The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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Nation’s “Forward Movement” Stimulated By FBO Ground breaking Year 54 NO. 37FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH, 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 SOTTO VOCE PAGE 02 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Montserrat’s Premier and Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Monetary Council, the Hon. Reuben Meade, will preside over Monetary Council meets at ECCB Headquarters on Friday Monetary Council meets at ECCB Headquarters on Friday Sir K. Dwight Venner the 72nd Meeting today, Friday 10th, February. The Meeting at (cont’d on page 4)BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Ahead of its 41st Annual General Meeting next week, the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank is reporting that total assets grew from EC$2.27 billion as at 30th June 2010 to EC$2.48 billion as at the 30th June 2011. National Bank reports EC$2.48 Billion in assets net income of EC$45 million after tax in 2011 National Bank reports EC$2.48 Billion in assets net income of EC$45 million after tax in 2011 (cont’d on page 02) 2010 to EC$46.7 million at the end of June 2011. Net income after tax increased by EC$11.6 million from EC$33.2 million at the end of June to EC$44.8 million at the end of June 2011. National Bank Chairman, His Excellency Ambassador Walford Gumbs said the achievement by National Bank over the last year is commendable in light of the global National Bank Chairman, Mr. Walford Gumbs (left) with winners of the Bank’s 40th Anniversary Essay Competition. (National Bank photo) Nation’s “Forward Movement” Stimulated By FBO Ground breaking Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The groundbreaking of the Leeward Flight Services (LFS) Private Jet Terminal Fixed Based (cont’d on page 2)SKNIS Photo -Prime Minister Douglas expounds on positive impact of FBO Net income before tax increased by EC$12.9 million from EC$33.8 million at the end of JunePM Douglas says protecting and enhancing St. Kitts and Nevis’ standing as a prime travel destination, remains an absolute priority for his Government


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 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 Nation’s “Forward Movement” Stimulated By FBO Ground breaking Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The groundbreaking of the Leeward Flight Services (LFS) Private Jet Terminal Fixed Based Operations (FBO) at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International (RLB) Airport signaled continued progressive movement by the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas gave these sentiments when he noted that the significance of the “soon to be facility” was part of the overall government strategy. “We have done everything to stabilize the economy, we’ve done everything to ensure that St. Kitts and Nevis will be positioned to rebound whenever world conditions permit it,” Prime Minister Douglas assured. “We did everything to ensure the steady march forward despite global challenges that we are facing today. I emphasize, we are on a slow but steady climb and this jet terminal with its many spinoff opportunities, for various sectors of the economy, represents a key component of my government’s programme of forward movement.” Prime Minister Douglas further noted that the event became possible due to another development tool employed by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, in the form of the renovation of Warner Park. This action made successful, the bid for the Federation to host several matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007 and motivated an avid fan of the Indian Cricket team to come to the Federation for the first international match staged in the renovated Warner Park on May 23, 2006. This fan, Uday Nayak, is the Chairman of Veling Ltd, the Mauritius-based company which won the bid to design the FBO Private Jet Terminal Project. The Launch Ceremony for the initial signing of agreements for the terminal, took place August 19, 2010 at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. The groundbreaking, which was considered the second phase of the Project, also signaled another move undertaken by the Federation to secure a niche in the “high end” tourism market. “This facility is a logical and integral component of my government’s decision some six years ago to focus and pursue the superior economic and other opportunities associated with high end tourism,” Prime Minister Douglas emphasized. “And so if you look at the construction work currently underway to receive mega yacths at Christophe Harbour on our South East Peninsula, and you look at the services that will be provided by Veling and SCASPA right here at our own International Airport, you will see that they are part of an integrated whole – opposite financial crisis that has been affecting economies on every continent. He said it was hoped that by now some significant recovery would have been experienced. However, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), leading indicators all point to a slowdown in economic (cont’d on page 13)activity in the Worlds’ major developed economies. “This is certainly not good news for us in small developing economies in the Caribbean that suffer fallout from downturns in the developed countries,” said Mr. Gumbs, who commended the Directors and Staff for the achievement. He said National Bank will continue to develop new products, continue its staff training policy, increase its customer share, improve customer service and staff efficiency. “These measures are necessary to enable the Bank to stay on course and stem the tide of uncertainly brought about by a worldwide financial crisis,” said the Bank Chairman, who pledged National Bank’s continued assistance to community and youth programmes that are geared to the holistic development of young people. National Bank reports EC$2.48B... (cont’d from page 1) He proved that the people were right all along Tuesday February 7, 2012 will be remembered as the day when political parody was taken to the realm of the raucously ridiculous in St. Kitts and Nevis. It was the day when the intelligence of Kittitians and Nevisians, at home and in the Diaspora, was spat upon by Lindsay Grant and PAM and the critics of PAM and its leadership were proven as having been correct all along. According to the host of WINN-FM’s Voices, the voice and the presence of the rejected leader of PAM had been missing for some time while the nation continued to discuss the pertinent matters that demanded the involvement of all nationals and residents to guide St. Kitts and Nevis through tough economic and social times. While the Labour Party continues to enjoy its well earned popularity and its leader continues to engage and empower the people, those who desired an alternative, balanced approach to national dialogue were abandoned by Lindsay Grant, the party leader, who admitted on Tuesday that his absence was as a result of his focus on his law practice that he had originally told the nation that he had given up in the single quest to become “the next prime minister”. In this Voices interview that brought confirmation, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that Lindsay Grant is morally bankrupt and lacks the emotional intelligence, the PAM leader failed to erase from the memory of a nation that in January 2010 that he was caught on tape counter proposing a bribe of $1.7Million to undersell the lands of this country, admitting to having secret personal bank accounts, abroad, in which he would have channelled and hidden what would have been his ill-gotten gain and above all, stating that upon being elected, he would have made the interest of his criminal co-conspirator his “number one priority”. Albeit at that same time, he and his party were campaigning on a platform of integrity while seeking to lay unfounded and baseless charges of corruption and administrative malfeasance at the feet of Dr. Douglas and the Labour Party. After 2 years, when the people of this nation actually thought that Lindsay had seen the light and realised that he had wronged every man, woman and child when he sought to betray us all for 1.7 million pieces of silver, Lindsay actually came to the media this week to try and bamboozle the nation into believing that he has the interest in the nation at heart and that he had done nothing wrong that day, in January 2010. For one hour, Lindsay refused to admit to the people that he did wrong. He failed to realise that he continues to owe this nation an apology and that each day that passes, his presence on the political stage, purporting to be a viable, moral alternative to unblemished track record of Dr. Douglas and Labour, shows his disdain for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and his unrepentant belief that he can be wrong and strong. His presence on the radio, on Tuesday, pellucidly illustrates that Mr. Grant will continue to throw the weight of his wealth around to keep control of the PAM Party. He continues to prove Blanchette, Flemming, Welch, Hodge, Williams and all fair minded citizens right when they asked for him to step down as lacked he the “moral integrity” to lead their party and the nation. Those who listened to Voices that day heard Lindsay skate around the issues and dodge questions, after, in his opening statement, he had quoted from James Russell Lowell’s poem that has been the rallying cry of law abiding, peace loving patriots around the world, which says in part, “Then it is the brave man chooses, while the coward stands aside.”What Lindsay failed to say on Tuesday was that Denzil Douglas and Labour have chosen to stand in the gap and fight for the economic survival of this nation during the most recent global economic downturn, while he silently and cowardly stood aside and guarded his wealth. Grant also failed to say that it was Douglas and Labour that stood with the police and by the families of our communities to reduce the scourge of crime that threatened our nation’s prosperity, while he his petty party stood aside cowardly, failing to offer hope and confidence to our people. What Lindsay did on Tuesday was to confirm in the minds of the people, that Labour continues to be the right choice to lead this country and that he and his party are most unfit to govern the affairs of this nation. This publication wants, on behalf of the all the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, to thank the WINN-FM organisation for having flushed Mr. Grant out of his hiding place and rightly exposing him for the unrepentant scoundrel that he is. The country needs leadership that is trustworthy and Lindsay has proven that he is not that leader. The nation needs a government that is competent and considerate to the people’s need for honourable and effective representation, but Lindsay proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that he and PAM are unwilling to admit when they have done wrong by this nation in the past and more so unwilling to seek to implement corrective measures.So Roy Flemming was right when he said that this country is better off with Denzil Douglas as it leader, citing further that Lindsay Grant is a total failure. Lindsay went on the airwave to prove Flemming right.This country continues to be in better hands with Labour and Lindsay and PAM continue to be bad for the interest of this country.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 3 NEWS PM Douglas says protecting and enhancing St. Kitts and Nevis’ standing as a prime travel destination, remains an absolute priority for his Government BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is hailing the joint venture between the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) and a Mauritius company for the construction of a first-rate private jet terminal at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport in St. Kitts. Speaking last Friday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the facility that will provide fast track, VIP services, for a fee, for anyone arriving at this airport, whether by private or commercial carrier, Prime Minister Douglas said it is a logical and integral component of his Government’s decision, some six years ago to focus and pursue the superior economic and other opportunities associated with high end tourism. “If you look at the construction work currently underway to receive mega yachts at Christophe Harbour, on the South East Peninsula, and if you look at the services that will be provided by VELING and SCASPA right here at our international airport, you see that they are parts of an integrated whole, opposite sides of the same well thought out, strategic ‘coin’, said Prime Minister Douglas to the gathering which included Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, government ministers, airport, travel and tourism officials. “This SCASPA/VELING joint venture project represents additional opportunities for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. Scheduled to begin operations in December, it will result in an increase in aircraft arrivals to the Federation and will be the source of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the areas of construction, catering, transportation, professional services, maintenance, customer-relations, and so on. These are critically important areas that this facility will be associated with,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He said nationals have already begun to seek these opportunities and that is good. “That is what we wanted to see when this development plan, as all development plans are envisaged and that in the final analysis, is the Minister Skerritt and colleagues to meet in St. Vincent St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism and International Trade, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt will join with other Ministers of Tourism and Civil Aviation from across the OECS member states in St Vincent next week to discuss and devise strategic solutions to tourism and aviation issues currently confronting the Eastern Caribbean. This joint meeting is in response to a decision taken at the OECS Council of Tourism Ministers at its 10th meeting and subsequently endorsed by the OECS authority in May of 2011. The meeting is to address matters geared towards improving the attractiveness of the OECS airspace and accessibility of destinations in order to increase air passenger traffic in the region. More specifically, the ministers will seek to identify priority areas of joint action, including the development of a common OECS air transportation policy and the preparation of airlift capacity studies to address the air service needs of the region and to guide OECS member states efforts at attracting and sustaining airlift. The implementation of relevant aspects of the San Juan Accord is another matter to be discussed. Programme Officer for Tourism at the St. Lucia-based OECS Secretariat Dr. Lorraine Nicholas said the San Juan Accord is essentially a set of decisions taken by ministers with responsibility for tourism and international transportation of member countries of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) at a meeting held in Puerto Rico in 2007. She however explained that most of the decisions taken in San Juan have not yet been implemented and the ministers decided that rather than going back to the drawing board, they will review the San Juan Accord and determine which decisions that are most relevant and should be implemented with a view to offering safe, secure and sustainable air services in the Caribbean. The joint meeting, to be chaired by the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, was deemed important, given that not all ministers of tourism in the OECS are assigned the civil aviation portfolio. While Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis have joint civil aviation ministerial portfolios, the ministries of tourism and civil aviation are separate in Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Lucia and St Vincent & Grenadines. in our power to protect this country. We have done everything to stabilize the economy. We done everything to ensure that St. Kitts and Nevis would be positioned to rebound whenever world conditions permitted,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He said his four-term Labour Party administration has done everything to ensure a steady march forward despite the global challenges that St. Kitts and Nevis, the Caribbean and the World are facing. “We are on a slow, but steady climb and this jet terminal, with its many spin-off opportunities for various sectors of the economy, represents a key component of my Government’s programme of forward movement,” said the Prime Minister. Chairman of Veling Ltd, Mr. Uday Nayak; St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Chairman of the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports (SCASPA), Mr. Carol Evelyn and Contractor Mr. Lennox Warner breaking ground at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport on Friday. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) Pointing out that tourism is a key engine of economic growth for the Federation, Dr. Douglas said that protecting and enhancing St. Kitts and Nevis’ standing as a prime travel destination, remains an absolute priority for his Government. “This facility, therefore, is clear and incontrovertible evidence of our determination to do so,” he said. prime motivation behind whatever we do as a government and as a people,” said Dr. Douglas. He noted that despite the nightmarish global realities, his Government has tried very hard, over the past two years, never ever to allow itself to be cowed by the dire, and indeed frightening, conditions that have been pummeling the globe. “Instead, we continued to work and to work hard. We continued to plan and plan with a vision. We continued to strive – and to do everything


