The labour spokesman
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Year 54 NO. 41FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH, 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 03 PAGE 02 Sports Minister Phillip expresses sympathy on death of Runako Morton BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Sports, the Hon. Glenn Phillip has expressed condolences to the wife, children, family and friends of the late Nevisian cricket star Runako Morton, died in Trinidad on Sunday night in a one vehicle accident. “On behalf of the Government and People of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Staff at the Ministry of Sports, I want to extend condolences to Runako’s wife and children, his family and friends in Nevis and abroad, and the cricketing world,” said Minister Phillip. He said the Federation’s grief is “truly profound as Runako has been closely associated with our Ministry’s programmes dating back as far as (cont’d on page 22)Runako Morton PM Douglas tells Royals St. Kitts and Nevis has been staging point for cultural, militaristic, and economic shifts in the Caribbean (See Page 5) St. Kitts and Nevis’ Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess Edward, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in an official photo. Photos by Erasmus Williams Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess Edward, the Earl and Countess of Wessex listen attentively as St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas delivers remarks. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Washingtonbased International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Wednesday the home-grown economic programme has begun to achieve positive results. The international financial institution said St. Kitts and Nevis’ economic activity has remained flat in 2011, reflecting the more adverse global environment. “Despite the weaker and more volatile environment, the authorities have steadfastly implemented their home-grown economic programme and begun to achieve positive results,” said the IMF in a news release. It said that the “outlook remains favorable, supported by Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)related construction projects and IMF says St. Kitts and Nevis’ home-grown economic programme achieving positive results IMF says St. Kitts and Nevis’ home-grown economic programme achieving positive results IMF Headquarters (cont’d on page 4)PM Douglas leads three-person delegation to Inter-Sessional Minister Marcella Liburd urges women and girls to protect dignity


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 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: info@sknunion.com Website: www.labourspokesman.com Editorial BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 7TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is leading a three-person delegation to this week’s 23rd Inter-Sessional Conference of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government. Dr. Douglas is accompanied by Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Officer, Her Excellency Astona Browne and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Elvis Newton. The meeting in Suriname on Thursday (yesterday) and Friday (today) is to discuss a crisp agenda, which has among its priorities, the Landell Mills review of the CARICOM Secretariat and the strategic direction of the 15-member Community. The report titled, “Turning around CARICOM: Proposals to restructure the Secretariat,” is the result of a review commissioned by Heads of Government at their Thirty-First Regular Meeting held in Jamaica, July 2010. Under the chairmanship of Suriname’s President His Excellency Desir Delano Bouterse, the Conference of Heads of Government will discuss recommendations contained in the Report to restructure its principal administrative body, the Guyana-based Secretariat. To facilitate a robust discussion, the Community Council of Ministers will meet on Wednesday prior to the Heads of Government Conference to discuss the Report in detail and make recommendations for the Conference to consider. The restructuring of the CARICOM Secretariat will be done within the context of the Community’s vision, strategic direction and priorities. The ongoing discussions on this issue, began at last year’s InterSessional meeting in Grenada and continued at a Special Retreat last May in Guyana as well as at the 32nd Regular Meeting of the Conference in St. Kitts and Nevis last July. A special guest at the Meeting will be the President of Chile, His Excellency Sebastin Piera Echenique. President Piera is the Pro tempore President of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and Chile will also be the host of the next Summit of the European Union and Latin American and PM Douglas leads three-person delegation to CARICOM Inter-Sessional St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister The Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (Photo by Erasmus Williams) Caribbean (EU-LAC) countries scheduled for early 2013. In light of the persistent high rates of crime and violence plaguing several Member States within the Community, Heads of Government will again examine developments related to the regional Crime and Security Agenda in an effort to arrest this trend. The thorny issue of the governance of cricket at the national, regional and international levels is another agenda item. Discussions will be conducted against the backdrop of a continuous public debate on the matter. Issues of sustainable development, including climate change, joint economic ventures for the establishment of CARICOM enterprises; regional air transportation and matters affecting Community relations, particularly CARICOM support to Haiti will also occupy the attention of the Community’s leaders. SKNLP – Vision, Liberation and Empowerment The St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party celebrates its eightieth (80th) anniversary this year, 2012 on a really high note as it records also a fourth consecutive term of office in the Government of the country. The Party’s history is intimately intertwined with the history and development of the country as a whole. The successful evolution of a people as a proud independent nation emerging from a poor landless, unlettered colonised mass can largely be attributed to the efforts of the leaders who formed the workers league in 1932, those who supported them and those who have followed in their footsteps to the present day. The Legacy which the present generation has inherited is the result of their vision, agitation for change, and implementation of policies of empowerment of the people when the opportunity arose. That vision embraced liberation from the crippling bonds of poverty and landlessness and the repressive, demeaning, strait-jacket of colonialism, to produce a people empowered to hold their heads up high in the International Community and fo about their daily lives with dignity and respect. Such a vision required fundamental change. It required people to be educated. It required people to have improved working conditions, especially basic wages. It required improvement in the availability of deep of housing and healthy living conditions. It required that ordinary people should have a say in how they are governed, who governed them, and in the enactment and enforcement of the laws by which they are governed. All of these objectives could not be realised instantly, nor could they be pursued simultaneously. The history of the period, however, tells us how, one after the other, the areas of empowerment were achieved and placed together as a legacy for the yet unborn. Self determination through integration of the West Indian colonies was a strategy being pursued in the Caribbean at the time the Workers’ League was formed and it actively supported this move, which got nowhere with the Colonial powers. Numerous attempts were made to bring the abject conditions under which the people laboured to the attention of the British Government. It took, however, the serious riots in 1935 in St.Kitts which triggered off a wave of similar unrest in the other islands, to get the attention of the powers that be. The result was the Commission of Inquiry by Lord Moyne, which had wide ranging recommendations for change; which included legalisation of trade unions, improvement in housing and health conditions and creation and strengthening of labour enforcement. This coupled with lessening of restrictions on voter qualification and extending the makeup of the Legislative Council to include two additional representatives who were to be elected provided the opportunities for the Workers League to surge forward in pursuit of their objectives. The Trade Union Act of 1939, the Slum Clearance Act of the early 1940’s, the Adult Suffrage Act of 1952 are all milestones which the Labour Movement celebrate as they chart the course of empowerment across the decades. The interesting feature about the struggle was that the policy making was formulated at the grass roots level through committees, consisting of the ordinary men and women who were to be the beneficiaries of these policies. Policies originated at Union Conferences and at Party Conferences. Leaders emerged from the same conferences. There was thus synergy between policy and leadership which ensured that there was no deviation. Thus as the masses echoed their cries for better housing condition, through resolutions at their union conferences, this became reality through legislation spearheaded by their representatives in the Legislative Council and through their negotiations with the sugar bosses. A whole program of housing expansion was spawned with the introduction of a Central Housing Authority (CHA). The housing stock was improved with the introduction of prefab wooden houses and small concrete houses built on the self help principle expanding and creating new housing areas in Basseterre and throughout the villages. Numerous efforts were made to obtain flat land from the estate owners for the various projects and building sites. The late forties and fifties saw the emergence of areas such as Pond Site, La Gurite and Greenlands, Conaree, Cayon, Lodge, Molineux, Mansion, Saddlers, Parson and so on to Farm’s Site at Sandy Point. And in the 60s and 70s saw the building of houses in New Pond Site, Pond Pasture, Bird Rock, Shadwell and College housing etc. In the nineteen seventies came the opportunity for workers to own outright the lands which housed their ancestors for decades through the enlightened policy of the Labour Government. Yet another milestone event occurred in 1975 when land ownership policy was cemented by the acquisition of the Sugar Lands by our First National Hero Robert L. Bradshaw on behalf of the people, firstly in an effort to secure the fortunes of the sugar industry and also to invest the Government of the country with a rich resource which would underpin its economic development. Since that time land has become more available to private individuals especially to sugar workers who through subsidies and other policies of Government have raised the standard of housing in the country to enviable heights. In fact the Government has moved to complete the housing spectrum by investing in a high end housing program through Social Security and other agencies. What we have been describing is a revolution in housing on a parallel with that in education, and that in health and that in Labour Legislation. This record is a proud record reflecting the visionary character the grit and determination, the selfless commitment with which the leadership through the years has invested the legacy of a people. Congratulations to the Labour Movement. Congratulations to the Leadership through the years including Dr the Right Honourable Denzil Douglas and his team, their achievements, and may God give them strength and preserve the vision to take them forward.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 3 NEWS The Sandy Point Labour Branch will be holding a Branch Meeting on Sunday, 11th March, 2012 at Manchester Hall, Sandy Point at 5:00 p.m. Please be present and on time. Minister Marcella Liburd urges women and girls to protect dignity and selfrespect; calls for an end to “obscene and vulgar” advertising posters BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 8TH 2012 (CUOPM) – A call for women and girls to protect their dignity, selfrespect and honour has come from St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Gender Affairs, the Hon. Marcella Liburd. In a radio and television address to mark International Women’s Day with the theme “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures,” Minister Liburd, who also has responsibility Health and Community and Social Development noted that as girls and women stride competently into all fields of endeavour, they must “commit themselves to protecting that which is best and most admirable about them as far as their dignity, their self-respect, and their own sense of honour are concerned in spite of the lewd lyrics we hear – whether local or foreign and the lure of every new racy trend, craze or fad.” She stated that a week ago she was sent a poster which had been running for several days on a leading internet news-site here in the Federation. Declaring that the “ad and the poster were obscene and vulgar,” Minister Liburd said that as a member of the society, which is being so adversely impacted by headlines, posters, articles and events of this nature, “I say “Stop!!” “As someone who cares about the future of our country, and simply as a human being, I say “Stop!!” And I am appealing to all sponsors, promoters, photographers, performers and the media to join me in this demand,” she said. The first-term parliamentarian for St. Christopher Two (Central Basseterre), who made history by winning all the Polling Divisions, noted that there has been a growing spate of rapes, indecent assaults, and other sex-related crimes in recent years – many involving children and very young children at that. “To what are we, as a society, connecting our girls and our daughters? Exactly how do we wish to inspire their futures? Encouraged by the foreign media and the internet, our society has begun moving in an increasingly extremely pornographic and base direction. This is indeed deeply troubling,” she Minister Liburd, the second female in St. Kitts and Nevis to serve as Speaker of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly. In making a passionate appeal to all parents, guardians, teachers, coaches, the church, the business sector, social groups, community leaders and the media, Minister Liburd, called for a reversal of this “disturbing trend characterized by a general coarseness and callousness in our homes, on our streets and in our communities.” “As we commemorate International Women’s Day, and as we reflect on the overwhelming impact of these obscenities on our society, let us as thinking, concerned and caring citizens and residents recognize that there is a direct link between these kinds of events and our high rate of teenage pregnancy, neglected and abused children, sexual assaults and juvenile delinquency, often leading to alienation, criminality and social instability,” she said. Ms. Liburd called on the nation to look around and see all those women who, through hard work, perseverance, faith and dedication, have risen to heights that seemed for so long to be shut off from women. “Look around and see all the ways in which we have shown the Federation’s girls and women that discipline and dedication do indeed pay off. We, in this tiny country, have a woman as our Director of Social Security, a woman as our Financial Secretary, a woman as the Drum Major of our Defence Force Band. We have currently three women as ambassadors and we have had to date three women who have successfully run for public office. We have a woman at the helm of our nation’s Sustainable Development Department and our National Security. We have had two women in the role of Speaker of our National Assembly. Our Inland Revenue has been headed by a woman. Women are being ordained in our churches,” she said. These outstanding women are fully qualified highly competent and giving the Federation’s little girls, young women, and older women, something with which to connect and something to aspire towards. “However, it is not only outstanding professional women who are worthy of respect and admiration. It is not only they with whom we should respectfully connect, or who should inspire us. So should those who take seriously the enormous, sacred, and very important responsibilities associated with mothering, with care giving, with running their small and micro businesses to feed their families and with keeping our streets and public places clean,” she stressed. Asking: “To what do we wish our girls and women to connect? How do we as a nation wish to inspire their futures? the lone female in the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly said: “As we think of the future that we want for our women, our girls, and, indeed, for us all, we must be careful to protect and hold on to our family values including hard work, respect for God, self and others, compassion, tolerance and the ability to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate public behaviour. More importantly we would want our girls and women to connect to the very best that is within them.Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com File Photo of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Health, Community and Social Development and Gender Affairs, Hon. Marcella Liburd speaking at the United Nations. (UN Photo)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Make certain that you reach use our new Email address:info@sknunion.com This Is The Workers Union Continues. The old slogan of Trade Union Education seems like a good place to start this article. As we turn our attention to Trade Union Education, the slogan reminds us that education has been one of the key demands of the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union for many years and also reminds that sometimes we need to stop and look over the health of one of the Union’s oldest ideals. Although the modern world of Trade Union Education reveals itself to be an esoteric place of workshops and flipcharts, of resource manuals and the recurring ‘training of trainers’, the workers are thankfully grounded in their commitment to the roots and the purpose of Trade Union Education. We find that Trade Union Education is at its most powerful when it is part of a comprehensive development process. We also find that Trade Union Education has played a critical role in motivating, inspiring and organizing, and that training strengthens links between the Union and its members. In addition, we also recognize Trade Union Education as a vital centrepiece of Union activities and fully believe that it should also be linked to organizing. It is the intention of the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union to continue its very active programe to further integrate its industrial strategies with its education programe on Local, Regional, International and Global issues for the continued development of its members and by extension all workers. In addition, the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union will continue its pursue of a Labour College for the further development of the workers of this our beautiful Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The roots of the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union however, lie firmly in the field of social clause, industrial justice, Trade Union rights, labour laws and labour standards. As we continue we will look at who decides what amount of dues we pay? And your dues dollars at work. Who decides what amount of dues we pay? – The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union members decide how much the Union dues will be through its democratically elected Delegates at its Annual Conference. The dues can only be raised by majority vote at its Annual Conference. Your Union dues are the wisest investment you can make. You get better working conditions, higher wages/salaries and diginity on the job that is possible only through representation by a strong and democratic Union. That’s the dividend for the two ($2. 00) dollars (dues) you invest in the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union each week. Our members come first – Your dues are used to protect your rights at your workplace each day, and the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is always there when you need it to: 1.Defend your grievances. 2.Support your arbitration. 3.Monitor Workplace Safety. 4.Protect all your rights as a St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union –represented worker. 5.Negotiate and enforce your contract. 6.Help to organize unorganized workplaces. 7.Help promote recreation and education programs. 8.Inform and educate workers through its newspaper, the Labour Spokesman. International Union Support – The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is committed to maintaining the highest quality of service to its members in these crucial financial times. Part of your Union’s dues goes to our international affiliates which help to provide our members with the necessary skills in areas such as collective bargaining, organizing, how to defend their rights, and how to educate and train other workers just to name a few. Here are a few other services our members can count on: 1.A higher standard of living because our Union help protect wages/salaries and benefits. 2.Legal advice and legal assistance where necessary in connection with their employment. Including helping to protect our members during a strike, defend and support them in collective bargaining and organizing the unorganized, etc... 3.Promote health and safety at the workplace and stands ready to respond to complaints when employers violate health and safety rules and regulation at the workplace. 4.Organize new members to help win the Union Rights that protect all workers by making it harder for employers to violate the industrial and other laws of this our beautiful Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. 5.Negotiate contracts with decent wages/salaries, benefits and job security, and much more. As I take my leave I leave you with a verse from Ephesians 5: verse 19, and one of those favourate slave song call United by Gringe Tom. Ehpesians 5: 19 – Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord.United. Ginger Tom.Comrades and colleagues what we’re fighting for Is a job that pays well, is safe and secure But they padlocked the doors, put guards on the gates We’re ready to talk, we’re willing to wait. Chorus:And we’ll fight for we’re right and we’re fighting to win And it’s true united we fight divided we fall The Union is there for us all United we fight divided we crawl The Union is there for us all Tell me now friends is it true what I hear The boss takes in a day what I earn in a year They can pack up the shop and send it away And they’ll pay some poor slave a dollar a day And they don’t have a Union they don’t have the right And the fight for your rights is the fight of your life. an improvement in tourism activity. “However, uncertainty regarding the global economic recovery highlights,” the IMF said. It recalled that on July 27, 2011, the Executive Board approved a 36month (Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) for St. Kitts and Nevis for SDR 52.51 million (590 percent of quota) to support the programme (Country Report No. 11/270). It said SDR 22.15 million (248.9 percent of quota) was disbursed upon Board approval and a second tranche of SDR 11.47 million will be made available upon completion of this review. “All quantitative performance criteria and most structural benchmarks for end-September 2011 were met,” the IMF said, pointing out that the three delayed structural benchmarks, which are proposed as prior actions for the first review, were completed before the end of December 2011. “In line with expectations under the programme supported by the SBA, the authorities have started the process of a comprehensive debt restructuring, including a debt-land swap. The authorities requested waivers of applicability for quantitative performance criteria (PC) for endDecember 2011 and modification of the PC on the budget expenditure arrears accumulation,” said the IMF statement. It stated that in a Letter of Intent and Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies, the authorities elaborate on their policies for 2012, which are in line with the programme, and proposed corresponding quantitative performance criteria and structural benchmarks. It said the IMF Staff supports the authorities’ request for the completion of the first program and financing assurances reviews under the SBA. The staff team comprised Alfred Schipke (Head), Mr. K. Nassar, Ms. S. Ogawa (all WHD), Ms. A. Holland (MCM), and Ms. S. Jahan (SPR) with the assistance of Mr. W. Samuel (Regional Resident Representative). During November 28December 12, 2011, the mission met with the Prime Minister/Finance Minister, the Cabinet, the ECCB Governor and senior staff, as well as other senior Government officials and representatives of the private sector. Mr. G. Tsibouris (WHD) and Mr. M. Sajkunovic (OED) attended the final meetings.IMF says St. Kitts and Nevis’ home-grown economic programme achieving positive results (cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 5 NEWS -PM Douglas tells Royals St. Kitts and Nevis has been staging point for cultural, militaristic, and economic shifts in the Caribbean BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts has been the staging point for many of the massive cultural, militaristic, demographic, and economic shifts that the Caribbean region was to witness throughout the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. In brief remarks Saturday to welcome Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Edward and Princess Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, to a ceremony re-naming the Basseterre Valley National Park, the Royal Basseterre Valley Park and the unveiling of the Plaque by Their Royal Highnesses, to mark the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas noted that St. Kitts and Nevis, the smallest nation in the western hemisphere, far from being mere witnesses to the evolution of the New World, have in some ways, been the fulcrum of major shifts in New World history. “It was here, almost four hundred years ago, that Britain first established itself in the West Indies. And it was from this island that it would later spread outwards, to lay claim to all of the other territories that we would one day come to know as the British West Indies. Indeed, it was again on this island that a then-rival of Britain – France, would also establish itself in the West Indies. And it is from here that it, too, would spread outward to establish what would come to be known as the French West Indies. Significantly, it was also from this sacred ground that the consequential strivings for full personhood, which was soon to spread throughout the entire Caribbean, first took root,” said Prime Minister Douglas. “A wise soul, who lived, interestingly, some four hundred years ago, reminded us that ‘the only constant in life is change.’ And the evolution of this region, in general, and St. Kitts and Nevis, in particular, has certainly borne this maxim out. Over the centuries, we have seen change born of rivalries between Britain and other nations reverberate thousands of miles away, on these our distant shores,” added Prime Minister Douglas, the longest serving Prime Minister in the Caribbean. Dr. Douglas, who was made a Privy Councillor by Her Majesty the Queen in November last year, noted that there has been change “necessitated by incompatible interests that at one time formed the unsustainable underpinnings of this society.” “We have seen change fueled by the timeless and universal aspirations of human societies everywhere. And today, we see the progress and the stability that these universal aspirations have caused to flower. As we look history of an independent St. Kitts and Nevis, however, there has been an important constancy. And this is the constancy of civil, peaceful, constructive relations between St. Kitts and Nevis and Britain,” said Prime Minister Douglas. “When Her Royal Highness, Princess Elizabeth became Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II some 60 years ago, St. Kitts and Nevis were British colonies. Significantly, several years before that moment, our people had already begun our steady march toward independence – the independence that we enjoy today, the independence that we achieved in a spirit of peace and civility. And whatever other changes we may have seen elsewhere since, the constancy of clarity, the constancy of cooperation, and the constancy of civility between St. Kitts and Nevis and Britain has prevailed,” said Prime Minister Douglas to the large crowd that included His Excellency The Governor General, Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian; the Cabinet of the Federal Government, the Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry and his Nevis Island Administration Cabinet; The Speaker of the National Assembly, the Hon. Curtis Martin and members of the lawmaking body; senior government officials, honourees of Her Majesty, students of schools and a wide cross-section of the public in St. Kitts and Nevis. Royal Basseterre Valley Park is of great significance to people, says PM Douglas Edward and Princess Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex at the ceremony during which a plaque was unveiled and a tree planted to mark the occasion in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Pointing out that the area is of such great significance to the Nation, in both a practical and a symbolic sense, Prime Minister Douglas said Kittitians and Nevisians of all ages will be free to simply be amongst flowers and greenery, in wide open spaces, the park’s very openness a reminder of the freedom, the liberation, the expanded opportunities for The Inscription on the plaque that was unveiled by Their Royal Highnesses, Prince and Princess Edward, the Earl and Countess of Wessex in St. Kitts. (Photos by Erasmus Williams) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The location of the re-named Royal Basseterre Valley National Park is of great significance to the livelihood of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, says the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis. “Its atop the Basseterre Valley Aquifer – the source of the most precious commodity known to man water, which, as we know, is the basis of all life. Indeed, countless and farranging cultures, religions, and societies across face of the earth, water is given very special symbolic significance,” Prime Minister Douglas told Their Royal Highnesses Prince which so many of our forebears sacrificed so much. “Just as importantly, this park, as I have said, will be a reminder of the dreams of our forefathers that brought us, as a people, to this point on this day. It will symbolize the peace and civility with which Britain and our leaders worked to ensure our transition from colony to that of an independent nation. It will remind us of the constructive relationship that exists between Britain and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. And it will be a reminder of today’s visit of Their Royal Highnesses, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England,” Dr. Douglas said. He used the occasion to thank Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Edward and Princess Sophie, and their distinguished delegation and all guests, for being witnesses to the dedication “It is now, therefore, my distinct honour to dedicate today, for the eternal enjoyment of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, and in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the Basseterre Valley National Park which will be officially renamed the Royal Basseterre Valley Park with the unveiling of the Plaque by Their Royal Highnesses, the Earl and Countess of Wessex,” concluded Prime Minister Douglas.St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) looks on as Her Royall Highness the Countess of Wessex reads the Inscription on the plaque which was earlier unveiled by her husband, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. info@sknunion.com


