The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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Year 54 NO. 35FRIDAY, JANAURY 27th, 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 02 PAGE 03 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The number of registrants under the Value Added Tax (VAT) Programme is just over 700 with 525 in St. Kitts and 182 in Nevis. Speaking at his monthly press conference on Wednesday, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas disclosed that in December when the Government declared a special VAT Day in order to reduce the cost of pre-Christmas spending for consumers, VAT, which was reduced from 17% to 7%, amounted to EC$12.8 million in sales. “The Government returned to consumers, through this reduced VAT, some $1,004,151.00,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who is also Minister of Finance. 113 businesses – 87 in St. Kitts and 26 in Nevis registered to participate in the reduced VAT Day. VAT filings have been quite strong with a rate of 95 percent in VAT revenues collected exceed projections, consumers spent nearly EC$13 million on Special VAT Day VAT revenues collected exceed projections, consumers spent nearly EC$13 million on Special VAT Day November 2011 compared to 99 percent in November 2010. Prime Minister Douglas told reporters and the Nation that actual VAT revenues since the fiscal measure was introduced in November 2011 have also exceeded projected VAT revenues. “In Nevis, for example, we had projected some EC$24 million in VAT revenues for 2011. The amount actually collected, however, was EC$29 million. EC$5 million more than projected. Similarly, in St. Kitts, we had projected EC$79 million in VAT revenues for 2011. The amount actually collected, however, was EC$104 million. EC$25 million more than projected,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who is also the Minister of Finance. CDB to provide $12 million to guarantee newlyrestructured bonds, PM Douglas says BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has disclosed that the twin-islands Federation’s debt restructuring exercises should be completed by the end of this quarter. Dr. Douglas made the disclosure at his monthly press conference he also stated that the Caribbean Development Bank will provide a $12 million guarantee in support of the newly restructured bonds, thereby advancing the interests of the Federation in the form of a more sustainable debt package. The Ministry of Finance had announced in December last year that the Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis was in advanced discussions with the Barbadosbased financial institution on a partial guarantee to be attached to the new instruments that will be issued by the Government to participating creditors as part of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at Wednesday’s Press Conference (Photo by Erasmus Williams) (cont’d on page 02) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis has passed the first review of economic performance under the Stand By Arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “All end-September 2011 quantitative targets have been met, despite slower-than-expected economic growth. The fiscal target was met by a comfortable margin, and the authorities were successful in reducing budget expenditure arrears to below the levels at the end of December 2010. No external arrears were IMF says St. Kitts and Nevis met fiscal target by “comfortable margin” IMF says St. Kitts and Nevis met fiscal target by “comfortable margin” IMF Headquarters accumulated except for debt service payments, which are part of the debt restructuring. Also, the authorities approved the 2012 budget consistent with the program objectives,” said Mr. Naoyuki Shinohara,(cont’d on page 02) Naoyuki Shinohara, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, IMF Government committed to expansion of economic opportunities for nationalsSilver Reef Accident leaves Site Supervisor dead


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 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 A Double Celebration for Labour Many seafarers will tell you that when the crests of two waves merge together, the result is a massive towering swell of water which can overwhelm ships or inundate coastlines. This month, January 2012, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is celebrating eighty years since its inception in 1932 as the Workers’ League and also the second anniversary (January 25th) of the fourth consecutive term of office of the present Labour Government of St. Kitts-Nevis. It is a double celebration, representing a big wave of achievement in impacting and improving the lives and fortunes of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis over eighty decades. It started with a planter, Thomas Manchester who sacrificed his life of ease and riches, to join with some other stalwarts to form the Workers’ League (the St. Kits-Nevis Labour Party). The organisation was formed as a limited company, for in those days, political or Trade Union formation was just not allowed. The Workers’ League committed to campaign against the wretched conditions under which sugar workers worked and lived. These conditions were characterised by poor education, poor housing, poor health, poor wages, poor representation and poor organisation. The spontaneous riots of 1935 were a direct result of all of these ills which were affecting the people of the entire region. The role of the Workers League was one of mediation and assisting those workers who became victims of the disturbances with legal and medical expenses. The League master minded a fundraising effort to purchase an ambulance and donated it to the hospital so that persons could be taken to hospital in a safer and more dignified manner. The progress made through the years in terms of health is a direct outcome of the agitation and implementation of the Workers League and latterly, the Labour Party when they had the power to effect changes. It is against this background that the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is involved in a double celebration at this time, proud of the part it has played in improving the working condition and lives of the people and providing hope of a brighter tomorrow. We note with interest that in recent times not many governments survive after a second or even a first term of office as witnessed recently in St. Lucia and Jamaica and those which have continuously exercised authority for thirty and forty years are being ended by revolutionary protests as their prolonged exercise of power have developed repressive and dictatorial overtones. The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Government has however, continued to serve the people by responding in a positive way to the challenges which confront the country and by seeking to maintain and improve the quality of life of the people, particularly those who are vulnerable and marginalised such as the aged and the very young, and those with disabilities. It has done so in an environment where freedom of speech is respected and the media both radio and newspapers are able to operate uncensored and unrestricted, whether they support the Labour Government or not. The Right Honourable Prime Minister has been able to set his sights on the imperatives of unproved fiscal stability, accelerated economic growth and enhanced social well being as the New Year 2012 unfolds. With these targets in mind, employment generation, improved income and greater food security are expected to be the outcomes from a greater focus on Tourist and Agriculture, since sugar production is now a matter of history. The whole agricultural landscape is being challenged to explore new technologies in areas such as greenhouse development, aquaculture or hydroponics, animal husbandry and modern fishing techniques. The prospect for tourism seem assured with increased cruise ship arrivals in 2011 and addition to the list of ships calling in 2012, while airlifts are being expanded as gateways open to other Cities in North America. Every opportunity is being sought to showcase St. Kitts-Nevis as the place to visit or to be, to enjoy the warm hospitality of a loving people, dedicated to peace and prosperity and the lush vegetation and rich scenery bestowed by Mother Nature. A keen awareness of environmental concerns has prompted the Labour Government to focus more on alternative energy sources such as geothermal, wind and other renewable forms, reducing our dependence on the expensive fossil fues coal and oil to supply electricity. This thrust becomes more critical as the tourism plant expands, producing more hotels, condominiums and guest houses, while the housing stock of the population increases with wider use of modern conveniences, all power driven, to accommodate increased visitor arrivals, improved standard of living and more sophisticated life styles. Yes, eighty years of service to the ordinary people of the land has seen the transition from trash houses to wholesome weather resistant, comfortable, affordable homes for the majority of the population and this thrust continues into the fourth term of the trust which the Labour Party enjoys from the people of the country. Eighty years of activism and dedication to the liberation of a people from the grip of poverty and deprivation has resulted in better health and health facilities, noting the massive increase in life expectancy over the period and better education and personal development opportunities giving every child the opportunity to aspire to tertiary education and training. Labour can indeed be proud of its record. Its achievements have been secured against stiff opposition, through free and fair elections and through the charismatic leadership of the Right Excellent Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw our First National Hero, the sterling leadership Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore; and our current dynamic, visionary and beloved leader, the Right Honourable Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Llewellyn Douglas. We congratulate these stalwarts. We salute the founders of the Labour Party and the Labour Union and those who have laboured steadfastly to improve and secure the quality of life which we all deserve as decent human beings. We continue to repose our full confidence in the leadership of Dr. Douglas and his Government as we seek to secure a place for our country in the regional and global arena. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says his four-term St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Administration remains committed to the expansion of economic opportunities for nationals. “This requires us to stimulate investment. And so we exert the highest possible levels of vigilance in the areas of economic and fiscal management – all key to boosting investor confidence,” said Prime Minister Douglas at his monthly press conference Wednesday, his first for 2012. He said that the country’s economic targets are monitored, not only by the Federation’s internal specialists, but by the International Monetary Fund as well. Stating that the IMF announced that St. Kitts and Nevis had successfully met the performance criteria specified in the IMF Stand-by Agreement, for the quarter ending September 2011, Prime Minister Douglas said the twin-island Federation “is once again on track vis-a-vis these criteria, for the quarter ending December 2011.” Dr. Douglas said the global economy has been weaker and more volatile than anyone predicted. “Despite this, St. Kitts and Nevis successfully stayed on course, and met established fiscal targets,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who disclosed that a consolidated Labour Government committed to expansion of economic opportunities for nationals St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at Wednesday’s Press Conference (Photo by Erasmus Williams) overall deficit of EC$26.5 million was achieved by September 2011. “Significantly, it is now expected that, for the quarter ending December 2011, the country’s overall consolidated debt will fall well below the established target of 3.1% of GDP. This is very positive since the Government has been meticulously controlling expenditures and steadily improving our tax collection all in order to secure, for the nation, the benefits that accrue from enhanced fiscal and debt sustainability,” said Dr. Douglas.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 3 NEWS Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair in a statement on Wednesday. The IMF statement said the completion of the review allows the immediate disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 11.47 million (about US$17.6 million), bringing total disbursements under the arrangements to SDR 33.62 million (about US$51.6 million). The SBA was approved on July 27, 2011 for an amount equivalent to SDR 52.51 million (about US$80.7 million), or 590 percent of St. Kitts and Nevis’ IMF quota. Following the Executive Board’s discussion, Mr. Shinohara said the St. Kitts and Nevis economy is estimated to have remained flat in 2011 after two years of contraction, but the outlook remains favorable supported by Foreign Direct Investment-related construction projects and an improvement in tourism activities. He said while uncertainty regarding the global economic recovery, however, highlights increasing downside risks, steadfast implementation of policies under the Fund-supported program will be important going forward. “The authorities have made progress on structural reforms, including by updating the registry and undertaking the valuation of 600 acres of land, as well as updating existing stress tests of financial institutions. To ensure fiscal sustainability, further reforms will focus on public financial management, the civil service, the social security system, and the strengthening of the social safety net,” he said. Mr. Shinohara said the authorities are making progress on negotiations with their creditors for the comprehensive restructuring of the public debt. “Early implementation of the debt restructuring will be critical for the success of the program. Continued commitment to ensuring the stability and health of the financial sector will be important to reduce vulnerabilities,” Mr. Shinohara said. IMF says St. Kitts and Nevis met fiscal target ......... (cont’d from page 2) CDB to provide $12 million to guarantee newly-restructured bonds, PM Douglas saysthe comprehensive debt restructuring exercise that is currently underway. “The partial guarantee would protect a portion of the cash flows that will be due to holders under the new instruments that will replace existing bonds upon the conclusion of the forthcoming exchange offer,” said the Ministry of Finance. In that statement the Ministry said the partial guarantee initiative is the result of intense discussions in recent months between the Government and the CDB on the question of how the CDB, as the leading development institution in the region, can best support and (cont’d from page 1) ECCB hosts economic workshop By Drizel HanleyThe Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) held an economic workshop on Tuesday, January 24 for Media Practitioners throughout the eight member States of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU. The half day workshop was held to enhance media practitioners’ effectiveness in covering stories related to the economies of the ECCU member countries. Senior Director of the ECCB Corporate Relations Department, Mrs. Ingrid O’Loughlin opened the workshop by reminding the media practitioners of their important role in the current economic environment. “Given the economic challenges that we confront as a region and as a people, the engagement of the media on the ECCU economy is not only very important, but it is timely”, she said. “What we want to achieve through this workshop is for you the media to develop a more informed understanding of the ECCU economic challenges, issues and opportunities so that you can strengthen your role as messenger, informer, advocator, spokesperson and educator,” she added. The workshop heard presentations and discussion on issues that are affecting ECCU economies and measures that can be put into practice to can stimulate long term and short term growth. According to Adviser in the Corporate Relations Department at ECCB, Sybil Welsh, the aim of the workshop is to better equip media practitioners to write financial stories so as to educate the citizens of the ECCU about the performance and prospects of the ECCU economy, stimulate public discussion of economic issues that are relevant to the currency union, empower the people of the ECCU to become informed consumers and motivate the citizens of the ECCU to participate in the socio-economic development of the region. Immediately following and during each discussion, a crosssection of residents from the eight ECCU member countries; linked through the use of videoconferencing