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary the ECCB’s Headquarters in St. Kitts will see Governor of the subregional financial institution Sir K Dwight Venner presenting a report on Monetary and Credit Conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). Sir Dwight will also report on the discussion on the minimum savings deposit rate, which is the lowest interest rate banks can offer on regular savings, and the Central Bank’s discount rate, which is the rate at which the ECCB lends to commercial banks and ECCB member governments. The report will also examine price developments in the ECCU; financial sector stability issues; and the ECCU agenda for stabilisation and growth in the context of the OECS Economic Union. During the meeting the Council Members will also receive and discuss other reports including an update on the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), which was established to restructure and provide financial support to financial institutions which operate within the ECCU. Following the meeting, Premier Meade will present the Union’s Part of the Future. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union has a very long struggle borne with courage and diginity and at this time in our history we cannot afford to be divided by our detractors and certain elements in society whose philosophy has always been to divide and rule. There was never a doubt in our minds that our liberation resulted from our united efforts and not from any magnanimous spirit of our detractors and those elements. As we continue to make future plans on behalf of our members and by extension all workers we fully believe that no section of the workplace should be left unorganized, because we believe that the workers cause is right and their cause is just. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union will continue to be part of the worker’s future, because the Union fully believes that social, industrial and economic justice will always be needed as long as our detractors and those elements in society continues to hurt the working class people. Unions, Part of the workers future – there is no doubt about it, one way or another the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union will continue to be part of the worker’s future, because the Union represents workers’ best interest in all walks of life – in the industrial sector, public sector, private sector and in the rapidly growing service sector. For even if workers should choose a career in which they are not directly represented by our Union, many of the benefits they receive will be as a result of our Union’s efforts to help all working people, whether they are Union members or not. You see, many of the Labour Laws that are currently in place were originally won by our Union through the collective bargaining process and through working in unison with the Labour Movement from its very inception. For example, Trade Union Act, Tripartite Committee (which has been with us since in the 40’s and beyond), Protection of Wages Act, Holiday with Pay Act, Sick Leave, Maternity Leave, Hours of Work and Overtime Pay, etc... In addition, our Union makes sure that the social, industrial and economic conditions that oppress the working class people were changed so that the working class people could benefit from their fruits of labour. The above list is not exhausive but as time and space is of the utmost importance I will have to stop here today and we will continue in a future article why the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union will continue to be part of the workers future. In addition we will also look at the importance of collective bargain to the working class people. As I take my leave I leave you with a Union song by Glen MacNeil.Stand Up For What You Believe.This country was built on a foundation strong We celebrate victory and learn from our rights and our wrongs We look confrontation and defiance right in the eye Together we’ll stand and fight for our piece of the pie. Chorus: Stand up for what you believe and never back down Frm the big city lights to the street of every small town Take pride in the past and have faith in all you’ve achieved Look to the future with hope and dignity Stand up for what you believe. We’re sisters and brothers we’re workers of colour and creed We’re fathers and mothers of children with big hopes and dreams We are strength in numbers when they put our backs to the wall We’re all of one heart and we’ll fight for freedom for all Bridge: We’ve stood our ground for over 75 years A Union strong through solidarity And wwe stand up for what we believe. Monetary Council meets at ECCB.... Communiqu, and along with the other Members of the Council, field questions from media representatives in St. Kitts and Nevis. The Monetary Council is the highest decision making authority of the ECCB and comprises the eight Ministers for Finance from the ECCB member countries. St. Kitts and Nevis’ delegation will be led by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas.(cont’d from page 1) The two (2) lucky customers, one (1) from St. Kitts and one (1) Nevis will receive five thousand dollars (EC$5000.00) when the curtains come down on the “We Listened, You Save, You Win” Promotion in later this week. The innovative campaign was open to all persons who made purchases at the Home and Building Depots and Automotive Division (Nevis), or opened new agreements with the Hire Purchase Departments, and FINCO, with a minimum dollar value of one hundred dollars (EC$100.00). Following the launch in April 2011, a series of bi-monthly draws were held, where every qualified entrant had to chance to win one thousand dollars (EC$1000.00) as a further reward for their continued business. In addition, customers received Blackberry 8520 Smart Phones and Double Bubble Top Up Cards, through Hire Purchase from telecommunications giant, LIME and in December received triple entries for every approved contract. FINCO also extended its Summer Loans Promotions to meet the demands of its clients, while the Home and Building Depots organized a number in store sales Two (2) Lucky TDC Customers to receive in $5000 in cash with deeply discounted prices on top of the line furniture, electronics, appliances, and household items to name a few. Since the campaign began, the promotional and value added benefits received high praise for what many have described as being an ingenious way to recognize and ‘give back’ to patrons. Picture : Mr. Samir Anadkan, one of the winners in the “We Listened, You Save, You Win” Promotion receiving a cheque for EC$1000.00 from Mr. Patrick Daniel, Senior Sales Supervisor, TDC Home and Building Depot in Nevis (also in the photo is TDC Client Relations and Marketing Manager, Mrs. Jonelle Drew) PUBLIC NOTICE The general public is advised that major road infrastructure work will be undertaken at Church Street over the period Friday 10th to Sunday 12th February, as a result the road will be closed and parking restricted to facilitate works. The Traffic Department apologises for the inconvenience. Traffic department February 8th 2012


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 5 NEWS PM Douglas congratulates Grenada on 38th Independence Anniversary BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has sent congratulations to the Government and people of Grenada which on Tuesday of this week, February 7th, celebrated its 38th of Independence as a Caribbean nation. “I wish to extend, on behalf of the Government and people of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, and on my own behalf, heartiest congratulations to you, the Government and the good people of Grenada on this momentous occasion – the Thirty-Eighth Anniversary of your country’s Independence,” said Dr. Douglas in a message to his Grenada counterpart, the Hon. Tillman Thomas. Dr. Douglas said the selected theme for this year’s celebration; “Breaking all Barriers, Striving for Greater Achievements under one Flag” speaks to the ambition and strong sense of hope which characterises the people of Grenada. “Such attributes will enable you to work to accomplish even greater feats as a nation; and will undoubtedly be essential to the task of overcoming the challenges we face in creating a stronger region,” said Prime Minister Douglas, adding: “As the people of Grenada celebrate their sovereignty, I pray that you will continue to be blessed with progress and prosperity in all your endeavours.” PM Douglas congratulates Finland’s president-elect BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 8TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has told Finland’s President-elect, His Excellency Sauli Ninistoe that his long-extended tenure as finance minister from 1996-2003 during which time he laboured assiduously in assisting Finland to obtain membership in the European Union is a clear indication of his strong leadership skills, insight and vision – qualities that will undoubtedly ensure success during his Presidency. Finland’s President-elect His Excellency Sauli Ninistoe Mr. Ninistoe scored a landslide victory at the polls on Sunday, 5th February when his National Coalition Party garnered 63% of the vote, catapulting him as that country’s first conservative head of state in five decades since 1956. “Your Party’s win engenders a level of freshness and a sense of expectancy. It is my conviction that you will indeed become ‘the President of the whole nation’,” said Prime Minister Douglas. St. Kitts and Nevis and Finland deepened ties in 2009, with the signing of a joint communiqu which established diplomatic relations between both countries. Since that time Finland has appointed a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis as Finland’s Honorary Consul. “Regionally, you have accredited Ambassadors to both the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) of which St. Kitts and Nevis is a proud member. It is envisaged that these mechanisms, together with our shared ideals will further cement our friendship and cooperation,” said Prime Minister Douglas. Dr. Douglas expressed confidence that Mr. Ninistoe’s European Union approach will allow him and his counterparts to overcome Europe’s current challenges. Photo of Grenada’s Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas (Photo by Erasmus Williams)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 6 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Fiscal 2012 will see a further consolidation of the medium and long term policies implemented in previous years to cope with the crude economic and financial realities globally that continues to present grave challenges to the Federation’s small open economy. The Ministry of the Prime Minister will continues to be guided by its mission of providing strategic support to the government in its pursuit of good governance and accountability in order to improve the quality of life of all citizens and residents of the Federation by providing quality service and advice designed to enhance the human resource capacity. “The Ministry of the Office of the Prime Minister recognizes the automatic and expected call on it to provide strong leadership to the Public Service during this prolonged period of economic challenges caused by the series of crises faced globally whose effects continue to be felt locally,” said the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. In 2012, the Ministry of the Office of the Prime Minister will be ready to provide the necessary momentum that is required to turn the challenge into opportunity. “I sincerely believe that the measures we are now taking throughout the Public Service and in the economy at large will provide the necessary growth to ensure the sustainability of the Public and Private Sectors and a better and brighter society for all our citizens,” said Prime Minister Douglas in his message in Volume II of the Estimates for Fiscal Year 2012. He said that the “very sacrifices that we are now called upon as a nation to make can easily be eclipsed if we do not take the necessary measures to reverse the increase in serious crimes that our country now faces.” “It is for this reason that after serious and careful consultation that I implemented a minor reshuffle of ministerial responsibilities. This new structure allows me as leader of our Country to lend my experience having been Minister of National Security for almost a decade to assist with dealing with this very serious threat,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who added that the Anti-Crime Unit now brings the police and defence force, the institutions responsible for crime prevention and fighting directly under my purview as part Further consolidation of medium and long term policies expected in 2012 of the Ministry of the Office of the Prime Minister. Dr. Douglas said: “Convinced, however, that this issue necessitated more than just business as usual, Senior Ministers in the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Martin along with the Attorney General are a part of the Unit and help to provide support and strategic direction in finding the best solutions to rid our country of these criminal elements.” He said that he has also instructed the Ministry of Youth Empowerment and the Ministry of Education to ensure that the restlessness of the country’s youth is positively channeled into opportunities, activities and ideas that will cultivate a better St. Kitts and Nevis “as we strive to ensure that the sacrifices we are making as a individually and as a nation are enjoyed by all.” Dr. Douglas said that in the face of difficult circumstances, the Ministry of the Office of the Prime Minister reaffirms its commitment to stick to the task of squeezing “plenty out of little, and that we will in 2012 continue to enhanceIn Tuned In One With radio 1 94.1FM St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (Photo by Erasmus Williams). the way we work to ensure that we meet the great demands of a civil service which is called to serve and a citizenry eager to advance itself by leaps and bounds into the future.”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 7 NEWS The Thinking Citizen I read an article in a recent issue of the Democrat newspaper which said, among other things, that Dr. Simmonds did not fire Governor Sir Probyn Inniss. St. John Payne, Lee L. Moore and Fitzroy Bryant, the article said simply set up Sir Probyn against Dr. Simmonds on a collision course which resulted in the dismissal of Governor Sir Probyn. The author of the article went all around the bush, but failed to say by whose authority the move to oust Sir Probyn from the office of Governor was engineered. In other words, who initiated the move to remove Sir Probyn from his position of Governor? That was left vague. St. John Payne, Lee L. Moore and Fitzroy Bryant did not have the power or the authority to initiate a move to get rid of Governor Sir Probyn. So the mention of the names of the three individuals is a mere red herring. So who initiated and engineered the move which led to the dismissal of Governor Sir Probyn Inniss? The article in question was written to deny the fact that Sir Probyn was removed from the office of Governor through the instrumentality of Dr. Simmonds. But some elected politician in St. Kitts told Sir Probyn that he was fired and that he should vacate Government House. The author of the article failed to disclose who that person is. Why? The article in the Democrat which is an incredible Fairy Tale or a halfbaked Brer Annancy story, seeks to tell us that St. John Payne, Lee L. Moore and Fitzroy Bryant got in with the Archangel Gabriel and got him to bring to Sir Probyn Inniss a message saying that he was no longer Governor and that he should leave Government House. The Democrat newspaper also said that the Labour Party feels that Labour and Labour alone is to govern St. Kitts and further that no other party has people with the EDUCATION and PATRIOTISM to govern. The question of PATRIOTISM, as raised by the PAM people, took my mind back to what happened in St. Kitts on the night of the 10th of June 1967. The PAM people do not call the event an act of Patriotism; they simply deny their involvement in the event. But such denial is both foolish and futile for nobody in his right senses, apart from a few PAMites; really and truly believe that PAM was not involved in the 10th of June affair. The co-conspirators in Anguilla have openly acknowledged the involvement of PAM and praised the PAM party for such involvement. Can the PAM party be more patriotic than the Labour Party? Has the PAM party been more patriotic than the Labour Party? As we all know, actions speak louder than words. During the 1960s a group of overseas investors got approval to put down a hotel on the ground of Fort Thomas. Three times a date was announced and three times nothing happened. The PAMites discouraged the group from making the investment. Eventually a hotel did go down at Fort Thomas, built by a consortium of patriotic local investors. Years later, during the period when the Hon. C.A. Paul Southwell was promoting the development of Cruise Tourism, a big PAM executive member organised a taxidrivers’ strike on a day when one of the largest cruise liners was riding at anchor in the Basseterre Roadstead. It was Earle Clarke, a most patriotic Kittitian who saved the day. Mr. Clarke rushed around and gathered together a team of other patriotic Kittitians who took care of the visitors and took them on tours of Brimstone Hill and other places of natural and historic interest. We cannot forget how PAM reacted when the Hon. C.A. Paul Southwell announced the INDELCO Project. The INDELCO Project was a multi-million dollar project aimed at the comprehensive development of the Frigate Bay Estate. The PAM party organised for a taxi-driver operating from the Circus in downtown Basseterre to put a full-page AD in one of the world’s leading newspapers, discouraging all prospective investors overseas from putting their money in any business venture in St. Kitts. This was PAM’s PATRIOTISM at work. The leaders of PAM would like the electorate to believe that they have EDUCATION. That is so, but all I would say is that it is not enough for one to have EDUCATION. One should also make an intelligent use of one’s EDUCATION. Sir Kennedy Simmonds, the former Prime Minister, signed a Loan Guarantee in the sum of US$25,330,000 on behalf of Nautical Trading (St. Kitts) Ltd in respect of the purchase of three hydrofoils. When Sir Kennedy gave evidence before the Commission of Inquiry, Sir Kennedy testified that he thought that his signing of the Loan Guarantee was “a mere formality”. Just before the last General Elections the current leader of PAM accepted an invitation from a total and complete stranger to attend a meeting with him at a hotel over at Frigate Bay. During his discussion with the total stranger, the PAM leader accepted an offer of a bribe. When the details of the bribe were made public, the PAM leader and his colleagues said that Prime Minister Douglas is to be blamed. The PAMites do not use their EDUCATION. The intelligent use of their EDUCATION is sabotaged by wickedness and greed, envy and jealousy, selfishness and spite and vengeance. They would have to purge their minds of such evil and devilish traits before they can see clearly to use their EDUCATION. The PAM Leaders need to purge their minds of their evil and devilish traits OAS Senior Officer The Organization of American States is inviting the general public to apply to fill the post of Senior Officer to be based at the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Washington DC. Qualifications include a Bachelor’s in social sciences, public administration, health sciences or a related field and 15 years relevant experience in drug abuse prevention, treatment or rehabilitation. Managerial experience is required while a Master’s Degree or a Doctorate in a plus. Computer literacy and proficiency in both Spanish and English is also required. 