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 6 NEWS Dr Harris Inspired By SPACS Pink hibiscus mealy bug A growing concern in the farming community especially among the home gardeners is infestation of the pink, hibiscus mealy bug Maconellicoccus hirsutus. This is a pest that infests many plants, trees, and shrubs. It infests hibiscus, citrus, annonas, plums, guava, mango, okra, sorrel, pigeon pea, peanut, chrysanthemum, beans, crotons, tomatoes and peppers just to name a few. They can be identified by their soft, powdery bodies mealy bugs cause considerable damage in garden crops as well as to houseplants. Although only 1/4inch long, mealy bugs suck fluids and nutrients from plant tissue, causing plants to weaken and sometimes die. The honeydew that mealy bugs excrete on plants encourages sooty mold growth, this black fungi impedes photosynthesis and ultimately stunts plant growth. Besides harming a plant, mealy bugs make it unattractive by covering its leaves with powdery, cotton-like substance. Fortunately, homemade solution of garlic, pepper, rubbing alcohol, dishwashing soap and water can kill these pesky intruders. Ants often feed on the honeydew and therefore protect the mealy bugs from natural predators such as the ladybird and lacewing insect. Garlic Solution•Use as an insecticide to treat mealy bugs, caterpillars (worms), aphids, spider mites. •Use as a fungicide to treat fungal diseases such as damping-off. •Soak 3 ounces (85 g) of minced garlic in 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of mineral oil for 24 hours •Strain out the garlic •Blend two(2) large hot peppers (or 34 teaspoons of local Hot Sauce) in 600 ml of water then strain out the pepper residues •Mix together the garlic oil and pepper solutions along with 1 teaspoon of dish liquidTo Spray Plants•Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of the garlicsoap mixture with 1 pint (600 ml) water and spray plants •Because homemade mixtures have no preservatives, you’re better off dumping any you have left over, and simply mixing a fresh batch every time you want to spray. Always Test First As always, with any new spray test it on 1 or 2 leaves of your plant first and make sure it doesn’t burn the foliage. If burning occurs dilute the solution and try again. Always Spray Early In the morning while the wind is down, temperatures are cooler, and beneficial insects are relatively inactive. Spraying during mid-day, or in full sun, increases the risk of burning your plants •For a quick to use solution, boil garlic and pepper en 600ml of water then add I teaspoon of dish liquid Mealy bug Alcohol Spray SolutionMix1 liter of water, -2 tbsp. of dish soap -250ml of rubbing alcoholTo Spray Plants•Pour the homemade mixture into a spray bottle. •Spray and moisten all your plants •RepeatDO NOT SOAK PLANTS!!!!•Because homemade mixtures have no preservatives, you’re better off dumping any you have left over, and simply mixing a fresh batch every time you want to spray. Always Test First As always, with any new spray test it on 1 or 2 leaves of your plant first and make sure it doesn’t burn the foliage. If burning occurs dilute the solution and try again. Always spray early in the morning while the wind is down, temperatures are cooler, and beneficial insects are relatively inactive. Spraying during mid-day, or in full sun, increases the risk of burning your plants. The Sandy Point Agricultural Cooperative Society (SPACS) has come in for high praise from Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives. Speaking at a forum at the Sandy Point Community Centre on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, Dr Harris told the gathering that he was inspired by the vision, work, commitment and accomplishments of SPACS since their formation two years ago. “They have revitalized and renovated the old Sandy Point Market and made it the locus of agricultural trade on Saturdays thereby bringing agricultural produce to Sandy Point and adjoining communities on a regular basis. This is where not only fresh farm produce is being had but also our agro processors also regularly trade their jams, wines, juices and sauces. I am impressed by the fine leadership being displayed by the ordinary folks of Sandy Point. They are showcasing by their efforts and actions that more can be accomplished when we work together,” Dr Harris said. The vibrant SPACS is led by Mr Lionel Stephens. For the last two years the SPACS has been organizing an event as part of the Week of Activities of the Department of Agriculture to highlight the UN acclaimed international day to fight hunger. Minister of Agriculture Dr Harris, congratulated the members of the Sandy Point Agricultural Co-operative Society Limited for their sticking together and their ability to deliver. “Indeed I believe this is one of the better organised groups we have in the agricultural sector in terms of people coming together in their mutual interests,” said the Minister.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 7 NEWS The Thinking Citizen (PAM) came into being in January of 1965. The party heralded its formation by announcing to the electorate that it would introduce a new brand of politics into our political system. Basically the new brand of politics did not include a striving for power to improve the lot of the poor working man and woman, but constituted a struggle for power to be able to fill the pockets and the bank accounts of the PAM members and their allies. After boasting to the people that it was the more popular party in St KittsNevis, the PAM Party contested the General elections in 1966 against the Labour Party and lost all 7 seats on St Kitts. General Elections were held in St Kitts-Nevis in 1971 and 1975 and in both Elections the Labour Party won all 7 seats on St Kitts. The philosophy underlying PAM’s new brand of politics did not allow the party to accept gracefully its defeat at the polls in 1966. So the PAM Party in conspiracy with some disgruntled Anguillians launched a terrorist attack on St Kitts on June 10, 1967. PAM was formed in 1965 not to benefit the masses of people, but to put obstacles in the way of the total and complete removal of Mass Day. Imagine that after losing all 7 seats on St Kitts during the General Elections of July 25, 1966, the PAM Party handed in a letter to His Excellency the Governor, Sir Fred Phillips demanding the resignation of the lawfully elected Labour Party Government. The letter was dated May 31, 1967 and was signed by the President of the party and the Secretary. The Labour Party Government paid no head to the letter of May 31, 1967. So certain members of the PAM Party in conspiracy with certain disgruntled Anguillians launched an unsuccessful coup d’etat against the lawfully elected Bradshaw Government. We can all see from the foregoing that PAM’s new brand of politics involves the nonacceptance of legitimate defeat at the polls (July 25, 1966) and trying to secure political power by use of the bullet (June 10, 1967) and not by means of the ballot. PAM failed in both of its efforts in 1967 to remove the Labour Party Government from power. So after PAM was coalitioned into government by the NRP in 1980, the leaders of PAM decided to use a different method with which to keep the Labour Party out of power for generation after generation. PAM was in effect trying to establish a one-party state. The method that PAM used involved a complete over-haul of the previously existing Electoral System to extend the franchise to overseas nationals, to allow voters to register and vote where they do not live, to give validity to the votes cast by unauthorised voters and to give power to Registration Officers to add the names of persons to the Voter’s List. This was done in November 1983 and PAM did all this in the National Assembly in a matter of roughly 45 minutes. And in addition just one month before the General Elections of 1984 PAM altered the Constituency Boundaries to effect the electoral defeat of Lee L. Moore and E. John Payne. For PAM concepts such as Ethics in Office, Honesty, Decency, Truthfulness, Integrity, Justice and Fairplay are not concepts that should be put into practice, but concepts that should be spoken about hypocritically and used as propaganda to malign other politicians and political parties. So we have in our midst a party called PAM which preaches peace, love, harmony and brotherhood but is always prepared to engage in strife, war, conflict and violence. Details of the plans in respect of the 10th of June attempted coup reveal that the bulk fuel installation tanks at the south-western corner of Pond Pasture (near Sandown Road and Bay Road) were to be set ablaze and Premier Bradshaw Paul Southwell, Eugene Walwyn were to be captured and their hands cut off. PAM is a party which carries out its political strategy by use of partisan propaganda, cheap and lowdown innuendoes, false allegations, baseless accusations, and spurious charges. The thinking behind such a strategy is this: If the PAM Party throws sufficient dirt at the Labour Party, then some of that dirt is bound to stick. The members of the CCM/PAM cabal all criticise the current reformed Electoral System. However, they like the worthless hypocrites that they are, over-look the fact that the PAM Party reformed a System which had served the country well since 1952 and was not in need of reform. PAM reformed the Electoral System in 1983 in order, as the PAMites say, to bury the Labour Party “six feet under”. It must be presumed that the politicians who support PAM, or are active in the CCM/PAM cabal are fully aware of the full history of PAM. Supporting PAM while knowing the full history of PAM means that such politicians are no better than those who secretly agreed to and sanctioned the failed coup of June 10, 1967. One cannot believe in Democracy and at the same time believe that the bullet, rather than the ballot, should be used to remove a lawfully elected government from office. The Sheriff should come clean and let the people know whether he advocates the bullet or the ballot when the Labour Party is in power. PAM’s Electoral Reform was designed to keep PAM in power for life; and bury LABOUR Deadline for applications is 30th March, 2012


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 8 NEWS The Human Rights Unit of the London based Commonwealth Secretariat organized a two day regional seminar on the 20th and 21st February 2012 on Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Follow-up and Implementation for the Caribbean countries that reported under the UPR St Kitts-Nevis Represented at Commonwealth UPR Follow-up and Implementation Seminar in 2010 and 2011. For over three years now the Human Rights Unit (HRU) of the Commonwealth Secretariat has been actively engaging with the UPR of the United Nations Human Rights Council through acquisition of preparatory seminars, observation of UPR services in Geneva and by publishing best practice publications. Earlier HRU organized regional seminars for Commonwealth countries that reported under the UPR in 2008 and 2009. The seminar involved government representatives, national institutions (NHRI/ Ombudsman Offices) and NGO’s from Caribbean countries mainly Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and Guyana. The objectives of the regional seminar were: •To encourage and support Commonwealth States and Stakeholders to remain engaged with the UPR following review in Geneva. •To support Commonwealth States to implement/act on the accepted UPR recommendations. •To provide constructive fora for Commonwealth States and Stakeholders to share expertise and discuss challenges and strategies regarding the implementation of UPR recommendations. Twenty three participants Group Photo Ms Kaye Bass and Mr Anthony Mills Front Row 3rd and 4th from left Ambassador Walford Gumbs, Ombudsman – Middle 2 nd row attended the seminar from the countries earlier mentioned. St Kitts and Nevis was represented by Ms Kaye Bass, Senior Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Anthony Mills, President St Kitts-Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities and Ambassador Walford Gumbs, Ombudsman. The resource persons were Hon Rodger Samuel, MP from Trinidad and Tobago, Consultant John Kissane from the United Kingdom and Human Rights Officers from the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and New Delhi. The seminar was hosted by the government of Grenada and the Opening Keynote Address was given by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Karl Hood. Make certain that you reach use our new Email address:info@sknunion.com St. Kitts & Nevis Ship Registry makes waves internationally BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – Quality initiatives launched last year by the London-based St. Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry (SKANReg) have prompted a major improvement in results from Port State Control inspections, with detentions reduced by up to 62 percent and deficiencies down by as much as 49 percent. According to MarineLink.com – Maritime Reporters and Marine News on line, SKANReg is now seeking support for further progress in a submission to the IMO’s Flag State Implementation (FSI) sub-committee ahead of its 20th session from March 2630.The registry says it is ‘a source of frustration’ that, with only a small number of ships operating within certain regions, even a single detention can result in targeting of its ships and adversely affect its PSC list ratings in some areas. It is suggesting a harmonized system of reporting PSC statistics to avoid distortions. The proposal comes as SKANReg – operational since 2005 steps up its bid to attain PSC Grey List status within the next 1-2 years and White List ranking within 2-4 years from now. As part of this drive, the registry has successfully applied to the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme and is due to be audited in the second half of next year. Technical assistance has been offered by several countries, notably Australia and Turkey. Alongside this, on February 21, the St. Kitts and Nevis government became the 23rd signatory to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, which sets out new working and living standards for seafarers. The convention needs backing by 30 countries and – following a surge of seven ratifications in the last six months – is now expected to come into force in the very near future. Meanwhile, as reported in its paper to the FSI sub-committee, SKANReg enhanced its regulatory oversight in 2011 with a string of new measures that slashed ship detentions and deficiencies in the three main PSC regimes where its 320 SOLAS vessels operate. Under the Paris MOU covering Europe and the North Atlantic, detentions were 62 percent lower – with eight last year against 21 in 2010 and the detention rate was halved to 8.2 percent. Total deficiencies were down 49 percent, while the average number of deficiencies per inspection fell from 6.86 to 4.84 overall and to 3.16 among ships that were not detained. Detentions under the Tokyo Asia/Pacific MOU were down 37 percent from 11 to 7 and the detention rate reduced from 17.19 to 7.4 percent. Total deficiencies fell by 29%, with the average number per ship down from 7.25 to 3.88 across the fleet and to 2.28 for non-detained vessels. Inspections under the Black Sea MOU saw detentions fall by 55 percent from 11 to 5; the detention rate cut from 12.94 to 4.7 percent; total deficiencies down 20 percent; and average deficiencies per ship reduced from 6.0 to 3.8, or 3.2 excluding those on detained ships.