The labour spokesman
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Year 54 NO. 38FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH, 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) – Greeting the public, naming of the National Park, visits to Brimstone Hill, the Children’s Home, the Children’s Ward at the Joseph N. France General Hospital and Government House, and a State Dinner are the major events to be undertaken by the Earl and Countess of Wessex, during the Royal Visit to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis early next month. Events for visit of Royal Couple announced Events for visit of Royal Couple announced The stop in St. Kitts and Nevis on March 3rd by Their Royal Highnesses Princes Edward and Countess Sophie is part of a Caribbean tour to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Government House has announced that Prince and the Countess Princess will disembark at Port Zante and will be greeted by His Excellency the Governor General, Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, who will introduce the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. Prime Minister Douglas will then introduce his Federal Cabinet as well as the Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry, who will introduce (cont’d on page 3)PAM continues to clamour for public disodeR, violence and lawlessness. (SEE EDITORIAL) Police reports double digit decrease in reported serious crimes BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is reporting a decrease in the total number of reported incidences of crime in 2011 compared with the previous year. Police Commissioner Mr. C. G. Walwyn said statistics revealed that there was a 14.3 percent reduction Walwyn, who pointed out that the law enforcement agency is also Commissioner of Police Mr. C. G. Walwyn during the recent inspection of the ranks at the Police Training School. (Willett’s Photo) (cont’d on page 2) CARICOM and Haiti sign MOU following mission BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – CARICOM SecretaryGeneral His Excellency Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Haiti’s Foreign Minister, His Excellency Laurent Lamothe have signed a Memorandum of Understanding identifying a number of areas in which CARICOM can assist Haiti. The signing of the MOU came at the end of the two-day Mission to Haiti by the Bureau of Heads of Government of CARICOM led by Chairman His Excellency Desi Bouterse, President of Suriname. The Rt. Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis; the Honourable Phillip Pierre, Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, representing his Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Kenny Anthony and Secretary-General LaRocque were the other members of the Bureau on the mission. The Special representative of the Heads of Government on Haiti, the Most Honourable PJ Patterson was also a member of the delegation. The delegation met with His Excellency Michel Martelly, President of Haiti and there was agreement that the support of CARICOM was of vital importance for Haiti, and for the Community itself. Among the areas agreed upon are: capacity building in government agencies for investment; technical assistance in education, agriculture, public health, transportation, tourism among others and youth exchange initiatives. CARICOM says at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, President Bouterse said the visit had been most rewarding as the Bureau had heard from the President, the cabinet, the private sector, and parliament how they would wish CARICOM to work (cont’d on page 2)of serious crimes recorded. “On our sister island of Nevis there was a 5.5% increase in the total number of crime reported overall compared with the previous year 2010. However, the detection rate in District C, Nevis Division stands at 47.4%,” said Mr.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 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 Eternal vigilance is the price of peace Prior to the advent of the People’s Action Movement (PAM) politics in this country was for the most part a gentlemanly affair. Different sides vigorously contested elections, following which those involved continued to be respectful and civil towards each other, and the citizens continued their daily living as members of one large family. PAM introduced violence into our politics. Let us all remember this. From their platforms they loudly and unreservedly encouraged people to “break the law”, which is quite different from protesting a particular Act of Parliament, which everyone has the right to do at various times, according to their political points of view. Throughout their history they have always incited their supporters to indulge in such activities as “buss Labour people as..” and have boasted of having “Force 10” from Cayon to deal with Labour people. It is also to be remembered that they always boasted of having the Police on their side. In 1965 (when they came into being) and 1966 they played on the honest and well meaning desire of many of our citizens who felt that they wanted to see a better opposition in the country than what there had been up to that point in time. They whipped themselves and others into a frenzy and became convinced that they were popular and politically well supported. In the Elections of 1966 Labour, under Mr Bradshaw’s leadership, gave them a whipping that they have never forgotten. At home and abroad they had made numerous promises and given certain undertakings on which they then found themselves unable to deliver. They had so convinced themselves and others of a stunning victory over Labour that the results of the elections left them STUNNED, humiliated and deeply embarrassed. Stung by their defeat at the hands of a man they had demonised and falsely portrayed as a dictator, and by a political party which they had described as backward and doltish, they resorted to violence of the worst sort. What they had dismally failed to accomplish with the ballot they sought to achieve with the bullet, dynamite, and fire. One must remember the burning of ZIZ Radio Station and attempts to do the same to other government installations. The attempt by PAM in June of 1967 to overthrow a government that had so recently been re-elected in a most convincing manner can only be described as the actions of desperate, demented and utterly evil people. Playing on the perceived grievances of the people of Anguilla they incited rebellion on that island and tried to use them to achieve their ends on St Kitts. It is to be noted that the people of Nevis refused to become involved with PAM in any of their treasonous and other criminal acts. Some have described the whole affair as ‘sheer madness’. Many of those who had thought of PAM as being a good thing for the country were rather rudely awakened and, to their credit, promptly turned their banners around and returned to their roots, namely LABOUR. In the words of Mr Washington Archibald, when you find that you are going the wrong way, TURN BACK. One of the most saddening aspects of all this is the fact that, after all these years, PAM has not improved. To the contrary, they have become even worse. Having tasted stinging defeats at the hands of Labour, four times in a row, and being well on the road to becoming irrelevant, they have become so desperate that they have gone overboard with their vitriolic attacks on the Prime Minister. For years they have been trying to demonise him as they did with Mr Bradshaw The same old same old.PAM: The Party of armed violenceWhat is of grave concern and moment is their incessant clamouring for disorder, violence and lawlessness. Whilst pretending to be calling on the people to rise up against the government in lawful protest, they are in fact seeking to use the very people who have rejected them, again and again, to achieve through confusion, chaos, mayhem and violence, that which they have consistently failed to accomplish through lawful and democratic means. The 1960s all over again. Week after week, and on a daily basis, in print, over the radio and the social media, they clamour for rebellion. Most recently, writing in the Democrat Newspaper under the heading “Where is the Messiah?” Watchdog again resorted to such a call. In fact, in the same article, Watchdog deceptively alluded to some sort of heaven sent Messiah, while at the same time urging that ‘the people’ will have to become their own and resort to bottles, stones and even ‘weapons of various sorts’, a term which has to be deeply troubling to all law abiding and peaceful citizens of our country. Watchdog went on to urge those who can run from trouble to run now and seek citizenship elsewhere to prevent themselves from being a Mubarak or a Gaddafi, having earlier in the same article written about Gaddafi ‘stopping a bullet with his head’. This is all so characteristic of PAM, the party of armed violence. It also illustrates another favourite ploy of PAM, namely encouraging our people to leave their land. What was done to Colonel Gaddafi is exactly what they wanted to do to Mr Bradshaw and Mr Southwell in 1967. It is an established fact that they had plans to tie both gentlemen behind a land rover and drag them through the streets of Basseterre, after which they would have decapitated them, all because Mr Bradshaw and Mr Southwell were so beloved by the people and much too politically powerful for PAM to have ever been able to defeat them at the polls. As worrisome as the antics of PAM are, out of an abundance of caution, we must now take note of an added concern, for, to all the lines (and lies) now being fed to the people by them, we must now add the like messages being pedalled by someone PAM used to refer to as ‘Botha’. To all right thinking people it has to be a matter of great distress that PAM and the person they refer to as Botha will stop at nothing to make their individual and personal grievances into national policy. Truly, this is another deeply troubling time for our beloved country. Our citizens need to be made fully aware of what is being attempted yet again. PAM is up to its old tricks (and a few new ones). Citizens, we cannot afford to be complacent and allow PAM and its adherents to set back our country as they have done so many times in the past. Eternal vigilance is the price of peace. Citizens, we need to let them know that we have had enough of them.Enough is enough. Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 16, 2012 (SKNIS): The Federation’s youth stand to benefit from an enhanced relationship being pursued by the Department of Youth Empowerment on St. Kitts and the Social Services Department in Nevis. Director of Youth Empowerment Geoffrey Hanley and the Youth Services Coordinator in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Diana Pemberton, exchanged ideas and information on various initiatives being carried out by their respective agencies during a meeting in Basseterre on Tuesday (February 14). Ms. Pemberton told SKNIS that the meeting “went well” and highlighted a number of areas of mutual interest targeted for greater cooperation. Youth entrepreneurship was discussed in depth. Increasing community service was another critical issue considered. “Volunteerism is on the decline on both islands,” Ms. Pemberton stated. “We are trying to get persons to actually give up their time for the youth, give up their time for afterschool programmes, give up their time for the activities and the many groups we are trying St. Kitts And Nevis Youth Directors Exchange Best Practices to form.” Director Hanley briefed his counterpart on the 25 Most Remarkable Teen awards which was introduced last year in St. Kitts. The youth recognition programme, which honours nontraditional accomplishments, is being expanded to Nevis this year. Ms. Pemberton explained that she was very impressed with the initiative and was eager to work with stakeholders in identifying suitable candidates. Mr. Hanley thanked Ms. Pemberton for her commitment to strengthen the relationship between both entities and eagerly accepted an invitation to participate in Youth Month activities celebrated in April in Nevis. He expressed an interest in learning more about the NIA’s Summer Job Attachment Programme which has produced many success stories over the last nine years. The six-week programme facilitates internship opportunities for 4th to 6th form students providing practical experience for the working world. A work exchange initiative is being explored between the youth staff from both islands which will deepen linkages and facilitate a better understanding of related issues. SKNIS Photo: Director of Youth Empowerment Geoffrey Hanley and the Youth Services Coordinator Diana Pemberton, met in Basseterre on Tuesday (February 14).