technology, engaged in discussions on the issues arising from the presentations. Silver Reef Accident leaves Site Supervisor dead By Drizel Hanley Police are investigating an accident which occurred on Wednesday, January 25 at around 2:30 pm at the Fort Tyson Construction Ltd Site in Frigate Bay, resulting in the death of a 47-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, Elias Jos Benjamin. According to a press release issued by the Developer of Silver Reef, Sebastian Mottram, Benjamin, who was the site supervisor, was at the time supervising a lifting operation moving construction material to the top floor of a building when the tragic accident occurred. “Although the correct safety procedures, equipment and lifting plans had been discussed and put in place, it is believed that the load slipped from the lifting straps and fell trapping the supervisor”, said Mottram in an interview with this newspaper. “This is a tragic accident which has deeply shocked us all. Our thoughts at this time are for his family and friends,” he added The Developer further revealed that the site would be closed until further notice while thanking the Emergency Management Services (EMS) for their professional and immediate response. Public Relations Officer for the police, Sergeant Stephen Hector when contacted, said that “In matters of this nature, the police will do all due diligence, research in terms of being able to record statements of all parties which would involve the crane operators, site managers, and also other witnesses”. He disclosed that they will be guided by the Director of Public Prosecutions on the intended course of action on the way forward. Silver Reef – St. Kitts stands on a site of 3.5 acres and has been designed as a private community living with high consideration given to eco-efficient detail. It comprises of 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, set in a tropical landscape featuring native vegetation in the heart of the tourist district of Frigate Bay. Two juveniles charged in Charles E Mills Secondary School incident By Drizel HanleyTuesday (Jan. 17) on a warrant in the first instance for wounding. “Both of them have since been placed on bail”, he stated. Sometime after midday on January 10, two young men with their faces covered, one armed with a firearm and the other with a machete, entered the school’s compound and wounded two students. The two male students were treated for their wounds at the Pogson Hospital in Sandy Point and subsequently discharged. In other police news, Sergeant Hector said that Inspector Charles Smithen, Head of the CID, Two male juveniles are waiting to appear before the District B Magistrate Court for several offences including; fighting, disorderly conduct and wounding following an incident at the Charles E Mills Secondary School (CEMSS)-(formerly known as Sandy Point High School)on Tuesday, January 10. According to Police Press and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Sergeant Stephen Hector, the first juvenile was arrested on Sunday (Jan. 15) and charged with disorderly conduct and fighting; while the second youngster was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. on informed him that during last week “five matters were detected in which persons were formally arrested and charged”. Kimani Johnson was arrested and charged on January 15 for wounding and malicious damage. Alfred Browne of St. Paul’s, was arrested and charged on January 17 for receiving a Blackberry cellular phone. Tara Flanders of Cayon Street was formally arrested and charged on January 20 for the offence of wounding with intent to cause grievous harm to Imbrookeal Byron. The offence was allegedly committed on January 2. Brian Francis, also known as ‘Junk-A-Body’, of Needsmust was formally arrested and charged for breaking into the New Town Health Centre at Pond Pasture, East Basseterre on January 19 and stealing a number of items. NOTICE Applications are invited for suitably qualified persons to fill the position ofNight-time Patrol OfficerApplicants must possess a valid Drivers Licence and must be between the ages of 25-39, preferably male. Suitable persons are asked to call Digital Security Services Limited at 466-4949 for interviewscontribute to St. Kitts and Nevis’s efforts to return its crushing debt burden to a sustainable footing. The Ministry said the partial guarantee, if approved by the bank’s Board of Directors, will improve recovery values for bondholders in a way that does not compromise the country’s capacity to pay going forward. “The partial guarantee is part of a broader support package that the CDB is working on in support of St. Kitts and Nevis’s restructuring and reform efforts.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary The Constitution, Government and Annual Conference Of The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union and How It Works. Our Union’s mission has been propelled by a view toward action framed by organizing the unorganized, devising new forms of industrial strategy to give workers new necessary tools to improve life in the workplace, forging international solidarity with workers across the globe so that employers can’t play one group of workers against another. In addition, by expressing ourselves through political action – where we can work with our friends and allies to fight for our Federation, a continent and a world where there is social, industrial and economic justice for all. We’ll continue to develop our roadmap for the future with special emphasis on defending the cause of our members and by extention all workers in the strongest way possible. Today we will take a brief look at the working of the Union’s Constitution, Government and Annual Conference. Here are some frequently asked questions by workers across the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The Union’s Constitution and Government – The supreme authority of the Union shall be vested in the Annual Conference of delegates elected by the sections of the Union and subject to that authority, the Union shall be governed by its Executive Committee. What is the Conference for? – In its simplest term, the Conference is like a big Union meeting, held once per year, and each conference shall decide the place of meeting of the next one. The section shall be represented at the Annual Conference by their committee and shall be entitled to elect one additional delegate for every complete twenty (20) members whose contributions are fully paid up. Delegates must be members whose contributions are fully paid up. At the Conference the business of the Union is transacted, resolutions are passed and elections are held. But more importantly, the direction of the Union for the next year is set. Through the resolutions that are submitted, the delegates discuss what the Union’s priorities will be What are resolutions? – Resolutions are proposed changes for the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades &Labour Union policy, or even to the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union Constitution itself. A section can submit a resolution to the General Secretary who will then bring it to the Conference for discussion. If it has the support at the Conference and is adopted and passed, the changes will then be made. How many votes does each section get at the Conference? – As mentioned earlier, each section is represented by twenty delegates (20) and they are entitled to elect one (1) additional delegate for every twenty (20) members, so the number of votes depends on the amount of delegates present at the Conference. In addition, to the outgoing Executive members. What do the delegates do? – The delegates debate and vote on a wide range of policy resolutions, and sometimes Constitutional proposals. This lays the foundation for the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union future and how it functions as a Union. In addition, delegates elect the Executive Committee to lead the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union for the next year. How are delegates elected? – Delegates are elected at least once per year before the Annual Conference by their sections and the number elected is according to the rules of the Union. How are the Executive Officers, and other members of the Executive Committee elected? – Each section sends to the General Secretary before the date of the Annual Conference the names of the persons that their section choose to lead the Union for the next year, and those names will be put to the conference for election by the entire delegates in attendance. In the case of the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union six (6) officers (President, 1st and 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, General Secretary and Assistant General Secretary) are put forward for election at the Conference who will then lead the Union for the next year. In addition, each section will also elect one representative who will join those elected officers to conduct the business and also carry out the Union’s policiy. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union from its very inception was founded on democratic principlies and continue to run on those said principlies of our forebears right up to this very day. As I take my leave today I leave you with an interpretation of the Lord’s prayer by Paul Martin.“Forgive Us Our Trespasses”The God seeking individual, by prayerful intuitive perception, Explores the depths of his/her soul and gathers all offensive tendencies Which are methodically consumed by the flames of fiery wisdom. The innate purity of each of us devoted to truth emerges from behind the Clouds of delusion and shines forth as the eradication Sun of wisdom. For those whopossess spiritual readiness, let them experience truth Through the direct perception of purifying and enlightening intuition. So it is, when we realize the error of our ways, we are forgiven, We are purified by eternally blossoming understanding. “Joy replaces sorrow, as light replaces darkness, When understanding is rewarded with forgiveness. First Mobile App Development workshop attracts over 70 participants By Drizel Hanley Wednesday January 24 marked the opening of the first ever Mobile App Development Workshop in St.Kitts held at the Marriott Resort, Frigate Bay. The training exercise which ends today (Friday) has attracted over 70 participants, drawn from the public and private sectors in St.Kitts. Speakers at the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday included The Hon. Glenn Phillip, Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports, Information Technology and The Hon Nigel CartyMinister with responsibility for Education and Information, who spoke on behalf of the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas who was off island on Government business. The workshop is facilitated by Bevil Wooding, Mark Headly, Stephen Lee and Khyron Danclair of the Bright Path Foundation in Trinidad and Tobago. They are focusing on the technical aspects of designing the applications to be used on Android, Apple and Blackberry mobile devices including smart phones and tablets. Topics covered include: Understanding The mobile Ecosystem, Choosing Your Mobile Platform, Local Apps – Global Appeal, Designing UIs for mobile device, Understanding the App Marketplace, Designing UIs for mobile device, Hello World – Building your first app and App Promotion 101. To ensure the sustainability of the workshop’s activities and the provision of required private and public sector institutional information mentors were required. The mentors include at the workshop: Melvin Agard, ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation; Rodney Browne, eCaribbean Ltd; Lyndon Hodge, Assistant Director, MIS St. Christopher & Nevis Social Security Board; Trevor Phipps, Caribbean Credit Card Corporation; Russell Williams, Owner/Manager IT Facility; Stachio Williams, Chief Financial Officer SKNVibes; Azilla Clarke, Director in the Department of Social & Community Development; Kluivert Blackman, Owner Manager K. Blackman & Associates; Geoffrey Hanley, Director Department of Youth Empowerment; Pierre Liburd, Department of Youth Empowerment; Amicia Mussenden, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Thelma The workshop is organized by the Department of Information Technology and aims to provide the technical and technological skills required to direct the creativity of youth away from antisocial activities, as well as to instill values to inspire thoughtful consideration of solutions to community issues. It is sponsored by Digicel and Sknvibes.com.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 5 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) –St. Kitts and Nevis’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Condor says the just concluded Seventh United Kingdom-Caribbean Ministerial Forum has revitalised the partnership between the two regions as reflected in the 31-point Plan of Action agreed to. Mr. Condor, who co-chaired the three-day forum with the United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt. Hon. William Hague, said the discussions, centered on economic resilience, climate change and security as well as the UK Air Passenger Deputy PM Condor says UK-Caribbean talks revitalise partnership (L-R) Ambassador Collin Granderson, Asst Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, CCS; Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary-General; Hon Sam Condor, Deputy PM of St Kitts and Nevis, Chair of COFCOR and Co-Chair of the Forum; Rt. Hon. William Hague, UK Foreign Secretary at the start of the first plenary of the 7th UK-Caribbean Forum Foreign Ministers pose with CARICOM Secretary-General following the closing press conference of the 7th UK-Caribbean Forum. L-R : CARICOM Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque; Hon Karl Hood, Grenada’s Foreign Minister; Hon Sam Condor, Co-Chair of the Forum; Mr Jeremy Browne MP. Minister of State, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Mr James Brokenshire, MP, Minister of State, Home Office; Mr Alan Duncan, MP, Minister of State, Department for International Development (DFID). Photos courtesy of CARICOM Secretariat Duty (APD), which regional officials complain discriminates against the Caribbean. The forum in Grenada was held under the theme, “Sustainable Growth Towards Prosperity.” Minister Condor stated that the region’s tourism sector was staggering under the weight of the tax that has made travel very expensive. He urged the UK to consider reforming the APD to level the playing field and provide a win-win situation for both regions. The Caribbean is to receive £75 million (US$116.5 million) in development projects from the United Kingdom over four years to help with job-creation, improve security, and combat the threat posed by natural disasters and climate change. Mr. Hague said the funds represent a considerable increase on previous aid budgets, signaling the strong commitment to the region. “We are one of the few nations in the world that is maintaining its international development commitments at a time of financial difficulty. We will stick to our pledge to raise our aid to 0.7 of GNI (gross national income), and you will find us a reliable partner,” he told participants. Foreign Secretary Hague said the core task of both regions was to create new opportunities for trade, investment and innovation in their respective economies. Hon. Jeremy Browne, Minister of State, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office described the three-day political dialogue as fruitful, noting that the Forum provided a framework for continuing activities with the High Commissioners in London. Two juveniles charged in Sandy Point high school incident By Drizel HanleyTwo male juveniles are waiting to appear before the District B Magistrate Court for several offences including; fighting, disorderly conduct and wounding following an incident at the Charles E Mills Secondary School (CEMSS)-(formerly known as Sandy Point High School)on Tuesday, January 10. According to Police Press and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Sergeant Stephen Hector, the first juvenile was arrested on Sunday (Jan. 15) and charged with disorderly conduct and fighting; while the second youngster was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday (Jan. 17) on a warrant in the first instance for wounding. “Both of them have since been placed on bail”, he stated. Sometime after midday on January 10, two young men with their faces covered, one armed with a firearm and the other with a machete, entered the school’s compound and wounded two students. The two male students were treated for their wounds at the Pogson Hospital in Sandy Point and subsequently discharged. In other police news, Sergeant Hector said that Inspector Charles Smithen, Head of the CID, informed him that during last week “five cellular phone. Tara Flanders of Cayon Street was formally arrested and charged on January 20 for the offence of wounding with intent to cause grievous harm to Imbrookeal Byron. The offence was allegedly committed on January 2. Brian Francis, also known as ‘Junk-ABody’, of Needsmust was formally arrested and charged for breaking into the New Town Health Centre at Pond Pasture, East Basseterre on January 19 and stealing a number of items. arrested and charged on January 17 for receiving a Blackberry matters were detected in which persons were formally arrested and charged”. Kimani Johnson was arrested and charged on January 15 for wounding and malicious damage. Alfred Browne of St. Paul’s, was