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 9 NEWS -From where I sit By x Speaks What’s wrong with society? Better yet, what’s not wrong with society? Every new day brings a new problem, or a different version of the same problem.Let’s talk about values, for example. Where are they? Where have our values, which we once held dear, gone? Did they evolve and disappear through due process of time? Or did we push them to the back of our minds so that our consciences would allow us to live uncaringly? Once ago, parental figures taught us not to steal, lie, cheat or swear. Well, now, we all know where we’ve come with regards to theft – grand and petty. “Is because life hard”, they say. But we’re not stealing bread or books. No, we’re grabbing perfumes, skin creams, shoes and clothing. Those are the things we value. Some of us have forgotten what it was to be truly poor, and have decided to venture down this road of “selective poverty” – calling ourselves “poor” because we can’t afford Rihanna’s Reb’l Fleur. I overheard a conversation where some people were saying that people were stealing to become famous, and those who didn’t go in it for the fame at first, are now basking in their infamy. What?! I couldn’t believe that nonsense. People were stealing, i.e. “taking up people ting” to become famous. In little St. Kitts? But then my nine-year old brother identified what he called the “Wall of Fame” when we were at a particular supermarket that doesn’t hesitate to plaster your face on what I called a “Wall of Shame”. Then, I really started to wonder if people were in it for the fame. What fame could you possibly gain from putting your hands on and claiming something that isn’t yours? Are you now going to twist and adopt that “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” mentality to suit your thieving ways when people start pointing fingers? You see, stealing isn’t a type of nose or a kind of smile: it isn’t something we’re born with. It’s something we’re taught. It’s something we learn. About fifteen or so years ago, I came home with a pencil my mother didn’t send me to school with. And I remember her asking where I got the pencil from – and then a blur. I think I remember when the first strike came, but everything after that is a distant memory. She pulled me up about it the FIRST time I showed any inclination to steal, and I’ve never taken anything that didn’t belong to me since. This is how stealing begins. We see our child come home with an eraser or a sharpener or a pencil that they didn’t leave home with, and we overlook it. We think it’s something they’ll “grow out of”. And then pencils and erasers turn into bags and books, then money, clothes, shoes – until they’re bona fide thieves and are moving television sets, car stereos, drugs and money into our homes. We didn’t “nip [the problem] in the bud”, and petty theft blossoms into grand larceny and we observe the wrong that we let grow and then all of a sudden, we become blind. Our evilconcealing cataracts appear, and we begin to shield wrong. When people mention our sticky-fingers children, we respond, “Not my child!” “Me child ain’t in nothing!” – all while we’re sitting atop stolen furniture, or consuming stolen foods. When our children do good things, we want to take credit. So when “dey tief bad”, we must also take blame. Don’t let anything “slide” when it comes to parental guidance, because if you give an inch, children are bound to take a mile and when the horse has already bolted the gate, there’s no calling it back. Taiwan diplomat praises PM Douglas for investing in the younger generation of St. Kitts and Nevis BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Co-operation between the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan) shows that while the two countries promote the universal values of freedom, democracy and human rights, the Right Honourable Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and President, His Excellency Ma Ying-jeou, President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) co-incidentally share the same motto President Ma used in his slogan during his first term administration and re-election campaign which is ‘always putting people’s interest first.’ So said Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Miguel Tsao in brief remarks at the ground breaking ceremony for the new St. Paul’s Day Care Centre. “The Day Care Centre is like planting a seed, and caring for it to grow to a big tree. It is like making an investment now and seeing the positive benefits in the future,” said Ambassador Tsao. He noted that since his starting his tour of duty in St. Kitts and Nevis 18 months ago he has observed many warm human interactions and phenomenal positives that will forever be etched in his mind. “When I see the older children holding the hands of the younger children walking smartly to school and when I watch as one driver pulls over and give another person a lift; when the crossing guard greet and receive the students to cross the road, the drivers patiently abide by the direction of the crossing guard, It’s the most panoramic scenery and wonderful brotherhood. I will pass down the beautiful stories here to those I come into contact with. This lovely country is filled with outpouring of love and brotherhood,” said the Taiwanese diplomat. Lauding the partnership with his Embassy and the Ministry of Education, Ambassador Tsao pointed to the many ongoing projects such as Taiwan and ICDF Scholarship and Mandarin Training Programme. He used the opportunity to thank Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty and Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Ionie Liburd-Willett and the team for the seamless coordination and unrelenting job with the Embassy to put the Day Care Centre in place and timely. “There is a saying: ‘As a man sow, so he shall reap.’ An old Chinese proverb says: ‘It takes ten years to grow a tree but it takes one hundred years to nurture a talent.’ So what the Government is doing is not only planting a tree, but also nurturing future talents for St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Ambassador Tsao, adding: “When we invest in our younger generation, it redounds to our country’s benefit in the long run.” Students of the St. Paul’s Primary School performing the poem “At Last” Photos by Erasmus Williams Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency Miguel Tsao. Constituency Six health walk on Saturdays BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 8TH 2012 (CUOPM) – Residents of Constituency Six go on their routine health walk this coming Saturday 10th March. Organisers say the walk begins at 6 a.m. at the Dieppe Bay Methodist Church on Main Street to the Agro-Tourism Farm at Sir Gillies where participants will partake in a healthy breakfast.The usual transportation will be provided.Wellness walk participants Available For Rent Fully Furnished Three Bedroom House Orchid Street, Greenlands Three Bedroom Apartment Tel 465-2364 669-7426 Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 10 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Kittitian-born British author Caryl Phillips is being featured in the Malaysia Star.Under the caption “Outside, looking in,” Akshita Nanda, penned following his recent visit to Singapore: AS a child growing up in the northern British city of Leeds in the 1960s and later as an adult travelling the world, awardwinning writer Caryl Phillips has always felt a little out of place. Born in St. Kitts in the West Indies, he and his blue-collared parents moved to Britain when he was only four months old. His dark skin clearly marked him as different in his new home and continues to do so even in multicultural South-East Asia, he shares during a recent trip to Singapore. “In most places I go to, Vietnam, Thailand, I’m usually the darkest-skinned man in the hotel,” says the 54-year-old. “You occasionally see African diplomats, but I’m quite visibly an outsider.” Yet he loves travelling because it broadens his horizons and because hotels inadvertently supply his writing tools! “I prefer pen and paper. It basically makes me a dinosaur. The first thing I do when I go to a hotel room is, I collect all the pens and store them in my bag. Because I need a lot of pens!” he says, turning out his pockets to reveal ballpoints embossed with hotel logos. A serial sojourner, Phillips has held writing residencies and visiting professorships in cities from Stockholm in Sweden to Mysore in India, and is a dual citizen of Britain and the United States. Themes of race and alienation dominate his published work, from the 1993 Bookershortlisted novel Crossing The River, which followed three African protagonists at crucial moments in history, to the collection of essays, Color Me English: Thoughts About Migrations And Belonging Before And After 9/11, released last year by New Press. “It is one-third essays about America, one-third essays about Britain and a third about me wandering the world doing foolish things,” says the engaging writer, whose latest feat is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya for the fourth time. An account of his climb makes it into the book, as does Rude Am I In Speech, a rumination on Othello, which segues into his railway worker father’s hesitance to complain when he is served the wrong thing at restaurants. Phillips himself has no problem sending dishes back and says this is a classic difference between first-generation and second-generation immigrants. The first lot tend to keep their heads down and compromise in order to be accepted, but their children are “unapologetic” and make demands their parents would not think of. His writing is also a statement of belonging: “I went to the pub, supported a football team, I was English but visibly not. I wanted to read books about that but those books didn’t exist.” He has authored five works of nonfiction and nine novels including the immigrant tale A Distant Shore, which took the 2004 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Now a professor of English at America’s Yale University, he is the oldest of four children and was very conscious that skin colour set his family apart from the majority, even before race riots rocked Britain in the 1970s and 1980s. “Like many non-white children growing up in England, I thought, ‘If you could just colour me English ...’ I didn’t want to be white, but I did want to belong.” Pressed by his housewife mother to excel – his parents’ marriage broke up when he was nine – he read neurophysiology, psychology and statistics at Queen’s College, Oxford, hoping to learn to interpret dreams and human beings. Instead, he dealt with laboratory experiments, mice and rats, and after getting his bachelor’s with honours, headed to Edinburgh with a girlfriend. “My mother thought I was a lunatic,” he recalls, though she has since been mollified by his success. At first, he made a living writing plays for drama troupes and scripts for BBC radio and television before publishing his first novel, The Final Passage, in 1985. The story about impoverished West Indian immigrants to Britain won the Malcolm X Prize for Literature, but it was another 12 years before the Booker nomination of Crossing The River made his name. “It was great to have affirmation that what you’re doing is of value,” Phillips says, adding: “The next book I wrote got more money. Money is important for a writer Malaysia Star features Kittitian-born British author (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 11 NEWS -Development Bank offers interest free loans to farmers and fishermen BASSETERRE ST. KITTS — The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, under a programme partnered with the Sugar Industry Diversification Fund (SIDF), is offering interest free loans to farmers and fishers for amounts up to EC$25,000, and at six per cent interest for amounts above and up to EC$50,000. However the interest is applied on average at three percent per annum. Head of the bank’s Business Support Unit, Mr Shavon Douglas, while addressing a town hall meeting on Wednesday night February 29 organised by the Sandy Point Agricultural Co-operative Society Limited because if you have more money, you have more time to write.” Single and childless, he has two desks in his home office in New York, one very neat, the other a complete mess. “The ordered one is more to do my taxes,” he says. The disordered table strewn with books and paper is where he writes. After 14 books, four stage plays, two screenplays and more than a dozen scripts for TV and radio, he still finds it hard to talk(cont’d from last page) Malaysia Star features Kittitian-born British author about what he plans to write next. It seems he is as uncertain of his identity as a writer as he used to be about where he belonged. “I’ve never felt that I’ve owned that title of ‘writer’, that it’s set in stone,” he says. “Being a writer is not something you own. It’s something you rent. It could go away at any time. My imagination is a source of great mystery to me.” – The Straits Times Singapore/ Asia News Network. and held at the Sandy Point Community Centre, informed members who were celebrating the organisation’s second anniversary, that the funds are aimed at improving the country’s food security. “The St. Kitts and Nevis Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation/ Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis (SIDF/DBSKN) Agricultural Fund was put together to encourage entrepreneurship among citizens and residents of the Federation,” said Mr Douglas. “The programme, which aims at providing a cheaper source of funding to the food production sector, targets practising farmers, fishers and horticulturists.” The town hall meeting which was chaired by Ms Dereca Thompson was also addressed by Senior Minister and Minister of Agriculture the Hon Dr Timothy Harris, the society’s President Mr Lionel Stevens, and Senior Physical Planner Mr Meshach Alford. Others were Mr Eric Browne of the Department of Agriculture, Mr Randolph Hamilton of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, and Mr Clyde Thompson of the Co-operatives Department. He advised them of the importance of keeping records. He said: “It is a business and therefore you have to record very carefully all that you have sold so at the end of the day you could make an honest assessment whether it has been worthwhile. All of those things will assist when you go to the Development Bank for them to be able to examine and to explore the true financial viability of the organisation and of your business.” President of the Sandy Point Agricultural Co-operative Society Ltd Mr Lionel Stevens (right) addressing the town hall meeting. Other speakers are, from right Mr Eric Browne, Mr Randolph Hamilton, Mr Shavon Douglas, the Hon Dr Timothy Harris, Mr Meshach Alford, and Mr Clyde Thompson. A cross-section of farmers at the town hall meeting (File picture) Mr Deon Weekes (right), a member of the Sandy Agricultural Co-operative Society Ltd, who was at the town hall meeting, is one of the farmers who have benefitted from the SIDF/ Development Bank partnered programme. He demonstrates to Mr Shavon Douglas the use of a cultivator/teller he bought using those funds. Achieving food security was the reason behind the formation of the Sandy Point Agricultural Cooperative Society Limited, said its President Mr Lionel Stevens. As they celebrate its second anniversary, the society is looking forward to partnering with lending institutions such as the Development Bank as well as the Ministry of Agriculture to further enhance agricultural production. “One of our main activities right now is the marketing of our goods at the Sandy Point market, which we opened on July 3, 2010,” observed Mr Stevens. “Together we are working hard in terms of promoting agriculture, and letting the community know the importance of agriculture as well as improving the agriculture produce that we have in the Federation.” National Cooperative League To Mark 2012 As The Year Of Cooperatives The local St Kitts and Nevis Cooperative League is expected to launch a programme of activities in recognition of the designation by the United Nations of the year 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives. The announcement came as Dr the Hon Timothy Harris piloted the resolution in the National Assembly on February 23, 2012. The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has declared the year 2012 as “The International Year of Co-operatives (IYC)”. The official Resolution 64/136, entitled Co-operatives in Social Development calls upon governments to recognize the important role co-operatives play in providing economic opportunity for millions of people in the Caribbean and around the world.According to Dr Harris “it is therefore critically important for the four (4) credit unions, other co-operatives and the thousands of people that belong to the co-operative community to have the support of the Federal Government for the International Year of Co-operatives. The United Nations’ recognition of co-operatives will raise the profile of co-operatives the best business model to promote economic and social progress in St. Kitts and Nevis, the Caribbean and around the world”. Paragraph 3 of the UN Resolution encourages Member States as well as the United Nations and all other relevant stakeholders to take advantage of the International Year of observance as a way of promoting co-operatives and raising awareness of their contribution to social and economic development. On behalf of the 20,000 members of the Cooperative family in St. Kitts and Nevis, I am pleased to seek the support of the National Assembly for the passage of the Resolution in recognition of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives. Dr Harris told the Federal Assembly that “this milestone is indeed an opportune time for the National Assembly and indeed the wider community of St. Kitts and Nevis to enjoin the St Kitts and Nevis National Co-operative League Ltd and the International Cooperative Movement to rally the public to the co-operative way of doing business, and achieve the best policy and legislative settings for co-operative development and expansion. I am advised that the St. Kitts and Nevis National Co-operative League and Affiliate Credit Unions stand ready to be a part of the International Year of Cooperatives Co-ordinating Committee to fashion a cohesive blueprint for commemorating the Year of Co-operatives in 2012. Mr Speaker with your leave I now read the resolution into the record of the Honourable House”.