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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 8 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 7TH 2012 (CUOPM) – The AgroTourism Demonstration Farm Project which will be completed in two years time at Sir Gilles demonstrates to the twin-island Federation’s young, bright nationals the many faces of agriculture, the viability and importance of renewable energy and the multi-dimensional and everevolving nature of tourism in the nation’s economy. The Project, which involves the Ministries of Agriculture, Energy and Tourism and the Government of Taiwan, is spread over twenty acres and will be a fascinating place for locals and visitors. During his weekly radio call in programme “Ask the Prime Minister” on Tuesday, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said a key feature of the Agro-Tourism Project will the growing of plants for the education of locals and visitors, the medicinal properties of which were long known by the African ancestors. “In addition to providing a fascinating and PM Douglas highlights the many faces of the Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm educational activity for our visitors, our Agro-Tourism project will also remind nationals about the knowledge and insights of our own people, centuries ago. And, hopefully, this will stir within us a desire to not simply admire and respect the knowledge and insights of our forebears – even though it is important that we do that, but to also build on that knowledge. To, as a result of our own hard work and efforts, contribute to our people’s movement forward as well so that in years to come, generations will be able to learn not only about what our ancestors knew and contributed to mankind, but what we, those of us living today, knew and contributed as well,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He said that the educational component and an economic aspect that appeal to those who travel to St. Kitts and Nevis. St. Kitts was named a top 2011 destination by both AOL Travel and British Airways. St. Kitts was ranked the #1 Caribbean vacation destination by US News & World Report in 2011. “We in the Government, however, nonetheless keenly understand the importance of continuing the brainstorming, the hard work, and the ongoing quest for ways to enhance the competitive edge that got us here. Each time these international rankings are announced, I visualize – not the rankings themselves, but what they mean to the local engineers, to local builders, dredgers, etc. who are then in a position to get the construction-related contracts that are triggered by these rankings. I visualise the accountants and lawyers who are then in a position to generate more revenue as a result of the increased work associated with greater economic activity in our tourism sector. I visualise the truckers, the taxi-drivers, the local supermarkets, the hotel and restaurant workers, in other words, I visualise the vast spectrum of locals who stand to see their families’ social and economic standing enhanced as a result of the economic activity that these international rankings tend to generate,” said Prime Minister Douglas. COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT This Saturday, February 11th, 9am-12noon the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society will hold its annual, exciting Jumble Sale with items Galore! The general public is invited onto the grounds of the Alexander Hamilton Museum in Charlestown where you are sure to find something you always wanted! There will be toys, books,clothing for the entire family,household items, cheap, cheap! Adults pay $5 to enter, children are free! For further information please Call 469-5786.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 9 NEWS Kevonie Pemberton crowned Miss Teen Hospitality 2012 NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Nevis joined a number of organisations including the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) in the observance of World Cancer Day (WCD) on February 4th, 2012 under the theme “Together it is Possible”. Health Officials on the island collaborated with a number of partners to engage in activities throughout February to encourage the prevention, detection, care and treatment of Cancer. Health Planner in the Ministry of Health on Nevis Mrs. Nicole Slack Liburd told the Department of Information on February 3rd, Nevis joins world with month-long observance of World Cancer Day The Health Official pointed to the many risk factors for Cancer and indicated that the Health Promotion Unit and all Health Departments on the island had engaged in the promotion of healthy lifestyles. She noted that Nevis had quite a number of diabetic and hypertensive cases and those were diseases predisposed to Cancer. “So cancer is here, it is in our population and we at the Ministry of Health are trying to get everyone on board to play their part in reducing Cancer here on Nevis hence the big promotion, the big campaign in 2012,” she said. According to the Health Planner, it was the first time that Nevis was observing WCD with so many awareness activities in partnership with other organisations. She explained that this year’s theme was one of oneness and as such, everyone could contribute in whatever way possible to the fight against Cancer. Mrs. Nicole Slack made mention of a presentation of five neck ties from the St. Pauls Anglican Church to members of the Nevis Island Administration Cabinet. She said she was certain the ties would generate some level of discussion as they were worn by the Ministers during the month of February as she explained what the colours on the tie denoted. “The different colours on the tie representing the most prevalent cancers here on Nevis and those include prostate, breast, lung and cervical and there is also a purple colour there for the survivors of cancer and we do have quite a bit of survivors and they are supported by organisations such as Pink Lily. So to honour our survivors and the support organisations there is a purple colour on the neck tie,” she said. Other activities in the Cancer awareness month include a Cancer based discussion on Choice Radio’s Good Old Days on February 4th, an Oncology Symposium at the St. Pauls Anglican Church Hall from 8:30-11am on February 8th and a Cancer based Church Service at the St. Pauls Anglican Church on Former Miss Teen Hospitality 2011,Miss Erica Doras adjusting the crown after it was placed by Premier of Nevis, Hon.Joseph Parry on Miss Kevonie Pemberton,Miss Teen Hospitality 2012. Charlestown,Nevis— (Tuesday, February 7,2012) Premier and Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Joseph Parry early Sunday morning crowned Miss Lime Beach Bar and Tours, Kevonie Pemberton as the 2012 Teen Hospitality winner. Seventeen-year-old Kevonie, a Nevis Sixth Form College student, was outstanding throughout the night with her poise and eloquence, capturing the Best Ambassadorial Speech and Best Talent segments. She was also chosen by her peers as Miss Amity. Seventeen-year-old Cinnamon Matthew, a student of the Gingerland Secondary School, representing the Ole House Caf was crowned first runner-up. She was also winner of Best Caribbean Cocktail Dress. Fourteen-year-old Miss Nevisian Heritage Village, Shannon Morton, was second runner-up, and also captured the Miss Photogenic title. The other three participants were Miss Four Seasons Resort, Hydeia Tyson, Miss Nisbett Plantation Inn, Sherizelle Belle and Miss Qualie Beach Resort, Kereemah Reis. “This year, the show was exciting as all the contestants showed great showmanship and talent”, said the Premier. He also commended Tourism Marketing Officer in the Ministry of Tourism, Miss Tamika Lawrence, and the Ministry of Tourism for an outstanding job of organizing the well attended show. The show staged at the Cultural Complex, as part of Tourism Week 2012, was hosted by popular Nevisian Master of Ceremonies. Mr. Eric Evelyn. Tourism Week is being observed (Feb 3-12) under the theme “Linking Generations, Building Bridges” First runner up Miss Cinnamon Matthew Queen,Miss Kevonie Pemberton and Second Runner up, Miss Shannon Morton that they had commenced the activities ahead of Saturday’s observance with cervical cancer screenings at the Gingerland Health Centre on February 2nd. Cancer messages were held at schools on the island and the Pink Lily Foundation set up an informational table at the Memorial Square in Charlestown on February 03. Minister of Health Hon. Hensley Daniel also delivered a speech in observance of WCD. “Although we at the Ministry of Health have always been engaged in Cancer initiatives, this year we are having quite a number of activities in partnership with Pink Lily, the Nevis Maternal Health Fund and also the Ministry of Health in St. Kitts to bring a bit of awareness to this disease. “It has affected our population for quite a number of years and continues to do so. In 2011 right here in Nevis 27 persons were diagnosed with Cancer and in 2010, 25 and those numbers are alarming,” she said.However, Mrs. Slack Liburd was of the view that the Ministry of Health’s proactive approach had helped to spur the public to take advantage of their status with the disease.“With our screening initiatives, with the Pap smear screenings for example at the Health Centres and Prostate Cancer Screening at the [Alexandra] Hospital, we have been able to identify quite a number of our cases at the early stages. So although our numbers are increasing, we feel that it also has something to do with our prevention and our early detection initiatives,” she said.Health Planner in the Ministry of Health on Nevis Mrs. Nicole Slack Liburd Deputy Premier and Minister of Health on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel wearing one of the five neck ties donated to the Nevis Island Cabinet by the St. Pauls Anglican Church in observance of World Cancer Day on February 4thFebruary 12th. There will also be Health Tips read by Nurses on local radio stations and a number of Cancer Education sessions at all Health centres.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 10 NEWS Through the mercies of our Heavenly Father, the weary soul of our loved one, Harold Charles Maynard, has faded into ethereal bliss; while his mortal frame, has withered in the hands of death. The victory is the Lord’s! —— A new life with Him has begun! We have gathered to testify to the virtues of this God-fearing, hard working, dedicated, loyal and trust-worthy son of the soil; and to offer the consolation of his life, well lived, to those who mourn. In so doing, we may wish to re-dedicate ourselves to the ideals that he professed. It is for me a signal honour and privilege to pay tribute to this stalwart, who has made a solid contribution to his native land, in the struggle for equality, for fairness and for overall development. Indeed, he was a brave warrior; a man who had an unyielding, unwavering commitment and dedication to the cause of the Labour Movement. (The People’s cause) As one rooted and grounded in the Movement, I encountered Comrade Maynard “Big John” as he was affectionately called, at an early age, and found his passion for the cause of workers, to be inspirational. It was not until early1988 however, that I was officially introduced to him by His son Antonio, (Director); and there began an understanding of the role he played in the liberation and development of our people and Country. Like so many of his contemporaries in the Village Community, he was in his own quiet and unassuming style, a force in many aspects of community life, and indeed on the wider landscape of our Country. He nurtured and provided guidance and protection for many; and worked tirelessly to ensure the survival of his family, his community and his Country. Comrade Maynard was among the diminishing number of authentic warriors of the battalion for fairness, justice and liberation in our Land. He was born and raised at a time when the peoples of the oppressed Colonies of this Region, publicly declared their stance for those rights. Here at home, and in particular, in the sugar-cane fields of Buckleys, Camps and Needsmust, our people, though relatively few in numbers, and without resources, save for their own wise heads, stout hearts and a desire to be treated with dignity, took that stance. With love for one another and their native land; and an abiding faith in the Almighty God, they in 1935, made this declaration known to all and sundry.” “Fall een” they called to their coworkers, as they moved from estate to estate; for the day of reckoning had come. They made their supplications for strength and courage for the maintenance of this declaration, to the Mighty Fortress— the God of Battles. — Our God!(And they sang songs of re-enforcement and encouragement)Rouse then soldiers— rally ‘round the banner Ready, steady, pass the word along Onward, forward – shout a loud Hosanna Christ is captain of the mighty throngIt was in furtherance of this struggle for workers rights, fair wages, and better conditions of work, adequate health care and living conditions that our departed comrade joined the said workers on these Estates, a few short years later to work. And work they did!! He, like so many others at that time, understood the march to Nationhood; and the importance of active Labour (work) to this realization. For “Manna will not fall from Heaven just like that; we have to be seen to be actively helping ourselves” ....