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 3 NEWS East Basseterre Labour Notice The East Basseterre Labour Branch will holdA Special Branch Meetingon Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012, at the Constituency Office located on Stainforth Street, New Town. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:00pm and will be addressed by the Parliamentary Representative for the Area, Dr. the Hon. Earl Asim Martin. A cordial invitation is extended to all residents of East Basseterre. Please make a special effort to attend and be punctual. Third man charged for Elvis Stanley’s murder By Drizel HanleyA third person, Shawne Bradshaw of Parson Ground Village, St.Kitts, has been charged with the murder of local businessman, Elvis Stanley, who was gunned down in the Frigate Bay area on the night of Thursday, January, 26, 2012. Bradshaw was formally arrested and charged with the capital offence on Thursday of this week, February 13th. He joins fellow villager, Keston Martin and Joseph “Galvanize” Hazel of Bird Rock, who were jointly charged with the offence on Thursday February 2nd. Stanley, the proprietor of “Love Shack Bar” at the Frigate Bay Strip was shot to death a short distance from his business place, as he headed home in his private vehicle, accompanied by his child’s mother and his teenage son. The child’s mother was also shot and was rushed to the Joseph Nathaniel France General Hospital where she was treated and subsequently discharged. A bullet also grazed Stanley’s teenage son; he too was transported to JNF Hospital where he was treated and discharged Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Inspector Charles Smithen, reported that continuous investigations into Stanley’s death led to the arrest of Bradshaw. In an interview with Press and Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Royal St.Christopher-Nevis Police Force, Sergeant Stephen Hector, he pointed out that despite these three arrests, the investigations into Stanley’s murder continues and one other person is in custody assisting the police with their investigations. with them in the rebuilding and further development of the country. He urged the Haitian business community to take better advantage of the agreement that allows some products to enter the rest of CARICOM duty free for a three year period which began last year. The CARICOM Chairman also assured the private sector that the Bureau would encourage those Member States who had not yet done so to implement the decision of the Heads of Government to allow entry for those business persons with visas from the United States, Canada and the Schengen Area entry into their state. The Chairman also announced that “as part of our ongoing assistance to Haiti, a consignment of three containers of anti-cholera drugs provided by the Community was delivered two days ago to the Ministry of Health, in the fight against the epidemic. Labour Party Notice Residents and Constituents of St. Christopher 6 (Newton Ground to Harris’) are invited to attend a Thanksgiving Service at the K. J. Swanston Memorial Methodist Church in Dieppe Bay on Sunday 19th February at 9 a.m. The Service is to commemorate the re-election of Parliamentary Representative, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas as Parliamentary Representative following the January 2010 General Election. Well-wishers and members of the general public are also invited to attend. CARICOM and Haiti sign MOU following mission (cont’d from page 1) paying close attention to the percentage of crimes committed by juveniles in the Federation and will be endeavouring to intensify its crime prevention campaign in the present calendar year. “The last quarter of 2011 has recorded a reduction of crimes in the Federation on a whole. The total allocated crimes for the Federation decreased by 5% or 105 reports less than the previous year, with a 35% detection rate,” said the Police Commissioner. Mr. Walwyn said the Police have intensified their efforts to improve the detection rates of all crimes, especially considering that 7.9% of the crimes detected in the past year have been committed by juvenile offenders. “As Commissioner of Police, I wish to record appreciation to those responsible citizens who are Police reports double digit decrease in reported serious crimes joining the law enforcement agency in implementing its crime prevention initiatives and to commend those who are partnering with Government in boosting the crime fighting capabilities of the Force for their valued support,” said the Police Commissioner. Commissioner Walwyn said “as an Agency for peace, law and order, it is our duty and our commitment to improve on our previous performance and we solicit the support of all in spreading crime prevention tips and not just in reporting incidences in a manner that, at times, results in the distortion of the facts.”(cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Union’s Part of the Future Continues. The story of the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is, in some ways, the story of the twentieth century. It is the story of how our forebears have tried to use their knowledge and skills to bring about a better way of life for the working class people. But it is also the story of other workers, still caught in the grip of social and industrial injustice, want, ignorance and despair: a grip that the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union, co-operating with Government and some social conscience employers’ organization is striving to break. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union story began over 75 years ago, but it has its roots deep in the social conscience of the nineteenth century. It was recognized then that collective efforts were needed on a wide scale to combat the harmful effects of the unhealthy, social and industrial injustice that existed then, and that there could be no peace without social and economic justice for the working class people. As a result, the struggle began by our forebears to change the law forbidding workers to form Unions for their own protection. With the continued agitation by the working class people and their leaders it brought about the Moyne Commission which resulted in the formation of new laws giving the working class people the right to form Trade Unions for their own protection and security. As a result the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union was officially founded on the 8th February, 1940 and ofically registered on the 15th May, 1940. Since then, over the years, a number of industrial laws came about which address the unhealthy and social conditions of the working class people. In addition, it also brought about the introduction of the Provident Fund, now Social Security, as well as the protection and the effective promotion of certain basic human rights on behalf of the working class people. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union will continue to do its utmost to find ways to improve on the present working condition, and in the foreseeable future to put forward new ideas of how the industrial laws could be improved for the benefit of all of the social partners in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Now today, after all the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union has done on behalf of all working people many workers are still asking this question, What Are Unions? What are Unions? – Unions are groups of working people, like you and me, who join together, and whose principal purposes are to (1) negotiate wages/salaries and working condition terms, (2) regulate relations between workers (its members) and the employer, (3) take collective action to enforce the terms of collective bargaining, (4) raise new demands on behalf of its members, and (5) help settle their grievances. Trade Unions are generally classified as: (a) Company Union that represents the interest of only one firm, and may not have any connection with the Trade Union Movement. They are also called house Union, a Company Union is often a bogus (yellow Union) one and generally illegal. (b) Craft Union that represents skilled workers in a particular field, such as carpentry, mechanics or welding, etc.., and (c) General Union that represents workers from several firms and occupations from the same industry. Also called industrial Union. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is an industrial Union. It is generally accepted that problems and difficulties aren’t invented by Trade Unions. They arise at work, because in any organization, things don’t always run smoothly. Unions exist to resolve workers’ problems by meeting with their employers at the bargaining table to discuss them. It is also acknowledged and accepted that one of the biggest continuing functions of Unions is to handle grievancies which are complaints against management by one or more employees, or a Union, concerning a breach of the collective agreement or an injustice. In short, Unions devote a very large part of their time to resolving problems which confront the employees. Collective bargaining between Unions and employers contain many provisions that many people don’t know about. For instance, they cover the grievance procedure you’ve just read about. They also regulate the number of hours employees may work each day and each week normally eight (8) hours per day, forty hours (40) per week and they provide that workers must receive notice of any overtime to be worked and how much pay will be received for overtime. Even though the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has a Protection of Wages Act No. 6 of 1967 in force 12th October, 1967 and amended by Act 1 of 1972 and Act 1 of 1980, and a Holiday with Pay Act No. 19 of 1968 in force 1st September, 1965, many workers still find themselves being abused by some unscrupulous and greedy employers. It is generally recognized and accepted that issues concerning wages and holidays need a constant and vigorous monitoring to ensure the compliance of the laws. These are just some of the reasons why Unions will continue to be a large part of the workers’ future, because who? If not the Unions will continue to look out for the best interest of their members and by extension all workers. When it comes to wages/salaries increase and other benefits those are normally bargained for collectively on behalf of their members. This is because for the employers, higher wages/salries mean higher costs for his/her business, but for the employees, low wages/salaries mean they can’t afford to buy the things they want. So when it comes to collective bargaining there is a lot of argument, and eventually a compromise is normally reached which both sides find acceptable. Because of the importance of Union being part of the future on behalf of workers we will continue this discussion in a future article. As I take my leave, I leave you with one of those freedom songs that was sung by slaves expressing their forbidden feelings and desires, such as anger, resentment, or a longing for freedom?“Let My People Go”When Israel was in Egypt’s land Let my people go, Oppressed so hard they could not stand, Let my people go. Chorus: Go Down, Moses, Way down in Egypt’s Land Tell ol’ Pharaoh, Let my people go. Thus said the Lord, old Moses said, Let my people go, If not, I’ll smite your first-born dead, Let my people go. No more shall they in bondage toil, Let my people go, Let them come out with Egypt’s spoil Let my people go. The Lord told Moses what to do, Let my people go, To lead the Hebrew children through, Let my people go.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 5 NEWS St. Kitts And Nevis Receives Sound Advice On Labour Matters Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): Ensuring the best protection possible and fostering the best working relationship between employers and employees in St. Kitts and Nevis were the main focuses of two International Labour Organization (ILO) delegates who visited St. Kitts last week Friday, February 10th. Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, a PhD in International Law and Director of International Labour Standards Department of the International Labour Organization (ILO), accompanied by International Labour Standards and Labour Law Specialist Mr. Pierre-Francois Recoing, met with a number of key persons regarding ILO matters including Labour Commissioner Mr. Spencer Amory. According to Dr. Henry, the nature of their visit was primarily to engage in tripartite discussions into how St. Kitts and Nevis is dealing with the international standards to which it agreed from the almost 400 international treaties by which the ILO operate to deal with the world of work. They were also here to strengthen the mission and mandate of the ILO in promoting social justice. “I’m here in St. Kitts to look at how I can support the government, and the employers and workers organizations in looking at what they have already achieved by ratifying nine of the ILO Conventions since St. Kitts and Nevis became a member state of the ILO in 1996, how can they better implement their obligations, or the issues that have been identified by the ILO monitoring bodies, and how we could help them close what I would call the implementation gap” explained Dr. Henry. Dr. Henry sees one of her many tasks as being that of helping countries to move along the social staircase of improving protections and benefits for employees, and ensuring the sustainability of employers and their enterprises. In addition, she helps to identify gaps in this protection and propose suggestions as to how these gaps can be filled. She also identifies out-of-date instruments and gives the governing body of the ILO the relevant information to make adaptations and adjustments to the existing body of standards. Dr Henry added that the ILO has a complex system of supervision which monitors how every country that joins the organization implements the obligations they undertake once they have signed on to certain international treaties. It also provides, through the department of International Labour Standards, technical assistance to countries encountering difficulties in compliance through legislative advice, awareness raising or training and capacity building. Dr Henry said that although St. Kitts and Nevis has ratified eight ILO fundamental conventions dealing with areas such as non-discrimination, no child labour, no forced labour, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, there is still the need for strong unions and strong employers’ organizations with a very strong governance structure from government and a solid and strong labour administration to effectively monitor, supervise and inspect workplaces. St. Kitts and Nevis is currently undergoing a Labour Law Reform process which is hoped, will not only close the implementation gap with regard to the ILO conventions that have already been ratified, but pave the way to ratifying other critical conventions that would give St. Kitts and Nevis the lead in continuing to support a positive investment climate. The International Labour Organization has also been able to offer impactful advice to the region on the issue of freedom of movement within the region for employment. “By the very fact that we have given them the model laws that would help support the single market,” said Dr. Henry, “I think through that process the ILO has given some guidance that all the legislation of CARICOM would then be in compliance with ILO ratified conventions, even if they have not been ratified, but would also support the single market.” Dr. Henry also said governments of the Caribbean and the OECS region need to understand that the issue of labour rights is not just the business of the Ministry of Labour. “We also need to make sure that all relevant parts of government are aware that Labour is not an issue of just the ministry of Labour, it’s a total issue. It’s an issue for the entire country, and the world of work is the engine” said Dr. Henry. “All of us work because we have a family behind us, we want to send our kids to school, we want our businesses to grow, we are part of what enterprises need, we are part of what feeds our family. “The world of work is tremendous,” she said, “in terms of its capacity, its flexibility, but also we’ve got to have the necessary institutions in place to enable it to be the engine of growth.” Dr. Henry emphasized that countries need to train their workforces to be more productive and more client friendly, but at the same time make sure that workers have adequate protection in the workplace, because happy workers will ensure that the enterprise of which they are a part grows. Dr. Henry also told SKNIS another good example of how the ILO has measured the effect of its body of standards in the workplace is the development of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention to see whether or not they continue to be responsive to the world of work. She also said the Caribbean region has much potential to become a reputable force in the maritime industry, but countries of this region need to invest in maritime advancement. “What I would like from my part of the world is to ensure that Caribbean countries are not seen as rust buckets of this world,” said Dr. Henry, “As seen as meeting the minimum of international requirements, and my job is to support my Caribbean countries to raise the standards that they have, that they can become attractive flag states, create employment for our people, because we are one part of the world with some of the best educated group of people that I know in a small space,” “We have naturally English speaking well educated people” she also said, “What we need to do though, is train our people to take the high end jobs, to become the ship engineers and the ship masters, to go into university and do ship engineering.” On this trip to the Caribbean Dr. Henry and her colleague has made stops in Panama and Dominica, and after leaving St. Kitts will go on to Haiti.