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 13 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 6TH 2012 (CUOPM) Residents of St. Paul’s, who would one day become the custodians of the new Day Care Center when it is completed, have been urged to ensure that the infants in their care are treated with kindness and patience in shaping their minds and hearts. “To those who will apply to, one day, work as caretakers at this Center I say: You will be entrusted with the care of our Federation’s most precious, yet the most vulnerable, possessions: our very young. When the day comes for you to be here with them, treat them with kindness When that day comes, treat them with love. When that day comes, treat them with patience. This is what we count on all persons, who work in all our day care centers, throughout out Federation, to do. We expect our day care workers to talk with these tiniest of children. We expect them to answer their questions no matter how simple and seemingly unimportant,” said Prime Minister and Parliamentary Representative, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. He told scores of residents and officials attending the ground breaking ceremony for the new facility that the little children must be encouraged to run and play. “Let them feel free to roam the area that has been provided for them to roam and to play and to develop themselves. We must encourage PM Douglas turns sod for new St. Paul’s Day Care Centre PM Douglas turns sod for new St. Paul’s Day Care Centre St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas speaking at Monday’s ground breaking ceremony. Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency Miguel Tsa (left), St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, The Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (center) and Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty break the ground to begin construction of the new St. Paul’s Day Care Centre. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, The Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) hands the US$500,000 cheque to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Ione Liburd-Willett. (Photos by Erasmus Williams) them to be kind, gentle and good. They must be kind, good and gentle and we must also teach them to pray. Again, we must teach them to pray. For it is faith in God, the belief in God, and the love of God that uplift and strengthen an individual. And it is faith in God, the belief in God, and the love of God that uplift and strengthen our people, our nation,” said Dr. Douglas before he joined Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty and Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Miguel Tsao in breaking ground for the start of construction. “The Day Care Center that will one day stand here, and the adults who will one day make it work, will have a precious, important, and far-reaching opportunity to shape the hearts and minds of the young children who will be placed in their care. And we know that when they do step forward to assume their responsibilities, they will be ready for the task at hand. And for the good and important work that they will do, the children – and indeed, the nation will thank you,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who was first elected as Parliamentary Representative in 1989. He said the first thing is construct the building to which “our teachers, our caretakers, and the tiniest of our children will one day come.” Prime Minister Douglas, who accepted a US$500,000 cheque as the first installment from Ambassador Tsao, handed it over to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Ione Liburd-Willett. Since taking office in July 1995, the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has constructed, expanded or renovated day care centres in Mac Knight, Challengers, Old Road, Sandy Point, Newton Ground, Dieppe Bay, Saddlers, Tabernacle, Cayon and St. Peter’s. Prince Edward and Princess Sophie engage several students during visit BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Scores of primary school students assisted Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Edward and Princess Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex in unveiling the plaque during the renaming ceremony of the Royal Basseterre Valley National Park on Saturday. Flag-waving students greeted the Royal Couple at Port Zante And at the site for the proposed park on the Kim Collins Highway during ceremonies to mark the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Edward after making his formal response to words of welcome from St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister The Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas returned to the microphone and asked the children to help him unveil the plaque.“Will you do that for me? he asked just before he and Princess Sophie were escorted by His Excellency the Governor General Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian and Prime Minister Douglas to unveil the plaque and plant the national tree, the 60th in the Federation.Following the unveiling and tree planting Their Highnesses spent several minutes speaking personally to the children and students.Photos by Erasmus Williams


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 14 NEWS Brimstone Hill Society Social Evening The curtains came down on this year’s History and Heritage ‘Week’ of Activities with a Social Evening for Senior Citizens, on Sunday 4 March. Just about 100 persons from around the island of St. Kitts, including caregivers and organizers, came together on the grounds of Matheson House, the Taylor’s Range headquarters of the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society, to sing, socialize and share their stories. Living and growing up in St. Kitts 70, 80 years ago was tough and challenging, but, as in the words of one woman, the first of 18 children and herself the mother of 15, “when I look back to my childhood I am thankful for we were happy; neighbours looked out for each other, children were looked after by the entire village and elders were respected and cared for. Life was full for we arose before dawn to go to the mountains to look fruit to eat and to sell, and after school we were back again.” Also, there were Sunday school “outings” and long walks to pick salt; a lot of work, a lot of discipline, but also a lot of play. And lots of love. The Social Evening for Senior Citizens is a feature of the annual History and Heritage ‘Week’ of Activities (now in this seventh year more like three weeks of activities) and is a collaboration of the Ministry of Social Development, the Department of Education and the History and Heritage Committee. This year’s event was supported by a generous donation of the Rotary Club of Liamuiga and by the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society. Seniors tell their story The Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary School Emerged Winner The Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary School (formerly the Molyneaux Primary) emerged winner in the annual History and Heritage Primary Schools Quiz which took place on Thursday 1 March. The winning team of Chris Tyson and Keyshawna Headley with 14 points between them, scored 4 more than their closest rivals of the Cayon Primary School. The other schools in the finals were Estridge, Sandy Point and Bronte Welsh.The finals, broadcast live on ZIZ radio and television, concluded a series which began with 18 schools from four zones in St. Kitts in the preliminaries, then to semifinals from which the five finalists were selected. In the earlier stages, some 15 students and 4 schools over all had scored full points. The Finals, however which required more processing of information, proved more challenging.The Primary Schools “Know your Country” Quiz, which is based upon the Social Studies syllabus, is a major feature of the annual History and Heritage ‘Week’ of Activities, now in its seventh year. The St. Kitts-NevisAnguilla National Bank is the principal sponsor of the quiz this year.Mrs. Patricia Wilkinson of SKNANB presents trophy to a participant. Sir Probyn Inniss addresses participants and studio audience


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 15 NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Disobedience brought about Adam’s downfall. This is the language used in scripture. “In Adam all die”. Adam stood before God, not as an isolated being, but as a common person. All generations were in his loins. The whole family of man were wrapt in that casket. As one seed holds a forest; so all nations of all ages were involved in this one head. Similarly, as all rays are in one sun, so all descendants were in this common stock. Thus Adam’s act affects each latest child, as taint in the spring is taint in each issuing drop.THE FALL OUTTo this point our view of Adam has been a cloud – gloomy and scattering gloom. In him we break the Covenant of works. We transgress in his transgression. We are guilty in his guilt. In him we depart from God. In him we enter the cell of wrath. In him we put on the prisongarb of condemnation. In him we receive the heritage of curse. Here is an appropriate point to suggest the reading at your leisure Romans 5:12-21. I crave your indulgence as I highlight two verses. “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous”. (Rom 5:18-19) The fallout is manifested everywhere, it behoves all of us to consider carefully the miseries of Adam’s sin. It is manifest in all the dark confusion which perplexes us without, and humbles us within. All things, by tending to decay, show, that death wields an unrelenting sceptre. The tears, the sights, the groans and all the train of sorrows which follow in the rear of pain and bereavement, evidence that an angry God deals angrily. But this is not all. The bitterest curse fell on the heart. Alas! What a wilderness is it of hateful weeds! We read – and conscience echoes, it is true – “every imagination of man’s heart is only evil continually”. All woe came hand in hand with sin. The records of the fall of Adam explain it.REPRESENTATIONIs Adam the parent of the whole family of nature? So Christ is the parent of the whole family of grace. It is written “He shall see Hissed”. A seed shall serve Him. He is “the everlasting Father”. As Adam is the stock of corruption and death; so Christ creates anew to righteousness and life. He is a quickening spirit. As they that are after the flesh are flesh; so they that are thus born are spirit. Their powers, faculties and perceptions are as light from darkness. Once they were a mass of death. Now they have ears to hear His call, eyes to see His beauty and mouths to worship, hands to cling to the cross and feet to run His errands. In short, the first Adam represents “paradise lost” thus Christ “the last Adam” represents paradise regained. In the Epistles the truth taught is treated in its redemptive aspect by Paul. In 1 Cor. 15:22 the solidarity of mankind in their physical descent from Adam and their spiritual union with Christ involves respective universal death and eternal life as a consequence of Adam’s sin and of Christ’s redemptive work. In Rom 5:12-21 the theme is treated more fully. There is a parallelism beyond doubt between Adam and Christ. The contrast is far greater than the similarity in quality, in quantity, in character and consequences. Men are now to be evaluated not in the light of Adam but in the light of Christ. The law (Torah) probably meaning here the entire O.T. Revelation made sin worse because it showed a better way. But the grace of God in Christ became all the more abundant in its saving power. In Philippians 2:5-6 there is an implied contrast between Christ Jesus, who did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped. Contrasted with Adam who took fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, an act which God said had made him, like one of us (Gen 3:22). Great was the loss in Adam but far greater is the gain in Christ. Seek life from Him, who is the Lord of Life. Adam’s fall had serious consequences.Who is a Christian? Christians can be described from many angles. Some of these angles I have already discussed in many of my articles. I wish to say in this article that true Christians are the persons who acknowledge and live under the Word of God. Christians submit without reservation to the Word of God written in “the Book of truth” (Daniel 10:21), believing the teachings, trusting the promises, and following the commands. The Christian’s eyes are upon the God of the Bible as their Father and the Christ of the Bible as their Saviour Christians testify that the Word of God has both convinced them of sin and assured them of forgiveness. Their consciences, like Luther’s, are captive to the Word of God, and they aspire, like the psalmist, to have their whole lives aligned with it. He declared, “Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decree! Do not let me stray from your command.” The psalmist continues, “Teach me your decrees. Let me understand the teaching of your precepts. Turn my heart toward your statutes. May my heart be blameless toward your decrees” (Psalm 119: 5, 10, 2627, 36, 80). The promises are before them, before they pray, and the precepts are before them as they go about their daily tasks. The children of God know that in addition to the Word of God spoken directly to them in the scriptures, God’s word has also gone forth to create, control and order things around them; but since the scriptures tell them that all things work together for their good, the thought of God ordering their circumstances bring them only joy. Christians are independent folks, for they use the Word of God as a touchstone by which to test the various views that are put to them, and they will not touch anything which they are not sure that scripture sanctions.This description fits some of us who profess to be Christians in these days. If for any reason you are not convinced that you are in this category, ask your conscience, it will surely tell you. Christians, who make the honour of God the great object of their lives and the ruler of their conduct, can answer this question in the affirmative. God honours. Those who honour God never look for honour from man. The High Priest, Eli did not obey the Lord by ruling his household well. His sons did not honour the Lord by their behaviour. Therefore the Lord did not honour them; rather He took the high priesthood out of their family. God moved young Samuel in the lineage instead. God may allow the wicked to win worldly honour; but the dignity, and glory which God Himself gives is reserved for those who honour Him. If you want to Adam’s Fall And Adam’s Fall And Adam’s Fall And Adam’s Fall And Adam’s Fall And Aftermath Aftermath Aftermath Aftermath Aftermath (Part 1) (Part 1) (Part 1) (Part 1) (Part 1) As the advent of Easter approaches I am inspired to write a series of Easter-Related messages to show that the birth and death of Jesus was no coincidence. Throughout the series I shall attempt to interpret through linkages in scripture a profound text written by the Apostle Paul which reads: “The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit” (1 Cor. 15:45) Here is the backdrop. God breathed into Adam’s body “the breath of life (lives) and became “a living soul”, Here the soul stands for the person, the entire man, the animate creature himself. Adam’s body was ruled by the highest and best possible tendencies of his soul, but he had no quickening or life-giving power. His being was capable of fulfilling the will of God his creator. In this he failed and so became the head of a fallen race. Another Adam was needed and divine grace supplied the need; the Son of God became man, and in combined Godhood and Manhood, wrought redemption by His vicarious sacrifice. He is called the “the last Adam”. He is not the second, because there would not be another after Him. He (Jesus) fulfilled in Himself all that made Him in resurrection the Head of the new race of believers. Each race, the natural and the spiritual, inherits respectively the results of what has been wrought by the one head and the other. The one was tested and fell, failing in obedience; the other was tested and stood the test perfecting His obedience. The life of Adam is but a brief page. But each line supplies a volume larger than the books of human mind. We find in it the key of all, which amazes us in that marvel-man. The countless now on earth-the countless in unutterable bliss – the countless of eternal woe – all hang on him as a parent – tree of being. All who shall yet be born to shine in heaven or to glare in hell, must flow as streams from the fountain – head. The Christian’s Faith Calls For Belief And Obedience be ennobled, give God what is due Him. Start today to honour God; He will lift you up every day to higher heights.Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council & Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 16 NEWS Agricultural Co-Operative In The Spotlight As They Celebrate 2nd Anniversary Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): Kudos is being showered on the Sandy Point Agricultural Co-operative Society (SPACS) as they celebrate two years of hard work and togetherness in Agriculture. Utterances of pride and appreciation were the general sentiments expressed at a town hall meeting held as part of the 2nd anniversary celebration of SPACS recently. A number of stakeholders spoke in herald of the 2012 SPACS theme: “Better preparations, Better Results.” The town hall meeting which was chaired by SPACS Secretary Ms. Dereca Thompson, heard from a number of persons who gave sound advice and encouragement to the young farmers. Mr. Randolph Hamilton, Special Projects Manager for the Ministry of Tourism exclaimed that Agriculture has to be both a public and a private sector industry. “Cruise lines are now targeting “green tourists” and bearing this in mind, farmers in St. Kitts can make use of an excellent opportunity to partner with these ships for the sustainability of tourist who want to eat this way” said Mr. Hamilton. “This type of tourist is looking for the next best thing to organic – which is sun ripened.” Mr. Hamilton said St. Kitts and Nevis has, in the past, explored packaging locally grown vegetables with intent to supply Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise lines when they make ports of call in St. Kitts and Nevis. Hence, the customer service that the farmer provides is very important, especially when dealing with perishable goods. Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris who was also in attendance, in echoing words of congratulations to SPACS, described the farmers as one of the “better organized groups”, and expressed much thanks to them for rekindling interest in agriculture in the town of Sandy Point. In commending SPACS for their revitalization of the Sandy Point Public Market, Minister Harris said that their efforts have not gone unnoticed by the Ministry of Agriculture. “Because we have confidence in you, I think, for two years in a row for our World Food Day commemorative week of activities, we have set aside a particular day, usually it’s a Saturday for an organized activity at the Sandy Point Market and that has been going very well,” said Minister Harris, “and again I want to commend them for the team effort, so that the group, small but robust, can put on a successful national event.” According to Minister Harris, the Ministry of Agriculture is still interested in providing water on the farms of these farmers as they represent a new breed of young, dynamic, able entrepreneurs who can come together and make things work. The Minister also said agriculture should be seen in the context of food security and nutrition in the promotion of self-reliance. He reiterated that families are encouraged to pursue farming as a family activity, as the Ministry wants to see agriculture move from seasonal production to year-round production. Government committed to present female power, influence and accomplishment as role models for young girls Ada May Edwards, First female Speaker of the St. Kitts and Nevis House of Assembly. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has expressed his government’s determination to present to the nation – and to young girls in particular – role models of female power, do is make the unacceptable, acceptable. Most tragically, they fool many of our young women, from all walks of life, regarding what it means to be attractive, cool, and ‘in,” said Prime Minister Douglas, admitting that his governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Government “is fighting against a strong tide in this regard, but we remain determined to present to the nation – and to young girls in particular models of real female power, real female influence, true female accomplishment, instead. Models, in other words, of lasting and meaningful female self-mastery.” Prime Minister Douglas, whose administration has a track record of appointing women to top positions in government said: “That is why we ensured that a bright and accomplished woman assumed the leadership reins at the all-important Social Security. That is why we ensured that a skilled and capable woman heads the Department of Sustainable Development. That is why we placed a competent and highly qualified woman in the role of Speaker of the National Assembly. That is why we ensured that a woman who enjoys the respect of law enforcement establishment regionally – and internationally – holds the position in National Security. I can go on and on but these are the types of women with whom my Government wants our young girls to identify,” said the Prime Minister. Dr. Douglas’ government has also appointed the twin-island federation’s first female ambassador. There are now one resident female ambassador with three holding appointments in Washington, Taipei and Brussels. “These are the women whose example show our young girls how to be masters of their own destiny. And so your Government will continue to ensure that the very best that this nation’s women have to offer, will, indeed, be placed at the service of our nation – and at the very highest levels, as well,” said Dr. Douglas, who admitted there is a battle underway for the hearts and souls of the nation’s women of all ages. “On the one side is the gangsta rap, dance hall, and “hot wuk” culture. On the other side is everything – accomplishment, self-respect, and fun and enjoyment – but without the debasement and degradation. And the time has come for each of us to line up – unequivocally on either one side or the other,” said Prime Minister Douglas. “In a nutshell, then, not only in commemoration of International Women’s Day, but because it is always essential, let us urge our young girls, our young women, and even our middle-aged and older women to be always mindful of, and protective of, the very best that is within them. And we must impress upon them the importance of allowing no-one, no lyrics, and nothing to move them from these paths of self-regard and self-mastery. For therein lies expanded options. Therein lies real satisfaction. And therein lies lasting personal advancement,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader. Constance Mitcham, first woman elected to the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly and first woman Minister of Government. Roslyn Hazelle, first woman ambassador of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Jacinth Henry-Martin, St. Kitts and Nevis’ First female Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS) and second female of St. Kitts and Nevis to be elected to the National Assembly and appointed as Minister of Government. Marcella Liburd, second Female to serve as Speaker of the National Assembly, third female to be elected to the National Assembly and also third female to serve as a Minister of Government. influence and accomplishment. During his weekly radio call-in programme on Tuesday, Prime Minister Douglas pointing to Thursday’s observance of International Women’s Day and the theme “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures,” made reference to the ancient African proverb warns “Look at a nation’s women and you’ll see that nation’s future.” “Both that theme and that proverb should cause us to pause and to think. And they should help us to realize, among other things for example, that the aggressively pornographic lyrics of today’s music lyrics – whether foreign or local are not just harmless entertainment. What they really


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 17 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader, Today, we hear how we are being invaded by ‘monsters’ called Chinese who have come to take over our land, but all of us at sometime or other have been strangers in this Paradise Land called St Kitts. We tend to allow our memory bag to leak out vital information or we tend to wilfully neglect to look back at our history, a fact in our lives which we should not or ever forget, because this history is what governs our behaviour at nation ale human beings.This memorizing of our history is what would pave the way for peace and prosperity. This remembering of our history is what would generate love and destroy all vestiges of hatred, distrust, fear and anger. We must always remember!! I remember when Mr RAMs passed though St Kitts from Curacao or Aruba and fell in love with Paradise. He decided to stay and invest what little money he possessed in the island. He purchased an old bicycle and suitcase and began riding around the island peddling his wares to the working class people in the country side. He was hated and despised by the established white business people who owned the sugar plantations and the business places in Basseterre, the capital. He was prevented from visiting the estates to peddle his wares. He was persistent and consistent to the point where he moved up from a bicycle to an old car and travelled around the country side selling his wares to the ordinary folks. Mr Rams was from a different culture and was not invited to the social functions of the day. He was ostracized totally. The established whites tried their utmost to run him out of existence, but the working class appreciated what he was doing for him and continued to support him. Today, after suffering years of humiliation, discrimination and rejection, RAMs, the stranger is now a big name in the St Kitts and Nevis Business Family. Mr Fourd Abourizk of Arab descent arrived in St Kitts, a virtual unknown. He set up shop at Liverpool Row. The established white business community did not open their arms to him. He was an alien from an alien land. Every possible obstacle was placed in his way to prevent him from progressing, but the charm and helpfulness of his wonderful wife endeared the ordinary folks to her and so the business overcame the obstacles placed in their way and they overcame. They moved from Liverpool Row where they lived upstairs and housed the business downstairs to Central Street where they bought two buildings. Fourd Abourizk educated his children. Those who were once strangers in this the Paradise, called St Kitts are now an established name in the business community. Doors which were once closed to them are now fully opened. Fully integrated into our society because of the support they received from the working class man and woman of this country. Less we forget. Then there was Solomon Sahely who opened a shop down Johnson Street where the Newtown crche is, and where the eastern buses journey when they arrive from the countryside. ‘Sollo’ as he was called started with a small shop. He was in a well fortified location. The people of Baker’s Corner, King Street area supported him and the people who arrived from the countryside. Solomon was single and very humble and polite to everyone. He could not speak proper English but, nonetheless, he kept on good terms with everyone. He lived in the back of his shop. Solomon Sahely was not invited to any of the social functions of the day. He was an outcast. He was from a different culture. The High Society people would never patronize his business. Only the working class people would support him. Solomon never showed off on his supporters, even when he moved from the rented shop and bought his first home on the Eastern side of Wellington Road and another on the western side. He bought the buildings, living upstairs with the business downstairs. He later sent for and married someone from the land of his birth. He had children and ensured that they were properly educated. By this time the colouring of the business Community had changed. The sugar lands were acquired, the Education Law or Act of 1966, which gave the right to Secondary Education to the children of the working class. This enabled the rejected, the despised and the outcast to be included in the business family. Circumstances have caused this incredible change. Then there was Berridge, Evelyn and Caines who entered waters already established by the white established business. These three young ambitious men had a vision and a determination. They were touched by the exhibited prices charged by the white established business. When they launched their business from an old building in Princes Street, Basseterre, the business community of that day, held them in the same contempt with which we are holding the Chinese business people today. These same business community employed all kinds of dirty manoeuvres in order to completely wipe them out. But, BEC persevered, aided and supported by the ordinary folks who were just coming into ownership of a new car, for which the established business were not ordering spare parts. The three young men of valor survived the storms and tsunamis until the business has now become an accepted part of the business community. How times have changed, oh reader? How we tend to forget oh reader? Their survival could only have been guaranteed by the genuine support of the ordinary folks of the land. A big fuss and all kinds of hate propaganda are being belched out over the air waves. When Courts was introduced into St Kitts all kinds of nasty things were said by the business community which did not relish the idea of giving away one inch of their privileges’ to any new comer. When Builders’ Paradise emerged, there was a huge hue and cry from those who were stifling the efforts of those of us who wanted to be owners of our homes. When China Town came to town, weeping and wailing sounded from the business community available for the ordinary folks. Are the Chinese Business Community going to make food cheaper for the working class people? Is the competition fair and square? Today, the Chinese are considered aliens from an alien land, just as how acceptable business were treated when they first arrived. We must never allow our memory bag to leak out the history of the past. We were all strangers at one time


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 18 NEWS Pollard relishes challenge of tough situations CAVE HILL, Barbados – Kieron Pollard said he relished the situation that confronted when he went to the crease in a West Indies warm-up match on Wednesday at the 3Ws Oval. Pollard warmed up for higher intensity battles against Australia in the Digicel Series, when he struck 10 fours and 10 sixes in a blistering assault, scoring 155 from 121 balls in the 50 overs-a-side match, which formed part of the training camp for the West Indies team at the Sagicor High Performance Centre. All-rounder Pollard went to the crease with Denesh Ramdin’s side in trouble on 25-5 and took the opportunity to get his mind firmly fixed on the five Digicel One-Day Internationals, starting next Friday in St. Vincent. He added 196 for the sixth wicket with Ramdin, who made 59 from 70 balls, giving their side the platform for a hefty 313-8 from their 50 overs. Darren Sammy’s team replied with 283 off 50 overs. The 24-year-old Pollard said his experience playing around the world have helped him to understand his game much better and he was looking to make an impact against the Aussies. “I have been playing a lot of T20 cricket, but when you practise, you do not practise T20. When you practise, you work on your technique and there are a number of things I have been working on,” he said. “I have confronted a number of different conditions and a number of different scenarios. What I have been trying to do is learn from each situation and try to put it to use in my game and, hopefully, it would make me a better player at this time.” Pollard admitted that he welcomed the opportunity to bat early in the practice game, since it helped him to deal with a situation in which he had found himself in the past. “It was the kind of position in which I have found myself on a number of occasions in the past and I wanted to handle the situation differently,” he said. “I have been working on a number of things in my game. The team was in trouble, and I went out there and tried to stick it out a bit, hang around a bit, and see how it unfolded from there.” Pollard has played 51 ODIs for West Indies since his debut five years ago and made his maiden ODI hundred last December against India in Chennai. He said he had no specific goals for the Australian series, but hoped he could contribute to the overall success of the West Indies team. “I am happy to play whatever role the team needs from me,” he said. “I just want to be able to adapt to different situations and different circumstances. “Australia are a very competitive team, so they will be looking to come at us hard. But we just have to take on board all of the preparation that has been put in place for us and it into the series and try to do our best.” West Indies play a second 50 overs-a-side practice match on Saturday at the 3Ws Oval before leaving for St. Vincent on Monday, where they will contest the first three Digicel ODIs on March 16, 18 and 20 at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground. West Indies Squad for Digicel ODIs in St Vincent Darren Sammy (captain) Denesh Ramdin (vice-captain) Tino Best Devendra Bishoo Darren Bravo Dwayne Bravo Johnson Charles Sunil Narine Kieron Pollard Kieran Powell Kemar Roach Andre Russell Marlon SamuelsMatch schedule:Digicel ODI Series Friday, 16 March – 1st Digicel ODI at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St. Vincent Sunday, 18 March – 2nd Digicel ODI at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St. Vincent Tuesday, 20 March – 3rd Digicel ODI at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St. Vincent Friday, 23 March – 4th Digicel ODI at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St. Lucia Sunday, 25 March – 5th Digicel ODI at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St. Lucia NOTE: Cricket fans in the Caribbean and across the World can now make online purchases of tickets for the Digicel Series – West Indies vs Australia. Fans can log on to www.windiescricket.com to submit their purchase orders and make payment via credit card. Saturday March 3 -St. Kitts Nevis Soccer team defeated their high ranking counterparts Antigua & Barbuda (1-0) in an international friendly at Warner Park on Saturday night last March 3rd. The lone item came in the 26th minute of play when Tiran Hanley pressured Antigua central defender and forced an errant back pass to his