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 6 NEWS -Desai Williams Hailed For Commitment To Home Land Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): Desai Williams, a national of St. Kitts and Nevis, who resides and works in Toronto, Canada, has been hailed as a true “son of the soil” by the Minister of Sports Honourable Glenn Phillip for his efforts in bridging the gap between the two countries. In 2008, Williams brought a contingent of athletes to use the facilities of the newly constructed Silver Jubilee Athletic Stadium for training. Since then, the visits have become a regular feature often taking place at least twice per year. A group of 11 athletes along with support staff and coaches are wrapping their first visit of 2012. Last month, 18 athletes, plus staff visited. “My vision is not just to come here once or twice but maybe three or four times of the year for warm weather training,” Mr. Williams stated. “The beauty about it is the weather. It’s great. The facility is great, plus the people are very good hosts, and we feel comfortable here. We have a very good time, and you can’t beat that.” Senior officials of the governing body of track and field Athletics Canada, have also embraced the twin-island Federation as one of their preferred venues for training outside of their country. Last Saturday, they, along with partners Own the Podium, and Canadian Sports Center Ontario, donated gym equipment, including an Olympic platform, two squat machines, a universal machine and dumbbells totaling more than 2,000 lbs. An ice tub was also donated. Mr. Williams explained that athletes using the stadium no longer have to go off compound to access gym facilities. “It’s a one stop shop in a sense that you come here to train, do your recovery, lift weights and do everything here,” he noted. “Now the SKNAAA (St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletic Association), and of course the sports tourism [officials] can actually sell the facility to other countries and say, hey we have a state-of-the-art facility, not just a track, but we can encompass all the weights and whatever training any team out there may need.” In accepting the equipment, Minister Phillip told Desai, “We can see that today’s ceremony has really demonstrated your hard work, your willingness to see the land of your birth and your people here succeed. Thank you!” SKNIS Photo: Desai Williams (left) receives a token of appreciation from Minister Phillip www.St.KittsTourism.com wins Adrian Award for Tambourine BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS The company that rebranded and designed the tourism website for St. Kitts (http:// www.StKittsTourism.com), has copped three Adrian Awards from The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Tambourine, a digital marketing agency specializing in travel and tourism, won the The Adrian Awards which are the largest and most prestigious travel marketing competition and which represented this year’s top marketing campaigns from across the global hospitality industry. It was selected from the thousands of entries as one of only 29 Gold Award winners. You can view the award-winning website at. In addition to this award, Tambourine has been awarded a Silver Adrian for its rebranding and website re-launch for the island of St. Maarten (www.vacationstmaarten.com, as well as Silver for Best Digital Strategy on behalf of Comfort Suites Paradise Island in The Bahamas. “We consider ourselves very fortunate to represent clients with such beauty and diverse cultural experiences,” according to Rafael Cadozo, president of Tambourine. “Communicating their story via digital media and attracting visitors from around the world is what inspires our work on a daily basis,” he said in a statement from the company. “The bar is continuously set higher each year in regards to the quality of Adrian Awards submissions we receive,” said Fran Brasseux, HSMAI executive vice president. “This year’s winners have made their mark in travel advertising, public relations, and digital marketing. We look forward to showcasing this exemplarily work with the industry and recognizing the remarkable winners at the Adrian Awards Gala.” Health Walk In Constituency #7 Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Member of Parliament for Constituency #7 wishes to invite all constituents of St Christopher #7 (Belle vue to Ottleys) to join the constituency monthly health walk on Saturday 28 th January, 2012. The walk starts at 5:30 am at Belle Vue, opposite Lida Lake’s residence, and ends at Ottley’s Hard Court with a light breakfast.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 7 NEWS The Thinking Citizen History, it is said, has the dispassionate habit of repeating itself. History is repeating itself in certain ways in St. Kitts and Nevis at this time. We ought to remember how the political opposition, and those who aided and abetted the 10th of June attack, savaged the name and the reputation of our First National Hero, His Excellency Robert L. Bradshaw. Bradshaw spent himself in the service of his country and worked assiduously to bring about the social, economic, political and constitutional development of the rest of the British West Indies. The names of the architects of social, political and economic development in the 1930s and 1940s in the British Leeward Islands are recorded in the History Books as the three Bs. That is Bird, Bradshaw and Bramble Bird of Antigua, Bradshaw of St. Kitts and Bramble of Montserrat. There is hardly a person, born in St. Kitts or Nevis, who during his lifetime has done more for St. Kitts and Nevis than His Right Excellent Sir Robert L. Bradshaw. Yet for all his selfless and devoted service, he was vilified, abused, maligned and reviled, by all those who desired to establish government by the Bullet rather than government by the Ballot. Our First National Hero, along with other members of the Workers’ League, gave evidence before the Moyne Commission of 1938 which was sent out by the U.K. Government to investigate the causes of the social, political and industrial unrest in the British West Indies. As a result of the pleadings and recommendations of our First National Hero before the Moyne Commission, the British Government purchased a number of private estates in Nevis to make land available to small farmers Our First National Hero also worked tirelessly for the introduction of Universal Adult Suffrage and for the move to Associate Statehood and full Independence for our country. His government also democratised and liberalised secondary education in St. Kitts-Nevis and Anguilla and brought into being, against much opposition from the opponents of the Labour Party, the Social Security Scheme. The July 2004 Poll conducted by the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services Inc. (CADRES) revealed that the “overwhelmingly popular leader in St. Kitts and Nevis is the leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (Dr. Denzil Douglas) and he is popular both among the committed and the uncommitted electorate”. Since July 2004 the members of the CCM/PAM cabal and their followers, motivated by greed, envy and jealousy, have used all sorts of foul and unfair means to destroy the immense popularity enjoyed by Dr. Douglas. None of the leaders in the CCM or in PAM can touch Dr. Denzil Douglas in popularity and his popularity is based to a very large extent on his leadership. He has not demonstrated any of the vengeful, spiteful or vindictive behaviour demonstrated by the leaders of the other parties. Dr. Douglas has freed-up the news media to the extent that anyone None of the PAM/CCM leaders can touch Dr. Douglas in popularity can go on air and criticise and condemn him without fear of victimisation or revenge. Dr. Kennedy Simmonds, the former Prime Minister, stopped Radio ZIZ from airing a particular announcement because the announcement said that the late Sir Lee L. Moore QC would be giving an address to the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Dr. Simmonds did not want Lee Moore’s name to be heard on Radio ZIZ. Dr. Simmonds was an implacable enemy of the Labour Party and did things, in more ways than one, to hurt Dr. Douglas personally. Dr. Douglas is not one who “repays evil with evil” and so when the time was ripe Dr. Douglas nominated Dr. Simmonds for the award of a knighthood. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, our highly esteemed GovernorGeneral, has never been favoured by the PAM party or by the members of the CCM/PAM cabal. When the matter of “Contempt of Court” was making its rounds in the law courts, the members of the CCM/PAM cabal were hoping and wishing that the GovernorGeneral, the Prime Minister and the former Attorney-General would all go to jail. Now, in order to get at our Prime Minister, the members of the CCM/PAM cabal are dragging the Governor-General’s name through the mud. The people who never wanted the Governor-General in Government House, and who wanted him to go to jail for “Contempt of Court” are now the very same set of people who say that they are defending his cause. The only thing that this scenario shows is how inventive and creative the political scamps and vagabonds are. Dr. Douglas could never be like them. When Dr. Douglas took over as Prime Minister in 1995, St. KittsNevis was at the bottom of the heap in CARICOM. St. Kitts-Nevis was just one step above Haiti. By dint of hard work and the use of his leadership skills, Dr. Douglas elevated St. Kitts-Nevis to a position where in terms of Human Development our country is just one step behind Barbados, the country in CARICOM with the highest Human Development Index. The PAMites boast that their party abolished Personal Income Tax. That is true, but the abolition of the Tax benefitted only those who paid the Tax. The benefits did not filter down to the ordinary man and woman in the street. The people who benefitted piled up high bank accounts and imported cars like they were going out of style. The abolition of Personal Income Tax did not lead to greater Investment and Employment. The PAMites who criticise Dr. Douglas’ Fiscal Policy tend to forget the multitude of taxes that the PAM Government imposed upon the people during the 1980s. One of the most outrageous measures was the large increase in fees that ordinary people had to pay for a wide range of services at the J.N.F. General Hospital. The people of Nevis enjoyed the highest level of economic growth for their island only after Dr. Douglas came to power. Nevis enjoyed some growth under PAM, but that growth was nowhere near the growth that was experienced after Dr. Douglas took up office. In their frustration the members of the CCM/PAM cabal have taken up a last desperate political strategy and that is to blame our Prime Minister for everything. The leader of PAM goes to a hotel over at Frigate Bay and disgraces himself in a shady deal with a total stranger. The PAMites say “Blame the Prime Minister”. The CCM lost the 2011 Local Elections in Nevis. The Sheriff say `Blame the Prime Minister`. You see, the unprecedented 4th consecutive term victory of Dr. Douglas and his Labour Party has somewhat addled the brains of the Sheriff and his colleagues in PAM. So they are drifting along flinging off wild allegations and accusations, one after the other, in the hope that something would stick. May the Good Lord forgive them for the electorate will not and will punish them come Election Day.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 8 NEWS Great Seige of Brimstone Hill in 1782 to be re-enacted in March BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) The Great Siege of Brimstone Hill in 1782 will be re-enacted for public viewing by the British Soldiers Fund. The battle will be re-enacted twice daily on March 30 and 31, 2012 as part of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee celebrations, by the U.S.based re-enactors at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm each day for a total of four times, according to the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. Besides being fun for re-enactors, staged battles are often even more interesting for viewers since the battle is crafted for optimal dramatic effect. The re-enactors will be dressed in full period regalia and use real weaponry, including authentic muskets, bayonets and cannons. The French forces attacked St. Kitts with 8,000 soldiers and 31 warships, forcing local militia to retreat to Brimstone Hill Fortress where with the garrison (altogether numbering less than 1,000) held out for four weeks of heavy artillery fire before they surrendered. The British Soldiers Fund is said to be a charitable organization that is dedicated to providing lifetime aid and support for British allied soldiers Looking across from the Citadel to the open Caribbean Sea from the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. Replica of the barrels of gunpowder at the Brimstone Hill Fortess National Park, St. Kitts. and their families. Admission to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park during these two days will be $8 per person. On January 5, 2012, Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of “10 Great Places To Explore The World’s BestKept Secrets” by USA Today. It is the only Caribbean attraction to be named to this list by the authors of the news article, who state, “It’s the most impressive of all the British forts I’ve seen in the Caribbean.” Photos by Erasmus Williams One of the mannequin at the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, St. Kitts.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 9 NEWS Date set for groundbreaking and construction of private jet terminal BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – A date has been set for the groundbreaking of St. Kitts’ private jet terminal. The ceremony to begin construction on this new world-class facility at St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport is February 3rd and completion is scheduled for October 2012. The private jet terminal will be located west of the main airport parking apron and will consist of world class arrival and departure lounges, a business center, and related offices and processing facilities, as well as an elegantly landscaped courtyard and events center. The first phase of the development will feature the main tropicalstyled and environmentally friendly terminal, valued at approximately US$6 million, with the total cost of the final project estimated at US$ 15 million. The terminal will be constructed and operated by Veling Limited with full ownership to be transferred to The St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) at the end of the concession contract period. Veling Limited is a global aviation solution provider based in Mauritius and London, England. The architect and interior decorator for the new terminal is internationally acclaimed Bobby Mukherji & Associates, recognized as one of India’s top ten design firms. 11 percent increase in passenger arrivals from North America BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The St. Kitts Tourism Authority is reporting an 11 percent increase in passenger arrivals from North America to the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. The 10.7 percent increase is for the period January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. “Until the commencement of the Air Canada non-stop service from Toronto on Dec. 23, 2011, Canadian traffic flowed over US gateways; thus it is a North American count and not a US count,” said the Authority. It noted in an update there has been across the board growth from all markets, with exceptional strength demonstrated in the Miami, Florida and the Charlotte, North Carolina gateways and an uptick in arrivals from the upper mid-west due to new feeder market access resulting from the Delta/Northwest merger. 94 private jets parked at Robert L. Bradshaw Airport in December American Airlines Miami and New York flights on the ground at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. US Airways takes off while Delta taxis to the runway to depart with British Airways on the tarmac. Photos by Erasmus Williams) American Airlines operates daily service into Bradshaw Airport from Miami International. American Airlines operates a twice-weekly (Sunday and Wednesday) service from JFK International in New York. Delta operates a weekly service (Saturday) from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International and US Airways a weekly service from Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturdays. British Airways operates scheduled service on Tuesday and Saturday from Gatwick-London and Air Canada from Toronto on Fridays. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – With the announcement Monday that a date has been set for the groundbreaking of St. Kitts’ private jet terminal, it was disclosed Tuesday that over 90 private jets were parked at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in December. Operations at the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) said 94 private jets were parked at the airport last month, with 17 parked at the same time on December 26th (Boxing Day). He said the private aircraft ranged from the Lear jet and Gulf Stream 2 to the Gulf Stream 5 to the HawkerSiddley and Falcon to the 100-passnger Boeing Business Jet. The ground breaking ceremony and construction of the new worldclass facility at St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport is February 3rd and completion is scheduled for October 2012. The private jet terminal will be located west of the main airport parking apron and will consist of world class arrival and departure lounges, a business center, and related customs, immigration and offices and processing facilities, as well as an elegantly landscaped courtyard and events center. Customs and immigration facilities. The first phase of the development will feature the main tropicalstyled and environmentally friendly terminal, valued at approximately US$6 million, with the total cost of the final project estimated at US$ 15 million. The terminal will be constructed and operated by Veling Limited with full ownership to be transferred to The St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) at the end of the concession contract period. Veling Limited is a global aviation solution provider based in Mauritius and London, England. The architect and interior decorator for the new terminal is internationally acclaimed Bobby Mukherji & Associates, recognized as one of India’s top ten design firms. Photo: Several private jets parked at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (Photo taken from the wheelhouse of the Allure of the Seas by Erasmus Williams)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 10 NEWS Nevis Health Minister commends Nevis’ men for growing response to free prostate screenings NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Men on Nevis were commended for their overwhelming turn out for free screenings for prostate cancer on January 14, 2012. The event was hosted through a partnership between the Ministry of Health on Nevis, a number of unanimous donors and Urologists Drs. Dwayne Thwaits and Brian Cohen. Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Hensley Daniel told the Department of Information the marked increase in the number of men who had showed up in the prostate screening exercise denoted that they were prepared to take early action to reduce any possible difficulties they have as it related to health care in particular the prostate. “Given the fact that we have had 24 new cases of cancer in 2010 and 14 new cases in 2011, it is absolutely important for people to take the simple route in line with the old adage that prevention is better than cure. So if we know early they can detect early then we will be on the path to early recovery,’ he said. The Health Minister described the exercise as one of critical importance in the context of Nevis’ economic development since the men were providers and needed to be employed “Certainly it would hurt all of us if several of our men are sidelined as a result of prostate problems unknowing to themselves. So in a way it is an investment of the wellbeing of the country,” he said. Mr. Daniel noted that the NIA had paved the way for the exercise to be free of cost. “What we have done is to make it free. One of the concepts underlying our health programme is to make healthy choices easy choices by making this an easy choice. It means that you have provided access to a wide range of people,” he said. The Minister said when one considered the many men who attended the screening clinic it was an indication that the NIA’s establishment of a Men’s Clinic was a step in the right direction. Also, that their efforts toward the establishment of a Urology Centre was on track. “The Urology Centre is the next step where people can do their screenings and be treated should there be any difficulty. So I would like to commend all the men for responding and for taking your health into your own hands and for ensuring that we have a stable environment in which we can work. “I want to thank all the doctors and the nurses and all those persons who have been involved in facilitating this early screening… as the Minister of Health I want to record my deepest appreciation and gratitude to all of you for your efforts and we look forward to continued engagement with the Urologists to ensure that we deal with the question of prostate trouble,” he said. The Health Minister also addedThe Nevis Island Administration’s Ministry of Tourism, through the 2012 Miss Teen Hospitality Pageant Committee, is pleased to present Miss Oualie Beach Resort Kareemah Reis. Miss Oualie Beach Resort – Kareemah Reis Kareemah Natasha Reis was born on the 25th of September 1994 in Georgetown, Guyana. She migrated to Nevis at age 10 with her mom. Kareemah is currently a fifth form student at the Gingerland Secondary School and will be taking seven Caribbean Examination Council [CXC] examinations this year. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, playing netball and reading. Kareemah is also in touch with the performing and literary arts and in her spare time writes poetry and enjoys dramatizing. In the very near future she aspires to be a humanitarian, as she desirously yearns to help others in need. She believes that every goal is achievable with determination and passion. Minister of Health and Deputy Premier on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel that the men’s response over a four hour period was remarkable given that Nevis was a small society. Mr. Daniel also pointed out that the women on Nevis had not been left out since the NIA had already in place at the Alexandra Hospital a Colposcope machine which enabled the detection of cervical cancer.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 11 NEWS Miss Teen Hospitality Pageant Committee Thanks Businesses for Support of Tourism Week NIA-CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS — Hotels: the Four Seasons Resort, Nisbet Plantation Beach Club and the Oualie Beach Hotel; restaurants: Lime Beach Bar and Ole House Caf and historical site: the Nevisian Heritage Village are, this year, partnering with the Nevis Island Tourism Marketing Officer at the Nevis Island Administration’s Ministry of Tourism and Chairperson of Administration’s Ministry of Tourism to make Tourism Week 2012 a major success. The six tourism-related establishments, according to Tourism Marketing Officer at the Nevis Island Administration’s Ministry of Tourism, Ms. Tamica Lawrence, have agreed to sponsor contestants in the second annual Miss Teen Hospitality Pageant. “We are extremely grateful for the partnership established with these businesses. Their contribution to Tourism Week, I believe, will make this year’s observance a major success,” Ms. Lawrence said during a recent interview with the Department of Information while adding that “The Miss Teen Hospitality Pageant is an avenue that we, at the Ministry of Tourism, chose to help create Tourism Awareness among teenagers, especially female teens.” In expression of thanks, each contestant prepared a promotional video highlighting the accomplishments of her sponsor. The videos, according to Ms. Lawrence “are aired nightly on Nevis Television’s channel eight.” “On the night of the pageant, the sponsors would again be recognised as the contestants would speak about them [the sponsors] as part of their ambassadorial speech and talent presentations,” she added. With the pageant less than two weeks away, Ms. Lawrence, who also serves as Chairperson of the Miss Teen Hospitality Pageant committee anticipates “a huge turnout on the night of the pageant.” “We have an exciting night planned and an amazing production. The girls are all very talented and no strangers to the stage so I can assure everyone that this show promises to be a fulfilling affair,” she stated. The Miss Teen Hospitality Pageant is scheduled for Feb. 4 at 8 PM at the Nevis Cultural Complex. the Miss Teen Hospitality Pageant committee Ms. Tamica Lawrence. Community Notice/ Announcement What: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Annual Open House When: Saturday, January 28, 12:00 p.m. Where: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Campus (West Farm) Details:Experience the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine campus and discover more about the veterinary student educational experience. RUSVM invites all members of the St. Kitts and Nevis community to its annual Open House on Saturday, January 28, 2012. The event is hosted by our Student Government Association, from Noon until 3:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Tours of the campus begin each hour (12:00, 1:00, 2:00 p.m.) and information booths from various student groups will be available. The event is an opportunity to learn more about what it means to be a veterinarian, and gain an inside look at the student experience. NOTICE AGM POSTPONED Please note that the St.Kitts Amateur Basketball Association General Meeting originally schdeuled for Saturday January 28th at 3pm at the Football House Conference Room on Lozack Road has been postponed to Tuesday January 31st 2012 at 6pm at the same venue. Sorry for any inconvenience. All clubs or teams are asked to send at least two representatives to this meeting as very important matters regarding the commencement of this years season will be discussed.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 12 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Work continues on Phase One of the multi-million dollar Kittitian Hill Resort and Golf Course at St. Kitts’ Belmont Estate. Forty one-bedroom cottages, three holes completed at Kittitian Hill Resort Some 40 one-bedroom cottages of the 90-room boutique hotel as well as holes #1, #10 and #18 of the 18-hole Ian Woosmandesigned international golf course are completed. The Hotel Terrace Complex with main swimming pool and restaurants, the tennis courts and several villas will also be completed in the first phase, which is scheduled to be opened for business in December 2012. Construction of Phase 1B is scheduled to begin in 2013, which comprises the spa, fine dining restaurant, golf clubhouse, the artist village and more villas. Renowned architect Bill Bensley, who designed the Four Seasons tented camps at Chang Mai, has been added to the Kittitian Hill team and refined the development plan. Set on a stunning 400-acre hillside site in the Northern part of St. Kitts, Kittitian Hill will consist of a cottage style hotel, creative arts centre, golf course and destination spa featuring indigenous treatments. Sedona Resorts (known for the award-winning Enchantment Resort, Mi Amo Spa and more) is signed on to provide development, operations and marketing services support to Kittitian Hill. Kittitian Hill is a contemporary Caribbean community for sustainable luxury living founded on the principles of holistic development based on environmental and community responsibility. Most recently, Kittitian Hill has been added to the Preferred Residences exchange network, a hospitality branded membership and exchange program for luxury shared ownership resorts offered by an operating business of Interval Leisure Group.Photos show units under construction and the Master Plan


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 14 NEWS On January 3, 2012, in a brief ceremony following the After Action Review of United States Vice President Joseph Biden’s visit to the United States Virgin Islands, two civilians and five military personnel were presented with the Director Elton Lewis Coin of Excellence and Service. The awardees received recognition for exceptional service and support to the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, the Government of the Virgin Islands and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, United States Secret Service-Vice Presidential Protective Division. Mutryce A. Williams Awarded Coin of Excellence and Service by USVI Homeland Security Advisor Elton Lewis Director Elton Lewis a former Commissioner of Police for the USVI described Ms. Williams who is pursuing doctoral studies in Public Policy Administration with a double concentration in Terrorism, Mediation and Peace and Homeland Security Policy and Coordination as the consummate professional. He said, “I am aware that the task with which I am charged is a most critical one, as I am charged with protecting citizens, property, and businesses from the threat of terrorism and natural and man-made disasters. The consequences of one misstep could prove potentially disastrous. Success in my field requires prudence or good judgment in selecting those individuals who would assist me in carrying out my duties, and I Police And Community Relationship Receives Boost Tabernacle, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The relationship between the police and the community is being strengthened through a series of town hall meetings, the first of which was held in the Tabernacle district on Thursday night. Senior officers from the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis police force came together with residents of the area at Edgar T. Morris Primary School and engaged in passionate discussion about working together to curb criminal activity. “These meetings are important to show people in the community who the police are and to encourage dialogue between the police and the people of the Tabernacle area” said District ‘B’ Divisional Commander Inspector Zanhestel Hector in his brief overview. Sergeant Oral Liburd, Officer with responsibility for the Tabernacle Police Station, in giving an overview of crimes reported over the past year in that district, spanning Bellevue to Lodge Villages, said the major reports investigated were drug offences, burglary and wounding. He encouraged residents to exercise vigilance in ensuring personal and property safety, including vehicles, as police realized an increase in larceny of smaller items such as mobile phones and other small electronics. The featured speaker of the evening, Inspector Vaughn Henderson, spoke ‘from the heart’ in saying he believed that one of the biggest impacts on the relationship between the police and the community is the issue of unprofessionalism. “Unprofessional conduct destroys trust in the police, reduces general productivity and wastes scarce resources” said Inspector Henderson. “Police must understand it’s their responsibility to carry out the mission of the police force. If the police is brave and courageous to do their jobs fairly, the public will have more confidence in them.” As Deputy Divisional Commander, the Inspector saw his role as more than just managing crime fighting in his district. It entails making sure that all reports against police officers under his command are dealt with expeditiously, ensuring regular training for officers – especially in customer service, and motivating and inspiring them to work hard at all times. This can only be done, according to Henderson, by setting a good example for his men. On the concept of community policing, the speaker explained that other regions who have borrowed strictly from the United States model have failed because they did not tailor their efforts to fit the local culture. “There is a need for the police to go beyond the traditional boundaries of community policing to connect with the community” said Henderson. “Available modern technology must be utilized to strengthen policecommunity relationship.” In closing, the Inspector offered some general crime prevention tips to all present. Out of a short question and answer session came the understanding that the Tabernacle and surrounding communities can expect to see, among other things, increased foot and bicycle patrol, greater police presence and confidentiality in dealing with the concerns or reports from the public. Among the awardees was VITEMA Intern Ms. Mutryce A. Williams who serves in the capacity as Aide to Director Elton Lewis. Director Lewis who is also Brigadier General Elton Lewis Assistant Adjutant GeneralVirgin Islands National Guard holds dual role as the Director of the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, and Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor of the United States Virgin Islands. deem it a necessity to recognize them when they go above and beyond the call of duty to assist me in successfully executing my duties.” Director Lewis said that Ms. Williams may be considered an anomaly in her field not only because of her age, gender, and ethnicity but also because she does not have a military, law enforcement or emergency management background. He said that based on her superior analytical skills, commitment to assigned tasks, level of professionalism, and adeptness to learning he is confident that she would someday be an authority in her field. In addition to the Coin of Excellence and Service, Ms. Williams received a certificate and letter of appreciation. The letter of appreciation read, “As Director of VITEMA and Homeland Security Advisor to the Government and People of the United States Virgin Islands, I would like to express my most sincere appreciation for your contribution in assisting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, United States Secret Service, Vice Presidential Protective Division, in successfully executing its duties here on St. Croix United States Virgin Islands. I thank you not only on behalf of VITEMA, or the Government and People of the United States Virgin Islands, but also the United States of America. Your work on the very important mission of providing professional, expert, and highly confidential support services to the Homeland Security Advisor of the United States Virgin Islands, for the visit of the Vice President of the United States of America, Joseph Biden, was exceptionally laudable. The task with which you were charged, I am certain would be a most memorable one, as you were charged with providing professional and highly confidential support services geared toward protecting the 47th Vice President of the United States of America. In your capacity as Aide to the Homeland Security Advisor of the United States Virgin Islands, you embraced the challenge at hand, no task too great and no task too small. I commend you for your professionalism, and in particular the hardiness and commitment that you have shown throughout this very auspicious event. For your outstanding service and support as a valued human resource to VITEMA you are hereby presented with the Director’s Coin. Keep up the good work and a job well done.”In Tuned In One With radio 1 94.1FM