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 6 NEWS By Drizel HanleyThe seventy-second (72nd) Meeting of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) which was held on 10 February 2012 at the ECCB Headquarters discussed a range of key financial issues. The ceremony which was chaired by Hon. Reuben T Meade, Premier and Minister for Finance, Montserrat discussed issues including 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; developments in the ECCU; financial sector stability issues; the ECCU’s agenda for stabilisation and growth in the context of the OECS Economic Union and an update on the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC). The Council informed that the fourth quarter of 2011 saw an indication Key topics discussed at 72nd Meeting of the Monetary Council of ECCB that inflationary pressures slowed during the quarter, but continued on an upward trend. The Council received the update on the operational arrangements being put in place for the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) which was established to restructure and recapitalise financial institutions and manage troubled assets. They were further apprised that while the financial sector is expected to remain stable, the ECCU would continue to face challenges in the external environment. In light of this, Council emphasized the urgent need to act to limit any startling impact on the region’s financial system. With regard to promoting and maintaining a balanced growth the Council agreed to immediately begin the preparation of Medium Term Economic Strategy Papers (MTESP) where none currently exists and Re-activate the Joint Committee of the Monetary Council and the OECS Authority to discuss growth and development issues. The Council continued their discussion on the use of the ECCB’s administered rates as a tool for stimulating economic growth and settled to uphold the savings deposit rate at 3.0 per cent; and the Central Bank’s discount rate at 6.5 per cent. Sir Dwight Vennor’s report outlined monetary and credit conditions in the ECCU over the quarter ended December 2011. The Council was apprised that the macroeconomic and financial conditions of the ECCU economy continued to be impacted by the slow economic recovery in the advanced economies like the United States. Consequently, as small open economies, the ECCU remains vulnerable to these external shocks. Among the dignitaries present at the ceremony were the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, St Kitts and Nevis; Hon. Hubert Hughes, Chief Minister and Minister for Finance, Anguilla; Hon. Harold Lovell, Minister for Finance, Antigua and Barbuda; Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Commonwealth of Dominica; Hon. Nazim Burke, Minister for Finance, Grenada; Dr the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Mr. Isaac Anthony, Monetary Council Alternate, Saint Lucia. Development Bank holds second taxi and tour operators’ workshop BASSETERRE ST. KITTS — The secret to financial success lies in one’s ability to understand what they are selling. Ms Sybil Welsh, a financial consultant has advised taxi and tour operators that it is not transporting services they are selling to visitors, but rather “memories, yourself and St. Kitts and Nevis.” Ms Welsh who was one of the two facilitators at a taxi and tour operators workshop organised by the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis and the St. Kitts Tourism Association Thursday evening (February 9) at the Port Zante Arrival Hall in Basseterre told the operators that “the information that you give about St. Kitts and Nevis must impress visitors to explore more sights and activities and return to St. Kitts for another visit with you as the taxi/tour operator.” Mr Faron Lawrence, the second facilitator, advised the operators that coming up with creative ideas would lead to their being in the business even when the economy is down. He told them that creativity starts with separating themselves from the pack and to offer a service that is different to what everyone is doing or offering. He gave them a few tips that were well received. Held under the theme ‘Manage your Money, Grow your Business’, it was the second in a series of workshops organised for taxi and tour operators by the Business Support Unit of the Development Bank with funds from the Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE), which is an European Union (EU) funded institution, to enhance the Bank’s ability to offer technical assistance to its small and medium size enterprise clients. According to the head of the Business Support Unit, Mr Shavon Douglas, the Development Bank is pleased by the support it has received from the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, which was represented by the Assistant Permanent Secretary Ms. Ms Diannille Taylor-Williams. He said that plans are at advanced stage to hold a similar workshop in Nevis. Taxi operator Mr Alphonso Martin, better known as The Big One, congratulated the Development Bank and the Ministry of Tourism for holding the workshop. Lamenting the low turnout by taxi and tour operators he said: “We should have had a better figure than what come tonight. What we learnt here has taken us down a road that I was looking for, for the past 15 years and now I happen to see something like this happening tonight.” Another taxi operator, Mrs Ivy Adams, said that the session “was very educative and enlightening. I say when you are doing anything, you try to do it in the best way; and in any way possible you can put a spin on anything to make yourself better. It is good and that is the same thing Mr Faron Lawrence was talking about and that is my goal of doing things.” On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, and the taxi/tour operators who participated in the workshop, Assistant Permanent Secretary Ms Diannille Taylor-Williams, thanked the two facilitators, Ms Sybil Welsh and Mr Faron Lawrence, for a very informative presentation “and everybody here you will agree with me Workshop facilitator, Ms Sybil Welsh. that we learnt something.” The Assistant Permanent Secretary said it was her hope that she would see the changes in the persons who attended the workshop, “as testimony to having learnt something new and testimony to what an excellent presentation we had this evening.” Also present at the workshop from the Development Bank were Mrs Vernitha Maynard and Ms Jasmine Primus of the Business Support Unit, Ms Tamara Herbert, a Credit Risk Analyst and Mr Eldean Huggins, MIS Support Officer.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 7 NEWS The Thinking Citizen The 4th consecutive victory at the polls of Dr. Denzil Douglas and his Labour Party has caused the Sheriff and the CCM/PAM cabal to engage in frenzied activities to try and shame, embarrass and under-mine our Prime Minister. Take the case “Integrity in Public Life” Bill and another bill, the “Law Library” Bill, received only a first reading. All the other bills, including the “Pensions (Variation) Act” were read a third time and were passed into law the same day. The PAM Government was voted out of office on July 3, 1995 and did not find it necessary to pass into law the “Integrity in Public Life” Bill. So the Simmonds Administration gave the “Integrity in Public Life” Bill its first reading on September 12, 1994, and left office on July 3, 1995, without ever bothering to pass the said Bill into law. Now at this time, after PAM had more than enough time to pass the Integrity legislation, we are hearing the Sheriff and his colleagues in the CCM/PAM cabal complaining that the Douglas Administration is running away from passing the “Integrity in Public Life” Bill put forward by the Parliamentary Opposition. The complaints ring hollow and smack of overwhelming bias and hypocrisy. What happened to the Sheriff and the members of the CCM/PAM cabal between 1994 of politics. In 1983 the PAM Government rammed through a new Electoral System in the National Assembly in 45 minutes. Mark you; there was nothing wrong with the system that had been in force in the country since 1952. That System did not offer much scope for fraud, trickery or thievery, so PAM wanted the System changed. PAM did not consult or hold discussions with the electorate, the Labour Party or the Parliamentary Opposition before presenting the New System to Parliament. The New System was crafted at PAM Headquarters, “Up de Hill”, fine-tuned in Cabinet and presented to Parliament. It took only 45 minutes for PAM to ram it through Parliament. During the Debate on the New System in Parliament and against vicious opposition from the PAM representatives, the Labour Representatives cautioned that the franchise should not be extended to nationals living abroad and recommended further that the New System should include the use of Voter I.D. Cards. The PAM Government rejected and ignored the sage warning and the enlightened recommendations of the representatives of the Labour Party. However, after PAM lost the government in 1995, the leders of the party became disappointed with the System which they had created and had used for 11 years (1984-1995) straight. They wanted it to be changed. The leaders of PAM wanted certain restrictions to be placed on the right to vote of overseas nationals. The leaders also wanted the System to be changed to include the use of Voter I.D. Cards on Polling Day. It is quite clear now that PAM was double-talking or double-dealing and thereby contradicting itself. When the party was in power Dr. Simmonds enfranchised the overseas nationals and wanted to have nothing to do with Voter I.D. Cards. As soon as PAM lost power the leaders of the party began to grumble and to say that they wanted the Electoral System (their very own System) to be changed. Among other things, the PAMites cried out for the use of Voter I.D. Cards on Polling Day. As it was in the case of the PAM established Electoral System, just so it was in the case of Social Security with a vengeance. They went all over St. Kitts and throughout the island of Nevis telling people that Social Security is bad and they must not participate in it. PAM opposed the introduction and the operation of Social Security. Nowadays, PAM has done an “about-face”. Rather than opposing Social Security, PAM and the Democrat are pretending to be defenders and protectors of the Social Security which they previously opposed and tried to destroy. PAM is not honest and sincere about anything. In every situation or circumstance PAM is always on the hunt for political advantage. PAM would praise and glorify Satan if the leaders of the party become convinced that there is some political advantage to be gained. PAM has done an “about face” and 1995? Where were they? And why did they not push or pressurise the PAM Government to pass the “Integrity in Public Life” Bill? It is extremely odd that the Sheriff and his henchmen in the CCM/PAM cabal did not want “Integrity in Public Life” legislation while PAM was in power, but now they want it and are clamouring for it, now that Labour is in power. The conclusions of the Professor Randolph Williams’ Report, as well as the conclusions of the Louis Blom-Cooper Report, adequately confirm that the Simmonds Administration was badly in need of Integrity legislation. The political strategy of PAM and the CCM is to fool the general public with pronouncements of all sorts of high-sounding words and phrases while in opposition, and then, when in office, engage in practices and policies that do not match their pronouncements. During the 1870s the PAM Party and the Democrat newspaper trumpeted the message that “King Sugar is dead”. “There is no future in Sugar”. PAM and the Democrat were urging and advising the Labour Party Government to shut down the Sugar Industry. Yet in spite of such urging and advice, the PAM Government stayed in power for 15 years (19801995) and during that long period, failed to take its own advice to shut down the Sugar Industry. One very important thing that the electorate has noticed about PAM over the past several decades is that the party confuses and contradicts itself while it is engaging in its own peculiar brand


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 8 NEWS By Drizel HanleyChurch Street, Basseterre received a complete face-lift last weekend, (Friday 10 to Monday 13) as part of the Government’s Road Development Programme. Early Friday morning Public Works Department crews and engineers lifted the top surface of the street, using heavy duty equipment. In an interview with Chief Road Engineer, Kevin Williams, he explained that the Road Development Programme is an ongoing project to improve the overall Road Infrastructure in St.Kitts. He further indicated that work was also done in the rural areasDieppe Bay, Half Way Tree and Parson Ground among other areas. “We are presently working in the Tabernacle area,” he added. Mr. Williams disclosed that Princess Street, Liverpool Row and College Street Ghaut will be tackled in the near future. “We will continue to create safer roads for our motorists hence the Road Development Programme is here to stay,” he said. When questioned about setbacks in the project the Chief Road Engineer, said that the availability of equipment and materials is one of the setbacks they are experiencing. Speaking with an onlooker of the work done on Church Street she said “the Government is doing a good job, I am very glad that they are repairing the roads because some of them were really bad and we as drivers were really crying out for the roads to be fixed, so thank you Public Works and the Government”. “I am very satisfied with the work done here on Church Street and the timely manner in which it was done,” said another onlooker. Road Development Programme in full gear Church Street after complete repairs. Surface of Church Street being removed. Office of the Prime Minister outlines achievable goals for 2012 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Inspired by the successes of each year to work even harder in the ensuing years to provide the type of leadership necessary to advance St. Kitts and Nevis, the Human Resource Management Department will continue to provide assistance to employees of health, financial and work performance issues through the Employee Assistance Programme and deliver a range of in-house training sessions. Chief Secretary, Mr. Joseph Edmeade in the Executive Summary in the 2012 Estimates said the department was to assist a number of employees through the Employee Assistance Programme and the Civil Service Bill which got the ‘green light’ by Parliament. “Throughout fiscal year 2011 the Human Resource Management Department was able to provide assistance to a number of employees through the Employee Assistance Programme although the challenge of an appropriate space still prohibits the full execution of this programme,” said Mr. Edmeade. He pointed out that the Department was able to carry out the necessary work to allow for Parliament to pass the new Civil Service Bill and has done work to place in an advanced stage the new Civil Service Regulations which are to accompany the Bill. The Department continues to give effect to the retirement policy announced by the Prime Minister during his 2010 budget address. Its achievable goals for the 2012 fiscal year will see the Department deliver a range of inhouse training sessions and will also be looking to completing the Government Auxiliary Employees (GAE) Plan and polish the 2011 Public Service Bill by the first quarter and by the second quarter of the fiscal year circulate the Codes of Conduct, Code of Ethics, Recruitment and Employment Cods and the Public Service Standing Orders along with other programmes. “The Department will by the fourth quarter of the year complete the Government Auxiliary Employees (GAE) Plan, it will refine the Public Service Bill 2011 by first quarter and finalize and circulate the Codes of Conduct, Code of Ethics, Recruitment and Employment Cods and the Public Service Standing Orders by the second quarter of the year. In 2012 the Department will also continue the Human Resource Audit, complete and introduce the new Training Plan as well as design and execute the Civil Service Recognition Program which will be done by the first quarter. The Department will also roll-out its Human Resource website which is expected to be of great benefit to employees and the general public at large.” said the Executive Summary. Mr. Edmeade said the Administration Department within the Ministry continues to provide the necessary support services to the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister in his pursuit of the Ministry’s mission. In 2012 the Department will as a matter of priority ensure that the staff can receive further training in areas that will enhance their capacity to serve the general public and efficiently