“ Work!” declared our first National Hero, and visionary Leader of our Great Movement; Right Excellent, Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw. Our fore-bears and parents understood that hardwork was not only the requirement of nature and reason, but also the requirement of Christ himself. To the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul wrote, “work with your hands, that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.” To his Ephesians’ Brethren he spoke thus: -“let Him Labour, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” And how they embraced this principle! They worked! They cut cane, raised animals, and grew crops. And yes, they demonstrated love and concern for one another, as they stood united in protest against oppression and degradation. “Who got, give to who don’t have”; Comrade Maynard told Jean and I when we visited him late last year at the Grange. And how he gave! Indeed, together with his loyal and supportive wife of like mannerism, Ellen, who predeceased him, he sacrificed much for the education and physical upkeep of their children; believing as they did, that a strong body, mind and soul was key to survival and overall development. They were determined that their children would not, like them, be destined for the cane fields. Undoubtedly our Nation’s march to, and eventual attainment of Independence and development, embodies the tremendous effort, courage, wit, energy and determination of comrades like “Big John”. His passion for the cause was palpable. Like so many stalwarts and leaders of this great movement, he understood that we are essentially one people, with one history, and the same destiny. They worked steadfastly to inspire the pride and dignity of our race, and there can be no question of their fidelity to democracy. It is a credit and a testimony to their dedication, determination and commitment that we have witnessed a total transformation of our Country in one generation. In fact, with all that concerned this Nation, this manHarold Charles Maynard, has ever sympathised; has ever stood; has ever struggled. He was first to arrive at meetings and rallies, and last to leave. His high level of participation in community and national affairs ensured that his children play their part in our overall development. During our conversation that I alluded to earlier, he intimated that as a society, we are suffering from crime and economic hardship, because our people have become selfish, self-centred, self-serving and greedy! Reflecting on this; and his life in general, brought forcefully to the fore, the impact and heavy influence that these parents had on their offspring. Two of his Sons and one Grandson have become social commentators on the National and Regional scene. Protagonists, if you like, of conscious messages for the advancement of our peoples and nations. Mighty Contender, in his calypso “Greediness”, warns that greediness was killing the world; and that there was need of a revolution to wipe out greediness to save our Lands. In another of Contender’s calypsos, “ who gon guard de guard”, he also warned that trusted and respected leaders, do have moral breakdowns; and that as a people, we should be vigilant; and not be afraid to take action against abuse and double standards, in order to safeguard our values and principles. Director lamented, that one can find oneself “standing between a rock and a hard place,” as one challenges one’s colleagues to remain loyal to the philosophy of protecting the people’s patrimony. In another of Director’s compositions, he alerted us to the fact, that although the sun is still shining, there is a dark cloud looming. He admonished that we should not be reluctant to take action; that we ought to stand for what is right. Calling on everyone to take note and to learn from other countries’ mistakes, he warned, “Don’t wait for the last shower to pick up your clothes”. King Konris admonished that we grow in love. He highlighted instances of division and double standards; and warned of the harmful effects on the development of Nations, when there is a breakdown in morals and values. We must endeavour he says, to be in unison, singing all of the parts to “one song”a song of love! In his latest winning calypso, he called on us all to understand, that it is “harmony” not “division” that is needed, right now, to chart a new course. He asks that we utilize our God given talents and resources for the further development of our proud Nation. And he pleads with our Heavenly Father to open our eyes, giving “20-20 Vision” (foresight), so that we can act, before it is too late! And so, the legacy is real, the struggle has been well and truly joined by his off-spring. ——— Is this providence? I can only prayDear Lord and Father of Mankind Forgive our foolish ways Re-clothe us in our rightful mind In purer lives thy service find In deeper reverence, praise As part of this great legacy, are the lessons in resilience, trustworthiness, compassion, fear of God, unity and value of community. These must be again garnered, if we are to progress our Proud Nation. Our Comrade’s final comment in our last conversation was in reference to Jean’s observation, relative to the many struggles; that through it all, he had remained quiet, un-assuming and humble in manner. “I have had two (2) Parliamentary Representatives in my time; and you have just described them” was his response. I’d like to think that I perhaps had some semblance of impact on this proud son, Harold Charles Maynard. Truth is however, that the reverse is true; I was deeply motivated and inspired by his sterling contribution. As his faithful Representative, I felt duty bound to pay this tribute to my fallen Comrade. I therefore asked my colleague and friend, chairman of the Party – Senior Minister, the Honourable Timothy Harris, to travel to Chile to represent me at a CARICOMChile Joint Meeting, where as Chairman of COFCOR I was slated for duty. Minister Harris has asked me to apologise for his absence and to convey his sincere condolences to the family, which I so do now. On behalf of the West Basseterre Community, the Government, my family and myself, I take this opportunity to thank the entire Maynard family for allowing us to share in this manner. I encourage each and every one of you, to go forth with satisfaction, pride and confidence. He finished strong! God be praised! We shall all be forever grateful for the legacy he has left us. I verily believe that the everlasting gates have opened wide, to receive one who was true to all demands of fellowship and comradeship. May we who knew his comradeship, gain new inspiration from his life of fellowship and service! His labour of love! And now the labourer’s task is over Now the battle day is past Now upon the farther shore lands this villager at last Father, in thy gracious keeping Leave we now, they servant sleeping And now may the God whom he loved and obeyed, be merciful and grant him eternal rest. Tribute to the late Harold Charles Maynard By Honourable Sam Condor Parliamentary Representative West Basseterre at Wesley Methodist Church Thursday 2nd February, 2012


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 11 NEWS Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Welcomes New Dean, Dr. Elaine Watson Basseterre, St. Kitts New Dean of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), Dr. Elaine Watson, outlined her vision for the future of the school in her inaugural address to the campus at a Watson spoke of her plans to become more familiar with the culture, and her desire to meet with the faculty, staff and students of the school in an effort to gain a sense of the academic program and to better understand the operations of the campus. She was able to share some of her background as a clinician, a teacher and as a researcher, and her experience as dean of the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine, which she felt had prepared her for the task of leading RUSVM forward. Dean Watson is known for her pro-active approach to leadership, and has already formed a clear vision of the future of RUSVM. She envisions tremendous opportunities, for veterinary medicine and plans to take steps to ensure that RUSVM is an important player in the international field. “Opportunities in the areas of global expansion, in veterinary education and research exist. It is my goal that RUSVM be known for innovations in education and be positioned to demonstrate stronger leadership within the veterinary community,” she said during her presentation. During her address to the campus, the new dean confirmed that the health and welfare of animals will always be the central mission of veterinarians, because the care of companion animals is the mainstay of the veterinarian income and research has only reinforced the importance of the human-animal bond. In addition to this however, Watson expressed the view that veterinary medicine has scope to do so much more on a global level and is presently at the core of helping to alleviate poverty. “Producing food for the world will become more and more challenging as the demand for protein increases,” said Watson, “throughout the practice of veterinary public health, animal disease efforts and interactions with medical teams, RUSVM can truly become a leader within the global healthcare community. Through the formation of collaborations and strategic partnerships, RUSVM and its members can truly make a difference to the world.” Over the next few months, Watson will focus on tasking the leaders of the various RUSVM departments to work together to produce a vision for the next five years and a strategy for how they plan to achieve this vision. This strategy will inform the future recruitment profile of the university and ultimately determine its success. She emphasized that achieving this vision will necessitate change, adaptability and diligence on the part of each individual member of the RUSVM community. “I am ready to move us forward. Are you ready to support me on this journey?” said Watson, as she completed her remarks on her inaugural day as RUSVM Dean. Applause in support of her vision followed. About Ross University School of Veterinary MedicineRoss University is a provider of medical and veterinary education, offering Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree programs. Founded in 1982 and located in S t. Kitts, West Indies, the School of Veterinary Medicine is accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board and the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education to offer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program (AVMA COE, 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173, 847-925-8070). The School of Veterinary Medicine is affiliated with 23 AVMA-accredited U.S. veterinary schools where students complete their clinical year. The University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital is the only facility outside the U.S. and Canada accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit www.RossU.edu. welcome celebration held in her honor on February 2, 2012. Watson addressed RUSVM faculty, staff and students and the celebration featured remarks from members of the university leadership team, and special St. Kitts cultural performances. Watson conveyed her excitement to become dean of RUSVM and applauded the commitment and motivation of the students, encouraging them to continue to be ambassadors of RUSVM through their work, in clinics, and beyond. “There is so much pride at RUSVM and I am proud to take the next step in the development of the university as I join and lead a distinguished group of veterinary colleagues and committed staff,” Watson said.


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 13 NEWS -Sir Edmund: “National anchored to the solid rock of institutional excellence and public confidence” National Group of Companies and National Bank (Photo by Erasmus Williams) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) St. Kitts-NevisAnguilla National Bank Limited had a good year in 2010/2011, is anchored to the solid rock of institutional excellence and public confidence and that anchor held fast during the financial crisis in the United States and Europe that followed the Lehman brothers collapse in 2008. Veteran banker and Managing Director, Sir Edmund Lawrence in his annual report disclosed that assets increased byEC$209.1 million, loans increased by EC$68.8 million and deposits grew by EC$186.9 million. “Profit after tax for the same year increased by EC$11 million, liquidity improved by EC$111.8 million, and earnings per share increased by 8 cents over 2009/ 2010,” said Sir Edmund. He said at the end of financial year 2010/2011, National had assets per capita of EC$49, 338, deposits per capita of EC$33,202, loans per capita of EC$24,147, equity per capita of EC$10,012. At the end of the financial year under review national had a loansto-deposits ratio of 72.7% and a loans-to-total assets ratio of 48.9%. Liquidity was 54.6% of deposits and 36.8% of assets. In 2010/2011 financial year national average operating interest rate margin was 2.84% and its operating costs average about 1.2% of total assets. “No country or company was immune from the effects of the crisis. However National had the system and the strength to withstand the unprecedented rigours and avoid the dreadful ravages of the worst banking and broader financial crisis in modern times,” said Sir Edmund, pointing out: “What is urgently needed to cure the pandemic banking anemia and prevent a near-term relapse is clear diagrammatical Sir Edmund Lawrence (National Bank photo) understanding of the multidimensional causation of financial transactions and activities by, between and among central banks commercial banks, businesses, consumers and governments.” Sir Edmund noted that using the faculty of foresight to discern the unintended consequences of contemplated actions, “National perceived the three vitals Cs of commercial banking, namely Cash (liquidity or real money to operate with); Capacity (board governance), and Competency (management resourcefulness).” He said these three conjoint factors are indispensable requirements for successful banking. “Different weights are assigned to these factors: cash 30%, capacity 33% and competency 37%,” said Sir Edmund. He said National maintains a laser-like focus on these three strategic and enabling Cs to maximize their combined power for the achievement of efficient and profitable performance. National, he continued, recognises that its cash stock will not influence the quality of the board Capacity or the efficacy of the management Competency, but that together or separately Capacity and Competency will influence the quantity of the cash stock. National also recognizes that its inventory (money) does not belong to the owners of the bank but belongs to the customers. “National understands and accepts the dire implications and consequences of that sobering fact and seeks always to conduct its business and affairs in total conformity with that unchanging, unrelenting and unforgiving fact,” said Sir Edmund. He said that National is fully aware of the fact also that even if the board has excellent Capacity and makes a good decision but the management has a Competency deficit and does a bad execution of an existential risk. “Similarly without competent management, an ample Cash stock soon becomes insufficient. In recognition of this immutable reality, National remains steadfast and unyielding in its endeavor to combine effective governance with efficient management,” said Sir Edmund. He said also that National holds the view that the global financial and economic environment will continue to be unstable and unpredictable into the short to medium term. “Accordingly National continually strengthens and improves two dynamic leadership strategies that it previously developed and implemented to manage the present and prepare for the future,” said Sir Edmund, who declared that the first strategy is to manage the talents, targets, technologies and trends; the second strategy is to manage resources, relationships, situations and time. “These strategies are separate but inseparable. By this means, National manages presents risks effectively in order that it does not have to manage future crises after the risk have become realities. National future is sustainable and certain whatever challenges and threats the future may presents,” Sir Edmund told shareholders. The St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank was incorporated in 1971. Subsidiaries are: The National Bank Trust Company (St. Kitts-NevisAnguilla) Limited, incorporated 1972; National Caribbean Insurance Company Limited, incorporated 1973 and the St. Kitts and Nevis Mortgage and Investment Company Limited. halves of the same well-thought out coin.” Mr. Nayak’s company, Veling Ltd, designed the state of the art FBO Facility that is geared toward assisting the Federation in attaining its goal. Veling Ltd. is rated in the Top 40 Aircraft Lessors Worldwide and is a specialist provider of aviation-related services. Veling Ltd. is credited with constructing a similar jet terminal in Mauritius, among other SKNIS PhotoEvelyn accepts groundbreaking momento from Mr. Nayak SKNIS Photo Skerritt accepts groundbreaking momento from Mr. Nayak Nation’s “Forward Movement” Stimulated (cont’d from page 2) accomplishments. He mentioned the benefits that would accrue from such a facility. “Air services play a very key role in the Federation’s economy and the country’s airport will be the catalyst in the growth of the Federation’s Tourism collaboration between his authority and Veling has already been quite productive. LFS, he revealed, would be responsible for the management and operations of the FBO. Construction is scheduled to Industry,” Mr. Nayak noted. St. Kitts also benefits from the creation of jobs for its nationals in the construction stage and towards the end of the year to run the FBO. We also intend to process the transfer of knowledge to the local community through the use of the world renowned experts in their field.” Mr. Carol Evelyn, the new Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) said the commence on Monday, February 06. “You can expect to see a lot of activities starting in a few weeks time as the contractor mobilizes the work,” Mr. Evelyn informed. “I can assure you that the building of the FBO will not interfere with flights and will in no way disrupt the operations of the airport. A safe and secure environment will be maintained.” The Private Jet Terminal FBO is forecasted to be completed in the last quarter of 2012 and operations are expected to commence in December.