keeper. Hanley got in a good position to pick off the ball then rounded the keeper to slot home in an empty net St. Kitts/ Nevis then played a Make certain that you reach use our new Email address:info@sknunion.com St. Kitts – Nevis defeats Antigua / Barbuda 1 nil smart game in keeping the back line deep to prevent the robust and quick Antiguan offence led by professional Peter Byer for exploiting space behind. A distinct effort was made to have greater possession while at the same time dealing with Antigua counter attacking game. Although it was an international friendly where seven changes were allowed, the coaching staff made only four changes that brought in Rovan Wigley, Errol Oloughlin, Terrance Warde and Josh Leader The result gave a little push to the St. Kitts/Nevis ranking since Antigua Barbuda ranks well above them and sets the basis for preparation for the Caribbean Cup later this year. As a respect of that victory, St. Kitts – Nevis moved up to the 7th position in the regional football (CONCACAF) rating. *Officials were Brian Willett (Antiga & Barbuda), Ike Inniss (St.Kitts/ Nevis), Graeme Browne (St.kitts/Nevis) & Audin Walsh (Antigua & Barbuda). Results Of SKNFA Premier Division Matches Played At Warner Park Stadium On Tuesday 6th March, 2012: Cayon FC 2 vs St. Thomas Trinity Strikers 0 (Half Time 0 0) Scorers for Cayon FC Tyrone O’Loughlin 63rd minute Kurt Morton 89th minute (penalty) Yellow Cards Miguel Flemming (Strikers) 47th minute Jevon Richards (Cayon FC) 80th minute Officials were Rawlston Richardson, Miguel Flemming, Mario Parry & Kimbell WardSecond GameS. L. Horsford St. Pauls 1 vs Conaree FC 1 ( Half Time 1 1) Scorer for S. L. Horsford St. Pauls Kareem Mitcham 4th minute Scorer for Cayon FC Jazil Francis 12th minute Yellow Cards George “Yellow Man” Isaac (St. Pauls) 33th minute Josh Leader (St. Pauls) 65th minute Officials were Tristley Bassue, Delroy Jeffers, Florencetine Morton & Earl Leerdam Tino looking to put his Best foot forward I would be knocking at the door. Representing the West Indies is the ultimate goal.” Best was speaking following his brilliant haul of six wickets for 44 runs in a warm-up match at the 3Ws Oval on Wednesday. He was excellent in his first spell which brought five wickets in the space of 25 balls. He has acquired some new skills and has put in a lot of work with Vasbert Drakes, the Barbados bowling coach. “One of the areas I have worked really hard on is my consistency of both line and length. I try to keep up on my pace and I always try to look for wickets. I have been doing a lot of work with Vasbert Drakes in the Barbados team and he has been an amazing help. He helped me to refine my action and my approach to the crease when I bowl,” Best said. “Also, we have been working on my new-ball skills and trying to get the most out of the ball when it is hard and new and the wicket is offering help to the bowlers. I have put these things in place and I now have better control and understanding.” West Indies play a second 50 overs-a-side practice match on Saturday at the 3Ws Oval before leaving for St. Vincent on Monday, where they will contest the first three Digicel ODIs on March 16, 18 and 20 at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Fast bowler Tino Best is overjoyed to be recalled to the West Indies team for the upcoming Digicel Series against Australia, starting next week in St Vincent. The livewire 30-year-old will be looking to make the most of the golden opportunity and try to re-establish himself in the team. Best last played for the West Indies during the ICC Champions Trophy back in 2009 in South Africa, and has been recalled after impressive performances in all three formats of the game for Barbados (Caribbean T20, Regional Super 50 and Regional 4Day). Best made his debut for West Indies back in 2003 and has so far played 12 One-Day Internationals and 14 Test matches. “I’m fully focussed. I am fully aware of what is expected of me and what is required by the team. I have worked extremely hard to get back into the team and I will continue to work hard to stay in the team,” Best said. “Everyone knows I’m the kind of player with great self belief and that belief has brought me to this point. I never gave up hope. I always believed that once I did what’s required — stay fit and strong, bowl fast and bowl well —


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 19 NEWS -Dubai-based development company plans tourism project in St. Kitts BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – A Dubai-based developer that specialises in hotel and residential development is planning a tourism development on St. Kitts, according to Arabian Business. Range Hospitality, which specialises in developing hotels and residences in pilgrimage sites, is planning to invest US$1billion in new projects in the Middle East and St. Kitts over the next three to four years. Munaf Ali, CEO of Range Hospitality told Arabian Business that the company has plans to build five-star properties in Mecca and Medina. Under the Range Holdings group of companies, Range Developments will be developing luxury hospitality projects outside of religious tourism, with projects soon to be launched in the Iraqi city of Baghdad and the tourism destination of St. Kitts. Details of the St. Kitts project was not disclosed. “Range Hospitality would be investing a considerable amount of money in the next three to four years,” said Ali. Range currently has a pipeline of around US$500 million, which includes projects in the Iraqi cities of Karbala and Najaf, but Ali said it plans to invest an additional US$500 million in projects in Saudi Arabia and beyond. Last month, construction of Range’s US$175 million Al Rawdatain Residences hotel project in Karbala got underway. The 12-storey hotel project was launched in August 2010 and is due to be completed by the end of 2013. By 2015 Range Hospitality aims to operate both 3-Star and 4-Star hotels in Najaf.Photo of Munaf-Ali (Courtesy of Arabian Business Commiossioner Walwyn Delivers Positive Message To Students Commissioner of Police Celvin G. Walwyn addressing students at the Beach Allen Primary School Creditors’ Committee Supports the St. Kitts and Nevis Debt Exchange Offer Keston Howell Principal Emileta Warner-Paul thanks Commissioner Walwyn for accepting her invitation Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 07, 2012 (SKNIS): Commissioner of Police Celvin G. Walwyn encouraged students at the Beach Allen Primary School to lead positive lives and to help each other, during a special assembly on Wednesday. The Head of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force highlighted four principles that the students should practice. “I came here to speak to the children this morning trying to impress upon the importance of being honest, being respectful, having courage to do what is right and also to love one another,” he stated. He added that his message was crafted to teach the students how to “avoid the temptation to join gangs, avoid the temptation to do wrong and stand up and be counted by doing what’s right.” Beach Allen’s Principal Emileta Warner-Paul told the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service, that she invited the Commissioner to address the students given his aggressive stance against antisocial influences such as gang activity as well as his commanding presence. This trait was made even more important considering that the school population is 466 of which 260 are boys. The school administrator explained that the Commissioner exuded confidence and had the complete attention of the students. She added that they were very receptive to the message and most seemed impressed with the fact that Commissioner Walwyn grew up in Newtown, which is one of the communities that Beach Allen students are drawn from. The students were left with this slogan “If it is to be, it’s up to me!”` Mrs. Warner-Paul stressed that this positive statement encouraged the students to work hard and pursue their dreams. Posters bearing the slogan will be mounted around the school to remind students of the message behind the words. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) The St. Kitts and Nevis Creditors’ Committee announced Wednesday (7th March 2012) that its Members intend to participate in the St. Kitts and Nevis Debt Exchange Offer. A statement issue from Port of Spain, Trinidad said members include: Sagicor Life Inc., Trinidad & Tobago Unit Trust Corporation, First Citizens Investment Services Limited, Clico International Life Insurance Limited St. Lucia Branch (Under Judicial Management), among others. BroadSpan Capital LLC is acting as financial advisor to the Committee in this transaction. On February 27, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis issued a press release outlining the terms of the exchange, which will involve new US dollar and EC dollardenominated bonds in exchange for a substantial portion of outstanding external and domestic debt owed by the Government, the Nevis Island Administration and other state-owned enterprises. The exchange offer is described in detail in an Offering Memorandum dated February 27, 2012. The Committee said its decision to participate in the exchange comes after extensive discussions with the Government and careful analysis of its current financial situation and the proposed terms, the first of which were presented to creditors on August 15, 2011. “The exchange terms represent an improvement over the indicative scenarios posted in August and contain key elements previously communicated to the Government as necessary for a successful restructuring,” said Keston Howell of Sagicor Asset Management (Trinidad & Tobago) Limited, the Committee’s Chairman. The expiration date of the Debt Exchange Offer is March 14, 2012.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 20 COMMENTARY Improve your financial wellbeing: Scotia Bank offering free mortgage check-up BASSETERRE ST. KITTS — Businessman Kingsley Drinkwater (name changed to protect his integrity) went to see things happen?Now, not sure about his sanity, he asked the customer in front of him, if she was seeing what he was seeing. She too said that she was wondering why the cashiers were wearing stethoscopes, but unlike Mr Drinkwater who had just stepped out of a doctor’s office, she had come from her office, and was not as surprised. She told him: “I will find out what is going on at the counter.” However, Branch Manager at Scotia Bank on Fort Street, Mrs Pamela HerbertDaniel has a vantage view. The bank has a special and visually innovative promotion, dubbed ‘Get a free mortgage check-up’, which promises to take dollars off clients’ mortgages. The promise is that the checkup would only take minutes, and bank tellers have been attired like doctors. “Our programme is about getting a free mortgage check-up and making a switch,” said Mrs Herbert-Daniel on being asked what was going on. “What we have done is to provide stethoscopes to the tellers, our frontline people, as conversation starters. By having a prop at the counter, which is the stethoscope, the customers are likely to ask questions.” That certainly worked because when it was Mr Drinkwater’s turn in front of the teller, the first thing he asked was why she was wearing a stethoscope. Ordinarily he would first swipe his ScotiaCard Visa debit card and then explain to the teller what his requirements were. After she explained, he told her that he had a mortgage at Scotia Bank and would love to have its state of ‘health’ checked. “Just like a patient would go to a doctor for a physical/medical check-up to ensure that all is well or to seek advice to improve one’s health, we are saying, get a mortgage check-up for the same reasons,” said the Branch Manager. “This is the time for you to get that mortgage check-up and it is free.” She explained that by talking to one of the bank’s sales officers, a client would stand the chance to improve their borrowing power. People who have mortgages be it with Scotia Bank or other banks usually do not know how much they can do with it, yet they can use its equity to apply for another loan, to buy for example a piece of land, or even a car, and the bank would not hold the land or the car as the mortgage would secure the additional loan. “There are advantages for you to come and talk to us about the mortgage checkup,” said Mrs Herbert-Daniel. “With this mortgage check-up, a customer can increase their cash flow, which can be used for a vacation or any other purposes.” According to the Branch Manager, sometimes customers have mortgages with different banks but they do not understand what they can do with the mortgage, such as an equity take out. The mortgage checkup will give them the benefit of paying less interest, and they can improve their cash flow. “The objective as it is for the customer is a win-win for everyone,” she said. The promotion is running at the other Scotia Bank branches at Bird Rock in St. Kitts and Charlestown in Nevis. Assistant Manager, Service and Support, Mr Ralph Henry reported that the promotion has taken the customers by storm. They are ecstatic and excited about this innovative sales philosophy at Scotia Bank. “It is something they have never seen his doctor at the Sands Complex, on Thursday March 1, 2012, for a nagging neck pain, after which he walked into his bank along Fort Street in Basseterre’s Central Business District. On joining the queue to be served by the next available teller, he thoughtScotia Bank Basseterre Branch Manager, Mrs Pamela Herbert-Danielhe was not seeing right. He closed his eyes and shook his head, but when he opened his eyes, he felt that he still was not seeing right. Yes, the doctor who had just seen him moments ago had a stethoscope dangling around his neck, but what were the tellers doing with stethoscopes dangling around their neck? Was he seeing right or was he in dreamland — the only acknowledged medium where weirdbefore,” said Mr Henry. “They find it strange for bankers to have stethoscopes. Bankers are known to have ledgers and these different things and not a stethoscope. At Scotia Bank, gone are the days of campaigns. We are not about campaigns we are about sales philosophy, promoting good, free financial advice to our customers.” What Mr Drinkwater failed to tell his doctor, he told a bemused bank teller: “I had promised my wife a cruise vacation, but when time came I realised we did not have enough money. Last night she nagged me, but lovingly, so much so that I did not have enough sleep and I woke up with this neck pain. I should have started with the bank for this free check-up and I would not have gone to see the doctor.” When he left Scotia Bank on Fort Street, instead of walking up to Central Street where he had intended to visit the TDC Downtown Plaza to buy the medicine prescribed by his doctor, Mr Drinkwater walked on to Liverpool Row and headed to Kantours, the cruise vacation specialists. Instead of experiencing neck pain, he was now experiencing a slightly faster heartbeat which did not require a doctor’s diagnosis — he knew what was wrong, if not right, with his heart. ‘Mortgage Doctor’ Ivana Williams, a teller at the Fort Street Basseterre Branch of Scotia Bank