assisting the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 9 NEWS The St.Kitts Netball Association (S.K.N.A.) will hold its ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Saturday 18th February 2012 at Netball Complex,Warner Park, Basseterre at 4:30 pm Member Clubs/ School are asked to send Two(2) Representatives to This Meeting.Gale Grant-Dear -P.R.O S.K.N.A Exchange rate still a source of strength, ECCU Monetary Council agrees to measures to maintain safety and soundness of the financial system BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 14TH 2012 (CUOPM) – The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has examined the three pillars exchange rate, fiscal stability and financial sector stability of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), which inform the analysis of money and credit conditions. “Council was informed that the exchange rate pillar continued to be a source of strength and this was expected to be maintained in the short term. Council recognised the deterioration in the fiscal stability pillar which resulted in lower government revenues causing fiscal imbalances,” said the ECCB,” said Central Bank Governor, Sir K. Dwight Venner in the communiqu issued at the end of the 72nd Meeting of the Monetary Council. Council received the Governor’s Report on Monetary and Credit Conditions in accordance with Article 7(2) of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Agreement 1983. The report outlined monetary and credit conditions in the ECCU over the quarter ended December 2011, against the backdrop of global economic and financial developments and provided an outlook for the near to medium term. Council was apprised that the macroeconomic and financial conditions of the ECCU economy continued to be impacted by the slow economic recovery in the advanced economies. Consequently, as small open economies, the ECCU remained vulnerable to these external shocks. According to the communiqu, Council was apprised that the financial sector stability pillar improved marginally during the last quarter of 2011, but inherent weaknesses in the system persisted. Developments in this area are being monitored closely and ongoing measures being undertaken to strengthen the financial sector should help to stabilise the system over time and mitigate some of the risks. “Council was informed of the liquidity conditions at some indigenous banks tightened, commercial banks continued to accumulate high levels of excess reserves, credit growth to the business sector remained below historical norms as the decline in economic activity and the uncertainty of future economic prospects had seemingly lowered the demand for credit. However, since the third quarter, there has been a notable concentration of commercial bank credit in the household sector, particularly mortgages,” said the communiqu, which stated also that public sector credit is estimated to have declined by 2.1 per cent compared to a contraction of 7.4 percent in 2010. “This was mainly due to an increase in loans and advances to member governments as they sought to close their financing gaps. The ratio of gross foreign assets to demand liabilities (the backing ratio for the EC dollar) declined marginally to 95.4 percent at the end of December 2011 from 96.3 percent at the end of December 2010. It however, remained well above the statutory level of 60.0 percent and the operational target of 80.0 percent,” said the communiqu. According to the communiqu, Council intensified their discussion on the use of the ECCB’s administered rates as a tool for stimulating economic growth. However, having also considered the uncertainty and volatility in the regional and global economic and financial environment, Council agreed to maintain the savings deposit rate at 3.0 percent; and the Central Bank’s discount rate at 6.5 percent. Council however emphasised the need for the continued close monitoring of these rates. The Monetary Council was apprised that while the financial sector is expected to remain stable, the ECCU would continue to face challenges in the external environment. In light of this, Council underscored the urgent need to act with caution to limit any unforeseen impact on the region’s financial system and reiterated the importance of exploring and implementing greater options for promoting sustainable and balanced growth in the ECCU. “With respect to promoting sustainable and balanced growth, the Council agreed to (1) Reactivate the Joint Committee of the Monetary Council and the OECS Authority to discuss growth and development issues; (2) Immediately begin the preparation of Medium Term Economic Strategy Papers (MTESP) where none currently exists; (3) Through the OECS Authority and in the context of the requirements of the Revised Treaty of Basseterre, request that the OECS Commission and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank meet on a quarterly basis to facilitate work programme coordination, particularly with respect to the Growth and Development Agenda,” the communiqu said. With respect to growth and development of the ECCU, the Monetary Council identified the period of adjustment as January 2012 to December 2014 and the transformation of the economies and the creation of a fully functional economic space as January 2015 to December 2020. With regard to fiscal and debt sustainability, the Council agreed to (1) Confirm and publish fiscal targets (primary balance and the debt to GDP ratio) for 2012; (2) Reconfirm the agreement at the special meeting of the Monetary Council in Antigua and Barbuda on 14 January 2012, for the exchange of information and close collaboration in resolving the debt problem in the ECCU. In an effort to maintain the safety and soundness of the ECCU financial system, the Monetary Council agreed to (1) Implement measures that would make the ECCU financial system more resilient to shocks. (2) Accelerate the process for the passage of the relevant legislation to facilitate the establishment of the single financial space and (3) Expedite efforts for improving the efficiency of the Single Regulatory Units (SRUs) by strengthening supervisory capabilities; adopting standardised reporting formats; and developing in-house information gathering and processing and dissemination capabilities. Photo : Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Governor, Sir K. Dwight Venner; Hon. Nazim Burke, Minister of Finance, Grenada; Chairman, Premier and Minister of Finance of Montserrat, Hon. Reuben T Meade; Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of St. Vin cent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves; Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Rt. Hon. Dr. D enzil L. Douglas; Chief Minister and Minister of Finance of Anguilla, the Hon. Hubert Hughes; the Hon. Harold Lovell, Minister of Financ e of Antigua and Barbuda; Mr. Isaac Anthony, Monetary Council Alternate, St. Lucia and Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister and Mi nister of Finance, Commonwealth of Dominica. Photo courtesy of the ECCB


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 10 NEWS Statement by Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs in response to the Chamber of Industry and Commerce release on practices of Chinese businesses operating in the Federation The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs remains supportive of a competitive environment which facilitates the orderly growth and development of businesses. Such an environment must be proactively pursued if we are to derive an improved quality of life for all residents and citizens in our beloved Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, at a time when the public sector has limited fiscal space. Competitive practices drive innovations and ongoing efforts by businesses to increase both consumer value and shareholder value. Indeed for businesses to succeed in a free enterprise economy, they cannot be indifferent to either their consumers or their shareholders. Consumers at this time of economic challenge and difficulty in meeting many of the commitments are very cost conscious and rightly so. Most of us as consumers are looking for a quality product at an affordable price. If competition leads to lower prices for products of good quality, we consider this a good thing. Quality is important especially when it impinges on the health and wellness of the consumer. So we should compare not only prices but the quality of goods. The private sector is raising broad issues of fairness and transparency which are critical and important considerations impacting on the way business is done. These have to be examined on their merits and appropriate interventions made and solutions given where necessary and appropriate because unfairness in business when left unchecked undermines the private sector as an engine of economic growth. It creates humbugs and bottlenecks and dampen the alacrity of people to invest, and do business. Regarding the issuance of licences to do business, this is handled by the Ministry of Finance. The matter of the issuance of work permits should be considered in the context of whether they meet the legal requirements for issuance. We will be concerned if the issuance of a work permit disadvantaged a local unfairly. In this regard a number of questions may guide us. Were the job vacancies advertised locally before “foreigners” were offered the job? Are the pay packages offered to foreigners materially different to what were offered to the locals? Will the employer get a local understudy? At these times of high unemployment and under employment, we have to be careful not to disadvantage local people whether they are business persons or workers. Finally, regarding the matter of fairness to local businesses, I believe very strongly that local businesses: our hairdressers, restaurateurs, farmers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors and professional community should be given special incentives to help them get started and grow. While we have sought to do some good work here via Small Business Development Act of 2009 which legislated a range of incentives arguably much more can be done. At the National Entrepreneurial Development Division (NEDD) we have instituted training opportunities for proprietors of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), these however can be more widespread and regular. Financing is a critical challenge for SMEs both for start up, working capital and indeed to finance efficiency changes over the life of the businesses. Perhaps this is an area in which the can do more in “unleashing domestic entrepreneurship”. Helping locals first and foremost must be a priority at all times. Perhaps greater care may be required in categorizing all Chinese as foreigners, since some acquired citizenship by investment. As holders of St Kitts and Nevis passports, there are certain expectations, rights and obligations that flow naturally. We will have to look at a range of policy options in discussing the matters which are being raised by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and by others in the national community. My Ministry stands ready to be part of the ongoing dialogue and solutions. Dr Harris Hails Pioneering Work In Agro Tourism Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of Agriculture has lauded the efforts of several employees past and present in the Department of Agriculture who were part of the efforts to establish an agro tourism farm on the Kim Collins Highway. Dr Harris said that the project launched several years back by the former Minister of Tourism, was intended to link agriculture and the Carnival Cruise Lines. The venture did not materialize as envisaged. Nonetheless Dr Harris commended Messrs Stephen Duggins, Earl Thomas, Euclid Clarke and Ronald Thomas for their dedication and support for the project. Dr Harris said that important lessons can be discovered as to why one project succeeds and another fails. “We need to determine the success factors”. Dr Harris made the remarks at the ground breaking ceremony for the agro tourism facility at Newton Ground, on January 31, 2012. Agriculture Needs More Than Land Says Minsiter Harris Agriculture Minister, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, continues his push for greater national support to the farmers. Dr Harris said that for the farmers to succeed, it is not just enough to provide them with a piece of land here and there. In the context of our reality, we need: 1.Lands which are accessible to water supplies or with water catchment systems available. 2.Given the serious threat and incidence of crop damage, we need to offer significant help to the farmers in fencing material. 3.Farm roads need to be maintained in excellent conditions facilitating the movement of farmers and minimum wear and tear on their produce. 4.Concessional financing and credit financing linked to crop harvests rather than traditional commercial type loans. 5.Greater application of technology and science on farms. In this regard, greenhouses have to become part of the agriculture landscape. 6.Organized marketing systems providing marketing intelligence to guide production and facilitate the distribution of farm produce. We are working on overcoming these constraints and I appreciate time is of essence. “In my view we have to invest systematically and substantially in the agriculture sector to bring the kinds of results that the sector can offer. The farmers have been doing very well in terms of their efforts at production. They need some more help and so I will continue to work with our farmers”, said Dr. Harris He added that given the fact that most of our farmers are not rich, they are going to need special support and so we have to ensure that there is equitable treatment of the farmers. St. Kitts a “must” for discerning leisure travellers programmes. Tour operators were updated on the new Destination Specialist program, which St. Kitts debuted on January 9, 2012. The delegation from St. Kitts also updated operators on news from the island, such as the private jet terminal, and various other projects. In total, the St. Kitts delegation held a total of 36 meetings over the two days allocated to these functions during the event. Among the operators meeting with St. Kitts were Travel Impressions, Classic Vacations, TNT Vacations and Costco Travel. In addition to the meetings, the St. Kitts delegation participated in “Preferred Partner Receptions” hosted by Expedia, Classic Vacations and Flight Centre (GOGO). In keeping with the growing influence of online and social media, St. Kitts continues to direct more efforts to these marketing channels. This year, St. Kitts interacted with CHTA, various journalists and other event attendees by tweeting from its official Tourism Authority account. The St. Kitts Tourism Authority said this year, the delegation from St. Kitts that attended CHTA Marketplace was comprised of: Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt, Minister of Tourism and International Transport; Mrs. Rosecita Jeffers, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority; Ms. Patrice Henry, Tourism Officer in the New York office of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority; and Ms. Denise Zimber, Boston-based Industry Relations, Marketing & Sales specialist for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. Local private sector partners also represented at the event included Ocean Terrace Inn, Sugar Bay Resort, Tropical Tours, Oualie Beach Club and Nisbet Plantation. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) St. Kitts tourism has kicked off the new year on a positive note at this year’s Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Caribbean Marketplace, which took place at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas from January 22-24, 2012. Demonstrating measureable advancement in the development and promotion of the island’s tourism brand, the St. Kitts delegation was able to spread the message that St. Kitts is a “must” for discerning leisure travellers in 2012 and beyond. “CHTA Caribbean Marketplace continues to be a key industry event for us each year,” said Mrs. Rosecita Jeffers, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. “We had the opportunity to meet with several of our travel partners and network with top media operators and other colleagues, all of whom expressed keen interest in the progress that St. Kitts has been making and gave us reason to have an optimistic outlook for the productivity of our various tour operators’ marketing programmes.” A key objective of St. Kitts’ participation in CHTA Marketplace was to meet with tour operators and wholesalers who directly book hotel rooms and to add new tour operator