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 14 NEWS The following are some recommendations for safeguarding your home against burglary. WARNING: When implementing any of these precautions, be sure to protect yourself from protection! For example, be careful not to install fencing or locks that could prevent or delay your timely rescue or escape in the event of fire.FENCING AND SHRUBSAny fencing around your property can be a psychological deterrent to illegal entry. A burglar needs to think he can get away with whatever he takes from your home. Some types of privacy fencing, however, can actually be appealing to a burglar, as it may provide protection from being spotted by witnesses while breaking in. A chain link fence may be the best alternative, as it is difficult to scale, prevents or slows entry or exit, and does not prevent neighbors from detecting a break-in. Similarly, cut high shrubs back, especially near windows, so burglars cannot hide behind them.EXTERIOR LIGHTINGA night prowler could be discouraged by a well-lit yard. There are many types of exterior lighting which can be used for security purposes. To identify the dimly lit areas on your property, walk around your house (at a distance of approximately 40-50 feet) on a dark night and have someone dressed in dark clothing stand near vulnerable entrances or hiding places near your home. Determine where lights would best be positioned to deter a burglar. Do not forget about second story entrances which are accessible from nearby trees or the garage or porch roof. Light sensors can be installed on most exterior lighting systems that automatically turn the lights on at dusk and off at dawn. Most hardware stores stock lights with motion detectors that are activated by human movement. These devices can sometimes frighten off burglars.EXTERIOR DOORWAYSExterior doors to your home will often be the first manner of entrance tried by a potential burglar. There are several factors involved that lend to the overall security provided by your doorways: the door itself; the strike plates, hinges and latches; the construction of the door frame; and the integrity of the lock.DoorsThe greatest security of provided by windowless doors with mail slots or other openings placed as far away from the latch as possible. Metal doors which are 16 gauge or thicker provide a good degree of security. Solid-core wooden doors are okay, although wooden doors can be cut. Installing wide-angle peepholes in the center of the door increases security by allowing residents of the home to see who is outside without opening the door.FastenersNo matter how sturdy the door is, weak fasteners are frequently the main contribution to an in secure exterior doorway. Improperly aligned latches and strike plates, or shorter than adequate screws on hinges, latches and strike plates can make even the sturdiest door pop open with a minimal amount of pressure. In a wooden door jamb, 3-inch #10 wood screws that extend in to the stud behind the jam should be used to attach the door hinge. The will provide adequate resistance to prying.Door FramesSome wooden door jams are not designed for maximum security and are easily levered far enough away from the door to free the latches. To stiffen flexible door frames, use the flat end of a pry bar to remove the side casing and insert scrap pieces of wood between the stud and the door frame. Be sure not to force in pieces that are too thick and could cause the frame to bow so the door will not shut properly, but just enough to make a snug fit that will prevent prying the frame to free the latches.LOCK SYSTEMSAny time you believe that someone else could have a key for unauthorized entry to your home; it is wise to change the locks. This is particularly recommended if you have purchased a new home or if you move into a previously occupied apartment, as you have no idea who the previous residents have given keys to. There are several types of lock and bolt systems for exterior doors. The following are readily available lock systems for residential use: •Key-In-Knob Lock •Dead Bolt Locks •Double-Cylinder Dead Bolt •Thumb-Turn Dead Bolt •Rim Lock Dead Bolt •Double-Bar Lock •Diagonal-Bar Lock •Vertical Bolts •Chain Lock NOTE: No matter how strong the lock is, it is only good if it is used!ALARM SYSTEMSElectronic burglar alarm systems vary dramatically in price and sophistication. The basic principal, however, remains the same — to sound an alarm when a point of entry has been intruded. The alarm, in most cases, will scare away the intruder, or alert residents or neighbors that a crime may be in progress. Below are various types of alarm systems: •Door-Chain Alarm •Locking Door Alarm •Window Buzzer •Ultrasonic Motion Detector Another popular type of alarm system is the family dog. The pet does not necessarily have to be a trained attack dog to scare away a would-be burglar. Remember, the burglar does not want to be detected in his act, and in many cases a barking dog will discourage a burglar from continuing his attempted entry into your home.HOUSEHOLD INVENTORYIn the event that a burglar does successfully enter your home and steal your belongings, you should be prepared to assist the police in recovering and returning your property, and prepared to assist yourself in recouping your losses. Prepare a list of all your possessions, and take down the approximate date of purchase, value, and serial numbers. Those objects of extraordinary value or those that are difficult to describe in writing or have no serial numbers (such as jewellery or art work) should be photographed. Once you have completed your list, discuss your list of possessions with your insurance agent to be sure that you are adequately covered for theft or fire damage. Keep a copy of your list in a safe place (preferably a safety deposit box at your bank). DO NOT leave the list in an easy place for a burglar to find. Be sure to mark your property in inconspicuous places, preferably on places that cannot be removed. A common and frequently recommended code to use is your Social Security Number. If your marked property is stolen and subsequently recovered, using your Social Security Number as your identification code can assist the police in tracing you down and returning your property. Public Relations Office Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Police Headquarters Basseterre 1-869-465-2241 Tips for Protecting Tips for Protecting Tips for Protecting Tips for Protecting Tips for Protecting Y Y Y Y Y our Home our Home our Home our Home our Home


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 15 NEWS A More Interactive ‘Ask The Consul’ for 2012 How can we help you?This month’s “Ask the Consul” is about providing us with important feedback to improve the column. How has the column been helpful to you? What changes would you like to see? Our goal is to make the column more interactive by responding directly to your visa questions and concerns. We will then select questions to feature in upcoming columns. Use any of the contact methods listed below to get in touch with the Consular section and to make your voice heard! EMAIL: BridgetownNIV@state.gov MAILING ADDRESS: U.S. Embassy Consular Section Wildey Business Park Wildey, St. Michael Barbados DIRECT LINE: 246-227-4175 (Monday-Friday, 3:00-4:00pm) FAX NUMBER: 246-431-0179 You can also “like” our U.S. Embassy Bridgetown page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/USEmbassyBarbados) to learn about upcoming visa chats! OAS Senior Officer The Organization of American States is inviting the general public to apply to fill the post of Senior Officer to be based at the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Washington DC. Qualifications include a Bachelor’s in social sciences, public administration, health sciences or a related field and 15 years relevant experience in drug abuse prevention, treatment or rehabilitation. Managerial experience is required while a Master’s Degree or a Doctorate in a plus. Computer literacy and proficiency in both Spanish and English is also required. Duties include advising the Executive Secretary of CICAD, the Secretary and members of the General Secretariat of the OAS on progress and gaps on the development and implementation of projects and activities; leading managing and overseeing the development and delivery of activities, establishing and promoting concepts and instruments of horizontal cooperation in the area of drug demand reduction. Application deadline is October 10, 2012. For further information pertaining to the application procedure, contact the OAS at email www.OAS.org


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 16 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Catholics attending last Sunday’s Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception erupted into a spontaneous applause when the bells of the church rang for the first time in years. Parish Priest Father Bernard Latus had the bells cleaned and rest and surprised the congregation by ringing the bells prior to the start of Mass. Churches on St. Kitts and Nevis are preparing for a Mass of Welcome and Thanksgiving for the new Bishop of St. John’s-Basseterre the Most Rev. Kenneth Richards on Thursday 9Th February 2012. According to the Church’s website, Roman Catholicism in St. Kitts revived from its ashes in the 19th century and flourished. In 1846 several hundred Portuguese from Madeira came to St. Kitts and were instructed in reviving the Catholic religion. Together with a few catholic families from the neighbouring islands of St. Maarten and St. Bartholomew, who had already settled on the island. Also some Irish Catholics fleeing the Irish Potato Famine have arrived in Basseterre and settled in what today is known as Irish Town in the western part of downtown Basseterre.THE BUILDING OF THE (OLD) CHURCH AND THE PRESBYTERYThe first priest to arrive and work on the island was Rev Fr. Hugh MacShane but it was under his successor Fr. John Taaffle that the erection of the church on Basseterre started. During the ministry of Fr. Michael O’Donnelly the church walls continued to rise, but could not be completed due to lack of funds. In 1858 Fr. Phillip Lynch was officially appointed as the first parish priest of St. Kitts. This date marks the official establishment of the canonical parish on the island. He was sent to reside here in an effort to have the Church completed; there being no Presbytery, Fr Lynch lived free of charge with Mr. Emile S. Delisle, and Divine Service was held in a private home on Liverpool Row. Father worked with great energy on the church which had been under construction for over 12 years. A gift was made to the Church by Bishop Poirier of a beautiful statue of our Lady Immaculate and of a precious Crown of diamonds for the Madonna. In 1863 he also donated the 14 Stations of the Cross. In 1860 Fr. J.G. van Os succeeded Fr. Lynch, and he threw himself heart and soul into this work. His predecessor has completed the Church, but many immigrants were scattered over the entire island and consequently not within an easy reach of the pastor. He asked for and obtained from the bishop permission to say Holy Mass and administer the Sacraments in private homes, in case of necessity, on Sundays and holy days of obligation. Soon the happy results of his zeal were noticeable. His health, however, suffered, and he was transferred. Next pastor Rev Patrick Smith was able to acquire for the Church the two properties; north and south of the Church, where the present Presbytery and Parish Centre now stand. The Title Deed of both properties is dated Sept 3, 1863. In 1864 Fr. John Molly arrived and started to build the Presbytery and the school on the newly acquired lands. The Presbytery was ready for occupation late in 1867, however, the school which he built was forced to close in 1872 through lack of funds. Between 1874 and 1884 no fewer than nine different Priests ministered to the Catholics of St. Kitts. In 1884 Fr. Peter Smyth came, and his ministry lasted for the nearly 20 years.THE CONVENT AND THE SCHOOLSThe Convent was completed in 1895 and in Convent School opened in July 1896 with four Sisters of Mercy from England and 40 pupils. In 1901 Fr Smith imported new Stations of the Cross, and two years later the beautiful Statue of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the Church. The Redemptorist Fathers arrived in 1904 with Fr. Alphonsus Stainforth CSsR as the parish priest. In 1906 Father purchased a large property beyond the Presbytery gardens, which he turned into schoolroom and the garden into a playground. The old schoolroom he made into a Sacristy and Oratory. Both the bishop and the Parish priest worked very hard to secure Nuns to re-open the Convent, and finally in August 1911 they obtained the consent of the Order of the Union of the Sacred Heart and the Sisters arrived on December 5 of the same year. The Convent was re-opened in January 1912, and managed to stay open largely due to the benevolence and generosity of Mr Joseph Farrara and Mrs E. Pistana. In 1913 Rev Fr. Joseph Hermans, CSsR arrived, and his work with the youth and the various Church Societies was remarkable. In 1916 yet another property was bought for 300.00 pounds, north of and adjoining the Convent.THE (NEW) CHURCH (present Co-Cathedral)In 1923 the then Parish Priest, Fr. Rabaey expressed from the pulpit the hope the hope that the Catholics of Basseterre be able to boast of the better church. At once collections were taken up, bazaars and concerts organized and appeals were made, and the work was undertaken without delay. On January 16, 1927 a farewell sermon was preached to the old church all furniture including the organ was removed to the hall, transformed into a temporary Church. The walls of the old church were taken down to give space for the new church built on the same spot. The work commenced on the new Church on the 17th of March 1927 St. Patrick’s Dayand on 22nd of April the Memorial stone was solemnly blessed. The church rose as if by magic, under the able direction of Fr. Claeys assisted by Bro. Mathias, with Fr. De Ridder running the Parish, and in less than two years it was completed. The dedication of the new church of the Immaculate Conception took place on December 1928. The Redemptorist Fathers from Belgium and Ireland worked in the parish from 1904 until 1981. One of the well known and remembered Redemptorist priests who worked in the parishes of St. Kitts is Fr. John Bergmans CSsR, now retired in Belgium who worked in St Kitts from 1956 until 1981. The other priest who served only as assistant priest but worked very hard with the choirs and made the Immaculate Conception choir very famous in the Leeward Islands and beyond was Fr. Van den BergeIMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH BECOMES THE CO-CATHEDRALUntil 1970’s St. Kitts together with other Leeward Islands was a part of the Diocese of Roseau (Dominica). In 1971 a new diocese was formed comprising of the English speaking Leeward Islands north of Guadeloupe, Most Rev. Joseph Bowers, SVD became bishop of the Diocese of St. Johns (in Antigua) He was able to draw confreres of the Divine Word Missionaries to help in the diocese to carry one the work of Evangelization. The first to answer his call was Fr. Jacques Nyssen, who repaired the church of the Immaculate Conception, the Presbytery and the Convent now the Pastoral Centre. Most Rev. Donald Reece D.D from Jamaica became bishop of the Diocese in October 1981 on the retirement of Bp. Joseph Bowers. It was a year in which Antigua and Barbuda gained their independence from Great Britain. Two years later, in September 1983 the twin islands of St. Kitts and Nevis became an independent nation. This was the time when both capitals of the two independent nations needed to have their Cathedral. It was a time when a new cathedral started to be built in St. Johns, Antigua and this church of Immaculate Conception was raised to the rank of the Co-Cathedral.DIOCESE OF ST JOHN’S-BASSETERREWith the elevation of the Immaculate Conception church to the rank of Co-Cathedral the Diocese’s name has changed from Diocese of St. Johns-Antigua to Diocese of St. John’s-Basseterre. Under the very dynamic leadership of Bishop Donald J. Reece many of the reforms of the Vatican II were implemented and the laity has assumed many responsibilities, including the administration of the Catholic schools and the work of catechists which was largely reserved to religious sisters and priests before. Fr. Jacques Nyssen, SVD besides the work of repair and renovations has also introduced many lay ministries and apostolates which exist till today. He started the St. Vincent de Paul Society and established the first Parish Pastoral Council. From the early 1980’s until today the Parish clergy are from the Society of the Divine Word (SVD’s) with the exception of Fr. Edward Lawlor and Fr. Gerard Critch who were ordained priests for the ne Diocese of St. John’s Basseterre and served the Co-Cathedral in later part of 1980’s. From 1986 until 2007 the Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish in Canada did pastoral work in the parish and schools. Among them sisters Brendalee, Sr. Donna, Sr. Mary and Sr. Theresa are well remembered among many others. They engaged especially in catechetical, social work and Prison ministry. One of the recent priests, well remembered is Fr. Frank Power, SVD who worked as parish priest for nine years (1991-2000). Under his leadership some new lay ministries and groups were established and the former convent; Formation House was renovated and transformed into Parish Centre. Fr. Larry Finnegan, SVD who succeeded him started fundraising for the renovation of the Presbytery. The presbytery was completely rebuilt to retain its former faade in 2006. The amalgamation of two schools St. Theresa’s Convent and the St. Joseph has been completed and the new name is Immaculate Conception Catholic School (ICCS) (Photo by Erasmus Williams) Bells at the Co-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception ringing again Co-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, East Independence Square Street This was used to expand the schools to build new classrooms and make a space for a playground. Here a mention of various sisters who administered the schools should be made, especially the Convent of the Union of Sacred heart, the Sisters of Mercy, the ICM sisters and most recently the Caribbean native sisters from Jamaica the Franciscan Missionary Sisters.BUILDING OF