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 15 NEWS BASSETERRE ST. KITTS — Charismatic St. Kitts National Cricket team right-handed batsman 20-year-old Akheam Fox has joined the Oxford Brookes University and is a member of its prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Universities Cricketing Centre of Excellence. He left the Federation on Tuesday January 17 out of the Robert L. Bradshaw Airport aboard a London Gatwick-bound British Airways flight. A holder of 9 CXC subjects, 8 CAPE units, and an associate degree from the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) in Basseterre, Akheam Fox, will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology for Business Management. He revealed that apart from his classwork, where he aspires for the highest, he will come out of England a better cricketer. “I did as much research as possible on the school I am going to attend,” said Fox in relation to Oxford Brookes. “Their players are a pretty professional unit who look to be well organised because it is designed to turn you into a professional. I am expecting a lot of hard training as I am determined to meet their standard. I am also expecting challenges of having to improve myself in order to maintain my place in the team since my goal is to become a professional cricketer.” He had his first session with the Oxford University Cricket team on Monday January 23, and made an impressive start to the comments of “here comes another flashy West Indian.” Talking to his mother, Lynette Fox, on phone Kittitian cricketer Akheam Fox joins Marylebone Cricket Club in England that evening, he said that he had been allotted a locker at the Oxford University meaning that he won’t be carrying his kit whenever he goes to play. A product of the Keith Arthurton Cricket Academy in Basseterre where he joined at age nine, his cricketing potential was immediately spotted and nurtured by former West Indies batsman, Nevisian Keith Arthurton, who believes that as a cricket player, Akheam Fox has one of the best temperaments. “He definitely has got the potential,” said Keith Arthurton. “What I like about him the most is the temperament that he has, because a lot of us have the talent but because we do not have the mental attributes and the knowhow to put it together, we tend to fail along the way.” Arthurton said that for Akheam to go to England and play he will get an opportunity to rub shoulders among very good coaches. The country will offer him training technology that is going to make his game improve a whole lot. He said that Akheam will get high level practices that will be executed in a game situation. According to Arthurton, this has been a limiting factor in St. Kitts where players only get net practise sessions but very few practice matches. “Wherever he goes to further his education, he wanted to make cricket a part of what he is doing because he knows it in himself that he has got whatever it takes to get to the top,” remarked Arthurton who hosted a farewell dinner for Akheam on the night of Friday January 13 at his home in Bladens Development. Akheam Fox has played for the St. Kitts Under 13, St. Kitts Under 15, St. Kitts Under 17, St. Kitts Under 19, the Leeward Islands Under 19, and he is presently a member of the St. Kitts national Cricket Team. At age 18 Akheam was named Youth Cricketer of the year 2010 by the Ministry of Sports after he came off a most impressive Giant Malt High Schools and College competition where he topped the batting aggregate scoring 275 runs in 5 innings at an average of 55. His consistency produced scores of 42, 61, 66, 66 & 40. His best score to date was 100 not out. His only ton so far, came in a match against the visiting Dunnington County Team from England, at the Conaree Cricket Ground, St. Kitts. In February 2011 Akheam was selected to represent St. Kitts at an ICC High Performance Training Camp held at the Warner Park St. Kitts. He explained that his participation here was a rewarding experience. But what inspired Akheam’s father, David Fox, about his son’s performance was that in early 2007 the ICC sent Anderson Montgomery Roberts (former West Indies faster bowler best known as Andy Roberts) to St. Kitts to witness a match to determine the readiness of the Warner Park wicket for World Cup 2007. During that match, the then 15-year old Akheam opened the batting and occupied the wicket impressively. Andy asked around about the lad. “His enquiries led him to me seated up in the players stand,” recalled David Fox, a manager at the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis. “He came and sat down next to me and said ‘I gather that the youngster down there batting is your son’. I confirmed yes, and he advised ‘keep working with him. I am impressed with the way he falls into line to play. He has lots of time to play the ball... he has tremendous potential’. This intervention from Mr Andy Roberts provided further inspiration for me to pursue Akheam’s continuous development to this day. Thank you Andy!” Akheam’s mother, Lynette Fox, said of her son: “I am losing my son, but he is going to make himself bigger and better. I support his going, 300 percent.” Asked if Akheam would achieve whatever he wants, she replied: “Oh yes, because he knows what he wants and he is a child who is very determined and goes after what he wants.” Further kudos for Akheam came from Sandra Arthurton, Keith Arthurton’s wife who watched the nine-year-old Akheam begin his cricketing career at their Bladens Development drive way. “One of the things that I recognised in Akheam is that he was so different from the others; the others wanted to play cricket. “Akheam not only wanted just to play cricket, he wanted to play cricket and to be the best out there. I have said to Keith, for a long time, that if there is one of the players I know for a fact that is gonna go somewhere, that is Akheam Fox. He has this temperament where he is very hard on himself. He believes that everything that he does it should be perfected.” She said that Akheam’s travelling to Oxford Brookes University for his further studies is just the beginning of a lot of things that “we are going to hear about Akheam, because Akheam is destined for greatness.” A video grab of Akheam net-practising at Oxford University on Monday January 23. Wishing Akheam the best before he left St. Kitts at a dinner party organised by former test player Keith Arthurton. From left: Latoya Hendrickson, Javier Arthurton, David Fox, Aaliyah Arthurton, Keith Arthurton, Akheam Fox, Sandra Arthurton, Lynette Fox and Micheleina Hazelle. Akheam (centre) with his parents, Mrs Lynette and Mr David Fox.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 16 NEWS SalutationsHon. Karl Hood, Minister of Foreign Affairs of our host Country Grenada Other Ministers of Foreign Affairs of CARICOM Member States and of Cuba and the Dominican Republic U.K. Foreign Secretary, William Hague Minister of State for the Americas, Mr. Jeremy Browne and other CARICOM and UK Ministers Chief Ministers and Premiers of CARICOM Associate Members His Excellency the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community Delegates of the UK and of Caribbean States Specially invited guests, Representatives of the Media. Ladies and gentlemen It is for me a signal honour and privilege to be part of this August body and to serve as Co-Chair of this critically important 7th UK-Caribbean Bi-Annual Meeting, being convened over the next two days. And in so doing, I extend a whole-hearted welcome to all gathered for this momentous occasion. It certainly is good you came. Indeed one is encouraged to note the significant turn out of UK and Caribbean Foreign Policy Makers, Experts and Representatives of other key developmentpartner countries; inclusive of Australia, France, the Netherlands and the USA. We give thanks for journeying mercies. It certainly is a pleasurable experience to be back in a renewed, restored Grenada; our warm and generous Host. One of St. Kitts’ leading Calypsonians once sang, “Oh Grenada, our hearts bleed for you.” Hurricane Ivan’s devastating blow was one such time when hearts bled. It has however served to showcase the tenacity, resilience, and resourcefulness of a proud Nation. Today we give thanks with you, we rejoice with you; we salute you! Minister Hood, on behalf of CARICOM, I extend to the Government and People of Grenada, sincere congratulations on your post-Ivan progress; and to you and the staff of Grenada’s Foreign Ministry, our heartfelt thanks for your arrangements and hospitality. Perhaps Grenada’s renewal journey is symbolic to this Forum, as we set about rebuilding and strengthening our ties/ commitment as we forge ahead in this noble and essential task of Nation-building. It is then a distinct privilege and honour for me to serve as Co-chair to this august Body, as we strategize for resurgence and growth even as we together chart a path to prosperity. I am heartened by the stated determination of our Co-chair UK Foreign Secretary Mr. Hague, to re-invigourate the UK-Caribbean relationship; to bring about a new beginning as it were. And how essential that is at this time of unprecedented challenges. We have of course historically enjoyed a “special” relationship between the UK and Caribbean, yielding much benefit. The extraordinary pace of change globally however, dictates that we promote stronger relationships; and that we strategically focus on mitigating against insidious global challenges with which we are faced. +The ongoing Economic crisis +The epidemic of interpersonal violence + The prolonged tightening of credit markets +The less predictable relations between and among Nations +The degradation of the Environment +Climate Change CARICOM recognizes with appreciation the UK’s contribution to the Region’s efforts to address climate change and acknowledges the strong stance taken by the UK, within the framework of the European Union, on the reduction of carbon emissions and the financing of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in vulnerable countries. The Caribbean Region has taken a beating in all areas, resulting in a formidable toll on our very survival. I believe that globally we have all now been made painfully aware that these challenges are not Countryspecific; and that the actions of individuals and enterprises in one country, do ultimately harm/ threaten the livelihood in others. That we are after all one global village; and interestingly, a much smaller village, than we at fist opined. We are therefore responsible to and for each other. We are our Brothers’ keeper! Our meetings over the next 2 days must of necessity reflect in real terms on the gravity of the challenges faced and to set about with purpose and urgency to redress. I urge therefore that we be open, frank and responsible in our deliberations, as we seek to formulate projects/ plans that would reap the benefits our citizens so desperately need. As we consider our theme: “Sustainable Growth Towards Prosperity” let us carefully and without rancor examine measures/ policies promoted and imposed by development-partners, that exacerbate, rather than lighten the burden of others. It is a fact for example, that the Region’s Tourism Industry (the main industry for many) is staggering under the weight of the UK, APD Tax. How can this be reformed to bring about a win-win situation? How can we as a Region reclaim Paradise from the grasp of severe unemployment, beleaguered Tourism and Agriculture Sectors, with their negative impact of wonton criminality, which are in large measure created by external developments? How can we seriously and urgently blue-print procedures for deportees with criminal skills and records, who seriously exacerbate crime and violence in our Region? How can we safeguard the Caribbean Sea, our marine and coastal integrity, critical players in the context of Sustainable Development, from pollution in our Region? Whilst we must of necessity confront and debate challenges however, we must also recognize the opportunities that exist. There can be no doubt that we have established a solid foundation in our relationship that allows for bold initiatives, comparable to the challenges faced. We must all be prepared to further deepen our engagement with Member States within the Regional and International Integration Systems; and the International Financial Institutions. This is going to be critical to the provision of new opportunities; and the facilitation of greater access to the resources needed for implementing national policies and meeting International obligations. I do believe that our friends gathered here, have an important role to play in helping to deliver these opportunities. Within the Caribbean, we are acutely aware of the challenges faced by the UK at this time, particularly in the context of the EU. Likewise, we know that the UK is familiar with the Region’s concerns and the immutable characteristics that shape our reality. Those of vulnerability, open economies, high indebtedness, exposure to external risks and small size. We must leverage this mutual understanding to the advantage of all parties, without losing sight of the grounding principles of mutual respect, common aspirations towards sustainable development and prosperity; and the pursuit of universal values, such as good governance and democracy, which maintain the integrity of our relationship. For although the tenor of the present period makes the Caribbean pursuit of special and differential treatment challenging, it does not and must not compromise our commitment to fairness Ladies and gentlemen, the Caribbean welcomes the opportunity that this Forum presents to discuss solutions, cooperation and partnership. We warmly welcome you, Foreign Secretary Hague, to this your first UK Caribbean Forum. We also thank most sincerely our specially invited and distinguished observer representatives from CARICOM’s Associate Members, and Australia, Canada, France and the Netherlands, for accepting our invitation. Warm greetings and best wishes for a meaningful experience are extended. We embrace the participation of senior business, trade and investment actors, as well as the high level security delegates from the UK, who will interact with their Caribbean counterparts in the course of this Forum, and wish them fruitful exchange. We are confident that all the Ministers, Senior Diplomats, Officials and Policy Makers here present, who have an important role to play in creating opportunities, will find means, in these two days, to utilize productively, the UK Caribbean partnership and relationship; and to strengthen and /or develop policies that would help to create an enabling environment for sustainable growth and prosperity. I have great faith also in the capacity within the Caribbean itself to work more closely as a Region, to diversify its economy and to build its future. I bid us all therefore, particularly valuable interactions and outcomes. May we have enough stamina at the close, to take us through Sunday afternoon’s cricket game.I thank you God Bless our Nations.Remarks By Co-Chairman Of The 7th Uk Caribbean Forum And Chair Of The Council For Foreign And Community Relations, The Hon. Sam Condor, Minister Of Foreign Affairs Of St. Kitts And NevisGrenadian by Rex Resorts Point Salines, Grenada 21 January 2012 OAS Issues Call for Scholarship Applications less. Citizens or permanent residents of OAS countries may apply for “postgraduate” scholarships and undergraduate studies in the last two (2) years of study. After completing studies abroad, students will be required to return to their home country to apply what they have learned. Scholarships will be given on a case-by-case basis and may cover part or all of tuition, living costs, study materials, airfare and health insurance. Interested applicants should use the following link to find official information on the programme: http://www.oas.org/ en/scholarships/ regularprogram.aspNoticeThe Organization of American States is now receiving applications for Academic Scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded for full-time studies and may be conducted in person, by long distance or a combination of both for two (2) academic years or