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 21 NEWS Local Calypsonian Serenades Royal Couple Service that he perform the song which he wrote for the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. “I am thrilled to be able to perform this song for the Royal Couple,” Mr. O’Flaherty said, noting that he immediately gave the local organizing committee a positive nod when he was approached. That performance took place at the renaming of the St. Kitts National Capitol Park to the Royal Basseterre Valley National Park which began shortly after 10:00 a.m. The auspicious ceremony culminated in a plaque unveiling ceremony for the 550 acre preserve which stretches along the Kim Collins Highway. The 3 time Calypso King of Nevis explained that the lyrics of the song are “very respectful” of the 60 year reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the service she has rendered to charities within the Commonwealth.“For instance the chorus says ‘Let’s all celebrate, a reign that has been great Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee,’” Mr. O’Flaherty disclosed. “Then it goes on and ends with the refrain ‘Elizabeth Tyrone O’Flaherty performs under the stage name “Sackcloth and Ashes”Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 02, 2012 (SKNIS): Calypsonian Sackcloth and Ashes of Nevis serenaded the visiting Earl and Countess of Wessex on Saturday (March 3) with his original commemorative tune “Elizabeth Regina.” The Nevisian born calypsonian, whose real name is Tyrone O’Flaherty, told the St. Kitts and Nevis InformationRegina, Elizabeth Regina, long may she reign. We may never see someone like she again.’” Regina is Latin for Queen. The song is currently being played on local stations.Sackcloth and Ashes encouraged nationals of the twin-island Federation to go out CIBC FirstCaribbean Visa Clients on the Road to the London 2012 Olympic Games Bridgetown, BARBADOS, February 29, 2012 — In a few months millions of people the world over will be captivated by the valiant athletic exhibitions of the London 2012 Olympic Games. While many will only dream of being at the Games, CIBC FirstCaribbean Visa credit card clients have the chance to take in the exhilaration live from the Olympic stadium. The winners will be chosen through the Go with Visa London 2012 Promotion, which will run from March 1 May 31. The campaign will climax with the grand prize draw of three round trips for two to the London 2012 Olympic Games, courtesy of Visa. Clients in the 10 participating territories who spend over US $50 or the local equivalent using their CIBC FirstCaribbean VISA Classic, Gold or Platinum cards will be eligible. New Visa credit card clients will receive triple entries and Olympics memorabilia. CIBC FirstCaribbean Visa credit card clients will also have the chance to watch the Games using new 32-inch flat-screen TVs and tablet computers, which will be won monthly throughout the campaign. Managing Director, Retail, Wealth and Small Business, Rolf Phillips, expressed the bank’s pride in being able to offer the once-in-a-lifetime prize trips to the London 2012 Olympic Games. “The Olympic Games have long been a source of pride, and inspiration for all people of the Caribbean and CIBC FirstCaribbean is pleased to be able to add to the excitement through this chance for our clients travel to the London 2012 Olympic Games.”and witness the public events that featured the Royals. These included a welcome ceremony at Port Zante at 9:40 a.m. as well as a tour and plaque unveiling at the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park at 12:00 p.m.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 22 SPORTS 16yrs ago when he passed through the Giant Malt sponsored High School/Colleges Cricket Programme. “ “As a successful graduate of this programme he earned the distinction of being the first participant to be selected for the West Indies Men’s Senior Cricket Team,” said Phillip. He said the Federation is proud of Morton’s accomplishments at all levels of competitive cricket. “The respect he earned on the local, regional and international stage for his cricketing abilities and fierce competitive spirit is evident by the number of messages that has been expressed by his former teammates and cricketers from around the world,” said Phillip. CMC reported that the former West Indies middle order batsman, 33, was the sole occupant of the vehicle that crashed into a utility pole on the Solomon Hochoy Highway in Chase Village in central Trinidad. He was on his way home from a cricket game. The accident is reported to have occurred at around 11.00 o’clock pm on Sunday night, March 4th, 2012 Morton had played 15 Test matches, 56 One-day internationals and seven Twenty20s for the West Indies Sports Minister Phillip expresses sympathy since making his international debut in 2002. He last played in February 2010 in a Twenty20 against Australia in Sydney. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, reporting his death stated: Runako Shakur Morton (22 July 1978 – 5 March 2012) was a West Indian cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a righthanded offbreak bowler. A lively, often unpredictable character, Morton is famous for a bizarre run-out with Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the 3rd Test of New Zealand vs West Indies Test series of 2006. Morton drove the ball to midon where Daniel Vettori was fielding and ran to the non striker end. Chanderpaul, at the other end, initially took a few steps down the wicket but then turned and went back to the non-striker’s end. Morton believed he was out, and furious at his captain, began to walk off. However, following a call to the third umpire it was decided that Morton had grounded his bat at the non-striker’s end before Chanderpaul and hence was safe and that Chanderpaul was out. As a batsman Morton has a reputation for hitting the ball very hard, but has problems picking up singles in between boundaries.(cont’d from page 1) Development Bank/ Sandy Point Basketball League off to a flying start BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (March 6, 2012) — The 2012 Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis-sponsored Sandy Point basketball league got off to a flying start at the Sandy Point Hard Courts, with two matches on Saturday night and another two matches on Sunday night. Early winners were the Alley Showtime, Fig Tree, Alley Construction Half Way Tree, and Playz. In the first game on Saturday night, the Alley Showtime overcame Prime Building Contractors Ltd/Wha-Do-U Basketball team 73-56. Outstanding on the Alley Showtime were Otis Daniel (18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists), Clayton Powell (19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 steals), and Kirt Simmonds (11 points, 3 steal and 2 assists). The losing side had R. Williams (10 points, 5 assists and 3 steals), G. Lewis (9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals), and D. Rogers (8 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals) as the top scorers. MVP for the first game was Alley Showtime’s Clayton Powell. Second and feature game saw Fig Tree Basketball team scrape through with a 70-64 win over Old School Fruta Falcons. Outstanding in this game were George Gaton (14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals), Devon Farrell (13 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks), and Nashon Maynard (12 points, 25 rebounds, 11 blocks, and 5 steals) for the winning team. Making a mark for the Old School Fruta Falcons were Taslyn Hodge (16 points, 5 assists and 5 steals), Ansel Revan (14 points, 15 rebounds and 5 steals), and Javel Hodge (10 points, 6 assists and 8 steals). For his awesome performance, Fig Tree’s Nashon Maynard was named the MVP. Sunday night produced a nail-biting game with Any Thin Cun Happn Basketball team narrowly going down 72-77 to Alley Construction Half Way Tree Basketball team. On the winning team, top scorers were Eston Williams (27 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals), A. Joseph (14 points, 12 rebounds and 1 steal), and Benjamin Thomas (13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals). Any Thin Cun Happn had Auckland Connor (29 points 5 rebounds and 9 steals), Kayton Blake (28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists), and Dalton Jeffers (8 points, 4 points and 2 steals) as their top scorers. MVP for the match was the winning team’s Easton Williams. The second and featured game, on Sunday night, saw Playz Basketball team dominate to a 7354 win over Running Suns Basketball team. Troy Wattley (26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists), Kemo Duncan (23 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists), and Sheffin Bloyce (8 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals) shone on the winning team. Levi Fyfield of Running Suns returned 16 points, 4 assists and 3 steals, while the other high scorers on his side were Greame Browne (11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists), and Wayne Jones (8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals). Running off with the MVP award was Playz’s Kemo Duncan. Action continues this weekend at the Sandy Point hard courts with two games on Saturday night and another two games on Sunday night. Nine teams are entered for this year’s league which according to the Secretary of the Sandy Point Amateur Basketball Association, Mr Leroy G. Benjamin Jr. has been sponsored by the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis. Pix Caption: Players in the first game on Saturday night pose for a prematch picture: The Alley Showtime players in white (left) and the Prime Building Constructors Ltd WhaDo-U basketball team are on the right. First game teams WICB hails Sir Viv on his 60th birthday ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board joined the rest of the Caribbean and the World in saluting West Indies legend and former captain, Sir Vivian Richards on the occasion of his 60th birthday. WICB President Dr. Julian Hunte said Sir Viv epitomised the hopes and dreams of the Caribbean people during his illustrious career for West Indies. “Sir Viv was a champion of the West Indian people, the West Indian way of life, and the West Indian struggle to be recognised as truly World class,” said Dr. Hunte. “He was an incredible player and a true warrior, matching his awesome power with class, grace and an amazing swagger. “The courage he displayed allowed him to be true to himself and to live by his convictions – to do it “my way” – making him into the unique player that he became.” Dr. Hunte thanked Sir Viv for his contribution to West Indies cricket and the upliftment of the game everywhere. “On behalf of the directors, management and staff of the WICB, we are grateful for Sir Viv’s contribution over the years to the game in the region,” said Dr. Hunte. “We are pleased to join with the rest of the World in wishing him heartfelt birthday greetings and long may his innings in life continue.” Sir Viv played 121 Tests and 187 One-day Internationals for West Indies between 1974 and 1991. He was captain from 1985 until his retirement, leading the regional side in 50 Tests and 105 ODIs.Sir Viv had the distinction of never losing a Test series when he was West Indies captain.


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 09TH 2012 23 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante NEWS That is the ultimatum the Traitor on the Rescue mission publicly gave to two Ministers of government on his weekly “Curse the Prime Minister” show last Saturday. When challenged by “1/4 Ib. of Onion” that it’s not only Dougie he should be blaming, but that all the Ministers were equally responsible, the Traitor said come next elections, he would not be supporting anyone in the Labour Party once Dr. Douglas was involved. And he would tell that to Sam and Tim. What a crazy man! So the two gentlemen must choose between him and their loyalty to the Labour Party. How he get so big? How he brazen so! Since our last convention, the Labour Party done distance itself from that man. What happen? He wants company in the wilderness? All who doubting his sanity can use that infuriation in making their diagnosis. That man done hawk up the Labour Party since before our last elections. He virtually campaigned against the Labour Party then. He did not think if he wanted leadership changes that he should do so from within the Party. He took his campaign on PAM/FM, in all the opposition newspapers, on the SUN List, and in public meetings and marches in the arms of the opposition. Labour Party members and supporters are not significant. They don’t matter. They come secondary to his opposition friends when choosing a Labour leader. He got to be a madman. He polcrazy. Well I got news for him. Our Labour Party leadership will only be chosen by the Party membership, from all 8 constituencies, gathered at our annual Party convention. So all the ultimatums he purports to give to out Ministers, is a waste of time. He knows better I think. His ego is playing tricks on him. Last election that man did not even support his successor in Constituency #2. And he had one or two of his pipsqueaks, who love the FM radio to say how they drop out of the belly of Labour, refusing like him to vote for the Labour candidate. They didn’t even register to vote in the election. But what a shock the candidate gave all of them by winning every box in the constituency. A feat the pompous traitor never did. The badfeelings got him going up to now. Bring some smelling-salts for him please! The man so damn froward with himself. Say he giving ultimatum to people who born, bred and biscuit in the Labour Party. That’s why we had to recall his green-card what Dougie gave him and pelt him out of Labour. The Onion man and some other PAMites will find out just now the true nature of the beast them ah play with. He not to play with at all. What he can’t rule, he try to mash up. He really needs to stay out of Labour people way. He has a right to pursue his mission of trying to rescue the government from Labour for PAM, his latest love. In this regard, he is well surrounded and supported by PAM stalwarts like Massa Caines, Oliver Spencer, LickyBird Dupont, Ask Washie and others. Nothing wrong with that. But Labour people no stupid. We long passed the stage of the foolish divide and rule tactics he using. To use a local saying, Labour people feeding him with a long spoon and watching him with a Barker. Make a date with the Psyche Ward me boy, that’s the best place for people like you. All you notice how PAM “full of chalk” these days? Them fellas so desperate for anything to hold on to and make a big story out of, that chalk is it. Chalk story is headline news. They chalk-up the internet, their newspapers, their talk-shows, everything. In the last session of Parliament, our P.M. made an error in alleging that there was no V. A.T. on chalk. So how far that going now? He not perfect. Only the Almighty God is. What they want him to do over that error? Apologise? Resign? Kiss who foot for that? They really barking up the wrong tree. They went on their FM and curse him left and right. Some of them also curse out the Speaker as well. They try their case on their FM, show total disrespect for the Speaker who is human, and then expect all the courtesies next time around. The fellas so overly obsessed with politics. Is like calling a Judge or Magistrate an ass in the public media, then going before them after that as a lawyer to try a case. These fellas behave like small boys. Not mature men. They really full of... ..chalk. Suppose instead of V. A.T. and chalk, the PM had erroneously said that the date PAM took up arms with foreign mercenaries to overthrow our lawful government was the 14th December (instead of the 10th June 1967)? You think them small boys would have gone all out on that? If he had said it was 7 PAM candidates asking for their leader to step down (instead of 5 candidates). You think them fellas would parade their childishness like that? These fellas got so much work to do to clean up their act and their Party’s reputation, that they need not be playing games with chalk. Their Party leadership is in so much disarray. Their political leader continues to struggle to keep his relevance and credibility alive. They have elected 3 different Party Chairmen in the last 3 years. That don’t speak so well for stability and confidence in those chosen. And even through the new Chairman won his position by popular vote, the other 2 losing aspirants were made joint Deputy Chairmen to ease their joint pain of losing. In spite of all their handicaps, these fellas gone back to kindergarten school to play with chalk. That is why the popular view in St. Kitts by Kittitians comparing Labour and PAM, is that it’s like cheese and chalk. What a set of jokers. “Next Election, Is Dougie Or Me” By: Sotto Voce •Little Bo Peep came out of the PAM caucus last week end smiling and grinning from ear to ear, like some champion or superman telling he gang members: “We bang dem already and we bang dem again…… Let dem tek that in dey magazine”. oDay say after de caucus finish, he and he gang members went over to Frigate Bay and had one big celebration in a certain bar, where “de waters” got de better of him (Little Bo Peep). oOverwhelmed by “de waters”, he started “talking de tings dem” –bragging and bragging how he smarter than Douglas and how he outsmart de crities in PAM once more who want to get rid of him. oDey say he declared if Douglas is 10 men in one; he is 20 men in one (twice that), when it comes to PAM. “Is me dey got to deal with, “he boasted, ah badder and smarter than Douglas”. oHe added that he fix dem up good this time, so it will be easy sailing for him to get another 3 year term to lead the Party (PAM) into the next General Election in 2015. oHe say with all de undermining and badtalking on the airwaves and on the internet, they can’t stop. He will be re-elected as Party Leader unopposed again. Like PAM, he is here to stay, until he decides to give up the leadership. oDey say the real party, however, came when he got home. “Honey, de jokers fail again,” he charged. And he had some strong words for his two deputies, who he said are part of the conspiracy to oust him from de leadership. oAnd dey say he went on to brag, that no matter what his two deputies try or do to get rid of him, they are doomed to failure for there is no comparison between him and them; it’s like cheese to chalk. oHe say they full of chalk – no wonder they spent so much time in Parliament recently talking about chalk, for Douglas to laugh at them. oAmong the people observed celebrating with de pompous Little Bo Peep fellow in Frigate Bay, were de Rescue Crew Chief and his deputy “King Richard”. oBut while de pompous Little Bo Peep fellow is celebrating his so – called victory at the caucus, some big Pamties are waiting for him at the convention. And dey say they going all out to fix him. oPeople went to know why Sleeping Hammy is using the young lady from Conaree to front for him, when he is the real editor of the Democrat newspaper. oWhy is she allowing Sleeping Hammy to use her like that, after they got her former boss into hot water with the 3 libel suits and abandoned her – leaving all by herself to pay the big bill for the damages incurred. oPeople also want to know if it is true that the embattled and rejected PAM leader has been stopped from writing his weekly articles in the paper; and if Sleeping Hammy has a hand in it. oThe big PAM man and deputy of the Rescue Crew was given a dose of hush last week Thursday night on a radio talk show programme in Nevis, after he called in the night before on another radio station there and blatantly lied to help out his CCM friends, who have promised him “something special”, if they get back in government. oPeople want to see if the new PAM Chairman will carry out his promise to get PAM distance itself from the Rescue Crew Chief, who he has publicly labelled as someone who cannot be trusted by either Labour or PAM. o lb Onion say he has been crooked once more by Little Bo Peep, who promised to give him back the job as Party Chairman.