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 17 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader : Although this is one of Granny’s sayings, and, although some of my readers are exhorting me to write another article on Granny’s sayings and their meanings, this article, although it will be based on one of her sayings, would not be focussing on her sayings per say, but would be used to convey a powerful message to my readers. It is a fact that it is not everybody who grins with you wishes you well. Some of the biggest back-stabbers are those who grin with you. They only show you their teeth. They do not show their gum. A person can give you a grin by showing you their teeth. This is not a natural laugh coming from the deepest region of the soul. Those persons do not mean well for you. Watch them closely! Our brothers and sisters who are of a lighter skinned colour and who are not accustomed to associate with black brothers and sisters, but who want us to believe that they are genuine, greet us with a sneer. You see muscle movement in the face where the muscles either project up or across, but their eyes are placid. There is no tinkle in them. We neither experience the show of gum or teeth in this sneer. We forgive them for they are unaccustomed to deal with us, because they might be timid. Movement of the facial muscles, that is all. Then there are the people who greet you with a genuine laugh and a hug and you feel that greeting coming or evolving from the deepest crevices of their souls. You see gum, you see the sparkle in their eyes, you see teeth flashing, you see facial muscles expanding all the way back to their ears and neck and you hear the echoing thunder of their laughter coming from deep down in their bowels. When the encounter which you want to last forever is finally over, your spirits are lifted up. Your whole being is singing with joy, for that person unknowingly has made your day. Your burdens have disappeared. They have sun shined you with hope, with cheerfulness which you, unaware of what you are doing, pass on that ‘sunshineness’ to those you meet for the rest of the day. You have been metaphased from the dark, ominous cloud of a person, to a portrayer of joy to other beings. That person with that genuine laughter, has transformed you into a different you. Then, there are some people who do not see any beauty in themselves and can only laugh if you tickle the soles of their feet, their sides or their backs. Stop the tickling and they return to their usual grumpy and lacking in beauty self. Peals of laughter can emanate from persons who are given jokes by someone who knows how to deliver those jokes. These persons could roll over and, sometimes end up with fits of coughing and tears running or streaming from their eyes. Such persons usually sing Brother Bob Marley’s reggae, “Don’t worry about a thing for every little thing is going to be alright”. Nothing bothers them. Their heart is light. They are good natured and kind, genuine persons. They do not suffer from stress. They find it very easy to laugh, but, there are others who would hear the same jokes and won’t even grin. These persons possess troubled hearts, distressed souls and begrudge those who possess the good medicine to laugh easily, genuinely and sincerely. These latter persons are a nuclear. factory of hatred and their sole purpose and intent is to destroy anything they cannot control. They once were somebody with everybody showing respect to them. They deserted the cruise ship they were working on and now find themselves on a fishing boat with a motley crew who do not trust them and who do not have any respect for them. They walk the streets of Basseterre with no one hailing out to them. They are in a quandary. What is there for us to do? You know what? We will try and befriend two of Dougie’s Ministers and grin with them. They might believe that we are genuine with our grins and we will be able to pierce the armour of Labour and smash up Dougie and the whole organization. Who could swim, swim; and who drown, too bad for them. Granny, in her wisdom, said that if you want to see if all skin teeth is laugh, go up the cemetery. A lot of people up there are grinning, not because they really want to grin. Death has decayed their facial muscles. They could only want to grin, but death has decayed all their facial muscle and all they are left with is a grin. I am sure that these persons who the nuclear plants of hatred want to pierce are persons who have the respect of their constituencies and who have been steeped and grounded in the Labour Party from their birth. These persons who are grinning with them never had a firm foundation or grounding in the Labour Movement. That is why they have found it so easy to become deserters and driftwood. Labour’s nature is to love, care and nurture the elderly and the dispossessed. Do you remember how PAM took away the Assistance Pensions from Senior Citizens who were Labour supporters? Do you remember Michael, in his heyday on the platform urging young people to beat up their mothers, fathers, grandparents, if they talk Labour? No real Labour stalwart could descend to this stench. All skin teeth no laugh. Some people would do anything to get people to come and wallow in their mud with them. Two men were stealing yams from an Estate, the yams were stored in a hut and the watchman realized that the yams were diminishing every day, but the hut was always locked up, so he decided to sleep in the hut one night. The two men came pushed away the piece of cardboard that hid the hole they had made and the first one put in his hand. The watchman heard the movement, saw the hand and chopped it clean off with his machete. The first thief did not cry out. He kept a man’s heart. He told his partner, “Man, my hand is short today; I can’t reach the yams, see if your hand is longer than mine?” The second thief stretched his hand into the hole and had it severed. He cried out “Me arm, my hand gone”. The first one turned to him and said “Mine gone too. Two of us come to thief; two of us got one hand”. In 1963, I had just left the Police Force and wanted to go into taxi-ing. An ex-Police friend of mine who left the Police Force two years before me and migrated to St. Thomas returned home to pay up some bills. He told me how good life was in St. Thomas and I must come down at Christmas time for plenty of work would be down there. He has only spent two years and he has returned to pay up all of his bills. Not a soul could say that he owes them. The man was boasting off on me, so I decided to visit St. Thomas. He gave me the address of a brother’s friend of mine who was also in St. Thomas and assured me that he lives by himself and would be able to accommodate me. Now, Christmas time in St. Kitts is Carnival and it is a time when people from St. Thomas and other places abroad are returning home to jump up, but, here was I going to St. Thomas, because my friend had assured me that Christmas in St. Thomas was better than Christmas in St.Kitts. Except for a few white persons returning to the USA to resume work, I almost had the plane for myself. I landed in St. Thomas and was given 3 months. I took a taxi to my brother friend’s address and told him that our friend wrote me on his return saying that it was alright to stay with you. My friend was living in a room with an Antiguan. He was paying $10.00 per week for his bed and the Antiguan was paying $10.00 per week for his bed. All skin teeth no laugh. My friend paid his land lord $20.00 and the land lord fixed me up with a cot for two weeks. I landed on the 20th which was a Sunday. When I got in touch with my friend on the 21st, I discovered that he was living in a store room above a factory where he worked and had to climb nearly forty steps of Jacobs’ ladder to reach his door. There were no windows in the store room where he lived. I did not hear any Christmas Carols playing; I saw no preparations being made for Christmas. I saw nobody going down town for Christmas Eve. Christmas Day the friend who invited me down came for me in the pickup he drove for his boss’ business. He was going to deliver household items for customers. I asked him what about the Christmas Dinner? He told me, “Boy, it is two years since I down here. They celebrate Thanksgiving Day. They do not celebrate Christmas” I burst out with a bawling, because I was betrayed. I left my good Christmas at home. He spent two Christmases in St. Thomas, so it was nothing if I spent one. All skin teeth ain’t laugh. Some people, in their misery, want you to come and wobble in the mud of their misery with them. Do not be fooled by them. Do not leave certain for uncertain. Hold on to what you have. All skin teeth no laugh. Go up the cemetery, you will see a lot of skin teeth. Premier Parry lauded for transparency in Government and Grass Roots ProgramAll skin teeth aint laugh! Premier of Nevis, the Hon.Joseph Parry Another caller to Tuesday’s program also gave kudos to the Nevis Island Administration for its efforts in continuing the sportsbased Grass Roots Program, initiated by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). “I just want to support the Nevis Island Administration for the sports program that is going on now. I hope the initiative will bring people together to enhance their lives and the lives of others,” said the caller. The program, “In Touch With the Premier” has been a regular fixture on the Choice Community radio lineup for over three years. It is subsequently carried by WINN-FM 98.9 on Tuesday evenings and on Nevis Television (NTV) on Wednesday nights. Charlestown,Nevis Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry has been lauded for promoting transparency within his NRP-led government. The sentiments of appreciation and commendation came from a caller on the very popular radio program “In Touch with the Premier”, aired every Tuesday from 11:15am on several radio stations in the Federation. “Let me congratulate you for what you have been doing, by making yourself available to the general public”, the caller said. “One should be commended for doing such, because it shows that you have nothing to hide, and that you are a great leader; as you are opening yourself to public scrutiny”. The caller said further, “I also commend you for meeting with people every Wednesday in your one-on-one sessions, as I believe this is a great initiative by you.”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 18 NEWS PS Rattan to participate in “Women in Justice” programme BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community and Social Development, Culture and Gender Affairs, Ms. Sharon Rattan, will take part in a three-week Multi-Regional Project on ‘Women and Justice’ in the United States later this month. Ms. Rattan will join 23 others from around the world on the latest Eastern Caribbean Fellow of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP). According to the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, the programme, which begins on February 20, will take Ms. Rattan to five cities across the United States: Washington DC, New York, Syracuse, Salt Lake City and Dallas. Ms. Rattan and her colleagues will explore how the justice system and non-governmental organizations protect women, looking in particular at anti-domestic violence initiatives and programmes. They will meet with federal and state justice officials, including a stop at the local Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) office in Dallas, Texas, to discuss human trafficking cases. Like Ms. Rattan, the participants in this programme are all women who work on gender equality and anti-domestic violence in their own countries. They are government officials, legal advocates and researchers. United by their professional pursuits, the participants are a varied group, hailing from as far as Moldova, the Philippines, Pakistan and Nigeria. The programme offers the opportunity for this diverse group of women to create professional linkages with each other and with American officials during the program to promote international cooperation in strengthening women’s access to justice. The US Embassy’s Bridgetown’s Counselor for Public Affairs, Ms. Rebecca Ross said that Ms. Rattan’s nomination to the programme is a continuation of the Embassy’s work with local and regional partners in the Caribbean to combat domestic violence. “Ms. Rattan is dedicated to implementing a coordinated, multi-sector approach to protect victims of sexual violence in St. Kitts. By including local partners like her in our programs, the U.S. Government can help support the region’s capacity to address key issues and help increase the security of our citizens and our shared region,” said Ms. Ross. The International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) is the Department of State’s premier professional exchange programme. The programme brings together emerging leaders in their respective professions to learn from how U.S. experts in this profession operate, and to share best practices with the other program fellows who hail from the same region and across the globe. Permanent Secretary Ms. Sharon Rattan (second from the right) Entrepreneurship Course The ECCB Entrepreneurship Course which seeks to provide affordable educational opportunities for our people to advance their economic welfare through skills development is run as a non-profit initiative. The course fees of $150.00 per person are used to fund the seed capital contribution that is given to the qualifying groups to assist in the start-up of their new businesses, developed as part of the course.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 19 NEWS By: Sotto Voce Well, following the bogus scandal manufactured in rescue land on our Governor-General and Prime Minister by a traitor extraordinaire some three weeks ago, we did not have long to wait to hear whose turn was next. Over the last weekend, in some two local newspapers, treachery was again at work. The main man under attack was again, the leader he loves to hate and who he is so committed to abuse. But this time around, the Bre-Anancy story revolved around some Labour Ministers of Government. He said the only way Glenn Ghost Phillip, Asim Martin and Marcella Liburd can be re-elected is if they leave Labour and cross over to PAM. He suggested that Sam Condor and Timothy Harris would soon cross the floor and link up with PAM. He said that Ghost has not attended Cabinet Meetings for the year. How and why he keeps manufacturing these blatant lies might be puzzling to some. But from what follows, it seems to provide meat for the “Voices of PAM” to chew on. The Rescue and PAM pipsqueaks feed from his scandal pot and deliberately spread his poisonous brew to all and sundry. Clearly, he hates Dr. Douglas with a passion. He seems to have lost all sense of reason and is now like a speeding vehicle out of control. He tried to sow bitterness and confrontation between the Governor General and the Prime Minister, using “cannibal” tactics. He has tried for some time now to draw Sam Condor and Timothy Harris out of Labour and into PAM. More recently, he is trying to add Ghost and Marcella into his web of deception, disloyalty and foolishness. When will he learn that St. Kitts people see him only as a loose cannon with absolutely no loyalty anywhere or to anything? And whose mouth can change or switch sides, corners and positions at any time, just so. His views, at any particular time, seem to depend on which camp he speaks from. When WINN/FM’s Bacchus’ work-permit was due for renewal when he was the Minister of National Security, one remembers how he mishandled Bacchus. Check how he went after the “Voices” PAM show when he was still in the Labour camp. Can you recall that it was “where asses go to bray”? Check out which “ass” doing the most braying these days over the same FM. At that time he was defining PAMites from over in the Labour Camp. Now that he has jumped ship and is in the bosom of PAM/Rescue, the Labour Ministers are getting his view of them from over in PAM. I call it a traitor’s view of Labour from rescue land. His rescue/PAMite associates seem to enjoy their daily examination of the Labour Party and its leadership. They are so very misguided by this traitor about all things Labour. Labour is in its 80th year of existence. We are very proud of all of our leaders. All of the present crop owe their past and their future to the Labour Movement. We elect our leaders at our Party Conferences. No traitor or newspaper or FM radio ever can choose any leader for Labour. He badly deceives himself if he thinks he can sideline Sam or Tim out of Labour into PAM. Seems he is so lonely in the wilderness that he wishes he had their company. But Sam and Tim were born, bred and biscuit in Labour, unlike him. They did not need any sponsor or greencard to get into Labour. They are not ungrateful like he is. As much as the PAMites enjoy the daily/weekly assaults he makes on the Labour Party and its leadership, they don’t want him over in PAM at all. They see how treachery works his style and they are not looking problems. Lennox in New York has publicly made his position clear as a senior PAMite. The Labour Party had to openly throw this man out of the organisation at a Convention by popular vote. There is no person more dangerous than one scorned. While he was in the Labour Camp, Dr. Douglas was “a great man”. But from over in the PAM camp, he sees the same man differently. He should be rebelled against and scorned and ostracized. He not a great man again. He was “great” for the 3 terms he sat in Parliament on a Labour Party Ticket. But from over in Rescue/PAM-land, he looks a different picture. That is the beast this traitor man is these days. Small wonder people like PAM-Lennox want no part of him over in PAM. The crank however has Webster, Mother Bes, Mr. Politics and the other Voices of PAM eating and lapping up the nonsense he feeding them. Then like true puppets they jump on their FM and peddle it about like it is gospel. Somebody seems to be badly in need of psychiatric help. Their obsession in wanting to bring down the P.M. got them