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 17 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader: I must apologise to you for not giving you the chance to read my article on Saturday or, for those who wait until Sunday afternoon after they have eaten and cleaned up to relax and enjoy my article. You see, dear reader, I presented an article “Does the Christian Religion generate Love?” The Editor, in his rightful judgement, deemed the article too controversial and declined to print it. That is part of his job as Editor. I bear no grudge against him, for I have my readers out there who would be looking out this week and I would not want to disappoint them a second time. I just want my readers to be assured that I always present historical facts and always observe the motto of the Newspaper, “Sound speech, which cannot be condemned.” Granny did not and could not attend the High Schools of the day, because secondary Education was a privilege, not a right as it is today. She might not have had access to a High Education, but she was gifted with wisdom and commonsense. That is why her utterances have become jewels for the thought even in this so-called modern age and can still teach us lessons to guide our youths of today. If we would only listen to some of the lessons Granny was trying to teach us, we would never make the mistakes we are making. Some of them are so relevant. Such as “Don’t grudge anybody for what they have, because you do not know how they come by them.” What Granny was trying to tell us is to be content with what we have and do not envy the other person for what they have, for we do not know by what means, they procured what they have. We do not know if they are involved in drugs. We do not know if they stole them, we do not know if they prostituted themselves in order to attain them. We do not know if they sold their pride, dignity, manhood or womanhood in order to get how they came by them. Be content with what we have and give thanks. Take time and you will find ants’ belly. How many of us would be willing to search for the belly of that small creature call the ant? Just ask how it is almost impossible to find the belly of the ant; Granny was admonishing us to be content with what we have. Do not overstretch ourselves. Take time to accumulate what we want. Do not rush things. How many of our young people are finding themselves in Debtors Court and have to spend six weeks in prison because they cannot pay their debt? They want to be in the latest fashion. They just get a Low Income House and they want to furnish it to show off to their friends while only working for minimum wages. Isn’t it better to move in the new house with what you have and replace the old ones as you catch your hand? Why the big show with your doors thrown wide open to advertise your newly acquired furniture and appliances only to have the doors closed because the Hire Purchase Company has taken them back, due to the fact that you cannot afford to pay. Take time to find ants’ belly. “Don’t raise your hat higher than you can reach it.” Almost like the ant’s belly, but which could be more embarrassing, ending up with the loss of reputation which cannot be rebuilt. A young person from a poor family background leave school with 8 O’level and 3 Advanced Level; gets a job in a bank or other business place where she deals with cash. She moves away from her family because she has now arrived. She is working in a big business institution. She needs a car; she has to pay good rent for where she lives. She wants to attend every party and every social function and she needs new outfits for all of these. She cannot meet the rent; she cannot meet the payment for her car. Her cheques are bouncing higher than a loose balloon. She begins to borrow unofficially from her boss’ business. Eventually she is caught. Her reputation is ruined. She has to return home to the same family she was too big for. She raised her hat higher than she could reach it. You spit up in the air, it falls back down in your face. Life is like a boomerang. Whatever you throw out at it, it comes back to you. It falls right back down in your face. You just cannot escape the things you do. Sometimes it is not our actions; sometimes it is your wicked thoughts. We must not forget that thoughts are powerful weapons and, when we send evil and wicked thoughts to hurt and destroy others, we are destroying ourselves as well, for those evil and wicked thoughts, instead of hurting the person we directed them to, they boomerang, or change course and return to plague us. Every thought and every action are recorded by Special Angels. The Bible says that we sin in thought, word and deed and, you know what dear reader? We want all those we assume to have done us wrong, to be punished by God, but, are we ourselves sinless? Can we push our hands in the air and proclaim that, before God and man, our hands are clean? What about our minds which are full of hatred envy, greed, wickedness? Our hands cannot be clean while our minds are mudded (my word) with hatred and evil. days of my life and I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever.” We should all try our utmost to do good or some good deed of kindness every day, to compensate for that good deed of kindness that we have been blessed with every day. Every day that we open ore eyes to experience the wonderful gift of life, we should reward such good deed with an act, or acts of kindness. When we do good we will be rewarded with good. Evil will always stay with us. It isn’t for the want of tongue why cattle cannot talk. The cattle, which has a very long tongue, cannot talk, yet we humans, who possess a short tongue, instead of using that short tongue to sing praises to our Creator for our daily existence, use it to slander and abuse others and to decry our Beautiful Land of Beauty. Somewhere in the Bible, it is said that the Tongue is mightier (I would say deadlier) than the sword. We can kill and destroy our fellow men with our tongues. We say the nastiest things about those we hate and the most destructive things about the land of our birth. And you know something dear reader? When that nasty tongue, when the lying tongue, when that wicked tongue, smears your reputation, no amount of Caustic Soda or detergent can clean up that reputation. So, since we have a shorter tongue than the cattle which cannot speak, while we can, why not let us use the blessing to say nice, pleasant things about each other? What about meeting the first person after reading this article and say “I love you?” A wise old bird sat perched in an oak, the more he watched, the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can’t we emulate that wide old bird? Then Granny said “Son, manners take you around the world.” As a small boy, I had to learn to say good morning, good day, good evening. I had to conduct myself in a respectful way when I was in the presence of my elders. I was glad when visitors came to my home and began conversing, for it gave me a chance to stop doing what I ws doing and go and play, for my mother would give me that look, conveying the powerful message that children should not be listening to big people’s conversations. If Granny’s teachings could be adhered to in this modern world, children would have more respect for Fathers and Mothers and the home would be transformed into a heavenly environment which produces respectful, loving and caring children. Granny’s sayings and their meanings And Granny said “Evil will always stay with us, but good will always rebound to us almost identical like the spitting. The Bible says “Do good and good will follow you.” It also went on to say “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 18 NEWS NIA and Partners to establish a Urology Centre on Nevis by year end SKELEC Announces Inspection Of Switchgears Basseterre, St. Kitts – The St. Kitts Electricity Company Limited (SKELEC) has announced that it commenced inspection of switchgears around the island on Wednesday, January 25th. Consequently, a number of electricity supply outages have been scheduled as follows: Friday, January 27, 2012 Period: 9:00am to 4:00pm Areas that will be affected: Canada Estate to Sir Gillies (Grant Egg Farm) Saturday, January 28, 2012 Period: 9:00am to 12:00pm Areas that will be affected: Frigate Bay Sunday, January 29, 2012 Period: 9:00am to 12:00pm Areas that will be affected: Bladens; Ponds; Port Zante (no ship in Port Zante on Sun 29) Period: 12:00pm to 2:00pm Areas that will be affected: Downtown Commercial Basseterre Monday, January 30, 2012 Period: 9:00am to 12:00pm Areas that will be affected: New Road & St. Peters Period: 2:00pm to 4:00pm Areas that will be affected: Industrial Site & Bird Rock The St. Kitts Electricity Company Limited regrets any inconvenience, which these interruptions in electricity supply may cause. It is important for all consumers to note that not-withstanding this notice supply may be restored at any time without prior warning. the OECS sub region to do urological care here on Nevis,” he explained. Dr. Thwaites noted that there was the need for such a facility and he had seen an increase in the number of persons who had been attending his annual prostate screening clinic over the past four years. “We are just in the process where we are trying to set up a Urological Institute, a centre where we can go ahead and do a lot of different urological procedures not that we are not doing that now but we are going to do a little bit more fine tuning of that. “The Government is going to be assisting us in setting up a very, NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) under the leadership of Premier Hon. Joseph Parry continues to upgrade its health service with the Ministry of Health’s newest the establishment of a Urology Centre by year end. Minister of Health and Deputy Premier of Nevis Hon. Hensley noted that the Centre would be a collaborative effort with Urologist Dr. Dwayne Thwaites and supporters and on completion would offer a variety of urological procedures available for Nevisians and others outside of Nevis. “The Ministry of Health is working closely with Dr. Thwaites to establish a Urology Centre. We already have some of the critical pieces of equipment that we need. We have for instance Green Light Laser which is used to vaporise the prostate and Nevis, Cuba and Barbados are the only three countries in the Caribbean which have this Green Light Laser. “Also we have an Electrohydraulic lithotripsy (EHL) machine which allows you to break up gallstones and we have a Resoscope. What we are working to now is to establish a full suite so that we can engage persons from outside Nevis especially in very fine institution where we could just do as many procedures as possible again with the supporting staff. I must say thank you to everyone again. I know everybody thinks I am the guy up front but I tell you I can’t do this by myself. I have a very, very good team that comes out and make this thing a smooth process,” he said. According to the Urologist, in 2009 the first year of the screening clinic on Nevis there were approximately 80 patients. The following year participation increased to about 120 men, in 2011 to 240 and at the most recent clinic on January 14, 2012 the number increased to 376. In response to a question, Dr. Thwaites said that prostate cancer was prevalent in the Caribbean and said it was recommended that if one was of African descent they should probably begin screening earlier than the Caucasian population. “They want you to start at the age of 40. Some people recommend that you do the screening every year. The American Urology Association (AUA) has now set out a standard way. They are saying you could do it [screening] initially at 40 and you could come back at 45 then you get to 50 then you start to do it on a yearly basis. “Because of such a variety and variation, the fact that it is so high in the Caribbean especially Jamaicans, the West Indian population has a very high, high prostate cancer prevalence, so I still believe we can go ahead and do it every year,” he said. Dr. Thwaites further added that Minister of Health and Deputy Premier in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Hensley Daniel (L-R front row) Medical Chief of Staff at the Alexandra Hospital Dr. John Essien with Urologist Dr. Dwayne Thwaites with support staff for the prostate screening clinic including medical students from Windsor University, technicians from Antigua and the United States of America and other staff from the Alexandra Hospital Urologist Dr. Dwayne Thwaites if one had a strong family history of being African America or being just of African descent and had a strong family history of prostate cancer they should actually begin screening at the age of 35. However, if one started screening at 40 years they should try to have them done on an annual basis and in so doing not miss any irregularities.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 19 COMMENTARY Fire destroys one abandon home and damages the other at Soho By Drizel HanleyThe Fire and Rescue Services Department is investigating a fire last week Thursday, January 19 at Soho Village, Central Basseterre which destroyed an abandoned wooden house and damaged another nearby. Chief Fire Officer, Hester Rawlins told this news paper that the Fire and Rescue Department responded to call about a fire at Soho Village just after 5:50 pm and arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. “Upon arrival the fire and rescue officers noticed that two small homes were on fire”, he noted, revealing that the home containing a four burner stove, living room chair set and a bed was completely destroyed by the flames. “We managed to save the other home which contained some old clothing” the Fire Chief added, disclosing that it received some damages to the Northern Section. “Cause of the fire is still unknown”, he informed Mr. Rawlins further noted that no casualties were reported and that the owners of the properties are yet to be determined. Charlestown, Nevis — Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry has been reminiscing on the 2011 Premier’s Gala, one year after the prestigious event held in his honour at the Four Seasons Resort on Saturday, January 15, 2011. The Premier shared his thoughts on the landmark event with the Department of Information, Wednesday morning. “The Premier’s Gala was an outstanding event held in my honour which was a pleasant surprise to me,” said the Hon. Joseph Parry. Organized by the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) Women’s Arm, the event hosted by Master of Ceremonies Mr. Stevenson Manners, was a “hot item” on the island’s social calendar, and featured a “Who’s Who of Nevis and St. Kitts society”. Over two hundred persons attended, among them the nation’s four-term Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas. In delivering his toast to the Premier, the Prime Minister invited the array of guests gathered in the Ballroom, to raise a toast, “to the man who many have dubbed the Miracle Man.” Dr. Douglas said emphatically, “during my 16 years as Prime Minister of St. Kitts-Nevis, there had been occasions of uncertainty under the previous leadership (CCM); but with Premier Parry there is definitely a positive feeling for the future.” His sentiments were greeted by thunderous applause from the overflow gathering which included members of the diplomatic corps, parliamentarians from both islands, business people, party stalwarts and well-wishers. Among the dignitaries were Deputy Governor General of Nevis, His Honour Mr. Eustace John and Mrs. John; Deputy Prime The Hon. Joseph Parry: 2011 Premier’s Gala was “an outstanding event” Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Sam Condor and Mrs. Condor; Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Hon. Patrice Nisbett, Federal Minister of Health, Hon. Marcella Liburd; Deputy Premier of Nevis, Hon. Hensley Daniel and Mrs. Daniel; Ambassador of the Republic of China on Taiwan; His Excellency Miguel Liu Jey Tsao, and Speaker of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, Hon. Curtis Martin and Mrs. Martin. Dr. Douglas ended his toast by saying, “I pray to the Almighty God that the Hon. Joseph Parry will continue to have his blessings, will continue to have strength, health, the capacity and the support of the Nevis people to continue on the path of economic and social development”. The feature speaker was former five-term United States Virgin Islands (USVI) senator, and boyhood friend of the Premier, Nevisian-born the Hon. Roosevelt David. In delivering his keynote address, David referred to the relationship between the current leaders of the Federal Government and the Nevis Island Administration. “The relationship that has been fostered by the Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas and the Hon. Joseph Parry, has created an indomitable team that is on its way to building a legacy of great magnitude,” said former Sen. David, who also reflected on his boyhood days in the village of Cotton Ground with Joseph Parry. The night was brought to a fitting climax by then as four-time calypso monarch of St. Kitts, King Konris (Maynard), who led the well-attired patrons in a Congo Line to the tune of his heart-stopping, soca-flavoured “Unstoppable Force”, which a fortnight earlier had been judged the most popular road march song for National Carnival. The multi-talented artiste, made the audience soar, when he extempo-ed: “Ah know we gotta a lotta respect for Barack (Obama) But do you think that he is smarter than Walcott (Parry)” “Nooooooooo”, the crowd roared. One year after, many who witnessed the event, are still high in praise for the NRP’s Women’s Arm for organizing the Gala which has been dubbed “one of the most outstanding events on Nevis in 2011”. Former USVI Senator, Mr. Roosevelt David NRP Women’s Arm with Hon. Marcella Liburd and Mrs. Mary Ann Chambers (in center) Prime Minister Douglas and Premier Parry Crowd at Gala


