henry Browne and Mr. Oral Martin. Catholics planning special welcome and mass for new bishop BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JANUARY 19TH 2012 (CUOPM) – Catholics in St. Kitts and Nevis have begun planning a Special Welcome and Thanksgiving Mass for the new Bishop of St. John’sBasseterre. Parish Priest Fr. Bernard Latus said special committees have been planning the Mass which takes place at the Co-Cathedral in Basseterre on Thursday 9th February at 5:30 P.M. The ordination to Episcopate of the new Bishop, Monsignor Kenneth Richards will take place on Wednesday 8th February in Antigua. On Thursday 9th, Monsignor Richards is expected to be given a VIP welcome at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport and will be escorted in a motorcade to Presbytery on East Independence Square Street. Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs, the Hon. Marcella Liburd are expected to join other invited guest from the local church and parish community in welcoming the new Bishop at the service.


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