going out their head. Sadly for him and them, Labour people still believe in Dougie. He remains a tolerant, loving, understanding leader he strong bad. If he feels he is ten man in one that is his right to feel so. Who prefers to be half-man and halfwoman all at the same time, free to feel so too; I don’t hear them complaining about that in PAMland. As a born, bred and biscuit Labour-man and Comrade, I refuse to sit idly by and have any half-scaled or full-scaled Arab over-play his hand in the media and try to embarrass and humiliate respectable Kittitian public figures for the sake of politics. We in the Labour Party will not quietly allow such froward, insulting, “cannibal” misconduct to go unnoticed. This freedom of expression thing seems to have gone to some opposition people head. They have the liberty to go on their FM and in their newspapers and say all sorts of scandalistic things about their political opponents. Nobody first checking for accuracy anymore. Once a crank tells them that it comes from “very reliable sources”, his word is gospel. Then they allow their callers to perpetuate the lies. Most irresponsible conduct if you ask me. Anyway, his day of reckoning will come. And just a gentle reminder to all the Dougie haters, that is Labour still in the majority, and is Labour put him where he is now. He was not always there. And things can and will change over time. They can’t wait on 2015 though; so it appears. They trying to bleed all they can out of the global hard times and focus it on St. Kitts like it only exists here. They forget Kittitians are highly intelligent and understand what is happening. Blaming Dougie for everything is so moo-moo and puerile. It will only backfire in their faces. The nonsense politics some of them playing right now is so “see-through”, it ain’t funny at all. Well the traitor done set up his agitation programme for 2012. He not waiting on 2015 to change no government,. He don’t need any General Election to do so. We in Labour await his programme that will change our Government without the need for General elections. I don’t know if the scandals and talk-tales he has already engineered from rescue-land are all part of it. PAM so thirsty for power they may join in and link up with foolishness and show Kittitians how ill-prepared they are for leadership in the country. As we say sometimes, more crazy-people out of the Psyche Ward than in it. A mad-man all over trying to make out that now rescue come, Labour done. Labour can’t win no seat again. Labour “gone een” and rescue/PAM take over. Marcella and Ghost are one-term offerings and the rest had better cross the floor and run leave Labour. Poor fellow. All such crap can only come from a poisoned mind. Labour remains the best thing ever to happen to St. Kitts. Our history is rich with all the good things that ever happened here. Our 80 years of existence has been the major thing in the transformation of our country. And there is nothing any snatty-nosed, pompous viper can do to change that. Labour people have been quietly, decently holding their peace while the egotist parades his hatred for all things Labour. And you know when a horse running by itself it does look fast. Not so? Maybe one day Dougie will say where he found this stranger to our Party, and brought him on board. He has now become the biggest expert on the Labour Party from over in rescue/PAM-land. Poor fellow, he badly understates the popularity in St. Kitts of our Labour Party. Maybe he listens to the same “Voices of PAM” who daily parade their ignorance of St. Kitts politics too much. Is the same six people calling every day you know. They have their PAM agenda. And they do their mischief openly. They doing it now for years. That is their way of seeking converts. And come election time, is still blows they getting. Is like this cranky man does forget quick. Tell the Rescue-man Labour Politicians Not for Sale Armed Forces stage “Beating of the Retreat” parade to kick off local celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee several times. Lowering of the flag signalled the end of the parade. The men and women on parade have been highly commended for their excellent performances by officials as well as the huge and enthusiastic crowd in attendance, especially many of the younger folks, accompanying their parents and guardians who are looking forward to another presentation of the event. Among the local dignitaries witnessing the event, which has been described as “a fascinating experience” Minister with responsibility for Energy and Public Utilities, Hon. Asim Martin and other top Government officials; the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Curtis Martin, the Reigning National Carnival Queen, Ms. Kaila Huggins and the High Command of the Police Force and Defence Force. The ceremony of Beating Retreat has its origins in the practicalities of early warfare when the drum was used for all signals on the battlefield. Beating the Retreat was a signal for troops to disengage from combat as light faded. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne on February 6th, 1952. She celebrated her 25th anniversary (Silver Jubilee) in 1977 and her 50th anniversary (Golden Jubilee) in 2002. The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897.By Drizel HanleyLocal celebrations in commemoration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year of reign (Diamond Jubilee) as Queen of England and Sovereign Head of this Federation were kicked off here on Monday evening, February, 6th, 2012, with the successful staging of “The Beating of the Retreat” by contingents from the Royal St. Christopher-Nevis Police Force and the St.Kitts-Nevis Defence Force. Hundreds witnessed the event which was staged on the Bay Road in down-town Basseterre, starting sometime after 4:30pm with the arrival of the St.Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister, the Rt. Dr. Hon. Denzil Douglas and His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, under whose patronage the function was held. On the arrival of the Prime Minister and the Governor General they took the salute then proceeded to inspect the units on parade. Displaying their excellent marching skills they (the troops) then marched to Port Zante, accompanied by the St.KittsNevis Defence Force Band, and then returned to the parade square to further showcase their drilling skills in the presentation of the much advertised “Beating of the Retreat”. The troops marched back and forth along the parade route


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 20 COMMENTARY VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Ponder this advice from the Apostle James: “Whereas we know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that we ought to say, if the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” (James 4: 14-15). It is clear that we are cautioned against a presumptuous confidence of the continuance of our lives. With the leave and blessing of God was used by the Greeks in the beginning of every undertaking. How apt worldly men and women are to leave God out of their schemes, while all serious regards to the disposals of Providence are neglected. Whereas it is a praise-worthy practice for us to set goals, purposes and plans with respect to the future, what is not a good idea is to leave God out of our calculations. Many aspects of individual motivation are represented in awareness. To the extent that an individual makes clear plans, is guided by his expectations and the risks involved, and moves steadfastly towards his/ her goals and is motivated according to his/her cognitions (a word with a root meaning of “to know”) and it is possible to formulate a theory of human motivation in these terms. When an individual knows what he wants, knows the effort that will be required to overcome obstacles along the way, and knows what satisfaction the end stage will bring, he can formulate his goals. Behaviour that is directed toward such a goal is clearly purposeful. The student who enters a tertiary level institution to train himself to become an engineer, for example, knows in general what the profession of engineering is and what courses he/she must pursue in order to achieve that goal. Discounting unforeseeable circumstances there is a high probability that whatever his/her plan is will materialize. People differ in their capacities to formulate and fulfil plans, just as they differ in their capacities to solve intellectual problems or to perform acts of skill. Plans are of various kinds and length’ they include not only the long-term seeking of certain goals but also stop-plans to avoid fatigue or danger. The more a person is able to formulate plans, even short term ones, and carry them out, the greater sense of selfcontrol he develops. “The finest plans have always been spoiled by the littleness of them that should carry them out. Even emperors can’t do it all by themselves”. (Bertholt Brecht).PRESUMPTIOUS CONFIDENCEThere is a verse in the same chapter of James which reads as follows “Go to now, we say, today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain”. (James 4:13). Reflect a little on this way of thinking and talking. Let us call ourselves to account for it. How much of worldly happiness lies in the promises men make to themselves beforehand. Their heads are full of fine visions, as to what they shall do in some future time. But how vain a thing it is to look for anything good in futurity without the concurrence of Providence. Something might stop their way or call them elsewhere. Many who have set out on a journey have gone to their long home, and never reached their journey’s end. But, suppose they should reach the city they designed, how did they know they should continue there? Something might happen to shorten their stay. They could not be certain that they should buy and sell there? The frailty, shortness and uncertainty of life ought to check the presumptuous confidence of such projectors for futurity. (V. 14). God has wisely left us in the dark concerning future events. “We know not what shall be on the morrow. We may know what we intend to do and to be, but a thousand things may happen to prevent us. We are not sure of life itself, since it is but a vapour. “It appears but for a little time, and then vanisheth away”.THE WILL OF GODWe are taught to keep up a constant sense of our dependence on the will of God. We ought to say in our hearts at all times that “If the Lord will, we shall live”. If the Lord will give leave, we have such and such designs to accomplish. We must remember that our times are not in our own hands, but at the disposal of God. In other words, we propose, God disposes. So therefore our plans must be submissive to God. Therefore both our counsels for action and our conduct in action should be entirely referred to God. We are further directed to avoid vain boasting. “But now ye rejoice in your boastings; all such rejoicing is evil” (James 4:16). They promised themselves life and prosperity and great things in the world, without any just regard to God. Are we doing the same thing? Such rejoicing is evil; it is foolish and hurtful. Conversely, if we rejoice in God that our times are in His hand, that all events are at his disposal, and that He holds the key to all unknown, such rejoicing is good. But, if we rejoice in our own vain confidences and presumptuous boasts, this is evil. The moving finger writes; and having written, moves on, nor all your Piety nor Wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line. Nor all your tears wash out a Word of it. It behoves us, therefore to pray like the Psalmist: “So teach me/us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Ps 90:12). May the Lord give us grace duly to consider how few they are and how little awhile we have to live in this world. We must so number our days as to compare our work with them, and mind it accordingly with a double diligence, as those that have no time to trifle. Those that would learn this arithmetic must pray for divine instruction. Life at best is very brief, like the falling of a leaf, like the binding of a sheaf be in time. We face 2012 but tomorrow Lord’s willing is in His hand. Let us trust Him and be prepared. Tomorrow, Lord’s willing God’s wisdom is both communicable and incommunicable. In God’s incommunicable wisdom one knows his limits. The incommunicable wisdom of God signifies that His qualities transcends and shows the vast difference of a being which is different from us His creatures. God is independent. God is self-existent and self-sufficient. God is immutable. He is entirely free from change; therefore, He is entirely consistent in His actions. God is infinitely free from all limits of time and space; that means that God is omnipresent. In God there is no element that can cause conflict. Unlike us, God cannot be torn in different directions by divergent thoughts and desires. Since the Reformation, theologians have identified the above wisdom of God as incommunicable attributes. This is because they are characteristic of God alone; man, being human and not God, does not and cannot share any of them. In God’s communicable wisdom some theologians have distinguished qualities like, God’s spirituality, freedom and omnipotence, along with all His moral attributes – goodness, truth, holiness, righteousness and the like. The principle of classification by those theologians in this instance was that, when God made man, He communicated to him qualities corresponding to all those attributes. The Bible expresses such thought in this manner “God made man in His own image” (Genesis 1:26-27). Meaning that, God made man a free spiritual being, a responsible moral agent with power of choice, able to communicate with Him and respond to Him, and by nature, good, truthful, holy, upright and godly (Eccles. 7:29). Man’s moral qualities which belong to God’s image were lost at the fall. God’s image in man has been universally defaced, because all of humankind has in one way or another lapsed into ungodliness. Scripture advised that, in the fulfillment of God’s divine plan of redemption, God is at work in the Christian believers to repair His ruined image by communicating these qualities to them afresh. Here is how the Bible puts it, Christians are being renewed in the image of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 3:18) and of God (see Colossians 3:10). It is in this category of communicable attributes some theologians place wisdom. As God is wise in Himself, so He imparts wisdom to his creatures. Scripture has much to say about the divine gift of wisdom. The first nine chapters of Proverbs are a single sustained exhortation to seek this gift. “Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding…. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life” (Proverbs 4:7, 13). Wisdom is personified and made to speak her own cause: “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my door, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favour from the Lord. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; who hates me loves death” (Proverbs 8: 34-36). Wisdom acts like a hostess when she summons the needy to her banquet: “Let all who are simple come in here!” (Proverbs 9:4). In all these quotations, the emphasis is upon God’s readiness to give wisdom to all who desire the gift and will take the steps necessary to obtain it. In the New Testament we have similar emphasis where wisdom is required of Christians: “Live not as unwise but as wise…. Do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Eph. 5:15-17); “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders” (Colossians 4:5). “Prayer is made that wisdom may be supplied to them: asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom” (Col. 1:9). James instructs us this way, “If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God… and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Wisdom can be found when Christians learn to reverence God. We are reminded that, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10). It is when we become humble and teachable and stand in God’s Holiness and sovereignty, acknowledging our own littleness, and distrusting our own thoughts and the willingness to have our minds turned right side up, that divine wisdom become ours. My greatest fear in all this is that, many Christians spend most of their lives in very unhumbled and conceited frame of mind even to gain wisdom from God. It is important to note the advice of Scripture which says, “with the lowly is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2). Christians must receive God’s Word. Wisdom is divinely wrought in the Word of God. Here is the psalmist instruction, “Your commands make me wiser than my enemies” and he continues by stating, “I have more insight than all my teachers… for I meditate on your statutes” (Psalm 119:98-99). If the Word of God dwells in Christians, then the mind of Christ dwells richly in them with all wisdom. In the twentieth century, Christians who soak themselves in the Word of God, will be wise for salvation through faith in Christ and will be thoroughly equipped for every good work (see 2 Timothy 3:15-17). Sadly, many Christians today never learn wisdom because of their failure to study God’s written Word. I call upon Christ’s followers to read the Bible each day. We ought not to remain ignorant all our lives, simply because we will not take the time to do what needs to be done to receive wisdom, which is God’s free gift. Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council & Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council God’s Wisdom is Higher than Ours