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 20 COMMENTARY VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Endeavour to be Endeavour to be Endeavour to be Endeavour to be Endeavour to be balanced balanced balanced balanced balanced An in-depth study of the life of Christ would show that through His ministry everything He did and taught pointed in the direction of BALANCE; which causes me to wonder why He did not include an additional Beatitude and list it as “Blessed are the Balanced.” With that said, perhaps it is implied in those He left with us hence, its exclusion. When we think about it just about every occupational or professional field known to man the theory and practice of Balance applies. In frequent usage are references to “balance of payment”, balance of trade”, “balance of power and so on. In the field of physics, especially in lavatory experiment with scales and other apparatus when measurement of mass measurement of length, measurement of time and measurement of temperature that critical stage of Balance is sought to be established. Psychologists too often study changing attitudes and opinions within the wider context of BALANCE in fact; there are three closely related variants of the theory: balance, congruity and cognitive dissonance. Hence, not surprisingly, we find reference in their works to expressions like “balance model”, “balance state” and the list leads to interesting study and conclusions. Take this typical example: If a good friend “dislikes your acquaintance ‘B’, a compromise may be reached towards ‘B’ to bury the hatchet (so to speak) in order to preserve balance”. Striving for Balance is not a hackneyed expression and should not be treated as such. Being the kind of human beings we are, and living in the kind of world/societies we live in, and the kinds of people we have to interact with on a daily basis, it is easy to get out of Balance. There is no doubt that the late Winston Churchill has had to deal with persons of diverse backgrounds throughout his career in particular and lifetime in general. That may have prompted him on objective assessment to write: “A person who can’t change his/her mind and won’t change the subject is a fanatic” Strong words. Using the same litmus test it is fair to say we rub shoulder-toshoulder with such persons daily. They can be singled out in religious meetings, although they prefer to call their attitude “devotion to truth” or “dedicated to the Lord” and the church In schism rent asunder. Is that the only place where such attitudes and behaviour are manifested? In our environment partisan politics may be rated as a close second. Except that they prefer to be called “loyalists” or “supporters”. Permit me to place before you two quotations which stunned me. I will offer no comment. (1) “Politics and the church is the same thing. They keep people in ignorance” (Bob Marley). (2) “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another” (Jonathan Swift). They are the authors’ view and not necessarily that of this columnist.CHRIST EXEMPLIFIED BALANCEJesus Christ was the most balanced person who ever walked this earth. He was always perfectly poised whether being adored by His friends or attacked by His enemies. His words and conduct never contradicted each other. He was undisputedly undefiled and separate from sinner by virtue of nature. Not surprising, therefore, the Apostle Peter penned these words: “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us examples that we should follow in His steps” (1 Peter 2: 21). None of us have come close to exhibiting that kind of Balance we have a tendency to exaggerate one aspect of the Christian life to the detriment of another. This often leads to contradiction and conflict in our secular or religious lives. Whatever is our gripe and sense of maturity, dignity and courtesy, expect us to speak to each other and, about each other in a civil manner. It is still true that a soft answer turneth away wrath. The Apostle Peter writing to the people of Ephesus couldn’t express it better when he exhorts us to “speak the truth in love: (Eph 4:15). It is love that removes that abrasive edge. It is love that will prevent us from behaving like snapping turtles”. Love will enable us in our personal dealings to “bear and forbear”. Love blinds us to “Love” religious or party affiliation and the like. Once that BLINDER is removed all the biases, prejudices and intolerances are dispelled. What we need more of is LOVE.AVOID THE UNBALANCED LIFEWhy is it so easy to get out of BALANCE and stay that way? For one thing, an unbalanced life demands little or no personal discipline. There is no price to pay except perhaps losing friends and making enemies. One dedicates one’s life to one’s cause and stick with it, come what may. The longer a person continues, the more obsessed the person becomes (we call it “dedication”) then life becomes relatively simple. Call it what it really is “a comfort Zone”. The unbalanced life is the most dangerous life of all, because it is built on half-truths and ideas isolated from reality. Take the Pharisees for our example, they were out of balance to the point of being ridiculous, yet they considered themselves to be holy, safe and beyond reproach. There is a danger lurking in the political realm similar to the ecclesiastical realm. We should not swallow what politicians say hook, line and sinker. Fredrick Nietzsche sounded this warning note. “Politicians divide mankind into two classes: tools and enemies”. The world and the church are both so out of balance that when a balanced person does show up, he or she is treated like an enemy. Our Lord’s relative thought that He should be committed (Mark 3:21). Festus publicly declared Paul was crazy (Acts 26:24). I put it to you that if we aren’t careful, we will succumb to the pressures and stop striving/ endeavouring to live Balanced lives. A dead fish will drift down stream with the tide. It takes a live fish to swim upstream against the tide. Have a backbone. Strive for balance. 560 third formers in high schools get laptops BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Hundreds of students in the third forms of the high schools in St. Kitts and Nevis began receiving their laptops this week. The distribution to the third formers on Wednesday (January 25th) coincided with the second anniversary of the re-election of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party to an unprecedented fourth consecutive term of office. On Wednesday, 61 thirdformers at the Verchilds High School, 99 at the Charles E. Mills Secondary School, 22 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic School and 5 at the St. Kitts Preparatory School received their laptops. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) expressing thanks to Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency Miguel Tsao. (Photos by Erasmus Williams) School and 68 at the Cayon High School received laptops. On Monday, 143 laptops were distributed to third formers at the Basseterre High School. Third-formers in Nevis as well as all Second and First formers in Nevis and St. Kitts are expected to get theirs early to midFebruary. Fifth and fourth forms of high schools in St. Kitts and Nevis received their personal laptops in June and September last year. 73 third formers at the Saddlers Secondary School also received laptops last September. Assistance in financing the One-to-One Laptop Computer Inititave came from the Republic of China (Taiwan). Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in accepting the financing for the 2,400 laptops for phase three – third to first formers said the One-to-One Lap Top Computer Initiative is not simply empowering the individual student but the entire household, community and nation. “I think that the Nevisian and Kittitian student is going to develop skills which would be critically important in advancing St. Kitts and Nevis technologically. That child will not only be developing those skills at home, but also the sister, the brother, the mother, the father, the entire family is going to be empowered,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He said the assistance of the Government and People of the Republic of China puts St. Kitts and Nevis on the path towards a technological revolution and it is only time that will show the enormous benefits that will accrue. Phase One of the programme saw the distribution of over 1200 laptops to outgoing students in the Fifth Forms of the Charlestown Secondary School and the Gingerland Secondary School on Nevis and the Verchild’s High School, the Basseterre High School, the Washington Archibald High School, the Charles E. Mills Secondary School, the Cayon High School, the Immaculate Conception Catholic School and the St. Christopher Preparatory School on St. Kitts. Republic of China (Taiwan) Resident Ambassador His Excellency Miguel Tsao (right) presents one of the 2,400 laptops to St. Kitts and Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (center) and St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Information Technology and Youth Empowerment, Hon. Glenn Phillip (left). On Tuesday, 168 third formers at the Washington Archibald High


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 21 NEWS -Have Faith Written by Floy HensleyFaith: “Faith is the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1) Let me first say a Happy New year to the lovely people of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, the Caribbean, international circles and those via the world wide web, and with that God would continue to bless and keep each and every one of you and his grace and mercies would be upon you in 2012 and His richest blessings and favor would over take you. I am happy to be back writing once more this weekly article of “Have Faith.” God is good and there is nothing too hard for Him to do for each and every one of us because He already knows the beginning from the ending of every single situation that is before you. I know that God is well able to deliver and answer all of your prayers. When we pray by faith this is what moves the hands of God to work on our behalf. Pray without doubting and have that Faith and confidence that God is working it all out for your good. Speak to God the way you never spoke to him before and develop a genuine relationship with Him and see Him move mountains and do the impossible things for you in that situation you have been faced with. My good readers be encouraged today that God is your strength and would turn it around for your good, so continue to trust and have faith in him today. Do have a really blessed, productive and favour filled week in the Lord and remember God is well able!! Cardin And Children’s Homes Benefit From Mormon Donation Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): The Ministry of Health and in particular the patients at the Joseph N. France General Hospital, as well as the residents of the Cardin Home and the Children’s Home are the beneficiaries of a generous donation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. During a brief handing over ceremony, on Thursday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Andrew Skerritt revealed that the congregation, also referred to as the Mormons, has made a number of donations to the health sector. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Elder Terry Hanley, who made the symbolic presentation, explained that the process of the current donation of a 40-foot container filled with medical supplies, clothing and bedding, school supplies and toys, had been commenced by his predecessors Humanitarian Missionary Couple, Elder and Mrs. Hadlock. He explained that he personally lived at the Children’s Home for a time and felt a sense of attachment to the institution. “As Mr. Skerritt indicated, we are also working at the Cardin Home and we do have plans to go through the communities and find other ways in which we can lend our support,” Elder Hanley outlined. “What we are looking at, is just a collection of what we do as a church in collaboration with other institutions to give to communities. This is just in terms of medical supplies –we do have relief as well, as in the case of after hurricanes, so we are here to provide you with whatever assistance we can.” Elder Hanley further noted that future contributions should include wheelchairs as well as ophthalmic equipment and training. In response, Minister of Health Honourable Marcella Liburd emphasized the wisdom in targeting residents who are often overlooked. “I am really just here to say thank you on my own behalf and on the behalf of the staff of JNF,” Minister Liburd stated. “I understand that the supplies would also be for the Cardin Home and the Children’s Home. And as Minister responsible for Social Services, I would like to thank you for the inclusion of our children in that gift package. We are looking at two vulnerable groups – it’s the elderly and children, so you are very much on the ball in all that you do for the people.” Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are also currently repairing the railing at the Cardin Home. SKNIS Photo: Min. Liburd listens as Elder Hanley expresses his Church’s desire to give back. Kampala, Uganda to welcome 2012 General Assembly Preparations for the annual meeting of the Commonwealth Games Federation, which takes place in Kampala 2428thSeptember 2012, formally began today when Uganda’s Minister of State for Education and Sports, Charles Bakabulindi, (pictured left) met with CGF staff on a preparatory visit. The Federation’s Operations Director, John Eades (pictured right), said: “I am really impressed by the commitment of the Government of Uganda, and the support staff on the ground, to ensuring that this is an event which will project a positive image of the country around the world. This has been a very successful visit, and we’re delighted to be working with our colleagues from the Ugandan National Olympic Committee. Kampala is an ideal choice for the major event of the Commonwealth Games Federation’s year; it’s a striking city in a beautiful country which deserves to be better known”. CGF President, HRH Prince Imran, said: “Uganda will be a wonderful host. It is a nation with a proud history at the Commonwealth Games since it first participated in 1954, and its athletes have frequently provided some of the Games most exciting and memorable performances – Moses Kipsiro in Delhi in 2010 for instance, taking gold in both the 5000m and 10,000m. I’m very much looking forward to visiting Kampala in September.” Mr Rogers Hanns Kiyonga Ddungu, President of the Ugandan Olympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Association of Uganda said: “I am delighted that we have been afforded the right to host this prestigious and important event. Uganda is a proud, established and important member of the Commonwealth So tell me ByJean Thomas That is the reality I was at church last Sunday, enjoying the service. We arrived at the section on the program, when the Minister would speak to the children. They are either invited to stand where they are seated, or to come to the communion rail, for a special session with the Minister. That morning, the preacher invited them to come forward to the communion rail. The topic was on ones “comfort zone.” The preacher asked them if they were comfortable up at the communion rail and not one hand was raised. The preacher asked “were they more comfortable where they were sitting? And the hands went up. Of course the adults all smiled. The preacher them spoke to them about being comfortable and having the will power to walk away from trouble, and admonished them to do the right thing. Then something interesting happened. When the children were asked what could happen if they did not behave and walk away if they were confronted one little nine year old said “you could get a bullet in your head”. The grownups groaned. Because many of us in the community really care about our children and grandchildren but when they hear of the violence all around then, it does have an impact on their young lives and minds. Therefore, we must pray for our children and ask for God’s protection and ask the Divine to guide us as adults to show and set good examples for our young ones to follow. Yes, I told myself the children are aware of what is going on. That is the reality of life at the moment. Let us protect them as much as we can. For they too see and know what is going on. Games Family and this hosting will highlight to our friends from across the Commonwealth how seriously we value sport in Uganda and Africa, how important the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games are to our athletes and officials and that we are committed to their future for generations to come. We are promising a true commonwealth experience not only to the delegates but also to all the Ugandans.”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 22 NEWS Trinis are champs again published by ikhan on Sun, 01/22/2012 19:12 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Explosive batting led by Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard followed by crippling bowling coasted Trinidad & Tobago to their second straight Caribbean Twenty20 title on Sunday with a crushing 63-run victory over Jamaica. Bravo smashed four fours and three sixes in the top score of 49 from 43 balls and Pollard was just himself, slamming one four and four sixes, supporting with 39 not out from 13 balls, as T&T posted a challenging 168 for five from their allocation of 20 overs in the Grand Final at Kensington Oval. T&T’s bits and pieces bowling attack never allowed Jamaica’s typically free-scoring batsmen room to shake the shackles free and restricted the double-crown regional champions to 105 for five in their 20 overs. It was the second time T&T defeated Jamaica in a regional T20 final and avenged their loss in the Regional Super50 final last October in Guyana, preventing Jamaica from becoming Triple Crown champions. This was also the first major tournament that T&T have won under new captain Denesh Ramdin, following the controversial resignation of the long-standing Daren Ganga. The biggest prize for T&T however, is a third trip to the lucrative Champions League T20 later this year in India, where they will face the World’s best T20 franchises. T&T setback Jamaica early in the chase, when Nkrumah Bonner backed up too far, failed to get a response from fellow opener Danza Hyatt, and was run out for four in the third over. Samuel Badree inflicted more pain, when he bowled West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels for a two-ball duck with a perfectly-pitched googly in the fifth over. T&T continued to tighten their grip and reduced the Jamaicans to 57 for five in the 14th over and never allowed them to stage a fight-back. With the equation growing more difficult with each passing delivery, T&T began to take things a little easier and Carlton Baugh Jr indulged himself, crashing five fours and two sixes to finish with the top score of 39 not out from 23 balls, putting on 48 unbroken for the sixth wicket with Shawn Findlay, not out on 17. Earlier, it was Bravo and Pollard that enjoyed themselves to rescue T&T, after they wobbled to 65 for four in the 12th over. Openers Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath gave T&T a rousing start, putting on 35 for the first wicket. Simmons was caught behind off Odean Brown for 19 top-edging a cut before Andre Russell added the valuable wicket of Darren Bravo also caught behind for seven, leaving T&T 42 for two in the seventh over. This brought the elder Bravo to the crease and he started confidently, steering Brown to third man for four and hooking Russell to deep backward square leg for another boundary. Adrian Barath got himself in a tangle and was stumped off Brown for 21 before T&T captain Denesh Ramdin was bowled trying to cut to leave the T&T innings at the crossroads. The elder Bravo found a Sunil Narine a stable ally and they put on 42 for the fifth wicket to assert T&T’s dominance. When Narine’s cameo of 22 that included two sixes and a four came to an end, caught at third man off Jamaica captain Dave Bernard Jr in the 16th over, T&T were 107 for five. Enter Pollard, but he played second fiddle to the elder Bravo, whose pyrotechnics continued with a six pulled over mid-wicket and a sliced drive to third man for four off successive balls from left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cotterrell, and a trademark back drive over extra over off Santokie in the following over. In between, Pollard was dropped on two, when Marlon Samuels muffed a skier at deep mid-wicket off Santokie in the 17th over. Bravo was caught at long-off in the penultimate over off Cotterrell before the Jamaica left-arm fast bowler was suspended from bowling for delivering a second beamer which Pollard smashed baseball style back over his head for his first six. The last over was pure mayhem with Pollard putting the left-arm medium-fast bowling of Santokie in its true perspective with talismanic batting. He got two from the first ball, struck the second for four over mid-off and launched the next three deliveries for six between long-off and longon before ending the rampage with another deuce. SKABA To Hold General Meeting ….2012 Junior League To Tip Off Shortly •Former SKABA Junior Star player and current Jacksonville University Dolphins forward Shamile Jeffers blocks Marquette’s Chris Otule in a recent NCAA Division 1 game. The St.Kitts Amateur Basketball Association is trying to maintain their momentum from the relatively successful 2011 season with an early start to this year’s 2012 season. In a notice sent out by the SKABA Executive the association will be holding its first General Meeting for 2012 on Tuesday January 31st at 6pm at the Football House on Losack Rd. The meeting was originally scheduled for Saturday January 28th but was postponed to accommodate President Kenroy Romel Tobias who will be leaving the federation on Friday the 27th for a 3 day visit to Trinidad and Tobago for the CBC Caribbean Basketball Confederation Congress. The main items on the agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting will be a review of the 2011 season as well discussions on the proposed start dates for the 2012 season. The Executive is proposing a February 25th start for the Junior League and March 26th is the proposed date for the SKABA League 2012 Official Opening. According to SKABA President Kenroy Tobias much is expected from the upcoming season. “Despite getting off to a relatively slow start the 2011 season ended on an extremely high note,” said SKABA Chief Romel Tobias. Captain Denesh Ramdin desplays the trophy “The finals series was a huge success with the crowning of new champions in the Ghaut Bucs and the out of season staging of the first ever Sugar Creole Festival and the Achievers Club Junior Tournaments in November and December were hugely successful with the Creole festival bringing in thousands of fans to Basketball City and the Challengers Hard-court over the 3 day festival. So therefore based on the success of last season there is no doubt going to be great expectations for this season and we (SKABA) will once again try our best to meet and or exceed those lofty expectations,” said Tobias. The SKABA is expected to introduce a number of new initiatives for 2012 including the staging of games on Nevis. The initiative of games being played at other venues throughout St.Kitts including Challengers and Bird Rock was successful and thus may be expanded to include more venues and additional games at other rural venues such as Cayon, Molyneaux and Sandy Point. Ghut Bucs won the SKABA National Title in 2011 with the Challengers Exodus winning the “A” Division and the Blue Devils winning both the Junior and Female Divisions.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2012 23 COMMENTARY -Development Meet on Sunday 29th Jan 2012 NOTICEAll Athletes are hereby reminded of the Development Meet scheduled for Sunday 29th January, 2012 at the New Sandy Point Recreation Ground, starting at 2:00pm sharp. The SKNAAA encourages all athletes, clubs, schools, etc to participate in this third development meet. Kindly be further informed that transportation will be provided by the Ministry of Educations School Buses from Cayon via Basseterre to the New Sandy Point Recreation Ground from 12:00pm. The second bus will also begin its pick up from Tabernacle via St Pauls to the New Sandy Point Recreation Ground at 12:00pm. Kindly be guided accordinglySee you there!!! US Embassy donates books on domestic violence to Nevis; help fight social ill NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Minister for Social Development on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel was presented with a small collection of books on domestic violence for use by the Department of Social and Gender Affairs in their fight against the social ill. They were handed over by Deputy Public Affairs Officer at the Embassy of the United States to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Ms. Rachel Zaspel in a brief but significant handing over ceremony on January 24, 2012 at the Ministry of Finance’s conference room in Charlestown. Accepting the books, Mr. Daniel said as he welcomed the partnership between the Embassy and the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) on the critical issue of domestic abuse the gift would help in the fight to rid the island of the scourge as it related to domestic violence in the society. He noted that the issue was endemic in the society and was often treated as acceptable and accepted and as such the society, in some aspects, had learnt to adjust to that injustice. He added that in some respects many persons had been able to house the oppression which came with domestic violence. “Certainly if we could share the information and ways to deal with it, first of all ways to recognise it and ways to address it, we certainly will be on the path where we can rid the society of this negative aspect. “The Department of Social and Gender Affairs is minded to address this matter on a regular basis. In some instances the work of the Division has been made very difficult because it has to do with removing persons who are the subject of domestic violence and providing alternatives for them,” Mr. Daniel said. The Social Development Minister used the opportunity to remind all that social problems like domestic abuse weighed heavily on the financial burdens of the country, especially in a difficult economic environment. He said if the society was purged from domestic violence, much of the Administration’s resources would be directed at other important areas. The Minister also disclosed that he was hopeful, in time, that an Information Unit on the troubling issue would be set up within the Ministry outfitted with books like those donated by the Embassy. He said the books were but a small contribution to the Administration’s efforts in nudging the society towards a more egalitarian approach in dealing with social relations and welcomed the partnership. “Our Government is minded that we have to work with the partners whether they be UNIFEM (now UNWoman), UNICEF or with the US Embassy. We welcome the partnership because we recognise that we have to address this matter with the help of several agencies and institutions. “In that regard therefore, I want to commend the effort and recommend to the Department of Social and Gender Affairs that we continue to keep it on the agenda. It must become the subject for continued discussion and debate so that we arrive at a point where we can see its ugly head no more,” he said. Meantime, Ms. Zaspel who is also responsible for Education and Cultural Outreach at the Embassy said, the gift was part of the Embassy’s continued work with its local and regional partners to combat domestic violence in the Eastern Caribbean. She pointed to a prior programme in which experts on Domestic Violence Prevention had visited the island in 2011 for a consultation courtesy the US Embassy and noted that the books was another step in the fight against the social ill. Since then Ms. Zaspel explained that the Embassy had been consulting with other colleagues, Embassies, High Commissions and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on collective efforts in the same matter across the region. “We are looking for ways to implement nation’s action plans and to support the implementation of multiple disciplinary sexual assaults response teams, an approach we can all agree, can offer not only holistic assistance to survivors but one that can reduce occurring violence. “We do this because we believe that the issue of domestic violence whether it is aimed at men, women or children, is a critical issue that affects all aspects of society and it directly impacts an estimated one in three women,” Ms. Zaspel said. She quoted Secretary Clinton as saying that domestic violence not only harmed the victims and their families but also shredded the fabric that weaved everyone together as human beings. In conclusion, the US Embassy Official thanked all those on Nevis for their continued work in the field of domestic violence. She said she looked forward to continued corporation and one day the end of all the violence “Towards that goal, I am pleased in presenting these books on domestic violence and I hope that this one more small step is moving in the right direction to make our world a safer place,” Ms. Zaspel said as she handed over the books to Minister Daniel. Family Services Supervisor/Counsellor Social Services Department on Nevis Mrs. Halima Gresham was also on hand for the handing over. In a brief comment on behalf of the Family Services Division, she explained that the Division was responsible for child safety and thought it important for persons to be educated on the fact that when abuse occurred in the home, it not only affected the parents but also the children who wore the scars. “We want our wonderful island of Nevis to be violence free. We want to encourage families to work together to protect their children [and] to make sure that we eradicate sexual abuse and violence in all of its forms. We thank you so much for assisting us in our endeavours,” she said. Also present was Director of the Nevis Library Service Mrs. Sonita Daniel who chaired the function. Earlier that day the US Embassy Official also presented a number of books to the Ivor Walters Primary School Library in Prospect. (R) Deputy Public Affairs Officer at the Embassy of the United States to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Ms. Rachel Zaspel hands over collection of books to Minister for Social Development on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel (L-R) Minister for Social Development on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel hands over books to Family Services Supervisor/Counsellor Social Services Department on Nevis Mrs. Halima Gresham while (center) Deputy Public Affairs Officer at the Embassy of the United The collection of books which addresses matters of domestic violence donated by the Embassy of the United States to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean to help fight against domestic violence on Nevis Director of the Library Services on Nevis Mrs. Sonita Daniel chaired the handing over ceremony at the Ministry of Finance’s conference room in Charlestown States to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Ms. Rachel Zaspel looks on


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