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 11 NEWS -St. Kitts and Nevis highlighted in world’s oldest and most influential newspaper The JC.com – the Jewish Community Online is the digital arm of The Jewish Chronicle Ltd, which publishes The Jewish Chronicle, founded in 1841, carried an article written by Andy Mossack headlined: “An idyllic Caribbean getaway in any season.” It states: June and July in St. Kitts may be high summer, but it is low season as far as the tourism industry is concerned. Away from the peak months from November to March, the only noticeable difference is the lack of people; that and the odd short sharp shower, a welcome relief from the hot sun and a time when hotel prices and air fares are lower. For me, it was the perfect opportunity to enjoy a Caribbean getaway where for once, the locals outnumbered the visitors. So what does this two-island nation offer? There are remnants of St Kitts’ former sugar and slave industry and it was at Independence Square in the capital Basseterre, where slaves were sold and where many were executed. The grand plantations they worked on have been converted into luxury hotels, but under the buildings around the square, the cellars and tunnels remain where slaves were chained together waiting to be brought up into the park for auction. The best example you’ll find on the island is 800 feet up a hill where the 17th century British built Brimstone Fortress. It overlooks the south coast and is one of the best-preserved historical fortifications in the Americas and a UNESCO world heritage site. St. Kitts’ dramatic history gives an added attraction over the tropical sun, sand and sea combination of other Caribbean islands. Tourism has been the island’s main source of income for only 20 years since the end of sugar production, so island life hasn’t changed much over the centuries. Away from the main resort area of Frigate Bay, there are plenty of villages where local culture and traditions remain the focal points of daily life, along with rum and reggae of course. There is something special about sitting outside in an easy chair, sipping a rum punch (made from a secret family recipe) and listening to some soft reggae sounds as the sun goes down. The island has peaceful coves and beaches, like Turtle Beach or South Friars along the south east peninsular, or there are more hedonistic pursuits at resorts and beaches around Frigate Bay in the south. Whilst Basseterre is a small colonial town (it only has four main streets running east to west and one main street running north to south) it was at one time the most important port in the West Indies. The 17th century Treasury and Customs House still proudly stands guard as the gateway to the island, but these days serves as the National Museum chronicling much of St. Kitts’ dramatic history. The Circus, in the town centre, is at the bustling heart of it all. Like a miniature version of Piccadilly Circus, (it even has a small monument in the middle of it) you’ll find most of commercial life here, amongst its white colonial buildings. After dark, when the work is done, Fort Street’s ‘lime’ bars open up and the partying begins. You won’t find lime cocktails in a lime bar; it’s just a term for having some drinks with friends. So chill out and go liming down Fort Street. A few minutes’ walk from Basseterre’s centre you’ll come to Port Zante, St. Kitts’ cruise liner terminal where you can buy taxfree goods and wander around more tourist souvenir shops than there are rum punches. You can see most of St. Kitts in a day; after all, it’s only 18 miles long and six miles wide, dominated by Mount Liamuiga, majestically rising out of the island’s volcanic centre. Wherever you go, you’ll have sea views; the Caribbean on the west side and the Atlantic on the east, with lush tropical vegetation and rainforest dominating the interior. The rainforest is home to the highly entertaining Green Vervet Monkeys. Find a quiet spot to watch them frolick. The Brimstone Hill Fortress is worth seeing and make sure you also visit Romney Manor where you can pick up some delightful handmade Batik based prints and traditional island garments and wander around its beautiful gardens. Go for a ride on the Sugar Train and take a pleasant three-hour ride around the island in airconditioned comfort on the rail tracks formerly used to transport harvested sugar cane. St.. Kitts’ adjacent is more than just a nearby island; it is the other half of this two island state and worth a day trip or two. A mere half hour away by ferry from Basseterre, Nevis has a completely different feel to St. Kitts. This small sombrero shaped island is half the size of St. Kitts but what it lacks in size it makes up for in natural charms. It is a tranquil place where all the beaches are public and the way of life slow and serene encapsulated by its little quaint capital Charlestown. Visit the Montpelier Plantation Inn, a boutique Inn immortalised when Princess Diana stayed there with William and Harry. Just a few yards away is the tree under which Lord Nelson married Fanny in 1787. Talking of Nelson, you can stay at his former home, now the luxury Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, where a set of air conditioned villas lead you away from the Great House across the manicured lawn to a secluded private beach. Whilst all the relics of St Kitts and Nevis’ slave-dependent past might seem to many of us to be symbols of repression and enslavement, the people of St. Kitts see them instead as permanent reminders of their roots; a nation once emanating from Africa but now justly proud of their beautiful island home. And trying it out of season away from those peak months of November to March will still deliver you some outstanding sun but at much more affordable prices. MSNBC.com: St. Kitts one of “5 Caribbean islands to discover now” BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts continues to rank in accolades internationally. MSNBC.com has just listed St. Kitts as one of the “5 Caribbean islands to discover now.” It mentions the island’s history, culture and plantation inns as top reasons visit. “Best for: History buffs and animal-lovers (vervet monkeys hang around some beaches). Long in the shadow of pricier Nevis, St. Kitts is home to a thriving West Indian culture and remarkably preserved architecture. A few 17th-century plantation homes have been converted to inns,” said MSNBC.com, which showed three photos of The Strip at Frigate Bay, Brimstone Hill and Cockleshell Bay. St. Kitts was recently named one of the “Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012” by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine. St. Kitts’ Brimstone Hill National Fortress was named one of “10 Great Places to Explore The World’s Best-Kept Secrets” by USA Today. In summer 2011, the destination also ranks #1 on a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations by US News & World Report. Last year, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways. Photo: An aerial view of The Strip at Frigate Bay, St. Kitts (photo from MSNBC.com) Community Notice Register for the ECCB Entrepreneurship Course Would you like to start your own business or make your business more profitable but do not know how to go about doing so? Then register for the ECCB Entrepreneurship Course which commences on Thursday 23rd February 2012. The course employs easyto follow and novel approaches to engage participants in the financial and business techniques required to effectively develop and operate a small business. Participants, working in groups to develop their business ideas and business plans, will be given the opportunity to compete against each other for the grand prize to be used towards the start-up of the group’s business. No initial experience or academic qualifications are necessary. Classes run from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, Burdon Street Campus. For further information please contact the UWI Open Campus at telephone 465-2190.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 12 NEWS Grade 6 Jeffers Nebylla Huggins Grade 6 Dore Aliano Thompson Grade 5 Liburd Tyree Benjamin Grade 5 Joseph Lejourn Thompson Grade 6 Lawrence Onell Nisbett Grade 5 Smithen Ricaldo Rawlins Grade 4 Arthurton Marvin Maynard Grade 4 Jones Shailieze Isaac Grade 4 Reid Ajani Davis Kindergarten Caines Kyella Rawlins Kindergarten Spencer Mikayla Gumbs Grade 1 Blessings Joseph Naeem Gillard Grade 1 Bellboda Grade 2 Robinson Renee RobinsonGrade 2Dias Kezric Huggins Grade 3 Parris Lejhaun Brazier Dr. William Connor Primary SchoolJanuaryStudent Of The Month


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 13 NEWS 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 His Excellency Governor General, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian inspecting troops. Photos courtesy of Keeth France. His Excellency Governor General, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian taking salute from the troops. Armed Forces stage “Beating of the Retreat” parade to kick off local celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee then returned to the parade square to further showcase their drilling skills in the presentation of the much advertised “Beating of the (cont’d on page 20)


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 15 NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Whether we believe it or not, the Bible touches life at all points – in youth and old age, in times of plenty and poverty, in times of health and sickness. I propose in this article to offer words of cheer to those who may be languishing on a bed of affliction as we spend these few moments in discussion heart-to-heart. Here is a text to ponder: “The Lord will strengthen him/her upon the bed of languishing; thou wilt make all his/her bed of sickness” (Psalm 41:3). The writer of a gospel hymn penned these lines presumably inspired by our Lord’s interaction with the man sick with palsy as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew 9:3. Jesus said to the patient “Son be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee.” What fitting words for times of sickness. Here are the stanzas. At even, ere the sun was set, the sick O Lord, around Thee lay. O in what divers pains they met! O with what joy they went away. Thy touch has still its ancient power. No word from Thee can fruitless fall. Here in this solemn evening hour and in Thy mercy heal us all. It goes without saying that we live in an anxiety-producing culture. Our world is moving so fast that the majority of the human race are victims of fear and anxiety. The wear and tear of living pushes the process in directions that are unfortunate even frightening. Notwithstanding there are those who seem to have been born with a nervous system that tends to overact at the slightest provocation, those who are prone to view the trials and tastings of life out of proportion to the actual situation. This weakness appears frequently when disease and sickness attack the body or when old age takes over. Nothing is more soothing in times of affliction than words of comfort. God is the greatest comforter of His people. Through the Prophet Isaiah He spoke these calming words: “I even I, am he that comforteth you”. (Is. 51:12). Sickness brings with it a measure of failing strength, thus there is a need for supernatural strength. Human strength at its best is never equal to the exhausting trials of life, and this is particularly true when sickness attacks the body. The weariness and exhaustion which accompany sickness can lead to discouragement and depression. It takes more than human exhaustion to carry us through.COMPANIONSHIPOf the many griefs that assail the heart of man – that strange and mystic scroll, that threecornered exponent of all our hopes and fears – none can be more poignant, none more distressing, than an overwhelming sense of the loneliness of life. To some, the consciousness of it comes even in childhood’s days; others realize it with the passing of the years; and others again, through some heart rending sorrow. In various ways we seek to escape from it – in the acquiring of wealth, in the pursuit of knowledge, in the whirl of pleasure; but none of these things will adequately dispel it. Anyone who has experienced a prolonged illness or has been separated from a loved one by death has faced loneliness. When we face illness we pass through an experience that even born again Christians go through at one time or another. Jesus said in the world we would have tribulation (John 16:33). He didn’t promise to keep us out of life’s trials; but He did promise to be with us. God assures us of His presence in our present trials – “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb 13:5). The word “leave” is from the Greek word “ANIEMI” which means “to relax” or to “let sink”. So God has assured us that He will not let us sink. The world “forsake” is a compound of three Greek words “EGKATALEIPO” means “down” and “LEIPO” which means “to leave”. We never face any situation alone, for we always have this holy companion with us to comfort and support us. The experiences of Daniel and Job come to mind to prove that God is always a tower of strength and shelter in the time of storm. We not only want one to be with us and feel with us in our hours of sorrow, we want one to be with us and aid us in our hours of temptation and conflict, weakness and defeat; to be near us, to uphold us when flesh and heart shall faint and fail. In all the universe there is but One such. Therefore, to Him, our own loving, compassionate, Almighty Saviour, let us cling. “When thou passeth through the waters I will be with you, and through the rivers they shall not overflow thee:” (Is 43:2).CONTENTMENTOne of life’s most precious possessions is the state of being satisfied with one’s status in life. The content person is free from worry and anxiety. The Apostle Paul wrote. “I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content”. (Phil 4:11). Someone has said that when we reach heaven, God will look over us, not for medals or diplomas or earthly distinctions, but for scars – scars of past conflicts waged for righteousness and for God. Affliction from whatever source and in whatever form is a universal phenomenon. It teaches us to avail ourselves daily of the grace of God. No area of life is free from problems and pressures, sickness and sorrow, trials and tribulations. However the promises of God as expressed in the verses quoted above have proven to be, shall hereafter prove to be a soft pillow for heavy hearts, muddled minds and sick bodies. There is a strange verse in the Psalms with which I shall close. “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statues” (Ps 119:71). The proud and the wicked in David’s day lived in pomp and pleasure, while David, though he kept close to God and his duty, was still in affliction. But David could speak experimentally”. It is a good thing, for me, many a good lesson he had learnt by his affliction. The afflictions had contributed to the improvement of his knowledge and grace. Sickness, although not pleasant can be profitable. May God sustain us all! For those in For those in For those in For those in For those in affliction affliction affliction affliction affliction Benefit concert for families in Nevis affected by cancer planned The History and Heritage Week of Activities 2012 is being celebrated under the theme of ‘Celebrating the Contributions of our Everyday Heroes and Heroines to our History and Heritage’. In keeping with this theme The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus St. Kitts and Nevis will be hosting a public presentation by local artiste Masud Sadiki entitled ‘Masud Sadiki: My Life in Music’. This event will take place at the UWI Open Campus St. Kitts Site at the Gardens, Basseterre on Thursday 23 February 2012 at 7:30pm. Masud’s story is one of a courageous and passionate individual who has embraced the challenge of building a full-time career on the foundation of his musical talent and his commitment to his community. His story is an inspiring narrative of an individual who has embraced the challenge of transforming the Kittitian entertainment industry he inherited as a teenager, from part-time enjoyment to full-time employment. Masud’s unwavering commitment to expressing his theme of universal peace and love through music has enabled him to share the stage with international artistes such as Wyclef Jean, Lucky Dube, Beenie Man and Buju Banton. In 2010 Masud released a song entitled ‘A Stitch in Time’ which was used in the United The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus St. Kitts and Nevis hosting a public presentation Nations Secretary General’s ‘Unite to End Violence Against Women’ Campaign. The telling of this story is therefore of particular importance to our discussions of history and heritage as it will enable us to examine what was, record what is and possibly anticipate what will be. It will also remind us that we are surrounded by people in St. Kitts and Nevis who regularly accept the call to perform heroic acts – no matter how big or small. All are invited and encouraged to attend. Health Adviser, Patricia Hanley, has announced that leading Nevisian Gospel artists will collaborate with Pink Lily Cancer Care to stage a benefit Gospel Concert to help raise funds to offset Medical expenses for the family of the late Delon Claxton and Ruby Chapman who is presently in Cuba undergoing Cancer treatment. The concert will be held at the Henrey’s Memorial Wesleyan Holiness Church in Gingerland on Friday 17th February 2012 at 7:30pm. Mrs Hanley has called on the members of the public to patronize the concert. She has promised those who turn up that there will be great Gospel music, dance and drama An offering will be collected that will be shared between the two families affected by cancer. There will be snacks on sale. “The Nevis Renal Society will hold a Bake Sale at the D R Walwyn Plaza on Saturday February 25th, 2012 from 7:30 am to 1pm All are asked to support this fund raising effort.” Nevis Renal Society Bake Sale