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 21 NEWS ‘History and Heritage Week’, 2012 The seventh annual History and Heritage Week will commence in St. Kitts this year on Sunday 12 February with an Ecumenical Service at the Bethesda Moravian Church, Cayon from 5 pm. The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, will officially launch the “Week” at 6:55 pm on that day, via radio and television broadcast on ZIZ. The launch in Nevis will be on Saturday 11 February at 4 pm on the grounds of the Alexander Hamilton Museum. This annual series of events, which actually extends to near three weeks of activities this year, seeks to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the history and diverse heritage of St. Kitts and Nevis among citizens, thereby cultivating a stronger sense of national identity and personal pride. The theme this year is: “Celebrating the contribution of our everyday heroes and heroines to our history and heritage”. Activities will include a heritage hike, panel discussions on television and radio, a public address and pep talk to students, treasure hunts in Nevis and St. Kitts, a concert at Brimstone Hill, a social evening for senior citizens, radio commentaries, a food fair and culture pageant; culminating with the Finals of the Primary Schools Quiz on 1 March. The public is invited to look out for these events as they are announced and advertised. There is something for everyone. So Tell Me By Jean Thomas Are we as parents or guardians guilty? I was at the beach, one morning when, after a swim one of the other swimmers said that she had to leave now. ‘Nosey’ me, asked why. She told me that she had to awaken her niece to get ready for work. At that time it was around seven a.m. I further asked what time does she have to be at work. “For 8 a.m.” was the reply. Another parent complained to me that her son depends on her to wake him up to go to work. He stays in bed until the last minute. This mother said that she stopped waking him up for she felt that he had to take his responsibility as a young employee more seriously. At least she is on the right track. I said to myself these young people are privileged. After all, they are not babies and children who are going to school and as parents we had to make sure that they are up, washed and dressed in their uniforms and have a nutritious breakfast before they leave home.“Breakfast” – that is another thing. It seems that the breakfast comes from the venders. That is a fact, since they do not have the time to make breakfast or to eat breakfast for that matter In these hard economic times, as young adults they must be more mindful of their jobs and move with a sense of purpose. They should not be depending on their parents or guardians to get them up and get them to work. So tell me, are we as parents and guardians guilty of babying our young adults so that they are still depending on us? I believe it is time for us to stop pampering them. They are no longer at school. They are out to work and must take their task seriously and part of that is getting up on time and getting to work on time.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 22 NEWS Results Of SKNFA Digicel Premier & Division 1 League Matches Played Over The Weekend (Sat 4th & Sun 5th Feb, 2012):Saturday 4th February, 2012Premier Division At Warner Park Stadium S. L. Horsford St. Pauls 1 vs St. Thomas Trinity Strikers 0 (Half Time 0 0 ) Scorer for S. L. Horsford St. Pauls Terrence Ward 62nd minute Yellow Cards Le Simba Challenger (Strikers) 43rd minute; Dion Taylor (Strikers) 64th minute; Jervain Davis (Strikers) 88th minute Officials were Stewart Rawlins, Ike Inniss, Delroy Jeffers & Kendrea Tully Second Game Ram’s Village Superstars 4 vs Harris Paint St. Peters 2 (Half Time 2 0) Scorers for Ram’s Village Superstars Devaughn Elliott struck twice in the 10th & 22nd minute (penalty); Stevie Clarke in the 56th minute and Shaquille Pringle (85th minute) Scorers for Harris Paint St. Peters Davishawn Buckshon 49th minute Dionis Stevens 62nd minute Yellow Cards Kenny Morton (St. Peters) 19th minute; Delroy Barzey 31st & 89th minute Red Card Delroy Barzey (St. Peters), 89th minute Officials were Stedroy Douglas, Florencetine Morton, Miguel Flemming & Steadroy TecheiraDivision 1 MatchesAt Verchilds Playing Field C.C.C Bath United 1 vs Verchilds High 0 (Half Time 1 -0) Scorer for C.C.C. Bath United Kevin Charles 10th minute (penalty) Yellow Card Gerard Williams (Verchilds High), 8th minute Officials were Tristley Bassue, Craig Rouse, Jason Rouse At Saddlers Playing Field SPD United 3 vs National U 16 3 (Half Time 1 1) Scorers for SPD United Javid Daniel 29th minute Vincent Warner 62nd minute Ellic lewis 62nd minute Scorers for National U 16 Delvin Gumbs of SPD Scored an own Goal in the 44th minute; Wazim Howe in the 70th minute and Vinceroy Nelson in the 80th minute Yellow Cards Denville Matthew (SPD) 75th minute Hughlester Gumbs (SPD) 80th minute Red Card Ashbal Nisbett (Nat U16) 85th minute Official was Sherlene BrowneOn Sunday 5th February, 2012Premier Division At Edgar Gilbert Playing Field (Molineaux) Delphic NewTown United 3 vs Cayon FC 1 (Half Time 2 0) Scorers for Delphic NewTown United Zahvoya Nisbett, 39th minute; Zevon Archibald, 43rd minute (penalty) and Malivi Harris 66th minute Scorer for Cayon FC Lesmon Abbott in the 90th minute Yellow Cards Kevon Browne (NewTown) 46th minute Leroy Daniel (Cayon) 55th minute Melroy Morton (Cayon) 85th minute Expulsion Tyrone O’Loughlin assistant coach of Cayon FC was expelled from the bench in the 35th minute Officials were Kimbell Ward, Mario Parry, Sherlene Browne & Kendrea TullySecond GameConaree 2 vs Mantab 1 (Half Time1 0 ) Scorers for Conaree Stephen Richards of Mantab scored an own goal in the 40th minute and Shawn Martin scored in the 90th minute Scorer for Mantab Keivon Harris 60th minute Yellow Cards Marvin Charles (Conaree), 71st minute; Stedroy Charles (Conaree), 89th minute; Mudassa Howe (Conaree), 89th minute; Kervin Benjamin (Conaree), 90th minute Red Card Jermaine Carey (Mantab) 90th minute Officials were Caldon Duncan, Florencetine Morton, Fidel Fahie & James MatthewSteadroy Techeira Development Meet on Sunday 12th All Athletes are hereby reminded of the Development Meet scheduled for Sunday 12th February, 2011 at the Silver Jubilee Stadium, starting at 2:00pm sharp. The SKNAAA encourages all athletes, clubs, schools, etc to participate in this Development Meet. Kindly be further informed that transportation will be provided by the Ministry of Educations School Buses from Tabernacle via Cayon from 12:00pm. The other bus will also begin its pick up from St Paul via Sandy Point both en route to the Silver Jubilee Stadium. Kindly be guided accordingly See you there!!! Antoine Adams World Leading Time//Double Sprint Champion in Finland!! Having just won his first gold medal on the international circuit a few days ago, Antoine Adams won his two gold medals at the 2012 Botnia Games in Finland! In the 60m he sped to 6.68 seconds more than 1/10th of a second ahead of second place finisher Visa Hongisto who finished with 6.79 seconds. He later followed up with an epic performance in the 150m which is currently a world leading time. St Kitts, Antigua to host Guyana published by I. khan (WICB) on Fri, 02/03/2012 St John’s, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board has announced that Guyana’s third and fourth round matches in the Regional 4 Day Tournament will be held in St Kitts and Antigua respectively. In the third round Guyana will take on Combined Campuses and Colleges at Warner Park in St Kitts. Guyana’s day/night encounter against Jamaica will now be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds in Antigua. Guyana’s first round match against Leeward Islands was played at Windsor Park in Dominica. Guyana stayed on in Dominica in preparation for their second round game against Windward Islands to be played this weekend From February 9th to 12th Guyana’s first four matches in the Regional 4 Day Tournament were scheduled for the Guyana National Stadium but the WICB moved these matches out of Guyana as a result of the situation in Guyana owing to Meanwhile preparations have begun in St. Kitts to host the regional games. The track has already been selected and pitch preparation has begun. Off the field the local Interim Management Committee and the Local Organizing Committee are in mid stream dealing matters pertaining to team arrival, practice, ground transports and accommodation. All this will serve as a precursor to preparations when St. Kitts will once again play host to the West Indies and Indian female team for four international matches the Government of Guyana’s push to take over the management and governance of cricket in the country. Attiba Harris in Vancouver Whitecaps Line – Up Atiba Harris made his longawaited return to a match situation this week, making the starting lineup for Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s preseason encounter with Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC on Monday in Arizona. Harris, who endured two surgeries to his right knee in 2011, set Camilo Sanvezzo up for a goal just 35 seconds into the match. “It was amazing,” Harris told MLSsoccer.com from Arizona of his return. “Just to be out there with the guys and get into the groove of things. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better, unless I was scoring a goal,” he added. “My confidence went up and it was a good start for me, and hopefully, I keep going and keep doing good things for this team and help this organization again.” Harris’ re-signing this offseason was in some ways lost in the flurry of moves made under new coach Martin Rennie. But if the hulking forward can play as he did in his first five games with the club last year, when he scored two goals and added three assists, it could very well turn out to be just as important as bringing in YoungPyo Lee, Sbastien Le Toux, or re(cont’d on nest page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 23 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante The host of Tuesday’s “Voices” talk show has come under heavy fire from the embattled PAM leader’s gang. His gang memberss blue vex wid de host. Dey busing de dickens out of him and calling him from one crook to de next. And, they have accused him of setting up a trap for the severe hammering and battering he received from the large number of disgruntled PAM supporters who used the programme to force him to step down as Party Leader. One big PAM supporter publicly declared that he has voted for PAM all his life, but if Lindsay Grant doesn’t step down, he and his entire family will be voting for Labour in the next General Elections. Another remarked that if the Prime Minister called a snap election, PAM will be caught with its pants down, for it has no leader and no candidates. Dey say PAM with Lindsay Grant as its leader, is not a viable alternative to Douglas and his government and Mr. Politics agrees with that. All the PAMites who called –een or sent in their emails criticizing and attacking Mr. Grant are demanded his immediate removal as Party Leader, insisting he is a total failure; he’s the worst PAM Leader, the Party ever had. Pompous Little Bo Peep, came prepared with his text, sticking to his guns – declaring he was not stepping down, no matter what. He was still legally and constitutionally the Party’s leader. He boasted he will be there for the 2015 General Elections and they could talk till dey drop, he not moving, going nowhere. But he was torpedoed off the air and had to run for cover long before the programme ended. The onslaught from the angry mob of PAM dissidents was so intense, severe and devastating that the members of his gang advised him not to go back on any more shows with that host. Dey say wid all de pompousness and big talk he had he cried like a baby when he got home. And as he sobbed and sobbed, he remarked “they too damn ungrateful, after all de load ah money ah spend on dem, and de party”. PAM people want to know how is it that Billy Herbert and Kennedy Simmonds were full time lawyer and doctor respectively, and yet they were full-time politicians but Little Bo Peep could say Tuesday he only could find time to be a part-time lawyer and part time politician. People want to know if Sleeping Hammy is the real editor of the Democrat to be now doing “exclusive interviews” for the paper. De war in de PAM camp has become such a crisis in the party that the Guyanese born editor of the Democrat has followed in the footsteps of her predecessor and tek it mek runway. Dey say de embattled PAM leader is accusing Sleeping Hammy of conspiring wid de rescue Crew Chief to get de Licy calypsonian, de calypso queen and the host of last year’s Senior Calypso Finals to attack him in their calypsos – saying there is no opposition in de country with him as leader. The word is out, that de Rescue Crew Chief is now working discretely with Sleeping Hammy and Lindsay’s other deputy to break away from PAM and form a brand new political party before Labour Day this year. Dey say PAM with Lindsay pose no threat to Dougie and Labour. Word out of the PAM camp is that Little Bo Peep agreed to go on the talk show under one condition – that “PAM Lennox” was not allowed to call in on the show to attack and embarrass him and he party, PAM. New Catholic Bishop overwhelmed by enthusiastic welcome on arrival yesterday BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The new Bishop of St. John’sBasseterre, the Most Rev. Kenneth Richards says he is overwhelmed by the welcome he has received on his arrival in the Federation on Thursday. In a brief interview with the media following a warm welcome at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, as he passed Slacks Pre-School on Wellington Road and his arrival at the Presbytery on East Independence Square Street, Bishop Richards expressed appreciation of the welcome he received, especially from the young people and children of the Immaculate Conception Catholic School, and pointed out that he hopes to dedicate his ministry to the children. “It is good that they came out and this confirms what has been in my heart. I truly believe that attending to children in their early formation is fundamental which will help us to overcome many of the challenges that we meet. When a child is malformed or not properly formed in the early stage of their life, we see the expressions of the sympathy from their families in general.” “The Church, our schools and the society in general need to be a part of the upbringing of the children,” said Bishop Richards. He said he also intends to focus on evangelization and the spread of the Gospel and the nurturing of vocations as a Bishop and a Catholic priest one of the central mysteries of the life of the Church is the celebration of the Eucharist. “In order for that to be accomplished, we need priests and so I will be targeting that by the Grace of God to raise up young men and women from this region, from this Nation, who will offer themselves in service of the Church and in serving the Church you are serving society that will be to the wholesome development of the person. So I hope to inspire young men and women with respect to the generosity of spirit and to offer themselves not just concentrating on a career that is self-serving,” said Bishop Richards. “A career is good, if you become a doctor, a lawyer, whatever profession, that is good to give service. Service is good, but sometimes persons need to contemplate. Is God calling me to serve in another way, in a sacrificial way, to give of myself for others and for their total development,” said Bishop Richards, adding: “I am hoping to plant that seed and pray that from the Catholic school that we have here, the Catholic faithful and even persons who are not CatholicsI was not a catholic and here I am a (Catholic) priest many years later.” Bishop Richards was greeted on arrival at the VIP lounge at the Robert L. Bradshaw Airport by a welcome party. As he alighted from the Arrivals Hall, he was greeted by Parish Priest, Fr. Bernard Latus, church members and students of the Immaculate Conception Catholic School. Escorted by a police car, the Bishop’s motorcade was greeted by students of Slacks Pre-School waving national flags. Scores of Immaculate Conception Catholic School students and their teachers ringed Independence Square, waving Catholic and National flags as Bishop Richards’ motorcade wended its way to the pres. Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian; Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Sam Condor; Deputy Governor General of Nevis, His Honour Mr. Eustace John; Minister of Health and Ecclesiastical Affairs, Hon. Marcella Liburd, members of the Diplomatic Corps and Consular Corps and religious leaders and Catholics from the several churches on St. Kitts and Nevis attended a Welcome and Thanksgiving Mass at the Immaculate Conception CoCathedral on Thursday afternoon. New Bishop Kenneth Richards blesses several of the students as they greet him. (Photo by Erasmus Williams signing team MVP Camilo. The big question will remain the health of the 27-year-old’s knee after his meniscus was removed in August, but one day after his first preseason game, Harris felt no ill effects. “It didn’t have any reaction,” Harris said. “But I still have to maintain it and keep working on my strengthening. I still need to do all the right things to last the whole season this year.” Harris went through a rigorous offseason training program to build the muscles in his legs, all with aim of supporting the knee joint. He lined up on Monday on the right side of midfield as opposed his preferred striking position, but insists he’ll play wherever Rennie asks him to – a diplomatic but a practical answer given the large number of strikers contending for a first-team spot. (cont’d from last page) Attiba Harris ....


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