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 16 NEWS What does it mean for God to give us wisdom? What kind of gift is God’s wisdom? To live wisely, one has to be clear-sighted and realistic. Wisdom will not go with comforting illusion, false sentiment, or the use of rose-coloured glasses. Quite a number of Christians live in a dream world, with our heads in the wisdom among us and our feet off the ground. We never see the world and our lives in it, as they really are. The deep-seated sin in us is one reason there is so little wisdom among us. Christians must understand that it takes more than sound doctrine to cure us from unrealism. The message of the book of Ecclesiastes should be headed to, for it can help us to become realists. The book of Ecclesiastes is a sermon. Its text is “vanity of vanities” (1:2; 12:8). This is an expression of the book’s theme (see chapters 1-10). Much of the exposition is autobiographical. The author identifies himself as the “son of David, king of Jerusalem” (1:1). This can mean that Solomon was the preacher or the writer has put words in Solomon’s mouth as a didactic device. This is a thought of one scholar E J Young. The sermon is certainly Solomon’s, in the sense that it teaches lessons which Solomon had unique opportunities to learn. “Vanity of vanities, says the preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” In what spirit and for what purpose, does the preacher announce this? “It is the confession of an embittered cynic, a selfish and callous old man of the world who found at the end nothing but dire disillusionment” says W H Elliot. This is Elliot’s way of trying to bring home to unbelievers the impossibilities of finding happiness “under the sun” when one is apart from God. Ecclesiastes speaks of a mature teacher giving a young convert the fruits of his own long experience and reflection (11:9, 12:1, 12). The author’s intention was to lead this young convert into true wisdom and keep him from making serious mistakes and lose sight of his goal. It would appear that the young convert was incline to equate wisdom with knowledge and to suppose that one gains wisdom simply by assiduous book work (12:12). Clearly, the writer took it for granted that wisdom, when he gained it, would tell him the reasons for God’s various doings in the ordinary course of providence. The preacher wanted to show the young convert that the real basis for wisdom is a frank acknowledgement that this world’s course is enigmatic, while much of what happened is quite inexplicable to God’s children and that most occurrences “under the sun” bear no outward sign of a national, moral God ordering them at all. The sermon itself shows that the text is intended as a warning against the misconceive quest for understanding and it states the despairing conclusion to which this quest, if honestly and realistically pursued, must at length lead. “Look,” says the preacher, “At the sort of world that we live in. Take off your dark-coloured glasses, open your eye and look at the world long and hard. Shout what you have seen. In all honesty, one is likely to see life’s background set by the alarming of aimlessly recurring cycle in nature” (1:4-7). The world’s shape is fixed by time and circumstances over which we have no control (see 3:1-8; 9:11-12). You see death comes to everyone sooner or later. Death’s coming bears no relation to whether it is deserved (see 7:15; 8:8). Humans die like beast (3:19-20), good ones like bad, wise ones like fools (2:14, 16; 9:2-3). Evil is seen running rampant (3:16; 4:1; 5:8; 11:8; 9:3); the wicked prosper; the good do not (8:14). Seeing all this, one would realize that God’s ordering of event is inscrutable, much as he wants to make it out; he cannot do so (3:11; 7:1314; 8:7; 11:15). The harder one tries to understand the divine purpose in the ordinary provincial course of events, the more obsessed and oppressed one grows with the apparent aimlessness of everything and the more he is tempted to rationalize that life is really as pointless as it looks. If one concludes that there is really no rhyme or reason in things such as: profit, value, gain, point and purpose, he will not find any sort of constructive endeavour (see 1:3; 2:11,22; 3:9; 5:16). If life is senseless then it is valueless. In that case, what is the use to create things, make money and even to seek wisdom when none if it will do you any good? This will only make you an object of envy (see 4:4). No one can take any of it with him (2:18-21; 4:8; 5:15-16). Whatever you leave behind will probably be mismanaged (see 2:19). What is the point then in sweating and toiling for anything? It to this pessimistic conclusion, says the whiter of Ecclesiastics, that optimistic expectations of finding the divine purpose of everything will ultimately lead some (1:17-18). Yes, they are right. For the world we live in is in fact the sort of place the writer described. The God who rules it hides Himself. The imperative question to ask is, does this world look as if there is a rational power behind it? What is worthless survives, while what is valuable perishes. Be realistic, says the preacher, face these facts; see life as it is. One will not have true wisdom until he does. Many of us Christians need this teaching; for not only are we basking in the misconception of what wisdom is, but, we feel that, for the honour of God and for the sake of our own reputation as spiritual being, it is necessary for us to claim, so to speak, that we are already in heaven here on earth enjoying inside information as to the why and wherefore of God’s doing. This is a comforting pretence that we take pleasure in. We fool ourselves in thinking that God has enabled us to understand all His ways; and we take it for granted that we shall be able to see immediately the reason for anything that might happen to us in the future. Only to discover that later something very painful and inexplicable comes along and takes away our cheerful illusion of being in God’s secret council. At this juncture, we blame God. Why? Our pride is wounded, because we feel that God has slighted us; it is when we repent and humble ourselves from our presumptuousness that our spiritual life is not completely blighted. It serves us well to leave the playing field of what one writer calls a “hard-bitten, joyless apathy of spirit,” for the playing field of God. Today, in the Christian’s circle there is a type of personal spiritual inertia, combined with critical cynicism within the churches and dangerous supercilious resentment of other Christians’ initiatives and enterprise. Herein lies a danger, for behind such morbid and deadening condition very often is a wounded pride in one, who thought he knew all about the ways of God’s providence, only to discover that such knowledge is through a bitter and bewildering experience that is extremely limited. Whoever shares this space, clearly does not understand the message of Ecclesiastes. The end result is, God in His wisdom makes and keeps us humble, to teach us to walk by faith. So He has hidden from us almost everything that we would like to know about His provincial purposes which He is working out in His Church and in our own lives.Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council & Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council What Effect God’s Wisdom Has on a Person? Have Faith Written by Floy Hensley Faith: “Faith is the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1 God is well able to heal, deliver and to make a way in every situation that concerns you today. In all our bustling some of us do not even have or make the time out to thank and show appreciation to the most high God for all what He has done for us and is still doing for us. We cannot be an ungrateful generation who do not acknowledge God but one who would give Him thanks and praise in every single situation. Faith is the driving force to move the hands of the Lord and the currency of heaven because without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). So begin to speak the word of God over your situation that all will be well and God is working like never before on your behalf. None of us is an island unto ourselves because we really need each other to survive in this dying world. We cannot make it without the grace and mercies of our God, who would continue to fight our battles for us. Eternal and most precious Father as your people come before you, allow the spirit of God to move in every single situation even now. Father God nothing is too hard or too far for you to reach. Father God you know each and every person by name and by nature. There is no problem too difficult for you to solve or any sickness that you cannot heal. Father as we open up our minds, bodies, soul and spirit to trust you even more than ever. There is nothing impossible for you to handle for your dear and beloved children. There is a great blessing in store for each and everyone of you. As the faith of each and every reader increases, the spirit of the Lord is moving like never before and making a way even now. I pray that this upcoming week, you would see the hands of God moved in your situation. Do have a very productive, favor filled, stress free and a rewarding week in the presence of the Most High God. So just remember that Jesus Christ loves you even more each and every day. WOMAN OF VIOLENT FAITH!!! INDEED ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE.... OAS Secretary General Expresses Consternation regarding Tragedy in Honduras The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jos Miguel Insulza, expressed deep consternation regarding the tragic events in the Comayagua, Honduras, prison, and expressed his solidarity with President Porfirio Lobo’s government regarding the tragedy caused by a fire in the prison that has killed more than three hundred people. Following conversations with the Permanent Representative of Honduras to the OAS, Ambassador Leonidas Rosa Bautista, to convey the Organization’s solidarity, Insulza requested the Chair of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Dinah Shelton, to send a delegation, including the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty, Rodrigo Escobar, to Honduras to investigate the events that led to the tragic prison fire. Following its investigation, the delegation will present a comprehensive report of its findings to the Honduran government and the hemispheric organization. For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 17 NEWS Dear Reader: The views expressed in this article are completely mine and mine alone. I bear no personal grudges against anyone. I, like other people have been hearing some rumours and Police Officers have a way of saying that there is always a little truth in every rumour you hear. I have been a Labour Supporter for a very long time. I believe that the Movement which was founded in 1932 as The Workers’ League and, which would be celebrating 80 years of existence this year, was founded to look after the interest of the ordinary folks and to protect those same interests of the ordinary folks. As a Columnist of this newspaper, I have agonized over the rumours I have heard and, not being the favourite of any particular politician, I decided to put pen to paper to see if I can send a message to all and sundry. Granny would say “A word to the wise is enough.” A friend of mine called me to tell me that he was bringing a copy of the News Link Newspaper, Friday Saturday 3-4 February, 2012, so that I could read an article written by The Driftwood – Traitor, Deserter Reincarnate. I read the article and there was a half snap shot of the Hon. Sam Condor, with a Headline above “How can they?” The article attacked all the Ministers of Government and was practically saying that all of them must leave Dr. Douglas and come over on the other side. “Misery always want to attract company” one of Granny’s sayings and this has to be true. During the Christmas Season when Central Street, between Church and Fort Streets was packed with shoppers, at about 10:30am, I saw the Driftwood, the Deserter, walking from West to East. I stood in front of Foud Abourizk Store and I observed the man walking with his head in the air, loneliness written all over him, (the aura of loneliness). Not one soul who passed him called out to him. When he turned the bend to go south into Fort Street, someone standing by the West of TDC hailed out to him. Here is a completely forsaken, lonely human being, instead of searching for the peace which lies within him, is endeavouring to destroy an institution which is far older and bigger than him. From 1992 – 2009 he has been part of the team which played for Labour. He has left the team and, having left it, he is now intent on destroying it. Now, dear reader, if you are the owner or part owner of a house, would you deliberately destroy that house to go and live in a foreign environment of snakes and alligators that might one day attack you? You are presently living in an environment where you can come and go as you please. There are no hindrances to your movements. You give up this and you go to live on the edges of the forest which is infested with all kinds of dangerous reptiles? Just the other day, the Representative of #8 Constituency has given the nod to the Sheriff being the PM if the two whom the deserter is trying to entice to cross over made the plunge. The #8 Representative did so, after the Courts gave him victory over Cedric Liburd, for he himself is Were they to cross over? having troubles within his own party for the leadership. Perhaps he has now been shown that PAM was not formed for people like him to take over the leadership, hence the nod given to the Sheriff. Let us look at the crossing over episode. The two Labour Ministers whom the driftwood want to cross-over, were given a mandate by their Constituencies to run for Labour. They won the 2010 Elections because they were Candidates for the Labour Party, whose leader is the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas. This is why they won their seats. They won because they ran for Labour. They grew up in Labour. They were nurtured in Labour. They suffered under the hand of PAM because they are Labour. They have never returned to their constituents and say that they have a problem with Labour. As far as their constituents know, they are still with Labour. Have any of their constituents’ say that they can cross-over to the other side? Have their constituents given them a mandate to cross over to form some government of National Conciliation or whatever it is? And, if they cross over, who will they be representing? If they cross over, could it or wouldn’t it be concrete proof that they have deserted the Labour Movement, their constituents and their constituencies? Would they be able to call themselves Labour Supporters and Labour Candidates? Could they be considered to be traitors of the Labour Movement? Would they be able to walk down the streets holding their heads high and hailing out to the Comrades? Were they to cross over, whose interest would they be representing? Labour’s interest? The interests of their constituents and constituencies who never mandated them to cross over? Of course, the driftwood would be pleased to have them. He would have plenty of weight for he would be showing the new crew that he was the person responsible for the coup. His bargaining power would be strengthened. What position would he want? Would he want to be the Attorney General? Would he want to be Minister of Tourism? Would he want to be an Advisor to the New Government? With all this bargaining going on, with the feeling of being pawns in this new organization, with the sad feeling experienced when you are a stranger in a strange land or environment. What would be the fate, what would be the outcome for these two men? Wouldn’t Granny have been correct when she says “A bird in the hand is worth forty in the bush”? Or she would say: “You never missed the water until the well runs dry.” Too late, too late BY EARL CLARKE would be their cry, Jesus of Nazareth done pass by”. Some people underestimate the intelligence of the person they call Dr, Denzil Douglas. A little wise bird sat perched in an oak, the more he watched, the less he spoke, the less he spoke, the more he heard. If I was Dr. Denzil Douglas, I would be just like that wise old bird. I would watch, I would listen and I would not speak a word. I am ten men in one, I am a dictator, but I am also a Gulliver. Will these gentlemen be able to come to the electorate to tell them that they are still Labour and to vote for them? I don’t think so. My grandmother used to say “You never miss the water until the well runs dry. Never leave sure to unsure. It is better to deal with the devil you know than an unknown angel.” Search for government-owned property to house National Archives BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Refurbishment of a property to house the National Archives is on the agenda for 2012. According to Chief Secretary, Mr. Joseph Edmeade, the National presently housed on the ground floor of Government Headquarters on Church Street and is home to hundreds of thousands of documents including death registers from 1880; marriage bonds and registers from 1771; The Register of Slaves, Compensation Claims of 1834 for St. Kitts and Anguilla; birth, marriage and death records from January 1859 to the present; Cabinet Submissions dating back to the Archives continues to be tremendously restricted in its ability to provide the level of service it can offer. “The issue of space continues to linger into fiscal year 2012. The Archives still however remains a high priority for the Ministry and considerable time and energy has been spent trying to solve funding issues,” said Mr. Edmeade. He said the Ministry has therefore begun to think about the refurbishment of an appropriate property that is already owned by government which will surely utilize far less funds than a completely new project. The National Archives is 1960’s; Court Records from the 1750’s and land records from the 1690’s. Local newspapers include the St. Christopher Gazette and Caribbean Courier from 1882; The Independent from 1882; the St. Kitts-Nevis Advertiser and the Intelligencer from 1878; The Daily Express from 1789, the Union Messenger from 1923. The inscription of the St. Kitts Registry of Slaves is on UNESCO’s Memory of the World. The National Archives also launched the website “Basseterre, Past and Present, Tomorrow” athttp://www.historicbasseterre.com. It is an outgrowth of the inscription project and features news clippings and images which show the changes in Basseterre over time. The National Archivist is Victoria Borg-O’Flaherty. Register of Lands from 1698 in the National Archives Photos by Erasmus Williams Register of Slaves from 1817 to 1834 in the National Archives


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 18 NEWS -Family Life Celebration Weekend a Success! Over two hundred and fifty families of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Kitts gathered for an island-wide Family Life Celebration Weekend, held February 9-13, at the Seventh-day Adventist School grounds and the Basseterre Seventh-day Adventist Church. The focus of the weekend was restoring the family. The weekend’s worship and workshops explored multiple topics in marriage, singleness, and parenting leaving all present socially and spiritually enriched. Family Life Leaders, Elders, Pastors, Church members and visitors alike received lifechanging principles to strengthen their individual families. The first time Family Celebration weekend featured representatives from the South Leeward Mission of Seventh-day Adventist and the Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists. South Leeward Mission Family Life Director, Pastor Charles Heskey, Caribbean Union Family Life Director, Pastor Andrew Farrell, and South Leeward Mission Children’s Ministries Director, Dr. Eulalie Semper were the facilitators for the weekend. The weekend began Thursday evening with a session for elders. The Family Life leaders of the different Seventh-day Adventist Church congregations on the island met on Friday night with the Family Life Directors and local pastors; the leaders were challenged to create a community of supporters and core groups to assist with the execution and planning of family life activities for the church. The leaders were also admonished to develop an effective Family Life Ministry though personal preparation, the development of a mission and vision statement and goals, and through the creation of a resource bank of professionals and paraprofessionals. The Sabbath service offered more opportunities for families to gain valuable insight into family life as topics centering on marriage and singleness were explored. Married couple gathered on Sunday night and the weekend’s celebration culminated on Monday night as parents were offered practical tips and bible admonitions on how to effectively parent children in today’s technological society through a question and answer forum. “The family is the most important unit in society and every family deserves to make it into the Kingdom of God,” said District One Pastor, Pastor Sherwin White. Pastor White also indicated that it is both his and Pastor of District Two, Pastor Kay White’s intention to work around the island to restore holistic families for God because “no family is so badly broken that God cannot fix it.” NEDD To Promote Entrepreneur at Community Meeting Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 15, 2012 (SKNIS): The National Entrepreneurial Development Division (NEDD) will engage existing and potential entrepreneurs in a series of critical meetings to discuss the challenges of operating a business and ways the agency can assist in promoting their success. The first Community Business Meeting, as it is dubbed, will be held at the Edgar T. Morris Primary School in Tabernacle tomorrow (Thursday, February 16). It begins at 6:00 p.m. During an appearance on this week’s SKNIS Perspectives, NEDD’s Business Development Officer Phillip Browne revealed that many persons are not aware of the technical assistance that his agency offers small companies. “So many times … small business people feel like they are out there alone,” he stated. “They don’t even know that the Small Business Development Act of 2009 provides some support and established structures of how they can access that support. This is what we are attempting to do with the series of meetings. We are making sure that small business owners and potential entrepreneurs in the community know that there is help out there.” Topics to be discussed include the purpose of NEDD, and the assistance it offers in developing a business plan, applying for duty concessions and tax exemptions as well as export incentives. “We’ll also speak to the issue of financing. How do you go about financing a small business? The intricacies, the difficulties that one can face and what is available in that area,” Mr. Browne stated, noting the importance of funding. In addition to the presentations by officials from the Ministry of International Trade which NEDD is a part of a representative from the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis will highlight the support it gives to small businesses. Mr. Browne explained that collaboration with partner agencies is an important component of the community meetings. Other institutions that are expected to be contacted for future sessions include Social Security, the St. Kitts Cooperative Credit Union and the Foundation for National Development. The Business Development Officer invited residents of the area and surrounding communities to attend the session on Thursday. He disclosed that similar meetings will be held in other areas in the near future.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 19 NEWS -Official opening of Jessups Community Centre coming soon; NIA Cabinet visits site NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (— Members of the Nevis Island Administration(NIA) Cabinet led by Premier of Nevis and Area Representative Hon. Joseph Parry, visited the Jessups Community Centre on Monday, February 13, 2012, for a firsthand look at the progress being made on the finishing touches of the history making facility. Minister of Social Development Hon. Hensley Daniel told the Department of Information that the visit was a final check ahead of the planned official opening by the end of February. “We are doing the final check because we really want to have the centre opened in a few days before the end of the month. Here we are checking on all the things that need to be done. “The arrangements for this community centre were different, in that, the government provided the materials and the builder just had a labour contract. So we are here to make sure that the finishing touches are done and we expect to have those done for an opening ahead of the end of the month,” he said. According to Mr. Daniel, the Jessups Community Centre is the last of five centres for which ground was broken in 2011 that will be opened. The first one opened was constructed in partnership with the Basic Needs Trust Fund and the NIA in the village of Barnes Ghaut. The second was the Cotton Ground Community Centre, third was the Fountain Community Centre and the Combermere Community Centre was officially opened two weeks ago. He explained that a final electrical inspection, finalising air conditioning units and some landscaping also had to be done in readiness for the official opening by the end of February. In an earlier interview with the Department of Information, Mr. Daniel noted that the NIA had undertaken a programme to redirect the communities on Nevis and provide for them focal points in the form of community centres. He said the Nevis Reformation Party-led NIA regarded community development as central to the stabilisation of the society, central to crime reduction, to build a sense of oneness and a sense of community. The Minister further added that on the NRP’s return to Government, the Community Development Division was established with the task to develop programmes at the community level. Notwithstanding, Mr Daniel also used the opportunity to pay tribute to the level of talent and skill available among Nevisians and pointed to the quality of work delivered by the local contractors who constructed the five new community centres. “We are a government which take on board the view that the local people come first, the local people have talent and skills it is not only done in works but you should see it in deed. These centres were done by local people – Curtis Liburd at Barnes Ghaut, Rudolph Nisbett here at Jessups, Malvern Jeffers at Cotton Ground, Lesroy Hanley at Fountaine and Livingstone Mills at Combermere. “That just underscores the point that if you give the local people the opportunity to address particular issues you must invest the confidence in them because if a a man believes instinctively his government has the confidence in him he is more likely to deliver a good quality product,” he said. Mr. Daniel also had praise for the Public Works Department who he said had provided the designs for the centres, another achievement Nevisians should be proud of. “The architectural work is pretty much emerging from Nevis as it were so we can all be proud that we have the designs done in Nevis and the work done in Nevis. “That certainly gives our local people a lift and certainly could at least have the rest of the society have that kind of confidence in them,” he said. Meantime, Jessups Resident Mr. Ashley Farrell who is also the Cabinet Secretary added his impressions of the new centre to be opened in his community. “I am extremely pleased with the progress here at the Community centre. This is something that the villagers have been looking forward to for a very, very long time. “Right now we are satisfied that the building is ready to be opened and we anticipate that before the end of the month the Jessups Community would have a place where they can meet, have community activities, cultural activities and bring back the Jessups of yesteryear,” he said. Mr. Farrell said his fellow villagers anticipated that the new facility, once opened, would be used by all ages and that there would be cultural and religious shows. However, he was hopeful that apart from the training programmes that would be offered there would be those that dealt with physical fitness. The Jessups Villager, a former Permanent secretary of Education said he also also looked forward to reading programmes that would be offered and once he had time A view of the Jessups Community Centre from the Village Main Road Cabinet members in the sitting Nevis Island Administration (l-r) Cabinet Secretary and Jessups Villager Mr. Ashley Farrell, Premier of Nevis and Area Representative Hon. Joseph Parry, Minister of Trade Hon. Dwight Cozier, Minister of Communication and Works Hon. Carlisle Powell and Minister of Social Development Hon. Hensley Daniel discussing progress of the Jessups Community Centre would happily get involved to ensure that the boys reading skills would be greatly improved as compared to where they were at present. “So all in all I can say on behalf of the villagers of Jessups, thanks to the Nevis Reformation Party-led government for making a community centre in Jessups a reality,” he said. Since the inception of the Nevis Island Administration in 1983, it would be the first time that any government erected a community centre in Jessups Village. Photo caption: (L-R) Jessups Villager and Cabinet Secretary Mr. Ashley Farrell and Minister for Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Hensley Daniel touring inside the Jessups Community Centre to be officially opened by month end Cabinet members inside the auditorium of the new Jessups Community Centre weeks ahead of its official opening


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 20 COMMENTARY -Armed Forces stage “Beating of the Retreat”........ Retreat”. The troops marched back and forth along the parade route 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.(cont’d from page 13) Carnival Valor to replace the Victory on year-round calls to St. Kitts BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The 2,974-passsenger Carnival Valor, which made a onetime visit to St. Kitts during the current cruise ship season, is to make year-round calls to Port Zante from February 2013. Industry leader, Carnival in expanding capacity in the Southern Caribbean for 2013, said the Carnival Valor will move from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico in February 2013 to operate yearround, seven-night trips to the Southern Caribbean, taking the place of the smaller, 2,758passenger Carnival Victory. The Carnival Victory, which brought a total of 163,550 passengers to St. Kitts in 2111, has been calling at Port Zante yearround for the past two years and will move to Miami to operate yearround, taking the place of the 2,642passenger Carnival Destiny. The Victory brought a total of 163,550 passengers to St. Kitts in 2011. Carnival didn’t reveal its plans for the Carnival Destiny, other than to say the ship would sail a single, 16-night trans-Atlantic voyage from Miami to Civitavecchia, Rome on Feb. 4, 2013. The line says details on the ship’s deployment beyond February 2013 will be coming soon. Carnival says the Carnival Valor will sail its first Southern Caribbean cruise on Feb. 10, 2013. The sailings will feature stops in St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten. Carnival says the Carnival Victory will be the newest and largest ship ever to sail fourand five-night voyages out of Miami, and the Carnival Valor will be the newest and largest ship ever to sail year-round out of San Juan.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 21 NEWS -Shiane Patrick wins first ever Miss Newton Ground Princess Pageant By Drizel Hanley Last Saturday, February 4, Miss Mathematics, 10-year-old Shiane Patrick won the first edition of Miss Newton Ground Princess Pageant from a field of five contestants. The pageant was staged at the School’s Auditorium under the theme “Motivating young people through Excellence.” Along with the crown Shiane received the awards for Best Interview and Best Speech. Miss Social Studies, Tishani Lewis, who snatched the firstrunner-up position won the Best Performing Talent segment with a dramatic and comical presentation of a young girl who got side-tracked by technology, especially the social network, facebook and was not performing academically but soon realized that “all play and no work” would certainly make her a dull girl Second-runner-up went to Miss Language Arts, Jarencia Jeffers who was also awarded the top score for Best Evening Wear sporting a pink and white dress adorned with silver glitter. The other two contestants were Miss Health, Teshenequa Woods and Miss Science, Shaniqua Harris. Live entertainment was provided by a Hi5, with the show being complemented with performances by Young Prince, Footsy, Pinocchio, Vakeel, Hacha B and DC. MCs for the night were Delonte Lewis and Danny Isles. The new Miss Newton Ground Princess, Shiane Patrick was crowned by the Parliamentary Representative of the area, Prime Minister the Rt. Dr. Hon. Denzil Douglas. Jocelyn Liburd School declared winner of the Nisbet’s Plantation Tourism Primary Schools quiz Charlestown, Nevis Premier and Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Joseph Parry, congratulated the Jocelyn Liburd Primary School for winning the annual Nisbet’s Plantation Beach Club Primary Schools Quiz on Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 2012. “I commend Kervinica Webbe and McKebou Tross for doing a fine job on the quiz. I also thank the teachers and parents for working with the students and instilling the knowledge that led them to be winners,” commented the Premier, after distributing trophies and gifts to the participants. Bellvue children participating in the quiz Premier,Hon.Joseph Parry with all of the participants of the quiz Premier of Nevis,Hon.Joseph Parry and winners of the Jocelyn Liburd school: Miss Kervinicia Webbe, Mr.Makebou Tross and standby Miss. Chelcia Burke The three-round competition hosted by the Ministry of Tourism as part of Tourism Week 2012 was conducted by Quiz Master Ms. Claudia Walwyn, and included questions on Culture, Environment, Geography and Caribbean Tourism. Held at the Nevis Cultural Centre the event attracted government officials, parents, teachers, students and well wishers. Chief organizer, Tourism Officer Ms. Vanessa Webbe saluted the teachers, parents and students for making the day’s event “outstanding”, stating that she learned much about Nevis Culture and the Environment from the questions asked and answers given during the quiz. “I applaud each and everyone for taking time out of their busy schedules in order to make this activity memorable, especially Nisbet’s Plantation Resort who has generously sponsored this event, year after year,” said Ms. Webbe. Tourism Week 2012, which climaxes Sunday (Feb. 12) with Horse Racing at Indian castle, is being held under the theme, “Linking Generations, Bridging Cultures”. Premier Parry gives Nevis Investment Promotion Agency ‘teeth’ Charlestown,Nevis(Monday,February 13, 2012)— Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance, the Hon Joseph Parry, has said that the Nevis Investment Promotion Agency (NIPA) has come of age and assumed a number of investment portfolios which he feels will now be better handled by the agency that is headed by Mrs. Bernadette Lawrence. The Nevis Investment Promotion Agency was launched on May 21, 2008 and according to the Premier, has responsibility for investment promotion, investment facilitation, aftercare services and advocating policy changes to enhance the investment Hardtman and Mr. Deon Daniel. All those projects will be placed in the hands of NIPA,” said Premier Parry. Speaking Tuesday, February 7 on his weekly program, ‘In Touch With the Premier’ on Choice 105.3 FM and other radio stations in the Federation, the Premier observed that some years ago Nevis was rated as the 83rd most difficult country to do business in, and his Nevis Reformation Party-led government felt that something had to be done to correct that situation.“We established what we call the Nevis Investment Promotion Agency (NIPA) and the idea was that NIPA would market financial services and investments in Nevis, and it would provide and facilitate any effort of an investor to get his business done,” said the Premier. He added that persons wishing to do business in Nevis would go to NIPA, which has representatives from the Planning and Finance Departments of the government, the private sector, and someone who is in touch with the Cabinet. In that way, the government hopes that it can speed up investments on the island. “I had my first meeting with NIPA on Monday, February 6 andclimate in Nevis. “I have been acting as a kind of investment agency and some of those projects will now be handed over to NIPA, like the Aman Hotel Project, the Pinneys Development Project, the Herbert’s Beach Project, and projects involving Mr. GregPremier of Nevis,Hon.Joseph Parry (Photo by Peter Ngunjiri) I was very pleased with the way it went, and I am sure that we will see good things coming out of NIPA,” reported the Premier. “Mrs. Bernadette Lawrence has been employed by NIPA for some time now, and she has been able to bring a Dr. Naggi here for development of the Cosmetology Centre.”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 22 NEWS Aruba and British Virgin Islands admitted to Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) February 12, 2012, Basseterre. Aruba and the British Virgin Islands are now members of the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO). The Board reviewed and approved applications for membership from both territories at the annual Board meeting in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The meeting was held from February 11-12, 2012 under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth, Empowerment and Sports in collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, The Minister of Sports, the Hon. Glenn Philip and the President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee, Mr. Alphonzo Bridgewater, expressed their unswerving support for the mandate of WADA and for the RADO. At the meeting, Board members were reminded of the need to enhance Board engagement for accelerating the anti-doping agenda, to increase communication with all sport-related stakeholders, and most importantly to urge member countries to pay their annual fee to the RADO, to ensure sustainability of the organization. This is critical to ensure that athletes in the region play fair, compete clean, and make their countries proud, especially in this Olympic year. The main facilitators included RADO Chairman, Dr. Adrian Lorde, as well as WADA staff members, Mr. Tom May, Senior Manager, Programme Development and Mrs. Maria Pesce Cutri, Regional Director for Latin America. Mrs Tessa Chaderton-Shaw, Executive Director of the RADO in Barbados also made several presentations to Board Members. Board members attending the meeting included representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands. The Caribbean RADO was formed in 2005 to ensure that member countries comply with the provisions in the World AntiDoping Code and implement antidoping education and doping control among the sport fraternity. Chart-topper Austin reaps benefits of overtime in the nets he took last year. He now has 245 career wickets and will be looking to reach the 250 landmark. CCC’s batting has not been spectacular but Austin is backing his young team-mates to come good. “I’m getting a lot more pace on the ball now and I’m starting it from outside the off stump. That is another change I have made. I am putting the ball in what people call the ‘right areas’ more consistently and I am getting rewards. Having played for Barbados and now for CCC for a number of years, I have watched and learned a few things and I’m trying to put these ideas into my everyday game,” Austin said. “I have been talking to our batsman a lot … we have young batting side. They have been working hard but batting at this level calls for patience. You have to be willing to spend long periods at the crease and work for your runs. I am backing our batsmen to make the adjustment and put up some good scores in the coming matches,” Austin said. The winning team will be awarded the Headley/Weekes Trophy in honour of West Indies greats George Headley and Sir Everton Weekes.Other AwardsBatting (Most Runs) The Vivian Richards Award Bowling (Most Wickets) The Courtney Walsh Award Fielding (Most Catches) The Clive Lloyd Award Allrounder (Leading Allrounder) The Malcolm Marshall Award Wicket-keeping (Most Dismissals) The Deryck Murray Award Most Promising Fast Bowler The Andy Roberts AwardUpcoming matches 3rd round: Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, February 19Guyana vs Combined Campuses & Colleges at Warner Park, St Kitts Barbados vs Trinidad and Tobago at Kensington Oval, Barbados Bye Windward Islands Bridgetown, Barbados — Ryan Austin is working overtime to stay on top of his game and he is reaping the rewards. The off-spinner had a 10-wicket match haul and was the hero last weekend as his Combined Campuses & Colleges beat Leeward Islands to get their first points of the Regional 4 Day tournament. The experienced off-spinner ended with 10 wickets for 71 runs 5-19 in the first innings as Leewards fell for 39, and 5-52 in the second innings to take his side to an innings victory inside two days. He has now secured 19 wickets at an average of just 10.89, including 7-84 in the first innings of the opening match against T&T, to be the leading wickettaker so far this season. “It’s no secret that as a sportsman, the older you get the harder you have to work to maintain your fitness and keep your skills up to pace. I’m not one of the young boys so I know I have to put in the extra work to stay on top. I have started a routine where I try to bowl at least 20 overs a day during every training session,” said the 30-year-old Austin. “This is something that I started last month ahead of the Caribbean T20 and it has continued into the Regional 4 Day tournament. So when we go to the nets and the others have finished, I stay back and make sure I put in my 20 overs per day, so when I get into the match bowling a minimum of 20 overs comes naturally.” This weekend Austin will take on the Guyana batsmen at Warner Park in St Kitts. He is well on target for the tournament-best 44 wickets Narine backs T&T bowlers to fire against Barbados Bridgetown, Barbados — Trinidad and Tobago spinner Sunil Narine has told the Barbados batsmen not to focus their attention on him during this weekend’s third round Regional 4 Day match at Kensington Oval. Narine had the amazing figures of 13 wickets for 39 runs in the opening match against Combined Campuses & Colleges and has caught the eye. He warned the Bajans that Trinidad and Tobago have other matchwinners who are capable of doing the job as they look for their second win of the season. Narine was speaking after Wednesday’s afternoon training session at Kensington Oval, which was cut short by a heavy shower. Trinidad and Tobago had a bye in the second round and will look for their second victory. Barbados had a bye in the first round. They lost their opening match to Jamaica at Sabina Park last weekend and will be look to rebound in front their home supporters. “I hope the Barbados batsmen don’t focus too much on me. We have more than one bowler in our side. We have a good bowling attack and everyone who is picked as a bowler can do the job for T&T. We have the fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Rayad Emrit, who have done a very good job before. I don’t think they (Barbados) should focus on me. I’m new on the scene and every day won’t be my day so whoever is having a good day we will support him to do the job that is required,” said Narine. “The 13 wickets I got that’s gone now. That was two weeks ago. This is a different kind of pitch and different opponents altogether so I know I have to refocus and come with a different kind of plan. The pitch here at Kensington is usual bouncy so the close-in fielders at bat-pad and slip could come into play.” The Barbados batting line-up for this weekend’s match is likely to feature three left-handers Omar Phillips, Ryan Hinds and Jonathan Carter in the top five. Narine said this would not disrupt his plan of attack. “I enjoy bowling to lefthanders and I try to make them play at every ball. My style of bowling, I try to be accurate and attack the stumps. My job will require that I stay focus and just do the job that the captain calls on me to perform.” The winning team will be awarded the Headley/Weekes Trophy in honour of West Indies greats George Headley and Sir Everton Weekes.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2012 23 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante A number of law-abiding citizens are calling on the Police to check out de infamous “Watch Dog” in the Democrat, for the instigating article he wrote in the paper recently, calling for an armed and violent uprising in the country to overthrow our lawfully elected Prime Minister and Labour Government. It is reported that since the publication of the article a number of strategy meetings have been held by opposition elements in the island, planning all manner of evil to get rid of Douglas and Labour. They want “Watch Dog” to explain to the Police what he meant when he stated in de article that our popular and beloved Prime Minister may have to stop a bullet with his head like Gaddafi did in Libya. And, what he meant when he said that Labour Ministers and supporters going have to run out de country to run from trouble and escape the wrath of PAM’s so-called “Messiah”. De word on the street is that the lady, who “Watch Dog” referred to at the start of his “Messiah article”, was organised and paid by PAM to make the call on the PAM/FM radio station. But, “de nutsy lady” never threw one bottle or stone as she has been a big ‘nutsy’ PAM supporter long before 1993. Opposition elements in both St. Kitts and Nevis are overjoyed about the unfortunate incident in Nevis last week, for dey say it fits well into their plans to shut down the country (St. Kitts and Nevis) by all and any means It is an indisputable fact that they and their cronies are the ones responsible for putting the story all over the world in the in the international press. Intelligence reports indicate that they had one big rejoicing on the phones, texting and calling up each other, as they bragged and rejoiced: “Leh Douglas and Parry tek dat” using de customs fellow to fan de flames on de radio, while they pretend to be so patriotic and righteous. The secret meetings to form and launch a brand new political party in St. Kitts continued here over the weekend, but dey say there is plenty of confusion as to what will be the name of the party and who will be the leader. Dey say de Rescue Chief wants to have the biggest say as to what should be the name and who should be the leader. Even some of Little Bo Peep’s gang members in de PAM party, have now come around to accepting the fact that the embattled PAM leader is indeed a spent force and cannot help PAM to win any election in this country, once he is in charge. Inside sources say these gang members are now pleading with de arrogant and pompous Little Bo Peep fellow to do the honourable thing like the late Billy Herbert; step down and give up the leadership to someone else. But, Little Bo Peep is defiant and adamant. And, he has declared that they will have to take him out to get rid of him. He will fight to the very end like Gaddafi to hold on to power in de party. And, he has sent out a stern warning to his critics in the party, to shut up or else he will “step pon dem” and put dem under heavy manners as he did with “PAM Lennox” in New York and Sleeping Hammy, who are leading the campaign to get rid of him. As de ground war and infighting in PAM rages on, the embattled and expired PAM leader is bragging openly that he will weather the storm – be it hurricane, earthquake or tsunami – he will continue to do the DCH (Drop, Cover and Hold on). maintaining that nothing can stop him from being the Leader for the next General Elections. Dey say even in his home, Little Bo Peep is faced with stiff opposition to his bull-headedness to hold on to power at all and any cost. Sources say she told him: ....”They ain’t want you for any leader, no matter how much money you gie dem and de Party.... Just leave them alone wid dey party and stay in you lane. And, right after giving him such sound advice, de cock of Cayon fame, appeared outside de home and cried out aloud: “Stay in you lane, Lindsay; Stay in you lane; you can’t go wid Dougie and Labour .... They solid like a rock”. Events for visit of Royal Couple announced members of his Nevis Island Administration. Following the inspection of a Guard of Honour, Their Royal Highnesses will meet and greet members of the public at Port Zante. From there, the Royal Couple will go to the site of the National Park on the Kim Collins Highway, where they will be welcomed by Prime Minister Douglas. The Prince will respond following remarks by Prime Minister Douglas and Mr. Cromwell Williams. During the visit to Brimstone Hill, Prince Edward and Countess Sophie will unveil a plaque. Former Governor of St. Kitts and Nevis, Sir Probyn Inniss will present a copy of a book and print of the Brimstone Hill Fortress. Afterwards the Royal Party will travel to the Joseph N. France General Hospital where the Prince Edward and Countess Sophie will visit the Children’s Ward, the Children’s Home and then Government House before returning to the ship. The Royal Couple will leave the ship early that evening to be hosted at a State Dinner by His Excellency the Governor General. A fireworks display will end the Royal duties when the Prince and Princes return to the ship at Port Zante. The Royal couple will also visit Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Gibraltar. (cont’d from page1) Church Service on Sunday to commemorate re-election anniversary BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The K. J. Swanston Memorial Methodist Church in Dieppe Bay is the venue for a Service of Thanksgiving commemorating the second anniversary re-election of Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas as Parliamentary Representative and the Labour Party’s victory in the January 2010 General Election. The Service on Sunday 19th February is being organised by Constituency 6 Branch Executive of the ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. An organiser said Prime Minister Douglas will read the First Lesson, while the Second Lesson will be read by Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty, Minister of Education and Information. The homily will be delivered by Methodist Minister, the Rev. Joyce Rohan. Constituents and residents of St. Christopher 6 (Newton ground to Harris’) along with well-wishes are invited to attend the Service which begins at 9 a.m. Cruise ship passengers arrivals to hit the 25,000 mark this week passenger Celebrity Silhouette with 2,838 passengers. Both berth at Port Zante, while the 255passenger Royal Clipper had 155 passengers on board. Most of the 5,854 passengers disembarked and went on sightseeing tours, snorkeling, diving, golfing, hiking, shopping, swimming sunbathing and gambling. The 3,050-passenger Carnival Victory is scheduled to visit on Friday and is expected to push the arrivals to 25,000 for this week. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 16TH 2012 (CUOPM) – The visit by a cruise ship Thursday and on three on Wednesday to St. Kitts, pushed the number of cruise passengers for this week to 22,000 from 11 ships. The 1,611-passenger Thomson Dream berth at Port Zante Thursday with 1,498 passengers after arriving from St. Maarten. On Wednesday, the three ships in port were the 2,850passenger Celebrity Eclipse, which arrived from St. Maarten with 2,861 passengers; the 2,850-


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